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A Last Word Exclusive with Elizabeth Colbert Busch

"The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" spoke exclusively with Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Democratic congressional candidate for South Carolina’s 1st district, for her first national television appearance since announcing her run.  Colbert Busch hopes to fill the congressional seat held by Republican Tim Scott before he was appointed to fill the state’s U.S. Senate seat, left vacant by the resignation of Jim DeMint.

Colbert Busch discussed what it was like growing up in a family of 11 children and what her youngest sibling, Stephen Colbert, was like as a child.  She also cleared up the longstanding debate- how do you pronounce the family’s last name? Colbert Busch says that unlike her famous brother, she pronounces her last name with a hard “t.”

When we were growing up, my father told us a story about our heritage, and that we actually came from a French family…And his name was Jean-Baptiste Colbert [Cole-bare].  And so that is where that name Colbert came up.  And they were our descendents. And so my father said your name is Colbert in French. We pronounce it Colbert here. He said, so you choose which would you prefer. So some of my brothers chose Colbert, and some of my — and some of us chose Colbert.”