Watts The Story Is JC Watts On John McCain’s Vice President Short List

Updated: July 17, 2008


What an interesting choice

for McCain to make to

Energize his Campaign

JC Watts of Oklahoma

Talk about shaking things up on the Republican side. Somewhat conservative God fearing 50 year old very youthful looking former Congressman JC Watts. Even more here is the Box Black QUARTERBACK JC Watts of University of Oklahoma fame. A starring African American Quarterback still back in the days when it was far far more infrequent.

The question is would it do any good for the Republicans beyond the immediate adrenaline boost. Then again is their any VP choice who will do McCain much good ? So why not JC Watts. The fact is he will do him some real good. McCain does not have a 50 state strategy like Obama. The Republicans have to be more realistic but imaginative. Simply WIN the election.

That means getting the most Electoral Votes by one will do. Watts will energize the Republicats who will like the idea they too can run a Black candidate and feel good while taking some of his thunder away from Obama. Then there are the Swing States. Here again JC Watts is a good thing. Allowing the so called Independents who “control” these States to feel good voting for an African American but being able to vote Republican while doing it.

AND DON’T FORGET THIS. The only way the Republicans can attack Obama the way they would like is for another AFRICAN American to do the attacking. And the ONLY African American who can really do that effectively has to be a Black candidate who is running on the same Ticket with McCain. Otherwise any other Black Republican critic of Obama will simply be ignored if not ridiculed speaking for the Party unfriendly to African Americans.

In Truth ex-Congressman JC Watts is not sitting around praying for the unexpected. More realistically he has an active and growing business. JC Watts Companies is involved in all kinds of businesses call it a mini-conglomerate. See for yourself at JCWatts.com. Even more Watts is currently in the NEWS making NEWS. Really making NEWS with his new venture launching very soon. Announcing The Black Television New Channel. Coming your Way.

Rather than talking for Watts about IT

HERE IS JC WATTS talking about

BTNC in his own words in a new

interview at Politico.com

Q: Why a news channel?

A: I guess probably in my time in politics, it continued to be affirmed to me that the African-American community, despite being subscription television’s most valuable customers, they are very underserved by cable and satellite television programming options. The African-American community is, I think, news-starved and underserved. You’ve got about 70 successful Hispanic channels. We think we are meeting a need.

Q: What type of programming will the BTNC have?

A: We’ll provide about 16 hours of original news coverage, nonpartisan commentary, information, educational programs that I think represent a diverse African-American viewpoint. When you look at cable, you see African-American faces, but you don’t see African-American news.

Q: Did Barack Obama’s presidential run prompt your decision to deliver news directly to black audiences?

A: I think there’s more news than — obviously, Barack Obama is news. Red, yellow, brown, black or white, what he is doing is news. Now, if he becomes president, then that surely would provide a lot of content, but I think news is more than presidential elections or the war in Iraq.

Q: So then how would the channel handle today’s news differently than CNN does?

A: Obviously there’s Katrina, there’s Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright, but I think with Rev. Wright, there was a perspective never told even in that. It would have been easy to listen to the news coverage on Rev. Wright and say that all African-American churches are like that. It’s a different culture. When you get things like that in politics, it’s often difficult to make sense out of them, but I do think there was a perspective there [that] was overlooked.

Q: What else is African-American news?

A: I think the Tuskegee experiment. That’s something that we hear a lot about, but you never have any news organizations peel the onion. There’s a lot of things out there in terms of investigative reporting that can be health-related, education-related, economically related. But the fact is the African-American community, by and large, has been left out of the dialogue.

Q: What would your role be at the organization?

A: I think the mission for us — BTNC — is to create a venue that the African-American community, or anybody for that part, that they can come to a certain venue and get reliable, credible information and resources. It hasn’t been determined yet what my role would be, other than I know I will be involved in making sure that we stay true to that mission, to that cause. You wont see me trying to manage a news channel.

Q: What aspects of your past life as a politician have helped prepare you for this next phase?

A: Most of the last 15 years, I’ve been on the newsmaker’s side. As an analyst [and] as a newsmaker, I know the questions. I think I can probably help to get beyond the spin, if you will. I’ve often had producers call me and say, “Hey, if you were doing this interview, what would you ask?” I’ve got a pretty good baptism in most of it.

Q: What’s the biggest difference between the House of Representatives, where you served as leader of the House Republican Conference, and the news business?

A: I think in politics, in Congress, you often do things that are Republican, or you do things because you’re a Democrat. Sometimes that’s good, obviously, and sometimes that’s obviously bad. But in the news business, there’s no such thing as Republican or Democratic news. News is news.

Q: Some members of the African-American community have tired of the major cable networks using the same black analysts over and over again, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton. How will the BTNC be different?

A: I hope that Republicans and Democrats and people from all stripes would be open to contributing and speaking to the African-American community. I do think, however, that there’s a very diverse point of view in the African-American community. There’s a lot of different voices that need to be heard. I don’t claim and pretend to know the thoughts and opinions and ideas of all African-Americans.

Q: You said once that Republicans reach out to black voters only “60 days before an election.” Is this channel an attempt to remedy that?

A: I think that’s the problem with the Republican Party: They don’t take advantage of these venues enough. I would hope that both parties and people of all stripes would say, “Hey, here’s a resource and an asset.” I don’t think we want [to be] a venue for Republicans. Republicans have venues today, and they don’t use them.


Good interview now you know everything JC Watts wants to say now about his new NEWS venture. Even though it appeared in an obscure source we know you don’t read. We do it for you our Loyal Readers. As for JC’s glorious years leading the University Oklahoma Sooners as their Championship Quarterback and his life since we will hand off to the well respected Wikipedia and their biography of the fascinating JC Watts ….


Before you leave to go there remember

McCain – Watts is the most intriguing

Presidential Ticket the Republicans

could run this year IF they believe

The Black Box and of course

they should if they’re Smart

McCain – Watts 2008