Extended Interview - Phil Davison's Web Redemption - Uncensored

  • Season 3, Ep 309
  • 03/08/2011
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The former Stark County treasurer candidate talks about his 80s childhood and courting the youth vote. (6:45)

[dramatic music]>> FROM NBC NEWS IN WASHINGTON,

MEET THE PRESSWITH DAVID GREGORY.

>> THIS IS DANIEL TOSHFILLING IN FOR DAVID GREGORY.

AND IF IT'S SUNDAY,IT'S MEET THE PRESS.

TODAY WE HAVE A VERY IMPORTANTGUEST, THE MAN WHO WAS ALMOST

STARK COUNTY'S TREASURER,PHIL DAVISON.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> PHIL, NICE TO MEET YOU.

>> NICE TO MEET YOU AS WELL.

>> HOW CLOSE TO WINNINGTHAT ELECTION WERE YOU?

>> NOT CLOSE AT ALL.

THEY HAD A VOTE.

THE VOTE WASN'T RELEASED,BUT I WAS TOLD I LOST

SUBSTANTIALLY.

SO I DIDN'T WIN.

>> DO YOU THINK, HAD YOUAPOLOGIZED FOR YOUR TONE,

YOU MIGHT HAVE GOTTENMORE VOTES?

>> I MIGHT HAVE GOTTENMORE VOTES IF I'D APOLOGIZED

FOR MY TONE.

>> NOW, EVEN THOUGH YOUR SPEECHWAS KIND OF, UH, AWFUL,

DO YOU THINK YOU STILLCAME ACROSS MORE INTELLIGENT

THAN SARAH PALIN?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

I WOULD SAY I HOPE SO,BUT, YOU KNOW, I DON'T SAY WORDS

LIKE, "YOU BETCHA"AND "MAMA GRIZZLIES."

I DON'T HAVE THOSE CATCHPHRASES.

>> SHE'S GOT A GREAT SMILE TOO.

>> AND SHE'S GOTTHOSE NICE GLASSES.

>> THE GLASSES ARE CUTE.

>> THEY MAKE HER WORK.

>> MAKE HER LOOK LIKEA PORN STAR.

>> YEAH, I KNOW.

>> LIKE SHE'S GONNATAKE IT DOWN.

>> YEAH. [laughs]>> WAS THAT THE FIRST TIME

YOU EVER GAVE A SPEECH?

>> UH, IN THAT SETTING, YES.

>> WAS THAT THE FIRST TIMETHAT YOU HAD READ THAT SPEECH?

>> NO, I HAD PRACTICED ITSEVERAL TIMES TO MYSELF.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME I HADREAD IT OUT IN PUBLIC

FOR DOCUMENTATION.

>> SEE, 'CAUSE MY THEORYWAS THAT THAT SPEECH

WAS WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS.

>> NO, IT WAS NOT.

IT WAS NOT WRITTENIN ALL CAPS.

PARTS OF IT WERE, LIKE,"MY NAME IS PHIL DAVISON!"

>> WELL, YOU GOTTA SCREAM IT.

>> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

AND THAT'S WHAT I DID.

>> TELL ME ABOUT GIVINGTHAT SPEECH.

I MEAN, YOU SEEMEDVERY PASSIONATE.

>> YEAH, I GOT EXCITED ABOUT IT.

I GOT UP THERE, AND I SAID,"THE HELL WITH IT."

THERE WAS A LOT OF PEOPLEIN THE AUDIENCE.

THEY WERE SCARED.

BUT I GOT UP THERE, AND I SAID,YOU KNOW, "THIS IS HOW

I SEE IT."

>> DID YOU EVER LOSE YOUR COOL?

>> IN THAT SPEECH?

YES, I LOST CONTROLSEVERAL TIMES.

MANY TIMES.

IT DATES BACK TO MY BRINGING UPAS AN '80s CHILD.

YOU KNOW, I GREW UPWITH ATARI AND TELEVISION,

MICHAEL JACKSON.

YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHO I AM.

AND, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE SAY,"WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO

WITH YOUR LIFE, PHIL?"I USE THE TWISTED SISTER LINE...

"I WANT TO ROCK."

YOU FORGOT THAT?

>> NO, I DIDN'T.

I NEVER KNEW IT.

WHILE YOU WERE UP THERE,DID YOU THINK,

"OH, THIS IS GOING WELL"?

>> I THOUGHT IT WAS, YES.

AS THE SPEECH WENT ALONGAND PEOPLE STARTED LEAVING

THE ROOM AND PUTTINGTHEIR HEADS DOWN, I STARTED

TO REALIZE THINGS MIGHT BEIN ABANDON SHIP MODE.

>> DO YOU HAVEANY POLITICAL GOALS?

>> UH, NO, JUST TO BASICALLYGET OUT THERE.

AND I LOVE GENERATION "X"AND GENERATION "Y,"

PEOPLE 45 AND 50 OR UNDER.

I THINK THAT'S WHO I ATTACH TOAND WHO HAVE VIEWED MY SPEECH.

STRANGELY ENOUGH,THE PEOPLE FROM 50 DOWN

LIKED MY SPEECH.

THE PEOPLE FROM 50 UP HATED IT.

>> ACCORDING TO TELEVISION,ANYTHING ABOVE 49

IS MEANINGLESS.

>> YEAH, I DIDN'T--I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.

MOST PEOPLE THINK I'M GAYAFTER THE SPEECH ANYHOW.

>> WHY DO THEY THINK YOU'RE GAY?

>> BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOTTHIS PENT-UP FRUSTRATION

AND ENERGY.

>> I'LL BE HONEST;WATCHING YOUR SPEECH,

THE LAST THING I WAS THINKINGWAS, "THIS GUY IS GAY."

>> OH, REALLY?

COOL, THANKS.

WHAT'D YOU THINK OF THE SPEECH?

>> I THOUGHT IT WAS WONDERFUL.

>> DID YOU REALLY? THANKS.

>> I MEAN-->> I LET 'EM HAVE IT, MAN.

>> I WAS SO HAPPY.

WHAT DO YOU DO CURRENTLYFOR A LIVING?

>> I'M A COUNCILMAN IN MINERVA.

I MAKE ABOUT $260 A MONTH.

THAT'S MY PRIMARY SOURCEOF INCOME.

>> LET'S TAKE A LOOKAT YOUR SPEECH FOR A SECOND.

>> SURE.

I HAVE A BACHELOR'S DEGREEIN SOCIOLOGY,

A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN HISTORY,A MASTER'S DEGREE

IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION...

AND A MASTER'S DEGREEIN COMMUNICATION!

>> DO YOU THINK IT'S WEIRDTHAT YOU STUMBLED OVER THE PART

WHERE YOU TALKED ABOUTYOUR COMMUNICATIONS DEGREE?

>> THAT AND THE FACTTHAT I GAVE MY MOST FAVORITE

LINE IN HISTORYAND I FUCK IT ALL UP.

>> WHAT OTHER FAVORITE QUOTESDO YOU HAVE?

>> A FLUTE WITHOUT HOLESIS NOT A FLUTE, BUT...

A BAGEL WITHOUT--A DONUT--I BLEW IT.

I BLEW IT AGAIN.

>> A DONUT WITHOUT A HOLEIS A WHAT?

>> A DANISH.

>> HOW ARE YOU ONLY MAKING-->> 260 A MONTH.

THEY WON'T EVEN PICK ME UPIN OHIO.

THEY WON'T EVEN GIVE MEA GOD DAMN JOB.

ISN'T THAT A SHAME?

>> YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED?

>> WHAT?

>> A CABLE ACCESS SHOW.

HOW ARE YOU WITH KIDS?

>> GOOD.

I'M NOT A MEMBER OF NAMBLAOR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

BUT I'VE DONE THE VERY BESTI CAN.

I HAVE A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD NIECEAND A THREE-YEAR-OLD NEPHEW.

>> ARE YOU THE CRAZY UNCLE?

>> A LITTLE BIT, YEAH.

AFTER THE SPEECH CAME OUT,I NOTICED THERE'S BEEN

A LITTLE BIT OF STAYING AWAYFROM THE KIDS NOW.

>> DO YOU READ THE COMMENTSTHAT PEOPLE POST ON YOUTUBE?

>> YEAH, THEY'RE NASTY.

MOST PEOPLE THINKI'M A CRYSTAL METH THING.

>> HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANY DRUGS?

>> YES.

>> WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE DRUGS?

>> IN ORDER OF MY PREFERENCE,MARIJUANA, LSD, ECSTASY,

MUSHROOMS, AND THEN I'M GONNATHROW WHIPPETS IN AS A DRUG,

EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT BE.

>> WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?

>> I'M NOT A DRINKER.

>> GOOD FOR YOU.

HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN A VANDOWN BY THE RIVER?

>> NO.

>> SUPER DAVE OSBORNE.

YOU SOUND A LITTLE BIT LIKE HIM.

>> YEAH, I'VE BEEN TOLD THATOR RIC FLAIR.

>> OOH!

>> YEAH, WHOO!

AND THEN HE GOES, "IF YOU WANTTO BE THE BEST, YOU'VE GOT

TO BEAT THE BEST!">> WISER WORDS HAVE NEVER

BEEN SAID ON THIS SHOW.

>> I LOVE RIC FLAIR.

>> HOW DO YOU THINK YOU COULDBEAT BARACK OBAMA IN 2012?

>> OH, JUST SIMPLY BY GETTINGTHE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY

UNITED.

WE NEED TO PULL TOGETHER.

WE NEED--I DON'T CARE IF YOU'REWHITE, BLACK, GAY, STRAIGHT,

YOUNG, OLD, TRANSGENDER,HISPANIC, PACIFIC RIM--

WE CAN ALL PULL TOGETHERAND CHANGE THIS COUNTRY.

WE NEED TO-->> THERE'S A LOT OF WEIRD PEOPLE

THAT WERE IN FRONT OF"HISPANIC."

>> [laughs]>> JUST IF YOU'RE GONNA

PUT THEM IN AN ORDER, I JUST--JUST WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT.

>> I'M SORRY I LOST IT.

THAT WAS FUNNY.

>> WHAT'S YOUR STANCEON ABORTION?

>> I'M PRO-CHOICE.

I WILL NEVER BE PRO-LIFE.

IF YOU WANT TO HAVE AN ABORTION,HAVE ONE.

>> I'LL DRINK TO THAT.

>> GO AHEAD, BROTHER.

>> HAVING HEARD EVERYTHING,I HAVE ONE REAL QUESTION.

WHY AREN'T YOU A DEMOCRAT?

>> I WALKED IN TO THE BOARDOF ELECTIONS IN 1996.

I WANTED TO RUN FOR OFFICE.

THE ONLY THING OPENWAS REPUBLICAN CLERK OF COURTS,

SO I RAN, AND I'VE BEEN WORK--YOU KNOW, RUNNING EVER SINCE.

I DID WORK FOR A REPUBLICANJUDGE FOR NINE YEARS.

>> YOUR LIFE CHOICES SEEM TO BEA CLEAR-CUT--A MORE LIBERAL.

>> OH, I'M THE BIGGEST LIBERALON EARTH.

YOU CAN'T BE MORE LIBERALTHAN ME.

>> OKAY.

>> I DIDN'T MEAN TO TAKE THISINTO A POLITICAL VENTURE.

>> NO, THIS IS WHAT IT'SSUPPOSED TO BE.

>> IT'S A COMEDY SHOW.

>> NO, IT'S NOT.

>> NO-- [laughs]>> WHAT WOULD YOU SAY

IF TOSH.0 WERE TO SPONSORA CAMPAIGN FOR YOU TO RUN

FOR PRESIDENTOF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

>> OH, DAMN IT, WE'D RUN HIGHTO WASHINGTON, D.C.

DAVISON-TOSH 2012.

>> NO, NO, NO, NO.

I'M NOT GONNA BE ON THE TICKET.

I JUST WANT TO RUN THE CAMPAIGN.

I HAVE FUCKED A LOT OFDIRTY PEOPLE.

>> [laughs] THAT'S OKAY.

>> THAT WILL COME OUT.

>> NO, IT WON'T.

I'VE DONE THINGS FAR WORSETHAN THAT; TRUST ME.

WHATEVER YOU'VE DONE,I'VE DONE TEN TIMES WORSE.

>> ARE YOU SERIOUS?

>> ANYTHING YOU CAN PUTON THIS TABLE,

I CAN TOP IT EASILY.

>> I'D LIKE YOU TO ANNOUNCERIGHT HERE TODAY

ON MEET THE PRESS THAT YOUWOULD LIKE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAIN 2012.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN--COME HERE.

DANIEL TOSH AND I ARE GOINGTO ANNOUNCER THAT DANIEL TOSH

IS GONNA BEMY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER

AND I'M GONNA RUN FOR PRESIDENTOF THE UNITED STATES IN 2012.

AND YOU HEARD IT HEREON COMEDY CENTRAL ON TOSH.0.

>> WHOO!

>> HELL, YEAH!

>> PHIL, WE'VE BEEN OFF THE AIRFOR ABOUT 25 SECONDS.

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