'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Global and local politics are in the spotlight for this week’s show

Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle

Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle

Global and local politics are in the spotlight for this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.

Francis Rooney of Naples, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and majority owner of Manhattan Construction, discusses his book, "The Global Vatican.’’ and the important ties between the U.S. and The Holy See. He also addresses national GOP politics and the economy.

Mike Lyster, chairman of Collier County Republicans, sizes up the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination; how to forge unity among tea party and other Republicans; and Chris Cristie. (His interview was taped before news broke of the arrest of U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers.)

Video highlights will be posted at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:

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NewsMakers - Francis Rooney

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

NewsMakers - Francis Rooney 2

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

Francis Rooney

Lytle: The new pope made points about what Catholic priorities should be, and that they should not always be based on abortion and homosexuality. And then we hear his views on homosexuality, he’s like "who am I to judge?"

Rooney: Right.

Lytle: I don’t think ... I mean, we never thought we would hear that from that from a pope.

Rooney: Well I think it’s very refreshing, because it goes back to really what religion is all about. I mean I think there’s a phrase in the New Testament about, "ask not, judge not, lest ye be judged" ...

Lytle: Easier said than done.

Rooney: Easier said than done, but he’s the global spiritual leader, and he’s saying it right now. It’s really heartwarming to see.

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NewsMakers - Mike Lyster

Mike Lyster, Chairman, Collier County Republicans

MIke Lyster

Lytle: Let me ask you now about the tea party. In Washington, and locally, and statewide, how is this conflict going to play out? Or does it have to be a conflict in the first place? Give me your big picture take on this.

Lyster: You know, it’s very interesting. I in fact attended I think the first two tea party rallies that were held here in Naples, simply because I agreed with some of the things that they were rallying for.

But I also believe that if you’ve got 500 so-called tea partyers together in a room, you probably couldn’t come up with a party platform, because they’re all in there for different reasons.

And so, I think because of that you’ve got a very diverse group of people that are now trying to work on their own issues and support their issues and find candidates with their issues.

I had a conversation with a young man the other day who said, "I’m just not sure we’re ever going to find that perfect candidate." And I said, well I don’t think you’re ever going to find the perfect candidate. You can take a candidate or a party and you can find something to disagree with if you want to be disagreeable.

On the other hand, I think that if you look at where the parties stand today, the two major parties on their principles and their values and what they believe should be done with government, then for the most part I think the Republicans have an upper hand there.

And certainly, nobody is talking about the tea party impact on the Democrats. So obviously we’ve got an awful lot in common with the tea party folks that I just think we all need to get under that big tent and come up with a candidate we can all support.

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