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WASHINGTON- American democracy and the American people are what make the United States the best country in the world, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle told Fox News on Thursday.
“America is the greatest country in the world, and our founders’ theme was toward a more perfect union,” Rep. John Larson, a Democrat from Connecticut, told Fox News. “And the best way to do that is in a democratic republic with a free and open vote and people who speak their mind to move the nation forward.”
Representative Dean Phillips, a Democrat from Minnesota, agreed.
“I think America is the greatest country in the world,” he said. “And that’s why we have to come together, protect it and preserve it.”
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A college of The New York Times/Siena a poll found only 37% Democrats think the United States is the greatest country in the world. He also revealed that 55% of Democrats thought it was great, but not the best, while another 7% said the United States was “not a great country”.
But every lawmaker polled by Fox News — including Democrats — said America was the greatest country in the world.
Senator Cory Booker has said America is “absolutely, unequivocally” the best country in the world.
“People from all over the world are here in America every day, coming together, working together, to aspire not only to a more perfect union, but, as they say in the Bible, to be a light to all nations,” said New Jersey Democrat Addition.
Representative Raúl Grijalva, a Democrat from Arizona, said America is the best country without a doubt.
“And the reason for that is our democracy, our form of government,” Grijalva said. “The ability to correct and improve in our system of representation and in the rule of law.”
“No other country is doing this, and as long as we do, we will be fine,” he added.
Last month, President Biden said outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia that “MAGA forces” were determined to roll back the country and threaten democracy.
“Equality and democracy are under attack,” Biden said in his speech.
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Rep. Andy Kim, another Democrat from New Jersey, said he believes America is the greatest country in the world because of the opportunities the country provides for everyone to come and seek a better life.
“Fifty years ago this year, my parents came to the United States,” Kim told Fox News. “They came here because they knew that here my sister and I could have a better life and more opportunities than them.”
“And I’m now raising my 5-year-old, my 6-year-old on the road where I grew up,” Kim added.
In the New York Times/Sienna College poll, 69% Republicans called the United States “the greatest country in the world”. Another 24% said it was great but not the best. Only 5% of Republicans said the United States was not a great country.
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“America should be everyone’s favorite country who works here on Capitol Hill,” said Rep. David Kustoff, a Republican from Tennessee. “It’s definitely mine.”
“Think of all that we’ve been through, all of the freedoms that we enjoy today – it’s the envy of everyone in the rest of the world,” Kustoff continued. “The point is, we have to remember that we have to keep fighting for those freedoms.”
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Rep. Mike Kelly told Fox News: “I don’t know how anyone can sit in this body and say it’s a terrible country, we’re racist, we don’t help people, we don’t let’s do nothing.”
“It’s us running. It’s still America,” the Pennsylvania Republican said. “We have millions who come here illegally because they want to be in America.”
“If we can’t stand up for America, we can’t stand anything,” Kelly said.
Tyler Olson contributed to this report.