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EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Kevin Cramer on crypto: "I leave it up to somebody smarter, somebody else"
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EXCLUSIVE — Sen. Kevin Cramer on crypto: "I leave it up to somebody smarter, somebody else"

Ep. 3 — Sen. Kevin Cramer (1-23-2024)
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Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

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Matt Laslo’s always juggling numerous commissions that sometimes overlap in odd ways. This brief exchange with Cramer is meandering; a conversation, really. Laslo starts asking about the New Hampshire primary before he zeroes in on the Biden deepfake in NH, which then evolves into an AI conversation where Cramer uses crypto as a revealing example…

Key Cramer quote: 

“Listen, it's like crypto: When I decide I'm not interested anymore — because I've got 1,400 other priorities — I leave it up to somebody smarter, somebody else.”

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TOPICS:

Crypto, AI, deepfakes, New Hampshire primary & VP Tim Scott?

BACKGROUND:

Prof. Laslo has studied deepfakes for years now…

TODAY:

We’re in the midst of the first deepfake election….

FAST FORWARD:

Some lawmakers dismiss AI — and crypto! — out of hand, because they don’t get it, as this exchange with Cramer exemplifies. Buckle up…

Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), slightly edited for clarity.

LISTEN: Laslo & Cramer JUST crypto (snippet)

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Laslo & Cramer EXTENDED (exclusive turned scrum….)

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*crypto comes up about at about 2mins 10secs

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TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Kevin Cramer

SCENE: Laslo starts interviewing Cramer in the basement of the US Capitol, then they ride an elevator to the 2nd floor — so the senator can vote — where Laslo leaves Cramer to his colleagues.

Matt Laslo: “Was the takeaway from all those AI briefings and forums last year like — what was your takeaway from them?”

Kevin Cramer: “I don't know.”

ML: “Right?”

KC: “When I decide to…”

Laslo laughs (externally).

KC: “Listen, it's like crypto: When I decide I'm not interested anymore — because I've got 1,400 other priorities — I leave it up to somebody smarter, somebody else.”

Igor Bobic (HuffPost) then asks Cramer about Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and VP aspirations…?

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Matt Laslo covers tech politics for WIRED, lectures on technology’s impact on government at Johns Hopkins and is the founder of Ask a Pol — a new people-powered press corps. On social @MattLaslo // @Ask_a_Pol

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