Thursday May 16, 2013 | 12:18 PM

WASHINGTON – Former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe talked about gun control, Benghazi and political gridlock in Congress on Wednesday night during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Here are two clips from the show:

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Olympia Snowe Pt. 1
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Olympia Snowe Pt. 2
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Snowe, a Republican, retired in January after 34 years in Congress and has been making media appearances across the nation promoting her new book, “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.” The book recounts the recent slide to partisan gridlock and offers her views on how to improve the system.

Snowe and Stewart talked about that dysfunction in the context of gun control following the failure earlier this year of a bipartisan proposal to require background checks on sales at all gun shows and many private sales. The bill had support from a majority of senators but failed because the vote fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward in the Senate.

“A system of representative government that has 90 percent support for an issue and 70 senators that would do it if not for one lobbying group’s objections, [you] shouldn’t have to read a book and call people to get that done,” Stewart said. “That’s a broken system,”

Snowe said that’s why she wrote the book and added the American public needs to make its voice heard.

“All of us, every one of us have to weigh in and make sure your voices are heard on Capitol Hill and demand bipartisanship and that lawmakers work across the line and support universal background checks,” Snowe said. “It’s up to each of us.”



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