WASHINGTON -- This weekend on a special edition of "Meet the Press," David Gregory talked to a number of panelists about the American Dream, including Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador.
Labrador was born in Puerto Rico to a single mother.
He talked about the way his mother raised him, and his belief that the American Dream is alive and well.
"I was born fours years after the march on Washington," said Labrador. "I was born to a single mother who lost her job because she got pregant with me. The most important thing she decided is that she was going to give me a good life. I didn't go to military school when I was a young man because my mother was rich. I went to miltary school because she decided to sacrifice. She decided to go without some things in life so she could put me in a military school."
Labrador said African-American leadership needs to use Martin Luther King's message of hope instead of convincing the community that they have no hope to succeed.