'Veep's' Reid Scott on pit bulls and politics

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Zap2it: Why is a jackass like "Veep's" Dan so successful, do you think?

Reid Scott: People like him are necessary tools in Washington -- and that's kind of funny, because Dan is a tool. He comes to this job with a very special skill set, namely that he's a [jerk], so he can [do the mean and shady things] Selina doesn't want to do herself.

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Zap2it: Are you interested in politics?

Reid Scott: As a layperson, I consider myself fairly well-educated in terms of politics. My family always has been really interested in politics, and various members of my family have a hand in politics in upstate New York. As I've gotten older, I enjoy joining the conversation with my family and friends about politics, and over the years I have made some friends who just happen to be in politics.

Zap2it:
You have a pit bull. Any thoughts on the breed?

Reid Scott: Bella is just so sweet that I started to really take it personally when I would hear people bad-mouth that breed. I started digging to see where all these rumors came from, and they are just completely man-made. They were the original American family dog until they were supplanted by the Lab. People tend to forget that the RCA dog is a pit bull, and the "Little Rascals" dog is a pit. In England, before they were banned, their nickname was the nanny dog because they would sort of herd the kids. They're incredibly smart, incredibly loyal and very eager to please.

"Veep" airs Sundays on HBO.
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