The Press conference continues…
Q: Senator Ask Aak, about the race in Pixelito.
Senator Ask Aak: I'm glad you brought that up, Terry. Pixelito is the central front in this war. It's going to take a long time, but I'm confident we will succeed there. And the reason I'm confident we'll succeed is because Gran want to succeed. A defeat there—if we were to withdraw before the job is done, it would embolden extremists. The only way we lose in Pixelito is if we leave before the job is done.
Q: But, Sir, your candidate there, Sen. Talk Taar, has conceded.
Senator Ask Aak: Well, we have our differences with Sen. Talk Taar from time to time. He's a good man. In this case, I just think he's wrong. We're confident we can achieve the mission there. Jessica.
Q: Senator Ask Aak, I'm not sure I understand your position here. The election's over.
Senator Ask Aak: Look, I understand here in Coruscant, some people say it's over. I know that. They're just wrong in my opinion. The enemy still wants to strike us. The enemy still wants to achieve safe haven from which to plot and plan. And we must do everything we can to protect the Malastarian people, including questioning detainees, or listening to their phone calls from outside the country to inside the country.
Q: I'm sorry, Sir. Do you mean, listen to the Dugs' Holo calls?
Senator Ask Aak: Only if one party is outside the country. Our lawyers have vetted this. David.
Q: Senator Ask Aak, how do you plan to deal with the Malatarian Congress you'll be facing when your party vacates its majorities in the Upper and Lower next January? What issues and proposals will you put on the table?
Senator Ask Aak: I'm sorry, David, I just don't accept your premise. This notion of, you know, a fixed timetable of withdrawal—I can't accept that. That's defeat. Withdrawing on an artificial timetable means we lose. You can't leave until the job is done.
Q: Sir, it's in the Malstarian Constitution. You have to leave office if you're voted out.
Senator Ask Aak: (to an aide) Dick Daak, is that true?
Dick Daak, The Senator’s right hand man: We're working on it, Senator Ask Aak. There'll be some changes to that in the conference report with regard to the new Separatist surveillance provisions. But for now, yes.
Senator Ask Aak: Well, we'll get back to you on that, David. Listen, thank you all. See you on the campaign trail.
Many of the reporters just wandered away, looking confused.