Video briefing: Weiner, new Democratic front-runner, on ‘neanderthals in the House of Representatives’

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Right before a mayoral forum on affordable housing took place last night, a Wall Street Journal / NBC / Marist poll showed Anthony Weiner leading the Democratic mayoral primary. After the forum, Weiner was surrounded by reporters who wanted to get his reaction to the news.

Weiner played it down, saying, "In many ways, this doesn't change anything" and promising to continue talking about policies to help "the middle class and those struggling to make it." (Weiner's shtick for 2013 is that he's substantive and beyond shtick.)

After the scrum with reporters, Weiner walked down 17th Street, getting peppered with a few more questions from reporters.

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A Times reporter asked Weiner about how he'd increase federal aid for housing and help undocumented residents. Weiner, who won national attention for his made-for-YouTube tirades against Republicans, said, "Maybe we'll get the neanderthals in the House of Representatives to turn around and pass immigration reform."