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and to better inform the regulatory process. these amendments get to different specific problems, with a -- but the common theme uniting them is the desire to try to lessen the interference by the government in our everyday lives. by pushing back against overbearing, costly regulations that don't actually accomplish the goal that even the regulators say they want to accomplish, and ensuring that state and local communities and stakeholders play a role in this conversation which is -- which should be part of the regulatory process, the american people would be better served by this legislation. so as we continue these discussions on this bill, i hope my colleagues will continue this amendment and others like them to help get the government out of the way or to help correct the bureaucracy when it is misguided and misinformed about how actually to accomplish consensus goals.
madam president, i yield the floor. mr. lee: madam president? the presiding officer: the snr from utah. mr. lee: i call up my amendment number 3023. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: mr. lee proposes an amendment numbered 3023 to amendment numbered 29536789 at the end of subtitle e -- mr. lee: i ask unanimous consent that the reading be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. lee: i ask unanimous consent to speak for up to an additional 15 minutes. the presiding officer: is there an objection? without objection. mr. lee: madam president, if there is one thing we know about american politics today, if there's one thing we've learned from the 2016 presidential race thus far, it's that there is a deep and growing distrust between the american people and the federal government. this institution -- congress -- is held in shamefully low regard by the people we were elected to
represent. but so, too, are the scores of bureaucratic agencies that are based in washington, d.c. but extend their reach into the most remote corners of american life. in my home state of utah, the public's distrust of washington is rooted not in ideology but experience. in particular, the experience of living in a state where a whopping two-thirds of the land is owned by the federal government and managed by distant, unaccountable agencies that are either indifferent or downright hostile to the interests of the local communities that they are supposed to serve. i've lost track of the number of stories i've heard from people in utah about their run-ins with federal land management agencies, but there's one story that every utahan knows. president bill clinton's infamous use of the antiquities act in 1996 to designate as a national monument more than 1.5
million acres of land in southern utah, what would become known as the grand staircase escalante national monument. what utahans remember about this episode is not just what president clinton did but how he did it. signed into law in 1906, the antiquities act gives the president the four unilaterally designate tracts of federal land as -- quote -- "historic land marks, historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of historic or scientific interest." the pump of the la purpose of to enable the executive to protect federal site sites from lootingr and havvandalism. the language of the law is clear. it instructs the president to restrict the designation of national monuments under the
antiquities act to -- quote -- "the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected." so you can imagine the surprise and in fact the indignation across the state of utah following president clinton's decision to annex a stretch of land roughly one and a half times the size of the state of delaware and then to give control over the land to a federal bureaucracy that routinely maintains a maintenance backlog that is several billion dollars higher than its annual budget. even worse than the enormous size of the designation was the clintoclinton administration's hostility toward the people of utah and the communities that would be most directly and severely affected by his decision. not only did president clinton announcing the monument designation in arizona, over 100 miles from the utah state border, but he refused to consult or even notify utah's
congressional delegation until the day before his announcement. consulting with the people who live and work in the communities around a potential national monument air isn't just a matter of follow -- area isn't just a matter of following etiquette, it is ensuring that it doesn't rob citizens of their livelihood, which is exactly what happened as a result of the grand staircase designation. utah's economy is built on the farm and agriculture industry, and livestock is the state's single-largest sector of farm income. but of the 45 million acres of langland irangeland in utah, mon three-quarters is owned and managed by the federal government. since the 1980's, federal authorities have slashed grazing
by more than 50%, a policy of did he preyvation that accelerated after 1986. even today the bureau of land management shows no sign of relenting. now for most people the grand staircase episode is a case study in government-sponsored injustice and a form of bureaucratic tyranny. for me, it brings to mind the line from america's declaration of independence in which the colonists charge that the quinge king of great britain has sent hilger swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. but for president obama and for the radical environmental groups that have co-oped federal land management agencies, it is the textbook model for th for the application of the antiquities act. it appears that president obama
is considering usin using -- covering 1.9 million acres of federal land in san juan county, this area known as bear's ears, is roughly the same size as the grand staircase. the both are situated near the southern edge of the state and both possess an abundance of natural beauty. but the similarities don't end there. each area is also home to a group of utahans dupely connected -- deeply connected to the federal land targeted by environmental activists for national monument designation. in the case of the grand staircase, it is the ranchers. and in the case of bear's ears, it's the navajo. the could i yel and a navajo bed threaten their livelihood and destroy their very way of life. they are concerns are well-founded. in the 1920's and 1930's,
hundreds of navajo families settled on homesteads located in national monuments toll find themselves steadily pushed out by imperious federal agencies all too eager to eradicate the private use of public lands. so it should come as no surprise to us today that the cielli are calling on the obama administration to forego the high-handed approach to land conservation that was employed by president clinton in 1996. the navajo obviou of course aret opposed to the protection -- or the conservation of public lands. they care about the preservation of bear's ears just as much as anyone else. to them, the sland land is not t beautiful, it is also sacred. they depend on it for their economic and spiritual survival, which is why all they're asking for is a seat at the table so
that their ancestral land isn't given over sight unseen to the arbitrary and arrogant control of federal land management agencies. i agree with the navajo. the president of the united states has no business seizing vast stretches of public land to be micromanaged and mismanaged by federal agencies, especially if the people who live, work, and depend on the land stand in opposition to such a takeover . and there's no denying that the people of san juan county reject the presumption that they should have a say in the management of the land in their community. the truth is, most of those who have mobilized to support a monument designation at bear's ears, including several native american groups, live outside of utah in states like colorado, new mexico, and arizona. by chrono traft, the people of -- by contrast, the people of
san juan county, the people whose livelihoods are tied to bear's eerkbear's ears, stand un their opposition to a monument designation. that's why i have introduced this amendment number 3026 which would update the antiquities act in order to protect the right of the navajo and their fellow citizens of san juan county to participate in the government's efforts to protect and conserve public land. here's how my amendment works: it preserves the president's authority to designate tracts of federal land as national monuments but also reserves a seat at the table for the people who would be directly affected by such executive action. it does so by opening the policy-making policy to the people's representatives so they can weigh in on monument designations. under my amendment, congress and the legislature of the state in which a monument has been
designated would have three years to pass resolutions ratifying the designation. if they fail to do so, the national monument designation will expire. some critics might claim that this amendment would take unprecedented steps to curtail the president's monument designation authority under the antiquities act. this is not true. this in fact is nonsense. the truth is that congress has twice passed legislation amending the antiquities act. in 1950 congress wholly prohibited presidential designation of national monuments under the antiquities act in the state of wyoming. some 30 years later, congress passed another law requiring congressional approval of national monuments in alaska larger than 5,000 acres. if you've ever visited wyoming or alaska, you know that these provisions have not led to the parade o of horribles conjured .
in reality, the states of wyoming and alaska have provening that national wildlife designations are not necessary to protect and conserve america's most treasured public lands. so why should the people of wyoming and the people of alaska enjoy these reasonable, commonsense protections under the law while the people of utah -- and indeed the people of every other state in the union -- not enjoy the same protections? there's no good answer to this question. except, of course, the passage of my amendment. and to anyone who might suggest that the people of these communities in and around national montana p iewments are not -- in and around national monuments are not prepared to participate in the monument process, in the policy process that leads to the creation after monument, i'd invite to you visit san juan county. you'll see a community that's not only well-informed about the
issues and actively engaged in the political process but also genuinely dedicated to finding a solution that works for everyone. the people of san juan county from the navajo to the county commissioners have the determination that's necessary to forge a legislative solution to the challenges facing public lands in their community. and that's exactly what you'd expect. san juan is a hard-scrabble community, one of the most disadvantaged in the entire state of utah. but you wouldn't know it from the people there. the citizens of san juan county are hardworking, honest, decent, and happy people. yet for far too long, federal land management agencies have given the people of san juan county and the people all across america little reason to trust the federal government. my amendment gives us an opportunity to change that. if congress wants to regain the
trust of the american people, we're going to have to earn it. and one of the ways we can earn it is by returning power to the people. that's what this amendment would do. passing this amendment and giving all americans a voice in the land management decisions of their community would be a meaningful and important step toward earning back that trust. i urge my colleagues to lend their support to this amendment. and the vital public trust that it will help us to rebuild. thank you, madam president. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from washington. ms. cantwell: madam president, i request unanimous consent that senator franken's energy fellow, michael blotter, be granted floor privileges for the remainder of this congress. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. cantwell: madam president, i'm hoping that before we go to the caucus lunches, we'll be
ms. cantwell: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from alaska. ms. murkowski: madam president, i request the proceedings under the quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. murkowski: we're making good progress here in the intervening hours since we came to the floor this morning and began business working with the ranking member on the energy and natural resources committee. we have come to you to announce a series of amendments that will
be voted on, asking unanimous consent for that. i want to acknowledge that the effort that has gone back and forth on both sides to make sure that folks have an opportunity to weigh in and vote on amendments that are important to them. i think we've got a good series here that we will announce. it is our hope that as we move to vote on these amendments that we will also continue the good work that we have made to try to advance some other measures that will be able to go by voice and will be working on those throughout the day. at this time i would ask unanimous consent that it be in order to call up the following amendments: number 3182 rounds as modified. number 3030 barrasso. number 2996 sullivan.
number 3176 schatz. number 3095 durbin. number 3125 whitehouse. that following the disposition of the franken amendment number 3115, the senate proceed to vote in relation to the above amendments in the order listed, vote with no second-degree amendments in order prior to the votes and a 60-vote affirmative threshold required for adoption and that there be two minutes of debate equally divided prior to each vote. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. ms. murkowski: and, madam president, i would note then that there will now be eight votes, a series of eight votes when we commence at 2:30 this afternoon, and recognizing that there are committees meeting and other senate business going on, we would hope that we would be able to process these votes relatively
efficiently and respecting that ten-minute vote parameter so that we can move through them in a manner that respects others' schedules. and with that, madam president, i would ... i would yield the floor. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the senate the previous order, the senate >> senator snowe taking a break for the weekly party meetings. we will be back at 2:15 p.m. eastern. live coverage here on c-span2. senators will continue work today on a bill making a number of changes to u.s. energy policy dealing with permitting for gas exports, commercial buildings. also upgrades to the nation's electric grid. senators expected to vote on a couple of amendments.
as your a total of eight votes expected when senators return. one would change how the president can clear -- tickler national monuments. senate leaders hoping a final vote on the bill will take place by the end of the week. the white house issued a statement last wednesday expressing support for the bipartisan bill but also stayed there concerns that you look forward to working with congress to address those concerns. the senate returning at 2:15 p.m. eastern today. live coverage on c-span2. ted cruz is not in the senate today. he is writing his win in the iowa caucuses last night to new hampshire where he is holding a town hall meeting in windham, new hampshire. he won the republican caucuses in iowa with 20% support. senator cruz expected
introducing mark pearson. [applause] >> i'm privileged to be the chair. [applause] >> i also am ceo of a faith-based medical center in kingston. and let me just say that having about a year ago spoken to all of the candidates all four or 500 of them, i asked them the question about health care. most of them gave me a fairly good answer about you know who care. one person went on at length
with a depth i so appreciated, and that was ted cruz. [applause] my wife and i moved up your 25 years ago from the people's democratic republic of massachusetts. [laughter] and as i got into new hampshire which had been my boyhood dream, i discovered new hampshire republican officials are far better than massachusetts democrat officials. but then i said, could we do better yet? and people started telling me about the united states senator. they told me he stood out in the crowd. he stands out in the crowd because he stands out in a crowd. but he also stood out in a crowd
because of his courage and compassion and conviction. and navy veteran who served in vietnam, not afraid to take a tough stand when that stand was necessary. he is retired now but he's not an active. he co-chairs veterans for cruz. he's a great guy, and he's serving our next president. let me present to you senator bob smith. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you all very much, and thank you for being so patient. you know, presidential campaigns are this way, but we've got a lot of excitement coming, folks.
windy introduction, the introduction fair, i was reminded, people asked me why do i support senator cruz. those of you with a few gray hairs who remember me when i served, he reminds me of me. you know, hard-core conservative consistent fighting for the values that we all believe in. and it's time we win. it's time we win. and we have an opportunity right now, right now. let me just say this to you. let's not let senator cruz down. look what he just went through in iowa. look what he has gone through with the attacks at the things that have been said against him because that's what the left does. and we can win here. buchanan one year in 96. i once six primaries here. there is no one more conservative than i am. we can win. all we have to do, all we have to do is unite, all we have to do is unite as conservatives.
there are other good people running. we understand it. there are great people. we have a good party. we have a good legislative candidates but we need to unite behind a consistent conservative who when he goes to washington will do exactly what he said he was going to do. and you all know he will tell you all the issues and all the things he supports when he comes up here in a few minutes. but when ronald reagan ran, when ronald reagan ran here in 76 and 80, they said a lot of things about him, too. ronald reagan can't win. he's the actor who does know anything. turned out to be one of the greatest presidents in the history of america. we know about. [applause] so i'm asking you, look, look, i've been asked five or six times this morning, why, what happened out in iowa? what was it quick sketch the ground game and we've got here, too, folks. it's the same ground again.
it's my privilege now to introduce the men that i've really gotten to know over the last several months of this campaign, my co-chair mr. bill o'brien, the former speaker of the new hampshire house of representatives. bill, come on up. [applause] >> good afternoon, everybody. i wonder if you wouldn't mind if we started this off by doing the pledge of allegiance? i will call a state rep of yours for this area, walter, two leaders in the pledge of allegiance. >> join him, please. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands: one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. >> thank you very much. >> thank you for all you do.
about a year or so ago i went out to iowa to speak at a conference of conservatives and had an opportunity to meet most of the individuals within considering running for president. i want to tell you that our party, the republican party, has reason to be proud. they were a great group of men and women who were thinking of doing -- we should be, have a round of applause for all of them. [applause] while i was out there i talked with all of them but i had the opportunity to come across one who was exceptional. one who was exceptional in his history of being a proven conservative, one who didn't do what we've seen too often for our country and in new hampshire, campaign as a conservative and then go to washington or go to concord, become a liberal, a they call themselves which is really a liberal. this man stood up to those in
the washington cartel who are members of both parties and said no, i wasn't there to turn things around in washington and that's what i'm going to do. i came across a man and i talked with him and i decided to support him. but i didn't just come across senator cruz. i came across a team, and the team was senator cruz and heidi. i came across a team that was willing to sacrifice months and years it's going to take of their personal time to turn around our country. i came across someone that i knew would be part of a team that would turn washington around. then over time i came to know, this is heidi cruz, and it was an unexpected delight to meet such a fine person, fine family member, someone who is able, willing to walk away from her career to support this effort.
i came across someone that i feel truly blessed to call a friend, and that is heidi cruz. and so -- [applause] and today it is my distinct pleasure to be able to introduce to you as has become particularly a pair given to the results last night come introduce to you the next first lady of the united states. [cheers and applause] >> good afternoon. a good afternoon. it is so wonderful to be back in the state of new hampshire. as many of you know i spent quite a bit of time here as has ted. we've been coming to new hampshire for come in this
particular year, almost a year, but long before that. we were in graduate school in boston. i campaigned here for george w. bush. so maybe almost 20 years. this is caroline. caroline had a long plane flight last night what she wanted to come up on stage and say hello to you. caroline is seven. can you say hi? [applause] she is a little shy but she wore her exclamation mark sweater this morning. this is a good morning to be a republican. [applause] you can go down if you want. catherine is five and she is not with us today. she had a very important engagement for kindergarten this morning. and so we are said she is not with us not i wanted to spend a couple minutes here with you this morning. ted is on his way just a few minutes out and i would love being able to introduce ted immigrant because then i can say
whatever i want. but i want to spend the time this morning telling you just a couple things about ted, three things really, that caused me to fall in love with them. you have a very, very important decision to make on february 9 and it's just a few days away now. if i could teach you something to take home with you that you didn't have when you came that nobody else can give you, other than his wife of 14 and a half years, that would be a victory for me. and before i tell you that, i want to just say that my overwhelming feeling last night was how proud i am, certainly of our team. we have built an incredible team. we have the best leadership team in new hampshire specifically with the bill o'brien and bob smith and her whole campaign team. thank you so much, speaker and senator, for stepping up early when it wasn't obvious who was going to win in iowa.
[applause] there will be a lot of people that come on board as ted moves through this primary season, but those who were with us before it got off the ground just for such an incredible strength to us everyday and i know there's some of you in the crowd as well. so thank you from the bottom of my heart. we have an incredible campaign team, i to you this because it matters for. if you all work hard here in new hampshire and if there are undecided, think about the life support, we to support someone who can win. and his campaign team has built an incredible foundation, a grass-roots army of over 200,000 people around the country. our finest human so many volunteers have raised over $50 million. we've got a lot of that money in the bank but most cash on hand of any camping out there going into this primary season. and that is very useful to have
some strategic cash on hand, we could maneuver to make sure that we win these primaries with your hard work. we want to support your hard work and we can do that because we have the cash on hand to do that. those donations came from over 800,000 people around the country with an average donation size of $67. that is an incredible feat. [applause] and then before i get into my three reasons as to why i fell in love with ted, because i put some thought into it and there are three key things, yesterday i spoke to the pallet caucus. and it was so easy to give my reasons why the iowans in the caucus should vote for ted. but on the way we've only gotten about 20 minutes from the caucus when the results started coming in. when i saw ted at 28, just an overwhelming feeling of specific pride and admiration that i have for him came into my heart.
for the one person who leads this team this is an example to the campaign and to voters every day of taking the high road, of never getting rattled, of thinking strategically of prioritizing the right things at the right time and the right space. of standing on principle and never wavering. this was a candidate who won the state of iowa by a good margin being against the renewable fuel savers. this is a candidate -- [applause] and the reason he won with that position is because he didn't stop with being against something. something. he reminded iowans of their better selves, that we don't need to rely on government, that they can do it. and he worked with the private sector in iowa to have a plan for the growth of ethanol. this is a person who is incredibly thoughtful on
solutions to make things better for this country, better for the economy so people can make more money, not government. and going through that and having the courage of his conviction and winning that state and being so unflappable in the state of a myriad of pretty crazy attacks in the last two weeks, for our family, he really is our strength and his strength comes from his faith, from his god. i was so proud of him last night for never breaking. and he won't ever actually do as we go through these primaries to the general, as he beats hillary and leads this country. that i just want to showed up at with you. [applause] so let me share with you three reasons that i really fell in love with ted. i grew up in california. it was conservative and. not too far from the reagan ranch. my dad is a dentist, my mom worked in his office to quit a
couple acres to my brother and i used to spend our weekends weeding corn and picking berries and trimming trees. we had a small business of bread baking. we wanted to make extra money. without we should be paid for our chores. that's just part of being hostile. my dad said if you want to mix money you need to get out and do something, have a product, have some value. we learned so much in doing that together. i was in a very conservative christian home in a small town and i'm not a big risk taker. when i met ted cruz in 2000, it really was love at first sight. but ted was compelling as eye-catching of them for about the next year and half before we got married. the first thing was you could tell when you spent just a few minutes with this person that he really knew what he believed. he had the power of his convictions. he could articulate why he was there, when he was doing, what the president should run on. the reason is ted was raised on the constitution.
his parents were christians. they raise them on the bible as well. he was raised understand the front of the principles. his dad came here as many of you know as a fighter for freedom. with $100. he went to college and was a math major because he couldn't speak english and went to english at night to listen to the movies over and over to learn the language. he washed dishes for 50 cents an hour. he didn't ask for and that. he didn't say it was unfair. he was pursuing the american dream and the 76ers pulled today, he jobs out of bed so grateful to god for having the chance to live in this country. he started a small business that did really well. it went through hard times. he is a preacher now. his dad has the vibrancy of life, the gratefulness to live in a democracy. ted grew up without believing that you can do it. his mother was born to factory workers in delaware. they work in the dupont factory, blue-collar.
her mother was one of 17 and she was first in her family to ever go to college. she graduated in 1956 with a degree in math. eleanor is steady, unflappable, a backbone of steel. she's an incredible friend and a wonderful this wonderful woman of wisdom. when ted goes home which is a very frequently these days, that she is our neighbor and she always comes over and visit late at night. they are both night owls. late at night in the living room talking about the campaign, about character, what's going well and what needs to change. there's still to this day only one person in the world that can really tell ted cruz what to do, and that's his mom. this is a man of principle, and that is the reason i fell in love with them. i knew that for my family, for my reputation, for my life he would never waiver. i committed to it for the next 100 years. your commitment to it for the
next years that he could lead our country, i can promise you he will never waiver. it's why i married him. the second thing that i want to say about ted that i really love about ted is he questions the status quo. whether it be at home in her personal life, whether it be in our professional life. ted is someone who can always see the big picture who has a vision and a strategic and is not going to settle in and say that's just how things are, there's nothing we can do. this country is in crisis. have an economic malaise that we have never fully recovered from. we have people who are out of jobs. with the lowest job participation rate still since 1976. this has been eight years. this is one of the slowest economic recoveries that so many people in washington said it's hard, the fed and this and that, china. no. we can do something about it, and ted will. he's running on creating jobs in the private sector, develop a
flat tax plan with 10% rate, 16% flat tax or business. he's talking that reducing the regulatory state dramatically. not just around the edges but dramatically so we can stimulate growth again. this is a person who is not happy with the status quo. he went to washington elected by 27 million texans. i campaigned with them. he told every texan i will work with every breath in my body to defund obamacare, and he did. exactly that. he stood up when the debt, a debt and budget negotiations were going on. the leadership of our party tried to change the rules in the senate to put the bill on the floor so that they could all vote no in the minority, when have the votes so they could go back and tell you that they tried. ted said no, we are not going to change the rules of the game so that we can say that we tried come disadvantage ourselves and not have to make the argument as margaret thatcher said we have to make the argument, to the
hard work of finding the facts, making the argument against democrats so that we can win the argument and then we win the vote. he's not going to give up. [applause] so whenever ted is on the campaign trail at once in a while when he is at home he tries to do homework with carolyn. just like in your family, every kid resembles one of the parents to a certain degree and caroline, so grateful, issues like our debt. our little katherine who's not here is a little more like me but caroline and ted went off to do some math homework to do that. i told him to redo the instructions, and i told her to go ahead and do a problems. ted started out, read the directions and she's really good read and she followed right behind them and read them or sell. when he was that he told have to do the problem and she said, dad, i've read instructions at the same time you have and i have a different interpretation how to do the problem. i couldn't believe my ears to the each set off.
they came to the same answer. and so i had a little battle all week. she said on friday i'm going to have finished this problem set and jupiter finishes and we will see who did more right answers. i love that about caroline. she's followed and her dad's footsteps. asked questions. question the status quo. the last thing i fell in love with ted is you could have brilliant people who are principled, busy, working, doing the right things but they sometimes are not as thoughtful to the people around the because they are so busy, so smart. ted is the most patient, calm, thoughtful person that i know. and to have that combination of the steadiness from his mother, that revolutionary zeal and passion from his father and to see the demonstrated every day. ted will call on his cell phone right before one of these debates or in a stressful moment
in a state in the election, and he will call me and just seeing a broadway tune. and i'm thinking, i'm on a finance call right now. do you really need to be doing this? he's got a lot more going on and he never ceases to defuse a stressful moment with a moment of levity and with the opportunity to tell his wife and his girls that he loves them, to call his mom to wish her happy birthday. he's busy traveling and he often comes with big okays of flowers. valentine's day last year, i'm sure he would have done sure he would have done and i buy the flowers. i bought the card. i almost signed up myself but there was ted. he came in the next morning. my work was a big waste because he came on to celebrate his mother and our girls. i will never forget those tough moments, the basic i'm running out the door when i'm behind and he stops and packed my suitcase. i will never forget when i'm stressed and ted the candidate is the calm one. he looks me in the eye every day
and says we will win this race for our country. we are going to stick to what we do, stay with her strategy, stay positive, optimistic. we will not protect others. we will contrast on policy. that's what this is about but you have a man in ted cruz that believes that we will take washington back for you. you are not take instruction from anybody in leadership but it will take instruction from you. i don't know is ted here yet? we are going to show the video. good. those are the three reasons that i fell in love with ted cruz. is principled, he questions the status quo and he is incredibly thoughtful and genuine. and help to this you've got to know just a little bit better at our family. we are so honored to spend this time with you. you have a beautiful state. i love the northeast. not all texans say that but we have a ton of frontier, and
we're going to a lot of on this week. so with that let's show the video on how the campaign has been going. >> no exploratory committee, no one to pros and cons. senator cruz of texas will announce tomorrow he is all in. >> today i am announcing that i am running for president of the united states. ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ ♪ >> ted cruz is of the most conservative candidate running. the most consistently conservative candidate running. >> i think ted cruz to the rockstar. >> is like the conscience of a conservative
in the senate that is gutless, timid and cowardly. >> if you're looking for republican candidate who is the most opposed to liberalism, that's ted cruz. cruz. >> how about talking about the substantive issues? [cheers and applause]
so what a victory last night. [applause] you know, two nights ago i was watching tv, watching the stations on every station, every pundit says there's no way, the race is done. but last night, the men and women of iowa sent notice across this country that this election is not going to be decided by the media. [applause] that this election is not going to be decided by the lobbyists and the washington cartel. that it's going to be decided by the grassroots. it's going to be decided by the men and women here in this room. it's going to be decided by the
men and women across this country who take so seriously their responsibility of getting the candidates. one of the things heidi and i have grown to so love about nature, to so love of iowa, is both states take your responsibilities seriously. look, y'all trade, y'all treat politics in new hampshire like we treat football in texas last nigh.[laughter] you understand the millions counting on each of everyone of you to that the candidates. not to listen to the antitoxin not to listen to the campaign promises but instead to look us in the eye and determine who is telling the truth and he was blowing smoke. that's what you all are doing. and it is incredible, important, and our americans across this country who are counting on june
to make that determination. now, what we saw last night was we saw the old reagan coalition coming back together again. [applause] we saw conservatives and evangelicals and libertarians and reagan democrats all standing together saying, what on earth are we doing? there's a great little booklet. all ever vigilant in life i learned in kindergarten. they really ought to pass it out. it's things like don't lie. [applause] and do what you said you're going to do. [applause] not of this is rocket science.
how about we have candidates who when they campaigned saying if you like me we will repeal obamacare, how about we have candidates who go to washington and actually repeal obamacare? [applause] how about if we have candidates who say i'm opposed to amnesty, i want to secure the border, how about if we elect him to go to washington and we actually stop amnesty and secure the border? [applause] how about if we get back to the constitution? [applause] you know, you look at the constitution. you look at the principles that built this country. what the media wants to do is say something like the constitution, that's a crazy right wing document. does that show how out of touch the national narrative is?
and afterwards i went back to the hotel room and went back to twitter. that was before donald was tweeting about me every day. [laughter] and began looking at twitter, and it so happened that paula poundstone, the comedian, was watching that night. i guess she didn't have anything better to do. and she sent a tweet. she said, ted cruz just said when his daughter was born, the national debt was $10 trillion. now it's $16 trillion. what the heck did she do? [laughter] we both laughed really, really hard. but our daughter caroline, who is here somewhere -- i don't know where she is, but she's here. look, caroline is 7. i want you to think about that. in her short life, the national debt has gone from 10 trillion to now just last week we crossed $19 trillion.
in caroline's life what we are doing to our kids and grandkids, it is wrong, it is immoral. no generation in american history has ever done this to the next generation. and if we don't stop it, young people are going to spend their entire lives not working to meet the needs of the future, the priorities of the future, their priorities, but simply working to pay off the debts of their deadbeat parents and grandparents. you know, the media doesn't understand why people are so ticked off with washington. but when you start mortgaging the future of our kids and grandkids, people have a way of getting fairly irritated about that. the reason we're here today is we want our country back. [applause]
this is the movement from the people. it is a movement of people who are furious with washington, d.c., with the washington cartel, with career politicians in both parties who get in bed with lobbyists and special interests and grow and grow and grow government. now, when was the last time we broke the washington cartel? 1980. thirty-six years ago. and i'll tell you, the granite state played a critical role in making that happen. you know, back in 1980 all the media said this guy, reagan, he's a crazy, right-wing kook. he's too extreme. and, by the way, he's rial done in the polls. -- really down in the polls. that's what the media said over and over again.
but you know what? live free or die state took a look at reagan and said that guy believes in what he's saying. he's not reading from talking points. he doesn't have a consultant who said, okay, go pretend you're for this. he's speaking from the heart. he means what he says. he tells the truth, and he's going to do exactly what he said. and the granite state shocked this country by giving reagan the victory, and it literally -- the men and women of new hampshire -- changed the course of history of america and of the world. your actions liberated billions from bondage. won the cold war, tore the berlin wall to the ground. that's what new hampshire did. and washington doesn't like that. what scares washington is when the people stand up and assert
the sovereignty of we, the people. [applause] there are too many people in washington who think the -- politicians in washington who think the people work for them. they've got it exactly backwards. we work for you. [applause] and i want to tell you something amazing that's happening across this country. people are waking up. there is an awakening sweeping this country. so i want to ask everyone here to look forward to january 2017. [applause] if i'm elected president, let me tell you what i intend to do on the first day in office. the first thing i intend to do
is rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by barack obama. [cheers and applause] the second thing i intend to do is instruct the u.s. department of justice to open an investigation into planned parenthood and to prosecute any and all criminal violations. [cheers and applause] the third thing i intend to do is instruct the department of justice and the irs and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. [cheers and applause] the fourth thing i intend to do
is rip to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. [cheers and applause] and the fifth thing i intend to do on the first day in office is begin the process of moving the american embassy in israel to jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. [applause] now that's day one. [laughter] in the days that follow, i will go to congress, and we will repeal every word of obamacare. [applause] we'll pass common sense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and affordable and portable and
keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. [applause] i will instruct the u.s. department of education that common core ends today. [cheers and applause] we will finally, finally, finally secure the borders and end sanctuary cities. [applause] we will rebuild our military. [applause] and we will honor our solemn commitments to every soldier and sailor and airman and marine. [applause] that includes fundamentally reforming the v.a. so that every veteran can choose his or her doctor. [applause]
and that includes protecting the second amendment right to keep and bear arms of every serviceman and woman. [applause] we will have a commander in chief who stands up and says to the world, we will defeat radical islamic terrorism. [applause] we'll have a president willing to utter the words "radical islamic terrorism." [laughter] [applause] and we will not weaken, we will not degrade, we will utterly and completely destroy isis. [applause] in the days that follow, we'll
take on the epa. [applause] and the cfpb and the alphabet soup of federal agencies that have descended like locusts on farmers and ranchers and small businesses, killing jobs all across this country. [applause] and i will go to congress, and we will pass fundamental tax reform, a simple flat tax where every american can fill out our taxes on a postcard. [applause] and when we do that, we should abolish the irs. [cheers and applause] now, some of y'all may be
thinking can it happen? can we do it? you know, scripture tells us there's nothing new under the sun. i think where we are today is very, very much like the late 1970s, like the jimmy carter administration. same failed economic policies, same feckless and naive foreign policies. in fact, the exact same countries; russia and iran. openly laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. now, why is it that that analogy gives me so much hope and optimism? because we remember how that story ended. all across this country millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. [applause] and it didn't come from
washington. washington despised ronald reagan. it began right here in new hampshire in the live free or die state, and it changed this country, it changed the world. why am i so optimistic? because the same thing is happening again. it took jimmy carter to give us ronald reagan. and i am convinced the most long-lasting legacy of barack obama is going to be a new generation of leaders in the republican party who stand and fight for liberty, who stand and fight for the constitution, who stand and fight for the judeo-christian values that built this great nation. [cheers and applause] and with that, i'm happy to answer or dodge any question you like. [laughter]
yes, ma'am. >> yeah. i understand that you're a big supporter of president reagan, and so i want to ask you if, like him, you would work to keep us secure by sitting down with the russians to negotiate mutual reductions in nuclear weapons. >> well, thank you for that question. and, listen, from my intereducative i'm -- perspective i'm happy to sit down and negotiate with practically anybody. but the key is how you negotiate with our enemies. and what we've seep over the last seven -- seen over the last seven years is an illustration that weakness and appeasement doesn't work, that coddling our enemies is a disastrous policy. i believe in reagan's philosophy of peace through strength. the way to sit down with the russians is to do can it from a position of strength. so, for example, let me give you an example of the sort of thing we ought to be doing with russia. listen, putin is not a
complicated guy. putin is, essentially, a kgb thug. and the only thing he respects is strength. putin views barack obama as a laughingstock. now, let's go back to when russia invaded ukraine. what should we have done? i'll tell you what i called on president obama to do at the time. i said the first thing we should have done is immediately installed the anti-ballistic missile batteries in poland and the czech republic that were scheduled to go into effect. now, obama and hillary clinton canceled those in 2009 in an effort to appease putin. the appeasement, obviously, didn't work, and that would have been a powerful statement to our friends and allies, we stand with you. but the second thing we should have done is there were at the time 22 applications pending to
export liquid natural gas. president obama should have held a national tv conference and approved immediately all 22. now, that would have done three things. number one, it would have helped the people of europe, it would have helped the people of ukraine stand free from russia's blackmail. listen, if you're leading ukraine and russia is the leading provider of heating oil, y'all understand a new hampshire winter. if putin had the ability to cut off your heat and cause your citizens potentially to freeze to death, that puts you in real vulnerability. providing liquid natural gas from the united states helps ukraine and europe stand free from russia's economic blackmail. secondly, though, it hits putin where it hurts; in the pocketbook. you know, john mccain has a great phrase for russia. he says russia is, essentially, a gas station with a country attached.
[laughter] putin is a petro-tyrant. he uses their oil and gas to fuel their military aggression. taking away their customers is a powerful blowback. but third, it would have created jobs and economic growth here at home. and it's only because of domestic politics that obama was not willing to do any of that. what reagan demonstrated is you can negotiate with the russians from strength. when it comes to nuclear weapons, reagan -- and i, like reagan, would love to see a world where there were no nuclear weapons. if i could wave a magic wand and have every nuclear weapon go away, these are horrific tools of mass destruction. every one of us would wave that wand if we could make them go away, but we can't. and i do think the very first obligation of the president and commander in chief is to keep us safe. the single greatest national security threat we face right now concerns nuclear weapons, but it's not, i don't believe,
russia's nuclear weapons. it is iran acquiring nuclear weapons. so i would be happy to work with and negotiate the russians not being fooled into thinking they're our friends, but where our interests align and we negotiate from a sign of strength, we could advance more than the weakness and appeasement obama has shown them for the last seven years. [applause] yes, sir. >> i love your plan as a former small businessman, i love your plan to do something about these oppressive regulations that anybody who's in business here has suffered with. i do want to ask you, though, will you be careful to be sure that disabled people in this country continue to be protected by the americans for disabilities act? >> great question and, listen, absolutely, yes. you know, you look at people with disabilities, and people with disabilities -- like all americans -- want to be independent, want to work
productively. you know, one of the real problems of a lot of federal government policy towards people with disabilities is far too often it moves towards stripping them of their independence. it moves towards sometimes institutionalizing them, preventing them from working. listen, the vast majority of people with disabilities are capable of doing meaningful work. now, listen, some people may not be able to do heavy manual labor depending on the nature of the disability, but the vast majority of people with disabilities are able to work productively, to have the dignity of work. and i think that should be something we should strive for everyone to be able to work productively. and, you know, i'll give an example. my former boss, greg abbott. when i was the solicitor general of texas, greg abbott was the attorney general. he's now the governor. and greg abbott is in a wheelchair. thirty years ago when he had just taken the bar, just graduated from law school, he'd taken the bar. he was out jogging, and
lightning struck a tree, and the tree fell on him and broke his back. and he's been pairized from the waist down for the last three decades. he's been in a wheelchair. and, you know, it's interesting. when i went to work for him back in 2003, you know, he jokes all the time about it. and one joke he tells, he says, okay, i know what you must be thinking; how slow was that guy running to get hit by a tree? [laughter] and i have to tell you, the first time or two he tells the joke, you're working for him, you're kind of awkward, you're not sure. am i allowed to laugh, you know, what? is it okay? but he is someone who i admire so much because, yes, he has a disability, and it hasn't slowed him down one iota. when it comes to people with disabilities, i give you my commitment i will do everything i can as president to expand their independence, to expand their ability to work meaningfully, to empower them to have access and the ability to
work and provide for themselves, because i think that is a human dignity that every human being should be able and is entitled to be able to experience. [applause] yes, ma'am. >> thanks. one of my bigger concerns is the immigration, and marco has thrown a lot of clouds of whatever on this so-called poison pill and passed citizenship. can you just very briefly state exactly what -- because i've researched, and i just would like a clear picture on how he has slanted it and what you really stand for. >> well, i have to say i love your phrase a lot of clouds of whatever. [laughter] that actually, that is a very accurate and evocative phrase. listen, on immigration the lines in this race are actually very, very clear. let's go back to 2013.
and let me step back for a second. let me suggest a rubric for all of us to use to assess candidates. you know, every one of us, we've been burned by candidates. people who promise something good, then they go to washington, they don't do it. and the stakes are too high for that to happen again. and so i would suggest the test we ought to apply is the scriptural test. you shall know them by their fruits. that what i would recommend to each of you is don't listen to what any of us say, don't listen to what i say. when's the last time you heard a politician say don't listen to what i say? [laughter] and don't listen to what anybody else says. instead, check our fruits. look to what we've done. look to, if you say you believe these principles, have you walked the walk? and the moment that i believe was the time, the clarifying moment, it was what reagan would call a time for choosing on immigration, was the 2013 battle over the gang of eight amnesty bill.
now, marco, when he ran for senate in florida, promised the men and women of florida if you elect me, i will go to washington, and i will lead the battle against amnesty. he said that over and over and over again. it was a commitment he made to the voters. me, when i ran in texas, i promised the men and women of texas if you elect me, i will go to congress, and i will lead the fight against amnesty. we said virtually the identical things to the voters who elected us. but when we got to washington, marco and i took very, very different paths. marco made the decision, the conscious, deliberate decision not only not to lead the fight against amnesty, but to go and stand with barack obama and chuck schumer and harry reid and to lead the fight for amnesty. the gang of eight bill is the rubio-schumer bill. marco rubio and chuck schumer wrote it together.
the bill failed to secure the borders. the bill expanded president obama's ability to bring syrian refugees to this country without mandating any meaningful background checks. and the bill provided that all 12 million people here illegally would have a pathway to u.s. citizenship. it was directly contrary to what marco had prommed the men and women -- promised the men and women who elected him. now, there's a reason that he did that. i make a lot of reference to the washington cartel. the washington cartel are those career politicians and lobbyists. it's all about money. the washington cartel supports amnesty. it's because k street and wall street views amnesty as cheap labor. cheap labor's great. drive down wages, that's fabulous from their perspective. and so when you support amnesty, have you noticed how the press praises those enlightened republicans who support amnesty?
and the donors, by and large, many of the donors, support amnesty as well. but i made a very different decision. i chose instead to stand shoulder to shoulder with senator jeff sessions and with congressman steve king and with millions of americans and lead the fight against amnesty. i chose to honor the commitments, the promises that i made to the men and women of texas. and i'll tell you the reason why, i wasn't willing to go back to texas and stand in a town hall and look the people who elected me in the eyes and say i broke my word to you. that mattered more to me than the adulation, than the money, than the praise from the media, from the donors, from the washington cartel. i remembered who i was working for, which is the people who elected me to fight for them. and on that battle -- and that was an epic battle -- it's worth remembering just how close it came to passing. the rubio-schumer amnesty bill
passed the senate, got every single democrat and a whole bunch of establishment republicans. then it was headed to the house. and john boehner, the speaker of the house, intended to take it up and pass it with all the democrats and a handful of leadership and establishment republicans. and if that had happened, this would have been over. the issue would have been lost. it would have been game over. it would have gone to obama's desk, he would have signed it, and amnesty would have happened. that was a time for choosing. it was a moment where everyone decides where do you stand. and the reason it was defeated is jeff sessions and steve king and i stood up and led the fight. we said this is wrong. this violates the rule of law. it's unfair to millions of legal immigrants. it's unfair to millions of working men and women who are losing their jobs, who are seeing their wages driven down. and millions of people across this country rose up against it.
now, one of the tactics of the washington cartel is they like to blur the lines. part of their defense is, you know, everybody does it. that's what they try to convince you. you know what? everyone's lying, everyone's untrustworthy, so you ought to go with me, because i'm one of the liars too. [laughter] i mean, that's their talking point. and so what marco is trying to say -- pushed by lots of folks in the media -- is he's focusing on one amendment that i introduced. i'd encourage you, go to my web site, tedcruz.org. read the amendment i introduced. it's one sentence. it is 36 or 38 words. 38. 38 words. that's the power of an informed grassroots. [laughter] [applause] my one-sentence amendment said anyone here illegally can never become a u.s. citizen, period.
didn't say a word about legalization -- [applause] so here's what marco's trying to say. well, your amendment you said no citizenship, so that means you support all the other garbage in the gang of eight. no, that thing was 1,000 pages long. the fact that i introduced one one-sentence amendment to fix one problem in the bill does not mean you get to stick on me all the rest of the garbage in the bill, particularly when i was leading the fight to defeat the whole bill. [applause] and i'll point out also so you want to know who to believe. one of the ways to know who to believe is to look to trusted third parties. jeff sessions, probably the leading opponent of amnesty in the u.s. senate. jeff sessions came to an event for me in alabama where he stood up responding to these rubio attacks, and he said, listen, they're completely false. and what senator sessions said
is without ted cruz, the gang of eight amnesty bill would have passed. and because ted stood up and fought and led, we defeated it. so that's jeff sessions' take. steve king in the house, the leading opponent of amnesty, one of my national co-chairmen of my campaign, has spent the last month campaigning all over iowa leading the fight against amnesty and saying, you know what? in every one of those fights ted was in the foxhole right next to me, and it was marco and chuck schumer shooting at us. and the media tries to tell you we were in the same foxhole. and i'll tell you, beyond that you can look to mark levin and rush limbaugh who have both said this is real simple. [applause] and even forgetting about the gang of eight -- and by the way, during the gang of eight where was donald trump? you know, as a presidential candidate he has discovered that illegal immigration's a good issue. if you really cared about
illegal immigration, when the gang of eight was on verge of passing, when we could lose this issue for a generation, anyone who actually cared about it would have said something, would have done something. you know, as donald -- you know, i'm told donald knows some people in the entertainment business. [laughter] you know, he could have salterred over to the -- sauntered over to today show and said this would be really bad idea. you know what he did instead? he sent out a tweet supporting amnesty. in 2013 during the fight when jeff sessions and steve king and i are getting hit by the media and by the establishment republicans, donald trump sided with them, said we should pass amnesty after securing the border. and then what he said after that, he was at the time supporting rubio's dreamers act to grant amnesty, and he was criticizing in 2013 mitt romney for being too tough, too mean on
illegal immigration. as i said, when we're candidates running now, don't listen to what we say now, look to what we did. if you want to know where someone stands, look to what they did when there was a price, when you pay a price when people blast you and criticize you and come at you. and that tells you what they'll do in the future when the battle is being fought, and i give you my word i'll stand with you. [applause] >> yes, thank you. my question is donald trump seems to be going after reporters with disabilities. do you think that that is something that a presidential candidate or a president should be doing? >> well, listen, you know, i'm a big believer that you convey a lot about your character in how you conduct yourself. how you treat others. i think one of the greatest tests of character is how do you
treat people you don't have to be nice to. listen, everyone knows how to kiss up. everyone knows how to kiss up to their boss, kiss up to whoever has direct control over their lives, but how do you treat the clerk at the convenience store? how do you treat the cab driver? how do you treat people who you don't have to be nice to? there's no meaningful consequence in your life. that shows a lot about character. and every candidate has to choose how they conduct their campaign. i can tell you six weeks ago donald trump was saying every day that i was his friend, that he loved me, that i was terrific, that i was nice -- [laughter] and now i'm an anchor baby. [laughter] now, i don't really think six months ago something profoundly changed about me. but what did change is his numbers started going down, and our numbers started surging.
and then suddenly, you know, every morning i pick up the phone and look at my iphone to see whatever the latest insult is from donald. and i'll give him credit, the guy has some creative insults. there are a lot of morn beings i wake up cracking up laughing going, that's pretty good. [laughter] if they're really funny, i show them to the whole team. wow, did you see this one? that's great. he can do that. that's his choice. from my perspective, i have not and do not intend to respond in kind. [applause] and to the contrary, i'm going to sing his praises. i think he's bold, i think he's brash, i think i'm glad that he has energized so many people to get involved in the political process. we need every one of those people to show up in november 2016. that's how we win the general election. so i'm not -- and i think the voters of new hampshire,
frankly, deserve more than politicians trading insults and behaving like school children. and so my focus, i'm going to keep the focus on substance and policy and record. i think policy and record is fair game. so i'm happy to talk about how my health care plan and his health care plan differ. i'm happy to talk about on amnesty the difference between donald and me. i'm happy to talk about eminent domain, the differences on policy. but i'm not going to go into personal insults, and i think the people of new hampshire deserve for all of us to follow that standard. i hope that other candidates do as well. [applause] young man. okay, this'll be the last question. >> a question about you said net neutrality is obamacare for the internet. is that still your stance on it? >> it is, and it's a very good question. the question was about net neutrality. and let me step back and give some context, because not everyone may know what that is.
so the obama administration recently, the fcc, has reclassified the internet as what's called a title ii-regulated utility. now, it has no authority to do this in law, but that has never been something to slow down or stop this administration. so it suddenly declared the internet to be under the fcc's authority to regulate prices, terms of service. now, the internet has been one of the most extraordinary technological revolutions the world has ever seen. the internet is, on one level, an incredible gateway to opportunity. you know, if you wanted to start a small business, it used to be if you wanted to start a small business, say you were selling sweaters, you had to make the sweaters, then you had to have a storefront so people could see the sweaters, you had to have a distribution system, you had to have marketing. it took real capital. if you wanted to start a sweater
business, it wasn't cheap to start a sweater business. the internet changed all of that. it lowered the barriers to entry to starting a business. if you could make your sweaters, you put up a web site, and suddenly the whole world can see your sweaters. and if somebody wants them and even if they're in hawaii, they go to your web site, they order a sweater, you drop it in fedex, boom, you have a distribution system all over the place. you don't need a warehouse, you don't need a storefront u -- you don't need employees. and the ability to start businesses is where our economic growth comes from. it is the incredible ability -- and the people that benefit the most from it are the most vulnerable. it's young people, it's hispanics, it's african-americans, it's single moments, it's those that are just struggling to climb the economic ladder. the internet opens up entrepreneurial possibilities. the internet is also a haven for free speech. you've got something to say, you can say it on the internet.
and you want to know the power of it? how many of y'all remember dan rather? [laughter] dan rather was taken down by bloggers in their pajamas -- [laughter] who caught him repeating lies on air. that's the power of the internet. the people rose up against a powerful mainstream media figure. the internet is also really good for seeing cute pictures of cats. [laughter] but there is nothing that government regulators hate more than something they can't get their fingers on. and so in their infinite be wisdom, the obama administration has declared we're going treat the internet leak a public -- like a public utility. government regulators are going to decide what the prices are that can be charged, what new products can be offered, who can talk. like china, and you're right. this obama administration's trying to give the internet away the international stakeholders,
countries like russia and china. my view is net neutrality, as you pointed out, is obamacare for the internet. it is a disaster, and i have been leading the fight and i will continue to lead the fight to keep the internet free of all government regulations, free of all taxes. no net taxes and keep the internet free and open. [applause] all right. let me close with this. if y'all agree with me that the stakes have never been higher, that it's now or never, that we are standing at the edge of a cliff staring down, and if we keep going in the same direction another four or eight more years, we risk doing irreparable damage to the greatest country in the history of the world. if you agree with me, then i want to ask each of you to do
three things. number one, join us. commit to come out and vote in the new hampshire primaries, stand with us. if we stand united, we will win. number two, bring others. pick up the phone and call your mom. it's actually a good idea to call your mom anyway. [laughter] call your sister or your son or your next door neighbor, your business partner or your college roommate. say this election matters. matters to me, it matters to my kids, it matters to my grandkids. i want to ask everyone here to vote for me ten times. [laughter] well, the gentleman is right, we are not democrats -- [laughter] so i'm not suggesting voter fraud. but if everyone here gets nine other people to come out and vote in the new hampshire
primary, you will have voted ten times. and i'll point out as well for any of you who are not yet old enough to vote, if you get ten people to come out and vote if n the new hampshire primary, you will have voted ten times before you turn 1. [applause] before you turn 8. 18. [applause] and the third thing i want to ask of each of you is that you pray. that you lift this country up in prayer, that you commit each and every day from now until election day to lift this country up in prayer. just to spend a minute saying, father god, please, continue this awakening. continue this spirit of revival. awaken the body of christ to pull us back from the abyss. we're standing here on the promises of second chronicles
7:14. if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then i will hear their prayers from heaven and forgive their sins, and i will heal their land. let me tell you a bit of history that our friends in the mainstream media will never tell you. in january 1981 when ronald reagan took the oath of office, his left hand was resting on second chronicles 7:14. a very real and concrete manifestation of that promise from the word of god. we have faced these challenges before. we have faced the abyss before. and the american people came together and pulled this country back. we have done it before, and i'm here to tell you if we stand together united as one, we can