tv Marco Rubio Town Hall Meeting in Exeter New Hampshire CSPAN February 3, 2016 1:52am-2:55am EST
>> here is a look at some new campaign ad's from center marco rubio, jeb bush, and ben carson. >> it's a long way from where i grew up to the u.s. senate, and i believe the best days of our country are ahead of us. in 2016, it may be the most important election. i'm putting my confidence and my trust in marco rubio, because i thatve that he takes us to better future. marco rubio understands that here in america, it's not about where you start, it's about where you are going. at have one shot in 2016 to be
hillary clinton. that shot is marco rubio. join me, vote for marco rubio and see the next american century unfold before our eyes. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot some money and i would lose any voters, ok? >> he is a war hero because he was captured. i like people that
were captured. >> he insulted every veteran with these insane statements about how it was your fault if you were captured or shot down. it was a total lack of respect. >> he appeared to mock a reporter with a disability. >> i don't know what i said. i don't remember. >> look at that face, would anyone vote for that? can you imagine that, the face
of our next president? a womand trump has problem. >> i could stand in the middle of fifth avenue and shoot somebody and i would lose any vote. >> i'm sick and tired of politicians who find ways to disparage people to make them look strong. it is not strong to insult women. it is not a sign of strength and you say that a pow is a loser because they got caught. john mccain is a hero. it is not a sign up strength disparaging the disabled in this country. it is a sign of deep insecurity and weakness. i hope you want someone who has , who willr people stand on principle and has a proven record to show it. you want a president who will have a steady hand, that will not create insecurity for us and the troops that we count on to keep us safe. so you all have this incredible opportunity. you have the responsibility of
reshaping this race. i humbly ask for your support, and i promise you, i will unite around common purpose and the conservative cause, and i will defeat hillary clinton and we will restore america's greatness. i'm jeb >> who will be president?
many voices are raised. shrill, boastful, full of themselves. then there is one who is strong, a brilliant surgeon whose inner strength and principles speak for themselves, serving others, saving lives, serving god. who will be president? perhaps the answer is not screaming to be heard. >> i am ben carson and i approve this message. the whites road to house coverage continues wednesday in new hampshire. at 4:00 p.m. eastern, ohio
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join the conversation with your calls and comments on facebook and twitter. >> the issue that i'm interested in his border control. we have too many illegal aliens and problems in this country right now. >> i am here supporting governor chris christie. we are very proud of his efforts on our behalf. we recognize his efforts to come up with a better solution. >> one day after winning the iowa caucuses, republican presidential candidate ted cruz
held a town hall in windham, new hampshire. netnswered questions on neutrality, immigration, and how he would negotiate with russian president vladimir putin. this is an hour and 20 minutes. [applause] od afternoon. it is so wonderful to be back in the state of new hampshire. as many of you know, i've spent quite a bit of time here, as has ted. we've been coming to new hampshire for, in this particular year, almost a year, but long before that, when we were in graduate school in boston. i used to love to come up to new hampshire. i campaigned here for george w. bush. maybe almost 20 years. this is caroline. caroline had a long plane flight last night but she wanted to come up on stage and say hello to you. caroline is 7. can you say hi, babe?
[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 5 and she is not with us today. she had a very important engagement for consistenter garden this morning -- kindergarten this morning. we're sad she's not with us. i wanted to spend a couple minutes here with you this morning. ted is on his way, he's just a few minutes out. and i always love being able to introduce ted when he's not in the room. then i can really say whatever i want. [laughter] 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 hit you have a very, very important decision to make on february 9. and it's just a few days away now. if i could give 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 1/2 years, that would be a victory for me. 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 here in new hampshire, specifically. with bill o'brien and bob smith and our whole wider campaign team. thank you so much, speaker and senator, for stepping up early, when it wasn't obvious who was going to win. 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 are such an incredible strength to us every day. and i know there's so many of you in the crowd as well. so thank you from the bottom of my heart. we also have an incredible
campaign team. i tell you this because it matters for winning. and as you all work hard here in new hampshire and if there are undecides here, as you think about who you might support, we need to support someone who can win. and this campaign team has built an incredible foundation, a grassroots army of over 200,000 people around the country. our finance team and so many volunteers have raised over $50 million. we've got a lot of that money in the bank. the most cash on hand of any campaign out there, going into this primary season. and that is very useful to have some strategic cash on hand, a way to 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 it. those donations came from over 800,000 people around this country, with an average donation size of $67. that is an incredible team. [applause]
and then before i get into my three reasons as to why i fell in love with ted, because i've put some thought in it and there really are three key things. yesterday i spoke to the pella caucus. it was so easy to give my reasons why the yyans in that caucus should vote for ted. on the way home, we'd only gotten about 20 minutes from the caucus when the results started coming in. d 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, who sets 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 states, 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 standard. [applause] and the reason he won with that position is because he didn't stop with being against something. he reminded iowans of their better self-s. that we don't need to -- seves. that we don't need to -- selves. that we don't need to rely on government. the worked with the private sector in iowa, he had 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 convictions and winning that state and being so unflappable in the face 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, comes from his god, and i was so proud of him last night for never breaking and he won't ever, as your leader, as we go through these primaries, as he beats hillary and leads this country. i just want to share that. [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 then. not too far from the reagan ranch. i grew up in a small rural town in the central coast of california. my dad's a dentist. my mom worked in his office. we had a couple acres and 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 a little extra money. we thought we should be paid for our chores. probably just a like a lot of your kids, that's just part of being the household. my dad said, you need to do something, have a product, sell a product, add some value. and we learned so much from
doing that together. but i was in a very conservative christian home, in a small town, and i'm not a big risk taker. and i have to tell you, when i met ted cruz in 2000, it really was love at first sight. but ted was compelling, as i got to know him, for about the next year and a half, before we got married. the first thing was, could you 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, what he was doing, what the president should run on, the reason is, ted was raised on the constitution. his parents were christians, they raised him on the bible as well. he was raised understanding the fundamental principles that undergrid this country. his dad came here 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 movieses at night in english and listened to these movies over and over and over to learn the language. he washed dishes for 50 cents
an hour. he didn't ask for a handout. he didn't say it was unfair. he was pursuing the american dream and at 76 years old today, rafael cruz jumps 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 went into sales. he's a preacher now, just north of dallas. his dad has the vibrancy of life, the gratefulness to live in a democracy, and ted grew up with that. believing that you can do it. his mother was born to factory workers in delaware. they worked in the dupont factories. blue collar. her mother was one of 17 and she was first 1956 with aated in degree in math. eleanor is unsteady, and has a backbone of steel. she is an incredible friend and a wonderful woman of wisdom. when it had goes home, which is in frequent these days, she is
our neighbor. night in up late at the living room, talking about the campaign, character and what is going well and what needs to change. they are still -- there is still to this day, one person who can tell ted cruz what to do, and that is his mom. [laughter] man of principle, and that is the reason i fell in love with him. i knew, for my family, for my reputation, for my life, he would never waiver. i committed to him for the next 100 years. your next commitment to it for the next years he can lead our country, he will never waiver. that is why i married him. the second thing i want to say about ted that i love about ted, he questions the status quo, whether that be at home, in our personal life, specialized, ted is someone who can only see the big picture, who has a vision
and is strategic and will not settle in with how the way things are. this country is in a crisis. situation weonomic have never fully recovered from. this has been eight years. this is one of the slowest and so manyoveries, people in washington say it is hard with the federal government, china, and no, we can do something about it. ted cruz is running on creating jobs in the private sector with a flat tax for businesses. he is talking about reducing the ,egulatory state, dramatically not just around the edges so we can continue growth areas this is a person who is not happy with the status quo. he went to washington, a left it by 27 million texans. workld every texan, i will
with every breath in my body to defund obamacare, and he did exactly that. when the debt and budget negotiations were going on. the leader of our party try to change the rules in the senate, so they could all vote no in the minority. ted said, no, we are not going to change the rules of the game so we can say that we tried and disadvantage ourselves and not have to make the argument. as margaret thatcher said, we have to make the argument and do the hard work. we have to make the argument against the democrats so we can win the argument and then when the vote. [applause] >> whenever he is on the campaign trail or at home, he tries to do some homework with caroline. just like in your family, every
kid resembles one of the parents to a certain degree. she is just like her dad. our little catherine is a little bit more like me. caroline and ted went off to do some math homework together, and i told him to return the instructions, and i told her to do a problem set. well, he started out reading the directions and she is a really good reader and she followed right behind, read them herself. she said, dad, i have read the instructions at the same time you have, and i have a different interpretation. [laughter] >> i could not believe my ears. she did the problem her way, and he did the problem is like, and they came to the same answer. they had a little battle all week. she said on friday, i am going to finish this problem set, and we will see who gets the most right answers. , ande that about caroline she is following in her dad's footsteps. , you can have
brilliant people who are principled, busy, working and doing the right thing, but they sometimes are not as thoughtful about people around them because they are so busy and so smart. calm, the most patient, thoughtful person that i know. combination of that steadiness from his mother, that revolutionary zeal and passion from his father, to see that demonstrated every day. ted will call me on his cell phone right before one of these debates, or in a stressful moment during the election, and he will call me and sing me a broadway tune. i am thinking, i am on a finance call, do you really need to be doing this? he has a lot more going on and he never stops diffusing stressful moments with a moment his mom andto call
wish her a happy birthday. he is busy traveling working, and he comes home with big bouquets of flowers. there was ted. morning, ande next he came home to celebrate his mother. remember -- never forget those tough moments, the busy days when i am falling behind and he unpacks my suitcase. i will never forget when i am stressed, and ted, the candidate, is the calm one. he tells me we will win this race for our country. he tells me we will stay positive, optimistic and not attack others. you have a man in ted cruz that believes we will take washington back for you. he will not take instruction
from anybody in leadership. he will take instruction from you. is ted here yet? oh, we are going to show the video. good. those are the three reasons i fell in love with ted cruz. he is principled, questions the status quo, and he is thoughtful and genuine. i hope you have gotten to know him and 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, we went to school here and have tons of friends here and we will have a lot of fun. with that, a short video on how the campaign is going. [applause] >
the race is done. 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] election isat this not going to be decided by the lobbyists and the washington cartel. [applause] ted cruz: that it is going to be decided by the grassroots, the men and women here in this room, be decided by the men and women across this country who take so seriously the responsibility. one of the things heidi and i have grown to love about hampshire, so love about iowa is both states take your responsibility seriously. y'all treat politics in new
hampshire like we treat football and texas. [laughter] [applause] understand there are millions of americans who are counting on each and every one of you. you do not listen to the empty talk, not to listen to the campaign promises, but instead to look us in the eye and determine who is telling the truth and who is blowing smoke. that is what y'all are doing. it is incredible, important and there are americans across this country who are counting on you to make that determination. night waswe saw last we saw that 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 is a great little booklet, all i ever need to learn in life i learned in kindergarten. they ought to pass that out in congress. [laughter] ted cruz: it is things like, do not lie. [applause] and do what you said you would do. [applause] ted cruz: none of this is rocket science. whoabout we have candidates is basic, if you elect me, i will rip deal of obama care, how about we have candidates who will actually repeal obama care? [applause] how about if we have candidates who say, i am opposed
to amnesty, i want to secure the border, and how about if we elect them we actually stop amnesty and secure the border? [applause] about if we get back to the constitution? [applause] you look at the constitution, you look at the principles that built this country, and by the way, what the media wants to do is say something like the constitution, that is a crazy, right wing document. does that show how out of touch the national narrative is? listen, what we are fighting for is basic common sense. this is in every small town, small business and family for centuries in this country, live within your means, do not bankrupt our kids and grandkids, follow the constitution.
that is common sense all across this country. call newhat folks may england common sense. washington, those are viewed as radical and extreme ideas. i mean really, what is $19 trillion? [laughter] ted cruz: to really underscore to 2012 when ik spoke at the republican national convention and i talked about the national debt, our to the girls caroline and catherine. afterwards, i went back to the hotel room and begin looking at twitter. that was before donald trump was reading about me every day. -- tweeting about me every day. [laughter] comedian was watching that night, i guess she did not have anything better to do, and she sent a tweet and
said, ted cruz just said, when his daughter was born, the national debt was 10 jillion 10 jillion dollars, and now it is $16 trillion. what did she do? [laughter] ted cruz: heidi and i both laughed really hard, but our daughter caroline, who is here somewhere, she is seven years old. i want you to think about that. in her short life, the national trilliongone from $10 to $19 trillion. in her life, what we are doing to our kids and grandkids, it is wrong, and moral, and no generation in american history has ever done this to the next generation. this, young stop people will spend their entire lives not working to meet the
needs of the future, but simply working to pay off the debt of their deadbeat parents and grandparents. know, the media does not understand why people are so buted off with washington, when you start mortgaging the future of our kids and grandkids, people have a way of getting fairly irritated about that. is reason we are here today we want our country back. [applause] ted cruz: this is a movement of 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. when was the last time we broke the washington cartel? 1980, 36 years ago, and i will tell you, the granite state played a critical role in making that happen. back in 1980, all of the media said, this guy reagan is a andy, right wing candidate is down in the polls. that is what the media said over and over again, but this is a live free or die stay. reagan and look at they said, that guy believes what he is saying. he is not reading from talking points, does not have a consultant, he is speaking from the heart. he means what he says. he tells the truth and will do
exactly what he says he will, and the granite state shocked this country by giving reagan the victory, and they literally changed the course of history, of america and of the world. liberated billions from bondage. won the cold war, tour the berlin wall to the ground. that is what new hampshire did. washington does not like that. what scares washington is when the people stand up and assert the sovereignty of "we the people." [applause] ted cruz: there are too many politicians in washington who think the people work for them,
but they get this exactly backwards. we work for you. [applause] ted cruz: i want to tell you something amazing is happening across this country, people are waking up, there is an awakening sleeping this country -- sweeping this country. i want everyone to look forward to january 2017. [applause] if i am elected president, let me tell you but i intend to do on the first day in office. the first thing i intend to do is resend every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by barack obama. [applause] ted cruz: 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 violators. [applause] the third thing i intend to do is to instruct the department of justice and the irs and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. [applause] ted cruz: the fourth thing i intend to do is rip to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. [applause] the fifth thing i intend to do on the first day in office is begin the process of moving the american embassy in
, the wantserusalem and eternal capital of israel. [applause] now that is day one. [laughter] ted cruz: in the days that follow, i will go to congress and we will repeal every word of obamacare. [applause] we will pass common sense health care reform that makes health care personal and portable and affordable and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. [applause] i will instruct the u.s. department of education that common core inns today --ends today. [applause] we will finally,
finally, finally secure the -- and and in sanctuary end sanctuary cities. [applause] ted cruz: we will rebuild our military. [applause] we will honor our commitments to every military personnel. [applause] ted cruz: that includes fundamentally reforming that the a so that every -- ba so that --va so that every military member can choose their doctor, and that includes protecting the second amendment of every service men and woman. [applause] ted cruz: we will have a commander in chief who stands up
and says to the world, we will defeat radical islamic terrorism. [applause] ted cruz: we will have a president willing to utter the words, radical islamic terrorism. [applause] we will not weekend. weight.not ait. we will destroy isis. on the epa. [applause] pb anduz: and the cfp the federal agencies that have killed jobs all across this
country. [applause] ted cruz: i will go to congress and we will pass fundamental tax reform, a simple flat tax where every american can fill out their taxes on a postcard. [applause] that, we when we do should abolish the irs. [applause] ted cruz: some of you all may be thinking, can it happen, can we do it? scripture tells us there is nothing new under the sun. i think where we are today is very much like the late 1970's, like the jimmy carter administration, same failed economic policy, same naive
foreign policy. in fact, these same countries, russia and iran, openly laughing and mocking the president of the united states. why is it that that a naturally -- analogy gives me so much hope? because we remember how that story ended. all across this country, millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. [applause] ted cruz: it did not 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, changed the world. why am i so optimistic? because the same thing is happening again. it took jimmy carter to give us
ronald reagan. i am convinced the most long-lasting legacy of barack a newis going to be generation of leaders in the republican party who stand and fight for liberty, the constitution, the judeo-christian values that built this great nation. [applause] ted cruz: with that, i am happy to answer or dodge any question you would like. yes, ma'am. i understand that you are a big supporter of president reagan, and so i want to ask you, if like him he would work to keep a secure by sitting down with the russians and negotiating mutual reductions in
weapons. ted cruz: thank you for that question. from my perspective, i am happy to sit down and negotiate with practically anybody, but the key is how you negotiate with the enemies. what we have seen over the last seven years as an illustration that does not work. coddling our enemies is a disastrous policy. policy ofin reagan's peaceful restraint. we have to sit down with the republican -- russians, but with a position of strength. putin is not a complicated guy. kgb. essentially a the only thing he respects is strength. obama as af barack laughingstock. let's go back when russia invaded ukraine. i tell you what, i called on
president obama to immediately install anti-missile batteries in poland and the czech republic that were scheduled to go into effect. obama and hillary clinton canceled those in 2009 in an putin.to appease that would've been a powerful statement to our allies, we stand with you. 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 all 22, immediately. that would have done three things. it would have helped the people of europe, the people of ukraine stand free from russia.
ukraine, andading russia is the leading provider of heating oil, you understand a new hampshire winter. if putin had the ability to cut off your seat and cause your citizens to freeze to death, that puts you in real vulnerability. gasiding liquid natural helps ukraine from the united states. secondly, it hits him where it hurts, the pocketbook. john mccain has a great phrase for russia. he says russia is a gas station with a country attached. --putin is aetrol petrol high rent. taking away the their customers is a powerful low back. it is only because of domestic policy that barack 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 would like to see a world with no nuclear weapons. and, could wave a magic wna and have everything gone, i would, but i cannot. obligation ofrst the commander-in-chief is to keep us safe. this single greatest national security threat concerns nuclear weapons, but it is not russia's. it is iran. i would be happy to negotiate and work with the russians, not being fooled into thinking they are our friends, but where our interests align, we can advance the ball a lot more. [applause]
ted cruz: yes, sir. >> i love your plan to do something about these oppressive regulations that anyone in business has suffered with. i do want to ask you, would you be careful and be sure that disabled people in this country continue to be protected by the american with disabilities act. ted cruz: great question. absolutely, yes. you look at people with disabilities, and people with disabilities, like all americans, want to be independent. they want to work productively. one of the real problems with federal policies regarding disability is far too often it moves toward stripping them of their independence, institutionalizing them, preventing them from working. the vast majority of people with
disabilities are capable of doing meaningful work. some people may not be able to do heavy manual labor depending on the disability, that the vast majority of people with disabilities are able to work effectively and have the dignity of work. i think that should be something to strive for, everyone want to be able to work productively. i will give an example. i former boss, greg abbott, when , and the general of texas greg abbott is in a wheelchair. 30 years ago, when he had just taken the bar exam and graduated from law school, lightning struck a tree and they treat fell on him and broke his back. he has been paralyzed for the last three decades, in a wheelchair. it is interesting, when i went to work for him back in 2003, he talked all the time about it. when jokey said was, i know what
you must be thinking, how slow was that guy running to be hit by a tree? [laughter] you, az: i have to tell first timer to he tells the joke, you are kind of awkward and are not sure if you are allowed to laugh. he is someone i admire so much because, yes, he has a disability and it has not slowed him down one iota. when it comes to people with disabilities, i give you my commitment that i will do everything i can as president to expand their independence, expand their ability to work meaningfully, to empower them, to have access and ability to work and provide for themselves, to give i think that is a human dignity that every human being should be able to experience and is entitled to experience. [applause] go ahead. [applause]
>> thank you. one of my biggest concerns is the immigration, and marco has thrown a lot of talk on this poison pill. can you briefly state, because i have researched and i would like a clearer picture on how he has slanted it and what you really stand for. ted cruz: i love your phrase, a lot of clouds of whatever. that is a very accurate and evocative phrase. immigration, the lines in this race are very clear. let's go back to 2013. let me step back a little bit and suggest a rubric for all of us to use to assess a candidate. have all been burned by candidate, someone who promised a something good but has not done it. the stakes are too high for that to happen again.
applyd suggest a test to is the scriptural test. you show know them by their fruits. that what i would recommend to each of you is do not listen to what any of us say, do not listen to what i say. when is the last time you have heard a politician say that? instead, check our fruits, look to what we have done. if you say you believe these principles, do you walk the walk? the moment i believe was the time, the clarifying moment, a time for choosing on immigration was the 2013 battle over the question.ght amnesty marco, when he ran for the senate in florida, promised the men and women of florida, if you elect me, i will go to washington and 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 into texas, i promise the men and women of texas, if you elect me, i will lead the fight against amnesty. we said virtually the identical thing to the voters who elected us. when we got to washington, marco and i took very different paths. he made the decision, the conscious, deliberate decision not only do not lead the fight against amnesty, but to go and stand with barack obama and chuck schumer and harry reid into lead the fight for amnesty, the gang of a bill is the marco bill.schumer the bill failed to secure the borders. obama'sded president ability to bring syrian refugees without mandating background checks. the bill provided that all 12 million people here illegally what have a pathway to u.s.
citizenship. it was directly contrary to what he had promised the men and women who elected him. there is a reason he did that. i make a lot of references to the washington cartel. the washington cartel are those career politicians and lobbyists. the washington cartel supports amnesty because wall street views them as cheap labor. that is fabulous from their perspective. when you support amnesty, have you noticed how the press praises those enlightened republicans who support amnesty? large support and amnesty as well. i made a different decision. i chose instead to stand shoulder to shoulder with congressman steve king and millions of americans and lead the fight against amnesty.
i chose to honor the commitments, promises i made to the men and women of texas. i was not willing to go back to texas and sit in a town hall and look at the people who elected me and say, i broke my word. that mattered more to me than the praise and money. i remembered who i was working for, which is the people who elected me to fight for them. on that battle, that was an epic battle. it is worth remembering just how close it came to passing. schumero-shubert and -- amnesty bill passed the senate. then, it was headed to the house and john boehner decided to take it up and pass it with all of the democrats and a handful of republicans.
if that had happened, this would have been over. the issue would have been lost and it would have been game over. it would have gone to obama's desk and he would have signed it and amnesty would have happened. that was a time for choosing, a moment and everyone decides where they stand. the reason it was defeated, is because we stood up and led the fight and said, this is wrong, this violates the rule of law. it is unfair to millions of legal immigrants. it is unfair to men and women who are losing their jobs and see their wages driven down. millions of people across this country rose up against it. cartel likes to blur the lines. is what they try to convince you, everyone does it, everyone is line, everyone is untrustworthy, so you want to go with me, because i am one of the liars, too.
to say, marco is trying push by lots of folks in the media, is he is focusing on one amendment i introduce. i would encourage you to go on my website and read the amendment i propose. it is 38 words. that is the power of an informed grassroots. [applause] my one sentence amendment said, anyone here illegally can never become a u.s. citizen. it did not say a word about legalization. [applause] ted cruz: here is what marco is trying to say, your amendment said no citizenship, so you support all of the other garbage in the gang of eight. that that isaying thousands of pages long.
the fact that i propose one amendment, does not mean you get to attach all of the rest of the garbage of the bill, particularly when i was leading the fight to destroy the entire bill. [applause] ted cruz: i will point out also that to know who to believe is to look to trusted third parties. jeff sessions, a leading opponent of amnesty in the u.s. senate. he came to an event in alabama where he stood up, responding to these reveal attacks and said they were completely false, and what senator sessions said without ted cruz, beginning of eight amnesty bill would have passed. that is jeff sessions. steve king, the leading opponent of amnesty is a cochairman of my campaign and has spent the last mo