tv Marco Rubio Town Hall Meeting in Bedford New Hampshire CSPAN February 7, 2016 11:30am-1:01pm EST
substance abuse and addiction not as a criminal issue but as a health care issue. that means is we have to have facilities that are available to treat people when they need it. there was a very good facility in manchester, they have one approach and different approach for different -- approaches for different people. if you need help and you are dealing with substance abuse, you need it today, not four months from now and not whether your insurance covers you are not. we must understand that mental health issues are health issues and people who need treatment must have that treatment. thank you for asking that question, i am very aware of it. i have talked to police chiefs issuein vermont on this and i know it is serious, here.
you also want to make sure that medicine is available to emt people and police officers who arrived on the scene, so that they can help people survive. >> i see kathy. sorry, her friend, ruth. [laughter] >> i live here in manchester and i want to thank you, senator sanders for being willing to take a stand on the all-important issue of social security, not only for us but for future generations. how do you propose getting the democrats and the republicans to work together on proposing your specific plan to shore up social security and where is it a priority, in say your first hundred days? priority and if i had not gone on for an hour, it would've been in this speech.
i believe in it very strongly. i am the founder of what we call in the senate, the defending social security caucus. there are a lot of people, mostly republicans and if you democrats who over the last few years -- and a few democrats who over the last few years they social security is going broke and we need to cut benefits. way to move what -- to what is called a chained cpi. i will tell you this and this will make you laugh. it means that the cost of living adjustment, that seniors are getting for social security are too generous. just one person left. -- laughed. it was zero, last year, too generous, i guess. that is absurd. background for this is that in
vermont and new hampshire, all over, you have millions of seniors trying to get by on $13,000 a year. they're the ones not eating, they cut their pills in half. what do you do? my republican friends are not telling the truth. they say you have to cut social security because it's going broke. actually, the trust fund has $2.6 trillion and can pay off benefits for the next 19 years, but that's not enough. when obama ran for office in 2008, he said his position and it is one that i have, and that is to say that right now, somebody is making $5 billion a year, somebody is making $118,000 year, they are intruding the same amount into social security because there is -- they are contributing the same amount into social security because there is a cap.
for 55 extend the life years and expand benefits for those people making $16,000 a year.r less by $1300 a we should let the cap, extend the life. the question is, had to we make this happen? aarp has played a role in this, as have other senior organizations and because of the senior organizations, we were successful in preventing cuts to social security. you don't know how close that came. we were a day away, hours away where decision was going to be made to cut. we pushed back and we won. this is an example of something that i talk about, often. the mass majority of the american people don't want to cut social security, they want to expand it.
when we bring millions of seniors and others together, we will win this fight. this is a winnable fight and this is what the american people want and that is a fight and look forward to leading. [applause] >> a young gentleman. >> good morning, senator. i have been a wildlife biologist for a long time and like you, i am concerned with climate change. down 50% overare the last decade as the winters have shortened and allowed for a ticks.ick in six -- the renewable fuel standard was thought to be a way to address is journal of fuel but mostly just corn-based ethanol which it turns out is not quite a great thing. is produced is impacting wildlife habitation elsewhere in the country.
why would you continue to support something like that when we know it is not -- >> it is not great, but it will evolve. biofuelsworking on which will be more efficient and address some of your concerns, but here is the bottom line. i agree with you, i have seen a presentation about most being infested with these ticks. this is not just one small manifestation. here is the bottom line. we must break our dependence on fossil fuel. that means moving aggressively to energy efficiency and i throw a lot of money in the state of vermont and i have been in homes which are now using 50% less fuel. this is not rocket science, we know with good insulation, good
windows, we know what it can do. we also have to move to sustainable energy which means wind, it means solar. in vermont, we don't look at our part of the world as having great solar exposure, but we are not much different than germany and they have gone very aggressively into solar. we can do it. the cost of solar panels is plummeting. geothermal, there is a lot of technology out there that can do it. to answer your question, i think i'm a change is one of the great crises facing our planet and we have got to be extremely aggressive in taking on the fossil fuel industry and transforming energy, but thank you for your work. >> two more questions. the lady standing up. and a faculty member of the
new it -- new hampshire institute of art which is a nonprofit, private arts college, undergraduate and graduate faculty and student. plan,your college for all you want to provide free tuition for public colleges and universities. what will happen to us private? >> that is a good question. we have great private institutions all over this reasonsfor a variety of and we have to sustain them. what we will do is substantially increase benefits to private institutions in terms of significantly increasing health grants sothat -- pell that low and middle income students can go. we are not unmindful of that issue and the goal here is to make college affordable to people who want to get a higher education. it is not just college, we have
some great young people who are not academically inclined would to be electricians or public -- plumbers, very important work are people can earn a living, they need the training as well, but we are not unmindful that there are people who want to go to a private school and regardless of their income, they should be able to do that as well. >> one more question. before i ask, somebody is going to have difficulty leaving the parking lot because they drop their keys. if you want to see me afterwards and tell me what your car is, we can negotiate. [laughter] one final question. you for coming. recently, aa, walmart increase the minimum wage to $15 and the store is now
closing, so what kind of plan do you have -- >> i would be surprised if it was 15 dollars, but that is what they are talking about. we have to make a decision that is national. you have two small businesses competing against each other, one employer is trying to do the right thing by his employees, paying them decent wages and benefits, the other is not. the guy doing the right thing is that an economic disadvantage and that is wrong. andng a living wage providing health care should not penalize your opportunities. over several years, raising the minimum wage to $15 makes everybody equally competitive and i will tell you something else it does. it puts disposable income into the hands of working people did not have it. when they have that money, they will go out and go shopping,
they will buy a product and that purchase creates another job. we have to recognize that working people in this country are entitled to a living wage. i think that means $15 an hour over the next few years. >> we want to thank the senator for stopping by. >> thank you all very much. [applause and cheers] [chatter]
>> we are live in bedford, new hampshire, waiting for republican president candidate marco rubio who should be starting this town hall meeting. we hear he is in the building so expect to get started shortly. wait, more campaign related events, live at 1:00 or so, we hear from donald trump who holds a campaign rally at plymouth state university. at 3:00 this afternoon, a replay of last night public and presidential debate in manchester, courtesy of abc news. we expect mr. rubio to start shortly. live coverage here, on c-span. [chatter]
rubio is that it's starting a little late. sawee the crowd there, we mrs. rubio, we saw some members of the media, chris matthews just a moment ago. it turns out the coming up next month, it will mark the 100th anniversary of the first new hampshire primary held in 1916 and this year's primary is tuesday. the white house coverage continues live this afternoon from new hampshire, right here on the span -- on c-span. [chatter]
[applause] >> thank you. we are about to take the pledge so thank you for everybody's patience. we appreciate you. >> thank you for being here, please join us and saying the pledge. put your hand on your heart. flagdge allegiance to the of the united states of america. >> 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. [applause] marco.s go, greenblattjonathan and my wife and i are endorsing senator marco rubio for president. supporters and we have the t-shirts to prove it. our interest in marco rubio began in 2012 when he addressed the republican national convention. after hearing that inspiring speech we were hoping he would make the decision to run in 2016 and he is not let us down. we identify with marco's background because we are also
first-generation americans. [applause] my father narrowly escaped not the occupied europe. the holocaustived and came from post-revolution hungary. my wife's parents emigrated from the former soviet union. we are so grateful for the opportunities the united states has provided to our parents and to us. those samemake sure opportunities are for our children and our children's children. in less than 48 hours, the people of new hampshire will have the opportunity to set in motion a new american century. [applause] to accomplish this goal, we must elect senator marco rubio as the republican nominee for president of the united states. it is our responsibility as the
first primary state to show our fellow americans that we have met and vetted all of the candidates and our choice is marco rubio. [applause] marco is the next generation conservative who will unite all republicans, inspire the nation, and the feet either democrats vying for the white house. as parents of young children, national security is at the forefront of our concerns. the single most important job of the president is to provide for the security of the citizens of the united states. senator rubio sits on several committees, most important of is the senate select committee on intelligence and the senate foreign relations committee. i can only imagine the information that he has been privy to over the years. experience has the
to tackle our national security needs and 2016 and moving forward. i trust marco rubio to keep us safe. in giving a warm welcome to senator marco rubio, the president of the united states. next president. [applause] sen. rubio: thank you. introduce you to my family. they've been with me the whole week. these kids have prayed for snow. [laughter] i told him, don't do that, new hampshire doesn't want snow.
they got snow so now i'm asking them to pray for tuesday night. this is my wife, we've been married for 17 years. [applause] god has blessed us with four wonderful children. amanda is our oldest. and daniela. and then anthony. and then our youngest, dominic. i don't know if you can see him back there. [applause] does anyone want to speak on my behalf today? >> no. sen. rubio: all right, i'm so glad they could join me. not going to make them stand the whole time, i'm just grateful. thank you guys for coming and being part of this. because i think they wanted to sleep in on sunday morning.
well, i'm glad. i am ready to go and i'm excited to be with you guys. i'm so glad they were with me this week and i said it at the close of the debate. having them with me this week has helped every single day remind me of what this election is going to be about. what is america going to look like when they're my age? i see kids here today. what will america look like when there are my age, or a little older? what will it look like in the 21st century? i can tell you if hillary clinton or bernie sanders when. you are not going to be happy. it will mean obamacare will have become permanent. all of these unconstitutional executive orders became permanent. that since the time they were elected, because the next president will appoint two to three people to the supreme court, you will get people on that supreme court that will undermine the constitution, not supported. our standing in the world will be weaker, not stronger.
that's what it will mean if they win. that's why they cannot win. that's why we must win this election. the mistake is our identity. most elections are a choice between a republican or democrat. one more conservative or more liberal. this election is so much deeper. it is a choice, a referendum on our identity. what kind of country will america be in the 21st century? we know what it's been up to now. greatest nation in the history of the world. we cannot say that enough. [applause] but that was never automatic. the greatness of america is the result of the sacrifices and the hard work that the people that came before us did. it's what your parents and grandparents and great grandparents, over 200 years of american generations left behind. it is the likely of today -- life we live today.
now it is time to decide what kind of country we leave behind for our children. if we stay on the road we are on now it will not be the greatest country in the world and will not be as great as it was left for us. i am going to say this every chance that i get. barack obama is trying to change america. he wants to make us more like the rest of the world. i don't want to be like the rest of the world. i want to be the united states, you want to be the united states. [applause] if anyone doubts that this is an effort to redefine our country, obamacare is an effort to put the government in charge of your health care. common core is an effort to put the federal government in charge of our schools. executive orders are an effort to undermine, ignore, and get around the constitution. the deal with iran is an effort ultimately what people think about us around the world.
this is a president that thinks we are an arrogant global power that needed to be cut down to size. this is a concerted, organized effort to change america. we will havenues, to expand to our kids that we got to grow up in the greatest country in the world and they did not. [applause] but it doesn't have to be this way. there's another road before us. it is one that allows us not just to keep america the greatest country in the world, but to leave our children the freest and most prosperous american federal for lived. we have one last chance to get it right and its 2016. it's why what's going to happen on tuesday is so important. this is the first in the nation's primaries. the iowa caucus was amazing. 180,000 people voted. more than ever before, because people understand what's at stake. i expect the turnout here will be higher than ever because you
understand what the date -- what's at stake. you have to make a choice, who to nominate for the conservative movement and the republican party. --ope, yes, me, [applause] i love my positive hecklers. they are great. [cheering] who are we going to nominate? that's the choice you have to make. any of them would be better than barack obama. a low bar, but any would be better. the truth of the matter is that we have to nominate someone first and foremost that can win. we cannot lose. you know how i know i will win, hillary clinton is scared of us. she went on face the nation and attacked me again. he attacked me more than any other republican.
because they know that if i am our nominee, we win. you know why? because i am the only one left running that can unify the conservative movement. we cannot win if we are divided. [applause] win if we are divided. they want to make us divided, they want us fighting against each other for months at a time. they want us arguing with each other into october and november. we will not allow that to happen . we must unify this movement and grow it. you know how we will grow the conservative movement? take our message to people that have not voted for us before. we will take the message to the millions of americans struggling emma living paycheck to paycheck because a long time the left has been telling them that conservatives don't care about people like you. only the very rich. look at the obama years.
a record number of people on government dependence. a record number of people living in poverty, a record number dropping out of the labor force not even looking for work. message totake our them and i can do that. i can go to people living paycheck to paycheck because hillary clinton cannot lecture me about people living paycheck to paycheck. i grew up paycheck to paycheck. i have lived paycheck to paycheck. [applause] we will take our message to younger americans, some of whom are living with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. 500% increase in the last 10 years in debt. passionatey i am so about it? i had a student loan. not that long ago we had a big student loan. i thought i'd never pay it. the thing as you can only get rid of them one of two ways. you pay them off or you die. they are very hard to pay off.
we were fortunate we could do that. not everybody can. it has been destructive for young americans. we will take our message to parents that are raising their children because what parents know now more than ever before is that it is harder than ever to instill in our kids our values. valuestead of the they ran than our throat and popular culture we have to rebuild the american family. without strong families you cannot have a strong future. [applause] if we do these things, unify the conservative movement and republican party and grow it, we went. then we have a chance to undo all of the damage barack obama has done. i take youin when out of office. that is not just a ceremony, that is a solemn of. -- that will begin when i take the oath of office.
he ignores the second amendment, he issues executive orders without regard for whether or not he has the power. when i am president, after i take the oath of office, i am going to the oval office and i will repeal every single one of his executive orders. [applause] when i am president we will have a president that tackles the debt. let me say this. it is a bipartisan debt. both parties ran it up and no one wants to do anything about it. i would say to you that the people in charge in washington today is the most selfish generation of leadership we have ever had. these are people whose attitude is we will let tomorrow worry about tomorrow. we will let the future worry about the future. we don't care if we are leaving kids with $20 trillion in debt.
that means saving social security and medicare, those are important programs. my mother is on both. onlions of people in florida social security and medicare. they are going bankrupt. the good news is we can fix and fitness programs and i'll plan to do it. we don't have to change anything to putple on it or have your next president had better be willing to tell us the truth and that is if we do nothing, they go bankrupt. they are not going to look the same for me as they did for my parents. i may have to retire at 68 and set of 67. if i was in the senate i would be among the youngest theirs. programs. fix those we have to get rid of a book -- obamacare. i'm the only one that's ever done anything meaningful about it. i led the effort to wipe out the bailout fund. [applause]
to bailoutoing private companies with your money and we wiped it out. we are going to wipe out the rest of obamacare and will put you in charge again of your health care. we are going to deal with immigration once and for all. my parents were immigrants and so were my grandparents and my wife's entire family and neighbors. as the son and grandson of immigrants, i know immigration policy. be first and foremost about what is good for america and americans. what's good for america is keeping isis out. [applause] it's not about a religious test, or discrimination. if we don't know who you are why you're coming you are not getting in when i'm president. [applause]
we are going to secure our border once and for all. that's not anti-immigrant, that's what sovereign countries do. we know what it takes. we need more border agents, 20,000 more. not irs agents, order agents. -- border agents. we need 700 miles of walls and fencing and mandatory e-verify. tracking system that keeps people from overstaying visas. once all of that is working, nothing else is going to happen and after that we will not have amnesty. criminal aliens will be deported and sanctuary cities will lose their federal funding. [applause] we have lost perspective in america on the federal government. we think there has to be a federal solution for everything. concussions in football?
not a federal issue. we don't need the department of education, we don't need a national school board. [applause] the one thing the federal government has to do which is the most important job of president, to keep us safe and be commander-in-chief. [applause] what's this commander-in-chief doing? the world is dangerous. this lunatic in north korea firing off rockets has nuclear weapons. the chinese government is expanding their military rapidly. we see what's happening with vladimir putin. you know what's happening with the run. they will get $100 billion of sanctions relief. what are they spending the money on? not roads and bridges. to sponsor terrorism, to build up their military, to buy or build a nuclear weapon. my first day, i will cancel the deal with iran. [applause]
then isis, at the state of the union, the president said there are budget guys in the back of the cup trucks and do not pose a nexus central threat. that's not who they are. funded radicalst jihadist group in the history of the world. .sis burns people live in cages they take 10-year-old girls and auction them off. one.is found in more than -- a dozen countries. you're hearing mentions in the philippines and indonesia. they are an incredible threat. what's happening to our military under barack obama? he is getting it. .e is cutting the military our army will be the smallest it's been since the end of the second world war. our navy will be the smallest it has been in 100 years. about to become not just the smallest, but with the oldest airplanes it has had ever.
that is what barack obama is doing to our military and not only does that make us unsafe, it is unfair to the people in uniform. we are still asking them to fight for us, we're asking them to going to harm's way. but with less equipment and less pay and less people alongside them. it is unfair and it is unsafe. that's why our next president must rebuild the military. when i'm president, we are not cutting our military. we are rebuilding the military because the world is a safer and better place when america is the strongest. [applause] sen. rubio: we will have a real war on terror. the intelligence agencies will tell us what they are. the military, which we will rebuild, will destroy them. if we capture any of these terrorists alive, they are not getting a court hearing in manhattan. they're going to guantanamo.
we're going to find everything know and we will take care of our veterans. [applause] if you are a veteran we want to thank you for your service. we all want to thank you for your service. [applause] by the way, a lot of veterans become police officers and firefighters and they are serving our country again. they're the front lines and the last line between a dangerous criminal. if something goes wrong, that's what they will call and they're willing to die before we do. hearingick and tired of and reading about how bad the police are. we are grateful for them and we think our police and firefighters and their families. [applause]
when i am president, our veterans will be able to take their v.a. benefits to any hospital or any doctor they want to go see. the benefit belongs to them. [applause] so in a moment we will get to your questions. i look forward to answering them. i want you to know that i usually stay to the very end and take pictures and answer questions as much as i can. we are a little tight on time because we have for events and some football game on tonight, i'm not sure who's playing. i can tell you who isn't, the miami dolphins. that is been true for some 30 years. i can move. nah. washington? i'm not to be a redskins fan either, for a raiders fan or a patriots fan.
i tell you right now guys. i want you to understand something. this is all. envy. pure like tom brady is 38. he is still playing. this should be a mandatory retirement age in the nfl. i will put brady in charge of some catnip position and take it -- in charge of some cap that position -=- cabinet. i know get bill belichick and one count ski will be invested in poland -- ambassador to poland. i'm and then suddenly maybe the dolphins win. will be constrained a bit but i want to see as many of you as i can and answers many questions as i can. i am here to ask you for your vote. i know you have a lot of choices but we cannot lose this
election. we have to nominate someone that can win by unifying us and not just our party. our country. this is one more problem with our president. he divides us against each other on purpose. one year intosion his presidency that in order to get reelected he had to figure out how to put 51% of americans against the other 49%. the result has been a disaster. that doesn't mean we won't have differences. we well. we are a free nation. we are an opinionated people. there's a difference between saying we have differences of opinion and will have a president that divides us against each other. what i'm president i will be president of all americans. that includes people that don't agree with me. [applause] all of those people that say nasty things about me on twitter and the people that protest against me, that heckle me at
events. i will cut their taxes too. and i will keep their family safe. but we have to win this election. and for that for you me, the story of america is deeply personal. i see this all the time. i have a debt to america i will never repay. it owes me nothing. america doesn't only a thing but i have a debt to america i will never be able to repay. when my parents came here they had nothing. they barely spoke english and had no connections. and less than 10 years after they came here, my parents owned a home. you know that three decades later, they retired with dignity and security. not with wealth, but dignity and security. the most important thing for my parents was that they lived all for -- live to see all four of their children better off than them. [applause] sen. rubio: you know how common
that is here? i bet you right now, standing here today, almost every single one of you have a story just like it. orry single one of us is one two generations removed from someone who made the purpose of their lives to give us the chance of something even better. this is who we are. whether it was what your grandparents did for parents or what your parents did for you, or what you are doing for your kids now. for the people who worked hard and sacrificed every day like my father who worked into his 70's late at night on weekends and holidays as a banquet bartender. because he wanted me and us to have a chance to do whatever we wanted. this is the american story and what makes us special. it is so common here and so rare almost everywhere else. almost everyone that has ever lived a lived in a society that decided who you could be, the debut were born. if your parents were rich and famous, if they were connected, you are shot.
if your parents were anybody else you were stuck. imagine living in a place like that. that tells you no matter how hard you work, you can only go so far because you don't come from the right family. you don't come from the right background. how foreign is that the us? that's what we are trying to preserve. that's the american dream we are trying to leave behind. that did not happen by accident. -- trying not to leave behind. each generation of americans confronted the challenges. now the time has come for us to do the same. we will, if i'm president. if you elect me, we will confront our challenges. we will apply the principles that made us great to the unique challenges of the 21st century. when our work is done no matter how tough things may seem right now, i want you to know the future that awaits us if we do what needs to be done now. here's the future that awaits
us. the american dream want just survive, it is going to reach more people and change more lives than ever before. our kids are going to become the freest and most prosperous americans that a lived it. the 21st century will be the brother -- will be better than the 20 of century. this is what we will do together. [applause] so we have this gentleman with a flag and a microphone and this not witty with a flag and microphone. just don't everybody can hear your question -- just so everybody can hear your question. and you can repeat it whether i like it or not. on the supreme court, tell me about the type of people you want to put on. sen. rubio: yes, justice scalia, justice thomas. justices that understand their job is not to re-into --
reinterpret the constitution or create loopholes. the job of a justice is to apply the constitution of the united states as originally intended by the founders of this great land. [applause] yes sir. know, the federal government that is so high that everybody owes $50,000. i don't have a tv in my room. how can i owes so much money? sen. rubio: what is your name? >> hank. sen. rubio: how old are you? >> nine. sen. rubio: that's a good question. what's happening in our country is unfair to you. we have people in washington that don't care right now. their argument is i don't want to deal with the issue hank just lose myecause i might next election so we will figure it out but just not now. it has been happening for way
too long. one of the reasons it's happening is because the federal government has nothing to stop it from spending money. they can keep printing money and borrowing money but not forever. the been doing that for a long time under both parties. under this president, he has grown the debt more than every other president before him combined. the other thing that is driving it is that in less than five years, 83% of our budget will be made up of four things. medicare, medicaid, social security, and the interest on the debt. with the other 17% we will have to fund our roads and safety net programs and u.s. military and everything else the government does. that's not sustainable. that's a debt crisis. borrow money from, one day they are going to say i'm not sure you can pass back. we are either going to stop lending you money or you have to pay as more interest. when that happens we will spend more on interest than the military. we have a real crisis. i used to tell people that by the time you are an adult i have
to tell you, if we keep doing what we are doing before you are in high school we might have the debt crisis. we have to fix it. the way to fix it is to say we have to social security and medicare. these are very important. my father passed away in 2010 from cancer. i don't know what we would've done if there was no medicare. it provided not just his care but his hospice care that allowed him to die with dignity and security. my parents worked hard for many years and every time they got a paycheck, the government took some money out of their paycheck and said we have to put this money into a special fund. when you retire, we will take care of your health care and pay you some benefits back so that au, when you retire, can have standard of living. those programs are going bankrupt. when they were designed, there were 16 people paying in for every person retired. now it's down to three to one. soon it will be down to two to one. the good news is we can fix
those programs and don't have to disrupt anything for people on it now or about to retire. here's the truth. social security and medicare will look different for you and me than it does for the people on it now. right now i'm supposed to retire when i'm 67. at 68.have to retire if i've made a lot of money my show social security won't grow as fast a summary that made less. medicare would be the option to take my money and buy a private plan that i like better. we have that now it's called medicare advantage. it will be the best thing in the world it will just be different than the way it works for people on it now. if we do that we will combine it by growing our economy and a robust and sustained way and we can bring the debt under control. we won't have a crisis and you'll have a chance at the dream. if we fail we have a debt crisis. that's why it's not an exaggeration to say we are deciding the very identity of this nation.
if we elect the wrong person, they will not deal with this issue. it will collapse around us and we will face a debt crisis. an american debt crisis is not like a greek debt crisis. an importantice country but america's most powerful and important country in the world. if we have won it has a ripple effect in the entire global economy. i'm runningeasons for president is to deal with that once and for all for you, and my four kids. it sounds like a walkout. they are campaigning, yeah. for them and for you and for everyone in this room, i want those programs to exist. i don't want my mom to go through disruptions because she is 85. i want to avoid a debt crisis and we will do that when i'm president. [applause] >> as president, will you stand
up against the big corporations that are now starting to make billions of dollars in profits from the massive transfer of spending that the pentagon is undertaking, transferring spending into renewed spending on nuclear weapons, weapons which only enrich corporations? modernize: we will our nuclear arsenal when i'm president and we will modernize it because china is modernizing theirs and so is russia. north korea now has nuclear weapons and iran will have them because pakistan and india have nuclear weapons. the reductionhat of our military capabilities, will actually make us more dangerous. if a country thinks they can win a nuclear war they might actually lunchroom. what kept the world from having a nuclear war is that the soviets didn't want to die and neither do we and neither of us felt we could survive so nobody undertook it. the bottom line is we need to undertake -- maintain a balance.
if a leader or country thinks they might be able to survive and win a nuclear exchange of heightens the prospect. we are going to modernize our arsenal and we are going to have to be with proliferation. i told you this earlier. the leader of north korea is crazy. he is insane. has nuclear weapons and long-range rockets that can probably already reached california. iran is governed by an apocalyptic for shia cleric. he believes his job is to trigger the apocalypse. what if those nuclear weapons hand up in the hands of a terrorist group? we need torry about proliferation which is why the missile defense is so important. i do think we need to fix procurement in the defense department. are not actually spending a lot of money these days on new weapons programs. going to ajority is growing civilian workforce in the defense department and that
needs to be dealt with. every dollar wasted in the defense department is one is not keeping us safe. we need to deal with procurement but we cannot in this world as dangerous as it's become gut our military capabilities. all of you want peace. america wants peace but strength is what leads to peace. weakness invites war. weakness invites miscalculation. [applause] thank you for your service, air force retired, is that you? thank you. [applause] that's actually related to two statements. number one is when you become president and reequip the united states military, i want you to let do their job. the second i ask as a favor is you have my vote if you do one thing. you will not pardon hillary. [applause]
sen. rubio: i think that's actually her plan is to pardon herself. on the rules of engagement, absolutely. we are asking men and women to going to go in the harm's way and yes, we want to avoid civilian casualties. we don't want to indiscriminately strike at people. we go through extra nine measures. you should not be committing military engagement if you are not providing them with the rules of engagement but also the equipment they need, the resources they need to win. you have to define what victory is and allow them to win. we should because cautious in the use of military force. it should be a last resort. i believe forst should only be used in the furtherance of peace. wider i believe we need to
further attack isis from the air and lead a coalition on the ground? because they are not enemy -- an enemy of peace. isis does not have a diplomatic corps. we have no choice. there is no peaceful coexistence with a group like them. it they will only continue to grow until the threat reaches us here at home and around the world. we want to be able to avoid war and violence. i don't know anyone who is in favor of war for the sake of war. sadly we live in a dangerous world where evil still looms. when it has to be confronted we must give the most powerful military in the world the rules of engagement and the resources they need to win so that peace can prevail. [applause] sen. rubio: can we get one more after this? ok. [indiscernible]
>> what will you do about protecting christians in the middle east from being massacred? sen. rubio: the first is to call it what you just said. it is genocide. ands not just in iraq syria. christian communities in virtually every middle eastern country is freaking rapidly. in the city of mosul there are ancient communities that have been there for 1700 years. for the first time ever, there is no presence left. a couple things they do happen. we need to provide safe haven so they don't have to leave the region and can return to their ancestral homeland after they are liberated. number two is they should be given the opportunity to be a part of the coalition to defeat isis. there are willing fighters among christians that once at the minimum the ability to defend themselves and their families as opposed to having to defend -- depend on shia militias or sunni
tribes. they have a right to defend themselves. these are important things. they're being driven from churches and they are being destroyed. these are ancient communities. i do think that is one of the reasons i support the creation of safe havens in the region so they don't have to travel 2000 miles away. so they can return to their homes when isis has been treated and to ensure that in the future of iraq and syria that they have the right to self-determination and representation and they will be protected in that region. [applause] >> good morning senator. is it morning? it's past noon. >> i understand you are concerned about the north korea threat and i know everyone here shares that. this has been a country that has faxed administrations across the board.
what do you propose differently that is different from what they have done? sen. rubio: north korea should be returned to the state sponsors of terrorism list. there are individuals and north korea that are very wealthy that are aligned with the government. we know they move assets and resources all over the world. we should sanction individuals around the elite that surround the north korean government. north korea has no real economy but it does have a cadre of very elite group people that are very wealthy and move their money. we should go after the resources. the third as we need a missile defense shield. we need to protect this country from a launch of long-range missiles from north korea. that's why working with japan and south korea is so critical. the japanese in particular have a capable navy. a lot of people don't realize it because japan has called it a self-defense force but the japanese navy may be fifth or sixth most capable on the planet. recently, japan has reinterpreted or somehow found a
creative way to allow for something called collective self-defense. japan,revious law in japan could only respond to an attack of they were directly attacked. which meant if a u.s. naval vessel came under attack, if there was a rocket launch in south korea, japan couldn't do anything. they were only able to respond if they were directly attacked. they are arguing and are taking the position that they are allowed to come to the collective self-defense of their allies of the come under attack. why is that important? they and their navy is a critical part of missile defense capabilities. shoot down ao north korean rocket launch in the region before it reaches california and japan or cow -- south korea. we also need a west coast missile defense shield to protect us from a nuclear launch of north korea. they don't just have warheads. they are increasingly increasing the range imprecision of rockets. it is not outside the realm of
possibility that unless the decade -- in less than a decade they will possess rockets capable of hitting us for a way as the midwest of the united states and then they hold us hostage. you would love to see a change of government in north korea. it is a very difficult place to predict what's going to happen. it is not a normal government to say the least. the leader has literally executed virtually anyone around him that didn't respect him, much less support them. a lot of instability and turnover. hopefully one day there will be a unified korea and it is looking more like the south and the north. in the interim the most we can do is protect ourselves from it and that means having a west coast defense shield and working with allies in the region, particularly japan, to have a localized missile-defense shield the protect them and our pacific assets from attack. but it back on a list of sponsored members of terrorism and go after their money, their bank accounts, and their assets all of the world.
[applause] i will need to wrap up the questions portion because i have to get to my next event. i want to close by thanking you for being a part of this and thank you for being here today and once again asking you for your vote. i'm asking that if you want to be a part of our team, sign up to volunteer and be a part of the effort. we will bombard you with e-mails for just a day and then we will leave you alone. then we will come back in august because we will win new hampshire and take back this country. thank you and god bless. [applause] ♪
>> thank you so much for welcoming us are. you have our vote. thank you. stay energized. sen. rubio: we will, thank you. see a, nice to meet you. thank you guys. >> she taught me everything i know and to vote for you. sen. rubio: thanks a lot, i appreciate it. >> nice to meet you. sen. rubio: likewise.