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hampshire are funded by the super pac's as well. host: the editorial board of the wall street journal today talks about super pac's in support of allowing more money and lifting some of the rules restricting money in politics. they write, supertex are a net plus for democracy by increasing political competition and educating the public about the candidates. if you want to read more on their viewpoint in today's wall street journal. republicansine for -- line for republicans. caller: thank you. foron't need a revolution progress. we need revolution to change the moral decay at all levels of society. we need candidates like marco rubio who is a young man with moralsty, honesty and
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that will stop the killing of more than 50 million of unborn's in america. a candidate that will change all immorality to rescue this country that is being permitted with so much immorality. home security, health care, education, immigration, all of this will be changed for better and better. marco rubio is the candidate. a young man of honesty, integrity, and wisdom. , give you they last minute to offer your predictions for tonight if you care to. guest: i will let the voters decide at this point. all of these great storylines coming out of today. hillary versus bernie, marco rubio as the caller just mentioned, a bright star in the party. will be the strongest
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republican against hillary clinton or bernie sanders. that is the big take away from new hampshire. everyone of these candidates is trying to look ahead and say and the rightable person to capture the nomination and win in november. host: dan tuohy, thanks for your time this morning. guest: thank you. host: up next we will be joined by ted cruz's new hampshire campaign cochair, state representative william o'brien. later on we will talk to sarah audelo. c-span's live outside a polling station in manchester where voters for today's primary are gathering and voting is underway. >> we are talking with voters bill and allie feeney of manchester joining us. you have major decision?
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>> we just came out of the polls. both of us voted for bernie sanders. >> i think being young -- i am a .oung educator and musician he seemed to have the right message toward the future. i am thinking not only for myself but toward our future for our lifestyle. -- for our lives to calm. >> had you known in the last couple of days? >> we have always voted democratic. we voted obama last time around. i felt strongly toward what bernie had to say. i think we were already kind of set from the beginning. >> two democrats running on the ticket. why not hillary clinton? >> the populist movement resonates with me. i believe a rising tide lifts all boats and if everyone is doing better in america especially the middle class that is going to make it better for
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everybody and we will see life improve dramatically with a bernie sanders president. think it is really vibrant and fun and unique to see all the personalities and energy come out. it brings light on new hampshire to see how wonderful the state is. fun for us in manchester seeing everyone. >> something you don't like about the process? >> some of the tv ads get a little up noxious. everything is really cool for the most part. fun to see the big campaigns come through town. new hampshire is a pretty small state such a get a little action is pretty cool. >> voters supporting bernie sanders. thanks for your time. have you voted yet? >> i am about to. >> who are you voting for? >> hillary. i liked her in 2008 when she ran the first time. she can be trusted.
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bernie and hillary have both been in the senate for eight years but he has no senators endorsements but she has 39. house of representatives where he was there for 16 years he has two representatives supporting him, she has 155. 12 governors to his non-, 75 international politicians that are supporting her. people that know her trust her and i think she has done a lot of good things. i think she is brilliant. her and bernie want the same thing. i think she is more practical and less wishful thinking. >> in about 30 seconds tell us what you like and don't like about the process? >> i like the attention we get. really study the candidates. >> you hear people all the time, why pay attention to new hampshire? >> i don't have an answer. >> talking with potential voters
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here on primary day. thanks for your time. >> thank you very much. host: we will check back in with pedro echevarria. one of seven polling places in new hampshire. we will be checking with him -- one of several polling places in new hampshire. stigma resented of william o'brien, cochair of the ted cruz campaign. -- we are joined by state representative william o'brien, cochair of the ted cruz campaign treat what you think the mood will be like tomorrow in the cruz campaign after votes come in for new hampshire? guest: i think we will be pleased with the results. a crowded field. a number of different candidates seeking to come in second place. mix.e going to be in that i hope we exceed expectations. it's going to be an interesting evening. host: talk about ted cruz's
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brand of conservatism. how is it appealing to new hampshire voters? guest: i think it touches a lot of voters across the board. certainly evangelical voters resonate with his message. they know he is a genuine believer in what they believe in. among liberty republicans, constitutional republicans, they understand he is the strongest candidate they are going to have on the ballot to vote for. among reagan democrats i think those that understand the traditional values of america, the values they went to ronald reagan to support in 1980 are represented by senator cruz. when you put that coalition together you will find in new hampshire he has a solid vote and as he moves to the upcoming primaries he's going to have some good results.
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host: has it been a different message in new hampshire than the message ted cruz was delivering in iowa? guest: i don't think so. a mark of the genuineness of the man that his message and concerns remain the same. in iowa they will be talking about ethanol subsidies more than in new hampshire. even here there were questions and attention to that issue, not because we are concerned particularly with ethanol subsidies but we are concerned with individuals being proven courageous conservatives. conservatives who keep their word. that was a real indication to people. i think they brought it up because they were pleased that senator cruz would go into iowa and would take a stand that perhaps is not the most popular but is right if you are a free market advocate. host: here is your candidate making his last-minute pitch to new hampshire voters yesterday. [video clip] >> and we saw on monday night
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and historic turnout. shatter turnout records. republican turnout in the caucuses rose by 50%. [applause] way, democratic fromut dropped by 30% 2008. [applause] >> i'm curious. have any of you seen that on the network news? it almost makes you wonder what political party the reporters are members of. there is lots of coverage about aeling the bern which is great slogan for a sunscreen company but yet there turnout is .own and our turnout is surging what we saw in the state of iowa
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is we saw that old reagan coalition coming back together. we saw conservatives and evangelicals and reagan democrats and young people all coming together in standing as one. we won amonght, conservatives, evangelicals, among reagan democrats. among young people. that is the coalition it is going to take to win the republican nomination. that's the coalition it's going to take to win the general election. host: we have been featuring supporters of several of the campaigns leading up to the new hampshire primary. this morning on the washington journal, william o'brien is our guest, a supporter of ted cruz. new hampshire state representative. if you have questions or comments for him, (202) 748-8001
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republicans. .emocrats, (202) 748-8000 a special line for new hampshire voters, (202) 748-8003. we will go to our line for republicans, tyler is in wisconsin. good morning. caller: good morning to all of you at c-span. up withlike to bring ted cruz, i am more of a libertarian and the thing that really bothers me about ted cruz and also to a certain extent onco rubio is their reliance evangelicalism, the evangelical vote. i don't understand why the evangelicals should get to decide so much of our social policy in a country which is so diverse. i don't understand why they rely
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so heavily, aside from the obvious votes that they get from these people. it turns me off from voting for a man like ted cruz, his social policies. that's all i really have to say. guest: i think in this election we are going to see it as a coalition that's going to decide who wins the new hampshire primary and ultimately who becomes the republican nominee. it's going to be that coalition that includes evangelicals but include libertarians, liberty voters, social conservative voters, reagan democrats. one of the things i saw happen over the last week or so that indicates the breadth of senator cruz's support is when senator paul decided to suspend his race six legislators, representatives who had endorsed senator paul
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met with senator cruz and decided after they talked with -- very serious legislators, look carefully and endorsed him for president. senator paul's legislative campaign chairman in new a serious well-respected legislator, met with senator cruz and endorsed him. i think there is an understanding that these issues of limited government and , all ofal sovereignty what the libertarian community is concerned about our most strongly represented in this race by senator cruz. host: one column in usa today you might be interested in that perhaps speaks to some of your concerns. the headline, gop should cut the god talk.
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it is by cal thomas. religious police tell us little to nothing about someone 's ability to be president. usa today if you want to read that. let's go to jerry waiting in florida. my for democrats. best line for democrats. caller: good morning. . had a question i wanted to know your personal opinion on our national security. the state of national security and also foreign affairs. guest: thank you for the question. senator cruz has talked throughout the time he has been here in new hampshire and certainly as he campaigned in other states about a great deal of danger presented by the united states having the smallest army since before world war ii, the smallest maybe
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since world war i and smallest air force ever. when a greatorld republic such as the united states shows weakness. it encourages military ventures in the world to take advantage of it. we see that in crimea, the iranne, in the actions of and north korea. senator cruz is very concerned about that. i think we have to understand there is a limit to u.s. power but there also has to be a strong united states to make the world safer. host: suzanne is up next. line for independents. good morning. caller: good morning. i would like to know from mr. o'brien a couple of things.
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is it that we hear that he is not liked in washington? i'm wondering if it is media .pin or if this is fact-based why is it that a free market -- why is it that capitalism is equated with selfishness and greed when that allows for philanthropy? it allows for people to be able ,o give to help the poor however i am not totally against having what we have in social security and welfare even though i do not want a welfare state.
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people need help. i'm wondering if you could clarify a couple of things. guest: i appreciate the questions. in the issue of senator cruz being described as not well-liked in washington, that might well be the case among the washington cartel. the leaders who have been up there for a long time increasing to debt from $10 trillion $19 trillion. they don't want anyone to come along and interrupt what has been advantageous to them. on the other hand, i personally know senator cruz. i have seen him work with people who are very attracted to his message. if you look at the polls as to who is the most liked among the republican candidates are going to find senator cruz not only is high in those markets but in
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many of them is at the top. if you are a change agent coming to washington and saying we have to do something very different because economically over the last 30 to 40 years it has not worked out under democrats, has not worked out on the republicans, you will get a lot of republicans and democrats in washington who don't like you. they are satisfied with what has given them money and power and that's going to -- there will be a lot of pushback. host: when did you first meet demand and when did you decide to endorse him? guest: i met him about a year or so ago, january 2015 for the first time. i was asked to attend the conference in iowa called the freedom summit hosted by a number of different prominent conservatives including congress and steve king. i was asked to speak for new hampshire as we were looking
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toward the upcoming presidential primary season. for that reason a lot of the presumptive candidates were there and i met with all of them. one of the things that was clear to me then and is clear to me now is my party has a right to be very proud of the individuals who have come forward and offer themselves for nomination. group --an admiral --y are an admirer bul take loose stood out not only in the fact that he had a proven history of standing up for the things that he said but also an understanding of the constitution that exceeded anything i have come across in the national -- in a national leader. , he wove itntly into the solutions that will bring us back from the precipice we are at now with $19 trillion
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in debt we are about to lose our children and our grandchildren's economic future. a military that has been diminished, a president that has decided that if he cannot get the laws he wants out of congress he's just going to impose them unilaterally like a king on the american people. it is going to take a strong understanding of the constitution to bring us back and that's what i saw in senator cruz. did not go out to the conference with intentions of supporting anyone. i asked him if i could do anything to help them get elected. 2016 will be a time for choosing. as i said to groups, i want to be able to say to my children in upcoming years, my grandchildren, that i did what i could. i know supporting and voting for senator cruz is doing what we can to draw ourselves back to a
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safer more prosperous world. host: willard is waiting. republican line. caller: good morning. i have a question here. i know it is a part of communism. hillaryanders and clinton when she would not say if she was a socialist democrat or not, what would socialism do for our country? what does it mean and why do these college kids go for bernie sanders? they must not have a dictionary where it says what socialism is. could you explain what that means? guest: socialism is an aggressive redistribution of wealth. it basically tries to break up capital and have the government control everything. senator sanders has touched on some real themes. cartel, a washington
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there is crony capitalism. what senator cruz talks about is returning to free market capitalism. the reason we have this problem .s because government has grown the 1% do very well under big government. the solution to that is not more government. this is what senator cruz has made clear. the solution to that is to reduce government and allow small businesses to grow. young people should be very concerned, coming out of college with huge debts and not finding jobs. they are denied the opportunity to go to college because it is so expensive. the solution is not to throw more money at the problem, not the double down on what has caused the problem but rather to free up small businesses to grow by getting rid of regulations such as obamacare that are
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preventing them from hiring employees. , senator cruzs has talked about a 10% flat tax, . 16% tax on corporations that would replace all other taxes and bring american business back into competition with the world. we have among if not the highest corporate taxes in the world. we have businesses leaving. many of you might've heard of the term in version where businesses are basically -- american businesses are merging themselves into small foreign companies so they can no longer be american companies and avoid taxation here. there has to be a reset of the tax code. if we do that, we will get what we achieve with under while reagan. -- under ronald reagan. we had an awakening at that point.
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7.2% growth. that takes care of a lot of problems. , the cruziam o'brien campaign cochair in new hampshire. a statehouse representative. republican representing mount vernon and the new boston areas. he has been in the statehouse for five terms, a former state house speaker and with us for about 20 more minutes. if you have comments or questions, specifically about the ted cruz campaign. caller: good morning. i want to say that i'm a little more to the right than most independents. what i would like to talk about is the political syndrome. this is a big problem in washington that i see. i the political syndrome i'm talking about if you can visualize a large cage and in the cage you have a bunch of monkeys and in that group you
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put in a stepladder. you hang a banana above that stepladder. as the monkeys figure out how to crawl up there and whatever, one monkey goes up to grab the banana. the rest of them get hit with ice water. after that one monkey goes up a couple of times the rest of the monkeys grabbed him, find out what's going on and beat the heck out of him or whatever monkeys do to each other. that is similar to what is happening in washington. take that monkey out, put a new monkey in just like we elect new people. host: what is your question before we keep going with this analogy? caller: the question is, if we don't have terms or something, how do we get the old monkeys out of that cage? host: william o'brien, a term limit. guest: a couple of responses.
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senator cruz is a great supporter of term limits. as he has said in response to this type of question from a number of voters. he went to washington being a supporter of term limits in washington. he became a firm supporter of term limits not only for members of congress but also for justices on the supreme court. it is good to have a healthy turnover and new talent coming forward. part of the solution here lies in us, the voters. there is a tendency for us not to look past pandering. we have candidates at say i'm against the lyrical correctness -- political correctness and think the alternative they want to show people's insult and obscenity's rather than saying politically correction allows even republican -- or compels
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even republican candidates to say that they want young women to be drafted into the military. we saw that during the debate on saturday. that was nothing more than political correction rather than thoughtful analysis of a change that would be bad for america. we have to be a lot more sophisticated. we can't have a bernie sanders that says things are bad so therefore i will to take from others and give to you. we have to ask ourselves, what caused this. what in the way of regulation cause this? turning to candidates and saying, i have a solution rather than i have a series of complaints you can resonate with. host: lucinda is waiting on the line for democrats. we will go on to chris in california, line for republicans. caller: thank you for taking my
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call this morning. i'm calling with a comment about a debate that happened the other night in new hampshire. i actually missed it. i watched coverage of it afterward and i kept hearing senator marco how rubio crashed and burned in a bad way. i thought i better watch it and luckily i had it on dvr. i played it back and without the media trying to influence what i was thinking i was able to watch for myself and senator rubio did not crash and burn. in fact i thought governor christie looked like a buffoon and i thought senator rubio had a great performance after that initial attack from governor christie. i thought he stood head and
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shoulders above everyone else like he has on every debate. host: your reading of saturday's debate? guest: one of the things senator cruz has always spoken campaign ishout the that he is not going to sit there and criticize personally other candidates. if senator rubio's response was somewhat scripted, if governor across as overly aggressive and engaging in attack, that is for them to do. what senator cruz has done is try to present to the people of the country, people of new hampshire, and alternate vision of an approach that will bring us back to prosperity. it will bring jobs back, put together that reagan coalition that has allowed us to have a strong successful foreign policy in the 1980's and brought back
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jobs. if these other candidates want to go back and fourth and if pundits want to say senator rubio had a really scripted our campaign is saying look at what we are saying, look at the quality of this man, understand that he could bring us back around, and please join us. i want to show our viewers from images from outside a polling station in new hampshire in manchester where you are. aow flurries coming down little bit. how is weather on the way and for you? do you think whether what impact will return out today? guest: i think weather is breaking quite a bit. i hear in the north country they are still getting snow. in new hampshire, we are used to this kind of weather. it is not going to slow us up area is is important business. we take this seriously. we will be at the polls. host: we appreciate your time
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joining us. did you vote today guest? guest: i have not, but i have a turn out to vote effort in my home right now. we have a bunch of volunteers there. we have a number of different small offices that we put together across the state. i am going to go over there and work and get a vote in at the same time. host: let's head out to oakville, connecticut where ramin is waiting on a line for democrats. good morning. caller: how are you doing? first-time caller. my question to the representative is this morning, a lady said it she and her husband were and will work to end they had a family who was in germany. when they got their birth certificate, their son said germany on it. that is where he was born. she was told when she got back to the states that she would have to register him.
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she did. she said when she got her birth certificate for her son, it said yes, he is a natural citizen. he could never run for president as he was not born on american soil. the question she had asked, and i would like to know, where did ted cruz get his birth certificate from? what state or government did he get his from? did he get it from the same one that that lady, that her her husband who was in world war ii, they had a child outside of america. host: that question to you. guest: my father was in the military. he joined the army a month after pearl harbor. he got out after two terms of duty in vietnam. one brother who is born in japan where my father was deployed, another brother, a
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sister, rather, who was born in frankfurt, germany. i am sure that our laws are such that they would tell my family that my brother and my sister while my father was deployed in defense of this country, natural born citizens. it is clear to me, and certainly, there is pretty much uniform legal opinion on this aside from those who want to make political hay, that if you are born to an american citizen, you are an american citizen. don't have to be naturalized to be a natural citizen. issuethis sort of side that really discourages the american people. have an economy that has drifted 47, 8 years. we have a president who by the
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time he has finished his term in office, will have doubled the national debt from already horrendous levels. people understand the ted cruz is fully an american citizen and fully able to address these problems through an understanding of the constitution. they don't want these societies. he is a natural born citizen. we'll forward to him being the next ronald reagan. >> joanna on our line for republicans. go ahead. caller: hello, thank you, c-span. i have been watching you for years. i appreciate the unbiased approach to this. i agree with an earlier caller who was talking about media bias. obviously, money driven propaganda that is coming over our airways is really taking over the process because of so many uneducated voters that are
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listening to this constant propaganda. nothing with substance, nothing with any value. the entireving political process in the political game. your personng if here -- i don't know if you go who made the decision to send out that voter card? that is the one question, as well as maybe the ben carson announcing he was gone from the race, but is mr. cruz, if he is not nominated, what does he intend to do with his funds that are left over from his campaigns and will he maintain and keep the interest of those funds if he shelves a very different campaign? there are a lot of
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questions there. let me try to remember them. as far as the voter card goes, i received one in the mail last night. very similar to that from another candidate. voters.a known set of host: explain what this is for those who haven't seen as. guest: what it would do is provide information and military that is particularized to what your voting history has been. it is public information. if you haven't voted -- say you haven't voted last time. get out there and vote. certainly -- it is an effective and known approach. i received one from a left-wing environmental group last night. you just understand that is public information and seems to be effective. with regard to where the information came that dr. carson thepotentially leaving
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campaign, leaving his campaign, it came from cnn. i have seen the to eat. no matter what cnn says about it, there was a tweet out there that said he is leaving. cnn that commentary on said he is going to florida. an unusual thing to do. all of the other candidates are rushing off from iowa to new hampshire and going to spend some time in south carolina because they are fully invested. it was an unusual thing and there is speculation starting to surround it. the response to the carson campaign, ben carson himself that the debate on saturday, he said that information was corrected within a minute. guest: there was another tweet out. again, the information i was provided was accurate. he was going to florida, he do go to florida. again, it is the type of back-and-forth, not only the cruise campaign, but my understanding is the rubio campaign pointed out, as well,
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nothing of various about it. it is just back-and-forth i goes on when you're campaigning for a political office. let megard to -- host: put -- jump in. i want to point out that our campaign going spot where we are this morning in manchester, chris christie for president bus has just showed up. we will show our viewers images from that as you continue to talk. i did me to jump in. guest: no problem at all. there was another question. i'm not quite sure i understood it, but use of funds that are remaining, any good campaign doesn't have any funds remaining. you make sure when you have asked donors to give you funds in order to get elected, you would use them to communicate to voters. clear thatis quite senator cruz has been very -- he is a fiscal conservative so he has been very judicious and his use of funds.
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that is why he will be here throughout the whole race. it is a funded race at this point. none the less, anyone who donates is going to know it is going to this campaign. with a few minutes left william o'brien as we show our viewers live images from the polling station were c-span cameras are in manchester, where the chris christie for president bus has just pulled up. we will go back to the phones while we are watching that. diana is in wisconsin, line for democrats, go ahead. caller: my main concern right now is to do with religion. we live in a secular nation and i am proud that we do. many, many there are different types of religions in our country. cruz you take somebody like or most of the republicans anymore, they give their thanks to god and god told him to do this, god told him to do that.
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i'm a christian myself. i believe in god, but there are many, many americans who don't pray to our god. they have a different god. it is supposed to be -- religion isn't supposed to be part of our political system. run on thisw he can religious? for any of them as far as that is concerned? guest: because he believes our slogan which is in god we trust. our religious tradition in this country is one of acceptance. one where government does not impose upon individuals of any religion. it certainly is respectful of religion. a beachition has been or dip -- judeo-christian nation where we understand that those who believe in the tenants of that tradition are certainly people who believe in the
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individual sovereignty of individuals of people who give rise to this republic. it is because in the judeo-christian religion, tradition, rather, that individuals have a one-on-one that weship with god have a tradition of a republic where everyone is sovereign and the sovereignty comes from people, not from kings. i would be very concerned if somebody doesn't understand that. certainly, if someone is in religious, look at the quality of the end -- individual. if someone is, i want to hear what motivates them. that is all that is happening. cruz's homestay. line for independence, good morning. caller: good morning. is filipino needs
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from midland, texas who has solutions such as a new irs tax system which does not even need you to file income taxes. also, other things such as this problem in flint, michigan. which nobody has a solution but me. a solution on vice president biden quest on how to produce a which won'thighway deteriorate. who are you supporting in the 2016 campaign? caller: you donate politicians. what you need is me. i am the one -- i'm the one who produces the solutions. midland, texas. he brings up a couple issues
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that are being talked about right now. specifically the flint water crisis if you could jump in on that and how that has changed the tone of the debate and how in places is playing where you are seeing candidates gather and voters gather in new hampshire. it is certainly a serious issue. not one has, p or because it is in michigan, but i think there is an understanding on the part of folks here that watch what is going on in michigan that this is a failure of government. because itnment that promised to much, not in the case of providing water, but in city areas, it caused the to go bankrupt because it promised to much. it lost its ability to meet its core functions. in many ways, it is an early warning example of where we are going as a country unless we draw back from excessive we bring our less fiscal house in order. we are going to be challenged
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the way that fund michigan is, the puerto rico is as it is looking at a possible or even probable default on its bonds. i think what we see here is an early warning. also, we certainly care greatly about people of flint, michigan. there is going to have to be a solution that. hopefully at the state level. host: we are running out of time. where will you be tonight? will you be with senator cruz watching the results come in? evening set upan an the alpine grove in hollis, new hampshire. we are going to have a senator there. we will celebrate what we think will be a very good will -- result. host: the you plan to hit the road with the senator anymore afternoon after primaries are over? to on theould like other hand, i have to return to my business at some point because they keep calling me. host: what business is that? i own and am president of a small software company.
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of the cruisee for president campaign. thank you for your time this morning. host: coming up next, we talk about the rock the vote. first, we take you back to the polling station in manchester were voting for today's primary is underway. >> governor chris christie outside of the elementary school. we are talking with two other voters this morning to zepeda, voted for republicans this time around. your name, sir? i see you have a trump hat on. how did you come to the conclusion? the business side. we need $19 trillion of debt reduced somehow. he came up with 300 billion last night. i like that idea. >> when did you make the decision on donald trump?
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>> three or four month ago. host: were there other things that made her decision? that there isidea no money involved and he can't be bought. i think it is everything. you can see that any burning campaign. i think that is a big deal. >> we're talking about another it is up and in the process. tell us your name and who you support it. >> marco rubio. >> why did you go to the conclusion? >> iron opportunity to listen to them speak and i connected with his personal message. i felt like what he had to say for our veterans was important. i feel that his personal story connects into most of the people in america. i really thought that that was a good reason for me to offer my vote. >> we hear about people make decisions early and last minute. when did you come to your conclusions? >> three or four month ago. great to be here in new hampshire. a wonderful opportunity to get out there and see what everyone has to say and to be part of the whole experience of the campaign. i got in early on and made my call.
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>> tell us a little bit about the experience of this. what goes on every four years. what do you like about it and what do not like about it? >> it is tremendous. i say to my children all the time to this is so different than what it is like in other states. i have lived in other states. it is personal, your face to face with the different candidates. it is a great thing. >> i agree. one of the big things we're talking earlier, new hampshire people get along. outsiders coming in, that is where you see the uproar. the reality is we all believe in each other's opinion to vote. >> we were asking other people about the first in a nation status, people pay attention in new hampshire. critics say why new hampshire, why should they be first in the nation, howdy respond to the kind of thinking? >> she said earlier. we interviewed -- and really candidates. we don't just watch tv ads. we don't just get program with the tv ads. we go out and see the candidates. >> we embrace them.
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it is part of the fabric of how we operate around here. it is great. >> we see a lot of rallies take place. talk about the retail politics. is that still game in new hampshire? one-on-one interaction with people? >> absolutely. facetime with people, you can get there, talk to them, find out what their stance is on different issues. >> is pointed questions. >> a supporter of donald trump and marco rubio joining us outside the webster elementary school. thank you. host: entire c-span crew that has been out there helping us with our coverage in manchester all week long. they will be out there today. we will be watching results tonight on c-span. you can also watch the candidates and their responses and speeches as they make them tonight after those results come in. now on the washington journal, we turn to sarah dela, a political field director.
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remind us what rock the vote is. what its mission is and how you try to accomplish it. guest: absolutely and thank you for having appeared rock the vote is the nations largest nonpartisan organization registering young people and getting them to turn out across the country. we focus on millennial's between the age of 18 and 35. we are here and so excited to make sure that young people are engaging in this election. host: focusing on millennial's. we will split our phone lines up to help facilitate that discussion. if you're under 35, the phone line to: during this segment is 202-748-8001, over 35, 202-748-8002. we will keep that special line for new hampshire voters. we especially want to hear from you today, primary day. 202-748-8000. vote is nonpartisan, but where do millennial's come down on the party divide? what has the calling of money is shown?
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>> we written -- release poll results a month ago. more young people identify as democrats and republican. we have a larger share of money on to identify as independent. for us talking about the generation and two candidates, we are saying there is a lot of opportunity to reach out to our generation because a lot of young people have not decided yet who they are voting for. they are not identifying with a party. they have a mixed opinion on different issues. we want to make sure that unelected's are reaching out to young people and trying to win over their vote. host: for those young people who have decided, who are they supporting in this election? would have only had the iowa caucus. looking at the iowa caucus results, we saw a lot of support for bernie sanders followed by secretary clinton on the democratic side. on the republican side, we saw young people supporting ted cruz first.
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followed by marco rubio and then donald trump. i think in new hampshire, we haven't talking to young people. they are supportive all over the place. a lot of love for sanders. we saw some love for clinton. a young person who was supporting senator rubio and senator cruz. we will see what happens after today. like we said, young people, their votes -- we want our candidates to fight for their votes. we see that happening out here. >> the usa today survey that you talked about in that article, talking about the survey, what is less certain, it says, according to a national survey, is whether young people will bother to vote in 2016. even an election where they don't apply an agenda they call crucial. divide?delight? -- the guest: this is something we see in surveys this earlier. the closer to the election, the more excited we see young people
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about turning after the polls, in terms of voting. these are numbers that, for us to do outreach and we are working with partners across the aisle to make sure that young people are being targeted. we work with nonprofit organizations and operations to return people. in terms of turnout and excitement to turn out, that is going to increase closer to the general in november. host: let's go to through the top two or three issues for millennial's. guest: the number one issue is the economy. young people are struggling right now. we look at the economic recession, lots of conversations about how the worst of it absolutely has ended, but when we look at unemployment rates for the money on generation, they are still very high. if we look at poverty rates, they are much higher for young people right now than previous generations of the same age. wages are stagnant, student debt rates are incredibly high. this is a generation that is having a majority of children becoming parents. when we look at things like
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student debt first the high cost of childcare, the generation is struggling right now. make sure want to that those two are running are talking about the needs for young people. time and again, the economy is number one. we want to make sure that candidates are proposing real solutions for the generation about how they are supposed to support themselves and their families. host: are the candidate speaking specifically to young people? are there some doing a better than others? candidatesthere are who are focusing on the economy. we see that a lot with senator sanders. if we look at secretary clinton, she is doing a lot of talk about equal pay and child care and paid leave. we are seeing candidates going there, but i think we would love to see them interacting more directly with young people. yesterday when we were at an event, we talked to a lot of young people who are really interested in how to make sure the middle class is able to stay in the middle class. they were very concerned about taxes. some of these young people were identified a lot more with the
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conservative side of the aisle. this is an absolute opening for those who are running to reach out to the generation. we even spoke with one woman who said one of her bigger issue -- biggest issues a social security. i know that is not a lot is not a lot of something people think of when i think of the wild generation. nowsaid i'm paying into it and i want to make sure it exists when i need to utilize it. you can't quite young people in a box by any means. we hope that this conversation like we are having now and conversations like we are having with young people are only going to encourage those who are running to really target degeneration. our lines between those under 35 and those over 35. special line for new hampshire voters today on primary day. we will go to line for those over 35. michelle in kansas city, missouri. one for democrats. good morning. i heard you say that you
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need to talk directly to young folks. i have children, 30-35. the fact is no one talks directly to each other. the vote is fine, but you have to get out and talk with young folks about the issues at stake. this classic situation, the middle class, who even made up that? class. understand the people put people in boxes when you talk about class. they should be talking about real issues. a lot of you young folks are still out there unemployed, student debt is high. there is a lot of hunger going on in your guys generation. i am try to figure how you're going to reach someone with real issues. inon't see any young folks flint, michigan. those are real issues. water shortages, hunger shortages. no one is talking about that other than a vote to get out. tell those young folks about the problem going on right now.
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>> a couple issues there. >> a lot of issues that she absolutely brought up. whether it was student debt or the crisis happening in flint as a relates to water. many other parts of this country. what i would say is that young people have been mobilizing and continue to mobilize on issues like these. they have been for generations. if we look at who are some of the leaders of our greatest fights, they have all been young people. whether we are looking at the or leaderssnick of a black lives matter or dreamers who have been leading the fight on immigration reform or those who have been pushing so hard on equal rights for the lgbt community. young people have time and again been leading on these issues. i think it is a question of whether or not they are being acknowledged for this incredibly hard work they are engaging in. the caller had mentioned, struggling to pay down the student debt. struggling to find a job to make ends meet. there are a ton of examples out there about organizations doing
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incredible work. i think it is a question of how do we uplift them and give them the respect they deserve for the work that they had been contributing to. host: funds, michigan, that line for those under 35 isaac is waiting. thank you for calling in. caller: thank you having me. i'm from flint, michigan. i see this issue directly. one thing that you will notice is that, perhaps if we had a democratic governor, maybe this issue wouldn't happen since most republicans tend to give tax breaks to the top 1%. i personally am a bernie sanders supporter. you don't need to be a genius to understand that most of the developed countries do have free health care, do have education as a right. having these issues brought to young people, you'll definitely see a revolution, even if bernie sanders is not elected any future. things will change in politics. host: before you go, did you
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vote in the last election? >> now. i'm 18 years old or not. >> this is your first chance to vote. when did you decide to be a bernie sanders supporter? was it a specific speech he made or a specific issue? do you remember when you got turned onto bernie sanders? host: absolutely. around september. what is getting out to people as the media and internet. having availability to these types of things. you see bernie sanders plastered all over facebook, twitter, speeches are directly screened -- streamed here that is why i got bernie sanders as a candidate. host: when you talk about politics and these issues that are important to you, do you talk about the mostly with other 18-year-old and focus in your age bracket or are you talking with these issues about these issues with older folks? person. younger
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i generally see a lot of young people, especially people who are in college, they are all leaning toward bernie sanders. because of the issues. people a lot of older since socialism as -- they have experienced it a longer time in their lives and sina negatively affecting people -- now we have these young voters. they have never seen that. have a fresh idea of what socialism, and especially democratic socialism really is. you jump in, especially on this idea of socialism and whether it is a dirty word in american politics these days and how different generations feel about it? aest: i think there are couple things happening. first, i would say welcome to voting. so exciting to hear 18-year-old's engaging in the election. 18-year-old who are excited to engage in the election. we have a lot of work to do to make sure that young people have
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great civic education in our high schools so that we can work on increasing voter turnout for those who are 18-24. first, i think that is something we have to acknowledge and get excited about. in terms of the word socialism, young peopleefore, don't identify with political parties as much as previous generations. they are really looking at candidates as individuals. they are focusing on issues. senator sanders is it an example of that right now. host: let's go to new hampshire, hampton, new hampshire where paul is waiting. good morning, thank you for joining us. have you voted yet today? caller: good morning, no i have not. host: know you intend to vote and if so, do you mind sharing we will for? caller: i absolutely and 10 to vote. right now, i'm torn between basic and christie. ivan quite made up my mind yet. host: when you think you'll make up your mind? the clock is ticking. caller: probably after i driveway,hoveling my
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i will have to contemplate it with the state of nature. and come up with my decision. ist: what will take it -- tip t? caller: like a site, either case kaisich orstie -- christie. the primary issue for me is which one is more believable and and i actually assessing -- and is actually assessing our nation's current problems accurately and associating them with the right candidate. host: do you mind if i ask how old you are? caller: yes, i do. i am an old man. [laughter] host: what do you think about youth voters in new hampshire? are the use of new hampshire more engaged than voters in the rest of the country? i would say it is probably about the same. i travel a lot between new york city and hampton. states and between forward.
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in the technology field, i work with a lot of younger people. is commonnse that it throughout those states in terms of participation and interest. host: any concern about those generations in the years to come, about whether they are politically engaged enough? caller: it is not so much whether they are politically engaged enough. the lady you have on your screen education,bout civic getting the youth excited about voting. i certainly agree that civic education is critically important. i think -- i don't think it's purpose is to get people excited to vote, i think it is about to get people informed about how government is supposed to work. basically, our politically history with the local, state, and federal levels. my impression is that over time, we have lost as a culture any
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sense of how our government at the various levels works. we lost the concept that we have separate levels of government. people, especially young, seem to think the government is one big massive thing here that there are no layers of separation between them. important.s the primary reason i was calling was actually right along those lines. bill o'brien was on earlier talking, answering a question about whether or not ted cruz was a naturally born citizen. a fascinating question to me. bill o'brien is very much a constitutional guy and is relying on court decisions and what congress has passed as opposed to what the constitution says. in shouldn'tople be a concern for their vote. i am voting for a candidate. i'm not voting based on what the law tells me.
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i am voting on my believe. i'm casting my vote to reflect my belief. who wase that anyone not born in the united states is not naturally born. that is what the constitution says. voteestion is is the youth tong sufficiently educated think in an independent fashion so they can at least understand that simple question or statement that is in the constitution, that you must be a natural born citizen? not rely on other people's interpretation of what that means, rely on your own sensibilities. host: good luck with your decision today. i will let you answer the question. guest: i think in terms of whether or not senator cruz is a natural want to listen, we are going to step out of that discussion and leave that more should they go in a direction. for us, one of the things that we do in terms of making sure young people are educated about
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civics and the important participation is that we have a free curriculum recruiter with personal -- partners called dr. c class. teachers from across the country in all 50 states have used it. you can go to rock the to get a copy of it. it is a 45 minute or 90 minute lesson that teaches young people about the history of voting. the importance of the youth vote. at the end, there is a registration component for those who are old enough to do so. we absolutely think civic education is incredibly important. massive cornerstone of what it means to be an american and to participate in our processes. i would encourage folks to check out rock the and at our democracy class curriculum, whether you're a parent, teacher, community member, young person who wants to go back to your high school or maybe you're in high school and want this curriculum to be taught to you when your peers. check it out because we would love to work with you on this education. twitter, a question
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about the trend in youth vote and how they are changing since the 2008 election cycle. youth voter trends decline from 2008 2 hundred 12, correct? >> they did. thehy was that an what is number that you are trying to hit in 2016? what is success for you? >> 2008 was a massive year for young people in turnout. we obviously want to get those numbers, we obviously want to surpass those numbers. that is what we are actively working on right now. looking at who are different partners are that can help us reach young people. the many places they are at. for example, we just launched a corporate civic responsibility program where we are partnering with companies like i heart radio, companies like twitter. to make sure that we are reaching young people where they are, either as consumers, but also those in the workplace. we are excited to do ads over radio, to reach and people were they are to do ads on you -- a mind are to be in the field.
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our big focus right now is directly touching young people and reaching out to make sure that they are registered, turning out and excited to do so. host: according to the census bureau, the turnout rate was 41 point 2% in 2012. 41.2 percent. -- you are saying if you have a number again we will be a success? guest: we will try to go above that number. that is a goal of ours. focus is, our larger try to get young people excited about the election. host: line for those under 35. david in new jersey. good morning. guest: how is a going? i want to reply to the man before who is in new hampshire who is undecided about christie and kaisich. seemhing is older people
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to think young people are too idealistic and we don't understand the issues or the constitution. the problem is they don't understand the problems that actually face our generation. many of them are the same but many are completely different as in earlier caller said. large amounts of student debt and things like that. a response to the man saying we don't understand the constitution or something like this. thomas jefferson himself said that asking people to completely obey a constitution is like asking a person to wear the same coat he did when he was a child. it is not going to fit your things change. our generation is not afraid of change. that is what people have to realize. host: parties concerns that --'re talking about not 41.2% in 2012 is the turnout number for those 18-24. that compares to 71.9% for those
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65 and older. i agree with the color that we need to actually press younger people to think about these issues. i think that is white candidates like bernie sanders actually speak to a lot of younger people's issues. that is why we see things -- web is why you are seeing such a large youth turnout for bernie sanders. guest: it is really exciting when we seek candidates who are trying out new and innovative ways to reach young people. at an event yesterday, i asked this young man power candidates doing in terms of reaching you? gave wase examples he bernie sanders and what he has been doing on social media. he pointed to his snapchat and how there is a specific filter that bernie sanders campaign had been using. we know that young people are very high users of snapchat.
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my cousins have been teaching me how to use it. this is something that i think candidates have to get creative. to figure out where young people are. online, using things like snapchat and instagram. it is looking at really cool ways we are consuming the news. really exciting when candidates are getting creative to look at different ways to reach young people. we are here and young people are very sophisticated voters. the conversations that we have had with them and how they have been deep diving on the issues, really wanting candidates to have solid answers to make their lives better, we need to make sure candidates are respecting them in the way so that they are going after their votes. front pages, americans across the country are waking up to this morning as we show you the numbers there on the screen, here is the front page of the burlington free press standard. new hampshire push, the headlines there for the front page of the sun. decision day in new hampshire is the headline.
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the eagle tribune front page, the final push is the banner headline there for the columbus dispatch. john kasich homestay. the headline at the bottom of page, his big day is the headline. we will continue to show you headlines and front pages from around the country as we have our alliance but up from those under 35 and over 35 in the segment with sarah of rock below. david is in hilliard, ohio on the line for those under 35. go ahead. you for taking my call. i am interested in your opinions on how we define socialism nowadays. i am right in the middle of the age group. i had a chance to see how other people think about the term socialism and then how younger people think about the term socialism. my personal opinion is it is a hybrid. if you are going to define socialism is the government taking care of people from an economic standpoint, then i think we have to say don't we already have a hybrid
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socialistic environment because we have social security? we now have obamacare. who knows what else is going to be coming? theuld like to see discussion and your opinions on what is actual socialism today? i think -- when we are talking to young people, this conversation on socialism to be honest is not happening. the are focusing on candidates and issues and the issues candidates are talking about. like a said before, i think this harkens back to young people having much less of a party id than previous generations. i totally understand why people are interested in wanting to dig into the definitions of socialism, but only talk to young people, it is not even about the party id and a big label. it is about the issues these candidates are raising and what they are doing to solve their problems. host: work and people go in they want to check out the polling that they have done on young people on these issues?
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rock the host: you are on washington journal. caller: thank you. good morning. the issue of homeland security has not been talked about at all. the secretary -- whoever is the secretary of homeland security, could stopho we vote with no impunity, there is no stopping homeland security. they do whatever they want whenever they want. ago, my brother who lives in the state of virginia is a very small farm, enough to
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feed his family. in the same day, within two hours, everybody who owns land, who rents land. they knocked on everyone's door and said you don't have a right to your own water. they had no recourse. there is the guy up top, there is the guy on the bottom. my brother spoke with both of them, discussing in great detail what he wanted, how much water he needed for life animals that he had. host: was this an eminent domain
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issue the government was using? caller: yes. host: on the issue of eminent domain, it has come up, especially in the last week or so. we heard it at the debate on saturday. do youth voters you have surveyed have an opinion on this? that: we haven't seen issue come up to the top yet and we haven't, to be honest, last directly about it. about as ae asked related to the earlier part of the comment from the caller as a relates to homeland security, foreign policy is one of the top issues young people are really interested in this election. on issues like should we have refugees in the united states? 52% of the one lcs. should we have boots on the ground to fight isis, only 44% of the millennial's agree with that. if we cut that date a little bit more, and just look at republicans, that number is quite high. arounds of issues
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foreign policy, that is actually a priority for this generation. it is no surprise as we are the ones who have been the boots on the ground and running the wars in iraq and afghanistan and certainly, our generation of veterans at this point are concerned about what happens moving forward as a relates to our country and its position in the world. host: a chart from new hampshire public radio using u.s. census bureau members and irs numbers estimated young migrants and establish potential voters in new hampshire in 2016, youth voters expected to make up about 12% of that chart there. let's go back to the line for those over 35 area joe is in south carolina. good morning. are you with us? i thought you coming out. ok. i'm not as smart as these other
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people who are calling, they are smart people. i am leaningo say kaisig because he seems to be the most moderate person running. think -- i was the boots on the ground in iraq and i'm a disabled veteran. i am over 56 years old. i feel that boots on the ground are not logical right now as mr. spock would say. that is all i want to say. i am sorry i'm not that intelligent. host: it is an open line for
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anyone to call in and talk about the issues we are talking about, express your opinions. you mentioned you are a fan of john kasich. john kasich saying if he does not perform all in new hampshire, he may step out of this race. i want to ask you, the boots on the ground question about u.s. troops going overseas, talk about the use of votes and feelings about engagement in overseas operations. >> according to our poor that we released in january, a large majority of my meals are not interested in having boots on the ground. is no said before, it surprise because it is our generation largely who would be the boots on the ground. we do cut that data up a bit more, those who identify as republican are much more supportive of that. this is something that we have seen in other polls related to young people, as well. i think the generation is absolutely prioritizing this issue of foreign policy and
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looking at terrorism and what does that mean for our country and communities? but they want to see other answers that are not just about boots on the ground. again, the opportunity for candidates to engage with them and say here is what my proposal is on an issue that is incredibly important. people are not so eager about committing our troops to go overseas. host: line for those under 35 in atlanta, georgia. good morning. i wish you guys would do something on a naturalized citizen thing. i agree with the caller previously who stated that ted cruz isn't a natural born citizen. i'm a republican. in the military, but i don't think -- i hate when people use -- use the example being born on a military base. ted cruz's parents, he wasn't born on a military base. i wish c-span would do some sort of special on natural born citizenship.
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as adly, for me 27-year-old male who served in the military, why don't some of these college students, some of the youth join the military and get the g.i. bill? did you give back to the military during the peace corps, it will help you pay tuition. another thing also is that i support trump as a 27-year-old because of the fact that he is speaking out again. i firmly believe that the inner-city black youth unemployment -- a direct correlation between interstate or -- intercity high black unemployment rate and illegal immigration. i don't see why a lot of blackstone really support trump. also, the youth need to look at illegal immigration. illegal immigrants displace a lot of the youth out of jobs. i hope i expressed everything right. host: i will let you jump in. a couple issues, military service, illegal immigration.
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guest: i will start with the service piece. young people have incredible he high rates of volunteerism and purchase of -- participate in various aspects of service. back in mean serving in the military. there is a great point about the g.i. bill. -- we seemething our high rate of service and programs like americorps and teach for america. service is something our generation is incredibly interested in. it is great to see that raise. there are a lot of conversations happening right now about how to strengthen service and service absolutely as part of giving back to the country. also, service as a way to get great skills as it relates to getting a new job. how can we look at different americorps programs which are targeting low income young people, those in communities with high rates of unemployment, and looking at programs like --
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as a way for young people to get those hard skills that will get them a job down the line. as it relates to immigration, when asking the generation about immigration, in general, we want to pass a citizenship for those who are undocumented. about 15% of my yells were not born in the united states. this is one of the highest rates that we have seen in the history of the country. -- 15% of millennial's where not born in the united states. what does that mean? that means there are young people who are undocumented. it also means there are a lot of young people who have been born overseas and comment have been naturalized here. what it ultimately comes down to is when we are in a classroom, if someone next to you is undocumented, you don't see them as different. that is something we hear time and again from young people. they want a pathway for citizenship. we heard that from rubio supporters yesterday when we are at an event. immigration absolutely is a big issue for the generation.
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came in at six or seven. but when you ask young people of color, jumps up a bit more. host: brian on outline for those over 35 in sedona, arizona. caller: high. thatjust making the point a lot of the young -- the youth in this country can't vote because of a felony. i'm a felon. marijuana felon over and now it is legal in this state here it is becoming legal across the country. the only thing i have ever done as a felon was commit that crime. that brings down the youth vote along with technology and kids playing video games. and not understanding. , i gotprevious person kicked out for the marijuana situation. i would have fought any rock. i don't even believe with all the money that we have in the
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military that is a mathematical equation to where we can't do peace as a -- as opposed to war. for our many years, peace seems to be the better outcome. on the issue of the ability to vote and how there are far too many states where felons are unable to vote, this is a massive concern of ours and other organizations of hours engaged in this space. when people serve their time and are released, they should be able to participate in our system. supportersainly big of making sure that those who have committed felonies absolutely are able to vote. thatope this is an issue candidates across the spectrum will raise and work to address. we talked to a few callers under 35 expressing their support for donald trump or bernie sanders. on inauguration day, if donald trump was elected, he would be
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closer to 71 years old then he would be 70. bernie sandy's -- bernie sanders will be a little over 75 years old. is it surprising to you that some of the oldest candidates in the race are getting the youth vote as opposed to the younger candidates? 45-year-old marco rubio, 46-year-old ted cruz? it is a great question, but it comes down to the issues. where are the candidates on the issues and how are their stances on the issues going to impact young people realities and the struggles they face every day? certainly,on agent we are very supportive of making sure that young people participate in the process, whether it is from voting, to even running themselves, but at the end of the day, it is all about the issues. >> a few minutes last -- left or john is waiting in burlison, texas, on the line for those under 35. good morning.
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i feel that a lot of the population in general aren't aware of who they are voting for. i see a lot of people wasting their vote on john kasich. even if he does well in new hampshire, chances are he is not going to take off on super any of thosehen states. he is not going to be president of the united states. chris christie is almost in the same situation that hillary clinton is. he had direct subordinates -- aneath him close down lane closure and cause traffic jams. i think they were fired as a result. i'm personally voting for donald trump. people say that he wouldn't be able to stand up to hillary clinton in a general election if she doesn't get invited. donald trump has in business a long time. he has had long-standing
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relationships with the concrete company, headed up by tony salerno, paul estella -- paul castillo -- cost a lot of -- paul cost a lot of, i mean. -- this guy knows how to get things done and how to deal with serious people and that is all i have to say. thank you. a trump supporter on the line for those under 35. a few minutes left on the washington journal. i want to get as many calls as we can. sharon has been waiting in ohio on outline for those over 35. sharon, good morning. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. abortion, taking a life that god gave someone. i am against gay rights. to meant for men and women
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marry. not for women and women and men and men. i live in ohio and i wouldn't vote for kasich. i am for rubio. i think you would be the best president he is pure and i looked at a lot of the issues. i believe he would be the best. as far as hillary, i think should -- she should be imprisoned for benghazi and the other man running, i don't care for him at all. i want to get your thoughts on the abortion issue, gay rights issue, and where the youth vote is on that. guest: in pulling that we have seen as a relates to young people and the issue of abortion, young people by far support access to abortion care. if you look at the big movements around protecting this right, young people are leaving them across the country. on the issue of lgbtq writes, yet -- young people have been
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living on this issue. more young people are out of the closet and identifying as lgbt. when you are talking about the rights of your community, your friends, your neighbors, this is an issue where the millennial generation has been leaning, whether it is related to marriage or protections from workplace discrimination or housing discrimination. fare are pivotal issues as as the generation and there are some issues of the generation is the most progressive on a cross party ids. host: rock the vote is on the ground in new hampshire. said to be on the ground around the country this election cycle to help turn out the youth vote. thank you for your time. guest: thank you. host: that is our show for today on new hampshire primary day. we will see you back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern 4:00 a.m. pacific. to talk about the results. ♪ ♪
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>> today, new hampshire people voting in the first in the nation primary. in washington, d.c. the focus is on the budget. president obama's budget for the next year will be officially morning.this our capitol hill producer tweeted a picture of the delivery of the budget to the capital. trillion arrests include $1.8 billion for finding -- fighting the zika virus and a $19 billion increased upgrade government agency separate security. we will have a link on our website at as soon as it's released. we will take you live to the budget briefings today at white house budget director shaun


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