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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 donovan and other officials will
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go over the budget west at 1:00 in time. here on c-span. 1:30, a discussion about the defense portion of the budget with pentagon officials over on c-span2. tonight, results from the primary starting at 8:00 eastern with coverage from w m you are manchester and we will show the victory and concession speeches and take your facebook comments and tweets. ♪ currently on the fence between hillary and bernie. it is important to me, education. i am a high school and middle school teacher. i want to know what the stance is on the common core and what they want to do with it. >> what is most important to me as the national debt because it affects us teens. what i find most important is what you are voting for because i am not endorsing anyone. i want you to get out to the
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polls and use your voice. >> my number one issue is hitting big money out of politics. citizens united needs to be overturned. that,we address everything else will keep getting worse and worse. a very small number of people making decisions about what happens to the rest of the population. for that reason i am supporting bernie sanders. >> i believe every american city owns -- citizens duty is to participate in the election. as a first-time voter i am trying to figure out what i like. from candidate to candidate, campaign to campaign, and i am at marco rubio's campaign here. >> every election cycle, we are
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reminded how important it is for citizens to be informed of. for-span is a home political junkies and a way to track the government as it happens. >> it's a great way for us to stay informed. >> there are a lot of fans on the hill. why colleagues will say i saw you on c-span. thatere is so much more c-span does to make sure people outside the beltway know what's going on inside it. next, a look at the new hampshire primaries. we start with a reporter who is covering today's developments. this is from washington journal. for more interviews later in today's program. new ow we're joined in our hampshire studio in manchester a veteran granite state political reporter and union leader. tuohy, as returns start coming in tonight, what will you be watching for, as a veteran reporter, what's an early tell about where this state is going?
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>> good morning, the school where he was just speaking is the f the ward schools in city of manchester. there's 12 wards in the city of manchester. i believe we reported there's another dozen towns in new hampshire that are correctly called the winner of the republican and democratic primary winners every four years since 1952 and a couple of those, rochester, kingston, hudson. some of these towns are very notable. on the democratic side, i'm looking to see how well bernie upper valleyin the of new hampshire, which is vermont, the state of his home state. and see how well he does up that way. you linton campaign, as know, saying this is his home field advantage, where he's just river the connecticut here. host: and here's the front page of the new hampshire union paper that dan tuohy writes for. he's been covering political campaigns in new hampshire for six cycles now, and joins us, your questions, if
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you have questions about how the vote goes, turnout, what to look for tonight. now is the time to call in. the special line for new, otherwise, republicans around the country, 202-748-8001. democrats, 202-748-8000. 202-748-8002.ts, on the front page of the new tuohy, one of n the sub head lines is concern about the storm in new hampshire. any early concerns that you're seeing early on? guest: i don't think so. i drove about 45 minutes to get here and the roads are fine. the traffic was normal. have the day off today because some of the polling areas are based in the schools. so it seemed like the roads were fine when i drove in. the sun is coming out in new hampshire. should be a good day, and ecretary of state bill gardner mentioned that even with a little bit of snow it shouldn't
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affect his predictions that it may be a record turnout in new hampshire. host: you say record turnout. estimates e specifically on first-time vote ers and who are they coming to vote for? good well, that's a question. the secretary of state did not go that route. but he bases his predictions on mostly absentee ballots that have already been cast, a number of them, anyway. that's the big question of the is where these new voters come from. the university of new hampshire week ago y about a saying approximately 30% of the since here are really new 2008, so there's a lot of ounger vote ers and some older people that haven't moved to the state, of course. so that's a wildcard, but we these people may vote and the undeclared voters in new hampshire, the so-called independents. that's another huge voting block. it makes up approximately 40% of he new hampshire electorate, whether they choose -- and undeclared voters as you mentioned earlier, can choose to
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pick up a democratic ballot or a republican ballot. a democratic up ballot to cast a ballot to bernie sanders, we don't know. or on the republican side with donald trump, or maybe ted cruz. we don't know that at this it's just another wildcard, if you will. host: seems like you can't open without ar these days new poll about new hampshire. is there a specific poll that e your st or what ar feelings about polling in new hampshire in general? note thatl, the polls donald trump, here in new hampshire, just like nationwide, is in the lead. and on the democratic side, bernie sanders does have, in lead olls, a significant over hillary clinton, and some of these leads for bernie pushing 20%, and i don't think those polls really indicate what the state of the race is. it's going to be much, much closer than that. i think both campaigns acknowledge, you know, that bernie sanders here in new
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but, ire is in the lead, again, at this point in the game, it's about getting people ut to the polls and these campaigns have always used echnology and text messages to get their people out and do whatever they can to make sure they have a ride, make sure ride to ghbor has a their local polling place, especially some of these towns, say for the bernie sanders campaign, where they're focusing on some of these younger voters, new he university of hampshire in durham, a lot of these younger voters, first-time voters, there could be some significant notable long lines there. host: if you have questions dan tuohy ampshire, is the expert you want to ask today. we appreciate him joining us on a very busy primary day in the state. let's get to the calls. gene is in houston, texas. line for republicans. good morning, gene. caller: good morning. call. you for taking my just a comment and then two questions. two comments, one is a question. all watched both sides of
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the things that are going on and i've noticed that bernie sanders is being too nice in the area that he doesn't condemn hillary for anything that she's done in my other question is how can they determine how can they determine who's going to be the winner when all the republicans are so close together? that is my comment in thank you again. these more moderate democrats, actually republicans, may split the vote. often they help out ted cruz or donald trump. we don't know. it's one of those questions we may find outcome 8:00 tonight that the campaign has talked
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about this as well. kasich, jebie, john bush, marco rubio, have been fighting for this so-called middle lane against donald trump. who comes out on top, it might be anyone trying to declare momentum or the big surge in new hampshire. we will see. a question iss whether bernie sanders was being too nice on the campaign trail. guest: hillary clinton and her supporters have pointed out that bernie sanders is not altogether aboveboard and has done some negative campaigning over the past month or so. bernie sanders says he has never run a negative ad his life. i think that's part of this push and pull. it shows you how tight this contest is between senator sanders and secretary clinton. ads saysnders in his
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he is just contrasting his record with hillary clinton's record. in the past week, it has been notable watching hillary clinton and bill clinton who is in hampshire this weekend really be coming around with right hoax and following up with left hooks at bernie sanders, trying to do whatever they can to shun his momentum. bill clinton playing in new hampshire, the man i got the name the comeback guest: he has a lot of friends here. that is the other storyline. some clinton people say bernie sanders is doing well because he is a hometown candidate. bill clinton has been campaigning here with hillary clinton since 1991. there a lot of friends here. the governor of new hampshire is a big endorsement in she has been on the campaign trail as well. senator jeanne shaheen has been out notably at a rally yesterday as well trying to inspire local
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democrats to get out and vote for hillary clinton. kuster. woman annie on it -- congresswoman annie kuster. on and on. side it isie sanders amazing to watch the energy level. you really cannot describe the difference in some of these rallies between a clinton rally and sanders rally. sanders rally, more boisterous, maybe some newer voters or first-time voters liking his message. host: tony is waiting on our line for democrats. good morning. caller: i will say first that you and your guest are dressed just like. you must've coordinated uniforms or something. host: pretty standard uniform but go ahead. caller: the comment i want to really, i am
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disappointed. i am a lifelong democrat. i'm just an pointed -- i'm disappointed because they gave us so few choices. i think bray sanders is going to win the nomination and he's going to have worse gridlock than president obama did when he gets into office because the house of representatives is not going to let any of the socialistic views past. i'm thinking about voting for john kasich. he makes the most sense to me. the drawback is he would never make it out of the republican primary so i am stuck between a rock and a hard place. real democrats -- hillary has so much baggage and is so fragile i don't think she can even win. ernie is too far to the left for anybody. -- bernie is too far to the left for anybody. i'm going to lean toward john kasich, change my affiliation and vote for kasich. tuohy, is that a
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feeling that the kasich campaign is hoping more than just tony feels? guest: i think so. , johnmment i would make kasich sometimes feels he is running a general election campaign already. he brags about expanding medicaid under the afford will care act. for some republican voters in a republican primary that is a turnoff. he points out and makes a compelling argument. he spoke to the new hampshire house of representatives last month and made the case as well. it is a lightning rod issue in new hampshire as it is in many states. the caller is not alone in feeling like you are between a rock and a hard place. i saw one of my neighbors this morning, republican, who was talking about this was one of the most difficult votes he has had to make in decades. so many candidates he does not
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-- not one candidate has really spoken to him or want him over. he has three or four candidates he likes. one of those voters when he goes to the polls today he will be making the decision when he pulls the curtain back. host: a question from twitter on the process of voting. does new hampshire have absentee ballots and what about military deployed? guest: yes. there are absentee ballots and of course military and overseas ballots were mailed out in december. by law they have to be out 45 days before the election. they will be counted at some point as well. host: the new hampshire union front has a column on the page of their paper today with some information about voting. what you should bring to the voting booth, the process and even if you have complaints about the process a number to call for the attorney general's office in the state. the union leader doing its part to get as many people to
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practice their civic duty as they can today. yvonne is up in minneapolis, minnesota. good morning. caller: good morning. i have a couple of comments to make. i'm really sick and tired of this two party system. i agree with your earlier caller. all these politicians have done nothing for the people. that's why i believe bernie sanders and donald trump and doing her so well -- are doing so well. host: do you want to pick up anything from that comment? guest: i think she has her finger on the pulse of the nation. outsiders, donald trump is not a politician even though he is now. bernie sanders, an outsider in the sense that he is a former longtime independent from the state of vermont. he has been in congress for 26 years. on the one hand he is not a
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washington outsider whatsoever. that is the question we will see moving forward here, whether some of these newer politicians can make the most of their newfound support. host: in terms of moving forward , there may be some candidates who don't move forward. the lead editorial in "the new york times," the winnowing out of the candidates. continue ify not to they don't meet expectations or exceed them tonight in new hampshire? guest: the new york times endorsed john kasich and kasich has said if he does not do really well in new hampshire his campaign may be over. he, my chris christie and donald trump and others already have a public schedule out for south carolina and other stuffs around the country. they are maybe trying to telegraph that they are moving on from new hampshire one way or the other.
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host: beth is in north carolina, line for republicans. good morning. are you there? caller: yes i am. i am trying to get in to the conversation on tv. evidently i have been put through, is the c-span radio? host: you are on "the washington journal." caller: ok. sorry. host: go ahead. we are midway between wilmington north carolina and myrtle beach south carolina. i am just calling in to say that i don't fit the profile for trump supporters. i actually have a masters degree and am retired from a fortune 500 corporation. unfortunately i'm not your typical supporter of trump but i am for trump because this is the
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first time in my life that i am very concerned the direction that our country is headed in. .ocialism does not work it is not good for the average american. their condition will not improve. all you have to do is look at the european countries that are married to socialism. the other thing is, this country was founded on rugged individualism. the democratic party wants us to believe that government is the solution to all our problems. they are putting out their message that dependencies a could thing. donald trump is attacking all the sacred towers. the media, political correctness . he is the person we need dealing on the international stage and here at home making this country great again making it back what
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it was originally founded to be. people who believe in hard work and getting ahead based on individual merit. host: do you want to pick up on that in the expectation for donald trump tonight? guest: i will start with the last point. the expectation, he said this week that he does not have to win new hampshire. it would be shocking if he does not win new hampshire. more to the point about what type of a voter is a trump voter, i think she nails it. i have been surprised. ted cruz has supporters that are not all fiscal conservatives or social conservatives. a wide array of people supporting him. as a journalist you show up at some of these events and realize that person is with ted cruz or that person is with donald
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trump. you never really can tell. it's a very personal decision when you support a candidate. donald trump has notable people here in new hampshire that are supporting his campaign as do all of these other republicans. i am laughing because the republican ballot in the democratic party ballot financial primary is 58 names on the ballot. nine or 10 major republican candidates but there is another almost 20 candidates still in the race, lesser-known candidates that have met the criteria and filed to be on the ballot. host: 30 republicans and 28 democrats at least at last check. guest: you look at that ballot and you are like, who is this person. including vermin supreme. the caller from texas talking about the democrats having just two options between hillary
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.linton and bernie sanders another two dozen people on the ballot. some of these people may get a handful of votes or even 1000 votes. probably not enough to sway the race either way between clinton or sanders. host: edwin waiting in buffalo, new york. good morning. morning.ood concerns and comments. wall that great supposed to be built. how is that supposed to get you to run for president because that is the only thing you keep talking about. you don't have a health care plan in position. trump does not have a health care plan in position he is just making all of these promises. he can't have a decent conversation with the people here in america, let alone to have a conversation to deal with
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leaders in other countries. i think it's going to be a disaster. host: on the immigration question and the springboard, that great wall issue has become for the donald trump campaign. guest: it is a notable issue. when he announced his campaign a trump tower it really resonated with a big percentage of americans i guess. he thinks it is a winning line. at all of his rallies he mentions it a couple of times. i saw one story this week, he can tell the energy of his crowd if he senses that people are starting to tune out he will mention the wall, building the wall and making mexico pay for it. it is a notable issue but it is not new to 2016. it came up in 2014 as well. immigration reform.
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always a lightning rod issue. it plays probably really well in this primary election as these folks fight for the nomination. host: ronald on twitter says senator sanders can secure the nomination by announcing he will last senator elizabeth warren to be his vice presidential choice. a bit too early for the speculation? guest: it is never too early right? that is the fun of it from a pundit and or public point of view. elizabeth warren, the u.s. senator from massachusetts has not endorsed anyone yet. senator clinton -- secretary clinton has a number of u.s. senators on her team. at this point it sounds like she is still in the wings. her influence among progressives in a democratic party is significant. i'm not sure where she's going to go with that. host: richmond, virginia where mike is waiting on the line for republicans. caller: good morning.
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i want to urge people before they really decide who they want takead the country to just a trip back to look at how the founders of the country framed the purpose of government. we have reached a point where we are expecting government to do things that amount to providing benefits and stuff. the purpose of government was supposed to be to secure the natural rights of individuals. the result of this transformation and what we think the role of government is supposed to be has resulted in this incredible spending that has got us $18 trillion in debt. the want to help somebody first thing i do is consult my
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available resources and then i decide how much i want to give somebody or help somebody based on what i can do. i don't go out and borrow the .oney in order to help somebody i don't expect somebody else to give me the money so that i can give it to somebody else. -- i don't get a printing press in print up money for someone else. host: who is the candidate that best shares your view? person tor individual conduct charity that way, it is far more ruinous on the government. to conduct charity that way if it had even the authority to do it which it does not. that is not its job. i think people are really underplaying the amount of debt that we have and not thinking
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left our friends on the wanting to double the debt we are already in. that has a direct effect on the purchasing power of the dollar. host: on the issue of the debt and getting back to the constitution. is a notablebt debate in issue during the republican primary. john kasich at his campaign stops in town hall meetings has the debt clock running in the background. it is more than just a prop. he talks about how to balance the budget, cut taxes, reduce regulations. when you look at those numbers clicking away, the sense of anxiety, when you see those numbers go up. it is one of those things where people use this, people in the public and party as candidates use it as a springboard to point out what they would do to reform the tax code.
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the caller mentions the theme about being a constitutional conservative, respecting limited government. really getting back to what the government possible -- the federal government's purpose is. it is a very important issue. host: you have covered six presidential campaigns in new hampshire. six more campaigns from now as you look at at the 2016 campaign and primary threat the state. is there a moment you're going to remember? guest: i think donald trump, what he signifies as a celebrity candidate coming in and a billionaire. he mentioned he has not spent a whole lot of his money yet. withews this week bloomberg possibly getting in, the whole issue of money in presidential politics is mammoth. host: when did that strike you as a reporter covering this?
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when did you really get the sense of that celebrity appeal? guest: donald trump has been to new hampshire before. 2014 and early in 2015 he was here. you see him show up. they may not even support him but they want to see what he has to say. i was always wondering whether when chris christie launched his campaign there was that sense that he was going to be really competitive -- really combative with some people in this town hall meetings. sometimes he is. his slogan is telling it like it is. it is one of those things, what is the public looking for? host: have you had an interaction one-on-one with trump covering the campaign? guest: i have had a couple of sitdown interviews with him. ery gregarious in person. he sticks to talking points. smart guy.
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before he announced his campaign -- i referred to his poll numbers being in the seller as far as negatives. people that say they support him . polls that say they will never vote for this person. he did not quite like that. host: let's go to scott in kentucky, line for democrats. caller: thanks for taking my call. my concern, question is this. a couple of weeks ago c-span a viewing of the british house of commons. they were discussing whether or not to let donald trump into the country. isamerica's closest ally deciding whether or not to let this man into the country because of irresponsible remarks he might have some entertainment
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value being some kind of boardroom bully but this is the world stage. america's closest allies are trying to decide whether to let this man into their country, what is the best what are america's adversaries going to do? host: this was a debate on a petition to ban donald trump from great britain. something that appeared on c-span. our viewers can watch at guest: i think this is why we have elections. whether donald trump's message or any of these candidates messages appears to the electorate we will find out today. south carolina, nevada, and southern primary contest as well . we will find out. the iowa caucuses, ted cruz w on. that is just one contest.
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as much as we in new hampshire like to think the first in the nation primary gets it right, sometimes we don't. we will find out the exit polls talking about not just for whom they cast a ballot but why. why would anyone support anyone of these candidates? what it means moving forward as they try to capture the nomination. host: five to 10 minutes left with dan tuohy of the new hampshire union leader. appreciate your time this morning as you join us. the front page of the union leader this morning, today is the poll that counts. the banner headline across the union leader's front page. let's go to robert in pennsylvania. line for democrats. caller: good morning. first thing i want to say, i am a c-span junkie, retired veteran and every time i hear someone call in and say they want to go back to our forefathers i don't
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know if they realize that their forefathers were slave owners. if that's what they want to go back to, i don't know. ask those people in atlantic city who work for trump will no longer have jobs. ask those people. that's about all i have to say right now. thank you. host: dan tuohy. guest: that is part of the record. we look at his or her record of what they have done with what bills they have proposed your it with donald trump he has not had a political record or an elected political record. it is fair game. i think voters should consider that as well not just a bankruptcy for one of his corporations but what he has done to build his empire. what that might mean for being an executive on pennsylvania avenue. twitter.wers on
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jennifer is one of those who tweets near every day -- jim is those who tweets near every day. are.: i believe they i'm not sure of the networks plans. some of the wire services will be doing something but i am not sure 100%. host: expectations for timing tonight. when will we know the results? guest: that is a good question. 9:00 some of these results might be trickling out. most of the state uses -- there or twoys a town somewhere in new hampshire that is late getting some results. that's the way it goes. that will be telling if it is really close on the republican side or democratic side.
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we will find out and stay tuned. host: stay tuned c-span tonight to watch all of the candidates' speeches after the results come in. covering what's happening and i encourage our viewers to stick around for the next hour and a half of today's program because we will be talking about new hampshire for the rest of today's show. a few minutes left with dan tuohy. amanda is next. line for republicans. caller: good morning. i am for ted cruz. i think he articulates conservative values and i do not agree that donald trump is the best person to lead the country because of his temper. he is very arrogant, he act like a child, cannot take criticisms. he belittles people. he can never explain his actual plan for building a wall or 2008, these -- it is like
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we got some changes but his mantra is i will make this country great. that's all i want to say. host: randy is next in north carolina, line for democrats. caller: good morning. thank you c-span very much. best thing the cable companies ever did. try to maintain objectivity while being one source of information for all of us paying attention. i wonder if mr. tuohy would agree to the opposition that money in politics is more like an effect and the cause of our problems and frustrations is money in biased media coverage. no wonder we are so split up. 50-50 split in this state and talking politics with the neighbor is like saying the wrestler is a fake. they are reacting to the way
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they think their target audience they thinke things their target audience wants to hear and it has gotten to a point where what we should be really caring about is something we cannot talk about together. the countryaround there are some areas where i can only get one point of view. not the point of view i subscribe to either. that we havenate lost our way because we are being pulled apart by moneyed interests that are controlled by too few biased media companies. we simply are not getting a freedom that we deserve and supposedly we paid for. those are our air waves. i am a big c-span supporter. would like to know what your guest might think of the comment. ballotboth sides of this have been talking about the role
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and influence of money in politics. it usually comes up by a voter in a town hall meeting saying something similar to what you just said and asking a candidate what would you do. sanders,linton, bernie they say they want to overturn united. on the republican side, some of these candidates, including donald trump, point out there should be greater transparency at the very least on who is donating to these super pac's. donald trump was railing against super pac's. all of the other candidates that legally cannot coordinate with pac' the candidates' money fundraising war chests. it is amazing. a notable number of ads in new 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
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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 that will stop the killing of more than 50 million of unborn's in america. a candidate that will change all
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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 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
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person to capture the nomination and win in november. host: dan every election cycle we are reminded how important it is for citizens to be informed. >> c-span is a home for political junkies and a way to track the government as it happens. >> it's a great way for us to stay informed. >> there are a lot of fans on the hill. my colleagues say they saw me on c-span. >> there is so us more c-span does to make sure people outside the beltway know what's going on in wide it. -- inside it. i'm currently on the fence between hillary and bernie. it is an important issue to me, education. i am a teacher and i want to know what her stances on common core and what they want to do
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with it. >> what's most important to me as the national debt because it will affect us teenagers. what i find most important is not for you are voting for because i am not endorsing anyone. i want you to get out to the polls, use your voice, because your vote is your voice. use it. >> my number one issue in this campaign is getting big money out of politics. citizens united needs to be overturned. ,ntil we address that everything else is going to keep getting worse. a very small number of people making decisions about what comes before the rest of the population. that's why i'm supporting bernie sanders. >> i believe it's every american citizens duty to be politically active and vote in elections. as a first-time voter i was trying to figure out what i liked. i'm going from candidate to candidate, campaign campaign. i'm here at marco rubio's. i believe there is a candidate
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for everyone. -- 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 brand of conservatism. how is it appealing to new hampshire voters? guest: i think it touches a lot of voters across the board.
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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. 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.
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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 and historic turnout. shatter turnout records. republican turnout in the caucuses rose by 50%.
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[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 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.
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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 republicans. .emocrats, (202) 748-8000 a special line for new hampshire
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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 so heavily, aside from the obvious votes that they get from these people. it turns me off from voting for
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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 met with senator cruz and decided after they talked with -- very serious legislators,
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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. it is by cal thomas. religious police tell us little to nothing about someone 's ability to be president.
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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 since world war i and smallest air force ever. when a greatorld republic such as the united states shows weakness.
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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. is it that we hear that he is not liked in
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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. people need help. i'm wondering if you could clarify a couple of things. guest: i appreciate the
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 safer more prosperous world. host: willard is waiting. republican line. caller: good morning.
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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 there is crony capitalism. what senator cruz talks about is returning to free market capitalism. the reason we have this problem
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.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 preventing them from hiring employees. , senator cruzs has talked about a 10% flat tax, . 16% tax on corporations
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that would replace all other taxes and bring american business back into competition with the world. we have among if n highest corporate taxes in the world. , manye businesses leaving of you may have heard of inversion, where businesses are basically merging themselves into smaller foreign companies, so they can no longer be american companies. and avoid the taxation here. there has to be a reset of the tax code, there has to be drawn back and regulations. if we do that, we will get what we achieved with ronald reagan, where two or three years into his administration, when we did similar things, we had an awakening at that point. we had 7.2% growth. that takes care of a lot of problems. host: about 20 minutes left with william o'brien, the ted cruz
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campaign cochair in new hampshire, a state house representative republican representative vernon and the new boston areas. he has been in the state house for five terms, the former state house speaker. and with this for 20 more minutes. if you have questions or comments specifically about the ted cruz campaign, ted is in fergus falls, minnesota, go ahead. caller: good morning. i want to say that i am a little more to the right of most independents, possibly. what i want to talk about today is a political syndrome. a big problem in washington, that i see. visualize a large cage and in the cage you have a bunch of monkeys and in that group you put in a stepladder. you hang a banana above that stepladder. as the monkeys figure out how to crawl up there and whatever, one
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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. 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
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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 even republican candidates to say that they want young women to be drafted into the military. we saw that during the debate on
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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 call this morning. i'm calling with a comment about a debate that happened the other night in new hampshire.
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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 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
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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 jobs. if these other candidates want to go back and fourth and if pundits want to say senator rubio had a really scripted
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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 joining us. did you vote today guest? guest: i have not, but i have a
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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. 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
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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 sister, rather, who was born in frankfurt, germany. i am sure that our laws are such that they would tell my family
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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 time he has finished his term in office, will have doubled the national debt from already horrendous levels. people understand the ted cruz
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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 listening to this constant propaganda. nothing with substance, nothing with any value. the entireving
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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 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
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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 campaign, leaving his campaign, it came from cnn. i have seen the to eat.
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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, 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:
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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. 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
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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. i'm a christian myself. i believe in god, but there are many, many americans who don't pray to our god.
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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 individual sovereignty of individuals of people who give rise to this republic.
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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 from midland, texas who has solutions such as a new irs tax system which does not even need you to file income taxes.
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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 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
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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 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
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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. host:
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>> c-span takes you on the road to the white house. in. now on the washington journal, we turn to sarah dela, a political field director. 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,
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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? >> 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
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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. 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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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 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
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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 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
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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. >> 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
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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 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.
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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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. 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
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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 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.
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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. 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
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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 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
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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 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.
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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. 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.
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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 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
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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 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.
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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. 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 betterto this morning as u the numbers there on the screen,
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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. 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.
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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 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
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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? 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
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lives in the state of virginia is a very small farm, enough to 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
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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 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
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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 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?
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i thought you coming out. ok. i'm not as smart as these other 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.
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i am sorry i'm not that intelligent. host: it is an open line for 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
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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 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
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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. 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
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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. 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.
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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 -- 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
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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. 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.
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, 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 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.
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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 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
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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. 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.
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