tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN February 22, 2016 2:00pm-4:01pm EST
that has the u.k. as a member. we have been clear about what the united states equities are, the british people will have an opportunity to weigh in there. >> the governors make reference earlier to meeting a couple of days ago, when they were going over the syrian refugee plan, and there were lingering concerns about the plan. can you describe in more detail what the administration's efforts are to reassure them? give moret: we will specific information. what i can tell you the administration is committed to doing is working closely with governors and the non- governmental organizations in their states who are chiefly responsible for resettling refugees that are experiencing violence.
refugees who enter the united states and any of our 50 states undergo the most rigorous screening of any individual that attempts to enter the united states who is not a citizen. in many cases this involves two years of work to take a look at somebody's background, collect biometric information, to make sure that these individuals are they enter the united states. what often happens is they are paired up with organizations that are played an important role in helping these new arrivals to the united states get their feet on the ground and get established in their community. ways -- the president made reference at the national prayer breakfast where he talked thet how this is some of important work that faith-based organizations across the country do every day and does not often get noticed, but he
contributes to the strength of our country, a way that he united states lives up to the kinds of values we advocate for around the world, and the reason the united states can be a position to say we take in more refugees in the united states to the established you and process -- u.n. process than all the other countries in the world combined. that is another way that the united states demonstrates our exceptionalism and the kind of values that make our country great. the binder, it seemed like it might have been divided into nine sections. [laughter] mr. earnest: that is quite a lens on the camera. that is anu say accurate representation of how many names might have been in there? mr. earnest: good detective work. i would caution you against leaping to that conclusion since
it because i'm not prepared to you that the president has a final list. there areible that additional names that could be added to the list. i cannot confirm for you that the list is at nine right now. that theust say president and his team are still evaluating potential candidates, and that that work will continue. atis there a time frame which you would like to have a list that would then be narrowed down? if you are looking at a nominee potentially in a month, could we expect that you would have a list narrowed by this week or next week? mr. earnest: i would not set a timeframe for it. as the president observe, there is ample time for us to get this done. there is still 11 months left in whichesident's term here, will provide us ample time for the president to fulfill his constitutional responsibility and ample for the congress --
ample time for the congress to fulfill their responsibility and to prevent something that is unprecedented, which is for a supreme court vacancy to linger and have an impact on two different supreme court terms. -- while there's plenty of time to do this work, the president his team are moving expeditiously to nominate someone and put someone forward so that congress can fulfill their responsibility. the reason we have said there is ample time is that meets this is not a process that has to be rushed, but i think everybody understands there is a sense of urgency in putting forward a nominee. >> do you think republicans in the senate are pretty hardline and not wanting to take this on right now? do you expect the outreach to have an effect? a next stepf in tha
do you anticipate, and what is your expectation from those meetings given the assignment? mr. earnest: the climate, if you are violating the comments a republican senator's, the climate is pretty murky. on the hour you, it depends on their openness to considering the president's nominee. there have been some very conservative self-described conservative republicans who have indicated they believe that the congress should do its job. consultationf the again is part of the president fulfilling his constitutional responsibility. the president is committed to engaging with congress. he recognizes that it will be incumbent upon him to put that can beminee
approved by the republican senate. the republicans are in the majority. we are aware of that, believe me. the good news is that the two previous nominees the president put forward, even when the democrats were in the majority, got republican votes. justices sotomayor and kagan got up and support. republican support. it would be rather unusual for the president to put forward somebody that the present -- that the republicans could not support. the constitution does not suggest that senators should only support someone that they themselves would have nominated. that is not the process. the president of the united nominate someone, and the senate is to offer their advice and consent whether that individual cancer honorably in a lifetime appointment to the supreme court.
justices sotomayor and kagan are off to a start in doing that, and we are confident that the nominee the president puts forward is someone that can also fit that description. -- icouple questions about wanted to follow-up on the question about the south china sea. there are images that seem to show a powerful radar being installed, and this comes just a few days after -- [indiscernible] in the same area. the administration has done it quite a bit, including last week to send a signal to china to stop this. the new partnerships with the has thenes -- administration concluded that china is not listening to the warnings from the u.s., and would that mean that you will have to take more dramatic steps and you already have, which has
sail-by by u.s. naval vessels? mr. earnest: we will continue to violate this address, and our hope is that tensions can be reduced in that part of the world, and they can be reduced if all claimants to the land features and south china sea the same commitment he saw from the leaders of california just last -- in thee can context of the summit. they committed to not building up a military presence on those features that are the subject of competing claims. way to a responsible resolve differences of opinion over those features. we certainly would urge the chinese and every other country that has a competing claim to abide by that standard. >> the president last fall said they would not
militarize. you you feel that pledges being abided by? mr. earnest: it is hard to evaluate these things on a day by day or week by week basis. comments that you heard from the chinese leader are an indication that they are giving this some thought. view notaware of the just expressed by the united states, but other countries in south east asia, either neighbors. the united states is interested in continuing to try to facilitate the kind of de-escalation and diplomatic resolution of these differences that is within the interest of everybody involved, but also in the interests of the united states army national security respective that you mentioned, but also in terms of the economic perspective that i discussed earlier. the south china sea continues to be an area where a lot of commerce is shipped and it would have an impact on u.s. economy
is that flow of commerce is disrupted by ongoing tensions in that part of the world. journal"all street reported that the united states had some sort of level of discussion with north korea abouth the u.n. potentially opening peace discussions. one of the conditions would be --t they would have to talk north korea would have to talk about the nuclear program, but that would not be mandated ahead of time that they would dismantle program. would you comment on that, and was that a shift in the administration's thinking on this? did you feel this was an opportunity? mr. earnest: i would say -- let me just acknowledge i will talk about this more than i otherwise would have. you would not expect secret the dramatic discussions would be discussed publicly.
i will do so to help you understand that those discussions were entirely consistent with the long-standing policies that the obamas station has put forward. there was interest expressed by the north koreans in discussing a peace treaty. we considered their proposal, but also made clear that denuclearization had to be part of any discussion. and the truth is the north koreans rejected that response. is ang as there insistence on the part of the north koreans to a nuclear be verye, is going to difficult for us to resolve our differences. the reason for that is not just because of the preferences of the united states. the reason for that is because of the view expressed by our allies, south korea and japan, but also because of the comments of people like the leader of china. president xi made clear the
chinese government would not tolerate a nuclear revised korean peninsula. somethingzation is that is shared not just by united states and our allies, but the players throughout the region. insistence korea's that has led to their extreme isolation. their continued provocative actions including additional nuclear test or additional launches to test missile technology will only lead to further steps that isolate them further. and that will include unilateral steps by the united states. you saw the congress just passed legislation to impose an additional sanctions against north korea, and there are ongoing discussions at the u.n.
among the united states and china and other players in the world about -- the region about imposing additional costs on the north koreans for their continued provocative acts. >> initiated a discussion by north korea through the u.n. that happened before this current leader, and in similar fashion for the last two or three years, or is this something that came out of the blue? mr. earnest: i will see if we can give you additional information about what led to these talks, if anything. but that may be a little harder to describe to you. let me take a look and see if there is additional information can provide. >> so the president has said a couple times that he strongly doubt donald trump to be president by next year. after south carolina over the did the president have any further reaction? mr. earnest: the president has
pointedly avoiding handicapping the republican race. any not want to make relations about who the nominee they become but he stands by his convictions about mr. trump's chances in the general election. >> does he have any reaction to jeb bush dropping out? mr. earnest: not that i know of. >> going back to the supreme and the binder, you cannot talk about the number, 9, 10, but can you characterize the slate of potential candidates, what sort of positions they hold, whether senators, any lawmakers, elected officials, judges, by president, anything like that? mr. earnest: that is a good question. it is a risky proposition for me to begin to describe even generally kind of qualifications of individuals that the president may be considering
just because we want to try to protect the president's ability to make this process without undue public influence. the president will be mindful of the promise that he has made to appoint somebody with indisputable clarifications and somebody who he continues to be confident can serve the american people at the supreme court with attention. -- distinction. i would say this, that there are a variety of ways you can demonstrate that capacity, and does not necessarily mean being a judge. again, that was true with justice kagan, someone who had statesnted the united before the supreme court as solicitor general. she demonstrated a variety of skills to make sure that she will continue to serve with
decision on supreme court, and she did that without having a track record as a judge. justice sotomayor have a different set of obligations, and in some ways it is because of her distinguished service on the bench that she was able to demonstrate that she would be a good spring for justice. that is why it is hard for me to describe to you exactly what kind of experience of president is looking for, does the president believes there is a variety of experience you can bring to the job that would demonstrate your capacity to serve the american people with distinction on the supreme court. potentialng this slate does not include people that are not part of the judicial branch? mr. earnest: i would not characterize a further people who are under consideration. against the might not consider the nominee have shake that the liberation so far in terms of who they are thinking about in terms of putting on a
forward? if they arele that not considered let alone confirm, does that affect who he is thinking about nominating? mr. earnest: it has not so far and i do not expect it will. the president believes he has a responsibility and constitutional duty to appoint the best person in united states for the job. wideis why he will cast a next, consider individuals with a range of experience, but ultimately, he is focused on setting aside politics, focusing on his responsibility, and appointing the best person for the job. we are hopeful that in this way the president can lead by example and that congress will do the same, that they will find the courage to set aside politics to focus on their constitutional responsibility and give this individual a fair hearing and a timely yes or no vote. >> does that mean someone who
[indiscernible] ultimately, that will be up to the united states senate. the president's responsibility is to nominate the best person, and i'm confident he will do that. >> last week the outgoing foreign minister of france criticized the president for making the red line comment, and he has taken a lot of criticism here and abroad about his approach to syria and andy there. ambiguity now we are in a position in syria where we do not have any credibility left. i was wondering how you respond to that and how you think the president sees that and whether that is playing a role here in the situation where involved in are crossing our
fingers that the cessation of hostilities that goes forward, that it will not be implemented? mr. earnest: listen, anybody who's just that were good options in 2013 or even in 2011, for that matter, when it came to resolving the situation inside , i think may not be well acquainted with history. the fact is that the situation in syria has been very difficult go, and what the president has done is to assert american leadership in a way that has enhanced our national security. it is the president who built and is now leading a 66-member coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy isil.that includes taking military action against leading isil targets in syria. when it comes to the diplomatic track, and arriving at the kind of political solution that
everyone says will be necessary to resolve the situation inside the perseverance and tenacity of the american secretary of state who continues to push for the kind of opportunity that has now materialized. i think at every step of the way you see the united states leading the effort to try to solve everybody acknowledges is an unwieldy problem with tragic global consequences. expectations that people in the united states and around the world have for the president of the united states, and those are expectations that this president has not met, he has exceeded them. i was in south carolina over the weekend, and i heard -- justification -- just a vacation? >> no, unfortunately. many people i encounter,
african-american, said they were fired up and ready to go, saying that [indiscernible] what is the hope for south carolina and other states that showed up for him when it comes to the black vote? that will be the first day that has -- in this election cycle. go,earnest: the fired up to ready to go phrase, is one the president heard for the first time when he can paint -- campaign there in 2007. it became a rallying cry for his supporters and even in his own reelection campaign. that is attached to the impact that the people of south president's on this campaign in 2008. those of us who were there, the night of the 2008 primary, during that cycle, that was a
historic night, and it felt like a big night. turnout fromficant african-american voters, and you saw an african-american candidate get unexpected support from white voters in south carolina, even though he was then senatorst clinton, who obviously had a deep history in that state, and people often forget that the other candidate in that rate who loomed large was actually born in the state of south carolina. john edwards talked about how his ties to that state dated back to his birth. and even in that environment, and even in that crowded field, the fact that president obama could perform so well there made the primary victory in south carolina in january of 2008 a memorable night. one of the reasons the democratic national committee having theo support
south carolina primary early in the process is that it is an opportunity for the diversity of the democratic electorate to be that certainly the first two states in iowa and new theshire, even on democratic side, are overwhelmingly populated by white voters, including nevada, you get a significant segment of hispanic voters, and in south carolina, you have a large group of african-american voters. commit way the dnc can to give a wide variety of voices in the democratic party and early way to weigh in on the democratic nominee. will be anaturday important night for the two democratic candidates. >> [indiscernible] in sure he is not interested this one, but how is he going to --
how is he going to -- [indiscernible] the president followed coverage just like you are. there is plenty of coverage to see. all of you are dedicating student resources to cover that race. it is not unusual for the president to have other conversations, whether with his political director or i would not rule out the president might have had a couple discussions last night when he was dining with governors at the white house. this is a race that had a lot interese among people who are interested in politics. since our colleague raised a microscopic -- is there diversity -- mr. earnest: i will not characterize the group of individuals that the president
is considering. he directed his team to cast a wide net. he wants to make sure we are choosing a very breast person in america to do this job. >> [indiscernible] mr. earnest: i will not characterize the list, but if you are casting a wide net, it is hard to imagine that there would not be a woman included. broad?he net is mr. earnest: it is a wide net. >> to clarify your answer to the question on the gitmo plan, is that coming tomorrow? mr. earnest: the department of defense has said that, but i have do not have guidance to show you in terms of timing. the department of defense has been working on this plan. they are trying to beat a congressional deadline to place for tomorrow so they can get you the best assessment of what respect -- expect that plan. when that plan is presented congress, we will make sure all of you have the opportunity to see as well. >> [indiscernible] mr. earnest: at this point, it
is too early to say exactly what kinds of comments the president will have when the plan is presented, but we will keep you posted. zuckerberg said earlier today that he is sympathetic of access totion the san bernardino terrorists from. trying to get the administration to work on the security issues, and not have a second company like up on the other side of the fbi. is that a concern that the president should do more on the front? mr. earnest: look, we have been clear about what -- quite clear about what our position is here. the administration believes in the president has said this personally, the administration believes the public benefits
from robust encryption. question, that is a protection that is worth supporting. at the same time, our law enforcement and national security professionals have an obligation to keep us safe and to do it they can to keep us safe. in this situation, as it relates to the phone that was used by the terrorists in san bernardino, you are talking about a phone that was owned by the terrorists, but by the local government. the terrorists is no longer living. need to extract as much information as possible to learn as much as we can about that incident is something that our law enforcement officials have concluded is a priority. as they carry out this ongoing, independent investigation into act, they would
do everything they can to make the people safe and learn as much as they can about this individual to keep us safe. they are also going to follow standard procedure and follow the law. that is how this ended up in the courts in the first place. it is a judge who if i waited the arguments that were made by apple and violated the arguments that were made by the at the i and came down in favor -- by the fbi and came down in favor of our law enforcement. director comey said this eloquently in a blog that he posted overnight, that the case we are making is not that the fbi should determine what access they should have to that information, but it also should not be private tech company that is trying to sell stuff that decide that question. that is the reason we have courts and why we have a process and the reason why we have an opportunity for both sides to
weigh in in front of a judge to advocate for one side or another . the last thing i will say about this is that the request that the fbi put forward is one that is quite limited in scope. it does not require apple to redesign a product or create some sort of new back door. think that is why it is an for the fbi to follow their regular procedure as they conduct this independent investigation, but also stay true to the kind of principles that the resin has discussed publicly about the need for robust encryption. sent a bunch of officials to silicon valley, is -- [indiscernible] no, because i do
not think this difference of opinion is particularly surprising to everyone -- anybody who has been covering this issue. the goal of the meeting the goal of the meeting, by the way, was one that was focused on trying to ensure more effective cooperation and coordination between social media companies and law enforcement. it did not necessarily focus on encryption. there are plenty of other things social media companies and technology companies can do that in anyway even based on their definition, anybody's privacy. are things like being aware of a particular social media platform used to try to recruit attentional terrorists. most technology companies have no interest in their tools
eating used to recruit terrorists that harm or kill innocent people. it is a scenario where we can find common ground with technology companies and we will continue to work with them to do that. iis is a template followed law enforcement technologies trying to fight child -- pornography. there is an opportunity for us thatrk together in a way enhances the safety and security not just of customers of technology companies, but of the american citizen science -- citizens that rightly expect law enforcement professionals are protecting them. >> evelyn suggested it would be a good idea to have congressional group committee, whatever, take a look at privacy issues when it comes to access. to takee house thinks it to congress to decide if it is a good idea? mr. earnest: i have not seen a
clear description of what the exact -- what exactly they had in mind. iwill make the observation have made in a variety of other settings, that ending complicated things to congress is often not the surest way to get a quick answer. even asking two of the most basic questions in common -- in congress does not ensure a quick answer. there is also a responsibility congress has two way in and help the american people protect themselves from cyber threats. the president concluded -- included in his budget a substantial investment in upgrading cyber security, not just of the government, but also for private sector and individual citizens. and again, we some republicans in congress refused to even discuss that budget proposal with the president's budget director. i do not know if apple would receive the same kind of
reception on capitol hill, but i think it is clear congress is not particularly interested in discussing that issue. last one. >> thank you. recently released e-mails show hillary clinton directly involved in state department's trying to select the state private sector general. why didn't the white house put forward a candidate she and her staff -- did not see those specific e-mails. what i can tell you is the appointment of independent inspectors general is something this administration takes quite seriously and we have seen at the state department that they happen office at the inspector general that has been pretty inust and pretty prolific terms of making sure they are looking out for the interests of
the american people and the american taxpayers, and that they are providing independent assessment of that. but i do not have information about that. >> does the white house think it appropriate to weigh in on the selection of inspectors general? i cannot really speak to how that process usually works. the first thing i point out is it sounds like the individual you wait in in support of is not the person who was elected. even if it had been, the person would have only been elected by the administration and appointed by the president. if there was strong confidence that individual would effectively do their work independent of the agency, and certainly independent of any influence, that is a requirement of the job and certainly it has been a look time in of the job as the president has worked to appoint people to fill those positions.
go ahead, mark. >> the phone call was this morning? >> yes. at presidentaced putin's requests and it was discussed that the arrangement has been finalized. i do not know how long it lasted but we will see if we could get you that information. we will keep you posted. and we will keep you on standby or we will see you tomorrow. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> the house budget committee decided to postpone consideration of the president's your for 2017 until march as the chair and leadership try to crack a resolution excess will to fiscal conservatives. political reporting here house speaker paul ryan, moving a budget is a top priority for him but he has faced sharp
resistance. he has asked republicans to back a budget agreed to last year with president obama but loathed by conservatives. maryland democrat chris van hollen released a statement saying the delay is yet another indication that the extreme tea control of the republican majority. you can read more at politico.com. more lives -- alive road to the white house coverage ahead of the nevada republican caucus tomorrow. ted cruz holding a campaign take yourwe will calls and comments right after the rally. right -- and then donald trump is leading in nevada and he will also hold a rally in las vegas tonight at 10:00 eastern. >> since the start of this campaign, only one network has taken you on the role -- the
road to the white house. policy speeches to the candidates visiting diners in iowa and new hampshire, and campaign rallies. after the results as we can in nevada and south carolina, the republican race has now narrowed, the democratic race has sharpened. we will stay in south carolina on saturday and then we move on to the multistate primary caucuses early state mitch -- mid-march. this state is just getting underway. you can follow all of it online and at sea sand and c-span radio. >> president obama set aside $8 billion in his budget proposal for energy department research and clean technology. we took a closer look this morning on washington journal. week we take a look at how your money is at work in a different government program. this week we are looking at the
nearly $8 billion that president put in his fiscal 2017 budget for clean energy efforts. to do that we are joined by ben geman of the national journal. before we get into dollar amounts, what is the administration classified under that term clean energy program? what is clean energy versus dirty energy? that --orms of energy right now the most salient feature is the either reduce the amount of carbon dioxide or remove them entirely. things like wind energy, solar energy, fossil energy in a much cleaner way. somehow capturing the carbon dioxide that comes out. there is a lot of optimism but still a ways to go on energy storage. there is research into the way, because ther -- wind does not always blow and
the sun does not always shine there is a way to capture that energy but to do it in a large-scale way there is a -- host: how does the president perceive making those breakthroughs? guest:ing on r&d and clean energy you will see a spike up around the time the stimulus passed and it came back down. this would be a jumpa big chunkr the office of science, the office that funds basic r&d. other offices within the energy department do things that are closer to deployment in the real world side. energy efficiency and renewable energy would get a chunk of that money. an office that does r&d, maybe with more of a focus on the development side so they work specifically with private sector
partners on issues like solar power and clean manufacturing. whole range of things. it would go to the office of fossil energy, the office that does a whole bunch of things including looking at ways to try and use coal and oil and fossil fuels in a way that does not release so much carbon dioxide into the area. host: is it a big jump compared to previous budgets? guest: the stimulus gave a lot of money to the energy department. if you look at the graph of energy department spending on r&d and clean energy you will see a spike up around the time the stimulus passed and it came back down. this would be a jump up for the energy department for sure. specifically for these offices we are talking about. host: from that stimulus spending, some criticism at that time. so in was the program that became the poster child for the concern about how the department of energy was using that stimulus money.
how does this -- how likely is this big jump to get through congress? the solar company in california that wanted to manufacture -- it was manufacturing these sophisticated solar panels so that was a country that was trying to be a real player into that market. the loan guarantee program which started under the bush administration but not -- but did not really get rolling until the obama administration, that funds projects that you would consider to be the deployment side. it has funded a lot of projects like wind energy farms that are producing electricity or solar power plants that are producing electricity. that is different than the r&d focus in this budget we have been talking about. host: is there some of it because of that that there were lessons learned that the energy
department is starting further back in the process on the research side? guest: they have always had a strong research role. looking at this administration trying to bump it up but you have always had these things going on. you can think of the lifecycle of technology. the pure research side, and then you have this effort once you have a promising technology, getting it out there into real-world deployment. the area between what you have something proven at the lab scale, how does it get all the way that big jump into stuff people actually are using. the energy department has been doing both. the loan guarantee program is more on the deployment side. i think a lot of the genesis for the effort to increase clean energy on the research and develop inside in this budget, a lot of it comes from the president's climate change agenda. this is under the heading of mission innovation. it will not all go to the energy department but a big chunk of it would. request i billion
think almost 6 billion would go to the energy department. the stems from an agreement administration made with a series of international partners in the context of the paris climate change agreements. they want to collectively double the amount of clean energy research and development within five years worldwide. the reason for that is interesting. on the one hand there are a lot of existing technologies that can lower the carbon footprint of energy use. think of the distinction from coal-fired power, renewables gets you much lower still. at the same time there is a view that to really get the steep dramatic reductions in carbon dioxide that would be necessary to stave off dangerous effects of climate change, while the world is getting tour that path and a lot more can be done, some big breakthroughs are going to still be needed in areas such as energy storage. one thing that was interesting coming at a paris was the
public-private symbiosis. you had a lot of superrich people, bill gates, george soros, richard branson, jeff bezos. they announced something at the exact same time called the breakthrough energy coalition. they are saying the government will do much more of the r&d side but we want -- what we want to do with all of our wealth, we want to health -- to help companies bridge that gap. you have the government scaling up their research and develop it and you have private sector investors trying to bring it across integrator commercialization. host: ben geman covers all of these issues for the national journal and has been doing it for well over a decade covering energy issues in washington. if you have comments or questions come in now is the time to call in. republicans, (202) 748-8001. democrats, (202) 748-8000. .ndependents, (202) 748-8002
we will start with john in west chester, pennsylvania. line for independents. caller: good morning. the calling relative to money available for different programs. it started with bush the younger when he started the war in iraq. in 2006, stopped collecting the 34% corporate tax that was needed to pay for the war. $13e acts have added about trillion to our debt. i don't hear any of the candidates talking about reinstating the 34% corporate tax. do you know why they don't understand that is the biggest part of our problem? host: corporate tax may be
another topic for a whole other show. in terms of how the president pays for these $8 billion in new money, 6 million for the energy -- 6 billion for the energy department, where does this budget say the money is going to come from? guest: one thing in the budget that would allow funding for clean energy to be expanded even more than that 7.7 billion request for mission innovation, the white house has proposed levying a roughly $10 per barrel tax on oil production. i think it is 10 and a quarter. the goal of that spending is to do something that is related to mission innovation but a little different. what that would do is try and address transportation. thet of the are anti-at energy department is focused on that but with the president is -- as to do is devote memory serves it was over $30 billion in year from this taxi is proposing to work increased
transit options for consumers, increased light rail, high-speed rail. also more electric vehicle charging stations. helping state and local theirments do transportation planning. that is recognition of a difficult problem within the sphere of climate change which is, we have a lot of good substitute for coal. question is, how quickly can they be deployed and can they be deployed in a way that will not be too much of a lurch in transition for consumers. these are all very difficult questions. at a foundational level we know how to turn the lights on without using coal. the question is -- we cannot do it overnight but how quickly connect trajectory move? ringing oil out of the transportation system is proving much trickier. often times has its own environmental problems with the existing generation of it and
some of these nextwave more ,limate friendly biofuels overall those have been developed at a pace that is way slower than anybody had hoped a decade or five or six years ago. what the president is trying to do is tackle this question of how can we move the transportation system toward using less oil. he has ramped up fuel efficiency standards. said, a lot of challenges remain. electric vehicles remain a tiny portion of new vehicle sales. , this tax onnow oil production is immediately going nowhere on capitol hill. it was soundly rejected. it was more interesting for what it says about the tougher problem -- how tough a problem giving oil out of the system is. as far as a general pump up in spending for clean energy research i believe there is perhaps more bipartisan
cooperation than people think. think about the spectrum of energy technology from the research side to the real world scale. if you look at where the most controversy is it is over programs that use the power of the federal government via tax policy or other things to directly shove the market in a direction or intervene in the market. host: picking winners and losers. guest: should there be a these kinds of direct loans going to these companies? there is more agreement on basic r&d in general it's a good thing. the color alluded to controversy about what should be increased in federal spending at all. people will be talking about the need to rein in spending. as far as the threshold at the conceptual level, there is a
concept rule believe that r&d is good. it tends to break down a little bit. can your guest explain what a renewable energy credit is and how they work? guest: that gets to tax policy. if you're developing wind or solar projects, there is a perk to what our tax credit you can get. they played around with the structure recently. the government recognizes that it's useful to have the stick allergies more pleura paraded into the market. technologieshese has been plummeting in recent years. there is some question on how long these credits should remain. a huge energy bill got passed at the 11th hour and it wasn't
designed as an energy bill. there was something really substantial. on theved the television export of crude oil and that was a big priority for republicans. what democrats got out of the deal was a longer extension of these green energy tax credits. they were extended for five years. that is going to be a big driver of continuing this push of technology into the marketplace. in 2015, if you look at new electricity generating capacity, the majority of it came from renewables. it's on the upswing. otis is in houston, texas. to the good morning
question i have is considering of this president record on winners and losers, good morning. host: what's the question? you've got to listen to your phone. give us a call back. good morning. caller: hello. it good morning. on wars without fossil fuel? can we carry on wars with clean energy? comment that fossil fuel will always be part of the system? caller: if you keep on it carrying on wars. they don't attempt to conserve fuel. they are vehicles that go less than three miles an hour on purpose.
all kinds of things. the military justifies their huge expense. would disagreei with the color a little bit. if you look at agencies that are involved in clean energy efforts, the energy department we are talkingt about. that is the biggest focus, but the military recognizes and this goes back to the bush administration it, energy thirst of the military in the theater of war and also domestically is gigantic. there have been a lot of efforts to use cleaner fuels. in the u.s. have tried to move toward more renewables. the collar hits on something important.
how do we power planes and tanks? in the theater of war remains a big challenge. are some doing more on this than others? force and navy have a green fleet initiative. on the domestic side with the bases, they are trying to use greener types of fuels. it gets to the fact that you've got a lot of controversy about whether there should be picking winners and losers, whether private companies should get direct money from the government to do their thing in the commercial marketplace. toprr alexander is the
appropriator in the energy committee. he have a lot of problems with wind power. i don't think he would disagree that research is important. host: buffalo, new york is up next. wondering, you said it's hard to come up with cleaner fuels and whatnot. we already have people who do it themselves. a man in ohio made a car that ran on water. that's one example of a clean fuel that nobody wants to use. wondering i you make it sound like it's a difficult thing. the color makes a great point. i'm not saying there are not ways to you -- use less fuel in the transportation system. there is a lot of effort in the energy department to develop various alternative fuels.
contrast with the the most carbon heavy fuel in , weelectric power sector have substitutes for colder being deployed at a greater scale. the biggest example now is natural gas. now i think it's 35 or 37%. you see a rise in natural gas. differentpeople with alternative fuels for vehicles. penetration market of true substitutes for using oil in our transportation system is lagging behind that of coal in electricity. host:
married. i promise to do this or that. is i swear to protect and defend the constitution of the united states of america. [applause] is high time we have a president that does just that. things -- youe know, bernie sanders is connecting with a lot of people diagnosed the problem. his solution is poppycock but what he says is the problem is exactly right. about fairness. what they are really saying in america is equal justice. know that if i am at the bottom of the latter, i have the same chance to make it as the guy at the top of the latter. just because my name may be on a big tall gold building, no one in particular, i am thinking of,
just because my name is on the building doesn't mean i get justice different from you, that i don't have access more than you. ast is basic fairness, or our american documents say, equal justice under the law. really important. a lot of people are angry right now. i'm a little angry with what is going on. pervertedve done is our public to where it means nothing anymore. if i did some of the things or you did some of the things politicians are doing in washington, we would be in jail and that is why we are angry because we want equal justice. if i did what hillary clinton would not be standing here and that is why hillary clinton should be ready for president of cellblock six and not the president of the united
states. [applause] that's equal justice. i look today to some of the exit polls out of south carolina. inm telling you we are trouble. people made fun of me and. the gop mocked me in 1999. you have to listen to me. please read the words of osama bin laden. there will be blood, bodies, on the streets, and this city will have his name on it. the signature will be osama bin laden and the republicans, all they did was say i was trying to help clinton win. clinton in the polls. i said, what are you doing? listen to what the man says and take people at their word. in 2006 when i said we are headed for a crisis in
the banking and housing sector. they would not shut up because it only made sense. nobody wanted to listen to it we have a crash in 2008. anybody who agreed with me that a caliphate was coming, crazy. oniphate, the people television could not even pronounce the caliphate and look at it now. people say of course it happened. it was only common sense of the time. please hear me. .ast call, america people are confused and they do not know where to run. decisionsmake good when you're angry, when you're hungry, when you are broke, when you feel there are no options, you never make a good decision.
saidnot tell you if i ever -- i was so angry today and i made the best decision of my life. self of thee our anger and control the anger, control the feelings of betrayal. and look where to run. are, these are our options. socialism, bernie sanders is saying let's run to socialism. it doesn't work or did his --led hearing number two, failed. number 2, 2 places. i have got to put hillary clinton -- i put her in prison but i also eat -- put her in the social list condition and the status quo. it is working for me and my family. there are varying degrees of that. it is also the status quo of i will make the deal. i will go with the gang of eight.
the status quo also is marco rubio. this is where our betrayal comes from. how sick and tired of you nationally and you have just had it. the assembly and the senate and the governor. if you give us all three of those things, we will do amazing things like raise your taxes. that with democrats are at what did you vote for? who are these guys? betrayal.y we feel that is the status quo. it does not matter what you vote for p they will do the same thing and that will not last. that leads to revolution. leads to more betrayal and more anger. [applause] america does not want a revolution. then you have, "i'll fix it or co- this is a thing i warned about when i was in fox. the democrats will take more power and add more to it. today, donald trump tweeted
about the owners of the sopranos -- chicago cubs and said, i've heard they are donating money against me. careful, theybe have a lot to hide. " when we are talking about bully tactics, we have lost who we are. there is no making america great again. what makes america great, two things. america is great because america is good. if we fail to be good, we lose. [applause] the other thing that makes america great is not a president, but we the people that make america great again. a people, with the government off our back, with a president who says, i will clear all of this government regulation out of your life to unleash you. to make america great again.
[applause] have, aschoice we people are concerned, where do i lastwhere do i go, the choice i have is your first choice. it is something we have not i know thatong time because of this book. [applause] this book confused me for a long time. i did not know -- let me start at the beginning. george washington is my hero. man whoashington is a makes me want to be the better man, a man who makes me believe you can be a better man. who puts things for
me into perspective, that your whole life really is about service, it is not about you. it is not about your name in life. it is not about fame or fortune. it is about service to others in a greater cause. george washington, his life of service started when he was 13 years old. at 13 years old, he knew what he wanted to do and think goodness he did not do it. sailored to serve as a in the royal navy. navy.ually joined the in those days, you could go down to the ships and go on and be like, "i am in the navy." he joined the navy and he brought it up and set it there ships deck of the english and then he listened to his mother, who was down by the plank and she was making a scene
and she was like "oh george, please, no, don't leave your mother, no." id all the guys on the ship imagine were standing there going, i can see why you want to go to see. -- to sea. and he sat there and he listened to her for a while and he picked up his trunk and he walked down the plank and he put it next to if mom and he said, mother, this is where you need me, this is where i shall stay. his days of service and self-sacrifice started at an early age. he did not want to be president of the united states. it is the last thing he wanted to do it he wanted to be a farmer. that is all he wanted to do. just to form his own way and, mount vernon. land, mount vernon. first, he served in the
military. they asked him to be the general purity did not want to be. -- the general. he did not want to be. up until the crossing of the delaware. for six months, he lost every battle. the troops, we had 20,000 troops in july. by the time he crossed the delaware, less than 2000 were left. he was back. everybody was against him. it, but hewant to do did it. when the articles of confederation were weak, and the articles of confederation were falling apart, because they were not strong enough, our founders believed in a very weak, central government. all of the states were arguing with each other. everything we had fought for as americans was about to fall apart and go away. onrge washington was finally
his farm and in the middle of the night one rainy night, a horse rode through the gates and the rider dismounted and got off of his horse and knocked on the door of mount vernon. george washington, a simple farmer, walked to the door. the man said, general, we need you, sir. you have to come back to philadelphia. the articles of confederation are falling apart. the nation will not last. everything that we fought for is going to be lost, sir. nobody will come. we need a convention. we need a convention of the state here we need to put together a new constitution and we cannot get anybody to set in of them,room, none just like washington now, none
of them will sit together and nobody will talk to each other. they are too angry and too afraid. but we need a constitution, sir, and you are the only one. because of george washington's honor and integrity, he was the only man in america who could stand in a room, and a room would fall silent just because of his presence. they knew they needed george washington. he did not want to go. andas a man in the eye said, have i not yet done enough for my country? and he slammed the door. 55 years old. for the first time in his life, he said no. my time, my time, i want to be a farmer.
back toward the stairs and in my minds eye, i see him putting his hand on the banister of this their way as is about to go back up to bed. he did, most likely, what all of us do when we argue with god. because i believe i know what god said to him. no, sir. service to your country is not done. it is never finished. in particular, this country. think youou, george, know what icon of the almighty, am going to do with what you have to do in philadelphia. i will tell you right now, because of what you will do in philadelphia, somebody in this country will invent the electric lightbulb and the refrigerator and soon, you will see pictures from one coast to another, and
soon, somebody else will think of a phone, and somebody else will think of a phone in your hand, and they will combine the television with the phone and you will be able to see moving pictures all around the globe the matter where you are. the smallest voice will be heard. someday, george, because you get off your right and you finish the job and you do it right, men will walk on the moon. no, sir. your job is not finished. around and got on his horse and that night, he wrote to philadelphia. sat at the constitutional convention and listened to them bigger back and forth and at the very end, one state was a holdout, one state said, i am sorry, i need a dealmaker, somebody that will help us. we need to cut some deals here. benjamin franklin, 81 at the
time, the barely walk that his name was so great. he was on opium at the time. his pain was so great they actually had carry him in a chair covered with pillows because just his footsteps on the cobblestones would cause him crippling pain. he sat in that room all summer long listening to them and they finally said, gentlemen, we cannot do that now. we cannot sell out. we cannot have corruption. we cannot do it. look how far we have come and you know you have in the finger of god here he said, you know, we did not put the country together. we did not see the british. you don't need the british. we were there to witness it. [applause] we must do this one thing right. and started bickering again that one state which was the holdout was new york. [laughter]
and new york was not going to budge. silent when fell george washington shifted in his seat. and eventually, he stood. the room fell silent and he said, "let us raise the standard to which the wise and the honest can repair." now that's colonial speak. " let us raise the standard to which the wise and the honest can repair, for the event is in the hands of god. let us raise the standard. let us do this one thing right. when there comes a time in america when we start to fall apart and people do not know
which way to run, to which the wise and the honest can repair, repair does not mean to fix it. it means the wise and the honest will run to it. this constitution without corruption. let's do this one thing in our .ife, pure there will, time when the wise in the honest will need a -- need to know where to run and they will need this document. this is that time [applause] and you are the wise and the honest. back to this book. in his diary, george washington " signed the constitution today. " " --line, that.r understood hey, i save the world today, and
i'm going to barnes & noble in an hour. this is the book he picked up the day he signed the constitution. it has always puzzled me, how does this man do something that grand and then say, i am going to the bookstore. he did it because he knew they had done this one thing and they had done it right and they had done it with god. he prefilled everything the lord told him to do. do it right, do it with exactness. he knew that the event was going to be in the hand of god. he knew there would come a time the wise and the honest would have to run to the constitution. but he had done his job. he had done it right, purely, with exactness. so now, it is up to us. to you as a citizen, not , not askshow host
somebody watched on television. i come to you as a citizen. you, let us raise the standard to which the wise and the honest can repair. [applause] we have a profound responsibility because the constitution hangs by a thread. after school he a's death, i think the thread has been cut. last call, america. last call. who are we? ?ho do we want to be is god finished with these rights, or are there other things we cannot even imagine as we stand by our banister of life ? are there things we cannot even imagine god will do with this freedom?
it is our job to protect and defend the constitution of the united states of america. [applause] thank you very much. [applause] i guess i am not done yet. guy who is traveling with me right now, i guess he is not here yet. he was standing in the back. he has to know there is a difference. this means stretch, this means rapid up here and he was doing a little of this. [laughter] any questions from anyone? [laughter]
honestly, let's take some questions. >> [inaudible] i figured this book out because of going on tour. because of iowa. i was looking at people face to face and i was seeing people look and think. they are not mindless rubes. they are thinking and they are judging. i realized, this is it, this really is the time george washington foresaw. when i was in south carolina and i went door knocking, i got into the car afterwards and said, that cannot be helpful. how cannot make a difference at all? then i saw second-place came down to 500 votes. door knocking makes all the difference in the world. talking to your friends makes all the difference in the world. peopleybody here got 10 to go to caucus tomorrow,
everybody here, you changed the election. it is that small a margin. anybody who thinks they're too small and do not matter, you matter. >> on my birthday, my husband said [inaudible] [applause] [inaudible] i was angry -- [inaudible] >> why don't you come up. come on. it is your anniversary. come on. will you take a picture for us? you are the next contestant on "the price is right."
children and six are voting and i have two grandbabies. [applause] thank you. [applause] glenn beck: ok p now he is serious, they are here. i am only here for the free food. hereeal speaker comes out in a second p are and i want to introduce somebody that you guys know. your attorney general, adam. sorry. for the love of pete. i spoke to him yesterday.
he is really truly one of the there are very few republicans it seems in your state. who is justly a guy dirt strong and not going to move and that is what we need. we need people like ted cruz no matter what the storm is, and adam, who will not move the matter what the storm is. that is what we need. ladies and gentlemen, adam. thank you. [applause] adam: a big round for glenn. thank you all very much, las vegas, for coming out today. stakes we all know the of the election. that is why you are here and we have had a record turnout in every state coming into nevada. the stakes could not be higher
in our country. when i ran a race that could not be run, iran as a constitutional conservative, someone who could be a check to president obama. thank you. check toho could be a president obama's virtually unlimited trashing of the u.s. constitution. wake up andn, we our constitution gets destroyed, our federal government gets ,igger and less accountable which, of course, hurts us here, 3000 miles away from washington, d.c. thise, getting involved in presidential was really important. candidateo find a that was most going to be able to defend our constitution, protect our liberties. all of these things that are under assault, religious liberty, our second amendment you maywhich many of
know, there is a big decision with the supreme court a few years ago, a 5-4 decision that told us what we have known for 225 years, that we do have a second amendment right to bear arms. [applause] let's think about that. and somehow,erent our constitution doesn't mean what it says. that is the stakes we have right now and we cannot afford to lose an election. for me, having someone grounded in the constitution, someone who spent every day of his life working for the constitution, and little-known story, at age 13, he had memorized the constitution and towards the state of texas, telling texans how the constitution was the staple of
the american public, what gave us our liberties, what made us me, i come where for from sheepherders in nevada. ted cruz's's father, as you may know, came from cuba with $100 in his pocket. this is the great american dream .ation we have all fought for many of us in places like iraq and afghanistan. we are now at a crossroads and ted cruz understands that our constitution is essential to our freedoms, to our liberty, and he is also someone who has argued nine cases in front of the u.s. supreme court. [applause] nine more than all 15 candidates then we have combined. he understands that we cannot afford to get a supreme court
justice wrong ever again. we cannot afford to get federal judges ever again. and how hard is this? we are looking for judges that uphold the constitution. and follow the law. we are looking for judges that do not make law from the bench. [applause] pledged that he will personally interview every nominee for the u.s. supreme court. i have never heard that before from the president. if you did not know, he was actually a clutch for -- clerk for the chief justice of the supreme court in the beginning of his legal career. curtains andthe knows what makes these guys tick. he is going to be interviewing to make sure we have someone with the fidelity of the constitution who will understand what a bedrock it is for all of us, for all of our liberty. if judges are making policy for
us, then none of us have any power. it is not our system. i firmly believe ted cruz is best situated to defend our constitution, to return back to what glenn beck was talking about, a nation of ordered liberty under a constitutional system with divided powers so that places like nevada, we can do our own destiny. we do not need to rely on washington to tell us our future. [applause] the next important thing for me, i served in iraq and i consider myself, i am 37 for those of you who do not know. i am part of this new generation that decided if we do not get into this fight, if we do not try to save the country now, where will we be in 10 years? bethis rate, where will we in five years? it seems to be exponential. it is not just the room that
feels that. it is millions of americans. even bernie sanders is tapping the same sentiment, of what is going on in washington, what are they doing to our country? elect theneed to young conservative leadership that is going to lead our party in the right direction. i believe, like ronald reagan and my grandfather paul, who is the only u.s. senator to support ronald reagan for president when he ran against a sitting republican president, gerald ford, the reason they supported reagan is they thought he was going to be different. and they said reagan cannot be elected. he is too conservative. he is too bold and too strident. we all know how that story ended, right? we need that now, more than ever.
if we are going to face hillary for prison, or bernie sanders , we need someone who is going to be able to contrast sharply with the both of them. there is no smarter man in all of washington than ted cruz. [applause] the last peas of my reason for endorsing ted cruz goes back to the protection of this great country. seen an unprecedented amount of troubles around the world. why are we seeing such troubles? president obama began his tour as the president doing what? he firmly believes the only reason people don't like us, the reason people hate us, why?
because we are not nice enough. we do not reach out enough. if only we just were more diplomatic, the world would be a safer place. diplomatic the world would be a safer place. that was seven years ago, does anybody think the world is a safer place today? we have abandoned our allies. i was in the navy, we are the smallest navy we have been in decades, the smallest air force, the smallest marine corps, the smallest army. i can tell you, there is nothing more gut wrenching than to see our marines and our army at the level they were 15 years ago doing six stores abroad -- six abroad. think about your husband or wife
being gone for seven straight years of your family's lives. and somehow we are shrinking the terry at this time? -- shrinking military at this time? it makes no sense. rebuilding our military. he wants to get all four ranches to get to a level where we can do what reagan fought for, is called peace through strength. i firmly believe in us being strong does not make the world like us less, it is simply going to keep up. and we need that badly now. [applause] pledged,uz has different thanly
the other candidates in the field, we need to use our military to protect our national interests. if we have threats abroad we need to call them out. -- radicalam it islamic terrorism, that is what we face. and like ronald reagan calling out, what did he call out in the early 80's? .he evil empire until you can call out your way, he was by the panned by every single intellectual think tank media person, you can't call them the evil empire, we need to get along with these people. and he didn't budge an inch. and what happened? the berlin wall fell. the unimaginable happened. [applause] we need az believes strong military, we need to go in there and fight, but we do not need to be in the business
of nationbuilding. that is a step too far. and that is a trap we fell into. go in, win the battle, and don't try to change a region. for all these reasons, i think ted cruz is the guy that is perfectly situated to lead our party. he is that bold conservative, that consistent conservative that went to washington to represent millions of texans. there to be ahim voice for conservative values. and has he budged an inch? inch. not budged an does that make you popular in washington? guy that every day in washington has been fighting against the status quo.
and we need that now more than ever. [applause] here in thecision next 24 hours. we have the chance in nevada to cast our caucus ballot for who we want to represent our party in the future, who we want to go against hillary clinton and bernie sanders. no i submit to you there is one better qualified, better prepared, and more intellectually capable to lead .s in this general election now i'm going to run a short video before we bring the man on. candidate to officially get in the race for president, no exploratory committee, no mulling the pros and cons, senator ted cruz from texas will announce tomorrow he is all in. that iy, i am announcing am running for president of the
>> ted cruz is the most conservative candidate
running, the most consistently conservative candidate. >> i think ted cruz is a rock star. he is the conscience of a conservative and a senate that is less and cowardly. looking for a candidate that is most opposed to liberalism, ted cruz. >> how about talking about the substantive issues? ♪
laxalt. adam adam's grandfather stood by ronald reagan when all of the people didn't want to see reagan go to washington. and when he ran, the entire political establishment did not want him to win. they fought against him with every tool they can, they came at him hard, but adam got elected by standing with courageous conservatives all across the state of nevada. and i proud that adam is a friend, i am proud that he is sharing our campaign in the great state of nevada. and how about glenn back yeah --
glenn beck? [applause] isn't he phenomenal? -- [laughter] is soso passionate, he principled, he loves constitution. he loves freedom. and every time i hear him speak i learned something. when glenn pulls out his whiteboard, when he starts walking people through -- glenn is an educator. when he starts walking people through the principles of the framework of our constitution, the principles that build america, the principles of american exceptionalism, it it
is one thing to say you want to make america great again. you may even print a baseball cap with that written on it. it is another thing to understand the principle that made america great in the first place. [applause] and i will tell you, i'm so proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with my friend glenn beck. [no audio] [applause] can learn a lot by looking at the history of a given word. poly --ook at policy, ,ook at politics, poli-
meaning meany, and ticks, meaning blood-sucking parasites. [laughter] [applause] and that is a fairly accurate description of washington dc. we are joined today by my friend, california congressman dana rohrabacher. [applause] alt, dana paul lax was with ronald reagan from the very beginning. one of my favorite stories about dana is that he went and camped backyard,ald reagan's slept in his backyard before reagan was elected to anything, came and just said, mr. reagan i want to work for you. and they were sending him away, what are you doing, who is this guy he echo ronald reagan said, hold on, if he slept in my
backyard and let me at least talk to him. and he became one of ronald reagan's key speechwriters. for many years he has represented the state of california in congress and he is a man who values liberty and the constitution more than going along to get along in washington. [applause] there is a reason dana and i both need food tasters in the dining room. [laughter] say one of the striking things, if you look at the people, the courageous conservatives that have come campaign,ehind our whether it is dana, whether it is adam, whether it is glenn, the consistent pattern is that these are men and women who love this country and are committed to the constitution, and are willing to speak the truth no matter what the price.
the truth has power. and speaking the truth with a smile. drivestruth with a smile washington crazy. >> [indiscernible] sen. cruz: thank you, sir. i tell you, i could not be more optimistic than i am right now. everyone is here today because our country is in crisis, because we are bankrupting our kids and grandkids, because our constitutional rights are under day, andach and every because america has receded from the world and it has made the world a much more dangerous place. and yet, in spite of all of that i'm here with a word of hope and encouragement.
all across this country people are waking up. sometimes things have to get to really bad to startle people out of their slumber, and i want to tell you there is a spirit of awakening that is sweeping this country. [applause] so i want to ask everyone here tolook forward, look forward january 2017. [applause] president, let me tell you what i intend to do on in office.ay the first thing i intend to do is rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by this president. [applause]
the second thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the u.s. department of justice to open an investigation into planned parenthood and prosecute any and all, no convictions. criminald all convictions. [applause] the third thing i intend to do in the first day in office -- on the first day in office is instruct the irs and every other that thegency, tha persecution of religious liberty ends today.
that means that every service man and woman has a right to seek out and worship god almighty with all of their souls, andds, and their superior officer has nothing to say about it. [applause] the fourth thing i intend to do is rip a shred this catastrophic -- rippedclear deal to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. [applause] i intend toh thing do on the first day in office is begin the process of moving the american embassy in israel to jerusalem, the once eternal israell of
[applause] . -- capital of israel. [applause] now that's day one. in the days that follow i will nominate a strong principled constitutionalist to replace justice antonine scalia on the justice court. [applause] the two days ago i had privilege of attending justice scalia's funeral. justice scalia was a lion of the law. he was something i knew personally for 20 years. he was brilliant, he was passionate, he was a voluble italian.
irish -- maureen, was is irish. and let me tell you, being being cuban irish -- myself cuban, irish, and italian, that is a dangerous combination. loved thee scalia constitution and spent three decades fighting to defend the constitution on the supreme court each and every day. was to theeagan presidency, so too was justice scalia to the supreme court. [applause] and his passing underscores the stakes of this election. it is not one branch of government, but two that hang in the balance. we are one liberal justice away from the supreme court to mandating unlimited abortion on
demand all across this country with no restrictions whatsoever. we are one liberal justice away from the supreme court reading the second amendment out of the bill of rights. let me tell you, justice scalia 's most significant majority opinion was heller versus the district of columbia. i know that case very well because i represented 31 states and heller defending the second amendment rights to keep and 5-4.arms, and we won [applause] we were one justice away from the court concluding that no individual here has any individual rights to keep and bear arms whatsoever. in texas before i was the senate
,- before i was in the senate we defended the 10 commandments monument on the state ground, we went to the supreme court and we won 5-4. [applause] we are one liberal justice away from the supreme court commanding 10 commandment monuments being torn down all across this country. and i will tell you the most significant case, i argued as thatitor general in a case involved a tragic crime in my hometown of houston where two teenaged girls were horribly assaulted and murdered by a gang. one of those gang members was in deal -- was an illegal immigrant who confessed to the crime in grisly details.
but the case took a strange turn, because the world court, the judicial arm of the united nations, issued an order to the united states to reopen the convictions of 51 murderers in this country. never before has any foreign court tried to bind the u.s. justice system. texas stood up and we fought the world's court and the united nations. [applause] i argued this case twice in front of the u.s. supreme court and on the other side was the world court, was the united nations, was 94 in nations -- 94 foreign nations. i met back in 2000
working on the bush campaign. of eight marriages that came out of that campaign. [laughter] manylousy joke i have told times, whatever anyone else says about george w. bush, in our house he will always be a uniter and not a divider. [laughter] [applause] but in this instance president bush received some poor advice and he signed a two paragraph order that ordered the state courts to obey the world court. was anyou, it interesting conversation i had with my boss at the time, attorney general greg abbott, now the governor of texas. it was an unusual thing for texas to be opposing the president of the united states for the supreme court, particularly when that president republican, was a
was our former governor, and was a friend. and yet i'm proud to tell you that twice i went before the u.s. supreme court and argued neither the world court nor the united nations had any jurisdictions in the united nation -- in the united states of america. [applause] two, no president, democrat or republican, has the constitutional authority to give away u.s. sovereignty. [applause] and we won, 6-3. in the final iteration of the 5-4. it dropped down to
we were one justice away from the supreme court concluding that the united nations and the world court can bind our justice system. we are one justice away from the supreme court subjecting us to international law and taking away sovereignty, which rests in one place and one place only, we the people. and i think justice scalia's passing has elevated the assessment that the men and women of nevada are making. as you look at the very fine individuals standing on that debate stage, the question i ask that i believe the people of nevada are asking is who do i know? doubt, whoadow of a do i know will nominate strong conservative justices that will
protect my rights? i give you my word that every justice i a point to the be ame court will principled constitutionalist who will ferociously defend the bill of rights for your children and my children. [applause] in the days that follow, i will and we willss repeal every word of obamacare. [applause] we will pass commonsense health care reform that makes health insurance personable, and affordable, and keeps government from getting between us and our doctors.
i will instruct the u.s. department of education that common core ends today. [applause] and we will finally, finally, finally secure the borders and end sanctuary cities. [applause] let me talk to all the men and women here in nevada that are facing struggling economic situations, that are facing a lack of jobs, that are seeing their hours forcibly reduced to part-time, that are seeing their wages stagnating rather than going up.
illegal immigration is a anchor pulling down wages of working americans, taking away jobs. you, of theell individuals on that stage i am the only person who led the fight against amnesty and will secure the borders and protect the jobs of the american people. [applause] in the days that follow, we will rebuild our military. honor thel commitments made to every soldier and sailors and airmen and marine.
that includes fundamentally reforming the v.a. so every veteran has the right to choose his or her doctor. [applause] that includes protecting the second amendment right to keep and bear arms of every servicemen and women. [applause] and one of the most shameful aspects of the last seven years overhe president, over and again, sending our fighting men and women into combat, with rules of engagement that tie their arms behind their back and make it impossible for them to win. words, on january 2017 that will end.