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because when you make me president of the united states, we are going to re-embrace all of the principles that made america a great country. when i'm president of the united states, you will have a president for all americans, no longer willy have a president that divides you against each other on purpose. you will have one that will never ask you to hate another group of americans. although that doesn't mean that we're going to agree on everything. of course there are going to be people that disagree with me. of course there will be people that say nasty things about me. you know what, we are going to cut their taxes, too. when you make me president of the united states, you are going to have a president that loves all of the american people even the ones that do not love me back. if you elect me president of the united states, you are going to
have a president that understands that our rights come from god, not from the government. if you elect me president of the united states, you're going to have a president that will never apologize for believing that all human life is worthy of the protection of our laws. if you elect me president of the united states, you will have a president that will lead us in confronting our challenges and solving our problems and i want you to know as difficult as things may seem right now, i want you to know what history will say about us if we do what needs to be done. here's what they will say about us. they -- history will say that we, this generation of americans, lived in the early years of this new century in a very difficult and rapidly changing time. and it will acknowledge that after eight years of barack obama this generation almost got it wrong, that this generation
almost lost the american dream and what made america special. but then in 2016 we remembered who we were. in 2016, we remembered what america was all about. and we confronted our challenges and we embraced our opportunity. and when our work was done, when we did what needed to be done, our children became the freest and the most prosperous americans that have ever lived. because we did what needed to be done, the american dream didn't just survive, it reached more people and changed more lives than ever before. because we did what needed to be done, the 21st century was even better than the 20th century. it became a new american century. this is what we have a chance to do together and that is why this tuesday i am asking you for your vote and i am asking you to go home now and find everyone you can influence and get them to vote for me.
i ask you to work hard for me. i ask you to go on our website and donate whatever you can because when i leave here now, we're going to alabama, then we're going to arkansas and tomorrow we'll be in virginia. we're going to keep working hard for you because when our work is done here, in this generation, we are going to leave for our children what our parents left for us, what americans always leave their children, the single greatest nation in the history of all of mankind. thank you, georgia. thank you, atlanta. god bless you. thank you for having me. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] ♪
>> 36 years ago this nation faced a period of doubt,
after a failed presidency it felt like america was in decline, our economy was stagnant and the american dream felt it was slipping away. then we elected a president that inspired us, who asked us to remember who we were and who believed as we do that america's greatest days always lie ahead. well, now, the children of the reagan revolution are ready to assume the mantle of leadership. >> washington politicians and lobbyists are rushing to crown marco rubio but national polls show john kasich is the one who beats hillary clinton by 11 points, not marco rubio, and that of all the g.o.p. candidates, only john kasich has the experience to be president, only john kasich. d.c. lobbyists wrong? now, there's a first.
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of this advertising. >> this weekend, governor kasich campaigned in tennessee. another super tuesday state. he took time to answer questions from voters at a town hall in nashville. the event included introductory remarks from former attorney general alberto gonzales. this is just over an hour. >> good morning, nashville. you know, on this campaign we hear a lot of talk from the candidates and from political commentators about who is best qualified to serve as president of the united states. with all due respect, how would they know? how would they know? have they ever been in the oval office with the president as he deliberates about a supreme court justice nominee? i have.
have they ever been in the situation room as the president makes a decision to send young men and women into harm's way? i have. i have. have they ever -- did they stand on the oval office porch on september 11, 2001, and watch as marine one brought home the president that day to begin the response on the war against terrorism? i know what it takes for a president to be a successful and effective leader in this country. it takes a very special kind of person and that's why i'm supporting governor john kasich, because -- because it takes -- it takes courage, it takes wisdom, it takes vision, it takes integrity. it takes the courage to be able to say this is what it right, no matter how unpopular, to do what it right for this country.
it takes the wisdom that comes from experience, from doing, from succeeding, from failing. it comes from living, it comes from life. someone with experience is very important in the oval office. governor kasich has vision. he's been to the other side of the mountain and can say to the american people i know what is possible in this great country. follow me, i will take you to a better place. americans want to believe in a leader who believes in them, not someone who's apologetic about the united states. and finally integrity. this is the most powerful position in the world. i'd like to think that that power is in the hands of someone who's not going to abuse it for political or personal gain. there is no vocation, no job where integrity is more important than the president of the united states. now, i'm supporting governor kasich. he's a republican. i'm a republican. sure, i'd like to see a republican in the white house. but the reason i'm supporting governor kasich is because i love america and everything that america has done for me, i'm
supporting america, i'm supporting governor kasich because i love my sons and i want a better future. now, we've got some work to do. we've got ground to make up. but if we work hard, if we work together, you and i, we share a common vision. faith and freedom is what governor kasich believes in so please join me in giving a warm nashville welcome to the next president of the united states, governor john kasich! [applause]
governor kasich: thank you all. there you go, you've got it, that's right. all right, thank you all for being here. i think this thing works. how are you all doing? good today? thanks for coming out this morning. wow. this is some facility. i kept almost popping out. i felt like jagger before they introduced the stones. anyway, it's great to be here and boy, there's a lady -- you got to be careful about those buckeye flags. we're down here, you know. so let me just tell you a little bit about myself and how about the judge? let me tell you something. you know, politics is a tough business. it's not so tough if you weasel around and you bend with the wind, you know, like a reed in the wind. the judge had a very hard time in a very difficult time in our nation's history.
and i was talking to him backstage. and i said judge, you took a lot of hits back in those days and he said he did. he said, i'd do it all again. the challenge in politics when you're willing to walk a lonely road and you're willing to take a hit is there's a first principle, you tell all the people that you love to not watch television and not go on the internet, ok. that's what you have to do. because, you know, there's such pressure for people to just go along and get along. i have been through this all of my lifetime. always doubted, always having people fighting, you know, well, no, he's not this, he's not that. i want to tell all you young people, let me just explain to you that you know a leader walks a lonely road. a leader can't get so far ahead that nobody can see them but a leader doesn't operate inside of the crowd. one thing that a leader always
has to do is to check with people who care about him, love him, understand him or her. you have to always say, ok, am i on the right track, is this the right thing and sometimes -- and you got to do it with not just one, but a couple of people and sometimes you go it alone regardless of what those around you say. remember old noah? i don't know if you know much about noah. here's noah, he's living in nevada, ok. he's living in saudi arabia. there's nothing but desert. and he starts building a boat. and the people are coming by and they're laughing at him and they're mocking him and they think he's crazy, he just keeps building that boat. well, who was the smart one?
old noah. sometimes you have to be willing to stand and that's what judge gonzales did when he was over as attorney general of the united states of america and give him one more great round of applause. [applause] i want to tell you a little bit about me. who i am, so you can get a sense of this. i grew up in a little blue collar town outside of pittsburgh, called mckie's rocks, and my father was a mailman. he carried mail on his back. he actually delivered mail to our home and he was there for 29 years doing that. and my father, as i have been saying increasingly here on the trail, was a man who stuck his nose in everybody's business. here's what i mean. if a kid fumbled the ball on
friday night at the football game, my dad would tell him he was a star. when a girl rose and won the tennis tournament, he'd say, you're really something, kid. when somebody in the neighborhood had a big win, my dad would celebrate with them. and when somebody in the neighborhood had a big loss, my father would cry with them. now, my mother and father were taken suddenly by a drunk driver and people came to see me at that funeral home and they lined up one after another to tell me about how much my daddy had meant to them and to their family. beautiful story, isn't it?
his father was a coal miner. he would go down into the mine, he'd work all day, he'd come up and he thought he had a good haul and they'd say, no, too much of that is peat, i have to pay you less and of course they were ripping my grandfather off because he had no power. he died of black lung. losing his eyesight as he got older. now, my mother, she was a radio talk show pioneer. when somebody on the radio would say something, she would yell at the radio, ok. and my mother was unbelievable woman. she was a visionary. a principled visionary. i can remember her telling me when i was a kid, she said, you know, johnny, the day's going to come when you're going to have to pay for television so get all you can get for free and i can remember my mother saying, the day's going to come when you're going to make a phone call and you better look good because the person on the other end of the phone will see you. how she knew this 50 years ago but my mother was always there.
one time i was -- i've never even told this. i have never told this story. why it's popping in my head. i was on a television show called "the battle of wits" and you went on and answered contemporary questions. there were three or four of us that were picked. and it was a big deal. in fact, as i was sitting out in the green room ready to go on the set, i read a story in "u.s. news," i was so exhausted from studying and the story i read that morning sitting was the most important asked during that television show. tells you just when you think you've learned everything you need to learn, you go and learn a little bit more. i tried to tell my daughters that. anyway, my mother snuck into the control room of the television show without my knowing. because she wanted to support
me. it was such a profound impact, the way that my mother engaged in my lifetime in ways that i today can only understand. so last night we were in memphis. and we had about a thousand people, just like we have today. and as i was sitting in the car waiting for one of the folks that i work with to come out of the building, i saw a mom and a little boy walking across and i yelled, hey, kid, hey, kid! he turned around and he saw me. i said, come here! and he came across the street and he got about, you know, 10 feet away from the car and he got a little afraid. and his mother was with him. and she said to him, it's ok, son, and he walked right up to where the window was. i said, kid, how old are you? he said, i'm 10. i said, let me tell you something about my mommy. my mommy would have brought me to a thing like this just like
your mommy did today and i want you to put that right here in your memory, that your mommy loves you and you love your mommy, don't you? he said yes, i said, i just want you to remember this night. i said, mom, how's it going? i said, this was our date night and he wanted to come here tonight and i said young man, good luck to you and they walked away and as they were heading to the van, the little boy put his arm around his mother's waist and mom put her arm around that little boy's shoulders. could i have had a better moment than that? and i told my friends who were with me in the car -- and one of them said, my friend, doug, said, he said this makes me sad. i said why does it make you sad? because, john, it makes me think of my mother.
i said, no, doug, it doesn't make you sad. it's bittersweet when we connect. that's what makes it special. now, you know what, i'm running for president of the united states. as you all know. but you know, these are special moments for me. to be able to tell you a story like this. to be able to get you to reflect on your mom and for those that still have a mom, to call her up tomorrow and tell her how much she means to you. see, because our families and our communities and our neighborhoods, that's what makes us strong. we want to have a good president. frankly, we ought to the have an adult president, a grown-up, ok. i don't get to see much because i'm like a fedex package.
i get sent from one location to another. but i have to tell you, folks, i've run -- i ran for the state senate. i was 24, 25 years old. i ran against an incumbent. never attacked him personally. and that was a tough election because he not only had a dam named after the family but they had a funeral home that was in existence for over 100 years. they truly were the last ones to let you down. [laughter] and i ran for congress in 1982. i was the only republican in america to win that year and by the way, people counted me out of my race for the ohio senate because i was completely unknown. i was a kid. they completely counted me out of the race for congress. and i ran against that guy that was about the record. he wouldn't support reagan, i would. and i tell you, it wasn't easy to support reagan in 1982 because everybody was running the other way and i was running
towards him and i won that race and then i ran a bunch of re-elections, some of which people were smearing, trying to smear me personally. and then i ran for governor and it was all on the record. when did we get to the point in this country where we can call these kinds of names and have people actually represent themselves as leaders in this country to these young people? enough of this trash! go and tell people what you're for. how you feel about this, huh? enough of this trash! [applause] see, what we're doing when we stand and applaud on something like that is we're voting for
ourselves. we're saying, be better than that. we're america. you imagine people around the world taking a look at what's happening here. so, you know, for me, i'm not going to -- first of all, i'm not going to let anybody just pound on me. i'll defend myself and you got to understand where i come from, if you come to our school and beat us in the football game, we break every window on your bus. we don't mess around. but i just think that in this country when you run for the highest office in the land, records are fair game. but not these other silly things we hear and i want to tell you one other thing. the people in that town in washington, the special interest groups who i have fought for 25 or 30 years, will never call the tune with me. you are the ones that call the tune with me. not a bunch of these -- k street lobbyists down there and political insiders in
washington. i've had enough of them and i know you have, too, and let's just change this country for the best. so a quick story. a quick story. i leave that little town, mckees rocks, and i go to a little tiny school in the midwest. i'm not sure any of you have heard of it. it's called ohio state university. so i have 15 college roommates, a lot of bad things -- not bad things, but frustrating things happened to me in the first a couple of weeks so i decide i need to change the rules so i demand a meeting with the president of the university and they wouldn't let me in and i badgered them and just like everything else in life, keep badgering people and they'll normally do what you want if you're persistent so i go in to see the president and lodge my complaint and say, doctor, i have been in school about a month, i'm undecided but as i look at the carpet, the desk, the wallpaper, the lighting, this is impressive, maybe this is the job for me, what do you
do? and he told me about his academic responsibility, his fundraising and he said the next day he was going to see president nixon and i said, sir, there's a number of things i would like to talk to him about, also, could i go with you, and he said no and i said if i write a letter, you would give it to the president of the united states and he said he could do that so i went back to my dorm room and basically invited myself to the white house, sincerely, john kasich, p.s., if you want to discuss this, i'll come see you. so a few weeks later, i go down to my mailbox and there's a letter from the white house, the office of the president, and i go upstairs. i call home. i look at the letter, called my mom. said, mom, i'm going to need an airline ticket, the president of the united states would like to have a meeting with me in the oval office and my mother is shouting, honey, pick up the phone, there's something really wrong with johnny. to make a long story short.
this is a true story. they get me an airline ticket, i fly down to washington and go through white house security and sitting on a bench outside the oval office and a guy walks up to me and he says you get five minutes alone with the president of the united states. i'm an 18-year-old college freshman, what do you think? wow, pretty cool? let me tell you what i'm thinking, new jacket, new shirt, new tie, new pants, i didn't come here for five lousy minutes. i open the door, walk in, greet the president, he greets me. i sit at his desk alone for 20 minutes. i was a congressman for 18 years and if you add up all the time i spent in the oval office, i peaked out at the age of 18. ok. so anyway -- that's pretty good, isn't it? that's been my life. and it's been one lightning strike after another and here's what i want you to know. you can see this debt clock back here.
i'm the only guy that would travel with a debt clock. when i was chairman of the budget committee after spending 10 years including fighting a republican president who i didn't think had his handle on the fiscal policy of our country, believe it or not, those numbers went down. they stopped going up for four straight years, we balanced the budget and we paid down half a trillion dollars of the national debt. they said it couldn't be done, it wouldn't be done and it got done and it was so hard because we had to step on every single special interest group in washington. in other words, we rewrote the entire government of the united states. and jobs were growing like crazy and wages were up. to the point where bill clinton tried to take credit and you know bill clinton, if there's a riot coming at him, he'll get at the front and call it a parade. so, when i left, i left, i said i have enough of this place.
i was 48 years old, i said i had enough of it. i'm going to do some other things which was a great time but there was a projected $5 trillion surplus and it all got spent. got spent by, guess who, the republicans controlled the house, senate and white house. they spent it all. here's the secret. democrats love to spend. republicans love to spend, too, they just feel guilty when they do it. and we need to have somebody that stands in the breach for the young people that are here and for all of you whose wages are not rising and for all of you who have insecurity in your job. i understand all this. i get the insecurity of jobs because in my home town as a kid if the wind blew the wrong way, people were out of work and i understand the value of work and isn't it interesting in the debate the other night the only person who mentioned jobs was me. because i believe a public official's moral purpose is to create an environment for job creation. so we need to go back to this. we need to get our budget in order.
we need to cut taxes, we need to free up small business to grow. and we need to have a fiscal plan that makes sense where we can uberize the federal government. that's what we really need to do, completely change it and ship a lot of power, money and influence back to where we live and i did it in ohio where we had lost 350,000 jobs. now we're up over 400,000 jobs. we went from $8 billion in the hole to $2 billion in the black and ohio's cooking. as we have done better, we have taken efforts to provide resources to the mentally ill because we don't think they ought to live in a prison or under a bridge. in case you wonder if they live under a bridge, i was just in new orleans and i saw them living under the bridge. and you see them with those shopping carts sometimes.
they got all their worldly possessions in that shopping cart. and because things aren't working right up here, they've been ignored. i think the time has come to end that. the drug addicted, they need to be rehabbed. and it is a hell of a tough thing. but i got to tell you that, you know, back to mom, mom held that baby in her arms and has big hopes and dreams, and they start to fall apart, we can help those people to get back on their feet and live out their dreams and have mom have hope again about their kid and the working poor don't need to live in our emergency rooms. they need to be given a sense they can get ahead, they can get healthcare and when they get a pay raise they shouldn't have to turn it down because the system is so dumb that they lose more than they gain by going up in work. let's change the system. [applause] that's enough preaching.
and we're now going to go to questions. now, i have been having great times as these town halls. don't screw this up for me. ok. who wants to go first. yes, sir, right there. can we get a microphone over to that gentleman? you're a high-paid expert here. you need to do better. what are we paying you now? we paid you, what, a cold cup of coffee. all right, sir. audience: is it working? you're a realist and i support you 100%. but the question that i have is if the party is going to be hijacked and we're going to be left with two choices, a hillary clinton and a donald trump, he said in his past that if the party doesn't treat him fair,
he'll leave and run as a third-party candidate. will you do the same? governor kasich: no, no, no. audience: please do. please do if that's our choice. please do. governor kasich: look, i beat hillary clinton by more than any republican candidate in the race, by 11 points. and, you know, we haven't been talking about this much but i beat her by 18 points in ohio and i haven't checked the record yet but i don't think any republican has ever been elected president without winning ohio. is that right? does anybody know that to be true? and by the way, i will beat donald trump in ohio and that will be the beginning of a new day. [applause] i will beat him in ohio. count on it. ok.
and some of the other candidates, if they can't win their home state, they need to get out. if i don't win my home state, i'll get out but i'm going to win ohio. i can promise you because this lady's moving back there with that flag and she's going to wave it. she's going to stand on the side of the highway and wave that flag, ok. so -- look, sir. well, look, the party is -- he says it's not the party that it used to be. i come from the ronald reagan jack kemp teddy roosevelt wing of the party and you know what that is? our republican party is most comfortable without having ideas. we're most comfortable -- and i've seen it all my lifetime -- i'll tell you a funny story. when bill clinton had his tax increase in 1993, which
everybody said his tax increase helped grow the economy. no, it hurt the economy because raising taxes does not help. i had a plan, a counter plan to bill clinton that could get us the balance, could meet the goals we had and it was specifically about how we would do it. so we had a republican caucus. newt was the speaker. so we go into this meeting -- this is unbelievable. i think we had 36 speakers and 34 of them said we should only oppose clinton and not offer our own ideas. there were two who favored us doing it so i walked to the back of the room. and i had the plan, so i was personally involved in it. i walked to the back of the room, i said, newt, what do you think? he said there's 34 against us, two for us, he said i didn't think we'd be doing this well. we offered the plan and if you listen to my friend joe scarbrough, he said those debates were the debates that convinced him to run for congress and the class of 1994 came in and i want to tell you about them. they didn't give a hoot about re-election. they went in to serve the public and we changed welfare and
balanced the budget. and guess what, we have to be a party of ideas. you know why we got obamacare? because republicans didn't do anything. you know, in science, if there's a void, what happens? you got any science kids back here? what happens if you have a void? yell it out. you guys are not getting an a in science today. my goodness! stop doing politics and study science. you never know. the fact is, a void. why have we not been out there reforming systems, you know? at least putting the ideas out. it's ok to lose because, you know -- bold ideas never get accepted overnight. the only time i have been involved where my ideas got
accepted overnight is when i became governor. you see because as an executive you have an opportunity to call the tune, set the agenda. let me tell you, i come into that job, we are $8 billion in the hole. i go to new york and the credit agencies tell me they're going to downgrade our credit. all we were doing is taxing and spending and in the blink of an eye, by having some common sense regulations, by cutting taxes -- i cut taxes -- we even killed the death tax so you could pass your business on to your kids. now we're working on killing death. it's not going that well but we're working on it. as an executive, you can drive things quickly but we are not the party of ideas as much as we should and we need to be because you know what ideas do. you know why young people get excited? because ideas change the world. you had two guys in harvard eating pizza in their dorm room who won day said i think we can put a library online. and i met these guys when they were still driving around in a volkswagen with their in-line
skates tied to the roof. yeah, larry page and sergey brin, and they started google. ok, ideas move the world. by the way, if you want to read a great book, get david mccullough's book on the wright brothers. what a book. what vision. what ideas. that's how we drive america with new ideas. give me that thing. y'all see this. my kids -- i have twins that are 16 years old. and they're doing great. he just shook his head. and by the way, i love north carolina but we let them know, flight really was ohio, it wasn't in north carolina. forget that business. wright brothers flew this little prop down there.
it was in our state where -- anyway, about five or six years ago, i was in florida with my daughters and they said to me, daddy, what is that thing over there? and i'm like, what? that box. i'm looking and oh, yeah, girls, that's where superman changed his clothes. and your mom and dad used to put coins in that thing over there to make a phone call and my kids are like, no way! ok? this is what changes the world. not this device so much but we're the constantly connected consumer. we don't go shopping in a mall anymore. we do it all sitting in our living room. you can go to new york and go from -- you can go from one end of manhattan to the other for $5. they're talking about flying cars in the next a couple of years. actually you can google it. apparently -- i've always believed in flying cars because i believed in chitty chitty bang-bang. so medicine is changing. everything is changing.
except the government. and we have to have an attitude of change and of innovation and smaller and shipping a lot of the power out of big bureaucracies. big bureaucracies don't work. so if you are in a business and you don't change, you die. if you're in government and you don't change, you get $19 trillion in debt and re-elected. it's got to stop. i get more iphone 6's that way. ok. so i think you got my point. yes? audience: i asked this question in the context of jobs. i'm a graduate student in electrical engineering at the university of tennessee and we have received numerous reports recently in our field about how renewable energy will create
jobs. so transitioning to cleaner energy, for instance, with a solar farm, it requires more people to run a solar farm than a coal plant. governor kasich: i'm not so sure that's right, you're an electrical engineer, make sure you check. audience: in terms of the maintenance and inflation, over the lifetime. and increasingly, the cost for a solar plant, over the lifetime, per kilowatt it generates is getting closer to that of a coal plant. i wanted to hear your thoughts. governor kasich: let me talk about climate change.
i actually think science matters. ok? i actually think it matters. ok? and by the way, i believe -- i also believe in evolution. i don't think that evolution and science is inconsistent. i just don't think it is. i respect science, though. and, you know, at the end of the day, those two philosophies, creationism and evolution, they're not inconsistent in my opinion. ok. and probably in the opinion of a guy like c.s. lewis who was smarter than probably everybody in this room. but here's the thing, we want to be in a position to recognize that of course we affect the temperature, the climate, but we don't know how much. and you have all these people trying to say how much. we don't know. but everybody in here wants to make sure their kids are going to have a decent environment. nobody in here wants to see a ruined atmosphere, a stream -- i got to actual, there was a reporter that came to see me. i didn't really remember this all that well. andwhen we were growing up pittsburgh, on a bad day, there would be said on the windshields.
and dad wants to leave an environment that is worse. we are here to manage the environment, but we are not here to worship it. here's what i think we need to do. we all love renewables. in my state, i am fighting to make sure that we have a realistic, robust renewable policy. i believe in solar. i believe in wind. i mean, big subsidies on both of them, but that's ok. i believe in efficiency. but i believe in battery technology. do you want to be a billionaire? aureus -- battery technology or a billionaire? [laughter] if i were you, i would leave here, maybe even right now, i would go back to my dorm room or my apartment or wherever you are and get the breakthrough on
battery technology because that is going to transform the world. because when the sun doesn't inne, you still have power the sword. and when the wind doesn't blow. way, i want to congratulate you for being in electrical engineering. i think that's fantastic. [applause] if you had gotten into it, these are the things they get me in trouble -- that if you had gotten into it a few years ago, you would be contributing to my campaign. because you are going to be successful. i think we have to pursue this, but we have to be realistic. if we don't resent it responsibly, i am going to go with the unrealistic mandate because i do believe that we need all sources at all forms of energy in our country. and there's another thing. we need to be energy independent. so we do fracking in ohio. not a lot of it very but it's
nascent. we have very tough rules around it. because we don't believe it is inconsistent to have a clean environment and energy. you want to bring manufacturing back your? that is such a great advantage for us if we can have low price energy. so we have to keep all of these things in mind. and at the end, we can have a proper balance. about black and white. some things are black and white. most things are a matter of balance. that's what i think about all that. yes, sir, right here. you're the one probably paying the bills year. yes, sir. audience member: locum to nashville. -- welcome to nashville. you are not going to insult me --i ask something, william? will you?
hadme here for -- ted cruz a rally here back in september. i went to that. and last sunday, i went to the mario rubio rally and talked to todd harris out there that rally. both of them were nice rallies. this one is the best one, so you know. [applause] anyway, it has been a great experience hearing about about noah. my distant blood uncles patrick henry and my distant cousin was dolly madison. what you are doing here is letting people get up and talk.
>> in 2008 there was a child molestation cover-up tied to mike huckabee. the national police got used and my daughter and our family was silent. i didn't find out -- it took four or five years to hear about it. and it is buried. i am in for lawsuits now. no one is hearing about it tennessee, nobody is reporting about it. i have gone to campaigns and try to let them know and the church that was involved, a church here in nashville, their pastor was breaking about how they were having an affair at their church and ted cruz was going to have some kind of event. i think after penn state and what happened with sandusky and you are talking about communities and families and things that there are kids out here and if we are not allowed to speak up --
gov. kasich: let me tell you what his question is. we were at last night in memphis and we heard some things that were not good. i don't know what is true and what is not. but if you are a dad and you have a daughter who may have been abused and you just, here is what i will say, we will have our folks gather your information, we need to get to the mayor or i need to call the governor of the state about this and have them look into it, i would be more than glad to do it. let me tell all of you here that when it was just real early in the news i was reading about the sexual assaults on campus. it is a complicated subject. but i told our folks we have to make it safe for somebody who
has been abused to be able to seek justice. we're putting a policy in all of our campus, if something happens to them they have somewhere they can go to in a position of confidentiality. often times it takes somebody some time to think about what they want to do. we are making sure our public universities, that there is a safe place for people to go. maybe we don't like to hear about all this stuff. i think we just have to look and say what is true and what is not? all i'm trying to say is make sure we do the best we can as human beings to bring justice to this world.
>> my question to you is what are we going to do with militarization of the south china sea? gov. kasich: you understand what is going on. the chinese are being extremely aggressive. these islands out there, they are trying to make things a reality. in other words just get some batteries on the island, they are putting radars up. it is a very serious matter. and the president of china, he is pretty aggressive. we are going to make it clear you do not own those islands. there is now a case in the international court.
frankly the chinese get concerned when they get isolated. the world may have to isolate them if they are going to continue this kind of behavior. we have to keep doing it and we have to bring all of our allies. sometimes there is an opportunity to have lemonade and to be able to get closer to our allies in asia who don't want to see chinese domination. they want to see some u.s. backbone. there are a number of things we can do to send a strong signal to the chinese. i don't know how many people heard it. we have a serious problem with north korea. what we have been saying is we will give the south koreans --
this is serious stuff. this is not some silly little game. we are not playing risk. this is international affairs. because we told the south koreans and the japanese we would give them capability on some level of ballistic defense, the chinese got upset, in a good way. they are starting to do more action. now we have reached an agreement with the chinese to do inspections of air and ship. you know what they want to do, north koreans want to send this stuff out. the biggest challenge we have is to stop the ability of crazy people out there to get their hands on a nuclear weapon.
we must do everything we can to stop it. with the chinese, you want to cyber attack us. we are going to destroy those elements. we don't need to have a war. we have a lot of competitors in life. being in a position where you are consistent with what you say, same thing with russia. first of all we are going to arm ukraine. we are going to give ukrainians the ability to fight for their own freedom. and if you invade finland, sweden, or any other country,
consider it an attack on us. i don't want to hear anymore nonsense. the tragedy in syria is we should have been supporting the rebels from the beginning and instead we did nothing and we had a redline and we did nothing. we have to learn from history. the last man left in europe is angela merkel. he's a great leader. do i need to buy something? >> my name is stacy harris. i would like for you to help me as you are planning to help this
gentleman with an insurmountable issue. on the back of my card it's as homeless homeowner. my me explain that as briefly as i kampeter i own my own -- as i can. we all learned in seventh-grade civics class that only the government -- my home was not taken by the government. when the government takes your home it can only be done if there is a public need to do it, you haven't committed a crime, and of those things apply to me. this is i am a whistleblower like you. i was a 14-year-old in minneapolis, minnesota wanting to see bobby kennedy. two years later i met him in his office. with respect to losing my home,
this is illegal and i have had some traction in that i have gotten to the point where i got my state legislator to ask the attorney general. he has refused to do that, citing all kinds of things. the bottom line is what everybody in this room should be concerned about, my personal situation, because if you are a resident and a property owner it affects you. what we have now is case law as a result of what i went through legally and the state court system. i'm going to have to get to the federal court system. gov. kasich: i'm going to give you an answer to this right now, when this is over you are going to walk right over here to this man and he's going to hear what
you have to say and he's going to let me know what he thinks. >> one more thing, this is a conservative issue. i'm a democrat but i voted for you last week. everybody in this room, you included -- everybody wants pie-in-the-sky. i wrote to two of his attorneys, his press secretary about this issue, no response. he cares for people, that's what he says. you do care for people. gov. kasich: we will make sure we get with you and we get with this gentleman back here. let me tell you what is happening folks -- thank you.
let me tell you what is happening. for the last six months i have been going places and people have been pouring their hearts out to me. she is here because she says some reason maybe this guy will care about me. i don't know where you got that from, i like that. i thank the lord the book and tell me their problems. a father stands up, do you know how hard that was for that guy? there are many people in this country who feel as though nobody listens to them, no one helps them, and no one fights for them. i am glad we have gone here and i'm going to tell you why. i had a lady in virginia, she stood up in front of 1000 people and spoke about her autistic son.
where is he going to go when i get old. and then she came to the rope line and said she has a 16-year-old daughter that has a mental illness and says she hasn't had a date with her husband in a year because she can't get anybody to watch their kids for a couple of hours so they can have a date. we are not going to fix america because we elect some big shot in washington. they all wore the bigwigs. fortunately i don't need a wig. if we don't have economic growth in america nothing matters. everything falls apart. the community is hurt. i will do everything i can to get the jobs going. there are only three things that matter, jobs, jobs, jobs. i want to send welfare,
education, infrastructure, job training, and medicaid back to the state. i want you to run those programs, not me, not washington. when i say we are going to take 100 for federal education programs, people go crazy. you think this is dependent on your schools? you want to fix education and run to the school board, you want to talk to the school board members doing their job. the skills they need to be able to compete in the 21st century. stop waiting for somebody to come riding in here on a white charger and start fixing things where we live. that is america. right here.
>> you are way too modest. gov. kasich: i have never been accused of that. >> i have followed your career. my family is from johnstown, pennsylvania. gov. kasich: that is a shot and a beer town. >> i went to a place like you did called ohio state. you were in my district. there are no stories, i know the people that have built your house, where they live, and -- gov. kasich: they should have made the kids bathroom bigger. [laughter] >> the underlying tone on a lot of these issues is the socialistic attitude is starting to exist in this country. but nobody has personal rights anymore, it is everybody's
rights. everybody is not everybody. we have our own personal issues. but the socialistic movement scares me. we have two socialists running on the other side of the aisle. one of them has come out and admitted he is. what can we do about this as republicans? gov. kasich: good, and this is it because i have to go. i think we should start with free ben & jerry's. they are bernie's biggest
backers. if things are going to be free, let's have free ice cream for a year. check it out. and do not skimp on the new york fudge chunk. these young people that are here, are you a socialist young lady? why are you not? give her this, i want her to talk. >> because i've worked to be where i am today. gov. kasich: if bernie sanders is the democrat nominee, we will win 49 states. but we have to have a candidate that presents the vision. why is it i'm beating hillary clinton by 11 points? crossover votes. my father, who was a democrat
all his lifetime, was a conservative democrat. there were conservative democrats were supporting reagan. we are americans before anything else. i was in gulfport mississippi. completely wiped out, by the way, by katrina. the banks were all knocked down. they got money cash out of the vault, set up folding chairs, and people would come to get their cash to do what they need to do. and they lent millions of dollars of money to people in gulfport. at the end of the day they lost a total of 300,000 because it was a place where a handshake -- you should be able to have a legal document that describes everything. you are talking about personal responsibility, about ethics.
thank goodness we get a mulligan every day. i don't believe the american people are going to go for this stuff. they are trying to legalize drugs and ohio. it went down 70-30. they know things aren't free, they know things aren't stupid. they are looking for meaning in their life. they are looking to make the world a better place. that is really what a national set of leaders can do. we get inspired -- when you are a kid you were inspired by woody hayes. my brother in-laws parents would
drive every weekend just to look at the stadium, because they were so excited. we need to have a little better leaders. they are smarter than that. let me talk about this whole thing on people who are independent. we are not going to fix everything. some kids grow up in a place where they wake up in the morning, they hear gunshots. they have never had anybody that really gave them any direction. many of them can rise. when someone goes to get relief, we need to make sure we have some of the business community in the relief office.
they have to train for a job that doesn't exist. my mother said it is a sin. i think that is where the country is. i'm going to ship welfare back here. the combined help of responsibility -- i talk about those that are drug addicted, i'm going to put them in a drug court. if you don't follow the rules of the drug court it ain't going to be pretty. personal responsibility matters. i see a lot of young people
across this country. a lot of them are saying i saw my parents worry too much about money and not enough about changing things, the world. i want to make money, but i'm going to dedicate my life to something bigger than just having stuff you all they need to do is have confidence in themselves that each one of them can change the world. sometimes you don't change it by having to stand up on a stage. let me give you advice, don't try to do this. the lord made you special, made all of us special for a purpose. what we want to do is the tools they have given us.
we have been blessed by the good lord to be leaders in terms of human rights, the equality of women, decency in the world. if you were here today and you did not like me, tell no one. what is going on matters. i want to call all your friends and neighbors. it is so volatile, we never know what is going to happen. get out there and vote with your head and your hearts. kasich is a good guy.
you are here in front of an evangelical christian audience. don't be scared. .ome of them are very nice we are also evangelical christians. and i think you may be one, there. senator cruz: i am indeed. >> i met your dad yesterday. a pastor. just a joy. we are close to the buckle of the bible belt and you are talking to people for whom faith is obviously extremely important. thate want to understand people understand that it is not just a hobby but it is at the heart of what it means to be an american, we are coming to super tuesday. we wanted to give you seven to eight minutes just to tell us about your self, if there is anything we don't all -- don't already know. before we askarks
you some really easy questions. cruz: let me say thank you to everyone for being here. and thank you for having a very i am honored to join you and i am so grateful for what each of you does. as religious broadcasters, as christians speaking through the medium of radio, through television, to believers, you are all unbelievably important in going around the lens of the mainstream media, in going around the censorship that anyone for whom a relationship with jesus, a personal thetionship with jesus media uses is a strange, almost as otherworldly. y'all collectively have a speaking the truth, going around filter is unbelievably important.
there are many things we can talk about. we are going to get into it in a minute on a lot of topics. i wanted to take a couple of minutes and focus on one issue, which is the impact of justice scalia's passing just over a week ago. as everyone here knows, justice .calia was a lion of the law he is someone i was privileged to know for 20 years. i was at his funeral just this past weekend. passingum left by his cannot be overstated. the's really underscores takes of this next election. we are not just focusing on one branch of government. we are focusing on two. because this supreme court, we are one liberal justice away from losing our fundamental rights. as many of you know, before i was in the senate, i was the solicitor general in texas,
which is the chief lawyer of the state in front of the u.s. supreme court. professionaly career has been litigating cases before the supreme court. so for example, we defended the 10 commandments monument that stands on the state capitol grounds in texas. we went all the way to the u.s. supreme court and we won 5-4. we are one liberal justice away from the supreme court ordering 10 commandments monuments be torn down in state houses and court houses and public parks all over this country. we've brought together a coalition of states before the u.s. supreme court defending the federal ban on partial-birth abortion and we won 5-4. once again, 5-4. we are one liberal justice away from the supreme court striking
down every state and federal restriction on abortions and mandating unlimited abortion on demand up until the moment of delivery, partial-birth, with taxpayer -- tax year funding and no parental modification. one justice away from that. the most significant majority opinion that justice scalia authored in his tenure was heller versus district of columbia. i am very familiar with heller because i represented 31 states in the heller case defending the second amendment right to keep and bear arms and we won 5-4. once again, 5-4. you notice a pattern. we are one liberal justice away the the sun court erasing second amendment from the bill of rights. some might say, well, isn't that an exaggeration?
erasing that, that seems a bit much. floridation of the centers and health was not that some gun per -- gun control separable sumrk of the time. doesn't protect any individual's right to keep them there arms. takes a collective right of demolition, which is fancy lawyer speak for a nonexistent right. what it would mean is that the government could make it a criminal offense for every person in this room to own a firearm and none of us would have any individual right to challenge that under the second amendment in court. the second amendment effectively goes away. we are one justice away. or let's take another issue near and dear to everyone here. which is free speech and religious liberty. you look at the hobby lobby case.
the hobby lobby case where i , the courticus brief concluded 5-4 that they government could not force a christian company to violate its faith and belief of its founders. 5-4. one liberal justice away from the supreme court saying everyone of you the government , can force you to choose between violating our faith or succumbing to the mandate of the government. a similar case many of you all are familiar with, little sisters of the poor. a catholic charity that devotes their lives to caring for the poor and elderly. the obama administration is mitigating against the little sisters of the poor, tried to force the nuns to pay for abortion inducing drugs and others.
i've often joked, here is a good rule of thumb. if you are litigating against nuns, you probably done something wrong. little sisters of the poor case controlled by hobby lobby. we are one liberal justice away from the supreme court ordering the little sisters of the poor, you make your choice, by late your commitment to protect life or face millions of dollars in fines and be shut down as a christian charity. to understand the scope of what is at stake, you need to look no further than the oral arguments in the gay marriage case last year. justice alito asked the obama solicitor general, if your position prevails, is the next step for the irs to go after and target christian colleges that believe in the biblical teaching
of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and denied them their tax-exempt status? that question applies equally to christian k-12 grade schools and charities. or to christian radio stations. the answer from the obama justice department in the open court of the supreme court of the united states was yes. that is a very real possibility that the irs will come after you . if your hosts go on air and say the bible teaches that marriage is defined by god as the union of one man and one woman to mirror the relationship of jesus christ and the church, that you risk the federal government
yanking your fcc license. that is the threat we are facing. they are not hiding from this threat, they are saying it in open court. we will use the power of government to go after and target those who speak against us. i believe this election, the entire direction of the country hangs in the balance. when you look at the supreme court, democrats get supreme court nominees right almost 100% of the time. every nominee they get on the court puts exactly how they want. left knee-jerk activists in almost every case. republicans have been unbelievably bad at supreme court nominees. [applause] ted cruz: many of the worst judicial activists, the author
of roe versus wade was a republican appointee. there is a reason for this, we should not think republican presidents are not very good at it commitment be they don't know how to nominate justices. there is a reason and you can delve down and figure out how you get it right and how you get it wrong. if you look at the justices who honor their of and are faithful to the constitution, people like antonin scalia and clarence thomas and william rehnquist, every one of those spent years and decades of standing and fighting for conservative principles and the constitution and they endured harsh criticism and did not waver. i'm most interested in how someone behaves when they are taking heat.
it's easy to say the right thing when there's no price to it. when the media is criticizing you, do you stand or do you fold? [applause] ted cruz: here is what happens. it's not that republican presidents secretly want to put liberals on the court. i don't think that is the case. we keep electing republicans who don't give a flip about the court. it is just not a priority for them. it is not important. so, what happens, if you nominate a principal proven conservative, the democrats get the joke and they will fight tooth and nail to stop a proven conservative from getting on the court. you will have a bloody confirmation battle because the democrats understand the stakes, they're using the court to fundamentally change this country. what happens is republican presidents, their staff come in and say we have the perfect candidate, stealth nominee.
he's never said or written or done anything in his life to prove he is a conservative. but secretly, wink wink, nudge nudge, he is. if you've lived 50 years of your life and you've never said or written or done anything to prove you are a conservative, you ain't. [applause] if by some miracle you might be, maybe the supreme court of the united states is not the best place to find out. what happens -- last night, as people across this country were looking at that debate stage, the stakes of this election, people are asking who do i know?
who do i know beyond a shadow of the doubt is going to spend the political capital to go all in and confirm conservative constitutionalists we can count on to defend the bill of rights? that is one of the clearest distinctions among the candidates. if you spend your life fighting for these issues, nobody has ever grown a backbone after arriving at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. it doesn't work that way. [applause] ted cruz: i give you my solemn commitment, that if i'm elected president, i will invest every ounce of political capital to nominate and confirm principled constitutionalists to the u.s. supreme court will vigorously protect the bill of rights for my children and yours. [applause]
eric: thank you, senator. thank you. [applause] eric: folks, it is not over. please take your seats. we're not really going to grill senator cruz. ted cruz: it's with your book -- you need to read it. it's wonderful. [applause] it was given to me first by a friend. i did what i do, stuck it on the bookshelves and it was given to me a second time by my mother. my mother said you need to read this and i took the fact that two people give me the same book as a pretty powerful sign i needed to read it and i'm thrilled that i did. it is truly wonderful and inspirational. [applause]
eric: now, you have my vote. [laughter] you said that with such conviction -- whatever it takes. yesterday was a free-for-all. we watched that debate on that screen and it was pretty crazy and very entertaining, you have pointedly described donald trump as an entertainer, he is very entertaining. but he is a big question mark. the biggest question mark i have and i'm sure a lot of people and they are not willing to admit it, but the hair. i know we are not supposed to talk about that, we are supposed to be serious.
you been up close, within inches -- i know we can count on you to launch an investigation into planned parenthood. i know that. would you be willing to launch an investigation into the pelo del donald trump? eric: there are some things that are too big to uncover. [laughter] [applause] but i will confess, standing next to him, you do feel an incredible urge to lean over and rubbed his hair. a curious thing. eric: it makes the jfk assassination conspiracy look like nothing. someday, we will unravel it all. ted cruz: i was told that his hair was on a grassy knoll. you are bringing this in a terrible direction. eric: you're right. let me bring up one thing before we get too substantive, please.
there was a news report this morning from telemundo, a police report that they found in the bed of vincente fox the severed head of his chihuahua. have you heard about that? ted cruz: i have not. i will say, i did find it rather priceless hearing donald last night criticize vincente fox for using coarse language. i shifted to the side because of lightning was going to strike, i did not want to be standing too close. eric: i think that moment will be replayed. there were many moments in the debate yesterday that were a bit surreal. a number of us were sitting up your watching in those moments, the sound got garbled.
has there ever been a presidential debate in your memory where the moderator as let it get that crazy? i was a little concerned. ted cruz: i think it was a good debate last night because he started to see some sharp contrast. the decision tuesday, super tuesday will be the most important day of this entire election. one of two things is going to happen. donald trump has enormous momentum. he has won three of the first four states. if you powers through and wins everywhere on super tuesday, he could easily be unstoppable. i think that would be a grave mistake for the republican party and the country. i don't think he is the right candidate to go up against hillary clinton. [applause] ted cruz: and nobody has any idea what he would do as president. including donald.
i don't think we can roll the dice with the future of our kids and grandkids. i hope and believe that super tuesday will be a very good night for us. if you look at this campaign, there is only one campaign that has beaten and that can be donald trump -- beat donald trump. i would urge everyone to come together behind our campaign -- our campaign, we are very strong in my home state of texas, running neck and neck with donald and states all throughout super tuesday, all throughout the south. i hope and believe we will have a strong night on super tuesday. if we come out of super tuesday with a significant chunk of delegates, i think this race becomes a two-person race. we beat donald by 16 points,
56-40. we have to get to a two-person race. what donald wants is the opposition to him fractured. if there are folks here who like other candidates -- if you think donald trump is the wrong candidate, there's only one campaign that can beat donald trump on super tuesday and that is us. let's come together and get that done. [applause] eric: well said. we were with ben carson if you minutes ago. john kasich last night spoke directly to chris matthews and said i will win this nomination -- said it was a sounding -- astounding. you have two outliers were not getting out. it is obvious that rubio is not getting out and trump has
benefited from the fractured anybody but trump vote. in the meantime, let me ask my friend and colleague who is with urban cure to ask you the first question. >> thank you for gracing the nrb with your presence. the national religious broadcasters come here to nashville annually to convene so that we can refresh and provide and reach millions as christian leaders. you mentioned since the passing of your friend, justice scalia, the 5-4 challenges. which we have faced for a long time. there is one challenge that has not been mentioned that i would like to ask you about. imminent domain. antonin scalia steadfast for
conservative principles. he dissented in the 5-4 decision in 2005 where the supreme court interpreted the constitution's imminent domain provision to allow government to confiscate private property and give it to other owners to promote economic development. he equated the decision to the dred scott decision where the supreme court ruled that blacks are not human our property and cannot become american citizens. he equated the decision to the roe v wade decision to legalize abortion on demand. yet, regarding the decision, your presidential opponent donald trump told fox news "i happen to agree with the decision 100%."
since the decision in 2005, over one million house on tap and evicted by the government action. 32% are household in poverty. where do you stand on private businesses using government power to take private property? eric: thank you for that question. ted cruz: you and i have been friends for many years. to really understand that in america, anyone can achieve anything. you have a powerful voice and i'm grateful for everything you do. [applause] i may be wearing boots, but star's boots are way cooler than mine. i'm categorically opposed to the decision.
it was disastrous and wrong. i think the decision really taps into two important themes. number one, the fidelity of the constitution. the constitution requires that private property cannot -- can be taken for public use and only with just compensation. but the court did is read to the public use provision and said it no longer has to be public use, it can be for private gain. we need justices who actually honor the constitution and don't erase parts of it they disagree with. it is a symptom of a broader problem we have in government. government being used as a tool of giant corporations and the rich and powerful to target the powerless. justice sandra day o'connor wrote "under this opinion, every motel 6 can be condemned to build a ritz-carlton. because you had a woman who had
her family home for decades that the city of new london, connecticut wanted to condemned to build a parking lot for a big pharmaceutical company and the supreme court said no problem there, you can condemn it to build a parking lot. donald trump's record on this is not just abstract and theoretical. atlantic city, there was an old lady named kobe who lived in her family home for many years. donald wanted her home because he wanted to build a parking lot for the limousines and his casino. he went to his buddies in atlantic city and convince them to try to condemn her home, to bulldoze her home so he could build a parking lot for casinos. she fought it for years and ultimately beat it. she was able to beat donald trump's efforts in court. it is a great example of how government gets abused.
donald says we need eminent domain for roads and for schools. roads and schools are a public use. government does have the power of eminent domain to build a freeway. that is a very different thing from government being used as a tool to help the rich and powerful against those who are more vulnerable. under that principle, government could take away your radio station and give it to another bigger and wealthier radio station because they consume -- country music generates more money than christian broadcasting, so let's take all the property from the one and give it to the other because they give us more campaign contributions. the deals in washington are the result of corruption, a corruption of both parties. both democrats and republicans
far too often are willing to ask for the big money interest in washington at the expense of the people. we need a president who will stand for the property rights and liberty of the american people against the bipartisan corruption in washington. [applause] eric: roy beck, you have a question. roy: last night, there was a bit of talk about immigration. you had a comment that was lost in the shuffle. you had a comment that was lost in the shuffle. i want to read part of that comment. you said the people they get forgotten in this debate over immigration are the hard-working men and women of this country, millions of americans, and legal immigrants here who are losing their jobs, seeing their wages driven down. this gets into the issue of compassion, economic fairness.
although evangelicals like most americans have difference of opinion about different parts of immigration issues, on this -- on this issue there is no group in america more concerned about economic fairness than evangelical christians. they pulled the highest, saying the government should not bring in new foreign workers, new immigrants, to compete when there are americans who can't find jobs. after seven years of the obama recovery, the government says there are 15 million americans who want a full-time job and can't find one. what kind of values and priorities are you proposing to deal with in the limit -- legal immigration program? senator cruz: thank you for the question. immigration is another issue. i was mentioning on eminent domain how you have washington, where career politicians in both parties are listening to the big-money interests, and there's an unholy alliance.
the democrats view illegal immigration and amnesty has more votes. they want to let as many people into this country illegally, make them citizens because they believe they will vote. there is no politically correct -- there is a new politically correct term for illegal aliens, undocumented immigrants. it's not complicated why chuck schumer, president obama, and harry reid want more illegal immigration. the problem with republicans is there are too many establishment republicans in washington who listen to wall street and the big money interests on k street, and their view is, it's cheap labor. the more cheap labor, the
better. bring it in. i mentioned last night an article i know you are familiar with in "the wall street journal." arizona a couple years ago put in some very strict laws going after illegal immigration. they were condemned all over the country as being heartless and cruel. groups were boycotting the state of arizona for doing this. the effect of those laws is a whole bunch of illegal immigrants left arizona. they went elsewhere. what this "wall street journal" article was talking about is the effect it has had. public expenditures have dropped hundreds of millions of dollars, the money arizona is spending on prisons, health care, education. all of these have dropped with the illegal immigrants leaving. hundreds of millions of dollars available to provide education and health care to care for the actual citizens of arizona, the americans who are there who are being denied that coverage, denied that care. also, they had a quote from one business owner who had a pepper
farm trade he was complaining, when the illegal immigrants left, i had to pay higher wages. he was really upset. this is terrible for me. it really captures the voice from washington. what do you mean, i have to pay higher wages? i had to go out and invent a device to help pick the peppers. i don't think his name is peter piper, but -- he described how he then went to the community college and was paying community college graduates much higher salaries to operate this new farming tool rather than having unskilled illegal immigrants taking it. it described how employment for americans is dropping, how carpenters and construction workers are seeing their wages going up. i think arizona is a great example where in this debate, the people getting left behind are the hard-working men and women of this country.
and it's also the legal immigrants, people who come here following the rules, standing in line, waiting in line. they are the ones seeing their wages driven down as well. when it comes to immigration -- i think our immigration laws should put americans first. [applause] >> doesn't the idea that so many illegal immigrants fled arizona -- does that not argue for the idea put forth by donald trump, called self deportation -- if you begin very seriously to enforce deportation, enforce these rules, that many people will quickly vote with their feet and leave? senator cruz: there's no doubt
we can solve this problem. i have laid out a detailed immigration plan. it's on our website, tedcruz.org. it lays out chapter and verse how we saw this. we will build a wall. i've got someone in mind to build it. is it vincenzo a fox or donald trump? it will be donald, but then he can try to build the ship. we will put in place a strong e-verify system at the workplace. we will put in place a biometric system so you cannot overstay your visa. 40% of illegal immigration is people coming on a legal visa and then not leaving. we will and sanctuary cities. you cut off all federal taxpayer money to any sanctuary city. and we will and welfare benefits for those here illegally. -- end welfare benefits for those here illegally. [applause] one of the biggest lies the media tells us is we can't
assault this problem. what utter nonsense. they say, a wall doesn't work. if you don't think a wall works, travel to israel. when you are trying to stop hamas terrorists, you have a wall with enforcement. it works. you can spot someone doing attempted incursion and it ate that hard to spot someone carrying -- ain't that hard to spot someone carrying an 11-foot ladder. it's not that we don't know how to do it. what is missing in washington is the political will. democrats don't want to do it and far too many republicans don't want to do it. donald trump has made illegal immigration the core of his campaign. there is more than a little chutzpah in that, given that donald trump, his record on illegal immigration is terrible. donald trump had a $1 million
court judgment against him for being part of a conspiracy to hire illegal aliens to build his hotel. mira lago resort in florida, which trombones, it was reported yesterday, brings in hundreds of foreign workers and by and large won't hire americans. there was a striking interview on cnn last night. donald was saying, the reason i bring in foreign workers -- no americans want to be waiters are waitresses or bellhops. what complete nonsense. >> i saw that and i was stunned that he said that. senator cruz: "the new york times" reported that of the 300 americans who applied for those jobs, donald hired 17.
go to a tgi friday's. you're telling me no americans want to be waiters? you don't think people want to be waiters at a swanky hotel where people are going to tip in $100 bills? big business wants foreign workers because they can't leave. you can pay them less, they have no choice. they are often like indentured servants. this is the person who's claiming he's going to be the champion of the working man and woman. every deal donald does, whether it is using illegal immigrants to build trump tower, the people who get hammered are the working men and women. he gets rich, and everyone else is left holding the bag. the difference between me and the other people on that stage is when i say something, i'm
going to do exactly what i say, and we are going to secure the borders and and illegal immigration. >> i want to move on to star parker. >> thank you. another place that working men and women of america are concerned is on the war on poverty, and poverty rates. the $22 trillion war. a quarter of the budget every year, $900 billion. research and data shows the correlation between single-parent homes and poverty. according to the brookings institution, in 2009, the poverty rate for children in homes with married parents was 11%. the poverty rate for children in homes headed by a single mother in that same year were 44.3%. giving birth outside of marriage has become increasingly a part of the american culture. in 1970, only seven percent of american children lived in a home with a mother who had never married. today 48% of american children live in a home where a mother
has not been married. my question is based on a gallup poll from last year that shows 61% of americans say giving birth outside of marriage is morally acceptable. do you think it is a problem that more and more americans, particularly young americans, think having a child outside of marriage is acceptable? if you think it is a problem, what would you do as a president to restore traditional marriage and return fathers to homes? senator cruz: all of us know the deterioration of family in recent decades has been one of the most heartbreaking. developments in our society. the challenges facing single moms, for me it's personal. i come from a family with a lot of single moms. both of my aunts were single moms. my sister was a single mom, and for a period of time, my mom was a single mom. thankfully my father was saved and came back and reunited our family.
[applause] there is no harder challenge anyone faces than being a single mom. our prayers need to lift up single parents who are raising kids. raising kids is hard enough with two parents. with one alone having to work, it's unbelievably difficult. the best cure for poverty is a secure two-parent home with a mother and father caring for those children. [applause] now, many of these issues are not going to be cured by government, any presidential candidate who says, i'm going to magically wave a wand and fix this, is not being honest with you. many of these are issues for the church, for the community to work and encourage and build strong marriages as the foundation of the family, of the community, of where we live.
i do think government policies can be changed so they are not attacking marriage, so they are not undermining marriage. there's a powerful bully pulpit of the presidency to speak out of the virtues of fathers, take responsibility and care for your children. [applause] >> i'd like to follow-up with that with regards to the role of government. the american people are being forced to send $900 billion to washington or less than $.20 on the dollar reaches the home that we say we are trying to help. president bush attended a faith-based -- attempted a faith-based initiative, which in some people's estimation was not the best approach. paul ryan is proposing to allow for more -- federal government
to get out of this business and allow for the states to take up a little bit more flexibility to try to help the problem closer to community. where would you find yourself in these two different ways of approaching this dilemma from a public policy standpoint? senator cruz: on virtually every issue i'm a support -- i'm a supporter of sending as much as possible back to the states and local government, having accountability from the people. [applause] when it comes to welfare reform, we need to have creativity and innovation. faith-based approaches make and norm's differences because if you're going to change someone's heart and mind -- when i was in college i wrote one of my two junior papers comparing government welfare to charitable and church efforts at caring for people. the church that i attended growing up was a church that had a very big food pantry in ministry with the homeless and the poor in houston.
poor in houston. i spend a lot of time interviewing our pastor, a lot of people who work in the food pantry. the incentives are all very different. if you are raising money in a church or charity to provide for people in need, you are not interested in wasting that money. if you see a young, healthy man come in and say, i need help, you will give him some groceries and help him. if that same young man comes in the next week and the next week and the next week and it's just like the grocery store, there comes a point where you say, listen, son, we are not going to feed you the rest of your life. what are the problems you are facing? do you have a job? no? why not? let's work with you on training. do you have drug and alcohol problems? my sister, who was a single mom, wrestled with drug and alcohol
addiction her whole life and ultimately passed away from an accidental overdose. these are challenges people are facing. so often the answer is, did you know that jesus christ is your lord and savior? that that can transform in a way that 1000 government programs can never touch? [applause] and so i think as much as we can be empowering faith-based operations as much as we can be sending it to state and local level, the better. the philosophy should be that the social safety net should be a trampoline and not a hammock. my dad spent much of the last
couple of days with you guys. [applause] when my dad came to america in 1957, he was just 18. he couldn't speak english. he had $100 sewn into his underwear. he paid his way through school. i try to think of every challenge facing this country, every domestic challenge from the perspective of my dad, how it would have impacted my father. if my dad were washing dishes -- if he was making $.50 an hour, if there were an illegal immigrant willing to come in and wash dishes for $.30 an hour, my dad would've lost that job. he was vulnerable. i've also said many times, thank god that some well-meaning liberal didn't come put his arm around my father and say, let me
take care of you, let me make you dependent on government, let me give you a check and sap your self-respect and individual dignity. while i'm at it, don't bother learning english. i respect your culture so much, i will lock you out of the professional and educative classes in this country. it would have been the most damaging things you could do to my dad. i would rather you have taken a two by four and broken his legs. that would have healed faster than his spirit. the goal of welfare ought to be to get every able-bodied adult off of welfare. [applause] >> we have a final question from roy. >> to follow-up on our earlier discussion, talk about the millennials, these are the
people forming these households, having the babies. will the men take responsibility? one out of every three millennials today is not working. it connects to everything you are saying there. it seems to me that your policy -- i read all the singlespaced -- you do call to in and of chain migration, where people bring in their extended family, and the visa lottery, both of which bring in disproportionately people who compete directly with people getting on those first runs. the question really is, i want to know what extent you are committed to that, and in what way you would form the legal immigration choices. who should come to the united states?
senator cruz: if you look at legal immigration -- you have legal and illegal. legal good, illegal bad. sometimes the reporters find that confusing. >> isn't that a little too black and white? senator cruz: i'm reminded of the great interview sonny bono did a few years ago where they ask, what is your view on illegal immigration? he said, well, it's illegal, isn't it? it shouldn't be that complicated. the legal side is not serving the interests of the american workers right now. we need to focus our immigration system. it is one of the great strengths of this country that there are millions and millions if not billions of people across the globe that want to come to america. it is a blessing to be a beacon of hope to this country and it is a strength of this country, but we should use it in a way that benefits us. we should reform our legal
immigration system so it is more of a skilled based system that is bringing in people. we have a shortage of doctors. we have a shortage of doctors estimated up to 50,000 fewer doctors then we will need to care for the aging baby boomers. we need doctors straight they want to be here, let's plug it together in a way that actually cares for the needs and provides for the needs of american workers. >> have we never done that in our history? senator cruz: it shifted so that we get far more of immigration right now is to not on skills, but it is based upon chain migration, based upon one person here who brings another family member, and also, many of those are low skilled workers. the low skilled workers, if they are coming in in large numbers, have the effect of number one, taking jobs, but driving down
wages for everyone. at the high skilled level there can be abuse as well. h1b visas, that is a program that in theory i support, the idea of bringing in high skilled workers that will produce jobs and economic growth. but we have seen and practice the h1b program badly abused. for example, we have seen companies like disney, name brand company, bringing in not very high skilled workers, but bringing in medium to low skilled workers, i.t. workers, into this country, then laying off vast numbers of americans. to add insult to injury, forcing those americans to train the foreign workers that were just brought in to take their jobs. that was not the purpose of the h1b program. i pledge as president to impose
180 day moratorium on the h1b program to institute a comprehensive investigation and audits of every company that has brought in h1b visas. if they are abusing the program, they will be suspended. if they violated the criminal laws, they will be prosecuted. i have joined with the in introducing legislation to reform the h1b program, to require an advanced degree. if we've got engineers and computer scientists that are high skilled that are going to produce economic growth, that's terrific. that's beneficial for americans. that's the program that ought to be operating, but it should not be taking the jobs of americans who need those jobs. we need to reform that program. i would note that program is
very similar to the program that right now today donald trump is using to bring foreign workers in rather than to hire american workers. if you want to ask who has the credibility to actually get this done, i'm the only person on that debate stage who has led the fight on this and will continue to lead the fight on this. >> we have a couple of minutes left. obviously most of the people here are people of serious christian faith who take very seriously not just their faith, but the idea that the bible and the judeo-christian faith and ethics has been at the heart of the ordered freedoms of the united states of america, that you can't really pretend there's any way to achieve this level of freedom, whether economic or other, without that basis. the only people who will govern themselves are people who have
the incentive to govern themselves and say, i want to serve god, i want to please god. at the heart of self-government is that idea. we are at a time where religious liberty is being attacked. people of faith are in a defensive position. we need to be making the case that not only is religious freedom going to benefit everyone in america, but a robust expression of faith has historically benefited everyone in america. senator cruz: eric, i think that's exactly right. when it comes to religious liberty -- for me it has been a lifelong passion. i've spent the last 20 years of my life fighting to defend religious liberty. it was interesting in the question last night, hugh hewitt asked the other candidates about their views on religious liberty. donald trump said, i will defend religious liberty. but missing from that with any statement about anything he had ever done in over 60 years of living to actually defend religious liberty.
not only that, moments later, he said, well listen, we need someone who will be with a dealmaker and compromise with the supreme court justices. i don't what a president who will work out a compromise with harry reid on who's going to go to the supreme court because that will take away our fundamental liberties. when it comes to faith, the media belittles the threat to religious liberty. one of the things i've tried to do is we have hosted two very large religious liberty rallies, one in iowa, one in south carolina. we brought in heroes who stood for their faith who have been persecuted. and ordinary people, a t-shirt salesman, a baker, a florist, a soldier, a fireman. they told their stories, and their stories are powerful and moving. one of the great things about
religious liberty is that it applies to everyone. it applies to christians, jews, muslims, and atheists. we are a country where everyone of us has the opportunity to live according to our own conscience, and that is a principle that can bring us all together. the media tries to caricature any christian running for office. i'm not running to be pastor in chief. my object is not as a public official to preach the message of salvation. that is the role of the church. i am running to be commander in chief and to defend the constitution. but i will tell you this, i'm also not going to hide my face. the word tells us if you are ashamed of jesus, he will be ashamed of you. one of the things i've had the opportunity to tell a number of times traveling around is to share my own testimony that i
mentioned briefly. when i was a little boy, my parents were living up in canada. you may have heard that. and they weren't christians. when i was 3, my father left. they were both drinking a great deal and my father went down to houston. seven months later my mom and i moved into an apartment just the two of us. she was a single mom. several months later, a colleague from work invited my father to a bible study. and he heard the gospel. at the end of the bible study, they were having prayer time. everyone there had problems. he remembers one woman who described how her son was beating her to get money to buy drugs. yet what my father could not understand is that even with the problems, everyone there had what the word calls a peace that passes understanding.
my dad could not get it, but he knew he did not have it and he wanted it. when he left, they gave him a little booklet, the four spiritual laws. they said, what are you read this and come back next week? the next week he came back. they said, did you read the booklet? my father said, it can't be that easy. he asked a bunch of questions. they said, our pastor is coming tomorrow night. why don't you come tomorrow night and asked the pastor? became the next day, spent four hours asking every question. my dad was young, he was brilliant, he was a scientist, he was an atheist. he was convinced that he knew everything. at 11:00 at night he asked the pastor but the man in tibet was never heard of jesus. the pastor did not -- he just said rafael come i don't know about the man in tibet.
but you have heard of jesus, what is your excuse? my dad said that his him like a ton of bricks. he fell to his knees, and gave his life to jesus and a transformed his life. he went to back to my mother and me and reunited our family. as a result, my mother became a christian i became a christian. it changed the entire course of because one believer was willing to spread the good news. that is the impact we can have. [applause] >> what a perfect note on which to end. we are out of time. let me thank again the nrb, and thank all of you for coming. most of all, from the bottom of our heart, thank you senator cruz for being with us. [applause]
>> donald trump has to alabama today for a campaign rally in madison. states theone of 12 presidential candidates will compete for on super tuesday. he will have the event live at 5:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. we want to move from south carolina to super tuesday. a number of candidates including senator rubio and donald trump on monday in virginia. >> are having a traffic jam of candidates. there was a good deal of activity in the past week. president clinton, that would be bill, was in virginia for mrs.
clinton. ted cruz also in virginia, john kasich, the weekend promises to be as active will stoprubio taking a swing through the state. that will be for stops for him in all the media market. monday,ming in on hillary clinton with two stops will stop in the southeastern corner of the state, hampton rose. those early two biggest vote troves in virginia. one very rural state now lopsided the suburban. >> it is a purple state when it comes to the general election. it a primary state that remains of programs? -- up for grabs? >> senator sanders is showing strengths in areas where he has
shown strengths took the country -- college communities, younger voters, many of whom are angry and frustrated with the direction of the economy. trump continues to lead in virginia although it has narrowed. one of the more recent in-state public polls showed him narrowly ahead of senator rubio. 6 percentage points with senator cruz in third place. k sick statutes is become a governor kasich way back. in virginia, and state would suggest more closely reflects the nation as a whole is something of a reflection of this national race. county, the largest county in terms of student population closing on tuesday. school administrators expecting a huge turnout. what about the rest of the state? 20 school systems will be
closing on tuesday to accommodate polling. there will be a number of other school systems opening late to accommodate polling. virginia is not a state in which voters register by party. twocheck is -- there are simultaneous primaries. voters will go i nto their polling places, request a ballot, express their preferences. then they will take their leave. but there have been a number of new restrictions put in place on voting in virginia. many of them pushed by republicans including a photo id law that is now under challenge in federal court. in fact, in the run-up to the primary, the trial at which that law is being contested is unfolding.
the turnout in presidential primaries in virginia recently have to particularly heavy on the democratic side. nearly a million votes cast in 2008,mocratic primary in barack obama easily carrying the state then. republican primaries rates are falling. 12 primary for democrats and republicans, urging it seems to be one of those where if a -- governor kasich or senator sanders or senator rubio wants to pull out and upsets to stop donald trump on the republican side, virginia would be one of those states. view atseems to be the this point particularly among established republicans. whoever they may be, shopping around sense the collapse of the and number ofdacy
them gravitating very quickly toward senator rubio. tother that will be enough stop mr. trump really remains to be seen. i think the point that needs to be made about trump, we have this elsewhere in the country, he is drawing people into a republican caucus or priority who are newrimary to the system. trump has made a number of appearances in the state. the folks who show up at these --nts want -- one true 5000 these are the faces one ordinarily sees at republican committee meetings or conventions. for that matter, at republican primaries. >> have you ever seen a race like this? >> certainly, this is unusual in virginia. we are seeing more and more of these big personalities, but at the state level. our governor is a member of the
clinton privy council. he hopes to deliver a big win for mrs. clinton on tuesday. hold the state for the democrats in the general election in november. this was a state on autopilot for republicans for years, about four decades. the carry the state for the presidency, a very rapid shift in the demographics of the state. an explosive growth in its population has turned this into a very purple state in very short order. >> we should point that were talking to jeff schapiro. how much political capital does governor mcauliffe have in the state? bykeep in mind, he won plurality in 2013 largely because of who he was. socialely conservative
and cultural, and his momentum has not been maintained. there was a very big legislative election last year, he was unable to tip the state senate back to democratic control. for him tohance demonstrate a measure of muscle in this fast-growing state. >> i assume would be as a result are coming in you will keep a close eye on congressman in the center part of the state. that is visited eric cantor one child. -- once held. if ted cruz did take that that would give you an idea of how the night was going. month, the giant killer the kind knocked off the man who would be speaker of the house, at this point doesn't seem to have wildly credible
opposition for renomination. a further measure of his growing standing in the seventh district in seven -- central virginia is that republicans had decided to nominate their candidate for congress by convention. jeff schapiro, we wanted to focus on one that was especially competitive for the democrats and republicans. thank you very much for your time. >> have a good weekend. >> the south carolina democratic primary was yesterday. hillary clinton was the winner in that contest.
participated in theyester shortly after were recorded. this was an hour. sen. sanders: thank you rochester, thank you. representative tina liebling thank you for that introduction. you said it all. what this campaign is about is not just electing a president. yeah, that's pretty important. [laughter] but there is something more important. as tina just said, it is about transforming america. it is about thinking big and the
kind of country we want to become. it is understanding something that the media will not tell you or talk about much. in the last 30 years, there has been a massive redistribution of wealth. the problem is that that redistribution has gone in the wrong direction. [applause] sen. sanders: yes, thank you president obama. we are better off today than we were seven years ago, that is for sure. [applause] sen. sanders: you know, it is amazing to me that our republican friends suffer from a very, very serious illness, which seems to be all pervasive among republicans, that is short-term amnesia. [laughter]
sen. sanders: they could go forward with a straight face and talk about the problems we have today while ignoring what world bush left us in when he left office. [applause] sen. sanders: so we are going to make sure that our republican friends do not forget that when president bush left office that we were losing 800,000 jobs a month, unbelievable. our deficit was a record-breaking $1.4 trillion, and by the way, the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. other than that, we were doing really good. [laughter] sen. sanders: to hear republicans talk about where we are today without putting it into that context is somewhat of an outrage, but here is another
truth. yes, we are better today than we were seven years ago. the reality is that for the last 30 years under republican leadership, under democratic leadership, the middle class of this country has been shrinking and almost all new income and wealth has been going to the top 1%. crowd: boo! sanders: the reason -- the reason i think our campaign has been doing so well, bringing out new crowds. we just came from taxes and had about 10,000 people in austin. [applause]
sen. sanders: we had 8000 people in dallas, and this is a pretty good turnout tonight. thank you very much. [applause] sen. sanders: the reason is that we are doing something very unusual, we are talking truth to the american people. and sometimes, you know, truth is not pleasant. it's like you go to the doctor and you are not feeling well, even if the news is bad you have to know what is going on before you can get better. that is kind of what is going on with our country. we have to face some unpleasant truths. let me give you a few. you are living under, as tina mentioned, a corrupt campaign finance system that is undermining american democracy. [applause] sen. sanders: i wish i could describe it in more pleasant
terms, but i can't. when you have billionaires and wall street and corporate america pouring hundreds of hundreds of millions of dollars into the political process, that is not democracy. that is oligarchy. [applause] sen. sanders: and together we are going to stop that oligarchy. [applause] sen. sanders: you know what, democracy is about -- and i really love democracy -- one person, one vote. you disagree with me, that's fine. you have a better idea, fight for it. that is a beautiful thing. but what democracy is not about
is a handful of billionaires buying elections. [applause] sen. sanders: and i will take you something else that democracy is not about, it is not about cowardly republican governors trying to suppress the vote. [applause] sen. sanders: you know, i have been in politics for a while. it has never occurred to me to figure out a way to make it harder for people to vote because they might be voting against me. so i say to those republican governors and legislators who are trying to make it harder for poor people, old people, people of color to vote, if you are afraid of participating in a free and fair election, get out of politics, get another job.
[applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie -- sen. sanders: today in america we have one of the lowest voter turnout rates. i want to see us revitalize american democracy. i want to see us have one of the highest voter turnout rates here it and in my view, we can to make this very simple, either through a constitutional amendment or legislation, if someone is 18 years of age and a citizen of this country, they have the right to vote. end of discussion. [applause]
sen. sanders: now i think they're reason that our campaign is doing so well across the country is that we are listening to the pain and the needs of ordinary people and not to the needs of billionaire campaign contributors, and that is a real difference. and when we listen to people what we hear is people coming up to me and saying, bernie, i can't make it on nine dollars or $10 an hour. that is a wage i can't live on, and certainly my family cannot live on. truth is that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. [applause]
sen. sanders: the truth is that millions of people in this country are working 40 or 50 hours a week, and they are still not earning enough money to take care of their families. truth is that people working full-time sometimes end up with at the emergency food shelf because they need food despite their 40 or 50 hours of work to take care of their families, and that is why in this country together we are going to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, $15 an hour. [applause] sen. sanders: now what this campaign is about, and it's not easy, is trying to force discussion on issues that congress chooses not to talk
about and media chooses not to talk about. it is reality that is swept under the rug. let me give you another example of that. all over this country, minnesota, vermont, all over this country, you have senior citizens and disabled veterans who are trying to get by on $11,000 a year, $12,000 a year, social security. you know what? nobody can get by on $11,000 a year or $12,000 a year social security. [applause] sen. sanders: and it is important for a moment to try to put ourselves into the life of somebody who is 80 years old, 90 years old, needs health care, needs prescription drugs, needs to keep their home warm in the
winter, needs decent food, and they can't do it on $12,000 a year. many republicans are busy running all over this country. they want to cut social security. i've got bad news for them. we are not going to cut social security. we are going to expand social security. [applause] sen. sanders: you know, you measure the greatness of a country not by the number of millionaires and billionaires it has, but i how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable amongst us. [applause] sen. sanders: we will not turn
our backs on our parents and grandparents and on disabled veterans. we will stand with them. [applause] sen. sanders: we are listening to workers. we are listening to seniors. but we are also listening to young people. [applause] sen. sanders: and what young people are telling me is, bernie, why does it have to be that i end up $50,000, $100,000 in debt? for what crime, because i wanted to get a higher education? that makes no sense. [applause]
sen. sanders: what this campaign is about is asking people to go beyond the status quo. don't think small. ask yourself a simple question, what kind of world do we live in, what kind of craziness exists, when we are severely punishing millions of people for what crime? the crime of trying to get a good education. that is nuts, and we are going to change that. [applause] sen. sanders: and this campaign is listening to women. [applause] sen. sanders: and what the women are saying is why does it happen
that when we go to work and we are working along some guy doing the same job, why are we getting $.79 on the dollar compared to that guy? [applause] sen. sanders: and the answer in my view is that what we are looking at is nothing more than old-fashioned sexism, and together were going to change that. [applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to the african-american community. [applause] sen. sanders: they are asking, how does it happen in this
country, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, how does it happen that we have more people in jail than any other country on earth? china, four times are size, has fewer people in jail than we do. the people in jail are disproportionately african-american, latino, and native american. so together we are going to take on and fight institutional racism and a broken criminal justice system. [applause] sen. sanders: we spend $80 billion a year of taxpayer money
locking up fellow americans. there are a lot better ways to spend money than locking up fellow americans. [applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the latino community. [applause] sen. sanders: and they are telling me that they are tired of being exploited, tired of living in the shadows, tired of seeing a family member being deported and family separated, and what they want and what i want is comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship. [applause]
>> bernie, bernie, bernie -- sen. sanders: now, this campaign is different than other campaigns in a whole lot of ways. it is not just that we have the most progressive agenda, but there is something more profound than that. it is me telling you what no other candidate for president will tell you, and that is that no president, not bernie sanders or anybody else, can make the changes this country desperately needs alone. [applause] sen. sanders: can't do it alone. [applause]
sen. sanders: no president, no president, no matter how well-intentioned, how hard-working, here she may be, no matter how smart, no president can take on the power of wall street, corporate america, corporate media, and huge campaign contributors, alone, and that is why -- that is why i'm going to be asking for your vote on tuesday, but i need more than that from you. i need your help the day after the general election, because i can't do it alone. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie -- sen. sanders: what the political revolution is about is
revitalizing american democracy and making sure that every american understands that, yes, football is a spectator sport, democracy is not a spectator sport. [applause] sen. sanders: every person in this room is extremely powerful if you choose to use your power. what i will tell you, because i am in the united states senate and see how things get done, there are people up there who have incredible wealth and power, and what they want is for americans to not vote, not to be thinking about politics, not to get involved in the shaping of the future of america. what they want is a low voter turnouts, low public consciousness, so that the
lobbyist and big money interests can control the future of this country. and our job is to take them on and to say, that men and women fought and died for american democracy and we are going to revitalize american democracy, we are going to have a government which represents all of us, not just a handful of campaign contributors. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie -- sen. sanders: i want to take a brief moment to mention the differences of some key issues between secretary clinton and myself. number one, maybe most
importantly, when we began this campaign we had to make a very important decision, and that decision was do we have a super pac or not have a super pac. we concluded in about one second that given the fact we don't represent wall street, we don't represent the billionaire class, we will not have a super pac. [applause] sen. sanders: and here is what is absolutely extraordinarily -- extraordinary, and something i would not have believed i would be able to tell you 9-10 months ago. we have now and our campaign received over 4 million individual contributions. [applause]
sen. sanders: that is more contributions than any candidate in the history of this country up until this point. [applause] sen. sanders: and do you know what the average contribution is? >> $27. [applause] sen. sanders: with such a brilliant audience here there is no way we are going to lose minnesota. i can see that. [applause] sen. sanders: you are just too smart, i can see that. it is $27.
and to paraphrase abraham lincoln at gettysburg, this is a campaign of the people, by the people, and for the people, and i am proud of that. [applause] sen. sanders: now secretary clinton has chosen another path to raise money. she has several super pacs recently, one of them reported raising $25 million in a filing, $15 million from wall street. now every candidate, democrat or republican, throughout history has always said, yes, i received millions and millions of dollars from wall street, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, doesn't impact me. doesn't impact me. they just give me that money for
the fun of it. they just throw that money around. it does not impact me. and on top of that secretary clinton, as you may know, gave some speeches to goldman sachs for $225,000 a speech. now i think that if you get $225,000 for a speech, it must be a really excellent, wonderful, speech, and therefore you should be very proud to release the transcripts of that speech. [applause] sen. sanders: clearly must have been an unforgettable speech. share it with the people. second issue, everybody knows how important foreign-policy is to our country and the decisions
we make our decisions of life and death. back in 2002, the most important foreign-policy debate in that modern history of this country took place. the debate was over whether or not we listen to president bush and vice president cheney and secretary of defense donald rumsfeld and go into war in iraq. i listened to those speeches they gave and the remarks very thoroughly. i and other members of congress know that the decisions we make will impact in very real life and death ways young men and women in the united states. i listened very, very carefully and concluded they were lying and voted against the war and iraq. [applause]
sen. sanders: and it gives me -- as a senator from a state which suffered very heavy casualties in that war -- it gives me no pleasure to tell you that much of what i feared would happen if we invaded iraq in fact it happen. go to my website, berniesanders.com, and look at what i said back in 2002 and the political vacuum and instability it would create. secretary clinton heard the same evidence, listened to the same speeches. she voted for the war. that is a real difference. [booing]
sen. sanders: when we talk about why the middle class is disappearing and why for millions of americans real wages are going down, a lot of that has to do with our disastrous trade policies like nafta, permanent, normal trade relations with china. [applause] sen. sanders: now this is an issue the media does not talk about at all. you can hardly see any discussion of trade on television, for pretty obvious reasons in terms of who owns the corporate media. but these are issues of huge consequence, and what these trade issues are about is not complicated. you don't have to have a phd in economics to understand it. what it is about is corporate america writing trade agreements that say why do i have to pay workers in minnesota or vermont a good wage with good benefits, protect the environment, do with
unions, when i can shut down plants in the united states and move to low-wage countries, not worry about unions or the environment, and then bring my product back into the country. that is what that is. [booing] sen. sanders: and here is what has happened, since 2001 we have lost almost 60,000 factories in this country and millions of decent paying jobs. people who once worked in a factory made a middle-class wage, good benefits, and there now flipping hamburgers at mcdonald's. now i voted and helped to lead the opposition against all of these trade agreements. i am helping to lead the opposition against the tpp. [applause] sen. sanders: secretary clinton
supported nafta, supported permanent normal trade relations with china. now when we talk about what is going on in this country and why there is so much angst and frustration, it has everything to do with the fact that in minnesota, vermont, all over this country, we have millions of people who are working not one job. they are working two jobs. they are working three jobs. and despite an explosion of technology and worker productivity, their wages are going down. you have mom working. you have dad working. you have kids working. you have marriages that are being stressed because people don't have time to spend together, kids don't get the attention they deserve. we have people, our country, people in america working the longest hours in the world.
we work longer hours than the japanese. and at the end of all that, 58% of all new income goes to the top 1%. [booing] sen. sanders: and then -- that's income -- and in terms of wealth, you have the top 1/10 of 1% today owning almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. you have the 20's wealthiest people in this country owning more wealth than the bottom 150 million, half of america. this is a rigged economy. [applause] sen. sanders: you know, has they win, tails you lose.
-- heads they win, tails you lose. so together, are you ready for radical idea? together we are going to create an economy that works for working families not just the 1%. [applause] sen. sanders: when we talk about the economy, please understand that every month you see on the front pages of the paper statistics about unemployment, official unemployment nationally is 5%. anyone believe that? >> no. sen. sanders: you're right. if you look at people who have given up looking for work and people who work part-time, real unemployment is close to 10%. and here's something else we do not talk about at all, the media has nothing to say about it,
that is youth unemployment in this country, kids are graduated high school between 17-20, if those kids are white, 33% are unemployed or underemployed, latino 36%, african-american 51%. and if anyone here thinks there is not a direct correlation between that outrageously high rate of youth unemployment and the fact that we have more people in jail than in any other country, you would be missing an important point. here is radical idea number two, we are going to invest in our people, and jobs and education, not jails and incarceration. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie --
sen. sanders: and real unemployment is almost 10%, and when we have an infrastructure which is collapsing in many parts of this country -- i was in flint, michigan the other day. let me just tell you -- i don't even want to talk about it was so horrific. it was hard for me to believe that i was listening to people who were living in the united states of america in the year 2016. when you hear what they were talking about, the poisoning of children because of a terrible, terrible water system, schools totally inadequate, health care system terribly inadequate, massive poverty, you would think you were living in a fourth world country, you really would, but it is not just flint.
all over this country we have water systems in trouble, roads, bridges, rail systems, airports, levies and dams. we can create 13 million decent paying jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. [applause] sen. sanders: think about america -- think about an america that has the best rail system in the world. think about an america that has great public transportation, which has state-of-the-art water systems and wastewater plants, and which creates millions of jobs doing that. and, when we look at our educational system, we should be hiring teachers, not firing teachers. [applause]
sen. sanders: and it is important -- it is important to think out of the box, think outside the status quo. every psychologists who studies the issue understands that the most important years for intellectual and emotional development are 0-4. that is a fact. and yet, all over this country working parents are finding it very hard to get quality, affordable childcare. you have childcare workers who make wages lower than mcdonald's wages. while they do some of the most important work in our society. we can create hundreds of thousands of jobs, good jobs,
rebuilding our dysfunctional child care system. [applause] sen. sanders: now jane and i have been married 27 years -- [applause] sen. sanders: we have four great kids and seven beautiful grandchildren, and we believe in family values, but our family values are a little teeny bit different than republican family values. [laughter] [applause] sen. sanders: and i want everybody here to understand what republican family values are, what they mean.
and what they mean when they talk about family values is that no woman in this room, in the state, in this country, should have the right to control her own body. i disagree. [applause] sen. sanders: what they mean is that the federal government should defund planned parenthood. i believe we should expand funding for planned parenthood. [applause] sen. sanders: what they mean about family values is that our gay brothers and sisters should not have the right to be married. i disagree. [applause]
sen. sanders: and when i talk about family values, what i talk about is the international embarrassment of the united states being one of the few countries in the world, not just major, but even poor countries, that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave. [applause] sen. sanders: now you tell me whether in america in the year 2016 a working-class woman who has a baby today should be forced to separate herself from her baby and go back to work because she needs to bring income into her family. that is not a family value. what we need to do is pass legislation in congress right now which guarantees three
months of paid family and medical leave. sen. sanders: let me make a very simple, straightforward, promise you this evening, and that is with citizens united undermining american democracy, no justice to the supreme court that i will nominate will get that position unless he or she makes it crystal clear that they will vote to overturn citizens united. [applause]
sen. sanders: and when we talk about the economy today, everybody here understands that we live in a competitive, global economy. we need the best educated workforce in the world. it is incomprehensible to me -- and again, i ask you to think outside the box -- incomprehensible that hundreds of thousands of bright, young people, qualified young people who want to go to college are unable to do so because their families lack the money. that is pretty crazy stuff. that's why i believe that in the year 2016 when we talk about public education it is not good enough to talk about first grade through 12th grade, we have got to make public colleges and universities tuition free. [applause]
sen. sanders: is this a radical idea? i don't think so. germany does it. scandinavia does it. countries all over the world do it. they are investing in their young people, investing in the future. now i am criticized for saying that -- i think this is an important step forward, substantially reduce the burden of student debt. you want to make universities tuition free, lower student debt, it is an expensive proposition. how are you going to pay for it? we are going to pay for it by putting a tax on wall street speculation. [applause]
sen. sanders: you know, this is what a rigged economy is about, when wall street's recklessness and greed and illegal behavior brought this country into the worst economic downturn since the great depression, wall street went begging to congress and said, bail us out, bail us out. well, if congress could bill out the crooks on wall street, then you know what? it is time for wall street now to help the middle class of this country. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie -- [applause] sen. sanders: let me say a word about wall street, because i think very few people recognize the incredible power that they have over our country. when i talk about a corrupt campaign finance system and a
rigged economy and a broken criminal justice system, it all comes together in one brief story. some of you may have read that about a month ago, goldman sachs agreed to a settlement with the u.s. government for $5 billion, $5 billion. why did they reach that agreement? they reach that agreement because they were selling fraudulent and worthless packages of subprime mortgage loans. point one. wall street firms put millions of millions of dollars into the political process and the
candidates are beholden to them. number three, the revolving door. you know what a revolving door is? people go from wall street to government back to wall street. the last 25 years, goldman sachs itself has had two secretaries of the treasury as well as many other high-ranking government officials, work in government, then back to wall street. number four, may be the most painful of all to the american people. some kids in minnesota or vermont gets picked up for possessing marijuana. that kid gets a criminal record which stays with him for his entire life, but if you are an executive on wall street whose fraudulent behavior destroyed the lives of millions of people, you know what happens to you? wrong.
you get a salary increase. and then if you are the head of goldman sachs you come to congress as a billionaire and you say to congress, cut social security, medicare and medicaid, and give huge tax breaks to the wealthy. >> no. sen. sanders: together we are going to bring justice back to a broken criminal justice system. [applause] sen. sanders: and that means -- you know, justice under the law is a profound statement, something deeply embedded in who we are as americans. what it means is if you are poor and break the law, you pay the price. if you are rich and break the law, you are going to pay the price. that does not happen in america today. together we are going to bring justice back to the criminal justice system. [applause]
sen. sanders: i am a member of the senate committee on the environment and senate committee on energy. i talked to scientists all over the world. the debate is over, climate change is real. [applause] sen. sanders: it is caused by human activity and is already doing devastating harm in america and all over this world. we have a moral responsibility to future generations to stand up to the fossil fuel industry, to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. [applause]
sen. sanders: now i have been criticized for saying that the united states should join every other major country on earth, the u.k., france, germany, holland, scandinavia, canada, in guaranteeing health care to all people as a right. [applause] sen. sanders: as tina pointed out, the affordable care act has done a lot of good things, but we have got to go further. today in america, 29 million people zero health insurance. many of you are underinsured with high deductibles and copayments. and we paid by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.
in fact, we are getting ripped off right and left. one out of five americans cannot afford to fill the prescriptions their doctors right, which is pretty crazy. meanwhile, on top of all that, we end up with laying far more per capita for health care than any other country on earth, which leads me to the conclusion that the way forward is a medicare for all, single-payer program. [applause] sen. sanders: now, people can disagree with me all they want, but it is my view that health care is a right of all people, not a privilege. [applause]
sen. sanders: now we can do great things in america when we do not allow people like donald trump and some of his friends to divide us up, to divide us up and make attacks against latinos, vision attacks, or against muslims, african-americans, or whatever. when we stand together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. i look forward very much -- it would make me so happy -- to have the opportunity to run against donald trump. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie --
sen. sanders: the reason i would love to run against donald trump -- first of all, a lot of the national polls show us beating him badly, and that is a good start -- the reason i would like to run against donald trump is that we will defeat him, because the american people do not agree with him that we should give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to billionaire families like his. the american people do not believe it or agree with donald trump when he thinks we should not raise a $7.25 minimum wage. the american people do not agree with donald trump when he says and a republican debate, if you can believe it, that wages in america are too high. i guess if you are a billionaire
may be you think wages in america are too high, i don't know, but my perception is that is not the case. also, we know that donald trump is the greatest of the greatest of everything, right? [laughter] sen. sanders: and among his many attributes is that he is a great, great scientist. [laughter] sen. sanders: he has concluded that climate change is a hoax and that it is a hoax created by the chinese. [laughter] sen. sanders: now i was shocked to hear that. i thought that from donald trump perspective that it would have been a hoax created by mexicans or the muslims, but the chinese kind of took me back a bit. [laughter] sen. sanders: all right, we will together defeat donald trump -- [applause]
sen. sanders: we will defeat him because the american people do not want a president who insults mexicans, muslims, women, african-americans, veterans, and basically anyone who does not look and sound like donald trump. [applause] sen. sanders: we will win because bringing people together trumps divisiveness. we will defeat trump because community trumps selfishness. [applause]
sen. sanders: and most significantly, the deepest point i can make, we will defeat donald trump because love trumps hatred. [applause] >> bernie, bernie, bernie -- sen. sanders: now what the political revolution is about is bringing millions of people, many of whom have given up on the political process, working people who say that i am not eating involved, i do not trust anybody, and young people who have never been involved in the political process. it is bringing people together by the millions to stand up and say something very simple, and that is the government of this
country belongs to all of us not just a few. now what politics is about is not just wearing a pin or coming to a rally. it is more than that. it is getting deeply involved in the political process. minnesota can play a profound and important role in moving this country forward towards a political revolution on tuesday, just a few days from now. [applause] sen. sanders: in minnesota, in minnesota, we will win if the voter turnout is high. i have no doubt about that. we will not win if the voter turnout is low. your job, and i ask you to do this, is to work as hard as you
ladies and gentlemen the last several weeks, the people of south carolina have had an opportunity to hear and compare. tonight the democratic voters of south carolina have rendered a significant verdict. [cheers] [chanting hillary] she will be here in a moment. i want to thank each and every one of you. all of the work that you have done to make this evening possible. we, tonight, has started hillary
clinton on her way to the white house. [cheers] people of south carolina, have said that if you work hard, if you build a resume, if you remain true to your own principles, if you remain loyal to the administration that got this economy out of the depths-- [cheers] and if you lay out a plan as to how you will build upon that record and take us to where we ought to be, you will be
in america when we stand together -- [cheers] when we stand together there is no barrier to big to break -- too big to break. we have now gone through four early state. i was a congratulate on senator sanders on running a great race. -- i want to congratulate senator sanders on running a great race. tomorrow this campaign goes national. [cheers] we are going to compete for every vote in every state. we are not taking anything, and we are not taking anyone for granted. [cheers] i want to thank all of the local leaders, legislators, mayors,
pastors, organizers, volunteers who have worked their hearts out for this campaign. i thank all of our great south carolina friends going back so many years. i especially want to thank two of your former governors, to dick riley and jim hodges. i especially want to thank your champion, your statesmen in congress, jim clyburn. [applause] [cheers] i am so looking forward to working with the congressman to make the changes and continue the progress that we can build on the record on the accomplishments of president
obama. [cheers] and to the almost 850,000 people who have contributed what they could come most giving less than $100, i thank each and every one of you. every day since iowa, more and more of you have stepped up. today grassroots donors are powering this campaign. [cheers] to the millions of people watching across the country, please join us by making a donation to hillary clinton.com. [cheers] and here is why, because
together we can break down all of the barriers holding our family and country back. we can build ladders of and -- opportunity and empowerment so every single american can have that chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. and then, and only then can america live up to its full potential too. [cheers] this campaign and this victory tonight is for the parents and teachers and rural south carolina -- in rural south carolina. they showed me crumbling classrooms and communities to longer neglected -- too long neglected. we are going to work together to give our children the education they need and deserve. south carolina and across america. [cheers]
this campaign and our victory is for the entrepreneur who told me more dreams die in the parking lots of banks than anywhere else, and that is especially true for women and people of color. we are going to work together to give people, particularly young people the tools you need -- [cheers] to start that small business you have been dreaming up -- of. in this campaign and our victory is for the reverend, a presiding elder of the ame church who looked at all of the violence and division in our country and asked me the other night, "how, how are we ever going to
strengthen the bonds of family and community again? we are going to start by working together with more love and kindness and our hearts, and more respect for each other, even when we disagree. [cheers] despite what you hear, we don't need to make america great again, america has never stopped being great. [cheers] but, but we do need to make america whole again. instead of building walls, we need to tear down barriers. [cheers] we need to show by everything we do that we really are in this together. today, too many people at the top, too many corporations have forgotten this basic truth about what makes america great. prescription drug companies that increase the price of drugs for no reason then greed -- than
-- than greed. and then double and triple bills overnight. corporations shift their headquarters overseas for no other reason than to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. companies like johnson controls an auto parts company in wisconsin that we taxpayers help to save in 2008. let there be no doubt, in any boardroom or executive suite across this country if you cheat your employees, exploit your customers, pollute our environment, or rip off the taxpayers, we will hold you accountable. [cheers] if you turn your back on america you will pay a price. but if you do the right thing,
you invest in your workers, and in your country's future then we will stand with you. together we have to break down all of the barriers. not just some. it is important that wall street never threaten mainstreet again. no bank can be too big to fail, and no executive too powerful to jail. but america is not a single issue country, my friend. we need more than a plan for the biggest banks. the middle class needs a raise. [cheers] and we need more good jobs. [cheers] jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced. jobs that provide dignity and a path to a brighter future. we can create those good jobs by building up the progress we have
made under president obama. let's make new investments in manufacturing and small business. in scientific research, and clean energy. and clean energy to power every home in america. [cheers] don't let anyone tell you we cannot make things in america, i know we can, and i know we will. let's break down the barriers that keep people on the sidelines of the economy, especially women. [cheers] don't you think we have waited long enough for quality affordable childcare and paid family leave? do you think it is time for equal pay for equal work?
let's bring down the barriers -- that stop children from getting the best start in life. when he to support great teachers and great schools in every zip code. let's break down the barriers, holding back our young people, especially the student debt that makes it hard to imagine ever living the life you want. [cheers] and we are going to give special support to historically black colleges and universities which play a vital role across the country. breaking down all of the barriers means we also have to face the reality of systemic racism that more than half a century after rosa parks sat and
dr. king marched, and john lewis bled, still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in america, and he was left behind. we have to invest a communities of color, reform our criminal justice and immigration system. we have to guarantee opportunity, dignity, and justice for every american. and tonight, i want to pay tribute to five extraordinary women who crisscrossed the state with me and for me. five mothers brought together by tragedy. sabrina fulton, mother of trayvon martin. shot and killed in florida just for walking on the street. lucy, mother of jordan davis, shot and killed by somebody who thought he was playing his music too loud in his car. maria hamilton, mother of daughtry, shot and killed by police in milwaukee. glenn carr, mother of eric
gardner, choked to death after being stopped for selling loose cigarettes on the street. and geneva, the, mother of sandra bland, who died in police custody in texas. they all lost children. which is almost unimaginable. yet they have not been broken or embittered. instead they have channeled their sorrow into a strategy and their mourning into a movement m by now we all know the story of flint, michigan. how the children were poisoned by toxic water because their governor wanted to save some money. there is another side to the
story in flint, it is the story of a community that has been knocked down, but refused to be knocked out. [applause] it is hundreds of union plumbers coming from across the country to help install new water fixtures. it is students, raising funds for water deliveries and showing up in flint to distribute supplies. it is the united auto and general motors donating millions of dollars. we know there are many other flints out there. communities that have been left out and behind. for every problem we face anywhere in america, someone somewhere is working to solve it. our country was built by people who had each other's backs. who understood we all have to do our part. at our best, we all rise together. imagine what we can all do -- build together when each and every american has the chance to live up to his or her potential.
imagine a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation. imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job, and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement. imagine a tomorrow where hard work is honored, families are supported, and communities are strong. when we trust and respect each other, despite all that divides us, please join us in this campaign for our country's future. go to hillary clinton.com or text join. j-o-i-n right now. one of my first trips to south
carolina during this campaign, i stopped by a bakery here in columbia. i was saying hello to everyone. i said hello to a man reading a book in the corner. turned out he was a minister. the book was the bible. he was studying corinthians 13, which happens to be one of my favorite passages. love never fails, it tells us, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [cheers] these are words to live by, not only for ourselves, but also our country. i know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for president these days and in this time to say we need more love and kindness in america. but i am telling you from the bottom of my heart, we do. we do. we have so much to look forward to. there is no doubt in my mind
>> huron c-span, washington journal is next. that will be followed by newsmakers at 10:00 with the irs commissioner. jamester, fbi director comey and cia director john brennan testify at a house intelligence hearing on global security threats. coming up on today's washington journal, a look at donald trump's business record overseas with a bloomberg news contributor tim higgins. then, foreign policy reporter molly o tool talks about president obama's plan to close guantanamo bay which would result in nearly 60 detainees facilityed to maximum
-- maximum-security facilities in the u.s. and later, infectious disease expert discusses how the u.s. and other countries are responding to the zika virus. secretary clinton: we've gone through four early states and i want to congratulate senator anders on running a great race , and tomorrow this campaign goes national. host: good morning. in a state that she lost eight years ago to barack obama, hillary clinton declaring a win in south carolina last night in columbia, south carolina, a victory that her campaign said was a turning point in a primary contest against senator bernie sanders with 100% of the vo