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microphone any moment. sunlen, set the scene for us. >> cruz, as you said, will take the stage within a few minutes. we are told that he will, himself, introduce carly fiorina, so really formally presenting him today as his vice presidential choice to this crowd of supporters gathered here. it's very clear that the cruz campaign is searching for any sort of reset button and they are really hoping that this is it, potentially trying to fuel some energy and attention back to their campaign. there has been a well-coordinated strategy on the part of the cruz campaign to generate buzz around this announcement, including from the senator himself. he started about seven hours ago, basically making an announcement this morning that he had an announcement this evening and that really set off speculation going forward. really sucking a lot of the energy away from donald trump, which is exactly what the cruz campaign wants out of today. jake? >> sunlen serfaty. we will come back to you as soon
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as we see senator cruz about to speak. today, donald trump, very much acting like the presumptive nominee, a title he bestowed upon himself last night, laying out views on foreign policy on what he billed as a major address. sarah murray is live for us in indianapolis as well and that is where trump will rally supporters in a couple of hours. i believe he will be joined by legendary indiana university coach bobby knight. trump delivered a take-down of obama's foreign policy today. what would he do differently as president? >> well, jake, that's right. donald trump launched into a harsh take-down of president obama's foreign policy and said that the same as what we are going to see from hillary clinton and that it is a failed incoherent policy. but donald trump didn't exactly say he would take a rigid approach to his views. yesterday, he called for flexibility when it comes to approaching foreign policy. today he said you sent houldn't too predictable about these things. today, donald trump unleashing
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criticism of the hillary clinton foreign policy and previewing fault lines that could shape the general election. >> i challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of obama/clinton. it has been a complete and total disaster. >> reporter: had in his formal speech today in washington, trump called for an america, first, approach to foreign policy. >> my foreign policy will always put the interests of the american people and american security above all else. . it has to be first. >> reporter: trump pledging intervention won't be his first instinct and he will seek to improve relationships with countries like russia. >> we desire to live peacefully and in friendship with russia and china. >> reporter: rather than go into specifics. >> we must, as a nation, be more unpredictable. we are totally predictable.
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♪ >> reporter: after his five-state sweep on tuesday, trump is feeling more secure than ever in his front-runner status. >> i consider myself the presumptive nominee. >> reporter: to clench the nomination he needs 49% of the remaining delegates to hit that magic 1,237. today he has won about 50.2% of the delegates. if he keeps up his current pace, the nomination should be within his grasp. for trump, it's a sign the strategy that got him this far is working. >> we have a football team and you're winning and then you get to the super bowl. you don't change your quarterback, right? so i'm not changing. ♪ eye of the tiger >> reporter: that general election fight could be brutal is, as trump tries out an even sharper tone against clinton, questioning whether she has any credentials beyond her gender. >> frankly, if hilla clinton were a man, i don't think she would get 5% of the vote. the only thing she's got going is the woman's card. >> reporter: but for now, trump still has to wrap up the primary and there is little sign his rivals are ready to step aside.
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>> donald trump and hillary clinton are flip side of the same doin'. washington and new york wants this general election to be between two rich liberal new yorkers who agree on virtually every issue. >> reporter: now we saw donald trump in a more reserved setting in washington earlier today delivering that speech using teleprompters. but tonight in indianapolis i think we will see more classic trump. an arena rally and thousands of people are expected and one of the things we will be looking for is donald trump's reaction to a ted cruz/carly fiorina ticket. joining me is lieutenant general michael flynn who led the defense intelligence agency under president obama. now he advises donald trump on foreign policy. that is an offer he has made to other candidates. sive thank you for joining me. appreciate it. here is how trump encapsuled his foreign policy approach. >> america will be the over and
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major theme of my administration. we are getting out of the nation building business and, instead, focusing on creating stability in the world. our moments of greatest strength came when politics ended at the water's edge. >> so how is that different from isolation the idea of america first? because, obviously, that was a term first made popular year ago by charles lindbergh trying to keep the united states out of world war ii. >> sure. i don't think that donald trump looks at the world and america as we are are going to isolate ourselves here. his layout of his foreign policy speech today was how america will lead in the 21st century globally and how we have to relate with many other nations around the world. russia, china, he talked about. he has talked about a number of times about, you know, the various trade agreements that we have. he has talked about how he needs to you know, how we need to sort
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of re-look our entire military structure and what we are doing with our military. our military is at its weakest point in many, many decades, as he laid out today. i would also say he specifically talked to things like radical islam and also a couple of the models that exist, the nato alliance as a model. he mentioned the asia alliances as another model we have to re-look these models that were built in the 20th century and focus on what these models need to look like in the 21st century. these are important aspects of an individual who definitely sees america's leadership role and if we put america first economically, which i think is super important, then the rest of the world can benefit from that. >> what does he mean when he say we must as a nation be more unpredictable? what does that mean? >> yeah. i think it really gets to all of the times when we have said we are going to do something and we didn't do it. >> you mean the -- >> the red line in syria. why do we tell -- why do we say we are sending 50 more troops or 250 troops?
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why do we play cards and show our cards when it's totally unnecessary? that is really from a military perspective but there are also economic card and there is diplomatic cards that we play and i've been very adamantly opposed personally against the nuclear deal with iran. >> right. >> i think we played cards so publicly and it gave away all of what we needed to be able to do for our country and we did not benefit from that. we did not come out of that on a winning side, my opinion. >> some people say that it's ironic jump would criticize the foreign policy of the united states for years as being incoherent because some people find trouble finding coherence with his foreign policy. i have to say, i don't fully understand the contradiction he seems to propose going after isis than they are pursued now and also not getting involved in another war in the middle east. that seems to be completely contradictory. >> i think the coherence of what he stated and what has been
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different for probably the last -- at least the last 50 years, is in one word and that is winning. we can no longer afford to venture in all of these overseas things that we do that we have done, jake, since post-world war ii and including world war ii to back on the track of winning. ca >> if you send troops -- >> we have forgotten how to win overseas in wars and in many of these other things that we do. >> it's lime the powell doctrine -- >> i don't think it's like that at all. in fact, i don't -- i don't think it's like the powell dock rin. >> but when you send troops, when? >> when you do anything when. >> all right, jen, thank you so much. >> appreciate it. >> we are moments away from ted cruz announcing his pick for a running mate. sources tell cnn he will announce that carly fiorina is his running mate and we are going to that live as soon as cruz comes out. back after this quick break.
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welcome back to "the lead." we are expecting to see senator ted cruz any moment to come out and speak to a crowd in indianapolis, indiana, the site of the next primary. sources tell cnn he will
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announce carly fiorina will be his running mate. sunlen serfaty is at that cruz event. this is the second surprise move cruz has made this week? >> reporter: that's right. this is the second hail mary pass from the cruz campaign after making that alliance with john kasich. now this surprise announcement that he is coming out early and really pushing ahead and making his vice presidential pick. i do think that this certainly speaks to the moment that the cruz campaign knows that they are in, the feeling within the cruz campaign, as where they are in this election. certainly their standing when you look at how they are doing against donald trump. you know, moving to make this announcement so early in, a sense of a traditional time line and the fact that they are well behind in delegates. donald trump and really have no at all no credible path to the nomination before a contested convention. moving to make this early announcement really speaks to the moment that they do feel
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that they are -- they need some injection of excitement and momentum. they are moving forward to make that. senator cruz has staked a lot on next tuesday here in indiana. the fact that he is making this announcement here in indianapolis, choosing his vice presidential pick, really is trying to have the short-term strategy, i would say, of getting a big boost of momentum before the indiana primary on tuesday. the cruz campaign has been very open before their strategy. they think this state is the state they can stop donald trump. of course, it is big question is what if that does not happen? senator cruz, of course, trying to project that he is moving forward and really trying to move more with the messaging we are still in it. when he spoke last night on election night, i was really struck it seemed so much of his message seemed to be directed at his supporters, saying you will hear people start to day donald trump is the nominee. do not believe them.
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him basically saying we are now still in it, still in it to win it. a big part of senator cruz being on stage in just a few minutes with his running mate carly fiorina is really intended to send that message. jake? >> that's right. last night, we can't forget of course, donald trump went 5 for 5 and swept and the cruz campaign bracketed that. here is the second bracket. his announcement of a running mate. let's listen to senator ted cruz in indianapolis, indiana. ♪ ♪ here's what i tell everyone ♪ >> god bless the great state of
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indiana! elections are about choices. the republican party faces a choice today. indiana and america, i believe, want to unite behind a positive optimistic forward looking conservative campaign based on real policy solutions to the problems facing this country. and the american people deserve a real choice in november. a choice that is not an echo. a meaningful distinction. if we come to november and the
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american people are given a choice between two big government liberals, two washington insiders in mesh in the corruption of washington, then we, as a republican party, will have failed the american people. and i will tell you when you run for president, one of the most solemn choices you make is the choice of selecting a vice presidential candidate. this is a choice that you are telling the american people, this is an individual who i trust and, even more importantly, this is an individual you can trust to lead
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this country no matter what might happen. any responsible candidate for president would have spent much time assessing possible candidates, thinking through the pros and cons, studying who these people are, praying about it, and examining the potential candidates. and, you know, the characteristics that you look for in a vice president are, indeed, the very same characteristics you look for in a president. first of all, knowledge. do they know enough to do the job? do they know where jobs come from? do they understand why jobs are
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leaving america? do they understand why manufacturing jobs are being driven overseas and do they understand why carrier has left indiana and gone to mexico? do theynd what is happening in the economy? and government. do they understand the constitution and bill of rights? are these words on a paper, or are these promises that protect our fundamental liberties? and security, do they understand the threads facing us in the world, the threats that potentially endanger your children and mine? that's the first criterion you look to as knowledge. does this person have the experience and knowledge to do the job? secondly, you look to judgment. do they have the judgment and
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wisdom to bear the mantle of a job whose responsibilities have grayed the hair of every person ever to hold that office? do they think through decisions in a ration impulsive way? do they pop off the handle at whatever strikes them in any given moment? or do they think through careful, measured? do they assemble a team around them who are smarter than they are? you know, there is an old adage in management that a's hire a's and b's hire c's. if you see a leader who deliberately surrounds themselves with people who are not capable, who are not
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informed, who are not skilled, and who would never, ever stands up to that leader, it tells you that leader is not a leader, but, rather, someone not at all secure in who they are. and the third thing you look to is character. are they honest? do they have core principles that come from their gut? are not a momentary announced today to be abandoned tomorrow, but do they know who they are when they look in the mirror? is it based on whatever the media tells them that given day, whatever the fad is that given moment? whatever is trending on twitter? or do they have a foundation?
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an integral to character, how do they treat others? how do they treat others, especially those that they don't have to be nice to. everyone knows how to kiss-up. everyone can be nice to their boss. that is not a complicated skill. but how do they treat the clerk at the convenience store? how do they treat the average man and woman? how do they treat the american citizen? how do they treat the vulnerable? that reveals everything you need to know about character. after a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, i have come to the conclusion that if i
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am nominated to be president of the united states, that i will run on a ticket with my vice presidential nominee carly fiorina.
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born -- >> carly! carly! carly! >> born in texas, the very first thing i liked about her. cara carlton fiorina, and known throughout the country simply by the name of carly. she is an extraordinary leader. she started working as a secretary at a small firm and she climbed the corporate ladder to become the ceo of the largest technology company in the world,
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and the first female ceo in history of a fortune 20 company. a graduate of stanford and m.i.t., carly is brilliant and capable and, yet, she experienced the hard scrabble world of being a woman professional in a business world that extracts a price. i say that as a son of a pioneering computer programmer, my mother who started in the computer industry in the 1950s, i say that as the husband of my wife, heidi cruz, who spent two decades in the business world. over and over again, carly has shattered glass ceilings.
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but in addition to be a woman of extraordinary intelligence, she is also a woman of deep principle. she has served as the chairman of the american conservative union foundation, championing conservative principles on a national level. she has studied the threats facing our national security, serving as chairman of the cia's external advisory board and if you look to the criteria i laid out, let's start, number one, with knowledge. she knows from having spent a lifetime how to produce jobs, how to expand jobs, how to raise wages. she knows firsthand this the key
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to economic growth is not government and more and more government. it is, rather, less and less government! my opponent in this race donald trump, like hillary clinton and bernie sanders, looks to government as the answer to every problem. carly knows firsthand from decade in the business world, running one of the 20 largest corporations in america, where jobs come from. and she respects the constitution and bill of rights. they are not -- you know, if a
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candidate views the bill 6 rights as an occasional inconvenience, something to be talked about one day and ignored the next, if a candidate views religious liberty as something to be cast aside when it's inconvenience. if a candidate views the second amendment right to keep and bear arms is merely a suggest iion, they don't have the grounding to be president. carly respects the constitution and the bill of rights and she understands the threats facing america. she understands this is a dangerous world and in naming her as my vice presidential nominee, i am also telling you that she is someone you can be confident in, if the occasion should arise to be commander in
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chief and keep this country safe. we need a president who isn't neutral between israeli and the palestinians. we need a president who will not keep in place this iran nuclear deal, but who will rip it to shreds. and the second criterion judgment. you know, it was seven weeks ago today that carly endorsed our
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campai campaign. when carly initially endorsed, before that announcement, she and i sat down and talked at great length and one of the things that struck me in that conversation, she had, i have a condition for endorsing you. i kind of sat back and said, all right, what is that? and she had, i don't do anything halfway. if i endorse, i want to be all in. i want to be campaigning. i want to be working. i want to be doing everything i can to make the case to the american people. that's the kind of condition you like to hear. her condition was my endorsement is not just an empty rubber stamp, a one little momentary fluff in the wind. it is, rather, a full commitment because carly looked at me and said, "our country is in crisis and we have got to do this together."
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and since that time, i have seen her day in and day out, on the campaign bus going from stop-to-st stop-to-stop-to-stop, she is careful and she is measured and serious and she doesn't get overly excited or rattled by everything that is getting thrown at her. and, you know, we all saw that when in one of the earliest debates, carly confronted donald trump, a man who in his characteristic understatement said of her, look at that face. and every one of us remembers the grace, the class, the ilan
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with which carly responded. responded to donald and she knew exactly what he was saying and then every woman in america knew exactly what donald trump was saying. you know, one of the great principles of bullies, they feed off of fear. they feed off of people who coward in the corner, when they yell and scream and insult and holler and curse. and they don't know what to do when a strong, powerful woman stand up and says, i am not afraid. the third characteristic that is, oh, so important for a president is character. at the end of the day, it's all
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about character. if the president is a no-good scoundr scoundrel, if the spres a narcissist. if a president is abusive and angry, they will not and cannot be a good president. and for anyone who doubts that, we need only look at the past seven years to see what happens. and a good president must have known struggle. must be able to understand those who are struggling. if you've always lived a life of privilege, if you've always been
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told you are the chosen one, that has real impacts on the job you can do as president. when carly started as a secretary in a small firm in an environment in the business world that was not always welcoming to women, she knew and knows what it's like to struggle in the workplace each and every day. but she's also faced personal struggle, including being diagnosed with breast cancer, battling cancer and surviving cancer. as the son who was by my mother's side when she battled breast cancer, i know firsthand how devastating that disease can be and i know what a testament it is to her strength and grit
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and fortitude that she came roaring back, ready to conquer the world. and carly has known tragedy, including the loss of her step-daughter to a drug overdose. there is no pain on the face of the planet ko men suart rat with the pain of losing a child and carly has struggled through that and going through those personal struggles. everyone here has faced personal struggles but it is when you are facing the void, when you are facing the abyss, you find your character, you find who you are, you find your faith, you ginfin your grounding.
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maybe that's why carly isn't intimidated by bullies. because she's faced challenges a lot worse than someone belllowing and yelling and insulting her face. and let me tell you at a personal level, heidi and i have become friends with carly. we have spent time with her on the campaign trail. we have laughed. we have watched basketball games together. we have marveled at this crazy, wild journey, and i'll tell you, our girls, caroline and katherine, have come to adore carly. on the bus, on the campaign trail, carly makes up songs and
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sings them to caroline and catherine. and our girls, mind you, they are 8 and 5, both regularly text carly. and let me tell you, carly may become the first vice president in history to have a very impressive fluentsy to smiley faces and emjois. when you're texting with a 5-year-old girl or an 8-year-old girl, those are highly valuable. now listen. some might ask why now? it's tradition that a vice presidential nominee is announced at the convention. it is unusual to make the announcement as early as we are doing so now. well, i think all would acknowledge this race, if
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anything, it is unusual. where we are now, the mainstream media, the new york media executives and the washington lobbyists are all trying to tell the american people the race is over. but let me tell you where we are right now, where we are right now, nobody is getting to 1,237 delegates. i'm not getting to 1,237 delegates and donald j. trump is not getting to 1,237 delegates. and the hoosier state is going to have a powerful voice in making that clear.
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so why make this announcement now? well, for one thing, if we are to win, number one, win the nomination, but, number two, even more importantly, win the general election, we must unite. and carly is a vice presidential nominee who i believe is superbly skilled and superbly gifted and helping to unite this party and bring us together so we stand united as one. secondly, i make this announcement today so that you, the voters, the voters in indiana, the voters in nebraska,
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the voters in south dakota and washington state, california, and across the country, so that you will know what you will get. the voters deserve to know. you deserve to have a candidate who doesn't change as the wind blows in any given moment. you deserve to know exactly where a candidate stands. the final reason for making the decision now is to give the american people a clear choice. elections are about choice and millions of americans are struggling with an economy that isn't working, with the
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obama/clinton economy that is stagnant, are seeing the bill of rights under assault, religious liberty, the second amendment, violated by the federal government. a supreme court hanging in the balance. a president who abandonses our friends and allies, whether it is great britain, or whether it is israeli. and a president who is unwilling to stand up and confront radical islamic terrorism and defeat isis. some in the media will say wouldn't it be easier just and surrender? donald trump has won some of the races. so we should step back and let him win them all? if we nominate a candidate who is a big government new york
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liberal, who is a washington insider, who agrees with hillary clinton and barack obama on issue after issue after issue, and whose lobbyist campaign manager has told us he is only playing a part, this is only a role, he is lying to us. then we, as the republican party, will have failed profoundly for this country because the men and women of indiana know, if we give people a clear choice between freedom and tyranny, between prosperity and poverty, between vulnerable, they will choose the constitution and jobs and freedom and security over and over again.
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the difference between carly and me on the one side, and donald trump and hillary clinton on the other side, could not be starker. if you want someone that will stand and fight for the working men and women of this country, fight for the men and women with calluses on your hand and fight for the young people and fight for those who are struggling and want to achieve the american dream, then do not go with the washington insiders who have sold us down the river.
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this ticket is about the future. it is about our children. it is about our grandchildren. the stakes of this election, we are not simply wagering on a sporting contest. we are involved in a fight that every one of us is privileged to be here, to be fighting to save the greatest country in the history of the world, to make sure that the next generation has every bit as much freedom and opportunity, as each of us was blessed to have. and with that, i am pleased to introduce to you, an extraordinary leader. my friend and the next vice president of the united states, carly fiorina!
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♪ ♪ if you ask me where i come from ♪ ♪ here's what i tell everyone i was born in an extraordinary place ♪ ♪ for the stars and stripes >> hello, indiana! >> carly, carly! carly! carly! carly! carly! >> thank you.
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today, i am very proud and very humbled and honored to announce that i have accepted senator ted cruz's offer to be his vice president for the republican nomination. you know, ted cruz could not be more right in what he said. there is a lot at stake and, in fact, this is a fight, this is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation. now there are some who would say a lot of people in the media would say, why have the fight? just lay down and let's let it be over here. you know what? i've had tough fights all my life. tough fights don't worry me a bit. what matters is, is the fight worth having and this is a fight worth having and this is a fight worth winning and with your help, we will win this fight!
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this fight is about far more than a ticket. this fight is about far more than ted cruz and carly fiorina. this is a fight for all of us. for our party, for our future, for our children's future. you know, last night, it was pretty clear. everybody in the media, the establishment, the elite all said, well, it's over. i mean, it's over. donald trump won. but it isn't over because you and people all across the great hoosier state, people all across this nation know that donald trump and hillary clinton both will be disastrous for this nation! you see, what we have, you know, donald trump and hillary clinton, they are two side of the same coin.
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they are both liberal. we know that. but, you know, hillary clinton, like so many politicians, hillary clinton has made her millions selling excess and influence from inside the system, and donald trump has made his billions buying people like hillary clinton. they are not going to challenge the system that has sold us all down the river. they are not going to challenge the elite's. they are not going to challenge the crony capitalist and not challenge the washington insiders. they are not going to challenge the lobbyists. my gosh, their campaign is filled with them. no. they are not going to challenge the system. they are the system.
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>> carly! carly! carly! >> you know, ted mentioned that it's been seven weeks since i endorsed him. i voted for him before i ever had a conversation with him about endorsing him. and, of course, that's what you all have to do on tuesday, vote for him. but we -- good for you. now you can get a few more to vote. but we have been traveling around the country and i've come to know ted and heidi and caroline and catherine. ♪ i know two girls that i just adore i'm so happy i can see them more ♪ ♪ because we travel on the bus all day we get to play
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we get to play ♪ i won't bore you with any more of the song but the two girls have four versus. love you, girls! here's what i have come to know about this man who must be the next president of the united states. he's a fighter too. he's been in lots of fights. he has fought for our religious liberty. he has fought for our right to bear arms. he has fought over and over in front of the supreme court so many times that he's won all of those fights. you know, there are people who say, well, you know he has made some enemies. listen. as someone who has challenged the status quo all of my life, that's what i've done. that's how you get from secretary to ceo. you challenge the status quo. it's actually the only way you
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solve festering problems and, lord knows we have festering problems in washington, d.c. the only way you solve festering problems is you actually have to challenge the status quo. and i'll tell you something about challenging the system. and the status quo. you do more than ruffle feathers. you do more than rock the boat. you make enemies. so i am reassured and i am proud of some of the enemies that ted cruz has made. it means he's going to fight and this is our fight, but let me tell you something else about this man. those two girls that i adore, caroline and catherine, let me tell you how much they adore their dad. i have watch ted and heidi. they are partners. they are a couple that rely on one another, just as my husband frank of over 30 years and i rely on each other through good
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times and in bad. ted is a lot of fun. yes, let's face it. he is really brilliant. he is constitutional attorney, for heaven's fun but he is a lot of fun. he mentioned a basketball game. we were on the bus and with we were watching the final four. we were watching the very last game. villanova and north carolina. here we are in the final. if you remember that name, that game, you're a basketball state, right? right. you remember that game. so here we are. hoosiers. any way. it's 3.38 second to go in the game. and without knowing what the exciting finish would be, here is ted cruz putting money on the game. everybody has got the money falling on the table! he's a heck of a lot of fun, but more than that, he actually is what he says he is. he is who he says he is.
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you know, ted mentioned that that second debate and one of the things that i got asked in that debate was -- and i've been asked almost every day since. will you support donald trump if he is the nominee. i said then what i said the week he announced his candidacy. he doesn't represent me and he does not represent my party. but here is something else i said in that second debate. i said, you know, there's an old saying, tough times build character. that's not true. tough times reveal character. character is revealed over time and under pressure. character is revealed in the pattern of someone's life, not in what they choose to say behind a podium.
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and i can tell you that the character of ted cruz has been revealed over time and under pressure and in the pattern of his life. he is a principle fighter. he is a man of character and conviction and he understands the importance of the constitution to the future of this nation. i have to take a moment and explain why the constitution even matters. because, you know, some people would say, well, it's a dusty relic, it was written so long ago. let me tell you why it matters but to tell you why it matters, i need to go back and tell you a little bit about mice. when i was a little girl, just 8 years old, i was in sunday school one morning. my mother was my sunday school teacher that year. and she looked at me and the rest of hearse clar class and s
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you are is god's gift of you. what you make of yourself is your gift to god. i have traveled and lived and worked all over the world for decade. i have seen people in every possible corner of the globe and in every conceivable circumstance. and i can tell you that, indeed, each of us, all of us are gifted by god. each of us, each of us and all of us have the capacity and the desire to live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning. and we know and it has always been true that work done well brings us dignity, and family brings us purpose, and faith gives meaning to our lives.
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and that is true all over the world, and when people do not have the opportunity to work, they lose dignity and when families are frayed, purpose become uncertain. and when people are disconnected from their faith, then they lose meaning in their lives. and so if everyone is gifted by god, if everyone has the desire and the capacity to live a life of dignity and purpose and meaning, we must ask ourselves now, as americans, when we face so much in this fight, we must ask ourselves, why is it that more things have been more possible for more people from more places here than anywhere else on earth? because knowing the answer to that question is what will save the future of this nation. i am keenly aware -- i am keenly
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aware that it is only in this nation that a young woman can start out the way i did, typing, filing, answering the phones for a nine-person real estate firm. one day, go on and become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world, run for the president of the united states, and run now for the vice presidency of the united states. that is only possible in this great nation! and the reason it's possible, the reason it's possible here and only here is because our founders knew what my mother taught me. our founders knew that everyone is gifted by god, that all of us are equal in the eyes of god, that everyone has potential, usually far more than than we realize, and so they said, we are going to found a nation on a radical visionary idea that here in this nation, everyone has the
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right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. that was their way of saying everyone has the right to find and use their god-given gifts to fulfill their potential and they said -- and this was the radical part -- that that right comes from god and cannot be taken away by man or government! and so this became a nation where entrepreneurship and innovation flourished and more things became more possible for more people from more places. the constitution rightly enshrines our rights and liberties. but our founders knew something else. our founders knew that it has always been true all throughout history -- i used to study history -- our founders knew that all throughout history,
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this also is true -- power concentrated is power abused. and so the constitution is rightly understood not just as a document to enshrine our rights and liberties, but also a document to prevent, to restrain, the concentration and the abuse of power and we have flowed and gone way too far from the constitution! the reality is for the last decades under republicans and democrats alike, too much power and too much money are concentrated in the hands of too few. we must restore power, liberty where it belongs, in the citizens, in the hands of citizens of this nation, small business, communities and states. that is why having a constitutional conservative in the white house matters, because
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a president, in order to fix what ails us, must restore our constitutional balance of power. our entrenched political system, our system of crony capitalism, now it works if you're a big company, but it doesn't work if you're a small company. it works if you're wealthy or powerful or well-connected like donald trump or hillary clinton, just as a for example, but it doesn't work for the rest of us. ours was intended to be a citizen government. and now we must restore, and a president ted cruz will restore. power back where it belongs in the hands of citizens! and communities and the states of this great nation.