tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN August 24, 2015 12:00pm-2:01pm EDT
driving to utah from fort bragg to fort myers and that is representative of army strong. most importantly, she raised our two wonderful children. our daughter, mary margaret and her son, peter. i want to thank both of them for their love, support and sacrifice are so many years and i'm so proud of the both of them. it is our children who are the real reason we immune of one all third. some say it's education. i'm say it's money or for a variety of other reasons. no, it is for others. reserve for others and most importantly we serve for our children. a citizen of these united states, we were granted a gift, and the most precious gift of all, the gift of freedom. and that is a very, very, very
expensive gift. ford is paid paid for in the sacrifice and blood from those who came before us and it is our responsibility, there is on stability of the living to pass that gift along and pay it forward to the next generation, to the next group of children. today that gift is being paid for all over the world by soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines and soldiers of the united states army at this moment. great soldiers deployed and engaged in combat operations around the globe. they are simultaneously deterring adversaries and assuring allies, building increased partner capacity and responding to challenges, providing humanitarian support in disrupting terrorist
networks. wherever they are, americans oldsters displayed courage, commitment and character. they are demonstrating unparalleled confidence and agility and no matter how complex the environment or how dangerous the situation, our soldiers when. and a very short distance from here, just 100 yards or so there are so many blind and perpetual rest that if given the last full measure of devotion to ensure we remain free and enjoy life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. those soldiers, those sailors, those marines, those airmen are all forever soldiers of freedom and it is our job now to carry the torch into the future. we are in fact the best equipped, best trained, best led army in the world and we must stay that way if we want to
remain a free people. we will adapt, change and that is a given for army. we are an organization change to meet the challenges for 240 years and will change it again to meet the challenges of the future. there is no cheap way to change in one port late there is no cheap way to buy freedom. the only thing works and have been fighting and winning the war is fighting and losing the war and winning wars is what the united states army is all about. there are many who think moore's can be one only from great distances in space in the air and see. unfortunately, those views are very, very wrong. war is an act of politics where one side tries to impose its political will on the other and politics is all about people and
people live on the ground. we made wish it was otherwise, but it is not. wars are ultimately decided on the ground where people live and it is on the ground that the united states army, the united states marine corps and the united state special operation forces must never, ever fail. to succeed in the unforgiving environment of ground combat, we must have forces that have capacity and capability. both sides have to be a quiet and they better be trained and they will be well led. we must adapt to combat. as america with no luxury of a single opponent. we have to fight guerrillas and terrorists all the way up through nations gave militaries. if we do not maintain commitment to remain strong in the air, on
the sea and yes on the ground, we will pay the butcher's bill and blood and lose the precious gift. i will ensure we remain ready as the world premiere combat forest. readiness to fight and win in ground combat is and will remain the united states army's number one priority and there will be no other number one. we will always be ready to fight today and we will always prepare to fight tomorrow. thank you and may god loves those who made the ultimate sacrifice and giving their tomorrows for in today's. army strong. [applause]
>> and in june of 1990, almost exactly 25 years ago, cbs convinced us we should submit it to the fcc for consideration as the next-generation u.s. terrestrial rockettes anders. we weren't quite sure we wanted to do that because we were satellite and cable guys and didn't have all led to do with the terrestrial rockettes network business. we ended up doing that, so why the sudden in june of 1990 our cover was blown what we were doing. at first everyone said it was impossible what we were claiming. sure enough a year or so later all of our competitors were essentially following us and it became a real race.
no-space for me this morning. i want your questions. i won a 20 minute to be your questions. not some speech for me. lady and the cubs had. >> my question is how do you secure the border. >> question is how it is secure the border when i become president. for thanks renée today appeared in urban areas would need to build a wall or fence. it's a very heavily populated enough the best way to do it. second, we need to put at the i.e. agents, dea agents in with our border patrol to interdict drugs and guns coming across our border. we need to put them there. third we need to use electronic surveillance. we are using drugs all over the world with cameras and other surveillance to put our human resources, and the place is difficult to patrol on foot and forth and most if every employer in america has to use either a five. the reason these folks -- the
reason these folks come across the border is to work and if they know you cannot be employed in this country if you are not here legally, then they are not going to come because they are like coming for a job. the employers are part of the problem, too. they need to be fined double what their profit is from hiring cheap or illegal labor. if we do those were things that will secure the border and we can move forward and grow our economy and not worried about the problem. don't go for just one easy answer. this is a tough problem. we haven't solved it for 30 years. let's use all four tools to use it effectively and efficiently. i forced to live in jersey for seven years and for nearly six as the governor when i get to the white house i will enforce the law at the southern border. yes, ma'am. back there in the purple shirt.
she said alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in america. if elected bubble i do. this is the reason i put together an entitlement reform program to save $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. the national institute of health, the budget went up one 10th of 1%. the national science foundation went down 4%. we are not spending money to improve people's lives did we need to partner with the government through the nih to say we can find a treatment or cure for alzheimer's can extend people's lives and the quality of life better. that will only happen if we do two things. we need to protect pharmaceutical companies as well. this meant a lot of private money to come up with cures and treatments as well and then we let people steal intellectual property. i would protect our pharmaceutical companies and their hard work and increase the budget for the national institutes of health and the
national science foundation so we can get great dog or some scientists in the united states to have alzheimer's be the next place of effective treatment and cure. we need that for loved ones and to make our country and better more project to place. [cheers and applause] [inaudible] >> first off, new jersey has sent in our objection to the clean powerplant the president has put forward. the president regulates things in a way that makes no sense into those jobs in america and to og and advancement in america. what we need to do, i think each day should do what works best for them. i travel throughout iowa and see when power all over the state. it makes sense to be able to have when power be part of what we do to have a clear footprint in terms of energy.
and a lower cost of electricity as well. in new jersey, where the most densely populated state in america appeared in print 9 million people in that space. with the windmills in new jersey there would be a riot. we are not going to do that. here's the bet you'll win when you go to one of these. a 27-degree, set up on the bar and say name the top three states and solar energy production. the first two are california and arizona. you will win on number three because number three is the garden state of new jersey. solar power works in our state. 53% of electricity comes from nuclear. we use natural gas and we are the third largest solar producer in america. we've reached our 2020 clean air goals already without the intervention from the epa killing jobs and opportunities. we will take the same approach and empower all of you.
if it's best for iowans is good for the rest of the country as well. let new jersey do with data in the 40 other states do what they do as well. >> lady with a blue hat. [inaudible] >> and i'm president of the united states and i think anyone who knowingly came here illegally should become a citizen. i think american citizenship -- american citizenship is an enormous gift. and if you came here by breaking the law, i don't believe you should get citizenship. we have to figure out what we do and that is why this lady's question about what you'll do to secure the border is the first thing. americans do not want us adding to the number. by the same token, we don't want people rewarded for knowing illegal conduct.
thus make any sense to report folks. you are encouraging conduct even more. that's what i would do as president and woodwork to make sure the folks here are treated fairly. idea mac [shouting] >> questions on national security americorps word an enormous help during hurricanes and in all over america to help us recover during hurricane stan and we are grateful for it. here's what we would do. i want to expand national service even more as part of the way to do with student debt crisis in the country. students are graduating with six figures is indebted to go to college and they have a mortgage. they can't buy a home, can't get married or have children because they have to pay off debt. one option is to serve national service or a country to pay off student loans. they can make your community,
state, country a better place. it helps lower the debt. that is what i would do as president. yes, sir. superman. [inaudible] [shouting] >> the question is this fuel standards. i've been clear on the senate goes in coordination with this lady's question here. we need more options, not less. we need to make energy more affordable. i'll build more manufacturing jobs. and have more people employed in this country. on renewable fuel savers we should enforce the law on the books now. the law is fair. the obama administration refuses to enforce the law. the law should be enforced here. make up your mind.
don't say one thing and then say something different in new hampshire and south carolina. tell the people what your position is. i'm for more options and energy and that won't change. when i'm president will enforce the law on the books and all the laws on the books. [applause] the question is what is the plan to curb the influence of big money. we tried every different law a different way and here's the problem. lawyers write these laws and then we hire lawyers to figure out how to get around the laws they wrote and we find a way to do it every time. let anybody donate any amount of money to any candidate but they have to reveal that. [inaudible] so you know who's giving me money or any other candidate money. right now money is being given with no transparency at all. what you're really getting mad is how are we influence by the money.
do we change our policies? if you see somebody gives me a lot of money and 24 hours have reveal it in two weeks later i change the system i have before to be in line with the person who gave me money, you can make the conclusion you want to make. we will always have money of 330 million people in this country. we've got to communicate effectively to get a leg did. let's take all the curtains away from it make me responsible, too. right now the super pacs and other groups for what they say. you should hold us responsible and not the way i would fix that. [applause] [inaudible] >> no, they should not. listen, we have a system of laws in this country and those laws need to be followed. the fact is religious
organizations should be protected from having to do anything that violates religious beliefs as religious organizations. other businesses who want to do business should have to be able to do business under the laws of our country. when i take an oath of office come it is to enforce the law of the state of new jersey. not the laws i like or agree with, but all of the laws. if we don't want a country of men and women but a country of laws for everyone is treated equally, that's what we need to do. religious organizations should be protected and freely cracked is the way they see fit. businesses should not be allowed to discriminate. [applause] [shouting] [inaudible] i can only hear part of what you
united states to maintain our -- >> he asked about russia and china getting more influence in the world, what would i do to change it. listen, first is, this president has been the weakest president on foreign policy that we have had in my lifetime. he makes jimmy carter look strong. [applause] >> and the fact is here is what i do, first we need to make sure we need to do more military exercises in europe, missile defense in poland, they are in ukraine, no further. there will be a president that will not put up and in china they're building military islands, artificial islands to try to make sure they restrict shipping lanes. we don't want the chinese to control that. we need to rebuild our military.
this president has weakened our military in a way that left america left -- we need 185 active duty marines. we need to get the 350 ships in the navy and 300 aircraft in the air force. that's what i will do. rebuild our military, clear signal to russia and china that we don't want war but we are not going to allow them to shred on the united states of america. [applause] [screams] [screams] >> what are you going to do -- [inaudible conversations] >> he asked about the economy, the drop of stock market and
chinese currency, this is what we will say, we don't need to worry about china, we need to worry about what's happening in the united states of america, the taxes are high, they are for the rich, not for everyday working folks. we need to get rid of all the entitlements and exceptions and get two of them, home mortgage, reduction and lower rates to 28% on the high end, lower tax rates as well, get rid of deductions so we can start creating job begins. with trillion dollars offshore, i give them one-time chance to bring the money back in. [applause]
>> i live a home with a dog, this job -- he's a member of my own family, he's very vined to me, and jumps in my lap, he likes to play tag, i share food with him, he always wants to have some of my food, unlike many of americans i regard him as a member of my family, other animals, for pig torture and kill the animal -- >> this is a question about -- [screams] >> well -- let me be really clear about that.
when somebody like that happens, man, i feel right at home. it feels like i'm back in jersey for a couple of minutes. thank you iowa for doing that. second, let me really clear, i believe that farmers should be able to make the decisions about provide livestock, not government bureaucrats. i thank them for the opportunity. [applause] >> the iran deal is the worst thing that the president has done in the seven years as president. we cannot permit israel to be threatened by iranian nuclear weapons. we cannot permit the united states to be threatened by the nuclear weapons. come back and talk to me. when i am president the iranians
will know that there's a sheriff in the oval offense. they will not that too. [applause] >> wants to know about social security. lets remember something. in seven or eight years the social security will be broke, we can't allow that to happen. social security is there to make sure that our elderly who play by the rules and work hard don't grow old in poverty, don't have to chose between heat, rent and food. we're all living longer, women live to 83 years old, men to 79. i see this lady smiling. we are catching up. that's one month increase a year for 25 years and it'll help our
kids with our grand kids and social security to be with them and for the wealthiest americans, they don't need to get a social security check. why do we want to give more money to the government when they lie to us. no more money for the government. fix the benefits and make those securities secure. [applause] [inaudible conversations] >> that's why i've said that 1.2 trillion can be saved by making reforms to entitlements. in new jersey 800 programs out of the budget and veto more spending than any governor in new jersey history. ly take the same approach as president. we will control spending on entitlements and other areas and invest more in research and military to make us the economic power in the world and the
military pow ner the -- power in the world and the way we should be. they're telling me my time is up. i'm going to be around. i love the iowa state. thanks for your warm welcome. i appreciate it. [applause] >> republican presidential and louisiana governor also spoke at the iowa state fair in des moines, he talked about family in america. he answered questions on topics including immigration, energy policy and job creation and the expansion of russian and chinese influence around the world. [applause] >> thank y'all very, very much. thank y'all for having me. ithis election is all about, its
about saving the american dream and the idea of america. look, every time president obama speaks, it's all about redistribution, it's about government spending. i don't know it's not the american dream that our parents taught us. i want to briefly tell you my parent's stories and tell you what we have to do to fight and save the american dream. my parents, they have lived the the american dream. my daddy is one of nine children. grew up in a house without electricity and running water. i know because we heard those stories every single day growing up. here is the amazing thing, almost 45 years ago, the first time my parents got on a plane they came half way across the
world to bat -- louisiana. they had never visited, they left family and friends, my mom was pregnant with me. you couldn't google back then. there was no online. they were coming to an idea as much as they were come to go a place. they were coming to the idea of freedom and opportunity. they were coming to the american dream. when they got here, my mom went to school at lsu. my dad -- that's right. my dad -- he didn't come to be dependent on the government, he got a job. the first job calling the yellow pages. six months i was born. i was a preexisting condition when i was born. [laughs] >> now, there was no obama care,
contract, reforms, i love what my daddied -- dad did next, he promise today sent him to send him a check every month until he paid that bill, and that's exactly what he did. [applause] that's what we used to do in this country. i asked my dad how does it work to pay for a baby on leeway. he said, we would have sent you back. the reason i tell you that story, my parents came here to chase the american dream. they caught the american dream, they lived the american dream. i want my children and grandchildren to live that same dream. while i'm talking about my parents, i might as well say this, think came legally when they came into this country.
[applause] >> very good. >> now, immigration policy can either make economy stronger or weaker, a dumb immigration policy will make it weaker. that is what we have today. we need to stop talking about it today. we don't need a xre -- comprehensive approach, it is time to secure the border once and for all. [applause] now, look, we could get it done in six months if we were serious, but, look, the reality is you have big business interest in dc, they want amnesty, they try to silence free speech, we are going to stand up to the big business interest. we don't care -- [applause] -- the big interest can buy as many t shirts and banners, we
are going to secure our border, we are a nation of laws. [applause] >> the republican party is not the party of big government. we should not become a party of big business either. let me tell you this, it is time to put an end to sanctuary cities, i've got a partners in crime package. lets held the mayors responsible for the crime committed. lets lock them up. [applause] >> they don't want us to be a melting pot. here is a ridiculous thing. if you want to come here, you should want to be an american. i'm here to tell you, the folks that want to come here, if you want to come to the country,
come legally, learn english. [applause] >> when you get here roll up your sleeves and get to work. i don't know about you but i'm tired of the hyphenated americans, we are not rich americans, we are not poor americans, we are all americans. it's time to stand up to this nonsense. the divider in chief -- he wants us to continue. if you want to come to this country, you should want to be an american. if you don't want to be an american, don't come here, nobody is forcing them to come here in the first place. [applause] [screams] >> lets be clear. immigration without asimulation,
immigration without integration, that's not immigration. invasion, and we must not let that happen in america. [applause] >> you want to see the contrast, see what is happening in europe, second, third generation immigration. we shouldn't give anybody freedom to come here and use those freedoms to undermine the freedoms for other people. it is time for america to have a smart immigration policy. it's time for us to say if you want to come here, be an american, learn the language and adopt values and get to work. [applause] >> again, the big business interest, they can send them on as many -- they can try to interrupt as many speeches as they want, it is time to stand
up to big businesses and say, we're taking our country back. that gets me to my next point. as republican as conservatives, we have to do something different. it's time to embrace our own principles. we have to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general election. folks i disagree with that. that's the establishment telling them to hide our believes, to try to get the left and media to like us again. i'm here to tell you, that never works. if we do that again, we will lose again and we will deserve to lose again. [applause] >> it is time for embrace our own principles. you know, when did this concern to society give up for fighting for our beliefs.
it's not dead in america, it's simply dead in washington, d.c. it is time for us to stand to the political insiders. they took the majority last year, what changed in dc, nothing. they told us they would fight amnesty, appeal obama care. nothing has changed. the leaders in dc they were happy the supreme court ruled against us on obama care. i'm here to tell you this, they are scared to fight for freedom. they're scared to fight against a new government entitlement. they're afraid to fight against universal coverage, less government dependence. it's time to take our party back. it is time fortous put -- for us to put an end. lets take america back.
[applause] >> think how different our country would be if they would have to live under the same rules as the rest of us. it's time to get legislators. we need to trick our government. i want to say something that's inpolitically incorrect, the idea of america is flipping away. the idea of america is flipping away right in front of us. what do i mean about that? what i mean by that that many americans are taking america for granted. every day they give thanks to be blessed in the greatest country in the world. hillary clint open, -- clinton, barack obama, give bernie
sanders credit. he's honest enough to call himself socialist. these other two aren't any better. the idea of america is slipping away from us. $18 trillion of debt. our president who has made war and a truce on iran the, the greatest responsible of the war. how can you beat our enemies if you can't define our enemies. a president who won't stand with israel. you have the epa regulating the water on our backyard. we have now a bigger more expensive, more intrusive federal government than ever
before. the idea of america is flipping away, and that is why it is time for us to stand up and take it back. i don't know about you, i'm not going to let the idea of america slip away as long as i've got breath. ly do -- i will do everything i can to get the idea of america back. [applause] the idea of america has generated more wealth than any other civilization in the history of the world. it has done more for freedom than any other civilization in the world. we must not let it slip away. shame on those fools in dc who are giving it away. shame on us if we allow them to do that. i'm here to tell you, there are allot of great speakers running for president, you have a lot of folks. look, i'm not the best looking candidate.
my daddy wasn't president. i don't have a reality tv show, i have the experience to get this job done and i'll will ready on the first day. we can't afford the next commander in chief to be across table from putin. he better not need a teleprompter. i'm asking you to believe again. i'm asking you to fight with me with god's grace, we can rescue the idea of america before it slips away. , but we cannot wait a minute, not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. and i'll say, those folks sent out here by the big businesses, the ones that want to open border, if you want freedom, follow the laws. do what my parents did. [applause]
>> we are the greatest country in the history of the world. we have a president who doesn't the follow the law. >> we have hillary clinton. no wonder they think the laws don't apply to them. if you want freedom, follow the laws, learn english, adopt values and get to work. bless y'all and thank you very much. [applause] >> all right, we have time for questions, yes, sir. >> what is your plan -- [inaudible conversations] >> safe reliable affordable electricity. this president wants energy to be scarce and expensive, we have to have oil, gas, clean coal and
we have to get the epa out of the way. they want it to be scarce and expensive. it's like the rooster taking credit for the sun coming up. we need affordable energy. we can start by getting epa out of the way. yes? good jobs that are paying well. the way you create good jobs, we can't have the highest tax rate in the world. you have to shrink the government. you either grow the american economy -- i'm the only one that has done it. i cut my budget 26%. we have 30,000 viewers take bureaucrats. you have to have affordable
energy and independence plan. we need to repeal obama care. all of the uncertainty and regulations that are getting in the way of hiring and expanding. finally we have to role back states. congress needs to do its job. it needs to vote on the regulations before these bureaucrats strangle the economy. we can still dominate the century but we have to get government out of the way. yes, sir. [inaudible conversations] >> great, question. influence of russia and china. we have to stop hauling out our military. this president thinks weakness
is the key to peace. weakness is -- you have isis across the middle east. he had hauled out the military and tried to retreat. reagan understood peace and strength actually work. i want our military to dominate any fight we ever seen our men to. [applause] >> it's unfair to send them without the resources they need. yes, sir. >> how do we spread the republican message to you? >> look, i think, a lot of people, one are you better off than before president obama got elected. the good-paying jobs didn't materialized. he can't beat isis. so the first question to ask is
are you really better off and secondly, who is smarter, who knows better how to run your life you or the government. they don't think you're smart enough to have first amendment liberty rights. they don't think you're smart enough to decide how your kids should be educated. they don't think you're smart to know how many big gulps you should be drinking. who do you trust to life your lives, you or the government? ly say this to the president, i will defend my children from microwave popcorn and defried oreos if he will do his job and defend us from islamic terrorists.
[applause] >> i think i heard the question. i'm not for discrimination for anybody. i don't think the government should be intruding -- i think there are cristian florists, they are being forced to chose before following their conscious. as a cristian i don't think a court can redefine the definition of marriage. ..
>> i was asked by reporters what should we do about the court? i said, i simply think whatever i'm asked. i said look at the court can't be bothered according to scully the worst in the land have meetings, they can read addiction, they will become a public opinion poll instead of all of the constitution. maybe we could save a couple bucks and get rid of the court altogether. i know the laughter didn't like that. i been willing in the spirit of
compromise i'm willing to give a two-thirds of the court and keep three of them. there are three that followed the constitution. yes, ma'am. >> this is the last question. [inaudible] >> thank you. she said a lot of she works with us as every politician as a lawyer. the question is one of them has got to be good when. she asked me, i a good one? [applause] let me say this. let me say this. i think there's a reason the folks who talk most every politician is a liar. we are tired of politicians that say one thing and do another. just once i'd like them to fight for what they believe in. they've got an opportunity. they rolled over on amnesty, rolled over on obamacare. they better take a stand against funding planned parenthood. how in the world can our tax
dollars go for the barbaric activities? i think there's skepticism. i think the best thing i can tell you about me is i do what i say. will come that everybody likes a. i said i will support the rule of law. they clearly don't like it. i said i would cut my state government without raising taxes. clearly we've done. i said i understand traditional marriage, and the woman who disagrees with that as well. the best thing i can tell you about me, i will tell you what i believe, do what i say and i'm willing to give everything i've got to fight to protect the idea of america. if you're looking for somebody to manage the slow decline of this country, go vote for somebody else. if you want somebody who will fight to save the idea of america, to rescue the american dream from the, the european nightmare, to take us off the path to socialism, believe again. go to bobby jindal.com. we are building a movement. we will win iowa, we will win an
election -- national election. we will secure our border and enforce our laws. god bless you all and thank y'all very, very much. [applause] >> next from the iowa state fair remarks from democratic national committee chair and use represented debbie wasserman schultz. she criticize republicans positions on several issues including women's health care and reproductive rights. social security and immigration and set her party would continue to dance what she called the cornerstones of a middle-class life. >> thank you. thank you so much. hello, iowa. i am so glad and so proud to be back at the soapbox at the iowa state fair, that this is my
third opportunity to the appear on the stage at the "des moines register"'s soapbox, if this is such an important opportunity to talk about the choices we have in front of us but over the next 15, 16 months. what i do every year is this fair is one of the best in america. i know iowans clearly believe it is the best. every single time i have come i brought one of my kids. i have my third child with me. it was her turn this year and we spent the afternoon yesterday and it was absolutely incredible time. i can't begin to describe to the amount of fried food that we ate on a stick, which is something we look forward to every you. i can tell you that my son and advising my daughter that she should definitely come with me this year said, rebecca, you should go because, not going to lie, it was my best food they'd
ever. in his 15 years at the time that was saying a lot. so again i'm so glad to be here. because there's a little bit going on in the political world today. you've had an opportunity to hear from a number of candidates. i have the privilege of talking to you about the very clear contrast at the two choices that we have to be able to make in america over the next year or so during the course of this presidential campaign. we are at a crossroads in america. we have had republicans who you've heard from who have time and time again said, you know what, the best thing to do is not to go forward but to go backwards. let's go back to the failed trickle-down economic policies of the past. those policies that say we should focus on cutting taxes for the wealthiest those fortunate americans. instead of democrats who believe
that we should focus on helping people reach the middle class. has a mom with three young kids, as a member of congress, the lens through which i look at what our policy choices going to mean for their adult life? what kind of america are they going to go up in? i want to grow up in an america that gives them a fair shot to get ahead, that makes sure everybody has an opportunity to succeed, not just the people who are already successful. that's what republicans have been focused on. you can see consistently whether it is jeb bush, marco rubio, john case it, there's someone then it's hard to remember them all. donald trump. they think it's a really good idea to protect people at the top. and if you take a deeper dive into the policy positions they've taken, they are really
not only not supportive of helping move america forward, but they really want to take us backwards. they almost seem like they are focused on making sure that people have a harder time getting ahead. and i'll give you several examples. let's talk equal pay. democrats believe in equal pay for equal work. it is unacceptable in america today that women still only earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns. does anyone think here in this crowd but that's okay, we should just leave the status quo in place? or should women earn equal pay for equal work? i have two daughters to kabul to make sure that when they are adults they get paid the same for doing the same work that men does for the same job. it is unacceptable in america today that african-american women and let you know women earn even less that african-american women today earned 64 cents for every dollar
that a man does doing the same job. latina women earn 56 cents in the same situation. that's an unacceptable policy. and what, how do republicans respond? they respond scott walker did it as governor of wisconsin, scott walker actually signed legislation to repeal equal pay enforcement in wisconsin. rick perry vetoed equal pay legislation, as did chris christie. marco rubio suggested that making sure that we can enforce federal law, the equal pay act, was wasting time. well, i'll tell you as a woman and as a mother of two daughters and as a representative of thousands of constituents of my own in south florida, i believe we need to make sure we fight not only to support equal pay but to enforce it. and that is what everyone of our presidential candidates belief.
let's talk about health care. the important thing for us to focus on over the course of the next year and a half is what is the contrast, one of the choices we have? which candidate for president of the united states is going to be supportive of the cornerstones of a middle-class life? what are those? that includes making sure that you have a good roof over your head. it make sure you get access, you may gain access to quality, affordable health care. it means making sure you get a good education, patch of a secure retirement. those are all cornerstones of a middle-class life. let's look at the republican record. the republican record on all of those things come as soon as the republicans to majority after the 2010 election, they passed legislation in the first 100 years that attempted to repeal all of president obama's efforts to ensure that people can remain in their homes.
when president obama took office, we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. and now you fast-forward to today and we get 65 straight months of job growth in the private sector -- [applause] -- more than five full years of job growth. the last several months have seen more than 200,000 jobs created. that's the kind of progress we want to continue to see. but not under a republican presidency. we wouldn't see that under a republican presidency because they don't support making sure people can keep a roof over their head. every candidate for president on the republican side has as a top priority to repeal the affordable care act. what does that mean? that means that the 60 million americans who have gained access -- 16 -- access to healthy would lose a. it means young adults who can stay on their parents insurance until they're 26 what to longer be able to do. what it means is that the
129 million americans, like i live in this country with a pre-existing condition, i am a breast cancer survivor. i was diagnosed at 41 years old, seven and a half years ago. besides that horrible feeling of not knowing whether you're going to be able to see your children grow up, that second tier you have as a breast cancer patient is, what is the other shoe going to drop a quick this was before the affordable care act. is an entrance, going to drop my coverage or deny coverage because i've a preexisting condition? no one should face medical bankruptcy. no one should have to fight not only for their life but also for their health care coverage. that's unacceptable, and every single candidate for president on the republican side take steps i think we are not going to go back. we will continue to move forward. the republicans in the last few
weeks have not had such a fun time, how they? it's been really interesting among the 18 republican candidates for president. if republicans think that things have gone well, they need only to take a look at jeb bush. jeb bush actually said a few days ago that we're spending too much on women's health care. how many women in this crowd think that we are already spend too much and that we should spend less, making sure women can stay healthy? are there any hints in the air? are we spending too much? i know that the women i know not only in my district but all across america want to make sure that they can stay healthy because it's not just a women's issue to make sure that women can remain healthy. it's a family issue and the economic issue. the reason that it's an economic issue is about 40% of women, 40% of households with children are headed by women, any woman who
is working. if women are not able to remain healthy, if you're not able to get that basic access to health care, if they are not able to make their own reproductive choices and plan their families, then that affects their ability to support their families in a very significant way. so let's take a look at where the republicans are on women's access to health care. jeb bush, jeb bush supports repealing the affordable care act. he supports making sure that women can't get access to health care that allows them to make their own reproductive choices. marco rubio has the same opinion as todd akin. he supports a ban on abortion in all cases. even in the case of rape or incest. rape or incest. that is not what america is. what america is is that women should have access to health care. [applause] i want to close on retirement
security, because there is a very clear contrast between the republicans and democrats are on a secure retirement. we just celebrated 50 years, 50 years of medicare and 50 years of medicaid. and 80 years of social security. those programs ensure that if you work hard throughout your life, if you play by the rules, when you retire you are not going have to worry about falling through the floor. you will have a floor that is going to support you, that will ensure you can feed your family, that is going to ensure you can keep the roads over your head, that you may have to choose between medicine and meals. democrats passed salsas. and medicare, support strengthening social security america, and have strengthened them. republicans like jeb bush, they believe that we should privatize social security. jeb bush supported his brothers plan to privatize social
security. remember how well that debate when. that went down in a ball of flames because americans support social security. americans support medicare, but jeb bush said the other day we should phase out medicare. does anyone here think that medicare should be phased out? that senior citizen should be and how to making sure that they have a strong health care and that they don't have to worry about it? we need to make sure that we have a candidate for president who focuses on making sure that we have all of the cornerstones in place of a middle-class life. it is our democratic candidates for president that will ensure that. and, finally, i know i said finally once already, but really finally, let's take a look at the first republican debate. at the first republican debate which was held on the 50th anniversary of the voting rights act, i thought it was appalling. the a lot of things appalling
including the misogynistic comments of.com and the fact that none of the republican candidates on the stage called him out on any of those misogynistic comments, but i couldn't believe that not a single candidate on the 50th anniversary of the voting rights act actually suggested that we may want to expand access to voting rights. there was no mention on that stage of support for increasing people's access to the polls. why? because once republicans again taking over the state legislatures and governors mansions, what did they do? they started restricting access. passing boater restriction laws and denying people the right to vote. we have to make sure that elections are able to be conducted so that voters have a chance to maximize access to the polls. and that's what democrats stand for. we will continue to fight for
every vote. [applause] and lastly, lastly i really want to close on a high note. i am so proud of the democratic party and our support for making sure that we are more equal in america. today with barack obama as president, with the support of democrats we live in a more equal america. the supreme court has finally made sure that love is love. it's the law of the land. marriage equality, it's something that everyone in america can enjoy no matter where they live. [applause] and let me just say, we're going to continue to push for the kind of equality that every american deserves. i'm so proud of the black lives matter movement, because the changes in policy that we need to ensure that no matter what your skin color, what your skin color is, what your background is, that everyone has the ability to be treated fairly and
equally and not live in fear. policy needs to change. i'm proud of young people have been pushing that black lives matter movement. we have brought the confederate flag down. we made sure that symbols of hate, symbols of hate are unacceptable in america. but now we need to move forward even more. what we don't need is immigration policy like that that has been spewed either hateful comments of republican candidates for president. donald trump, it's appalling and unacceptable that he would prefer to mexicans as rapists and killers. instead of people who just want to cover to make a better way of life for themselves and their families. and that i can't even use the vulgar term that he is used and that jeb bush has doubled down on and many other republican candidates have called children of immigrants who are not a
vulgar word that they've used, but our citizens, citizens. this week there's been a debate on the republican side over whether to deny or take away citizenship from babies born in this country under the 14th amendment who all have legal constitutional citizenship. that is what the democratic party stands for. equality of opportunity, making sure that we can support the cornerstones of a middle-class life. that's what you get from a democratic president, and i will work every single day along with so many of you to make sure that the democratic nominee for president is elected the 45th president of the united states, and we will do it on the shoulders of iowa voters like you have for many, many election cycles. on to victory. thank you so much. [applause]
>> haiti's election cycle has been played close supporters as the country tries to recover from the 2010 earthquake. up next, panelists at the inter-american dialogue discuss haiti's electoral cycle and the challenges affecting the country's economic and political future. including low voter turnout, development concerns and youth unemployment. >> well, you're let me welcome you as we move into the latter days of august. i'm delighted you could join us this morning for discussion of haiti. with -- we are particularly, to be doing this with george washington university elliott school of international affairs and represented by bob
mcguire, who is the head of the latin american program at the elliott school, and he is also a professor of the practice of international affairs. not the practice in theory, the practice. i've known bob, let me just say, for a while. i think i was one of the first people and they can to washington when he was working at the inter-american foundation what went to work. it was from him for the next five years to earn everything i knew about haiti. anyway, bob, thanks for doing this with us and thanks for joining us here. >> my pleasure. >> we also have robert fatton here, consider distinguished scholar at the university of virginia, the julia a. cooper professor of government and
foreign affairs to do have that right? people are sensitive about titles. not robert. robert is one of the most thoughtful analyst of haiti. he is, in fact he is a recent article in the world politics review that's very, very well done and it's worth reading, sort of background and introduction to the electoral cycle. he's also written three books on haiti, the last one is trapped in the outer periphery, right? and it's worth reading along with the other two. anyway, we are delighted to have you here. we are delighted to find your still around town in late august, and thanks for joining us. let me say that it's now been five and half years, i think that's right, five and a half years since the haitian, the
earthquake in haiti that was so devastating. in a real sense the interest in haiti has been fading, had been fading very much in the last few years. indeed, i think the longest article i've seen on haiti recently was one about ron paul's a visit to haiti yesterday in the "washington post." and so we decided dialogue and george washington to take advantage of the electoral cycle that's now in process to refocus some attention on haiti, the electoral cycle of course has been delayed itself the past three years which the first round of congressional elections have taken place three years ago, delayed because of debates
over the organization of the electoral council, sort of, so maybe politics as usual for haiti. but on any event, on august 9 the first round of congressional elections were held. and i gathered the electoral results are dribbling out this morning, or yesterday, and it's 10 days after the election, 11 days after the election. we will do about those result of the more from people have been able to get into the website. this first round of elections saw something like 20 of 35 senators elected, and every member of the 120 members of the house. the elections themselves have been characterized in a variety of ways. interestingly i saw a headline in a miami herald, they
characterized it as chaotic and violent. the oas observers suggested that the election was not without its difficulties, but that it really was an important step forward in democracy. the one characteristic was it was still a very low turnout, and that was disappointing. in any event there will now be a runoff with a congressional elections on october 25, a very small number i gather where, or decided during the first round. and it would be the first round of the presidential elections. and which i presume, i'm going to ask my questions, will that even before passionate, more violent involved in the
congressional elections? i presume that it's like any presidential elections elsewhere. that's the crucial election in any event. and then on, what is it, december 27 is going to be the runoff of the presidential. the question obviously, one question that i'm looking forward to hearing is what, if anything, was signaled by this first round? do we have any indication? i don't want this to be totally focused on only the elections. i'm hoping to sort of look a little more broadly. and you know, if anybody wants to talk about the assessment of the martelly years, the four years he's been office, talk a little bit about what issues are at play now in haiti, i did the
same issues as always? are there different issues? what we decide the elections? are the personality, party, policy? and maybe talk about whether haiti is on a positive track, a negative track, or as always. hard to know. with that, let me turn to bob mcguire. you want to start us off? >> i can do that, peter. thank you. so thank you, peter, for this collaboration, and thank you for inviting me to share the podium here today. >> let me just ask if we can try to keep his to about 10-12 that is, it didn't -- i can see people already raising their hands. >> well, and peter, you are right that haiti would draw crowds even on a friday in the middle of august. so i thank everyone for coming
out today. many of us like myself who are here today are following this process in haiti from a distance, but i know there are some of you out there who are actually in haiti putting her fingers on the pulse of the electoral process and what happens on august 9. i hope that my comments will offer more of a platform to stimulate discussion and debate them provide answers. las..
what about this. here is the headline. unanimity in haiti, elections were chaotic here here's the first sentence of the story. parties and election observers across the political spectrum criticizes chaotic and disorderly elections than they were a key step in establishing democracy in this impoverished nation. this headline and that line comes from a store in the "washington post" on june 27, 1995 written by doug farah who continues on the president of the embattled provision of a lack world council of knowledge to logistical problems but said they do not affect the overall
results. the elections were marred by long delays in the opening of the polls in many areas. shortages of electoral materials and why disregard for secrecy. interesting a few comments from the international observers including the person who led the white house delegation for those in 1995 say the election -- the problems were the result of the inevitable difficulties conduct to elections at this time yet they were a major step forward in democracy. that is 1995. it was quite interesting if you look at the "miami herald" story that came out the day off or august 9 with the headline -- what is the headline again? balloting suspended in centers as haitians elect parliament msn spring 1995 the voting centers
in some communities distracted by vandalism after enraged political party supporters and voters accused elections supervisors are favoring party monitors close to president fratelli. the haitian press was even harsher about the outcome. several press outlets have look at characterized august 9th as an exercise in an electoral catastrophe that brings out the unusual disturbing behavior among those elections as an opportunity to compete for access to state resources and immunity from accountability under law. the article exposes to resign international acceptance of the inevitable difficulties and nevertheless proclaim the elections are a major step forward. let's go to yogi.
déjà vu all over again. august 9th international server is acknowledged the elections were not perfect but it's significant they happened. now elections are significant simply holding election proclaimed a step forward for haitian democracy. i must admit i wonder which haitians are these and servers of haiti, these international sojourners interview to draw this conclusion. certainly was not a fellow named jocelyn michalek who many of you in this room know is a seasoned veteran for human rights and inclusion of all haitians having a significant voice in their society and indeed grace the platform on several occasions. in response to the international observer conclusions, mccalla wrote the first democratic voter shift took place in 1990. one can easily dismiss
regularities as a baby's first step but in the 25 years since, the process seems to have gotten worse, not better. to characterize august 9th is okay facilitation society to such low standards that it borders on pure unbridled racism. michalis conclusion here unbridled racism. i suppose i could make john a chuckle by asking him if the international assessment of what happened in haiti on august 9th as someone they can to putting lipstick on a. i never thought i would quote sarah palin. so what comes next? apart from usual average and the candidates have learned they can not see it as day-to-day with which we all know is coming and perhaps some of this may be justifiable. we will find out. apart from the wringing of hands
among actors who will accept or be resigned to accept that have a flawed electoral charade on the so-called national leaders gives jobs immunity and ask us to. aside from the usual vows to fix for some miraculous intervention all that was wrong in the first round, what does come next? it seems most believe the show must go on. if that the case, perhaps there's some good news coming out of this. i find it encouraging cvb intends to fix the problem by redoing legislative racism and lower chamber seats in 25 constituencies including where there was widespread violence at the polls. it is encouraging the cep will take corrective measures to prevent more violence, late start, but are less problems in later and complete issuance of political party monitor
credentials. haven't we heard all of this before? we will see of course the extent of the will and ability to follow up including working with judicial authorities to take legal action against the 16 candidate sanctions so far for acts of violence at the pole. impunity is a problem in haiti and has been the past 30 years is due by date leadership felt and is only exacerbated over the past four and a half years of political leadership in haiti. i learned yesterday from my friends it will redouble efforts to support the work of a nascent haitian citizen observatory network, the oc i.d. to monitor polling places. i hope that works out. to better improve work of the international sojourners who observed the next round on october 25th, i recommend some quick reading on the past to
understand the present. patients tend to play us like a fiddle. try for example the books peter mentioned the predatory auto periphery but if you have time for book i recommend amy willens essay, future of a failed state which appears in a march 23rd, 2015 edition of the nation. if nothing else they should help inform international actors of the historical role detrimental to supporting inclusive democratic process and international actors have played in the birth rate in haiti. one of the positive aspects about these long-delayed elections organized was the plethora of haiti's political actors, serious or not through their hats in the ring and got to participate and i say serious or not because 126 political
parties. we will see what becomes of the vow to participate following the first round. hopefully serious that does continue to engage. least populous also known as voters engage. happily no one is trumpeting a voter participation of 18% according to the cbp is a step towards democracy. that was certainly be an exercise in upstate. there's a variety of reasons why haitians are not engaging in political process. certain no one is they are frustrated with the outcome of prior participation frustrated by coups, nonresponsive officials and other factors has probably become somewhat honest about the democratic process. the feeling was not rest exclusively among haitian voters. a number of observers and actors have been calling for a difference of lucian.
some for a transitional government, suffer some kind of the mixed commission that would place management of a political process in more diverse objective and inclusive hands. listening to these folks in engaging them seriously is not such a bad idea. after more than four years of high-profile international engagement and playing nice with political act yours who are failing the process while vilifying those in opposition to it perhaps it is time for international actors to show greater respect in support of the democratic quest that most have been told by engaging all actors ideas of how he began to break out at the electoral cycle of déjà vu all over again. i am not a political scientist as peter correctly mentioned on development guide. elections are not my mother's milk. development is. i am very frustrated this
political process which gave all the attention tends to put under serious development issues that are not addressed as haiti continues to be mired in poverty in this 80% of haiti's people continue to struggle on a day-to-day basis. in closing i would say as hurricane danny bears down on the caribbean, i would like to bring your attention to an important story that appeared april 17th with the headlines of cholera climate change feel haiti's humanitarian crisis. let's watch the elections, but let's also pay equal attention to development issues. thank you. >> very good. thank you very much.
this is the best way to look at the future but it is the predicament of haiti. as we know, the rule to 2015 election has been very difficult. they still have the tour that widens another major political crisis to befall in 1986 and then a transition to democracy has produced broad elections that are pretty violence. the run-up to elections in an announcement of that consistently generated controversy for an intrusion and social tension. the climate has contributed to growing cynicism about election and governmental institutions in the recurring cycle, winners seek to monopolize power while
losers refuse to accept and undermining legitimacy of elected rulers. it is very likely the scenario will be repeated in 2015, even the generalized disorder for violence, low turnout including a large number of voting centers that characterize the ballot. the elections or three years late but this time has not been used to ensure an effective preparation and execution of the process. the election played with logistical problems from the massive shortage of observers, late openings of most voting centers to a lack of basic access and the use of an effect does indelible ink.
while these are major organizational deficiencies, they are not the principal obstacles to free, fair and legitimate elections. deep-seated behaviors embedded in government as well as the role of external powers undermine haitian institutions to the point of doing this duration. the elections or three years late comer taking place only after the fall of prime minister government in the context of parliament dissolution and presidential role by decree symbolizes the adoration. another major indication is the fact that after 28 years shufflers have not managed to transform the electoral council into a permanent electoral council. instead, they've barely been able to revive the institution
at each election as a provisional old. it is a permanent provisional council. not surprisingly the formation formation -- is always a source of political attention and comfort. the current debate is no exception. it was the product of negotiations between the government, society and political poverty composed of nine members elected from different actors of haitian society and select qualified participants will no barely high enough or political candidates who registered for this year's election. 192 in all. along with more than 40,000 local candidates, over 2300
entry hopefuls and 70 presidential candidates. while the cep, they remained grounded and included enough for the credentials that many of her verse i'd like in the first to assert this. these are consequences. the cep is qualified with some of the best known and powerful politicians. while the qualifications for final and irrevocable, they reserve the right to reject candidates who have previously qualified embroiling the council and controversy and undermining his credibility and sparking allegations that it only serves the interests.
so far cep has disqualified 16 presidential candidates including the two potential for renters, former prime minister lamont and the direct tour of the university and designated candidate of former president of the party. his wife and well-known businessman also qualified for running. the cep exclaimed it promoted individuals certifying they appropriately manage during the prior 10 years in office. not surprisingly they excluded presidential candidate asked josh legality of the qualification and claimed participation and election would amount to the election. demanding the certification and inclusion into the process have organized the cep accused of
being corrupt and inept. in addition to challenges, the public declarations of the president here that we support have undermined the legitimacy. in a recent interview in haiti when he was the director of the cep that administered the 2010 ballot, the international community and powerful domestic force is compelled him to falsify the results to the presidency. these disclosures have intensified national sentiment and cast out on international electoral overseers. on the eve of the first round, patients feel once more towards the popular will be cep? the organizational ghost to bring the process to a successful conclusion.
the first round to place as scheduled. it was no surprise there were chaotic to the point of some political actors have called for the animation of a commission between investigating allegations of fraud, violence and mismanagement. rejecting claims, the president geisha in a self congratulatory speech team in the process as brutally satisfactory, even if you recognized 5% of the voting centers were forced to close. similarly the foreign community acknowledged serious organizational problems but ultimately decided assessment. the head of the organization claims the simple fact the election to place at all was reason to celebrate.
to put a block by the international observers deployed the significant regularity and violence of the ballot, we believe the process was good enough that there were four a functional state like haiti. by contrast, patient organizations were extremely critical of the election which in their view constituted a democratic standpoint the national network for the defense of human rights and international observation council and the haitian council of nonstate actors reported that 1500 observers overseeing the voting process that 50% of voting centers were affected by incidents of violence, intimidation and electoral fraud. they warned the election raises questions about legitimacy and stated that annexation parliament. while demanding the adulation,
the three haitian observing institutions recommended the cep be wary if all of those that everything went well. it is in this context is cep will regain legitimacy and initiative by acknowledging august 9th was not so globally satisfactory. disqualified 16 candidates of involvement in violent disruption of polling stations. in addition yesterday the abstention rate was 82% nationally and 90% in the west and elections will be rerun in 25 constituent these nationwide including the valley. finally the nonofficial provisional results announced so far as i can see on radio
stations but unavailable on the train cep web page. but we have heard is for the senate, there's not a single candidate elected on the first round and the lower chamber adequate in 1600 competing for the 108 teensy, only three or four managed to avoid the runoff. it remains to be seen whether these provisional results as well as the decision to remind the ballot will save the credibility and the acceptable for the political class. in short, serious doubts persist about the cep's ability to proceed successfully to the next stages of the electoral course ace. things could fall apart. the first-place result of the
first round of the elections may generate way of a political protest and not make undermine the cep credibility and endanger the next round of elections in october. the protest may offer an opportunity to the excluded presidential candidates who are not permitted to run to call forward a new cep collection. for a period of great political disturbances and uncertainties. on the other hand, other major political crises, patient politicians and assuring influence of the major powers may ultimately come to a reluctant acceptance of a bad election with the hope the next round will be more legitimate. the fall of the leadership in 1986, the country had been unable to successfully discord
with the exception of the 1990 ballot, patients are compelled to accept result in improbable leaders. once more confronting a similar phase and this would explain the utter political disenchantment and absence of the polling station. while the elections are welcome, they are marred by persistent doubts about fairness. moreover, it is unlikely they will solve the social predicament for its ongoing problems with the dominican republic. even haiti's massive dependence on foreign aid in international financial is the two shins, whoever becomes president will find it extremely difficult to generate long-term patterns of self-sustaining economic growth and efficient day, much less
transform haiti into a more equitable society. nevertheless, elections that mission important political ritual that checks limits personal power and allows freedoms. in haiti, polls are the capacity of renewing the political class, i'm incorporating destruction of governance, people have so far been excluded. elections for a less privileged group to share in the inevitable spoils, particularly from the lower middle class. while this type of sharing is far from ideal, generous reform of social welfare on redistribution that would not exist otherwise, even if it's a redistribution from the top. it does accept however imperfect the elections may be commended
to moderate and to allow consequences for the troubled structure. >> thank you very much, robert and robert. i was an excellent introduction. before we open for questions come in the states have to ask you because you are both analysts who are not political. in other words, right now if you had to make one or two recommendations to the international community, what would you suggest they do with regard to the elections? anything that could be done and should the oas take a harder line in sort of jocelyn macola did. is there any recommendation you would make us just too difficult to do at this point and not very helpful. >> i think it is too late.
i think it is too late because anyone who knows haiti should know what happened was going to happen. that was very clear. the problem now is if you want to go back and say the elections are no good, you have a huge problem because you would need to remove the cep. you need to create another in the current climate there is no possibility of creating the cep. we know what happened for the last three years that no one could agree. this is also the kind of zero-sum game we've had in haitian politics. those who govern want to keep the state for themselves and redistribute the power. this is not just policy.
this is something the onion in position. her people in haiti who say we need to elections and we need a transitional government. imagine by a miracle in the league he would slowly fade away in it okay i'm done. who is going to replace? what are the agreements political parties, whatever we may want to call can affect given the current conjecture. the best thing that could happen happen -- the thing that is probably going to happen is they will have a second round and hopefully will be better organized and hopefully this is why the web is working though poorly with the results. they don't know if any people qualified. you only have 16 candidates
disqualified so far and there are a number of candidate from other parties. this morning i was listening to -- [inaudible] the leader declared there should be at least 400 candidate who should be removed. that population would obviously find the immediate antagonism of the parties and i say parties -- he's not going to accept that. when you listen to the radio, admittedly haiti tends to be partial. many listen to reporters all over the country, i have multiple things listening. the reporters were saying the
main culprit -- there's not a single member who's decided. i wasn't there, but according to the reports from the radio station, that was the case. what i'm saying is you have a crisis. not easy to see how you can extricate yourself from crisis. the international community in terms of its overseeing and more cynical people said they just want their own person in power. ..