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he account saying, i can't do this undercover atf agent. the atf got more and more frustrated because he refused to break the law, and in the end they threw a gun at him and he caught it, and that was break
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thing law as well. he got another two years for that. right before he did that -- and this is the way the book ended. the atf agent said look at all my weapons here, and opens the trunk of the car in the parking lot in south florida, and he hands him the gun, and his favorite line was, once a gun runner, always a gun runner. and so that's how the book ends, and that's where -- so he wound up doing six -- get a little reduction. >> thank you so much, guy. where. [applause]
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radio talk show host hugh hewitt weighs in on what a hillary clinton administration would look like. [applause] >> thank you. it is always a pleasure to visit the nixon lie area and birthplace, and a privilege to be invited to speak, even in some case when chris only gives me 15 minutes' notice. i enjoy the audiences attracted to the library thoughtful, engaging, and respectful. it is a distinct honor to introduce long-time friends contributor to the nixon
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library, hugh hewitt. my wife and i have been friends of the library for a while. i came of age during the nixon years and have vivid memories of the 1968 republican national convention. watched on a black and white tv, late into the night, breathlessly hoping for his nomination. we have come to learn more about richard nixon and the indelible mark he left on our country and world. and as i look at the state of our nation and the world today, i reach into the archives of the '72 campaign, nixon now more than ever. we have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people through the library, hugh and the fetching betsy hewitt among them. hugh is a frequent figure at library and foundation programs, interviewing authors, facilitating panel discussions, participating in debates, and as we saw today, conducting his nationally syndicated radio
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show. he served in the nixon administration as a speech writer and was critical in the construction of this superb facility, and for that a debt of gratitude from all who have ben fitted. hule heals from ohio, claiming to be some form of buckeye. he did, however, choose to purchase his law degree from the hated university of michigan, something i do not understand. he is a practicing attorney, professor of law at chapman university, and a remarkable influence in the republican party at all levels across the country, frequent guest on nationally prominent television shows, networks that would not otherwise have my patronage, except for sporting events. most prominent is being the host of the best talk show in america. he has the most impressive array of guests, senior elected and
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appointed government officials, authors, opinion writers and national influencers. he hosts an educational series with the president of hillsdale college that is a graduate level intellectual experience. his style is insightful and engaging help is respectful, never talking over his guests, always allowing them to have their say. he provides a platform for those with whom he disagrees as well as those with whom he agrees, drawing out from them with challenging questions and engaging in an intellectual exchange. it is smart radio, and all who listen to hugh's shows are better informed people. he is an author and for tonight he object of our attention rather than hugh orienting our attention on someone else. "the queen" is his recently lease. we'll find beyond the astute analysis of the former secretary of state, he is a bit of a
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fortune-teller, rolling the dice on such long shot she might consider a second run for the white house. hugh, the gamble has paid off. i've not yet read "the queen." holding out for free copy. so, it is with great anticipation i welcome to the podium, hugh hewitt. [applause] >> very funny. thank you. >> thank you very much. i cannot -- i've been introduced a lot of times. i am very highly honored that general mel would introduce me -- they would make a special trip to the library. they're dear friends of betsy and me. we first met in this nonlibrary at that event where the former secretary of defense rumsfeld
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was. i married the daughter of marine corps colonel. my brother-in-law is a retired marine corps colonel so you would you thick i would figure out i was talking with a marine downstairs. he was active duty, and i didn't because i was a little dense, and then i finally said, so, wait a minute. are you marine? they'd been laying on the ocean side comments and the pendleton comments and i got married on camp pendleton same, are you a marine and he said, yeah. i said are you active duty in? if he was given his age, that meant there were be a couple of stars on his shoulder. he said, yeah. i said, are you a jenna n he said, yes, able very -- very self-efacing as great military leaders are. i said, gosh, general, i'm sorry, i've been rambling on and i'm talking to the commander of the brigade, and i'm thinking my
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father-in-law, were he alive, would be deeply ashamed of me. i've grown to know and love and respect the service that both have begin and military spouses serve alongside of their men and women in uniform. and so philomena, would you stand up and let everyone say hello. [applause] >> i want to thank the library for having me tonight. i brought along a bag of props, which will explain themselves as we go along. i also want to thank my los angeles home, krla,-am, the answer, the media group -- we have great sponsors here tonight. money guys, california deluxe windows, radio would not exist in america but for great, terrific sponsors like these, and across the united states if you listen to the radio, listen to the people who put the radio
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on, because without it, it would go away, and patronize them. i want to thank my partners arizona errant fox, they allow me a great deal of able to go back and forth across the country inch the last three weeks i eave appear on "meet the press," "face the nation," and "state of the union" we chuck todd and john dickerson and that means i'm not practicing law during that period of time, and they kind of overlook that as i go back and together, -- back ad forth, and i appreciate it. i'm here to talk about this book, "the queen." and i'm holding that up for the benefit of our c-span friends from booktv. there is a law called the luntz. frank luntz is the bess media expert and he says if you don't say the name of the book seven
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times you won't sell the book. so i'm going bo toe be talking about "the queen" all night lining, and so if i mention "the queen" a lot seven time andryol back to "the queen" a little later. i was downstairs talking with mel and philomena about leadership, and mel serves an extraordinary role in the arrest sector, assisting people become leaders, and i am currently going to talk tonight about getting ready for something. i'm going to be asking questions at the presidential debates, and this is because of the reince reforms, reince priebus is a great chairman of the run national committee and has brought order o out of the choose of the last cycle's debate schedule, brought order to the primary calendar and
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brought the convention to cleveland ohio for which i think he could be -- canonized. it will be on the heels of a browns super foal and a championship for the ohio state buckeyes. mel is an illini. i think they have a football team. i'm not sure. i think they do. but i am going to be back in cleveland in june of 2016, but because reince and the republican national committee look at the fiasco of the debates of 2012, he said we'll do this differently. we're going to organize nine, at least nine, and maybe as many as 12 debates, and we're going to have media partners, and if a candidate goes to a debate not on our schedule tall won't be in our schedule. good. those are rule sets you need in order to bring order, and if you're going to be our media partner you're going to include conservative media voices, which
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is what a surprise, what a shock, that in the g.o.p. presidential primary system you would actually allow someone from their side of the spectrum to ask questions that might be of primary interest to g.o.p. primary voters. that does not mean you exclude -- they will not be excluded -- great journalists like chuck todd of "meet the press" or jane tapper of cnn or dicker sound of cbs, believe chris wallace, and all the rest at fox ought to be doing their best but at the same time journalist who are understood to be not merely observers of but participant inside the process are going to be welcome in to ask key questions, and i think this is going to revolutionize the process, and i want to talk about how you prepare. wherever i go in the united states, i've just come from colorado christian university for a week, where i was teaching the young conservative leadership submit, 150 young people, 16 to 20 years old, and
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the western conservative summit held in denver, colorado, and i interviewed scott walker in front of all these folks, and everywhere i good, what are you going to ask? not the candidates and teams asking that. it's republicans and conservatives? what are you going to ask, and whenever someone says what how going to ask, they really have a suggestion ready for you to ask. so i listen, and how do you prepare? and i am happy to have been selected for this thing, and i want to talk about how you prepare for it. bus it's launched a very weird thing. at this moment, i am still the only conservative who has been named officially -- being doing the 3-d baits. they si emmedia group is partnering with cnn. i'll be asking questions. i'm note moderator. i love donald trump but i don't want to moderate his debate. it's going 0 be very hard. donald trump has been my guest. all of the republican would-be nominees have bin guest on the radio. the one who is most interesting
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and entertaining is always donald trump because he colors outside of the lines and doesn't stay in his lane, and it really doesn't matter what the question is that you ask. and that's okay. that's fine. it's great radio. but i have been praying, and shane goldmaker of the national downwrote a story about me, and i was amused. never been a cover boy before. and he said i was having a moment, a media moment, and that makes me laugh, too because a media moment is like the rain we're having in california today in june. everybody notices it and doesn't mean a damn thing. going to be over before you know it. and nevertheless, i take very seriously these debates. and i don't believe in ambush questions. i believe in preparation, and i want to talk about how you prepare to do this sort of thing, and how you prepare actually to earn the praise of someone like mel, which is high praise indeed, when someone
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says, you run the best radio show in america and he is a two-star marine general you can stand straighter and stanley mcchrystal says that's the best interview i have done and hen greg writes nat my boxer i'm happy. how do you get ready for a debate? that's what i want to talk about tonight. first i want to think about, thanks to booktv for being here if go to my bag of tricks. there arlet of them here so it's going to -- there are a lot of them here so it's going to pile up. first i hold up a book call "sundays at 8:00" by one brian lamb. we spent three hours. he's my model as an interviewer, and i hold up a second book on the first ladies of the united states by susan swain who is also, along with brian lamb, one of the makers of the feast that is booktv, and i encourage all of you to let everybody know that book teffs exists as an
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oasis on the weekend for people liken us who love books. the nixon library -- these are ois a cease in a land of sound bites where you actually have conversation and i think brian lamb and peter zhen and susan are soave lentletly fair and thorough that if everybody studied them the way i have been studyingbroken -- and charlie rose does this as well -- you'd have better media. the one i mentioned, jake tapper, chuck todd, john dicker son, they're all themselves authors, have written very good books. "the stranger" by chuck todd. john dickerson rote a great bayography of his mother, nancy dickerson. and jake wrote about a command post in afghanistan, a history that is rivetting and moving and
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actually very emotional, talking and read be. if you take the time to watch the best in the business, they're not only journalists, they are writers, and they are readers, and so i have been preparing for a long time for these debates by doing one thing, and is whatnot i want to encourage everyone in the audience, which is to read widely and deeply things of which you're not familiar. i'm going to hold up a few books as examples. coming soon to this library, the fellow is in my studio yesterday, evan thomas, wrote this book which i'm holding up for the camera, stage left. am i doing that right? this way? it's called "being nixon." this is an unusual book. evan thomas is part of the georgetown set. a harvard man like i am but he was working for katherine graham, and he has dug deep into the nixon story, and i know there are some lovers of the
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book and not lovers of the book within the nixon family 0, of which i'm a proud member itch found it so compelling i had him on for two hours yesterday, and i was glad what i saw about evan even though he was not part of the nixon administration or part of the nixon family, he was able to treat fairly the strength and the weaknesses of a great american, and when i asked him, was he a great man? he said, yes itch read a segment about that about saving israel in 1973 whiff the -- with the air lift and the yom kippur war, and evan thomas is relentlessly fair. yes, there are downsides in nixon's career and upsides but i they are relent'sly covered in a fair fashion. that's what we want our authors to do. the day after, i'm talking to you, i'll be interviewing ted cruz about his new book "a time for truth. "the day after that, i will
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welcome into my studio ambassador michael oren to talk about his new book" ally." which is is my signature copy which i'll have him sign and put in my collection, this is a moving book about an american who become an israeli and a warrior and then their ambassador. i'll be able to ask about israel and this horrific deal we're about to sign with iran to the ambassador because i will have read his book, and he fairly chronicles and understands the the perspective of the territory. he has been there, he has waged there. he has been in gaza and records its all. i'll be prepared to ask questions of the candidate not because i know anything about gaza. never been there. i've been to israel but haven't been to the west bank. i have read through the eyes of someone who has and deeply impressed. last week, i am going to keep
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going up and down, not governor the cameras. last quiching daniel silver was on -- last week daniel silver was on. if you have not read his novels, this is number 15. he comes on one hour every summer. get is early. some of you are lusting for this. this is a reader's copy and you can't have it. told my kids at colorado chin university if they would read the novels beginning with the english killer, the killer angels, actually, his first novel, and then read forward, they would have a history of modern times told through fiction and also deeply enmeshed, they would understand the world they live from fiction. novelists tack you to places like putin's kremlin, and they talk to people and they imagine
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places that get you ready to ask questions of the putin primary. i've been asking each of my candidates as they've come through the radio, what do you think vladimir putin would think of you as president? because that's the putin primary. who would he least like to be the president of the united states? ought that not to interest us? inform our he welcome? and ought he -- would he rather have the former secretary of state, whom he knows and gave him a button that read poorly in russian. didn't really say "reset." i'll come to that again. i asked chris christie this and he kind of laughed and said, who do you think putin would least like? a guy from jersey? there's a quality to that. come pattiveness is a -- combativeness is a quality. after that two books i want to talk about -- three in fact. i'm getting ready by reading
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"the end of discussion" because the left wants to end discussion about so many things and these are the thing wes want to have a discussion about. you have didn't this is on "the new york times" best seller list. "end of discussion" is necessary and we spent a whole day trying to bring up the things the left does not want america to talk about. they want to end the discussion. and in fact we're not going to do that. we have to open the discussion but with questions that are framed in such a way at the debate they will elicit from 16 republican candidates informative looks looks into hoo they would govern. these next two books about the great war, one by stanley mckris school, team of teams which changed the way die my radio show already. i'm sure -- i was -- the reason the mcchrystal group is because they bring clarity to a lot of confusion, they bring absolute certainty about method but not result.
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about rigor, and in team of teams when he talks about the war and talks about how in iraq in 2003, took over special operations and by the time he left they'd increased by 1700% the number of missions they ran daily. how did they do that? think of anything else that has improved 1700% in the last five years? no. so where do you go to find leader palestine you talk to mel, talk to tanly mcchrystal. talk to people who have been in the hardest crucible of all. how does that get me read? i want to know what they think of the current military leadership and what they think of the pentagon and if they judge it to be as broken as the veterans of the war believe it to be and as underfunded. this is a chilling book. mike mooreal was here at this library, probably this podium. the great war of our time. the former deputy director of the cia, 33 years in that agency, two of them as acting
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director, in the great war of our time he talks about the fact that unless you understand their the story through the end of the looming tower -- i talk about the looming tower and i've asked all candidates, have you read "the looming tower? why? i don't think you can understand the enemy we're involved with untillous have read that and understand where radical islamist fundamental list comes of the sunni variety. mike moral walks you through from 9/11 to the present, and we're in a very dangerous place. the attack in teunis this past weekend and what happens whatever in this united states in the next 16 months will frame, and i wish to ask these candidates and wish to ask the queen, are you ready to win this war or are you simply want to be in the white house to observe it? right now, it does not appear to me as though we're engaged in winning the war, and the met
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testacies occurring within the islamic state is deeply troubling itch need to ask these questions. so i read these books to get ready. there are few other books that i think have mattered a great deal about journalists. four journalists in particular. david brooks and his "road to characterment" talks be the great george marshall. i want to know from these candidate if they have the ability to find and select people like george marshall, who were the essence of self-efacement. it's very hard sometimes to find people in the modern culture who do not advertise themselves from a talk show host this is quite an administration against interest, as we saw. hardly a moment goes by i don't say on the radio, follow me on twitter@hugh huge or buy "the queen." the least self-promoting person in the last 75 years in america
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was george marshall. david brooks makes a good argument in "the road to character" he was. at the same time there's a new generation of journalists who have been on the show in the last month, gretchen carlson, amazing story in "wet getting real. "kristin power, the silencing, the wonderful dana perino, who makes me laugh, and the good news is, these are new journalists who didn't exist and they have very, very different approaches. dana perino was president secretary to the president of the united states. she knows george w. bush and is a fan of george w. bush and is a george w. bush loyalist. kristin powers a woman of the left. but a person of great deep religious faith. she does not want anyone silenced. gretchen carlson is a serious journalist, hard work, up from nowhere, concert violinist, stanford graduating, miss america pageant playing and
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worked in richmond and cleveland and dallas before she got fox news. all these authors have one thing in common. they're all relentlessly fair. they don't have an agenda as they set out to interview people. the last look in my bag is the most important in informing me how to go about preparing for the debates. the last book in my bag -- anyone have a guess? you might have heard, -- no, no, that's the first book in my bag. "the queen." buy ten copies. no. david axelrod's "believer." chris, did david axelrod come to the nixon library? he should. this is the open kimono. this is a life spent on the left, elegantly and wonderfully
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written by a form journalist, who served harold washington and president obama and everybody in between. he is the rove of their side, and he wrote a book about how he won two elections, in extraordinary fashion, shouldn't have won the second one. he was behind with three weeks to go. sandy, can day, and orca took us down i was a big mitt romney guy. if you want to understand what questions to ask the republicans you read the democrats' books. there are other books, "collision 2012" on the election of 2012. jonathan alters "the center holds" another book. how do you prepare to ask republicans question? you read the books of everybody who is themselves a journalist, of warriors and especially democrats, and then sit down and begin to ask yourself, what would you ask hillary if you had a chance to ask the former secretary of state a question?
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from that process came "the queen" now i want to talk about this book. a year -- what book? "the queen. "a year ago my editor called me up and said, would you do a book on 2016? i did not intend to do a book on 2016 ump have written a lot of books. to years ago i wrote the happist life, quasi-memoir on seven gifts for seven givers and thought, i'm done for a while. but 2016 matters a great deal. and at the time that kate called up, i was in that series of the hillsdale dialogue with the president of the hillsdale college, and they're all available can three years worth of dialogues. you can binge his and inwould strongly recommend you binge listen. we start with homer and are at this present time at the fifth
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lincoln-douglass debate. at the time kate called we were talking about milwaukee veil -- machiavelli residents "the prince." there's uncertain lit when it was published. we were deep into "the prince" the most amoral book written. about assembling and using power, not necessarily for a good purpose. contains the most famous line, belter to be feared than loved if you're going to rule. it talks about how you keep a dynasty going. and it is written from an opponent of the regime that's what is most interesting. mackellly had been -- machiavelli had been an official in the government so he writes from exile. he writes a leader on how to govern called "the prince." how should i take advise a
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prince? how should i think to advice mrs. clinton? he writes: sometimes you can only see the mountain if you're on the plane and sometimes you can only send hsieh the plain if you're on the top of the mountain. so sometimes if you're a democrat you ought to listen to a republican and sometime if you're a republican you ought to read the democrats' books. so "the queen" is my advice to hillary, and some people are mat at me because it's pretty good advice. folks who have read the book said, are you giving away too much here? i said forewarned is for forearmed for our side. none officer this us tongue in check. chuck todd asked me. i said, no, this is not tongue in cheek if i were her theirs how i would approach each of the candidates. i'm not going to tell you everything in "the queen" because then you won't buy it. the purpose of writing a book is to have you buy it. my real purpose, if you're listingen foster, buy
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100 million of these so when mrs. clinton opens the "new york times" she sees "the queen" and gets aggravate. because the nixon library doesn't sponsor political speeches. this is not a political speech. but if you act like a queen you tooth be expected to be talk to like a queen and be advised like a queen, and thus far former secretary of state clip top is indeed acting like a queen. here's the platform in rough that i have given her. and i thought, really, give her what would win. the 70%, not the primary. right now she is running a primary campaign flanked by senator sanders of vermont and only mildly curbed by james webb, dismissive of vice president biden and casting a wary grant at john kerry in switzerland who is preparing to have an accomplishment to contrast with her
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accomplishment-free tenure at the department of state. she is in fact a dreadful candidate, and? fact had a cass struggle tenure at the department of state. if you're a dreadful candidate with difficulty connecting, with people raising issues as karl rove raised about her health, if you cannot brunt into the age issue as ronald reagan ran into it and you have to confront it squarely, and if you have nothing on which to run, what do you do? i'd suggest to her a platform with five large planks and won't detail them. i think she ought to run on let the people decide campaign. she ought to campaign vigorously against the institution of the electoral college, proclaiming it embodies white male privilege from the 18th century, which was written by white males in the 18th century, not many people understand the genius of
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the electoral college. it's easily lampooned, easily run against, and if it is ever done away with you'll never see a presidential candidate in kansas again and that's why it exists to make sure that regional concerns are met by national candidates. and that there is a certain equality in location as well as density of population. put hillary done need that. she needs to sell the american people on the idea that it is unfair that not everyone vote counts as much, and it doesn't. right now i'm here to tell you, how many of you are californians? you don't matter. you don't matter. in this election, florida, virginia, ohio, and colorado matter. to a lesser extent new hampshire and nevada and maybe arizona, but really, the first four matter, florida, virginia, ohio, and colorado. that is who matters.
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that's where everything will be spent. that's not who gets nominated. the people who necessarily win in those four states aren't going to get nominat by our side because we have a less than ideal system, again, the reince reforms have made it bitter, but given that reality, if you run against the electoral knowledge it makes sense but you don't matter. secondly she ought to run against the 22nd amendment which is a very bad idea. the 22nd amendment limits presidents to two terms. and as i write in "the queen" if she runs against the 22nd 22nd amendment she runs in favor of president obama's return, she runs against george w. bush with the idea that bill clinton would have done a better job in 2000 than george w. bush did, but she appeals to the bush lovers, she appeals to the reaganize, appeals to everybody who felt strongly their candidate was the best ever. the 22nd amendment was a reaction to fdr. not unprecedence end. other people have run for a
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third term, glover cleveland, alexander,ed they roosevelt tried to run for a third term butt dr did it and succeeded because he was the necessary man in 1940. and in 1944. but the republicans didn't like that. and their reflective reaction was the 22nd amendment as soon as they could push it through. a very bad idea. she ought to run on letting the people decide. one man, one vote, against the electoral college and to do away with term limits which might be very bad for us if an election comes along. if you think about it, what if we had been in the middle of a presidential election when 9/11 happened. how bad lay that would have distorted the outcome and how terrible to have to campaign or how would you yao would not have want tote change horses in mid-stream if you had been forced to do so. the third prank -- plank i talk about is rebuilding our national defense there a people who are called scoop jackson democrats
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help ran for president, the first campaign is was involved in. the strong defense democrat. he authored the jackson amendment which brought the soviet jews a measure of relief and freedom and was often called the senator from boeing because he believed strongly in buying everything that could fly and bomb and i was with him on that. scoop jackson lives on. the reagan democrats were scoop jackson who were disenchanted with jimmy carter and came into our party, and my book, "the queen" which you can buy at amazon and -- saying that she ought to run seriously on a platform of rebuilding as jimmy carter did. the general will remember the turn russia from 1979 to 1980. led by then secretary of defense harold brown, encouraged by jimmy cart carter. that is not happening right now, although ash carter is a terrific secretary of defense, and book work, friend of the
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general, terrific undersecretary, terrific people out there -- i went to the retirement ceremony of the general. there war people like me and the speaker of the say wembley of consider the. democrats and republicans at the retirement party of a weror. wouldn't it bet great if everyone support evidence the department of defense in that fashion again so we would not be -- [applause] -- we would not be trending toward 2.5% gdp spending but up to 5%. and the third plat form, plank, she one on 5% plank good times s and bad times. spend 5's of gdp and buy ships and airplanes we don't need and bombs will never drop so we don't have 0 so we'll keep the marine corps 200,000 and spend the money because as reagan said, prepare for war and it will not come. don't and it will. [applause] >> very easy.
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the fourth part of the platform i recommend to her is to talk like a republican and tax like a democrat when it comes to energy. right now, the democratic party is in the grips of the tom stier climate change extremist enthusiasts. i'm not a climate denear. the climate has gone up a degree in the last 100 years. we don't know how much mannedkind contributed to and it don't know if we stock 'it. it's thought game. the chinese and indiana are part of the cause. nevertheless the dreams are -- greens are driving the democratic party. that's fine until she has the nomination. at which point she ought to become the queen of fracking, the most -- advocate for complete addition and a sever residence tax. wouldn't be bad for republicans to believe in this. it's not that hard anymore to actually find the oil. we know writ and is the natural gas. you've put a well in northeastern ohio and get gas.
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just put it anywhere and you'll find natural gas. fracking takes a lot of this mystery out of. why not have a severance tax, and she ought to build with that paidtronnage system, 50% to go to deficit reduction, other% to states and not to be spend by the existing assemblies but by local boards appointed by hillary clinton. you see, there's a lot to be said for paid patronage and there isn't enough of it. there are only 3,000 appointees in the federal government who are brought in by the pret. that means an unaccountable federal government. that's a progressive idea. that an idea that was been out of the progressive movement that has brought so much pain and suffering to this country. patronage works because then people who are in your administration work for you, not against you. and so she ought to embrace patronage. all that being said there are other things i won't cover. i have very specific advice for
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her what to do about bill clinton, what role he ought to serve. i ghost write speeches for her. put them under the queen. i've been ghost writing since i worked norman for whom this library was named in 1978 on the real war. i jetted milt mitt's 2012 campaign book. very proud of that. not participating in this election cycle but would help anyone draft a nomination speech, and i'm pretty good at it if bleach in the republican party. i'm a party man. but i'm staying out of the '16 but i do that and then also give her in section 2 my candid assessment what she ought to think about the 16 people who are running against her. their strengths and weaknesses. i got in trouble this weekend because i did not pay close enough attention to my notes. and i carly fiorina. don't ever skip carly fiorina. you will never hear the end of it. i have since seen her twice.
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or talked to her. she has remind me on both occasions i skipped her name. so i'm going carefully through the list and tell you what ought to worry the former secretary of state about each of these people. and i'm doing it in alphabetical order. so that you cannot accuse me because i have no dog in this fight and i'm going to be relentlessly fair. former florida governor jeb bush. his greatest strength is mrs. clinton's greatest strength. he has been around the track at a presidential level six times. his father in 1980, his father in 1984, his father in 1988, his father in 1992, his brother in 2000 and his brother in 2004. why does that matter? because mrs. clinton's been around the track that many times as well, almost. probably more if you count correctly. she ran with her husband in 1992, her hugs in 18996, she was in the white house in 2000. she was a noncompeting 2004 but
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supporting of senator kerry's candidacy she is not real in in the 2004 election but ran in 2008 and knows the prime mere circuits and ran in 2012 as the -- secretary of state looking like candidate running for re-election and running again. what does jeb bush have that hillary clinton has? the experience that only comes from running this gauntlet and it is a gauntlet. there's a reason they build facilities all over the across to train marines and other people in the united states military in simulation of the combat they will be in. that is because you cannot possibly experience combat but you can get close to it. you can't possibly know what it is to run are for president, the fatigue the tiredness, the ambush situations, the fact you're always on, unless you have done it before and the more timeouts do something, the better at it you get. know how many interviews i have conducted since i began my career in 1990?
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more than 25,000 interviews not including callers. 25,000. adds up when you do 15 hours of radio. four interviews on today reside show -- actually five. you learn how to do an interview and you learn how to to run for president, and first timers don't have that experience. mrs. clinton and jeb bush know what is coming. an enormous advantage. for both of them. i write about that. there's also the problem that bill clinton likes jeb bush. the clintons like the bushes and the bush like the clintons. that makes it a little bit tough to get into a tough, tough knife fight politically. a little tough but won't stop mrs. clinton. ben carson. what does she have to be afraid of ben carson? he is an unlikely nominee but i saw him speak again at very close distance. i was in the green room with his wife as he spoke on saturday night at the western conservative summit. he is truly a gifted orator, also truly an inspiring story.
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without question, no one has his story or close to his story in this race. everybody is privileged with a possible exception of rick santorum compared to ben carson and where he came from, and none of news this room, unless their there happens to be a pediatric neurosurgeon here, can say with any degree of certainty they know the health care system as well as he does, from the end of the knife and a helpless infant. that's a learning curve. deep man of faith, extraordinarily charismatic. she would shoo worry about him not because he is the knock the but because he will be a participant if the republicans are stat at every step of the process through the next eight years of the republican presidency, and maybe lightning will strike. i don't know. i think that carly fiorina and ben carson and donald trump and george pataki are long shots. but things health jimmy carter. things happen in the primary
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process. chris christie, who announced for president on the day i'm making this speech. an extraordinary charisma. the big guy issue call him in "the queen. " hi is at blunt as they come. jersey tough, and she is very, very resilient herself, but what chris christie has found himself required to do is to speak in explicit terms in great deal about things that trouble us, whether it's entitlement or anything else chev got to be worried about that kind of persona, because to to degree he is blunt she is not. to the degree he is straightforward, she is hidden. to degree he will tell you exactly what is on his mind, she never reveals. that contrast does not do her well and i talk about that. ted cruz. senator cruz, i write in this book, "the queen" is the only presidential candidate in my knowledge who has ever argued nine supreme court case and won them. the greatest constitutional scholar to seek the presidency since willingum howard taft and
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is probably the superior of the men who would go on to become the chief justice of the united states. so that is ted cruz in a nutshell. the knows the discussion, and my advice to her is simple. i if ted crews is the nominee, do not debate him. refuse. now, you might asks ask yourself, can that be done? who did it last? we are in the nixon library. and richard nixon refused to debate george mcgovern in 1972. you bet it can be done. and hillary clinton would be out of her mind to debate ted cruz. he would take her apart, muscle and joint. and that's why i recommend that she simply declare the republican party has chose to nominate barry goldwater i will
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not be in a debate with him. i wrote this book, forewarned is forearm elfed. think that's what she will do. what die write about ted cruz? he could lose or win in a landslide. i don't know. depends on lightning in a aboutle and what the mood of the country is. you have no idea about these things. carly fiorina. theirs is the peril of writing a book a year before the election, and publishing it right in the middle of a serge of a person you dismissed as a noncandidate. i have to tear few page out and chew on them a little bit because i said, don't engage, don't respond, don't talk to her. she is dangerous. great advice. hillary is following it. car carli -- carly is mad at me. i wrote you have no upside in engaging with carly fiorina. she is goes right at mrs. clinton every time she is given the opportunity. most recently on my show tonight.
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lindsey graham. with whom i never agreed on anything until the republicans in the house and senate and the president decided to cut the retirement benefits of active duty military of 20 years and then lindsey graham and i got together and we helped change that law but a that was wrong and it was very, very wrong, and lindsey graham stands for one thing in my mind which is very strong military. he served in the uniform of the united states, only two of our candidates have. lindsey graham and rick perry. that's a unique experience that makes you singularly able -- might elevate young tom cotton or dan sol have i lan of alaska. then three warriors elected and the vice presidential role that richard nixon played if we nominate someone of great experience and vast competence, they might take a swing on a warrior in the senate because they bring real world experience to this. i have to quickly talk about mike huckabee and he's on my
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radio show tomorrow so this is airing after he'll be on. mike huckabee is the best story teller in the bun, most able campaigner, a charming and wonderful man. i saw him in the hallway on sunday morning. i camouflet my hotel room. and mike is walking down the hallway-didn't mace beat. hugh, how are you? mrs. huckabee with him. i don't expect to be recognize. everybody callses me dennis prager anyway. dennis prager is a very bad man. don't buy his book "the ten commandments" just because it's a best seller. -don't go to prager university because because it will change your life. don't do that stuff. a bad man. that's what he is. i warned her about that. and i suggested she co-opt him because of heir shared arkansas experience, to identify as an arkansas native, even though she
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isn't but did live there and did work the back roads like mike huckabee did. bobby jindal, i don't know if i have an iq test for president he reside win. their only man who speaks fastest than i do. he has trouble getting traction early on but watch that space. he sued the federal government over common core. that's his issue. common core is the most explosive domestic policy issue i've seen arrive on a political scene in sudden fashion in 25 years, and the elites in washington have no idea yet how badly screwed up homework is at the kitchen table and there is nothing worse than a mom and a dad that can't do second grade math. they are mad and this is an issue that is growing and bobby jindal, who originally embraced common for, as did a lot -- governor huckabee, governor kashich, governor walker, all thought standards would be great. it ain't working, and bobby jindal has stepped out and sued
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the federal government because the federal government took over common core, and large educational consortium have a financial interest and jindal took it on. that's his secret strength. i warn her. the for of the greatest state of the union is john kashich, 17th state of the union. produced the most presidents because we don't count those from virginia who were born on english soil. produced the people who invented flight, therefore american air power, therefore the victory in world war ii and american superiority now, and the first man to step off of this planet on to another one. neil armstrong, who grew up in ohio. john kashich is a brilliant, full of energy, he has made some decisions which do not go down well with the tea party. expanded medicaid. my advice to mrs. christian continue, every sentence bring up his medicaid expansion.
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he is a great governor. he -- she doesn't want to run against him in a general election. john kashich cared 86 of 88 counties in history. carried blue collar, gm-loving, yawa, united steelworker employing trumbell and mahoney county, why? because he is a gifted politician at the retail live. so she doesn't want to run against him so has to talk up his medicaid broken arm all the time, reminding primary voters put asaid the fact he'll win ohio and no president has won without ohio. florida, virginia, ohio, colorado. that's a big advantage. rand paul. excuse me. also skimmed george pataki and doesn't deserved to be skipped. not many people take hit seriously himself stood up when america was on its back. led in a time of crisis, let democrats as well as runs. his appeal to bipartisanship is
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the same as a number of people who say they can walk across the isle. he actually did it. rand spall's great strength is in an era of worry about surveillance, the opm hack, the worst national security nightmare with more than 20 million files, including my own. i had three full field background investigations done on me. they were all in the files of the fbi. as is the background on all of our nuclear scientists who work at lawrence livermore, as is anyone in the witness protection program, as is every fbi and cia agent, all in the opm files which have been hacked the surveillance state is a constant. as mike mooreal confirm, mrs. clinton's server was almost certainly monitor nil chinese, the russian and the iranians. probably have everything with ought to ask them to find out about the 30,000 e-mails. but that creeping concern that we have about the surveillance
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state is what powers rand paul as well as his giftedness in connecting with young people and that's real. i saw it this week. as well as his deep ethic of christian service. go's machine medical missions, performs free eye surgeries. walks the walk and that matters in america act least fly over america. the real deal. the rise of the islamic state has eclipsed perhaps some of his antiinterventionist talk but maybe not. we'll see. governor perry was my guest today at the radio show. the most underestimated along with rick santorum of the candidates seems to be a time where scott walker said to me if you want to sweet someone from the past, come up with name from the future. that might be true but watch assault for rick perry. ease also been around the track. her did this once before. he made if stains and knows him to prove. he is not running after back surgery. not running on vicodin. her does run with a gun. he does shoos coyotes and is a texan and if it wasn't for texas would have had negative job growth in the last six and a
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half years. he remind you of that continually. he's good, has glasses just like mine. marco rubio, as was described to me by one of these, is right now the hottest commodity, he is right now the flavor of the month according to one over he 16 off the record to me. why is that? because i've never seen him a more gift elderrer to, because whenever i see marco rubio speak, i look around the back of the room and the wait staff comes out. why? because -- this happens with ted cruz, too -- because they see their son or daughter at the front of the room, because marco rubio's father worked the back of the room. if you haven't ever interviewed someone you don't know how impressive this is. i've done many and long interviews with senator rubio. he has never had a note, had instant and total command and re-call of everything about which i asked. he is never at a loss in this he shares with ted cruz an amazings
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eloquence and depth of preparation. when he speaks in spanish, has does governor bush marx i heart sings. over read jonathan alter's book or read "believer" you realize in the laster campaign a lot of american citizens consumed most of their media in spanish. a lot of those american citizens who consume most of their media in spanish live in virginia, florida, ohio, and especially colorado. most surprised, virginia, ohio, and florida, went by margins of roughly 100,000 votes to president obama. colorado went to president obama by 120,000 votes out of a much smaller number. it was a blowout in colorado. almost 50%. other states were 1% states. why? because of the latino vote in colorado, because of spanish consuming american citizens who are very entitled to vote and want to know the republican party understands that like the irish american before them and
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the italian americans before them, the latino americans of whatever variety -- there are lots of varieties -- distinguish to be respected but want to be afford to be fully american. seven to one, mitt was outspend. he has told me in person, on the radio, and in private, the biggest mistake of the 2012 campaign was made in not addressing spanish lange language media elm we cannot make mistake gain. i advise mrs. clinton, take marco rubio out. via opposition research. what a surprise that "new york times" is running marco rubio antiopposition research. where is that coming from? not from our team. speeding tickets. really? a fishing boat they called a speed boat? that he had a big mortgage and a lot of student debt? it's constant.
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they have identified him as one of their greatest threats and are moving to reduce him. rick santorum. should be told he is most like me of anyone in this race. an it's tallan catholic from western pennsylvania, sadly a steelers fan. but i have barn stormed with rick when he wrote his book by blue collar consecutive." i'm catholic, he is, he is steelers fan, i'm a browns season ticket holder, go browns. and he speaks to reagan democrats. in a way that very few people did help won iowa for a reason. people like him in a small room. the national news media does notes like rick santorum but he won pennsylvania twice. only lost because out it was the blowout year of 2006. he remains kinly the most underraidded of candidates. ... >> donald trump, pt barn numb
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