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tv   Karen Handel Wins Georgia Special Election  CSPAN  June 21, 2017 8:52am-9:12am EDT

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doesn't work. late last night he congratulated karen handel for her when. the president tweeting congratulations to karen handel in her big win in georgia's six. fantastic job. we are all very proud of you, he said. the president said ralph norman ran a fantastic race to win in the great state of south carolina's fifth district. we are all honored by your success tonight. you can read more at the today. as the president noted karen handel defeated democrat jon ossoff in george's record spending special election congressional race. with all precincts reporting, ms. handel, former secretary of state led 52%-48% margin of nearly 11,000 votes out of more than 250,000 ballots cast. here's a look at her victory speech to supporters last night and we will follow that with jon ossoff. [cheers and applause]
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>> thank you. i have to start first of all by saying thank you. [cheers and applause] there are literally hundreds of people to thank, and scores of elected officials and gop leaders who put the confidence in me right from the very beginning, and i would probably miss a few but there are several who stepped up right from day one, including my very good friend, bob ott, joann burrow, kerry know, joe lockwood, my
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hometown mayor jerry would. [cheers and applause] and i need to thank, you know, on april 18 i said to everyone that this is going to be a very, very tight race. was going to be contentious, and he was going to require all hands on deck. and that's exactly what we had. [cheers and applause] from all of the others who were the gop competitors in the primary, including several who are here tonight. i see bob gray. thank you for your help. [cheers and applause] every single member of the republican georgia congressional delegation, are constitutional
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offices, the legislators, governor nathan deal and first lady sandra deal, senator perdue, senator isakson and my very close friend sender sacks and chambliss. -- saxby chambliss. [cheers and applause] >> i need to also thank speaker ryan and the house leadership, and so many of the members across this country who also united to help us hold the sixth. [applause] >> and a special thanks to the president of the united states of america. [cheers and applause]
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but let's not forget our equally great vice president, mike pence. [cheers and applause] and i think it's appropriate to take a minute to acknowledge a new friend that i was able to make over the course of that campaign, this campaign, and that was majority whip steve scalise. [cheers and applause] right up until that tragic day on the ball field, steve would drop me a text message every single week, just to make sure i was doing okay and hanging tough. i think he called me the terminator in one of them. wasn't sure about that one, steve, but hasta la vista.
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let me tell you, really and truly what happened on that ball field was a terrible tragedy. and we need to all continue to lift up steve and others who are injured that day. and we need to also lift up this nation so that we can find a more civil way to deal with our disagreements. [cheers and applause] because in these united states of america, no one, no one should ever feel their life threatened over their political beliefs and positions. [applause] and i say that, ladies and gentlemen, in regards to both
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sides of the political aisle. [applause] through this campaign i've had a really great joy of getting to know any number of our leaders in washington. and let me tell you, even though within her own gop family we sometimes have disagreement. these are fine men and women who were doing their level best for this country. [applause] i really am honored to be able to stand before you tonight, and so extraordinarily humbled here but as everyone knows, most big things are not accomplished by one person alone and i had a tremendous amount of support in this campaign from each and every one of you to a great campaign team.
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they really are, yes, give them a hand. [applause] to individuals on the ground who put in countless hours, knocking on doors and making phone calls in some of the hottest days ever, y'all. but through it all everyone persevered. and then there's this guy. [cheers and applause] how about steve handle? [applause] this man is my heart.
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he tells you he's my number-one supporter, and i can tell you that in everything i have ever attempted to do in my life he has been my number-one supporter. and there are no words to say how much i love you. [cheers and applause] a little while ago i had the opportunity to speak with jon ossoff turkey was more than gracious and he thanked me for a spirited campaign and to wish him and his wife all the best in the new life that they're going to be starting. [applause]
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now, tonight, tonight i stand before you extraordinarily humbled and honored at the tremendous privilege and high responsibility that you and the people across the six district had given to me to represent you in the united states house of representatives. [cheers and applause] i will do -- [applause] we have had a legacy of tremendous leadership in the sixth district. our very own tom price who is now secretary of hhs. [cheers and applause] now senator johnny isakson. [cheers and applause] and former speaker newt gingrich. [cheers and applause]
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these man, the statesman, has created a very, very big shoes to fill. and i will do my level best to live up to the standards that they have set. to the jon ossoff supporters, know that my commitment, the extent to everyone of you as well. we may have some different beliefs, that we are part of one community, the community of the six district. [cheers and applause] and i will work just as hard to earn your confidence in the weeks and months ahead. and i give every georgian this promise. my promise is to work every single day relentlessly to make our state and this country a better place.
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[cheers and applause] my pledge is to be part of the solution to focus on governing, to put my experience to work in helping to solve a very serious issues that we're facing in this country. i think i might be the only if not one of the few, former chamber ceos to actually serve in the u.s. congress. [applause] and i know i am one of the few who have come out of local office as a former county commission chairman, and i'm also one of the few former secretaries of state. [cheers and applause] we have a lot of work to do, a
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lot of problems that we need to solve. we need to finish the drill on healthcare. [applause] we've got to do a better job for this economy so that we can create more jobs and better paying jobs. and we've got to do more for creating jobs especially in the small business community. [applause] we have to make sure that we move forward with comprehensive tax reform. [applause] with a lower corporate rates but, ladies and gentlemen, also lower individual rates so that our middle class can participate and our small businesses can participate. and finally, permanently repeal the death tax. [applause]
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and to our veterans in the room -- [cheers and applause] to our veterans in the room, we have a high obligation as a nation, and i know i have a high obligation as the next congressman, to ensure that we provide our military men and women with the resources they need to do the job we're asking them to do. [cheers and applause] and that obligation extends when thereto or of duty is over, to dimity the families so that we meet our commitments to them. [applause] i have said this before multiple
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times on the campaign trail. and i am especially reminded of it tonight. my path has been a somewhat unusual one, and i am a pretty unlikely soon to be junior congressman from the state of georgia. i never expected any of this. growing up in a turbulent home, as i left home at 17 and went to work, i could have given up and let the circumstances that i was facing dictate and control the course of my life, but i did not. i believe that our life experience the good and the bad, the unique, the mundane, and the difficult, but i want build our character, set our core, help us develop discernment in our decision-making. and it's that fighting spirit, that perseverance and tenacity that i will take to washington. it's been the driving force in
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my life, and it will be the driving force for you as i represent you. [cheers and applause] so very many people have lifted me up in the tough days of my life. when all is said and done, i know that it is been a great god and a truly great nation that afforded a young girl the opportunity to grow up and be whatever it was she wanted to be. [cheers and applause] i am also very well aware of another obligation that comes with tonight decision by the voters. the obligation of being the first republican woman elected
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to congress from the great state of georgia. [cheers and applause] [chanting] [laughing] >> during the campaign, i met a young girl named sophia. she was at one of our very first rallies right after the april 18 primary. sophia is a beautiful eight-year-old girl and she had been following the race and totally mutual friend how much she thought that i should win. so i talked to her a little bit, and here's what she said to me.
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this is an exact quote. karen, if you can win, it says to every eight-year-old girl that she can do it, too. [cheers and applause] while my name was the one on the ballot, i general milley -- i genuinely believe tonight is not really about me. it's about all of those young and not so young little girls and boys out there, the ones you have been underestimated most of their life, told that they couldn't do it or that they weren't good enough, the ones that were always counted down and out. tonight reminds us, it reminds me, that anything is possible with hard work, determination, great and people who believe in you.
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-- grit. [applause] thank you. for believing in me. [applause] tonight to victory, it's for you and it's for every single citizen in the sixth district because for every single person with a dream. someone gave me a bracelet a few years back and it said something that i remind myself up every single day. she believes she could, so she did. [applause] well, friends, we did. [cheers and applause] so tonight let's celebrate, and tomorrow the real work will begin. the hard work of governing and
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doing that in a civil, responsible way that is in the best interest of every georgian, every district citizen, and every citizen of the united states of america, as we prepare to send george's first republican woman to congress. thank you. god bless you. [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause]


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