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depth, as terry was saying we have a longer way to go to deliver that energy. i did scud ee on c and g and l and g within vehicles what would really change things is the consumer adoption of cng vehicles. we have a lot of things like sanitation trucks, 100% of them are running on cng. a lot of commercial vehicles running on cng. when i am refilling, i need to know i am coming back the same time. i can't be stuck out there running out of natural gas. when we look at that in the pickens plan, et cetera one thing you needed to do was relevant row -- retrofit gas stations. doesn't sound like much like $50,000, that was going to come from the government and i don't think anything is coming from the government for that sort of thing, so i think it died its own death.
i suspect because the combustion engine is getting better and better, don't need tax credits handouts, pay more for miles per gallon. maybe the real test is a battery engine. but i don't see natural gas vehicle being a competitive threat in the future to gasoline. >> here. >> thank you. david kroicher from heritage foundation. wanlt to thank you, this is an interesting panel. i was wondering if you could go back to the cameron government one of the main plans was to go after shale gas, and whether they can do it whether we will be able to -- our service companies will be able to get business there, is it the right kind of rock, whatever it is that's interesting. that's a big issue. >> i don't know whether it is the right kind of rock. i can tell you that there has
been significant anti-frack back lash. but you're right, the cameron government has been enthusiastic, has been pushing this and just got another five years. so i would certainly keep an eye on that. they're going to run into i think the same problems that everyone else is, how do you in order to accommodate anti-frack sent meant, how do you incentivize local communities to open their doors to this. i haven't seen any suggestions that get you there so i think it is an incentive game. do you know, is the rock supposedly good in midland basin? >> major problem in the midland basin, the area from birmingham and manchester going east is that that rock is very heavily faulted. it is a much more complex rock
than marcellus. also this is the problem, one of the primary problems in china. the density of the fault networks is made clear because obviously they had a couple of earthquakes, for example, that were set off. they were small earthquakes set off by fracking, they had to deal with them. and it is not entirely clear that the gas shale in england can be made economical. profitable given perception in that area of england. >> i have a question for the panel. it was huge enthusiasm from the very beginning few years ago
regarding shale from poland to romania. there were some works there and they were stopped. it is a matter of, i don't know, profitability of the resources that are inside or it is a matter of conjunction of the market or could be influenced issues in this regard. >> i'll answer the first part. then i am going to pass it off to my colleagues. i've spent some time in a number of those countries and gas shale that we are talking about in poland runs from poland through ukraine, shows up in turkey. it is sourced in organic fossil. and if there's an analogy in america, it probably is the
utica gas shale. and turns out that the major issue is the quality of the rock. and it doesn't really matter what the politics are or how the local people feel. if the quality of the rock isn't there to make this work, the way that it has with marine shale like the marcellus, then the rest of it doesn't matter. i'm sure there's some politics going on and other things as well that make it tough. the rock quality itself is disappointing. >> i'm not an expert on eastern europe politics but your point is absolutely right the political discussion comes secondary to the rock. if the rock is no good or hasn't been discovered a way to make that rock work the rest is a moot point. >> this is one of the things
that's amazing about the anti-fracking revolution, which is that russell made this point earlier, without testing the gas shale to know whether it is worthwhile or not, it seems to me a little nearsighted for government to say no, we are not going to look at all. the french, for example, have a wonderful opportunity, at least a test in the paris basin. the british ran into this situation south of london where a company quad ril a, was going to drill a well a vertical well to test the rock. they weren't even going to fracture the rock, they were going to drill to see what was there, and that got shut down so it is very difficult for the government to know what the path forward is without knowing what's there. that's the first step. >> i think we have come to the end of our session. i want to thank very much our esteemed panelists who have come
from texas and pennsylvania to come and talk to us today and to you folks for being engaged and asking great questions. we hope to come back and talk sometime about liquified natural gas and effect of prices on that as well as discussing offshore some of the global offshore planned projects and how oil prices are effecting those in the future. thank you very much. president obama will be at georgetown university as part of a summit on overcoming poverty. he will discuss the issue with harvard public policy professor robert putnam and arthur brooks president of american enterprise institute. that's part of a three day meeting of civic, religious political leaders, will be live here on cspan3 at 11:25 a.m.
eastern. later, covering the senate veteran's affairs committee, holding another hearing on changes in the way the va hand else the health department. that's at 2:30. tonight on the communicateors communicators, we met up with author peter nowak who says we are on a new phase of human development and through robots and other technology, likely to enhance the human condition. >> robots is an especially interesting one, because 2014 i think was the year of robot angst. i don't know if a day went by i didn't see a story how robots are stealing jobs from humans, and we're all going to end up out of work on a daily basis. you hear here is one that's better bartender better way teriter
or waitress. the point that i think that's missed in that is that every prior revolution or advance in automation has actually resulted in better jobs for humans. we are really worried about the robots taking our jobs and having a hard time imagining what we're going to be doing not just 200 years from now but even 10 years from now. i think that history has shown that we will figure out a way to combine with robots to create new jobs again that were previously unimaginable. >> tonight at 8:00 eastern on cspan2. a number of republican 2016 presidential candidates and others that are likely to run spoke at the south carolina freedom summit in greenville over the weekend. here on cspan3, we're going to show you the first few hours of the summit including wisconsin governor scott walker, rick santorum, and former governor w jobs again that were
previously unimaginable. >> tonight at 8:00 eastern on cspan2. a number of republican 2016 presidential candidates and others that are likely to run spoke at the south carolina freedom summit in greenville over the weekend. here on cspan3, we're going to show you the first few hours of the summit including wisconsin governor scott walker, rick santorum, and former governor rick perry. watch more of the day long coverage at cspan.org. >> please welcome david bossey. [ applause ] . >> well, good morning greenville! what a beautiful day.
what an amazing event we have in store for you today. and i'm just so proud to be here co-hosting this event. this unbelievably important event with my good friend, jeff duncan. i want to first of all say thank you to each and every one of you for coming and spending your day. it is also a fitting way to start out by saying happy mother's day to all you moms out there. appreciate you. [ applause ] . i get, as host, have a few housekeeping items. i am going to handle them quickly. we obviously have a sold out show here. if you need to leave or go to the lobby or go do something, tell an usher you're going to be back so they don't fill in your seat. we have folks that are going to
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you're not going to want to miss that. as part of the business to this, i want to say thank you to our sponsors. without them this event would not be able to happen. mr. al moore who is a good friend of mine from st. louis, missouri is here, want to say thank you to him. tea party patriots again for being our lunch sponsors. breitbart news. i hope everybody goes to them for being the media sponsor, the other sponsor, hsp direct, national rifle association american legacy pac, tma direct. without you guys this event actually would not be able to happen. i want to thank greenville news, they're providing live stream for the event. this event was sold out for weeks. greenville news is giving people around south carolina and around the world the opportunity to see this event live on their computers at home on their live
stream. also cspan is covering this event live all day. and we're really excited about cspan being able to provide the broadcast of this exciting event to every american across the country so they can see these candidates these unbelievable list of speakers, prominent leaders we have here today before you here in greenville, so i'm proud to do that. now sit back, enjoy the show. i will be introducing congressman duncan later but i want to welcome to the stage the first time my good friend congressman jeff duncan. [ cheers and applause ]
>> thank you what a great crowd. let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the freedom summit. i am congressman jeff duncan. it is an honor to co-host with dave bossey from citizens united. we have an amazing lineup of national leaders joining us today. i think it will make for a memorable, worthwhile experience for all of you. few months ago i had opportunity to attend and speak at iowa freedom summit in des moines. after a day on the ground there feeling the energy of that event, how they were so engaged in the political process, i knew we needed to bring an event such as that to south carolina to give you the opportunity to hear from these great leaders. as you know, south carolina holds the first in the south presidential primary. while many of the leaders have visited our state before and will visit the state many times after today, i can't think of another situation where so many will be at the same place at the same time. in many ways, this is the
official kickoff to south carolina's first in the south presidential primary, and i'm so glad you're here to be part of it. thank you for that. [ applause ] so not only is this a great opportunity to hear from these national leaders, it is a great opportunity for these leaders to hear from you. for you to influence their policies and to let them know exactly what you expect and demand from our current and future leaders. so thanks for being here. and please don't be afraid to cheer. they need to hear that. all right. what a great day to be an american, right? so if you will without further delay, please rise for the presentation of colors by the american legion color guard post three of greenville, remain standing for the pledge of allegiance.
>> arms. >> today we're honored with a very special guest to help plead us in the pledge of allegiance. this man is a patriot who has served this country in uniform, has fought to protect our freedom, and has demonstrated remarkable valor and bravery for his actions, he has been bestowed with the medal of honor, the highest award given by our nation's military. his medal of honor citation states the following -- for galt try and risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty, while serving as an automatic rifleman with company f, second battalion regimental combat team 1, first marine expeditionary force ford in helmand province, afghanistan in support of operation enduring freedom. lance corporal carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition comprised two reinforced marine rifle squads partnered with an afghan army national guard. in a small village in the marja district in order to disrupt any activity and provide security for the local afghan population. lance corporal carpenter were manning a roof on the perimeter of patrol base dakota when the enemy initiated a daylight attack with grenade, one of which landed inside. without regard for his own safety, lance corporal carpenter moved towards the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow
marine. his body absorbed the blunt of the blast, severely wounding him, but safing the life of his fellow marine. but his undaunted courage bold fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, lance corporal carpenter upheld the highest traditions of the united states marine corps and the united states naval service. please join me in welcoming an american hero, lance corp. cal kyle carpenter to lead news the pledge of allegiance. [ cheering and applause ] >> thank you. thank you. thank you so much. please join me in our nation's pledge of allegiance.
i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty >> please stay on the stage with me. >> i've asked -- i've asked kyle carpenter to stay on stage with me for just a minute. corporal carpenter, for your service to our country and on behalf of the people of south carolina and a grateful nation, i would like to present you with a flag flown over the united states capitol in your honor as a token of appreciation for your service. [ applause ] ladies and gentlemen, a national hero, kyle carpenter. [ applause ]
now, if you'll please remain standing for our national anthem sung by anderson resident and miss midland's 2015, miss tory sizemore. ♪ oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ thru the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched
>> i don't know about you, but i've got goose bumps. what a great day to be a free american. [ applause ] as many of you know that i'm not afraid to share my christian faith a and that i'm a believer in jesus christ. [ applause ] and so we're going to open today's festivities with a prayer by my good friend mr. tony beam. dr. tony beam from north greenville university will lead us in today's prayer. dr. beam? [ applause ] >> blessed is the nation whose god is the lord. there was a time in israel's history when they were at the pinnacle of power under solomon's leadership. they had just dedicated the temple. and the presence of the lord came so strong into that place that those who were
administering had to leave because of the power of god upon the nation of israel at that time. it was at that time that god came to solomon and said solomon, one day, and that is the tony beam translation, one day the wheels are going to come off, and you're going to have a difficult time. in that day, remember these words. if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, seek my face, turn from their wicked ways then i will hear from heaven. i will forgive their sin, and i will heal their land. the united states has been at the pinnacle of great power. we stand in need of this prayer today. let's pray together. father, god in the name of jesus our savior, we come before you to call upon you to forgive us of our sins. we call upon you, oh, god to return the light and the blessings to our nation as we cry out to you and to you alone.
god, we come before you today to pray your blessings and wisdom upon these leaders who will cross this stage today. lord, one of them may stand before us one day as the president of the united states. god, in that day give them the wisdom of solomon. give them the ability spiritually to understand that our problems come from within first and must be dealt with there first and foremost. lord, keep their path straight. guard their hearts. protect their families. and restore unto us oh god, not only the joy of our salvation but our leadership role in the world as you return to us to a place of light, a shining place where we can be an example because we have called on your name and you have come to us, oh god, and forgiven us and restored us. we love you, lord and we thank you for your blessings, in jesus' name, amen. >> amen. >> thank you, brother. okay. let's get this show started.
introduce our next speaker. after all it's not every day you get to introduce a hometown hero and a hero of the conservative movement all at the same time. jim demint is one of america's foremost conservative leaders heading up the preeminent policy institution in our nation's capital. he served as a distinguished member of congress for 14 years, leading on the causes of limited government, lower taxes and economic freedom in a principled and thoughtful manner. he has earned a reputation as someone willing to take on the republican establishment and the failed washington status quo. and i want to personally recognize and thank him for that. thanks to his efforts, the group of conservative change agents in congress is growing. as a united states senator, he forged the coalition, the conservative coalition now populated by the likes of ted
cruz, rand paul, and mike lee. working tirelessly and fearlessly to bring battle ready conservatives to the halls of congress. our next speak eran the greenville-based demint group until 1998 when he was elected to the united states house of representatives. and jim demint kept his promise to serve only three terms in the house. and in 2004 he was elected to the united states senate, where he gained the nation's attention and respect as a superb conservative legislator and advocate. senator demint stood tall by working to end the corrupt system of congressional earmarks and by stopping the misguided 2007 amnesty bill. since 2013 he has led the prestigious heritage foundation transforming that think tank into a major force for liberty in america. under his leadership heritage
has been at the forefront of innovative policy proposals and pressuring republicans in congress to fight for the conservative principles they promised to represent. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming my good friend and greenville's very own jim demint. ♪ ♪ we're letting freedom ring, chasing these small town dreams ♪ ♪ doing what our parents did, thinking we've all gone crazy lately ♪ ♪ it's the middle of america ♪ >> wow! welcome to my hometown. now, how many of you are in greenville for the first time? see a few hands out there. how many of are actually from greenville here?
[ cheering ] well, i tell you, it is just great to be home with you. debbie is here with me today. to be in the upstate of south carolina, which is really the stronghold of conservative republicanism in the country right here, it really is. [ applause ] and we have some of the best representatives in congress of anywhere in the country. you've heard from jeff duncan. you know trey gowdy [ cheering ] they used to say trey has jim demint's seat. now they say jim demint had trey gowdy's seat. things change. and nick mulvaney is here from right up the road, folks. but i want to tell you why we have great representatives. it's because republicans in the upstate of south carolina are real republicans.
they organize. they're solidly conservative. and they help elect good people. and even more important once they're there, they support them when they do the right thing. and our guys hear from them when they do the wrong thing. you keep them accountable. and that's what we talk about a lot. let's make them see the light but help them feel the heat when they need to. that's why we have great representatives. and that's what we're trying to do all over the country is just encourage conservatives to come together and help elect the right people. but more important, elect the right ideas. that's what we're about at the heritage foundation. that's what wins the day. and that's a lot of what i want to talk about. but first, i want to talk about being right here on this spot in greenville, south carolina. if i step out front, i can see most of my life. probably some you have are the same way. i was born about a half mile up the street here at the greenville general hospital. two months later, my wife debbie
was born in the same place. we weren't married at the time. but before i was born right across the street here, my grandfather ran a gas station. i saw some pictures from the greenville news the other day. buck rollins. he saved enough money. he opened a tire and oil business right here on this spot in front of the peace center, on this property. i remember growing up as a kid, climbing on top of boxes of motor oil and climbing down through tunnels of tires. as i got a little bit older, i think i was 11 years old i started going across the street to the greenville news, piedmont at the time. i had a paper route. i had to go buy for my papers every month and buy new supplies of rubber bands. a little while later right up the street at the poinsett hotel. that's where all the proms were. later when we moved back to greenville, one of my first business locations was right
across the bridge this old building that overlooks the waterfall. but after we got married and moved back to greenville, and a lot of you from greenville know this, downtown was dead. the merchants had moved out. no one would come down here to shop anymore. it was really terrible. but a lot of people got together. and i was privileged to be a part of that working with a lot of volunteer groups. a lot of entrepreneurs, businesses, local leaders, elected leaders. the chamber of commerce here locally. and over time through risk taking, through vision, through a lot of hard work, with no help from washington, i don't think even any help from columbia the city you see now was built from the ground up by the people who live here. and if you walk around now, it's so exciting, not just to see what is here, but to realize that this is how america works. we're built from the ground up. by the people and by businesses
and risk takers entrepreneurs and investors. and that's what is happening all over the country. we're frustrated with what is going on in washington because they keep trying to do it the other way. they keep trying to build america from the top down. by running things from there. but you can't build things like this from the top down. you end up with detroit and baltimore when you have those kind of policies that try to control everything instead of trying to create an opportunity or a situation where there is opportunity for all. now in greenville every -- from a high school student with a part-time job to high pay white collar jobs you have opportunity for everyone because of what was built from the ground up. that's the philosophy we need to have. and we're frustrated with washington, all of us are. but folks, i just got back from seattle last night. and every year heritage does a resource bank where leaders from states all over the country come in to share their best
practices. what has worked, how have they done it, and how can other states figure out how to do it. one of our speakers was governor paul lepage from maine. i was in the senate. the maine sister olympia snowe and susan collins said they had to vote for big liberal programs because they were from a liberal state. but this republican governor has pushed welfare reform. he has reduced taxes. and two years ago when he vetoed medicaid expansion under obamacare, they said he was toast in the election last november. but last november, he got more votes than any governor ever has in maine before. [ applause ] what does that tell you? what people want they want the courage of your convictions. they want leadership. they want people to tell them the truth and go out and try to do that. now he is busy pushing his legislature to eliminate the state income tax. you can do it in maine. we had leaders from illinois. i mean, last year, republicans,
i mean, the state of illinois, a lot of democrats elected a republican governor who was promising to take on the public employees unions. i mean it was so inspiring, even the dead people in chicago voted republican last year. it just takes some leadership, folks. and there were people there from oklahoma and our neighbor georgia who were pushing education savings accounts to give children more choices and opportunities because they had seen what worked in arizona. that's something i hope we can do here. maybe a lot of leaders like palmetto promise institute here in south carolina, which i helped to start. hopefully we can push our legislature to do things like that. and in oklahoma, they were so frustrated the state legislature hadn't passed the right to work that the counties are now voting for right to work just in their own county. and all over the country, we see our ideas working and winning
the hearts and minds of the american people. so those folks who say you got to moderate and go to the center and be lukewarm to win elections just need to look at the new governor of maryland, to look at what has happened in maine and look all over the country. our ideas work and they inspire people. and we need to keep talking about them. as we look at this presidential election, i know we're not supposed to talk about candidates today but instead of just maybe getting behind the first one that blows in your ear, folks, it's not about giving a good speech. it's really about the power of the ideas and the ability to inspire people. we've got to make sure our candidates understand not only what the solutions are, but what are the threats. we know out around the world and here at home we have the threat of islamic terrorism. but in washington, it's pretty simple. we have to fight the left every day. every day they're trying to take control of a new part of the american economy in society. they're threatening our religious liberties.
you need people with courage and conviction. you can't compromise with these people, folks. the only compromise keeps moving you further and further to the left. we've got to fight them and we've got to win. [ applause ] but there is another threat. there is another threat that we don't talk about enough. it's the washington establishment as a whole. it's the entrenched politicians and the bureaucrats and the liberal media. it's the big unions, the government unions that are there. it's big corporations, the lobbyists on k street. and they profit from the status quo. and despite what maybe a lot of these big corporations tell you, folks, they're not there to create a free market economy. they're there for the bigs, for big business. and fortunateunfortunately, too many of our republican colleagues fall into that as you hear people campaign for senate, for congress, find out how do they feel about the export/import bank when they're in south
carolina. it's a big crony boondoggle with so much fraud and corruption. but we've got boeing here in south carolina. it's hard to say we don't want it. and when these candidates get in iowa, do they want subsidies for ethanol? do they want wind credits because general electric is in their district? but what you have in washington now, instead of what is working on what's good for america opportunity for all, and favoritism for none, what you have is cronyism. and so much of what you see happens, when you scratch your head and say why did republicans do that, that doesn't make any sense, you can probably trace it back to cronyism in washington. the government playing winners and losers. folks, it's the big banks that wrote dodd/frank. it's the big insurance companies that wrote obamacare. none of this stuff is for the little guy. whether it's obama or hillary and they stand up and say we're for the little guy, you can tell them no, you're not. any time you're for big government, big government is not for the little guy.
it doesn't help us build this country from the ground up. and we need folks now in public office, particularly those in washington and in the white house that understand that this whole idea of federalism, which simply means government closer to home at the state and the local level, it's more accountable, it's more effective. there is no reason why we should be trying to run education and health care and transportation and control our energy markets and our banking system from washington, d.c. [ applause ] so i just -- i want to challenge you as you listen to these guys. and i have to say i'm kind of proud that the first three republicans who announced for office were those that i supported through senate conservatives fund, but were all opposed by the republican party in washington. [ applause ] but it had very little to do with me. what it should show all of you if the people of this country come together around the right ideas, they can send the people
they want to washington no matter what the establishment says or what any political party says, the power is in our hands to change things. but we need people who not only understand the right ideas and a big part of that is moving things out of washington. but the biggest missing ingredient in washington right now is courage, is people who are willing to take the heat and the pressure that comes inside of washington. we're trying to help with that because the noise inside of washington encouraging our representatives to do the wrong thing is much, much louder than the noise that comes from the people. as i said, the reason we have good representatives here is because the folks who represent us hear from us back home. you're organized. you have the right ideas. you support folks. and we need to do that all over the country. that's why i left the senate and went to heritage is i realized that politicians are just corks bobbing on the water. it's up to us to create the current.
that's what vigilant citizens have to do. we have to build support for the right ideas so that when candidates go out there and talk about what we need to do in america to create opportunity for all, like more energy development, like more school choice, like tax reform, that americans recognize that as something that will make their life better. it's not a political idea, it's a personal idea. and they also to have see when the guys who go to washington are really playing favorites, who are picking winners and losers, who are part of the big crony washington establishment. you can see that pretty easily by how they vote. there are a lot of excuses. i heard it all with earmarks when i was fighting earmarks. they would say well, this is a good earmark. it's important. and you could find some that were good. but because you supported that one, you ended up supporting 10,000. and folks that's why we're $18 trillion in debt is because the people in washington now are picking winners and losers and
trying to buy votes and campaign contributions from all the interest groups inside washington. but our job, and i know my job at heritage is to make your voices and the voices of american people louder than the voices that are inside washington. that's how we keep freedom here in america. so folks -- [ applause ] -- have a good time. there are going to be some great folks speaking to you. not as candidates, but we know who they are and why they're here. but we got a great group of people who love this country, who understand what makes it work. and i'm glad that they're coming here because they know they're accountable to folks sitting in this audience and audiences like it all over the country. we've got a great country. we've been blessed beyond anything we can imagine. it's up to us to keep it. thank you for being here. [ applause ] thanks, folks! ♪ let freedom ring tasting
these small town dreams ♪ ♪ doing what our parents doing ♪ >> wow bringing conservatism to you like nobody else. thank you, jim. it's my honor to introduce the next speaker, someone that really needs no introduction to folks in south carolina. one of my colleagues up in congress from the 5th congressional district a seat that is held by a republican for the first time in 130 years after he knocked off john spratt. my good friend, mick mulvaney. ♪ >> thank you. thank you so much. it's so nice to be introduced by jeff. for those of you who know, the four of us got elected in 2010 today, me, trey, tim and jeff.
we're still pretty close. and it's awful nice of him to say nice things. you would expect him to say nice things. what he didn't tell you about me is i'm a terrible public speaker. i cannot give an exciting red meat speech. i don't know how i got to be in this position without being able to do that but i'm lousy at giving exciting speeches. so i'm not even going to try today to fire you up about anything. there is a lot of people here who are better at that than i am. i am simply going to give you one thing to think about, or ask you to think about one thing as you sit here for the next several hours and listen do all of these folks come through. and that's this. a lot of these folks are going to come through and try to convince you that they are great conservatives, that they believe in what you believe in they believe in faith and family and freedom. and they're going to want to assume a leadership position in our conservative movement. as each one of them comes up, i hope that you look at every single one of them through this perspective.
the largest voting demographic group in the 2016 election will be people between the ages of 18 and 30. the fastest growing demographic group will be hispanics. look around you in this room. convincing you is not the issue. who can convince somebody else? so today ask yourselves who can talk to those folks, who can take what we believe, who can take our principles and ideals and talk to folks who are not in this room. and by talk to i do not mean pander. no one likes to be pandered to. especially people who think you're pandering to them for a vote. and by talk to, i do not mean watering down the message and watering down our principles. we tried that in 2008 and it didn't work. we tried that in 2012 and it
didn't work. i'm talking about finding folks who can articulate conservative principles, to explain to you not only why they are conservative but why you should be conservative and why these conservative principles are what is going to save the country, who can talk to people about the benefits of capitalism. it's not easy to do. who can talk to people about the opportunities that are brought by freedom and liberty. it is not easy to do. who can talk to people who are not in this room about the dangers of government control and socialism. it's not easy to do. and it's been a long time since we found somebody or more than one somebody who has been able to take that outside of this room and take to it a broader audience. we are looking for someone --
man, woman who cannot only tell you what you want to hear, but who can tell the rest of the country what they need to hear. [ applause ] and if that's what comes out of this, as these folks come through today and you imagine whether or not this person is that sort of person, if we find somebody here today who cannot only talk about our principles in south carolina and texas and wyoming, but can go and talk to young people in new york and hispanics in california and african americans in illinois, if we find that person here today, then that will be much more exciting than any speech coy have given. thank you very much for all you do for the movement. thank you for what you have done for south carolina. thank you very much, especially to jeff for having me here today. [ applause ] ♪
>> wow, mick came in under a minute. so we're gaining some time. thank you, mick, for that. because the next guy may need it. good friend of mine from southern louisiana i started in congress, elected in 2010. many of you met him at my barbecue a couple of years ago in anderson. congressman jeff landry is from a working class, middle class family from st. martinville, louisiana. that's down in the atchafalaya basin, down on the bayou. he grew up through louisiana's old. he is a conservative person. a little about him. he is a veteran of desert storm and left the military with the rank of sergeant. he received the army achievement medal, the national defense ribbon, overseas training
ribbon, and louisiana cross from his 11 years service as the louisiana national guard. now, he may be a little difficult for us to understand because he's got -- he does have a cajun accent. but you're going to love him like i do. former congressman jeff landry the future attorney general from the state of louisiana. jeff! ♪ >> thank you very much for that warm welcome. but more importantly, thank you for being here today. you know congressman duncan thinks i have an accent. i can't understand why. but if you have trouble understanding me, i'll -- i'll get the text of my speech. you can find it on jefflandry.com. how about that? you know i am so happy to be here. i am happy to be with fellow
conservatives who believe in constitutional liberty. i'm happy to be with those individuals who, like me believe this nation and our principles are worth fighting for. and i tell you what. y'all deserve the round of applause. give yourselves a round of applause. come on, give yourself a round of applause. [ applause ] you see, you are the leaders who will ensure that conservatism wins in 2016. you have taken your time and your treasure this weekend and what a great group of speakers we have here today. our slate includes men and women from across the country with diverse backgrounds, experience and solutions to the problems facing our country. it is this diversity that makes conservatism so strong.
and it's not just these speakers, but our entire membership that represents all that is great with america. you see, we believe in an all mighty god. and that it is he who has laid his hand on this country. [ applause ] and that it is his law natural law, and it is not subject to amendment, modification, or revision by man. [ applause ] we believe that all life is sacred. and that we all have a right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. we believe in individual, not big government. we want people to have the freedom to create and achieve. we believe small business owners
and hard work grow our economy not government bureaucrats or crony capitalism. because we built this country. [ applause ] we believe that all people should have equal opportunity, but that equal opportunity does not guarantee equal results. and that's okay. because we know that people create prosperity and wealth, not the government. we believe that compassion is measured not by how many people are on the government assistance, but how many people no longer need government support. [ applause ] we believe that a person should be measured by the don't of their character, not by the color of their skin. [ applause ]
we are thankful for the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families. [ applause ] we believe in the strength that comes from the family unit, that parents, not politicians know best. we believe that education starts in the home and is fostered in our local communities. our students should be empowered. our teachers should be protected from big government. and our parents given educational choices. we believe in checks and balances, that the founding fathers wary of federal overreach correctly designed our government to keepsake credit the rights of the individual. we believe our dually elected representatives should determine rules and law, not appointed
bureaucrats working for the executive branch. and we certainly do not believe we are free people when our government is being run with a phone and a pen. [ applause ] we believe in the rule of law, and nobody including our elected officials, irs directors, or secretaries of state is above the law. we believe that patients and doctors should make medical decisions and not government appointed panels. and finally, we believe that the constitution should be preserved, protected, and defended. and when conservatives win, that's what we expect.
[ applause ] conservatism is strong because of you. as someone who has served i know that we're all in this together. one nation under god, indivisible for justice and justice for all. [ laughter ] and so together let us restore our republic. and as they say down in louisiana, laissez les bons temps rouler. let the good times roll. thank you all so very much. ♪ >> everybody enjoying themselves so far? all right! well, our next speaker has been
a leading conservative voice in his home state of new hampshire for over ten years. taking the fight for limited government and fiscal sanity to the liberal left. ten years ago, he won election to the new hampshire house of representatives where he rose to the position of speaker of the house, making the new hampshire house a force for conservative reform. he pushed through fiscally responsible budget that sent the liberals crazy. he has been an outspoken critic of obamacare from the beginning, pointing out that the disastrous law gave the government unlimited power. over people and the ability to take away health care that they wanted. over the past few years i've gotten to know bill o'brien well, and i respect him because he is a man of character who never strays from his guiding conservative principles. i'm proud to report that bill
o'brien has spoken at our new hampshire freedom summit and our iowa freedom summit. and i'm so grateful that he wanted to come here to south carolina. and i'm glad he is here today, because he understands the importance of highlighting conservative leadership in our first three primary states. please join me in welcoming the former speaker of the new hampshire house of representatives bill o'brien. [ applause ] ♪ >> we have any fellow tea party patriots here with us today? greetings to you from new hampshire. i want to thank dave, my good friend dave. i'm honored to be here and to speak today.
i want to thank congressman jeff duncan and citizens united for hosting this event. and to the many great organizations who are sponsoring it. there is so many really inspiring people who will be here today, it's almost impossible to thank them all. but really, the most important attendees are all of you, conservative activists from across south carolina who are here today. it is the opportunity to speak with you that brought me here today from new hampshire. but my message isn't important because i'm a former speaker in new hampshire. it's not important because i'm currently the new hampshire house republican leader. it's important because many of you -- like many of you, i'm a conservative activist. and it is an activist that i speak to you. see, in new hampshire, we have 400 state representatives. and it pays $100 a year. so you don't get many career politicians in the new hampshire legislature. [ applause ]
it just doesn't pay enough. instead, our activists become state representatives. and i'm one of those activists. and like many of you, over the years i've heard the establishment party members and the liberal media tell us who we must nominate for president if we're going to win in november. and then having convinced too many of us to put aside our conservative principles when we vote in the primaries. the liberal media turns the remainder of its job, and that job is to promote the latest liberal disaster in the general election and destroy another chance to return america to greatness. so i'm here today -- so i'm here
today, and i've been to iowa to spread the message that new hampshire grassroots activists are steadfast in our commitment to conservative principles and conservative candidates. we're committed to limited government and free markets. we're committed to personal sovereignty. we're committed to our unalienable rights of self-protection. we're committed to the right of every child born and unborn to life. [ applause ] and we're committed to stop the government's war on religion. [ applause ] and because of those convictions that many of us share, we ask you to make -- to join us to make sure that a conservative candidate wins next year's presidential primaries.
we conservatives in the early decision states of iowa new hampshire, and south carolina must ensure that there is at least one party that is led by a conservative presidential candidate in 2016. we must not fall again to the quadrennial head fake that starts off with the establishment and the liberal media telling us to nominate a moderate so we can win and ends with that moderate losing because they cannot draw any significant distinction between themselves and the liberal party's candidate. [ applause ] we must not vote for second best or compromise. we in iowa, new hampshire and
south carolina must not send forward another candidate into a presidential debate with a democratic nominee who does not have the courage of his conviction or has no convictions at all. let us nominate a candidate with conservative conviction, convictions that match our own. i don't know what is worse both parties nominating candidates merely because they have well-known dynastic names or the conservative party nominating a candidate who will run to big government european solutions in the general election. are we going to do that sort of thing again? are we going to again have the liberal media laughing at us when they fake us into nominating someone who is too liberal for the country? >> no! >> when we win -- when we win --
excuse me, we win when we directly and unapologetically present our philosophy of liberty, unimpeded by big government and founded on individual sovereignty. we lose when we nominate rinos. [ applause ] let's make sure we win and america wins this primary season. will you in south carolina join us in new hampshire and iowa and make sure that happens? [ applause ] thank you. thank you and god bless you. ♪ >> a great lineup of speakers so far. and i'm telling you the energy
backstage as we talk about conservatism and taking america back is incredible. the next person i want to introduce is a colleague of mine from washington someone that really probably needs no introduction someone that hosted the iowa freedom summit, someone who is rock solid in his belief in the constitution in the united states and his belief in america. please welcome my good friend from iowa, congressman steve king. ♪ >> thank you thank you. thank you all so very much for this south carolina welcome. i am -- i am so pleased when folks from south carolina come up to iowa. and we have a chance to interchange our activities and when jeff duncan agreed to come up and give a speech up there in
january 24th at the freedom summit there and he also brought his shotgun. so we had to go out there and do a little of that. you can say i'm for the second amendment, but actually, if you practice it at every chance and create other opportunities, then nobody wonders. that's where jeff duncan is. he stands on constitutional principles constantly, and every single one of them. [ applause ] and, you know, i'm here, i wanted to talk with you about the early states and how this all works how much it matters. it isn't just that i woke up yesterday morning and decided that i would like to get engaged in all of this. i've been engaged in this for presidential cycle after presidential cycle. and we organize events. and we sat down once on a january 9th in one of those years and decide we'll do an event in iowa march 26th. and an event in new hampshire later on, and it culminated in an event down here on labor day the same year. and jim demint did each of those
stops along the way. this year we did our event in iowa, january 24th. i went to new hampshire a week ago and spent the weekend, and now down here to south carolina and here is why. when this nomination process starts, the people who are engaged in it early, the activists in iowa and in new hampshire and in south carolina, we have more to say about who will be the next president of the united states on a per capita basis than anybody else in the country. and if we get it right, the country, of course is the ben beneficiary of the decisions we make. the candidates, i get to know all of them in a personal way if i can. i can tell you when they're looking at running for president, they don't always know exactly what their platform is going the look like. they have their principles. they melee out 25 planks and say i'd like to do all of this. now let's figure out what we can sell the presidency on. and then they look you in the
eye and there is one out here you don't like so well and one you insist on. and this needs to be part of that. by the time they do their campaigning in iowa, new hampshire and south carolina, we've helped them select the planks for the platform. and we've shaped those planks, we planed them we sanded them, we bolted them down. and in iowa, we hope to be able to do this put one were to candidates on that platform and right after the caucus ship them off to new hampshire. and there in new hampshire they'll grab that, look at it shape it, turn it around a little bit. and maybe we'll concur, iowa and new hampshire. and if that comes, they come down here then to south carolina. then you look at them. what kind of a job did they do in iowa and new hampshire? let's see. we've got this other plank we didn't really get up there along the way. let's make that platform a little different. let's empower this candidate and maybe a little bit more strongly. iowa can make a recommendation. new hampshire can make a recommendation. but south carolina can put the kiss of the nomination on the candidate of your choice. [ applause ]
and that's why this is important. and if the candidate comes out of south carolina with a resounding victory, then that whole -- that whole sec primary that looks like it's going to take place, all that of is going to take your recommendation. and what happens? our values arrive in the oval office with a president who believes like we do. [ applause ] and all of the things that have i the privilege to do like writing pieces of legislation introduce them try to get them passed into law, all of that pales in comparison to what all of us together can do to get the right president. and if you don't think about that maybe the same way that i do i'll tell you look how much president obama has affected policy in this country from the oval office. i mean not very much if you took out the unconstitutional stuff. but the unconstitutional stuff is a very troubling component of
this. the most important thing the next president of the united states must do is restore this constitution back to the text of its original meeting. [ applause ] that has to happen. president obama has violated this constitution over and over again, multiple times on obamacare, multiple times on immigration. and i've asked the question, he has defied article 1, the united states congress, and the law and decided he can make up his own laws. he has also decided that he'll ignore the laws he doesn't want to enforce. even though he take answer oath to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, even though. and so we know that he defies article one, the congress. but i've been asking the question now for a year or more,
what happens when there is a confrontation between president obama and article 3, the courts? will he defy the courts as he does the congress? now we know he has. with the order of judge hanen just the other day they continued the unconstitutional lawless amnesty work permits that are coming out of dhs even though judge hanen ordered them to stop. so we need to -- time is a little short to accomplish that. but we need to restore this constitutional. the next president needs to do that. and i wanted to give you a piece of hope. and it works something like this. a lot of people will agree that jimmy carter wasn't a great president. but maybe the best thing he did -- yeah maybe the best thing he did was prepare this country to vote for a conservative principled president, and he gave us ronald reagan. [ applause ]
now, if that makes you happy, think of this. when i compare jimmy carter to barack obama, i actually -- i didn't think i would ever say this, i actually miss jimmy carter. but if jimmy carter gave us ronald reagan, think how great our next president will be! [ applause ] our next president will be a president that will give us a strong national defense. he'll be a president who will identify our enemy, radical islam. our next president will be a president that will identify how we defeat that ideology of radical islam, that will have the comfort of knowing that the united states defeated a number of ideologies within a half a century in the 20th century, defeated japanese imperialism
and italian fascism and german nazism nazism. and it took 45 years of the cold war to defeat the ussr in the cold war. we used to think we could not defeat an ideology. yes, we can do that. [ applause ] and that is we need to do cyberwarfare against them offensive and defensive shut off their money wherever it comes from wherever it transfers through, and wherever it goes. we need to shut down their misinformation educational effort all over the world wherever we can. we need to build a strong alliance with the moderate muslim countries so that they will work with us. we need to improve our global human intelligence so then when we target our kinetic action, it's as effective as it can be. and we need to honor our noble military wherever they are, however they serve our country. [ applause ]
and then you know people expect me to bring up the topic of immigration for some reason. >> do it! >> i just don't think i need to say that much but here is how i describe it. i want to build a wall, a fence on the southern border. we're building four-lane interstates across iowa through the expensive corn fields. we're putting two fences there four lanes of highway. we seed it. we grade it. we engineer it and pay for the archaeology, engineering. we're doing that for $400 million a mile and we're spending $6 million a mile for every mile of our southern border every year and most of it doesn't even have a fence. i don't say build two miles of fence. i say build the fence until they stop going around the end. that's we figure out how long we have to build it. [ applause ] and we need to restore the respect for the rule of law.
[ applause ] and -- and so often there will be things come out in the press that says steve king's anti-immigrant. i go back to you can find no statement i've ever made that would support that allegation. but they're conflating legal and illegal immigrants together to try the get you to not be able to think straight. and of course you do they don't. you think straight that. >> don't think straight. so here is what i would say. immigration is really -- there is a way i can make an accommodation. i did this in a debate once when my opponents challenged me. and i just said well, i'm for open borders. and that did get their attention. i said well sure. every time we let an immigrant in we'll deport a leftist. i'll make that deal all day long. [ applause ] we can build an even greater country if we do that.
we'll ruin a lot of others by shipping them out. but we can build an even greater country. and then here is what i'm going to ask you. what i do is this. this country needs its soul restored. it has been badly damaged over the last six years. so my prayer is that god raises up a leader whom he will use to restore the soul of america. [ applause ] god bless you all. ♪ >> how about that steve king.
our next speaker is someone who knows how to communicate our conservative values. kellyanne conway has developed her life to taking conservative -- to making conservative leaders into great communicators. great communicators. she's conducted extensive research into the opinions and believes of the american people. she is equipped leading conservative voices with the research and knowledge they need to be effective including michelle bachman steve king, and newt gingrich. she led the move to dismantle the left's dishonest war on women, and she helped defeat what the left liberal attacks, and they fell on deaf ears because the public is not buying it anymore. and it is in large part because
of her work. in addition to being a wife and mother of four she's built one of the most respected polling and public research firms in america, proving that conservative values like hard work and perseverance really do pay off. she understands -- her understanding of the free market and the opinions of everyday americans give her a unique insight into how we can win our country back from the liberals like barack obama and hillary clinton and the ehollywood elite. i'm excited she's here today to deliver remarks about the state of the conservative movement. ladies and gentlemen please give a warm welcome to my friend kellyanne conway. ♪ ♪
[ applause ] >> good morning, south carolina. thank you for having me here today, and my 10-year-old daughter is with me, claudia conway. i'm tired of hearing about the demographic challenges. i was backstage, and i have four children. that's one of the demographic challenges. today we celebrate the one thing that binds all of us. freedom. this is the freedom summit. today we honor and think about the school children giving the pledge of allegiance every morning, that aspiring entrepreneur who wants out of the daily grind and convert her passion and her hobby into a business. we honor the 27 -year-old who wonders why he just paid a penalty to not buy government run health care that he does not
want and can't afford. [ applause ] we think about the freedom that drives the peaceful protesters the faithful worshippers, and the father with the firearm close by to protect his family. and, of course we think about the elderly veteran who sacrificed so much just so we can sit in a place like this and speak freely, who now is facing his most formidable challenge walking into a corrupt and apathetic va hospital that should give him a hero's welcome rather than the red tape and run around. [ applause ] conservatism conservatism, freedom is on the ascend ascend
ascendancy. look at the results of the last election. look at the election in the u.k. that's right. conservatives in the u.k. ran on reigning in the budget deficit on decreasing wasteful spending on welfare programs and deciding whether or not to continue with the centralization of the e.u. so conservativeism is on the rise. why are we here today? we are here to see some presidential candidates. this is not a dog and pony show. this is a job interview, and you're doing the interviewing. [ applause ] so let's think about what you really want to know. can i see you as my commander-in-chief? what will you do to protect my pocketbook concerns and my personal liberties? the question is not who can win. the question is who can lead? [ applause ]
this is pedalled by people who want to tell you who can win. they choose, listen, people who would never ever support a republican for president tell you which republicans can win, run the other way. they know exactly who cannot win. you are a free thinker, and you'll make up your mind for yourself, and this year, we have an incredibly diverse field. already, we have six candidates, more to come, i'm sure, and it's a true free market pro-competition primary where we will have a big contest, a big battle of ideas. now, if you'd look at the polling, you'd think the question is, who would you rather have a beer with? who would you rather have as a friend and neighbor? my favorite, which candidate do you trust to watch your children for a couple hours on a saturday morning? with four kids under the age of 10, i pick any of them. come on, uncle bernie sanders,
come join us for a couple hours. [ applause ] kids, this is hillary clinton. [ laughter ] she may not smile all morning but she does creative things with her e-mail. [ applause ] freedom is on display here too because of this huge diverse group of candidates. the left screams about diversity, diversity, diversity so, today, we have a woman, an african-american, a couple of doctors, not one, but two latino sons of immigrants and so on. fresh faces, new ideas generational transformational change. they don't like old white and rich. their answer to that is hillary
clinton. [ cheers and applause ] let's talk about hillary clinton for a moment, shall we? okay. i'm just not afraid of her. i know this is tough work, ladies and gentlemen. it's worthy work. i'm not afraid of somebody who is the second most compelling exciting person in a two-person household. [ laughter ] she's change her position so many times on issues this week that i miss the old hillary riding around in the van not saying anything. [ laughter ] now, we all change our minds on things, all grow, and we all evolve. this seems like expediency than evolution. voters have to ask themselves about a candidate. do i like you? are you like me? they are going to ask, do you
like me? are you like me? she has very little in common with the average person. yes. that matters to people that matters to people. the challenge is more fundamental than that. there's a split of opinion according to a media poll last week on whether you trust hillary clinton. so think to yourselves would you hire someone engage in a relationship or marry someone or work with someone who you don't trust or think is completely honest and trustworthy? then i can't imagine why you would do that for president of the united states. what possibly can follow the but? i'm not sure if i trust her, but -- what possibly can follow the but when so much is at stake? also, i think this is the year hillary clinton plays the gender card this is the cycle ladies and gentlemen, to force a a two-way conversation on abortion.
let's have a two-way conversation on abortion. [ applause ] so they want to know from pro-lifers, what do you believe? here's what we believe. we believe we agree with the "new york times" cover story, that a baby born at 22 weeks deserves medical intervention and deserves to live. front page story in the new york times. [ applause ] pro-lifers believe that a woman or a girl facing unplanned pregnancy does not deserve our scorn and judgment, but our compassion and our support. we believe that every human life is worthy and has value and dignity, and we'll respect that. and, ladies and gentlemen, pro-lifer also respect dissenting viewpoints. there's six republican female united states senators as i
stands here before you here. three pro-life. if you can name for me five prominent female office holders who are pro-life. you can't. four three? one. you can't. they have been personaleded ed you can't. they have been personaleded ed you can't. they have been personaleded ed you can't. they have been personaleded ed purged from the party. there's no pro-life democrats left. nope. she's not an elected official. think about it. so let's ask mrs. clinton and people on the left. what's it mean to be pro-choice? i'm curious. what's it mean. does it mean abortion any time, anyone, anywhere? taxpayer funded abortion? half billion dollars planned parenthood gets and support's one party's candidates and does no mammograms? how about partial birth seven, eight, and nine month abortions. what about the halfway point? what about sex selection abortion? we need a two-way conversation
on abortion, and that should be this year. the gender card will be played. idea of a female president, i think that's terrific. wait for them, they are ages 10, 7, and 5. a female president is terrific but the question, ladies and gentlemen, is not do you want a woman to be president, but do you want that woman to be president? [ applause ] she's not a hypothetical. she's hillary. every election is about the future and not the past. every election is about you and not me, the candidate. and every election with one exception since 1960 has had voters support the candidate that they told pollsters they saw as more optimistic, uplifting, and just pleasant.
[ inaudible ] [ cheers and applause ] free speech. okay. so that begins with you. be on the be optimistic. be a happy warrior. take seven minutes of someone listening to you and tell people who disagree with you or have not given it much thought. why row are here why you care why you're a conservative why you fight for freedom. i like to say happy mother's day to all the moms grandmothers, god moms, and god bless you all. ♪ ♪
>> thank you. now i have the distinct pleasure to say a few words about and welcome back to the stage, my cohost for today. our next speaker is a great conservative leader, a great friend of mine, and an outstanding member of congress. jeff duncan is a south carolina native and 19 88 graduate of clemson university. [ cheers and applause ] i was going to say alabama but i didn't -- [ audience reacts ] jeff wouldn't have appreciated that. prior to being elected to the united states house of representatives, he served as a member of the south carolina house from 2002 to 2010, and he was president and ceo of jay duncan associates, a south carolina based family owned real
estate marketing firm. elected in 2010, jeff currently sits on three important house committees including natural resources, homeland security, and foreign affairs. he also serves as a subcommittee chairman of the all-important western hemisphere subcommittee. he's consistently been rated as one of the most conservative members of congress for his support of limited government. free markets in individual liberty. jeff is a true fiscal conservative and a hero to the american taxpayer. justify duncan is a staunch supporter of your second amendment rights, and a leading defender of the unborn. jeff's been married to his wife melody, for 26 years and they have three sons, grahm john philip, and parker and they are members of the first baptist church in clinton. ladies and gentlemen, please
join me in welcoming the cohost of the south carolina freedom summit and my good friend jeff duncan. ♪ ♪ again, it's a great day to be an american and to be in south carolina too. no doubt about that. thank you, again, for all being here in greenville, this great freedom summit. it's great for me to be here with so many patriotic americans. that's what you guys are. [ applause ] you're showing that patriotism by being here today, and it's great to share the stage with so many great leaders in the conservative movement. you know, 40 years ago ronald reagan told a group similar to this one that we should raise a
banner of bold colors k makemaking it unmistakenly known where we stand on issues. we need boldness more than ever with clear conservative messaging because we win with conservative messaging. [ applause ] now, we as conservatives, we got to have the courage to lead, but we have to have the wisdom to listen. to listen to you, the american people. you work hard for your money. do ya? i do. you work hard for your money and, really, we need to protect it. we in government. now, i might be channelling indiana governor and mike pence when i say this but let me echo something that i told eric cantor as the minority leader in october 2010 before the republicans won a historic election to win the house and take that gavel and way from nancy pelosi.
[ applause ] i told minority leader cantor i'm an unabashed principled christian conservative republican, and it's in that order. [ applause ] i reminded house leadership of that back in jap and that's something i don't apologize for. reagan gave a speech called "a time for choosing," and we're at a time like that again. a time for choosing. what do i mean? we can continue to govern the way we have for years and that government led to continued deficit spending led to borrowing an 18 trillion national debt, it's led to regulations which limit american's ability to dream and innovate, stifles entrepreneurism, and this limits processes for family health care and a wide range of other
day-to-day functions. or we can choose to do thing differently, and i think do things better. because i believe, and i'm reminded of a quote, government, which governs best is the government which governs least. [ applause ] americans just want government to get out of the way, and americans will get back to work. good government does not mean doing the big deals or the grand bargains. nor is it passing 1600-page plus bills neither i nor the american people get to read before voting on them. whether the bills are pelosi's bills or baiper's bills, we can do better. if you got to pass a thousand page bill, the process is broken. one of the benefits of being an early primary state like iowa new hampshire, south carolina, is that we get all the candidates coming through our states. a lot of them will be on this stage today. any one sticking their toe in the presidential waters will come see us.
a lot of the faces are here today, and they bring fresh ideas, new energy and we get to play a big part in influencing their platforms. what resinates with us or not. that's why i said earlier show with your applause what you agree with. remain silent if you don't. they need to hear that. you're helping them in that stage of the game begin to set their platform and understand what resinates with us conservative americans. it's about inspiring the people with a vision of what they hope and what we want the nation to be post 2016. what do they need to hear from us? well, i talking about it in terms of jobs energy and the founding fathers. what's that mean? well jobs. what can we do as a nation and what can i do as a congressman and what can i do as a congress to unleash and unbridle that spirit that helps americans create american jobs? i understand government creates jobs. government creates government jobs americans create american jobs, and that's how we get the
economy back on track. [ applause ] many of you know me. i'm very strong on energy independence, and i believe energy is a segue to job creation. i'm reminded by jeff landry he held up a sign at the president's jobs speech back in september of 2011 that said drilling equals jobs, drill now. drill here. let's be american energy independent. energy segued to job creation. [ applause ] the third component of that is our founding fathers. that's what mean? simple principles of limited government, free markets and individual liberties. i go back to what we said, unleash, unedbridle that spirit we have as americans because we understand american exceptionalism. our founding fathers did as well. jobs, energy, the founding
fathers. that's an acronym that spells jeff, and i think jeff is a winning message. [ laughter ] thomas jefferson gave us a great quote in the office, and wives approve of government restraining us to harm each other which otherwise leaves us free to pursue our own, and the bread which it has earned a government will keep us from harming one another. that means i can't steal your business idea or harm you in other ways but otherwise government leaves us alone to our own pursuits to choose to chase the american dream. when we achieve the american dream, it's not taken from the mouths of labor the bread which it's earned. that's the sum of good government. we have to return to the sum of good government. that's what's limited government. [ applause ] our nation, which was conceived in liberty is enslaved by the shackles of big government.
government and lobby is not just about passing bills. new congressman from alabama, gary palmer said the other day, i don't blame liberals for the condition of the country. i blame us, talking about republicans. he's so right. we have a historic united states congress right now, and it'll be what we do with the majority that count when they right the chapter of american history. we can't just continue to manage the decline of a great nation. now, it's no secret that i vote no a lot in congress. i'm often asked, jeff, what can you vote yes on? well, i can vote yes to a secure border. [ applause ] i can vote yes to a balanced budget and a balanced budget amendment. because guess what, folks? we have to stop borrowing so much money. $18 trillion in debt.
i can say yes to any pro-life bill that protects life from conception forward. i vote yes to spending cuts to the entitlement program that are bankrupting the nation rather than the spending cuts that are from the veterans. if you are a veteran or you serve, let me pause here and say thank you for your service to our great nation. kyle carpenter was a prime example of that. may god bless you. i don't minds and i believe one of the folks that speak to you today may be the president of the united states, and i don't mind if their use their pen and phone as long as they use the phone to call congress and use their pen to sign the bills we send to them. that's how it's supposed to work. because at the enof the day, at the end of the day, you deserve a government that is efficient effective, and accountable. accountable to you as the american taxpayer. so 2016 is the next big
challenge, and like you, i look forward to hearing from these candidates, i want to hear their vision for what america can be post 20 16 and i hope it's grounded in understanding of what makes america and what has made america great. i want to hear that vision. here in the 21st century, we have to rebrand the gop. we have to shift from being known as the grand old party to having the gop stand for great opportunity party because opportunity for all americans is where we find success. now, thomas jefferson was right when he said the people are the ultimate guardians of their own liberty. you are the conscious of america. thank you for being that conscious, that guardian of liberty, and defenders of the united states constitution. i'm glad to be here today. i'm excited about this event. i'm excited about the crowd that i see before you. i want to say god bless you and
god continue to bless the united states of america. [ applause ] i want to remind everyone tomorrow is mother's day, and i lost my father last month, but my mom, diane is with us today, and i want to take a moment to say happy mother's day to you, and i love you. i don't know where she is -- there's my box right there, i love you, mom. [ applause ] but there's another special person that's here with me today, one if you're from the third district, you realize my wife does not attend functions that i do because she's a working mom. she works three or four days a week, and when i say she's a working mom, she's driving the kids around, we have active boys involved in band and sports and all the other things and my son, gram is here volunteers today, but i'd like to take the opportunity to introduce you to
the first lady of the third congressional district, my wife, melody. [ applause ] let me tell you i love this young lady. so i take the opportunity to enter deuce the next speaker, someone you've already seen many times on stage, but he's going to bring you a very clear conservative message. that's my good friend, served as president of citizens united and citizens united foundation since 2001. he's the former chief investigator for the united states house of representatives committee on government reform and oversight. ironically, that's a committee that your own congressman in the fourth district is on, tray goudy. heard of him?
[ cheers and applause ] he can't be here today because of a family commitment. i honor and appreciate that of him, but he does a great job. during bill clinton's two terms as president, dave led investigations ranging from white water to the transfer of dual use technology to china to foreign fund raising in the 1996 clinton re-election campaign. why does that sound so familiar? seems like hillary clinton's involved in that now, right? well, he's authored four books including best selling "intelligence failure: how clinton's policy failures set the stage for 9/11." they won a landmark decision at the united states supreme court in citizens united versus the federal election commission, the case that saw the government assert in oral arguments it had the constitutional authority to ban political books, strike down restrictions on free speech. as president of the citizens united productions he's produced 25 documentaries since 2004 most recently rocky mountain heist and occupying
unmass featuring andrew breitbart, the gift of love with mike huckabee, and nine days that changed the world and ronald reagan, nine days of destinytest destiny. he was born in boston, attended the university of maryland, served as 20 years as a volunteer firefighter in montgomery county where he resides with his wife, susan, their four children, and griffin's with us today a great young man, and citizen's united, a great organization. join me in welcoming my good friend and today's cohost dr. dave bossey. ♪ ♪ [ applause ]
wow, that was just like i wrote that, jeff, thank you. [ laughter ] well, thank you, all, again, very much, ladies and gentlemen. and i do want to say a special happy mother's day to my mom who is watching from home in annapolis, maryland, so happy mother's day, mom, and ipts want to say hope mother's day to my wife susan home with our three girls. it is, first of all, griffin and i will be home first thing in the morning, we'll be there by lunchtime. happy mother's day it my wife of our four children. i just want to continue with saying thank you to jeff. jeff duncan's been a great partner in this event, and working with him, his professional staff is just been a real treat, and i know a lot of you contacted them directly and they are just awesome.
the south carolina freedom summit is the third in our series. first, we did new hampshire and then iowa, and now we're here at the magnificent peace center which is just absolutely stunning here in greenville, and our lineup of great conservative leaders speaking today is our best yet. these men and women make me proud to be a conservative. this group today is strong. this group is diverse. this group is here to shape the policy debate on the lead up to the all important south carolina primary early next year. when you compare our group with their counterparts on the left you'll see a dramatic difference. it's a difference that the mainstream media does not want to talk about, so i will. tea today, you're going to hear from a former fortune 500 ceo who exemplifies success and is a leading woman in america.
you'll hear from a conservative governor who's been elected three times in a blue state. you'll hear from united states senators who are advocating for innovative and bold reforms in washington. you'll hear from the first indian american governor ever elected in the united states. you'll hear from a world renowned african-american brain surgeon. [ applause ] and you're going to hear from a former united nations ambassador, and you're going to hear from an icon of american business and entrepreneurship. these men and women all believe in american exceptionalism, and that our best days are yet to come, and that he we are still that shining city on the hill. ronald reagan said, and i quote freedom is never more than one
generation away from extinction. we didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. it must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. that's why we're here today, as conservative activists to ensure freedom and opportunity we all agree up with will still be here when our children and our grandchildren are grown. because this is not guaranteed. we must be vigilant and see to it that the american dream survives for future generations. now, back in 2008, barack obama told us he was going to fundamentally transform america. well, six and a half years later, only 18 more months to go.
[ cheers and applause ] but we understand what he was talking about, for obama it all started with slowly lyly but surely chipping away at our god given liberties, the free market economy and the men and women in uniform. i had enough, and i can't wait for 18 more months, but here today, we have to rededicate ours and stopping the left's big government intrusion into our lives. we have to safeguard and cherish the sacred liberties and never take them for granted again. i have to tell you the next round of liberals coming down the pipe is worse than barack obama. just look at bernie sanders and
hillary clinton. ladies and gentlemen, it's no time for another clinton. hillary clinton's ultra left wing liberal agenda is more dangerous than barack obama's. she actualliments to restrict our sacred first amendment our free speech rights, with a new constitutional amendment that would essentially overturn the first amendment. i can fell you i will not stand for that. [ applause ] and as we know, clintons are synonymous with the word "scandal," and as a person who investigated the clintons in the white house in the '90s, i can tell you the latest scandals involving her missing e-mails, big foreign money donations to the clinton foundation in
exchainex exchange for government favors is extremely dangerous. this makes me think back to 1996 because that's what they were doing then when they were in the white house. it is clear -- it is a clear-cut conflict of interest and these deals could jeopardize our national security. they may already have. there needs to be a criminal investigation into these allegations now. [ applause ] i actually hope -- i actually hope there's a grand jury somewhere looking into this right now. because there needs to be. in the meantime, conservatives must limit the damage as we head into the last 18 months of the obama administration. barack obama enacted much of the agenda like obamacare and amnesty through shady legislative maneuvering or by
executive fiat. the centralized government in washington has inserted themselves into the lives of everyday americans like never before. it regulates more of what we do and how we live our lives. it spends more than anyone ever thought possible. it takes more of our money in taxes than any government in history. instead of doing a few constitutionally mandated things well, like securing our borders, our government now does too many things, and all of them poorly. our country is mired in this great darkness. our hollywood infused culture is volger priffrivolous, and mocks
scripture and treats those with values and those who hold them as objects of ridicule. it calls traditional values offensive and exalts the obscene. our federal government has become the nightmare that our founding fathers warned us about, but we can reverse it. you must get involve edd in order to save america. as was said and i quote, only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. all of us have heard that before, and all of us need to wake up every day and make sure we're not standing idle. we know, like ronald reagan, that america's best days are heard of us, and if we work to restore american values and liberty liberty, we can fix the problems. our values are too strong and
fellow citizens too good to be defeated. as you know, our economy is still struggling. obama's economic policies failed miserably. crony capitalists work hand in hand to secure favors and special treatment while hard working americans are on the short end. president obama and the liberal elites in washington do not value an honest day's work and instead think government dependency, government handouts are the best we can do as a nation. i rejelgtct that. i think we know a better way. conservatives know that if we unleash the economic power of the free market that america's economy will be great once again. our national leaders in policies must empower people to succeed in life. no government program can give somebody the dignity that comes with earning a paycheck in supporting their family. our hope for a better tomorrow
must rest in the free enterprise system in the knowledge that it is the only way to build lasting prosperity. under obama and his administration, our foreign policy has become an utter disgrace. we are far less secure today and far less respected around the world since barack obama took office. barack obama and hillary clinton's record on national security has been dismal. it's been an utter failure. whether it's isis, iran, russia, benghazi benghazi, or our relationship with israel. freedom -- freedom no matter how hard we fight for it, will be meaningless if we cannot defend that freedom. during the clinton and obama
administration, america has become weaker, limping from one international crisis to another while our enemies grow bolder. the tyrants of the world today are no different than the tie rants of the past. they are all at heart cowards who fear the cleansing power of liberty above all else. america must once again be a fearless champion of that freedom all around the world. the lineup of american leaders here today will be the ones to formulate these policies with your gienszuidance that gets america back on track at home and abroad. these leaders cannot win this fight alone. they need americans all across this great nation to join with them if we are going to save america. there is nothing stopping us from making america great once
again. let's start with a change of leadership in washington. [ cheers and applause ] we can restore our economic, social, and religious liberties. let the effort begin here and now. liberty is a gift given to us by god. therefore, the government cannot take it away. we must be ready to fight to keep it. thank you, and god bless america. [ applause ] we are couldn'ting ingcontinuing this coverage, and jeff duncan and citizens united cohosted the summit you can see in the
entirety at ccspan.org. >> as if today has not been terrific enough, i get an awesome responsibility to transition over to really all of the folks that you came here to see today. i thought you came to see me. wait a minute. the next speaker grew up in the small wisconsin town a son of a pastor. he had the spirit of service instilled in him at an early age. scott walker was first elected to the wisconsin state assembly in 1993. while there, he authored important pieces of legislation that included truth in sentencing photo i.d. for voting and the elimination of
the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases. in 2002 scott walker was elected milwaukee county executive to reform the scandal ridden county government. for eight years as county executive, he faithfully kept his promise to spend the taxpayers' money as if it was his own. not only did scott walker cut country's debt -- the county's debt by 30% and reduce the county work force by more than 25 %, he also gave back over 35 -- 375,000 of his own salary back to the taxpayers of wisconsin. ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the governor of wisconsin, scott walker! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ]