tv George Pataki Remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum CSPAN December 3, 2015 7:00pm-7:30pm EST
kill jews how can you hope for peace. when you have an organization that teaches children killing people because they are jewish is a glorious thing to be held up as an attribute how can you consider them a partner for peace. so i would say absolutely the payment to terrorists but not just payment to terrorists. israel has no partner for peace in this conflict. i wish it was different and so do the israelis. in the absence of a partner for peace we must insure stability and security and to hopefully in our future a partner will emerge but we don't have one now. >> senator, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> big round of applause. >> thank you. >> watch your step. >> thank you very much. thank you. [ applause ] ♪
>> thank you. thank you. thank you, ambassador. he's been a great friend forever, a great leader of the rjc and a man with enormous courage he co-chaired my finance campaign when i ran against mario cuomo when no one thought i had a chance to win. to everyone here at the rjc thank you for what do you. you are a critical wing, element of the republican party. let me be very blunt. without you we don't win elections. without you america won't become the great country it can be in the 21st century again when we win the presidency in 2016. [ applause ] i want to start this morning by commenting a little on the san bernardino tragedy of yesterday. we don't know the circumstances
yet for sure whether or not it involved terrorism or not. we do know it was a horrible, horrible planned assault. but let me tell you what else we do know. we do know that the boston marathon bombing was carried out by radical jihadists here in america. we do know that the ft. hood massacre of our soldiers was carried out by a radical jihadist here in america. we do know that the garland, texas attacks that almost took place wean have massacred dozens of innocent americans had they not been stopped by a texas police officer was a radical jihadist radicalized here in america. we know that the chattanooga murder of marine recruiters was carried but by a radical jihadist here in america. the obama administration response to murder of those marine recruiters was for them to take off their uniforms.
my reaction would be don't take off your uniforms, put on your guns, you're marines, this is america, we're not going to live in fear in the united states of america. but there's a broader point here. every one of those attacks, terrorist attacks on american soil here since barack obama was president have been carried out by people that have been radicalized to engaging a warped view of jihad. we do not have to tolerate that type of speech or action here in america. you know i'm -- [ applause ] -- i'm a great believer in our constitution particularly the first amendment what's happening at some of our universities is crazy. there's a rule of law in this country. the first amendment does not allow you to shout fire in a crowded theater. you cannot call on americans to engaging violent jihad against their fellow americans and claim
it's protected by the first amendment. it is not. it is shouting fire in a crowded theater. we have got to shut down every effort of islamic to radicalize people here in america whether it's happening on a mosque, internet, social media or in community hall meetings, norad calization in -- no radicalization in america. we need to stop it before there's more attacks here on american soil. [ applause ] let me just say as i'm sure you were scrolling through the program for today, you saw the different candidates and i heard and saw lindsey graham and senator rubio and you dome pataki. you go pataki? maybe i can take a bathroom break. or maybe i can go out in the hall and try to finish that deal i'm working on. why is he in this race? yeah, he was governor of new york. he seems like a nice guy. but he's been out of ofce for eight years. we have a million candidates.
why is he there? let me tell you seriously why i am here. there are two things i know about 2016. we have to win the race. it is that simple. we cannot nominate somebody and think the job is over because we love our nominee. we have got to nominate someone who will actually beat hillary clinton and be the next president of the united states. [ applause ] you know, i don't think there's a person in this room who doesn't understand mitt romney would have been a far better president than barack obama. [ applause ] no question about it. [ applause ] but he didn't win. he didn't win. so we have to win the next race. and the second thing is we have to elect someone who isn't just going talk about all the things they are going to do but actually go out there and get it done. do the job. you know, two of our leading candidates today never held public office. part of the reason is republicans, americans are fed up with politicians.
imgoing do this, i'm going to do that. but nothing seems to change. i'm sure it's hard to change things in washington. but we need to elect someone who won't talk about what they are going do when they have a chance to lead this country they got to be able to actually change government in a dramatic and important way. so, why am i running? well, i got elected in new york three times, in a state with 3 million more democrats. you know, if that doesn't matter maybe i shouldn't be in the race. i got re-elected twice with the largest margins for any republican ever in the history of new york state. if that doesn't matter maybe i shouldn't be in the race. i got a plurality of the dominican and puerto rico vote and the latino vote is critical for next race. if that doesn't matter perhaps i shouldn't be in the race. by the way, i ran as an unabashed conservative.
i didn't just run on the republican line. i ran on the republican and conservative party line. and i'm the only person in the history of new york state elected governor running as a conservative. so, if those things don't matter, if we nominate somebody we love but can't win the race then maybe i shouldn't be in the race. but i am in the race because if i get the nomination let me tell you one thing, i will beat hillary clinton in november of 2016. [ applause ] and second point is getting things done. now i didn't just hold office for 12 years. i changed and put in place the most sweeping conservative agenda of any state in america. when i took office we were the most dangerous state in america. when i left we were the fourth safest. if that doesn't matter maybe i shouldn't be in the race. when i took office, we were dead
last in taxes, i had the lowest credit rating and 5 billion in debt when it mattered. when i left we had the highest credit rating in the state's history, billions in surplus and by the way i cut taxes by $143 billion, more than the other 49 states combined. if that doesn't matter, maybe i shouldn't stay in this race. but i think it does matter. and most importantly, our party has always been about replacing dependency with opportunity. their party, big government, great policies to support and help the poor. so many policies to help the poor they end up creating more of them. when i took office in new york, one in 11 of every man, woman and child in the state of new york was on welfare. when i left office we had over 1 million fewer people on welfare
and the lowest unemployment rate in the history of new york state. if that doesn't matter -- [ applause ] -- if that doesn't matter then maybe i shouldn't be in the race. i think it does matter. we need to nominate somebody who can win and when they win change the direction of washington. why it is so critical we win this race? you know. the democratic party is no long ear liberal party. said leftist party. it is a party that believes that washington has the wisdom and certainly the power to dictate how we live our lives. to dictate everything from how we get health care to how our kids are educated to how we run our business to how we live our lives. it's not about what the tax rate is going to be in 2016. it's the nature of america. will we be a america where a grouch elist dictate how we live our lives or will we be americans who tell politicians what we want them to do as opposed to them telling us what
we have to do. that's what this election is about. the character of america and we got win. let me tell you a few of the things i would do. i would shrink the size of the federal government by 15%. you know people are going say how you can do it? when i left new york the government had more than 15% fewer workers than when i took office. we're going get rid of obamacare and get rid of those people in the health department. we'll get rid of common core and get rid of people in that and the education department. we'll scale back the epa and ridiculous regulations strangling our economy and energy in america. by the way, i'm going to take every irs employee involved in the illegal unconstitutional barbaric targeting of republicans and conservative groups and not just fire them but do my best to put them in jail which is where they belong. [ applause ] so we're going reduce the size of the government by at least 15%. i'm is going to throw out a
corrupt tax code. you know, it is so absurd, our taxes are so high that american companies constantly are looking to move overseas not because they like it better. but because they can't afford to compete with our tax structure. a great new york company found almost 200 years ago, phase ear big drug company just last week announced a merger with a much smaller company, not because they want to be taken over but because they are going to move their headquarters to ireland. instead of make 39% they will be paying 12.5%. we got keep those companies here. they are not going build a fence to keep out illegal immigrants but they want to build a virtual wall to force american does stay here. like the policies that worked so well in east germany where they had a wall to keep germans from leaving. we didn't need a wall to keep
american companies from leaving. all we need to do is lower the tax rate, make us competitive here in america and we'll create jobs and opportunity in this country again. by the way, i want to see us make things in america again. and one of the proposals i have in my tax proposal is to cut the rate on manufacturing from today the highest in the world to 12%, the lowest in the world. democrats talk about income inequality and then drive all the good jobs offshore. manufacturing are great jobs. we have entrepreneur, we have capitalists, we have a great work ethic and workforce. we can out compete anybody in the world if we get our government policies right. let's make things in america again. let's have manufacturing and factories here. i worked in college, christmas and summer vacation. these are the jobs of the 21st century that can make our country again.
get washington out of the way and we'll build things again here in america. [ applause ] so, let's revitalize washington. shrink its power. give power back to the people and the individuals and states, and i guarantee you that instead of the anemic growth we've seen for the last seven years, the american economy will take off like a rocket. 2.1% average under obama over 7% growth during ronald reagan's term. we can do that again here in america. but as passionate as i am about our domestic policy like you i share your overriding concern about foreign policy. i know the most important thing government does is provide for the security and safety of its people. it's that simple. if you can't do that, everything else fails. and i've seen our government not succeed in providing for the security and safety of our people. to do that we have to do three things. first, we have to rebuild our
military. it is absurd -- [ applause ] thank you. it is absurd that in these times when you see an overly aggressive china in the south china sea, when you see russia looking to reconstitute the russian empire, you see iran getting billions of economic relief and looking for continued support for state sponsored terror, when you see radical islam doing its horrible acts across africa and the middle east it's not a time to reduce the size of the american military to pre-world war ii levels it's a time to reinvest in the american military, to build it, to strengthen it, invest in personnel, in training, in technology. and by the way, one of the technologies i would put back on the table and start right away is an anti-missile defense system, the "star wars" system that ronald reagan fought for with radical islam out there we have got to be able to protect
ourselves. second thing i would do is stand with our allies. that's something you think would be self evident to the president of the united states. and yet it hasn't been that way with hillary clinton as secretary of state or barack obama as president. i would sit down with falls and say remember those missiles you want to defend from you a potentially reis your against russia that hillary and obama pulled out. we're going to put them back in so you can defend yourselves and defend europe. [ applause ] look at a country like egypt where this administration, hillary and obama embraced the muslim brotherhood that immediately starts taking aggressive action against israel. and then when lcc leads a counter revolution that crates a stable pro western egypt they are ignored and cutoff by this administration. that's wrong. he is fighting isis in the
sinai, we should embrace him, support his military efforts and his efforts to reform islam. stand with our allies and by the way i'll get to israel which i think if not the certainly one of the strongest allies this country ever had. the third thing is we have to destroy radical islam. it is that simple. you heard early talk about the fact that i was governor on september 11th. well i'll tell you i learned a lesson that day that i thought all americans had learned and no one would ever forget. think back, al qaeda was isolated. they were in afghanistan. they didn't have territory they controlled. they didn't have mass media, social media capability. they didn't have hundred of millions of dollars. they didn't have sophisticated weapons. all they had was box cutters. they didn't have thousands of westerners with passports. yet they were able to carry out the most barbaric and horrible attacks on american soil ever.
look at isis today. they control territory. hundreds of millions of dollars, sophisticated weapons, social media capability that we see in action all the time, tragically. we cannot think that because isis is in the middle east that they are not actively trying to attack us here they will. we have got to destroy them over there before they have the chance to attack us here. [ applause ] now let me tell you specifically what i would do. first of all, no ten year war. notation building. no trillion dollars trying to create a democracy where none has ever existed. but we know where the training camps recruiting centers, planning hubs, social media sites are. we should work first with the troops on the ground, the kurdish and supply them with the sophisticated weapons financing and training that they have not gotten from this administration
and they have not gotten it from this administration because this ridiculous policy of this administration is everything has to go through baghdad, which is largely controlled by iran and they don't want the kurds to have a strong independent fighting force but we do. and we have got to arm supplies, support and help them take the fight to isis. [ applause ] the same thing with the yazidis, almost a mill lone christians who were massacred when isis attacked them. that's part of the reason that s sinjar is being taken back. but they don't help from the americans. if i'm president they will get that. the most important is anbar sunni shieks. the sunni shieks don't share the philosophy and radicalism and
they fought with us to destroy al qaeda. they are seeing that same experience with isis but baghdad doesn't want an independent strong sunni anbar base force whether they are fighting isis or not because they are not controlled by baghdad. well let me say this. as president i don't care if baghdad doesn't want the sunnis on the ground to be able to fight isis and help us destroy their training camps, we will supply, support, train, finance and help them have safe areas where they can mount their attacks on the ground against isis. [ applause ] and, by the way, if that isn't enough, we should send in american troops. send american special operation force, destroy their training centers. destroy their planning hubs. destroy their social media capability centers and then get out. not so that we can stay there for ten years but so that we can send a clear and convincing
message to the world that when we say we're going to destroy and degrade isis over time, over time isn't in the next century, over time is in the next year and isis will be destroyed and degraded. [ applause ] now i don't want to sound like a militaryist but i know how important this is and i know what it's like to have loved ones in harm's way. i have two sons. my older sons when he graduated from yale went into the marines and became a lieutenant -- [ applause ] thank you. thank you. became a lieutenant and served for a year in anbar. my younger son got out of cornell and went into the 10th mountain division and he just got back from afghanistan in september. [ applause ] he got back from afghanistan in september where he served as a lieutenant. you know, my wife and i know what it's like when you're lying in bed and the phone rings at
2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and all a sudden you get this feeling in your stomach, oh, my god i hope it's not the call when your loved one is in harm's way. i do not want one american family to have to go through that, to have to worry about their loved one being overseas in harm's way unless it's absolutely necessary. but it is necessary to destroy isis, to destroy their ability to attack us here over there because if we don't do that they are going to attack us again here in america. it is that simple. so we have to destroy radical islam. and we have to take the fight to them overseas, using as limited american troops on the ground as possible but if necessary using them along with our allies. but there's one other thing that i know is important to you and it's important to me. and that's when i said we have to stand with our allies. we have no better ally than the state of israel. [ applause ] and i have known that -- i've
known that for some time and i just want to tell you one story that i actually showed to the kids. think back to the first gulf war in 1989. when president george h.w. bush put together an extraordinary coalition to take out saddam hussein's conquering of kuwait. we had many arab nations in that coalition and it was a very important war for the americans and the west to win. when that fight started, what did saddam hussein do? he sent stud missiles. yes he sent them into kuwait and saudi arabia. but he sent them into israel. a noncombatant. not part of the coalition. he launched stud missiles on tel aviv, on jaffa on israeli civilians because he was trying to provoke them into joining the
fray because he knew that would destroy the coalition that president bush put together. i remember that night, that first night, seeing pictures from tel aviv of old men and young children wearing gas masks in their homes. in their basements. i don't know if any of you remember that. because people didn't know if saddam hussein's roberts and studs he was firing into israel had chemical weapons or not. i went upstairs and i woke up my two oldest kids. look at this. this is less than 45 years after the end of the holocaust. these are old men and young children wearing gas masks to protect themselves and you know why? simply because they are jews. because saddam hussein thinks that by attacking jews he can undermine the american coalition. never forget this moment, anti-semitism is a toxic, toxic feeling and whenever you see it raise its ugly head you must
stomp it down wherever that happens. [ applause ] thank you. [ applause ] but what happened? israel didn't go into iraq to defend its civilians. there's not one person here who doesn't know that the idf could have taken occupant those stud missiles and prevented those attacks on its civilians. the israeli leadership said this is a horrible thing on see our civilians going through this but we are america's friend. we are america's ally. we willett our civilians suffer this attack because that is the strongest way we can support america. and its effort. have you ever heard of an ally more committed to helping you succeed than israel was during that time of war? [ applause ] since that time i've had the opportunity over and over again to go to israel, first time i
opened a trade mission from new york in israel, and i couldn't believe there hadn't been one but there wasn't. i opened go tel aviv that's the commercial capital. we topped trade mission in jerusalem. the capital of the israeli state. [ applause ] we did it for a simple reason, it is the capital of israel, it has got to be recognized by the united states as the capital of israel, it is absurd that our closest ally is the one country whose capital we refuse to put our embassy in. we will recognize it, move the embassy. jerusalem is the eternal undivided capital of israel and the jewish people and it has got to stay that way. [ applause ] but there's so much more we have to do. i heard senator rubio's comments about plo. and i remember speaking in las vegas back in the spring.
i said then, two other things. when you have an entity like the plo that's paying bonuses to the families of mass murderering suicide terrorists, they should not get one nickel of taxpayer funding from the united states, zero money to the plo so long as it supports those terrorist activities and second of all not only does the plo give funding to terrorists, they are chartered and do not even recognize today israel's right to exist as a state. you cannot have a partner for peace when one of them denies your existence. no more wasting time. [ applause ] no more wasting time with the secretary of state tramping around trying to get israel to make concessions to an organization that doesn't even acknowledge israel's right to exist. no more negotiations.
plo, you change your charter, you acknowledge israel's right to exist and then we can sit down and have a talk. [ applause ] finally, just one last thing, i'm running out of time. iranian deal has to be killed. i think the iranians have already violated it by testing long range missiles and by sending sully too russia in violation to buy weapons. there will be no iranian deal or nuclear weapons. one last thing, anti-semitism in addition to radical islam is something as a roman catholic has troubled me enormously. we see it today not just with radical islamists and jihad, we see it in communities and on college campuses in america, and the absurd movement called bbs, boycott, divest and sanction israel. think about it for a minute. the left, these people advancing this absurd cause think it's
okay to trade with iran where women have essentially no rights. it's fine to trade with russia where homosexuality is a crime and they put you in jail. it's fine to trade with cuba where if you say something a little disagreeable to the powers you go jail for life. you can't trade with israel that has a democracy, freedom of speech, freedom to choose its leaders, freedom of press, freedom of religion. oh, no they are the ones we have to boycott, divest and sanction. that's absurd. bds is not a human rights movement it's an anti-semitic movement and it must be stopped. [ applause ] whenever it raises its ugly head. so, thank you. so, i've run -- thank you. so i've run out of time. but i just want to say one more thing. thank you for all that you have
done and continue to do for our party and our country. thank you for standing strong through these last seven years when the world seems to have gotten to be a more and more dangerous place. this is still america. this is still the greatest innovative freest country in the world. with the right leadership in 2016, we're going to see an end to alzheimer's, a cure to cancer. we're going travel in cars that will drive us. we'll be going in trains faster than planes. your grandchildren are going to be living to 110 years old. this is still america. all we need to do is get washington right and the next century will be right. you are fighting that fight. you weather us. thank you. thank you. be about strong, be strong, give your strength to others. we must-win this race in 2016! thank you very much. thank you.