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and this is our destiny because you don't know us you don't belong ♪ ♪ we're not going to take it ♪ and more road to the white house coverage now with republican presidential candidate ted cruz speaking with reporters in mechanicsville, virginia. >> which reporters have been naughty and which reporters have been nice. >> oh, oh, oh, well,let me see. just kidding. just kidding. >> santa, merry christmas. >> merry christmas to you senator. >> thank you for being here. >> santa brought some cool weather. >> it is a wonderful thing. >> yes it is. yes, it is. >> your reindeer aren't happy. >> no, they're not, no they're not. but it's our extreme pleasure to be here. >> thank you. >> my pleasure. thank you. >> merry christmas, everyone. welcome to our national fly-around. we are having an incredible trip
across the super tuesday states. yesterday we had a tremendous rally in las vegas. we went from there to st. paul, minnesota. had a packed house enormous enthusiasm in minnesota. we're now in virginia. we're headed to georgia. we're going through the march 1st super tuesday states, and i'll tell you the enthusiasm that we are seeing all across the country is really breathtaking. we are seeing conservatives uniting behind our campaign. we're seeing it in the early primary states. we're seeing it in iowa and new hampshire and south carolina and nevada. but we're also seeing it throughout the march 1st super tuesday states and throughout the country. and from the beginning this race has been very simple. if conservatives unite, we win. and conservatives are coming together, they're uniting behind our campaign. and that's why we're winning right now. with that i'll be happy to answer any questions. >> senator cruz, in an interview with cbs senator rubio said in essence not voting for it is a
vote against the omnibus bill. what's your reaction to that? and will you join senator paul's call to ask senator rubio to resign? >> i think this omnibus was a betrayal of the men and women that elected us. all across this country people are frustrated out of their minds. they're frustrated because we keep winning elections as conservatives and then republican leaders keep advancing barack obama's agenda. this is stunning. this is a trillion dollar deal thousands of pages cut in the dark of night. it funds all of obamacare. it funds all of executive amnesty. it funds all of planned parenthood. it does nothing to stop this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. it does nothing to stop president obama and hillary clinton's indefensible plan to bring tens of thousands of syrian refugees to america. even though the head of the fbi says they cannot vet those
refugees to determine whether or not they are isis terrorists. and not only that, but it sets the stage for expanding by 200,000 low-skilled immigrants coming into this country which are going to take away jobs and drive down wages for working class men and women. this was a betrayal of the men and women who rose up in 2014 and gave us a majority. now, it's christmastime. so, it was republican leadership playing santa claus to the lobbyists and "k" street and the special interests and it's why people are fed up with the washington cartel, with career politicians in both parties. who get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests and grow and grow and grow government. you know, just this week senator chuck schumer was very candid about what happened. he said senator mcconnell wants the senate to work and the only way for the senate to work is for them to pass our agenda. well, that's exactly what republican leadership just did is funded and passed barack obama's agenda.
it's why people are so frustrated. but it's also why we are seeing so much enthusiasm in our campaign. is people understand. republican leadership in congress is not going to turn this country around. they're not listening to us. the only way to turn this country around is with a strong principled, proven conservative in the white house. and that's why so many people are unifying so many conserve its, so tives are unifying behind our campaign. >> how are you going to convince your party that in a general election you can convince americans to become president? that you're not too conservative. >> the only way to win a general election is to bring back to the polls the millions of conservatives who stayed home in 2008 and 2012. millions of evangelical christians stayed home. millions of reagan democrats stayed home. how do we win? we need to be the party of hardworking men and women, blue collar workers, hardworking men
and women that want to believe again in the promise of america. we need to run against the bipartisanship corruption of washington, d.c., that hillary clinton embodies. if you look at our base it consists of the reagan democrats, it's the working men and women, it's the ohio steelworker and the michigan autoworkers it's the electricians and truck drivers and plumbers and the working men and women, the cops and firemen the people with calluses on their hands who have gotten hammered for seven years under the disastrous obama/clinton economy. they're frustrated. a great many working men and women stayed home. part of why they stayed home in '08 and '12 is that republicans had gotten in bed with democrats on issues like amnesty. amnesty is an issue that cuts right to the core. of working men and women who want to have jobs want to have decent wages. you know, we have right now today the lowest percentage of americans working since 1977.
wages have stagnated. they're the same as they were 20 years ago. and people are fed up. and they're tired of seeing democrats and washington establish republicans getting in bed together and acting as the water carriers for big business to allow more and more illegal immigration, allow more and more amnesty, drive down wages. cheap labor washington thinks is great for big business, but it's not great for the working men and women, and i will always fight for the working men and women of this country. that's how we win the general election. >> i justcriticizing you, so what's your reaction? >> listen i love rush limbaugh. he's a powerful voice for freedom and conservative principles, as it concerns donald trump, he's a friend of mine. there's an awful lot in the media that want to this see a cage match between me and donald trump. i think the washington
establishment is desperate for that battle. i have no interest in giving them what they want. >> the senator has been hammering on immigration. i really don't understand how you could say that you never supported legalization and a lot of people out there think that you are either playing the washington game i was for it before i was against it. can you explain how you were absolutely never against legalization? >> sure, todd, it's very simple. i oppose amnesty. marco rubio supports amnesty. i oppose citizenship. marco rubio supports citizenship. i oppose legalization. marco rubio supports legalization. i opposed and led the fight to defeat the gang of eight bill. marco rubio authored and led the unsuccessful fight to pass the gang of eight bill. you know, if you go back to 2010 when senator rubio was running for senate in florida, he promised the men and women of florida if you elect me, he
said, i will lead the fight against amnesty. that's what he told floridians. now, todd, you'll remember in texas i promised the men and women of texas the exact same thing. i said if you elect me i will lead the fight against amnesty. in 2013 there was, as ronald reagan put it a time for choosing. everyone had to choose which side of the line they stood on. senator rubio unfortunately made a decision not to honor the promises he made to the men and women who elected him. instead he decided to stand with chuck schumer and barack obama and hillary clinton and the big money interests in washington and lead the fight to pass amnesty. and i made a very different decision. i made the decision to stand with jeff sessions and steve king and the american people against amnesty to lead the fight to defeat the rubio/schumer amnesty bill. >> at the time you said that you supported what you were pushing because it would legalize -- >> that is factually incorrect.
that statement is false. and, you know, back in 2013 -- [ inaudible ] -- back in 2013 the rubio campaign believed it would benefit them politically if they broke their promises to the florida voters and pushed amnesty. and presumably it was because they thought the big money donors in the republican party would reward them -- that was back when senator rubio was back on the cover of "time" magazine named the savior. they are regretting that decision now. they are wanting to run away from it. and yet facts are stubborn things. what the rubio campaign laughingly is pushing that i introduced a whole series of amendments to defeat the rubio/schumer amnesty plan. one of the amendments was an amendment that said nobody here illegally can ever be eligible for citizenship. it was a one-page amendment. it was a very simple amendment. it simply said no citizenship
ever. what the rubio campaign is spinning and an awful lot of reporters are repeating unquestioning because i supported that amendment. that i supported the other aspects of the gang of eight. that's nonsense. i would point out that supporting me in that fight for that citizenship amendment was mike lee and jeff sessions. i'm not aware of anyone who is putting forth the ludicrous claim that jeff sessions was somehow supporting legalization. jeff and my positions were identical on this. and even more fundamentally it worked. you remember back in 2013 how tryiumphant triumphant, senator schumer and senator rubio and president obama were saying we've got the votes to push it through the senate. republican leadership in the house is going to take it up. we're going to pass it. they were convinced of that -- and a handful of us and it was a
lonely handful in the senate led the fight against it. jeff sessions and i both stood on the senate floor, we're assailed from all directions. i spent 30 minutes on the radio with rush limbaugh the question a minute ago was about rush limbaugh limbaugh. during that half hour rush limbaugh interview the phones on capitol hill erupted as people across this country lit up the phones and we turned the debate. the amendment on citizenship was very simple to use a poker annal analogy analogy. yesterday i was in las vegas. to use a poker annalalogy what we did is we called their bluff. we called the bluff of the democrats and the establishment republicans pushing it. they claimed it was about the immigrants. it was always about partisan politics. it's no longer illegal alien now it is undocumented democrats. this was about partisanship and my amendment saying no citizenship laid naked the hypocrisy behind it and oit how we defeated it.
so what we've seen is the last couple days is the washington establishment is panicking. they're panicking because conservatives are uniting behind our campaign and they know if that continues happening this primary is over, so they're trying to muddy the water. they can't back away from senator rubio's longtime support for amnesty so they are trying to suggest everybody else does it. well, you know, in the last 48 hours senator mike lee has come out publicly and said ted is telling the truth. marco is not telling the truth. senator jeff sessions has come out publicly and said ted is telling the truth. marco is not telling the truth. and rush limbaugh has come out publicly and said ted is treling ing telling truth and marco is not telling the truth. as john adams famously said facts are stubborn things. i understand the political desire of other candidates to try to muddy the record but the facts are simple. i oppose amnesty. i have always opposed amnesty.
and i always will oppose amnesty and i will note the other candidates on that stage are not willing to say that because that has not, is not and will not be their position. >> but senator -- >> thank you. >> why didn't you tell us that for the last year? you only did it this week. okay. >> texas senator ted cruz making remarks prior to a rally he is scheduled to attend in just a couple minutes at life church in mechanicsville, virginia. this news briefing took place in that church. and took place as congress has wrapped up business for the week and for the year. congress members approving a budget to keep the government operating through october of next year. the measure passing with broad bipartisan support. now goes to president obama for his signature. the president, by the way just finished up his year-end news conference which we carried live
on c-span. he now takes off for his annual hawaii christmas vacation. again, we're awaiting live coverage, actually awaiting the aperges of texas senator ted cruz as he speaks to reporters here at life church in mechanicsville, virginia. >> -- one of them have been standing at my side time after time whenever there was a crisis we needed to address and it was senator ted cruz every time. he's an originalist when it comes to the constitution and [ inaudible ] ted cruz understands that we've got to secure our border. we've got to restore the rule of law. he understands that we need to defeat islamic jihad, the ideology of it not just militarily but culturely. he understands we've got to restore the culture in america and balance the budget and
strengthen our families and i want you to understand i'm committed, i'm all the way in supporting ted cruz for president and do -- [ inaudible ] ♪ ♪ jingle bell jingle bells jingle all the way oh what fun in a one-horse open sleigh ♪ jingle jingle bells jingle all the way oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh ♪ ♪ dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh laughing all the way ♪ ♪ making spirits bright what fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight ♪ ♪ singjingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way oh what fun
it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh ♪ ♪ >> we're live at life church in mechanicsville, virginia. ted cruz will be talking to supporters at the church this afternoon. while we await him, a discussion on the republican agenda from this morning's "washington journal." >> having with our viewers for the first time since 9/11
government's job rating on terrorism turns negative. people do not feel safe. >> san bernardino was the worst attack here since 9/11 so maybe that's part of it and i think the sense that the world is chaotic, that the middle east is becoming increasingly chaotic, which it obviously is and that that can't be contained there. i think that's the big lesson of the last year or two. some of us predicted it unfortunately, but you can't just sort of say we're getting out of that region and out of iraq and not intervening in syria and the chaos, too bad hundreds of thousands of people killed and it won't come to paris and it won't come here and paris and san bernardino brought it home that you can't let a whole world degenerate into chaos with huge swaths of land controlled by terrorist groups. >> is it different in 2015 than it's been in the past? >> it's hard to say. people are very worried as they should have been about terrorism for a long time even before 9/11. i do think the situation on the ground in the middle east and
then the refugee influx to europe and obviously europe's a place that you can easily get -- easy to get from europe to the united states, that's what the 9 11 hijackers did. i think in that sense it's more worrisome than it was. and there were bad moments during the bush presidency but at the end of the day in 2008 we had won in iraq. the other parts of the region were relatively stable. by 2012 some of us were worried about president obama's policies, but if you looked at it, it didn't look as if it was just a meltdown. i do think you do have that sense now. >> the house today voting on the spending bill, the so-called omnibus, this is what rush limbaugh had to say, and i just want to get your response to this. this is a transcript from rushlimbaugh.com, and now the republicans have the largest number of seats in the house that they've had in congress since the civil war and it hasn't made any difference at all. it's as though nancy pelosi is still running the house, harry
reid still running the senate. betrayed is not even the word here. what has happened here is worse than betrayal. betrayal is pretty bad, but it's worse than that. we don't even need a republican party, he said, if they're going to do this you know, just elect democrats, disband the republican party and let the democrats run it because that's what's happening anyway. >> excuse me. i don't like the omnibus spending bill. i probably would vote against it if i were a member of congress because there's just a lot of bad provisions in it that i think are necessary. it's supposed to be a spending bill keeping the government open and it's got all kinds of policy riders and it's not just that some are favorable to democrats, some are favorable to republicans, but some is favorable to "k" street. i find that offensive. if they want to bring it up to the floor, the house and senate, they should pass the tax provisions, other measures,
earmarks, if they're in the public interest, pass them. having said it would be a lot worse if nancy pelosi controlled the house and harry reid the senate, let's not kid ourselves. this does not make the case for democratic control of congress. it doesn't make the case that republican control doesn't matter. i do think it's a case -- and paul ryan said this. he said he was stuck where things were, the clock was running out. he felt he had to go with the way business has gone in the last few years. he says they're now going to change. they're going to go to regular order. the immigration provision in the omnibus i think quadruples the work visas, the work permits, for immigrants, summer jobs and stuff. that may be a good idea. maybe we need a lot of people to work at resorts in places jobs that americans allegedly won't do, aren't qualified for. but let's debate that. that's a matter of public policy, you know, there's no reason it can't be reported out of committee and brought to the floor of both houses. that's a perfectly intelligent thing to have a public policy
debate on. an appropriate thing to have a public policy debate on. it's being smuggled into a last-minute omnibus bill with no chance to vote on it separately. that's bad governance, bad process. paul ryan says he doesn't like it either, but i don't know i think they could have done more to keep that out of this. the earmarks the extra ship that the coast guard says it doesn't need, put in by thad cochran from mississippi. the ship will be built in mississippi. two of the lobbyists working for i think it's called enggals of mississippi, and this is why people do not like politics in washington. it's why they're right not to like politics in washington. it's why donald trump is getting so many votes in the republican primary. >> what do you think about donald trump? >> i don't like donald trump. i don't think he should be president of the united states. i don't respect him very much personally because i think he's
a bully and says things that are both foolish and irresponsible. but i -- he's an effective demagogue, a talented one and he channelled the dissatisfaction of the american people with political elites and maybe all elites even though he is one of those elites in many ways. i think it's an interesting challenge for the other candidates. can they deal with trump. i sort of do feel if ted cruz or marco rubio or chris christie one of the others can't deal with trump they probably can't deal with putin and isis either, so i think it's a good test actually for the more established republican candidates, the one who have governing experience, can they sort of channel or, you know co-opt what is true in trump or trumpism or at least what is legitimate, i think in public discontent while not being irresponsible and foolish the way trump is. >> have you ever seen a person
like donald trump run for president before? any historical -- >> i think ross perot is the obvious comparison in '92, didn't run in the primary ran in the general election. i think perot is a more admirable person than trump, he did a huge amount for our soldiers and marines and servicemen and women. i think authentically was word about the deficit. he shouldn't have been president either. trump is more demagoguic. it reminds me of jesse ventura running for governor and schwarzenegger in california, a celebrity who comes along and people are sick of politics as usual, politics as usual has failed and they do well. but governor's one thing. you know, minnesota seems to be doing okay and california's doing okay and they survived four years of maybe not great governorships by these celebrity
governors, presidency is another thing and someone who, you know, praises putin and says, you know irresponsible things about muslims and just irresponsible things period. and there's a price to be paid if you're running for president of the united states when you say those things. commentators, talk radio hosts, magazine editors you and me, call up c-span and people can say things and a lot will be wrong and foolish and ill-advised and life goes but there aren't that many people who are sort of finalists for the president of the united states and they have a responsibility to be more judicious and careful with what they say. >> i'm sure you saw this. this is from salon. it was crystal, you may recall who gave the gop sarah palin. palin and trump's styles are similar. personality driven. she was an early beneficiary of the same conservative backlash against establishment republicans that trump is
currently profiting from. so, if it's a bit strange that after he helped make a conservative star out of palin, crystal can't believe that the party would also coalesce around trump. >> well i met sarah palin when she was governor of alaska. she had run for several offices and won the races. she moved up from mayor to governor. she was a bright governor and an effective governor with bipartisan support. i thought she should be considered for vice presidency and after wards i think she wasn't serious enough to sustain a national political career. she's not running for president. she probably shouldn't be president of the united states. some of us thought she might be up to it. i think the mccain team -- i suggested her name. maybe the mccain team should have done more vetting. to be honest it's hard to tell, she was a sitting governor and well respected in the state. whatever the mattererits or demerits
of sarah palin -- and people can legitimately say that she was as well prepared as she should have been. she was not a demagogue like donald trump. she said foolish things but didn't tar whole religions and call for nutty public policyies. trump's support does not come from the polls from conserveative conservatives from a lot of moderates and disaffected voters so in that respect he's more a classic all-purpose demagogue. he's not a -- the one reason i am opposed to trump there are conservatives who are more radically conservative than i am whatever it's a big movement and that happens. he's not part of the conservative movement. has he ever used his wealth to advance conservative ideas to help conservative candidates, has he done what many other businessmen have done and try to support conservative think tanks
or various projects? no. it's all about himself. he's had no interest in the conservative movement, conservative ideas, conservative policies and he doesn't now. and he's not even advocating it particularly conservative policy. >> we really need to look no further than the history of our own nation and in particular the history of our community here in virginia. just a little over an hour from here the jamestown church was built in 1617 as part of the original 13 colonies that became these united states. it was in a church the jamestown church where the first representative legislative assembly met in 1619. the church has always been a part of shaping our government. the first legislative body in the world to adopt a statute of
religious liberty but religious freedom actually began four decades earlier right here in hanover county at the historic pole green church. it was in the late 1730s a powerful religious movement known as the great awakening took hold in the middle colony of america. there was a hanover county brick mason named samuel morris who gathered his family and neighbors into his home regularly on sunday afternoons to read the bible and to do study. a reading house was built on his land that became the pole green church and became a home for those in the fight for religious freedom. led by their pastor samuel davis, pole green church spearheaded a fight for religious freedom and for the education of slaves, so i say again, the church has always been a part of the shaping of our government.
one of the worshippers at pole green church was a famous citizen of hanover county named patrick henry. yeah. it was in a church not far from here st. john's church that on march 23rd 1775, delegate patrick henry after presenting a resolution to form a militia to fight for our freedom said the words that we all know well -- give me liberty or give me death. it happened in a church. the church has always been a part of shaping our government. so, here we stand today 240 years later in a church. the fight for freedom is still being waged, and i believe the desire for liberty is still very strong. so, today i want to remind you that in a house of worship whether it is a church, a synagogue, a temple or a mosque, it should still be part of the process of liberty in our country.
so, i just want to say, don't let the oppressors silence our voices. don't let the intimidators and the naysayers back us into a corner. don't let the politically correct stop us from what is politically expedient. conservatives, if we will rise up, we can take our nation back. we can take our government back. and we can continue to preserve the freedoms of this land. so, let's rise up and let's make a difference. it started in a church. let's keep it in the church. god bless the united states of america. would you join me in a prayer for our nation? heavenly father, we thank you today for the blessed opportunity that we have and the freedom that we have to gather
in a church and worship your name and gather and assemble together for whatever cause we choose to assemble in. we pray for protection. we pray that you would heal our land. you said that if your people who are called by your name would gather and humble ourselves that you would heal and that's what we pray for. healing for our land. we pray that you would bless senator cruz as he travels our country. we pray that you would watch over us. we pray for your divine will to be done in this next election year. we ask this in your name in jesus name we pray. everyone say amen. amen. would you join me in the 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 and justice for all. thank you. you may be seated. for most of us here today, general ken cuccinelli does not need any introduction. he served with excellence as virginia's attorney general for four years from 2010 to 2014. as our attorney general, he was best known for his efforts to preserve liberty and defend the u.s. constitution and among those effects he led the charge against the unconstitutional affordable care act. thank you. even prior to his becoming our attorney general, he was a leading conservative voice in our virginia senate from 2002 to 2010. during his time in the general assembly, he served on numerous committees. he led the fight to defend constitutional rights stop tax
increases, protect life and families, and to keep virginia a low-regulation and pro-free market state. ken has worked tirelessly to pass meaningful eminent domain laws that now prevent local and state government from taking private homes and businesses for developers' projects instead of true public use. thank you, general cuccinelli. ken also has a strong record of supporting our police officers as they protect our communities. ken and his wife have been married since 1991 and they have been blessed with five daughters and two sons. how many of you just by a show of applause -- i'd like ken to know how we feel. how many of you would like ken to consider taking a run at governor again in 2016? why don't we let it start in this church on this day.
ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you one of virginia's very own and still a conservative voice in our state and in our nation, general ken cuccinelli. >> thank you all very much. thank you. thank you very much. it is a pleasure to be here, and it is an honor to be in patrick henry territory at the heart of the commonwealth of virginia, the home of presidents where i am proud to endorse the next president of the united states, senator ted cruz. for that office. we myself included often look
around at our political circumstances and the circumstances of our country, and it's easy to get a little bit depressed. but on march 23rd 1775 when patrick henry was calling for revolution he was doing it against the most powerful nation in the world with no military to speak of on their side no traffic record but a firm commitment to what are now the first principles of this country country which they acknowledged and we acknowledged -- acknowledge come from god himself, am i right? and as tough as things are today today i think that demands a president up to those challenges.
a president who doesn't just talk about how big our debt is but recognizes what a threat to our strength it is, to our nation to our children that it is, some of whom i hear here. and that's a good thing. don't be -- mothers get upset, i have seven kids so, you know it sounds like dinner in here, you know, that's all. but someone who is committed to protecting life and families and their primacy in our society who knows the judiciary. senator cruz clerked for chief justice rehnquist. not justice kennedy. not justice ginsberg but chief justice william rehnquist, and went on to serve the bush mrs. in the ftc. now, a lot of you don't know this. i saw his time there described
very well recently. this is in the early part of the last decade. it was as if milton friedman were writing policy for the ftc. that's how i saw it described recently. isn't that the kind of person you want running for president? it's the kind of person i want. that was more than a decade before he ever ran for the u.s. senate. he was doing it because it was the right thing to do. and wouldn't it be nice to have in a president? it's quite a contrast with today. quite a contrast. he then went on to be the solicitor general of texas obviously being an attorney general, i have an affinity for solicitors general and he did han unbelievable job there. he had some of the most extraordinary cases before the supreme court during the last decade, and he won them. he won them.
wouldn't you like to win? i want to win. and i am proud to be endorsing a winner. because of some of those wins the ten commandments sit at the capitol in texas today. because of one of those wins an unbelievable international case where others were trying to stop texas from utilizing their death penalty. now, whatever you think about the death penalty, i think each state should decide what they think about the death penalty. texas has decided. and -- >> don't mess with texas. >> don't mess with texas and that's what they were trying to do. and it went all the way to the supreme court. they made a federal case out of it. remember the cartel by the name? they were trying to stop texas from executing someone
associated with a cartel. well, it had the same name anyway. and this international interference with texas' own business was stopped in the supreme court by none other than now senator ted cruz. how about that? american sovereignty. i -- i tease then attorney general abbott, now governor abbott and their current attorney general ken paxson i tell them, you know, you guys in texas act like you're a country just because you were. and they still act that way. well, we need that kind of leadership for this country. and i hear an awful lot of good things out of a lot of candidates right now. we have what i consider to be the best field of candidates since i've been able to vote. now, i came of age just after reagan was re-elected. so, i didn't get a shot at voting for reagan. if we could have spread this field across all those elections, i'd have someone
better to vote for in every election for president than i actually had. and yet -- and yet when i look for all of the things like a commitment to life and family and a commitment to fixing our judiciary -- which is sorely in need of fixing -- who will fight the establishment in washington which is so much a source of all of our problems. not just talk about it but have a proven track record of doing it. senator ted cruz stands alone. he stands alone and that's why i'm proud to endorse him today. that's why i'm proud to endorse him. he has also been in other fights that we want our people in, that we want our so-called leaders to be engaged in that they promised us they would engage in. you remember all those promises? and then they cross the potomac
what happened? i don't know what that potomac does to people, but it's very very bad. well, i think ted went around. he didn't cross the potomac. because it didn't happen to him. and there are on few others up there like that but he is the leader. he's recognized as the national leader. people in the house who are good, our allies in the house recognize ted cruz as a national leader in contending with the washington establishment. and if you want to fix the way weren't washington works, sending somebody who has a track record of fighting these folks not going along to get along and fighting when it costs him something. how many of you have ever seen john mccain fight as hard with a democrat as he does with ted cruz? i've never seen it. have you ever seen it? or mitch mcconnell. has he ever fought with democrats as he does with ted cruz? no.
and yet fight after fight ted is where we need him to be. he is where we need him to be. he's where america needs him to be. whether it is defending our borders from massive immigration and amnesty -- something that some people are trying to muddy the waters about these days, where he has a spectacular track record defending our country and defending the rule of law itself itself. and that is, i will say, it's a great field of candidates, but that's a rare thing among these candidates. that is a very rare thing among these candidates. and yet we have it with senator ted cruz. we don't have to compromise. how many of you have, you know helped some candidate in the past and said this is all there is left, you know, he's less bad than the other guy. whoo! there's enthusiasm, huh?
i want a candidate who i know understands the constitution. i want someone who knows why they're a conservative. who understands natural law and understands that it is the cornerstone -- and it's in the declaration of independence -- the cornerstone of our country and worthy of protection and of fighting for. that's what i want in a president. is that what you want in a president? and is it really too much to ask to have a president who will call our mortal enemies what they are -- islamic radical terrorists. is that too much to ask? and is committed -- and is committed to not foolish le
sacrificing our security with a bunch of tough talk while opening the borders to let in whomever will come in, including isis including isis. that's just common sense, right? the first thing a country exists for, the government exists for, is to protect us. and i can think of nobody better prepared to do that while protecting the constitution than senator ted cruz. now, we've got a video we're going to show here before the senator comes in and then we're going to hear from senator ted cruz himself. so, it's an honor to be here with you all today, and i don't want anybody to leave -- oh, sorry, i know they want me to wind up. but i want to tell you one thing. i did something today that i've never done before, and this is not, like, a thousand-person
confession. but it's because this election is so important and i mean, like 1776 important, this is the precipice, folks. this is -- we got to win this or we may never recover. i maxed out to senator ted cruz today. i have never, ever done that before for any candidate for federal office, ever. and many of you know how cheap i am. that hurts. but that's how much is at stake. i want to ask you too, give till it hurts. i'm hurts up here as i'm standing here. it hurts. but it's so important. it's so important. thank you, let's watch this video and we'll hear from the senator. >> first candidate to get in the race for the president, no
♪ >> ted cruz is the most conservative candidate running. the most consistently conservative
candidate running. >> i think ted cruz is a rock star. cruz is, like, the conscience of a conservative in a senate that is gutless timid and cowardly. >> if you're looking for the republican candidate who is the most opposed to liberalism, it's ted cruz. >> how about talking about the substantive issues people care about? ♪
♪ stand for what we believe and a bell that still echoes the price that it costs to be free ♪ ♪ i pledge allegiance to a flag if that bothers you, well that's too bad ♪ ♪ ♪ we can use more like me and you where the stars and stripes and the eagle flies ♪ ♪ >> thank you very much. thank you. >> thank you. ♪ there's a lady that stands in
friendship thank you for your strong principled leader. let me say to the men and women of virginia ken cuccinelli is a strong, principled courageous conservative. he was a remarkable attorney general general. he would have made a tremendous governor of virginia. and he is a fearless conservative leader of a national stage speaking the truth to power, and the people of america are grateful to virginia for producing ken cuccinelli. you know the folks of this great state know a little bit about fighters. you have a tradition of patriots and i would note that the commonwealth of virginia shocked and astonished
washington, d.c. when you sent dave brass to join us in congress. there was a sonic boom on the other side of the potomac. and for a second there people seemed to realize, it's almost as if we the people are sorry. well i'll tell you this, dave and i spent all morning in washington, d.c. so it is great to be back in america.
so on tuesday in vegas, we had kind of a quiet evening. how fantastic is it that we have such a tremendous array of young, dynamic talented republican candidates for president? and what a contrast with the democrats. you know i'm pretty sure the first democratic debate consisted of hillary and the chipotle clerk. well now, now, actually that's not fair. that's not fair. we can't forget about bernie sanders. so now the democratic field
consists of a wild-eyed socialist with ideas that are dangerous for america and the world. and bernie sanders. because you know it's an amazing thing. they keep scheduling the democratic debates at like 2:00 a.m. on a saturday on alaska pbs. it's almost like they don't actually want anyone to see their candidates for president. which, you can understand why. but there is good news. they've announced the venue for the next democratic debate. they're holding it at leavenworth. they wanted to make it easier for hillary to attend.
you know we're here today because our country is in crisis. we're here today because we're bankrupting our kids and grand kids. because our constitution is under assault each and every day. and because america's receded from leadership in the world and it has made the world a much more dangerous place. and yet i'm here today with a word of hope and encouragement and exhortation. i want to tell you all across virginia, and all across this country people are waking up, and i'm here to tell you, help is on the way.
so i want to ask everyone here to look forward. look forward to january, 2017. if i'm elected president,. amen. i want to tell you what i intend to do on the first day in office. the first thing i intend to do on the first day in office is rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by this president.
you know, president obama likes to say he's got a pen and he's got a phone. well, you live by the pen, you die by the pen. and my pen has got an eraser. but you know sadly the corruption hasn't just been limited to the white house. it is extended across every agency of the federal government. the second thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the united states department of justice to open an investigation into planned parenthood and these horrible videos. and to prosecute any and other
criminal conduct by that organization. the administration of justice should be blind to party or ideology. the only fidelity at the department of justice should be to the laws and the constitution of the united states. the third thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the department of justice and the irs and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. iranian nuclear deal.
the single greatest national security threat facing america today is the threat of a nuclear iran. and we need a commander in chief who will stand up on the world stage and say unequivocally under no circumstances will the nation of iran, led by a theocratic ayatollah who chants death to america, under no circumstances will iran ever acquire a nuclear weapon. the fifth thing i intend to do on the first day in office is begin the process of moving the american embassy in israel to
jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. you know a lot of presidential candidates, both democrats and republicans, have made that exact same promise. and yet inevitably when they get to the white house, they don't do it. because what happens is, their teams come to them and they say, you know if we do this it will make other folks in the middle east really really unhappy with us. well if you hadn't noticed they're already pretty unhappy for us. and the single biggest difference between me and the other very, very fine men and women standing on that debate
stage is that with me, when i tell you i'm going to do something, i'm going to do exactly what i said i would do. so that's day one. there are 365 days in a year. four years in a presidential term, and four years in a second term. by the end of eight years there are going to be a whole lot of newspaper reporters and editors and journalists that have checked themselves in to therapy
therapy. in the days that follow, i will go to congress and we will repeal every word of obamacare. we'll pass commonsense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. in the days that follow, i will instruct the u.s. department of education, which should be
abolished, abolished, i will instruct the department of education that common core ends today. in the days that follow we will finally, finally, finally secure our borders, and end sanctuary cities. there are about 360 jurisdictions in america that declare themselves sanctuary cities. they're going to find every penny of federal money cut off.
we're going to stop releasing criminal illegal aliens. we are going to pass case law and we are going to end welfare for those here illegally. in the days that follow we will rebuild our military, and we will honor the commitments made to our soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines. that includes protecting the constitutional rights to keep and bear arms of every service man and woman.
so that the next time a jihadist walks in to a recruiting center in chattanooga, he's going to encounter the business end of a firearm wielded by a dozen marines. in the days that follow, our commander in chief will stand up and say to the world, we will defeat radical islamic terrorism. we'll have a president willing to utter the words, radical islamic terrorism.
and we will not weaken we will not degrade we will utterly and completely destroy isis. we'll make clear to any militant on the face of the planet, if you go and join isis if you wage jihad against america, if you attempt to murder innocent americans, you are signing your death warrant. in the days that follow, we'll take on the epa. and the cfpv and the alphabet soup of federal agencies that
descend like locusts on small businesses killing jobs all across this country. you know, a few years back i was out in west texas. and i asked folks there, i said, what's the difference between regulators, and locusts? i said well the thing is, you can't use pesticide on the regulators. and this old west texas farmer, he leaned back said, wanna bet? and in the days that follow, i will go to congress, and we will pass fundamental tax reform we
now, to our friends in the media, i say that somewhat tongue in cheek. bit you know if you think about it, imagine you traveled thousands of miles in the blazing sun. you're swimming across the rio grande, and the first thing you see, is 90,000 irs agents. you'd turn around and go home, too. some of you all may be thinking all of this makes sense to me. basic common sense. live within your means. don't bankrupt our kids and grandkids. follow the constitution.
but can it be done? can we do it? you know scripture tells us there's nothing new under the sun. i think where we are today is very, very much like the late 1970s. i think the parallels with the jimmy carter administration are uncanny. same failed economic policy. same misery, stagnation and malaise. same feckless and naive foreign policy. in fact, the exact same country russia, and iran openly laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. you know the one person in america thrilled with the job barack obama's doing is jimmy carter.
so why is it that that analogy gives me so much hope and optimism? because we know how that story ends. all across this country, millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. and it didn't come from washington. washington despised ronald reagan. by the way, if you see a candidate who washington embraces, run and hide. it came from the american people and it turned this country around.
we went from misery and stagnation and malaise to booming economic growth to millions lifted out of coverty and prosperity and the american dream. we went from our hostages languishing in iran to winning the cold war and tearing the berlin wall to the ground. why am i so optimistic? because the same thing is happening again. all across virginia all across this country, people are waking up, there is an awakening, there is a spirit of revival that is sweeping this country. you know when we launched this campaign in march here in virginia at liberty university
when we launched this campaign, "the new york times" promptly opined, cruz cannot win. because "the washington post" elite despised him. i kind of thought that was the whole point of the campaign. listen, if you think things are going great in washington that we need to keep headed in the same basic direction, just kind of fiddle around the edges? then i ain't your guy. on the other hand if you think washington is fundamentally broken, that there is a bipartisan corruption of career politicians in both parties that get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests and grow and grow and grow government and we need to take power out of
freedom is real it's personal. it's in our families. you know for me, i think about my dad. my father was born and raised in cuba. and as a teenager my dad fought in the cuban revolution. and he was imprisoned and tortured. when he was 17 years old, batista threw him in prison. he was laying on the floor of a cuban jail cell covered in mud and blood and grime. his nose was broken, his teeth were shattered out of his mouth. and he remembers thinking, he was thinking i don't have any kids. nobody depends on me. it doesn't matter if i live or i die. but thankfully, god had different plans for my father. he was released from that jail cell, and he fled to america 1957. he came here he was just 18 years old. couldn't speak a word of
english, had nothing. had $100 sewn into his underwear. got a job washing dishes. made 50 cents an hour. he worked seven days a week paid his way through school he and my mom went on to start a small business together. so i grew up in texas. as the son of two small business owners seeing the ups and downs, the challenges and the triumphs of running a small business. today, my dad is a pastor. he travels the country preaching the gospel. now my whole life my father has been my hero. but you know what i find so extraordinary about his story? how commonplace it is. every single one of us here we
have a story just like that in our backgrounds. some of us, it's us. others it's our parents. others it's our great great great grandparents. but what ties americans together, each and every one of us, is we are the children of those who risked everything for freedom. and that's why i'm so optimistic. because it is the fundamental dna of what it means to be an american, to value liberty and opportunity above all else. when i was a kid my dad used to say to me over and over again, when we faced oppression in cuba, i had a place to flee to. if we lose our freedom here where do we go? that is why all of us are here today.
because we are not content to go quietly into the night. we are not willing to give up on our kids and grandkids. and i tell you this today, if we continue to come together and stand together and fight for freedom, and fight for the constitution, and fight for the values this country was built on, if we come together as we the people then we can and we will bring back that last, best hope for mankind. that shining city on a hill that is the united states of america. thank you, and god bless you! [ applause ]
senator. i was sent here with a message from her, she wanted to come but she couldn't. >> how do you spell it? >> c-a-r-r-i-e. ♪ a lady that stands in a harbor for what we believe ♪ ♪ and there's a bell that still echoes that it costs to be free ♪ ♪ i pledge allegiance to the flag if that bothers you, well that's too bad ♪ ♪ we could use a few more like me and you ♪ ♪ the stars and stripes and the eagles fly ♪
>> thank you so much. >> what happened to your hand? >> you can do something here that nobody else can? you know what you can do? you can do that. you can also drink with a straw with his mouth shut. that's very cool. is that your little brother there? hi. >> do you want me to sign? sure. if it's okay with mommy. you want me to take your hand? >> sign. >> just ask mommy. >> it's fine. >> all right. >> okay. ♪
♪ >> yew 12? wow. i'm glad you're here. >> is this your brother? that's your brother. >> look, look. >> brother. >> that's brother. i agree. here we're going to take a picture. uh-oh. >> come here, baby. >> may i borrow your pen for a second? >> uh-oh. yeah. >> you want to hold it? >> i'm glad here. >> look up, say cheese.
say cheese. >> cheese. cheese pizza. >> thank you. >> excellent. >> well, thank you for being here. >> all right. okay. >> there you go. >> would you so kind as to sign my sister's book for her? >> sure. >> thank you, thank you. >> to michelle. they're you're biggest supporters, just to let you know. >> well tell them thank you. yeah you've got to see him. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. >> how are you doing sir? >> thank you for being here. i appreciate you coming. >> come here, buddy. come here. thank you, robby.
thank you. >> hey, guys. open up. thank you for being here. thank you very much, god bless you. >> you've got my vote. >> thank you very much. you have to stand to the. >> what's your name? >> casey. >> good to see you. >> you just changed my vote. >> seriously. >> are you going to be -- >> of course. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> take care. >> figure, sure? thank you very much. >> thank you. >> thank you for being here.
>> sure, absolutely. thank you so much. next. n-i-c-k? >> n-i-c-k. >> thank you for everything you're doing. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. god bless you. ♪ >> look once we have a commander in chief that sets that objective, we've got the capacity to do whatever it takes. but with a focused effort we
can defeat them and we can defeat them soundly. >> how early -- >> it will depend on how dug in they get? we need to do whatever it takes. we need to get in destroy them and leave. and that needs to be the focus and it needs to be militarily whatever is required. right at the beginning. you better believe that destroying isis january 20th, 2017, the whole world changes for isis. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> mr. cruz i want you to know -- >> thank you very much. >> senator -- >> thank you very much. >> i've been praying for years for a god's man, okay? and i was not sure who that was. >> thank you for coming. thank you for your prayers and thank you for standing up today. >> thank you. >> okay. thank you. >> oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.
>> what's your name? >> danielle. >> hold on one second danielle. >> sign that, please. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> i'm danielle, these are our three kids we homeschool and we are so happy to be here with you today. >> how old are you? >> 5. >> how cool. is this your sister? >> yes. >> i'm 8. >> you're 8. awesome. how about you? >> i'm 9. >> so i have a little girl at home who is 5. and i have a little girl at home who is 7. >> wow. >> i don't have a little boy at home. two little girls. but i think 5 and you're just a little bit older than 7, i think those are fun ages. >> thank you. >> but i think it's fun to be 5. i think you have the coolest thing being 5. thank you for being here. >> thank you so much. >> get a picture? >> oh, here.
>> have you turn around? >> you've got to stand right here. >> everybody look at me. >> here i am. sfl thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> so sure -- >> oh, i'm sorry. >> thank you so much, mr. cruz. >> thank you very much. god bless you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you, how are you doing? >> senator thank you for your family, for the sacrifice you're making. >> we're doing it together. >> we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> very much. >> god bless you. >> god bless you. >> back in the crowd. >> all right? >> thank you. what's your name? >> jimmy. >> thanks for being here, jimmy.
>> oh, sure. >> what's your name? very good to see you. thank you for being here. how you doing? >> thank you for being here. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you for your hard work. i appreciate it. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> oh, sure. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> very good to see you. thank you for being here. do you want to get -- thank you very much. >> you're in --
>> no, ma'am. >> thank you very much, sir. thank you, god bless you. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. thank you. great to meet you. thank you for being here. >> thank you very much. we're doing right here. >> thank you very much. how you doing, sir? >> very good. very good. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> thank you very much.
thank you. thank you. >> thank you very much. >> my daughter's working social media for you. >> happen in with your dad. thank you for all your good work. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> what's your name? >> hey, thank you for being here. how old are you? >> hey. ten. >> did you have fun? >> yeah. >> this your brother what's your name? >> evan. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> thanks for all you're doing. >> thank you. we're going to do it together. >> you went to my country because i came from poland. >> oh, yes.
absolutely and we need america back. >> that's why i came here. >> well you've seen firsthand what it means when freedom is taken away. >> i know. i know. i went to an assembly and i told them that obama is a communist. >> it's good to see you. >> i was hoping -- ever since we had that round table for you. >> thank you for setting it up. that was a long time -- >> you're doing great. you're doing great. >> hey. >> you're going to save the country. >> we're going to do it together. >> oh, yes. >> thank you, thank you very much. >> you find -- >> a long time. >> i know it is. i know it is. >> thank you very much. >> thank you, sir. god bless you. >> thank you.
thank you. welcome. thank you for being here. >> and thank you for coming. >> i'm a blogger for virginia -- >> well -- >> this is an article you might find interesting. i wrote it it's about arnold schwarzenegger running for president. >> all right, i'll take a look at it. >> nice to meet you. >> thank you for. >> we're voting for you for sure. >> oh, my gosh. >> how you doing? >> i'm larry, how are you? >> would you take a picture with my two daughters. thank you very much. >> thank you guys for being here. >> thanks for fighting the good fight, sir. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. i'm going to slide over here -- >> thank you. >> thanks.
>> get together -- >> wherever she is. she's got the camera. >> let's see. do we know where the camera is? >> all right, thank you. >> thank you. >> okay. >> okay thank you. >> thank you for being here. >> all right. you want to hop in. what's your name? >> charity. >> hi, charity. thank you for being here.
>> all right, thank you. >> thank you very much. >> sure. >> thank you. >> hold that for a second. >> thank you. thank you so much. good to see you, welcome. >> i've been waiting for this. >> can't wait till you're president. yay! >> voir. >> good to see you, welcome. >> thank you. >> what's your name? >> casey. >> thank you for being here. >> thank you so much. god bless you.
>> thank you very much. thank you for serving. >> oh, thank you. >> i'm not looking forward -- >> i'm from the texas state board of education. >> thank you. >> god bless you.t i really appreciate -- >> thank you. >> hi. emily, so nice to meet you. it's been a pleasure volunteering for you this weekend. >> thank you very much. thank you for your hard work. >> thank you. god bless. >> and this is one of -- one of your other -- >> thank you for being here. thank you for the hard work. you want to get a picture? >> try to move him this way. >> yeah, sure, hop in. >> who's taking the picture?
>> all right. appreciate it. >> thank you. >> hey guys. we got two minutes before we got to leave. so, as many as we can before we leave. >> go on the other side. >> thank you very much. hey there, what's your name? >> gosh, thank you for being here. you want me to sign that? >> get a picture with you? >> sure. thank you, josh. >> thanks for everything you do. >> thank you very much. here you go. >> great, great to meet you. >> look forward to january when you're president. >> thank you. >> oh, okay. >> all right. >> okay. >> i thought you'd already --
>> no. >> that's why -- >> i'm sure you probably read it, reminder of liberty. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> nice to meet you. >> thank you sir. right up there? >> right there. >> all right guys, i apologize, moving down this way. >> thank you, sir. >> i apologize. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. god bless, i'm sorry for getting pulled out. >> thank you. >> thanks, ted. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. god bless. >> thank you. >> oh, that's wonderful. >> j.j. >> thank you very much.
>> i know. you want to get in? thank you so much. >> thank you. >> terrific to be here. >> my daughter. >> terrific. let's get a picture all three of us. >> thank you. >> can you -- >> yeah. >> can you go that way? >> -- and family. >> tell me your name. what's your name? how old are you? >> eight. >> -- the camera. >> and how old are you? seven. thank you guys for being here.
>> i appreciate you being here. >> okay. thank you very, very much. >> it's very important. >> thank you. >> can we get a picture with you? >> right here? >> yep. >> got it. we'll be praying for you. >> thank you. thank you. thank you. god bless you. >> my husband and i -- >> can i -- >> here. >> okay. >> come on. >> come on. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> with the wheelchair, but the camera -- >> hopefully you can get it and get it e-mailed to you. >> okay. >> but this -- >> right here.
>> but spiritually, thank you. >> thank you. >> we did the last governor -- >> thank you for being here. >> a real constitutional conservative. >> thank you. thank you very much. god bless you. thank you for being here. >> good to see you. >> let me get that. >> now that would be -- >> thank you. >> hey oh, yeah. >> please -- >> thank you. from canada she just
moved here. >> thank you for being here. >> take your picture. >> thank you so much. god bless you. >> oh, wonderful. fantastic. thank you. thank you very much, sir. >> thank you for your service. >> god bless you. >> say ten. >> thank you. >> smile. >> you have pretty eyes, though, do you know that? very pretty eyes. thank you very much. god bless you. >> thank you. >> thank you for standing up for america. >> and you as well. thank you. >> we're praying for you and your family. >> it's good to see you. thank you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> my son back in the corner.
>> how are you? >> i'm doing fantastic. >> let me begin asking the comments by speaker paul ryan in a divided government you don't get everything that you want. based on your vote today on the budget, you disagree? >> i do. today's omnibus vote was a betrayal who gave us republican majorities in both houses of congress. for too long we keep end up electing republicans who end up voting to fund barack obama's agenda. it was negotiated in the dark of night. thousands of pages. it funds 100% of obamacare and executive amnesty. it funds 100% of planned parenthood. it does nothing to stop the catastrophic iranian deal. it does nothing to stop president obama's plan to bring to america tens of thousands of syrian refugees. even though the fbi tells us they cannot vet those refugees to determine if they're isis terrorists among them. there is a reason by the men and women here in virginia and the men and women all across the
country are feeling a volcanic frustration. if we keep winning elections and nothing changes. >> if elected, do you want to change the republican leadership in congress? >> well what is clear now is that leadership is not going to come from congress that republican leadership in congress is either incapable or unwilling to lead which means what we need is a strong, principled conservative in the white house. if i am president i will make unambiguously clear if you send me a trillion dollar budget filled with corporate welfare and pork i will veto it. we need a president who leads and, you know, the problem we face is what i call the washington cartel. it's the career politicians in both parties that get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests and they grow and grow and grow government. you think about the last time we broke the washington cartel, it was in 1980. it was the reagan revolution. it came from the people. a tidal wave that arose from the grassroots. what i'm so encouraged by now
what we're seeing in this presidential campaign that same grass riff roots tidal wave building. we're seeing conserveatives uniting behind our campaign. to date we've had nearly 600,000 contributions as people all across the country have gone to tedcruz.org people are standing together and i am convinced that 2016 will be an election like 1980 that we will win by following reagan's admonition by painting in bold colors and not pale pastels. >> let's talk about your strategy strategy post-iowa. >> our strategy is from day one it's been to unite conservatives and to bring together the old reagan coalition and what i'm so encouraged -- >> we're leaving our planned schedule to bring you american history tv here on c-span3. we'll returned to our planned coverage as soon as possible. from 1979 to 2001 fbi agent robert hanssen gave top secret
information to soviet and russian intelligence. up next a conversation about the investigation and capture of the double agent. from the national law enforcement officers memorial fund and the international spy museum. this is two hours. >> welcome to the international spy museum and thank you so much for coming out this evening. i'm peter ernest the executive director of the museum, and i'm very pleased to introduce craig floyd whom i've now known for a number of years who keeps trying to build a competitor museum. and although i've put obstacles in his way, progress continues and i'm sure it will go very well. we look forward to his joining and that museum joining us here in this city of museums. as you know he's chairman and chief executive officer of the national law enforcement officers memorial fund and we're very, very pleased to welcome him and all of you to the international spy museum this evening.
all right? so have a great evening. enjoy. thank you. >> well let me welcome everyone here tonight. this is our eighth in a series of events that we call witness to history. it gives us a very important opportunity to get a firsthand glimpse of the major moments in law enforcement history from those who actually participated in those events. and tonight we take a look in to what the u.s. department of justice has called, quote, the possibly the worst intelligence disaster in u.s. history. for 22 years from 1979 till 2001 robert hanssen an fbi special agent spied for soviet and russian intelligence services against the united states. tonight we will examine this infamous case with the fbi official who was at the center
of the investigation that led to his arrest. and with the author who wrote the definitive book about hanssen and the damage he did to america. we will look at what motivated an fbi agent and devoted family man to spy on his own country, how he was able to get away without being detected for more than 20 years how he was ultimately discovered and what changes were put into place to prevent such an intelligence catastrophe from ever occurring again. i want to begin by thanking the sponsor of our witness to history series and that would be the target corporation our target representatives are here tonight. thank you both for what you've done for us tonight and through this series. and certainly to our host this evening. clearly the international spy museum has become the premier or certainly a premier museum and
institution here in our nation's capital and around this nation. and i want to thank peter ernest their executive director and the spy museum for hosting this event and partnering with us. i hope this is one of many opportunities we'll have to partner together. now, i also want to acknowledge and thank all of you for coming here tonight. this is our largest crowd we've ever had in this series of eight witness to history events and i think it says a lot about the interest about this case as well as our partners here with the spy museum bringing some of their friends and supporters here along with our own, so thank you all for joining us. and i also want to acknowledge and thank c-span for filming tonight's event as they have many times before so that it can be shared with a nationwide audience and we'll make sure to get you that schedule of airings after tonight's event. for those of you who might be unfamiliar with our work, the national law enforcement officers memorial fund was
formed in 1984 to honor the service and sacrifice of america's peace officers. we dedicated a national monument honoring law enforcement in 1991. that memorial sits proudly in judiciary square just a couple blocks from here and we're now building a national museum in their honor set to open in the spring of 2016 right across the street from the national law enforcement officer's memorial in the 400 block of "e" and "f" streets. the witness to history program is being operated under the auspices of the national law enforcement museum. so, now let me introduce our esteemed panelist for the evening. first i'm going to start with fbi special agent michael rochford retired. he comes from a long line of law enforcement professionals from chicago, including a father who was a chicago police officer. he began as a special agent with the fbi in the mid-1980s.
he rose to become the unit chief at the fbi for russian espionage, and in march of 2002 became the senior level executive section chief for all of the espionage cases for the bureau. he worked on many infamous spy cases including includeearl pitts and robert hanssen, he retired in 2004 and we're very honored and pleased to have him with us tonight to share his story. and david weiss, renowned author. in 1992 he wrote the book "spy." i have a copy of it here and there will be copies available on the tables outside the doors here for sale for those that might want to get a copy after you hear the story. i think it will pique your interest and this book really tells the whole story.