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executing your agenda and communicating clearly what your priorities are, in a way that can garner mass support. if you get down into the 30% -- and you can only do this once -- but the secret ingredient for a politician who wants to have a comeback aer falling into the low 30% or 40%, they have to go out and say i am sorry. i am sorry, i should notave done that. i learned my lesson. i overreached. this is one of the principles from normal schwarzenegger's campaign -- from arnold inwarzenegger's campaign 2007. he said he was very sorry and learned his lesson. that cleared it all away. i remember telling him, it is ok to stop apologizing now.
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everybody has heard you. they have forgiven new. -- forgiven you. and in your numbers will improve. i do not think the president is in that position. >> we had 52% of the vote. his approval rating in the polls i trust is more like 51%. pretty much everyo who voted for him. all of the narrative -- one of the reasons -- ronald reagan had a tough enomy. he had an approval rating of 34%. people are hing discussions, particularly the people who supported him, online. let's talk about the reality of health care and economic progress. i would argue that one of the reasons -- if you ask a lot of
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people who are students of politics, with the economy the way it has been for as long as it has been, they would have predicted that his approval ratings would have been lower. a lot of the people who voted for him are communicating with each other. the truth is, there are a lotf good things that have happened. he has been true to himself and things that he said he would do, whether you like them or not. he said he would sign a health care plan. some people in our party did not like police and more troops to afghanistan. we talked about that for 720 days. that is one of the reasons that i think, despite the terrible economy, he has held up. there is no doubt that as we get into 2011 and 2012, that will be were much of the campaign is focused. the republican primary will be fascinating. social networking was factor. it was not a dominating factor. in the republican primary, you
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will see a great laboratory about the power of social networking and what it means in an election. and if i am hearing you correctly -- >> if i in hearing you correctly, you are saying social media is doing what it is supposed to do. it is being taken care organically and at the grass- rootlevel. >> there is a lot of that happening. that has been a positive development in our case. >> i would a to that. when the senator became president elect, his approval numbers, like they often are, were in the high 60% range. it is not an injury number if you seek to implement an agenda -- an enduring number when you seek to implement an agenda. it is wrong to judge the number which is around 50% as having
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fallen from 67%. tual election number is -- the actual election number is 63%. >> i am from jordan. i am a second-year graduate student here at the university. my question is for mona. i aended the talks last year in which you mentioned how bloggers had an impact on sexual harassment laws. have there been any similar impact on government laws or social norms since then? >> yes, the egyptian parliament is supposed to discuss a law that will define sexual harassment and criminalize it. this will be the first time that happs. egyptian law is similar to the law in many countries that are basically post-colonial countries.
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it punishes social -- sexual- harassment according to laws that t british put into the system. has things to do with honor and all of this other stuff. people think it e organic two arab culture, but they actually came from british -- people think they are organic to arab culture, but they actually came from british colonial times. because of pressure from bloggers, this is another direct result. people ask, is there any impact? this is another great truth of how it can impact what is happening in the real world itself. >> jacqueline, are using that kind of impact in malaysia -- a are you seeing that an impact in malaysia? -- are you seeing and thathat kf
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impact inmalaysia? >> the government -- t news first broke on a blog site in the west. the government acknowledged there was a problem and is set up a task force. they initially refused to release the findings of this task force. for an entire year, the nut graph went after the women and family minister and badgered her. we would call her up. we would go to her events. we would constantly demonstrate that the government was not wanting to release the report. it was publicly-funded. in the meante, there were werets that the res continuing. i do not have any quantitative
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proof, but eventually the government had to release that report. when the mainstream in traditional media was not applying the pressure, for whatever reasons, -- when the mainstream and a traditional meal was not applying the pressure, for whatever reason, -- and traditional media was not applying the pressure, for whatever reaso we went all out to push this particular issue. it was really gratifying to see that task force report being made public eventually. >> thank you. another question. >> i am a junior communications major here. you said that what the obama campaign did well was harness the energy that grasroots people already have. do you feel that republicans have been there -- have done their best with people who are
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unhappy with health care and the tea party to harness that energy? >> out of the rublican national committee, certainly not. on the campaign by campaign basis, it depends. when you're in a minority party, and your leadership, elected leadership is the minority congressional leaders, it is very difficult to imprint the past -- imprint of personality or leader on the psyche of th country. it is very diffused right now. until we have a leader emerge, we will not be at our full potential as an institution in order to do that. that being said, a lot of this activity that we are talking about here tonight does not need to have a central institution to be taking place or to organize.
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it is decentralized. it is democratic. it is going to be impacting -- as people talk on facebook and social media sites -- the congressional level or the municipal level. it is the next iteration of forward in the evolution of this. we're in uncharted territory. you saw it used very effectively in the presidential campaign. you're in the first midterm. the party that is out of power -- 170 days away from the election, it is the party that is up in intensity. there is a lot more activity taking place, but it is not out of a central hub. >> ok. is there another question?
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>> good evening. i am part of the communication faculty here. i have a media filter question. media pundits are still influential. they do not seem to be tting the idea of being in every space. there was criticism that obama was overexposed, counter to the premise of the strategy that there is no "over exposure." if you are like those on abc, pounding that message all the time, does that mean they are ju riding their dinosaur into the future and becoming obsolete? or are there still people they are influencing who are singing that same song? where does that disconnect totally become dysfunctional for them? >> well, you know, ithink that
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this all works together. obviously, mainstream news , traditional newspapers, they all work together with social networking. you cannot really compartmentalize. generally, and this is one of my concerns about washington -- i think that the sunday round average primefox's time number is only 3 million people out of 140 people who voted in that last election. the punditry, whether online or traditional, in washington, they view that as a reality.
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the truth is that most people who are not terribly interested in politics never watch any of th. sometimes, it is like you are in a fun house. whatever the argument on cable is, that is reality. that is what we have to respond to, but that is not how people live their everyday lives. we will see. ratings for shows like that have been diminishing. they still sell advertising because they're reaching an important group. i think diversification is key. that is what sarah palin's and glenn beck -- sarah palin and glenn beck do. they proliferate. using more newscasters doing that. -- you see more newscasters doing that. they are on their sunday show, but they are tweeting
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24/7. you have to do that if you're going to reach audiences. >> i would like to follow-up on that a little bit. you mentioned that in a future election, maybe not the 2010 election, maybe 2012, there will be a lot of people who will be getting their information exclusively from social networking technology. that is all little bit hard for me to swallow. -- a little bit hard for me to swallow. there is an information gap between people who do not have access. is it possible we could be making decisions in this country and in others on the basis of only those who have access to the fast-moving, portable technology, and that people who are writing the dinosaur -- riding the dinosaur are going to be left out of the political process?
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>> no. if you are a political campaign, u know there are people you are never going to reach digitally. you have to go to their dostep. you have to be on their local radio. a good campaign will figure out how to reach the people they need to reach. you have to have a sense of the people you are trying to reach. you have to understand how they are living their lives and getting information and then go to reach them in that way ideally, you reach them in a number of ways. you check the websites they go to. that is ideal. the divide is a serious one. it is not just about pitics. people are epidemic -- people ar economically less viable without access to broadband. .
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it is the same way that you consumed news. at the end of the day, one of the tngs that nobody knows is who is watching what, and who is getting their information from where. it is something that people who work in our profession, or who advise corporate america, are figuring out how to do. on a personalevel, i now consume my media -- i have apple tv. the only thing i watch on television allied is exports. i read the new york times in the morning. >> online para >> yes, --
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online. >> yes. i do not touch a physical newspaper. so i choose from a menu in a way that works for m i do not think if you're the vanguard of this -- i do not think i am in the vanguard of this, but that is personally how i consumer information. i think in a few years' time everybody ought to do that. people who criticize the white house communications strategy a thing have a question about overexposure. -- i think have a question about overexposure. ere was a total misunderstanding of how people consume news. the white house communications strategy has beebrilliant. whether it is the president on
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"sports illustrated," or "parade magazine," or "people magazine ," he is spread out over areas of theountry. you will see more and more of that. the real issue here is that nobody knows who is reading what and watching what, and how to measure it. those metrics really do not exist. there will eventually, but they do not right now. >> jacqueline, do you want to talk about the digital divide issue in malaysia? will there be a time when people ignore the mainstream media completely and get everything completely from technology. >> we have a younger, much more
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media savvy and electorate. i have young colagues in my youth group who rely completely on twitter for what is happening in the world and in malaysia. for me, coming from a traditional media background, that is fascinating. however, we are trying to occupy th space increasingly it before the next election, because the will be a huge number of young people registering to vote before the next election. a thing social media is just another medium that can be used. i do not think it will replace traditional media. in a world malaysia there is no internet connection -- rural malaysia there is no internet
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connection. they have to rely on traditional media. >> wt about the situation in egypt? >> you are talking about a region in the world where you have massive differences in income levels. there are countries in the gf that have high internet penetration rates, the united arab emirates being the highest, and then the poorest countries that have a very low rates. in some places, one person at shares an internet connection with 10 other people. text messaging and mobile phones are what people rely on using. you have to think about it as a diagram or everything connects in the middle somewhere. an egyptian researcher of the
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internet told that he thought this was just for rich people. he asked a worker if he had any connection to the internet. he said, "i do not, but my son does." everybody in egypt has a mobile phone. it depends on how proficient you are in escaping firewalls. in the united arab emirates you cannot access the gay and lesbian sites. you have to knowow to get around firewalls. it depends on where you are, but in egypt, radio, which is isntrolledy the government', still probably as popular as television.
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i know that we could -- >> another we could have a much longer conversation
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>> today oven washington journal, clarissa martin luther and richard viguerie. and darryl jenkins. author and editor of the handbook of airlines. washington journal, live at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on
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c-span. looking at the political land zape. news makers at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. eastern. >> and now homeland security secretary janet napolitano visits cheryl tan. after her moatings and a tour of the flood damage. she and other $joined for a press conference. this is about 15 minutes. proces -- we had a chance to talk several times with the secretary here and she's been very helpful and wanted to come down, wanted to come down today to see things first hand. we have been traveling around this more than.
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and i think you know most othe people standing up here but we're certainly available it answer questions. right now i li to turn this over to secretary napolitano to give you a briefing on what she has seen and answer any questions that you may have -- may have. >> thank you, governor and as the governor said, this is -- this is a -- been a -- quite a large event this -- disaster in tennessee. so, it is important to see with my own eyes what the impacts were. and also to see what the recove efforts are to make sure that -- that the administration is doing everything it can. and when i say the administration, that we're doing everything we can to link up with the quite impressive efforts under way already in tennessee. and be it the volunteer effort that -- that you see represented here in the gym and the efforts of the mayor. and the governor and your federal representatives
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obviously have been very active here. so, i think tennesseians can be assured that everybody is really focused on this and paying attention and now we got to work our way through this. and craig is here and he's the fema administrator. he's the fema administrator nationally and he's been here i think three of the last five days. he's been all over the state and reporting back to me what he's seeing and we have been -- we have been, even as we have been traveling around today talking to t governor and the mayor about other things that will need to be done in the coming days and wee to set up for example information centers whereeople could get information in other areas of the state to really begin thinking through -- the recovery efforts that will need to be made and in -- in terms of housing and small business -- and you name it. this is a -- this is -- this is a big flood and it affected a
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lot of &s across tennessee. and some parts are -- are dry and open for business and -- people should know that. other parts are going to need long-term help. in that regard, let me just give you a few things. as of -- of 7:00 this morning, my time, so, in d.c., so there were 16,000 tennesseians that had registered for assistance with fema. as of 7:00 this morning eastern time, there were already 16,000 tennesseians who had registered for assistance from fema and more than 650 insfeckses already had been completed. and the inspections are done and we know what the damage's number is for obvious reasons. and then more than 4.1 million dollars already had been approved for assistance
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individuals. that's not the same as the public assistance. the president has already signed every disaster declaration that has been submitted. we turn those around very quickly. and those resources, so those resources could be immediately available. and so, people watching this play want to know what they need to do to register for assistance. this is the keep number one step. we can't help if we don't know who you are and where you are. so, it is 1-800-621-fema. go to www.fema.gov. or go to m.fema.gov.
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those are -- three easy -- i have this high-tech card we wrote with the numbers on it. and i will hold it up here. take a picture of it, put it on your screen. and because that is the first step. and then of course -- the volunteer centersocated all around this area have all of this information andore. and as we begin to help people with their housing needs, with -- with their other assistance needand recovery from this flooding. with that, let me just -- stop and see what questions there are. yes, ma'am. >> are you confident there will be enough assistance to make -- [unintelligible] >> well your question goes to really one of the more difficult issues.
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we will be able to provide through fema assistance but only up to a certain level. in terms of -- cash. and we could, we will be working with people right now on where they need to live. for example, a lot of people went to live with relatives and they're staying in a motel. and we could help with that but as soon as we know who they are, who is out of their house and again, 1-800-621-fema will we will work with them andook at what their housing needs are going to be. are they going to need rental housing for a while? is their house reparable or not? that's the thing. >> and they there will be individuals who no doubt are going to suffer financial damage from this. i'm not going to stand here and say, we're going to guarantee right now everybody is going to be made whole.
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we'll do as much as we can in every possible way that we can. >> there are limits. >> there are, unfortunately but tennessee is going to work with us. the secretary of housing and urban development, shean donovan is going to be here on monday. the small business administrator is going to come in and the secretary of commerce, coming in to look at what needs to be done by way of not just response but actual recovery. i can't hear you. ipal -- i'm sorry. >> some areas -- [unintelligible] >> we have inspectors all over the state. we're working with the tennessee emergency management authority. they're helping guide us in terms of fema to make sure that every county that has been
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impacted is getting -- getting help and getting inspected. the administrator of fugat was telling me, if you go down street and look down there and somebody says it is fine. that's not good enough. we want to make sure we're going into every area and we got eyes on the ground and maps on target in terms of knowing where the damages are and who needs help. i think fema will be here six months from now in terms of -- of assisting with recovery efforts but at some point in time this will not be a -- primary fema which, their expertise is what do you do immediately but it'll be these other efforts that i describe described. with housing, and urban and -- and with business development d the like.
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>> [unintelligible] >> i will have the fema director talk about that. >> the recovery centers are similar to the centers already up but we bring the federal family together. we talk about fema but part of it is small business administration and other programs. one thing that is very helpful for a lot of people that have payroll taxes and stuff and they had loss this is year is the irs brings in and will help adjust your current tax payments, you may be eligible for a term based on your losss in this calendar year. and these centers bring the rest of the team to match up with state and local officials on all of the programs that were activateed when the president declared the disaste >> and look at this one more time.
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>> yeah. yes. the president has spoken with the governor psonally about this. he's been directly briefed on a regular basis about the situation in tennessee. valerie jarret who works with him as a senior advisor directly there in the white house i think has talked to the governor every day during this flood. there has been regular contact. so he knows the extent of this. he knows the breadth and depth of this. and one of the reasons i am here is because the secretary of homeland security, we're kind of -- how do you say it? we're kind of first on scene if a y from the -- at the cab get level making sure that we have eyes on the ground and maps on the target and it is in the right places. i'll be followed shortly with a number of members of the cabinet
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and these are, visits designed to sit town and go through, all right what do we need to do? what do we need to -- to -- to coordinate and collaborate on as we move from response to long-term recovery. i have been very impossessed, i must say, the response in tennessee, i have been doing a lot of disasters. tennesseians ought to be very proud of the response and i -- really overwhelming assistance already going on in neighborhoods and cut as cross the state. so obviously, very good leadership and very effective exercising teamwork already -- these things were already under way before these floods hit. you can't respond unless you're ready. right? you can't snap your fingers and have effective response. so, tennesseians already had invested in that and had good plans and trained people in
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place and those people are working volunteers out as you see all over the state and all over nashville. so, we're very impressed with that. but -- we're now at some point going to move from response to long-term recovery. and that is why the centers with the whole federal family that craig just describ need to be set up and again, why we need to start -- setting people's minds to, we're going to dig out of this but we got to build back our homes and our communities to where they were before the flood. >> thanks. >> thank you all. >> if anyone has questions, senator -- thank you.
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>> tonight, on his book "the business of happiness." what it means to own a professional sports team. to note on "q&a." >> utah's congressional party. speeches from incumbant seeking
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a fourth term. political reporter for the salt lake tribune joibs us from the state's republican convention. who was the winner? we had two people who will go to a primary in june. bridge water and mike lee. since neither one got 60%. he had co-sponsored healthcare
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legislation and for the mandate. there's just the mistrust of washington that was running thousand this event as well people were jumping up and down and cheering. bennett supporters were very disappointed. >> we have a unique process here where the delegates go to their neighborhood caw causes. there's about 35700 of them rp the state.
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it has widled down. it was mentioned that it was knocked down on the third and final round. has senator bennett talked about remarks and his future. he was a little more receipt row speck enough about it. if he would have knew it was going to cost him his political career, he wouldn't have changed any votes. he said he would support the party nom know. >> we thank you for your time this afternoon. you can follow robert at the utah senate race following for
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the salt lake tribune. >> here are those remarks from senator robert bennett and the mike lee and tim bridge water. speaking at the gop con vens in utah. this is about 20 minutes >> my fellow -- my fellow republicans, today the countdown is on. we are 178 days away from taking back congress and retiring harry reid. no r no more taxes, no more irresponsible spending and in more trampling of states' rights or telling terrorists you have a right to remain silent.
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no more apologies for the greatest nation on earth. do you want to take back our country? then vote tim bridge water as the next senator. the job won't get done by entrinched officer holders in washington d.c. or by more lawyer politicians. it'll take more maneuvering and more than seniorityy to secure our borders and reduce immigration and defeat the restrictions that keep us off our own land and forcing us to buy oil from our enemies. it is going to taken unflinching commitment to core conservative principles and constitutionalist quho is also a capitalist.
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i'm a small businessman that created jobs right here in utah. i understand payroll and taxes and trade and economics, and across this country business men d women are rising up and running for the u.s. senate to defend our free market from the current obama regime that is crushing, that ah a crushing assault on america's capitalism. in pennsylvania businessmen will defeat arlen specter. and in connecticut, businessmen -- businessman peter shift will replace chris dodd. and right next door, a business man or woman will replace harry reid. a business man, i could explain reality to lawmakers who have never worked in the private sector, they don't understand industry. they don't know how free markets
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work. to progressives and liberals the constitution is a right-wing relic that -- that trial lawyers need to revise and reinvent every time someone mentions god. but tos the constitution is an inspired document that must be honored and upheld and it is undermined every te the left asserts that our rights come from government. anwe -- we do not derive a single right from the federal government. that's an issue way above obama's pay grade. yoknow and i know that our rights come from god. we have all seen america diminished, diminished by the party in power. we owe our children and future generations so much more. we owe them less debt a more
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free market opportunity. we owe them governments that respect the individual over the collective. we owe them leaders that put the best interests of the u.s.a. over the demands of the aclu. count on my unwavering support and limited constitutional government and the right to life. and count on me to say no to amnesty, no to cap and trade. and no, to further funding of thenited nations. count on this gun owner, this gun owner to protect your rights and my rights to keep and bear arms. count on a businessman to support free market despite government intrusion and to dismantle the departmentf education. count on this too. i will nev undercut our troops. the u.s. military is notted a --
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administering social programs, they're risking this -- their lives to protect this nation. we must say yes when we're asked to sacrifice. i'll ask all americans to reform sfwilements. i'm tim bridgewater, vote for me for senate [cheering] >> hi, there. good morning. good morning. it is an honor. it is an honor to be among good and women of good spirit. our traders have property olympic triumph and the causes we champion have even greater
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conskens. by our side, a man who has been so engaged in our battles that he rarely speaks up for himself. and that's unusual for politicians. today i want to speak up for him. you know his principles. he's a man of faith, and family and -- who loves freedom and free enterprise. and today he faces an uphill battle at this convention. some play disagree with a handful of his votes or simply want a new face, but with the sweep and arrogance of the liberal onslaught "today in washington," we need bob bennett's skill and intellect and loyalty and power. ed people of utah, the people of utah have always shown the ability to work together and honor the spirit of fair play. and very few things come to us by right. including re-election to the senate. and you have to work for those
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things and sometimes to fight for them. and i like to introduce to you a fighter, a man of wisdo a man that america and utah can't afford to lose, senator bob bennett. [cheering] >> thank you so much, mitch, your support is much appreciated because no one is better prepared to lead our party in 2012 than you are. now during this campaign, two questions always come up. first, bob, are you truly listening to us? and second, why do you want to do this again? yes, i am listening. i have been strengthened and stimulated by your passion for america, for the conservative cause and the seriousness of the problems we face. and i hear you when you say you want a fighter who will reflect
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that passion. and telling the world that utahians love their country and are deeply concerned about its future. i know you want to repeal obama-care and i agree. i want to appeal obama. you want to take control of complaining away from nancy pelosi and reid, i not only agree but i believe we will do it. you -- you want to get more accountability in government and next week i will be leading republicans to vote for the amendment i cosponsored to audit the federal reserve. you -- you want to get deficits under control and i have authored bills to rein in entitlement spending that makes up two-thirds of the budget. i'll make certain that this won't be turned into a tax burden for the democrats. our tax burden is already too
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high. i want to do this again -- i want to do this again because the fire in my belly is burning brighter than ever. i have an oath registered in heaven to uphold and defend it and i turn to it as the first checkpnt when considering a piece of legislation and then i asked mitt romney's basic question, will this action strengthen america or weaken america. that question should apply to every issue we contemplate. and fighting al qaeda in afghanistan strengthens america and returning power to the states strenkens america. and -- but locking up -- 9.4 million acresn utah weakens america. so, i have supported the troops, voted against no child left behind and blocked the land grab
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every time it has come up. i can do this. i can do this because i now have tools that i lacked as a freshman. and give me the chance to use them as we face the current crisis of unsustainable debt. we can't postpone the day of wreckening anymore. that's why i don't want to walk into retirement enjoying testimonial dinners. i'll do that in six years when we solve the problem and i'm convinced we will solve it. we're americans. and amecans have always risen to the challenge. and we have overcome worse times than these -- ron ooled reagan faced an unemployment rate higher than the one we have now. he was an optimist that believed common sense americans can do anything they put their minds to and so am i. i do not -- i do not despair in the task ahead but relish the
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opportunity to -- to tackle it. i have faith in america and faith in god and i believe that faith drives -- drives out fear by voting for me, you will tell the rest of the nation tt you -- utahians have not been taken in by the special interest groups that tried to take over the campaign. utahians reject the doomsayers and the fear amongers who say the country will fall. utahians have not lost their faith in the future because utahians remain convinced that god will continue to bless america. that's what i believe. that's what i believe. that's where i stand. and i ask you to stand with me. thank you very much. ♪
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[cheering] >> my name is mike lee and i want to be your next u.s. senator. our federal government is too big because the constitution has been ignored by complaining for too long. as americans, it is time for us to remember that -- that power is in our hands.
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this election is not about any one individual. it is about the friends and the neighbors we represent as delegates. it is about our children. it is about our grandchildren. and it is about the greatness of our past and the kind of country we will lead to future generations of americans. in order to move forward, i ask you to go back. back to a time and place tha is not unlike our own. it was a time of great divion and unrest within our republic. george washington recorded the events of march 4th, 1797. the second-term of his time as presidenof the united states. he wrote, it is with a dp and heavy heart that i left my room, thinking not so much of ourselves but of our country. he continued as he was walking out in philadelphia, he said, i
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was playing george washington now, neither general nor president. suddenly i realized i was not alone. and people were following me. at first only a few. and then aswelling cwd. and for a long moment i stood face-to-face with them, the young toddler and the carpenter and the storekeeper and the laborer, and all of them said facing me and said not a word, i ealized providence was showing me a vision of america, of what it would become. and i could fee assured that come what play, whether it be political bickering or any other evil in government, our country rests in good hands, in the hands of the people. >> a similar but larger crowd s gathered here today. political stripe again divides our country and the federal government is expanding in ways
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that would shock the founding generations. as i look out on the crowd, i don't see toddlers or shop keepers but i see scientists and mothers and fathers and friends. as i look into this crowd, i'm confident that the fate of our country is in good hands, in the hands of the people. now what makes 2010 different than other election years is that the people have realized what has always been true. that the power of america is in the hands of its people. starting with tea party members, through 912ers to precinct caucuss to individuals studying the constitution for the very first time, americans are
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reclaiming their right to a constitutionally limited government. this begs the important question. how do we insure that the power remains in the hands of the people? we insure that by returning to that document that placed the power in the people's hands to begin with. the u.s. constitution. that means we must ask ourselves the very same questions placed fore the founding fathers. are we tired of the oppressive hand of an oppressive national government? are we ready to restore power to the local governments? are we ready to get government's
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ha out of our pockets and off 70% of our land? that being the case, let's join hands with americans down through the ages and across the country who have proven time and time again that we could do hard thgs. will you join hands with me to fight for our future? that future begins today. together we will reject deficit spending. today together we will reform the tax code and restort the constitutional debate in congress and today we'll repeal government-run health care and when should we do that? yes! because tomorrow -- tomorrow begins today. right here, right now, at this convention.
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as we recognize that nstitutionally limited government un-- unlocks unlimited human potential, we reclaim that future. the constitution is central to every viable and practical solution with our federal government. that's why i pledged never to vote for a single bill that i can't reconcile, with the tax -- text and original understanding of the constitution. and i will -- regardless of what the supreme court says, congress can get ay with, i'll fight every day as your senator for limited government to end the cradle to grave entitlement mentality, for a balanced budget to protect our flag and our borders and our national security and for bills that can be read before they receive a final vote in congress.
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we're yet another crowd of individuals armed with the constitution in one hand and a ballot in the other and george washington was right. america's future is full of promise because our future is in your hands. and we're americans. and hand in hand, we can confront the challenges of our day. we can restore the constitutionally limited government. government. we can, we must and

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