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we cannot say precisely where the hurricane will be until right before landfall. the rainfall has not changed much. there will be a huge swath of five or 10 inches of rain in the northeast corridor. there has been to 1% normal rain in the last few days -- 200% range in the lt few days. the high winds could bring the trees down more readily than at the ground was dry. fame of will talk about the impact of their operations. quite good morning, everybody we already have our teams linked in with the government gains in the
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merged the operations centers. we are primarily focused on the back which in support now, but also preparing f the immediate impact in the aftermath. well as well as the forecast has been, it does not mean there will not be damages. it does not mean that power will not go out over large areas or that it will take some time to get things back to normal. it is important for people to prepare. the one thing we can change the outcome of its loss of life. that is like the evacuation orders or key. people need to leave early, travel a safe distance, to get someere safe, not wait for another forecast. all the planning and preparation will be in vain if people do not heed those evacuation orders. we have a whole of government approach. that means all federal budget -- federal agencies have been working together to support the governors and their teams. it is not just about government. it is about our volunteers, the
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private sector, as well as the public. all of light to enter does the president of the american red cross. -- i would like to introduce the president of the american red cross. >> thank you very much, gregg. t me acknowledge the wonderful partnership that we had with fema and with secretary napolitano and administrator seagate. if you are going to do to do with mother nature, you could not ask for a better set up -- toe-to-toe with mother nature, you could not ask for a better set opartners. i am not going to repeat what you have already heard about the storm. it is a very big one. it is going to cover a large amount of area. while he cannot exactly predict what curveball mother nature is
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going to throw at you, i do feel that the americared cross is better prepared, more prepared than ever. we have forced a number of partnerships with the state based organizations like the national baptist convention, like the southern baptist convention, a lot of the ngo's like the naacp and a whole host of other faith based organizations and non-profit organizations. we are anticipating that it will be a huge geographical area with lots of people enacted. from a time perspective, this could take weeks, maybe even months to be able to respond. let me give you a curfew quick numbers. we have over 200 emergency response vehicles and we are sending to the east coast. these vehicles can drive around
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and through neighborhoods, get out meals, relief items, things like buckets, mops, pails, etc. we are sending 60,000 ready-to- eat meals into richmond and another 60,000 into massachusetts. we are working with the southern baptist to bring in the kitchens. we think we can save 250,000 meals per day eventually. the weekend put that up to 100 -- 1 million meals per day at necessary. our local chapters that volunteers already on the ground. we have already deployed 1000 highly skilled volunteer specialists, a number of whom were part of our response during the spring storms. we have the ability to get over 60,000 additional volunteers in the area if need be. we have opened up shelters already in northarolina as well as opened up a few shelters
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in long island. we have 15,000 potential shelter sites through the affected aa. if any of your listeners or viewers need to know whether shelters or, they can find it on our website, redcross.org. phone apphen i ph as well. we urge everyone to get ready. headache yet, at the papers that you need, supplies for food, at the right clothing that you need. you can get a very robust list of what you can put into one of redcross.org. at have a plan for what to do when and if you are asked to evacuate. if you are asked to evacuate,
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please do so that will be responsible for reducing loss of life. you can also go to redcross.org to register and tell your family you are safe and well. as administrator fugate says, getting ready for a disaster like this takes a whole team. we are hoping the american publics part of that team. have your red cross is ready and prepared to help in any way necessary. thank you. >> we will take a few questions. >> can you give us a worst case assessment for york city? some models show there could be significant portions of lower manhattan, even long island, facing considerable flooding, especially given the high tide.
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overnight, someone said that one of the greatest nightmares is having a hurricane go up the east coast. >> i will turn it over to craig to talk about new york city. i taught him a year bloomberg yesterday about preparations in new york city. -- i talk to mayor bloomberg yesterday about reparations in new york city. a hospital is being evacuated. we will be working with them today. there were ambulances being repositioned to help move people out of the way. this is another reason why we urge people who are able-bodied to ppare to evacuate if you are asked to so we can, at the governmental level and the red cross, focus on those who need special assistance. we are watching the storm as it hits all the major metropolitan areas heading up the east coast. you have washington, d., you're of wilmington, you have
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new york city, possibly boston. we have been in touch with all other states. one of the concerns in new york city is the subway system. those decisions will be made by the mayor and his staff will be prepared to support them. craig, do you want to suggest that at all? >> bill, can you talk about the tools you have to show if that might occur? >> in the etern part north carolina -- we have not talked about the tidewater area. we are dependent on it the storm goes to the west or to the east of there.
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we will be focusing on that very closely. we have run a simulation. [unintelligible] they use those for the planning of the evacuation. after the storm hits, the single track line shows people where to go in for water rescue. >> i was talking to someone to
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work in my office building. she was talking about getting prepared. one thing she did say -- this is in regard to the uncertainty of the orm -- everybody is the prepared for this like this is a hurricane katrina. i do not think this will be that bad. could this be the east coast hurricane katrina? >> i take what people think of katrina, they think of the homes were destroyed with the flooding. that may be something we see in the storm surge areas othe coast. here in the district, here is what you need to be prepared for. power outages that could be days or longer. it could be a week or more. a lot of rain and flooding. strong gusty winds. again, those and that's away from the coast are going to be things you need to prepare for, paicularly the flooding and
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flash flooding that could occur here. people always want to put this in the contextf what it means. think of this -- strong sustained winds, tropical forest, a lot of trees down, a lot of power lines down, heavy rain, localized flooding, and along the potomac, you'll have a storm surge potential. we may see some of those levels flood. we are telling people, not just along because, but well inland to be prepared. >> can you address the money that has already been spent from january through today? what happens now? >> first of all, the disaster relief fund -- we are goi to have the resources we need to respond to this hurricane. there is going to have to be some financial stuff done with
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the d.r.f. in terms of the immediate needs, we will have the resources made avlable. gregg, thene to address that? >> as the secretary says, we had been putting money back in as of early this week. we are over $900 million in the relief fd. we are looking at making sure we have the resources to respond. we still have open disasters, including pr, as well as storms all the way back to early spring. we are continuing the immediate needs a response to those areas in preparing for this response as well. as dale told you about going to red cross, you can also go to ready.gov. m.fema.gov will link to mobile information from us as well as the hurricane center's. you can get information when you are moving and keep track of the storm and how to prepare. >> thank you very much.
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[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite co. 2011] >> genera napolitano and others are expected to meet with reporters in the morning with the latest on hurricane irene. live coverage is that a.m. eastern -- a 11:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. >> mitt romney holding town hall meeting in new hampshire. then, at a luncheon honoring the late greta scott king and other civil rights leaders. [bells]
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the life of soldiered john porter. american history tv, a visit to a distillery, one of four in operation during prohibition. for medicinal purposes of course. book tv and american history tv and frankfort, ky. this weekend. >> a presidential candidate and former massachusetts governor mitt romney held a meeting on thursday at a community center in new hampshire. this was the last in his series of meetings this month in new hampshire which is hosting the first presidential primary in february 2012. this is about an hour and 25 minutes. out one hour 25 >> long time no see. [applause]
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good evening. that was sad. let's try this again. good evening. quite good evening. >> much better. i want to thank you for being here. this is an important time in our lives. it is an important time in our history. we appreciate to get the time to come out and do this. i would like to ask you to take a momt, take yourself off, put it on vibrate -- i had to check min.
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-- i had to check mine. i want to tell you why i take mitt romney should be president of the united states. [applause] i have been politically active in new hampshire for about 20 years. there are very few people i look in the eye and note this man has what is right for our country in his heart, in his mind, in his address in may. there is no one kinder. if there is no one more thoughtful. there is no one better prepared to lead our country -- leave our country in a better economic state that it is. as you know, we are in a mess. i watched 90% of my income in real estate in this last cycle. that is tough. i want someone to put new venture back to work. i in my opinionthat person is governor mitt romney. you did not come here to hear me, so i will turn it over to
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captain bill simon. thank you for being he this evening. we look for to a great evening. -- forward to a great evening. [applause] >> thank you for coming i am bill simon. when i was invited to introduce the governor tonight, i asked a staff member, could you give me a list of accomplishments and goals? she said, nope. very simply, just a why you support the governor for president. i did not have to go on line and look at anything, i knew instantly where my connection was. i fully support his pition that washington needs to stop wasting our money. i liken the current in administration to the kids who visit your house on halloween. you have a bowl of candy and
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they come up to the door and you say, sure, take what you need. that is a good thing. instead, you have this is the shah of both parents in the bulk, fill their back, and they do not care - shove both hands in the bowl, fill their bag, and they do not care what they leave for others. i would rather have in new hampshire representatives to tell me where my money should be spent. i would rather have andover residents tell me where our money should be spent that was my connection on those two main points. without further ado, i would like to introduce the governor i hope in january 2013 will have to change the address on his driver's license to 1600 pennsylvania avenue, mitt romney. >> thank you. [applause] thank you. very kind. thank you.
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thank you. what an honor to be here. what a welcome. you are very kind and generous to spend some time with me this evening. it is quintessential new hampshire for people to come together on that evening like this when you could be out enjoying a dinner, perhaps a movie, tv, or whatever, getting ready for a hurricane. if instead you are saying, there is a responsibility to get to know the people running for president. so you're going to spend some time getting to know me and decide if in the right o or if someone else is the right one. i want to thank matt for welcoming you and me here. he was kind enough some years ago to give me a picture, which still hangs in my home. its a picture of president eisenhower, one of my heroes. a man who was a national hero
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following the world war and helped guide ouroreign-policy to make sure america would be strong and safe. i appreciate that from you, max. i appreciate bill introducing me. your leadership the committee is recognized. your kind words were touching, and i should just sit down, but i have more i want to say. i am good to say a word or two, then i will ask you for questions you might have been embarrassing questions or fine. i'll do my besto respond to them. then we will get a little chance to say hi to each other, get some pictures taken, and shake some hands. me and you, we have something you have not seen before. this was created today by my team to illustrate something. it is a frightening thing here. he what's the tens of thousands of dollars going by sector by sector. hundreds of thousands of dollars going by in less than a minute.
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this is the amount of debt the nation owes. $14.60 trillion. i do not know who told politicians there was a number called 8 trillion, but a large debt and now they have borrowed it. this down here is how much each taxpayer's share of that national debt is. if you are a taxpayer, and most of you are in this room, recognize that this is what you of. that number is a lot bigger than it was 2.5 years ago when president obama took office. that number has been added bite $4 trillion. that has been added by another $30,000. every day that president obama is in office and fails to balance our budget were put fortplans to do that, that number gets larger and larger for me and for your kids. it is unacceptable for you. it is immoral to pass along those debts to your kids. if i am president of the united
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states, i will get america on track to balance our budget and stop spending money we do not have. [applause] i know that not all of that will be popular. i know that some of the things we will have to stop doing and stop spending will make people say, gosh, i wish we could keep spending that. i remember when i served as governor of the state south of here -- thank you for letting me cross the border to date -- when i served in massachusetts and we look at a budget gap by first year of about $3 billion, we took the budget and we divided our spending in two groups. since we did in the state that we liked and then those things we did in the state that we had to do. we said the things we like we are going to have to stop doing because we cannot afford it. as i look at the federal budget, i am going to go through item by
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item, line by line and say, do we have to do this? is this so important to us, so critical that it is worth me when money from china for our kids to have to pay to keep doing? if that is always the measure. is this something we like so much that it does work mortgaging our kids' future? in my view, we are going to have to cut back on spending. number one on my list stop obamacare. we cannot afford it. [applause] it is bad government anyway. paul ryan and republicans and said you have to take scretionary spending and cut it back to the 2008 levels. if that takes sense as -- makes sense as well. it's to be taken away from the federal government and returned to the state. medicaid is one of those programs. a program for the poor in our nation. it gets larger and larger. take the money, give it back to
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the states, that the states manage the programs for the poor in the way they think is best. the federal vernment is too large. that number up there suggest a government that has grown to well beyond anything anyone had ever imagined, even people like jfk and fdr. even lyndon baines johnson. they would be surprised at how big that number is and would be appalled. we have to shrink the size of the federal government and return much of what it does, if as much as we can back to the state's rickey managed for the people and people are closer to their elected representatives and can vote them out that they do not do a good job. i will do that. [applause] the fact that that number is going around like it is is a pretty clear indication of presidential failure. but there are some other reasons to be unhappy with deeper than that. that relates to the fact that we have 25 million americans that
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are out of work. out of work, stop looking for work,r in part time jobs. 25 million americans. you are doing better here in new hampshire. i think the president could learn some lessons from new hampshire. he could learn that if you want to attract jobs and do better than the national average, but it is good to have a live taxes and small government. that is a lesson the good lawyer for new hampshire, but what he did instead bece again as president is decide to put in place a nearly $1 trillion spending stimulus, spending more on government, adding 135,000 new government empyees. the right answer was not to add government,he right answer was to shrink government and grow the private sector. if they keep focused on energy and the things he really wanted. cap and trade to raise the cost of energy. if forced immunizations. stacking the national labor relations board.
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he wanted dodd-frank to regulate the financial services sector. obamacare to take away from you the right to have the medical choices thayou currently enjoy. in my view, hisgenda is one of the primary reasons that this downturn has been so deep and has been so hard to get out of. it is one of the primary reasons that what goes around at the rate it goes around. it has gone around pass for a long tied. president obama, when he was senator obama, calls the fact that for the bush added to that deficit "unpatriotic." of what would you consider of his own actions as president when so many people are out of work and with that number is racing around like it is. i have a very different experience. i did not spend my life is a community organizer or as a politician. i respect people in th professions. i spent my life in the private
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sector. i inherited some important things for my parents. by the way, what i inherited financially, i gave away. but what i inherited from a culture standpoint i hold very dear. i inherited a willingness to work hard. my mom and dad taught me how to work. i learned something about america. when i was a young boy, my dad took me on a trip across the country with my mom, of course, going from national park to national park. he did the same thing with his grandkids. 25, 26 grandkids went on tour -- went on 30 days of trips with my mom and dad going to national parks. i knew what he was doing. he was not just showing them the beauty of america and the majesty of our mountains and the grand tour of the canyons, he was also teaching them something about the american spirit and the american character.
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i learned that. i inherited that from my mom and dad. that is something that does not leave me. the red meat from a book called "men to match my milton." you may not have read that book. it was written in the 1960's by someone named irving stone. i mentioned that the other night. i was on cape cod the other night and the owner of the home the estimate, as soon as i finish telling that story, he got up and "did that point from which the title was taken. i did not know it was taken from a point. it turns out the public who wrote the point from which that title was taken was from new hampshire. his name was sam walter. "bring me meant to match might melton. bring me men to match by airplanes. -- bring me men to match my
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mountain. brink me men to match my plane." what was he talking about? he was not talking about covering our neighbors, but, instead, and parts of discovery, innovation, enterprise, if any new errors as we change the world. that is what america has done. if this is the greatest nation in the history of the world. what we have done, what we have invented, how we have shared berty around the world. it is lifted people from poverty. has brought people freedom. if it does preserve peace on the planet. a strong america is the best allied peace has ever known. this is an extraordinary land. i believe in america. i believe the principles that made us such a strong and vibrt nation in the past where restore our economy and preserve our freedom in the future.
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when the founders came together and formed this country, their brilliance and their vision is almost hard to overstate. they gave us political freedom, as you know. we got to choose to represent us in government. they swapped the relationship between state and citizen because, in the rest of the world, they need the state was the sovereign andhe stateas the servant. the swap that. now the citizen would be the sovereign and the state would be the servant. i also gave us personal freedom and economic freedom. we had the right to choose where we want to live and what we want to do with our life. what a remarkable land. those freedoms, political freedom, personal freedom, economic freedom, brought people from all over the world here seeking an opportunity, not only for themselves, but for their children. if my wife's dad was born in wales.
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his d was a cl miner. his dad said, "i have to give you away from here. we get to emigrate. if we have to get to america." like millions of others, they came to america. when they got here, it did not take them long to realize that an education was a big help to be about to realize their dreams, but they did not have enough money to send the kids to college. they got together and that a family conference and decided they could send one. if all the kids, all four of them, would save the money from their jobs and put it in a pool, they could put that money behind one of them to go to college. they did. it was my father-in-law. they all gathered the money. can you imagine that in your family? he seemed to be the smartest, as we will send him to coege. that would have ended up in a fight in my house with my five boys. they came together and sacrificed for their brother, my father in law, sent him to general motors institute of technology.
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he got his degree in engineering and started his business. of course, if he hired his brothers and sisters to work with them early in this enterprise. the nature of america. these freedoms brought people from all over the world and built as to what we are today. i believe in those freedoms. i believe that i have, by virtue of having spent myife the in e private sector -- in business -- and having turned around enterprises and not just what's jobs being created, but actually created jobs -- i believe that is what the nation needs to get america back to work again and restore the values that will keep us prperous. i believe this bill will enable me in a debate with barack obama to elected him and say, "no, mr.. , you got it wrong. you do not understand that the economy works. you do not understand at your agenda made it harder for jobs to be created. i do. i have created jobs. i know how it is done. i would do a better job of slowing down that clot and, hopefully, did it reversing a
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getting americans back to work." [applause] i love this country. i believe in this country. i believe in the american people. i am convinced our future is bright i am going to tell you why ase answer some questions, but i am going to turn out to you and get your thoughts. if you have to advise, i am happy to hear it. that you have questions, i am abbey to respond let me turn to you. tell me who you are if you would like. if you want to be anonymous, you do not have to. if you live around here. give me your thoughts and your questions. with that, please. matt started things off. let's do it again. >> governor, what are your thoughts on the turns of events
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in libya and what would you do if your presidt right now? >> let's talk about libya. i hope, by the way, that the president or the state partment was in touch with gaddafi before the revolution and said to him, "mr. gaddafi, if you attack your own people, we will come after you. we will not allow a humanitarian crisis." that is the o teddy roosevelt -- speaks softly, carry a big stick. i hope that happened. when documents are released sotime down the road, i hope we will find that happen. number two, the president came to the american people and said to us we have a humanitarian mission to fulfill. we will put in place a no-fly zone. we heard thetory and appreciated that. members of congress and the american people assented to our participation in the humanitarian efforts. then the president changed the
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mission. he did not come to the american people and describe the mission. he said we are now in favor of regime change. there was an effort to remove gaddafi. i am happy to see gaddafi give. the people of libya came together to get rid of him. i am at the the coalition, the natick team, was able to remo him. i am happy he is gone. but i sure would like our president to come to the american people and described to us what is our mission there. once gaddafi is gone, who is going to provide secury? what is the nature of the rebels? what are they going to be doing? will this become as bad or worse than it was under gaddafi? these are answers i would like to hear from our president who has the information about who these folks are and what our le will be. this is something he has not done yet i think it is incumbent on the president to describe what our mission is there now and what the mission will be for libya. my own view is that america
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should be involved in actions of this nature -- meaning and balding our mitary troops -- were we have a substantial interest, with the mission is clear and defined, and where our exit is als the clear and defined. the questions we've not heard with regard to libya. this budget as the american public a discussion we are grateful that gaddafi is either don or almost dawn. i think he is basically gone according to the most basic reports. now let's see what the president's budget plans are. by the way, i would like to hear a discussion about syria and egypt. libya as a population of around 7 million people. egypt has a population of around 80 million people. egypt is the big power in the arab world. trying to encourage egypt to move towards modernity and not
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becoming a hostile neighbor to israel is extraordinarily critical to the american people. the president has a lot to talk about. i wish we understood what his foreign policy was. thanks, matt. >> i am chris johnson. if the was one policy initiative that you could spend all of your political capital on and accomplished it before you leftffice on the domestic scene, what would it be? >> that is hard to say. two.e going to give me good. one is to get us on track to stop spending more money than we take in. balance our budget. two, did americans back to work. how do you do those things? they are connected, by the way. we are not good to get americans back to work if every on japan or in every business person in this country looks at america -- if every opera nor -- ought to
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ignore -- about the get people back to work? you have to make sure that the taxes for our employers, not higher than that for a employers around the world. right now or for the highest in the world. number two -- regulation and bureaucracy has to be modern, streamlined, up-to-date. regulation as to not only gets the bad guys, but encouraged the good guys. right now regulation is burdensome. it makes it harder for businesses to grow and invest. no. 3, you've got to have trade policies that work for us, not just for the other guys. with there are cheaters, like china, you have to hold them accountable and make sure they did not take our jobs by virtue of cheating. number four, yet to become energy secure, independent of the cartels. that means developing our own
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oil, gas, coal, nuclear, went, and sold. america needs to be energy independent from the cartels. did we need to have institutions that teach our kids the skills for the transfer century. we have to have the role law. we after the government that spends less than it takes in the as a long list. but i had to get americans back to work. on september 6, if you had nothing to do, i will be giving a speech about the things you have to do to get america working again. it is not just working over the coming year or two that i am coerned about as important as that is, it is working over the next couple of decades making sure that our economy leads the world. that we remain the place that is home of innovation. that remain the economic powerhouse of the world. only if we are the tier 1 economy of the world can we have
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a military that is also tier 1 and to protect our freedoms. i am going to work very hard to restore,ot just the economy short term, but to restore our ability to compete and add jobs with high incomes of long-term. that is what i know. that is what i do. busine, jobs, the economy. i am going to use my skills to get america back to work at to get that clock to slow down and stop. .hank you period [applause] >> i am dan hurley. thank you for bringing the clock. i spent my career working in the chance shot -- technology transfer field. can i get your opinion of what is going on at g e but to me, it is not a good thing. >> all the people in the room
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who thinks our trade policies with china makes sse, please raise your hands. that is what i thought. we have watched year after year as china has manipulated the currencyo artificially hold down the prices of all goods and services coming from china. that has helped them here and abroad. it has hurt us here and hurt us in operations abroad. it made them more competitive and has a hollowed out, in some cases, manufacturing. what else have they done? the install of our patents, of designs, are no help. they have not allard -- under our system of protectin intellectual property. when we sell an airplane, it is not just the steel and labor, as important as they are, it is also the know how that went into building the aircraft and designing it. the steel listings routinely. in china they are selling microsoft software on the streets for a couple of bucks. but are selling movies for less
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than that. that is our intellectual property. they are stealing those things. as they steal those things, we lose the revenue and they go out and sell them to others. then, of course, they are hacking into our computer systems. doing it to corporations and taking technology. going into our government and department of defense to steal technology and know-how. it is unacceptable. the president said he would take china to the mat. i have not noticed that happening yet. if i am president, and i will announce this in september, i will be very clear which side about the consequences of their manipulative currency, other stealing our intellectual property. the consequences are the not enjoy the open access to our markets they had enjoyed in the past. thank you. [applause] >> nice to see you. >> thank you. >> i have a little problem. i do not know if i know what i am talking about.
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i had a business i started myself. i paid all my employees 50% -- 15% of their salary and their health insurance. now that i am retired, we had the government cutting pension plans. some of my tax dollars, i am sure, are going to pay some of those pensions. i find it disagreeable that i have to take money out of my savings. maybe you can explain that. on a lighter note, this is what i would like to have you do. i would like you to get my 401k growing as fast as that debt. >> your 401k is moving as fast
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that debt, just in the wrong direction, it is so afraid. [applause] you are talking about support for federal employee pensions. clearly people who work in government deserve a fair wage, compensation, and a fair retirement program, and fair benefits. at the same time, we have too many people working in the federal government. that number should be small. it does not mean we have to slash employment, but as people retire, we do not have to fill those positions. secondly, people who work for government should get as good a deal as the taxpayers get. the compensation of people in the government should be similar to the compensation that exist in the private sector. the benefits should be the same as well. the people who work for government should not get a better deal than the people who areaying their wages, namely, the taxpayers. i appreciate the work of federal employees and govement
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workers, but i want to make sure their deal is comparable to tt of the people that is paying for it. if those numbers get out of whack, and you are seeing them in some state -- even in my home state of massachusetts they are saying there are some thin that are out of conol and we cannot have collective bargaining anymore because it is out of line. we are going to get to be honest with faults and not keeping for things we cannot afford. that is what leads to the plot doing at it is doing back there. i support efforts to be honest with people and make sure we have for government employees a fair deal, but not a better deal than the rest of us get. thank you. other questions? yes, sir. >> i am from barrington. ife had had success through history, we are in a much different world than we are today.
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with your background and yr level of success, recognizing that the probability is that when you take office you are going to have to deal with an economy that is virtually at a standstill, such as it is today, are there any things that you would do differently than this nonsense that we saw exhibited in washington in recent weeks and months? in other words, is the system broken or is it the people are not listening? how would you attack this with your expertise? >> you are talking about the debt ceiling. when you talk about nonsense in washington, it is a long list of possibilities k. [laughter]
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i know there are people that ay, whity didn't republic since agreed to ise taxes a lile bit? there is a reason that people were for a proposal that would cap federal spending so it could not grow faster than the federal government. government is too big. let me describe what too big is. when john f. kennedy was president, government at all levels, federal, state, local, consumed about 20% of our economy, about 1/4 of our economy. today, it consumes 37%. and it is headed towards 40% of the economy. we are inches away from no longer being a free economy. instead, being a government- dominated nation. a lot of us looked and said 37% is too much.
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you're spending is too much. we will not give in to give you more money to allow you to get even betigger. politicians in washington and in some states like california -- calirnia has the highest tax rate in the nation. i think it is the most expensive state from an income tax standpoint in the nation. they must have a balanced budget, right? no, they spent all that money and then some. to give politicians more money and higher taxes, they will spend that and keep barring more. the right answer -- there are a lot of people that disagree with me. last night, and was at an event in lebanon, new hampshire. she said, governor why it should do say that we should only spend what we take in? whynot keep on borrowing? there are people that agree with you. i am not one of them.
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i will do everything by growing the economy and getting people paying taxes because they have jobs and cutting that off scale of the federal government. if we had a president that is a leader. the president -- i like him. hearing him, he gives great speeches. what he said when he was campaigning about bringing the nation together, that was very inspiring. he did not do it, but he said it. but he hasn't been a leader. a real - it's been disappointment. he is not a >> live, local, and late-breaking, presence apaa president. he's a ddd president. debt, downgrade, and the lake. we keep talking about making sure that social security and medicare are preserved, not just for current retirees but for the young people. the president says if something should be done. republics put ideas out and the democrats a demagogue them.
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where are the president's ideas? whereas leadership? what will he do about that leadership? where is it? he's in nantucket, playing golf. it is time for a leader to step forward. i intend to be one of them. we will get the job done and get america working again and stop the clock. thank you. [applause] >> hello. i had the pleasure of meeting u up the street here not too long ago. we talked little bit about the family. if the success of the society is the dependence on the strength of the family. it is my opinion that we have the focus wrong. we need to focus on family first, not all of these other issues. the product of the family is the next generation. if the next generation is to be better than the last, which i hold to be a universal truth about the world, that all mothers with like the best for their kids in the future, then we need to focus on the american
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family. and i ask you to make a pledge to make the family a cornerstone of your campaign going forward, i think it is by far and above the greatest issue we have in the country. if we can fix that and get a parent home during child-bearing years to raise the children with the code that they can live by and take into kindergarten and know what is right and wrong, what is fair, what is moral, what is ethical, what breeds character and integrity, then we are on a path to turn this country around. there is no question in my mind collectively be cannot do it. it is not an issue. the fact of the matter is, we have to get together as a family. if i can make my pitch one more time to you and say, let's make a cornerstone of this campaign, because you can do it. you have a wonderful family, and people here he wonderful families. by the way, my name is bob lynch.
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and the family is the answer to this. if we can make that the cornerstone of this campaign, we can certainly work on these other trivial issueshat we can get straightened out with a wonderful group of americans who are ready to do it tomorrow. >> my guess is you came from a good family. >> i did. >> tell me about your family. >> my father krupp in delaware, and at 11 years old, he walked off of his home during a depression enter the keys on the ground and walked away from everything the family had. that stuck with him. and got a leighigh degree in economics. he committed in and out of w york city his entire life. that is one of the reasons i live in new hampshire. my mother was at home with us every day. i learned a great deal from her, and i love her dearly to this day. those values mean more to me than anything else we have spoken about here. and with family, with friends,
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with neighborhoods, with communities, with states and a government working together, we can take care of this country in a heartbeat. we can take care of this world. i would proclaim that we need a goal, may be a dream first. maybe not martin luther's but we need a drink hrd from the goals, from that come the objectives. if everybody in the world wants to make the world a better place, we can do that. i would be happy to come to wor with you and help you out. it is for most of my mind. >> apparently so. >> i am watching -- writing a book carried it is called "guard rails, god and santa claus." >> important topic, critical topic. what i inherited from my parents was a set of values. a lot of this country, understanding of character. -- a love of this country.
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i was taught that self-esteem was earned. it did not come because i had a teacher that said,ou should love yourself. i learned it -- i lrned you had to work hard and achieve something, whether it is sports or school. my oldest son, i hope i can remember exactly what this was. my oldest son and his high school on prized it was given the prize. this was at graduation. i do not remember which you're at school he was cured he was in k-12, but he was in high school. an uprising got was this -- for his unselfish concern for others. >> i could not have been more proud. character is a big part of what do self-esteem. so i love families that are able to teach kids values and principles that lift their life. i like the fact that buy large we recognize that a home has a mom and dad, and if you want to
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have a child, it is a good idea to get married first. [applause] my wife taught as a volunteer at the mother caroline academy in boston. is populated with at risks girls. one day, she said, how many of you would like to go to college? almost all of their hands went up. then she said, how many expect to have a baby before you graduate from high school. almost all their hands went up. and she said, you probably cannot do both. and they were surprised. people had not told them that yet. we need to teach our kids there is an advantage to getting married and hang two people share their resources. a lot of people did not have the hasrivilege -- there
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been divorce or death. but where there is a possibility, get married, have children, raise children, make that your highest priority. the most important thing that happened in my home, that which gives me the greatest satisfaction in life, is what my wife did in raising our five sons. i rember when my wife and i were young marrieds, and we were talking to my dad, i think he was 80 at the time. my dad had been a person of great accomplishment, both in business and in government. and he was famous in his era. and we turned to my dad and said, what has been the most important thing in my life? he said, without question, that which gives me the greatest joy in life is what your mother did in raising our childre there is nothing like kids -- except grandkids, they are a little better. i want to tell you, if i am elected president, my wife and i will work very hard to teach our kids, not just my own five sons and their children, of which there are 16, but also to teach
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other kids in america the benefits of marriage and coming together. i want to make sure our programs at the federal level do not discourage marriage. if we have programs that say we will give you money, welfare, if you are single with a child, but you -- if you are married with a child, tn we will not. if you do not get married, then you do not have our responsibility to care for that child. these mistakes lead to people deciding that in some cases it does not make sense to get married. we have to make sure we do not create disinceives for marriage, but create a model, spk about it, and make sure our programs encourage people to form families that have kids. you and i are on the same page on that. i want to see your book. yes, ma'am. >> hi. this is falling on the question about values. i was raised by two physicians, and i come up early on, learned the importance of us being healthy in our lives.
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and i spent the last year working in kenya and uganda, working with people living with hiv who loved me because i was erican and american help them get access to drugs. i am a medical student. i read a study that showed that there was a 96% reduction in transmison when people are on hiv drugs. so that means they can have healthy and productive lives. and they will not transmit the virus to their partners. i was really proud of president bush in 2003 when he started the president's emergency plan for aids relief. and i have been disappointed with president obama who said that he was gng to continue that program and has not funded at the levels that he pledged to. so i am wondering if you become the president, which i am hoping that we are starting a movement here in new hampshire, wl you commit to being a president deccan and aids, another we know
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that there is a 96% reduction in transmission for this virus? because i think it is very portant that america maintains the moral and ethical standard, even though we're fighting this deficit stuff. there are certain things we can cut more easily and more morally than other things. and i do not think the aids program is something. anyway, i am wondering if he will commit to being a president that can end aids. >> we do a lot of wonderful things to encourage humanitarian aid around the worldnd to help other nations. and i applaud that effort. by and large, i look for that ever to be done on a charitable bases by the american people, meeting by people making contributions to those things that make a difference and by president matching funding or encouraging. there are some of tsunami disasters and so forth, where america's contributions are really wonderful and marvelous.
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in some cases, our contributions to the world held our interest and keep america in a more positive light in the world. so you have to look at each of the things we do in light of those benefits. but i also want toay this, in some cases, as we give humanitarian aid or foreign aid to other nations, but i say, gosh, we're borrowing money from china and giving it over here and we have to pay back china. why don't we get china to make a contribution? why are we borwing money from them to help someone else? [applause] we are a generous and charitable people, but at the same time, i did not look for our government to decide where we will apply are cheered. i look for our people to do that person by person. that is my preference. i will look at what the president is spending, but i am expecting those nations that
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are running huge surpluses for them to pick up the burdens of the wld, as opposed to always looking to america. we as citizens will do it. we will support those things we think make a real difference. we will support those things that help our image and our values around the world, but i am going to be putting a little bit of pressure on other people to pick up the slack. thank you. hi. [applause] >> hi,. i live in dover. i'm an educator. i'm a mom. i am curious about preparing our students with 21st century skills, getting ready for college and beyond. i was wondering if he could talk more about that. >> absolutely. let me tell you what things i've learned about education. when i came in as a governor, i wanted our schools to keep doing well
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so i met with people in our education department. they said, smaller class sizes would make our schools better. i said, that is expensive. or construction, hiring more teachers. what does the data show? well, we have 351 cities and towns. so we knowr kids, which kids in which towns are doing the best. and we know the average class from size. so we can compare classicize with how the kids are doing. so we plotted that out. there was no relationship at all. as a matter of fact, the school districts that spent the most per student and with the smallest cluster size, a cambridge, their kids were performing in the bottom 10% of kids in our state. i looked at studies done by people who fall education, like the mackenzie institute, and they looked as schools around the world. they said classicize is not
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predict how well kids will do. they said spending does not predict terribly well how kids will do. overwhelmingly, what predicts how well the kids will do is their home, their parents, and the quality of the teacher. [applause] and those nations which are excelling in education are those nations which say, we are going to try and hirour teachers from among the very best performers, the top 5%-10%. too often in america, we do not do that. i would like to hire the best do this. i would like to pay higher starting salaries for teachers. i would like teachers to be promoted not based upon tenure but based upon how well they do with kids. [applause] kids -- our best teachers not to aspire to become
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administrators, but to continue to teach and to the promotion within the teaching ranks. andme, it's about teachers incurred in the quality of education at the teacher level. we did some other things. when i say we, i am talking about my predecessors in massachusetts as well as myself. they decided that to graduate from a massachusetts high school, you have to pass a graduation exam. and that's kind of a stick. i put a carrot in place. i said, if you take the exam and your score in the top 25% of your high school class, we will grant you a four-year tuition free ride to any massachusetts public institution of higher learning. we call the the john and abigail adams scholarship.
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we created incentives for kids to get a scholarship. probably know how well massachusetts schools are doing. there are four measures for testing how schools ar doing. fourth and eighth graders are tested every two years in english and math. my fourth graders came out number 1 in the nation and number one in math. my eighth graders came on number one in english and number one and math on all four measures. for the policy of choosing great teachers, of having accountability and standards and providing incentives for people to perform, those things work in education like everything else. so congratulations on being an educator. i want to make your job easier. i did not mention school choice. we of school choice in my state. 50 charter schools. i like choi in education. i like parents being able to choose the school where they think the child will do best. i want to provide that for more of our kids. thank you. [applause] >> first of all, thank you for
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being here. to follow on the education question, i agree with so much of what you are saying and it is a very exciting to hear as a teacher myself. does federal government played a role in the process, and what would you do when you are elected? the idea of the federal government trying to run schools. i think schools should be run at the state and local level. of course, the federal government sends a lot of money out. and in sending that money out, it could encourage school choice, cyber learning, better compensation for teachers. there are things it could encourage. and so what role it will play has to be carefully measured. for instance, in my state, my predecessors devise a curriculum.
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we have a statewide curriculum. and e kids are tested according to the curriculum. i think it is working pretty well. if the federal government said, we like the massachusetts curriculum and mandate that all statesse the curriculum, i would say absolutely not. that violates the constitution. it violates my impression of what this nation is founded upon -- individual liberty and states' rights. i'm very reticent to have the federal government plays its heavy hand in education. encourage good practices and share those, make sure the money is spent well, yes, but schools should be run at the local level by parents, teachers, and not by teachers unions, by the way. we ought to put the teachers and the kids first. yes, sir? i'll give you this one. and'm the father of 2 kids,
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i am very concerned about their future. in june you said, i think it is important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants in greenhouse gases that may be contributors to the climate change and global warming. yesterday said about global warming, i do not know if it is mostly caused by humans. now i'll quo from the national academy of sciences on climate change. some theories have been so thoroughly examined and supported by so many independent observations and results of that the likelihood of subsequently been found wrong is a vanishingly small. ke such conclusions and theories are regarded asacts. this is the case for the conclusion that the earth's system is warming and much of the warming is largely due to human activity. my two questions.
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is the national academy of science reliable? if not, what do you use for your source? secondly,o you continue to support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as in your book "no apology," through revenue neutral carbon tax or payroll tax cuts? >> payroll tax cut? let's come back. let me tell you what i believe about the environment. by the way, my book lays out. the nice thing about writing a book is that is all right there. so i will give you an answer in a couple of minutes. but if you are interested in digging into it, you can read what i wrote. i wrote a chapter about energy and climate. so i will give you a summary. let me tell you what it is. i think the earth is getting warmer. i know this room is. [laughter] [applause] i think humans contribute to that. i do not know by how much.
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could be a little, could be a lot. i do not know by how much. so i am not willing on that basis to say, let's spend trillions of dollars trying to stop, in america, the emissions of co2. so what it leads me to is an energy policy that some call, and no regrets policy, meaning he would take action you would take any way that has the byproduct of reding co2. so i would take as my energy policy, not a cap and trade approach, i oppose cap and trade. i would not put in place a gas tax or carbon tax. what i would do is to follow policies that get america energy secure and energy independence of the cartels. what are those policies? use more natural gas. we have in abundance. we have learned how to drill not just vertically but horizontals and to capture all sorts of natural gas. we have hundreds of years of it.
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natural gas emits less co2 than coal if we use natural gas, we not only free ourselves o foreign sources of energy, but would also reduce our co2. i like nuclear power. when we build our nuclear power plan, we should not put the diesel resurgent backup level at fault lines. i would like to see just drilling for oil, find technology from clean coal. and so i want to use the resources. i want to see more efficiency. these things will get is on track to become energy independent and secure. as a byproduct, tehyhey reduce co2. it c't hurt. i am not a scientist. i cannot tell you how much of the warm and i think we are experiencing is caused by human begs. it may be a lot, it may be a
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little, but ain, my policy is not to impose trillions of dollars of additional costs and job-killing measures like cap and trade and carbon taxes on the american people. that is my view. thank you. [applause] thank you. i'm told i get one more question, then you guys get to go home and watch what ever is on thursday night. what is it? the red sox. we're one game up. i have to tell you a quick story. i was speaking at the citadel, and that is a school in south carolina, military college. all the cadets sitting at attention. they look like they're were sitting at attention. i was telling jokes as i was getting my speech. when i tell a joke, there will look at the end of the aisle, they would not laugh. then i took questions from the
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audience. very prepared, sophisticated questions. then someone stood up and said, what you think about johnny damon have been traded from the red sox to the yankees? and everyone turned to see would ask such an important question. and i said, it proves only one thing -- we all hate yankees. that got a laugh. plse. >> i'm eleanor. if you become president, i would like to know what you do about the 12-20 million illegal immigrants in this country who are contributing to that? [applause] >> thank you. good question. it's an important question. a little story. i think it was four years ago, i was in san diego at the border with mexico. we have a big fence there, two fences, separated by a couple hundred yards. i was there with border patrol agents. i said, the people across in
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this area toy? about 100. even with those fences. how did they do it? they come in groups. they are sitting across the border with binoculars and a watch and see where we are is agents. the storm across. they make letters of -- out of rebarb. they'll throw a ladder across, and then there into the shopping mall across the street before we can get them. i said, how are going to stop the flow of illegal aliens into the country? he said, secure the border with a fence and border patrol agents of an adequate number. and turn off the magnet. i said, what magnet? he said jobs. where u.s. employers hire people they know are illegal and put them in jobs in the u.s. that is why they come across in large numbers. you want to secure the border with a fence and turning off the magnet. we do all sorts of things.
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we have cities in america that call themselves sanctuaries cities. we communicate to people who want to come here illegally that if they can find a way here, if they overstay their visas or come across the border illegally, they can go to that city and they do not have to worry. it is unbelievable. when i was governor, the legislature passed a bill saying that we should give to the children of illegal immigrants and in state tuition break. now, there are -- their r. demint, they said the kids have not done anything wrong. and did their argument, they said the kids have not done anything wrong. the cre a bigger magnet, people come here for their kids. i understand that. if you come here illegally, that draws more people here illegally. if we want to secure the border -- a fence and crack down on employers that hire people illegally. i would give folks that come here legally upcard, their
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visa number. employers would be able to check that against a federal database. if they have someone without a valid identification card, because they are here illegally, and they hire them yway, then we ack down them w- on them with fines orw worse. we love legal immigration here. will people who come here legally. i would like to bring in people with skill and experience. i would like us to have enough so the people the skills that we need to come here. i like legal immigration. i do not want to stop illegal immigration. i welcome the cultures and the experience that comes from people from other lands, but i want to stop this president came in and said he was going to do all these things about immigrati and
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made all these promises. for the first two years, he had a democrat house, democrat senate, and a democrat white house. what did he do? nothing. he waits until the election year and then starts bringing this up. why did he not deal with this when he had the ability to do whatever he wanted? he would rather make it a political issue than a practical solution. if i apresident, i will take on this issue, secure our borders, and make sure that our legal immigration system works for the american people. thank you. i appreciate the question. pplause] let me just close with this. i know it has become creasingly common for people to be concerned about the future. we face extraordinary challenges. that is one of them. $131,000 per taxpayer by the way, who promises the government has made that are not
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funded. obamacare, medicar social security, medicaid, unfunded promises in addition to another $62 trillion. the cost of those unfunded promises per household in america, according to usa today, is $532,000. face challenges. that debt, those unfunded promises. we faced radical violent jihad who want to kill us. china, becoming the new global power. iran, on the verge of becoming a nuclear power. we face extraordinary challenges, but i happen to be convinced that america has a brighter future even than our past. why is that? we are innovated, hard-working people. we are patriotic people.
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we love america. we place our hand over our heart during the playing of the national anthem. no other people in the world do that. fdr began that tradition in honor of the lives that were being lost in foreign places. he asked us to place our hand over our hard during the playing of the national anthem. i am convinced that based on our patriotism and skill that we have leaders that will tell us the truth and live with integrity a who actually know how to lead, that america will rise to the occasion, remain the economic engine that has always been, and remain the hope of the earth that got indiansor this great land. thanks so much. -- that got intends --that god intends for this great land. [applause]
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>> very nice to meet you. >> i have met you before, haven't i? i am going to be in bmingham on the 30th. >> i appreciatehat. >> how are you? thanks for the. -- thanks for the help.
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>> what kind of business are you starting? good luck to you. thank you. >> the know this guy here? do -- you know this guy here?
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we need to get a leader. thank you, great to be here. [inaudible]
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>> look at that. that is an olympic torch. banks, and good luck to you. -- thanks, and good luck to you. wonderful, places to visit.
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>> thank you, i appreciate that. >> and get a picture together? >> do you guys go to school here or you working here?
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some say we ought to shrink the military budget. my view is, cut the waste and continue to strengthen our air force fleet. [inaudible]
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[inaudible] >> are you moving permanently? congratulations. you are an empty-nester now.
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>> thank you so much. >> i enjoyed it a lot. you are amazing. >> thank you. is this your daughter? there we go. >> thank you so much. [inaudible]
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>> we have to run up here we appreciate you being here this evening. is a little warm. what is particularly alarming is held back the clock is having to move. it is simply unacceptable for the american people and particularly for children to be saddled with the debt of the
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scale that this admistration is putting in place. four trillion dollars from this administration and the president is on track to break all records of any president in american history. with that, i would be happy t take any questions you may have. >> last month you said you were disturbed that obama talked abou moving gaddafi. >> not in terms of removing him but providing an air cap. have said the same thing time and time again. number one, the first oxidant -- the first option should be to talk to gaddafi ordered the state department and indicate if he attacks his people, we will come after him in a major way. he will know the source of america. that hopefully would have kept
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him from doin anything to his people and would not have resulted in the military action having to have happen. the number two option was the humanitarian issue. that is the mission i supported. no. 3 was the mission -- removal of the regime, and that is the mission not like to have the president elained, what our objectives are going to be, what role we are going to have down the road, how that will prevent libya from becoming worse than it was under gaddafi, and that is possible. he chose the last option. [unintelligible] >> i don't think you have to necessarily be specific when you talk to him on the phone. you say you attack your people, we are going to come after you.
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e old teddy roosevelt saying, speaks softly and carry a big stick. instead of waiting for the revolution to repair arrive and then being drawn into an effort to protect the libyan people. >> you talk about spending on education and looking closely into the data. you also talk about the thin spendi as something that needs to be twice as lar as china or russia. why not apply that same sort of approach to how much we spend on defense? >> i will look at the defse budget very carefully and look at the weapons systems we have and the amount of waste at is there. the statistics i have seen suggest we could do a lot better with the money we are spending. wh secretary gates indicated, it shows there is a lot of spending that is not necessary. i don't want to count on that money to pay for social programs. my expectation is we will use
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those funds to rebuild our navy, to rebuild our air force, to take care of our veterans in the way they deserve to be cared for. those coming back from conflict are going to need our help. i am not going to count on reducing our military budget. military spending will come down as we exit our participation in the conflict in afghanistan and iraq. on ust want to count reducing that. defenselook at the budget as a way to pay for social programs. >> you mentioned tonight that the massachusetts legislature passed the legislature -- it is veto the bill, and is that an issue from governor harry? >> i don't know what all of his positions are. i can tell you i vetoed that bill, and i was fortunate enough to be able to get enough democrats to vote with
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republicans. that was what was up held. a i have opposed credit for those who have come here illegally. as to our other people perceive those issues, you will have to take that to them. >> [unintelligible] you have said wait and see and you will announce a jobs plan. you have been campgning a lot. you need to share with us about jobs. >> if you have heard me describe my seven habits of highly effective copy. that is the framework upon which my jobs plan will be built. i am not putting -- are not looking to put in place a stimulus bill that is like pouring gasoline on the fire and giving it a big boost and then
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it goes away. sometimes it does more damage. i am not looking to grow government. a lot of people think it is don't have a bs plan, let's make government bigger. a look at it in the opposite way. i think if you want to get the economy growing, you have to make the government smaller. i will be an bailey my plan with specifics. [unintelligible] >> the decision on the part of this administration and the concerns about the supreme court that the epa should regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant. if i am president, i will work with congress to reverse the legislation as it is interpreted
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by the supreme court to say in fact that the bill does not intend to regulate co2, it is not a pollutant within the meaning of that legislation. thank you. >> you were very presidential. the fact that you are respecting the other candidates [unintelligible]
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>> thanks, i appreciate it. [unintelligible]
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>> next, call luncheon honoring a coretta scott king and other civil rights leaders. then another chance to see mitt romney in new hampshire. and then live at 7:00 a.m., your calls and comments on "washington journal."
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>> all those sundays at dedication for the martin luther king jr. memorial was postponed because of hurricane irene, other events were held as scheduled. this luncheon included a special tribute to coretta scott king, the wife of dr. king. this is two hours and 50 minutes.
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>> we have come together to celebrate the names of some many an unnamed women, women who struggled, who worked, and in many cases, died for us simply to have the privilege to be where we are today in this room. the theme of this luncheon,
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women who dared to dream, really speaks to our mothers our grandmothers, our aunts, the lady next door, ms. martha down the street, all of those women who laid the debt foundation for us in our communities. and in the civil rights movement whether they were the obvious heroes like harriet tubman who followed the north star, or c.j. walker who sees the business opportunities that impacted future generations of our beloved dr. dorothy height u.s. you receive the congressional gold medal said, we as african american women do not always get to do what we want to do, but we always do
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what we have to do. , and of course, correct asking -- coretta scott king who kept a legacy allied. -- who kept the legacy alive. the women we celebrate our women who took effect could stop for just a moment and call the roll, you would each have a name to put on that honor. these are the women who instilled hope against hope and invited the words of dr. martin luther king, when he said even if i believed the world was going to pieces tomorrow, i would still plant and apple tree.
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we, are the fruit of that tree, and we have come together to celebrate in a magnificent way, all of those all of those magnificent when in who indeed dared to dream. i must say, you know, i am reminded especially today of that old negro spiritual where it said, "in spite of the storms, that we are moving on anyway. all my friends, that is what we are doing this afternoon, in spite of the storms. we are moving on with this celebration and the tradition that we know dr. king and the soldiers of the movement's would have wanted us to because rain did not stop them. storms did not stop them. they are not stopping us today.
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so, won't you help me now get to this celebration going? to do that, i am going to bring to the podium someone that i first met when she came to washington, d.c., as the executive director of the congressional black caucus. god had a special calling for her, as he called her into his direct service. she is now, of course, an ordained minister of the progressive baptist church. i know her as my friend. i love and respect her as the national chaplain of the national council of negro women. please welcome to the podium, for the indication, the reverend, dr. barbara williams scanner. let's give it up for dr. -- rev. skinner.
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>> let us settle our hearts, and ball before the lord, and let us pray. all lord, our god, who was alone is worthy of adoration and praise, we have come today to acknowledge our love for and dependence upon year. when our world is turning upside down, rocked by natural disasters of earthquakes and hurricanes, and the man-made disasters of assaults on the court, the sick, the elderly, and the children, we have come from the hills from which comes
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our help, the lord, the maker of heaven and earth. you alone, god, can turn back this coming storm of heroic proportions, and as rising tide of human neglect. when too many seemed to turn back the clock on human and civil rights, remind us that no weapon formed against the hurting will prosper, and the battle is not ours, it is yours. most of all, today, my dad, we have, nearly 50 years after martin luther king jr. shared his dreams just to say thank you lord, for the many celebrated women of the civil rights movement. women like coretta scott king, rosie parker, and dorothy height.
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thank you especially for the many unheralded heroes and heroines of the movement like those we honor here today. it was there blood, sweat, tears, and think was labor that nurtured and sustained -- thankless labor then nurtured and sustain the movement that produced the civil rights, the open doors, and the high level acts that we enjoy this day. for give the men that failed to see the hand of god was on these women who dared to dream big dreams. we crazy today for the women in our midst, overlooked by history, who risked their lives, and worked tirelessly for social revolution rooted in faith in a god who came to set
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the captives free, and deliver those that are oppressed. they his energy and power and energize a new generation of women to make the dream they dared to dream a reality for our time. so, for their lives, their sacrifice, their service, if we give you glory, honor, and praise, and thank you for the food and fellowships whereabouts to enjoy it. we praise you and the magnificent, marvelous name of jesus the christ, and everyone who loves the lord said now amen. >> amen. >> thank you so much, reverend.
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as we prepare to have our lunch, for this portion of the program, we are going to have a few of our very special sponsors greet us, but before doing that, it is really my very special pleasure to introduce a woman who is an entrepreneur or, a philanthropist, devoted to the concerns of our children. this jury that we have been on for so many years was started by harry johnson, that you will hear from later. he is been a real pioneer to bring us to this point, he had a lot of team members on the field with him, and one of those team members is about to grace this stage.
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i want you to give her a very special welcome, because we as women have a lot going on, and i can't tell you this particular woman, -- can tell you in particular this woman is a devoted wife, mother, and friend to many of us in this room. we are so grateful for what she did to help make this memorial celebration possible please welcome my friend, -- possible. please welcome my friend, elc cabinet member, sheila johnson. [applause] >> you know, it is with great pride that i stand on this stage, paying tribute to the women who dare to dream. while the contributions that
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women made to the movement are often overlooked, when we in this room recognize that we are here because of the indomitable will of these women, that they are not always recognized because that does not erase the fact that the strength that these women possessed to face discrimination required a spiritual and moral courage thatso much of my professional success comes from the values that we have learned from these women, that of unwavering belief in excellence and success. these women donated and devoted their lives to teach in the next generation, from the slave learning to read in the dark, and the little rock nine, our rock has been raised on the idea of learning, of being the very best you can meet.
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this is something that we must pass on to the next generation. in order from -- to keep the foundation from cracking, we must also remember the mantra repeated to us daily. it is not enough to be as good, you must be better, you must be the best. let us share that reality with the next generation of dreamers. so, i would like to now introduce vivian. [applause] >> i asked chellean johnson for the honor of -- sheila johnson for the honor of bringing on vivian picard.
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i do not know if jackie jackson is in the room, mrs. jesse jackson, so many women who were there with dr. king. somebody said dorothy, and was here. i do not know where the heroes are seated, there she is, but if i were to ask any of these women if they could have envisioned back then that to date, on the front lines, we would have had -- today, on the front lines, we would have had so many corporate sponsors participating to make this day possible, well, they would not have believed it, we would not have believed it, but that is exactly what happened, and it started with our dedication share, the general motors co..
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behind those companies are strong, talented women who make it happen for us every single day. i know that. harry johnson would be among the first to tell you -- harry johnson would be the first to tell you -- that without these women, could they would not be possible. i want you to welcome someone who has many titles, but i will give her her appropriate recognition as the head of the foundation for the general motors co., as someone who has the title of vice president for the general motors co., as someone, when we think of gm, we think of the in -- vivian picard.
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please welcome the vivian picard, who will greet you as our lead sponsor. please come forward. [applause] >> good afternoon, everyone. his sometimes good to have good friends in high places. let me share my sincere apologies for the fact that mary barbour is not able to join us this afternoon. she is very disappointed, but of course the weather and travel constraints allowed her not to join us today, and i am very disappointed that you do not have the opportunity to meet
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her, because i think you would have really enjoyed it as senior vice president of global product development for general motors, mary is the highest ranking female like general motors. she is also the highest ranking female in the automobile industry, and just this week, "forbes magazine" named mary barbour as one of the most 100 powerful women in the world. i did say whirled. -- world. [applause] >> that of course it is attributed to the responsibilities that general motors has given married to lead a great corporation. it is my -- mary to lead the great corporation. it is my honor to be here today. most importantly, it is a tremendous privilege to represent the men and women of general motors, the general motors foundation, and chevrolet, who have worked so
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weekend to fruition. i am proud that general motors, the general motors foundation and chevrolet were the first corporate leaders to sit yes to supporting this great memorial, contributed over $10 million to the memorial, and chevrolet making sure the word got out about the memorial. [applause] >> from our employers to our suppliers and dealers, general motors has been the first in the number of efforts when it comes to women. i am proud to share the general motors was one of the first companies, and very first automotive companies to develop a minority supplier program. we were also one of the first companies to develop a womens' dealer programs.
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it is that same support that has given me the opportunity to stand here today as president of one of the world's largest corporate foundations. i remember vividly in 1968 event surrounding the -- the events surrounding the death of martin luther king. i was a little girl in mississippi. for me, those memories are a reminder that we have come a long way in the last half century, but we cannot allow the progress that we have made to laura us into thinking that we have completed the journey that dr. king gave his life to advance.
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>> thank you, debra lee. thank you for that very, very powerful video. i know the next question is going to beat for so many here, how can i get a copy of that? we will answer that question. this has been a very long afternoon, but it has been a very meaningful afternoon. [applause]
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i thank you for staying. i thank you for giving of your heart and your spirit to this luncheon, in memory of our heroes of the movement. and now this very special moment that we have been waiting for. it is the opportunity for us to pay a very final tribute now to two women who have continued to carry on the legacy. two women who have spent most of their lives reminding us that dr. king was a real human being, and the best way to honor him is through our own actions and deeds to keep the memory alive. i first met the rev. dr. bernice king when she was a
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little girl growing up in atlanta, georgia. i have been so very, very proud to watch her grow and become the strong, committed, never wavering principled woman of god that she is today. christine farris always inspired me, because i used to watch her laboring beside mrs. king, always there, always giving back, and she is still doing it as she continues to document, especially for our children, the story. won't you rise and welcome now, for our final words, the rev.
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bernice king and the wonderful aunt, sister of dr. king, christine king farris. please welcome them. these are truly the women who were our first family before we could boast of a first family. here is our first family. thank you so much. god bless you today. [applause] >> thank you. i am delighted and honored to have been invited to say some words at this wonderful luncheon honoring women who dared to dream.
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women visionaries have played critical roles in the struggle for human rights and freedom, and so as we gather to celebrate the unveiling and dedication of the martin luther king jr. memorial, it is fitting that we honor the courageous and visionary women who inspired and supported my brother and the movement. but we also must be about honoring and supporting the women of our times and the women visionaries to come who will play vital roles in fulfilling his great dream for our nation and world.
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as one who was in the house on the day that martin luther king jr. was born, and who witnessed his upbringing, i can assure you that our mother, mrs. alberta christine williams king, had a pivotal influence on the leader who is being enshrined on the national mall. virtues,artin's including his courage, faith, and work ethic, for example, all espouse the teachings an example of our mother. couldt see how martin have done what he did without the sustained sacrifice,
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selfless commitment, and nurturing wisdom of alberta christine williams king, and the other woman who had a powerful influence on martin was his beloved wife and partner, coretta scott king. as my brother said, i am convinced that if i had not had a wife with the fortitude, strength, and calmness of force, i could not have withstood the ordeals and tensions surrounding the movement. she was not just my brother's wife, but a full partner in his leadership of the movement's.
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in fact, none of us would be here today preparing to celebrate the martin luther king jr. memorial on the mall without the tireless efforts of coretta scott king, whose leadership was instrumental in the establishment of the king holiday and in making certain that my brothers live, work, and teachings would not be forgotten. my brother martin had an acute sense of history, and he well understood the magnificent contributions of women. he certainly knew about patricia motts, gertrude, harriet tubman, mary mcleod bethune, and so many others.
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he often paid tribute to the great work of courageous and dedicated women of the modern civil rights movement. martin understood that women worked tirelessly in the movement, and many injured the threats and not spare actual violence to themselves, as well as their loved ones. many endured press and miss violet eastwood is a revered martyr of the voting rights struggle. we celebrate rosa parks' active resistance which sport to the modern civil rights movement, but let's not forget all so her
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continuing the example of dignity and unrelenting commitment to the cuase throughout the struggle. we must also celebrate the courageous contributions of other women like to dorothy haight and a legion of unsung heroes who put their lives on the line and made great sacrifices for the cause of freedom, often with no pay and very little recognition. in the beginning of the movement in montgomery, women's certification as energetic activist. throughout the year long boycott, they organized carpooling. they worked telephone trees and
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mimeograph machines. they cooked food, drove, distributed leaflets and spread the word every way they could. we could not have won the montgomery bus boycott without their remarkable commitment. [applause] after montgomery, women played critical roles in every campaign of the modern civil rights movement, and they are still playing leadership an activist role in the ongoing struggle of civil and human rights. the women of the civil rights movement have left a precious heritage from which the next generation of women leaders can draw wisdom and inspiration.
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in closing, i just want to encourage everyone here to take some time to mentor and encourage young women to become leaders in the future. our society desperately needs more women in leadership positions. women are still only about 17% of the united states congress, and that is just unacceptable. we must do better if we want to fulfill the dream. our sisters in africa have a saying. women hold up half the sky. as we gather this week to honor the dreamer, let us also remember, honor and support the
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women who dare to dream. the visionary sisters of all races, religions, and nations who will lead america and the world to a new era of peace, with justice and equality for all. and i thank you. [applause] >> and the people said amen. i know we have done is probably numerous times, but i am just going to ask everyone if they would just stand and give a round of applause for mr harry
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johnson, for all of the hard, dedicated work he has put in to assuring that this memorial will stand and be paid for. come on, you all can do better than that. [applause] and do not sit down yet. let's give a round of applause to all of the corporations who have contributed to this memorial foundation and every individual contributor, including the children. [applause] don't sit down just yet. i want you to give yourselves a round of applause for being in support of the first monument to an african-american here in our nation's capital.
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you may be seated. this is a magnificent moment and a magnificent time, and i just have to give this out, to god be the glory for the great things he has done. in the words of thepsalmist, this is the lord's doing, and it is marvelous and our eyes. women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, you must become it's soul. these words, spoken by mother, reminds us of the significance and the important of women to the contribution of every nation on the face of this earth.
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where would the world be without women who have dared to dream? and women who have sacrificed, and women who have often put their own dreams aside, that the dreams that lie in the hearts of men might come to pass? surly as christine has already paid tribute to my mom, i want to add just a few words to that. it was no different for martin luther king jr.. i said earlier to date to the alpha brothers that the greatness of the man is usually because of the woman who walks by his side. this certainly was the case for coretta scott king. in 1956, january 30 to be exact, all my mother was at
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home, my father was at one of the mass meetings they were holding during the montgomery bus protest. suddenly, there was a thump on the porch of my parents' home, and my mother and the lady that was staying there with her at the time rushed to the back of the house, because they heard this thump. suddenly a bomb went off, and we know the story. my father got word and quickly came back to the house. he wanted to see how his wife and his baby girl, my late sister yolanda denise king, who was here with us when we broke ground for this memorial. everything was all right with them. my father said my mother had an
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amazing calm about her at that time. further on that night, after everything settle down, that went to stay with some neighbors. there was a knock at the door where there were staying. it was my grandfather who had come to get my mother until things had cooled down. my mother looked at my grandfather and said dad, i've got to stay here with martin. she made the decision very early on that she, too, would have to sacrifice her life in this movement. she recognized that it was possible for her to lose her life. the only bone i have to pick with her is, she also made the
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decision for us. we did not have a choice, because of the decision our parents made to sacrifice their lives for freedom, justice, democracy, and rice. -- and righteousness. but this woman who was a strong, dignified, and eloquent woman, was determined to stick with our father, no matter what it took. those ladies that are in the audience today know that it takes a special woman to stick with a man in those kind of times. most of us would have been twisting our necks and saying i deserve better than this. we need to get out of here and do something different. so i wonder where we would be today if it were not for the courageous and the strong women
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who stood by their men, who were just as much devoted to this movement as the men whose names we call over and over again. where would we be today in this nation if it were not for that group of women, courageous, resilient, determined, sacrificial and selfless women? some whose names we know and some whose names we don't know. those women contributed so much to that movement. i just got a note earlier from one of the ones who is here today by the name of dorothy cox. she is right here over at this table. she worked in the southern leadership christian conference. we had training all non behind the scenes.
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you see the marches and you see the water hoses and you see the demonstrations, but this was a movement that was filled with discipline and training and teaching and simulation. they did not just turn another cheek. they were doing it because they had it emulated and embodied and modeled by people who showed them how to turn the other cheek. and so we thank god for the women who were teaching and training in the fields and in the churches. these devote these to nonviolent social change. there is another woman here by the name of doris crenshaw was only 12 years old when the montgomery protests started. she was part of the youth council of the naacp and worked closely with ms. rosa parks.
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she was part of a team of young people who helped pass out leaflets and has been a lifelong and devote tea to the movement and struggle of freedom, and justice, and rye justice. right now she is raising of another generation of young people in montgomery alabama through our organization, and i want you to give her a hand, along with miss dorothy cox. [applause] there is another lady, i am not sure if she is here because the storm had to turn some people around. she stood side-by-side with her husband it was a master mobilize or an organizer, and really miss his gift and his talents, but she is continuing his legacy in atlanta, georgia, along with their children, and we thank god for them. there are so many other women. i just want to go on to say, a
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question was want raised with my father by a gentleman who asked, did you educate mrs. king to become equal to you in terms of sharing this burden, or did you research her before your marriage to see if she had the potential for this? how did it come about? my father said, well, it may have been the other way. i think at many points, she educated me. when i met her, she was very concerned with the same issues as i was. i never will forget the first time that we met. we discussed the whole question of racial injustice and economic injustice and the question of peace. in her college days, she had been actively engaged in movements dealing with these problems. so i must admit, i wish i could say, to satisfy my masculine
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ego, that i let her down this path, but i must say, we went down this path together. she was as actively involved and concerned when we met and she is now. yes, coretta scott king was already a part of the peace movement when they met. in fact, she had spoken out against the war in vietnam before or father took his public stance against the war in vietnam. she was perhaps one of the very few people who stood with him during that very difficult time and people misunderstood his stance against the vietnam war. many had turned their backs on him. many of his colleagues in civil rights, in fact, had turned their back on him. many began to hate him and hurl all kinds of criticism and persecution his way, but coretta scott king continued to
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encourage him and applauded him and said she was waiting for the day when he would take a stance, because she knew that his moral voice was needed in the peace movement's, and so began a a glorious journey towards continuing to read the nation of what he called the triple evil of poverty, racism, and militarism. so when he died, she could have been consumed in her grief. she could have become overwhelmed in her grief. in fact, she could have been consumed with bitterness and hatred. but no, this courageous woman, this dignified bauman, this called an anointed lawman decided that she would continue to champion the legacy and the work of martin luther king jr. and she founded the king center, and told us that we need
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to study the principles and the techniques and the philosophy of nonviolence. i say to people that read a scott king is really the one who helped raise and nation while also raising four children at the same time. she was an awesome woman. many men told her, stay home and raise your children and let the men do the job. but ladies, thank god that coretta scott king heard another voice, a voice that sounded for from heaven and said coretta scott king, i have called you. for such a time as this you have come into the kingdom, so go for the and the power of love and go forth in the power of strength, and lo, i will be with you until the end of your assignment.
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that stood with coretta scott king and she carried that better and championed that calls, and we thank god for her laying the groundwork for this day. as i close, i was talking briefly with clay carson who is over the king's paper project at stanford university. he is here with us today. one of the things he said is that dr. king has many honors. this is really not an honor for dr. king. this is an honor for the nation. and i agree with him. he stands on that memorial -- i am getting sleepy. he stands on that mall to say to us, let's continue the
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movement. they may have killed me in memphis, tenn., but unfortunately, they did not understand spiritual things. they did not understand that unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit. so today, the force that they tried to stop has actually become a stronger force, an unstoppable force, because we are gathered here today are the fruits that are continuing the tradition of struggling for freedom, justice, and the quality and righteousness. you may slay a dreamer, but look around and watch what
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becomes of his dreams. there are those that are carrying and embodied the dream. there are those that are continuing that work, and we will continue this movement. your life will not be in vain. the blood that you shed will not be for naught. we will carry the banner and continue on. as you stand overlooking the potomac, we know that it symbolizes you standing as you looked over the mountaintop and you saw that promised land. the children of israel had to cross the jordan see, and as we crossed the water, we will get to that promised land that you talked about, and we will not sleep. we will not tire. we will continue to work together. we will continue to struggle together. we will continue to hold onto each other. we will fuss and fight and get over it together, because we know there is going to be a
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great camp meeting in the promised land. so far, women of greatness, women of substance, women of power, women of dreams, and let's take this love to the whole world. god bless you. [cheers and applause] >> please welcome back for final remarks alexis herman and harry johnson. >> we are back. first of all, thank bernice king one more time, please. --bernice king. a very special reception for you after that. i have to acknowledge my staff,
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because we have not done that. our cfo, dr. ed jackson, robert stewart, all of them, we love you, we appreciate you very, very much. let us thank the wonderful, the vivacious, courageous alexis herman for all that she has done. thank you. >> thank you, harry. i want to give a special thank you to my husband, and one more time, let's thank our captain of this ship, harry johnson. thank you so much. we are going to close out as we began, in prayer. bernice already took us to
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church, but we are going to have our benediction by our chaplain, cynthia hale. thank you so much. >> will you stand, all over the building, and pray with me. great and of some god, what a glorious time this has been of remembering, honoring, and celebrating the women of the civil rights movement who dared to dream of liberty and justice for all. we have remembered the women who for the most part remained in the shadows, being rarely ate knowledge, but who risk their lives and work tirelessly to achieve a social revolution in our nation. we have honored the sisters to organize the movement, arranged carpools, marched in the streets, spearheaded campaigns for voter registration,
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demonstrated an educated sometimes quietly, but always holding up more than their half of the world. thank you, god, for this opportunity to applaud these freedom daughters and be challenged by their courage and commitment. thank you that they were guided by your love and empowered by their faith in you. we are the benefactors of their labor. the quality of our lives and this nation has been enriched by their sacrifice. but lest we forget, the struggle is not over. racism and sexism are alive and well. poor people are still poor and have not still do not have what they need to live their lives with dignity and honor. as we leave this place today, we ask you to send them forth with a renewed desire to dream, to imagine more for our new nation. send them forth with the renewed fire to continue to fight for freedom.
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send us forward with your power, and with a passion that will not let us rest until all men and women, boys can girls can say in the words of the late dr. martin luther king jr., free at last, free at last, they got almighty, hallelujah, we are free at last. amen. that concludes our program. safe journeys and godspeed. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011]
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>> up next, republican presidential candidate mitt romney holds a town hall meeting in new hampshire. live at 7:00 a.m., your calls and comments on "washington journal." >> toward the newly reopened slave quarters at george washington's mel vernon on c- span3. we will provide a historical the accurate picture of slave life in virginia. alexander butterfield talks about the secret taping system in the white house. the civil war had great losses of life. the life-saving lessons lost in four years of bloody conflict. we will go to frankfurt,
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kentucky. get the complete we can schedule at c-span.org/history. >> republican presidential candidate and former massachusetts governor mitt romney held a town hall meeting thursday at the mcconnell kennedy center in new hampshire. this was the last in his series of campaign town hall meetings in new hampshire, which is hosting the nation's first in february 2012. this is about one hour 25 minutes. >> long time no see. [applause]
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good evening. that was sad. let's try this again. good evening. >> good evening. >> much better. i want to thank you for being here. this is an important time in our lives. it is an important time in our history. we appreciate to get the time to come out and do this. i would like to ask you to take a moment, take your cell phone, put it on vibrate -- i had to check mine. i want to tell you why i think mitt romney should be president of the united states. [applause] i have been politically active in new hampshire for about 20 years. there are very few people i look in the eye and note this man has what is right for our country in his heart, in his mind, in his address in may.
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there is no one kinder. if there is no one more thoughtful. there is no one better prepared to leave our country in a better economic state that it is. as you know, we are in a mess. i watched 90% of my income in real estate in this last cycle. that is tough. i want someone to put new venture back to work. i in my opinion, that person is governor mitt romney. you did not come here to hear me, so i will turn it over to captain bill simon. thank you for being here this evening. we look forward to a great evening. [applause] >> thank you for coming i am bill simon. when i was invited to introduce
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the governor tonight, i asked a staff member, could you give me a list of accomplishments and goals? she said, nope. very simply, just a why you support the governor for president. i did not have to go on line and look at anything, i knew instantly where my connection was. i fully support his position that washington needs to stop wasting our money. i liken the current in administration to the kids who visit your house on halloween. you have a bowl of candy and they come up to the door and you say, sure, take what you need. that is a good thing. instead, you have kids who shove both hands in the bowl, fill their bag, and they do not care what they leave for others. i would rather have in new
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hampshire representatives to tell me where my money should be spent. i would rather have andover residents tell me where our money should be spent that was my connection on those two main points. without further ado, i would like to introduce the governor i hope in january 2013 will have to change the address on his driver's license to 1600 pennsylvania avenue, mitt romney. >> thank you. [applause] thank you. very kind. thank you. thank you. what an honor to be here. what a welcome. you are very kind and generous to spend some time with me this evening. it is quintessential new hampshire for people to come together on that evening like this when you could be out enjoying a dinner, perhaps a movie, tv, or whatever, getting ready for a hurricane.
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if instead you are saying, there is a responsibility to get to know the people running for president. so you're going to spend some time getting to know me and decide if in the right one or if someone else is the right one. i want to thank matt for welcoming you and me here. he was kind enough some years ago to give me a picture, which still hangs in my home. it is a picture of president eisenhower, one of my heroes. a man who was a national hero following the world war and helped guide our foreign-policy to make sure america would be strong and safe. i appreciate that from you, max. i appreciate bill introducing me. your leadership in the committee is recognized. your kind words were touching, and i should just sit down, but i have more i want to say. i am good to say a word or two, then i will ask you for
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questions you might have been embarrassing questions or fine. i'll do my best to respond to them. then we will get a little chance to say hi to each other, get some pictures taken, and shake some hands. me and you, we have something you have not seen before. this was created today by my team to illustrate something. it is a frightening thing here. he what's the tens of thousands of dollars going by sector by sector. hundreds of thousands of dollars going by in less than a minute. this is the amount of debt the nation owes. $14.60 trillion. i do not know who told politicians there was a number called 8 trillion, but a large debt and now they have borrowed it. this down here is how much each taxpayer's share of that national debt is. if you are a taxpayer, and most of you are in this room, recognize that this is what you of.
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that number is a lot bigger than it was 2.5 years ago when president obama took office. that number has been added bite $4 trillion. that has been added by another $30,000. every day that president obama is in office and fails to balance our budget were put forth plans to do that, that number gets larger and larger for me and for your kids. it is unacceptable for you. it is immoral to pass along those debts to your kids. if i am president of the united states, i will get america on track to balance our budget and stop spending money we do not have. [applause] i know that not all of that will be popular. i know that some of the things we will have to stop doing and stop spending will make people say, gosh, i wish we could keep spending that. i remember when i served as
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governor of the state south of here -- thank you for letting me cross the border today -- when i served in massachusetts and we looked at a budget gap my first year of about $3 billion, we took the budget and we divided our spending in two groups. since we did in the state that we liked and then those things we did in the state that we had to do. we said the things we like we are going to have to stop doing because we cannot afford it. as i look at the federal budget, i am going to go through item by item, line by line and say, do we have to do this? is this so important to us, so critical that it is worth more when money from china for our kids to have to pay to keep doing? if that is always the measure. is this something we like so much that it does work mortgaging our kids' future? in my view, we are going to have to cut back on spending. number one on my list stop
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obamacare. we cannot afford it. [applause] it is bad government anyway. paul ryan and republicans and said you have to take discretionary spending and cut it back to the 2008 levels. that makes sense as well. it's to be taken away from the federal government and returned to the state. medicaid is one of those programs. a program for the poor in our nation. it gets larger and larger. take the money, give it back to the states, that the states manage the programs for the poor in the way they think is best. the federal government is too large. that number up there suggest a government that has grown to well beyond anything anyone had ever imagined, even people like jfk and fdr. even lyndon baines johnson. they would be surprised at how big that number is and would be appalled. we have to shrink the size of the federal government and
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return much of what it does, if as much as we can back to the state's rickey managed for the people and people are closer to their elected representatives and can vote them out that they do not do a good job. i will do that. [applause] the fact that that number is going around like it is is a pretty clear indication of presidential failure. but there are some other reasons to be unhappy with deeper than that. -- with the president. that relates to the fact that we have 25 million americans that are out of work. out of work, stop looking for work, or in part time jobs. 25 million americans. you are doing better here in new hampshire. i think the president could learn some lessons from new hampshire. he could learn that if you want to attract jobs and do better than the national average, but it is good to have a live taxes
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and small government. that is a lesson the good lawyer for new hampshire, but what he did instead became again as president is decide to put in place a nearly $1 trillion spending stimulus, spending more on government, adding 135,000 new government employees. the right answer was not to add government, the right answer was to shrink government and grow the private sector. if they keep focused on energy and the things he really wanted. cap and trade to raise the cost of energy. if forced immunizations. stacking the national labor relations board. he wanted dodd-frank to regulate the financial services sector. obamacare to take away from you the right to have the medical choices that you currently enjoy. in my view, his agenda is one of the primary reasons that this downturn has been so deep and has been so hard to get out of. it is one of the primary reasons that what goes around at the rate it goes around.
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it has gone around pass for a long tied. president obama, when he was senator obama, calls the fact that for the bush added to that deficit "unpatriotic." of what would you consider of his own actions as president when so many people are out of work and with that number is racing around like it is. i have a very different experience. i did not spend my life is a community organizer or as a politician. i respect people in both professions. i spent my life in the private sector. i inherited some important things for my parents. by the way, what i inherited financially, i gave away. but what i inherited from a culture standpoint i hold very dear. i inherited a willingness to work hard. my mom and dad taught me how to work. i learned something about america. when i was a young boy, my dad took me on a trip across the
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country with my mom, of course, going from national park to national park. he did the same thing with his grandkids. 25, 26 grandkids went on 30 days of trips with my mom and dad going to national parks. i knew what he was doing. he was not just showing them the beauty of america and the majesty of our mountains and the grand tour of the canyons, he was also teaching them something about the american spirit and the american character. i learned that. i inherited that from my mom and dad. that is something that does not leave me. they read to me from a book called "men to match my mountain." you may not have read that book. it was written in the 1960's by someone named irving stone. i mentioned that the other night. i was on cape cod the other night and the owner of the home, as soon as i finished telling that story, he got up
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and quoted that poem from which the title was taken. i did not know it was taken from a poem. it turns out the person who wrote the poem from which that title was taken was from new hampshire. his name was sam walter. -- sam walter troth. "bring me men to match my mountain. bring me men to match by airplanes." men with empires in their purpose and new eras in their brains." what was he talking about? he was not talking about covering our neighbors, but, instead, and parts of discovery, innovation, enterprise, if any new errors as we change the world. that is what america has done.
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if this is the greatest nation in the history of the world. what we have done, what we have invented, how we have shared liberty around the world. it is lifted people from poverty. has brought people freedom. if it does preserve peace on the planet. a strong america is the best allied peace has ever known. this is an extraordinary land. i believe in america. i believe the principles that made us such a strong and vibrant nation in the past where restore our economy and preserve our freedom in the future. when the founders came together and formed this country, their brilliance and their vision is almost hard to overstate. they gave us political freedom, as you know. we got to choose to represent us in government. they swapped the relationship between state and citizen because, in the rest of the world, they need the state was
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the sovereign and the state was the servant. -- the citizen was the servant. the swap that. now the citizen would be the sovereign and the state would be the servant. i also gave us personal freedom and economic freedom. we had the right to choose where we want to live and what we want to do with our life. what a remarkable land. those freedoms, political freedom, personal freedom, economic freedom, brought people from all over the world here seeking an opportunity, not only for themselves, but for their children. if my wife's dad was born in wales. his dad was a coal miner. his dad said, "i have to give you away from here. we get to emigrate. if we have to get to america." like millions of others, they came to america. when they got here, it did not take them long to realize that an education was a big help to be about to realize their dreams, but they did not have enough money to send the kids to college. they got together and that a family conference and decided
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they could send one. if all the kids, all four of them, would save the money from their jobs and put it in a pool, they could put that money behind one of them to go to college. they did. it was my father-in-law. they all gathered the money. can you imagine that in your family? he seemed to be the smartest, as we will send him to college. that would have ended up in a fight in my house with my five boys. they came together and sacrificed for their brother, my father in law, sent him to general motors institute of technology. he got his degree in engineering and started his business. of course, if he hired his brothers and sisters to work with them early in this enterprise. the nature of america. these freedoms brought people from all over the world and built as to what we are today. i believe in those freedoms. i believe that i have, by virtue of having spent my life the in the private sector -- in business -- and having turned around enterprises and not just watched jobs being created, but actually created jobs -- i
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believe that is what the nation needs to get america back to work again and restore the values that will keep us prosperous. i believe this bill will enable me in a debate with barack obama to elected him and say, "no, mr.. , you got it wrong. -- no, mr. president, you got it wrong. you do not understand that the economy works. you do not understand at your agenda made it harder for jobs to be created. i do. i have created jobs. i know how it is done. i would do a better job of slowing down that clot and, hopefully, did it reversing a getting americans back to work." [applause] i love this country. i believe in this country. i believe in the american people. i am convinced our future is bright i am going to tell you why as we answer some questions, but i am going to turn out to you and get your
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thoughts. if you have to advise, i am happy to hear it. that you have questions, i am abbey to respond let me turn to you. tell me who you are if you would like. if you want to be anonymous, you do not have to. if you live around here. give me your thoughts and your questions. with that, please. matt started things off. let's do it again. >> governor, what are your thoughts on the turns of events in libya and what would you do if your president right now? >> let's talk about libya. i hope, by the way, that the president or the state department was in touch with gaddafi before the revolution and said to him, "mr. gaddafi, if you attack your own people, we will come after you. we will not allow a humanitarian crisis."
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that is the old teddy roosevelt -- speak softly, carry a big stick. i hope that happened. when documents are released sometime down the road, i hope we will find that happen. number two, the president came to the american people and said to us we have a humanitarian mission to fulfill. we will put in place a no-fly zone. we heard the story and appreciated that. members of congress and the american people assented to our participation in the humanitarian efforts. then the president changed the mission. he did not come to the american people and describe the mission. he said we are now in favor of regime change. there was an effort to remove gaddafi. i am happy to see gaddafi give. the people of libya came together to get rid of him. i am at the the coalition, the natick team, was able to remove him. -- the nato team was able to
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remove him. i am happy he is gone. but i sure would like our president to come to the american people and described to us what is our mission there. once gaddafi is gone, who is going to provide security? what is the nature of the rebels? what are they going to be doing? will this become as bad or worse than it was under gaddafi? these are answers i would like to hear from our president who has the information about who these folks are and what our role will be. this is something he has not done yet. i think it is incumbent on the president to describe what our mission is there now and what the mission will be for libya. my own view is that america should be involved in actions of this nature -- meaning involving our military troops -- were we have a substantial interest, where the mission is clear and defined, and where our exit is also clear and defined. heardestions we've not with regard to libya. this budget as the american public a discussion we are grateful that gaddafi is either
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don or almost dawn. i think he is basically gone according to the most basic reports. now let's see what the president's budget plans are. by the way, i would like to hear a discussion about syria and egypt. libya as a population of around 7 million people. egypt has a population of around 80 million people. egypt is the big power in the arab world. trying to encourage egypt to move towards modernity and not becoming a hostile neighbor to israel is extraordinarily critical to the american people. the president has a lot to talk about. i wish we understood what his foreign policy was. thanks, matt. >> i am chris johnson. if there was one policy initiative that you could spend all of your political capital on and accomplished it before you left office on the domestic scene, what would it be?
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>> that is hard to say. you're going to give me two. good. one is to get us on track to stop spending more money than we take in. balance our budget. two, get americans back to work. how do you do those things? they are connected, by the way. we are not going to get americans back to work if every one in japan or if every business person in this country looks at america -- about the get people back to work? you have to make sure that the taxes for our employers, not higher than that for a employers around the world. right now or for the highest in the world. number two -- regulation and bureaucracy has to be modern, streamlined, up-to-date.
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regulation as to not only gets the bad guys, but encouraged the good guys. right now regulation is burdensome. it makes it harder for businesses to grow and invest. no. 3, you've got to have trade policies that work for us, not just for the other guys. with there are cheaters, like china, you have to hold them accountable and make sure they did not take our jobs by virtue of cheating. number four, yet to become energy secure, independent of the cartels. that means developing our own oil, gas, coal, nuclear, went, and sold. america needs to be energy independent from the cartels. did we need to have institutions that teach our kids the skills for the transfer century. we have to have the role law. we after the government that spends less than it takes in the as a long list. but i had to get americans back to work. on september 6, if you had nothing to do, i will be giving
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a speech about the things you have to do to get america working again. it is not just working over the coming year or two that i am concerned about as important as that is, it is working over the next couple of decades making sure that our economy leads the world. that we remain the place that is home of innovation. that remain the economic powerhouse of the world. only if we are the tier 1 economy of the world can we have a military that is also tier 1 and to protect our freedoms. i am going to work very hard to restore, not just the economy short term, but to restore our ability to compete and add jobs with high incomes of long-term. that is what i know. that is what i do. business, jobs, the economy. i am going to use my skills to get america back to work at to get that clock to slow down and stop. stop.

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