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, after information becomes available, they look at all the data. those that want to take the position that global warming is man's fault and it is incontrovertible -- that is not correct. there are scientist standing up all across that are saying that. [applause] i just have to say here is my issue. hold on. i have the microphone. you have your question. i am going to insert. i wi let y have a rebuttal. a nobel laureate, a nobel laureate of some acclaim, who stood and said, "i want to be removed from the role" -- i believe it was the physical society. he said there is not
incontrovertible evidence. here is my point. the climate has been changing for millennia. we go back. it has been changing for thousands of years. for us to take a snapshot in time and say what is going on in this country today. the climate change that is going on is man's fault. we need to jeopardize america's economy. i am a skeptic. i am not afraid to say i am a skeptic. why would i put our children's future in jpardy for signs that is not proven? just because a large number of scientists say it is man's fault and that is that -- but we are also seeing scientists standing up and saying, "we are finding problems with the model. we are seeing evidence that there may be some small part
that man is playing in this." we in texas have addressed this. do you realize we clean up our air in texas more than any other state during the decade of the 2000's? it was not epa regulations. they tried to come into texas after we cleaned up our air and take it over. they will take a bunch of jobs and n clean the air. we lowered our ozone levels by 27% during the 2000's. we lowered our nitrogen oxide levels by 58%. that is what we nd to be working on. allow the states to be flexible in how they do this. i will assure you those of us who believe that air, and our children who brief that there, -- breathe that air will make the right decision. we do not need the federal government telling us how to run
our state, even with air quality, because we are doing a good job in texas. you may rabat. >> you are very kind to let me rebut. it has been said that climate change is not federal science. do you agree? >> i think we should be skeptics of those who say there is incontrovertible evidence that global man-made it warming is happening and it is man's fault. >> even though there are other things that are not necessarily -- such as the link between cancer and smoking. >> i would suggest that is pretty subtle. i would suggest that is pretty settled. >> thank you, governor. four years ago, we had a president elected on a blank
slate. he was able to do that because he had no track record 2.2, none for his opponents to demonize. -- to point to, none for his opponents to demonize. if i give you my vote and you are nominated, i want to know you have the stones to take it to him and hang his record around his neck. [applause] thank you. i want to know that you were going to ask him about the $7 trillion in debt we will have by election time. i want to know you will hamper him -- hammer him over the quadrupling of the last butch deficit -- bush deficit, and for testing deficits for the next 10 years. lastly, i want to know if you will ask him or debate with him about the fact that -- excuse
me. about the fact that his budgets and regulatory aspects are not only killing jobs, but we have returned to the days of the carter malaise. [applause] >> i am not confused about what you have just asked me. let me lay this out. 2.5 years ago, gasoline was about $1.60 a gallon. the unemployment rate in this country was around 5.7%. had a aaa credit rating. we also had a national debt it had taken from 1776 until the d of 2008 to reach approximately $8 trillion. today, driving in, it was $3.40 a gallon.
the unemployment rate is somewhere between 9% and 10%. we have a aa credit rating. and our national debt, stked upon the back of those young men and women in that middle row, it is approaching $15 trillion. you ask yourself -- are you better off today than you were at 2.5 years ago? no, sir. we will taket to this president, day in and day out. let me add one other thing. we need a nominee for the republican party that is a clear contrast with barack obama. [applause] we need someone who will clearly draw the line between his poli and republican conservative policy. ronald reagan said it pretty good when he said, "now is the
time for bright colors, not pale pastels." let me tell you -- i am that bright color. [applause] >> governor, welcome to derry. representative john o'connor, for derry, the fourth largest government in the sta of hours. i was pleased to see you sign the pledge on the taxes. one comment for mr. thompson. it is no longer 40,000. it is 138,000 per child. per person. my question. recently, you initiated and approved taxes in the state of texas, especially on the
internet. you recently signed in a sales tax. if that came forward to you as a national, where everybody is looking for revenue -- my apology -- in taxes and fees, if it came toward you as president, what would you -- what would be your position on those taxes? >> that piece of legislation passed in texas. our house and our senate passed it it allows for the taxation of internet transtions. i vetoed that bill. that is what i will do in washington, d.c. again, it gets back to low taxes created by low spending. you do not raise the taxes, so they do not have it to spend. i think it is very important for us, across the board. it made it into
they added a special session to a finance bill that i could not veto. but when that bill came to me, initially during the regular session of the legislature, i took my veto pen out and i vetoed it, to clearly send the message that i want the people in the country to know that texas going to be a job-friendly state. and we're also a job-friendly state because we keep the taxes low. [applause] oh, here you go. >> do i need a mic? i don't think so. >> marines don't need mics. >> governor, before i get started i was the chairman of the veteran's affairs committee to endorse you because we can only wish that you've done half the things that you've done for them in texas here in new
hampshire. my question is -- and it's t texan related. you're the only candidate that said that social security is a ponzi scam, which i agree with. many of our seniors have been promised that all these years you're going to have money to live off of. seniors get $900, $1,100. how are you going to protect the seniors? i know what you want to do for the ones coming up the line. how do we protect the seniors that are living off $1,000? >> we're going to revisit phillip's question. but the key is social security. and americans need to really understand the commitment that this country has made to men
and women who are on social securi today. and those that are approaching social security, that have planned their retirement on those social security payments. those payments will be there. do notuy into any individual's stair -- scare tactic that somehow or another because we are courageous enough to stand up and say, listen, we have a broning system. and we do have a broken system. those two ladies, i guarantee you they know instinctively that when they get into the workforce and if we have not addressed this issue of social security, it will not be there for them. and that is in essence the description and the characterization of a ponzi scheme for them to pay into it. and those that are in first
than those that were last, don't get it. and we as a country have t courageous conversation and say we've got fix this for our children. we cannot allow it to continue on and say, oh, let's kick the canown the road. let the next president or the next congress deal with it. no longer. we're republicans. we fix things and lay out the idea whether it is a staggered in moving up the age. we're living quite a bit longer bay long shot that when it was initially put into place. is it to allow young people to have private options of -- mike, you might want to sit there and say, you know what, i want a private option to decide how this is going to be invested rather than having the government. somebody else might say, i wan the gornment to run that program. i also think we need to open it up so that the states can again, like they had historically been able to take the employees of the state or
the retirees of the state opt of social and create their own programs. all of those would help, i think, create a foundation of change for social security so that those mid career americans will know it's going to be therfor them and young people will know it's going o be there for them. and our seniors, again, allowing this country to get back to working and creating the wealth and running down the energy cost by allowing a domestic energy industry to flourish in this country are ways that we can help our seniors. again, i feel comfortable that we're going to be able to get this country working again because everything goes back to that. i can't impress enough. we're going to get asked 100 different questions, 1,000 different ways. and i know they're going to be important questions. but if we don't get america working, if we don't get
focused on creating jobs in this country, all those other questions really don't matter. we're not going to be able to have a foreign policy that will matter, a military one that's funded appropriately,a the research on the military side to be able to keep up with aggressive nations like china. you have to have your economy working or people working and your economy growing first. and there's only one way to do that is get the tax bden off, get the regulatory burden off of them. and they will go out and create the jobs and the wealth. yes, ma'am. hi, cindy. howdy. >> you were saying that someone like myself in my mid 50's that i would be entitled to social security or maybe a portion of what i might be entitled to, is
that what i'm understanding? >> no, what i'm saying for someone -- if you said you're 55 i'm going to -- >> ok. you're holding up well. >> thank you. >> but you're -- i'm 61. i'm on my way. obviously people your age, your planning your retirement you're thinking at it. that social security payment in total is going to be there for you. any american that's either your age -- i don't know what the right cut-off date is. we can have this conversation with the congress. before that, we're going have a transitional period and for the 25 to 36-year-old we're going to have a new program created for them so that they know that they're going to have a retirement program. for those of us that are approaching social security, planning on it, it will be there for us. it's not going to be a percentage of it. it's guaranteed it's going to
be there. don't let anybody, anybody, cindy, tell you this guy is talking about taking your social security out of the way. that's an outright false statement. >> i work in the health care. and as of monday, nursing homes are going to be getting 11% reimbursement to their budgets. and i'm very concerned because, you know, these nursi homes, they can't cut their lights off. they can't, you know, cut their electric bill or whatever. what -- what is the long-term range for these sneem they have to cut their food and what they're eating. are they going to get orange juice or kool-aid? are they going to get wat instead of milk? you know, i don't kno. but they need to be able to fund these nursing homes and hospitals so that they can take care of the elderly.
and then they're not getting like -- if they get a urinary tract infection, knew gnome yeah, they're not -- new moan yeah, they're not going to get treatment. they don't want it. they don't know what it is. and wee going to get cut. 20% they're telling us they'll cut. >> here is the kool-aid was drank by the members of congress that passed obama care. and they didn't readhat bill. and now we are starting to see the cost of obama care. and let me tell you what e real tragedy of this bill is. the tragedy is going to be in the lack oaccess. that is what's -- it's going to be our mother's, our fathers, ourselves that don't have access to health care because of the cost associated with this. i don't know, tom, what it's going to cost t state of new
hampshire. i do know what the bill additionally is going to be for my home state. 2.7 billion dollars more every year over and above what we're already paying. in california, i will suggest to you it will bankrupt that state because of that maintenance of effort clause in that piece of legislation. fp there is one piece of legislation -- if there is one piece of legislation that has to be repealed with and done away with it is obama care but we will not be able to deliver health ce. [applause] there are a multitude of way to deal with these issues o health care. here is one. as a govnor of a state in the last decade, i've had to deal with this issue. i've had to balance those budgets. we've gone to washington, d.c. i think since 2005 and asked for waivs on her medicaid so that we can deliver health care
in a more efficient, more effective, give options to the different populations out there and we were turned down tme after time after time. washington, d.c. has to get a lesson. and the lesson is all wisdom does not emanate out of washington, d.c. they need to let the states be greatly more involved in how our medicaid populions are taken care of. block grant those dollars back. the idea that washington ought to be taking your money up to washington, d.c. and deciding how and when it goes back to your state for education purposes is counter to our constitution -- one of the last things number six is the faithfully up hold and protect the united states constitution. there is nothing in that constitution that says washington, d.c. is supposed to be telling us how to deliver health care. there's nothing in there that says washingto d.c. is supposed to be telling us how to educate o children. that needs to stop.
and i'm the president that's going to stand up and say no loer is washington, d.c. going to mandate back tohe states howo take care of health care or their children and their education. [applause] >> is that the last one hey, bob? >> governor, i should start pointing out that you have a bit of a reputation. and thateputation is this -- some of us blog for you. and one of the most interesting things as i had some whiney democrats who were all upset because you go around to states an you were actually pulling in businessesor them and you were bringing them into the state. we're about to get a new governor in this state. i have a two-part question. the first part is what advice would you have for any future governor of new hampshire on how to get that business into the state? and the second part of my question is while some candidates have built a -- a --
a reputation also of actually succeeding, exporting our jobs to china and other places, how would you use what you did in texas to actually go out and pluck the businesses back here? thank you. >> states compete against states. and that is how it is supposed to work. if a state and their legislators decide that they want to have a higher tax burden, a more ownerous regulatory climate or however they want to describe that regulatory climate. if they want to allow for the personal injury trial, to have easier access, to sue doctors or businesses, that should be thr right. i'm a huge believer in the 10th amendment that sates need to decide those issues state by state. the united states of america,
we compete with other countries. so why do we have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world? do you know what that does? it makes us be not as competitive with a country that does not have that high of tax burden on those businesses. canada comes into iowa. i was talking to terry brandted. they were talking about come up to canada because we have a lower corporate tax rate. this is really pretty simple. i do believe that states should make the decision on their own. if you don't want to compete for jobs if you don't want to have a low tax burden if you don't want to have a regulatory climate that's at a certain lelvet, that ought to be your call. but when the neighboring governor comes over and knocks on the door of your business and says, come on over here to whatever tt state might be
because you're going to be able to keep more of your money, that's how it's supposed to work. and here's the reason why -- because when my neighbor bobby jindal who is a great competitor or my neighbor susana martinez who is a great competitor, when they lower their taxes, or when bobby puts a film together and they come to louisiana, i've got to sit back down with our luggetor and say, listen we're getting outworked so how are we going to make our state more competitive. that is the reason that i vetoed that internet tax bill. it is the reason that we passed the loser-pay bill in texas. it's to make texas more competitive. i think that's how this country will get stronger. it's no allow the states to compete against each other. but you cannot do it when
washington, d.c. forces you to deliver health care a particular way, when they force you to education your children a particular way, when they force you to meet all of these washington, d.c. centric regulations or tax burden. the way to free this country up and get it working again is to lowerhe tax burden both on the personal and on the corporate level, have a -- i call for president obama to put a six-month stay, if you will, on -- because it's job-killing, regulations. put a six-month stay on all these regulations. pull them back in. test them for whether or not they actually create jobs or they kill jobs that's how you get america working again. i'm excite about the opportunity to make america competitive again. i think question bring companies. i assure you, i don't think
compies like to be in china or they like to be in other places. they would rather be in the united states of america. but have run them off with overregulation and overtaxation. and you elect me president and those days are over. [applause] >> we ready to brap it up? >> yep. -- wrap it up? >> thank you for letting me be a part of this. god bless you. an through you may god continue to bless this country we live in. thank you. ♪
it could be good for your word. he decided he would run for agricultural commissioner. people said you are not going to reawin. i am not sure he would do anything about agriculture. he flew all around the state of texas. peebles said you're not going to win. nobody will fight harder and work harder.
we didn't have to do this. he was governor of texas. here is happy being governor of texas. we created more jobs than any other state in the nation. we actually added jobs. we have been rated here for seven years in a row. as the best day to do business. every time we lived as a service manner servicewoman, it broke his heart. he has written every person and every family he was lost someone in the war a letter. we have a big fire in texas. the e-mail have heard about it. -- you may have heard about it.
we lost a firefighter from another state. tical that family. -- he wrote that family. he called her. i am not calling as a governor. i am calling as a parent. i want to extend my sympathy. that is the kind of man he is. some people may be more polished in their presentations. i think we have a debater in
chief right now. i am looking for a liter and a commander. -- a leader and a commander. one that will get us working again. the president has promised us hope. for the americans who rely on food stamps to feed their families, hope is short and hard to come by. it breaks my heart. it shows our resolve. american needs bold leadership. i believe he is the man. he believes the in american people. he believes in the constitution.
he knows that private citizens and not need to be told what to do, how to run their business how to run their schools. we can get america back to work. i want to tell you a few things about him that might not have come out in the debate. we have lived our lives in the state of texas. he has lived with a problem as governor of texas. we the state, we as the citizens of texas who have spent tax
money to protect it, he has sent texas rangers. that being said, we suffer the consequences of washington failing to do its duty to secure our border. our home is a home to millions of illegal immigrants including children who came here at a young age. many of them were born there. if you are born on texas soil, you are a dual system. some have attacked him on this issue. i hear a lot of it here. i want you to be armed with the facts. in texas, we only offer in-state
tuition to residents of our state to have attended a texas school for a minimum of three years and have earned a high degree. children must be pursuing their citizenship in order to get an in state rate. it is not a substitute. when you consider washington who was fail to secure the border and showed no signs of dealing with the millions that are here illegally, states like texas of left with one of two choices. either we take care of those populations or they get on welfare. it is a greater cost to our tax payer. are we get the opportunity to graduate from a texas school,
the opportunity to be a member of society. it is a lot from texas. virtually all are conservative legislators in taxes know that we have to do with the population one way or another. washington has failed. he is the same governor to veto it license for illegal aliens. he spent money for the cost of illegal aliens. no one has done more to secure the border.
thrown at you, the rebuttal is not a long time. i will be back with him within the first 10 days of iowa. we have a lot of country to cover. we let meeting the american people. we love being here. we love being here together and separately. we're doing fund-raising and meeting people. they're asking them for support. thank you. you waited all afternoon [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011]
she tells a group of republican women why her husband to be the country's next president. she talks about the impact of the current economy on the grandchildren. she made this at a luncheon in new hampshire. >> after promising never to undergo a presidential campaign, she inspired to encourage her husband to run again. in addition, the issue of the president's national health care at which she recognized was a reform that would cripple the economy. and they needed to step into the
i remember driving by a van. they were probably in detention. they have been transported from one facility to another. my heart stopped when i saw that. it is a symbolic to me. i thought if i could have that in my car, they would be ok. if they have had the kind of parenting they needed in the kind of love and support, there would not be in that van pa.
and how grateful i was for good parents. i was touched by the thought of how we ought to remember its. i have a long history people who have made sacrifices for this nation. i am the 17th great granddaughter. i am grateful that he made enormous sacrifices to come to this on no place for religious freedom.
my grandfather was a welsh coal miner. when he was 80 started working in the mine. i am grateful that my grandfather recognized a better place for his grandchildren. made a great sacrifice to come to america for a better life for his children and grandchildren. my father was 16 -- grandfather was 16 when he came to this country. he died when i was a baby.
investing in that the next job or spending that next $10 million capital expansion, because there is so much uncertainty and unpredictability coming out of washington. they are doing so much through regulatory excess that they cannot get passed in congress, like this decision for boeing, that i am afraid to invest. look at the rise in the stock market. look at what is happening with the job market been shipped offshore. if we stay on the job creation, american energy independence, fiscal responsibility, and rekindling ever believed in the american dream and american exceptional listen, i think that is the winning formula. and if -- you are the stakeholders to win back the white house. you have to want it back.
you have to be willing to knock on doors and go to the ticket vendors and do all of the other things to created the energy in your state, precinct by precinct, district by district, to tell people, this is what is wrong with our country, and our party is the one that will fix america for future generations. >> will you lead us in the pledge? >> i will be glad to. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. [applause] thank you very much. thank you. >> we do not have oil. we have jobs and maple syrup.
>> thank you, bill. and to return the favor, i have virginia peanuts for everybody. >> very good. thank you. [applause] >> governor, i know you are friends with whipped. . how badly did he hurt himself last week? -- with governor rick perry. how badly did he hurt themselves last week? >> at the end of the day, this is not going to be an election about personality but issues. the american people are hurting but this kind of debt, deficit, and unemployment rate. people or forgive something they think is -- people will forgive something that they think is not on the issues. we have calloused debates left.
it may be was not his best performance, but we have a long way to go. >> [unintelligible] >> there are nine candidates, and i would say a lot of them would be an excellent president. they would attack the like of coherent plan on jobs and energy. i think these candidates are going to get better over time as they continue to debate one another. they all have records of accomplishment on things that matter. i know rick perry and mr. romney pretty well. i would hope the next president would be a current or former governor. they will have to get results, cannot make excuses, will have to balance budgets. that is what we are missing in washington right now. we need to bring people
together. i have a democratic senate and republican house. we found ways to knock down the rhetoric and find ways for people to work together. in washington, there is a toxic environment. i do not think he is leading. i do not think he is able to get things done. that is way governor would do much better. i am somewhat partial to a governor. [unintelligible] no one is thinking about that except for you. the only thing those nine republicans care about is how are they going to get the nomination. they will worry about that sometime next year. >> what about sharing a ticket? >> they are not focusing on that. all in the media and press are focusing on that. it is completely the decision of
the people for our party, and the they will bring in somebody who will help ticket -- there is no job with higher honor then the job of a governor. i will have a priority of being here and making sure the other states i mentioned will elect more republican governors. that is my mission. i am thrilled about it. it is a great blessing for me to have the job. >> on the web, they say this was your effort to get rid of one person. >> that is absolutely false. that is something that the democrats have cooked up. i was invited by the republican party to come and speak, because they know winning the republican
governor's race next year is important. i am a happy camper to be back in my head inland state. >> will one person come to virginia? >> i would love to have governor romney,. he could raise money for our party. -- have governor romney come. he can raise money for our party. i hope to have him there. [unintelligible] being the republican governors association chairman, what is more important is how we can affect a large amount of the american people. i am monitoring how they'd do
and expressed the ideas that will be important to win next year. >> [unintelligible] >> republicans and democrats had a disagreement. we are on super tuesday now. we get emails from candidates. >> we want to share our experience with you. >> we are a swing state. come july, august, september, we will have both candidates i am sure in virginia. >> do you have any advice for the candidates as they come through with any issues? >> yes, talk about jobs,
reinvigorating the economy as the greatest nation on earth, talk about a comprehensive energy plan. have a comprehensive plan that you will be honest with the american people about how to get us out of debt and reduce the deficit in short order. i think that will dominate the election. it will not be about hope and change in personality. it is about who can get us out of the serious problem that america faces today. people are hurting and cannot find a job, and they are in debt, and businesses are scared about hiring the next employee, this is a serious policy election. i think the candidates and parties should focus on that to win next year. >> can you keep your job growth continuing to grow in virginia?
it is one of the highest per- capita areas. my brother in law and a sister- in-law live in arlington. they say there are all of these jobs. >> the stimulus has run out and we have the third lowest in -- unemployment rate. we have a factor that in. that is why we cut 2006 spending levels when i became governor. there is no question that the stimulus help in the short run. the problem is you build that money into the base operating budget and you have horrible problems down the road. we stretched all of that out. we receive a significant amount of money overall from the federal government in defense spending. i am concerned about that for a overstate.
allocated about $30 million to create a new contingency fund. the bottom line is we are broke in this country. we are 16 trillion in debt with this new extension of the debt level. the clock is still ticking. it will go to over 20 trillion. it is at an unsustainable level of debt. what the american people expect is candor. someone is going to say, there is no way to get ourselves out of this unless we have dramatic spending in virtually every area of the federal government, including medicare, medicaid, and social security. the entitlement programs are creating part of the reason that we are in this unsustainable amount of debt. here is a plan to do that.
i know advocating a federal cut in spending, it will disproportionately affect virginia. but we are starting to plan for a long-term shift in part of the northern virginia economy. >> can you talk about some of the job creation initiative where young people are being trained differently? >> while we were cutting back the 2006 spending levels, we had job-creating programs. we can give cash incentives to businesses. angel investor tax credits stimulating growth in the tech sector. i have money for trade offices in shanghai, london, and mumbai
and india. we are going to mumbai in a couple of months. the american dream story around the world, we have deals with china and others. ultimately, if you do not have policies to keep taxes and regulation and lawsuits an, and do not try to have a right to work law, it is very hard to convince businesses to promote this. i think we are the most business-release date in america because we have kept a good overall climate where people want to work. thanks very much. i appreciate it. >> former president bill clinton marks the 20th anniversary of his presidential campaign. then "q&a" on academic freedom. and live at 7:00 a.m., your calls and comments on "washington journal."
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>> with congress back in session this week, the house will consider a bill that will keep the government open for the next six weeks through mid november. what our live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the house on c-span and the senate on c-span2. use of our comprehensive resources on c-span to get more information, including video of every house and senate session. it is washington your way. the c-span networks, created by cable, as a public service. >> former president bill clinton spoke saturday at an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the launch of his 1992 presidential campaign. he invoked many of the initiatives and talked about the parallels between his presidency and president obama's. he spoke with many former members of his presidential and gubernatorial administration.
>> thank you very much. thank you for being here. i wt to thank my friend of summiteers for introducing me 20 years ago and being here again. than y, rodney slater, who, the first of the year, we will have been together 30 years. for his service inrkansas and in washington. thank you, james carville, forgetting our heads straight for the day. [laughter] and for keeping your eye on the ball and never quitting when people told you it was a lost cause. i want to thank chicago for playing for us and playing for us again tonight. [applause] i want to thk fleetwood mac for "don't stop thinking about tomorrow." nick fleet would actually sent us a contribution to support us
this reunion weekend. i want to thank al gore for calling in and being the best vice-president this country ever had. [applause] he was great. i would like to thank my daughter who was here last night and you had to leave this morning for that great film and for a wonderful life time of reminding me what politics is really all about. i want to commend president obama for appointing the best secretary of stati can imagine. [applause] you know, i have had a great time these past 10 years being a has been and watch hillary be a center -- be a senator and run for president of the united states. when we met many years ago, 40
plus, to be exact, as soon as i got to know her, i thought she was the most gifted person in my generation. i still feel that way and i am very proud of her. [applause] i was doing really well until i watched those films. in spite of what james carville said, it feels all little nostalgic as i look at all of you here. george washington said once that he had gone blind in the service of his country and had the spectacle. so have i.. i want this anniversary weekend more than anything else as those of you who have been your from the beginning, to be a day of thanks from me to you of
gratitude on all of our parts for e chance we had to serve and do something for our country that has done so much for us. for the young people of america, of reassurance and rededication to the idea that we absolutely can get out of the fix we are in and be better than ever. [applause] i am very well aware that the videos you saw, especially the last days of achievements at the end, would never have been possible without my family, my friends, my staff, my fellow arkansans, and people across america who helped me, including people i have known for many years. someone said to me oe that i may have been the only person in the history of the republic ever to have been elected president
because of his personal friends. and i took that as a great compliment. i thank you all from the bottom of my heart. [applause] 20 years ago, we set out on this great journey in aemarkable time, knowing after the next presidential alexian, whoever was elected week -- would be the first to serve a full term in the aftermath of the cold war. it cast a pall over the victory of world war two and shaped so much of what people in ameca and the former soviet union and all over the world did in organizing their lives for decades. it was obvious, as you saw a in the films, that we had to rekindle the american dream, we had to build ourconomy in a way that would give as a bridge to the new century. we had to do it in a way that
would keep the world's leaders -- the world's leading force for peace, prosperity, freedom and security. we deced to go forward with some very simple ideas. the most important of which was that we should put people first. that thedea of opportunity for all, responsibility for all, a community for all americans was more than a slogan. it was in direct opposition to the idea that government would mess up and you would be better off on your own with a winner- take-all strategy. it did not work very well then and it has not worked very well since. [applause] we believe that investing in global economics was better than trickle-down economics. [applause] we believed even if those had to
pay more in taxes, that was better them burdening our children for generations to come. [applause] those beliefs gave us a whole new direction in policy. a budget that actually reded the debt while cutting taxes on lower-income working families so no one would ever have to work and raise children and still in poverty. that one budget listed more than 2 million children out of poverty the very first one. [applause] we believed that we had to dramatically increase our investments in education and information technology, in science and biomedical research. we believed trade could be a positive, not a negative for america. we only have 4% of the world's
people, we've got to sell something to somebody. [laughter] but we believe in trade and in force. when we forgot the enforce, we got an awful lot of trouble. we believe america could be a great manufacturing company again and after years of decline, in six east of the eight years i served, we had a gain in manufacturing jobs, somethg i remain proud of them look forward to happening again. [applause] we believe the most important job in any society is raising children. that is what the family and medical ave act was about, enabling pple to succeed at home and at work. if you fail in the one, you're going to fall behind. it's been a very important principle we need to work for again. we believe in children's health insurance policy and in slowing the inflation in medical costs. those eight years for the only times in 30 years when healt
care costs had not gone up at three times the rate of inflation and we increased the number of people had mecal insurance before left. [applause] we believe you could improve the environment and the economy at the same time if you did it in the right way. i still believe that. [applause] i think it is not a burden on the economy -- on the economy that 43 million more people agreed to clean air. that struck me as a pretty good thing. [applause] we believe we live in a world where we needed more friends and your enemies. we built all of these networks of cooperation witthe asia- pacific region, our neighbors in latin america, expanding nato all kinds of networks of cooperation. all we basically did was what we
were supposed to do. for 235 years, things have been changing and americans have confronted new challenges and they just did what they were supposed to do. with barely any precedents, anywhere in the world, our founding fathers created a democracy that was strong enough to meet the challenges of each new era and limit the enough to avoid the kind of abuse of power our foundersere -- our founders were running away from. we survived the civil war, a great depression, two world wars, relentless waves of social and economic change and social conflicts. to emerge as the people who started us intended, a more perfect union. where we widen the circle of opportunity, deepen the meaning
of freedom, strengthen the bonds are community. every year, it seems more and more people we used to think of as too different to except become part of us and are no longer part of them. [applause] so now, the big challenge to our more perfect tuning it is a terrible economic crisis, more different and deeper and difficult than the one i faced. it is about way more than money. i am looking at your s some people i have seen that i have known all my life. most of us didn't have much when we were kids. but most of us never dbted that no matter what happened, we could support ourselves. no matter what happened, even if we did not have a big trust
fund, we could make a living and put food on the table, feed our kids, send them to school, have clean clothes on their back. this is about more than economics. thiss about human dignity. [applause] i think that is really important. when we have one of these so- called recoveries or gdp grows and 90% of the game goes to 10% of the people and 40% goes to 1% and every year there are more and more people who are robbed of that dignity, that is not the american dream. [applause] i was thinking the other day, i tried to make a list of everything i had ever done and it never earned money. my memory is not what it was used to be. i wento work a grocery store when i was 13. the guy i was worng for let m set up a small business on the
side. i sold all of my used comet books. how stupid. it would be worth $200,000 today. i made about $30 and thought i was the richest fellow i knew. by the time i got out of law school, i thought of other things to earn money. i never made much money, but i learned something from everyone. i learned something about the work and the people i was doing business with and i learned to give people their money's worth, both my employers and customers. it was all part of dignity. when i lost an election, i thought i could make a living. too many people have been true -- have been deprived of that dignity. not just our fellow americans. it's estimated almost 300 million people around the world today are aggressively and desperately looking for full- time work. so they can support their children. i say that because i think we
face a momentous choice today. if we want national prosperity and personal dignity, we have to decide whether it can best be strengthened by yet one more assault on government as th source of all our ills or by building a partnership between our private economy and a smart government to build shared prosperity. you know where i come down on that debate. there is not a single example on our planet today, not one, not one, or an anti-government strategy has produced a vibran economy with stromboli that broadbased growing prosperity. -- with strong and broad based growing prosperity. but we had a years in the united states where the smart government and private economy produced a lot of shared prosperity and it can again. [applause]
that is how we had 22 + million jobs and a 40-year low in unemployment and a real increase in income for middle-class americans and, most important to me, when the labor market's got tight, we had for years in a row or the bottom 20% of working families in comes in percentage terms rose as much as the top 20% and a hundred times as many people moved out of poverty in those eight years in 12 years before or eight years after because we had a partnership. [applause] it is tougher now. the financial collapse occurred in september of 2008 was the tail end of a bad economy, not the beginning. the day before that collapse, this economy had only produced
in seven years and eight months, 2.5 million new jobs. the day before that collapse, median family income was $2,000 lower than it was the day i left office after health-care premiums had tripled and college costs have gone up 75%. then, it turned out, the economy which bottomed out in the middle of 2009 went lower than we do. the president was in office for more than a year and the stimulus package had passed before it turneout that instead of an almost 4% contraction in the economy, it went down 7.5%. so, what does all that mean? it means to get out of this fix, we have to do three things. we need a short-term growth
strategy, even if we have to borrow the money to do it. the federal government can borrow money at less than 2%. you know i hate debt, but you cannot get blood out of a turn up. you cannot balance the budget in a stagnant economy. [applause] we need a short-term growth strategy. we need long-term plan to deal with the debt when growth returns. and, in the middle, we have to clean up the housing mess or we are never going to get the show on the road again and return to a full growth economy. whether you are a republican, democrat, liberal or conservative, one thing is indisputable. the president has offered a plan for short-term economic stimulus. he has offered proposals to make the housing crisis less severe, and he has offered his first down payment, and it is a big one, to reduce long-term debt
by $3 billion. it is up to congress to act on those plans and if they don't like tm, come up with a better idea. [applause] one thing i would like to ask all of your ideas on is this -- it became clear to me, first when i was governor -- keep in mind you all cat reelecting me what our economy was lousy. until the year i ran for president, we only had one month when our unemployment rate was below the national average, but you knew we had a plan to change it. we were bringing back manufacturing. we l the region in job growth andn 1992, coincidentally, and i did not know this is going to happen on october 3rd when i was standing here, we ranked first or second in the country in new job growth all year long. but it took a long time.
we had a strategy to do it. you have to have a strategy for new jobs every five years. my personal favorite is changing the way we produce and consume energy. you can create jobs in every town and every small community and every big city in the united states doing that. the opportunity is not limited by party philosophy or geography. i like that. i think a commitment to rebuild the manufacturing base will. i think a commitment to increase exports will. we can do better. but we have to do that. there is no example of a country in the fix we are and that can balance the budget without a combination of spending cuts, the people who can afford paying more, and growing economy. if you do not have economic growth, there is no combination that can get blood out of a turn up. -- out of a turnip.
why am i saying all of this? we made a decision here 20 years ago, all of you who three or lot in. let's face it, on that day, my mother was the only person who thout i was going to be elected president. [laughter] hillary and chelsea were undecided. though leaning positive. we just made a decision the country needed a new kind of politics, a new kind of economics, a new commitment to get into the next century with the american dream alive and well. a commitment that would restore the middle-class and give people who were poor a chance to work their way into it. we decided to stop the politics of pitting one american against another by race, by ethnicity, gender, by income, by anything
else. while we just work together and see how that works out? [applause] so glad we started here. in 1977, in january on a very cold night, i heard my first reception as a public official wh i became attorney general. as governor, with the help of rose crane, who is still out there, we began the effort to restore the old statehouse to its original condition. ny people have worked on that and then a brilliant job of giving us what we now treasure. it symbolizes our past, present, and future. not 30 years after this building
was built -- a little more than 30 years. right after the civi war. when most white males, or t only people voting back then, were disenfranchised as a result of having fought for the south, we had a governor's race here. between a man named brooks and a man named baxter. it was not clear who won. it was close enough that they were shooting at a share. one group was over there by the capital hotel and the other was trying to lodge here at the capital and they were shooting at each other. the president of the united states was ulysses grant. having been the commanding general of the civil war, his authority was so great he finally just said baxter is the governor, get over it and stop this mess. president grant then came to capitol hotel, stood on that
balcony you can see today. the arkansas river came in very close to our streets and they had a grand parade going by because they figured we had to stop fighting and get the show on the road. i will tell you folks, in memory of one of the most important moments, we had to stop fighting and get the show on the road. [applause] when we walked out of here, we started this seven-day week, 2 hour campaign. our first headquarters was an old paint store on seventh street. i drove by today just so i could see it oneore time. then we moved to the "arkansas gazette" building. the "gazette" has recently closed. in its glorious -- in its glory
days, it was one of the most progressive papers for civil- rights in the country. i kept hoping the ghost of its progressive past would somehow sprinkle angel dust on our campaign and give us a good break. this journey begun here worked out pretty well for americans. i am grateful for all you have done. i want to just do two more things. first of all, those of us here, we are not alone in this effort. those who could not be here, we are not alone. i have signed some 600 letters of condolences since i left the white house on the passing of people who helped me become president or who worked in one were both of my administrations. it began in the campaign when we
lost my miatlantic fund- raising chair and the incomparle paul tully. in my first term, we lost ron brown who i love like a brother and he may be the best commerce secretary we've ever had. [applause] it has continued to the last two months when we lost maria he lay and va rudolph. i knew i was going to be a good governor in 1979 when i took my first trade mission abroad when we went to hong kong and stayed in some high-rise hotel. i thought i was somebody. i had never been anywhere before. .
>> thank you. now i want to say something to the young people who are here. i have been, you know i have a lot of time to study what is going on in america. i am home alone a lot. my wife has a traveling job. so i keep reading all of these surveys that say young people in the united states are getting discouraged. they are afraid they won't have a better future. at one level i understand that. cause things were pretty good for a long me, and now they are not. but to all the young people i would say, it's all right to be realistic. but to be discouraged about your future is a decision in advance to be disappointed. no one has a right to permanent
prosperi prosperity. it has to be earned. no one has a right to a life free of challenges. it would be boring anyway. at some time and another every people are called upon to re-examine the premises of their nation's life. how people treat each other. what rights are extended to what people. and what they do to make a living. and create a brighter future. to be young today and to live in a time of uncertainty and difficulty but also a time of enormous opportunity. a time when you have the responsibility to reimagine the future. the uncertainties of the current moment do notave to exist a decade from now.
it will be determined by the decisions we make when we ansr that big question, whether government is t problem or a necessary part of the solution. but first you must make the decision not to give up. [applause] and -- and not to givup in politics. nots to -- not to give up in economics, and not to give up in life. harry and linda thomson who couldn't be here today, made a lot of good movies but a lot is when people said i was deader than a door nail in the '92 campaign. i was buried so times i swear
they would say i was the first buried in grant's tomb. if you doubt what i say, go home tonight and watch a replay of the razorbacks game. you are cheering and i watched it and i was ecstatic we are playing one of the best teams in america. and down 18 points at halftime. we are toast; right? not a shot. someone forgot to tell the players to give up. so they kept playing the game. and every young person here should remember that. pessimism and cynicism save you a lot of time. you don't have to go through the effort of changing things and
you get to be disappointed right away. but if you really wt to restore the american dream. if yo want to rebuild the middle class and give more people their shot again. if you want to live in a country where immigrants can be a part of our humanity again. [applause] you got to play the game. at the core of this country there has always been an idea, if you work hard and play by the rules. you get a chance to live the dream and give your children a chance to chase theirs. no guarantee but a chance for all. in order to do that, we have to believe, weave to think, and we have to act. that's what we try do for eight good years.
and for all of you who took me through those two campaigns. our earlier days in arkansas and those eight years in washington, i am profoundly grateful. now another young president is facing similar challenges. i will say this, i suppose i will pulling harder for him because he showed such good judgment in picking his secretary of state. but i would be pulling for him regardless. because underlying those challenges is the same old debate. about whether government is the problem, or we need smart government ia changie ining economy, working together to create the opportunities for tomorrow. for all of y who have helped me, i would like to end this ceremony by giving everyone a gold watch. some of us are old enough to
earn it. but america, america h never been a retirement party. and it isn't now. america is a cstant invitation to suit up and play again. [applause] >> and so -- [applaue] if you really are proud of what we did, help a kid stay in school. hire someone if you can. start a business if you can. make your voice heard. and remind people that conflict is necessary in life. and can somow be great for a political campaign. but america got to this point through cooperation. through striving relentlessly,
repeated repeatedly, through all the disappoints and setbacks and difficulties for the more perfect union of our founders' dreams. maybe i am crazy as i age. but i am not pessimistic. i still believe in the promise of this country. i still believe in every place -- every place in america can be a place called home. [applause] a if you really believe in what we did here all those years ago, if you are still proud of it. and most importantly if you want it to happen again and give your kids and grandkids and for some of you your great-grandkids, what you know in your bones they
deserve. play again. god bless you. [applause] ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow ♪ you it will soon be here ♪ yesterday is ne, yesterday is gone. ♪ why not think about times to come ♪ and about the things you have done ♪ if your life was great, think about what tomorrow can do. ♪ don't stop thinking about tomorrow, don't stop, it will be soon be here ♪
>> next, "q&a" with cary nelson. then your calls and comments on "washington journal." today, the current state of the relationship between the -- today, the current state between the relationship between the u.s. and israel. illinois congressman, former deputy nsa advisor, and the israeli ambassador. it is hosted by the hudson institute and foundation for the defense of democracies that is today, at 9:00 p.m. eastern live -- at 9:00 a.m. eastern live on c-span2. ken burns talks about his new documentary, a prohibition. live from the national press club starting at 1:00 p.m. eastern on c-span.
>> which part of the u.s. constitution is important to you? that is the question posed to our new student kim competition -- for the first time, student cam competition. for all the details, go to studentacam.org. >> this week on the "q&a" author kerry nelson talks about his new book. he is also the president of the american association of university professors.
>> professor kary nelson, what is the association of university professors? >> it is very distinguished. our organization was established and we are coming up on our 100th anniversary. it is a big thing for us. we established it as an organization to articulate principles for the authority and monitor concept of universities around the country. we are the organization that defines tenure in the united states. we are the organization decades later that wrote the students' rights in the united states. we represent all added of disciplines. it is a very serious enterprise. it is an possible by bringing people together from all fields. >> how long have you been president and how long have -- how long did you get there? >> this is the beginning of my six the year.
i am term limited. i am an english professor by training, modern poetry, actually. in part of experience, in the beginning of 1970, higher education began to be under a lot of a financial stress. students were not getting good jobs. there was a lot of stress in the profession. i began to feel that it just billing -- being a poetry specialist was not enough. i began to write about higher education and published books on it. still published poetry, but not just poetry. some that had been inactive said, maybe you want to come around and see with this organization can do. i was very impressed by the quality of the work we produce. we are relentlessly develop -- devoted to perfection.
it has been a place where i can be active. it is a broader scene. just to give you an example, last year, when british petroleum begin to issue contracts to a factory members and graduate students around the country as a gulf oil spill, we were concerned that they were issuing contracts, that the result of research had to be kept secret by the company for years. the standard is two months. we thought it was a serious structure of academic freedom. i issued a statement about it. it was picked up by outlets around the world. i would see chinese and then in parentheses cary nelson. it is an opportunity to reach out to people across the country