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when 22% of students studied proper academic studies? >> well, i think the education secretary is doing a superb job focusing on schools on the results including english and math and the baccalaureate that includes subjects that employers and colleagues really value and doing some forward and straightforward things that weren't done for 14 year that punctuation and grammar actually count when you do an exam. >> considering the prime minister met with a family yesterday will he now reflect of the comments made in relation to that particular meeting and the outcomes and the agreements made at the westin park talks in 2001 by both governments that there should be an independent public inquiry? >> of course, i reflected what i said yesterday and i've reflected on this whole issue for many months since pm prime
minister. and i profoundly believe that the right thing for the family and for ireland and everyone for of everyone in the united kingdom would not have a public inquy but for the british government to do the really important thing which is to epion up and tell the truth about what happened 22 years ago. we don't need an inquiry to do that. that's why my right honorable friend the northern ireland secretary will make a statement explaining exactly how we're going to do this and who is involved. the greatest healer of truth and an apology for what's happened. that's what's happened. let's not have another saddle process to get there and do the right thing. >> thank you, mr. speaker, wi my right honorable friend join me in welcoming the news that he will be released and this could go a long way for peace in the area. >> i think if anyone reflects on what that young soldier has been
through for those weeks, months, years, it is just >> next, speaches by rick perry and john huntsman, then q and a. republican candidate rick perry announced his energy entering the race. this si about 25 minutes. -- is about 25 minutes. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] >> good morning, everybody. vice president for united states
he is here to make an important policy. an issue that is as important here in western pennsylvania as in the state of texas. texas. [applause] today. there on the line with you. thank you for having me here today and it is great to be in the outskirts of pittsburgh, a work and the dreams of blue- collar american workers.
the central issue facing american says the lack of jobs. 14 million americans are without one in six americans are job ready, but cannot find a full- time job. 45 million americans on food stamps. 48% of the households in this country have a least one benefits. our people have tough this out the best that they can but are looking for leadership and too rare in washington. i propose an economic growth package that will rebuild the engine of american prosperity. and the plan that i present this
country to create 1.2 million jobs. and it can be implemented more quickly, free of washington gridlock. it does not require congressional action. we are doing this through a series of executive actions, to after the inauguration of a new president. congress to play as well. in a few days i will offer to package of economic reforms that will require congressional action when i am elected of the united states, but my growth package will tackle tax reform and
reform, with real spending reduction in order to address the growing debt crisis. i offer a plan to paying american jobs across sector of the economy to enhance our national security. administration. my plan is based on the simple premise. buy, and by what americans make. next economic american boom. the fastest way to give our economy a shot in the arm is to
and the american energy. this if environmental bureaucrats were told to stand the dependence that we have today on foreign oil, countries like venezuela. unstable madrid -- a eastern countries. at home. what untapped supplies of natural gas and have 25% of the world's supply. our country has 134 billion oil. 1.2 quadrillion feet of natural
gas. homes and cars, and our power plants. those resources can be found in in new mexico and alabama and the route the american west. and in alaska. his overreaching environmental agency, will not allow american domestic energy, from reserves on government-owned land. fossil fuel home, and encourage countries like brazil
to drill offshore and save it -- sell it to american consumers. foreign profits. i think this is wrong and oil and federal bureaucrats. the american economy should not greater energy independence and under american soil. every sector, revitalizing manufacturing, to maintain the through for concrete actions. areas off-limits
considerations. the current administration has restricted exploration in the gulf of mexico in the mid- atlantic area. median time for the review of permits for deep water developments has increased by 400%, and the deep water development plan approvals have decreased by nearly 80%. the department of the interior stopped offshore virginia. state, and the congressional delegations. they passed a bill in the house of representatives to achieve
the will of the people, virginia. executive orders and other executive actions, i will authorize the following. the resources of alaska, including the coastal plain and the natural petroleum reserve of alaska. congressional authorization. but they will understand how important the future of america is. it is worth it when it comes to create 120,000 jobs. just the one opening of that one area. western coast of alaska. 55,000 jobs and
will resume the exploration in the gulf of mexico. creating another 230,000 jobs. i support the construction of the canadian crude oil. it will go west to china or to america. i know where i want for this to go. this will create 20,000 direct jobs for americans. we will have the energy federal lands for exploration. north dakota and utah. are western states
by the year 2020. cubic feet of natural gas. those states can produce more energy -- produce more energy kuwait and russia and saudi arabia combined, right across line of west virginia and ohio. getting the environmental protection agency out of the way. this is today's opportunity. pennsylvania and the neighbors of pennsylvania.
this will create jobs in the energy costs. for producing great quarterbacks and i want you to quarterback and new energy revolution to create jobs all across america. not only will we create jobs by expanding energy exploration, we will also use the revenues that deficit. ecological treasures, everglades and yellowstone national park, we're those locations. but as we roll back federal control, we will look for better cooperation with the state, and
if the states are against energy exploration, we will respect drill, but exception and not the rule. is equally important to take a second step. the activist regulations already on the books that the obama administration has put in place. president obama has been public about his newest jobs proposal, behind-the-scenes, the permanent bureaucracy is working to grind pursuit of activists regulation. there are new rules and foot- dragging from the environmental agency, the interior that are killing jobs in this country.
utility maximum available control technology rule, the proposed coal legislation, and new rules alone, they $127 billion in cost to electric consumers, new that they have put forward review and a cost-benefit analysis to determine the impact on american employers, and the environment. and if we face the fact, we know that none of these rules were needed to reduce the emissions of the six principal pollutants
by 50 percent since 1980, we that and they're not needed now. especially as the economy is hanging in the balance between recovery and depression. the epa and their draconian measures with the regulations of greenhouse gases. by the increase of carbon by developing give the advantage to global competitors, realizing absolutely no global process. is to reform the bureaucracy, and particularly
the environmental protection agency. this country needs to allow the provide scientific research as as environmental analysis studies that support the state environmental organizations. greater authority to the states, to manage air and water quality rather than imposing this mentality that comes out of the federal rules. washington is more committed to stewardship? live with the consequences of their own environmental policies. and the fourth component of my plan is to level the competitive
playing field among all of the energy producers out there. as a governor of those leading producer of wind energy, i believe that there is an for green sources of energy to play as part of the generation mix. but every energy producer incentives and or subsidies that cost taxpayers, distorting the marketplace. my plan will stop the process of washington writing the subsidy any sectors of the specific tax credits, phasing them out over time to allow the marketplace some time to adjust. preserve those tax incentives for research and development.
in emerging technology is to develop, and the shocking reality concerning the energy policy of our current administration is that energy we find today, this level that they are. this is intentional. who said he wanted european prices in america for fuel, to a president who said that it was necessary electricity. this administration has intentionally sought to make conventional generation from coal and natural gas more costly, taking more money out of the pockets like you and your fellow citizens.
and the reason why is to drive consumers to green energy. but we don't produce enough grain energy to fill the void. the result is going to be of energy. green energy -- this is a laudable goal. we have done this successfully in my state. but we have used renewable natural gas and coal are responsible for roughly two- thirds of the allegis the generated in this country. how can we have stable and affordable electricity when the
federal agency's target the top generation sources. not confined just to this administration. party. but i happen to take a different view. i welcome the continued development of coal as an in america, allowing that in research and development is the best way for us to pursue clean coal technology. i do not accept the premise or environment. it is time for a balanced energy policy. technology is in place today and insure
in a development of conventional sources. if the epa continues a war on that they cannot point to a single incident of unsafe hydraulic fracturing in the pursuit of natural gas as, not one of them, and if this administration and their environmental activists have their way, in shutting down gas production and coal production, the obama legacy will be more than 2.4 million energy jobs lost in the oil and gas industry. the choice this election is between two very different visions for the country. the president would kill domestic jobs, through these aggressive
regulations. and i would create 1.2 million american jobs through aggressive energy exploration right here at home. president obama would keep us dependent on hostile sources of foreign energy. plan would make us more secure by tapping america's true energy potential. his energy policies are driven by the concerns of activists in his party. mine are driven by concerns for american workers without jobs. we must get america working again. a big part of the solution is right under our feet and off the coast and could be done without president has all of the authority that he needs to roll back the interests of
jobs and make the country more secure. creating jobs in america is as easy as changing presidents, and facing americans. america needs jobs and energy. energy revolution. record of success in this critical area for american jobs and economic growth to create a new wave of american independence. energy independence. in the excess litigation, and let's get america working again. make what americans buy, and by what americans make, and sell this to the world. god bless you and thank you for being with us.
our intention is to promote understanding with world affairs around the granite state. that goal is never more important than in a primary election here. in the last election, less than 10% of americans considered foreign policy when voting. it is now a national initiative of the world affairs councils of america to engage america in the most pressing national security issues facing our country. here at the world affairs council of new hampshire, we are hoping to find a platform of candidates and the public to discuss foreign policy. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011]
>> i spent most of my life in public service. i remember the years i spent in washington, d.c. as a congressman. 6-12 years occurred when ronald reagan was president. i remember the notion was, we had to cut taxes, stay the course. then from that pivotal moment, the economy got stronger, and we became more engaged in the rest of the world under president
to be more engaged. perhaps in a different way, but we are not going to withdraw from those responsibilities. we are going to deal with them differently. then as i take a look at the governor's record back home, leading the country in jobs creation, really doing it the reagan way, you cut taxes, you streamline government, you make it accountable. you have to understand there are people out there that will need your help, and you are going to help them. the idea of projecting economic strength and the ability to protect our values. not just our military, but our values. see, america has a brand, and the brand is our value system. part of that brand is we know how to create jobs in america because you can't be secure unless you are prosperous. you can't be prosperous unless you are secure. so for the political isolationist we say no and for the economic protectionist we
say no. 190-plus countries out there. they don't collide. i frankly think my party and my country need the governor to be president. he understands how these things are linked, how to project them, and that there is peace through strength. not just military strength. there is power in our values and the strength of our economy. for that reason, pleased to be with my friend, governor hunts today and reassure him of my confidence in his ability to lead this country in the years ahead. thank you very much.
[applause] >> thank you governor ridge. now to begin our program, i would also like to introduce the dean of southern new hampshire university school of business, dean william gillet, and to thank southern new hampshire university for being the mission partners and helping to present this program today. help me in welcoming dean gillet. >> thank you. on behalf of southern new hampshire university and the world affairs council, i would like to welcome governor huntsman back to the state and to the university and to thank him again for his inspirational remarks to our graduating students last may. as governor huntsman brings his considerable expertise tease to
bear in -- expert he's to bear it is fitting he shows this location as the backdrop. this is an area where we continue to lead all nations. southern new hampshire, in particular with over 900 international students on campus, has a strong tradition of reaching out into the international sphere and fostering communication with students from around the globe. in addition we host the world affairs council of new hampshire and its excellence in promoting international affairs around the state. as a former ambassador to china and in three administrations for foreign policy expertise, governor huntsman has the unique vantage point of representing the united states in china and dealing directly with the chinese government. he brings to the republican primary process a valuable and
unparalleled perspective of the role of the united states in the world today. southern new hampshire is proud to welcome governor huntsman to our campus. [applause] >> bill, thank you very much. and anna, to you, thank you for your leadership and your willingness to host this event today. to governor tom rich, my great friend, someone who i admire and look up to, one of the great public servants of my generation, and to ambassador gray, it is an honor to be with you, my friend, and of course, mary kay who makes you both look a lot better with her sitting between you. [laughter] to state representative graham and driscoe and my good friend who does so much for veterans, it is, indeed, an honor to be
here. it is my second time to southern new hampshire university. i was commencement speaker just a few short months ago. i am reminded of my chance to get a second show at this great institution. i am reminded of a bit of repartie that took place between george bernard shaw and church yill when church ill wasn't doing so well. shaw was in town for the play pigmallian and he sent a letter in which he said, dear prime minister. enclosed please find two tickets for the opening night of my play. one for you and one for a friend , if you have one. [laughter] >> undaunted, churchill wrote back and said, due to the press of business i cannot attend the first show but would be
delighted to attend the second show, if there is one. >> you've given me a second show, and for that i am grateful. now a president's approach to foreign affairs, how he or she views affairs on the road is perhaps the most critical function of that sacred office. this has been true throughout our nation's history, whether it was truman in the dawn of the aatomic age, kennedy in the cuban missile crisis, reagan, and the soviet union. but it has never been more critical than today. we are a nation mired in multiple military entanglements overseas and in the grips of an economic crisis here at home. these are two multitwuss -- tumultuouas times not just for our nation, but for all nations.
the middle east, the debt crisis, and the looming threat of nuclear prifferings. -- prolifferation. the world needs leadership but is struggling to find it. president obama's policies have weakened america and america's presence on the global stage. we must correct our course. i lived overseas four times. i have seen the world as a diplomat, serving three times as the united states ambassador. i have seen it as a businessman. i have seen it as a humanitarian. i have lived and seen what our most significant competitor nations are doing to prepare for the rest of the 21st century. i have a very clear vision of what america must do as well. i believe the united states has a generational opportunity to redefine its place in the world.
and reclaim the mantle of global leadership. my administration's approach to foreign affairs will be guided by that which defines american exceptionalism, and that is our values. liberty, democracy, human rights, free markets. america's values, ladies and gentlemen, are america's best gift to humanity. to those nations that share our value, and who we call our friends and allies, we will restore trust and strengthen our bonds both economically and mill tarle -- militarily. >> to those nations that continue to resist the unstoppable march of human, political, and economic freedom, we will make clear that they are on the wrong side of history by assuring that america's light shines bright in every corner of the globe representing a beacon of hope and ins -- inspiration.
we will establish a foreign policy doctrine that reflects our modern world. simply advocating more ships, more troops, and more weapons is not a viable path forward. we need more agility, more intelligence, and more economic engagement with the world. so how will we do this? in short, erase the old map, and nation building, engage our allies, and fix our core. this is how we will fight the enemy we have, and renew american exceptionalism. today i would like to discuss the five planks which will comprise my administration's foreign policy. number one, first and foremost, we must rebuild america's core.
at this point in history, america's greatest challenge does not emanate from outside our borders but from within. nearly 15 million of our fellow americans are unemployed. denied the dignity of a job. millions more are so disspirited they have given up even looking. our national debt continues to streak toward unsustainable levels and is, itself, a national security issue. right here in new hampshire, in hills borough county, sheriff james hardy, who has served for 30 years, told me that for the first time ever, his folks are handing out foreclosure notices to the middle class. all this after trillions trillions in government spending and massive bail outs. our nation's core is weak. our people are hurting.
america cannot project power abroad when we are weak at home. it is increasingly evident that we have lost leverage in the international community. in the past few weeks we saw the -- the world is a better place when america leads. the world is a safer place when america leads. and our interests are best served when america leads. but to lead abroad, we must regain strength and hope. returning people to work, reducing our debt, restoring confidence in our future. fixing america first. that will be my most urgent priority.
it will require more than half measures. it will require reforms. reforms i have offered as part of a plan that one republican called the most pro-growth proposal offered. i will drop that plan on the steps of quong on day one and will not stop fighting until we get the job done. >> the expansion of america's competitiveness and engagement in the world through partnerships and trade agreements. free trade supports nearly 18 million american jobs and establishing new lines of trade with american partners represents an enormous well of
untapped economic and political good will. 95% of the world's customers work outside our borders, yet the united states is party to only 17 of the more than 300 trade agreements worldwide. we will particularly see greater trade opportunities with nations that share our values and believe in good government, open markets, and rule of law as well as nations willing to engage in reform efforts toward those ends. it starts with passing the three pending trade deals with south korea, colombia, and panama. which president obama has resisted for three years, and which could boost american exports by more than $10 billion and create tens of thousands of american jobs. we should aggressively push for the conclusion of the transpacific partnership, which
will open markets in australia, rhode island, chile, malaysia, new zealand, peru, singapore, and vietnam. we should pursue trade agreements with japan and taiwan. we need to pursue free trade agreements as aggressively as china. china is in the game. we are not. america must also support the doha round aimed at developing free trade for developing nations. this is an opportunity for the unstoppable tide of economic development to lift all ships, and it falls to america to lead this effort. because no one else can. energy independence is a critical piece of not only foreign policy but of economic policy. every year america sends more than 300 million overseas for
imported oil, much of it to the middle east. those days should come to an end. i've offered a comprehensive plan to free ourselves from opec's grasp by relying more on domestic supplies of oil and gas to the bit of our national -- benefit of our national and economic security. number three, we must right size our current foreign entanglements. simply put, we are risking american blood and treasure in parts of the world where our strategy needs to be rethought. afghanistan was once the center of the terrorist threft to america. that is no longer the case. >> the soviets were there for nine years before they left with over 9,000 dead. northeast tried with airline
bombing, scraping, and helicopter gun tanks. we have been there 10 years and are taking a different approach. we are nation building. our presence there should not focus on nation building, however, but rather on counter terrorism. it is wishful thinking that staying a couple more years will create instability or civil war. our men and women in uniform have given their all in afghanistan and iraq. they rounded the taliban and crippled al-qaeda and other terrorist networks. they have taken the fight abroad so we don't have to face it here
at home. our nation has done its duty. after 6,000 lives lost, and more than $1 trillion spent, it is time to bring our brave troops home. as they return, we will take care of them and help our veterans transition from the battlefield to the home front. we can leave a much smaller footprint in the world while leaving behind much smaller terrorist functions and the special forces presence. and i believe we should. as for the argument that our
exit would destablize pakistan, the truth is, only pakistan can save pakistan. only afghanistan can save afghanistan, and right now we should focus on america saving america. it is in the industrial corridors of the midwest. it is in our farms and our factories and our ports that ship our products to the rest of the world. pakistan has a fractured military which sponsors terrorism and does demand u.s. attention. yet we must consider certain
realities as we consider the wisest way forward. this is not a relationship based on shared values. it is transactional at best. many americans are rightly suspicious of islamabad in the wake of the islamist organization. likewise there is aide held there in low esteem. we cannot dictate fundamental changes on an age-old civilization from afar. make no mistake. as president, i will protect american security interests in pakistan without being naive about islamabad's incentives and long-term interests. there is another advantage to a more judicious approach toward foreign entanglements. it helps prevent our military from being stretched too thin and unable to effectively respond to a direct security threat either to america or to one of our allies.
this is includes standing shoulder to shoulder with israel as they manage a host of new challenges. brought on by the arab spring. along with more familiar challenges such as hostile iran, which will continue to be a transcendent challenge of the next decade. i cannot live with a nuclear armed iran. if you want an example of what i would consider the use of american force, it would be that. a reexamination of america's role in the world also requires a reexamination of our military and defense infrastructure. it may surprise some people to learn that we spend more on defense today than at the height of the cold war. indeed, we spend more on defense than the rest of the world combined.
we still have remnants of a top heavy post cold war infrastructure. it needs to be transformed to reflect the 21st century world, and the growing asmet rick -- asymmetric threats we face. counterterrorism needs to be a much larger part of our foreign terrorism. we must be prepared to respond to threats from al-qaeda and other terrorist cells which emanate from a much more diverse geography, including yemen, the horn of africa, pakistan, and the asia-pacific region. we must also adapt our defenses to evolving themes of attack. this means a greater focus on tense -- intelligence gathering and a more am agile special forces capability which can respond swiftly and firmly to terrorist threats in any corner of the globe. the traditional roles and
missions of our armed forces will remain relevant for the foreseeable future. the relative importance of counterterrorism, intelligence gathering, training and quipping foreign security forces and special forces operations will continue to grow going forward. we must also transform our orientation. i have come to believe that we are embarking on the next century in which america will play a dominant role. by any measure population, economic power, military might, energy use, the center of gravity, global human activity is moving toward the pacific region. embracing this reality may bring a dramatic change to the look of our military. the asia-pacific region is a maritime theater, whereas europe
was mostly a land theater. for the united states the asia pacific features a collection of bilateral military alliances in contrast to the presence of nato in europe. the asia pacific is full of disputed islands and resource claims when compared to the relative calm of other regions. we are a pacific nation and our vital interests in that region cannot be compromised. number four, we must strengthen our relationships with the major powers of the world. our traditional alliance relationships with europe remain vital to american security and we should also work closely with our friends in nato and the european union to bring russia, a sometimes difficult actor, closer to the west. i believe that the reemergence of two ancient lands, china, and
india, will most influence how america navigates the 21st century. first china. there is no other relationship that if mismanaged carries greater negative consequences for america and the world. alternatively, wise stewardship of the relationship will make america and our allies safer and more prosperous. the stakes are enormous, as are the challenges and tunts. naturally, we will disagree often. whether over taiwan security needs, human rights, or the protection of intellectual property rights. while avoiding a trade war, we must also press china to open its markets to our exports and increase internal demand. so china's growth is not at the expense of our workers.
yet a fundamental question is, will we also find areas of cooperation? our relationship with china has been a transactional one for 40 years. we buy their products, we buy their boppeds. but for a truly healthy relationship, we need to infuse the u.s.-china relationship with shared val -- values. until that time, we should build a more cooperative agenda mple the united states and china can and should start collaborating on clean energy technology it is, stopping global pandemics and stopping piravcy. we also must have religious toll rens -- tolerance, respect for human rights, and democracy.
we need to create hundreds -- we need a policy for hundreds of millions of consumers for american products, but our relationship with india needs to go beyond simply products. the arc of countries beyond the pacific ocean borders some of the most important tride trading lanes in the entire wormed. those lanes are critical for the free flow of commerce and remain vulnerable to threats large and small. to that end, i welcome the indian navy's transformation to a blue water navy. at present i will increase our military cooperation with india with the expectations that they share responsibility in maintaining peace and security in this vital region. and recognizing india's emerging role, i will also support our allies bid to become a perm fluent member of the uns un--
u.n. security council. as is fitting, a country representing one-sixth of human man ti -- humanity. sixth, we must take care of our own neighborhood. for too long the united states has neglected its commitment to the countries in our back yard, the western hems sphere -- hemisphere. the result is escalating security concerns. latin america is not only a nation with whom we share a rich history, it is also a nation of untapped economic community. the u.s. exports three times as much to lat-in america as we do to china. but there is a terrifying surge in violence that threatens to disrupt this process. the wave of bloodshed and the
corruption and conclusion -- collusion has left 35,000 dead creating casualties even inside america's borders. mexico stands ready to stand with the united states in battling the drug war and we should continue cooperation including enhanced military cooperation. in guatemala, violence is resulting in an average of 55 murders per week, threatening an already overloaded justice system. these problems, though, are not contained within guatemala's borders. the country has emerged as a funnel for regional narco criminal activity, threatening our neighbors and ourselves. as president i will not accept the status quo. i will support our neighbors to quickly and sternly eliminate
these narcoterrorists. colombia offers a fine example of the benefits of american engagement and investment in our hemisphere. after years of drug violence, colombia, under the courageous leadership of president iribe, weakened the drug cartels while professionalizing its military and police forces. colombia now aspires to be a regional leader in latin america, and they are well on their way. there is also a tremendous protension in brazil, the world's fifth largest country and setchenth largest economy. brazil is rich with opportunity in the energy technology industries, which we should recognize with the initiative nation of bilateral trade norks. -- negotiations. by norging partnerships we can help develop economic stability throughout the region thus
creating an environment in which all the peoples of latin america can rise. we must not forget that peace and prosperity throughout our neighborhood promotes peace and prosperity at home. i'd like to close by sharing a thought from my time in china. emotionally one of the most powerful things i did as ambassador or could do, was meet with dissidents. i would do this frequently. sometimes i would go to them, sometimes they would come to the embassy. we did this quietly. it was a real peril for them and also closed some official doors to me. but what was always clear to me was that those seeking reform and change grew strength from our nation's values. point openness -- the openness,
the freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, and press. half a world away, they can see this country's light. dissidents around the world can see our nation's light. all the troops in the world cannot give you that light. you either have it or you don't. that is america's value in the world today. when we shine our light abroad, magnified by a strong core at home, we are invincible. ronald reagan said that america was an empire of ideals. ladies and gentlemen, if we maintain our empire of ideals, not only will we further the cause of liberty, human rights, free markets, and free enterprise abroad, we will strengthen it right here at home. and that is a cause around which
all of our citizens can and must unite. thank you for inviting me and for providing such warm hospitality. it is an honor to be with you all. [applause] >> we have time for a few questions. >> governor, thank you very much. one of the things you criticized the obama administration for, i think, was their failure of resulting in the palestinians going to the u.n. for a vote on statehood. knowing that the israeli settlement activity is the major bar to negotiations -- direct negotiations between the
parties, what would you have done to -- what will you do to make negotiations happen directly between the israelis and the palestinians? >> get back to the madrid understanding. get back to some of the progress made during the camp david accord. i mean, look at what has worked in the past. i think we must recognize in a region of change, now might not be the time for negotiations. we have to listen, i think, carefully to what leadership in israel has to say about the timing issue. if now is not the time, i don't think we can force the process. but what we can do during this time of uncertainty, is to stand shoulder to shoulder with israel and remind the world what it means to be a friend and ally of the united states. this we have not done in a very long time. so long as there is no blue sky between the united states and israel, it doesn't matter what plays out in the region. as long as we are focused on
israel's security and our strong alliance, it doesn't matter if there is a period of uncertainty like we have seen in generations past. that's what today i think is most important, is that public articulation to the world about what it means to be a friend and ally of the united states. now that is a statement that needs to be made with respect to israel. thank you. [applause] >> with your experience in china and so forth and their unwillingness to change the dollar value and so forth, would you put a tax on the products that come into the united states? >> china is moving its currency. although the progress has been painfully slow. when you look at the progress over the last year to year and a half, it has been maybe 5% to
8%. when you factor in inflation which is running at 5% or more in china, i mean together they have to be looked at to kind of get your net movement. they are moving not because the united states is telling them to move. not because europe is telling them to move, but because they are making an historic transition from the largest export machine this world has seen to a consumption-based model. and in order to allow their middle class to move up the economic ladder, they need a currency more tied to market value than where it is today, being 17% or 20% discounted. so they are moving based upon their own domestic interests. i would like to say that the united states based on the pressure that we put on them and have for a long time are causing that movement. i think that's part of it. in large part the chinese are moving because they see it as being in their interests to move. what i would like to see a president do is take the message
coming out of capitol hill, which is we're going to move legislation that's come out of the senate, it's moving to the house. i think ultimately that in practice would be bad, because it would result in a trade war. the last thing you need between the two top economies in the world is a trade war, particularly during a recession, for heaven's sake. it would impact all the people that can little afford a trade war, small business, or exporters just beginning or trying to get back on their feet. i would take that will of congress and sit down with the leadership of china in the great hall of the people and say, here is where my congress is coming from. we ought to be moving that currency forward a little faster and quickly. you need leverage in order to get things done with the chinese. part of my speech in getting back to strengthening our core is because i realize that in international negotiations with the chinese and beyond, we need leverage. and traditionally our leverage has been a strong economy where
we're able to negotiate trade agreements and trade alliances which are a greater value to most countries than anything else. when our country is weak, we have little leverage in negotiations. so does the will of congress and what they are talking about provide a little leverage at a time when we could use it? obviously it does. we will have our ups and downs with that bilateral relationship. we're 40 years into it. we began with billions in trade, soon to be the largest economic trade we have ever known. student exchanges. there are a lot of things that are ultimately good long-term. why? because of china doing more to protect intellectual property rights will allow more exports into their market as their consumer base strengthens overtime. that is a good thing for us. that's a job drat creator here in the united states.
for every billion dollars in the china market that's probably 10 to 12,000 jobs here on the home front. that's a good thing. i would like to see our ability to find more areas of collaboration with the chinese. we know where we degree. those disagreements will be tough and profound found and they are going to be broadcast in the headlights for the rest of the world. in order to balance what i think is the most important relationship as far as the eye can see in the 21st century we must do work in terms of finding work considered areas of common ground, whether that is regional security, whether that is economic rebalancing, whether that is new energy technologies, whether that is finding breakthroughs in human disease. you know, there are some things we ought to be working on where we can bring that which we both have in abundance and strength in trying to improve humankind. attacking pandemics in southern
africa, for example, we ought to be working on that. we're in it for the long term. the 21st century will be the century in which the united states and china try to forge a relationship both economically and with security. that is sustainable. we have a lot of work yet to go. it will require the kind of leadership that understands in intimate detail how the chinese system operates. knows their players. knows their history. and i bring this to the table unlike anyone else in the race. i'm looking forward to using that to help my country. >> if you can control congress. >> thank you. thank you. [applause] >> right down here. >> i like what you said about india. i think it makes a lot of sense. you said looking at their
population, but given the strained relationship between our country and pakistan, doesn't that have to provoke pakistan? >> of course it would provoke pakistan, and we have seen what they have done. they make certain diplomatic gestures to china to kind of counteract what we do. i think in the name of security in south asia, a strong u.s.-india relationship will be critical longer term. i think it serves our economic interests. i think it serves our security and military interests in providing greater stability in what has traditionally been a bigger part of the world. i like the idea of a fortified india that allows us the ability to see, understand, and interpret what is happening in the heart of south asia. we need more of that. we need more intelligence. we need to know where the bad actors are, who is funding them. we need to better understand the
medrasa movement, the way young people are being educated in parts of south asia. i think a stronger relationship with india would allow us to gain more of that kind of understanding. which longer term serves not only our security interests but the security interests of the region and the world. >> we have time for one more question. >> yes, sir. good to see you. >> in your speech you did not mention the united nations at all. i have two opposite questions. first, do you see the united nations as declining in influence in the world? secondly, do you see the united nations potentially threatening the sovereignty of the united states? >> i see the united states as playing a role in peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts. i see -- think some of that work has been done well. what i don't like is the inherent anti-americanism that i
find exists within the united nations. and at times, an anti-imple bias concerns me. -- and at times, an anti-israel bias concerns me. but as we are able to get on our feet and rebuild our economic core, that lows us to do more with other countries. make no mistake about it. the up undoesn't lead the world, the united states leads the world. we are in a better position to be able to do that when having a stronger economic foundation and shoring up relationships with friends and allies who again, need to be reminded what it means to be a friend and ally of the united states. thank you so much for having me. [applause] >> thank you all. [applause]
>> we have obligations, we have derivatives. what do you make of it? >> they are the largest exporter, probably in the world. our manufacturing base is only 10% of g.d.p. >> exactly. >> it was 25% when i was born. >> how do you get that? >> by creating an environment that attracts the manufacturing dollar.
we have a regulatory situation where the thrars are not coming in and manufacturing is not able to do what they want to do so they find alternatives. if we are smart enough -- look at my economic plans. >> look at germany. look at their tax structure. >> we are smart enough -- >> they are able to make it work. >> we are smart enough to get a tax policy rate and get the energy independence. if china falters economically, and there will be political questions beyond that, in terms of stability, that manufacturing dollar will look for alternatives. we should pgs our economy as being the premiere market for manufacturing. we can do it. >> do you think we can deregulate ourselves to beat asia? >> we have no choice. in terms of dodd-frank and regulations. we need to actually build a
manufacturing plant here. >> and what about -- without sacrificing our economy -- >> jobs. economic expansion pays schools, pays teacher what they are worth. it allows a research and development from a point which now we can't. we took our economy to number one. we created a flat tax in our state. the business that came in and the entrepreneurial activity that followed on to that was such that we were able to triple the rainy day fund and give teachers what they were worth. >> and you created a new tax structure. what do you do about hedge fund managers? >> it is appropriate regulation. no question about it. >> you have to find that power. >> thank you.
[indistinct conversation] >> thank you. >> take care. >> watch more video of the candidates. see what political reporters are saying, and track the latest campaign contribution with c-span's web site for campaign 2012 easy to use, it helps you navigate the political landscape with twitter feeds and uat