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say "hey, that loophole that is being taken advantage of by everyone needs to be addressed until we have not heard that yet. -- and we have not heard that yet. i wish there would be more risk coverage and more disclosure of the amount of huge sums of dollars being spent personally by the democrats, this regime in charge of our country today. itis over the top will stop is out of this world. it is the european aristocracy of 200 years ago, come to our country. i do not even know what to say to that. we have to rigorously look at all these expenditures to see if
they are out of control. host: oklahoma city, democrat all stop -- democrat. caller: the previous color and other colors who have had today at this constant inquiry about the president cost thatl and the costs, why is such a bone of contention. span is a place where people come to have a clan rally.0 klan -- klan president because the is black. other presidents traveled. no one ever complained and accused george bush of being a socialist, or all of these things.
president, he is going to need a lot of security. racism. it is amazing. host: we do understand the point. anything about congressional travel? caller: i think there should he some kind of oversight, and i think there should be some limit. but i am more concerned with the lobbyists, like the code rs,s, -- koch brothe monsanto, and the other private citizens who want laws that protect them and allow them free rein. and: back to your oversight setting limits comments. should that apply to presidential travel as well? caller: he does have a lot of oversight already. all presidents have oversight.
with theave to comply rules of congress. not just obama, but all presidents. cherry picking about who is the bad person and who is not is so suspicious. -- thoser those of its of us who have been in the business for some time, this is not the first time residential travel has been the focus of groups. stories about kennebunkport. why did bill clinton always go to martha's vineyard?
priceey paying a proper for the houses they rent? these issues of been explored in every administration i have seen in washington since the 1980's. >> we will take one or two more calls, and then wrap things up with our guest. these -- caller: lobbyists, i think they ought to be outlawed. is just bribery, if you think about it. it is just bribery, paying off the politicians, putting money in their pockets for what their goal is, not the people's goal. that is what i have to say. host: is there any aspect of this we have not talked about that you want to bring up, anything else we should know? guest: not really. i think it has been good to hear the opinions of people in the real world about this, and about the presidential stuff.
it gives us something to think about. guest: maybe it is something we can think about. the reuters washington bureau chief. thank you for your time. >> we take you live now to dublin, new hampshire. this is a fundraiser with texas senator ted cruz, one of the candidates we might see run for president in 2016. the chair of the new hampshire gop will introduce senator kelly ontte, and then we will move to ted cruz's remarks. tos is part of c-span's road the white house coverage, starting with music i a local singing group. group. local singing ♪ ♪
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[applause] >> thank you so -- is this on? thank you so much. can you help me one more time? what a beautiful, beautiful job. beautiful. horne, is jennifer chairman of the new hampshire republican party. thank you all for being part of this wonderful event. please also join me in saying thank you to our gracious host, the ambassador. [applause]
it is a great day to be a republican in the great state of new hampshire. there are so many great opportunities ahead of us. we face a lot of challenges in new hampshire and in our country. when good republicans stand together and take core republican principles, and translate that into legislation, into policy, everyone benefits. when we take the principles of limited government, limited spending, unlimited opportunity, that raises up everyone in our community, no matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, or how you vote. those are principles that help our community and nation be stronger. that is what tonight is all about. we are so grateful for your help as we start to accumulate the resources we need to win elections in new hampshire in 2014. i want to be clear that when
election day comes around, the republican party is going to win back the house in concord. we are going to increase our majority in the senate all stop we are going to win all three of our federal seats. and i swear to you, we are winning back the corner office once and for all. [applause] i would like to introduce you very quickly -- we have a couple of potential candidates with us today. we have karen chesterman to our right, who is thinking of running for office. rubens, who saw jim is also considering a run. is senator bradley here? senator, i hope we will see your name on the ticket. justlooking at some -- i want to point out these examples of what happened when republicans stand up and take those core principles that are
so important to our party, and apply them to leadership. we can look at the budget in new hampshire. what did our esteemed governor offer us, right out of the gate? a budget that was balanced on nonexistent to see no funds. programsd to fund real with make-believe money. thankfully, because of leadership in the senate, because of the leadership they good,, we ended up with a strong republican budget that is balanced, that will serve the needs of our state, and is not going to lead us back into another $9 million worth of debt. thank you for your leadership. and then we can look to washington. we have two different senators in our state. we have senator jeanne shaheen, who i have heard more than once to be called jeanne shaheen the who has voted,
for every big government, big spending program that president obama has offered, right down the line. has cast aheen supportive vote for everything on obamacare that has come down. let me remind you, senator shaheen, who signed a letter to the irs, asking them to look more closely at some of these targeting american citizens for their political views. on the other side, we have senator kelly ayotte. [applause] she has been a loud, clear, principled voice for the people of new hampshire since the day she got elected. not only has she been fighting for common sense things like a balanced budget. she has been a leading voice on demanding the truth about what happened in benghazi. she has stood up -- [applause]
and she is not backing down on that. [applause] you got such a good response, i forgot what i was going to say next. remembered, she has been a strong and supportive voice. even when she knows a vote is going to be difficult, nose and vote is going to cost her, she stands up and does what is right. she did that for us on the gun vote, even though she knew she was going to be targeted all stop she stood up and did the right thing. [applause] michael bloomberg thought he could come into this date and tell us what we were going to think about our senator. so pleased i have the honor to serve as chairman of our great hearty while senator ayotte is serving as our senator. privilegeeasure and a to be able to introduce her today. please help me welcome senator kelly ayotte. [applause]
>> thank you. thank you so much. i am deeply honored to be here tonight, especially with my wing man, joe, who is with me. i want to thank joe. at the ambassador and augusta, everything they have done for the party, and time and time and again hosting this event, their activism -- we are so blessed to have great americans like augusta and joe petrone. thank you so much, both of you. ambassador, you are wonderful. and i want to thank our party chairman, janitor horn -- je horn, for her dedication, for her tenacity.
she does not back down from a fight. principles,or our and she works very, very hard. we are grateful for what you are doing for our party. i know that jennifer and all of you are working incredibly hard to make sure that 2014 is a winning year here in new hampshire for republicans. ad i will tell you this -- winning year we need not just in new hampshire, but we need to take back the united states senate for republicans. [applause] what is at stake? we know what is at stake. what is at stake is, we live in the greatest nation in our. we are so blessed to live here in this country. trillion in debt, and a president who wants to keep
spending and spending. it is only because republicans have control of the house that there has been any stop on that spending. when you think about obamacare and what it is doing to our --inesses, to individuals what about the rest of us americans? law has to go, and it has to be repealed. we need more republicans in the united states senate and in congress to keep the majority in the house and the senate to make sure that happens. i know i see it every day. joe is a small business owner. each of you have sent it -- have felt it in your business. republicans have ideas about how we can use market-based principles to drive down health care costs and to make health care better in quality and give people more choice, not less choice, like this president is doing to average americans with obamacare. and finally, the defense of our
nation. look at what is happening around the world right now. jennifer talked about benghazi. we need republicans in the united states senate. we need to hold people accountable for what happens to those poor brave americans. [applause] and i can tell you that i am not going to give up this fight for the truth, and to hold people accountable, to make sure this never happens again. the same thing for the irs. that the irs would target americans for their viewpoints -- so absolutely wrong. engaged in, not but here in new hampshire, across the country, to make sure we can win back a majority in the united states senate in 2014, and then go and take on the white house, a republican
president in 2016. that will make the difference for this nation. we are the party of opportunity. we are the party of growth, the party that wants to give people the opportunity, the american dream, that you can do anything in this country with personal responsibility, work ethic. nothing can stop you in this country. and i am so proud to be here tonight. i know someone whose family story, and his own personal story, demonstrates what you can do as an american living in the greatest country on earth, with the american dream. beis my honor tonight to here with my colleague, ted cruz. i want to tell you a little story about ted, because i met him long before i came to the united states senate.
that was when i was involved in a little fight when i was attorney general, and i took a case to the united states supreme court. took to thee i supreme court defending our parental notification law. and i know many of you followed that case. ted was solicitor general when i was attorney general. and he filed a brief on behalf of the state of new hampshire. just any brief. let me tell you how smart this guy is. on grief that he filed behalf of the state of new hampshire was instrumental in us winning that case. i want to thank ted for that. knew that was not going to be the last that i was going to see of ted cruz. low and behold, he has come to
washington. he has come and take in on with a storm. he has passion. he has principles. and he is very smart. i am honored to introduce my colleague and friend, ted cruz. [applause] >> thank you very, very much. ayotte is a rock star. [applause] is me tell you, your senator tough as granite. advocate ofstronger the men and women in our military in the u.s. senate then kelly ayotte -- than kelly
ayotte. and there is no one tougher going to get the truth about what happened in benghazi then kelly ayotte. -- than kelly ayotte. is part of a new generation of leaders that are stepping forward. let me say on behalf of texas, and on behalf of americans across our great nation, thank you to the state of new hampshire for your tremendous senator, kelly ayotte. i also want to thank the ambassador and augusta for your tremendous hospitality, for opening up this incredible home, for bringing a texan from the thiss of houston to exquisite vista that is truly breathtaking.
pretty sure you can actually see canada from here. [laughter] so i appreciate you going above and beyond to welcome me. [applause] and i will note, as i went upstairs in the home, that augusta had a bumper sticker said,g on the stairs that "stop crying. shoot back." [applause] you makeis really how a texan feel at home. [laughter] thank jennifer for your incredible hard work bringing this together, bringing everyone here.
i want to thank all of you for traveling. hours, of you traveled from all over the place, to be here. thank you. thank you, thank you. i do need to begin with a warning. by virtue of your coming here tonight, tomorrow morning, each of you will be audited i the irs. -- by the irs. [laughter] the strength of -- the courage of your convictions. this week, our eldest daughter, caroline, started kindergarten. the nelson week in cruz household. was giddy, bouncing off
the walls. we were with some friends. we were going out to dinner. caroline wanted to drive with them. there was no space at the bar. she proceeded to fall down to the ground, kicked, yellow, and scream, and throw a total fit. i know none of you have had kids do anything like that. my wife, heidi, is tough. she had a very stern conversation with caroline. dinner was almost canceled, and then it was not. we went to dinner. we went back to the hotel room. heidi and i are kneeling with caroline as she is saying her prayers. caroline looks up, and she goes, dear jesus, today, we had a situation. [laughter] sorry, but it is not going to happen again.
[laughter] heidi and i just bit our tongues. thato laugh out loud at precious, precious prayer. and you know what? every oney each and of us is here today. of our kids.ecause we are here because of our grandkids. we are here because we are worried about the direction this country is going. and we are here because we want to make sure our kids and grandkids have every bit of opportunity, and even more, that we were blessed to have. i want to come here today with just a word of hope and optimism. incredible is happening, i am convinced. inare seeing a new paradigm
politics that is changing the rules. that new paradigm is the rise of the grassroots. politicsno power in like the grassroots. i want to talk about the grassroots in the past, in the present, and in the future. in the past, i want to give the example of my race for senate in texas. we launched the campaign, january of 2011, i was at 2% in the polls. the margin of error was 3%. [laughter] those were our real poll numbers. i am not making that up. i was really, really excited with those numbers. out to mei pointed that technically i could have been at negative one percent.
$50nded up going through a million primary, the most expensive in the country. we were outspent three to one. in nasty,llion personal, ugly attack ads. midway through, heidi is watching all those ads. she turns to me and says, goodness, gracious. i did not know you were such a rotten guy. and what we saw happen was incredible. we saw grassroots leaders throughout texas. likew a republican women my friend sylvia manley. we saw tea party leaders, business leaders, community activists come together, men and women, to begin knocking on doors, sending e-mails, getting on facebook and twitter, reaching out to everyone they knew, saying, we cannot keep
doing what we have been doing. we have to turn things around. despite being outspent three to one, we went from 2% in the polls to not just winning, but winning the primary by 14 points and the general by 16 points. [applause] that was a testament to the grassroots. it was a testament to the power of men and women across the state, with a passion to turn our country around. i do not think i have ever been thatof anything in my life was more humbling and inspiring. i will tell you a true story from the campaign trail. i was up in lubbock, texas, during the run-up -- runoff.
an older gentleman came up to me and put his hand on my shoulder. he said, i am 74 years old. i am retired. $2500 for the primary out of my retirement savings. he said, tonight, i am giving you another $2500 for the runoff out of my retirement savings. because if we do not stop what is happening in this country, my retirement is going away. lookis powerful, when you in someone's eyes, and they are saying, please help us turn things around. let us talk about the threats. one of the first fights i was privileged to be part of in the senate was standing side-by-side with my friend, senator rand paul, in his 13 hour filibuster on drugs. [applause]
when that started, it was 11:47 a.m. that rand paul went to the floor of the senate. most of our colleagues thought what he was doing was strange, carry it -- curious, even quixotic. the first senators to show up to support him were mike lee and myself. what happened is, the american people began to get engaged. country, people became fixated by c-span. [laughter] a phrase that does not occur naturally in the english language. i say to our good friends at c- span. [laughter] -- we sawght to people all over the country going online, speaking out, saying, defend our constitutional rights. it was incredible. as the day went on, one senator
after another came to the floor of the senate will stop a number had gone home to dinner, and their staffs would say, get back here. you would see colleagues of mine coming to the floor of the senate saying, the tweedy thing is happening. i need to be here. for 13 hours, the american people spoke up, and spoke loudly. because of the involvement of the grassroots, the next day, president obama was forced to do what he had refused to do for three consecutive weeks, which was admit in writing that the constitution limits his authority to target u.s. citizens. [applause] that was a bit. of the grassroots. that could not have been done from washington. that could only have been done
from the american people. the next fight we got involved in was the battle over guns. ,e all remember the horrific heart tragedy in newtown, connecticut. unfortunately, following that tragedy, president obama did not come out and say, let us go after violent criminals. let us do everything we can to stop violent crime. we ought to come down on them like a ton of bricks. [applause] but unfortunately, president obama instead tried to use that as an excuse to go after the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. biden --ident joe [laughter] you know, you do not need a punchline. [laughter]
just say his name. people laugh. but vice president joe biden told all of us. he said, if anybody a tax or house, just go outside with a double barrel shotgun, and fire both barrels in the air, which is very, very good advice, if it so happens you are being attacked by a flock of geese. [laughter] but let me tell you, that fight in the early days and weeks, that fight looked unwinnable. the momentum was entirely with the president. all of the media told us it could not be won, and there were lots of senators on the edge, waiting. a handful of senators stood up and said, we will filibuster any
amends the that second amendment right to keep and bear arms. [applause] was exactlyd next the same thing that happened with drones. what happened next was, the american people began getting involved, began tweeting, began calling their senators and saying, defend our bill of rights. you one of the most effective defenders we have of the second amendment. the second amendment is your senator, kelly ayotte. and any new york mayor -- [bboos] who thinks he can come up here and believe the senator from new hampshire seems a little
confused by the concept of "live free or die." [applause] but as a result of the american people getting engaged, all of the senators that were on the fence, that were thinking about going with the president, that were agonizing when it came the day for the vote -- every single proposal of president obama's that would have undermined the second amendment right to keep and bear arms was voted down on the floor of the senate. [applause] that is the power of the grassroots. that is the new paradigm we are seeing. let us talk about the future. in my view, the top priority for every republican should be to champion growth and opportunity.
[applause] in the last four years, our economy has grown, on average, 0.9% a year. to put that in context, there is only one other period post world war ii of four consecutive growth of -- four consecutive years of no growth, on average. that was coming out of jimmy carter, and it was the same economic policy. it produced the exact same economic stagnation. i think restoring economic growth ought to be a bipartisan executive. priorityto be the top of every elected official, republican or democrat. growth is foundational to
everything else. if you want to turn around unemployment, we have to have gross. if you want to maintain the strongest military in the world to protect our national security, you have got to have gross. growth. [applause] how do you get growth? three simple steps. reining in the out-of- control spending and unsustainable debt in washington . [applause] last fall, i had the privilege of speaking at the republican convention down in tampa. i talked about our little girls. that evening, heidi and i got back to the hotel room, about 1:30 in the morning. i pulled out my iphone, looking at twitter.
it so happens that all of poundstone, the comedian, was watching the convention that night. i guess she did not have anything better to do. she sent a tweet. she said, ted cruz just said when his daughter was born, the national debt was $10 trillion. now, it is $16 trillion. what the heck did she do? [laughter] heidi and i laughed so hard we almost fell out of bed. i said that at another gathering, and a guy at the backside, "so it is her fault!" but you know what, caroline is five. , our nationalife debt has grown over 60%. what we are doing to our kids and grandkids is fundamentally immoral. it is wrong.
if we do not turn back from this past, they are going to spend their whole adult lives not working to meet the challenges of the future, but working to pay off the debts that we are racking up. our parents did not do that to us. --ir parents did not do the do that to them. there are a lot of people in the media that say anyone who was elected with support from the tea party -- those guys are radical. they are extreme. i have to chuckle at that. it is only in washington, d.c. that it is considered radical to want to live within your means. [applause] it is only at the united states capitol that it is considered extreme not to want to bankrupt
our kids and grandkids. step to restoring economic growth is fundamental tax reform. [applause] our tax code is far too complicated. it is far too byzantine. there are more words in the irs code than there are in the bible. a one of them is as good. every year, we spend roughly 500 compliance,s on tax on lawyers, on accountants. that is roughly the entire budget of our military. and it is pure deadweight loss. as we like to say in texas, it does not produce a single truck or cardiac -- or tortilla. and we have seen the abuses from the irs. we have seen the irs targeting
the political enemies of president obama. we have seen the irs asking citizen groups, tell us what books you are reading. prepare a book report on the books you are reading. we have seen them telling other citizens, tell us the content of your prayers. you know what? no federal government has business asking any american the content of our prayers. [applause] on one level, this scandal reflects the corruption and abuse of power in the obama administration. in another level, it is indicative of too much power in washington. when the federal government thinks it has that much power over our lives, it does not matter why -- matter which party
is in power. something is wrong. that is why the simplest and best solution is, we should abolish the irs. [applause] we should move to a simple, fair flat tax, so that -- [applause] outvery american can fill his or her taxes on a postcard will stop -- postcard. d.c., that is what is known as crazy talk. let us be very, very clear. abolishing the irs, that is not going to be easy.
the reason is, there is an army of lobbyists on k street who make hundreds of millions of dollars getting exemptions to the tax code. frankly, there are career politicians in both parties, with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. i do not know how many of y'all have run across management consultants, but they have a big, called bhags -- hairy, audacious goals. abolishing the irs is a big, hairy audacious goal. but if i am right that we are seeing a new paradigm, the ability of the american people to hold elected officials accountable, it is only through that new paradigm that we can get that done. restoringpiece to economic growth is regulatory reform.
president obama has unleashed on smalls like locusts businesses, destroying jobs. the only problem is, you cannot use insecticide on the regulators. [laughter] that is tough. i am like -- there is someone in the back going, want to bet? there is no more important regulatory reform we could do them to repeal every single word of obamacare. [applause]
we are, right now, in the middle of a fight. believe, the single best opportunity we have had to actually succeed in stopping obama care. 30, 38 days from the continuing resolution that funds the federal government expires. i have publicly pledged, along with a number of other senators, that under no circumstances will i support a continuing resolution that funds even one penny of obama care. [applause] let me take a couple of minutes talking about this. in terms of why it is important, and how we can win.
there is bipartisan agreement right now that obama care is not working. the lead author, democrat senator max baucus, has publicly described it as a huge train wreck. that is the guy who wrote it. now, maybe he did not read it. [laughter] the president of the teamsters, said huff, has publicly obama care is destroying the 40 hour workweek that is the backbone of the american middle class. that is not me saying that -- that is the teamsters. the irs employees union has publicly asked to be exempted from obamacare. these are the guys in charge of enforcing it on us. most strikingly, president obama has now unilaterally and lawlessly exempted members of congress from obamacare. that is exactly right. it is shameful.
that happened after harry reid and senate democrats sat down in a closed-door meeting, where according to public reports, they basically begged, let us out from under obamacare. think the biggest divide in washington is not a divide between republicans and democrats. a divide between entrenched politicians in both parties, and the american people. [applause] and there is no better example of that than the president's decision to exempt members of congress from obama care. obama care is the single biggest job killer in this country. a couple of days ago, i was down in kerrville, a strong -- a town in texas in the hill country. i sat down with business owners and said, share with me an issue
that is weighing on your heart. totally open-ended question. over half said, the single biggest obstacle my business faces is obamacare. said, we have 30, 40 employees in our business. we have great opportunities to expand. but if we get over 50 employees, we are subject to obamacare, then that will drive us out of business. one woman owned several fast food restaurants. she said, almost with tears in her eyes, that she has been forced to reduce the hours of every single employee on her staff to 29 hours a week or less. she said, many of these employees have worked for us 10, 20 years. familiesot feed their on 29 hours a week. but if we go out of business, they cannot feed their families either. another fellow at a manufacturing company described
how much -- described how, much to his chagrin, he was forced to move manufacturing overseas to china. to 200 good manufacturing jobs i want to have in the united states, that we cannot be competitive in the marketplace with that cost, and i am forced to send it overseas. just this week, ups sent a letter to 18,000 employees, saying they were dropping spousal coverage, telling those employees, your husbands and wives all just lost their health insurance. we all remember president obama telling the american people, if you like your health insurance, you can keep it will stop every day, that is becoming less and less true. how do we win this fight? a lot of people will tell you this fight is not winnable. a lot of people will tell you --
let me tell you what i think should happen. the house of representatives should pass a continuing resolution that funds the entirety of the federal government, every bit of it, except obama care. [applause] and they should explicitly ,rohibit spending any money mandatory or discretionary, on funding obama care. we have seen this play before. president obama and harry reid will scream and yell. those mean, nasty republicans are threatening to shut down the government. we ought to do something republicans have not done in a long time -- stand up and win the arguments.
[applause] we need to say, listen -- we have voted to fund the government. we do not want to shut the government down. president obama has granted waivers to giant corporations. why is president obama threatening to shut the government down to deny those waivers to american families? that is an argument we can win. a president obama forces partial temporary shutdown, and you have an impasse, you have two sides will stop the impasse ends when one side or the other blanks. -- blinks. the media always says that president obama will never, ever abandon his principles, so republicans have to abandon hours? -- ours? you want to know how we win? don't blink. [applause]
at this point, i am going to be brutally honest. fight if the this ordinary rules of washington apply. if the forms in which i need to make this argument are the smoke-filled rooms of washington, d.c., we cannot win this argument. cannot be done. is someone ok over there? ok. let us just hold off a minute and make sure she is all right will stop -- all right. ok.
the ordinary rules of washington will not win this fight. i cannot win this fight. mike lee cannot win this fight. there is no elected politician in washington who can win this fight. only you can win this fight. the only way this fight can be n is if i am right that we are seeing a new paradigm, a new model, the rise of the grassroots. reporters are saying, how is it going, convincing your colleagues in washington? plan to defund obamacare has been called deceptive, deceitful, nuts, crazy, stupid, and wacko. that is just by republicans. in answer i give to friends the fourth estate is, i am not trying to convince my colleagues will stop i am -- my colleagues. i am trying to make the case to the american people.
a website has been launched -- dontfundit.com. i would urge you to sign it, call your elected representative, and get 10, 50 of your friends to do the same. know, in just a few weeks, we have gotten over a half-million signatures on the website? in just a few weeks. the only way we will win this grassroots we see a sunol me. if between now and september 30, we see millions upon millions of petition,signing the
speaking out, and holding our elected officials accountable. there is nothing that gets a politician's attention more than hearing from his or her constituents. the bertie is never safer than when politicians are terrified. -- liberty is never safer than when politicians are terrified. i am here to ask for your help. if you agree we should bring -- we needbring back your help in the next 30 days to get as many people as possible to come together and hold our elected officials accountable. everyone of us, including me. [applause] us, includingf me. let me tell you the most
important reason economic growth is important. because it is foundational to opportunity. to helpingational people achieve the american dream. for a long time, i have advocated what i call opportunity conservatism. every policy should focus like a laser on opportunity, on how it impacts the least off among us -- young people, hispanics, african-americans, single moms, those struggling to climb the economic ladder. the dirty little secret jew in the media will tell you is that people who have been hurt most -- theobama economy dirty little secret those in the media will not tell you is that people who have been hurt the most by obama economy are those who could not take it.
you think limit is over 25%. when you -- youth unemployment is over 25%. when you pound corporations with massive regulations, it is not the ceo's that get hurt. if you were flying in a private jet, you are still flying in a private jet. the people getting hurt are those struggling to climb the economic ladder. those finding their hours forcibly reduced our single moms, trying to put food on the table for their kids. the last election, jay leno said, right before the election, the obama campaign is targeting first-time voters. of coarse he is. the second time voters have all graduated. they cannot find a job. [applause] we should be the party of the
47%. party of thosee climbing the economic ladder. you know what? the american free enterprise system has been the greatest engine of prosperity and opportunity the world has ever seen. no nation on earth has allowed so many millions to come from all over the world with nothing, and achieve anything. i want to close with two final observations. in my life, as in all of your lives, freedom and opportunity are not abstract concepts. they are not things we read about in a book. they are personal. in my family, my dad is from cuba. he grew up in cuba. when he was 14, he began fighting the cuban revolution. he was thrown in prison and
tortured i the batista regime, beaten almost to death. today, my father is a pastor in dallas. to this day, his front teeth are not his own, because they were kicked out of his mouth when he was a teenager. my dad fled cuba in 1957. he came to texas. when he landed in austin at 18 years old, he could not speak a word of english. he had $100 sewn into his underwear. i do not advise carrying money in your underwear. he got a job washing dishes. he made $.50 an hour. he worked seven days a week. he paid his way to the university of texas. he went on to get a job. he started a small business. he worked toward the american dream. when i was a kid, my dad used to say to me, over and over again, when we faced depression in
cuba, i had a place to flee to. [applause] my entire life, my dad had been my hero. you know what i find most incredible about his story? how commonplace it is. everyone of us here has a story just like that, whether it is us or our parents or great grandparents. we are all the children of those who risked everything. for freedom. us could walk up here one at a time and tell those stories. i am going to suggest that is the most fundamental dna of what it means to be an american, to value freedom and opportunity above all else. that is why we are going to succeed in turning this around.