tv Washington This Week CSPAN November 17, 2013 12:00am-2:01am EST
i could go out -- jack would see it was getting me down. he would send me away. he would say why don't you go to new york, go see your sister in italy, then he sent me to greece which was for a sad reason this year. but he thought i was getting depressed after losing patrick. he would say, i can go out, i can go to the restaurant in new york and walk down a street and look at an antique shot or go to a nightclub. i used to think -- inused to worry about going into the white house. but then you find out that it was really the happiest time in my life. but then you find out that it was really the happiest time in my life. >> i used to worry but then i find out they were the happiest years of my life. >> i think that was january. i think here's a case she had a bigger impact as first lady in
all sorts of areas we talked about tonight but may not have been the one that people thought about at the time she served. >> transformational first lady. she set the stage for those to follow? how so? >> her generation was abridged between traditional wives and mothers and the post women's liberation of the modern era. would say that's exactly how she was as first lady. and afterwards, much more modern, much more full partners with their husbands and picking a particular policy to work on. >> michael beschloss, book of the jackie kennedy tapes is widely available or you can get the book and listening to her in her own voice. >> wonderful. >> jaclyn kennedy's first lady of the new frontier. thank you for being at the table.
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of each first lady. it is available for the discounted price of $12.95 plus shipping. our website has more about the first ladies, including a special section, welcome to the white house, produced by a partner of our white house historical association rated chronicles the tenure of each of the first ladies. in new martin o'malley hampshire. he was the keynote speaker hosted by the democratic party. this is part of c-span's his road to the white house 2060 coverage. it is a little more than an hour and a half. [applause]
thank you to ray and all of the team in new hampshire at the democratic party for your work in putting together this dinner tonight. it is no surprise that with such a great team, we had a very successful election day this year in and off-year in towns and cities across the state. you cannot rest on your laurels, however, because 2014 is coming up and it is really important to a lot of us. [applause] i want to take a moment of personal privilege tonight because i want to introduce my
husband, billy, who is here with me. [applause] i also want to introduce the newest elected official in the shaheen family, stephanie, who is a newly-elected counselor from portsmouth. she is here with her husband, craig. it is great to have you here with me tonight. it is really wonderful to have my old friend martin o'malley here today and all of the marylanders that are joining us. thank you all for being here. i've known him since he gary hart campaign in 1984. i was the campaign manager and
he was a young field staffer. i promised i would not tell any of the stories about these days. we knew back then that martin had a great future. he is a terrific governor in maryland. i get to hear the maryland news all the time in d.c. and he has done wonderful things in his state. we appreciate his being here tonight to help us kick off
2014. [applause] i really think we might be hearing more from him soon. you know, we have got an historic opportunity in 2014 to keep our all-women allegation to congress. [applause] you know and you can hear from what they said tonight that they are fighting every day for the people of new hampshire.
they are making a difference for working families across the state. it is wonderful to be here with our great governor, maggie hassan. [applause] she is doing such a terrific job. no one is even going to take her on. [applause] of course, you all know that i am running for reelection in 2014. [applause] you might have heard that scott brown -- [crowd boos] scott brown from massachusetts is still thinking about running against me. let me say something nice about scott brown in case he does become a fellow citizen. [laughter] he will give you the shirt off his back and i have seen the photos to prove it. [applause]
one of the issues that congress is dealing with is immigration reform. some people think that people are sneaking across our borders, trying to get jobs they don't qualify for. [laughter] that is enough about scott brown. [laughter] [applause] there are two announced republican candidates for the senate -- jim reuben and karen
and hesterman. that should be quite a primary. [laughter] for those of you that "dancing with the stars" might go off the air, this will be a new source of entertainment. to get serious tonight, you him him know, the republicans think that the difficulties at we have had with enrolling as you we have had with enrolling people in the new as a affordable care act are you are you -- going to be their road to victory in 2014. but let me tell you something.
we all know this in this room. every american deserves affordable, quality health care. [applause] that is why we are going to make the affordable care act work. i'm not going to back down from a fight to make sure i do everything to make this law work, and i will not be intimidated just like the rest of you democrats are not going to be intimidated by the lies and the attacks. [applause] because -- do the republicans plan to make health care more affordable or more available?
insurance when you get sick. that is not a plan. that is a return to the same, old broken system we had before and we are not going to go back. [applause] we just saw in washington that a small group of tea party republicans were willing to shut down the government and ring us to the version of the fault because they want to repeal the affordable care act. they preferred this country to lurch from one manufactured crisis to the next instead of giving small businesses and
families the certainty they need. here, in new hampshire, tea party republicans blocked a state-run health exchange. now they are trying to block medicaid coverage for tens of thousands of people in this state who need health care. we cannot back down. we owe it to families and small businesses to keep fighting for good health care, to keep fighting for good-paying jobs, to keep fighting for affordable higher education, to keep fighting for a woman's right to choose. to keep fighting for veterans that defend us every day. to keep fighting for lgbt rights. [applause] in just six weeks it is going to be 2014. we've all said it -- a critical election year. it will determine whether this country continues to move forward or whether we turn the clock back. i am honored to be holding one of your united states senate seats. it is your senate seat. you decide who gets to hold it. i hope you have decided i get the privilege to hold a for another term. thank you for everything you do for the democratic party and this country. thank you. [applause] >> let's give it up for senator jeanne shaheen. [applause] there are those out there, especially those in the tea party, that think that the working men and women of this country are the enemy. there are those in the tea party who believe that the causes of organized labor is not because that they should stand for. i want every member of organized labor to stand tonight and thank them for the work that they do every single day. [applause] because of organized labor, because of the working man and women, it is because of the democratic party. we will stand with you and always will. thank you for the work that you do.
i would like to also thank the finance committee of the answer democratic party starting with the finance chair, senator debbie reynolds. [applause] mark connolly. [applause] larry sylvan. [applause] let's give them all a big round of applause. i also want to thank this opportunity to take all the staff members of the democratic party. let's give them another round of applause for all the work they have done. [applause]
i'd like to thanks the sponsors of tonight's dinner. dr. jeffrey clark. [applause] the democratic governor's association. [applause] i'd like to make a special thank you to the new hampshire firefighters. let's give them a round of applause. [applause] you might want to reach under your seat, because a lucky few of you have a new hampshire firefighters first in the nation primary t-shirt taped to the bottom of your seat. i hope so, at least.
does anyone have one? [applause] i'd like to think the dinner cochair, susan all mean. the american federation of teachers. jimmy brewster. larry drake and joan jacob. the international union of painters and allied trade. the national air traffic controllers association. the national association of letter carriers. damien o doherty. the united food and commercial workers and waste management. let's give them all a big round of applause. [applause] bernie ben and victoria cogan. harold and elizabeth janeway. the laborers' international union. andrea white. let's give them all a big round of applause. [applause] our sponsors, the american postal workers union. shannon shanley. alice chamberlain. max karen. andrew hosmer. molly kelly. joan lombardi. senator sylvia larsen.
senator peggy gilmour. helen lowenstein. liberty mutual. jason line. national education association of new hampshire. ryan o doherty. mark fuentes. donna siouxsie. lc van buren. our table sponsors. charles kuntz. nixon fogelman. and the rest of the phone book. thank you all for sponsoring and our auction donators, owners of the notch a win in. bernie, ben, and vivian cogan. let's give them all a big round of applause. [applause] you know, senator shaheen mentioned that the former senator -- i don't know how many years he was senator. i'm feeling pretty good. he came in new hampshire the week before city elections and campaign for two candidates.
one lost by 10 points even though he was an incumbent. the second lost 75% and 25%. scott, oman up and help all those republicans. and you thought i was going to do a shirtless joke, didn't you? >> it is my honor to introduce the counselor from district four, christopher. please welcome him to the podium. [applause] >> thank you, raymond. thank you, democrats. welcome. i just have to say that it is no accident that democrats have one eight out of their last nine gubernatorial elections in the state of new hampshire.
governor shaheen and lynch build a track record for this party that voters have come to trust and note. our current governor, governor hassan has turned the page after two long years of bill o'brien and the tea party control. she is working in a quarter to fashion with the legislature and with a great team of commissioners and state leaders. against the backdrop of manufactured crises in government, she is overseeing a state that is working and delivering results for our
economic, health, and education future. she is leading an effort to innovate our economy. she signed an historic bipartisan budget that begins to reinvest in key priorities. she has lost a plan to repair new hampshire poshard neglected mental health care system. she is doing the responsible thing by expanding medicaid to cover 50,000 individuals the needed in the state. she has won an unprecedented tuition freeze at state universities and community colleges. [applause] friends, this is just the start of an unprecedented and the stink of tenure in the corner office.
i hope you are as proud as i am to stand with her. i am proud that she is our governor and so proud of the work that she does on behalf of the citizens of the state. please give a warm, rousing welcome to our great governor, maggie hassan. [applause] >> thank you. thank you very much. please be seated. thank you. well, thank you chris for the introduction. more importantly, for your dedicated service to the people of manchester and new hampshire on the executive council. [applause] it is a real pleasure to work by your side. and a belated happy birthday to our chairman, the one and only ray buckley. [applause]
i know that all he wanted for your birthday was a packed house for the j.j. mission accomplished. [applause] congratulations to you and the tireless staff of the new hampshire democratic artie for putting together another fantastic event and for your work day in, day out. thank you. ray, you and your staff have continued to make our victories possible. with democratic wins across the state just this month, including a huge win for our newest state representative. [applause] thank you as well to my friend, speaker carried terry nerelli and sylvia larsen, and to all of the hard-working representatives
and senators with us tonight. take you for standing up for the priorities that matter to granite-staters. i also want to acknowledge our amazing women leaders in washington. genie, it is no surprise that you got to standing ovations. a special thank you to our two congresswomen as well. [applause] given the tea party driven dysfunction down in washington, you have all got tough jobs, but you are fighting every day to bring common-sense solutions to congress. thank you. [applause] and it is really great to welcome my friend and fellow governor, martin o'malley. [applause]
thank you, governor o'malley, for your support, advice, and guidance throughout our campaign in 2012 and being a true friend of new hampshire. as governor o'malley knows, whenever i meet with our counterparts from other states i always tell them that i truly believe that new hampshire does democracy better than anywhere else. [applause] every year, 424th citizen legislatures go to concorde. they get paid all of $100 a year to present their neighbors and community. even more importantly, citizens from all walks of life come to concorde to testify. not only that, they actually expect their legislatures to listen to them, and expectation through most of our history as a
state that was worn through experience. unfortunately, that was not the case during the tea party legislature. they were a different breed. all of that changed one year ago. yeah, you can clap for that. [applause] one year ago, we listened to the people of new hampshire, and the people of new hampshire responded by voting for democrats up and down the ballot. now the traditions of collaboration and common-sense problem solving have returned to concorde. we are helping to innovate good jobs that can support a middle- class by doubling the research and development tax credit and freezing college tuition. [applause] no more slashing the state's
budget where we are at our most vulnerable. we are working to fix our mental health system. [applause] no more threats to hurt our hard-working families with right to work for less. [applause] instead, instead, we are helping people access higher education and job training so they can work or more money in better jobs. [applause] no more talk about taking away the right of women and families to make their own health care decisions. we are fighting to expand health coverage for our working families. [applause] new hampshire democrats are listening to the people of our state and focusing on what matters to them, how we can improve their lives. that is what our great democracy is all about. our founders vision, of being a truly self-governing and successful people, where ordinary people could have an equal voice in decision-making was considered revolutionary. our founding fathers recognized that the freedom to self- government and the ability to succeed economically are intertwined. that was their genius. it only works we listened to those who will represent and take steps to make a difference in their lives. right now we have the opportunity to make a difference for more than 80,000 hard- working people by accepting $2.5 billion in federal funds to expand medicaid. [applause] we know that it is the right
thing to do for the health and economic security of our families and for strengthening a recovering economy. i believe this is one of the most important and meaningful steps we could possibly take for the economic future of our state and the well-being of our families. we all want medicaid expansion to move forward. the people of new hampshire want medicaid expansion to move forward. that is why terry, sylvia, and i have been willing to offer the significant compromise we have put forward on the framework for expanding health coverage for our working families. coverage for health care workers, coverage for teaching
assistants, coverage for retail employees, coverage for construction and restaurant workers. real people, real lives. [applause] we have offered to accept the senate framework for expanding coverage, but only in a way that will actually ensure that our working families have timely, consistent, reliable access to health insurance. there are now two bills on expanded coverage that
legislators will consider this week and the bills are very, very close. but what separates them now is not philosophy -- it is reality. in reality, we can only seize this opportunity or expanded coverage if we have a plan that works. and as everyone in this room knows, the republican bill simply doesn't. and listening to the people we represent means understanding that they don't want us to pass something that will end in failure. as much as we want to pass expansion, in this case, the bad
deal that the senate republicans are offering will hurt our citizens and our state more than no deal at all. [applause] we can't put working people in a situation where their health coverage will be taken away because one party insisted on arbitrary, unrealistic deadlines. we can't throw away the opportunities to bring competition to our health insurance marketplace. competition that will help make it more affordable for all of our businesses and families. [applause] we cannot and we will not accept a flawed plan that sets our state and families up for failure. we don't have to. democrats have put forward a compromise that works and we are going to keep focusing on and insisting on a plan that works. if we stay together and stand up
you all have businesses and you have families. because we are at get things done, all hands on deck kind of state, you all work not only in businesses and families, but you are coaching little league and soccer and driving carpools. you are doing all those things, and then you're making phone calls and knocking on doors and helping your friends and neighbors understand what is at stake in our civic life. you make our democracy what it is.
unfolded. martin o'malley formulated an assault. he did not make a campaign to make the city safer. he made a pledge, and he kept it. mayor o'malley implemented a daily initiative called city stat, because you have to know what is there to get it done. after 10 years, the biggest crime reduction in any major city. drug overdoses were down.
for most families in the city, things were finally looking up and this belief began formulating inside mayor o'malley -- if it was possible to turn things around in maryland's most troubled city, why not maryland itself? a state that had severely underperforming schools? each statistic told a story about a child needing a better
education, a new father needing a job, a state worker needing pension security, and a community meeting neighborhood security. in 2000 seven, mayor o'malley became governor o'malley, it and things that were measured did get done and the things that got done got measured. maryland's became number one in education, five years in a row. number one in holding down the cost of college tuition. number one in innovation and entrepreneurship. number one in research and development. number one in median family income. with a certain outlook official named number one in the country. holding off decades of decline and making it a healthier place for blue crabs, oysters -- and because governor o'malley believes in the dignity of each individual, he transformed other things. allowing two people who happened
to be the same-sex to join in the same union as everyone and allowing all americans the opportunity for the same dream for a college education. he was cutting the cost of statewide government, because sometimes you need to prune at present to foster growth in the future. way back when, martin o'malley forged a belief while walking the streets of baltimore, and the belief that changed the city changed the state and changed more than a few lives along the way. [applause] >> please welcome, the governor of the great state of maryland, governor martin o'malley. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. thank you. [applause] thank you. my goodness. thank you. thank you so very, very much. here it is. it is really great to be with so many good friends here in new hampshire, and also to be in the company of not only so many good friends in new hampshire, but so many good friends who are marylanders who have come to new hampshire. [applause] so, governor hassan, senator shaheen, congresswoman shea- porter, congo's mine custer, speaker of the house, speaker terry novelli, chairman ray buckley. happy birthday, ray. [applause]
first vice chair clark, second vice chair solomon -- it is a great honor to be with all of you here in the granite state, a place that is very special to me, and also special to the people of our country. really the bed rock state in more ways than one. it is a special honor to be here tonight with democratic governor maggie hassan. [applause] last year, i had the honor and the privilege to be able to serve as chair of the democratic governors association, and the dga had a terrific year. we won five out of six competitive governors races, but no wind was so sweet as helping you and governor hassan when here in new hampshire. well done, maggie. [applause] of course, i knew she would be a fantastic governor. but i am even more impressed with how quickly she and her team have gotten to work, how much she has gotten done in a short time. in less than one year, bringing people together -- what a great idea -- to create good jobs, doubling the r&d tax credit, strengthening public safety, increasing funding for mental health, passing a bipartisan, fiscally responsible budget -- way to go -- and making college education more affordable for more families by freezing in- state tuition. all of that in one year. [applause] and none of us should be entirely surprised, because we know that she has the benefit of following in the tradition and the footsteps of another great
governor who served you so very well in the united states senate, my friend jeanne shaheen. thank you for everything you have done for us. [applause] so, next year is going to be huge for democrats in new hampshire, isn't it? [applause] and under chairman buckley's leadership, great things are indeed possibly. but the future is not inevitable. i had a meeting earlier today with a number -- many of you here in the room -- and my friends, a firefighter said
earlier to me today, continued progress is possible, but we have to keep helping each other for environmental progress, for progress on workers rights, equal rights for all americans. these things are all connected and they can only happen if we continue to stand together, right? and help one another. so let's keep moving forward. in our time together this evening, i wanted to talk with you about the story of us, about the story of baltimore and new hampshire, of maryland and america, and i want to begin by thanking you for your indulgence
in watching that little introduction video a few moments ago. i'm sorry some of you thought you were about to watch another episode of "the wire." [laughter] you know, the luxury of age is the giving up of vanity. and seeing a younger me with fuller and darker hair reminded me of the story i wanted to share with you at the start tonight. it was 14 years ago this month that i was elected mayor of baltimore. baltimore had that year sadly become the most violent, most addicted, and most abandoned city in america. at one of the very first community meetings we organized after the election in a hard-hit neighborhood of east baltimore, citizens assembled to talk with their new mayor. and yes, there was some tension and apprehension in the auditorium. i will never forget a little girl came up to one of the
microphones. and she said this. she said "mr. mayor, my name is amber and i am 12 years old. and because of all of the addicted people and all of the drug dealers in my neighborhood, there are people in the newspaper who call my neighborhood zombie land. and i want to know if you know they call my neighborhood zombie land, and i want to know if you are doing anything about it." you see, there was a big difference at that time between 20 baltimore carried in our hearts and the baltimore that we saw in our headlines and on our streets. and you know what, our biggest enemy was not even the drug dealers. it was our own lack of belief. the culture of failure that had all of us wallowing in some sense that nothing would ever work and we all had countless issues for why we should not even try. so to respond to that, to change that, we took action. we started to make things work. we saw trash in our streets. so, every day we picked it up. we saw the drug markets, and we began to relentlessly close them down.
we saw neighbors suffering from addiction, so we actually expanded drug treatment and we took action to get more people into recovery. and then -- then, after a year of steady hard-earned progress, we took direct aim at the heart of our own despair. and we launched a campaign that we called simply "believe." the first ad was a commercial that the local news affiliates agreed to air simultaneously. picture this. a 10-year-old african-american boy warming his hands next to a homeless person. his thoughts are given voice and he says "my grandmother says we were all part of one big fire. i don't know if it is true, but i know that there is a fire inside of me." and then you travel with this little boy. you travel through his world.
past vacant houses, past drug dealers and drug addicts, pimps and prostitutes, and as night falls, you hear the boys say "my sister has gone to the store to buy some candy. i wonder what is keeping her." as the camera moves down the street to a gathering crowd of people, and ambulance flashes emergency lights. you hear the announcer's voice a "the people of baltimore are in a fight. it is a fight for their future. it is a fight we have been losing one life at a time." and then the camera finds the little boy's sister lying in a pool of her own blood, another victim of a crossfire. her carefully braided hair, her lifeless eyes wide open. as the camera flashes on those anguished faces -- black and white, civilian, police -- the boy continues "there are some who say give up. we have lost. but for the strong, for the brave, this fight is not over." what will it take to make a
stand together and say enough?" and then from that same corner fire where the story had begun, the stark white on black words "believe. believe in us. believe in yourself. baltimore. believe." for three very uncomfortable and painful weeks we ran those ads. you can well imagine the angry calls we got. why do you run these ads? why? i will tell you why. we ran those ads to change the culture, to awaken the spirit of a great people, to make our city a safer and better place. we then ran an ad calling people to real individual and specific actions. mentor a child an hour a week and save a life. call 1-800-believe. believe in the police department. get someone that you love into drug treatment.
belief and over the next 10 years baltimore went on to achieve the biggest reduction in crime of any major city in america. [applause] governor hassan, like you, i am so very, very proud of the people i have had the privilege to serve. belief is important. belief drives action. like baltimore in 1999, we as americans are going through a cynical time of disbelief. a time, quite frankly, with a lot more excuses and ideology than cooperation or action.
we seem to have lost that shared conviction we once had that we actually had the ability to make things better, and we have the ability to do it together. there are big differences, are there, between the america we carry in our hearts in the america we see too often in our headlines. the america we carry in our hearts is that land where anybody who works hard, who plays by the rule, who gets up early in the morning can make a better future for themselves and
their children. but the america in our headlines is too often a place where corporate profits are higher than ever, the rich are richer than ever, but the paychecks of working families keep shrinking over time. the america in our hearts the mains that nation that created the greatest and strongest middle class in the history of the world. the america in our headlines is the nation where too many kids cannot afford to go to college and too many college graduates cannot find jobs after college. it reminds me of the story of the prizefighter who finds himself beaten against the ropes, being pummeled, getting the worst of it in the ring, pounded down by his opponents. and his trainer finally gets the chance to sit him down in the corner and looks them dead in the night and he says, you know what? the problem isn't what the other guy is doing to you. it is what you are not doing for yourself. whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are probably right.
i don't know about you, but i have had enough of the cynicism. i have had enough of the apathy. i have enough of the giving into small solutions and low expectations of one another. let's remember who we are. for 235 years, we have been the country that drove the world, the country that has led the world. in large part while making ourselves stronger at home. don't you think it is time to do it again? [applause] and when others said it was impossible, when others said the odds were too great and it couldn't be done, we actually made it happen and we did it together. now america is the greatest job generating, activity expanding
nation created in the history of the free world. and yes, we all know our country works better when both of our parties are actually working. [laughter] and functioning. but we as democrats, nonetheless, have an urgent responsibility today, and it is about jobs and it is about stronger middle class now and it is about giving our children a better future. at the truth is, the truth is that after hoover america needed roosevelt. after eisenhower, we needed kennedy. after reagan, we needed clinton. and after eight miserable years of george w. bush, we needed barack obama. [applause] no president -- no president since fdr, no president since fdr inherited a worse economy, bigger job losses, as large a deficit as president obama did. but thanks to his leadership and to each of you, america is now moving forward again. but let's look at the alternative here we see on the other side of the aisle. the current crop of tea party
republicans, funded by wealthy economic royalists, people who have a very small view of america. we've seen this story before, right? who recalls supply-side economics? reagan called it trickle-down economics. george w. bush called it "focusing on my base." [laughter] and we call it selling america short. [applause] i don't know about you, but i have had enough of tea party republicans like ted cruz. haven't you? [applause] those guys are too much. twisting the words of our founders to justify their own mean-spirited, shortsighted,
pro-shutdown ideology. what senator cruz does not understand is that the patriots who founded new hampshire, the patriots who founded maryland, they did not pray for their president to fail. i prayed for their president to succeed -- they prayed for their president to succeed. [applause] and they didn't little intelligence. they did not belittle learning. the actually aspired to it and hoped others would as well. they did not appeal to america's peers. they brought forward american bravery. and they would never -- they never would have abandoned the war on poverty to declare a war on women, a war on workers, a war on immigrants, a war on the sick and hungry children.
[applause] now i know, i know that people like mitch mcconnell and kelly ayotte -- [booing] i know they have been trying to distance themselves from the tea party ever since they nearly drove our country into default. but the truth is, sadly, there is very little difference today between the tea party and so- called mainstream republicans. just ask carol shea-porter. just ask annie kuster. they see it every day in the now sadly unrepresentative house of representatives -- [applause] yes, there is very little daylight between the tea party and the republican party. think about it. both would have millionaires do less. cut taxes for multinationals. reduce social security benefits and medicare coverage, cut student loans, cut veterans
benefits, invest less in education, invest less in affordable college, do less to combat climate change, do less on gun safety, do less on immigration, and keep people trying to survive on the minimum wage from ever earning another penny. the only think they want more of the only think they want more of is rush limbaugh. [booing] rush limbaugh is not an applause line here in new hampshire, i see. but the real and serious question we have to ask one another, the question we have to ask one another as americans is this. how much less do we believe would be good for our country? how much less education would make our children smarter? how much less opportunity will allow the next generation to succeed?
how many hungry american children can we no longer afford to feed? you know, on veterans day just last week, i had occasion to deal with some of our nations finest at the world war ii memorial at our nations capitol. i was very humbled to be in the presence of four recipients of the congressional medal of honor. you know, my parents, like so many of yours, they grew up in the depression. they won the second world war. my dad flew three missions over japan. my mom got a pilot's license to join the civil air patrol. [applause]
our parents and our grandparents understood bs cents that we share -- understood the essence that we share as americans and it is the truth that lies at the heart of the american dream. the stronger we make our country, the more she gives back to us and our children and our grandchildren. they did not serve, fight, sacrifice, and in many cases die so their grandchildren to grow up in a country of less. they gave to us a larger and stronger country than that. a country of more. a country of more opportunity. a country of more freedom and more justice, a country we now have the ability to pass forward to our own grandchildren. stronger and better than we received her, if only we choose to do so. progress is a choice.
job creation is a choice. in maryland, we have followed our president's call to make better choices so we can achieve better results. we have done more, not less to build a modern infrastructure. we have done more, not less to create new jobs in these emerging new industries. we have done more, not less to improve our children's education and to make college more affordable for more families for years in a row. the result? the result? more jobs. there is no progress without jobs. last month we reached the milestone in maryland of having recovered 100% of the jobs we lost from the bush recession. [applause] and last year, we achieved the fastest rate of new job growth of any of the states in our region. not only do people now are in
the highest median income in the nation and our state, but we are one of the top states for upward economic mobility, and for the last two years in a row, the u.s. chamber of commerce, hardly a mouthpiece for the modern democratic party -- [laughter] the u.s. chamber of commerce named maryland number one for innovation and entrepreneurship. i share those with you because none of these things were the product of chance. they were the product of choice. hope drives belief. belief drives action. action achieves results. that is the sort of leadership that is moving new hampshire forward. that is the kind of leadership our country needs. that is why you'll have more democrats in new hampshire in 2014. [applause] and so, my friends, in conclusion -- not that it is
ever over. america's work is unfinished, but in conclusion tonight, i want to share this final story. you know, i like to brag on my son. his name is william. he is 16. [applause] and william was born a very old and wise soul from the first moment. i remember distinctly when he was about nine years old. we found ourselves at home, watching a history channel special, and it was about rosa parks and civil rights and the montgomery bus boycott. as william watched the story, he turned to me and he said, "hey, dad. back then -- by which he meant sometime between the dinosaur and the paleozoic era -- he said, "back then somebody told
you that some of you had to ride in the front of the bus and some of you had to ride in the back of the bus, and you guys actually listened?" [laughter] and i said, you know -- i said, well, it is hard to imagine, but that was just the way it had always been. then he turned to me with the clear wisdom of youth, and he said, "dad, didn't you guys realize that you are all going to the same place?" [applause] the truth is, we are all going
to the same place. and we are all on the same bus. new hampshire and maryland, california and mississippi, and we will move forward or slip back together. we will succeed or fail together. and we will rise or we will fall together. and we cannot allow ourselves to become the first generation of americans to give our children a country of less. this is not a matter of wishing or hoping. it is a matter of believing and taking action. we are americans. we make our own destiny. it means that new hampshire must stand up. it means that maryland must stand up. it means that each and every one of us must stand up. it only takes one person and another and then another to stand up and say enough, enough. enough finger-pointing, enough obstruction, enough wasted time. let us achieve like americans again. let us lead like americans again. let us believe like americans again.
this indeed is a record. the largest jefferson-jackson celebration we have had in over 10 years. thank you for being here. thank you to our sponsors. thank you to the staff. thank you all for coming. we will see you in a couple months. thank you all. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> ♪ wherever this flag is flown we take care of our own ♪ ♪
>> i am just out of fort mchenry. >> thanks for coming up. >> hey, we've got it. thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> thank you. >> it is no longer fenway south. not it -- now it is -- >> [laughter] >> this extends to fenway actually, too. we are very proud of that stadium. >> you are always welcome. >> thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> ok.
thank you for being here. >> thanks a lot. >> we will see you. >> i'm a state representative here in new hampshire. i want to tell you i was very impressed, number one by your machine -- by your speech. >> well, thank you. what is your name? >> governor, governor -- baltimore is my favorite place. i go down to the soundgarden -- >> soundgarden? >> is this being recorded? >> yes, this is c-span. >> he is right there.
>> [indiscernible] >> yeah? oh, i don't drink. them a here is what i want to say to you -- in my political expiration, i would try to figure out, and i asked conservatives, show me a country that has the principles you espouse and show me their success. and of course, that is pakistan. so, i appreciate your speech, because it is all about success. >> thank you. thanks so much.
>> thank you. >> [indiscernible] >> thanks a lot. i loved seeing your dad. [laughter] thanks a lot. >> [indiscernible] you were great. that was a great speech. >> it was great to look out and see you there. we can do a lot of things together with the people, you know? >> the people need to hear this. [indiscernible] you need a nation's test. >> nation test?
>> great job. great job, great speech. >> nice to meet you. >> i love your waterfront there. it reminds me very much of baltimore. we were not offered the same challenges you were offered, however, so i am impressed with what you have done. i wish you well. >> thank you. >> see you later. >> [indiscernible] >> i am actually the head of the university of maryland alumni club here in new england. we had a big day today. >> yeah, we had a big day.
>> thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> paul ryan was the keynote speaker at a birthday fundraiser. this is about 20 minutes. >> hey, everybody. it is nice to be back to see each and every one of you. this is our first time back since the campaign and jan and i left off -- kim, we say wisconsin through the nose. it has been a year. lot has happened.
jen and i got to come, see old friends, see good memories. maybe we should come back and do this more often. people are really friendly here, i tell you. i got this invite for the event in the mail and i thought the mustache thing was pretty interesting. at first, i thought it was an invite from dr. phil. seeing that this is terry poshard birthday, i wanted to bring something from wisconsin that i thought was appropriate [applause] a little slice of wisconsin with some -- on top. the packers are pretty popular in iowa, correct? [applause] more so than the vikings, i would like to think.
yeah, ok, maybe not. sorry. i also want to sit here -- as i look out, i see three people. i want to talk about terry a little more. i see a guy that has been a workhorse where i work, in congress. i see tom latham who has been working hard. he is one of those guys who's in there fighting every day for the conservative common principles between us, wisconsin, and iowa. i want to thank tom for what he does in congress. send him back. he is one of the hardest guys -- hardest working guys we have. i also want to talk about our good friend chuck. we have been seeing a lot of each other recently because we are on the budget committee together. make the same argument and because we keep making the arguments we do not have -- we are not where we need to be right now. chuck and i think it is not the government's money, it is your
money. [applause] i want to thank chuck for all the is done. this is a man who has so much respect among congressional republicans. chuck bradley, inc. you for your service. we are indebted to your gratitude. some people say that presidential campaigns are wrong families. that they are rough, they are ringers. that is not the experience that jenna and my three kids have. we had a delightful experience. some of the good memories we had were traveling with tim reynolds through iowa. we went down to clinton, iowa, where janet's mom is from. they had in the kitchen in pencil where jenna and her three sisters as she grew up -- the
homeowners cap that there. is that not good iowa cultural values or what? [applause] we are excited about march. one of jenna's distant relatives is going to have a statue in his honor put in the capital this year. this is a state that only shares the same kind of values but when we have great memories with. i want to thank each and everyone of you. i want to thank kim, tom, chuck, and all the iowans that it so much for us the last campaign. we didn't quite deliver but on behalf of mitt and myself, thank you very much for everything you did for us. thank you very much for that. we appreciate it.
[applause] we are not here simply to celebrate your governor poshard birthday. we're here to celebrate your state's success. look at what stec -- look at what success stories we have right here. terry branstad and kim reynolds came into office over a little more than two years ago. they came in with a split deficit -- split legislature, huge deficit, high unemployment sound familiar? but what they faced. they faced -- look at what they faced. they faced all these problems and look at what they have done. i was running a surplus. your unemployment rate is down. they passed the biggest tax cut in history. these are leaders -- this is a man who did not have to do this.
he served as state honorably. he served it well and then went and served in another venue, and higher education. he saw liberals come in and do things to a state that he didn't like. so what did he do? he stood back up and went back at it to fix his state and he is done that. that is an example that is wonderful that people in washington can learn from. thank you, terry branstad, for doing this. for this leadership. thank you for putting the uniform on again and getting back in the game and scoring some touchdowns. by the way, did you see the wisconsin-indiana game today? he put principle ahead of pride. he has put rodents at of ride. -- he has put prudence ahead of ride. people in -- ahead of pride. people in washington can learn a
lot. i don't know if you have noticed this, but obamacare has had a couple of hiccups. we were told we had to pass this bill in order to find out what was in it. well, here we are. i seem to recall -- maybe tom can jog my memory here. one of the guys who is fighting hard for this law was ruth bailey -- braley -- bruce braley. this law is doing real harm to real people. it is taking people and disrupting their lives. millions of people are getting cancellation notices. families are seeing premiums go up. the crowd that brought us this
website where they had three years to prepare, $500 million to spend, is the same crowd that is poised to take over 16% of our economy -- the health care sector. president obama said he did not know any of this stuff was going to happen. he said that he had no idea that these problems were coming. we had kathleen sebelius come and say that everything was ready to go. here is the issue -- if you outlaw the kind of insurance people actually have, they won't be able to keep those plans. they passed a law three years ago to outlaw the kinds of insurance that people have in their surprise that people don't have that? we talked about that in the 2010 elections. we talked about it in the 2012 elections.
we heard all of the soaring rhetoric and all of these problems and now we see what is happening. the way i see it, there are only two explanations. you they were being dishonest or they are just incompetent. frankly, i don't know which one is the worse. i think the left -- i think they are learning a pretty valuable lesson here. i think the valuable lesson that we are learning here, unfortunately, with all the human collateral damage with the old, care debacle is that you don't shut out the opposition. you don't cram a bad bill into law. when it all blows up in your face, i'm sorry is not going to cut it. that is the lesson i think they are learning. so, the next time you have a
famous politician coming through iowa, breezing through the towns talking about big government -- let's be a little more skeptical. you know, when you take a look at the arguments that were made to sell this law, they were attractive arguments. when i look back at this campaign and believe me, it was a tough loss. it was tough for all of us. we were in a funk for a good six months because we knew the stakes. we knew what we were going to do. we know what we believe. we know what needs to happen to get things done. it did not go our way. that is obviously very frustrating during as i look back at the campaign, i think one of the problems that met and i had -- met -- mitt and i had was arguing against big government. obama passed his program in the first two years and they did not
take effect until this year, things like.-frank and obamacare. -- donna frank -- dodd-frank and obamacare. we are realizing is that the results are nothing like the rhetoric was sold on. this was not always cracked up to be. i wonder if people who know know what they know -- no -- know now what they know if they would retire these people again. what do you think? when you take a look at these issues honestly, that is where i
think we have a chance. this is where i think we have a real opportunity. we are no longer looking at big government in theory anymore. we are seeing big government in practice. we are seeing these issues as they come forward and we don't like it. i'm not talking about we as republicans, but americans. everyone. what we have to do is that we have to show the country that we are not the opposition party but the proposition party. we have to expose these ideas for how hollow they are but we also have to show who we are and what we believe in. i tell you what -- we still believe in the american ideal in this country. we still believe, as our founders did, that our rights come before government. we still believe that if you work hard and play by the rules in this country, you can get ahead.
that's the american idea. we still believe in that american dream but the problem is, millions of people don't see it. they don't know they have a crack at it. they don't think their kids will be as well off as they are. i think we understand something that the left does not understand. the people who are really focused on selling big government understand. we understand the american people don't want comfort -- they want to get the. -- they want dignity. obamacare is just the opposite. ira member all the debates. we were all -- i remember all the debates. we were in all the debates and they said, it is a new government-granted right. the government decides how we get that right. who, from where do we get that right? that is what we are seeing with
this health care law. we are seeing choices go down, prices grow up -- prices go up, and we have not even begun to see what will happen to the hospitals and the providers. i think next time people will be more skeptical. we are seeing big government in practice. although they have made it easier to expose these ideas, we have to do even more to make sure they understand who we are and what we believe in. unlike the left, we need to have an mandate that is an honest mandate. we need to have honest victories so we can have -- so we can recess at the the american idea. we look at this, we are confident in our ideas. we know what fiscal responsibility actually looks like. all you have to do is look at terry branstad. don't spend money don't have, and if you are, get it under control. don't wait for the government to
tell you what to do. don't tell the government tell you what dr. you have to go to. that should be you making that decision. we want all those health care providers competing against each other for our business, not government favoritism. we know what tax reform looks like. stop picking losers and winners in washington. lowers -- lower our taxes for families and businesses so we can keep more of what we earn. [applause] the way it works these days is that you have really high tax rates. nine out of 10 businesses and i was -- businesses in iowa and wisconsin pay their taxes as individuals. the top tax rate now because of obamacare and the other obama
taxes is 44.6%. you know what it is on canada? 15%. 25% in china. owing to 20 in england. -- going to 20% in england. if you save your money to washington but do some things that we in washington approve of, you we will let you yet some of it back. i have a better idea -- keep it in the first place. you decide what you do with it because it is your money. [applause] that is what real tax reform looks like. we also know what a real war on poverty looks like because it is not the one that has been waged for the last 49 years. next year is the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty. $15 trillion spent on it and the highest level of poverty ever. washington has gummed up the
works. the idea of upward mobility is slipping farther away for people who have not seen in in generations. we can do better than that. we can restore america as the party of equal opportunity to show how these ideas prevail. we have had a government in theory. a lot of people voted for that. we have had in practice. it does not work. it is a fatal conceit to borrow his works. we have these examples. look at what kerry has done here. if we follow these examples, if we highlight our ideas, we are going to do this. this is why i am optimistic. this is why i think we're going to turn things around in the state and country because we now know what is going to take -- it
is going to take people of courage, conviction, people like terry branstad. by the way, give chuck somebody else -- [applause] i have every confidence that we are going to do this. this is a packed room of people who care about their country that are here to thank the governor for what they have done for you. you know what? i am not going to sing a song like that wonderful young man who sang in the beginning of the program here. if they told me by singing "happy birthday. 1, 2, 3. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday dear terry
newsmakers,end's patrick leahy is our guest. he is the chair of the senate and he is talking about the nsa surveillance programs. air is a preview. >> sitting next to you is senator feinstein who has intelligence committee, she says the program should continue. it is going to lead what happens in the senate, nothing? >> she and i have talked about it. i have a great deal of respect for her. i disagree with their
legislation. it strikes more of the status quo. i do not find the status quo acceptable. let's have votes on it and see where it is going to go. i will abide by those votes. i can tell you right now i will not vote for it. he does not make us safer. leaks, we have looked silly by what we have done. people are saying, what did you get? -- i would make us more specific in what we do. do i want us to be able to go after terrorists? capturing some of them? yes. did we use very good intelligence when we were able to get osama bin laden?
superb intelligence. specific human intelligence based on what has come out publicly, and a lot of hard work. not somebody sitting at a computer collecting everything. osama bin laden didn't >> osama bin laden did not list his home phone number and just are calling people. >> you can watch the entire interview with senator patrick leahy on sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> i started with teddy roosevelt. i knew so much had been written about him that i needed another story. he hadnto taft, knowing been friends and they had broken apart in 1912. i figured out what was the difference between the two and their leadership, it was teddy's public