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what was the remedy for poverty then? they had the whole control, the whole enchilada. what do they do instead? they focus on health care. we saw the creation of obamacare. without any republican support. these tell a little bit more of the story. in 2009, the estimate for obamacare was $900 billion. two years later, the estimate rose to $1.8 trillion in two years later the estimate last year some said will exceed $3 trillion. we story 15% of americans uninsured. the experts say by the year 2023 we will still have 10%
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uninsured. that means for three trillion dollars who may provide more health care to 5% of the population. i am not impressed. on top of all of that good news, we see that the health care law is going to eliminate and we have some congressional action of a 40 hour workweek. decimated because of the health care law. i think these are component parts too many reasons why independent voters a starting to look at our party for real solutions. they are not looking for republican solutions. they are looking for conservative american solutions. i say the welcome mat is out. the doors are open. come on in. take another look at the republican party. [applause]
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i decided to call it the great opportunity party. the gop. osha could rap. i would do something. i have not done any better since then. a small business owner from south carolina. about two years ago was are providing more health insurance for his family. we have two great kids, lovely wife. the $10,000 deductible was $415. this is a deductible. it goes to $25,000. these are higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer doctors to choose from. i guess if you really. are you don't get to keep them.
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kind of sad. all those numbers are very important. they do not tell the whole story. if we're going to be successful in 2014, and i am absolutely confident that we are, there's something perhaps more important than the numbers. i think the old adage is very important. people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. has anyone heard that once or twice in a lifetime? people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. i learned that lesson very early on. i was a 16 old. my brothers. command sergeant major in the army. i learned that lesson at 16. my mom and i were sharing one car.
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it was our first new car. new is defined as owned to first. anybody remember those days? it was a brown 1982 toyota corolla hatchback. ugly brown car. goodness gracious. i to get to work one morning. i was going to play football. i got sleepy. i rolled the windows down. please note. i rolled the windows down. then i rolled the windows up.
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i turned the ac on. then i turned the ac off. 1982, 100 degrees outside. i turned the heat on. then i turned the heat off. the next thing i knew, i was waking up driving about 70 miles an hour down the interstate. i do every kid does at 70 miles an hour when he is waking up on my slant on the rakes, i jerked the stealing will simultaneously. can anyone tell me what happens when you drive 70 miles an hour down the road and you are asleep any the steering will and you roll your car over? yes. very good.
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i shouted jesus! he must have heard me. because i'm from south carolina, do not know directions. i was going this way. there was blood everywhere. i got out of the car. i was laying on the bottom of it, climbing up to get out. i heard this little lady running toward me. she said "i think he is dead, i think he is dead." i yelled back " i am dead. i am dead. i am dead." i did not do real well in high school. they laid me on the side of the highway. i love our first responders. a highway patrolman shows appeared he looks at me -- let's give them a hand. [applause]
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these are the gals and the guys who run into danger and not away from it. he was a big, tall fellow peers he bent over and said "son, your mom is going to be so happy your life." i looked up him and said "sir, you don't know my mom. she's going to kill me." what he was trying to tell me was that she was not worried about the car or the loss of money. she was worried about the life in the car. for we the republican party, were us to see our greatest success in 2014, we are going to have to embrace people in a way that they deserve to be embrace. as we embrace people in a new fantastic way, we will encourage them to find a potential within themselves to maximize their potential.
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when we went the all elections, -- win people, elections will take care of themselves. that is a fact. [applause] i think about how that happens. for the last several months i have gone on an experimental tour throughout my state. i have done it in an unusual way. i decided to start working jobs in different places that my friends and my neighbors work. i swept floors at a mo's perrigo plays. i even bagged groceries. that is one hard job. the eggs are messed up with steak and it is all ugly. i rode the public bus system. so i could sit back with a big hat on my head and have a conversation with everyday americans.
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so me times politicians want to talk for somebody before they speak to somebody. -- so many times politicians want to talk for somebody before they speak to somebody. talking to everyday folks like myself, coming from the neighborhood where i still live within a 10 moccasins from where i grew up, talking to these fantastic americans, love their country. committed to the cause. two things seem to be consistent in their stories. educational opportunities vanished and the skills they have do not meet the skills of the 21st-century workforce. we started creating a path forward for these young folks who needed a different direction. the first we create it was the choice act. creating hope and opportunity for individuals and communities through education. if we focus on education, we
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find the magic to reducing unemployment in our most challenging numbers. let us talk for a few minutes. let's just go now. that was a sign from god himself. i do not know what it is. it is incredibly important. the chances of you having double digit unemployment significantly high. if you're a college
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graduate or have competent skills at that level, your unemployment rate is around 4%. as i wrote through the bus. as i talk to to the folks on the bus. as i went and worked and swept in different functions, i realize so many of our young folks and adults, their education level actually caps too much of their potential. we have an opportunity to raise their potential for these people want a hand up and not a handout. here is a great opportunity their education. any people from italy is a -- from louisiana in the room ? you're doing a great job with your voucher system though the federal government wants to challenge them for some reason. i do not understand those folks. 91% of the african-american parents love this system. high levels of incitement -- excitement and enthusiasm. high levels of success. 63% of african american parent say the exact same thing. kids are far more important of all the other things he can bring to my table. if you educate my kids, there's
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a path for. i want the first-generation my family to graduate from college. i hear that consistently. if we take this, carpe diem. her country will never be the same. our party will never be the same. it is more important for us to trade and build the best country and everything else takes care of itself. the second thing i learned talking to adult guys 50 years old moving from georgia back to south carolina. looking for a better opportunity. he gets stuck working 30 hours a week at a restaurant because they are implementing the new standards of obamacare. he's starting to lose 25% of his income off the back. he does not have the skills necessary to go to the next level. we introduced the skills act that is arty been passed in the house. he believed the skills at provide the necessary training
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for these adults who need a better opportunity. and they are willing to work for it. through our skills act ecb pieces coming together. i believe we can create centers of excellence that are bursting with economic activity and creativity. every place in america deserves a chance. if we give it to them, they will take it. let me just think through my path forward. i want to take about 10 or 15 seconds to think through your path forward. many of us in this room have had the same cap here too many folks in america think the only -- path. too many folks in america think people that start out poor look like me. when i hear so consistently, i
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hear very consistently stories like pat toomey's who struggled for a very long time to get a great education and did exceptionally well in life here it i hear story after story of decimation. it seems like in america we have a tragedy. within every challenge he -- then every travesty is try and -- triumphed. i've walked the streets of trust and greenville -- charleston and greenville. real people and places. they are hungry and first he for someone to present an american solution. i believe if we do that we change the course. we rewrite history for the great and patience ever assembled on earth. that name is america.
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god bless you. [applause] on the next "washington journal ," grading ethics and corruption. then the response to the chemical spill in west virginia. and the president of the center for progressive reform. and a discussion about mandatory life sentences for young terminal offenders. our guest is from catholic university law school.
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that is all starting at 7:00 eastern. we will look for your calls, tweets, and facebook comments. this weekend, what chris christie's second term inauguration ceremony. sunday at 10:00 eastern here on c-span. during this week's question time, david cameron will answer questions about the uk's humanitarian aid to syria. you can watch that beginning at 9:00 eastern. millions of egyptians came down the street in nationwide code test. >> it defies definition. >> 20 minutes after landing, driving through, the military came down the streets.
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i stopped at a check point and they searched the car. in it was my film. they said, come with us. they said they wanted to talk with me. i went to a place -- i do not know what the location was. you do not know who is interrogating you. i realized at a certain time that this dvd was in the car. i made my way to the car and went to the bathroom. i tried to destroy the dvd. i do not know if you have ever tried to do this, but it is quite hard. i shoved it down the drain. went back into the interrogation room feeling confident that i had gotten rid of evidence that could keep me there for a long time. later, theminutes
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guy cleaning the bathroom came in with a piece of the dvd in his hand. >> more with the direct your of "the square," sunday night at 8:00. secretary of state john kerry spoke on friday about diplomatic tactics around the world. he talks about unrest in the ukraine. antitorture in syria. his remarks came during the world economic forum. he spoke for about 40 minutes. >> good evening. it is a very special pleasure to introduce secretary of state john kerry.
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welcome, mr. secretary. and i have to say welcome back, because you joined us first time 21 years ago. and you have been part of many of our activities. so it is really becoming a good old friend. i have to say, in all the discussions we had over the last days, it was always emphasized how important american foreign- policy is. we know it is in very good hands , and so far, we are eager to listen to you. thank you. >> thank you very much. thank you very, very much. [applause] it is an enormous pleasure for me to be back in douglas -- davos. i have had the privilege
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of being here many times over the past 20 years. i always appreciate the diversity of thought and the thirst for new ideas that characterizes this forum. it is safe to say that doorposts pushes the limits of thinking, tries hard to find the new thinking. that is really what makes this forum so special. klaus, i congratulate you on many years of putting together a remarkable venue for everybody. today, i want to share our latest thinking, with respect to the role u.s. diplomacy can play in addressing some of the most pressing foreign-policy challenges that we face. obviously, extraordinarily
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complex. very different from the world of the last century. i must say that i am perplexed by claims that i occasionally hear that somehow america is disengaging from the world. this myth that we are pulling back on giving up, or standing down. in fact, i want to make it clear today that nothing could be further from the truth. this misperception, and in some case driven narrative, appears to be based on the simplistic assumption that our only tool of influence is our military. and that if we do not have a huge troop residents somewhere, or we are not brandishing an immediate threat of force, we are somehow absent from the arena. i think the only person more surprised than i am by the myth of this disengagement is the air
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force pilot who flies the secretary of state's plane. obviously, our engagement is not measured in frequent flyer miles. it would be nice if i got a few. it is measured -- and i think serious students of foreign- policy understand this -- it is measured by the breadth of our global commitments, especially commitments to our allies in every corner of the world. it is measured ultimately by the results we are able to achieve. far from disengaging, america is proud to be more engaged than ever, and i believe is playing a critical role, perhaps as critical as ever, in pursuit of peace, press parity, and
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stability in various parts of the world. right here in europe, we are working with partners to press the government of ukraine to forgo violence, to address the concerns of useful protesters to foster dialogue, promote freedom of assembly and expression, and i literally just received messages before walking in here about efforts of diplomats on the ground working to try to achieve calm and help move in this direction in the next days. we will stand with the people of ukraine. we are also making progress towards finalizing the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, which would link the world's largest market, the eu, with the single largest economy, the united states, raising standards and creating jobs on both sides of the atlantic. in the asia-pacific region, we are negotiating the transpacific
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partnership, which will similarly encourage a race to the top, not the bottom, as it unifies 40% of the world economy. the united states is working extremely closely with china and our allies in the region in order to address north korea's reckless nuclear program, and also on diplomatic priorities like disaster relief and development. i was recently in the philippines. in a few weeks, i will be back in asia, my fifth trip as secretary of state within a year. we are working with our partners to encourage exploratory steps on conflict in the south china sea. this is a critical part of the president's rebalance to asia. across africa, home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies, we are investing heavily in both development and trade.
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and in the great lakes region, we recently helped and an armed rebellion, with the m-23 armed group. just yesterday, after diplomatic, intense engagement on the ground, we have helped to achieve a cease-fire in south sudan. and i can tell you that almost every day during the so-called christmas break, i was on the phone to either the president kier or vice president bouchard, the president of uganda, as we worked diligently to try to move towards peace. closer to home, we just completed a u.s.-canada-mexico summit in washington last week, in preparation for our leaders, who will focus on increased efforts in our hemisphere. we renewed educational exchanges.
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after a decade, that was perhaps uniquely and in many people's view unfortunately, excessively defined, foremost, by force, and our use of force, we are entering an era of american diplomatic engagement that is as long and as deep as at any time in our history. and such are the responsibilities of a global power. the most bewildering version of this disengagement myth is about a supposed retreat by the united states from the middle east. my response to that suggestion is simple. you cannot find another country. not one country. that is as proactively engaged, that is partnering with so many middle eastern countries as
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constructively as we are, on so many high-stakes fronts. i want to emphasize the last point -- partnering. we have no pretense about solving these problems alone, nor is anyone suggesting, least of all me, that the united states can't solve every one of the region's problems, or that everyone of them can be a priority at the same time. but as president obama made clear last fall at the united nations, united states of america will continue to invest significant effort in the middle east, because we have enduring interests in the region, and we have enduring friendships with countries that rely on us for their security in a volatile neighborhood. we will defend our partners and our allies as necessary, and we will continue to ensure the free flow of energy, dismantle
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terrorist networks, and we will not tolerate the proliferation of nuclear weapons. all three of these challenges and the relationships that surround them, and accomplishing all of these goals, requires, in president obama's words, for the united states to be engaged in the region for the long haul. partners like saudi arabia and the united arab emirates, with whom we are both discussing and longer-term security framework for the region, as well as helping countries in transition, like tunisia, egypt, libya, yemen, ensuring stability for world shipping lanes and energy supply, there is no shortage of the places where we are engaged in the middle east.
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the question is not whether we are leaving. the question is how we are leading. today, we believe there are steps that, taken together, have the potential to reshape the middle east, and could even help create the foundations of a new order. the agreement we reached with iran -- as of this week, iran's nuclear weapons program is being rolled back in important ways. the world has demanded it reduce its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium, dismantling the infrastructure for its production, and allowing unprecedented transparency and monitoring to guarantee iran is complying with the agreement.
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they will have to reduce their 20% to zero. they do not have the capacity for reconversion. they have to reduce it to forms that are not suitable for making weapons. iran must also halt enrichment, and will not be permitted to grow the current stockpile of 3.5% enriched uranium. iran cannot increase the number of centrifuges in operation. it cannot install or use any next-generation centrifuges to enrich uranium. while we negotiate a final agreement over these next months, iran will not be permitted to take any steps to commission the plutonium reactor. clearly, there are good reasons to ask tough questions going forward. believe me, we will.
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ended reasons to acquire. but promises iran made are promises kept. we certainly have not forgotten. there is a reason the world has placed sanctions on iran. there is a reason why they exist in the first place. there is a reason why the core architecture of those sanctions remains in place. that is why this effort is grounded not in trusting, not in words, but in testing. that is why now inspectors can be there every day. that was not the case before the agreement we start. inspectors can also be at their other locations every day. that is also knew, thanks to the agreement we start. inspectors will visit iraq cost plutonium plant every month. they have every obligation to
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deliver the plans for that plant to us. taken altogether, these moments will increase the amount of time it would take for iran to break out and build a bomb, the breakout time, as we called it. it will increase our ability to be able to detect it and to prevent it. and all of this will, to an absolute guarantee beyond any doubt, make israel safer than it was the day before we entered this agreement. make the region safer than it was the day before we entered this agreement. and make the world safer than it was. yesterday, president rouhani stood here, and said that iran is eager to engage with the world. hopefully. but iran knows what it must do to make that happen. he said iran has no intention of building a nuclear weapon.
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while the message is welcome, the words themselves are meaningless unless actions are taken to give them meaning. starting now, iran has the opportunity to prove these words beyond all doubt to the world. let us be clear. if you are serious about a peaceful program, it is not hard to prove to the world that your program is peaceful. a country with a peaceful nuclear program does not need to build enrichment facilities in the cover of darkness, in the depths of a mountain. it does not need a heavy water reactor design to produce weapons grade plutonium, like the one in iraq. it has no reason to fear intrusive monitoring and verification. it should have no problem resolving outstanding issues with the international atomic energy agency.
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this is true for every country in the world with an exclusively peaceful nuclear program. it is the tough but reasonable standard to which iran must also be held. so we welcome this week's historic step. but now the hard part begins. six months of intensive negotiations with the goal of resolving international concerns about iran's nuclear program. i want to say the p5 plus one has acted in unity and great cooperation. we welcome the international community's efforts in this initiative. iran must meet this test. if it does, the middle east will be a safer place, free from the fear of the nuclear arms race. and diplomatic engagement, my friends.
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that + nations and other options will have proved its worth. the second challenge is syria. an enormous, almost unimaginable , human tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. just this week, we have seen terrible new evidence of torture at the hands of the assad regime. this week, we also saw the syrian regime and the opposition sit at the same table, the same room, or separate tables but in the same room, for the first time since the war began. they were joined by more than 40 countries and institutions who have ascended to the geneva communiqué, which clearly underlines how this conflict must conclude, with the creation of a transitional government of full executive authority by mutual consent.
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let me tell you in simple terms why that means bashar al-assad cannot be part of that future. it is simple. it is first because of the extraordinary havoc that he has read on his own people, a man who has killed university students and doctors with stud missiles, families, sleeping women, children, grandparents. a man who has unleashed extraordinary force of artillery against civilians, against the laws of warfare. assad will never have or be able to earn legitimacy to bring the country back together. that is number one. number two, because of those things he has done, because of 130,000 people who have been killed, the opposition will
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never stop fighting while he is there. if your objective is to have peace, this one man must step aside in favor of peace and his mission. you can never achieve stability until he is gone. finally, any transitional government formed by mutual consent, by definition, will not include assad, because the opposition will never consent to permit him to be there. the united states is engaged in this difficult endeavor because we know that the longer the fighting continues, the greater the risk sectarian decisions will spiral out of control. we know there are people who wish that american young men and women were on the ground fighting for them. there are people who would love to see america fight their war for them. but that is not the choice. the choice is first diplomacy. in order to avoid the
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devastating results that would result in the disintegration of the syrian state, and the instability that could spread across the entire region. we are engaged because of the number of refugees pouring into jordan, into lebanon and turkey. it is destabilizing and it is unsustainable. we are engaged because while we are proud to be the largest contributor to the humanitarian assistance to deal with these refugees, the ultimate solution can only come when we stop the supply of refugees, when we stop the fighting. and that cannot happen soon enough, because assad continues to kill and displace innocent civilians, and in doing so has become the world's greatest single individual magnet for jihad and terror. absent a political solution, we
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know where this leads. more refugees. more terrorists. more extremism. more brutality from the regime. more suffering for the syrian people. and we do not believe that we or anyone should tolerate one man's brutal effort to cling to power. we must instead empower all of the syrian people. that is why the united states and our partners sat around the table and continue to fight for a pluralistic, inclusive syria, where all minorities are protected, where all rights are protected, and where serious can come together to become the unified state it was, represented by a government of the people's choice, where all minorities are protected. we believe this vision is achievable and will continue to
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work closely with our partners for a new syria that can't exist peacefully as a separate, independent, and democratic state, where syrians would be able to have their voices heard without the fear of retribution, imprisonment, or even death. obviously, we know this is not going to be easy. it is obviously very hard. it is already hard. we have already seen syria, what forceful diplomacy is able to achieve. as we speak, a man who the day before he agreed to do it tonight did not have the weapons, is removing all the chemical weapons from that country. the international community is on its way to completely removing all of syria's chemical weapons, an unprecedented undertaking that is making the
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region and the world safer, and is setting an example on a global basis. we are convinced that if the syrian people are to have the chance to rebuild their country, and if millions of syrian refugees are to have the chance to return home, it is ultimately diplomacy that will make it possible. there is no military solution to the problem of syria. that brings me to the most intractable of all conflicts, the struggle to make peace between the israelis and the palestinians. every time i meet my foreign counterparts anywhere in the world, and they visit me in washington or when i travel to their countries, i am not kidding you when i tell you that invariably the first issue that they asked me about is the challenge of middle east peace. it may seem improbable, but i am
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telling you, it is absolutely true. from asia to latin america to africa, and all through europe, this question lingers. this intractable conflict has confounded administration after administration, prime minister after prime minister. and peacemakers. they always ask me this about the middle east, even before they complain about what we are doing or not doing. despite this global interest, my friends, people still ask me -- i am astonished by it. why, with all the troubles in the world, and the middle east in particular -- why is the obama administration so focused on trying to forge israeli- palestinian peace? i have had this question directed at me personally, and in other ways.
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the reason we are trying to find the solution is very simple. because the benefits of success and the dangers of failure or --are enormous for the united states, for the world, for the region, and most importantly for the israeli and palestinian people. after all the years expended on this, the last thing we need is a failure that will make certain of additional conflict. there are some people who are sure this will be the last shot. i do not want to find out the hard way. for israel, the demographic dynamic will make it impossible to preserve its future as a democratic state. its relative prosperity does not
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change the fact that the status quo cannot be sustained if israel's democratic future is in fact to be secure. with today's status quo, my friends, i promise you it will not last forever. president abbas is committed to negotiation. failure will only embolden extremists and empower hard- liners, at the expense of the moderates who have been committed to a nonviolent tracked to try to find peace. what would happen in the west bank without that commitment to nonviolence? the israeli and palestinian members breaking the initiative who are here today know what is at stake. israel's economic juggernaut is a wonder. prime minister netanyahu was
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able to talk to you about it today. but a deteriorating security environment and the growing isolation that could come with it, could put that prosperity at risk. meanwhile, if this fails, palestinians will be no closer to the sovereignty they seek, no closer to their ability to be masters of their own fate, no closer to the ability to grow their own economy, no closer to solving the problem that has been allowed to fester for decades. if they fail to achieve statehood now, there is no guarantee another opportunity will follow any time soon. this issue cannot be resolved at the united nations. they can only be resolved between the parties. if peace fails, the region risks another destabilizing crisis.
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one unilateral effort from one side or the other will beget another, and another, and another. until we have fallen yet again into a dangerous downward spiral at a time when there is already too much danger in the region. we often spend so much time talking about what both parties stand to lose without peace and we sometimes forget to talk enough about what they stand to gain from peace. i believe that the fact that peace is possible, especially in a region with so much turmoil, ought to motivate people. palestinians stand to gain a contiguous state, their own place among the community of nations. imagine, this time next year, here in davos, if palestinian businessmen and government leaders from the state of
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palestine are able to catch the world's largest investors with a host of projects from the palestinian economic initiative. imagine if they can participate in building a new infrastructure and new life, free from occupation. for israel, the benefits of peace are perhaps even more significant. no nation on earth stands to gain so many new economic partners so quickly as israel does. 20 additional members, nations in the arab league, and 35 muslim countries stand ready under the arab peace initiative to all recognize israel and normalize relations the moment a peace agreement is reached. as a sheik said at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the arab league, he said to his
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colleagues, completely spontaneously, you know what? after peace, israel will enjoy richter economic benefit from relations with the golf than it now enjoys with europe. -- the gulf than it now enjoys with europe. imagine what that would mean for trade. stanley fischer, the former government of the bank of israel, nominated to serve on our own federal observe -- federal reserve board, said it could boost israel's gdp by as much as 6% a year. the jewish state of israel and the arab state of palestine can develop into an international hub for technology, trade, tourism. unbelievable tourism.
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the holy sites of the world, of the major three religions. this will invigorate a region. it is long past time that this ancient part of the world became known for what they can create, not for the conflicts that they can perpetuate. it is long past time that jerusalem, a crucible of the three great monotheistic religions, becomes known not as the object of struggle, but as the golden city of peace and unity, embodying the aspirations of israelis and palestinian's. after decades of struggling with this conflict, we all know what the endgame looks like. an independent state for palestinians, wherever they may be. security arrangements for israel that leave it more secure, not
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less. a full phased final withdrawal of the israeli army. a just and agreed solution to the palestinian refugee problem. and thence to the conflict and all claims and mutual recognition of the state of the palestinian people and the state of the jewish people. that is our destination. the real challenge is not, what is it? it is how to get there. how to get the leaders and the body politic of both places to make the courageous decision that is necessary to embrace what would be fair and what would work. that is why i am working with president abbas and prime minister netanyahu to achieve a framework for the negotiations that will define the endgame on all the core issues, and provide the ability to forge a status
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and peace agreement. i was on the lawn in washington when the great handshake took voice. i have watched annapolis and madrid, and oslo, and all of these efforts. all of these people have to wonder when and if the real peace can be achieved. security. the palestinians need to know that at the end of the day, their territory is going to be free of israeli troops, that occupation ends. the israelis will not withdraw unless they know the west bank will not become benghazi.
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no one can blame any leader of israel for being concerned about that reality. president obama's approach begins with america's steadfast equipment to israel's security. he knows and i know -- i know that there cannot be peace unless israel's security and its needs are met. we have put the full range of resources of the u.s. government behind this effort in an unprecedented way. for the past nine months, a team led by general john allen, a four-star general and one of the most respected minds in the u.s. military, has been engaged in a comprehensive security dialogue with our israeli and palestinian counterparts. based on his efforts, we are confident that, together with
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israel, working with jordan, working with the palestinians, working with us, all of us together can create a security structure that meets the highest standards anywhere in the world. and by developing a layered defense that includes significantly strengthening defenses on both sides of the border by deploying state-of- the-art technology and a comprehensive program of rigorous testing, it can make the borders safe for any type of conventional or unconventional threat, with individual terrorists or a conventional armed forces. we are well aware that technology alone is not the answer. but we also know that it can play a key role in helping secure the jordanian border, just like it has played a key role in securing israel's sudden -- southern communities. security is a priority, because we understand israel has to be
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strong to make these. but we also believe that peace will make israel stronger. we are convinced the greatest security of all will actually come from a two state solution that brings israeli lasting peace and secure borders that they deserve, and brings palestinians the freedom and the dignity that they deserve. as committed as we are, it is ultimately up to the israelis and palestinians to reach an agreement on how to end this conflict. nate no mistake -- this will require difficult political decisions and painful compromises on both sides. these are emotional issues, many embedded in an age-old narratives. at the end of the day, it is up to netanyahu and abbas to recognize what the world has recognized, that peace is in the best interest of their people.
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but that makes it no less true that, at every level, everybody has a role to play. the arab league and the european union have already shown how they can pave the way for peace, and they have been unbelievably cooperative, and we are grateful for their help. i think king abdulla of jordan, and the extraordinary efforts of jordan to help move this, the arab league, and the leader of the arab league committee that is working, month to month, to stay current and to be engaged in this. many states made contributions to the palestinian economy, including a new infrastructure initiative that is making a difference to everyday lives. many companies, including some of you here, have invested in both israel and the palestinian territories, and you have shown the difference the private sector can make in this
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endeavor. and all of you can make a positive contribution by dismissing, please, the all too easy skepticism, by seeing the possibilities, and by building the momentum for peace. conversations here at davos demand the kind of cooperation that has to come from many stakeholders. as kyle schwab says, in an interconnected world, all challenges must be based on togetherness. that is true whether you are talking about this peace effort or what we must achieve in syria or insurer in iraq. intensive, creative, strong diplomacy requires cooperation, and that is exactly why the united states is so engaged in the middle east and around the world, and why we will stay so.
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as our friends and partners take courageous steps forward, they can be assured that president obama and his administration will remain engaged for the long haul. though we will also confront these challenges with the urgency that they deserve. we dare not, and i assure you we will not, ms. this moment. thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] coming up, "washington journal." protests dealing with near abortion clinics. millions of egyptians came
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down the streets in nationwide protest. >> this uprising defies definition. >> 20 minutes after landing, driving towards the square, the military came down to the street. i stopped at one of the checkpoints and they searched the car. in it was my film. it was not a good title to find by military intelligence as the country is exploding. they said come with us. we just want to talk with you for a while. i went to a place -- i still do not know where the location was. i was taken by people in plainclothes. you do not know who is interrogating you. i realized that this was the cd and i need to get rid of it. i made my way to the car and went to the bathroom. i tried to break it apart. i do not know if you have ever tried to break a cd, but it is quite hard.
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i shoved it down the drain. i went back to the interrogation room and thought i had gotten rid of evidence that could keep me there for a lot longer than i wanted to be. about five minutes later, the guy came back with a piece of the dvd. ofmore with the director "the square," sunday night at 8:00 on c-span. >> in just a moment, we will look for your calls, tweets, and facebook comments. we will look at today's headlines. withwed by gordon witkin, a look at ethics and corruption in state government. in the response to the chemical spill in west virginia. our guests are from the competitive enterprise institute.
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later, a discussion on mandatory life sentences for young criminal offenders. joining us is a speaker from catholic university. journal"on shoretel -- is next. ♪ it isgood morning saturday, january 25, 2014. the republican national committee made several significant changes to how the gop will select its nominee for that contest. the party voted to convince the state-by-state process used to select the republican nominee in hopes of creating a less expensive and less losing our merry process than the one gop experienced in 2012. if we want to -- we want to

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