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>> rob portman spoke to business leaders at the politics and eggs event. isis, the american workforce, and a lack of bipartisanship in congress. he is a potential candidate in 2016. >> thank you and good morning. welcomeleased to senator portman. this is a special time of year for us. listenhat if you closely, you can hear our athletes have made their way to
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campus. the new class arrives on friday and i told the senator that we of 25o have a class size more students than last year. in this environment, it is a good thing. you can make your way up the hill top and see the residence hall built and it is a unique we have 150ause beds. we have as much common space as we do bedroom space. ande are two classrooms recreational spaces. cooking areas and places to meet, each, and greet. when all is said and done between our weightless and
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students that have been put up in lounges, we have two empty beds on campus. really good planning or dumb luck. we are very happy. know, the premier is a forum and a first step for those entering the process. with the election on the horizon , the college will take a leading role in hosting town halls and gatherings like this one. new hampshire citizens, the media, and citizens can reap the benefits of being first in the
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nation. we thank the council and the new england council remains a voice for capitol hill. the tireless work of fostering collaboration between businesses and leaders ensures a bright future for employers looking to hire from campuses like ours. in the laboratories and boardrooms. on behalf of our students, faculty, staff, and to the monastic community who studied and lived here for 125 years, portman.enator [applause]
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>> good morning. thank you foro the kind words this morning and for hosting this event here at the institute. as you know, the new england council has a fabulous working relationship with our president and the team here at the institute. we work on these events over the last several years and we are happy to be back here again today. the series sponsors -- i would like to thank this series sponsors. and they ares distinguished members of the new england council and corporate
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members in new hampshire and new england. we want to thank them. ,efore i introduced the guest we have upcoming events. those of you often travel to washington. we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the next event. capital conversations was a huge success in washington. breakfast in our nation's capital. we are honored to have so many of you who have been so supportive in the past to join us. we have over 1500 of our neighbors from all of the states. truly one of the most it willted events and be something that i think you will enjoy. today, we are delighted to
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welcome back a special guest from ohio. this will be the mba championship city next year. we will see. senator rob portman visits. he may be a native of the buckeye state. he is no stranger to new england. he earned his undergraduate degree in anthropology from dartmouth college. it happens to be a member of the new england council. he attended law school and he established a career as an in his native city of cincinnati. he began his career in public service by joining the first bush white house. he had held several positions under bush.
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he was a director of the white house office. after several years, he returned to this great city and had a special election to he was successful and went on to represent the second congressional district with honor and distinction for 12 years. during the second bush ministration he served as united states representative and later as president george w. bush is stricter of the national budget. in 2010, he was elected to represent the united states senate. since that time has established a reputation as a leader of variety and important economic issues, from a balanced federal budget to forming our nation entitlement and tax systems.
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as a member of both the senate finance and the senate budget committee, he played a key role in the development of senate republicans jobs for america plan, which was unveiled this past march. this plan is meant to serve as a blueprint to create private sector growth and strengthen our economy. range of reforms in new policies for private sector job creation. they are well thought out. the above, energy strategy, regulatory reform, investments in system education to close that skill gap, increase exports and expanded andrts to foreign market, enabling businesses to grow and keep the jobs here in the united states. the senator has been a vocal advocate of reforming our nation's social security, entitlement programs, and to balance our federal budget.
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the new england council is honored to host and during our annual spring event in washington, d.c. we are truly delighted to welcome him to the new england area once again. please join me in welcoming the honorable senator rob portman. [applause] >> thanks very much. for a good democrat to endorse the jobs plan is a big deal. it's great to be back. i was honored to speak to your group when you guys were in washington in march and i am hopeful about the legislative agenda. it is great to be back. hayes.od to be at saint thank you to dr. desalvo for having me. i found out this morning why was invited.
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goingmonths ago we were through the mail and there was a big package that came from new hampshire. we have a daughter in school and i thought, she is sending me something. some straight a's. it was an invitation to speak to you all. thanked dr. disalvo for inviting me -- andrew, who is a freshman, and it said, "it was andrew who invited you." i appreciate reaching out to me. i also want to thank the nstitute in it is good to be with a lot of great friends. i have been in new hampshire a lot over the years and i am feeling like i am here with people i know well. comcast told me that he was around 1996 for bob dole that my
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plate a surrogate. i rhyme or him because at one point he was sliding down one of the exit ramps on the ice and getting in the middle of i-90 traffic. my best recollection was when we were up somewhere in northern have sure, -- new hampshire, and bob dole couldn't come. about fivee in candidates, none of whom you remember. "the grizzly bear" -- remember him? he was from alaska and we had a fun time debating that night. it was my first presidential debate in the republican primary. that's the wonderful thing about new hampshire. candidates come here in they have to be -- people in new hampshire can look right through them. doing these debates and town hall meetings, i think it is
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fantastic, a gives us all the opportunity to see politics. i was asked to talk about what is happening legislatively in washington. that would be very short speech. [laughter] not a whole lot is happening. there's a reason that congress has a 10% approval rating. i gave a speech recently in cincinnati and said to the audience, 10% means paid staff and family members. jane, who was in the audience at the time, said don't count on it. [laughter] instead of talking about what is happening i'd like to talk about what should be happening and what can happen. i am very hopeful about the future of our country. i think we are in trouble on the international stage over the last 24 hours even in syria and
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libya and ukraine. we also have trouble here at home. iless we change direction, worry that america will continue to slip. peopleleadership in the of our great country will continue to fall behind. that's what i want to talk about, how we can find that new direction. i watched they, news last night, which is probably a mistake because there is nothing good. fire is burning around the world. seeing what is happening in ukraine, i was there during the presidential election a few months ago. at that time, the people of ukraine were crying out for american leadership. we have not been forthcoming. i think we should step it up, be aggressive in helping them.
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certainly here in new hampshire with jim foley and the people who have seen the fact that evil does exist, in the brutality and tragic circumstances remind us of our vices. the security threats to our country. my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of jim foley. i think it reminds us of the fact that without american , into that vacuum chaos and violence breed. we are elected leaders. -- reluctant leaders. we are the sole remaining superpower. what we have seen around the world even in the last 24 hours is that america is not engaged. not only did people of this country suffered, humanitarian
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crises in northern iraq and other religious minorities, but also theia -- national security is threatened. caliphate,ablish the it is a hotbed for terrorism and it concerns us and freedom loving people. i know americans are very i wore. -- very at war. i know we must reluctantly except our responsibility. the reality is that we are the one indispensable country and if we are not out there -- jim talked about that role. it was a great honor, i went around the world representing our country. i had the opportunity to talk about how we should not condemn barriers to trade and fight corruption, promoting transparency.
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always, andlic, not always in private my fellow trade administrators would say to me, thank goodness america is out there. who else is going to do something? not the europeans. not the emerging inning -- emerging economies. it is america who was out there, which is ultimately for the well-being of all countries. i think the same is true across the board, whether it is human rights or democracy building or keeping roots in the south china sea. we can't be the world's policeman. i agree. a to get i we can't do it alone. that posse iof allies is
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what we need. if we leave from behind it is impossible for us to lead other countries. to solve some of the real problems we face around the world. war on the world can only be strong here at home. tbelieve we are in deep rouble. i am hopeful at the feature -- about the future but i think, is this it? is this the new normal? it can't be. weakest economic recovery since the great depression. when you look at the gdp growth in the jobs numbers, people can say there is little improvement here and there, but the reality is that this is a remarkable slacking economy.
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folks are saying, that is the way that is going to be. see doesn't enable us to the kind of opportunity that we have become accustomed to. with this weak economy, the american jane -- dream is really in trouble. jobs foroned this america plan i will talk about it in just a second. we have some of the components to get us back on our feet. take thehere is to institutions of our economy from taxes to energy, to health care, trade. to be able to compete globally by having a better education system and have workers trained. the need for us to be able to have regulations that make sense for businesses. a number of you talked to me earlier about your businesses. all these things america is
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behind on because we are not addressing the issues. some of my friends tell me when i talk about this, including the last couple days in the debate with the conservative republican friend of mine, washington should be doing more. washington should be doing less. i mentioned some of you are good at that. i would disagree. i think we're at a moment in our history were all washington -- where washington ought to be doing more, to change these fundamental economic systems that don't allow for the prosperity of the enterprise system that we have been accustomed to. forward andstepped made the changes that are necessary to unleash the entrepreneurial power of america.
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i think d.c. does have real consequences. we are missing an opportunity to engage on these issues and to be able to have people get back on their feet. the american dream is a risk. many people in this room understand that because you've experienced it. you don't see it today. i grew up in the small business family and when i was a kid my dad left a job as a salesman or he had health care and a retirement plan, into give it all up to start his own business, as many of you have. we started off with five people, my mom was a bookkeeper. we lost money the first few years. he had borrowed money from my mom's uncle. he couldn't get a loan from the bank. over the years, he found his footing, and by the time he
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retired my brother took over the business of about 300 people. i worked there. today, some of the guys have known me my whole life, technicians, mechanics, who retire with 4000 knowledge -- with $400,000. that is the american dream. to grow something. it, because the fact that washington is -- i worry about it because the american schools are in trouble. the most troubling points all summer was not about a race. it was about the american dream. it was a wall street journal poll. that 76% of americans
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do not believe the next generation will be better off than our generation. 76%. these are record numbers. also, another poll, a cnn poll, asked young people what you think? are you better off? over 60% said no. almost ams to be resignation right now. people saying, it's the new nor mal. it's not and it doesn't have to be that way. it's no wonder that people feel that way. poverty rates are up. health care costs are up. the middle-class squeeze. stronger,covery were just as strong as the average, per capita income would be $6,000 higher than almost 14 million more americans will be working.
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-- would be working. what we have tried hasn't worked. yesterday i was in new hampshire talking to a friend. some friends in ohio have lost their jobs. some of them are working. one of my friends is no consultant, -- is now a consultant, self-employed. he was able to get back on his feet. i see some heads nodding. if you look at the labor participation rate, the percentage of people working, we are at record lows. back to the 1940's. with something recently
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the situation in missouri. it was a discussion about the african-american community. the point was made that among african-american males, the number was her markedly low. historic levels. among many women combined it goes back to the 1970's. we don't want a repeat of the carter administration. i am reminded of double-digit unemployment. that's certainly not where we want to be. i do think there is an opportunity for us to get back to the kind of growth that we have been used to. this can't mean the new normal. this little proposal we talked about into jim mentioned -- it is important because it says not only is there an agenda here to our election but a blueprint forced fast.
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we are working with a republican majority in the united states senate. i think we have to c hange, to break through the gridlock. the only way you can do that is to get the president of the table and start discussing some of these issues. it takes two to tango. this is something that republican leadership will have to do. i certainly hope that will be true. by the way, this has been done before. ronald reagan never had a majority in the united states congress. 1986, working with tip o'neill and others, he was able to get critical tax reform for the economic growth over the next couple of decades. 1983, working with tip o'neill and democrats, he put in place social security reforms.
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incredibly important, vital programs on the mandatory side of the budget, the entitlement spending programs. but they were unsustainable. this is not something we haven't had before. newt gingrich doesn't particularly like him and yet they are able to work together and move forward with welfare reform and balanced budget and tax reform. but me give you three examples of what can be done in the first 100 days. tegyis an energy strag that improves the pipeline. to begin to make us energy independent. public infrastructure public . and all of the above, looking at all the resources. second, i think we can see immediate expansion of exports. people talk about the fact that
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we are trying to negotiate trade agreements but the fact is we cannot be successful in my view. to be able ability to take these agreements to congress. every president in the united states since fdr has had that ability. finishrucial in order to a specific partnership with the europeans. although the president called harry reid said over my dead body. but that republican leadership that is not going to happen. getting themsy back in the business of expanding our exports and creating jobs. and the time since the last time we had trade authority several years ago, there were 300 trade agreements initiated.
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lack of visibility to negotiate agreements. they can happen in the first hundred days. tax reform. today we heard news about burger maybe to merge the company smaller them overseas. in order to lower their taxes. ohio.nufacturer did it in they are now saving about $160 million per year. we need to stop that. the way to stop it is to reform our outdated tax code. everyone agrees. if we sit for say, we are going to go out for this on a case-by-case basis or put a band-aid in place to try to punish companies that are inverting, we will continue to see investment and jobs going overseas. more u.s. companies will become
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targets for foreign takeovers. i'm a beer drinker. try to buy an american beer. the largest a sam adams. 1.4% market share. the rest are all foreign-owned. here's the point. this is happening as we sit here. are listeningnies to people and their pitch that they should become foreign because the u.s. government is not doing the right thing for success. getting back to our discussion earlier, washington should be lowering, changing international systems, allowing businesses to
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prosper here in america. that's what we should be doing. the government talks about it, but shows no leadership to get it done. the responsibility goes both ways. we have to make sure we put in place immediately the kind of reforms to keep businesses here and to keep jobs here. beneficiaries will be the workers. benefits will go to the workers. the jobs weabout all want to create. if we don't do these things, open up and negotiate trade agreements, fix our tax code so toworks, come up with a way deal with energy so we can take advantage of these great al withnities we have, de health care costs, deal with regulations, reform our
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education systems -- if we don't do these things, america will continue to fall behind. if we do do them, our best days are ahead of us. one thing that is putting a wet blanket over the entire economy is our deficit. when i am in new hampshire -- moreso than some other states -- you guys get it. do it in your family budget or your business. supporting this economic plan -- a budget. we haven't had one for the past five years. the budget has to say what are the priorities. said --bols famous is "this is the, biggest economic crisis we face." if we don't deal with this issue we won't have another financial crisis. as the ministration would like more debt being added to
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the nation's balance sheet that all presidents in the history of this country combined. for a young person graduating, they are looking at $40,000 per graduate intern in the national debt -- in terms of the national debt. top of the fact that obamacare doesn't work for them because much of the increase payment is going to come from younger people. went up to the fact that they will have a hard time finding a job with 50% of graduates not being ill to find a job to match their degree. these are things and people should be very concerned about and all of us should be. in order to keep that american promise, to be able to make that american dream real, we have got to deal with the debt and deficit. president kennedy once said, "the rising tide looks burnt."
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i think he is right but not entirely. all the economic things we talked about today -- changing these policies and institutions -- is necessary but not sufficient. we have also got to deal with this injuring issue -- enduring issue of poverty. 50% or more at higher levels that was. and we do have an issue in this country of the disparity of income, the lack of upward mobility, people just not being able to get back on their feet. washington plays a role. right now, sometimes a negative role. when you combine mazuma subsidy and increasing the taxes sometimes it is just too hard. there will be reforms as well. providing people the kind of programs they need, but not a
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handout as we see around the country. i have been involved over the years and looking at the causes of poverty and dealing with them. legislation i wrote called the second chance act that deals with issues of recidivism. people who get in this revolving door of prison. recidivism rates are incredibly high in this country. 50% of people given again within the next two or three years. in terms of those people's lives, not being able to turn them around, take care of their family and become productive citizens. stuffond chance to works. drug addiction prevention, treatment, recovery.
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we talked about education reform earlier. critical issue. it is a hopeful story, about a guy and then cleveland. i was at a discussion with people who are taking advantage of the second chance act, the federal matching funds. you have to meet certain criteria. all of which is not done in antipoverty programs. melvin is about my age. he has been in and out of prison a lot. he is a recovering addict. "by the time i get out of prison i get back in and get back to my old habits." he had been clean for six years. where owns his own house, he lives with his daughter. he has never lived with her before. he has a job.
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he did it all because when he got out this time someone said is this program you can join it is to give you a second chance, to help you with treatment and recovery that you need, get the job skills you need." he is a supervisor in the kitchen. is got the ability to take care of his daughter. in the dignity and self-respect that comes with work and taking care of his family. were comes from the belief in second chance. we are country that believes in second chances. i certainly believe that. i think we can find this interaction. i think we must. i think we will. i thank you all for what you do every day to try to make your communities better, make new hampshire a better place to live and work, to help restore the american dream. tank you for having me this morning. [applause]
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>> i've a couple of questions. >> it is a program that creates treasuryy year to the that reduces debt we are all where it is going
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to go has probably already been response,y my first which is not much is happening and toington these days. ensure it is not interfering in the market base. i think all of our trading partners do more than we do. my view is simple. over time it would be great if every country got out of this business and we allowed the market to work. we would be shooting ourselves
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say,e foot if we were to in this situation where a aggressive countries take the market share from us emma we are not going to play in this name -- game. we need to play. if you think about it we don't have an agreement with china or we have ann union. agreement with latin america and asia. 10% of the world takes 47% of rx ports. exports. by american
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, so that's what we have got to do to make sure we level financing. what happened is we have the we will docompete. better if we create that environment by reforming our tax energy even more efficiently. there are some things i am really excited about, because we can expand exports. nice to see you.
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>> what you would do in dealing with that characterization in terms of the dysfunctionality? >> i think we can look back in recent his or he. -- history. ago we were able to figure out how to solve these and in a bipartisan way. nothing big is happening without leadership.ement in
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legislatives the ranch to be able to work with that president to get it done. people said ronald reagan was crazy because the democratics reagan said, we are going to do the right thing. we're going to move forward with this. that was 1983. people remember ronald reagan as being a popular president. [inaudible] ronald reagan went on to win every single state but one. today that might be more challenging but i do not think we should throw in the towel. we should insist on principled leadership i am talking about establishing what the objective is. the object is to have a credit
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will tax code. instead of saying these people are economic deserters and saying we're going to take away this tax benefit or that which will make them even less competitive and more right to be a target of a foreign takeover let's fix the problem. every single one have lowered the rate. i don't think we need a huge adjustment to our system. what we need is leadership and for people to insist on it. i think republicans and democrats need to do a better job of talking about the need for us to find common ground and why that is important. why it matters in the daily lives of citizens. [no audio]
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>> i share a lot of the concerns you mentioned. the direction of the country and where we are headed create and where we can change that direction. i agree that a lot of it is the dysfunction that is happening right now and i'm wondering if you could share with us what i think is more than a passing
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interest in some of the senate races that are happening and how you see those shaping up and how that might change and reframe what is happening in washington. >> good question. i mentioned earlier the poll that i was most interested in was the one that people in the next generation do not think will be better than the current one. it means people are feeling that anxiety and uncertainty. i am looking at other polls. i got my [inaudible] from politico. they were talking about the polling around the country. it is too close to call. there are states that are literally when you look at the rcp average, probably four or five of them where it is one point seven rating the republican and democrat. in the end it would be surprising if republicans did
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not prevail because there are seven states where there is a democrat representing not just a red state but a romney red state. six of those, president obama got less than 42%. there is only one blue state and that his main and that is susan collins and she's doing great. i would think that in the end we will be ok. i am the national finance chair for the majority efforts. it does change the dynamic. i just believe that the current dynamic is flawed and the president is not likely to come to the table. i look in 1994 and what happened when bill clinton again without any great love for newt gingrich was able to come to the table and say let's see what we can do together. it took all sides of -- being willing to do that. if i were president obama and i was looking at my term in office and thinking what is the legacy here, are we going to be happy with 1%, 2% growth, are we happy with the uncertainty and anxiety that people feel, i would think
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he would want to do some things and focus like a laser on jobs and growth in getting us back on track in terms of dealing with the debt and deficit. the legacy will be in part having added more debt to the balance sheet than all the presidents combined. it will not be true with dealing with [inaudible] i am hoping we are able to come together. some of the issues will not be resolved. there is an opportunity for us to focus on these economic and fiscal issues. i think the next two years will be very productive. if you had a change and a different dynamic in washington. >> if you could speak a little bit about natural gas, it is a big issue in new england. trying to get more natural gas
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appear -- up here. it is energy efficiency and renewables -- [no audio] >> it is a great question. where the saudi arabia of natural gas. it is probably because of our technology and the land that is available. we can do more on public lands including offshore which i support and i think it is important to take full advantage of this and bring back manufacturing. there have been three companies that have come back and what i asked them why, i have been to over 150 plant tours and they say a lot of it is natural gas. just the sense of because of the supply, there is the stability going forward and it is a couple
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coming here. we have been and are subject problem. this makes us an energy exporting state but the pipe structure is not adequate to deliver that gas. we so that this last winter. it was pretty scary. we did not have the infrastructure or the grid to understood -- to make sure we would not have runouts and we had a propane crisis that some of you may be were involved with. there is legislation to come up for way too better predict what our propane needs are. ithink it is exciting was happening. we need to focus on how do you truly take advantage of moving
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the natural gas to refineries and to other areas where there is a scarcity. >> i do want to return to the question of bipartisanship. you have mentioned the second chance act. i know from having observed your actions in those days that the effort to be right -- bipartisan, to find common ground on a very tough for the whole issue, crime policy, you are part of that. you were very intimate to that happening and a very successful thing that you mentioned today. the question i have for you is this.
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we have not talked about the money and politics piece. don't you agree that the fundamental problem in 2014 is that everyone in this country is inundated with the negativity around politics in advertising and bashing of candidates and what you're getting is a very low bottom of common ground. there is no way to find any positive things about your opponent during a campaign in then you wonder how do you pick that up in january when you have to work with these people. how do you see the tone of the conversation in campaigns changing when you have these third-party influences and this fundamental shift in the respect people have in the process of government and settling
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differences in the civilized way. >> i do not have an easy answer. i think speech includes the ability to promote whatever your position is so you will continue to have a lot of campaign rhetoric positive and negative. the negative seems to work and that is why there is more negative ads and so on. the one difference that i have experienced when i ran for the senate is the ability online to communicate. and the degree to which people are accessing online sources of information and that could be positive or negative. it gives candidates a way to get their message out. one of my concerns about my
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party is that we're too often represented and misrepresented of the -- as a party that is against. we need to stand for something and we do. we do not always communicate that. there is a way to do it now. even in terms of the people who were accessing sources online. it is incredibly powerful. i agree with you about the airwaves and some of the ads and so on. i'm not saying that being online is positive either. they have the potential to say to potential voters this is what i have done, this is what i am for. not what someone else says i am against. that is something that we need to take more damage of and those of us in office, it you are that and i am doing that. i would make one simple comment. we are lacking -- locking too many people up instead of figuring out ways to turn their lives around and we know it works and you a know it works
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and we talked about this earlier. it is much more active. there are 2000 collisions that have come out of that but there is much more effective treatment. there -- this is the one area that has been vulnerable. we can make incredible progress. this is something we ought to do. >> two more questions. >> thank you. i am also with the aarp. he did not ask the social security question but i am just curious. there are a number of solutions to the problems where social security is.
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some of them are not devastating if we take care of them right away. it will not the a catastrophe in a few years. get i think that is a place where you could start to compromise or build partnership. what are your thoughts on what we should do? >> isn't really well and i appreciate aarp. -- you said it really well and i appreciate aarp. we have to grab it, if we don't, our country will go bankrupt. it is a matter of math. these entitlement programs are incredibly important, that is why we need to save them. the one i have been pushing, very frustrated we have not been
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able to make progress. this is the fourth thing. i am hopeful. which used to say let's put more means testing into social security and medicare. we could do more. specifically with regard to medicare, the president put a proposal in his budget saying those who make over 170,000 bucks a year as a couple pay more from premium part b for dr. visits but also r&d for their prescription drugs and for those people who can afford it and these are people who would have three or 4 million in that asset, they have to pay in terms of their participation. that has an impacts on the social security trust fund. it starts off small but maybe $60 billion in savings.
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this is what you are referring to. you do small things and have enormous impacts in later years trade if we do not do this we are looking at having another $10 trillion. this goes off the rails. there are some things we can and should do. this is in the budget and something i have been running. when i go to my socratic colleagues they say we cannot touch anything on the entitlement side without raising taxes on the rich. i say this is raising taxes on the rich. this is asking the wealthy or americans to pay more. which is equivalent to taxing the more. they see you cannot touch entitlements without taxing the
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rich under the tax code. it makes no sense. there is no logic here. this is a small step but an important step in the right direction. it is one that i have been out there promoting. sometimes it might political peril because some groups are taking me on on it. i want to save this program. i want it to be there for future generations. i think that is a great example of what you're talking about and i would add it as number four, what could happen if we have just a little bipartisanship and had some common ground. >> one final question. >> my problem goes back to bipartisanship.
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[no audio] >> i recognize the gridlock cannot take place, you have to talk to people. you are up close and personal with them. you have to balance budgets. when i was a new mayor with donna washington after september 11, we were to meet with gephardt. i went into washington and it had dramatically changed with security you would not believe especially after september 11. it is much better now. i was in on of being, it was in sam rayburn's former office building. i was intrigued but i had a chance to meet with him one-on-one and i said how often do you and the speaker me thinking our nation is in crisis
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and there is so many challenges and he said we do not even talk to each other area that was after one of the greatest national crises and you talk about presidential leadership. we had a republican president that was ingrained in the philosophy of washington and we do not talk to each other. i would be interested in hearing from you, who do you work with on a bipartisan manner to give us a sense of who you are as a leader. my sense is that you are bipartisan but can you talk about that issue that we do not talk to each other at what you're doing on your site to change that. >> it is a great question. one thing i did not mention, almost all these are puzzles have bipartisan roots. a number of them i am involved with. all three bills are bipartisan and could have we could get it to the floor of the senate. in that case mark pryor is my cosponsor and it is on regulatory accountability. the other is related to
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permitting. it puts accountability into the permitting process and ensures some of the legal liability is there so you can permit things. wind and solar. we have a good bipartisan group there. we have got legislation as was mentioned on second chance all of which are bipartisan. i do not think unless we make these things bipartisan, we have to find common ground. i reached out and made some concessions to the other side sometimes create your member what it is like, you do not get everything you want. this is how you do it in your daily lives.
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jane will tell you. we figure things out. the same is true in your marriage is an and her dealings with government. that is -- it is not that hard. the climate is more difficult, even poisonous in some respects and the gridlock seems to be ingrained in the washington politician's mind. i use ronald reagan a lot as an example. i do think a lot of republicans use him as an example of what they are looking for. he used to say is amazing what can get accomplished when you do not care who gets the credit. i put that on my desk and that is a very deep thought. maybe more profound than people initially think. what is happening is about politics and who gets the credit and the blame. it should be about how do you choose the result, let's agree on the objective and figure out
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how to get there. i believe america's test days could be ahead. i really do. we have the infrastructure and the education system and the people and the entrepreneurial spirit is still out there. people want to be able to create a better life. all washington needs to do is create that environment. washington does not create jobs but a can create the environment for success and the environment for failure. right now they're heading down the wrong track. there is an opportunity to take a new direction. let's embrace it. do not throw in the towel and say this is the new normal.
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what say we can do it, we always have. we will figure it out. it will require leadership and finding that common ground. thank you. [applause] i would like to acknowledge the [inaudible] a fellow dartmouth alum. >> the best seven years of my life. i enjoyed every year. the state senator from district 20 is also here. i also wanted to thank him for being here. it is often said that lou would
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go to the opening of an ampulla. he's a great outlet serving. he is a very serious lawmaker and we do not have enough serious lawmakers who think an awful lot about the problems we have an goes a step further to say i think i have some ideas. some of them outside the box as he alluded to. that may cause some witticism and arrows being directed at him but he is willing to do that in order to move the country forward. to grow the economy so we can have 4%, 5% growth. we need people like the senator in the u.s. senate so we are fortunate to have him here today. i would ask before we leave if we could have a moment of silence, a thought for james foley and his family, that they find strength in the next coming days and months and years ahead. he is a neighbor in rochester
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and a friend to many people. with that, a moment of silence for james foley and his family. thank you very much. we look forward to seeing the senator in washington and new england. we want to thank him for being here today and we thank our sponsors for making this a great success and thank our leader here. we wish you a happy labor day coming up. thank you. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] >> tomorrow, tim lynch from the -- coming up, q&a with judge robert cap man. and then reduce prime minister david cameron after that senator rob portman. tomorrow night a debate between bill nye the science guy on
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