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values i would learn while cleaning out, newer. god knew i would need that lesson when he sent need to congress. [applause] to brag a little bit about indiana. good things are happening in indiana. our economy is growing and we were listed by george mason university is the third freest date in the nation. it also doesn't hurt that we lived next door to illinois. in illinois, the politician philosophy is quite different. just like obama, they love big government. illinois politicians arrange with executors to airy them in chicago because they still want to be politically active after they die. [laughter] our values are under threat today.
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recently, it has only become much worse. big government progressives are interested in marginalizing, dividing and silencing critics who provide a different point of view. they believe solutions are found in the federal government. we believe the american people have the answers. there are three institutions i believe in -- first of all, the family. second of all, the church, and third, the government. each one of these institutions play a very significant role and if they are out of balance, things can go wrong. the family has to be strong. we have to have fathers and the home. divorce rates need to be lower. we need to love and support single-parent families. the church has a critical role in our communities. they need to have community awareness and involvement, supporting the family, building
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character in young people. if those two are filling their appropriate roles, the government will fill its appropriate role. national defense, infrastructure, when i think about what xm america great, we can think of a lot of things. our history of our culture, hard , all oftrepreneurship these qualities make us unique to the rest of the world. sadly, there is a new and watching nbc about how to start a small business. have you heard about this? take your hard-earned money, start a large as this and wait one year. after one year, you will have a small business. america has never been a mindless mass. we have always been one country that celebrated and encouraged the power of each individual to dream, to work, to live his life in peace.
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when the left makes it easier for people to lose their individual motive by convincing them to trade their dignity for dependents, it is the height of disrespect. many on the left forget quickly the united states government would not exist without the is quicklystop it becoming a government above the people without the people and against the people. for proof of that, look no further than the acronyms nsa, epa, and irs. nsa, above the people. epa, without the people. the irs, against the people. i would say we would be better off if the nsa, epa and irs were mia. it's time we cut the federal government act down to size of the original piece of parchment
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it was written on. in spite of everything, i still believe in america. when i think about american greatness, i don't think about inside the beltway. i think of the american people. since our founding, we've grown the 13 to -- 13 colonies to world's lone superpower. we are the superpower because our people have had the freedom to create, explore, innovate, and in then. we must reject this individual freedom and make sure the government doesn't squeeze anyone's ability to grow and succeed, or live the american dream. it's important to first three world -- first three were of the constitution are a reminder to every politician -- it's not we the government, if we the people. in the american dream unites everyone of us. this is my vision for a strong america. a strong america is a place
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where religious liberty is embraced and no longer threatened by overreaching federal health care mandates. , as aa strong america land where families decide where their children attend schools. whether it's a choice among public schools, voucher for a private school, or the protection to homeschool. education is critical to a free society. the federal government that overtakes families and it should -- individual state responsibility is out of line. america is a place where people don't need to depend on the federal government because opportunities exist for all the work and embrace personal responsibility. i believe in an america that stands shoulder to shoulder against surety that our friends and allies around the world and god's peopleandons in israel.
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[applause] i also firmly believe a strong america is one that protects the lives of the born and unborn. [applause] i want to share with you a story. there was a young lady who was 17 years old. all the sudden, she found herself in an unexpected redundancy. she was actually the daughter of a pastor, a large family, very involved in the community. she found herself in a very difficult situation. she did not know what to do, didn't know who to talk to or where to go will stop on top of that, her father and mother's home where her and 10 children lived bird to the ground.
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she lost everything. she found herself laying on the floor one night in a neighbor's home crying and sobbing because she did not know what to do. she knew if she could get to kalamazoo, michigan, there was an abortion clinic there. she knew if she could just find a ride to get to the abortion clinic, she could take care of this problem. she was sobbing and crying and one night, some of the other people heard her crying. was -- ithe secret was not going to be able to hide the secrets much longer. she cannot get to kalamazoo to do the abortion, she decided she was going to have to tell someone and so she told her mother. she did not want to tell her boyfriend, she did not want to tell her pastor father who would
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be embarrassed. her mother was the lady she finally decided to trust. momrandmother grabbed my and told her it was going to be ok. [applause] we are all going to mess up. but we have to reach out and love will stop we have to reach out with a helping hand. we have to be willing to say i'm going to stand beside you and i'm going to help you get through this time. because if we don't, government is going to try to. we have to be the ones to reach out and help. just like my mother, just like my grandmother, just like i father and graham -- might father and grandfather, they embody what it means and that
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all life has value. it is because of that belief , there are more doctors, teachers, athlete and scientists and even small-town farmers who lose their opportunity to live their own story. let this generation be the one to stop abortion in america. [applause] so we need each and every one of you. thank you for being here today. it is critical because of our voices are not heard, many across the country awesome voices will not be heard in washington. relationships.d it never hurts to smile when you're talking with your leveler
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-- your liberal friends. just keep smiling. it makes them nervous. we need to be happy warriors, willing to go out and show up at places where they don't expect us to show up. build relationships with our officials in office. and if you have the opportunity, take the opportunity to run for is where you feel that your letter. america was outbid on freedom and liberty and we are the guardians of that. let stand together and fight to keep our nation strong will stop let dan together and fight for a brighter future for generations to come. thank you for being here and supporting the family research council, thank you for making a difference in people's lives. god bless each and everyone of you, and god bless america.
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♪ [applause] >> thank you. senator cruz is in the house. [applause] to introduce him as one of our great sponsors, every year at the values voters summit, and that would we the media research center. report on the overwhelming liberal bias in today's media. --ough hours and hours of they wade through hours and hours of liberal media cover so we don't have to and report to us. coming out to introduce our next speaker, would you welcome and thank the president of the media research center, brent bozell. [applause] >> thank you very much.
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thank you. how are y'all doing today. how is it going. senator cruz is backstage, but i thought i would talk for 45 minutes first will stop very quickly. the first thing i want to do is introduce you to my grandson. maximilian leo bozell -- i just met him yesterday. his father is in the marine corps and is stationed in okinawa. he came back last night. rod ishis lovely bride the baby and we've been having fun ever since. there's a second reason -- actually three reasons why i brought him. to ask you as you listen to people like senator cruz to focus on children like this. focus on the future because this
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is not about you. this is about this generation will stop get off defense. it's time to go on offense. [applause] lines, max wanted to say something. ist he was asking me before if this was a 501(c) four, said it was. and he said he wanted to express his own opinion and i said ok and he said run, ted, run. stop --u very much will thank you very much. [applause] ♪
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♪ >> thank you so very, very much. i want to thank max. i think is the youngest introducer i've ever had. god bless the value voters summit. [applause] week, i stoodhis on the senate floor and said i intend to stand until i can stand the longer. [applause] later, together, a great many men and women across the country had elevated today
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about the disaster that is obamacare. so, in honor of that anniversary, sit back, relax, we are going to be here a while. but don't worry. you will know we are nearing the end if and when i begin to read of y'all havet gotten to know our daughters. caroline, the six-year-old is a cynic. nothing i have done in the u.s. senate has impress her about. except for reading green eggs and ham will stop when i came said she looked at me and that was kind of cool.
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when your kindergartner gives you that kind of reassurance, that's any good. we all saw the news -- how many of you saw in the news that a man was thought after he climbed the fence at the white house? the secret service stopped him and said i'm sorry, you have two more years left on your term. [applause] fallon. came from jimmy hold the media to account because i will say in the personting on who broke into the white house, they have not used the politically correct term and we should insist that abc, nbc and cbs refer to the term that is politically correct -- and undocumented white house visitor. [applause]
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grateful you all are here today standing up for our country. -- the lord tells us weeping may endure for tonight, but joy cometh in the morning today as we are here every man, woman in this room knows that morning is coming. [applause] that abroad, we've seen that in our lives, and we've seen it at home. if you look abroad, this conference is particularly pearlescent -- particularly blessed to welcome an extraordinary hero, marion abraham -- miriam e brame.
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i just had the opportunity to visit with her and her son and her little baby girl and her husband backstage. an incredible peace and joy radiates from her. a young wife, young mother in prison thrown into a pit, giving birth to her daughter with her legs and leg irons will stop sentenced by a cruel and oppressive government to receive 100 lashes and then hanged by the neck until dead stop for the crime of in a christian. told hernment of sudan if you would only renounce jesus , we will spare you this terrible fate.
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she looked at her captors and said i cannot and will not renounce crisis. crisis -- christ. [applause] how many of us had ever had our faith tested like that is to mark, a of us have faced a question like that? if you start to feel hope and despair for what's happening in this country, remember that prison cell in sudan. is to a fewam minutes ago and to talk of it all, how did you not lose faith? how did you not give up hope? she responded very simply -- she said god was with me.
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promiseho forgets the complete remember joy cometh in the morning. millions of believers across the up in prayerher and spoke out in support of her and the heat and the like was too much on the government of sudan and they were forced to release her free at last. [applause] i'm reminded of the book of where paul in silence were thrown in prison and god brought an earthquake that roque the prison open. , afraid for the take hisces again to
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own life and paul stopped him. the jailer asked of the apostle saved?at must i do to be seeing modern day paul's and silas is across the world. , tomorrow night at the value voters summit, you will hear from his wife. she's a woman of incredible faith. she is an american. her husband is an american. their two little kids are american children living in idaho. she recorded a simple video of their children saying please send our daddy home. today is the two-year
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anniversary. the government showing up and arresting him for professing his christian faith. two years. things if incredible hearing the story about how while in an iranian prison, he has led dozens of fellow prisoners and their jailers to christ's. [applause] just as with paul and silas, the jailers are turning to him saying what must i do to be saved? god is president in the darkest
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corners and we are standing on the promise of the word. right now this week, the government of iran is sitting down with the united states government swilling chardonnay whatw york city to discuss my mr. netanyahu describes as a historic mistake on a bad deal setting the stage for ron to acquire nuclear weapon capability. we so desperately need a president who will stand up and say these discussions do not release himntil you -- send him home will stop send him home. [applause] vacuum of american
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leadership, we need a president who will speak out, a president who will stand up and say to the over 200 nigerian schoolgirls held cap this by boko haram because they are christians, little girls sold into slavery, we need a president who will speak out for prisoners of conscience like kenneth a and north korea, like leopold lopez gross inela, like alan see inike sergeant emery mexico. [applause] abroad, we see a lot of weeping. butay endure for the night, we stand on the promise that joy
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is coming in the morning. part of the reason we can stand with such confidence and optimism with such hope is we understand it in our own lives. this is not something abstract or the heretical. something each of us has lived. and many of you have gotten to know my father, pastor rafael cruz. he is very shy and soft-spoken. and he is beloved by the media. even the folks in the press are cracking up at that one. teenager experienced that same captivity. he was 14 when he began fighting in the cuban revolution. the revolution in cuba came from the student council, from high
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school kids and college kids. when my father turned 17, my grandparents brought to -- bought him a brand-new white suit. he went out partying enjoying the town and then he disappeared. my grandfather went searching for him because he knew his son had been in the underground and searched jail to jail to jail. my father had been thrown in a cuban prison and tortured, beaten hour after hour. he had his teeth crushed in as his head was stomped in to the ground by army boots. when sheother told me saw my father again, you could not see a spot of white in that white suit. blood covered in mud and and his teeth were dangling from his mouth. when he was in
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that cuban jail, god was with him. by all rights, my father should have perished there. god's hand ron him from captivity to freedom. grace brought him to the united states of america. [applause] when i was a young child, my parents were having in calgary. they were in the oil business. wereer of my parents people of faith at the time. neither of them had a relationship with christ's. both my parents drank far too much.
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both of them had serious problems with alcohol. , my i was three years old father decided he did not want to be married anymore stop he did not want a three-year-old son. a plane and left calgary and flew back to texas. he left us. when he was in houston, a colleague in the oil and gas toiness invited him to come leigh road baptist church and my father accepted that invitation and he gave his life to jesus. [applause] he went and bought an airplane -- ticket and flew back to calgary to rejoin my mother and rejoin his son. faith real,asks is
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is a relationship with jesus real, i can tell you if it were not for my father having his life to christ's, i would have been raised by a single mother without having my dad in the home. us, we have seen firsthand that in other dark -- in other darkness, hope remains. of "amazing grace" but it -- how sweet the sound that saved my soul. i once was blind but now can see. what an incredible story every one of us knows and understands in our lives. we see it at home -- we see it in our nation. there is in today in america and
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urgency none of us have seen before in politics. pulling today shows 76% of americans don't believe our children will have a better life than we do all stop that is unprecedented. and it is fundamentally un-american. idea this country was built on, every generation for sentry has believed with freedom, standing for our values, our kids will have a better life than we did in their kids will have a better life than we did. this is a time of great-us. greater than the miriam faced in that cell in sudan. it is no greater than the crisis so many of us have aced in our own lives.
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, i had to enter with an israeli friend of mine for rosh hashanah and he made a remarkable observation. america begins with the fundamental from us of religious liberty. it is the very first thing in the bill of rights. it's the very first freedom upon which all other liberties are built. built on thewas revolutionary idea that our rights don't come from government, they come from almighty god. [applause] as the declaration said -- we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created each will and are endowed not i queen, not even
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by an all-powerful resident. endowed by their creators with certain inalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. we are seeing fundamental challenges and yet we are seeing victory such as the phenomenal victory for religious lit -- religious liberty that was the hobby lobby case. [applause] of five to four, the supreme court said the federal government cannot force people of faith to abandon their faith. think about it for a second if that was five to four. and the different outcome is different. there are people in washington who say republicans to win has
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to abandon values. right. exactly our values are who we are. our values are why we are here. [applause] our values are fundamentally american. this country remains a center-right country. this country remains a country old on judeo-christian values. this country remains a country that values and treasures our constitution. [applause] anyone who tells you differently is lying to you. every american should know about
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the little sisters report. [applause] you want to talk about values? right now, and the federal government is suing the little sisters of the poor to try to force catholic nuns to pay for abortion inducing drugs. you know what? the modern democratic party has become an extreme, radical party. [applause] invite hillary clinton to spend the day debating the little sisters of the poor. [applause] yes, thembrace him federal government should be suing and fighting catholic nuns to force them to pay for
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abortion inducing the -- abortion inducing drugs. as for me, i will stand with the nuns. [applause] a pretty good rule of thumb, by the way, if you are suing nuns, you have done something really wrong. just a few weeks ago following hobby lobby, democrats introduce legislation in the senate to repeal the protections on religious the birdie in the religious freedom restoration act. ago act passed two decades with almost unanimous support signed into law by democrat ill clinton. bipartisanto be agreement regardless of our differences over the marginal tax rate of stop we used to come together and say we are going to respect religious liberty of everyone. when the vote came to strip
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hobby lobby and christian companies of their religious liberty rights to melinda vote came to strip the little sisters of the poor and catholic charities of their religious rights, do you know how many withe democrats stood religious liberty, stood with the catholic church? zero. it is heartbreaking. two weeks ago, democrats in the senate introduced a additional amendment to repeal the free speech protections of the first amendment. the rights of the people in this room to speak out because -- and gives congress the ability to determine whether your speech and my speech is dosonable or not will stop you know how many democrats stood with the first amendment against that effort? zero.
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these are dangerous, extreme, radical times. in 1990 seven, democrats tried something similar and that same right wing activist, ted kennedy spoke against it. he stood up and said in over 200 years, we have not amended the bill of rights. now is no time to start. on thea floor speech senate floor with ted kennedy's face and that quote next to it. [applause] it scared my father to death. he turned on c-span and said good god, my son has gone native. [laughter] do we turn this country around? we offer a choice, not an echo.
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how do we turn this country around western mark weed do not paint in pale pastels, we paint in bold colors. we are 39 days away from a pivotal election. to defend the first amendment, free speech or religious liberty, vote harry reid out. [applause] if you want to defend our second amendment, our right to keep and defend arms, vote harry reid out. [applause] defend the fourth and fifth amendment, our right
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to privacy, if you want to defend the 10th amendment, vote harry reid out. [applause] how do we win? we defend american values and we stand for life. we stand for marriage. we stand for israel. [applause] jobs andback opportunities and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the american dream. [applause] we abolish the irs. [applause]
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we repeal common core. [applause] in 39 days, i believe we are going to retake the united states senate and we are going to retire harry reid as majority leader. [applause] and in 2017, with a republican wesident in the white house, start legislation repealing every word of obamacare. [applause]
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each and every one of you is here because you believe in our nation, you believe in our values, and i will tell you why i am optimistic. from the founding of our nation, america has enjoyed god lost robin and chilled list. at every stage in the revolutionary war, a rag tag bunch of colonists had no prayer of defeating the mightiest army -- mightiest army on earth, but with god less thing we did. in the civil war that pitted brother against brother spilled blood upon our soil to expunge the original sin of this nation that should have wrenched this country apart forever, yet with god was thing, this nation came back together. in world war ii, standing against the grotesque evil that
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was the not these, the american people rose to the occasion and saved the free world. , with leadership from america, the american people rose up and we won the cold war without firing a shot and toward the portland wall to the ground -- torrent the berlin wall to the ground. [applause] i am optimistic because of you. i'm off the mystic because i believe in the american people and i am optimistic because i am convinced god is not done with america yet. [applause] we stand on the promise of the word -- weeping may endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning. thank you and god bless you. [applause] ♪
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>> all right, thank you. thank you, ladies and gentlemen. does wonders for my ego when a speaker has these cameras come and then i step up and they turn and walk away. i've been here all morning. i can't get through my announcements without reading my notes. there, you heard a 40 minute beach straight from the heart. powerful. give us a few moments as we set up some things for our next speaker. i would say what difference does it make, but that line has been taken in this town. imagine that. andrunning for president the most memorable line is what difference does it make? i want to show you an amazing video. for all of us who are pro-life, we seem to validate that to the abortion issue, but it is so much wider, broader, and deeper
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than that. the family research council is right on the cutting edge of the whole stem cell research movement. we would like to show you some progress being made that will encourage you and less your heart will stop let's look at the >> can you stand up? >> jackie is berry caring. she loves helping people. i think i got the better end of the deal. >> jackie is a happy person no matter what happens in her life. she is always outgoing. she is a local person. >> i got to college and i was 21, and i started to get red bumps on my fingers. i could barely walk. my ankles were just balloons. i could not even bend my ankles to walk. i had the face rash.
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not only was it red, it was scaly and black. i could feel off a huge layer of skin, so i went to the doctor and told him those two things, and he had a hunch. he said you have lupus. ♪ lupus is my body attacking my body. if you have a cold, your body attacks the cold. my body attacks my kidneys. it does not know the difference between a cold or my kidneys or my skin or my blood. it is attacking it. they give me a pill and it failed. they give me a pill and it felt -- failed and they give me another pill and i did not
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tolerate a great well. i went through every single medication they have and nothing was working. >> it is frustrating, especially with lupus, because nobody has answers. the doctors don't have answers. i did not have answers. you are almost helpless. >> it was hard for me because i did not know why she had to go through this. but -- >> they did not know what to do. they did not know how to treat me. ♪ >> she had gone through all the drugs. when they mentioned an adult stem cell transplant, it was a last resort regrets it happened -- last resort. it all happened really quickly. >> they take out your stem cells. you get admitted to the
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hospital, where they give you five days of treatment. it was intense chemo. after they wiped my body clean of the sick cells, the lupus cells, and they gave me my stem cells back. it is a brand-new immune system. it took six to seven months for me to feel better. >> ready, set, go. >> it is definitely on. we are outdoor people. we go hiking. but because of adult stem cells, i can walk long distances. i can walk on the trails. i can go hiking with my husband. we love nature. >> it was pretty rough for a while there. we were told that we may not be able to have a child. >> i wanted something so bad my
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whole life. i rent online that i might not be able to have it. he said, jackie, you have a new immune system. it does not know you have lupus. and so we will try. adult stem cells give me a better life and a chance to be a mom. ♪ [applause] >> isn't that a great story? you are a part of that. with all of the news dominating the headlines, we hardly hear anything more about the crisis on her own border. yet, that crisis continues. we need to hear more about that. coming next, is the lieutenant governor of texas who will be
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addressing this issue, among others. he has worked hard to make text the national leader in job creation and the best place in america to do business. lets take a look at the monitors for a little bit more about her next bigger. ♪ >> remember last summer when many of you rose up and drove your cars up to washington. because we had a group of people who literally took over the senate chambers and kept our senate from doing business. so we decided we'd all show up so we could save some lives. >> the governor was the visionary for hb 2 and pro-lifers and women and children owe him a debt of gratitude that is simply
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difficult to really explain to people. >> i want to tell you why i asked him to come. this little baby right here. this little baby right here came up for adoption. the little girl who was pregnant who didn't know who the dad was went down to get an abortion and she couldn't get an abortion because this little baby had just turned 20 weeks old. [applause] so the next time somebody says to you that this is about politics, i want you to remember. i want this to be etched in your mind. this is what it's about, right here. [applause] >> this is a massive bill. this bill brought lucille richards to texas to try to stop it. it brought people from all over
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the country. they paid people to come from all over the country. that's how big and massive this bill was. that's what david duhurst dreamed up for us, put together, and helped shepherd through. no one else offered to do that for us or was able to do that. not dan patrick. not anyone else. that's what makes david irreplaceable to the pro life movement. >> the sacrifice that you and your staff and your other legislators made, we have our son today. [applause] >> when there is a time when you have stood courageously as lieutenant governor duhurst has done and here we stand today with the fruit of that, this little baby, the lieutenant governor ought to get the credit for his leadership. as the people of grace, i want you to thank him today. >> amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, from the great state of texas, would you please welcome lieutenant governor david duhurst.
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♪ long necks and western slang ♪ >> thank you. ladies and gentlemen, it's a great pleasure for me to be here this morning. i get to be in a room full of fellow conservatives, fellow christians, people that are dedicated to supporting life. i get to talk about texas. it doesn't get any better. i've been a conservative all my life. i remember as a youngster i read barry goldwater's book "the conscience of a conservative" and when i got through reading i said, that's me. my most important north star is my christian faith. my belief in christ. with my family a very close
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second, meaning they're really great. growing up, my dad was killed when i was 3 years old in a car wreck. mom was our rock. she taught us her christian values. we had her unconditional love just like we have cleist's -- christ's unconditional love. i've come to realize that the core essence of conservativism is the unshakeable respect for the dignity and the liberty of every person. seeing just a second ago that baby continues to be very emotional for me. you and i know that life is a gift from god. i'm proud to defend it any time i can from anyone who would treat preborn babies as a mere inconvenience or try and harm you or your family. [applause]
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thinking about that baby, you know, before i was elected lieutenant governor, only one pro life bill in the history of the state of texas had ever passed out of the texas senate. since then i've led in passing parental consent, a woman's right to know, a 24-hour cooling off period, making it a crime for the first time in the history of the state of texas to harm an unborn baby, defunding planned parenthood. [applause] the sonogram bill and a lot more including as you just saw the 2013 blockbuster bill where we had protesters chanting, hail satan. that bill has saved a little over 10,000 lives in one year.
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[applause] today i don't know a state more socially conservative than texas. i want everybody to be socially conservative. i don't know a state more fiscally conservative than texas. i want everybody to be fiscally conservative. now, i'm pretty independent. i'm a proud republican. i'm pretty independent. i do what's right. and a poor boy, i started my business from scratch. i knew then as i know now that government takes too much of our money. government has no money. it's your money. that's why over the years i'm building consensus in the legislature, a consensus in which we cut taxes, 54 times for $16 billion. we have eliminated 57 state agencies because i hate to waste
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your money. [applause] i've made job creation a priority, because i think that's part of the american dream. i remember trying to start my business and how hard it was. but a key on that is if you're willing to work hard. you know, if america were not a great country, border security would not be a problem. tony asked me to come up from texas and to talk about a subject that i'm involved with every day. that's border security. and it's a situation that i regret that we're in the middle of in texas, but we are. i'm proud of what we're doing. i want to make a statement today about how proud i am to the men and women in texas who are standing up and standing on that
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line because, ladies and gentlemen, i'll probably say it again. if we don't stop the bad guys at the border today, they'll be in your neighborhood tomorrow. [applause] now most of us if not all of us in this room are fed up with washington and fed up with the federal government. >> amen. >> but i may be a little madder than a lot of you, because i know what could be done if the federal government would just listen. i feel very strongly about this. border security is a huge issue in texas. and around the country. the democrats have tried not to talk about border security. they tried to talk about immigration. they've tried to talk about the humanitarian. they've tried to pull at your heart strings. i understand. but i think over the last year the tsunami of upaccompanied children and what that means and literally the president
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opening up the red carpet for them to come here and then talking about amnesty by executive order has made millions of us all around the country really mad. bottom line if we don't stop the bad guys at the border they're going to be in your hometown tomorrow. i believe we've got to do five things. we've got to secure our border against illegal immigration. two, we've got to stop drugs coming into texas and the rest of the country because they're killing our fellow americans. [applause] three, we got to do something about our trans national gangs that are operating in every texas city. dangerous. they are working for the cartels. four, human trafficing. awful. stop humano trafficking, trafficking of young
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children turning into sex slaves here in the united states. five, we've got to secure the border against potential national security threats that are crossing the border. today a lot of our border patrol signs in the texas brush are in english, spanish, and chinese. there's an unconfirmed judicial watch story about isis activity in juarez, a city south of el paso. a very liberal democrat congressman, but of course that's redundant, debated me last saturday, and he made light of the border threat, saying the fbi and the cia had told him there are no known confirmed terrorist threats along our southern border at the present time. at the present time. that's not the question, congressman. the question is, is there isis activity targeted against the united states? and the answer is clearly yes. every message that we've seen coming out of isis focuses on mobilizing terrorist islam
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against the united states. the leader of isis has said, i'll see you in new york. prayer rugs have recently been found on the texas side of the border in the brush. again, we're facing another tsunami and that's these trans national gangs working for the cartels in every city. if you don't remember anything i said today, please bear with me and remember this one thing. in texas, in texas, since 2008, over 640,000 crimes have been charged against people illegally in texas, including over 3,000 murders. when your friends say a porous border doesn't hurt, it kills texans. it hurts texans. it kills americans and it hurts americans. [applause]
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i respect mexico. i certainly respect the efforts of the previous president in his fight against the drug cartels. but mexican president nieto was wrong on 9/11 when he issued a press release saying texas was putting the texas national guard on the border for politics. governor perry and i are both conservative republicans, but we run and serve completely independent of each other. i just didn't wake up yesterday and dawn on me that we need to do something about securing the border. i started eight years ago. eight years ago i said i'm fed up with the federal government. they are not going to do their constitutional responsibility to defend our sovereign border and when that happens i believe the states have not just a right but an obligation to step in and act independent of the federal government.
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[applause] >> thank you. did you know, there are almost twice as many cops in new york city with guns as we have in the whole border patrol, southern border, northern border, our border between alaska and canada? there is no way they can do this. they need more people. as a conservative and a firm believer in the tenth amendment i believe states must act independent of the federal government when the federal government fails to do their constitutional duties. [applause] that's why in 2007 eight years ago i started propose rating -- appropriating texas tax dollars, not federal dollars, to help secure our southern border with our state police. we've got high spotter aircraft, helicopters, armor plated gun boats. the cartels don't shoot at us. each one of the boats can fire a
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thousand rounds a minute. we put texas rangers in the dps in the brush. we now have spent over $800 million of texas tax dollars not a penny of federal tax dollars trying to secure our border. and this increase, this recent increase is because obama put out the red carpet to people to come to texas with the help of the drug cartels. these cartels are horrible. some of the people that the cartels smuggle are left to die. others are put into service as sex slaves. i cannot sit idly by and not do everything in my ability to stop that. these are humans. these are people made by god like us. we need to stop this horrible, horrible practice. [applause]
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let me be quick and end. i notice my time is almost up. last fall we ran a trial surge. it was successful. we kicked off a big surge. a thousand of our state police and we activated a thousand of our national guard. now we haven't militarized the border. the border patrol are eyes and ears. yeah, they're armed. but when they spot illegal activity they immediately call the border patrol and our state police and we round them up. it's working. we target it on the worst zone, the worst zone. 120-mile-zone, where most of the cartels are. and we reduced the illegal immigration some 65%. we're working to get it down to zero. [applause] i want to be careful what i say.
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our intercepts tell us, the cartels are talking back and forth with each other saying, when are these guys going to stop? you know what my answer is? never, until we finish the job. [applause] it is not without a cost. it's costing us in texas in texas tax dollars $18 million a month. that's a lot of money. but i ask myself, how do you put a price on saving the life of a texan or an american? you can't. there is no price. my goal is to be able to show washington how to do it. get them to increase the size of the border patrol and let us go home. we've got problems we need to face right now. washington needs immediately to change the 2008 law that allows apprehended aliens up to two years to have a final hearing on their being in the united states. that's nuts. that hearing ought to happen in two days not two years.
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[applause] if you're from mexico or canada your hearing happens in 24 hours. we also need for the nation of mexico to tighten their own border security. and eliminate free train rides across mexico. what can you do? support, support, pray. changing the 2008 law. pray for us as we stand up for the life of every texan and every american. pray for our law enforcement. they're in a dangerous position. pray for our law enforcement and the national guard as we try and do our part to protect america's border. and pray we elect a good, conservative president in 2016.
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[applause] who is a leader and will do the right thing for america. you know, i've told tourists many times that texas doesn't really exist. it's more of a way of thinking. now, if you saw the movie "america", which i recommend. [applause] and i normally don't quote rock or lead singers but if you saw bono in the movie you know what he said? he said, it's always been a right/wrong issue and america's always been on the side of right. amen. he said give us liberty and justice and we'll handle it from here. just get government out of the way. i like that. let me end by saying i love america and i know you love america.
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it's offered this poor boy from texas opportunity. it's offered me the opportunity of a lifetime. that is the biggest opportunity of my life, second only to my wife tricia saying yes. and that's to serve as lieutenant governor of texas, the great state, for 12 years and try and honor the lord in my acts and my words and to help protect life and to protect our liberties and try and make this a little better place to live. america has fallen some. our leaders have failed us. but as christians we know america's in god's hands. and with our strong prayers, every day, several times a day, i know in my heart as a hero of
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yours and mine once said, america's best days are in front of us. god bless you. nice to be with you. [applause] ♪ >> thank you, lieutenant governor. now to set up our next speaker we have a video we'd like to show you. let's all look at the monitors together in preparation for our next speaker. ♪ >> i have a question. can a nation conceived in liberty carry its head high if it denies protection to the youngest and most vulnerable of its citizens? can a country founded on god given rights continue to thrive without understanding that life is a precious gift from our creator? i believe that great nations and great civilizations spring
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from a people who have a moral compass. i don't think a civilization can long endure that does not have respect for all human life born and not yet born. >> as a physician i have looked into the eyes of one-pound babies. i have cradled their small bodies in the palm of one hand. i defy those who are careless who would disregard life to look at these tiny little miracles and say we're not going to protect that. but i believe there will come a time when we are all judged on whether or not we took a stand in defense of all life from the moment of conception until our last natural breath. as a teenager i gave my first public speech in my church. my hands shook. my heart pounded. i thought to myself, i can't do this. but somehow i did and because i wanted to talk about things that were important, i persisted.
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i chided my church as a senior in high school for not seeming to care about the not yet born, for looking the other way, and for not taking a stand on life. i will be in earnest. i will not equivocate. i will not excuse. i will not retreat an inch. i will be heard. one thing i promise you. i will always take a stand for life. [applause] >> amen. ladies and gentlemen, the values voter summit is honored to welcome as a new cosponsor this year the national religious broadcasters. coming now to introduce our next speaker would you please welcome the president of nrb, dr. jerry johnson? [applause] ♪
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>> he is courageous. he is not afraid to stand up. he is not afraid to speak out. he is not afraid to vote no. and he's not afraid to mount a filibuster when necessary. senator rand paul was elected in 2010 to represent kentucky in the united states senate. he is a champion for constitutional liberty, fiscal responsibility, and for the sanctity of innocent human life. and he is a warrior against government over reach. in particular, he's been a vocal advocate for term limits, a balanced budget amendment, a read the bills act, and that is a good idea, and an audit of the federal reserve. [applause] he serves on the senate foreign
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relations committee as well as the health, education, labor, and pensions security. the homeland security and government affairs committee, and the small business committee. senator paul is also a practicing opthalmologist. even now as a u.s. senator he continues to provide pro bono eye surgery to kentuckyians and most recently in guatemala and others in need of care. senator, i want to particularly thank you for your national leadership in defense of the constitution, especially the very first freedom in the bill of rights, religious liberty. last fall you voted agens enda -- against enda in committee and on the senate floor and this summer you helped thwart senator harry reid's brazen attempt to gut the 20-year-old religious freedom restoration act. he is on the edge.
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he has an edge. it gives him the edge. it is an honor to welcome you to this assembly, senator rand paul. [applause] ♪ >> thank you. what a glorious morning it is outside. it's a beautiful day. thank you for coming. america is not just experiencing growing pains, though. america, i believe, is in a full blown crisis, a spiritual crisis. soothing voices seek to reassure us to say everything is okay. everything is just fine. all is well. until one day all is not well. the problem as oz guinness puts
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it is not wolves at the door. it's termites in the floor. our foundation is cracking. it's not that we've chosen the wrong politicians although there is some truth to that. [laughter] it's more fundamental. we've arrived at a crossroads. we've arrived at a day of reckoning. will we falter? will we thrive and rediscover our mojo? america has much greatness left in her. i'm convinced of it. if we believe in ourselves. if we believe in our founding documents. if we believe in the system that made us the richest, freest, and most humanitarian nation ever. but cracks are evident. the sand is shifting. our moral compass is wavering. oz guinness makes this point when he states that the only proper restraint for freedom is
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self-restraint. what does that mean? it means those of us who love freedom must realize that freedom is not a license to do as you please. freedom can only be realized when citizens know self-restraint. or, put another way, virtue. this parallels with george washington's belief that democracy requires a virtuous people. think american revolution vs. the french revolution. laws, though, don't ultimately restrain people. 98% of the people will follow a virtuous course with or without laws. this isn't to say we shouldn't have laws or that we don't need laws. but what we need is something more than laws. we need something that civilizes a nation. that is virtue. what america needs is not just another politician or more promises. what america really needs is a revival. [applause]
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200 years ago thomas payne wrote, these are the times that try men's souls. the question is now as important as it was then. will you be sunshine patriots, shrinking and gone when the going gets tough, or will you stand shoulder to shoulder to defend the republic? as your representative, i swore an oath to defend the republic against enemies foreign and domestic. >> that is right. >> now that i've been to washington and i've seen the belly of the beast, i can tell you that i've met the enemy and the enemy is too often right here in this town. [applause] in congress and, frankly, many times in both parties. in bipartisan fashion congress defies its own rules. they're supposed to publish the bills in advance so we can read the bills.
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reading the bills shouldn't be too difficult, should it? the president acts like he's a king. he ignores the constitution. he arrogantly says, if congress will not act, then i must. >> fire him. >> these are not the words of a great leader. these are words that sound more like the exclamations of an autocrat. in the face of war the president is just as arrogant. instead of coming to congress, he illegally acts on his own. we are faced with a crisis in the middle east that does require action. while i am one who is hesitant to be involved in the civil wars of the middle east, isis is now a threat to our consulate. they are a threat to our embassy in baghdad. we should act, but we should act within the rule of law. the constitution says that only congress may declare war. yet this president has in libya and then this week in syria
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committed our sons and daughters to a war that is not authorized by congress. had i been president, i would have called for a joint session of congress. i would have laid out the threat. and i would have requested congressional authority to respond as the constitution dictates. by failing to follow the constitution, this president missed a chance to unite the nation. he missed a chance to galvanize the country. he missed a chance to become a great american leader. how did we stray so far from the constitution? and how do we find our way back to the traditions of our founders? don devont is a friend of mine who worked in the reagan administration. he wrote in a book recently about how freedom and tradition are intertwined. he wrote, freedom needs tradition for law, order, and inspiration. but tradition needs freedom to escape stagnation, coercion, and
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decline. the great achievement of the constitution's framers was in providing a means for sin -- synthesizing freedom and tradition. america needs to revive virtue. america needs to revive the hope that springs eternal from the transcended teachings of a humble carpenter who died upon a cross. government can supply bread but it can't mend a broken spirit. mother teresa was once praised for her social work in india and she replied, we are not social workers. we do this for jesus. no secular government, no social worker can claim the same motivation. no government, no law can force a people to be virtuous. our churches, our schools, our parents must fill that void. this isn't the norm now. speaking of a revival, speaking of our values is sadly
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considered nonconformity in this day and age. in other words, i think we must do something our world often tells us not to do -- seek god. walker percy laments in the movie goer that we left no room for the seeker. maybe our country's revival depends on seeking and rediscovering the synthesis of freedom and tradition. some believe you must choose either liberty or virtue. to be virtuous you can't have too much freedom. this is wrong. liberty is absolutely essential
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to virtue. it is our freedom to make individual choices that allows us to be virtuous. government can't impose virtue. we must impose it upon ourselves. this doesn't mean the government shouldn't or can't reflect our values. it must. the first amendment is not about keeping religious people out of government. it's about keeping government out of religion. [applause] some seek to separate theish the issues of our day. separate our values from our government. this doesn't work. obamacare tries to force us to separate our faith from our business. fortunately, the supreme court thought otherwise. reagan understood this unity of message when he wrote, we do not have a separate social agenda, a separate economic agenda, and a separate foreign agenda. we have one agenda. just as surely as we seek to put our financial house in order, and rebuild our nation's defenses, so, too, we seek to protect the unborn, to end the manipulation of school children by utopian planners and permit the acknowledgment of our supreme being in our classrooms.
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[applause] as christians we should always stand with the most defenseless. i believe that no civilization can long endure that does not respect life from the not yet born to life's last breath. [applause] the debate isn't really about whether government has a role in protecting life. the debate really hinges on when life begins. i've held 1 1/2-pound babies in my hand. i've seen them sucking their thumb on an ultra sound. i've seen surgeons operate on babies still in the womb. so don't tell me that five and six-pound babies have no rights simply because they're not yet born. [applause] i'm one who will march for life and will continue to stand up
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in defense of life as long as i'm privileged to be in office. another way we as christians should stand up to the current status quo is in foreign policy. reagan in his first speech to the u.n. said the record of history is clear. citizens of the u.s. resort to force reluctantly and only when we must. reagan believed in strength but he also believed in peace. he said, as for the enemies of freedom, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the american people. our foreign policy, though, has too often accepted war instead of peace and intervention instead of strength leading to a host of unintended consequences. toppling secular dicts in the -- secular dictators in the middle east led time and time again to chaos and ultimately
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that chaos enabled and abetted the rise of radical islam. as secular dictators fell in libya, in egypt, in iraq, and now syria, radical jihaddists exploited the vacuum and christians have been forced to flee. where will the syrian christians go when the civil war breaks down their door? across the middle east the story is the same. christians are either persecuted or on the run. in sudan, merriam ibrahim is on the run. i understand she may be here today. is that right? for her beliefs she was sentenced to death by the muslim courts of sudan. merriam was raised by a christian mother and married a christian man. at the time of her arrest she had a young son and was pregnant with another. because merriam's father was muslim, though, islamic law considers merriam and her son to be muslim. so when she was arrested merriam and her young son were taken to prison. merriam was forced to give birth in prison shackled to the floor. when merriam's muslim brother was asked about her sentence he replied, if she repents, and returns to our islamic faith, then
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we are a family. but if she refuses, she should be executed. after her conviction, merriam was given a chance to recant her christianity and save her life. she refused, declaring, i am a christian. and i will remain a christian. that's true bravery. [applause] luckily, merriam was granted asylum and she is now here in the united states. but there are many more like her across the globe christians are under attack as if we lived in the middle ages or as if we lived under early pagan roman rule. in libya once the secular dictator gadhafi fell radical jihaddists raided christian churches rounding up hundreds of christians accusing them of being missionaries because they possessed bibles and crosses. many were tortured and one christian died while being tortured. in pakistan, asia bibi, a christian sits on death row for blasphemy.
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she says it all began when she drew water from a muslim villager's well. as she was filling her bowl of water the crowd formed chanting, "death, death to the christian." she pleaded for her life. she was pelted with stones, punched in the face, drug through the streets. the local imam finally intervened only to say if you don't want to die you must convert to islam. the crowd descended on her, beating her with sticks. finally the police stopped her attackers only to arrest her. for several years now asia bibi has been on death row for the alleged crime of blasphemy. until asia bibi is freed, pakistan should not receive a penny of u.s. aid. [applause] not a penny should go to any
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nation that persecutes or kills christians. i can't imagine why we would do this. you would think, i believe the american public believes this, that there is no way we should do this. and you'd think your representatives up here would get it. but they don't. this summer i introduced legislation to stop foreign aid to any country that has the death penalty or life in prison for christians or other religions for making religious freedom choices. both republican and democrats voted against this amendment overwhelmingly. the committee voted 16-2 to continue this indiscriminate aid to these countries regardless of whether they persecute christians. i don't think anybody out in america really agrees with that. that's why you really have to stand up and send a message up here because they're not listening. our foreign policy also must let us stand with israel.
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that's why this year i introduced a bill to cut off all aid to the palestinian authority and hamas until they lay down their arms, stop firing their rockets, and publicly recognize israel's right to exist. [applause] the irony is impossible to escape. our tax dollars, your tax dollars may well end up funding hamas. allowing them to buy more missiles with your money. my bill was opposed by republican and democrat leaders. instead, this week congress voted to arm the islamic rebels in syria. one group of the so-called moderate rebels has stated publicly that when they're done with assad next they're coming for israel. they'll take back the golan heights. that's next on their list. i asked on the senate floor last week, i said to those of you
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who wish to arm thesis lambic -- these islamic rebels, tell me who among them will recognize israel's right to exist. silence. no one answered because not one of these islamic rebels will ever think of recognizing israel. in country after country mobs burn the american flag and chant, "death to america." congress's response? congress responds by sending more of your money to these haters of christianity. i say, not one penny more to any nation that is burning our flag. [applause] it's time to put a stop to this madness. re-examine our foreign policy. halt all aid to islamic radicals in syria, egypt, and elsewhere, and take a good, hard look at what our foreign policy has done.
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you and i must and should stand with our fellow christians in the middle east around the world but that does not necessarily mean war and it certainly does not mean arming both sides in every conflict. [laughter] as christians, you have to lay it out simple to people in washington. they'll never get it. as christians, we understand that the right to life and freedom of religion preexists all government. these rights are not granted to man by other men. these rights are granted to us by our creator. god help us in these troubling times to make wise decisions. to make moral decisions, and to listen to the voice of god that lives and breathes and resides in us all. i try to remember each day corinthians 3:17. where the spirit of the lord is, there is liberty. i hope christians everywhere will remember that the reverse is true.
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where there is liberty, there is always plenty of space for god. thank you very much for having me. [applause] ♪ >> thank you so much, senator. i love the fact that he had the courage to look hillary clinton in the eye and say, if i had been president, you would have been relieved of your duties from benghazi. later when asked about that he said even bill clinton would have fired hillary clinton. well, folks, in 2006 our next speaker would become the first republican woman to be elected to represent minnesota in the u.s. house of representatives.
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you know where i'm going. 2010 she founded the house tea party caucus that helped fire nancy pelosi and gave barack obama his biggest defeat. 2012 she ran for president of the united states of america. and in between these milestones she has become a tireless worker for issues that we all hold sacred in america. after eight courageous years of service, she is stepping down from the house of representatives. so, folks, this is your chance to not only welcome our next speaker but to say thank you to a true warrior for your values. ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome michele bachmann? [applause] ♪ >> hi, everyone. thank you. thank you so much. god bless you.
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thank you. i love you, too. thank you so much for that warm introduction and as you know i'm not running again for my seat in the united states congress. so the first question everyone asks me is this. michele, what is it you're going to do when you leave office? well, i have to tell you the most important thing i need to do is take a vacation. and so i am planning to find the most secluded spot i possibly can to rest and that's why i've decided i'm going to msnbc primetime. [laughter] it has been an absolute incredible privilege for me to serve in the united states congress. it really has been the thrill of a lifetime. that's why i am so grateful for that opportunity.
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when i came to congress, i took the dice and i rolled them for everything that there was because i was a normal, real person when i came to congress. i am still a normal, real person today. [applause] because you see, when i came here, in 2007 was sworn in, i decided i was going to give it absolutely everything i had. that's what i did. because i think, why else come? why come here? why else serve the public in office if you're not going to put absolutely everything on the line? because i absolutely believe as everyone in this room does in the greatness of the united states of america. what do i mean by that greatness?
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you see, it is an idea. it's the idea that the nation was founded upon. i talked about it before from this podium and i'm in love with this idea. the fact that there was a creator god who thought so much of the individual he created us in his image and likeness and he created us equal. that's what the declaration of independence says. and so it isn't the government or some ne'er-do-well politician who gives us our rights. it's the creator who gives us our rights. so basic, so foundational. never, ever forget it. since it's the creator who gave us our inalienable rights the good news is no man can touch them. they can never take them away! [applause] it is a phenomenal philosophy upon which the nation was founded. life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. those aren't just nice sounding words. it is the ultimate social contract. the government, instituted among men, why?
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to secure life, to secure liberty, and to secure your right to the fruits of your own labor. not a bad deal. what a concept. [applause] that's why i decided whatever issue came my way i was going to stand for those founding principles. and i did. i kept the faith during these last eight years. and so that's why i don't know whether nancy pelosi is going to miss me more or john boehner. one of the two. i don't know. but along the way came the wall street bail out. i helped to put together a deal that said no to the wall street bail out. we brought down that very first vote. it passed but we brought it down the first time. then the automobile bail out. i gave a speech. it was viewed 2 million times.
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i called it gangster government. because it's gangster government when your government issues 3400 pink slips to privately owned automobile dealerships. then there was the trillion dollar stimulus. i guess that didn't work so well. and of course obamacare. and i introduced the very first repeal bill the next morning. the bill passes at midnight and at 9:00 in the morning i'm in there introducing the repeal bill. and then four years into my term i was privileged to be appointed to serve on the select house committee on intelligence. we deal with the classified secrets of the nation and we also deal with terrorism. and during the course of these last four years, i did a deep dive into the leading foreign policy and national security issues of our day. during my time on the intelligence committee i had a front row seat to a world set on fire from islamic jihad and what we've seen is one disaster after
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another from the obama/clinton foreign policy team. in their fantasy world, a smaller, diminish, less powerful united states is somehow supposed to bring about global tranquility. well, mr. obama, mrs. clinton, we want our 1980's foreign policy back. we don't want your failed russian reset. we don't want four americans dead in benghazi. it was a tragedy to release the five top taliban leaders from guantanamo bay. perhaps nothing will change the world more than your foolish lifting of sanctions on iran as they are racing toward completing nuclear weapons.
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and they will if we stay the course as president obama and hillary clinton have laid forward. unthinkably we have the first , anti-israel president in american history. that's the obama/clinton legacy. it's no wonder hillary clinton couldn't think of an answer when asked on her book tour to name her accomplishments as secretary of state. i have one. permanent retirement! [laughter] [applause] >> quite simply because she basically fails to inspire confidence in anything, and never forget she will be barack obama's third and fourth term as president of the united states. stay the course. what an exciting message for her 2016 campaign. but one slogan she won't be able to use? al qaeda is on the run.
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remember that one in 2012? as the rise of radical islamic jihad, although that is redundant, dominates the headlines we are seeing this enemy as pure evil as they're cutting off the heads of innocent people, that in august buried literally women and children alive. these are christians, christian brothers and sisters. they are tonight who are on mount sinjar and they are continuing to suffer. i recently got an e-mail from a pastor this week who told me there is a missionary working with them who are barely clinging to life. they're sleeping in the cold mountains. they don't have blankets. it is a whole different world now and we can't forget them. we can't forget the others who are persecuted around the world just because of their religious beliefs. and why is that?
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it's because we have jihaddists who are subscribing to the radical ideology that believes that dying in the name of islam gets them to heaven. this is a spiritual warfare. what we need to do is defeat islamic jihad. sadly -- [applause] -- sadly, our president has the wrong prescription. he even fails to acknowledge their motivations for bringing about jihad. yes, mr. president, it is about islam. [applause] and i believe that if you have an evil, the order of this magnitude, you take it seriously. you declare war on it. you don't dance around it. just like the islamic state has declared war on the united states of america.
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you kill their leader. you kill their council. you kill their army until they wave the white flag of surrender. that's how you win a war. [applause] and you don't recently take anything off the table. you don't advance signal your enemy as to what your intention is. the president asked congress to follow him in a vietnam style slow law and i said no because either the united states chooses to defeat this evil at every resource we have our we will have to answer to the next generation why we failed to defeat the totalitarian evil of
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our day. i also believe the president's decision to train and arm the so-called vetted moderate syrian rebels is a tragic mistake. [applause] because here is the ugly truth andhey will never be vetted they certainly all not -- they certainly are not moderate will stop the resume rich intelligence survey that found nearly half of the syrian rebels today that we trained have already taken up the cause of islamic jihad will stop half. why are we given them did -- why are we giving them american weapons? is the lead madness. one thing we could do to keep the american people safe is this -- we could strip from the terrorist the path for us from
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any u.s. citizen who joined the fight with the islamic state or any other terror group. [applause] are doinglieve we this now. they should not be allowed -- a terrorist should not be allowed to reenter the united states once they have voluntarily chosen to be a terrorist. we remove their password, we should begin the process of removing their american citizenship on them as well. [applause] the rise of the islamic state seems to have shocked president obama. it wasn't to me or those of us who sat on the intelligence committee. i watched the tempo and i knew
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what was coming. i asked for a classified briefing. i asked if there were any minnesotans fighting with the islamic state because many of you know the tragic next this minnesota has with terrorism. there's classified information earlier this summer -- i cannot reveal it to anyone, but now everyone knows there are, including the first two americans who died fighting for the islamic state, both of whom were minnesotans. donei ask is once they are fighting with the islamic state, what will happen if they don't blow themselves up or get killed? if they try ton return to the united states? i was floored when you he i said they can come into the united aids. they are still -- i said to the fbi, are you kidding me?
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so i asked for the legislation to prevent them from coming into the united states. it's just common sense. our first priority is national security. every american has the right to feel secure in their own home. every american deserves the right to feel secure in their own community. but for all his leading from behind, president obama is ignoring a national major security threat here at home. you know what it is. .t is our open southern borders i was there for four days in august and will tell you i was floored. i thought i knew a lot about this issue. i was floored to see how wide open in the midst of all of the height terrorism and foreign nationals streaming the cross our border just how porous it is. it is the understatement of the year that our border is secure. when i visited the the u.s.
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mexico order, i saw people processing, not orders security. you would be shocked to learn virtually 100% of foreign nationals who want to come into the united states. they are not stopped. when a foreign national illegally enters the united dates, they are taken to a rossa singh facility. catchs the ones that we will stop in order to keep the american people safe, we have to secure the border. fence, deport on the spot. send them back on the spot. know is coming into our country. so far this year, people from over 140 different countries try to come in this year, including yemen, sudan, syria, iraq, iran,
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i could go on. but the legislative battles we are fighting are only part of this larger effort to revitalize american values. that is why i am so grateful for the values voters limit as we know we have to do more then move legislation. we have to move hard. that is what saves us. we have to remind our fellow citizens what is makes us so acceptable. we don't apologize for that. we write about it to the rest of the world. [applause] we have been such a force for good for the last 100 years. the world was safeguarded i what was known as pax britannica. england was the world's economic and military superpower. but as we all know, things did not a that way. somewhere in the middle of the 1940's, we moved from pax botanic a to pax americana.
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why? the united states of america became the economic superpower of the world and when that happened, we became the military superpower of the world. think it's time we wake up because that mantle is slipping away. sometimes it is absolutely despairing here in washington dc. believers, we are to look up, whether we feel it or not, we look up. whether we want to or not, we look up will stop whether it doesn't seem like it in the evening news, we look up. we do not curse the darkness. we like a candle. that is what leaders do.
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[applause] while it is true i am leaving congress, i want you to know, i'm not eating fight. [applause] because there is too much at stake to sit on the sidelines. .one of us can sit out what i'm asking you today is to have your voice be heard. we are 39 days away from having our voice be heard. our need are -- our leaders need to hear from you. that's why it's more important than ever that conservatives take control of the senate away from harry reid in 24 team. [applause]
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and we need to expose hillary clinton's record of failure and we will defeat her in 2016. of that, i have no doubt. that is why we have to do something very important that every generation has had to figure out and do -- we have to focus on returning this nation to what made rate -- our rounding principle, the constitution, understanding what those principles are the cousin it is never too late to save the country. don't buy into defeatism. it's not too late to stop be encouraged. that is what it can do. you are like a phoenix that rises out of the ashes. there with a smile on my face because i know we serve a god of the possible who can make it happen. with people like yourself, we
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cannot lose. thank you, values voters. god was you and god was the united states of america -- god bless you and god last the united states of america. [applause] >> all right. enqueue congresswoman bachmann. one-of-a-kind and the liberals were glad of that. was mourningaker is a combat decorated u.s. marine. a number one best-selling offer -- best-selling author. he has his ran new book available called "counterfeit lies will stop he will be doing a book signing after he finishes speaking. also a successful businessman the three u.s. patents --
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host of war stories on "fox news channel" and the founder of freedom alliance, writing support to injured military heroes and college scholarships to the sons and daughters of u.s. military personnel killed in the line of duty. welcomingn me in colonel oliver north. [applause] >> thank you. i appreciate the opportunity being here this afternoon. my mission is to get you out to lunch close to on time. taken bys you see were my comrade -- my combat
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cameraman. commandant will stop or 13 years, has been my religion to report on the finest military force the world has ever known. embeds in the shadows of the hindu kush, iraq, theya, the philippines, have been the bravest and best of this generation and they truly are america's euros. -- america's heroes. [applause] --ften speak to young people at 71, most of them are. very often i know i have conjured up in the minds of those there in the audience the idea of someone who catches a pass in the end zone or someone
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wearing a comic book in a cave, that's a hero. they go to work in some of the most difficult and dangerous laces on planet earth. real heroes are selfless. they put themselves at risk for the benefit of others. because the mainstream media won't tell the truth and because i'm the chairman of the nra's veterans and military affairs, they put together what you are about to see, a video of what this generation's great american heroes really look like. look at this. ♪ than 2.5/11, more million young americans have forfeited the comforts of home,
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centered themselves from the affection of loved ones and gone into harms way to protect us will stop for the very first time, for the very first time in history since the american revolution, every single person serving in an american uniform in a time of war is a volunteer. in any sincepened the one that gave us our liberty. they came because of some terrible events will stop this wooded year shows some of what they can do. you can see more if you go to oliver north outcome. -- oliver north.com. these are truly remarkable young people. they deserve that are than what that what theyg are getting from this administration. [applause]
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from some of the tens of thousands miles of wooded we have shot over those of the seven embeds, my producers picked out some frames -- you are going to see why they came. even the ones i interviewed last week at all to read national military center who were in grade school, they came because of this full -- they became -- they came because of this -- they know what happened that terrible day 13 years ago this month and they don't want it to ever happen again. promised when this administration came to office in 2009 that they were going to end the war responsibly -- speed up those slides. we've got to get through that. themn't want to short site
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because they're the best thing for sniffing out a bomb will stop they came because they wanted to fight for our country. they wanted to make sure andorism was wiped clean make sure it cannot be exported to this country again. thiswere told administration was going to end the war responsibly. these youngsters became the protectors of muslim women and children. these frames are not staged. this is real. this is what they do. those youngsters you see gathered in prayer circles, those youngsters you see huddled up saying a prayer did not come because they were told to. i want to see the aclu go after those youngsters for preying on government time. [applause]
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they are brighter and better anyated, trained and led in force in history. they volunteered to protect us from an enemy dying to kill us they know they are not going out on a football field on friday night all stop they are on mortal kombat and they deserve better from a commander-in-chief garbed as a nobel laureate, trotting around the world, tell telling to foreign leaders and apologizing for america. americans have nothing for which we need to apologize. [applause] we saw happen again at the united nations. don't we deserve and don't they sacrifice so much deserve a commander-in-chief who knows america, the greatest force for good in the world that the world to ever known doesn't need
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apologize for the sacrifices made by them and their families to protect us and offer others the hope of freedom will top i think we do. [no audio] [applause] the members of our armed forces deserve that are then being treated like number trey radel in a radical social engineering experiment. iraq and syria who have been killed by the thousands over the course of the last six months are paying the terrible price for the inept as and incompetence that has run this country into the ground for the last eight years. that is something we need to resonate across america as we look forward to replacing and hiring a new commander-in-chief. [applause] days, electing a congress that understands it as well.
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[applause] i maintain we are all paying a terrible price for america's leadership deficit disorder. the utopian rush to total disarmament, we don't need a commander-in-chief or head of state that draws phony red lines of the pink crayon and then failed to stand up and keep someone from crossing it. the leader upbeat trusted by our allies and feared by our adversaries. between now and 2016 when we hire a new commander-in-chief, we need a majority in congress who understands the rule of law and constitution's. [applause] i want to make this arsenal. our children and or teen and-a-half grandchildren are threatened by a mountain of
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debt, unconstrained spending, and ever higher taxes, and the headline -- headlong rush into socialism. our congress must be held accountable for what they are supposed to do, one that offers the protection of our comp duchenne to our enemies that strips the same protections from the american people will stop we need a congress who will stop this administration from arbitrating frontal assault on free enterprise, private property, and the civil liberties enshrined in our bill of rights. we need a congress that will use the power of the purse to defend our national sovereignty, our o team, and stop the from subordinating the wealth of our nation to a globalist agenda that limits the use of our own energy resources full of the obamacare debacle is but the tip of the incompetence and corruption rampant in
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washington. we, the people, the first three words of our constitution, must a man accountability for a string of horrific scandals and coverups. fast and furious, benghazi, the irs enemy lists, government spying on american citizens. some of that began when eric holder, thank.com and decided to get out of town. [applause] people isof we the not a political slogan. it is a way of life. commitments are not just what we say, commitments are what we do. the framers to craft our constitution were counting on we the people to hold government accountable. some say it's ok to ignore so-called social issues like marriage, the sanctity of life, or religious freedoms. i say those are not social
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issues at all. they are deeply moral and spiritual issues and they should matter in every. [applause] understand -- i know this is a nonpartisan organization, so let me put it to you this way. in the 1850's, a political movement began on a great moral issue. it was founded on a great spiritual issue of the day -- the abolition of human bondage. slavery in america. if we cease to be a home in that particular political party for people of faith and those who believe strongly in moral and spiritual issues, that party will cease to be a political force for good no matter who our candidates are and what they
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stand for. that party has to be a home for those of us who fear god and the wrath that will alone when we reject him. [applause] our greatness was old on the shoulders of people who stake their lives and sacred honor on a creator who in doubt as with any label rights and responsibilities. they made a commitment -- let me show you a contemporary definition of commitment. captain on hise second combat tour in afghanistan. i put a microphone on him and we put this in the file because fox is necessarily think it was appropriate for young audience. this is a measure of commitment.
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this is my second combat deployment to afghanistan. would the american people understand there's a lot of people here that still believe in what we are doing here and are willing to come back again and again to prove that point will stop -- that point. [applause] >> we could not put that on the air and we could not tell people matt lampert's wife -- that's
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the graduate of the small boat and barge trade school i attended on the banks of the severn river. he had been an enlisted of -- enlisted marine and was on his second combat tour. he is married to a marine helicopter pilot. quite a commitment. i'm asking you to make a commitment here today. i'm not asking you to make the kind of commitment that it. when you go back home, to inspire our countrymen to reject ideas like unilateral disarmament to achieve these, to spending ourdea of way out of debt or regulating our way to prosperity, i am asking you to inspire others that we might elect those who know we cannot surrender our sovereignty to assure security.
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i ask you to make the commitment to assert the moral authority of a free people. just 39 election is days away. now to elect ant congress that will preserve freedom and opportunity in america. that will stand up for the ourrties granted to us by creator and protected by our constitution. we owe that much to the young americans that risk their lives for us. i started talking about heroes. the president i was left to serve told us we have a rendezvous with destiny. he asked us to commit ourselves in the words of abraham lincoln that we would insure government, of, by, and for the people.
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we often hear we don't have heroes anymore. let me closed -- let me close with this from our commander-in-chief. heroese speaks of real and the kind of leadership we need is reflected. look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on earth, it was because here in this land, we unleashed the genius of man that of any extent than before. freedom and dignity of the individual had been more available and assured here than any other race on earth will not the price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.
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those who say we are in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look. heels of arlington -- sloping hills of arlington cemetery bearing crosses or stars of david, they add up to thata tiny action of rice has been paid for our freedom. each one of those markers is a monument to the kind of hero i spoke of earlier. placesives ended in called elwood, omaha beach, salerno. anne hathaway around the world while canal, pork chop hill, the chosen reservoir, and it 100 rice patties and engels of a place called vietnam. under one such marker, lies a martin, who left his
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town in a small-town barbershop to go to france with the famed rainbow division. there come on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire. we are told on his body was found a diary will stop on the flyleaf, he had written these words. america must win this war. work, i will save, i will sacrifice, i will and your. i will fight cheerfully and do utmost if my struggle depended on me alone. arsenal andize no
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no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so or mobile as the will and moral courage of free men and women. it is a weapon our adversaries do not have. it is a weapon we as americans do have will stop let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors. as for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the american people. we will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it, we will not surrender for it now or ever. we are americans. -- o [applause]
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we americans have the chance to fix it. ourmericans if we want nation to remain the land of the free, we are going to have to take a stand and show our friends and adversaries that we are still the home of the brave. god bless you and thank you for being here today. semper fi. [applause] >> former pennsylvania senator and 2012 residential candidate rick santorum was another speaker at the family research consult's voters summit. he's open about religious liberties. this is 20 minutes.
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♪ >> thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you for the great work you do at the national organization of marriage. thank all of you for being here. here atmy ninth speech the value voters summit will stop that's because there have only been nine value voters summit. i told tony backstage i expected in next year for 10 years. as ryanere because said, we, together have been fighting the battles on these fronts.
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been successful in many respects, certainly more than anyone in on some issues, particularly on the life issue where you are starting to see dynamic changes of america coming to the realization of the dignity of all human life. it's not just one i have been speaking about for a long time but i have been living. i want to give you regards from karen and our seven children. particularly, i want to give you regards from our little girl who , through the grace of god and through your prayers is now six and half years old. [applause] i have taken these rhodium's, thousands of them, literally, to talk about life, but through bella, god has given karen and i a gift of not just talking about
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example ofiving an the blessings and frankly the crosses that come with the acceptance of the dignity of all human life. it's a wonderful opportunity i have to witness that and karen and i just finished a book that will be coming out in february. it will be a very wrong witness as to the life of the family with a special needs little girl. the name of the book which i hope you will have the opportunity to see is bella's gift. i am very excited about that in sharing the reality of accepting life in all of its forms and respecting it for what it is and what it can be. we have been out here fighting the battle for nine years.
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we all realize and have heard speeches over the last nine years and many years before about the clash of worldviews. talk about the difference between the american revolution and french revolution. the american revolution of which we dissent is one that leads in god-given rights and the right of light, liberty and the receipt of -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is what made us the most prosperous free nation in the world. there are others who dissented from another revolution, a secular revolution, and anti-clerical revolution that believes in right being given to you by the state. we replaced the sovereign king with the sovereign state will stop the state is the one that gives us rights. that clash is front and center
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today. we've seen it like you've never seen it. the assault on religious freedom in america, but not unexpected. if you look at the world through clear eyes, not rose colored lasses were some contorted view, it is very easy to see where you are going. many people have criticized me for going out in front on some issues saying this will never be a problem in america. when i was forced into thousand four and 2000 six, something everyone said his immature, why are you talking about this? this will never be an issue in america. what was it on market federal marriage amendment. this will never be an issue. this can possibly happen here stop if you look clearly through
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the prism of the struggle that is at hand, it is easy to see why i introduce the work lays religious freedom act 12 years ago. people we the very are now seeing in court cases and hobby lobby. it is easy to see where we are going if you know what the fight is. that is why it's important to elect leaders and have leaders in our movement which we frankly do not have many of. particularly in the republican establishment who understand the x essential struggle in america today. then are prepared to engage that struggle because when we lose these battles, when we lose freedoms,ious everything else will start to fall because government has gotten more intrusive and dictatorial and a secular status to control government are the
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ones who will be the hating not just how you practice religion but how you run your business, who you do business with, and how. economic freedom is certain to go as is everything else. well this class of civilizations is present in america today. when i heard the president say at the united nations that there is no clash of civilizations at stake here and this is all try fromthis is all those who don't see the world way he sees the world, i would suggest to you it is because he sees the world as a descendent of the french revolution and the white evaline's as someone who allrstands the dignity of human life and protection of liberty and freedom of conscience. and the world, a fundamentally different world, not of western
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civilization that sees the and sees people differently, fundamentally different than we do here so, yes, there's a very big clash owing on right now in the middle east against the yearszation that for 1300 has been in conflict with ursula -- with our civilization. those who ignore history are destined to repeat it. unless we have clear minded who can look into the future and say here is where we are going, here is what is next because i have seen this before, 2004, 2003, as ryan theioned, i introduced
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accountability act because i said back then iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon and the bush administration said no, but if andunderstand shia islam the leaders of iran and you hear just to they, not western press but to their own people, it's easy to see the path they are on and the decisions they will make. arm and have be to the ability to project power with nuclear weapons. there is no doubt that is their path yet he have a president who is in disneyland. issues andthese seeing a country developing ,dvanced uranium refinement
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to fireg rockets weapons -- the only weapons they will use to fire our nuclear weapons. throughout asia and beyond. recently,up until they say now they have suspended, that was to weaponize this nuclear material. and we are in doubt as to whether they want to pursue a weapon or not. ladies and gentlemen, when i bought president bush in 2005 and 2006 about defining this war to the american public, complaining what is that they and who the enemy is, i did so because i believe then as i believe now this is an extension fight. it has been for a long time.
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radical islam in one form or another has been around or along time and its borders are very bloody. anymore have orders when it comes to the technology that's available. of things toorts project power into project fear, to terrorize whether it is a simple film clip of a beheading or a bomb going off in an unexpected place, there are no borders that protect us. the borders we have are not secure to protect us. leaders and we need to be a movement that is sure, that is not divided. the so much division in the republican ranks in conservative ranks about the directions take,
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but all of these issues and clashes, the clash of civilizations here, you heard brian talk about the republican establishment saying no, we need to stop talking about these things. don't know about you, but i have never been involved in a race where you play defense on an issue and put points on the board. do ass what we decided to the establishment republican defense.simply play to put our heads in the sand and hope these issues go away when in fact by every survey that has ever been done, folks who have extreme positions on these issues, our opponents, yet we dollars inllion advertisements and not a single mention of these issues, the same is true when it comes to
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the issues overseas. i know there are people who think america should just pack up and pay attention to our own problems and the or the problems around the world and somehow this is constitutionally provided for. our constitution provides for limited government, not necessarily for uniform small government. where government should be white robust will stop but limited to certain areas only government isn't the place where this responsibility lies. that is national defense. don't confuse small and limited. sometimes limited means limited to certain subject areas but robust in those areas to protect our freedoms and keep it secure. that is what i argue and that is
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what we as republicans have always argued for. it is the three legs of the stool -- understanding how they all we've together to protect our liberty. limited government to do the things that are essential for government to do. providing for the common defense, and small government among when it comes to areas that impose upon our freedom, particularly our religious freedom, people always ask me if that is the game plan, what do i do? i hear this all the time. what do i do? -- when youson realize if you look at the last the united states, look at survey after survey of people who consider themselves values conservatives and progressive values liberals, there are twice
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as many conservative values that liberals but the past 30 or 40 years we have been losing ground. how does that happen? it happens because they're willing to fight. they are willing to sacrifice. they are willing not to give up. if you look at the current conservative movement republican party, there are issues we haven't even lost yet we are talking about giving up all stop we are not even willing to fight the fight, to stand for what we say we believe in because we think history is moving in a different way. history? we are the determiners of history, not history. [applause] we are not going to look to history, this amorphous concept
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to judge us. we have somebody else to pay attention to. it is not history. [applause] why do we lose? don't havee we enough of you in the audience willing to stand up and not say no. not because we have the most powerful army or because of any of those things -- we won because of the last line the declaration of independence. we pledged our lives, our fortunes, if we are going to win this fight here at home to protect our religious liberty, to protect the right to life, to protect the institutions, the
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glue that holds us to gather, to protect our economic 40's, we have to be willing to make those sacrifices. to be able to join together and make a difference. when i left the campaign in 2012, i formed an organization called patriot voices. i did to provide an avenue for people to get involved and make a difference. at the ballotmade box, but had -- it has also been made in the state at lakers and we have to fight them all. we also have to fight within the families. how many children have the same values that you do? how many have seen that slip away? how can we let that happen and still hope for a good and healthy america? the most popular history
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textbook in school today is written by a marxist anti-american by the name of howard zinn. is that being taught in your schools? doing to protect our children in our own classrooms? let me assure you they are fighting, and your home, fighting in hollywood stop brian and kelly are in the film. called one generation away that talks about how we are losing religious liberty in america. mym fighting, fighting in business, fighting by my house and by my schools. unless we'll do it like they do, the chance of america coming out in theas we have seen last 30 years is not good.
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what do we do? the answer to that is something -- do something. you are here and i know i'm talking to the choir in many respects. obligation and responsibility to go out and sing solos in your own community and yes in your own is this. gone to mys this has place of traditional values to a place now that has code of conduct and education in major corporations that if you don't share these values, yet to go for reeducation about those values. how does that happen? did pushede bible out of schools? we let it happen will stop you could say it was the court -- but it was a will stop they come back and bite.
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they -- i talked to a lot of people and they tell me, i'm scared about the future of our country. i see things going apart all startuit being scared and being activists and making things happen in america. [applause] the first part of doing that is minded, who are clear who have experience, and who have looked at these problems for a long time and have come down on the right side. i'm talking about leaders of our party, leaders of our movement, and leaders of our government. i know there is always a rush to say the new, the great and beautiful, but it is important to see how rooted these leaders are. i know we have all been fooled
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by many. who come here to washington to be the new great leader and turn out to be high profile followers we need leaders and you need to hold them accountable. step -- understand where they are and understand where they have them. this election, we have an opportunity to do something. excited, to in the house back in the senate -- if we have two years from now, 24 of the seats are held by republicans. the chance of us picking up seats in 2016 are close to zero. we either go all out this time for the people we know are going to be with us and i mean go all
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out in places where it may not look possible, this could be a year where he just don't know -- put the effort in people you trust and do it again for the primaries in all the races you will be dealing with. and make sure you get behind people that have the track enthusiasm to and fight this battle in washington dc. we desperately needed will stop thank you very much and god eshoo. -- thank you very much and god bless you. [applause] >> here are just a few of the comments we have received from our viewers. i find c-span to be very educational for me in regards to
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the revolution, currently what is going on with the disease and climate and conflict in society. rewarding and i appreciate all your efforts. these continue to do so. information ie can go to when i do my projects for school. >> i wish he would concentrate on areas that are really important to people. such as obamacare. it,people that have hurt by the people who have been held by it will stop items like minimum difference between the cost of living in various states , how people feel about immigration and unemployment.
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as i mentioned before, tax reform. what are some of the major loopholes? know about these important issues before they go to the polls so they can make informed decisions. the reason why i like you so much when congress is not out of because you have greater historical and international programming on your station. >> continue to let us know what you think about they are rims you're watching. call us or e-mail us. join the conversation, like us on facebook, or follow us on twitter or stop >> in just a few minutes, we will take you live to iowa for the first debate
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between the candidates running for u.s. senate. congressman bruce rayleigh and republican joni ernst. first, and a eighth on the race. -- an update on the race. amazing. race. >> let me ask you about these numbers. are you surprised? >> you know, just neck and neck race. there has been a barrage of campaign advertising. if you're trying to sell a car in iowa it's hard to do that on television or radio these days. the most interesting thing about this poll is that ernst is leading among the independents, which is not good news for bruce
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braley, who hoped to do better among those folks. and in that poll she is leading 4-1 in you recall iow rural iow. much of rural iowa is republican territory, but democratic candidates who have done well in iowa, and i mean having won, have been able to have a narrower gap. they have taken polls in previous years, specifically the former governor of iowa was at that point in the 1998 race 20 points hyped in the sigh with a poll, and he wound up winning the governor's race.
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>> let me ask you where bruce braley is. a comment that the congressman made about chuck grassley. >> braley was in texas at a fundraiser with attorneys, and he told the group that the control of the senate hinged on his race. if a republican wins that means chuck grassley, also a senator from iowa, a republican. the ernst campaign campaign has replayed the video over and over and over.
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>> this is the first open seat in iowa since 1984. what role is he playing, and does he have an organization that presumably could help bruce braley in his bid? >> a couple of weeks ago he had a big final hoorah rally. democrats hope that their campaign operation will be able to keep the seat in democratic hands. as most folks know voting has started in iowa. it started thursday. democrats have been going door to door in iowa since june to identify potential democratic voters and turn them out. this has become an incredible ground game here in iowa.
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they're trying to step up their game as well. >> in the debate that will be live on c-span what are you looking for? >> i'm looking for whether these candidates engage with one another. if they try to make some points with voters by explaining why they should be elected or if they make points with voters by explaining to voters why they think their opponents should not be elected. >> in the headline they're calling it amazing rain. republican joni ernst up 40%. up 38% for bruce braley. thank y >> now live to indianola come iowa, for the first debate
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between bruce braley and republican joni ernst. this is courtesy of kci itb, the >> commitment 2014. the united states senate debate. presented by the des moines register. >> good evening, everyone. to a special event. tonight, the first debate between the two candidates for the u.s. senate it. democrat bruce braley and republican joni k. ernst. they are vying for the

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