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e policyie for the economy, energy exploration, healthcare immigration and the nation's infrastructure. he says that he is considering a run for president in 2016. this is about an hour. thank you. thank you for the great introduction. i have been asked about my family. my mom and dad are doing well. my dad, as you know is 90. mom is 89. they just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary [applause.] >> which i told my mom -- this isn't true but i told her that i have a bet with someone a $10 bet that they will be the
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longest lasting, longest married first couple in american history, and the problem is the carters look quite healthy and they are two years behind them. so trying to encourage mom and dad to continue to live well and live healthy you may have seen my dad on his 90th birthday jupped out of a helicopter, once again proving it doesn't matter the age you are. if you have a joy for life, and you live life to the fullest that you can live a life of purpose and meaning. with due respect to people who have wonderful dads i have the greatest father in the world. i have to admit it [applause.] >> a lot of people ask about my brother. he's been out of the limelight. marving is doing spectacularly well. george and laura are doing well. i do -- he has become a painter.
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who would have thunk it? he is actually really good at it because he is a person of incredible determination like many of you in this room. when he sets a goal he works hard to achieve it. i like the fact that i admire the fact that he has self restraint, something that it would be hard for me to do but he has i think, been very respectful of his successor and hasn't been out, you know, on the television snipping away challenging president obama. it might be tough for him to do that. i don't know. but i respect that as a former he has allowed the president serve. it's a noble tradition that i hope continues. i love my brother. i love his service to our country [applause.] my son george got elected today statewide election. he got the highest percentage of anybody running for statewide
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office, and i am very proud of him, and the other thing i would say about the bush family is my dream came true. i have three grandchildren and one on the way, all of them are spectacular. they are a lot better than managing children. >> that's for sure and every sunday, sunday is fun day, one is georgia helena walker bush named after her great granddad and i accurately call her 41. i have a blessed life. >> that's for sure i want the the not the first bush to speak to this group. i am not the second or even the third. i am glad you didn't skip over me and invite george p to come here to speak today. thank you for that. other than grandkids, there is another thing i am actively involved in. i have set up a leadership packet call "the right to rise leadership packet" to play an active role in promoting ideas
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and supporting individuals who i believe restore free opportunity t you didn't come here for a political ad and your checkbook is safe here as well. i want to speak about the urgency of this cause and why i am willing to lend my voice and efforts. as i travel around i sense americans are frustrated. we are in the 5th year or almost 6th year after recovery and 60% of americans believe that we are still in a recession. they are not dumb. it's because they are in a recession. they see a small part of the population on the up escalator, economies are strong but pay checks are weak. millions want to rise
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withdrawing it from family building, building careers and being communities government gets in the bay, another law, another tax another fee or another regulation. a new invention, a new job, and riding income for american families. the great stories that were told here today of successful dealerships dealerships, it's hard to do what you have done, we have created a complicated society. today in america, fewer and fewer people arizing up. i know you know what i mean because your industry has to deal with this. your research shows regulations at dealers add $32 billions of dollars in cost pass odd to buyers. this is an avenue, as i understand it of $24,100 per dealership employee per year
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those costs to comply those costs could have gone for higherfy allow people more disposal income or to create more jobs the cftb rules on dealer financing went forward with a rule without notice without a public hearing, knowing -- not knowing whether it would work i hope you stay involved. americans don't see leadership or adult conversations about the nation's problems and the minuted opportunities we have and they are growing frustrated. we should be promoting policies. policies should tear down the ceilings above people's aspirations. it is time to challenge every aspect of how government works, how it taxes how it regulates,
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how it spends to open up economic opportunity for all to achieve success, americans have to have skills to do so fixing our tired education system and bringing job training into the 21th century despite we are in the 5th year of recovery and during the deepest downturn since the great depression throughout this entire time there have been around 3 million jobs unfilmed because of the skills gap that exists in this country. an effect itch president must have the trust of our friends and fear of our enemies. most of -- [applause.] whoever leads must do so with faith in america's future with the recognition every citizen is a gift that can make a contribution and our best days
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are ahead. i truly believe this incredibly great country is on the pets piss precipicier of a time to be alive. we need to fix a few complicated things. our nation's economy used to glow at 3 and a half to 4%. that was the normal throughout all but the last 15 years. over that time it made it possible for median family incomes to glow each and every year. we had a stable and growing middle class. standards of living were rising for all americans. opportunities for new businesses and new industries to rise up was the normal. i hope spite of the last few months which have been good economic news, the new normal if you talk to the smart people that decide these things the new normal is 1 and a half to 2% growth. the challenge with that is if we are to grow at that rate, kind of the european economic model, we are not going to be able to build the kind of capacity for people to pursue their dreams as
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they see fit people whose dreams will be limited and the demands on government will continue to grow. to put it in perspective, if we were to glow at 2% more per year on top of what the new expectations are come pounded out for 10 years, we would create a germany of additional economic activity in the tenth year. no amount of taxation proposed by our president or the progressives in this country comes close to the kind of revenue if he we created in that tenth year an additional german. how do we create an additional germany, reform our healthcare system to improve quality and lower costs. obama care is clearly a job killer. we need to invest in the long-term things. [applause.] we need to invest in research and development to spur the next
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generations of technology and innovations to allow the united states to continue to grow at a faster rate than we are growing now. that will requires reforming our entitlement system and having the courage to do so rather than kick the can down the road making it harder and harder for the next generation to do anything because these costs will overwhelm our country. it is non-exist events in washington, d.c. i have three sirningsz trying to find a venue since this is not a part of some political crowd, trying to figure out things i could talk about here that aren't necessarily political but could help us sustain economic growth over the long haul. first, a pay truth on theic energy based upon north american resources and american ingenuity and innovation and an economically-driven --
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[applause.] we need to fix our broken immigration stem that would create opportunities for all americans [applause.] >> finally a stem to stern reworking of our education system. i see great social strains if we don't get education right we are the most energy abundant in the world. we have more btus than saudi arabia has oil. we have billions of barrels of reserves of oil. we are the source of innovation for conservation and renewables. last year $302 billion left to current trees that do or could hate united states. $300,000,000,000 without economic activity for us
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empowering current trees that make our foreign policy more difficult to attain. the great news is and it's spectacular news is that the united states is fast becoming the largest producer of oil and gas in the world and web be energy with north american resources and american innovation. the most transformative innovation over the last generation of time beyond the commercialization of the internet as been two technologies around a long long while. horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking has created a veritable revolution and those who serve communities where the oil revolution is taking place, you know xwlth what i mean. billions and billions of dollars invested in our own country, jobs significantly higher than the immediate i can't know of every community being created each and every day.
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the problem, i guess, is that this isn't cool on the coast. it's not cool here in san francisco to talk about this. i don't know if you walked outside, you might get a protester to talk about this incredible time thing that we should be celebrating, or on the east coast >> the same thing. it's cool in places like north dakota and west texas and south texas texas. not with standing the lack of coolness this revolution allows us to reindustrial eyes our country to create highways jobs, again for us to lead the world. it will lessen our greenhouse emissions as more power is generated by natural gas saving consumers billions of dollars on utility bills and billions of dollars now of additional dollars at the gas pump and i imagine it's probably stimulating car sales a little bit too. hundreds of thousands of highway jobs and investment in our country. less this lessens our payment deficit
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and lessens the need to have a heavy footprint where our foreign policy can be a force for good. our foreign policy -- and i believe we should be engaged -- should be about the strategic interests of this country, not the fact that we are not secure with energy. what should we do? approve the xl pipeline for crying out loud. >> that's a no-brainer. (applause.) washington shouldn't regulate fracking out of business. it shouldn't be done to paralyze it. we should open up federal lands and waters. we should help mexico with the modernization of their oil sector. our objective should be energy execute with candidate, the united states and mexico to allow us to grow and prosper.
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we should accelerate the interstate system for trucking, consume less in homes and cars and businesses. the cheapest energy we get is the energy we don't use. finally, with he should let market forces decide where to invest peshouldn't respond top government capital. it's an oxymoron a complete disaster [applause.] >> a real energy strategy would get us 1% of additional growth over the long haul creating tremendous prosperity and hire income for middle class families in this country. but the second is to recognize our immigration system is broken and we need to fix it and shift it to an economic driver. demography is destiny. the aging population with fewer workers means lower growth slow
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growing countries have struggled with lower fer 'til ty rates. now china is starting to feel the impact of its one child policy for the first time, ours stands below break even. family formation rates are at all-time low in this country. we have this big demographic challenge of people more or less my age getting older each and every day and so our demographic pyramid is like this and we are not fixing our entitlement problems unlike other parts of the country where -- other parts of the world where i amgration is a serious problem, we have a history of allowing people to come in legally to embrace our values and pour sue dreams. no country can do this like america. our national identity is not based upon race or some kind of exclusionary belief. historically, the unwritten contract has been: come legally
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to our country, embrates our values, learn english, work, and you can be as american as anyone else. immigrants -- i hope grants are an economy of vitality. they start two times as many businesses as native-born americans. legal immigrants have higher family formation rates and higher first time homeowners rates. my guess is in many of the communities where there are large legal communities, you know full well they also buy a lot of cars there are many jobs unfilled which could be filled by legal immigrants creating economic growth for all of us. here is what we need to do. first and formal most, control our border. a great nation needs to control its border not just at the
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border which is hugely important but the 40% of the people that have come here illegally came with a legal visa and over stayed their bounds. we ought to be able to figure out where they are and politely ask them to leave state and local law enforcement should do this effect itchly and in a compassionate way and e verify to make sure businesses don't higher illegal immigrants. we need to move from a family reunification model to an economic growth driven system which means we move back to what every other country has spouse and minor chin as the means, the petitioning part of family and not have adult siblings and adult parents, which is we are the only country that has. we have had it 440 years. as we have done this we have had chain migration that kroudz
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out. if we expanded the economic type immigrants across the spectrum of our economy, we could create significant economic activity for this country. it would be like we are the ten titans. ilk they have the first round draft pick like us being the owners of the tennessee titans the first 4 oil 0,000 first round draft picks but we would get to do it each and every year. we would get the dreamers, invest orders, the stem-related talent, the hard working people that sign this unwritten contract to be able to pursue their dreams in this custs tree it would be a catlitic converter for growth for our country. we need to find a path to legalized status for those who have come here and languished in the shadows. there is no way that they are going to be deported. at a time cost would be extraordinary. we need to find a way where they
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pay fines learn english, they work and they have -- they get in the back of the line but they come out of the shadows so they can have the full plow ducktivity to be partners in the strategy of high economic growth. if we are going to be successful as a nation we need to embrace the set of shared values that made us successful. i have doubts americans all believe in a set of shared values. we have to ask immigrants to do the same which i believe means in places like arizona, which they just mandated sifkz education all across this country, we need to restore a sense of our heritage other history, why it is so special to be an american believe it ourselves and ask the newlyvived to do the same thing. nothing would stop america if we did that [applause.]
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i am not an economist but i believe if we got those two things right, this country the pessimism that would exist and the fear of the unknown and the future would begin to subside immediately. people would begin to take more risks on behalf of themselves and their families. business startup rates would begin to grow. we had need to ensure when a child is born in this country, they have the god-given -- and they have the god-given ability to learn that they have a chance to do so do many have no sense of how to calculate mag, no severance of ourhit. they are left behind we are seeing increasing numbers of people who don't have the skills to get their first job. we spend more than any country in the world other than a couple of smaller countries.
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it seems to me with an 80% graduation rate, which is what we have for high school and yet one quarter of all of the kids taking the four elements of the act test only one in four pass all four elements of the test. the remedial rate for community colleges is over 50%. universities now struggle with children, young students that don't have the skills to be able to start taking college-level work. this is a huge challenge. yet there is no one marching in the streets for those that are left behind. this should be a national calling. great country like america needs to make sure that people have the skills and the drive and the determination to rise up. when that doesn't happen, people begin to feel disaffected and don't believe the system worked for them. what should we do? transform a system that is organized in a strange way in my mind for 2014.
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13,174 government-run monopolies, in effect, highly politicized and unionized focused on the economic interests of the adults, that's fine but it's not customized to the unique needs of every child. you me see tire marks for challenging the status yeah. we did some crazy things like grade schools, a b c, d and. learning gains and how students did to our standards. the net result was that every kid mattered in these schools because there were rewards for as and rewards for improvements and there was a different consequence between abject failure and immediate okayrity. we started seeingmedoucrity. we started seeing. they became important in this grading system. we eliminated social prom motion in 3rd grade this insidious
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idea that self event e-mail is more imports than learning how to read. >> that's what we have in america today: the traggee, if you can't read going in to 4th grade, you are not going to be able to acquire knowledge but they have done this generation after generation. too many young people the gaps begin to grow and they drop out. in florida, we eliminated insidious policy and replaced it with a policy of strategic impairtives to make sure children learn. we cut in half the functional literallycy rate. flat 4th grade leaders on the nation's report cards because of these harder edge strategies went from 49th out of 31 in 1997 to 6 out of 5010 years later. florida's low-income kids hispanic kids do better than the california average. don't tell me because too many people say it's not possible
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that kids in poverty can't lower than or kids of color can't learn. if you hear someone tell you that challenge them and say god has given these kids the ability to learn. it's up to us in all honesty to organize ourselves and our communities to make sure they do. if we get that right across the board, nothing would stop the united states of america. (applause.) we are starving for leadership in the public realm. each of you are leaders in your family your business your community. without leadership, you wouldn't be as successful as you have been. but there is a dirth of leadership in the public square. it's important to have leaders because now people believe that the dysfunction is permanent in
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washington, d.c. we have had a few years of dysfunction. most of the time, it has worked william. in times far worse than this: the civil war, the vietnam war, the cultural wars of the '60s, world war i, world war ii. this is not the worst time to be slae as an american but the dysfunction seems to be permanent. i just reject it out of hand. public leadership can change this. effective leaders come in many forms and from both political parties. president kennedy led through vision and inspiration when he challenged america to land a man on the moon. he led. lyndon johnson used forceful hands on leadership that produced the most historic civil rights legislation in our country's history and a 25% across-the-board income tax cut in just six weeks after the tragic assassination of the kennedy. he cajoled, hucked begged. i bet he threatened.
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he prayed. he did whatever it took to get the job done. johnson led. what about ronald reagan? senator ted kevined called him a good friend and a gracious foe. he wanted to defeat his opponents but not destroy them. presidentrationan came into office with a focus on two evil empires in his sights. one was the soviet union. the other was the federal government intruding ever more in the lives of its >> citizens. he brought down the former and reined in the latter doing something today would be considered unthinkable. he embraced his adversaries. imagine that. he had a relationship with the speaker of the house tip o'neill, and that relationship created the possibilities of saving social security for a lifetime, the most meaningful tax reductions occurred because democrats and republicans forged consensus and put aside the pettiness of the fight and focused on the broader, long-term interest. >> lesson i think is hugely important.
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two people can disagree and they can disagree vehemently but if they see in each other an honest broker motivated by good intentions and sincere beliefs, they can find accomodation. president reagan led. how about my dad managing the fall of the iron curtain? as a soviet empire was slapsing there were significant dangers it would become sly length and, in fact, violence of epic prop portions. the united states could have justifiably done a victory dance as the berlin wall fell. in fact many people in the press and others critics of my dad, were critical of him not going over to berlin to dance on the wall with young berliners but instinctively, my dad knew that it would be the wrong thing to do. the collapse of the soviet union mir miraculously occurred with little blood shed, a significant reason was that george h.w. bush didn't do a victory dance. he humbly helped gorbach. r when
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all was lost he supported the reunification of germany. it took place because my dad led we need that kind of leadership inwards today. leaders set goals and build support beyond their comfort zones. leaders have the humility to share in the credit and accept responsibility when things don't work out too many people in washington blame the dog eating their homework over and over again. we are imperfect. we make mistakes. to create a culture of leadership where you begin to forge solutions, you have to accept isn'ty for the errors that you do make. leaders show dogged determination. leaders build on their success. when they succeed, they don't rub it in the phases of their political critics. they build they look for the next way to build consensus for
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the next challenge. >> we are on the verge of the greatest time to be alive in this country. the amount of science that is exploding into our lives will allow us to live lives far longer than what anybody could have imagined. the whole advancement of technology allows us to. we have the kanltty. worry a big country. we can solve these problems. they are complex problems but with leadership we will solve these things and when we do, this will be the greatest time to be alive as an american. i hope you join in that effort to transform our country so that our children and grandchildren will have the same opportunities you had. god bless you and thank you for allowing me to come. thank you. thank you. ♪
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>> thank you very much for being here? >> i was a little nervous. this is not the kind of crowd i am used to. it's a little bit bigger. >> more people than we expected. governor, you formed an explore exploratory committee. the media is here. there are over 4,000 people out there let's just get the toughest question right out of the way right now t what's your favorite car? >> i just bought a ford fusion. this is a no-win situation. i am excited. i love the car.
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first of all, for the record, i do drive just so everybody, you know -- the driving, pretty well. haven't had any tickets or anything. but i travel so much i don't get to use it as much. what i am going to do, though i am going to the dealership so i can get my two-hour course on the technology. >> i would recommend you not get a speeding ticket by the way. governor, there is 17,000 franchise dealers out in this country they would love to overhear you make a big announcement on where you are going to be on january 17th, 2017. >> so i hope to be buying another car for my wife. nusuccess my e-mail address is
6:33 am what day is that by the way? >> i thought maybe you would know. >> i haven't set up an explore tory schmidt. >> that's the legal termination. i have created a leadership packet but... [applause.] until i get to the next step of this, jab 17ths, it's just another day for me. >> okay. i understand you and mitt had a secret meeting last week? >> not so secret. >> they can't hear you. just between the two of us, can you tell me what you guys talked about? >> yesterday, i fwoent visit governor romney. >> the meeting was set up under slightly different circumstances, i guess. and you was happy to be able to
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you know, continue to have the meeting. we talked about patriots the country, a need for a more engaged foreign policies where the united states accepts world power status because it brings peace and stability in the world and when we pull back and consider ourselves to be a problem in the world, it creates real problems for us and the american people and the rest of the world. we talked a lot about foreign policy. we share a very similar view about that [applause.] >> i am nor interested in policy. i respect him and consider him a friend. the awkward side of this about running and stuff, we put aside. so that's a decision he will make and i will have my path for a decision. who knows where that will lead?
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>> what's your own vision -- >> i tell the rest of the story? >> absolutely. you think i am going to stop you? it was leaked to the "new york times" and i am going salt lake city and there were three reporters there watching me go on. just coincidentally, i think one was going -- two were going to the detroit auto show this week. >> yes. >> another was there for another reason. so just coincidentally, i ran into a reporter for abc cbs and the wall street journal, as luck would have it. when i got to salt lake city there were lots of cameras. there was a guy that was broadcasting live on a radio station and we were having this weird conversation and i am trying to find a car to take me to the governor's house and i get overwhelmed by people asking for me signing baseballs and pieces of paper. it turns out this was the first day of the sundance film festival and all of these autograph hounds were there waiting for movie stars to show
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up. as luck would have it. literally, flocked by 50 people. it became a like a filini movie appeared had a nice conversation with mitt. >> that's great. what's your own vision for our country? >> i believe it as i said that we are on the verge of restoring american greatness. not committing to the over reach of this administration but creating a more opt michtic country and focus on the fact that you can have growth right now. um, we are growing pretty good. but there are a lot of people being left behind. if you are born poor in america, you are more likely to stay poor than any time in modern history. if you are born wealthy, you are more likely to stay there. there is stickiness at the end and the middle is getting squeezed. so bigger policies to deal with this issue of the lack of people
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moving up and the fact that people in the middle are disaffected and they don't see the system working for them is what we need to fix. you can do that by tax reform entitlement reform regulatory reform taking advantage of the strengths the country. those are problems that we need to fix and taking add vantsage of the unique nature of our country in terms of other scale, in terms of our agreeography. we are a big country n terms of our immigrant heritage in terms of the vast resources we have in this country. all of those things executed on properly would allow us to grow at a faster rate. >> should be the challenge, plus having a president that recognizes that there had been a bi-partisan consensus about the role of america in the world. right now, we don't have that consensus. this president, i believe, with all due respect, doesn't see the united states being a world power being a good thing he thinks it hurts our country and other countries. with all due respect -- and i am
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respectful because i did have a dawed and brother who served in that. i saw how they got torn apart. he is wrong on that [applause.] on that let me turn to foreign policy. what are the implications of the paris attack and isis for the u.s.? >> the immediate mrij indication was that the president missed a huge opportunity to show solidarity with our oldest ally and not going or not having vice president biden or secretary of state kerry or mrs. obama going, i think, was -- i am not quite sure why they didn't. it would have been a big win politically but would have shown solidarity to encourage europe to change some of their policies and to continue to work with us to protect our home land and theirs as well. this has to be a cooperative effort. i think it was a huge missed opportunity. the idea that people -- this is
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an issue of leadership -- i loved your speech by the way. >> thank you. >> it was great [applause.] >> an example of leadership is when it's not popular to do something. if you read a poll and the polling information sundays water. in the case of it foreign policy, americans are fatigued he we have had two wars. they are fatigued. the president has reflected that will sentiment to a certain extent or acted on his policies believing it wouldn't create any political problems for him. when you start beheading americans in far-off lands because ofa void was created because we pulled back fact guess what time. people's attitudes change about that pretty darn quick. so you can run foreign policy as a leader by following the polls. you have to persuade the american people even if it is tough for them that we have to
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be engaged. >> doesn't mean we have to have boots on the ground in every instance, but our presence in the world is hugely importance. other friends need to know that we have their back and our enemies need to know that if they cross a certain line that the united states will engage in bip their friends. >> that's not happening right now. so isis is a creation of that pull pulling back. isis was called 6 months ago, a junior varsity team which is just ridiculous. they have solidified their position in vast swaths of land in syria and iraq. our efforts to create a coalition are non-exist he want even though there is a lot of talk about it the president called the syrian moderate fors that it was polyannish or something like that. he had a chance to do it two
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years ago. the likelihood of isis forming as fast as it did wouldn't have happened had we engaged then. so every andeach and every time he has had a chance top protect american interests, he has pulled back. now, we have a huge problem. so, the implications of france should be for us that did could happen here. we have to keep our guard up. we can't just keep pulling back the president needs to lead in this regard and explain to people how important it is to protect the home land and the kind of tools that we need to be able to make that happen. >> thank you. so much of our economy is deeply intertwined with the fact system t dealers are interested in streamlining things. what would you change about our tax system? >> first if you could lower taxes as low as they could foand eliminate as many deductions as
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you could similar to the '86 law which is what happened required bi-partisan support, to would unleash capitol investment in this did you wants tree that would create high wage jobs. there are two reasons why that's the case it limits power of government to have a simpler tax code if you to hire compliance officers and layers and accountants to be able to comply with the law get on your leaf handed albanian tax cut and instead of saying my dream. i will pay in a transparent kind of system x amount in taxes it's a far better system i was told by the cfo of cbs a friend of mine cvs the drug store car pays 1% of all corporate taxes. they have an effective rate in the 30s they pay no taxes and do
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it consist ownedly. it seems simplifying the code would be hublingly imports and then there is most of the heart beat of our country's growth is not in the corporate world. it's in the l.l.c. world the pass-through. i don't know if your businesses -- >> a lot of. >> jeb bush & associates is a conglomerate of four people, not necessarily the heart beat of anything but we went from three to four last year before i left in a 25% increase, there are a million companies if they did that, you would have a lot more jobs. >> that's all pass-through so ultimately getting to the personal income tax rate which has gone up extraordinarily high and not just focus on the high ends. focus on the middle class. i think it's got to be broad and less power to government by eliminating as many loopholes as possible. >> another really tough one for you. >> yeah.
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>> in alabama, you don't have the excuse me for living tax? do you? >> no. >> that's in calendar. i'm sorry. you see think about this. my point was this is not just a federal issue. >> that's a big part of it. states better be careful thinking that there is thinking you will get income. there is a points where people move they don't risk their capital. there is a point where people say, i am going to ride it out because there is no economic interest for me to make that investment and create those jobs with the level of regulation and taxes that exist and so our system is gunus regard because it forces us to check on the states thabl you can have an excuse me for living or tax the air you breathe because people will move.
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>> what do you like to do for fun? >> fun? i love sunday did. >> that's my fun day. sunday is fun day. i play golf really fast so i can have breakfast really fast so i can go to mass slower. get can't get the priest to accelerate that. i probably would if i could. please don't tell father david. he would be very upset. >> mum is the word. >> then our granted kids come and we cook out on the grill, watch football and we talk about fun things. it's sunday is my fun day and i like to read. i love to read. >> tell me. you brought up mass. tell me how faith has affected your life? >> so i converdict. my parents, we were brought up in the episcopal church and it was -- i enjoyed it a lot, again
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w my family going to church every sunday but my faith was strengthened when i converted to my wife's faith, and it's had an important part of my life. it gives me doctor i don't know how to describe this. bushes aren't good about like spilling our guts on things that are private. this is not easy to do. but it gives me a serenity that in a world of a lot of turbulence is imports. it creates a moral architecture that simplifies things. there are views that i have that are grounded in faith that really aren't negotiable. in public life where you are asked to modify this and that. i think people expect you to have thought it through and if faith drives it you expect your views in a loving way not in a harsh way or judgmental way but stick to your guns because it's more importance than politics to be honest with you. so, a
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governor, my faith was hugely important and today, it continues to be important part of my life [applause.] i think no one can deny washington imposes a lot of restriction to free enterprise. you spoke about it. but what do you think we could do now? >> roll it back. a lot of the president's efforts are done by executive order. the government shut down six years ago. after stimulus the first budget, the dodd frarping and the affordable care act, it's been i mean they are basically maytag repairmen there. there is nothing gets done. the president is happy with that. the house last year or last session passed something like 350 bills out of the house.
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most with bi-partisan support that sat on harry reid's desk. the strategy was don't let any democrat vote or god forbid they would have to have a vote because they would be held accountable. i will use my executive authority to make carbon a polluta in. t, pass, you know implement laws on immigration, create rules that go beyond his authority. i mean there is scores of these things. so, i think the next president has a duty to roll back the things that where the president has gone beyond his constitutional authority and and in some cases where he does have the constitutional authority as well, which are done the next president has every right to do undo that in certain ways apointing men and women who have practical business experience in
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the agencies that regulates business instead of political hacks with hard-core ideology, i think, you know, many of the rules there is a ro process of impact statements for economic costs. you have to do a cost/benefit analysis. no one takes that seriously. we need to take that seriously there well-intended rules that have minor benefits but massive costs. rule after rule falls into that category. going through a thoughtful process, intellectually honest grounded in principle to be able to to deal with that i think we need to reform the administrative procedures act to speed up the process, to be able to permit things and to grant
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don't we would of we could build the interstate highway system in america? >> probably not a chance? >> i don't think so. but we could. there is no reason why a great can't tree can't in 2014 do big things. but right now we have put so much rules it's hard to build a bridge, hard to prepare for the widening up panama canal, hard to build infrastructure, the standing that people have. costs are too high the uncertainty is too clear and it stifles the investment that creates income increases for the middle class. hoots one thing is. do you want the rest of them? >> how about this? what's a do-over you would likely to have in life? >> do-over? hum. man, i have made some -- i have said some really stupid things in my life.
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i said something when i ran for governor in 1994 that was taken out of context but i should have been smart enough to said it differently. it was in a debate. someone asked: what would you do -- what are you going to do for me? and i was young and pretty ram bumping, 1994. and i said, probably nothing. i said probably nothing. what i think we need to do is create a society where everybody gets to start at the same starting line and we should strive for equality of opportunity not a guarantee of results. >> that's what i said. i believe that today but there is a better way of saying that because it's easy to open up wounds. vuk a provacative thought but you don't have to say it in a way that hurts people or turns
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them off. we don't work hard to use language. frankly, the more provocative the idea the more you have to use lang, i think, that doesn't scare people or insult them i've got better and that's what happens in life experience. this is called i hope. who is with me at 61. when you are 41, it's great, but there are some things that we did and said you know 20s years ago that we all regret i am sure. >> i have two sons. i want to ask you about family. >> yeah. did you ever get in a fight with your brother when he happened to be president? and who won? >> he had -- if his podium was here it would be that big blue one and the sound system is great but it would be white
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house communications and he would have a thousand people in the press traveling with him. let's say this was in or lands 0, not san francisovertime maybe i would introduce him and make some wise crack and he got the last word. he always used it i have revenge in his post presidency but during his time as president. i learned really quick don't dis him because he's got the bigger microphone. what's the most important message republicans can bring? >> hope, an optimistic message, i think, grounded in the greatness of the potential of our country to be great over the long haul for our children and grandchildren, but it has to be grounded in a -- in an optimistic message, not a reactionary message. there are a lot of things to be really grumpy about. i mean things aren't going well. washington is not working the
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affordable care act. dodd frarping has unintended consequences that even auto dealers have to deal with. there are a lot of reasons ton angry or grumpy and negative and then react to the over reach each and every time it comes our way. we are not going to win votes as republicans unless we can lay out a hopeful, optimistic message based in reality, grounded in a set of policies that are real that people believe could actually happen. hope wins out over anger and reaction every day of the week. the message should be about what the future look like not some nostalgic view back. does that mary make sense? >> sure [applause.] >> governor what's something most people don't know about you?you
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just between just a few people here? >> unfortunately, not much. i can't say i am a great singer or dancer. >> would surprise people. i can't say that. i am an introvert. >> really? >> yeah. >> you wouldn't think that today. >> because i have overcome it. who is an introvert in the crowd? anybody? most of you are salesmen so by your nature you are extroverts. introverts actually if they -- they are grinders. they identify a problem, by and large and then they overcome it. they are good to have around in that regard. i would rather read a book that get in a congo line and go dancing, but i learned that in order to make your case you have
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to advance a cause, you have to connect with people. you can't if you are in the corner reading a book. you have to engage with people look them in the eye connect with them on a human level, understand where they are come from before you get a chance to lay out your plan. right right? >> from what i can tell, you connected with this crowd. >> it was a blast to be with you [applause.] >> it was good to be with you. >> let's go back to maybe running for president. i feel >> haven't we beaten this? >> no, we have not. >> this drum. >> i. >> we may get there. i think i figured out exactly. i know you are on the fence. >> no, i am not. >> i am seriously considering the possibility of running.
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>> okay. i've got something i think will make your decision? >> uh-oh. >> it's right here. can you see it? >> there it is. >> there you go. >> the problem with this is the vice president is a better speaker. >> it's been an honor. i know it has for everyone here i really appreciate your time in coming and a round of applause for governor jeb bush. >> thank you.
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