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it brings people together. you hear different views. you hear some views you agree with, some you don't. somebody said that was the best ovation by far. i'm very happy to hear that. >> we were waiting for you up here. [laughter] >> i'm not during the speech again. it's what is your opinion of the aisle caucus process? what is your strategy here? >> i would be here frequently. i have a good opinion of iowa and the caucus. that is what they do. that is the game. that is fine with me. i have a tremendous relationship with the state of iowa, and i would be here a lot. >> you spoke about security in your speech. what would you need to do that?
>> you have to make the country strong so they can afford these programs. our country is a debtor nation. you have to make our country strong. you don't have to cut social security, medicare, and medicaid. you have to make our country strong. our jobs are disappearing. the 5.6 number is fiction. it is probably 21%, the real number. the unemployment is through the roof. you have to make our country strong against a you can afford so security another great programs including taking care of the military and the veterans. >> the u.s. department of agriculture has a very active role and iowa. for example low-interest loans to provide -- rural hospitals. do you support an active u.s. department of agriculture? >> i do support the governor.
i think he is terrific. i think he's done an amazing job here. what he wants to do, and the head of the department of agricultural -- agriculture is a tremendous guy. i support with are doing. >> romney and jeb bush? >> in my opinion it was an easier race than the one coming up. he should have one and he choked. you don't want to give a choker a second chance. i know that from sports. you don't give that person a second chance. he should not be running. as far as jeb is concerned, we have had enough with the worst family. his attitude on common core immigration, on a lot of things is not going to be a winning formula. i don't think they will win. they are well known right now. they are two big names. they will probably do well, but ultimately they will fail. they will lose to the democrat
if they get in. >> [inaudible] what kind of issue do think, and court will make -- play in the primary? >> i think common core is a big issue. >> [inaudible] what would be your advice to have a should do that? >> my advice is to talk about how we make our country great again. they are not talking about that. >> your perceived expertise would be in finance. what comments you have on the national debt? >> my expertise is in jobs, finance, and buildings. they have intermittently successful. when the market turned, i made them successful through guile and whatever it is. i have had tremendous success in real estate, and -- as you have
seen. in the obama administration, in the most sought after development, as i understand it, in the history of the gsa, the old post office sometimes when you avenue, trump got it. how do you figure that one? i started construction four weeks ago. it is going to be a phenomenal success. i got it. i'm a builder. what i do best is built. the reason i got it is because i had the best statement. i can get it done. i have the best project. it's going to be a great thing. you need a builder. our infrastructure is crumbling. you need somebody that knows how to get things done, how to get things built, what to do. i can tell you that i have people who will build buildings for four times more money than me or somebody who knows what they're doing. those buildings won't be as good as what we do. then they say, why did trump
succeed and we failed? like central park, ate years $21 million by the koch administration, and they connected it built. i went to see at koch and i said, at let me do it. i can get this thing done fast. if it cost one any over $2 million, i will pay for it myself. i got it done for $1.4 million and i get it done in three months paid this was under construction for a years. they did not know what they're doing. i have another one in the bronx right at the same thing, big golf project. it is been under construction for 20 years. it is a catastrophe. hundreds of millions of dollars. i took it over a year and a half ago and it's ready to open. the country is easier. we have such power and such potential wealth. we can fix his country.
we can fix the infrastructure of the country. we have to start doing it quickly. what i see in ohio and other places, bridges collapsing, that is just the beginning. 69% of the bridges are in terrible shape. so you need somebody who knows what they're doing. i do with foreign countries all the time. i made a lot of money against china. i will say against china. i made a lot of money dealing against china. i made a lot of money dealing against other countries. i'm doing jobs in europe. i'm doing jobs in dubai. i'm doing jobs on over asia. they are very successful. i do with the politicians, and i do with the heads of the states and i get along with them great. we come out on top. you need somebody that can do that. >> [inaudible] would you take america back in to another ground for? >> when they're cutting off
people's heads, somebody has to be strong against isis and islamic terrorism. somebody has to be very, very strong, or it will only get worse. it will get a lot worse before it gets better. >>-you never built anything well known in iowa? >> i did actually look at a couple of things and i were. last night, i gave a speech at the expo. it was terrific. they set every record. they had the biggest crowd they ever had, standing room only. we had a great time. i have a great respect for iran the people of iowa. >> [inaudible] >> over the years, a lot of people have wanted me to run. i have been a winner. in my business, you come up with a dating site and you sell it for foreigners million.
with me, it's been real estate. it is the old-fashioned way. nobody has done it, or very few people have done it, better. believe me. i do think that over the years they have wanted me to run. i love what i am doing. i had not wanted to run. i never said i was going to run but i looked at it in particular the last time. i decided not to. if i said i was going to -- because i had people less night asking me. a lot of people say, if you announce your running, you will go through the roof. maybe that is true, maybe that is not. all i know -- i know all these people. i am the one person who can make this country great again. that is all i know. i can make this country great again. nobody else can. [indiscernible] >> why aren't you already in the race? what is keeping you out? >> if i do it, i will be doing it in the not-too-distant future, probably before june. >> what is part of your decision process? >> last time i had contractual
obligations with nbc. i had a lot of different laws, rules, and regulations. i did have contractual obligations. a was building over the world. my children were younger. now my children are older, good executives, doing a great job. i have some great executives in place. last time would have been harder. when a politician runs for office, they can run for office. what do they do? they do nothing. they run. with me, it is a big commitment. i love what i am doing. the tremendous success of "the apprentice" was a reason. i got a request from nbc to extend the series. they want to know we can make it for more weeks, because of those are good. there is a lot of good feeling out there. the last time i had contractual obligations and a was building all over the world. now i have a great team in place, including my children and i'm really a free agent.
the show in spirit -- iends. if iran, rick santorum and everybody else would get two hours on primetime nbc. i don't think nbc would be happy with that. i have to ask. i love the country. the country has great potential. it can be great again. >> what separates you from the other republicans? >> liability. i had just done the -- well. my ability. when i have a loss, i turn it into a win. a lot of times you have to be able to turn it around because the economy crashes. i have done some of my best deals when the economy crashed and i was in trouble and i turned it around into a better deal.
you have to be number. you have to know what your doing. one more question. >> what are the areas -- you trust president obama with the free trade authority? >> no. president obama is one of the worst negotiators. look at iran. we have sanctions in place. iran is raising -- reading from the sanctions. they come to him and say that we will not negotiate with you unless you take the sanctions away. it does not work that way. you make them stronger. now we take out the sanctions, i have never seen anything like it. ira the book, "the art of the deal." it was the biggest selling business book of all time. this is like 101. why would you take the sanctions on iran?
who would be so stupid as to take the sanctions off iran when you are negotiating? so now what iran is doing is tapping is a long. they are going further and further into the nuclear program. guess what? once they have those nuclear weapons, we can't negotiate for a well anymore. >> fast-track authority -- >> i would support having brilliant people do our trade agreements. i like fair and smart trade. every trade deal we make stinks. it stinks. i like fair trade and i like smart trade. fair trade is good if you have smart people negotiating, and i would have the best because i know the best. ok? thank you all very much. great be with you.
>> on the next washington journal, a political roundtable discussion on the 2016 republican presidential candidates with steve scheffler and fergus cullen. then a look at the public and behind the scene moves by potential democratic put it -- presidential candidates. as always, we will take your calls, and you can join the conversation at facebook and twitter. washington journal, live it some thought a.m. eastern on c-span. >> we are showing you some of the speakers from the iowa freedom summit in des moines. next, scott walker. newt gingrich. rick santorum. [applause]
♪ >> thank you. thank you. it's an honor to be here. thank you for that introduction. thank you for having his back here in iowa. it is an honor to be here. it is exciting to see all of you here. i was excited to to -- talk to some folks on the way in. i got a chance to talk to your senator. i appreciate the fact that you sent somebody who's is not only a midwestern but who is a fellow harley davidson writer -- rider. that mean she knows how to cast rita on, and she knows how to ride a halt as well. she might be able to get support get of washington to we are honored to be with her and a slew of great folks today. i want to say thank you. as i look around this crowd, i want to thank you all, because i
know so many of you were great heroes to me. we faced a recall. so many of you helped us out. many of you helped us again last fall when we are facing a tough election. i had people who made phone calls in the state. i had people who came across the mississippi, over into wisconsin, you knocked on doors. i'm going to move around a little bit here. you came over the mississippi you helped us knock on doors you have this campaign. i went to much we appreciated that. it was not just the grassroots act. here, like a lot of other places around the united states, europe is a financially as well. that made a world of difference. we had to take on all the money come the tens of millions of dollars, the big union boxes -- bosses. we had people in all 50 states to help us out. there was a woman in waterloo who helped us out times with a donation. we had people here in des moines
and all across the state who helped us put up hard money -- hard earned money to take on government special interest. we want to say thank you. most of all, i will say thank you because so many of you here and across the state and across the country, you pray for us. i have to tell you on behalf of my wife and i, we can feel the power of those prayers. we could feel them. in the darkest of the days, i can't a what a difference it made to us. [applause] >> so don't stop praying. we appreciate the prayers. it makes a noticeable difference in those darkest of times. we needed it. you all know about the protests. at one point, there were 100,000 or more protesters in and around our state capital. they were banging on the drums blowing the horns, signs banners. i almost have to apologize
because the occupy movement started in madison, wisconsin four years ago. then it went to wall street. so my apologies for that. more than just the protests, i think the bigger challenge for us, at least for me personally where the death threats. at one point, there were literally thousands of protesters out in front of our family home in wauwatosa, where my two sons were still going to high school. where my parents were living at the time. my kids were targeted on facebook. at one point, i remember my mother was in her 70's, they were literally at the grocery store where protesters follow them down the aisle just to yell at them, even though it was me that was out there. even more so than just the visits in front of her home was the fact that the threats were overwhelming.
most of those death threats were pointed at me. some of the worst were directed at my family. i remember one of the ones about omega most was where someone literally send me a threat that they were going to cut my wife like a deer. another time, a protester sent a threat directly to my wife that said if she did not do something to stop me, i would be the first wisconsin governor ever assassinated. he went on greater detail to point out where exactly my children were going to school where my wife worked, and where my father-in-law was still living at that time. you can see what they were doing. i tell you today, thanks to all of you, not just for the grassroots support and donations, thank you for those prayers because you can see how important they were in dark days like that. time and time again, the protesters were trying to intimidate us. you know what? all they did was remind me how
important it was to stand up for the people of my state. they reminded me to focus on why i ran for governor in the first place. [applause] years before, my wife and i had sat down and talked about thought about, and prayed about getting in the race for governor. even though we knew it would be difficult, we did so, we made that choice because we were worried back then. we were worried that our sons were going to grow up in the state that wasn't as great as the state we grew up in. as a parent, that was unacceptable. that was fundamentally unacceptable for me. so we got in that race, and it was important. back in that time, my state faced a $3.6 billion budget deficit.
we saw a record job loss. we saw a place where local governments were controlled by special interests. so many of our hard-working families were having to endure double-digit tax increases and we knew we had to do something. today i am proud to take you that more than four years after, because of our reforms, my sons are growing up in a state that is even better than the state we grew up in. [applause] we weren't afraid to go big and go bald, not only for my sons but for their generation and countless generations yet to be born. they were growing up in a state where we are on a better path. i think you like the direction we are headed. maybe that's why i won the race for governor three times in the last four years. [applause] three times, mind you, in a
state that has not gone republican for president since i was in high school more than 30 years ago. how about that? [applause] i think that sends a powerful message to republicans in washington and around the country. if you're not afraid to go big and go bald, you kenexa get results. -- you can actually get results. you can craft for that. that's all right. -- you can clap for that. [applause] if you do that, the voters will stand up for you. when i used to commute back and forth from the state capital to be at home and night when my kids were still going to school was in the midst of all the protests and the recall campaign. we used to see signs. they were signs we would see in the farm fields between milwaukee and the state capital am madison to wauwatosa, where my home was at.
they were handmade sides that would say "we stand with walker." why? because people knew that we stood up against the powerful special interest and for the power back in their hands. they thought if they had an elected official who was actually willing to stand up, maybe it was time they stood up and said they were going to stand with that candidate as well. that is what we need in america. [applause] we knew that if you're willing to go big and go bald, the voters would stand up with you because we learned before. some of you may not know this, before i was governor, i was elected as in the walkie county executive. the only republican to hold that position. in 2008th, we get nearly 62% of the vote and a county that went
two thirds for barack obama. you know why? because we did what we said we were going to do. we reformed the scandal ridden government, held the line on property taxes, got the job done. [applause] when we talk about record results, the wisconsin way is working as well. since i was elected governor, we have cut taxes and wisconsin. we reduce spending. we balance the budget. we took the power away from the big special interests and we put it firmly in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers. that's what we need more of in this great country. [applause] you know what? the liberals don't much like that. they don't much like that. msnbc camped out in my capital all throughout the protests, all
throughout the results, just hoping. i would say that for me as a packers fan, it has been tough the last week. we've beat the bears after the election. i said i wanted to listen to radio next morning in chicago. i love listening to bears radio the day after the packers beat the bears. we wanted to turn into msnbc. it is like listening to the bears radio after the packers beat the bears. msnbc did not much like our election. they did not like it again this last fall. you know what question mark it was not just about a victory. it was about showing that common sense conservative reform connection work. if they can work in wisconsin, they were can work anywhere in the country. right? [applause] in our state, it's the only
state in the country that has a fully funded retirement system. our state has a positive bond rating. one of the things i'm most proud of is that our state can now hire the best teachers to teach our students in the classroom. that wasn't always the case. years ago in 2010, there was a young woman named made in sampson who was honored as the outstanding teacher of the year in my state. not long after she got that distinction, she was laid off by her school district. how could that be? how could that be? one of the best and the brightest and she got laid off. years before our reforms in her school district, her union contract said the last hired as the first fired. the last and was the first out. i'm proud to take today that in wisconsin because of our reforms, we did not just balance the budget, we sat -- say in our schools that there is no longer tenure.
you can hire and fire you want. you can pay based on performance. [applause] that's right. in my state, we can hire based on merit. we get paid based on performance. that means we can put the best and the brightest in our classrooms, and we can pay them to stay there. you know what? as conservatives, we met -- should not take a backseat to education reform. we ask you care about the quality of the education our classrooms, not the size of the education bureaucracy. we should not back away from that. [applause] sometimes the media just doesn't get that. in fact, in some ways that is why a lot of people know about the protests and the recall, but they don't know about the comprehensive, conservative, common sense agenda that we have
enacted in our state. that we give you a couple of examples persons i've been governor, we have pass pro-life legislation and defunded planned parenthood. [applause] since i have been governor, we pulled back excessive government regulation on small businesses and family farmers. in fact, i like to say that we now enforce common sense instead of bureaucratic red tape. we take it beyond regulations. we passed some of the most aggressive reform so that formers -- farmers and other small business don't have to do with frivolous lawsuits. [applause] we enacted legislation that allows for concealed carry so that law-abiding citizens in our state can stand up and defend themselves and their families
and their property. [applause] we believe it is important to protect the integrity of each and every vote cast, so we require in our state by law a photo id to vote. [applause] on top of all that, we said no to obamacare, we fought in court , just like we are fighting in court president obama's excessive overreach when it comes to his executive authority. we will continue to fight for those freedoms and liberties going forward. [applause]
i have to tell you, we've taken on an aggressive agenda. we also cut taxes. i mentioned that before, but we went big and bold there as well. we reduced taxes by $2 billion on the hard-working taxpayers of our state. we lowered taxes on employers, individuals, property. our property taxes are lower today in wisconsin than they were four years ago. how many governors can say that? [applause] we are going to keep lowering taxes because we understand it is the people's money, not the government's money. that is the difference between the wisconsin way and the washington way. in washington, they keep trying to find ways to take more of your money. in wisconsin, we want to find ways to get more of the money back to the people who earned it. sometimes people say, why do obsess a much with taxes? my wife and i month will celebrate our 23rd when he -- wedding anniversary.
years ago as newlyweds, i made a critical mistake. i went to a department store and i bought something for the price it was market. [laughter] right? my wife said to me, you can never go back there again until you learn how to shop at kohl's. [laughter] so now if i'm going to pick up a new should i go to that rack and i get that insert out from the sunday newspaper and i take it up to the clerk with my kohl's credit card and get another 10% or 15% off. i know i'm going to get another 10% or 50% off. if i'm really lucky, i get the flour with 30% off, right? when will about to -- i am about to check out i pull out the
kohl's cash. in my right? the next thing you know they are paying me to buy the shirt. right? [laughter] not exactly, but kind of, right? how does a company in menomonee falls make money question mark they make it off value -- boy them. -- volume. that is what i think about your money. we could have had taxes high, and like that shirt, some of you might have been able to afford it. we can lower taxes and empower more people to work hard and make a living for themselves and that's so we view things going forward. that's for me not just a buzzword. that is hard work. it is a way of living. it is something that i learned a long time ago for my parents and those around me. like many of you here, i grew up in a small town. my dad was a preacher at a local
church. my mom was a part-time secretary raising my brother and i. my first job was working at the countryside restaurant. later, i flipped burgers at mcdonald's to pay my way through college. i look back now and i often laughed. i did know it in, but we were kind of poor. we had to work hard to make a living, but we would not have had it any other way. as republicans, we need to make the case that we're going to promote policies that promote support, and defend hard-working people in this country once again. [applause] we need to promote policies that open the door of opportunity to live the american dream. some of you don't know this, but i actually went to school in plainfield iowa until the middle third grade.
then my father got called to a church in wisconsin and that's where our family moved to and where graduated from high school. in all the years i was in school , it doesn't matter whether it was in plainfield in iowa or in wisconsin there was never a time when i heard one of my classmates a to me, scott someday when i grow i'm going to be calm the tenant -- become dependent on the government. right? [laughter] that's not the american dream is it? that's not the american dream. i just went into by telling you this. in america, it is one of the few places left in the world where it doesn't matter what class you are born into. it does not matter what your parents did for a living. in america, the opportunity is equal for each and every one of us. in america, the ultimate outcome is a to each and every one of us individually.
[applause] you say, there is a reason why in america we take a day off to celebrate the fourth of july and not the 50th -- in april. we value our independence from government. we need to keep that going forward. [applause] to keep that going forward, we need a president and leaders in washington who understand it is important not to build the economy in washington that we as americans -- we want to build the economy in cities and towns all across is great country. [applause] we need a president who doesn't sit and washington d.c. when world leaders are standing together against terrorism in paris.
we need a president and leaders in washington -- [applause] -- we need leaders who understand that when freedom loving people anywhere in the world are under attack, they are under attack against all of us who believe in freedom. we need leaders who will stand with our allies against radicals islamic terrorists. [applause] we need leaders -- and we need leaders in america -- we need leaders in america who understand, who ultimately understand the measure of success of government is not how many people are dependent on the government. the measure of success and government is how many people are no longer dependent on the
government. [applause] we need that kind of leadership going forward. i am pleased to be here and i would today. i'm going to come back me more times in the future. i am hopeful to work together with you, to help us provide a kind of leadership that is new and fresh and bold and aggressive, that's been proven that commonsense conservative reforms can work. with your help, i have no doubt we can move this country forward. we can had -- have our own american revival. god bless you. thank you for letting me share that with you today. [applause] ♪
♪ >> thank you. first of all, thank you for that very warm welcome. to be introduced -- i don't know how many of you know this, but citizens united is the only organization of its kind that i know of that has been attacked by president obama in three different state of the union addresses. [laughter] it has unique place in american history. [laughter] i realize that when listening to the president after he was corrected on the definition of citizens united. i realize that when president
obama was teaching constitutional law at the university of chicago, we assumed that it was the american constitution. [laughter] [applause] we are always glad to come back. many of you gave us warm welcomes over the years. we really have a lot of ties and a lot of friends here. i am particularly glad to be here. i was watching joni ernst earlier. i thought tom harkin-joni ernst. this is a real improvement for america. [applause] we flew out with chuck grassley -- he was coming out as we were coming in. he said that he would like to
stay in here you, but he had to go to the farm. i would you think about this. i don't know how you feel, but i think mr. brailey was wrong. i am delighted to have a farmer as chairman of the judiciary committee. [applause] i'm glad to be here at this project which steve king is doing such a great job. he and david are terrific partners. steve and i were talking a while ago. you now have with david young and with steve, we've come a long way. two senate seats, three houses. of course, you have the longest-serving governor in history the united states, which is amazing. [applause] i knew him when he was only the longest serving governor in the history of iowa.
he keeps going out and doing stuff and working away at it. he is a remarkable person. i have to get one very wreath commercial, because we will be back this fall. i'm very proud of the fact that she is taking on american history 44-80 roles and teaching them history in the way that they can learn it and hear it. we will be back once again. [applause] i and probably different than almost all the folks who are going to speak today. i agree to come here when david and steve asked me to, because i knew that you all would be here that a lot of potential candidates would be here, and therefore, the media would be here. [laughter] i wanted to come to talk about something that i think is extraordinarily serious. not political in any sense. it is about america's survival. i want to say to you flatly that
almost 14 years after 9/11, the united states today is losing the war with radical islam us. we have to have the courage to confront how badly we are doing in this war. not just as an anti-obama commentary the state department was equally bad under george bush. gradually all of the so-called experts kept saying that you can't tell the truth about how they are as it might confuse other people, so what are you make of strange terms. it became bizarre. people all around the planet this is a global war. yet they insist on talking about it by geography. we will really focus on northern syria. well, there are thousands of jihadists who have come to
northern syria from around the world. over a thousand from france alone. over 600 from great it in. over 100 united states. this is a global war. in nigeria, bo boko haram has 10,000 fighters, and last year they killed more people than ebola. but, the state department for years under secretary clinton would not even listen -- list them as a terrorist group. even though their initial base camp was called afghanistan in honor of the taliban. i look around the planet at suicide bombings, beheadings all these different things going on -- they don't strike me as a rotary club conspiracy. there's one common pattern occurring everywhere across the planet. that is radical islam us who hate our civilization are prepared to cut off our heads
and determined to impose their religion by force. [applause] now, i'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about president obama's pathological incapacity to deal with reality. [laughter] that's what it is. there's no point in tried to get him to learn how to say the words radical islam us, because he has a speech impediment which blocks them from being able to say the words. he'll be embarrassing. watching john kerry tried to explain all this. it's not about religion. it's about random individuals. you end up with fort hood, with some because caring a card that says soldier of olive. somebody on the internet talking to an american imam in yemen. somebody who jumps up and kills 13 americans.
even the institution of the u.s. army is so corrupted by the intellectual dishonesty we now live with, they described it as a workplace incident. [applause] this is as though in 1946 1947, 19 48th, we had henry wallace instead of harry truman. we had a president who said there is no kgb, the soviet is not a threat, communism is ok. i don't think you should be worried about all these things. we have an elite in both parties unwilling to tell the truth. you're not going to win this war if you can't tell the truth is you can't win this war if you can't admit it's a war. let me be very clear, because i can hear some of our friends on the left, and a few of our friends on the right, who want to think newt gingrich wants us to have an army and occupy everywhere. baloney. this is a campaign that should
be fought with the largest possible number of allies. it is a campaign that should befall wherever possible by surgically and methodically hunting down the people. if you are moslem and willing to live in these with your neighbors and you have no problem with people converting in both directions and you would like to be allowed to have a mosque synagogue, temple, or church, i have no problem who -- with muslins prepared to live in diversity. if you believe you're going to impose sharia by cutting off my head, i have a desire to kill you before you cut off my head. [applause]
i would urge all of you to go back and look at president george w. bush's magnificent speech to the joint session of congress shortly after 9/11. there he said, there's an axis of evil, and he listed iran iraq, and north korea. he could have added more countries. some were so covert they did not at them to the list. it was a good start. that is a speech in which he said that you are either forced or against us. the state department and others probably begin saying, you can't really mean that. are you really prepared to go to the saudi's and say you are force or against us and cut off all of their funding for all the different elements that preached sharia? are you prepared to take on the argument about sharia? you have a new leader in egypt who is remarkably like mubarak
who is remarkably like sadat, a military leader dominating a country by force because the alternative is a muslin brotherhood radicalized egypt threatening united states and the entire world. i will to you flatly, while i would love to see the egyptian people be prosperous and free and have a chance to live in a general democracy, i am not -- just as i was not confused by communist who were very eager to have one vote in france, i'm not confused by the muslin brotherhood who would like to use our language to impose their way of life and never have an election once they're in charge. we have to recognize that. this is as an intellectually significant fight than the development of of anti-communism was between 1945-1950. [applause]
you may remember that ronald reagan was a democrat. he voted for franklin and eleanor roosevelt. he did a commercial for harry truman and one for hubert humphrey. hubert humphrey in 1940 a with the anti-communist liberal taking on the commonest wing of the labour party. reagan in 1947, when he was active as the president and the screen actors guild. one night in 1947, he's sitting with a guy and chatting, and this guys that i'm a genuine stalinist. when we win, you are the kind of person who i will put in jail or kill. reagan went home and he thought to himself, i wonder what that guy meant? [laughter] being a relatively simple person, not somebody who had been to harvard law school or
educated and how to avoid reality. [laughter] [applause] reagan said to himself gosh, i guess he meant if he wins, they will either put me in jail or kill me. reagan, in a totally selfish narrow attitude, decided he did not want them to win. [laughter] it was just one of those acts that prove that reagan was becoming a right-winger, because he was prepared for the soviet union to be defeated. now, it took from that moment of awareness in 1947 44 years for the soviet union to collapse. and frankie, i thought it would take another 20-30 years. but we calmly and methodically built a worldwide coalition. we calmly and methodically built
the most powerful military in history. we calmly and methodically axis by don't people. we ask he went out and did the things necessary to be safe to we had a clear notion that we were prepared to defend america and america's allies. we get it. we did it for 44 years. i am here today -- [applause] i am here today to ask you to talk to your members of congress and to send what ever devised to use, twitter, facebook, e-mail, telephone, snail mail, personal visits to friends around the country. i wrote a piece the other day in the wall street journal in which i outlined the hearings the u.s. congress should have. in my mind, i have written off this administration. it is hopeless. unless there is some great
conversion experience by hillary clinton, i would write her off. she is part of this worldview or g is with obama. she can't hide from it. it is a fact. [applause] i would ask your help in getting the congress to understand, both in the house and the senate, that we need probably six months or more of hearings. we need hearings that started the beginning. why are their radical islamists? what are their values? what is the world that they seek to a congress? don't kid yourself. this is a very pervasive problem. there is a blogger and saudi arabia who was for liberalizing saudi arabia. he has been sentenced to 1000 lashes delivered in public, 10 per week. the united states government should be angrily protesting. this is nonsense. we don't have to tolerate the saudis living in the middle of
the eighth or ninth century. we should be saying that we find the support -- a foreign -- that. they are confident the obama administration will keep talking to them no matter what they do. the iranians were the people who were funding and training, equipping the rebels who took over yemen this week. remember, yemen was the example cited by the president and october of proof that his strategy was working. i haven't heard from him since yemen fell this week, but then he's busy. the super bowl is coming up. there are a number of other important things. you can expect him to notice random countries being lost. i'm not here today to tell you that i have an answer. i have a direction. the first part of the direction is to lay out for the american people the facts about the scale of the problem.
when you see the number of islamists around the world, when you see what they say, and i'm a historian. look, the general rule is that if somebody tells you that they are prepared to cut off your head in less you convert -- and the other day for teenage christians heather had cut off because they would not convert. i take that as a sign that they probably mean you will cut off your head if you don't convert. i think people need to see the whole picture. only once we have the whole picture out can we start talking about strategies. one of the strategies is to drive them off the internet. whatever it takes to drive them off the internet, we should do. we should be very clear about that. [applause] one of the strategies should be to insist that everybody who is getting money from people like the saudi's have to have it noted. when i see an expert on tv
telling me the saudi version of reality and then you learn their professor and a major university, american thing take, but funded by the saudi's, we should know that. it is absurd. the apologists for these people are all involved in total this -- intellectual dishonesty, undermining and weakening the survival the united states. [applause] in addition, we should make it very clear that we are not going to tolerate any kind of advocacy from here on out of sharia. we are not going to tolerate any kind of advocacy of violence against the west. were not going to tolerate any recruiting. we are not going to tolerate any fundraising, or people who leave this country to fight somewhere else. frankly, we should make it a condition of losing your
passport and not being able to come back to america. [applause] in the middle of the 1930's, as the british leadership showed total cowardice and were terrified of dealing head-on with adolf hitler, one man actually red line, -- it was winston churchill. he began giving speeches. he was a very lonely voice treat at one point, he was down to four members voted with thing -- him out of 600 and 35. -- 635. he said that the truth is so important. day by day, hitler proved that churchill was right and the leak was wrong. i believe we are in that kind of
environment. i believe our government lies to us every day about this. i believe our state department lies about it. i think our intelligence community has been corrupted. i think our military is frightened to tell the truth. starting with the congress, we have to demand that we the people deserve to know the truth , and we the people deserve the right to defend our civilization. [applause] i just want to close with this thought. i grew up in the army, my father was an infan triman. your job is to defend the american public and if you don't do that, everything else is put at risk.
over the next year you're going to be visited by in candidates. those of you in iowa have been through it before. i ask you, every candidate that comes through here from now to the caucus has to answer what do they plan to do to defeat rad cal islamists, every one of them will have a good answer because they'll be afraid to come back. so you can play a major decisive role in getting america back on the right trademark, and with your help, i have no doubt that the american people will defeat those who would cut off our heads. we would defeat those who would force us into forceable conversion of religion. we would defeat those who have such contempt of us is that they can send us videos and we will
do nothing. thank you and god bless you. >> thank you thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. great to be back in iowa. it's great to be back here at this theater where believe it or not, the sweater vest was born. i don't know if you know that or not. the first time i wore a sweater vest was when i hosted an event here with pleick huckaby and i guess i gave a good speech so they must have thought it was the sweater vest and not me. it's great to be back and see so many friends and meet some new friends. i have been asked over and over and over one question since i've
been here. i get it from every person, same question over and over again. and i am going to end the spence. -- suspense and i'm going to announce that bela is doing great. [applause] karen and i want to thank each and every one of you and i mean this from the bottom of my heart, for all of your prayers through the election when we were dealing with bela and her health issues and all of them since. we felt them and as you'll find out soon, karen and i are publishing a book about raising bela. it's called "bela's gift," because she is. and we are publishing that. it's coming out in a couple of weeks. you will find out how your prayers were answered so many times through that time and what it's like raising a child who
has a severe disability and the challenges and the blessings its is. so i want to let you know that karen and i wrote the book jointly. we divided it evenly. we were going to write it together but after an hour or so we figured that's probably not going to work out too well. i'm a very strong -- you know karen. she's a strong principled woman. she has strong withins -- opinions on things. we dealt with this issue differently. so we decided to divide the book evenly. she has 11 chapters. i have seven. i am obviously a nostalgic here. three years ago after you got to know me and karen and the kids, you heard me and -- tell a story over at the stony creek inn in johnson on caucus night, on a very wild and crazy caucus
night, i might add. and i shared a story about a young teenage boy. as a young teenage boy i knelt at the side of my grandfather's casket. he was a coal miner. i remember being at eye level and seeing just his hands, these strong thick meaty hands that dug coal until he was 72 years of age. and i remember sharing with you that as i sat there and as i reflected on it, that those were the hands of an immigrant who came to this country after the first world war and brought his children later, that dug freedom for me, and it's a steer that each of you, all americans have -- story that each of you, all americans have, of an ancestor who created the opportunity for you to be an american, to be a
person who could pursue the american dream because someone -- you're standing on someone's shoulders. you know, that wasn't what the campaign was always about. it became that by going to, oh, a few dozen pizza ranches here in iowa. and some meat and threes. and having town hall meetings and talking to the hard working people who are patriots and care deeply about this country and the direction right now. they're concerned about whether that american dream and that dream was what? to work hard, sacrifice, to leave america and your family better than you found it. right. that's what the american dream is. and a lot of people believe in america today that that dream
has slipped away. now, i could spend the rest of this speech easily revealing why president obama and his middle class economics have failed, failed miserably. i could be griping on baker and his taxes and government excess and all of those things but what does that get us? how many people do we convince. they've won elections that way. they won the last election that way in 2012. it was divide, criticize blame not take responsibility for anything. that's their schtick. and what a horrible price they paid to win. this country, now we look at it the % versus the 99, black
versus white, anglo versus his panic, business versus labor. americans feel the division. and we're sick of it. [applause] we need to do better. we need to do better because america deserves better. they deserve a group, a party, a movement that is for policies that provide opportunity for everyone to reach that american dream and a message that unifies us. you're going to hear a lot of folks coming here today. you'll be privileged to a lot of people coming through iowa. that's the blessing of iowa. you will. but look for that message.
mike lee was right. look for that message that can bring us together. because as good as it feels to hear the bad stuff, as good as it feels to beat up on the other side for the damage they've done to this country -- and it's been substantial. i know in my own personal relationships that pointing the finger and condemning somebody doesn't win you a whole lot of arguments. and more importantly, it doesn't bring us together. so today i want to share with you. i want to share with you a vision forward a vision forward that can unite us that i deeply believe in. it's a vision that says we can restore the american dream and it's not a different thing from what republicans have stood for before. in fact, it's additive. because we have been and we must be the party of growth and opportunity. we must be the party that says
that we want lower taxes limited and responsible government less regulation. we need to be the party that goes out and says that we're for fiscal responsibility and balanced budget. all those things are right, but they're not enough. we need to be pro-growth but we also need to be pro-worker. we need to be on the side of the american worker. [applause] why? one of my favorite saying i know you hear republicans say all the time is that a rising ches tide lifts boats. that's true, unless your boat has a hole in it. ladies and gentlemen, look at america today. look at those who dr of the 70% of americans don't have a
college degree, and many of them don't have a high school degree. substance abuse family breakdown. there's a lot of americans who are out there who are seeking employment who want the american dream, but they have holes in their boats. and so when you go out and talk about how we're going to raise the tide how we're going to grow this economy and make these stagnant wages declining, meeting income, the ladder of advancement, they don't feel better. they feel like they're sinking deeper underneath the water. we have to be the party that says we understand what you're feeling. we understand what you're thinking. we understand the problems and put forth a message that targets
specifically not how we can help the economy, but how we can help you and you and you. when you do it in a way that isn't divisive but it's unifying. how do we do this? it's actually pretty easy. it's actually pretty easy. first it starts with education. if you look at the 70% of americans who don't have a college education, have limited skills, we need to make sure that we have opportunities for people to get those skills. we also need to look at why people are failing in school and not getting those basic skills to be able to survive. why? because we have a top-down government-run education system that is failing our children. [applause] we need less common core and more common sense if we're going to make america a great and educated country. [applause]
we -- what's the common sense? ask any administer or any teacher. they'll tell you the biggest key in derpg success of a -- determining the success of a child in school is the parents' involvement with that child in the school. so what does common core say? stay out parents, we got this. the federal, the state, whatever it is, the folks, the leerkts we're going to determine what's -- leerkts we're going to determine what's lest for your child. we know by having you here, we know your child will do better. the elites are doing just the opposite. we can fix -- look karen and i home schooled our children. is it hard? [applause] >> thank you. thank her, not me. thank her. was it harder? sure. it's harder. oh, but what a blessing to be
intimately involved in your children's education. that's the challenge. the path that the we're going to lay forward here is not going to be easy, but it's going to be one that makes sense. it makes sense that we need to restore and rebuild the american family. if you saw the statistic just this past week america hit a milestone. for the first time in the history of our country more children are growing up without two parents than are growing up with two parents in the home. first time. now 54% and the number keeps dropping, keeps dropping, keeps dropping. what do all the studies say about income equality and the reason people are struggling? the obama administration wanted to make this a really big deal. it was going to be the man tra for the election. it turns out the reason is the
breakdown of the family. where do you hear us? you say you want to appeal to minorities and hispanics. what about strengthening the family, doing things that stop the government from getting in the way of people marrying and raising children. it's to say the government shouldn't be an obstacle. when i was in wisconsin during the campaign of 2012, i was told if you were unmarried and had two children and you were making $15,000 a year as a single mom you got $38,000 in welfare benefits. if you got married, you'd lose them all. government is a barrier. we need to get government out of the way and help families be restored in america so children and they can have a better life and a better future. [applause]
if we can reform welfare, we need to reform all welfare and that means corporate welfare. we can't be for bailouts, sweet deals, if we're going to ask people to struggle and rise on our society. we've got to be for reducing both and reducing both those types of welfare. that's fair. you want to show that you're relating to the folks working in america, then we have to go out and prove it. we've got to go out and show that we are for manufacturing jobs coming back to this country. in july 06 2011, i went out to burlington and i launched my manufacturing initiative. that's what we talked about all over this country. president obama's tweaving red flag saying manufacturing jobs are not. no, they're not. it's only because washington
makes manufacturers uncompetitive in the world markets. [applause] if we can restore the manufacturing center of this country, if we can create the opportunity to make things so that people with skills can learn the skills to work, to make things and to have quality jobs that pay good benefits, we've now created hope again. we've created a path forward for those who feel there is no path. we need to do that through energy reducing energy prices, even -- and keeping them stable as well as construction. we need to be the party of the worker. why? well, it's good politics. you know what 3ersage of american -- percentage of americans own their own business? it's less than 10. we're talking 10 percent of the
public and we wonder why we don't win. we don't win because too many people don't think we care about them. we got to show them not just by saying we do, by having policies and a message where they can see it and they can feel it in us. there's another issue, and this is one that steve king has been, i think impaled upon many times, but it's so important for american workers. i have a little quiz for you. since 2000, there have been six million net new jobs created in america, six million net new jobs since 2000. how many of those net new jobs are held by people who were not -- are held by people who were not born in this country? all of them. all of them. there are fewer americans working today who were born in this country than there were in the year 2000 in spite of 17
million more in the work force. and so when people say we have to do something about the border and we have to do something about illegal immigration. they're right, we do. we have to secure the border. i was in arizona talking to folks and it's horrendous the things going on at the border from a national security perspective, as well as what the president is doing. we also have a problem with legal immigration. legal immigration is at an all-time high. there have been more people legally coming to this country in the last 20-year period than any other. the highest level of immigrants than we've ever had in america, almost 14% now. there are more people not born many this country than have ever been in the history of this country. and it's affecting american workers. why? because the vast majority of the
people coming in this country come in under immigration and they're unskilled. we know there's not a huge growing number of jobs for unskilled laborers and as a result wages stagnate, immediate ian salaries go down. we need to have an immigration policy that puts americans first, and american workers first. [applause] and this isn't an anti-immigrant. i am for legal immigration. but in 1920 after 40 years of the great wave, the congress passed the bill because they were up to 14% of the work force and it was having an effect on their labor market. so what congress did is pass legislatings. it passed unanimously in the house. one vote against on the first
one. nine on the second. it was a bipartisan issue. because even in the progressive era, which this was the tail end of, republicans and democrats put you first because for america to be a great country a country that people want to come to we have to be a strong country. and that means for everybody skilled and unskilled worker alike. and so steve is right. we need to step forward with an immigration policy. we need to do so in the context of standing strong with american workers. finally, it's an issue that in the 22 or 23 debates that were held in the last election cycle i think there was one debate on this subject and one or two questions, at most during the debate, and that was national security. remember, the war was over.
bin laden was dead al qaeda was defeated. terrorism was gone -- not terrorism, extremism was gone. and what's happened since? we have seen the impact of isolationism. we've seen the impact of weakness on if part of -- and indecision on the part of an american president an inexperienced, raw american president with ideologieses that didn't face reality. ladies and gentlemen, in this election cycle, we need to be looking for someone who has that experience whose been tested and understands. i spent 16 years in the house and senate. eight of those on the senate armed services committee. i heard mike lee said to be able to have someone who can understand up to their party when they're wrong.
twice i authored bills, once on syria, to put sanctions on syria and president bush opposed me for a year and a half. fought me from bringing the bill up. but eventually, not only did he not fight me, he signed the bill. because he saw eventually what i saw, which was a rogue regime that had to be restrained. iron was next with an yirne nuclear sanctions bill. . back in 2005 when most people thought iron didn't even have a nuclear weapon, wasn't even trying. and the president wanted to negotiate with iron. i said don't negotiate. you can't negotiate with people who don't keep their promises, you can't negotiate with people who have a theological end to their public policy. again, the administration opposed me. in fact, there was a vote on the
floor. condi rice sent a letter saying vote against yirne sanctions on their -- ironian sanctions on their nuclear vote. six months later it passed unanimously. leadership matters, manage the threat and being willing to have the dourge identify the threat. there's a lot of talk now about radical islam and whether it's extremism or terrorism. let me tell you what it is. and i'll quote from a speech i gave in 2006 which i handed to president bush, saying you have to stop using the term terrorists. because terrorism is a tactic. it is not an ideology. and if we're going to be honest with the american public and honest with the world and have the built to confront this evil of radical islam, then we have to name it what it is.
[applause] that was 2006. and i laid that speech, and i said mr. president we're not going to win this war no matter how many guns we have, no matter how much we fight, if islam does not confront the cancer within and we don't identify that cancer and fight against it. experience knowledge, courage a national security, the area where the president has the most purview, those are the things that are necessary. how do i know that? well, i was in israel a few months ago. in fact, i took some iowans, simon conway from w.h.o., carey gordon from sioux city. and we met with senior israeli officials. one of them pulled me aside and
said "senator, please, please understand, you need to elect a president that is ready for war." that means a president who understands, understands that all of the capabilities we have and understands the most important capability the -- is the strength of america, our diplomacy, our military, and yes, the president of the united states. ladies and gentlemen i don't envy your charge. i've been here many times, as you know and we had a tough time last time around. you made a very good decision, by the way. [applause] albeit somewhat delayed. you made a good decision. and you're going to have to do
that again. i just want to encourage you, you do a great job. iowans as you see here from this crowd the media notices, take your jobs seriously, and you should. the last time around, everyone told you no, no, don't pick this person, this person has no chance. and you said, well, i think we're just going to vote for the best person who we believe has the best chance. not who new york and washington thinks has the best chance. [applause] ush serious people when it comes to this, and this is a serious time. i just would say i agree with chuck grassley and terry brant who say that it is well worth the mileage and the sleep to go to all 99 counties in iowa and -- maws applause
. hi anybody have any questions? thank you very much. >> mitt romney could run when you talk about blue collar economics, about enevaluate, about credibility. >> i think that's -- again, i don't want to play pundit with my -- with the other folks. i think authenticity matters. and having a track record, we get involved in issues when i was in the united states senate on welfare reform to manufacturing issues to all the things i talked about.
i've got a long track record of having worked on those issues, so whether others want to take on that mantel and run with it because they see it as a really good political opportunity, that's for them to decide. i'm flattered. i mean, i think it's great that the message that we have been saying for a long time but in particular in 2012 is gain some -- gaining some momentum within the party. hopefully through today through this speech, we didn't -- obviously, this is not rah-rah stir up the crowd speech. it's note that time. we have some real decision making to do as a party. if we continue down the path we've been doing of sort of the simple cut taxes, cut spending, balance the budget and that's our economic plan, we're not going to winl a lot of election.
i think i heard mike lee say we've lost the last three outs of five popular votes. that's the message that i tried to deliver here today. it's not -- like i said, it's not a stump speech. it was a serious talk to serious people about what they should be looking for in a candidate for 2016. >> senator, you've spoken a lot about working for americans who don't go to college. a lot of americans don't attend college. what's your position on president obama's plan to offer free college. due think more people should be given the opportunity to attend college? >> i would say that the fact that the president has picked out community college government-run colleges as
opposed to public private and technical schools which oftentimes do better than community colleges, shows you the predisposition of this president towards government. in fact, as we know the president's been at war with private and technical schools in trying to deny student loans and doing a lot of things to certify them. this -- it's just a hostility. so i see this as sort of a continuation of trying to -- less frankly, those who need access to college and trying to destroy public and technical colleges. guess what's going to happen to the entire private sector of school? so i'd like to assign a good motive to the president, but if you look at his attacks in the past, i think it's
let's do you agree with the idea -- >> we need to have apprenticeships, technical schools, vocational education. one of the reasons a lot people have to go back to community colleges and private career technical schools is we have abandoned technical education in our high schools. vocational education was a very viable and vibrant part of the educational experience where you can learn skills, marketable skills, work half a day, get an apprenticeship. under what i am talking about, trying to restore the manufacturing base of this country, and build a more vibrant middle of america vocational education becomes a very big part of that. if we can restore that then we are doing it before we have to pay extra for it after school and included within the high
school curriculum. [inaudible question] >> how big of an issue do you think it will be? >> i don't know how big of an issue it is going to be. you asked me to play political commentator. you heard me talk about the importance of marriage in the family. i think the most important thing that we can do as leaders within the party is to highlight the importance of restoring marriage and encouraging marriage from an economic point of view as well as societal point of view. if we do that, i think you lay a better groundwork for discussing the issue. right now, i am going to be focused and centered on seeing what we can do to help restore the american family. >> the[inaudible question]
>> it depends on what they decide. >> you mentioned that [inaudible] isn't this similar on your view on same-sex marriage? >> it is different that i ran. i was talking about their end of times 12 imam. as a great concern of giving a nuclear weapon to a country that believes that by causing the end of the civilization, you --r savior will come back. that is different than having a public policy be based on sociological facts. i don't think i am equating the
two. everyone has a right in america to come into the public square whether you are of faith or no faith, and make your claim as to what you want any issue to be. just because you are a person of faith does not mean you are not allowed to have a position on an issue that may be in part or in whole rooted on faith. >> would it be possible later to [inaudible] >> springtime in iowa is critical. these events are great. they are important. but what i found at the end, 99 counties matter. getting around people to see you in the flesh, not from the stage, not from prepared texts but interacting with you. we didn't win the iowa caucus last time because of a few big
events that we did. we won the iowa caucuses because people had an opportunity to get to see up close and personal who you are, what you believed in, and what you are made of. that is what iowans will do. >>[inaudible question] >> i wonder if everyone else gets the same number of questions on this as i do. i have made myself clear as to my focus of the campaign would be. we are going to keep the focus on trying to do what we can to help improve what is been determined even by studies on the left as the most critical part of the hollowing out of the middle of america, the breakdown of the family. i think it is important for us to try to help government to get
out of the way so marriage, so people can if they want to marry, without being analyzed for doing so. we need to make sure our tax code and other laws and the pulpit of the presidency talks about marriage and fatherhood in particular for the majority of americans growing up without a father in the home. >> a follow-up. >> are you disappointed by the house gop? [inaudible] and for more moderate members of the house, do you think it will be another split in the party? >> the vast majority of americans support this legislation. we are talking about a baby that is five months old, that would
otherwise be born alive in most cases. as we know from the scientific literature they can feel pain. i understand people have concerns about things. it is five months. we are not talking about making someone make a decision about pregnancy early. my feelings about that. that is not what this bill does break this says five months. we have five months to determine whether you want an abortion. at some point this child get some rights. this bill provides a pretty common sense, reasonable approach, that once a baby can feel pain, could be born alive that baby starts to have some rights that have to be respected. i don't think that is radical. i think if you are looking for something that is a compromise something that is a reasonable middle where most americans feel
comfortable, that is what this bill does. i am disappointed that some members felt uncomfortable with that. i am hopeful they will go back and look at it and realize they are not putting undue burden on anybody when you give someone five months make a decision that is a reasonable time. at some point that baby should have some rights. that is what we do. thank you very much. appreciate it. [laughter] [inaudible] >> on newsmakers, texas congressman jeb hensarling looks at president obama's tax proposals and other big issues expected in congress.
i want to thank each and every one of you for being here. i want to thank citizens united, my good friend steve king for putting this on. [applause] >> you know, steve and i spent all week in washington, d.c. so it is great to be back in america. [applause] >> we're living in remarkable times, just a couple of weeks ago walking down the hall of the capital i ran into a janitor carrying a screwdriver who was coming to change the sign on harry reid's door. [applause] >> and iowa played a big part in that by sending use them and i'm
glad we have a judiciary -- sending us joni ernst. today is the 50th anniversary of winston churchill's passing. churchill stood as a lion in winter, a voice against the darkness that was sweeping the globe. and i'll tell you 50 years later we are facing threats every bit as ominous and today, like then, we need the clarity of thought and voice and action that churchill provided. [applause]
>> one of the very first acts president obama did upon being elected was sending churchill's bust back to the u.k. (crowd boos) >> and i think that foreshadowed everything that was to come the next six years. i'm happy that here with me today is my wife heidi. [applause] >> heidi is an incredible mom. she's a fantastic businesswoman and she is my very best friend in the entire world. [applause] >> and you know, we're blessed to have two little girls at home, caroline who is six and katherine who is four. and i'll tell you heidi and i are here today for the same reason that all y'all are here.
because we look at what's happening in this country and we fear for our children. we fear for our grandchildren. so what i want to talk to you about today is reigniting the miracle of america. this country was built on an extraordinary miracle. the miracle of america began with a revolutionary idea which is our rights, they don't come from government, they come from god almighty. [applause] >> and the constitution serves as jefferson says are chains to bind the mischief of government. this country was built on incredible opportunity that if you're a single mom waiting tables, you can do anything. if you're a teenage immigrant washing dishes you can do anything.
there is no country in the history of the world that has allowed so many millions with nothing to come and seek the unlimited dreams of their potential. the miracle of america has been american exceptionalism. [applause] that we are the indispensable nation, the voice for freedom. and we will back down to no face of tyranny. now how do we bring that back? how do we reignite the miracle of america? it is the most important cause
that unifies us together and iowa believes in the miracle of america. [applause] >> number one, we champion jobs of economic growth and opportunity and bring back an environment where small businesses are growing and creating opportunity. we get the senseless obstacles from washington out of the way. [applause] >> that means tax reform and regulatory reform. that means sending the locusts of the epa back to washington. [applause] i was once out in west texas and i said -- you know, the thing about the folks of the epa is, unlike locusts, you cannot use pesticide against them.
an old farmer looked at me and said, want to bet? [laughter] and the most important regulatory reform we can do is we need to repeal every word of obamacare. [applause] we need tax reforms. and the most important tax reform we can do is, we need to abolish the irs. [applause] we need a simple tax that is fair, that every american can fill out his or her taxes on a postcard. [applause] there are 110,000 employees of the irs.
we need to padlock that building. and put every one of those 110,000 on the border. i say that somewhat tongue in cheek. but imagine you traveled thousands of miles through central america, in the heat. you are swimming across the rio grande, and the first thing you see is 110,000 irs agents. you would turn around and go home too. [applause] the second key to reigniting the miracle of america is, we need to defend our constitutional rights. [applause]
every single one. the first amendment, the fifth the 10th amendment. you know, no liberty has been more under assault in recent years than religious liberty. whether it is the federal government going after hobby lobby, a christian company, or going after the little sisters of the poor -- and by the way, here is a real good rule of thumb. if you are litigating against nuns -- [laughter] as the obama administration is you have probably done something wrong. [applause] you know, i am sorry to say, one of the most graphic examples of the threat to religious liberty occurred in my hometown of houston, where the city of
houston subpoenaed five pastors, and demanded of those pastors, hand over your service. hand over your sermon notes. let me tell you a story that ought to lift up your hearts. when that happened that wednesday, i decided we were going to try to bring together a group of pastors to have a rally in defense of religious liberty. heidi and i were members of first baptist in houston. we called the pastor and said, you have seen what happened with the subpoenas. he said, yes, i have been praying about it all morning. i said, we want to hold a rally. we want to bring pastors together. we want to do it tomorrow, thursday, at 11:00 a.m. would you be willing to host it
at the church? and pastor greg begins laughing. he said, you know, ted, god sometimes moves in ways we cannot understand, long before we have any awareness of it. he said, a month ago, god put it on my heart to begin praying for our city. he said, a month ago, i reached out to pastors across the city of houston, and invited them to come to my office to pray for our city. he said, we have 50 pastors from around the city coming to my office tomorrow. [laughter] at 10:00 a.m. [applause] i will tell you, it took both our breath away. the next morning, i joined those pastors at 10:00 a.m. we spent an hour on our knees in prayer for the city. we then went down to a rally with over 50 pastors, across racial lines, across ethnic lines, across denominational lines. we even had first baptist and second baptist.
that is not easy. and we stood in that rally together, and we said, caesar has no jurisdiction over the pulpit. [applause] and when you subpoena one pastor, you subpoena every pastor. i will tell you, believers all over texas, all over the country, lifted up the situation. conservatives spoke out. the heat and pressure was so great, the city folded under withdrew the subpoena. we have got to defend our constitutional liberties. and third, we need to restore america's leadership in the world. over the past six years, we have seen the fruits of the obama-clinton foreign policy, of receding from leadership in the world, leading from behind does not work.
just a couple weeks ago, we were horrified at the terrorist attacks on the streets of paris. and then horrified again when over 40 world leaders came in solidarity, and yet missing from that rally graphically was the united states of america. you cannot fight and win a war on radical islamic terrorism if you are unwilling to utter the words "radical islamic terrorism." [applause] i would note that the depraved men who threw the planes into the twin towers and the pentagon and the field in pennsylvania -- they were not a bunch of ticked
off presbyterians. [laughter] i think some of the presbyterians like that. [laughter] and, you know, paris also illustrates that a big ocean does not mean we are protected from radical islamic terrorism. it is one of the reasons i have joined, with steve king and chuck grassley, to introduce the expatriate terrorist act, which says if an american citizen takes up arms with isis, he forfeits his or her citizenship. [applause] now, iowa -- iowa plays a unique and special role in the political process.
the men and women gathered here today and across the state, you have a responsibility that you take very seriously to scrutinize any candidate for national office, to look them in the eyes and to hold them to account. i have got to say, a lot of people had the reaction, i don't trust politicians. and that is worth applauding because i agree with it. you know, in a republican primary, every candidate is going to come in front of you and say, i am the most conservative guy to ever live. well you know what? talk is cheap.
the word tells us, you shall know them by their fruits. and one of the most important roles of the men and women in this room, the men and women of iowa will play, is to look each candidate in the eye and say, do not talk. shown me. if you say you support liberty show me where you stood. if you say you support religious liberty, show me where you stood and fought for it. if you say you oppose obamacare, show me where you stood up and fought against it. [applause] if you say you oppose the president's unconstitutional executive amnesty, show me where you stood up and fought. [applause] if you say you support life, and you support marriage, show me where you stood up and fought.
[applause] if you say you will stand up to the washington establishment the career politicians of both parties that have gotten us in this mess, show me where you stood up and fought. [applause] if you say you oppose common core, show me where you stood up and fought. [applause] and if you say you stand with our friend and ally, the nation of israel, show me where you stood up and fought. [applause] together, we need to reassemble the reagan coalition.
we need to unify. we need to bring together conservatives and evangelicals and libertarians and republican women, and reagan democrats, and young people. we need to bring together a coalition of americans who want to believe again in the miracle of america. [applause] some might say, this is hard. this is really hard. the media tells us it cannot be done. the media says give up, abandon hope, go on home. [laughter] but, you know, each of us has seen miracles every day. we have seen miracles in our own lives, in our own families.
many of you know my father pastor ron cruz. [applause] my dad has been my hero my entire life. when he fled cuba with nothing as a teenager, after being imprisoned and tortured, he was full of hope and opportunity. let me tell you a different aspect of his story you may not have heard, which is, he and my mother moved to canada, the oil and gas business. [laughter] the canucks in the room are giving some love. i will tell you, when i was a little boy, neither of my parents knew christ. both of them were living fast
lives. both of them were drinking too much. when i was three years old, my dad decided he did not want to be married anymore. he did not want to be a dad to his three-year-old son. so my father got on a plane and he flew back to houston. back in houston, he was working in the oil and gas business when a friend and colleague invited him to a bible study, and invited him to clay roads baptist church. and he gave his life to jesus. [applause] and it transformed his heart and he went to the airport, and he bought a plane ticket, and he flew back to calgary, and he flew back to my mother, and he flew back to me. [applause] some people ask if they israel.
i can tell you firsthand, in my family and my life, if it were not for the redeeming love -- were it not for faith in jesus christ, i would have been raised by a single mom without the love of my father in the household. [applause] men and women all throughout here have experienced miracles just like that in our lives, transforming the amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. compared to that the challenges facing this country. they are nothing. from the beginning of this country, god's providential blessing has been on the united states of america. [applause] when we stood up against the mightiest army on the face of
the earth, and won a revolution as a ragtag bunch of colonists it was only with god's blessing that we did so. when we survived the horrible civil war that ripped us apart to expunge the original sin of slavery, it was only with god's blessing that we came back and were stitched together again as a nation. when we stood with winston churchill, to stand up against the nazis and defeat the scourge of evil, it was only with god's blessing that we saved freedom on this planet. and when president reagan stood before the brandenburg gate and said, mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall, it was only with god's grace and blessing. [applause] that we won the cold war -- we have done it before over and over again, and we can do it again. we can come together.