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say if it does not have anything to do with the relationship between governments, i said i wanted to thank president obama for his speech. at selma. this is a personal observation but a political issue. there are moments in which history can be extraordinary. one of these moments is what this country has lived through over the last 50 years. for those who love politics, for those who love politics that speech was a moment of great inspiration and strong affection. thank you kindly mr. president and thank you for your warm welcome to the white house. president obama: with respect to the wine i felt it would be insulting for me not to sample it.
and to establish the strong commercial bond between the united states of america when it comes to tuscan wine. i will give a report if it is up to the quality that we expect. with that, let me call. >> thanks. president obama, some congressional leaders yesterday came to a deal on fast track for trade. it is clear that many in your party are opposed, including senator schumer. are you worried your support will divide your party going into 2016? will it hurt your party's ability to win? do you need hillary clinton and prime minister, how confident are you that greece will reach an agreement with the creditors by
the end of the month and how concerned are both of you about the effect they could have on the global economy if a deal is not reached? president obama: on trade i want to congratulate senators wyden and hatch for coming up with a bipartisan framework. without getting into the weeds it is important to recognize that the trade promotion authoritys is not the same as an agreement. it gives us a structure whereby when an agreement is presented they can move forward and not get bogged down in the usual procedures. i would be receiving the same trade promotion authority that every president in the postwar era with the exception of richard nixon has received. it is not exceptional in that
sense. what is exceptional is within the framework for the first time there are requirements for enforceable labor and environmental provisions. there is clear attention to issues like human rights. in many ways, this is the most far-reaching and progressive trade promotion authority that we have seen going through congress. that is important, because as i've said before, it is entirely understandable there is some skepticism around trade from working families who live in a town that saw manufacturing collapse and jobs being outsourced. people recognize there have been circumstances in the past in which trade may have contributed to growth in the global or u.s. economy that hurt workers. we have learned lessons from that. this trade promotion authority thanks to the work of senators wyden and hatch, reflects those
lessons. in terms of actually getting a deal, the first trade agreement that we would potentially present under the trade promotion authority would be the transpacific partnership. i've spoken of this before, but i will repeat that 95% of the world's markets are beyond our borders. the fastest growing markets, will be in asia. if we do not help to shape the rules so that our businesses and workers can compete in those markets, then china will set the rules that advantage chinese workers and businesses. that will set the stage over the next 20 or 30 years for us being clocked out and unable to protect our businesses from discrimination. our agricultural products being excluded from these areas. high tariffs that prevent us
from being able to compete fairly. and he comes to services or the internet, for example, our ability to maintain intellectual property protection or freedom in the internet or other requirements that tilt the playing field against u.s. workers -- that is what will happen. what we are doing is negotiating at the highest level, the highest standard, a trade
agreement. with strong enforceable provisions. i will be able to show, when the final agreement is presented that this is absolutely good for not just american businesses but for american workers and the economy. it is the right to do. the last point i will make, the politics around trade has always been tough. particularly in the democratic party. people have memories of outsourcing and job loss. the point i've made to my labor friends and progressive friends is that companies that look for low-cost labor have already left. we are already at a disadvantage . the trade agreement i am proposing would strengthen our ability to force other markets open and strengthen our position compared to where we are now. being opposed to this new trade agreement is essentially a
ratification of the status quo where a lot of people are selling here but we are not selling their. -- selling there. japan is a negotiator in this deal. the last time i checked, if you drive around washington, there are a lot of japanese cars. if you go to tokyo and count how many chryslers and general motors, and ford cars there are. the current administration is not working, and i don't know why folks would be opposed to us opening the japanese markets to u.s. automobiles or beef. it doesn't make sense. i will be able to make a strong case, but it is important when you talk about dividing the parties, we have a korean and colombian and panama free trade agreements passed over the last several years during my presidency. it did not divide the democratic party. there will be a set of
democratic senators and house members who traditionally, on principally, have opposed trade because the union on principle regardless of the principles are opposed to trade. then there are those like me who believe that we cannot stop the global economy at our shores. we have to compete. you have to make sure we are writing the rules for a level playing field. products made in america and services provided by american firms are the best in the world. i will continue to make that argument. for those who argue that this is contrary to the interests of working families, i tell them that my whole presidency has been about helping working families and lifting wages. giving workers more opportunities. if i did not think this deal is doing it, i would not do it. i did not get elected from the sponsorship of the business roundtable and the chamber of
commerce. -- chamber of congress. they didn't bring me to the dance. i know this is the right thing to do and sends a signal to asia that we are competing and will help maintain the international rules that are fair for everyone and not tilted in favor of one country so that it into -- so that in into eating better for our commercial prospects and others. that is a long answer, but it is a big question. sorry. prime minister renzi: very briefly, in greece and in europe, since 2011, and since 2008, a different time. we must absolutely strongly work to achieve an agreement. to achieve an agreement it is important that the greece government respect.
not all of the agreements of the past. in the european council we accept a normal principle if there's a moment of election. and if the new leader is correct to respect the votes of the citizens. in this case the votes of the citizens in greece. there is a framework of a grievances in the european institutions which is very important for the greece government to respect. we must, for the future, right any new page in the european economy.
i absolutely am confident that there will be a time of austerity in europe. to achieve the goal, the local and national government must do reforms. this is important for italy. we are committed to realize for our citizens. and then we can open a discussion about austerity and growth in the european economy. but now it is time to respect this new framework of agreement, and we will work in this direction. >> mr. president, some of your promises have already brought investors from the u.s. to italy. now these investors would like to know when all these reforms are going to take place. could you give us a better idea?
you spoke about austerity and growth. the markets are very preoccupied. we have finances in a difficult situation. how can you reconcile this austerity with our public finances, which are in such bad shape? and i would like to know what you think about germany? -- about germany holding europe hostage to its inflationary obsessions? you have just heard that things are changing, especially with the ecb taking action with qe action. is that enough?
have europe and italy done enough? and did you did -- did you agree or discuss the sale of drones to italy? >> you have asked three questions in one. first, the timeline for reform. i think i can safely say that the american investors who wish to invest in italy, but italian investors as well, finally have a labor market that is more flexible. they have an institutional system, taxation system. in the next three months, these reforms will be done.
what needs to be made clear is that even if people in italy want to start from scratch again, reforms are underway and there should be no attempt to block them. people will find the quality of the engineers, the people who work, people in italy in general, a very high quality of people. but i think what will be necessary in the next few months is education, education, education. investment in this field. in the global world, even though we are in a strategic position what will really count is whether italians can offer human capital, ideas, development in the future. in terms of the austerity policies, i think it is important to bear in mind something that is quite simple. i know we have to be very clear in our accounts, but we have to bet on growth. the united states are models. in our last meeting, we saw slides of the results for the reit -- for the united states and europe in the last seven years. obviously, this a test -- this attests to the respect for the united states, but in europe austerity is not going anywhere. we have discussed this. we cannot just look at our budget as, of course, an
important limit. italy is for filling all of its obligations and it is a country in europe that is for filling all of its obligations and all the rules. now, we believe that 2015 has to be the turning point, the year of the turning point. as the italian government, we are pushing with great determination. we know that italy has everything to gain from trade and economic stance. but also, we believe that the united states, and justly so established trade agreements with china, with asia, and with other areas in the world. i think it would be fundamental as a key print ball having the same relationship -- key principle, having the same relationship in our historic friendship between europe and the united states. we represent the party in italy that i would like to call the democratic party one day at a european level.
our party is convinced -- and maintains the position, even though there are many resistances from german social democrats. i am fully determined to find me agreements, and we will talk about this during our lunch hour as well. president obama: first of all, let me make sure that i correct the impression that i have consistently criticized germany. chancellor merkel is a great friend and a great ally. from the time i came into the office when we were in the midst of the great recession, there have been competing economic theories in terms of the best way to pull us out of a financially induced crisis of this scale. it was our strong belief that it was important for us to make the investments to boost demand to put money in the pockets of investors, to fortify the banking system so that we wouldn't see a repeat of the kinds of they'll outs and air is back -- irresponsible -- kinds of bailouts and irresponsible practices we had seen on wall
street. as well as initiate structural reforms around health care and education, research and development, that were going to be important for long-term growth. and i think we have largely succeeded in stabilizing the economy and putting it on a growth trajectory. we have seen five years of growth. we have brought unemployment down from 10% to 5.5%, and we have done this reducing the deficit -- while reducing the deficit, primarily because the economy grew much faster. it is my view with respect to europe that it is not an either or situation but a both/and
situation. sometimes it gets framed as, what is best, austerity or structural reform? if the labor markets are too stuck, then it is very hard to hire, particularly for young people. if there is too much bureaucracy to start a new business, then businesses will go elsewhere or entrepreneurs will start a business somewhere else. so i think mario draghi is on the right track in starting the kinds of reforms that angela merkel and others have called for for a long time. but i have also said that at a time of such low demand and hidden seven flechette in -- hence -- hints of inflation that we have seen over the last couple of years, boosting demand is also important. having flexibility in fiscal targets is also important. the sustainability of structural
reforms depends on people feeling some sense of hope and progress. it is my view with respect to europe that it is not an either or situation but a both/and situation. sometimes it gets framed as, what is best, austerity or structural reform? if the labor markets are too stuck, then it is very hard to
hire, particularly for young people. if there is too much bureaucracy to start a new business, then businesses will go elsewhere or entrepreneurs will start a business somewhere else. so i think mario draghi is on the right track in starting the kinds of reforms that angela merkel and others have called for for a long time. but i have also said that at a time of such low demand and hidden seven flechette in -- hence -- hints of inflation that we have seen over the last couple of years, boosting demand is also important. having flexibility in fiscal targets is also important. the sustainability of structural reforms depends on people
feeling some sense of hope and progress. if everyone feels they are getting squeezed but there is no hope, some of the political systems breakdown and you end up getting into patterns that don't work. i think the approach matteo is describing is the right one. move forward on the structural reforms, but have a strategy for increasing demands, increasing investments. and here in the united states, we are not done. i would like to see us rebuild our infrastructure. it would put people back to work. it would boost demand. more workers would be employed.
they would spend money. it's a smart combination. this is not just a criticism of europe. i think globally, all of us have to recognize that global aggregate demand is weak. china has to make some transitions to a consumer-based rather than export-based economy, but that means they won't be growing as fast, and that means suppliers of raw materials to china have seen their growth slow. what i have said is don't expect the united states to be the engine of growth for everybody. don't expect that you can just keep selling to the united states but we can't sell anything to you because your economy is so weak. that will benefit anybody. that's that won't benefit anybody. these are concerns i have expressed across the board. and i think matteo is right.
greece needs to initiate reforms. they have to collect taxes. they have to reduce their be argosy. -- their bureaucracy. they have to have more flexible labor practices. when the prime minister came in, i said you need to show your people that there is hope that you can grow and we understand there will be some flexibility in how you move forward. it's not just squeezing blood from a stone. but you have to show those who are extending credit, those who are supporting your financial system, that you are trying to help yourself, and that requires making the kinds of tough decisions that i think matteo is beginning to make. we did not discuss drones. we did not. last question from the side is margaret. margaret: make you, mr. president, prime minister. mr. president, -- thank you, mr.
president, prime minister. mr. president, i want to ask you about iran. i also hope you will comment about your nomination for attorney general. on iran, this is going to be one of my three-part questions. the compromise this week was a pretty significant concession. do you believe you have weathered anymore congressional bids to derail this, or do you believe that because israel and i run have become deeply -- iran have become deeply polarized issues that you will have more to ward off?
can you be definitive on if you might be willing to release all or part of the $100 billion or so in oil assets that iran has frozen in offshore accounts. you seem to be floating that idea that you might want to say something about russia's sale of oil to iran. prime minister, i want to ask you about drones, since that shockingly did not,. -- did not come up. there has been some deeply troubling news about immigrants trying to come from libya. how are you managing this? are you confident that italy is able to control the risk of extremist's coming into europe? president obama: all right. i read them down. on iran, i thought bob corker and ben cochran came to a reasonable compromise.
opportunity to review it and opine on it, but right now we are still negotiating, so have some patience. i think the final product that emerged out of the negotiations we believe will not derail negotiations. so that checked off one books. the second concern i had was just an issue of presidential prerogatives. there were a number of people who were supporting corker's legislation suggesting that as a routine matter a president needs to get sign off from congress to negotiate political agreements. that is not the case. that has never been the case. this is not a formal treaty that is being envisioned. and the president of the united states, whether democrat or
republican, traditionally has been able to enter into political agreements that are binding with other countries without congressional approval. i still have some concerns about the suggestion that that tradition was in some ways changing, but there was language in the legislation that spoke to this being directly related to congressional sanctions, and that, i think, at least allows me to interpret the legislation in a way that it is not sending a signal to future presidents that each and every time they are negotiating a political agreement they have to get congressional authorization. so, the final thing i will say about the corker legislation is that both senator corker and senator cardin, at least in my understanding, agreed that there
will not be a whole bunch of poison pills or additional amendments added. they will be protective of this being a straightforward, fair process. for congress to be able to evaluate any deal we may come up with. and then register its views, but that it's not going to be tilted in the direction of trying to kill the deal. i take them on their word at that. we will continue to monitor that. but assuming that wetlands on my desk is what senators corcoran cardin agreed to -- that what lands on my desk is what senators corcoran and cardin -- corker and cardin agreed to, we will have a deal.
with respect to the issue of sanctions coming down, i don't want to get out ahead of john kerry in my negotiators in terms of how to craft this. i would just make a general observation, and that is that how sanctions are lessened or snapped back, there are a lot of different ways to do that. part of john's job, the iranian negotiators job and the d5 plus one job, is to find formulas that get to our main concerns while allowing the other side to make a presentation to their body politic that is more acceptable.
our main concern is making sure we don't have to jump through a bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions. and i think that goal of having, in reserve, the possibility of putting back and applying forcible sanctions in the event of a violation, that goal can be met. and it will require some creative negations by john kerry and others, and i am confident it will be successful. and with respect to the russian sales, i can tell you this was slated to happen in 2009. when i met with then prime minister putin, they actually stopped the sale, paused or spend of sale, at our request. and i'm am frankly surprised that it held this long. given that they were not prohibited by sanctions from selling these defensive weapons.
when i say im not surprised, given some of the deterioration in the relationship between russia and the united states and the fact that the economy is under strain and this was a substantial sale, i do think it sends a message about how important it is for us to look like we are credible in negotiations if, in fact, a deal fails and we are needing to maintain sanctions. because i have heard some in congress who are opposed to this deal say either let's just slap
on even more sanctions or we will do sanctions unilaterally regardless of what other countries are willing to do. the reasons the sanctions have worked as because painstakingly we built a coalition that has lasted this long. if it is perceived that we walked away from a fair deal that gives us assurances iran doesn't get a nuclear weapon then those international alliances will fray.
and it won't be just russia or china. it will be some of our closest allies who question our wisdom. we want to make sure that if there is no deal around the iranian nuclear program it's because the iranians were not willing to accept what the international community considered to be an appropriate and fair approach to this problem. ok. view. the? -- ok, whew. see? i am still not finished. let me speak about loretto lynch. we have actually seen some outbreaks of common sense and bipartisanship in congress over the last few weeks.
yesterday, i signed the sdr six, which not only fixed some real reforms around how our health-care system works, but expands health care for our children. we just talked about what i think was a constructive process to resolve congressional involvement in iran. but we still have a crazy situation where a woman who everybody agrees is qualified, who has gone after terrorist who has worked with police officers to get gangs off the streets, who is trusted by the civil rights community and by police unions as being somebody who is fair and effective, and a good manager, nobody suggests otherwise, who has been confirmed twice before but the
united states senate for one of the biggest law enforcement jobs in the country, has been now sitting there longer than the previous set in attorney general nominees combined the previous seven attorney general nominees combined. and there is no reason for it. nobody can describe a reason for it beyond political gamesmanship in the senate. on an issue that is completely unrelated to her. this is the top law enforcement job in the country. it's my attorney general who has to interact with his or her italian counterparts in dealing with counterterrorism issues. in dealing with interpol. in dealing with our national
security. in coordinating with our fbi. what are we doing here? and i have to say that there are times where the dysfunction in the senate just goes too far. this is an example of it. it has gone too far. enough. enough. call loretto lynch for a vote. get her confirmed. put her in place. let her do her job. this is embarrassing, a process like this. thank you. pm renzi: regarding the situation of migrants in the mediterranean sea, the problem
from africa to italy come from libya. so, exactly as three years ago when the people come from tunisia because the problem was the lack of stability in tunisia, today the only solution is to work every day to find a solution with the united nations and with other partners in france and allies in the region. but i think the only way is to come back to stability in libya. in this time of transition italy is ready to bring responsibility to make the leadership in diplomatic and counterterrorism efforts, but human trafficking in the mediterranean sea is a priority for everybody. it is a priority for the united states. stopping human trafficking is the only way to ensure justice and security for this area.
i think there is not a problem of a clash of religions in italy. the problem is not a problem of clash of religions. it is a problem of human dignity. i am confident if we work together, we can achieve a great result. >> you just said that italy is ready to take on its responsibilities in terms of diplomacy and antiterrorist activities. i would like to ask you, who are the protagonist in this region the people who should be the
interlocutors in order to reach stability in libya, and what does antiterrorist activities mean? are you ready to send the 5000 men you spoke about? audi you intend to do so? and also, -- how do you intend to do so? and also, if you have the support of president obama, how about sending drones? concerning russia, do you think -- did you get any specific commitment to renew sanctions in russia? pm renzi: let me talk to about the question on libya. i will repeat what i said. obviously, all the countries in this region are countries that are interested in looking for and finding a solution, barring none.
we appreciate the work that certain countries are finally doing in the mediterranean area, northern africa, starting with egypt. all the countries are part of this huge undertaking, but please allow me to be very clear. either the tribes do this, or no one is going to do this. the only way to reach peace is for the tribes to accept that they are going toward stabilization and peace. and our work is that of looking for this to favor this at all levels so that this effort does indeed lead to peace. the diplomatic initiatives you are aware of are the ones we are doing, and the once the foreign ministers are also trying to support and study.
obviously, this is not a job that starts in libya. i would like my italian journalist friends to understand that libya, which we consider because they are a cross from us, they are the main problem, but they are part of a more complex problem that has to do with the risk of terrorist infiltrations in africa. we are feeling the pain for what happened at the university of greece in kenya. -- the university in kenya. but this regards africa as a whole continent. a few days ago, we remembered that a year has gone by from when someone hundred girls were kidnapped by boko haram -- some 100 girls were kidnapped by boko haram. remember the hashtag bring back our girls.
this is something we have to place in a wider context. the technical solutions, our teams are looking at them every single day, and they are obviously technical solutions for which there is a full awareness. europe is next to the united states and a huge challenge that will lead troops to spend much more time in afghanistan than we thought. if the coalition with the united states considers that the process has to continue, then italy will do its part.
obviously, in terms of the technical solutions that i mentioned, this is not something that has to do with political debates. it has to do with technical teams and their expertise. i have to be sure that i have priority and assurance from the united states that this is not something where italy is working on its own. i can tell you that as far as we are concerned, the cooperation and work together with you both in a national diplomatic way and is a constant work done every single day, which is a job that is done silently, quietly, in everyday life, which takes us to
heroism. i am thinking about the coast guard's, the men and women that saved those people at sea, that allowed a young woman to give birth on the boat. she was dying and they saved two lives. this is what we want to do, but at the same time, we also have to be fully aware of the fact that the work we do together is a job that not only involves libya and africa, but i might say the whole world. allow me to say this without taking the floor for too long, but this is a job we are doing everywhere from russia to latin america, afghanistan, to the middle east. the cooperation and work which is done between the united states and italy is something out of discussion that cannot be discussed. president obama: we are consistently looking at where terrorist threats might emanate and libya, obviously, is an area of great concern. isis has been very explicit
about wanting to use the chaos inside libya as a potential justification for putting some of their personnel there. the coordination with italy and with other of our key partners is going to be very important. we will not be able to solve the problem just with a few drone strikes or a few military operations. you have a country that has been broken into a number of tribal factions. there are some sectarian elements to it, and you don't have a central government that is functioning effectively. so, we still have to guard against the use of the territories in libya as a safe haven for terrorist operations much in the way we have done with respect to somalia for many years.
but the answer, ultimately, is to have a government that can control its own borders and work with us. that is going to take some time, but we will combine counterterrorism efforts in cooperation with italy and other like-minded nations with a political effort, and we are going to have to encourage some of the other countries inside the gulf who have influence over the various factions inside of libya to be more cooperative themselves. in some cases, you have seen them fan the flames of military conflict rather than try to reduce them. with respect to russia, matteo
and i agree that we need the implementation of minsk. i have expressed my strong belief that the european council needs to continue the current sanctions that are in place until we have seen full implementation of the minsk agreement. there will be a vote coming up this summer in the european council, and my expectation is that not only italy, but all countries in europe will recognize that it would be a wrong message to send to reduce sanctions pressure on russia when their key implementation steps don't happen until the end of the year. at minimum, we have to maintain the existing sanction levels until we have seen that they have carried out the steps they are required to under the agreement. one of the things matteo and i share and i think the italian and american people share is a sense of values and principles that sometimes overrides political expediency. that is part of our dna.
that is part of our memories because of the history of both of our countries. i think we have to be realistic and practical in how we look at a problem like ukraine, but we have to also recall that the reason there is a unified and prosperous europe is because in norma's sacrifices were made on behalf of ideals and principles. -- enormous sacrifices were made on behalf of ideals and principles. if those principles and ideals start getting ignored, that carries a cost for europe and for the world. thank you very much. thank you, everybody.
and i said i'm on my way to new hampshire. he is a bit of a wise guy, i don't know where that comes from. he said your new home state. i'm happy to be back. we have been up here a few days this week. a really great time in london. i see some familiar faces and here on dawn wednesday. i appreciate so many of you coming. i will spend less of the time taking questions from you. i will say couple of things off the top. i gave a speech on entitlement reform. the speech i gave on the entitlement reform is very simple and very direct. 71% of the federal budget is now spent on entitlements compared to 26% 50 years ago.
if anybody wants to talk to you about national defense education, research and development, tax cuts, or anything else involving the federal government you should ask what they are going to do on entitlements. if they are not going to do something to fix that problem we are not going to be able to deal with any of the other problems or opportunities that we have in this country. when i got to new jersey on a 25 million dollar budget we had an $11 million deficit. my democratic legislature send me a tax cut. of all five i vetoed and we bounced that budget by cutting 800 programs in new jersey. there are ways that we can put our fiscal house in order in this country and we need to. and everybody who is considering running for president of the united states should help answer for you what they are going to do regarding the cost of
entitlement programs in our country and how they are going to make it there for everybody not just for one generation but all generations. you will know that the president hasn't talked about this for eight years, from the date he has announced in 2007 to this very day he doesn't talk about it. the reason is because there is not some short the answer you can read off a teleprompter to tell you what to do. the reason he hasn't talked about it is the same reason we have problems all over the world. iran moving towards the nuclear weapon. syria on fire, libya on fire egypt under martial law. troubles all across the world's. vladimir putin charging into eastern europe. the reason for this is because people around the world know the same thing that the people of the united states no. that we have a weak president who has weakened our country and they are taking advantage of that in every possible way they
can. we can no longer afford to have weakness in the oval office. we need strength and clarity and hard truths and that's why started talking about entitlements. why would i talk about those things if they weren't true? there is no political advantage to talking about those issues. the reason you talk about them is because you really want to make suggestions that will help solve the problems that our country confronts and take advantage of these extraordinary opportunities that behalf. we had extraordinary opportunities as a country. we should be simplifying our tax system and lowering taxes for corporations and individuals so we can get economic growth. this president takes victory laps of 2% gdp growth. let them go into the families were children have graduated from college and can't find a job, saddled with enormous debt.
and feeling like we may be the first generation that leaves america a weaker and the lesser place for next generation than what was left for us. deal may reason you should consider running for president is if you want to change that. if you want america to be leader in the world again. the need to work together. as republicans we need to work together. then we need to work together when we get to washington to solve these problems. the american people are filled with anxiety, not anger. they are worrying about their country and they should be. the reason for that is absolutely reckless leadership by this president. all he cares now is about his legacy and his library. the two ells for barack obama is all that is left.
he doesn't care about anything else. i will end with this and take your questions. i think it is a national disgrace when the president of the united states sits down and considers taking cuba off the terrorist watchlist when my state, a woman named joann murdered a state trooper, was tried and convicted broken out of prison, escaped to cuba, and the castro regime for 40 years has paid her, harbored her wall this trooper's widow and his children live in pain in new jersey. she is on the fbi's domestic terrorist watchlist and he wants to take them off the terrorism watchlist while they harbor this woman. that's why i say to two ells are all he cares about.
if you care about your legacy -- if you didn't care about your legacy you would do the right thing. they should act like a civilized country. [applause] some people say i am too blunt and to direct. i'm too straightforward. i think we could use a little bit of that in washington dc. you may not always agree with every word that comes out of my mouth but i guarantee you one thing, you will never have to wonder what i am thinking. you will never have to wonder what i am feeling and you will never have to wonder what direction i am leading my state or any other leadership position i get an opportunity to pursue. i think the american people are hungry for that after nearly seven years of the type of
aimless leadership that we have had for barack obama. i'm much more comfortable taking questions. in the back. there we go. >> hello, governor. how are you doing? you mentioned entitlement reform. a couple of thoughts i had. how do you feel about work for welfare check? or perhaps means testing for social security benefits? or what would you do to prevent ssdi from going bankrupt? and what are your thoughts on reforming medicare or medicaid?
[laughter] governor christie: means testing for social security, yes. it seems to me if you're making more than $200,000 a year in retirement income, you do not need to get social security. social security should be an insurance policy against poverty for the elderly. we do not want any of our elderly living in poverty. if you have $200,000 in annual retirement income, that means that at a minimum you have about $4 million saved. fact is we have to make choices in this country. and on the disability insurance program, which is going to go bankrupt by 2016, we said let's follow a program that have in the number -- never -- netherlands which is before you go on disability, yet do develop a rehabilitation -- you have to develop a rehabilitation program and get back to work. [applause]
let's provide tax incentives for businesses that are going to hard as folks back after they do the rehabilitation program. let's make the system more streamlined and more effective. let's tighten the rules for getting on disability in the first place. there have been some months in this administration where more people have gone on to social security disability can have gotten a job. that is why the system is there -- near bankruptcy. i think we should put everybody to work who is able-bodied and can work. all the things that underpin what i talked about on social security, if people are going to work past the age of 62, no more payroll tax after the age of 62. if you want to work past 62, we want to encourage that, because we live longer.
if you want to work past 62, you have paid enough in payroll tax. america needs to be working. that is what we are going to get our gdp growing. we need to encourage people of all ages to be working hard and contributing to our economy. we have 12 different points on social security and medicare and medicaid. they are available to you. you can see all of them. the real idea is not saying i think we should do something on social security and i will get to back to you. these are real ideas. people have said why would you want to suggest those things? because we have to. we have to. if you want to start a national conversation, let's start one that matters. >> as the gop meets and new hampshire, we have the conversation open on facebook and you can weigh in on who you want to see. facebook.com/c-span.
take you back to new hampshire for the first in the nation leadership summit and will be hearing from friend get tough and gop presidential candidate marco rubio, one of three potential candidates who declared for the gop race to the white house. after marco and taking questions from the audience, we are taking your phone calls.
>> c-span live in nashua for the first in the nation of leadership summit with speeches from declared and potential presidential nominations tonight and tomorrow. tonight, we will hear from marco rubio, freshman senator, one of the regal has declared for the gop nominee. and also hearing from ginata.
>> all right. >> just a few more of you if you could please find a seat and we will get this going. we have a great night ahead of us. i am just about to call out congressman guinta. all right. very good. good evening again. i am here with the new hampshire gop as a finance committee chair. i want to welcome you to our first in the nation leadership
summit. we have a great evening ahead of us. [applause] but before you have to listen to me, we have a real opportunity. as i was coming in, i saw a young lady with great shoes. you will see what i am talking about. i complimented her not knowing it was abigail, who is from new hampshire and is going to sing the national anthem for us this evening. abigail is 10 years old on the 25th. she is only nine today. and it terrific to have her with us. the floor is yours. [applause]
>> ♪ [singing "national anthem"] oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? and the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and
and this be our motto: "in god is our trust." and the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! ♪ [applause] dan: very nice. i think we are done. that was amazing, abigail. thank you very much. very nice. let's get to it. we have a big night ahead of us
and another big day tomorrow as well. great to see everybody here. nice to come together to celebrate our conservative ideals. our party is small government, strong defense, and limited regulation. i think america israel lysing as evidenced in the last election we have the right answers to all of our problems. and the republican party is the party of opportunity, equality progress. in 2016, i am confident we will solidify our gains and win two important executive positions one in washington, d.c. and one in concord, new hampshire. [applause] dan: while we as a nation and as a state are focused on washington, d.c. in the presidential primary you will be many other important
elections in 2016. one is senator a yacht -- ayotte's seat. we think we know who may take aim. while it may be good for concord to get her out it is not any better to send her to congress as a burden to the rest of the country. [applause] dan: let's work on getting maggie hassan out of new hampshire but not to congress. [applause] dan: we have a great senator in kelly ayotte and we have to work hard to make sure she stays in washington. [applause] dan: we have greater news to celebrate from last year. we wanted the u.s. back from carol porter. congratulations, frank guinta. [applause] dan: that was a great day.
let's all work to keep her out of office and support for. -- support frank. [applause] dan: it is interesting because things are different from a year ago. congressman guinta sends me e-mails. [laughter] dan: he sends them off in a did they are good e-mails. on tax day, i had just written checks to the irs and the state of new hampshire. and income tax check to new hampshire because i own a small business. and he said in his message we need is simple fight the tax code. there's something wrong with a tax code that is more than 75,000 pages in length. we are taxed enough. his e-mail made me think.
and tax freedom day. you are familiar with tax freedom day. that is when you work until you pay off the taxes for that year. after you get to that day, the rest of the money is yours to keep. does anybody know when tax freedom day is this year? july 15? on april 15, you think you have paid your taxes and you are done but you are not. tax freedom day is april 24. we are not there yet. you are working for the federal government and the state government. pay attention. last year, tax freedom day was april 21. and a year before, it was april 18. you see a trend? in 2012, it was april 17. every year, tax freedom day is moving laser and later in --
later and later into the calendar year. it is time congressman guinta is right to reduce taxes for everyone. we have the u.s. senate and u.s. house and less guts of the white house and finish the job of cutting taxes and do it right. and we think we live in a low tax state here in new hampshire. we tell everybody that. i brag to my family in ohio we do not have contacts. i may tell governor kasich there tomorrow. if you listen to maggie hassan, they say you need to pay more taxes. we do not pay another according to democrats. she need more taxes and fees to pay for ever-growing government. she just proposed huge increases in spending. the house gotten her way is little bit. she is doing that with money the state doesn't have. she wants to get a from us.
just not doing anything to reduce our taxes. so when do you think -- i am not asking. let me tell you. tax freedom day in new hampshire, you think it is april 24 for the country, it has got to be april 2 or third for us with our low taxes right? try april 23. one day before the national average. it gets better. vermont's is one day before hours. let's go to maine. nine days before ours. are we a low tax state with the democrats in charge of the governor's office? i do not think so. only massachusetts has a later tax freedom day in new england. really. really. connecticut is not northern new england. it is probably worse.
i think it is august. [applause] dan: i think you will agree with me it is time to get maggie hassan of the boot. she has got to get out of concord. [applause] dan: we need to work with senator ayotte to make sure it does not find a home anywhere else. it is time to get america back to its corporate schools a small government, low taxes, free market and time to start restoring liberty in america. we are the live free or die state. it works everywhere. concord and washington need real leaders. they need republican leaders. let's get it done in 2016. [applause] dan: it is my pleasure to introduce to you a man who needs
no introduction and that is congressman frank guinta, who got the seat back in the last election. i am confident we will keep that seat and he will do good work for the people of new hampshire. frank, let's simplify that tax code so i could do taxes myself next year. congressman guinta. [applause] congressman guinta: i will do that. how is everybody doing? it was nice to fly back from d.c. and no longer see any snow in my backyard. we had a pretty tough winter but we can handle it. we can take it. as i go back and forth to washington as members of the southern part of the country would ask me, how do you guys deal with those crazy weather? like many, i answer that
question, it comes down to we are the live free or die state we can handle anything. this is -- this next election is about live free or die. we have an opportunity with the number of candidates we have to show that we are not just the particle can govern but the party of ideas and solutions. and we are a party that allows of people to decide who represents us, not the other way around. if you look at what is going on in the democratic primary, you see one person running. one person who has spent a few days in a very nice van traveling around iowa on her way here to new hampshire. going to very coordinated events where she will not talk to the press, won't talk to average americans unless they used to work for obama.
and a look at what is happening here in new hampshire in the last several days. with candidate after candidate after candidate coming and talk to the town hall meetings, taking questions from the press taking questions from granite stators, this is what america supposed to be about. we have an obligation and responsibility here in new hampshire to make sure that after we fully vet the candidates, we select the most appropriate individual and get behind it that person who becomes our nominee. it is so important to change the direction of this country and the only way we can do it is by taking the white house in 2016. i know we can do it in new hampshire. [applause] congressman guinta: i am really grateful i come from a state where i can meet every single candidate and all of us have an
opportunity to meet every single candidate. i was at a house party for marco rubio. he had a packed room, 100 people. it was great to see the back and forth. he gave a phenomenal speech and talk about upper mobility in the optimism he feels for country and the importance of his journey to not just america but to the united states senate and the way he feels about our nation. it was great to see that. to see that so many different people from so many different backgrounds are representing so many unique ideas who can ascend to the white house. that is what america is about. that is what our country is about. that is what the prison will we want to see restored to the white house. there was a very nice moment when a friend of mine, a 10-year-old boy, he cannot see
because he is about this tall. i held him up. he decided he won it to ask marco a question. marco was kind enough to get his questions. his question, the 10-year-old kid was are you a red sox fan? [laughter] congressman guinta: he thinks it is a very important question relative to whether how you would do to new hampshire. he gave a very good answer. he said -- she is a politician. he did not say yes or no. [laughter] congressman guinta: he said i am not a red sox fan but not a yankees fan either. [laughter] [applause] congressman guinta: so far, he is doing pretty well in my book. i want to thank marco for coming up here and all of the candidates who have spent today and tomorrow trying to earn our
vote. that's was seeking the presidency is about. talking to granite stators and trying to earn this one vote at a time. i hope we continue to bring our friends and neighbors into the process so we can get everyone in gauge. and make sure we know what is right for america. with got to elect a republican in 2016. -- we have got to elect a republican in 2016. [applause] congressman guinta: i will do everything i can to represent you. i will come back every weekend and listen to what you have to say. i will do my very best. i need help. in this election, we need more than one member in the house of representatives. we need more than the state legislature. we have got to bring this home the final time. let's join together during this
process and talk to our friends and neighbors and make sure we talk about the great republican candidates we have. let's not always talk about their differences but their solutions. let's make sure where positive about the people we support and encourage. let's make sure we do everything we can. again to make sure the republican's nominee is the next president of the white house. have a great night. have a great conference. [applause] dan: here this evening is a fellow that i hung out with on the campaign trail and listen to a speech a number of times and for kicks, i try to recite parts of it. i was able to do it which is a little bit frightening.
a guy who really ran hard and should've beaten jeanne shaheen and we always -- [applause] but we are grateful to have you here this evening and we know you will get back after it. i want to welcome scott brown. [applause] scott brown: how is everybody doing? [applause] scott: great to see you. thank you very much. marco, one of the hardest workers in the senate i know and want to wish you well. i want to say good evening to everybody in happy spring. it is about time. the snow finally melted. it is great to be back here in nashua. gail and i were thankful for all
of your support and well wishes. some of the good and bad wishes, we respect everybody's opinion and the opportunity to be your nominee and the last senate about. let me's way that to all of you a specialty wide to jennifer and her team for putting together this amazing event. -- a specialty why -- a special thank you [applause] scott: as i speak to travel around the country, i get asked what do new hampshire -- what are new hampshire republicans really like? it is a complicated answer. there's a lot of interest in our state and party because we play a very important role as the first of the nation primary state. with that comes a tremendous responsibility. i tell folks we stand for liberty and personal responsibility.
we are the party founded by abraham lincoln. whose tragic death we recently as solidly remembered in line with the 150th anniversary. he was a great man who led our country through courage and conviction with some of the hardest times our young nation faced. we would've been much better off had he not been murdered that night. his stand through the civil war was deeply committed to the preservation of our great country, our great union. in his iconic words "the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth." 150 years later, after the death of president lincoln, our country again faces great challenges that require strong republican leadership to get us
back on track and ensure that in the amerco we all love which is the last great hope remains intact. at home, we have an economy that has left too many people in the middle class behind. we have exploding entitlement in programs that have driven our national debt to record levels with no end in sight. we have a national healthcare play in creating instability and uncertainty for our private sector's. they do not know what is next. we have a democratic party folks, who solution to these problems can be summed up in a these very familiar three words "tax and spend." we have all heard it before. our president in concord know what i am talking about. we have the same problem in this state.
the rhetoric is as divisive as ever. there seems to be no end in sight to pit ordinary americans against each other. "us" versus "them." "black" versus "white." i have to be honest -- i am tired of it. i am tired of divisiveness and these people not putting our country's interest first. around the world, our enemies no longer fear us. our allies that were once confidence in us does not trust us. it is directly due to the failed policies of president obama especially when it comes to foreign policy. in the words of his former defense director has been full of hesitation half steps. i do not have to the venice
anybody in this room -- convince anybody in this room that barack obama will go down as one of the worst presidents. [applause] scott: people have asked how do you feel after the election you had? i will reiterate we contributed to make harry reid the minority leader. [applause] scott: as you know, i believe if he was not go down as one of the worst majority leaders and one of our history. those facts speak for themselves. as we all know, we will play a very important role in choosing our gop nominee like we do every four years. we are a small state but we are a proud state. our role as the first and the nation primary and we take it very seriously. over the next many months, we
will begin a debate. once again, we will have a huge feel of the gop contenders unlike the other side. the people i know running, i respect each and every one of them. the sacrifice day and their families are going to make should be commended. a spirited debate is a good thing alike on the other side where they do not have that because they intend to nominate and anoint their nominee. i say let's hear the differences. let's talk about them. let's have the town halls which are so critical to the traditional. let's take ideas to the voters. we are one of the most informed electorate in this country. and once the voters choose our nominee and hold that person will actually be next year, my question to you, by very
important question to you -- will we come together as a focus and well oiled machine to support our presidential candidate with a united front? that is my question to you. [applause] scott: because to borrow another line for president lincoln "a house divided against itself cannot stand." that is especially true today. whoever wins nomination will face hillary clinton, whose team is in the process of putting together $2.5 billion -- and that is billion dollars of a campaign apparatus. caching in checks and calling in all of her and her husband's mo ckers. our republican nominee, whether you supported them are not in a
primary, will need the help of each and every person in this role. let's take a cloak of what a clinton presidency would represent. a double standard where the clintons play by one set of rules and the average american play by another set of rules. too close for comfort intersection of money and politics in the white house. administration out of touch with everyday americans and either trustworthy nor transparent. as we know, secretary of state clinton was the public face of president obama's failed policies. foreign policy and her record includes benghazi, the failures in iraq, the early signs -- missing the early signs of boko haram. they have kidnapped hundreds of women and children and more their allegiance to isis. those girls are missing. no amount of tweeting or
hashtags will bring them back. she set a reset button with russia. they invaded ukraine and taking crimea. and said syria president allsop was a reformer -- assad was a reformer. it represents a continuation of the obama years. however, this time it will be on steroids. she supported president obama each and every step of the way in his domestic policies. she was the mother of obamacare 20 years ago when she tried to push hillary clinton -- hillary care. she is a force of energy policies. -- she encourages the energy policies. her prescriptions for [indiscernible] all over the live free or die attitude we hold so dear.
in closing, let me say this. to the activists which are engine everyone of you who care deeply about our state and country, you would not be here on a friday night if you did not take a role as a voter in our state seriously. i ask you to take your time over the many months, go to the town halls. i know i will. ask them it in every question you care about and then cast your ballot and make a difference. to the potential candidates here, do things the new hampshire way. campaign with our great traditions. go to people's living rooms. march to the parades. get out and about. voters here are smart and no amount of tv ads or fancy campaign literature will replace the new hampshire things you need to do to connect with our voters. i want to first of all, was again say very much to the support you showed gail and me.
dan, frank linda walt and his family and let's show the rest of the countrywide new hampshire is the first in the nation primary state and despite our differences, we will unite and take a back the white house. and we will keep the united states senate and show the rest of the world the united states is back and ready to lead once again. thank you very much. enjoy your dinner. [applause] dan: we would like you to enjoy dinner and we will start with
>> taking a break for 20 minutes or so. live from the nashua first in summit. ask you hear from senator marco rubio of florida, one of the cleared -- one of three declared presidential nominations. he was supposed to speak at this time. speaking behind so we will bring that as soon as he speaks. in the meantime, some of the earlier speakers from today.
we heard from former texas governor rick perry. we will take a look at the gop summit. [applause] rick perry: thank you, all. i am not going to tell the army -- so we we had a fabulous event in here. we got to share with some real heroes of this country last night. you think back about this country a you think about the people who truly were extraordinary individuals in america. president lincoln obviously comes to mind.
he had a quote he said "while the people retain their virtue a vigilant, no administration by any extreme of wickedness can be seriously injured the government and the short space of 4 years." obviously, he did not know about the obama administration. another one of his illinois natives. the fact is in 2014, the american people did exercise a little vigilance, if you will. it was the first time that we had the opportunity for the american people to make an informed judgment on the obama years. it was then that they began to understand what ending the war in iraq really meant. what the impact of that was for our country, for the world. it was then that they saw the consequences of the empty words
towards a dictator in syria, the red line that was drawn. it was then that we witnessed the russian president annex crimea. the orchestrator of these policies that we've seen, that i just mentioned, will most likely be the democrat nominee for president. she is the one who literally brought the reset button to the kremlin to reestablish the new relationships with russia. they did reset us for sure, they reset us to pre-1989 from my perspective. the american people saw this. if allies about -- they saw the lies about obama care, the irs looking into your records, and
we saw a crazy man walk into the front of the white house and nobody seemed to know where he came from. i am talking about the crazy man who walked through who wasn't supposed to be there. [laughter] somebody will take that wrong. the american people saw that and said last november, that is enough. but just because they rejected the obama administration does not mean that they are embracing republicans. in november they said they are going to give you another chance , to the republican party. i'm here to say that a congressional majority is a terrible thing to waste.
[applause] two things are abundantly clear to me, america is at a time of testing and our leaders are failing the test. number two, in response to the many crises that we are seeing around the world and are experiencing, those at home and abroad, the conservative movement must be the agent of reform. there is something wrong when the dow jones is at a record high that businesses on main street are struggling to get along. since when did capitalism involve the elimination -- well regulations are strangling community banks? there's a community called paint creek. before i was governor, it was not on the map.
one of my first acts was said that i want a little dot. communities relied on the small banks. there's something wrong where we are told that the economy is growing but americans are out of work, underemployed, or are giving up looking for a job. washington's answer to the middle class has often been let's spend money. liberals in washington have spent 30 years criticizing reaganomics while delivering trickle down liberalism. give more money to the federal government, let the liberals the elite, take care of their pet causes, leaving an ever shrinking middle class. their answer to jobs was
spending close to a trillion dollars on stimulus. washer that money through the bureaucracy and hopefully a few jobs will get created. it is no wonder that washington is now the richest metropolitan area in america. not because they create wealth but they redistribute it. we have to ask ourselves when did the accountability in america work from the bottom up instead of from the top down? where these large corporations don't pay taxes, and single moms working two jobs have to. we're not going to fix washington. by electing a president who is from washington, of washington or for washington. change is only going to come from the outside in my perspective and so should the next president.
there's nothing wrong with america that cannot be fixed with new leadership. i believe that with all my heart. [applause] rick perry bank -- rick perry: we are a few good decisions away from leadership -- from the best days the country has ever seen reviving our economy, building our military, and restoring our place in the world. we should begin with the tax code. corporate tax reform, we know it happens. the economists tell us, if you lower the corporate tax rate 10%, and jobs go up 5-10%. every blue-collar worker should stand with the republicans because they are going to lower the tax rate and my wages will go up. that is what this story ought to be by the republican party as we go across the country. we need to repeal every one of
those perverse incentives to keep people from working. i happen to think one of the many flaws of obamacare is that it causes employers to move people from full-time jobs to part-time jobs to avoid a max of tax insurance cost. repeal it. it is easy enough to figure this one out. eric, we are going to put it back in your hands. we are going to put it back in the new hampshire legislature hands. i trust governors and legislatures whole lot more than i do a bureaucrat in washington d.c. [applause] come to think of it, i trust governors and legislatures all across this country more than i do bureaucrats. how in the world are we going to really make progress in this country when we allow federal bureaucrats to decide what the curriculum is going to be in the states? i will suggest to you the whole
concept of common cap ore is just like obamacare. a bureaucrat in washington, d.c. to sit there and decided what the right curriculum is going to be. you're either for the 10th amendment or not. you're either for the governors -- we are sitting in the white house. i believe that in 2014, bobby jindal asked the president, what do you think about how we can get flexibility to allow from the states to be able to have those dollars and come up with ways to deliver health care and the president looked at him and said, i don't trust governors and legislators to deliver health care. that is the mentality that we are up against that is the reason we have to share with the american people that there is hope for the future. the best days are ahead of us in this country, absolutely the best days in america. i was suggest that only tax
policy but also connecting it to energy policy must country, i was incredibly frustrated, i was upset when the president vetoed the xl pipeline. because what he said was america is not going to be energy secure. he allowed a small sliver of his political base to make a decision that is terrible for the rest of the country. i have to believe in a north america energy strategy that canada, the united states, and mexico working together. we can be a secure section of the world. there are more known reserves in that area of the world then russia and saudi arabia. we need to be using it. we need to be opening up all of the energy resources. have this country, this region relying upon north american energy. you couple that with corporate tax policy that lowers the
corporate rate and here's the result. you will drive down energy costs. you will see electricity become incredibly viable as a power source and couple that with it. you will see electricity become incredibly viable as a power source. that is the future of this country. >> you can find it remarks from all of the speakers online. marco rubio, one of the declared gop candidates. sen. rubio: it is an honor to be here. it has been a fascinating week on probably the most historical week of my life. on monday, i declared for president. [applause] sen. rubio: it has been a fun
journey. i wrote a note to down because i wanted to remember everything that happened. i was asked whether 43 was old enough. i said i am not sure but i am sure 44 is. [laughter] sen. rubio: i have worn ore w -- more wire then an fbi agent because of microphones. and hillary clinton will raise $2.5 billion which is a lot of chipotle. i was texting with my youngest daughter and i meant to say i'm in nashua. the spell checked change it to nassau. she wrote how many delegates to the bahamas have? i'm not sure if we will go for a single one of them. it is an honor to be here.
thank you, jennifer for inviting me. it is great to see scott brown. we wish he would come back. [applause] sen. rubio: we miss him in the senate gym. one of the few people who worked out. everybody else is there to watch "morning joe" on the tv. you have a great senator and kelly ayotte, someone i have worked with and she is phenomenal. you must send her back. [applause] sen. rubio: so -- running for president is a decision at that one makes after a lot of thought, prayer, and consideration. i spend the time inc. about it. what i conclude is one important thing and i want to share with you tonight. i believe with all of my heart where on the verge of another american century.
i believe america's greatest days are around the corner. and more than anything else factories compelled me to run. if we do certain thing, our children will be the most prosperous. that is important. it is important to remember where we are. about 200 years ago, the turn of the century, america was still largely undeveloped. the rest of the world was industrializing. amerco was still trying to find its bearings. a generation of america leadership decided in that transition they would embrace they were going to embrace the industrial revolution. it was disrupted. it moved millions of people form rural areas and were placed in jobs with the new ones. emerged the greatest nation in
world history. by the turn of the 20th century america was the largest industrial nation in the world. the most robust economy man had ever known. i want you to think about had it they never made a decision, what is that generation had not embrace the opportunities of that time and confronted the challenges? what would the 20th century had looked like? how would world war ii had ended? not well. the cold war? not a. what would my life has been like? that would not have been a place like amerco for my parents to go to. i told the story many times a because to me it reminds me every single day of how unique this nation is. the route all u.s. history almost everyone of a live has lived in a society that you can only go as far as
my father losses mother when he was nine years old. he went to work for the next 70 years of his life. my mother was one of seven girls raised in cuba by a poor family and a father disabled by polio. they had dreams when they were young. they couldn't. they found themselves in a society that told them that you can't do those things. i want you to imagine what that must felt like. no matter how hard you try there are things you cannot do because of where you come from. 1956, they came to the one place on earth were people like them could have a chance. they never made it daycare. they were never rich or