tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN May 29, 2015 6:30am-7:01am EDT
the norm. he would leave the house at 5:00 in the morning, deliver mail during the day, come home and work on the farm until it was dark. if the phone rang in the middle of the night, he would answer it as captain of our volunteer firefighters. it wasn't always easy for them. today, my brother is an astrophysicist and i'm a candidate for the highest office in the country. [applause] mr. pataki: this is the promise of unlimited opportunity america held for my family and for me. it is that promise of unlimited opportunity, that belief in america which i want to restore for every family and every child and every community in america today. [applause] mr. pataki: today, too many
americans feel the best days of america are behind us. that our children will not have the same opportunities we did. government has grown too big too powerful, too intrusive. washington burocrats believe -- washington bureaucrats believe they know better than us and can tell us how to live our lives. trying to dictate to every child in every school what they must learn. a young mother seeking to start a small business is inundated with paperwork and regulations and gives up. a small manufacturer seeking to build the next plant and create american jobs is faced with excessive taxation and forced to build that factory overseas. too many americans feel the path of opportunity is closed to them. we must make sure it is not. the problems we face are real but i have never been one to dwell on problems.
i am a solutions guy. when you grow up on a farm and you have a problem, you do not ask the government to solve it. you just figure out what needs to be done and go do it. that is the american way. if i had the honor to lead this country, let me tell you some of the things i would do right away to get oppressive government off the backs of americans. today, there is one former member of congress lobbying for every member and the first thing i would do is say, if you ever served one day in congress you will never be a lobbyist. there will be a lifetime ban on members of congress. [applause] mr. pataki: i would repeal oppressive laws like obamacare and end common core. i would eliminate excessive taxes that crushed small businesses. [applause] mr. pataki: i would eliminate
excessive taxes that crush small business. i would throw out an incomprehensible tax code written by lawyers at the direction of lobbyists in the interests of the powerful, and replace it with a simple, lower rate that is fairer to all of us. [applause] mr. pataki: i would lower taxes on manufacturers to the lowest in the developed world so that factories and jobs could spring up across america. and shrink the size of the federal workforce, starting with the bureaucrats overseeing obamacare. i would fire every current irs employee abusing government power to discriminate on the on the basis of politics or religion.
that is not america. [applause] mr. pataki: let's let every washington politician know, from now on, you are going to live under the same rules and laws that we do. no exemptions for politicians from laws they impose on us, no special rules for the powerful. [applause] mr. pataki: our justice department will treat all fairly and uphold the constitution. no one will be above the law not even if you are a former secretary of state whose name happens to be clinton. [applause] mr. pataki: let's deliver a clear message to the politicians in washington.
you are our servants, not our masters. [applause] mr. pataki: do this, small business will thrive. we will make things and build things in america again. we will create and innovate. jobs will flourish, and people's faith in america will soar. some are going to say, you cannot do this. history leads to bigger government. do not believe that for a second. they told me that when i ran for governor of new york. they said i could not win. too many people were dependent on government. the bureaucrats and powerful interest were too strong. people could not regain their confidence in new york's future. in a sense, they were right, they could not do it. i knew we could and we did.
[applause] mr. pataki: in 12 years, new york went from the state with the highest tax burden, the lowest credit rating, and billions of dollars in deficit to a state with billions in lower taxes and its highest credit rating in decades. all it took was for me to get government out of the people's way. [applause] mr. pataki: it seems like liberals have so much compassion for the poor that they keep creating more of them. [laughter] mr. pataki: when i took office we had every poverty program government could think of and yet, one in 11 of every new york
state residents was on welfare not on medicaid or disability. one of every 11 of man, woman, and child from the tip of long island to the shores of lake erie were on welfare. the american dream did not seem real to them. after 12 years of my conservative policies, we replaced dependency with opportunity, resignation with hope, mere existence with dreams, a welfare check with a paycheck. when i left office, over one million fewer people were on welfare than when i began. that's what our policies can do. [applause] mr. pataki: conservative policies replaced dependency in with opportunity in new york state. i know we can do the same thing for the united states. [applause] mr. pataki: i was governor of
new york on september 11. it was a horrible time for us and i am sure for all of you as well. the personal loss was devastating. it still is. i saw up close horrible consequences of too many believing that because radical islam was thousands of miles away, across an ocean, that we were safe in america. sadly, it was not true then and it is not true now. the most important thing government does is to provide for the security and safety of its citizens. [applause] mr. pataki: sadly, washington is not doing that. i will not forget the lesson of september 11. i fear too many in washington already have. to protect us, first we must secure the border.
i am the proud product of immigrants but we must know that everyone is coming here legally and coming not to harm us but to be a part of a better america. in the face of that increasingly dangerous world, this is not the time to weaken america's military, it is time to strengthen our military. [applause] mr. pataki: not so that we can use it, but so that we do not have to use it. a strong america is a safe america. [applause] mr. pataki: ronald reagan proved that peace through strength is more than a slogan. peace through strength is a policy that works.
weakness, equivocation, and false promises lead only to chaos, brutality, and war. the world is a better place when america is strong, and a champion of liberty and freedom. [applause] mr. pataki: allies and friends of america must know that our word is our bond. we will stand with our ally israel. a democracy on the front lines of terror and barbarism. we will stand with our allies in nato and the free baltic states against a resurgent russia. we will make sure the number one sponsor of state terror in the world, iran, never has a nuclear weapon. [applause] mr. pataki: we will provide whatever aid is necessary to those already fighting isis on
the ground, to stop their barbarism and inhumanity. and yes, if necessary, american forces will be used to defeat and destroy isis so they can pose no threat to us here. [applause] mr. pataki: we will not spend a trillion dollars on a decade of nation building overseas, but i will never forget the lesson of september 11. we will destroy a radical islam's ability to attack us over there before they have a chance to attack us over here. [applause] mr. pataki: our allies must trust us, our enemies must fear us, and they will. [applause] mr. pataki: we will defend our freedom. we will not be the world's policeman.
libby and i have those two sons, both of whom served overseas. one as a marine lieutenant deployed to iraq for a year. other as a lieutenant returning from afghanistan just this past september. we are proud of them, we are proud of every single person here who has put on the uniform to protect our freedom. to all of our veterans, raise your hands, we salute you, god bless you. [applause] mr. pataki: libby and i know what it is like to lie awake dreading a call in the middle of the night when your child is in harm's way overseas.
i do not want one parent, one husband, wife, one child or loved one to experience that fear unless it is absolutely necessary. but we will do whatever is required to protect the american people. [applause] mr. pataki: the challenges facing america today are real. i have no doubt that we will rise above them. think of what this great country has overcome. washington at valley forge lincoln trying to hold together a nation divided, roosevelt facing both the great depression and nazi germany. the challenges of a large and oppressive government in america are real but this is still america. the power of freedom israel. and -- the power of freedom is real.
and compared to those challenges we have overcome in the past these seem like trivial things. i have no doubt we will rise above these as well. today, those in the other party, instead of offering ideas, seek to divide. when you have no solutions instead you offer fear. they say we are anti-immigrant. we, the proud children and grandchildren and descendents of immigrants, we know that immigration has and will continue to enhance the greatness of this country. [applause] mr. pataki: let's send that party a clear message. unlike them, we do not believe that they come to this country so they can get a government handout. we know immigrants come to work, strive to get a better life for their families, and we welcome all who come here legally. [applause]nsns.
>> i am larry gilbert, former u.s. marshal of the district of maine. when i was u.s. marshal i , reached the cap on social security. i understand you are opposed? >> i am not going to answer it. good to see you, thank you. mr. pataki: thank you. >> great job. mr. pataki: thank you. thank you so much. >> i need a picture. ready? one more.
mr. pataki: thank you so much. >> great job, we are so proud of you. are you kidding me? we are so proud. >> my name is john and i came all the way from maine. mr. pataki: thank you. >> we love to your speech. mr. pataki: thank you, it is about you guys. it is all about the future. i love new hampshire and i love meeting people and talking to them. thank you very much. >> governor, why won't you answer my question? mr. pataki: thank you so much for being here, really appreciate it. thank you. thank you very much. it is about you guys, the next generation.
giving you the hope and opportunity. [inaudible conversations] mr. pataki i know my entire life : has prepared me for this moment. i have had great experiences with leading and changing, and i have had tremendous experience dealing with people in the private sector on a little farm growing up in peekskill. i know i have the ability to lead and change the country's direction, and appeal beyond just the republican party. some of the agenda you have heard, to change washington. vision, experience, and the believe in this country to bring people together for a better future. we will keep fighting. >> hello, governor. good luck.
what other states will you compete in? mr. pataki: sure. it is a national election. we are kicking off in new hampshire but i have been to iowa three times, south carolina three times. we will be around the country. i love new york, i am not going to ignore new york. i can guarantee you. >> what is the significance of making the announcement in new hampshire? mr. pataki obviously new : hampshire is very important, it is the first primary. so much of it is retail politics. i love that you sit down across the kitchen table and they ask you a question. i love that. i'm looking forward to it and i'm looking forward to the opportunity to lead this country. >> among a group of conservative candidates do you feel you can , distinguish yourself as more of a moderate? mr. pataki: i think my record as having been elected and led a very deep blue state, but changed dramatically. some of the changes i've talked about today shows i can win the election, i can change washington, i can lead this country i can replace dependency
, with opportunity. i know that in my heart. we are going to fight the fight. i think having been in the private sector is a bonus. i have spent plenty of time in the government. i know how government works and how to run it and move it forward. i also know what the private sector is about, that is a plus. >> why here in new hampshire? and why this time around? mr. pataki: i love new hampshire politics because so much of it is retail. where you sit across kitchen tables, people look you in the eye, and that is politics. >> why now? mr. pataki it is a critical time : when we need to change the direction of this country. i know my entire life has prepared me for this moment. i know i can lead unchanged this government the way people want. >> your mind is different, it
looks that way. in what way? mr. pataki: i know this is the right time. it is a critical time for the country. i know i am ready. i have the ideas and ability. we are going to fight the fight. >> are you going to win the primary? mr. pataki: i am going to do everything i can. >> thanks a lot, governor. [inaudible conversations] >> governor, how about the
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