tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN June 15, 2015 11:00pm-1:01am EDT
he is a dear friend. i have known him for over 20 plus years. he is fair. he is forthright and thoughtful. jeb is a person who truly cares about all people. jeb is a person who does not judge people or label people or marginalize people. he respects people for who they are and what they can become. as one of the most successful governors in this great state of florida -- [applause] i had the honor of working with governor bush. i was able to see his strengths. his skills and his gifts.
i was highly impressed with his good hard, sincerity, and humility. it is because of these attributes that i am proud to call jeb a beloved brother and friend. [applause] jeb bush -- jeb bush is a man of character. jeb bush is a man of deep conviction, courage and compassion. jeb bush is a leader. [applause] jeb bush is a good listener. jeb bush is a visionarian. he's proud of his family. he's proud of this country. jeb bush believes in the power of personal responsibility.
vision is necessary. and proven leadership is important. may god bless this country and may god bless jeb bush and his family! [applause] >> my mom, my brother and my uncle all dropped out of school. by the time i was in the third grade i failed twice. >> my first job was picking up garbage and hard work so i could have money to help feed my
family -- my mother, my father. >> lucy has you a simple. -- lucy has autism. she doesn't speak. she doesn't walk but not being able to speak is not having any sense of faith. people with disabilities want to be like everybody else. >> one out of four women will be hurt by someone that claims to love them. domestic violence is an epidemic. this is not a small problem. >> the barriers right now on people rising up is the great challenge of our time. so many people could do so much better if we fixed a few things. my core beliefs start with a premise that the most vulnerable in our society should be in the front of the line, not the back. as governor i had a chance to act on that core belief. >> governor jeb bush instituted the first voucher program in the united states to give low-income kids an opportunity to go to a private school. out of my immediate family i am the first person to graduate
high school and then i went on to graduate from college. >> currently an account manager and the main reason i'm in the position i am right now because jeb bush allowed companies like goy foods of florida to grow create high-paying jobs. i'm the perfect person for the american dream. >> it's not just about yapping about things. there's a lot of people talking and they're pretty good at it. we need to start fixing things. i said i was going to do these things and i did them. the result was florida's a lot better off. >> i think governor bush changed a lot of lives in florida. i'm very grateful that he was our governor. i don't think that we would be where we are today with regards to domestic violence had he not been the governor. he wanted women to not live the way that i found myself. it's changed so many lives. he really cares about us.
he -- >> he really cares about us. he really cares about people with developmental disabilities. there are a lot of people today getting services because of what jeb did. he does not do it for himself. he does it because he's a true servant. he's the best voice that we can have. >> i'm proud of the fact that many families now have a chance to live lives of purpose and meaning. you can improve the life of people, whether it's in the programs for the developmentally disabled or changing our economy or fixing our higher education system. all of these things can be fixed. i'm absolutely convinced of it. what we need is new leadership that takes conservative principles and applies them so people can rise up. america's best days are in front of us and we are going to lead the world. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome berthy de la rosa.
>> buenas tardes! are you excited? are you ready for jeb? wonderful. i am a proud naturalized u.s. citizen born in barranquilla colombia. in 1998 when i met my good friend jeb bush i thought he was going to be like every other politics, you know the tide that promise but never delivers. but jeb is different. he actually delivered. i'm a proud mom with three children. they're here with my husband, my
95-year-old mother, my brother. so my youngest daughter, luz who's sitting there today, we call her lucy. she has been my greatest teacher and she has been the greatest teachers of other people too. she has significant developmental disabilities. lucy can't walk. she can't talk. and she needs a lot of support. but thanks to a lot of people, some of them here with us today, lucy is able to live with us. so thank you, ladies. [applause] berthy: lucy has taught us not being able to speak is not the same thing as not having anything to say or as we say in spanish -- even though she can't speak, she has a lot to say.
so when i met jeb for the first time i challenged him to get to understand our life, our struggles, our needs and our fears. and it was incredible because he didn't flinch. he said i want to learn. and he actually did. it was amazing. we took time and we visited group homes, we visited families, we visited schools. and when jeb met lucy it was special. because even though lucy couldn't speak jeb understood her loud and clear. it was amazing. so when he got elected, guess what happened? he became the voice. he became the voice for lucy and for others like lucy, for the lucys. [applause]
berthy: thank you. thank you. so he created scholarships for students with disabilities. he transformed the state services for our kids. he increased funding for in-home community services so our kids could live with us and he convinced it every single year. jeb was relentless. so i don't think that there has ever been a governor in florida or anywhere else, for that matter, that has ever done what jeb did for us in florida. [applause] berthy: and let me tell you one more thing, which is very important. jeb didn't care about politics. when i met him i told him i was not a republican. [laughter]
berthy: and he told me, it's not about politics. it's about people. it's about family. [applause] berthy: he told me it was about people, it was about families like ours, people like lucy. and i don't mind saying that there aren't a lot of politicses like jeb bush. he doesn't -- politicians like jeb bush. he doesn't care your political affiliation. he doesn't care the color of your skin. he doesn't care where you were born. he doesn't care whether you speak like everyone else or if you don't speak at all. so in espanol -- [speaking spanish] [applause]
berthy: because he cares about everyone and he will serve everyone because jeb is a great servant. that's what he is, a servant. but he turned me into a believer. he turned me into a republican. [applause] berthy: because jeb bush is a man of his word. he has a great heart. he understands our needs. he will be a voice. jeb, [speaking spanish] and he will deliver. [applause] berthy: so in 2016, with jeb
said my name but i'll tell you again just in case. i'm toni jennings and it's wonderful to see so many friends here. it looks like family. the bush family. the big bush family. like you, i've known jeb a long time. some of you know i was senate president when he was governor and we worked together. and then i was his lieutenant governor. what an honor. what a privilege. what an adventure. some of you may not know that i've actually known jeb for over 30 years.
i met him as a young, bright rock rib, head banging conservative when governor martinez appointed him the secretary of commerce. and i just happened to chair the committee that did his confirmation. well, i'll share with you that that head has a little more gray hair in it than when i first met him. but i'll tell you that heart is exactly the same jeb that i met. [applause] lieutenant governor jennings: he's a guy who can't wait to take on a bee hag. now, that's not an opponent. those of you that have worked with jeb knows what a bee hag is. it's a big, hairy, audacious goal. yeah. and you know what, after all these years he's still as idealistic as the guy i met 30
years ago. he always believes we can do better. and he believes in accomplishing really big things. he doesn't lower his sights just because things might be tough. he knows that if you want to change things for the better you do it piece by piece, day by day every day at it and you are relentless. i've seen it up close, real close sometimes. i saw when he took on the cause of reforming education and how he changed florida's schools for the better. [applause] lieutenant governor jennings: i saw how he took on the tallahassee bureaucracy and
chipped away at the size of state government. and -- [applause] yeah, that's a good one. and i saw it as he took on issue after issue. whether it was cutting taxes which we did a lot of -- [applause] or establishing a voluntary prekindergarten program for every single one of florida's 4-year-olds. or fixing a broken workers' compensation system so florida businesses could expand and could grow. [applause] or this one i know you'll remember -- handling four hurricanes in 40 days in 2004. no one who was in florida in 2004 will ever forget that.
and i saw that his commitment was constant. he worked hard at it and he worked hard at it every single day. and you know, smells else he was, he was relentless. you're going to hear this again. whenever jeb takes on an issue he never backs away, even if it looks tough, even if it looks like it might be impossible. you saw a little bit of it in this video, but it was so vivid to me when he took on the issue of domestic violence in this state. and i will tell you -- [applause] when -- when you think about it, this is a crime that knows no boundaries. not race, not education, not income. it is when someone who's supposed to love you does something to you often in your own home and does it repeatedly.
well, jeb said, we've got to do better and he took on this issue and he didn't just make a speech and hoped that things got better. he did something about it. he passed the family protection act and because of that -- [applause] yeah. and because of that we strengthened the penalty on those who would be convicted of domestic violence. we expanded and improved women shelters throughout florida. he increased the privacy protection so that abusive ex-partners could not use our own public records law to find their victims. and under his leadership and during the time he was in office, the crime rate for domestic violence fell 27%. in the state of florida. [applause]
now, that's a number that represents lives saved, that's a number that represents lives turned around. that's a number that represents lives given peace. all because jeb bush refused to believe that there was an issue too big to handle. that's how he is. that's how he will be. he refuses to settle for less than what he knows we all can do together. and that's the kind of leader we need in washington. [applause] that's the kind of leader we desperately need in this country and that's the kind of leader our nation is ready for. [applause]
a conservative who is experienced. a conservative who inspires others. a conservative with a solid record of accomplishments and achievements, not just political rhetoric. and a conservative who still wants to take on those big hairy, audacious goals. so you know what, it will take all of us. it will take all of us working every day. it will take all of us being relentless to make sure that this is accomplished because that's jeb's style. that's what jeb delivers. and with your help jeb bush will be the next president of our united states. [applause]
>> please welcome george p. bush. [applause] george p. bush: how you doing, miami? last november i was privileged to be elected as the 28th land commissioner for the great state of texas. and two months later when i took the oath of office my dad stood with me. today it's my turn to stand with him. [applause]
and i'm doing so not just because i'm here to support the kind of president that he will be but because the kind of man that he is. others -- others can speak to my father's record as governor or perhaps about his plans for the presidency, but i can speak to the character, to the judgment to the temperament of the man i am blessed to call dad. my dad has given so many gifts to me, my brother, jebby, and my sister noel. first, my dad almost started going to mass with my mom and he decided to convert and become a member of the catholic church. faith and god organized his
life. it gives him purpose and i know that faith has sustained him at all of his life's moments. the happy days and, yes, the difficult ones. my dad also taught us the importance of values. he knows who he is. he knows who he believes and if there's one thing he puts up there with his family and his faith, it's this -- we all have an obligation to serve others before we serve ourselves. that's why he ran for public office. that's why he worked so hard when he was governor, keeping those 16-hour days. that's why even after he left office he stayed on the cause of education reform.
seeing him do so much for many others inspired me and so many countless others to think about how life can be more purposeful. it's why my first job out of college was as a school teacher in homestead, florida. it's why i stayed involved in the charter school movement in the great state of texas. it's why i joined the u.s. military as an officer. finally, my dad taught us about the importance of family. [speaking spanish]
i'm so grateful for my dad for the example he has set for me and my siblings. he's always been there for others. his family, his kids, his grandkids. growing up i could always count on my dad giving me advice. sometimes whether i wanted it or not. [laughter] but what i appreciate the most about my dad is no matter where i go, no matter what i do he loves me with no conditions and no questions asked. my dad has always been there standing with me and now i'm proud to stand with him. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, i'm proud to say that jeb bush is the greatest man i've ever known and he's going to make an excellent president of the united states of america. thank, y'all. [applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen, get on your feet for state senator don gates. >> eight years ago, a young man with a silver tongue and a compelling story offered us hope and promised us change. probably the best of in tensions. but the results, obama care botched botched, ira putin, isis triumphant and america's president unsure, unreliable unprepared.
after eight years, we've learned this much, the presidency of the united states does not come with training wheels. the presidency of the united states should not be the first management job you apply for. [ applause ] >> so if the question is bold reform with the confidence to carry it out and the guts to actually get results, the answer is jeb bush. [ cheering and applause ]
>> something else we've learned and we've learned this painfully, we've imairlined our -- impaired our country by turning to the wrong so many boles. we cannot turn to those in this country who have no principles. we can't find our way in the world if our president's idea of a moral campus is a wet finger in the wind. so if the question is principle leadership with the courage to never sellout and never give in, the answer is jeb bush. [ cheering and applause ]
>> in columnba and their family, and in the cultures that they unite and in the causes that they champion and care for, jeb bush is the new florida. he is the new america. he is the new republican party. in this purple state that mirrors the diversity of our country, remember this -- before jeb bush, republicans never won control. with jeb bush, republicans have never lost control. jeb bush is the florida republican who can win. [ cheering and applause ]
>> now, miami remembers the panhandle, all of florida remembers, when crushing natural disasters brought our state to its knees. he was there. he took command. because he was ready to lead. he comforted us. he told us tomorrow will be better. and because of him, it was. florida recovered. we rebuilt, we rebounded. he can fix it for america because he's done it for florida. more jobs -- more jobs, less debt. the highest bond rating, the lowest unemployment rate, the lowest crime rate. the biggest tax cuts, and the greatest prosperity in our history, that is the jeb bush story.
and that can be america's story. the education system he inherited was one of the worst. the education he created became one of the best. [laughter] -- [applause] that's because he demanded high standards, he rewarded effective teaching and he achieved better schools. he faced down the unions and lifted up the children. he established the most powerful school choice reforms in american history, not because it was easy, but because it was right and that's the jeb bush story.
and that can be america's story. >> we who know him the best, we who love him the best, we now have a story to tell america about this inspiring leader who made us proud to be republicans. this bold reformer who made us proud to be conservatives, this great governor who made us proud to be floridians, and soon this president -- president jeb bush who will make us proud again to be americans. [ cheering and applause ]
>> i'm proud of what we accomplished in florida. proud we were able to make a difference. to change lives. we grew our economy and led the nation in job growth. defended life and protected women from domestic violence. eliminated waste and balanced the budgets. reformed schools and gave every child an opportunity. we led. we reformed. we got results. that is what is missing from washington. the washington crowd talks about what is wrong with america. they talk about problems. i talk about solutions. i see people ready to rise. children ready to learn. entrepreneurs ready to start and immigrants ready to contribute and america's bravest ready to defend.
>> thank you, all. thank you, all. wow! [ cheering and applause ] thank you so much. thank you. mom, can you ask them to sit down, please. thank you all very much. you know, i always feel welcome at mmd -- miami-dade college. this is a place that welcomes everyone with their hearts set on the future. a place where hope leads to achievement and striving leads
to success. [ applause ] >> for all of us, it is just the place to be in the campaign that begins today. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. we're 17 months from the time for choosing. the stakes for america's future are about as great as they come. our prosperity and our security are in the balance. so is opportunity in this nation where every life matters and everyone has the right to rise.
already the choice is taking shape. the party now in the white house is planning a no-suspense primary for a no-change election, to hold on to power, to slog on with the same agenda under another name. that is our opponent's call to action this time around. that is all they've got left. [ applause ] >> and you and i know that america deserves better. they've offered a progressive agenda that includes everything but progress. they are responsible for the slowest economic recovery ever. the biggest debt increases ever. a massive tax increase on the middle class.
relentless build up of the regulatory state and the drawdown of a military that was generations in the making. i, for one, am not eager to see what another four years would look like under that kind of leadership. the presidency should not be passed on from one liberal to the next. so here is what it comes down to. our country is on a very bad course. and the question is what are we going to do about it? the question for me -- the question for me is, what am i going to do about it? and i've decided i'm a candidate for president of the united states of america. [ cheering and applause ]
country, and turn it out of the business of causing problems and get it back on the right side of free enterprise and freedom for all americans. [ applause ] >> i know we can fix this. because i've done it. here, in this great and diverse state that looks so much like america, so many challenges could be overcome if we could just get this economy growing at full strength. there is not a reason in the world why we can't grow at a rate of 4% a year and that will be my goal as president. 4% growth and the 19 million new jobs that comes with it.
economic growth that makes a difference for hard-working men and women who don't need a reminding that the economy is more than the stock market. growth that lifts up the kmafld -- the middle class, the families that haven't had a raise in 15 years. growth is possible. it can be done. we made florida number one in job creation and number one in small business creation. 1.3 million new jobs, 4.4% growth, higher family income. 8 balanced budgeted and tax cuts eight year in a row that saved our people and businesses $19 billion. [ applause ]
>> all this, plus a bond upgrade to triple-a, compared to the sorry downgrade of america's credit in these years. that is the commitment and the record that turned this state around. i also used my veto power to protect taxpayers from needless spending and if i'm elected president i'll show congress how that's to protect taxpayers from needless spending and if i'm elected president i'll show congress how that's done. [ applause ] [ chanting ]
the few and for the all. with the irs, the epa and the entire bureaucracy have done with overregulation we can undue by act of congress and by order of the president. federal regulation has gone far past the consent of the government. it is time to start making rules for the rule-makers. when we get serious about limited government, we can pursue the great and worthy goals that america has gone too long without. we can build our future on solvency instead of borrowed money. we can honor our commitments on the strength of fiscal integrity and with north american resources and american ingenuity we can achieve energy security for this nation and with presidential leadership we can make it happen within five years. [ applause ]
>> if we do all of this. if we do it relentlessly and if we do it right, we will make the united states of america an economic super-power like no other. we will also challenge the culture that has made lobbying the premier growth industry in our nation's capitol. the rest of the country struggles under big government while comfortable complacent interest groups in washington have been thriving on it. a self-serving attitude can take hold in any capitol just like it did in tallahassee. i was the governor who refused to accept that as the normal or right way of conducting the people's business and i will not
accept it as the standard in washington either. we don't need another president who holds the top spot among the pampered elite among washington, we need someone to challenge and disrupt the culture in washington and i will be that president. [ applause ] >> because i was a reforming governor, not just north member of the club. there is no passing off responsibility when you are a governor. no blending into the legislative
cloud or filing an amendment and calling it success. as our whole nation has learned since 2008. executive experience is another term por preparation and there is no substitute for that. we're not going to clean up the mess in washington by electing the people who helped create it or proven incapable of fixing it. in government, if we get a few big things right, we can make life better for millions of people, especially for kids in public schools. think of what we all watched not long ago in baltimore where so many young adults are walking around with no vigs beyond the life of the life they know. it is a tragedy played out over and over and over again. after we reformed education in florida, low income student
achievement approved here more than any other state. we stopped processing kids along as if we didn't care. because we do care. and you don't show that by counting out anyone's child. you give them all a chance. here is what i believe. when a school is just another dead end, every parent should have the right to send their child to a better school. public, private or charter. every school should have high expand ards an the federal government should have nothing to do with setting them.
nationwide, if i'm president, we will take the power of choice away from the unions and bureau crates and give it back to parents. >> we made sure of something else in florida. that children with developmental challenges got schooling and caring attention, just like every other girl and boy. we didn't leave them last in line. we put them first in line. because they're not a problem. their a priority.
that is always our first and best instinct in this nation filled of charitable hearts. yet these have been rough years for religious charities an the right of conscious and the leading democrat candidate hinted of more to come. secretary clinton insists when the progressive agenda encounters religious beliefs to the contrary, those beliefs, quote, have to be changed. that is what she said. that is what she said. and i guess we should at least thank her for the warning. [ applause ]
>> the most galling example is the shabby treatment of the little sisters of the poor, a christian charity that dared to voice objections to obama care. the next president needs to make it clear that great charity like the little stirs of the poor need no federal instruction in doing the right thing. [ applause ] it comes down to a choice between the little sisters and big brother. and i'm going with the sisters. [ applause ]
>> it's still a mystery to me why, in these violent times, the president, a few months ago, thought it relevant at a prayer breakfast to bring up the crusades. americans don't need lectures on the middle ages when we're dealing with common horrors committed by fanatics. from the beginning, our president and his foreign policy team have been so eager to be the history-makers that they failed to be the peace-makers. with their phone it in foreign policy, the obama-clinton-kerry team is leading a legacy of crises uncontained, violence unopposed, enemies unnamed and alliances unraveling. this supposedly risk adverse
administration is also running us straight in the direction of the greatest risk of all militaryin fiery ortity. -- military inferiority. it will go on automatically until a president steps in to rebuild our armed forces and take care of our troops and our veterans. and they have my word, i will do it. [ applause ] >> we keep dependable friends in this world by being dependable ourselves. i will rebuild our vital friendships and that starts by standing with the brave democratic state of israel. [ applause ]
>> american-led alliances need rebuilding too and better judgment is called for in relations far and near. 90 miles to the south there is a talk about a state visit by our outgoing president, but we don't need a glorified tourist to go to havana in support of a failed cuba -- [ applause ] >> we need an american president to go to havana in solidarity with a free cuban people and i'm ready to
be that president. great things like that can really happen. and in this country of ours, the most improbable things can happen as well. take that from a guy who met his first president on the day he was born. and his second on the day he was brought home from the hospital. the person who handled both introductions is here today. she is watching what i say. and frankly with all of these reporters around, i'm watching what she says too. please say hello to my mom barbara bush. [ applause ]
>> look, i think i was talking about my mom. i kind of lost my train of thought here. long before the world knew my patients' names, i knew i was blessed to be their son. and they didn't mind it at all when i found my own path. it led from texas to miami by way of mexico. in 1971, eight years before then candidate ronald reagan said that we should stop thinking of our neighbors as foreigners, i was ahead of my time in cross-border outreach. across the plaza, i saw a girl. she spoke only a little english. my spanish was okay, but really not that good.
with some intensive study, we got that barrier out of the way in a hurry. in the short version, it has been a gracious walk through the years with the former colombua ganyiquedegallu. [applause] mr. bush: whatever else i have going for me, i have the joy of saying that the best wife he has. and together we've had the not so quiet joy of raising three children. george, noel and jeb.
[applause] the boys have also brought us more bushes. their wives mandy and sandra and our grandchildren, the near perfect georgia, prescott, vivian and jack. [applause] mr. bush: campaigns aren't easy and they're not supposed to be. and i know there are a lot of good people running for president. quite a few, in fact. and not one of us deserves the job by right of resume, party, seniority, family or family narrative. it's nobody's turn. it everybody's test. and it is wide open. exactly as the contest for president should be. [applause] and they're not supposed to be. and i know there are a lot of good people running formr. bush: the
outcome is entirely up to you, the voter. it is entirely up to me to earn the nomination of my party to take our case across this great and diverse nation. as a candidate, i intend to let everyone hear my message including the many who can express their love of country in a different language. [speaking in spanish] [applause] [speaking in spanish]
[applause] [chanting] mr. bush: in any language, my message will be an optimistic one, because i'm certain we can make the decades just ahead the greatest time ever to be alive in this world. that chance, that hope requires the best that is in us and i will give it my all. [applause] mr. bush: i will campaign as i would serve. going everywhere, speaking to everyone, keeping my word,
facing the issues without flinching, and staying true to what i believe. i will take nothing and no one for granted. i will run with heart, and i will run to win. [applause] mr. bush: it begins here and now, and i'm asking for your vote. thank you and god bless you all. i love you. [applause] >> barbara perry is the president of universal studies in charlottesville, virginia. she is doing us. thank you for being with us. >> great to be with you. >> the biggest challenge for any
presidential candidate is the get beyond the name recognition and talk about your political biography. for jeb bush, it is quite the opposite. ms. perry: like all members of political dynasties, he has plenty of name recognition. some good things come with it and some baggage as well and that is the case for political dynasties. he has the name, but we note he has dropped his surname from the logos. that is an obvious attempt to be his own man and separate himself out from the policies of his father and brother that might not be so popular, particularly for his brother. >> how does he do that and out how does he get beyond the bush brand? ms. perry: that is the problem for dynasties. the name brand is good but then again people can grow weary. he has to be a man that presents
himself as his own personality comfortable in his own skin and do what he has done which is focusing on the policies he created in florida while he was a very popular governor there. it is a crucial state in the electoral college. >> yesterday, george wills said jeb bush was and is a conservative. he was a conservative governor for eight years in florida and yet the party seems to be moving more to the right and many people say jeb bush is more moderate. why? ms. perry: he has a problem right now as a number of national candidates do. that is we know caucuses and primaries in the state leading up to getting the nomination bring out the party faithful. they bring out the true believers and true believers tend to be more extreme than the general electorate and a general election and national electorate. in bush's case, he definitely
>> yesterday, george willsgoverned as a conservative. he would seem to be conservative enough that we have to remember that intervening factors in between when his father was president and his brother was president and that is the tea party reaction to obama and obamacare. things have changed in the republican party. they are making jeb bush seem not as conservative as perhaps he would have been without the tea party movement. there is also the fact that his father, george h w bush, bush 41 , was a traditional republican of the northeast. that was more moderate. i think people tend to associate the bush name sometimes with that brand of conservatism rather than a reagan brand of conservatism or even his brothers compassionate conservatism. i think jeb is trying to distance himself from that as well. two good things that happened -- a father and a brother president, you know how this
will operate. the problem is that baggage that comes with those names and their policies. >> yet towo issues -- a struggling economy for george herbert barker bush and his invasion in iraq which many say was far more successful than the invasion led by bush 43 and the economy he left for barack obama. on these big issues, what does jeb bush need to do to prove he is his own person? ms perry: sadly, i think he failed the first test. on iraq because when he was asked about iraq, he said that he would do the same thing as his brother did. then he had to back off of that. that is the very difficult point he is in right now. he loves his father, his brother, but he will have to create distance between his brother and a very unpopular war
in iraq. on the economy he is going to say what his father said to begin with but did not follow through on. remember the read my lips, no new taxes. george w. bush followed on lowering the taxes for the middle class. i'm sure that is part and parcel of what will be a platform for jeb bush. >> we are with barbara perry director of presidential studies at the miller center. you have been doing oral history'sies on 43 and 41. what have you learned? ms. paerry: this is a family business. that is the bush family brand and the bush family business. it is not just nature, nurture -- it is a combination of both. i believe it is in their dna and what they have grown up with. it is in their blood and daily thinking of the world in political terms.
that is what we have learned from both bush 41 and 43. >> barbara perry is joining us today from kentucky. the miller center is located on the campus of university of virginia in charlottesville. thank you for being with us. >> my pleasure steve. collects coming up on c-span -- >> coming up on c-span, a conversation with hillary clinton's strategic. and then another chance to see former governor jeb bush announced his candidacy for president. tuesday, donald trump will announce that he is entering the 2016 presidential race. if he decides to run, he will be the 12th major candidate. that is live at 11 a.m. eastern on c-span3. >> like many of us, first
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>> jeb bush announced that he is running today. do you have any advice? [laughter] hillary clinton: that is a very tempting question to answer but i will not. i would say this -- i will let the republicans decided who their nominee ends up being. i am running on my record, my positions, but i'm very proud that i had experience alongside my husband in the white house and serving as secretary of state for president obama that i think will really be helpful as i both campaign for and serve as president. >> next, an interview with two senior strategists of hillary clinton's political campaign. mike allen sat down with two clinton campaign strategists. the topics included voter perception of mrs. clinton, her relationship with the media and
the role the former president might play in the campaign. this is one hour. mr. mook: we kicked off the campaign and had to start from scratch. we wanted to be really deliberate. hillary wanted time to get out there, meet the voters, workshop policies. she got time to do that. in the campaign, we had time to hire staff, get the doors open. tomorrow signifies a shift to communicate to voters what clinton's campaign will look like. she will lay out why she is running, and her vision for the country. through the summer, she will continue working on policies more in-depth. it kicks off a stage where we
will start building the organization that we will need to turn our voters out in the primary. it is really an official launch of the campaign. now, hillary will get out there. host: what has been -- [indiscernible] ms. palmieri: for her, she spent the six months prior -- she is very focused on policy. she said during that time, if i don't have the solutions -- she spent the six months talking to hundreds of people, advisers academics, and thing take fellows -- think tank fellows. she wanted to go out now. she understands what is on people's minds, but go out and hear.
privilege of working -- from president clinton to her, and president obama. she is -- her focus -- she is a pragmatic. it is different than president obama and president clinton, who start at a level of what the solutions are about. she looks at where the root of the problem is and works out from there. she starts with a different approach. her policy meetings are always scheduled for three or four hours. host: three or four hours? ms. palmieri: yes. there are all kinds of policy options.
she gets to the details and have conversations and how to resolve this particular problem. that is how she approaches these problems in the policymaking progress. she loves this. she is excited now that we are entering this phase. there will be a lot more conferences in july, probably one per week through the fall. i think people will see tomorrow, she will lay out a progressive agenda for america where the country should go. she has diagnosed what the country is facing, and the agenda needed to fulfill her vision.
host: what is the biggest difference between the perception that the average american has and the reality? mr. mook: that is interesting. i think as jen said, i'm continually impressed at how she can dive deep into any topic. she is a tremendously intelligent person. i think she is pretty famous for that. but, how she can dive right away into issues, including the campaign. we could be talking about strategy, policy, and she can really wrapper head around that. it also amazingly how -- amazes me how warm and caring she is about people on her staff. kind of catching up on the latest gossip. she is a really fun, warm person to work for. host: that is not her public perception. ms. palmieri: it is my job to narrow that perception.
one thing you will see her talk about tomorrow, that if he really important for people to understand is that we think the essential question of this election is for voters to say, who is the person that understands what my life is like, the problems facing my family, when am i going to get ahead, and who is willing to fight for me? i think people understand that hillary clinton is a fighter. that is what we think the court question is. we need to explain to people where she comes from and what motivates her. she is a very warm and engaging person. we talked about the press of the yesterday, what motivates
hillary. the story of her mother is something that she has talked somewhat publicly about, but not a lot. there are a lot of people, even supporters of her, who did not know the story. her mother was abandoned as a child, age 10, her and her sister took a train to l.a. they lived with their grandparents a bit, and they were abandoned also. she worked as a maid. hillary did not know any of this until she was 14 years old. when i was 14 years old, i felt like i was in the door and knew everything about my parents. she would talk to her mom a lot about how she got through it. her mom said that she had a support system outside of her family that really helped her. the woman who she worked for saw potential in her and said you should go to high school. or, these clothes don't fit us
have these. acts of charity. talking with hillary about this, and looking back on all the things she has written and said, where does that core connection come from? this is it. her big take away is that every child needs a champion. talent is universal, opportunity is not. what is standing in the way? that is why after law school went to work for children. this is why her whole career has been -- a lot of focus on kids and family, but moreover, this is why she is an advocate. her story. her life is that she has always been an advocate. we think it is very important to explain where that all comes from.
if she is asking them to trust me, put your faith and be as your president to fight for you, they need to understand what drives their and where that comes from. we are also trying to find some more unpredictable things that have happened. we have was back at the last two months to see what has mattered as far as press coverage, and it was the unpredictable moments. you will see some of that tomorrow. host: in the obama white house you were known as an advocate getting the president out there more. why has there been a lockdown on hillary? ms. palmieri: i don't think the photos and iowa, new hampshire and nevada feel like to have -- feel like there has been a lockdown. most of you are very smart, a lot of you are my friends. we have a lot of talented people covering hillary. but, what i also know is that we
will never give you the rut. for example, i remember when i started this campaign, hillary clinton is not relatable. every time you see her, she is getting on the big plane order on the big stage. now, we do the small roundtables, it is great. and that it is like, when will she talked to a big crowd? [applause] ms. palmieri: when she has been out campaigning, she usually takes questions every other day. host: come on. ms. palmieri: it's true. when she has been out campaigning, there has been maybe a week -- but when she is in the states, that's what we do. this is the campaign. welcome to the campaign.
host: starting tomorrow, will be see secretary clinton engage with the press more? ms. palmieri: lord have mercy. is it all about them? mr. mook: look, to jen's point, i'm sure. ms. palmieri: yes, she will. mr. mook: of course she will. the big thing for me at a personal level, i was reminded that we have eight months until iowa. knock on wood, hopefully we make it to the primary. we have to pace this thing. the voters are in charge. they are not looking for the day before election day. i looking for that vision that jen talks about. i think it was important that hillary took the time to sit
down with people, i to i, and learn what pressures and issues matter to them. for example, one think she discovered on the campaign trail was mental illness and drug abuse. it is obviously an issue that we are all aware of, but it stood out to her how many people it impacted on the campaign trail. campaigning is a good thing for candidates. it helps them to me a broad variety of people. it was important for her to have that time. she will do events like that she will also do big events. to me, it is not about if we are hiding one week or another week. we are running a multi-month campaign. this will be a long stretch. we want to make sure she has the opportunity to meet people, and voters have the chance to see her. host: when you took this job
i'm sure you look back to 2008. a very messy campaign in 2008. what did you learn from that that you are trying to avoid this time? mr. mook: it is less to me about 2008. i also worked for john kerry's campaign. i was out at headquarters for a little while there. i think i'm very conscious as a campaign manager about two things. a presidential election is a state-by-state enterprise. you win or lose in the state. it is not a national campaign. first, it is really important that we have strong leadership and leadership teams in those states. we put a premium on getting great folks on the ground. secondly, we do not try to run the campaign out of the headquarters. we are in constant dialogue with people in the states. the last thing is -- i'm a big
believer that campaigns are an opportunity for people to participate in a democracy. host: what are you doing different? ms. palmieri: are you saying that bad things happen in 2008? mr. mook: i will give you an example. technology has allowed us -- google hangouts. whenever we talk with the states, we try to do on a face-to-face level. i guess i look at it less of 2008 versus now. this is really a campaign where we are trying to build leadership on the ground. that was successful for hillary in 2008. ms. palmieri: and how you did in virginia and a new hampshire. host: jennifer, you know president clinton very well. he was saying in "town & country" magazine that he would
stay in the background. he has been very good. all of his public appearances have been for the foundation. how long will that last? ms. palmieri: what? host: he is not a background kind of guy. ms. palmieri: we do not have a timetable for him. we will be leaning on him for fundraising, retail campaigning. we lean on him all the time for strategic advice. he does not come to every meeting that we have, but he does join his wife often in some of our discussions. i'm fascinated to see what his observation will be. it is always something that no one else says, and after he says that, you think, that should have been obvious.
i love -- they are my first bosses. i love being back to work for them. we would use him when we need him. he is the most, if not one of the most, strategic political minds in the country. host: what kinds of things does he tend to focus on? [laughter] ms. palmieri: i am in a meeting -- i cannot reveal. host: what good advice does he give? ms. palmieri: i will say one thing that he said. a campaign is a job interview. you are saying what the hiring decision is. what do you think the campaign -- that is helpful.
thinking of the hiring position. mr. mook: i think the really helpful big picture sounding board. i remember one thing he said in a meeting. what is major in the major is not in the minors. i think he is helpful in lifting us up and thinking big. he is a really brilliant communicator. that is helpful. host: in just a minute, we will come to an nyu student with a question about trade. while we are doing that, in the last campaign, secretary clinton did not emphasize women's issues as much, or her women's perspective. so far, secretary clinton does seem to be leaning in more. what is the thinking about that? ms. palmieri: i honestly cannot compare to 2008. it was a really different campaign.
she is a woman running for president. there is a lot to her campaign. she is proud of the idea that she could be the first woman president. that would be an enormous privilege. we find that there are a lot of women, young girls, men, husbands, and sons there are excited at that idea. we want to embrace that passion. i think you will see her continue to do that, and see some of that tomorrow. host: it will be a close election -- it is kind of a 50-50 country. if you take a 51% chance scenario, how much of that is because she is a she? how powerful with it be that she is a woman? mr. mook: like jen said, i think it is a very exciting and motivating opportunity. it is inspiring for me
personally, and why i am excited to be part of this campaign. i think it is important to recognize that every american is looking for a clear rationale from all of their candidates. they want to know that that candidate will be a fighter for them, and worry about their kitchen table needs. i guess i don't look at it -- i think her gender is an extraordinary asset, but what we try to stay focused on, and hillary would say this, is who will be the fighter for people? that is hillary. host: does being a grandmother soften her? ms. palmieri: i think obviously it softens her. going back to one of your questions earlier on revealing a personal side of her, it is
endearing when she talks about charlotte. host: during the cocktail, i was talking to billy, who lives in the village and is at nyu. he has a question. >> my question is -- i think this is a little difficult to argue with, but compared to some other candidates, hillary clinton has been somewhat cautious. for example, people want to hear from her on tpp. as you go through the campaign how do you balance that caution with the risk that she lacks convictions. i think for a lot of people, they want to hear more, but they think they are not hearing enough, and that is because of political expediency, as opposed to anything else. what do you think about that? mr. mook: first of foremost, i
would take issue with the sense of caution. one of the things that i have been proud about on this campaign so far is how hillary has gone out and fought on some hard issues. she was the first candidate to come out on universal voter registration the other day. [applause] mr. mook: that is something that i'm very passionate about. she really took the republicans to task on what they have been doing to systematically disenfranchise people, specifically young people, and people of color. she is advocating for going even further than president obama on immigration. to stop deporting these parents of the dreamers, people who are contributing to our economy, our valuable members of our society,
and speaking out to end mass incarceration in the united states. she is out there being that tenacious fighter the i know i want to be my president. i don't think you will see a cautious hillary, and you certainly haven't so far. that is my answer. host: is hillary clinton as inspirational as barack obama? ms. palmieri: yes. [laughter] ms. palmieri: yes. mr. mook: i'm inspired by both. [applause] host: the question is -- how do you translate that? you talk to supporters and volunteers, and there definitely is an enthusiasm gap. what you had a 2008 was this tremendous enthusiasm, how do you recapture that? mr. mook: let me tell you.
i have been literally all over this country. i was at an event last night. i have been to reno, new hampshire, iowa, all over. i have been in rooms jampacked who could not be more excited to be part of this campaign. i don't think there is a gap. i think there is a wave of enthusiasm. you will see this tomorrow. ms. palmieri: she is very grateful. it is only a week then, but the reception she has gotten on the road -- i think people are enthusiastic for her and excited for her. she has been really grateful. host: why is the scooby van black? ms. palmieri: you would have to talk to the secret service about that. mr. mook: it is confidential. host: it doesn't really look
like the scooby van. ms. palmieri: of course, you have not seen the inside of it. host: what would i see? [laughter] host: there has been a lot written about said elizabeth warren's affect on the campaign. what she is thinking. what is the reality of her affecting things? mr. mook: senator warren has been a forceful advocate on economic issues. there have been a lot of people weighing in, which i think is great. the more debate, the better. we welcome that. she is one of many voices that are out there advocating to really reshuffle the deck. that is something you will hear hillary talk about tomorrow and in the coming weeks.
there is a real sense that the deck is stacked against everyday people. they are working even harder but not seeing it in their paychecks. as i have said before, there is a desire out there for a leader that will go to bat and fight every day. there is a real distress about the paralysis in washington. the sense that stuff cannot get done, and people know they need someone with experience to cut through that and get things done. i think our party is really aligned around solving this problem, breaking the logjam so that the middle-class can get ahead. host: what would be the ideal time to get senator warren's endorsement? ms. palmieri: endorsements are welcome all the time. [laughter] [applause] host: my colleague will have a
question in a second. first, jim is manager of president obama's reelection campaign. he famously got advice from eric schmidt of google about the architecture of the office, some of the hiring processes. what is the best outside advice that you have gotten? who is one of your outside wise people. mr. mook: eric schmidt has given me similar architectural advice. host: what did he tell you to do? mr. mook: it is actually the way i like my offices. we have a very open office. very energetic, very busy. one of the best parts is that the view is shared by everybody. ms. palmieri: we have a great view. mr. mook: beautiful view. very vibrant.
i guess i am famous -- i like to have a lot on the walls. we have pictures of our volunteers, people in part of our campaign. host: countdown calendars? mr. mook: countdown calendars. host: tell me about the department signs. mr. mook: what we love about our logo, which has been hotly debated -- host: what is the logo? mr. mook: it is the hillary for america logo. it has a great space that you can fill up with all kinds of things. we challenged our departments to come up with different logos. so when you come in our office you see different versions of the logo and a little slogan. so, when you come in, you can see where everyone is. it is fun. host: what is one of the memorable slogans? ms. palmieri: the slogan for communications is we are too close to the campaign.
host: when you read sources familiar with the clintons, what do you think? ms. palmieri: coming to his job, people said you have to clamp down on this. the clintons talked to a lot of people. that is a good thing. the press can self regulate. i think they know the difference between someone who -- there are a lot of people that talk to both president clinton and hillary clinton. that is different than decisions that the campaign has made from strategies that we are employing. people need to regulate, maybe they saw bill clinton at an event a month ago, but you cannot use that as an excuse to
cover the campaign. you have to balance this out. overall, it is a good thing. they know a lot of people, get advice from a lot of people. host: annie carty had great coverage of the clinton campaign and she has a question. >> there is an article from 2007 that was circulated today. let me read you one line from it. it says, introducing information about clinton's childhood and early child, advisers hope, will flesh out her career. and, there was a quote that said something to think they know everything about hillary clinton, but they ask where she was born, and people have no idea.
the story read a lot like the story that we wrote last night after you previewed her speech. i am wondering, did it not stick last time? if it did not stick, why will it this time? ms. palmieri: 2008 was a very different race -- there was extraordinary interest on the democrat side. i think it is hard to compare the two situations. she has talked about this at times. obviously, she has written about it in her book. it is true that a lot of people just don't know it about her. i talked to reporters about this yesterday. they said, you don't think people know it? no, they don't think people know it. she talks about it tomorrow, and will do more that. i think it illuminates -- if you think you need this kind of
fighter in the white house, one of the reasons why. it is true that people haven't. i think this is a different campaign in terms of what the press might focus on with her. we will stay at it. host: do you have a follow-up? >> i mean -- no. host: we will talk about your favorite topic now. jeff was quoted as saying, robby is cut from a different cloth than the old campaign manager. he does everything he can to avoid the spotlight. why are you here? mr. mook: because you asked.
ms. palmieri: because i told you you had to. [laughter] ms. palmieri: we need to demystify the clinton campaign. i want you to know robbie and understand his thinking and how he runs the campaign. that is why i asked him to put himself in a little spotlight. mr. mook: in fairness too, part of my job is to mobilize as many people into this campaign as possible. anytime there is an opportunity for folks who are interested in campaigning and becoming more involved, we want to take advantage of the and asked them to become -- ask them to become part of the campaign. host: there are some quotes and hear about your training materials. it talks about your mo, your theory.
one of the excerpts in your training manual, you wrote -- your notebook should be divided in three sections per day. clearly, you are very detail oriented guy. why is that important? mr. mook: particularly in organizing work, time is the most precious resource on a campaign. i will speak louder. time is the most precious resource of a campaign. when you are an organizer, there are never enough days -- or hours in the day -- when i was trained as an organizer, literally every minute of every day has to be in doubt. if you are going to sit down and need, instead of doing something else, it has to be on your calendar. i learned from a number of people, but i was actually working on howard dean's
campaign. our director was one of my early mentors. we used a lot of the tactics that were used in labor organizing and other kinds of community organizing. it is literally the key to being a good organizer -- how you manage your time, and holding yourself accountable, and being disciplined every minute of the day. we train our organizers to do that. host: how do you schedule your work? mr. mook: literally, minute by minute. jen has to deal with this. ms. palmieri: he loves the 10:30 p.m. conference call. mr. mook: it is a little different now. as a manager, you do need to step back sometimes and think. you don't want to over schedule yourself, but you do have to be
deliberate. ms. palmieri: and you schedule those times to think. he does. host: you wrote to engage people, you have to inspire them. people are very loyal to you. there are a lot of people here. what is the most important thing that you say to young leaders about how to inspire them? mr. mook: one is that leadership is learned. the second thing is that it must be about the mission, and not about you. when you go into battle, you have to lead. you have to get out of the trench and go. that is hard. it takes a lot of personal discipline to do that. boy, if you're willing to get
out of the trench and walk forward, the soldiers will be with you. ms. palmieri: he sets a good example. we had an all staff meeting today with all of the states. everyone participates. robby makes it a meaningful exchange for people. he sets a really inspiring tone and values everybody's work. it has created a great sense of camaraderie. and everyone's role is important. none of this could happen without everybody. he has set a good tone. host: my colleague has a question. go. >> how is it going? i'm glad this is working. host: he is wearing a tie, holy
cow. >> i have two questions. robby, you said something about hillary wanting to go further than obama on immigration. what exactly did you mean? mr. mook: specifically in the policy that she was proposing. she wanted to make it easier for families to appeal some of these deportation decisions. essentially, parents of the dreamers that may be facing deportation. >> the campaign is having conversations with small donors, some very rich donors. they're having conversations about policy. i'm wondering, what impact if any is bill de blasio having? he is invoking the campaign on issues like tpp, which the first
person asked about, but i know if you included in your answer. i would like to know, what impact, if any, is bill de blasio having? mr. mook: i would say that bill de blasio is a very good friend. speaking of campaign teams, i remember bringing up a whole caravan of people to volunteer on his public advocacy case. he has a lot going on. running new york city, he is busy with that. he has been a strong advocate on a lot of issues. as i said earlier, that is great. we all have the same goal here and that is to get the stack unstacked. i know bill is on that team. he is a great friend. we look forward to continuing that dialogue with him.
host: despite the friendship, he is not going tomorrow. what is going on? [laughter] mr. mook: you will have to ask him. >> [indiscernible] mr. mook: maybe it is. look, you will have to ask the mayor about his endorsement plans. i think we are on the same team and page. ms. palmieri: he is an important progressive voice. we talked about elizabeth warren earlier. we have two other candidates on the democratic side there are strong progressive voices. we think this is all for the good. we think that the democratic primary in 2008 helped to elect a democratic president in 2008 because there was so much coverage of democrats talking about this these issues. host: i guess what i was asking
is if it is stage-managed. if you are complicit? ms. palmieri: no. it is never that interesting. host: is cecilia vega here? she has a question. while she is doing that, someone else has a question. >> hi. you were sort of addressing this before that there has been a media lockdown, or there hasn't been one. one question i have about the media's relationship with the campaign, often we are hearing from a campaign official, or hearing things that are paraphrased and not quotable. why do you think the campaign team needs to be obscured in this way? ms. palmieri: this was raised to me this week by some of your colleagues.
it is true across the board, people default to it. we think we are doing it too much, and as i said before, we are talking to everyone on the record on the stage. it is something we want to do better job on. mr. mookl: that's on background. [laughter] mr. mook: we will take your tapes. host: during the campaign, will that be different? ms. palmieri: here i am talking on the record. it is something -- i think people default to that. sometimes there is a reason for
why that is an appropriate thing, but you should not default to it. we are proud of our campaign and the work that we do. we will talk more. host: i'm sorry? ms. palmieri: i said we will talk on the record. host: so you're making changes? ms. palmieri: i'm not sure what else i can do than talk on the record at this moment to address that. >> i know the campaign has taken some issue with recent polls as far as trustworthiness. we have seen the secretary's numbers drop on that front. the public comments are that you do not like those numbers. what are the conversations happening behind-the-scenes? how are these numbers, if at all, changing your strategy going forward?
whether you like the numbers or not, clearly there is a perception out there that secretary clinton is not trustworthy, some would say. how do you deal with that? mr. mook: you mentioned this, a lot of the public polling out there is not very reliable. i honestly do not pay a whole lot of attention to it. the other thing is we are just now launching the campaign in earnest. the key question is who can middle-class americans trust to go to bat for them? hillary is just beginning her campaign. she will lay out her case tomorrow. i'm absolutely confident that when she lays out that case, it will be clear that she could be that champion. >> from now to election day, the campaign is built to prove.
[no audio] [laughter] mr. mook: on the record. ms. palmieri: who is the person that will not just fight for you, but knows what the problem is and has solutions. people are very skeptical about solutions because the problems facing the middle-class are so deep. that is the central question of the campaign. that is what is designed to prove to the american people. host: over the length of the campaign. do you think questions about the foundation will be a consistent fever or a burn? mr. mook: i am not concerned about that. campaign. do you think questions about the what we know the campaign is about and what we will make it about is who can you trust to be on your side. the problem for the republicans is that they have come out with
the same set of policies that wrecked this economy in the first place and caused a lot of trouble during george w. bush's tenure. they cannot run on their policy, so they have to make this campaign about anything other than policy. they will throw out all kinds of flags -- go look at this and go look at that. host: but the foundation has not just been republicans. mr. mook: let's just say this. the right wing republicans wrote a book. literally, as your publication said, they threw the book at hillary, and it lost. ms. palmieri: that was a "politico" story. [applause] mr. mook: i am not concerned about this stuff. it has to be there.
we will stay on our message and keep fighting. i am not worried about that. i will add, i know secretary clinton, president clinton, and all of us on the campaign are incredibly proud of the work that the foundation has done. they have literally saved millions of lives. [applause] mr. mook: there are millions of people around the globe that depend on the foundation for aids treatment. people who are producing more crops, living better lives, kids here in the united states get a better, more nutritious lunch at school. the empire state building is saving tons of carbon from going into our atmosphere because of the retrofitting that they did. they are an incredible force for good in this world, and we will not let the republicans tear that down. [applause] [applause]
host: putting aside what you think of it, do you assume the foundation and e-mails will be persistent stories? robby: i think there will be persistent stream of attempts to talk about anything other than what really matters. millions of dollars of taxpayer money wasted on these frivolous investigations. the purpose of this campaign is to help everyday people have a better future. hillary is not going to let any of this stuff distract us from the core mission. [cheering] [applause] host: we will do a rapid round.