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ell you, when you think about it, this is a crime that knows no boundaries. notnot race,. education, not income. it is when someone who is supposed to love you, does something often to you and your own home, repeatedly. jeb said, we have to do better. he took on the issue. he didn't just make a speech and hope things got better. he did something about it. he passed the family protection act. [applause] because of that, we strengthened the penalties on those who would be convicted of domestic violence. we had expanded and improved women's shelters throughout florida. he increased privacy protection,
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so that abusive ex partners could not use public records laws to find them. during his time in office, the crime rate for domestic violence fell 27%. that is a number that represents lives saved, and lives turned around. that is a number that represents lives given piece. all because jeb bush refused to believe there was an issue too big to handle. that is how he is, that is how he will be. he refuses to settle for less than what he knows we can do together. that is the kind of leader that we need in washington. [applause] that is the kind of leader we desperately need in this
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country, and that is the kind of leader that our nation is ready for. [applause] a conservative who is experienced. a conservative who inspires others. a conservative with a solid record of accompaniment and achievement, not just political rhetoric. a conservative who still wants to take on those big harry audacious goals. 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. is that is his style, that is what he delivers and with your help, jeb bush will be the next president of our united states.
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[applause] >> [indiscernible] [applause] >> how are you doing miami? last november, i was privileged
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to be elected as the 28th land commissioner for the great state of texas. two months later, when i took the oath of office, my dad stood with me. today it is my turn to stand with him. [applause] i am doing so, not just because i am here to support the kind of president that he will be, but because of the kind of man that he is. others can speak to my father's record as governor or about his plans for the presidency. my dad has given so many get to
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me, my brother and my sister. [applause] he taught us the importance of faith in god. my brother started going to mass with my mom from almost the day they met. he decided to convert and become a member of the catholic church. faith in god has organized his life. it gives him purpose. i know that faith has sustained him at all of life's moments. the happy days and the difficult ones. my dad also taught us the importance of values. he knows who he is and what he believes. if there is one thing he puts up there with his family, it is this. we all have an obligation to serve others before we serve ourselves.
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that is why he ran for public office. that is why he worked so hard as governor keeping those 16 hour days. seeing him do so much for me and many others inspired me to think about how life can be more useful. it is white our first -- it was my -- it was why my first job out of college -- why i joined the u.s. military as an officer. [applause] finally, my dad taught us about the importance of family. [speaking spanish] [applause]
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i am so grateful to my dad for the example he set for me and my siblings. he has always been there for others. growing up, i could always count on my dad to give me advice. sometimes whether i wanted it or not. 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]
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>> 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
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intentions. but the results, obama care 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.
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[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,
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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.
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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.
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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. that's because he demanded high standards, he rewarded effective teaching and he achieved better schools.
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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]
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>> 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.
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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. i see america on the edge of the greatest century and i'm ready to lead. >> ladies and gentlemen -- ladies and gentlemen, may i present to you the next president of the united states of america, jeb bush. [cheering and applause]
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>> 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
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@cspanwj 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.
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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.
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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?
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and i've decided i'm a candidate for president of the united states of america. [cheering and applause] >> woo. [chanting] >> we will take command of our future once again in this
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country. we'll lift our sights again. make opportunity common again. get events in the world moving our way again. we'll take washington, the static capital of this dynamic 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.
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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%
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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 you'd e 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]
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[chanting] >> thank you. thank you. leaders have to think big and we have a tax code filled with small-time thinking and self-interested politics. what swarms of lobbyists have done, we can undo with a vastly simpler system, and reducing for the few and for the all. with the irs, the epa and the entire bureaucracy have done
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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]
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>> 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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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]
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>> 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]
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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.
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this supposedly risk adverse administration is also running us straight in the direction of the greatest risk of all militaryin fiery ortity. 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
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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]
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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.
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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]
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>> by the way, just so that our friends know, the next president of the united states will pass meaningful immigration reform so that will be solved, not by executive order. [cheering and applause]
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so back to my family, just for a second. [chanting] >> 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.
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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. a she spoke only a little english. my spanish was okay, but really not that good. with 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
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garnica de gallo. 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 skiet joy of raising three children. george, noel and jeb. the boys have also brought us more bushes. their wives mandy and sandra and our grandchildren, the near perfect georgiaa, prescott vivian and jack. 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, senior, family or family narrative. it's nobody's turn. it everybody's test.
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and it is wide open. exactly as the contest for president should be. [applause] the outcome is entirely up to you, the voter. it is entirely up to me toern the nomination of my party to take our case across this great and diverse nation. as a candidate, ien tend to let everyone hear my message including the many who can express their love of country in a different language. [speaking in a foreign language] [applause]
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[speaking spanish] [applause] 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.
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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. he will take nothing and no one for granted. i will run with heart, and i will run to win. >> it begins here and now, and i'm asking for your vote. thank you and god bless you all. i love you. [cheering and applause] barbara perry is the director of
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the ua -- uva eller center. thank you for being with us. often, the biggest challenge for any presidential candidate is to get beyond the name recognition and talk about your biography. for him it is the opposite. >> it is and like many of the dynasty becomes with plenty of name recognition. it comes with baggage as well. he has the name, but we note that he has dropped his surname from his logo. it is an obvious attempt to be his own man to separate himself from the policies of his father and his brother that might not be so popular. >> how does he do that and how does he get beyond the bush brand? >> this is also a problem for
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dynasties, the name brand is good, but people can grow weary of that brand. he has to be his own man and present his own personality and comfortable in his own skin and do what he has done in his campaign video and focus on the policies while he was a popular governor in key terms. crucial state in the electoral college. >> yesterday, george will 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 to the right and many people say he is more moderate. why is that? >> he does have a problem as do national candidates. we know that caucuses and primaries in the state bring out the party faithful and bring out
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the true believers and they tend to the more extreme than the general electorate. so in bush's case, he governed as a conservative in florida. he would seem to be conservative enough, but we have to remember that the intervening factor between when his father and brother was president and that is the tea party. the reaction to obama and obamacare. things have changed in the republican party and making him not as the conservative. there's also the fact that his father, bush 41 was a traditional republican of the northeast and northeastern roots and that was more moderate and people tend to associate the bush name with that brand of conservative tism rather than reagan or even his brother's compassion nature conservativism
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-- compassionate conservatism, but he is trying to distance himself. you have a father and brother president and you know how the system operates getting into office. the problem is that bag -- baggage that comes with those names and their policies. >> both bush presidencies had to deal with, a struggling economy and his invasion in iraq, which many would say was far more successful than the invasion led by bush 43 and the economy he left for barack obama. on these two big issues, iraq and the economy, what does jeb bush need to do to prove he is his own person? >> sadly, failed the test, at least the first test and call it a quiz on iraq. when he was asked about iraq, he said that he would do the same thing that his brother did. and had to back off.
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that is that difficult point he is in right now. he loves his father and loves his brother, but he will have to create distance between his brother and that very unpopular war in iraq. on the economy, he's going to say what his father said to begin with and then follow through on, read my lips, no new taxes. what george bush did follow through is lowering the 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 talking with barbara perry, you have been doing oral histories on both 41 and 43. what have you learned? >> what i have learned is that this is a family business. that is the bush family brand and the bush family business.
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is there dna and what they have grown up with. it is the daily thinking of the world in political terms and that is what we have learned from the oral history projects. >> barbara perry who is joining us today from louisville kentucky. thank you for being with us. >> my pleasure. we love the work that you do at c-span. >> on today's "washington journal," congressman bill pascrell discusses the ongoing trade debate in the u.s. house and other issues. representative mo brooks of alabama and a potential u.s. plan to send heavy military weaponry to western europe. you can join the conversation with your calls and comments on facebook and twitter.
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>> today, donald trump will announce if he is entering 2016 presidential race. he will be the 12th major candidate seeking republican emanation. -- nomination. >> like many, first family's take vacation time. like residents and first ladies, a good read can be a good companion for your summer journeys. what that her book than one that here's inside the personal lives of every first lady. "first ladies," inspiring stories of fascinating woman who survived scrutiny of the white house. a great summertime read. available from public affairs as a hardcover or an e-book through your favorite bookstore or
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online retailer. >> an interview with two senior strategists of hillary clinton's presidential campaign. mike allen sat down with a pair on the eve of the official launch of her launch for office. they talk about her role in the media and the role the former president might play in the campaign. this is an hour. >> we wanted to be really deliberate about giving ourselves time to ramp up. hillary wanted to get out there and meet with voters and workshop her policy. 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.
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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. 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
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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. she really listens. she wanted to listen to actual concerns, and that impacted her agenda. host: one great story today --
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he has stories. what would you say is the biggest difference in barack obama and hillary clinton? ms. palmieri: i have had the 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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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?
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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
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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.
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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]
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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,
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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>> 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.
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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.
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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
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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?
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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.
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>> 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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. what do you think of the saturday night live portrayal of secretary clinton? jennifer: we love it. it is this woman with red hair that is advising hillary on her video. the hillary character called her christina. we love it.
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it is hilarious. we may even imitate it. mr. mook: it was high-five day. ms. palmieri: we deemed it meets my hand in the air day. host: what do you think of the sweaters and the pantsuits? ms. palmieri: we love it. mr. mook: i am waiting for the chipotle episode. host: what is the likelihood we will see secretary clinton hosting "saturday night live"? ms. palmieri: the idea has merit. host: is this something you plan to do? ms. palmieri: it is just their
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show. i was just noting the idea has merit. snl has been a great platform for her. host: i have the privilege of reading profiles of you. something that is noted is that you have lost your twitter password. password recovery, you can get your password that. ms. palmieri: i lost mine, too. i got mine back. mr. mook: folks called twitter to get it and they got it for me and i lost that one. it is gone again. host: why don't you tweet? mr. mook: i have a lot going on every day. e-mail is enough every day. i am very happy with e-mail,
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telephone, all good. host: the obamas made 2012 the year of analytics. 2016 will be the year of what? mr. mook: i would say technology. obviously, data, online strategy, very interrelated. as a campaign, we have had the benefit of seeing the tremendous work that the obama campaign did in 2012. that was the first time a real pod of engineers were brought into the campaign from outside and let loose to create tools to make the campaign more efficient. we have learned a ton from what they did and we will be able to take technology the next level. this is really going to be the
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cycle of the activist. the airways have become so cluttered, so crowded, the value of face-to-face conversation and interaction grows every year. the good old-fashioned stuff just gets better and better. for anyone across this country who cares about the outcome of the election, this is their campaign to get involved. host: a one-word answer. if john is cheap, you are what? ms. palmieri: cheaper. way cheaper than john. mr. mook: no comment. these shoes are pretty bad. ms. palmieri: we have run out of
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paper towels in the bathroom. mr. mook: the refrigerator. ms. palmieri: oh, my lord. mr. mook: i would not let them buy a refrigerator. someone can donate it. it should go into the smithsonian afterwards. it probably has freon and other bad stuff. host: your friend did a column hillary clinton re-brands obama's frat house as her own. she is arguing clinton world is very male.
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do you feel like it is a little male at the top? i do not even know who those people are. [laughter] i do not feel like that. host: do you worry about diversity? ms. palmieri: this is a big -- this is an important priority for both hillary and robby and john.
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this is a big priority for these guys. i am really proud of the team we have built. diversity in age, gender. mr. mook: we have 24-year-olds and 22-year-olds. we hold our staff accountable for finding the most diverse staff possible. i think we're the first ever presidential campaign to have a chief diversity officer. we are really proud of the team we are building. host: you are the special guest at an lgbt kickoff event.
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assuming a supreme court ruling in favor of gay marriage, how will that change the political environment? mr. mook: it will be really great if that happens. i hope the supreme court does the right thing. i think it will put into even higher relief the difference between our parties. the other day, somebody asked, hillary is supporting gay marriage. why she moving to the left? i do not see supporting marriage equality as being left or right. it is about the future. one of the things we have been focusing on is how families have changed. we have more families where both
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parents are working, child care is more important than ever before. we have same-sex couples raising kids. hillary is trying to develop policies that can take us into the future. the republicans are taking us way back. when you see that ruling, the divide will be even wider than it was before. host: it would heighten the differences? mr. mook: we are for marriage equality. hillary is for marriage equality because it is the right thing. host: what advice would you have for a young person who is gay who wants to work? mr. mook: get involved in politics.
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early on in my career, i was taught two things. the first is to value the work. do good work every day. do it really well. i would say value yourself. everyone in this country is entitled to be successful. a young person, whether they are gay or lesbian or straight or transgendered, they are entitled to that success. host: a lot of people in this room watching on the livestream who want to be you. what is the number one piece of advice you give to a young person about how to succeed in washington? ms. palmieri: the best advice i ever got was from evelyn lieberman. she worked for hillary clinton when she was first lady. it is important for women. people take their cue from you.
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if you are given the opportunity, you have to own it. if you are intimidated, people will feel it. if you are in the room, you deserve to be there. if you act as if your opinion has value, people will receive it that way. it was such an important lesson from her. she would say it all the time. she would get frustrated about how you would perceived a slight or be intimidated in a situation. you are in charge of how people react to you. it is something president obama used to talk about with some of
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the staff. if you are in this room, i want to hear from you. your opinion matters. in situations in washington, it can be intimidating because you are often in the room with many important people. mr. mook: i think you have to have purpose in your work. this is not a process. you have to be driven by the purpose every single day. the other thing, it cannot be about you. it is about the mission, it is about winning and creating leadership in making our country better. host: that is great advice for leaders and managers. what is the most fun thing you ever got to do when you worked
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in the white house? ms. palmieri: foreign travel is pretty good stuff. the most fun thing i got to do because i worked in the white house, i got to be the boss on the springsteen channel. i got to take it over for a full hour. you were only supposed to five songs, but i got special permission to do six. it was absurdly fun for me. host: robbie, you are a man of many talents. impressions. ms. palmieri: it is amazing.
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host: you ask him to do someone. [laughter] ms. palmieri: there are some political consultants he can imitate very well, but the audience might not appreciate that. bill clinton is someone who is often impersonated. mr. mook: i may lose my job over this. i am so glad to be here today. great program. [laughter] host: love you back. i want to thank you out in live stream land. i want to thank the bank of america for making this series possible. i want to thank nyu.
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we appreciate our friends at hillary for america. to bring these two people into this room. thank you for coming out on a friday night. [applause] >> on a campaign stop in new hampshire monday, hillary clinton responded to questions about trade legislation and negotiations. here are some of her comments. secretary clinton: i believe that you take whatever happens to you in a negotiation and you try to leverage it. in this case, i believe that one
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of the ways the president could get fast-track authority is to deal with the legitimate concerns of those democrats who are potential yes voters. to see what within the negotiation or what even in the existing framework agreement that is being drafted could be modified or changed. i will give you an example. when i found it - -sounded a bit of an alarm about the investor state dispute settlement process, i did so because it is an anti-democratic process. and it really depends, first whether it is in their and if it is going to be in there, what the terms will be and who is in the room. if it's only those parties, those corporations predominately, who have a stake in the outcome and you are not hearing from local or state governments, you're not hearing from non-governmental
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organizations like environmental groups, then i am not sure that is a fair way to resolve the dispute. that is just one example. so now perhaps the president and his team can say to the other parties -- remember, the other parties have something to gain it or they would not be in the negotiation. that is. you know, you give some to get some. it is a question of how much you're willing to give to get in return. i think the president's team could go to every one of these other parties and say, i know you understand the process of fast-track. i want to get it, but i am going to have to make some adjustments in order to get it, but if i get it then we have to negotiate on the basis of those adjustments. i think that is really worth trying. that is why it talked about yesterday in iowa. no, he has negotiated very hard. look these are complicated --
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these are collocated negotiations p of so many different players with different needs and wants at the table. i think if he wants to get fast-track authority, then he is going to have to try to figure out how to use the vote on friday as the leverage to get some changes to get fast-track authority. now, you do not need fast-track authority technically. what other countries will say is we are parliamentary system -- but i remember what happened on the korea trade agreement. we inherited it from the bush a administration. we opened it up in concert with the uaw and others who wanted changes made. we got the changes made, and we got it through our congress, and there were a lot of political challenges to getting it through in korea. this is always -- there is
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always room to maneuver. i think this is one of those times. >> today, donald trump will announce if he is entering the 2016 presidential race. he will >> coming up today on c-span, a look at the role of the united stations -- united nations. jeb bush has formally announced he is running for president. today, the u.s. ambassador to -- they talk about how they plan to advance interest with the international organization. you can see that at 10:00. on our website. >>


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