tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN August 20, 2015 6:00am-7:01am EDT
leaders in that movement like i have, people like bono from you , a one of the largest voices guy named ray chambers in my state who has been the guy leading the fight in raising money to fight malaria in africa . a very wealthy, successful guy in my state. i'm very proud of the fact that these all republicans that have led this fight. . democrats tend to give this lipservice and republicans tend to write checks. i think that if we can save lives, that we can walk away -- that we can't walk away from that. i don't want to see people dying around the world needlessly. when we take on that fight, is to say that is why we have to protect the patents and the
profitability of our pharmaceutical companies in this country. it is the american pharmaceutical companies, in the main, that have taken the risks and invested the money to develop these treatments. then there are people in the other party that are constantly attacking those corporations and belittling them and yelling about their profit when they are the ones that take the risk and put billions of dollars into research and development. my deal with the american people would be this -- i am happy to invest and put our full share into those type of things and for other things as well to help to fight disease around the world if it helps to make a more peaceful and prosperous world as well, but, in return, what i want is, let's lower the heat on the pharmaceutical companies. let's be supportive. it doesn't mean everything that
they do is write because there is nobody in the world that everything they do is write. no person, no corporation. the reason this stuff was available to us is because they were willing to take the risk. we can do this together and help the rest of the world. i think we should. and i believe that our party is the party that helped to lead that fight. if i am president, i want to try to end that fight. i think it is a fight worth ending. thank you for bringing it up. right there. >> thank you, governor. what would you do to bring honor back to the veterans of this country? that is my first question. the second question is, how would you straighten out the va? gov. christie: first off, i will take it in reverse order.
to straighten out the va, we have to acknowledge publicly that we made a promise to veterans. that promise was, if you volunteer for service in our military, or for our older veterans, if you are drafted for service, and you put yourself in service of our country and put your life on the line, we promise you, in return, to care for your medical needs for the rest of your life. not if it was convenient, not our time schedule, but for the rest of our lives we will provide you with that service in return for your service. the first thing i would do is to fire those folks that have been responsible for the incompetent handling. the president has only fired one person. there is a lot more people that deserve to lose their jobs over this. second, i would go around the country and look for the finest hospital executive that i could find in the country and ask that man or woman to come in volunteer some of their time to
, come back and be the new secretary of veterans affairs. what the va has become, in the main, is a provider of health care. why not get the very best hospital executive we can find a -- we can find in the country to look at what we're doing in our va hospitals and other medical service providers, and get that person to come in and task them with the job of straightening out the system. third, because our veterans should not have to wait for that to happen, i would expand what is being done now. every veteran should be able to take his or her card and go to any health care provider in the country and get medical care. we will always need va hospitals because they provide specialized care, but you should be -- but you shouldn't be restricted to just the va hospital. in terms of bringing honor back to our veterans, not only is it about the way the president himself conducted himself in his
interaction with veterans and conducts himself as commander-in-chief so americans feel proud of their service because of the commander in chief they have. let me tell you a couple things we have done in new jersey that are concrete to that people know about how much i care to make sure our veterans are treated the right way. about three years ago, we started a program called vets for warriors. this is a 24 hour a day, 70 week -- seven day a week hotline for veterans having mental health issues. it is run out of rutgers university hospital in new jersey and is run nationwide. veterans man those phones. they have been trained to deal with fellow veterans for having mental health problems. this is a partnership between the state of new jersey and the department of defense. this past spring, the department of defense eliminated the funding for this program. july, the program was going
to close. when i heard about it this spring and i found out that we couldn't get money out of the federal government, i went to two leaders of the legislature, both democrats, and i said, we cannot let this program close. i said for $3.3 million, we can open tohis program every veteran of the country. we all put in the budget together. now, the program is still running. at the expense of the taxpayers of the state of new jersey for the entire country. that is how strongly we feel about our veterans in new jersey. secondly, since we are carcating this hard -- this d program we decided to start a , pilot program in new jersey
with trauma care hospitals. we are giving $5 million from the state, they are matching with philanthropic money, and they are guaranteeing for any that has been denied care at a va facility, if they come to one of these hospitals and presents himself and says id tried to get -- and says, i tried to get care and didn't get it. -- and didn't get it they , guarantee that that vet will get care that day. we put our money where our mouth is when it comes to our vets. third and last example is that a lot of these vets who come home with drug or alcohol problems, mental health issues, and up hitting bottom and becoming homeless. in new jersey, we always have a homeless place for veterans. it is in the southern part of our state. one of our largest psychiatric hospitals was going to be closed in the northern part of the state and they suggested that we sell the hospital to a private facility. i decided no. what we did with that facility
is that we opened veteran haven north so that the veterans in the northern part of our state we have place to go, too. the upside is that since most of them have drug and alcohol dependency problems there is a , private drug and alcohol counseling facility on that property. we said, you can stay on the property as long as you promise , in return to us, to provide drug and alcohol counseling to any of the homeless vets. they agreed and we now have a partnership where homeless veterans have a place to go, sleep, eat, and get mental health and drug and alcohol counseling to try and get themselves back on their feet. those of the things we're doing in new jersey to help vets. we will take the same approach as president of the united states. my staff tells me i can take one more question which means i will take two.
the reason for that is, i want to remind them that i'm still the boss. especially since you mentioned springsteen before. >> thank you. i just want to preface this question by saying that in my 20 years of voting eligibility in this great country, you are the first candidate to really inspir -- candidate to really inspire not only myself, but my entire family to get out there and vote in the election of 2016. one issue that my whole family has been dealing with recently is the obamacare issue. i would love to know if you could speak a little bit about how you feel about it and how my things change if you were to be president. gov. christie: first off, obamacare is a failure and needs to be repealed and replaced.
start off with that. let's -- let's start off with that. it is not enough just to say that. every republican will say obamacare is a failure, ok. that means you got the handbook. what you all have to be demanding up here and the rest , of the country is counting it -- you haved to ask for more than that because you are the presidential wine tasters for the rest of this country, and especially now with 17 of us. first, you cannot have a program out of washington dc that handles that large a piece of our economy in 50 different states. it was bound for failure. i can or member with our first -- i can't remember when they were first coming up with this thing and they wanted to open
the state exchanges. i was refusing to open the state exchange in my state. i got a call from the white we would they said, really like you to open this exchange. i said i wasn't going to. they said you should partner with the president on this and i said no. here's why. i said, you want me to start a program where i have no control over the rules and no say on the budget but all the responsibility for whether it is successful or not. there is no good executive in the world who would ever accept that deal. none. not a good one. you have no control over the rules, you have no control over the costs, and you have all of the responsibility. if it goes south, they're not going to call washington. if you have a bad exchange in new hampshire, you are calling the locals here. so, i think we need to do is to go to a completely state-based
system. let's take our two states. new hampshire and new jersey are geographically, relatively the same size. you have 1.3 million people. they are spread out. there is a lot in the southern part but there is also a good piece in the northern part. your problems are mostly access. a lot of that access has to do a distance. now let's take new jersey. we're about the same size. we have 8.9 million in about the same space. our problems for health care are not about access. you trip over a hospital every four miles in new jersey, and we trip over each other in new jersey. our problem is cost. our access point is cost. why would we think that one program out of washington dc could fix those problems?
it can't. why should we try to do it that way? the constitution of the united states said that anything that is not enumerated as a power for the federal government reverts to the states. i don't see health care in the constitution of the united states. [applause] so, i'm willing to make the governors and the legislatures in each of these states responsible for coming up with a health care program that deals with access and cost in their state. not optional, they have to come up with a program. i might not necessarily like the program that your governor comes up with, but the fact is, you have a republican legislature that can help to do some different things here. we trip over hospitals in new jersey, you guys trip over state reps. you have 400 of them. here's the good news. you can get to them.
you can't get to these people in washington if you don't like obamacare. you will find state reps all over the place. you can get to your state senators, get to your executive counselors, and get to the governor. you can't do that in washington dc. i believe each state should be tasked with the responsibility of coming up with a plan that works for their state. we have the most ethnically diverse state in the country, the most densely populated state in the country. that presents a whole bunch of different health care challenges, so we need to have a plan. i trust the governors, republican or democrat, because they know that, unlike people in congress, who are accountable to no one. i saw a poll that said 13% of the american people approve of the job congress is doing. the only thing i was surprised about is, who are those 13%? who are the people that are
saying, i like that? you can get to the people here. i think that the government that is done most closely to the people is the government that is the most effective. on health care, we should not be allowing the federal government to take over this. the next president has to change it, but they have to change it by also addressing the health care needs of the american people. it the waytes do it's should be done. that is the best way to bring change and opportunity. let's get this gentleman here for the last question. >> thanks for coming to new hampshire. i was wondering what your opinion is on h1b visas. disney recently laid off their entire i.t. staff.
pacific gas & electric did the same thing. it's not helping jobs. gov. christie: here's the thing. we have an entire immigration system that doesn't emphasize quality, doesn't emphasize fairness, doesn't emphasize employee american citizens. we have a system that has totally run amok. we spend most of our time, unfortunately, talking about the border situation. the border situation is a problem and i have talked in detail about what i think we need to do to secure the southern border. that is not what your question is about. we spend a lot of time talking about that. it makes, i think, the american people seem smaller than we are. the fact is that we need to talk about the entire system and legal immigration. what are we going to do about legal immigration and how can we
make sure it is controlled in a way that benefits our country and the people of our country? side, we haven't even had that conversation. we aren't talking about it. this is my 17th or 18th town here.eeting up you're the first one who is me about the visas. not only illegal folks coming up here but we also need to do something to make sure that the american worker is getting a fair shake. right now, people feeling the immigration system, no matter whether you are a high skilled person like yourself or a low skilled person, they all feel like they are being taken to the cleaners.
it is broken and it is a mess. i think we need to be able to do is first, secure the southern border. people won't want to talk about the visa problem until we secure the border. the president isn't going to be able to do that. then we have to deal with the whole issue of legal immigration. it is extraordinary important, especially given this gentleman's question. a young kid out of college or a middle-aged guy like us or whoever you are in between. we also don't want to ever be seen as a party or as a country as anti-immigrant. as it issonal for me for many citizens here. my grandfather was born on the
boat between sicily and the united states. imagine that. that means that when my great-grandfather was having trouble getting work in sicily and applied to come to united states, my great-grandmother was nine months pregnant. and they got on the boat anyway. they were so hungry to come to the united states. i can't imagine my great-grandmother giving birth on that boat. my mother was a smart alec, she used to tease my grandfather and say you are nothing, not sicilian, not american, you were born in the ocean. you are nothing. my grandfather died when i was very young.
one of my few memories of my grandfather's he would say, that's not true, i'm an american. they made me american when i got to ellis island. my grandfather was so proud of the fact that his mother and father and he made it. he came over. they worked out the bills. we don't want that part of our country to be secured --ob scured. to get what we want, educated, did the right things. that is the conversation we have to have. one of the things that bothers me right now is that there is too much heat and not enough , light. your question is a great example. no one talks about that but it
is really affecting you and others. >> my fiance cannot get a job because of the competition. i read that senator rubio wants to triple the number, we do not need that. one other point? back to social security, how about getting congress to pay in? gov. christie: you are talking to a guy who does the -- who doesn't understand why congress has term limits and i do. [applause] somehow, the governor of new jersey, the president of the united states are dispensable but congress is not dispensable. somehow obamacare is good for didcountry, but congress not buy it. somehow, in my state, i don't get pension members of my legislature do. i'm not asking for a pension but they should be getting on -- should not be getting one either. [applause]
party in 1994, , all the rules that congress passes will apply to themselves. we forgot about that. this is why people get so cynical about congress. i do too. you are right that that is exactly what should be happening in instead, they make special rules for themselves. i don't understand why we, as american people, should put up with that. they serve us. i think there should be term limits, 12 years for everybody in congress. [applause] 12 years. if you can't get it done in 12 years, then go home. right? i have a guy my state legislature -- get ready for this. he has been in the state legislature for nearly 42 years. man get out. , if you haven't done everything you want to do three times in 42 years, time to go.
that is part of the problem that creates the issue you are talking about. these guys in washington, i guarantee it is something in the water, i don't know, i'm going to let new jersey water trucked into the white house. we need to have a congress that them, buthat apply to also feel the need to be in touch with folks like you. >> thank you. gov. christie: five state troopers and this guy is helping me out here. [laughter] here's the thing. the biggest thing is that congress loses touch. they lose touch with people and they don't know your story. part of the job of a governor or
president who has the executive authority is to make sure -- and that is why did townhall meetings, because i want to stay in touch. i want real stories coming out about the theories you get pitched to you, but how these policies or lack of policies really affect real people and their families. thank you for that. you are a first timer on that, and i didn't think out of going to get a first-time question tonight. [applause] first off, thank you for coming in the daylight and staying until it's dark. this is my first outdoor, in the dark townhall meeting in new hampshire. i hope it will not be my last. [applause] i want to end by saying two things. first, to say thank you for being such an incredible example of the greatest democracy the world has ever known. this state reinvigorates my belief in the fact that we are
getting it right, and we can get it right if we work together to work with each other and we care enough about the future of our country to spend the time we need to spend to pick the right leaders. you are doing that and i appreciate it very much. [applause] second thing, i think if you go to chris christie.com, you go to the website, you will fall asleep, read it again, you will go through all the specific plans. it is important for you to see it, because seven years ago, the majority of the american people voted for a bumper sticker. hope and change. sounded like great words, but if you knew hope and change meant the weakest economic recovery since world war ii, a nuclear iran, health-care system that was broken. in fact it would take more of your money, if you knew that that was what hope and change
meant, you would have been running for the hills. this time, i am challenging all of you. you had better figure out what the man or woman is offering themselves for the job is going to do when they get there. the only way were going to do that is to demand that they tell you now. that is why we're putting all that detail the website. it is not just to help insomniacs. we care deeply about insomniacs but it is not just to help them. it is also to make sure that you know, when i show up on january 20, 2017, you better know what i'm going to do. and then if you complain i can say, i told you. no complaining. you voted for me, now i'm going to go do it. second thing is that i can't tell you everything that i'm going to do because we don't know everything that is going to come across my desk. the one thing we know for a president of the united states was that george w. bush thought he was going to be the education president. his first eight months he passed
no child left behind and worked with the other side of the aisle to get education reform. all of a sudden, one morning he wakes up and he's reading to a group of schoolchildren in florida and radical islamic terrorists fly airplanes into the world trade center and the pentagon and he became a wartime president and a president that was going to fight terror. you don't know. he could have never told you what he would do to fight terror and you weren't asking him because you didn't know. how do you make this decision then? how do you decide between the 17 of us? it can't just be the list of issues. it can't just be my record of governor because everyone has a record to look at. you have to know who we are. that is why this process is so important the way you do it in new hampshire. you have got a chance to know who we are more than anybody else in the country. i will tell you who i am. i the son of an irish father and a sicilian mother.
i hear some grumbling. [laughter] for those of you who grumble, you know what that means. that means i am the oldest child in the family. i became expert at an early age at dispute resolution. my house was a loud place and my , parents were both very emotional people and were able to really put their feelings out there. my dad is now 82 years old. where are you, tim? c-span has it, my father is definitely watching. my father, 82-year-old guy, still is in new jersey, wonderful person. came with me to the debate in cleveland. was thrilled, is thrilled about all this. if he was here tonight he will -- would be hugging all of you. he is a big hugger.
he would be telling you embarrassing stories about me when i was a kid. he is that kind of guy. my mother, on the other hand, was the driver in our house. i used to tell my father all the time that in the automobile of life he was the passenger. mom was the driver, she set the rules, she was judge, jury, and executioner. mom was the driver of the bus. her biggest rule was no suffering in silence. i think she put this rule into effect so she could use it. she was the one who used in the most. -- used it the most. she used to say this all the time. if you have a problem, i need to know about it. if you're worried about something, i need to hear it. if you have a problem, i want to help you fix it. if something great is happening in your life, i want to celebrate with you. when we got older, after a while, it got a bit much.
she will be on it all the time. we would say, mom, enough. she would say no, christopher, you need to hear this. you're going to hear it right now. that is the way i was raised we lost my mom 11 years ago. she was a dynamic person, but she was a lifetime smoker. she smoked from the time she was 16 years old and by the time she got to february of 2004, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. for anybody who is been through this, sometimes cancer is very aggressive and for her it was. i was a united states attorney at the time. i went to the united states attorney's national conference
in 2004. my younger brother called me and said, they put mom back in the hospital. he said if you want to see her , you need to come now. i got on the redeye flight that night. i got home the next morning. i drove to the hospital. i got to the room and they had started to give her morphine. any of you have -- who have been through this, you know that is the beginning of the end, they are just trying to make her comfortable. when i got there she was kind of in and out of things. i sat there for a while. my mother has not see me for a week. finally, she came to. she was like, what day is it? it is friday. said, -- iy, she said it was 9:30 in the morning.
she said, go to work. i'm not going to work today. she said, christopher, it is a workday. go to work. i said mom, what are you afraid of not getting your taxpayers money possible worth? stop. i decided to take the day off, i'm taking the day off. she said to me, christopher, go to work. it is where you belong and there is nothing left unsaid between us. other than the birth of our four children, it was the most powerful moment of my life, because my mother was giving me permission to let her go. what i thought at that moment, when i was sitting there, was that she was right. i hate to admit it, but she was right. the way she taught us to be our whole lives. there were no deathbed confessions. every grievance had been aired, every problem had been talked about.
most importantly, i knew that she loved me, and she knew that i loved her. there was nothing else left to say. so i got up, i kissed her on the forehead and i said ok mom, i'm going to work. she said, good boy. and i left. that afternoon, she went into a coma, and three days later she died. it was literally last conversation i had with my mother. i had no regrets about it, not at all because she lived her life and taught me to live my life in a way that ended for her in the right way. in a place of peace. so, as one of the most psychoanalyzed politicians in america -- like when i said get the hell off the beach or sit down and shut up. you now know, it is her. [laughter] [applause]
it's her. you know now. she taught me to be that way. and i know that if she were still alive today to see this, to see this circus that my life has become with the signs in the -- and the lights and the , cameras, i know she would have lots to say. the first thing she would say was, so, you're running for president of the united states mr. big shot. , i changed your diapers, i know who you are. don't get too big for me. my mother would want me to keep my head on my shoulders. she would want me to be the person she raised me to be. the second and she would say to me is that if you are going to do this and ask people for their vote, this is the most precious they can give to anyone outside of their family. if you are going to ask them for that, you had better tell them everything. you had better tell the what you
think and what you feel, what you are going to do and not going to do. in a trusting relationship, that is what we do. we do not hold back. this campaign and the slogan is a tribute to her. if she were here that is what she would want me to be. i have to make sure that i keep faith with that. that is who i am. you need to know that. things i needour to promise you. these are within my control. i promise i will do if i am president. first, you will never have to wonder what i am thinking. i will tell you. second, you're never going to have to wonder what i'm feeling. i'm going to show you. third, you will never have to wonder what i am willing to
fight for because i will fight for it. fourth, you will never have to wonder how hard i'm willing to fight for it because you will be able to see it with your own two eyes. beyond that, all i can tell you is i will try my best, the same way i tried my best as governor of new jersey, attorney in new jersey, as a husband and father. i will do my best. things you can take to the bank because that is the person my mother made me. all of us have all kinds of things that influence our lives but in the end, we can't kid ourselves. the two most important people in our lives are mother and our father. they form more of us than anything else in the world. we have to get back to respecting that in america and acknowledging it and living that every day because the strength in the core of our country comes from god and our families.
if we had a greater respect for god and our families first, i think a lot of these other problems will fix themselves. we are ready to go everybody. we're ready to win this election. thanks for coming tonight. our road to the white house coverage continues. morning, at 11 a.m., it is senator ted cruz. on saturday, republican governors chris christie at noon and bobby jindal at 1:00. join the twitter conversation. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] taking you on the road to the white house.
and we look at the state of the u.s. auto industry. later, jason williamson of the aclu on his organization to reform police practices. you can join the conversation with your phone calls and comments on facebook and twitter. announcer: next, candidate rick perry speaks at the iowa state fair in des moines. the former texas governor focuses his remarks on transportation, and increasing state powers. following his 20 minute remarks, he speaks to reporters and attendees of the fair.
>> i am carol hunter, news director at the des moines register. welcome back to the political soapbox. our speaker today is rick perry who is seeking the republican nomination for the presidency. governor perry first was elected to office in the house of taxes. -- texas. he was elected agricultural commissioner and then lieutenant governor.
he served 14 years as governor, retiring as that state's longest servant chief executive. he also ran for president in the 2012 cycle. this will be his a time to grace the stage. governor perry, please welcome back to the soapbox. [applause] governor perry: that was awesome, thank you. it is a pleasure to be back here, standing outside listening to this star-spangled banner be sung by this extraordinary talent. it is good to be back in iowa, thank you very much. this is an extraordinary state. reminds me a lot as i travel across lots of miles of it, it reminds me of a little place i grew up. 200 miles west of fort worth, texas, in haskell county.
it was a community called paint creek. paint creek was not big enough to have a post office. it was 16 miles to the closest place with a post office, but it was where i call home. the values i learned there, shake my worldviews today. those values are hard work, the dignity of having a job, values of serving your country, your state, your fellow man. being able to get back -- give back to this incredible country that has given us the opportunity to succeed. one of the reasons i want to be your president is because i think all too often some of those opportunities are not where they could be today, should be today, because washington, d.c. has decided
that they are the found -- fountain of all wisdom. washington, d.c. has decided that all decisions need to be made there. you know what my answer is? i am mad as hell and i am going to do something about it to change it. [applause] i think that is what this election is reflecting. people have a belly full of all of the decisions trying to be made 1500 miles away from where they need to be made, right here in the state. i think it was quite eisenhower that said it is easy to farm when your plow is a pencil and you are 1500 miles away from the farm. that is what we are facing today, and as we have seen this continual consolidation of power in washington dc, a place that has now become corrupt, a place that we do not trust, and a place that i will suggest to you is making america less of a place than it could be if we had
the decisions evolved back to the states. i'm a big believer in the constitution. i put my hand up and i swore allegiance to the constitution as i wore the uniform of this country as a pilot in the air force from 1972-1977. my father did the same thing. my dad was a b-17 tailgunner in 1944. he flew 35 missions over nazi held germany to help liberate that continent. my father wanted to get married and farm, that is what he did. my father is a 90-year-old man living out in paint creek, texas today. he talked to me about giving back to my country, state, and community. he understood that public service as an honorable thing. america is great because there
are men and women who hold up their hand and say here i am, send me. there are a lot of ways to volunteer. to give back is one of the reasons we are a unique country. you can join the peace corps or the marine corps, or anything in between. give back to this country. that is what we need in this country again, americans who believe in the american dream. americans who believe you can obtain the american dream. we are not going to do it unless we reconstruct that krapf -- stuff that is going on in washington dc. you need a leader that understands how to do that. i was a governor of the state of texas for 14 years. unquestionably, it is a place that i will suggest economically one of the great places to live in the world. it is that way because we free people from over taxation, over
litigation, and we gave people the opportunity to obtain anything they wanted in their lives because we gave them the opportunity to graduate from high school and go on to that next stage. from the 2003 until 2013 we went from 27th in the nation in high school graduation rates to the second-highest graduation rates in america. if you are hispanic or african, you live in the state that has the highest high school graduation rates in america, you want to send a message, you free up the states to make those decisions. i believe in the constitution. our constitution was created by incredibly, incredibly visionary people. you think about what that constitution says. it clearly enumerates the powers that we are supposed to do as a federal government.
we are supposed to stand a strong military. today we have the smallest personnel in the army since 1940. we are down to 10 carriers. we should have 13 at least to protect commerce. we are down to ohio class submarines being the third leg of the nuclear triad. we are down to the last years of their useful life, we do not have a plan to refurbish. i am worried because the military has been hollowed out. our constitution tells us to do something else, secure borders. wouldn't it be awesome if the federal government got those two things right? [applause] then we could have a conversation if there is anything else the federal government should be engaged with. the idea that washington dc is deciding what the curriculum
should be is nonsense. the idea that washington dc decides on health care is nonsense. the idea that washington, d.c. decides on transportation infrastructure, that should be left to the states. if washington would take a look at the constitution and read the bill of rights, it would get to the 10th amendment that says the power is now delegated -- are reserved for the states or individual. let's get back to being a constitutional country. [applause] read the constitution, believe it, apply it. that is what we have to do. we need a president of the united states that has got a record of delivering. you are going to hear a lot of people stand on the stage and they are going to tell you a lot of good things.
all too often it is just rhetoric. i think it is time, i hope you agree that we have a president -- listen, we are going to have eight years of a young, inexperienced united states senator, from my perspective he has gotten us into the ditch economically, and in the ditch from a foreign policy standpoint. it is time for a president that has a record. this is going to be a show me, don't tell me election. [applause] show me what you have done, that is i'm talking about. show me what you have done as the leader of the 12 largest economy in the world. here is what i want to tell you about. if you want to talk about how an individual is going to react. i have already got the record. no one gave me a handbook that said.
perry, this is how you deal with a space shuttle that will disintegrate over state. no one said here is how you are going to deal with this massive amount of people that are going to show upon your border, moving away from a hurricane called katrina. your state will receive all of these people from louisiana. last summer no one gave me the how-to book when people were driven by gangs and drug cartels trying to get into this country. our federal government absolutely failed to secure the border. no one gave me the book that said here is how you deal with it. almost a year ago, no one gave me the manual that said listen, this is how you will deal with a disease that has scared the world that is coming to america, and it is going to show up in your state first, i am talking about ebola. americans got to see leadership by example.
america saw a competent and confident governor and the people of that state dealing with all of that. myriad of issues. we created 1.5 million jobs from the end of 2007 to the end of 2014. while the rest of the country lost 400,000 jobs, i do not think that was an accident. it happened because we allowed the people to have the freedom to keep more of what they worked for. people have the opportunity to know that the government will not strangle them with regulations. i think that is what this country needs, a proven leader who day in and day out will go to the oval office and make washington, d.c. as
inconsequential in your lives as we can make it. [applause] that is what this country is looking for. i know how to do this. i have a record of being able to put in place tax policy, regulatory policy, and reaching across the line, i do not mind working with democrats. as a matter of fact, democrats and republicans have fouled it up. we need someone who will go in there and put this country back on track. the greatness of which my father was a part of. i took my dad back to that old airbase where he served in 1944. as a 19-year-old young man he got on that b-17 35 times and
they went down that runway with a bomb laden b-17 to a very uncertain future. i took my dad back there some years ago, it was a powerful moment for a son to be a will to stand 60 miles away from where i was stationed with my dad and talk about the most powerful time in his life. what it meant to him. my dad and i left that air station and we crossed the channel on the way to -- my dad made the comment, son this is my 71st trip across the english channel. on the sixth of june, on that
windswept plain above that beach called omaha, my dad and i celebrated in memory of those 4000 plus young americans. those 4000 graves on top of that windswept plain. the sacrifice that young americans have made for our today. young americans who gave their today's for our tomorrows. 4000 plus graves. those white crosses and stars of david reflecting extraordinary sacrifice. it struck me standing there, looking at that, looking at that vista, everyone of those graves
look west across the atlantic ocean. west to america. west to the america they would never go home to. in america they loved. i think they are there in silent judgment of us. we have two ourselves, have we earned their respect? the way we live our lives today, the way that we are engaged in this process of democracy in america, i know one thing, the people of iowa understand that. the people of iowa expect us to be here and come to hometowns to talk to us. you can ask the questions of, what is your idea about how to get the country back on track.
i believe in this country and our future. i believe that those sacrifices were worth it. over the course of the next six months as we come to iowa we will have the opportunity to talk about our visions. we have the opportunity to talk about the future of this country. i happen to think the future of this country is bright. there are things to be pessimistic about. i know we can do better, you know we can do better economically. we turn on tv and we see people being murdered by isis. there are things that we are pessimistic about. i suggest to you, our best days are ahead of us. our best days are ahead of us because i believe with all of my heart we are just a few good policy -- policy decisions from
the best days of america's future. [applause] i believe this with all of my heart. i know that we can put into play policy is to free americans from over taxation. it starts by devolving that power back to the states. i believe with all of my heart that the governors of the states and whether it is iowa or texas or one of the others that they know better how to deliver education, curriculum to your children then some bureaucrat in washington, d.c. that is why i am against common core. [applause] i believe with all of my heart that the people with iowa know how to come up with ways to deliver health care to citizens, that will do it more efficiently and effectively than some bureaucrat in washington, d.c. you pick what you want, you want washington making those decisions, or do you want the people of iowa making those decisions. i am going to stand with the people of iowa every time. i am going to stand with the people of this country every
time. i want to be your president because i know our best days are ahead of us. if you give me your support, i will make you proud of the work that comes out of washington, d.c. it will be incredibly limited compared to what it is today. god bless you, thank you all for letting us come and be a part of this today. thank you. [applause] [no audio]
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