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peace is better. i have seen leaders act with incredible foresight and i have also seen them commit tragic errors by plunging into conflict without sufficient bond about the concert -- without sufficient the consequences. like ben franklin, i can claim no monopoly on wisdom, and certainly nothing can compare to the gravity of the debate of our nation's founding fathers over our nations rounding documents. but i believe, based on a lifetime of experiments -- that the iran agreement is a hugely positive step at a time when problem-solving and danger reduction have rarely been so urgent, especially in the middle east. the iran agreement is not a panacea for the sectarian violence that has been ripping
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that region apart, but history may judge it a turning point, a moment when the builders of initiative seize the for the builders of hope and when we may show the generations show the that when we best of ourselves and hold others to a similar high standard, we have an immense power to shape a safer and more humane world. that is what this is about, and that is what i hope we will do in the days ahead. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> secretary of state john kerry at the national constitution center in philadelphia. life coverage here on c-span. a speech on the iran nuclear congress closes in on the end of its review. we would like to check in with you today and see, has your opinion changed about the array and nuclear deal? either after reading for yourself about it -- about the iran nuclear deal? reading for yourself about it or watching the speech today. the numbers are on your screen.
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we will go to your calls in just a moment as we continue to watch secretary kerry with the crowd. a couple of tweets we got while watching secretary john kerry, mason says -- this came in from fox rock's 2012. let's go right to your calls now. new jersey onrom the line for independence. what is your opinion?
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caller: the kerry filibuster was pretty funny. you don't negotiate with people end yourhreatening to existence. you don't allow them to grade expection, to do self -- inspection. ultimately, this is going to escalate the arms race in that region. that's my two cents. kathleen, on the line for democrats. what is your opinion? has it changed? should i think congress vote for this deal. vote forhey should this deal because something is better than nothing.
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thanks for calling. you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. join the conversation by posting .n our facebook page more calls. karen from new york city on the line for republicans. has your opinion changed? take me a will minute. that's the least i can do. ok, goodbye. karen, are you with us? caller: yes, i have to leave and i was on to long. my opinion has changed. tohink things are built-in protect the security of israel and the united states. i think this should be televised
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to the public so it is not a clear partisan, but statement of facts. theink that would serve united states best and its people. thank you very much. from woodstock, georgia, on the line for democrats, go ahead, murray. my opinion has not changed, it has actually been reinforced. i think the deal is good for us, and i think it will be good for the world. i did go online and read the to understand as much as i could, but the fact that the nuclear scientists support it, it just makes sense to me. i am always for peace first.
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if it doesn't work, we will do what we have to do, but we need to give this a chance. host: miami, what is your opinion? has it changed? caller: it changed in march when his article,wrote "does iran really want a bomb?" which i would encourage everyone to read. i think the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know and this is just that. i was glad to hear mr. kerry say all the specifics he pointed out, the factual specifics in terms of what iran needs to comply with and have already complied with to reach this point of diplomacy. quite frankly, if they ever
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break it, it will be the u.s. and israel that will stop it. as to buchanan said, why would iran build a bomb and want to get into a war with the nuclear superpower when everything is going their way? everything is going their way. preventing them from getting a bomb, it seems very clear factually that the plan in place will prevent that. for calling. to auburn, maine, the democrats. caller: this is bob from maine. i'm referred to as the old man. there's a third choice nobody has heard about. hasn't anybody created a
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plan to bring peace and years?cy to iran in five i have tried to reach out to congress to get them to listen two hour presentation. everybody tell congress to listen to the old man from maine to bring peace and democracy to iran within five years. that will eliminate concern about all of those timetables in the initiated agreement. host: thanks for calling. tweet from john cornyn, the republican whip in to u.s. senate, just prior secretary john kerry's speech. he refers to an article in roll .all
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a week before senator ted cruz and gop presidential hopeful donald trump plan to rally against it with media personality glenn beck, the iran deal is a done deal. the only question is if obama will have to veto the resolution . senator mikulski announced that -- that sheorted will support the deal with iran. the veto override list includes 34 senators. senator mikulski was quoted as saying --
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host: congress has until september 17 of they plan to on the agreement after time ends.w more of your calls on the iran nuclear deal and whether your opinion has changed. steve on the line for independence. go ahead. sayer: i did not hear him anything about the fact that obama himself said that the bomb in can acquire a 15 years. he also never mentioned that the iranians are going to self means., whatever that the major military facility there in iran. a period to
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everything he says, as then you can keep your doctor or you can keep your insurance, it becomes a little clearer where he stands. you off.ry to cut then, on the line for democrats. i think this agreement is going to be to the benefit of the world. in a sense, everybody who is against it and once a war with , they want to have a war with syria and stuff. it is not needed. peace, anduld go for i am for it.
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host: caller, has your opinion changed? still: i am afraid i am not too much changed. i think they should have done a a lot sooner. i think it's deplorable. the whole country is being attacked by so many undermining things, the foreigners are ,oving in, getting citizenship changing the constitution. now we have them as senators and mayors. we can take over without firing a shot. we don't have to. host: caller, go ahead.
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opinion has not changed. we have many republicans claiming we cannot trust a country that says death to america. of course that is disturbing. but now we are dealing with china, and they have declared in "we will bury you" in reference to what they will do to the u.s. i think this whole thing is a fight between republicans and and because we have a democratic president, he is -- they areke it trying to do all they can to wee it look like shouldn't do what we should do for america. host: this on facebook.
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host: time for a handful of more calls. ed in california on the line for republicans. go ahead. caller: thank you for taking my call. that theyth the fact need to have some type of resolution. there are a lot of parts of this i agree with. i don't agree with mr. kerry saying that we will know immediately if they step out of , and the fact that it is proven that the people who ,versee this don't have access but what more concerns me is the money issue. iran has shown they don't care about their own people, and now you're going to flood their economy with billions of dollars. what stops them from taking that and building an even stronger army with regular israel? could hurt
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there is no way to stop that. if i was israel, i would be scared to death. if i was iran, would put every dollar in to my military. i wouldn't need a bomb. i would have a strong enough military to do the damage i need. host: fred in georgia, go ahead. you're on the line for democrats. has your opinion changed? no, my opinion has not changed and i have listened to the entire secretary of state kerry iran deal that was proposed, and i agree with the deal, because i have not yet heard the other side, i mean the republicans proposal, as an option. . am a military veteran i would rather go through diplomacy then be in a position would go off to
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war to fight for something we could have resolved through diplomacy. that is my position. host: thank you for your call. 10 and riverdale on the line for independents. i think we need to take the emotions out of our decisions when we try to negotiate something like this. you do negotiate with people who hate you and say death to you. it's ridiculous to feel you should only negotiate with people who love you. this is precisely why we should be at the table. what i would like to see the other side do, just like in a court of law, when someone makes a statement, the other side has to address it. make informed decisions. i would like to see more out there beating the
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pavement and getting the message out. there's so much rhetoric out .here, so much misinformation people are making informed decisions with limited information, and that's a scary thing. host: we will re-air this speech tonight at 8:00 on c-span. of course, you can see at any time on our website, c-span.org. justcoming up today in under 40 minutes or so, south haleyna governor nikki will be speaking at the national press club. we will have live coverage of that for you on c-span. , thetonight, at 9:50 p.m. president will be speaking from alaska. this is the first president to visit a town above the arctic circle.
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that will be online at c-span.org that 9:50 p.m. eastern. with maryland democratic senator barbara mikulski announcing her support of the iran nuclear deal today, president obama now has enough senators, as we antioned, to sustain potential veto. how did we get there? secretaries testified before the house nuclear committee to explain the iran nuclear agreement. we will show you a portion of that now.
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it would have given iran's supreme leader of a choice between its nuclear program or economic collapse, but the administration was successful in blocking that legislation. instead of us considering a
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verifiable, enforceable, and accountable agreement, we are being asked to consider an agreement that gives iran foranent sanctions relief temporary nuclear restrictions. should iran be given a special deal? in january, we will face an important decision to approve or disprove this agreement. to be frank, the hasnistration's preference been to sideline america's representatives, so i was not surprised when the administration went against bipartisan calls and gave russia, china, and others on the security council a vote on this agreement before the american security council.
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and wrong.kward we have heard from experts on the substance of this agreement. is not required to dismantle key bomb making technology. does that make the world safer? second, this bypasses decades of bipartisan nonproliferation policy. does that make the region more stable? third, iran is allowed to continue its research and development to obtain an scale nuclear program in as little as 10 years. 10 years. that is a flash of time, and then a runny start unwinding. does this make -- and then iranians start unwinding. does this make the world more
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secure? , russia, and china having a say in where international inspectors can and cannot go, the 24 day process is a far cry from anywhere, any time, and this provision expires as well. it is a fact that iran has cheated on every agreement they have signed. so i ask, has iran earned the right to be trusted. virtually all economic, financial, and energy sanctions disappear. and where does all that money go ? to the largest terror network on earth.
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gone are the sanctions on iran's nuclear program, but also are the bad banks that have missiled nuclear and development. one a our dismay, iran late development imperiling security of the region and our homeland. if this agreement goes through, iran gets a cash bonanza, a international standing, and a lighted path for nuclear weapons. with sweeping sanctions relief, we have lessened our ability to challenge iran's sanctions across the board. as i ran goes stronger, we would grow weaker to respond. still wields the most
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powerful economic sanctions in the world, sanctions iran desperately needs relief from, that would deter efforts to bring companies to iran. the committee must ask, if we made the most of our pretty strong hand, or are we willing to bet that this is the beginning of a changed iran. these are complex issues, and i look forward to what should be an extremely informative hearing. >> mr. chairman, thank you for convening this hearing. welcome to the foreign affairs .ommittee thank you for your dedicated
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service. no matter what side of the issue you are on, i don't think anyone here doubt your commitment to the united states and your dedication to this deal. thank you for your testimony today. congress gave itself 60 days to review this deal, and i certainly hope my colleagues took advantage of this time. we have had many months and many hearings to discuss the many aspects of a nuclear agreement with iran. at this point, we are no longer dealing with hypotheticals. we have a specific deal on the table, and we have to decide if the united states and our allies. coalition hold
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together? if the deal fails, how will we get iranians back to the table? will new sanctions have to be coupled with military action? there are a number of issues i find troublesome. i hope you will address them in your testimony and as you answer the committee's questions. first, i continue to have concerns that national inspectors will not have immediate access to nuclear sites. after 14 days, if iran refuses access, members of the joint commission could take more days to address the concern. after that, iran has three more days. if iran continues to say no, another month could go by while this dispute is resolved. that gives me pot's. i would like to know how we can
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iran cannot sanitize sites and get away with breaking the rules. areas are off-limits to inspectors. if this is iran's version of transparency during the able mentation of the agreement, we are getting off to a bad start. i am also troubled by reports on parts will be inspected. i have concerns about the sunset on the sanction on ballistic missiles and conventional weapons. i would like to understand how we could allow this to happen and how we can ensure this doesn't make a terrible situation in the region get even worse.
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i am also concerned about what iran's leaders will do when sanctions timeout and new resources come flowing in. iran has bolstered has bullock, shia militants, hamas, and the assad regime -- bolstered has hezbollah, shia militants, hamas, and the assad regime. will beam glad iran limited in its development of centrifuges, i worry about what will happen down the road. iran could quickly move to the next stage of its activities. i would like to know what, if any, will mitigate this risk. finally, i have a fundamental
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concern that 15 years from now, the will essentially be off hook. they could use advanced speed the process even further. what happens then? one?e back to square are we just pushing the pause button for 15 years? hesitations because barely a week after the deal was signed, the supreme leader, the ayatollah, was chanting death to to israel.ath you would think there would be a modicum of goodwill that they for a month ort
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two. this is very disconcerting. again, i thank you for your service and hard work. i yield back to the chairman. chairman: we are pleased to be joined by john kerry, the secretary of state, secretary moneys, secretary lou. senator kerry served as senator from massachusetts for eight years. iz was a faculty member at m.i.t. from 19 73. from the office of management and budget to white house t chief of staff, secretary lew is now secretary of the treasury. without objection, the witnesses for statements will be made -- full statements will be made
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part of the record. before turning to testimony, we have most of the members present here. i know we all recognize the gravity of this issue. everyone would like a chance to ask questions. i would ask that everyone respect the time limit, which means leaving an adequate amount of time for witnesses to answer your questions. begin with secretary carries testimony. john kerry: members of the committee, thank you very much. we genuinely appreciate the and cleary to be here up some of the distortion out
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there. i know one ad on television has absolutely incorrect facts on which it bases the ad. with all respect to the chairman and the ranking member, conclusions have been drawn that do not match the reality of what this deal sets forth. we happily look forward to that during the course of this hearing and we welcome the opportunity. we have worked with five other nations to accomplish the task the president obama set out, which is to close off pathways to a bomb. iz,you listen to ernie mon particularly on the technical components, i believe that is a conclusion everyone can come to. i am not saying they will, but
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they can. i am joined by two secretaries who are absolutely critical to our ability to do this. the treasury departments sanctions and the knowledge of the sanctions has been exemplary. helped us understand all of this. and as jack will let you know, we are talking about $55 billion. we will go into that later. but from the day that our , we wereons began crystal clear that we would not accept anything less than a good , one that would shut off all pathways toward material for a nuclear weapon. the facts are pretty clear that ,he plan announced this month
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along with six other nations, all of which have nuclear power and weapons and are extremely knowledgeable of the challenge of proliferation, under the agreement, iran has agreed to remove 98% of its stockpile of nuclear uranium, dismantle two thirds of its institutions, and fill its reactor with concrete. -- i'll landlied has been stockpiling components of a nuclear weapon forever. how do we verify or enforce that this is more than words? and what happens after 15 years?
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what happens is forever. rigorousn extremely iranction regime because ratifyeed to inspect and the agreement and the additional protocol, which requires access, as well as additional transparency measures, including cradle to grave accountability for the mining's uranium, for and milling through the center fuchsia reduction to the waste for 25 years. , if iran fails to comply with the terms of our agreement, our intel community, our energy department, which is responsible for nuclear weaponry
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, is absolutely clear that we wel quickly know it and that will be able to respond accordingly with every option available to us today. when it comes to verification monitoring, there is no sunset on this agreement, not in 10 years, not in 15 years. not ever. two years ago, when we began these negotiations, and a lot of people are conveniently forgetting where we are today. people are saying in 15 years this is going to happen. iran is going to have the be capable of nuclear power. our negotiations, we faced an iran that was already enriching uranium up to 20%. a facilityy had
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underground that was rapidly stockpiling enriched uranium. when we began negotiations, they forenough enriched uranium 10-12 months already. already, they had installed as many as 19,000 nuclear centrifuges, and they had nearly finished building a heavywater reactor that could produce weapons grade plutonium at a rate of one to two bombs per years. experts put iran's breakout time, when we began, which remember, is not the old breakout time we used to refer to in the context of arms control, which is the time to have a weapon and dip ploy it. haveout time, as we defined it, is extremely conservative, it is the time it takes to have not one bomb, but one potential bomb. when we say they will have one
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year until a certain amount of material, they still have to go design the bomb and do a bunch of other things. agree, one you will nation is not going to concern itself with one bomb. if this deal is rejected -- by , when we started negotiations, the existing breakout time was about two months. going to start with more and tailor it slowly, and i will explain how that provides us with guarantees. but if the deal is rejected, we immediately go back to what i just described without any viable alternative except that the unified diplomatic support that produced this agreement .ill disappear overnight let me underscore, the alternative to the deal we have reached is not some kind of
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unicorn fantasy that contemplates iran's complete capitulation. i have heard people talk about dismantling their program. that didn't happen for president bush when they had a policy of no enrichment and they had 123 centrifuges. they went up to 19,000. -- andelligence confirms i will ask you all to sit with -- they say that is not going to happen. that iran ise sure highly scrutinized and remains peaceful, or we have nothing at all, no sanctions, no knowledge of what they're doing, and they start to enrich. now, to be clear, if congress rejects what was agreed to in benna, you will not only
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rejecting all of the agreements we have already put in place -- and by the way, no one is iraning the two years that has already agreed to the and or am agreement. we have already reduced their enrichment to zero. that has already been accomplished. this, we areect not only giving iran a free pass to double its enrichment, build a heavywater reactor, install new or and more efficient ittrifuges, but they will do all without the unprecedented security measures we have secured. torything we have tried prevent will have happened. away walk away, we walk
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alone. our partners will not be with us. bestll have squandered the chance we have two solve this problem through peaceful means. now, make no mistake, president day inrom his first office has made it clear he will never accept a nuclear armed iran, and he is the only president who has asked for, commissioned, and designed a weapon that has the ability to take out facilities and who has actually deployed that weapon. already is, iran has mastered the fuel cycle. they have mastered the ability produce stockpiles of his a material, and you have to have that to make a nuclear weapon. you cannot bomb a way that knowledge anymore than you can sanction it away.
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i was on this committee when we put most of the sanctions in place and i know how difficult it was to bring iran to the negotiating table. previous sections did not stop iran from growing from 163-300 to 5000, to more than 19,000 now. and it didn't stop iran from stockpiling enriched uranium. sanctions are not an end to themselves. they are diplomatic tool that has enabled us to do what sanctions could not without negotiation, and that is to nuclear program that was headed in a very dangerous direction, to put limits on it, to put spotlights on it, to watch it like no nuclear program has been watched before. we have secured the ability to in no otherat exist
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agreement. to those thinking about opposing this deal because of what might happen in your 15 or year 20, i ask you to think of this. if you walk away, your 15 or 20 starts tomorrow, and without any of the long term access or verification safeguards we have put in place. is the alternative? what are you going to do when iran does start to enrich, which they will feel they have a right to if we walk away from the deal ? i have heard critics suggest that the vienna agreement would somehow legitimize iran's nuclear program. that is nonsense. under the agreement, iran's leaders are permanently barred from pursuing a nuclear weapon, and there are permanent
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restraints and access provisions and inspection provisions to guarantee that. underscore, if they try to evade that obligation, we will a civil nuclear program requires full access to money for seven, full documentation, and -- full 24/seven, full documentation, and we will monitor it as never before. years, the iaea will be continuously monitoring uranium from the point that it is produced all the way through production so it can be diverted to another facility. for the life of this agreement, however long iran stays in the and is living up to its
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obligations, they must live up to the additional protocol, and that additional protocol greatly --ands the capacity building capacity to have accountability. this gives us stronger detection capability, more time to respond , and much more international in stopping a bomb than we would have without a deal. if we walk away from this deal and then decide to use military force, we are not going to have the united nations or the other five nations that negotiated with us, because they will feel we walked away. and make no mistake, president to stayingmmitted with the policy of stopping this bomb. in the 28 years or a little more that i was privileged to represent massachusetts, i had a 100% voting record on every
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issue for israel. i first traveled there in 1986. i have great friends there, and members of my family who care in norm is about what happens in israel. i understand the fear. we believe that what we have laid out here is the way of making israel and the region safer, and i emphasize, we do not lose any option in 15 years, 20 years, five years, that we have available to us today. we will push back against iran's other activities. we have laid out a very detailed policy working with the gulf states and others, and we look forward to working with israel on that. our current cooperation with israel is at an unprecedented level. it is why we are working so
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closely with the gulf states. , mr. chairman, we will continue to push back on iran on every level, but the fact is, it ona lot easier to push back and a rand that does not have a nuclear weapon then one that does. that is our principal strategic objective. is critical.ere we believe this deal makes our and our country safer. it will ensure that the world community is unified in backing in the end, it will guarantee iran's program has to be peaceful, and therefore is a good deal for the world, a good deal for america, a good deal for our allies and friends, and
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we believe it deserves your support. chairman: thank you, secretary kerry. secretary kerry has been very thorough. could be moriz if you brief, we will get back on point. z: thank you for this opportunity. the jcp away prevents the ran from getting a nuclear weapon, prevents iranpoa from getting a nuclear weapon. i was backed up in negotiations by nuclear competency built up over decades that doe and supported by this congress. america's leading nuclear experts at doe labs and sites were engaged throughout the negotiations, nine labs and took parteven states
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in negotiating our position. these experts were essential, and as a result of their work, i am confident that the political underpinnings of this deal are solid and the department stands ready to assist in its implementation. sizzle material is reduced. there are stringent constraints iran's uranium stockpiles. there are strong containment and on alllance measures centrifuge manufacturing and the for 20-25pply chain years. verification that iran is following the agreement is forever stronger than it would be without the agreement. the reactor is designed so it is
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not a plutonium factory and furthermore, the plutonium bearing fuel is sent out of the country for the life of the reactor. thus, the parameters are twotained, and all past nuclear material are addressed. area of thet strengthening is that iran will engage in several activities that could contribute to the development of a nuclear advice including multiple point detonation systems. in addition, iran will not uranium fornium or 15 years. i cannot agree that the agreement does not dismantle iran's technology efforts of
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relevance to nuclear weapons. in fact, every aspect is rolled back. , thening to verification iaea will be permitted to use advanced technologies such as enrichment monitoring and advancement seals. much has been made about the 24 iaearocess for ensuring topectors getting access undeclared sites. in fact, the iaea can request access to any suspicious location in 24 hours. the deal does not change that baseline. poa goes beyond that baseline and provides new tools for resolving disputes within a short time so that the iaea can
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get access within 24 days. this is the first time there is a cutoff in time. most important to complement that is environmental sampling provides extremely important evidence of microscopic traces of nuclear materials even after attempts are made to remove the material. the combination of the technical measures and the coherence of the p5 plus one dramatically increase the for any attempt to move to nuclear weapons capability. any attempt to enrich uranium at any time must earn a sharp response by any means. in fact, a steep response must be clear from the start for any violation of the agreement.
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blocking the covert path, i should emphasize, will always rely on the work of our intelligence community, friends and allies. analysisis based on carried out largely by our highly capable doe scientists and engineers. nicely summarized in a recent letter to the under secretaries of state, individuals dedicated to ndsengthening the bo between israel and the united states. we see no fatal flaws that should call for the objection to this agreement and have not heard any viable alternatives from those who oppose the implementation. as has been stated by many
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thoughtful analysts, the victim ball would come from turning away from this agreement. thank you for the opportunity to be here. i look forward to our discussion. : thank you for the opportunity to be here. the full discussion we are having should make it clear that this will strengthen our and our tiesrity with our allies. these measures have clearly demonstrated to tehran's leaders the cost of flouting international law. today, iran's economy is about 20% smaller than it would have been had it remained on its pre-2012 road. together, we established a
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international partnership that persuaded a rand to come to the table prepared to roll back -- i ran to come to the table prepared to roll back nuclear programs. haveorld's major powers been and remain united in preventing a nuclear iran. u.n.purpose produced for security council resolutions and adherence to u.s. sanctions by countries around the world. the point of the sanctions was always to change iran's nuclear behavior while holding up the prospect of relief if the world's concerns were addressed. accordingly, once the iaea verified that iran had completed key steps to rollback its nuclear program, sanctions will come into effect. there is no signing bonus in this agreement. there will be no immediate changes to u.n., eu, or u.s.
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sanctions. only if iran for fills -- for conditionslfills will sanctions be rolled back. we must guard against the possibility that iran does not uphold its side of the deal. that is why if iran violates its commitments once we have suspended sanctions, we will be --e to promptly reinstate snap back sanctions. has theed states ability to effectively reinforce the imposition of those sanctions. face nuclear related sanctions relief, we maintain significant sanctions that fall outside the scope of the deal, including our primary trade measures.d other iran will continue to be denied access to the world's largest continued we will
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--cking access to just this week, treasury sanctions several hezbollah leaders. be relieving sanctions on a rands --olutionary guard corps iran's revolutionary guard corps or their subsidiaries or officials. some argue sanctions relief is premature and that funds iran recovers could be diverted for malign purposes. i understand that concern. iran's ties to terrorist groups we mustisely why keep it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. a nuclear armed iran would be far more menacing. if we cannot address both once, we need to
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address them in turn. contrast, walking away from this deal would leave the world's leading sponsor of terrorism with a short and increasing nuclear breakout time. we must also be measured and realistic in understanding what sanctions relief would really mean to iran. iran's reserves, which many fear would be directed to nefarious activities, constitute savings, not an annual budget. we estimated after sanctions relief, iran will only be able to freely access just over $15 billion. that is because over $20 billion is committed to projects in china where it cannot be spent, and tens of billions in additional funds are in nonperforming loans to iran's energy and banking sector. as a matter of practical reality, iran cannot spend the
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resources as they will likely be needed. moreover, president rouhani was elected on a platform he faces over a half trillion dollars impressing requirements and obligations. and -- iran is in a massive economic old from which it will take years to climb out. we will aggressively target any efforts of iran to fund has below, including enhancing our cooperation with israel and our partners in the gulf. backing away from this deal to escalate economic pressure and tried to obtain a water capitulation from iran would be a mistake. if one believed extending sanctions pressure was a better course in resolving the threat of iran plus nuclear program, that choice is simply not
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available. our partners agreed to impose sanctions on iran to put a stop to its nuclear program. if we change our terms and insist countries escalate those sanctions and apply them to all of iran actionable activities, they would not do it. we would be left with neither a nuclear deal nor effective sanctions. it is unrealistic to think additional sanctions pressure would force iran to totally capitulate and impractical to believe we could marshal a global coalition partners to marshall such a thing after turning down a deal our earners believe is such a good one. the joint comprehensive action is a strong deal. powerful that back if iran were to later on break the deal. it'd sheaves the object does of walking the path to a nuclear bomb, and overriding national
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security priority and should not be put at risk when the prospect of an unconstrained nuclear program present such a risk to america and the world. thank you again and we look forward to answering your questions. back to a point that was made as i read it, the suspect site process does expire in 15 years. the iaea additional protocol would not deter iran based on our past and spirits -- past experience with the iaea. i think that point stands. >> a reminder that you can watch all of this hearing online. we will break away here and take you live to the national press club to hear from south carolina governor, nikki haley, who will be speaking today about lessons from the new south stop it's just about to get underway life here on c-span. twitter feedclub
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-- press club d.c.. nikki haley was born in bamberg, south carolina, to immigrant parents from punjab, india. she graduated and went to work for her mother's upscale -- upscale clothing business before beginning to focus on politics. in 2004, she won a seat in the south carolina house of representatives, becoming the first indian-american to hold office in the state. she served three terms and then ran for governor in 2010. then she became a double first -- the first woman and the first minority governor in the state's history. ranweek around that time haylee on its cover, calling her south." face of the new in 2014, she was elected by the of ast margin of victory
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south carolina gubernatorial candidate in 20 years. at 43, she's the youngest governor in the country and one of only two sitting indian-american governor's. as governor, she has uttered has with the obama administration over issues including immigration, medicaid -- medicaid and voting id. she cited with boeing to prevent unionization of a south carolina plant. acclaimived national for her leadership in the aftermath of the june 17 church shooting that killed nine people. she called for the removal of the confederate flag from the state capital. flag,id at the time "this while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future. haley is here today to discuss economic and social changes across the south. in giving a warm
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national press club welcome to governor nikki haley. [applause] gov. haley: thank you very much to the national press club. it is truly an honor to be here. first thing i want to say today is that i'm the proud daughter of indian immigrant parents that reminded my brothers, my sister, and me every day how blessed we were to live in the country. why is that the first thing i tell you? you might think it has nothing to do with the events this summer in charleston and taking down the confederate flag. it doesn't. i've been saying it long before june -- it was the first line in just about every speech i gave when i started running for governor of south carolina in 2009. at that time, i was a 37-year-old minority female who was not known running in the
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republican primary against an attorney general, an attorney -- and a congressman. i tell you that now to say this the raciallye charged vents of the summer, i would not have in the elected governor of south carolina if our state was a racially intolerant place. i would not have won the republican primary if we were a racially intolerant primary. with the grace of the aftermath of the mother emmanuel church massacre, the world saw south carolina as we are. what i want to tell you is we have in that way for some time now. it's just a lot of people outside of our state have never noticed. raised -- i was born and raised in bamberg, in rural south carolina. we were the only indian family in town. we were not white enough to be
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white, not black enough to be black. i remember being a child taking a test and being asked to check a box for my race. i did not check white, i did not check black, i checked other. we were others. we were different. of ways, it didn't matter. our parents taught us arsenal are these are far greater than our differences and we had far more that united us than divided us. father wearingy a turban, my mother wearing a sa ri. and while the people of bamberg did not know what to make of us, they welcomed us anyway. we made a life there even though was not always easy. comfortableho lead upper class lives in india left everything and everyone they knew to come to america. they did it with just eight dollars in their pocket and they started from scratch.
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we struggled, but we had each other. and we had the opportunity to do anything and be anything as long as we were willing to work for it. the opportunity that only exists in america. but there were times our differences did matter. we ended up in rural south carolina because of my father's job. botany atrofessor of a small historically black college located just a few miles from our home. i mentioned earlier that my father wore a turban. he still does to this day. he's a tall, graceful man, thought -- not someone who lends into a crowd. when i was 10, he invited me to take a trip to colombia. this was huge, for a girl of 10 to take a road trip to the big city. on the way home, dad and i stopped by the produce market. he loves to support local growers and he always has.
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as he was putting his produce in his basket, i noticed something start to happen. the couple working at the market was getting nervous. they were whispering. then they got on the phone. a few minutes later, two uniformed police officers showed up. they stood there and they watched us. my father continued to go about his business and they continue to watch him. he paid for his fruit, he shook the hands of the couple and in the hands of the officers. he thanked them and we went on our way. neither of us spoke the entire way home. dad was hoping i didn't realize what just happened. i, who understood what happened did not want my dad to feel any worse than he already did. the wrongness of racial discrimination can do to us. it can render us speechless.
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story totance of that me is not point out that my family and i face discrimination in the past. my mother taught me not to talk about things that are obvious. it to make this clear -- a lot of people make the mistake of thinking the south is still like that today. it's not. i know that. i have lived it. think of it this way -- while that exact same farmers market exists in that exact same place today, south carolina does not. i see that market frequently. i drive past it when i had the airport. in fact, i drove past it this morning. now i see it not as a 10-year-old girl suffering the humiliation of precious, but as the first female, first minority governor of my state.
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[applause] today, there truly is a new south. it is different in many ways. perhaps most especially in its attitudes toward race. we are still far from perfect. we still have our problems and there's still more to do. but the new south in many ways is a place to look toward rather than away from when it comes to race relations. a lot of different things go into racial equality's and i'm going to talk about several of them today. to me, the single most important thing is the standard of living. that is mostly driven by the opportunity to find good jobs that pay good wages. carol campbell, a predecessor of minus governor used to say find a person a job, you can take care of the family. the jobs in the old south were textile mills. the jobs in the new south are aerospace, automotive, high-tech.
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we are leading the way in job growth and innovation and taking care of a lot of families. just look at south carolina. we build planes with boeing, we build cars with bmw, mercedes-benz and now, volvo. we have five, yes five, international tire companies with michelin, bridgestone, ct tire. let screenmerican tvs, you will find them in rural winnsboro, south carolina element electronics. for those who said bicycles would never be made in the united states, look no forward than kent international, a new jersey bike manufacturer we brought from china to rural manning south carolina. and than 70,000 new jobs almost 17 million in investment has been announced in south carolina over the last five years. unemployment has dropped from 11.1% in 2011 to 6.4% today.
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[applause] we have moved more than 25,000 people off of welfare and put them to work. more south carolinians are working today than ever in the history of our state. these developments have a clear connection to racial equality. these jobs are going to places like where i grew up and many of these jobs will go to african-americans and other minorities. we have announced jobs in 45 out of 36 counties, rural and urban. these are generational jobs and we are creating opportunities for everyone. difference inuge racial advancement and i couldn't be more proud. that is the new south. [applause] big difference between
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the old norse and new south is we don't have anything like the public pension debts that exist in the north. that means our state budgets don't have the kinds of stranglehold on them like you see in places like illinois and new york. it means we don't have job killing tax increases needed to finance those debts. it means our edges are balance and our credit ratings are good. in addition to help attract companies and generate new jobs, that healthy fiscal picture means we have the resources to invest in our future. there's nowhere that investment is more important than in public education. in south carolina, we have lagged behind in education for a long time. we are still behind, but we are changing that. i received a letter from eighth grade girl who is contemplating suicide. she was being bullied at school and did not know where to turn. i'm grateful for that letter.
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i was able to talk to that lady full of potential and we struck up a friendship. she is now a happy, fun-loving college freshmen. but i realized she was not alone . so i started going to schools and talking about bullying. it was a wake-up call. my daughter attends a brand-new high school in lexington where every classroom has a flatscreen tv and every child has a tablet. it would be easy to mistake river bluff for a small college, yet when i went back home to my town in bamberg, they did not even have the equipment for me to play the video on. that is wrong. it is immoral, and it is changing. more than two years ago, i started a conversation and met with principals, teachers, superintendents and university deans, business leaders and legislators. republicans and democrats.
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i listened, i learned, and i realized the biggest challenge facing south carolina plus education system was the failure to acknowledge that it simply cost more to teach a child that lives in poverty. we acknowledge it now. we changed our funding formula to send additional dollars to children on medicaid or free and reduced lunch. reading coaches in every elementary school and we have ended social emotion because we know if a child cannot read by the end of the third grade, they are four times less likely to graduate from high school on time. we are investing in technology, internet inside the schools, and the tools, computers, tablet and instructional materials to get every south carolina child up to speed with the world as it is today, not three decades ago. we did it with accountability, and we did it without raising
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taxes. [applause] thank you. i did not choose to focus on education resources in high poverty areas for racial reasons . i did it because i firmly alieve every child deserves great education regardless of where they are born and raised. in doing so, there's no question that has a racial impact because of a high correlation between poverty and race. that is the future of education in south carolina, and it is a right one. so there are jobs and education. if we get those things right and nothing else, we make enormous congress for all people. most especially for those at the lower end of the economic scale. but let's be honest -- jobs and education are huge elements for creating opportunity for all. jobs and education are the key to the agenda.
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but when it comes to african-american communities in particular, there is an equality agenda that goes further. there still remains the unfinished goals of the civil rights movement and the civil rights movement is a critical part of the american movement and the american story. it is a movement in which every person, regardless of their skin color, is treated equally under the law. here again, the new south is an example for the rest of the country. before the tragedy of mother emanuel in june, there was the tragedy of walter scott in april. most of you will recall what happened in that case. 50-year-old black man, was stopped by a white north charleston police officer for having a broken tail light. what ensued was caught on video for the entire world to see. mr. scott began to run from the
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officer who shot him repeatedly in the back, tragically ending his life. in the last year, we have seen the molar situations elsewhere -- new york city and baltimore and ferguson, missouri. there were incidents involving white lease officers and unarmed lack victims. in all three of those cases, there was civil unrest at truly awful levels. the riots in ferguson and baltimore are senseless. black livest mark do matter. [applause] killed ore people injured in the riots in ferguson and baltimore were black. think about it. ort of the small businesses social services institutes that were looted were either black owned or served heavily black
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populations. liveof the people who now in terror because local police are too intimidated to do their jobs are black. they lives do matter and have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to ferguson and baltimore. [applause] carolina, did things differently. after the horrendous death of walter scott, we did not have violence. as a state, we came together, black and white, republicans and democrats. we communicated constantly with religious leaders, political leaders and community leaders. we saw the need for justice and immediately brought charges against the offending officer. we went further than that. two months to the day after the shooting of walter scott, our
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republican-controlled them -- republican-controlled general assembly passed a body camera 'silt stop later, mr. scott family stood with me as i signed the bill into law. south carolina is the first date in the country to approve statewide body cameras for police. [applause] there is an important lesson in this. in many parts of society today, whether it is in popular culture, academia, the news media or certainly in politics is aovernment, there tendency to falsely equate noise with results. some people think you have to yell and scream in order to make a difference. that's just not true. doen, the best thing we can is turn down the volume and was. when the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else's day, and that can make a world difference.
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that brings me to the shootings in charleston and the removal of the confederate lag. word of the got shootings, i knew this was going to be unbearably painful or my state. nine shooting deaths in the .hurch, in bible study a state senator and leading figure in the local black ministry shot to death. we have never imagined something this horrifying. each new piece of information with a kick in the gut. , we captureding the killer and it immediately became clear this was the act of a racist, motivated not by mental illness, but by pure hate. our state suffered a devastating wound. the first thing to do was lift up the families and celebrate the lives of the victims. i decided to attend each of the funerals.
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i met the families, heard their stories, and through it all, i had the privilege to get to know nine amazing souls. after each funeral, i would head home and sit with my two kids and i would introduce them to the person i met that day. ethel, who them to despite losing her daughter to cancer two years ago was a woman of love and joy. and she always sang her favorite song -- "one day at a time, sweet jesus, that's all i ask of you. give me the strength every day to do what i have to do." i introduce them to our youngest to them, and entrepreneur anxious to own his own barbershop who, that night, stood in front of his 87-year-old aunt susie and said his last words to the murderer -- you don't have to do this. we mean no harm to you.
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cynthia,ce them to whose life motto was kind or than necessary. that is now my life motto. the second thing that needed to happen was to remove the confederate light from the statehouse grounds. like a lot of things about the south, the flag is often misunderstood by people who are from somewhere else. there are many wonderful, decent, honorable people in our state who revere that flag. they are not racists. they are the same people who elected an african-american u.s. senator and twice elected and indian-american governor. when i announced my intention to bring down the flag, this was a debate that did not need to have winners and losers. those who revere the flag for reasons of ancestry and heritage retain every right to do so, but what happened in charleston shed a different light on an issue in
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our state we have long struggled with. what we saw in the extraordinary reaction trails and was people of all races that came together. did not have riots. we had vigils. we did not have violence, we had hoped. the statehouse belongs to all people and it needed to be welcoming to all people. that was not possible with that flag flying. when it came to the removal debate, we had legislators who truly was used to each other. they walked in each other's shoes and that made all the difference. that willingness to listen allowed all of us to see each other in a way that doesn't always happen, with love, with grace, with compassion. it is a love we learned from the a manual nine who took in someone that ate the light that did not look like them, did not like them, did not act like
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them, but they pulled a chair and prayed with him for an hour. grace we learn from the families who incredibly stood in rent of the murderer just two days after the tragedy and offered him their forgiveness. it is a compassion we learned from the people of south carolina who wrapped their arms around those families, that community in a way we have never seen before. the flag came down, and south carolina move forward. i'mhere do we go from here? going to keep talking about the a manual nine and i'm going to keep talking about how we move race relations in our state. an interesting thing happened at one of the funerals -- at one of them, reverend al sharpton spoke, as did i. i had never met reverend sharpton before, but he took it
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upon himself to stir things up just a little bit. in his remarks, he made a point of mentioning me and said the only time i would have seen him was through my window of my office when he was outside leading a protest. so when it was my turn to speak, i addressed reverend sharpton if you were i said protesting outside my office and if you would have come out -- if you would have come inside and held out my hand, i would have hugged you. communication has to flow both ways. one of the lessons of the flag controversy is that we stop shouting and start listening. we get more accomplished. we should listen to each other more. we would all benefit from walking in each other's shoes. a good example in this civil light -- civil rights arena is in the voting right laws. if itare those who act as
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is a racist attack against civil rights. that is just not true. requiring people to show a photo id before they vote is a reasonable measure. it is not racist. if everyone was willing to stop shouting and stop trying to score race baiting political points, we could reach common ground. i want everyone who is eligible to vote to vote. i now count reverend jesse jackson as a friend. i got to know him through the funerals. he's a native south carolinians who has done some made -- some amazing things with voter registration. i will say this -- anytime reverend jackson wants to do a voter registration drive in south carolina, i will stand shoulder to shoulder with him. i want to make it easy for everyone who is eligible to vote to do so.
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for most people, showing a picture id is no burden. but i recognize that for some, it is a burden and those people are disproportionately poor, elderly, or disabled, which is why south carolina offered rides to any citizen anywhere in the state to get to their local dmv and get a free picture id. so let's not throw out voter id laws. the integrity of our democracy is too important for that. let's figure out ways to make it easier and cost free for every eligible voter to obtain a photo id. that way everyone who wants to vote can vote. finally, i want to touch on how this relates to the republican party. conservative republican myself, i have no doubt that s, healthomes to job care and other areas, republican
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values are the right ways were lifting of all people. the problem for our party is our approach often appears cold and unwelcoming to minorities. that is shameful and it has to change. this is not just a black and white thing. for indians and asian americans, for jewish americans, mexican-americans, our parties and principles have so much to offer. it is on us to communicate our position in ways that wipe away the clutter of prejudices. for african americans in particular, whether it's more jobs, better focused educational resources, police body cameras and the like, republicans have a great deal to offer, but we have to change our approach. worship withnt to my family at mother emmanuel church, off the record. didd not tell my staff, i
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not tell any reporters, although they did not find out at least by me, and press was not why i went. in part, i went to the sunday service for me. i wanted to be at mother emmanuel on a normal sunday. i wanted to see it as it is intended to be -- a place of comfort and a place of hope, and most of all, a place of worship. but i also went for the church community because i wanted not -- wanted them not to see me just as bad things happen. they will see me as we heal. they will see me as we move forward. their children will know me as when they can relate to and feel comfortable around. they will know me. serviceked into that that sunday, came to the realization -- so much of why this community sees me different i have beense
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willing to come to them. to their places. i was in their church, in their environment, where they were comfortable, and where i could listen. how are we going to develop -- to develop trust and relationships with each other if we continue to stay in our separate corners. we can't, so i won't. true toe going to be the charge of moving south carolina and our nation will work, the actions have to move through each of us. if we want to bring opportunity to every american, we will have to work together. that requires commitment, open-mindedness, and a willingness to think differently by all of us. if we can do this in south carolina under the most trying of circumstances, the sky is the limit for what we can do in this country.
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if we scream less and listen more, we can make a lot progress and we can do it together. and i couldn't be more proud that it is the new self, myself that pointing us in the right direction. thank you very much and god bless you. [applause] >> governor, how can the lessons from the new self be applied to the way washington lawmakers tackle issues? gov. haley: do you have an hour that i can answer that question? what we have found -- and i have
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an extremely frustrated with both republicans and democrats because they have gotten so used to shouting and yelling what they want that they have forgotten to listen. all the people of this country want is action. that's not too much to ask for. that's what we were sent to our offices to do. look at the governors around this country. we have to balance our budget and take action. we have to do things. but we have no accountability on any members of congress were the senate to have to do anything. that has been the biggest problem -- everyone is so set in their ways on what they think their label was supposed to be doing that they are not taking time to sit back and look at the common sense solutions of how we move toward. i think as a public, we have to demand action. wecannot demand yelling, cannot demand great speeches or quotes in the paper. we have to demand action and you either deliver or you don't.
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>> what do you consider to be the best export from south carolina, be it tourism related or industry produced or human censured? gov. haley: without question, we are blessed to death only be exporting automobiles. the statistic i love to say as we are the largest bmw producer in the world. we are producing a custom car a minute at our bmw facility. ie germans don't like when say this, but i always say we are the bmw capital of the world. mentioned jobs coming to your state, but your unemployment rate is about a full point above the national average and your poverty rate remains in the nation's top 10. why is that? gov. haley: we have come a long way down from 11.1, and we're going to keep dumbing down. a lot of these jobs are coming
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to fruition, so we are going to continue to train. part of the thing dealing with poverty -- the two best incentives on lifting people at our education and jobs. those are the two things we focus on -- improve education until we left every child up in south carolina -- lift every child up in south carolina and we are continuing to focus on training so that anyone who wants a job can have a job. we have also gone so that when anyone walks into a welfare office, what we have them do is we asked them what are you good at? what is your skill set? we match them up with businesses. instead of signing them up for welfare, we sign them up and put 25,000 people from welfare to work in a program and we are going to continue to do that. [applause] this questioner says black
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southerners rank at the bottom of the economic ladder and knees people have the least access to capital. what's happening to connect opportunities to communities with this and franchised people? gov. haley: one of those communities is bamberg, where i grew up. it very important we focus on rural communities more than urban communities. greenville come charleston -- they are going to do just great ,top my bamberg, my orangeburg mike dillon those are the ones i'm worried about. dylan, those are the ones i'm worried about. i went to my program manager and said you get bonuses when i -- when you close a deal, but i will give you a bonus if you close it in a rural county as opposed to an urban county and magic happened. that is why we are making the first american flatscreen tvs in winnsboro and producing the first american bikes in a small town like manning. those things happen because we
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can push those jobs into rural counties where people want to work. and us what we have to remember -- everyone wants a job. everyone is to make the family proud, everyone wants to lift up your community. they just need the opportunity to do that. anybody can say i've got the greatest state, but to have a great state is a state where there's opportunity for everyone to look up and know there is potential. let's talk about this as president business and political leaders love hypotheticals, so i'm going to give you one. donald trump is leading the republican primary polls. nominee and asks you to be his vice presidential running mate, would you agree to the job? gov. haley: that is so wrong whoever sense that. this is what i will say because i hope you don't have 10 more
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cards in their about vice presidential -- we have exchanged candidates. we have a long way to go and we are going to have a lot more debates and ups and downs with different candidates. i'm not wasting any energy or .ime wasting about it i'm continuing to try to heal a state. getting ready for a legislative session, i'm going to let all of this play out. that is what is important to me. i have a husband who just came back from afghanistan a year ago. [applause] if there is a time and place to think about that, i will but i'm not going to waste energy on that now. >> will you serve out your own term? gov. haley: what part of that did you not understand? what i will tell you is if there
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is a time where a presidential nominee once to sit down and talk, of course i will sit down and talk. aware, you have 16 really great candidates and that means you are going to have 15 good potential vice presidential candidate. promise to themy people of south carolina, which is to make every day better than the babe or. if a nominee sits down and wants to talk, sit down and we will go from there. >> this questioner says donald trump is writing the narrative of the republican party right now. it rails against birthright citizenship and implies at least some mexican citizens are racists and has the slogan that america is not currently a great country when he says let's make america great again. representingrately the gop that you represent?
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gov. haley: i represent the new south and i'm very proud of that. what i will say in reference to that is i know mr. trump. he has been a supporter of mine and i consider him a friend. he has tapped into a frustration that is very real, and if you look at the candidates who are rising up, it is donald trump, ben carson and carly fiorino. don't lose sight of the fact that they are looking for nonestablishment people. why are they looking for that? the people of america don't feel heard, so they are trying to move forward. what i will say about mr. trump is he is a smart businessman and he has accomplished a lot bring his career. it accomplishes nothing to get mad at anyone who criticizes you. someone criticizes him, he makes a political attack back. that is not what i want myself carolinians to do and not what i want you going toward.
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, they started actually talking about issues and i got excited because they were talking about policy. that is what americans want to hear. they don't want to hear about how someone offended you. they are to know sending someone to the white house is going to be calm and cool tempered and not get mad at someone just because they criticize them. we would really have a world war if that happened. rememberlicans need to that the fabric of america came from these legal immigrants. i'm here because my mom and dad took that to come here. there is so much talent that came from legal immigrants. we should never say a negative word about that because that talent is what made this country so great. if you want to talk about tackling illegal immigration, let's talk about it, but we don't need to attack sony millions of people who came here, who worked hard, fought
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hard and it the right way like my parents to make them feel like they are not part of this country because they are very much part of this country and they are proud to call themselves americans. [applause] can you talk a little bit more about the gop field of residential candidates in which one you see doing well in your state primary and how strong of a political wallop does immigration play as an issue in south carolina? south carolina is a popular place right now and we love that. i told all 16 candidates we want them to come through often. i told them it's not about an endorsement. that's not how it works. they want to touch hands and ask hard questions. you are goingnow to answer them. right now, we are not feeling a front runner. they still want to meet the
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person they haven't met yet, so they are starting to form their opinions and my guess is with more conversations that will happen. i think illegal immigration is an extremely important issue in this country and the candidate have somewhat acted like me and let the issue get away from them. if we are going to talk about illegal immigration, why are you going to this side and talking about birthright citizenship and you haven't talked about illegal immigration health? what does that mean? are you as a candidate going to commit to putting troops along the border? are you as a candidate going to commit to the infrastructure, the drones and planes required to coordinate with the troops on the ground? are you going to commit that when those illegal immigrants cross the border that you detain
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them and deport them back? and are you committed by the financial cost it is going to take to do that? if you notice, they all say we want to secure the borders. what does that mean to you? that's what i think the country wants to hear. what does that mean in terms of your commitment to work with congress and secure the border. don't just say you are going to build a wall, because of all is not going to do it. you have to have the commitment of ground troops, commitment, money, all of that to bring it together. then you are being serious about tackling illegal immigration. shooting iseston one of many violent acts with a gun and we just had the terrible shooting of two journalists in virginia a week ago. this has prompted debate about whether there should be additional restrictions on guns.
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what do you think about that or is there any other action that can be taken by governments to cut down on these violent acts with guns? takehaley: it is going to south carolina a long time to heal from the tragedy that happened and any time a tragedy like that happens, everyone looks for someone to blame. what i can tell you is that was another kick in the gut when we found out the murderer obtained a gun because the fed is not do their job. they did not do the proper back around check, otherwise he would not have gotten it. you have to make sure the rules are in place are being followed. what happened to those two reporters -- it is sick when a person out of pure hate decides they are going to go and kill people. what a are trying to do is get us to lose our freedom of speech, our freedom of worship.
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they are trying to take away our freedom of press. all of those things are scare tactics and we need to deal with them accordingly, but we need to have the right gun laws actually being followed. i can tell you right now in south carolina, if he had not gotten that gun, how hard would he have gone to try to get one? that's the question at the end of the day. if they wanted, they are going to get it. but our hurt is that the feds did not do their job, and if they had, would we have bought more time so that someone could have gotten to him? i am a strong second amendment girl, i am a concealed weapons holder myself. i know how much we abide by the law. we have made moves in south carolina that i think are common sense moves. we passed of tilde that if anyone has a mental health record in any way, they cannot get a gun.
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in south carolina, we had done all of those things to make sure that the right people who can carry can carry and those who are not should not. [applause] makes an questioner assertion that i cannot fact check, but you can respond. are questioner says if you isis will conservative, why have you consistently vetoed next to nothing in the state did over the past five years, allowing it to grow by more than fill billion dollars -- more than $4 billion in your first year in ifice was mark gov. haley: you ask my legislators, they would tell you i veto a lot. we go through a lot of things and a lot of what we have vetoed has been monuments and trails and things they want to take back home to their districts. we have gone and worked on that, but my job is to focus on opportunity in south carolina. my job is to focus on lifting up
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every citizen in south carolina. strengtheningt mental health and putting tele-psychiatry in my rural areas where they were sitting in jail or in a hospital for three days, we did that. now, we have that down to where in less than a day, someone gets treated for mental health regardless of where they are. we lifted up education. we're making sure every child regardless of where they are born and raised is getting the right not money. we did it with reading coaches. we do it with number camps where they are running like skills and being able to take care of themselves instead of just being latchkey kids. we are doing it with training. you cannot have three auto companies and five tire companies and not invest in the training of your people. that's my biggest investment. when it came to lifting up mental health, we did that. when it came to building up
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training for our workforce, i have always invest it in, and that part i'm going to continue to focus on. i'm going to continue to veto monuments and trails and balance our budget and have reserves like we have built up. we tripled the amount of reserves we have in south carolina. i'm quite proud of what we have accomplished in south carolina and we're going to keep going forward. [applause] >> the questioner has a follow-up question -- you made the comment that black lives matter. the black lives matter movement is dedicated to speaking out loudly during the 2016 cycle. do you have a quarrel with that movement and the effort to speak out loudly? gov. haley: this is where i think the conversation needs to come up. i don't think we need to yell. but the other side is i think we
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need to listen. people yell when they don't feel heard, so we need to listen. if you look at what happened in south carolina, i want to give you two examples of how this is different than what we are seeing across the country with black lives matter. we had a few black lives matter groups that's our did to bubble up the walter scott case. the difference was, the walter scott family said there has been enough violence. we don't need this. we focused with the family. i was on the phone with the attorneys and we were talking with the pastors and it was very much about how do we protect the people of our state and how do we keep it home? it was because of the pastors and the walter scott emily. they did not yell and get loud. they brought it down and said we want to see body cameras. nineook at the emmanuel
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and people say don't you think there wouldn't he protests and riots? i knew there would not be because if we did not have it with walter scott, i knew we would not have it with the emmanuel nine. but the pastor at every funeral asked the congregation to stand up and hank law enforcement. think about that -- had them stand up and hank law enforcement. they did not get loud, they did not get angry. they thanked them and in south carolina, it's all about working together. we don't think we get anything done by yelling. we get everything done by communicating. any group who wants to talk about violence, there's no place in south carolina for that. we will listen to you and work for you and try to bring you -- we haveut that's lots of groups that want to yell and scream. you can do that but it's not going to get you anywhere.
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watched yesterday what was going on with law enforcement and the black lives movement, they have said that is not them. the only thing i would say to them is if you see someone advocating violence and they are using your name, you need to let them know you denounce that right away. i don't mind you expressing how you feel. it's important to understand there is frustration. the second anyone allows it, you have two denounce it immediately or else he will get tagged with it. >> i said in the introduction that your the youngest governor in the nation, so here's a question for the millennial -- what are you doing in south carolina to help millennial than how can that be translated to the presidential campaign? what can candidates do most to help millennial's?
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first of all, i think munication is key. i do my own facebook, i do my own instagram. i love instagram. has happened is done through social media. i was talking to my daughter the other day and it was a day i had gotten emotional during a press conference. i went into her room and was talking to her and said you might hear something at school, but i said i got a bit emotional. she said i saw it. she said i saw it on facebook. i said is that where you get your news? and she said that she did. that's a little scary because there's so much out there. but we have to acknowledge that is where this new group is getting their information. they need to feel like they connect with us.
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a lot of times, i will go on facebook and we will do questions and answers. so, we have to communicate and we have to to them. this is a group that knows what they care about. they know what their frustrations are. they want to be heard and we have to make sure we do that. we have a town hall in south carolina where we will have every candidate come in and each candidate who wants to hear from these candidates can. we've invited college students to come and we are expecting a large, young group to show up. when you let them know you want to hear what they have to say, they always turn out and they do have a lot to say. >> before i asked the final question, have some brief housekeeping to do. the national press club is the world's leading largest organization for journalists and we fight for a free press worldwide.
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for more information, visit our tosite at press.org, and learn more about our nonprofit journalism institute, see press.org/institute. i would like to remind you of a few upcoming programs -- agriculture secretary thom tillis act will discuss child nutrition and come our next luncheon will be noon, that same candidateresidential and south carolina senator lindsey graham will discuss the iran nuclear agreement. been on september 14, we will have a live west conference from kelly andronaut scott mikell can you go will answer questions the a video link from the international space station while astronauts mark kelly and terry verts take questions here in the room. that question will start at 9:00 a.m. right after breakfast. although i don't know if the
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astronauts are going to get breakfast in the space station. i would now like to present our guests with the national press club mug. [applause] and the last question -- i mentioned senator lindsey graham will be here. he is your fellow south carolinian. could you please give him some advice or what advice would you give him to get his presidential campaign going? thathaley: i will tell you senator graham is a friend of mine and i'm proud of anyone who will there had in to try to better america. the one thing i do is i don't get advice because i'm not running for president. but what i do try to tell all the candidates when they come to south carolina is to touch all the hands they can. just because you are from south carolina doesn't mean you can
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win south carolina. it's almost like campaigning all over again. he has to shake as many hands as he can and do as many town halls as he can and prove to people of south carolina why he's the person who can take this country forward. thank you very much. you have been very kind. [applause] >> thank you, governor. thank you and how about another round of applause for the governor for being here today? [applause] i would like to thank the national press club staff, including its journalism institute for helping us organize today's event. copy ofould like a today's program or to learn about the club, go to our website, press.org. thank you. we are adjourned. [applause]
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>> if you missed any of today's speech by governor maggie hassan, you will be able to -- by governor nikki haley, you will be able to watch it again on c-span.org. coming up in a couple of minutes we will show you a recent congressional hearing looking at immigration policies. a programming note, we will open up your pollack -- the phone lines to get your thoughts on the topic when the hearing wraps up. later, more from the c-span cities tour. we go to wheeling, west virginia for more historical sites. we will travel national road, the first federally built mccarthynd recount joe 's speech that he delivered there in 1950. that is

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