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who is now pleading the fifth about those special precautions. i can offer that. host: how do we know when these stories and? what results is all? resolves this all? guest: good question. i think this will go up to election day and even beyond if she were to win. if she does not win the nomination for the democrats, then it might fizzle out because she won't be the lead anymore. there would be less interest in the story. of course, it will continue. emnd insightn anytime soon. chel bade of politico. thank you for joining us. ♪
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>> coming up at noon eastern time we'll bring you a panel discussion including john gashy, the president of the catholic university here in washington, d.c., to talk about pope francis' views on capitalism and his latest encyclical, the pope will be in the u.s. for six days beginning next tuesday. we'll have live coverage of the cato institute forum here on c-span. again that starts at noon eastern. >> i think that what we will see this week are some votes to register republican concerns over those recent videos that were coming out over the past
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few weeks involving planned parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue. is a big response from republicans and conservatives in general that they would find some way to prevent taxpayer funding from going to the organization. be twoek there will votes that focus on the response to those videos. one vote would be to make it so there will be no taxpayer money spent on the organization which gets a considerable amount of federal funding every year. that is one vote that is happening and is likely to pass the house. i expect that to pass. the second bill we will see is one sponsored by congressman frank of arizona and it would essentially mandate that if
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there is an abortion and it results in a live birth that the baby is afforded the rights and protections of a regular birth. in other words, there were these reports of some resulting in life earth. and the baby was not cared for and died after. is aimed at preventing that from happening in abortion clinics. that will be another vote. think you'll see democrats voting for some of these bills because there are many democrats. i expect both measures to pass
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in the house this week. side of the senate debate about iran, where our way? -- where are we? guest: last week there was a vote to disapprove of the deal and democrats were able to block it with 41 votes. i expect that is all you will need because you need 60 for congressional votes to remove the bill. the senate process is different from the house where they put a bill on the floor and debate and vote up or down. they could not get that threshold last week and they will try again this week. i expect it again to be blocked by democrats and expect it to be mostly a vote to put democrats on the record. it is a deal that has been falling in the polls with republicans becoming more and more wary of it so republicans
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are trying to put democrats on the spot once again. i expect that it will be blocked but as you know we are approaching the september 15 review your throat deadline and i expect shortly that this will be over with. it will be that way pretty shortly. caller: as far as deadlines are concerned, keeping the government operating, where are we on that and what is the potential for shutdown? caller: i have read all the reports about a government shutdown but i tend to think that is not going to happen. i think the government funding runs out at the end of september and i think they will work on something that gives us at least a few more weeks.
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there is a lot of recess time coming up and they want to make sure they have something together. i have already heard the minority leader in the house and harry reid talking about a short-term deal so, i expect that to happen. anything longer than that is a big question. can they find some that satisfies democrats. that the president will actually sign. i believe the public will vote for that but they have to agree to part of it as well, so there will be some compromise and what that will be is the question everybody has. i know they want to avoid the government shutdown so because of that i think you will see them steer clear of what we saw in october 2013. never say never because you have conservatives who wanted to fund and parenthood but i believe it will involve democrats and most
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republicans and that will make the folks upset about the planned parenthood funding to cause that kind of spending gridlock. host: >> the senate is back at 1:00 p.m. eastern today to continue work on the iran nuclear agreement. the next vote is at 6:00 p.m. eastern in the senate. live coverage on c-span2. by the way the abortion bill is later in the week. also the house meets in a pro forma session today. legislative work starts tomorrow. see live coverage of the house here on this network, c-span. on saturday, republican presidential candidate carly fiorina visited the stretch kennedy patriots picnic in chichester, new hampshire. here are her remarks.
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>> i hope you're work object that one. -- on that one. >> all right. nice to see you. hi. >> nice to meet you. >> thanks for coming today. >> i'm so thrilled that you're really human. coming so far. ms. fiorina: i can win this. >> i am really behind you. ms. fiorina: thank you so uch. i really appreciate that. there is the new baby.
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>> carly, thank you so much. >> how are you? ob marshall. >> carly, we are so honored to have you here. ms. fiorina: thank you so uch. i so appreciate you. >> it is a very special day for us. ms. fiorina: me too. >> you can see this olive garden ere. >> that is just my hobby. ms. fiorina: you do a very good job. it is truly spectacular. >> how much is money nvolved?
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in the race, we have trouble -- trump out there and all kinds of financial backing. how much does that play when you are in politics? s. fiorina: you have to have enough, but we will be money alone does not win a race. if you do not have the right candidate with the right ideas, money is not going to fix that. >> when you get the message out, it affects when people spend a lot on tv ads. it affects the outcome. ms. fiorina: sometimes. i am not denying that money is important. as i think jeb bush is finding out, money is not everything. his strategy was shocked and awe. we will have all the money and we will lock this thing up and it is not working.
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there are lots of ways to get your message out the it used to be the only way was a relatively small number of television stations and ads. ow there are lots of ways. in general, candidates underestimate the ground game and overspend on the air. in the end, people have got to ome out to vote. ads do not necessarily bring them out to vote. >> what do you think about busing people into elections? >> democrats, that is who we are competing against. you have the grassroots and crazy things like that that i never thought would happen. ms. fiorina: it is also true that in too elections, people do not come out to vote. >> do you think we will be able to get past hillary waste on -- based on benghazi. ms. fiorina: i do not know. how are you?
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cool. there you go. hat is the camera. how are you? >> i get a second look at the next president. s. fiorina: anytime. >> will i have some money for you by the end of the year? ms. fiorina: that would be awesome. ou have a few questions. >> what is your position on the refugee problem? >>the refugee problem we should
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have seen coming. when america does not lead, the world is very dangerous. the u.n. estimates we have 60 million refugees around the globe escaping conflict zones. this is entirely predictable. the bombsecretary of state clinton, they did not catch this three years ago. when you do not take advantage of your options, guess what happens over time? you do not have any options. think the united dates -- the united states needs to lead on this crisis. the united states cannot just say, let's bring in 10,000 refugees. we do not have a way of vetting these people. this is a conflict zone. there are terrorists in this zone. we have to be concerned about security and the safety of our nation.
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yes, it is heartbreaking, but we have to be thoughtful and careful while working with our european allies. i, benjamin. >> we were assigned a school project and our job is to advertise your thoughts and your pinions. i was wondering if i could get a picture with uv -- a picture ith you. ms. fiorina: if you are going to advertise me, you have got to ave a picture. > thank you very much. ms. fiorina: you are
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welcome. thank you. thank you so much. >> maureen mooney. thank you for your phone call. s. fiorina: thank you. >> a founder's academy charter school, we would love to have you visit. that would be fantastic. thanks for all you do. and a pro-life woman -- ms. fiorina: that matters. >> it does matter. you are representing all of us out there and you are doing a great job. ms. fiorina: thank you so much. appreciate it. very good. thank you. i have a lot of new york friends who are big fans of yours and will be happy to see your photo on my facebook page. >> it is a pleasure to meet you.
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>> certainly stands for all the causes of liberty. >> a pleasure to meet you. >> so glad that you met. we need your help. ms. fiorina: what is your ame? >> westover. ms. fiorina: westover. ok. k. are you voting age yet? >> not quite. ms. fiorina: do you want a picture to go with your signature? is your brother back here? come on. do not be shy. how pretty you look today. there you go. how is that?
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>> thank you. >> carly. s. fiorina: how are you? >> if you are president, what are we going to call him, the first husband? >> the way our country is right -- ms. fiorina: i think we have to do three example once -- three things at once and they are related. we have to get the economy going again and we have to lead the world again. i cannot prioritize. they are urgent and have to be done. >> can i have a picture? s. fiorina: of course. >> thank you. ms. fiorina: you are welcome.
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thank you. ok. thank you. that is what it takes, a big team effort. > thank you so much. >> i am from texas. i love your boots. they are beautiful, gorgeous. wore my big girl shoes. i'm so short and i heard you were tall. [laughter] ms. fiorina: who has got your camera? >> it is my camera right ere. they were so jealous that i was going to get to be here today to meet you. you are a big hit in texas.
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ms. fiorina: i spend every summer in texas at my grandmother's. she lived in calvert. you know where calvert is. >> i sure do. i am from that part of the state. you have a lot of support down there. ms. fiorina: lovely to meet you. thanks for being here. senator, how are you? thank you so much for doing this. my gosh. >> i just want to say that i am aghast at the way you have been treated by a certain jackass this week. ms. fiorina: well, you do not need to apologize for him. >> i feel terrible about it. ms. fiorina: honestly, i have met men like him all the time. >> stay tough.
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ms. fiorina: i will. don't you worry. anyway, thank you so much. >> we are looking forward to your remarks. s. fiorina: thank you. >> icon means old. ms. fiorina: no, icon means a large, important, influential figure, which you certainly have een. > he served two terms. ms. fiorina: well, you served for a time and then you went home. >> he understood what washington was about the -- was about. ms. fiorina: people tell me all the time, i want to run for congress. i say, my advice is, do something else. do anything else. ou are a good example.
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thank you. >> carly fiorina is probably most well-known for her time as the ceo of two attack -- hewlett-packard. it was the first female ceo of a fortune 500 company and let the company through the economic recession, when a lot of them went bankrupt. during her ceo, revenues doubled, innovation tripled, and growth more than quadrupled. that is a good record in my mind. being an accountant, i like those numbers. it is no surprise that fortune magazine named her the most owerful woman in business in 1998 and she remains first place on that list for six years. so congrats. after leaving hewlett-packard, she was recruited by the cia director to serve as chairman of
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the cia external advisory board. i find it rather interesting, as chair, she worked closely with cia top brass to bring more transparency and accountability to the intelligence agency. we could certainly use a lot more of that there these ays. in 2008, she joined condoleezza rice to found the one-woman initiative. the organization was later merged with opportunity international, where she served as the chair. over the past 15 years, opportunity international has created 10 million jobs through 6 billion loans, most of which have been about $150. she also became chairman of good 360 in 2012. before i bring her up, i would like to introduce betty lamontagne, who wanted to share a few words about carly and then we will bring carly of u. --p. -- up.
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>> thank you for that terrific description of her resume. i think that's why many of usyou can hear all of those support her. accomplishments. i would like to thank the humphreys once again for hosting this. they are icons in this state. they have done so much for conservative politics. thank you very much again. this is the first time i have been able to be at an event with carly and i am delighted. i have been onboard with her before she announced. i wanted her to run. i encouraged her to run. she has been a terrific spokesman for the conservative movement, for women, and she is a different kind of candidate. she comes from business, but she understands how politics works. i tell everyone she is the outsider that can get things done inside. i have campaigned for my husband
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and i'm inspired by only a few political candidates. carly is one of them. i am thrilled to be here with her. i cannot wait for you to hear from her. she is unflappable and she will be terrific in the next debate. please give her a warm welcome while i invite her up here with you. [applause] ms. fiorina: thank you so much, -- betty. thank you kathy. thank you, gordon and patty for opening up your beautiful ome. and thank you all for being here. it has been quite a week, hasn't it? no, i am not talking about my face, actually. but i am looking forward to that debate next week. [applause]
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whenever i come to a setting like this, whenever i come back to new hampshire -- i was here over labor day weekend and here again on such a beautiful early fall afternoon, at a beautiful home -- whenever i come to new hampshire, i am reminded of what america is all about. i say that not to pander to you. i say that because this is a place, you are people who take the words "citizen government" seriously. it means, as citizens, you have to participate in politics in a serious way and participate as well in government and governance in a serious way. i think that is inspiring. sometimes i must tell you it can be a little frustrating. all of you have said, i got to see you three times at least before i make up my mind.
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well, you are in my top five, top three. that is good. i know a lot of you are supporters. some of you may not have yet made up your mind. in your heart of hearts, wherever you are, you all know you want to see me debate hillary clinton. [applause] i am running for the presidency of the united states because i think our nation has reached a pivotal point and i think the american people know it. if you look at recent polling data, what you would find is that 75%, 75% of the american people now think that our federal government is corrupt. gallup has been asking that question for two decades and that is the highest number they have ever seen. 82% of people now think we have a professional political class that is so concerned over the protection of its power,
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position, and privileged, that they are not focused on getting the people's work done. i agree with them. i am keenly aware, having traveled and lived and worked all over the world, i am keenly aware that it is only in the united states of america that a young woman can start out typing, filing, and answering the phones for a nine-personal real estate firm in the middle of a deeper session -- a deep recession and go on to become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world and run for the presidency of the united states. that is only possible in this nation. [applause] and it is possible because our founders knew something that my mother taught me many years ago and that i have learned over and over throughout my life. my mother taught me, when i was
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about eight years old, what you are is god's gift to you. what you make of yourself is your gift to god. i have learned over and over that everyone has god-given gifts. everyone has potential. usually far more than they realize. it is worth asking, why have more things been more possible for more people here than anywhere else on the planet if everyone has god-given gifts. it is because our founders knew what my mother taught me. they knew that everyone has potential and so they built a nation on a visionary idea and the idea was this -- that here, in this nation, you have a right. a right to find and use your god-given gifts to fulfill your potential. they spoke about that in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. what they meant was you have the right to fulfill your potential. here was a radical part -- the radical part of that idea was the right comes from god and it
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cannot be taken away by man or government. ladies and gentlemen, i believe we have come to a pivotal point in our nations history with the potential of too many americans, the potential of this nation is being crushed by the way, the power, the cost, the complexity, the ineptitude, and the corruption of a federal government and political class that is either unwilling or unable to do anything about it. [applause] whatever your issue, whatever your cause, whatever festering problem you hoped would be resolved by now, the professional political class has failed us. ask yourself, what is the issue that you care most about western mark is it debt -- you care most about? the deficit has been getting bigger every year. unrepublicans and democrats alike. is it tax reform? our tax code is now thousands of
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pages long. how many times do you hear candidates talking about a great idea for tax reform. how often have we been hearing there is bipartisan appetite for tax reform and yet it never happens. 73,000 pages long. the regulatory thicket becomes more and more impenetrable. we talk about reforming education, whether it is no -- no child left behind, common core, they have all turned into, however they intended, they have turned into big bureaucratic programs out of washington, d.c., and the quality of our education continues to deteriorate. do you care about veterans? i certainly do. remember 18 months ago, when the scandal at the arizona v.a. burst and we learned that veterans had died waiting for appointments? americans were so outraged they put pressure on the political system and politicians passed a bipartisan bill that said you
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could fire 400 senior executives at the v.a. for failing to do their jobs. guess what? here we are, 18 months later, wo people have been fired. veterans -- 307,000 veterans have died waiting for health care. this is a stain on our nation's honor. it is an ineptitude that no longer serves the people who pay for it or this nation. [applause] i know a lot of us worked really hard to restore historic republican majorities to the house, to return a majority to the u.s. senate. yet, still, there is no bill that protects a pain capable unborn child, pass that bill. planned parenthood remains funded.
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it reminds me of the difference between managers and leaders. managers are people who do the best they can within the status quo. managers are people who operate within the system. managers are people who tinker around the edges of a problem. they do what they got to do to get through the next day, but they do not ever really solve the problem and they do not ever really challenge the status f. we have a lot of managers and business and a lot of managers in life and a lot of managers and politics. leaders do not accept what has been broken just because it has been that way for a long time. how do you go from secretary to ceo? i will tell you. you challenge the status quo every day, solve problems, produce results and you lead. a leaderly challenges the status quo. it reminds me of something one of my great heroes, margaret thatcher, said. she addressed her countrymen and women at a pivotal in that nation's history and she said,
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"i am not content to manage the decline of a great nation." ladies and gentlemen, neither am i. i am prepared to lead the resurgence of a great nation. [applause] so here is what a leader, this leader will do in the oval office. we must get this economy going again. that means we must recognize that crony capitalism is alive and well in washington, d.c., and it has gotten worse under republicans and democrats alike. when you have a 73,000 page tax code, and impenetrable regulatory thicket, law after law being passed, dodd frank, what happens? we see it in the data. the big, the powerful, the wealthy, the well-connected get bigger, more powerful, wealthier, and better connected.
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only they can afford to hire the accountants, the lawyers, the lobbyists to figure out how to make it work for them. as the chief executive of a $90 billion firm, if i did not like something, i could go higher an accountant, a lawyer, and a lobbyist. the real estate firm i started out in, they cannot. guess what is happening? that the small are getting crushed. what is the consequence of. frank -- dodd-frank? it did not fix anything. fannie mae and freddie mac are still going strong. wall street banks have become even bigger wall street banks, better connected. thousands of community banks are going out of business. to get the economy going again, we have to recognize where economic growth and job creation come from. it is a nine-personal real estate firm, the family-old auto body shop that my husband started. it is the small business, the ew business.
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those businesses create two thirds of the new jobs. they employ half the people and we are crushing them. that is not hyperbole. for the first time in u.s. history, we are destroying new usinesses. than we are creating. we are tangling people's lives up in webs of dependence. we don't ask them to move forward with their lives. we encourage people to settle in. we ignore their god-given gifts. we have to cut this government down to size and hold it accountable. [applause] that means we have got to know where our money is being spent. we have go to zero-based budgeting so we know where your money is being spent. there have to be consequences for nonperformance. for heaven's sakes if 307,000 veterans die waiting for health care, head better roll in washington, d.c.
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[applause] we have 256,000 baby boomers getting ready to retire from the federal government over the next 4-5 years. president fiorina will not replace a single one. [applause] last but certainly not least, we must restore american leadership in the world. it is a dangerous and tragic place when america is not leading. on day one in the oval office i will make two phone calls. the first will be to my good friend, netanyahu, a man i have known for the long time, andi will say to the prime minister of israel that the united states of america will always stand with the state of israel. [applause] the second phone call will be to the supreme leader of iran. he might not take my phone call. he will get the message. and the message is this -- no deal.
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i do not care what deal you sign with prom and john kerry -- president obama and john kerry, new deal. until or unless you open every nuclear facility, every facility anytime, anywhere, inspection by our people, not yours. we will make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system. we can do it. we do not need permission or collaboration to do it. and i will do it because we must cut off the money flow. with those phone calls, a message will go around the world loud and clear. the united states of america is back in the leadership business. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, at this pivotal point in our nations history, we need a conservative who can win this job. we have to win. this nation cannot take four more years of hillary clinton,
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joe biden, john kerry, whoever else they are going to roll out because we know what four more years of any one of them will mean. but to win this job it's going to require a nominee who is a fearless fighter, and i promise you that i will wage this fight every single day and that is what it is. it is a fight for the future of this nation. i will not be afraid to throw a punch and you know i can take a punch. i will not falter in this fight. but we also need somebody who can do this job. i am asking for your vote and for your support because i am the best qualified candidate to win this job and to do this job. so think for a moment what it takes to do this job. the president of the united states in 2017, i believe it takes a leader who understands how the economy actually works. and how you grow an economy and who it is who creates jobs. she must understand how the world works and who is in it. i know more world leaders on the
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staining today than anyone running with the possible exception of hillary clinton, only i didn't do photo-ops, i did business and charity and policy work. she needs to understand bureaucracies, how to cut them down to size and hold them accountable because this bureaucracy in washington, d.c., no longer serves the people who pay for it. she must understand technology. it is a powerful tool. it is also a weapon being used against us. and no, mrs. clinton, you do not wipe a server with a towel. the secret service agents didn't prevent the chinese from hacking into that server. but finally and perhaps most importantly of all, we need a president of the united states who understands what leadership is. leadership is not about position. it is not about title. it is not about how big your office is, how big your airplane is, how big your helicopter is, how big your ego is.
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leadership is about service. [applause] the highest calling of leadership is to unlock potential in others. and now we need a leader in the white house who knows their highest calling is to unlock the potential of this great nation. thank you so very much, ladies and gentlemen. [applause] thank you so much. questions, yes, sir. you love the mike, that's great. i'm kidding. >> good afternoon, carly.
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it's our pleasure that you joined us here today. it's a blessing. couple years ago i was at a gathering similar to this and the speaker was pam bundy. she was running for office in florida. and my comment there was that before i heard her speak my favorite female public official was sara palin -- sarah palin. after i heard her that day i said there's a new first place position. after hearing you today, carly, those two are now tied for second. [applause] ms. fiorina: thank you very much, jim. here's the big question. am i number one out of 17? [applause] ms. fiorina: 16, you're right. 16.
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yes, ma'am. >> i read that you were if you allocated 10% of the taxes that would cut down by so much billion a year, is that something that you're really planning on doing? what specifically were you planning on doing to help fix it? ms. fiorina: i don't recognize that quote. i don't know -- sometimes people say things that turn out not to be true. shocking in politics. look, there's only one way to reduce debts and deficits, and we know what it is. there's only a couple things you can do. reduce spending, grow the economy. reduce spending, grow the commifment reduce spending, grow the economy. growing the economy, grows revenues, reducing spending cuts down on expenses, we know this. the good news is if we cut spending in the right way, we help grow the economy. so let's just use a simple example. i talked about the 73,000-page
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tax code. you're going to hear a lot of tax plans from a lot of politicians. that's what happens. every political season we talk about the same issues over and over again. we talk about social security reform, never happens. we talk about tax reform, never happens. we talk about immigration every election cycle. and guess how long the border's been insecure? 25 years. guess how long san francisco's been a sanctuary city? 1989. why do i talk about tax reform. 73,000 pages, all that complexity, i think it needs to be about three. why three? because if the tax code is three pages, anyone can understand it. you don't need an accountant to tell you how to fill out your tax returns. the reason simplestity, exre hencibility is so important is -- exre hencibility is so important because if something is so complicated for you to understand you're getting taken advantage of you know that in your bones. when something is so complicated
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you need all these people to figure tout, and that's what's happened. a 73,000-page tax code advantages big business. and big interest groups and wealthy well connected people. a three-page tax code levels the playing field. it also, to your point of debt and deficit, if you have a three-page tax code, you need a whole lot less people at the i.r.s., right? you need a whole lot less people at the i.r.s. here's another example. if you decide, if you actually decide to look at the facts and say, wow, the department of education has gotten bigger and bigger and bigger every year for 40 years. the department of education takes more and more money and guess what's happening at the same time? the quality of education continues to deteriorate. so what does that tell us? it tells us that the amount of money spent in washington on education has nothing to do with the quality of education. it might be an inverse
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relationship. so let's quit spending money in washington and focus on the things that we know are important to a child's education. a good teacher in the front of the classroom. and the ability of a parent to have a choice. a real choice. so their kids have a chance. [applause] that not only helps us prepare our children, but it causes us to spend less in washington, d.c. and to actually cut down the size of government we got to quit talking about revenue neutral tax reform. no, we need revenue reducing tax reform. the only way you start to hold bureaucracies accountable is you give them less money, not more. then you are rigorous in terms of how money is spent. every single year congress gets a report from a retiring senator
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named tom coburn. your senator humphreys knows him well. he delivers a report to congress. it lands like a thud on everybody's desk and it outlines tens upon tens, hundreds of billions of dollars of fraud, waste, abuse, corruption in the federal government and guess what happens? nothing. nothing. it this is why a professional politician cannot serve in the oval office, because to do something with that requires someone with the courage and the experience to challenge the status quo. so we know what to do. it's just we never seem to get it done. together we will get it done. [applause] it >> i really admire you. saw you in colorado in may and i was hooked. my question is this. when you get into the oval office, because of the last
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eight years, you are going to be faced with a number of very nafty surprises. - -- nasty surprises. so your focus is going to be obviously on those crises. how are you going to manage the long-term festering problems like the budget and the regulations when you are faced with that kind of problem? so there are crises. there's no question. iran is a crisis, no matter what the president of the united states says. isis is a crisis. no rhyme intended. which is why in the first month i will hold a camp david summit with our arab allies fighting on the ground as we speak against isis and ask them what they need from us.
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our arab allies, all of whom i know, the jordanians have been asking us for bombs and material. they are fighting isis as we speak of the the king of jordan i know for 15 years. he's going to the chinese. the egyptians have asked us to share against intelligence of the kurds have asked us to arm them. we have allies willing to do their part. there are crises that must be dealt with. here's another set that has to be dealt with. it's a slow creeping thing, but it's a crisis. this president has rolled out a set of executive orders and regulations that are crushing, whether it's the e.p.a. regulation that now controls 95% of the ground water, or whether it's the e.p.a. regulations that are destroying the energy industry, coal for example. or whether it's the had00-plus pages -- 400-plus pages of regulation the f.c.c. rolled out over the internet, that will
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help economy, all that stuff. the national labor relations board on a strictly partisan vote totally changed the rules for franchisees. just because. they wanted an opportunity for unions to unionize. this is about a political agenda. but it's not good for economic growth. a whole set of things that the president just rolled out are going to have to be rolled back. it is always a leader's job, however, to understand how to balance the short with the long-term. someone many years ago asked me to define leadership. of course i said that the highest calling of leadership is to unlock fonings in others, i also said this. balance is the part of leadership. a leader has to balance many things. short-term and long-term. urgent crises and crises that you see over the horizon. confidence in what is possible and humility in what you cannot o alone.
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a set of things that we need to begin immediately but that will not take hold immediately are tools to cut the government down to size. and in this regard i will ask for the citizens of this nation's help. i started out in my remarks by saying that i admire how seriously you take a citizen government. and i believe we have to return to a citizen government. it is a dangerous thing when 80% of the american people think that they just don't count anymore. it's a dangerous thing for a citizen government when 75% of the people think their government is corrupt and inept. and that means democrats, republicans, and independents. why do i say that? i mention that i believe we have to go to zero base budgeting. some version. many states do this, some version where we know where our money is being spent because
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it's only if you can see the money in appropriations every year, by the way, we don't talk about the whole budget, we talk about the rate of increase over last year's budget. that's how the budget gets big earn bigger for 50 years. nobody ever goes back and has to justify a program, ever. zero-base budgeting would seengsly say you have to justify every dollar of every program every year, period. to get that done requires congress to act. to get congress to act is going to require a partnership between leaders and citizens. so here's what i'm going to ask you to do as citizens. as the leader, the president of the united states, i will go into the oval office on a regular basis. i will ask you to take out your smart phones. if you still own a flip phone you have 18 months to upgrade. very important. very important. i see a lot of flip phones here. very important. you need to upgrade to a smart phone because what i'm going to ask you is this. do you think it's important that
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we know where your money is being spent? and that congress move to some form of zero-base budgeting? president one for yes on your keypad, two for know. this technology exists. it is a tool to re-engage citizens in the process of their government. i know how you're going to vote. the reason it's important is because it's one thing to just get people fired up and angry and frustrated. i know that people are angry and frustrated. but leader channels that anger and frustration, and most importantly the commonsense and good judgment of the american people and focuses that pressure on congress because what we know is politicians respond to pressure. it's how the bill got passed that 400 senior executives could get fired. pressure. so i am going to use your commonsense and good judgment to put pressure. when the majority of american people press one for yes, congress will act. and that's how you get the machinery going. and that needs to be started immediately, although it will
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not be finished immediately. yes, sir, you are the last question. uh-oh. >> let me shake your hand first. trump. ms. fiorina: uh-oh. here we go. i thought we were going to get out without that question. >> i'm just saying what a mistake he made. really. you are one beautiful person. [applause] however, i have one question for you. when you get in the white house, your husband will probably be there. miss fiorina: i hope so. >> however, what is he going to wear? are you going to make that decision or him?
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ms. fiorina: now, that is a unique question. i never heard that question before. thank you, sir. and thank you for your gallantry. i have to digress for just one moment. so many people have come up to me and so chiffleous and gallant women will come up and said don't worry about what he said about your face. i love your face. honestly, does anyone think i care about what donald trump hinks about my face? my husband has really never taken my advice on what to wear. and i really don't think he's going to start now. his moment of greatest pride, if he were standing right here he would tell you this, is when he comes home from cost could he -- coast could he, look at this shirt i bought it was only $9.
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my husband is a good italian from pittsburgh and he's a man's man and no, his wife doesn't tell him what to wear. ladies and gentlemen, thank you again so much for your support and for being here. i want to close by asking you to think about what this nation can be. what this nation must be. what this nation, i believe, will be. i think about that every day. in my mind i picture two of the most powerful symbols of our nation's democracy. lady liberty and lady justice because i think they tell us all we need to know. about the future of our beautiful nation. picture lady liberty, she stands tall and strong as america must always be. she is clear eyed and resolute. she doesn't shield her eyes from
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the realities of the world. but she faces outward into the world nevertheless as america must always face. and she holds her torch high. because she knows she is a beacon of hope in a very troubled and dangerous world. and lady justice, lady justice holds a sword by her side because she is a fighter, a warrior for the values and principles that have made this nation great. she's holds a scale in the other hand. with that scale she reminds us that all of us are equal in the eyes of god. and so all of us must be equal in the identify eyes of the law and government, powerful and powerless alike. and she wears a blindfold. and i think with that blindfold she is saying that it must be true, it can be true that in this nation, in this century, it does not matter what you look like. it does not matter who you are. it does not matter how you start. it does not matter your circumstances.
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here in this nation every american's life must be filled with the possibilities that come from their god-given gifts. one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thank you, god bless you, ladies and gentlemen. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] it [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. sit ncicap.org] >> carly, on behalf of the committee and the merrimack county republicans, we wanted you to have to take something back in your suitcase. you can't carry it onboard, though, i'm sure there's something in here that is over the liquid limit. but we have one of our chichester residents who puts together baskets of new hampshire made products. we wanted to share them with you. ms. fiorina: that's wonderful. wow.
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[applause] thank you very much. thank you. >> thank you, carly. thank you all for coming. i hope you enjoy the rest of the afternoon. >> thank you, kathy. thank you. ok. thank you. thanks for taking the time to write it. ok. of course. we'll all do it. thank you. thank you. hi, young lady. how are you, sir? >> we met at millies. ms. fiorina: yep. >> my granddaughter. she's a little young to vote but not too young to know good quality people.
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>> what's your name? >> haley. ms. fiorina: i like that name. what grade are you in? >> second. ms. fiorina: do you like your teacher? 1/2 ong have you been -- 2 weeks? you have a new best friend? what's her name? avery. ok. good. ice to meet you. >> we talk about a fiorina justies department. can't wait to hear. ms. fiorina: wront that be an idea. -- wouldn't that be an idea. >> i hope you grab some of the very fine leaders in the government party and put them in your cabinet ms. fiorina: we certainly have fine leaders. thank you. thank you. bye, sweetie. i, nice to meet you.
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thanks for being here. it it it it >> thank >> i'm overwhelmed, overwhelmed. >> thank you. >> i already signed up before. >> god bless you all. thank you. hi, jessica. >> nice to meet you. >> can i have a picture with you? >> yes. > thank you so much. >> you have my vote.
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>> thank you. > good luck next week. >> thank you for being here. thank you. thank you. yes, i remember. yes, i will. don't you worry. thank you. oh, my gosh. thank you. thank you. well, they would help but they are not a silver bullet. if there's all we did -- yes, it would help. just like senator humphrey. he went and served two terms and went home. exactly. exactly. well, the judiciary really isn't independent, is it? >> it does tend to do legislating. >> yes, it does. it absolutely does. >> nice to see you again. i am going tomorrow for a summit on monday with judicial
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watch. >> good. >> janet napolitano will be the key note speaker and they'll talk on all of the different hillary things. >> ok. have fun. thank you. where is your daughter? >> ok. ere we go. at least you're beyond the -- >> yes. it was only six months. you're there. you're there. thank you so much. >> take care of my social security and medicare. >> yes, sir. >> what about the veterans' benefits? >> yes. >> i hear there's $54 million missing from the wounded warriors project and obama doesn't know where it is. >> just like he laid off 40,000 soldiers. >> everything got ruined during hurricane sandy. everything was washed. good luck in your campaign. >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you. >> yes, thank you so much. nice to see you.
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always great. >> good luck. >> thank you. >> >> well, thank you. >> i drove up from massachusetts. >> get the camera these days. >> all right. one, two. >> there you go. >> thank you very much. >> shake your hand. thank you. >> all right. help me. >> right here. >> thank you for an excellent presentation. you did a very good job. >> thank you. i hope you can count on -- i hope i can count on your support. >> i have a lot of democrats that come over. i do. >> when the choices come down it may be easier for her. good luck. >> quick picture. >> i hope you'll support. >> ok. what a great picture here. all right. >> thank you, carley. >> you're welcome. thank you so much. >> how are you girls?
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>> hi. >> thanks for coming. >> what's your name? >> elizabeth. >> maggie. >> hi, maggie. >> hi. are you all sisters? >> yeah. >> well you're all pretty. do you always get along? i used to fight with my sisters too. >> we fight. >> you're the youngest, right? i was the middle. >> thank you very much. you're the one. >> well, yeah. thank you. thank you so much. >> my husband. >> hi, how are you? we were onboard before but we are now even more so. >> thank you. >> sorry. >> very welcome. well, thank you. i hope -- i hope you'll help me. >> of course. >> we're on the team. >> thank you. rebecca, are we heading this way? >> ok. we're going this way. >> yes. thank you. oh, we're going this way. sorry, we're going this way. >> and now you brought up the
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waters before i asked the question. the safety modernization act, ok. >> ok. see you. bye-bye. [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] >> a panel discussion including john garby, the president of the catholic university here in washington. he'll talk about pope francis' views on capitalism. the pope will be here in the u.s. for six days beginning next tuesday. happens here on c-span starting at noon eastern. the chair and ranking member of the house intelligence committee, congressman devin nunes and adam schiff talk about national security issues and the operation of their community. you can see their remarks on the national security conference tonight starting at 8:00 eastern. and the british labour party recently held its leadership election. longtime member jeremy corbyn
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won with nearly 60% of the vote. he delivered remarks at labour party headquarters in london outlining his legislative priorities. >> it is now, my great honor to invite jeremy corbyn, leader of the labour party.
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mr. corbyn: i will start by thanking everyone who took part in this election. this huge democratic exercise of more than 500,000 people all across this country. it showed our party and our movement passionate, democratic, united and absolutely determined in our quest for a decent and better society that is possible for all. [applause] there are many people that i want to thank before i say a few words. if i may, first of all, to ian mcnichols, the general secretary of the party and all of the party staff, for their incredible hard work during this campaign, the general election campaign -- [applause]
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and all the other campaigns that we do and will continue to o. ian, thank you very much and make sure that all of our staff are aware of the appreciation we have for all of them. thank you. [applause] i want also to pay huge thanks and tribute to harriet harman, who has been our acting leader. and our deputy leading and before that our acting leader. [applause] i have known harriet for a long time, and what i would say of her is, her absolute commitment and passion for decency, a -- equality and the rights of women in our society is something that we will honor her for, thank her for, and we have legislation brought about by her determination. harriette, thank you so much for all you've done.
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[applause] and the way in which you have led the party since the tragedy of the election results in may. i want also to thank and congratulate tom watson on his election as deputy leader of the party. tom is passionate about communication, passionate about holding the state and unaccountable people who do not wish to be accountable to account. tom is your man to do that. [applause] i want also to thank ed miliband for all the work he id as leader of our party.
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i had a very long conversation with ed a couple days ago, i thanked him for his work as leader of the party. i thanked him for his work as environment secretary and somebody who is passionate about defending the world's environment against the way it is being destroyed at the present time. i also thanked him for the way in which he stood up to the abuse that he received by much of our media. [applause] and the dignity that he showed when his late father, ralph milibandwas so brutally abused by some of our media. ed, thank you for all of that. i want to thank the fellow leadership candidates. we are discussing the number, whether it's 29, 35 or 39,
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since this election started, we'll discuss that later and exchange diaries, but it's been a fascinating experience for all of us. i want to thank them for the way the debates were conducted, the way that we could put aside political differences and still come out of it with a group hug. we are going to reform urselves as an abba tribute band and continue to work together in the future. andy burnham was our health secretary, and his passion and determination for the national health service as a human right is something that comes over every time andy speaks. [applause] his passion for comprehensive
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education to ensure that all children have a reasonable, fair and decent start in life. i want to say thank you to yvette cooper for all the work she has done in government and the party. in particular, over the past few weeks, helping to shape and turn round public opinion to show sympathy and humanity toward refugees and the way they're treated. [applause] one of my first acts as leader of the party, will be to go to the demonstrations this afternoon to show support for the way refugees must be treated and should be treated
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in this country. i want to thank miss kendall for her friendship during this campaign, for the way we have managed to have some moderately different opinions on a number of issues but we managed to maintain a very good friendship. and liz is somebody that i admire, because she absolutely stands up for what she believes in, whether it is easy, simple, popular or uneasy, simple or -- not simple or not popular. so liz, thank you very much. [applause] those late-night train rides will never be the same again. thank you to my fellow candidates, and the thousands of party members that attended
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the events all over the country. it is quite amazing that every one of them was completely full, standing room only. many other members and supporters were unable to get along to them. that is a tribute to the party, all the candidates, the deputy leader and for leader and the way our members want passionately to engage in debate and to be able to influence party policy and make our party more inclusive, more democratic, and the membership better listened to in the future. want to thank my own campaign team. they have been absolutely amazing. we came together after we had gone onto the ballot paper with ifficulty. i want to say thank you to the 36 members of parliament. well, 35 plus me.
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i nominated myself. for nominating me for this position. i know some of them possibly had some reluctance to do so. it is reported. but they did so in the spirit of inclusion and democracy, and i thank them for that, and i look forward to working with all of them after this election. we have great work to do in the party. our campaign began with very little, and we gained support and volunteers. i think the unions that nominated me, unite, unison, the tsfa, the communication workers union, the prison officers association, the baker's union, the duchess education association, and the support received from the rmt union and the fdu. and all of the other unions
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that took part in this campaign. we are a party organically linked together between the unions and party membership and all affiliated organization. that is where we get our strength from. as a former union organizer, i fully understand the importance of unions at the workplace defending people's rights, standing up for their members and that's why i don't appreciate what this government is trying to do to shackle unions in the trade union bill they are bringing forward onday. our campaign attracted the support of 16,000 volunteers
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all over the country. organizers in each part of the country that organized all the events and meetings that we have held. in total, we have done 99 of those events today. -- today is the century, and we are here at the end of this long campaign. it has been incredible, the numbers of people that have come forward to join our party. before i go to that, i want to say a big thank you. to my many personal friends. many people, everyone in the north labour party for electing me to parliament eight times through may this year, their fantastic comradeship, friendship and support. it's been quite amazing and absolutely value their advice. sometimes it is advice you don't want to receive, but that is the best that you get. i say thank you to all of them in insington north.
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and i want to say thank you to my family because they've been through the most appalling levels of abuse from some of our media over the past three months. it's been intrusive, it's been abusive, it's been simply wrong and i say to -- i say to journalists, attack public, political figures. make criticism of them. that is ok, that is what politics is about, but please, don't attack people who didn't ask to be put in the lime light, merely want to get on with their lives. leave them alone. leave them alone in all circumstances. [applause] during this amazing three months, our party has changed. we've grown enormously. we've grown enormously for the
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hopes of some of the people, for a different and more -- we have grown enormously in the hopes of some of the people for a different spirit of hope and optimism. i say to the new members of the they are done with the injustice, the poverty, all those people were brought in in i say pes of opt simple -- to the new members of the party, or those who have joined as registered supporters or affiliated supporters, welcome to our party. welcome to our movement. i say to those returning to the party, who were in it before and felt disillusioned, welcome back. welcome back to your party and elcome home. and, maybe many of us simply didn't understand the views of many young people within our
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society. they had been written off as a non-political generation, who ere simply uninterested. hence the low turnout and low registration in the last general election. they weren't. they were a political generation turned off by the way in which politics was being conducted. they were not attracted to participate in it. we can and must change that. so, the fight now in our party gathers speed and pace. 'm delighted that our leader in scotland is here today. we will be campaigning for abour in scotland. for those great labour traditions in scotland. i think mr. jones for his leadership and the way we're going to fight in wales. and how they have addressed the
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health market in wales, something we wish to do in the rest of britain. i say congratulations to marvin reese for being selected as our mayoral candidate in bristol. we are all going to be down there, marvin, to support you to win bristol. nd to my friend who has been elected for mayorial candidate in london. we will be campaigning together on the crucial issue of housing in london. i am fed up with the social cleansing of london by the tory overnment. we need a labour mayor in london who can ensure that we
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house everyone in london, that we end the skyhigh rent. we do end the insecurities of those living in the private rented sector. we need a labour mayor who can bring that about in the great city of london and he's the man to do it. [applause] his week, the tories will show what they are made of. they have the tools to undermine the ilo conventions and shackle democratic unions and destroy another element of our society. they're pushing for the welfare reform bill which will bring such misery and poverty to so
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many of the poorest in our society. i want the movement to be proud, strong and able to stand up and say, we want to live in a society where we do not pass by on the other side of those rejected by an unfair welfare system. instead we reach out to and -- end the scourge of homelessness in our society. we are strong enough to be able to do that. that is what we're about. there are many, many issues we face, and many people face desperation in other parts of the world. and i think it's quite incredible the way the mood in europe has changed over the of understanding that people fleeing from wars, they are the victims of wars, they are the generational victims of war, they are the intergenerational victims of war, end up in desperation, end up in terrible places, end up trying to gain a place of safety, end up trying to be -- exercise their refugee rights. they're human beings just like you, just like me.
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let's deal with the refugee crisis with humanity, with support, with help, with compassion to try to help people who are trying to get to a place of safety, trying to help people who are stuck in refugee camps that recognize going to war creates a legacy of bitterness and problems. let us be a force of change in the world, a force for humanity in the world, a force for peace in the world and recognize we cannot go like this with grow test levels of inue quality, threats to our environment all around the world, without the rich and powerful governments stepping up to the plates to make sure our world becomes safer and better. and those people don't end up in poverty, in refugee camps wasting their lives away when they could be contributing so much to the good of all of us on this planet. we are one world. let that message go out today from this conference center
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ere in london. i conclude by this, the tories have used the economic crisis of 2008 to impose a terrible burden on the poorest in the country. those who have seen their wages frozen or cut. those who cannot afford to sustain themselves properly. those who rely on food banks to get by. it is not right, it is not necessary and it has got to change. we need an economic strategy that improves lives, expands our economy, that reaches out to care for everybody. you can't do that if at the same time you do nothing about grotesque levels of inue -- inequality in our society. we need to develop an economic policy that deals with those
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issues. so the party is about justice and democracy, it is about the great traditions that we walk on. those that founded the party and our movement, those that stood up for human rights injustice, the right for women to vote, the right for others to vote. we stand here today because of their work. but we go forward now as a movement and a party, bigger than we've ever been for a very, very long time, stronger than we've ever been for a very long time, for determined than we've ever been for a very long time to show to everyone that the objectives of our party intact. our passion is intact. our demands for humanity is intact. and we as a party are going to reach out to everyone in this country to take us on that journey together so no one is left on the side. everyone has a decent chance in life and the decent place within our society. that's what labour was brought about to achieve. this election campaign is, as we see here, about shaping our future.
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our party is going to become, i hope, more inclusive, more democratic and we're going to shape the future of everyone in this country in a way that i think will be remembered as something that is good for everyone, that brings about the justice that we all crave and that is what brought us into this wonderful party and this wonderful movement ourselves. i say thank you to everyone for all their support, friendship and comradeship during this election process. i say thank you in advance to us all working together to achieve great victories, not just electorally for labour, but emotionally for the whole of our society to show we don't have to be unequal. it doesn't have to be unfair. poverty isn't inevitable. things can and they will change. thank you very much.
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>> and jempley corbyn will make his debut as labour party leader tomorrow as he poses questions to british prime minister david cameron during prime minister's questions in the british house of commons. you can see that on our companion network c-span2. a panel discussion on pope francis' views on capitalism. the pope will be in the u.s. for six days beginning next tuesday. he's also scheduled to give an address to congress and you can see that conversation about the pope live from the cato institute, again, starting at noon eastern right here on c-span. and leading up to that event, a portion of today's "washington journal" examining child hunger in america. 's booktv. >> "washington journal" continues. host: joining us now, lucy melcher of "no caps on be."
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"no kid hungry." the group make sure that every kid has access to healthy food every day. we do that by connecting to federal nutrition programs to overcome barriers and ensure that kids have reliable access and the families have the skills and resources to provide healthy food every day. host: how many of those kids are under a federal program of some type? guest: today, we have one in five kids that struggle with hunger. during the school year, we have a bunch way to million kids who receive free or reduced price lunch at school. host: the agricultural department just put out a report looking at food insecurity. some of the highlights show that about highest in 2011 --
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17 million households classified as food insecure in 2014, and almost 4 million homes with children did not have access to adequate food. how do you define food insecurity? guest: it is a socioeconomic measure. what it looks like is based on census bureau questions, a family's ability to afford adequate food for their family during the course of the year. food insecurity could be anything from a family with a cupboard and having no idea how they will fill that covered. it could be seniors having to make difficult choices between food, rent, or medicine. it could be parents skipping meals. host: are those families currently receiving some type of assistance from a food assistance program? guest: some may be. we know there are millions of
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americans that depend on programs, but there are far to me children across the country that could have access to those programs, but unfortunately there are barriers standing in their way for them to actually participate. we know that there are far to make kids and families and this country still struggling with hunger. host: our guest will be with us to talk about these issues, particularly children, and also programs that deal with these issues as well. (202) 748-8000 for democrats. (202) 748-8001 for republicans. (202) 745-8002 for independents. you can post thoughts on our twitter page and facebook page as well during this segment. lucy melcher, talk about the legislative aspect of these programs. bill deals with it, and as far as funding, way to be stand? guest: right now, congress is
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considering the reauthorization bill that looks at all the child nutrition plans -- everything from the school breakfast plan, the lunch plan, afterschool meals, the summer meal program, and wic. now, congress has this on its plate, very much at the forefront, but it will actually expire september 30. it is a five-year reauthorization. we are really working closely with congress and encouraging congress to take up this issue and make really important improvements to the program within this bill. one program that has gotten bipartisan support is looking at ways to feed kids during the summer months. this is a particularly challenging time for kids in low income families. there is strong bipartisan support for improving the ways
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we feed kids during the summer so that they come back ready to learn and ready to be successful. host: what happened september 30 nono decision is made -- if decision is made? guest: there are a lot of this couldays that go in congress, but what we need to focus on is that congress needs to take action. we have seen strong, encouraging progress from both the house and senate on this issue. we need to keep up the momentum and make sure congress takes this up before september 30. host: our first caller is dave in virginia. caller: lucy, i want to thank you for the work you are doing. it is a vital service. as an american, i appreciate that. are too many kids that are going without meals, and as you said, the summer months are especially hard. it does not have to be that way.
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my question for you is what is the breakdown as far as the people in these programs? are the u.s. citizens -- are they u.s. citizens? is that people moving into the country? what is the kind of breakdown please? guest: absolutely. thank you so much for your question. i think when we look at one program in particular, the snap program, what we know is that .0% of those our children for children that rely on the school breakfast, they come from a variety of circumstances across the spectrum. is that all of those families are struggling to feed their kids and they rely critically on those programs so that when their kids go to school, they are ready to learn, and when the kids go into the
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summer, they know their kids, no matter where they live, will have reliable access to a meal throughout the summer months. host: joe from north carolina. caller: good morning. i just have a couple of comments. it is unconscionable that this country can export its beef and commerce and then the government subsidizes them. we could feed the world. we will feed the hungry, the elderly, and the children. this is all nonsense. all we have to do is step up to the plate and do it. guest: i think you raise an important point about the importance of the public-private partnership in feeding children. there is a huge role for the private sector, nonprofits, food banks, food pantries, and the faith-based community to play in
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this. they do play a role. we see churches, synagogues, theiranks feeding communities and providing informational sessions about the importance of eating. that is really critical. however, that makes up only a small fraction of the need that is out there. we know that those organizations alone, there is no way they could really fill the gap. that is where the federal government comes in and has a role to play. remember, this is a partnership, a solvable problem, and apple rolls for both sides to play -- ample roles for both sides to play. host: here is matt from virginia, republican line. caller: i would like you to reconcile the fact that while you talk about kids going hungry in our country today, we also
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have an obesity epidemic. it seems to me that the issue is not so much getting the food to them, but get kids and parents to make the right choices. guest: thank you so much for raising that issue. i think what we see, and what i believe, hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. they go hand-in-hand together. making surehat families have the skills and resources to be able to provide healthy foods to their kids, that is exactly right. there is a program called "cookie matters," that teaches family skills, whether they are going into the grocery store, something as simple as learning how to read unit prices, or reading nutritional labels and looking for items that you may or may not want to be giving your children. something as simple as choosing
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between frozen produce or fresh produce, as well as teaching families how to prepare those foods. something as simple as learning to slice and onion could be a real game changer. this comes back to making sure the families have those skills, coupled with the benefits that they received through these programs to be able to make choices. host: do people who receive snap or wic have items that they can or cannot by? guest: there are requirements. the wic program, because it is targeted for pregnant women and babies, there are some mr. kids. the snap program also has some restrictions, but it is a much broader program. the important point with snap
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and the foods available, it gives families the opportunity to choose the right food for their families and kids. a recent op-ed in "the new york times" took a look at the snap program. they talk about some of the nutritional aspects of snap and say this, it is the only federal nutrition program to allow sodas, chips, and candy to be public funds. what do you make of that assessment, and are changes needed? guest: that is certainly a hot issue in something the media is taking a look at now. i think what this really comes back to is the importance of nutrition education and making sure the families happy skills and resources, as well as access to healthy foods in communities across the country to be able to make the right choices. i think by large parents want to make healthy choices for their
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kids. these families struggling to get by day the day, we need to be sure we are doing everything to empower them to make good choices. host: here is michael in california, pendent line. caller: i'm wondering your foodhts, most likely the they are consuming is a gmo. what are your thoughts about monsanto and the frankenstein creation they call gmo's. thank you a much. guest: thank you so much for that question. i will say, i don't know too much about the issue of jeanne moos, said do not want to -- , but i think this comes down to whether a child is getting food, and where from,
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and that parents and families know the importance of healthy eating and the spectrum of decisions in front of them, and again, that they are empowered to make decisions based on good information that they have on food. again, taking a step back, what it comes down to is that every hungry kid in this country has a healthy meal. hungryucy melcher of " -- no. "no kid hungry" joining us. up next, from georgia. caller: i'm telling you right us how to cook, go out and get food. i want to know, when the
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children, cannot feed what about the faith-based people? the churches and all that. you can go and get free food or go to the food bank and get it. all you have to do is show how much income you have. to the people know about that? if they can't cut and onion, they have to know about how to go to one of these faith-based places and get food. they have places where i live that will give you a free meal, freeee meals a day -- two meals a day. i have done community service at them, and they're very good. they serve very good food. all of the food is donated to them. i don't think anybody can actually go hungry unless they really don't have any access to food, as far as being held back from it, such as they are starting the children to death.
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as the guy said, there is an obesity problem. therefore, what is the war on food or war on poverty, such as what lyndon johnson put out. i think that is all a war for nothing. people can go out and get food, and do it for themselves. it is just these parents take their food stamps, go out and sell them, and get drugs for them. your: thank you for question. i think you but a couple different issues there. the first one i want to go back to is the role that the food banks community and food pantries play and this. .- play in this we know that their only making up a fraction of the need, and we still have children, whether you look at the data that came
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out, that we are talking about before about food insecurity, whether parents can afford to buy food. 20% of children live in households that are food insecure. we know we have a childhood hunger crisis on our hand. the way to solve that is making sure the federal nutrition program, whether it is the snap program or the school-based programs continue to have strong support, but it will take both sides and both partners working together to solve this problem. the good news is we know this is a solvable problem and something we can do together. host: (202) 748-8000 for democrats. (202) 748-8001 for republicans. for independents, (202) 745-8002 . emily is up next in virginia. i there.h
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lucy, i'm not really sure what your position is, what you are a reporter or part of a think tank . in hopes ofadia addressing this issue. one thing that has always come to mind is that before and during world war ii, where everybody had a victory garden -- and there are a lot of community gardens out there -- what i would really like to see is a coming together of all of these community-based organizations to take it upon themselves to take every space available at schools, parks, at churches, and community garden spaces to help provide food for the school kids. excess. be an that way, they would get fresh
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fruits and vegetables that would augment their diets. i have worked as a volunteer at a food bank, and i have to tell you, sometimes being there and seeing what is given to these families -- the food is sometimes expired, sometimes the bread is moldy. the quality is not that great. panera is very generous, and when they give goods to thed community, that is very generous. to get churches and community centers into production through volunteers, and people who want to, they are part of the programs that need into theelp get food communities. that way, there will not be these food deserts, especially
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.n poor communities there are empty spaces that could be utilized. i would like to hear thoughts on that. ofst: you bring up a lot great points there. the issue of community gardening and school gardens is certainly something we have seen a huge increase in in recent years. .here's a lot more space i live in bc, and there is a school across the street from where i live, and i see a areen outside, and the kids picking carrots and greens, and will be eating them during their meals throughout the school day. what is important to remember is that those work in partnership with the federal nutrition program. when they eight from their garden, that is really important and a great way to get volunteers involved in the issue and raise awareness around hunger, and get communities
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engaged and committed to the issue, but also, something that works only as you mentioned, these came around during the victory -- victory gardens around world war ii. at the same time, that is exactly what a lot of are federal intrusion -- when a lot of are federal nutrition programs were started and got up and running. the school lunch program was started because general military officials were coming to congress and st. kitts and our country are too hungry to fight in our no jury -- military. we need to continue that progress. continue the great work happening on the ground with community organizations, but major it is happening in partnerships with our strong federal nutrition program, as well. host: do they give money directly to food banks? guest: there are programs that help fund food banks. the emergency peace act, a program that provides assistance to food banks. they rely heavily on private
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donations as well. from individuals, from the business community. i have a simple question i want to ask. a simple statement. have you seen a hungry child in america? guest: i absolutely have. i have visited schools and community organizations across the country. we see kids come to school, whether it is after a weekend or at the end of summer months who tell the teachers they don't know if they can do well on a math test because they have not eaten since yesterday. they are hungry, frustrated. we work with a great principle in the community. just outside of d.c.. --y told us a story recently he was giving a test to students and the classroom. the student wrote on the paper, i am too hungry to think. when he went and talked to that student and found out, just like the child i had spoken to, he
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hadn't had anything to eat over the weekend. when he provided a child with soughtst, you merely kids doing better on tests. kids having less attendance issues, less behavioral issues. we know that these issues are intrinsically linked to education issues. it is a very real problem, and a very real crisis in our country today. host: bobby from kentucky, go ahead. caller: what i was watching was about the hunger children. it is a good thing they have these programs. there am saying, too, is are a lot of churches in place that do help giving out food. my concern is i think the federal government is giving away a lot of money. when you start giving millions , those people in
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kentucky, and i am sure and a lot of other places, their income is very low. they have to eat at home, too. if the government has billions of dollars to give to other that are actually an enemy to the united states, i think they can take part of that money, or at least a little bit of that and help the poor class of people that are low income people, at least help in a little bit. and the children would have to go hungry that way. questionat is a great and a great comment. i appreciate you calling in. what we are really talking about here is how we are funding our priorities and this country and making sure we and child ship hunger. three federal nutrition program and others that help address these issues. as our country is moving forward and we are thinking about addressing issues of health care, education, keeping our workforce strong, investing and
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child nutrition programs is an important beast to all of that. making sure the kids in this country are going hungry. that is a reinvestment back in our country. we get that whether it is children who eat school breakfast, having greater success in school, graduating with higher earnings potential. ,ecoming stronger taxpayers reinvesting back into the same base that supported them as they were growing up. it is really important they continue to maintain a bipartisan support for these programs they have enjoyed. theontinue protecting investments that we have made, and the gains that we have made in recent years. virginia, from republican line, you're next. go ahead. calling wondering why we don't get out boxes of food like we used to instead of using foods that money. i have been in a parking lot of several different supermarkets. people come out with loads of
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shrimp, steak, good stuff. they sell it for half price. it because iuy knew it was bought with food stamps. that is what is happening. they are selling it and getting the money and doing whatever they want to with it. thank you. guest: this raises a couple of different issues about what used to be called the food stamp program. i think it is important to take a step back and her member who exactly is relying on this program. again, 50% of kids, or 50% of participants in this program our children. two thirds of participants in the program are children, elderly, and the disabled. we know this is a program that is feeding exactly those who it should be feeding and supporting the most vulnerable in our society. we also know across the board
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they have one of the lowest fraud rates of any program in the federal government. the current administration and previous ministrations have worked to make sure that a strong level of integrity is increased in this program, and that we are maintaining that those benefits are going to those who need them. what is really important, again, is to remember who is receiving benefits from the program, and why it is so important for multiple people in our society to have access to this important program that is working effectively and efficiently to feed those who are hungry. what qualifications are involved in applying for these programs? is based on income. good morning. i am calling about this food program. the majority of these children
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today, they all have cell phones. big expensive backpacks. these mothers are doing their thing. i think it should be taught, if you can't afford children, hold off until you can afford them. i raised nine children. believe me, we ate eggs like they were coming out of style. i learned to make soups. we ate deer meat. to cook. home economics was a big thing in our schools. that has been a limited. driver training has been illuminated. look how many kids are killing themselves, speeding, drugs, and things. i think the moral bid is number one in a family, and then put it all together and see that the government is not responsible for everything. the government can only do so much. now areor citizens are
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begging for hospitalization, pharmacy. i know it, i'm going through. i'm 81 years old. believe me, it is really difficult to pay your rent and be independent. that is what i was taught in a good christian family. that is all i have to say. thank you very much, have a great day. thank you for your question. i think you raise a couple of important points. when i step back and think about the problem of childhood anger -- childhood hunger in the role of government, schools, faith-based organizations. those things are all intrinsically linked. attack the problem together, we are able to be a lot more successful. what you are really talking about and thinking about is where our country is going and what our future looks like. that all comes back to how children are doing today.
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hungrydren are going today, we know we will have a problem down the line. if we solve the problem and make sure children have access to healthy meals, whether that is at home, school, somewhere else along the way, we know they will be more productive members of our society. that is exactly what we need. to make sure that our economy continues to grow and that our next generation is as strong as possible moving forward. host: can a person on a federal program receive food from the state level as well? guest: the state and federal level work together very well. we see partnership there. the school-based programs we haven't talking about, those are federal nutrition programs. different states have different programs. caller: good morning.

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