tv Presidential Candidates at the No Labels Problem Solver Convention CSPAN October 12, 2015 10:00am-6:01pm EDT
charter schools. he is a senior fellow, and has also written a book on the topic. thanks. guest: we are going to take you to an event that is taking place at the no labels convention with 2016 presidential candidates speaking at the convention. they want to agree to goals that unite the country, senator cory gardner speaking at that event and we will take it to you. rdner: we must find a way to move forward. at the end of my senate race in 2014, i said this. the people of colorado had their voices heard. they are not read. they are not blue. but they are crystal-clear. crystal-clear to washington, get the heck out of the way and get your job done. [applause] sen. gardner: my victory was not
about democrats or republicans. it was a warning to all who fail to act courageously. those who failed to act on our nations greatest challenges. the failure to solve the challenges endangers the freedoms we hold so dear. today, we continue what started 239 years ago. a betterut generation ahead of us. opportunities ahead of us. everyone ofs that our grandchildren and children can live up to that rate american promise that we can only decide for them today, future. a brighter so republicans, and democrats, we will indeed all live free. god bless you new hampshire and god bless the united states. [applause] ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please
welcome no labels vice chair, matt mccartney. [applause] >> good morning new hampshire, all roads lead here for the fall foliage for presidential politics and for problem-solving. [applause] i am delighted to be back, i was here a month ago so i am pleased to return today. i have the privilege of introducing the united states senator and republican presidential candidate, lindsey graham. trulys had a distinguished and impactful career in service to his home state of south carolina and to our nation.
since joining the house of he hasntatives in 1994, not lost a single election. that speaks volumes about his political skills but also speaks to how he engages and handles himself, engaging with the people around our country in his own stick -- home state. he is a strong and thoughtful voice. on the issues impacting our country today. he has done his homework on foreign policy. and understands the issues better. he understands entitlement reform, reforming social security, creating jobs in the economy and businesses large and small. i might add that as a fellow southerner he speaks it little accent as least as far as i'm
concerned. face of partisan pressure that we have heard so has shown aoday, he consistent willingness to step across the aisle to get things and for the american people take difficult stands on difficult issues. [applause] said what is wrong in washington is we don't do enough i am ar these days senator, he continued, in the sense way senators used to be. is referring to building a consensus and compromise. with plenty of charm, and open door, and an authentic sense of humor which you will be the beneficiary of, it gives for memorable quips, senator graham provides that conviction, substance, and collegiality and
proves they can all go hand in hand. he has had a remarkable life story and that reflects his values and character. it reflects his career in public service, both in politics, and serving in our military. he represents the kind of purposeful leadership that no labels problem solvers strongly supports and i think most of you do as well leaders who are determined to stop fighting and start fixing and to help lift people's lives and give our country a better future. that is the nicest introduction i've ever given a republican. ladies and gentlemen, senator lindsey graham of south carolina. ♪ [applause]
sen. graham: out of respect i won't dance. that ifirst announced would take senator thurmond's change senators every 50 years when we need to or not. so bob dole was my national chairman. strom thurmond was speaking and james brown was entertainment. what's the moral of the story? no one knew i was there. [laughter] seeing bob dole trying to keep time was sort of worth it all. speaking of trying to keep time, i want to take questions.
thank god for new hampshire. [applause] the last place on earth where you can meet 20 people running for president if you are lucky. keep south carolina in your prayers, it has been a tough year. the charleston shooting, i would like to note the people in the mother immanuel church did a better job of representing my state and mankind than i could've ever hoped for. [applause] if you are looking for a model to follow, go to that church. tough, 18lly been inches of rain in 18 hours and charlson. -- charleston. the governor and rescue efforts are doing a great job. let's talk about our country. do you agree america is worth fighting for? [applause]
do you think it's worth dying for? [applause] is it worth compromising for? [applause] in many ways it is easier to go to afghanistan than washington. at least you know who the enemy is. i want to talk to you about trade off. anybody married? i think you know what i'm talking about. life at its best is a series of trade-offs. hey. the bottom line is here is what the next president needs to do whether who here she may be. they need to get us into a room, have a drink, maybe more than one. get everybody liquored up and solve problems.
this is what reagan and o'neill did. campaign-finance reform. get money out of politics? [applause] join my campaign. we have accomplished that. citizens united has to be revisited because it will be hard to solve any problem when unlimited giving by unknown people. [applause] it will probably take a constitutional amendment but i think there's a way to get there. that would be a priority for may because if you don't get this fixed, i think the days of problem-solving. are behind us when you have 158 families
financing half the money. call them up. something is broken there. debt. do you all agree that that is a no little problem -- no-label problem? the debt we are about to pass on to future generations could care less if you are republican or democrat. what drives the debt? spending? that's pretty clever. what drives the debt over time? spending on what? entitlement reform. how many of you think social security is worth saving? [applause] social security and medicare are programs that people depend on for a quality of life when they retire. they are in jeopardy of being overwhelmed because 80 million baby boomers of which i am one
will retire in the next 20 years. 35 years. anybody born from 46 to 64. anybody born after 64? good luck. it.are going to need of --ou heard here's what i would do if i were president. i would dust it off and use it as a template. there is no way you can tax her way out of this problem. 80 million people will retire en masse and we will be down to two workers for every retiree in the next 20 years. in 1950 there were 16 workers for every retiree. in 20 years there will be two. had kids after he was 67, if you can do that we can turn this around. [laughter]
if you think you can do that, you probably have a high opinion of yourself. i am not betting on you delivering so i am going to plan b. what do you do? you have a lot of people wanting their social security check and medicare bills paid and you have two people paying fica taxes and medicare taxes. simpson bowles is a great trade-off. here's what republicans have to do. we have to eliminate deductions in the tax code that many of us enjoy. $1.2 trillion per year given away in deductions. we have to bring some of that back to the treasury and put it on debt and violate pledges that all of us have signed. have you heard of the grover norquist pledge? i like grover and here's what he said. if you eliminate a deduction
like second-home interested action, but if you eliminate that, under the plate you would have to take all the money to buy down tax rates. the problem is no democrat will get in the room to adjust the age of retirement or benefits. what simpson bowles requires is for republicans to eliminate deductions, take some revenue to pay down debt, and what our democratic friends have to do in return? adjust the age retirement because we are living so much longer and we have to ask people and come levels, i make $175,000 a year, i'm not saying i'm worth it but that's what we pay ourselves. we have to ask upper income americans to take smaller benefits, not taccone and cuts but esther tony and cuts get the baby boomers to retirement and dignity without wiping out their pension. [applause]
say iou hear a republican won't do revenue that means you are not going to help the country. when you hear a democrat say we don't need to deal or mess with social security and medicare, you have your head in the sand. we are $70 trillion short of the money we need over the next 75 years to pay the medicare-social security bills. if you took the wealth of the 1% including their dogs, everything, you are $30 trillion. you're not going to grow the economy enough to close the gap and if you eliminate the defense department which is 20% of one third of the budget, you don't move the needle. we know what to do, let's just do it. [applause] immigration. i had six primary opponents over this one topic. i have been working on this for over a decade. i am called lindsey graham this
ahamnesty and lindsay gomez. i would sit down with democrats and try to find a way forward. can i tell you the truth? the trade-offs are simple. on the republican side, once we secure the border which we all want, once we increase legal immigration, which most of us believe we need because you are down to two workers unless you have a bunch of kids after 67, you should look for workers. most all of us want to control who gets a job from a national e-verify system that we break down at 11 million. we cannot seem to embrace a rational solution to the 11 million. any time you touch this, it is amnesty this and amnesty that.
i am here to tell you that you can talk about immigration reform, you can vote for immigration reform in the reddest of red states and you can still win but i am still here. [applause] had -- i had six opponents from mildly disturbed to completely insane. who isane guys were wil worried the most about. here's what i told people in south carolina. how do you deport 11 million people? physically? immigrationyou fix without one democratic vote. friends, ifatic you'll meet me in the middle i will meet you in the middle and we have done it time and time again. [applause]
if i am president, we are not going to quit until we get this right. my friends in the house, we have sent you three bills that got over 65 votes. dealing with immigration comprehensively. it is time for you to up your game. [applause] once you secure your border and control who gets a job and increase legal immigration, no one wants a felon as to the 11 million who are non-felons. you stay on our terms, learn our language, i don't speak it well but look out. you have to pay a fine and taxes, get back in the line, and wait 10 years for a green card but here's what i would never agree to. i hate the european model of second-class citizens. if we let you stay here i will let you be part of the country. [applause]
how many of you believe climate change is real? [applause] too. [applause] here is the trade-off. for those who believe climate change is real, you will have to deal with a guy like me who will push a lower carbon economy over time in a business friendly way. the trade-off is energy producers and environmentalists and environmentalists in a room trying to find over a 50 year period a way to lower the carbon economy and in the meantime, responsibly exploring fossil fuels and trying to create alternative energy in every sector of the economy.
it is a problem that needs to be solved and not a religion. to my friends on the left making this a religion you are making a mistake. my friends on the right, that this is not science, tell me why. science, you know why? i never got an f. i have been to greenland. i have been to alaska and i have heard from people living in these regions how the climate is changing. what 90% of climatologists tell who am i to tell them they don't know what they are talking about. [applause] the trade-off is joe lieberman, john terry, and lindsey graham got close and we had to deal with the spill in the gulf. we had to look at looking at a mall method of energy that is not exploiting. pushing low carbon emissions,
having the government involved until we can get a foothold on a lower cal carbon alternative. thatng carbon targets would give america clean water and clean air. those are the trade-offs. i will take questions. there is no foreign policy element to those labels. should there be? let me tell you about a group who buys into no labels. radical islam is very much into no labels. they look in this audience and they don't see anything different. if you spent two minutes you would see a lot of things different in terms of liberal, conservative, moderate, vegetarian. w, we got it. they see us as the same. we are americans and we buy into the idea of worshiping god the individual way, not the group
way. or maybe not at all. we buy into electing our leaders and not having them thrust upon us. we buy into the idea that young women have value. [applause] here's a thought. agree that radical islamic terrorists who crucified children, who sell women into slavery in the name of god, who slaughter everybody that disagrees with them. throwing gay couples off roofs. if we can't come together and say that we stand united against you, we are making a mistake. i will tell you -- [applause] how to solve this problem with terrorism is a bit complicated.
should be asst it easy as wanting to solve the other problems i just described. let me just say this in ending. 3000 of us died on 9/11 for one reason. they couldn't kill more of us. if they would, they could. i have never been more worried about another 9/11 than i am right now. the enemy is of mankind, not only, are getting more strong and legal by the day. i hope no labels can find some accommodation for a foreign policy plank that says the following. america should lead. we should be involved. withould help others deal problems common to mankind. it is more than just wrapping a bomb. i am the chairman of the foreign operations subcommittee in charge of all the foreign aid in
the federal budget. i believe the program bush created in africa is making a safer environment and is making us better. i believe foreign assistance would do more damage to radical islam over the ark of time than a bomb. i believe educating a young poor girl in a remote region in the mideast is the ultimate antidote to terrorism. [applause] i believe that america at her best is the hope of mankind. let us be at our best, thank you. [applause] mack mclarty: welcome to new hampshire. my question to you is is a
veterans issue and i know you are that are in you have been up there many years. you past the veterans accountability act and a lot of people brag about it using veterans as political pawns and not one person was fired. there's a bill of 1082 where only a few senators have signed on board. is, why have you and other republicans and immigrants come together that have been up there for years to fix the v.a. system where we are dying? thank you for your service, the reform that we did pass with senator mccain's leadership allows veterans the choice card if they live over 40 miles from a facility they can go to a local doctor or hospital. if you wait over 30 days you can access the local hospital. in new hampshire your provider is in vermont. so that was a big deal for
people in new hampshire. your point is well taken. we are fighting a bureaucracy that won't give up without a fight. how about this? if you serve your country and are eligible for health care, give you a card where you can go anywhere you want to go anytime. [applause] that costs money but it is money well spent. you can't do that unless you do with entitlements. by 2040, all the money you spend -- send in taxes goes to medicare, social security, and interest on debt. there will be no money left for the dod, department of education, or the v.a.. if you don't turn around the tsunami of entitlement spending, by age adjusting and letting out the tax code, it is talk.
county and for helping veterans and alzheimer's patients in helping people overseas who need our help to reconstruct their lives so they can push back against radical islam. if the it will happen next president can't get us in a room to do something sensible. [applause] >> the crowds turning on you. as far as i know the constitution requires congress to declare war. the last time they declared war was december of 41. we have been in a lot of wars and have not one very many since then. would you require a congressional declaration of war before we go?
if we declare war, go to when it -- win it? sen. graham: i think we have declared war five times in the history of the nation. one thing you can't have his 500 85 commanders in chief. that is not a way to conduct military operations. the bottom line is when i think congressional authorization to il inorce and destroy, is syria, yes, i would. i don't think i'm required to do so because they are a direct threat. how many believe that they want to hit us if they could? [applause] the number onee job the president has is to be commander in chief and protect the homeland? [applause] lenny tell you what i would do to destroy them. you will not do it from the air. you have to have a ground component. we have 3500 americans on the
ground in iraq. , the architect of the surge, says we need 10,000. the good news is that the fraction of what we had in the past. aviation battalions with helicopters flown by american pilots to take the fight to isil, special forces on the ground, if they picked up the phone and got in the car, would be on top of them to disrupt their operations. air controllers to drop bombs on the right people, 70% of the aircraft's comeback with the that is what i would do and i want you to know that before you vote, that if you vote for me whatever it takes as long as it takes until we destroy these are my view. syria, i don't know if there is anybody left to train but a no-fly zone would be a relief to the people. establishing a place for them to go without being barrel bombed would be a great step.
an enclave to train people without fear of being killed, having the region by into what we are doing. the good news is that every arab is against turkey assad being in power. the good news is that the syrian people are not radical, to say they are is slander. i have been there a lot. they are not going to accept the leader because he has massacred their families. i would organize a regional force and train the free syrian army more effectively and support them from a regional point of view and ask congress to help me and go in with the goal of winning. when you bring them down you had better stay because if you leave too soon, it repeats. this is a generational struggle. syria has been raped and decimated. the money to reconstruct will be in ominous but it should come
from sb enormous [applause] none of that is possible unless military.d your we are on track to have the smallest army since 1940, the smallest 80 since 1915. -- maybe since 1915 it is notthreat that just the defense budget being cut, the nih budget is being cut. the cdc has been cut. let's replace these defense cuts and non-defense cuts. looking at tax reform and entitlement reform. the answer is i would see i would' blessing but not let a emotional congress keep me from defending america. i am fighting to win. winning is my goal. destroying these grassroots is
my goal -- bastards is my goal. name is kyle osting. the you know anybody in new hampshire -- know themm: do you because indiana's way down the road? republican, thank you for running for president and being a voice of reason. it is much appreciated. a few years ago, wall street crashed and they got a bailout while the middle class still crashed and they haven't. today, wall street is doing greater than ever. what is your plan specifically to make sure main street gets their bailout because it is long overdue. thank you. [applause] sen. graham: other than the government bailing out main street, how about creating jobs on main street?
if you think the government is the salvation of the middle class, don't vote for me. are thehink jobs salvation of the middle class, vote for me. [applause] a little about me. i grew up in the back of a liquor store. this is why i would be a good president for you. , neither finished high school and on a liquor store, bar, and pool room. we lived in one room until high school, i was loved. they worked hard to make a living. when i was going to college for in 1975 after coming back from my first vacation to disney world which was like going to mars, my mom was diagnosed with hodgkin's disease. by june of 76, she had passed.
we were wiped out because we were underinsured. my dad died later, i'm 22, my sisters 13. if we did not have benefits we would not made it. when i talk about social security i know what i'm talking about. , would give up benefits today i am 60, not marry, i have no i would401(k) plan, gladly give up: and she my benefits. -- shave my benefits. about theho worry economy, a $15 per hour minimum wage would displace people. the middle class is somebody who cannot go on vacation when the child is sick. you make too much to be on government assistance but you live paycheck to paycheck. competition for labor is the best hope of the middle class.
when a bunch of people looking to hire you, not a few. why did boeing come to south carolina? why did bmw come to south carolina? because we wanted them to come. we would take your workforce needs, go to the technical colleges, and train a workforce superior to second to none, ready to go, helping you help yourselves. we would get permits done in time that you never enb nvisioned. there's a reason they would come to south carolina. everybody you had a manufacturing business had to if you didn't,e your employee would go to boeing. waitresses in this country and waiters, creating an environment, some of the else will open a restaurant
across the street and hire you. i want to take what we did in south carolina to washington. i went to unleash the greatest economy in the world. people are more screwed up than we are. we are this far away from energy independence, manufacturing with the right kind of tax code can bloom. we can take this money overseas, bring it back, we can build roads and bridges and these technologies in your pocket may be made in china but they were invented here. our best days are ahead. we will hold each other and solve problems for the good of us all. thank you very much. [applause] ♪
would you put the url back up there? everyone, i'mg glad i got a chance to hear about your voting. i know you will agree with everything i say. i think you will agree with my panel as well. these are problem solvers and we are lucky to have them. my name is 80 stoddard -- amy stoddard. as we approach new hampshire's first-in the nation primary, the focus on these candidates in the 2016 presidential election will continue to increase. while we
need to ensure that the next leader of our country is a committed problem solver, part of that commitment is working with folks like the ones joining me to solve a problem you need to set goals and work with the other side to find practical solutions. it is what reagan and arniel did when they fixed social security and the tax code and what gingrich did when they balance the budget with clinton. it's what our congress needs to do in 2017 and what these members of congress will help the next problem solver president accomplished. pleasure to welcome to the stage a group of lawmakers from both parties who have led the way in problem solving to stop fighting and start fixing. these men are truly committed to problem solving. they are people that have taken the lead in the critic colleagues to reach across the if we can get a new
president to come in, committed to the national strategic agenda, they will lead the charge to help get that worked on. please join me in welcoming congressman on the barra -- from washington. congressman sean patrick maloney from new york. reed, republican from new york. peter welch from vermont, and congressman mike fitzpatrick, republican from its of enya. i thought i would give congress and these guys from credit.
even though it's been a political year where a lot of focus has been on the partisan ofdlock and the polarization in thein this country few months of this year we have seen great progress. it doesn't get a lot of attention but the keystone xl pipeline approval did make it to the president's desk. in aess worked together historic agreement to solve something complicated. it is known as the medicare doc fix which year after year since .997 has failed to be solved the iran review deal was bipartisan, we also saw legislation on human trafficking . i want to start off saying these men are working -- and women all
the time with our colleagues in congress to try to do things that don't always get a lot of attention. we want big problems are solved and they are looking for framework in more ambitious goals to be tackled but i wanted to start on that note. so i will start with congressman friendwho said when his kevin mccarthy stepped down and out of the running for the race for speaker in a dramatic moment, you said things have gotten too hard and you are part of a body that no longer legislates. what you thinkce will open a pathway to cooperation and build an environment where a huge goal like one of the four goals in the national strategic agenda could be reached. congressman welsch: i think on a macro level there are two major issues. the micro in congress thinks they can do.
money and politics is a catastrophe with 158 families driving the debate. we heard lindsey graham talk about that. the second issue is gerrymandering. a lot of us come from districts that are hyper liberal or hyper conservative. it means members of congress fear a primary more than they do a general election. i come from vermont, i am the only one elected so i have to be listening to and working for a broad cross-section. those are two that need to be got with. within congress there is an axis central decision my republican colleagues have to make -- texas dental decision if a tough, people within the be the democrats but it is the republicans are you give veto power to a group that says unless they get their way they will shut government down. i give john boehner credit because he refused on this question of funding to let the
tactic of shutdown be used. now we have this question of who will lead. we know the only time things get mentioned is for you get republican and democratic votes.if we are going to succeed , we have to be opening this up where the issues that are very important, the export-import bank's or transportation bill. we put those on the floor and let the will of the house be exercised by letting them who are like-minded to take a step ahead and do it. a.b. stoddard: i think it's only fair we heard from congressman reed. he is a cochair of the house problem solvers caucus. no one seems to want to lead the house republican conference and not many want to follow.
from the ashes of this, do you see some kind of opportunity for changes in the process or rules that would open up the house to more legislation and cooperation, particularly we have to explain for those who namedknow it, the rule after a former speaker where the majority of your conference or is has to support things or it can't leave. votes, it can't leave unless it has the majority of 247 republicans. is there a prospect of this changing or are there others that could open up more productive functioning? reed: thanks to each one of you joining us today. really taking on the fundamental issue of washington, d.c. that is how do we move the people's business first and get legislation signed into law for
hard-working americans? your question raises an issue. one of the answers his leadership. i see an opportunity here in the house of representatives as we have a transition from speaker boehner who i do applaud and have for many years because he is one of 12, i am the youngest of 12, you learn how to solve albums in that kind of household and quickly. matters.p leadership in the sense of setting out what other problems and solutions and communicating it. and communicating it with the body and the house of representatives because i will tell you if the leadership leads and inspires, we will follow. we want to take care of the americans business. america's business.
when you ask the fundamental rule about the majority that has to rule, well that change? i don't know if there is a rule per se. if you will lead you need the majority of people on your side and on the other side in order to solve the problems we face. because these are big problems these are big problems that jeopardize the future of america. in order to get the real solutions that people will support for generations, you need solutions that inspire the american people. they demand it because once the american people demand it, i am new and i came in at 2010. when the american people speak to what your district representatives, those representatives get nervous. oil.squeaky noise get some empowering the people will lead to problem solving, and it will get this nation going in the right direction.
that is what i went to washington to do. [applause] a.b. stoddard: thank you so much. i am trying to do r&d. so, congressman maloney. empowering the people. this is what everyone in the room what's to know. how can they force change, motivate the people they know? roommates, family members, neighbors. you know that congress is as popular as bedbugs. i know you and your fellow members. congressman maloney: that's unfair to bedbugs. a.b. stoddard: you and your fellow members are patriots. you came to washington to solve problems and not get mired in gridlock. but it's not working. what do you hope these people, that voters, that presidential candidates, and members of congress can do, so we can see a
framework for meeting a huge goal, or at least starting one by april 2017. congressman maloney: thank you for having us here and i have to give a shout out to new hampshire. i grew up there. anybody from hanover? [applause] congressman maloney: for me, all roads lead from new hampshire. there are a bunch of us from congress it didn't go there to fight. we want to sit down and work things out. we want to figure problems out. we believe our country can be stronger and more prosperous than it has ever been. i understand why people are upset but you have to get involved. i'm happy to see all these college kids. how many of you have student loans? how many parents are here with a kid that has a student loan? how many parents that are trying to plan to pay for college for a kid? how many of you don't want them living on your couch after
college? all of you. my old man had a lot of kids, there were six of us. my sister had a developmental disability. he sent us to college on one income. they make good choices and sacrificed a lot. by folks never went out to dinner and they never took a trip. they also had a country that had their back and the government invested in good schools, roads, bridges and research and science. and extent of the circle of opportunity for people that were shut out. making possible the opportunities that their hard work was earned for them. we believe in that and can have a brighter future. if a republican or democrat has a lower cost of college to make it more affordable for folks like my parents, that these people don't start with a bunch of debt and can't move out and can't buy a car or house. that is not a democrat or republican issue, that is american. you should applaud them whether they are red or blue.
make it about a competition for who can make this process relevant. i hear people say kids don't care about politics. maybe that's true. i say what does it have to do with their lives? why should they care? there's a lot of competition for their time and energy. a lot of it is on the screen. politics has to be relevant. all of you have to demand of us that we start talking about things that matter. i would rather have imperfect progress than perfect gridlock. you have to help us on that. [applause] a.b. stoddard: thank you so much. congressman fitzpatrick. town in thek to days after the 2010 election. a powershift when republicans took back not only a huge portion of seats in congress but all across the country and statehouses and governors
mansions. was a great couple of months until april of 2011 from we had a near government shutdown in the middle of that summer, near default. at the end of august, a partial shutdown of the federal aviation agency. the creation of a supercommittee, the failure of the supercommittee, and the sequester. it no doubt helped president obama have a foil to run against in his reelection campaign against mitt romney. tell us how you joined with the problem solver caucus and how it created a path out of the gridlock for you and the members that are in it? congressman fitzpatrick: you are right, that. -- period of time when a lot of us arrived at the same time was exciting but it was also frustrating and trying. we went with the frustrations of our constituents on our back to
solve problems. we ran head on to solve those problems into some of the issues that have been talked about today. i want to mention following up on what sean patrick maloney said. my kids are trying to go to college at the same time and it is expensive. it doesn't matter what party you are or what district you represent or where you come from. we have the same issues as members of congress as our constituents. we are sent there to solve them. when we got there in 2011, there was a lot of legislating that went on. there was freewheeling on the floor of the house. mm its were getting votes and it was exciting. then when the tough decisions came up talking about the debt ceiling and government operations is when i got more difficult. on the floor of the house, you will see legislators that are
sent there not just to solve problems but follow it up and make the tough vote. what you are looking at is nevers of congress who vote after -- members of congress who vote to rate the debt ceiling and make sure we don't default on the nation's debt. make sure we can continue operations so it concern people even after debates continue on what the government should look like. one of the few organizations and the nations capital existing for ourselves, moderate democrats and republicans who want to solve problems is the no labels problem solvers caucus. i think tommy said we are up to over 100 individuals or so. roughly half republican and democrat. in the very beginning of the session here, you talked about those bipartisan votes like trade promotion authority. they were bipartisan. so was the vote two weeks ago to
keep the government operational. we voted for that. i think the paradigm in the future will be hopefully a majority of democrats and majority of republicans coming together around tough issues and working together. the caucus gives us time to do that and talk about it. a.b. stoddard: thank you so much, conga spent fitzpatrick. largerg of moving from goals to smaller ones. in the great clash of 1995 and 1996, i remember publicans taking over, they had specific goals in the contract with america. they pushhealth care, something through that was a clear goal and united around it. president clinton and speaker gingrich went on to balance the budget and reform welfare. no labels is asking our next president and no matter what congress he or she is working
with, divided, united, same party, different party. to work together on ambitious goals on energy independence, job creation, entitlement reform. things that up until now have enjoyed majority support but have eluded the congress. how are your smaller or medium efforts creating a path where you can see a president committed to this agenda as well as the congress actually moving forward on at least one? >> we are americans first and we have to look at this as americans first, not republican or democrat. the efforts we started in the last congress coming together, 23 democrats, 17 republicans saying we are committed to problem solving. meeting every other week for breakfast, getting to know one another's families, growing that group to over 100 members is a
solid foundation. we are committed to work together and have demonstrated we are willing to cross over. when we regrouped this congress and asked where we can have impact and set them with no labels, we understand the next president in their first hundred days, has a real opportunity to do something big. we absolutely believe we need a national strategic agenda. you can't run a business if you don't have a plan in your household. we have an agenda and are committed to the national strategic agenda. that is why all of you here in new hampshire are important. what you are doing is you are interacting with those candidates. make sure you ask if they are committed to this national strategic agenda. i don't want to say we are going to do one of those goals because all four of them are critical. [applause] bera: you elect us to do
the necessary things and that next president, whether it is a democrat or republican has to be committed. more, wee, 100, maybe are trying to get every member to commit to these goals. we will go to the president and say here is a bipartisan group of members of congress that have endorsed these strategic goals. we want to work with you and let's get it done. we are committed to this and understand what is at stake. this is our children and grandchildren's future. that's why we are willing to do what is necessary. here in the first primary state in the country, get out and hold those candidates accountable, push them to be specific on their goals and make sure they sign off on these because we are committed. a.b. stoddard: thank you
congressman bera. i hope the members that have made it clear how much you need to stay involved and become energized, engage the people around you to put the pressure not only on members of congress but on candidates and the next president. to that end i want to open up the floor to questions. i will be looking around, the gentleman here. thank you for coming. >> thank you for coming, i apologize for the fact that i missed the memo about the blue suit. that in addition to the four strategic goals of
no labels, there needs to be a fifth overarching goal that has to do with big money and big politics. [applause] that absentrgue fixing that, none of the four will see much headway. senator graham alluded to the fact that we may need a constitutional amendment for citizens united. aside from that, what can you do specifically to fix the big money, they politics problem- -- big politics problem? >> we need to know where that is coming from so we can enact legislation to have transparency. it will be tough to overturn citizens united unless the supreme court decides they may have made a mistake. but it will be a grassroots movement of folks coming together and pushing things. there's a lot of organizations
that are working on this issue. i would encourage folks to get involved because i agree, until we get this money out of politics, we will not have real debate. [applause] my name is patrick sweeney from cleveland, ohio. i spent 32 years in the legislature. i am baffled by the absence of reaction to the fact that in 2010, both political leaders that were going to take over in a month dedicated themselves to the failure of the administration. not one bit of noise out of the democrats or republicans. total silence. i am baffled. what happened?
how can you have a situation where party leadership is dedicated to the failure of administration? sedition, probably. [laughter] you are talking about senator mcconnell saying that his goal was to make the president a one term president? that's off the rails. elected -- who get that is competition in the election. once you get office, it is about cooperation. [applause] republican, absolutely the wrong approach to take. [applause] if there is a new generation of leaders in washington, d.c. there are about 70% of us in the house and senate that have not served under any other president than this one. that is a fresh breath of
leadership that we are trying to harness. i can see it happening. i will leave you with an optimistic note. don't buy into all the headlines on fox news or msnbc. there are hard-working men and women in washington, d.c. that are coming together to solve america's problems and we are going to get it done. [applause] >> but also, we need all your help. everyone in this room -- who watches fox news? who watches msnbc? for one week, all the msnbc watchers watch fox. and for the next week, all you fox watchers watch msnbc. will you do that? will you listen to somebody who disagrees with you? you might learn something.
>> expecting to hear from donald trump within the next few minutes or so. we are here at the no labels conference. it was a group created after the 2010 elections in order to bridge the divide between republicans and democrats. we heard from martin o'malley telling voters that the u.s. needs not only new leadership but a new way of governing. and former senator here, joe lieberman.
>> thank you, dear friends. it is great to be back up here. i have the honor of introducing the next presidential candidate, who is unique in many ways just to give you a hint. [laughter] he is the only candidate that they use the article "the" before his name. the the vatican or it th hague or the bronx. theonsistently leads national state polls of heublican candidates as himself has occasionally pointed out. [laughter] but those polls are important and relevant and have a message that is important and relevant for all of us about public opinion today. many people obviously see donald trump as the best vehicle to
express the most common emotions of this intense and unusual campaign, which are disappointment, disdain, and anger towards the status quo in washington. those same emotions and opinions are exactly what led to the creation of no labels. but as you know, no labels is not a campaign for a candidate. we are a national campaign for an idea. which is to make america's government work for the people of america again. [applause] donald trump's life gives us at lessons veryat consistent with what no labels is about. he has had a very successful career in real estate. and we all know he is successful not because he knocked buildings down, but because he built
buildings up. and we need leaders who will build up america's government again. [applause] secondly, we need leaders who can agree on some big goals and then negotiate the details to get them accomplished. has had somee experience negotiating deals. in fact, he wrote a book called "the art of the deal." nobody in washington seems able to negotiate a deal on anything as basic as even the budget. so i hope that maybe donald trump will talk to us today about the lessons of his negotiating deals and what they can teach him and every other candidate running this year about how to make america great again. whatever he talks about, i want
they explained what no labels represented and where we have to go in this country because we are getting nothing done whatsoever. i said i'm pretty sure i'm going to be able to do it. day they announced, i will be there without question. [laughter] they are tough negotiators. i had another speech someplace. it was actually quite a bit of a problem. i told them i wouldn't do it. they went nuts. they were not happy. is that right? they were not happy people. ultimately i said, i may have gone a little over that 50% level. and so here i am. right? here i am. [applause] and i love new hampshire. the latest poll came out. to 13.
somebody said, why do you talk about the polls? because i am winning. nobody else ever talks about the polls because they do lousy in the polls. if they were doing well, they would be talking about the polls. we had 32 to 13. that is a big gap and that is in new hampshire. i know so many people have friends in new hampshire, they are amazing people. thank you all. i really appreciate it. [applause] so when we talk about no labels and getting along -- i'm not going to say it too much because tipper o'neill and ronald reagan, i look at that as the ultimate. different views, different everything and they liked each other and they got along and they got things done. and they had a leader in ronald reagan. because ultimately it is about the president. presidentso about the then you can imagine. and if the president is a leader, if he is a real leader,
or she is a real leader, you will get things done. but you need the leadership to come from the very pinnacle. and if it doesn't, it's not going to happen. and that's not happening now. it's not happening now. people aren't getting together. i see it. i have actually been doing this for a long time. i was very establishment. i was the ultimate. i gave more money than anything. i decided to run, i was antiestablishment. can you believe this? but we can't take a chance on a loss. -- i was previously thinking about doing it and i decided not to because i thought it was a race that could have and i don't want that to happen again. if you look at what happened four years ago, timing was right. everything was right.
and it should have been done. it is going to be done this time and hopefully it's going to be done by me. and i think we are going to have a result is going to be great. we are going to turn the country around. we are going to make america great again. and that's what's going to happen. that's what's going to happen. i looked at a couple of things that i thought would be appropriate. and i'm thinking back about my career. when i was a young man in new york, we had a problem called a skating rink. it took eight years. everyone knows. they now study it in all the business schools. we all studied it. i didn't study it, i did it. rink. a it wasn't such a little deal. it was an 80,000 foot rink. and the government could get a bill -- couldn't get a bill.
it was a renovation, it wasn't even building. after eight years, i had a daughter growing up, and she would say, dad, i want to go ice skating. and every year i would say to ivanka, have you heard of ivanka? she's great. there was no ice. i would look out the window and see hundreds of guys sitting at the rink. and after seven years, i went to koch. i can do this thing right. i met with the unions. i met with people doing refrigeration. the engineer was based in miami, florida. it's true. and they were using freon.
that means if you have a little in 30 miles of pipe, it's not going to work. i said, that doesn't sound good. so i called up the montreal canadiens ice hockey team. rinks? who does your they said, he's excellent, he is based here in montreal. so he came in and immediately said, you cannot use freon. .ou have to use brine it's water with salt and it. how simple could that get? it was much less expensive. koch said,own and ed lp you do it. we had cement mixers. they were using little mixers.
like take the biggest office floor you know and triple it and then fill another little section. and then the vandals would come at night and steal all the copper. so i said, this is not good. you want one contiguous pour. so i had trucks from the rink all the way back to harlem, cement mixers. we poured it all in one day. it was 26 hours and 25 minutes. it healed beautifully. when the city did it, it was like this. ice for a lotmake of reasons. when i talk about the price, the biggest problem i had was demolition. that was the biggest cost. i had to demolish everything
that was done. so i got it done. i got everybody together and we got it done. and to this day it is the most successful ice-skating rink. i still run it. i have run it for many years and it is the number one in the world and it does great. i was thinking about it because we are talking about no labels. joes talking to john and and we are talking about getting together. i got together with everybody. the city, the council. everything had to be done fast. the beauty is i did it in four months. i did it for $1.8 million. the city had already spent $20 million and most of it was demolition. that's what happens. and you can do it with this country. believe me, you can do things that people have no idea construction wise. our roads and bridges are falling apart.
i just left laguardia airport. it's like a third world airport. it's third world. it's horrible. go out to the runways, it's horrible. over the world, i have so many different relationships and partnerships and very complicated stuff and i meet the richest people, the richest companies in the world and i'm partners with many of them in different parts. and all thetar different places -- by the way, all over china. you go to bahrain, saudi arabia. qc airports -- you have never seen anything like it. you see airports --you have never seen anything like it.
manhattan, they had a 350 acre piece of land on the east river. the east river is great. it was expandable into 550 acres. it was like five minutes into manhattan. they have been building that golf course i think for 30 years. i think. somebody said its really not 30, it's 21. ok. it's 21. it has been under construction for many years. we believe the cost is over $300 million. the mayor said, what do you think it should have cost? i said about $7 million. and they couldn't get it done. mayor bloomberg said, you've got to help us. i have a long-term deal and i took it over. i got it done in less than a
year. for peanuts. it's beautiful. it's getting all rave reviews. the city together, all the unions together. i had to get everybody together and we got it done and they worked so hard. and now it's open and setting every record because of its location. it's phenomenal to be right next to manhattan and on the river. it's unbelievable. so you can do these things. but it's about leadership. frankly if i had somebody that worked for me that was good, it wouldn't be good enough. it had to come from me. i needed the mayor's help. i needed the city council's help. it has to come from the president. you something that to me is so big. corporate inversion. i look at your different things that you have, things that you want to do. create 25 million jobs. balance the federal budget by 2030.
2030? that's an easy one. [laughter] [applause] saidgave me this note, i -- i think there is a typo. [laughter] 2030. secure social security. people have to do it. we have a contract. we all have a contract. i don't need mine, by the way. and i think if somebody doesn't want it, give it up. but it has to be that person's decision. [applause] worth hundreds and millions and billions of dollars that get social security. they don't even know the check comes in. they will never see the check. a lot of people would give it up for the good of the country. i want to do that. i don't know if anybody has even talked about that. i have friends who say, we don't want it. and you do it on the basis of spirit for the country.
we have to keep social security for the people that really need it. so important. [applause] securee america energy by 2024. it's almost energy secure now. because of technology, what we have on the ground is enormous. but we are not allowed to exploit it. and we have more than anybody. we have really good stuff. -- we have the best stuff. the really best stuff. i'm not talking about the tar sands. which are fine, but it is very expensive to get the oil. it costs a lot of money. we have the best stuff. we have prime. and we don't use it. and yet we are not allowed to use coal anymore. and yet we export coal to china. and we say china has to go under the agreement but they don't
have to go under for 25 and 35 years. how stupid are we? how stupid do they think we are? how stupid do they think we are? [applause] it's like our military. i love the military. i love our veterans. i will take such great care of our veterans, believe me. i have a lot of my friends here. a lot of my friends here, the veterans. our veterans are being treated -- worse, i am telling you, worse than illegal immigrants in this country. and they are our greatest people. and our wounded warriors are not being treated fairly and we will take care of that. when you look at all of the difficulties -- i watched president obama last night on television. he bombed. very simply. and it was not easy for him, because steve kroft was doing -- they were much nicer to me two weeks ago. can you believe that?
putin.n with putin and trump, nice stablemates. everything is negative. syria.raq, afghanistan, that statistic of 5.4% is a phony statistic. it doesn't mean anything. other than the politicians in this room, they don't count because they are fabulous. these are fabulous people. i hate to insult people when they are sitting there with their wives. it is terrible. these statistics are made up by politicians. because you always look good. a guy looks for a job, or a woman, they say i can't find one, they go back, they are considered essentially employed. we have 100 million people out
of the workforce. it's the highest number it has ever been. somebody said -- a very talented person said our unemployment rate, and i'm not going to take our number, they said unemployment rate is 42%. think of it. if you added up, it is. so i say 21% or 22% because i want to be nice to the president. it's a disaster. we have to take jobs back from all of these country that are ripping us. we have to bring them back. we have to bring them back home. [applause] happens -- and what has to happen is we will get into a situation where hopefully when the next president is interviewed by 60 minutes or whoever, they can say, wow, you have really made some unbelievable strides with trade deals. i have carl icahn lined up.
i have the smartest toughest negotiators in the world lined up. they don't want anything for it. salary.e i don't want a if i win -- somebody said to me, would you want your salary if i become president? no, i don't want it. these guys don't want anything. they actually want to help. i know people that are so tough and smart. --as saying the other day they said you want tough in terms of speaker. i don't want tough, i want tough and smart. tough is no good. i know too many tough people who are not smart. you need the combination. right? right. you need the combination. we need smart, tough people. we've got to bring our country back. we can't go on like this. we cannot continue to lose. the u.s. trade deficit with
china -- i had it looked up. it is almost $400 billion a year. it gets worse. if you want to do business with china, you can't. i have friends that are manufacturers. they can't get their product in and if they do they get a huge tariff. to --that i am very close by the way, i love the chinese. i think they are great. but their leaders are too smart. i love mexico. i love the mexican people. they are great. but their leaders are too smart. that big plant is moving to mexico. which means i am never going to eat another oreo again. i'm serious. never. [applause] billionbuilding a $2.5 plant in mexico. how is that going to help us?
why is this good for us? in tennessee, they are all set to announce a big plant. and the company announced very quickly, very ruthlessly, they have decided to go to mexico instead. so now they are going to mexico instead. it's not going to happen. we're going to keep our jobs in the united states. you want to do business with some of these countries, they charge you taxes. we don't charge them tax because we are stupid. we don't charge them. it's not fair. we need problems falters. we need leaders and you can't have leadership unless you know -- we are going to make our country rich again. a woman came up to me and said mr. trump, i like you. she is from new hampshire. i like you so much, but are you a nice enough person to be president? can you believe it? i said, i think i'm nice. i love people.
nice, her, i said, i'm believe me. i'm going to take care of people. i'm going to take care of women. i'm going to take care of men. i'm going to take care of the african-americans. look at their unemployment rates. it's a record. african-american youths. look at what's going on in the inner cities. they can't get jobs at all. i'm going to take care of people. i said to her, i really don't believe this is going to be about mi a nice person. i think people are fed up with incompetent politicians who don't get things done. i'm telling you. [applause] i think they are fed up. and i think this is going to be an election that's going to be largely based on competence. because we want our country back. we want to take it back. we want our country back. honor to bely an with you. it's an incredible group. behind me is the future. [applause]
except for a couple of people in the audience that i know. forget them. but this is the future. i thought i would take a couple of questions. it would be my honor. go ahead. you look healthy to me. go ahead. >> i would like to thank you for continuing the constructive conversation. as you probably know, president f an emergency plan for aids relief that has been very effective at aids treatment globally. you if yount to ask would commit to doubling the
number of people on treatment to 30 million people by the year 2020. >> i like committing to all of those things. those are great things. alzheimer's, aids. we are close on some of them. with all of the work that has been done, we are not very close with some of them. but the answer is yes. i believe so strongly in that and we will lead the way on that. [applause] i am impressed that you are here in person, i have to admit. i'm going to throw a question at you and i think it's going to be a hard one for you to answer. sapir is the challenge. -- so here is the challenge. compromise has become the dirty word. said, weher side would do this and that, and all they asked was for a specific tax increase or getting rid of a tax deduction, what could you offer at the table as a gesture
of compromise? >> the word compromise is not a bad word to me. having made deals all my life -- i'm coming out with a book in three weeks. it's a rough title. does anyone know the title of the book? crippled america. it is a very sad title. called me ander said, we want you to write a book. i realized how much negativity is going on. took these beautiful pictures of me smiling. i'm smiling. i look nice. i didn't use that picture. i used the worst picture in the whole group and it is mean and angry as i am angry about what's happening to the country and i put it right on the cover of the book. it's a horrible picture which
shows i don't have as much ego as -- but i like the word compromise. there is nothing wrong with compromise but it's always good to compromise and win. meaning let's compromise and win. as far as taxes are concerned, i put out a plan where i'm reducing taxes very substantially. we are bringing corporate down to 15%. bringing tremendous tax reductions to virtually everybody. we are rid of a lot of the deductions like carried interest. these are hedge fund deductions. we are getting rid of them. the hedge fund guys don't want to talk to me anymore. they wanted to give me millions. i am self funding my campaign. they wanted to give me millions, i don't want it. if i take it, i have to be like jeb bush and marco rubio and do what they tell me to do. believe me, they are puppets. major taxked for a
reduction so i think you will be very happy and the word compromise is absolutely fine. but if you are going to compromise, ask for about three times more than you want. you understand? so when you compromise you get what you want. ok. [applause] go ahead. she doesn't have a microphone. look who we have. good. >> i'm miss america's outstanding teen. and i travel across the country and teach kids about saving money, which is hard. our government is even fiscally responsible. so i'm asking every single candidate and i have been waiting to ask you. >> in particular. >> of course. specifically, what are you going to be doing about the $18 trillion deficit? >> by the way, it's no $19
trillion -- by the way, it is now $19 trillion. $19 trillion as a country and we are going to knock it down and we are going to bring it down big league and quickly. we're going to bring jobs back, we are going to bring business backs. we are going to stop our deficits. we're going to do it very quickly. [audience: how?] havember one, we tremendous cutting to do. we have a department of education that is tremendously out of control. most of the republican candidates like common core. i am totally against it. i want local education. [applause] when i am in new hampshire and iowa and south carolina -- so important. we're going to save on department of they are not doing it.
they're not doing their job and they are making it impossible for our country to compete. and many other things. dollars of billions of is going to be saved just in terms of running government. in addition to that, i'm going to bring millions of jobs back into this country. ok darling'? thank you. >> my name is michaela. i am wondering if you are all concerned that some of the divisive language you used on the campaign trail undermines your ability to solve problems. [applause] >> here's the thing. i went to i believe schools. i know what is divisive and what is not divisive, in all fairness. to necessarily be politically correct all the way down the line. [applause] -- theyi see people can't even function. i see politicians afraid to say
anything because it's not politically correct. and they know the answers and they refuse to give them a cousin they are afraid it's not going to be politically correct and i am going to have to be who i am. at the same time, i'm running against a lot of people. it was 16 and now it's 15. many are going to be dropping out very soon if they are smart. too many people. different kind a of situation, you will see me being much less divisive. remember this. i never start anything. i counterpunch. they start. they get very nasty. whether it is lindsey graham, rick perry, i get along great -- and then all of a sudden, because they are dying, they're iing so badly, they figure -- don't think anybody in this room wants to have somebody that is not going to fight back. the problem we have in this
country as we have people now that don't fight back. they don't fight back and the country is tremendously -- the country is being hurt tremendously by it. go ahead. >> my name is kyle smith. i'm a student leader. >> where are you? >> over here. i just want to say thank you first of all. i was wondering what your plan is in working across the aisle to increase civic engagement among millennial's, getting college students involved and student loans. >> so important. that's going to be worked on. the one thing i get more than any other question is student loans. they go out, they get an education from great colleges, they become the best student in their class, everything is great, and then they can't get a job.
the best way to solve it is to create jobs but they can't get jobs. students are borrowing money all over the place. loanformed the student money, which is one of the only agencies and government that makes a lot of money. it's the question i get more than any other question. we are going to be cutting back down. we are going to give people incentive to go out and get an education at a much lower price. forget, these schools because they get so much money through the government, they are raising their fees to appointed is ridiculous. they don't need to get that kind of money. [applause] because of the fact that the government is giving out so much money, you take a look at what has happened to the cost of education. believe me it hasn't gone up that much. we are to get those numbers down. and also we are going to have jobs so when you graduate you
are going to get a nice job for you are very happy. ok? great question. go ahead. i'm curious about your perspective on the freedom caucus or the tea party. which has been at the heart of -- >> i love the tea party. i will tell you about the tea party. these are people that love this country. they do love this country. and they want the country to be great. go ahead. not to offends -- anyone, but i see that planned parenthood is a deck chair on the titanic. that is where i'm coming from. to shut down the entire government over it is kind of this small world mindset. don't want planned
parenthood funded and i think a lot of people understand that including me. i understand that. [booing] go ahead. >> maybe i'm. wrong. maybe you can prove me wrong. but i don't think you are a friend to women. [applause] haveknew i shouldn't picked her. i respect women incredibly. i have had women working for me in positions that they have never worked in terms of so many different jobs. i had a woman who was in charge of the building of trump tower many years ago before it was even -- before anybody would have even thought of it and it did a fantastic job. i have given women more opportunity than i would say virtually anybody in the
construction industry. a have a daughter named ivank and a wife named melania who constantly want me to talk about women's health issues because they know how i feel about it and they know how i feel about women. i respect women, i love women, i cherish women. was one of the great people of the world. maybe the greatest ever. i respect women and i'm going to take care of women. jeb bush didn't want to fund women's health issues. you saw that. and then he took it back later. i will take care of women and i have great respect for women and i do cherish women and i will take care of women. i will take care of us also from the enemy -- meaning the enemy on different shores looking to come in and do numbers. i will take care of the people in this country far better than any of the folks you
are looking at right now. that i can tell you. go ahead. >> i want to get paid the same as a man and i think you understand that. so if you become president, will a woman make the same as a man and do i get to choose what i do with my body? [applause] >> you're going to make the same if you do as good a job. and i happen to be pro-life. ok? i'm pro-life. any other questions? go ahead.
it out. let's go. shoot. he's joking. choking. on. >> i have a quick question about something you said earlier this summer that south korea takes advantage of the united states in terms of defense spending. i just want to get the facts straight. >> are you from south korea? >> i am not. i was born in texas and raised in colorado. [applause] no matter where i am from i want to get my facts straight. i want to tell you that's not true. >> excuse me. it's peanuts compared to what
it's costing. it's peanuts. and by the way, they are a very wealthy country. part of the problem when we talk about deficits and losing and why can't we do -- we are defending germany, we are defending japan, we are defending south korea, so many countries and we get peanuts. it's a fraction. a tiny fraction. i say all the time about south korea, i ordered 4000 television sets recently. they all come from south korea. samsung --is lg or these are wealthy countries. we have 28,000 soldiers on the border of south korea. we defend germany, which is sending cars over there. we are defending japan.
so here's the deal's that we make. we defend japan and we have to defend them with their lives. if anybody a tax japan, we have an agreement. we have to go and attack and fight and i and spend. but if anybody attacks us, japan doesn't have to do a thing. .hat's the way we run things its not going to happen with me. and avoid defending people that are far richer with us. they are going to have to pay for it. why are we defending germany and south korea and japan? and they don't do anything for us. we are going to have great relationships, but why do we pay the cost of defending the world? when you look at your military budget, it is far higher than anybody else's. you know why it is higher? we are defending all these countries. it's not helping us. we are going to change things
and i wrote that song back in 2010. can we give akon some love? he wrote the no labels theme song. you all have been awesome today. you heard from three candidates. shhhhh. i'm talking. you heard from three candidates this morning. you are going to hear from five more this afternoon. do you feel like you are learning something? do you feeling you have heard from some problem solvers? ok. we must have to do it again. when i say problem, you say solvers. problem. problem. what the heck? i've got student leaders here.
we've got baby boomers here. we've got seniors here. we've got everybody here. did the students not hold their own? [applause] when i say student, you say leaders. student. student. excellent. is everybody ready to eat? let me give you some instructions. everybody ready? before we go out to eat, i want you to please please answer a few questions. remember you are supposed to be registering whether you agreed or disagreed with some of the things being said here today at aka.ms/nolabels. door, ando out of the i want everybody to go out to the door to my right.
are you all this? listening? ok. when you go out this door, you are going to pick up your lunch. it is a beautiful day. you can eat outside. but you better be back at 12:40 because it is going to be happening again. -- everybody be back here at can everybody be back here at 12:40? when i say problem, you say solvers. problem. problem. when i say problem, you say solvers. problem. problem. let's go eat. everybody be back at 12:40, ok? thank you.
>> live here in manchester, new hampshire, the 2016 candidates from both parties speaking at the no labels event. this is part of c-span's road to the white house coverage. we heard from martin o'malley telling voters that the u.s. needs not just new leadership but a new way of governing. the first of the eight parties at this event. we also heard from lindsey graham. you can find all of the speakers we have covered so far today online in our video library. just go to c-span.org. is a group created after the 2010 elections to bridge the divide between republicans and democrats. they will be coming back in about an hour. before they do, let's take a look back at what governor o'malley and lindsey graham said
earlier today during the conference. >> thank you. we have governor o'malley all ready to go. he is in las vegas. i had this spectacular talk that i wanted to provide for about 90 seconds but i'm going to cut that short. arei do think these goals important and i would single out that 25 million jobs in 10 years. i see a lot of these young people in green t-shirts walking around and they are going to need those jobs. our country needs those jobs. [applause] and we want problem solvers. governor o'malley and i have some things in common. we were both governors of big
states beginning with m. also headed our governors associations of our respective parties. we're both catholic. and he's running for president, i'm not. go and hes ready to wants at the end of his remarks to take some questions, get ready. i will be coming to you for some questions for our first candidate for president appearing in front of this historic no labels convention. ladies and gentlemen, governor martin o'malley from the great state of maryland. [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. thanks very much. of little correction by way
problem solving as you can see from the backdrop behind me. i am not yet in las vegas. i am talking to you from baltimore, maryland. land of the free and home of the brave and it's a great honor to be able to talk with all of you at least in this way. i'm looking forward to the democratic party finally joining this game and having a debate about how we solve our nation's problems. it's a wonderful idea, isn't it? both parties having debates? i want to thank senator lieberman. i want to thank governor huntsman. i also want to thank governor engler. and i especially want to it knowledge nancy jacobson, the founder of the no labels movement. i thought i would share a few ideas with you before we go to question and answer. golly, if you, by have answers, make sure you raise your hand first. what we are doing in the context
of this presidential campaign is not only selecting a person to lead us forward, but also we are on a search for answers. that sort of deeper understanding that we must achieve as a people that actually precedes the better actions we need to take as a country. actions that will make our country stronger so we can give children and future with more opportunity. i want to share with you my take on what i believe the theory of our case as a nation is right now. and then i want to share my experience of solving problems. and i want to talk to you about something i am seeing out in the country today. it is not only eight yearning for new leadership -- it is not only a yearning for new leadership, but a different kind of governing.
let's begin. you and i are part of a living. a self creating mystery called the united states of america. but the promise at the heart of that mystery is actually very real and concrete promise. it's a covenant among us and between us that says, wherever you start in our country, you start through your own hard work and talent. you should be able to get ahead. call it an economy that works for all of us. call it the american dream. it is the actions that solve problems and address challenges in every generation so that we can include more of our people more fully in the economic uccess of our country. the hard truth of our times is this to hav. we have come a long way since
the wall street crash. our country still faces the challenges. thanks to president obama's leadership, we are now creating jobs again as a country. and we are the only species on the planet without full employment. so there is no progress without jobs. our country is doing better. the hard truth of our times is that 70% of us earning the same or less today than we were 12 years ago and that is not how our economy is supposed to work. there is a growing in justice in our country today and it is leading to income inequality like we haven't seen for 100 years and declining opportunities for our kids. this problem will solve itself. we need to solve it. we are americans. our economy is not money. it is people. to invite one another -- democrats, independents, and republicans --
to return to the table of democracy and solve these problems. not with words, but with actions. experience -- and not the experience of a legislator, but of an executive. forged new who has consensus after new consensus in order to get things done. what sort of things? i'm talking about tackling the worst violent crime problem of any city in america and achieving record reductions in violent crime. even as we achieved record reductions in our incarceration rate. i'm talking about making our public schools number one in america. i'm talking about making college more affordable for more people by going four years in a row in a recession without a penny's increase in college tuition. passing a living wage. raising the minimum wage. passing marriage equality and the dream act and passing the
most comprehensive gun safety legislation of any state in america after the slaughter of the innocent in newtown. none of those things was easy. they were all difficult and we didn't get them done by running two are labeled corners. -- we didn't get them done by running to our labeled corners. we came together to solve problems and that is the new way of leadership that i believe the people of our country are demanding of all of their elected leaders. one of the hefty things i came home with after traveling around the country for a year before he made the decision to run for president was the realization that most people in our nation actually feel a lot better about how their cities are run today than they did 10 or 15 years ago. why is that? it's not because our cities are necessarily rolling in cash. we haven't had a federal program
or federal action for cities in decades. people are feeling better about how their cities are governed is because of entrepreneurial men and women who take on that title of mayor and actually go to work every day to get things done. they are not afraid of the information age. they know everybody can see and know things at the same time they do, so they don't obsess with trying to maintain a time advantage that they know things before the public knows them. in this information age, people eighow smarter than their leaders and no more than their leaders. what does this mea for us as a state and a country? i think we need to embrace technology, the internet, ourraphic systems to make government's performance
so all of us,ies citizens, controlling this enterprise can see if we are doing better this week than last week. most of our governments are led on the tierney of last year's -- .yranny of last year's budget they cannot play specifically if we are doing better this week than last week. in cities, they can, more and more. the nature of leadership has changed, as i see it. i especially want to talk to the young people who are there in the room. comee time that you have of age, there has been a big shift in leadership. i will hold something up and show it to you. that leadership was this triangle, this hierarchy ofis
control where things got done on the basis of "because i said so," or worse, on the basis of ideology. the nature of leadership has the information age. the place for the leader to be now is in the center of the emergent truth, and in a circle of collaboration and cooperation, and yes, dialogue and communication around problem-solving, asking one another every day, are the things we are doing working to achieve a better result, or not? if they are not, we should do .ore of it that is the way i have always governed. i think part of what has allowed the to do that is i am of a different generation than some of my older baby boomer
parents. i ask whether it works. if it works, we do it. that is how we have been able to achieve some results and get some things done before any pollster tells you it was popular. what does that mean for our country today? i believe that it means we need to take actions and have the things show people the we are doing are actually working. we are a great people. we stop another 240 years of creative service of us. that is why i have laid out 15 strategic goals to rebuild the truth of the american dream so every family can get ahead, and wages go up with productivity, instead of down. and, to square our shoulders to the great challenge of our time,
climate change, and create a 100% clean energy grid by 2050 and create 5 million jobs along the way. ones be honest with th another. it is not about words, it is abo actions. the things i put forward like national service to cut unemployment in half, things aths froming the de one violence. all of these things have dates attached to them. the difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. these problems will not solve themselves. we need to solve them. i think you, no labels, for having me with you this morning in this way, and i look forward to your questions, and more importantly, your answers. i need your help. thanks a lot. [applause]
>> thank you very much, governor. if you were here, you would be right in the center of the knowledge. right in the states, it is all around, all sides. up over there. let's start with you, ma'am. >> i'm jessica from new hampshire. my question for you is rather specific. what would your energy policy look like as president? do you think we should utilize our national resources to create jobs and grow the economy, while also b working on solar and wind power? governor o'malley: well, sure. let me say this. i am theut forward -- only candidate in my party, or , in either party, to put forward a plan to move us
forward to 100% clean energy electric grid by 2050. we did not land the man on the moon within all the above strategy. we landed a man on the moon because we faced up to a huge engineering challenge. we were intentional about the choices we made. -- se, go on my website .com.nomalley we have put a pretty specific proposal out there. i believe we need to stop subsidizing fossil fuel extraction -- [applause] long -- ad, and act creditsng-term investor
first solar and for wind. i believe we need to embrace clean technology and energy conservation technology. investmentsee more and affordable housing, and advent of a new type of housing that is not zero in its energy use. it could bring forward a whole new era of clean design and clean architecture, in terms of the environment. i believe we need to make investments in the clean energy grid that will enable us to move the natural resources, renewable resources that we have, from places where wind is abundant to places where energy is heavily use. what does that mean? instead of drilling for oil in the chesapeake bay, we should be laying the vertebrae and power offs so we can create wind
the east coast, where so many of and in thelive, heart of american cities, where unemployment is higher now, and many, many cities, we need to throw ourselves into a whole program of training, workforce training, and retrofitting of old buildings in order to reduce energy consumption. if we do all of these things, and invest more, rather than less in investing in green technologies, we can get to 100% grid by 2050, but it will not happen by itself, and it will not happen by embracing nostalgia. every job is important. we need to be intentional about those who may have to transition in this clean economy, but we will not get there without moving forward in an intentional way, and that is what i intend to do as president.
[applause] >> we have all of these green shirts, these problem solvers in the room, but we have a superhero who were asked the next question, the problem solver man. he is ready to go. >> how are you doing? can you hear me? problem o'malley: solver man, do you have a theme song? in spandex,ut i am i don't know if you can see that. you are going to las vegas tonight, right? governor o'malley: i'm going in about an hour. >> i'm going to give you some advice that my mom gave me when i turned 21 and went to las vegas. go gamble. my question for you is you have talked about how you will be a bipartisan president. within your first 100 days of
office, which bipartisan restaurant would you take john boehner to? or, whoever. [laughter] governor o'malley: i did not know that restaurants were partisan. i thought the food and alcohol pac was decidedly nonpartisan. problem solver man -- >> there is a question in there somewhere. let me answerley: the question that is in there somewhere. this is what i have learned as a mayornd as a governor -- and as a governor. you have to call the legislator the time, and you have to make sure you relate and talk to people like people. , one of theds unique things about america is the strength of our soft times. to hold different
political opinions and views, but still be able to relate to one another as human beings. one of the sad byproducts, if we are not careful, in this information age, is we can program our phones, our tvs, the streams of news we receive so we only talk to people who think most exactly like us. there is a danger in that. some of the things we got done in maryland, we only got done with republican votes. i believe part of the reason why that happened is because we were very intentional about having nonpartisan, bipartisan pizza night at the governor's mansion, making sure we wrote that -- to a bread, invited people holiday open house, and all sorts of things, regardless of party label. were it not for some republican
votes, i would not have been able to repeal the death penalty, something that took us three tries, and were only able to do with some republican votes. i would not have been able to pass marriage equality, again, something that took three tries. [applause] back, and researched the party bills that i put in as governor, i was happy to see that 75% of the governor's bills received bipartisan support. i think we have to stay focused on the goals that unite us and the principles that unite us. i believe in the dignity of every person. thank you, problem solver man.
>> essentially, more pizza parties in congress. governor o'malley: it is not itt simple, but sometimes does come down to just treating people like human beings, and picking up the phone, and calling members, asking them their perspective, knowing what they do in life, knowing who their kids are. , we have 10 minutes left. o'malley: let's do lightning round. does 30t the questioner seconds, i will do 30 seconds. i hope this takes you more than 30 seconds. i'm a resident of new hampshire. i make the mistake of going on 1992be, and looking at the presidential debates. what i saw was the exact same
issues that are being brought up this year. it tells me that nothing of effective is happening in more than 20 years in washington. you are a person of great influence. i think that is great. what i am asking you today is what will you do to unlock the gridlock, regardless of whether you are the elected resident or not? [applause] : to stay at the table -- i believe all of us have responsibility to stay at not assume the outcome is determined before we have the conversation. that is what i intend to do. that is what i have done all my life. there is no easy solution to the gridlock that we see now.
i would push back on you a little bit. i think it is actually a lot worse now than it was in 1992. certainly, we suffered a huge setback when our country was nearly plunged into a depression. this is what i believe, though, and talking to young people in my country, i really find that young americans tonight climate change as real. [applause] i rarely find young people that want to deny rights to gay people. it means we are moving in a more connected direction. i will continue to speak to that place. rounduess our lightning has resulted in a lightning bowl taking me off the stage and
making room for the next panel. we want to thank you for your willingness to be here, number one. you are the first, but will not be the last. thank you for taking questions and for your answers. thank you very much. ladies and gentlemen, martin o'malley. thank you. [applause] gentlemen, please welcome mat mclarty. [applause] >> good morning, new hampshire. here.ads lead i'm delighted to be back. i was here just one month ago. i'm very pleased to return
today. i have the real privilege of introducing united states republican presidential candidate, lindsey graham, who has had a truly distinguished and impactful career and his service to his home state of south carolina, and to the nation. since joining the house of representatives in 1994, lindsey graham has not lost a single election. about hiss volumes political skills, to be sure, but it also speaks to how he engages and handles himself, engaging with the people around the country, and in his home state. he is a strong and powerful voice on the issues confronting our country today. he has done his homework on foreign policy. no one knows and understands the
issues better. he understands about entitlement securing social security, creating jobs in the economy, businesses large and small. i might add, as a fellow southerner, he speaks with little accent, at least where i am concerned. the real distinguishing characteristic about senator graham, in the face of partisan pressure that we have heard so much about today, he has shown a consistent willingness to step across the aisle to get things done for the american people, and to take difficult stance on difficult issues. [applause] he has said, what is wrong in washington is we do not do enough together these days. that refers to building a
sensible compromise. with plenty of charm, an open door, and authentic sense of humor, which you will be the beneficiary of this morning, a gift for memorable quips, senator graham provides the conviction, substance, collegiality, and proves they can all still go hand in hand. he has had a remarkable life story. that reflects his values and his character. it reflects his career in public service, both in politics, and serving in our military. he represents the kind of purposeful leadership that no and is problem solvers -- think most of you do, if not all whoou do as well, leaders want to stop fighting and start axing and give our country
better future. that is the nicest introduction i have ever given. ladies and gentlemen, senator graham. ♪ >> ♪ i feel good ♪ i knew that i would ♪ so good ♪ so good ♪ i've got you ♪ graham: out of respect for people, i won't dance. entered the senate, -- we change senators every 50 years, whether we need to or not. chairman.as my
james brown was the entertainment. no one knew i was there. seeing bob dole tried to take time was sort of worth it all. [laughter] speaking of trying to take time, i want to take some questions. thank god for new hampshire. [applause] it is the last place on earth where you can meet 20 people running for president if you are lucky. keep south carolina in your prayers, it has been a tough year. the charleston shooting, i would emmanuel church doing a better job representing my state that i could have ever hoped to have done. [applause] you are looking for a model
to follow, go to that church. tough.really been 18 inches of rain in 18 hours down in charleston. i hope these dams hold. let's talk about our country a little bit. you agree that america is worth fighting for? [cheering] do you think it is worth dying for? [applause] for? worth compromising [applause] in many ways, it is easier to go to afghanistan that to washington. at least you know who the enemy is. i want to talk to you a little bit about trade-offs. anybody married? [laughter] i think you know what i am talking about. life is a series of trade-offs. here istom line is --
what the next president needs to do, whoever he or she will be. they need to get us in a room and washington, come to the white house, have a drink, maybe more than one. get everybody liquored up. [laughter] this is what reagan and o'neill did. finance reform, do you want to get money out of politics? [applause] yeah. join my campaign. [laughter] that.e accomplished [laughter] citizens united has to be revisited as it will be pretty hard to solve any problems with unlimited giving by unknown people. [applause]
it will probably take a constitutional amendment, but think there is a way to get there. that would be a priority for me. if you don't get this fixed, i think the days of problem solving are behind us. when we have 158 families the moneyhalf a -- one, i want to know who they are, and call them up. something is broken there. debt, do you agree that debt is a no label problem? [applause] the debt we are about the past on to future generations could care less if you are a republican family or democratic family. what drives the debt? spending, that's clever. what joins the debt over time? spending on what?
entitlement reform. how many of you think social security is worth saving? [applause] social security and medicare are programs that people depend on for a quality of life when they retire. they are in jeopardy of being millionmed because 80 baby boomers, of which i am one, will retire in the next 20 years-25 years. anyone born from 1946-1954? [applause] anybody born after 1964? [cheering] good but. -- good luck. you will need it. [laughter] have you heard of since in bold bolt?pson here is what i would do, i would dust it off and use it as a template. 80 million people will retire in mass. we will be down to two workers
for every retiree in the next 20 years. in 1950, there were 16 workers for every retiree. in 20 years, there will be two. strom thurmond had four kids after he was 67. if you are willing to do that, we could maybe turn this around. [laughter] that, think you can do you probably have a high opinion of yourself. [laughter] on you canting deliver, so i'm going to plan b. what do you do? you have a lot of people wanting a social security check and medicare paid. is a great trade off. here is what republicans have to do. we have to eliminate deductions in the tax code that many of us enjoy. $1.2 trillion given away and
deductions. we have to bring some of that money back into the treasury. we have to put it on debt. we will violate pledges that all of us have signed. have you heard the grover norquist pledge? says, like grover, but he you have to take all the money to buy down tax rates. what simpson bowles requires is for republicans to eliminate deductions, take some of the revenue to pay down the debt, and what to our democratic friends have to do in return? adjust the age retirement because we are all living so much longer, and we i makeo ask people -- $175,000 a year, i'm not think i'm worth it, but that is what
we pay ourselves -- we have to takeealthier americans to smaller colas to get the baby boomers through retirement without wiping out the country. that is simpson bowles. [applause] say,you hear a republican i won't do revenue, that means you are not going to help the country. you hear a democrat say, we don't have to mess with medicare or social security, that means you have your head in the sand. are $7 trillion short of the money we need to pay the medicare and social security bills. if you took the entire wealth of ,he 1%, including your dogs everything, you're not going to grow the economy enough to close the gap. if you close the defense department, you don't even move the needle.
we know what to do. let's just do it. [applause] immigration. opponents onmary this one topic. i have been working on this for a decade. omez.alled lindsay g to all of the gomez's out there, i will try to honor the family name. can i tell you -- the trade-offs are simple. on the republican side, once we secure the border, which we all want, once we increase legal immigration, which most of us areeve we need, because you down to two workers, unless you are going to have a bunch of kids after you are 67, you will be looking for workers.
to have theant e-verify system. here is the problem on my side of the aisle. we cannot seem to embrace a solution to the 11 million. every time you touch this, it is amnesty this, and to see that. you can talk about immigration reform, you can vote for , in the redreform states, and still win, because i'm still here. [applause] i had six opponents from mildly disturbed to completely insane. [laughter] guy is the one i worry the most about. i won by 41 points. here is what i told people in south carolina. tell me how you deport 11 million people. it.ically do
tell me how you fix irrigation without one democratic vote. to my democratic friends, if you will meet me in the middle, i will beat you in the middle. we have done it time and again. [applause] if i'm president of the united states, we are not going to quit until we get this right. my friends in the house, we have sent you three bills that got over 65 votes dealing with immigration competently. it is time for you to up your game. [applause] once you secure your border, once you control who gets a job, once you increase legal amigration, no one wants felon. as for the 11 million men, who are not felons, you have to stay languagerms, learn our
-- i don't speak it well, but look at how far i have come. you have to pay taxes, get to the back of the line. agrees what i would never to. i hate the european model of second-class citizens. if you are going to state, we are going to let you be part of the country. [applause] how many of you believe climate change is real? [applause] too. [cheering] here is the trade-off. for those of you who believe climate change is real, you are going to have to deal with a guy like me who will push a lower carbon economy over time in a business friendly way. the big trade-off is energy
producers and environmentalists in the room trying to find a way to go to a lower carbon economy and in the meantime responsibly exploring for fossil fuels that we own and creating alternatives and every sector of the economy. it is, to me, a problem that needs to be solved, not a religion. to my friends on the left making this a religion, you're making a mistake. to my friends on the right who denied the science, tell me why. i am not a scientist. i made a d and science. you know why? she had never given an f. [laughter] but, i have been to the and arctic, i've been to greenland, i've been to alaska, and heard from people in these regions about how the climate changes. say the climate scientist is real, who invited tell them
they don't know what they are talking about. [applause] joe lieberman,s john kerry, and lindsey graham got close. exploring for oil and gas and a aasonable way, pushing for lower carbon economy and setting carbon targets that will give the economy clean water and clean air. those are the trade-offs. finally, and then i will take questions. there is no foreign policy element to no labels. should there be? let me tell you about a group that buys into no labels. radical islam is very much into no labels. they look at this audience, and they don't see anything different. if you spent two minutes, you would see a lot of things
different in this audience, in terms of liberal, conservative, moderate, baptist, jew, you name it, we've got it. they see it all the same. we are americans. we buy into the idea of worshiping god the individual way, not the group way. .r, maybe not at all we buy into electing our leaders . we buy into the idea that young women have value. [applause] here is the thought. agree that radical crucifyterrorists children, sell women into , whory in the name of god throws gay couples off roofs, if
to say weome together are united against you, we are making a mistake. [applause] i will tell you, ladies and , how to solve this problem is a little complicated. them shouldnst be as easy as solving other problems i described. let me say this in ending, 3000 of us died on 9/11 for one reason, they could not kill more of us. could. would, they i have never been more worried about another 9/11 than i am now . the enemies of mankind are getting stronger and more lethal by the day. more foreign labels could find accommodation for for policy blank that says the
following, america should lead, should be involved, we should have others to deal with a problem common to mankind. .t is more than dropping a bomb i'm the chairman of the foreign operations subcommittee in charge of all the foreign aid in the foreign budget. i believe the pet farm programs that bush created in africa is making a safer and better. i believe that foreign assistance will do more damage bomb.ical islam than a i believe that educating our young poor girl in the middle east is the ultimate antidote to terrorism. [applause] , at here that america
best, is to help mankind. thank you. [applause] >> senator, welcome to new hampshire. i question to you is a veterans issue. i know you are a veteran. you past the veterans accountability act, and a lot of people bragged about using awns.ans as po there is a veteran accountability act, but only a few senators have signed on board. haven'tion is why you come together to fix the v.a. system, when we have veterans dying? [applause] senator graham: thank you for
your service. the bill that we did pass allows veterans to a choice guard if they live 40 miles from the facility, they can go to a local doctor or hospital. in new hampshire, your local provider is vermont. your point is well taken. we are fighting a bureaucracy that will not give up without a fight. how about this, a card that will allow you to go anywhere you want to go. [applause] that cost money, but money well spent. you cannot do that unless you deal with entitlements.
there will be no money left for the department of defense, no , if you dohe v.a. not turn around the tsunami of entitlement spending. count me in for helping the veterans. count me in for helping the alzheimer's patients. count me in for helping those overseas. count me and for all of this, but none of this is going to happen if the next president of the united states can't get us and the same room and do something like some symbols. [applause] >> the crowd is turning on you.
as i know, congress is needed to declare war. the last time congress authorize war, it was 1941. we have been in a lot of wars, and have not won one since then. would you require the declaration of war before we go, and if we go, go to when it? i think we have declared war five times in the history of this nation. 535 you cannot have our commanders in chief. that is not a way to conduct military operations. the bottom line is what i seek congressional authorizations? yes, i would. i do not think i required to do so because i think isil is a direct threat to our homeland. how many of you believe isil
could hit us? [applause] let me tell you what i would do to destroy it isil. you are not going to do it from the air. you have to have a ground component. we have 3500 americans on the ground in iraq. aboutl king says we need 10,000. the good news is that is a fraction of the past. special forces on the ground, if a pickup the phone, we would be on top of them to disrupt their operations. trainers at the battalion level so iraqis will not cut and run. that is what i would do. i want you to know that if you vote for me, whatever it takes
until we destroy these busta astards is my view. [applause] in syria, i don't know if there's anyone left to train, but a no-fly zone would be great for the syrian people. establishing a place for them to go would be a great step. a safe haven enclave, without the fear of being killed, the good news is that every arab country in turkey is against being in power. the real good news is the syrian people are not radical islamists . to say they are is a slander to them. i have been there a lot. do, i would ask for a regional force, create an enclave, train the free syrian army. >> some of the remarks from
earlier at the no labels, france. you can find them online as well. let's take you live back now as the conference returns from a break, part of the road to the white house coverage. group that ishe hosting. it brings together candidates from both parties. coming up, we will hear from actors talking about civil involvement. later, governor chris christie of new jersey, followed by ernie theers, and george george pataki. then, john kasich of ohio. the no labels conference expected to wrap up tonight around 6:00 eastern. if you missed any of the speakers we are covering, you can find them online at c-span.org. ♪
again, welcome the no labels cofounder. >> hello, hello, hello! welcome back! welcome back! everybody doing well? welcome back! everybody eat well? you are so awesome. you are back on time. this is incredible. i'mle i was at lunch -- talking! thee i was at lunch, one of , you talked said about the problem solvers, you talked about the students, you did not talk about the baby boomers. right?
the stage, members of the creative coalition. [applause] these are some folks you will recognize from television and film, and have been kind enough to come out and join us today because these people are aggregates and activist -- asocates and activists well, and heard what is going on at no labels. would you introduce your colleagues? is a privilege and honor for us to be here. we are from the creative coalition, the non-profit arm of hollywood community. we are here to get activated. i will introduce my fellow , and asked them to
give us a little inspiration about why they are here. to start with, i will tell you why i am here. i really want one of those cool has. that zach wayne knight. wayne: thank you. when i was a little kid, one of my earliest memories was the nixon-kennedy debate. gots catholic, kennedy elected, then the cuban missile crisis happen, and i will kennedy a letter saying, thank you for saving my life. i got a letter back saying that the president had read my letter continue ad i would future and public service. it meant something to me.
i have tried, in some ways, to do that. now i have a five-year-old son. i look at him, and i think, what is going to be here for him? that is why doing things like this is so important so that we can communicate. there is a government for him to have. [applause] schreiber.o why are we here? i got an e-mail from rob in a couple days ago and asking me to come. it laid out the four pillars of labels,anization, no problem solvers. i read and thought, wouldn't that be nice? something based on positive response, conversation, compromise. it is not what i see when i look around. as i flew out here, i was tried my think what my boat is -- realized.nd i have
we just went and sat with a group of college leaders of the no label program. [applause] them, itt down with became really obvious why i am here. one of the biggest things that they teach you in every single class you ever take an acting, but particularly in improv, is never say no. don't say no. yes, and, or yes, but. isealize, what this is about these folks taking lessons away. the best thing we can do in this dialogue, in this political dialogue, is to not say no, but "yes, but."or i'm leaving here wonderfully inspired because i sat with these guys, and we will be in
good hands. i'm glad i came. [applause] paul: my name is paul fitzgerald. i am obsessedse the words, and ideals, implicit in the word "compromise." i want to live to see that word .ecome great again i feel like it has been maligned, i feel like the idea of compromise has been by oured, often bullied politicians. i want to sit in a group of 300 peopleple -- 300-500 that share my values and beliefs about the word compromise. noris.y name is dean [cheering] kids know because i did a
show called "breaking bad." i feel like one of the politicians, i can rattle off my kids. i have five kids, so i have a real stake in this country, as all of you do. i'm old enough to remember a time when there was not a red and blue state. i'm not sure when that started. i remember there was a time when it wasn't here. i grew up in the great state of indiana, by live in los angeles, gangs athave twtwo war called the crypts and the are redand the colors and blue. the imagery is very important. never wear red or blue, you could get killed. , that is howw
important imagery can be. if we label people red or blue, conservative or liberal, left or right -- those labels, they do not help us. they weaken us. we are able to look at that person and dismiss them simply because they are a different color. hopefully we do not kill them, but -- [applause] labels, thet no concept of no labels is at this point revolutionary. we can go into government and tried to solve problems without any labels, actually listen to the other side, listen to what they have to say, make your own arguments, and come to some sort of cooperative compromise so we can move ahead in this country. that's why i'm here. hinds.richard richard: i'm here because i think this would look really good on my college application.
[laughter] because when i read the newspaper, watch, or listen to the news, i curse every word that i hear. truly, it has been used, i will echo some words, gridlock -- is there any hope? this is a simplistic analogy. my basement is getting worse and worse by the year. things get packed up, i know i need to clean it, but it is boring, i don't want to do it. it has become a fire truck, i can't find things. it's a disaster. the problem with social security and medicare, so is the budget, so is -- what are the other two? the energy crisis. what ech?
jobs. it is getting worse and worse. we are looking at it, and we are pile up. whil they need to be fixed. they are not getting fixed. why? because of the blue and the bread. they just won't beat. something has to be done. i prayed to god that this is a step. when you start fighting for these things, there is no a motion to the job -- no emotion to the job situation. if someone here said, no, let's keep them unemployed, there is no emotion to that. it has to be done. i cannot make my basement become any dirtier than it already is. i must clean it up. i hope this is the first step.
robin: we will get you out of the basement. if it is ok, we will disperse them in the crowd. mark: let me add to that, we will do a little phil donahue you. we would like to hear from people in new hampshire, for you to share some of your folks.tions with these robin: go find some good new hampshire opinions. go ahead. go into your quadrants. come on. these guys are fathers, uncles, sons, community leaders from georgia, indiana, pennsylvania, virginia. >> i think it is great. i think what is going on here is
great. i think our country has been divided for far too long. it is kind of silly when you think we all want the same thing -- freedom, jobs, medicine, food . i hope this is a step to healing our country. , who havehard you got? fromname is terry, i'm bedford, new hampshire. i'm a baby boomer. i want to know when divisive became divisive? >> as soon as it went to hollywood. >> i have bobby from new hampshire. >> i have a question for the actors. seeing you, and as experienced activist, how can we , as young activist can get leverage that you have gotten in
your careers, but do not have leverage to build off of? what college do you go to? >> king state. >> i will say that influence you have on your very campus, and the evidence of you being here today, on a monday when you clearly,e in class -- this is evidence of your activism and passion for these topics. particularly the way schools, the campus, and universities influence elections, you have so much more impact that each of us could have. you are not only the future, but the president, the current election. you have the ability to create and shape ideals back in your campus. go back and champion the word "compromise."
richard: i'm going to address that. we are only appear because we are act or's. we are no more smarter than you and i beg you to understand that. startedistopher reeve to help fund this organization with three other people, he did it because he said what congressman doesn't want to talk to superman? of course they do. it's the only reason. he can get their attention. what he is saying is no more important than what you have to say. just work harder to get your message out there. it is easier for us. just work hard and get your message out there. >> and patterson from new hampshire wants to address the crowd. >> when a heard this was coming to new hampshire, i thought this was one of the better ideas i have seen. i grew up in the capital city of michigan and followed a lot. new hampshire does a lot of
things right. we need to have something really, really dress deck and intelligent done for the next four years because we are almost we are reallyhere getting ourselves in jeopardy. this, i thinkke we can do it and everyone who has come here has come here. >> my name is cheryl and i'm from nashua. i was an elementary school teacher, mostly in kindergarten. [applause] thank you. whenever my kids had a problem, i would ring them together and make them talk to each other and listen to each other for i think
that's one of the main things we need to stop doing -- we need to start doing. we are not all conservatives, not all liberal, we are a mix of everything and we need to listen to each other. i noticed in the audience that there are people here for this still just they are speaking and talking out against whatever someone who differs from them says. purpose. >> that's right. it starts with dialogue, getting in the room. that is what no labels is all about. we have stephen from new hampshire. switch to like us to the vernacular -- you don't have to give up who you are to cross,
but in the aisle. one of the issues in our democracy is that the people are broken. we don't spend the time and effort to manage our government. i run the civic league and we try to break the information down into digestible pieces of people can have the information to be informed. star power who can do something, when you talk to people, the biggest investment we make every year is in government. we are responsible for the amount of government we buy. we have to start asking the question -- are we getting better value year after year? you have the ability to fees -- to pick able cynically responsible. richard: i've got sid from lee new hampshire. >> ima new hampshire guy but i graduated from the university of
maine, so i'm a maniac. extremely right and extremely left and not enough people are talking about the ecology and our status in the whole world. leadership and there are a lot of five letter word that mean a lot to me -- trust, truth, not party. i'm a disabled vet, i'm a veteran. [applause] i draw social security now. i've remarried after the passing of my first wife. social security and has been since the passing of her for says. -- i'mwe talk about sorry, i have parkinson's.
the disabled and the things they tend to throw away our things we need to address. should bee elect addressing the people and the needs of the people in this country. [applause] >> i have sarah serving with americorps in manchester. give it up for americorps. serve forly herecorps with city year in manchester, new hampshire. of you aree if all aware, but they are proposing cutting funding to americorps. over 75 houseages and americans every year, young adults to do a year or two of volunteer service for our nation, whether it be disaster , helpingeforestation
-- schools that don't have the support and means to do so. i am asking you if you will stand with me and stand for national service? dean: this is greg. that myld like to say father will get a kick out of the session breaking bad and seinfeld are his two favorite shows. maybe one or the other. college toop out of help my father with his small business. it started six months before i was worn. unfortunately, my student loans have then piling up. pay my studentt loans and the small amount of money we get from the business, go to college to
finish up any degree, let alone the math degree i was trying or debtse i have this aching that won't let me take on any more student loans. what do we do about that? >> i have lynn from sanborn's and new hampshire. a -- raiseg to raise an old problem. we still live with the threat of nuclear war and president obama wanted to spend $1 trillion more on nuclear weaponry. that is a terrible shadow we live under. it so terrible people don't want to live under it. grandchildren and i think about it and i wish our presidential candidates would address this threat to our hope lannett.
>> she has a question for the founder of no labels. think needs to be taught in public education about kids from? kindergarten to 12 grade should be learning about this. a great question. in a time of diminishing resources, so much has been cut and a lot of meaningful stuff from building character to understanding the importance of civil engagement. we used to have a class called civics. they still have that. the no labels movement, i don't know if it reflects the desire to have more of that instilled in our school system. lesson,d of civics courses and curriculum would be a good first step. richard: i have keith. hampshirehow in new
it like people are very congenial toward each other. at times it's like going to minor-league sports and socializing. everyone'sg personalities -- it's lots of fun to participate in this. >> i would like to throw a challenge down to all the problem solvers. we need to deal with gerrymandering. that is where the problem is. states controlled by republicans have set up district that are not competitive and i don't know if anyone knows louie gohmert, he is the village idiot and he's proud of it. .hese people are not rational
they can do what they want, when they want and how they want. they don't have to govern and here we are. >> that is certainly a bipartisan problem. dean: no pressure. you are the last question. >> it was wonderful to see mr. trump here. i'm happy we saw people like martin o'malley and mr. graham. this question goes out to the media. please don't make today about donald trump. please. [applause]
dean: that's when you just drop the mic. richard: we have one more we want to get to write here. >> good afternoon. i'm from mount vernon, new hampshire. one of the things i found is the biggest issue facing my generation personally is college cost and student loan debt. i just graduated high school and i'm not going to college. i have to work because i can't afford college. i decided to skip out on college and go for a career as a realist date agent stood of going to college because i can't afford it. that's one of the biggest issues we face today. individualsated going into political offices 20
years from now and i think it's going to be a big issue if we don't got a way to pay for it and reduce the costs. here's an example of an american kid who wants to go to college and can't. any kid like this should be able to go to college. thank you. how about a round of applause for our friends here? [applause] ♪
senator bayh: thank you very much. no labels is about consensus and building bridges. i would like to ask questions that could bring us together with the person i'm about to introduce. spring? -- like bruce springsteen? most of us can agree on the boss. we don't often tend to elect governors as president is governors have to do things. they have to solve problems and deliver results. i remember as a newly elected democratic governor in my home state, one of the first things i did was pick up the phone and call a republican in iowa because i heard some about -- i heard about some of the
institutes -- initiatives he put into place. we shared ideas and solutions. there was no pride of authorship. tryingcans and democrats to work together. that is what governors tend to do. a state legislature for all eight years and knew we had to work together for we were going to get anything done. our differences, sometimes strongly, but at the end of the day, we were going to produce for the state of indiana, jobs, more funding for schools, higher environmental standards, etc.. the man i'm about to introduce has had a similar experience working in new jersey working with a legislature of the other political party throughout his time in office. they have worked together to grow new jersey's economy and deal with the significant problems that confront that
state. when sandy blue through and manged the shoreline, this embrace resident -- president obama because he knew they had to work together for the betterment of the people in this state. did not mean they agreed on everything or mean they were political allies. but he knew what mattered was the welfare of the folks who put them in power. so i ask you to join with me in giving a rousing welcome to the governor, a man known in a no labels spirit -- americans are hungry for straight talk, blunt talk and governor christie is known for that. please join me in giving a warm no labels welcome to the governor of the state of new jersey. [applause]
this guy knows what he's doing. on the night the mets are hosting their first baseball playoff game in nine years, he put the mets hat on to get a mets fan to get him the first question. smart guy. someone going to bring the microphone or just yell at check i will repeat the question. don't worry. the question was my views on inijuana are well-known and the spirit of bipartisanship, he wants to know if i would be
willing to meet states have way on rick racial marijuana. in the spirit of bipartisanship, no. [applause] and here's why. there are a few reasons. the laws in this country matter. they matter and when we have lawless this in this country, we have a situation where folks feel like they can pick and choose which laws they like and which ones they don't. if we are ignoring a law you don't like, you are pretty happy. the minute we start ignoring a law you do like, we have a big problem on our hands. i say to folks who want to legalize recreational marijuana, go to congress and get a president who's going to legalize it and sign it. that's the way we do it. not letting the states go off road. we don't want to follow the laws here. this is where i have the biggest
problems with what is happening now. we don't have folks who are respect thing the law. why is it the people of new jersey have to follow the law that is there's no recreational marijuana but the people in washington state don't have to follow? it doesn't make any sense. that's the kind of philosophical reason. reason from a policy perspective for me is that it is a bad idea. i believe it's a bad idea because every study i've seen shows that marijuana is a gate way drug to other drugs will if you walk around to this state or any other state i've been to, we have enormous travesties problems that we don't need to be adding to in this country. [applause] hope this ourt's attention on treatment of those folks who have the disease of drug addiction and try to give
them the tools they need to reclaim their lives. focus on those other issues. in the spirit of partisanship, the answer is no. i was picking this young lady -- i will get to you. >> thank you so much. i'm a proud citizen of new jersey. student, a large number of students i represent are interested in global health, particularly funding for aids. definitely a bipartisan issue over the years. toonder if you are willing make the commitment made by senator clinton and mr. trump today to double the number of 30ple in aids treatment to million by 2020, a path that would put us to an aids free generation. gov. christie: tarantula
question directly, the answer is yes. let me tell you why. you are right it's a bipartisan issue and it was made a bipartisan issue by president george w. bush. i'm proud of the president and what he did to say this type of , when weunning rampant know there was an ability to --at it and make it better do not make it or was immoral. have aonly responsibility, but that is who we are. we have a way to help others who are suffering, we have to stand up and held the suffering for top [applause] i would absolutely join that commission -- that commitment and it's not only the right ink do, it's the smart thing to do. continent infrican particular is better for world peace and stability. that is clearly one of the ways
we should do it. 19. let's go over to this side. how do i know it? it's like a field day. >> my question is this -- everybody says the best way to deal with public school education is to go back and let districts handle the educational matters themselves. to no child, a nation at risk, all the local school districts had control over their school systems and some of them word decent and some of them were abysmal. in the bestit
interests in this technological age to the united states and to haveovernment that we highest level of education? everybody said no child left behind was at and whatever else how would you look at this to be assured every the opportunity to have a world-class education? [applause] i agree with the premise of your question that education is only a huge and -- human rights issue, it's a national security issue. watchedee as we have the education system evolved in our country that we are much at her off having these decisions made at the local level, and here is why. i don't believe there's anybody who cares more about a child
than their parents. we can always find exceptions to the and there are kids who do not live in stable homes, who do not have the appropriate adult influences, and i will talk about that in a second. but in the main, the person who cares most is a mother and father. i want educational decisions made as close to those two people as close as we possibly can and give them as much choice in their ability to educate their child as they can possibly have. that means everything from homeschooling to private and parochial schools to regular public schools. i'm a regular public school. i went to k-12 schools in new jersey and i married a woman whose number nine of 10 children and she went to catholic school her entire life as did the rest of her family. when we got married and had children, i thought they should go to public school. she thought they should go to
parochial school. so of course, all four of our children go to parochial school. [laughter] it has served them extraordinarily well and serve me extra nearly well to agree with mary pat on that. parents should be making those choices regardless of their economic ability to effectuate those choices. we should not be making these decisions based upon if you have enough money. what you believe in your heart is the best way or a child to be educated. my wife leaves and has wrought me around to the belief that she wanted them having that religious education, and joined with their act -- their academic education. i like those choices being made close to the local level and curriculum choices being made close to the local level because if the curriculum has gone off
the rails, you can go to your locals will board -- local school board and raise hell over it. you are not going to have the same ability to affect it. of making those choices at the local level. nonowledging that there's perfect way to do this and that is why parental and adult involved in making sure we are keeping an eye on what's happening in our schools in every respect is a responsibility that requires vigilance. , we'll wenot doing it have ourselves to blame because we are certainly spending enough money. we're not getting the results we need and we need to change that right now. that is how i would approach that problem. let's go up to the brief -- to the bleachers. governor christie. i am also from new jersey. you are from: if
there, you know we don't say it that way. you sound like an "-- you sell like a "saturday night live" get. good to see you. to reform our broken political system, to make our country progress for the good american people. if you are elected, what specifically will you do to reform our broken political -- political system. [applause] i don't think it is the system that is broken. i think it's the people who are running it better broken. [applause] this is the same system we've had for a long time that can work, but you have to understand that compromise is not capitulation. right now, we have an attitude that says if you are willing to
compromise, you are a capitulate or. that's not the case. we have to talk about the idea that people have to make the decision. legislature,cratic so i wake up every morning knowing that they are not making a good day for me. it's all like every morning they wake up and say how can we make the governor happy today? in washington, they use it as an excuse to do nothing. i had done int new jersey for the last years, we would not have cap property taxes, we would not have cut spending, we would not have reformed teacher tenure or reform pensions and benefits. everything i wanted in those areas, i did not get everything i wanted and those proposals,
but i got more of what i wanted and i didn't want and i had to give a little bit to the other side to get them to come on board. i had pension and benefit reform sponsored by the democratic senate president who is the president of the iron workers. that is optimized. that is working together. i don't believe the system is broken. what i believe is the people we have employed to run it have broken their promise and their word to the american people. what i would do is do the same thing when i have gone to trenton. when i have to stand up and fight, i will. i have vetoed more tax increases than any governor in american history and all of those vetoes have sustained. but i also have a room in the state house where i bring numbers of the legislature, the
leadership to sit to talk and reason together. we can argue outside and in public but when we get in that room, it's time to get business done for the people of the state of new jersey. but the only way you do that is tilde relationships. we don't make anything, we don't create anything, we govern. that is all you do when you are elected to these positions. if you make personal relationships with people on both sides of the aisle, it's not going to work because they won't trust you. the best it up with a glut of ice i ever got was from a non-politician in a nonpolitical setting. i was u.s. attorney in new jersey and he was the deputy attorney general of the united dayton had been mike colleague and is now the director of the of the eye. he came to visit me when i was u.s. attorney and when he was leaving, i said what are you doing next mark he said i'm
going to the new york times editorial board. you are in george w. bush's ministration -- do you have a death wish? he said you don't understand -- i'm going to the editorial board because it's harder to hate up close. good extraordinary political advice, everybody. it is harder to hate up close. much harder to hate up those. with go to this gentleman on the aisle right here. >> i'm steve corbyn from iowa. hopefully you know where iowa is. we have seen you there. i have a simple question -- why would any presidential candidate in any of the 535 representatives and senators to four goals of no label supported in the super majority -- can you think of a
reason why they would be opposed to any of the goals of no labels? gov. christie: you are in very dangerous territory because you are trying to put logic into the way political decisions are made. for iy careful about that would not be here today if i didn't think this organization and its goals were worthy and noble and achieve. that's why i'm here. otherwise, i would be someplace else. leader bringsvery a unique skill set and approach to their job. there may be times when you see me going in one direction or another and you think know, the target is here. my method to get into the target may be to go this way and that way to get into the goal.
is why trust is important and there has to be a sense of trust you develop with the people you represent because you are not always going to be able to come in or are they going to want to listen. ands agree on the goals let's get organizations who care about getting something done in this country. if i hear -- i want to turn off the news when all of this stuff is going on in washington right now with who is going to be the speaker of the house. who cares? who cares? [applause] quite frankly, whether it's a democratic beaker or republican speaker, they don't get anything done. i watched the sunday shows these weekend and i heard more talk about who's going to decide committee chairs and whether there could be free and open amendments and who's going to decide what will gets brought to the floor? you know what i want? how about they just do something? rather than all of this intrigue
in the anywhere all they want to do is talk about who gets the big office, who gets the big title and who gets the best table at the best restaurant in washington. i'm bored and i think you are too, especially as our country begins to deteriorate, i want the leaders in washington to tell us what they believe their goals are and then work toward achieving them together rather than edgar with each other over stuff nobody in the main in america cares about except evil between washington dc and new york to ride that train all the time. other questions? the lady in the back. andhank you, governor remember you are going to call on me at the next event. gov. christie: it took a while. there's a big crowd here. aboutave a question social security. it's a great idea no labels wants to work across the aisle
but with our seniors living on an average of $16,000 year for social security checks, what do you have to say about the cap on social security making it fair for the working class and lower middle class so we can survive? thank you. [applause] in seven or eight years, social security is not going to be able to make the payment a make now. take that in for second. a study that came out just a few months ago said social security will be insolvent. there are two different ways to approach this problem -- i guess three. the first is what we are doing, which is to ignore it. the second approach is to give the government more money, the third approach is to work on reforming the program to make them affordable. i'm the part three and only person in the race who has put the word and entitlement reform plan in detail.
it is the first thing i did in this race. the reason is because of what this woman said. we have so made people dependent on making sure they get their social security payment. so there are a few things we need to do. first, we need to acknowledge the happy truth, which is that we are all living longer. the average life expectancy for a woman is 83 years old. the average for a man is 79. i saw a few women smiling out there. 10 years ago, you were ahead of us buys. we are gaining on you. [laughter] vacation youyour are expecting at the end of your life, you may not get it. you may be stuck with us. programs 79, these were designed for people who died in their mid-60's. years living 15 to 20
longer and drawing from the social security fund for that much longer for let's acknowledge the fact that by having this happy circumstance because medical science, pharmacology and all the rest, we need to raise the retirement age. we need to raise it two years and phase-in over the next 25. that means one month in an increase in eligibility per year for 25 years. the world will not stop spinning on its axis because of this. when i get accused of throwing grandma off the cliff for this, that the highest, longest fall ever. 25 years to get from the top of the cliff to the bottom. let's be honest with each other. second, social security should be there for the folks who need it. we need to have social security be there for the folks to him it would make a difference between living their old age and poverty or living their old age and dignity. the difference between rent, heat and food.
those are the people we need to take care of. if you are making $200,000 year in retirement income -- that means you have $4 million or $5 million saved away -- god bless you, great job -- i also say god bless america because that's the only country you could have done it in. and i say you should not get a social security check. [applause] i did a town hall meeting in exeter where someone yelled i paid for it, i want my money back. two points on that -- you are right, you should get it back but the government lied from you and stole from you. i'm not the first one to point this out. there's no trust fund. there is no lockbox. it is not there. they are spending your money today. someone needs to tell you the truth. you already know what. plenty ofere are
things you pay for that you don't get money or, but you get a piece of mine. like homeowners insurance, anyone who owns a home, you buy homeowners insurance in case your house burns down. you know the money will be there for you to rebuild your home. you are going to sell it now and you never made it plain the entire time -- you and fight the insurance company to the closing to ask for the money back. they will just come to laugh at you. they will say what you got in andrn was the peace of mind knowing when you put your head on the pillow at night, something happen, we would be there to make you whole. social security has to be the same thing. if you play -- if you pay into the system, it will be there when you need it. my friend mark zuckerberg said entitlement reform, what does
that mean? i said what it means for you is you get absolutely nothing. you are going to get zero. that's the way we have to take care of social security and if we don't do it -- i'm talking about option one, which some say takes a caps off the payroll tax -- let me ask you a western -- the government that lie to you and stole from you already, easing the way to solve this problem is to give them more money western mark next time, they won't do it. betweenget a choice taking, cutting the program or increasing attacks or stealing from this pile of money which no one is using right now, we just borrow a little from that and it will be fine. understand what politicians are like -- taking from that pile of money. don't give them more. if you take the cap off, it means taking it from them now
and counting on the fact that the government wasted. let's not trust the government, but taken it on the backend that makes social security solvent. let it be there for the people who need it. let's go to the gentleman in the plaid shirt. they are all running at you. >> londonderry, new hampshire. when the government shuts down, that images is the full faith in the united states as the world leader for the monetary system. could you do or what do you recommend be done so we never experience another shot down in government?
i feel my government should never shut down because of some stupid reason they seem to come up with. [applause] i said this the last time it closed down -- it's a fundamental failure of leadership by everyone went government shuts down. all you are getting hired to do is to govern in any stop governing and say that's ok? that is what you are hired to do. in new jersey, before i became governor, the governor was jon corzine and he had a democratic legislature. they close down the government in 2006 because they couldn't agree on how much to raise taxes. want to talku about the variety of stupid reasons to close down government, here are two sets of people -- the agreed they wanted to raise taxes but they couldn't agree on how much, so they shut down government.
put aside bipartisan, this is a democratic legislature with a democratic governor. one of the things i said when i was running against governor corzine was the government will never shut down on my watch, ever. it my responsibility to make sure it doesn't. democratic legislature with me as a conservative republican governor and we've gone through six years together and have not closed down the government once. here's why. we get in the room like adults and we make agreements. agreements neither one of us like, but we make agreements because we want to make sure state parks remain open on worth of july, to make sure folks who need human services continue to get them. that is what we are supposed to be there to provide. public safety has has to continue and our state police have to remain funded and out on the roadway. it is not an option.
government closes down sometime in the next couple of weeks, that's a pox not only and congress, it's a pox on the president of the united states. he has to get people in the room to agree. if i'm president, it won't happen then, either. [applause] this gentleman right here. next thank you so much for being here today. i'm born and raised in washington, d c, and i want to ask you about a question that has not come up often. we talk about the gridlock but we don't talk about the 650,000 residents who live there and we don't talk about the fundamental right to vote in our congress. i want to ask you why this has
become this conference, no labels, why has this become a partisan issue preventing washington, d.c. residents, the only capital of any country in the world that doesn't have the right to vote. why can we not give them the a sick democratic right? gov. christie: i have to check myself on this but i think we are the only capital created just to be the seat of government. washington, d.c. was created to be a seat of government. that is what it was created for and it is now expanded and grown into something different. but to tell you the truth, i'm not one who has given this a lot of thought but i will give you my initial gut reaction. my initial gut reaction is i don't think adding another person to congress is going to help. just don't think it's going to help or make an enormous difference.
i'm not completely rejecting your argument that i have not given it enough thought to give you a really thoughtful answer about it. somebody here is going to come to my next town hall meeting when i'm here again next week. asked me that question again. i don't want to give you an off-the-cuff answer. i will come back and give you a full answer. they have turned my screen length. that means i can do what? one more? the powers that be say one more, so i'm going to give one more. let's go to this young lady right there. >> thank you, governor. national service is a really important program across the country and i'm just wondering if you are elected, will you expand national service? gov. christie: yes, i will, and
for a few reasons. the folks from americorps were extraordinarily helpful to us in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. [applause] we had americorps volunteers who came to new jersey and stayed with us for months helping us get people back on their feet, getting their lives back to some sense of the, helping clean up debris and rebuild and cook meals, helping to read to children when they were out of school. all kinds of things. they were indispensable and giving people in my state were really suffering a that they were not alone. that is an intangible that you cannot place a value on full the enthusiasm and compassion americorps members brought to
new jersey made me an even your supporter of the program. i think we need to expand national service as a way to deal with the that problem in our country. [applause] laborare a whole bunch of -- a whole bunch of layers to this is what i will tell you is one of the options i think we need to give young men and women who graduate college with a significant amount of debt is for them to participate in national service to work that that off. it's going to be great for our communities and our state and our country and it will give those young men and women in opportunity to not have to carry that. around their neck that prevents them from buying a home, starting a family, doing the kinds of things they want to do because they leave with such an enormous amount of debt. you asked about national service -- national service is an important thing to honor in this country and not just in the
military, but across all kinds of disciplines. i would give young men and women an opportunity to engage in a much broader way when they graduate from college and have them work off their student loan debt so they are not hearing -- not carrying a mortgage of their own that prevents them from starting their lives. i think we should expand it. [applause] says time ending, wrap up. and then encase you are not clear on that, in big red, they put time is up with an exclamation point. i'm run new jersey, so that means i ignore stuff like that. the gathering of all of you here today is enormous the encouraging to me as a candidate or public office. men and women of those parties and independents and hair -- who
care deeply about this country and want to make sure those voices are heard and make sure you hear from us about what we believe in and are willing to stand for and fight. i know what you are willing to stand for and fight were and that is a better america and more stable world for everybody. lieberman andtor governor huntsman for what you are doing. thank you for having me. [applause] ♪
future. we have heard a lot of really amazing things today. we have had a bunch of different presidential candidate get up here and say great things, great things about problem solving, the future of our country and what we are going to do to fix the government. the big question is how are we going to keep everyone accountable? what is next? what are we going to do to enforce what they are saying? we're going to play a quick video about the no labels problem solver field. ♪ >> someone who is willing to listen more than talk. but someone who goes into discussion with an open mind. >> all working together to make one thing.
>> let's part with the idea that no labels is reintroducing this theme of problem-solving into the political mindset. this party from ideology and start changing based on the needs of the people. >> nothing big has ever gotten done this country without big partisan support. >> you never get anything done unless you set the goals first. >> we need a leader that can actually ringback this notion of collaboration for the greater good of the country. >> having a problem-solving field is a great land. it shows people are committed to doing what is best for everyone, not just them. somebody with a reach to do good things, it
should be recognized and everyone should be able to see that. backbonecan give the and give more encouragement to team leaders taking on the big issues and making the tough decisions and not just telling the line because it is the way they have always done it, that could be a game changer. >> we like to get people thinking and speaking conceptually about the importance of problem-solving early on in the campaign and talk about the importance of a national strategic agenda. >> the national strategic agenda -- making the goals and working out the policy details to get there. 25 million jobs in the next decade, securing medicare for 75 years and energy security by 2020 or. >> jobs, energy, entitlements
and a balanced budget. just to start the conversation. >> we are asking presidential candidates that within their first term in office, they will gather both parties together to focus on one or more of these goals. >> the national strategic agenda, bringing the goals first as a way of uniting the country. >> it is the process by which we get to the endpoint. we've done at the local government level and it must the reintroduced as a way of getting things done in washington. ♪
vermont? up in cuba, there was only one state in the union that i knew. that is because my mom learned to make great pancakes. that saidttle bottle vermont makes it syrup. once did i knew in the one state i love, so i'm glad to introduce the senator from the great state of vermont. the national vice chair of no labels joined by great colleagues, you heard from senator lieberman and governor huntsman and mike mccarty and aresend -- lisa before we proud to put this together. men and women from political parties and independents are committed to get things done it we are proud of 140 college
chapters in the country. thank you, problem solvers. [applause] hundreds of thousands of activists around the country. here is a message that i want to send to those send it -- candidates pledging to blow things up. we have already done that and it does not work. america wants to move on. expect, i hope, of our presidential candidates. campaign on your vision for america and tell us how you will get the job done. disagree without being disagreeable. think reagan be bold. agree to embrace the goals of creating 25 million new jobs in , balance thefixing budget in the next 15 years, and make america energy strong and independent. there are no referees and no penalties, no rules against dad behavior.
fortunately, you in this room and the millions of americans out there, are the enforcers with your vote. in sports, we shake hands and embrace our adversaries and in that is today, criticized. i say, what's with that? that is not the american spirit. [applause] here to introduce you a presidential candidate with whom i disagree. buckyt up with william principles and i am introducing to you bernie sanders. ands not hard to get along i'm proud teaches him. there is something i want to tell you. he has certainly generated a lot of enthusiasm. have you seen his political rallies? it is like going to amy jager
concert. they are about the same age. [laughter] of feeling the vice of brown sugar, it is about feeling the burn. really, that is what happens. [applause] he has worked with his colleagues and despite our divergent views, last year senator sanders and senator mccain had a difficult compromise to reform the v.a. health system. so ladies and gentlemen, let's give it up for the land of maple syrup, let's feel the burn, senator bernie sanders. [applause] sen. sanders: thank you very
much for that generous introduction. make sure to get you all the maple syrup you need. let me begin by thanking the no labels conference for inviting me. and for the important work they are doing. the essence of what they are trying to do, what you all are trying to do, is to get beyond the ugliness of contemporary politics, the very bitter and personal attacks we see every single day, and let's sit down and analyze what the most important problems are that we face as a country and figure out together how we go forward. as al indicated, there will be big agreement -- disagreements. let's read each other civilly and respectfully and let's not try to demonize people who may have disagreements with us.
[applause] in my mind, there is no question but that our country faces some .ery serious challenges the challenges we face today, if you include climate change, may be greater than in any time since the great depression. concert --abels conference points out, we need answers rather than campaign rhetoric. that me start by saying the bad news, and it is very bad news, an issue we have got to deal with. the citizensf united supreme court decision, we now have a campaign system which, and i use the word advise lee, is corrupted. it is undermining american democracy. i have got to lay that out on the table. i do not think that there is
thehing democratic about fact that millionaires and billionaires can now spend as as they want. we are looking at one family spending $900 billion in this campaign cycle in order to elect candidates who represent their interests and not the best interests of the american people. let me start the discussion at the top by saying, if we really want to create a vigorous and vibrant democracy were all people, conservatives, aggressors, and moderates, can get actively involved and run for office, in my view, we have got to overturn citizens united --, move the public funding moved to public funding of elections. we talk about the economy, and i think the no labels conference for focusing on this issue, let us be clear. real unemployment is not what
you read in the newspapers once a month. that is the official unemployment rate, now around 5%. real unemployment, including the people who have given up looking for work and those people who are working part-time, is about 10%. but me touch on something few people are talking about. i hope the no labels people will talk about it. that is youth unemployment. a study recently came out looking at youth unemployment for high school graduates between 17 and 20 years of age. what they found is for white young people, real unemployment was 31%. kids, it was 36%. for african-american kids, it was 51%. this is a crisis situation. if we are more interest in making sure our kids are in
and have jobs, we should be investing in our young people and not simply in jails and in incarceration. i'm gladployment, and you raised that issue because it has to be talked about, it is much higher than i think people it is it is, and disproportionately for young people. the united states of america, hope you all agree with me, should not be having more people people, 2.2 million than any other country on earth. we should be investing in jobs and education, not just jails and incarcerations. how we createbout 25 million jobs over the next 10 years, there are, in my view, several things we have got to do. have got to understand, and i think there is widespread bipartisan does it --
bipartisan agreement on this, we have got to understand that our infrastructure, roads, bridges, water systems, wastewater plants, airports and rail system, levies and dams, in many parts of the country, we have not sufficiently invested in our infrastructure and according to the american society of civil engineers, we need trillions of dollars of investment because in many ways, our infrastructure is crumbling, falling further and further behind many other countries. proposed a $1have trillion investment over a in rebuildingod our crumbling infrastructure. that unto itself, which creates up to 13 million decent paying the same time, because we are improving our infrastructure, make our country more efficient, more productive,
and, in fact, safer. have ave we should massive federal jobs program rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. we could create, just by doing that, 13 million decent paying jobs. when we talk about job creation, it is also important to be talking about not just how we create new jobs, but how we prevent the loss of millions of jobs. the simple truth. as a result of our disastrous ande policies, like nafta trade relations with china, we have lost millions of decent paying jobs. ist corporations have done simply shut down in america, move to low-wage countries abroad, hired people there, and then brought their products back in to this country.
america, we have lost about 60,000 factories and not all of that can be attributed to trade, but a lot of it can be. if we are serious about creating jobs, we need trade policies which create jobs in america and not just china or vietnam. that is why i not only have voted against nafta, trade relations with china, i strongly am opposing the transpacific partnership. furthermore, if we will talk about how we create the millions of jobs we all agree we need to create, we need a financial system which makes affordable to small and medium-sized businesses. i think we all understand the isnomic engine of america
not large corporations who by and large have been downsizing and moving to other countries, but small and medium-sized businesses. concerns about the current financial system, in which you have a handful of banks on wall street, six large financial institutions, which have assets equivalent to about 60 percent of the gdp of the united states of america. these financial institutions on wall street are not terribly aboutned, in my view, creating jobs on main street or small towns all over america. i think their greed and recklessness, irresponsibility, is known to all. they caused the financial collapse of 2008. is put have to do greater emphasis and support for community banks, credit unions,
financial institutions, who are part of the communities they serve, who know the people in the communities. who know the people who want to buy homes, who know the people running small and medium-sized as this is. have todayn you three out of the four largest financial institutions, much larger, today than they were when we bail them out because they were too big to fail, i think it is time to reinstate glass-steagall legislation and break them up. if teddy roosevelt were alive, he was a good republican. if he were alive today, i think what he would say, it he would be saying, is when you have a small number of huge financial institutions who have so much economic and political power, they are doing a real disservice
to our economy and i think he would say we should break them up and i agree with him. when we talk about jobs, we have also got to appreciate that, while it is absolutely imperative that we create millions of decent paying jobs, it is also equally important that those jobs pay people a living wage. the country right now, in for montana new hampshire, you have folks who are working two or three jobs. they are working 50 or 60 hours a week. trying to provide for their families. trying to cobble together some health care. view, when we have today a federal minimum wage of seven -- 7.2 and $.25 an hour five dollars an hour, we have got to recognize that that minimum wage is totally inadequate, we have got to raise that minimum wage to a living
wage, and i believe over the next several years, in cities like los angeles and seattle, like they have a gun to do, we have got to raise that to $15 an hour because i think its own works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. [applause] you have also raised a very important issue of social security and medicare. let me briefly touch on them. despite some of the rhetoric you may have heard from many isiticians, social security not going broke. every day on television, someone says social security is going broke, we have got to cut it and raise the retirement age. it is simply not accurate. the truth is, according to the social security administration,
social security has $2.8 trillion in its trust fund and could pay out every benefit owed to every eligible american for the next 19 years. it tells us we do not have a but 19 years is still a short time and we have got to figure out how we could lot longer than that to make sure our kids and grandchildren know that social security will be there for them. the fairest way to extend the the of social security for next 50 years is to make sure that the wealthiest people in this country, many of whom are doing phenomenally well, start paying the same percentage of their income into the social security system as the
middle-class and working families of our country currently pay. you know, someone making hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars a year pays the same amount of money into the social security trust fund as somebody who makes 118,000, $500 a year. in my view, that is wrong. is apply thedo on small income starting at $250,000 per year, and i would use this revenue not just to extend the life of social security, and my proposal would extend the life of social but i wouldil 2061, also expand social security benefits. here is the truth. in my state of vermont, i have spoken to too many seniors in
vermont and seniors all over the country. there are seniors and people with disabilities trying to get by on horrifically low incomes. people who are trying to make it on $11,000 per year. is, you cannot survive on that level of income. that means not heating your home in the winter, not buying the food you at it -- that you need. i am cognizant of the fact the average social security benefit today's just $1320 per month. my view is we should extend , expand and we do that by lifting the cap on taxes -- on taxable income. so let's talk about medicare.
to broaden the discussion a little bit to talk about health care. these are the simple facts. the united states today spends on healther person care than do the people of any other country. that is a fact. despite the gains of the affordable care act, 15 million more americans now have health insurance. we still have 29 million people .n this country zero health insurance. many people are underinsured with high deductibles and high copayments. sometimes, they do not get to the doctor. in my view, and i know not everyone agrees, the united states of america has got to join every other major industrialized country on earth and guarantee health care to all
people as a right and not a privilege. for those of us who live in new canadare and vermont, has managed to provide health care to every man, woman, and child in the country in a much more cost-effective way than we do. germany has a different system and denmark has a different system. the u.k. and france all have different systems. the commonality of their systems aseverybody has health care a right and all of those systems provide health care to their people in a more cost-effective way. by the way, the health care outcomes for many of those systems is better than ours in terms of longevity, life expectancy, child infant mortality rates. asked how weou balance the budget by the year
2030. that is clearly an important issue. presidentews is since obama has been elected, we have made significant progress. since president bush left office, we were running up a record-breaking 1.4 join dollar federal deficit. isay, the federal deficit down to 426 billion dollars. that is making some progress, but obviously, it is still a large deficit and we have a national debt of over 18 chilean dollars. that is a serious problem. let me put the issue of debt and into a broader context and touch on some issues that i think are not widely discussed. we talk about the deficit and the debt and i hope everybody remembers that when we went to
and iraq,hanistan weretunately, those wars not paid for. they were put on the credit card. those wars will end up costing us somewhere between four chilean dollars and six chilean dollars. understandingtime how some member of congress can come forward and say we have got to cut medicaid and medicare and education and nutrition programs for hungry kids, because we have a deficit when it comes to war. not a problem. we will just put it on the credit card. think that is very wrong. [applause] deficit, itabout has to be put in the broader context of what has been going on economically in america in the last 30 or 40 years. is there has been a
goingransfer of wealth from the middle-class to the top .1 percent of the top 1%. .1% has seen its share of our nation's wealth more than middle-classthe lost chileans of dollars. we talk about deficit reduction and government in general. that fundamental reality has got to be understood. the middle-class is shrinking and the very rich are becoming much richer. corporations, many of them are enjoying record raking profits. .1% of 1% current -- owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 9%. the kind of economy we
think america and the middle-class deserves? despite people working incredibly long hours, 58% of all new income is going to the top 1%. view, when we talk about investments that have to be made in our country in terms of education and infrastructure, that reality has always got to be paramount. the middle-class shrinking and wealth is people are doing phenomenally well. in order to make progress andcing our deficit national debt, we need to make certain our government is running as efficiently as possible and all of you know that is not the case. a lot of inefficiency and a lot of waste. all i would ask -- all i would add is that we also have to take a look at the department of
defense. a lot say let's just their money at the department of defense or that is wrong to her we talk about running an efficient government, it has got to include the department of defense. it also means we need to move aggressively toward real tax reform so those individuals and corporations who have the best ability to pay in fact do so. at a time when we are losing $100 billion a year in revenue because corporations are stashing their profits in the cayman islands and other , we have gothavens taxliminate this legalized -- it is wrong. does that make sense that profitable corporations, making billions of dollars a year in
profits, in some cases not paying a nickel in federal income tax. a time when the 15 wealthiest people in the country increased their wealth by $170 billion in the last two years, i would significantly increase the estate tax on inherited wealth of more than 3.5 million dollars. warren buffett often reminds us, we have a tax system which enables some of the wealthiest people in the country to have an .ffective, real tax rate it makes no sense to me or to the american people. becominghiest people much wealthier, large corporations in many cases enjoying huge profits and the middle-class in many ways disappearing.
if we are going to deal with the deficit and the debt, we have got to have a tax system which asks those people who are doing extraordinary well to start paying their fair share of taxes. the very last point. [applause] important question about making the united states energy secure by 2024. i agree with you and i want to see that happen as well. respect, and i say ais respectively, there is more important issue than just energy independence. on the senate environmental committee and the senate energy committee. that thel you scientific community is virtually unanimous. climate change is real. climate change is caused by human activity and climate
change has already caused devastating problems in our country and around the world. ist the scientists tell us that if we do not get our act ourther now and transform energy system away from fossil fuels, to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, the planet we're going to leave our children is a planet that will be in a lot worse shape than the planet that we enjoy today and that is morally on acceptable. it is not acceptable to say we do not care about the planet and we will just go on same old same old. move towarde us energy independence to the way you do that is aggressively move forward toward energy efficiency, toward a transportation system not just dependent on automobiles, and in wind andssively
other sustainable energies. let me include -- conclude by thanking the conference for the good work they do by trying to get serious discussions on serious issues and trying to minimize the politics we see, the personal attacks that we see . thank you very much for what you are doing and i look forward to working with you in the future. thank you all very much. [applause] ♪
and now, please welcome the no charlieice chair, black, and policy director at brownstein, judy black. ["eye of the tiger" playing] ♪ >> hello, problem solvers, and hello, new hampshire. thank you for being here. we have the privilege of focusing now on state and local government and how problems are solved by setting big goals and working across party lines. we have a distinguished bipartisan panel of state legislative tours and local government officials. and all support no labels you have a great time hearing from them. i will introduce them now.
the state senator of ohio. the councilman from california. state senator jeff danielson from iowa. chip johnson of mississippi. senator franklin roosevelt ohio. milo of indiana. councilman trey rotor from oklahoma, and a state representative of arkansas. welcome, everybody. [applause] we have focused a lot today on getting the next president to commit to the national strategic tonda and work with congress solve our problems and reach our goals at the federal level. they might learn a lot from the
state and local government officials. we will have them tell you how they solve their problems at that level of government. >> thank you. is wonderful to be in this room with all his energy and people who are committed to try to solve the country passes problems. many of us have worked in a partisan way for so long. when an election is over, we expect our elected officials coming together and doing the right things for the people. these state and city elected officials have done. i think you will learn a lot from them. how.know the how does that happen? what we have asked them to do is to give you an example of something they have done where they have worked with the opposition to make things happen. let's sit down and take the weight off.
know a lot of you times, local elected officials are people who live right next door to their constituents. if they do not work to get a problem solved, someone calls them in the middle of the night and says, why isn't my trash picked up? they have to make things work and we would like to give their examples so we can bubble it up to the federal level and say, this is the way you do it. let's get started. senator, i would like to ask you if you could give us a good example and one final thing, i would like to know if you set the goal before you worked on the solution, or did the goal kind of come together with that solution? that would be you, senator. there are a few senators appear. >> good afternoon dime the senator from the state of ohio. i have been in office foresenting the community
almost nine years now. i spent three of my years in the state senate between 2009 at 2012 as the senate minority leader. i'm a democrat proud to be here with my
republican colleagues frank larose from eastern ohio. during the time i was the minority leader of the ohio senate, one of the first things i decided was this syrian order for us to actually identify -- was to come together and have duly sponsored bills. either superd nerdy or you might scratch your head and say, why weren't you already doing that? at the federal level, you have hyphenated bill names of a democrat and republican sponsor and often times, we heard from our part -- our congressional panel, the really big issues get done in a bipartisan manner. when i came in in 2009, at the ripe old age of 30, 31, almost, approached president
bill harris, a republican, and i respectively asked him, mr. president, we need to have this in the ohio senate paired it is unbelievable we cannot come together and sponsor
bills across the aisle. we did not have that before i was minority leader and i think that is an incredibly important tool for us to be able to get things done. i will give you a brief example of hard ideas. my area of expertise is health care policy. to geted arduously medicaid reform done ohio particularly in the context of to a new medicaid population after the implementation of the affordable care act. we wanted to do it in a prudent manner that would be cost-effective and control costs. i worked together and i am a licensed social worker. i worked together with senator dave, a republican pharmacist
from marysville to offer medicaid reform in ohio. it was almost a year long process but it was well worth it and we would not have been able if we were not able to do it as dual sponsors. we all need to come in with a solution oriented focus. i'm excited no labels is focusing on that today. >> thank you. frank: i sincerely believe one of the biggest barriers to good government is the way the district lines are drawn, that we only by the way raise money for campaigns. the redistricting reform and campaign financing reform are to things sorely needed improve the quality of institutions and the way they work. impactful and as important as redistricting can also evolved into partisanship. i was proud of the fact that
last winter -- leicester western ohio, we passed a redistricting reform proposal. your mom says nothing good ever happens after midnight. in the ohio senate, something good happens. we passed bipartisan redistricting reform and it is before the voters right now in the state of ohio to hopefully improve that amendment to put forward a more balanced way to get rid of the old partisan one, whoever is in control of the numbers gets to draw the maps however they want. we get rid of that hopefully this november and ohio will have a better way of rejoin district lines in 2021. >> who else would like to give us your example? >> it is an echo -- excellent segue into ohio. a shout out to the i crew here in new hampshire. full support in the primary state in new hampshire. [applause]
an excellent segue. i was the only state in the country that cannot gerrymander, by law. republicans and democrats do not draw the lines. we have a bipartisan and neutral third-party staff that draws the map. we get an up-and-down vote and that another and it goes to the supreme court. the only state in the country that does it that way, just the way ohio has led. i think i will is no labels before no labels was no labels. makeup. political democrats controlled the senate and republicans controlled the house. president obama, democrats are the same political makeup as the national congress and the executive branch. jobave had slow and steady growth. we would like to do more. our entitlement program, our large pension system, we inform that together. medicaid is similar to medicare at the federal level.
a similar exercise. we expanded medicaid under the affordable care act in iowa with divided government. we tripled our tax credit and we are the world leader in wind generation appeared if you look at energy diversity and the national strategic agenda of no labels, we accomplished that with a balanced budget, a record surplus, and the largest property tax cut in iowa history. do not tell islands that what is going on in congress and d.c. is the only way it has to happen. toknow we have been able work together across party lines to accomplish those things. [applause] >> thank you. how about a mayor? i will defer to my colleague. i am chip johnson, the mayor of mississippi. if you're wondering what we're doing in new hampshire, i'm with you. it is interesting. i was sitting right here in the morning and i got a phone call from someone and it seemed like
an emergency. i stepped out to take it. a lady i know very well had a cat who had fallen between the walls. i sent them out there to help retrieve the cap. she did not ask me if my firemen were democrat or republican. she just wanted the cat saved. i think that is how we operate at the local level. we do it on a nonpartisan basis. examples thousands of but what i want to do is go to a bigger picture just for a second and tell you a little bit about mississippi and how we get things done. if we look at a population of 3 million, we are less than 1% of the national population. less than 1%. the senator from mississippi, the chairman of the national senatorial committee right now, to were three terms ago, we have the senate majority leader from his sippy. right now, the secretary of the navy is our next governor and
the chairman of appropriations in the united states senate, are you all hearing this? congressman thompson is the ranking member of the house on homeland security. for my fellow veterans over here, one of the most important pieces of legislation ever was the montgomery g.i. bill sponsored by senator of mississippi. how in the world does a state with less than 1% of the population have all of that power? it is because we understand relationships, which i would think is what no labels is all about. if somebody from mississippi meets you, they will ask two questions, where you from and who is your family. in five minutes, i will know somebody you know and we do not call that networking can we call it relationship building in the city. tothe whole country adapts that way of thinking and just being friends of people regardless of party, that is how we move the entire nation forward. >> thank you, mayor.
mayor blair? indiana.e mayor of please come visit anytime. are able to do so many different things, to just build on the scenes you have heard from my colleague and especially with the mayor just talked about by building relationships and we have had some projects and i have been very proud of the team to work toward. welcome took office, i -- welcome to the entire council to a christmas party at my house. it would be going time prior to taking office that we can all get together and socialize with one another and get to know each other as people before we were going to have to be making specificsand talk about various different things spirit we have had a very itductive relationship and is not about trying to have republican or democratic wins on the council. it is about getting things done. we have been able to work
through tougher pieces in local government and as i said, it is less about partisanship and it can sometimes be more challenging with the government to get projects done. i had a gentleman who went to my he waswho was telling me not able to get to the social security office, in a neighboring city, about 30 minutes away, because there was no public transportation available for him to get there. he would cost a we have to rely on volunteers from our church to take him to the social security office in michigan city. it was a piece of what prompted us to work on what would be available to michigan city. it encompasses purdue campus in our region. with not only republicans and democrats, but the city officials and county officials and education administrators as well too but
together a bus route that now provides service for students in michigan city and all across the education, access to that we are now able to reach two different community colleges on that route. it just started in february of this year and the numbers are continuing to grow and that is an example of where we are not only working across party lines but the jurisdictional lines because we need to make sure we're solving problems for not just of the gem and who goes to my church but also the students who need to have access to those regional campuses. we are creating more opportunities by having those relationships built. >> this is what you call problem-solving. i would like to call on a state representative to apologize for identifying him as being from oklahoma. he from ohio. there is a big difference. does the ohio house work across party lines like we see that the
ohio senate does? >> i am in the city council in ohio. the answer is yes either way. i'm an independent. we truly in our ballot have no labels. when you run for a city council had a lot of municipal elections are like that, your name is on there and that is it. for me, this is about not necessarily working with the other party. it is about working people in general and how to get things done. this is an issue i studied professional for almost 15 years. in 2001, i started a professional services firm and the focus is on helping how toations figure out get things done. in the year that followed, we worked with many organizations including some of the world passes largest employers here one thing i have learned in this work is in order to get things done, people do not
always need to agree with you. dois unusual they all is agree with you. to illustrate the point, i will share with you a quick story from when i was running for office. i'm relatively new to the deal here. i ran two years ago and i thought, i would like to hear what other people feel about our city. i knocked on doors and we had house parties where we talked to people. we give a little speech and we ask questions and we talk. so i was in a house party one night in the party had not even started yet and a woman came up to me and said, you have ideas. i have seen your ideas. i am not sure i like them. i thought this could be a long night here. so we went through and i laid out my large -- my logical argument and try to make my points and she came back up to me and i thought, have i won her
over with my rational argument on why my ideas to solve the city problems are the best? him up to me and said yes, estimate -- still do not like your ideas. but she then said, i think i will vote for you. is, sheon why explained, because it is not likely i will agree with the ideas of any politician. any twon do you find people who agree on everything all the time? she said i am likely to vote for you because you listen and you pay attention to what is going on and you analyze information and then you make decisions. here is someone who did not even necessarily agree with my viewpoint, but she was asking for what i believe the people the room were asking for and what many americans are asking for. that is an expectation that our political leaders have the skill set to be problem solvers. [applause] >> thank you.
let's turn to the councilman and former mayor in silken valley, california. california is a different place than the ones we talked about. how do you do it out there? i'm in aucky and similar position where i hold a nonpartisan office. it is really nice to have colleagues not defined by a party label. we have different stances on various issues. we are at the home of google and linkedin and a lot of others by leaps and bounds. they want to grow and we need to find a sustainable way in which to grow and to be able to deal with things like traffic and everything else. if we do not deal with those things that i hear from the grocery store from my constituents and others who happen, notto make getting things done is not an option. i think one thing that has been lost is the art of compromise.
wen i was mayor last year, were putting together all these growth and development plans. reallyas something i wanted and it was about 10% of the plan. at the end of the day, i was not able to sway my colleagues. i know what i do not. of the things that i think is lacking is the leadership quality in which you are willing to give up that little piece that you really wanted in order to move forward with the greater goal. thing --etting those those things past was not an option. oneeant we had to pull out thing or another and address those at a later time with a new council. that is what we did and i think that is what is lacking especially at the national level right now. to cobblewillingness together a majority regardless
instead of just only moving things forward if it is only popular within your party. find a if we could speaker of the house who would be willing to put together a 218 vote, regardless of party, i think we could get things going very quickly. it isunately, right now, all up in the air. we should be trying to influence that. i can assure you the folks at either end of the parties spectrum are trying to influence that speakership vote. i would hope the votes here -- try torying to put find a candidate in the middle, and to start getting these things moving because we cannot continue like this. it is hurting us not just at the national level but at the local level. we have to do a lot of things at the local level and we have to
get very creative at the local level to make things happen, which has been tough. [applause] >> thank you. most of the big things than of having, a majority publicans and democrats due to compromise, it is the way you get things done. the representative from arkansas, a competitive two-party state's days and it did not used to be. >> that is right. arkansas is a lot like new hampshire. we share a lot of similarities with iowa. we have a long tradition of pragmatic -- pragmatic governance in getting things done and working across partisan aisles. one of the things that most concerns me is the relatively -- a lot of the trends that have been impacting governance in washington seem to be slowly ieping down to arkansas and am concerned about that. one of the main things we were able to overcome recently was just two years ago when arkansas
to looking on whether or not expand medicaid under the affordable care act, at the time, we had a democratic and a newly installed republican majority in the legislature. a lot of those republicans were to oppose a pledge anything having to do with obama care. once we got into the session and thetarted looking at it, impact of not expanding medicare, that it would have on a budget, and we do have to balance our budget at the state and local level, something we all have in common, it would have been tremendous. we're also looking out the potential impact of closing world hospitals. arkansas is a rural state and that is a lot of people going without access to health care as well as local communities without access to a major employer or a major institution in the community. ended up happening, and i am summarizing because it is a long and involved process, is that we came up with a
compromise called the private option. to make a long story short, it is about taking the medicaid expansion dollars that were available and using them to purchase private insurance on the health insurance exchange. this was an innovative approach. it did not mean that it passed easily. we had to take about six or seven votes mainly because of the extremes on both sides were pretty dug in on the issues. even though we were able to pass a private option. there were members of private parties who lost elections as a result in 2014. people who are primary and instrumental in passing that policy lost their elections. i will tell you i am a democrat and i was for moving forward with the expansion from the beginning, but one of the biggest things we had to do on our side was keep our mouth shut other side into difficult a position as well. i see a lot of nodding heads.
i respected the risk my republican colleagues took in order to pass a policy that would be in the best interest of the people of arkansas. -- the private auction option i think is well-regarded and something a lot of states are looking at replicating. you approach public policy issues from a position of compromise and a position of trying to solve problems rather than score political points, the end result could be innovation and public policy. i think that is what we are all striving for and what we are able to achieve. back up toat message washington and the things that matter to our country. [applause] >> anybody can speak up on this. i wonder which federal policy affects your state or local
government the most and what would you tell us to tell congress to solve? in iowa give an example where this year for the first time in 30 years we invested in roads, rivers, bridges, and infrastructure by raising the gas tax. it was done in a bipartisan way. put theess does not highway road trust fund back on a better path to solvency, the rest of us in all the states will be left with that problem. we need them to be a federal partner. to idea no labels had was repatriate taxes from overseas back into the united states. you can do on programs and a whole host of other ideas we need to do something about the nation's infrastructure. it is a wonderful opportunity for bipartisan compromise. me, come not believe to iowa. we just did it this year.
on that note, infrastructure would be a big thing. everyone wants to extend their hand and ask for my money -- more money from the fed. what we had to do is tax ourselves. we are going to voters yet again next year for another sales tax. i was in a meeting with transportation leaders and members of congress saying, we will tax ourselves and we will match you heat for one. where can you get a better ratio of local and federal dollars of 821? -- 8 to 1? happy to support matching funds like that. there is just no impetus to move forward on anything let alone -- it is unfortunate. >> there has been a lot of talk about education. commendation -- a combination of state and federal. largely out of our control of what happened with testing. there has been a lot of
discussion about how young adult and school-aged children are spending a lot of time taking tests and not actually learning what they need to learn. >> one thing we need to remember fund is not just the trust but the partnership. we also have needs that exist our waterway systems and sewer systems, these are critically important to every day life as well as economic opportunities. if you cannot get access to water in sewer in your community, you will not attract jobs, economic investment, or residential development. we need real partners beyond the usda program for water and sewer. we need to get creative on how we can get to support
infrastructure development. >> regulatory reform, getting control of these agencies making rules and regulations, regulatory reform is a big one third another one is campaign finance reform. we have got to bring more transparency. the third one is balanced budget and it has to be done in a responsible way. at balanced budget, to really put some pressure on congress to balance the books. >> i would like to add on that if there are specific policies that you've heard from my colleagues about local government or state government, i would like to tell you that i believe the federal government is going to come and help me solve these problems just like
miss america believes in world peace. i would like to see it happen, but i do not necessarily see it as reality. the greater impact that you see of the partisanship, the bickering, the just nastiness that exists at the national level, that is what the typical voter sees primarily. we don't always see all of the things that local government is making happen, getting the basic things done. and the bigger problem coming from this is now more and more people are becoming less and less involved with government in general. we have a fan britain -- we have a seven member city council. now that we have gone through caucuses, we have candidate for all of those positions. going into the primaries, three of the seven candidates position had no candidate on either side. there is a complete disengagement that is happening across our electorate that is counter to the we are as an american people. i am less interested in having say, specific policies and
federal government, go and fix this so you can solve this for but more just start acting like decent human beings to one another. as we heard from one of the kindergarten teachers talking earlier, these lessons that we learned in kindergarten are the things we would like to see our national leaders be able to represent. that is the specific damage like to see more of. we would love to see more road money and tackling sewer and water, that is fantastic. but let's start by just being reasonable to one another. >> judy, would you like to make a final comment? we have 15 seconds. judy: as i was sitting here listening to people and whether we agree or disagree, i remember the comment that if you have two people that agree 100% of the time, you don't need one of them. we need everyone to have their thoughts, but then we need to come together with solutions. your elected officials.
tell them we need to come together and we want solutions for our problems. greatis panel, what a group of elected officials. thank you also much. [applause] thank you very much. we appreciate the opportunity. ♪ [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] >> please welcome lisa borders. mic is hot.
are we ready? where my students? are we ready? can i invite everyone to move in a little bit closer? we are going to have an intimate conversation. we have some surprises for you. come on, did you all hear me? everyone, come on. make it a little tighter. we will focus right here in the center. you know i will start interviewing people, right? i'm going to come back and start interviewing people. give me some of my ache on n music,ould we -- ako could we? come on, moving a little bit. are we ready?
while we are getting ready, like to talk to a couple of students. where are you from? >> where do i go to school? >> yeah. >> i go to school in pennsylvania. >> have you learned anything today? >> i think i have learned about bipartisanship. candidatesre many here today. you did not have to agree with them, but did you learn anything from them? >> high really liked the comment that compromise is not a dirty word. we hear that a lot in politics today, that it is a dirty word. >> agreed. nicely done. give him some love, you all. [applause] here to one ofr the baby boomers. this woman here who is smiling
in the purple. where are you from? >> manchester. >> right here. have you enjoyed your day so far? >> yes. >> what did you like best? just the idea sharing and everyone talking about what they think is important and how we can work together. >> you are right on point number two. thank you so much for that. has everyone been tweeting out what they are thinking to solver?move what are you talking about right now? you guys haven't been doing it? know, and you've got your arms all full it up. you are not going to tweak for me? -- tweet for me?
but you are here today. we want to thank you for being here. we have a bit more of a program for you and several more .andidates for you to hear we want to find out what you think is the most exciting about today. this is an unprecedented event you guys are all granite stators. i have to take that back to the peach eight and tell them that. being survey. have you been talking on that? because some of the ratings were going like this. i've been watching and they were going like this, right? do itople are starting to
again, so we will bring up some more of our colleagues and they will bring three more candidates to the stage. is that good? because we know here in new hampshire you interview people. i have my jobat at coca-cola and i'm not running for office anymore. i served in office in atlanta. it is a hard job. has anyone served in office? it is hard, right? ours a serious job and member running for vice mayor for the city of atlanta and i did that successfully. and i ran for mayor unsuccessfully. morenk you learn some sometimes when you lose them when you win. does that make sense? my mother was like, you failed to get that job, but here is what you learn about failure. failure is not fatal. it is feedback. it just tells you that you need to try again. we are failing in washington
today to get the job done. feedback that says we need groups like no labels to put some pressure on what is happening in washington to make it better, right? that is what we are going to do. please welcome john brodrick, my colleague whol will introduce our next candidate. come on up here, john. ♪ come on up, john. thank you, good to see you. john: good to see you. habit-forming,t having a thong follow me into the room, but i could get used to that. follow me into the room, but i could get used to that. my name is john brodrick. all of my life i was either a trial lawyer or a judge.
and we solve problems. because in the u.s. constitution there is a problem-solving mechanism called the american journey system. we sick people randomly selected and we give them enormous responsibility and they have to reach a verdict. we ask juries in america to reach a unanimous verdict. and sometimes it is whether people live or die. congressf we took the of the u.s. and put them in a jury box we would never get an answer. people can american expect their congress to do with the american jury system has done. the problems are large, but they .re not that large
the person i have the privilege was theduce today andrnor of new york on 9/11 i think it is fair to say that on that day he was america's governor. and in the painful weeks and months that followed he earned the respect of the american people. he was elected three times, three times as governor of new .ork and the last time he did that when he received one million democratic votes, almost unheard of in politics today. ur former had fo governors of new york that have been elected president of the
united states. and this man would like to make it five. ame governor of new york, it was rated one of the most unsafe states in the nation and when he left, it was the fourth safest state in the nation. [applause] people, a million people in new york state from welfare to work. and in doing that, he give them their dignity back. when he left office in new york, they had the lowest unemployment rate in the state of new york since they had begun recording unemployment rates. he is an extraordinary fellow. leader and ihtful
and that is what we need is someone like him who is going to bring people together. you are starting this this afternoon with this no labels problem solver conference. thank you for being here. we have to solve problems and we have to come together to do that. [applause] governor pataki: when i think of what we need to do in washington to confront our problems we have to do three things. we have to grow our economy better. we are not creating the jobs and the opportunity, particularly those that young people like the ones here need in the 21st century. we have to shrink the size of the federal government. it is too big, too powerful, too intrusive, too bloated, and it has to be shrunken and brought down to size where it serves the people and of dominating the people. and justice broderick talked about how i was governor on september 11. we have got to be far more
proactive in rebuilding our military, honoring those who have served and put on the uniform to defend our country, the best people this country has ever produced. [applause] and making sure that we are safe and secure as possible. other candidates will say similar things. they will have a plan. i have a plan. the question is, how do you solve the problem? how do you actually get it done as opposed to just talking about it? said, when i was governor of new york, i was looking to shrink the government. when i left office, we had 15% fewer government workers when i left office and it worked better. when i left office, the unemployment rate was the lowest since they started keeping records. ,ither way, when i took office we were last among the 50 states in creating jobs and opportunity. but we changed things
completely. we talked about how we were the most dangerous state in america when i took office and the fourth safest when i left. -- by the way, i did it in as a republican in a democratic state. for most of my term there were 103 democrats and 47 republicans. how was i able to get that agenda through? i will tell you two stories. one was welfare. office, one out of 11 of every man, woman, child in the state of new york was on welfare. not medicaid or disability. i knew we had created a system where good people had become trapped independency because that was the best thing for their family. so i sat down with the democrats and i said, let's work together to end this tragedy. let's replace dependency with
opportunity. yes, i want to serve for policies like able-bodied welfare. yes i want limited time on welfare. to takepower people that first job for economic opportunity. so we did things like expand the daycare slots. job training programs, and expanded the earned income tax credit. when i left office, we had over one million fewer people on welfare. they have been able to transition to the private sector, to the workforce, to become a part of the american dream instead of depending on government, working in a bipartisan way. [applause] governor pataki: thank you. and i will tame a story about how he went from one of the most dangerous states in america to the fourth safest. we passed over 100 criminal justice laws, tough laws like ending paroles for violent
felons, mandatory stronger sentences, empowering police and changing evidentiary rules. but one of the things that we did look at was to change the drug rules. i wanted to have harsher penalties for the kingpin, the big drug dealers, or for someone was carrying a weapon while they were involved with drugs. and the democrats said we don't want to do those things, but by the way there are too many young trapped in the drug coulter. yes, they may be out there on the street corner and get caught 15,convicted of a felony, 16, 17-year-old kids. we want to give them another chance. i said, let's meet and work this out because we had a battle. we agreed that low-level drug offenders who had not been involved before would be given an alternative to jail where they could spend time in an incarceration cap and if they went through it, have their criminal record wiped out and
never have to face the consequence of that having a blight on the record their pro-life. but i could not get them to the harsher penalties for the drug dealers and guns. -- for their whole life. but i could not get into do the harsher penalties for drug dealers and guns. russell simmons, from central broken -- brooklyn says we can't do this and we cannot do that. and i say, let's call of russell simmons. let's call him. i say, get up to albany. he got to our capital at 3:00 in in the morning. we went all night and we agreed on some of the changes. the last one was i wanted harsher penalties for someone involved in selling drugs who had a gun on him. and the democratic leadership was saying, no, we will track people. and he goes, i don't want somebody with a gun roaming around my neighborhood. pataki is right. they passed the law and change
the rules and we made new york the fourth safest state in america. working across partisan lines. [applause] governor pataki: that is what we have to do now. wasby the way, what i talking about, shrinking government, growing the economy, protecting our security, it comes together in the area of climate change. and i hope the stage doesn't open up. i'm a republican and i happen to believe when we emit co2 and greenhouse gases the earth it's warmer. -- the eartho get gets warmer and we have to do something about it will stop -- about it. [applause] governor pataki: i'm a great toiever that if we're going have the brilliant, optimistic future we are all entitled to believe in as americans, the public -- republicans have to embrace science. we cannot be a party that
questions vaccination. george washington addled it when he vaccinated his troops at valley forge 240 something years ago. we cannot russian evolution. and we have to recognize -- we cannot question evolution. thewe have to recognize climate change issue and the role government has to play in dealing with that issue for the future. [applause] pataki: before the democrats here get too excited, let me tell you my solution will be very different from president obama's or those on the to have a left, but dialogue about that. i want to have a discussion with all of you, not with another republican, but with a great democrat who served the state admirably.ntry as you know him, evan buys. and see ift sit down we can solve this problem the next 15 minutes.
thank you very much. [applause] senator: george, let me begin. we served together as governors back in the day and governors tend to try to be pragmatic problem solvers and work across the aisle. george wanted me to kind of be up here within to talk about climate change and a lot like he was just saying, i thought to myself, a republican president -- presidential candidate who is interested in climate change, this is a real man bites dog story we have here. george, i think that is to your great credit, by the way. let me just as the prescription -- ask the first question. what it does matter so much to you? all,nor pataki: first of it is about the future of our globe. if we do not deal with the issue of global warming, we will have unforeseen consequences that no one here could predict that could have a horrible impact
future generations lives. and as i said at the beginning, senator, it is the one area where reducing the size of government -- because i would not do it the way obama is doing it with massive regulations and higher taxes, heavy-handed government picking winners and losers and driving jobs out of america. i would do it in the exact opposite way. that is, by empowering american innovation empowering the american belief in dreaming and that our private sector, our university sector, and government all working can create the next generation of clean energy products that not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but create tens or hundreds of thousands of jobs in america. and by the way, if we did not need to be so dependent on things like oil, and not just the united states, but the world didn't need to be so dependent on things like oil -- russia,
iran, others are tallied terrien -- totalitarian states would see their power diminished. theash the creativity, innovative ability of the american dreamer, the thinker, the entrepreneur, the scientists. and we can have the next level of energy that does not just slightly reduce greenhouse gases, but allows us to de-carbonized our economy while allowing us to grow jobs. [applause] interestingly, when you first mentioned the importance of climate change, there was a real round of applause and the first wave and the loudest was from behind us here. i was speaking to a group of university of indiana students making a trip to washington. they had a poll talking about the data and her research shows that this is the issue that matters the most too young people in our country.
i get that they know it's going to change things in a whole host of ways will stop thank you for -- a host of ways. thank you for participating. is there any common ground? governor pataki: i think there is enormous opportunity for common ground. both parties want to see next generation technologies, solar, wind. the difference is i don't want to see the federal government invest $500 million in a company like solyndra because it is politically connected and i don't want our tax dollars used to say we like this industry but not that industry. where we can agree is in the concept of innovation. in my private life, we are working with a company now that has been filmed solar panels -- thin film solar panels. the average efficiency right now is 18%.
they have more than three times that efficiency. if you can do that, we can deploy solar across this country in a way that reduces energy costs and create jobs a set of driving up costs. i think reasonable democrats would agree that we want to collaborate. it is not the federal government that will solve this problem. it is the private sector, our universities, the think tanks, and the federal government all working together, not the heavy hand of government. we do things, for example, like expand the r&d tax credit, research and develop. expand it to empower innovation. everybody wants to see us build more energy producing and clean energy producing assets in the united states. instead of picking winners and losers, allow the immediate expensing from capital investment. if you put a lot of money into solar or wind or geothermal or
any other type of technology, write it off in a way to encourage the private sector and investors to put money into green energy. i think there is tremendous room for common ground. unfortunately, the dialogue is such that people do not even talk, let alone try to solve problems at events like this. working across party lines to find a common future is so important. have anbayh: do you opinion about retrofitting homes so that they use less energy in the winter, those kinds of things, high mileage vehicles that would use less oil on the highway? governor pataki: when you are paying four dollars a gallon for gas heating oil went through the roof. there is no question efficiency is one of the most important things we can do. when i was governor, we put together a number of policies,
more efficienthe use of appliances, for example, retrofitting thermal windows for homes. we can do that in a way where the homeowner or the business get a return on their investment. they are not losing money. they will save so much in lower interest -- lower energy costs that will pay it back over time. that is another area where i'm sure democrats and republicans, if we set aside finger-pointing and trying to gain partisan advantage over solving a problem can come together and actually solve this problem. there's a good: idea i became -- senator bayh: there is a good idea became aware of out in california and it has been done in neighboring states, but california has done even more of it. that is, local districts raise bond proceeds to retrofit houses . the solar panels you are talking
about, retrofitting for energy efficiency, and and they use that to repaid over time. and if federal government is kind of standing in the way of that right now. the federal housing association is concerned that it will get in the way of federal housing. do you have an opinion about those kinds of state oriented -- ? governor pataki: absolutely, the federal government should not be standing in the way. they should be paving the way for programs like this to exist. heating with sand is so efficient. the temperature under the frost line is always about 56 degrees. whether you want to cheat in a in theor cool in -- cool summer or heat up in the winter, it doesn't cost hardly anything. we wanted to get the utilities to upfront it and then pay it out of the savings and energy
costs when you did not have to do that. that is the type of thing where the federal government can empower states and local governments and ultimately homeowners to have that opportunity. there is another angle on this that people might -- senator bayh: there is another angle on this that people might be willing to have your take on. i was on the senate intelligence committee for 10 years. the federal government has done on --xtensive surveys climate change. how you get crop failures and famine ships and more radical that sorterrorism and of thing. some of the national security agencies have actually concluded that dealing constructively with climate change, there is a real national security element to that for the u.s. do you have a take on that? governor pataki: there is no question.
the defense department, the army, and others have made it a priority. the army andy, other defense agencies have to esearch arms where they -- pure research arms were they fund programs that are applicable. one of the things i want is for the federal government to work with universities and private sector to fund pure research. when i was governor i did that in a little town named albany, new york. we challenged universities and private sector to come together to create the next generation of computer chips that power everything will computer in the world and to do it in albany, new york. we put up some initial state capital. to make a long story short, we have attracted to date over $20 billion in university and private sector research capital investment.
there are thousands of research scientists, the most advanced research, nano research, in the world being done in albany, new york. and by the way, the goal of this is not just research. the goal is jobs and opportunity for america. have factories making something in america. in this case, making computer chips, over $25 billion invested by the private sector in factories in upstate new york. thousands of great paying jobs because we invested in pure research with the private sector and energy sector and we can do that with energy. i want to make one other point. why i believe it is the private sector innovation and universities that hold the key here. in the united states and around the globe today, there is one country that produces fewer greenhouse gases than they did
in 1995. do you know what that country is? it is the united states of america. it is not because of regulation or driving up costs or driving out factories. it is because of fracking. fracking has allowed us to replace coal with natural gas, driving down greenhouse gas emissions, private sector developed, private sector deployed, but the federal government initially came up with some of those seed research moneys to develop horizontal drilling and fracking. that is a we have been doing, and in the process not just reduce our emissions, but have these new technologies that we tort around the world, helping -- we can export around the world to helping other countries solve problems. senator bayh: we have people eager to ask you questions. let me just ask one more. in theme up earlier
donald trump's comments. and i know hillary clinton was involved in this when she was secretary of state. that is, the u.s. for the longest time was the biggest emitter of co2 gases. but that is not the case today. the largest emitter of greenhouse gases is china. and as the governor mentioned, our emissions have plateaued. we are getting hours down from where they used to be. s down frometting our where they used to be. when you talk to the indians they say, it is nice for you americans. you have already industrialized. how nice for you to cap our emissions so we cannot have a better life like you. that seems to be there objection. but when we have one atmosphere and one planet, we will not solve global warming if we cap our emissions and the chinese and indians and others increase them. we will have these adverse
consequences anyway. there has got to be some global responsibility and burden sharing. how would you go about dealing with the chinese, indians, and others who want to raise emissions at the time that we are trying to the hours down. governor pataki: senator, that is exactly right. today, the u.s. only produces 16% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. if we cut hours in half, there'll be a much higher level of greenhouse gases emitted because of china and india and malaysia and other countries that are emerging. there will be 2 billion more people in the world by the year 2050 that are going to be use energy. the solution is not our government raising costs on americans through regulations. it is not our government shutting down plants it does not like to stop it is not our government -- that it does not like. it is not our government picking
companies or technologies. when we do something like fracking, or when we create the next generation of solar panels that are much cheaper of any arer sorts of energy, we creating innovation. we can export to china, and allow them to reduce their emissions. to drive business out to china where they have written -- they have weaker regulations. we want to have those factories building things right here in the u.s. for the next generation of american worker. and with the right policy i have no doubt that we can do this in the u.s. senator bayh: it was theodore roosevelt, and environmentally aware republican, who established the national parks
system. it was richard nixon who did a lot of bad things, but he did establish the environmental protection agency. there is this tradition of republicans who are environmentally aware and concerned. george, it looks like you are carrying on that tradition today. i commend you for that. for you.ks can vote i cannot. they are more important than me. george pataki, former governor of new york. [applause] governor pataki: thank you, senator bayh. mentioned teddy. i named my older son teddy after teddy roosevelt because i think he was a role model in so many ways of what americans should be like in the 21st century. so right now can open it up for questions. we still have about five minutes
left. yes, sir. >> you are one of the first politicians i've heard that hit the nail on the head. therechnologies are out that can greatly reduce carbon emissions at very much reduced costs and the only way you're going to get countries like china and india where the real problem is today to deal with the problem is to give them something cheaper than coal, which is what they are burning now. and for the chinese, the cost of producing electricity from coal is one of the cheapest ways of in theng electricity world. but things like carbon capture, sequestration, supercritical carbon dioxide can replace water as a fracking fluid. governor pataki: let me thank you. i want to get to some other questions, but thank you for
your kind words. you mentioned some of the other technologies. one is nuclear. there is next generation nuclear havethorium nuclear that zero risk of meltdown, zero military applicability. we need to restructure the regulatory climate in washington not to make it more powerful, but to make it more proactive in working with the think tanks, the universities, the private sector, to empower the next generation of technologies so the next generation can export that technology to the entire globe to deal with climate change. next up. hi, governor. nice to meet you. you were in the last panel. we have to understand that compromise is not a bad word. i don't think what any of you did was compromise. it was collaboration. when you have a goal and you are
sitting down together, you are collaborating to come up with a solution. you're not compromising. i would like your opinion on that. governor pataki: i certainly had to compromise during my 12 years as governor of new york. i did not get everything i wanted. ultimately, if you think you're going to do your way 100% of the time, we have what we have in washington right now, which is an impasse where we do not get solutions to the problems. that is why i'm running for president. -- righty right hair here, if i can get 80% of an agenda through i would rather do that than zero. it is about solving problems and burning americans together. -- bringing americans together. [applause]
governor pataki: yes, sir. in the back. a student. time't want to run out of waiting for a microphone, but i do want to hear from one of the students. >> i would like to start off by saying, ladies and gentlemen of the united states of america, that is how you talk to the other side. that was beautiful. governor pataki: thank you very much. >> it was worth the wait for a microphone. --ondly, i would like to say you are to put it politely, very far down in the polls right now. i agree with a lot of what you have to say. ima democrat, by the way, as strange as that is nowadays to agree with a republican, however -- governor pataki: there is always "however," but go ahead. >> i didn't mean it like that.
i made, how are you going to get yourself out there more? governor pataki: right now, we have had a summer of political theater and drama, but i've we get closer to -- but i think as we get closer to february and the first primary here in new hampshire, the voters will say, yes we are extremely unhappy with washington and yes, we don't trust washington because they say all these things and nothing ever changes, but let's see who can actually run the country. who actually has the solutions and the ability not to just talk about a plan, but to get the plan through congress? i hope when they say that, they will say pataki did it for 12 years as a republican in new york state with 3 million more democrats. we can send him to washington to solve our problems there as well. [applause] governor pataki: thank you. let me give you one example of why republicans are so frustrated. obamacare, in my view, is the
worst law in my lifetime. in the name of helping the uninsured, which is a worthy drove up costs and deductibles, and cost a lot of americans jobs because businesses won't let you work more than 29 hours or grow their company because they want to stay out from other -- from under obamacare. vetocannot send it to a because they cannot get the 60 votes. let me tell you what i would do. i would sit down with democrats like evan bayh. it's a shame that there. butcannot just repeal it, let's come up with what we are going to replace it with. and i'm going to work with you. and then we would get those 60 votes and we would repeal obamacare, but simultaneously replace it with something that would reflect the input of both parties and the people of this country.
we have to remember, we are republicans and democrats, but in the end we are all americans. and it is not about partisan political advantage. it is about people and problem solving. that is what i'm running on and that is what i hope will get people to take another look and will get them to say, this is the right person to lead the country. [applause] governor pataki: thank you. >> thank you, first, for taking up the regional greenhouse gas emissions some years ago. i think it was something of an 80% solution. let me give you an example. source heat- an air in my house, replacing carbon oil. footprint is somewhat
reduce. , thehe gas system gas,house gas issues with it pushes up on demand. how do we fix it where somehow the power company get the credit for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, and then what happens heat for ourthe houses and there is no credit wasteating cities with detail power plants. governor pataki: that is a difficult question, but we did take an initiative to reduce greenhouse gases and it did have an impact. but i have to tell you i am very concerned about it. i no longer think that cap and trade is the way to go. the day i left office, the idea was we would impose a cost to
carbon emissions for utilities, but we made it to the consumers so they would not have higher electric costs. you cannot trust government. governor, thes new administration within the first year took that money for their pet programs. it wasn't cap and trade full survey would have raised hundreds of billions of dollars in federal revenue and rewarded their friends and cronies. what we have to do is now bypass the heavy hand of the the federal government and empower the american innovator. i know we can do that. another thing you talked about, getting energy from one place to another. that is one of the problems right now. we had in our with potential -- enormous potential with wind resources in the planes and solar in the southwest. plains and solar in the
southwest. the private sector will build those transmission lines if we let government get out of the actually get the permit and not take eight or nine years and hundreds of millions of dollars to get approval to build the transmission in the first place. there are solutions. i think that is the point here. i am winding down with my time. whether it is energy or keeping us safe -- and i have a lot of thoughts on that. whether it is growing our taxomy and lowering our burden, particularly on manufacturing so we can have manufacturers in america again -- you know, my grandparents were factory workers. it was a great path through the middle class. our energy cost were coming down. opportunity to make america a manufacturing powerhouse again. but instead of having the highest taxed in the world, we should have the lowest tax on
manufacturing in the world. make things in america. solve problems. across partyns lines together. and there is no reason the 21st century should not be the greatest century this country has ever seen. and there is no reason you should not be able to dream things i cannot even think of and see them come through true -- see them come true during your lifetime. thank you. god bless you and let's keep up the fight. [applause] ["best day of my life" plays] ♪
bob: good afternoon and thanks for coming. , editor of the hill. we are a proud sponsor of this event and i think this is going to be a very interesting discussion because the panels are asking me what exactly we are doing here. these are the most influential people of the 2016 cycle. they are new hampshire voters.
we get to cover a lot of d.c. politics and talk to newsmakers. it is great to get out of washington, d.c. and talk to the people who will be deciding the next president of the united states. i think what we are seeing here in politics is extraordinary. it is extraordinary and we don't know how it is going to end, but what we are trying to do today to whatt some reaction we have heard. these voters, who spam the political spectrum from left to center to right, we have a lot of undeclared voters here. it will be interesting to see what they think of both the candidates and how washington can be fixed. is, -- and weion will also be taking your input and talking about that in the audience. volunteer to say whether anyone thinks compromise is a bad word and do you think
compromise is a good word, and why? shyness is not allowed. please identify yourself and go with it. gail: my name is gail for them. i live in hempstead, new hampshire. i had ancestors who fought the british in boston, which i'm very proud of. but it doesn't make any difference why we came here. we all came for the same reason, freedom and liberty. and one thing i think was overlooked this morning, not intentionally, was a very important piece of legislation that the house of .epresentatives got right if i might take a moment. bob: sure. gail: i think you have heard of important these of legislation called the americans creed. it was passed by the u.s. house of representatives on april 3, 1918. here we are nearly 100 years
later and we are still talking about unresolved issues that have affected this country for decades. you know the americans creed, please read it. "i believe in the united states of america and a government of the people, by the people, for the people, who was just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states, a perfect union. wouldn't that be nice? one and inseparable, established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which an american patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. i therefore believe it is my love it,y country to
to support its constitution, to obey his laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies." we are here today, i believe, because we have unintentional enemies within our on country -- our own country, who are sabotaging perhaps unintentionally what i felt was to be when they drafted our -- what our founders wanted to be when they drafted our constitution and bill of rights. is no labels.day thank you. bob: we have heard from a lot of candidates today. macro, you at the see what has led to gridlock.
certainly this congress has gotten some stuff done, but not sweeping legislation. that is the big game of the 2016 campaigns. of the 2016 candidates, what did you think? did anyone resonate with you? did they make a point that you thought was pretty smart? withing up the gridlock something that george w. bush talked about, barack obama has talked about. they both vowed to change washington and both admitted they didn't, and for a variety of reasons. was there any candidate on the panel -- any candidate that the panel thought, that is a really good point? mel: i live in manchester. one of the things that struck me today was listening to bernie sanders and donald trump. in a number of different areas they were mirroring each other.
if you put those two guys in the room they might even be able to solve it. of course, they both have a lot to say, so i'm not sure. [laughter] bob: that is interesting. do you lean right? mel: i mean center-right. bob: what are you looking for from the candidates? what are you looking for them to say that maybe you have not heard yet? mel: when i hear once i hear them describing half the issue. when i hear the other side i hear them describing the other half of the issue. what troubles me the most is that when they are saying what they are saying, they sound like they are being introduced at the world wrestling federation. bob: and the politics have gotten too ugly. mel: very ugly. bob: one of the questions in the program that was raised to me was, are we going to talk about the media you and if you are in
the media and you're going to dish it out, then you have to take it. media, all of the way at the end, and then we can bring it down. k: i am mark rubinstein. i am from amherst, new hampshire. something happened today that i thatot expect, and that is a woman got appear in turn to the media and said, "please don't turn this into a donald trump story," and the room exploded, so, sure, the media is. bob: anyone else want to weigh in on this? was my point, as well. i am donna from new hampshire, and to just add to that, i feel
like sometimes i have never heard o'malley speak before today, and i feel the media controls who we hear, what soundbites we hear on the news, and i was very impressed with him as a candidate, and i would ask the media not to do that. bob: one other question, by a show of hands, who has made up their minds as to who they are going to vote for in the new hampshire primary, either democrat or republican? anybody? wow. the candidates have a lot of work to do then. rachel, what are you looking for? rachel: a few candidates who are interested in -- have not quite started supporting. one is carly fiorina.
one is lindsey graham, who was here today. like what governor christie had to say. he had not been in my book before, and john kasich i am interested in hearing. think the things that i is a theme in most of them is they are clear about looking at ae issues and wanting to find resolution to the issues. they want to fix things, and they are not talking about the issues that really can divide us. in the case of both lindsey graham -- i think it was he who hardest tomes it is fight against your own party, and i think that is true, but because he was talking about issues that really, you know, it sounded like some of the democratic candidates, i really applaud that.
i think we have a lot of people who i think can go across the il and you are looking for solutions. that quite a few of these people are willing to have gridlock. they really want to be there to help our country and move our country along. mark: marc staal from bedford, new hampshire. i am looking for things from a candidate. first, of course, is the ability to work across the aisle, work with the other side, and i think we have heard a lot of positive things about that today. number two is the ability to analyze and understand the issues, look at the data, understand the science. was very impressed by the the last two speakers we heard, the pataki,and governor
their understanding of the energy issues and the costs of the different energy technology, which is really critical to solving the problem, and then the third thing i am looking for, but i have not heard at all today, is the ability to manage the federal bureaucracy. is federal bureaucracy capable and does to a great extent run the country, and it needs to do it effectively, and we need managerial skill. we have had so many agencies, i do not think i need to name names. i think you know who they are. they used to do a very good job. we needlonger do, and to get the agencies functioning again. doug: bob, my name is doug smith. i am a local barber in manchester. bureaucracy, i think it
has become a section of all-powerfulay the -- way too powerful. they want toe way do it, not the way we want to. bob: good news for all of the candidates in the single digits, our poll, only 33% of those who responded said they have decided. are unsure, 33% have decided. -- have not decided. we have seen that happen in politics, but we are getting closer, certainly at the beginning of the year, and one of the things, a fema of this theme of the- a 2015 cycle, the insiders and the outsiders. bernie sanders. you look at donald trump and dr. carson and carly fiorina.
called outsiders, doing quite well. hillary clinton doing quite well as well, but bernie sanders has been a surprise. who hastion for someone not weighed in yet is is the answer and insider? is the answer an outsider? browning.m sailor i think insider or outsider is just another label. i do not think we will undo that. want to look and see what they bring to the table, and before we look at what any stan -- stance is, we have to offer them what it is in their background and experience that allows them to and has taught them to collaborate and to listen to other points of
view before they make a decision and interact with people civilly. if we do not start a civil discourse in our government, we are never going to solve any of the problems. bob: someone down there had expressed an interest. go ahead. >> hi, i am from grafton, new hampshire. i think what i am looking for more than anything is the candidate who will put country before party before self. and i think that partially explains the fascination, the current fascination with the outsiders. certainly donald trump made a big point today of telling it like he wants to tell it like it what the think that is outsiders have the ability to do right now.
i am one of those people who has yet to make up their mind. bob: ok. bob: i am bob from manchester. i think maybe one of the onlyders should be the kind of person that is going to make any meaningful change in .he country it seems the politicians really do not change anything much, so i think that should be the way. the other thing that has happened over the decades is that the central government has become way too bloated. i do not know how many people 1912, the that before way the constitution was originally written, u.s. senators were elected by legislatures in every state, and that ensures that the states have a lot more power and slowly , so ihe decades eroded
wonder if, and i realize it is not easy to do, but amendments have been added, taken away. it is possibly one thing that would improve the situation, and at least there would be 100 senators who would not have special interests as their number one priority and would give more thought to doing what is right for the country. bob: an interesting finding of the poll results. 20%, 53% unsure. so once again, there is a lot of opportunity for candidates here to come here repeatedly and make their case. and politicsings that always works or seems like it always works is optimism, and whether that is president reagan hope and change.
there seems to be less optimism, and i think the candidates that take off and get to the general to have thisgoing optimistic message about the future of the country, but at the same time, i understand wider is some negativity, because if you look at the polls, so many people think the country is going in the wrong direction, and they are not thinking that their children are going to have better lives than they do, which is very to skin's hurting, so someone who has not spoken yet, is that important? do we need that, or do you want a more realistic look, like, hey, things are tough. they are going to be tough for a while. >> from new hampshire. of yourring part question, i just want to say i am undecided, as we all are. i think when i do make my
decision with who was here today, i think the convention is what could be the tiebreaker. bob: why? >> because they saw the importance in our message enough to be here. it is not an afterthought. bob: are you a democrat or republican? >> i am it independent. absolutely, and i think right now -- think if there is a hopeful have thei think we most positive message right now, and as far as the rest of the when they decide, when we see the polls lean much heavier in one direction, i think that is going to happen when you see some of the republicans stepped out, because there is just too many right now, and that is complicating things.
think it is doing the republican party a disservice, so i think as soon as some dropout, we can make more sense of the primary. member yells out] bob: amen to that. anti-thise have been or anti-that. you need to be angry, but there's a difference between being angry and being firm. one of the things the republicans have to do is have that positive message. yes, things are bad. rubio, christie, they have done i thinkob at that, so the republican party has to have a more positive message with what we will do. yes, you can be mad, but there is a difference between being angry and being confident. off: this is a question here.
i want to get the democrats first. there are five democrats, and bernie sanders and hillary clinton are doing very well in the polls. vice president biden could get in. there certainly has been a lot of speculation. he will not be in the debate democrats,ut for the what are you looking for? are you looking for climate change? maybe a democrat who has not spoken. >> this guy coming up next, jim webb, a fiscal conservative. i have read his bio, and i like bob: ive read so far
think it is live streaming. >> i am looking forward to it. bob: republicans, you have so many candidates. yes, i am a republican, and a reason i was here today is i was impressed with the strategic goals, and for me, the main one was balancing the budget. think ther of fact, i goal is too modest for getting it done. and let me tell you some of the reasons why i think it is so important. the path now where is interest rates get back up to where they should be, folks like my wife and i that are retired and looking at the interest from our investments, the interest is just a tad above zero, so we need to get our interest rates
back up for our senior citizens. if interest rates get back up, and we continue where we are now, the debt back up to $20 trillion, we would be paying one dollars a year in interest, and that is enough to choke us. that is money that has to be spent before anything else could be done, and i think all of the younger goals, either in or out , we certainly cannot do them if the debt continues to rise. it is going to be difficult to fix social security. it will be difficult to fix our educational system and our infrastructure. get it aroundld
so we create millions of jobs, that would reduce the deficit tremendously, and if we became energy independent, that would also help us, so in my mind, it all go through the budget and the budget deficit. bob: and you think any legislation that congress passes, it should be paid for? it should be offset? >> absolutely. down, butt is going it is still a must of $1 billion a year. the debt is going to continue to -- it is still half of one billion dollars a year, and the debt is going to continue to grow. bob: here is a two apart question. for our independents. what issues do you want them to
talk about a lot more? any of our independents? you can pass down the mic. tired of themnd talking about how good they are and what they have done everywhere else. we have been paying their salaries all of the time they have been there. i do not know of any other location, and i do not think anyone in the audience has this option, where you can work for two years and retire for about 85% to 100% of the rest of your medical package that most of us would be very pleased to have, and we are paying for it, and they are exceptbsolutely nothing looking at each other and pointing fingers of blame. i say, shame on both houses. both sides are equally guilty.
they try to blather away about what they are going to do, and and moreore blathering blathering, and you know what has happened? they have made the american people angry enough that here we are in new hampshire, and we are not going to take it anymore. larry: my name is larry. and the lady before me just made it easy. i agree with everything she said. i don't think the politicians would have to talk so much about everything if they really sat down and did something about it instead of just talking. immigration? how long have we heard that? gay marriage: and they talk about the issue of the day and put up the big issues, like what they spend. it is pretty simple to me. everything gets back to the
budget, but i am old-fashioned. if you do not have the money for education, sooner or later, it is going to go away. if you don't have money for defense, it is going to go away. i am not say to cut back on everything. you cut back on the things that you do not need and put more in what you do need. to stop letting officials get away with murder. >> from manchester. i would say -- i did not need to cut you off. fiscal wife, i could not agree more. if you cannot get your house in order, you cannot keep proposing program after program and appeal to every constituency. it is kind of sad to me. s, they or the millennial
have never seen an economy grow at 5% or 6% and adding jobs. things were about buzz with lots of activity, and you felt good about getting up in the morning because you had a lot to look forward to. folks thatsee the have been a part of this system, i say to myself, why would i vote for them? they have been a part of the system for my whole working life, so i looking for some folks that have some business experience on the outside, and i think that is the reason they are doing so well. they are obviously not from the system, and they are looking at things from a problem-solving perspective. carly fiorina, i heard her speak. she really nailed a lot in a very concise and articulate way.
well, veryvery clearly without notes, teleprompters, and she captured and i think issues, she offers a lot of solutions, as well, particularly with bureaucracy and reducing that. she has done that in business. cut spending and grow the economy. >> i have got my own. i am lyman cousins. intellectual suburb of salisbury. but i am in a dilemma as a republican and longtime supporter of planned parenthood. which i think narrows my especially those that
are flagrantly telling lies. i plan to wait until later in the year, november and december, to really start looking at the because thered, is far too many of them to keep track of, and by november and december, some will run out. i wanted to add, i think there are 1200 or 1400 people here today. it is a great turnout. ite, i amhampshire- pleased to welcome all of you here, but as we say in new hampshire, 1200 is a blow in the snow, and we have to understand our influence, and each and every one of us has a
responsibility to get out there to our friends and neighbors, to talk to them, to write letters to the editors, to do the op-ed editorials and all of that stuff that comes with this. because we are doing right. thank you. larry: hi. i am larry phillips. i am actually in the house of representatives. my thoughts are a little bit different than what has been expressed in terms of what the candidates are saying. rhetoric.t is just especially with these big four issues. who can disagree? how much of this rhetoric -- and what i was looking for and what i want to hear more of is what exactly have you done about these things? lindsey graham talked about things that he has done, and governor o'malley said about
things that he has actually accomplished, and i think one thing that really stuck with me is when governor christie said he has a room where he brings in people to actually sit down and , and i am looking at process, not just rhetoric, how are you going to do this, and how much does personality come into it, and how much can you really reach out and listen? that is what i am looking for. we chill: rachel from manchester, and i want to echo what the gentleman said -- from manchester, and i want to echo what the gentleman said. i would like to relay a little story. we have a number of friends who
andof all different strife, as recently ago as two weeks ago, we were the only one we do not discuss politics as much anymore as we used to, because just like everywhere else, things are getting more divisive, and you criticize what is going on on the other side, so i started explaining, and my husband and i started explaining, and we thought, wait a minute. people on the right, people on the left, and they said that really makes sense. and we are really interested in hearing how they can be accomplished, but they are certainly a good starting point. and that issee, what all of us have to do. we are taking the time to be here. that is what we are being told.
it is a matter of relationships, which is what a lot of the who areho are up here candidates are saying, and people from the government, building the relationships, and with the relationships, we can build ideas and just very calmly, peacefully, and some of them are going to stick, and that is our job. bob: are you satisfied with the field, only half say yes, and that could be good for joe biden. one of the things i want to talk about in my own informal polling on capitol hill, there is a huge difference with inside the beltway what people think about this question and people outside this beltway think about the question, and the question is what do you think of entitlements, and outside the beltway -- it is interesting. a lot of presidential candidates
in dorset but only when they are running for congress or running for president. which is fascinating, so just by interestedands, i am if you support congressional term limits. please raise your hand. arguments.re good hands go up.e of everybody in the audience, if you support some level of term limits, please raise your hand. a lot. there are arguments on both sides, but it is a very popular thing. i do not see it happening any time soon. wouldk the only way it happen is if a presidential candidates actually pushed it and pushed it very hard, because it would be very unpopular with democrats and republicans, because, basically, members of congress are elected, and a lot of them do work very well.
you have heard some of them here today, and they are hard-working, and they work across the aisle, and they get things done, but honestly, if you're in leadership weather on the democratic side or the anublican side, there is idea to not work with one another, and the outgoing speaker in an interview with 60 minutes would not commit to the word compromise. he said to talk about common ground, so you get to the is,ntics of what compromise so one of the last questions i want to ask is what does washington need to do in the short term? you're looking at sweeping legislation. realistically, it would be with the new president. and we saw it with president obama, whether you like it or not. it but what does the new president need to do on day one? whoever that president is, is it
form relationships with the other side? his agenda that he has been talking about on the campaign trail? who has not spoken? >> all of the above. bob: all of the above. what is the most important? >> you cannot get anything done without relationships, and i think if all of our candidates and their staff in the people supported them spend as much time discussing what they would contribute across the aisle and who they are willing to work third -- serve us all well going forward. bob: going back to a topic, how are newigest -- there media outlooks than ever before. whether it is blogs or nonpartisan. how do you digest your news?
he casually have far more choices than you had years ago when you had three networks. that, i think, is a positive thing. and how do you get your news? >> by watching the charlie rose program. because he does in-depth news that, and the comes on like the national news each evening and local news is more soundbites. it is not enough sauce. and also, prints media. bob: printed media. are still buying newspapers? >> not daily, but i still buy them. bob: the last time i bought a print newspaper, they looked at me like why would i do that.
>> people read it every day. i watch fox. i watch cnn. i watch all of them, and that is how i do it. goes, as the media something i think i have never to that candidates from both sides of the aisle here. this barely got any publicity. there was a small article in the local paper. there were a couple of commercials on a.m. radio. i get my news from all of those, so you ask about the media and how it affects us, this did not get much publicity, so this turnout is fantastic. think about what it could have been with more media input. >> as the only millennial only on this panel, i will say facebook and twitter.
>> i stopped watching television in november. i have a digital subscription to the new york times. i read all of my regional and i use statewide, the internet, even though i am not a millennial, and i find it very useful, particularly reading the major national .ewspapers, and politico.com when they link to other stories. if you can take a couple hours a day to read, but it is a commitment. bob: well, i encourage you all to check out thehill.com. thank you. thank you. ♪ [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] ♪
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ladies and gentlemen, to the convention, please welcome our cochair. host: hello. hi. thank you for all being here. in the greends shirts, god bless you. thank you so much. so i have the privilege of a fantastic gentlemen, a hero, and i am just going to say a couple of words that i feel describe him.
navy,r, secretary of the a journalist, a husband, a father, an attorney, the annam , but i thinkrine the most important word, and i think he would absolutely agree with this is that this man is a soldier, and he has a lot of respect. i have seen him. he has been to our home for dinner. we have had dinners where he has , and you have a lot of very conservative republican are on hisat bandwagon, so, ladies and gentlemen, one of the most endearing people i have ever met, senator jim webb. senator webb: thank you very
much for that, and let me say that i am very impressed with what you have been able to do. what your organization has been able to do today, and in many ways mirrors the journey i have had and the. i have had.eriods i've spent about half of my time in public service and doing as well as an author and sole proprietor, but it has been a great venture for me to have met rfeenee and to have worked with her. we set somewhat of an example in new hampshire earlier this year when she sponsored a lunch for me, and at that lunch, in order to discuss the issues that were had about country, we half of the room that were republicans, and half were democrats, and we talked about how to work together, how to
work together and how to solve herlems, and working with and also having worked six years with joe lieberman, i was very grateful for an editorial he wrote in the richmond times dispatch, in my home of virginia, talking about the types of things that we were able to accomplish during my turn in the senate and breaking away from this paralysis, the calcification that has affected our governmental process and actually getting things done. i know that this is the big issue that is being discussed today, problem-solving. how do you bring problem-solving into the very complex world of getting things done in our government system, and the first thing i would say to you is that
i not only have intentions in rightrea if i have the support to become the next president of the united states, i have a record that i hope people will look at, so what i would like to do in the few minutes i have with you today is talk about two examples, case studies, if you would, of the iproaches that we took when was in the senate to actually get things done and move things forward. i have had fellow senators during my tenure who had come to the end of five or six years and would say that they were not even able to get an amendment that they had introduced to a vote on the senate floor. will take two case is here to show you the way we were able to do this. the first is with the post-9/11 g.i. bill, which i believe is the greatest education program for our veterans in history.
i started speaking about the bill, a realw g.i. g.i. bill for the people who served since 9/11, before i even decided to run for the senate in 2006. as rené mentioned, i come from a family that has a citizen soldier, military tradition. i grew up in the military. my son left college and enlisted in the marine corps during the , and we kept hearing over and over again, this is the next greatest generation, and my thought having spent four years working on the veterans committee when i was just out of law school was if you say this is the next greatest generation, why don't we give them the same educational opportunities, the same shot at a future as the greatest generation had? why don't we give them an educational program that mirrors what the world war ii generation ?ad
they had their tuition paid for it they had their books bought, and they got a monthly stipend, and a really changed the social fabric and turns of opportunity in this country, so after i was elected, and before i was sworn in to the senate, i sat down weh legislative council, and wrote the post-9/11 g.i. bill. i introduced it my first day in office, and then came the real challenge. some people were saying, one day in the senate, why should we pass this comprehensive veterans educational program that has not been generated out of the veterans to midi itself but your office? and then there were others, quite frankly be bush ministration and some of my really good friends over the years like john mccain who were opposed to the idea. thatsaid if you gave generous of a program to our
veterans, and they are going to want to get out of the military. it will affect retention at a time when we were needing people to stay in because of the commitments in iraq and afghanistan. i spent five years in the pentagon. manpower a lot. my view on this was the other way around. if you can incentivize people coming into the military knowing at the end of it, they could have these kinds of international opportunities, it would expand the recruitment , andand the retention pool we had a 16-month period where from our office, we worked with the veterans group closely, taking theirthem, suggestions in order to improve it, and then we also developed a leadership model in terms of a prototype, if you would, in
terms of how to get things done in the united states senate. a four-senator group that we used in terms of talking to republicans and democrats. warner, who was a former marine and who had been secretary of the navy. i actually had served on his staff when i was a 25-year-old marine at the pentagon. lautenberg, frank and myself. so we approached our fellow toators as two democrats, republicans, two world war ii veterans,two vietnam saying this is what these people need and deserve and have earned in their service. this was not an easy lift. looking back on it, it seems rather logical in terms of its
success, and it has been phenomenal. i think we have now had more than a million post-9/11 veterans who have been able to use the program, but we pushed bipartisan group of veterans, working with our colleagues, holding press conferences, bringing in the groups who'd would be affected weit, and after 16 months, passed the most significant piece of veterans and ministration since world war ii at a time when the congress, the legislative branch was pretty paralyzed. that is a leadership prototype that works, it even in a paralyzed governmental system. the second issue was criminal justice reform, a completely different issue in terms of the philosophical challenges or
given thechallenges true debate between left and what in the country about to do with the different problems in our criminal justice system. i started speaking out on this when i was running for the senate. i spent time as a journalist in japan, looking at their criminal justice system, and i have seen the fairness of the criminal justice system when i was a marine, and we started collecting data. during my campaign in the senate, i started saying this needs to be fixed. there were political consultants telling me to stop it. they were saying you are running in virginia against an entrenched incumbent and are committing little suicide, but my issue was put the issue in front of the people. do the data. do the research. make the argument.
that is what a leader is supposed to do. when i came to the senate, i was not on the judiciary committee. we started working on criminal justice reform from our office as soon as i arrived in the senate. onwere able to get hearings the joint economic committee, am a member of rather than the judiciary committee, and the hearings we focused on is what is the impact of mass incarceration, economic, on the society, and all the different ways it impacts, and how do you , beforedrugs in america , thend after use consequences of hard-core drug use, and we had great seminars. we had a seminar that we did with george mason university, bringing people from both sides of the issue together in a way , and theymerton came
closed down this conference we put together, and he took the podium and said, i am amazed. stopnot get people to talking. i have never seen a thing like this, people from different sides to indicating and talking together the way you have just run. we brought in the constituent groups, the same way we did with the g.i. bill program. acrossght people in from the philosophical spectrum, 100, directly into my personal senate them,, and we listened to and we got buy-ins all across the political spectrum that this country needed a national commission, 18 months to get the best minds of america together to come in and tell us how to fix this broken system that is putting so many people into time, wend at the same
are not solving some of these keeping ourt are neighborhoods actually less this proposal for a national criminal justice commission. all of the way from the national sheriffs association, the international sheriffs association for the chiefs of police, all of the way over to the american civil liberties union. project actually , the only one that i saw it get to the senate floor where we had a buy in from the entire spectrum. to the senate floor at the time the republican party was filibustering everything, shutting legislation down. this was late 2011. we had worked on this on 2007 on, 4.5 years, and it was a $14 million, simple national
commission. we got 57 votes. we needed 60, and we had , and lindseypport graham was a supporter. we had four republican supporters, but we lost, but there were two things that came out. inber one, we had succeeded bringing this issue into the national debate, and in a way that was not being discussed before. instead of people saying to me or senators committing suicide by talking about it, they were saying let's talk about it, including a lot of republicans. and i think the people who filibustered were ashamed, and they were ashamed by their own philosophical -- it was that it wasd online a shame to have filibustered such a common sense legislation and only cost $14.5 million, but
those are the approaches that on issues that need to be resolved, and the key in both of them i think of i were to make three-hour four points, get your facts straight. take the leadership forward in terms of being willing to take the criticism and the hits at the beginning. build alliances. listen across the board, and get something sensible that people understand when you want to move towards resolution. [applause] host: this is not -- ok. there we go. we are going to take a couple of questions from the audience. >> high, senator.
first off, i would like to thank you for your service to this country in the armed forces marine corps and afterwards. all, as a fiscally conservative democrat, i have heard you described that same way, how does a fiscally conservative democrat work on balancing the budget specifically question or if you can get into office -- you have a debate coming up tomorrow, how can you make it so the rest of the country gets to hear what you have to say? there is ab: well, long series of positions. i am getting big bounce back and echo from the audio input. again, thank you for your question. we have tomorrow night to hopefully be able to discuss a lot of these issues in a way that a pretty broad audience will be able to listen to the
views that i have taken and my hope for restoring a kind of strong, bipartisan solving of problems, which is what we desperately need as a national political system. >> thank you for answering the questions, and i apologize for the feedback. before you came on the air, we had a conversation, and we got a big applause for term limits. i think some of the things that bother the average voter here in new hampshire is that the congress has set themselves up as an elite class of american citizens. they get lifetime salary. they can participate in lifetime
health care. they do not have to pay social security, and yet they are making decisions for us that they themselves do not have to support. what would you do should you become president to limit the amount of time that congress has and to take away some of these earned benefits? thank you. senator webb: thank you for your question. all, i say, first of have a similar concern to one that you mentioned, and that actually starts off with how money has affected our political process, and as a result, it also affects motivations on both sides of the issue that you mentioned, people wanting to sometimes compromise on
their views in order to raise money, and it also happens when people leave the system. with respect to term limits iough, here is a question would have for the american people. the voters have the ultimate power when it comes to term limits. my own situation is that i have been in and out of public service by choice of for you are different times in my professional career. times in myerent career. at the same time, i have never been in a position where i wanted to do this without being able to take a step back and live in the world that the political system creates and doing some things. by the way, i would not trade the opportunities that i have had as a journalist and as a novelist with having spent my inside elected
public office. the first american journalist to cover the prisoners of japanese resins. i was a journalist in beirut there in 1983. i was in afghanistan in 2004. i have just been able to do some fantastic things with the other side of my life, and then to ine back in and put my oar the water, great, so the voters have that power. when you are looking at different candidates, the question is obviously how can someone be elected when the financial systems right now seem so rigged towards simply keeping incumbents -- and, by the way, there are a lot, but the issue you raised is and if yout issue, cannot find good people to run, it is very difficult to say, ok, fears, eight years is enough.
i do not think we should do that as a matter of law. host: thank you. the gentleman right here. can you give us your name and where you are from, please? patrick: patrick from cleveland, ohio. the was i am one of disappointed that you did not seek another term. i do not know why you didn't. but when they are talking about the debt and clarifying the that, i want to know how the debt was curbed from 2000 -- we had a $3 trillion surplus, projected to be $6 trillion in 2015, and then it just evaporated. how did it evaporate? now we're up to $19 trillion debt? i do not understand how all of this happened. want to put that burden on you, but it ought to be