tv Vice President Biden Not to Seek the Presidency CSPAN October 22, 2015 6:41am-7:01am EDT
that i received, both from the office, from the undersecretary for policy, under both president bush and president obama, were first-rate. that organization was led under president bush by eric adaline. very highi got quality work from them. on the military side, i got very good planning and very good advise from the joint staff and from the combatant commanders. i think the one place where the gap between resources and isategy begins to diverge every four years when we do the quadrennial defense review. quadrennialhe defense review, which is what our strategy ought to be to military what our approach are to be to implementing the president's national security strategy, gets divorced from the budget realities. therefore, i think that
reduces the value of the quadrennial defense review. we did the one in 2010. we tried to bring this to back closer together. but we didn't entirely succeed. senator cotton: thank you. mr. secretary, thank you not just for me -- and most importantly the men and women of the armed forces. this hearing is adjourned. [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]
>> next on c-span, vice president joe biden about his decision not to run for president in 2016. a "washington journal" program starts live at the top of the hour. we will talk to congressman about the house speaker's race. preview of hillary clinton's testimony before the house benghazi committee this morning. we have more live road to the white house coverage. senator ted cruz holds a town hall meeting in council bluffs, iowa. after the event, the texas republican will take phone calls from c-span viewers. that is live friday at 8:30 p.m. eastern. saturday, we are live with the democratic presidential candidates at the jefferson jackson dinner in des moines.
our live coverage starting at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. biden said he is not entering the 2016 presidential race. endedresident biden months of speculation he would run for president a third time after unsuccessful bids in the 1988 and 2008 races. he made the announcement in the white house rose garden. was joined by his wife jill biden and president obama. vice president biden: good morning, please sit down. mr. president, thank you for lending me the rose garden for a minute. as my family and i have worked through the grieving process, i have said all along what i have said time and again to others.
that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. that it might close. i have concluded it has closed. i know from previous experience, that there is no timetable for this process. the process does not respect or much care about things like filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses. but i also know that i could do this, -- i could not do this if the family was not ready. the good news is, the family has reached that point.
as i said many times, my family has suffered a loss, and i hope there would come a time, and i have said this to other families, that sooner rather than later, when you think of your loved one, it brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes. that is where the bidens are today, thank god. beau is our inspiration. unfortunately, i think we are out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination. while i will not be a candidate, i will not be silent. i intend to speak out clearly and forcefully, to influence as much as i can where we stand as a party, and where we need to go as a nation. and this is what i believe. i believe that president obama has lead this nation from crisis to recovery, and we are now on the cusp of resurgence. i am proud to have played a part
in that. this party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the obama legacy. the american people have worked too hard, and we have come to far for that. democrats should not only defend this record, and protect this record, they should run on the record. we have a lot of work to get done over the next 15 months, and there is a lot of -- there is a lot that the president will have to get done. but let me be clear, we will be building on a really solid foundation. it all starts with giving the middle class a fighting chance. i know the press love to call me middle-class joe, but it is about the middle class.
it is not just a matter of fairness or economic growth, it is a matter of social stability for this nation. we cannot sustain the current levels of inequality that exist in this country. i believe the huge sums of unlimited and often secret money, pouring into politics, is a fundamental threat to our democracy and i really mean that. i think it is a threat. the middle class will never have a fighting chance in this country, as long as just several hundred families, the wealthiest families, control the process. it is that simple. i believe we have to level the playing field for the american people. that is going to take access to education and opportunity to work. we need to commit. we are fighting for 14 years. we need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all
children. we all know that 12 years of public education is not enough. as a nation, let's make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education 100 years ago. children and child care is the one biggest barrier for working families. the child care tax credit will lead to a dramatic influence in the workforce and raise the economic standards. there are many ways to pay for this. there are many equitable ways. we can pay for all of this with one simple step. by limiting the deductions in the tax code to 28% of income. wealthy folks will end up paying a little bit more. but it is my guess, and i mean this sincerely, it is my guess
is they would be happy to help build a stronger economy and better educated america. i believe we need to lead more by the power of our temple as the president has, then merely by the example of our power. we have learned very hard lessons for more than a decade of large-scale open-ended military invasions. we have to accept the fact that we cannot solve all the world's problems. we can't solve many of them, alone. the argument that we just have to do something when bad people do bad things, is not good enough. it is not a good enough reason for american intervention, and to put our sons and daughters lives on the line, put them at risk. i believe we have to and the divisive partisan politics ripping the country apart. i think we can. it is mean spirited and petty and has gone on for much too long.
i don't believe like some do, that it is naïve to talk to republicans. i don't think we should look at republicans as our enemy. they are the opposition, not the enemy. and for the sake of the country, we have to work together. as the president said many times, compromise is not a dirty word. but look at it this way. how does this country function without consensus? how can we move forward without being able to arrive at consensus? four more years of this kind of battle may be more than this country can take. we have to change it. we have to change it. i believe we need a moonshot in this country to cure cancer. it is personal. but i know we can do this. the president and i have already been working hard on increasing ending for research and development, because there are so many breakthroughs just on
the horizon in science and medicine. the things that are just about to happen. and we can make them real. within absolute national commitment to and cancer -- end cancer as we know it today. i'm going to spend the next 15 months in this office pushing as hard as i can to accomplish this, because i know there are democrats and republicans on the hill who share our passion to silence this deadly disease. if i can be anything, i would have wanted to be the president that ended cancer, because it is possible. i also believe we need to keep moving forward in the arc of this nation towards justice. the rights of the lgbtq community, immigration reform, equal pay for women, rooting out institutional racism.
at the core, every one of these things, everyone, is about the same thing. it is about equality. it is about fairness and respect. as my dad used to say, it is about affording every single person dignity. it is not complicated. every single one of these issues is about dignity. and the ugly forces of hate and division will not let up, but they do not represent the american people. they do not represent the heart of this country. they represent a small fraction of the political elite. and the next president will have to take it on. most of all, i believe there is unlimited possibilities for this country. i don't know how many of the white house staff have heard me say it repeatedly, that we are so much better positioned than
any country in the world. we are -- i have been doing this for a long time. when i got elected as a 29-year-old i was called the optimist. i am more optimistic about the possibilities, the incredible possibilities to leap forward, then i have been any time in my career. i believe to my core that there is no country on the face of the earth better positioned to lead the world in the 21st century than the united states of america. washington just has to begin to function again. instead of being the problem, it has to become the solution. we have to be one america again. and at our core, i have always believed that what sets america apart from every other nation is that we, ordinary americans, belief in possibilities. unlimited possibilities.
the possibilities for a kid growing up in a poor inner-city neighborhood, or a spanish-speaking home, or a kid from mayfield in delaware, or pennsylvania like jill and i. to be able to be anything we wanted to be, to do anything that we want. that's what we were both taught and what the president was taught. it was real. that is what i grew up believing. it has always been true in this country. if we lose that, we have lost something very special. we will have lost the very soul of this country. when i was growing up, my parents, in tough times, looked at me and would say to me and my brothers and sister, honey, it is going to be ok.
and they meant it. they meant it. it was going to be ok. but some of you cover me, i say go back to your old neighborhoods and talk to your contemporaries. there are too many people in america today, too many parents who don't believe they can look their kid in the eye and they would -- say with certainty, is going to be ok. that is what we need to change. it is not complicated. that will be the true measure of our success. you will not have meant it until every parent can look at their kid in tough times and say, it is going to be ok. and mean it. that is our responsibility. i believe it is in our power. the nation has done before in difficult times. i have had the great fortune and privilege of being in public
service most of my adult life, since i have been 25 years old. through personal triumphs and tragedies, my entire family, my sons and my daughter, my wife, our whole family -- this sounds corny, but we found purpose in public life. we found purpose in public life. we intend, the whole family, to spend the next 15 months fighting for what we have always cared about. what my family has always cared about, with every ounce of our being. working alongside the president and members of congress and our future nominee, i am absolutely certain we are fully capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. we can do this.
and when we do, america won't just when the future, we will own the finish line. thank you for all being so gracious to jill and me for the last six or eight months and the whole career for that matter. i'm telling you, we can do so much more. i'm looking forward to continuing to work with this man to get it done. thank you. thank you all very much. [applause]
>> former secretary of state and presidential candidate hillary clinton testifies this morning before the house benghazi committee investigating the 2012 attack on the u.s. consulate. we have live coverage beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span 3. c-span radio and c-span.org. hear more about today's benghazi hearing on this morning's "washington journal" next. and we will take your phone calls. the house back this morning for general speeches. noon eastern they work on the natural resources bill on mineral and mining regulations. live house coverage on c-span. house freedome caucus said it would support paul ryan in his bid for house speaker. but stopped short of endorsing him. coming up this hour, we talked to freedom caucus member congressman tim huelskamp think it is take. then a conversation with lanny
davis who served as special counsel in the clinton administration. he'll talk about hillary clinton's testimony before the benghazi committee. a reminder you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. vice president biden: as my family and i have worked through the grieving process, i have said all along what i've said time and again to others, that it may very well be that that process by the time we get through it closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for president. that it might close. i've concluded it has closed. ♪ vice president joe biden at the white house announcing he will not seek the presidency in 2016. signally an approach, and