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blame everybody. you know the expression "the buck stops here?" your president, that's the way it is. it is one of the reasons i say, and i mean this strongly, we a lot of money, 19 billion dollars, but we have to build up our military so big, so strong, so powerful, we have got to do it. [cheering] we have got to do it. so powerful that nobody is going to mess with us, nobody. i don't want to use it. i don't want to use it. nobody, nobody is going to mess. we are working on an airplane right now, i don't know if you have been reading about it. aliens and billions of dollars or one plane, and the test pilots -- did you read the story? -- i love the test
pilots. these are good flyers. plane,annot at the billions of dollars, and they say, this does not hold a candle to the old when we used to fly. it does not maneuver as well, work, we are talking billions and billions. what are we doing, folks? what are we doing? what are we doing? so, we need a special leader. we need a special leader. [chanting -- trump] say, the headlines blared, i do not believe those by the way because most of those pollsters do not like me. i'm not saying anything that goes on innocently with pauline,
lling, ok? po but both of those groups dislike me. i was just interview, where's jake? is he here? he is a good man, he just interviewed me. watch me at 9:00 sunday morning with jake on cnn. he is here someplace. he is a good man. he is maybe shy. he is here somewhere, but it is good. 9:00 on sunday morning. i think we will do great. here is the story. i have never seen such press. my wife called, she said, are you ok, darling? how bad is it? they may did someone get was the greatest defeat in history.
the bad part is it would not have even been mentioned, it would not be a story. then i said to myself, look, i am going to be nice because i have to talk about it. >> you have got the power! donald trump: thank you. ben carson is the one leading i was supposedly, and i said, i have got to talk about it. iowan carson misleading supposedly and i said, i have got to talk about it. i have a great friend, he is s himselfd he talk call plot, and he says this to me, i never thought i would say about a white guy, can you believe this? i said, i do not know if that is to or not. he said, when you said low energy for bush, you defined in so incredibly. it was over. he could have $125 billion in the bank, donald, it is over.
it was just defined. but i said, ben carson is super low energy, right? super, super low energy. we need tremendous energy. [cheering] [chanting -- usa] donald trump: we need energy, soap hillary clinton the other day -- [booing] said, i do not like donald trump's tone. imagine? can you my tone! think of it. she does not like my tone. we ask people, they are
christians and their heads are being chopped off in the middle east, we asked people dying by the thousands all over the country, we asked people that are being drowned in cages. it has not been like this since medieval times. it is true. who would ever think, and she is talking about my town. -- talking about my tone. we have to be politically correct, so they can chop off the heads of an american christian and we can't waterboard? it is not fair. think of it. crazy and how lopsided our country has become. think of what is going on. think of why we are not respected. think about sergeant bergdahl, a
traitor -- [booing] .e is a dirty, rotten traitor people died going after him. six, young, incredible, brave people died. we get traitor bergdahl, they get five of the best people that they have that they have been after for 10 years. they get five killers that are right now leading and back on the battlefield trying to kill everybody, including you, and we get bergdahl, a traitor. ok? we get bergdahl. two days ago it came out, or don't -- that they don't want to put bergdahl in jail. old days, firing squad, that is true.
[cheering] i love the second amendment. i love the second amendment. [cheering] two days ago, it comes out that sergeant bergdahl won't even have to go to jail. [booing] where have we gone? what is going on with our country? ok? i will tell you one thing. if i win, it will not be my most important job. not if, we have to say it, look, they are all going, not if, when. all right. [cheering]
the word should be it, but they are going crazy appear saying, win. ok, win. i hope so because you can make our country so great again. i promise you we will be reopening that are dull disaster bergdahl disaster. a lot of things will be reopened. a lot of things will be reopened. you will have a lot of things reopened. i went to my people, and just like [indiscernible] i got up for 170, i said, let's make it wanted to. they said, how can you do that? i said, i did. we have deals with china that are done. somebody said, [indiscernible] i say, that is ok, they violated every deal. that means they are in default.
that means they are in default, ok? people to weeks ago, go back and tell me what is our trade imbalance with three countries -- china, japan, and mexico? i just want to find out. i am curious. i love mexico and i love the mexican people but their leaders are too smart for our leaders. ay, ay, ay. our leaders are so stupid. they are so stupid, so with mexico, we lose about $45 billion a year. wouldn't you say that is a lot? that is peanuts compared -- what japan, he had a balance of $70 billion a year. $70 billion a year. most people do not even know what that is. the number is so massive.
it is not even recoverable. but i can't recover. recover.can i love china, they buy my apartments and the gimme $25 million and i did the like hotcakes. and i do then like hotcakes. japan sells those and they devalue their currency, but valuation the biggest in the last two decades, meaning 20 years. the biggest devaluation. i said, what is the trade imbalance? they told me mexico first and then they said japan and i said that is even more money. i said give it to me with china. year we400 billion a lose. we?stupid are we should be ashamed of ourselves.
how stupid are we? not blame china. i do not blame them at all. i have friends from china. they used to come up to see me and they would say, donald, we cannot believe we get away with this. your people are incompetent, and that i and then i said was running for president and they said, i am only kidding. they have no idea that i would be reviewing. first of all, when china sends us their goods, there is no tax, no nothing. , number one,china they won't accept them. if they do accept them, they have massive taxes and tariffs, it is a one-way street. a friend of my can't get his goods in china and finally, he
gets them in and they charge of attacks that was so high but i cannot tell you because nobody will believe how high it is. these are smart people, but i have people that are smarter. [cheering] i have people. i have some of the great business people. they are all calling me. enemies, i friends, have guys so smart, and some i don't like. some i cannot stand. some are horrible people. actually, i know one that is so he is theuman being, worst human being i ever met, but he is an unbelievable negotiator. i said, irving, you are going with us. these are wealthy people. these are really wealthy people. they are all calling me. they want to get involved. i have a great guy, great businessmen, great everything. carl icahn.
[cheering] he called me, i want to get involved, i want to help it he does not want money, a salary. all these people representing us want salaries. they get $2000 to somebody and now they are supposed to be paid for the next eight years by some stupid politician. ok? no, no. carl icahn wants to represent the country for nothing. i say, and he is a great guy. i do not care if he is a great guy, but i do not care because i have others that are not great guys but they are great at what they do. i know the great ones, i know that that is, i know the guys overrated. you have some overrated. you have some highly overrated. i will not use them. i have some that nobody have ever heard of an better than all of them. they are great. we have the most talented people. this is not going to be political. this is not going to be
political. no, if i tell carl icahn, go watch over china for me, carl. just watch over china. trust me, good things are going to happen for us. believe me. really good things are going to happen. we have a thing right now going on called corporate inversion. nobody knows what it is, but companies have trillions of dollars in other countries. we cannot get it back into this country, you know that, right? trillions. they note the number is $2.5 trillion and i know it is much higher. nobody really knows. at least $2.5 trillion is offshore, all these different countries, and what we are doing is our companies are going to and they already started leaving the united states and moving to those other countries to get their money, well, you can't
blame them. to get their money and to get lower taxes. so i came up with a tax plan that cuts taxes way down, way down for corporations, for the middle income people. [cheering] people ofddle income which we do not have too many in this room. they are all upper middle income people end up for people, but for the middle income people, because the middle class in this country has been totally forgotten about. it has been totally forgotten about, so we are cutting corporate taxes. we are cutting taxes for the middle income. we are cutting a lot of things like carried interest. the hedge fund guys pick a side. if it goes up, they make a fortune, and they go down, they find another job, ok? -- a lot of it is luck. the democrats and republicans
both agreed that we should bring [indiscernible] and theys they agree still cannot make a deal. years they agreed but they still cannot make a deal. it is a lack of leadership in washington and we are going to stop it. [cheering] and it will be an amazing. we will have a dynamic, really dynamic country. the other day, i watched a general being interviewed. i said to a group before, i the hell is the debt -- is the general being interviewed on television? i don't want them being interviewed on television telling what we are doing, wh ere we are going. can you imagine general patent being -- patton being interviewed on cnn?
i don't think so. i am watching this general be interviewed and i love great generals. i love general macarthur. today's day he has the highest big fan ofm a academics, believe it or not -- but he has the highest marks in the history of west point. that is a smart guy. his biggest problem is he hated to listen to dwight eisenhower because dwight, who was a great guy but at the lower part of his class, and mcarthur was the smartest guy ever at west point according to academics, and he could not he had to take orders from twice. -- dwight. could you imagine general douglas macarthur being on television saying the following -- the question was by a very good man asking the questions said, what do you think of isis? can we win? in the general looked at him and
said, oh, it is going to be very tough. it is going to be very, very tough. i don't know. it is going to take a very, very long time. i looked at the sky and say, he is a weak person. deals are not deals, deals are people. when you do deals, it is people. everybody always says deals, deals are people. remember it. i took it, deals are not deals, deals are people. i tell kids, deals are not deals, deals are people. i looked at this general and said, i do not want him. i will find the smartest and spot is very important. toughest. ,e got rid of the guy, remember because he was using, and get -- foul language to a magazine. he was me, tough, and nasty and we got rid of it because -- i will find the general macarthur. i will find the general george
patton. we have gotten. -- we have got him. they may not be politically correct, who cares. who cares. but we are going to find him. and we are going to clean things up and we are to have a great country again. and respectful. we are going to have a respected country. we have a lot to do. we will build a wall. [applause] we will build a wall. we have no choice. way, people will come into our country, but they are going to come and legally. [applause]
[chanting -- usa] donald trump: whoever the hell yelled. we will rebuild the wall, and the script, i was not so sure should be talking about walls. tomorrow in jacksonville, i can talk about walls, but in this one i was a little hesitant to talk about it. thank you. thank you. by the way, and i say this all the time and people buried out, a radio host hispanic show in know, mysaid, you audience is all hispanic. they love term. -- they love trump. who wants toou
stop illegal immigration more than anybody. the hispanics in our country legally. it is true. [cheering] just to finish up, our country does not win anymore. you know that, right? we don't win. when was the last time we had victory? we lose with china on trade, we ,isit isis, we lose with iraq we do not know what we are doing, iran just made the single greatest contract i have ever seen anybody make. we were represented by a man that should be ashamed of himself. a man, secretary kerry, that should get the hell off a bicycle.
he. is possible during the negotiation -- he falls off his bicycle during the negotiation, breaks his leg, we were represented by competent people. it is not going to happen anymore, folks. it does not going to happen anymore. let me tell you something. win -- hen i [cheering] -- not [cheering] so, if and when filing -- i win, we are going to have so many victories it is going to be so nice.
is going to be so nice. weare going to win on trade, are going to win and everything, we are going to terminate obamacare. [cheering] it is going to be replaced with something much better and much less expensive for you and the country. , obamacare was a dream for the insurance companies. they have made a fortune with obamacare. and your premiums are a 40%, 50%, 55%, your deductibles are through the roof, you will never be able to use it. it is so bad. we are going to repeal it, replace it with something great. [cheering] we are going to bring back the
american dream. [cheering] this is as sure as you are standing here tonight and look around, folks, because this is a movement, something special and happening around the country, not just in miami, all over the country. you will see it tomorrow in jacksonville, it happens all over the country. make americato great again. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. [cheering] ♪
donald trump: thank you, everybody. thank you. ♪ on the next "washington journal," we will talk to dave leventhal of the center of public integrity on the latest round of presidential campaign fund-raising disclosures in which candidates are winning the money race. then, a discussion about president obama's be two of the annual defense programs filled. our guests will be lawrence korb and thomas donnelly. plus, phone calls, facebook comments, tweets. "washington journal" live each morning and 7:00 a.m. on c-span. all persons have a business before the honorable supreme court of the united states are managed to go on and get their attention. not seen a court
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professor at texas state university. "landmark cases" live on c-span, c-span3, and c-span radio. >> republican candidate carly fiorina was in south carolina for a town hall event where she answered questions from her supporters. she talked about the economy, persecution of christians, and hillary clinton's testimony before the hospital gaza committee. from the university of south carolina satellite campus in beaufort, this is under one hour.
[applause] carly fiorina: thank you so much. you are for that introduction and thank you, children, for the pledge of allegiance. you did so well. themany of you watched benghazi hearing a little bit? mmm. clintonourse, hillary continues not to answer the fundamental question which is, since she clearly knew this was a purposeful terrorist attack on the night it was going on, why did she get up the next day and address the american people and talk about the videotape that did not represent our values and why did she continue to talk about that for many days and weeks to come? in a way, i think those hearings , as admirable a job as trey gowdy did, and he has sent an admirable job reading that
effort, your own trey gowdy, he that mrs.t clear clinton will not be held accountable for her actions there or elsewhere. until and unless we have a nominee prepared to hold her to account during a general election debate. [applause] maybe some of you have not quite decided if you're ready to support me or not, but everyone ofyou, i know in your heart hearts, cannot wait to see the debate hillary clinton. [applause] -- wait to see me debate hillary clinton. [applause] there is only one way that happens, folks. there is only one way that happens. i do occasionally feel a certain amount of empathy for hillary clinton as i have said publicly on other occasions because there
are things that are different about running for president as a woman. in myample, early on campaign, i was asked on a saturday morning television show, national television, whether i thought the woman's hormones prevent her from serving in the oval office. , can i think, gee of a single instance in what the man's judgment might have been clouded by his hormones? [laughter] [applause] there are many differences between hillary clinton and i. one of the main ones is this, i will never ask you both because i am a woman, although i am proud to be one. i will ask for your vote and your support and your prayers because i believe i am the most qualified candidate to win this job and to do this job. [applause]
when i watch my candidacy way back in may, nobody gave me a chance. most voters had never heard of me, i never held elected office, nobody gave me a chance. i reminded george stephanopoulos this morning on "good morning america," i was on his show the day i announced, during the august 6 the day, i was not on the main stage. the cnn debate in september, i had to fight my way onto the stage and shannon helped me immensely as the many of you. you are so much. in the debate next week, i am number four, so i am feeling pretty good. we have come a long way. [applause] the truth is i am still introducing myself to the american people. it is still true that next during that debate, 40% of
republican voters did not know who i am and they still do not know i am running for president. allow me to take a moment, if i may, before i talk about what is at stake in the nation to introduce myself of it to you. i will not make this too long, but i must start when i was a little girl. i was in church on a sunday morning, my mother was my sunday school teacher that year, and she looked at me and to set to meet and the rest of for sunday are isstudents, what you god's gift to you, what you make of yourself is your gift to god. those words have stayed with me all my life perhaps because of that little girl or a young woman, i do not feel gifted and her words were a promise that i had gifts and a challenge to find and use those gifts. i would learn conservatism at my dad's knee. wouldyed my father and i watch and watch the news every night when he came home from work. i would watch and yell at walter cronkite.
i would watch him yell at walter can't cut and i would ask why and he would explain. the next morning, i would watch a meal at "the new york times." i would ask him why. from my mother and father, i learned there is not substitute for hard work with dignity and hard work if it is some of and the family brings purpose to our lives and faith brings meaning to our lives. values are what guide your behavior when no one is looking and you don't think anyone will find out. in the end, your reputation and integrity are the most precious assets you have. forward, i would start my career in the middle of a deep recession, typing and filing an answering the phones were a nine person real estate firm. wendy, to make it up to my desk and they worked in that firm and they say, we have been watching you and we think you could do more than type and file. do you want to know what we do? tot was my introduction
business, literally. eventually, i would get an mba and go off to work and at&t as an entry-level salesperson. i started in washington, d.c., when at&t is to be the bell system, one million employees, some of you may remember. it was there that i met my husband, frank, about 34 years ago. we have been married over 30 years. he brought with him to little girls, tracy and lori, and they have been an enormous blessing to me for so many reasons, including that i was not able to have children of my own. today, we have two granddaughters, care and morgan. -- cara and morgan. been veryi have blessed. we have that good times and hard times. you heard from shannon that i battled cancer and the love of my family and power of my favorite solving through that, and my faith and my family saw us through the tough times of bearing lori, when she was taken by the demons of addiction. i have been all over the world.
i have lived worked, traveled , all over the world. i am keenly aware that it is only in this nation that a young woman can start out the way i did, in the middle of a deep recession typing and filing, go on one day to become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world. and run for the presidency of the united states. that is only possible here. [applause] and i think it is worth asking why. the why. the reason more things are possible here than anywhere else on earth. because i think it is forgetting the why that we go the wrong direction. and i think our nation is in a pivotal point. my mother was right. everybody has gifts.
everyone has potential, far more than they realize. and yet, more things have been more possible for more people here because our founders knew what my mother taught me. our founders knew that everyone has potential, god-given gifts. and in this nation, you have a right -- it was quite a radical idea at the time -- a right to the fill your potential, the use your gift. it is what they meant when they said the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. and the really radical part of their idea, which founded a nation, was that this right to fulfill your potential -- to use your god-given gifts -- comes from god. they cannot be taken away by man or government. [applause] i started on the journey of considering running for
president when iran into a man -- when i ran into a man after speech i had given -- when i ran into a man after speech i had given. he said, you know carly, we don't think of ourselves as a nation of limitless possibilities anymore. that really landed. because when we do not think of ourselves that way, we are losing the core of who we are. we used to know that if something were worth doing, we would figure out how to do it. if it were hard to do, even better. we would pull together and get it done. we just knew that our children and grandchildren's lives were filled with great possibility. we doubt that now. the truth is we have reached the point where the possibility for americans -- the potential for this great nation -- are being crushed a government that has grown so big, so powerful, so costly, so complicated, so in apt -- so inept.
and so corrupt in the political professional class that refuses to do anything about it. [applause] those are really harsh words, ladies and gentlemen. but they are what the majority of americans believe. americans are smart. as citizens, we know that something is wrong now. and we know that it is about much more than replacing a d with an r. the system is not working anymore. 75% of american people think the system is corrupt. 82% now think we have a professional political class that cares more about the protection of its own power, position, and privilege than getting anything done. and i agree. my fellow citizens, i think it is time to remember that we were intended to be a citizen government and to take our government back.
[applause] and we need to take our government back because we have festering problems that never gets solved. people talk a good game collection after collection, -- election after election and , never really gets better. we still are not caring for our veterans, those who have served us. how long have we been talking about tax reform? reducing the size of government? securing the border? how long have we been talking about holding people accountable? the truth is government has gotten bigger and more complicated, more powerful, more costly, more corrupt every year for 50 years. so you see, it is not just about an r for a d. it is about putting someone in the oval office who is not afraid to challenge the status quo, and who has a track record of producing results in solving problems.
[applause] there are a lot of good people who work hard every day. some of them are politicians. politicians are bad people -- are not bad people necessarily but a lot of , politicians are managers, not leaders. there is a big difference between managers and leaders. managers are people who do the best they can within the existing system. they never really challenge the status quo. they operate within the system, even if it is broken. and because they operate within the system, instead of trying to fix the system, the kind of tinker around the edges of the problems. leaders are different people. they say i am not going to accept a system because it is broken. they understand that it is their job to challenge the status quo.
a leader's highest calling always is service to others. it is always to unlock potential and others. and the only way that happens is to actually challenge the status quo, solve problems, reduce results. -- produce results. the difference between management and leadership reminds me of something margaret thatcher once said. i admire her greatly. she once said at a pivotal point in that nation's history, "i am not content to manage the decline of a great nation." ladies and gentlemen i think we , have been managing the decline of this great nation for quite long enough. [applause] i am prepared, though. with your votes and your support and your prayers, to lead the resurgence of a great nation. [applause]
it is worth thinking about what , is it we need to do? we know what we need to do. in order to get our economy growing again, we have to start thinking about small business. and quit protecting big business. the bigger and more powerful government gets, the more powerful the wealthy and well-connected get. it is called crony capitalism. progressives want you to believe that the answer to crony capitalism is more a government but it is the problem with crony capitalism. [applause] we need to get our small businesses and entrepreneurs growing again. we need to quit tangling people's lives of the interdependence. and we have to encourage, indeed require, that people go to work. because dignity and purpose come from work. [applause]
we have to reform the tax code, quit talking about it and do it. 73,000 pages to 3. three is about the limit any individual can understand. ask yourself the question. why is that important question -- quite unimportant? if something is so collocated that you do not understand it, -- why is that important? if something is so collocated that you do not understand it, what is the percentage you are getting taking advantage of? 100%. unless you have all the resources, you are getting taking advantage of. we know that we actually have to know where your money is being spent. we have to go to some zero-based budgeting. would not that be helpful, to actually know? [applause] yourself, how is it possible that every year the federal government spends more money and yet never has enough money to do the important things. yesterday, yesterday, president
obama vetoes the national defense authorization act. here is a dangerous time in our world, and basically what he says is, we do not have enough money. not for my priority. how is it that we always spend more money and never have enough? it is always spoken for. that is why we have to go to a system where every single dollar has to be justified every single year. the only way you spend less overall and prioritize what you spend. [applause] we have to hold people accountable in government. no one is ever held accountable and government. not mrs. clinton, not be senior executives of the v.a. who permit over 300,000 veterans to die before they receive health care, not the people in the irs to target conservatives. no one is ever held to account. and we have to move to a system
where there are consequences. [applause] and we also know we have to lead in the world. we have to get our economy growing again. we have to cut government down to size and hold it accountable, and we have to lead in the world. which means that not only do we have to take care of our veterans, those who have served us, because when we do not care for them it is a stain on our honor. but it also means that people feel as though military service is no longer honored and valued. we have a have the strongest military on the planet. everybody has to know it. [applause] and we actually have to send a signal, a really powerful signal, to the world that the united states of america will lead again. [applause]
and on day one in the oval office, i will make two phone calls. i will call netanyahu and tell him that we will stand with the state of israel. always. [applause] and the second will be to the supreme leader of iran. who might not take my call. [laughter] but he will get my message. and the message is, new deal. new deal. [applause] until you open every military and every nuclear facility anytime to anywhere inspections, by our people, not yours we will , make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system. we can do that. we don't need permission to do that. and we must do it. because the money, the money is being used to build military capability, nuclear technology,
and to sew murder and mayhem throughout the middle east. with those two phone calls, the message will go out around the world loud and clear. the united states of america is back in the leadership business. [applause] i am going to finish appear in a minute so i can take your questions. but let me close by saying this, ladies and gentlemen, we must win in 2016. [applause] so think carefully about who can win. i have been tested. and i will not falter, and i will not shrink from this fight, and it will be a fight. but we also have to have somebody to do the job. because the job needs doing now.
and to do the job, it requires a leader to understand how the economy works. so we can get going again. [applause] we need a leader to understand how the world works, and who is in the world? and what our allies and adversaries expect and need from us. that is what our government has become -- a giant, bloated, corrupt bureaucracy. we need someone who understands technology. because technology is a tool that can be used to reengage citizens once again. it is a tool i will use. but it is being used against us. and perhaps most importantly of all, we need someone who understands what leadership is. all of those many years ago when i was a receptionist, i thought the leader -- a leader -- was someone with a big office and a big parking space. a bunch of perks.
and they got older and wiser, -- and i got older and wiser and i , realized there were people with big titles were not leading at all. leadership is not about those things. it is not about the size of your office, airplane, ego. it is about challenging the status quo. leadership -- [applause] leadership is about solving problems and producing results. leadership is service to others. and the highest calling of leadership is to unlock potential and others. we now need a leader who will unlock the potential of every american and of this nation. thank you so very much ladies and gentlemen. [applause]
questions? yes, sir. >> t leprechaun the today. -- thank you for coming here today. you mentioned crony capitalism. i know it is complicated. be and adm -- the farming industry takes away. on the other side, i don't know with respect to, but how do you combat something like crony capitalism? and also, is it true that you support corporate welfare? carly fiorina: democrats are worse.
we have done it, too. the question was about crony capitalism. i hope most of you could hear it. look i understand really well. , a nine person real estate firm cannot understand government. -- annot a 90,000 industry can. my husband frank and i have been very fortunate. we can hire an accountant. my husband started out as a tow truck driver. family owned body shop cannot handle it. this is the truth we must tell the american people. because the progressives want the american people believe that it is they that care about the small and the power less. but in truth, the impact and consequence of every one of their policies is to crush the small and the powerless. why? because when you have some thing
is big, complicated, yet to be -- you have to be big and powerful or wealthy and well-connected to deal with it. pick any progressive policy, the more complicated the tax code gets, the more true it is. yes, republicans have been guilty of this. there are a lot of candidates running for president who support subsidies of various kinds. subsidies, tax credits. i don't. i have been very honest. i have gone to iowa and said i know it matters a lot to you to have renewable resources. you want a level playing field between ethanol and oil and gas i support that level playing , field. but by 2020, the government should be out of the business of setting prices, guaranteeing access to market. gas, ethanol,oil,
sugar, this is not the government's role, so let's give everybody a window to get prepared. but the only way to level the playing field between small and powerless, and big and powerful, is to simplify government dramatically. simplify the tax code, hack through the regulatory thicket and get the government out of the business of picking winners and losers. and that applies to everybody. [applause] this is why challenging the status quo is hard. guess what happens when you decide you are going to go from a 73,000 tax page code to three? when you say the government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers? everybody that has benefited from that status quo rushes into protected. it is human nature. it is why change is always hard. there have been people who benefit from the status quo.
companies, politicians, special interests -- every single one of those groups will come in to protect what they have. which is why the power of citizenship is so important. ours was intended to be a citizen government. we cannot take our government back unless, as citizens, we are prepared to participate. let me use your question to say this. i am going to ask you to help me , because it is the only way we are going to actually take a government that. -- take our government back. once a week, i will go into the oval office. the president has a weekly radio address. i'm going to ask you to take out your smartphone. anybody still use a flip phone? [laughter] you have about 18 months, start shopping. i will go into my office and ask citizens to take out their smartphones. do you think it is important that we know where your money is
being spent? to go to somewhere near zero-based budget. press 1 for yes. 2 for no. it is a way to put pressure on this political system. do you think that instead of a 73,000 page tax code, maybe it should be 3. after 50 years of not doing so, should we roll it back? press 1 for yes, 2 for no. by the way, i know that a bunch of you are going to be sitting in their saying "1!" [applause] i am counting on that. people% of the american
think the government is corrupt and 82% think we have a professional political class, what does that mean? it means we found common ground between democrats and republicans, men and women, young and old. 75% is a huge majority. that common ground gives us an opportunity not just to win but govern differently. one last thing on this. why do i say i am so confident? why do i say i'm so confident that the political class response to pressure? because we have evidence of it. i mentioned the v.a. scandal 18 months ago. when we learned that veterans were dying before they got an appointment, the bureaucrats were cooking the books so we do not find out. the american people were so outraged that congress reacted. and they passed a bipartisan bill in three weeks, demonstrating they can do something. in three weeks, passed a bill that said we can fire the top 400 senior executives. by the way, only one person has
been fired because the pressure do not stay on. and the horrors just keep coming on. it is a proof point. with concerted pressure from the citizens of this nation the , political process will move. so go get your new phone. [laughter] yes, sir? >> you talked about the size of government. [inaudible] with the kinds of bureaucracy, how you do it? carly fiorina: it is hard. let me give you a couple of things and there is the inlaid in the middle and i'll come to you next. young lady in the middle and i will come to you next. so first, we had not undertaken a major reform or rollback of regulation since ronald reagan. that is how long it has been.
it can be done. we have a veritable thicket of stuff to get to. you are right. here is a window of opportunity, though, in the next five years, 256,000 baby boomers will retire out of the federal government. i will not replace a single one. it is a window in time to make a big move. [applause] second, if we go to zero-based budgeting and we establish that every dollar has to be justified, every single year, guess what? there will be a lot of dollars that we should not be spending. what does technology permit us to do? it permits us to put every single one of those budgets out for everybody to see. and there will be things that are outrageous. pages to from 73,000 dollar
three, that is a lot to set back. if you start to roll back all of the epa regs that this demonstration has put into place, ladies and gentlemen, who are these role makers? epa, the fcc, who are these people? they are bureaucrats. they're not elected by anyone. when we roll it back, and we must, when we do a top to bottom review, we need a lot fewer people. and please be assured that one of the first questions i will ask you is, do you think that bill that got past that allowed us to fire the top 400 senior executives of the v.a. for dereliction of duty, do you believe that process ought to apply? press 1 for yes. 2 for no. [applause] we get it done by taking advantage of every single person that retires.
by making sure that as we simplify and examine government, that we do not replace. we do it on making sure every time we roll back, the people who are responsible for administering it are no longer administering it. and there's consequences for the government for failing to perform. [applause] >> i was wondering what your top priorities are. [indiscernible] ms. fiorina: the question was about what our our priorities.
if the goal is to reduce spending overall but -- what are our priorities are code the goal is to strengthen the military and strengthen those who have already served. the federal government is responsible for securing our borders because if we cannot secure our borders we cannot secure our serenity. [applause] means a big that priority has to be to actually make sure who is coming into this country and who is not. we have to put a huge priority on fixing the legal immigration system which is contributing this -- which has contributed to this problem for 50 years. roads and bridges. guess what? we never have enough money to fix roads and bridges and we are always acting -- asking taxpayers to pay more. that is an area.
we have aging infrastructure. i would not do it by saying you have to have a union contract to get to work. that is how the present government doesn't. education is a hugely important priority. let's ask ourselves, what has been going on in education in this country? for 50 years the department of education has gotten bigger and bigger under republicans and democrats alike. and has our quality of education improves? no. in fact it has deteriorated. we have had supposedly love all the centralized education programs to close the achievement gap between low income children and higher income children, and that achievement cap is greater now than it was 20 years ago. so what do you conclude from that? that spending money in washington dc and the department of education does not have a lot to do with the quality of education. [applause] what does?
we actually know the answer to this. what are the two most important things in a child's education? a good teacher in the front of the classroom and an involved errant, family member, and community. that is it. that is it. [applause] we ought to have less power, less control, less money in the central government, and more power and control in the hands of communities and families. because when we take away kids choices, we take away their chances. these kids, these wonderful children his did up and gave the pledge of allegiance, are in a charter school. the truth is every parent should have as many choices as possible. , vouchers,agnates you name it. this is an area where we have to have a fight with the other side because the other side is totally on the wrong side of this issue, but they are also robbing too many children of
their chances. toocrats are continuing protect and preserve the status quo of the teachers unions, and the result is that too many kids are trapped in ailing schools. [applause] common core is a really bad idea. common core is a version of crony capitalism because textbook companies and testing companies helped write it. it is a standardized bureaucratic program to teach teachers how to teach and students how to learn, and it will not improve. the reason i say we have to have this fight is because we believe that every child has god-given gifts, that every child wants to learn. that every child can learn. that a child policy opportunity to learn prepares them for possibilities later in their
lives. sometimes i tell people -- people say oh, progressives believe that. actually they don't. not if you look at the consequences of their policies. i quote sometimes the head of whochicago teachers union took to the microphones. the issue with teacher accountability and she said this eerie she said we cannot be held accountable for the performance of students in our classrooms because too many of them are poor and come from broken families. what was he saying? if you are poor and come from a broken family you cannot learn. some of us are smarter that is, some of us are dumber than others, ladies and gentlemen, that is not what i believe. that is not what you believe. that is not the united states of america. [applause] and if we do away with all these department of education programs and put the money and resources
and the choices back where it belongs, in families and communities and states, then we would need a whole lot less people in the department of education. [applause] go ahead. you are trying to hand a mic to this nice lady. defense.oke about how specifically would you strengthen u.s. defense and would you and how would you increase the u.s. armed forces? sayfiorina: first let me that in the defense department i have advised to secretaries of defense. in the defense department there is something called the tooth to tail ratio. tooth, fighting men, technology, weapons, material. bureaucracy.n the defense department has been measuring to sit tail ratios for
a long time, and we had -- tooth to tail ratio for the long -- for a long time and we have a way to much in the rear of the caboose. the short answer is we have to tooth andtwos -- reform tail. value, wenor, we must must care for, we must listen to the members of our military and armed services. [applause] this administration does not. it is pretty clear. and it is important to understand how terrible the situation as for so many of our armed services who are out there. i know moms, maybe some of you do too, moms and dads who have
sons in afghanistan. they are not shipping chocolate chip cookies to them. they are shipping blankets and mre's. and mru's -- here iwas coming in over was watching a young man graduate from the military academy, marines. i watched his family. they had that combination of happiness and sadness, of pride and fear. specifically, we need about 50 s, 440attalions, 36 marine new naval vessels. the air force is in relatively good shape. we need to stand with our allies and confront our adversaries. we have no plan for what it takes to be prepared. there is a priority in which this has to be done.
i said that i would talk to netanyahu, i said that i would talk to the supreme leader of iran, i will talk to vladimir putin although i have met him. and so specifically one of the places i am going to start is to start rebate -- rebuilding the fleet right under vladimir putin knows.- vladimir putin's and conducting regular military arctic -- exercises in the baltic states and yes, we must syria no-fly zones in because no one can tell the united states of america when and where to fly. [applause] we have a whole series of allies who are asking us for help and support so it is not just about our own military. china is a rising adversary and .ur allies, australia
japan. the philippines. they have all asked us for very specific support. technology, intelligence sharing, weaponry to help them help us push back on the rising adversary of china. we must do that. i will. we have a whole set of allies in the middle east to know that isis is evil and must be defeated but we have denied them their most basic request. we have denied the kurds army men. we have denied king a bill of or jordan.abdulla of there is a whole set of things that we must do not only to build up our own a military capability but also to help our , and they will help us. but they need to see leadership, support, resolve, and strength on the part of the united states of america. [applause]
are you handing the mic to someone? last question. and i my name is caitlin am a homeschool student. one of my classes is debate and we got a really interesting question this weekend i was hoping you can answer it. uh-oh.rina: [applause] my question is whether the u.s. government should financially support countries that persecute christians. ms. fiorina: it's a great question. the first thing i would say is we must condemn the persecution of christians. [applause] this administration has been silenced. [applause] john kerry announces with great
fanfare that we are going to accept into this country 100,000 syrian refugees. thanks a lot, john kerry. you won't be around to figure out who these people are. by the way, we don't know how to figure out who they are. we seerts break when these pictures that we cannot simply let people in here if we don't know who they are and what they plan to do. [applause] me is thatzing to this administration has been utterly silent about not just the persecution of christians, the crucifixion of christians, that headings of christians, the mass exodus of question about the middle east. we cannot be silent. the short answer, of course, is no. but it is also true that we have influence over some of these
nations. when we say nothing, when we do nothing, we lose all of our influence. out, mynly will i speak actions will be consistent with my words. and that is what the world needs to see from the united dates of america. actions consistent with words. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, i appreciate very much you being here this afternoon. it is a beautiful friday afternoon. you are exercising citizenship by being here. i can continue to count on your citizenship, as well as your support and your votes and your prayers. i want to close by reminding you of who we are. because i think when we remember who we are we can do everything that must be done to solve all
their problems, and to heal all of our wounds. it is easy to get discouraged and say oh, the problems are so huge, there is nothing we can do. the truth is, yes the problems are huge but the answers are clear. we have to remember we were intended to be a citizen government, and that is true. i also want to remind you of who we are in more detail by asking you to think about two of the most powerful system -- symbols of our nation's democracy. they tell is everything we need to know about who we are. picture lady liberty and lady justice. lady liberty stands tall and strong, which is the way america must always be. she is clear eyed and resolute. eyesoes not shield her from the realities or the evils of the world, and yet she faces out into the world, which is the way america must always face, and she holds her torch high
because she knows she is a beacon of hope in a very troubled world. and lady justice holds a sword by her side, because she is a fighter. she is a warrior for the values and principles that have made this nation great. she holds a scale in her other hand. with that scale she is reminding us that all of us are equal in the eyes of god. so all of us must be equal in the eye of the law and government. she wears a blindfold. with that blindfold i think she is reminding us, she is saying to us, that it can be true, it must be true, but in this nation, in this century, it does not matter what you look like. .t does not matter who you are it does not matter how you start. it does not matter your circumstances. here in this nation, every american's life must be filled with the possibilities that come from their god-given gifts, and
we must be one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thank you so very much. [applause] housee road to the white coverage of the 2016 presidential race tonight as bernie sanders, martin o'malley, and hillary clinton at. at the jefferson jackson dinner in des moines, iowa. we will have live coverage at 9:00 p.m. eastern time here on c-span. also on c-span radio and online at c-span.org. this sunday night on q&a, new york times national political reporter amy shares her experiences from hillary clinton's campaign, and compares what it is like now to back in 2008. was a lot younger. i was the traveling present, i was not in the senior role. also when you are traveling all , i traveled with her.
i felt like i got to know her pretty well because she would come back in the plane and talk to us. but at the same time i did not have the same service sources at the campaign and the high-level people that i have now. whether that is a function of being at the times are a function of participating in a more senior role. night at 8:00 eastern and pacific on c-span's q&a. republican presidential andidate ted cruz held townhall meeting in council bluffs, iowa, where he talks andt his campaign platform took questions from supporters in the audience. at the end of this event he set down with us and answered question from -- questions from c-span viewers. this is one hour and 40 minutes.
[indiscernible] >> good evening. my name is jeff, i am chairman of the pottawattamie county republicans committee. i want to welcome you here to the council bluffs townhall meeting with senator ted cruz. if you are is -- as impressed as i have been with crews as a first term senator, he is very impressive to watch and i will tell you why. i know why you are all here. you want to hear the senator things the issues and that we really care about as conservative republicans. i appreciate you being here this evening. whether it is obamacare, kate iw, illegal immigration -- tell you what, senator cruz is taking a lead on all these
issues that we passionately care about. not too long ago senator cruz was scheduled to be in pott county for a meet and greet event. as of the late late arrival at eppley he was not able to make that event but i was assured he would be back and he didn't make good on that promise. did make good on that promise. you allevening i want to give it a western iowa welcome to texas senator ted cruz. senator. [applause]
[applause] it has been an interesting couple of weeks in washington. this speaker of the house is stepping down. [applause] know, the media has been filled with speculation on who the next speaker is going to be. they have been asking me over and over who i think the next speaker should be. my answer has been i'm going to stay out of that, that is a decision for house republicans. but i will tell you, whoever the next speaker is, he or she should be a strong conservative, and someone committed to honoring the promises we made to the men and women who elect us. [applause] well, the media did not like that answer. they kept pressing and pressing, saying we want to name.
so finally last week in iowa i said all right, you want to name? i will give you a name. [applause] can you imagine the great one -- just picture the first conference with the senate. mitch, we ares, not going to do it. we are going to follow the constitution and we are not going to give in. [applause] that would be real leadership. well -- all of a sudden in the last couple of weeks, pope francis was in washington. i have to say it was really extraordinary to sit on the floor of the house of representatives to listen to the pope address a joint session of congress.
i will note the week before, or the day before, the press conference at the white house, it got a little awkward. every time the reporters would address a question to your holiness, obama would answer. [laughter] and then the day after that, president xi of china was in washington. he was meeting with president obama, and you know, media outlets all across the world reported on this momentous meeting between the world most powerful communist and the president of china. [applause] you know, all of us are here tonight because our country is in crisis. we are here because we are bankrupting our kids and grandkids, because our
constitutional rights are under assault each and every day from washington. has recededamerica from leadership in the world and it has made the world a much more dangerous place. tonight with are word of hope and encouragement. all acrossell you, iowa, all across this country, americans are waking up. and so i want to ask everyone here to look forward. to january, 2017. , letam elected president me tell you what i intend to do in my first day in office. the first thing i intend to do is to rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action rate -- executive action. [applause] this president likes to say he
has got a phone and he has got a pen. well, you live by the pen, you die by the pen. [applause] sadly the corruption has not just limited to the white house. it has extended across every branch of the federal government . the second thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the united states department of justice to open an investigation into planned parenthood and these horrible videos. [applause] prosecute any and all criminal violations by that organization. [applause] the administration of justice should be blind to party or ideology.
the sole fidelity of the department of justice should be to the laws and the constitution of the united states. the third thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the department of , and every the irs other federal agency, that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. [applause] that means that every service man and woman has the right to seek out and worship god almighty with all of their hearts, minds, and souls, and their superior officer has nothing to say. [applause] that means that the little the poor, a catholic charity that the obama administration is currently
persecuting, will find that the case against them has been dismissed. [applause] the fourth thing i intend to do is rip to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. [applause] the single greatest national security threat america faces is the threat of a nuclear iran. we need a commander in chief who stands up and says under no circumstances will we allow iran, a nation led by a the a chronic ayatollah -- a theocratic ayatollah who chance america, under no circumstances will they be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. [applause] thing i intend to do
on the first day in office is begin the process of moving the american embassy to jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. [applause] you know, a lot of presidential candidates, both democrats and republicans, have made that same promise. but inevitably when they get to the white house they don't do it. is, their team comes to them and says, if we do this it is going to make other folks in the middle east really unhappy. noticed,you have not they are already pretty unhappy with us. and the single biggest difference between me and the other very fine men and women on that debate age is that with me,
when i tell you i'm going to do something. i am going to do exactly what i say. [applause] that is day one. [laughter] year,are 365 days in a four years in a presidential term, and four years in a second term. by the end of eight years there are going to be a whole lot of journalists and newspaper reporters and editors who have checks themselves into therapy checkeds themselves -- themselves into therapy. [applause] in the days that follow i will go to congress -- that is president obama calling. he is very disturbed.
he heard that there are a bunch of people here seeking the peaceable overthrow of the government. [laughter] he is right. [laughter] i willdays that follow go to congress, and we will repeal every word of obamacare. [applause] we will pass commonsense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable, and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. in the days that follow i will instruct the united states department of education -- which should be abolished -- [applause]
instruct the department of education that common core s today.y -- and -- end [applause] follow we willt rebuild our military and honor the commitments made to our soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines. [applause] that includes protecting the constitutional rights of every service man and woman to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves. [applause] that means the next time a jihadist walks into a recruiting center in chattanooga, he is going to encounter the business and of firearms wielded by a
dozen marines. [applause] in the days that follow we will andlly secure the borders and sanctuary cities. [applause] releasing violent criminal illegal aliens and we will pass kate's law. [applause] follow we willt take on the epa. and the cfpb. federalalphabet soup of agencies that are strangling farms and ranches and small businesses, and killing jobs all across this country. [applause] back, years
i was out in west texas, and i asked is, you cannotid, the thing use pesticide on the regulators. [laughter] and this old west texas farmer leaned back and said, want to bet? [laughter] [applause] you know what i'm talking about. follow, i willt go to congress and we will pass fundamental tax reform. we will pass a simple, flat tax. [applause] senator cruz: where every american can fill out his or her taxes on a postcard. [applause]
and when we do that, we should abolish the irs. [applause] senator cruz: they are about 90,000 employees at the irs, and we need to padlock that building. take all 90,000 and put them down on our southern border. [laughter] [applause] senator cruz: now, to our friends in the media, i say that somewhat tongue in cheek. but, if you think about it, imagine traveling thousands of miles in the blazing sun. you are soaring across the rio grande, and the first thing that you see is 90,000 irs agents. you would turn around and go
home, too. [applause] senator cruz: some of you guys may be thinking that all of this makes sense to me. it is basic common sense. live within your means. don't encrypt our kids and grandkids -- don't bankrupt our kids and grandkids. follow the constitution. but, can it be done? can we do it? scripture tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. i think where we are today is very, very much like and late 1970's. the same failed economic policies, the same misery, stagnation, and malaise. the same necklace and naive foreign policy. the exact same countries, russia, and iran, openly
laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. that that analogy gives me so much hope and optimism? because we know how that story ended. country,s this millions of men and women rose reaganbecame the revolution. [applause] senator cruz: it did not come from washington. washington despised ronald reagan. by the way, if you see a candidate who washington embraces, run and hide. [laughter] senator cruz: it came from the american people, and it turned this country around. we went from misery and stagnation to booming economic growth, to millions lifted out of poverty into prosperity and
the american dream. we went from our hostages languishing in iran, to winning the cold war and tearing the berlin wall to the ground. why am i so optimistic? because the same thing is happening again. all over this country, men and women are waking up. when we launched this campaign, the new york times promptly opined, ted cruz cannot win. because the washington elites despise him. i kind of thought that was the whole point of the campaign. [laughter] [applause] senator cruz: look, if you think that things are going great in washington, that we need to keep headed in the same basic direction, just kind of fiddle around the edges, then i am not your guy. i'm a other hand, if you think that washington is fundamentally
broken, that there is a bipartisan corruption of career politicians in both parties who get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests and grow and grow and grow government, and we need to bring power out of washington and back to we, the people, that is what that campaign is all about. [applause] senator cruz: the new york times continued and said ok. maybe, the grassroots will be with ted cruz. but he is not going to have any money. the money is all controlled by the lobbyists and special interests in washington and all of them are backing other candidates in this race. well, just a couple of weeks ago all of the campaigns filed their fundraising reports.
out of 17 republican candidates, do you know which campaign has the most money in the bank? we do. [applause] senator cruz: together we have raised over a $6.5 million, from 26.5 million-- dollars. we have more money than jeb bush does. [applause] if i would have told you six months ago that we were going to have 3.5 million more dollars than jeb bush, you would have said that i was parked at the moon crazy. but, do know how that happened? that came from over 360,000 contributions. people all over the country cruz.org. ed
[laughter] senator cruz: it is ted cruz.org. our average contribution is $73. that is the power of the grassroots. i want to close with this. freedom is not some abstract concept. that we read about in school books. freedom is real and it is personal to each and every one of us. it is our families. for me, i think about my mom. my mom is irish and italian. born in lincoln, delaware, working-class, blue-collar family. her mom was the second youngest of 17 kids. they were irish catholic. [laughter] senator cruz: they did not know
what else to do on a saturday night. [laughter] mom became they first person and her family ever to go to college. now, my grandfather, my mother's father, was a difficult man. he was a drunk. and he did not think that women should be educated. and he certainly did not think that his daughter should be the first person in the family to go to college. well, my mom stood up to her father, which was not an easy thing to do, and she went to rice university, graduated in 1956 with a degree in math. [applause] senator cruz: she went to work at shall -- shell as a computer programmer. if you want to talk about two industries, oil and gas, and computer science, neither of which was welcoming to women,
she was at the intersection of both. she is to tell me how she very deliberately did not learn how to type. thesaid, look, it was 1950's. i understood the world i was living in. she said, i did not want to be walking down the hallway and have some man stopped me and say, sweetheart, would you type this for me? very, wanted to smile very sweetly and with a clean conscience sake, i would love to help you out, but i don't know how to type. i guess you're going to have to use me as a computer programmer instead. my mom turned 80 asked year. a woman of incredible strength of character and perseverance, and she has been a best friend to me my whole life. she is an incredible grandmother to our two little girls, caroline and catherine. then i think about my dad. my dad was born in cuba.
he grew up in cuba. as a teenager, he fought in the cuban revolution. he was in prison, he was tortured. he fled cuba in 1957 and came to america at just 18 years old. he cannot speak any english. he had $100. sound into his underwear. he got a job washing dishes. he may $.50 an hour. he worked full-time, paid his way through school, he and my mom went on to start a small business. today, my dad is a pastor and he travels the country preaching the gospel. my whole life, my dad has in my hero. but, you know what i find most incredible about his story? it is how commonplace it is. today, wef us here have a story just like that in our backgrounds. some of us, it is us.
others, it is our parents, others it is our great, great, great grandparents. but what ties americans together, each and every one of us, as we are the children of those who risked everything for freedom. and that is why i am so optimistic. because the fundamental dna of what it means to be an american is to value freedom and opportunity above all else. dad used to kid, my say to me over and over again, when we faced oppression in cuba, i had a place to flee to. here,lose our freedom where do we go? that, is why all of us are here tonight. because we are not willing to go quietly into the night. we are not prepared to give up
on our children and grandchildren. and mark my words, if we stand together, if we stand as one and defend liberty, if we defend the constitution, if we stand up as we, the people, we can bring back and restore that last, best hope for mankind. that shining city on a hill that is the united states of america. thank you. [applause]
senator cruz: thank you for coming. thank you. larry, thank you. answer or'm happy to dodge any question that you would like. [laughter] senator cruz: yes, sir. there is two parts to this, because one kind of goes with the other. how will you get to closing the borders if we have a problem like europe is having? it is a long time between now and a one. what would you suggest that we do about it to get ready? senator cruz: a great question. the question was, if i win, how will we actually secure the borders? you have had politicians talking about doing it, and if you actually look at federal law, federal law is
quite robust. the problem is that we have had far too many political leaders who are unwilling to exercise the political will to carry it out. listen, i represent the state of texas, i've and significant time down on that border on this 1200 miles that we share with mexico. it is not secured right now, and it makes no sense. we need to do is we need to triple the border patrol. we need to increase fourfold the aircraft. we need to put in place fences and walls, we need to put in place a strong biometric exit and entry system. we need to put in place ace truong -- a strong verification system. most of that is existing federal law. the problem is that right now we have a president ignores federal law. that will change on day one, and i commit to as president that we will devote every resource possible to securing the borders . we know how to do it, we just need a president that makes it a priority and says we are going
to get it done. [applause] >> under our current and ministration, how we provide american youth change that we can believe in? senator cruz: great question. how can we provide american youth change that we can believe in? if you look at young people right now, if you sat down and tried to design an agenda to hammer the living daylights out of young people, it would be difficult to come up with a more effective agenda than the obama economic agenda. let me make three simple point in that. number one, for 6.5 years, we have been tracked in stagnation. stagnant economic growth. young people are coming out of school with student loans up to their eyeballs scared of being able to get a job. if i do get a job, will i build any skills? can work toward a career? i understand that firsthand. when i was in high school, my parents went bankrupt.
i had to take $100,000 in school and to pay my way through school. i worked two jobs. i just did a my lens five years ago. if we get back to booming economic growth, the kind that always follows when we put in place tax reform and regulatory reform, the kind of growth we saw in the 1980's under ronald reagan, the kind of growth we saw in the 1960's under jfk, the kind of growth we saw in the 1920's under calvin coolidge. it means that young people come out of school and have two or three or four or five job opportunities. you have a brighter future. number two, obamacare. one of the easiest ways to understand obamacare. it is a massive wealth transfer from young, healthy people to everybody else. and young people, one of the reasons that obamacare has plummeted approval rating with young people, if they realize that holy cow, i have to pay for this thing?
number three, our national debt. 6.5 years, it has gone from 10 trillion to $18 trillion. larger than our entire economy. who is going to pay for all of that? our parents like and grandparents went out to vegas, took a credit card in our -ied it up and then stuck as with the bill. young people are the ones that if we do not stop that are doing, the next generation will not spend the coming decade working to meet the challenges of the future. the priorities of the next generation. our kids will spend the rest of their lives working to pay off the debt of their deadbeat parents and grandparents. no generation in history has ever done that to their kids. our parents not to to us. their parents not due to them. so i think in terms of obamantive message, the economy is not working and it is
hammering and people. here is another part of it. it is style. you have to communicate in a way -- would it kill publicans to crack a joke? [laughter] senator cruz: i actually think with some it's sort of might. you have to have some fun. i'm reminded of a little over a year ago. i was out in california. arrived, these i posters began appearing all over los angeles. they were posters of my head on a shirtless body. it was ripped. it was covered in tattoos. a giant eagle on my chest. 26 shooters on my abdomen. which were a perfect eight pac. winston churchill on my right bicep. which was huge. a cigarette dangling out of my mouth. legend,e it, the blacklisted and loving it.
[applause] now i have to tell you, we had nothing to do with these. this is the local street artist who just put them up. we decided, let's have some fun with it. so we posted on facebook a story about these posters. and we said, for whatever reason, these posters have begun appearing all over hollywood. i have to say, i noticed a glaring error. i don't smoke cigarettes. [laughter] [applause] senator cruz: and people laughed and they enjoyed it. young people laughed and shared it with their friends. that is that we have to do, is we have to energize young people that there is a better future than the one that is right now facing us. yes, sir? senator, there is a power
plant not more than 10 miles from here, and it supplies power -- farm,t server part and has a lot of jobs and southwest iowa. and under obama's regulation which is probably unconstitutional, that plans would probably be closed. power would go up 200% or three and percent. my question to you is, first off, what is your policy on oil and gas and energy, and number two, which urged the state of iowa to declare itself is ensuring from this regulation? [laughter] [applause] senator cruz: i like the way you think. to quote the movie "german cguire" youjerry m had me at hello. in terms of energy, we should pursue all of the above.
we should pursue everything. we should pursue oil and gas and coal and nuclear and wind and solar and biofuel and ethanol and all across the board we ought to use all of the tremendous resources that we have. you look at what this administration has done, and it is waging a war on energy. it has waged a war on oil and gas. it has waged a war on coal, something fierce. when president obama was just elected, he promised that by the end of his tenure he wanted to bankrupt every coal plant in america. it is one of the few instances that he was actually telling the truth. this makes no sense at all. you look at the so-called clean power regulation, and it is number one, utterly lawless. it is not connected in any way, shape, or form to federal statute. it is an illegal paragraph, and i will tell you as president, we will resend it.
what i encourage iowa to stand up and fight, my old boss, before was in the senate, i was the solicitor general of texas. as the chief lawyer for the state in the supreme court. my old boss was great at it. then he was the attorney general. he would describe his job and say i wake up every day, go to work, sue president obama, and then i come home. [laughter] [applause] senator cruz: so, yes, i would advise i like to fight on every front. i would tell you my number one priority and the senate is economic growth. my number one priority as president will be economic growth, getting back to the booming growth that lives the opportunity for every american. [applause] senator cruz: we will do two more questions. >> the reason college tuition is
so high is because government guarantees the loan, and if so, what are you going to do to end government guaranteed student months? senator cruz: it is a great question. you would like his shirt and the fossilt says, i heart fuels. i'm pretty sure that shirt is prohibited by the epa. you have a system where the government is now guaranteeing student months, and it has taken over student months from the private actor. it has shut down every private offer a student loans and it has monopolized it into washington. that creates all of the pressures and higher education to drive tuition higher and higher and higher. a second think obama and menstruation is doing is it is trying to drive out of business for profit colleges and universities. it is targeting them for persecution. apparently, because in the obama dictionary the word prophet is a -- profit is a four letter word.
school not trust any that would think that their only four letters and profit. the way you drive down college tuition is to create more competition and create an environment where young people have a multitude of options rather than a government controlled monopoly. that is a we need to do is try to empower young people do have a better future going forward. that, right now, is not happening in the obama administration. last question. yes, sir. when george dubya bush got into office, bill clinton went after gun rights and george w. bush got in there and nothing happened. what are you going to do about not only a second amendment, but also the first amendment?
that might be exaggerated, but what are you going to do to lock the constitution and so people or people going to say shut up and don't even bother? [applause] thank you, sir, when a question. i've spent most of my adult life fighting to defend the constitution and the bill of rights. when i was 13 -- 14 years old, i got involved in a group called free enterprise group in houston. i toured the state of texas speaking about the constitution. i want to stand up to fight and defend free-market is in the constitution. i was kind of weird kid.
must you are clinically insane, that is the right answer. now i like to point out a few of my with type one of the first things people notice is we do not have an issue page. i actually don't say i support the second amendment. i don't say a word about what is hidden in the deep recesses of my heart. what we haven't said is a paid label revision record. what it says is for too long politicians of said one thing and another. everyone of us should have any candidate you say you believe this will show me. what if you stood up and fought asrida for it one of you,? the scriptures say, don't know them by their need. status of