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and moved way over. i also think there is one other factor here. i hardly know him. i hardly met him with a couple times. but jeb bush has always struck me as a smart guy and an honest guy, he is not a chameleon in any shape or form, and he is being asked to take changes in what he feels is important on substance issues and take on a rhetoric i think the guy is uncomfortable doing. conversely, hillary clinton was more than happy to go ahead and move over on keystone xl pipeline, and trade and things like that. but bush is showing a lot of --
you know, a considerable resistant. so it is not only creating a political problem but it is coming across like his heart is not in this. the guy that was sort of an 800 pound gorilla when he was governor of florida who exuted strength and confidence and great certainty and now we are not seeing that anymore. i had a ceo of a big company that dealt with him a lot when he was governor say that guy, when he walked into a room, you knew someone walked into room. he projected this air. and he said i don't see this happening now. and i think we are seeing that in the debates. in interviews, and on the campaign trail so underperforming is an understatement. but he is in a position where he is going to have to turn it around and needed to the other night even but in the next
couple two-four weeks because i don't think he is getting any new donors on board, any now donors, and there are a lot of big bundlers and fundraisers that were fully prepared to go his way but have been sitting back a little bit. i think bush is facing a very real threat. and you see scott walker whose skill set didn't match the brand. and chris christie, i think with christie, a lot of the momentum was when there was uncertainty about whether jeb bush would one. and people pushing christie in
the new york/new jersey area that once it became clear jeb bush was going to run it is like the wind came out of christie's sales. then you had the bridge mess and a little bit of the jersey state finances but the fourth thing is what is chris christie's stich? the truth teller. the big tough guy that is going to tell the truth. he got out trumped. donald trump stole his act. chris christie and donald trump are different people but that role was stolen. you watch christie in the debate and i think he is pretty good but he has never been able to recover or match up to the
expectations. he is looking at the best raw, talent. if we were talking about sports, you would say that marco rubio is the best all-around athlete in this race. that he has got a very, very good skillset. if you look at his announcement speech, in terms of skill and reach, it was the speech that was not unlike obama, but the thing about it is i had dinner with a democratic strategist the
next night who was like, you know, a democrat could have given 80% of rubio's speech because it wasn't partisan. it was a message that could resinate across a lot of lines and particularly to independents and moderate voters. that is really good. folks are terrified of marco rubio in the beginning because of the obvious latino voters but going after younger voters also where republicans have a hard time. if rb -- obama won the 18 year olds by a 23% margin. romney's best group was 65 and older. if a republican could cut into democratic margins among younger voters that would be huge.
but the problem is he is running a general election campaign not unlike bush but while running for republican presidential nomination. he needs to throw red meat to the party base and he hasn't been throwing that which is why i think rubio is moving up in the polls but not as a pace you might think. it is because he seems to be running for the general election and the nomination. i suspect that needs to change. and then you get to john casich. i knew him back in the house. i liked him a lot. i have not talked to or seen him since he became governor but i would say just as mark rubio has the best skill set i would argue that casich is probably the most qualified person running in either party. 18 years as a member of the
house back when it was a functioning institution. the house armed service committee member the entire time he is there checking that national security box. governor of ohio. that is a big deal. then you think it is ohio. no republican ever won the presidency without winning ohio. and if you look at ideaological where he is, i think of this as a bell curve, where the bell curve is the 40-45 yardline on the right side because the country is a little more conservative than liberal, and kasich is on the 40 yardline. in the same zone as bush and rubio. so it is not optimal to win the
election but it is good place to be. but he has one shortcoming and that is, and again i alluded to and said i have adhd which is no surprise to the people that work with me, that adderall or ritilin would change his life. you have never seen a person that is as successful as him that is as unorganized or undisciplined. contrast his speeches with ted cruz. ted cruz did it at liberty university, he had memorized the speech, it was perfect. what about kasich?
there wasn't a teleprompter. i don't think there was a speech written. he got up and went on this stream of conscious thing for close to 50 minutes. you go john, john, this is an important event here. that sort of thing. i am aware of a fundraising phone call me made within the last month to someone. this big republican donor-type, very wealthy person, it was clear that kasich was having one, or possibly two, other conversations while on the phone with the donor type. and the guy finally said if you want to talk to me on the phone call me when you are not having other conversations. it is like you cannot do that. the point is i think if bush doesn't get stuff together quickly, and i think it may not quite be too late, but you have
see rubio take this conventional thing. i mean christie showing signs of life and things but i think it is going to be more rubio. let's go ever to the exotic side. i have to really, really speed up. donald trump is clearly tapping into the this visceral anger. it is like giving the finger to career politicians and the establishment. or let's say you have people estranged from the establishment. they are looking for the opposite of a politician. that is what they want. but for different people that is different things. for some, and it tends to skew a little bit more blue coller, a little bit more male, a little younger, but not exclusively in any of those, their idea of donald trump is donald trump.
he is the opposite of the politician in their mind. he is angry, says what is on his mind, doesn't care what anybody thinks. it is a pretty good act. so one group gravitated to him. then there is a second group, and these are people that are just as estranged but not as angry. they are gravitating to ben carson. they say him as a kind gentle man. they see him as someone who is a role model focus groups say. this is what politicians ought to be like; who tell the truth and are decent people. so in their mind, and it tends to skew more white collar, deeply religious, a lot is about religion, but in their minds,
ben carson is the opposite. and it is carly fiorina in the other group. doesn't fit the mode of a career-politician over here. a lot is social economics, temperamental, it is what are you looking for. keep in mind, by the way, that you know, we used to this can of the republican party as the p t party of country clubbers. keep in mind that roughly half of the republican party is college-educated. roughly half is not, though. a lot of these are or their parents were conservative democrats who moved into the republican party and completely changed the mix of the republican party. so they moved over.
now, the thing is i think, my colleague amy walter wrote a column over the summer where she said summer is for dating and winter is for mating. i thought that -- you know, i have heard republican voters say, particularly last summer, that this was like walking into a baskin robins with 31 flavors of candidates and they have the wooden spoon and they are tasting all of them having a great time. the establishment is petrified but the voters are having a great time because they never had a selection quite like this. we have seen trump's averages starting to come down and carson has supplanted him in some.
let me do a quick rant. you can see people in the press, and non-press, who will gravitate -- whatever is the new poll, and even though they have no earthly idea who the pollster is, and nobody has heard of the pollster, and it is like polls are a commodity. they have become all of the same. it turned out they were making stuff. i saw people on a morning show going crazy over a couple state polls i never heard of the pollster before. ever! and like, you know, any of you, you could -- what your mother's maiden name? >> tata? >> tata research just came out with a poll that shows -- i mean, the thing is you could get
it on television. i should not say this. this is on c-span and somebody will. they give it as much credence as if it were an nbc times poll or something. i think that as it gets closer to february 1st iowa caucus to february 8th, from the dating around phase, or having a little this or that, and i think we are seeing it with trump. the novelity is wearing off. people are noticing he knows little about very few of these things. they are starting to see it fade. i think carson is going to have some legs and we will last a little longer. the funny thing, the trump and carson vote is not
interchangeable. take for the carson-type voters, they see trump as this vain and profane man who brags about being on the cover of "play boy" magazine, fully clothed, and that is against the deeply faith-based people backing carson. we are talking about different voters here. but when you listen to carson, and i am sure, first of all, as a neuro surgeon, the guy probably has twice the iq points of any of us in this room. but when you listen to him, it is clear he knows very, very, little about any of these things. you heard him being asked about the debt limit and it was clear
he didn't know it what it was. the question is once you get into caucuses and primaries and messing around/dating around down to getting to who is going to be the republican nominee? who can beat and win the general election? who do you want to be the commander and chief to deal with all of these problems? i suspect you will see this start to fade down a little bit. i think it is going to go to someone, this more exotic wing of the nomination. it is going to go to someone who is a vehicle for that anger, that outsider, but knows more and is sort of more -- is not quite as flawed in one way or another. and obviously trump and carson are very different people than some of the others. could it be a carly fiorina?
she is a great example, to me, of how someone who never held elective office, and shouldn't necessarily know about the foreign policy issues and things, man she is flat been to school. she has studied this stuff. she knows these issues inside and out. she is honed in. she is on message. and the thing about it is what carson and trump don't know and understand about public policy clearly fiorina figured it out. she is really good. i think her challenge is this. b besides the fact there is no campaign underneath her which is the deal-breaker in primaries and caucus but the question is
what is her narrative? is it going to be a flawed and failed ceo who was pushed out and has become sort of untouchable in some ways? i mean like where is she -- usually you think about baseball or football. a manager or coach, or whatever, gets fired from what team and what happens? they pop up some place else. ceo's are often like that. they go on corporate boards. you can make a fabulous living going on the boards of big companies, as a former woman ceo of a big company, you would think about boards. other than taiwan conductor i
never heard of her being on a board. then we get to ted cruz. i talked about how kasich was probably the most qualified and rubio probably had the best skill set in terms of skill set but one thing that rubio, that fiorina and cruz share, focus, discipline, i mean they are -- they are absolutely on task and nothing you could say or do will sort of peal them off of what they are trying to say which is a valuable commodity in politics. when i look at cruz, i see someone, and i am a registered independent, middle of the road guy, i don't agree with ted cruz
on a lot, but when several of us had dinner with him last year, the backroom of a steak house, and sitting across from him, cruz said things the day before i would have thought were crazy, and the next day i did in fact think were crazy. but when he said it, it didn't sound crazy. it made a heck of a lot of sense. he is a very, very skilled communicator. you cannot listen to him and say this guy was a championship debater in college. and finally, focused and has a strategy. you notice he has never criticized trump or carson because he wants to inherit. he believes their support is going to start melting off. we are seeing trump start to melt off already. he wants to be there to be the
remainder man. to sort of pick up the support, and you don't do it by telling people their first choice was a stupid first choice. that is not how you do it. and so, i am watching cruz as the guy that i think, and i don't have data to support this, is most likely to be the person that inherits this outside more exotic side of the republican party. that is how i see it. quickly, first of all, this election is about change. and what kind of change do you want? risky or more safe form of change? that is something peter heart was saying the other day. what kind of change do you want? to me you say is this time for change election or about changing american demographics? if time for a change, that is leading towards republicans winning. but more about demographics that can be a really challenge for the republican party.
this is going to be, one thing, we are waiting to get the rest of the new wall street nbc journal poll, in september they asked would you whether see a democrat or republican elected. and it was 37-37 or 38-38. just dead even. that is where this thing starts off. and then candidates, events, circumstances kind of sort of start leaning it one way or the other. sort of watch that. quickly, the senate and then we need to open it up. senate, everybody in this room knows most of the people watching c-span know, senate 54 republican, 46 democrat so democrats need a five-seat gain to hold the house. we have gone into a boom bust cycle in the senate. john edwards talked about two americas. i agree. i have presidential election
america, and midterm election america. the turnout is big, broad, and diverse, it looks like the country in the general election. but mid-term, turnout is 60% high, older, wider, conservative and more republican. it is just a different environment. so what we are having is 2008, democrats have a great year in the house and senate. 2010, republicans have a great year pick up the house and senate seat. 2012 presidential year again, democrats reelected and pick up the house and senate. 2014, boom bust cycle. six-year terms in the senate. if you are a republican and elected on a mid-term election year congrats you won with a 70 mile per hour wind at your back.
but six years later you are up during a presidential year. other other way around, democrat elected during the presidential year, six years later, you are up in a mid-term election. in 2014, last year, democrats had a whole bunch of seats up and they were in really, really red republican states and they just got completely hosed. that is a political science term. 2016, the shoe is on the other foot. republicans have 24 -- these were the seats up in the 2010 republican wave election. republicans have 24 seats and democrats only have 10. but republicans have seven seats up in states that obamaca took 2007. one of those republican state seats in an obama state is in
iowa and grassley will not lose. but you have six republican seats that are in real, real danger here. and conversely you only have one on the democratic side and that is in nevada. if you ask each side, what is one more? and republicans would love to talk about colorado. but that doesn't look that promising against michael bennett. democrats would like to say richard burr and north carolina. but i don't think anything is going to happen there. it is 6-1. you look at kirk in illinois, good guy, but if he got reelected it would be an enormous upset. ron johnson in wisconsin would be an unset, i think. and you look at other republicans that would not be upset but republicans in states that obama took have challenges. portman in ohio, we have
like florida, ohio, new hampshire, nevada, so that it is not necessarily true that as it goes presidentially it will also go in the senate, but keep in mind, whatever the turn of dynamics, whatever the issue agenda, whatever is going on. we are looking at a heck of a race for the senate underneath what is obviously one of the weirdest and most fun presidential races we have ever seen.
i know we have some microphones here. i'm told there is a way to tweet questions in. questions, comments, accusations, and i think state your name and the organization your representing are with did i answer -- zero, you have some? these are two good ones. first, how can establishment republicans win in a populist friendly year? and,and, i guess that is a great, great, great question, although to me trump is more populist. carson is less. so populism is going on.
and to me i don't really call with carson is doing populism. it is something different and big and meaningful, but i think that it is something that is other than populism. that is a really good question command where clearly one of two things happened. republicans change their stripes and did something theymay have only done once since 2002 or is more like 2012 with a flair with all of this and want to do this and end up doing that. that is onethat is one course. the other courses they go with someone outside of the box or that is running from the outside. he's a better candidate skills and trump are carson.
he knows this stuff in the issues and in a debate he would be very, very, very formidable. that is why i think that you could have a somewhat populist or outsider run and possibly when the republican nomination, but that it is one that has gotten -- that does not have some of the shortcomings let's face it, the republican establishment is under siege. >> i think he is trying to build -- put kind of an edge back in. i mean,, i have a very high
opinion of jeb bush. i give him a b12 shot. i personally like five our energies and just found them away. maybe a little bit more caffeine. and say, you know, and, you know how you kind of -- you ever seen before a football game or some of the football players paying heads before the game? it is like a pair of rams, just sort of psyching themselves up for a game. and this guy needs to get psyched up. and i mean, if i were -- i would say whatever i needed to say. you want to go to thanksgiving having to look across the table? i would say whatever i needed to say to make him angry, get passionate and get him to show that this is not something. i don't thinki don't think it is his right or that he
is inherited it or anything else. but i do think that is a perception out there. and he is a different person that his brother and maybe it is better, maybe it is not. he is a different person, but to, but to be honest i don't think this is a campaign problem. he has rotten luck about what he is up, when he is up. the whole world might be different, but it is both timing and that he has yet to show that he desperately, desperately wants this and will,we will, you know, as he said the other day not terribly convincingly which you on nails 1st thing in the morning. more questions. yes, sir. there is a mike right there. >> thank you. given the impact of donald trump's campaign turning this into a schoolyard type
politics, how do you see that impacting campaigns going forward? less genteel? >> while. well, i don't know. i kind of thing gentility start going out of style a while back. but -- because i think is trump going to be a role model for some candidacies and the candidates of the future? yes, i think so. there is only one donald trump and that he really is a, something of a performance artist, and where,, you know, for a guy who has never been involved in politics before, he seems to have a very, very real understanding of how the media works for how to manipulate the media them out to take advantage of it, which is interesting for
someone who has never run for anything before, but i am tempted to say that trump is part of a trend that we are seeing toward more outsized, more passionate, angry,passionate, angry, it is part of a trend that we had already seen, but i think that he is a pretty unique character, and so it is not something we will see exactly like manifest itself like that, but we will see a lot of little trumps coming up along the way. hehe is awfully unique. i mean,, he really, really, really is. and the other thing about trump, to me, i don't know that this is a guya guy that could deal well with being in 2nd place for a long time. i don't think his ego can take it.it. keep in mind, he is only into this for 2 million so far. you can look up in the house and senate and find heck of a lot of people up there or
that did not make it they're who put in far more than 2 million of there own money he said at one point that he would spend a hundred million if necessary. you know, 1st of all, let's just assume that he is liquid enough and can come over 100 million, do you know what that represents? obama and romney each spend $1 billion in that election. so hundred million, you know, it is more than pocket change, but i don't think he would see the republican party donor stepping behind him to pick up the tab. i don't think that many people would jump out of pick up the tab for donald trump. but i do think that we are seeing politics go for a time to a very, very different place which is why it is important that while i personally don't think carson and trump will go the distance, that anger that
they give voice to, that israel, and i don't underestimate that at all. who will be the jockey that rides that anger through to the finish line? my hunchhunches it is not trump or carson. right over here. >> do you see any viable scenario in which the republicans lose the house? >> any viable scenario that republicans lose the house. first of all, the most -- it's hard. it is really, really, really, really hard and would take an enormous amount of effort was the house. basically, democrats would have to hold onto 100 percent of their seats and when every single republican seat that is in any danger at all,
100 percent of those, which really, rarely happens and then start knocking off people that are not even vulnerable at all and just given where people live population patterns, where the congressional district boundaries are, this is really hard. if you are going to tell me republicans have lost the house what happens? i would assume one of two things. trump's name is on the general election ballot. either as a republican nominee or an independent, independent, and i don't think he will run as an independent. i don't know if carson would do that are not. but the thing about it, republicans have kind of, i mean, speaker ryan o speaker weiner a lot because, well, a year or so ago he says
something about taking all of the sharp instruments out of the room. and by doing the debt ceiling and the budget deal they did remove the instruments that would be most likely for them to impale themselves. so that it is awfully, awfully, awfully hard. look, you never want to say never. but it is awfully, awfully, awfully hard. if our republicans i would say, republicans should be worried about the damage they are doing to the franchise internally within the house of representatives when i think of fortysomething members that that that paul ryan not conservative enough, it is like, wow, this is really, really interesting. and i do think that a month or so ago eric cantor who let his district get out from under him but is a really smart guy, but he
wrote a peace in the "wall street journal" where he warned conservatives of following leaders who are mr. -- misleading the and have given them -- there is this pervasive view among conservatives that we were told, and itold command i think the establishment played in the us a little bit. we were told, if we elect of republican majorities of the house and to the senate that we could repeal obama care, turn back the epa regulations, undo everything obama has done and democrats have done and put forth our agenda and get a bunch of things done. in the next day actually the speaker warned of false prophets, you know, the same sort of thing. the thing is, it ignores basic civics that you may
have a majority ina majority in the house and you may have a majority in the senate, but until you have vetoproof -- if you don't have the presidency, if you don't have vetoproof filibuster proof majorities you don't have that kind of control. and so these conservative voters feel like they were misled. we were promised we could get all this done command to them republican leaders obviously could get all these things done and have chosen not to. well, they did not choose not to, they couldn't. look at the rules come out place works. and that is, i think, primary source of all of this vitriol that you are seeing within the republican party as they think they got like to. the thing is, i think that they were exaggerating. hyperbole is part of politics. put us in office and we can do x, y, z, but they took it
literally and feel betrayed by their leaders in the leaders exaggerated somewhat. but you could not do that unless you have filibuster vetoproof majority. you cannot do all of these things you guys desperately want to do. so, another question in the room? >> okay. >> is there a path to victory for the gop and colorado senate? the smart aleck side of me says,says, yes, get him to resign from one seat to run for that one. i think here is the challenge. number one, it is a presidential year as opposed to a midterm year. the electorate in colorado, colorado is one of the closest aides to being 50-yard line state out
there, but it is a big difference between presidential year and midterm year mark udall is from a story family, but i don't think he was a natural politician. and while michael bennet is relatively new to politics,, wow, i think his understanding of politics and of campaigns and how to win is very, very, very highly developed, and, and i don't think he is as beatable as udall was. finally, there is only one cory gardner. you show me another cory gardner that can cut into independents and moderates, cut against the problems that the party is facing in umpteen different groups, and that person could win the general election. so far republicans have not found someone there yet.
i am pretty skeptical there command to be perfectly honest i'm fairly skeptical of north carolina. the sanders outreach to might -- white male voters something with key demographics, do you see from the gop. well, to me yes bernie sanders support is overwhelmingly white and that -- but i think that the white males the bernie sanders voters, swing general election voters. talking about volvos and birkenstocks and soy lattes and things like that because
i think that is not fair. but the thing about it is sanders voters and supporters are very, very, very passionate liberals and they are not anybody that whatever contemplate voting republican. what is interesting is, i don't -- if there is a path to the white house from bernie sanders it is a subtle one and probably requires republicans doing some pretty exotic things themselves and then getting a whole bunch of breaks. it will be a long process. >> it is the revamped primary schedule most favorite your opinion?
>> wrote a peace earlier this year, and david wasserman, our house editor has no working on some things. it is interesting. there are -- i am not sure -- well, i don't think he has released this yet, but there are an enormous number of delegates for the republican convention are not from conservative places. and basically every congressional district, each one has three delegates. now there are also some from states that have voted republican. for example, in the most republican districts, david we will shoot me for doing this. and the most republican district in the country
according to wasserman romney got -- there were 85,672 romney votes for each of the three delegates from the congressional district. and i think it is hosea's toronto's, 1,772 romney votes per republican delegate to the convention. so that there is not very republican places. less ideological republican.
even though the people who live there don't even no any republicans. the thing about it, the delegate selection process does on the republican side tends to put -- does give non- republican performing districts a boatload of delegates, and it is some pretty impressive numbers. >> in particular the nominee be so disliked that it would drive them to the other party rather than being
attracted to the other party. >> that's a very good peemack. to me, independence is independence is the best number look at, but i also look at self-described moderates as well. let me make sure i am looking at the exit poll, the right tab. independent. that's the vertical. i'm looking for the horizontal tab. romney won the independent vote by a five-point margin in 2012.
romney won the independent vote by five percentage points, but among self-described moderates obama wanted by 15-point margin. and so i kind of look at both of those groups, independent and moderate. and so is there -- obama one without winning more independent votes but did it because his party had an advantage in terms of party. a lot of conservatives did not vote for romney and that route press the republican number. at the same time as she had
done what it would take to jack up to what extent might he have lost the independent vote. this whole exercise, you haveexercise, you have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. you have to be able to hold your base while reaching in and grabbing as many votes as you possibly can from the middle, whether it is the partisan middle, independent, or ideological middle moderate and keep in mind that a great number. >> in my other notes. the decisive factor.
29 percent as a vision for the future. and romney one that group by nine-point margin. romney one that group by 13 points. romney one that grew by 23 points. the other group, 21 percent cares about people like me and obama one that group by a 63-point margin. so romney won three out of four, but got clobbered there. and so that is why for a conservative the key is how can i maximize the republican vote, maximize the conservative vote, but not come across as this coldhearted person who does not care about regular people.
and, you know, that is why you say how does the republican do that? the answer is, very carefully. it is not something that just happens automatically. okay. i am getting the hook. last question. emergency candidate for both parties, michael bloomberg. >> well, 1st ofwell, 1st of all, let me state my personal bias. i think he is a smart guy, very good mayor of new york. the republican side, that would be a complete nonstarter. you cannot do what he has done on guns and have any chance on the republican side. and even on the democratic side i think it would be safe to say that elizabeth warren and the occupy people
, if they think hillary clinton is a wall street candidate, try somebody that actually did work there. they would get completely out of their minds. i just think that joe biden would be -- to me if there was case of fire break the glass, if it's early i think you might very well see the party head back toward biden. if it is late in the process , like really like then where it is almost like too late and we get into the world of filing deadlines in this, but i wonder whether -- ii don't think -- i have a hard time seeing any circumstance, sanders actually wins the nomination. so the guy within the existing field.
>> and i think. >> someone who has been a two-term governor of the state, widely considered to be in the mainstream of the party in politics, where bernie sanders has been -- he has his own unique character, but let's face it, he has not been the most effective member, liberal democratic senator. really effective democratic senators, ted kennedy, tom
harkin. but sanders has chosen to basically be a voice but to actually do stuff, get things done, driving agenda. that had not been sanders so much. supporters are passionate. but the thing is, would a party, the democratic party moved to him in the pinch? i have a hard time seeing that happen. anyway, thank you for coming out, thank you united technologies. take you very much. [applause] >> today, the house for an affairs committee looks at these syria russian relationship.
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