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related, there is 1235 high schools in this country that graduate a third or more of -- a third or more of their students dropout. that is where they are by caller -- color. the dark blue had the highest number of the high schools. we also observe that these high schools have a disproportionate number of children of color and low income. example,ou an african-americans are 15% of the population of our public schools. they are 40% of the population of these high schools. the number of dropout factories where only 60% or less were graduating, that number has been cut in half in about 10 years. we know where the high schools are, we know what works, and that we can focus on them. a lot of teachers, a lot of educators, a lot of communities,
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when given these statistics they turn it around. host: first call for you comes from lenny and north dakota. good morning. caller: thank you for taking my call. i am a business owner here in north dakota and i have a lot of younger people graduating high school coming in to our business. i noticed that a lot of the students that graduate and get into the workforce had not been prepared properly for the workforce. schools focus more on social worrying about the students, what their moral values are, instead of teaching them basic mathematics, reading, history. they seem to be focusing on everything except getting them prepared to come into the workforce. it is a very bad thing. a lot of the kids have been on proponent --rall,
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promoting drugs to the students from a very young age. go back to the 1950's when kids were not on drugs and they were all sitting there very attentive in front of the teachers. i think that this will teachers are manipulating -- the school system is manipulating the drugs and the money. any kids but i sure would not let them go into the public school system. host: you bring up some -- guest: you bring us some good points and what i am going to challenge you want. the good points you bring up are the need for high school students to be more attitude to the world they are going into. that is why a number of high schools -- and incidentally, the ones that are introducing the dropout -- reducing the dropout rates -- are introducing vocational education. that they are getting a very sophisticated college and career readiness rogue ramp but they are doing it through something that is relative to
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them. accounting, law enforcement, whatever it is. the career pathway is keeping them engaged. i do want to challenge you a little bit on another thing. i don't want kids to be 30 everest in rows and classrooms -- 30 abreast in rows and classrooms anymore. the students that we want, and i think that you want, and every business tells me we -- they want our students to get think creatively. they have core content knowledge but they also know how to solve problems. they have the skills that are so essential in our modern workplace. what i want, the high schools that i see working out, or where the schools are broken up into teams. they are interacting with one another and the teacher is guiding them, with is -- which
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is a much greater teaching simplythan much that -- lecturing them. they are learning that way. learning by doing as opposed to simply having lectured to them. i know i did not do so well in that all the time. from richard in charlotte, north carolina, a parent, hello. caller: how are you? host: good morning. thisr: my thought is about , i am a black man. old.l soon be 61 years when you start talking about the understand whyt we don't really address the problem. these young fellows make more money, 15, 14, 16 years old, then us.
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what interest do they have -- they make more money than i do telling drugs. -- they make more money than i do selling drugs. what interest do they have an education? we have got it backwards. .ids like guns we will does not do anything about guns. they know they have guns, they know they have drugs. let me say one more thing and that i will hang up. let's take isis. nobody talks about the basic fundamentals. where did they get the money? host: we will keep it to the topic at hand. guest: that young person who dropped out of high school to sell drugs, as you say, they may make more money for a short. -- they may make more money for a short period of time, but the
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reality is they will end up incarcerated. you see about 75% of your inmates are either has will or essentially illiterate. with that means is that they are condemned to a permanent life of crime or incarceration. is that for the student to graduate from high school, first of all, it is a $15,000 premium to them. when they get into the workforce they will make on average $15,000 more than they are dropout colleagues. they also have an upward track and they will be taxpayers in many cases instead of being tax consumers. so yes there may be a short-term incentive for that student to dropout, it does not last though. that is why i think we have made a direct connection between high school dropouts not being able to read and incarceration rates.
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host: todd for massachusetts, go ahead. caller: thank you very much for taking my call. i would like to make just three quick points. we definitely need to scrutinize what the dropout rate means, which we have not yet. the more substantial point i need to make is, as indicated by the previous caller is that there really is a lack of good jobs. americans make less than $25,000 a year. what this means is we can increase graduation rates of college or high school, but the fact is it ends up being a bridge to nowhere. it is an enormous problem.
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it may lead to some of the problems among other things. in addition, the third point i want to make is that there is a stratified experience in high school. my kids who are in a wealthy area, get federal funding, race to the top, it is an enormous benefit to them. but for children that are in these arias where the schools are not as productive, it ends up being a socialization process. standardized testing has made a very passive and dos file docileization -- decile -- socialization process. i will take my response off the air. guest: three great spot -- points. this has been a bipartisan
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effort. in 2008 the then secretary of education under george w. bush promulgated a regulation that said district school district have to calculate graduation rates the same way. thated to have one state had 22 ways to avoid calling you a dropout even though you were in high school. we have got their decision and now exactly compare schools and what they can do. continued and strengthened undersecretary arne duncan under president obama. thend, you talked about fact that there are not jobs available for students who graduate from high school. high school will not be the only education that students get. now with a have got is the ability to move forward. have also remember that we got, by the most conservative estimate, 3 million jobs that
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required two years of post secondary or less that are not able to be filled because we cannot find the skill levels necessary. we have to do some matching up. but i also will say this. those students i go on from high school, they will often be creating other jobs, not only through their increased ending but through their entrepreneurship. and then the final one on demographics, it is a very important point you make. whatsoever that as of this year half the children in public school systems are children of color or ethnicity and almost half are low income. this is a different demographic to what we had even just 30 and it also says that it has always been a more net -- moral imperative to meet the students need. now it is a monetary imperative for the country. host: bob wise is the president of the alliance for excellent education, also former governor of west virginia, joining us to talk about issues of education. from new hampshire, high, -- hi,
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a teacher. caller: yes. , andght elementary, middle high school. in new hampshire a few years ago we changed the law and you could no love or drop out at the age of 18. dropoutn, you can't until you are 18. what do you think about changing that across the board in all the states to have the dropout age be 18 instead of 16? guest: a number of states have followed new hampshire's lead. i would be interested in what you think that has done. , think it has been a factor but simply raising the age to 18 -- if we don't improve the quality of instruction, we don't support teachers in the school, if we are doing a number of other things all we are going to do is wear out the student and we will also be seeing absenteeism increase. i support raising the graduation aged 18.
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so states that said you do not get a driver's license if you are not in high school, below the age of 18 are but we also have to make sure that the support and other needs are met as well. host: if there is a school with a high amount of dropout rates and it continues year after year, are there laws that require either the state or the locality to step in? guest: maybe i can tell you more about that next year -- week because congress is scheduled to take up the education act reauthorization. many states require it. it is very likely there will be more flexibility given to the states, but we believe the -- they are going to keep a high school graduation rates. where i has gold has more than one third of its students dropping out over several years they will be required to take action. host: so the laws generally help your case, or are the things
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that have you concerned? there the current lot -- are a lot of problems with no, but the current law, this is an example where federal accountability has worked. high school dropout rates are sharply down and high school dropout factories are being reduced. it showed exactly where they were in the required action. , was i believe congress will take up and most pathy path -- most likely thing isthe important that states are stepping up. at the end of the day this is going to be met at the community level, the school level, by dedication, being willing to redesign what you are doing and using data to realize what your problems are. host: from baltimore, maryland, nancy you are up next. caller: hi, it is michigan. host: go ahead.
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bob to i wanted to ask speak to the third grade reading level, and is he familiar with the school grant that was administered through many states focusing on social and emotional health and well-being and it proved to be very successful in reducing dropouts and reducing behavior in the school. this is a focus on the fact that the single strongest protective factor for our youth is a close relationship with an adult, primarily an adult in a school. guest: thank you. i think that is critically important to point out, the data is very clear. i talked about early warning indicators. probably the single most dominant factor is that adult relationship. at least one result having a direct, caring relationship with a student in at school and being
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able to know without student is doing and work with that student. that is why i talk about high school redesign. many times the redesign is to make sure that there is an adult who is workingg who has beendent identified as on or off track to be working with that student. in terms of third-grade reading, reading is incredibly important. literacy across the whole education spectrum, from kindergarten on through grade 12. third-grade reading is the first indicator of whether or not a student is on track or off track. you have to have that reading level. that is why so many states have stressed this. it is also critically important to continue the efforts. that is why we have seen that were states have made efforts to have literacy -- florida was leading this and some other states. where states made an effort to focus on literacy and middle school and high school, that is where we are also seeing
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corresponding increases in graduation rates. just think for a second. the way you read in third grade is different than what you are doing and high school where you are reading to learn. you are actually taking several different situations and buying them to a problem. that means you have to not only be able to read and extrapolate and gather meaning and apply it. it is important that we focus on reading and every part of the process. host: from our parents line, from tennessee, sabrina, good morning. caller: hi. i was wondering if your graphics include those students who are pushed out of school. that seems to be a real problem. i am a drop out myself. he was kicked out of school. he was called as the office and told that it was a waste of his time to be in school. i am wondering what you guys attitudedo to fix the
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that the principles and the teachers have when it comes to arebled students who typically the ones who drop out of school. and second of all i am curious as to why we can't even fund our elementary schools. we have schools closing because they don't have one thing. they are closing the doors and the poor counties. i'm curious as to what you are going to do about it. guest: the elementary school i would have -- issue i would have to refer to others. let me talk about the when you raise so graphically -- yes, these numbers do include student -- a major component of why kids drop out is disciplinary. one of the things that did happen when we went to this new way of calculating -- everyone had to calculate the same way -- we began to realize how many students were being kicked out or are dropping out because they had been kicked out. we are able tod
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leave them out of the calculation, saying they went to disciplinary schools. now they had to become excited. and finally, and this goes to the previous question on social and emotional learning, this also goes to a lot more schools are looking at what their school climate is and how it is that they reach the student when you begin to first demonstrate disciplinary problems and to provide the necessary support. simply taking a student out does not get you what you need. putting a student back out on the street does not help. increasingly schools of saying, what is that social and emotional need? that a recognized student, particularly in the earlier grades that are showing , it isinary problems showing one of the true indicators to dropping out. intervene now and we can say
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that student a lot of problems and also society. host: if you are on twitter asked about graduation rates from charter schools. how to charter schools do? guest: they tend to be about the same as public schools. we have some excellent charters schools and some that are not doing such a good job. some turner's schools would say well we also make a practice of taking students that are the most at risk -- because they are public schools they are included. greensburg, louisiana, linda, go ahead. caller: in an effort to lower the dropout rate statistically, as the school system lowered its standards of education in order to make it easier to graduate the students and make them not be a failure? the automatic promotion after two years of failure, and making the subject easier so that these poor students in these poor areas
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don't have as good a challenge? seen in myt i have community. a lowering of standards in order to raise the dropout rate so that it looks good on paper. thank you very much and i appreciate your comments. guest: in most areas we have not seen that. what is interesting is that in most areas the state is actually getting harder, because every state has adopted something that has gone from a basic standard that had before to a college and career ready standard for graduation. we are not there yet, but it is being implemented. increasing the students are getting more rigorous demands, and teachers are stepping up their game. schoolsue, are some lowering standards? there are some states -- that in the last couple of years, remember, this is 2012, 2008 to some-- but there are
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schools or states that may now be looking at two or three types of diplomas. we do not think that that is a good idea. that is the exception rather than the rule. the data we are talking about in the improvement we have seen really does not reflect -- we are not seeing that. what we are seeing in most cases is everybody is genuinely making improvements. host: georgia, this is wayne. highway. caller: thank you for taking my call. actually have a nonprofit organization called youth career. , 16,tually take students 17 years old and try to guide them through the process of finding something as a high school graduate, just kind of getting them ready for the workforce. i think that one of the things that we found is that once you
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are able to connect to students future -- connect student aspirations to their future -- current academic you will have a more motivated student. , have youomment is seen in this statistics that where there is an increase in dropouts more involvement from the community stakeholders? in those have seen areas that are beginning to turn the dropout around an improvement with exactly the type of activity that you are undertaking. work, and it is work that people have been really focusing on for the last decade, because it is not just the school. it is also supporting students outside and we heard that from a number of callers. it is efforts such as yours, adults who are mentoring and school students cbr high
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what it is that they can have. my organization does economic in various metropolitan areas of what it means to improve graduation rates. tot does not mean anything you as an adult -- you can a car, you can own a house, whatever it is that motivates people. that is what you are doing. significantace bc improvement is where organizations are assisting schools and showing schools what college looks like, if there is a community college where you see student able to take early college courses on their campus or go to a community college, where they are visiting four-year institutions for part of a summer. all of these efforts give students a snapshot of what happens after high school and what the potential is. what the aspirations are.
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thank you for what you are doing. that is one of the reasons the graduation rate is improving. host: earlier this week senator marco rubio rick -- mentioned vocational education. is that truly an academic education? guest: the kind of education i am hoping he is talking about is vocation but it is actually called career pathways, in which the curriculum in a high school is built around a particular career pathway. but does not mean you are just showing up to the shop or whatever and that is all you are doing great you may be learning welding but you are also learning mathematics. you are learning because you are learning calculations, how to work problems. almost no job in this country today has this game -- -- the same skill level as it had 10 years ago. it is a much more sophisticated kind of approach than it was for when you60 years ago got trapped. either you were vocational or you are college prep.
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relevant byducation showing students a career they might be interested in but making sure that they are learning what they need to do in the context of their career. i think a perfect example, the national academy foundation which provide internships and work experiences. newport, outline for parents, hello. caller: i appreciate your time. i have worked in the juvenile deal for 48 years. i hear what you are saying about what you would like to be happening and what you think should be the target goals. you have got a disconnect with what you see happening on a daily basis in school versus what you are saying. what is actually happening in schools right now is barry very interactive
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skills. they are defiant over saying things. all of these other collars are saying the same thing and you keep redirecting it back to the fact that you wanted to look like something other than what it actually is. if you going to the school system and look what is going on , the graduation rates you say are getting better is because it does not have to be anything it did not used to be. you do not have to have expectations of action being responsible to skills that are responsible and allowing opportunities to be heard, so the other kids were not that way totally lose out on any of the questions they have. your evening the playing field by allowing everyone to not have any direction, and rather having those kids have those -- host: we will let our guest respond. guest: i think you raise a good point, and a tension that often
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the first order of school is that you need order. you are quite correct, if you have disciplinary problems that does not lend itself to a learning environment. but the other part of it is a learning environment can often help bring about that order. the two are not contradictory. the schools that i see working and the school that we aspire to our where there are expectations and norms of behavior. at the same time you are also recognizing that there are alternatives to simply kicking them out, and are there ways to reach them so they are not demonstrating that behavior? the kind of learning i am talking about -- we can dance around us all we want. the reality is that today's society requires a much greater set of skills and competencies than what you were i -- or at least what i had to know back in
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the 1960's and 1970's. this is not about giving students a pass on discipline. highnt them to come out of school ready to be a citizen as much as they are ready to be in a career and to be college or career ready. redesign, the whenign is making sure students are engaged, when they see it and to the education process that is desirable to them. that is what our support shows. when we double down in this way we are seeing graduation rates go up, dropout rate cut in half. it is essential to our society and the individual. host: here is john from teva, florida. caller: thank you for your service. i'm an old west frigid and myself, -- an old west virginian
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myself. the difference between what is going on with the families now has created a lot of problems in the school system. i have a sister that teaches up there. just -- it is almost like it is run by the thugs. we pulled my children out of the school system here and are now homeschooling them because kids are getting away with assault, breaking and entering, drinking. they don't get arrested for anything. they are running the show. when i was in school we did not have resource officers. footballinciples and coaches that took care of the problems. i appreciate your service. i think what you are doing is great. i will get off the phone here and see what happens. guest: you illustrate something. he went both come from west virginia. when i graduated from high school in 1966 i do not need a
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high school diploma to go get a good paying job at the chemical plant. i went and visited every one of those factories. i visited every one of those work settings before i set off at -- left office 10 years ago. i was struck by the fact that everyone -- when i could get in without a high school diploma 40 years ago i could not get in there now with a post secondary education. me, ifcall minor said to you think i letting one person go half mile underground without postsecondary, you are crazy. that is why making sure high school students get high school diplomas is so critical. foundresearch can be online, it is the alliance for excellent education. bob wise, the president. host: on the program tomorrow we will talk about not only what happens at tonight's democratic debate in des moines, but also in florida today.
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the republicans are speaking to a group there in orlando. newellvelace and jim will break down what happens tonight and what it means in the political context. eddie: 45 tomorrow, angus johnston who has studied the history -- 8:45 tomorrow, angus johnston who has studied the history of student activism will discuss today's protests on campus racism. "washington journal" comes your way at 7:00 tomorrow morning. it is the orlando florida sunshine summit. republicans will be talking to make theire as they decisions about campaign 2016. because orlando, florida, right now. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] you know what we call this in
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the white house? the cheney reaction. what is on for a sticker on the limo that said dr., dr. -- duck goose, cheney is loose. when you are a leader you have ,o stick to your principles even when it is hard. it may be tough. like an elephant. which is the symbol of our republican party. my democratic friends are depicted as a donkey. or as my friends in the south call you -- but each one of us, community leaders, teachers, moms, dads. you are influencers. influence i can
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never reach, but you can. it is like you take a couple and you drop it into a pond -- a pebble and you drop it into a pond and it makes a ripple effect. i cannot drop a pebble into your pond but each word that you speak said that waves. be careful what you hear. be careful little mouth what you say, because other ears are picking it up. we want to represent america as best we can. yes. [applause] >> communication. i have studied this and i have found that communication is the most important part of talking. [laughter] i often boogerize my vernacular,
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i know, but i will have you know i am fluent in over nine different body languages. [laughter] bilingual -- as i happen to be -- you have to be careful to use the word you need usese -- you mean to carefully, or else you could create an international incident , as i learned recently during a trip to crackistan. there is a big difference between saying i want a cracker and i am a cracker. [laughter] character. plain and simple. character is who you are when no one is looking. i want to continue to be an nsperator.- i
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so i asked myself what is it that moves people. music. universal language. i have been taking some guitar lessons and i brought my guitar. do you want to hear a song? [applause] >> you have to be willing to try things and work on different stuff and come up with different conclusions. it is kind of like this. $.20 until i throw it, then it becomes a paradigm shift. go. we butt on thisicking guitar thing. ♪ [bond theme]
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u.s. orst not mess with we will mess with you ♪ let's hear it for the red white and blue. im a laura lover ♪ that lovely lady stays on my mind. lover. laura love,m so glad i have her there won't be no child left
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behind. case of red white and blue. ♪ god bless you. god bless paris. god bless the united states of america. [applause] >> thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen. please welcome the chairman of the republican party of florida. ♪ [applause] how is everybody this morning?
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a great day to be a republican, right? i want to thank everybody here and welcome you today to of the first sunshine summit. i wanted to come here this morning and talk to you briefly about this next election, and to set this up i want everybody in the room to close your eyes. close your eyes. today you to imagine that 2016, the day after election day. let's say that you get up in the morning. you had no idea what the results were the day before. you turn on the tv and headline hillary clinton elected
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president of the united states of america. [boos] >> as of right now, how does that make you feel? anybody else have that weird, sick feeling in their gut? i want you to remember that feeling, because it is going to be that feeling that is going to drive all of us to work extremely hard this election cycle. [applause] i know that you guys work .ard you guys are the heart and soul of this party. and i know you are going to be out there and you are going to be knocking on doors and talking to your friends, family, and neighbors and calling them on the phone and offering them rides to the polls. but there is going to come a
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during this next election where you are going to get tired. you are going to wake up in the morning and you are going to have to make a choice. do i go out today or do i stay home? do i take the day off? you are going to be tireless warriors for the cause. you are going to get tired and your feet are going to hurt, and your ears are going to hurt holding up the phone. you are going to spend so much time and energy doing what we need to do to put a republican in the white house, and there are going to be times when you are going to be frustrated, and times where you are going to think is it worth it? point i wanthat you all to remember that if we do not do the things that we
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need to do next election cycle, we will wake up on november 9 and have hillary clinton as our next president. that is why i need you to remember that sick feeling in your stomach right now, because it is going to be that feeling that is going to drive you to walk that extra block, not on those extra doors, make those x or phone calls, and do everything that we possibly can in order to defeat hillary clinton in 2016. as if our do it children and our grandchildren's future prosperity depends on it because you know what? it does. it does. the mosts important -- important swing state in the nation. you cannot win the presidency without winning florida. everybody in this room and everybody watching on tv right now, especially the people in florida, this is what it is all
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about. the people who are going to elect a new president -- a good, republican president -- you guys are in the room the right -- right now. you are watching on tv. it is you that we need to think. but it is also you who are going to be responsible for that. cycle this next election , need everyone to dig deep because this is gut check time for the republican party and for this nation. you are not allowed to take a day off. it is that important. succeedntry cannot long-term without good governance at the top and that means putting republicans in the white house and making sure hillary clinton never sees the oval office.
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[applause] >> there have been a lot of great speeches here, yesterday and today. but speeches do not win elections. it is hard work grassroots, doing all the things we know how to do, that is what wins elections, and i want everyone to join me in working hard to make that a success. but here is another thing that i want everyone to ask yourselves. and this has to do with legacy. we going to be viewed by future generations in this time? we always look back to the things that happened in the past. do we want to sit there on november 9 having the conversation would have, should .ave, could have
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if i would have walked that extra door. maybe i could've done that. i could have made a difference. let's not have that conversation with ourselves. let's commit to working hard and having a successful election. in the future, how will people look upon us. what will be our legacy? knowing everything that is going on with the federal government, knowing how important it is that we put a republican in the white house and make sure that we govern the way we campaign. how will people be u.s.? us as theoing to view people who sat there and did not work hard? who do not care? i know you care. or are we going to be viewed as the people that against all odds , against what the pundits were saying, that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to
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win this state and national election. i fundamentally disagree with that. are we going to be the people legacy, isewed, our it going to be one of the state of florida, the grassroots, they delivered. they did everything that they possibly can. i did not want to have a conversation with my children and grandchildren and say if i would have done a little bit more we would have had a better future. i don't want to have a conversation with myself and i don't think you want to have a conversation. the time for talk is over. we are 12 months away on the election. now is the time for action. deep. everyone to dig and volunteer for the party.
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this is our chance to shine. this is the florida republican party's chance to shine. when we do put a republican in the white house it is going to be because of you guys, the grassroots, the donors, the , that everyone is going to thank for future generations. i thank you for everything that you have ever done for the republican party. at the end of the day -- at the end of the day when everything is part -- said and done, let us all hope that more is done then actually said. thank you for everything that you do. welcome today two of the sunshine summit. god bless you all. [applause] u.s. senatelcome candidate ron desantis.
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♪ >> good morning. what a great weekend. thank you for coming out, thank you for your activism. thank you for your inbred. it is unfortunate that this weekend has been marred by the atrocities committed in paris, and if you look at what happened both last night as was the fact that within the last few weeks it is very likely that isis also down a civilian airliner killing 200 people, we are in a conflict whether we like it or not. if the president considers this threat to be contained, i don't think that is consistent with the reality that we see. i think when you are in a conflict the first thing you have to be able to do is identify the enemy that you are fighting. are weomebody --
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fighting man-made disasters? are we fighting violent extremism? are we fighting workplace violence? if we go to the white house they will tell us that is what all these things do in one form or another. i think we have to identify the enemy and call it by its name, and the enemy is an ideology rooted in militant islam. here is what i know. [applause] navy i i was active duty got sent down to guantanamo, not as a detainee, as an officer. i got to see some of these guys held down there. some of the world's worst terrorist. the thing that struck me is that they were completely unapologetic about their worldview and about their desire to kill americans and bring down western civilization. we may think that that is something that is not likely to happen in our time, but they believe it and they are willing to lie, cheat, steal, and murder
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in order to achieve their ideological aims. it is a very pernicious ideology. we brought down communism, which very pernicious, totalitarian ideology. i think what makes radical islam more dangerous is that it is rooted in a suicidal be a of humanity. these folks think that if they can bring everybody down and they are going to have more rewards in heaven and they are absolutely willing to kill themselves in the process. when we dealt with the soviet union, they were atheist. they were communists. they did not want any type of nuclear exchange because they had nowhere to go. mutually assured destruction with these people, it is not a deterrent. it may be an inducement. that is what we have to understand. let me just say this as someone who served in guantanamo bay,
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releasing dangerous terrorists is not good for american national security and we can't let the president get away with it. gitmortainly don't close and bring these terrorists to the united states. my friend tom cotton and i have a very simple solution to the problem. any country that accepts a gitmo detainee, if that detainee goes back to terrorism that country gets no more foreign aid from our country. [applause] carnage wrought by sunni islamic extremists, but we also have to understand that they have a competitor, and those are shiite islamic mistreatment -- extremists. the iran deal that the president concocted, the most dangerous deal that this country has entered into in any of our lifetimes -- i was plowed --
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proud to be on the frontlines fighting tooth and nail to stop it. the fact of the matter is that we are allowing iran to keep a huge nuclear program. you say they're going to be inspections -- we know that is not going to happen. them $150 billion and they will use that the fund terrorism around the world. it is personal for me because when i served in iraq back in 2007 the number one source of death for our service members was iran and iranian provided .onds -- bombs they killed hundreds of our fellow servicemembers. more part --has this deal lifts the .nternational sanctions that is a slap in the face to the memories of those who gave their lives for our country and
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to their families. i think it is clear that radical islamists really feed on weakness. so when you have attacks rendered against our country the worst thing you can do is simply act like nothing happened because that is exactly what this administration has done in response to the attacks in benghazi on september 11, 2012. we lost an ambassador, we lost sean smith, we lost two former navy's -- navy seals. he was been held accountable for this? we have not done anything to go and bring them to justice that did this. indictment and we think that that is somehow going to stop them. let me suggest to you that when you do that you are sending a signal of weakness. they sense that and that emboldens them to attack us, our allies, and our interest here and abroad. we should have brought the
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people who did that to a swift justice and we did not do that. [applause] >> i think what happened in france should recommit us to protecting our borders and our sovereignty from threats. you know the first american suicide bomber over in syria went through florida. he left florida, he went in heated jihad training over in syria, and then he came back unimpeded and then went back and committed an attack. we cannot let people go to and from our country to conduct terror training and terror operations. let me say this about refugees from syria. youou cannot get them then should not bring the men because they should not expose our people to potential terrorist. [applause] policyo need to have a
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that recognizes that we have rent in this struggle. that means we need to stand forth right and unapologetic behind the state of israel who is our best friend in the middle east. every terrorist that wants to do with harm wants to do them harm, and the idea that we are going to treat them like a doormat like this president has done is offensive. we have to treat them with the respect that they deserve. i think it is also important to recognize that our law enforcement has a lot to do with this fight as well. i think the blanket attacks against law enforcement by people like president obama are destructive. there are bad apples in any segment of american society. yes there are going to be some bad caps, but you don't blame all the police for the actions of a few. there were bad people when i was in the military but you don't go on blame everyone in the
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military. it may surprise you, there are bad members of congress. [applause] >> but we are not here to talk about alan grayson. law enforcement is a pillar of our society and we must have a strong law enforcement presence enforcing the law and protecting the most vulnerable among us. if you live in a gated community police are probably not going to make a difference, but if you live in a tough neighborhood you have to have people who are willing to stand up against the people who are committing crimes. let me tell you this to. i am in the reserve so i am not there every day like i used to be. but i can tell you the morale of our military is low. i think part of that has to do with some of the political correctness we have seen. when the attack at fort hood happened in 2009 and that guy was shooting up people at fort
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, theshouting allah october obama administration classified that is workplace violence. it took us in congress five years to be able to give the victim of that attack the declarations and benefits that they deserve. they should have been treated no differently than the people who died in the pentagon on september 11, 2001. we also have a lack of leadership. people want to do great things on behalf of this country but that starts at the top. we have to have better leadership. that means if we are going to use our military you have to have a clear purpose and that what you have a clear purpose and you have identified the objective you marshall all the
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resources necessary to achieve the objective and then you go and strong and you go into win. you do not tie their hands behind their backs with prescriptive rules of engagement. you go and you win. withnk what you are seeing the rise of militant islam is a security challenge. it is a military challenge. it is also a battle of ideas. they despise western civilization because we believe in a free society. they believe in asia talent terry and ideology in which everybody must submit to their ideas. you join the military you take an oath of office. it is very simple. you take an oath that says you will defend the constitution. same thing when you get elected
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to office. if you were in china and you joined the chinese military you would take an oath to support the party of china. if you are serving in the military run by a monarchy you would take an oath to defend the crown. we take a note to support and defend a set of ideas and principles that make this unique as a people. i think the reason we did that is because the founding fathers understood when they created the cost to ship, having -- constitution, having studied every example of government in the world at that time, they were able to draw some common lessons. the one major lesson that they was that every one of them had failed. able to determine once and for all whether people really could govern themselves or whether you were forever destined to live under various forms of despotism. the constitution with their block the tide of
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history and show yes, you can have a free society. so when i see a president come before the congress and say congress, do what i want, but if you don't i'm going to do it anyway, that is just he is eroding the constitutional foundations that make this country unique. [applause] as frustrating-- as that has been, the most disappointing is when he can to congress, and said that, i looked to my left, and all the democrats stood and cheered him when he said that. they were preferring him to chart a progressive course, even if it meant going around the causes to shut. i can tell you this. if i end up in the senate, and we have a president that tries to pull that, i will stand up to too.veor her [applause]
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the security challenges we face, in many ways, are not new. our founding fathers dealt with terrorists too back in tripoli. resolvede need to have going forward, knowing who the enemy is, and knowing that we are not going to let them change our way of life, we are not going to let them get us down, and we will win this fight. god bless you all. thank you. [applause]
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>> we have a problem with our live coverage. we are working on it and plan to return to the event shortly. ald trump: i must tell you, i was watching on television about three hours ago. this place was empty. now it is full. it was empty. i hate to say it. now it is full. .hank you, darling
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i was waving at you. [laughter] guarantee, the people will not report that. i guarantee. i know how their minds work. reuters came out -- 44% for for carson, 9% for rubio. well, i have an advantage because i have thousands of jobs in florida. rel,know, we have du many buildings on the beach, a lot of places. i have an advantage. florida, a very new poll, 37% for trump, 16% for rubio -- [cheering] you what bushl is, but it is not too good.
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coming over, i was watching the news. actually, two major anchors from two networks were very nice today. they said, whether or not you like it, trump said this. out are bombing the hell of the oil fields. i have been saying they should do this for two years now . everybody said, you can't do that, you can do that. i said, why can't you do it? frankly, we should not have gone to iraq, but once we went there, we should not g have gone out the way we did. we should have cap the oil. we should have given the families of the great soldiers that were killed and badly and ourand injured, wounded warriors, we should have given them a lot of money from those of oil fields. we got nothing. we got absolutely nothing.
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stand up, darling. beautiful. it is about time. two of the anchors got on and said, whether or not you like it or not, donald trump predicted it. it is interesting. i wrote of book in 2000. osama book, i mentioned bin laden. i said, he is going to do bad things to the country, and we have to do something to stop him. this is before the world trade .enter came down another anger, a great one, joe scarborough, on the show the other day said, look, trump had the name,, he
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and his book.n it was a book that i did, a successful book. my new book is really successful, "crippled america," i hope everybody goes out to buy it. really successful. when did he say osama bin laden would do before the world trade center came down. he said, "whoa." well, you have to know what you are doing, and we need people that know what they are doing. so -- you just take a look. now, we are on a subject that i think i know a lot about. it is called immigration. in my nowcome out famous opening remarks at trump iwer, when i was announced was running for president, and had i not talked about illegal immigration, i do not think you
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would be talking about it today. i watched ted cruz and marco rubio, fighting over who is , let me tell you something, i was tougher when it was not politically popular to be tough. i took a lot of heat. rush limbaugh said no one has ever taken more incoming -- an expression i had never heard and that context, talking about the media -- taking more incoming than donald trump. i did, i was taking a lot of abuse. . lot of abuse a lot of people started saying, trump is right. and i not done that --
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have friends who live in different parts of the country, california,s texas, it is a really serious problem. these are rough dudes. , thosecome elected people are out of here. they are gone. and fast. i mean gone. we are going to put them where they came from. we not going to put them in our andr take care of them for 4 five years. not going to happen that way. we are going to build the wall. wall.ll be a big
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it will not be a little while where they drive over it. it will be a real wall. it will be a trump mall. [applause] it is going to be a real wall. i know how to do it, believe me. you know, something i never talk about -- the old post office and washington, d.c. in between exactly the white house and the capital. on pennsylvania avenue. i'm building it. everybody wanted that building. i got it. in the obama administration. can you believe -- the most sought after property. everybody wanted it. all the hotel companies. hyatt wanted it. the biggest backer of obama, they wanted it. i got it. i got it for a specific reason. we had the greatest plan, the
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.est plan they want to make sure it is done, and done right. in the obama administration, i got it. now, it is ahead of schedule. it is going to open in 2017, and now we think we will open it in november, or ahead of november 2016. almost ahead of schedule and on budget. nice words in a country where they are 1000 times over budget. is going to be the greatest hotel in america. i already have the greatest hotel in america. chicago. . know how to build
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.t will be a beautiful wall someday, they will name after trump. it will be called "the trump wall." it will have adorned it, a big, beautiful door. people will come in the country, but they have to come in legally. legally. to come in i said, the bad ones are going eveno fast -- before we start the wall. you know that hillary clinton -- the worst, she will be so bad. she was that this country back so far, so fast. if we have to go through four years of this bedlam and turmoil with clinton, with a whole world throughout around her. you look at what she has done as secretary. the whole world blew up.
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it is like we are a different world. isis, iraq. look at all the bad things. libya, benghazi. happened in the middle east. look at what has happened to the world. i said, maybe kerry will go down as the worst secretary of state, worse than hillary because he made a deal with iran that may be the most incompetent transaction that i have witnessed in my life of any kind. of any kind. [applause] so, we are to get the bad dudes out, build a wall, and take people who are here illegally, and move them out. we have to move them out. we are a country of laws. we have to remain that way. we need a border. all of a sudden, the news is
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talking about my eisenhower. everybody liked ike, except for general macarthur. he never really understood ike. macarthur was tough. by the way, we're going to fight a general like macarthur. [applause] we are going to find a general like george patton. we have them. we're going to find a pat ton, or macarthur. they do not do as well because they use foul language, they are tough, mean, nasty. i want want mean guys, smart guys. if they are mean, that is, but i want smart guys. i know a lot of tough guys, but they are not smart. we are going to get somebody. i'm really good at that. we are going to find somebody who is so tough and so smart. we are going to build up our military. we're going to make it so
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powerful and so strong that nobody is ever going to miss mess with us, folks. nobody. [applause] we are going to take care of our vets. we are going to take care of our treated, are not being in many cases, as well as the illegal immigrants. you have the illegal immigrants being treated that are than our vets. we are going to do that, and, by the way, we're going to terminate obamacare and replace it with something much better. much, much better. [applause] hot, i'mhe topic is so just going to finish off with immigration. we are going to triple up the number of border patrol. these border patrol guards are phenomenal. i met them. , texas a fewdo month ago. they want to do their job. they can't.
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they are told to stand down. people walk right in front of .hem, wave at them anss what, i just became american citizen, and all the guys out here are going to pay for me. that is what is happening. not to standtold down, but just the opposite, believe me. we will triple up the number. with eisenhower's plan, a lot of people never heard about it, and then they found out that i was right. just like i'm right about anger babies. it turns out i was right about the anchor babies. you cannot come in the country, sit down, and we take care of the baby for the next 85 years. somebody said, you need a constitutional amendment, it will never happen. you don't.
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you need a simple act of congress. you might not even need that. for years, people thought, you go to mexico, try having a baby in mexico, and say that baby will be a mexican citizen. try it. so hard.d laugh we are run by incompetent people. our leaders are incompetent. i know many of them. not only don't they have business ability, heart, they don't have common sense. a lot of it is common sense, and a lot of it is leadership. we certainly have no leader. not, i can tell you. , i can tell you. we will triple up the ice officers. we will go nationwide e-verify. what people don't say about eisenhower, when they started
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moving them out, they moved out at least 1 million and a half. also with truman, they moved them out. people started leaving. many people started leaving. they said, this is too tough, we are getting out of here. huge numbers of people left. jobseded it from the standpoint because these people are taking jobs from our people. we have close to 100 million people. you know, our real number for tos -- unemployment is down five point 2%. let me tell you, every place i go, i have 5000 people. i just told you, this room was empty on television two hours ago, now it is full. if you had a real 5.2% unemployment, this group would be anti-, and i would not have 25,000 people to speak to. believe me. that is the way it is. defund sanctuary
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cities because thing straight cities are disgrace. [cheering] i have aroperty -- great property in san francisco, the bank of america building. i love san francisco. kate was brutally killed by an illegal immigrant, we will not let that happen again. onwhen a wonderful vegan, a 66-year-old woman was raped, sodomized, and killed in los i will not let that happen anymore. by an illegal immigrant. stopping with these thinks ray cities. we will go -- the tension, forget it. , release. catch, release. [laughter] [cheering]
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unbelievable. citizenship,t anchor babies, birthright citizenship, it's over. not going to happen. hundreds of thousands of people every year coming from all over the world. it's over. not going to happen. we are going to hire americans first. we will take care of our americans. ?ver heard of the dream act the dream act is not for our children, it is for other children that come in the country. i want the dream act to be for our children. [applause] so, it is a fantastic honor to be with you. this is one of those deals that was very nice for me, because i heard that you were giving 20 minutes to speak, and i'm right down the road at palm beach.
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out ofup, get the hell here, and i've done a good job. have a little bit of an expression before i leave. i have been saying it more and more. dead, butan dream is i'm going to make it bigger and better, and stronger than ever before. we're going to bring it back. we are to bring it back better than ever before. the election that is coming up is so important because we cannot go through another four ,ears of gross incompetence division. believe or not, i'm going to bring people together. you are very divisive figure, i'm not actually. i'm the opposite. you knowhe obama -- what, he will be a good , i said, he turned
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out to be totally divisive. who would have thought is possible.- this not only has he been a terrible president, he has been a divisive president. end with the statement -- you know what the statement is, folks. that's right. you know that, right? this has become very popular. we are going to make america great again. we are going to make america better -- and i really believe this -- better than ever before. we are going to win at trade. we're going to start beating china. we have a trade imbalance of china. this year should be about
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505 billion dollars. do you believe that? with japan, $70 billion. who will, by the way, pay for the wall -- with mexico, we have an imbalance of $45 billion and growing all the time because ford is moving there, nabisco -- they make oreos, they are moving to mexico. i'm never eating another oreo again. we are going to make america great again. we are going to make america better than ever before. so to win you people will be so proud of your president. we will win so much. we will win on trade, a military -- at military, health care. we don't win anymore. no one can talk about when the
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last time we had a victory. we will win so much. proud ofbe very, very your country. thank you very much. i appreciate it. thank you. [applause] [cheering]
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>> we go live back to florida
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now for the republican party sunshine summit as rick santorum now takes the stage. [applause] it is great to be back in the home state of my mother. she is 97. how about that. i have to tell you, i'm here with a heavy heart, as many of you are, watching the news over 24 hours about the horrible attacks in paris by isis. certainly, our thoughts and prayers go out to our first ally, france. we will stand with them and pray for them, and if we helpetter leadership, them. that is the other point, i come out here feeling upset.
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is a creation of a political decision by hillary clinton and barack obama. [applause] iraq against all of our generals recommendations, against all of the policy recommendations, barack obama and hillary clinton, under her politics above the security of our country and the civilians' security of the world. from that, was born isis. we are now seeing the effects that domestic political decisions effects that domestic political decisions have on the world. a president who yesterday said that isis was contained. yesterday. isis was shrinking. he is either uninformed, dishonest, delusional, and
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probably all three. [applause] this is a president -- by the way, hillary clinton when she issued her statement, she called the enemy, isis, violent extremists. never use the word, never defined the enemy. barack obama has spent his time talking about the greatest national security threat to our .ountry is it global jihadist um? .o, it is carbon dioxide hold your breath or you will destroy the world. clinton,ama, hillary have created the most dangerous world that any new president is going to have to assume leadership of. that is why your decision is so important.
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to make aing to have tough decision. you saw a lot of really talented people here in the last 24 hours. more today. good men and women. your decision is who is best able to lead this country. another anan experienced president to come and offset a time where the world is on fire? israel about a year ago and netanyahu's closest adviser told me, please tell the people of the united case that they will be electing a wartime .resident do you have any doubt that that is the case? commander in chief is not an entry-level position.
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world whererious our allies and our enemies have to understand who the next leader of the free world will be. ago isis published an online magazine. they do so on the regular basis. i was featured in the magazine. a picture of me and a quote for me under the headline, in the , no otherur enemy presidential candidate has been in isis magazine. no president has been under that heading. knowknow who i am and i who they are. [applause] i know they are. they are a group of radical
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muslims who are trying to bring back a form of seventh century it in ad apply caliphate in the center of the islamic world. i have a recommendation. if they want to bring back seventh century islam let's accommodate them by bombing them back to the seventh century. [applause] we need someone who they know is serious, not just in isis, but also in even the greater threat. are focused on isis right now, but the biggest threat, the more consequential one, is iran. thanks to this,
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president and a potential nominee of the democratic party, hillary clinton. we are on the path to developing a nuclear weapons. will create a path for them to develop legally under the united nations a nuclear capability and a nuclear weapon or it as i am sure you have heard over and over again this is not your garden-variety muslims who control iran. they were the first to establish the revolutionary republic of iran. they are apocalyptic islamists. they believe in the end of times that they believe it is coming soon. these are the people we are giving the ability to not just attacked the state of israel -- and i'm very concerned about the state of israel -- but i'm more concerned about the state of the united dates. the fact of the matter is iran with a nuclear weapon is not just a threat to israel.
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every man and to woman in this country. like we hadader back in 1980. when you get sworn into office the other side knows. the enemy knows who they are dealing with. [applause] 11 years ago i offered the legislation to put sanctions on the iranian nuclear program. i have been the leader in the senate in trying to constrain iran's nuclear program. to putauthored that bill sanctions on iran's development of the nuclear program i brought that bill to the floor of the united states and it and byortunately it was opposed
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both republicans and democrats who wanted to negotiate with iran. some republicans, including our president, opposed me. but many democrats and republicans supported me. i lost by four votes. do you know who they were? biden, obama, and clinton. understandseone who ? then we have to have someone who can come to the podium when they and then into office enemy knows they you mean business. there is no doubt in my mind when i say that iran will not ever get a weapon and we will do whatever we can to stop them from getting that weapon. they know i mean it because i have been saying it for more than a decade. when you willg is
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nominate and republican henry is for president standing at the other odium. canave to have someone who stand up in experience, knowledge, conviction, encourage. someone who has experience. someone you can trust. you may say well, you don't test taylor clinton but the bottom line is you can't argue with her experience. at the time when we are on the verge of a global war, and we american public is going to be very concerned about who they are going to vote for to lead this country and experience will matter. let's be very clear. a lot of really good people in this race, very few with any aryans. we have seen what has happened during debates in the past when you go up against someone like
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president obama four years ago and you don't have experience other than your briefing book. opportunity after opportunity was passed. why? because you don't want to go against someone who knows more than you do. that is why the selection is so serious. this election, and to do so we better have someone with experience like i have on the armed services committee. experience like i have on offering held and passing them. books, who has written oneone who has spent time this issue of radical iran and jihadist. anies and gentlemen, this is orton time in our country's history and we cannot miss this opportunity by putting up someone who simply is not ready to take on this challenge. look at the issue of immigration.
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everyone looks at the issue of immigration and thanks -- could you think of? unfortunately because of both republicans and democrats who you think of it be illegal immigrant who crosses the border with their family and what are we going to do about them. that is because the democrats and many in our party have driven that narrative. that is not my narrative. that is not what immigration is about. immigration is a policy no different than tax policy. what did the -- show those politics the about? what is in the best interest of the american people. who would come forward with a tax policy and say my potential objective is to make sure that taxpayers don't get punished? we have to have a leader on the issue of immigration who understands the national security implications.
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we have a president who is bringing in thousands of syrians and we have republicans who are supporting that. thousands of syrians get passports. a passport found in france was the syrian passport. to suggest that we have any ability to be able to determine who these evil are coming from the middle east right now, coming as refugees to the middle east, to determine who they are is a lie. we can't know. [applause] i don't say this because i am opposed to refugees. you know over the past seven years we have accepted 70% of all relocated refugees in the world. we have not been unkind but this is a matter of national security and we need to be able to say that we are going to protect
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ourselves from threats from overseas. and we are also going to protect ourselves as american workers from being flooded by workers in this country who are holding down wages and making it difficult for americans to be able to get employment. that is the narrative on immigration. it is true. the truth of the matter is that over the last 20 years we have seen 35 million americans come into this country. but the reality is over the last 20 years wages have been growing at the slowest rate in our country's history. 90 million people are no longer in the workforce. a record. who are the people coming into this country? overwhelmingly wage earners. it is fine for some candidates for president to say wages are
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too high. it is fine for some of them to say we are concerned about corporate profits are it but what about working men and women? 90% of workers in america do not own or run their own business. they work for someone. 74% of americans don't have a college degree. what party is speaking for them? not just on immigration but on economic policy? who is speaking for the american working family? if you listen to the democrats they will tell you we are going to give you free this and free that. when you listen to the republicans what do we say? we say well, we are going to cut taxes for high income unit -- individuals. good luck. that message is not working. why? because we never talk about workers. we talk about immigration. we ever talk about workers? no we don't. i do.
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i do because it is important to let workers now that some party cares about them and their ability to rise in society. [applause] we have an opportunity. look at the last democratic debate. was bigger about how bad things were, how the they agreemerica -- things are terrible. but we are connected. the way we connect is through a combination of policies that show americans who are struggling and hurting, the ability to rise. the republicans get it. job, about creating better a better regulatory environment. but it is also about making sure that we limit the number of legal immigrants coming into
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compete against american workers . that we actually have a policy that says that we are going to send people who came here illegally back home. no amnesty. not because we don't like people who are here. the rightuse it is way and the wrong way and there are consequences to american workers for having people enter the wrong way. it is a simple concept. most americans understand. supply and demand. 35 million people have come into this country over the last 25 whom aremost all of wage earners. it is one of the reasons you see certain candidates taking off the has of the ignorant
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frustration that nobody is on their side. if you are looking for someone who understands national security threats and has an experience and is able to stand up not just against hillary clinton but against the enemies around the world, if you are looking for someone who can connect with american workers and talk about the issues that are key for them, like vocational training, i go and talk to young audiences all the time. you know the first piece of advice is don't go to college, work.- go to there are 250,000 well there jobs available right now. $2000 to $75,000 a year. every other skill i can tell you the same thing. there is a demand for work right now. but we have leaders in our country that look down their
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noses at manual labor. these are good paying jobs. you can go out and earn a living and then go back to school. you live a long time. go back to school and get your education, rise in society. these are practical things, talking to americans who are struggling right now. we need to go out there and connect. think the states you list are the only states. i think we can win pennsylvania and michigan, minnesota. we are not going to win with the tired messages of the past. we are going to win by having a candidate go out and talk about making america the number one manufacturer again, creating job opportunities for 74% of americans who don't have a college degree so they can have a piece of the pie. you want to talk about someone with an optimistic word --
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vision, but more importantly we need american to be successful again. give me the chance to paint that picture of optimism. give me the chance to paint that picture of the republican party, the new republican party. not the chamber of commerce wall street republican party, but the republican party that cares about the 90% of the people in who country who are workers don't see either party carrying are talking about that. finally, his me the opportunity to talk common sense about the importance of the american family. every book that has been written over the past several years comes to the same conclusion. yes, loss of manufacturing. all of that is true. it is also about the breakdown of the american family.
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if we go out and talk common how we can lift up workers in america, we can lift , talkilies in america about the importance of marriage and fatherhood. talk about how we can build a stronger and happier society for left who feel that -- behind in america today and do so from a position of strength. [no audio]
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>> we have lost our lives signal from orlando. the republican party sunshine summit in florida. we will bring that live coverage back to you in a few moments. [no audio] >> again, while we wait to make sure we have a good lives signal from orlando we will show you heard of yesterday's sunshine summit in florida with republican presidential candidate and carson. >> thank you. very much. thank you. thank you thank you thank you i am you thank you for --
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absolutely delighted to be back, florida. i became a florida resident a couple of years ago when i retired. i was looking to escape the people's republic of maryland and i just sort of scoured the whole country to see where would be the best place to move. us becauseealed to of taxes. here, it isoved such a pleasant place, such a beautiful place. i don't know why everybody doesn't move here. i am glad they don't. it is absolutely wonderful to be here. but just as wonderful is the fact that we are so lucky to live in the united states of america. there are so many people who like to badmouth our country and
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talk about how we are the root of all evil, but have you noticed there are a lot of people trying to get in here and not a lot of people trying to his aid? it still is the land dreams. have you ever noticed that there is such a thing as an american dream echo there is not a portuguese dream. or a swedish dream. there is only an american dream. there is something incredibly special about our nation and about the values that made us into a great nation. that is why i am in no hurry to give those things away for the sake of local correction is. i see such dangers trending in .ur country
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you see all the stories about the students at missouri, vanderbilt, yale, trying to shut down people who disagree with them. it seems like we are not teaching civics anymore in our goals. people need to know that there is such a thing as the united rates constitution and that there is a bill of rights and freedom of speech and freedom of expression in our country. in terms of the american dream elsee, there was nothing that appealed to me more than medicine. i went straight to doctor. i love anything that had to do with medicine. i even like going to the doctor's office. sacrifice a shot just so i could smell the all all swap.
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it was just great. anything to do with it was cool to me. there were some problems early on, no question about it. poverty after my periods were divorced. my mother was such an incredible person. she did not have much in the way of education and had a very difficult life, but she had common sense. that seems to be something that many people who have a great deal of education don't have, particularly in our government. she would do everything that she could to create a situation of comfort. she would go to goodwell and buy a pair of pants with a big hole in the knee, before they were fashionable, and then she would get touches and put them on the
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knee and people would say where did you get those pants? and then we would go late at night to the market square just before it closed and the farmers would almost give several way. you could get stuff and bring it home and can it. she just knew how to stretch a dollar. i truly feel that even with her lack of education if she were the secretary of treasury we would not be in a deficit situation right now. i was a terrible student. i really did not think that i was very smart. i was the one sitting in the back of the classroom cracking jokes. everybody calls me the dumb one. my mother was the only one who really believed in me. she was always saying you are much too smart to bring upgrades like this. i brought them home anyway but
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she was always saying that. she prayed and she asked around. god, youthing about don't have to have a phd to talk to him. you just have to have faith. wisdom and god gave her the wisdom, at least in her opinion. my brother and i did not think she was all that wise. turning off the tv, what kind of wisdom is that? injury wed insult to had to go to the detroit public library every week and submit to her written book reports which she could not read but we did not know that. i was not at all happy about
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this. say, youends would can't make boys read these books. they will grow up and they will hate you. i would over here and i would say you are right, but it did not matter. we still had to do it. one of the things that i really d when i was growing up with poverty. some people it rats, roaches, snakes. i hated poverty. that is, until i started reading those books. i started reading about people of greater, schmidt and all kinds of different fields. it became apparent to me after a while that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is you. it is not somebody else. [applause] highlymmy was
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liberating. because mind being poor i realized that that was a situation i could change, that is only needed to be temporary. if something is temporary then you can tolerate it quite easily than if you think it is going to be a permanent situation. i started learning all kinds of things and i went from the bottom of the class to the top of the class in a year and a half. the same kids who are calling me stupid were now saying, how you work this problem? perhaps i was little of noxious but it sure felt good to say that to those turkeys. you think about this human brain and what it is capable of, and you also think about the human brain and what it is capable of.
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matter what your ethnic or financial background is. if you get a good education you write your own ticket. this is something we have to because wephasize have let the victimizers come in and make people think that they are a victim, that somebody is keeping them down. the main thing that keeps a person down is their way of thinking. this is not to say that some people don't start further but youhan others do, have to go out into the world. , note visited 57 countries 57 states.
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look at the way so many billions of people in the world live. you will very quickly come to realize that in our country there are abundant opportunities for people who are willing to really buckle down and recognize that maybe they do have to work a little bit harder in order to achieve that dream, but we need to work hard on that. i hear people all the time he grew up very poor so he must've had government assistance, and now he wants to remove all the government safety net. crapis a bunch of crop -- that the left-wing puts out there to make me seem like a bad guy so that poor people won't listen to what i am saying. that is not what i want to do it all.
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what i want to do is create letters of opportunity that allows able to climb up to a and becomedependency part of the successful fabric of this country. that is what we need to do. and we also need to reorient ourselves in terms of who is responsible to provide that letter. the government started thinking that it was responsible. it really kind of started with woodrow wilson and accommodated with lyndon johnson, his great society programs and the war on poverty. how did that work out? $19 trillion later we have 10 times more people on food stamps, more people on poverty, welfare, broken homes. crime, incarceration. everything is not only worse, it is much worse.
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it is not the government's responsibility. it is our responsibility. many people in the government read our constitution the wrong way. when they look at the preamble and it says, promote the general welfare, they think it means put everybody on general welfare. that is not what it means at all. we need to treat everybody the same and create the right atmosphere for people to succeed. my whole professional career was spent looking out for the welfare of children. longevitygive them and quality of life. and now i look at what is going on and i realize that they are not going to have quality of life unless we make a change in what is going on in this country.
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if i were in charge of america and i was trying to destroy us, do you know what i would do? i would try to drive wedges between all of the people. i would have a war on women, racial wars, income wars, age wars, religious wars, i would have democrats hating republicans and republican pay democrats. i would create every wedge that , recognizingbly do that a house divided against itself cannot stand. and then the next thing i would is i would try to destabilize the country financially. i would drive the debt to such unsustainable levels that it would threaten to collapse us. i would invite people in from other countries and give them all kinds of benefits. i would tell the people in this country you need to get on food
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stamps, every kind of benefit you can get on. i would be giving people free phones. i would be telling people that they could go to college for free. i would be doing all of this stuff, and then i would try to destroy the military. i would have the smallest navy since 1917, the smallest air force since 1940. i would encourage a sequester to .ut the heart of personnel you don't need to reapply, we don't need you anymore. i would tell the veterans how much i love them and i would do nothing to support them. 22 of them would be committing suicide every day and i would not do anything about our
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infrastructure. i would let the electric drag just continue to deteriorate. i would take them out of the all oface knowing that these inventions came out of the space program and that in the future who controlled space control the earth. that is what i would do if i were trying to destroy america. any similarities what is going on now is purely coincidental. [applause] it you know, it tells you -- gives you a very good idea of what it is that we are about to get. what is a going to require in order to fix this?
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there are a lot of things that we can do to immediately begin to turn things around, but the election next year is going to be absolutely critical. electionnot win that and we get another progressive, and they get two or three supreme court six, we are toast as a nation. .e cannot let that happen the reason i bring that up is because i want everybody in here to realize that you have a role to play in making sure that that does not happen. 2012, 93 million americans who could have voted did not vote. evangelicalsion did not vote. they sat on their hands.
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all of us know this people. we have to convince them that when they do not vote they are voting, but they are voting the wrong way. it is critical that we get them areated on what the factors . and abolish this stuff well yeah, i agree with them on 90% of staff. i will vote for hillary or i will stay home. that is stale thinking. we just cannot be thinking that way this time around. 100% onybody agrees everything. i always say if two people agree on everything one of them is not necessary. we need to advance to a level where we can really begin to
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look more at the big picture, and recognize that what we are going to have to do is get rid of all of these unnecessary regulations in order to get our economy rolling again. when i say unnecessary regulations i am talking about cost-benefit ratio. single to examine every one of these regulations in terms of their cost versus elephant, and they don't need to get rid ofeed to them. it is as simple as that. then you look at something like obamacare that has an employer mandate. what is the effect of that? he started new business you were so proud and you called your mom and said mom, i started a new business. i have 10 employees. and then the next week you have 20 and the next year you have 30 and in ready. now you go well, i better stop. i don't want to hit 50.
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i don't want that mandate to again. we are destroying the fundamental back bone of growth in america. look at all the debt that we have accumulated in the last eight or nine years. we have doubled the national debt. constrains the fed and central banking policies. they can't raise the interest rates. that is one of the things they can't do it. what is the problem with that? well, joe the butcher used to go to the bank and put 5% of his savings in a savings account every week. nice 30 years he had a nest egg and he could retire. that is not happening anymore. to banks are not encourage loan money to small business
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that anymore to get their businesses started. these are the kinds of policies that are killing us. bernie sanders and hillary clinton will tell you that it is because of the rich. it is not because of the wrist. it is because of these asinine policies that are not allowing our economy to its and. so please, everybody here, use your sphere of influence to get people involved. make sure that everybody is registered, that they will come out, that they will vote. remember that it was thomas jefferson who said that we would reach this stage. he said the people would be non-vigilant, and as a result the government would grow, expand, and dominate. he said that just before we turned into something else the people of america would awaken and they would recognize what is going on.
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i say now is the time for us to rise up and take america back to where it should be. very [applause] [indiscernible]
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>> we are back live in orlando for the florida republican already sunshine summit. in five minutes we expect to hear from presidential candidate jim gilmore, former virginia governor. speaking right now is florida state representative jennifer sullivan. >> people of asked me what is the secret to winning? how did you win your race at 23 years old? voice andlower my pretend like i have something really exciting to share. they get really excited.
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i tell them, do you want to know the secret? hard work. [applause] i say it is a secret because it seems like a lot of individuals are not doing it. in ourwe reach people party? how to leverage millennial's or any age demographic? we reach them by building relationships. by having conversations. understand what is important to them. side.e truth is on our our principles are proven and effective, and if you listen to understand what is important to people than we will be able to win them over because we have the principles to do it. additionally, we have to remember that we are the party. not doing it we cannot
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be frustrated that someone else is not. this is a party we are proud to be a part of. the party of opportunity. the republican party, i believe, is the best party. 2016,er to win in specifically in the state of florida, we have to reframe the issues and rebrand the party. the opportunity for jobs. the opportunity for school choice. the opportunity for personal freedom. the opportunity to fail and try again and be better. the opportunity to empower individuals, versus enslave them and government. and the opportunity to create a better life. it is up to us to carry that message to our peers, to our friends, to our neighbors. election is one person by person, but i vote. we cannot afford not to have
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those conversations. for far too long we have been on the defense and it is time to get on the offense. do we have any football lovers in the room? i know the gator game starts right 12:00. i will definitely be done by then. and football the best way to score is to be on the offense. when you are on the defense you can pick up an intersection, maybe the offense will double the ball. you have the opportunity to get it. we have been on defense for a long time. there have been some balls that have been fumbled on the offense on the other party. we have been able to score some touchdowns. i am tired of being on the defense. it is time that we rebrand the issues because we are right. they are proven and solid. if we rebrand them in such a way that we can be effective then we will win this election. we cannot allow the media to put us on the defense and except
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that is ok. we can uset world twitter, we can use youtube, we can define the conversation. in doing so we choose to be on the offense and we will win. incan score the touchdown 2016. it is a privilege to have the opportunity to represent you in the florida house. it is an honor to talk about millennial. i encourage you to come see me afterwards. i am happy to answer any questions you may have. please note that i appreciated. please know that you make a difference. thank you for the doors you have not gone and the door he will knock on. without you we cannot win but with you we will. thank you. [applause]
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>> please welcome presidential candidate jim gilmore. >> thank jim gilmore: thank you very much for the opportunity to be here today. i'm jim gilmore and on the candidate for president of the united states of america.
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[applause] hard,, i'm campaigning and i'm having a really good time campaigning. i just spent four days in new pleasede, and now, i am to be here in florida. i was campaigning in new hampshire the other day, and i went to the university of new hampshire football game, and i got a chance to go out there and walk up and down the stands, and sayingple, hello. people were very nice. they were all pleasant. people in new hampshire are like that. this guy comes running down the stands, grabs my hand, and says, i'm so happy you are here, getting a chance to meet you, you are governor martin o'malley, aren't you just go you know, i would not make that up. that really happened.
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ladies and jonah, i want to talk to you about the thing on our minds this morning. that is paris, france, and discuss a little bit of that with you today. , in orlando, in the shadow of that horrible terrorist attack that happened yesterday. the president of france said it is an act of war. indeed, it is an act of war. we, in america, with our friends and allies, who stand on the ramparts of civilization, i must tell you today, we are at war. i want to tell you a story for a few moments about 9/11. i want to tell you the story of experience.y on september 10, 2001, i was actually in new york city, raising money for the republican candidate for governor of
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virginia to succeed me. tot night, i flew back richmond, and i was in the governor's ma mentioned on 9/11. i turned on the television, as i customarily did. i turned on the tv, and the first world trade center was in flames. i looked at it and said, roxanne , some full has flown his airplane into the world trade center, you have to see this. we sat there and watched the second plane fly into the second tower. all of you know where you were on that date. every american knows where they were and what they were doing. that is where i was. i will tell you what i did. i was teasing second of of this day, and the first thing i did was pick up the phone and the governor's mansion, i notified the emergency operations center activity.
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i notified the national guard to go on immediate alert. then, i walked across capitol square to the governor's office, where i learned that the second state attacked that day was virginia. the pentagon is not in washington, d.c., it is in virginia. i had a friend by the name of bob olson that was on the plane flown into the pentagon. and the days following, my job as chief executive was to handle that crisis. i was suddenly a war governor. i had to deal with that issue. i spoke to the people of virginia, and alerted them what we were doing. i went to washington, to the , and saw to arlington the smoking hole where the pentagon was on fire.
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firedd with the pirat people who were going in to make sure the fire was out and no further damage was done. i went to the hospital. i remember i was told the story by a woman who was burned, and in the hospital, in the burn ward. i said, what did you experience? she said, i was at my desk and everything was normal, and in the back of and i -- bat of an smoke and fire. i think that is the lesson for us today. in today's modern world, you do not know what will happen. i struggled to explain to people . i tell them, we did not know what was next. we did not know whether there would be another attack. we did not know whether the governors of the 50 states would be attacked. we did not know. it is hard to explain how you move forward, and deal with
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these issues, just as the president of france is dealing with things on this day. confession. i tend to watch msnbc. yeah, i want to know what the enemy is thinking. the showt, i watched of my friend, rachel maddow. she was on. ,he thing that struck me was she said, as it was going on in france, we just don't know what is going to happen now or next. we don't know. i thought to myself, that is the same experience i had as governor of virginia. i stood by those firemen. deal what was necessary to with the economic consequences. in other words, i was the chief executive of a state in crisis. that is experience. real experience.
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you know, i grew up in the cold war. i was the son of a meat cutter. was a secretary. i study foreign policy at the university of virginia. when my country called me at the end of my degree, i answered the call, and and listed in the united states army. [applause] soldier att to be a four campbell, kentucky. i was taught to be an intelligent agent in arizona. that point what the enemy was all about, their adversaries, and how to understand them. i was then sent to the defense language institute and taught german. i was assigned to be an intelligence agent and west germany on the behalf of nato. i was there, in europe, for my
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country and my allies. i might mention to you that one of the other people in this race who is also aham, veteran. he is running an ad that he is .he only veteran in the race i have called on senator graham ad.ithdraw that we are both veterans. [applause] i went to law school on the g.i. bill. after returning to richmond, i was elected to be chief prosecutor, attorney general of virginia, governor of virginia. when i became governor, i removed the car tax, and cap my word. that is what people are looking for today, someone to go into
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office and do what they promised to do. in a today night, i was asked by the department of defense to chair the commission on weapons of mass destruction because the congress wanted to know where we were. inwant you to know that warned000, and 2001, we specifically that an attack on the united states homeland was highly probable. and, the action was necessary to protect this country. at that time, we discussed the fact that the border was not secure. we discussed the fact that our freedoms needed to be maintained in the united states, even in a and that weis, would always keep our commitment to freedom, liberty, safety.
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now, we have challenges. we have challenges that we are facing in this country, for example, the illegal immigration issue that has been brought up. i want you to know, ladies and gentlemen -- many of you may not like what i'm going to say -- we, as a republican seem to be on the attack against the latino community. attacksto be expressing on the constitution when we threaten to take away birthright citizenship in this country. yesterday, donald trump proposed toederal deportation force rip up our society, at the very time that we need unity. i will you to know, this is fascist talk, and unworthy of republican party of the united states. it may be acceptable to some people, but it is not acceptable to me.
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abraham lincoln called on us as americans and republicans to be the better angels of our nature. i, for one, will not listen to our worst demons. i will be wanting to know what the people of florida, and republicans of florida want. i was a strong education governor. i do not believe in common core. [applause] gun issue, i am a member of the board of directors of the national rifle association. i believe in gun rights. , will tell you what i will do if you, in this room, and all of your friends and colleagues in florida picked me on your ballot. what i will do is i will change washington, d.c. to restore our place in the world. i will do that. whatve to call the enemy it is. it is radical islamism.
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that is the enemy of this country. we do not need to be lured into condemning all muslims among us that are loyal to the united states because they exist. we must be resolute against the doctrine that the heads people, bernstein will alive, and slaves women and children, and attacks innocent people in places like paris. we will be resolute. our president has failed. weakness is provocative. the as obama, i have watched him closely. when he first became president, he went to egypt and apologized for this country, and send that message into the middle east. they went to west point and
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said, don't worry, you are not going to be put into any kind of conflicts in the future, which i thought was a terrible message from the commander in chief. then, he went to the national prayer breakfast and said, don't forget, the christians during the grew say were just as bad. i said, at the time, that was the worst thing i had ever heard of president of the united states ever say. [applause] forget, the people of the left-wing of this country, they heard me say that, and they knew the i said that. this is an uncertain voice that has now led to confrontation between us, confrontation with the iranians, who now have a deal that almost ensures them a nuclear weapon in the middle east, and finally, this international war -- weakness is
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provocative in the world today. hillary clinton's leadership has failed too. hillary clinton, who is sliding away from her responsibility in the disillusionment of libya. forary clinton who was aga the keystone pipeline, and who is now against it. hillary clinton who was operating her foundation at the same time she was secretary of date with foreign people that she was talking to. her e-mails were deleted. , in this past april, to say that hillary clinton could never do her job of with the trust american people. therefore, hillary clinton is disqualified from the race for president of the united states. [applause] room, will start
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to tell the pollsters -- it all seems to be about pulling -- that you are for jim gilmore. if you willpick me, elect me in your primary as president of the united states, i promise you i will bring a certain voice to this country, and i will bring real experience that has authority behind that voice. real experience. not as an insider in the congress, but as somebody who actually run a state, and has real experiences as a veteran, and real experience in foreign policy the other candidates simply do not have. i will take the lid off the defense budget, and we will begin to restore america's military strength. we will rebuild our navy, which keeps the ceilings open and protects us here and we will
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rebuild the army which has been so unfitted because of the wars we have had to do overseas. we will add another combat brigade to the knights dates marines. ladies and gentlemen, we will stand with our allies, and restore america's position in the world. [applause] now is the time, the critical time, after the critical seen last we have night. now is the time for certain leadership. america must sound a certain trumpet at this critical moment when so much is at stake across the world. whohave to have a president will speak for the righteousness of our nation. talk to people across the world about the justification of the justice of america. i did that when i was a simple
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soldier in europe as an intelligence agent there talking to our german allies. i spoke of our country. i never felt like i was an occupier when i was serving overseas for this country. i felt that i was a soldier standing on the ramparts of liberty. that is where we all are. i assure you. we are, believe me, an exceptional nation. i've seen countries all across this world. 18 countries. i visited afghanistan, israel, croatia. i lived in europe on behalf of our country. i know this. the united states of america is not only the exceptional nation of the world, it is understood to be such. we have no reason to apologize for the justice and
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righteousness of the american people. [applause] so, what i say to you now is in the face of what we saw last night, and what we have seen in the past, this is a crucial time. it is no time to put an experienced amateurs in the white house. i promise you that. in the meanwhile, with american 21st century is not destined to to send into savagery or barbarism. it is not destined to do that. with american leadership and american exceptionalism, we will lead the way for century into a and an liberty, decency, .lignment -- enlightenment if you choose me to be a
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president, i will provide that leadership. i'm asking for your vote. thank you very much for the chance to be here today. [applause]
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the show's in orlando for the florida sunshine summit. we expect to hear from five more presidential candidates today at 1:00 eastern
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bobby jindal, the governor of louisiana. at 1:30, it is rand paul. chris christie is scheduled for 2:00. john kasich at 2:30. 3:00 p.m., carly fiorina.
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>> again, our live coverage in orlando at the sunshine summit continues. presidential candidate still disputed day. bobby jindal, rand paul, chris christie, and carly fiorina. ll betweenf a lu speakers until another speaker comes to the podium. we will show you rick santorum, who addressed the crowd earlier today. [applause] rick santorum: thank you. very much. it is great to be back in the homestay of my mother, who lives here in florida. she is 97 as of two weeks ago. how about that? it is great to be here. i have to tell you, i'm here with a heavy heart, as many of you are, watching the news over the past 24 hours, of the
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horrible attacks in paris by isis. certainly, our thoughts and prayers go out to our first ally, france. we will stand with them. good afternoon, fellow patriots. the first thing i want to do is a shout out. we have our signers today? that is too bad. i thought they did a great job, didn't they? where tway to go. i want to begin by asking this question of all of you. why are you here? >> [indiscernible] >> yes. that is good for starters. we want a republican president. it goes farther than that, i believe. i think we are all here, and do what we do, in all of her ways, because we love this country. republichis great
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called the united states of america. then, we have to go further than that. ,e have to ask the questions why? why do we love this country so much? it starts with this. yes, there are a lot of good answers out there. it is because there is no question that no country in the history of this world has given more prosperity, more freedom, more human dignity to more but thehan any country united states of america. it is unbelievable in human history. [applause] then, we have to go further than that. why? why has this country been so blessed? why has this country offered so much to so many, so many races, ethnicities? why? why has that happened? i believe, for the answer to that, we have to go back to one of our foundational documents, one of the greatest documents
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written in history. that is a declaration of independence. and that, thomas jefferson wrote the words that you know that is we are all endowed by our creator with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but the for the first -- time, a nation was founded on the principle that our rights come, not from a pharaoh or dictator, not from a government , mr. obama, but from almighty god himself. [applause] this -- e, we go to not god ordains or gives, man can take away, no government can take away. so, as a result of that, and by the way, president obama, that god that was referred to is our
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judeo-christian god. there is no doubt about that. we are, in fact, i nation founded on judeo-christian principles. i believe because of that acknowledgment, god blessed this nation. onless this nation be any other nation. god'se taken in all of children and allow them to prosper. ng inong that we sayin elementary school -- maybe they don't even seeing it anymore -- ,od shed his grace on thee america, america. what a beautiful song. by almighty blessed
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god. why are you here? because you know that the last seven years, this very same god is now being attacked by our own government. in fact, we always would understand that we would face enemies from abroad. look at paris last night, unfortunately. i have spoken about that, written about that in my book, but for the first time, we see that we have been under attack, and our values have been under attack by our own government. you come to an event like this because not only do you love this country, not only do you want to choose the next president of the united states, but you know there is a sense of unease and dread that everything that made this country great is under attack. it is almost like obama has taken a baseball bat, and looked at things and said, frugal economy, fiscal conservatives --
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smash with a baseball bat. aemies abroad -- smash with baseball bat. you know the list. it goes on and on. you are here because you know our religious freedom is under attack. are values are under attack. that leads to the next question, what must we do? that precede back to my first question which is why are you here? you are here to come back to the beginning which is you are evaluating all the candidates these twobefore you days. by the way, aren't they terrific? i don't care if you support one or another, my goodness gracious. [applause] in theber being presidency for the florida republican party in 1996. i don't want to denigrate any republicans of the past, but are choices in 19 a six were all ok
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-- 1996 were all ok, but when you compare that list to those who have been on the stage this weekend, we have come a long way, and we are looking good. the republican party, far from being dead, is alive and well, not only in florida, but in all of these united states. when choosing a candidate, remember those fundamental values, those founding documents, and think about who best represents those values, who best articulates those values, who is most equipped to stand for those values. i take no sites. we all will have to make a decision. we will make a decision. when it comes to that point in this first.o pray like the decision is up to god.
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with that, we will be guided by the right choice. once we decide who that will be, whether it is our presidential , we willr senate races work like it is up to us because ye. time draws n the 11th hour is upon us in this great nation. we must elect candidates who can save this country. quote to leave you with a from my favorite president, probably yours too, abraham lincoln. an 1862, he addressed congress. i will paraphrase him. , weaid, the choices we make hold the power, and bear the , by thebility, he said choices we make going forward, nobly save or meanly lose the of man on earth.
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here we are 150 years later, and we are at that same crossroads, in my judgment. by the choices we make over will next 9-12 months, we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of man on earth. let us pray like it is up to god, work like it is up to us. we will save, working together, the greatest country that has ever been in the face of earth. thank you very much and keep doing what you do. thank you. [applause] introducet to to you my partner from the rnc. she holds a much greater title than i. it is my pleasure to introduce her.
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i have been working with sharon for four years. not only is she our national is theeewoman, she cochair of the rnc. she does a tremendous job representing conservative values and the grassroots. ourse help me welcome fantastic cochair of the rnc, sharon day. [applause] [cheering] ms. day: what a great summit we have had. good afternoon. great to bet is back home in florida. it is my honor to be with you at our presidential sunshine summit. the staffcongratulate and all the volunteers that have helped to make the sunshine summit such a huge success. [applause] i also want to thank my good friend, and our national
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committeeman peter for his kind introduction. i also want to thank him for everything he does for our party in florida, and through our country, every single day, to make a stronger entity. [applause] win theds, if we are to white house in 2016, we must be united. we must be united as activists, ,s volunteers, as republicans and we must be resolved to stand united for america in one goal. that is to defeat hillary clinton and 2016 and deliver a republican to the white house. now, your candidate of choice may not end up being our candidate. if that is the case, i'm asking each of you to commit to a cause
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that is bigger than ourselves. we cannot think of just ourselves. nor can we think just of our party. instead, we must fight for our country. we must fight the possibilities of a brighter future for america. we must fight for the possibility for a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. and, we must be united, as i said, with one single goal in mind to make sure that hillary into thatver goes white house as a president. [applause] now, i do not know which man or woman will be our nominee, by do know that whoever that person is will be better for our country, and they will be better than anything the democrats could us, have running today, or even anyone that they may have waiting in the wings to get in the race.
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the chairman, our entire staff, and myself will do everything that we can to make sure we are ready for our candidate. we will raise the funds, create the tools, wrote the biggest ground game that this party has ever seen, and we will work as a partner with the republican party of florida, and each of you to secure our success. this election cycle are ready, the rnc has raised $80 million, and we have cash in hand, and the debt is current. that is not what the democrats have to offer. team has updated data on over 192 million americans just in the last month. inay, we are further ahead
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voter registration, training, fundraising, volunteers, data and technology then we were on election day in 2012. [applause] all that is not enough. one of the things that we learned in 2012 is that we need to take are proud principle message to every state, neighborhood, every corner, and every voter. together, we must have one goal, one mission, and that is electing a republican president, repeal ando will replace obamacare, who will make america strong and respected around the world again, and who will bring integrity back to the highest office in our land. [applause] proud and so honored to be a cochairman.
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a cochairman of the republican party, a party that has such outstanding and diverse field of candidates. every morning, excited to be republican, inspired by the possibilities of our candidates. think of those poor democrats. really. think what they must be feeling when they get up and think about their choice of candidates. n ast, they have choice failed -- chosen a failed candidate like hillary clinton. someone with an honesty problem, a transparency problem, and ethics problem. someone who is values do not represent this country or its people. most importantly, someone who we know we cannot trust. her closest competitor is a registered socialist from vermont.
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apparently they do not have enough democrats out there, they have to reach out to the socialist party to see of they could get a candidate. at this point, really? can we even tell the difference between the two of them? no. we do not know which one of them is a socialist today. finally, they have the baltimore mayor, and failed governor of maryland, who did such a horrific job that, in a state that has twice as many democrats than republicans, the state chose to elect a republican governor to succeed him and cleanup his mess. that, my friends, is the choice for democratic president for america. isry one of our candidates more competent, more experienced, more successful, more trustworthy, and more in touch with real americans and
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the problems that our country faces than any one of the democratic candidates. [applause] today, when it comes to holy people thinkr she has trustworthy, fewer people think she is honest. fewer people think that she cares about them. in a cnn interview, hillary clinton was asked about her trust problems and said, it was a barrage of attacks coming from the right that caused it. you know what, it is true. the rnc has gone up her nonstop. we have been leading the fight against hillary clinton since day one, and you know what, we going to stop anytime soon. we are not going anywhere, and you better get ready for it because we are coming. what we are doing is just telling the facts. we are telling the truth. but, when you have a record like hillary clinton, the fact is the truth hurts. it is no wonder that hillary that shenvince people
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has court convictions. she flip-flops when ever the people she needs to pander to tell her to. that is whether it is on trade, taxes, or immigration. she wants people to believe that foris a tireless advocate women. she did not pay women equally and her senate office. she did not turn down donations from countries that abuse women's rights. and, she certainly has not come up forcefully against the horrific abuses that we have seen perpetrated by planned parenthood. no, just the opposite. she called all republican candidates for president that .re pro-life terrorists are those the kinds of values that we want in our next president? no. she should have condemned
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planned parenthood, but instead, she defended them. the reality is, as a country, we should be defunding them. [applause] taxpayers should not be funding that puts a price on the body parts of our unborn babies, and then discusses these practices casually with a glass of wine over lunch. we will not elect a candidate that refuses to condemn this. i find that the things we have seen and heard are heartbreaking. support investing in women's health, but i do not support sending taxpayer dollars to groups who look at an unborn child, and instead of seeing life, they see the possibility of $'s. [applause] a trueary wants to be
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leader for women, she should have the kurds to stand up to her own donors, her own supporters, and say, this is wrong, planned parenthood should stop, and taxpayers should never be funding their actions. but, she won't. no, she won't. once again, it shows why we cannot trust her to be the leader that america needs. if someone still does not understand why hillary is unfit to be president, let me mention the word that hillary hates the most. e-mail. she lied about her e-mail. in lied about what was her e-mail. she lied about what happened to her e-mail. she lied about the access to her e-mail. she endangered american secrets, and lied about that too. as a girl from the south, we do not throw out some words
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casually. before i make my next statement, i want you to know that i do not make this statement casually. hillary clinton is a liar, and she is unfit to command our troops, lead our country, or to hold the highest office of the land. with a record like that, what do you think the democrats will do? they cannot tell the truth about hillary. they will mislead our fellow standans about what we for as republicans. yes, democrats will go back to their old playbook, and the liberal media will play a long. they will try to give its voters that we do not support women, but this time, you and i, and fellow republicans, we are not going to let it happen. while democrats have been busy stereotyping women in recent ourrs, republicans -- republican women, we have been busy breaking barriers, and yes,
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even a lot of glass ceilings. the republican party, our party, we are the party of the first republican latino governor, new m governor martinez. we are the party of the first veteran inat the senate, joni ernst. we are the party of the first female fighter pilot in history. we are the party of the nation's youngest congresswoman in history. i am proud to be republican because our party, this party, the republican party, we make history. we make history by electing strong principle women, women who stand for our values, and women who stand on conviction.
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.o not get me wrong do not get me wrong. i'm ready for a woman president someday. i want to see it. i want my granddaughters to see a. i'm telling you right now, not hillary clinton. not that woman, not today, not now, not ever. [applause] [cheering] afore anything else, we want president that we can trust. all across women this country, i look at you and say, we cannot support someone as unethical and scandal prone as hillary clinton, simply because she is a woman. [applause] even with all that said, and all of hillary's problems, it's that will not be easy. there is absolutely no question about that. we know the clintons, and you know that.
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the only question is what are we going to do about it? what are you going to personally commit to doing to make sure this does not happen. , itand before you today encourage you to be engaged, to be part of the solution, get out of your comfort zone, and keep making a difference, to be a part of the solution for america. find an office and volunteer. take on new leadership roles with our organization. and find venues all the resources that the rnc has created for every activist, every leader, every candidate for elected official. america needs you to be involved. finally, think of five people that you can talk to -- new voters, independent voters, and tell them what the republican party stands for. share with them are positive our positive message
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and solutions for america. tell them that we are the party that believes that every child should have the best education. they should have an opportunity for their american dream. tell them that we have a party that will provide real health care that puts patients and their doctors in charge, and not the federal government. [applause] tell them that as republicans, we want a balanced budget amendment to the constitution so we leave the next generation .ith opportunity, not with debt tell them that we believe national security means the radical-- defeating islamic terrorism, and it means supporting our brave men and women in uniform when they are overseas, but also when they return to us back home. [applause] stand firmlyt we
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with our allies and friends. our allies and friends like israel. [applause] each of us in this room, every one of us in this room, has a responsibility to do everything we can to secure a better future in this country. we go into our founding fathers. we only to our founding fathers and those that came before us and gave us this great republic, us.entrusted it to they trusted us to keep it, and placed it in our hands to hold generation. next i hope when you leave here today you will leave with a renewed purpose. you will leave knowing that we do not have to hope for a better future. together, we will build a better future. americacontinue to make
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a beacon of hope, a country where every dream is possible, and where there is no dream that is too big to accomplish for every one of us. [applause] thather, we will make sure america continues to be that shining city on a hill for all the world to see. together, we will, once again, be that shining city. we will, once again, lead the way for the world. may god bless each of you. may god bless our military men and women. may god bless the families and friends in paris for what they are going through today. this,may god always bless our home, our united states of america. godspeed. godspeed. [applause]
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>> please welcome from the florida state house of ppresentatives, mike helps. cause?here not a a young david, before he was king of israel, went out to the battle lines to see how his brothers were doing in the battle. philistines, who
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represented tierney and wanted .o impose their will on israel down in the valley was the hurlingho was blasphemies. this young david said, who is this, is there not a cause? with sword and shield. i come at you in the name of the lord, and today i will feed her caucus to the birds. that giant, towards killed him, and israel was freed from tyranny. [applause] uttered hisrd, god, voice, and said, children, go , build send thee me a nation.
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people from all over the world heard that voice, and came to the shores, and began building this nation. god shed his grace on this nation. it began to grow and prosper. wanted somety force of that prosperity, and began to impose that tierney on this young nation. e lord god spoke and said, make this declaration that i have created all men equal that i have given them rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, or property. ofre was a small remnant patriots, who also made the cry, is there not a cause to which we will pledge our lives, our fortune, our sacred honor to
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defeat this tierney which is -- tyranny which is imposing its will on us. a young nation defeated the most our full force that the world has known at that time. god spoke again and said, put it into law. those young patriots put together our constitution. it had never been done in history before where the people were at the top, a government was on the bottom. [applause] are, the exception, not the rule. it was exceptional that people .ould be placed at the top the united states of america is an exceptional nation purely by definition of the word.
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david, and our early fathers, our nation is facing tierney again. of four chile, it is not just from the outside, it is also on the inside. we have a government with problems in spending to levels that are almost too hard to comprehend. an unconstitutional judiciary, imposing their will on the people, and have the to shake their fists in the face of god and say, we will do fine what is marriage, not you. we have an executive branch that is usurping its authority at ignoring the separation of powers. we have a timid congress, not listening to the will of the people. cause struck a we
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have out of control a legal immigration. we have an unprecedented attack on religion, in particular, on christianity. we have a abusive government epa, irs,uch as the department of education, just to name a few. all of them are abusive. our nation is being divided by income, bynder, by age, and any other way that they can figure out how to divide us. we need to get rid of these hyphenated definitions -- african-american, don't you dare call me back. i'm an american. this is my country. [applause] we need to get rid of these hyphenated names. we are one nation, under god. an anemic, dangerously
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ineffective foreign policy. is there not a cause? make no mistake. we are at war. the states must use the constitution to fight this war. as an was commissioned officer in the united states air force, i said in oath that i do andmnly swear to protect defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, true leader to others to do the same. all the veterans here in the audience, you will recognize that when you left office, no one told you you were no longer .ound by that oath that is a lifetime commitment to protect and defend this constitution. [applause] that constitution, in
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particular, we have the ninth and 10th amendment. the ninth amendment basically says that any power that is enumerated and limited, which is not spelled out to the government, if you do not see it here, does not mean that you haven't. have it. that's at the minute, what does it tell you? it tells you it belongs to the states and the people. what are we to do? first, we have to make sure we elect a conservative constitutionalist republican president. [applause] the republican majorities in congress, and toss out the rhinos. they were elected, and some of
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them. .- some of them fooled us you know who they are. when they come up for election again, no way. choose to be a common man. it is my right to be uncommon, if i can. i seek opportunity, not security. i do not wish to be a cap citizen, humboldt and old -- dulled with the state looking after me. i want to take the calculated risk to fail, succeed. of fulfillment to the alm of utopia. that is what it means to be republican. that is what it means to be american. [applause]
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it is not by chance that florida has become the third most populous state in the nation. we have been placed in this position of leadership to fulfill our destiny. position of leadership to repeal and restore this nation to the foundations of our constitution. is there not a cause? .es, there is join our cause to fight this tyranny. we will win. we will win. [applause] .od bless you god bless america, land that i love. [applause] [cheering]
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>> are live road to the white house coverage continues from florida, the florida su sunshine summit. this is day two. a number of republican candidates have already spoken, and several more to go. bobby jindal at 1:00 eastern. rand paul at 1:30. john kasich, and later, carly fiorina, all set to speak this
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afternoon as i live coverage continues. >> what american people are looking for right now are straight answers. >> [indiscernible] >> i think she is doing her cause way more harm than good. >> i do not know where to begin. [applause] ♪
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>> again, just a few moments away from presidential candidate, bobby jindal, the governor of louisiana. he will beave addressing the sunshine summit, as well as other candidates today. said a rand paul, chris christie, ohio governor john at 2:30, and that 3:50, it is carly fiorina. of course, you can join the conversation about what you are seeing on twitter, @cspanwj.
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later today, after carly fiorina space, we will get your impression of the summit, and yesterday's activities, and who you think the republican presidential candidate should be. road tor live the white house coverage continuing from orlando. >> please welcome presidential candidate bobby tindall. -- bobby jindal. ♪
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[applause] mr. jindal: thank you all very, very much. thank you. thank you all for that very warm welcome. thank you very much. what an honor to be here with you tonight, today, this morning. this is the most important election of our lifetimes. but even before i start, i want to talk about one thing before i even get to my remarks. i want to talk about something that happened this week. i just feel the need -- i want to talk to about donald trump's insane comments about dr. carson. [cheering] look, i am all for vigorous debate. those of you that watch the debate know that i went after some of my fellow republicans for being big government, big spending republicans. but when we have a republican talking about -- it doesn't even matter if he is talking about another republican, we have a
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candidate talking about somebody else, and he manages to use the words "child molester." i thought at first maybe this was a "saturday night live" sketch. then i realized he was serious and he gets mad at the voters of iowa. there is a line we should not cross. [applause] you may like dr. carson, you may not like dr. carson. you may be thinking about voting for him, you may not vote for him. look, i hope you vote for me, quite honestly. [laughter] but whatever you think about dr. carson, there is a point at which we have to say enough is enough. we will not bear false witness against each other. and that is where we need to draw this line. [applause] now, speaking about these days,
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the media loves to say who is up, who is down. look, i will leave it to you to on, who lostne, -- w those debates. i want to talk about this for a few minutes. one of the things that is losing is the first amendment to the constitution. [applause] you know what i mean by that? let me give you two examples. look at what is happening on the campus of the university of missouri. i don't pretend to know all the details, and i am against racism in any shape, form, size, instanced, but let's look at the political correctness. i feel bad for the students. i thought universities were supposed to be places where they were taught competing ideas. instead the students are now being taught they should be protected from any kind of ideas they disagree with. these are going to be the future leaders. [applause]
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can you imagine them sitting across the table at -- negotiating with the chinese or the iranians? are they going to demand safe zones? [laughter] a they going to demand certain words not be used in most discussions? we sought in new hampshire, they were told to get use the word "american." that is politically -- political he and correct -- politically incorrect nonsense has to stop. [applause] obama has worked overtime to try and teach us that we are all victims. that is not the american way. our kids have to learn how to stand up for themselves. they have to learn about a robust debate of ideas. if they disagree, they should have to debate and defend their ideas. where do they learn how the will
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world -- the real world works? [applause] we are losing not only our freedom of speech rights, but we are losing our first amendment religious rights as well. [applause] you've got to the left now try to take god out of the public square. you have a principal up in northwest louisiana, the aclu went after them for simply saying, "god bless you," to some parents. they are being told they can't follow their conscience. they have to choose between operating their businesses or following their conscience when it comes to traditional marriage. enough is enough. there is no freedom of speech without our religious liberty rights. so eveny this slowly hillary clinton can understand this. [laughter] the united states of america did
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not create religious liberty. religious liberty created the united states of america. [cheering] [applause] these on the left need to understand they don't have a right not to be offended. they do have the right to the same freedoms that you and i work for ourselves. the quicker off they learn that, the better off they will be and the better america will be. i came to talk to about why this is such an important election. i have asked audiences -- i have been all over the country campaigning -- i asked people what you think is the worst thing president obama has done to our country? the best answer i have gotten is, he took the oath of office as president. [applause] but if you really try to answer that question, we can spend all morning talking about the $18 trillion of debt, about the epa
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trying to regulate the water in our backyards, about planned parenthood selling baby parts across this country, record low participation rate in the workforce, a foreign policy where we want stand with israel, and a truce with iran, which makes no sense to me at all. [applause] things thishe worst president is trying to do, he is trying to change the very idea of america. every time you listen to him speak, it is all about redistribution, taxes, borrowing. the american dream is not to have the government take care of you. my parents came here almost 45 years ago in search of freedom and opportunity. back then, they had never been on a plane before. they had never visited america before. they didn't even know anybody who had been to louisiana.
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and they came anyway. my kids don't understand this, but there was no google. you couldn't look at up back i mind then either. [laughter] my mom was pregnant with me and they left behind their friends, their parents, their families. they came for the idea of freedom and opportunity. they were coming for the american dream. my mom, she went to school at lsu. my dad, he came here to work. got his first job literally calling companies out of the yellow pages. when i was born a few months later, i was what you would politely call a pre-existing condition. [laughter] insurance didn't cover me. he went to that dr. at a woman's hospital. no government forms, no insurance. he simply said to that dr., i want to send you a check every month until i pay this bill in full. [laughter]
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that is how we used to do things in america. i don't know how that would work today. i asked my dad, how do you pay for a baby on layaway? [laughter] if you skip a payment, do they take the baby back? [laughter] he said you were such a bad little baby we would have skipped a payment on purpose just to send you back. [laughter] no, you are paid for, don't worry about it. [laughter] i tell you that because my parents came here and chased the american dream. they have lived the american team. and this is what this election is really about. i we going to fight for the american dream for ourselves and our children, or are we going to let this country go down the path of socialism? that is why this is the most important election of our lifetimes. i want to talk to you about how my parents came here. when they came to this country, they came to this country legally. [cheering] [applause]
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let's talk about immigration. a smart immigration policy makes our country stronger. a dumb immigration policy makes our country weaker. and today we have got a dumb immigration policy. [applause] how do we fix it? we don't need a comprehensive approach, we don't need a thousand page bill, the first thing we need to do is we need to secure our border once and for all. [cheering] [applause] we need to stop talking about it. we can get this done in six months if we were serious about it. it wouldn't be perfect, but we can get it done in six months. the reality is we know why the left doesn't want to do it, but there are also a lot of republicans in d.c. who don't want to do it. they want groups who want open borders and common core, and
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they threaten these republicans, saying if you don't do what we want, we want support gore campaign scared -- we won't support your campaigns. [applause] we also have to put an end to sanctuary cities. [cheering] [applause] i know congress wants to defund them. that doesn't go far enough. i have a package that would say to these mayors and councilman, if you want to break the federal law, we will hold you criminally responsible. [cheering] [applause] hold them as accessories to these crimes committed by people who shouldn't be here in the first place. if you locked up if you mayors, i bet you wouldn't have sanctuary cities anymore in america. [applause] generations of great strength of america has been a melting pot.
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the left says that is politically incorrect. that is xenophobia can culturally arrogant. instead we should be the salad bowl. that is the dumbest thing i've heard in a long time. [applause] plus, we don't make anybody come here. if somebody doesn't want to be an american, don't come to america. [cheering] [applause] freedoms toe our undermine the same freedoms we give to everybody. i'm tired of this divider in chief in the white house. [applause] [cheering] [applause] not african, we are not asian-americans, we are not rich or poor americans, we
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are all americans united as one. [cheering] [applause] what ae honest, this is smart immigration policy looks like. if you want to come to america,, legally. learn english, adopt our values. when you get here, roll up your sleeves and get to work. that is what a smart policy looks like. [applause] i have said something about immigration a couple months ago that made hillary clinton upset. [cheering] so i have decided to say it again and again as often as i can. [laughter] this is what i said, a very important point. immigration -- with immigration, we must insist on assimilation and immigration. [applause]
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honest, assimilation without integration is not immigration. that is an invasion. [cheering] [applause] that is what we see happening in europe. we must not let that happen here. you've got -- [applause] you've got second, third generation immigrants in europe that don't consider themselves parts of that country or societies or values. folks, we must not let that happen here. this melting pot has been a great strength of america for a long time. i want to talk about these awful, awful tragic events that happened in paris yesterday. we are all aware of the awful massacre, and we need to say prayers. the families that have been brutally victimized by these terrorists. thisay have seen that wasn't just an attack on france or paris, this is an attack on
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freedom and free people everywhere. including right here at home. [applause] you may have seen the french president declared a national state of emergency and close to their borders. [applause] folks, it is time for us here in america to secure our borders and to keep our people safe as well from these radical people -- evil terrorists. [cheering] [applause] honestime for us to be about the enemy that we face. how can we defeat this enemy when we have a president who won't even be honest about the threat we face? we need a president with more honesty to tell us, look, we don't need political correctness. we don't need a president apologizing. we need a president who will say this: islam has a problem. radical islam. condemnnot enough to
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generic acts of violence. they must make it clear and name these individuals by name and say that they are not martyrs. if you kill in the name of islam, you are not a martyr. you are not going to enjoy a reward in the afterlife, but rather you are going straight to hell, where you belong. [cheering] [applause] today, we have a foreign policy were our friends don't trust us, our enemies don't fear and respect us. hillary clinton, the only thing she has ever run is this president's failed foreign policy. the president went to the pentagon several weeks ago and said we can't win this conflict with the guns. we will have to change hearts and minds. folks, this is an evil comic evil enemy. -- evil, evil enemy. mr. president, sometimes it does
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take guns. and sometimes you've got to kill evil terrorists before they come here and kill us first. [cheering] [applause] you know, i have talked a lot about the challenges facing our country, both domestic and abroad. i am here to tell you that i still believe our best days are ahead of us. i still believe we are blessed to live in the greatest country in the history of the world. [cheering] [applause] you know, it is not inevitable. our 40th president ronald reagan reminded us that we lived in that shining city on the hill. but he reminded us that any generation -- every generation of americans must renew for themselves those principles of freedom. have spilled great blood to give us the freedoms we
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have today. this is our moment to decide what are we willing to do. it is not too late for america. there will be a day of reckoning, and i wanted to be known that when that day comes, we did everything possible to save the idea of america. this election is about whether we are going to let the idea of america slip away. the idea of america has created more wealth than any other city delays -- any other civilization in the history of the world. [applause] has doneof america more in the fight for freedom than any other civilization in the history of the world. [applause] d.c. on those fools in that are giving away the idea of america. shame on us if we let them do it. [applause] [cheering] [applause] as long as i have breath in my body, i'm going to fight to save the idea of america. but i can't do it alone.
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i am not here simply to ask you to join a campaign, i am here to ask you to join a cause. my dad taught me that americans could do anything. i believed it then, and i believed it now. i think you believe that as well. [applause] think you have been frustrated these long seven years. i think you also want to believe again that we are blessed to be in the greatest country in the history of the world. i am a lifelong republican. i am a lifelong conservative. but i am angry at the republicans in d.c. then i am the democrats in d.c.. [cheering] [applause] at least the democrats are honest. bernie sanders tells us he is a socialist. yourepublicans, they tell one thing, they get elected, they do another. we had the surrender caucus. they have given up.
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they said give us the majority and they would get rid of obamacare and the amnesty. we got the majority, what happens? nothing. they have given up on the fight to defund planned parenthood and stop the bad iran deal. folks, it is time to stand up to the establishment in both parties. it is time to fire everybody in d.c. [cheering] [applause] i told you i couldn't do this alone, i need your help. i am here to ask you to join our cause. i am here to ask you to believe again because with your help and with god's grace, we will and we can be victorious. it is time to take our country back from the special interests, it is time to stand up and rescue the idea of america and the american dream, it is time to send a message to israel, we are coming, it is time to send a
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message to iran, it is time to send a message to our children. we are going to leave for them the same freedom and opportunities our parents left for us. again ine to believe the idea of america. god bless you all, and thank you very, very much for coming out today. [cheering] thank you. thank you very much. [applause] [cheering] [applause] ♪ >> [indistinct chatter]
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>> please welcome presidential candidate rand paul. ♪ [applause] ♪ mr. paul: thank you. thank you. ♪ thank you. [applause] i just came down from new hampshire, and i'm reading a book about hamilton and jefferson. they have a quote from hamilton what he says, "the national debt is a public blessing." [laughter] thomas jefferson sort of response that really it is more of a curse than a blessing. we still have some of the same discussion going on in the republican party and in our country. we have a discussion, we have
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hamiltonian's and we have jeffersonians still in our party. thate, i think the grant -- is a great thread. [applause] it won't surprise you that some disagree, and some think that, well, it doesn't matter where we borrow the money for -- what we borrow the money for, but if we spend it on advancing the military, it is fine. i guess the problem i have is that if you are going to spend $1 trillion of new money that is going to be added to the debt, does that make us stronger or weaker? >> weaker. mr. paul: admiral mullen, career officer, said that he thinks the biggest threat to our national security is our debt, and i agree with him. i don't think we project strength from brink of secord. i think the further we get into debt, the further danger there is that we might destroy the
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currency, we might destroy the country. so this is a debate we are going to have paid now we have staring us in the face this terrible tragedy in paris. we think to ourselves, what are we going to do, how are we going to defend our country, how will we be safe? one of the things i think we have to learn and one of the lessons we should learn from the tragedy in paris is that we have to be very careful and very cautious, extraordinarily cautious, about who comes to visit, immigrants here, and who studies here. [cheering] [applause] once upon a time after 9/11, we had a program that had extra scrutiny for those are wanted to visit us. i am all for that. in fact, i tried to be instituted this. president obama canceled it. the one thing president obama came up with was canceling a program of those who scrutinize those who come to visit us.
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but i try to reintroduce this. you will recall there was an immigration bill, rubio and schumer. so i put forward an amendment called trust but verify, because the biggest problem to all types of immigration reform is people say, oh, we are going to secure the border, and it never comes. we leave it up to the president, if you republican presidents, and it never comes. so i had an amendment that said, you know what, we will check up on the president. we will have a check and a balance. and each year, congress will vote on whether or not the border is secure. amendment,in this the increased scrutiny for those want to come here as students or visiting or immigrating. particularly from about 25 countries -- you can guess which ones. the thing is that those who came and attacked us on 9/11, they were here on student visas, they overstayed their visas, we didn't know they were here. two of them were on the watch
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list. were in san they diego, but the fbi didn't for some reason. so we let -- we let our guard down. but when i introduced my amendment to the immigration bill, unfortunately i got some opposition. your senator, in fact, opposed me on this. i tried to pass something that i think was a conservative propagation -- proposition to the immigration bill that would've had more scrutiny for refugee, for visitors, for students. one of the reasons i became very concerned about this is that i live in a little town in kentucky, in bowling green, and we had two people come from iraq, refugees -- still try to figure out how you have people seeking political asylum when we won the war -- [laughter] but they came to bowling green and then decided to buy surface-to-air missiles to attack us. we caught them, fortunately, it i'm asking the question: who in
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the hell is in charge of scrutinizing these people? [applause] so my an amendment would have required fingerprinting, background checks, and extensive scrutiny of those who are coming to visit us. [applause] i thought this would get conservative support because i think we do need to know who is coming and who is going across our border. i thought it would have made the immigration bill much stronger. but here is what happened, and this is not widely known, but there was a deal made between marco rubio and chuck schumer, somewhat of a seagull deal -- secret to deal, but also somewhat well-known now. they agreed to block all amendments from conservatives. so what you wound up with was a bill that no conservative could support. but to me, it is also about national security. because when we look at our border, you can't have a wide open border.
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you do have to have control of your border if you are going to be a nation. [applause] some will say, it doesn't matter, we don't like you because you want to spend $1 trillion more than what we are spending. guess what? over $600 spend billion on the military, including another $40 billion on homeland security. what i'm saying is let's spend it wisely, but let's don't add to the debt to do this because the debt is dragging us down. in fact, there is a secret -- [applause] there is sort of an unholy alliance going on in washington, and this is really -- rush limbaugh put it while the other day, he said republicans are losing their high moral ground. we can no longer blame it on the democrats because, guess what, both parties are now the problem. we raised the debt ceiling -- [applause]
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andaised the debt ceiling, -- ceiling an unspecified amount. mr. president, you can raise it as much as you want until march 2017. so i kept him awake until 3:00 in the morning, filibustering against it. [cheering] [applause] you they were less than happy with me, and i heard a few words that i cannot reveal on the national stage as they walked by my desk. there were quite a few epithets being hurled at me because they were unhappy at being there at 3:00 in the morning. i said, look, the country is worth us having a debate over this. [applause] and i told them, i said, you go outside the beltway -- this was at 2:00 in the morning -- i said, you drive outside the beltway and you stop at the first grocery store, you stop at
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the first convenience store gas station, and you introduce yourself to the first person you meet and you ask them, is it a good idea to raise the debt ceiling and raise the spending at the same time? it is like giving the college kid who has $2000 of debt on their credit card, giving them more credit. who does that? we need to reform our spending. and then what they will tell you , here is what you get from the establishment. the establishment says, oh, well, we don't have the votes and we will have to have a republican president. when i was elected in 2010, there was this big tea party tidal wave. we came in, but all we took was the house. we didn't take the senate, but we had a debt ceiling vote. we had a debt ceiling vote, and the president said, i will not negotiate with a gun to my head. and then he promptly negotiated. and we got what was called the sequester. the sequester has been missed described by most in the media.
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it was not a cut in spending, but a slowdown in the rate of both of spending. the government was still growing, but at a slower rate and it was at least something positive. we got that with only one republican house. now we have a republican house, a republican senate, and we've got squat. we went the wrong direction. [cheering] [applause] there ishappened up many of the members have become like furniture. all right? in your shop. status quo. the only way you will ever fix it is we need term limits for everybody. [cheering] [cheering] [applause] people ask me, they say, what is the worst thing the president has done? i say, how long do you have? [laughter] but really what i think it all
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is, it is not just obamacare, the banking regulations, if i'm going to sum it all up in one statement i would say it is the collapse of the separation of powers. [applause] you remember what he said? he said, i've got my pen and i forgot my phone, and by golly, he is going to do what he wants. time and time again. the separation of powers was one of the most important things that our founders gave to us. in fact, madison put it this way, he said we would have code equal branches of government, they would check and balance each other, and we would pit ambition against ambition. ambition of congress to want more power would be pitted against the president who wanted more power, and they would check and balance each other. but if i had to give you an estimate of the way washington works now, i would say the president has 1000 fold more power than congress. why?
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because you have a congress that rules over, plays dead, and has become an inconsequential. [cheering] [applause] we have the power to control spending right now. spending expires at the end of the year. automatically, it is in the law. so what happens when spending expires? let it all expire until the democrats they've got to restart it. do you know what it would take? how many people would rather defund planned parenthood? [cheering] [applause] planned parenthood goes away if we let it expire. and then to restart it, if the other side wants to refund planned parenthood or any of a thousand waste will programs, they would have to have a majority in the house and 60 votes in the senate. see, they are not being honest with you. they are saying we can't defund everything -- anything because
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we can get 60 votes. it all expires automatically if we will let the spending expire, and a second later we can restart it. what needs to be restarted. tell the democrats they need 60 votes to fund planned parenthood. [applause] [cheering] [applause] problemsook at the that we face, and we look at who we are going to choose as our next commander in chief, i am reminded of what i think is probably the worst candle of the last eight years, and that is benghazi. [applause] isn't thehe movie, it spin afterwards. politicians are almost uniformly disco -- dishonest. benghazigets me about more than anything else is that time after time, maybe a dozen times, hillary clinton was asked
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for more security and it was denied. in the spring of that year, she began sending people home. she began telling our troops over there not to wear their boots because we were defending the freedom fighters in libya. told them not to care their weapons because guns are dangerous and we don't want to -- we don't want to show the freedom fighters that we think we need guns. a special forces team of six guys in february. she sent home another special forces team in march. in april, they requested the use of a plane. denied. do you remember on the night of attack -- the attack what happened? there was no plane. have too big for the use of a libyan plane. we had to beg them to fly our own damn plane. the day she turns down the
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plane, three days later she approves $100,000 for an electrical charging station for the chevy volt for our vienna embassy. it seems they were greening of the embassy. believe it or not, this is what is going on. maybe we don't need to green up all this stuff. [applause] [cheering] [applause] if you've got to wave -- weigh your defense of ben ghazi -- benghazi versus but charging station for your embassy, my goodness. i began listing the things she spent the money on. the summer before our ambassador was killed, they spent $700,000 on the landscaping for the brussels embassy. they spent $100,000 sending three comedians to india on the make chai, not war tour.
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they spent $500,000 and facebook ads. it seems they don't have enough friends, so they want you to like them. they spent $5 million on crystal barware and glassware for the embassies, but didn't have enough money to defend them in benghazi. the ambassador is standing -- sending plea after plea. now he is sending cables from himself to hillary clinton. when she came into my committee and said, you know, she didn't know anything about this. did you read the cables, that is what i asked her, did you read the cables from the ambassador? and she said no and asked all huffy like she was too busy to read them. do you know what i tell her? by her in action, she should forever be precluded from being commander in chief to [cheering] [cheering]
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[cheering] [applause] thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] ask, how are we going to have money to defend ourselves if you are not willing to go into debt for it? billion, spent $600 more than the next 10 countries combined. there is a lot of money. quit wasting it. i will give you an area we might not want to spend more money. penny ford not one countries who are persecuting christians around the world. [cheering] [applause] you would think that would pass, right? i introduced an amendment in the foreign relations committee that says no money for any country that persecute christians. any country that has a death penalty for criticizing a state religion.
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you know what state religion we are talking about here. the vote was 18-to against me. 18-28--2 against me -- against me. i took all that money and put it into the fence so we can protect ourselves. [applause] and some people say, surely no one is putting christians to death. many christians left in pakistan. she went to draw water from the well, and they began starting her and beating her. she was bleeding and on her knees, crying out for help. she was a christian and a muslim visio -- village. finally, the police arrive and she thinks she has been saved. only to be arrested. she has been on death row in pakistan for five years. and yet we continue to give billions of dollars of our money -- in fact, we don't even have
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that money. we bow to that money from china to send it to pakistan. there is so much within our government that we could save money with and put to our defense without saying we are going to spend $1 trillion we have -- we don't have by borrowing it. we still have a debate in our party between the hamiltonians and the jeffersonians. those who believe in limited government, balanced budget, who believe in the safety of the country only comes when you spend what comes in and you don't go further into debt. this debate goes on. this is a debate i think our party needs to have. it could be done in a polite fashion, but we need to have this. can we go further into debt, or will that harm us as a country? this is a debate we need to have. as we move forward, and we think about what we want to project to the american people and what is the message we can project that can win the country and beat hillary clinton, i think of the
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painter by the name of robert, and he had this message to young painters. he said, paint like a man coming over the hills singing. i think when we proclaim our message, when we proclaim our message with passion that we are going to defend the entire bill of rights, that we are going to be the party of justice, when we proclaim that message with hope and optimism, and when we proclaim that message like a man coming over the hills singing, then we are going to be the dominant party. we are going to rock 'n roll to victory. and that is what i want to be a part of. thank you very much. [cheering] [applause] thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] ♪
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>> day two of this event, sunshine summit. and more presidential candidates yet to address the crowd. chris christie is set to address the group here momentarily the governor of new jersey. and ohio governor john kasich and carly fiorina at 3:50 today. and after fiorina addresses the group, we will take your call and get your impressions of what you've seen today and yesterday
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at the sunshine summit and who you think the republicans should nominate to run for president in 2016. you can join the consideration and talk about the -- conversation and talk about the ummitt on twitter. our live coverage continues on c-span in orlando. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015]] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit]
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>> again, live in orlando, our road to the white house coverage on c-span, the second day of the florida republican party sunshine summit, waiting for chris christie, the governor of new jersey and 2016 presidential candidate to address the crowd here. we'll also hear from john kasich, the governor of ohio at about 2:30 this around. and at 3:50 eastern time, carly fiorina will wrap things up at "the sun" sunny. and we'll take -- at the sunshine summit and we'll take who calls and who you think you should be nominating for
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president. and the presidential candidate senators marco rubio and ted ruise are rising in the polls. they are push for the senate to go farther than the house to repeal president obama's health care law. they want to make good on promises to repeal obama care in its entirety rather than a more targeted appeal recently by the house. other senate republicans are objecting in particular to trying to repeal the health care laws medicaid expansion. the number of senate republicans represented states where medicaid were expanded under the law from erica warner talking about a couple of the senators saying republican presidential candidate who is addressed the group here -- our live coverage
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continues. ♪ mr. christie: thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you for having me here today. ago on over 14 years september 10, 2014, i -- 2001, i was named united states attorney by president george w. bush. the next day, my wife, mary, did what she had been doing for years. she left her home at 6:00 in the morning, headed to the train station with a train that would eventually bring her to the world trade center. she walked through the world trade center at 7:30 that morning to her office building, two blocks away from the world trade center. it was september 11, 2001.
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i took the dave from work because i was getting ready to start a new job and i brought my children to school. on a beautiful, cloudless day in the state where i was born and raised. when i got home, the first plane had hit the first building and i called my wife. she told me there was nothing to worry about. she could see the fire from out her window. they told her it was a small commuter plane. and all would be fine. while we were on the phone discussing what our plans were for the day and her making sure that i remembered to pick up the children from school, the second plane hit the second building. her bosses told her she had to evacuate to the basement of her building immediately and for the next five and a half hours, i didn't hear from her. at that time, we had three children, an 8-year-old son, a 5-year-old daughter and a
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1-year-old son. and as the hours passed and the buildings fell and the death toll mounted and i didn't hear things.wife, i knew two one, that when my children came home from school, the first thing they were going to ask me is where's mom? and the second thing i thought about was what would my life be like without my best friend and as a single parent of three? fortunately for me and for our alive.n, mary came out but that night, one of our friends from our parish who she had got an job for after he had become unemployed was not home. the job she had gotten him was in the world trade center. we went and sat with his wife and he replicated what was going on all throughout our region
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that night. she sat and said to us i'm sure frank is fine. i'm sure he's just in the hospital somewhere. i'm sure i'm going to hear from him soon. of course, he never came home. and days later, we went to his funeral and the parish, jim, is now named in his honor. you see, for me, being seven years as the u.s. attorney in new jersey immediately after september 11, terrorism is not theory pretty cal. it's not something that i discuss in the basement of the capital in the subcommittee meeting. i went to the funerals. i saw the carnage. and it was my job in the days, weeks, months, and years after that to make sure that it never happens again. i'm honored to have had that job. and honored to be one of the folks that contributed to making sure in the next seven years, it didn't happen again.
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and i fear as a nation that we've begun to lose our focus, lose our focus on how we felt in the days after september 11, how fearful we were, how at risk we felt. we took for granted the safety and security that was provided by us, to us by a government that understood its first and most important job, was to provide for the safety and the security of the american people. so i originally thought what i was thinking about this yesterday and coming to speak to all of you that i would do what i normally do. i would get a handheld microphone. i would wander around the stage, i would talk to you about my vision for america's future and its economy, education, job, and our national security. tell a few jokes and have a good time with you. but i thought last night as i watched the television and the unfolding events that that was not the appropriate speech for
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someone who's asking you to be the leader of our country to give on a day like today. and so i took to my thoughts and unusually for me, i put them down on paper. so i hope you forgive me because i think the time is too serious and the moment is too grave to be giving off some canned stump speeches i've been giving in iowa and new hampshire. i want to speak to you from my heart for the last 24 hours that i have seen. we have seen evil visited upon innocent people once again. france is in shock. still coming to grips with the death of their countrymen. we stand with them and we pray for them in this time of national mourge. but our -- mourning. but our outrage must turn into action and resolve. [applause] now, isis warned us that they
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could commit unspeakable carnage and now they have. for decades now, we have seen that wherever islamist, jihaddists and their sympathizers go, they leave a hideous and unfathomable trail of despair and destruction. [applause] lebanon and kenya, tanzania and london, mumbai and madrid, baghdad, manhattan, and washington, d.c., shanksville, pennsylvania, and fort hood. and now for the second time the one year, paris. we must never allow this cult of evil to take hold in our country or to live amongst us. it is the anti-this sis to be what it means to be a free american. [applause] on a day like this, we all see the desperate need for strong leadership. but what does it mean to be a
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strong president? see, this government was designed and built to protect american interests and if we don't get that right, we can't truly be strong. always upholding and respecting our constitutional principles which starts with our sovereignty and our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with terror dawns us, happiness is not possible. of course, that means law and order must be respected. and it must be respected to ensure that our way of life continues. today, we see special interests working to support our world law at our border, with a lack of drug enforcement and with executive action by the a lawless president of the united tates. rest assured as president, when i take my hand off the bible, were not just words that i repeat from the chief justice. my actions will show you that i
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will always faithfully execute the laws of the united states, not pick and choose the ones i like and ignore the ones i don't. and i certainly won't treat the white house as mini congress or do enrons around the legislative branch. my presidency will never look like a lawless imperial presidency like the one we have right now. [applause] whether the focus is jobs or whether it's trade, whether it's immigration or whether it's national security, our policies must be based on a clear understanding of how the world really works. not the naive assumptions of folks uninformed by experience or by history. even when the right policy is not politically correct or even when the right policy is not popular with the big political donors, a strong person, i, will have the fort attitude to follow through and do the right thing for the people who i really work
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for, which are the people of the united states of america. [applause] i can guarantee now you this. i won't wake up every morning seeking the approval and the applause of the "new york times" editorial page or the harvard faculty and i won't get it anyway. [laughter] my sole focus if you give me the chance to be your president will be to do the people's will. by removing government barriers to prosperity, by enforcing our laws, by protecting our home land and by preserving our freedom. [applause] now for the past 15 years, there have been some really good people in washington who have been trying to do the right things. but unfortunately for many of them, they didn't understand what the world was really like. but with my experience as a federal prosecutor, as a governor of a state that i lovingly called unruly, and
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through my life experience as a husband and a father and a son and a brother, i understand that my sacred obligation as president will be protecting the american interests. because if we don't care for ourselves, no one else will. [applause] there are all too many people in the global business that are not really interested in america as a nation state anymore. they're interested in building a different global order that will protect their economic interests, their philosophical interests, not in building a strong america that will protect the american interests. [applause] now, i will not be governed by the public opinion polls. i will not be governed by the united nations and you can bet i won't be governed by the washington elites. [applause] see, the way i see this is this nation is our home. this is where our children are
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born. this is where our grandparents are buried. this must be our top priority. it means more than just paying lip service to securing our borders. it means more than just paying lip service to this issue of immigration. i come at it from a law and order perspective. our borders must be sealed. our laws must be enforced and if we did it, we wouldn't have 12 million here that are illegally in this country right now. and worse yet or an afternoon like this afternoon, we wouldn't be worried about isis slipping across our borders to perform unspeakable acts of violence on the american people. [applause] now, we want our thomas be safe and comfortable. we want our homes to be an environment where our families reach their full potential. and this is what we have to have. for our homeland, for our
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country. the u.s. government must be returned to being on your side, not working against your interests. the case.t's just not ronald reagan said i want to drive in the american interest, not of the interest of the elite. that try to make that is global village. [applause] national security is not a privilege or an option. national security is a fundamental right that the american president must understand is his first and most priority. some people think that any trade deal negotiated by these global economic interests is something that we must sign on to. let's be clear. i disagree. some people believe that borders are outdated, that they don't believe in the nation state
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anymore. they really believe in a post-american world, even an anti-american mindset. most of us utterly reject that. we recoil from it and we must continue to as a people. [applause] we have to put the interest of average americans off the -- off of the back burner and on to the front burner and we have to stop -- stop worrying about first and foremost, what others think. but we must first and foremost put the interests of our neighbors, our friends, our children, and our grandchildren and the american president must go into the oval office of 2017 with the front of their mind and i pledge you, that is at the front of mine. [applause] i really do believe that washington has properly led and properly reformed and properly run. can and will serve the interests of the people. and i'll tolerate nothing less
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as president of the united states. i've been through the fire of the most liberal, aggressive media market in america in new york city. i've been through the fire of the critics in my state, outside of my state who believe that i'm too blunt and too outspoken and too direct. let me tell you what the world is right now. a blunt and outspoke president of the united states will who lead the world again. [applause] that's what the world needs right now. we're in a political season. new, new can be exciting and attractive. until that is, you need experience. experience of taming the bureaucracy. experience in facing down one's adversaries. experience in formulating policies that can actually work and serve the people. remember something.
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this president was new in 2008. and look at what his legacy of inexperience has brought for our country. a record number of people out of the workforce. a record number of people on disability. obama care that questioned small business, hiking your premiums and put forward the biggest lie of the first term. if you like your doctor, you can keep him. if you like your insurance plan you can keep them. they were all lies and his inexperience and his philosophies have brought those lies on the american people. [applause] his inexperience is more than doubled the national debt. his inexperience has increased, not decreased racial tensions in this country. and the bumbling inexperienced foreign policy has put america at risk again like it has not been since that day in september of 2001. just think of the things that
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this president had said in the past few years. he claims that our borders were more secure than they've ever been. he claims that africa coffee the middle east would be safer than it's ever been. he told us al qaeda was on the run. he called isis the j.c. and just hours yesterday, before they struck in paris, he told "abc news" that his strategy was containing isis. all of these statements were a lie. he sees the world as he likes to see it, as fantasy. i see the world as it really is and it's time to have a president who sees the world that it really is, not how he wishes it would be. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, every candidate for president, every time they run likes to say that this is the most important election in our lifetime.
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the reason, of course, we say it, is because it's the most important election to us in our lifetime because we're running. but let me tell you this. we cannot afford to elect another president who sees america as barack obama sees america. we cannot afford to elect another president without the reckless inexperience and values to effectively governor. this is not a job for on the job training, everybody. we need someone who's made decisions, who stuck by those decisions and who understands the ramifications not only of action, but of inaction. america is a country of action. it has become a country of reactive inaction. america will be a nation of action again and action in the interest of one goal. protecting the safety, security, and freedom of the american people. [applause]
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it is those truths and those values that are enshrined in our decoration of inns and in our -- independence and in our institution and at times such as this, those are the truths that should be self-evident to all of us. now there are many in this room who are angry. angry about the way governments conducted themselves. you have every right to be. and then you take that anger and you want to use your vote as a chance to send a message about that anger. these times are too dire for that luxury. and the threats we are facing are too great for that active vanity. -- act of vanity. i want you to ask yourself a few questions as you consider your vote in 2016. who among us is really prepared? based on their experience and their personality to protect the
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homeland? who among us has truly been tested by challenges that will prepare them for the challenges that will greet them when they enter the oval office for the first time? who among us is the best person to aggressively prosecute the case against hillary clinton and restore the safety and security of the united states of america? the issues that you demand be addressed in this next election. i want to tell you something. and it comes from the heart. i'm tested. i'm ready. and i know that i can accomplish these things, not because i thought of them, but because i've already done them as a prosecutor and as governor. and i would be honored, truly honored, to have your vote and have the opportunity to restore american strength and security and greatness both at home, around the world. please go home tonight, turn on your televisions and watch the
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news. the world is desperate for a strong, secure, smart and tested american president. america needs to assert itself again on the world stage. but we have to start at home. i want your support and your vote because i want to restore american's strength and greatness for every american that deserves it. we need a president who's ready to serve and i am ready to serve you. thank you very much. cheers and applause] ♪
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>> here on c-span, we're live in orlando. our road to the white house coverage continues. the second day of the florida republican party sunshine summit. we've heard from a number of republican presidential candidates over the past couple of days. earlier today, rick santorum, jim gilmore, rand paul and chris christie, all addressed the gathered crowd in orlando. still to come, john kasich, the governor of ohio will be speaking in just a few moments. and then around 3:50 eastern time today, carly fiorina will be the last of the republican presidential candidates to address the sunshine summit.
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we'll also be taking your calls later today to see who you think the republicans should nominate for president in 2016. all that coming up after our live coverage of the republican parties -- sunshine summit, live from orlando, florida.
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>> c-span's road to the white house from orlando continues. we're waiting for ohio governor john kasich to take the stage. he'll address the group as will carly fiorina at 3:50 eastern ime today.
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>> please welcome presidential candidate, john kasich. ♪ cheers and applause] mr. john kasich: thank you, ladies and gentlemen. .oday is a much different day it's a somber day. it's a tough day. and for me, it's really not a promoting a s or candidacy. i wouldn't be comfortable with
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that today. but i believe there are some hings that must be said. we we saw last night, what we rved on 9/11, what served at fort hood, what we witnessed at chattanooga, and what we saw with the murderers oe and ded charlie hebd ast night, it was not just one isolated small group, and not just an attack that we have seen of just a lone wolf. ladies and gentlemen, we need to nderstand that these attacks
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really represent an attack on western civilization. [applause] -- the world has an cognize that this is effort not just an attack on the theory of western civilization. this is an attack on our way of life. the way of life of everyone who celebrates the western ethic. i don't know that this is a time the litical criticism or blame game. but i must say that we as a nation, the united states of america, has not shown
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leadership. we just have not shown leadership. 've had an unwillingness, an unwillingness to lead. one administration official suggested that the united states should lead from behind. if the united states of america were to continue to lead from ehind, we will leave the world a much more dangerous place. today, nato should invoke article v of our nato agreement, which basically says that an attack on an ally is an attack on us and an attack on all of the western world. [applause]
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must assert ns leadership and we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with france and the french people. this is a moment to bring us together. the president of the united andes must travel to europe the president can convene meetings with our allies to work n critical, critical intelligence operations. ladies and gentlemen, it's only through effective intelligence that we can begin to learn of threats. and there's no doubt in my mind that some of our intelligence cooperation has thwarted attackers that we've not even heard of. but i can also suggest to you
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that the erosion and the trust that must be put together between us and our friends in the nato alliance and no doubt in my mind has created holes in our ability to work together and protect ourselves. critical work on intelligence matters is essential and the president of the united states should be convening our friends and our allies to develop plans for joint military action to destroy isis. to destroy isis. [applause] and our our thoughts prayers go to the people of france. not enough. action is required. ime is of the essence.
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negotiation, ambivalence or delay -- are not acceptable. [applause] negotiation, ambivalence or delay are not acceptable. one more time, i must say not just to those in this hall, but across this country and across .his globe, our way of life for my precious twin dwhutes will be 16 in january, a precious way of life is at risk. immediately, we should enforce the no-fly zone in syria. our arab allies and friends must provide sanctuary. our ally arab allies and friends must provide sanctuary for those displaced by war. [applause] and ladies and gentlemen, there's no doubt that we can win
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the battle with bullets and weapons. and we must engage it now. is the leader es of the western ethics and our way of life. a western ethic that represents respect for human rights, respect for women. the women in this crowd today are unacceptable to our enemies. and respect for self-determination. we must gather those who understand that at this critical moment in history, we need to come together, not just to win on the battlefield, but we need to win the war of ideas. destroying one group does not allow us to win the battle of ideas. we must destroy this group today, but then engage the
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battle of ideas. people across this globe even those who live in confused lives and trying to determine how to act need to understand what we believe. . believe in a life that means we must live a life greater than ourselves. life is not just about me. life is about something greater than who we are. we should be a center of justice. a center of healing each and every one of us. and to know that all lives matter, that what we do makes a difference. and what we know in parts of western world and in many parts of the rest of the world and when people get confused about their purpose, when people get
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confused about whether their life matters, whether they're poor or whether they're rich but when they believe that they don't matter on this globe, it is possible for them to turn to destructive ideology to seek to destroy those who believe that their lives make a difference in this world. adies and gentlemen, it's only with the assertion of u.s. leadership that will allow us to preserve a world that values these ideas, these ideas. the ideas that our lives matter, that we are centers of healing and justice, that we do live lives greater than ourselves in any way that we can, that to spread this notion, this concept, this belief in our actions will allow us to win the
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battle of ideas. and to reject and destroy the real threat to humanity. today, we're in a hall. yesterday, we were in the hall. and it's politics. you know, we need to think about what this is all about for our country. our philosophy is something that we believe so strongly in, free enterprise, freedom of individuals, government is the last resort, not as a first resort. and the notion that the united states of america and its eadership is indispensable all across this globe. to those young boys and girls being raised all across the globe that there is hope, that will is a future, that we can have progress and prosperity and peace. you see, a political party is
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nothing more than a vehicle to bring change. you know, a political party is really nothing more than a vehicle to make a difference. and it's just not about winning an election. ladies and gentlemen, it's not. it's about what this country's future is going to be. we know the formulas that work. and we need to assert them in an aggressive and in a positive way . so, you know, isn't it a wonderful thing that each and every one of you has gathered here over the last couple of days. but i want you to think about it not so much from a republican point of view, but from an american point of view. that we believe that our ideas, that our philosophies will bring about a stronger america.
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and think about this. it's really in the hands of each one of us and each one of you to realize that you can change the world. the axis on which it spins and being involved in the process of making sure that our children and our grandchildren will understand that america is the hope of the world as our system works and we will stand and we will fight for it on the battlefield and in the battlefield of ideas and we will win. that is what matters so much to us. [applause] you know, normally, i'm going to be fighting the clock. i have plenty of time left to speak. i don't think today is the day for long, winded remarks.
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the message i gave you today comes from the bottom of my heart and i hope you will reflect on it. and realize that the good lord has given each of us a set of capabilities, and the working together in our families, in our neighborhoods, for through our political action that we're part of healing our country and healing the world. we matter and we need to stand up for our children so that they, too, will understand that they can make a difference in our lives. yes, we knew we need to rebuild our families and yes, we need rebuild our neighborhoods. and by doing all that, we'll rebuild america and help the entire world. so today, i would say god bless the united states of america and
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god bless the nation of france. thank you. [applause] ♪
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>> please welcome day two of the sunshine summit.
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♪ >> well, i want to thank everybody for coming today. my name is phillip stud. i'm the c.e.o. of go big media. before we get started, can i ask a favor of everybody, which is i've been here for two days. i have seen the volunteers work their tails off. they're not getting paid. they're doing a great job. can y'all just give them a round of applause? thank them for all they've done. [applause] i am extremely fired up about this panel. because digital media is taking over -- it already has taken over politics. and our party is doing some pretty exciting things across the country and in florida. and we're going to have a
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discussion and walk through some of that and i want to introduce the panel right now, which is don seymour with facebook. i'm not going to go through their bio. brad herald. ward baker, the executive director of the national republican senatorial committee. rob sims is the congressional committee and katy walsh this chief of staff of the republican national committee. we have an all-star panel here. so we'll just get this lid off and basically, i'll turn it over. there are unique challenges for everything. don with facebook is dealing with how technology is rapidly changing every single month, not every year, every week, every day. brad, you have tons of state races. we want to know what you guys are doing on the digital front. ward, my guy, with the u.s. senate race and maintaining the majority and allen greyson, which is out there.
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we want to hear about that. rob, you know, there's a few challenges at the congressional committee that's facing with redistributing. but you have a lot of the unique thing about katie is we're going to have a republican nominee for president, and the committee has been an amazing job gearing up for that nominee, whoever it is. i will lead a -- leadoff with you, katie. talk about what you're doing to prepare once they get the nomination? katie: the first thing we are doing is making sure digital animated department at the rnc has one motto -- building to scale. we will have the public and nominee in july or early august, and we will have a short time electionhe period and day. the romney digital team in 2012
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was about 200 staff. we anticipate the nominee to be between 300 and 400 staff. it is our job to make sure we are doing anything possible to build that team, find that the sure we aremake doing everything on the digital fund possible to talk to voters, persuade voters, id voters, and turn them out. phillip: great, rob. rob: as you said, we have some challenges here in florida, not the least of which we do not know what the congressional districts look like because of the supreme court case. i suspect we will be heavily invested in at least four congressional distance, starting with the carlos carvalho district in the miami area. i expect that will be one of the five most expensive congressional races in the country. ford also present some tremendous pickup opportunities for us. based ond district,
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the maps going through the course cap -- court case, the second will change significantly, which could take when graham out of the running, and be a pickup for us. thank you. [laughter] and hopefully without firing a shot. then florida 18, the palm beach area, with patrick murray -- seat, we arey's very bullish on and we will have an outstanding nominee. ward.p: ward: thank you, philip. 2010,cumbents that won in the ipad was one year from being sold, you could buy over on or three dollars under nine cents. the world has changed. we're making sure our senators are pushing this. it is a part of our daily messaging.
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it it is really part of our entire team. the most important thing about florida is we're not going to keep the majority if we do not keep this seat here in florida, so making sure we have someone that keeps the seat that marco rubio has been such a great job with -- we will do whatever it is, whether it is patrick murphy or alan grayson, we will not lose florida. it will be with your help and the people on stage, and digital will be at the forefront, and not just what we have done before, when you look at places like puerto rico, when digital advertising is growing faster than any place in the nation. we'll make sure we are targeting them directly. phillip: brad, with the state republican party, you have many challenges in the sense everything they are talking about you are working on, and you're working on state races. i am sure there are state senators and representatives here. how you handle it on the digital front? brad: i like to say when the republican party is at its best is when we are working with committees to build the ground game that will carry the nominee across the ground in florida.
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we are working closely with the rnc about how we go about building the ground game. we have stats in place. rnc has been great at that. the biggest thing we use digital for right now is we are collecting information on people so we can use that when we get closer to election day. the biggest thing we use it for one doing the ground game is recruiting volunteers -- people that are apt to engage with you volunteer with you. and we have to have enough volunteers to get out there, knocked on the doors, and do the things we need to do to win elections, and that is not just for national elections, but states we are working on as well. we like to work to recruit volunteers. it is the best way to get them. it used to be who do you know. we found the people that engage with you in social media, you have e-mail addresses, phone
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numbers -- it is much here to find volunteers down the line. phillip: great. us, it is the new -- >> for us, it is the new political town hall. 193 million americans connect with people on facebook. to your point about how the world is different today and from the last cycle, most of that is on the mobile phone. 170 2 million americans are accessing facebook from a mobile device. if i asked you guys, how many use facebook, and how many do so from a mobile phone, the majority of people by far. that is the world we live in. the way people connect, is the things they talk about, but politics, too. almost at the percent of the american people get political information from facebook. so, we are working with candidates, making sure they understand the tools that are available to them on facebook, being able to use us to target the right people, the right
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message, at the right time, whether it is through video, longform personal posts. using facebook the way we use facebook is critical. it is an exciting time to be working at facebook and politics because this is where the action is in the cycle. phillip: i think you all made a good point that i want to emphasize, and this will give the crowd a better idea -- if they are cures about how much has changed, digital budgets. budgets for a campaign on the digital front. everybody hears about the vaunted obama machine, and what he was able to do to turn out , and right now, hillary clinton has inherited a lot of what they put together. and and his team -- ward his team put out a graphic that broke down what hillary clinton's campaign is spending right now. what you would be shocked to know is the number one expenditure is hiring staff, or having staff.
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that was number one. that is typical of a lot of campaigns. number two expenditure -- digital media. that includes internet advertising, websites, the back end data, where they collect the data to turn out the vote. it is the number two expenditure. if you add in the staff working on digital for hillary, it is the number one expenditure. that is what we are trying -- that is what we have done as a party to change. i would be tested in your perspective in how you see investments across the country for the national folks, and brad, here you in florida, and what that encompasses. katie: absolutely. as ward mentioned, digital is part of everything we do. there is a piece of every budget across the rnc that has a digital piece to it. i want to give a big shout out to our chief digital officer, garrett lansing, who made a
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compelling case to the chairman and myself about the priorities of the department. they figured in a percent of the digital budget for 2015 and 2016, and that is unprecedented on our side of the aisle. that is for analytics on our facebook, voter file matching, and, quite rightly, it is to build a team. we need to have a couple hundred kids that are ready to go that understand what they're doing, can work with the nominee, and merge seamlessly with their team in a short time. i guess chairman rents previous a lot of credit. he spent a lot of time fundraising and he puts the money in the right place, which is digital data and political. at 2012 -- you look
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ward: the average campaign in 2012 spent about 3% on digital advertising. the top nine campaigns will we had pickups sent -- spent an average of 29%. the world had totally changed. a lot of us up here do not have a tv. we are probably not on cable. to get me you need to be on hulu or those are the people we have to target. that is a difference we have seen. one we talk about fundraising -- fundraising expenses at our committee alone has gone up 16 times in the last two years because we get more roi on -- than on phones and mail because it is cheaper and they can pay every single month. that is how it has affected our senate races, but we have to get better. just because we won in 2014 does not mean we did everything right. we went to people and said what did we do wrong.
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we learn from that, and we're trying to improve on that. phillip: this is directed at you, brad. when we used to build campaigns -- i am a little older -- in the 1990's and early-2000's we would have people come through the door and volunteer, and now digital is the foundation of campaigns across the country because people do not walk through the door anymore physically. they go online and sign up. talk about your efforts on that front. brad: that is absolutely right. point, how different of the landscape was, the big thing we have to look at four digital, as far as it comes to expenditures, it has to be treated equally to other advertising. in the past, you would say the vast majority will be spent on tv, and radio, then mail. now you have to look at it -- digital has to be a big part of the pie. when we work with our state races, the house and senate caucus, as we are living -- looking at campaign plans, you have to treat digital,
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especially in florida, when we spend a lot of money on state races -- you cannot save ro up as much tv -- grow up as much tv as you can. you have to do it online now. it is great, because what you can do with the party -- a great way for us to connect with people and find volunteers is we can put up a graphic. jordan gibson, our digital director, does an amazing job for us. when we put up a graphic and say something has happened -- the obama administration has done something regarding guns, we can throw up a graphic in an hour and it is online and people are commenting on it. we're clicking the data so that when we call these people to volunteer, we know their number one issue. they are constantly liking and sharing images or videos that have to do with a certain issue. now it is not a cold call like it used to be four years ago. volunteer looking on their script that this person
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wants to talk about guns, and that gets them more endeared to wanting to volunteer. rob, how are you looking at the digital front? rob: it is a growing part of our budget and it changes every day. we did a battleground poll across 18 districts, and we asked some media consumption questions, and one of the questions was in the past way for hours have you watched live television outside of a sporting event, and 60% said no. if you think about how that changes the media for what a campaign needs to do to persuade get the vote out, it is a different ball game than it was four years ago, let alone eight years ago. we had a real ethics -- example with a special election in florida 2013.
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we had an inefficient media petersburg/cap, 10% of our district is in the market, so to be on broadcast television is expensive and inefficient. we spent considerable time, resources, and energy, focusing on the digital piece, to not only get the message out, but to drive absentee and early vote voters to get their ballots in, and we were out-spent by $1 million. in a race where the national narrative said this was the bellwether for the 2014 cycle, and the democrats had their dream candidate with alex sink, who raised millions of dollars on her own -- we were able to win the race because our team at the committee, as well as david's team on the ground really efficiently spent the dollars, used, and leveraged digital and online presence to get votes out. phillip: you raise a good point, and i will go to you, don, in a
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congressional race last year we had a client running, and every day we got the early vote numbers. -- ire able to go down believe you can do this in florida -- we were able to get the list of everybody that voted early. once we were able to do that, we took those names, handed them over to facebook, and facebook extracting them from our advertising buy. we had no inefficiency. we were targeting voters that had not voted, and no other campaign did this, and it was a huge advantage to our guy, and our got won. i'm to see how many campaigns on republican side are adapting to that -- what you have seen from budgeting and spending on campaigns and what you are doing from that front. don: i cannot tell you about budgets, but the fun things this cycle is the willingness to try new things spirit we work and constantly are improving our tools to reach the right person, the right time, with the right message. k referenced voter file matching -- katie referenced voter file
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matching, so you have an e-mail address, or postal address. you can match those on facebook, and target them or exclude them, so you're not wasting money chasing people that you have already reached. getting campaigns to reach the people they want to reach a seven we have been aggressive about. the companies that do use us and take advantage see terrific results. this little plug for the folks in this room that work on campaigns or candidates -- we have a tool called blueprint. it is the reason i mention it is because our platform is changing customer. keeping republicans, people in politics up to speed on those changes is important. print gives you a simple series of online modules you can go through to learn about these custom audiences, voter file matching, the optimizing you can do, to make sure your campaign is spending dollars most efficiently to achieve the goal that you want.
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rob: we did a test with facebook and we were running some advertising. we separated between digital, cable, used facebook for some ads as well, and we were experimenting with how to drive positive messaging to voter groups, particularly those under four. -- horny. we intuitive -- under 40. we intuitively thought facebook would not be a good method to criticize a member of congress, for example, and what we found in the results was exactly the opposite. we were able to drive 18 to 29-year-old -- 39-year-old balance --drive the ballot question 5% within that same group. for us, that it's usually important, because a lot of the district he will be competing in the cycle are large media markets. we have a different turn out dynamic because of it being a presidential year. states like california, illinois, new york, are very
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important to us. they are blue states. our nominee is probably going to struggle there. having that information, that data to continue to test this year going into next year is going to be critically important for us in getting incumbents reelected, and for those seats where we will be on offense, trying to add to our majority. phillip: what rob said -- --ward: what rob said, this is where digital will make the biggest impact -- how we are spending that money, because television, mail, these are cumbersome ways of contacting the voter. it takes at least a day to change traffic on television. with digital, we can get those absentee reports every day, and if we have good lists, we can match them up and quickly get to those people, whether it is by e-mail, mobile, facebook, twitter. we can get to those people if we have the right information. it has changed everything. we all know. that is where it has changed things the most because in the
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last few days we can make these quick decisions on the fly, and he started differences make huge differences in who gets elected. that, whonot have know so we had -- would have been able to do. if we were not better organized and had better data, it was those few days that made a difference in the end. phillip: i want to bring up you -- unique things -- think about this. rob brought this up. we do a lot of testing. a study we read about a year ago, and i would tell everybody in the audience to think about internethen you see an ad, if the internet ad is on the right-hand side of your computer screen -- do you ever look at the right-hand side of your computer screen anymore? the study said nobody goes there anymore. one of the things we do is we run all of our ads, on the left hand, or in the middle, whether
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it is on your phone, computer, ipad. another thing -- great with facebook, you can run your ad in facebook in the newsfeed, so if you are looking at facebook and catching up with your friends, you do not know -- sometimes it video, inand it is a your newsfeed. these are the great ways we are finding people to engage in digital advertising. i am curious what you guys are doing -- seeing. it does not have to be that. they can be totally different. are the unique things you guys are seeing or testing? don: this is not just --brad: --s is not just advertising this is not just political -- the best kind of advertising is advertising you not know is advertising.
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i catch myself doing that, a video will pop up, and you will watch it, and you realize it was promoted. you totally did not realize it was an ad, a cool video, and now i am caught watching this for 30 seconds. that is where it has been most effective. we come back the party, a big thing we are doing it because of the demographics of florida, we have launched a new campaign on facebook which is a way to connect with people whose first language is spanish. the communication director has been a good job putting up content that connects with those voters in ways they normally would not connect through our original facebook page because everyone -- everything else in the timeline is spanish. they would get two hours, and it would be in english, and it would scroll past because they knew it was not one of their friends. now they're looking at our content, sharing it because it is in their own language. ward: every day we run a
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snapshot at. they do not look like ads at all. there is a talking panda, a stanford tree, and a bunch of different things going on. we were the first committee to run a snap chat political ad. since then, we of them four more of those. where weone pandora, have interviewed staffers and talked to volunteers. i would say the biggest thing for us is snack chat, and every day we are doing a snap chat ad. it is something we push. it is really, really cool, some of the stuff we have been doing. future" "back to the type movie. it was badly done, but it got a lot of views. those are the things we have done. three weeks ago we sent our entire digital team to california to meet with facebook, google, twitter, snap chat, and mobile. that is really what we have been trying to do -- it is the third they have gone to california. to talkhad two retreats
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about what we can do better on mobile, because that is what we are looking at, and when you talk about digital and voter files, you should think of it as hunting. you are shooting with a 30/30 and not a shock on to you get a better rate of return and you can make those last-second adjustments. that is what has been so great for us. phillip: i have a question for katie on this. you have made a ton of progress in recruiting in this state. josh is doing a great job. katie: huge fan of josh. phillip: all over the country you are recruiting people out of precincts, counties, stuff we did not do before the nominee was chosen. it is incredible. how are you doing this not only on the ground, but also to digital means? how is the recruitment going? katie: one of the first exam realized following 2012 was we
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do not do a good job as a party of continuing relationship with volunteers that work so hard with us. so, the democrats had done a much better job, specifically as it related to president obama's election and reelection, making those volunteers and staffers feel like they were part of a family, movement, and part of a cause. we had not historically done a good job of keeping those folks engaged. our state directors, led by a political director, started a new thing we do called republican leadership institute. it is a six-week, very intensive training program, primarily targeted at kids between the ages of 18 and 29, although anybody can do it and can join in. come in on a saturday -- i'm sorry. you apply. you are accepted. you come in over a six-week's -- six-week period, learning how to hold a house party, a
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debate-watching party, and you create a community with the kids you are in class with, and richard lugar, the national committee, the state staff, and the republican national committee, the state staff. when i go through twitter, i see 2016, because it is people in miami, orlando, detroit, that have come together to learn about how we make sure we win the white house, keep the in 2016.he house we -- all of the single can keep connected with the people they have connected through digital and with the party and the movement. phillip: if you do not mind -- please give them a hand -- the --ublican national committee we are ready, our nominee is ready on day one with volunteers, and infrastructure in place, and you guys have done
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an amazing job of getting that ready for the nominee. we have not had that always in the past. rnc gets aing the we want toward: surpass what the obama administration is doing. when we talk about what committees and campaigns are doing, one of the best things we do it facebook is coalition. if you look at the coalitions that we have, whether it is a floridaor university of alumni that supports so and so candidate, that has been the biggest assess for us, -- access for us. we had three senators that were able to do google hangouts over 80 times. there were certain coalition groups. that is something all the committees are doing, and it has been one of our biggest outreaches.
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don, i would like to know your thoughts on the coalitions and how campaigns can build coalitions through facebook. don: there are two sides of that. there are races that use products like this look groups incredibly well -- facebook groups incredibly well, whether it is organizing groups that will volunteer, supporters around certain issues, collecting those folks has provided an easy way for them to communicate regularly, build a sense of committee, and get the folks volunteering and working for the. -- working for them. going back to your previous point, building off of what ward and brad mentioned, how they are building the coalitions, using the platform effectively -- it is the candidates and the folks that have used it in the way you were i might use a facebook profile. it is very authentic, personal. it is videos of their kid's fifth birthday party, nightly q&a where they answer questions havetheir fans and engage,
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a dialogue, connect with them, as opposed to doing what we might have done four or eight years ago -- post a press release. it does not work anymore. we are past that. folks that use it to connect with voters in a real way see direct results, and that is a benefit -- building a community of supporters who work for them and are excited to do so. phillip: i want to expand on this -- how are you building coalitions at the florida party, the rnc? i know at the rnc you have done it well by reaching out to minorities and growing that side , but i would being stood to hear what you guys are doing, especially on the digital front. brad: absolutely. florida is a diverse part of the country to you have to be willing to go out and build those coalitions because
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something that a lot of people -- and most people in this room on the because they are from florida -- there is a distinct difference, not just among people whose first language is english, and first language is spanish. the puerto ricans in orlando have vastly different concerns about the way the country is going than people who are of cuban descent and live in miami. that is something we have to be concerned about, congress and about when doing advertising -- cognizant about when we are doing advertising. when we get into specific state races, we can be focused a little more on those areas because they tend to fall within those geographical and racial lines. when we do it on a statewide basis, we have to because innocent of that, and how we build -- cognizant of that. we have to be able to build the coalitions and communicate in different ways. rob: i think a few years ago, if you are organizing a campaign, everyone started in the same women,we need veterans,
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if it is that verse, latinos, etc., and you had your five or six cookie-cutter organizations, coalition groups, part of every campaign. what the data and digital pieces of all of us have allowed us to do is get way beyond geographical or demographic groups, and look at specific issue areas, where you can have, in a large congressional district, folks from every corner of the district that are fired up about a balanced budget, or it could be about, you know, the local issue going on with immigration, or whatever it may be. so, it has allowed us to open up those doors in a way we did not have access to just a few years ago, and our successful candidates are the ones that use that and talk to groups in a different way that are outside of those boundaries that used to exist. that is what is so
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pivotal about using facebook data and other data. historically, you would have veterans, women, whatever it might be, but now the rnc, as well as candidates have the time -- specifically the rnc that gets ready for the nominee -- has the time to acquire the information about what these folks care about. when the nominee comes in, we can say depending on what your messages whatever the issue may be, we have spent 18 months gathering data on these folks. we put it over the voter file. as you look at these different communities, you what your vote total needs to be, your turnout model -- we know exactly what to talk to them about, and it is because we spent a cut of time talking to them, persuading them, and gather information from them primarily digitally, although also knocking on doors, phones, and normal modes of communication. we need to be where people are, and people are all online. it is another one resource we have to acquire information on voters. one thing, we want our ie
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to spend 40% on digital. one thing we have not talked about -- about half of our campaigns did this last time. our ie did it. -- rie did it. we want more online polling, which is not just typical polling, but every campaign has to do on mind polling. it is something we are pushing, trying to learn more about. i went back to school in december. we had a campaign school where no committee spoke. it was only businesses and tech firms that really spoke, and we think that is a healthy thing. no consultant or manager will be on any u.s. senate campaign unless the state have gone through digital school to learn. online polling is the next big thing. we need to get aggressive, and that is something we are pushing in our committee. one thing katie mentioned and we have talked about, one
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thing that has not changed is the voter file is where it all begins, still. with the facebook matches, whatever consumer data is on it, the id work that goes into it and is placed on the file -- the investments the rnc has made over the past few years in building it up has been tremendously important. we used it extensively in a special election here, and that is -- ward mentioned it earlier. the democrats do not have a data advantage over us. that is just not true peer we have as good and robust data as with thousands and thousands of data points on .very single voter the challenge what we have had in what we have made tremendous strides over the past couple of years, is getting candidates, campaign managers and volunteers more familiar, more comfortable with using data and technology, to use the data that is behind it more effectively to help us win these races. well, looking at how to make decisions based on it.
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one of the things rnc has taken seriously -- i do agree with rob, and thank you for your comments -- i directly we have a data disadvantage. where to start watching netflix on the voter file, you would be watching it for 24 years and that would get you through most of the voter file. i don't think we have ever had a data problem. we had a problem with how we use the data. historically, when you look at the voter file and turnout models -- whatever you need to do to get to the 50 plus one, we have been talking to the same voters cycle after cycle after and democrats, eight years ago, and it can four years ago took a different view of the data and set where are the persuadable voters and that is the mind of many to be in. it has taken us longer to learn that lesson. we have learned it. josh, chris, the team at the rnc, the rpof are told we are only to be in communities we
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have never been in before. it is probably the best turnout effort in politics. we can turn out a non-republican voter. if we know you will vote for us, we will turn you out. we have to put more people in that pot here it -- pot. phillip: that leads to the next question, we have been talking about the back end of this, and how data works, and what we were doing on digital. let's talk about content -- it is going to drive candidates, voters, and it is one of those things the media loves to say we not good on, and they are wrong. so, i would leave -- lead it off jumpsk one of you guys to in -- how are we handling content and issues going into this election cycle? don, talk about what you are seeing on facebook and what candidates are doing. don: sure. what katie said now and what has
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been alluded to is right -- we're at a point where tools that world the available to national campaigns are now available to everybody, so the challenge is creating the right content, the right message. forward, investing more resources in that message, content production, we are actually reaching the right people with the right messages is actually critical. i mentioned this a little bit ago -- about what i see now that is successful. i think of the republican side, especially nationally and statewide races, we have been terrific. successful folks have been terrific at using the platform, again, in that authentic way. i cannot stress that enough. people want to connect with people. voters want to see who a candidate is, what their personal lives are like. they just do not want to see -- "today in washington, this happened." they want to see them, which is both a challenge, and somewhat easier. you do not need a camera rate to
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get terrific video of a candidate. you just need a phone. stream it, click it, upload it later -- it does not matter. sometimes that is what people respond to the best. again, it is -- it is the candidates, the folks that use of the way other people are using it. brad: the key is you cannot be lazy about this. it used to be we're doing a press release, make sure you send it through e-mail, and if you get time, put it on facebook or twitter. you cannot be lazy. there is nothing that is easier for people to find than stale content or lazy content. you cannot say there's one be a veterans message. people do not respond well to. you have to have advertising going back to content that does not feel like content. it cannot feel forced. -- and lord knows
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because i ran a senate race in minnesota -- we tell the candidate when you wake up, brush your teeth, send a tweet. voters want to feel connected. that is how you feel like you are part of a cause. people that are looking at your twitter feed, your facebook, they want to feel there is some sort of connection between them and you, and the easiest way to do that, the most cost-effective way is how you go about putting out contact -- content. you put on tvent should not be the same as you put on twitter, facebook, snack chat, so last week -- some of the guys doing the tv were not doing the digital tv that was going out on three roll overs going to be a radio ad on pandora, or was going on facebook. michelle nunn -- for instance -- we had three different people doing digital programs for each one we got was different on independent expenditures and it works well for us. now you see more tv companies
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also having a digital component, where they did not before. it is all about content and targeting. one person that broke the mold .n 2010 was governor scott who heard of someone spending 25%, 26% of their funds in 2010 on digital. if you look at what he did in 2014 -- it is one of the best digital programs we have ever seen, and obviously we want to make sure we, sort of, copy that. he deserves credit for pushing it, and what he has done for the state party as well. rob: i think everything you said is exactly right, and i suspect everyone is not riveted by us on the stage and there are some people looking at their phones and maybe scrolling through facebook. the ads that are popping up in your feed right now, if they are done professionally, are done for facebook. they are done so they can be watched without sound.
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they are done with heavy graphics so that your message can come across while you are lookingin an audience at your phone, or while you're sitting in line at the grocery store. that is the big difference. d's point, we are far beyond the point for me have a 32nd television ad, we need to cut that down to 15 seconds. it does not work anymore. we're talking about multiple screens, multiple devices -- some being seen at the same time for those that said, have a television show on in the living room while the ipad is open and they are checking e-mail, looking at pictures, or whatever. it -- that is where all of this is going. direct and creative content is going to will the day. brad: what i want to say, and not to get too nerdy, it frees you up when you get into the last days of the campaign, and we all know this in florida --
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you get to the last days of the campaign, and there is no inventory to buy tv left. it is all bought. a lot of people that live in south florida know this. they are watching the television show and all they get is political ads. you get to a place where you run out of inventory. digital has opened up a new access of inventory for us to spend money on. that is not to say the budget is to be shifted toward the end, because you know the budget is going to be there. sometimes it is not. it is an easy, cost-effective way for us to put those ads out. campaigns will start going out on tv later and later because they can fill in at the front-end of tv buys with digital advertising and start reaching voters. we started by digital more and more. we went and earlier than our committee had ever done before by six months on digital. so, now we are already looking at when do we need to go in and start buying digital now, and every one of the campaigns we are meeting with -- we are saying when do we need to go in, just like with tv alone.
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digital was the second. now we think it is the first, because in a presidential there are only so many groceries in the store. we're looking at that now. phillip: my last question and we will get out of here -- what are the issues, when we talk about the content -- [laughter] what are the issues you guys are focused on more than any that you will see on the digital front, in your facebook feed, online, everywhere else? what issues are we seeing going forward, the rest of the primary season, going into the general election? brad: i will just say i think that is a broad question and if someone told you they know what issue will decide the election, they are lying to you. in 2008, we thought national security would be the issue. we spent three years preparing for national security debate, and the last few months of the campaign shifted on a dime and we were caught talking about the
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economy, and we probably were not prepared for it. we are looking at this not knowing what it is it we probably feel it is going to be national security, certainly with what happened last night and other things happening around the world, but we have no idea. it goes back to digital let us shift on a diamond those decisions nearly end. katie: yeah -- ward: sorry. i do not think you can visualize those at all. every state is different. when you look at iowa, when the top issues was trade with china because corn and pork is so important with them, but when you went to georgia, that hurt them the most and they were against that. in michigan, they were against that. all of all races are totally different. that is why digital is so important. katie: yeah, i was going to piggyback off of what ward said as well.
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we would like to talk about as many issues as possible. comes into the rnc, our job is to hand over the voter file and say here are the 18 issues this voter engaged with us with over the last 18 months. you can get on a pastor scale and track how a voter -- faster scale and track how a voter progresses. what is driving what they care about, how do they engage -- what seems to be the number one issue, the number two issue -- the number three issue. the only thing that i would add, and i agree with all of that, i think one overarching thing that will need to be done next year, and that is starting with the republican nominee, our candidates for senate, congress, we will need a vision, have an idea, and be able to convey the idea to the voters on how we are
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going to lead the country. we have a great story to tell. our ideas are better than theirs. if you look at the polling, the obama administration has been a inlure on every issue set every poll that you look at. [applause] our job and our candidate third is to candidate's job take where voters are inclined to want to help us, support us, and vote for our candidate, and get the nominees and senators to drive the message of the positive republican vision, the positive conservative vision for the country, and if we do that successfully, we will win up and down the ballot. don: 16 million americans have already made comments about the election, so it helps people talk about the things they care about -- whether it is the economy,
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taxes, does not matter. you can reach them and talk to the about it on facebook. all for thank you sitting through this, we appreciate your time. i hope you have a better understanding of what is going on inside the game and how it has changed. a lot of them flew down here because florida is the most important state in the country when you look at congressional races, senate races, the presidential race, you wrap it up in a big bow, there is no bigger stake than florida. we want to make sure you understand how important it is what they are doing and what the world is doing right now. thank you guys so much. katie: thank you. [applause] ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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[applause] >> i want to come out here and before the next speaker comes out, i wanted to come out here and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart by making the first sunshine summit a resounding success. [applause] keep that applause going because i want everybody to give a big round of applause to the republican party of florida staff, our executive director -- [applause] let's give a big round of applause for the rosen shingle
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creek, and the amazing staff here. [applause] let's give a huge round of applause for all of our great speakers this weekend. [applause] you guys ready to defeat hillary in 2016? theyou guys ready to defeat democrats at every level of government up and down the ballot? [applause] are you guys ready to take our federal government back? thank you for everything. get involved. if you are watching at home, 2016 is going to be our year. it is going to be the year of the republican party. guys, thank you for everything that you do. [applause] knock them dead.
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ms. fiorina: thank you. >> these welcome presidential candidate carly fiorina. ♪ [applause] ms. fiorina: thank you so much. [laughter] thank you. [applause] ms. fiorina: thank you for that great sunshine summit welcome. you guys have a lot of passion and spirit to be here on a beautiful saturday afternoon after two days of speeches. so, thank you for that warm welcome and hanging in here through the end of the day. >> [indiscernible] ms. fiorina: [laughter]
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thank you. [laughter] ms. fiorina: ladies and gentlemen, we have much to be proud of as republicans, but today, today, actually, like all i am --and very angry angry. i am heartsick, and i am heartbroken at the carnage in paris. i am filled with revolution for the terrorists that carried out these brutal acts that we have seen play out on our television screen, and the murderous islamic extremism that fuels their violent hatred. i am profoundly disappointed that our own president cannot speak with the same clarity of purpose as the president aland and as the prime minister david cameron. e and as the holland prime minister david cameron.
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[applause] ms. fiorina: mostly, though, i am angry. i am angry that just yesterday morning, our president, against all evidence, declared isis contained, and took a victory lap. is not contained, mr. president. they are at our shores, and they measure their victims in body count. i am angry, really angry, that hillary clinton there's two ask what difference does it make -- dares to ask what difference does it make how four people died in benghazi, and then tells us we have to emphasize with our enemy. mrs. clinton, when the united states does not answer a purposeful terrorist attack with a purposeful and powerful response of our own, and instead blames a video, then we invite
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more terrorism and more bloodshed. [applause] like all of you, i am angry. i am angry that president obama and hillary clinton declared in 2011,n iraq abandoned all of our hard- to gains for political it the -- territory, leaving and too much weaponry to be gobbled up by isis. i am angry that president obama unilaterally decides that we will accept, in this nation, 100,000 syrian refugees, while his administration admits that we cannot determine their ties to terrorism. [applause] mostly, i am outraged because the murder, the mayhem, the
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danger, the tragedy that we see unfolding in paris, in the middle east, around the world, and too often in our own homeland are the direct consequences of this administration's policies. you cannot lead from behind. [applause] ms. fiorina: the world is a very dangerous and a very tragic place when we do not lead. we cannot be the world's policeman, but we must be the world leader, and so -- [applause] andfiorina: and so, ladies gentlemen, it is worth considering, at this pivotal point in our nations history, why only this nation can lead. our nation was founded on a very unique premise, on a visionary idea, that each individual life has promise and potential, and value.
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individual byan the content of his or her character as martin luther king taught us, instead of as a member of a group. [applause] our nation was founded on the idea each one of us has the right to fulfill our potential. thisounders expressed right as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. our founders said, and this was the truly radical part of our founding ideal, our founders said this right to find and use our god-given gifts to fulfill our potential, the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness comes from god and cannot be taken away by man or government. [applause] our constitution was written as much to curb the abuse of power as it was to protect our individual rights. we are not a perfect nation.
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we have worked hard over our history to produce a more perfect union. that we are an exceptional -- but we are an exceptional nation. [applause] because despite all of our imperfections, despite our struggles over history, it is nevertheless true that in this nation more things have been more possible for more people regardless of their circumstances then anywhere else on earth. [applause] ms. fiorina: it is also true we are the only nation in the history of the world with military superiority who uses that power not to copper territory, not to subjugate others, but to liberate people, to uplift people, and to comfort people all over the world. [applause] ms. fiorina: this, mr.
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president, is why we are an exceptional nation. because we are exceptional, we must lead. [applause] ms. fiorina: the philosopher aristotle once said courage is the most important of virtues because without courage the practice of the other virtues is impossible. [applause] ms. fiorina: so we must have the courage to lead. and to give us that courage, we must remember who we are. gifttatue of liberty was a from the people of france. and in that iconic figure, the french soccer americans as we must -- saw americans as we must be.
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lady liberty stands tall and strong. we must have the strongest economy and the strongest military on the face of the planet, and everyone must know it. [applause] ms. fiorina: as president, i will restore our prosperity and possibilities for every american regardless of their circumstances. i will cut our government down to size and hold it accountable. as commander-in-chief, i will invest in our military, honor their sacrifice, value and service -- their service, and listen to their advice. [applause] ms. fiorina: there is one candidate in this race who says he knows more about isis than
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our generals. he is wrong and deeply misguided. we must also, to have the strong as military on the planet to honor and value those who serve, we must also care for those who have already served. we must finally, after years of talk, reform the veterans administration from top to bottom. [applause] it is a stain on our nation's honor when our veterans are not given the care and respect they have already so richly earned. it is a stain on our nation's honor when we learn 300-7000 300 7000 veterans died before they had access to health care and the v.a. hands out $140 million worth of bonuses.
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lady liberty is tall and strong, as this nation must always be. lady liberty is also clear eyed and resolute. she does not shield her eyes from the realities or the evils of the world. and so let us be clear eyed. no, mrs. clinton. no, president obama. climate change is not our most pressing national security challenge. [cheers and applause] ms. fiorina: our most pressing and immediate national security challenge is radical islamist terrorism around the world and here at home, lone wolf and
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packs of wolves. isis is an evil that must be confronted and destroyed, and we must call it what it is. [cheers and applause] isis, evil. they are at war with us and only represent, and so we must wage this war and we must win. [applause] meaniorina: this does not that we repeat all the nationbuilding as naïveté, the mistakes of the iraq and afghanistan wars. [applause] ms. fiorina: but it does mean that we must deny isis territory. ,e cannot permit them to rape to subjugate, to terrorize, to crucify, and behead their enemies. we cannot permit them to use
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their territories to train and prepare for jihad around the world. and so we must gather allies and lead. allce, britain, germany, are threatened, as is every nation in europe. jordan, kuwait, turkey, saudi kurds all are the fighting isis on the ground as we speak. and all, every single one of them, have asked the united states of america for support, weapons, material, intelligent sharing. mostly this administration has said no. i will say yes. [applause] ms. fiorina: russia and iran represent real threats over the medium-term. china is our rising adversary over the long-term. whether we confront near-term threats and enemies or rising
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adversaries over the longer-term, america must always stand with our allies and confront our adversaries because when we fail to do so, our allies lose courage and our adversaries press forward. [applause] and so, on day one of my administration, i will send an unmistakable signal to every ally we have and every adversary we have. i will make two phone calls from the oval office. the first will be to my good toend, bibi netanyahu, reassure him the united states of america will stand with israel always. [cheers and applause] ms. fiorina: the second phone call will be to the supreme leader of iran. realistically, he may not take my phone call. [laughter] ms. fiorina: but he will get my message.
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[laughter] [applause] ms. fiorina: new deal. new deal with a new president. until enron opens every military and nuclear facility to real, anytime, anywhere inspections by our people, not yours, we, the united states of america will make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system. we do not need anyone's permission or collaboration. we must stop the money flow. [cheers and applause] ms. fiorina: and with these two
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phone calls, a loud and clear signal will be sent to every ally and every adversary around the world. the united states of america is back in the leadership business. [cheers and applause] i understand the world and who isn't it. -- is in it. i have operated around the world for decades in business, in charity, and in policy. i have held the highest security clearances available to a civilian. i have advised the c.i.a., the n.s.a., department of defense, secretaries of state and homeland security. we need a president who will speak, who will see, who will act on the truth. she must understand how truly exceptional -- [cheers and applause]
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ms. fiorina: she must understand how truly exceptional this nation is and call evil by its name. others will not call this islamic terrorism. i will. and i have the courage to lead. [applause] ms. fiorina: lady liberty stands tall and strong, as america always must. she is clear eyed and resolute. she faces out into the world as we always must, and she holds her torch high because she knows she is a beacon of hope in a very troubled and dangerous world. elect anominate and president who will proudly accept the mantle of leadership
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that a wary world -- weary world is eager for us to wear. [applause] i know what such leadership requires. i will recognize dangers with eyes wide open, but i will also embrace with open arms the enormous opportunities and amazing potential of our times. of mine,s ago, a hero margaret thatcher, once said this. [applause] ms. fiorina: margaret thatcher said, "i am not content to manage the decline of a great nation." well, neither am i. i think, ladies and gentlemen, then managing the decline of this great nation for far too long now. [applause] ms. fiorina: i have been tested.
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and i am prepared. with your prayers, with your support, with your votes to lead the resurgence of this great nation here at home and around the world. may god bless you all and may god continue to bless the most exceptional nation in the world, the united states of america. [cheers and applause] ♪
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>> republican presidential candidate carly fiorina doing some meet and greet after her speech at the sunshine summit. today is the second day of the sunshine summit and speeches by the various republican presidential candidates running for the 2016 republican nomination. now, your chance to weigh in on what you have been watching over the last couple of days in orlando. and your opinion on who you think the republicans should nominate in 2016 to run for president. your calls.
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republicans, independents and all others. also, looking at your tweets. @cspan orweet us leave a comment on the c-span facebook page. bonnie is a democratic caller. who do you think the republicans should nominate? caller: i definitely have been ,lued to all of the information anything i could get, anything i could watch or hear. i have been fair as far as listening to everyone. between yesterday and today, you did a very good job. but i am 100% and my family 100% kind donald trump. host: ok. thanks for calling.
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the next caller on the republican line, what do you think? caller: good afternoon. definitely donald trump for president. that is exactly what america needs, donald trump 100%. host: is there anything you heard from donald trump new app at thehine summit -- sunshine summit that swayed you or have you been solidly for trump? caller: i have definitely been solid with him. the foundation of what he wants to do for america is what we need. we can no longer keep america under control of [indiscernible] we need donald trump. he is the one who is going to change america and bring it back to what it was founded upon. host: thanks for calling. we go to the independent line. wanda calling us from indiana. go ahead. caller: i want to say i am for donald trump. i have been from the beginning,
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even though i like a lot of them and begin good speeches and are good debaters. he is the only one i believe will do what he says he is going to do. host: thanks for calling. pat, you are on the line from milton, washington, democratic caller. go ahead. caller: i would go for mr. casey or mr. lindsey graham. host: why is that? caller: because both of them are sane. host: did you hear their speeches at the sunshine summit? caller: yeah, they are pretty scary. host: the other candidates? caller: yeah. host: thanks for calling. leah, your next, republican caller. who should the g.o.p. nominee be next year? caller: i have to say donald trump. he is a businessman. look at where he is at. he is one of the richest men in the world. he is doing this presidency by himself, this candidacy all by
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himself. he has paid for it by himself. it is not about the money. he is mostly for our country. he wants to make our country great again. i have been for him right from the get, and that is who i am voting for. host: ok, thanks for the call. we have gotten a couple of tweets this afternoon. this one is from john who says case it, preferring to ohio governor -- referring to ohio governor john kasich. he has the right tone for the day with a specific approach for dealing with isis. donna tweets ben carson was much correct thinking than rand paul, referring to senator rand paul who was on earlier today. his dad makes more sense. "awakeningeet from pickup


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