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children's defense fund. she went to alabama to investigate whether segregated academies were claiming tax exemptions on the grounds that they were just private academies that happened to have no african-americans. they changed the law and the school changed the practice. she went to south carolina to investigate why so many 14 and 15-year-old children, all of whom were african-american, were in adult jails. not so much of that anymore. everywhere she went she did something good happen. she came to arkansas to be with me she opened the first legal aid clinic we ever had. where the university is. i will never forget, she made me take her to court the day the judge accepted the legal aid proposal. he was a crusty old guy who liked the old system of just
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ppointing lawyers. the guys sitting on the bench. i introduced him. he was polite but stern. she makes her presentation. he leans over and says i don't like legal aid very much, and i don't like lady lawyers very much, i apologize to the young people but people used to talk like that. [laughter] within six months he changed his position on both. she made something good happen and it is still thriving. hen i became governor she came in and said, bill, we've got all these really poor families that don't have any education and there's kids are starting school so far behind. i found a program from israel. for immigrants who didn't speak hebrew or english.
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home instruction program for preschool youngers. it gets the parents involved in the whole educational enterprise. i think it would work here. she said, don't worry, i just talked to the woman who founded it and she's going to be here at about 10 days and she is going to set it up. she had not been elected to anything yet. [laughter] the next thing i know, we have a whole program going and before you know it it was in 26 states, it was a national organization and today before there was ever childcare standards for preschool, there were these thousands of kids who came from these poor families who got a better start in life in the last 30 years because she made something good happen. wherever she is, whatever she is doing, she just makes things appen.
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[applause] we had to redo our school standards. the national experts said arkansas had the worst schools in america. i took office in 1983. i put her in charge of this committee calling for greater standards. smaller classes and a lot of other things. more science and math. nine years later i came to new hampshire running for president. the same guy that said we had the worst schools in america in 1983, said we had one of the two most improved school systems in the whole country. i used it in speeches here to try to talk you into voting for me but she did that. [laughter] and she'd never been elected to
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anything. [applause] so, then we go to washington. we try to do health care. we offered a bill that people now forget was widely acclaimed by the experts and took more pages out of federal law that put in. we just didn't have 60 votes in the senate. he didn't give up. she didn't give up. so when we passed the balanced-budget bill she worked with senator kennedy to put the children's health insurance program in it. there are 12 million kids in the program today. it was the largest expansion of health care from the time medicaid and medicare passed ntil obamacare passed. she just did it. she came to me one day. and i thought this is never to happen. she says what i've finally found something we can work with tom delay on.
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[laughter] a lot of younger people may not remember tom delay. he was newt gingrich's enforcer in the pre-tea party to party ongress. he didn't think much of may. i said you've got be kidding. but he was an adoptive arent. we had a terrible problem with too many kids in foster homes. not enough kids moving to adoptive homes. kids aging out of foster care with nowhere to go nothing to to do, no etcation, no continuing support. she and tom delay got together and it was one of the happieist bill signings i ever did was signing the bill they agreed upon and at the time i left office it had already increased adoptions out of foster care at 65%. before i even left office. [applause] she hadn't been elected to
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anything. when she started to run in new york, she came home with ideas every day. after she got elected,, she got these farmers on long island , predominantly republican, involved in doing things to preserve the farms there with the real estate was pretty high. and, pretty soon there were several of them in iowa knocking on doors saying i am a republican but she is the only person who ever did anything for us. wine growers in upstate new york selling their wine in restaurants for the first time. a guy making fishing rods in a little town in upstate new york introduced to e-commerce and quadrupled his business and all his new customers were in norway. it never even occurred to him. she just makes things happen. just put her somewhere, and two or three days later, something good will be going on. [laughter] [applause]
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she left office, came to work in our foundation and all of a sudden we had a project called no ceilings that pointed out all the places where gender disparity still existed. another project called too small to fail the let parents know what they could do putting their children whether or not they had any money before they ent to school. she just makes things happen. we need a change maker. i spent a lot of time when i was president upset seeing -- president, obsessing about restoring broad-based prosperity. somebody asked me what i celebrated the 10th anniversary of my library was most proud of. i said i am most proud of broad-based prosperity. we had 40% or 50% more jobs
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than were created when president reagan was in office. that is the only time trickle down economics ever looked like it was working. we cut taxes and increased spending so dramatically the same time. incomes dropped for everybody during the two bush administrations. we had a hundred times as many eople move from poverty into the middle class. they work their way there. e can do that again. the people in the middle 50% more. the just below the middle more than twice as big an increase. at the bottom increase for the bottom 20% of the workers, .7% in the eight years of president reagan's office, 26% when i was
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there. the rest did just fine. [applause] why am i telling you this? forget about that, i am telling you we can do this. there is no country better position to that the united states for the future. we can do it. but you have to have somebody who makes good things happen. we can also navigate this very uncertain and often perilous world, without blowing it up or blowing our values up. you have to have somebody who knows how to stop big, bad things from happening, and make good things happen. in my adult lifetime, there has never been anyone better prepared for the job that awaits the next president, than hillary. never. cheers and applause]
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she is pretty much still the same girl i fell in love with in law school. she really is. that is why she is still really close friends with her best friend from grade school. and why all of these people she went to high school with are coming to new hampshire or iowa, and why people she met more than 30 years in arkansas keep coming to new hampshire every time she is on the allot. there are candidates, and then there are candidates. [laughter] there are records, and then there are records. all i can tell you is, in our family, here is how you keep score. are people better off when you quit than when you started? do children have a brighter future and are things coming together instead of being torn apart? if that's going to be your score keeping, you only have one choice. i hope you'll help her win in
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new hampshire. thank you. [cheers and applause]
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> c-span takes you on the road to the white house. best access to the candidates at town hall meetings, speeches, rallies and meet and greets. we're taking your comments on twitter, facebook and by phone and always every campaign event we cover is available on our website, one of those town hall meetings is with connecticut senator rand paul come up this evening in new hampshire. live coverage at 6:30 eastern
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over on c-span2. now joining us s fredreka schouten, a campaign finance reporter with usa today. we will discuss the latest on the fundraising numbers released by the 2016 presidential candidates. the fundraising quarter ended december 31. walk us through the announcements that have happened. what do we know about what campaigns raised in the last three months? guest: only for candidates have told us their numbers. they have until january 31, the day before the iowa caucus to release their year-end fundraising numbers. at this point, hillary clinton is ahead. she has raised $37 million. bernie sanders is not that far behind. he has raised $33 million. he has turned out to be very competitive with someone who is considered the long-standing
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democratic front runner. host: republicans a bit slower to put their numbers out. athave ben carson's numbers $23 million and ted cruz at $20 million. is there some strategy here about announcing your numbers yourself versus waiting until the day before the caucuses? guest: there is strategy. if you have good news to tell, you want to share it and run out and blasted to the world. some candidates whose fundraising numbers may happen disappointing, why make that part of the narrative in the last four weeks before the caucuses? why not release of the day before you have to? i'm not saying everybody has bad news. we will see. host: we have the numbers for the candidates, the two leading candidates in the democratic field. what do you look at before that topline number -- below that
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topline number? guest: cash on hand is critical. that is one of the things we got from the democratic numbers. hillary had far more cash on hand to start the year. $38 million cash on hand. year. into the 2016 has that much in available and $28 million.out they are each of starting to spend. she has been spending heavily. not only in the early states, but beyond. she is looking ahead to the general election. host: is our viewers want to call in, we welcome you to do so. -- if our viewers want to call in. democrats, 202-748-8000. republicans, 202-748-8001.
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independents, 202-748-8002. want to ask about big donations versus small donations. why does that matter? guest: it matters a lot. for someone who can raise money in small amounts, $200 or $100 anytime, that person can go back to that donor repeatedly before the donor hits the $2700 limit for the primary. it makes fundraising far more efficient because you already have your information, you can send out an e-mail or contact them via social media. bernie sanders has relied heavily on small donors. 88% of the money he has received through september came in amounts of $200 or less. compared to only 20% of the money that went to secretary clinton. she has been very good at fundraising.
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millionraised $112 during the course of 2015. that is no small change. bernie sanders, his total was $73 million. races $33ie sanders million in the fourth quarter of 2015. you can read the story or give us a call and we can go to the numbers here. ,homas is up first in wichita kansas. line for democrats. fredreka schouten, ier: have a question. dollarse millions of that are being spent on this -- i've already made up my mind. for hillary,
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host: what was your question about the money? caller: what are all these millions and millions of dollars being spent on a campaign? like the independents or undecideds? how can you be undecided between hillary and donald trump? know, there are people who are undecided in these races. it is still early. secretary clinton has to secure the democratic nomination. the first votes have not been cast. they are spending money on staff , making sure people turn up to the iowa caucuses. organization is very important. in 2008, she did not win. she placed third.
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about 100ders, he has paid staff on the ground in iowa. he will be a formidable competitor. that is the thing about presidential politics. -- don't want any less host: how big of a budget item is commercials and ads? guest: it is still a big ticket item. what has been interesting this time around, ad spending is up 45%. looking at what we've seen during the course of 2015. host: donald trump on the republican side making news yesterday with his first ad running in iowa and new hampshire. [video clip] >> i'm donald trump and i approved this message. trump calls it radical
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islamic terrorism. that is why he is calling for a temporary shutdown of muslims entering the united states until we can figure out what is going on. isisll cut the head off and stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that mexico will pay for. >> we will make america great again. trump's first ad of the campaign. who are the candidates weapon running a lot of ads -- who had been running a lot of ads? guest: that is donald trump is very first ad. polls been leading the without spending a cent until yesterday. other folks, it is interesting because it is not necessarily the candidates running ads.
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or other super pacs outside groups. hasn'th's super pac spent more than $30 million on advertising. -- has spent more than $30 million on advertising. three languished behind and four and five other candidates in most polls. he is leading the way. ted cruz has not been advertising that much. he is just starting to do more advertising. both from ted cruz and the super pac supporting him. host: we will get more into the super pacs. this is outside money. the outside money that has been raised to jeb bush is over $100 million in october.
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inut 25 million dollars hillary clinton, about $2 million raised by outside groups. she raised about $77 million. over $100e has raised million. and so on down the line if you want to view the other candidates, go to open secrets. usa today," tulsa, oklahoma, line for democrats, good morning. caller: good morning, i was retract onyou could the cash on hand it when you talk about debt, the current debt, does the cash on hand reflect that or is that number put to the side? like when you do an asset liability. guest: we generally tend to talk debt for a number of
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reasons. the campaigns have a long time to pay off their debts if they have any. long aftery them off the election is over. we are interested in what's left on the balance sheets that they view as money they can spend it at this point, we don't have the actual reports from the campaigns. we don't how much debt they are currently carrying. we know that clinton has told us she has $38 million in available cash and sanders has told us he has about 28 $.4 million in available cash. belmar, virginia, the line for republicans, you are on. caller: i have a question. maybe some of the candidates have an unfair advantage in that they are given the opportunity to get lots of time on tv for
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free and don't have to spend on campaigning. if you are someone wanting to look at which candidates there are and you are not able to go dependr debates, people on being on tv as to what they are doing. there are only a few candidates being put on tv. when they have debates, there's thata couple of candidates their debates are put on television. you don't see the other candidates. i never see a debate with chris christie or the town hall meetings the other candidates are having. it seems to be about ben carson or donald trump or jeb bush. host: earned media versus the media? guest: that's an interesting discussion because donald trump has gotten a lot of coverage. would argue deservedly so
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because of his status as part runner and the newsworthy things he says. i think it has been a serious part of the conversation and other candidates have complained about that. i would encourage folks to go to the candidates websites. if you're interested in what they have to say and the issues, take a look there. i know c-span provides lots of coverage of all sorts of town hall meetings. the information is out there. been more there have people who have committed more attention than others. that is also the way it has been in campaigns. there were 17 republicans running at one point. they are not likely to get the same level of coverage. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] caller:,n host: delaware is up next. caller:good morning and happy new year. my question is, african-americans are a big part of the democratic constituency.
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with advertising spending in other any figures on how much of that money is being spent with african-american pollsters or advertising and the like? [video clip] guest: i do not know the answer to that question and it's difficult to get at. you cannot necessarily tell looking at reports the rates of the vendor who are doing this. it's an interesting question. target moregns african-americans for certain messages. guest: absolutely, that is happening and we have done analyses in the past and looked at zip codes and populations of zip codes. heavily african-american zip codes are giving more to one
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candidate versus another. onthis point, it's focused iowa and new hampshire right now it that's where a lot of the spending is going. those are places where you don't see large african-american populations. it's about getting the early voters out at this stage. host: one viewer from iowa writes in -- englewood, ohio is up next on the line for republicans. campaignlking about finance advertising spending. what are your thoughts? caller: i think there is way too much money being spent and money being raised by the candidates. i think we need a campaign-finance reform to wear only individuals, not super packs, unions and other companies and organizations
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donate to campaigns. i'd like to get your thoughts on that. guest: i think there are a number of americans agree with you. race wheree a billions will flow through it are many people frustrated by that. they are frustrated with the length of the campaign and some of them are tired of politics. host: can you define what a super pack is? guest: it is a political action andittee that can raise spend unlimited amounts of money from virtually any source. one condition is that they cannot coordinate their advertising spending directly with the candidates. we are now seeing people donating millions of dollars to super packs that are supporting individual presidential candidates. that spending has grown dramatically in this election. host: chances for campaign-finance reform? guest: virtually no.
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it's an election year. there is no appetite now in the republican-controlled congress to pass campaign-finance reform. mitch mcconnell has been one of the biggest public proponents of campaign restrictions and in the spending bill that passed congress late last year, there were some provisions that clamped down on new efforts to have more disclosure of money flowing into politics. host: even less disclosure for this cycle? guest: it's the same level of disclosure. no new disclosure. want to show viewers are a few recent super pack as that of come out and -- adds that came out. this is the right to riot pac. >> days after the paris attacks, senators came together for a
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top-secret briefing on the terrorist threat. marco rubio is missing. fundraising in california instead or two weeks later, para struck again in san bernardino marco rubio? fundraising again in new orleans but over the last three years, he has missed important national security hearings of missed more total votes than any other senator. politics first is the ruby away. host: what do we know about super pack fundraising at the end of last year? when did the groups have to let us know how much they raised? guest: they have to let us know on january 31, the same day -- it covers a six month period. we have not seen fundraising reports for super packs since the end of june. it will be very interesting. host: a $140 million we saw for jeb bush was just her the end of
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june, not through october? guest: exactly, the first six months of the year pivot host: let's go to ohio on our line for democrats. caller: hi, i want hillary in so bad. i have always wanted her and we need a lady president but a smart one and she is. what makes me so mad about yould trump -- every time watch the tv, you keep seeing him making fun of handicapped people. i used to have braces on my feet and i have a handicapped child. he says he does not want to look at him and makes fun of handicapped people. that has turned a lot of republicans to the democratic side. democrats are for all people whether you are rich or black or white or handicapped, so is hillary. san antonio, texas is up next on our line for independents. caller: good morning, c-span.
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an off-the-wall question, what happens to campaign funds to folks that drop out? i will just throw out the name of lindsey graham. say he raise $3 million or whatever and then he drops out of the race, guest: there are a number of options. refunds of theo contributions and contribute is can ask for their money back. he can also transfer that money into his senate reelection campaign. he can also have it set on the books. there are no rules that say you have to shut down your campaign. he can sort of keep that campaign going. we still see reports from the mitt romney campaign.
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camp can treasuries live on long after the election. run: is this in case they for another office? have: yes, sometimes they that's. they still have bills to pay so they may oh a vendor some money. they might be taking in money to pay off those vendors. you don't have to close the books immediately. host: about 15 or 20 minutes left on campaign-finance reform. patrick is up early in anchorage, alaska, line for republicans. caller: good morning and thank you for c-span. thoughts andle of i would like european. -- your hope in. if donald trump was not as high profile as he has been and was
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not in billionaire, he he may have needed to put some money into his campaign before now. - i'me on super pacs did notg if super pacs would the possibility of running for president be out of the question for anybody that was not a billionaire? the honor thing when he badmouth isn't it pacs - possible the candidate has communicated with the folks that want this person to become the president of the united states? could it be that they are on the same page with the philosophy and the take on how this country should be run? it should be before they accept the money or use the super pac
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money. it seems like donald trump constantly hammers other people's honor. onlyot sure he's the honorable guy in the race, thank you. on donald trump and whether you need to be a billionaire to run for president, what's been interesting is that donald trump in about $1.9 million of his own money through the end of september. that's the information we have. he has been drawing a number of small contributions even though he says he is not soliciting. people are coming in and they are coming in and small amounts because his campaign has caught the attention of many americans.
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the question about whether you need to be independently wealthy to run a presidential campaign, history tells us not really. look at ross perot. when heot successful had a third-party bid back in the early 90's. it's hard to disentangle the role of super pacs. in 2010e into existence after a couple of federal court decisions including the citizens united decision went before the u.s. supreme court. it's still a big experiment. people are maturing and using them in different ways. wethere were no super pacs, might have a campaign we had before there were super pacs and candidates raised money and they either spent and well or did not and managed to persuade voters that they were the right for the job. host: another recent story on
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"usa today" -- is this an argument that tv ads don't matter anymore? guest: it's too soon to say that. they have not mattered as much in this election. you are dealing with donald trump who is a celebrity in his own right that he has been on television for years and has gotten a lot of attention. this is a race like no other we have seen before. when donald trump announced the ad, he said i don't know if i need of what he said i don't want to take chances.
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he thought maybe this help out. he is spending most of the money and the first week, $1.1 million in iowa. he was ahead in the polls in iowa and is followed behind. he is hoping the television advertising gives me boost. host: the difference between bio the early ads and then the attack as that come later in the campaign. let's show our viewers an example of a bio ad. ♪ ♪ ♪ i am ted cruz and i've this
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message. host: it contrasts the tone of that with this ad from rick santorum going after ted cruz. >> i like green eggs and ham. cruz is wonderful at reading children's fairytales on the senate floor. >> sam i am. >> rick santorum spent his time in the senate a little differently. eight years in the senate armed services committee helping to modernize today's army to better be prepared for today's threats. wrote intel flaws in car sanctions on iran and for more than a decade, rick santorum has been a leader taking on radical islam. jihadists muslims are but the reality is, all jihadists are muslims. want someone to read a bedtime story, ted cruz is your guide. if you want tech to america and the ices, rick santorum is your
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president because serious times need serious people. >> i am rick and i approved this message. host: will we see more of the latter type ads in the weeks and months to come? guest: yes, i think people are trying to attack and say i am different than this guy. the rick sent from ad is about talking to folks in iowa. he won the iowa caucuses four years ago but ted cruz is ahead in the polls. his first ad is trying to establish himself, his credentials with evangelicals who might not know his history as solicitor general in texas and his work to do things like defend the 10 commandments monument on the grounds of the texas state capitol. rick sent from is way behind and is trying to say
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i'm the real conservative. i think we will see more of those. we are seeing them in iowa and new hampshire as establishment candidates jostle for position, as people are trying to appeal to conservative evangelicals. host: we are talking about ted cruz so let's see what texas thinks, john honor line for independents. caller: good morning, how are you all this morning? host: go ahead. the big money that is donated by individual people to individual candidates is donated for one reason. it is not for their lifestyle or anything like that, their daily routine. it's because they think they will get something back if that person gets elected.
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it has been that way for years. the guy asked where the money went after the election. you never find out where the money goes to you never know or all of it goes. another thing, i want to make a comment about donald trump. he is a businessman. the business of our country, our entire country, the business has been neglected and is in the toilet. i think mr. trump can do something to try to help bring it out. a politician. he has never been a politician in my mind. country are so sick and tired of politicians
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that we are paying so much money for and all they do is get up there and tell stories and bump heads. i watch c-span all the time in a talk about a football player and prays that kind of bull and when it comes down to getting they stand there and the republicans talk about the democrats do this and that. democrats get up and say the same thing about the republicans and it never goes anywhere. host: anything you want to cup from that? reflecting what focus groups have shown about the appeal of donald trump. people are drawn to his straight talk. host: let's go to fort lauderdale, florida, line for republicans. caller: good morning, there is two things i left about when the
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subject comes up. many companies dance around the money coming into media companies for this ad spending. they don't talk about the corruption because they need this at money. the presidential campaigns every four years is christmas for media companies. they are never going to fully investigate corruption or anything like that with hillary clinton and her different donors and organizations. the other thing that makes me laugh is barack obama railing against fact. nobody put up the fact that john mccain said let's only use government money in presidential campaigns. thatthe republican party is usually criticized by pouring money into campaigns.
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the one presidential campaign we have ever had that i can that said let's do it even stephen was john mccain. are you ever going to hear the media bring that out and talk about that? let's start calling a spade a spade. host: let's talk about that. last: john mccain was the presidential nominee to use the public financing system. host: how does that work? guest: that means in your tax return, you might have a three dollar check you can contribute to public funds to the presidential campaign system. you get a certain amount of money if you are a candidate. agree to spending limits. your caller is right. president obama was the first nominee to say i am walking away for the public finance system.
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so successful in fund raising that he did not want to be constrained by those limits. that marked the beginning of the end of the public financing system as we know. knew it. in this election so far, only martin o'malley has applied for and has had his work accepted to accept the public funds. nearow he has not raised as much money as the other presidential candidates. host: let's go to berlin, wisconsin, good morning. caller: good morning, how are you? your guest is an economic report as best i can figure. as there ever been a study far as how much of an economic like iowa andties
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new hampshire, how much of an economic driver is the action ?ampaign money how would this question mark how much good as that done in local areas? investigated?been everything is a chain. money is a chain and campaign financing is a chain. it does not just stop and people keep the money. has there ever been a study done that she knows of of how much an economic driver these campaigns are for certain areas? guest: that's an interesting question but i don't know of a particular study. in iowa and new hampshire, you will local restaurant is doing better business. there are certain kinds of vendors. host: maybe television stations. guest: it is a huge boon to television stations in the super pac area because candidates
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require under federal law so they get a good discount. do not.acs i was looking at numbers at a tv station in des moines. jeb bush was spending for a 32nd 4:00 p.m.,al news at $75. host: $75 for what? guest: for one spot, a 32nd spot. pac was a spending $225, same timeslot. this gives you a sense of how much money comes into television stations. it remains a big boon. host: where are the highest rates in the country for that same spot? in new hampshire, it will be expensive because you are covering the boston television market. that is more expensive. south carolina is not as expensive.
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market.s the las vegas some of the biggest markets will be like florida. it will be very expensive because it's a big state and you have to cover miami and tampa and tallahassee. same you are spending the spot in five different markets. guest: the most expensive ones in the general election, we know where they are. host: new york is one of the most expensive. less ads but now it's about the early states. you aboutnted to ask covering peg money donors. big money donors. other some still on the fence in this election? who are they in who are you watching? guest: there are some folks who
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have not declared any friends in the primary. them is sheldon adelson, the casino magnet from las vegas. he's been very heavily in the last presidential campaign. his family spend more than $90 million initially on newt gingrich and the primary and thence up the eventual republican nominee. he has not yet said who he likes. there have been rumors that he likes marco rubio. he seems to still be on the fence. players, the billionaire industrialist charles koch and david coke. i had a conversation with charles koch late last year. he indicated he did not like what he was seeing in the primaries. he was perhaps going to sit this out. there will be here is my general election matter what. host: georgia, line for republicans, good morning.
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i started paying taxes in 1972 as he young boy working in a grocery store. andmember doing my taxes giving one dollar to the presidential election fund and was excited to be able to help our country with my one dollar. i did that for 35 years. as i started finding out that people give millions of dollars to get their candidates to do what they want, i quit giving my money. i thought the public fund was a great way to go because when i i wasy dollar, disappointed in my country because they allow a great amount of money to go to these people and it does not seem to be regulated.
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at the end, it disappears and there should be a restructuring of that to make it more fair. i am voting for donald trump this year. politicianis not a and i believe when the politicians are running for office and i make these promises especially one that's been there for a while and they make that they could have done their last term, it really hurts me that they will say we will do this and do that but yet they did not do anything while they were in there. hillary clinton is one that when i listen to her, i kept thinking push for things while she could have. i thank you for taking my call. god bless america, thank you. host: anything you want to pick up on there? guest: there are some people who really would like to see the public financing system reformed and strengthened.
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host: from twitter -- boston, massachusetts, line for independents. caller: good morning and thank you for taking my call. i'm really excited as a 25-year-old. i don't know many that are this excited to get on c-span so thank you. i think it's pretty apparent that our campaign finances is inherently corrupt. maybe someone writes about campaign finance might not say that openly. i want to get your take on how much influence you would say those large donations from organizations like the nra have on what legislation comes up in congress and what's past and
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what isn't? guest: obviously, there are powerful groups out there who are forced to be reckoned with on capitol hill whether you can say it is directly the result of a campaign donation or the fact that the nra has so many members who call and write but they are obviously folks to be reckoned with. lawmakers listen to them and they listen -- in my experience covering congress, lawmakers, if they feel there are many constituents behind an issue, they tend to listen. you cannot just look at campaign contributions. many of these organizations have the ability to generate a lot of calls and e-mails to capitol hill. they might say they want or do not want something. campaign finance reporter with "usa today" and you can follow her on twitter.
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national able satellite corp. 2016] >> or any of these other venues. we should know that. >> sunday night on q&a, washington post executive editor talks about the changes at "the post" since he took over in 2013. he also discusses the depiction of his work as eter to in chief of the "boston globe" in the movie "spotlight." >> i think the movie's quite faith to the broad outline of how the investigation unfolded. i think it's important to keep in mind that it's a movie, it's not a documentary. you had to compress within two hours seven months-plus investigation, including things that happened afterwards. and you had to introduce a lot of characters and you had to introduce the important themes that emerged over the course of that investigation. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on q&a. omar joins us in a discussion on islamic extremism.
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she is with the u.s. institute of peace. from your perspective as a muslim american, do you think the parents and the san bernadino attack changed the way americans often think about islam and's country? absolutely, there was speculation before and people were suspicious of the american muslim community. they were waiting for confirmation. what happened with these attacks is people felt validated. after theen said that paris attacks, it felt worse in washington, d.c. then after 9/11 because of that confirmation, the assumption this is a confirmed fact. host: what you mean by that? guest: i have been hitting cold stares in the streets and someone yelled at me. i did not think about it in the beginning. i had a friend behind me.
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this has happened to be in the past for you know this is animosity. not ridden the metro since paris because i don't want to take chances. an image from that islam as in the united states? how can the muslims fix that? guest: it's an image problem but i don't the goods for the muslims to fix. there are 1.5 billion muslims worldwide. are we look at the people talking to violent extremism, it is a small percentage of the muslim community. it's more the responsibility of the collective. it includes the media doing responsible reporting. san bernadino showed us there is a huge gap in our media. it is up to legislators to understand collective punishment thing all group of people and terms of a percentage of action and american muslims have a role to play. think it's every american's
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responsibility to fight any form of extremism like it's every american's responsibility to fight any form of discrimination. we've got a special line from muslim americans. otherwise, our lines are as usual -- president obama after the san bernadino attacks talked about the role of muslim americans have to play in this effort. this is part of his speech. [video clip] inif we are to succeed defeating terrorism, we must analyst muslim communities of some of our strongest allies rather than push them away suspicion and hate. that does not mean denying the
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an extremist ideology has spread within some muslim communities. this is a real problem that muslims must confront without excuse. muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like isl and al qaeda promote, to speak out against acts of violence and the interpretations of islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] what was your reaction to that host: speech? guest: it's important to hear that president obama identified us as allies and partners. the idea we are seeing from some of the rhetoric, i collect trump americanism where there was only one classification of americans and that is dangerous. i would like to continue to emphasize its everyone's responsibility. the entireput
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responsibility of fighting extremism in the hands of one community. it's not a strategic move. you need to enlist all americans. among them are american muslims. to assume its american muslims are muslims in general, strategically, it's a bad assumption. the number one people being killed by violent extremist groups within the islamic extremism are other muslims. some might see us as the prime target. they don't want moderate muslims. i don't know what that term means. they don't want people who have different interpretations were living in the west. the president says that allies with me to be and listed. it's not just us, it's a larger group. about facing these realities without excuse? guest: there is a challenge because we have been put on the defensive. it's difficult when every single
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conversation is targeting your religion. her first reaction is to stand up and defend the religion without excuses. that is the challenge facing. i haven't put in the situation where people attack islam. i have to step back and understand that people are in a place of fear. because of that, there is a challenge of being alienated. that's the president was probably sensing and other people have sensed in the past. there is no hesitation from the american muslim community about violence. it's defense in the religion was i which in as is a beautiful religion. it's frustrating people cannot see that side of it. host: we will start working in phone calls, democrats -- also republicans have a number. also a special line for muslim americans --
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our line for democrats first in midland, georgia. caller: good morning, don't cut me off you cut democrats off of the line. say to the lady 100%. ice of to you.m aleichem muslims represent who i am. you are not the only group of people that donald trump is targeted. he has targeted african-americans, everybody, mexican -- but we have to come muslim, as a group, blacks, indians, and the rest, to defeat a four like that on election day. he wants to send not only you out of the country, he wants to send everybody out.
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i just spent $5,000 on the hillary clinton campaign. she will in this election because there is no other choice. into charleston and kill nine like people that we know did that. it's the donald trump's of the world and we will put it out. about thist to talk election and the rhetoric in this election. how do you think the muslim american community, .9% of the u.s. population, what role they will play in this election? when we look at the issues in terms of islam phobia, it's a good to look at our history. i don't think this is just a muslim issue. it's unresolved issues in america and now we are the latest target.
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i think the american muslims in terms of the election fighting in role if they can join coalitions. a major affect. i am not a believer that american muslims should vote in a block. we are not a monolithic voice and have incredible diversity. i would not advocate for muslims to vote within a particular block. it's important we are active in joining other column -- coalitions. we are part of the american fabric and money to demonstrate that. host: clermont, florida, is up next, go ahead. caller: thank you. say that youto have devout muslims, devout christians --out i will not go into all the but the muslims will
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kill infidels and jews according to the quran. if a person tells me they are says, and i don't quaran then what is happening is this lady here is probably not a devout muslim. is that what theq'ran says? does not absolutely say that. i'm a devout muslim and follow to the letter. my religion has given me strength. i question interpretations every day and i believe is the role of muslims. first verse given to muslims was read. it was not pray or fast. says is nowhere where it you need to do killing could it's simply understand ations have been
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manipulated. manipulate toward violence and it's importantly understand the role of religion in the public square. it's not just an islamic problem. look at burma, the central african republic, south sudan. there are all kinds of religious extremists that exist everywhere. at the front and center is the islamic extremism. that's something we're facing and something i is a devout muslim an expert in conflict resolution is dedicated to address the rest of my life. host: what is the u.s. institute of peace? guest: it's a federal institute we have created from congress to help fight me types of conflicts violence we are a believer that sometimes conflict can be positive. there is never a excuse to turn to violence. host: some of those on twitter --
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you are a palestinian who grew up in south carolina? guest: yes, my parents arrived in lubbock, texas. my father was a university professor. we moved to northern virginia when i was in junior high school can i have traveled overseas and lived in england for a few years and lived in iraq and jordan.i have worked in afghanistan and all over. i have worked in over 30 countries. host: mostly with the u.s. institute of these? at least the past eight years. to invest in communities, you have to invest in women so i work for women's international. i worked for the world bank and the u.n.. host: let's go to day and wisconsin on or line for democrats. caller: good morning and thank you. side ifinitely on your think this whole country should unite once again. six --as a time -- i was
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i am 68 years old and i've never seen such division. when you look at what's going on in the state of florida, it's working, whatever they are doing. the hate and splitting up they are doing of our country and the religions in our country and everything is working. the president and you are right it i think most deep down in their hearts don't want this to happen to our country. what's happening is we're turning into a little middle east can i truly believe that. keep doing what you are doing. i speak up but there is so much out there and so much hate and division. it's very sickening. hank you for what you do. guest: thank you. i am reassured to hear you say that and i appreciate it.
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i am an optimist and people make fun of me for that. i would like to think this is the last burst of hate and discrimination as the majority of people have been moving toward more peaceful -- it's not shown in the media but it's overwhelming. there is a lot of positive we don't see i try to emphasize that is much as possible. from the mass shootings, we see this last burst of an attempt to that hasld system structural violence built in i think that will not last. the majority of people are good and will push for good of me to make sure our voices are louder. the voice of hate and discrimination right now is much louder. i wrote an article living in england called " i felt more welcome on the bible belt." ofever felt that kind prejudice in south carolina but nothing is hateful is now i would like to think the majority of people are good and this is the last attempt to keep an old
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system that is archaic and needs to disappear. host: we have a special line for muslim americans and we have karen on that line. good morning. caller: good morning. i'm a convert but my husband is from the middle east and he was born in the muslim religion. we see this donald trump issue differently. strategic wayng a to to the american public something horribly that we all need to think about which is why do they hate us? according to new research in 2011, in no muslim countries to even 30% of the population believe that arrows did 9/11. arabs did 9/11.
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people believe that the wars have been wars and muslims. the american people don't talk about that. strategically, you have to find a way to bring that into the american conversation. the mainstream media will not bring that in. donald trump is very clever and very strategic. that's what he is doing. i hope it is. guest: i have heard some people highlight that that donald trump is much more strategic in terms of raising issues that have not been discussed publicly. i'm a fan of the difficult conversation but what donald trump is doing is inciting violence. he has blood on his hands. it's irresponsible, that type of rhetoric he is doing. i cannot think of any strategy that would validate that type of hate speech. he is dividing out americans between trump americanism and we know that looks like an everyone else. i think you're bringing up a
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good. atould encourage you to look a foreign-policy debate between iali.andjon hirshi i said we need to look at the social and political circumstances that led to extremism. we cannot solve conflict and what does a must go to the root cause which is social, political, and economic. look at that debate and i look forward to hearing your feedback. host: it's also stood on the u.s. peace website. there was the taxicab driver that was beat up in new york for the family that had shootings that were drive-bys. community had the first killing in california. no one is safe and what you saw with roderick -- with rhetoric
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against muslims after 9/11, you don't see what you see now. republican rhetoric as validated that kind of action against muslims and given them an excuse to turn the negative rhetoric to violent action. host: indiana, on our line for republicans is next. go ahead. just want to remind everyone that we are a democracy in the united states. we have freedom of religion and freedom of speech. as taken aald trump lot of bashing for how insecure this country really is. he did not say he was going to ban muslims forever. coming overones
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here, he wanted to double check what is going on. i think that would make the country feel safer. i went to home depot, i am a contractor and i live in indiana. depot and ie home don't know if he was a muslim or not but different skin. i don't walk around judging people in their religion but if i feel like my government is overseeing everybody whether jin or you believe in the devil or whatever your religion is, when i see someone else of color or someone else of a different ethnic background, i won't be as scared. i feel like i am protected because my government has taken action to make sure no one slips
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through the cracks. i appreciate your honesty and i think it's an and. i agree and i don't think donald trump is intentionally trying to create hate it's what he's doing with his words. i think it's irresponsible. i would invite you to consider looking at the statistics. the mass shootings are overwhelmingly not people with different skin color. when you look at what we see in terms of its in the u.s., it's on grown terrorism that is not linked as much to overseas. the mass shootings still continue to be our major issue to there is a real double standard and how things are when i i am astounded see how oregon is being covered. there is that stand up out there and it amazes me. at one point, it was called it to the test. whoperformed militia of the have taken over a federal building and you look at the
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12-year-old boy who shot for carrying eight begun. it baffles me. i am all for safety and security. i live in some of the most dangerous parts of the world and i look over my shoulder. i have received death threats are all over the world could what scares me the most of the country i'm trying to defend, the country work for is where i feel the most unsafe because of this rhetoric turning toward violence. host: for people who have not had your expense and her try to understand islam, what you say to those who see violence and majority muslim countries? they conclude that violence is a product of these governments of islam. guest: i emphasize it is not a product of islam. it's being used as one of the many different from having a voice. the only form of understanding strength is violence. butle are turning that way when i walk around group which
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are radicalized, i continue to have the size of there is never an excuse for violence and it does not work. what we have seen as nonviolent resistance that has the most sustainable results. violent revolutions, 80% go back into violence afterwards. you can look at the arabs spring and you see that dramatically. the ones were peaceful like tunisia have the best chance. fragile and has challenges but it is a beacon of hope in the region and it was a nonviolent religion -- resistance. when you look at syria and libya, you look at where they are today and statistically be on the middle east, nonviolent resistance has more sustainable results. you can be angry. you look at the dictatorships and you look at the authoritarian economics and you're not attention. it's a bumper sticker but it's true . with the u.s. institute of
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peace, we introduce other means and goals where you can have your voice heard and hold people accountable and do transformation without having to cup arms. vice presidenthe at the u.s. institute of peace. you can check out their website. us for the next 25 minutes and we are take your calls and questions including john from baltimore, maryland on her line for democrats. caller: good morning and thank you for your time. i will make it quick. i work in academics and health care of i am beyond shocked at the behaviors and attitudes of folks who are highly educated that still don't get that being muslim is an ideology. i am christian and my family has been.
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i am just looking at this thinking the muslims out there really need to speak out and the americans out here really need to free their history. those of us who don't understand what led to world war ii and world war i and what we would do if invaders came into our area, the lack of understanding and education blows my mind even among those who feel they are educated. i wonder what your thoughts are relative to how we educate people. --you look at the bible again, my family and i are very christian. so many times in history, the bible has been used in christianity has been used for terrible version. yet we don't judge it that way. how do we change this and get it to be being about people and not ideologies? i would like to hear your thoughts. guest: thank you.
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story, the dominant narrative that muslims are new and are immigrants. i'm a proud immigrant but that's not an accurate story. muslims have been here since the duration of this country. africans brought over for slavery, the majority were muslims. we have a rich history of muslims who fought in the civil war to they have been part of the social fabric of the american committee from the very beginning. the idea that we are only emigrants, only different colored skin, is just false. i have very rarely spoken about religion. i think religion is a very private thing. in the last few years, i have tried to counter the narrative. i know many american muslims are doing the same. they are speaking out. they are not getting the
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attention they deserve. a lot of time the narrative of the american muslim is what is shown on tv, and we do not show the black american muslim community to we are sticking to this narrative of new immigrants who are struggling to integrate into this community. i see america as my prayer mary -- as my primary home. i am proud to work for the government. i think there is a limit to how many times we can repeat that. articles was,rite i am a muslim but not an and cyclopedia on islam. every muslim having to defend this religion is unrealistic. it is exhausting having to repeat it and prove it every time. builta country that was on innocent until proven guilty here, and we consistently have caveats to that. line forhave a special muslim americans. we have a call on that line from new york, new york. caller: good morning.
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host: go ahead. you are on with manal omar. , i have oneomar question for you. that muslims are the victim of -- since 1000 years , you go and take over palestine. you tell me that 200 years, these crusaders destroying muslim middle east. tell me one muslim country from afghanistan to yemen which has not been victim of aggression by the europeans. then the americans came onstage. we thought it would be a new chapter in the history of will defendamerica
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the religious rights of the muslims. now in this country, think about that muslims are the most thisted entity since tragedy. how many muslims have to die? my main question to you is, why have muslims become apologizers? tell theey not americans, do not destroy the muslim word? you have killed the babies in the arms of their mothers leaving their country. thing, it was said that the germans are winning. we should help the russians. and russians are winning, we should help the germans. each otherhould help
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so there is not a single drop of blood left there. so as a community leader, do not become and apologizer. do not tell what the muslims should do. also tell what the americans should do. do not destroy the muslim word. thank you. i think that is a really important point. first of all, i do not represent the muslim community. i am a conflict resolution prison, and mediator. i am part of the muslim community, but i am not a leader. an impact and other muslim organizations, and i do not want to take their place. my specialty is conflict resolution and middle eastern africa. but as a member of the muslim community, i think every individual has a voice. i shared the agreement and terms of we are not apologists. that said, i have his eyes word of no excuses. part of it is taking responsibility.
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killed aspeople being of this islamic extremism, by the islamic state and boko haram and others. we have to react because we are the primary targets, the primary victims. just as i hear you in terms of not being an apologist, i would like to invite you about thinking about not being a victim. muslims are not victims it we have had occupation and colonization. i do not know of any country that has not. i do not like the term victim are the term victims of aggression. i think muslims are providers and active citizens of the communities they live. there is a history. i would not classify us as a victims. we have a voice and a stand and always find a way to step up it we have to stay true to our religion. we are born and raised in the thisl fact -- fabric of
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country. host: mainstream islam, who are the leaders of that, and how have they responded to isis, boko haram, who say they represent the true form of islam? some of the organizations were listed on the council of -- some of the organizations i listed, including care, have the largest gatherings globally for muslims in the world. institutions are trying to step forward and counter the voices. have across the country denounced isis and violent extremism. i will travel in two weeks to morocco for a conference on how to protect minorities in muslim majority countries. so you are seeing those who what i would consider to be muslim leaders and people representing the community very eloquently
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and very proactively talking against violent extremism within the community. i think that is their role. as an individual, i am part of the american muslim community, but my primary role is within conflict resolution. years, more the past 20 doing development and peace building. i am always hesitant to say that i represent the whole community. i was not elected or appointed and i never applied for a job to represent the muslim community. i am just part of it. host: we have a call on our line for republicans. caller: i have a question. first, i want to say, wow, she is really well-schools. she has an answer for everything. but i have never seen so many muslims in this country. are they here legally? how did they get here? paying their way? who is building these mosques?
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where is all this money coming from? i did not know they were such wealthy people. another thing, a statement i want to make, she viciously attacked donald trump. donald trump is the only candidate that i have heard say that he loves america. muslims not hear the say they love america. they just want to live here, and they want to tell us how to live. this is our country. we are americans. we have a voice also. host: manal omar? guest: i mean, i do not think he is the only person to say he loves america. i think the actions of all the candidates say they love america. i am coming off as viciously attacking tromp. i am simply stating the effect he has on the community. i stand by that. i think his speeches are hateful. he has mobilized for violence.
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i say everywhere in the world that they go to that i do not think there is ever an excuse for hateful speech and incitement of violence. no circumstances should allow that to happen. i not an expert in terms of the history of how many numbers and how we came and what the per capita of the muslim community is, but i will say that it is known that most muslims in america are highly educated and high professionals. my father came from a small village where most of them work illiterate. he learned how to read right in the village he came from and palestine. he did software in the 1970's and was offered a phd scholarship to the u.s. that is how we came here. that was through hard work. to me, that is the american dream. someone from a small village who started playing with computers before they were even being developed and was able to be a value added to the u.s. was brought to this country, so he gave a lot. maurice is waiting in
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south carolina on our line for independents. caller: good morning. ,es, i wanted to ask manal omar , you have a lot of hate being directed towards muslims these days. she is a representative pretty much for the u.s. how many people do you represent within the organization, and are there enough of you guys to really be proactive and kind of tackle the balance of some of this hate and rhetoric that has been put out here around the united states and the world? the second question, going back to donald trump and the rhetoric he has been putting out across america, what are you guys doing about that in terms of channeling a lot of moves that he is making?
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this is his political base right now, and i do not see anything coming to a close with him using that rhetoric to push himself into the white house. guest: thank you. i think it is a really good opportunity to emphasize that the u.s. institute of peace, all our work is overseas. we do not do domestic worker it we are not part of any elections, and we do not side with any candidates. in terms of what is happening in the u.s., there is a tie with what is happening in the middle east. we are realizing that there are oldorders or states in the sense of them. there is this ideology spreading in terms of violent extremism. it is not limited to islam. we see it with the emergence of christian militias. in burma, there is conflict with the buddhists. violent extremists are emerging globally. in terms of my own personal activities, i am consistently looking for coalitions.
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i am a huge believer in what the american muslims are facing and what we are looking at with the upcoming election, it will be our chance to really address the structural violence of that is built into our institutions. muslims, particularly immigrant muslims, are the latest victims of that structural violence. again, i do not believe in victims spirit i believe in survivors. so they are taking this opportunity to build coalitions with lack lives matter and with communities across the board. that is my dream, that we're able to address that so it is andlast of the old system we are able to introduce new systems. i do not believe people are bad. i do not believe individuals are born to hate. i believe it goes into the way we run our institutions, which is pitting individuals against policeher, pitting against communities, pitting muslims against christianity.
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those systems are arcadia -- archaic. we have to be more united and peaceful. i think this is the beginning of that movement. gone tont middle has marginalized communities, and there is a recognition that they need to step forward, just like moderate muslims need to step forward. the more moderate and united people need to step forward. i think it has to get this bad for this to happen. host: on our special line for muslim americans, from omaha, nebraska. caller: what i see a lot in america is they get the word muslim and arab mixed up. arabs, andlims are not all arabs or muslims. my family are sicilians, but they are arab sicilians. that being said, when america has asked hears the word muslim, they think of arab mediterranean's, arab north
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africans, arab middle eastern spirit they do not put into their mind that there are plenty of white muslims are cries -- across america. there are plenty of muslims in the oriental countries, malaysia, india. i want to remind people, the last time we went to the extreme on race when we were talking like this, we ended up throwing all the japanese into internment camps during world war ii. but when america hears the word muslim, i do not find them putting an association with -- there are white muslims across the world. i am finished. host: manal omar? guest: thank you. that is a good point and one i tried to emphasize when i talked about the broad links in terms of muslims in america. i emphasize that it is really important that when we are making that description, there is not an attempt to say, by having white muslims, do not be
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afraid of us, because we are feeding the racial divide in america, that somehow white makes everyone else ok. and we have a problem of white privilege. we have a problem tilt into our institution. so many people he telling me to take off the scarf, and that saddens me. i pass for white. what is it that makes me safe by taking off the scarf? i think that is a little bit of a fearful statement. not that he was saying that. host: when did you hear that statement? .uest: recently even from my own family, they have said to take off the scarf because we are worried for you. i will not lie, when i travel, i will wear a hat and try to blend in. but it is a scary statement that simply by taking it off, ipass and am no longer in danger. host: florida, line for democrats. .aller: good morning
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i was calling because you're speech,about trump's which is inflammatory. and you can do this. you can come on u.s. tv, and you can criticize donald trump, and there will be no repercussions. you cannot do this in arabia, ',ere they have the madras where they teach little children to hate america, where you have little children strapping bombs on them and blowing people up. you cannot talk about this in yemen or in kuwait. where is your speech for them? you know, we will deal with donald trump. i agree with you about coalitions, but the problem does not come from here. the problem comes from the middle east, and the middle east people come here -- i have
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personally sat in on some palestinians that were raising money for warfare. and the people that i was with were muslim. they were translating, and they stopped translating at a certain point. after we left, they told me what was said. this hate comes from the middle east, not from americans. very -- ians, this is don't want people to come here and tell us not to have open speech. guest: absolutely. i am with you on the open speech part. you packed a lot of things into that statement it one thing, i am american. as american, i am not saudi,
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kuwaiti, syrian. it is difficult for me too, as a citizen, criticize another nation. as a conflict resolution specialist, a specialist in the middle east, you can see my writing, and i'm very critical. i'm also very proud. i often say that as an american muslim woman, i would not want to live in any other country than america. i was raised in south carolina, and i stand by that statement. until this very moment -- if donald trump is elected, i do not know what i will be saying, but until this very moment, i cannot imagine being anywhere else. i love the constitution, even though it took a long time to implement some of the ideals in it, it is there. freedom of speech, freedom of religion. a generalist asked me why i do not take off the scarf, and i said it is not about religion, but it is to protect american values of freedom of religion. i put my life in danger every day for this country.
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that is who i am representing, the u.s. government. that is who i hold accountable. it is important we hold our political leaders accountable. that said, i have been in terms of meetings in jerusalem, kabul, baghdad, and benghazi that have been 100% useful, and there was frustration on the international community only inviting armed people to the table and not inviting the peaceful activist for negotiations. the international community -- liggett syria and libya. who are we inviting to the table? it is militia arms people. we are not talking to the peace activists in the israeli civil society, and there are many. we're talking to extremists and separatists. i will choose to talk about where i am, which is emphasizing global coalition
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for her about muslims and arabs, and there is a false look at the middle east. we have all the religious spirit we have ancient religion spirit we have the his cds. we haven't such diverse religions and diverse ethnic groups -- we have the hazidis. armenians. such diversity that arab and muslim is just one small part of the rich list of the middle east and north africa. host: back to the line for muslim americans. john has been waiting from abilene, texas. onler: yes, i want to touch basically white supremacy. you know, that donald trump can speak all this hate and cause all this confusion and all that and get all this media attention and run for the presidency. an honorable minister trying to uplift people that have been oppressed and
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still being open rest to this day. from welle it back browned to mike brown, and he is banned from the media. do you have anything on that? do not.nfortunately, i i do not know enough about that movement, so it is very hard for me to touch on that. on terms of what we are seeing, people with access to wealth, they are louder and are dominating the news stories. it is sad to see that within the debates, we are not having enough of real issues being discussed. we have real issues we need to be tackling within the u.s., and it is much more sensational. those who have wealth and axes are dominating the conversations and dominating the national narrative. in terms of the next question, i do not know enough to give more on that. host: if you want to know more about the u.s. institute of peace, it is
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>> here on c-span, about 45 minutes away from the house gaveling in to begin the second session of the 114th congress. they'll gavel in, have their first and only vote of the day a quorum call to establish a majority or quorum present for the house to do its business in the second session. also known as the call of the house. that's coming up at 6:30. they'll get under way with legislative work tomorrow. wednesday, the house flan -- plans to vote on the final version of the budget reconciliation bill that will repeal the health care law and defund planned parenthood. has to go through the rules committee, they're meeting now. a look at their live stream that they provide. meanwhile, house speaker paul ryan and senate majority leader
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mitch mcconnell announced that south carolina governor nickey haley will deliver the republican address after the state of the union osm -- after the state of the union in a few weeks. c-span will have live coverage of that and president obama's final state of the union. here on c-span, c-span radio and also reaction today from members of congress after president obama announced actions on guns. a tweet from senator bridenstine of oklahoma reading, obama's executive gun control will infringe on the second amendment rights of law-abiding americans. and arizona congressman paul gosar, the president's attack on the second amendment represents the pinnacle in a legacy of lawlessness. here's what the president had to
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say at the white house earlier today. >> i'm in a room all of warriors and champions, it's such an honor. mark: on the morning of friday, november 13rks2012, my sweet little boy, my 7-year-old son daniel, was among 20 first graders and six brave educators who were shot to death at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. in the three years since those 26 precious lives were lost at that school, far too many more
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lives have been lost to gun tragedies in this country. far too many people right now who are hearing these words are grieving the loss of a loved one to gun violence. as a nation, we have to do better. we are better. we're better than this. in april of 2013, i had the honor of introducing president obama in the rose garden. unfortunately, that was to announce that a bill that had been proposed to close the loophole in the federal background check system for firearm sales had been blocked. by members of congress. some members of congress. but president obama delivered an address that day that was palpably charged with genuine passion and commitment.
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the president made a promise to not give up. i remember standing there with my family and vice president biden, listening to our president speak, and our feelings of despair were replaced with feelings of hope. and i remember thinking, who is going to help with this? it's a tall order. so since then, i've come to know and respect and learn from many amazing individuals and organizations who are doing good, smart work in this space and many of you are right here, right now. many of the folks in the gun violence prevention coalition, including sandy hook promise, have had numerous meetings with vice president biden and president obama and their top advisors to address this issue. but we can't do it alone. and the president can't do it alone. the thing is, every gun related
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death is preventable. and we need your help. we need everybody engaged in this. president obama made a promise as an elected official and a promise as a father that he would do everything in his power to protect our nation's children, to make our community safer, and curb the loss of life to gun violence in america. so today we celebrate another example of how president obama and vice president biden continue to keep that promise. it is with great honor that i present to you the president of the united states and vice president joe biden. [applause]
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president obama: thank you. thank you. thank you, everybody. please, please have a seat. thank you so much.
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ark, i want to thank you for your introduction. i still remember the first time we met. the time we spent together. and the conversation we had about daniel. and that changed me that day. and my hope, earnestly, has been that it would change the country. five years ago this week, a sitting member of congress and 18 others were shot at at a supermarket in tucson, arizona. it wasn't the first time i had to talk to the nation in response to a mass shooting, nor would it be the last. fort hood.
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binghamton. aurora. oak creek. newtown. the navy yard. santa barbara. charleston. san bernardino. oo many. thanks to a great medical team and the love of her husband mark, my dear friend and colleague, gabbie giffords, survived. she's here with us today with her wonderful mom. [applause] thanks to a great medical team,
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her wonderful husband mark, who, by the way, the last time i met with mark, just a small aside, you may know mark's twin brother is in outer space. he came to the office and i said, how often are you talking to him? i said -- he said, i usually talk to him every tai but he call was coming in right before the meeting so i think i may have not answered his call. which made me feel kind of bad. that's a long distance call. so i told him, if his brother scott is calling today that she should take it. urn the ringer on. i was there with gabbie when she was still in the hospital.
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and we didn't think necessarily at that point that she was going o survive. and that visit right before ability an hour later, gabbie first opened her eyes. i remember talking to mom about hat. but i know the pain that she and her family have endured these past five years. and the rehabilitation and the rk and the effort to recover from shattering injuries. and then i think of all the americans who aren't as fortunate.
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every single year, more than 30,000 americans have their lives cut short by guns. 30,000. suicides, domestic violence, , g shootouts, accidents hundreds of thousands of americans have lost brothers and sisters. r buried their own children. many have had to learn to live with a disability. or learn to live without the love of their life. a number of those people are here today. hey can tell you some stories. in this room right here, there re a lot of stories. a lot of heartache.
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there's a lot of resilience, a lot of strength. ut there's also a lot of pain. and this is just a small sample. the united states of america is not the only country on earth with violent or dangerous people. we are not inherently more prone to violence. but we are the only advanced country on earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. it doesn't happen in other advanced countries. ot even close. and as i've said before, somehow
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we become numb to it and we start thinking that this is ormal. and instead of thinking about how to solve the problem, this has become one of our most polarized partisan debates. despite the fact that there's a general consensus in america about what needs to be done. that's part of the reason why on thursday i'm going to hold a town hall meeting in virginia on gun violence. because my goal here is to bring good people on both sides of this issue together for an open discussion. i'm not on the ballot again. i'm not looking to score some points. i think we candice agree without impugning other people's motives or without being disagreeable. we don't need to be talking past
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one another. but we do have to feel a sense of urgency about it. in dr. king's words, we need to feel the fierce urgency of now. because people are dying. and the constant excuses for inaction no longer do. no longer suffice. that's why we're here today. not to debate the last mass shooting, but to do something to try to prevent the next one. [applause]
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to prove that the vast majority of americans, even if our voices aren't always the loud etc. or ost extreme, care enough about a little boy like daniel to come together and take commonsense steps to save lives and protect more of our children. i want to be absolutely clear at the start. i said this over and over again. this also becomes routine. there's a ritual about this whole thing that i have to do. i believe in the second amendment, it's there written on the paper. guarantees a right to bear arms. no matter how many times people ry to twist my words around, i
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taught constitutional law, i know a little bit about this. i get it. [applause] but i also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the second amendment. we all believe in the first amendment. the guarantee of free speech. but we accept that you cannot yell "fire" in a theater. we understand there are some constraints on our freedom in order to protect innocent eople. we cherish our right to privacy, but we accept that you have to go through metal detectors before being allowed to board a plane. it's not because people like doing that. but we understand that is part of the price of living in a civilized society.


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