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these situations. the army came in faster. the money was distributed faster. we want to get these communities back on their feet as quickly as possible. >> rivers of the british parliament are holding a debate on whether to ban donald trump from the united kingdom. he proposed that muslims be banned from entering the u.s.. for this year's student cam documentary contest students are telling us the issue they want the presidential candidates to discuss. is a tweet from andrew hanna. at summit school in
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winston-salem north carolina. tweeted i help them with their student cam project. todd pagels social studies teacher at john adams middle school in edison township new jersey tweeted about interviewing j valentine for student cam project about school leaving. of $5,000.rize >> the iran nuclear agreement went into effect this weekend. starting the process of lifting
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sanctions against iran. president obama spoke from the white house. also commented on the release of five americans from iran. pres. obama: this is a good day, because, once again, we're seeing what's possible with strong american diplomacy. as i said in my state of the union address, ensuring the security of the united states and the safety of our people demands a smart, patient and disciplined approach to the world. that includes our diplomacy with the islamic republic of iran. for decades, our differences with iran meant that our governments almost never spoke to each other. ultimately, that did not advance america's interests. over the years, iran moved closer and closer to having the ability to build a nuclear weapon. but from presidents franklin roosevelt to john f. kennedy to
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ronald reagan, the united states has never been afraid to pursue diplomacy with our adversaries. and as president, i decided that a strong, confident america could advance our national security by engaging directly with the iranian government. we've seen the results. under the nuclear deal that we, our allies and partners reached with iran last year, iran will not get its hands on a nuclear bomb. the region, the united states, and the world will be more secure. as i've said many times, the nuclear deal was never intended to resolve all of our differences with iran. but still, engaging directly with the iranian government on a sustained basis, for the first time in decades, has created a unique opportunity -- a window -- to try to resolve important issues. and today, i can report progress on a number of fronts. first, yesterday marked a milestone in preventing iran
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from obtaining a nuclear weapon. iran has now fulfilled key commitments under the nuclear deal. and i want to take a moment to explain why this is so important. over more than a decade, iran had moved ahead with its nuclear program, and, before the deal, it had installed nearly 20,000 centrifuges that can enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb. today, iran has removed two-thirds of those machines. before the deal, iran was steadily increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium -- enough for up to 10 nuclear bombs. today, more than 98% of that stockpile has been shipped out of iran -- meaning iran now doesn't have enough material for even one bomb. before, iran was nearing completion of a new reactor capable of producing plutonium for a bomb. today, the core of that reactor has been pulled out and filled with concrete so it cannot be used again. before the deal, the world had relatively little visibility
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into iran's nuclear program. today, international inspectors are on the ground, and iran is being subjected to the most comprehensive, intrusive inspection regime ever negotiated to monitor a nuclear program. inspectors will monitor iran's key nuclear facilities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. for decades to come, inspectors will have access to iran's entire nuclear supply chain. in other words, if iran tries to cheat -- if they try to build a bomb covertly -- we will catch them. so the bottom line is this. whereas iran was steadily expanding its nuclear program, we have now cut off every single path that iran could have used to build a bomb. whereas it would have taken iran two to three months to break out with enough material to rush to a bomb, we've now extended that breakout time to a year -- and with the world's unprecedented inspections and access to iran's program, we'll know if iran ever tries to break out.
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now that iran's actions have been verified, it can begin to receive relief from certain nuclear sanctions and gain access to its own money that had been frozen. and perhaps most important of all, we've achieved this historic progress through diplomacy, without resorting to another war in the middle east. i want to also point out that by working with iran on this nuclear deal, we were better able to address other issues. when our sailors in the persian gulf accidentally strayed into iranian waters that could have sparked a major international incident. some folks here in washington rushed to declare that it was the start of another hostage crisis. instead, we worked directly with the iranian government and secured the release of our sailors in less than 24 hours. this brings me to a second major
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development -- several americans unjustly detained by iran are finally coming home. in some cases, these americans faced years of continued detention. and i've met with some of their families. i've seen their anguish, how they ache for their sons and husbands. i gave these families my word -- i made a vow -- that we would do everything in our power to win the release of their loved ones. and we have been tireless. on the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations, our diplomats at the highest level, including secretary kerry, used every meeting to push iran to release our americans. i did so myself, in my conversation with president rouhani. after the nuclear deal was completed, the discussions between our governments accelerated. yesterday, these families finally got the news that they have been waiting for. jason rezaian is coming home. a courageous journalist for "the
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washington post," who wrote about the daily lives and hopes of the iranian people, he's been held for a year and a half. he embodies the brave spirit that gives life to the freedom of the press. jason has already been reunited with his wife and mom. pastor saeed abedini is coming home. held for three and half years, his unyielding faith has inspired people around the world in the global fight to uphold freedom of religion. now, pastor abedini will return to his church and community in idaho. amir hekmati is coming home. a former sergeant in the marine corps, he's been held for four and a half years. today, his parents and sisters are giving thanks in michigan. two other americans unjustly detained by iran have also been released -- nosratollah khosravi-roodsari and matthew trevithick, an iranian -- who
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was in iran as a student. their cases were largely unknown to the world. but when americans are freed and reunited with their families, that's something that we can all celebrate. so i want to thank my national security team -- especially secretary kerry. susan rice, my national security advisor. brett mcgurk. avril haines. ben rhodes -- our whole team worked tirelessly to bring our americans home, to get this work done. and i want to thank the swiss government, which represents our interests in iran, for their critical assistance. and meanwhile, iran has agreed to deepen our coordination as we work to locate robert levinson -- missing from iran for more than eight years. even as we rejoice in the safe return of others, we will never forget about bob. each and every day, but especially today, our hearts are with the levinson family, and we will not rest until their family is whole again.
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in a reciprocal humanitarian gesture, six iranianamericans and one iranian serving sentences or awaiting trial in the united states are being granted clemency. these individuals were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses. they're civilians, and their release is a one-time gesture to iran given the unique opportunity offered by this moment and the larger circumstances at play. and it reflects our willingness to engage with iran to advance our mutual interests, even as we ensure the national security of the united states. so, nuclear deal implemented. american families reunited. the third piece of this work that we got done this weekend involved the united states and iran resolving a financial dispute that dated back more than three decades. since 1981, after our nations severed diplomatic relations, we've worked through a international tribunal to resolve various claims between our countries.
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the united states and iran are now settling a longstanding iranian government claim against the united states government. iran will be returned its own funds, including appropriate interest, but much less than the amount iran sought. for the united states, this settlement could save us billions of dollars that could have been pursued by iran. so there was no benefit to the united states in dragging this out. with the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well. of course, even as we implement the nuclear deal and welcome our americans home, we recognize that there remain profound differences between the united states and iran. we remain steadfast in opposing iran's destabilizing behavior elsewhere, including its threats against israel and our gulf partners, and its support for violent proxies in places like syria and yemen.
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we still have sanctions on iran for its violations of human rights, for its support of terrorism, and for its ballistic missile program. and we will continue to enforce these sanctions, vigorously. iran's recent missile test, for example, was a violation of its international obligations. and as a result, the united states is imposing sanctions on individuals and companies working to advance iran's ballistic missile program. and we are going to remain vigilant about it. we're not going to waver in the defense of our security or that of our allies and partners. but i do want to once again speak directly to the iranian people. yours is a great civilization, with a vibrant culture that has so much to contribute to the world -- in commerce, and in science and the arts. for decades, your government's threats and actions to
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destabilize your region have isolated iran from much of the world. and now our governments are talking with one another. following the nuclear deal, you -- especially young iranians -- have the opportunity to begin building new ties with the world. we have a rare chance to pursue a new path -- a different, better future that delivers progress for both our peoples and the wider world. that's the opportunity before the iranian people. we need to take advantage of that. and to my fellow americans, today, we're united in welcoming home sons and husbands and brothers who, in lonely prison cells, have endured an absolute nightmare. but they never gave in and they never gave up. at long last, they can stand tall and breathe deep the fresh air of freedom. as a nation, we face real challenges, around the world and here at home. many of them will not be resolved quickly or easily. but today's progress -- americans coming home, an iran that has rolled back its nuclear
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program and accepted unprecedented monitoring of that program -- these things are a reminder of what we can achieve when we lead with strength and with wisdom. with courage and resolve and patience. america can do -- and has done -- big things when we work together. we can leave this world and make it safer and more secure for our children and our grandchildren for generations to come. i want to thank once again secretary kerry. our entire national security team, led by susan rice. i'm grateful for all the assistance that we received from our allies and partners. and i am hopeful that this signals the opportunity at least for iran to work more cooperatively with nations around the world to advance their interests and the interests of people who are looking for peace and security for their families. thank you so much. god bless you, and god bless the united states of america.
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>> and presidential candidate ted cruz is on a bus tour through new hampshire. he stopped at a local restaurant in the town of milford.
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[indistinct conversations] [cheering] [audience cheering "ted"] >> i want to be on tv. [indistinct conversations] senator cruz how are you doing -- senator cruz: how are you doing? how are you doing? thanks for being here. >> good luck. senator cruz: thank you.
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great to see you guys. >> thank you. >> immigration -- you got my word. good man. senator cruz: take care. god bless you. >> good luck. >> [indiscernible]
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[cheers and applause] >> we want ted! we want ted! [indistinct conversations]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, we know we cannot once again listen to campaign conservatives to become elected at liberals. we need a proven conservative. we need ted cruz. thank you. [cheers and applause] senator cruz: well, thank you, so very, very much. god bless the great state of new
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hampshire. [applause] i am thrilled to be with so many friends. thank you for coming out. thank you for joining us. how about those patriots? [cheering] senator cruz: you guys are playing some football. and by the way, for the record -- tom brady was framed. [cheering] senator cruz: i'm not willing to pander on much, but on that, tom brady was framed and i have it on good authority that hillary clinton was responsible. [cheers and applause] senator cruz: whilst do you think she destroyed her e-mails? [laughter] senator cruz: you know, i appreciate you all's coming out tonight. we are at a time when our country is in crisis. we are bankrupting our kids and grandkids.
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our constitutional rights are under assault each and every day, and america has receded from leadership in the world, and yet i am here tonight with a word of hope and encouragement. all across the state of new hampshire, all across this country, people are waking up. there is an awakening and there is a spirit of revival that is sweeping this country. so, i want to ask everyone here to look forward. look forward to january 2017. [applause] senator cruz: if i am elected president, let me tell you what i intend to do on the first day in office. the first thing i intend to do is resend every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action taken by this president.
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just a week ago, president obama signed yet more illegal executive actions, this time trying to undermine our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. he may have a phone and he may have a pen. but if you live by the pen, you die by the pen, and as you rightly noted, my pen has got an eraser. the second thing i intend to do in office -- >> throw obama out? senator cruz: oh, he will be out. and if anyone wants to take up a collection to pay for his green fees the next year, i think he does far less damage on the golf course.
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the second thing i will do, open up an investigation into planned parenthood and these horrible videos. the administration of justice should be blind to party or ideology. the only fidelity of the department of justice should be to the laws and the constitution of the united states. the third thing i intend to do on the first day in office is instructed the department of justice and the irs and every other federal agency that the persecution of religious liberty ends today.
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that means every service man and woman who has the right to seek out and worship god with all of their minds and their souls and their superior officer has nothing to say about it. the fourth thing i intend to do on the first day in office is ripped to shreds this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal. today, all of us are celebrating the return of five americans from iran. let me say praise god and in particular for the return of the pastor.
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millions of believers across the planet have been praying for him. i have got to know his wife, who i spoke to briefly yesterday as she and her two little kids have lived without there has been for three years. he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the crime of preaching the gospel. so, we're thrilled he is coming home. at the same time, let me tell you, this deal that was cut -- releasing seven terrorists hoping iran acquire nuclear technology, promising not to prosecute another 14 terrorists -- that is 21 terrorists altogether. we saw that with the bowe bergdahl deal. an individual facing
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court-martial, and yet the administration released five in your taliban and terrorists in exchange for him, and this is a dangerous signal to the world. it is a sign -- it is frankly an incentive -- for every bad actor on earth to go and kidnap an american. because what we are telling the terrorists is, hey, if you capture an american its let's make a deal with the obama administration. these single greatest national security threat facing the united states is the threat of a nuclear iran. we need a commander-in-chief who will stand up and say unequivocally under no circumstances will the nation of iran, led by a theocratic ayatollah who chants "death to america," under no circumstances will they ever be allowed to
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acquire nuclear weapons. and every one of us was horrified last week to see 10 american sailors on their knees with their hands on their head, captured by iranians. i will tell you, that image will sum up in one picture the absolute failures of the obama-clinton foreign-policy. i will tell you this. if i am elected president, american sailors will never be on their knees to a foreign power. [applause] senator cruz: the fifth thing i intend to do on the first day in office is begin the process of moving the american embassy in
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israel to jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. now that is day one. [laughter] senator cruz: there are 365 days in a year, four years in a presidential term, and four years in a second term. every one of those days is going to be spent defending the constitution, as jfk would say - [imitates president kennedy] with vigor! [normal voice] by the end of eight years, there are going to be a whole lot of newspaper reporters and editors and journalists who have checked themselves into therapy.
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in the days that follow, i will go to congress, and we will repeal every word of obamacare. we will pass commonsense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. in the days that follow, i will instruct the u.s. department of education that common core ends today.
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in the days that followed, we will finally, finally, finally secure the borders and end sanctuary cities. [applause] senator cruz: there are 360 sanctuary jurisdictions in this country. everyone of them his going to find their federal taxpayer dollars cut off. and as you rightly noted, we will build a wall.
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a commander-in-chief who doesn't support them. who sends them into combat with rules of engagement have both arms tied behind their backs. in january 2017 that will end. [applause]
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we will fundamentally reform the v.a. to protect every veteran right to choose his or her doctor. we will protect every service man and woman's right to keep and bear arms. [applause] the next time a jihadists walks into a recruiting center in chattanooga he's going to encounter the business and of firearms wielded by a dozen marines. we will have a commander-in-chief who stands up and says to the world we will defeat radical islamic terrorism.
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we will have a president willing to utter the words radical islam and terrorism. [applause] weaken we will not degrade we will utterly and completely destroy isis. [applause] we take on the epa. the whole alphabet soup of radio agencies that have descended on locusts on farmers and ranchers and small businesses all across .his country
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i asked folks in west texas was the difference between regulators and locusts. is he can't use pesticide on the regulators. saidold west texas farmer one of that? bet?na will pass the fundamental tax reform. a simple flat tax. [applause] every american can fill out their taxes on a postcard. we should that abolish the irs.
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some of you might be thinking all this makes sense. those words, bernie and common sense, it is like a matter and antimatter universe will cease to exist. i can't say that the you can [laughter] . simple principles live within your means. don't rank reps our kids and grandkids. follow the constitution.
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cannot be done? can we do it? scripture tells us there is nothing new under the sun. it is very much like in the late 1970's, the jimmy carter administration. the same failed economic policies the same naive foreign policies. the very same countries, russia openly laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. what is that analogy give me so much hope and optimism? we know how that story ended. all across this country millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution.
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it didn't come from washington. washington despised ronald reagan. candidate that washington embraces, run and hide. it came from the american people and return to this country around. we went from misery and stagnation and malaise to booming economic growth and millions lifted out of poverty. into prosperity. the american dream. iranostages languishing in to winning the cold war and tearing down the berlin wall. why am i so optimistic? the same thing can happen again. people are waking up.
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i thought that was the whole point of the campaign. if you think things in washington are doing great and we need to keep heading in the same basic direction that i'm not your guy. if you think washington is fundamentally broken that there is a bipartisan corruption of career politicians in both parties that get in bed with the lobbyists and the special interests and grow the government and we need to take power out of washington and back to we the people that is what this campaign is all about.
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[applause] freedom is not some abstract concept we read about in a school book. freedom is real. it is in our lives, our families. i think about my dad. my debt was born and raised in cuba. he fought in the cuban revolution. when he was a teenager he was imprisoned and tortured. he found himself on the floor of a cuban jail cell covered in mud and blood and grime.
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his nose was broken. his teeth were shattered. i don'tbers thinking have any kids nobody depends on me. it doesn't matter if i live or i die. and yet thankfully god had different plans for him. in 1957 my father fled to america. , couldn'tyears old speak english. dollars.dred job washing dishes. need $.50 an hour. work seven days a week. paid his way through school. he and my mother went on to smart start a small business.
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i grew up in texas as the sun is too small business owners. i saw the ups and downs. today my dad is a pastor, he travels the country preaching the gospel. what was a kid my dad used to say to me when we faced oppression in cuba i had a place to flee to. if we lose our freedom here where we go? that is why all of us are here tonight. to go quietlyling into the night. we are not prepared to give up on our kids and our grandkids.
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if we stand together and defend freedom, if we defend the constitution, if we defend the judeo-christian values that built this country and we stand as we the people, we will bring that last best hope for mankind. thatshining city on a hill is the united states of america. [applause] [applause] we want ted!
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ted cruz: after i commented , which isyork values how donaldson described and explained his own views, it was interesting our friends in the media it seems that they let their hair on fire. they were very confused. what are these new york values? people know exactly what that means.
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this outrage got louder and louder and donald trump and hillary clinton and andrew cuomo all demanded an apology. i said i am happy to apologize. i apologize to the millions of new yorkers who been oppressed by liberal left-wing politicians. i apologize to all the working because governor cuomo has banned fracking so they'll get the high-paying jobs that are going south. i apologize to all the pro-life saide who andrew cuomo have no place in the state of new york. i apologize to all the african-american schoolchildren mayor deblasio tried to
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throw their charter schools. i apologize to the cops and the heroes whos and 9/11 were forced to stand and turn their back on mayor de blasio theuse he sides with looters send the criminals instead of the brave men and women in blue. i'm not sure if that is exactly the apology they were looking for.
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the question was too i think gets how angry the american people are? the answer is they don't get it at all. you hear this from republicans and democrats and independents. we keep electing people and they go to washington and they stop listening to us. they don't fight for us. they don't stand with us. they get in bed with washington. the book spends a lot of time talking about the washington cartel. the career politicians in both parties who get in bed in washington.
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we had a great example just a couple of weeks ago. the republican leadership passed a huge omnibus bill funded 100% of barack obama's big government agenda. funded obamacare, funded planned parenthood, funded amnesty. the program to bring syrian refugees here even of the fbi says they can't check them to make sure they are not terrorists. it was republican leadership that did this. chuck schumer and nancy pelosi they all publicly crowed how the republican leadership had just funded all of their big government policies. that is nuts. it is why people are fed up with washington. we are sonyhy conservatives unite behind our campaign. runningled everyone
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says that they understand up to washington. sometimes politicians don't do what they say. the natural next question is who has stood up to washington? [applause] who has taken on jet not just the democrats but leaders of our own party? what we have got to do. we have got to stand with the american people against the bipartisan corruption of washington. we run a populist campaign of hard-working men and women, people who want to believe again in the promise of america. we run against the bipartisan corruption of washington that is embodied by hillary clinton.
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it?do i plan to demolish in 2012 i spoke at the republican national convention. debtked about our national . i talked about our two little girls. ien i got back to the hotel pulled out my iphone it turned out that paula poundstone the .omedian was watching i guess she had nothing better to do. that said tedet cruz just said when his daughter was born the national debt was
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$10 trillion. now it is $16 trillion. what the heck did she do? i left for the heart of that. she is seven. our nationallife debt has gone from $10 trillion to over $18 trillion. it is larger than the size of our economy. what we're doing is fundamentally immoral. if we don't stop it your generation will spend the rest of your lives lives not working to
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meet the needs of the few -- future, not working to meet your priorities but simply working to pay off the debt from your deadbeat parents and grandparents. it is as if your parents took a credit card in your name, went to vegas party did a and said guess what you're stuck with the bill and no generation in the history of america is ever done what we are doing now. their parents didn't do it to them. the only way to change it is connected to the question that just came before. you have to break the washington cartel. you have to stop the cronyism and the corporate welfare and the mandates. it's the two key principles i'm working on legislatively are repealing obamacare and passing a simple flat tax. the beauty of a flat tax is that a great deal of the subsidies, cronyism and mandates are all buried in the irs code. every loophole and every favoritism which empowers washington. you get rid of that with a
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postcard. the beauty of a postcard if you cannot fit very much text on a postcard. the only way to take on the wash cartel. it has got to be a grassroots movement from the people. the other key is economic growth. if you look at the federal budget, the most important factor in the budget is economic growth. since world war ii, our economy has grown on average 3.3% per year. from 2008 at today the economy has grown an average 1.2% per year. if we don't turn that around, if we stay at 1% and 2% growth, we cannot solve these problems. on the other hand, if we get back to historic levels of growth, everything turns around. that enables us to turn around unemployment and start paying down our debt. it enables us to strengthen and
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preserve social security and medicare. growth is my number one priority. economic growth. i will note that jfk, when he ran for president campaigned on 5% economic growth. he got in and cut taxes and limited regulations and small businesses took off and he achieved economic growth of 5%. jfk campaigned on tax cuts limiting government and standing up in defeating the soviet communists. jfk would be a republican today. crowd: he would! he would!
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[applause] sen. cruz: he stood for religious liberty and he would be tarred and feathered by the modern democratic already. as jfk said, some see things as they are and ask why? i see things that never were and ask why not. these are the principles that work, we get booming economic growth take on the cartel and rein in government. two final questions. right here. >> can you get my autograph absolutely yes. i will be very happy to do it. >> some of those things seem like it would take help from both sides of the aisle. how do you intend to get some of those things done? what are the realistic ones to do without support? cruz: her question was, i heard the things you want to do on day
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one, what is realistic to get accomplished and how do we turn things around? >> one of the things that the media does all the time is they try to convince everyone here to give up hope, that there is nothing we can do. you cannot win, we cannot turn the country around and even if we win we cannot change. it is complete nonsense. any president coming in has three principal levers to change the direction of government. the first is the executive power. we have seen president obama abusing executive power over and over again. lining.e's the silver everything done with executive power can be undone with executive power. [applause] cruz: if you look at the three things
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that i promise to do on day one, rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action. the president can do that all you need is the pen with an eraser in those are gone the second likewise directing the department of justice to enforce the law and investigate planned parenthood, again that is within power.ecutive a president can and i will do that on day one. the third is protecting religious liberty. the assault is coming from the abuse of executive power so that a president can and as president i will and bank that assault on day one. everyone of those can be a cop -- every one of those can be accomplished before midnight on the first day. the 2nd avenue of presidential change is foreign policy and foreign policy can change overnight. you think about this same nation of iran, they released our hostages in 1981 the day that ronald reagan was sworn into


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