tv Ted Cruz Meet-and- Greet in Milford New Hampshire CSPAN January 18, 2016 12:35am-1:36am EST
will my right honorable friend agreed to meet with me to discuss how we can help with the 20 million-pound infrastructure damage? and the rebuilding of permanent high schools as well speak with my friend and i discussed the high school on many occasions and i think we should meet again to discuss it again and try to make some progress. first of all let me say my sympathies and the sympathies of the whole house will go to those people and businesses who are flooded. we will do everything we can to help communities get back on their feet. there's a large blood investment program and that's in place and there's also the maintenance program which has been protected in real terms but a number of other infrastructure pieces of work that needs to be done. i would commend the highway agency that has been quick to examine roads and in some cases take over the repairs to local
>> 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 hampshire. [applause] senator cruz: i am thrilled to 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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 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. 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. 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.
arms tied behind their backs. in january 2017 that will end. [applause] 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. we will have a president willing to utter the words radical islam and terrorism. [applause] we will not 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 this country. i asked folks in west texas was the difference between regulators and locusts. the thing is he can't use pesticide on the regulators. this old west texas farmer said wanna bet? we will pass the fundamental tax reform.
i can't say that the you can [laughter] . simple principles live within your means. follow the constitution. 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 and iran, 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 the story ends. millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. it did not come from washington. washington despised ronald reagan. if you see a candidate washington embraces run and hide. it came from the american people and it turned this country around. misery, stagnation and malaise to booming economic growth to millions lifted out of poverty. we went from hostages languishing in a run to winning the cold war and tearing the
berlin wall to the ground. all across this country, people are waking up. when we launched this campaign 10 months ago, the new york times opined, ted cruz cannot win. because the washington elite despise him. i kind of thought that was the whole point of the campaign. listen. if you think that things in washington are doing great that we need to head in the same basic direction and fiddle around the edges, then i am not your guy. on the other hand, if you think that washington is fundamentally broken, that there is a i partisan corruption of career
politicians in both parties that get in bed with lobbyists and special interests and grow government, then we need to take power out of washington and back to we the people. that is what this campaign is all about. [applause] let me close with this. for all of us here, freedom is not some abstract concept we read about in the schoolbook. freedom is real. it is personal in our lives and our family. for me, i think about my dad. my dad was born and raised in cuba and he thought in the cuban revolution growing up.
when he was a teenager, he was imprisoned and tortured. he found himself on the floor of the cuban jail cell covered in mud and blood and grime. his nose was broken, his teeth were shattered out of his mouth and he remembers thinking, i don't have any kids, nobody depends on me. it doesn't matter if i live or die.
thankfully, god had different plans for my father. he was released from that jail cell and in 1957, my father fled to america. when he got here, he was 18 years old. he could not speaking russian had $100 sony into his own -- sewn into his underwear. he got a job washing dishes. he made $.50 per hour and he worked seven days a week and paid his way through school. he and my mom went on to start a small business together. i grew up in texas as the son of small business owners. i saw the ups and downs and trials of running a small business. today my father is a pastor and he travels the country preaching the gospel.
when i was a kid, my dad used to say to me over and over again. when we faced oppression in cuba, i had a place to flee to. if we lose our freedom here, where do we go? that is why all of us are here tonight. we are not willing to go quietly into the night. we are not prepared to give up on our kids and grandkids. [applause] i tell you, if we stand together and defend freedom, if we defend the constitution, if we defend the judeo-christian values that built this country, if we stand as we the people, then we will restore that last and best hope for mankind. that shining city on a hill that is united states of america. [applause] >> [chanting] we want ted! >> with that, i am happy to answer or dodge any western you like. -- question you like. [laughter] yes, sir? >> [inaudible]
>> very good question. after i commented about new york values which is out donald explained his own views, it was interesting that our friends in the media -- it seems like they with their hair on fire. what are these new york values of which you speak? and the rest of america, people know exactly what that means.
than the outrage got louder and louder stop mayor and bill de blasio amended an apology. i said i am happy to apologize. i apologize to the millions of workers who have been abandoned by left-wing politicians. i apologize to all of the working men and women in new york who would like to provide for their families but they don't get the high paying jobs just south from the state of pennsylvania.
heroes whom were forced to turn and stand there -- stand and turn their back on mayor deblasio because over and over he sides with the looters and the criminals instead of the brave men and women in blue. [applause] i am not sure if that is exactly the apology they were looking for. yes ma'am? >> [inaudible] >> for those of you who could not hear the question, the question was do i think washington, democrats and republicans get how angry the american people are after seven
years? in the answer is they don't get it at all. the most common thing that you hear as you travel the country from republicans, democrats, libertarians -- we keep electing people, they go to washington and they stop listening to us. they don't hear what we have to say, they do not fight for us. and last year i wrote a book. thank you. the book spends a lot of time talking about what i call the washington cartel.
the career politicians in both parties that get in bed in washington. we a great example a couple weeks ago where republican leadership passed at milley -- trillion dollar omnibus bill funded 100% of barack obama's big government agenda. funded all of amnesty all of planned parenthood all of this irani and deal and all of the program to bring syrian refugees here even though the fbi says they cannot that him to determine if they are isis terror. it was republican leadership who took the lead doing that.
chuck schumer, nancy pelosi and harry reid all obloquy crowed how the republican leadership has just funded all of their big government agenda. that is nuts stop and it is why people are fed up with washington. it's also why we are seeing so many conservatives unite behind a campaign. in this primary, every republican running says that they are going to stand to washington. has anyone else noticed that sometimes politicians do not do what they say? the natural next question if someone says they will stand up to washington is, ok who has stood up to washington? >> and who is taking on not just democrats but leaders of our own party? that is what we have to do, we have to stand with the american people against the bipartisan corruption of washington and the way that we win the general is very simple. we run a populist campaign of hard-working men and women. people who want to believe in the promise of america and we run it against the bipartisan corruption of washington that is embodied by hillary clinton. >> [inaudible] >> good question. how do i plan to demolish america's debt?
i like your choice of verb. let me step back for a minute and tell a story. in 2012, i spoke at the republican national convention in tampa. i talked about our national debt and our two little girls caroline and catherine. when i got back to the hotel room at 1:30 a.m. and began looking at twitter, it turned out that paula poundstone the comedian was watching that night , i guess she had nothing better to do. she sent a tweet and said, ted cruz just said that when his daughter was born, the national debt was $10 trillion, now it is $16 trillion. what it she do? -- what did she do? [laughter] heidi and i laughed for the hard. caroline is seven. caroline is seven. in her short life, our national debt has gone from $10 trillion to over $18 trillion, it is larger than the size of our economy will stop what we are doing now is fundamentally immoral. if we don't stop it, your generation will spend the rest of your lives not working to 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. the beauty of a postcard is you cannot fit very much -- very much text on a postcard. the only way to take on the wash cartel -- washington cartel is to have the movement come from the people. 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 to 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 preserve social security and medicare. growth is my number one priority. 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 and defeating the soviet interests. jfk would be a republican today. he stood for religious liberty and he would be tarred and feathered by the modern democratic party. 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. yes, ma'am. >> 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? >> her question was, i heard the things you want to do on day 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. we cannot win, we cannot turn the country around and even if we win, it can't 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. everything done with executive power can be undone with
executive power. if you look at the three things that i promise to do on day one, rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action. a president can do that, all you need is the pen with an eraser in those are gone the the second likewise directing the department of justice to enforce the law and investigate planned parenthood, again that is within full executive power. 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 end that assault on day one. everyone of those can be a cop
was for midnight on the first day. everyone 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 office. that is the difference a strong commander in chief can make. the next promise is to rip to shreds the iranian nuclear deal, he never submitted it to congress a you can undo it as president. likewise, moving the embassy in israel, congress passed legislation some time ago but they have a presidential waiver and each president keeps waiving that. i will move it to jerusalem.
the final lever of residential power is legislation. legislation is more complicated and takes time. it is why i do not promise to repeal obamacare on the first day. as much as i would love to, there is no one who would like to repeal it more than i do. a president does not have the power to do that on day one. that is a statute that was passed by law. the only way to undo it is passing another statute through law. the two major legislative initiatives that i'm fighting for our repealing obamacare and repealing obamacare. -- for are repealing obamacare and passing a simple flat tax. you ask the questions, can we get congress to go along with repealing obamacare and a flat tax?
today no. if i try to do that today it would not happen. think of the last time we beat the washington cartel. it was 1980 and the reagan revolution. it's because there was this massive grassroots movement from the people to change the incentives in washington. there is an old joke that politics is hollywood for ugly people. my wife says i resemble that remark. [laughter] the way that you change the dynamic, think about it in 1981. reagan comes into office, to tipp o'neill, democrat speaker of the house, tip o'neill told ronald reagan, do not bother sending your tax plan to the house, it is dead on arrival. he said, i have 20 democratic votes to kill your tax plan. reagan did not head to the capital and pour a drink and use his legendary irish wit. that was not going to move tip.
he went to the people and the american people began lighting up the phones and calling and calling and suddenly the 20 votes became 19 votes, 18 votes, 17 votes. we ended up under reagan's leadership going from a top marginal rate of 70%, cutting it all the way to 28%. that is the only way that you repeal obamacare and get a flat tax is if you have a mandate from the people so it becomes politically more dangerous from the politicians to do the wrong thing that it is the right thing . >> how do we who have family members who are not on the ted team -- how do i convince the to understand who is the
constitutional candidate? >> great question. how do we, if there are folks, family members or friends supporting mr. trump, how do you convince them to come to this site? let me give you a very simple question. have you ever been burned by a politician? have you ever seen a politician who says one thing and does another? everyone one of us has seen that over and over. it is why we are frustrated out of our minds. how do you distinguish between politicians who will follow through and those talking a good game. in a republican by merit, everyone says they are a conservative. nobody on the debate stage says i am a squishy establishment
moderate, i stand for nothing. nobody says that. everyone claims to be a conservative. how do we distinguish? the scriptures say you shall know them by their fruits. i would suggest that you urge your friends, don't listen to what they say or what i say. ignore what all of us say on the campaign trail. look to our actions. every candidate says they oppose obamacare. there was a major battle against obamacare and i was proud to lead that fight. i will point out that the other folks on that stage were nowhere to be found. if they say today that they
oppose obamacare, the question is where were you in 2013? after sandy hook when barack obama and harry reid came after our second amendment right to keep and bear arms, millions of us rose up to protect the second amendment. i was proud to lead that fight. we defeated their gun-control proposals on the floor of the senate. look at the other individuals on that debate stage and none of them were anywhere to be found. they didn't stand and fight to defend the second amendment. there are candidates today who say that they care deeply about immigration. look at the other individuals on that debate stage deeply about amnesty. how do you test that? in 2013, we had a knockdown drag out fight. barack obama, chuck schumer, and the democrats joined with establishment republicans in pushing a massive amnesty land.
the plan made it to the senate and republican leadership was prepared to take it up to the house and barack obama would have signed it. we were on the verge of losing amnesty. it would've been granted to 12 million people across this country. the only reason it was beaten is because millions of americans rose up. i was proud to send shoulder to shoulder with jeff sessions and steve king and we led the battle to defeat it and stop amnesty. [applause] i will give a very simple point that you can make to any of your friends. the other individuals on that stage were nowhere to be found. it was like they were in witness
protection. when the battle is being fought on the verge of amnesty being passed, you do not show up to fight? your credibility as a presidential candidate when you say i care about amnesty becomes suspect. that is what is so encouraging. it's the great thing about new hampshire, iowa and south carolina, you all take this seriously. the responsibility to vet the candidates and look them in the eye and say who is blowing smoke? to distinguish who has the
record of walking the walk. let me close with this. if you all agree with me that it is now or never, that we are at the edge of a cliff that if we keep going in this direction for another four to eight years, we risk losing the greatest country in the history of the world. if you agree with that i want to ask each of you to do three things. join us. commit tonight to stand up and vote in the new hampshire primary and stand with us. [applause] sen. cruz: the second thing that i want to ask of each of you is that you volunteer. we have volunteers who can take names. sign up to be a precinct leader, a county leader, commit tonight to pick up the phone and call your mom. that is a good idea anyway. call your sister, your son, or your next-door neighbor. your college roommate. your business partner. say that this election matters. it matters for me and my future and my kids and my grandkids.
i want to ask everyone here to vote for me 10 times. listen, we are not democrats. [laughter] sen. cruz: i am not suggesting voter fraud, but let me tell you, if everyone of you gets nine other people to get up and vote on primary day, you will have voted 10 times. those of you in high school who are not 18, if you get 10 people to show up and vote who are, you will have voted 10 times. [applause] sen. cruz: the third and final thing that i want to ask of each of you is that you pray. that you lift up this country in prayer. that you commit today each day from now until election day.
spend just one minute a day. when you're laying down to go to bed. putting your kids to sleep, when you are going to bed, say father god, continue this awakening and revival. awaken this body of christ that we might pull back from this abyss. we are standing on the promises of second chronicles 20:14. if my people when called on my name shall humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, i will hear their prayer and forgive their sins and i will heal their land. [applause] sen. cruz: let me tell you a bit of history that our friends in the media will never share with you. in january 1981, when ronald reagan took oath of office, his left hand was resting on 2