tv Ted Cruz Meet-and- Greet in Milford New Hampshire CSPAN January 18, 2016 5:00am-6:01am EST
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 common sense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable, and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. [applause] senator cruz: in the days that follow, i will instruct the u.s. department of education that common core ends today. [applause] in the days that follow, we will finally, finally, finally secure the borders and end sanctuary cities. [applause]
senator cruz: there are 360 sanctuary jurisdictions in this country. every one of them his going to find their federal taxpayer dollars cut off. [applause] senator cruz: and as you rightly noted, we will build a wall. [applause] and i have got somebody in mind to build it. in the days that follow, we will rebuild the military. [applause] senator cruz: and we will honor the sacred commitment to every soldier and sailors and airmen and marines.
for seven years, our fighting men and women have labored under a commander in chief who does not support them. who does not have their back, who undermines them, who sends them into combat with rules of engagement to have both arms tied behind their back. in january 2017, that will end. [applause] senator cruz: we will fundamentally reform the v.a. to protect every veterans right to choose his or her doctor. [applause] and we will: protect every service man and constitutional right to keep and bear arms. [applause] senator cruz: so the next time a
jihadist walks into a recruiting center in chattanooga, he is going to encounter the business end of firearms wielded by a dozen marines. [applause] senator cruz: we will have a commander in chief that stands up and says to the world, we will defeat radical islamic terrorism. [applause] senator cruz: we will have a president willing to utter the words "radical islamic terrorism." , we willll not weaken not degrade, we will utterly and completely destroy isis.
[applause] in the days that epaow, we will take on the and the alphabet soup of federal agencies that have distended like locusts on farmers and ranchers and small businesses all across this country. [applause] you know, i am reminded of a few years ago. i was out in west texas and i is theolks, i said, what difference between regulators and locusts? is, you cannotng use pesticide on the regulators. texas farmer lean back and said, want to bet?
followed, iays that will go to congress and we will pass fundamental tax reform. we will pass a simple flat tax. where every american can fill out your taxes on a postcard. that, we should abolish the irs. now some of you all might be thinking all of this makes sense to me. it is basic common sense. words "bernie" and "common
sense" it is kind of like matter and antimatter. , think if they come together the universe ceases to exist. that is not bad. i cannot say that, but you can. look, simple principles live within your means. do not bankrupt our kids and grandkids. follow the constitution. but can it be done? can we do it? there is tells us nothing new under the sun. i think where we are today, it is very, very much like the late 1970's, the jimmy carter administration. failed economic policies,
same reckless and 90 foreign-policy. country,the very same russia and iran, openly laughing at and mocking the president of the united states. why does that analogy give me so much hope and optimism? because we know how that story ended. all across this country, millions of men and women rose up and became the reagan revolution. [applause] senator cruz: and it did not come from washington. washington despised ronald reagan. by the way, if you see a candidate who washington embraces, run and hide. it came from the american people and it turned this country around.
we went from misery and stagnation and malaise from booming -- to booming economic growth, millions lifted out of poverty into prosperity and the american dream. we went from our hostages languishing in iran to winning the cold war and tearing the berlin wall to the ground. why am i so optimistic? because the same thing is happening again. all across this country, people are waking up. when we launched this campaign 10 months ago, "the new york opined, crews cannot win because the washington elite -- cruz cannot win because the washington elite despised him. i thought that was the point of the campaign.
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 special interests and grow and grow and grow to takent, and we need power out of washington and back to me that people. that is what this campaign is all about -- 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 a school book. that is exactly right, freedom israel. it is personal -- freedom is
real. it is personal. formate, i think about my dad. he was born and raised in cuba. he fought in the cuban revolution growing up. 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. broken, his teeth were shattered out of his mouth, and he remembers thinking, i do not have any kids. nobody depends on me. it does not matter if i live or i die. and yet thankfully, god had different plans for my father. he was released from that jail 1957, a father fled
to america. when he got here, he was 18 years old, could not speak english, had nothing. at $100 sound into his underwear. i do not advise carrying money in your underwear. [laughter] senator cruz: and he got a job washing dishes, made $.50 an hour. he worked seven days a week and he paid his way through school. he and my mom went on to start a small business together. so i grew up in texas the son of two small business owners. ups and downs, triumphs and challenges of running a small family business. today, my dad is a pastor and he travels the country preaching the gospel. [applause] senator cruz: 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. because we are not willing to go quietly into the night. we are not prepared to give up on our kids and grandkids. and i tell you this, if we stand together, if we defend freedom, if we defend the constitution, if we defend the judeo-christian values that help this country, if we stand as we the people, then we will bring back, we will restore that last best hope for mankind, that chinese city on a hill that is the united --
[indiscernible] senator cruz: when i commented about the ark values, which is values,ld -- new york which is how donald described his values. it seems like the folks in the media let their hair on fire. what are these new york values people see? i would say in america, people know exactly what that means. but then the outrage got louder and louder, and donald trump and hillary clinton and andrew cuomo and mayor bill de blasio all demanded an apology, so i said all right, i am happy to apologize. i apologize to all the millions of new yorkers who have been abandoned by liberal left-wing politicians. [applause] apologize to all
the working men and women in new york who would like to provide for their families, but mayor andrew cuomo his band fracking so they do not get the higher-paying jobs that are just south in the state of pennsylvania. i apologize to all the pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-second amendment new yorkers who andrew cuomo said "have no place in the state of new york." i apologize to all the african-american schoolchildren who mayor de blasio tried to throw out of their charter schools that were providing them left lines toward the american -- life lines toward the american dream. and finally, i apologize to all the cops and firefighters and 9/11 heroes who were forced to stand and turn their back on mayor de blasio because over and over and over again, he signs with the looters and criminals instead of the brave men and women blue -- men and women in blue.
[applause] senator cruz: now, i'm not sure if that is exactly the apology they were looking for. yes, ma'am? [indiscernible] anger from republicans and democrats, and i do not think they are getting to him. senator cruz: for those of you all who could not hear the question, do i think washington democrats and republicans get how angry the american people are after seven years? the answer is no, they do not get it at all. you hear this from republicans,
democrats, libertarians, we keep electing people and they go to washington and they stop listening to us. they do not hear what we have to say, they do not fight for us, instead they get in bed with washington. last year i wrote a book. thank you. of the book spends a lot time talking about what i call "the washington cartel," which is the career politicians in both parties that get in bed and washington. we got a great example just a couple of weeks ago, where republican leadership passed a massive, trillion dollar omnibus bill, funded 100% of barack obama's big government agenda. funded all of obamacare, amnesty, planned parenthood, all this iranian deal, all the programs that bring syrian refugees here even though the fbi says they cannot vet them to
determine if they are isis terrorists. it was republican leadership who took the lead doing this. chuck schumer, anti-pelosi, they pelosi, they nancy just crowd have a government-funded all of their big agenda. that is not's. .-nuts it is why people are fed up with washington, but it is also why we are saying so many conservatives unite behind our campaign. in this primary, every republican running says that they are going to stand up to washington. has anyone else notice that sometimes politicians do not do what they say? and the best, the natural next question is someone says they are going to stand up to washington is, ok, who has stood up to washington? [applause] senator cruz: and who has taken
on not just democrats, leaders of our own party? that is what we have got to do, is we have got to stand with the american people against the bipartisan corruption of washington. by the way, the way we win the general is very simple. we run a populist campaign of hard-working men and women, people who want to believe again in the promise of america, and we run it against the bipartisan corruption of washington that is embodied by hillary clinton. [applause] senator cruz: yes? question, how do i plan to demolish america's debt. i like your choice of verbs. listen, that is an incredibly important question. let me step back for a moment and tell a story.
back in 2012, i spoke at the republican national convention in tampa and talked about our national debt. i talked about our two little girls, caroline and catherine. when i got back to the hotel room and pulled out my iphone and began looking at twitter, and it turned out that paula pulsed -- paula poundstone was watching that night. i guess she had nothing better to do. and she sent a tweet. she said, ted cruz just said when his daughter was born the national debt was $10 trillion. now it is $16 trillion. what the heck did she do? [laughter] senator cruz: and heidi and i laughed pretty hard. but caroline is seven. i want you to think, in her short life our national debt has gone from $10 trillion to over
$18 trillion, larger than the size of our economy. what we are doing right now, it is fundamentally immoral. if we do not stop it, your generation will spend the rest of your lives not working to meet the needs of the future, not working to meet your priorities, the challenges that come, but simply working to pay off the debt from your deadbeat parents and grandparents. it is as if your parents went and took out a credit card in your name, went to vegas, partied it up, and said guess , what, you're stuck with the bill. and no generation in the history of america has ever done what we are doing now. our parents did not do it to us. their parents didn't do it to them. you have got to break the washington cartel. you have to stop the cronyism and the corporate welfare and
the subsidies and the mandates. thes one of the reasons why two key principles i am running on legislatively are repealing obamacare and passing a simple flat tax. why? 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, every favoritism, and that empowers washington. you get rid of that with a postcard. the beauty of a postcard is you cannot fit very much text on a postcard. the laws of physics are on our side at that point. the only way to take on the washington cartel, to beat the cronyism, 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. i am a numbers guy. if you look at the federal budget, the most important
factor in the federal budget is economic growth. since world war ii, our economy has grown on average 3.3% per year. from 2008 two 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, 3%, 4%, 5%, everything turns around. that enables us to turn around unemployment and start paying down our debt. it enables us to rebuild our military. it enables us to strengthen and preserve social security and medicare. growth is key, it is why it is my number one priority, is 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%. you are exactly right. jfk campaigned on tax cuts limiting government and standing and defeating the soviet communists. jfk would be a republican today. crowd: he would! he would! [applause] senator cruz: 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. that is the only way to turn around our national debt. 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 that you can do even without support? senator cruz: 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. you cannot win, we cannot turn the country around and even if we win, it 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. now, here's the silver lining. everything done with executive power can be undone with executive power. [applause] if you look ato the first three things that i promised to do on day one, rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action. the president can do that, you do not need congress. all you need is the pen with an eraser and those are gone. the second, likewise directing the department of justice to enforce the law and investigate planned parenthood 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. every one of those can be accomplished before midnight on the very first day. [applause] second avenuethe of presidential change is foreign policy and foreign policy likewise can change overnight. you think about it, the same nation, the nation of iran 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 things i promise, ripped to shreds the iranian nuclear deal, a president can do this on his own. he never submitted that to congress, so you can undo it as president. [applause] likewise, moving
the embassy in israel, congress passed legislation some time ago but they have a presidential waiver . and each president keeps waiving that. unday one, i am going to -waive it and we will start moving the embassy to jerusalem. the final letter of presidential power is legislation. legislation is more complicated and takes more time. it is why for example, 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. 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. the way that you change the dynamic, think about it in 1981. reagan comes into office, to o'neill, speaker of
the house, 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% of 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? conservative right here. sen. cruz: 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 side? 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. listen, in a republican primary, 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. so for example, every candidate says they oppose obamacare.
in 2013, we had, as reagan would put it, a time for battle. 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? beinghe fight was fought? you 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. let's take immigration -- there are candidates today who say that they care deeply about
immigration. deeply about amnesty. how do you test that? also 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. amnesty would have 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 stand shoulder to shoulder with jeff sessions and steve king and we led the battle to defeat it and stop amnesty. [applause] sen. cruz: 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. [laughter] cruz: and let me tell you something. 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. [laughter]
cruz: call your sister, your son, or your next-door neighbor. 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. [applause] 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. just a minute a day. your kids toutting going ton you are bed, say father god, continue this awakening and revival. awaken this body of christ that we might pull back from this of this. we are standing on the precipice 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 chronicles 7:14. a concrete manifestation of those promises from scripture. we have done it before, the people pulled this country back from the abyss, we have done it before and if we stand together we will do it again. [applause] sen. cruz: thank you. [indiscernible] [indiscernible]
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