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we will bring you live pre-caucus coverage, taking her phone calls, tweets, and text. will takestern, we you to the republican caucus on c-span and then the democratic caucus on c-span2. onn in on the conversation c-span radio and c-span.org. presence of candidate ohio governor john kasich adjust the representatives of the state house in new hampshire and concorde. he discussed bipartisanship and more on the balance between the federal and state powers. privilegeh: what a and an honor to be here. i peeked in one day and never thought i would be standing and have an opportunity to speak to. it really illustrates the amazing journey i've had for my first quarter freshman at ohio state.
i wrote a letter to the president of the united states, basically inviting myself down there for a chat. it was carried by the president of ohio state, who i've met a short time earlier. and invited mek to a meeting in the oval office. andother answered the phone i said, mom, i'm a first-quarter freshman at ohio state. my mother's mother could barely speak english. need an going to airline ticket because the president of the on states would like a meeting in the oval office b. my mom was shouting, honey, pick up the phone, something's wrong with our kid. i had a couple of jobs in washington, one by hitchhiking. lightning continued to strike me. i went looking for a job and cannot find one. the last place i thought i would
ever be hired as the legislature. i asked the guy and i said i want to go to law school, but i want to use my brain. is anything i can do? he said you can write resolutions about and gertrude, who just turned 175. i went in on monday and they said had a job opening for the aid to the ohio senators. i explained that i basically run washington and they hired me and i became and eight. after very short. period of time, i said, heck, i can do this myself. i told my friends i was going to drop my job and run for a house-senate. dropped his coat and i said, just watch. i ran against in ohio incumbent. i started when i was 24 and a
half years old. i was the youngest person ever elected to the ohio senate at the age of 26. so i became a legislator and i loved it. ands there for four years the third year i was there, the republicans won a majority, but the democrats still control the ohio house. that is when i learned it is better to get along them to fight. problemster to solve than to spend your time arguing with one another because what's the point of service if you don't achieve anything? [applause] and then after four years -- thank you. because of my cooperative efforts, the democrats gerrymandered me out of my seat. [laughter] i had opportunity to run against an older fellow, who was really a mentor of mine. i decide to run for congress. i started that, i guess, when i was about 29.
at the ripe old age of 30, i was elected to the u.s. house of representatives. remember that night with my mom and dad being there, and they said, johnny, what are you doing? it was amazing. my first meeting, by the way, and the ohio senate, i will never forget. it was an energy commerce meeting and i've been for a couple weeks. republican in the minority starts offering an amendment and the chairman says, is there a second? i do not even understand what the amendment was and it was a person with senior to me and he did not second it either. he banged the gavel and set is their second? the motion dies and the committee is adjourned. the sky turns to me and i will never forget it. he turns to me red-faced and he says, why did you not second my minute? -- my amendment? i said i don't know what it was. he said, young man, you got to learn to fly by the seat of your
pants. since i heardn that device. i believe we are running this country from the bottom up, coming from a place where the wind blew the wrong way and we found ourselves out of work. always believe that power up to the rest were people live. i always felt that tax cuts were really an issue of putting power in people's pockets in the community, and the family, in the neighborhood. i still believe that's the most important thing that we can do .n terms of empowering people i have a program here, a lot of which i launch. i was budget committee chairman in washington when we balance the budget. i was interrupted at one point by conga's mint tenpenny, a democrat. congressmenbeen -- tim penny, a democrat.
we came up with a plan to cut up one penny of every federal dollars of spending. we offered it to the floor of the united states house and lost by four votes. it was amazing effort with a group of republicans and democrats working together to fight and take one penny out of every dollar. who fought us? publicans, democrats, everybody. but we came close. .gov after that, we balance budget and pay down the largest amount of debt in modern time of almost half $1 trillion it was halted because of president with a somewhat different philosophy. what would i would do if i was president? you would get a lot of power and a short period of time. we are trying to say if someone wants education and to get the requirements
under the federal welfare law, which i was involved in writing, that i have to go to washington now and ask for permission to get somebody trained for the skills to get out of welfare. why my going to washington to ask what our rail fare rules and ethics ought to be in the state of ohio? to me, you take the program. you get the program back here and you get to write the rules. i would make one little recommendation. the recommendation is to bring businesses into the welfare office so that when people get help they also have somebody there that tells them that if you get trained, you can get a job working for me. i think it is really critical that welfare should reside with all of you. education -- there are 100 for federal education programs. i would put them in four buckets and i would send them back here, including one bucket that would cover special education, an issue that you all struggle with every civil session. you ought to have the power of education here.
one thing i would say to you and that is that we have had an education system that has trained people for jobs in the past. when we were kids, many of us, not all of us, when we were kids do not have to get a great education. we could graduate and get a job at a textile company, a summit factory, and we can make a decent living. that was the middle class. many of those jobs are gone. now our education system has to begin to train people for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow. it is winter my age -- require a dramatic change in the way it works. the president can't fix it. the government can't fix it. maybe all the way down to the school board at the community level, we have to empower them and hold them accountable at the state level for the skills that her children are able to receive. job training -- right now, you basically have t to lose a job before they train you for another job. i like to give you job-training money. why don't you get trained on the
job so you don't lose your job so we do not have the training for a job that may not even exist? we will give you the job-training money and you can use it and figure out what you want to do with it right here in the state of new hampshire. transportation -- you know how works now? we pay federal gas tax and send the money to washington to a committee. the committee devises their own plans and sends less back to us. by the way, it puts restrictions on the way that we take care of our infrastructure. what i suggest? send a couple pennies down to washington to maintain interstate and then we keep the rest of the money. we do what we want to do with it. and you know the idea -- [applause] cannot poll ayou road where there is a dime of government money and it, federal money? absurd. the idea of tolling makes sense, but with less rules and restrictions that the dollars will go a lot farther.
let's stop that nonsense of sending it down to the committee. who is against it by the way? the committee. who is also against it? the special interests who want their nose in the trough. you can the least beat them out easier here than you can in washington. -- theedicaid program for the poor and the disabled. . want to commend you we cannot turn our back on the mentally ill, the drug addicted, the working poor, the developmentally disabled. we are all made in the image of the lord. i took $14 billion over the next few years back to ohio from washington to meet our challenges. and you did it in new hampshire. lives have been saved. people have some hope. you did it here. i want to complement you for a. -- for it.
in our medicaid program, we took the growth of medicaid from 10%, which is the toughest issue for you to control, and my second budget to 2.5% without cutting one benefit or taking one person off the roll. the single biggest change that we made is let mom and dad stay in their own home rather than be forced into a nursing home, where they are healthier, happier, more independent. we had to beat down the nursing home lobby, but we were able to get it done. by the way, and our stay, just so you know, i inherited a deficit of $8 billion, almost 20% of our operating budget. we are now running a $2 billion surplus. we have cut taxes more than any state in america, $8 billion worth of tax cuts. our credit is rock solid. our outlook is positive. our pensions are solid and within the 30 year requirement. ande up 385,000 jobs we have diversified our economy.
why? because we have been bold. the legislative leaders have been terrific. we have all worked together and we have accomplished a lot. in addition to praising you are what you did on medicaid, and i think you should control the programs of the poor, and i would get the medicaid dollars back, but the only provision is that you spend it on what it is designed for and not to pay the highways. on what is necessary to be spent on and be creative. i think that is absolutely terrific, but i also want to point yo to you about the struge we all face. for six years, i've been working on this drug issue. before i was even sworn in as governor, i met a group of ladies who came to see me, who all had pictures of their children in frames. they all had one thing in common. everyone of their children were dead from a drug overdose. six years ago, we started closing down pill mills and
taking dr.'s licenses and locking up the drug dealers. we now move to creating protocols, which i would encourage you to look at, and that would describe the proper allocation for prescription drugs are. if you have acute pain or chronic pain, and we also have programs in the schools. by the way, the people thing about running for president and being here and having our people share ideas with your people -- last my i picked up a great idea. that is how to save the health education programs in new hampshire school will require education about the drug issue. i called my school last night and i said this looks like such a great issue could w. we have got to be in the classroom. here's what i want to leave you with on this issue and all issues. republican or democrat, doesn't matter on this, doesn't it? our children are dying. our people are at risk.
it's ok. i fight with the best of them. i can fight with anybody. sometimes i will have a strong opinion on something, but doesn't it feel great when we have the beings privilege of serving in a legislative role, when we come moms andas people, as as dads, to solve a problem? then you leave the chamber and you get in your car and you go home. your spouse says, what did you do? and you can tell them that you did something great for the boys and the girls who live in the state. because you work together. we can have our differences, ladies and gentlemen, and i've been this business -- and this business for a very long time. i'm a reform oriented guy. what i know is that when we are
americans, citizens of new hampshire more than a political party or philosophy, when we work together to solve problems, we leave a legacy, a legacy that our children and our grandchildren in your own families will remember. if i'm president, i'm coming back here. i'm coming right back here and i'm going to share with you the things that i learned all over the country because it's a job of the president to share, to lead, to inspire, to be patient, to work together, and to show the great ideas because the states of america are the laboratories of innovation, the laboratories of change, and the laboratories of excitement. it's a privilege for me to be before you today. .od bless you could ge good luck and thank you. [applause] during campaign 2016, c-span
takes you on the road to the white house. we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. >> coming up shortly, we will be going live to davenport, iowa. kainenia senator tim clinton,ng for hillary scheduled at 12:30 p.m. eastern time. in the meantime, we will hear from marco rubio, who addressed the new hampshire house of representatives. marco rubio: thank you, speaker. i want to thank you on each side of the aisle for the opportunity to speak today. this is actually a very special privilege for me. as some of you may know, i spent nine years in the florida state house, including two as speaker. i feel real comfortable here. many of my best memories in
public service happened in that time. i think there is perhaps no better example than what our founders intended for democracy to look like than right here in this chamber. before we sit the largest it legislature in the country, which means each of you represent literally just a few thousand people. many of these people you know not from campaigning. you know them from childhood, from the checkout line at the grocery store, from church, or from school board meetings. you live and work and spend most of your time with them and not with each other. your expenses out their shape your working here. that is why the new hampshire house is truly a citizen legislature. it is truly the people's house. as close of the government to the people, the better our founders knew it would work. i think this is an idea embodied in the new hampshire town hall , which i the chance to
participate in in this campaign. this idea of democracy is good the idea that citizens can govern themselves .most had their lives dictated by leaders they do not choose. most were removed from the problems they face every day. it is also important to remember that the system is fragile. power has a tendency to coalesce, to centralize, and then to expand. it requires a conscious effort to keep the scales of power balanced between, for example, washington and our state. fail, the efforts impact hits chambers like this even before it hits our own people. in the for the house, we felt the growing power of washington. we felt the growing power of washington every day. the weight forced itself into more and more of our decisions,
the way washington passed down mandates and made a spend time dealing with what it wanted us to deal with rather than what floridians wanted to. washington's growth in stature and size has been the fault of both parties and of more than one president. but it is a simple truth that the rate of growth has increased under our current president. this is not the place to list every shortcoming of this administration. i would need more than 15 minutes for that anyway. i would be remiss if i fail to mention that we are gathered here today on the seventh obama'sary of president inauguration. this provides an opportunity to pause and take stock of the this president promised and delivered. we know and i believe that barack obama is not a bad person. but it is my belief that he misunderstands our country. his views of our federal government -- he views our federal government as a tool not to protect our rights but as a
tool to compel certain outcomes that he deems fair and just. to control our economy, our health care, decisions about even the weather. his intentions may have been good, but the impact as a president have not been. part of the reason is that washington is too far removed from the people that it serves. grows, the more power cycles away from state and local leaders like you and placed in the hands of unelected bureaucrats. common core is a perfect example. as speaker, i was proud to modernize fortis curriculum from the bottom up by working with parents, teachers, and school board members could local leaders like you are always better suited to this task than d.c. bureaucrats in part because you are more accountable. if you do not believe me, try getting one of those bureaucrats on the phone. d.c. is also motivated to often by the wrong things.
while your work in this chamber is a public service, which you are only paid $100 a year, government has become an industry in washington. and that industry is booming. 13 of the richest counties in america form a circle around washington dc. that citiesxpect politicians and lobbyists and special interest to understand better than you, for simple, how opiate abuse is impacting your state but what a struggling family is up against a what a child in merrimack needs to succeed or single mom and guilford needs to rise from circumstance? calls for a limited federal government are not calls for a heartless government. acknowledgment that while americans deserve a government a tune to the needs and sensitive to their concerns, washington is simply not the best place to find it.
for when our politics takes place of our way, politics becomes impersonal. when it becomes impersonal, the answer to every problem becomes the same. to raise the tax or create a new one-size-fits-all federal program. these things may government bigger, but they do not make it better. more access, but not more effective. i know because i've witnessed it firsthand in congress. but on the state level, innovative ideas are informed by local expenses, adjusted to unique regional needs. as a result, the effect of your service can be positive and profound. once again, i know because i've seen it. before i became the speaker of the florida house, i held what i called idea race in florida. i thought about what affect the state government could do to make their life better and easier.
we compile the book called 100 innovative ideas for florida's future. many of these ideas that came from our people became law. extending tob of autistic children the special care and attention they need. i saw the brightest futures for andfathers neighborhoods eyewitnesses tangible sense of relief when i passed a law that protective families and businesses from having the property seized through eminent domain. washington quantifies its successes through statistics and three dollar amounts. -- three dollar amounts, but you feel successes in your neighbor's lives, and your child's school, in your child's budget. that is why as president, rather than telling state leaders like you to place your faith in washington, as president, i will tell washington to place its faith in you. will trust you to choose the curriculum and education standards that are right for
your children because i know that you will work with parents and local schools to do so. i will trust you with our nations anti-poverty funds so that whether it's an emphasis on higher education your constituents need or substance abuse treatment or targeted drop training, you can direct the funds to the specific needs of your community. will trust you with new hampshire's energy future because it is you, not far away bureaucrats who know how best to balance your local means of transmission and production with environmental concerns. as president, i will take my oath to uphold the constitution seriously. that's including the 10th amendment, which says that every power not specifically given to the federal government belongs to the states, to you. [applause] [applause]
that just so happens to be most powers. i will recognize that no one, self included, knows the needs of new hampshire better than the people of new hampshire. the real brilliance of, state government, what's it's it apart from washington does not come from this chamber or city. it comes from the people you represent. i would argue in part because of the size of this body that every single person in this state, no matter what they've been through , could find at least one person in this chamber who has been trials andilar cantina personally with their struggles. this is what makes your representative body so strong. as someone who has been in a position like yours, allow me to offer a word of encouragement. some days your challenges here will review feeling stretched thin, unable to balance legislative duties with your career and family. becausehat this is like i also know how these struggles hold value.
001 and went through a difficult time. i had recently been named majority whip, which made it tougher to give adequate attention to my job outside the legislature. i knew eventually i need to lose that job or a would see a significant reduction in my salary because of it. either one of those outcomes would have been a disaster for my family. my salary at the time was higher than most people in yet barely covered our basic expenses. my wife and i had a new daughter. like many families then and now, we felt like we were drowning under our bills. my student loan payments were close to $900 a month. my rent was $1500 a month. car payments were another few hundred. eventually we chose to sell a car and moved in with jeanette's mother for a time. headhunter to help me find a job better suited to my schedule, but i kept coming up empty. who wants to hire someone who will be gone three to six months in the state legislature?
but my understanding wife now had to worry about my ability to provide for my family. i began to fear and almost except that the only solution was to resign from the legislature and dedicate myself to the full-time practice of law again. you understand these pressures, these doubts. in my case, i knew my struggles were small compared to so many of my neighbors, compared to the struggles my own parents faced years before. these struggles brought to me what public services truly about, they heighten my desire to find new solutions to the old challenges facing so my families, at that time including my own. i will never forget that one day in the midst of these challenges when i got in the car and started driving just to clear my head. i found myself pulling up to the
church where internet and i had gotten married just a few years before. and ied to the front pew began to pray. i asked god what he wanted me to do, what he wanted me to learn. i prayed his will would be done, and i pray for the strength to accept whatever that will would be. by the time i left that church, i was still worried that i had resigned -- but i had resigned to accept whatever happened. on my way back to my mother-in-law's house, my cell phone rang. after weeks without hearing anything, the headhunter was calling to tell me that there was a law firm that had expressed interest in my services. a door had suddenly opened and presented a way out of my predicament. as i look back i see those and other periods of struggle -- >> senator marco rubio in new hampshire at statehouse on wednesday. we leave this recorded event to take you live to davenport, iowa, where virginia's senator tim kaine, a democrat,
tim: hello. thanks for all you are doing. good to be with you. great to be here. it's really fun. just gave my speech. take the rest of the day off. [inaudible] i promote it all the time. it may be easier for those of us who are the champions of her to promote. i just was with 43 nuns at mount caramel.
name?t's your >> reed. >> hi, reed. dana, good to be with you. i'm so proud to be here. are we going to get rolling? i'm going to make a quick introduction. speaking of phone calls, we have 10 days left as of today. days to keep having conversations like this one and keep talking to voters and to make sure we pull this caucus win out. every minute counts. i'm really pleased to introduce senator tim kaine, former mayor of richmond.
chair, and karen senator from virginia. he has been an asset to the party, and an asset to the issues that we all care so much about. >> all right. thank you guys. this is so great. >> i can't tell you how excited i am to be here. i want to thank joe for his nice introduction. you guys are doing great work. i have another virginian with me. we are really thrilled to be here in davenport and be back in iowa. i grew up in kansas city, went to the university of missouri and had friends from charles up here.d to come my aunt gertrude and uncle claude are from fort madison. a kid and haveas
come back often, now that i'm in politics, when i was dnc chair, and caucusing for president obama in 2008. it's great to come back to this pillar exhibit a of grassroots democracy and thank you for all the work you have done. do you have a little more in the tank for the next 10 days? [applause] i know that secretary clinton really needs you, hillary really needs you for the next 10 days especially because the grassroots energy is what makes all the difference. what makes ait is difference in presidential politics generally. i want to tell you why i'm so strong for hillary. little bit about me first. i was a missionary in honduras, a civil rights lawyer for 17 years, and i've been a city councilman, mayor, lieutenant, national party chair senator.
i can't keep a job. [laughter] had the unusual experience of working at local government, state governments, and now at the federal level. that's a bit rare. potholesen issues from and overcrowded juvenile court dockets to the iranian nuclear deal and were against isil. -- war against isil. i think i know what it takes to do the job, the super difficult job of president. that is one of the reasons i support hillary. another reason, i know all these candidates. when i was the mayor of richmond it was during the clinton administration. when i was lieutenant governor and governor, hillary was a senator. working on the armed services committee, doing things for our troops and military families. virginia is the most military
state in the nation. now that i'm the national park was thed senate, she lead face of diplomacy. i know bernie sanders well. i'm on the budget committee with bernie. i know martin o'malley well. martin and i were mayors of baltimore and richmond and then we were governors of maryland and virginia at the same time. i know him well. i know ted cruz well. i know marco rubio well. i'm on the foreign relations committee with him. isay that to say this, support hillary because i know the job. i do not know donald trump. [laughter] i've never mety donald trump, but i think we all know donald trump. i know the job, and i know these people, and is no comparison.
hillary clinton is going to be the best president for the united states. [applause] why is she the best? i will tell you three. character, issues, results. politics we are kind of part of the entertainment industry, so they kind of paint the picture of you with the negative ads or whatever. as i work with people in , what is theok at consistent theme that runs through your life like even before you were in politics? can i see a consistency of what animates and energizes you? being a midwesterner myself, i is thehat theme midwestern methodist church kid. i'm catholic, but i grew up in a community where a lot of the midwestern methodist -- methodists have kind of a duty a wonderfulense,
part of the methodist faith, and has hillary -- as hillary has described her awakening to the broader world, it was through methodist youth group and a pastor that kind of got her focused on the challenges with migrant workers and the challenges of the least of these. if you look at everything she's done, whether it was when she first moved to arkansas and she was working with the children's legal defense fund and trying to start legal aid offices when she was first lady of the state and focusing on the empowerment of women and children, and especially the health of families, however we define them in 21st-century america. when she was a senator, working on all kinds of important issues, especially around the family empowerment theme, then as secretary of state, where amidst all the challenges of being the nation's chief diplomats, she kind of made the empowerment of women and families a key issue because she knew it was both good, but the
state of families, the state of women, the education of youngsters, especially young is a great measure of the evidence of the health of society. i'm voting for her because of her character because i can see in her a consistent passion that really was born out of a powerful spiritual sense of duty and obligation to others. you want to know what is at the core because there will be issues that come up that we cannot protect now. if you know what is the core, that will give you a sense of confidence about how somebody will deal with tough issues. i'm so strongly a believer in hillary on the issues. i like all these democratic candidates. i really believe she has the right path. the issues at home, the issues abroad. andthe empowerment of women children and family issues, whether it is equal pay or paid family leave, these are critical
things and she has been talking about them long before they were cool. want theonomy, we economy to be stronger. the question is, how are we going to make the economy stronger? how are we going to make it work better for everybody? sometimes democrats can fall into the trap where guys just want to regulate the economy. you have to have the right regulations in place to grow the economy. no regulations can screw everything up. i live in a city where we did dramatic effort to turn around our city by cleaning up the river. just want tot regulate things to regulate them. the way you will create more opportunity for people is not just by regulating the economy, it's by growing the economy. hillary understands it, and that onwhy she is so strong issues. the crushing burden of the people of college blocks
from grabbing onto the economic opportunities they can have. when i was in local government enrichment, we had the second highest homicide rate in the united states and we had to fight like held to improve it. then i was governor in virginia. we had the worst shooting in the nation at virginia tech in april of 2007 where all these beautiful kids and faculty members got killed or injured. to have somebody who can look the gun manufacturers in the face and say, you guys can't run everything. [applause] i am a proud gun owner, a second amendment supporter, but i believe reasonable rules keep us congresse we have a
sadly -- i know this well. agoress a number of years ended a blank check to gun manufacturers and said, there won't be any liability for you. senator sanders voted for that. i like the fact that even though that has been a powerful lobby, secretary clinton has been willing to stand up and say, we have to be safe and responsible. her position is supported by gun owners and republicans and nra members. it is the manufacturers who want to take a different route and hillary is strong enough to stand up to them. on the issues abroad, she was the nation's chief diplomat. we glad we have a president who ren'tstands diplomacy -- a we glad we have a president who understands diplomacy?
we're in the most military state in the country, i have a kid in the military. we always have the lead with diplomacy and our moral example and human rights, that is where we are so strong. president truman is my favorite o.sident the redesigned the seal of the united states. the eagle was facing permanently towards the olive branches of peace. the arrows of war are important, but we have to focus on diplomacy. hillary clinton as secretary of state has built all those relationships. she helped avert a shooting war between hamas and israel as secretary of state.
we have got to have people who understand the power of diplomacy. we also have to have people who understand that hillary is a member of the armed services committee supporting our troops, supporting military families, a lot of the work she did was on military family issues. john mccain is the chair. i hear him talk about hillary, how much good work she did as a member of that committee. the thing that is really important right now because the on theunner here republican side, the front runner in a lot of places right now in the republican side, donald trump in the last debate in south carolina said, qutoe, the american military is a disaster. can you imagine somebody running for commander in chief, there's going to be over 1.6 million young men and women who are sacrificing everything in the military, and there family
members, going around saying the american military is a disaster? hillary clinton someone who knows that these are proud people who are working hard and sacrificing for their nation. she would never show that kind of contempt or disrespect for those who are volunteering to serve their country. character on the issues. and finally, about results. i come from a body of achievers. whatever the senate, we've done, we've got in there because we worked hard and achieved. but we play -- pay close attention to who gets results and who is a good debater. it's not just debate in society. it's not just, can you state your position strongly. you've got to be able to move things forward. who is running right now, democratic or republican,
the person the senator say that is somebody i can work with, that is somebody i respect, even when we disagree we can be civil. the only candidate out there that members of the senate, whether they are voting for her are not, have respect for, and can work with her, his secretary clinton. ,e not only want to be right but we really want to do is do right. secretary clinton has the unique this whole field of candidates to come in and forge partnerships and make things happen. that is why so many of us in the .enate are campaigning we are solid behind her because we've seen her work and we know we can get things done for this nation with her. back herhy i character. she's right on the issues and she is the one candidate who can get results. that means the 10 days left, we just got to have every ounce that we can from you.
i would set such a powerful example. there is a stream and politics right now that would like to turn it into how many super pac negative ads can be run on tv. in iowa and other states, there are people keeping the flame alive. you do thee way caucus makes that so important, and the fact that you are first sets off that kind of tone. the only way hillary is going to win and roar out of here strong for the rest is with your strong grassroots advocacy. obviously to commit to be there and caucus on february 1. precinct captas ins. to agree to do as many volunteer shifts as you can between now and caucus night -- i know you are all in and you're working hard to make that happen. inrestores my faith democracy.
thanks for having me. we are going to make history. we are to make history on february 1. i'm glad to be here. now, the important part. these guys can tell you what they really need from you. >> we have clipboards that we will make sure we are passing around. asking -- this weekend we have a weekend of action. here,mpaign will be making phone calls. you can drop by anytime. i know that many of you asked for opportunities to take a photo or talk with the senator. we will have a line set up here so you all can get a few moments with the senator. [applause] >> can i get one here first?
>> he is doing well. so badly i know. thank you for doing this. >> how long have you been working here? >> i have been working here in new york. >> i have a lot of friends working in hq in new york. >> it is so exciting. such an unusual way. really kind of restores your faith. it really does restart. what are they going to say?
and when dave matthews took the sage -- took the stage he said, he is so bad asked. for six hours. that was a really fun event. >> it turned out for the best. >> i was there for the real, it came prepared really proud of you. >> we can get a picture. i don't think i got a picture with tom in either. >> perfect.
to the candidates at townhall meetings, speeches, rallies, and meeting greets. as always, every campaign event we cover is available on our website. c-span's campaign 2016, taking you on the road to the white house, saturday morning at 10 eastern. for the first in the nation presidential townhall with eight virginiadates, former governor jim gilmore, former governor jeb bush, ohio governor john kasich, new jersey governor chris christie, former senator rick santorum, and former senator marco rubio. of a campaignrage rally in waterloo iowa with texas senator ted cruz and glenn back.
live coverage from iowa at a rally for gop candidate donald trump. go to our website, c-span.org. >> the march for life or rally is underway on the national mall today, despite the beginnings of a snowstorm. see the rally that just wrapped up on the national mall behind the national monument. the marchers will risk -- will proceed to the u.s. supreme court building for another rally set for 3 p.m. eastern time. snowf that despite the that has begun in the nation's capital. up to three feet possible in the overnight and saturday here in washington dc. the march for life coincides
with the anniversary of the roe v wade decision. ther today we will show final edition from our landmark cases series examining roe v wade. that will be coming up here on c-span. month members of congress came to talk about the anniversary of roe v wade. >> at least 58 million unborn children have been killed by staggering loss of precious lives that equates with the population of england. the staggering loss and the sad fact that president obama is using stealth, deception, and power of the state to promote abortion and and that abortion and violence, inluding the massive obamacare.
they are alive and well in making sustained progress. congress passed legislation and special thanks go to majority leader mccarthy for crafting this life-saving legislation. and pro-life measures have passed, including tax funding andugh the abortion act, the born alive abortion survivors protection act. 282 pro-life laws have spin enacted in suit -- has been an active since 2010. with the march for life only a couple days away. determined and more hope filled than ever. millennial's are overwhelmingly pro-life after witnessing a
recent pro-life march. are so many of them and there are so young. especially women and young people are pro-life. taxpayere taxpayer -- funding for abortion. least 20 weeks when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain. ratings has dropped 24 points among women in the last two decades alone. speaker paul ryan -- sponsored by dr. price, a bill that rolled back much of obamacare.
yes the abortion president is all but certain to veto that i just have to say house at is that? -- sad is that? exterminated. that is tragic and hopefully he'll have a change of heart at some point in his career and hopefully it will be within weeks. i'd like to now yield to garrett graves, the gentleman from georgia, for such time as he may consume. oh, i'm sorry. louisiana. i apologize. mr. graves: thank you very much. 43 years ago roe v. wade decision resulted in the death of 57 million americans. 57 million unborn children lost their lives. over a million children per
year. it's an amazing statistic. louisiana traditionally ranked one of the most pro-life states in the nation. we have an amazing organizations that educate our citizens about pro-life movement, louisiana right to life, family forum and head of the family research council is a constituent of our district. there's one particular pro-life advocate that i'd like to call out. dr. al cotsky who recently passed away. in fact, january 1 of this year, literally gave his life to advocating for pro-life causes. his knowledge, his scientific background with his ph.d., his m.d. and his masters in public health shaped him and helped him to shape pro-life policy in the state of louisiana. he was a phenomenal example of pro-life advocates for our nation. mr. speaker, i want to in closing make note that dr. al
set an amazing example for our state, an amazing example on the sanctity of life and it's important as we move forward we respect life after birth. we respect life in terms of some of the initiatives we're going to be working on this year. criminal justice reform and the war on poverty. i really appreciate the opportunity to participate in this special order tonight. i want to thank you for organizing this and i want to remind folks, over a million lives a year lost as a result of this decision. i yield back. mr. smith: i thank my good friends for his very eloquent comments. i'd like to yield to bill shuster, the chairman of the transportation committee, the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i thank the gentleman for yielding and also for setting up this special order tonight and his years in congress and the pro-life movement. life is the most precious gift we're given. the most youngest and vulnerable among us are a blessing and we must never stop working to protect them. unfortunately, 2015 brought
renewed attacks on life and horrific events came to life that showed us how important this life is. videos were released exposing planned parenthood's barbaric practices, the things we saw being discussed and done in thighs videos were appalling. -- in these videos were appalling. we must uphold the sanctity of life and i'm proud we're sending down to the president a piece of legislation that will defund planned parenthood. i'm proud of the work this house has done to bring attention to this issue and advance the cause of life. i've been honored to count myself among those who are in this fight. but we can never rest in our work to protect the unborn. together, we must work to ensure that the terrible practice of planned parenthood come to an end and that life is valued, cherished and always protected. i yield back. mr. smith: i thank you chairman shuster for those excellent comments. i'd like to now ask jody hice if he would speak.
mr. hice: i want to thank my friend and colleague for your great leadership in this cause of life. mr. speaker, i join with my others here with deep concern as we are now at 43 years since the supreme court determined unimaginablely there exists in our country some broad right for the abortion of a child in the womb. that decision literally came after 21 states had already enacted laws limiting abortion for over 100 years. in fact, the first of these laws was adopted in connecticut in 1847. 21 years before the ratification of the 14th amendment, which is the very amendment on which roe v. wade
is based. in his dissent, justice rehnquist noted that due to this history, the high court was forced to create a right that was unknown to the framers of the 14th amendment. mr. speaker, it's time that we correct this wrong-headed decision made by the court 43 years ago, and really it's for this reason that personally i introduced the sanctity of human life bill, h.r. 426, which defines life beginning at conception. i would certainly ask my colleagues to join in co-sponsoring this bill so that 43 years from now we are celebrating the right to life rather than another 57 million unborn americans lost to abortion. and i just want to thank you, again, so much for your stance on this and i yield back. . mr. smith: thank you very much for your leadership and for your bill. i'd like to you no yield to danley pinsky, the gentleman
from illinois, the co-charron progressive the pro-life caucus. mr. lipinski: i want to thank representative smith for all his work and leadership on the issues of life and protecting people at all stages of life. as the democratic co-chair of the pro-life caucus, i stand up here as a democrat who believes that we need to have laws in our nation to protect the vulnerable, those who can't protect themselves. no one is more vulnerable in america today than a child in a mother's womb. no one is in more need of protection. we must continue to fight to provide that protection. we do have our young men and
women who are our new pro-life generation. they understand the dangers that they face to their own lives when they were in their mother's womb. and i look forward to continuing to work with all of them, with my colleagues here in the house, to bring us to the day where all life in our ation is protected by our laws from conception to death. only then will our nation truly stand up for life in all that our nation was founded upon. and i thank all of my colleagues for their work on this issue. mr. smith: i thank you, mr. lipinski, for those very fine comments. i'd like to yield now to tim walberg, the gentleman from issouri.
mr. walberg: thank you for your leadership in the pro-life caucus. thank you, congressman smith, for your active involvement in promoting life, not only here in america, but all over the world. someone who once said, tell a lie long enough and it becomes the truth. that statement sadly is often true. ut the lie is still a lie. roe v. wade was such a lie. it didn't offer freedom. it didn't offer opportunity or choice. it offered death and a diminished life to boot. i'll never forget the conversation with my wife over 40 years ago now, in the recovery room at the hospital where she had just given birth to our first child. and she said to me with tears in her eyes in that recovery room, wow, i've just added a life to the world.
that's why pro-life and pro-woman go hand in hand. she's the only being designed and capable to bring new life into the world. it's a god-given gift. we honor and celebrate that gift. we who are pro-life honor her for that. let's give all that we can to honor and to encourage our truth, to know the behold children are a gift of the lord. the fruit of the womb. -- womb is a reward. and that's the truth. mr. smith: thank you very much. for those very excellent remarks and that very personal story. that was very, very touching. i'd like to now yield to mr. latta, the gentleman from ohio.
mr. latta: thank you very much for yielding. and, again, i want to add my accolades to you for all your years of hard work for the pro-life movement here in this country and around the world. and for holding this special order tonight. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the right to life for every unborn child. during my tenure in the ohio general assembly and now as a member of congress, i have consistently supported pro-life legislation and i have been unwavering in my belief that we must be vigilant in protecting the sanctity of human life. over the past year, we've seen an unprecedented and callous disregard for life in a series of undercover videos to illustrate planned parenthood's involvement in the sale of fetal tissue. that's why i've supported legislative measures to end such unspeakable acts, to prevent any federal funds to any entity that performs abortions. at a time when pro-life values are often marginalized, i want to reassure my constituents
that i will remaped steadfast in my support for legislation hat stands for those without a voice. i also want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to those who work tirelessly day after day, year after year, to defend the right to life. and to the hundreds of thousands who will be here for the right to life march this month. i applaud them, i thank them and, again, to the gentleman from new jersey, for all of your years of hard work, i thank you and i yield back. thank you. mr. smith: thank you very much, mr. latta, and thank you for your leadership on this most important human rights issue of our time. i'd like to now yield to david rouzer from new mexico -- north arolina. mr. rouzer: thank you very much. for yielding time. and i want to thank the gentleman, mr. smith, for his leadership on this very important issue. as we near the 43rd anniversary
of the ro v. wade supreme court decision, there's a sad truth to be told. more than 57 million innocent lives have been terminated through abortion since that landmark ruling. to put that in perspective, that's more than five times the population of my home state of north carolina. again, that's more than five times the population of north carolina. that's a sobering number. in god's word it is writ than life begins at conception -- written that life begins at conception and recent advances in science support that fact. it is our moral obligation to fight for and protect the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves. the lives of those who are no different than our own. as millions of americans prepare to travel here to washington, d.c., to participate in the annual march for life, my prayers are with them and i am proud to stand with them in their commitment and dedication to the pro-life cause. i yield back.
mr. smith: thank you very much for your comments. i'd like to yield to mike kelley, the gentleman from pennsylvania. a very strong supporter of the right to life and outspoken. mr. kelly: i thank the gentleman. i too would like to add my thanks for the passion and the commitment you've made to the right to life movement. and the protection of the unborn. both you and with your wife, not just -- both you and your wife, not just here in the united states, but around the world. and i've seen that happen. we're here tonight. it's hard to stand in america's house and think that we have to debate an issue that is so basic to who we are, not as republicans or democrats, but as human beings. the district that i represent, the biggest county is erie county. in eire county there are 278,443 people. human beings. in 2014, abortions performed by
planned parenthood ended the tential lives of 324,000 human beings. it is stunning that in america's house, and in the united states of america, what -- we recoil at any action around the world where there is loss of life, and specialy -- especially when it happens violently and at hasn'ts of people who have absolutely no regard for human life. we still shoulder that adolf hitler was able to eliminate seven million jews. we have ended the lives of 57 million americans that could be here today. we lost their lives, we lost their potential, we lost their value. how -- the hypocrisy that drips from people's house, from america's house, when we have to stand and debate the right to life?
the right of the unborn? and think that somehow this is an argue thament we must win? this is something that never, ever should have happened. not in america. not in our watch. not in our time. on january 22, hundreds of thousands of pro-life americans will come to the nation's capitol. they will be little noted by the media. but they will be here. they come every year. and they come here every year with one purpose and one purpose only. and that is to protect the lives of up the unborn -- lives of the unborn. when, america, when will we stand up and take the responsibility for the heinous activities that we have allowed to happen on our watch? i thank my colleagues and i thank the gentleman for your passion and your dedication to the lives of the unborn. we will never, ever walk away from this responsibility to
right a horrible wrong in the chapter of human history. i thank you and i yield back. mr. smith: i thank you, mr. kelly, again for the very strong statement. you know, more people now recognize, especially through ultrasound, that birth is an event, it's not the beginning of life. and creasingly, because the methods of abortion are so horrific, literal dismemberment of the baby, chemical poisoning, people are waking up, abortion is violence against children and injurious to women and i thank you for your witness to life. i'd like to yield to mr. rothfus, also from pennsylvania. mr. rothfus: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, this year's march for lifemarks the 43rd anniversary of roe vs. wade, the supreme court decision that invented a constitutional right to abortion on-demand. just as byron white dissented in the case, calling what the majority had done an exercise in raw judicial power. the march for life draws
thousands of people from across the nation every year. the marchers come by foot, by car, by train, by plane. why, mr. speaker, does this issue refuse to go away? i suggest because it goes to the heart of who we are and whether we will live up to the principles of our nation's founding documents. mr. speaker, this issue touches the conscience of everyone. it can be difficult to discuss and it is painful to be reminded of. everyone in this chamber, everyone listening to this talk was at one point in his or her life an unborn child. the march for life speaks to this truth. and speaks to the obligation of society to defend the defenseless. may this nation recover the value of everyone and may we continue to work for the day when all are protected. mr. speaker, if i might take a moment to recognize the work of my colleague, mr. smith. who came to this house in 1980,
35 years ago, and from that day has been fighting this fight. and i'm reminded, mr. speaker, of another statesman two centuries ago who served in the parliament of britain. first elected there in 1780, and coming to the cause to fight for the abolition of slavery in 1787, where he took on the cause with his colleagues of conscience. it took them 20 years, mr. speaker, 20 years to abolish the slave trade in the british empire. in 1807, with the slave trade act. and their work did not end. he continued his work for decades. he had to retire from parliament in 1826. but consider that time that he put in to fighting the slave trade. they finally abolished slavery in the british empire in 1833 and he learned that parliament had the votes to pass that just days before his death. this is a fight that goes on.
sometimes justice takes time. and in 1896, the supreme court ruled, separate but equal is ok. it took 58 years, mr. speaker, for them to correct that injustice. in brown vs. board of education. 58 years. it has been 43 years since the injustice of roe vs. wade, but this will continue this fight will continue, we will continue to work for the protection of all human life, for justice will not sleep forever. i thank my colleague from new england and i yield back. mr. smith: thank you very much for your leadership, for your very eloquent remarks. william wilberforth reminds us all that through prayer, fasting and tenacity in the per suit of justice, he really -- pursuit of justice, he really was able to stop the slave trade. thankly there in this congress we have so many lead, men and women on the pro-life side, who stand up boldly and effectively and we will win this. and i thank you for your leadership. i'd like to now yield to my
good friend and colleague, pete olson, the gentleman from texas. mr. olson: i thank my friend from the garden state for allowing me to join this very important special order. , a peaker, 43 years ago liberal supreme court decided oe v. wade. turned a shell, our constitution into the legal rights of privacy which became the right to .erminate innocent life we have seen a decline in the value of human life in america.
as increased violence in our streets. planned parenthood staff discussed the harvesting of baby parts. there is an erosion of our fabric that stems from the lack of respect for life. .t stems from roe v. wade there are no consequences for their own actions. , mother lic church's teresa once said, it is a tragedy that a child must die so you must live as you wish. stand with mother teresa and
all that value the sanctity of life and will continue to fight every effort to give a voice to the voiceless before their lives are taken. of all life is precious. ll life is precious. i thank my friend. i yield back. mr. smith: thank you so much for those moving remarks. i yield to dr. fleming, who is the prime sponsor along with representative black. mr. fleming: i thank my friend, chris smith, for all of the areas of this. not just domestically but around the world. mr. speaker, i thank my good friend for everything he has
provided to us. children are a joy to every mother and father. my wife and i share this joy both as parents and grand parents. as a matter of fact, i have seen all three of my grandchildren through ultrasound before they were born very early ingesttation, watched them move and watched them suck their thumbs. i fell in love with each and every one of them. if i can love them before they are born, god loves them before they are born. . fact, in jeremiah 1 5 says we were formed in our own mother's womb. children including developing babies, life within a mother are endowed by our creator with the same unalienable rights as you
and i have. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. good public policy will reflect this understanding and protect the lives of the unborn. those who are today's children and tomorrow's leaders. mr. speaker as we approach the anniversary of a devastating 1973 u.s. supreme court decision that sanctioned the genocide, yes, the genocide of 57 million children, i implore my colleagues and fellow countrymen to stand for life. america's children born and yet unborn are our heritage and our future. thank you. and i yield back. mr. smith: thank you for your leadership on so many issues. i would like to yield to tim huelskamp, the gentleman from kansas. mr. huelskamp: it is an honor as
always to join you this evening to join you on this special order. and thank you for your leadership and i believe our efforts, though not fully successful, your efforts have saved many lives in this country. mr. speaker, yesterday, the house voted to stop federal funding from going to the evil abortion provider, planned parenthood. it was another commonsense step in the many that are making in the 43-year long fight following the barbaric ruling of roe v. wade but unelected, unaccountable u.s. supreme court. and 57 million innocent babies have lost their lives to abortion since that woeful decision. i said it before and i'll say it
again. i'm eternally grateful that the irth mothers and my wife and four adopted children. my daughter will arrive in washington, d.c., along with dozens of her classmates to participate until the national march for life the following day. on that day, i will be joining the residents of kansas as we march, pray and celebrate the gift of life. i'm proud of my efforts and i hope my colleagues will show their dedication to the sanctity of all human life whether in their home state or the nation's capital. mr. smith: i yield to todd young from indiana. mr. young: i thank my colleague
for his leadership on this fundamental issue. and i rise today on the 43rd anniversary of roe versus wade. to remember the more than 50 million unborn lives we have lost in the decade since this supreme court decision was handed down. as the father of four young children, i can speak for millions of parents i know. and i say that jenny and i really fell in love with our children before they were born. it's unwavering love for my own children and for others' children that led me to the pro-life movement. each year thousands travel to our nation capital to peacefully march for life and celebrate the sanction at this time of life at all stages. my experience in working at the pregnancy crisis center provided
unique insight to bring our love to bear so we might bring about changes dem the law and restore a culture of life. this year, we worked with renewed purpose with the force of public opinion firmly behind us. we know what happened last year. it would be hard to ever forget. we witnessed an outpouring of rage when planned parenthood' activities were uncovered. millions had to confront in living color the callous isregard of human life experienced by the employees. procedures that will shocked the public conscience. i heard from folks back home, countless hues years and they responded in complete clarity.
no one should be forced to violate their conscience or abortion providers. and it just won't stand. that's why our first order of business this year was to cut off taxpayer funding that involves every single american taxpayer. as promised, we sent the president a bill defunding planned parenthood. now to the hoosers who joined me, know we will remain vigilant to protect innocent life and the rights of conscience of the american people. thank you. and i yield back. mr. smith: thank you, mr. young and thank you as a new and very rising star leader in our efforts to defend life. i appreciate it. i would like to yield to the gentleman from texas. mr. farenthold: thank you for
yielding me some time. i'm here today to honor the memory of babies that have been killed in the last 43 years and ruling in appalling roe versus wade. there are those who argue that life begins at birth. they're wrong. life begins at conception. anyone who has seen a precious baby baby in the womb cannot help but agree with me. one of the most moving events in my life is when i went with my wife and saw the first picture f my daughter. and i have it. one of the most moving experiences. of members have lots of congress a lot of themmer here today and human life is something special, something
sacred and begins at contraception. but unfortunately there aren't enough of us to override a presidential vieta of the legislation like we passed in this house defunding planned parenthood. there isn't enough of us to get a constitutional amendment to the states to say that life begins at conception. but we've got to continue to fight. it is our duty and moral duty to defend the unborn. you know, it has been 43 years since roe versus wade and it's my prayer it's not another 43 years before america comes to its senses and respect for life, all life becomes the law of the land again. i yield back. mr. smith: i thank the gentleman from texas for an eloquent statement and my hope is that people are listening. i i yield to the gentleman from texas.
mr. flores: i thank the gentleman for yielding time to me and the decades you have spent trying to protect the lives of our nation's the the world's most vulnerable. soon we will mark the 43rd anniversary of roe versus wade, a decision is that has damaged our nation for generations and will continue to do so until reversed. since the supreme court's decision, america has lost 57 million defenseless and innocent lives while millions more have been deeply hurt. fortunately, the movement to protect and defend life has made meaningful progress in the last year. the u.s. house of representatives recently passed protections for unborn children after 20 weeks, which is something the majority of americans support. yesterday, the house passed landmark pro-life legislation to transfer federal funds from
those who would kill children, unborn children, to thousands of community health care centers who provide true comprehensive health care for women. and later this month, thousands from across the country will stand in front of this building to support life in our nation's largest peaceful protest. we will continue to work and pray with hope and resilience to give a voice to the voiceless and advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves and protect our nation's most vulnerable. i ask all americans to continue to pray for our country and unborn children and those who try to reach out and protect those unborn children. i yield back. mr. smith: how much time do i have remaining? i thank mr. flores for another very moving speech. the speaker pro tempore: 24 minutes remaining.
mr. smith: i yield to doug lal mall fa. mr. lamalfa: thank you for your amazing leadership putting this in front of the people and highlighting or low delip lighting just what this has been. it is probably mind boggling for americans to contemplate this has been going on for 43 years , nce the supreme court ruling roe v. wade and we remind americans over 57 million abortions have been performed since then. we know that over seven million have been performed by planned parenthood, seven million, making them the largest abortion provider in the country. you would hear them argue that it's a tiny part of what they provide as far as what they
might deem women's health services. if it is a minor part of what they do, maybe they ought not to be asking for government funding. that was taken care of this week in the measure that was sent to the president's desk. we will see what the president decides to do with that. with planned parenthood abortions in 00 2014 and receiving $560 million in taxpayer funding, this is a wrong and mind boggling to most americans as well. with the sending of that bill to the president, it's going to make a strong statement that this house and this senate can take action on something that many people when they pay attention find this to be quite and who are ent. there are alternatives out there that will allow women's health to be funded and taken care of at many other centers and even
planned parenthood can participate if they choose not to be an abortion provider. . women's health basketball served and with the information, with the decisions they made being fully informed of that we can see many moral fiber and integrity in this country held up by not doing such an important thing in so many cases. so, i commend mr. smith and all those fellow warriors out there who will be marching for life not only coming up soon this year, but they're out there every year. battling for the cause to turn america back into a place that's a little more moral and does care about women and their health and their mental well-being. when this decision is h.s.a. been put upon them -- when this decision has been put upon them. to my cleeling, -- colleague, once again thank you for
allowing me time on this. it's very important that we remember just how heinous this is and how people need to be informed about that and pause and take time and see what this really means for america and their own well-being. thank you. mr. smith: i want to thank you very much for your excellent remarks. reminding us that planned parenthood alone is directly responsible for killing seven million unborn babies. that's a staggering loss of lives killed by one organization. so thank you for your leadership. i'd like to now yield to sean duffy. sean authored legislation earlier this year, late last year, that would have protected states that decided to defund planned parenthood. it passed overwhelmingly and i want it -- want to thank him for his leadership as well. mr. duffy: i appreciate the gentleman from new jersey yielding and i'm grateful for his powerful advocacy for the unborn in his whole tenure here in cofpblgt you have been a true leader and an inspiration for some of us who have come offer. i've been in this institution
for five years. and over the course of that five years, i have heard many of my liberal friends and a low of friends from the congressional black caucus talk about how there is targeting and unfair treatment of african-americans in the criminal justice system. i've heard them. in financial services, i hear them talk about how big financial corporations target african-americans and minorities. as i turn on my tv, i listen to black lives matter talk about how police and law enforcement are targeting african-americans. minority communities. i hear a lot in this institution from minority leaders about how their communities are targeted. but what i don't hear them talk about is how their communities are targeted in abortion. there are some stunning facts.
the african-american community is 15% of the country as a whole. but account for 40% of the abortions. 15% of americans, 40% of the abortions. in new york city, the most recent stat, african-american women had more abortions than live births. there is a targeting going on in a lot of spaces and a lot of places and it's going on in the abortion industry. and my friends, my liberals, congressional black caucus members they talk about fighting for the defenseless and the hopeless and the down ready toen. but there is no one more hopeless and voiceless than an unborn baby. but the silence is deafening. i can't hear them. where are they standing up for their communities, advocating and fighting for them? their right to life? black lives matter. they do.
and indian and asian, hispanic and white. all those lives matter. we should fight for all life. ncluding life of the unborn. listen, we talked about this a lot tonight. in two weeks there's going to be an amazing march that takes place right here at the capitol. and you are going to see tens of thousands of people come out and support life. you're not going to see the national media cover this, they're going to ignore it. tens of thousands of people. just think how powerful that rally is going to be when you have reverend al sharpton standing on the stage talking about how he's going to fight for his community and unborn babies in all the congressional black caucus standing behind him going, you know what, we are going to fight for these defenseless and voiceless little babies in our community that are being targeted. just think if our president, who shed as tear for violence,
goes to the west wing and sheds a fearer to -- tear for the unborn. i can only hope. and pray. i yield back. mr. smith: thank you very much. you know, martin luther king's niece has had two abortions and she made one of the most passionate comments, speeches, i've ever heard, when she said, how can my uncle's dream survive if we murder the children? and she is now pro-life and she says, the other could victim in every abortion -- co-victim in every abortion, besides the bean, is the bop -- baby, is the mom. and she's a victim herself. thank you for reminding us. i'd like to yield to the gentleman from illinois, a great leader on pro-life, first in the legislature in illinois and now here in washington. mr. roskam: thank you, mr. smith. thank you for your leadership and thank you, mr. speaker. i just want to paint a picture for you and take you to a scene about a year ago now and it was a sunday in chicago and i was invited to be a speak a