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what happens, or maybe go and try to renegotiate it, does not understand the nature of the ayatollah committee. rip'm president, i will apart this deal. the most important determination everyone has to make in the selection is who is best prepared to be commander in chief. who is best prepared to keep this country safe, who has the
judgment, experience, clarity of vision, to hunt down our enemies, m protect -- and protect our country? [applause] sen. cruz: that determination is not based on campaign speeches, -- who iss stopped campaigninghas been best any jihadist that claims were against the united states and joint isis, we will defeat. [applause]
sen. cruz: seven fundamental battles. seven times for choosing. how do we avoid being burned? we demand that the next we wante not say what to hear, it is too easy to say what we want to hear, but we demand that they have walked the walk. i have an old boss that used to say if i'm am ever accuse of being a christian, i'd like for the year -- for there to be enough evidence to convict me. the same is true if we want the be a principalto constitutionalists. a conservative, someone who
defends marriage, life liberty, and the judeo-christian bodies that built this country. we need to demand that that candidate, that he or she have walked the walk and demonstrated they will stand with the people over washington. many of you have gotten to know my father, pastor rafael cruz. teenager, he was imprisoned and tortured in cuba. he is said to me many times, i have seen my freedom taken away once before and i will die before i let it happen again. [applause]
sen. cruz: if you agree with me. barton,gree with david beck, that and glenn the six have -- stakes have never been higher and if we continue going another 4, 8 years in this current direction. we risk losing the greatest country in the history of the world. if you agree with me that i want to ask each and every one of you to do two things. number one, join us. join us right now. come together right now and commit. nine days from now i will stand and caucus and i will speak out
and we will stand united. [applause] sen. cruz: in these days,- these next nine the i will caucus -- the iowa caucus goes. i asked that not a week from monday, that you not to stand out, but reach out. say to everyone come join us as well. i want to ask everyone here to vote for me nine times. look, we are not democrats.
i'm not suggesting voter fraud. you find ayone of -- eight other vote next monday, you'll have voted nine times. [applause] sen. cruz: that's how we win. years the state of set by ahe set -- be pestilence of politicians. airwaves have one after the other. the miller's pileup. good news on the miller's, they make really good handling in your fireplace. but the time for all of that has passed.
one -- won will be friend to friend, neighbor to neighbor, pastor to pastor. each of you has the ability to stand and fight. we have nine days between now and the caucus. person each day, to come to caucus, we will win. [applause] sen. cruz: the second thing i want to ask each of you to do, is to pray. to lift this country up in prayer and to commit to each and every day between now and election day, to lift this country up. pleasefather god, continued this awakening.
continue this spirit of revival. christ -- the body of to waken the body of christ to pull us out of this of this. abyss.s of this i bash my people are called by name, and seek my face, then i will hear their prayers 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 mainstream media will never share with you. when ronald1981, reagan took the open of office, was resting on second chronicles 14. a very real and concrete word ofation from the god. this nation has faced challenges like this before. we have been at the abyss before . it is not about me. it is not about a politician. it is about all of us. we have stood together and pulled back before. to savean do it again this nation that we love with all of our hearts. [applause]
howdy, how are you doing? how many more of these are we going to have? ted cruz: thank you, sir. >> howdy. ted cruz: thank you very much. >> can we get a picture? >> 10 minutes into it, i just got off the flight. >> ok. cruz: thank you very much. happy birthday, katie. >> we have a camera right over there for you.
>> thank you very much. >> let me ask you a question. know if you had given any thought to [indiscernible] they are below production. all free markets shouldn't regulate. >> that is part of the reason we are saving. the value of the dollar is fluctuating like crazy. that is why i am calling on to gold. money so you don't get strong or weak dollars. you have stability, you know, in the farming world if you know what prices are going to be you can decide where to devote your
resources. if you do not know, that makes it have to make a plan. >> can we get a picture? mr. cruz: sure. appreciate it. nice to meet you. >> did you ask for pens because you are going to use them. >> are you going to ask any questions? how are you going to convince i love. very much like to know. cruz: we can do all of the above. my tax plan eliminates every mandate.
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of teenagers and asked them about the simpsons and they had a idea what it was false >> terrible. senator cruz: take you for being here. [indiscernible] cruz: she is hysterical. >> thank you. senator cruz: it thank you. i bless you. you know what? in this election, if you get five people to vote, you cannot vote now. -- you can vote now. do you want me to sign your book for you?
those prayers. >> can we get a picture? sen. cruz: sure. >> thank you so much. if you touch the screen it will go off of. >> thank you so much, god bless you. : god bless you. thank you very much. much, god bless you. thank you for being here. >> how are you? sen. cruz: good. we can do it, we can do it together.
>> press the little white sweetie.ome on sen. cruz: how are you doing, sir? thank you. thank you. >> how are you doing? welcome. sen. cruz: thank you very much, guys. i appreciate it. >> we the people. that is what this campaign is all about. >> thank you, senator. can we have one picture? sen. cruz: of course. thank you. >> thank you very much. sen. cruz: less you, god bless
you are doing. you have a sticker on your forehead. how did that happen? [chuckling] you have pretty eyes, yes you do. you do. oh, i like your smile. you guys have a beautiful family. >> thank you. thank you so much. sen. cruz: thank you very much. god bless you. >> thank you for being here. >> hey, buddy. [baby crying]
you, youruz: you thank have a fabulous family. up withr: wrapping senator ted cruz. this will air again tonight in our programming schedule. the iowa caucuses are almost one week away. the des moines register picks.ed its marco rubio for republicans and sanitary hit with -- and senate and senator hillary clinton for the democrats. be live again from iowa tomorrow for campaign events with presidential candidate donald trump. he is holding a rally at 1:00 p.m. eastern, live coverage here on c-span. donald trump it is one of presidents --
presidential candidates to release new campaign ads. we take a look at those. mr. trump: i am
donald trump and i approve this message. >> of course i wanted to build a pass. my amendment take citizen of the table but it doesn't mean that i supported the other aspects of the bill. >> i want immigration reform to pass. that allows those who are here in illegally to come out of the shadows. >> it would've allowed to comented immigrants in. how do you square that circle. sen. cruz: actually, it would not have. people want to take back their country. donald trump: people are pouring in and doing tremendous damage. if you look at the crime, look
at the economy, we want to have borders. do have a country, you want to
have borders. we do not have borders right now will stop announcer: 10 u.s. sailors captured. when they were release, the white house said thank you to iran. to obama, how about our troops? president elected none of our men or women will be allowed to be on their knees, i will have your back. i am ted cruz and i approve this message. >> we finally have someone in the white house that represents me. someone like marco rubio. >> he understands my generation. >> he will get government off my farm, out of my schools. jobs will help create
right here in america. >> go marco. he has got our values. us.nd a goal for marco rubio: i am marco rubio and i approve this message. heart is big. when push comes to shove, people are going to realize jeb has real solutions rather than talking about how popular they are, how great they are. he is doing it because he sees a huge need not being filled by anybody.
of all the people running, he seems to be the one that can solve all the problems. he will be a great president. will need leadership that unlock the potential of this nation. announcer: that is what carly fiorina has done her whole life. she turned around a failing company. she became a leader of global nonprofits.
now she is taking on the political class. carly fiorina: it is time to take our future back. for
carly ford america. time to take our country back. the state thatio knows how to pick a president. as ohio goes, so goes the nation. >> the critical state of buckeye ohio, too close to call. clinton will become the united states. rags i am told inside the clinton camp there is one republican they are more nervous about than anyone else. it is john kasich, the ohio governor. hillary fan.big who do you least want her to run against? >> john kasich. >> i would fear john kasich.
officials are saying they are a little bit nervous about somebody like john kasich. the republicans do not win the unlessonal white house you carry ohio. >> i am ohio, she will not be there, i tell you
that. announcer: as several of those candidates were new hampshire this weekend for a town hall event hosted by the republican party. the candidates gave remarks and took questions. first to speak was florida senator marco rubio. [applause] >> thank you very much. i am honored to be with you. thank you.
sen. rubio: thank you. you cannot lose the senate race, send her back to the sea, she is phenomenal. i want to tell you how honored i have been to be a part of this primary process. it is really great that in america, if you want to be commander in chief, the most important political figure in the world, you have got to start by writing to town halls. i think that is fantastic. the most important political figure begins by getting asked tough questions, for example, the next leader of the free world will have to tell us, upfront, do you go for the broncos or the patriots?
[laughter] sen. rubio: you know i am a dolphin fan. but, indeed, i root for the patriots on sunday. [applause] sen. rubio: but not for the reasons that you would think. i have figured out that the more rings, brady is, likelier he is to retire. and then the dolphins can be good again. i'm being selfish, right? we all agree on this. 2016 will be a turning point. history will write that 2016 was a turning point. what it rights is what we are about to decide. two centuries, america has been an exceptional country. we were founded on an incredibly powerful truth. that our rights do not come from government. our rights come from god, the creator. [applause] sen. rubio: this is why we believe that all human life is worthy of the protection of the law. [applause] sen. rubio: this is why we
embrace the only system of economics were people have an equal opportunity to free enterprise. it has made us the most prosperous people in the world. this is why we embrace individual liberty, making us the freest people in the world. there has never been a nation like america. but, there is a growing number of americans that doubt how much longer we will be that kind of country. 50% of millennial's believe the american dream is dead. we are seeing young people struggling with student loans and the foreign policy that leaves us confused and scared. a growing number of americans say we do not recognize the country anymore. since do not seem to be getting any better in our lives, our country, in the world. there are real doubts about what kind of country we are about to leave to our children. here is the hard truths, we are on the road to decline, because in 2008, america elected a
president who was not interested in fixing the problems of america. we elected a president who wanted to change america. to become more like the rest of the world. that is why he undermines the constitution, what his success with attacking second amendment and religious liberties, and issuing executive orders that violate the constitution. this is why they have tried to take over our schools with common core, and why we have broken foreign policy. we have a president who sees america as arrogant, apologizes for america, reduces the military, guts it. he has betrayed allies like israel. [applause] sen. rubio: the result is the anger and frustration that
people feel now. people have a right to be angry, frustrated. it is not just the democrats, but both political parties. never, in our history, has washington been more out of touch than it is now. i want to stop here and say that in washington, right now, there being buried in the snow. federal agencies were not able to work all day yesterday issuing new regulations. [applause] sen. rubio: apparently, barack obama's executive order pen has frozen. [laughter] sen. rubio: this is the best thing that has happened to the republic in a while. the entire republican leadership, when i ran, told me i couldn't. we ran, we won. i wanted the next senator from florida to be one who could stand up to this agenda and
offer an alternative. that is why i chose to run for president now. the same people came out, the same leaders of the party, who said who said, "you cannot run." there have been $25 million of attack ads run against me. money.not grass roots those are big checks, by people who thought i needed to wait in line, we might turn. this is not a time for patience. after seven years of obama, it is a time for urgency. [applause] sen. rubio: if we get the selection wrong, there may be no
turning around for america. but, here is the good news. the good news, and i know it is hard to believe, given all the problems we have, but here's the good news. if we get this election right, america can be greater than it has ever been. we can be more prosperous than we have ever been. [applause] sen. rubio: it begins by letting electing a president that didn't just read about the things we go through, but someone who understands it personally. hillary clinton cannot lecture me about student loans. i had a student loan, three years ago, that was over $100,000. i only paid off because i wrote a book called, "american son." now available on paperback. [laughter] sen. rubio: she can't lecture me about living paycheck to paycheck. i lived paycheck to paycheck. she cannot lecture me about how hard it is for working families. my wife and i are raising four children right now. [applause]
sen. rubio: and we know, firsthand, how hard it is to ensure they grow with the values we want to teach them, not the values that the media and popular culture is trying to ram down our throats. [applause] sen. rubio: the next president needs to be somebody that understands these things, who is equally frustrated with the direction of the country. that is why i want your vote. being frustrated about the direction of america alone is not enough. the next president, needs to tell you, before their president, exactly what they're going to do about it. i will to you exactly what i'm going to do. i will take the oath of office, which means i will place the left hand on the bible and my right hand in the air in swear to protect and uphold the constitution. unlike barack obama, i mean it. [applause] sen. rubio: we will defend the
second amendment, not undermine. we will protect the religious liberties of all americans. [applause] sen. rubio: i will go to the oval office and repeal every single one of his executive orders. every single one. [applause] sen. rubio: these crazy epa rules will be gone on my first day in office. [applause] sen. rubio: any work being done by federal agencies who oppose common core in the schools, it stops. [applause] sen. rubio: this ridiculous and dangerous deal with iran is canceled. my first day in office. i will support a convention of the states so we can get term
limits on congress and judges. [applause] sen. rubio: and, a balanced budget amendment so we can put the budget under control once and for all. [applause] sen. rubio: we will embrace free enterprise, reduce taxes, scale back regulations, utilize the energy resources in america. we will make it the best place in the world to create better paying jobs and restore the economy. [applause] sen. rubio: when i am president, we get rid of obamacare. [applause] sen. rubio: by the way, i'm the only one running for president that has ever done anything meaningful against obamacare. in 2009, they created a bailout fund where your tax money was
used to bailout the insurance companies. we got rid of the bailout and saved taxpayers $2 billion. [applause] sen. rubio: people are saying it is terrible, it will lead to the collapse of obamacare. yes, i hope it will. [applause] sen. rubio: when i am president, we will repeal obamacare and put you in charge of your health care and health insurance. [applause] sen. rubio: an issue that is talked a lot about is immigration. i tell you this with full confidence: there has never been a candidate that understands the issue more personally than i do. my father was an immigrant, my brother was an immigrant. my grandparents were immigrants. my wife's family are immigrants. i live in a community of immigrants. i understand every aspect of this issue, the good, the bad, the ugly.
i will tell you three things. first, this is about keeping isis out of america. [applause] sen. rubio: it is outrageous the democratic candidates from the senate will tell us how she voted on the syrian refugees from a few days ago. if we do not know why you're coming for 100% certainty, you will not get into the united states of america when i am president. [applause] sen. rubio: the second, as the son of an immigrant, i can tell you that immigration law is not anti-immigrant. it is not. this is what sovereign nations do. we will hire 20,000 new border agents and finish the 700 miles of fencing and walls the experts tell us we need. we will have mandatory e-verify. we will have a tracking system to make sure those with visas do not overstay. only after we have done that will be do anything else could it will not be amnesty.
i do not support amnesty. there are consequences for violating immigration laws. if your criminal alien, you can and should be immediately reported-- you are a criminal alien, you can and should be immediately deported. [applause] sen. rubio: if you violate that, as a city, you will lose federal funding. [applause] sen. rubio: last, but not least, the most important thing the federal government does, it keeps us safe. the world is a dangerous place. there's a lunatic and north korea with nuclear weapons. the chinese have hacked our computers and built up their military. putin is creating aggression all over the world. iran will get $100 million, and isis is beheading people.
with this growing danger, they are cutting the military. they're not spending enough on the military. this is the most of printing the federal government is supposed to do. we are about to have the smallest army we have had since the end of world war ii. we are have got to have the smallest and 80 we've had in 100 years-- smallest navy we've had in 100 years and the oldest airplanes in our history. there are people running as republicans who have voted to spend even less, budgets that brag about how they cut defense. when i am president of the united states, we're not cutting defense spending. we're rebuilding the u.s. military.
the world is a safer and better place when we are the strongest military in the world. [applause] sen. rubio: when i am president, we will have a real war on terror. not a series of speeches and half measures. here's what it will be like. the best intelligence agency in the world is going to tell us who the terrorists are and where they are. the best military in the world is going to destroy these terrorists. if we capture any of these people a lot, they are not getting a lawyer or their miranda rights. they get a one-way ticket to guantanamo. [applause] sen. rubio: in guantanamo, we will find out everything they know. everything they know. we're going to keep america safe. [applause] sen. rubio: so, in closing, let me say that i know we face some extraordinary challenges in
america today. some people are pessimistic about the system, because we are the road to decline. if we stay on the road, we will have to explain to our children why they are the first americans in history to inherit a diminished country from their parents. but this is about taking things in a different direction, one that will allow us to make this nation greater and more prosperous than it ever has been. that is why it is so important, and that is what we do here in new hampshire. we cannot afford to allow hillary clinton to win, or bernie sanders, for that matter. i think he is a great candidate for president of norway. [laughter] sen. rubio: i have nothing against norway. i don't want to be called anti-norwegian. i have nothing against norway. we have a great candidate for you, bernie sanders. [laughter] sen. rubio: billy clinton is disqualified. she stored personal information
on her blackberry. it is exposed to north korea, china, and she lies to the victims of benghazi. [applause] sen. rubio: she cannot the president of the united states-- be president of the united states. every day, her campaign attacked me, because they know if i'm the nominee, i will beat her. they don't want to run against me. i cannot wait to run against her. we cannot just elect any republican. it has to be someone committed to undoing the obama agenda. this is not a choice between parties. this is a generational choice about what type of country we will be in the 21st century. we can either be greater than we
have ever been or the first-generation to leave our children worse off than themselves. this is no different than what the generations before us had to do. for 200 years, each generation made the right choice. i am moved by this cost. america is not just the country i was born in. it changed the history of my family. my parents came there with nothing kid working as a bartender and a maid, with no money, no connections, no higher education, they were able to own a home, retire with dignity, leave their children better off than themselves. this could only be possible here. this is the greatest nation in the history of mankind, and that was not an accident. we are the greatest nation because of what the people that
came before us did. for 200 years, each generation confronted their challenges and embrace opportunity. that is what your grandparents did, your great great parents did-- great grandparents did. now is the time to embrace the greatest generation, and when i am president, we will. [applause] sen. rubio: as bad as things seem, we on the verge of doing what needs to be done. when i am president, we will. when i am president, we are going to re-embraced all of the things that made america great, and we are going to apply them to the challenges of the new century. and i promise this, if we do that, we won't just save the american dream, we will expand it to reach more people and change more lives than ever before. our children will be the freest, most prosperous americans that ever lived. the 21st century won't be just as good as the 20th century, we can make it a new american century. [applause] sen. rubio: i'm asking you for your vote. a bunch of other people are too. one in every six republicans are running for president. [laughter] sen. rubio: i saw the ballot. i'm asking for your vote. if you nominate me, we will beat hillary clinton.
you will always be proud that you supported me. we will leave america for our children as great as our parents left it for us, the greatest nation in history. thank you. [applause] >> we have a question. hold on. microphone. >> hello. i have a two-part question. the first part is really quick. what happens when bert and ernie have a baby? you get a bernie. [laughter] >> that's a joke.
would you support bernie sanders' plan to tax co2? sen. rubio: no. we do not have a tax problem. we have over taxation in this country. these people are obsessed with taxes. concussions in football, let's put a tax on concussions. they are tax-crazy. tax this, tax that. do you know why businesses are leaving america? because we are one of the most tax crazy environments in the world. we will reduce taxes and embrace free enterprise. we will make poor people richer without having to make rich people poorer. [applause] rubio: that is why we are going to get rid of taxes when i am president.
senator, for coming out. i am wondering, specifically which taxes should we cut to allow businesses to grow? sen. rubio: the personal rate can be as big as 39.5%. the first thing i am going to do is ensure that all businesses in america are taxed no more than 25%, no matter how you are organized. that will make us globally competitive. you will immediately be able to expense everything in your business. under my tax plan, you will be able to write off expenses right away.
third, we will bring some of the money back, the $2 trillion overseas, by moving to a territorial taxation system. we have $2 trillion of american corporate money overseas. that's the size of the russian economy. we will bring that back. we will not have a back tax, a value-added tax like in europe and canada. we will not. and we will not, as some others support, and internet -- have an internet sales tax. [applause] sen. rubio: 10,000 jurisdictions across america are not going to be breathing down your neck to collect a sales tax. you should not be forced to collect sales tax in new jersey or any state in america. [applause] how would yout,
address poverty, in africa? sen. rubio: it is important for us to be engaged in world issues. i would remind everyone, america has already done more than anyone else. peoplethe most generous on this planet. america has only done more than anybody else, both are taxpayer and individuals. where the most generous people on this planet. people are alive in africa today because we have funded hiv medications that have kept people alive. ultimately, it is up to those countries to decide they want to embrace economic models that allow them to be prosperous. we can help within limits, but their destiny is in their hands. our priority is to keep america stronger than it has ever been. [applause]
>> senator rubio, i don't understand why somebody people consider you establishment. this is the label you have been given. you are the one who can defeat hillary. [applause] >> can you explain why you are the wind whose -- the one who should win the nomination? sen. rubio: i ran against the entire republican leadership in the senate. even now, i am not complaining, i am pointing it out, i'm not complaining about this, there has been $25 million spent attacking me. that did not come from $50 checks. those were multimillion dollar checks. they told me i cannot run, have not been there long enough. every time we listen to people in washington who tell us who we should nominate, we lose. i will beat hillary clinton, because the issues she talks
about, i have lived. she cannot lecture me about these things. she cannot lecture me about student loans. i had one. she cannot lecture me about people who are struggling to make it. my parents never made a lot of money. that is why believe in free enterprise. it is the best way to help people climb up, stand on their feet. she cannot lecture anyone on national security. she is disqualified from being commander-in-chief. [applause] sen. rubio: and so, we will win the election if i am the nominee. i will beat hillary clinton. they know that. i know that. that is why i cannot wait, god willing, to be the leader of this country. we will turn this country away from the disaster of barack obama. [applause]
>> i am a child. my parents are going to pass the station down to my generation. you touched on a lot of issues, and i want to know what you felt was the most pressing, and how you are going to fix it. sen. rubio: i didn't get your name? >> caitlin clark. i am 11. [applause] sen. rubio: i have four children. having a standup today makes me miss them. my oldest daughter is 15, my nexus 13, my boys are 10 years old and eight years old. it is hard to be away for my kids. i will never get these years back that i'm away. i will tell you why i am running. i wanted to inherit a country as
special as the one given to me. america changed the history of my family. when my father was nine, he went to work and never back-to-school. he worked for the next 70 years of his life. the first word my father learned was written phonetically, "i am looking for work." he would say that in broken english. they struggled for the first few years. he became a bartender in miami beach. my mom was a cashier, unmade, a stock clerk. they never became rich or famous. they never made a lot of money. they were able to own a home and retired with dignity. they lived to see all four children better than themselves,
and there is no other place in the world where this could of happened. anywhere else on the planet, and i would not be standing here today. most places so you can only be what your parents were. that is good news if your parents are wealthy and connected to my parents, thanks to god, happened to wind up in the one place on earth where that is not true. i want you, when you are my age, to live in a country that still does that. i want you, and my children, and that generation, to inherit a country not just as good as the one that welcome to my parents, but one that is better. we are losing that. we are losing that. every country in the world has rich people. we celebrate financial success. but what makes us special are the firefighters, nurses, teachers. [applause]
sen. rubio: the veterans. [applause] sen. rubio: when you become a firefighter, you will not get rich being a firefighter. your goal is to own a home, raise your family, afford patriots season-tickets. [laughter] sen. rubio: to retire with dignity. that is the american dream. we are losing it because our president is taking us more like the rest of the world. what countries the people come here to get away from. there is no way in the world i can stand by, after everything america has done for me, and watch that happen. my kids deserve a country as good as the one my parents left for me. i will fight every day to make sure that happens. >> with that, senator, we will wrap it up. sen. rubio: thank you.
[applause] >> they keep. gov. bush: thank you very much. hey, dad. hey, w. how are you doing? [laughter] gov. bush: i appreciate all of your hard work on behalf of the conservative cause. fitm. something you take very seriously. and now, on my journey for the last nine months, i have loved campaigning. i love interacting with people that are concerned about the future of the country, not latched onto the big personalities, they are interested in how we might reserve social security, create an environment where people's lives will get better.
how we will make america safer, stronger, for your. i have learned a lot being a candidate. and i look forward to the next two weeks. we need a proven leader to be the president of the united states. one month and a half ago, i went to the citadel in south carolina. i was asked to give a speech about the role of america in the world. there was an elite group of young men, the majority of whom would serve in the military, the marines, navy, the army. we did about 25 push-ups, which i barely got done. situps, calisthenics. then, they said, "let's go right. -- go run." they asked me questions. " will you have my back in the military?" "will you support the troops?" "what is the role of america in the world?" "will we get back in the game?" my answer was yes, i will back up the troops could i have 11 middle of honor recipient
supporting me. admirals and generals are supporting me, because they want a leader that restores the role of america in the world. i laid out what we needed to do. we need to rebuild the military. the army needs to get back to 490,000 troops rather than 420,000, a devestating number. this president talks about how you are not behind his leading from behind angle, as if we are just another vote in the united nations, that you are a warmonger, and occupier.
that is totally false. the presidents behind me understood that and advocated peace through strength. the way to a more stable and peaceful world is to rebuild and make sure we don't have to use it. we need to make sure the force levels are high. right now half of the marines stationed in the united states are not -- don't reach the level of readiness. imagine that. the navy now is half the size it was at the time of operations desert storm and two weeks ago the secretary of defense called for greater cutbacks. the air force is older than the pilots. the planes are older than the pilots that fly them. we're creating situations where more and more deployments take place where families are stretched. we have to rebuild the military. you asked our government, our federal government to do one thing, it is to keep us safe.
you cannot do that by talking your way to security. you can't talk about red lines and not follow up. you can't talk about leading from behind, a notion that should be eliminated from the language of any president of the united states. you can't talk tough calling isis the j.v. team and do nothing about it. you can't call russia a regional power and in 30 days allow them to invade ukraine. you have to back it up with the strongest, mightiest military force known to man. that is how you create security. i pledge to those cadets that is exactly what i will do. [applause] in august of this year i had a chance to go to the library to lay out a detailed plan to destroy isis. that is before the attacks on paris. that's before the tragedy of san bernadino. because, my friends, it was a problem then, too. it's easy to react to events. everybody does that.
all of a sudden you see these strong men emerge when there is a problem front and center and all of a sudden national security becomes a real issue for people because they're scared. but prior to that, isis was a threat. they're a threat when they form a caliphate the size of indiana. 35,000 to 40,000 battle tested radical islamic terrorists controlling territory and hundreds of millions of dollars of resources. and so in the reagan library i laid out a strategy to deal with this threat. it means we need to arm the kurds with more sophisticated weapons directly because they're our strongest fighting force and strongest allies in iraq. [applause] it means we need to reestablish a relationship with the sunni tribal leaders that have been pushed away when we abandoned iraq. the void was filled by militia, shia militia and by isis. and the sunnies that were our partners to create a fragile but secure iraq need to get back in the game and know that the united states will be there
to help them. it means we have to embed our troops that are already there, by the way, 3500 troops, inside the iraqi military to give them the training and back bone they need to ultimately create security. it means we need to get lawyers off the backs of the war fighters so they can do their job. this is not a law enforcement exercise. [applause] it means we need safe zones in syria to deal with the refugee problem. the way you solve this problem is to deal with the cause of the -- the reason why there are 4 million people uprooted from their homes. we need safe zones. today there are people starving to death because of the brutality of the assad regime and if you're a christian or a moderate muslim inside of isis controlled territories you're either going to be beheaded, raped, or enslaved. there needs to be safe zones for these folks who we also need a safe zone to have a sunni led force. with the arab world financing and support, a unified force, well trained to take out isis
and bring about stability in syria. the no fly zone people are worried about? we need one. we need to make sure our air superiority allows us to do exactly what we need to do. to stop the barrel bombing and stop the killing and make sure that isis terrorists are looking up in the air from time to time wondering when they will be hit. no more leaflets being sent to the truck drivers. [applause] no more leaflets being sent to truck drivers saying, hey, by the way, i know you may not know this but your -- you may not know you're an enemy combatant. please change your views. don't be a truck driver to take illicit sales of diesel fuel and gasoline to, across turkey or to sell it to the assad regime. they know who they are. they're participating in this war. isis has declared war on us. we need to declare war on them. and as president of the united states i will do just that. [applause] this is the third anniversary
of hillary clinton's testimony where she said, it doesn't make a difference on benghazi. third anniversary. well, we now know it made a big difference for hillary clinton. it made a big difference for her. when she had to testify under oath, she said that the reason why we have this threat, why benghazi occurred, was because of terrorism. even though she told the families something completely different. that she was going to go after the director of the video that they through the fog of war continued to say that that was the reason why benghazi took place. she lied to the families and told the truth to her daughter and to the president. shameful. shameful. we do not need hillary clinton as commander-in-chief and president of the united states. [applause] i spend most of my time in new hampshire so i get to see everybody's tv ads.
there are a lot of them. i don't know how you guys -- god bless you. [laughter] i guess we don't have the car ads anymore here so maybe there is some benefit if you don't like car ads you're not going to see any for a while. but in those ads hillary clinton touts her secretary of state experience, that her experience makes her qualified to be president. well, let's talk about that. benghazi, iran, calling assad a reformer. he's killed 250,000 innocent people. the russian reset. that hasn't worked out very well. all of this is a sign of a secretary of state and a foreign policy that is reactive rather than believing that the united states leadership in the world truly matters. here's the deal. should i become president of the united states, the first thing i would do as president would be to announce we're moving our embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem to show that we're back in the game in the middle east. [applause] and i will make sure that our
friends know that we have their backs. that we won't be talking as much as we had over the last eight years. no. not as much talking. but they'll know that we have their back. and our enemies will fear us not to create a condition for war but to create a more stable peace. i don't believe that hillary clinton understands that. and i do. i think it's important to have someone that has a steady hand to be president of the united states in these dangerous times. if we're going to create a more stable world what are we going to do at home? here is what i believe to be true. the washington culture needs to change. i believe passionately because i had first-hand experience as governor of a state that needed to have a little bit of change as well, a little bit of disruption, a little bit of turning upside down and shaken a little bit. that's what i did as governor of the state of florida. we need term limits just as we have in florida. it works. i promise you. we need it in washington, d.c. [applause] we need a line item veto power for the next president of the
united states. i know how that works because i used the line item veto power to the extent that they called me veto corlione. totaling $2.5 billion. not to be the big dog on the stage and show i was all powerful but simply to say, look. government shouldn't grow faster than our ability to pay for it. that's what we should be doing s limiting government's power. elected officials when they finish their time ought to go back home. we should have a six-year lobbying ban so they don't immediately go out the back door and begin to lobby their former colleagues. this is a system no one believes works anymore. they can't balance budgets. they can't even pass a budget. even when they agree they find ways not to agree. they argue about arcane amendments to bills that never get passed. it is so removed from every day life. disposable income in this country is down $2300 from the
days barack obama was elected, nominated or inaugurated as president. there are 6.5 million more people living in poverty. they're talking about stuff that is completely irrelevant to the lives of people outside of washington, d.c. changing the culture is the first step to getting government back on the side of people that want to rise up and i know how to do that because i did it as governor of the state of florida. [applause] as governor, we took on the civil service system, the idea of lifetime employment that you can just basically ride it out. 40%, pay for federal workers is 40% higher than in the private sector for a lifetime job and you get a lifetime employment guarantee? no. that's not how it works. in florida we took on very powerful interests and changed our career civil service system so while floridians were creating 1.3 million jobs in my eight years, leading the nation seven out of eight years, the government declined by 11% in
terms of the number of jobs because you could fire someone for incompetence and, guess what? government workers, most of them are good people, did better jobs because they knew they had to and they knew they wanted to and the people around them that didn't care got fired. it lifted the morale of the departments and agencies that did important work. we need that in washington, d.c. you know where it should start? the veterans administration. the department of veterans affairs. [applause] i have traveled all across this country talking to veterans organizations, to veterans, to people that have served, and it is disgraceful. it is disgraceful what we do with veterans. they serve. they sacrifice. their families sacrifice. they have unique challenges when they come home. and we treat them as though they don't care. they are not important. they are important. it is a definition of who we are as a nation, how we treat our veterans. and here's the deal.
as president of the united states i won't take any excuses for the scandals and the corruption and the ineptitude that exists inside the department of veterans affairs. we'll start canning people. i promise you it will get better because it has to get better. no more waiting lists for veterans. lowering the waiting list and having bonuses of $140 million going out to people in management without giving veterans care where veterans die and only three people were fired. heads will roll outside that department. i promise you that. because we need to do a better job. [applause] we will make sure veterans have a card that says they can go to a private provider. i know that is such an unamerican idea to get consumer's choices. at a town hall meeting two days ago a daughter of a veteran, an elderly man, had to drive an hour and a half to go down to boston to a veteran clinic when her dad was having an illness.
at 2:00 in the morning. there are hospitals galore in her community that could have easily taken him. it was not a veteran related disease. it was simply the gentleman was aging. why shouldn't he have a card that says i'm going to go my regional hospital or i'm going to go to my local doctor? that is the fair and right thing to do. [applause] if we change the culture in washington, then we can get about the business of changing the economy of this country to make sure that we have high, sustained economic growth. i have laid out a detailed agenda on how to do that. wonks in or all the the crowd, any besides me? go to jeb 2016.com and you'll see the full agenda to create a 4% growth strategy. i know how to do this because in florida our growth was 4.4% in eight years. we can do this. don't let anybody tell you that we should lessen the aspirations of this
extraordinary country. don't let anybody tell you that the new normal is 2% growth. you just have to get used to it. here's the deal. 2% growth? means more people, interdependent, intergenerational poverty. more people stuck. 2% growth means declining income for the middle class. 2% growth means that young people will be correct in their views today, millennials, that believe that the american dream is dead. 4% growth on the other hand will lift people out of poverty, will begin to allow people to have a pay raise for the first time in a decade. will make sure that this country continues to be hopeful and optimistic. where people will embrace the unforeseen because they won't be fearful of it. they'll opt to economic opportunity over economic security. that means we need a radical departure on what we have today. on day one, i will repeal all of the obama care rules that are work in progress. i will respect the constitution. i believe in the second article 2 of the constitution. i think we need a strong
presidency. this president has trampled over the constitution, creating doubts and fear and divides that should not exist. that's what we need to do. [applause] growing our economy will lift our spirits but we also need to recognize that we have to win. we can talk about the conservative cause. man, i've been doing it a long time. i'm 600 years old in political years. some of you may know that. they're like dog years. 64 n remember in 19 campaigning as a 10-year-old for that guy right there when he was running for the united states senate. it was george, jeb, neil, marvin. i don't know if darla was even born yet on an elephant in midland, texas. i've believed in the conservative cause my entire adult life. i have fought for the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, individual freedom that the pursuit of dreams individually in this extraordinary country will create more opportunities, more
benefits than any government program ever created. i believe that in my heart and i know you do as well. [applause] but in order for that to come true, for us to embrace that again, to renew our country, we have to win. we have to win. and how are we going to do that? my belief is we'll dethat by having someone who has a proven record, who has a record of running through the fire -- running to the fire rather than cutting and running. we have a lot of politicians that are gifted now. a lot of them are running for president of the united states. we got a lot of people running for president of the united states. i hope you want someone who has a heart for people. i hope you want someone who has a spine. who will stand on principle. fight for the principles we believe in. has a proven record to show it. whose ambition is service to others rather than making sure that they're going to look good for the next political possibility. we have the front running candidate for president of the
united states in our party right now who's not a conservative. he isn't. he's a gifted entertainer but he's not a conservative. [applause] donald trump gave money to the clintons. bill clinton, hillary clinton, clinton foundation. donald trump said that hillary clinton would be a great negotiator with iran. in less than a decade donald trump's views on the second amendment, on the cause of human life, across the board on the moral and social issues, have gone from extreme left to i don't know what. donald trump proposed less than a decade ago a tax of 14.5% on the assets of people in this country. that is not conservative. donald trump believes and admires the single payor system. that is bernie sanders' position. that is not conservative. for a republican to win, we need a conservative in charge of leading the charge for the
conservative party to take on hillary clinton or bernie sanders. and we have to do it in a way that draws people to our cause. i don't know about you but i am sick and tired of politicians that divide us up in our des parrot parts, that find ways to disparage people to make themselves look strong. it is not strong to insult women. it is not strong. it is not a sign of strength when you insult hispanics. it is not a sign of strength. it is not a sign of strength when you say that a p.o.w. is a loser because they got caught. john mccain is a hero. [applause] it is not a sign of strength, disparaging the disabled in this country. it is not. it is a sign of deep insecurity and weakness. [applause]
so you all have this incredible opportunity. maybe you consider it a responsibility. maybe it's a burden to you. i hope it isn't. you have the responsibility of reshaping this race in my mind. you certainly have the opportunity to do it if you like. do you want a president that cares for people that are stuck in poverty? do you want a president that believes that the middle class needs to get higher income? do you want president that as commander-in-chief will have a steady hand, that won't say the craziest stuff in the world to create insecurity for us and for the troops that we count on to keep us safe? you can make that choice. you have the chance to reshape the whole primary. the pundits have it all figured out. they've got it all figured out. they just marvel at all this stuff and the conventional wisdom has converged. they've got it all. they're the smart people. they're not voting. you all are making this decision. i have total confidence in the wisdom and judgment of new hampshire voters that takes the
time to ask the right questions, that takes the time to challenge the candidates, make them walk on the hot coals, to do it politely. you make us walk on the hot coals. i have total confidence and belief that you'll make the right choice. i humbley ask for your support and i promise you, should i be our party's nominee i will unite around common purpose and the conservative cause and i will defeat hillary clinton and we will restore america's greatness. thank you all very much. [applause] thank you, guys. questions? yes, sir. mic is right behind you. >> i have a national security question to ask you. it's about a particular type of nuclear attack called electric row magnetic pulse. >> yes. >> some of your opponents in
the primaries have forth rightly talked about this issue and have been pill rid in the press. >> why? >> well, they're called, if you read the "new york times" or "the washington post" -- >> i don't. >> there are references to people who talk about this particular type of nuclear attack, electric roe magnetic pulse forth rightly as wearing tin foil hats, crazies, crack pots, that kind of thing. >> got you. >> is this a serious national security issue? >> it is. i got to tell you an interesting new hampshire story because on my first, i think it was my first trip here, i went to politics and pie. in con torrid. you guys got great titles for events. i've enjoyed the, was it politics and eggs. politics and pie. and the first question this lady asked me and apparently she has a -- she tries to find trick questions, you know, to see if you can trip up the candidate. she said, are you concerned bout e.m.p.?
electro magnetic pulse? i would not have known that to be honest with you. i had no clue what that was 10 days before but i had just read an article about it. and if you read the articles about what this is, damn right it's an important issue. there's no tin foil problems with this. this is a huge issue. it could actually happen naturally. and the more that we're dependent upon the grid for everything, you think about today, half of the east coast is shut down. if the grid was shut down, it would just paralyze everybody in place. we are totally dependent upon the interconnectivity that exists technologically now. so it is hugely important. a surge inside the grid could destroy, just freeze us in place. it would be chaotic. if it was an agressive act taken by a hostile nation it would have a dramatic impact. or by ultimately a rogue nation that believed in the apocalypse. it is a serious problem. it's one of many new challenges that we face as a nation.
one of the dangers i think in politics is that we focus on the old battles. look, there are things that we, a traditional army and air force is still important. we need to maintain the traditional force structures but we also need to recognize from a national security point of view that these asymetric threats of terror are important, cyber security is hugely important. this issue of the grid and its attack, the attack on the grid is important and how we deal with the space just in terms of our capabilities which we're gutting now. i am from florida and have a special place in my heart for the space industry. it's part of our d.n.a. as a nation. but from the defense posture we are not -- we are, the gap that we have, superiority gap has narrowed. the russians app chinese are totally committed to this and we hold back. so it is not a tin foil question. it's a good question and i think the next president needs to make sure he is vigilant on that subject. yes, sir? right behind you.
>> governor, thanks for coming out. i'm from the neighboring state of massachusetts. >> oh, okay. you don't matter. you matter a lot sir. don't take that as a joke. march first is your primary. love to have your vote. >> looking forward to having you come down. many people feel that the greatest threat to national security is the $19 trillion national debt. >> yep. >> and can you give us some specifics on what you would do to get that under control? >> sure. t is a threat. economically, it's hard to imagine how we could restore the military strength of the country. the solution to the deficit or the debt is to reduce the deficit. and the way you would do that is, first, grow the economy, create pro growth strategies as it relates to regulations and taxes, embracing the energy revolution. those three things will jump-start investment in our own country. we've had a recovery that is
totally consumer driven, not capital investing. and so our wages have declined and our growth is tepid. 2% growth that is acceptable today. work force participation rates are lower. you lessen demands on government with higher growth and you increase revenue for government by higher growth. it is far better to do that than raising taxes because that is a, you know, creates a lid on economic growth. so growing the economy. secondly, we need entitlement reform and social security reform. i've laid out detailed plans to do that. that saves over 10 years hundreds of billions of dollars. if we don't do it, the growth of medicaid, medicare, obama care, and the kid care program, the schip program will grow at 6, 7, 8% per year far more than the revenue the government takes in and far more than any other government program. we have to reform these programs. and i've laid out detailed plans to preserve and protect social security but move to a system that is sound that won't
create huge drains. similarly with medicare and medicaid. we need to do the same thing. i think states ought to run the medicaid programs. we ought to shift all of this out of washington, d.c. [applause] we need to get rid of obama care and replace it with a consumer driven private sector oriented patient centered health care insurance system that will lower costs. that's the second part. the third part is we need civil service reform. there are too many government workers. we can reduce and i promise you we'll reduce the government work force by 10% just by attrition. my plan says if you want to hire someone in a department you have to have three vacancies created. we can shrink the government but we need reform so that they can embrace technology and be rewarded for a job well done but it should not be lifetime employment. that creates huge costs. then finally across the spectrum of government as much as possible beyond medicaid, education programs, the delegated authority to e.p.a.,
transportation programs. washington is not the place where this should take place. they should be providing this money in bloc grants back to the state. and i trust states. maybe it's because i'm a governor. i just think you have the chance to do it the right way from the beginning. you get a far better result if you just, if you didn't have all the infrastructure and all the old elements of it. if you had the ability to say if we weren't doing it this way how would we do it? that is a liberating kind of approach on policy and that's how you get the balance, get the budget to balance. and then the growth of the economy as it relates to debt begins to get smaller. we have to do this. there is no way for us to grow as a country unless we deal with the fact that government is growing far faster than our ability to pay for it. yes, ma'am? [applause] >> i'm sorry. >> it's yours. you win. [question inaudible] >> i hope you're going to ask me about the student loan program. >> no.
i'm going to ask how you plan to identify and root out terrorist threats and national security threats without threatening individual privacy rights. >> everybody hear the question? how do we balance our civil liberties concerns, the right of privacy in our own country, innocent citizens, and protect the homeland? well, in my mind, that's what we did with the patriot act. and the reauthorization of the patriot act was the right thing to do. i would have supported including the metadata program in it. people have no trust right now that the government is not snooping on us because, you know, you see the revelations of snowden and other things like that. there's no evidence. there is no evidence that the federal government is snooping on innocent people. none. people say it but there is no evidence that's the case. there is evidence that the metadata program combined with other tools of the patriot act have had the ability to keep us safe. and that's the first priority as a government. they attack our freedoms, the people that are trying to
attack us, they see our freedom as a vulnerability. the way you protect the freedom is use these tools with all sorts of safeguards in place. the fisa corps, making sure that you have, if there is any case where someone is violating civil liberties you bring the hammer down on people that do it knowingly or unknowingly. we can protect civil liberties and keep us safe. the challenge now though is the trust that has been broken now makes it harder. technology companies are now not cooperating with the united states government. we need to restore the trust between the government and the large technology reforms where much of the conversation in our lives go through. the terrorists now encrypt their messages and we don't have a back door means by which to identify how that works. that could only happen with enhanced cooperation. other countries no longer believe that the united states is a serious partner because of the revelations of snowden so they've cut off communications. we have to restore this trust.
>> thank you very much just picking up on -- first it is great to be back here in new hampshire. thank you so much for the opportunity to share some thoughts and answer some questions. some real good town hall meetings here this morning. just a brief comment on the video and really what my campaign is focused on. i announced from a factory floor in western pennsylvania. i'm the grandson of a coal miner. grew up in a steel town. and i saw the devastation that occurred in my area of the country and as i've traveled the country as a senator and then as a presidential candidate i remind everybody we campaigned in 30 states four years ago, won 11 of them. tied two others in delegates and came pretty close to winning the republican nomination against the establishment and the odds. we fought and we focused four years ago a lot of time and energy on the issue of what we could do to help working men nd women rise again. there is a lack of hope, lack of trust in the government and
our ability to be able to provide for american workers the opportunity to provide for themselves and their family and both political parties have ignored that reality. i remind everybody that 90% of workers in america, 90% of people who work in america don't own their own business or run a company. and yet we as republicans while we are very critical of the democrats with their big government approach and hurting business and hurting employment, we don't spend a whole lot of time talking about american workers. we don't spend a whole lot of time talking about the 74% of americans age 25 to 65 who don't have a college degree. what we're going to do to provide opportunities for them to be able to live the american dream. well, i've dedicate ad book a year and a half ago called blue collar conservative and this campaign to talking about american workers and talking about the
the democratic speart no longer the party of work. it's no longer the party of opportunity and if we don't candidate who a and then we're , going to lose. we're going to lose when we have every opportunity and chance to win, particularly in the states that i'm familiar with. pennsylvania, ohio, michigan, indiana, wisconsin. just right through the heartland of america. those are states, ladies and gentlemen, that we better start winning or we're not going to win elections for national office anymore, right? and we better have a message. i just saw our national committee woman kristine sitting out here and she'll tell new pennsylvania, the reason we have 13 of 18 congressman, the reason we have 31-50fl