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>> the "road to the white house" for the presidential candidates continues in south carolina not inner the republicans this week but for the democrats. and joining us from columbia, south carolina is andy shain political reporter for the state newspaper. thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you very having me. >> looking at the schedule
hillary clinton will be there tomorrow and wednesday. senator sanders not back until friday. give us a sense where this race is among these two democrats. andy: secretary lynnton is holding a large lead about 24 -- clinton is holding a large lead about 24 points. she's held a very large lead over senator sanders really since he's entered the race. the main reason why it's not been close is the african-american vote. south carolina more than half of our voters are african-american. hillary clinton is very popular. she holds a 2-1 advantage over senator sanders among the african-american vote. this is a little bit of a residual from the 2008 primary when she was here and obviously being challenged by barack obama. she's done a great deal work to build on the relationships that she had back in 2008 and even
with those who did not support her, coming back saying you didn't back me in 2008 but i'd love to have your vote. she's made those inroads. >> how important was the endorsement of jim clyburn? >> it's very important. he's by far the most influential democratic politician that we have in our state. he's, you know, he's well respected. i think, you know to a certain degree, i think people are just curious about where he stood. he was neutral in 2008, though, of course, there has been some debate about what bill clinton thought about that. but this time there was some expectation that he would come out for one of the candidates and i again, it solidified what's already a very solid position for secretary clinton. >> does senator sanders have any organization on the ground? what's the objective of the campaign to try to widdle away a
double digit lead for secretary clinton? andy: he does have a ground game. he has worked in the black churches. he visited one sunday morning an event that was not publicized but some of the national reporters were able to attend. it did not go over very well. he spoke during the church meal. and it showed some folks paying attention to him and some not paying attention to him. at the same time he's tried to make inroads as much as he can to try to make that gap with african-american voters. it's a matter of how much can he cut into that lead as opposed to really honestly get a victory here on saturday. >> if you look back at the results on saturday, a significant win for donald trump, essentially a tie for second place between senators cruz and rubio. what's your assessment? what happened saturday? and where does this put the republican race?
andy: i think it puts the republican race squarely in donald trump's hands. if you win new hampshire you win south carolina and you win the nomination. we're talking about a different candidate, we would be talking about that candidate being well on their way. but donald trump as we all know, we keep reading is a unicorn is the word i keep seeing. he's a unique politician to say the least. he led all but two polls in south carolina since he got in. one of them was the first poll. and he was -- ben carson just got him by 1% in the fall. but pretty much double digits he had been in the lead since july. so, not much of a surprise, really, that he won considering the amount of support. i think what was so surprising about this win was the long base of support that he had.
he was the favorite among conservatives. he was the favorite among evangelicals. you're going to win a race if you've gotten all those folks behind you at this point. the only group he didn't get behind him are people who are very conservative. they went with ted cruz. so i mean, he just really -- it was not even a close ballgame as far as that one for mr. trump. as far as second place, the surprise was really marco rubio. in the polls it was cruz second and rubio farther back in third. and in the last week he surged and came up and tied -- as you say essentially tied senator cruz. he did win by a couple of thousand votes and claimed second place. i think that came from governor bush. people realized that governor bush's campaign was winding down. people wanted to go with him. felt like their vote wasn't
going to matter if they swroted for the government -- voted for the governor. a lot of those votes went to rubio. i think he was hurt a libby the ben carson and the flyer that was sent out with the voter violation. you know, he was the second favorite among evangelicals but the reason he might not have been the favorite was a little bit of what happened there. >> and finally what about the endorsement by governor nikki haley for senator rubio? how significant was that and where does that put her political future? >> i think it helped him. i'm not sure it swayed many minds. if you're with a totally different candidate that all of a sudden i'm going go with marco rubio because of governor hayley. i think it was an affirming issue. if you were leaning towards senator rubio and you liked senator hayley, ok, i'm in the right ballpark here.
i think the message she wanted to send more importantly was, we can't have drama. she's been very critical of donald trump's campaigning. she's been critical of his proposals including the temporary ban of muslims. she called it un-american. if she wants to walk the walk of the opinion that she wants the republican party to be more diverse, being the child of indian immigrants and being a 44-year-old woman that she needed to back the candidate that reflected those values. marco rubio seems to obviously share those values. he's also 44. he's the child of immigrants as well. so together, i think they're trying to present a new face for the party, a broader face for the party and hopefully if she gets her way, someone who will really challenge donald trump. >> andy shain covers politics for the state newspaper. he's joining us from south
carolina. at at available thestate.com. >> this sunday, hillary clinton hold as forum on gun violence. you can see it on tuesday at 6:15 eastern on c-span 3. the nevada republican caucuses happened tuesday and our "road to the white house" coverage continues with the results and candidate speeches. ive coverage here on c-span. >> since the start of this campaign only one network has taken you on the "road to the white house." from the early announcements and the policy speeches to the candidates visiting diners in iowa and new hampshire and, of course, the campaign ralies. after the results in nevada and
south carolina, the republican race has now narrowed. the democratic race has sharpened. we're going to stay in south carolina with the big democratic primary this sad and then we move on to the multi-state primaries and caucuses in early and mid march. this is just getting underway. you can follow it all on the c-span networks online on c-span.org and of course, on c-span radio. >> coming up on c-span, president obama meets with the nation's governors at the white house. then ahead of tomorrow's nevada republican caucuses, senator marco rubio campaigns in las vegas. that's followed by senator ted cruz also speaking to supporters n las vegas. >> c-span's "washington journal" live with news and policy issues that impact you. join us tomorrow morning when former n.s.a. attorney susan
hennessey will be with us. she'll talk about apple's fight with the f.b.i. over encryption. and then robert daley will discuss china's surfaced air missiles on woody island and the state of china's economy. be sure to watch beginning live at 7:00 a.m. eastern tomorrow. join the discussion. >> secretary of state john kerry testifies on capitol hill on tuesday on his department's 2017 budget request. the state department and the question total $51 billion and includes security and cyber protection. live coverage of the hearing starts at 10:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. >> president obama discussed a wide range of issues with the nation's governors monday at the white house. topics include national security, disaster response and
opioid addiction. governors are in washington for the national governors association winter meeting. this is 90 minutes. president obama: everybody please have a seat. thank you. please have a seat, everybody. it is wonderful to see all of you. i hope you had just the right amount of fun last night and not too much fun. you know, it is hard to believe that was the final dinner michelle and i get to host for you. like me, some of you might be in the final year of your last term, working as hard as you
can, to get as much done as possible for the folks that you represent. fixing roads, educating our children, helping people reach rain, appointing judges, the usual stuff. [laughter] those of you who have been in office for a while also with just -- witnessed all the progress we have made together and it has been a partnership. millions of new jobs created, millions of people newly covered with health insurance, the new energy project popping up all across the state. i do want to comment before i take questions on the issue of security for the american eople. whatever our party, we all raise ur hand and take an oath and
assume the solemn responsibility to protect our citizens. that is a mission that should unite us all as americans. today, we are focused on three threats in particular. first and foremost is terrorism. the attack in texas, chattanooga, san bernardino, were attacks in good and decent communities, but they were also attacks on our entire country. as americans, we are united in support of men and women in uniform from every day who read the coalition we built with the mission to destroy isil. we're working with other nations to prevent terrorists from entering the states, unwavering efforts here at home, and that is where the partnership with your states come in. this is a shared mission and we have to stay vigilant. across the country, we have got more than 100 joint terrorism task forces. federal, state, local experts working together to disrupt threats and at the state level, pushing information out to law
enforcement. we also need to make sure our extraordinary law enforcement professionals and first esponders have the equipment and resources they need, and we have got to stay united as one american family working with communities to help prevent loved ones from becoming radicalized and rejecting any politics that tries to divide the american people on the basis of faith. so this is something that is a shared project. it is not something we do together. one of the genuine areas of progress that i have seen since i came into office, and it was started in the previous administration and this is one of the findings of 9/11, breaking down some of the silos etween federal, state, and local law enforcement when it comes to encountering -- countering terrorism. we have made progress on that but that is where state and local partners are absolutely critical. this is not something the federal government can do alone,
particularly because many of the ttacks may end up being lone wolf attacks, rather than those imported from the outside. the attack in san bernardino killed 14 of our fellow americans and here is a hard truth. we probably lost even more americans than that two guns this weekend alone -- to guns this weekend alone. on saturday, another was terrorized by gun violence. six people were gunned down in kalamazoo, michigan. before i joined all of you, i called the mayor and the police chief and told them they would have the federal support they needed in their investigation. their local officials and first responders, by the way, did an outstanding job in apprehending the individual very quickly. but you have got families who are shattered today.
earlier this year, i took steps that would make it harder for dangerous people like this individual to buy a gun. clearly, we will need to do more if we will keep innocent americans safe. i have got to suit -- to assume that all of you are as tired as i am. that's an area where we also need to partner and think about what we co do in a common sense way and a bipartisan way without some of the ideological rhetoric that so often surrounds that issue. the second area we are focused on is cyber threats. the technology that connects us ike never before also allows our adversary to do us harm. hackers and nations have targeted our military, our corporations, the federal and state governments. they are a threat to our national security and economic eadership.
they are a threat to our critical infrastructure. they are a threat to the privacy and public safety of the american people. this is a complex challenge and we will not be able to meet its alone. we have made -- meet it alone. we have made progress industry and with your states, but all of us are still vulnerable. this is why earlier this month, launched the cyber security national action plan and proposed significant funding to push our cyber security efforts in a more aggressive direction. we will start a major overhaul of federal computer systems. i want to do more with your states, including sharing more information, improving our response capabilities. we have initiated a joint bipartisan commission made up of ne of my national security
advisers, former national security advisers, tom, but oined with the former ceo of ibm so they can work together to help provide us a sense of direction at the federal and state levels as well as the private sector in terms of how we move forward on this. we will want your input. i think we probably have good ideas about where your vulnerabilities are in terms of your state databases and what you're doing there, so that is an area where i think we can probably work together. finally, we all have to remain vigilant when it comes to the spread of disease. since late last year, my administration has been focused on the threat of zika. so far, while there is no evidence of zika transmission from mosquitoes here in the continental united states, there are confirmed cases in puerto ico. as leaders, it is important we
convey very basic fact, including the fact that zika is ot like ebola. ebola was primarily spread from human to human. based on what we know right now, zika is spread predominately through the bite of certain kinds of mosquitoes in a certain country. the symptoms are generally very mild. most folks do not even realize they have it. as all of you have read, the possible connection between zika, birth defects, and other serious health problems means we have got to take precautions, particularly with respect to women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. we are going to be fighting this disease at every level with every tool in our disposal. emergency funding for efforts at home and abroad, including research into better diagnostic tools, new vaccines, improved methods of mosquito control, and support for territories where there are confirmed cases.
we will launch an aggressive coordinated campaign with the nga to stop seek at the source nd keep americans healthy. i hope each of you joins us especially if you are in the southern states where the risk of transmission may be higher. fighting terrorism and gun iolence, combating cyber attacks and cyber threats, guarding against the outbreak of disease, these are areas where there should not be any dispute or we have got to be working together to keep our country safe and strong. i look forward to the partnership with nga and each and every one of you in all of these areas. i should point out one of the things i am proudest of over the course of the last seven years has been the federal coordination with state and local governments with respect to disaster response. i think it has been extraordinary. am really proud of the work
fema has done and i think that kind of model of partnership across many of these threats is exactly what is needed to give the american people the confidence that their government is on their side when they need it most. with that, i will take some questions and start with your chairman. you can use the microphone. here you go. >> thank you, mr. president. we again are appreciative that you let us come talk to you about issues near and dear to us s governors. i am struck by the ability we have had to have cordial relations with your cabinet. i want to complement your people there. one of them talked about the importance of communication and sed the term cooperative
federalism as a way for us to get things done better between the states and the federal government. i will mention one that comes to my mind. that is working with your department of interior. during the federal shutdown, we were able to work together, communicate, and collaborate, and open up the five national parks of utah to benefit americans. an effort of communication and cooperation, which i think is a great success. i harken back to may be an epic failure, a lack of communication on a previous administration, where a national monument was designated in utah, larger than the state of delaware, 2.5 times larger than rhode island -- [laughter] the vice president made a little -- president obama: where's jack? [laughter] >> at any rate, the problem was governor mike leavitt found out
about that resignation by reading the washington post. that was the other side of the coin of not good communication. my question to you, mr. president, really is in the effort of the national governors association. hat can we do to communicate better with the federal government? what can a federal government do better to communicate with the state so we have cooperation? we are already off in the sunset some time. it would be nice if we have some kind of institutional process to make sure we work together in a collaborative ration, communicate better, and have better outcomes. president obama: i think the nga generally has been a terrific partner for us. i hope you feel the same way. my instructions to my cabinet, to my secretaries, has always
been that we have certain laws, statutes, mandates, that we have to abide by. we have certain policies that we care deeply about. but my instructions to them have been, you check with the governor's and the localities that are being impacted, and if they have ideas about how to achieve the mission in a more flexible, sensible way, and we have got that flexibility, we should exercise it. that has been my consistent message and many of you have benefited from those kinds of nteractions. what i do is throw the question back at you, not for today but it is maybe one of the projects we can do jointly together, and sort of do an inventory. what has worked and what has not institutionally in terms of communication? where have there been areas that governors are concerned that they have not gotten the heads up asked enough?
where are the areas where communication has been strong? let's see if we could improve that communication. but my overall impression has been communication with the cabinet secretaries has been good. i think our intergovernmental affairs office has tried to be very active. there may be additional things we can do to improve that. i would be happy to hear ideas from your side about what could be done. i will tell you probably where there is the biggest gap in communications has to do with our interactions with governors versus our interactions with your congressional delegations. that is where oftentimes things converge. we will have a conversation with governors and they will identify a priority, we work out some approach to get something done,
and then it turns out the congressional delegations have an entirely different idea. the biggest example would be on transportation, for example, where anthony foxx probably traveled to every single one of our states, and before that, ray lahood talked about things that needed to get done. we just couldn't get congress to move. one of the things i would think would be interesting, as we explore better communications, is how do we create a triangle where we have some interaction with states, states governors, and congressional delegation at the same time? sometimes, that is difficult because we have different parties and different political agendas. sometimes, there may be commonality and it is a matter of closing the loop so that congressional staff know what the governors are saying.
>> [inaudible] president obama: they have got their own legislators. i know they enjoy those interactions tremendously. [laughter] next, terry. gov. mcauliffe: thank you on behalf of all of the governors. [applause] president obama: that was michelle, basically, that put that together. i tried to take credit last night but nobody believed me. and rightly so. gov. mcauliffe: we just finished four great days at government leadership. we met with your team about six weeks ago and laid out what you need it. your administration gave us what we needed. let me say this has been a great meaning -- meeting. thank you very much.
we are here from 50 states, different clinical parties, we have different interests in our states, but one issue that brings a lot of us together is the issue of trade. as a global economy we have today, many of us do international trade trips. i have done 13 in my first two years. i just got asked from the middle east and cuba. 95% of the customers live outside of america. 81% of the growth in the next five years will occur outside america. trade is critical to grow our economy. can you give us an update on the trade policy, where the legislation is, and most importantly, what can we do to help you push trade with congress? president obama: i appreciate
that question and governor herbert and i were talking about this yesterday or you told me how much of utah's economy depends on exports. an international trade. that is true for so many of us. maybe the way to answer this is to give a broad overview of how i think the politics have shaped the narrative around trade, and then let me give you some of the facts and what is going on with ttp. over our lifetimes, and certainly accelerated over the last 25 or 30 years, this has become a global economy and not a national economy. the global supply chain distribution, the fact that companies can set up house anywhere where there is an internet service, the fact at the date cargo containers can ship things more efficiently than ever before, the logistical hubs and speed with which they can move, goods and services
around the world, all of this has created a global marketplace. the good news is we are best positioned to take advantage of the global marketplace than anybody else. we have got the best cars, the best businesses, the best technology, the best innovation, the best workers. we are a free market, dynamic economy like nobody else. the challenge is there have been disruptions as a consequence of that global trade. there is no doubt about it. in everyone of your states, there have been times where somebody has been affected. not all the trade deals of the past were designed just to look out for workers. there were times where it was good for consumers, it was good for the businesses, they may
have found lower wages. but it was not always good for those communities that had big plants, that got shipped over seas. on the one hand, people benefit from low prices and low inflation and the degree to which globalization has given people access to more products, lower prices than ever before, that is something that people may be take for granted. what they see directly is that this plant closed, you used to be able to walk in without a college education and get a job. if you were tarred, you would have a middle-class life with benefits and health care and to take care of your family. now, those jobs have contracted. that is the prism through which a lot of folks have been looking at trade.
i understand and am sympathetic because i have seen this in my own home state, of why people are suspicious. but if you look at what happened over the last seven years since i came into office, first of all, exports grow the early part of this recovery. if you are part of this state, the ad community was making out great for the vast majority of this administration because of exports. the second thing that happened is we actually rebuild manufacturing and started bringing manufacturing jobs back here. folks started to figure out, u.s. workers have become so competitive and we remain such a significant marketplace and our energy costs here are low, it makes sense oftentimes to locate here, even if you are paying a higher wage, because it will be
more profitable. we have created more manufacturing jobs than any time since the 1990's, despite an open trade regime. it is because of my confidence in our ability to compete and the fact that we have no choice but to compete, that we said, where is the next big market where folks are selling us goods and we are not able to sell them goods? we looked at the region that is the fastest growing, most dynamic, youngest population in the world, and where invariably economic activity is going to be driving. china was the 800 pound gorilla. if we allowed them to set trade rules there, american businesses and american workers will be cut out.
if we got in there and we set the terms of trade, making sure there were higher labor standards, higher environmental standards, making sure intellectual property is respected, making sure that we do well were protected. lower those barriers. if we did all those things, then it would be an improvement for american businesses and american workers and we would know that we would be able to compete in those areas or years to come. so we got ttp done. michael is here. if he has not already, he will brief you on every paragraph, every comma, every "t" crossed and "i" dotted on the agreement. the bottom line is this. it is, i believe, indisputable
that once we have ttp in place, we, american companies and american workers, will be better off than the existing trade regime we have right now. i will give you an example. right now, there are 18,000 taxes essentially on american goods and services that would all be eliminated. so if you have got a rancher in colorado, they can sell beef to japan in ways they cannot do right now and that is a huge market for them. if you are interested in selling cars in southeast asia, right now, oftentimes, they will slap a 70% tax on the value of the car, which means you are not
competitive. we will bring those down. no one has described for me, none of the critics of this trade deal, have described for me how we are better off with the current status quo where those oaks are all keeping -- high, then we would be with ttp. what they argue against is old trade deals. keep on explaining to them, look, i cannot do anything about what may have happened 40 years ago, but i can do something about what is going on now. because mexico and canada are signatories to the deal, it actually does strengthen labor and environmental -- which has previously been one of the main complaints from critics. having said all that, the emotions around trade are still strong. labor unions, and i am a big labor guy, you know, they are not happy with me on this and they disagree with me because they have memories of this weakening the manufacturing base in america, and no matter how
much i indicate that the facts show this will improve, the position of american workers, and we will slowly raise labor standards overseas as a consequence, they are adamant in their opposition. which means it order to get this passed through congress, we have to depend on a set of strong, pro-trade democrats who recognize the importance of trade to their economies and their membership, their constituencies, and republicans who historically have been in favor of free market and free trade. i am cautiously optimistic we can still get it done. leader mcconnell and speaker ryan both have been supportive of this trade deal. they have had some concerns along the margins of the trade deal. you know, i will just give you one example with respect to tobacco.
we said very explicitly in the trade deal that any country that regulates tobacco is not somehow violating trade agreements, as long as it is done fairly and as long as they are not discriminating against americans, tobacco companies, and their own. that raises sensitivities in kentucky. there are those kinds of issues but overall, they have been supportive. the presidential campaigns have created some noise and roiled things a little bit within the republican party and the democratic party around the issue. i think we should just have a good, solid, healthy debate about it. we will sign to enter this agreement, present it formally with some sort of implementation documents to congress at some point this year. my hope is we can get votes. what all of you can do to help
is to talk to your congressional delegations and let them know this is really important. it is inconceivable, if, for example, you are in california, that you do not want a transpacific partnership that ensures the gateway for commerce in the pacific is open to california businesses and workers for decades to come. it is inconceivable that you would be opposed to that. we have got longshoremen in california that said, where do you think your jobs come from? it is from moving stuff off those containers, onto trucks, and rail, just fan out all across the country. this creates jobs for you. that gives you a sense of some of the emotions that are sometimes blocking this up.
all of you can really lift up the benefits for your states, and talk to your congressional delegations directly. talk to your businesses because they will tell you how important this is to them. all right. who else have we got? >> mr. president, from wyoming, a great celebration coming on this year, the national park service. we are very proud as the state with the first national park. a great opportunity for the country to celebrate park and what they bring not only to the nation but to the world. president obama: you have got some nice ones. >> you could say the best if you want to. [laughter] president obama: i wasn't going there but they are very nice.
>> mr. president, thank you for last night. we all enjoyed that. i am the chair of the national resource committee for the national gun association. we had a good meeting this week. there was discussion and certainly we do not all agree as governors in terms of sort of national energy policy and where we should go. as you know, we are a big mineral state in wyoming and there are other states as well. i know you addressed climate change. if the concern is fossil fuels, we have to continue to invest in r&d. listen, it is real. coal producers, 40 present a lecture as the in this company, if that is the concern, let's work to clean it up. we appreciate the work of the secretary of energy in doing that. we now see a 5% reduction in r&d
in terms of where that may go. we are investing in our state. what is the long-term view and how to make things better? president obama: i appreciate the constructive conversation taking place between the nga and the energy producing states. number one, climate change is real. the science is clear. we can debate how we approach the problem, but we cannot debate the science. i just have to be very clear about that. the analogy i have used is that if you went to a doctor and he said, you have got a disease and you said, you want a second opinion, and the second doctor said you have a disease. you went to 100 doctors and 99 of them said you had a disease,
at a certain point, you would say, i have got to do something about this. that essentially is the situation with respect to climate change. 99% of scientists are saying this is a really serious problem. not a sort of kind of may be, distant future problem, this is a problem that is going to get worse in the lifetime of our children and grandchildren, and there is such a thing as being too late on this. if you start getting into a feedback loop where fundamental weather patterns and ocean temperatures are changing, we cannot reverse it. and the effects will be profound. that is point number one. point number two is in order to grow the economy, we have got to have energy. economic growth remains a top priority for democrats and
republicans alike. whoever takes my place, they are going to want to grow the economy. that is true internationally. there are countries like india where it is even more desperate. they do not have electricity and they have got to visit in order to develop. if we are not giving them options, the only message we have for them is stay poor, we will not solve the problem. this is not an either/or issue. we have got to grow the economy which means we have got to produce energy and deal with climate change. the good news is that technology and research and development are accelerating rapidly and because of the paris agreement that we struck, you are going to see more investment from the private sector and not just governmental sectors, and that will accelerate projects even more. you take an example like solar.
when i came to office, we set goals we thought were really ambitious. the amount of solar energy being produced now and the costs dropping faster than any of us imagined means that we could be on a path where a huge portion of our energy needs can readily be provided through renewable energy, clean energy, much faster than any of us would have anticipated a few years earlier. we expected though states that continue to have a significant traditional fossil fuel extracting set of industries, number one, we have not discouraged but encouraged
production. oil and gas production has gone up significantly. we have put ourselves in a position because of new technologies, to produce more than ever before and that has changed the geopolitical landscape. sally jewell i think has in prior -- and prior to her, tim, has tried to be very flexible in thinking about how we continue to meet our energy needs. we have not shut down energy production outside of very sensitive areas of significant concern. the main shift that has taken place is because the u.s. production has been so high, prices have plummeted, and that has changed the equation for private sector companies. that is a global price issue. the second thing that has changed is natural gas starts supplanting coal because it came so cheap and that hurt coal industries.
having said that, i continue to believe there are areas of research and development that have to be done because we will continue to use fossil fuels for our lifetime and those will not go a and they will be used in other countries. if we can figure out how to make those cleaner, it helps all of us. i want india and china to know how to use clean coal because they will be building coal plants anyway. if we have got the technology that can help them make sure it is not emitting huge amounts of carbon, all the better. historically since i have come into office, we have invested in technologies to capture carbon from coal-fired plants. the technologies are there.
the problem is they are really expensive right now. given relative prices to natural gas and other options, they have not been deployed. we are going to continue to invest in trying to bring those costs down, but frankly, in this marketplace, it may be a while before it is economical for anyone to imagine they want to use that. ironically, what would actually celebrate clean coal technology would be the work that we did in paris to restrict the amount of carbon being produced. that means it starts becoming more expensive and there is greater incentive for private sector dollars as well as public to go into research and capture coal. similarly when it comes to oil and gas. a lot of methane is generated from the extraction of oil and gas and we want to invest in research that helps us your out how to reduce the methane that also causes climate change. my goal is to increase, overall,
research and development dollars in the energy sector. we under invest as a nation relative to, for example, our expenditures on health care research. i'm all for that. we are significantly increasing our investment in research. but we should be doing the exact same thing on energy. how it is allocated is something i will make sure that ernie meets with your governors to talk about. but i want to be honest with you. if those states are not currently preparing for the fact that the energy mix is going to continue to change over time, you are probably doing a disservice to your constituents and what we should be doing is helping maximize your production, minimizing your
pollution, but also preparing you for the fact that 20 or 30 years from now, there is going to be a higher mix of clean energy at a lower mix of traditional fossil ills. that is almost inevitable. even if there is someone in this white house who disagrees with me on all of this stuff, it will still happen just because of trendlines internationally. we should prepare ourselves for that. >> ivories you the chance to speak with you about the fact that china is something on iron ore and thank you again for sending or chief of staff up to meet there. talking to governors this
weekend, the impact of china's x words and dumping have been affecting a lot of other industries and i'm wondering given your emphasis on free trade and you are right about that, is there also a way you could be more aggressive preventing china from doing what it is doing? president obama: the good news is we have been more aggressive than previous administrations when it comes to bringing in enforcement actions. this is an area where even the steelworkers, as much as they may object to tpp may acknowledge, we have done a lot. our trade promotion authority that just passed the house and the senate, that i'm getting prepared to sign, that will give us additional tools for enforcement. more resources, more personnel.
it allows us to take more aggressive actions. you are going to see firm, tough enforcement of our existing trade laws. what is important is that we do not get confused by thinking that we should close off trade as an enforcement tool, because that is not possible. what is possible is making sure that everyone is playing on a level playing field and people are operating fairly. i do not think it is a secret that china in the past has not always operate fairly. they are now in a process where they are trying to transition their economic model. they recognize they cannot forever sustain an export driven
growth model, but it will take some time and it is tempting for them to solve short-term problems by just dumping a bunch of state subsidized goods into the u.s. market. we have been very clear with them about the fact that that will not work and we will put in place tools to make sure it does not work. this is similar to the issue of currency manipulation. there has been manipulation by the chinese. the interventions to prop up their currency rather than to devalue it, because a lot of people have been nervous about the chinese economy. we said to them, you have got to have an orderly, market-based currency system not designed to advantage your company over ours. we are consistently pushing them
hard on that and we have got new tools to make progress on that thanks to the bill that was just passed. governor hogan. governor hogan: thank you, mr. president. as your neighbor in maryland, thank you for the hospitality and on a personal note, i want to thank you for reaching out what i was going through my cancer treatment. it meant a lot to me. we had a terrific meeting on saturday. i unfortunately, was not in attendance because we had a funeral for one of our fallen law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. the governor from west virginia did a terrific job in the meeting. there was a lot of trivia discussion that came out of that it a lot of agreement between the governors, a lot of bipartisan corporation and people focused on a number of important issues. one of them was regulatory or, something we are doing in
maryland, and finding a lot of i partisan support. i think the democratic and republican governors believe this is important to help us grow businesses, and grow jobs. i believe it is something you feel is important. last year, you talked about that as well. my question for you is, would you be willing to commit to have the administration to work with the rga with a task wars taking a look at this regulatory review at the federal, state, and local level. president obama: you said rj and i think you meant -- [laughter] you just cut out your democratic brethren here. but just a quick word about regulation. this reiterates something i said in the past. there is regulation we have put forward that some of you do not like.
more commonly, there are regulations that we are obliged to enforce. they did not pop out of your heads but we have to enforce them and you do not like them. there are regulations i do not like that i think are usually inefficient or are well intended but proves not to work well. or, just the economy is changed. my favorite example was there were a bunch of rules around rail or trucks where they did not account for the fact that there is gps now. and so what i have done is assigned my and omb to work not only to scrub new regulations we may be proposing but to look
back and see what are the old ones on the books that do not make sense anymore. the good news is we have made progress. we do not get a lot of credit for that because it is sort of the dog that does not bark. if we get rid of wasteful regulations, we do not get a lot of applause for it. but we have eliminated tons of paperwork. we have eliminated tons of forms that have to be filled out and streamlined a lot and we are interested in doing more. this is an area during the next year where we have got room to do more because we do not need congress on a lot of this stuff to do it. i am in favor of the nga, give us a list of those regulatory actions or constraints that you find most troublesome and most frustrating, and i cannot
guarantee you we will be able to eliminate all of those regulations. some of those may be statutory and we have got no choice even though we agree. some of them, we may just not agree with you. there are going to be some environmental regulations where some governors think this is inconvenient, it is impeding development, and we will say well, you know, this is protecting children's health, for example. so there will be areas of disagreement. my suspicion is there will be areas where we welcome your advice and we will do everything we can to strike some of these ineffective regulations off the books before we get out. i am eager to work with you on this. if any of you doubt the claim that we have eliminated a bunch of regulations, we can give you
a manual. shaun donovan knows because i charged him with this and prior to that, silvio, before she was the secretary, they have all worked on this and they know how important i think this is. i do not believe in regulation for regulation's sake, contrary to rumor. the idea that somehow, i get a kick out of big government, it is just not the case. the truth of the matter is, if something is working without us getting involved, we have more than enough to do without getting involved. we really do. it is not like i wake up every morning thinking, how can i add more work for me? [laughter] i do not think that way. if there is something we can stop doing, or do smarter and do better, we are happy to do it. a lot of times when folks say this is a bad regulation that is
burdening government and not helping anybody, they are just looking at one side of the equation. when you subjected to a cost-benefit analysis, it is saving a lot of lives and keeping a lot of people out of hospitals. it is making a big difference but i should mention when i was coming up back in the 1980's, when i was a law student, cost-benefit analysis was considered a radical and conservative idea. this administration has been more vigorous and applying cost-benefit analysis than any prior administration, including the one that just proceeded. we have been stringent and tight and the numbers all check out when it comes to the cost and the benefits that we apply, even on some of the big regulations you hear about that you do not like, they are not issued unless
we think the benefits substantially outweigh the costs. we have the numbers to prove it. for those of you who think i am just a big government crazy liberal, you know, we crunch some numbers around here and we take it very seriously. >> imo is amazed to be in the sessions where you spend a lot of time with us and your next answer is more brilliant than the last. thank you so much. president obama: he is a democrat, isn't he? >> we spoke on friday about the opiate crisis. i want to ask you a question. i think we are probably united
in making real progress across america. folks, certainly you and your administration, help us fight the battle. as someone on the front lines of this pretty early, you know, i think much like your frustration with the gun challenge, where you are constantly consoling moms and dads and parents, we had at our health and welfare committee, chaired by governor baker, we heard from another mom who lost her son. someone there told me they had, in their state, a family lose their son and their daughter. i think what we are all trying to do, and frankly, the director of the fbi, loretta lynch is a huge partner with us in this, is blue criminal justice reform, start treating this as a disease and not a rhyme, get treatment out as fast as we can, so we stop losing lives unnecessarily.
those are three things i think we are all doing in some way. i mentioned friday if one of my challenges is you build out treatment particularly in rural america, we cannot get enough docs who are able to meet the demand of our waiting list. if we could get assistance, nurse practitioners to be able to prescribe recovery drugs, we would all be better off. they can now pass the stuff out and prescribe oxycontin. we do not let them prescribe the stuff that lets you get off the oxycontin. i want to get an update. our committee voted unanimously to adopt protocols on prescribing practices for oxycontin and other painkillers. i am curious. we can do that as governors. it takes time. it does not apply to all 50 states. when you look at the numbers on
this stuff, it is staggering. in 2010, we prescribed enough oxycontin to keep every day at the high for one month. in 2012, we prescribed enough oxycontin give a 250 million doses. give every american their own personal bottle. i am asking you if by rule or if putting pressure on the fda, you might consider a national approach which simply says, you know, for minor procedures, we will limit this to 10 pills and after that, you have got to come back for more. there is a direct correlation between the lives where losing, the kids are the biggest victims. i have got my agency of human services struggling to come up with enough foster kids as we put more and more kids into custody because their parents do horrible things to them when they are under the influence of stuff. we are losing 130 people a day.
imagine we were losing 130 people per day in america to terrorism. we have got to come up with a more rational prescription drugs. resistant to listening to politicians like us, talking about how many pills to prescribed. on a national level, it would help us get out of this tragic mess. president obama: i appreciate the work governor baker and the governor are doing on this. as you all know, i went down to west virginia and the stories you hear are heartbreaking. what was striking was the number of high-ranking elected officials in the state whose own families had been directly affected by this. so, there is strong bipartisan
support to address the issue. i would be remiss if i did not also say the good news is -- society is recognizing the importance of taking a public health approach as well as a criminalization approach when it comes to drug abuse generally. i think when it was isolated to certain minority communities, gel was a sufficient deterrent or approach and as it has affected a broader -- people start realizing this is a complicated problem. there has to be a law enforcement element but also -- i want to thank -- sylvia has
been on the front lines. she has seen her own community affected by this. loretta lynch has been hugely reactive thinking about how does the criminal element of this fit with the process. i want to recognize tom, one of your own as a former governor, outstanding in sharing our counsel. just two lisa go, tom convened a meeting in which we say, how do we get all hands on deck and all of the agencies to focus on this, and my hope is they start to share with you and your committee what it is we're looking at.
we will be seeing the same things. a couple of points i want to make quickly. number one, the most striking statistic, was that in 85% of rural counties in america, there is insufficient or no drug treatment or mental health treatment available. part of what happened here, you have got somebody who works on a farm, gets injured, and it takes them to ours and finally the pain gets so bad they had out there and they get to the doctor and do not necessarily have health insurance, depending on what state they are living in, just a small comment on the
affordable and medicaid expansion area but if they do not have health insurance, they drive out and the doctor says, you need an operation, you need rotator cuff surgery, you need this and that. and you say, can you just give me something to kill the pain. they get a bottle and they drive off and they get hooked on it. turns out it is a lot cheaper to refill the prescription with heroin on the street than it is to manage getting more of these pills. then folks are off to the races and what we have seen is those who are marketing heroin are now tracking where which communities are more vulnerable. what we have to do i think is to make a big push for additional treatment and mental health services in rural communities
generally, make a big push for public health and prevention in communities generally, and then have a very specific approach to working with the hospitals, the providers, so they are not overprescribing. it can be done at a national level, but most profitably done if we have bipartisan support for the governors so by the time it gets to the national level, there is consensus and not a lot of politics involved. i guess the reason i raise general issues of public health is if we go to doctors right now and say do not overprescribing, without providing some mechanisms for people in these communities to deal with the pain they have, for the issues they have, then we will not
solve the problem. the pain is real. the mental illness is real. in some cases, edition is already there. in some cases, these are underserved communities when it comes to doctors and nurses and practitioners. i agree with you that we should be pushing the doctors. it is true for the health-care system generally. advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants can do more than they currently are allowed to do. that could save the whole system money but could also prevent some of the overprescribing that is currently taking place. we're looking at a comprehensive approach. i suggest, have you already met with the governor's task force on this? we are all over this and i appreciate your interest.
this is an area where i can get agreement from bernie sanders and mitch mcconnell. that does not happen that often, but this one indicates the severity of the issue. >> as a non-democrat, i cannot be quite as gratuitous, but i appreciate the generosity of your time. something that affects each of us as governors, individually, is debt. it is crippling to some of us and less so to others. i am curious as to your thoughts on the debt of the nation and the lack of any political discourse on either side of the aisle in any of the debates on the issue. on this issue. and what in the next 10 months,
your administration can do to draw attention to this, to address it, to start to change the course of direction that is currently underway. besident obama: we will releasing the budget so that will be a significant topic of discussion. maybe i will just break it out to the component parts. obviously, the federal government unlike state governments, does not have in the constitution that at the end of each year it has to balance the budget. i know there are those in this the that would be for federal government having a balanced budget amendment. i would not be one of those because in modern economic history, what is clear is that there has to be some flexibility for the federal government, the sovereign nation to issue debt recession, deal with
national emergencies, and so on. what is also true is the way the federal government keeps the books is different than an ordinary business. a lot of people will use a family or a business as an example but to take one instance, the federal government does not have a separate accounting for capital expenditures. ,hich, you will then appreciate so you have a hold another way of doing bookkeeping. there you go. that happens to me all of the time. [laughter] not exactlyogy is the same as the federal government versus state governments or businesses or families. that, the goodd news is that since i came into
office, we have reduced the deficit i two thirds. that is a combination of the recovery which brought in more tax revenue, raising taxes on the top 2% which everyone claimed would be a jobs killer but we now have 14 million jobs created over the last six years. and, we have made some cuts in spending. a twol of that has led to thirds reduction and that, our budget will reflect that we will sustain in the next decade. the real problem that we have when it comes to debt is very simple. that our population is getting older, and we used a lot of health care and health care less frankly for
then most other advanced nations. partly because we do a lot of emergency room care, some of that is because we overprescribed, we over test, some of it is that we drive innovation and technology and people always want the best stuff but that costs money. some of it is because of the accident of how our health care system evolved means we have private sector involvement and they have to make a profit and they have overhead and so on. bunch of reasons but essentially we spent about his present-8% more than our -- 6%-8% more than our peers in health care. that difference is our debt. , since ihe reason why came into office, i was
interested in reforming health care. it was not just the compassion i felt for people personally being getting sick and losing their homes or not being able to care for their kids or having to go to the emergency room for routine issues that should have been dealt with by a primary care physician, it also had to do with the fact that this system is hugely inefficient and if we do not make it more efficient, we will not solve our debt problems. what you will see reflected in the budget i will present is that we have a blast what we are adding to it each year in terms of discretionary spending, taxes, revenue, income -- but what we are going to have to tackle, long-term, is health-care spending. that, thendo not do we can cut food stamps and we
and we can programs cut education programs and head start -- you can cut out every single discretionary program that democrats support and a lot of republican governor support but sometimes members of congress say our ways or big government. you can get rid of all of that discretionary spending, it will not matter, because the big ticket item is medicare, medicaid and in the private sector, that is where the inflation is its on the health court -- health care side. my hope is that we get into a serious conversation, maybe it will have to happen once i am gone because the affordable care act and the debate around health care has gotten so politicized, a toxic that we cannot have sensible conversation about it despite the fact that i implemented a measure that was
passed by a republican governor but that is a whole other question. we have embraced cost saving measures that used to be championed by republicans and now suddenly -- this is some obama scheme or plot that maybe once i am gone, we can go back and have a sensible conversation between republicans and democrats on how we should -- how we should incentivize greater efficiencies, better outcomes, higher-quality for lower cost in our health care system. if we do that, that will make the biggest difference. the single biggest thing we were able to do to bring down any additions to the dead hummus since i have been in office, was over the last 3-4 years we have cap health care inflation the slowest it has been since the affordable care act has passed. the medicare trust fund, we
billion --over $100 i think $160 billion and making healthby care more efficient. by the way, people got just as good or better care. this was not done through rationing or us cutting people out of the program, it had to do with better delivery. that is part of the reason why i think medicaid expansion where it has been implemented is smart, it is going to prevent you from having bigger problems down the road that your states will have to pay for. i don't expect any of you to agree with the right now but if you just look at where it has effectively,ted, it will save you money over the long term. it has been done really well in kentucky but that is a hold another question. i have time for one more
question or maybe two. o.will make it tw >> on a topic i know is of significant importance to you, looking at most of our conversations, they are almost always about policies. i have one significant thought about your convening power which i have seen play out incredibly well when it comes to health care issues and college access issues. most important predictors regarding whether the 97% of people in our prisons, when they come out whether the they will be on a decent path as if they can get a decent job. there is a lot of great work going on around the country, both democratic and republican governors feel strongly and it is a bipartisan issue. in addition to the great policy work being done, one of the most important things i think is getting employers to the table.
this is an issue i was speaking to valerie about last night, i was invited a couple of weeks speak iew orleans to the koch brothers. i was excited to be invited by the koch brothers to speak. i really do think there is an invite -- an opportunity to get employers across the country to the table to recognize the importance of this issue. the fact that a lot of these folks can do a good job. needle on the the policy work and also to get employers to take a chance on some folks, a lot of them are really low risk exit offenders. we can keep them out of prison and keep them achieving. country no way we as a or a community can be successful when we have so many able-bodied people who are staying on the fringes.
we have a lot of populations in that category but the exoffender s are a big community. president obama: let me complement a number of governors who initiated their own reforms at the state level. part of the reason we have do crimee that we can low,er, keep crime rates term sentences for nonviolent offenders is because there are a lot of states that already showed the way including some very conservative states. texas did some really smart stuff. it has worked. of you to takel atook at what has been done the state level as well as some of the data and were words that we are generating as we push for federal criminal justice reform. to your specific point, i was up
in newark, to highlight best practices. was a federal judge their, a relatively young woman, a district court judge who had partnered with the local community, the u.s. attorney there, they had gotten a little bit of money out of a tiny little program we are trying to ask and within the justice department. make reentry work. there was a young man who was hade who is 37 years old, spent 10 years in prison. had gotten in trouble before that and then finally got nabbed for a serious though nonviolent drug offense. went to jail for 10 years. he described what it was like.
he had decided he would turn his life around. lying on hisnd buy resume he got a job at the burger king. he is dropped off in the same neighborhood that produced him this trouble.to he is standing there, a 30-year-old man wearing a jack-in-the-box outfit and his old gang friends are coming up and saying -- man, you are wearing the same shoes you went into jail with. are you sure you want to keep doing this for minimum wage. he described the temptations that were involved. he did not have permanent housing. he did not have money for a car. he did not have new clothing. a did not know how to write resume but he wanted to do the right thing. this program, the federal judge dug into her own pocket, the
probation officers were a great humane group,ly helped him get into a community college, helped him to become an ent. a the time i met him, he is 37-year-old man working for the state as an emt. paying taxes, mentoring younger people. the amount of money that was spent to save this young man was a fraction of what it had cost to incarcerate him. the likelihood of recidivism has dropped us a bit of sleep as a consequence -- has dropped significantly as a consequence of his efforts. we can be very smart of the -- smart about this and i am proud there has been bipartisan support around this. is a convergence of
liberals, conservatives, and evangelicals -- libertarians the growth oft prison populations, the fiscal conservatives who are concerned about how it is all coming together. the last point that will make is the role of employers. at the same roundtable, this young man who had a family business for years and for years, they hired --very quietly. it was meat wholeasale. they would hire guys in. this kid who is now running the company, this young man who inherited the company, there would always be big guys around that he would just took for granted. it turned out his that hire them.
he described how important was to understand the mentality of somebody who has never had an opportunity to work for in a regular setting. the employer like has to understand they may not smile right off the that because where they have just come from, the smile, you don't know what might happen to you. the result adjustment process in terms of letting your guard down. the employer how has to make an investment and say, look, you need the right kind of shoes and you need the right, you know, clothing for the poor. we will take this out of your check, but if you hear for six months, we will pay for it. all of the steps that are taken. when an employer ends up being committed like that, what they discover is they will not have a
more loyal employee will go at for them because they have been given a second chance. that is giving a critical mass of employers that are willing to give that second chance. vastly part bull process. last question. go ahead. my host for my outstanding -- for those of you that have not gone to alaska, i shortly recommend you go because it has been worth it. i did go during the summer. under no what it is like during the winter. >> i want to quickly thank you and your administration for what you have done in alaska. i have been governor for one year. i metcabinet member here, so many times, some more than we or two, secretary moniz, had lunch last week in osterville. mr. president, alaska was
excited about your unprecedented trip. we get a lot of visits from people refueling. you did not refuel, but you stayed and came back. what you did with real alaska, we have never seen before. you have brought hope and excitement. i have to say i am nonpartisan -- i can do this. i really am a nonpartisan governor. i don't have to worry about picking sides. i willtion is -- continue to work for your administration because the door is always open. we don't always agree. we have a problem come i am inherited a somewhat situation. there is a deficit that is huge. for million-dollar deficit. we have problems. the pipeline is empty and i need to fill it up. a lot of oil is out there and we will get safely and thank you for your position. we need to put oil on the pipeline and put access the 1% of our national parks to do that.
and will continue to work with you administration on methane extraction. i accepted it even hourly -- unilaterally. 10,000 more people have health care. one law firm has more were because they have sued me as a result, that is ok. thank you so much for what you have done. president obama: i appreciate that. i mean when i said. in alaska.aordinary it is -- it feels your soul. expanse, the, the sheer scale of everything is remarkable and the people could not have been more gracious. and wonderful. this goes back to the issue we talked about earlier in terms of energy., we have encouraged exploration in some areas. there are some areas that are real simple. one of the ironies when i grew up in alaska -- i mean this
sincerely -- it shows you that everybody can be two minded about this. i've had people say in the same beauty-- protect this and scenic areas. make sure nobody is polluting it and then, by the way, you know, let's go do some oil drilling at present time. our goal has been to balance those equities and to make sure that economic development stays in alaska and folks are being well served. but we are preserving the very thing that makes that place so unique and people care about it so deeply. i appreciate what you said. we are always going to work. we will put our cards on the table. my instructions to my cabinet listen.
if you can find a way to make something work, make it work. if you cannot, at least explain why it is you cannot. make sure it is not because that is how we have always done things. i don't care how we have always done in the past -- we can do it smarter this time, do it. as a consequence, we have made significant progress on a number of issues. we can make even more over the next year. will be the last meeting i'm addressing all of you, i want to thank all of you for your service. part of the reason why we invited the cameras here -- usually when i have q&a with restrict thery to -- theo that people feel don't feel like if you ask question that they have to be guarded about it. the truth is after some years interacting with you, every time conversations, it
was useful. i thought would be useful for the american people to see that the folks in charge are not always posturing, they try to get work done. you guys are good model of that. my hope is that seeps into the broader political debates and conversations we have. the benefit of being the chief executive, the governor, you can make as many arguments as you want but if it does not work, people will notice. all of you have taken that to parts. we appreciate your sacrifice, your family sacrifice and we look forward to making a continued progress in the months to come. those of you that are not term limited, good luck. [laughter] [applause]
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the south carolina democratic primary is this saturday. aesday, hillary clinton holds for him on gun violence and policing practices in columbia, south carolina. you can see it live at 6 p.m. eastern on c-span3. ♪ the campaignome of 2016 bus made a stop at mount michael academy in new york city. over 100 students toured the bus, including the road to the white house coverage. over 1100 students in grades six through 12 attended the all go in the bronx. a special thanks to lisa bennett for coordinating the event. next, marco rubio campaigns in north las vegas ahead of tuesday's nevada republican caucuses. he is joined by former new kids on the block member donnie wahlberg and one of the history
channels opawn stars. this is just over an hour. >> we have a lot of people supporting marco rubio. we have a lot of grassroots supports and political leaders and we have some great celebrities. who here has ever heard of pawn stars? [applause] it is filmed in las vegas. i was introduced you to somebody that has been with senator rubio since the very beginning. he dedicates his time all over the country, representing and advocating percentage of rubio. is one of las vegas's favorite sons. ladies and gentlemen, rick arison. collects thank you. y.thank you for
i'm supporting him before he announced even though i knew he would peer this is why. my followed was a high school dropout. he joined the navy when he was 17. had inwas born, my dad his backyard. when i was eight years old in san diego, one night, i was laying in bed and suddenly the world flipped on parents -- upside down. and then i woke up sometime later and i took a walk. blood was coming out of my mouth. a seizure. when i have these as a kid, -- i that i of these so bad cannot walk for days. i would rip the muscles in my back and my legs. i learned to read and i did what i could. me,om, dad, grandma, told
you know why, it is not matter. you can do anything you want. in the end, you can get it done. i finished the ninth grade. i was too sick and high school to finish. -- in high school to finish. i was determined to do what i would do. i lived the american dream. i have six beatable kids and a great business. i have a television show. kids and a great business. i have a television show. i employ over 300 people. i like making money and giving people jobs. dreamy live the american but i'm afraid my kids will not do that because hillary and sanders believe that i'm a bad guy. they truly believe i am a bad guy because i make money. but, i do not live in extravagant life.
when i make money, i make jobs. currently they think jobs and is sky and fall from the everyone will work for the government and everyone will be great. marco rubio is a guy whose parents live the american dream and he is living the american dream. i think sky and everyone will work for the trump will do one million times better than the attorneys of -- of alternative -- alternative but from never heard the words growing up, no son, we cannot afford that. [laughter] marco has. marco believes it is a great thing with your son is a welder or a plumber. my son is a plumber and he is a hell of a plumber. [applause] this is why i want marco. not only that, i sat down with one million politicians and when you get them alone it is light, where's the money. a year ago before i decided to endorse them, i sat down for him
for an hour and a half and not once did he the party or the money. he just talked about the american people. he just was to see the dream for everybody. that is why i support him. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, rick harrison. [applause] these are two of my great daughters. i have six kids. >> we love them. thank you. ladies and gentlemen, i said that we got lots of great supporters for senator rubio, a grassroots, the voters, the nevadans who love him. let me introduce someone who is well known who has been with senator rubio for a very long time. he is a friend of all of ours who example vice conservative values. if you watch fox news, you are
likely to see him. he is a congressman and a friend and a great supporter of senator rubio. carson jason chaffetz from utah. and his wife julie. -- congressman jason chaffetz from utah. and his wife julie. >> it is an honor and privilege to be here with my wife. we do not always get to do that. today guest account as date night. [applause] i hope you are ok with that. this night is a little different than the others because tomorrow we are going to do something that i'm just so honored. tomorrow, we sell red out 25th wedding anniversary. -- celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. [applause] i told her, julie, after 25 elco. i'm taking you to
[laughter] that is how much she loves me. we are so looking forward to going. i have to say that i'm very blessed. i first met julie and i did not have much of a dime to my life. andought her on the stage buyht a coupon -- i had a one get one free frozen yogurt and it worked. we went all the way through this and we are very blessed with three children. we have a son and two daughters. i get a little emotional when i talk about it because they are the thrill of our lives. asgo through that experience you have a inevitably gone through, julie has been by my side every step of the way. i lost a mother to cancer. i lost a father to cancer.
we have gone through some difficult times. we've had amazing highs as well. as you go through that and life, you look at those expenses and try to figure out, where do i go with my life? what will happen next? i remember the optimism in my life and the excitement i had growing up. i was very blessed with my family. i would tell a quick story. the next person i will introduce , you are really going to be surprised and you will love it. i want to tell you this personal story first. up in mys growing life, one of the things -- keep talking he just said. one of the things that happen in my life is every morning when i woke up, my dad would make us breakfast. my mom would make the lunch and dinner. and i had inup front of me a newspaper.
comics anduld be the then it turned into the sports page and then after the sports page it was the whole paper. until i was about 13 years old or so, we were going through the process and it was summertime. i grew up in california and arizona. i was in arizona at the time. i that put in front of me not the whole paper but the want ads. i said, wait a second. it is summer. where's the rest of the paper? he said you are going to get a job. no, no, no. that is not me. i play soccer. that is what i do. he said i was going to get a job. i said, how do i get a job? he said you will figure it out. see those telephone numbers, you call those numbers and said he wanted job. so i found one and i loved it. it is somewhat like las vegas. this is arizona. i found this job i got you done by noon and i thought, that is
the one i want. it startedi realize at 3:45 in the morning that you pick you up. i was going to pick weeds and and wear jeans. you know how hot it is in the summer. i was going through that and then i realized i'm a white color guy. that is what i realized. collar die. i said i need to look -- guy. i said i need a different job. a differentall number. no. went on and i thought, i need a new job. i looked in the newspaper again and i found one at the general cinema corporation. i got a nice navy blue blazer, a short sleeve and a bow tie. i ripped tickets and get all the things.
and you know what, it taught me the value of work. it taught me the value of a dollar. it taught me that, you know what, you have to earn your keep. i started to realize -- [applause] i've taken that attitude and that approach and it has been a thrill. our special guest is here that the quick story about this guy. when julie and i were dating, one time, part of one of my slick moves, i went to a new kids on the block concert and i got to kiss julie that night. so i have a lot of thanks for our very next guess -- guest. another performer for marco rubio, who will be the next president of the united states, welcome johnny walberg. >> thank you. [applause] >> so glad you are here. did you learn any moves at that
concert? speaking of new kids on the block, hello nevada. [applause] awesome.retty freaking i'm truly honored to be here. team thatd the rubio i was getting on board and would i want margo, -- marco, to sleep last night and i woke up this morning and i guess they announced it in my phone was going crazy. and they looking at it were so many puns and jokes referring to new kids on the block. new kid on the gop block. there was donny thanks marco has the right stuff. one of my favorites was marco, mark, and the funky bunch. quite surprising. [laughter]
another one was walberg are -- walberger offers up sizzling endorsement of rubio. will be opening up on the strip very soon. we hope to bring a lot of jobs here to nevada. i want to say that i'm really honored to be here and i'm very proud to throw my support behind micro rubio -- marco rubio. i will be honest, i have never voted for a republican presidential candidate. that is until this year thanks to marco rubio. [applause] i'm going to tell you that i felt very compelled to throw my support behind him. this is a very crucial time in our country.
this is a very crucial election. i have to say that marco and i do not see eye to eye on every issue being that i have not always voted republican but i will say that i would much rather have a republican tell me something that i don't want to then tom to kyle -- have another democrat tummy every signal thing i want to hear just to get my vote. [applause] we can't get by on promises anymore. we need action and marco is a man of action. i heard someone say that he is not quite experienced enough. judging by the debates, the point cs shown and the character he hasshown, -- poise shown and the character he has shown, everything he shows so that he is more prepared than
anyone else in the field by a mile. the great positions marco has and the great points he has made, there are two poignant moments that stand out that made my choice crystal creek. -- crystal clear. the first was after the new hampshire primary when marco stood on stage after the lowest point of his campaign and looked at the thousands of supporters and said this is on me. the humility and accountability on that night is something that is so lacking from all the other candidates in this race. [applause] those are qualities that we desperately need in a president. the second moment was of course, last night after the south carolina primary. the stagego on standing side-by-side with nikki haley and tim scott, a latino candidate for president standing an indian american and an
african-american really working together, genuinely committed to create a new movement. you can see the movement starting last night. you could feel the energy starting. it is a movement that is inclusive. it is a movement that is diverse and it is a movement that is compassionate. three words that have not always been associated with this party for a long time. said, marco has often said that he is the only candidate who can unite this party and the only candidate who can grow this party. well, tonight i stand here as living proof to those words because the party is growing. it is growing with me and it is growing with all of you. i promise you that with your support and your energy, the other candidates will hear marco coming. donald trump hears him coming. the field is narrowing down.
[applause] i can tell you that the three front runners donald trump, bernie sanders and hillary clinton do not want to face marco rubio one-on-one. [applause] him do not want to face one-on-one. it is up to you to continue to support him and whittle down the field. marco rubio is the man that will be the next president of the united states with your support. mr. hutchison: donnie wahlberg, everybody. all right. let the to do some quick information before we get to what we are talking about. just a couple more things. we are all here tonight to support senator rubio and making the next president of the united states.
it is important to remember that this is not like any other election. you can't just go to your normal election site. you have to find out where your caucus site is. you don't just go to where you went before, you have to find where your caucus site is. caucus.marcorubio.com. 5:00 and 8:00 in clark county. all this means nothing if you do not go out and caucus. find your caucus site and go out and caucus for senator marco onio either at 5:00 p.m. tuesday night, it if you can volunteer please volunteer. we have a packed house at our offices. we need more people.
i want to introduce a good friend of a senator rubio, a good friend of nevada. hardy from cresent district four. [applause] mr: hardy: thank you. thank you for the opportunity to stand in front of you and say i endorse senator marco rubio. [applause] agohardy: a few days hillary clinton made a disparaging content -- comments that nevada was not important because it is 80% white. nevada has one of the greatest diversities of anywhere in the united states. this is why we are first in the west. nevada and this district is my
district, and it is a privilege to serve. i know the senator will serve, without any deck in my mind -- without any doubt in my mind, death that diversity is what has made nevada what it is today. those folks who live and work in my district note what is like to live paycheck to paycheck. it has been a tough time in this country into this district, and i think marco will help bring the economy back and strengthen the country must strengthen the military. i like to say that the reason i have taken so long as we are now threeoint where we have major candidates. i think marco is the right person for me, the right person for this state, any right person for this country. folks, i really appreciate his