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suffering from autism. titled "autism is a journey, not a sentence." leah phillips: 1% of the world population suffers from autism spectrum disorder. justin nguyen: that means 5 million americans suffer from autism. leah phillips: the prevalence has been increasing by 6% each year since 2002. justin nguyen: with the rise in the diagnosis, questions arise. the first being what is autism, , and how does it affect such a large segment? leah phillips: we interviewed a doctor from the brain tumor sector to find out. >> by the clinical definition, it is a developmental disturbance that children at a certain age could not meet certain milestones, so that they will have a problem of communication, withdrawal from social activity, and also symptoms, a collection of symptoms.
assuming i am autistic, when i look at you, i feel horrible, not because you are bad. in my mind, i see everything overload. they are not just problems in communication but they feel horrible, horrible pain. united states, we are one out of 58, if you thought of a trajectory of statistical change, it will probably affect every family in the next 10 years. after this point, i would say there is no treatment for autism. leah phillips: in addition to this, charitable organizations have been set up to provide information and help for families affected by autism. these are based on federal and state dollars to function. the orange county private organization by the state of california to help with these developmental disabilities. >> california has made it substantial financial commitment. there are 300,000 people that we serve and about $5.3 billion, of
which nearly $2.2 billion or $2.3 billion is federal. if state dollars were taken away, we are not even funding half. it would be less than half of what we are doing right now for our people. we would be in a similar situation with the rest of the state. some states have waiting lists as long as 14 years. california made a commitment in 1969 that they were going to serve people with developmental disability. it was huge because that meant california tax dollars are going to be used for this, where the challenge is happening in all these vendors, these programs that provide services have not had an increase since 2002, 2003.
we do have vendors going out of business because they can't operate -- hardly anybody can operate on what you are making in 2003 in 2016. that needs to be repaired for this system could be on somewhat of a collapse. the fact is they are all right. there is not enough money being placed on the various possible causes of autism. there is not enough study. our government does not collect statistics as well as perhaps some day soon we will, so that in fact we can find out what the true number is, crosscheck every aspect of how that number, which is a human being, came to be afflicted. leah phillips: organizations attempt to help these families that have a daunting challenge. we spoke to lisa ackerman to get a clear effect on the family when they have autism.
>> when my son was up 22 hours a day for so many years, he slept only two hours a day. it made it difficult to function and difficult to hold a job, difficult to remain married and have other children. the cost of autism is very difficult for families because on average they spent out-of-pocket every year from year one $60,000 per year. that is equivalent to send your kid to college in some cases until you are no longer able to pay. it can be a huge burden on families. for a lot of families, an autism diagnosis, they know something is wrong. they just don't have it and name for it. so it is comforting to have a name or what we are addressing. for me, when i look at him, it gives it a label but also service and action. leah phillips: many families depend on federal dollars to
offset treatment cost. for many families, having a child with autism is a rewarding experience. though most families are afraid to be interviewed for possible stigmatization. wasman, joseph hummel, willing. >> being a parent of an autistic child is great. it actually teaches us patience and the ability to slow ourselves down in our world and connect to our child's own world. if i could as presidential candidates question, it would be based on the numbers of kids that are being diagnosed with autism in the years to come, 10, 20 years when mothers and fathers are no longer around, how are we addressing the issue to have them contribute to society? how are they going to be a part of that? what our families going to do
when that time comes? we have to teach our children to be able to function without sus, and the higher diagnosis levels we have now, more and more people are being diagnosed with autism, how are they going to contribute to society and keep the country going? >> we have autism at an academic -- epidemic rate. we are dealing with less funding and we happen in -- and we have a huge influx of children. i think they are overwhelmed with the responsivity in the number of cases of autism. the support services is just not there. inwhat i would like to see the presidential candidates just acknowledge this challenge and make sure that it is everybody is aware, and states are following through with making sure that families get the support that they need related to autism and any other developmental disability for that matter.
>> to watch all of the prize-winning documentaries in this year's student cam documentaries, visit -- senator ted cruz campaigned in wisconsin monday ahead of that state primary. former presidential candidates carly fiorina and wisconsin governor scott walker gave introductory remarks. from the waukesha county exposition center, this is an hour and 15 minutes. [applause]
ms. fiorina: thank you for coming out to support ted cruz. i have been in wisconsin a week. i had a brief detour to north dakota. i love wisconsin. i have done the squeaky cheese curds thing. [laughter] honestly, snow? i was not prepared for that. i have come to appreciate this state and the people of wisconsin so much, not just because you stood with your brave governor and got real reform done and showed the rest of the country what real activism and conservatism is all about, but because it has just been a delight to be here all week. i so appreciate your governor, who i have had the opportunity to travel around on the cruise bus with the last several days. i so appreciate your state senator, and i have to tell you, i so appreciate charlie sykes.
[applause] he did his job. and vicki mckenna did her job. [applause] they did their job. i think that charlie is absolutely right in what he said to you a couple of moments ago. the people of wisconsin have an incredible opportunity to show the rest of the nation how it is done, to show the rest of the nation what real conservative activists know about the state of this nation and who is the leader who can bring our nation to a better place. i want you to send a really loud and strong message tomorrow. if you needed any more motivation to do that, i want to tell you about something i read in the newspaper this morning.
here is a test. where do you think more expensive wine is consumed than anywhere else in the nation? you got it, sir. washington d c. i was a chief executive in silicon valley for many years and silicon valley, there are all these tech founders, billionaires. silicon valley has been for a long time the wealthiest area in the united states. they are number two now. gets was number one? washington. you see, what has been going on, folks, you know this. the majority of americans know this. what has been going on for way too long is our government is getting more and more powerful, bigger and bigger, more incompetent, more corrupt. we have a system now where there is so much economic power concentrated in the hands of so few and so much political power concentrated in the hands of so few, that system works if you are a big company, but it does not work if you are a little company.
it works if you are powerful and wealthy and well-connected, but it does not work if you are just an american. the system is rigged, folks, and you figured it out. that is why that system has to be challenged in a serious way. let me tell you something about donald trump. i know people who have voted for donald trump, but i know people who think they are going to vote for donald trump. i like and respect those people. those people think they are voting for donald trump because they believe he will challenge the system, because they believe he is an outsider. donald trump isn't going to challenge the system. he is the system. [applause] he is the system. in fact, hillary clinton and donald trump are two sides of the same coin.
hillary clinton has made her millions. she has made her hundred million, to be exact, selling influence and access from inside the system and donald trump has made his billion's buying people like hillary clinton off. he isn't going to challenge the system, he isn't going to change the system. he will protect the system, preserve the system, take advantage of the system. it is what he has done all his life. it is not just important for you to vote tomorrow. it is important to talk to the people you work and worship with them when they say, i think i'm voting for trump, tell them. the system is not working anymore for us. the system is rigged. that is not the guide was going to challenge the system. the guy who will challenge the system is a real constitutional conservative. [applause]
you know, in college, i'm traveling around with all these brilliant lawyers, ted cruz, harvard law, mike lee. i was a history of philosophy major in college. here's the thing i know from studying history and philosophy. here's the thing our founders knew. human nature does not change that much. circumstances change, but human nature does not. people everywhere, regardless of their circumstances, are looking to live a life of dignity and meaning. it is true that when you concentrate too much power in the hands of too fuel, that power is always abused. our constitution was written to put forward what was, at the time, a radical ideal, actually.
it is a visionary idea. it was a radical idea that said each individual life is gifted by god and filled with possibility. individuals have rights, inalienable rights, to find and use their god-given gifts. their fathers talk about it as the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. those rights come from god and cannot be taken away by manner government. [applause] but the flipside of our constitution is if you read it carefully, as i know you have, the constitution bars against the concentration of power. it is why a constitutional conservative is so important in the white house because a constitutional conservative knows that unless and until we disperse money and power outside of washington dc and restore it to the citizens of this nation,
the communities of this nation, the states of this nation, we will never fix what ails us. [applause] i have had the great privilege of living, traveling, working all over the world for decades. i have done business work, i have done charitable work, i've done policy work. i can say to you with absolute certainty that it is only in this nation that a young woman can start the way i did, typing, filing, answering the phones for a nine person real estate firm in the middle of a deep recession, go on one day to become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world and run for the presidency of the united states.
that is only possible in this nation. [applause] and yet we have come to a point in our nation's history where too many americans feel as if those possibilities are no longer real for them. we have record numbers of men who were not working. we have record numbers of women living in poverty, young people who don't know that the american dream applies to them. i ran for office because i know to restore possibilities to every american, regardless of their circumstances, will require a constitutional conservative and someone who has the courage to challenge the status quo in the system. [applause] do you know how i got here? i will tell you how. after i suspended my campaign, there was no path for me forward.
the duty of someone who is a good conservative is get behind someone with a good path. kasich, get the memo. [laughter] i got here because before i ever had a conversation with ted cruz about endorsing him, i had to go vote in my home state of virginia. my husband and i went to the voting booth and my husband frank and i have been together for almost 35 years. as we are walking into the voting booth -- [applause] he says to me, honey, i am voting for you. you know, because he is my husband and he loves me. i get in the voting booth and i see that presidential ballot and i see my name on the ballot. that was kind of a thrill. i have to tell you the truth. i kind of paused. i thought about my supporters and thought the stakes are too high. i ran because we need a constitutional conservative. i ran because we need someone who will challenge the system.
i checked the box for ted cruz. [applause] not only did i have a conversation with him endorsement, this is not some deal. this is about what is right for the nation. we know he is a constitutional conservative. how do we know that? he fought for the constitution over and over again in front of the supreme court and he has won over and over again. whether it was our right to religious liberty or right to say one nation under god, he has fought and won. [applause] dr. ben carson, a man i have known many years, said something interesting when he endorsed donald trump. he said, you know, he is a different man private than in public.
i want to tell you, that worries me a lot. you know why? because most of the decisions that a president is going to make that are important are going to be made in private. we are not going to be there. we had better know the values and principles that guide their decision-making. we know what will guide ted cruz's decision-making. i know with absolute confidence that when the supreme court hangs in the balance, ted cruz is not going to go make a deal with the democrats. ted cruz is going to nominate a solid constitutional conservative. [applause] here is something else i know. people have said, well, ted cruz has made some enemies. let me tell you something.
the only way you get from secretary to ceo is to challenge the system. i have done that all my life. and when you challenge the system, when you challenge the status quo and the powers that be, guess what? you do more than ruffle feathers. you do more than rock the boat. you do more than break glass. you make some enemies. i am proud of the enemies that ted cruz has made because they are a demonstration to me that he is a fearless fighter, that he will fight for us, and he will indeed challenge the system. [applause] people of waukesha, people of wisconsin, tomorrow you have an opportunity to lead the nation. you have an opportunity to stand up and say no. as republicans, as conservatives, we know we need a principled, conservative, fearless fighter to be our nominee to go on and beat hillary clinton in november, so
i want you to show the rest of the nation how it is done and you elect ted cruz tomorrow. thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. god bless you. [applause] >> our next speaker needs no introduction, but i will give him one anyway. he is one of the main reasons donald trump is going to lose wisconsin tomorrow. back in 2010, no state switched more decisively from blue to red then wisconsin. when governor scott walker was elected back in 2010, people wondered would he be able to make a difference? this is part of the thing that is distinctive about wisconsin politics. we have political leaders who run for office because they want to do something rather than
simply be something. whether we are talking about u.s. senator ron johnson or speaker paul ryan or an ex-speaker, these are the people that get into office to make changes. i learned something from governor walker. some of you might remember what we went through here in wisconsin. remember when we had elections every six weeks in waukesha? it took a while to count the votes occasionally. remember all that? you remember the fight over acta 10? do you remember how intense things got? there was a time i suggested that scott walker be more like chris christie. i regret that now. [laughter] i said, you know, you need to get in people's faces. you need to be more aggressive. scott explained that is not the wisconsin way. we don't do that. we behave with civility and decency. you were here and watched how the tide turned in that fight. we have seen thuggish politics.
we have seen attacks on conservative values. generally, we do not see it from republican presidential candidates, but we have seen it before and we see how it turns out. our next speaker is one of the most effective, courageous, creative political leaders in this country and you all in this room, and this is what we all share in common here, because we have been through this, we have all been through this. we crawled through glass, we walked through fire, and we tried to recall governor walker. you mobilized and you fought back and you fought back again. they threw everything they had at governor scott walker and he was on intimidated. this last week when donald trump decided he was going to attack scott walker, i actually thought that that was weapons grade stupid.
[laughter] it signaled a couple of things. he doesn't know wisconsin, and boy, is he from out of town. everybody here in this room knows exactly the courage, the character, of this man. it is my pleasure to introduce to you the governor of the state of wisconsin, governor scott walker. [applause] gov. walker: good evening, waukesha county. great to see you. you ready for a big win, wisconsin? [applause] i did not hear you. are you ready for a big win, wisconsin? [applause] what a great crowd. thank you.
my wife and i and my son have had a great time going out with the cruz crew and with carly and our friend mike lee, making our way around the state of wisconsin. we have literally gone into church in the shadow of lambeau field. good omen in and of itself. we had a nice rally down the way not far from lambeau in green bay yesterday. we have been on the road with heidi throughout south-central wisconsin saturday. we were eating deep-fried cheese curds tonight. we were in eau claire, where it was a little warmer. today we had a nice town hall meeting in madison, a couple of blocks from the campus and at the capital, we did not have any protesters. i did not even know what city i was in with all that going on. we did a great town hall meeting with megyn kelly.
we went and got cheese curds. last night we had deep-fried cheese curds. today we had squeaky cheese curds at mars cheese castle. the funniest part is one of ted and heidi's daughters asked why the bus, when we look at the cheese castle, was not made of cheese. we were over at glorosios, and tonight, we are thrilled to show them not just the places, but the wonderful people of the state of wisconsin. we are good and decent and honorable people and we are here to tell people across america that we are going for someone tomorrow that we stand with, not against. we are going to make him the winner and make him the nominee of the party and that we are going to make him the president of the united states. [applause] charlie talked about it, but on
june 5 four years ago at this very spot, on june 5 2012, we, not i, we celebrated a victory not just for wisconsin, we sent a message all across america and on april 5 of 2016, we are not only going to celebrate a victory here in wisconsin, we are going to celebrate a victory for all of america as we turn the tide for a ted cruz presidency. [applause] so many of you here tonight know that victory for years ago was a victory not just for a campaign. when i say into office, i say we. it was all democrats before november 2010. state assembly, state senate, governor, lieutenant governor. you sent us to madison to make a difference. we did.
people from outside of the state did not like that very much. we were down a little bit in the polls. as the story got out and people saw the taxes were down for the first time in a long time, that they had the power to hire and fire based on marriage and faith-based performance and that schools were the same or better. [applause] when people saw that commonsense conservative principles work not just in theory, but they work in real life, we ended up winning that recall with more votes and a higher percentage of the vote then we won the election with the first time. [applause] today, no matter what anyone might say, democrat, liberal, someone else coming in from out of state, the reality is life is
better in wisconsin. our economy is better. last year we were in one of only 10 states of the country that had a lower employment rate last year than before the recession. we were only one of 10. we have more people working in this state than just about any time in our state's history, almost 69%. that is the sixth best in the entire country in percentages of people working. [applause] our budget balanced. wouldn't it be nice to have a balanced budget in washington? we have had a surplus every year we have been in office. we have a rainy day fund that is 165 times bigger than when we first took office. we have your property and your
income taxes since we first took office and for any of you students here, we froze tuition not once, not twice, not three times, but four years in a row. how about that for keeping student loan debt down? things are better. our schools have the second highest a ct scores in the country. why? because common sense conservative reforms worked. what we did in this state was take the power out of the hands of the big government special interest and put it firmly in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers, and when we did that the taxpayers responded over and over and over again. it is about time wisconsin shows the best of the country that we need leaders who are willing to stand, that the hard-working taxpayers deserve power back in our hands again. [applause]
that is why tonight i am proud to be here to tell you once again why i am endorsing and encouraging to support ted cruz to be the next president of the united states. three simple reasons. three simple reasons. ted is a constitutional conservative. right? the reason that matters, particularly here, is because what we have done in this state. he understands as our founders intended some 240 years ago that power should not be concentrated in washington. it should be in the states and more importantly, in the hands of the people so that you can be more effective, more efficient, and more accountable government. that is what you were going to get with ted cruz as the next president. secondly, we really understand this in wisconsin.
we need a president who is not afraid to take on the big government special interests. we have done it here. there is no reason it cannot be done in washington. a couple of years ago when ted cruz not only ran for the united states senate but he came to washington and did something amazing, something we expect here in this state but they don't often see in washington. he actually did what he said he was going to do. he not only took on the democrats and the liberals, at times he even took on members of his own party because they stood in the way of progress. we need a leader in washington who is not afraid to stick to their guns, do what they say, and take on the special interests. [applause] gov. walker: and third, third, as if those philosophical policy reasons aren't enough, not just for all of you here, but if you have neighbors and classmates who have not voted yet, you need to share this next message in
particular. it is a classical message on top of those others to vote for ted cruz. in the field remaining, there is only one candidate who can both win the nomination, that means get the 1237 delegates required to be the nominee to bring the party together and then go on to win the election in november against a real opponent, who is hillary clinton, the only one who can do that is ted cruz. [applause] [boos] walker: it is my honor to be on the campaign trail to thank you for your hard work, to thank you for putting up signs and making phone calls and going door to door. we need to do more between
tomorrow and the time the polls close. just as we did four years ago on june 5, we can show the nation what it means to affirm common sense conservative principles, someone who i knew before but i really enjoyed being out on this trip around the state. we are both preacher's kids. a little of that rubbed off as well. i'm nowhere he gets his influence. but, more important than that, we both grew up in the 80's. my hair was a little longer back then as well, but my kids pointed out i had a mullet. that aside, don't hold that against me. for people like ted and paul ryan and people like myself, we grew up in the 80's when ronald reagan wasn't just someone who was a political figure. for us in school, he was our president. he had a positive, common sense focus on how to take this country going forward, how they
get the government out of the back, to unleash the american people and to reignite the american promise and make our country safe again in the world. that is exactly what we are going to get with ted cruz as our next resident. president. ladies and gentlemen, let's give a warm welcome to the man we worked hard to make sure will win wisconsin tomorrow in a turning point to move this campaign in the right direction, someone who will unite the party in cleveland and who will go on to defeat hillary clinton to be the 45th president of the united states, ted cruz. [applause] ♪ [country music playing]
sen. cruz: god bless the great state of wisconsin. [applause] sen. cruz: i am thrilled to be here tonight with so many patriots, so many lovers of liberty. let me say to charlie sykes, thank you for your strong, passionate voice for freedom each and every day. [applause] sen. cruz: and by the way, if anyone has not listened to charlie's interview with donald trump, you need to listen to that interview. open -- [laughter] sen. cruz: holy cow. let me say to senator strobel, thank you for your strong leadership in helping win this state.
helping to lead our team in this great state. and, how about carly? [applause] isn't she extraordinary? she is passionate, she is dynamic. she is an incredible business leader who rose to become the ceo of the largest technology company in the world. i've got to tell you, carly terrifies hillary clinton. i can picture hillary thinking about carly, tossing and turning, tossing and turning in her jail cell.
[laughter] booing]e and cruz: you know, hillary sent out a fundraising e-mail today. she said, we may lose wisconsin. you know what, hillary? you are going to. in november. [applause] and let me say, god bless governor scott walker. [applause] sen. cruz: your governor is a rock star. [applause] sen. cruz: this man is a strong,
principled conservative who is fearless. let me tell you, texans -- chuck norris is a texan. chuck is a pretty tough guy. you know, a lot of kids, a lot of kids when they go to bed at night, they wear superman pajamas. well, superman wears chuck noris pajamas. and chuck noris wears scott , walker pajamas. [applause] sen. cruz: you know, it donald questionedtly whether your governor could ride a harley. i would encourage donald, come on down. i think scott would be happy to
give donald a ride, maybe give him a little sidecar that he could hold onto. you're right. it would mess up his hair. [laughter] sen. cruz: actually, i don't know that it would. it might be that 100 miles an hour, that might not move. [laughter] sen. cruz: you know, when governor walker stood up to the union bosses when he stood up in an epic battle, and it got nasty, it got ugly. threats,tacks, we saw we saw protests, we saw insults. millions of men and women across the state of wisconsin stood with scott walker. [applause]
cruz: and, his courage and your courage inspired millions across this country. it inspired me. that when we stand together as we, the people, that we can beat the special interests that are bankrupting our country. [applause] sen. cruz: the same courage, the same principle that y'all have demonstrated here in wisconsin we need in washington to stand , up to the special interests and turn our country around. [applause] know, all of us who are here tonight, we are here because our country is in crisis. because we are bankrupting our kids and grandkids.
because our constitutional rights are under assault each and every day. because of it, america has receded from leadership in the world and it has made the world a much more dangerous place. and yet, i am here tonight with a word of hope and encouragement. all across wisconsin, all across this country, people are waking up and help is on the way. [cheers and applause] this next election is going to come down to three issues. jobs, freedom, and security. let's start with jobs. i want to take a minute to speak to all the single moms who are working two and three part-time jobs, who have had your hours forcibly reduced to 28, 29 hours
a week because obamacare kicks in at 30 hours a week. i want to talk to the truck divers, the machinists and men and women with calluses on your hands. who have seen wages stagnating year after year after year. the cost of living keeps going up. and yet, your paycheck does not seem to keep pace. i want to talk to all the young people coming out of school, student loans up to your eyeballs, scared, am i going to get a job? what does the future hold for me? and you know the media tries to , tell us this is the new normal, as good as it gets. well let me tell you, the men and women of minnesota -- of wisconsin understand that is in a term life.
-- that is an utter lie. know, it is easy to talk about making america great again. you can even print that on a baseball cap. [laughter] sen. cruz: the real question is, do you understand the principles and values that made america great in the first place? the heart of our economy is not washington, d.c. the heart of our economy is small businesses all over the united states of america. [applause] sen. cruz: if you want to see the economy take off, take the boot of the federal government off the neck of small businesses. [applause] sen. cruz: if i am elected president, we will repeal every word of obamacare.
[cheers and applause] sen. cruz: it is the biggest job killer in this country and in its place, we will pass commonsense health care reform that makes health insurance personal and portable and affordable and keeps government from getting in between us and our doctors. [applause] sen. cruz: and we are going to pass a simple flat tax. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: where every american out our taxes on a postcard. and when we do that, we should abolish the irs. [cheers and applause]
we are going to reign in the epa and the federal regulators who have descended like locusts on small businesses killing jobs all across this country. and we are going to stop amnesty and secure the borders and end sanctuary cities and end welfare benefits for those here illegally. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: and let me tell you what is going to happen when we do all of that. we are going to see millions upon millions of new high-paying jobs, jobs coming back to america, coming back from china, mexico, we will see manufacturing jobs coming back
to wisconsin. we will see wages rising for americans across this country and we will see young people coming out of school with two or three or four or five job offers. [applause] sen. cruz: we will see morning in america again. the second critical issue at stake in this election is freedom. amen. you know the passing just a few , weeks ago of justice scalia really underscored the stakes of this election. it is not just one branch, but two branches of government hang in the balance. we are one liberal justice away from a radical five justice left wing majority, the likes of which this country has never
seen. we are one justice away from the supreme court stripping religious liberty from millions of americans across the country. we are one justice away from the supreme court erasing the second amendment from the bill of rights. booing] senator cruz: we are one justice away from the supreme court making a subject to the authority of the world court and the united nations and international law and giving up u.s. sovereignty. two debates ago, a question about the supreme court and religious liberty. donald trump turned to me, i have known a lot more politicians then you have. [laughter] sen. cruz: in that, he is
clearly correct. donald trump has been supporting liberal democratic politicians for 40 years. i have no experience in that. [laughter and applause] sen. cruz: but, you know donald , continued, he said, when it comes to the supreme court, religious liberty, you have to learn to compromise. you have got to learn to cut deals with the democrats and to go along to get along. let me be very clear. i will not compromise away your religious liberty. [cheers and applause] ted cruz i will not compromise away your second amendment right
to keep and bear arms. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: the third issue at stake in this election is security. you know, for the last seven years, we have seen a president who abandons our friends and allies and shows weakness and appeasement to our enemies. now again two debates ago, , donald trump explained, if he were president, he would be neutral between israel and the palestinians. [booing] well let me be
, very clear -- as president, i will not be neutral. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: america will stand unapologetically with the nation of israel. [applause] [crowd chanting] know, anyoned you who cannot tell the difference between our friends and enemies, anyone who cannot tell the difference between israel and islamic terrorists who want to kill us, that raises real questions about their fitness and judgment to be commander-in-chief. for the last seven years, we have seen our military weakened and morale of the troops plummeting. readiness degrading. country, we, as a have seen this before.
we have seen another left-wing democratic president, jimmy carter, do the same thing. begin and undermine the military. and then in january 1981, ronald reagan came into office. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: what did reagan do? he cut taxes, pulled back regulations, we saw millions of high-paying jobs. it generated trillions in new government revenue. he used that revenue to rebuild the military and we bankrupted the soviet union and won the cold war. [applause] [crowd chanting "usa"] sen. cruz: i intend to do the exact same thing with radical islamic terrorism.
we are going to repeal obama care, passive flat tax, poland inpass a flat tax, pulling the regulators, stop amnesty, and the result will be millions and millions of high jobs stop that will generate trillions for the government and we will use the revenue to rebuild the military and be the mightiest fighting force on the planet. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: no longer will our military be governed by political correctness. we will have a commander-in-chief who stands up and says to the world, we will defeat radical islamic terrorism.
we will have a president willing to utter the words "radical islamic terrorism." [applause] sen. cruz: if you are a jihadist anywhere on the globe, waging war on the united states and seeking to murder innocent americans, be fully aware your day of reckoning is coming. [applause] sen. cruz: we are coming for you and we are not coming to negotiate. we are not coming to sit down and talk. we are not coming to read you your rights and arrest you. if you are waging war against this country, we are coming to kill you. cheers and applause]
sen. cruz: you know, one of the most shameful aspects of the last seven years has been this president sending our fighting men and women into combat with rules of engagement so strict, their arms are tied behind their backs and they cannot fight, cannot win, and cannot defeat the enemy. that is wrong. it is immoral and mark my words, 2017 it will end. [applause] sen. cruz: america has always been reluctant to use military force. we are slow to anger. but if if and when military force is necessary, we should use overwhelming force, kill the enemy, and get the heck out.
[cheers and applause] senator cruz: so let's talk a little politics. [laughter] sen. cruz: this has been an interesting year. there is an ancient chinese curse, may you live in interesting times. this political cycle is many things, but boring ain't one of them. you know, a year ago, we started out with 17 candidates in the republican field. then a talented diverse, young, dynamic field. [applause] sen. cruz: what a contrast with the democrats. i mean the democratic field consists of a wild eyed socialist with ideas that are
dangerous for america and the world and bernie sanders. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: over the course of the past year, the primaries did what they were supposed to do, narrowed the field. so that at this point, as we stand here today, there are two candidates and only two candidates who have any plausible path to becoming the republican nominee -- me and donald trump. let me say what we are seeing here in wisconsin and across the country, the 65 percent of republicans that recognize nominating donald trump would be a disaster.
nominating donald trump elects hillary clinton. hillary wins by double digits. it is tying a giant present and giving it to the democrats. and by the way if hillary clinton is the next president, the supreme court is lost for a generation. the bill of rights is put in jeopardy, our kids are buried in trillions more in debt and we remain stuck in the same economic stagnation we have seen the last seven years. even worse. it cannot happen. and so we are seeing republicans uniting behind this campaign. [applause] sen. cruz: of the 17 republican candidates who started, five have endorsed this campaign.
rick perry and lindsey graham and jeb bush and carly fiorina -- and wisconsin's own governor, scott walker. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: when you throw into that mix senator mike lee, you are looking at the entire spectrum of the republican party, the entire ideological spectrum coming together and uniting. let me tell you the last two weeks have been an incredible two weeks. two weeks ago, the state of utah, we hope to break 50% and earn the delegates.
i am sorry to tell you we did not get 51%. we got 69%. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: and we won every single one of utah's delegates. a few days ago, colorado, very different state, two different congressional districts voted. out of six delegates, we won six delegates. and then yesterday, the state of north dakota selected their delegates. we won 18. donald trump won one. [cheers and applause]
sen. cruz: now 18-1, i will take that ratio every day and twice on sunday. and then tomorrow, it is the turn of the great state of wisconsin. the entire country, eyes are on the state of wisconsin. wisconsin has a national platform. a national podium. a victory here tomorrow will resonate across the country and change the outcome in states to come. all across this country. so if you do not want to see donald trump as the nominee, if you do not want to see hillary clinton that the next president, then i ask you to come out tomorrow and vote for me 10 times. now look, we are not democrats.
i am not suggesting voter fraud. but if everyone here picks up the phone and calls nine other people and you get nine other people to come out and vote tomorrow, you will have voted 10 times. [applause] sen. cruz: and let me tell you, maybe you are not yet old enough to vote. you know, if you pick up the phone and talk to your friends, if you get 10 other people to vote tomorrow, you will have voted 10 times before you turn 18-years-old. that is how we win. this election is going to be decided by the grassroots, the men and women gathered here, by the courageous conservatives coming together, by the same people in wisconsin who stood shoulder to shoulder with scott walker in a recount battle and election after election.
the people of wisconsin standing together. [cheers and applause] sen. cruz: if we stand united, we are going to win this nomination and we are going to win the general election and we are going to beat hillary clinton and we will turn this country around. [applause] ] rowd chanting sen. cruz: it took jimmy carter to give us ronald reagan. and i am convinced the most long-lasting legacy of barack
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turn out for the tuesday primary. his campaign held a it out the vote rally at the university of medicine. this is about 1 -- university. this is about one hour. ♪ [cheers and applause close "bernie"]ng sen. sanders: thank you, madison! [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: thank you all very much for coming out.
let me think linda, exception gave 3/4 of my speech. [laughter] sen. sanders: i'll get back to the point in the moment, but let solidarythe mayor, sing-along choir -- [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: former lieutenant governor barbara borden. leisure cruz,, shailene woodley, rosario dawson -- [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: she's been doing a great job for us. your mayor and i have known each other for a long time.
i used to be the mayor of burlington, vermont, and i think we had some contact with back then. i want to pick up on the point that linda made, because it is maybe the most important point of the evening. the statusyou accept media'syou accept definition of what we can do and what we cannot do, i guarantee you, you will go no place. he will go no place as a country at all. our job is to think outside of the box, to think outside of the status quo, to ask the hard questions, questions like why not? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and if we ask why
not, and if we do not allow the trumps of the world to divide us up, the truth is there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: as i go around the country, i become increasingly optimistic about where we can be as a nation, and want to tell you why. a year ago, i heard from all of the pundits and all the media and all the political geniuses, "well, these young people, you know? they aren't interested in politics. they are busy with their video games or whatever else they do." [laughter] sen. sanders: they aren't going to get involved, and maybe if they come to a rally they will not vote. but you know what? the last many months have proven that thesis entirely wrong. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: i go around the country, and i feel a lot of young people. i see so much hope in their eyes. people who love this country, who know that they are the future of this country, and they damn well want to help determine that future. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: so one of the very gratifying aspects of this campaign is the fact that we are bringing millions of young people into the political process. we're redefining american democracy, and we should all be very proud of that. [cheers and applause] what this campaign is about is taking on the status quo politics, the status quo
economics, the status quo media. it is about a campaign which is more than just electing a president of the united states, although i would very much appreciate the support -- [laughter] [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but it is more than that. it is about creating a political revolution. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: it is about the understanding that no president, not bernie sanders or anybody else, can do it alone. because the powers that control our political system today, the powers that control our economy today, have so much money and so much influence that no president
alone can successfully take them on. we need millions of people, working people,, middle-class people, to stand up and say enough is enough. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we need -- this is not a radical idea. we can do this. we need a government which represents all of us, and not just wealthy campaign contributors. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, here in wisconsin, probably the easiest way to define a bernie sanders presidency and a sanders administration is to tell you that it would be pretty much the
exact opposite of a scott walker administration. [cheers and applause] [chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: now, scott walker and i disagree on many, many things, and i will talk about some of them. but i want to tell you where i viscerally disagree the most. i have conservative friends; we disagree. it's called democracy; that's fine. for onell not accept second republican governors like
governor walker and many others who are working overtime to suppress the vote. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: democracy is not a complicated concept. it really is not. what it means is you have a vote, and you have a vote, and you have a vote. you may want to vote for me, you may want to vote against me, that's fine; that's called democracy. democracy is not about billionaires buying elections. democracy is not about governors like governor walker making it harder for people to participate in the political process. [cheers and applause] the united states today has one of the lowest
voter turnouts of any major country honor. our job is to increase voter turnout, not lower voter turnout. [cheers and applause] to openders: our job is the doors of democracy and welcome more and more people into the political process. [cheers and applause] to make its: not harder for poor people, for young people, for old people, or people of color, to participate. i have run for office of whole lot of times in the state of vermont. i've lost and i've won. but it has never occurred to me, not for one second, to say "how can i make it harder for people to vote, who might be voting against me?"
never occurred to me for one second. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: so i say to governor walker, and to all of the other republican governors who are trying to suppress the vote, that if you are not prepared to run and be involved in free and open elections, get out of politics. get another job. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: in a democracy, people can disagree with everybody. that's part of the democratic process. but you cannot deny people the right to vote. that is un-american. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: and let me tell you -- if elected president, we will take on governor walker and all of these other republican governors. our goal is, if you are 18 years of age and an american citizen, you have the right to vote, end o discussionf. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: governor walker has spent much of his tenure attacking organized labor. [booing] sen. sanders: we are going to reverse that as well. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: the middle class
of this country was built on the backs of organized labor. people who struggled to form unions, to engage in collective bargaining, to make sure that workers in this country received decent wages and decent benefits. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: governor walker wants to destroy trade unionism. i want trade unionism to grow and expand. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and i will fight for legislation that makes it easier for workers to join unions and negotiate contracts. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: on a number of occasions, i have talked to teachers here in wisconsin -- [cheers and applause] and we thank --
them all very much for what they do for our kids. but i am also hearing some very, very sad and scary stories about the educational situation here in wisconsin today. thathearing, unbelievably, teachers salaries have been cut. i am hearing that young people are no longer interested in getting into education and being teachers. and that is certainly a sad, sad state of affairs. because if we do not have a great public education system, if we do not have the best and the brightest of our young people getting into education worryaching our kids, i very much about the future of this country. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: governor walker wants to cut funding for education and give tax breaks to large corporations. [booing] is exactlys: my view the opposite. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: i want to make sure that large, profitable corporations in this country start paying their fair share of taxes so we can increase funding for education. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: governor walker has allowed his right wing ideology to prevail, and to deny wisconsin00 people in options to get into medicaid,
and maybe for the first time in their lives, have health insurance. i think that that is a disgrace. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: as a result of that decision, there is no question that people will die. people will become much sicker than they otherwise would have become. we are the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people. in my view, not only should those 120,000 people here in wisconsin have access to medicaid, we have got to go further than that. right of alls a people. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and that is why we have got to join every other
industrialized nation by passing a medicare for all, single-payer program. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, i understand -- not that i am all that knowledgeable about local politics -- but i understand that governor scott is trying to maintain control of the supreme court. [booing] a justice whowith should not stay on the supreme court. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: that is why i hope that a large voter turnout on tuesday will help elect joanne koppenburg to the supreme court. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: this campaign is doing something very unusual in american politics, and that is it is treating the people of our country with intelligence. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and it is also tackling and dealing with many in norman wesley important enormouslymany in norma important issues, that many would prefer to sweep under the rug. but this is what i believe and what i have always believed. whether it is in our own personal lives or whether it is in the political life of this nation, you cannot run away from reality. you cannot run away from truth.
the only way you address those problems is by facing them squarely and by dealing with them. that is what we are doing in this campaign, and that is what i will do as president of the united states. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, truth is not always pleasant. not always happy. but we have to deal with it. and let me give you some examples of truths and realities that must be dealt with. i am a fervent believer in democracy. and what i see today all over this country is that, as a result of this disastrous citizens united supreme court decision, our democratic foundations are being undermined, and we have a
corrupt campaign finance system. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and when i talk about thinking outside of the box, and when i talk about thinking outside of the status quo, i do not want one person in this arena tonight to accept the reality, that it is acceptable in america for billionaires to buy elections. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: do not accept that for one second. governor walker's good pals, the koch brothers -- [booing] sen. sanders: -- and a handful of other billionaires are prepared to spend in this campaign cycle $900 million.
$900 million to elect candidates who will represent the wealthy and the powerful. , my friends, is not democracy. that is oligarchy. we will not accept that. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but it is not just a corrupt campaign finance system. it is a rigged economy. is theted states today wealthiest country in the history of the world. but most people don't know that. know that because almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1%. they don't know that because we have more wealth and income inequality than almost any major country on earth. the top 1/10 of 1% owns almost
as much as the bottom 90%. [booing] today thans: worse any time since 1928. today in america, you've got families where mom is working, dad is working, the kids are working. we worked the longest hours of any people in the industrialized world. marriages are suffering; kids don't get the attention they need from their parents. everybody is out working. that i've the end of all of that, 58% of all new income generated today goes to the top 1%. [booing] sen. sanders: you guys ready for a radical idea? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: why not? this is madison, wisconsin. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: but in truth, it really is not such a radical idea. it is a simple statement. that in america, together, we are going to create an economy that works for all of us,. not just the top 1%. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is not only about ending a corrupt campaign finance system; it is not only about ending a rigged economy. it's about also ending a broken criminal justice system. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: today, in the united states of america, we
have more people in jail than any other country on earth. [booing] sen. sanders: we have 2.2 million people, disproportionately african-american, latinao, and native american, in jail. we are spending $80 billion per year locking up fellow americans. [booing] sen. sanders: [laughter] that's a sis inc. and interesting way of putting it, yes. is thinkwe have to do through the situation. let me talk a little bit -- just a little bit -- we have a lot more information on our website about criminal justice reform -- start, we have to
understand why people end up in jail. fact: today, we have outrageously high rates of youth unemployment. white kids between 17 and 20 who graduated high school, real unemployment is 33%. latino kids, 36%. african-american kids, 51%. that is outrageous. here's a radical idea. together, we are going to invest for our young people in jobs and education. not jails or incarceration. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: truth is, through this, it costs more to lock up some kid than to send them to the university of wisconsin. [cheers and applause] but we talk about
criminal justice, and it is also about making profound changes in local police department throughout this country. tired ofl, all, all seeing videos on television of unarmed people, often people of color, being shot and killed by police officers. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: i was a mayor for eight years. i worked very closely with my police department, and i have worked with police departments all over the country. the vast majority of police officers are honest, hard-working, and doing a very difficult job. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but when any police officer, like any other public official, breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we need to de-militarize local police departments. [cheers and applause] make police departments reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. [cheers and applause] end sanders: we need to private prisons and detention centers. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: corporations should not be making profits through the imprisonment of fellow americans. [cheers and applause] need to rethink the so-called war on drugs. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: over the last 30 years, millions of americans have received police records for possession of marijuana . [booing] sen. sanders: today, under the federal controlled substance act, marijuana is listed as a schedule i drug, alongside heroin. [booing] sen. sanders: now, we can argue, and scientists do, the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but everybody knows that marijuana is not a killer drug like heroin. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and that is why i have introduced legislation to take marijuana out of the federal controlled substance act -- [cheers and applause] it should not be a
federal crime. and this becomes a racial issue, as well, because it turns out that blacks and whites smoke marijuana at about equal levels; blacks are four times more likely to get arrested for marijuana than are whites. [booing] is. sanders: this campaign because instead of listening to billionaire campaign contributors, we're listening to the american people. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: we are listening to workers who tell me they or $9 anke it on eig$8 hour. [applause] sen. sanders: and that is why
we, together, are going to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and i know that every man in this room will stand with the women in the fight for paid equity for women workers. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to senior citizens and disabled veterans. [cheers and applause] and they are telling me that they cannot make 000 or $12,000 a year social security. [cheers and applause] now, my republican
colleagues in the senate, they want to cut social security benefits. together, though, we will raise those benefits. [cheers and applause] this campaign is listening to women. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and what women are telling me is they are sick and tired of earning $.79 on the dollar compared to men. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: they want the whole damn dollar! [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is
listening to young people. [cheers and applause] and what young people are telling me is why is it that we are being published because they did the right thing and got an education? [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: i have talked to young people all over this country who are $30,000, $50,000, $70,000 in debt, and they will be paying off that debt for decades. anybody here facing student debt? [cheers and applause] we're going to do two things. highlyone, in a competitive global economy where we need the best educated workforce in the world, we are
going to make public colleges and universities tuition free. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and secondly, we're going to give those people, millions of people, with student debt the opportunity to refinance that debt at the lowest interest rate possible. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: people say to me, bernie you are a nice guy,, but you are santa claus giving away free tuition, lowering student debt -- how you pay for it? i want tell you exactly how we are going to pay for it. this country bailed out wall andet after their greed illegal behavior destroyed our economy.
[booing] sen. sanders: i believe that right now, we need to impose a tax on wall street speculation -- [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: -- which will bring in more than enough money to provide free tuition at public colleges and universities and lower student debt. [cheers and applause] we bailed out wall street, now it is wall street's time to help the middle class in this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the latino community. [cheers and applause] there are 11
million undocumented people in this country; many of them being exploited and living in fear. the latino community and i want a path toward citizenship, to a comprehensive immigration reform. [cheers and applause] this campaign is listening to our brothers and sisters in the african-american areunity. and what they asking me it happen that we have trillions of dollars to spend in a war in iraq we should have never gotten into but we do not have availle