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woman in berlin said, "we needed to do something." just that human impulse to help. and i think of the refugee who said, "i want to teach my kids the value of working." that human impulse to see the next generation have hope. all of us can be guided by the empathy and compassion of his holiness, pope francis, who said "refugees are not numbers, they are people who have faces, names, stories, and they need to be treated as such." and i know it may seem easy for me to say all this, living on the other side of the ocean. and i know that some will call it blind hope when i say that i am confident that the forces that bind europe together are ultimately much stronger than a those trying to pull you apart. but hope is not blind when it is rooted in the memory of all that a you you've already overcome -- your parents, your grandparents.
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so i say to you, the people of europe, don't forget who you are. you are the germans, the french, the dutch, the bilges, the , thean -- the belgians italians who rose above divisions and put europe on the path to union. [applause] you are the polls of solidarity. czechs and slovaks who allowed revolution. hungarians and austrians who cut through borders of barbed wire. and you are the berliners who on
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that november night, finally tore down the wall. you are the people of madrid and london who faced down bombings and refused to give in to fear and you are the parisians who later this year plan to reopen the theater. you are the people in brussels and one belgian who offered the comment -- we need more. or dialogue, more humanity. that is who you are. united. together. diversity. you are europe. guided by the ideals that have lit the world. as you go forward -- [applause] as you go forward, you can be comment that your greatest ally and friend, the united states of america stands with you, shoulder to shoulder, now and
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forever because a united europe, once the dream of a few, it remains the hope of the many and a necessity for us all. thank you very much. thank you. [applause]
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>> coming up, three events with republican presidential candidates. first, john kasich at a townhall meeting in rockville, maryland. ted cruz campaigns in
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monroeville, pennsylvania and that is followed by donald trump in pennsylvania. >> tuesday, discussion on the role the senate plays with judicial nominations. hatchk leahy and orrin speak about the issue at the edward m. kennedy institute. live coverage at 9 a.m. eastern on c-span2. tuesday, a hearing on the f-35 joint strike fighter program and its reported software glitches. we will have live coverage from the senate armed services committee starting at 10 a.m. eastern on c-span3. >> independent media is the oxygen of a democracy. it is essential. holding those in power accountable.
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the silence majority -- silenced by the corporate media. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. republican presidential candidate governor john kasich spoke to voters at a town hall meeting in rockville, maryland ahead of the states primary. he was introduced by tommy morella. this is one hour. [applause] >> i want to welcome you. i want you to know, i am connie morella, and i approve this message. the message is, we have here in montgomery county, maryland, i am so honored that john kasich,
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with the primaries he has tomorrow, has chosen to be here today so you can get to know him like i know him, and like his other colleagues who served with him know him. i think john kasich is the only [applause] i said i would give a brief introduction for a very personal reason, not only political. not only do i believe he is the only one with the experience we need, the courage, the commitment, the compassion, but because i served with him in congress, representing most of you, or many of you in this district, for my 16 years of his 18 years.
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so, i know this man. i know him as a legislator. i know him as a person. and i am honored to know him as a friend. it was a pleasure for me to come and introduced him to you, the people who i love and honor to represent, because i do think he is the only mature, responsible person running for president. i want to hit on the concept of experience. he has the experience. this man was in his state senate, elected to the ohio state senate, so he knows about legislation on a state level. he then went to congress, where, as i mentioned, he served for 18 years, that's a nine terms.
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he was on the armed services committee, and did a great deal of work when president reagan was at the beginning of his time -- was president, at the beginning of his time in congress. he became chairman of the finance committee. when you talk about the concept of trying to work for a balanced budget, he did it. now, when i say he did it, you don't do it just by saying ok, we want to do this. we want to cut spending. we want to make sure that we keep our priorities in tact. we had to work with both sides of the aisle. you can't just say i am going to depend on one party and the other will be the opposite what i am going to do. you can have divided government without deadlock, and that is what john was able to accomplish. he very candidly -- he is a very candid guy -- gave the reasons
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why we should move forward toward a balanced budget, and he succeeded. he succeeded. he was very well-respected because he had credibility, which he had earned. he was very committed. at the top of his game, he knew what he was doing and what was in the best interest of our country. ok, 2011, fast-forward. you are all standing. why don't you sit? i mean, i am the one who wants to grow tall, but in 2011, he was elected governor of the state of ohio. he went through a reelection and
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topped the ticket, and i think he got 63% of the vote. i know what getting 63% of the vote means. i would be very appreciative if that were to happen. to get 63.8 percent when you have so many difficulties, so many obstacles. john has the experience, the temperament, the stability. he is the one who is ready to serve. i will tell you just a little thing that i noticed about him. he has been ready to serve in the white house since he was 18. since he was 18? what are you talking about?
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well, he was a student at 18 at ohio state university, and -- there is an ohioan here from the university -- and he was talking to the president of the university, i think his name was president fossett. and president fossett was scheduled to go to the white house to talk to the president. john said to him, can i go with you? he said of course you cannot. so he wrote a letter in beautiful cursive -- you don't hear about cursive anymore -- but he wrote a beautiful letter in cursive and he said would it be possible for me, mr. president, to visit you in the white house and to talk with you a little bit? he said i know that i would give up a rose bowl trip to go, and i know my parents would pay for my fare to get there, and so i would very much like to speak to you. mr. fossett went to the white house and delivered that letter in person to the president, and sure enough, on december 22, 1970, governor john kasich met with president nixon, and it was supposed to be like a five-minute interview, and it was 20 minutes.
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that letter that he wrote is in the archives. it is there in that beautiful cursive. doesn't that tell you something? doesn't that say that this guy is ready to be president and has been preparing all those years? you are going to be voting tomorrow. i hope you will perform what i call the multiplication feat. for everyone here, if you could
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get 10 people to vote, that would be very helpful, and 10 people to vote the right way, not only for president, but look at the delegates. there is a sheet we will pass out to you that will give you the names of the delegates from each of your congressional districts who are on the k-6 -- john kasich bandwagon. i hope you will do that. i want to present to you someone who was a very special guy to me, personally, someone whom i would feel very safe, me and my family, in this wonderful country, if you were leading us as president of the united states, and he has exceeded in every one of the polls, shown that he is the only one who could beat the heir apparent in the democratic election in november, so let's all do it. let's all vote and let's support governor john kasich. [applause]
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♪ about connie marilla? -- john kasich: thank you. thank about connie marilla? how about her? she is really great. you know, rockville. isn't this close to bethesda? ok, so i used to take the rockville bus from over in d.c., i would take the rockville bus and i would go to the national library of medicine, where i worked for a summer as a summer intern right here.
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i mean, it's a small world, isn't it? and what happened was, connie mentioned the meeting i had with nixon. i tried to get a job working in the white house. they wouldn't give me a job. they turned me down. i just kept bugging them. finally they said would you like to have a job working in the national library of medicine in bethesda, maryland? i had no clue what that was about, so i said yes. so i left ohio state -- you beat us in basketball. i let you do it two times this year just so i could get your vote in this primary, so let's be clear. i packed up on my stuff and i took a greyhound bus to american
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university. i was there living in that school on a summer basis and worked at the national library of medicine, and it was a great experience. and i got picked as an outstanding summer employee. i really pulled the wool over their eyes. i had a friend at the national institute of health. i have never talked about this. he worked on cleft palate, and i learned so much about the national institute of health. i was with a terrific guy. he is suffering from a neurological disease.
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let me tell you all, i am for balancing budgets, might :00 is not here today, as always, when we -- might debt clock is not here today, but always, when we balance the budget, we will double the funding it for the national institute of health so that we can begin solving the problems of alzheimer's and dementia, these neurological diseases. but, so here's what, hey, look, i want to say a lot about connie here from the standpoint that look, we had this republican team and this republican agenda, and it didn't always fit her. and there were times she had to struggle, but she always felt she was part of the team because she saw the final purpose to what we were doing. you think about connie. when we got the budget balanced, things were going great in the country. everybody who wanted a job could get one. the wages were growing faster than the national average. at the same time, we had the hope, the feeling, the
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confidence that our children would have better lives than we had. why do you want to balance a budget? it's sort of an esoteric thing. we know our children should not have to be penalized for the sins of spending today. but there is something more you need to understand about balancing budgets. when debt goes up -- and our debt is about $19 trillion -- when debt goes up, job opportunities come down. and when debt comes down, job opportunities go up. do we have any small business people here today? how many people work for you? you. how about you, sir? 45. what do you think when you see the debt go up? does that make you feel good? it scares you. and when we frighten job creators -- because small business people are the biggest job creators in the country -- when we frighten job creators, they don't create jobs. people talk about bernie and hillary.
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they have a lot of nice plans about free stuff. free this and free that. free.m all for for the young people here, if you want to get a job, the projected debt is going to be $30 trillion. so you could have all these skills, but you won't get a job. so anyway, connie voted for this. things are much better. she didn't sign up for all this stuff because she had to represent her folks. connie, i think i represent a party you could be very comfortable with, as you said today on the stage. let me tell you that whether it is the nixon story or whether it
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is getting this out of the blue job at the national library of medicine, or getting hired in ohio in the legislature when somebody got fired, i could go on and on. let me tell you this. i believe i have, by the grace of god, then given an opportunity -- been given the opportunity to do things in my life that i am deeply grateful for. when you feel you have been given grace -- we all want grace. grace is something you get and you didn't have to earn it. he just gives it to you. wow whyfeel like, did you give me this?
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when you feel as though you have something like that, you have an obligation to try to do things to help other folks. end of story. so all my life, with a father who was a mail carrier, whose father was a coal miner who died of black lung, my job, and in this little town where i am going to tonight, by the way, i am going there tonight, it's all blue collar. it's all democrats. and if the wind blew the wrong way people found themselves out of work. my whole purpose is to give everybody in our country a chance to be lifted, to have opportunity, and i have never taken orders anybody other than my wife. now, i have a guy here, dear, dear friend, will coker. i am going to tell you a funny story, and i have never told this story before, and this one is going to get me in trouble. so get ready. i was on the armed services committee.
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i had just gotten to congress. maybe i should not tell this story. committee call i get this call that i need to go to the house intelligence committee for a meeting of the readiness subcommittee. i thought there is no reason i need to go up there. all they are trying to do is make sure people have enough boots, and if guns, things like that. -- enough guns, things like that. there are no secrets here. i keeping told i need to go. so i went. the chairman says, i hope we are all in agreement. and i'm like, in agreement with what? we are going to pay the bills of
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ferdinand and imelda marcos, because they were great supporters of us in the second world -- ferdinand and emelda marcos, because they were great supporters of us in the second world war. i mean, i like shoes, but not that many. i can't support that. the room blew up. the place was chaotic. i am walking out, i mean, i am this kid, the whole thing is blowing up, and he comes up to me and says you need to apologize to the chairman because you embarrassed him. i said how did i -- he says just listen to me. so i go to the chairman's office, and they won't let me in. i go back a couple of days in a row, and they won't let me in. i finally get into the room with the chairman, and he is sitting there with a couple of other staffers, and he throws a report at me. and he says are you happy about this? and i try to look it over, and he says the meeting is over.
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so a couple of days later, i'm out on the golf course, and a card comes up. and when you are on the golf course and a cart comes up, they are never coming to tell you that you won the irish lottery. the lady says the chairman wants to speak to you. so i call his office, and the lady in charge says the chairman wants to thank you very much for your support to not give ferdinand marcos all those bills paid, he's on the front page of the usa today, and he wants to thank you very much for your strong support. do you get that story? do you remember that story? i just always try to do my best, and we have had good results. in ohio, we are up over 420 thousand jobs and running a
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surplus. we don't believe the mentally ill lot to sleep under a bridge or live in prison -- mentally ill ought to sleep under a bridge or live in prison. we believe they should be given a chance to rise in the working poor should have a system that rewards getting ahead, not punishing them by taking their childcare away, and we want to make sure our friends in the minority communities do well. i decided not to be negative. some people say why don't you do better in the primaries. well, first of all, i started at zero. none of you even heard my name until a couple of months ago. the second thing i want to tell you though is that people have big anxiety today. is my job secure? are my wages ever going to rise? what going to happen to my kids? we can look at that scenario, and we can drive people into the ditch. we can drive people into greater negativity. i have chosen not to do that. the problem is real, but we can solve these problems.
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hope is to positive. negative is what works. but over the long haul, people want to be hopeful. they want to believe their lives can be better, and they want to believe the american dream is alive and well contrary to what anyone is saying. in short, we are going to keep plugging. i need your support tomorrow after we finish this. hopefully, i will not screw up. we have won over 200 of them, and hopefully, i will win this one. let's take some questions. yes, you can give me a little
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round of applause. [applause] >> good afternoon and thank you for being in maryland. it's nice that our vote actually counts this year. john kasich: it will be counting in the fall. believe me. i will be back here. [applause] >> our current president has failed miserably in recognizing the deaths of law enforcement officers recently. he was very quick to comment on prince's death, but has not made any comments about the deaths of many -- about the line of duty deaths of many law enforcement officers. when you're president, how will you acknowledge of our officers? john kasich: i happen to believe
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another thing. i believe that people who give their lives serving somebody else wear the biggest crowns in the world yet to come. that's number one. number two, we have to do what we have done in ohio. we have to recognize that when you look at baltimore, ferguson, or you look around the country and you see the strife -- and i think the strife fundamentally comes from people not understanding each other or not talking to one another, so in my state, we have organized a collaborative of people trying to get people in the community who feel that the system doesn't only just not work for them, but works for them, to feel that we are listening to them, and we want our police officers, our men and women who are doing incredible things -- i just got a note over the weekend, what this guy did, he chases a guy into a field, and the guy he was chasing had a gun, and the guy sticks his finger into keep the trigger from operating, he takes the guy down, he handcuffs him and he arrests him. what a hero. why did you chase him?
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he thought the guy was probably connected to drugs, a scourge affecting all of our country. so what the president needs to do a spring together the law enforcement community and the people in the community who feel they are not -- do is bring together the law enforcement community and the people in the community who feel they are not being treated fairly.
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the people in the community have to understand that this policeman or policewoman wants to go home to their family, and we should respect them for the service they give. we do that, we will have good results, just like we are having in our state. ok. [applause] gov. kasich: you, and then the guy behind you. >> i remember you back about 18 years ago when you were balancing the budget, and i am so thankful that you are running. i did see an article about the national debt, and i just want to read the first paragraph. hasays, the united states debt.llion in this does not mean that every man, woman, child, has to pay $42,000 themselves. all it means is that we have
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plenty of debt to rollover, which we will. the government, after all, is immortal. it doesn't have to pay back what it owes like you or i do, it just has to pay back the interest it owes so that investors will keep lending on good terms. john kasich: the reason god created astrologers was to make economists look accurate. what truman used to say, horse feathers. the fact of the matter is if the united states came close to defaulting and we started to see our credit rating downgraded -- look. let's stick with the simple thing i know is true. when the debt goes up, people lose confidence. just ask the guys creating the jobs. by the way, what we do in our state, the seventh largest state, can absolutely be translated nationally. if you talk to people who need jobs and the job creators, we went from an $88 billion hole to a $2 billion surplus. our pensions are secure. we have worked together to make
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sure we have strong economics in the state. you look at connecticut, were things have been tattered. ge just announced they are moving their headquarters out. if you over regulate and overtax, bad things come. i am very concerned in this country about income inequality. i'm very concerned about the fact that wages are not going up. when you have the lousy growth we have had for about 10 years now, and when you think about the fact that we have overregulated, overtaxed, and can't control our spending, things are not growing. we are not getting 3.5% economic growth. our growth is terrible. and when that happens, we don't get the investment, we don't get the productivity, we don't get the confidence. there is another thing that contributes to income inequality, and that gets down
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to skills. we have to make sure that our young boys and girls, who are in the early education system, are given skills for jobs that exist today and will exist tomorrow, and that means an education system that works. now, this gets to a message that i think is really probably the most important. i happen to believe that people are made special for a purpose. i happen to believe -- look at these young people back here. did i make you drop that sign? here, let me help you, kid. have they ever told you in your school that there has never been anybody like you and no one will ever be like you again? that you are made special? do you know that?
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you've been made for a purpose, to change the world, to heal the world, to lift the world in whatever way we can. i was telling a young lady just like that in utah this, and she started to cry, and i told my wife about it, and i said maybe i startled her. my wife said are you sure you didn't scare her? but the fact is, we are all made special for a purpose, in my opinion. and when we find that purpose, that's how we change the world and that's how we find satisfaction in life. now, how does that get back to education and that kind of stuff? you see, when i was a kid -- and i remember that great series between the pirates, where i grew up, and the orioles. it was wonderful. it was like baltimore and pittsburgh, two different sides of the same coin, so similar in so many ways. our hero was roberto clemente,
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the great baseball player. for a lot of kids now, it's cal ripken. that's what it's like. you see, we never thought about the president, really. if the president ever came, his limo would be going past it 120 miles per hour. hey, i think that was the president, wasn't it? i don't know. we believed in ourselves. we believed that when we had problems in our community, that all of us were in charge of fixing them. and all of us have different purposes in our lives as to what we do to bring healing. some people are nurses and they spend extra time with families who need help.
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some people are doctors who have the power of healing. some people are educators who give up money to help the lives of young people. everybody has something that is special to them. so when i talk about educating our children, when i talk about that they need to have the skills so they can have the skills to get the jobs to make the money to have a good strong family, what are we waiting on? are you waiting on the president to fix your schools? the president isn't coming in to fix your schools. i mean, we want to have good presidents who can inspire a sense of the right tone, but at
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the end of the day, in the state of maryland, maryland's neighborhoods. maryland's communities. that's the way i see it. a lot of ethnicities, which brings you even closer together. what to get your schools fixed? what are you waiting on -- want to get your schools fixed? what are you waiting on? you have a problem with drugs in this community? oh fix it. you might say how do i do that. well, when you go to church on sunday, do they talk to the young people about not doing drugs? when they go to synagogue, do they talk about not doing drugs? when they go on the a flooded -- go on the athletic field, do we make an announcement about drugs? when we go to the lions club, do we get a commitment out of those organizations to keep kids off drugs? you want to win the battle against drugs? go do it. i mean, we can help. government can help. you want to end poverty? put a business guy in the welfare office. train people for a job. that's how it has to work. i think the problem is we have lost our spirit and confidence in the fact that we can solve things ourselves. maybe it's because we rely too much on government.
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maybe it's because we think if i can't change everything, i shouldn't change anything. so, i am going to do my best to create the economic growth to provide unfettered regulation, get on top of foreign policy stuff, be as as good a leader as i can, but the strength of our country doesn't reside with the president, it resides in our families, our neighborhoods, and our communities, and when we restore the spirit of that, that's how we restore the united states of america, i believe. [applause] gov. kasich: so grow up and change the world for the better because we are all counting on you. don't feel any pressure. ok. all the way in the back, sir. >> 1995 was a great summer for me.
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it was the summer i met my wife. it was also the summer i interned in the senate. i was assigned to budget meetings. that was the first time i ever heard of you. for the past couple of years, i have been talking to my friends about you and making the case for you. one of my frustrations with this campaign season is the lack of discussion about serious issues and the debate i think we need to have is a party. one concern people have about you is your position on common core and your position on immigration. john kasich: sure. we were just talking about skills. itmon core is in my state as is in every state.
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i don't think the president should be running our schools. i think they should be run by the local communities and the school board. our state has put in higher standards. our local school board develops curriculum to meet the higher standards. you know why we don't have high standards in our school sometimes? we all want to live in lake woebegone. every kid is an a. every boy is handsome, every girl is pretty, and they are all going to be rocket scientists. i believe you need to have a system that is flexible that can really feed the interests of our young people. one of my daughters wants to be a neonatologist. i said what is that? we took her to the hospital to meet some doctors to learn how to deal with little babies. my other daughter is interested in fashion. she took a volunteer job called dress for success, where she helps people get on their feet. these two girls are 16 years old. we are trying to feed them with real life experiences so they can feel excited about what they are doing in school and begin to learn that what they learned in school is useful for what they want to be. you have to have the high standards. that's common core.
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secondly, immigration. we have to protect our border. not just because of immigration, but also because of national security. but i will also tell you that finish the border, protect ourselves here in terms of who comes in, have a guest worker program for people to be able to come in, work, and go home, and in addition to that, for the 11 and a half million who came here illegally, if they haven't committed a crime since they have been here, they can pay back taxes, a fine, and maybe some other things, at the end of the day, they can get a path to legalization, not to citizenship, but i have to tell you, the idea that we are going to kick 11.5 million people out, make them go home, and leave their kids on the front porch of crime is absurd. we are not going to do that. [applause]
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gov. kashich: these two ladies right here. yes. one after the other. go ahead. >> you come here, you spin the wheel. if it comes up red, there is a new car sitting right out in the parking lot. >> thank you for the opportunity to give us a chance to pose our questions. you have been talking a lot about education. i have two sons in college, one high school senior going to college. the big question is what is your plan to make college attendance affordable for our kids? john kasich: where are they going? >> [indiscernible] colorado state.
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given ahe was scholarship. mininng. environmental issues. the other one is overseas in dubai because it was cheaper to send him there. john kasich: let me say a couple of things. i was talking to a friend of mine who is a university president and i said a coupl ethings that maybe i shouldn't have said because i was at a university, but first of all, you can go to a community college for two years and pay $8,000 and cut the cost of your higher education in half. that's a thought for somebody. and all the credits transfer to a four-year school, so you could go to a community college in maryland.
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i don't know the names of them, but for a very relatively low price, you can go there and transfer all your credits to the university of maryland and cut your cost in half. in ohio, we are pushing for three years. the other thing is, we have a number of students -- clearly, i would say to you that your kids would not fit into it with where they are going now, but we have a number of students who graduate who have to take remedial math and english when they get to college. so they are paying for what they should have learned as a junior, and they are paying college tuition. we need to remediate these people online so that when they go to school they don't have to start taking remedial courses, and they can jump right into it. in addition, when you get into high school, you can take college credit courses, and when you take that credit, it transfers to the school. you could almost complete an entire year in high school for free.
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the other thing i want to say is the rising costs of higher education are unsustainable. this has to end, and i have told the universities this, and the community colleges this. $65,000? that's $240,000, $480,000 in after-tax income, are you kidding me? they better get their act together and part of it is to cut their costs.
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what's going to happen is some entrepreneur is going to figure out how they can hat -- what is going to happen is some entrepreneurs going to figure out how they can have the real college education and cut the cost in half. that's coming. but it's hard for university presidents to do this. but it's vital that they do it. and the president, just like i have done in ohio, needs to get the best business people, men and women, together to talk about how to take the cost -- rising cost out of universities. the president of ohio state wanted to lease the parking garages. the entire faculty went crazy and said it was a terrible idea. i have no idea why ohio state even has parking garages. they leased the garages and got a half $1 billion for it, and he put it into scholarships. at bowling green, they privatized the dining hall. guess how the food is? better.
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what do you think the cost costs are? less. governments and universities -- which at times can be viewed as government -- here is, you know, see this? when my kids -- they are 16. when they were about 10 or 11, we were on vacation. they were with me. they said daddy, what is that box over there? i said that's where superman changes his clothes. and your mother and i used to put coins in there to call people on the phone, and my daughters were like, no way, daddy. so look at this. this is where we live today. this is how we communicate. this is how we shop. think about the way in which we have transportation. the time is going to come in which young people aren't going
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to want to own cars on a permanent basis. they are going to use uber or lyft. we are going to see my uncle george tonight. he just turned 90. he walks two miles a day. his stock portfolio is better than anyone i know. think about nutrition. think about all these things. things are moving at the speed of light. there are two things not moving at the speed of light. government and these university structures. and they don't want to change. now, we talk about balancing the budget, changing the government. we need to uberize the government at all levels. here's what i read today on the way here. two of the most rapidly changing cities in america, one is
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houston, and the other one is detroit. the have no zoning laws, zero. there are areas of those cities where they go in and they just build. they build affordable housing. even though so many people are moving to houston, housing prices have not escalated. why? this. moving at the speed of light. getting government to think about innovation. it's what our universities have to do. if we do not innovate and change, we will die, and of story, and that's why we need bold leadership to think creatively, innovatively, and out-of-the-box, and because of these stories, i get to keep these phones, ok? gov. kasich: we had a lady right here. then we will take a couple of students. >> thank you, governor kasich for being here. i have two questions. one is so common sense.
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everything you're saying resonates. it makes sense. it's frustrating to see a lot of the rest of the u.s. not picking up on that. do you have plans to, i don't know, go on saturday night live, the tonight show? john kasich: i have a new plan. i am going to go down to the kennedy space center, get in a rocket and have a short flight and land in the water, be fetched out of the ocean by a big navy ship, and have a press conference. how does that sound? the only reason i might not do it is they might not pick you up. -- they might not pick me up. you know? but here's what i want you to understand. if you are a voice of positive, people don't want to hear that. people are attracted to the
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negative. they are. it's natural. that's the way we were made. we are made up of conflict. people have a certain part of their brain that works that way. at the end of the day, people don't want to live there. they don't want to live in tension, negativity, conflict. your family gets together for the wedding, the first hour is good. the second hour is terrible. at the dinner. and why did you do that to uncle joe, and, you know, but then at the end, right? we are all hugging. we are telling each other how much we love one another, and we say we shouldn't wait for another event for us to all get together. let me tell you a couple of things. in new hampshire, where donald
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beat me pretty decisively, -- beat me, beat me pretty decisively, they just did a poll of the people who voted in new hampshire, and i now beat trump 26-22. the other thing i want you to know is running on the positive side of things doesn't always get you the attention. [applause] gov. kasich: running on the positive side of things doesn't always get you the attention. i have got friends and people here who are here with me today, will and steve, i've known these people for 30 years. they are actually proud of me. if i start doing things the -- i don't want to disappoint them. there are more important things in life and winning every inning. now we are starting to rise. last night town hall on fox, lots of publicity today.
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this will go to an open convention and when we have gone to open conventions before in the republican party, of the 10 we have had, seven times the person who was not leading got picked. [applause] mr. kasich: here is what is really cool. some guy when i was walking into this diner in philadelphia this morning -- you know what he said? he said it's so nice to see you, governor lincoln. [laughter] and findch: hit google out what he could mean by that, ok? i'm not going to take the low road to the highest office. [laughter] [applause] gov. kasich: all right.
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go ahead. yeah. ok. shout it out, kid. >> i myself am an immigrant. about your policy with illegal immigration, i completely agree. unfortunately, there's a problem and the problem is that for people who come in here legally with their families like my family, we have to wait many years and we are still waiting for our legalization, our green card. if you propose that we are going to help all of these illegal immigrants, which i still support with a path to legalization -- >> you can have a path to citizenship, they can never have that. >> ok.
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gov. kasich: that took care of that, you want to know something? there is always an element of unfairness in our lives. they just is. so we have two ways to think about it. we can either get furious and angry or we can say i'm going to count my blessings and it's the job of public officials to try to sort this out in that child. my grandfather was a coal miner. he would dig coal all day long and they would say we can only pay you have. who stuck up for my grandfather? nobody. when i look at this guy who lived across from us, he would get up early, come home late, dirty. he didn't have anyone sticking up for him. our job is to try to make sure we have a sense of fairness in our country but what do you think -- we are going to get the most fairness and justice and if we get it here, be thankful. that whole process of how you
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get a path to citizenship, all of these things need to be looked at because sometimes we are using early 20th century technology to live in a 21st century world and there are probably ways to improve this system, which we should do. but just remember, count your blessings. [applause] gov. kasich: why are you not in school, young man? [laughter] gov. kasich: you are kind of stumbling. >> today, we have phi beta kappa day. i don't know why but we are celebrating something about college.
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gov. kasich: are you going to go to college? going to study? >> i know is always changing so i decided not to make my decision this early. [laughter] [no audio] [applause] gov. kasich: what are you leaning towards? >> pretty much just seeing what would be best for me and what i could do to help the world. gov. kasich: what is your question? >> i haven't heard a lot about this, especially with all of the candidates. i am really interested. how are you going to help the environment? >> how old are you? >> 11. >> who are you here with? >> my parents. >> you come with me. when you go around the country
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and you wonder about our future -- let me tell you, it's why we have to do everything we can to make sure he can have a robust future. did you say 11? >> 11. >> he is 11 years old. this is a foreshadow of where this kid is going. could you have done this when you were 11 years old? a lot of people couldn't do it when it is 111 years old. where is his mom and dad? are you his mother or his sister? [applause] gov. kasich: take a picture now. where is the camera? i mean, come on. i'm not calling you up here. it's the kid. [laughter] gov. kasich: give me that camera. give me that camera. get up here. alex, get up here. come on, mom. get over here. [applause]
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gov. kasich: you are welcome. his question is what are you going to do about the environment and i think we have to be careful about the environment. i'm the one republican that believes there is climate change. and i believe we affect it. [applause] gov. kashich: you know what i heard? there is a very conservative, wealthy, big republican giver talking about his concerns about climate change. when you read about the bleaching of the corals and the fierceness of the storms, some of it is connected to global warming. but i have little doubt human beings have an impact. i will not create a program to throw everybody out of work but there are steps we can take that are reasonable in the reasonable steps are things like developing renewables, solar, wind. the reason why solar doesn't work that great in ohio because we don't get great days like this. when the sun shines, with
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battery technology, we can capture the energy and store it. i have been an advocate of putting a wind turbine in front of every statehouse in america. and -- [applause] gov. kasich: god! and then the laughter rolls over the crowd. when the wind doesn't blow, you can still store it. have any of you seen this tesla car? it is amazing.
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but the battery doesn't last all taht long. that brings about the effort of the united states of america to engage in basic science. we have these national laboratories. it's easier to steal a painting in paris than it is for a business to have access to a research site. we need to upgrade and modernize. with the environment, we want to make sure we are good stewards. we want to make sure we have a nice environment but we also want to make sure you have work. when this man stands up and put one finger up, that means it's time for us to go. what do you have to say to him? [booing]
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gov. kasich: let me get a couple. in the back. young lady. >> my question is it's very important for everybody in america to have health care so if president obama has started to give everybody that with obamacare, how are you going to work harder to make that a better system? goodkasich: that is a easy one.nd a nobody in america should lose their health care because they have a pre-existing condition. no one should be bankrupted because of their health. that is number one. number two, you have no idea i don't believe -- let me ask you this. is there anybody here who can make an assessment of the quality and cost of the hospitals in your region?
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we don't know the cost. i believe it is easier to scrollst the dead sea hospitalfigure out bills. we need a total transparency. we need to know what they charge, their quality. i have to tell you we are doing this now. just because you charge a lot doesn't get you high quality. and just because you charge less doesn't mean you don't have a quality. we are bringing total transparency to all of our hospitals in our state, which we should do across the country. let me ask you about your primary care doctor. do you know how your primary care doctor compares?
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if you go get a knee operation here and he goes over to baltimore and is the same operation, the differences can be like $10,000. why is that? nobody knows. we need complete transparency and for those people in the medical field and this was put together without from the clean which isand clinic, one of the great hospitals. if you are providing quality health care below the average, we will give you a financial reward. we have to put a downward pressure on the health care system because your deductibles are so high, you might as well have a catastrophic policy. with transparency and the market and getting the consumer knowledge and the ability to choose, we can get on top of this health care issue as long as we do the things like eliminating people losing their health care. i think this will work nationally and it's something
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that can help america to give us good quality and good knowledge. i have to go to pittsburgh. thank you all very much. get out and give me a vote, please. thank you. [applause]
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in health care. watch washington journal. >> senator cruz and john kasich develop a strategy to keep from from winning. sean sullivan is following this story. thank you for being with us. >> it is desperation and they are looking at the primary math and see that the chances to stop donald trump from getting the nomination outright is disappearing.
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they have decided to not try to run against each other in states where the other guy has a trump chance of beating in a one-on-one race. ted cruz is now, effectively, in a one-on-one race with donald kasich said john that he will not go hard in the state. d new mexico cede and oregon. john kasich thinks the states to his centrist brand of politics and that he has a better chance. of course, this with a goal of keeping donald trump under the magic number. >> we will know if the strategy is that you. is it too little, too late?


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