tv Ted Cruz Announces Carly Fiorina as Running Mate CSPAN April 30, 2016 10:18am-11:10am EDT
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[applause] god bless the great state of indiana. elections are about choices. the republican party faces a choice today. indiana and america, i believe, want to unite behind a positive, optimistic,forward-looking, conservative campaign based on real policy solutions to the problems. [applause] and the american people deserve a real choice in november.
a choice, and not an echo. a meaningful distinction. if we come to november and the american people are given a choice between two big government liberals two two washington insiders enmeshed , in the corruption of washington, then we as a republican party will have failed the american people. and i will tell you, when you run for president, one of the most solemn choices you make is the choice of selecting a vice presidential candidate. [applause] this is a choice that you are
telling the american people, this is an individual who i trust. and even more importantly, this is an individual you can trust to lead this country, no matter what might happen. [applause] any responsible candidate for president would have spent much time assessing probable -- possible candidates, thinking through the pros andcons, studying who these people are, praying about it, and examining the potential candidates. you know, the characteristics that you look for in a vice president are, indeed, the same characteristics you look for in a president. [applause]
first of all, knowledge. do they know enough to do the job? do they know where jobs come from? do they understand why jobs are leaving america? do they understand why manufacturing jobs are being driven overseas? do they understand why carrier has left indiana and gone to mexico? do they understand what is happening in the economy? do they understand the constitution or bill of rights? are these words on a piece of paper or promises to protect? [applause] and security. do they understand the threats facing us in the world, the threats that potentially endanger your children and mine? does this person have the experience and knowledge to do the job?
secondly, you look to judgment. do they have the judgment and wisdom to bear the mantle of a job whose responsibilities gray the hair of every person to hold that office? do they think through decisions in a rash and impulsive way? do they pop off the handle at whatever strikes them at any given moment? or do they think through carefully, measured? do they assemble a team around them who are smarter than they are? there is an old adage in management that a's hire a's, and b's hire c's. [applause] if you see a leader that
deliberately surrounds himself with people that are not capable, informed, skilled, and would never stand up to thatleader, it tells you that leader is not a leader, but rather someone not at all secure in who they are. [applause] and the third thing you look to his character -- is character. are they honest? do they have core principles that come from their gut? not a dalliance to be announced today and amended tomorrow. when they look in the mirror, is it based on whatever is trending on twitter? or do they have a foundation? [applause]
integral to character, how do they treat others? how do they treat others, especially those that they do not have to be nice to? everyone knows how to kiss up. everyone can be nice to their boss. that is not complicated. but how do they treat the clerk at the convenience store? how do they treat the average man and woman? how do they treat the average american citizen? how do they treat the vulnerable ? that reveals everything you need to know about character. after a great deal of time and
>> carly! carly! senator cruz: born in texas. the very first thing i liked about her. cara carlton fiorina, known throughout the country simply by the name of carly. [applause] is an extraordinary leader. she started working as a secretary at a small firm. and she climbed the corporate ladder to become the ceo of
thelargest technology company in the world. and, the first female ceo in history of a fortune 20 company. [applause] a graduate of stanford and m.i.t. carly is brilliant and cable the yet, she experienced the hardscrabble world of being a woman professional in the business world. i say that as a son of a pioneering computer programmer, my mother, who started in the 1950's. i say that as the husband of my wife, heidi cruiz, who spent two decades in the business world. over and over again, carly has shattered glass ceilings.
[applause] but, in addition to being a woman of extraordinary intelligence, she is also a woman of deep principles. she served as the chairman of the foundation championing conservative principles. she has studied the threats facing our national security serving as chairman of the cia's external advisory board and if you look to the criteria that i laid out, starting number one with knowledge, she knows having spent a lifetime, how to produce jobs. how to raise wages.
she knows firsthand that the key to economic growth is not government and more and more government but less and less government. [applause] my opponent in this race, donald trump, like hillary clinton and bernie sanders looks to government as the answer for every problem. carly knows firsthand from decades in the business world, running one of the 20 largest corporations in america, where jobs come from. [applause] and she respects the bill of
rights and constitution. [applause] if a candidate views the bill of rights as an occasional inconvenience, something to be talked about one day then ignore the rest, if a candidate views religious liberty is something to be cast aside when it is inconvenient, if the candidate views the second amendment as merely a suggestion, they don't have the grounding to be president. carly respects the constitution and the bill of rights to and she understands the threats facing america. she understands this is a dangerous world and in naming her my vice presidential
we need a president who will not keep in place the iranian nuclear deal but will rip it to shreds. and the second criteria, judgment. it was seven weeks ago today that carly endorsed our campaign. when carly initially endorsed, before that announcement, she and i sat down and talked at a great length. one of the things that struck me, she said, i have a condition for endorsement. i said, what is it? she said, i don't do anything halfway. if i endorse i want to be all , and. i want to be working and campaigning in making the case to the american people. [applause] that is the kind of condition that you like to hear. her condition was my endorsement is not just an empty rubberstamp. it is rather a full commitment because carly looked at me and said our country is in crisis and we've got to do this
together. since that time, i have seen her day in and day out on the campaign bus going from stop to stop stop. she is careful, she is measured, she is serious. she doesn't get overly excited or rattled. [applause] and you know, we also that. in one of the earliest debates carly confronted donald trump. a man with the characteristic understatement said of her, look
at that face. and everyone of us remember that grace, the class, with which carly responded. responded to donald that she knew exactly what he was saying and that every woman in america knew exactly what he was saying. one of the great principles they are bullies, they feed off of fear. they feed off of people who cower in the corner when they yell and scream. they don't know what to do when a strong, powerful woman stands up and says, i am not afraid. [applause]
the third characteristic that is important for a president is character. at the end of the day it is all about character. if the president is a no good scoundrel. if the president is a narcissist , if the president is abusive and angry, they will not and cannot be a good president. and for anyone who doubts that we only need to look at the past seven years to see what happens. a good president must have known struggle to read must be able to understand those who are struggling. if you have always lived a life
of privilege. if you have always been told you are the chosen one, that has real impacts on the job you can do as president. when carly started as the secretary in a small firm in an environment that was not always welcoming to women, she knows what it is like to struggle in the workplace every day. she has also faced personal struggles. including being diagnosed with breast cancer. battling cancer and surviving. [applause]
as a son who was by my mother's side when she battled breast cancer, i know how devastating that disease can be and i know what testament it is that she came back ready to conquer the world. [applause] carly has known tragedy, including the loss of her stepdaughter to a drug overdose. there is no pain on the planet commensurate with the pain of a parent losing a child. carly has struggled through that and going through those personal struggles, everyone here has faced personal struggles but it is when you are facing the void, the abyss, that you find your character. you find who you are. you find your ground.
[applause] maybe that is why carly is not intimidated by bullies. because she has faced challenges a lot worse than someone bellowing and yelling and insulting her face. [applause] let me tell you on a personal level, heidi and i have become friends with carly. we have spent time with her on the campaign trail. aughed. l we have watched basketball games together. we have marveled at this crazy wild journey and i will tell you, our girls, have come to a -- adore carly.
on the bus, on the campaign trail, she makes up songs and sings them. our girls, mind you they are eight and five, both regularly text carly. let me tell you, carly may become the first vice president in history to have a very impressive fluency with heart and smiley face emoticons. and when you are texting with a five-year-old girl or an eight-year-old girl, those are highly valued. now listen, some might ask, why now? it is tradition of the vice-presidential nominee to be
announced at the convention. it is unusual to make the announcement as early as we're doing. i think all would it be knowledge of this race, if anything, it is unusual. where we are now, the mainstream media executives and a washington lobbyists are all trying to tell the american people the race is over. let me tell you where we are right now. where we are right now, nobody is getting 1,237 delegates. [applause] i'm not getting there and donald trump is not getting them. and the hoosier state is going
to have a powerful voice. so why make this announcement now? well for one thing, if we are to win, number one, win the nomination. number two, win the general election we must unite. and carly is a vice presidential nominee who i believe is superbly skilled, superbly gifted, at helping unite this party. bring us together so we steerage and united as one together.
secondly, i make this announcement today so you the voters in indiana, nebraska, south dakota and washington state and california and across the country, so that you will go -- will know what you will get. [applause] the voters deserve to know. you do to have a candidate who doesn't change as the wind blows. you deserve to know exactly where a candidate stands. [applause] the final reason for making the decision now is to give the american people a clear choice. elections are about choices.
across this country millions of americans are struggling with an economy that is not working, with the obama clinton economy that is stagnant. are seeing the bill of rights under salt religious liberty and the 2nd amendment violated by the federal government. a supreme court hanging in the balance, a president who abandons our friends and allies whether it is great britain or whether it is israel. and the president who is unwilling to stand up and confront radical islamic terrorism and defeat isis. some in the media will say, wouldn't it be easier just to throw up your hands and say surrender? donald trump has won some of the race. so we should step back and let him win them all. if we nominate a candidate who
is a big government, new york liberal, who is a washington insider, who agrees with hillary clinton and barack obama on issue after issue after issue, and whose lobbyist campaign manager has told us he is only playing a part, this is only a role, he is lying to us, then we, as a republican party, will have failed profoundly for this country because the men and women of indiana know if we give people a clear choice between freedom and tyranny, between prosperity and poverty, between vulnerability and weakness and
peace through strength, that the american people will choose the constitution and jobs and freedom and security over and over again. [applause] the difference between carly and me on the one side and donald trump and hillary clinton on the other side could not be starker. if you want someone that will stand and fight for the working men and women of this country, fight for the men and women with calluses on your hands, fight for the single moms, fight for the young people, fight for those who are struggling and want to achieve the american dream, then do not go with the washington insiders who sold us
down the river. [applause] this ticket is about the future. it is about our children. it is about our grandchildren. the stakes of this election, we are not simply wagering on a sporting contest. we are involved in a fight that everyone of us is privileged to be here to be fighting to save the greatest country in the history of the world to make , sure the next generation has every bit as much freedom and opportunity as each of us. [applause] and with that, i am pleased to introduce to you an extraordinary leader, my friend, and the next vice president of
>> carly. carly. ms. fiorina: today, i am proud and humbled and honored to announce i have accepted senator ted cruz's offered to be his nominee for the vice presidential nomination. [applause] you know, ted cruz could not be more right in what he says. there is a lot at stake. this is a fight for the soul of our parties and the future of our nation. and there are some who would say, a lot of people saying, why have the fight? i have had to fight all my life.
what matters is whether the fight is worth having. this is a fight worth having, this is a fight worth winning, and with your help, we will win this fight. [applause] this fight is about far more than a ticket. it is about more than ted cruz and carly fiorina. it is about a fight for all of us. for our party, for our future, for our children's future. last night, the establishment, the elites said, it is over. donald trump won. it is not over because you and people across the great hoosier state, people across this nation, know donald trump and hillary clinton both will be disastrous.
donald trump and hillary clinton are two sides of the same coin. they are both liberal, we know that. but you know, hillary clinton, like so many politicians, she has made her millions selling access and influence from inside the system. donald trump has made his billions buying people like hillary clinton. they are not going to challenge the system that has sold us all down the river. they are not going to challenge the elite, they are not going to challenge the crony capitalists, they are not going to challenge the washington insiders, the lobbyists. gosh, their campaign is filled with them. no, they are not going to challenge the system. they are the system. [applause]
>> carly, carly, carly. ms. fiorina: you know, ted mentioned that it has been seven weeks since i endorsed him. i voted for him before i ever had a conversation with him about endorsing him, and of course that is what you will have to do on tuesday, vote for him. but, good for you. now you can get a few more to vote. we have been traveling. around the country. i have come to know ted and heidi and caroline and catherine. ♪
i know two girls that i just adore i'm so happy i can see them more because we travel on the bus all day we get to play -- ♪ i won't bore you with anymore, but they have four verses, caroline and catherine. here is what i have come to know about this man who must be the next president of the united states. he is a fighter, too. he has been in lots of fights. he has fought for religious liberty. he has fought for our right to bear arms. he has fought over and over in
front of the supreme court so many times, and he has won all of those fights. no, there are -- you know, there are people who say he has made , some enemies. listen, as someone who has challenged the status quo all of my life, that is how you get from secretary to ceo, you challenge the status quo. it is the only way we solve festering problems and lord knows, we solve festering problems. the only way you solve problems is, you actually have to challenge the status quo, and i will tell you something about challenging the system and the status quo. you do more than ruffle feathers. you do more than rock the vote. you make enemies. so i am reassured and i am proud of some of the enemies that ted cruz has made. [applause] it means he is going to fight. and this is our fight. let me tell you something else about this man. those two girls that i adore, caroline and catherine, let me tell you how much they adore their dad.
i have watched ted and heidi, they are partners, a couple that rely on one another, just as my husband, frank of over 30 years, and i rely on each other through good times and bad. ted is a lot of fun. he is brilliant, a constitutional attorney. but he is a lot of fun. in fact, he mentioned watching a basketball game. you know, we were on the bus and we were watching the final four, the very last game, villanova and north carolina. here we are in the final, if you remember that game? you are a basketball state, right? you remember that game. it is 4.38 seconds to go in the game, and without knowing what the exciting finish would be, here is ted cruz putting money on the game. everybody has the money on the
table. he is a heck of a lot of fun, but more than that, he actually is what he says he is. he is who he says he is. you know, ted mentioned that 2nd debate, and one of the things that i got asked in that debate was -- and i have been asked almost every day, well, will you support donald trump if he is the nominee? and i said them what i have said every week, he does not represent me, and he does not represent my party. [applause] but here is something else i said in that second debate. i said, you know, there is an old saying, tough times build character. that is not true. tough times reveal character. character is revealed over time and under pressure.
character is revealed in the pattern of someone's life, not in what they choose to say behind the podium, and i can tell you that the character of ted cruz has been revealed over time and under pressure and in the pattern of his life. [applause] he is a principled fighter. he is a man of character and conviction, and he understands the importance of the constitution to the future of this nation. [applause] i have to take a moment and explain why the constitution even matters because there are some people that say, it is a
dusty relic, it was written so long ago. let me tell you why it matters but to tie you why it matters i , need to go back and tell you a little about myself. when i was a little girl of eight years old, i was in sunday school one morning. my mother was my sunday school teacher that year. she looked at me and the rest of the class and said, what you are is god's gift to you. what you make of yourself is your gift to god. i have traveled and lived and worked all over the world for decades. i have seen people and every possible corner of the globe and in every conceivable circumstance, and i can tell you that, indeed, each of us , all of us are gifted by god. each of us. each of us and all of us. we have the capacity and the desire to live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning, and we know and it has always been true that work done well brings us dignity, and family brings us
purpose. faith gives meaning to our lives. [applause] and that is true. all over the world. and when people do not have the opportunity to work, they lose dignity. when families are afraid purpose becomes uncertain. when people become disconnected from faith, they lose meaning in their lives. if everyone has the desire and capacity to live a life of dignity and purpose and meaning, we must ask ourselves now, why is it that more things have been more possible for more people for more places here than anywhere else on earth because knowing the answer to that question is what we will save the future of this nation. [applause] [cheering]
i am keenly aware, keenly aware that it is only in this nation a young woman can start out the way i did, typing, filing, answering the phones for a nine person real estate firm and one day go on and become the chief executive of what would turn in to the largest technology company in the world, run for the president of the united states, and run now for the vice president of the united states. that is only possible in this great nation. and the reason it is possible, the reason it is possible here and only here is because our founders knew what my mother taught me, that everyone is gifted by god, all of us are equal in the eyes of god, everyone has potential.
and so they said, we are going to found a nation on a radical, visionary idea that here, in this nation, everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. that was there way of saying, everyone has the right to find given giftsr god to fill their potential, and they said that right comes from god and cannot be taken away. and so this became a nation where groups who worshiped flourished and innovation flourish and more things became more possible for more people from more places. the constitution rightly enshrines liberty and gives us the chance to fulfill our potential, but our founders knew something else, that it has
always been true throughout history -- and i used to study history -- this also is true, power concentrated his power abused. [applause] and so the constitution is rightly understood not just for the document that enshrines our rights and liberties but a document that prevents a concentration and abuse of power. we have grown way too far from the constitution. [applause] the reality is, for the last decade republicans and democrats alike, too much power and money are concentrated in the hands of too few. we must restore liberty where it belongs, in the hands of the
citizens of this nation, small businesses, communities and states. that is why having a constitutional conservative in the white house matters because the president in order to fix what ails us, must restore our constitutional values. [applause] our entrenched political system, our system of crony capitalism works ifyou are a big company but not if you are a small company. it works if you're wealthy or powerful or well-connected, like donald trump or hillary clinton, as a poor, as a poor example, but it does not work for the rest of us. ours was intended to be a citizen government, and now we must restore, and a president ted cruz will restore. power belongs in the hands of citizens and communities and the states of this great nation.
[applause] what is at stake now is the future of our nation. the potential of our nation. will this be a nation where every american, regardless of the circumstances, has the opportunity that comes from their god-given gift? will we be one nation, indivisible, under god, with liberty and justice for all or not? our country is being taken away from us by the elite, crony capitalists, special interests that have captured both parties. they are taking away not only what we treasure about this nation, but what has made this nation great, a place of possibility for so many. my fellow americans, people of indiana, it is time we must take
our country back. [applause] this is the fight of our time. i believe ted cruz is the man to lead that fight, and i am prepared to stand by his side and give this everything i have to restore the core of our party, to defeat donald trump, to defeat hillary clinton, and to take our country back. [applause] and so my fellow citizens, you must stand with us. you must fight with us.
we must restore the potential of this nation. we must restore what has made this nation great for so many people regardless of the circumstances. the possibility of this nation, the opportunity of this nation, the rights and liberties of this nation can extend to every american. ladies and gentlemen, this is the fight of our times. ted cruz is the man to lead that fight. i will stand by his side. i want you to stand with us as we fight. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back the next president of the united states, ted cruz . ♪