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, bilateral, which makes it possible and legitimizes the other players in the region to talk to israel, and the evolution of a regional security structure that reinforces the israeli > i would like you think everyone for joining us here to dave read i would like to thank our panelist. [applause]
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>> c-span's washington journal recently visited a border town. >> how long was your journey to the united states? today. saturday until >> why come through the laredo
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border? it had been mentioned back home. >> what documents do you have with you? >> my passport. documents and did they ask? the money and things i have with me. >> you came alone? >> alone. ordo you have family here anywhere else in the united states? >> dallas, texas. are you planning on staying in the united states to live for good? >> yes. >> why? what is the reason you left cuba? >> financial reasons. >> is it too expensive or exactly why? >> everything is too expensive
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there and the salary is low. >> do you leave behind a job our family and cuba? family, allhind my my family, my daughter, my wife, and my brothers. when you get established in the united states, do you plan on bringing your family from cuba? >> if god allows it. thend you can see more over next couple of days at c-span's washington journal will be live from the border. tomorrow, the managing director and editor for breitbart taxes, talks about even illegal immigration in the area. a local immigration lawyer discusses citizenship and deportation laws. the dallas morning news mexico correspondent examines the impact of the mexican drug cartels. journal live from
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laredo, texas starting at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. the libertarian parties elected its presidential candidate over the weekend, former governor of new mexico gary johnson, on c-span's washington journal today he talked about his impact on campaign 2016. is gary johnson, former governor of new mexico. good morning. pedro.good morning, host: tell us about your philosophy of governance and what it means to you if you wear to become -- if you were to become president of united states. guest: i would stand for smaller government. the notion that government is too big and it taxes too much. it takes money out of my pocket that i could be spending on my life. it should all be about choice.
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all of us should be able to make choices in our own lives that only affect our own lives unless those decisions put other people in harm's way. regarding military intervention, let's stop with military intervention that has resulted in the world being less safe. the fact that we put boots on the ground and drop bombs and fly drones and kill thousands of innocent people, it has the unintended consequence of making things worse, not better. host: we had a viewer that asked how you differ from the other presidential candidates. how would you differ from hillary clinton or donald trump on the economy? guest: at the end of the day, government will grow under hillary clinton, taxes will rise.
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she has been the architect of a foreign policy in this world -- where changes from a foreign policy perspective? not much. government gets bigger, taxes get higher. i am 180ld trump, degrees when it comes to deporting 11 million illegal immigrants. they're are not taking jobs that u.s. citizens want. don't build a fence across the border. that is a crazy idea. they are not murderers and rapists. they commit far less crimes than u.s. citizens. he wants to kill the families of muslim terrorists and bring back waterboarding, or worse. freeys he is for market, but in the next sentence makehe will make apple iphones in the u.s. and impose a 30% tariff on goods entering the
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u.s. host: 202-748-8000 for democrats. 202-748-8001 for republicans. .or independents, 202-748-8002 for libertarians, 202-748-8003. there were several questions about what separates you from another form of republican. how would you define yourself? do you think the purity idea is going to be a challenge for you in gaining support? guest: i think there are tens of millions of americans who have no idea what it is to be a libertarian and yet, are a libertarian, they just don't know it. fiscally conservative, socially liberal -- most people fall in that category.
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i have issues when it comes to democrats, when it comes to spending and government being the solution to everything. the government does not provide solutions at the end of the day. it just taxes more. socialcans bent on this conservative dogma that puts people in prison for personal choices. the drug war being an example. mandatory sentencing. have the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. people should be allowed to make choices in their lives. s host:.own lives -- their own lives. host: tell us about your running mate. why did you choose governor weld? guest: bill weld has been a role
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model to me. he served two terms as the governor of massachusetts. a heavily blue state, served as a republican, served as a fiscal conservative and social liberal. termsed as governor, two as a republican in a heavily blue state. both of us have labeled ourselves or considered it a badge of honor to be labeled as libertarians. on the a problem republican side when it comes to social dogma. it speaks volumes that both of us got reelected by larger , bills the second time weld especially. doesn't that speak to broad
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appeal? host: first call is from michael, identifies and salt as a libertarian from los angeles. -- identifies himself as a libertarian from los angeles. caller: congratulations on winning the nomination. guest: thank you. caller: i want to ask a question regarding tax policy. you seen multiple times discussing the fair tax, how that might be a better system than the income tax. a systemever looked at of land value taxation as opposed to consumption tax? economists across the spectrum have found that that might be even more efficient than consumption taxation and fairer to the general public. if i'm elected president,
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count on me to sign off on anything that would make things better. would bee of how that a real positive to what we are currently doing. i do advocate eliminating income tax, corporate tax. it is the basis for crony capitalism today. -- pink slipsrs would go out to 80% of washington lobbyists if there was no corporate tax. congress, it is possible that they could do that. they would replace it with something -- i think a consumption tax is a lot more fair on how to accomplish a , i've alwaysax pointed out the fair tax as a and cross the i's t's. imagine life without the irs, ingine zero corporate tax
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the tens of millions of jobs that would get created in this country as opposed to anywhere else in the world because the u.s. would have zero corporate tax. guest: a viewer on twitter -- host: baby were on twitter asks if you would keep the federal reserve. on twitter asks if you would keep the federal reserve. guest: if congress were to submit legislation to abolish the federal reserve and replace it with regional banking, i they will, but if they did, i would sign off on the legislation. we should audit the federal reserve and get rid of a dual mandate that the federal reserve now has, keeping inflation in check and full employment. the mandate should be to reduce inflation. ed in georgia on the
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republican line. know, our you military has been shrinking. if you were president, what i is, would you increase the amount of money we spending right now or lower it? isn't it true that you would like to get rid of the military? guest: absolutely not get rid of the military. if we are attacked, we will attack back. we should provide ourselves with an individual national defense -- impenetrable national defense, not offense. we need to involve congress and a declaration of war and how we proceed in the middle east. in the declaration of war. areave 69 treaties where we
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obligated to defend 69 countries's foreign borders. we need an open debate and discussion over military policy. something that is currently not happening. host: albuquerque, new mexico. libertarian. eric, low. -- eric, hello. guest: i attended a convention here -- caller: i attended a convention here. we grow thent that libertarian party. statement at the i don't think anyone labeled a republican can say that. guest: sorry, bit of static in
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the year. ear.n the bill weld was talking about things in the early 1990's that nobody was talking about. gay-rights, medical rights, choose -- hes to was pro-choice, pro-gay rights and pro-medical marijuana. there -- most of you were not born at that time. have any of you done things in the 1990's that perhaps you have different thoughts about today? wore libertarian as a badge of honor. a headline in the albuquerque said gary johnson is not a republican, he is a libertarian.
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i took it as a badge of honor, which broadly speaking, i am i carey conservative and about people making their own choices in their own lives. host: rea come independently. line.ia, independent caller: if people would go to --igration counters, they of immigration. tariff, that was the way we supported our country prior to 1916. it would have eliminated the irs. president and takes an oath to uphold the constitution he pretends, how can
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it is the right for people to stream over the border? what is the definition of a country? it should be border, culture and language. isst: a big misunderstanding the whole notion of illegal immigration. 10 years ago, 20 years ago, it was the people here who were undocumented. hard-working people, the cream of the crop when it comes to workers. it would be an economic catastrophe to send people back over the border. isuntold story right now that president obama has broken up 3 million families because of the deportation of parents that have now been separated from their families living in the u.s. this is something i do not want to engage in. i want to make it as easy as possible for someone who wants to come into this country and work to be able to get a work
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visa. backgroundrequire a check and social security card. you talk about tariffs providing most of the income in this country. prior to the prohibition of alcohol, the number one revenue source in this country was the taxation on alcohol. gee, might we look at the marijuana as an added revenue source also? look at the savings in law enforcement, the courts and prisons, the savings in those three areas dwarf the revenue on the legalization side. your talk about relationship to the cabin of cannabis company. you were the ceo at one time? guest: yes, and argued that as a
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the world a better place. marijuana products are just as effective, not one documented death due to the use of marijuana products. on the recreational side, i've always viewed legalizing marijuana as leading to less overall substance abuse because people will find it as such a safer alternative than everything else that is out there, starting with alcohol. the campaign to legalize was aana in colorado campaign based on marijuana is and all thelcohol statistics that were supposed to go south in colorado have actually gotten better. driving incidents, crime, you name it.
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colorado is a vibrant place. does it have to do with marijuana? i think it has something to do with it. colorado is at the top of the list when comes to personal liberties and freedom. gary johnson joining us. jacob in nevada. hello. you really sold me on the libertarian party, but i have one question. how will smaller government help those under the poverty line pay high medical bills? guest: you hit on a couple of things -- high medical bills. medical bills are driven by the government. if we had a free market approach to health care -- health care right now is about as far removed from free market as it could be.
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we would not have insurance to cover ourselves for ongoing medical needs. we would have insurance to cover ourselves for catastrophic injury and illness. and we would pay as you go in a system that would cost about 1/5 of what it currently costs right now. we would have gallbladders r' x-raystching r' us and r' us. come get your x-ray for $40 and 100% of our x-rays are readable and without mistakes. i use that as an example right now, you walk into a hospital or doctor's office, you have no idea what it is going to cost because you are not paying for it. your insurance is and you know neversts that are billed actually get paid.
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chief justice roberts was right that the affordable health care act it really is a tax. my premiums have quadrupled and i have not seen a doctor in three years. host: would you advocate the dismantling of the law that currently stands? guest: yes, i would. president of the united states and the reforms that are needed when it comes to health care to genuinely make it more affordable, to genuinely make it more affordable, you have to allow for competition. government itself could actually involve itself in blowing the lid on the supply of doctors available, expanding medical school. there are a limited number of doctors, there could be a lot more doctors. host: mike from tampa, for the.
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democrats line. -- mike from tampa, florida. guest: we have a 19 -- caller: we have a $19 trillion debt. reducing you propose that or even paying it off given the fact that we have necessary government obligations such as the defense department? guest: let's forget about paying it back. all we do is add to it. currently, 20% of everything we are spending is really printed money, new debt. ont the ability to put a lid spending or to reduce spending even a little bit, coupled with economic growth has a profound impact. i would like to turn it on its air command meaning 20% of government is actually
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government that does not need to exist. i would be president of the u.s., not dictator who can wave a magic wand, but we would be suggesting right out of the block a way to reduce government spending by 20%, providing for a balanced budget. i don't see congress getting on board with that, but maybe they do, but at a minimum, you put a spendingending, reduce over a short period of time. that has a profound impact. host: you advocate the dismissal of government workers to achieve those goals. how many? guest: you cannot -- you can wave a magic wand in some cases because so much of what has been implemented his executive order. take the nsa and the fact that they are spying on you and i as
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u.s. citizens. us.llites are pointed at 333 is executive order 12 from truman. could make sure that those satellites get turned away from u.s. citizens, something i do advocate. those are supposed to be pointed at the enemy. is an essay arguing that you and i are the enemy? -- is the nsa arguing that you and i are the enemy? i hope not. host: mike is next. libertarian. caller: congratulations. the party chose well with you and governor weld. donald trump has seemingly endorsed vladimir putin's policy of assassinating critical reporters.
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he said recently "putin is running his country come at least he is a leader, like what we have in this country." "putin is running his country , at least he is a leader, unlike what we have in this country." the tools were provided for ."ump to "disappear quietly mr. obama inserted a provision allowing for the attention of u.s. citizens -- detention of u.s. citizens without due process. the national press does not allow issues that are not issues between the two major parties. how would you get through that? guest: you laid the table
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in thely, your question form of a statement is a profound statement that donald trump points at vladimir putin who in fact does deal with dissidents in a way that we are not supposed to be able to and yet, donald trump is advocating first amendment assault on the press, making it easier to see the press for statements. this country is all about the constitution, the bill of rights. donald trump assaults the constitution, starting with the first amendment. thank you for your statement. you mentioned the media. what is your plan for getting involved in the debate process? guest: right now, the only
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chance that a third party has of getting elected is to be in the presidential debate. i think my name should be included in the poll that determines who gets to debate. the debate commission has been made up of republicans and democrats. my name should appear in all these polls because i'm going to be the only third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. all this talk in the media about a third-party -- if you had all the money in the world, you cannot get on the ballot in all 50 states starting tomorrow. if you had all the money in the world, starting tomorrow, it would be almost impossible to get on the ballot in enough states to mathematically be elected president of the united states, being able to garner
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250 electoral votes. a demand from the polling organizations that my name be been includedve in three national polls, 10%, 10% and 11%. my name appears in those three polls, there's another 40 polls that only show hillary clinton and donald trump and when 50% of americans now registering to vote declare themselves as independents, where is that representation. i happen to think that most people in this world are libertarian, they just don't know it. host: bill is up next on our republican line. caller: good morning. theuld like to find out libertarian stand on assault rifle bans. on assault rifle bans.
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guest: if you outlaw guns, criminals will have guns. if you outlaw the number of polyphony magazine, only the criminals -- number of bullets in a magazine, only the criminals will have bullets in the magazine. gun control sounds terrific, but at the end of the day, it makes this country less safe. .his is the second amendment the constitution guarantees all of us the right to bear arms. and puerto rico. independent line. -- in puerto rico. caller: i have a question. a big concern in this country right now is our national security. how can you expect us as
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american citizens to take you seriously as a candidate when you are for open borders? our national security is on the line here. childrenity for our come our families -- our children come our families -- our children, our families is on the line. this isirst of all, greatly misunderstood. what i am for is an easy way to obtain a work visa. make the line moving to be able to get a work visa, which entails a background check and social security card. right now, border patrol has to immigrantsllegal contain some criminals, but the majority of those illegal immigrants are just hard-working people who
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want to get into this country and work. wading thekids rio grande and border control has to deal with them along with bad components. what if you made it easy for the women and children to make it work so that border control can identify the fact that anybody coming across the border illegally is somebody to be reckoned with? i don't know if i would call that open borders, i would just call that prudent management over something that can be done much more effectively. cross the t'sd about everything we care about. to pay theirrants fair share when it comes to taxes, recognizing that we are a country of immigrants.
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immigration is really a good thing. host: the front page of "the new york times" takes a look at president obama's efforts to resettle syrian refugees. guest: i think we bear a responsibility for the refugee crisis and we should be taking on our fair share. what is the mathematics of having disrupted 11 million syrians, half the population? when it comes to the u.s., i think we can deal with this effectively. should it be carte blanche? no, but we can have a system in place to accept refugees right off the bat. refugees might be questionable, backgrounds or whatever. we've directed enough of our resources on the military side to deal with the refugee side of
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it humanely and in a way that reflects what america is all about. --ortunity, freedom, liberty you want to come to the u.s. and work hard and be honest, you will get ahead. host: gary johnson with us. harold in new jersey. republican line. , you make a lot of sense, you really do. you make a lot of sense on a lot of issues. but, there is one thing. a part ofntly ignore the constitution in regards to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. would you give money to planned parenthood? additionally, do you believe ont our country was founded the value that god is father of all?
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, god sent the golden commandments, love god and love your neighbor as yourself. -- ild vote for you normally vote for the constitution party. i believe in the constitution. if you stand for what our founding fathers work for so collaboratively for months and months -- if you were there when our constitution was started, would you believe in life? god loves us all. that -- ther thing are, byis that we nature, poland people. -- fallen people.
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the devil is trying to stop you and any of other people trying to do good things. i pray that you and other libertarians will love life because life is so precious. governor johnson, go ahead. guest: you've touched on a number of things. first and foremost, abortion. how could there be a more difficult decision in anyone's life? involved thatn needs to make those choices. i firmly believe that. when it comes to planned parenthood come and looking to reduce the size of government -- planned parenthood, i'm looking to reduce the size of government. reducedpropose a expenditure to planned parenthood? yes. just like i would propose a reduced expenditure to everything. republicans at the end of the up taking it on the
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chin when it comes to planned parenthood. they are part of the whole. regarding the separation of church and state, i fervently believe there should be a separation of church and state. , butw up as a christian should god play a role in government? no. that is firmly established in the constitution. prescott,dia in arizona. democrats line. caller: hi there, mr. johnson. republican -- a guest: libertarian. caller: well, he was a republican as a governor, wasn't he? guest: yes, but a libertarian
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,epublican governor, today libertarian presidential candidate. i want to draw a distinction. you cannot bear your past. ry your past. i want to see you and bill weld support bernie sanders. there's a lot of people out here that want bernie sanders to win the nomination. ,f he is not in the nomination i'm sure you would take home the if you had all the ideas that bernie sanders has and three quarters of america have. claudia, here is a pitch to make to everybody out there.
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get online, take that political quiz. really simple. 60 questions, you don't have to register. at the end of that quiz, you get paired up with a presidential candidate most in line with your views. don't we all away to ourselves to find out who we align with we it toith -- o ourselves to find out who we align with and side with? 70% with bernie sanders. there is crony capitalism. the government really isn't fair when it comes to this level playing field. marijuana.
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73% of what bernie says, i agree with. in the road when it comes to economics. if we absolutely had a fair freem of economics, markets, we would do a lot better than going down the path of socialism. libertarians agree with socialism as long as it is voluntary. when it is forest, that is tyranny. -- forced, that is tyranny. there is so much in common that just factually speaking, take a look. take a look, bernie sanders supporters. take a look at who you next side with. host: david in north carolina. independent line. caller: you were talking about
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the affordable care act. there were some holes in the country that showed 65% of the population were not happy with the affordable care act in its current state. would like to see it repaired and improved upon. i want to know if you would be ton to something like that address pre-existing conditions and children staying on their parents's plans. votere convincing one that it would be an outrage if you were not allowed to compete in the debate. thank you. -- whatould you sign on i'm hearing you say is, would
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you sign on to things that make things better? yes. count on me to sign on to anything that makes things better. actuallycount on me to veto legislation that although sounds terrific at the end of the day, if it just adds time and money to our lives and doesn't add anything to government other than adding time and money to our lives, let's get rid of it. as president of the united iates, i will tell you what advocate, but count on me to sign on or so anything that comes out of congress -- support anything that comes out of congress that makes things better. host: republican line. caller: i'm hearing you saying that we've always been a nation of immigrants. any good rancher knows you cannot put more than so many
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cows on a piece of land or the land will be adversely affected. at some point, we have to decide, how many people can we have in america and still sustain our population with land to grow our crops? christians have been under attack by the lgbt population. what will you do to protect the cake maker being forced to sell to the lgbt? the government has gotten so involved in this and they will threaten you with removing federal tax dollars if you do not go along with it. i'm very concerned abo christians. the legalization of pot -- it is a gateway drug to harder drugs. what are you going to do to make sure people smoking pot, especially children, are able to learn in school and do not go on to bigger and better drugs? host: you can answer one of those.
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guest: a lot on the plate. i probably addressed every one of those questions. support gay rights. we should not have any part of this discrimination whatsoever. ,ith regard to immigrants, look and untold truth, we need a lot of immigrants to be working and paying into a social security system that in the future looks bankrupt. isn't this country a country of immigrants? don't we want people to pursue the american dream? this is rooted in working hard, being honest and rewarded for the fruits of your efforts. host: governor gary johnson is the libertarian presidential nominee. thank you for being on c-span. guest: a pleasure. a wonderful format.
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weighed in andid called him a fringe candidate. trump held a news conference today to announce which veterans organizations received money he raised and how much. from trump tower in new york city, this is 40 minutes. [applause] workingve started already on the convention. and lebron, good luck in the series, because we're going to have a series which, of course, the longer it goes, the less time we have, but that's ok. and it's going to be very
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interesting to see what happens. but as you know, they're playing the basketball championships partially in that arena. so i think it'll be very exciting. it'll add to the excitement in cleveland, and that's good. that's what we want. because it's going to be an exciting period of time. we have, we've done some awfully good work. i was just informed, it was certified out, that we've gotten more votes than anybody in the history of the republican primaries, and we still have i guess six or seven locations to go, states to go. and in the history, think of it. in to the history of this great party, we've gotten substantially more than anybody else, by millions. by millions more than anybody who's ever run. when you think dwight eisenhower and ronald reagan, everybody, we have the most votes by far. that's something, to me, that's very exciting. and overall it's just within a
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very exciting process. i think we're going to do very well. we have no idea what's going to happen on the democrat side, but they're certainly having difficulty. i don't like to see people having difficulty, but anybody has to have it, let it be them. and it's going to be very interesting. but i'm very proud to say we've gotten the most votes. also if you look at the overall primary, the amount of votes cast, that's also a record. so we've broken a lot of records in terms of the voters. our polling has come out, and the polls are doing very well. as you know, we're pretty much even and in some cases ahead of hillary. and i think we're going to have a very, very successful number of months. and i think it will all culminate in november, and we're going to make america great again, ok? so that's the way it is. does anybody have any questions? yes, yes. the last four months about
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questions -- yeah. who got that money? >> ok. ok. i'm glad you asked the question, because i have to tell you, i have raised a tremendous amount of money for the vets, almost $6 million, and more money is going to come in, i believe, over the next little while too. but i've raised almost $6 million. all of the money has been paid out. and i'm going to give it to you in a second. in fact, i brought a list just in case that question was asked. but the money has been paid out. i have been thanked by so many veterans' groups throughout the united states. one gentleman called me up recently crying that out of the blue he got a check for $100,000. but i've been thanked by so many groups, great veterans groups. outside you have a, groups. outside you have a few people picketing, they're sent by hillary clinton, and they're picketing that the money wasn't sent. the money's all been sent.
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i wanted to keep it private. if we could, we wanted to keep it private. because i don't think it's anybody's business if i want to send money to the vets. i raised close to $6 million. it'll probably be over that amount when it's all said and done. but as of this moment, it's $5.6 million. when it started, this started with a speech in iowa when i said let's raise some money for the vets. and it went up from a million dollars to $2 million to $3 million. and it now adds up to be almost $6 million and, again, i think we can even do better than that. but i will say that the press should be ashamed of themselves. and on behalf of the events, the , press should be ashamed of themselves. they are calling me x. they are furious because i sent people checks of a lot of money, and i'm going to give you the names right now which is what you want. and instead of being like thank you very much, mr. trump, or trump did a good job, everyone said who got it, who got it, who
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got it, and you make me look very bad. i have never received such bad publicity for doing such a good job. so i will give you the names because that's what you want, right? ok. are you ready? i brought them here. it takes, because you have to vet, you know, much of this money was paid out very early. but you have to vet all of these different groups because these are many different groups. you have to go through a process. when you send checks for hundreds of thousands of dollars to people and to companies and to groups that you've never heard of, charitable organizations, you have to vet it. you send people out, you do a lot of work. now, most of the money went out quite a while ago. some of it went out more recently. but all of this has gone out, and i'll give you the names. are you ready? do you have your pad? and, again, i really think the press, look, the media, you know my opinion of the media, it's very low. i think the media is, frankly, made up of people in many cases, not in all cases, are not good people. but i think this is an example. and i just on behalf of all of the folks that have worked hard on this and all of the people that have made contributions including myself, i gave a
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million dollars, but i just want to tell you that there are so many people that are so thankful for what we did. one other thing that's important to know, it's zero dollars have been taken out for administration. you know, when you go to a lot of these different groups, in this case zero dollars have been taken out for administration. so a lot of these companies that make a lot of money with doing the administration stuff. so no money, it cost zero dollars to accumulate all of this money, ok? so you have 22, and that's $200,000. you can call these people. that was another thing. a lot of the money when it was sent out, different people would call. i can tell you, i'm not going to mention anybody specifically, but there were a couple of people that were really disgusting. they'd call, and these vet groups, they don't get a lot of calls from the press. maybe some of them would keep quiet, or they didn't know, or they didn't want to talk to the
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press or they didn't feel comfortable. so if they didn't say they got the money, which they all did, 100%, all certified checks if anyone wants to see the certified checks. but rather or than saying could i see a certified check, they're not people that always talk to the press. many of them do talk to the press. i guess you found $2 million or $2.5 million. well, the number is $5.6 million, and it's going to possibly go above that because i believe some other people are coming in. ready? 22 kill got $200,000. now, these are checks that have been delivered, that have been cashed, that are now being used to help the vets. achilles international, great organization, $200,000. much of this money was paid a long time ago. american hero adventures,
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$100,000. americans for equal living, $100,000. america's vet dogs, the veteran k-9 corps inc., $75,000. amvets, $75,000. just so you understand, when i didn't do the fox debate, the one fox debate because i didn't think they treated me right, but actually they've been extremely fair over the last three or four months, i have to say that about fox, but when i didn't do that one event, the debate, i gave a speech. i didn't have to do this with the money for the vets, but i decided to because i thought it would be a good idea. and i had some very generous people, carl icahn gave half a million dollars, phil ruffin gave a million, ike perlmutter gave a million. we raised a lot of money, and i didn't have to do that. it would have been easier just to give the speech. and the problem with the press, what they do is they convince people like me not to do it, not to give money to different thing
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s because it's a lot easier that way. armed services, ymca of the united states, $75,000. bob woodruff family foundation inc., they do a good job, $75,000. central iowa shelter and services, these are all vet-related, $100,000. connected warriors inc., $75,000. disabled american veterans' charitable service trust, $115,000. fisher house foundation, great people, $115,000. folds of honor foundation, $200,000. foundation for american veterans, $75,000. freedom alliance, $75,000. green beret foundation, $350,000.
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hire heroes usa, $75,000. homes for our troops, $50,000. and just so you understand, we've got a long way to go. this money was raised during a little speech that i made rather than doing a debate. the one debate i missed. it was the lowest rated debate, by the way, but i won't say that. honoring america's warriors, $100,000. hope for the warriors, $65,000. intrepid fallen heroes fund, $175,000. k-9s for warriors, $50,000. liberty house, $100,000. marine corps law enforcement
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foundation, $1,100,000. i gave a million dollars to them. they're a great group. navy seal foundation, $465,000. knave marine corps, navy marine corps relief society, $75,000. new england wounded veterans inc., $75,000. operation home front, $65,000. partners for patriots, $100,000. project for patriots, and we're still vetting them, by the way, the check is ready to to go but they don't have all of their appropriate, in fact, we have down here will be released to them upon the receipt of the irs determination letter. it's the only one or, which we hear they're fantastic, but they have to give us that final document. this is what i mean by vetting. you have to have all the
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documents, otherwise you can't give them the money. project for patriots, $100,000. puppy jake foundation, $100,000. racing for heros inc., $200,000. support zooland soldiers, $100,000. task force dagger foundation, $50,000. the mission continues, $75,000. the national military family association inc., $75,000. veterans airlift command, $100,000. veterans count, $25,000. veterans in command inc., $150,000. vietnam veterans workshop inc., $75,000. warriors for freedom foundation, $50,000. and i believe we're going to have some more coming in. some friends of mine, some more coming in.
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and that adds up to $6 million, well, let's see, that adds up to $5,600,000 total, and we're going to have some more coming in. so that's it. now, thank you. thank you. every one of those checks has been passed other than the one check which is being held subject to their getting a final approval from the government. but every one of those checks has been passed. this is my check for a million dollars. we have many letters from the different groups thank us very much for the money. and they didn't ask, and i didn't ask people to be here today. i could have asked every one of the groups, unlike hillary who asked people to stand outside and say, oh, donald trump didn't give the money, nobody gave this kind of money. so i gave $5,600,000. more is coming in, probably tops the $6 million number.
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i never thought we were going to raise a million dollars when we started, and we ended up doing almost $6 million. so i have to tell you, the press is so dishonest and so unfair. a lot of the people behind me and some of the people over or here helped in vetting the various requests for money. and i just want to thank all of, just want to thank all of these people. yes. how did you prioritize -- >> yeah.
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>> how did you work through that? mr. trump: i wasn't too involved in picking the organizations other than i gave a million dollars to the marine, the law enforcement. they are fabulous people. they honored me last year at the waldorf astoria. i didn't want to do this where the press is all involved. we went to. then we said how much it was. you this started i think were there. i said we could raise a million dollars. we ended up raising almost $6 million. and we will have more coming in over a. of time. i didn't want to have credit for it. when i got was worsening credit. they were questioning me. most of that money went out very early just so you understand. vetted when you pay the
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money out you need government documentation. we need to find out is a good group. i had people reviewing statistics and numbers. also people from the military to find out whether the group was deserving of the money. we are given to groups that are unbelievable groups. i wish you could hear the phone calls and see the letters. i am happy to do it. i didn't want credit for it but was very unfair that the press said about us. when i raise money for the
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veterans and it is a massive amount of money find out how much hillary clinton has done for the veterans. nothing. i see a few guys standing out there. they don't even know what they are therefore. hillary clinton's campaign sent them. it was one of you guys in the press he found out that they were with hillary. i don't want to credit. but i shouldn't be lambasted. of the almost $6 million that was raised not one penny did we take for the administration costs. that's unheard of. >> you did post a very public fundraiser. donald trump: hello some i going to raise the money? and so i was criticized.
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i'm the only one of the world to raise him $6 million for the veterans. ended up being criticized by the press. i made a speech and during my speech i said i would raise money for the veterans. it turned out to be a lot of money, not a little money. i thought we could get to a million dollars it would be great. which it would've been. i do raise millions. >> the night that i will fundraiser you said you would raised $6 million. trump: i race almost $6 million but more money is coming through. when we're finished will probably be over the $6 million.
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i don't mind it coming from the opposition. what i do mind is when i raise all of this money and no renewal be over $5 million. here's the story. i've been dealing with the press for a long time. i think the political press is among the most dishonest people i've ever met. of course you are excluded, carl. you're the middle. i see the stories. i see the way they are couched. weekend to dois rolling thunder. i was invited. we had a tremendous gathering of people. thousands of people.
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that we would go from the jefferson memorial to the lincoln. i was joking. they said donald trump was disappointed. everybody knew i was joking. they said donald trump was very disappointed by the crowd. but it didn't go from jefferson to lincoln. millions of people. i was joking. they put it down a serious. they know i was joking. here's another example. we have the same event. it was roped off where you can only get summary people in there. there were a lot of people. maybe 25,000 people. they were people breaking the seams. one washington a man i like article that said they were 5000 people there were many times that. we weren't allowed to have any more people. all these people with their motorcycles in parking lots and they were waiting for me as i'm going by. the point is law enforcement
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these people didn't allow you to have a more people. crowd thatmendous was the biggest crowd you could have had. you weren't allowed to have more. you are not have any more people than they had. speech said trump made a and he was disappointed because i didn't have millions of people going from jefferson to washington. give me a break. it is dishonesty. counselee why the veterans believe. this is a group i gave money to. showed up i just saw him. i could've asked all these groups to come. i didn't want to do that. i am not looking for credit. why don't want is when i raise millions of dollars to have guyle say like this sleazy
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right over here from abc. he's a sleaze. you know the facts and you know the facts well. >> thank you mr. trump. i'm a state represented from new hampshire. 22 years in the marine corps. what i want to clarify is that would never in a million years put my name on the candidate who did not look me in the eye and tell me he was concerned about veterans. that's donald trump. i met him over a year ago. i get involved with many fundraisers. there many scam artists out there. if you look at some of these groups you give him $.20 $.40 on and they take nice lavish trips. he gave 100%. the liberal media is the only ones who've been calling the foundations.
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i've been dealing with this stuff for years. veterans as political pawns. you've got a guy outside mccoy do a google search on his facebook. he's out there working for clinton. they are using veterans as clinical pawns. donald trump is doing this for the heart. you are all focused on the way he's raising money and you're not looking at the 22 veterans are killing each other every day. the thousands of veterans that run wait lists. look at his plan on his website. trump talks about medical costs. he talks about fixing the v.a.. he talks about competition. i've been dealing with the liberal media for a long time. get your head out of your buck. focus on the real issues. thank you. donald trump: i've gotten to
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know our little bit from new hampshire we had great victories. he showed up this morning because he was upset and many the other groups are very upset. received a hundred thousand dollars in the mail they didn't even know what was for. it was from a. heartfelt letters. it the part about dishonesty of the media is that people like me will be inclined not to do it anymore. abuse why should you raise $5.6 million and i think we will go over 6 million pretty easily will be said that we started this out as a small project. less than a million dollars. it just kept mushrooming in building. but nobody talks about that. $5.6 million we had so many happy groups and summary happy veterans and i see these
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guys these hillary clinton people outside. they don't know the extent. they probably figured based on reading the press that donald trump didn't raise this kind of money. but we raised a lot. i will be raising more. and i will be sending it to other people as we go along. it's a company process. the government approves different groups for a lot of reasons. is also speaking to other veterans. i don't want to send a $250,000 check to a group that we don't know about. it's called vetting.
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it is bothersome because i love the veterans. i worked hard for them. i've given a lot of money and raised a lot of money for them. i think when the press portrays it differently the press is being very dishonest. i don't like dishonesty. jeff sessions. he is a fantastic man. he is one of the most highly respected people in the united states senate. jeff sessions is a person that i ted cruz has the most respect for. i think ted cruz thought he would get an endorsement from him. jeff sessions had never endorsed a presidential candidate before. that i wouldy consider. he is a fantastic person.
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>> animal activists are outraged that they killed this guerrilla. trump: it is a very tough call. there were moments where the guerrilla was holding the child and was on was like a mother holding a baby. moments where it looked pretty dangerous. i don't think they had a choice. probably didn't have a choice. you have a young child in danger. bad there wasn't another way. i thought was so beautiful to watch that powerful almost 500 pound gorilla the way he helped with that little boy. it just takes one second. it just takes one little flick of his finger and i will tell you they probably had no choice.
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i'm in favor of fixing the v.a. health care. that is one of the great catastrophes in this country. look at what happening in phoenix in different places throughout the country where they are catching people stealing from it. people are awaiting five days or six days online. they are dying while they wait on line. i'm in favor of if they can't get to a doctor within a reasonable. of time they're going to go see a doctor and the country is going to pay for it. doctorn go to a private or a public hospital but someplace they can take care of them immediately. we are losing thousands of people waiting on lines for health care. is rons administration by obama just as incompetently as he is running our country. look at the tsa at the airports. look at that. just take a look at that. that is like the veterans administration.
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nothing in our country works anymore. it is a mess. and that's why am doing so well in the polls. it doesn't have to be privatization. what has to be is when somebody is online and they say the seven-day wade that person is going to walk over across the street to a private doctor who will take care of him and the government will pay the bill. that will be a lot less expensive. lesss going to be a lot expensive than once going on now. these people are living in hell. hillary clinton said the veterans of administration is working just fine. , mcdonald's,f it he said with the online is not bad it's like disney world. these the kind of people we have running things.
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that is their choice. you have a particle the democrats they are going to have to make that choice. i think it is probably going to be her because it is rigged. a few people will say i came up with the term rigged. i used it for myself except i won by such big margins. the whole system is rigged on both sides. same with the republicans just not as obvious. the democrats with their superdelegates is ridiculous. they are going to have to make that determination. if you're asking me who i would prefer to run against. did was veryshe bad. a lot of people have done a lot less than her and their lives of the destroyed.
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>> is a lot of questions about trump university. trump: the judge has been very unfair he's been a very bad job. i will win the trump university case. i am already doing it as far as i'm concerned. i don't care. antagonize him? i have a judge who is very unfair and you will see it in court documents. very unfair.ry he knows it's unfair. i will win the trump university case. i could settle the case. i could've settled in. i choose not to. when iran they said what did you settle the case? i am a man of principle. most of the people that took those courses have letters saying they felt was great. when they are on the stand and you say how come you signed a letter saying the trump university was so good.
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the woman that was the original plaintiff in the case, they went to the court and the judge allowed her to get out of the case. the case should have been dropped at that point. they wanted her dismissed from the case. you know why? she was deposed. she was such a bad witness that we would win the case easily. she is on tape saying unbelievably good things about trump university. want her anymore because she is a disaster for them. they went to the judge and they said your honor we would like to have her not to be a participant in the case anymore. he said oh that's ok. she's the start of the case. she has also to beautiful statements about it and she is on tape saying how great trump university is. they don't want her. i wouldn't want her either. i could sell that case any time. i don't want to.
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we are down the line. you can't win as an independent. you can even get on the ballot on places. you will not have supreme court justices. there could be as many as four or five. bill kristol is the one. he said trump would never run. he's not a smart person. he said donald trump will never run. remember? i actually blame you. what you put this guy on television. i see him on the different shows. he has no credibility. he said if i run i will do well. he looks like such a fool.
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he's practically crying because he can justify it. now he comes out with a tweet over the weekend over memorial day weekend it sounds like he's going to put some of you. i thought the confines of independent person. now he comes out with something saying he was a was kidding. these people are losers. , driveying to make you you a little bit nuts. independentun an when you have is you lose the election for the republicans and therefore you lose the supreme court. you have a group of people put on the supreme court with this country will never ever recover. it will never be the same. bill kristol is a loser.
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he has called every single one. says i'm going to lose this day, i win in a landslide. the kristol is a loser. his magazine is failing as you know. i don't think it even survives. it's getting some free publicity. i've been watching this for two years. trump is not going to run. we going to new hampshire. i won new hampshire and a landslide. i was win in a landslide. do think maybe he doesn't like me? one or two more questions.
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that's wrong. i didn't get 30% of the vote. one was i didn't get 30%. >> how can unite the party when you're criticizing people? when i have: something was not my side. i got an great applause from the press in terms of the achievement because the republican party is really well unified. people that you would've never thought possible are now saying i support donald trump. remember that. we'll talk about that too much. how fast the republican party's healing. it is a healing process. that was a rough campaign. i don't know fred malek. the real story is how fast we are getting together. if i have a republican is not on my side why should i be nice to that person? not going to go after them like i would hillary are crazy bernie
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it the washington nice that person. i have no obligation. politically i may be right i may be wrong. that's who i am. i'm a very honest person. if somebody's going to say something negative about me if they have to be republican i may choose to have them back. not always. i may choose to have them back. -- take them back. -- paste them back. i'm not a fan of mitt romney. mitt romney lost an election that he should of won. if you read the front page of the wall street journal he looks like a full. i am not a fan of mitt romney. just a you understand. i raised a lot of money for mitt romney. i made robo calls for. i made speeches for. he let us down. if you read the front page of the wall street journal this weekend mitt romney looks like a fool. while i say something good about mitt romney?
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nice and i was fine, just a little bit of the jab. i'm not changing. bob dole is a fan of mine. bob dole endorsed me. don't tell me about bob dole. gary johnson got 1% of the vote last time. i watched that whole situation and it was a disgraceful. -- fringe is a free candidate. he is a fringe candidate. when you do little research on him you will find he will not be a factor. not all of you just many of you.
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not you david. let me say something. i'm a person, yes it is going to be like this david. when the press rights fall stories like they did with the veterans because about half of you are amazed that i raised all this money. if the press rights fall stories like they did where i wanted to keep a low profile. i didn't want the credit for raising all this money for the veterans. more money is coming in. i was looking for the credit. but that no choice but to do this because the press was saying i didn't raise any money. the only guy raise it much that was raised a long time ago. there is a vetting process that we had to go through. probably more than $6 million will come in. raise $5.6 billion and more is coming in this is going to phenomenal groups. i have many people vetting the
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people that are getting the money. working hard. and we have to read stories probably libelous stories certainly close in the thepapers and people know stories are false. i'm going to continue to attack the press. i find the press to the extremely dishonest. the political press is unbelievably dishonest. thank you all very much. [applause] >> our campaign 2016 bus continues to travel around the country. we stopped in massachusetts. we went to the school in foxboro. they attended a school ceremony to honor seventh graders for
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their honorable mentions on gunning for safety. we also stopped at the middle school in love low. the video called veteran services. another video called lgbt writes. the two were honored in front of their classmates. a special thanks to our cable partners. comcast and charter communications. see all the winning documentaries at student .his week on q&a that he coed
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she was the senate historian and talks about work done by her office. lamb: historian of the united states senate. if you had to choose a character to write a book about who would it be? becky: it would probably be a time between charles sumner and everett dirksen. two people that the more i learn about them the more interesting they get. charles sumner just seems to be a bottomless pool of interesting facts and passions and contradictions. as i learn more about everett dirksen i'm finding things good and bad. they are both characters. trust sumner was in the senate in the mid-1850's and he stayed there until he died in 1874.
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there are parts of sumner's career that are very famous and very well-known. for anyone who just capital building they've heard about the meaning of charles sumner in the old chamber in 1856. that is often the only thing they know about him. much of his career came after that. most important part of his career was during the civil war and reconstruction. he was a dedicated and passionate proponent for civil rights laws. contradictory he was ornery was difficult. he was arrogant. many of his colleagues hated of the time. he left a lasting legacy that i think is quite profound. dirksen was from a different perspective. he was a modern senator in the 1950's and 60's. he died in 1969. was probably the most
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effective minority leader we ever had the senate. he was in the minority throughout his leadership. heavy democratic party dominance at the time. shapeeless he managed to pretty much every bill that came through the senate. especially the civil rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 19 c5. he was entertaining. he was kind of clownish on camera. the orders loved him. the voters loved it. behind the clownish image was this very astute legislator. like sumner he just had endless layers that you could keep peeling off. historiann the senate for 18 years. i came in 1998. i was assistant historian and then associate historian and i've been the senate historian since june 1, 2015. my days are very rarely the same. one of the things i love about
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my job is you don't know when you go to the office just what you are going to be working on. you go in thinking of going to dig into this research project and then the phone rings and something has happened. some he said something some he made a statement.
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>> they have to be a resident at the state at the time of election. they have to be a citizen for nine years and be a resident at the state at the time of their election. that goes back to the founding fathers. they were trying to him up with a system that would be workable in the early years because they had people that were born before we were a nation, before we had our independence so they were looking for ways that they could grandfather people into office. they were also looking for ways to distinguish the house from the senate and so they would have stricter qualifications for the senate, nine years versus
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seven for the house, 30 years versus 20 four the house so they were trying to separate the two bodies of congress. brian: the president has to have been born here. -- in the president early days he had to be a naturalized citizen and now he or ao be born in the u.s. child of naturalized citizens who were born in the u.s.. i am not sure what that is. >> the senate voted to add one more qualification for smoot and that was religion. betty: by the time utah became a had to disavow itself from some of the mormon practices including polygamy but there was a lot of religious bigotry.
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there were a lot of people did not want to accept him in the senate because of his religious beliefs. he had been a prominent figure in the mormon church, had been part of the leadership hierarchy and there were a lot of people that would not accept that. >> there is a paragraph i wanted to read a bright moment in this , otherwise ugly episode came in a floor speech by the committee's ranking majority member, who testified that smoot stood out among his colleagues for having no vices. he does not drink or smoke or chew or swear. and so, because he did not do all that, his religion boggled them at times. betty: there were people who would not accept them because he was a mormon. it is not because they dislike him or they thought he was horrible, they just did not agree with his religious practice. ultimately the senate voted to seat him despite their prejudices. brian: here is one from 1954. on the first of september, 1954, south carolina democratic senator maybank died unexpectedly.
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earlier that year, maybank had won his party's primary nomination for a third full senate term. at that point, 51-year-old former governor sam thurmond announced his intention to run. what is the story on that? betty: he started term limiting himself. but with the maybank system, when maybank leaves office and a vacancy opens up, he decides to run for that. but it is too late to get into the normal process so he runs as a write-in vote. to this day he is the only senator, up until a few years ago when someone else did. when senator lisa murkowski got elected by a write-in vote, he was the only case up until that
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moment. brian: when did you know you were interested in history? betty: as a child i was very interested in archaeology. i wanted to be in archaeologist. i grew up in iowa. mason city, iowa. went to high school in colorado and california for college and graduate school. i had a strong interest in ancient history and archaeology. i did not get much encouragement from school and high school counselors and so want to go into archaeology so i drifted to other things. i studied music. i got my bachelors degree in english. but when i finish college i decided it was history bore the end anything will stop a couple things revved that up. about the time i got out of high school, we were celebrating our national bicentennial and i got fascinated by that and started to read american history. when i got out of college, we
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were going into the time of the constitutional bicentennial and i started to pay attention to that. so when i finished my undergraduate years, having grown up in iowa in living in colorado i had never been to the eastern seaboard. so i came over from the east coast and to the trip from maine to north carolina and went to boston and washington and philadelphia. by the time i finish that, i had a really strong interest and went to graduate school as a history major. brian: you might be a poster job for someone who started in a community college. betty: i did, yes. i went to santa barbara city college for two years, then i transferred to the university of california for my final two years and i was a working girl all the way through. i worked my way through college and he and i did not have the money to go to a fancy school. at that time you could go to the university of california for a fairly low price. it would be hard to do these
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days, their fees have gone up a lot. but in those days it was very affordable. brian: i found on linkedin a list of all these things you are supposedly involved in. this is the one i wanted you to explain. the young woman's drumming empowerment project. betty: i am a drummer. i play the west african drum and i have a good friend who is an amazing musician and she has a project that she started in washington, d.c., called the young women's drumming empowerment project and she takes young girls 12-18 years old a off the street and teaches them drumming, how to gain confidence. it is a wonderful organization and so it in addition to enjoying the drumming process i help with that. brian: how long have you been a drummer? betty: four or five years now.
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and there is a related project. drumming up from poverty. her husband is from ghana and he goes back where they make the djembe drums and he teaches the boys in the home village how to make the drums. he brings crafts from ghana to the united states and they have a store where they sell them and the funding goes back to those villages in ghana to help bring those boys out of poverty. brian: back to the senate. this is a moment back in 2015. i don't want to ask you the politics of this but mostly how and what the rules are. here is senator cruz on the floor of the senate. [begin video clip] >> i cannot believe he would tell a flat out lie.
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i voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us. what we saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every republican senator but when he told the press over and over and over again what was a simple lie. [end video clip] brian: people talk about how he is disliked. he is calling his own leader, mitch mcconnell, a liar. can you do that in the senate? you're not supposed to. betty: you are not supposed to. the senate takes great pride in its decorum and respect in the chamber. starting in 1789 on, there was a set of rules and procedures and one of them is that you do not speak ill of another person on
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the floor. we have had some famous confrontations in the senate chamber through the years. this was mild compared to many of them that have come along. through this process, they have built a set of rules, precedents, and expectations geared to having respectful debate in the chamber. brian: who would rule on something like that? betty: whoever is sitting in the presiding officer's chair would preside over it. in that particular case, they came back into session a few days later, and the president pro tem, read out the rule which governs the way it is managed on the senate floor. that was sort of a statement to say we do have rules, we do have expectations. brian: here is an item from your website. anyone watching can get on and read these things. this is 1906. daniel webster had trouble with
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his personal finances. while a senator, he maintained his legal practice. betty: famous daniel webster. throughout his career, he often argued court cases in front of the supreme court. he was not adverse to taking monetary bribes, we would call them today, to favor one piece of legislation over another. there were no senate ethic rules at the time. senate ethics rules are modern invention. and so there was nothing that was considered sort of an abuse of power the way we would today to use your senate seat for long for your own financial gains.
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brian: when did they change it? betty: they really didn't start it change it until the 1960's. there are moments where they start to add other rules in the the 1920's. but not until the 1960's do we get an ethics committee to set forth rules to govern that type of stuff. brian: here is another one. this one is from 1912. in 1873, this was a guy, as i said named senator pomeroy. he had him $7,000 to secure his vote in the upcoming state legislative welding for reelection to senate. we heard as legislators struggled with their constitutional responsibilities to elect u.s. senators. this was a guy, as i said named senator pomeroy.
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what impact did that have on the senate? betty: that was one thing that ultimately led to the establishment of the direct election senators. in the late 19th century, there were a lot of cases of bribery of state legislatures at the time. senators were elected by state legislators, not directly by the people. there had been a reform movement underway to write a constitutional amendment that would change that system of election, but the senate always balked at that. the house thought that would not pass. it took a long time for that reform movement to come through. in the 1890's and early 20th century there were several cases of people who were alleged or convicted of taking bribes or offering bribes to state legislatures to get senate seat, and pomeroy fell into that category. finally in 1912, the senate passed what became the 17th amendment to establish direct
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election. brian: here is a video. one of the reasons way i want to show this, this is all about the impeachment process over the years. how many times has the senate convicted after impeachment by the house a judge or president or supreme court justice? betty: we have had 20 impeachment trials so far and about half have resulted in conviction. brian: the supreme court justice samuel chase? was he convicted? betty: he was acquitted. he was the third impeachment trial ever. the first impeachment ever was a senator from tennessee. the time he got to the trial he had already been expelled by the senate so they expelled the case for lack of jurisdiction. the first to be convicted was in new hampshire judge name john pickering. he was removed from office. samuel chase was a very politicized case. thomas jefferson really had a


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