tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN August 31, 2016 5:33am-7:01am EDT
once we listen to everybody, and it has been an honor to be here, we have to put our money where our mouth is. congressman brenda lawrence and i are working on a bill, part of it is called urban progress, and part of that bill is police-committee relations because it is important that we diversify the criminal justice system, not only the police but the prosecutors and on and on because we need a diverse group of people working in these arenas. also, as my colleague talked about, hope. we have to make sure that people have jobs and job skills and all of that, and i think that once we arm our citizenry that will make it easier for police officers in the neighborhood. so thank you again. thank you, chairman, thank you to the dean of the house, appreciate your hospitality, and i look very forward to us coming to chicago, which is the epicenter of a lot of these ills. thank you.
mr. goodlatte: now we have congressman keith ellison from minnesota. mr. ellison: thank you, mr. chairman. i went to university high school and seven mile, i went to wayne state, and it is always great to , there with my colleagues house, but also with my family members, my parents live here, my brother. it is wonderful to be here. congress -- i think our core job is to listen, and we listen to chief craig, we listen to community leaders, we listen to young people, and we had even a tremendous spoken word presentation that i really thought was insightful and important. and we will go to some other cities, and we will continue to listen and then formulate policy
partnerssive federal with our local, state, and community leaders to form good policy to help our country really evolve. mean by that is every country in the world has law enforcement, and their job is to protect the community. but in america, we have a democracy, which means law enforcement and government in general has to have restraint. government has to have restraint. we could make every city in america safe, but that would inan you'd have to kick everybody's door and stop anybody you wanted to, but we do not have the government. we have a government that everybody has to be accountable. we are trying to balance safety and freedom, and it is not easy. we will continue to work hard with these issues, continue to help evolve the relationship between police and community so it can be a
symbiotic relationship that enhances both safety and freedom at the same time. thank you. mr. goodlatte: thank you, keith. least,t but not and not a member of our working group, but a member here in detroit, mayor lawrence. miss brenda lawrence. this is an issue that is important to all of us. was of you know i previously a mayor. when i look at these issues of crime and criminal justice and accountability, i look at it as a responsibility that starts at the top. we must invest for our police to get training. we must include community policing in every community. traininging includes of respective diversity.
notmost of all, if you do invest and train and give the tolls to the police officers locally, you cannot have accountability. so accountability is like we expect, when we go see a doctor, that they will do no harm. we expect that of our police department. i can tell you as a mayor, setting the stage and the expectation, there is always the human factor. when you plan, train, and invest n expectation of inclusion, of equality, of respect of human beings not as animals and not as everyone is a criminal until they prove different, and the skill of de-escalation is extremely important. in one of the cases that was documented as being that of police brutality.
the officer clearly was not trained to decelerate that situation. he was clearly just as nervous and unprepared as a person that was walking the street. and whatn opportunity, is so powerful about this being bipartisan -- i used to say a dthole does not have an r or on it. when it comes to policing, it is the expectation that citizens of the united states have when call 911. i excited about this. i so proud of being able to work in the congressional black congress and having robin kelly from chicago, who is living and breathing this every day. we are working hard to make sure that this issue that is so often urbann the lap of communities and african-american communities as our problem, that
today you see that this is an issue that we as the united states and as a congress must address, and i'm am so encouraged, and i have hope today from the community people who are here and my amazing colleagues that we in america will set the tone that our police, the police to take the oath to serve and protect, will be that, not just an oath but a reality in america. thank you. ms. goodlatte: thank you, brenda. we will be happy to take questions from members of the media. , and howdo you go next many cities do you plan to visit? goodlatte: that is a great question. we do not think this is a problem that can be solved overnight, and the number one message we have is this kind of dialogue, discussion, needs to take these all across america. unfortunately, there are just 12
of us. we cannot get to all of those communities, so we hope that we can send a message out that local community leaders, local elected officials, and police chiefs and rank-and-file members of police forces need to sit down together and have a dialogue like the one we have had here today. washington in in the judiciary committee on a series of bills related to criminal justice reform, including a policing strategy bill that is being led by ranking member conyers. we would like to see those move through the congress because we think that would help promote this kind of better relationship between police and communities that need to be happening everywhere in america. that is one of our main projects. we will visit some other cities. we have had some invitations, but we have not yet decided where our next stop will be. >> with this being a bipartisan
effort, what will prevent legislation coming forward to help solve the issues that you identified here? i am glad you gave me the opportunity to come again because i wanted to be sure i thanked the congresspeople of this community and again to thank the dean of the house, you can be very proud of john conyers, who has been on this issue for a long time, and then brenda lawrence, as a mayor who knows these issues, particularly de-escalation. but to answer your question, de-escalation is part of police activity engagement, the one thing we want to dispel the myth that congress are steamroller's. that means we get an idea, we come from our district, we may with constituents, police officers, civil rights groups, and we begin to formulate legislation. the lawthe genesis of enforcement, trust, and
integrity act that mr. conyers began envisioning for a long time. i mentioned earlier that i first started dealing with police brutality as a member of congress way back in a case back in the 1990's, so you begin to formulate ideas, but we are not steamrollers. we are drawing on bipartisan support, but you know what we need? the police organizations of america. there are 18,000 law enforcement agencies throughout america. they range from one officer to 10 officers to 1000. we want that kind of commitment to work with them in a bond of trust and respect for them and the community. legislation has set a standard as something that is crucial for solving problems.
data, knowledge about what is going on. the one thing we have not been able to secure his to get the police departments to help them formulate how they can be safe for themselves and their families, and to have the interaction between a young man like -- and an elderly person that will be the kind of example of policing in america. .e don't want to steamroll we want them to come and join us with a reasonable and rational piece of legislation. a champion more of of a we are trying to do. gathering data, police training also hope that we will have some resources in that bill that will then push out toward our local law enforcement giving them the ability to collect that data and
get it to washington for us not to sit on it but to utilize it and provide the best programs we can possibly provide for our police departments. colleagues have said that it will also include -- i want to bring back social workers, , things thatr communities suggests that we will have. i want to get police back into the image of yesteryear, of the little girl holding the big hand of the police officers. that is what i think is important. >> was the right thing that wasn't agreed on during the roundtable? to come to a consensus? some -- there might be a
response and appreciation what is happening to them. we have a very candid discussion. it is held in a fashion that allows people to be very candid about their views. a lot of times people may have byrd something that was say what they do that. but other times people respond. i think your impression of a is not as youent described it. that kind of candid discussion is marry them orton for people to get out on the table, their .eelings and emotions and here from other people about what the practical realities are.
>> what did you hear from detroit about the good things going on that you would like to see replicated elsewhere? >> i think you have good leadership care. i am not just referring to the members of congress. i think that's very important. good leaders listen. , if leaders participate they are doing their jobs aren't , and from what i have seen they are. resources are needed. i don't think it would be a andrise to anyone here
certainly make sure that our , andnity be kept safe police and other law enforcement are properly trained, and .roperly compensated it should be a high priority for every level to make sure that happens. we know there are tight budgets , by where -- everywhere keeping communities safe should be amongst the highest right party. we heard a lot about that. why don't you say something, john? >> i wanted to add police chief that's name to the list of added to our understanding of the problem here. articulate extremely and has been working inside the police department and outside of the police department which we
think is very important as well. comments from the dilute -- detroit police departments and other departments increasingly using body cameras. we heard the comments about how that was a good thing because it helped to make very clear who is at fault. sometimes it makes it very clear -- on other hand it makes wereear that the police not at fault and were doing their job properly. our local prosecutor -- prosecutor kym worthy they are often the ones that have to make a decision about how to to prosecute someone. look at where there
might be a number of cameras in vehicles and so on come it takes a lot of time to do that. in order to do the job properly, they need the necessary resources. oftentimes if they can do that before the decision is made , saving thecution taxpayers some time and money by coming to a better conclusion before you indict somebody and take them to trial. it's the end of august in an election year, a body of the realityat is that something meaningful will happen in washington when you return? and becauseartisan it is so strongly supported by the general public across the
political spectrum, these criminal justice reform, which aght be patched together in smaller number of bills or even one bill could very well passed the house of representatives. the senate is also working on this. i know that the president has been promoting this as well. this is something that i think to address these many issues or that sentencing reform, reentering into society and policing, these have to be addressed to show the american people that congress is listening to them. we have a good prospect of and allthis bill passed
the way to the president's desk. something -- this is one of the knee-jerk reactions. what we have seen with the a state like georgia, which is a very conservative state. we have seen major changes by integration -- reintegration policies. we are seeing the reintegration and accountability towards other things that made a difference in the perception of what we are -- thatre is something is not something that is a band-aid. it is being honest.
we have a moral obligation to help those who need our help and to protect our citizens. also from a financial's statement. there are a lot of things we can learn about. funding is a major issue. congress is not giving the money to the city. do they come here -- do they care about the communities? funding is a high priority. but i also want to make it clear that are working group doesn't control those pursestrings, that
is for the appropriations and the budget committee. we will continue to have a -- how to makel funding available for those priorities, given the very tight circumstances we have, given the deficit that we have in the congress and in our federal government. in the bill we have passed that was offered, we have worked very hard with the funding that we do have jurisdiction over, to make sure that we make available and we authorize priorities. i would like to think that to have a stronger impact. we have a standard and we give
the roadmap for the appropriators. that we are news is authorizing legislation making a national statement to the -- thatators the crisp criminal justice reform is to be funded. and so do some of the expenses that have been expended by local authorities. they need to be reimbursed. funding andeed for , because youills cannot have an authorizing bill and no money. let's hope that will be the result of what comes about through the criminal justice bill. i want to say to the gentleman that asked about bipartisanship, we just past 18 bills on opioids. they are all bipartisan. that is an amazing feature of
it hasiciary bill and had no mandatory minimums or criminal penalties. it was outreach, education and treatment. and we need funding for that. we did all of this and a bipartisan manner. and i hope this is something that we will embrace in some of the amendments we are trying to deal with is to recognize might be thethat place where someone says you know what? i am not coming back here again. i will do something different with my life. and in detroit and wayne county doave been so impressed with -- the sheriff dealing with people who are dealing with mental illness.
population, many of them suffer from mental health needs. done isne county has all the resources to be able to put these individuals where they in a jail, not situation, but were they can get treatment. that is part of the extended criminal justice system that we have to embrace. i am grateful that wayne county has been a very strong light on this issue, something i think that can be is -- utilize. detroitwayne county and , thank you for all of this that is going on around here. i am looking for someone who can break this down in a nutshell for the american people.
what did state or local officials not address in this issue? you can see what's going on in the city that i represent. people don't know each other, they don't trust the police. this is such a complex problem. i don't think there is one answer. it really does take a village of legislation. i think some of what you see is happening around the country, as , wether of an 18-year-old are losing a generation of old -- young people to gun violence. we have to deal with that
situation, people to people gun civilian gun violence. and also the other thing is, as , thevel around the country other thing is we are having a hard time getting young people wanting to go into law enforcement. it's a problem right now. it will be exacerbated. if we don't get a handle around this we are the united states. arere one that always confident and bold in the statement that we have freedom in the united states. but part of that freedom comes from the protection and the
security that we have in our communities and homes. s of that comes our freedom safety. if we do not have safety of police,y with organize that is someone walked outside of the laws and the rules of the community, there is a consequence and a structure that addresses that. things, and a know this is probably not the right venue because we are supposed to be bipartisan here. let's talk about gun control. let's talk about the fear driving the increase of gun ownership because i don't trust that someone else is going to have that responsibility to
police and keep me safe. and we are seeing the results of that. this is an issue that is extremely important because as we see more and more guns being the norm in our country, and we see that lack of trust, and that is why this is not silent. their jobs, ladies and gentlemen. and when we educate a child, you will not have a criminal in the making. but when we fail, when we are debating this issue right now in the city of detroit, are we educating our children to give them the tools and resources so they can make positive decisions? so, this issue to me, opens the doors to the other challenges we have right now. education of all children, areas,lly in poor, urban are they getting the same education as a child with a zip code whose average salary
is $60,000 to $80,000 a year? i think the core of what we believe in, and our constitution rests on us having a system of democracy that includes policing that is respectful and will protect us. >> thank you. i wanted to quickly address your question. i'm one of two career law enforcement officers in congress. of 435 people, there are just two of us. cops around the country, and sheriffs and police chiefs come and see the two of us. and also, community groups come too because they absolutely see the connection, as we have seen here in baltimore. is, why isstion there so much of violence across
our country? i think that my colleague here touched on it. there are so many opportunities to touch not only kids and education, but homelessness, and others. but the real question is, if we think this is a priority, if we believe this is a priority, and it is, we need to find a way to make changes. the way you make changes starts of the bottom, but you have to have the support at the top. one of the reasons this group is together is you have members of the united states representatives saying, we believe this is a serious issue and it needs to be resolved and solved today. the fabric of our community will crumble and fall apart. that is the reality of it. and so, if we believe it is a priority, the question about funding earlier, and i'm going to step out on a whim as one of
we have tocans here, find the money to support hiring. the sheriff is saying they are 130 to 140 people down. oenne we have to find the money to cop for every4 prisoners, inmates, in jail. one for every 64. when i was a sheriff i had staffing problems, too. it was a battle every year to get funding to find money to put cops on the street. when you don't have cops out on the street, interacting with the public and all they are doing is going call to call to call to call the call and you show up on incident, they say, who are you? in my should i trust you? -- and why should i trust you? they don't have the relationship with you. this is just one of those issues. school resource officers, storefront officers. otherare a variety of
community programs, those are absolutely critical. ,he federal government, i think has a responsibility, especially now. we are in crisis across the country. this is not just a detroit problem. this is not just a seattle, chicago, baltimore problem. this is a united states of america problem and the united states congress needs to take action to support the efforts of all local communities across the country to fix this problem and then, slowly received and let the communities handle it again. but i really feel strongly about that and i wanted to mention it. thank you. >> you are going to let mr. mason have the last word. >> how are you guys doing today? just real short. i just wanted to say today as a young black african-american male, to give me help that america truly is adjusting the problem. but this problem is not new. this is something that has been happening for years, but with
social media and the internet, it is being brought to the forefront. it truly inspired me that congress really was able to hear my story and hear what every african-american young man has to go through each and every day we walk out that door. you know, a mother having to pray about not losing her son. you know, a father, you know, i just truly just am thankful together,n all stand but now it is time for work. the work is not done yet. we talked about it. we talked about the issues, but now it is time for solutions. now it's time for action. i just hope and pray that today, on this day -- this is tuesday, 2016 -- that congress, community leaders, and media, we'll take action to not only connect that disconnect from the community and the police, but we truly hold everybody accountable. i think that is what is urgent and his country.
people are seeing these young men and women being brutally attacked and they are not getting any justice for it. dollars go to the police. i thought the police was supposed to protect and serve the community. so, we have to do something about it. i am just thankful i have the opportunity to talk today and be a part of this and hopefully, one year from now we can say america may change. thank you. >> thank you, everybody. >> hillary clinton speaks to the american legion national convention in cincinnati today. white house coverage here on c-span at noon eastern. in the evening, donald trump updates his immigration policy and talks about national security.
that is live from phoenix, arizona at 9:00 p.m. eastern. >> primary voters went to the polls in florida and arizona yesterday. debbie wasserman schultz defeated her primary challenger. john defeated his primary opponent. senator mccain is running for a sixth senate term. and marco rubio won his florida senate primary. speeches are coming up on senator mccain is running for a c-span. >> with the host and senate returning from their summer break next week, we will preview four key issues facing congress this fall. federal funding to combat the zika virus. >>c-span. women in america today want to make sure they have the ability not to get pregnant, because mosquitoes ravage pretty woman. >> but today, they turned down
the very money that they argue for last may. and they have decided to gamble with the lives of children like this. >> the annual defense policy and programs will. -- policy and programs bill. >> all of these votes are very vital to the future of this , inon in a time of turmoil a time of the greatest number of refugees since the end of world war ii. >> gun violence legislation and criminal justice reform. of this body,r every republican and every democrat wants to see less gun violence. >> we must continue the work of nonviolence. and demand an end to senseless killings everywhere. >> and the resolution for congress to impeach irs commissioner john koste. >> house built 828, and teaching i impeaching.
>> we will review the congressional debate with the senior correspondent for "the washington examiner." chairmer dnc congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz won her primary. she spoke to supporters in florida. her district includes miami beach and north miami beach. >> i want to thank the best volunteers, supporters, and constituents. [cheers and applause] >> thank you all so much. thank you for your love and your support and your friendship and for knocking on doors, making phone calls, practically living
in our campaign headquarters. but really, most of all, most of all, i want to thank the people i have had the privilege of serving for nearly12 years in congress and 24 years as a public servant to this community for giving me the greatest professional privilege of my life. the chance to be able to be our community's voice, the chance to be able to stand up to the principles and values our community stands for. this is a community with an incredibly progressive heart that has lifted me up and helped me to be able to shout forronm the rooftops the idea that you can, in america, use government as a catalyst to improve people's lives. that is what i practice. [cheers and applause]
: that wasserman schultz is why all people here believe in this. and today, i am so proud to be the democratic nominee from florida. [cheers and applause] debbie wasserman schultz: thank you so much. thank you so much. "debbie"]nting debbie wasserman schultz: besides my incredible supporters and friends, who have been with me for all of these ears, -- all of these years, there have been thousands and thousands and thousands of doors i have knocked on, places i have shopped in. we spent a lot of time running around this community. i want to think most of all, my incredible family.
my amazing husband. [applause] : myie wasserman schultz incredible children, shelby our youngest, rebecca and dave, the twins, who just started their senior year, which i cannot believe. and my amazing parents, who are to ones that raised me believe that a little girl in america could grow up and be anything she wanted to be and that around our family dinner ande, the idea of our faith tradition of repairing the world and helping to make the world a better place when we are fortunate it is our responsibility to make sure we can uplift others, that is what my parents taught me for my whole life. [applause] debbie wasserman schultz: i'm
sorry. my dad gets mad when i make them cry. years ago wasmany i took those values and i made it a career choice. 1980's, when most of my friends in college were going down the corporate path and making as much money as humanly possible, i saw another way. i saw a path that was lit by the idea that i could devote my life to making other peoples' lives better, that i could be in there slinging every single day and be the voice of people who have no voice, to amplify the voices of others. to first, go to the state capital, and that the nation's capital, to make sure we can really have people standing up for the idea that we can have an economy that works for everyone, that we can make sure that people have a chance to reach the middle class, get a good job that pays them up, not just the
crumbs republicans are willing to throw at them. make sure that people, especially families across this community, have a chance to send their kids to college, and they are not having to pay for it into their 40's and 50's. college debt eclipses credit card debt in the united states of america today. that is absolutely unacceptable. it is only republicans that stand in the way of changing that. we've got to work together. vote inbeen forced to washington 64 times to repeal the affordable care act. enough is enough. survivor, asancer someone who has been faced with my own mortality before the affordable care act became law, i can assure you that the 129 million americans who live in
this country with a pre-existing condition are not going backwards to the bad old days when insurance companies could drop us or deny of coverage. my wonderful constituents, who now can keep their kids on their insurance until they are 26 years old, are not going to the bad old days when they had to worry every single day that their young adult child did not make enough yet to be able to decide to pay for health care because now they can make sure angela get more firmly on their feet -- now they can make sure until they get more firmly on their feet. it has given me the greatest are professionally to be able to represent them. they deserve better than the donut hole that is so wide that they have to ask the pharmacist lls and breakr pi them in half so they can double the men of time that prescription lasts. the affordable care act is saving millions of dollars for seniors on a fixed income. that is a public service is all
about. going to bat for people who need to make sure that someone is focused on their well-being. that is what i will work to do. [applause] : weie wasserman schultz have a general election. right? [cheers and applause] debbie wasserman schultz: tomorrow, we turn to the general election, not just in our district, but the national level. carryre, we know how to hillary clinton all the way to the white house. [cheers and applause] debbie wasserman schultz: and so as florida goes, so goes the nation. we commit right here and now that our county will carry hillary clinton to the white house. thank you all so much. i love you all. i can't wait to get back out on
the trail. the day after tomorrow. [applause] wait, wasserman schultz: i have one more important thing. one more important thing. i want all of my incredible us,f, there are so many of extended family members who have been here with me over and over and over again, anyone monti wasserman schulz is here. we had former staffers come back. we had turned staffers come from all over. it was just amazing. this is my amazing, incredible team. professionalest public service team that any member of congress are public service could ask for. please join me in thanking my
team. [cheers and applause] debbie wasserman schultz: and then, two more. i want to single out two people. where is jodie? [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting "jodie"] debbie wasserman schultz: so, i think everybody in this room and perhaps, everybody across the district, as much as i am known as just "debbie," jodie is known as just "jodie." she has been the most remarkable , focused, get it done, loving,
ckass -- [cheers and applause] debbie wasserman schultz: kickass campaign coordinator you could ever have. she has two beautiful daughters of her own and a husband, who we could call saint johnson, just as i am married to saint steve. thank you from the bottom of my heart. the other one i want to thank my name is the remarkable. the other steve in my life. i always say i have a lot of steve's in my life. this steve has been amazing. we have been together for all 24 years i have been in public service. we have been involved in many campaigns together, not just my own. i have a feeling we will be involved in many more. take you to the two most
incredible -- thank you to the two most incredible team leaders. debbie wasserman schultz [cheers and applause] --[cheers and applause] >> florida congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz defeated democratic primary challenger tim canova. he's go to supporters in kendra pines -- he spoke to supporters pennbrook pines,
florida. good evening. good evening, everybody. it is so wonderful to see everybody here. somewhat aware of the election returns. i know that well, it isn't over until it is over. i will start off right now by saying i'm quite not ready to concede anything yet. [cheers and applause] ou.canova: thank -- thank you. from what i gather, we are down by about 6000 votes. need to win today by a landslide. that is what i understand. so, i am in wait and see mode. i think a lot of folks are here to wait and see. i will say a few words about
what we accomplished. we came out of nowhere. tomorrow, whether we pull out an upset or not -- if we win tonight which looks like long odds, the general elections against the republican and democratic district, i will get tehe sweep tomorrow. pullbviously, if we don't it out, i will get some sleep tomorrow. it has been a long road. january 7 is when i jumped in. i had $15,000 of my own money when i jump into this. a lot of folks that it did not have a prayer, but i kept praying. i kept saying, "the grassroots will be there for us, help will be there along the way." there were a lot of tough times during this last eight months. i remember waking up one day to find out the president of the
united states had endorsed my opponent. [crowd boos] tim canova: i am not asking for boos from the president, but is t is not every day you wake up to find out the president against you. i said to richard bell, this is going to be a good day. and it was our best on raising day of the campaign. -- and it was our best fundraising day of the campaign. it was our best fundraising day of the campaign and grassroots all across this country were upset about it. they saw what was at stake, they a contest between a career politician and the grassroots. this campaign has always been of the people, by the people, and for the people. [cheers and applause] well --va: i thought somebody said to me today, barack obama lost his first house seat and won his first
senate seat two years later. i am an educator. i have been teaching for over 20 years now. in my office, i have several posters, framed. one of the posters is of sir michael. sir michael jordan. yeah, the best ballplayer. i started shaving my head when i realized i wanted to be like mike. and he says, in this poster, and michael jordan says he has missed 20,000 jobs, he lost 10,000 games -- i don't remember the exact statistics. each time, i failed, i failed, i failed. and that is why i succeeded. ass a lots us on our of times. everyone gets knocked on thei rbur butt a lot. the test of character is getting
back up on your feet. and this movement has been knocked on its feet -- knocked off its feet time and time again. and i still maintain that what this is about is fighting for american democracy. rigged systema and everybody knows it. i refuse to shy away from that word rigged because donald trump likes to use it. it is rigged. when you have got what a primary days --ugust of all actually, i heard months ago that they chose august 30 because it is the day most likely to have a hurricane. i don't want a high turn out. i don't want to have debates. they don't want to have discussions. and you know, if we had the election two or three months ag o, we would have lost this race by 20 or 30 points. let's see what happens the rest
of this evening as they keep counting votes. my guess is it will become a tighter race, but if we don't close the gap, and we do lose, look out for we came out of nowhere. [cheers and applause] tim canova: i have got a lot of folks to thank ofor this. first and foremost, i thank my family. when i first home i family i was thinking of running against the head of the democratic national committee, i thought they were going to tell me i needed to relax and sit down. without fail, every single one of them said, you should do it. you have prepared your entire life for something like this. [cheers and applause] tim canova: i think my mom and dad. where are you? please raise your hand. [cheers and applause] tim canova: my brothers, i see ted right here. where is tom?
[applause] tim canova: i think tom is still counting votes. i love tom and ted. my cousins are here. i have so many cousins here today. my childhood friend, richie bell. where's richie? he opened up four field offices and did so much. we have our consultants. [cheers and applause] tim canova: you know, people who have lived here for ages and have wanted to challenge the establishment. i have to give a huge shout out for all of these folks. the greatest field operation for the unitedace nin states of america. [cheers and applause] greatest field operation. and i'll tell you, i remember.
i was a college graduate, i went overseas and backpacked around for a few months. i came back to the u.s., still much or what i was going to do with my life and it was october of 1982. and i went to see who was running for congress in my local race up in long island, new york. i volunteered for this guy and we walked door-to-door. it was a hopeless campaign. it was a heavily republican district. but that election night, there were fewer people in the room than we have here. a lot of more drunken people there. i might have been one of them. [laughter] tim canova: that might come i decided i was going to move to washington dc and get a job on capitol hill. it took a few months and i landed a job on capitol hill. the point is, the money people
have stepped up for this campaign. at some point, scattering'to ths to the wind i suppose. but you don't know how this campaign will affect everybody in this room, where they are going to go from here. i just want to say, i love you all. [cheers and applause] tim canova: the fight goes on. the fight goes on to reclaim democracy. it from a broken oligarchy that has bought our politicians, who are no longer accountable to the people. that is why you see a growing inequality in the distribution of wealth and income. this is why you see such high levels of hidden unemployment. you see a lot of hopelessness.
you see a lot of stunted dreams. you see college graduates graduating deeply in debt, living at home with their parents into their 30's. these are some of the issues we talk about time and time again. beyondoo it goes inequality of income. it goes beyond persistent poverty. as we have talked about in this campaign, a goes to the quality of our drinking water, the kinds of threats to our very existence in south florida. when we don't have drinking water what are you going to do? so, this campaign was about progress for all, not fo rsor s. it is the progressive tradition that has been dormant for too many decades. god bless you all. we are all going to go on
mccain: thank you. i hope everybody can hear me. can you? let me try this. alright. [cheers and applause] john mccain: thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you all for being here. i am humbled and grateful for our success tonight and for the honor to be the arizona republican party's nominee for election to the united states senate. [applause] thank you to the interns who sacrificed their evenings and weekends. [cheers and applause] john mccain: could i just ask our interns to raise their hands? thank you and god bless you all. thank you. [cheers and applause] john mccain: they sacrificed
their evenings and weekends to make our campaign stronger and they kept cindy and me very young. thank you to the many coalitions are hhere, latinos, iranians. we owe so much to our coalitions. it is hard for me to single out anyone, but obviously, we have a special relationship with our vietnamese american community. would you guys raise your hands? thank you. [applause] john mccain: thank you. and our iranian friends. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting] john mccain: someday.
someday we will celebrate next to the statute in the square in tehran where she was -- [applause] john mccain: where she was murdered by iranian thugs. so, i thank you all. i thank my wife cindy and our children. you know, campaigns can be as hard on the candidate's families as they are on the candidates and we have been through a few of them together. this one has a ways to go yet, and it is not going to get any easier, but i never would have gotten this far without their patients, lovce, love and suppo. thank you, cindy. to everythank you arizonan . those who supported me and those who supported one of my opponents. to the former, your support is a
privilege. i promise to work as hard as i can to deserve. to the latter, i promise to work as hard as i can for you, too, and to fight for policies and principles that i believe are essential to building a better future for arizona and america and making the world safer for our shared values. there is a lot at stake in this election, my friends, and a matter who wins the presidency. a stronger economy that offers a fair chance to prosper for all americans, the matter where they started in life, their backgrounds, or their beliefs. a economy that creates jobs, future that produces more and grows more than all other nations on earth. a sfafer world where we face old adversaries with strength and wisdom and new threats with courage and confidence, a world where those who slaughter the innocent in the name of the
religion they pervert are defeated by the power and values of the greatest force for good on earth. [cheers and applause] john mccain: a nation that is secure from external and internal threats who controls its borders. it will be forced or laws -- it will enforce our laws. a health care system that delivers what obamacare hasn't and won't. [cheers and applause] affordable, available, reliable health care that manages risk without abandoning entire communities, like what has happened in pennell county. keeping health care, him promises to the men and women who sacrificed everything
to keep their promises to us. these are some of the biggest, though not the only issues at stake in this election. to make real progress in any of them, republicans must be willing to put forward smart, common sense effective policies. we must be able to resist from papea position of strength ideas coming from the next white house, whoever occupies it, that would take the country in the wrong track. it is imperative republicans maintain our majorities in congress. it is important to america's future that we have a say over the next president's appointments to the united states supreme court. [cheers and applause] john mccain: it is important that we offer alternatives to policies that double down on the mistakes of past administrations that reinforce failure or create new sets of problems. most of all, it is important
that republicans can fight for the resources our military needs to allow the men and women of our armed forces to continue doing what they do best, keeping interestsefending our wherever they are threatened and exemplifying the values we believe all humanity is entitled to. thatt is just as important our national security policies are grounded in hard learned lessons, but informed by recent experiences, not mired in failed adopte doctrines, as has been the case in recent years. i have served my country, life. -- i have served my country all my life. i have made my share of mistakes and i think i have done some good, but believe me, i have
never made the mistake of not appreciating the extraordinary privilege i have been given by you, the people of arizona. inu have let me live a life service to the great and good nation we call home. and tonight, you have given me a chance to continue serving arizona. thank you, from the bottom of my heart. [cheers and applause] john mccain: now, let's go win one more time. [cheers and applause] >> arizona senator john mccain
defeated republican primary challenger kelli ward. she spoke to her supporters in scottsdale, arizona. [cheers and applause] kelli ward: hi, everybody. i have not had a chance to see everybody yet. planning touys are stay here, listen to the band is that more, have some fun, have some food, and stick around because you all are amazing people and this was an amazing race. tonight we are concluding amazing chapter in our lives. i have, and you all have. i don't think we can make up the votes. i am one that wants to fight until the end. maybe in the morning we wake up there will be a miracle, we will see. [cheers and applause] kelli ward: but along the way,
we have met, literally, thousands of amazing, amazing people. many of you are out here and a lot of you have sacrificed incredible amounts of time and talent to help me speak out in support of the conservative values that founded and sustain this nation. yes? [cheers and applause] kelli ward: sadly, the establishment seems to have won this battle by spending untold millions to call me liberal, dangerous, weak, some other things too. should mccain said it not be beyond us to refrain from substituting character assassination and mean-spiritedness for a spirited debate. after running a campaign devoid of any actual ideas -- did you guys see any actual ideas? i hope this senator can rest comfortably with his conscience
as he continues to lecture others about civility. the republican party cannot win as a national party if we keep nominating unprincipled career politicians whose only objective is perpetual reelection. [cheers and applause] now, i am confident. look at this room. i am confident. people of every age, race, and nationality here. we are all americans, right? i am confident our movement to save america will continue. those of us who believe liberty should be the direct and of government. as edmund burke, the founder of conservatism said, nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. we fought a good fight. we finished this race. we have kept the faith.
this battle might be done, but the war for america's goal will certainly continue. this is only the beginning. i hope all of the will still stay here, have fun. do not be sad and dejected. i have been telling these guys. i think my staff and my husband are so sad. i am not sad. we fought an amazing, amazing battle. [cheers] kelli ward: we did something that everyone else was afraid to do. we took on the beast. we took on the feast. [applause] kelli ward: so, do not give up. the day is not over. if we lose this election, it simply is an election. i have said it again and again. i built my life on my face, my family, and my progression, things that cannot be taken away. we have got to be fearless. we have to operate our lives in faith and we have to be fearless
in november. he spoke to supporters in orlando, florida. ♪ marco rubio: thank you, guys. thank you very much. thank you very much. it is great to be with all of you. our cfo, jeff atwater, thank you for being here. tod wilcox is up with us today. he has already served our country in incredible ways. and of course, my friend for over two decades -- we are old enough to know each other for over two decades, our wonderful governor. thank you. i want to begin, as i always try to do, when i should always
remember to do this, and as my lord andches, thank my savior jesus christ. and i take great solace that he will come again in glory to judge the living and the kingdom will have no end. i will be remiss if i don't thank the people who have done this with me, in the good days and the bad ones. that is my wife jeanette and miky four kids. i will kelly right up front, guys. -- i will tell you right up front, guys. we have to leave as quickly as possible. they have school tomorrow and danielle is a test tomorrow. she will be there. [laughter] marco rubio: this has been an unusual road back here with you tonight. as you know, after my recent rates for the presidency, i was prepared to become a
private citizen. i was excited about what that meant, time with our family and other opportunities, but i could not be at peace with the idea that we were not only going to lose the senate the, but lose balance of power. with the potential that chuck schumer would be the majority leader. i am so grateful now to report that so many people have supported us. thousands of people have called and supported us along the way. i am grateful to you for this opportunity. over 70% of the republicans in the state have supported me as their nominee. [cheers and applause] marco rubio: now, in about 70 days, the people of florida will have a clear choice to make. politics are at their best when it is about clear choices. this will present to the people of florida a very clear choice.
i am proud of my service. i am proud of what we achieved in my time as speaker of the florida house. i am proud of what we have achieved in my time in the united states senate. i am proud that we passed the va accountability act, so those people who are not working for our veterans will be fired from their jobs at the v.a. i am proud that i sponsored, i wrote, and we passed the toughest sanctions ever on the terrorist group hezbollah. i am proud that i wrote and we passed a bipartisan act that goes after human trafficking. i am proud that i wrote and we recently passed the foreign aid transparency act, so there is more accountability and transparency of how your taxpayer money is being spent. i am proud that i led the effort and we got rid of the obamacare bailout fund. your taxpayer money cannot be used to bail out private insurance companies. [cheers and applause] marco rubio: i am proud to have
led the effort and we passed, after far too long a wait, recognition for a segregated unit of our armed forces who bravely served our country and waited too long for the recognition they deserve. on issue after issue, i am proud of the work we have done on behalf of the great people of our state. i am also proud of the way we have supported our constituents. ofvever 40,000 people have comeo us, including 5000 veterans. 4000 to 5000 veterans. that is why i am asking the people of florida to return me to the united states senate, so i can continue this work on your behalf. so, we can have a senate the returns to its proper role under our constitution. it begins on day one because this nation has a supreme court vacancy and the senate must
confirm the supreme court justice. that must be someone who will apply and contribute the constitution as it should be. if the constitution is up for interpretation, it means nothing at all. [cheers and applause] marco rubio: the democrats and their hand-picked candidates will be our opponents. i look forward -- and all the people of florida, i look forward to you understanding the difference. patrick murphy, the congressman from west palm beach, will have to justify to people why his candidacy is the best one for you to vote for. the problem is, what he has done in the private sector is not true. he likes to say he has dual degrees from the university of miami, but they say it is not true. he likes to say he has extensive years of experience as a cpa, but cbs news found he is not marked as a single day of his life as a spa.
-- as a cpa. he started no business and never got a single contract to clean up the gulf. so, he is not going to be able to run on the promises of all the things he did as a private individual. he will have to account for his four years in congress a when he was ranked as one of the most ineffectual congress members and that is hard to achieve in a congress as ineffectual as this one. [cheers and applause] marco rubio: he will have to answer for his liberal record. he likes to call himself a moderate. let me tell you about his voting record. patrick murphy is an enthusiastic supporter with the nuclear deal with iran. he is still a supporter of it, even after iran got $40 million in ransom, even after they took three more american hostages after the deal was finalized, even after iran captured 10 american sailors and try to humiliate them, he still
supports that deal. the last guy who said that was a prime minister from england in the 1930's and he regretted it for the rest of his life. patrick murphy wants to close guantanamo. he wants to release these terrorists and bring them to america. he is a supporter of the export import bank, a bank sponsored with your taxpayer money in which all the loans go to a handful of politically connected countries and when offered the chance to vote for an amendment that said, "this bank cannot give loans to countries that sponsor terrorism, like iran," he voted against that. last there, he voted with barack obama and 8% of the time. he is an old-fashioned liberal. his ideas are dangerous and they will leave us vulnerable as a people and a nation. ask yourself, how can patrick murphy, who has done nothing in his private life to be successful, and done nothing in his four years of congress, how
can someone with that kind of record think he can be elected to the u.s. senate? sense ofr is, he has a entitlement. when everything you have in your life is given to you, you think you deserve it all. i understand in many parts of the world, people come from families that are politically connected, but not here in america. entitledmerica, we are nothing other than the liberties our god has given us. here in america, patrick murphy wants to be a u.s. senator. it does not matter how politically connected his family is. he is going to have to earn it by beating the son of a bartender and a maid who came to this country in search of a better life. [cheers and applause] marco rubio: so, i look forward to this campaign because the best ones are the ones that give you a clear choice and this one will be a clear choice between someone who has achieved things
on behalf of our state and has plans to achieve things in the future, and someone who feels he is entitled to the job because everything he has ever wanted has been given to him before. that is not the way it is going to work, not for the u.s. senate, not for this critical state, not for this critical time in our history. this is no ordinary time. america finds itself at a proverbial crossroads. we have been here before. for over two centuries, each generation of americans -- for over 200 years, each generation of americans have had to make a choice. and the choice is the fundamental question of what kind of country do we want america to be? the kind of country will america be when anthony, and dominic, and danielle, and my children and your children are our age? i believe there are only two ways forward. our children will either be the freest and most prosperous
americans that have ever lived, or they will be the first to inherit a world worse off than their parents? they will be the first generation ever that could inherit in america worse off than the one left for their parents. that is the road we are on right now and the red patrick murphy will lead us on if he is our senator, but i believe in a rebuildt path if we our military, which he supports cutting and i support rebuilding, if we embrace free enterprise, which patrick murphy apparently does not believe in, and i believe is essential to our prosperity, if we embrace all the things that made america special and we open the doors of opportunity for all americans, no matter where you started out in life, or what your parents did for a living. if we do those things, i believe our children and grandchildren will be the freest and most prosperous americans that have ever lived. that is the road i ask us to choose. [cheers and applause] marco rubio: that is what i have
always been about. that is why i will continue -- that is what i will continue to be about if i am honored to serve you in the senate as your senator. i look forward to the opportunity to do that. this is a time of great challenges, but also extraordinary opportunity. this is an exciting time to be in public discourse in america. i believe the opportunities are greater than the problems we face. to do that, we have to put the right people in those positions, who don't just believe these things, but who have done these things, people who have been able to show how they can get those things done. and i have, and patrick murphy hasn't. that is the exciting opportunity that with us now and i hope we will fully embrace it so we can have a senate that takes its role in our constitution. a senate that will act as a checks and balances on the excess.
for the only person in this race who will not be a rubber stamp for the executive bertsch irancn this election is me and that is what we need in the senate more than ever before. [cheers and applause] marco rubio: i am privileged and honored to stand before you today. as i was walking into this gathering, as i usually do at this gathering, i walked to the kitchen of this hotel in the back room. i ran into some of the folks that were breaking down what looked like a pretty good party that happened earlier. mei told them, it reminded of where i came from. i said this so many times. i will always say it because i think it speaks to our country. it was in rooms like this for my father worked for over three decades as a banker bartender behind a little rolling bar. we don't have one here tonight because we are trying to save money. we could have had a cash bar. that is what he did for a living. he stood behind a bar like that so i could have a chance to be anything i wanted. all my parents wanted in life
was for their kids to have the opportunities they never did. and i know that have they gone anywhere else in the world, they could not have achieved that. they came here with nothing, barely spoke english, no money, no connections, fairly educated. and yet, somehow, they were able to own a home and retire with dignity and leave all four of their children better off than themselves. that is not just my story, but our story. this is who we are as a nation. this is who i want us to remain. we did not become that by accident. the men and women stood here before us did what needed to be done and now the time has come for us to do what needs to be done. if we do what needs to be done to leave for children what our parents left for us, the single greatest nation in the history of mankind. >> hillary clinton's big to the american legion national convention today. live coverage here on c-span at new eastern. in the evening, donald trump
updates his immigration policy and talks about national security. that is live from phoenix, arizona at monaco p.m. eastern -- arizona at 9:00 p.m. eastern. "washington journal" is next. former florida senator bob graham, who chaired the intelligence committee in investigation of the 9/11 attacks, talks about the newly released classified information on 9/11. live coverage at 10:00 a.m. eastern look at freen, a speech on college campuses live from george washington university 4:00 p.m. eastern coming up this hour, we talked to journalist michael isikoff about potential security breaches in state voting systems. then, caitlin owens joins us to talk about the recent controversy over the cost of defense.
later, steven brill of "the atlantic" asks if we are safer since 9/11. you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. ♪ >> it was a night of victories in arizona and florida or the incumbents. john mccain will go on to the federal election in arizona. in florida, senator marco rubio and democrat debbie wasserman schultz were both victorious. it is the "washington journal." ofthe last days of august 3016. both the donald trump campaign and a hillary clinton campaigns have traded comments over releasing personal health record