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now, it is my pleasure to introduce fellow combated arms, academy graduate from the class of he commanded a missile 1974. frigate, destroyer squadron. executive assistant. he ended a brilliant career as a deputy director for strategic plans and policy. and he covered russia, africa, and nato. so it is my pleasure. [applause] well, thank you, everyone. we are a group of national security professionals who dedicated our lives to the security of our nation as deplorable as we are. [laughter] we are not a political group. but we are a national security group that has chosen to support a political candidate.
the series of discussions you have all listen to mr. trump cap -- esther trump deal with national security. national security is not solely about the military. it is comprised of many facets, defense, diplomacy, economic security, energy security, border security, cyber security, homeland security. [applause] the logical policy presentations that mr. trump has delivered over the last few weeks lay out a sound strategic approach to providing the security of the nation, and the security of all americans. these policies comprise a holistic approach to addressing the complex facets of national security in a complex and extremely dangerous come international world.
moreover, mr. trump combines this multifaceted approach to our security with a pronounced commitment to those in uniform serving our nation today. and in fact, all veterans who have worn the cloth of the nation. and that commitment extends to the families of those who have served. for as all of us in this room know, their sacrifice has been as equally difficult, if not more so than our own. george washington said the willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified shall be directly proportional , to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and are appreciated our nation. [applause] mr. trump has embraced those words of our first president.
mr. trump has also shown an extreme dedication to those that have shouldered the wounds of battle in the service to our nation. and we have several of those people with us today. has committed himself to the words of president abraham lincoln -- words emblazoned in the motto of our department of veterans affairs -- to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, an d orphan. this is why all of us here are assembled to support donald trump for president. [applause] we have lived national security for a large part of our lives. we understand how a strong economy, cooperative governance combined with skilled diplomacy,
sound energy policy, sound alliances, and the netted american -- and the united american public all defended by a well-trained, appropriately funded, fully committed and technologically unsurpassed military come together to make america strong and make the world a safer place. [applause] and finally, all of us on this stage, all of you in the audience who have served, you took an oath, you pledged, sealed with the honor and commitment in your own lives. i know it is not solely to our country, not to our flag, not to a chain of command, or not to a commander-in-chief, but an oath to a piece of paper, a piece of parchment upon which is written, those ideals in which we
believe, those values that define us as a nation. those very virtues that those who have served before us, defended with their lives. and note to defend -- an oath to defend the constitution of the united states from all enemies foreign and domestic and to bear true faith and allegiance to the constitution. to form a more perfect union, to establish justice, to ensure domestic tranquility, and to provide for the common defense and to promote the general welfare, and to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. that oath is important to all of us here today. [applause] that oath remains the cornerstone of our lives long after we have taken off the uniform. that oath is important to donald trump. we'll take in fact,
that very same oath on january 20, 2017. [applause] assembled in this room, along with many other veterans, and their military families, all support his and deceiver president of the united states of america. together, we will all make america great again. thank every single one of you for your service to our nation, and may god continue to bless our united states of america. [applause] it is my pleasure not introduce lieutenant general tom. a west point graduate, but we will not hold that against him. [laughter] commissioned a second lieutenant of the army he then joined the , air force. completed pilot training and went on to a long, distinguished military career, including
assistant vice chief of staff u.s. air force. his awards are numerous including the distinguished service medal, legion of merit, distinguished flying, bronze star. a true, good american hero. [applause] >> thank you. it is very simple. we, all warriors here, are supporting mr. trump because he has the only budget, the only economic plan, that can rebuild the military. [applause] if you elect hillary clinton, he will get 1% growth. growthl get 3.5% to 6% with this administration because he tells how to take the
handcuffs off of america's economy. we need that. [applause] make it very clear to the american people, there is only one candidate that can rebuild the united states military, and make us great again. [applause] now, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce lieutenant general keith kellogg, who is on the national security part of mr. trump's team. doing the transition team for the a affairs -- v.a. affairs. he had two tours in vietnam, the 101st airborne division and with special forces. he has a very distinguished career culminating in the commander of the 82nd airborne division. the all-american division, and finally, finishing as a j6. god bless mr. trump and god bless america. keith kellogg. [applause]
>> thank you. and i am honored to be on the stage today with these great americans. these are men who know the meaning of courage and sacrifice. i want to identify mrs. jane horton, a gold star wife of chris horton. [applause] chris was a great, young sniper with the thunderbirds of oklahoma. god bless you and god bless what he has done as well. these great veterans behind me who have served as a well, we started last week, there were 88 who signed. we are over 165 today. [applause] these are men and women who have
led at all levels of leadership. and believe deeply in his temperament, his leadership, his vision, and his guts to be our commander-in-chief. [applause] for those of you watching, let me tell you a little bit about the people to support him. the people behind me and the people not here. into the millions of americans who are hopefully watching. these are commanders who fought in afghanistan. they fought in iraq. they fought in mogadishu. they fought in panama. we have leaders have been wounded fighting for this nation. we have leaders who hunted down saddam hussein. one of the commanders we have on our team hunted down and killed pablo escobar, the colombian drug lord. [applause] we are in the middle of a change election. it is really quite simple. to those of you here today, to
those of you listening out there, and to those of you watching, if you want to keep the status quo with all of its failures and promises of more of the same, then you know where you can go. but if you want to move forward we can becomewhat a what we should become and what we will be, then you will elect donald trump to be president of the united states of america. [applause] to those of you watching, join with us on the stage and join the millions who have already stood with us in the past months to carry this man, and with him, our nation to victory on the eighth of november. god bless you, and thank you. [cheers and applause] >> ok, without further ado, the
person you are here to listen to, the next president of united trump. donald j. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: thank you, everybody. [cheers and applause] chanting "usa"] mr. trump: thank you, everybody. please sit down. we want to get back to work. whether it is building the military or our country, we have to get back to work. we have a lot of work to do. we been -- we had been very much left behind. speaking with the admirals and generals and all of the military people, we talk about the word the military has
been so badly treated in terms of its equipment and the money being spent. and this is a time where we need our military perhaps more than ever. when you look at the number of ships, you look at the number of military personnel, you look at records forsetting all time lows. we can't have that. there is a world out there and it is not nice to say, but there are a lot of very, very evil people heading up potentially strong countries. we have to be prepared. we have to keep our country so great and so strong. and to have all of the support from so many generals, so many admirals, people i respect so much. they are smart some of they are tough, they know what is happening. .nd i believe in them totally and that is why the fact that they believe in me is one of the great honors of my life. so, i want to thank them. [applause]
now, not to mention her in the same breath, hillary clinton, startedcampaign of 2008 the birther controversy. i finished it. i finished it. you know what i mean. president barack obama was born in the united states, period. now, we all want to get back to making america strong and great again. [cheers and applause] thank you. thank you very much. [cheers and applause]
>> very, very briefly, i want to say, the big themes that have come out today -- first, we wanted to thank all of our military men and women who continue to serve this great country. it being a deplorable and wanting our country to be rate again, -- and wanting our country to be great again, that i am a deplorable. for those individuals who serve the military, the military, veterans and families who stand behind all the sacrifices, they
are not deplorable americans. they are great americans. [cheers] one word came out and the theme of what you just witnessed, one word that came out is "leadership." we need leadership desperately in this country. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, thank you. thank you all for being here. god bless this country. let's make america great again! thank you. [cheers and applause] [chanting "usa"] a congressional race in
santa barbara, california became one of the most expensive in the country? a reporter covering the l.a. times. thank you for being with us. this is an open seat. tell us about the two candidates. the democrat is a county supervisor in san bernardino county. he was chief of staff and has been making his way up through local santa barbara politics for 20 years now. and he has the backing of lois capps and nancy pelosi and the democratic establishment. justin freed is a 28 gerald. own a devices company santa barbara, and after graduating from ucla, worked for congressman ed whitfield in
kentucky for a year before moving back to the district. and now he is making his second run for congress. humana 2014, but did not make it to the primary. >> you said it was an expensive race. how much will be spent by the candidates and outside money? >> right now, it is at $5.5 million. $1.5 million in outside spending. i expect that to go up. i don't know how much it will go up by, but i would expect because santa barbara is such a cheap media market compared to los angeles in the bay area. you can easily see another $1 million in outside money alone before election day is over. are sitting ons about $200,000 for freed and 500 -- a $500,000 for the other. it will get more expensive before election day. >> and most of that money spent on advertising.
[video clip] >> encumbers cannot agree on a budget, they shut down the government, keep their salaries. he sees things differently. when the great recession hidden thousands of county workers were for road, he stood with them and gave a part of his salary as county supervisor. >> everyone was trying to make ends meet. if we are asking our employees to sacrifice, we should do the same thing. that is what leadership is all about. justin freed, a third generation rancher, born and raised right here in the central coast. at santa barbara high, he was an unstoppable running back. building a small family business, he would never take no for an answer. justin went to washington long enough to realize the place desperately needs fresh ideas. someone unstoppable. choose fresh, choose freed.
>> i'm justin freed and i approve this message. ads in two of the many california's 24th congressional district that includes santa barbara. justin freed the republican candidate. joining us on the phone from the l.a. times newsroom is happy air nzar.are -- is javier pa you couldn't really get too more different candidates in that area. justin freed is only 28 years old and his experience in politics -- he was a staffer for a year. the other one is spent years in -- he raises a lot of money not only for this race, but when he was running for county supervisor.
he really got the backing of most of the powerful democrats in washington, nancy pelosi is , loisg him, lois capps capps's daughter, for a period time -- hit with a lot of attacks from freed for being a career politician. not have muchoes of a career politics, so he gets to come at it from an addict, i am a new kind of republican. really kind of run against the dysfunction in congress. >> mistook about the demographics of this congressional district. north of los angeles, santa barbara and san luis obispo -- who does it favor? >> it is an interesting district because for a long time, because
of gerrymandering, it was known as the ribbon of shame. the district cut a thin slice of the coast from families of this boat to malibu -- sam luis opus -- align you go more in linen get into the more country club republican crowd. you get more farmers, ranchers, there is a significant agricultural economy that is a larger city in santa barbara. the former lieutenant governor is a republican. it is an interesting area. havees have -- democrats the advantage among registered voters. been a six-point lead over republicans. being a presidential year, that alone should favor him.
>> a house race quickly becoming one of the most expensive in the country. from los angeles times, his work available online. thank you for being with us. >> absolutely, thanks for having me. for camping 2016, c-span continues on the road to the white house. >> we all want to get back to making america strong and great again. i am running for everyone working hard to support their families. everyone who has been knocked down, but gets back up. [applause] >> live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates on c-span. the c-span radio app and c-span.org. monday, september 26 is the first presidential debate, live from hofstra university in new york. on tuesday, october 4, vice presidential candidates debate
at longwood university in farmville, virginia. on sunday, october 9, washington university in st. louis host the second presidential debate. leading up to the third and final debate between hillary clinton and donald trump. taking place at the university of nevada, las vegas on october 19. live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debate, on c-span. listen live on the free c-span radio app. or watch live anytime on-demand at c-span.org. . are road to the white house coverage continues. was atady michelle obama george mason university in fairfax virginia yesterday and campaign for hillary clinton and senator tim kaine. she talks for just over a half an hour. i am.baby, here michelle obama: look at you.
my goodness. [laughter] [cheers and applause] oh my goodness. well let's get started here. [cheers and applause] you guys have been standing up for a while, right? [cheers and applause] so let's start talking about some stuff. [cheers and applause] first of all, let me just say, i am thrilled to be here today to support the next president and vice president of united states, hillary clinton and tim kaine! yes! i have to do a few think use before we go in dance -- i have to do a few thank yous before we go in. i have to thank henry for that wonderful introduction for sharing his story, the members of congress who are here today.
and i also want to recognize our outstanding dnc chair, donna brazile [cheers and applause] . [cheers and applause] i hear she lit it up, right? and of course, i have to recognize another great first lady of virginia right here, dorothy mccullough who is here. so glad she could join us, and of course, to all of you, our students of george mason university! look at you all! woo! let me say, it is hard to believe that it is less than two months to election day. almost aty family is the end of our time. yes.
it is almost time. [cheers and applause] ,nd let me say, i have to say nope. [cheers and applause] "four more years"] workingave barack and i for you for the rest of our lives. but this time is really bittersweet for me. it is a time of real transition for me and barack and our girls. my husband is going to need a new job. [laughter] i am point have to find a job. [laughter] we are going to be moving to a new home so we have to pack. house to get the old cleaned up so we can get our security deposit back. [laughter] seriousness, this
isn't just a time of transition for my family, but for our entire country as we decide who our next president will be. and transitions like this can be difficult. they involve a lot of uncertainty. and we saw that in 2008 when barack was first elected. i don't know if many of you were old enough to remember -- [laughter] do you remember? then, people had all kinds of questions about what kind of president barack would be. things like, does he understand us? will the protect us? course, there were those who questioned and continue to question for the past eight years, up to this very day, if my husband was even born in this country?
well, during his time in office, i think barack has answered those questions with the examples he sets by going high when they go low. [cheers and applause] it he has answered these questions -- and he has answered these questions with the progress we achieved together like bringing health care to 20 million people. [cheers and applause] creating 15 million private sector jobs. [cheers and applause] of youngillions people, like all of you, for college. [cheers and applause] expanding lgbt writes and marriage equality. so marriage equality is not the law of the land, and we just learned that last year, the income rose byld $2000, which, by the way is the largest one-year jump on record. [cheers and applause]
at 3.5 million people were lifted out of poverty. that is the biggest one-year decrease in poverty in nearly 50 years. [cheers and applause] you hear me? [cheers and applause] all right. but, even after all of this product is, it is understandable that folks are feeling a little uncertain as we face the next transition. so the question is for all of you, and all of us is how do we sort through all of the negativity, and the name-calling in this election, and choose the right person to lead our country forward? who has seenone the presidency of close and personal, here is what i have learned about this job. first and foremost, this job is hard. ok? 24/7is the high-stakes,
job you can possibly imagine. theissues that cross president's desk are never easy, none of them. they are never black and white. think about the crises this president has faced this last eight years in his first term alone. barack had to rescue our economy from the worst crisis since the great depression. call to takee the out osama bin laden. [cheers and applause] he had to work to stop millions of gallons of oil gushing into our gulf coast. yet to respond to devastating natural disasters like hurricane sandy and so much more. so, when it comes to the qualifications we should demand in a president, to start with, we need someone who is going to take this job seriously. [cheers and applause] someone who will study and prepare, so that they understand
the issues better than anyone else on their team. and we need someone, not with good judgment, but with superb judgment in her own right. because the president can hire the best advisors on earth, but let me tell you, five advisors will get five different opinions. and the president, and the president alone, is always the one who makes the final call. believe me. we also need someone who is steady and measured. because when you are making life-and-death, war or peace decisions, a president just cannot popoff. [cheers and applause] finally, we need someone who is compassionate. someone who is unifying. someone who will be a role model for our kids. [cheers and applause] just in thiss not
for themselves, but for the good of this country. [cheers and applause] the end of the day, as i have said before, the presidency does not change a you are, it reveals who you are. [cheers and applause] and the same thing is true of a presidential campaign. so if a candidate is erratic and iseatening, if a candidate trapped in fears and lies on the trail, if a candidate has no clear plans to implement their goals, if they disrespect their fellow citizens, including folks who have made for their sacrifices for our country. the me tell you, that is who they are. that is the kind of president they will be. trust me. a candidate is not what to suddenly change once they get into office. ,ust the opposite, in fact
because the minute that individual take that oath, they are under the hottest, harshest light there is, there is no way to hide who they really are. and at that point, it is too late. they are the leader of the world's largest economy. the commander in chief of the most powerful military force on her. -- force on earth. with every word the utter, they can start war. crash markets. change the course of this planet. election ishis truly ready for this job? [cheers and applause] who do we pick? me, i am just saying, it is excruciatingly clear that there is only one person in this election we can trust with those responsibilities. only one person with
qualifications and the temperament for that job, and that is our friend, hillary clinton. [cheers and applause] we know that hillary is the right person because we have seen her character and commitment, not just on the trail, that over the course of her entire life. we have seen her dedication to public service. how after law school, she chose to be an advocate for kids with disabilities. she fought for children's health care as first lady. for quality child care as a senator. and when she did not win the presidency in 2008, she did not go in the towel. she once again answer the call to serve. keeping us safe as her secretary of state. and then me tell you, hillary has the brazilians that it takes -- has the resilience that it takes to do this job because when she gets knocked down, she does not complain, she gets
right back up and she comes back stronger for the people who need her the most. -- here is what is also true and i want you to think about this. hillary is one of the few people on this entire planet, and clearly the only person in this race, who has any idea what this job entails. who has seen it from every angle, hear me. stakes, theng brutal hours, the overwhelming stresses. and here is the thing --she still want to take it on. believes that she has an obligation to use her talents to help as many people as possible. that is why she is running. let me tell you, that is what dedication looks like. that is what love of country looks like. so, when i hear folks saying they don't feel inspired in the
selection, let me tell you, i disagree. i am inspired. because for eight years, i have had the privilege to see what it takes to
actually do this job. and here is what i absolutely know for sure -- listen to this. right now, we have an opportunity to elect one of the most qualified people who has ever endeavored to become president. lawyer, lawbeen a professor, first lady lady of arkansas, first lady of united states, u.s. senator, secretary of state, do you hear me? [cheers and applause] see, that is why i am inspired by hillary. -- i ampired the inspired by her persistence and consistency. by her heart and her gut. and i'm inspired by her lifelong record of public service.
no one in our lifetime has ever had as much experience and exposure to the presidency. not barack, not bill, as he would say, nobody, and yes, she happens to be a woman. [cheers and applause] so, we cannot afford to squander this opportunity. particularly given the alternative. because here is what we know, that being president isn't anything like reality tv. it is not about sending insulting tweets or making fiery speeches, it is about whether or not the candidate can handle the awesome responsibility of leading this country. mason, virginia, as you prepare to make this
decision, i urge you, i beg of you to ignore the chatter and the noise come and ask yourself, which candidate will he has the experience, the maturity, and the demeanor to handle the job i just described to you? which candidate's words and actions speak to the future we want for country? in the values we share like inclusion? and opportunity, service and sacrifice for others? your answers to these questions on election day will determine who sits in the oval office after barack obama. electionsbe clear, aren't just about who votes, but who does not vote. true foris especially young people like all of you. 2012,
voters under the age of 30 provided the margin of victory for barack in
four key battleground states. florida, and ohio, right here in virginia. [cheers and applause] right here. votes, barack would have lost those states, and he does make would have lost that election period, in the story. -- end of story. so for any of you who said my vote does not really matter, and that one person cannot really make a difference in this election, i want you to consider this -- back in 2012, barack won virginia by 150,000 votes. that me; i come of it when you break that down, the difference in losing and winning the state was only 31 votes per precinct. 31 votes. he won ohio. -- difference there [laughter]
thereo, the difference was just nine votes per precinct. do you hear me? in florida, the difference was six votes per precinct. take that in for a moment. take that in. that is how elections, especially the presidential elections are won and lost, on a handful of votes. there are plenty of states where each of you could swing an entire precinct and went through this election for hillary clinton just by getting yourselves, your friends, and your few family members registered and out to vote. but it is going to take work. yes we can! [cheers and applause] it is going to take work. it is going to take work. >> yes, we can.
first lady obama: we can do this day we can and we must. here is the thing. it is not enough just to come to a rally. not enough just to get a few selfies. not enough to just get angry and just speak out. we also have to work and make that change and take action. and that starts with collecting -- elected in -- electing folks who will stand with you and fight with you. and that is why you need to get yourself and everyone you know registered to vote today. and we have got volunteers here. i want you all, if you are not registered, i want you to find them, before you leave. find them and get registered before you leave this building. and then, we need to roll up your sleeve and get to work, making calls, knocking on doors, thinking about those handful of votes, that you could carry, and get people out on election day.
again, you can sign up to volunteer with any of the staff who are here, so get it done. right? george mason? [cheers] work your hearts out. and as you are working your heart out for hillary, if you start to feel tired or discouraged by all the negativity in this election, if you want to just hide under the bed and come out when it is all over,
i want you to remember what is at stake. the choice you make on november 8 will determine whether you can afford college tuition. it will determine whether you can keep your health care when you graduate. on november 8, you will decide whether we have a president who believes in science and will fight climate change or not. [cheers] you will decide whether we have a president who will honor our
proud history as a nation of immigrants or not.
[cheers]you will decide whether we have a president who thinks that women deserve the right to make their own choices about their bodies and their health. or not. and here's the thing. at a time when incomes are rising, by thousands of dollars, when millions of people are being lifted out of poverty, ask yourself, is now really the time to fundamentally change direction when we are making so much progress? >> no. first lady obama: do we really want to go back to the way things were before barack was president? >> no. 5 a time of economic crisis, stagnant wages, when we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month? or do you want a president who
keeps moving this country forward? well, that is what is at stake. so we cannot afford to be tired or turned off, not now. because while this might feel like a time of uncertainty or division, i have never felt more hopeful about the future of this great nation. let me tell you. i feel this way, because for the past eight years, i have had a great honor of traveling from one end of this country to the other. and let me tell you, i have met some of the most amazing people, people from every conceivable -- and ellen -- [cheers] first lady obama: but people from every conceivable background and walk of life. and time and again, i have seen proof of what barack and i have always believed in our hearts. that we, as americans, are
fundamentally good folks, and we all truly want to same things. i mean, that is the thing. we are not that different. time and again, barack and i had met people who disagree with everything we have ever said, but they still welcome us into their community. they keep their minds open, willing to listen. and while we might not always change each other's minds, we always walk away reminded that we are really not that different. folks in this country are working long hours to send their kids to college, just like my mom and dad did for me. they are helping raise their grandkids, just like barack's grandparents did for him. they are teaching their kids the exact same values that barack and i are trying to teach our girls. that you work hard for what you want in life, and you do not take shortcuts. that you treat people with respect, even if they look or think differently from you. that when someone is struggling,
you don't turn away, and you certainly don't take advantage. no, you imagine walking a mile in their shoes, and you do what you can to help, because that is what we do in america. we live in a country where a girl like me, from the south side of chicago, whose great-great-grandfather was a slave, can go to some of the finest universities on earth. we live in a country where a biracial kid from hawaii named barack obama, the son of a single mother, can become president. a country that has always been a beacon for people who have come poured their and
hopes and their prayers and their backbreaking hard work into what has made america great. that is what has made america great. don't ever forget it. and here's the thing. i know in my heart that we deserve a president who can see those truths in us. a president who believes that each of us is part of the american story, and we are always stronger together. we deserve a president who can bring out what is best in us. our kindness and decency, our courage and determination, so we can keep on perfecting our union and passing down those blessings of liberty to our children. let me tell you this. i have never been more confident that hillary clinton will be that president. so here is what i am pledging -- from now until november, i am going to work as hard as i can to make sure that hillary and tim kaine win this election. i need your help to do that as well.
are you with me? [cheers] first lady obama: i cannot hear you. are you with me? you got to roll up your sleeves. you got to make it happen. virginia will make the difference in this election. are you ready, virginia? [cheers] first lady obama: thank you, all. god bless. [cheers] [applause] ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
journal," live from our studios in washington, d.c. onlowed by a hearing insurance premiums. later, we take you to houston, where donald trump will host a luncheon. coming, "wall street journal" louise radnofsky will join us to discuss the exit of major health insurance carriers aetna and unitedhealth care from affordable health care insurance exchanges. in president obama was big about the future of the program. and seth freed wessler will discuss his investigation uncovering the type of health .are given to federal inmates and retired rear admiral robert besal from a counsel for a stronger america will talk about a report titled "america
unprepared," which says that the use in the nation are on the pair for the workforce. he will also discuss the recommendations outlined in the report. ♪ host: on this date in 1787, the u.s. constitution was signed in philadelphia. it is saturday, september 17, 2016. welcome to "washington journal." the news yesterday that libertarian presidential candidate gary johnson, green party candidate jill stein, will not be invited to that debate. they did not meet the qualifying standards. we will talk about that and presidential politics. here is how to join the conversation. third-party supporters