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imposing term limits on members so, whatss, and if would the appropriate length? ms. harris: the voters need to make a decision. there is no question we need accountability, and i have great respect for all of our processes that require debates and 11 the voters to make a decision, and -- let the voters to make a decision, and then if they have done a good job, elects them out. again the bottom line is they , will be voted out if they don't have a track record of getting things done, and that is what this election is about. the voters of california want to know that you have a track record and that you show up. rep. sanchez: it is pretty obvious to me that my opponent doesn't understand the congress at all. in this national defense authorization act that we have before us, i was able to put in 17 different pieces of
legislation in one bill, that we do in the military committee for the entire year. you don't pass a bill on its own necessarily in congress. you pass it by putting it into the bill. moderator: your question? >> president obama had the first veto override of his presidency on a law allowing survivors of the september 11 attack to sue saudi arabia. the administration warned this would have consequences for the u.s. forces overseas. the senate voted 97-1 in favor of the override. how do you think you would have voted and why? rep. sanchez: i'm sorry, is it for me? you just wasted five of my seconds. sorry. look this bill is worked on , right now, it is being worked
on as we speak, many of us have been on the phone, calling and talking about how we change this bill so that it protects our uniformed people in other countries. i believe after the election we will pass it. my husband just retired from the united states army and the youngest son is in the u.s. army. i want to make sure that they are protected when they go overseas. ms. harris: as a general matter, i support the right that all people who have a grievance should have access to justice and access to a courtroom, and again this may present a clear , contrast between me and my opponent. for example she voted in favor , of laws that would shield gun manufacturers and essentially deny victims of gun violence access to justice. access to a courtroom. i think that is unconscionable. not only does it deny access to a courtroom for those victims, it also wiped a california law off the books.
moderator: we are at our closing statements. each of you will get an absolute minute and 30 seconds. we begin with ms. sanchez. rep. sanchez: thank you for arranging this debate. i would like my opponent to want to debate more because i think the more we listen, the more information voters have. don't listen to the establishment. the first election i had, the democratic party didn't endorse me. we beat the opponent. that was a very hard election. i went door to door. a few years later, i received a letter from a truck driver from garden grove. he said, i came home on that election night and i was tired and i thought all politicians were the same and i was not going to vote, and then you knocked on my door and you said i needed to go and vote and that you wanted to help the working people, just like your father.
he sent me that letter, and it has been more important to me than any note from a president. in that letter he said that he , went and voted and he voted for me. he said i have been doing a great job for orange county. he said, i have fought for you. i have said no to the patriot act. i have said no to the wall street bailouts, even though she really didn't get us more than two cents on every dollar. and i have said yes to write for rights for minorities, yes to rights for women, yes to small business owners who are working hard to make business happen in california. remember this, on election day. moderator: your time is expired. your time is expired. your time is expired. you have a minute and a half. you have a minute and a half.
[laughter] ms. harris: there is a clear difference between the candidates in this race. rep. sanchez: there certainly is. ms. harris: i think the voters will make that decision. but this is a serious matter. this is a serious matter. this is about electing the next united states senator from the state of california. as a proud daughter of california, i still believe in that old adage, so goes california goes the rest of the country. people still look at us and to us for leadership and what change looks like. this is an election about who will be a leader who can be a , leader, and who has a track record of being a leader. on many issues that challenge us as a state, i have traveled up and down the state, i've met with folks and work with folks. i'm proud to have the support of someone like dolores or working with elizabeth warren, or united
farm workers, working with people every day, i have a track record that is proven what we can do when a leader actually acts like a leader and shows up. it has been the work of bringing $20 million back to california during a battle with the five big banks of the united states. it has been the work of providing a path for unaccompanied minors coming through mexico where he give them protection, give them support. it has been the work of siding fighting for climate change laws, some of the toughest in the country. always under attack by big oil. yet we stand up. it is been the work of fighting for criminal justice reform, creating models of what should be done in our nation. moderator: how about a hand for our candidates? please vote on november 8. [applause] >> news in california this morning from the "l.a. times" saying the outgoing senator and dianne feinstein today endorsed
the attorney general for the u.s. senate seat. meanwhile on the east coast, the news focused particularly in the southeast with hurricane matthew getting set to hit much of the lower east coast. senator johnny isakson tweeting about george's using constant -- georgians using caution. evacuations east of 95 in georgia. the governor of florida holding a couple of briefings this morning. one of those requesting the president declare 26 counties in florida already ahead of the storm states of emergency. 13 flights canceled so far. response this morning from the white house as well on what the federal government is doing in advance of hurricane matthew. >> the president has updated once again on the preparations underway to prepare for the likely landfall of hurricane matthew. forecasters at the national hurricane center and
noah now anticipate that the impact of the storm in the united states is likely to be quite significant. we strongly encourage people who live in the areas that are likely to be affected to heed of warnings and instructions local officials, including evacuation orders. instructions are being offered by local officials are informed by information they are receiving from scientists and federal officials, and those instructions are here toward protecting people. we believe it is important for people to listen to those instructions. we also encourage people to stay up-to-date on the weather forecast. those of you who have been covering this story know that the weather forecast track of the storm has changed multiple times just this week.
it certainly is not outside the realm of possibility that it can change once again. we will to encourage people to stay up-to-date on that. what we did learn overnight is that the storm is likely strengthen further before making landfall. it is deeply concerning. we want people to be prepared. the last thing i will say about this is there are those who doubt the intensity or severity of the storm. they need only look at the images that are coming back from haiti. the storm had rather significant impact in haiti. that is pretty good evidence of what people in the southeast could be facing. for those americans that are that is pretty goodinterested ir assistance to haiti, we encourage people to visit cidi.org. it is a place where you can get more information about how you can help a country like haiti
that does not have resources like we do to do with such a significant storm -- deal with such a significant storm. this is a pivotal day. people need to be making preparations of following orders today. the storm is likely to be felt this evening. certainly over the course of the day those of us who do not live in potentially affected areas will be sending our prayers to those who are potentially in harm's way. people should take confidence from knowing that federal officials have been working very effectively with officials at the state and local level to prepare in advance of this warm, that we have developed the next anties -- developed expertise, and we intend to use that to protect the american people. that will be put to test in the next few days. >> the second presidential debate is sunday evening at washington university in st. louis, missouri.
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vice presidential debate, democratic candidate tim kaine spoke in philadelphia at an event hosted by pennsylvania democrats and the sheet metal workers union. it is about 40 minutes. ♪ [applause] >> how are you guys doing what a great group. aerial. applause for isn't she fantastic? she is telling it like it is talking about this nominee al-anon woolfolk, a nominee unlikely have ever seen probably ever, some of the going to be a big success but who has a track record of 70 all over small
people and that is how he defines success like he defines smart as not paying taxes to support our troops and vets and teachers. it is great to be back in philadelphia. you guys ran one heck of a convention. thank you so much. [applause] that was the best week of the entire campaign with the possible exception of maybe last week. wasn't hillary fantastic in her debate. [applause] sen. kaine: i will get to me in a second. hillary's debate last monday was so wonderful. she did such a great job. it turned out to be the gift that kept on giving. donald walked off the stage so mad that he lost, his fingers could not stay off the tweet button. it kept going down and down and down. i think she is in a pretty good spot going into the debate
sunday with donald trump. [applause] sen. kaine: and here we are 34 days away. let me do some thank you's. then i want to talk about my debate last night, which i had a blast at. and some of the issues we raised and talked about, then i'm going to close with how we win this thing. but i thank ariel for sharing her story. so many people have stories like that, of trusting trump and getting tricked, and then found they got stiffed or sued or strong-armed. i am glad she shared that with us. we have two great members of congress who talked to you. thank you brendan boyle and bob brady. give them a big round of applause. [applause] sen. kaine: we are in the house of labor here with the sheet metal workers local 19. very, very good. [applause]
sen. kaine: and not only sheet metal workers, we have the head of the state afl-cio with us. give all of labor applause. [applause] sen. kaine: i am lucky i have some special folks with me. my mom and dad are right here. [applause] sen. kaine: my mom and dad are al and kathy kaine from kansas city. they are the best parents anyone could ever have. my dad ran an iron working shop in the stockyards of kansas city. [applause] sen. kaine: and my mom and my brothers and me grew up working in that business with my dad and his employees. i learned from my father about the dignity of trades like welders and ironworkers and the
partnership between owners and workers, management and labor. it does not have to be a fight. it does not have to be an adversarial relationship. we work better in life when we work as a team. stronger together, right? si, se puede. after the debate, i said, mom and dad, why don't you travel with me? i have a plane with my name on it now. i never had or in my life. at least for the next couple of weeks, the name will be on it. we are having fun traveling together. great friends from labor here. it is good to be back with 34 days left. we are in the midst of making history, folks. do you feel it in the air? [applause] sen. kaine: all elections are great. i was a missionary in honduras.
it was a military dictatorship, so you could not vote for leaders. people i knew prayed for the day when one day they could pick leaders of their country. i came back and thought, i take this for granted. i should not take it for granted. i should be serious about it. working on an election, any election is so important. when you're working on an election that will make history, you have to stop and savor that a little bit. we are in a history-making time right now. exactly the kind of history we can do. we can make the kind of history that is our story, that has been our story since philadelphia and jamestown, the earliest days of our country. we set out this vision for ourselves. and even people who could not live that way were smart enough to say, equality will be our north star. all are created equal. thomas jefferson was not living that way.
no one was living that way. when they said it, no one was living that way. but there was a spark in their brain that made them say, this at will be the north star we will pursue. our whole history is about this, about waking up one day and saying we said this about ourselves. we promised equality will be our goal. how can we justify slavery? the pain, war, rewriting the constitution, and 70 years later, we set this about ourselves, but how can we justify women cannot vote? in the 1960's, how can we justify voting restrictions that keep minorities away from the polls? this generation's struggles. how can we justify that lgbt people are not treated equally, like everybody else? [applause] sen. kaine: and now, a major party, for the first time in our history, 96 years after women got the right to vote, has nominated a woman to be
president, a strong, courageous woman. and we are on the verge, if we do what we know to do, of making history. that is just to say it is an exciting time to be doing what we are doing. i have so proudly on this ticket with hillary. i talked about another important woman at the debate last night. the debate was in farmville, virginia, which is a rural southern virginia community, prince edward county, virginia. i talked about a beautiful woman, 16-year-old kid in 1951 named barbara jones. it is a story about going ahead and it connects with hillary. barbara is 16 years old and going to a segregated school in farmville, virginia. one day, she and her friends decided, we don't want to go to a second-class school.
we live in a land that says the quality is the principle. she is 16 years old. they waited until the principal in downtown. faked ae a call -- they call and made him go downtown. they had a meeting and said let's walk out of our high school. let us go to the nicer school that is a few blocks away where all the wife gets can go. -- white kids can go. this is 1951. their parents are telling them not to do it. their teachers are telling them not to do it. they call a civil rights lawyer and say they want to bring a lawsuit, and they do. 175 of the kids signed on as the suit became brown versus the board of education. it led to equality for everybody in our schools. it was tough. it was very tough. barbara ended up having to move away from farmville because of threats against her family.
we did a civil rights memorial on our capital square, a beautiful sculpture of barbara johnson. we unveiled it when i was governor. i said we are standing in a special place. it is where barbara showed that even a 60-year-old -- 16-year-old in a time of segregation, everybody instead of what they believe in. she believed we are strong together and i said i am happy to be on a ticket with a courageous history making woman who believes we are stronger together, and that is hillary clinton. that is hillary clinton [applause] sen. kaine: the debate was a little feisty. i've got to admit, i'm irish.
there were a couple of important things about the debate. first, my opponent, mike pence, who is a pretty good debater, he came in really wanting to lay some gloves on hillary clinton and did not get to do anything. he did not get to do anything. [applause] sen. kaine: yeah. i've never played hockey, but i think i would be a good goalie based on last night. nothing was going in the net. the second thing, my opponent is a pretty good debater, pretty smooth. but there is one thing he can't do, and that is defend donald trump on anything. on anything. [applause] sen. kaine: again and again and again during the debate, i would say something that trump said and said i cannot believe governor pence will defend that and he would not defend that. , we went to a bunch of times when i put that out there, and
each time he thought about it and said, i'd rather talk about something else. and about 2/3 of the way through the debate, i said, let me point out what is happening here. you are donald trump's running mate, and i am putting things on the table and asking you to defend them, and you won't. if you cannot defend your own running mate how can you ask one , person to vote for your running mate? one person? [applause] sen. kaine: your running mate ought to be a will to defend you. your running mate ought to say something nice about you. -- nice to say about you. for me, i got dinged a little bit, even by my wife, for interrupting too much. ok. [laughter] sen. kaine: the key part of that debate was, at some points, i felt like both me and mike pence were debating donald trump. i was going after donald trump, and mike pence was kind of going after trump with me.
i can't imagine that made the donald too happy. there may have been interesting conversations about that today on the other side of the aisle. we were not just trading words, we were talking about pretty important issues. some of the things i was challenging them about are issues that are really at the heart of the campaign. just to go over a couple of them, we talked about the need to do immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform. we really need to do it. [applause] sen. kaine: and i laid out this plan that hillary and i have that i have worked on as a senator to do it in a comprehensive way, to look at all the immigration reform issues and do it comprehensively, to have a path to citizenship for people who are here and living by the rules, but also to have better border security. we can do both. to put as our top value that we don't separate families, that we keep families together. that's so important.
[applause] sen. kaine: and i challenged the other guy. i said donald trump's plan is that we will become a deportation nation and have a deportation force that would go house to house, school to school neighborhood to neighborhood to , deport 16 million people. of course, when i said that deportation force thing pence , said, donald trump never said that. they went to the tape, folks, . they went to the tape. because if donald trump is anything, he is like a human highlight reel, and there is a lot of it on tape. they played it this morning. donald trump again and again, we've got to have a deportation force. this is a fundamental choice, do we want to be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants that has a solid immigration policy, or do we want to be known as a deportation nation? i think that is a clear choice,
and hillary and i have the right side of it. no matter how they fuzz it up, donald trump is wrong. -- donald trump is a pretty scary guy when it comes to this. we talked about criminal justice reform. this is a very tough, challenging and important issue, criminal justice reform. i worked closely with my police force, and when i get elected as a city councilman, we had one of the highest homicide rates in the united states. we brought it down dramatically, cut it in half over eight years, by building what we called community policing, where the neighborhoods and the police respected each other and worked well together, and we trained everybody on how to do it. the great thing about community policing is, by narrowing the gap between neighbors and police, you actually reduce danger for neighbors and police. when the gap's wide between neighborhoods and police, it is dangerous for people like philando castile.
he is the person i think about the most, this poor, beautiful young guy in minneapolis who was killed. of all these shootings, they are all horrible, but this one really grabbed me. this guy in minneapolis maybe it , grabbed me because he was working at a school in indianapolis, and one of my kids works in the parks and rec department at minneapolis . philando castile got a job as a janitor. he worked his way up to become a janitor supervisor. if you think about elementary school, there was a health care worker or a ginger that you love even more than your teachers. that was really good the kids, and for was this kind of guy. they call him mr. rogers with dreadlocks. he was so friendly. philando castile was killed by the police in a minneapolis suburb a number of months back, and when they went into the story, what they found was this mr. rogers with dreadlocks had been stopped by the police 50
times over the course of the previous years, and he had never done anything wrong. he was going to work. he was helping kids, paying taxes. he was a great citizen, but he had been stopped 50 times. i talked about him and about the fact that we've got to grapple with these kinds of challenges. and talk about biases and gaps in our system, and how we can respect each other more. governor pence said, why do we have to bring up institutional bias? why do we have to bring up bias issues at all? i said we have to because of a guy like philando castile. we've got to. [applause] sen. kaine: if you are not able to talk about something, how do you ever solve that thing? if you can't sit down and be honest about challenges, how do you improve and get better? that was an issue we talked
about. two very different approaches. community policing, or one donald trump says we need, nationwide stop and frisk. or to expand stop and frisk. these are important issues. we talked about women's health. we had a good exchange, actually. [applause] sen. kaine: about women's reproductive rights. it was a good exchange, because it was probably one part of the debate where we were not really being feisty, but just sharing who we were, and our own religious feelings about tough issues like reproduction and abortion. and how to do the right thing. but the point that i made is, ok, you guys have points of view, but you want to mandate on everybody. donald trump famously has said there has to be a punishment for a woman having an abortion, and mike pence says we've got to repeal roe v wade.
some of you are too young to remember roe versus wade, 1973. we've got young folks here. what was it like before roe versus wade? i will tell you. before roe versus wade, states would pass criminal laws making it a crime for which you could be prosecuted and jailed if you made a choice to terminate a pregnancy. you can have all the world discussion you want, but use criminal law as a bludgeon to prosecute and jail people for making their own decisions? that is what donald trump and mike pence want to go back to. they want to go back to that. the point i made was, look, we can have all the moral discussions we want to. it is good to have discussions about hard issues. of course it is. but you know what? at the end of the day, we've just got to trust women to make their own decisions on moral issues. [applause] sen. kaine: we can trust american women. we can trust all women.
[applause] sen. kaine: and the notion of a big government that besides we decides we are not going to let you make the decision, we will make the decision. congress is 81% male. why would we want -- 19% female is the best we have ever been in this country. we are 75th in the world, below the global average. this is an important topic that, even in the back and forth, we exposed the differences in the tickets. the last thing i want to talk about is the economy and taxes before i get to how to win this thing. this is a big difference. hillary and i have an economic plan. here is what it is. we are going to invest in manufacturing research for the new energy jobs of tomorrow and infrastructure. if you are investing in manufacturing and
infrastructure, you are hiring people today and raise the platform for success in 40 to 50 years. that is number one. number two, we will invest in our workers starting at three k. from pre-k to celebrating great teachers, to debt-free college, to career and technical programs and union apprenticeship programs, we are going to invest. because the more skills your workforce has, the better off society is. third, we will be about fairness. minimum wage should be raised to where if you work full-time at minimum wage, you will not be under the poverty level. that's pretty basic. that's pretty basic. [applause] sen. kaine: equal pay for women. what a radical concept. that's pretty basic. [applause] sen. kaine: that's pillar three. pillar four is, let's focus on small businesses. just like ariel talking about the small businesses in atlantic city.
65% of jobs in this country come out of small businesses. my dad's business was a small business. hillary clinton's dad had a small drapery business. that's where jobs get started, and small businesses get bigger and hire more people. we will focus on small business success. finally, on the tax code, we have said if you are $250,000 or below, no increase in taxes. in fact you will get credits for , childcare and free sick leave. we will target tax relief for small businesses. but we will also ask the individuals who are the wealthiest and the businesses that have done this the best, especially as we come out of this recession, a small group have done really well. we are going to ask them to pay more so we can make those investments to create an economy that works for everybody, and if we do, it will be better for everybody, even those who are paying more. that's what we want to do.
that's what we want to do. [applause] sen. kaine: but we got into a back-and-forth about this, because the trump-pence economic plan is very important. it's got two components. the donald trump thinks the are too high.es wages are too high he says. donald trump thinks we need to get rid of the federal minimum wage. when mike pence was in congress, he voted against raising the minimum wage above $5.15. now as governor of indiana, he has fought very hard against minimum wage, even passing laws so that if a city -- say a city in indiana elects a city council and mayor and says they will raise the minimum wage. the state has now cracked down and said, you can't even do that if your voters want you to. low wages is there thing -- t
heir thing. that's number one. the second, on taxes, they get massive tax breaks to people at the very, very tiptop. trillions of dollars in tax cuts to people at the very top. analyses of the plan say about 8 million middle-class families would get tax increases under the trump proposal. hillary clinton challenge to d donald trump about this on the stage last week. he kind of waves his arms like abracadabra. he says if you give those tax cuts, all these jobs will be created by those at the top that you give the tax cuts to. kind of like this. he is wrong because that's exactly what congress did when mike pence was in congress and george bush was president. they gave tax cuts to people at the very top, and it did not create a lot of magic. it put america's economy into the worst recession since the 1930's. i remember those days. i've got a feeling you remember
those days. trying to tell me that you do the same thing now and it is going to work out well, we've got a saying in virginia, i don't know if you heard it -- i may have been born at night, but i was not born last night. i was not born last night. don't tell me about that. i remember the last time we tried to do this thing. that is the difference a huge , difference in an economic plan. that is why groups who look at the economic plan say if you do what hillary clinton says in four years, you will have 2.5 million new jobs in this country. if you do what donald trump says , in four years, you will lose 3.4 million jobs. what is the difference between clinton and trump? 14 million jobs. i tell people that is the difference between a "you're hired" president and a "you're fired" president. [applause] sen. kaine: one more thing.
because we are on the subject of taxes, let's talk about donald trump's taxes. [booing] sen. kaine: yeah, what taxes? i need a speech writer. what taxes? this is a really important issue because it is about taxes, but it is more important because it is about character. step one. every president since richard nixon, including richard nixon, that paragon of ethics, has released their tax returns to the american public. and it was interesting the way nixon did it. he did not do it during the campaign, but at some point next nixon was being audited when he was president. when that news got out, he goes, i'm being audited, so you may have suspicions. i am going to release my tax returns because i am being audited to show the american public i am not a crook.
that's what president nixon said. that started a tradition. after president nixon did, every major party candidate upon getting the nomination has released their tax returns. that's step one. step two. donald trump, 2014, he's thinking about running for president. he gets asked if he will release his tax returns. he says absolutely. no if's, no and's, no but's. no if the other person does this or that. i'm absolutely going to release them. first promise he made in the campaign, first promise he broke. third, now we are in the campaign. he is breaking his promise. he is not releasing his tax returns. he says it is because he is being audited. that has nothing to do with it. in fact if you are being , audited, maybe there is more of a reason we should see your tax returns. then we get to the heart of the matter. what is he hiding? why won't you release them? is it because he is not so
wealthy, not so charitable, doing business with people that would scare the daylights out of a lot of people? or maybe he is not paying taxes. or all of the above. [applause] sen. kaine: did you see what happened during the debate with hillary last week? hillary was going after him. i think it is going to show that you are not so rich, not so charitable. he did not respond to those things. but when she said, it's going to show that you don't pay taxes, he got a smirk on his face and said that just shows i'm smart. , that just shows i'm smart. i guess you are smart for not paying taxes, but those of us who pay taxes to support teachers, to support veterans, to support our troops, what is
he saying about us? he is saying that we are stupid. he is saying that we are suckers. he is saying that we are chumps, and that he is smart. i've got a lot of words for him, and smart ain't one of them. i'm not going to get into the words that i am thinking about right now. i've got a boy in the military who is deployed overseas, and when i see a guy stand on stage and smirk about "i don't have to pay taxes, that just shows i'm smart," it makes me very angry. and did i just extend it to two more points on this. let's talk about him not paying taxes and where he lived when he did not pay them. "the new york times" came out with a story that he took a billion dollar loss in 1995 that would probably mean he would not have to pay taxes for 18 years. he said that's because he's brilliant and a genius, that he lost a billion dollars. i guess it takes a lot of genius
to lose a billion dollars. i guess this is just the kind of genius that we want the entire -- running the american economy. you've got to be kidding me. but he said, ok, you know, the story came out and he did not deny it. 18 years for not paying taxes. one of those years was 2001, 9/11. let me just focus on that year in particular, and a couple years after. hillary clinton and donald trump's hometown, new york city, was attacked by terrorists on 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in the history of this country. in new york city, and in virginia, the pentagon. and the plane went down in pennsylvania. what happened after that attack? first, thousands of men and women went to recruiting offices and signed up to our volunteer military to fight terrorism. that happens. and second, hillary clinton, a u.s. senator at the time from
new york, goes to the world trade center within 20 or hours, -- 24 hours, where they are still looking survivors and bodies. and she goes back down to washington and fights to get funds to rebuild new york, and then she fights to get funds to provide health care for the first responders who rushed into the world trade center, police and fire in new york city and in the pentagon in virginia. she worked with democrats and republicans to do that. and then as secretary of state, she worked with president obama's national security team to make sure that they revived the hunt for bin laden and found him and why to mop the face of the earth. that's what hillary clinton when you when her hometown was attacked in new york city on 9/11. and what does donald trump do when his hometown of new york city was attacked? those where the years that he was being smart and not paying taxes, not paying for the fight against terrorism, not paying for the funds to rebuild new
york city, not paying for the funds for first responder health care, not paying for the salaries of the men and women who signed up to fight terrorism after 9/11. and he is saying he's smart. he's saying he's smart. i asked this to governor pence last night. i said, i know you had to give your tax returns to donald trump to show you were qualified to be vice resident. and the answer to that was he did. he did not dispute that. liam that was true, and it had already been reported. if you have to reveal your tax returns to show, then you are -- to show that you are qualified to be vice president. then how in the world can you claim that you do not owe the american public your tax returns if you want to be president? it would be like me coming to you for a summer job. young man have you ever worked , before? yes. can you give me references?
i'm sorry, i can't give them to you. you just graduated from college and are trying to get a job. i'm sorry i will not give this to you. running for president is a job interview, and it is only a job interview for the most important job in the world. there is basic questions that voters want to know, and that voters have the right to know, and that the voters are asking. if you go into that job interview and you say, no, i am just going to take a pass on that one, i don't make i am think i am going to answer it. you do that with the expectation like maybe i can do this over on these people. that's what donald trump is thinking. are we going to let him get away with that? absolutely not. we can't. we can't. let's talk about how we are going to win this thing. it is close. it is close. i hear a "no it's not" vote back there. i like the vote of optimism. i am an optimistic person.
i am an optimistic person. but look, just eight days ago, the polls had closed to even, and eight days later it is looking pretty good, but i don't know where it will be a days from now. the polls have been up and down. pennsylvania has looked pretty good. i think you guys just -- [applause] sen. kaine: i think you guys just got in city of brotherly love convention mode and got stuck with it. you just kind of stuck with the convention spirit in philly, and pennsylvania has been looking good. solid, stable. not a landslide, but close, solid and stable. that is great, but we have a lot of other states that are a dead heat. we have a few. >> [inaudible] sen. kaine: you say 500,000 is our margin? i like the way that sounds. [applause]
sen. kaine: i like the way that sounds. but let's be honest. let's be honest. if it was a dead heat nationally a week ago, it could be a dead heat nationally next week. we can't take anything for granted. i know this is exactly what hillary would say. if she was standing right here, she would say the same thing. no matter how polls look, it has been a series of surprises. polls and pundits have been wrong. we can't take it for granted. with citizens united, people can dump anything on tv they want that can change the race, but i want to go back to where we started. we are trying to do something that has not been done before. if it had been easier to elect a woman president, there would have in a woman president. she is trying to do something that has not been done. when donald trump says about hillary, "she does not look very
presidential, does she?" we know what is going on with that. we've got to assume that if you are doing something that has never been done, you've got to do your best work. i am 8-0 in elections, and i am going to be 9-0 on november 8. i will tell you that. [applause] sen. kaine: but now i've got to make you nervous. i never win by much. [laughter] sen. kaine: i'm kind of barely likable enough. a win is a win, and when i say -- what i say to young people, career advice for young people is, when you are thinking about careers, you find you are a barely likable enough. there are not many professions where 51% means you are doing just fine, you are a winner with 51% of the people liking you and 49% not liking you. you are a winner. you are a winner. pick politics. i will tell you the reason i
, barely win my races is because virginia is tough. virginia is not the bluest state in the crowd. we are better than we used to be. but races are close because we they are tough. the way i win races is i put this thing in my head, you were the underdog until you are the winner. i put that thought in the back of my head. you are the underdog until you are the winner. when i told hillary clinton that i hope she runs for president in april of 2014, she thanked me, and i said no matter what poll you see or editorial, or anybody says you are the underdog, you are the winner. you are trying to do something that has never been done before. that's the attitude we've got to have to pull this thing home. we are the underdog until we are the winner. it's not just about campaigns either. that attitude. it is not just about campaigns. i was chairman of the democratic national committee for a couple of years. traveled all across the country. i would walk into rooms in virtually every state to sit down with democrats.
and we had the super progressives and super blue dogs. we had laborers and environmentalists and students and seniors. we had everything. sometimes, will rogers said i don't believe in organized politics, that's why i'm a democrat. sometimes it seemed a little bit like that. but there were unifying things in all of those rooms, and one of the ones that most unified the people that i saw were kind of underdog people. we've got a heart for the underdog. maybe there will be some researchers who find that is actually part of the human dna. there may be an underdog team, gene, like sympathy for underdog gene that they will find one day. democrats, we are that kind of people. in my church, we say good samaritan people. every faith tradition understands this story. there is a person who is beaten
up on the side of the road, and a whole lot of people just walk on by. even some people who are leaders, moral leaders who should have known better, some walk on by and pretend not to notice. some notice but think, i am not going to do anything about it. i do not know all of you. i don't know a whole lot of you, but i think i know this about you. that's not who you are. you are not walk-on-by people. we are not walk-on-by people. we are underdog people. who ifthe kind of people we see somebody who needs a hand, even if we do not know all of the answers, even if we do not know everything that needs to be said, we are going to roll into thees up and wade situation and see if we can figure it out, see if we can be helpful. that is what we need for the next 34 days. we are trying to make history.
, can i tellderdog you that hillary clinton has been an underdog again and again and again throughout her life? anybody in this room been an underdog? anybody in this room trying to do something for the first time in your family or job or school? something that has never been done before? anybody in this room has a very look you in the face and say, i don't think he will be able to do this. this is not for you. the time is not right for you. sometimes the person telling you that is an enemy. whotimes it is a friend they do not want you to get your feelings hurt or hopes up or disappointed. sometimes, that voice is you. n enemy oreven a print.
it is you say it is not right time, the right opportunity. hillary clinton has heard that her entire life. she has heard it her entire life donald trump only the most recent person to say this to her. attitude that underdog where we are going to be the underdog until they tell us on the evening of november 8, guess what, you just meet history, you just elected the first woman president in the history of the united states and we are stronger together. we can build an economy that works for everybody, not just those at the top. we can build strength in the world with strong alliances, and we can build a community of respect where everybody is welcome around the table, everybody is valued, and that is the history we will make it you and we all do the work we need to do. only the last's
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>> on the republican ticket, donald trump in new hampshire for the second time in eight days. wmur reporting that donald trump is hosting a townhall at sandown, new hampshire, this evening. it will be similar to the one he and hillary clinton will be operating in during their sunday night debate at washington university in st. louis, missouri, coming up this weekend. also this weekend, politico reports paul ryan will campaign for the first time together. attendd trump will alongside governor scott walker, several top bunk and state officials, and senator ron johnson of wisconsin, who is facing a tough reelection this fall. read more about that at politico.com. >> the second presidential debate is sunday evening at
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presidential debate. >> the southeast bracing for the strongest storm system to turn the u.s. in a decade rice the "washington post," forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes as hurricane matthew took aim at florida's atlantic shores and threatened further damage up the east coast. the white house has its own site at whitehouse.gov. president obama there from yesterday. you can find out more on whitehouse.gov. the hurricane was the very first thing address at today's white house briefing with josh earnest. this is about one hour and 15 minutes.
josh: good morning, everybody. good to see you all. just an announcement. the call time is about 45 or 50 minutes here. if you wish to participate in that event, i will not be personally offended. the president was updated again on the preparations underway to prepare for the likely landfall of hurricane matthew. the forecasters at the national hurricane center now anticipate that the impact of the storm in the united states is likely to be quite significant. we strongly encourage people who live in the areas that are to heedo be affected
the warnings and instructions of local officials including evacuation orders. instructions -- they are oformed by the information federal officials. it's important to listen for those instructions. and we encourage people to stay up-to-date on the weather forecast. the forecast track of the storm has changed multiple times just this week. theertainly is not outside room of possibility it could change once again. we want to encourage people to stay up-to-date on that. what we did learn overnight is that it is likely the storm could strengthen further before making landfall. obviously, that's deeply
concerning. we want people to be prepared. the last thing i would say is that there are those that doubt the intensity or severity of the storm. they need only look at the images coming back from haiti. that this storm had a rather significant impact in haiti. it is good evidence of what people in the southeast could be facing. interestedmericans in offering up their assistance to haiti, visit cidi.org. you can get more information about how you can help a country like haiti that doesn't have the resources like we do to deal with such a significant storm. obviously, this is a pivotal day. people need to be making preparations and following orders today. the storm is likely to begin this evening. and over the course of the day,
those of us that don't live in potentially affected areas, we will be sending our prayers to those potentially in harms way. confidenceld take from knowing that federal officials have been working effectively to prepare in advance of this storm. we have developed an expertise and we intend to use our resources and expertise to protect the american people. it will be put to the test in the next few days. with that, do you want to get us started? latest bit of classified information, do they have a better sense of what they are taking in account >> it is an investigation that is being led at the fbi.
federal prosecutors released documents yesterday that indicated that this individual had been in custody for several weeks. the department of justice also made clear in the documents released yesterday that the investigation is ongoing. as there is more information that our investigators are comfortable discussing public leak, they will make the decision to do so. obviously, protecting sensitive national security information is a top priority of the administration and it is an issue this administration takes seriously. it's something that prosecutors in the department of justice take seriously. as additional information can be made public about it, it will come from the department of justice. reporter: people everywhere are
wondering how this can happen again after the reforms put in place. can you address at all how this could happen again? i will hesitate to draw too many connections between these cases. some of the similarities have been document it publicly. let me start by answering the question about the reforms put in place. the administration has put in place reforms principally for the national insider threat task force led by the office of the director of national intelligence. we have established, government wide, minimum reforms that the theft and
unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information. hasintelligence community launched a series of evaluation programs to determine if the individual with the security clearance needs it and should continue to hold it. that has been effective in reducing the number of people with security clearance. there has been a requirement instituted that individuals that hold security errands need to submit to a reinvestigation every five years to ensure that they are complying with the terms that they have. and will also try to do is enhance the quality of background checking. hase is a new agency that stood up to ensure those investigations are more thorough and more efficiently conducted. it is something the administration takes seriously.
there are important lessons we have learned since the case of mr. snowden. this risk is always going to be aere as long as there is desire to share information across the government. and we know there is a risk of not sharing that information. this is one of the principal insights that there is too much stove piping. that there are particular pieces of information that could of been used to keep the american people safe. sharing of this information is critical. individuals entrusted with this information need to keep the commitment they made to the american people to protect it. saying that by these are the kinds of risks that our government has faced for a very long time. todaye talking earlier
about an entirely different case. but a situation 15 years ago where there was an individual that was arrested by officials because he was accused of .tealing sensitive information the case of mr. snowden and this individual is unique. obviously, the snowden case got extra attention because, frankly, he was so publicly on the lam. that ouris something government has been confronting for a long time and it's a way that is even more complicated that make it easier to pass this information along. there is a benefit to that, but there is a risk. it's a risk we are working diligently to mitigate.
reporter: is it too early to make that comparison? it is certainly too early for me to draw that kind of connection, but the investigators at the department of justice are conducting their own independent investigation and they will do so with a sense of urgency because they recognize how significant the stakes are in cases like this. offer an assessment if they are prepared to do so about just how serious it is. reporter: will they do what they can to try to prevent aleppo from falling? josh: the u.s. has been engaged -- welomacy to
participated in the iss g meeting that was convened. this is a group of a couple dozen countries that are concerned about the situation in syria and they have a significant national interest in resolving it. the u.s. has worked effectively in a leadership role in that group to try to bring the international community together around potential solutions. i can tell you that u.s. officials are meeting today with to discuss the information inside of syria. this is the meeting that is helped at a variety of levels. situationwas on the in syria. the u.s. is focused on
supporting u.n. led efforts and there are a variety of those. those led by the un's special envoy to try to reduce the violence inside of syria. there has also been extensive work done at the united nations security council over the years to try to focus the international community on potential solutions. we continue to be deeply concerned about the tactics used by the assad regime and the russians that are focused on harming civilians. it is deeply troubling what is happening there. the u.s. has been deeply engaged through diplomacy around the world to try to address it. >> on the immediate threat, is the u.s. or is the president try to do anything to prevent beyond
diplomacy and the broader effort? josh: our conclusion about the root cause is that there is no military solution to the many problems plaguing syria. and we're working urgently to end the violence through diplomatic channels. we have been focused on that through the channels i just described. inre is an important role those military efforts have moved aggressively to roll back territory that they previously controlled and provide pressure to those operating inside of syria. the department of defense announced that a senior al qaeda in syria was the target of a military strike. that's an indication of the vigilance being exercised by the
united states military as they try to keep people safe. we're also trying to address the root cause of all this chaos and working diligently through diplomatic channels to increase the flow of humanitarian assistance. troopsr: the 44 afghan here for training have gone missing. i'm wondering how concerned is the white house about the questions raised for training and security. any: i can't speak to individual cases, but i will refer to my colleagues. i want to read you something that came in this morning.
give me one second. that someoneves has been taking home classified information for years. ofy found thousands classified documents, hundreds of thumb drives, hard drives, dozens of computers and servers. he appeared to have his own server farm. if hek it's one thing started doing this last week and they suddenly caught him. that the fbi believes he's been illegally taking home classified information years and you look through the number of changes made. how do you have confidence that the changes made are really doing anything in this person was able to do this for that amount of time. not be able to discuss additional details about what the f pi has been able to
find. toill leave it to them disclose what the investigations have uncovered. the kind of steps that we have taken to mitigate against insider threats are significant. progress in terms of accomplishing some of our goals. reducing the number of people that have security clearance, making technical changes to the kind of access people are given to sensitive information. a variety of intuitive and technical steps we can take to try to limit this risk but it is always going to exist. that risk is more significant given the kind of technology available now that allows for the efficient transfer of information. it is largely a good thing in
terms of making the u.s. government more effective in integrating defenses and it does include an inherent risk and it predates this kind of technology. true andnquestionably that the vast majority of men and women in our intelligence community take seriously the responsibilities they have to treat sensitive information protectively. they understand the consequences that it has and the effective use enhances our national security. these are individuals that have the kind of expertise that would allow them to collect a much larger paycheck in the private sector but they use that expertise to protect the american people in a government job. it is a pretty clear indication of their patriotism. but for these individual cases,
this is a risk that exists. that we canmore learn about additional protections that we could put in place to protect something like this from happening again, we certainly will learn from this tuition. if there are additional reforms worth implementing, we won't hesitate to do so. >> there seems to be such a the person having the ability to take home classified information. would you agree that there is obviously a need for some different kind of changes than the ones already made. >> we have seen important positive results from them. as more is learned about this case, part of this investigation will be understanding how this person was able to evade the crimesnd commit
that are alleged. we will want to learn from that and implement the kinds of reforms or solutions that would prevent others from doing the same thing. the latest voice we have heard this week from the human rights chief, calling for council,n the security do support that and is the administration think it would do any good at this point. to try to make changes in what is happening in? been --e certainly has the united states has been disappointed in the way russia and to a certain extent china have wielded their veto authority on this un security council to blunt international efforts to limit the violence inside of syria.
we have been disappointed that they have used that the toe -- otect assad.ect a solid there have been movements inside the security council to raise conduct ofout the individuals in that conflict into ensure that they are met with some accountability. as accountability measures have been blocked. we have been deeply concerned by the way russia has used its veto council the un security to prevent as much action from the u.n. as we would like to see . i know that there has been a and more eccentric discussion about proposed reforms of the un security council and the way that it works.
there have been proposals to enlarge it. our friends in india are benefiting from reforms like that. city -- thes to the situation inside of syria, our most urgent concern is with them way russia has used their veto authority on the security council. that shouldething be done and looked at more closely now? or is now not the time for that? i think many united nations processes are characterized by the length of time it takes to complete them and surely the idea of reforming those processes is also likely to take a long time. we have expressed our support for a set of reforms that could
make the united nations more efficient, effective, and more representative. our focus right now is on trying to reduce the violence in an urgent situation inside of syria. following up on a couple of things. the veto conversation is relevant. [indiscernible] but with the u.s. be willing to pursue sanctions with europe and josh: there are examples of the u.s. being able to work to implement sanctions
in a court dated fashion to maximize the impact of those. the situation in the ukraine is the best example where the u.s. is been able to work effectively to impose tough sanctions against russia. i would be among the first to point out that the sanctions we have imposed on russia in concert with our european allies have not yet achieved the desired result. we have not seen the change in strategy on the part of the russians we would like to see in the ukraine. we would like to see them indicate their clear respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the ukraine. sanctionsknow though have an impact on the economy. russia is paying the price for their actions inside the ukraine
and that prices when they have to pay because of the ability of the u.s. to work effectively with our european partners to impose those costs. russia has a veto on the un security council and it is one example where we have been willing to work outside the auspices of the united nations and in the way that it has had an impact even if we're not yet achieved the desired result. our preference is always to work with the u.n. when it comes to implementing these sanctions because it means that even more countries are able to coordinate their actions with the united states which has a multiplier effect in terms of the strength of sanctions and the size of the cost. we do have options and we have demonstrated an ability to work outside the u.n. to achieve a
similar result. wouldn't rulei out multilateral efforts outside to impose costs on syria, russia, or others. we have done that in the past and i would not take that off the table in terms of the options to be considered. i know you spoke to michelle yesterday and the steps you've taken related to federal contractors. i'm wondering if this has inspired any sort of reevaluation on whether that firm should be involved or receive u.s. government because of two of their employees engaged --
: i'm not aware that the investigation has detected any wrongdoing on the part of the company. i would those questions to the department of justice. there are elements of the investigation they are not likely to talk about a lot. we want to learn as much as we can and if there are lessons we can learn and reforms that can be implemented, we want to do that. as long as we're sharing information with government employees that is critical to protecting the country, this kind of risk exists. but the risk of not sharing that information is even higher and that's one of the lessons we learned after 9/11. staffersys have that,
having the median salary be $90,000. criticism from government groups, and talking about why that's important for the administration to have added all of those staffers. i haven't seen the reports was hard for me to assess the conclusions they have reached. can just say that the administration has made it a priority to interact with the public and interact with the press corps and the is transparent as possible. it requires dedicated professionals that are interested in furthering that goal and helping the american people understand what the
administration is doing and what we have prioritized. and with the success has been in the agenda laid out by president obama. her track record is pretty strong in terms of the substantive progress we have made and the effective way we've been able to communicate with the american public. there's not much that we do around here that doesn't take criticism from those on the right. there certainly entitled to do that. reporter: you have anything about the size or scope of metrics? are there dozens of people in a co >> i don't have a lot of new metrics to share with you. i can contact my colleagues at
fema. they were added to the gao report. people would find that information for you. i can provide a little texture here. there has been a number of resources pleat -- pre-deployed to the region. this is a relatively new strategy that has been up lamented. the idea is to essentially pre-stage supplies likely to be needed in areas just outside of the affected areas. the storm passes, these resources are all in one place. network has been going on for several days and we can provide additional information about the quantity of those supplies. there are a number of coordination centers set up up
and down the east coast. those are operating around the clock and are fully staffed. people tos a lot of ensure that the operations can continue. the other thing we have prioritized, and this is something the president raised in his discussion with federal officials yesterday. his concern about potential power outages. anytime you deal with the storm like this, you want the power back up as soon as possible. fuel for generators so that people that have emergency generators can get them up and running. the critical facility of hospitals can fuel the generators. there has been a lot of important work done to pull the inources of utilities regions of the country that are not affected by this storm.
they can share their personnel, truck's, and equipment to help those communities experiencing widespread to the station. some of that work has been done in advance as well. this is a priority we are mindful of. people will be challenged to operate in an environment where the power is not on. we want to do as much planning as we can in advance so we can get it on as quickly as possible. >> the governor made it -- josh: it's a request that can be submitted in advance of the storm. they can expedite the provision of federal support. it is a process that fema considers when they receive an application like this.
i know they will work quickly to evaluate it and respond. they will respond quickly. ist it is is something that moved through fema first. the application is considered a process there. i think it requires presidential sign off but it is not up process that takes very long and the president relies heavily on the advice he receives from fema. >> is the president altering travel plans? plans.here are no but even if the president travels, he will stay closely to federal officials on the front lines. state and local officials leading the response. it is the proper role for the federal government in these situations. the government plays a
supporting role in terms of supplies and advice but it is the responsibility of state and local officials to manage the response which is why we are encouraging people to listen to the instructions of state and local officials. they are going to know it's best for their communities and what's best about helping their communities recover. reporter: on aleppo, are there ?ny meetings act josh: i'm not aware of any meetings but he meets with his national security team regularly. is the administration's -- isment that aleppo that conceivable?
?nd is there a response it is outrageous that a military organization attacking civilians for years using barrel bombs, weaponize like chlorine, bunker busting bombs, for them to suggest that they are looking out for the interest of civilians is outrageous. so what i will say in general is it's an indication of where the world is so concerned about the situation and aleppo right now. i don't have an assessed at in terms of the latest conditions on the ground, but it is a city that has been under siege for years. the intensity has only increased in the last couple of weeks. distressingdeeply
that i don't have assessment to share in terms of power or how likely it is the city will fall. nothing youere's can say that might be more reassuring to the world community? a lotntingency plans or of people working -- looking for intangibles? >> the action is the conversation we have been having to the hospices of the united nations trying to support the work of the u.n. envoy there. there are a number of bilateral conversations the u.s. has been engaged in with our partners and friends in the region. we have been very focused on this. the goal is to expedite humanitarian assistance in the u.s. has provided 5.9 billion dollars, or than any country in the world.
in u.s. has been engaged many people have been as well. reporter: people think it's getting worse. we have been concerned about the russian military. it is deeply distressing. >> the u.s. response has been adequate and appropriate? josh: no one has been satisfied when you see widespread death and destruction. the bloodshed by innocent civilians is deeply distressing. think there's anybody that feels good about the situation in aleppo right now. >> the conversations dealing with the storms, there is the chance that this could be the most significant damaging weather event that the
administration is had to deal with? officials that are the ones handling immediate response will turn to the federal government if there are large amounts of people displaced? ish: scientists tell us this likely the largest and most powerful to hit the united states in a decade or so. the preparations that we've been making in advance of the storm are indicative of how serious we think it is. itt is why you have seen making landfall. it is important for people that --e
>> is there an additional need -- josh: i'm not aware of those discussions at this point but we will do an assessment to determine how significant the losses are and we will make a determination about whether or not it is necessary for congress to consider additional appropriations. the president talked about expressions that are echoes of the past. perhaps those that support donald trump but he talks about how appealing some radical reforms can be breaking out the biggest banks that have prohibitively steep tariffs on imports. if the president sees that
sentiment equally spread among democrats and republicans? josh: the president addresses this directly in the piece, that this sentiment is more widespread on the right than on the left. phenomenon on the extremes of both ends of the ideological spectrum. the president makes a phenomenoy persuasive case for the kinds of things we can do to address the concerns that a been raised. the view is that the concerns raised are legitimate. some of the proposed responses we have seen from the extremes are not. and would end up doing more damage and compound the negative impact of globalization being experienced by some communities. there are some things we can do to try to compound the positive impact of the forces of globalization. but me give you an example.
in example of this would be global economy, those that have marketable and highly technical that are not tied exports. why would we make the investments that ensure that are workforce can benefit that kind of opportunity. let's invest in early childhood education, open up the doors to .ollege education let's help individuals get the and higher-paying
jobs. that is the kind of common sense approach. that will have a terrible impact on the broader economy and reduce the number of jobs tied to exports. which means there a smaller number of higher-paying jobs to be gained. we should focus on commonsense strategies for the positive benefits for some of the global changes in the economy as opposed to making the negative consequences even worse. reporter: the president talks about many of the positive points of the economy. and there are still issues out there and gdp growth between one and 2%. an economy that isn't strong
enough to support the target rate. is the issue here that broad-based growth isn't strong enough yet? know one of the headwinds we face is actually from the international economy. the u.s. benefit from being able to trade with the world and when our trading partners have economies that are not performing at particularly high levels, it will have an impact on the goods and services that they have. that's why much of the audience is thes piece international community. and it can have an impact on these broader trends. what is also true is that we fromencountered opposition
those on the extreme right who wield inordinate influence in the united states congress. they have succeeded in blocking the common sense infrastructure and education that would have the material positive impact. economic growth would be higher if republicans had bought policies that can should be did two x -- hadn't blocked policies that continue economic growth. at the risk of offending my friends with years of technical education in the field of economics, this isn't that complicated. took the opposition commonsense proposals like investments in infrastructure that have prevented the u.s. economy from performing even better than we have thus far. i guess that is where the allusion to the know nothings might come in. hurricane, thee
obama administration and gov. rick scott has sparred over emergency funding. governor scott says the far higher rejection rate for fema and given that, can you describe the administration's interaction thus far? we're talking about millions of americans in the path of a devastating storm the likes of which we haven't seen in about a decade or so. politics aside and we focus on meeting the basic needs of our fellow americans. there has been extensive coordination between federal officials and state emergency officials in florida. those that follow the issues closely know that craig is a floridian himself and he had his
reputation as an expert helping the state of florida in 2004 and 2005 deal with an unprecedented hurricanes. now, i2006, 10 years ago was working on the florida governor's race for the democratic candidate for governor. they were to promise to leave craig and his job. it's a pretty clear indication that he doesn't consider politics when doing his job. i'm sure it contributes to the success he has enjoyed providing services to the american people. it has been the approach president obama has taken as the and we would expect significant political differences that exist between governor scott and the white
house are going to have zero impact on the ability of emergency officials to get the kind of help and assistance they need from federal officials dealing with this storm. --h: can you give us reporter: can you give us an update on what the u.s. is doing in haiti. there is talk about helicopters going down at an update you can get on resources that have been sent. >> my colleagues can talk to about the resources that have been mobilized. oteri resources mobilized to assist in recovery efforts. i don't have the statistics in front of me but we can get you information. there has been important work through usaid to deal with the impact of the storm. the foreign disaster assistance teams were deployed to haiti and jamaica in advance of the storm
hitting. there are already disaster on the groundts to assist these local governments in setting up the recovery effort. there has been an initial contribution from usaid. address theion, to immediate humanitarian needs. just an initial payment and i'm sure there will be additional resources coming to assist our friends in haiti coming to assist. there is an opportunity for americans who might be concerned about the situation there. go to cidi.org. this is a nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating information in the aftermath of
disasters and they also can ensure financial resources dedicated to the recovery effort get to the right place when used effectively. reporter: we talked a lot about the u.s. relationship dealing with syria. is a statement from the spokesman for the russian defense minister strongly warning the u.s. to not conduct military strikes. being taken as threatening to shoot down american planes. >> what i will stay is that they are -- there is a concerted effort on the part of the united states to work effectively with the russians to reduce violence inside of syria. again, thed time russians did not live up to the commitment they had made in the context of those negotiations.
it is deep disappointment in the u.s. and around the world. and had tragic consequences for civilians in and around aleppo. at the same time, there is no interest in escalating the violence in syria. we want to see the violence reduced. that is what we're working to try to affect. >> this administration has prosecuted more cases than all previous presidents combined. suffered largest leaks in history. has a crackdown been a failure? >> we can walk through the statistics about the prosecutions. the administration does take seriously the need to
protect sensitive national security information. of course, those decisions about how and whether to prosecute an seriously the need to individual. those decisions are made without political influence. about the priority placed on protecting national security and protecting sensitive information but those prosecutorial decisions are made by independent prosecutors at the department of justice. , what we have seen is the impact that modern on the movement and dissemination of information . there is an upside that
technology can be used to ensure that national security information can be quickly instantaneously shared across wayfederal government in a that keeps our men and women in uniform's eighth and in a way that aids terrorism investigations. and in a way that protects the united states homeland. the downside risk of this technology is those with that can, on an unprecedented scale, disseminate that information. and unfortunately, that has harmful consequences. we have talked at length about the way that the unauthorized
americans inut harm's way. whether it was compromising the identity of undercover intelligence operatives or unauthorized disclosure of information. it is the modern environment in which we are operating and why the administration is undertaken so many reform efforts to try to counter this insider threat. more about ways that bad actors evade those reforms, we will learn those lessons and beef up our defense is even further. belief ofes to be the this administration and officials in both parties that
the greater risk is associated with withholding that information and not effectively sharing it. this is one of the lessons we learned in the aftermath of 9/11. the internal stove piping of the federal government attracted from the national security. it has been a concerted effort to effectively share that information to protect the american people. that has been a good thing. it has revolutionized the way that information is used to protect our interests and protect our country. it also causes us to confront this latest most recent risk. reporter: you talk about waiting until the investigation is done to undertake further reforms. toen that this guy seems defy so many of the reforms that , isn't thereted just an extraordinary urgency that this administration needs
to have right now about reminding the entire federal government is sort of a hair on fire way that these rules are in place and cannot be defied? josh: let me assure you that there is a sense of urgency around this. i did not mean to leave you with the impression that we will not do anything until the investigation is completed. if we learn information that could be valuable in patching vulnerabilities, we will undertake that work immediately. i think is also true is that the vast majority of the men and women in our intelligence community, our people our experts, our professionals take these rules very seriously. they are patriotic americans that dedicate their lives to protecting this country. the vast majority of them don't need to be reminded of just how serious this is.
but everybody recognizes the great consequences for not following the rules on the books. i say that without knowing exactly or being able to discuss in detail about what we know about this particular situation. let me clarify. it is not clear in this allegedn whether these becauseere committed the rules weren't being if it'sely followed, or a creative way for getting around the rules. way, if there are reforms we can implement to ensure greater fidelity to these policies, or further strengthening of these policies, we will do that to ensure the safety and security of sensitive
information. >> you are confident that you have the boundaries of this week understood and under control? if you are fairly secure that you know who leaked the nsa, intersect details, you have all of that stuff. do you have confidence that this is now under control? you've got everyone that you need to get in this investigation? it is an entirely legitimate investigation. i will let them speak to the scope of it. reporter: do you know what contractor this guy worked for? joshi think part of this took pe prior to that. i can't speak to the individual employment history, but it may be a detail that the
department of justice can share with you. a poll out from cnn showing -- [indiscernible] thought you might appreciate that. josh: i take pride in it nonetheless. reporter: it might seem a little counterintuitive given the other trend we have seen in this election is the thirst for change. i'm wondering if the president has any insight into what is at ? josh: i will let you guys do the important work of analyzing the polls.
the president is enormously proud. it was the worst economic downturn since the great depression and the progress we have made is remarkable. better than anybody had predicted 7.5 years ago. the kind of sustained job creation. the longest consecutive monthly streak. we made putting upper pressure on wages. poverty fell more in 2015 than it has in any year since the 1960's. wasincrease in median wages the largest on record. it's an indication we have made critically important progress in the president's approach has always been to focus on longer-term goals. and there are situations in
which longer-term focus has had numberst on the reflected in short-term polls. the president has been willing foracrifice the hot takes longer-term results. after eight years in this office, that is a strategy that has strongly benefited the american people and it is starting to show up in the polls. the president does take some satisfaction with that. in terms of reconciling the unquestioned desire for changes in our government, you won't be surprised to hear me say that i would attribute that to the dysfunction that has run rampant under republican leadership in congress.
theas contributed to prostration, not just inside the white house, but in houses across the country that congress has failed, time and time again to do commonsense things that would be good for the country because republicans continually prioritize politics. that is the kind of common sense investment in infrastructure and education that would have a positive impact or the kind of reforms of our immigration system. there are a variety of ways to measure dysfunction that left by recognizeisfied there may be republicans with different analysis that you've got to admit the analysis i've offered is backed up by numbers. both presidential
candidates have historically high ratings. popularity isnt's just people liking barack obama or is it in comparison to people expressing frustration. >> is probably a little bit of both. with thee pleased president in office and it is reflected in the polls today. the president has maintained a personal approval rating even among those that don't support his policies because they see the approach he has taken to his job. but they see him as somebody that actually can be a role model. they see somebody who is a good husband and a good father. somebody serious about his faith. somebody who takes his job very
seriously but not more seriously than necessary. the public appraisal of the president's character is one that even in the most ethical times has been pretty durable. adding people are reminded of that when they hear some of the rhetoric that is uttered by the republican nominee for president. i think that might lead some republicans and independents to conclude that, for as frustrated now, they haveht been pleased with the decision that the oval office has been making. any chanceas there to offer to help them with hurricane recovery? aware of any
changes, but given the impact , i wouldstorm has had anticipate that this would featp that she will be talking about work they the united states can do to help those who are recovering from the storm. reporter: out of the status of the relationship now, any kind of aid to help with that relief permitted? josh: i'm not sure the roles of a governor but we can look into that for you. reporter: question for you. you were talking about syria, you mentioned diplomacy including the human --un. we specifically talking about the proposal to go into aleppo and help escort out people in that city. josh: i was never referring to any specific statement or initiative. rather, our general support