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was on the republican side of the aisle or the democrat side of the aisle. teve had the uncanny ability smile that smile and to brush away all the dust of confusion and get to the core of the matter, and when you walked away from a conversation with steve you thought, why idn't i think of that? i so much appreciated his guidance, his mentorship, his friendship. expertise and he the professionalism of the man by watching him work. but the thing that impressed me ost about steve latourette was
the heart of the man. because i saw him with his family. i saw the way he treated his wife and his children. and there was no mistaking that whatever was swirling around the house, you knew where steve's priorities were. steve's priorities were at home. and i will always remember steve for that. people call him colleague, .eople call him former member jennifer, i'm just proud to call him friend. god bless you and the family and thanks so much for letting me share a few moments. i yield back. mr. chabot: thank you very much. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. reclaiming my time. i'd now like to yield such time
as she might consume to the gentlelady from north carolina, virginia foxx. ms. foxx: thank you, representative chabot. for organizing this special order tonight. so that we could pay tribute to our colleague, steve latourette. jennifer, i hope that you and the children are being comforted by the words that you are hearing here tonight. i want to associate myself with all the comments that i've been able to hear tonight about steve. he truly was a dedicated public servant and a champion for his constituents in ohio for 18 years. as we mourn the loss of steve,
we remember a representative who stood for what is right and who fought on behalf of what makes america great. i had the privilege of standing in the back corner a lot of times with steve and i can quick y testify to his witteds -- wickedness, his sense of humor, and also his ability to discern the heart of the matter, as has been mentioned here. i learned a great deal from steve by listening to him. he was a man of great principle . and as i thought tonight about coming here and sharing a few comments, to pay tribute to , eve, the poem by john dunn
"for whom the bell tolls" kept coming back to me. and so i'm going to share that poem tonight because i do think that it epitomizes how we should think about steve and his presence here and his absence. no man is an island. entire of itself. every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. if a claude be washed away by the sea, europe is the less. as well as if a promentory were. as well as if a manner of thy friends or of thine were. any man's death diminishes me. because i am involved in man kind. and therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls.
it tolls for thee. we are all diminished by the loss of steve, but we are all the better for having known him. and i feel very blessed to have known and worked with him. god bless you, jennifer, and your family. and thank you again, representative chabot. mr. chabot: thank you very much. reclaiming my time. i'd like to now yield to the gentleman from dayton, ohio, mike turner. mr. turner: thank you, chairman chabot. thank you for hosting this important opportunity for us to come to the house floor, to speak about our good friend, steve latourette. ohio has lost a great advocate and a public servant. and to jennifer and to mr. latourette's children, i want to add my voice and comments to those who have spoken before. 've heard words, bipartisan,
mentor, substantive, inspirational and fighter. i want to add my voice to underscore how those words were so important in this body and so important for the legacy of steve latourette. bipartisan. as we all know, standing outside off the house's chamber is the speaker's lobby where the press stands and i was stopped many times by the press asking me this simple question, the press would approach and say that they had been speaking to the members of the house and asking them, who is the most bipartisan member of the house? and frequently, on both sides, people would mention steve latourette and they would want to know how did he that and how he would accomplish that. where is the work that would have a member be identified as the most bipartisan? but we all knew it to be true. whether it be on substantive issues reaching across the aisle, or fighting for what was right, steve looked not at what
side of the aisle people were on, but what was the outcome and everyone in this body saw it. mentor. like bill johnson, i came here having not served in the legislative before. steve latourette was willing to sit down, assist me and understand how long this body works, how an office works, how to make certain that you're successful. and how congress operates and how a new member can become an important part of it. substantive. pat tiberi was saying it this corner here with steve latourette. what's important about that corner is not that steve latourette was there, but the line of people that would form to speak to steve. because they were seeking that bipartisan voice, his mentoring, but also his substantive comments. steve latourette was always the individual who knew more about what was happening on this floor, across all subjects, than anyone else. it wasn't just his committee or his bills, it was everything that was going on. he into what was happening and he had advice for -- he knew what was happening and he had advice for everyone who would
stop by to take it. inspirational. steve always had a cause. when you would stop by and talk to him, it wasn't just what was happening on the house floor, it was what other issue needed to be addressed, what other issue needed to be righted and he would call many people to the cause of that -- for that inspiration. and he was a fighter. he was always on the right side. marcy kaptur was speaking about the fight of brac. we had many military facilities that were at risk. there were significant cuts and effects. nasa would have been secondarily affected by the cuts in the department of defense. steve latourette singularly stood forward and went directly to the data that the department of defense was using, substantive attacked it, substantively repackaged it and won on the argument that these facilities needed not to be closed or impacted but they needed to be sustained. it was that fighter aspect, it was that substantive aspect, that allowed him to be successful and allowed him to be a leader for many.
he will be strongly missed, but by all those who had an opportunity to learn from him and his mentorship, he lives on in the inspiration he's provided to us and do the right thing, work hard, substantively focus, and make certain that you work and honor all of the members of the body of congress, not just those who are of your party. with that i yield back. mr. chabot: thank you very much. the gentleman yields back. reclaiming mime time, i'd lou -- my time. i'd now like to yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. gibson. mr. gibson: thank you, mr. chairman, and, mr. speaker, chairman, thank you very much, for pulling this special order together. to give tribute and to really reflect on the remarkable life of steve latourette. for me, steve was a role model, he was a teacher, he taught me so much about this institution and he was a great friend. he was somebody who was fun to be around. so many things that i could address. but in the interest of time, i'll make two points. the first is that steve and i
shared a passion for seeing this body lead and to get our country back to a balanced budget. believing that this is not only an economic imperative, it's a moral imperative. we have today steve's family that are with us. he felt so deeply about his family. he loved cleveland and his entire district. and he knew that this was an issue that we had to go all in, to make happen. that was certainly one of the main motivations why i retired from the army after 29 years total, including 24 years in the regular army, is to help move us back to a balanced budget. working together over the past six years and inspired by steve and others' work, we have closed the deficit by almost 70%, but we're not there. we're not back to balanced budget. and we need to get back to a balanced budget. steve helped lead the way.
our first work together was actually a substitute amendment in 2011. brought to the floor here in the early morning hours, in march of 2011. i still remember watching steve , didn't know him real well at the time, but liked everything i saw and i remembered the debate as it was moving from about 2:30 to 3:00 a.m. and the speaker right before steve was quite frankly criticizing the substitute amendment that steve and i had authored. before the house. and said, well, we really don't have time to debate mr. latourette's amendment. given this hour. and so when mr. latourette, when steve got to the floor and he was recognized, he said, excuse me? we don't have time? we just moments ago, we debated cutting off the plumbing to the white house. i think we got plenty of time to talk about issues that are very important to my constituents in cleveland. and he gave an impassioned set of remarks that i think were
very thoughtfully constructed about how we could guide ourselves back to balanced budget, but do it in a way that also brings people together, that can do it in a way that we can gain bipartisan support for that. and he stood up for things that were very important for people in cleveland. like the arts. and like n.p.r. and education. i thought he gave a very sum oning set of remarks -- summoning set of remarks. i was proud to be associated with that. a year later, as mr. cooper mentioned, i was one of those who joined mr. latourette. we thought our numbers were more formidable. but we brought forward this bipartisan budget that, as mr. cooper pointed out, was a missed opportunity. because had we actually adopted that pro-growth, because we were closing loopholes and lowering rates for americans, and also fiscally conservative, we had smart spending limits on the federal departments, it was not sequester, these were livable, sustainable levels that would ultimately get our
discretionary spending under control and it made a commitment to addressing the mandatory spending programs as well. had we actually enacted that budget, that cooper-latourette budget today, we would be back at a balanced budget. given the fact that we did overperform, we saw some fannie mae and freddie mac money come in, and we came in lower than we thought in terms of deficits. in fact, at one point here we $3.25 deficit down to billion, but represented a 70% reduction from the nearly $1.5 trillion that we were at in 2010. that budget, i believe, ultimately, we're going end to up having to do that at some point anyway. because staring at close to $20 trillion of debt, we can no longer sit and wait on the style battle that's going to ultimately clear the field and allow for one party to implement everything that they want on the budget. we now are going to have
unified government. i'm looking forward and excited about those prospects. but we still have issues where we need to get support, there are votes that are needed in the senate. thresholds that have to be met. and so ultimately i think that that cooper-latourette budget will come back. and i hope that we can get this done for our nation. i want to thank steve for his leadership for that. the second point. actually an interesting one. a little bit tough to go through. but i'm better for it. this was also in 2011. i saw steve and everybody knows that -- the incredible sense of humor, the dry which the that steve can have. i saw -- wit that steve can have. i saw steve one day around noon or so. he said, gibson, yesterday. yeah, steve. you were in the chair. you were acting speer. yeah, yeah, i was. e goes, that jacket, don't ever wear that jacket again. and i'm thinking, ok, i was an army guy. for the time i was in active
duty, ok, true, we'd get up in the morng and say, i think i'll wear something green today. that didn't make life easier. but i thought, i got pretty good taste. in clothing. but so i went back to my staff and i said, steve latourette, he's pretty -- seemed pretty serious. he said, don't wear that jacket again. they said, well, why don't do you this, y know, how do you feel about it, i kind of like this. they said, whdon't you watch it. why don't we bring it up. we're standing around the computer we can bring it up. and all of a sudden i go, oh, man. what was i thinking? i never wore that jacket again, steve. i want you to know that. i'm going to be donating this jacket to the library of congress in honor of steve latourette's incredible taste and my lack thereof. i do want to hoe show it, though, one final -- show it, hough, one time time it looks worst ol tv. it looks terrible.
steve, god bless you. you were an incredible role model and amazing husband and father and you are missed every day in these halls. >> as usual, stevela turt was right. mr. chabot: i yield to the gentleman from tech as, dr. mike burgess. mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman from ohio for yielding and i thank you for yielding this hour and we remember our friend sfeevela turt. he was a friend and you know what they say about friends in washington, steve was a friend. i arived in 2003 i was on
steve's subcommittee. and i will never forget and it was so even handed, no partisanship. and i try to carry that with me today where the subcommittees where the subject matter can be more contentious, but the both t which he treated members of the side of the aisle. he had a dog fight. he would give you t-shirt off his back. spot.put in a tight in denton, texas, people in ohio don't know where it is. steve, in 2012, he had his last election and wasn't coming back but i implord upon him and said
come and talk to the leaders in denton, texas, he did. steve taught me something that day. he got to reagan airport without his walt and he could get on the flight without an id, it helps being a chairman of the subcommittee and an appropriator, but i got word that he wouldn't be abling to make it done to dallas-fort worth. people still talk about his presentation. and he had that witt, that witt that we experienced one time or another. he had a way of bringing you back to earth with his turn of phrase and his humor. steve, we do miss you. the fact there is a cancer that can claim the lives that it
does, that's something this body should work on. we do that. we had lellings for a year and a half to improve and speed those discoveries. held up on the nat. i'm optimistic we can get it done this year and get it done before this term ends. i would like to do it for steve. what a great friend. we miss you. thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chabot: reclaiming my time, i would like to yield to the gentleman from illinois such time as he might consume. >> thank you to my colleague and friend to the great state of ohio. this is an opportunity. mr. dold: it is birth sweet for me and the american people to known as aody that i
friend but cared about the issues of governing this america. america, the greatest country has been served by subserves like stevela turt for hundreds of years but not many were like stevela turt. he focused on how we bring both sides of this institution together to benefit every single america. mr. davis: his work on transportation and infrastructure is why i sought a seat on the transportation and infrastructure committee when i came to congress in 201 and getting to know steve as a main street republican committee and getting to know steve that i got to know it proved to me what i
knew about steve he is somebody who is actually wanting to make america the greatest country in the world. steve was somebody i looked umh. stevela turt is somebody that america should look up to. steve, i know you are looking down upon all of us and your family and i want you to know what you did and the difference you made in this great institution will never be forgotten. you are an institution and your family and history will show all of us this great country all of that. and with that, i yield back. mr. chabot: the gentleman yields back and i would reclaim my time. and i know we are rapidly approaching that time that we
are ending the special orders. and both side of the aisle gave a testament of how much steve meant to this institution and the house of representatives that he loves so much. i know personally that speaker john boehner depended on stevela turt. they were friends but speaker boehner relied upon stevela turt in a lot of the tough decisions that the speaker has to make as speaker of the house of representatives. that wasn't known to the public. but i think it's important that his family know that. jennifer and his wife and emma and henry and you'll his children. i want to -- and i know they know this, but it's important
they realize how important that congressmanla turt was to this institution and how much he meant to us. and it was mentioned by some of our colleagues, the witt that he had. i know that -- i heard the term knuckleheads before and probably called people that before but i chever heard the term chuckleheads but it was something that steve called some members of this institution with and that was ed humorous and will live in this institution. and i would be remiss if i didn't mention that there are a number of members that wanted to be with us this evening but had other things they couldn't get
-- we had a national election and this is the first time that congress has been back in session since the election. there are a lot of things happening all over the hill this evening and i know, for example, jim renacci and congressman stivers have put written speeches in the record which will appear with the speeches we heard this evening. let me conclude by letting the family know, jennifer and the ids, that stevela turt will be --la turet will be remembered. he made a difference and he is honored to say that i was able
to serve in the united states house of representatives. god bless him. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. may i have a motion? . chabot: i would ask that members be able to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. chabot: have the appropriate number of days. ay ive a motion? mr. chabot: move to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: those in those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. accordingly, the house
>> follow the house live here on c-span when they gavel back in tomorrow at noon eastern. republicans and democrats are having leadership elections this week. orientation is underway for new members of congress who will take their seats in january. reporting on that in their peace newly elected house members arrive for orientation. a number of photos of members arriving at the capitol hill hotel. woman, and the first african to represent delaware in the state. also representative elect of florida. mast lost both of his legs in afghanistan when he turned -- served as a long disposal expert.
exploded.ed he found as congressman, he won the 18th district in florida, a seat given up by patrick murphy so that he could run for the senate in florida. one more photo from rollcall. this is vice president dick cheney's daughter, one her election in wyoming and will represent the state in the u.s. house. you can read more at rollcall.com. journal,'s washington live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. this week we are focusing on members of congress and donald trump's presidential win. tuesday morning, wisconsin republican will discuss donald trump as a president and what that means for the republican party. he will wait in on key issues york- and the new congressman will be talking
about his reaction to the presidential election. including the fbi's decision to information about hillary clinton's e-mails before the election. watch washington journal wife at 7:00 eastern on tuesday mornings. join the discussion. tonight on c-span, president obama urges the public to give president-elect donald trump a chance. donald check in with trump's former campaign manager, kellyanne conway, and here reaction from members of congress on the 2016 elections. now to the white house. president obama: hello everybody . of hours i will be departing on my final trip as president. while we are a broad, i will have a chance to take if you of your questions. i figured, why wait?
i know there are a lot of domestic issues that people are thinking about. i wanted to see if i could clear up some of the underbrush, so that when we are overseas and people are asking about foreign-policy questions, people do not feel obliged to tack on other questions to them. i know you still will. [laughter] president obama: i am trying something out. let me mention three brief topics. first of all, as i discussed with the president-elect on thursday. my team stands ready to accelerate in the next steps that are required to ensure a smooth transition. we will be staying in touch as we travel. i remember what it was like when i came in eight years ago, it is a big challenge. this office is bigger than any one person. that is why a smooth transition is important. it is not something that the constitution explicitly requires, but it is one of those
norms that are vital to a functioning democracy. ,imilar to norms of civility tolerance and commitment to reason, facts and analysis. this part of what makes country work. as long as i am president, we ,re going to uphold those norms and terrorists and uphold those ideas. as i told my staff, we should be very proud that when we turn over the keys, the car is in good shape. indisputably in a stronger position today than we were when i came in eight years ago. jobs have been growing for 73 straight months, incomes are rising. the uninsured rate is at the lowest level in record. carbon emissions have come down without impinging on our growth. my in section two my team is that we run through the take. we make sure we finished what we started to that we do not let up
in these last couple of months, is on generate 21st, america is in the strongest position possible. hopefully, there is an opportunity for the next president to build on that. helpedtwo, our work has to stabilize the global economy. because there is one president at a time, i will spend this time reinforcing their approaches being taken for the economic growth. i look forward to my first visit increase -- in greece. i will visit with chancellor merkel, who has been my closest these past eight years. our support for a strong, integrated and united europe. it's a essential to global stability. that is why the transatlantic allianceand the nato
is under democratic and republican administrations. in peru, i will meet with leaders who have been the focus of our policy to our rebalance in the asia-pacific. this is a time of great change in the world, that america has always been a begin of strength and a pillar of hope around the world. that is what it must continue to be. finally, on a personal note. michelle and i want to offer our deeper condolences to gwen family. she was a friend of ours, she always kept faith with the fundamental responsibilities of her job. holding people accountable and defending a strong press that makes our democracy work. i always appreciated her reporting, even when i was at their receiving ends of one of for tests and thorough interviews. aether she reported from
convention floor, or the field. whether she sat at the debate moderators table, or the anchor's desk, she not only , but shetoday citizens inspired them. she was a powerful role models for young women and girls. for whom she blazed a trail as one half of the first all-female anchor team on network news. gwen did her country a great service. michelle and i joined her family, colleagues and everybody else who loved her and remember her fondly today. with that, i will take some questions. had someosh earnest pull around here, he just happened to put at the top of the list, the wall street , this is wrapping up your stint here and you are going to kansas city.
josh just happens to be from kansas city. i don't know if there was any coincidence there, but we wish you the very best of luck on your new endeavors. are about to embark on your final foreign trip. what will you say to foreign ?eaders about your successor should they be worried about the future u.s. foreign-policy? as democrats scramble to regroup after a shocking upset, what is your advice about where the party goes now, and who should be here? president obama: one of the great things about the united states is that, when it comes to world affairs, the president refers to the leader of the executive branch, the commander and chief, the spokesperson for the nation, but the influence
and the work that we have is the result not just of the president, it is the result of countless interactions and arrangements and relationships between our military and other militaries. andintelligence officers development workers. continuityenormous news,akes the day to date that makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining global prosperity around the world. that will continue. in my conversation with the aesident-elect, he expressed maintainingst in our foreign strategic relationships. one of the messages i can natoer is his position to
and the transatlantic alliance, that is the most important functions. my job is to let them know that there is no weakening of resolved when it comes to america's commitment to maintaining a strong and robust nato relationship. and a recognition that those alliances are not just good for europe, they are good for the united states. they are vital for the world. with respect to the democratic cart -- party. everybodyteam loses, gets sad, and it is hard and challenging. i think it is a healthy thing for the democratic party to go through some reflection. mehink it is important for
not to be big footing that conversation. i think we want to see new voices and new ideas emerge. part of the reason why term limits are a useful thing. should not waiver on our core beliefs and principles. haveelief that we should an economy that works for everybody, not just a few. america atthat an its best is inclusive, not exclusive. dignity,nsist on the and god-given potential, and worth of every child, regardless of race, gender or sexual n.ientation an
that we are committed to a world in which we keep america safe. we recognize that our power does destroy the military. there will be a core set of values that should not be up for debate. politically, i think it is something we should spend time thinking about. have betterat we ideas. i also believe that good ideas do not matter if people don't hear them. democrats issues the have to be clear on is coming given population distribution , we have toountry compete everywhere. we have to show up everywhere.
we have to work at a grassroots level. something that has been running through my career. i won iowa not because the democratics dictated that i would win iowa, it was because i spent 87 days going to every fry and hall,sh and there were some counties where i might have lost, but maybe i lost by 20 points instead of 50 points. there are some counties that maybe i won that people did not expect, because people had a chance to see you, listen to you and get a sense of who you stood for and who you were fighting for. the challenge for a national party is how do you get in there and create those kinds of structures so that people have a
sense of what it is you stand for. that is difficult to do. it is increasingly difficult to do because of the effects. i think the discussions that have been taken about how do you build more grassroots organizing, state parties, local parties. school board elections you are paying attention to. to aall will contribute stronger outcome in the future. i am optimistic that will happen. democrats who are feeling completely discouraged, i have been trying to remind them, everybody remembers my boston
speech in 2004 at may not remember me showing up. -- showing up in 2005. and onethere nationally. republicans controlled the senate and the house. two years later, democrats were running back congress and i was president of the united states. rapidly, but they don't change inevitably. they change because you work for it. nobody said democracy is supposed to be easy, it is hard. , it big country like this probably should be hard. >> thank you sir. mr. president, what can you tell us about the learning of the
upcoming president. can you tell us how long it to queue before you were fully at ease in the job, if that ever happens. did you discuss this matter with president-elect trump? president obama: i was feeling pretty good back then. curvek the learning always continues. this is a remarkable job, it is like no other job honors. -- job on earth. it is a constant job of information, challenges and issues. has is true or now than it ever been, partly because of the nature of information and the interconnection between regions of the world. were president 50 years
syria mightgedy in be what the american people were thinking about. of a, they see images child in the aftermath of a bombing. you hads a time when if a financial crisis in southeast asia somewhere, it had no impact on our markets. today it does. information,t of the amount of incoming that any administration has to deal with today, and respond to much more rapidly, that makes a difference. i was watching a documentary during the picks crisis. two weeks before anybody reported on it. imagine that. thatnk it is fair to say
if something happens under the current president, they have to figure it out and in our what their responses. of pointsthe kinds that i shared with the president-elect. and, ia free-flowing think, useful conversation. i try to be as honest as i could about the things i think any president coming in needs to think about. probably the most important point that i made was, how you , particularly your chief of staff and national security .dvisor and white house counsel how you set up a process in a ,ystem to surface information generate options for a president , understanding that ultimately the president will be the final decision-maker. that is something that has to be attended to write away. -- and i amblessed
admittedly biased, some of the smartest, artist working -- hardest working good people in my administration that i think any president has ever had. team, isequence of that have been able to make good decisions. if you do not have that around you, you will get swamped. i hope that he appreciated that advice. what i also discussed was the fact that i had been encouraged by his surrogates on election ,ight about the need for unity and his interest in being the president for all people. firstat how he staffs the steps he takes, the first impressions he makes, the reset that can happen after an
election, all of those things are important and should be thought about. i think it is important to give him the room and the space to do that. it takes time. to put that together. in anasized to him that election like this that was so divided, gestures matter. out to groupsches that may not have supported him. in he signals his interest their inch -- their issues, or concerns. those are the things that can set a tone that will help move things forward once he has actually taken office. >> how long did it take for you. president obama: i did not have time to worry about being at ease.
in some ways is, my experience is atypical. analogyrd to find in situation. came intoe fdr office, the depression was going on for a couple of years. we were in the midst of a freefall, financial system was locking up. the housing market had entirely collapsed. one of the advantages that i had to worrys too busy about how acclimated i was feeling in the job. we just had to make a bunch of decisions. situation, we are turning over a country that has challenges, has problems, and obviously there are people who are feeling deeply disaffected. otherwise, we would not have had
the result that we had in the election. on the other hand, if you look at the basic indicators of where w, theuntry is are no unemployment rate is as low is it has been in eight or nine years. incomes and wages have gone up in the past year, faster than they have in a decade or two. we've got historically low uninsured rates. is hoveringarket around its all-time high and 401(k)s have been restored. the housing market has recovered. we have challenges internationally, but our most immediate challenge, with il, was seeing significant problems in iraq.
mosul is now being retaken by iraqi forces supported by us. are in strong shape. what we have done with carbon emission has been greater than any country on earth. gas is two dollars a gallon. , iwill have time and space think to make judicious decisions. the incoming administration decide have to put out a huge numbers -- number of fires. they may want to to kick the country in a different direction. i think you have time to consider exactly what they want to achieve. that is a testament to the tremendous work that my team has done over the last eight years.
i am very proud of their work. >> thank you mr. president. you said more than once that you do not believe donald trump would ever be elected president. you thought he was unfit for the office. now that you have spent time office, do the oval you now think that president-elect trump is qualified to be president? the other question is, you mentioned staffing and tone. what do you say to those americans who may not doubt there may be a peaceful transition, but who are concerned about some of those policies that were expressed by president-elect trump, that may seem hostile to minorities. specifically, i am talking about the announcement of steve bannon , who is a part of the white national movement, will have a permanent role in the white house under president trump as his senior adviser. what message does that send to the country and the world?
president obama: without copping out, i think it is fair to say that it would not be appropriate to comment on every of them it that the president-elect starts making. if i want to be consistent with the notion that we are going to try to facilitate a smooth transition. the people have spoken. donald trump will be the next president, the 45th president of the united states. it will be up to him to set up a team that he thinks will serve him well, and reflect his policies. hime who did not vote for have to recognize that, that is how democracy works. that is how this system operates. when i won, there were a number of people who did not like me and what i stood for.
i think that whenever you have an incoming president of the other side, particularly in a bitter election like this. it takes a lot for people to reconcile themselves, where the new reality. hopefully it is a reminder that the election is better and voting counts. times wenow how many have to relearn this lesson, because we ended up having 43% of the country not voting, but it makes a difference. trumpthat president-elect is now trying to balance what he said in the campaign, and the commitment he made to his with working with
those who disagreed with him and members of congress. reaching out to constituencies that did not vote for him. i think it is important for us to let him make his decisions. i think the american people will judge over the course of the years whether they like what they see. and whether these are the kinds , and this is the direction they want to see the country go in. that,e is to make sure when i hand off the white house -- that it is in the best possible shape, and i have been as helpful as i can to him in going forward. and building on the progress that we have made.
and my advice, as i said to the president-elect when we had our discussions was that campaigning is different from governing. , ihink he recognizes that think he is sincere in wanting to be a successful president. and moving this country forward. i don't think any president ever comes in saying to themselves, i want to figure out how to make people angry, or alienate half of the country. i think he will try as best he can to make sure he delivers. not only for the people who voted for him, but for the people at large. will be thing is, there elections coming up. there is still an incentive for him to try to do that. days. only been six i think it will be important for room, to staff
up, to figure out what his priorities are and be able to distinguish between what he was campaigning on and what is practical. what he can actually achieve. there are certain things that make for good soundbites but don't always translate into good policy. that is something that he and his team i think will wrestle with, in the same way that every president wrestles with it. i did say to him, as i have said , that because of the nature of the campaign's, and the bitterness and velocity of , it is really input and to try to send some signals of unity. and to reach out to minority groups, or women, or others that
about the tenor of the campaign. something heis will want to do. happening real fast. he has got commitment to supporters that help to get him here, he will have to balance those. monthse coming weeks and and years, my hope is that those impulses went out. it is a little too early to start making judgments on that. i think that he successfully mobilized a big chunk of the country to vote for him, and he has won. he will be the next president.
of what experience our assumption he brought to the office, this office has a way of waking you up. aspects of his positions, or predispositions that don't match up with reality, he will ,ind shaken up pretty quick because reality has a way of asserting itself. some of his gifts, that obviously allowed him to execute one of the biggest political upsets in history, those are ones that hopefully he will put to good use on behalf of all of the american people. >> thank you mr. president.
you are off to europe, which is facing some of the same pressures as in this country. when he spoke to the u.n. you talked about immigration and building walls. what choice do you think the american people made last week, is there still a chance for what you call aggression before they make decisions? president obama: i think the recognized that the world has shrunk. that it is interconnected. that you will not that genie back in the bottle. the american people recognize that their careers, or their kids careers are going to have to be more dynamic and that they might not be working at a single plant for 30 years, but they might have to change careers.
they might have to get more education. they might have to retool, or retrain. i think the american people are gained for that. they want to make sure that the rules of the game are fair. that -- that means is if you look at surveys around americans attitudes on but they're concerned about whether or not trade is fair. and whether we've got the same access to other countries' markets as they have with us. is there just a race to the bottom when it comes to wages and so forth. now, i made an argument, thus far unsuccessfully, that the trade deal we made to organize t.p.p. did exactly that.
that it strengthened workers' rights and environmental rights, leveled the playing field and as a consequence would be good for american workers and american businesses. but that's a complex argument to make when people remember plants closing and jobs being offshored. so part of what i think this election reflected was people wanting that course correction that you described, and the message around stopping surges of immigration, not creating new trade deals that may be unfair. i think those were themes that played a prominent role in the campaign.
as we now shift to governing, my argument is that we do need to make sure that we have an orderly, lawful immigration process, but that if it is orderly and lawful, immigration is good for our economy. it keeps this country young, it keeps this dynamic, we have entrepreneurs and strivers who come here and are willing to take risks and that's part of the reason why america historically has been successful. it's part of the reason why our economy's stronger and better positioned than most of our other competitors. because we have a younger population that's more dynamic. when it comes to trade, i think, you know, when you're governing, it will become increasingly apparent that if you were to just eliminate trade deals with mexico, for example, well, you've got a global supply
chain. the parts that are allowing auto plants that were about to shut down to now employ double shifts is because they're bringing in some of those parts to assemble out of mexico. so its not as simple as it might have seemed. and the key for us, when i say us, i mean americans, but i think particularly for progressives, is to say, your concerns are real, your anxieties are real, here's how we fix them. higher minimum wage. stronger worker protections. so workers have more leverage to get a bigger piece of the pie. stronger financial regulations. not weaker ones. yes to trade, but trade that ensures that these other countries that that trade with us aren't engaging in child labor, for example.
being attentive to inequality and not tone deaf to it, but offering prescriptions that are actually going to help folks in communities that feel forgotten. that's going to be our most important strategy. and i think we can successfully do that. people will still be looking to the united states. our example will still carry great weight. and it continues to the -- be my strong belief that the way we are going to make sure that everybody feels a part of this global economy is not by shutting ourselves from each other, even if we could, but by working together more effectively than we have in the past. reporter: some of the harsh
trump,ou had about mr. calling him to be unfit to bement. does anything concern you about a trump presidency? president obama: well, we had a very cordial conversation and that didn't surprise me to some degree, because i think he is obviously a person who i think likes to mix it up and to have a vigorous debate. and what's clear is that he was
able to tap into yes, the anxieties, but also the enthusiasm of his voters in a way that was impressive. and i said so to him, because i think that to the extent that there were a lot of folks who missed the trump phenomenon, i think that connection that he was able to make with his supporters, that was impervious to events that might have sunk another candidate, that's powerful stuff. i also think that he is coming to this office with fewer set, hard and fast prescriptions that -- policy prescriptions then other presidents might be running with. i don't think he is ideological.
i think ultimately he is pragmatic in that way. and that can serve him well. as long as he has got good people around him and a clear sense of direction. do i have concerns? absolutely. of course i have got concerns. he and i differ on a whole bunch of issues. but, the federal government and our democracy is not a speedboat , it is an ocean liner. as i discovered when i took to office. it took a lot of hard work to make significant policy changes , even in our first two years when we had larger majorities than mr. trump will enjoy when he comes into office. and one of the things i vizzed is to makehim to do
sure is before he commits to certain courses of action, he dug in anddone in -- thought through how various issues play themselves out. i'll use an obvious example, where we have a difference, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming year and that is the affordable care act. obviously, this has been the holy grail for republicans over the last six, seven years is we have to kill obamacare. now that has been taken as an article of faith. that this is terrible and doesn't work and we have to undo it. but now that republicans are in charge they have to take a look and say, let's see. 20 million americans who
have health insurance who didn't have it before. health care costs generally have gone up at a significantly slower rate since obamacare was passed than they did before which saved the treasury hundreds of billions of dollars. people who have health insurance are benefiting in all sorts of ways that they may not be aware of, everything from having no lifetime limits on the claims they can make to seniors getting drug discounts under medicare, to free mammograms. now it's one thing to say this thing isn't working. suddenly, you are in charge and going to repeal it. what happens to those 20 million people who have health insurance? are you going to kick them off and suddenly, they don't have health insurance and what ways
are their lives better because of that? are you going to repeal the provision that insures that if you do have health insurance on your job and you lose your job or you change jobs or start a small business and not going to have health insurance because you have a pre-existing. -- condition. are you going to change the policy that kids can stay on their parents' health insurance plan until they are 26? how are you going to approach all of these issues? my view is if they can come up with something better that actually works and a year or two after they have replaced the affordable care act with their own plan, that 25 million have health insurance and it's cheaper and better and running smoothly, i'll be the first one
to say, that's great. congratulations. if, on the other hand, whatever the proposing results in millions of people losing coverage and results in people who already have health insurance losing protections that were contained in the legislation, then we are going to have a problem. and i think that is not going to be unique to me. i think the american people will respond that way. so i think on a lot of issues, what you are going to see is now comes the hard part. now is governance. we are going to be able to present to the incoming administration, a country that is stronger, a federal government that is working better and more efficiently, a
national security apparatus that is both more effective and truer to our values, energy polls -- policies that are resulting in not just less pollution, but also more jobs and i think the president-elect, rightly, expect -- would expect that he is judged on whether we improve from that baseline and on those metrics or things get worse. and if things get worse, then the american people will figure that out pretty quick. and if things get better, more power to him. and i'll be the first to congratulate him. mr. president, you had specifically about his temperament. do you have any concerns about
his temperment? pres. obama: as i said, whatever you bring to this office, this office has a habit of magnifying and pointing out and hopefully then you correct for. this may seem like a silly example, but i know myself well enough to know that i can't keep track of paper. i'm not well organized in that way. and so, pretty quickly, after i'm getting stacks of briefing books coming in every night, i said to myself, i have to figure out a system, because i have bad filing, sorting and organizing habits and i have to find some people who can help me keep track of this stuff. that seems trivial but actually ends up being a big business.
the president-elect, there are certain elements of his temperment that will not serve him well unless he recognizes them and corrects them, because when you are a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial, it has less impact than it does when you are president of the united states. everybody around the world is paying attention. markets move. issues requirety a level of precision in order to make sure you don't make mistakes. and i think he recognizes this is different, and so do the american people. i will just take a couple of more questions and then get out of here. thank you, mr. president.
-- thent-elect trump yournuclear deal, what is concern -- and what would your advice be considering he is open to advice? you talked passionately two againstck and warned [indiscernible] how do you take president-elect trump's position that he will not oppose the syrian opposition? president obama: iran is a good example of the gap, i think, between some of the rhetoric in
this town. not unique to the president-elect and the reality. i think there was a really robust debate about the merits of the iran deal before it was completed. and i actually was pretty proud of our democracy process. there was a serious debate. people of goodwill were on both sides of the issue. ultimately, we were able to persuade members of congress and the public, at least enough of them to support it. at the time, the main argument against it was iran wouldn't abide by the deal. that they would cheat. we now have over a year of evidence that they have abided by the agreement. that's not just my opinion and not just people in my administration, that's the opinion of israeli and military
officers who are part of the government that opposed the deal. so my suspicion is when the president-elect comes in and he's consulting with his republican colleagues on the hill, that they will look at the facts. because to unravel a deal that is working and preventing iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon would be hard to explain particularly if they were freed , from any obligations and go ahead and pursue any weapon. keep in mind, this isn't just an international agreement between us and the iranians but our closest allies. and for us to pull out would
then require us to start sanctioning those other countries in europe, china or russia, that were still abiding by the deal because from their perspective, iran has done what it supposed to do. so it becomes more difficult, i think, to undo something that's working than to undo something that isn't working. and when you're not responsible for it, i think you can call it a terrible deal. when you are responsible for the deal preventing iran from getting a nuclear weapon, you are more likely to look at the facts. that is going to be true in other circumstances. for example, the paris agreement. there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of undoing this international agreement.
now, you have 200 countries that signed up for this thing. and the good news is that what we have been able to show over the last five, six, eight years is that it's possible to grow the economy really fast and possible to bring down carbon emissions as well. it's not just a bunch of rules that we have set up, you've got utilities that are putting in solar panels and creating jobs. you've got the big three auto makers who have seen record sales and who are overachieving on the fuel efficiency standards that we set. turns out that people like not having to fill up as often and save money at the pump even if it's good for the environment. you have states like california,
that has been moving forward on a clean energy agenda, separate and apart from any federal regulations that have been put forward. in fact, 40% of the country already lives under -- in states that are actively pursuing what's embodied in the paris agreement and clean power plan. -- clean power plant rule. and in states like texas that politically tend to oppose me, you have seen huge increases in wind power and solar power and you've got some of the countries -- country's biggest companies like google and wal-mart pursuing energy efficiency because it has been good for their bottom line. what we have been able to do is embed a lot of these practices into our economy works and it has made our economy more efficient, it has helped at the
bottom line of things, and cleaned up the environment. what the paris agreement now says that china and indian yeah -- india and other countries potentially polluting, come on board. come on board so you guys do the same thing. and the biggest threat when it comes to climate change and pollution isn't going to come from us, because we only have 300 million people. china has over one billion people and india, over a billion people and if they are pursuing the same kind of strategies that we did, our kids will be choked off. and so again, do i think that new administration will make some changes, absolutely. but these international agreements, the tradition has been that you carry them forward across administrations, particularly if once you
actually examine them, it turns out they are doing good for us and binding other countries in the behavior that will help us. last question. i'm sorry, you are right about that. , in respect to syria benghazi we had an international mandate. a u.n. security resolution. a broad-based coalition and were able to carry out a support mission that achieved the initial goal of preventing benghazi from being slaughtered fairly quickly. it is no secret, you know this region well. -- is a much more messy situation, with proxies coming from every direction. so i wish that i could bring
this to a halt immediately. we have made every effort to try to bring about a political resolution to this challenge. john kerry has spent an infin -- infinite amount of time trying to negotiate with iranians and gulf states and other parties to try to end the killing there. but what you're asking is do we have the capacity to carry out the same military action in syria as libya. the situation is different. we don't have that option easily available to us. so we have to continue to pursue as best we can, a political solution and in the interim, put as much pressure as we can to the parties to arrive at
humanitarian safe spaces to alleviate the suffering that's on the ground. i recognize that that has not worked. and it is something that i continue to think about every day and we continue to try to find some formula, that would allow us to see that suffering end. but i think it's not surprising to you, because you studied this deeply, that if you have a syrian military that is committed to killing its people indiscriminately as necessary and it is supported by russia, that now has substantial military assets on the ground and are actively supporting that
regime and iran actively supporting that regime and we are supporting what has to be our number one national security priority, which is going after isil in supporting that regime and we my iraq. that the situation is not the same as it was in libya and there are some those who question the steps we took in libya. i continue to think that was the right thing to do. although, as i indicated before in the aftermath of that campaign, i think the war of -- world community did not sufficiently support the need for security structures there and now is a situation that we have to get back into a better place. last question, for bloomberg.
as you prepare for a trump administration, three quarters of a million undocumented immigration -- forgrants applied protection programs. i wondered if there was anything you could do to reassure them or shield them from the incoming trump administration concerning the stance on immigration. [inaudible] president obama: both excellent questions.
on the deferred action program that we have, known as daca, that relates to dreamers who are currently benefiting from these provisions, i will urge the president-elect and the incoming administration to think long and hard before they are endangering -- for allof practical purposes, our american kids. they are kids who were brought here by their parents, they have done nothing wrong, they have gone to school and pledged allegiance to the flag and some of them joined the military and enrolled in school. by definition, if they are a part of this program, they are
solid, wonderful young people of good character. and it is my strong belief that the majority of the american people would not want to see suddenly those kids have to start hiding again. and that's something that i will encourage the president-elect to look at. with respect to guantanamo , it is true that i have have not been able to close the darn thing because of the congressional restrictions that have been placed on us. what is also true, we have greatly reduced the population. you now have significantly less than 100 people there.
there are some additional transfers that may be taking place over the next two months. there is a group of very dangerous people that we have strong evidence of having been guilty of committing terrorist acts against the united states but because of the nature of the evidence, and in some cases that evidence being compromised, it's difficult to put them before an article 3 court. and that group has always been the biggest challenge for us. my strong belief and preference is that we would be better off closing gitmo and moving them to a different facility that was clearly governed by u.s. jurisdiction. we would do it a lot cheaper.
and just as safely. congress disagrees with me and i gather the president-elect does as well. we will continue to explore options for doing that. but keep in mind, it's not a matter of what i'm willing to do. one of the things you discover about being president is that there are rules and norms and laws, and you have to pay attention to them. and the people who work for you are also subject to those rules and norms. and that's the piece of advice that i gave to the incoming president. i am very proud of the fact that we will, knock on wood, leave this administration without significant scandal. we've made mistakes, there have been screw ups, but i will put the ethics of this administration and our track
record in terms of just abiding by the rules and norms and keeping trust with the american people, i would put this administration against any administration in history. and the reason is because we listened to the lawyers, we had a strong white house counsel, a strong ethics and counsel's office and people in every agency whose job it was to remind people this is how you are supposed to do things. doesn't mean that everybody did things the way they are supposed to. we have two million people
. one of my suggestions is, you take that part of the position seriously as well. of oversight -- ittees and congress works. of this is just one example the numerous ways in which the federal government is much better today than it was. you look at the ba -- veterans administration. legitimatember problems were publicized in phoenix. it was scandalous, what happened. what people do not remember is over onerought in well million people who are getting benefits that were not getting them before. driven the backlog for disability benefits way down.
homelessness in half. may agency work better. not work for free, but work better. one of the arguments i had with my staff was, better is good. perfect is unattainable, better is possible. to share thery lessons we have learned with the incoming president and my hope is he makes things better. if he does, we will all benefit from it. our it? thank you everybody. some of you probably have more questions. -- sstalk] inc. announcer: after the press
conference, president obama spoke to grassroots organizers about the election results saying in part, your president feels your pain on this one. it does not deal good. feels worseways it because, for a lot of us, i ."ink we did not see it coming meanwhile, his last overseas trip as president. donald trump is elected as the next president of the united states into the nation elects a republican-controlled house in senate. follow on c-span. we will take you to key events without interruption. watch on c-span.org or listen on app.ree c-span radio at trump tower in new york city, president-elect donald trump's former campaign manager kellyanne conway spoke weekly with reporters.
kellyanne conway: working all that. all of the above. reporter how much preparation? kellyanne: very much. he is busier than ever. reporter: -- kellyanne: i will continue to work with him. we complement each other. reporter: some criticism. what is your response to that? it kellyanne: frankly, people should look at the full resume. he has a harvard business degree. a naval officer. brilliant tactician.
[indiscernible] kellyanne: i am personally --ended that you would think -- i know people weren't prepared for us to win so we are reaching around to find extreme examples of wraps ofse -- examples [indiscernible] -- the will of the people was to elect donald trump as president. [indiscernible] -- his mission -- nite the country that and i saw some of that in the press
release. i think you can refer to that. rights -- primus writes will certainly have a hand in the -- loyalty is very important to him. he is loyal to people and they are loyal to him. he is very happy. [indiscernible] reporter: jew expect him to continue to use his password and handle for twitter? kellyanne: i have no idea about that, i will leave that to him. we will continue the transition. president-elect trump is taking
calls. meetings, interviews. we have been and's constant trump tower. -- we haveand scott been in trump tower. the transition office. take as manyto calls from elected officials, folksy ran against in the primary, other people, other team leaders and i talked to mrs. trump. she is also interviewing people. i talked to ice president-elect and he is-- pence obviously very involved in the transition. reporter: -- kellyanne: it is more likely to happen this week and they are also talking about the supreme court vacancy. reporter: will you be doing this
week? kellyanne: to be determined. to have somebody in the judicial philosophy in mind. you can readthing out? kellyanne: no, i won't comment on that. thank you very much. announcer: in their first a back from recess, members of congress shared their reaction to the election of donald trump. let's watch. >> thank you mr. chair. mr. speaker, donald trump has provided our nation. after the election, mr. trump promised america he would bind the wound of division. his appointment of steve bannon
has been proof of the ugly direction mr. trump plans to take this country. catering to white supremacists and anti-some as. -- anti-summative. the fact that democrats have been quite on this sexism, racia religious inle to lens. -- intolerance. this is an un-american ideology and must be confronted both here in the house and in our communities. for millions of people, including families in my district, trump's election means they are now living under a shroud of fear. in this house and at home in minnesota, i pledge to keep fighting to defend our fellow americans from trump's extreme agenda. if we want a strong america, where all families have the opportunities to succeed, we must stand united and reject those who fan the flames of hate. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair would remind members to refrain from engaging in
personalities toward nominees for the office of the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. smith: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. smith: mr. speaker, the liberal media tried to destroy donald trump. instead, they destroyed their own credibility. their extreme bias is provable. the network media's coverage of mr. trump was 91% negative. and 96% of campaign contributions from journalists went to hillary clinton. by a 10 to one ratio the american people felt the media were trying to elect mrs. clinton. a gallup poll the people's trust in the media has hit a record low. has the media learned any lessons? will they show any humility? will they now try to be objective?
not likely given the last few days' headlines and commentaries. until news reporters give the american people the facts rather than expressing their own opinions, there is no reason to believe what they say or write. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pa len can -- mr. pallone: to address the house for one minute. i rise today to raise serious concerns about the president leekt's plan to dismantle obamacare. as an architect of the law i'm proud to report that the percentage of americans' uninsured is at a record low. more than 20 million additional americans have health care. and the million additional enrollees are expected this year. the affordable care act is working. reports have surfaced that the president-elect's plan to dismantle obamacare would eliminate the subsidies that have enabled more than 70% of consumers to find plans at less
than $57 a month. and the effort to eliminate subsidies would eliminate sustainable cost increases and loss of health care coverage for people nationwide. it is also a threat to undo the medicaid expansion under which almost 16 million americans have been insured. with children representing about half of the recipients, the elimination of that expansion would be disastrous for the mouse vulnerable americans. mr. speaker, democrats stand ready to work to improve and strengthen the affordable care act, but we will continue to stand resolute against any effort to dismantle it. for the sake of the american people, we can't get this wrong. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, last tuesday american people with optimism elected donald trump and mike pence to lead our country. i congratulate president-elect trump and our friends and former house colleague, vice
president elect pence and karen pence on their deserved victory. this election clearly revealed when presented with a choice of continuation of big government or change for limited government with expanded freedom the american people stood up for the conservative values that would create jobs, lower taxes, and rebuild our military. the ideological conflict is alive and well. and conservative principles are proven to promote opportunity for all americans. the american people have selected a brighter future for their children and grandchildren. i look forward to working with president leekt trump and vp elect pence, partnering with speaker paul ryan to promote jobs for all americans and reinforce our principles of limited government with expanded freedom. in conclusion, god bless our troops and may the president by his actions never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. god bless president leekt
announcer: don bacon spoke to members of the press. >> retired one star. i wanted to put it back in the military where it needs to be. i think it is important. we are worried about the current status of our military being structurally sound. the other area that concerns me is our business community is suffering under the weight of regulations, health care costs. we have to help out our small business community and arming by lifting the weight of your accuracy off of their backs and making it easy for them to be successful so that is my other agenda. are your what
priorities? don bacon: i don't mind fist fighting and throwing stuff at each other. it is about keeping our nation secure. helping out small business community. these are priorities out of my district so that is what i will focus on. i think his campaign resonates with that as well. are not content. it is a stagnant economy. the small business community is not growing. the plight of our economic growth has been stagnant. i was meeting with three or four of these folks per day and the weight of the regulations, the unaffordable affordable care act, that is what we have to work on. national security is the other.
it is heavier later on. the campaign, of it was the cost of health care. in nebraska, 51% increase in premiums. andrter: steve o'bannon reince priebus? >> i am not a regular reader of breitbart news evidently. reince has worked hard. reporter: do you think there will be problems? we're going to try to do, you work where you agree and you find areas to get into the right side if you disagree. a one say when you have party and both branches, you still don't see i to i and that is how our founders made our
system a government. c-span washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. we're focusing on members of congress and donald trumps residential wind. coming up, a discussion of donald trump as the next president and what that means for the republican party. he will weigh in on key issues and the lame-duck session. to the presidential election including the fbi decision to release information about hillary clinton's e-mails in the weeks before the election. c-span'so watch washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. tuesday morning will stop join me discussion. automotive technology officials testify about the impact of self driving cars on the roadways and on the economy.
at 10:30 a.m. tuesday live on c-span3. republican national committee officials analyzed it the 2016 election results at a press conference on capitol hill. they attributed their success to focusing on voter turnout and digital tools used in battleground states like florida and michigan. this is one hour hand 15 minutes. >> good afternoon. the rnc and want to introduce the panel. to my right, you're left, bill from causeway solutions who will talk about data operation. our political director. katie walsh, our chief of staff and garrett mensing our chief digital officer. do twohe goal is to
things. talk broadly about where we are as a party after tuesday's election and then secondly and also as important, you talk about how we got here. what we did as a party and how we were helped to win up and down the ticket. it was interesting for those of thisatching morning joe morning, former dnc chair howard do was on hand talking about where their party is up to the election and said what the dnc is about as mechanics. training people, having an adequate texas to which we no longer have. mechanics matter. you have to have all that. you can have all the ideals and programming you want. and i totally agree what former congressman europe ford was saying, if you don't to mechanics on the ground you cannot win. i think that is the message chairman reince priebus said after 2012. he talked about data and the year-end ground game and
minority outreach and working with the trump campaign and harnessing that and president elect trumps movement, we were able to create a recipe for success on tuesday that not only resonates that the top of the to get but came all the way down to the statehouse level for continued republican success throughout this country. i to walk through where we are s a party and how we got there >> i think the results speak for themselves and i think howard dean's quote this morning was telling in terms of saying i think the democrats took their
eyes off the ball following the election and did not deliver the tools that we did. as we know, chairman priebus invested over 175 money dollars over four years to make sure our digitales from a perspective had every tool available to them. i cannot find a more committed a federal committee party obviously, that has ever invested that kind of money into a ground game structure to elect all up and down the ticket. you cannot run a 90 day sprint and expect to win. you said men and women across the country and communities, in swing states, speaking to minority groups, millennials, voters, for four years now. it is a huge change in fundamentally how parties operate which is a lot of feet in the last four years about why we're not spending -- stashing
up our money to spend on television and that is because it would not have given our candidates the tools they needed to win. there's a lot that goes on about the role of federal party toward as moving canned reince priebus has set the gold standard of what a committee should do for their candidates and i think you saw howard dean basically say they should be doing that as well. what reince priebus did was build a structure for all candidates on both sides of the aisle which is very different than what we saw the democrats do in the last two cycles. obviously president obama had a very successful operation. hillary clinton i think tried to build off that and i think what we saw was you cannot translate a machine built for another candidate to try and sell a different candidate and have success and so what the democrats have tried to do over and over again through the last three cycles was build a structure for one specific
candidate and it did not translated 2016 at the top of the ticket are frankly, down ballot. this is not a situation where trump one and down ballot did not. it was a situation where down ballot one and top ticket did, too. so what you see as an investment to speak to of the voters across the country, give tools to every candidate running. it is a different approach that i think reince priebus will get credit for for many years to come. for that i will turn it over to bill scully our senior data analyst who will talk you program.ur voter corp. i'm sorry. just getting. i am going to do first. one second. one of the thanks i think is very important in chris carr talked about this over and over theovern over again is that campaign was expected to be the highest turnout ever. there is no data following
tuesday night that shows that was accurate. in apanded the electorate state we historically have not been competitive it in the last few election cycles. wisconsin, michigan, pennsylvania, florida which we always have is a target state but were not successful the last few elections. under the rnc investment was able to bring the ground game and the spite. to ave expanded the map place that democrats are hard to argue with not been successful in ways they have not. not only does hillary clinton doesthe effects but so their down ballot candidates from katie mcginty in pennsylvania to rest feingold in wisconsin. they simply did not give their candidates there tools that reince priebus gave hours to ensure they had what they needed for election day. we have unprecedented access on tuesday night. we have 220 counties won by
president obama switch their support to president-elect trump. we maintained the majority of the u.s. senate and house and we have total control over supreme nominations. these things to not happen by accident. this is four years of work and so i want to make sure we walk you all through what we've done in the last four years but i think the success speaks for itself from a governor's perspective. net gain of 31 to a two. still waiting on north carolina. if we were to get to 34 would be an all-time high. republican governors across the country. 31 inp anyone -- we held 45 lieutenant governor seats. you have ever seen of attorney generals in history. 29. secretary of state 29 to 30 with four gains. legislative chambers remained at
69 of 99. same numberin the in kentucky house, i was state senate and another senate. that shows you really from the statehouse to the white house we were are able to turn out voters with candidate-specific messages and in glove to talk to voters. so with that here we go. steve scully,ce our senior data advisor who has been ahead at the rebuild of what we call our voter score program and how we were canned in glove with photos up and down the ticket. >> what we set out to build was a platform where candidates could grow in have a baseline from which to start. the program was a way to assign a predicted value to every voter. 108 million. they could exhibit some tree, behavior, or activities wrapped the course of the election. when we look accurate previous
cycles at a state like ohio, many campaigns would invest in the analytics and create duplicate of values. party models, turnout models. a set out to identify baseline. but that all there for them for a standard so that all campaigns are operating on the same playing field and save money by providing a universal set of could act upon. basically it is a large-scale big data predictive waddling programs that -- predictive program. how likely were they to support mr. trump, mr. clinton, the senate. herrovide really downdraft coattails that existed to help all of our candidates be successful. we had an opportunity to begin
building this program out in 2013. that allowed us to dry run through 2014 election cycle. here is an example. north carolina. spring, our voter score was optimistic. from september on, we showed senator hillis with an opportunity to win through september. as early voting was coming and, as the race began to unfold, we still felt confident. our averages at the end had him losing. we went into election day feeling confident. it gave our political department confidence. they did not have to spend rash dollars in the final days of the campaign. we had success in almost every state. we had tremendous accuracy with our predictions. coming out of 2014, our goal was
to provide the baseline and all 50 states regardless of who came out of the nomination process. what goes into a voter score is the hallmark of the data department. that is for every single registered voter. million of them. we rely on external operations to enhance that. what is available from the secretary of state offices, county clerks. we have a team who compiles that data into a single voter file. we conduct large sample surveys. we rely on several different consumer inventories from financial to demographic to purchase that long quantity. chris carr's political operations in the field he has talked about for close to four
years. it contains a robust set of data that we could build models on. the operation has been a consistent lifecycle. we have done 384 voter score refreshes. each refresh generates about 9.9 billion addictions on the u.s. electorate. an enormous amount of data that allows us to create a really robust data set. year to date, we created 100 15 billion predictions on u.s. electorate. in ohio, conducting nationally dating back to last july when
the candidates were beginning to announce for the primaries. in our target states, we increase that to weekly from about august on. every time we did this in ohio 40scored all voters across predictions and that resulted in 300 million new predictions week. ohio alone, 21 times this year. we were able to do this not just vertically but also longitudinally. people tole to watch identify where we needed to make up ground. we felt that predictive modeling was a better resource then polling. accurate.en much more we analyze every single voter every time we do it. what we have found was some of the research if you look at
small subsets, we were able to look at every single voter every single time and provide an actual list of voters to our partners. to make sure we identified the people we needed to reach out to. mr. o'rourke and his team deserve a lot of credit. we made 25 million calls. essentially trying to contact one out of every eight people in the united states to get their opinions. completed 300 38,000 surveys. not traditional auto-dials. extremely stratified" a-controlled. an enormous effort to make sure we talking too good subsets of population. we created about 9.5 billion
scores every week. an enormous voter file we have created for the cycles moving or word. here are some numbers. one of the things that is impressive is the number of a voter file rebuilds. we go out of my town, county by county to update public records. in 2012 we collected about 109 times the voter file assets. just a loan, we collected 300 refreshes. a national voter file more complete than any done on politics potential he. the team was focused on getting this information out completing and quickly. at 300a is enormous terabytes provided the analytics to not only be refreshed rapidly, but accurately.
this is more, i covered a lot of this. the most important point, we constantly provided an accurate list of voters to the team so they could go act on them. if we saw movement in the electorate, we knew who moved. they could reach out to them within days. it was a great coordinated effort. like never before. everyone bought it. it provided unparalleled success. the action, the main part of it, i will turn it back over to katie to introduce chris carr. katie: chris carter joined us from nevada. he was the one the state director for nevada and i think he saw first hand some of the tools he wished they would have had in 2012 to aid and make sure we had better turnout. company,p a better
organization in nevada to register more republican voters. the chairman aggressively courted chris to be our political directory and i really feel like chris is the best political director in the country. he has completely changed this and will shared with you now. >> thank you for coming out to the briefing today. a couple of things about the change. dating back to the 2004 election, the last time republicans won in election. onbasically did research lessons learned in 2004, what we did well there and we looked closely at the obama campaign in 2008 and 2012. we were not using the data assets the rnc has and actually had in 2008 and 2012.
i have an example i will share. early recruitment and better training of staff, we were putting staff in the last 90 days of an election cycle and frankly that was no way to compete with the obama campaign where they had staffers out for years at a time. engaging in communities, another big change in the program. virginia handled our strategic initiative program. and othert, the rnc campaigns had their political and ground game and coalitions separate. could be far more effective if we are all working the same program so we took strategic initiative program which was at one time called coalitions and integrated into the field programs. everybody was doing the same program. the turf model.
i will show you a map of terps in ohio. this was a way to drill down to the voter and the criteria of unallocated or low propensity voters so it allowed us to have a neighborhood working other than just out of victory offices as we have done in the past and the last thing, the dollars program. very proud of this program. we learned this from the obama campaign and had a lot of success. numberso through some on that as well. other changes, the victory program dating back to 2002, if you will recall that race was decided in the supreme court. researchnvested into and realized it the campaigns were not as focused on the final 72 hours with turnout.
the democrats were better but then we became good. but we were skipping the first two steps, registration and persuasion. we did some in 2004 but the bulk was through paid firms. we did not have any paid firms this cycle. we had filled staff in the field and focused on training our volunteers on knowing how to do voter registration at effectively. a bit of thate and we did not do that in 2012 and 2008. persuasion, with the volunteers, we were able to take the message straight to the voter door. and finally, turnout, we have always been good at turnout but were not doing the first two steps. this is the turf model.
on the right is the wheel. for field organizer. ntl stands for neighborhood term leader. all volunteers but one big difference is our volunteers, you have to earn the title. go through a training program. in the past you can see the field organizer and volunteer, we would open up the victory offices three or four or five months on election day and expect volunteers to come to us. program, we had volunteers stay in their own neighborhoods and do it in their own homes. this breaks down the different people and a turf a neighborhood volunteer 10 plus hours per week. knowing how to do a super saturday walk from a staging location at their house.
the ideal situation was to have pert around 55 volunteers turf. there were 1125 terps. this gives you an idea of the turf map for ohio. we had terps in literally all the states but we had a size portion in the battleground states. the different shades of color. one thing you probably cannot see our little red stars. ofae represent where the offices were in 2012 and the lineup almost exactly with ours. we had the same basic data as them but to my point, we were not utilizing that data and putting our resources where the data told us to. our fellows program, we were
operating in 38 states. we had 4637 trainings. what it was so popular we opened up and rnc office in queens, new york and one in southern california. program and a great aspect is that we had a train full of operatives to hire our field organizers from. so 58% of our organizers came from there. the number of doors knocked, 25 million. we did the 11.4 volunteer door knocks in 2012. of this total 24 million short we had to share, nine point forward done the final days. we focus on the remaining voters who had not voted. john calls, 26 million. another big change. in the past the total number was
70% funds, 30% doors you can see it is almost even this cycle. by design because we knew that door-to-door efforts were far more effective than just phone calls. this shows the contrast between 2012 staff levels. when you add the fellows and the staff in the target states of over 6000, if you look at all of the states where we had fellows, this is over 6400 organizers we had in this compares to 876 in the field in 2012. this is a breakdown of the state, voter contact. you can see we blew away the number of contacts in the battleground states in each of these different states. voter registration i have been very passionate about. coming up on nevada, it is always a voter registration
battle there. they have a high number of unregistered voter age in nevada and we took this to florida, north carolina, ohio. this goes to show you how many more republicans were added to the rolls over the last two years. 2016.s sense june of if you look at 2012, the voter registration trend, this is the exact opposite for republicans in 2012. i spoke to a lot of you guys and we kept hammering away every day. werere successful, we defined by you can see the gap was cut in half. i will point out florida where governor romney and team, we went into the election day down 106 5000, this election cycle and was down 85,008 i think it was a big testament to our field operation.
not only pushing it at president elect trump's events but our chase program was very effective as well. >> we had a practical program. we had to find a bunch of people to apply and train. we had a lot of energy and had to capture it. theuilt this program around right 2016. people are still using it often. i will show you this and then show you how we utilize it.
>> i thought there must be people out there going through the same situation and i wanted to be a voice for them. i joined the program and it gave me the tools i needed to be a better leader. the republican national committee is responsible for the content of this sad. so, we put together this larger program to focus on people telling stories about people doing this. we launched our own account that covered this. it is not about getting a million likes. it is about people feeling like they were involved and could
relate to people doing the same things so we knew there was a lot of energy and this is how we came up with capturing it. over the course of five weeks in january and late december we released a teaser. on wednesdayonds and the whole thing on friday to a group of people the data department had modeled force that looked like all of our current volunteers. it looked at a larger audience and delivered those ads. at the end of five weeks, we got apply forsign up and the program. we got about 10,000 applications and our goal was 8000 and three months. so we did a good job of capturing that energy and delivering and and training them and delivering them to the
training modules you just saw. so a good part that digital has to do is raise money and win votes online and we try to avoid everything else. to talk about the winning votes online and to build up the team, e-mail is involved in both raising the team and money. with all the fancy apps out there it is still the killer app and we would not be able to do nearly as much without it. we made an investment in building up our e-mail file and team. for a committee to be able to do that is a big investment and i credit katie and chairman priebus for halloween throng that because it was not easy but it ended up paying big dividends. in the five months we teamed up $250team trump we raised
million online. on the voter side, on vote. gop where we directed everyone to go to look up a vote location nor register, we had 10,000 actions. registration for e-mail was six cents. incredibly valuable to be pair with a large field team following up with people on the e-mail and advertising. so this cycle, this ballet where you talk to someone or show them something online and they see someone in person from the field team the next week or day is complicated to put together. it involves a data team, technology department, digital team. billion apiaw 2 calls in the rnc data warehouse.
with 600 million alone in october. so that means if you are using rnc tools and data as a city councilman in oklahoma or you are the president-elect of the united states you are using the same tools and calling into the same data warehouse and if you a voter absentee ballot but don't return it we will may be call you or contact you or send someone to your neighborhood door to actually return it. that is about 90% of the iceberg underwater you cannot see. it is a good match up to demonstrate the scale of that operation. >> another large part of the fundraising side was facebook. facebook has distinguished itself as the key fundraising and advertising that form in
digital politics. 2000-3000 dollars a day and had a roy every day. today's we spent over 1.5 million and were positive roi those days. how do you set this up to scale as large as possible? buyinga competitive structure where there were multiple buying teams competing that days spend every 24 hours and every five minutes they would be altering the ads those buyers would be able to get to and at the end of the day it is usually about three in the theing, and api would split next days by between based on the previous day's buyers. so if he did really well he would get more than i did the next day. because he was making better ads or was utilizing the data better, whatever reason is. so that adds up to 40-60,000
different ad variations in a single day everyday for 150 days. and again some of our biggest days we did over 175,000 different add variations in one day. and so facebook rewards people for putting that amount of variations because it wants to show the best content to its people so that people engage with it. they don't want to show all the users that stuff or else it's going to ruin the advertising platform. so it rewards you to spend more time and to set up a structure where you are altering the ads, ad combination of a high right. >> i'm going to just touch on one quick thing before heading back over to bill skelly the one of the things was a 2 billion api calls that goes back toward data warehouse.
those happened because people, candidates work with us all the way down from the statehouse to really nominate another president-elect. this gives you an idea. i think there are a lot of questions that come of me the last two years about our candidates working with your data. i can say with unequivocally, every single senate candidate running this cycle crossed the map worked with bill skelly at our data warehouse. you can see literally the names of the staff there was we work with on a daily basis. we have weekly calls, over the weekend within and in daily, you know, requests would come into bill skelly and ashley burns undertaking that would say can you guys building a specific universe for my candidate in my state to talk to my voters about this? and then literally our team would built in the universe and they would go send their mail peace out, to their auto dials, put a walk program together,
whatever it might be to make sure they were talking to voters that they want to be talking to. i think it's really important to the overall goal, one of the overall goals with isn't something we've been forward leaning on his there's no reason that everything is on the voter contact is made by republican candidate that every single person running for office as republicans should not benefit from the voter contact. so that's the idea. i think you have a lot of candidates have realized over the last four years and really came into focus on tuesday night exactly how valuable having all that data stored in the place is a. the only place for the data to live is republican national committee. that's been a major focus and really came to be hopeful on tuesday night for every candidate. or that i will turn back over to bill's we can talk to you about what we were seeing leading into tuesday night. >> really, what i will start off with this something that brett to work with a closely and the team closely would say over and over again as were talking to people, that this is indeed predictive analytics but is prescriptive.
our goal was not an academic goal. it was nco close we could predict the election. it was to give everyone a path moving for. accuracy helps with that path and we will show you that shortly, but this wasn't a study in big data or studies in how we conduct better served research. it's how can we use this to get people elected up and down the ticket. that was the outcome we are shooting for. in august when we sat down and we wanted to a plan of how we develop some of these universes, this is the battleground map we were looking at that was plus or minus three points. as we put this path together with the campaign working with brad and others up in new york, this is what we are staring at. by october the map had shrunk considerably but the goal was to can do skating towards where the puck need to be. we didn't alter the path or the plan. to edwards credit we stuck to get people back to we needed to be. i want everyone through that sure that the goal, we set a goal early, data-driven. we knew what we needed to be at the end of the day and we continued to on that path throughout the entire course of the election.
by the first week in november the map expand a pretty considerable as you can see. we now have 13 states up until confident. we looked at what we've done. we built a 50 state voter oppression. we have discounted the together universe. we didn't have to scramble to build a path to bigger. we had a plan. we had an accredited robust database. we were to begin operating spinning the path to 50 plus one in the states. as you can see we ended up winning nine of those 13 states. excuse me thomas kinkade. here for the u.s. senate that. not only were we look at this from the presidential love and down ballot but also senate races. we're working with each of them are pretty much a database a. we were confident in our ability to hold the majority. we get 52 seats in our models predicted where we would end up, and we should end up in that ballpark and 52 seats so we are really happy with how the models work to help with that of the some of the states were moving
so rapidly at the end we were we training our data on the way up until election day to get a better understanding of exactly who was going to vote for election day members. here's how we stepped through getting the 50 plus 1% to restore by projecting turnout and a mystical state. this is a florida example as october 1 to walk you through how we got there. at that point we expected it to be about 9.4 million we sent all of our locals the 50 plus one. there's third party candidates in the race. you probably did need that we want to set high, said apple we knew we would need if we want to win outright. we would i should start with a
third party candidates would get. they always poll higher than they do on election day. we want to make sure we're giving the field program of the enough to build hold regardless of what those third party candidates came in at. at that point with mr. trump's vote at about 4 million, 47,007 at 33,000 short of the goal. we need are defined in the spirit about a month a couple days, find seven and 53,000 additional votes. just because we showed we were 753,000 votes short we were not saying we're going to lose. we're just saying it's prescriptive analytics, we need to come up with a path to victory. here's what we did. we started with solidifying the base. we had a large number of what we call underperforming republicans. people that maybe shifted in the support of the republican party were the nominee from february to the end of election or maybe supporting senator rubio law than mr. trump. we map them out and so will perform pretty well up in the panhandle we moved to improve down in the southeast. we turn to these underperforming republicans over to chris carr over to the television buyers, over to the digital teen. we begin hammering to movable. we felt that was the lowest hanging fruit and if we can move these people back when we felt they should perform the checks and we knew we would pick up a couple.
from there we went after what with all the unallocated. these were not necessarily undecided voters. they were voters we don't have not come all the way home. it's the next iteration of those underperformers. these were republicans, leaning republicans but had not yet committed to supporting the republicans at the top of the ticket. they are pretty well distributed across the state were as the panhandle a of the florida we felt we are performing fine, we felt there was some unallocated votes. as we begin providing these universes will we might talk about in the southeast part of the state is different than the panhandle. as we talk about those dynamics, we were able to go door-to-door and give them a customized message to the volunteers after the field organizers that we were talking to. third step was after we cleaned up that, trying to win the remaining unallocated by two to one margin this is the winning the independence. it's just simply taking the republican leaning people that have not yet committed and getting 66%. we thought that was an
attainable goal and we knew it would net us a couple points have been. really the low hanging fruit among the leading democrats was will be called hillary change voters. drought our models over the course of the awakened by people that link in the direction of secretary clinton that they showed up as wanting change from obama's policies. were able to had that often. and they and they were able to hammer away, the lowest hanging fruit. i begin this is where parts of southeast florida and hillsborough and pinellas county begin to pop. with a message of this is another four more years of obama policies, we were able to wedge the way some of these democrats to bolster support where we need to get across to the 1%.
this was all that indoor television targeting. we had grids that broke down the entire electorate by ratings, my 15 minute daypart across every single network. all the pies are targeted to exactly who we thought, for example, different parts of the state would maybe want to get an underperform message where there would be markets would want to talk to the unallocated, talk to hillary change. one part of one network would be underperform in a different 50 minute daypart of that number would be unallocated. the teams we worked with did a great job of helping provide us with really targeted television buys that we able to feed over this campaign. as katie mentioned we were not making the created by using unabated demand that over to all the campaigns so they can understand exactly who they need to talk to, what parts they need to buy what messages need to go into those to be most effective. really the purpose of this was to turn the data into votes. what we did we felt we did a good job of securing underperform. the people and feel from a camping rebel to get those
republicans home. the map on the left is what i showed you earlier when we were really doing just fine in the panhandle and central. by the end of the campaign events we brought him home in miami and palm beach. we did a good job of getting the base back talking to them, getting a message in front of them and getting them to show up and vote which was an enormous list by chris and his team. we also persuade the unallocated. you can see the unallocated were pretty well distributed across the state. by the end the remaining unallocated those with a more focused in the miami hillsborough, pinellas, places where you should have the swing to win florida. so we took care of the low hanging fruits. we've got as much as we could about into the final days, able to handle those universes onto the campaign and allow them to get the ball across the finish line.
[indiscernible] p., it was page three of the brochure, she received 12 mail pieces, 20 e-mails between august 19 and november 6 when she finally voted. it was a pretty robust operation. we were either at people's doors, in their mailbox, in their e-mail, on their facebook feed, at a targeted level, we knew knew what we needed to do and we stayed on top of her until we had an opportunity to of reserve she had voted. then we turned off the firehose and moved on to the next motor and began harassing them with our message until election day. it was a very streamlined operation. there are times when, if you look at some of these voters, as soon as these voter, our host was turned off and we were able to shift our attention to the next voter. by using the api, tracking their contacts, we collected this data at a clip we haven't done in the past. we wanted to make sure we were not wasting contacts.
>> the slides show how we drove people to that site to take action so we could go secure that vote. i think there is a lot of confusion sometimes about how online ads work, these are the four blocks on this slide that lay that out. if you start on the left, data gives us an audience of people that we need to turn out. they go to the voter file and they say these folks needed turnout. then we then we go to all these ad networks like facebook, google and all these places and we say do you have these people on your network. because of the quality of our data and the maturation of the ad industry online, we were were getting an 80% match rate. if they gave us 100 people for precinct in florida, we could send and add 280 of those people in that turf.
so, you can follow along where were getting an 80% match rate and we deliver them creative and then we go to vote.gop. on vote gop, the share party resource, people would arrive there, take action, and then appropriate follow-up would happen weather was online or in person or often a combination of multiple channels. if you, if you are republican and you're running for anything in the united states, you can use vote.gop and you send people there and we send you the data back in the field team helps turn them out. we partnered with everyone under the sun to do that. we sent over 700,000 actions and 85,000 people thousand people
filled out an absentee ballot, application and 53000 filled out a voter registration form. we talked earlier about the value of e-mails for raising money and winning votes. you can see the cost of registration is 6 cents and the change of address list resulted in over 22000 for an average cost of $4.24. again, an invaluable resource, the e-mail file was to take multiple kinds of different actions.
we knew we had to enforce so we spent a lot of focus on winning florida. more than 50000 actions were taken. we had 8000 early voting look up locations for an average cost of $10. of those, 50000 requests or 31% had already voted in another 7%, requests 7%, requests had been mailed on an absentee ballot. to that ballet break and do something online and then in person action or phone call or other mail gets to you and there's a circular science that goes into all of that. >> and al go into some of the results of the data we saw and how we use that to leverage the final couple days in conjunction with the team in new york with chris carr to help us get across the finish line. as i mentioned earlier, we had had 13 battlegrounds we had identified before the election and we ended up winning nine of those 13 states.
were very happy with our ability to quickly turn on our data program in the field program that was already in place and begin executing it at full speed for turn out nationally, this was one of the things we had to focus on, if we could paint the playing field correctly, if we could understand the players on the field and turn that over to her campaign, we felt we felt we would have given them a lot of information to really understand. our projected turnout nationally was 135 million, right now they've counted 127 million ballots with california, washington, alaska, connecticut still coming in. as of coming in, we have seen projections that we have turnout between 134 and 135 million when it's all said and done. we are said and done. we are confident we will have national turnout within a million votes which is very helpful when we can turn the level of accuracy over to our candidates and really have them have an understanding of who is going to vote.
we will continue updating this as information comes in. to give a couple examples, here here in florida, our final prediction as of friday had mr. trump down 2.8 points. as i said earlier this was less predictive and more prescriptive. we had a 9,400,000 prediction for turnout. we missed turnout in florida by only 23027 votes which is about point to 4% of the total electorate. going into election day, i will skip ahead, down 2.8 points in our predictive model but we identified 699,000 voters 699,000 voters that we believed were the remaining undecided voters in the final 96 hours the campaign. that is about 6% of the electorate. exit polls showed about 7% of the electorate made up their mind in the final days of the campaign. we are pretty we are pretty
confident that exactly the 699,000 people that we were talking to that the campaign was focused on an digital was hitting with people that were making up their mind in the final days. we were not wasting resources. we were talking to exactly the people who are making up their mind and we knew what we needed to do to close that gap to win florida. we ended up only about 99000 votes off what we thought the predictive goal would be that we tried to shoot high. we were able to execute turnout in the final couple days in the election that we felt played a big role in getting us cross the finish line. michigan is another state that we saw close very rapidly. again, we were really successful in our ability to predict turnout and ultimately the final outcome. we had predicted turn out to be about 4,806,000 in actuality was 4,789,000 with a difference of only 16900 votes. another place we felt we had a really good understanding of the electorate and we were walking into election day knowing exactly who was going to vote and how to speak to them.
they had us up 2/10 of a point in our final model. we are are currently sitting at three tenths and yet to be certified. we knew there were about 480,000 unallocated voters which again mimics a lot of what we see in the exit polls. we knew we had to lead. we felt very confident and we knew people were still making up their mind and those were people we focused on in the final days and we were able to hold onto that lead to carry it across the finish line and it appears we will end up with a win in with michigan and all is said and done. i was another great example where we knew what we needed to do to win and we had to execute. at the end of the day, we have our turnout off by a little bit, we had about 80000 votes more voting in our prediction than actually showed up.
we actually got really close to where we felt we needed to be to win. we were only 14000 votes off where we thought we needed to be they executed and we hit our goals and from all appearances, look like the clinton team and the democrats didn't show up and turn out their vote. because chris was able to execute, because their team in brad's team were able to get out the vote, we hit the maximum number of votes we felt we could obtain and by being successful in our strategy, that's all we could control and we were able to be successful in iowa. then we saw the same thing in ohio. very confident in ohio going into election day. our models had us up, we only miss turnout by about 3% so we had a good a good sense of who we thought would be voting in the electorate. we knew there were about 520,000 voters going into voting day. we had to operate the ohio team, everyone who was operating did exactly what they needed to do. day maximizes our goal. we felt we only needed to win by 1% we were able to hold onto the lead and expand our gains because we executed and it's possible that the other side didn't. we have some fun facts, katie if
you want to run through them. >> these are just the total door knock some phone calls and calls and the total number for voter scores. targeted mail pieces but this is what we did for the republican party ticket, part of the victory program. then the phones, that that proved to be very effective. the e-mail that the team in brad's team, also i want to mention to you as well, we work very closely, very well with the trump campaign. >> we had daily calls 11 am eastern every day between the trump state directors and we were on the same page executing our program.
with mr. trump's travel which was far more aggressive than the clinton campaign, it was what the staff was able to do at these rallies in terms of the number of registrations, the number of volunteer sign-up that we were doing, the absentee request that these events. i've been involved with presidential campaign since 1988 and i have never seen events such as the trump events. the goal was, midsummer, late summer was just to harness all that energy and plug all that manpower into our field program and once we did all the training and got people involved in the turf program and bought into it, they became neighborhood team leaders. those guys out in the field who were carrying president-elect trump's message in the field, honestly proved to be successful and we thought with the turnout on tuesday. >> if there is one take away that i think we throw a lot of numbers out, in terms of numbers of knocks and emails. we have gone from a party in the past four years actually understands who they are voting, how they are voting so it's not just knocking on our door, it's not a gent knocking on our door with the right message at the right time.
knowing who they're going to vote and how they're going to vote is really important because delivering the right message to the right person at the right time so they take the right action is what this all comes down to. i think that is what we as a party, the numbers numbers are important, looking at that total number of term and out, knowing if they're going to show up in what it takes to get them there is really a testament to the progress made over the past four years to give us the confidence we needed on election day that we had the momentum on our side. with that will take some questions. [inaudible] how much was donated on the cycle and what impact did it have. can you can explain how missouri went, on your map and september and then october off the map and then the clinton campaign spent $500,000 in late october.
>> katie spent a lot of time there in different campaigns. she is the perfect person to answer that. >> bill should join me in answering this? missouri is one of the things i think is important to talk about, my understanding and i don't work with super pacs, i can't communicate communicate with them but what we encourage super pacs to do and i think every super pack that was
working in missouri on behalf of the republican party is they worked with a firm called the data trust which is an outside data vendor that the rnc partners with. it's the only outside organization that has access to the voter file print we strongly encourage anyone who's going to get into the business up and down the ticket to work with data trust. because of our relationship they can access and get value out of the file. [indiscernible] >> the question was how much independent voter id.
[inaudible] >> i think it's very hard to quantify. i mean, i don't know, phil. know --you >> the take away is that we are the only entity that provides data to the campaign up-and-down the ballot that can say here's who you have to get at in the message. other people may or may not have been out there but because the campaigns had utilized the rnc in the data in the team, they had a support center they could call and get a snoot that new file. again, it's it's not polling, it's not saying this is a subset, they are being provided names, addresses, e-mails that fit into those different universes. >> you mention longitudinal training, how much did the president-elect have and how much did that change from before he was a nominee to when the rnc started working with him and in
the last few months? >> overall there was a consolidation and you were able to track that by and large. i don't know that i saw any difference from 12 years ago. it took governor romney a little time to consolidate the base as well. >> we saw some of the democrat groups begin to engage and then everything began to be moving back in our directional. the longitudinal changes that we were focused on were voters that started moving our direction but stopped flat of where they needed to be. it was used for finishing or identifying people who we could finish the moment upon. >> in the last few weeks of the
campaign, mr. trump, how did he decide where he needed to go and who made this decision of where he needed to go. >> i think bill mentioned we were in everyday contact working with brad to make sure they had all the data that showed where swing voters were. mr.ously it was up to trump, reince priebus and others.
>> you have talked about all the data you accumulated. was there ever any concerns that came up? >> that no, we obviously took enormous precautions. the weakest part is the people that interact with the system so we took precautions. an yeah, obviously, it was ever-present concern. [mumbling] indiscernible] >> what are your priorities moving forward? >> i think we saw unprecedented success tuesday night. we will have -- oh no we won't anymore -- we will prepare for that in a worst-case scenario. we will prepare for 2018. midterms. we had an incredible favorable map for the senate side.
and president-elect trump and reince priebus will both have a say on that. unequivocally, they want to make sure it is maintained. >> of course they will work closely with the republicans to make sure they lay a large role in candidate recruitment and we will provide them with the tools our candidates had to make sure they are successful. >> hillary clinton, over the made the first the secondt and announcement. i am curious if you saw any movement along those lines especially when he said he was not continuing to look into her e-mails. >> i will let bill answer that i
think there was a lot that happened at the end. the disclosure. obamacare. the strength of the program chris carr talked about. a of factors collided at detail end of the cycle. i do not know how much we can isolate wonder or another but i think anyone would be hard-pressed to say it was not one of several factors. >> no made this point, too, the map. trump. it moved substantially. all the way to the end. hard to isolate things like that. >> there was a tide of movement and a lot of these states. it bounced around. >> do they have a percentage yet of the voters that were not on your radar who came out and voted for trump? still tells us specifically in florida and michigan, no. we predicted turnout within you
-three-5%. so i do not think we saw a ton of voters came out that we did not include come out. on, i am not saying there is a hidden -- i think there is a parsing of words. a hidden trump vote or maybe did not vote in 2012 or 2008. who are the people that trump resonated with? that is a different question. right? because we were canvassing the entire country. one out of every eight people really we talked to so who knows if there was a hidden trump voter that said they participated in the past but we had a good handle on the voting population and who was going to turn out. >> we will have a better analysis in a couple weeks. i'm --sorry --
>> given the election result, you talked about changing the electoral college in the way a president is elected. [indiscernible] where do you stand on this? >> i think we have always deferred to states on how they want to allocate their electoral votes. i believe that is still a position. >> there are a lot of questions now about how much trump voters expect to the letter of delivery on things like building a wall or prosecuting hillary clinton. you have looked at the data in your smart particle people. where you think the electorate is expecting as far as literally or do they want to go in a general direction?
he laid out ahink series of issues and change in a vision he had and i think he has every intention of following up on what he talked about on his campaign trail. you have heard about that since his election. >> i think from a data perspective we were focused on figuring out who was going to vote last tuesday night, who would turn out, what message they needed to hear. moving forward we will keep this robust data. we will continue to focus on not only are they going to turn out but what issues are they focused on. we did issue-based surveys, you know, on supreme court nominations, obamacare, and down the line. we will talk to voters and the rnc will obviously work, you know, hand-in-glove with the trump team if they want to continue to look at the voter scores in the data we have, we will provide it. >> just a follow-up on the expectations question, do you
think it's relevant that hillary clinton won the national vote when the popular vote in that context of that question of what to expect from the trump administration. >> i'm, um, can you expand on that a little? >> trump did not win the national vote, the popular vote. we've been talking about the question of expectations about what we learned out of the results. >> i think electorally, he did win huge. the chairman called it a landslide and i think in terms of where people thought it was going, including the clinton campaign, you played a game with where it is. so, and -- in the battleground states and in those 13 states, not in those nine states where the action was, mr. trump's message and his campaign were resoundingly successful. so i think it is not even a
whether of -- he has he's going to deliver on what campaigned on. that is what he talks about and will continue to talk about. >> i know how hard the rnc has been working to improve the party's image and the view of minorities and women and things like that. stephen bannon's appointment has been getting a lot of criticism. how much harder does it make your job to have someone like that in a leadership position? >> i think if you look at the exit polls, in terms of the black vote and the hispanic vote exceeded what we've gotten in the past couple of cycles. at the end of the day it's about him and his presidency and his ability to move the country forward. he has shown it a commitment to go into communities where frankly republicans haven't gone into those areas in the past.
he's talking about school choice in infrastructure and things that will help all americans. i think were going to have to judge the president and vice president elect on their deeds. they have continued to regurgitate their commitment to this country. that's what this is all about. >> last one. >> the autopsy report four years ago was not actually followed by the person who became the president-elect. trump is now planning on rather widespread deportation. how do you anticipate that that will affect the healing and outreach of the republican party to hispanics? >> first of all, the opportunity to report was 218 recommendations that were largely followed. they dealt with infrastructure all across the party and up and down and in the sister communities. at the end of the day, you look
at the numbers, in terms of what katie talks about, whether it is state legislatures, house representative, senate. the party has been very successful since that time. we continue to grow as a party up the ballot and coast to coast. i think the growth and opportunity report or years ago laid out where the party should go. it was followed, and we have grown. it was exceeded in the previous bolster my previous cycles were. polls from where previous cycles were. i think you're going to see that in the company restoration. they're getting quite a bit of credit for mr. trump's success. he also