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perception. we do have a fairly active judiciary that finds out corruption in government. caughtere two that got for corruption this year and they are on their way to jail. host: news this morning. a 10 year sentence. for corruption, there is the headline from "the washington post." guest: we do tend to find corruption. ,hose are two people out of 538 however. the federal bureaucrats in washington have lots of regulations designed to prevent corruption. in campaigns, we do have a lot haveing and i think we do them on both sides, and i'm sympathetic with that. i think you need to separate out what happens in campaigns. this was a particularly dirty from whatampaign happens in the government. i worked -- i have worked in 35
countries in the world, and i is a lot of there corrupt governments and we don't even come close. imagine being in the country -- one example, one where you go to the hospital, it is routine practice that your family has to pay off the nurse in order to get treated. it is also routine practice that the doctor says, you need this drug that we don't have it in the hospital. i have a clinic, there is a clinic down the street and you can buy it there, say go down at street and absorb it their rate. this is not an unusual story. west countries in the world have levels of corruption that we cannot even anticipate or believe. i just want to give you -- i am not saying there is no corruption. i want to give you historic perspective that we are
[indiscernible] host: the book focuses mostly on the executivehost: ranch, but the legislative branch doesn't get off without some criticism. "the founding fathers must be rolling in the graves. the branch of government meant to check the power of the reducede ranch is now to a few thousand well-connected kids getting the ticket punched so that they can go about and make a box, and the members themselves spencer much time in their districts raising money that they cannot be bothered to learn much about the government they run." guest: what has happened is the government is let, loan, to use that phrase from the movie, but there is constitutional responsibility to hold the executive branch accountable. are you getting them what you are supposed to get done? are you spending the taxpayers money wisely? we don't have a lot of evidence
they are stealing taxpayers money, that is hard to do in the government. we do have evidence that it is not necessarily said in the right way that their inefficiencies. congress used to hold oversight hearings and they have gotten over the oversight is this, and i'm hoping that they will get back into it because they are now being derelict in their constitutional duty. host: byron, republican, good morning. caller: good morning. i have a couple things i like to say. one of the things is c-span, in my opinion, they picked a lot of these hackers from trying to undermine the president-elect. i think this lady is one of them. also, she makes a statement that we are a democracy. we are not a democracy. we are a republican, that is
what sets us apart, our electorate system and what has happened with the democratic --ty is they have taken on become an [indiscernible] and the like a rest of the world, we have projected that and all i have to say. host: it might be a good time to go through your resume. guest: i am a democrat. i have worked for bill clinton in the white house, but i am also a political scientist and a .cholar i do not think i am a political hack. i cannot help but say to the caller, yes, i am worried about donald trump, and it is quite apart from his conservative views.
i am sort of sympathetic with some of them and i think we need corporate tax cuts because you are not competitive because of our tax structures. i am quite sympathetic with some republican policies. it is not just me. there are a lot of people in the country worried about donald trump's temperament to be precedent. it has nothing to do with socialism, and the policy issue, and it has to do with a way of usually that presidents do because their words matter and their words have an impact in the rest of the world. i think that is the worry about trump. yes, it is my worry, but say it exceeds my worry as a democrat. tot: we are pointing viewers
brookings.edu to see more of elaine kamarck's work. we have time for a few more calls. yanni has been waiting, maryland, independent. go ahead. caller: thank you, c-span and mrs. kamarck. my question regards the vetting system. you mentioned the united states opted for primaries opened [indiscernible] france optedthat for the party on the right and opted for opening the primaries to all voters. why is probably the reason h president -- why president is not present himself this time around. i would like to know pc these cycles or party systems being or
happening in more and more democracies as we move forward, and what would that mean to the type of politician that we are to be expecting moving forward? are we going to have more populist type of politicians and candidates? guest: great question. i think that certainly before this election, a lot of other democracies were looking at the primary system. they were looking at moving to primaries as we see them in the united states. i think that following this election, i think we will see a lot of parties reconsidering that. think about it this way, a party is really a brand. the democratic brand means certain set of policy, the republican brand represents a certain set of policy.
democracies are shortcuts for citizens to figure out what they are getting. have a party preference, even people who call themselves independence tend to be independent republicans or democrats in terms of their voting history. parties are keepers of the brand . the brand is not a set of products like it is in the private sector. it is a set of ideas and policy. when you open up your selection system to the whole world or the citizenry, you risk losing control of your brand, and many republicans during this past year were concerned about that as donald trump began to win. i suspect you are going to see
put the country's power may be thinking of the primary. host: who are some of the countries taking of that? guest: in great britain, a while, canada has not been as the caller said, friends just went in the direction. -- france just went in this direction. everyone is always interested in what america does, something that weighs on everybody's mind in the world because of who we are in the world. i think other countries have been looking at this, but i suspect the momentum may have slowed a bit this year. host: let's go to clearwater, kansas, art is waiting. a republican. caller: my comment is also a question. the vice presidential debate the escrow -- fiasco, there was so much interruption by one candidate against the other and there was even an account published on that, as well, and
i have said to people, having been a broadcasting major myself, i would have gone on the stage and fired the moderator, taking over and instructed the audio control room to mute the microphone of the interrupter so that the voters and viewers could have heard the full two-minute comment of the respondent. i think it was conducted incredibly unfairly and unprofessionally. guest: i would like your comment on that. that is a good idea. i think all of us, not just in the vice presidential debate but in the presidential debate, everybody got irritated at everyone talking at once and yelling at each other. in thearted not just general election but the primaries. host: according to "time" magazine, their account had it as a high of 70 or more
interruptions by tim kaine interrupting mike pence. guest: yes, i agree. this was not a great debate and it was frustrating to watch. primary ofack to the the debate, particularly on the republican side, or they were many, you had two or three people talking over each other, so i think the caller has a great idea and maybe they should negotiate this in the next round that if you are interrupting, they will cut your microphone off. i like it. host: berkeley springs, west is waiting,rl republican. good morning. caller: good morning. onould like your opinion anyone in the federal government going before the oversight committee and putting the fifth amendment. you are talking about corruption and government a few minutes
ago. i recall a years ago, the -- that blackge lady at the california steer $2 million into her husband's bank. it was reported to the ethics committee. not one word since. the clintons selling [indiscernible] in our government for millions of dollars. one more thing. when senator schumer wrote a letter to the lady at the irs that use your power to silence the tea party, you know, corruption in our government cannot be overlooked. anyone goingyou, before and oversight committee and pleading the fifth amendment , they should strip them of their retirement right there on the spot. thank you. guest: well, -- [laughter] this is a little complicated to answer.
people go before oversight committees generally to look at the performance of the agency. if there is criminal wrongdoing involved, that goes to the justice department and the justice department prosecutes and tries people, as they prosecuted the congressman -- what is his name? the member of congress just prosecuted and sent to jail. generally, if there is actual corruption involved, it comes out, it goes to the justice department, and this person goes to trial. of chris, the trial happens, as other tiles have rights. congressional oversight, it may turn up corruption or criminality, but congressional oversight is a broader and more fundamental process because that is this department or
agency doing what it is supposed to do? is it having the outcome it is supposed to have? . situation, for instance, people did lose their job in the situation because of wet they did in the v.a. as heard, they were not treating people according to the timely schedule, so people did lose their job for that. is different from oversight and that actually goes to the justice department and often does. host: shock sentenced to 10 years in federal -- sentence to 10 years in federal for benefiting himself and his family, accused of racketeering and prosecutors had accused the longtime congressman of a medley hisegal maneuvers to cover tracks, many centering on his unsuccessful bid to become mayor
of philadelphia in 2000 and seven -- in 2007. good morning. caller: good morning. we are speaking about corruption, but we could see the greatest corruption with the hillary scandal or the emails of benghazi, but when we have a bringingt that is prosecution come how to get above and beyond that? i think we should be treated thatrly because people see they have special preference, and that is not correct. wheree in the government everybody is supposed to be treated equally. yet, they want to go behind after trump with his deal with russia, but we have a person [indiscernible] , yet,ook responsibility
they don't want to believe that. they went to ask russia and trump, you have to be just as truthful as everybody else. how do we fix this problem? guest: we fix this problem by having independent prosecutors, and that are prosecutors are not appointed, most of them are not appointed by the president of the united states. the prosecutors are independent civil servants at the state and federal level, and they decide when to prosecute. they decide whether or not an action has criminality in it. there is no evidence that donald ties to russia involve anything criminal, so people are wondering about it, speculating about it, but there is no prosecution going on with donald trump and probably will not be.
similarly, there were lots of questions about her email, not a smart thing for her to have done, but the prosecutors concluded there was not coming out be there. there are things they do in the public that is done, not good, and you can argue that about trump and hillary, but there is a bar that needs to be reached for prosecution and the bar for criminality, which in neither instance to the government get there. you couldnder if focus on donald trump's relationship with the intelligence community, specifically, and the military, as well. one of the things you talk about is one of the top priorities for an incoming president is to have a good understanding of the capabilities of his intelligence community and military capability. guest: that is a cause of concern because what we saw in
thebush administration was taking of intelligence from here, there, and ignoring other intelligence. good, nottually redundant or inefficient, good. they all bring different viewpoints to the table. they were among those intelligence agencies, lots of centers on our involvement in ,raq and the question of wmd which they cannot find, but they did not get a seat at the table. you have to listen to all of them. donald trump is starting out on a bad foot with the intelligence agencies. i do not know who he thinks will give him intelligence. maybe things seen and will give him intelligence, but we spend about $70 billion a year collecting intelligence, and for him to say he will not take the
president's daily brief, which is the most important and most secret intelligence in the world, is kind of scary because you wonder what either he will miss stuff or mike pence will be the president. host: the book is "why presidents fail: and how they can succeed again." the author and our guest this morning, elaine kamarck. >> c-span's washington journal. live every day with policy issues that affect you. coming up this morning, former democratic congressman tim wilber and the former representative ray lahood will be on. then former florida democrat senator bob brand will be on to talk about the news of the day ended book eco-honored -- and a
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we are former state senators. daughters father of who we love and cherish more than anything in the world. came to myent obama community, our community, and charleston, west virginia, a little over a year ago, i spoke to him about our daughter jessica. jesse was the second born of our five daughters. an amazing individual. smart, straight a's. the kind of person that could do just about anything she ever set her mind to, so talented. prepared jessead for just about anything she could experience, but we were wrong. the one thing we had not prepared her for was having -- happened to her in her freshman year at the university of north carolina when she suffered a sexual assault.
jesse, unfortunately, at that pain --ied to dole her dull her pain with something that we never thought in a million years would be part of her life were our family's life, heroin. the forum inme of west virginia with president had suffered a near fatal overdose, my wife administered cpr, the paramedics administered naloxone and she was saved and its -- it scared her to her court. she committed herself to sobriety and to life. story -- yous know, the interesting thing is,
at that forum, i asked president obama one question because we had had a problem. was committed july, she needed long-term treatment, she wanted it. the closest place we could find to send her was six hours away in ann arbor, michigan. the question i asked to president obama was what can we do to ensure that we will have the money and resources for the programs, the treatment centers that are needed to address this incredibly widespread epidemic? he said, we are working on it. and here we are. andttle over a year later we are seeing money dedicated to this problem that will make it possible for people, especially in the hardest hit areas of our country, like west virginia, appalachia to have the
resources, to build facilities, to do the kinds of education that is absolutely needed, so we can address this problem. story underscores the complexity of the problem because she was clean and sober, she was doing great, seven months she had been doing wonderful, but she was also an athlete. she was a runner. sometimes, eight, sometimes 12 miles per day. she suffered a running injury. and that injury led to an infection that led to her hospitalization that led to surgery. despite telling all medical professionals and the medical personnel that she was a recovering addict and despite that fact being reflected in the medical records eight times, when jessie was discharged, she was given 50 oxycodone pills.
, jessie died. of this year. since that time, we have dedicated our time to fight back against the stigma of opioid addiction and drug addiction, so that we can begin the process of treating this as a disease and not as something that needs to be dealt with just to the criminal justice system. [applause] >> we have worked with my friend and my former colleague in the state senate, joe manchin, to introduce legislation called jessie's law, that if passed, and i hope it will next year, would simply say that you've got to prominently display and voluntarily disclose the
patient's recovery addiction hair -- history on patient records. people need to know, so that when they are discharged, they are not treated as jessie was treated. the idea is to prevent needless deaths. we have wanted to honor her life through this work. we will continue that the rest of our lives. ,e received, as you can imagine hundreds of letters and notes from all over the world. expressing sympathy and condolence. but the one that we received was was the most memorable the handwritten, heartfelt note we received from president obama. it will always have a special place in our family's heart. it will always have a special place on her mantle. i know that vice president biden
understands the pain that we have been going through this last year. the loss of a child, no matter what the cost -- cause, changes that parent forever and it has changed us and this is a bond that we share with vice president biden and with too many families throughout this country. thing that i said some time ago was i wish that we would have an opportunity sometime to think the president for the work he has done and to thank those who are working on this issue. what i would like to do right now is just to say the deepest sense of gratitude and with the knowledge that we are going to miss their leadership and their integrity. i would like to introduce to you the president and the vice president of the united states. [applause]
>> mr. president, it is a lousy club. but we are all proud of you. mr. president, my senate colleagues come all the members of congress who are here, who worked so hard to get the bill done today, let me say that last week i had the honor of for the lastobably time, in the united states senate over the senate as they
moved to pass the 21st century cures act. probably one of the last times that i will get to preside over the senate and maybe one of the most important moments in my career. on behalf of the administration, let me thank all of the bipartisan leadership. let me make this clear, this bill would not ever have occurred not without the leading voices, republican voices, in the house and the senate, as well as democrats. it would never, ever have occurred. i hope this bodes well for what , that we aret year back working together. this is a consequential piece of legislation that was extremely important and cost a lot of money and it was done in a .ame-duck session without the true bipartisan support, this piece of legislation would never have occurred and it is going to help millions of people.
the 21st century cures act is going to harness america's best minds, science, medicine, and technology to tackle some of our biggest and most complex health challenges today. it commits $6.3 billion over seven years dealing with opioid addiction, precision medicine, and the brain initiative. mental illness, alzheimer's disease, and so much more. mr. president, if you will excuse a point of personal myvilege, i want to thank colleagues. that $6.3 billion, one point $8 billion will be invested in cancer research and care. when the president asked me last shotabout the cancer moon at the state of the union last year, we said we were going to ask you for significant funding increases at nih and the national cancer institute and you all stepped up.
the moon shot, we set up a blue-ribbon panel to review what should be the scientific priorities as we cancerthis to try to and as we know it, to try to do it in the next five years something that would more narrowly take 10 years -- ordinarily take 10 years. immunotherapy, enhancing prevention and detection efforts, regardless of the zip code in which you live. and putting us on a path to turn what is currently a devastating cancer diagnosis into a chronic disease or an absolute cure. in the process, it will the coultery change of our fight against cancer and interject urgency.
the president often says the urgency of now. every single moment counts, as senator murray and every single person who worked on this bill knows. god willing, this bill will literally save lives. most of all, what it does, just this mere signing today, mr. president, it gives millions of americans hope. millions listening to this who have not had a family member or friend touched by cancer. who have had a family member or friend touched by cancer. the name this section of the bill after our son beau. [applause] biden: as a point of personal privilege.
.ou were wonderful to beau he spent a year in iraq, came back a decorated veteran, was an attorney general of the state, and he never gave up. we had access to some of the best doctors in the world, including andy anderson, dr. al young. thank you for being here. we never gave up. jill and i realized we are not the only family touched by cancer. so many are attached to don't have nearly the support system we have had. you lost your mother and so many other families have lost him want to can't. every day, millions of people are praying, praying for hope, praying for time. they are not even praying for cures most of the time. those of you who are doctors in
the audience, how many times have you heard a patient say, can you give me three more weeks so i can walk her down the aisle? can you give me two more months, my first grandbaby is going to be board? -- born? weeks, matter of days, months. this is going to accelerate exponentially, in my view, the kind of efforts we can make right now to extend life. ladies and gentlemen, i believe president obama and my colleagues are motivated by the .ame obamas what president said. he said we are unwilling to postpone. we all here are unwilling to postpone another minute.
i see my friend senator hatch, junior senators, senior senators , everyone came together. jill and i are proud to stand behind you as you sign this last law of our administration. proud to have served with you, mr. president, and your absolute commitment to changing the way we deal with our health care system. it is going to make a big difference in this particular bill is going to allow people to live longer and live healthier. most of all, mr. president, i think it gives people hope. ladies and gentlemen, i always could the president but when he asks me to join him on the
ticket, my daughter came home at lunch, she is a social worker, and she said, did he call? yes and i said yes. she said, this is wonderful. you know how you are always quoting shea masini -- seamus heaney about hope in history? i'm history, this is hope. [laughter] [applause] obama: thank you, everybody. thank you. no need. thank you. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you. please have a seat. thank you so much. welcome to the white house, everyone. it is december, so it is holiday time and we thought it was a good occasion to have one more
party. this is a celebration worth having. thank joefirst of all biden and jill biden and their entire family, who have been such extraordinary friends to us . what a fitting way for us to be partnershipify our as our time comes to an end together. it makes me feel very good. i want to thank david and kate grubb for sharing their family story. as david said, we have a lot in and is nothing more than the love of our children, our daughters. when i first met him in was,eston, their story unfortunately, more common than we would have liked. indicated to a number of
people on this stage, they are people who have gone through seen their or have loved ones suffer, either because of opioid addiction or because of cancer, who have bravely shared their stories and intoeled their passion increasing the urgency all of us feel around this issue. more than anything, this is a and anny to them extraordinary commemoration of those that they have loved. we are very grateful. please give them a big round of applause.
we are joined by a whole bunch of members of congress here today and it is wonderful to see how well democrats and republicans, in the closing days of this congress, came together to reveal a common cause. i think it indicates the power of this issue and how deeply it across every family america. over the last eight years, one of my highest priorities as president has been to unleash the full force of american innovation to some of the biggest challenges we face. that meant restoring science to its rightful place. that meant funding the research and development that has always kept america on the cutting edge. to createnvesting
good jobs. it meant investing in the to helpbreakthroughs all of us live healthier, longer lives. i thought we might be able to deliver bipartisan action on the opioid epidemic. , i put joee speech in charge of mission control on a new cancer moonshot. today, we are making good on both of those efforts. we are bringing to reality, the breakthroughs new to some of the great health challenges of our time.
let me repeat some of the scope of the bill because it is worth repeating. the legislation will combat the heroine and prescription epidemic that is ravaging too many families across the country. this is an epidemic that can touch anybody. blue-collar, white, college students, retirees, kids, moms, dads. i've had a chance to meet people from every stage of recovery, who are working hard to sustain the progress they are making. i've met parents like the grubs, who were entirely to help a child struggling with addiction. it could not be clearer that those of us called upon to lead it is too often
that they feel they are fighting alone instead of the community gathering around them and giving them the support they need. i cannot be prouder that this legislation takes up the charge i lay down in my budget to provide $1 billion in funding so americans who want treatment can get started on the path to recovery and don't have to drive six hours to do it. it is the right thing to do. [applause] president obama: second, the cures act provides a decades -worth of support for two innovative initiatives for my administration. the first is the brain initiative, which we believe will revolutionize our understanding of the human mind. when i signed this bill into law , it will give new ways to
treat, cure, and potential he prevent brain disorders like alzheimer's, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and more. we are starting to use data to modernize research and accelerate discoveries. so the treatment can be tailored specifically to individual patients. with the help of this legislation, the national institutes of health plans to launch a groundbreaking research cohort, inviting americans across the country to participate to support the scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow. number three, the cures act improves mental health care. [applause] [laughter] -- [applause] it includesama: bipartisan reforms to a dress mental illness to take steps to make sure mental health and
substance use disorders are treated fairly by insurance companies, building on the work of my presidential task force and it reauthorizes meaningfully , suicide prevention programs. with thehese align work to improve the criminal justice system. helping enhanced data collection and take steps that will not unnecessarily incarcerate folks who actually need mental health assistance. fourth, we are building on the fda's work to modernize criminal trial design, so that we are updating necessary rules and regulations to protect consumers , so that they are taken into ageunt this genetic biotech and we are making sure the patients' voices are taken into consideration. it also invests in this breakthrough effort called the vice president's cancer
moonshot. the senate came up with a better name one the named it after beau biden. [applause] joe said, both: loved me. i loved him back. i believe the united states of america should be the country that ends cancer once and for all. we are already closer than a lot of folks think and this bill will bring us even closer, investing in promising new includingew vaccines, detection and prevention. we will reach our goal of getting a decade's worth of research in half the time. that time counts. , as joe said. in this effort, joe biden has rallied not just congress, but he has rallied a tremendous collection of researchers and doctors, philanthropists,
patients. he is showing us that with the right investment and the ingenuity of the american people , there is not anything we can't do, to quote him. i would like everybody to join me in thanking, what i consider to be some the finest vice president in history. joe biden. [applause] president obama: go ahead and embarrass joe. go ahead. [cheering and applause] president obama: why not? [applause]
obama: we are tackling cancer, brain disease, substance use disorders, and more. none of this work would have been possible without bipartisan cooperation in both houses of congress. people were involved, but there are some folks who deserve a special shout out. that includes senators alexander and senators murphy. [applause] representatives get, andlone, and they green. [applause] president obama: we could not have gotten across the finish line without the leadership of nancy pelosi and steny hoyer, who are here. [applause]
obama: as well as leaders from both houses, speakers right hand, leaders mcconnell and reid and senator patty murray. [applause] president obama: not to mention all the members of congress who are sitting here that i cannot name because i will be here too long and i will not sign the bill. you know who you are. i want to thank all of you come on behalf of the american people, for this outstanding work. these efforts build on the work we have done to strengthen our health care system over the last eight years. covering pre-existing conditions, expanding coverage for mental health and substance abuse disorders, helping more than 20 million americans know the security of health insurance thanks to the affordable care act. it means they have access to some of the services that are needed.
i'm hopeful that in the years ahead, congress keeps working together in a bipartisan fashion to move us forward rather than of thed in support american people. these are games that have made a real difference for millions of americans. this is a good day. it is a bittersweet day. it is important to a knowledge that it is not easy. to come up here and talk about jessica. it is not easy for joe and jill to talk about beau. joe mentioned my mother who died of cancer. she was 2.5 years younger than i am today when she passed away. , it is not always easy to but being able to
honor those we have lost in this way and to know that we may be able to prevent other families from feeling that same loss, that makes it a good day. i'm confident it will lead to better years and better lives for millions of americans, the work that you have done. that is what we got sent here for. and it is not always what we do. it is a good day to see us doing our jobs. with that, i think it is time for me to sign this bill into law. [applause] >> everybody gather around here. >> get close. [laughter] those of you who have not attended this before, i have to
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>> next, donald trump speaks at a rally in wisconsin. he is joined by house speaker paul ryan and vice president-elect mike pence. this is an hour. paul ryan: wisconsin, how about it? oh, my gosh. is this not so cool? is this not incredible? it was before i had my drivers license the last time wisconsin went republican. this is amazing. here is what i want you to know. because of the hard work of the people in this room, you are helping us get this country back on track. i want to thank donald trump.
i want to thank mike pence, for helping wisconsin, michigan, pennsylvania, the midwest, finally see the light of day and put a republican back in the white house. [applause] i also want to thank you for sending ron johnson back to the united states senate. ron johnson is here with us tonight. we have got so much work to do, and i've got to tell you something, the last eight years, they have not been fun or pleasant years in washington. the last eight years with barack obama have been years of divided government. and that is why we are so excited about having four years of a unified republican government to rebuild our military, reform our tax code, to clean up the regulations, to repeal and replace obama care, and to get people working in this country again. that's why we are here.