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>> what about committee assignments? where are you interested in serving? rep.-elect. krishnamoorthi: as i said, the people in my district so i will want to be on a committee where we will talk about economic development and jobs, primarily. so that is kind of the focus of my search for committee assignments right now. it is a very interesting process because there are a lot of moving parts and we're having a lot of conversations, protect -- productive ones and hopefully i will be in a position where i can actually help people at that and how do we grow the strength of the middle class. >> you are in washington for orientation meetings. what has surprised you so far? >> i think i am surprise, -- surprised although i should , not be, at how much in awe i still am when look up at the capitol dome and see the majesty
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of our government. i can't believe i will be coming to work in a place such as this one, which is a temple of democracy. me -- at theinds same time i am in awe, it also grounds me. i have come here to do the people's business of my country and most importantly, my district so it is time to get to , work and really make sure that they need, you know? >> thank you very much for talking to c-span. rep.-elect. krishnamoorthi: i love c-span, so thank you for doing this. former house speaker newt gingrich on the future of various public policies under the administration of donald trump. look,he president-elect's ideologies and recent cabinet picks.
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>> what a great turnout, i want to thank all of the media. what a great opportunity to get together and discuss something that is really remarkable. >> all of us know there has been great upheaval this year, not just in the u.s. but across the whole world. we thought with brexit, a lot of -- we saw it with brexit, a lot of people wondering what was brexit all about. it's really simple. people wanted their country back. they were tired of centralized bureaucracy, people in other lands, other capitals making , decisions for them. it was simply sovereignty and self-determination.
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we saw that here in america with donald trump being elected president. people do want their country back. he said things like you don't have a country if you don't have borders. things we have been told we could not say any longer as conservatives. he talked about trade agreements working for the best interest of america. he talked about government working in the best interest of its people. there are still people here in washington and the media that don't seem to understand that simple idea. people know their government here in washington is not working in their best interest. we have had leaders for a number of years talking about it. reagan explained very simply that government is not the solution to our problem, it is our problem. our speaker today led one of the greatest revolutions for the
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people in 1994 with his contract for america. he did not just ride a wave of public opinion, he helped create it by showing people and explaining to them exactly what was wrong. they knew something was wrong but did not know what it was. that revolution lasted a while but, i'm afraid our republican colleagues did not carry through on a lot of those ideas. we have seen this bubbling up across america for a number of years. we sought in 2010 with the tea party, of people tired of government invading their lives, tired of bailouts, tired of the government not representing them. in 2012, the republicans lost a big election going back to their old way of doing things. by 2014, you saw it spring up again as senators and congressmen campaigned to repeal
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obamacare to control our , borders, all the things consultants said we couldn't do. this has been bubbling up. i took out newt's book last night, "breakout." the introduction of that makes it pretty important point. it talks about a little girl, abigail, with cancer. knowing there were drugs that had been in test that could help abigail, the things that her parents went through and people all over the country, trying to get the fda to get her the opportunity to try, but they wouldn't. as you look at these governments and these agencies and i'm sure newt might detail some of that, you look at the fda and wonder are they hurting more people than they are helping. is the environmental protection agency hurting our environment more than helping? is our education department
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hurting our students, diminishing their opportunities. it's hard to find the government working in the best interest of the people. i think that is what this last election was about, and a lot in the media have tried to cast this as some kind of negative populism, but hopefully, it is a wake-up call for people who come into the office and take the oath of office and represent the people who would actually do that. there's no one who has been more involved in this than newt gingrich. i have seen it up close and personal. what he did in 1994 inspired me to run for congress in 1998. though he left at the same time i walked in the door, he continues to inspire and break new ground. he has worked closely with donald trump over the last couple of years, been a great advisor and played a key role in helping trump navigate a
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political environment that he intoever waited -- waded before. i can see newt gingrich and a lot of the policies. i'm proud to have him here at heritage. thank you so much for joining us today. [applause] mr. gingrich: thank you very, very much. i'm always delighted when we have an opportunity to come back to heritage. when edck, win and -- and i were dramatically younger, lease to meet on stanton to circle when heritage was much smaller and we had this vision and then reagan got elected and a number of things happened. to be back here at this moment i think is exactly right. this is the third great effort to break out of the franklin delano roosevelt model. heritage played an absolutely
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decisive role, both in the run-up to that election and the actual administration. the mandate leadership remains today, the best single pre-election development of policy ever done with over 2000 recommendations, of which over 60% became policy and with over 250 volunteers around the country, most of whom ended up implementing the chapters they wrote so they walked in with a , real understanding of what they needed to do. 1994, heritage helped with the contract with america and i , think it is fair to say as we developed ideas, the only talent -- balanced budgets in your lifetime was developed with close work with heritage. welfare reform was developed with close work with heritage. again and again the whole
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, concept of the contract through its strength with help from heritage. today, i think heritage is a key source for the trump-pence team, for their ideas and what we need to get done. i was thrilled to be asked to come and share some ideas with you. i have five key messages i want to go through briefly and then take questions. first, president-elect trump is a unique, historic figure worthy of study in his own right. second, the trumpism is a bold and profoundly different way of thinking that needs codification and development through action. third, the combination of inertia and relentless hostility of the left will challenge the very survival of trumpism. fourth, millions of americans will have to work for trumpism to succeed.
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we have 513,000 elected offices in the united states. for us to be able to develop the ideas, win the arguments at city council and county commission, school boards across state legislature, all of these things are possible, but it takes an enormous movement. finally, i want to talk briefly about us. what do people who are activists in this movement and around the country have to have an obligation to do. we are going to have to overcome the bitter hostility, make no bones about it -- there will be bitter hostility from the entrenched left, the media, the academic world and the bureaucracy. at every step every day, they , will seek to unreal and defeat what we are trying to accomplish. so each of us has to be part of a movement of active citizenship. i want to start with what may be
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obvious, but because so many of our friends in the media don't seem to get it, i thought i would take a moment. president-elect donald j. trump is a unique american leader. people don't really stop and think about how unique. no one, let me repeat, no one has won the presidency without having held public office or served as a general in the military. start there. he is automatically unique. trump has been a national figure for a much longer time. i just produced a book called "electing trump." a little electronic book. joy of it is to go back and read and realize all of the famous people who show up on tv and write commentary in the washington post, they were not just wrong, they were wrong
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about being wrong. they have learned nothing. you have to realize donald trump was not some person who showed up one morning. in 1988, opera asked him if he -- oprah asked him if he was going to run for president. this is not a question you ask many people. he said at the time probably not, unless the country got into real trouble. in 1999, he was on larry king announces he's forming an exploratory committee. he does that for three months and figures out that george w. bush has locked up the nomination and because he's a rational businessman and does not believe in throwing money away, he does not run. in january of 2000 -- calista 2009, and i were at the downtown marriott in des moines. a famous place for anyone who follows american politics. trump was there and he was
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there, for a conference and at that stage he would have been voted more likely than donald j. trump. it was the coming out conference for scott walker. trump called us and said would we have breakfast with him. for 45 minutes, he asked us about the campaign we waged in 2012. what did we learn and what was it like. it was clear he was thinking about it. this is the first break point. normally what happens at that stage, if you were a normal political ambitious person, you hire three or four consultants to tell you what you should think. they tell you that you should focus on raising money which , they will spend on focus groups to tell you what you should believe, and if you raise more than that, they will release advertisements that will indicate how smart you are because you are smart and they
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would prefer you not to do anything. so you should raise money. try that around donald j. trump and he just runs over you. it is hopeless. i was asked one time as part of this process, i was on bill o'reilly one night in the very heat of the primary season and o'reilly said to me why don't the republican candidates attack trump? and i said he'll, donald trump -- i said bill, donald trump is the grizzly bear in the revenant. [laughter] if you get his attention, he will get awake. when he gets awake he will walk , over, bite your face-off and sit on you. [laughter] the other candidates watch him do that and go not me. let the bear eat. i don't want to bother him. that started with low energy jeb.
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people forget who donald j. trump is. all these people in the news media, this is the major part of the watershed. this is a genuine watershed. there is an old world that's much deeper than just liberalism. there is the post november 8 world, if we can make it real. the trump rally has to be turned into the trump reality and there's a begat in those two and -- a big gap in those two and it's going to take a lot of work. people in the elites could not figure out that this is a guy who made his entire living marketing to consumers. he had thought every day how do i get you to come to my golf course, my hotel, how to i get you to buy my tie or watch my tv show? he said what is your device i said i don't have any device, you are a better debater than i
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am. because he is a totally different debater. i'm not denigrating myself, i'm ok, but he into its the audience -- he intuits the audience in a way i cannot do it. i cannot get the rhythm the way he does. so you had low energy jeb. which is untrue. jeb bush is a perfectly fine guy, a great governor a good , friend of ours, but he said it in such a way that it stuck. he said to such a degree that i -- that it got inside jeb's had. he ended up running, literally running around new hampshire to prove he's not low-energy. [laughter] this is not easy. one of the great disgraces of the propaganda media that we have, which all of us on the right should describe, and begin to realize the propaganda media cannot come to grips with the
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level of talent they are dealing with. i would say to you -- brief commercial, "electing trump" is available online as an e-book. i tried to outline the campaign as it unfolded. the first break point for me was the fox news debate in august when trump and megyn kelly got into a brawl. if you go back and watch after that debate, everybody in the elite, including franklin's and -- frank luntz and and his focus group, which are social organisms, so they talk themselves into positions they don't believe, a very key part of what happened is you finally have a guy thing that's not true. then people say i didn't think it was either. that night, we watched the debate. and i'm watching all of these
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people pontificating. they were unanimous that trump had lost. there were still 16 other candidates. on the internet, on the various voting things and not just on right wing places, 70% of people voting were picking trump and i'm sitting there as a historian going all of the elites believe this and 70% of the people believe this. this is an anomaly so large that admit youo stop and don't understand what is going on. that is how i spent last year. i just wandered around going that's weird. then something else would happen. remember when i talk about , president trump being unique, he defeated 16 republican candidates. nobody in the washington post or new york times gets this. he defeated 16 candidates, many
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of whom were first-class candidates. they were not stupid people. governors, senators and one of the characteristics was simple. they would show up and say to the audience, i've been a successful governor and they would say not him. they decided they wanted somebody that was going to kick over the table. they did not believe washington could be managed. they believed the gallup poll were 75% of people said there was widespread corruption. 25 million americans dropped out of the middle class and they were mad. there was a general sense that washington was out of control. 63% of republican voters were mad at their own leadership. so you show up and say i been -- i have been working really hard in washington and they would say i thought so. there's one group that in mid-first song will take your stuff and put it through the
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shredder while you are watching and it's very demoralizing. it's all happening to very fine people. the one person who came close was ted cruz who is a princeton debater, harvard law right with -- graduate and had a great speech on the potential for kicking over the table. in addition, he could prove he was prepared to disrupt the senate. people said this is a guy who is clearly not going to work with the senate because he doesn't. , than halfway through his great speech, trump would walk through, kick over the table and walk off. people go ok theoretical speech , or kicked over table, which do i want? everybody would attack him. he once went bankrupt. he's been married three times, yes, but he is going to kick over the table.
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whatever they came up with as the next story yes, but he's , going to kick over the table. no one in the media could figure this out. neither could the other candidates. he figured out what the country was desperate for. the trunkchallenge to pence administration is going to be get -- is going to get everyone to remember that they are not here to accommodate washington. they are here to kick over the table. [applause] and let's be very clear about something, because i'm watching now and luckily i'm old enough i don't get too angry about it. we use a word that's very harsh, but i will explain it in a minute. the same idiots who failed to understand trump was going to win the nomination then failed to understand trump was going to win the general election. they are now commenting on trump's cabinet. linda the media said gosh, we
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were wrong. it would be like having a sports reporter who miss reported a football game talking about how many home runs were hit. you would get a new reporter. all of these people -- you have people out here on tv who have been consistently wrong for two solid years and they get promoted. because their editors were even more wrong. then, they tell us what they think, which is junk. it's important to put this in context. these are the same people who are as wrong about the cabinet as they were about the general election. keep that in mind every time you hear it. one of the reasons i am proud to be on frocks -- on fox because we were only wrong about half of the time, and that was a miracle compared to some of the networks which were not in touch with planet earth. it was the professional billion dollar clinton campaign being
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run on behalf of the inevitable next president which forgot there was an electoral college. trump, who supposed to be an amateur, figured out that getting to 270 really matters. as a businessman, we are going to keep score by 270. he said i am not going to california, i'm not going to new york, i'm not going to illinois. i'm going to get killed in those states but it won't matter. if i carry pennsylvania, wisconsin and michigan, i will be president. he actually broke the code. [laughter] with reince priebus's help, and chairman priebus deserves a lot credit -- a lot of credit for this because he is from , wisconsin. they figured out if they walked into milwaukee, the democrats might go to milwaukee. if they go to minneapolis, the national media would say these
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guys are so stupid. they think they're going to carry minnesota. you know in washington, they said i don't know why they are being this stupid. what they knew that no one in the washington press corps and it was minneapolis television covers southern wisconsin. so they were getting all the coverage of southern wisconsin without letting the democrats think about wisconsin. the democrats knew they could not compete in minnesota, they did not worry about it. she went off somewhere. by that stage, i wasn't paying any attention. it is the smaller, less expensive trump team that figured out the keys to the american system. particularly the core group toward the end, steve bannon, kellyanne conway, jared kushner who did an amazing job. bread parts he, whose work with information technology was phenomenal. they were handling the candidate
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part of the campaign while reince priebus and others had 7500 fieldworkers having learned the lessons of 2012. it was a synergistic impact of trumpism on big rallies and on the internet with a systematic rnc, probably the biggest since mark hanna that really came together and we won. at that point, the media went into a state of shock. but the center of all of this, the person without whom it would not have happened is donald j. trump. you have to remember it was his vision of making america great again. it wasn't just that he was a good, articulate guy, he had a message. it was a message the other candidates could not understand and could not articulate. he would say it again and again -- we can make america great again. he communicated. combinehe instinct to
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two different things -- huge rallies and twitter and facebook. i think he currently has 28 million people on twitter and facebook. as you grow twitter and facebook, you can decide on a tuesday let's go to tampa on friday afternoon. tweet everybody in florida at no cost. this is why billion-dollar campaigns are not necessarily indicative of being smart. go to florida and 30,000 people show up. 30,000 bring smartphones and are taking pictures. he gets out there, he stops, he lets everybody take his picture. what do they do with the picture? they put it on facebook, on instagram. 30,000 people becomes notionally a minimum of 1,200,000 people -- person network, three times the size of msnbc. [laughter]
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because you are drawing media coverage, your media arrives for -- your rallies on television arrive for free. the key night was the florida primary. there are certain points were you just have to break up. he's selling trump wine, trump water, trump steaks. and he's doing two things. this is the point where mitt romney had been his nastiest, suggesting trump was not a real businessman, even though he was worth 50 times as much as me. we are not going there this week. the second thing he was doing is testing the networks. hillary starts to speak -- i've never seen this before in american history.
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hillary starts to speak and not a single network covers her because they understand in the age of the clicker, everyone will leave because they want to see what else trump is bringing out. are you going to get a camel? who knows what he's going to do next. one of my great plays of the campaign, i challenged him to ride an elephant into the campaign. he would not do it. he knew there were certain limits. he had an instinct for totally dominating the media. the only other president who has the totality trump has is abraham lincoln. there are several great books on abraham lincoln and his ability to deal with the media. and how well he understood it what the again? you get a thank you tour. there are two really good reasons for a thank you tour. it dominates the media and i have a very going back to reagan -- you -- i think romney was --
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they were going to talk about romney and trump said that's good. he draws strength and this is really important i hope he does , rallies for his whole presidency. he draws the strength of reminding himself he's the tribune of the american people. not of washington. it's very important for him to see 10,000, 15,000, 20,000 people and be reminded that he speaks for them and then he has a moral authority that nobody in the bureaucracy or congress has. it's very important if trumpism is going to succeed. the only rise comparable to trump is lincoln's rise. there is nobody else, because remember this is an almost , entirely trump-manufactured rise. it was not consultants, it was not pulling it was a continuous , application of intuition and energy.
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worked.rt of what the only other person i know who personally managed that kind of rise was lincoln. trump is now in an amazing place. it's astonishing to me as a historian how the elite media missed all of this. they are so rabid, they're so ideologically committed, so terrified of the future that they cannot stop and ask themselves what is this anomaly? what is it we should know about the next president? they just can't do it. you see it in today's stories. it is amazing to me how much the elite media and many of the think tanks, not heritage, have attacked trump instead of studying him. the washington post ran a piece on the degree to which trump is
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the degree to which trump is appointing and ayn rand administration. you once saw the cover of the book. i'm going to come back to that in a minute and you will see why. i had begun writing this before somebody sent me, sean kennedy sent me the article from "the post." they are saying in terms of the fountainhead. she is in fact an anti-john galt. if you look at her great classic, john galt is this would --re who withdraws from society because he is so sick of the world and redistribution. both defensive and cowardly.
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are sothese people incompetent, he has been throwing from the front. he has gone off to a mountain fastness where they will go on strike and all the rick -- all the creative people will refuse to be creative. experienceayn rand's and come out of the soviet union, this might have seemed plausible. trump's totally different. where john galt repeats, -- retreats, trump attacks. galt withdraws, trump says let's have a movement. john galt says, it's really over and all we can do is hole up in a mountain. trump says, why don't we make america great again? it is the wonderful civic overlay that says the real road to freedom and the real road to individual liberty and opportunity is to arouse the with them,ople, and
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take back their country. and he's living it out. that makes him an extraordinary figure compared to traditional politicians. he could have gone to meryl lago . he could've gone to 15 different golf courses and hidden. instead, he voluntarily decided to go into the public arena knowing -- this is a guy who survived new york media. he knew it would be vicious, nasty, and personal because it's always that way in new york. he said, trying to lead america is worth paying the price, financially and personally. he announced we could solve our problems, we could make america great again. the americanaving people behind, trump went to the american people, arouse their
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spirit, and gave them hope . trump is an optimist. you attack trump, he immediately counter attacks. he learned with the new york media, you hit back as fast as you can. you never let them get by with hitting you. of his style. if you show him an opening, he will take it. trump is and is much more than just motion, much more than being active. trumpism is about his heart and appealed to the american people. trump is the classic american tradition. washington, jefferson, jackson, lincoln, roosevelt, fdr, and lincoln. inevery case they believed the american people, they arouse the american people, and they
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led the american people to victory over entrenched, powerful interests. trump is a combination of andrew jackson, theodore roosevelt. this is the best way to understand him. he is as disruptive as jackson, as energetic as theodore roosevelt, and he sells all day, every day just like pt barnum. he thinks selling is fine, selling is good trade selling is what you should do. actively outbe there saying, i've got something good here. yet, i think the 2016 victory is a personalhan tribute. you now have more republican legislators then anytime other than 1854. you have control of the senate, control of the house trade there's an underlying thing which has been building which
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started with reagan in 1980 and renewed it in 1994. there have been details with republicans who did not get it. , 2015e country below that in kentucky -- there has been a continuous, steady migration. 25 states have republican governors and legislators. total control. that's why you have to have a movement trade if you are in control, what are you in control for? how will you be different? we have just begun the work great all you've done is won a ticket to the dance. now we have to dance. the country in 2020 for a lights another republican, establishing firmly we have replaced the fdr model and we are now in a period -- think about the phrases
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trump used. make america great again. you can't get more politically -- can you imagine last year, you would walk into the typical ivy league university, and say my goal when i graduate is to make america great again? they would have kicked you out. they would have said, you are a weird nationalist who doesn't understand the global nature of making everybody great again. great implies that some people aren't great and we should all be great. [applause] you have the amazing contrast between protect america's borders versus said tos dream, as she the brazilian bankers, of an open border for the entire west. 600 million people could visit the u.s. trump believes he's fighting for trade deals.
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elites, youhe wonder why you would worry about doing that. all those jobs are in fly-over countries. trump believes we should defeat isis. he actually said we should protect christianity. tonight's ago, it's ok to say merry christmas again. [applause] the endless, vicious, uncaring assaults on the left, for things like saying merry christmas, are just going to drive the country apart. he says we should drain the swamp, a position held by most everybody except the swamp. [laughter] he said he wants to anticorruption -- and corruption -- end corruption. he said we should speak bluntly
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and methodically and break up political correctness. again and again, these are cords withumpism the resonate normal americans are you say to normal americans, i'm proud of the american flag. and they all resonate. and you look at the current president, who is explaining why it is appropriate for somebody to express themselves while not standing up -- by not standing up during the national anthem. i mean, this is why the country voted for trump. they look at this junk and say, i got these two features. i got nutcake weirdness and normalcy. to the great shock of "the washington post" and "the new york times," nutcake weirdness
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lost. people came to the rallies not just to see trump, but to hear him. this is why trump is in is real. it was the message is far more than the messenger. he's a brilliant messenger. if trump had come and sounded like a normal left-winger, people would have left and said, that was sure weird. think about the people who wore the hats that said, make america great again. i remember being at kennesaw state college at a rally shortly after hillary clinton talked about the deplorables straight three women came up wearing t-shirts that said, i'm an adorable deplorable. you want to call us names, we will where the name proudly and then run over you. i hope a lot of the adorable deplorables will send t-shirts to hillary for christmas. media smeared trump,
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and american people cited with trump. "the new york times" was the worst offender amongst he prints media. it's hard to say who was the worst offender on tv because they were so competing with each other. when the new york times printed article about trump's bad behavior toward women and the women says they printed the opposite of what i told him. that's when you realize something profound is breaking in the old order. the old order is getting clumsy and stupid. the genuine revolution was building. the campaign culmination of defining the trump movement and trumpism, and i urge you to read these two, was the remarkable speech on october 22 at gettysburg where he outlined --
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i think it is the archetype and its worth looking at because it has many layers of ideas and it would be impossible for any reasonable person to read the speech and suggest trump was devoid of policies and ideas. equally important in the long run was his speech and the release of the new deal for african-americans. these two documents represent a blueprint for the next couple of years that is profoundly different than where we have been. now, we see a new phase of defining trumpism in the cabinet selection process. the way he has selected this cabinet is very impressive. he's reaching beyond the accepted establishment systems. for example, he is willing to
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assemble a team -- the elite media is so hostile that they cannot bring themselves to stop and take a deep breath and look at what is going on. he is assembling a team no one was prepared for. trump describes, and i recommend to all of you "the art of the deal" still the best single book on how he thinks -- he describes over and over that he wants the best. when he has the right to build the hyatt in manhattan, he wanted to be unique and the best. when he built trump tower, he wanted to be the best. he has this constant drive to be the best. and he is willing to work extra hard to do what it takes to be the best. let's look at the cabinet. general mattis is as good an officer that has served. he's an intellectual, a warrior, totally patriotic and trump has
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said in effect, i'm willing to ask for the first waiver since 1950 -- only one waiver has ever gotten a waiver to service -- serve as secretary of state and noah's george marshall during the korean war. trump says this guy is so good i will ask for a waiver. if you look, there has been almost no opposition. almost no opposition. this is the guy we could not trust and his first choice was jim matus. then, remarkably, he picks john kelly, marine general, to be head of national security. he's a remarkable public servant. he lost his son in combat. he's dedicated to serving the country and he is perfectly prepared, literally the best
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person in the country if you are serious about our southern border, there's nobody better then john kelly. you could say take those and add general flynn, that's three general, is that too many? not for the american public. the only institution they think is not corrupt, it's the military. and you say shouldn't we replace those guys with lawyers or harvard professors? think about it. this is why the left is in such trouble. kelly will be a remarkable leader and if you read his brief statement, he talks about the end of political correctness. not quite the statement you might have guessed. he knows more about controlling america's border and defeating both terrorists and drug dealers than anybody else i know of in the american system. then tillerson, who would be the news media's horrifying example. i want to confess upfront,
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tillerson has a huge problem. he is successful. being successful in the largest corporation in the world, he has actually been involved with making money. [laughter] it's going to get worse, i'm sorry. but the heritage tradition is one of speaking truth. tillerson has gone around the world negotiating agreements with foreign countries. successfully. on behalf of an american company. if you are john kerry -- [laughter] or hillary clinton, or the entire state department and your entire career is one of going around the world unsuccessfully negotiating non-agreements, tillerson is horrifying. what if he actually effectively represent america? what if we get good deals and
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he's able to explain trumpism to the world? all these foreign people he has dealt with his entire career, they are not going to say you are not going to send rex to see me. he's going to be so well-received around the planet that he automatically changes who people think trump is. they now think trump is smart enough to hire really smart people and he's going to give really smart orders. tillerson has to be attacked by the left because if you can't attack the head of exxon mobil, you need to give up your card in the socialist party and go home. but, he's a remarkably successful -- and even worse, he's an eagle scout. there are various left-wing rallies where you go talk about eagle scout and what are they
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going to do next? that's the first step toward fascism. they wear uniforms. this is the beginning of the militarization of america. they will probably have girls wearing uniforms. girl scout manual from 1913 has girls in uniform and it is a totally patriotic thing. you can get it at the home of the founder of the girl scouts. the old order are deeply worried. not only did he replace me, he's a great doctor, his wife is a doctor, but as an example of how bitter and unending the media is going to be, the "new york times" manages to write an entire article about -- dr. jill biden is always dr. jill biden because she is dr. jill biden, but dr. tom price is a medical doctor, by the way is not dr. tom price in the "new york
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times" because that would imply trump has picked someone for health care who actually knew something about health care. given the left's constant track record of trying to find people who know nothing to get people in charge of things, price is the doctor, chair of the budget committee and a great choice. imagine governor nikki haley. indian-american, small business woman, governor, if only she were a liberal democrat. she has to mildly disappear because if she admitted trump picture, it might mean trump is more diverse than they think, so
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he can't have picked her, so she may as well be ambassador for several years before you ever hear her name. betsy devos, a woman who has spent millions of dollars trying to help poor children. a clear commitment to a new deal for african-americans. even better, dr. ben carson. this guy is amazing. he is a world-class pediatrician, he has spoken twice at the national prayer breakfast, he has written books used widely by homeschoolers, he had a movie made about him called gifted hands. and the news media thinks he probably won't be able to learn enough to do had -- to do hud. none of the people who say this have ever been in the building.
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otherwise they would know ben would be ok. i wrote a column and said the real point here is moral authority. you're putting someone who rose from poverty to become a world-class surgeon who is prepared to talk about morality, about family, about supporting, about the work ethic and that makes ben carson the most important symbolic appointment of the entire process. faced with what may be the smartest cabinet of modern times, a post pseudo-conservative -- and we should be clear about this -- they described the cabinet as ignoramuses, billionaires and a
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few generals. it was an idiotic comment. that person was clearly an few generals. ignoramus. but i'm going to close by suggesting you look at two books and an article that set the framework for the movement we are going to have to engage in. it is by the author of "the ignoramus. but i'm going to close by black swan." it is an intellectual yet idiot. it's the most useful single article i've ever read. his point is 40% of the governing elites worldwide are people who are really good at taking tests and writing essays which gets them into really elite colleges where they take classes from professors who are really good at taking tests and writing essays. and they take tests and write essays, they get good grades so their professor places them where they judge, a newsroom or bureaucracy so they can continue to take tests and write essays. the only problem with these people as they don't know anything.
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they can write a brilliant essay on how to change a tire but if you show up and say my car has a flat, they don't know how to change a tire. this was the best explanation of what i've been dealing with. 80% of the state department. these are very very erudite people who are idiots. they are intellectuals, but they are idiots. trump is not a financier. he's a builder. if you build a building, it has to stand up. a very important principle. you are faced with a reality that you have been governed by people in both parties who would not have a clue how to build a building, but they can issue regulations. this is why this will be the huge fight for the next generation. we will be rooting out the intellectual yet idiots, all of whom will deeply hate what we are doing and write really in
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-- brilliant essays attacking us for being against their right to be an idiot. the other book i recommend highly is by charles murray called "coming apart." it's about white america and it has super zip codes. these are people on the top five percent economically and top 5% in educational attainment. he says people from princeton, harvard, yale mary people from princeton, harvard and yale and have children and are surrounded by other people who went to princeton, harvard and gail. -- yale. which is why when trump began to rise, none of them understood the power of "the apprentice." because it was not on pbs. [laughter] it was not "downton abbey." i apologize i ran this long but this is a very important turning point in american history.
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i cannot say too strongly that every day by inertia, by bureaucracy, by hostility, by the very definitions of the old order, every day, we will face active resistance trying to stop us from the revolution we need. we need a movement nationwide. across the country, whether you are in the school board or state legislature or just a citizen trying to help, we need to think through why is our side of this watershed where we tell the truth or the work ethic where we want to strengthen america, why are we so different from the old order and how can we make sure we are moving in the right direction? i think it is very important.
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and trump personally cannot succeed unless the movement succeeds. that's why he talks about the movement. the key part is to find people willing to move and get them to be part of this future. i apologize for going so long, but can i take questions? [applause] we need to bring microphones. just pick somebody. you are winning. you have the microphone. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i'm with cti tv of taiwan. president-elect trump has received a phone call from the president of taiwan. he has also questioned the bounds of the one china policy.
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is he serious about kicking off the table of the one china policy or is he merely pressuring china to make concessions on trade by using taiwan as a bargaining chip? thank you very much. mr. gingrich: i think he's very serious about communicating to the beijing government that they cannot continue to be aggressive and be on offense and not expect to have many things put on the table they are not prepared for. he was also sincere in saying someone who represents 23 million people who have had three different changes of power, you ought to take the phone call. there's a certain hypocrisy -- even under obama. they sold billions of dollars of weapons to taiwan while pretending taiwan does not exist. it's also a little bit healthy for the beijing regime to realize there are no circumstances i can imagine
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where the united states would tolerate the beijing government attempting by force to take over taiwan. it's also true that when you are dealing with a country the size of china that there are no circumstances where we would encourage taiwan to declare independence because this goes to the very heart of the chinese definition of sovereignty. trump is indicating he will be more open and he's also saying to beijing you are in for some very challenging negotiations and should not assume it is all your way. that's why they did not ask us about building an island in the south china sea or the devaluing of the yuan. you want to create a -- you want to create competition, fine, but don't tell us we are not allowed to compete. >> what will international aid look like under the trump administration? mr. gingrich: i hope it will be
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very dramatically overhauled. look at the trillions of dollars we spent and ask yourself to what degree does our bureaucracy giving another bureaucracy money necessarily the best way for countries to develop? had we spent the same number of dollars in tax credits for businesses to invest, we would have created an amazing number of permanent jobs all over the planet. i would hope they would profoundly rethink how we deal with aid. >> here comes the microphone. >> mr. speaker, thank you for saying christianity is under attack. i got to see that when i went as a former army doctor in her beall last year and i got to see it across the world. i wonder what president-elect trump's position is about helping the christians even as we are doing for the least of these that are under assault.
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what is president-elect trump's opinion about helping the kurdish assault? >> i suspect we're much more helpingvely in favor in the kurdish people than the obama administration. this goes back to the delusional nature. they want to pretend that syria put back o be together. irst of all, baghdad currently is nominated by iran. alis inhe most reliable the area are the kurds. i suspect you'll see this administration, i don't know. are decisions they have to work out. i suppose they'll be much more insuring that the kurds are equipped and capable than administration. yes, ma'am. hold on, she is running up with microphone. >> thank you very much, mr.
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gingrich. so today mr. trump picked his state.ary of would you be able to elaborate foreign trump on policy, is it going to be really would you define that? >> i think if you're isis, it's to be really harsh. [applause] >> general mattis when he was in iraq, i think he was a major general at the time coined the phrase that the marines can be or worst friends enemies. you get to decide which. you're going to find that the new secretary of will be inclined to negotiate and kind of talk with everyone, but who will do so on american values and american interests. it's a great story that george shultztate used to tell, he had a new ambassador he would bring
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byrseas, he would bring them the office for a final meeting and take him over to the globe country are you going to represent. four times out of five, they they point to the country were going to. and he would say no, no, no. and uld bring them back point to the united states. that always occurred to me that logical draw the conclusion from that which was there was a cultural systemic problem in the state department 80% of them were confused who they were representing. i think you're going to find team that intends to make america great again. hey do not believe you can sustain $800 billion trade deficits. they do not believe the chinese $460 billion a year in intellectual property which was the estimate this year. do not believe you can get run over by people who think you're stupid and foolish. i think they'll be very tough negotiators. they're not in any way isolationists. one of the dumber comments about trump. e has interested in the middle
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east, scotland, panama. they understand the modern world. that globalism in the sense of selling out america for some vague very ational concept is a useful or practical thing to do. firmat sense, they were be and tough, i don't know that they'll be harsh. has got to come to you. ground rule. to be a reagan kid, gingrich young adult and one of advisors for the diverse for ition trump. everyone is talking about foreign policy. we need to look at our domestic. as a conservative, i have been a conservative all we have to get we look at where
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a applaud president-elect for going into flint, michigan, and have people like mr. percy jones from atlanta trying to get with the governor trying to solve that problem. what bothers me, i'm from maryland. i was shunned as a candidate who happens vernor to be a republican did not push president-elect and how do e form a reality in our own party that they have to get onboard or get out? >> i'm not sure what getting getting out. i think coalitions are often sloppy. what we have to do nd what president-elect trump is trying to do in his appointments and other activities, we have to be america to go every in and prepared to represent everybody in america. i think that you're going to see i don't think they suggested the idea of a new deal
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for african-americans. passing thought. i think they are very serious about it. i was talking to the vice president yesterday. to a meeting way with 30 african-american york.ess leaders in new they're very serious with figuring out how do we insure -- political. if you really believe in making america great again, you want to that americans have a chance to be great again. i think that's a key part of trumpism is all about. way in the back. you.r. speaker, thank i'm wondering how you feel about media's news report that he hand in nfluence had a the election outcome. thank you. gingrich: again, this is an
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by ple of what i mean watershed. in the old days, in the old order, we would actually have seriously. we would have felt bad about it. we would have been on defense weeks. this is why i want us to use the erm propaganda media, not news media. the entire story in the "post" is a lie. lie.a it turns out that the director of national intelligence doesn't federal bureau of investigation doesn't agree. we're not sure who at the c.i.a. on the nobody speaks record. somebody at the "post" talked to had a d of theirs who drink in georgetown with a guy that had a card that said c.i.a., i mean it. all, and this is one of the things you have to say to is why i go back to the essay on intellectual its
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are useful. how big the change is going to be. the obama administration, saying utterly incompetent, the russians may have interfered we didn't ection and know it. that's the heart of their defense. that really reassuring me about security of the country. second you have hillary whose efense is apparently somebody from the f.s.b. which i think is replacement for the k.g.b., apparently got to her and the as.b. convinced her to set up secret server in her bathroom which is an old russian device. to mean sex, d nowadays it means bathrooms. convinced her to delete 33,000 emails and the same agent convinced her to lie about it. therefore, you have to ask 7-year-olds come in and say my dog ate the thing.rk, it's one when former secretaries of state who were presidential nominees
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alk in and go i think the russians couldn't do it. it couldn't be i'm totally incompete a crook, and nobody believed me. this is why we're in a different world. correctness is going to rapidly die and we're going to be in a world in which we get to tell the truth. truth is the "washington the "new yorkt as times" was deliberately its gandistic in description and we should routinely call them on it. newspeople or reports, they are prop good they right junk with a bias.rate left wing everyone sometime on mnsbc or would go after her, she would reframe it and not allow the terms.
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citizen has to stand up and say we want to fight to make american great again. if you don't want to, go home or you. going to run over very much. [applause] nnouncer: coming up in about 20 minutes or so, we're going to bring you to a news conference, of the year from federal reserve chair janet ellen at 2:30 eastern, this as it's just announced from the fed
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that fed officials have ended 2016 by al meeting of raising the federal funds rate, for banks charge each other shorterm loans from a range of to.75%.ng time 50 associated press said this is the second increase in more than 10 years. a quarter of a percent, loan rates from the federal reserve. 2:30 news conference at eastern here on spanier. also a look ahead for democrats. senator bernie sanders and one of the likely andidates for democratic national committee chair, minnesota congressman keith talking about party leadership and the future of the democratic party. meetings continue in new york city, a meeting at this hour of meeting with president-elect donald trump. tesla fficials including chuck ce ex-c.e.o.,
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robins at trump tower today for council meeting.
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at the r: a live look trump tower lobby earlier today. stevery secretary nominee nnuchin came by, kelly anne well. as next week, politicalo is saying harvard university law
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professor said yesterday that 20 epublican members of the electoral college are considering voting against donald trump. that figure would put the anti-trump activists more than halfway towards stalling donald trump's election. the way, we will have live coverage of electoral monday, coming n p monday morning the 19th at 11:00 a.m. eastern at richmond, irginia, harrisburg, pennsylvania, and lansing, cast theirs electors votes.
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announcer: upstairs, at trump tower, a meeting underway. facebook, oracle, google, microsoft, "forbes" that donald trump will be joined by chief of staff and his iebus son-in-law jared cushner and oner teal, the meeting going now, we understand, talking about "forbes" reports bringing as usingmerica as well technology to streamline government. according to people close to the situation. on c- span in about 15 with s, we'll going live
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janet yellen, as the fed the interest rate. the steady growth of the american economy, the federal eserve said today it would increase its benchmark interest ate for just the second time since the 2008 financial crisis. says dow hits l 2.5 d after fed hike of percentage points. more from chairman yellen, until part of this morning's "wall street journal." two gueso talk about the influence of money in politics. served asim roemer representative of indiana. also joined with ray lahood kim , served as the transportation secretary from 2009-2013. welcome back. with a both affiliated
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group called issue one. what is that group? one, we think the most important issue in politics , whether you are concerned about guns, climate change, , issue one is concerned about our democracy and making sure the people own our government. we the people is what we are all about, not big money interests, not the billionaires telling legislators what to do. , aformed the group bipartisan group working together, 165 former members of congress, senators, congressmen, ambassadors, cabinet secretaries, 40% of these 165 are republicans and we put together five principles for
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taking our government back and for transparency in politics. so little people have their government back and doing things so that this wonderful united states government of hours .peaks for the average person host: focusing on the aspect of money in politics. n from thee lear last election? what lessons will your group apply going forward? guest: if the founders were to come back and see the kind of campaigns that are being run now for congress and for the white house, they would be astounded by the billions and billions and billions of dollars it takes to get elected to the white house and the millions and millions of dollars it takes to get elected to congress. the founders never dreamed that was the way that our
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representatives were going to come to washington, d.c. that you would have to have a lot of money or raise a lot of money to be an elected representative. that was not what the founders thought we should be doing. if you want to run for congress today as an average ordinary layer or a a brick dentist or a doctor, you are looking at a minimum $1 million to $3 million you will have to raise to be competitive. moneyystem is a wash in -- awash in money and is not the system average citizens want. host: you wrote a recent op-ed on this topic. can you briefly describe what it is?
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what needs to change? guest: i believe one of the things that happen in this election was the donors across , iowa,at midwest wisconsin, michigan, pennsylvania, a lot of those voters, a lot of them who had voted for president barack obama decided to vote for donald trump for two reasons. one was because they are ticked off, there is rage out there percolating about jobs. secondly, they are enraged and very angry about washington not working for them. whether they emailed their congressman or senator, whether they need help from their representative on a particular problem, they don't think this place works anymore. they don't think it represents them. all the polling we see these days says when you ask the regular voter who does their
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member of congress listen to first and foremost, what do they say? big donors. secondly, lobbyists. third, maybe them, maybe the voters after that. we have a trust in congress that is a percent or 9%, but when cockroaches and north korea. between cockroaches and north korea. voters have said enough is enough, we want change in washington, we won our government back. our 25 dollars to matter, not these folks writing checks from new york and san francisco to decide what people in -- for: 202-748-8000 democrats. 202-748-8001 for republicans. 202-748-8002 for independents.
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several proposals to change what's going on. the first would incentivize small dollar donations of $200 or less by offering tax credits. can you explain those? guest: in order to run for congress, you have to put together a rather sizable budget because the districts today are large and the districts require you to get your message out and the what you do that is through television. television is very expensive. sometimes you might use direct mail, sometimes you might use of social media. lion's share of getting elected to congress today really requires that you raise an enormous amounts of money. you end up what
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doing is coming here to washington and hitting up political action committees and lobbyists rather than going to and friends and neighbors you andhem to invest in invest in your candidacy. there is something wrong with that system. i.e. the recommendations we are making our that we give the ,verage ordinary citizens friends and neighbors in these districts a chance to invest in the candidate they believe will make changes in washington. host: we will show you some of those other recommendations. we start with michelle in wisconsin. democrats line. go ahead. caller: good morning. i was calling because i'm very frustrated with the fact that allowedeme court alone
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money into politics through citizens united. the small voter, their boat does not count anymore. -- their vote does not count anymore. i'm so tired of lobbyists going theird.c. and presenting loss, what they want done with those companies to give them all these brakes and everything. -- presenting their laws. didow a lot of people who not vote this last election because they felt their vote was not going to matter anyways. which is so sad that people are getting to the point where they will not exercise their rights when it comes to voting. upset with lobbyists for pharmaceutical companies who
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want big money for their prescriptions. guest: you hit a home run. i agree with everything you just talked about in regards to the little person in america. to do things as we articulated in our proposals for issue one in a bipartisan, commonsense way to make government be responsible to the average american voter. i used to have this poster in my congressional office that said " govern."people it's not the lobbyists or the big donors, it is our constituents, that person that aomes up to you at 711 on saturday morning and they have a problem and they want access to you to help fix it. thatlle is also right in
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when members of congress are spending 40, 50, 60% of their time raising money, dialing for dollars in cubicles over in the republican national committee or the aquatic national committee, they are not doing their jobs, they are not listening to that farmer, that small businesswoman. you are listening to the person who can write them the $100,000 check. now, they are raising money for super pacs for leadership pacs . they are not sitting in a committee learning more about what to do about the afghanistan war, learning about what to do to grow our economy. that is what members of congress should be doing, not raising money. pay attention to the average voter. i think michelle pretty
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much hit it out of the park on citizens united decision that was made by the supreme court, that allows for enormous amounts of money to be funneled into an organization with really no accountability, no knowledge of where the money is coming from and frankly, how the monday -- how the money is being spent. that decision has hurt our political system in a way that people recognize that needs to be changed. it is certainly one of the aregs that our 165 members concerned about and trying to figure out a way to fix it. citizens united was one of the worst decisions for the political process, allowing enormous amounts of money to become a part of the political system with no accountability and no transparency. that is the part that hurts. host: from virginia, republican,
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jim. caller: good morning. is suchalled that there a bipartisan contempt for freedom of speech represented on your panel, today. we heard from these people talking about citizens united, the horror of people banding together and spending their money to influence government, the right of free association and free speech. yet i'm willing to bet you that neither one of these people who are condemning money voluntarily given for free speech activities have ever done one single thing duesevent forced union from being spent on politics. announcer: we'll take you live now to the federal reserve in washington. jare janet yellen will be briefing reporters momentarily. this as the federal reserve
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today voted to raise a key interest rate for the first time in a year. the move will mean modestly higher interest rates on some loans. in a statement today it will benchmark .25% the rate by a quarter of a point announced by the fed just before this news conference. >> good afternoon. today the federal open market committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by one quarter percentage point, bringing it to one half to three quarters percent. in doing so my colleagues and i are recognizing the considerable progress the economy has made toward our dual objectives of maximum employment and price stability. over the past year

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