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public service by america's television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. next, donald trump's campaign manager through the primaries up until he was fired last summer sat down with the new hampshire institute of politics for discussion about the trump campaign and the trump white house. this is just over one hour. >> good evening. thank you for being here. on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, i would like to welcome you. thank you for joining us for this special event. i am a student ambassador. the mission is to engage citizens to actively participate -- in theetical political life of their
communities. we have been fortunate to welcome many confidants. corey lewandowski is our first. he served as a chief political advisor and campaign manager for donald trump through the primary victory in june. a graduate of umass, he began his career as a political staffer and all caps and all campaigns across the country in work for the republican national committee for a brief time and spent time lobbying with the koch brothers at americans for prosperity. with theoin us executive director for a conversation. they will discuss the 2016 election in the new hampshire victory, and -- it is an honor to have someone connected to the white house. we are honored to have corey
for terrific conversation. so, welcome. [applause] >> thank you. >> i think you spent time here than you have in the past or don't years. -- in the past four years. --i want to ask the question how does a kid from the wrong side of the tracks raised by a single mother in rule massachusetts want to manage and create this winning campaign for president? you know, you wake up and you do not know. hard, which i think is that was instilled in me
very young. when i tell you you cannot do something, you do not listen to them. you you -- when they tell you will never be successful, you disregard that. some level cup it puts a chip on your shoulder -- at some level, it puts a chip on your shoulder. just because i did not go to an ivy league school or have the best grades, it does not mean you cannot substitute hard work. i have been very fortunate. the other parties you take chances in life -- the other part is you take chances in life. at the great time american prosperity is, but when i was asked to meet now president trump, and took a job that my friends, my colleagues, some of my family probably thought would not go anywhere. but sometimes, you have to take
a chance to be successful. >> did you think you were going to run a campaign for president ever? corey: no. to run aver my goal presidential campaign. for some people, it is their lifelong goal and i had done local and state level, but campaigns are tough. it is tough on the family, and it is cyclical because if you win, you may have a job, but if you lose, you are out of work. now i have a family and it is much more difficult if you're going to go into a campaign thinking, if i lose, what do i do for the next two to four years? it was never, ever my goal to run a presidential campaign. i am so lucky to have a front row seat of history. >> trump invite you up to trump tower, sit you down, hires you
on the spot, what was that like after that? have you had a day off sense? corey: it was so surreal. president trump is so magnanimous. he is so good when you go to meet him. he bring to in close. when i went to trump tower back in january 2015, i did not know what i was going. efrin said would you go with me to your to me donald trump -- a friend said would you go with me to me donald trump? before, my friend says i cannot go, you are on your own. i went there. around and walked into the 26th floor of his office. he was sitting behind his desk in the first thing he said his look at you, you have a good look. i said, ok. i was pretty cool. [laughter] me about a asked
couple of people that he had interviewed for the job, johnny, billie, bobby. areaid, do you think they -- he said do you think you are better than them? i said i do. he said you know new hampshire? i said yes. he said do you want to run my campaign? i said yes. and he said, what do you think the odds of money and winning are? -- he said, what you think the odds of burning and winning are -- he said what do you think the odds of learning and winning are? i said 5%. he shook my hand and said you are hired, go ahead and get out and i will see you on monday. -- and i willday
see you on monday. >> he seems like the type of he doesn't put a plan together. what was it like? it was -- corey: it was five of us. >> who were the five? george, michael glasser who became our deputy, dan did the social media, and me. and then we had -- and then we hired chuck. that was the entire presidential campaign. you could have put them in a minivan. had because that we ,e had one singular focus
making out of the next president, was unbelievable. it was like a small company. there was nobody leaking stories to the media. there were just five of us. the group was very cohesive. what we knew and that period of time is that we were exceptional and successful. we went on to iowa. he lost one electoral vote to ted cruz. we came to new hampshire and won by 20 points. >> what was that night like? corey: it was -- let me tell you something -- when you work for donald trump, winning solves problems. ok? [laughter] there was a lot of pressure after iowa. office onmall greenwich street. story, but it is important to remind people, we left iowa that night and
finished in second place, which was a win. rubio's strategy was when second or third. donald trump strategy -- donald trump's strategy is that he wanted to win in every place. finished second in iowa, came to new hampshire, and he was not in a good mood. i was working infinished secondd he did a couple of events. it was a wednesday and i said, sir, i need to speak with you. are your numbers, sir, and you are starting to fall. if you don't start to outline your vision for america, you are going to be a candidate who lost for the presidency. he turned around and went up to manchester police and did a shift change that day.
an officer that came out of the hospital -- she did a townhall with cnn. -- he did a townhall with cnn. >> the strategy was let trump betroth and go to these rallies -- was let trump be trump. he would let him go to a rally, but there were no preconceived notions. just go do it? corey: sometimes we had a plan and talked about what we wanted to talk about. december 7 of 2015, we talked about -- it was very controversial. we did on the battleship in south carolina. premisewhat the basic of the speech was going to be in the would say, maybe you should talk about these different narratives.
trump -- say let trump i used to say let trump be trump. on him.itle a bridal that is not my job. my job is to tell them we have to be careful on this one and that is what i tried to do. he has had his finger on the pulse of the american people -- if you look at the interviews he did with oprah winfrey back in 1989, exact same messaging then when he ran for president in 2016. he fundamentally understood it understands what is wrong with the country and wants to change it. >> it is hard to do that -- is it hard to do that when all the analysts are saying you have to on this guy, and
you are saying, let him do it. what the american people saw was that they wanted a change. i told this story. we went up to new hampshire monday the summer of 2015 -- of new hampshire one day in the summer of 2015. we landed up in laconia. i had to phone messages from the same number. i listened and it was this police officer and said we have a problem. we were hoping to have 150 people that night at the hall. it was a friday night. no one was there. he was giving up -- as a heads up. -- he was giving us a heads up. said we will come and get you because there were so many
people, they had to close the road. i said, excuse me. there were people standing on the roof of this building. their -- weto pulled in with these black suvs and people started shaking the cars. donald trump gave his speech. as we left, we got into the suvs, and people were outside that could not fit into the building. people started chasing the cars as he left the parking lot. i said, there is something special going on. people would wait in line in my blue-collar town. they waited in line for eight hours in a blizzard to help -- to hear donald trump speak. what the media failed to understand was if you wait in line to see someone for eight hours in a blizzard, you support him. we will call it the mccain
day, the day he said what he said about john mccain. that must've been a big low. did that take you off your game in question whether or not you should be letting trump be trump? corey: that was a tough day. we were in iowa. it was so early in the campaign. was give a speech, press conference and two of events and we would fly back. greet -- does a meat and greet. i said -- he says, pretty good? i said, yes, sir. , and this isdoor where you have to understand donald trump. it took me a long-term -- a long time to understand this. i said, you just said john
mccain was not a war hero. years in a prison camp. i said, we need to apologize. dyingd no, we have people and john mccain is not done enough. he said let's have a press conference. he held a 28 minute, most contentious press conference i have ever seen in my life. we leave the vicinity, get back on the plane, and i call my wife and tell her the campaign is over. i came out and said donald trump is actually right. john mccain had done absolutely nothing. the flu up to new jersey.
there were four of us in the room. of the president, candidate trump, said you need to apologize. the best minds in the political toce that said you need apologize. has he ever apologized in public? is a genuinehe fighter. for his entire life, he was told he could not do things. you cannot build in new york. that is for a different group of people. manhattan is different for us, don't do that. tenacity, and a n ability to move people.
strong in what his beliefs are. he wants everyone to believe the way he does. >> you mentioned earlier that he was at one point in a bad mood. describe is that -- describe what that was like. there are different characteristics when someone is in a bad mood. bill clinton had a terrible temperature apparently in other candidates and presidents have. withpent all of this time someone. and tempers flair. somebodyu get to know when you spend so much time, 18 hours a day. we 1400 hrs on that playing. 60 days straight just being on an airplane. >> nice plane though. [laughter] plane andhad the best the worst food. mcdonald's and chick-fil-a.
somebody and you have to understand what donald trump is angry about something, it is because traditionally the staff has failed to deliver on what his expectations were. he took it very personally. he was not angry after losing her coming in second place in iowa -- he was not angry after losing and coming in second place in iowa. back, you could have done things differently. i took it very personally because i had given so much to be a part of this. but you have to understand, you are working with someone at the highest of the high. it is the biggest thing may have ever done of their life, running for president of the united states of america. everything else is secondary. those days like wisconsin were
tough. days where we lost elections. so tough. >> you are known for driving a tight ship. you would have a it sometimes. you like things on time. is that a persona you take on during those campaigns? you enjoyed the post campaign period. but you have a general patent persona. corey: i would say so. staff, and what what i would always tell our staff, donald trump would give us our very best every day. would work 20who hours a day without blinking and never complained. he would never ask why am i going to mobile, alabama to give a speech?
he said i would go because that is what you would tell me to do. it was amazing. what i did not have a tolerance for is for some staffer to say to me -- i am tired. i don't buy that. i expected that we would meet a deadline. deadlines were there for a reason. we got donald trump on the ballot. not with the team of attorneys, but with a few people. we did more with less because he pushed people the hardest. note, are youe happy with his staff now because there seems to be a lot of leaks and mistakes in the beginning parts of the presidency. and now you are watching some of this on tv. you are in connection with the president, but are you disappointed, or are you -- what are your feelings of the staff right now? corey: there are a couple of
different components. at the end of the presidential campaign where most people have , we had 200 people people in the whole campaign. 200 people. that is a decent size senate race in some people. in the brooklyn office, there were -- people. what you have in the beginning part of the administration is a lot of people who did not work on the campaign that have a desire to come back to work in the federal government, or b, have a different agenda and it is not the president's agenda because they do not know the president. when it comes to national security policy, he assembled one of the best teams possible with general kelly in general mattis and mcmaster. that team of generals are very strong.
it is an obligation for the staff to push back on the president if he is not saying or doing the right things. the people he has around him right now just don't have that type of experience and longevity with him in some instances to do that. i really see the president as a person who understands two different types of staffers, and i mean this in the best possible sense. who are theople president's contemporaries who have achieved massive amount of wealth or success like general mattis in general kelly and steven mnuchin. very wealthy hud, in their own right and at the pinnacles of their career. then you have staff. you have staff that are literally the nuts and bolts of running a day to day operation much less likely, in my opinion, to be able to tell the
president difficult things because they don't have a relationship, or he doesn't see them as contemporaries. it is a tough position and you have to be willing sometimes to have those very tough conversations. i had a lot of conversations with the president. said to donald trump, all you can do is make me go back to new hampshire. >> how dusty fit in? -- how does steve fit in? believes that the government should be smaller, more efficient, leaner, and he is someone who i think truly believes in putting americans first. i know that sounds pejorative if you are from some other country. steve is not an isolationist, but he says it is time to put americans first. >> you mentioned steve bannon. he doesn't speak that much of
the media. tell me about steve bannon. he has been around before you were around, right? corey: stephen the president had a long relationship. steve is someone who is brilliant. most people don't give him the credit he deserves. maybe officer, went to goldman sachs, made it or check, owned a small piece of seinfeld. he has done very well. hollywood and in started breitbart --and built breitbart to what it is today. steve has been advising and counseling mr. trump, candidate trump, president trump for a long time. they share a very similar philosophy. that is why stephen the president have such a bond because that relationship has
been long and developed and they fundamentally agree on most of the issues. >> he gets criticize from being everything from a racist right on through. so does the president. how does that make you feel that this is a person you spent a lot of time with? what is your opinion of that? these are pretty divisive that he has not been a divisive candidate, but how does that make you feel when you know someone that well and this is the political reaction to what they are saying? becauset bothers me they have never done their due diligence to make sure they understand donald trump. it is not that he has not been accessible. the time he launched his campaign to the time it ended, he did 700 interviews with the "new york times." 700 different times he spoke to they "new york times." that is unprecedented.
one day a new york times reporter called me on the airplane. she said there is a question i would like to ask to donald trump. i said i would relay your question. he one of me to give him the phone. she said i have been covering hillary clinton for four years and i am never spoke to her in my life. he is that accessible to the media, so when people make statements about him saying that he does not respect women unto you look at the number of women that are executive in his corporation. he does not like minorities, but he employs many of them. whatever it may be, it is a much easier thing to say these things than to going look at what the history tells us. >> you mentioned "the new york times."
they say coverage may eclipse of any single human being and they are talking about donald trump. now we have this fight with the media. you think that is more something that is used as a vehicle to have an enemy out there that the american public -- that he could with, or is this a real feeling that he is being unfairly targeted by the media, and he is reacting to that? corey: it could be both, but the media has been pejorative at sometimes and very unfair to the president. it is amazing -- >> but haven't they been unfair to most presidents? corey: let me give you an example, a time magazine reporter came in to the oval took a picture and said, the bus of martin luther king has been
removed. he tweeted that right away and never contacted anyone in the white house. decries the president of being a racist because they moved the bus of martin luther king. the truth was that it was there. it would've taken 33 seconds to ask. the first story is the one that gets reported, not a mistake, not the i apologize and that happens time and time again. weeks, the two washington journal and new york times have written falls stories. -- have written false stories. even though they have on the record sources saying it is false, that is not their journalism. >> i agree with that, but the presidents have always had something that they had created as an enemy.
harry truman, congress, reagan, congress, most all of them, congress. [laughter] he seems to take a special liking to the media and have a hard time defending them. s this a new tactic? corey corey: what people don't understand is that the media only cares about themselves. they do not want to talk about the things he has accomplished in the campaign promises he laid out and are for filling. ishe laid out and fulfilling. the media resource center did a survey after the election -- 97% of the respondents said we did not allow the media's biased impact our votes. that is amazing because it was
that the worldgo got their news from three people. abc, cbs, nbc. the same three anchors delivered the news. the difference now is everyone is so quick to make the news for cliques or subscriptions or whatever it may be. that is what drives them, not good journalism. >> you mentioned polling. the thing that fascinates most of us in the business of politics is how the polling was off. most of us would've predicted that hillary clinton was going to win this by a landslide. most people come in putting our own team believed that. your campaign, the trump campaign had a very small victory party in a very small location in new york versus hers. tell me, were the polls that the campaign had, were they doing internals? for those internals on the mark?
what was the sense because it seems like everybody, including the trump campaign, were surprised? corey: we looked at a couple of different factors coming into the race. the absentee ballot in early voting was a primary indicator in the state of florida was the most emotionless for us because it has a huge hispanic population. we did not know if they were going to completely break. florida, the voters were exceptionally high. north carolina, our number said we were going in on election day about 125 votes down. mitt romney carried north carolina four years ago. pretty good in north carolina. our number started to change in pennsylvania. we knew we would win ohio and
iowa. wisconsin, pennsylvania, michigan -- they were very concerned about the reason being , they took them for granted. it was not until the last 10 days, the last seven days, and really, the last weekend. i went to the last rally -- i wanted the last rally of the presidential campaign to be at the verizon wireless center or whatever it is called now because they had been good to us. onhad a rally in a snowstorm the last day of the rally. it was going to be an 8:00 rally. this president was not going to stop working. it was going to be like a midnight rally. he came here and we had a big show any massive blowout and
then he got on a plane and went to michigan. he went to michigan and it was known together last-minute. he landed back at laguardia at 3:00 in the morning. it made a difference because we knew that if we could just make , they said the people had not been engaged in the campaign process because they had been lied to for 30 years. with women, donald trump won with women. that is amazing when hillary clinton was the first female told the nominee for a major party. donald trump won with evangelicals. donald trump won across the board. that is what was happening across the board. cnn, they were laughing at
us across the board. do you know how i knew we won? because i saw the numbers. i said this guys going to be the president of the united states. 3:00 -- it, 2:00, was a foregone conclusion, we won. speaking of new hampshire, you know the subject of voter fraud comes up and he ended up like a often. there was a union leader story about how many people showed up. there were 6000 people in new hampshire that showed up without any form of id. what you think about all of that? you said you don't aim there is widespread voter fraud in new hampshire, but elaborate on what you think about the voter fraud in new hampshire if there is any? concern about my new hampshire. the way the law is written, it is not vote or fraud, but if i feel like today even though i
live in massachusetts, i will go to new hampshire and campaign for a candidate and spend three or four days there. then i feel like a new hampshire resident. i feel good. i'm able to new hampshire. it is perfectly legal. that is a problem with the system. . if you are not a resident here and paying taxes, this is how close these elections are. lost new hampshire by 2800 votes on a statewide election. you are talking minimal numbers. it was not that long ago -- it is perfectly legal. joe biden, his daughter was campaigning living on the sea coast and decided to register as a new hampshire resident and vote in the new hampshire primaries. she was here for four weeks. that does not make you a new hampshire resident. is that voter fraud? no, but you cannot do that.
maybe you need to register 30 or 60 days before. these are siebel -- these are simple things. these four electoral votes decided the outcome of a presidential election like with george bush. >> you are a new hampshire guy. you have been all over the country with trump seeing al qaeda political things. what is the difference -- you have been all over the country with trump seeing all kinds of political things. what is the difference? amazing opportunity. the food -- the sophistication of new hampshire is second to -- the sophistication of the people of new hampshire is second to none.
i am privileged that people stay yearsed for 20, 40, 50 and had multiple candidates in their homes. placempshire is a special because people take it so seriously here and they need to. it is an obligation that nobody else has. note, you are a new hampshire guy. you are very eloquent. have a masters degree in politics, right? i think a lot of people in politics who are on -- who are at the back of the room was they were in the front of the room. would you consider running for office in new hampshire? corey: not for me.
i am a staff guy and i mean in the best possible sense. i have had my fair share of the spotlight. i've been a multiple tv shows and have had the privilege to do different shows. i did a couple this week. that is a great privilege. but do you know what i know? i know i can be more effective by helping somebody else to be the best they can be. >> we are going to take some questions from the audience. you can use these two microphones. if you want to ask a question, you can line up. make the question quick if you can. before we get into that, let me ask you one thing -- tomorrow night, he is in congress. he is speaking to a joint session. what do you expect? corey: the theme of the speech tomorrow night is the renewal of
the american spirit, and the president will talk about broad beans. broad themes. he will talk about what he has done for the first 30 days. number two, helping coal miners get back to work. he will talk about the economic security and education security meaning let's make sure our people have great educational ruralunities in the areas. the third big theme he will talk vets, making sure they have money in the v.a. theeasing spending on military to make sure they have the best tools available and
something that this campaign has really been focused around which is border security. having a wall built on the southern border and what the implementation looks like so we do not control our borders, we do not have a country. i think the speech is going to be both a reminder of what he talked about of a campaign, but very forward-looking. about -- he will talk about obamacare. >> how long do you think it will take before that is repealed or replaced? corey: he said he would submit his plan by the second week of march and he is working secretary price to do that and leaders in congress. and wholesale so tax reform, the first one since 1986 when reagan put forward a new tack structure. that is something very difficult to do. there has always been a sacred -- tax structure that you cannot
touch this quartet that. the countrygrow greater than 1% to be successful, and you have to have a business environment where businesses want to hire and put money in people's pockets. >> we have a question. right here. >> hi. i would like to thank you for speaking with us tonight. my question for you is based on this unique campaign, do you have advice for young people who would like to be more involved in campaigns? corey: great question. let me say this. when i have finished graduate school, i wrote to every member of congress who received less a 55% of the vote in our last campaign, and said, i want to run your campaign. i wrote to every single one of them. somehow this city congressman said, come and meet me, and i did, and i met him a couple of
times, and i said -- and he said i needed to move to ohio. own andeverything you run my election. you have to take a chance sometimes. i worked as hard as i could help this guy get reelected and he ended up with 65% of the vote and he made me his chief of staff. you have do stuff other people are not willing to do. ,f you ask any entrepreneur anyone who has been successful -- you got to do things that no one else will. if that means packing up your car, you have to do it. you have to get lucky a little bit, but somehow you make your own luck by hard work. you.r students rave about they cannot stop talking about all the stories you tell and how much impact you have, so we thank you for that. another question over here. >> hi.
i'm a student journalist. sometimes it is this heartening to see the president and the media have a negative relationship. what can be done on both sides of that demand the relationship? very good question. the president is very magnanimous and private. he has a good relationship with a number of the members of the media honestly. the reason he gets frustrated is he knows these people and he does not think they treat him fairly. what you will see is continued outreach by the president and his team to develop those relationships so that they can have a better understanding of what that looks like. and a 77he president minute long press conference and someone says, here is a beauty. they know what is a kill shot. this never happened in the obama administration. president obama never stood up
and took a 77 minutes conference. he wants to be treated fairly. the way to do that is to bring some people and that cover him on a regular basis and having a better understanding of what both sides expect. that you are agree not always going to agree on what the story is, but you have an understanding that you will report the facts and not inject your own opinions, the president will become the bullet that. >> that was a different tactic than what sean spicer took. [laughter] very well andsean he is a good friend of mine. what he did by bringing people into the off the record gaggle, he said -- it is a pool of reporters randomly assigned. one is a print reporter and the other is a cute reporter. what their job is if there is an issue that the full press cannot cover, they are supposed to provide a transcript. he had those and others.
i dealt with pools the entire campaign. if the cnn reporter happened to be the pool camera on that day, they would have been in the room. it just so happened that the individual who was the pool camera, i think it was nbc, who has been less than great to the president, was in the room because that is how the pool is set up. the press wants to talk about it is a president that the president excluded --the press wants to talk about that it is unprecedented that the president excluded some members of the press. the press wants to talk about themselves and how they are -- and how they had been so long. >> next question. >> thank you very much both of you. -- the promises
that candidate scott made during the campaign, do you think he is going to fulfill those? what you think you will prioritize as president? corey: if you look at what the president has tried to accomplish in the first 38 days of his administration through the executive order actions which he has implemented, he is a filling the promises of his campaign. this week, the department of homeland security submitted their first designs for the border wall. cuts, look at tax repealing and replacing obamacare, building a wall on the southern border -- these have been the general themes of the campaign. withdrawing from the tpp, laboring china a currency manipulator and doing bilateral deals as opposed to multilateral nafta, he has at talked about those things. creating an environment inside
the business community that is healthy. you can look at the stock market. the stock market is through the roof because for the first time in eight years, you have a federal government that is no longer reactionary and/or aggressive towards companies, but helping companies grow. it is a very different mindset with the people he has brought in. >> some of the things that have happened is that he will say something and then the cabinet members will reverse that. he had a speaker the other night ence will be the first prime minister of the united states. how do you feel about the vice president going out having to walk us back? i had the privilege of
list and running it by donald trump and say, these would be great candidates for your vice president. mike pence is a good, honorable man, sometimes too good to be in washington. i told him that you should not be in the swamp. you are such a good man. he and the president have a strong relationship. mike has been a steadfast supporter of the president and so good that if the vice president were to go and help smooth things over on capitol hill where he has good relationships with other governors because that is where the vice president is from. the president is open to that an open to the vice president being the lead on issues that the vice president wants to be engaged on, including obamacare repeal. including tax reform. including the narratives on
capitol hill where mike has strong relationships with members in both the house and senate. does not havent those same relationships because he does not have the history. these individuals work hand and glove together. >> they are working close together? could it be that the president said something that he needed to walk back and instead as you mentioned early, the apology, the apology never comes, but pence will come and smooth it out? corey: vice president pence is good at interpreting the president and renouncing that. >> by the way, i think vice president cheney would say that is a great job. corey: i do not take myself. so that is pretty good. what challenges do you perceive for president trump and the unification of the republican party? corey: the good news is that he
is the head of the republican party. in challenge that many face states where you have republicans holding office that came to their respective offices before the president was elected, they are not sure if they should embrace the president, or run from him, or try to walk a fine line. john kasich is a good example. bruce rounder is a good example in illinois. they are not sure what to do because they are not sure if they step away from the president, what happens to that whole group of individuals who supported the president and his campaign? it is every difficult if you are a sitting elected official to now criticize the incumbent president of your own party. where i think you have an opportunity coming up in 2018, is for 10 states that their
incumbent u.s. senators were sitting there and stay said donald trump won for president. that his republicans running in those places a great opportunity to tie to the trump agenda going forward. but in states like ohio, where more than aen public discourse between the president and government kasich who was in the white house this week, it ise last unfortunate, but you have to work together because at some point, the governors are going to need help from the federal government, and you want to have the best relationship possible for your constituents. >> in 2020, do you think he will be on the ballot? run.: he is going to he would win. look, i don't want to be hyper partisan, but the left wing of the democratic party has gone so
far to the left with the bernie sanders wing that is a most impossible for them to win middle america. in california, washington state, oregon, , but theetts, vermont problem is when you look at those middle states, it is very hard for them to win because they do not have a message of economic freedom. they do not have a message of putting people back to work. they have taken people for granted. if they continue to take the african-american committee for granted -- if they continue to take the app can american committee for granted -- i just saw this. he is going to make inroads in places where traditional republicans haven't and cannot. a consensus builder. >> another question. >> going -- during the primaries
, we heard the establishment republicans finding each other. there was a question of republicans would embrace trump as he was an untraditional candidate. how did your team deal with that when it came to dealing with the primaries and uniting republicans? yeah, we did not care. that was the greatest part. we were complete outsiders. -- we did noteed belong to the same country clubs they did. the only time we went to washington d.c. in the primary was to check on his hotel building. eg them forb endorsements. congressman chris collins from new york made an endorsement. he said i am interested in endorsing donald trump. we said, thanks.
we're not going to run a party establishment. if endorsements mattered, jeb bush would be the president of the united states today. it does not work that way. your endorsement counts for one vote. the american people are smart. i say that all the time. they don't want anyone beholden to washington. we did not go out and embrace the establishment. we said we will be the outsiders. dr. carson -- we were the outsiders. if you look at the two people from the time we got into the race who were leaders in this race, only two of us -- donald ,rump ran almost wire to wire dr. carson passed and then
donald trump stood up and gave his famous belt buckle speech. that was it. in. city. -- in dodge city. washington has been fundamentally broken for so long long.- broken for so we are $20 trillion in debt. put that in perspective. if you have $20,000 on your credit card to make $4000 a year and you have to pay for everything else you make on $4000 a year, how will you pay off $20,000 on your credit card. that is what we have done. we the american people said have tried the establishment, we have tried every body else, and it has never worked. let's try something different. that is what we did in the primary. and donald trump won in new
hampshire, south carolina, and then won 38 times. deliver. has to sometimes your changes different than someone else's change. if you does not deliver 100%, are some of those voters going to drop off? corey: i have said this in steve bannon has said this the other day --you need to hold the administration accountable. i mean that in the best sense of the word and in the worst sense of the word. if these elected officials make promises and do not hold them, vote them out of office. one -- i have no had the privilege of traveling around the country since the election. there was nobody there before i was.
everyone bought the winning lottery ticket the day after the called the number. that is ok. at the end of the day, you have to hold officials accountable. if you do not deliver on the things you promised, you will be held accountable. that is our obligation. >> next question over here. >> thank you. thank you for coming tonight. recently, the ninth circuit board struck down the travel ban. what will the trump administration do if they are to release a new travel ban to make sure that the federal courts do not file a tro against the order? >> the short answer is what you have, i am not here to make disparaging comments about the ninth circuit, although i should. they are a kangaroo court.
they are justices who want to legislate from the bench and if you want to see a legislator is a federal judge you can do with the governor of nevada did. he ran for office and became a governor. you are entitled to do that. difference is it is a question of constitutionality. as a federal judge you have to determine is what is being said or done constitutional within the law? it doesn't matter if i agree or disagree. is it constitutional? the ninth circuit said the president does not have the constitutional authority to limit people's visas coming in from countries that are potential terrorists. 100 percent factually inaccurate. there is no question about it. it was implemented in numerous occasions during world war ii when we didn't issue visas for people from japan because we happen to be at war. there is no action.
what you will see in the coming weeks is a new executive order coming out of the administration, most likely tail end of this week which further limits what the president will do to preclude people from coming here who want to cause us harm. job in my biggest opinion of the president of the united states is only one. his only one. keep our citizens safe from all enemies. if we cannot be safe than he has not done his job. >> could the role that have been better? >> it should have been better. the difficult part was jeff sessions was stuck in a senate confirmation hearing. there is no solicitor general in place. the information which was distributed to the respective
agencies, the department of homeland security and the department of state did not seem to be adequate at the time. there didn't seem to be enough communication between the administration and the people on capitol hill who are either in oversight or had some jurisdiction over what was taking place. the rollout could've been better but it doesn't mean it wasn't constitutional. thatis very important is there are three separate branches of the federal government for a reason. you don't just get to be the to say, "ihe jury don't like what the president has said and i'm going to stop him because i am a federal judge." the judge said this is legal so they had two competing judges and now we have a supreme court who has not taken up this case because gorsuch is waiting for confirmation. what you will see this week is a new executive order on this and
the question of constitutionality. i believe even in a more limited scope the executive order will be challenged by the exact court and the ninth circuit will take this up again. the question is does the president have the constitutional authority to do this? the answer is yes. >> does that move gorsuch up? >> there is nothing more important than the safety of our country. long ago, that unfortunately where we had a woman coming to this country under a k-1 visa and the k-1 visa means that she came and legally. theirate department, in wisdom, because the rules and regulations of this country did not do their digital gins -- do their due diligence to check the social media activity. then in san bernardino she killed a number of americans. ,f that means extreme vetting
it is a high privilege to come to the united states of the america and become a citizen. we are the greatest country in the world. >> with a time for one more right here. >> thank you for coming. as a young politics major and i am sure you have answered this question a million times, but if you could give one piece of advice to the young politics major who wants to get involved, what would that be? an internship. start right now. start meeting friends of elected officials. go to the statehouse. who was a guy statement presented of, a democrat state representative said, i will work for free because i've got nothing to do. i am in college. i took the train every day back and forth and fell asleep on the train have put back to boston. he was a first-term state representative and went on to become a state senator.
, heconservative democrat was not a state senator anymore. what that relationship did, i look back now 25 years ago and he helped me on the right path. -- i tookre involved a lot of arrows in this campaign from a lot of people who used to be my friends. they asked, what was he like when he interned for you in college? you get a reference for a guy who has no agenda other than to tell people what it is really like. to thedo that, you go up statehouse and work for free, you find the state house and senate candidate or big mayor candidate and you put your time in and today, you are the guy who is answering phones and making signs and tomorrow in the next campaign you're the guy running a local race and after
that you run a congressional race and by 25 years old, you are achieving with the congressman. internally, i have no tangible skills but politics so this is all i can do. you are going to know if you love it. it, you should go in. >> i want to thank you for coming tonight. this has been a real treat. >> [applause] >> cori kicked off the first of our new hampshire live podcast series. ,here are many more speakers but again, thank you very much. a man from new hampshire, corey lewandowski. >> thank you. >> [applause] >> that was great.
>> thanks for coming. >> thank you, very much. i appreciate it. >> live this morning in about 20 minutes, members of the trump administration will announce changes to the president's previous executive order on immigration. visas and related to travel. homeland security secretary john kelly, secretary of state rex tillerson and attorney general jeff sessions will be making the announcement live at 11:30 eastern time. later today, a discussion about transportation infrastructure. from the cato institute in washington, d.c. we will take you the l