tv President Trump Criticizes States for Not Turning Over Voter Data CSPAN July 22, 2017 9:10pm-9:22pm EDT
emphasize here is that, over the course of his presidency, there were scores and scores of people in illinois who had known him years earlier, who were deeply disappointed with the two deck three of the obama -- with the trajectory of the obama's legacy. forgotinted that barack many of the people, most of the people who were essential to his political rise. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span q&a. >> this week, vice president pence share the first meeting of the presidential advisory which was established by executive order and tasked with studying federal election procedures and voting systems for potential vulnerabilities. vice president pence and president trump both spoke ahead of the meeting. the remarks are 10 minutes.
>> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states. >> good morning, please be seated. come -- welcome to the white house. welcome to the commission on election integrity. president trump sign an executive order to create a to promoteto help fair and honest federal elections. the foundation of our democracy. election integrity matters to every american. president calvin coolidge reminded us that the whole system of american government rests on the ballot box. president reagan declared that the right to vote is the crown jewel of american liberties.
establishing this commission, president trump has taken action to ensure the ballot box remains, and that the crown jewel shines brighter than ever before. at the president's direction i will have the honor to serve as chairman of this commission, it is a privilege to convene this first meeting. president trump knows it transcends party lines and i am grateful this commission has brought together a group of fromtisan election experts the federal, state and local levels. together this group will perform a truly nonpartisan service to the american people. to recognize our vice chairman, who you will hear more from after the president's remarks. a man whose long service has established him as a leader of integrity. as a point of personal privilege would like to express my thanks to indiana secretary of eight.
who joins us is a part of the panel. president trump knows the principle of one person one vote is foundational to the american system of democracy. it has been charged to study the voting process and it will identify the laws, rules, activities, strategies and practices that will enhance the american people's confidence in the integrity of our electoral system. explore the vulnerabilities in our system that could lead to improper voter registration and in proper voting. this commission, let me be clear. this commission has no preconceived notions or pre-ordained results. we are factfinders. in the days ahead we will cow to the facts and data. at the conclusion we will present the president with a report of our findings. i am confident this commission will have a healthy and robust debate. the president and i expect nothing less because respectful
debate is a hallmark of our democracy. i know we will find many areas of common ground. the commission has already requesting work, publicly available data. we are grateful for the more than 30 states that have indicated their intention to provide the information. the first of several meetings the commission will hold. today we will hear from each of the commission's members. unique you brings a perspective based on your experience and research. we welcome your participation and insight. i would like to note our commission includes five current .nd former secretary of state we look forward to working with each one of you. to foster collaborative and respective relationships. finally, as the commission on election community -- committee begins, i would like to invite the american people to have public comment on our work and
the challenges and opportunities that face our electoral system. we want to hear the voice of the american voter, because that is really what this is all about. it is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president, a person who can so deeply about the integrity of america's elections and the right of every american to see the sanctity of the vote tech did. this president -- sanctity of their vote protected. this president knows the confidence of the people. this bipartisan commission will make the history of the world stronger. honestatitude affair and elections, it is my honor and privilege to introduce the 45th president of the united states president of america, president donald trump or it -- trump.
president trump: i am honored to welcome you here today as the bipartisan presidential advisory commission on election integrity preparing to conduct its first official meeting. very, very important. sacredasked with the duty of upholding the integrity of the ballot box, and the principle of one citizen, one vote. every time voter fraud occurs it cancels out the citizen and undermines democracy. illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by noncitizens or the deceased, and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped. that more than 30
states have already agreed to share the information with the commission and the other states that information will be forthcoming. any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they are worried about. i asked the vice president and the commission what are they worried about. there's something, there always is. this issue is very important to me because the route campaign, and even after, people would come up to me and expressed their concerns about voter inconsistencies and irregularities, which they saw. in some cases having to do it many people in many states. i'll public officials have a profound responsibility to protect the integrity of the vote. , they wanto choice to make america great again, we
have to protect the integrity of the vote and our voters. not a democrat or republican issue, it is an american issue. is about the concern of so many americans that in proper voting has taken place in canceled out the votes of lawful citizens. that is why president theodore roosevelt once said, it is he up there of every honest voter, were ever born to see that no fraudulent voting is allowed, anywhere. i want to think vice president pence for chairing the commission. i also want to think kansas secretary of state for serving as vice chair. it will be a lot of work, we will work for you hard over a short amount of time. i want to think you both very much. consisting ofanel
republican and democratic leaders and experts on voter integrity. i would like to vote each asked bank each of our members. in addition to the chair and vice chair, this distinguished vice partisan panel includes indiana secretary of state, new hampshire secretary of state. sects -- main secretary of .tate election assistance commission or -- commissioner christie mccormick, former arkansas state representative david dunn, thank you, david, wood county, west virginia clerk mark rhodes, heritage foundation senior legal fellow and manager of the election law reform initiative, a real expert, hans von
perkowski. president and general counsel of the public interest legal foundation, jay christian adams, and jefferson county alabama probate judge alan king. thank you very much. each of you has been entrusted with a great responsibility of helping to advance the cause of fair, honest and lawful elections. your work will help protect our democracy. this will be a very transparent process. it will be very open for everybody to see. you will approach this important task with a very open mind and with no conclusions already drawn. you will fairly and objectively follow the facts wherever they may lead. i look forward to the findings and recommendations your report will produce.
and i share your report as soon as i can and as soon as possible with the american people, so the full truth will be known and exposed if necessary in the light of day. we call on every state to give us full support and total cooperation in this effort. most of them have really done brilliantly and we appreciate it. and the rest, all of that information will be forthcoming. thank you very much, mr. vice president. and chris, thank you. panel, thank you very much. we appreciate it. do a great job. >> [applause] >> thank you very much, mr. president. now we hear from kansas secretary of state who serves as vice chair of the commission. group's mission before giving members a chanc