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campaign rally in tennessee in of congress woman marsha blackburn running for the u.s. senate seat vacated by republican bob corker. if the senate has gaveled out, we will bring the presidential rally live at 7:20 on c-span2 8:00 eastern on c-span, pennsylvania governors debate between incumbent democrat tom wolf and republican challenger scott weidner, in hershey at 8:15 eastern. we will take you to new , thehire to manchester site of many campaign events at the site -- over the years with flake whonator jeff flake is expected to talk about his time in the house and senate and the brett kavanaugh supreme court nomination. after his comments, we hope to bring you a news conference with senator flake, speaking with reporters and we will stand by for the event to get underway shortly. live here on c-span. >> if you could really do that,
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that would be great. there are a lot of people in the audience and if need be, there is an exit here and here. if something like on fire, like a c-span light or a television thing from our friends in the back, those are the exits. place in mys is the nine years of being there, we have had many interesting speakers on a vast array of topics and we have never had a disruption of a speaker. the speaker is here to talk with us. this is an educational speech. it is about them and us listening. i am hoping tonight goes as well as it has in the last nine years. in a few moments, one of our students will be coming up. hold on tight a few more minutes. thank you. [applause] students will be coming up.
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>> we will hear from jeff flake, expected here -- to hear about the brett kavanaugh supreme court nomination process and the senator will hold in a full news conference. -- informal news conference. thank you. [applause] >> good evening. my name is anthony and i am a student ambassador. on behalf of the faculty, staff, and students at cns from college, i would like to welcome
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you and thank you for joining us for the event with united states senator jeff flake. the mission of the institute is to educate, engage, empower citizens of all ages to actively participate in the civic and political life of their communities and to strengthen democracy. nonpartisan and does not endorse political issues or candidates. ladies and gentlemen, i ask you to welcome dr. stephen disalvo, the president of the college. >> thank you, anthony. good evening and welcome to the new hampshire institute of politics. it is great to have everybody here again. as many of you know, new hampshire has a long tradition of political and civic engagement. we are always very happy to take part in this process. it is my pleasure tonight to
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welcome the united states senator jeff flake from arizona. senator flake was first elected to the senate in 2013 and previously served six terms in the house of representatives. as a member of the united states senate, he sits on the energy and natural resources committee, before and relations committee, and the judiciary committee. >> he worked to promote a usservative philosophy of government, more freedom and individual responsibility. senator flake is a joke graduate universityyoung where he earned his bachelor and masters. he and his wife live in mission, arizona and have five children. they're very glad that the senator can be here tonight
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given how busy his last two days, few hours and a few minutes have been. pleaseand gentlemen, join me in welcoming jeff flake. [applause] thank you. thank you all. thank you for having me here. thank you to all of you for being here. it is great to be in new hampshire again. i have always heard that it is a , populated by common reasonable people. i'm counting on this today. you have no idea.
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regret that there is a must to talk about right now. seriously, to be clear, when i titled this speech, i meant it metaphorically. i do not count on an actual deluge. a teachable moment, be careful what you title things. it makes them happen. use your words responsibly. when i first started thinking about this speech and how to frame it, i thought about calling it what happened to mount reagan's party.
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as theion of america indispensable nation was benevolent and bighearted. a beacon to this driver andy breast -- striver and the oppressed. world into the free and the oppressed. morning in reagan's america. it wasn't perfect but always getting better. it wasn't endless bounty. but by grace and great, there was enough for everybody. we were the some of our goodness, not our gripes. our result, not a resentment. we knew where the buck stopped.
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now you can find that for buck. -- poor buck. it is out there searching for anybody to claim responsibility. president reagan, ♪ even during his most partisan battles, ♪ ♪ imported himself with dignity -- afforded his opponents even during his most partisan battles, he accorded himself with dignity and afforded his punish -- opponents. let's return. we have to be honest about this. we have to resist the chief impulse to find stalking horses for the damage we are inflicting. what is it that the kids say? when you point a finger, you have three pointing back at you.
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even the wisdom of the playground is somehow lost on washington these days. governing is hard. democracy is hard. decency should not be that hard. it apparently is. do you know what is easy? being callous, being a demagogue, the politics of vengeance. that is easy. dehumanization requires little talent. by raging at each other with our minds vacant. reeling with ill will and conspiracy theories, we republicans have given into the impulse thatal mistakes are opponents for our enemies. we become seized with the conviction that we must destroy the enemy. seemingly oblivious to the fact that not only are we not enemies, we are each vital organs in the same body.
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our brains decide to destroy our hearts. that is the level of care that we are bringing to the proceedings. that is how smart we seem to be right now. withoutarming ourselves regard to who else we might take down with us. or what institutions we ponder. there is a sickness in our system. we have infected the whole country with it. that was just last week. the week, on the day before senate judiciary committee was meant to meet and hear the testimony of brett kavanaugh and dr. ford. i gave a speech exhorting my colleagues to listen to the testimony with open minds that we were about to hear. strip dr. impulse to ford and judge kavanaugh of
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their humanity and turn them into props for our politics. it is a symptom of our disease that such a modestly -- modest plea was met with anger from both sides. it was like to think i tell into the pool of promise. a pooling a toe into of pirahnas. the left was enraged because i had failed to behave exactly as they wanted. they wanted me to have prejudiced against kavanaugh. the right was enraged because i failed to have prejudiced against christine ford. i failed my tribe. i had been doing that for some time. by the ways we measure political success, by the convention of how party loyalists are supposed to behave, i hope to continue to
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fail my tribe. [applause] i would encourage us all to take the same risk across the particle spectrum. step out of your tribe. do something hard and start a dialogue that you may have never started before. do something that our current tribal rules don't allow. from personal experience, i can attest that it is never too late to leave the tribe. from self-styled tough guy politicians, bipartisanship has become a mushy word. it isn't satisfying to people who have to have their way the way that two euros -- two-year-olds must have their way. no offense to two-year-olds.
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they don't have elected office. we have been at our best as a -- wey when we have been have been our most prosperous and most principled, we did the hard work that our constitutional system was designed to do. have compromised. throughout our history, controversial moments have gone in search of statesmen and states women. to our good fortune, these moments have almost always found them. no country itself was a compromise and our system of representative democracy would not exist but for one of the most grand compromises of all-time. but we are not always at our best. anyone who studies history knows that ours is a country that has come apart at the seams once due to tribalism. our country was once almost dissolved over differences.
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days ine some we areton where it feels searching toward this again. the united states has become the most successful and principled and generous civilization ever known. america became unique in the history of nations not in spite of our differences but because of them. the accommodation of differences is what democracy is and does. we divide ourselves into shirts and skins and relish the perverse satisfactions of destructive, partisan tribalism, and we don't do as well. tribalism is ruining us and tearing our country apart. it is no way for sane adults to
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act. most importantly, ultimately, the only tribe to which any of us owes allegiance is the american tribe. [applause] the only way we will chart a course out of our present disaster is by resolutely failing to try to have fallen into. the tribes that have separated us as americans and turned us against each other. by rejecting the binary model of democracy and doing things differently than we have done them in the past. opponentsing with our , appreciating the goodness in them. pathoosing a different than the path of bitter partisan advantage and the dopamine rush of scoring cheap political points. when i last had the privilege of speaking here, i friend my talk
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around the refrain. this."ll get through i went on to describe the future beyond this moment and this presidency. a future in which we repair the damage of this. period. and one where re-strengthen the foundation of our politics so that we will never come to the base and tribal impulses again. before we get there, we have to navigate out of here. in order to see the future, we have to understand the past and see how it let us here. our current crisis has many fathers. my generation has done its fair share to refine this brand of poisonous politics. in my time in congress i have seen this deterioration of close. -- up close. this is a few days after getting difference was shot and gravely
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wounded as she greeted tucsonuents outside of a supermarket. her -- and nbc for empty seat for her in that address. we sat in solidarity rather than divide along party lines as the rest of the chamber does during that speech. gabby, whoter, when was working hard to rehabilitate , returned to congress, i sat next to her. during president obama's applause lines, gabby was unable to stand up but was unable to. i helped her up. that left me standing, the lone republican in a sea of cheering democrats.
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[applause] during and after the president's address, i received furious text messages from partisans who wanted to know why i agreed with president obama. while i like and respect much, it obama very disagreed with a lot of that speech. but gabby was my friend. it was my honor to help her that night. it was a gesture of affection for a cherished and brave colleague. i had not given it much more thought. that inot occur to me should worry about what other republicans might think. to worrytoo short short tolife is too worry about things like that. we were fellow americans and fellow human beings. all that some people could see was that i was somehow consorting with the enemy.
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much of the same happened in 2016 on that day when my democratic colleagues from was added to kaine the democratic ticket as a vice presidential nominee. we entered the senate together. we disagree on many things but i know him to be an exceptionally smart, hard-working and patriotic senator. by way of congratulating tim on being named to the democratic a playful jab.ed now trying to count the ways i hate tim kaine, drawing a blank. congrats. fury ins unremarkable the ideologues. i received a scolding from a diehard republican. he thought i was aiding and abetting the enemy.
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he fully reversed the advice, his mother always give it to him, such is the conditioned response of shattered politics. six years after gabby giffords in ahot, i found myself familiar setting, a hospital waiting room. listening as doctors described the critical condition of another colleague, congressman steve scalise. he was fighting for his life after receiving a large caliber gunshot wound to the hit. -- hip. for other victims were being treated on other floors at other hospitals. ofwas early in the morning june of 2017. this one had closer to home. -- hit closer to home.
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this was a congressional baseball game when a crazed gunman opened fire. arriving back at the capital that morning, i navigated my way across the marble floor of the russell building to the senate gym in my steel baseball cleats. my gear was still in the dugout. uniform, the of my red stains out of my pants leg and my bloodsoaked adding love usedtting glove which was to apply pressure to injuries. it reminded me of how fortunate i was. to discover that the motive had been political was shocking. the government looked out on the ballfield and saw something other than a couple of middle-aged men playing baseball. he saw the enemy. it seems elementary to have to form the start.
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much less speak these words. i am a proud lifelong republican. that doesn't make democrats my enemies. america has too many real enemies to indulge such nonsense. we'll serve our constituents when our tribal impulses take over and we cease to have a human response to each other. best, weave governed saw comedy and consensus. we fought the grisly for our positions and our principles but with the understanding that politics that endure are always with the imprint from both sides. that is when america is at her best. if it sounds like i am calling for new politics, it is because i am. we simply can't go on this way.
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there is a guy down in texas. he is very liberal, back from a generation when texas had not banned democrats. his name was jim hightower. -- thea stock saying only thing in the middle of the road is yellow stripes and that armadillo's. he was a funny guy. , i want toe respect make it clear that what i am talking about here is not the abandonment of conviction and deference to some kind of soft middle-of-the-road-ism. i am not talking about surrendering beliefs were putting a finger to the wind to find out what your deeply held convictions are today or what they might be tomorrow. i am a conservative republican and that is borne out by any objective measure for grading system that exists. coons fromhris
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delaware is a liberal democrat. to say that he is my friend, i don't mean it in a surly way. that is the way that people in washington mean it whilst guessing each other's eyes out. gouging each other's eyes out. we created the constitutional framework -- itwe are doing it right makes me have to consider what is best for the people of delaware just as it makes chris responsive to what is best for the people of arizona. --is when we tried to enter try to avoid compromise and take partisan advantage and take advantage because we have numbers. especially when we are terribly
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divided, that is when we do damage to the country. i don't want to get into it here. chris and ise that struck on friday is one that i take seriously. fairness because requires us to do it. we did it because in that moment, our impulse to tribalism was tearing the country apart. in order for the results we come to to make sense for the country, we all have to have a process that we can have faith in. i am waiting for the additional information that would come from the supplemental fbi investigation, to inform my decision on judge kavanaugh's nomination. i have been speaking about the condition of our democracy because my conscience has required me to do it.
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our institutions have been under assault. the independence of our justice system has been threatened. the separation of powers has been tested like seldom before. the stability of the world has been an open question as the administration upends the road order that we created. it has kept us safe for more than 70 years. i did not go to washington expecting to have to defend basic institutions of american liberty. i didn't exactly find myself in vain against the president of the united states. especially the president of my own party. i went to washington to reduce the size and scope of government. washington's sometimes suffocating effect on the american economy. to reduce taxes and regulation and unleash the full potential of great societal american
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capitalism. went to americans markets. ,o see that we had a robust secure and welcoming policy. we will make friends and compromise when necessary for the common good. problems can be solved by one party. not by just one tribe. that and of thinking is a recipe for our current disaster. it has unleashed all of our worst impulses. until we solve the problem of our politics and stop warring with each other, the issues i went to washington to work on will be impossible to address.
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we have to make it so that indulgence and tribalism will be punished at the ballot box. change our political culture. price,l pay a political we have reward compromise again because compromise is the rock upon which we were founded. if you want to make america great as an elected official, be humbled, conduct yourself in good faith. compromise to, find solutions. if the past week has taught me thising, it is that country is hungry for us to work together again on their behalf. just a few hours ago, i was interviewed in boston in front of a crowd of a few thousand people. the moderator joked that sometimes it looks like i am a
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man without a country. the truth is i sometimes feel like a man temporarily without a party. but i have a country. the same wonderful country i have always had. it is that same country that makes me think whenever i travel overseas and come back again of the poem by the 19th century poet henry vandyke. i will close with this. to see the is fine old world and travel up and down. among the shining palaces and cities of renown. castlese the crumbling and statues of the kings. now i think i've had enough of antiquated things. it is home again, home again, america for me.
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i want the ship that is westward bound. andair is full of sunlight the flag is full of stars. may we always remember that in this blessed land, there is room enough of us, regardless of your political party. room enough for all of us, regardless of your political party. thank you for having us here. i am thankful for your invitation. [applause]
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>> thank you all for coming, have a great evening, safeway home. -- be safe on the way home. [indiscernible]
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[indiscernible] >> what about the emails? sen. flake: [indiscernible] those of us who sat through the hours of testimony -- really [indiscernible] >> is there a labor more
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independent voices? -- lane for more independent voices? party and: this is my it is hard to see the direction of it. we have to play to a bigger audience and not rely on a base that seems to be shrinking. that is my concern about the party. i am conservative, i always have been. i will remain so. i am not sure there is a home in another party. that senatorhink mccain would have done? sen. flake: he was always a mentor to me. i don't want to say what he would have done. i thought the senate needed more time. i was thinking of two institutions, the senate and the court. pause.eded the
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if the nominee makes it through, we will have more legitimacy on the court. senate can move on from this bitter partisanship. [indiscernible] what impact do you think that has? that is partisan rhetoric. also, you give a little leeway and everyone judges my words. he thought he had justification for it. i have to give him a little leeway there. we don't want to criticize the court. it has been troubling to see people refer to the court nominees referred to as republican or democrat nominees.
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we have to keep the faith in the supreme court. we have to keep that in the senate as well. that troubles me, greatly. reporter: what you think of the decision [indiscernible] about what comes out [indiscernible] what the rest of that investigation is, there are believedividuals who dr. ford. --should do more explanation exploration on it. we will have a full investigation that is not limited.
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we can have a compromise for this investigation and in time, -- [indiscernible] fbi and the the department of justice. it in ad they could do week. we wanted to stick to the current allegations and shed some light on what could soon be explored. his nominationn -- if he lied about his aboutng, we have to talk
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what line -- trekking in excess beans. somebody shows up and that is demonstrable, that is qualifying. that would say that he lied to the committee. someone said that your vote is fundamentally naive. there are 10 republicans who said that using mechanize guy but what you want to do -- you seem like a nice guy but what you want to do won't work. sen. flake: i never wanted to stand for partisan, tribal principles. i am a conservative. i want to stand for free trade, strong national leadership. those are the principles i want to stand for.
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we have two big problems that we have to solve. it can't be solved by any one party. we have to get away from that. thank you. in your speech, he referred to politics as -- politicians as two-year-olds who want to get what they want. sen. flake: i think we all think of it that way. thank you.
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[indiscernible] >> there are a lot of people who felt passionately about this, as is understandable. [indiscernible] that is a positive thing. thank you. thank you.
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