tv The Place for Politics 2016 MSNBC April 27, 2016 1:00pm-2:01pm PDT
next stop, indiana. the stop trump movement has one last chance, you might say. ted cruz has to win the hoosiers state. donald trump won all five states. yesterday he won every county, every congressional district yesterday in all five states. so today, a bold and uncommon move for ted cruz. nbc news has confirmed now, he will announce former gop candidate, former hewle hewlett-packard ceo, carly fiorina, as his running mate. let's go straight to downtown indianapolis where that announcement is happening and nbc's hallie jackson. hallie, it's happening, right? >> reporter: yeah, chris. it's gonna be happening sometime in the next couple of minutes. we expect the program to get under way, to see ted cruz and carly fiorina on this stage together, according to what a high level source is confirming to me. this caps really speculation that began back in early march when fiorina first endorsed cruz in a surprise appearance at a miami rally. she's been a surrogate for him
on the campaign trail ever since and really one of his most prominent surrogates. she's done not just the campaigning, the events on her own, but has done a lot of delegate hunting for cruz even as he loses to donald trump in the primaries and it becomes mathematically impossible for him to lock up the nomination outright. cruz and fiorina will be headed to convention to continue to do delegate work, making a personal pitch together. so the big question now, though, chris, and one that we'd like to pose to the campaign is, why today? why the timing today? it should be clear after coming off of what has been a big, big series of wins from donald trump. not unexpected wins, although very decisive. cruz now is facing what could be the most important six days of his campaign. he needs to turn the narrative around. it seems as though the hope is that by dropping this vice presidential pick so early, that cruz is hoping to change the
conversation and basically put out this news in order to get folks talking about something other than donald trump's dominance in the northeast and in the mid atlantic states. cruz is hoping that as the race moves west, it will be more favorable terrain. indiana being the first and most important battleground for him. but he still trails trump in the polls here. >> i think you answered the question. carly fiorina is a three-time loser. lost statewide in california, lost at hewlett-packard before that, she lost running for president. but you mentioned the magic word california. she won a california primary at one point or she wouldn't have been the nominee for statewide office. he has to win in indiana and california. all this talk about indiana changing the game, i don't buy that at all. your thoughts? >> reporter: he's got to win in indiana first. california means so much less if cruz is not able to pull out a victory here in indiana. if he is able to eke it out,
then we can go to california. what carly fiorina has said, i covered her during the time she was in the race, she still pulled in millions of votes, had millions of people supporting her in california. the question now was whether somebody who could not beat donald trump now joining forces with ted cruz, who so far has not been able to beat donald trump in the overall delegate count, how the two of them together plan to turn the race around. now, when it comes to her vulnerabilities, it is likely that trump will hit her on her business record, on the lay-offs at h.p. he's already started to hit cruz for picking fiorina when this was reported earlier this morning saying it was a dumb move, in trump's words, given that fiorina hadn't had success in her own campaign. that said, she could help bolster cruz when it comes to women. this is an area where trump has been vulnerable and where he will be vulnerable in a general election if you look at where the numbers are, chris. >> let me bring in nbc news
director chuck todd. let's line it up in terms of math. necessary conditions, sufficiency conditions. i don't like when people say this is a sufficient condition to stop trump. >> a hundred percent. let's call it what it is, a hail mary, done out of desperation. what i question and look, from what i understand, if they could have gotten marco rubio, it could have been marco rubio. why? you want to pick somebody that has delegates. why do you do this? you simply do this to try to win the nomination. why did reagan pick sh swik ert? pennsylvania's unbound delegates in 1976. so that's my question, i don't know what she brings. >> is he committed to this? >> i don't know. it's funny you said that. >> is this a one-state stand? is this just california or the vice presidency? >> i think this is simply a, let's do something. it is a hail mary. she's not a californian.
she's not even registered to vote there anymore. it's been six years. if you think this is a -- i don't think the cruz people view this as somehow she's going to galvanize and help them in california. i think this is an attempt to find a second surrogate, you know, you change the narrative a little bit. you hope that maybe if you give off the illusion that no, i'm not out of this thing, that it brings some republicans on board. >> give him credit for trying. you know, throw everything you have to win this thing. but boy, it looks even more desperate today. >> i said that back when reagan picked sh wicert, sends jim baker to try to poach votes. didn't do anything out of it, but he tried. this thing looks pathetic
because she's lost three contests in a row. >> the question is, are two losers better than one? i mean, seriously, she had a brief moment, two, three weeks, she did well. >> because trump was awful in dealing with a woman candidate. >> and that's what they think. can we bait trump somehow -- >> into another one of those comments. [ all speak at once ] >> that was her great moment when she said every woman in america knows what he's talking about. >> and this is about trump's biggest weakness with women. he's bringing in carly fiorina to talk about the conversation with women. the problem is, trump is problem with women. >> do you think she'll goad him into a fight? >> vice presidential nominees, their whole job is to attack. >> this week? >> today. >> you think she'll do it tonight? >> yeah. >> she's very comfortable doing this. she likes being aggressive. you know, even if it's to the
point of facts get in the way a little bit every once in a while. but she is very comfortable just going full bore. so that's probably also appealing to cruz folks. >> i got to ask you something. you're good at a lot of things. i'm not putting you down. i am stunned. i was off yesterday and you took over, all the political coverage. and i thought it was astounding that a guy could run every county in five states. has anyone ever done that? >> usually when it's over. >> every county! there's 60-something counties in pennsylvania. >> but this goes to -- by the way, two days ago, weren't we talking about cruz and kasich alliance? do you know the kasich super pac just sent out a press release noting all the different ways that carly fiorina attacked ted cruz. what happened to the alliance? that was monday's attempt to change the narrative. wednesday's attempt is this. what is he going to do tomorrow.
>> it's like a syrian ceasefire. >> yeah, it's meaningless. >> you throw spaghetti at the wall and try to figure a strategy to make it work. this one today, at least we're not spending the entire day saying cruz is mathematically eliminated. that's what happened yesterday. it's impossible for him to win enough delegates to win the nomination. so instead of a day talking about that, we're spending the day talking about cruz and fiorina. which is a better day for him. >> here's the question. cruz can't win through getting delegates through the primary. >> he can't get 1,237. >> he can't. it looks like trump will get 1,237 or be within 50 at the most. if you can get to the convention, does carly fiorina have any play on the second ballot with delegates? will that bring anybody to cruz? i don't see it. but is that part of the calculation? >> i don't think they're thinking that far out. >> let's do something by thursday. >> and who would be willing to
do it? i don't think i know -- i know there are many people that preferred rubio. many of the cruz money people. >> sure. >> that would have been the logical thing to do. rubio or kasich. by the way, if you're doing the alliance, if the two of them had done this, here's what i didn't understand. imagine them saying this, we're going to be a ticket. we can't figure out who is going to be first or second, we'll let the delegates decide. had the two of them done that, even that might have been at least something more viable. it's a little goofy, but it would have been fun. >> you decide. >> but this whole thing has just been a debacle. >> there's two teaming up here. first of all, the thing over the weekend, cruz and kasich, but that's come asunder already. >> they did it to get kasich out of the border counties in indiana that connect to ohio. >> what did kasich get?
>> nothing. >> probably a national figure again for a few hours. fiorina, she's a national figure. >> and she can talk about hillary. >> this creates tension. >> and the trump, the other thing we're talking about today, trump's comments on hillary last night. >> let's bring that up. ever since what happened to chris stevens and the other americans in benghazi, ever since that very confusing night out in the middle of a facility, we don't even know what it's called, that horror went on. hillary's been accused of dereliction of duty. not that she spun the pr, or failed to meet the needs of an outlying facility, but that she somehow didn't care about her friend, she let him die. today, i think trump for the first time really said it that way. he said she went back to bed rather than deal with the crisis and when the call came later that night, she didn't answer it. this is unverifiable. this is an assault like
dereliction of duty. it is saying she walked in a moment of crisis and let her friend die. i think he may is overstepped. he's saying it now. >> he's outright accusing her of this. but all of his accusations in the past hasn't really gone anywhere. he makes false accusations all the time and everyone's like, that's just donald trump. but how does she counter it? what's her answer to that? that's where it's interesting. if she is forced to counter it, if it becomes something where he beats it like a drum and it's false, then she has to produce, here's what happened. >> say where i was, who i was in contact with, what efforts did i make to save his life, those people. >> the interesting thing, six or more republican-led investigations, and she testified for one of them, and none of them have come up with anything. >> so who is writing for trump
today? >> some novelist, some fictionalist. he had a novelist writing a story about the iraq war and then people doing the red meat on benghazi and don't worry, i won't even tell you how i'll take care of isis. i'll just do it. so it was this mix and match of richard burt and brent sko croft and all the old realists who we tend to like when it comes to rock. and breitbart on the red button issues of foreign policy. >> let's talk about the mad bomber theory. richard nixon, in the ending years of the vietnam war, don't let them know what i might do. i have a reputation of being a little crazy, keep it there. trump when i interviewed him, i said i don't want to take nuclear weapons off the field in
the middle east. i think it's strange he would go back into that trouble area. >> but he gets away with it, number one. i thought the speech was shockingly thin. i mean, you know, yes, it was -- you could tell somebody else helped him with it. yes, it had the whole realism thing. >> it was written. >> yes. >> that's the big thing. >> it was long and he went through. but it really was, it didn't give any idea -- he just sort of gave you -- >> well, america first. >> talking points. >> the same america first he knows rattles the cage of everybody. >> that's right. he's sending an isolationist message, but at the same time, he's saying i'm going to reach out to russia and i'm going to deal firmly with china, but at the same time, try to have a friendly relationship. so it's not full fledged isolationism. >> and build up the military, spend more money on the military. and building up the military at the same time you're pulling back from nation building, i
think the non-nation building, is very positive, that has no constituency out there. >> no, it doesn't, except you could argue that we may have no choice but to and this gets us down a rabbit hole, i'm not going to go there. but the reason why europe has a migration crisis is because we're not doing any nation building in the middle east, which is why people are suffering and fleeing to europe. >> the center for national interest, the former nixon center. he's aligning himself with nixon's foreign policy by choosing this group and that venue to deliver that speech. at the same time, he's saying, i can't start any wars that i can't win. what denind nixon was vietnam. how do you win a war on terrorism? there's no details on how you fight modern warfare. >> you end it. you don't win it. >> there's a series of sound bites meant to appeal to
different parts of the republican constituency. so he hits every wing there is. >> the words were correct. whatever the -- if aei put out a -- >> word count. >> exactly. these are the set of words you put in your foreign policy speech. he correctly picked all the right words to sort of appease the serious crowds. >> back to the big topic of the hour, the upcoming announcement of ted cruz, he's got a running mate. he's taken the stage. we'll see what kind of political fire power, this move of picking carly fiorina as his running mate. here he is. ♪ ♪ here's what i tell everyone ♪ i was born in an extraordinary place ♪ >> god bless the great state of indiana. [ cheers and applause ]
>> elections are about choices. the republican party faces a choice today. indiana and america, i believe, want to unite behind a positive, optimistic, forward-looking, conservative campaign based on real policy solutions to the problems facing this country. [ applause ] >> and the american people deserve a real choice in november. a choice and not an echo. a meaningful distinction, if we come to november and the american people are given a choice between two big
government liberals, two washington insiders enmeshed in the corruption of washington, then we as a republican party will have failed the american people. and i will tell you, when you run for president, one of the most solemn choices you make is the choice of selecting a vice presidential candidate. [ cheers and applause ] this is a choice that you are telling the american people, this is an individual who i trust. and even more importantly, this is an individual you can trust to lead this country no matter
what might happen. any responsible candidate for president would have spent much time assessing possible candidates, thinking through the pros and cons, studying who these people are. praying about it. and examining the potential candidates. and you know, the characteristics that you look for in a vice president are indeed the very same characteristics you look for in a president. [ applause ] first of all, knowledge. do they know enough to do the job? do they know where jobs come from? do they understand why jobs are leaving america? do they understand why manufacturing jobs are being
driven overseas? do they understand why carrier has left indiana and gone to mexico? do they understand what is happening in the economy? and government. do they understand the constitution and bill of rights? are these words on a paper or are these promises that protect our fundamental liberty? [ cheers and applause ] >> and security, do they understand the threats facing us in the world, the threats that potentially endanger your children and mine? that's the first cite earion you look to. does this experience have the experience and knowledge to do the job? secondly, you look to judgment. do they have the judgment and wisdom to bear the mantel of a
job whose responsibilities have grayed the hair of every person ever to hold that office? do they think through decisions in a rash and impulsive way? do they pop off the handle at whatever strikes them at any given moment? or do they think through careful measures? do they assemble a team around them who are smarter than they are? you know, there's an old adage in management that a's higher a's, a-- a's hire a's, and b's hire c's. if you see a leader who deliberately surrounds himself with people, who are not capable, who are not informed, who are not skilled, and who would never, ever, ever stand up
to that leader, it tells you that leader is not a leader, but rather someone not at all secure in who they are. [ applause ] and the third thing you look to is character. are they honest? do they have core principles that come from their gut? not a momentary dalliance, announced today, to be abandoned tomorrow? but do they know who they are when they look in the mirror? is it based on whatever the media tells them that given day? whatever the fad is that given moment? whatever is trending on twitter? or do they have a foundation? [ cheers and applause ]
and integral to character, how do they treat others? how do they treat others, especially those they don't have to be nice to? you know, everyone knows how to kiss up. everyone can be nice to their boss. that is not a complicated skill. but how do they treat the clerk at the convenience store? how do they treat the average man and woman? how do they treat the american citizen? how do they treat the vulnerable? that reveals everything you need to know about character. after a great deal of time and thought, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, i have come to the conclusion that if i am nominated to be president of the united states, that i will
>> born in texas, the very first thing i liked about her. cara carlton fiorina, known throughout the country simply by the name of carly, is an extraordinary leader. she started working as a secretary at a small firm. and she climbed the corporate ladder to become the ceo of the largest technology company in the world. [ applause ] and the first female ceo in history of a fortune 20 company.
a graduate of stanford and mit, carly is brilliant and capable, and yet she experienced the hard scrabble world of being a woman professional in a business world that extracts a price. i say that as a son of a pioneering computer programmer, my mother, who started in the computer industry in the 1950s. i say that as the husband of my wife, heidi cruz, who spent two decades in the business world. >> over and over again, carly has shattered glass ceilings.
but in addition to being a woman of extraordinary intelligence, she is also a woman of deep principle. she's served as the chairman of the american conservative foundation, championing conservative principles on a national level. [ applause ] she has studied the threats facing our national security, serving as chairman of the cia's external advisory board. and if you look to the criteria i laid out, let's start number one with knowledge. she knows from having spent a lifetime, how to produce jobs, how to expand jobs, how to raise wages. [ applause ] she knows first hand that the key to economic growth is not government and more and more
government. it is, rather, less and less government. [ cheers and applause ] my opponent in this race, donald trump -- [ audience boos ] -- like hillary clinton and bernie sanders, looks to government as the answer to every problem. carly knows first hand, from decades in the business world, running one of the 20 largest corporations in america, where jobs come from. [ applause ] and she respects the constitution and bill of rights. they are not -- [ cheers and applause ] you know, if a candidate views the bill of rights as an
occasional inconvenience, something to be talked about one day and ignored the next, if a candidate views religious liberty as something to be cast aside when it's inconvenient, if a candidate views the second amendment right to keep and bear arms as merely a suggestion, they don't have the grounding to be president. [ applause ] >> carly respects the constitution and the bill of rights and she understands the threats facing america. she understands this is a dangerous world, and in naming her as my vice presidential nominee, i am also telling you that she is someone you can be confident in, if the occasion should arise to be commander in chief and keep this country
safe. [ cheers and applause ] we need a president who isn't neutral between israel and the palestinians. we need a president who will not keep in place this iranian nuclear deal, but who will rip it to shreds. [ cheers and applause ] and the second criteria, judgment. it was seven weeks ago today that carly endorsed our campaign. when carly initially endorsed, before that announcement, she and i sat down and talked at
great length. one of the things that struck me in that conversation, she said, i have a condition for endorsing. i kinda sat back and said, all right, what is that? and she said, i don't do anything halfway. if i endorse, i want to be all in, i want to be campaigning, i want to be working, i want to be doing everything i can to make the case to the american people. [ cheers and applause ] that's the kind of condition you like to hear. her condition was, my endorsement is not just an empty rubber stamp, a one little momentary fluff in the wind, it is, rather, a full commitment. because carly looked at me and said, our country is in crisis and we've gotta do this together. [ cheers and applause ] and since that time, i have seen
her day in, day out, on the campaign bus, going from stop to stop to stop, that she is careful, she is measured, she is serious. she doesn't get overly excited. she doesn't get rattled by whatever is getting thrown at her. [ applause ] and you know, we all saw that when in one of the earliest debates, carly confronted donald trump. [ applause ] a man who in his characteristic understatement said of her, "look at that face." and every one of us remembers the grace, the class, the alon with which carly responded.
[ applause ] responded to donald that she knew exactly what she was saying and that every woman in america knew exactly what donald trump was saying. [ applause ] you know, one of the great principles of bullies, they feed off of fear. they feed off of people who will cower in the corner when they yell and scream and insult and holler and curse. and they don't know what to do when a strong, powerful woman stands up and says, i am not afraid. [ cheers and applause [ cheers and applause ] the third characteristic that is oh so important for a president, is character. at the end of the day, it's all about character. if the president is a no-good
scoundrel, if the president is a narcissist, if the president is abusive and angry, they will not and cannot be a good president. [ applause ] and for anyone who doubts that, we need only look at the president seven years to see what happens. and a good president must have known struggle. must be able to understand those who are struggling. if you've always lived a life of privilege, if you've always been told you are the chosen one, that has real impacts on the job
you can do as president. when carly started as a secretary in a small firm in an environment in the business world that was not always welcoming to women, she knew and knows what it's like to struggle in the workplace each and every day. but she's also faced personal struggle, including being diagnosed with breast cancer, battling cancer, and surviving cancer. [ cheers and applause ] as a son who was by my mother's side when she battled breast cancer, i know first hand how devastating that disease can be, and i know what a testament it is to her strength and grit and fortitude that she came roaring back, ready to conquer the
world. [ cheers and applause ] >> and carly has known tragedy, including the loss of her stepdaughter to a drug overdose. there is no pain on the face of the planet commensurate with the pain of a parent losing a child. and carly has struggled through that, and going through those personal struggles, all of us, everyone here has faced personal struggles, but it is when you are facing the void, when you are facing the abyss that you find your character, you find who you are, you find your faith, you find your grounding. [ applause ] maybe that's why carly isn't
intimidated by bullies. because she's faced challenges a lot worse than someone bellowing and yelling and insulting her face. and let me tell you, at a personal level, heidi and i have become friends with carly. we've spent time with her on the campaign trail. we've laughed, we've watched basketball games together. we have marvelled at this crazy, wild journey, and i'll tell you, our girls, caroline and kathryn, have come to adore carly. [ applause ] on the bus on the campaign trail, carly makes up songs and sings them to caroline and
kathryn. and our girls, mind you, they're 8 and 5, both regularly text carly. [ laughter ] and let me tell you, carly may become the first vice president in history to have a very impressive fluency with heart and smiley-faced emoati -- emoticons. and when you're texting with a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old girl, those are highly valuable. some might ask, why now. it's tradition that a vice presidential nominee is done at a convention. it's unusual that we're doing so now. i think all would acknowledge, this race, if anything, it is unusual.
where we are now, the mainstream media, the new york media executives and the washington lobbyists, are all trying to tell the american people the race is over. but let me tell you where we are right now. where we are right now, nobody is getting to 1,237. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm not getting to 1,237 delegates, and donald j. trump is not getting to 1,237 delegates. and the hoosier state is going to have a powerful voice in making that clear. [ cheers and applause ]
>> so why make this announcement now? well, for one thing, if we are to win, number one, win the nomination, but number two, even more importantly, win the general election, we must unite. [ applause ] and carly as a vice presidential nominee who i believe is superbly skilled, superbly gifted at helping unite this party, bring us together, so we stand united as one. [ applause ] >> secondly, i make this announcement today so that you, the voters, the voters in indiana, the voters in nebraska, the voters in south dakota and washington state and california and across the country, so that
you will know what you will get. [ applause ] the voters deserve to know, you deserve to have a candidate who doesn't change as the wind blows in any given moment. you deserve to know exactly where a candidate stands. [ cheers and applause ] and the final reason for making the decision now is to give the american people a clear choice. elections are about choices. across this country, millions of people are struggling with an economy that isn't working, with the obama-clinton economy that is stagnant, are seeing the bill of rights under assault,
religious liberty, the second amendment violated by the federal government, a supreme court hanging in the balance, a president who abandons our friends and allies, whether it is great britain or whether it is israel. and a president who is unwilling to stand up and confront radical islamic terrorism and defeat isis. some in the media will say, wouldn't it be easier just to throw up your hands and say surrender? donald trump has won some of the races so we should step back and let him win them all. if we nominate a candidate who is a big government, new york liberal, who is a washington
insider, who agrees with hillary clinton and barack obama on issue after issue after issue, and whose lobbyist campaign manager has told us, he's only playing a part, this is only a role, he's lying to us, then we as the republican party will have failed profoundly for this country. because the men and women of indiana know, if we give people a clear choice between freedom and tyranny, between prosperity and poverty, between vulnerability and weakness and peace through strength, that the american people will choose the constitution and jobs and freedom and security over and over again.
[ cheers and applause ] >> the difference between carly and me on the one side, and donald trump and hillary clinton on the other side, could not be starker. if you want someone that will stand and fight for the working men and women of this country, fight for the men and women with callouss on your hand, fight for the single moms, fight for the young people, fight for those who are struggling and want to achieve the american dream, then do not go with the washington insiders who have sold us down the river. [ cheers and applause ] this ticket is about the future.
it is about our children. it is about our grandchildren. the stakes of this election, we are not simply wagering on a sporting contest. we are involved in a fight that every one of us is privileged to be here, to be fighting to save the greatest country in the history of the world, to make sure that the next generation has every bit as much freedom and opportunity as each of us was blessed to have. [ cheers and applause ] >> and with that, i am pleased to introduce to you -- [ cheers and applause ] -- an extraordinary leader, my friend, and the next vice president of the united states, carly fiorina!
♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ well if you ask me where i come from ♪ ♪ here's what i tell everyone ♪ i was born by god's dear grace in an extraordinary place ♪ ♪ where the stars and stripes >> hello, indiana! [ cheers and applause ] [ audience chanting "carly" ] >> thank you. today i'm very proud and very humbled and honored to announce
that i have accepted senator ted cruz's offer to be his vice president for the republican nomination. [ cheers and applause ] you know, ted cruz could not be more right in what he said. there is a lot at stake. and in fact, this is a fight, this is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our nation. [ cheers and applause ] and there are some who would say, a lot of people in the media would say, why have the fight? just lay down, let's let it be over here. you know what, i've had tough fights all my life. tough fights don't worry me a bit. what matters is, is the fight worth having? this is a fight worth having, and with your help, we will win
this fight. [ cheers and applause ] this fight is about far more than a ticket. this fight is about far more than ted cruz and carly fiorina. this is a fight for all of us. [ cheers and applause ] for our party, for our future, for our children's future. you know, last night it was pretty clear, everybody in the media, the establishment, the elites, they all said it's over, donald trump won. but it isn't over, it isn't over because you and people all across the great hoosier state, people all across this nation, know that donald trump and hillary clinton both will be disastrous for this nation. [ cheers and applause ] you see, what we have, you know, donald trump and hillary clinton, they are two sides of the same coin. they're both liberal, we know
that. but, you know, hillary clinton, like so many politicians, hillary clinton has made her millions selling access and influence from inside the system. and donald trump has made his billions buying people like hillary clinton. they are not going to challenge the system that has sold us all down the river. they're not going to challenge the elites. they're not going to challenge the crony capitalists. they're not going to challenge the washington insiders. they're not going to challenge the lobbyists. their campaign is filled with them. no, they're not going to challenge the system. they are the system. [ cheers and applause ] [ audience chanting "carly" ]
>> you know, ted mentioned that it's been seven weeks since i endorsed him. i voted for him before i ever had a conversation with him about endorsing him. and of course that's what you all have to do on tuesday, vote for him. but we -- good for you! now you can get a few more to vote. but we've been traveling around the country, and i've come to know ted and heidi and caroline and kathryn. ♪ i know two girls that i just adore ♪ ♪ i'm so happy i can see them more ♪ ♪ because we travel on the bus all day ♪ ♪ we get to play ♪ we get to play i won't bore you with any more of the songs. but they have four verses.
caroline and kathryn, love you girls. [ applause ] here's what i've come to know about this man who must be the next president of the united states. [ applause ] he's a fighter too. he's been in lots of fights. he has fought for our religious liberty. he has fought for our right to bear arms. he has fought over and over in front of the supreme court so many times, and he's won all those fights. [ cheers and applause ] you know, there are people who say, well, you know, he's made some enemies. listen, as someone who has challenged the status quo all of my life, that's what i've done, that's how you get from secretary to ceo, you challenge the status quo. it's actually the only way you solve festering problems and lord knows we have festering problems in washington, d.c. the only way you solve festering
problems, you actually have to challenge the status quo. and i'll tell you something about challenging the system and the status quo. you do more than ruffle feathers, you do more than rock the boat, you make enemies. so i am reassured and i am proud of some of the enemies that ted cruz has made. [ cheers and applause ] it means he's gonna fight. and this is our fight. but let me tell you something else about this man. those two girls that i adore, caroline and kathryn, let me tell you how much they adore their dad. i have watched ted and heidi. they are partners. they are a couple that rely on one another, just as my husband frank of over 30 years and i rely on each other, through good times and in bad. ted is a lot of fun.
yes, let's face it. he's really brilliant. he's a constitutional attorney, for heaven sakes. but he's a lot of fun. in fact, he mentioned watching a basketball game. you know, we were on the bus, and we were watching the final four. we were watching the very last game, villanova and north carolina. and here we are in the final, if you remember that name -- that game, you're a basketball state, right? you remember that game. so here we are, anyway, hoosiers. it's 4.83 seconds to go in the game and without knowing what the exciting finish would be, here's ted cruz putting money on the game, everybody's got the money on the table. he's a heck of a lot of fun, but more than that, he actually is what he is, he is who he says he is. [ cheers and applause ] you know, ted mentioned that
that second debate, and one of the things that i got asked in that debate was and i've been asked almost every day since, will you support donald trump if he's the nominee? and i said then what i said the week he announced his candidacy. he does not represent me and he does not represent my party. [ cheers and applause ] but here's something else i said in that second debate. i said, you know, there's an old saying, tough times build character. that's not true. tough times reveal character. character is revealed. and i can tell you that the character of ted cruz has been
revealed over time and under pressure and in the pattern of his life. he is a principled fighter. he is a man of character and conviction and he understands the importance of the constitution to the future of this nation. [ cheers and applause ] >> i have to take a moment and explain why the constitution even matters. because there are some people who would say, it's a dusty relic. it was written so long ago. let me tell you why it matters, but to tell you why it matters, i need to go back and tell you little bit about myself. when i was a little girl, just 8 years old, i was in sunday school one morning. my mother was my sunday schoolteacher that year. and she looked at me and the rest of her class and she said, what you are is god's gift to you. what you make of yourself is your gift to god.
[ applause ] i have traveled and lived and worked all over the world for decades. i have seen people in every possible corner of the globe and in every conceivable circumstance. and i can tell you that indeed each of us, all of us, are gifted by god. each of us. each of us and all of us have the capacity and the desire to live lives of dignity and purpose and meaning. and we know, and it has always been true, that work done well brings us dignity. and family brings us purpose. and faith gives meaning to our lives. and that is true all over the
world. and when people do not have the opportunity to work, they lose dignity. and when families are frayed, purpose becomes uncertain. and when people are disconnected from their faith, then they lose meaning in their lives. and so if everyone is gifted by god, if everyone has the desire and the capacity to live a life of dignity and purpose and meaning, we must ask ourselves now as americans, when we face so much in this fight, we must ask ourselves, why is it that more things have been more possible for more people, from more places here than anywhere else on earth? because knowing the answer to that question is what will save the future of this nation. [ cheers and applause ] i am keenly aware, i am keenly aware, that it is only in this nation, that a young woman can
start out the way i did, typing, filing, answering the phones for a nine-person real estate firm, one day, go on and become the chief executive of what we turned into the largest technology company in the world, run for the president of the united states and run now for the vice presidency of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] that is only possible in this great nation. and the reason it's possible, the reason it's possible here and only here is because our founders knew what my mother taught me. our founders knew that everyone is gifted by god, that all of us are equal in the eyes of god. that everyone has potential, usually far more than we realize. and so they said, we're going to found a nation on a radical visionary idea. that here, in this nation, everyone has the right to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [ cheers and applause ] that was their way of saying everyone has the right to find and use their god-given gifts to fulfill their potential, and they said, and this was the radical part, that that right comes from god and cannot be taken away by man or government. [ cheers and applause ] and so this became a nation where entrepreneurship flourished and innovation flourished and more things became more possible for more people from more places. the constitution rightly enshrines our rights and liberties that gives us the chance to fulfill our potential. but our founders knew something else. our founders knew that it has always been through throughout history and i used to study history. our founders knew that all throughout history this also is true. power concentrated is power
abused. and so the constitution is rightly understood not just as a document to enshrine our rights and liberties, but also a document to prevent, to restrain the concentration and the abuse of power, and we have flowed and gone way too far from the constitution. the reality is, for the last decades, under republicans and democrats alike, too much power and too much money are concentrated in the hands of too few. we must restore power, liberty, where it belongs, in the citizens, in the hands of citizens of this nation, small businesses, communities and states. that is why having a constitutional conservative in the white house matters. because a president, in order to fix what ails us, must restore our constitutional balance of
power. [ cheers and applause ] our entrenched political system, our system of crony capitalism now, it works if you're a big company, but it didn't work if you're a small company. it works if you're wealthy or powerful or well connected like donald trump or hillary clinton, just as a for example. but it doesn't work for the rest of us. ours was intended to be a citizen government. and now we must restore and a president ted cruz will restore. power back where it belongs, in the hands of citizens and communities and the states of this great nation. [ cheers and applause ] what is at stake now is t