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maryland legislature as a fellow for the senator mikulski. i should pronounce it correctly. then he was appointed the assistant attorney for the state of baltimore, and as you have served on the council from 91 to 99. so, look out how bright the future will be. and he was the chair of the legislative investigations taxation and finance committee. so you can see that when he became governor to be mayor and he also then went on to the governor that he brought with him his very strong financial background that has enhanced the liability of the state of maryland. ..
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[applause] >> thank you. thank you all very much for being here this evening to support martha fuller clark. she's an outstanding leader, and this state produces only strong women. what's in the water here? it's wonderful to be here on her
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behalf, and hopefully i will see some of you at dinner as well. thank you for having all of us in your home a few months ago. martha, it is true that if you appreciate architecture, but i like your house, the house isn't mine. [laughter] that house belongs to the people of maryland. but he was great seeing you when you came down there with all of the state chairs. i love your governor because of her effectiveness, her ability to get things done, her ability to hold people together. my goodness, a unanimous bipartisan budget. [applause] we been able to get some difficult things done with votes from both sides of the aisle, a we could get a unanimous vote on adjournment. [laughter] so i also want to thank my friend martin for coming up here
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for maryland and also john cole who was here somewhere. and jennifer who has been working other for maryland, part of our leadership act. jennifer, thank you. [applause] >> she is working really hard. she's great, thank you. >> it's the least we could use ensure upon it was for maryland, we could -- [laughter] but let me say briefly. flow, all of you know martha, and have known are probably longer than i have. but i just wanted to say a couple words. there's good news on the horizon. i've had occasion to go all around our country and speak it didn't did you get a sense of where our country is going from the attitudes of our young people. and i'm absolutelabsolutel y convinced that we have 200 years of creative service still in front of us. because there is emerging in our country and awareness of how our economy actually works when it's
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working well. it's a balanced approach. it's a combination of investments and buffers and yes from time to time raising that floor. so when people work hard and play by the rules they don't have to raise their children in poverty. there's also a new way of governing and it's a new way that's being devastated by her own chief executive. it's not about left or right. it's about moving people forward. it's about measuring performance. it's not about ideology. it's about collaboration. it's not about locking people out of rooms. it's about creating a bigger circle. because the more perspective we have around the problem, the more likely we are to come up with the solutions to those problems. [applause] and there's a third awareness that's emerging in martha fuller clark all life has been at the forefront of this, and that is a deeper understanding of the vital connections we share.
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and their imports, and the importance of strengthening them. a connection between our built environment and our natural environment. the connection between the quality of our own lives and the other living systems of this environment, our relationship and connections to one another in the here and now and the present, but also the connections we have to our past and what that tells us about the connections that we will have to our children's ability to live lives where there is more opportunity for all, where every person gets a fair shot at being successful in giving their children a better way of life. and martha is that sort of mindful public servant legislator that i think is the hallmark of what's best about
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democracy here in the granite state. people who have their own lives and work on any number of things, but they bring their best wisdom forward in service of others, realizing that, in fact, there is a lot more that unites us than divides us. she's been an outstanding leader. you are very, very lucky to have her. i'm glad to count you among my friends, senator. and i encourage all of you to work hard these next 40 days. send her back, center back stronger we elect maggie hassan and jeanne shaheen and carol shea-porter. you all are leading the country bigger leading away. we had ray buckley, a little speed wobble here in 2010, and people got a sense of what can happen if you fear off into ideology. ideology is what's going to solve our problems. collaborative, mindful leaders are going to solve our problems. so thank you all very much for having me. [applause]
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>> and another big round of applause for our speaker, terry -- [applause] >> thanks a lot. you see, that looks like martha and art entertaining at home, doesn't it? [laughter] the first lady. that's mrs. oak honor. that's all the first lady's of maryland. we have yet to have a first husband. someday. >> we could show you how. [laughter] >> strong women of the granite state. thanks for having me.
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>> thanks for being here. >> glad to. >> the midterms require a lot more oars in the water. >> that's right, so thank you. >> how are you doing? good. we had over 200 people come in tonight. >> that's awesome. [inaudible conversations] >> that was a fun night. >> it was.
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>> too much time at the beach. >> where were we that day? >> this was at the state convention probably three years ago. >> six years ago. >> you got that great irish skin that's only good for -- >> yeah, dermatology. >> hey, liz, can you do us a favor? >> this could be a christmas card if you play your cards right.
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>> one, two, three. >> do you live here in portsmouth? [inaudible] about 10 miles from here. >> the maryland connection. >> we had a construction company in baltimore. >> it's developed a lot. >> he and i still get together. >> what do you do? >> insurance broker. >> so was my grandfather. thanks for coming here tonight. >> i hope to see you back here. >> thanks a lot. i hope so.
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when you see the flare, come running. >> i will. >> thank you. >> this is my husband, dallas. behind every great person there's a spouse backing them up. >> thank you for backing her up. >> you guys have seen people take swings at us, and it's harder. >> i got some bones to pick with the local newspaper. >> and good to see you again. >> i'm friends with vicki. >> absolutely. she's a pretty courageous woman. >> wendy, she abandoned us.
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because her brothers going to be attorney general. >> yes, absolutely. >> her brother ran a great race. just a very courageous public servant, a lot of integrity. he's going to be our new attorney general in maryland. he won the primary but it's looking good for the general. thank you for correcting me. >> nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you, too. >> is this your first? >> this is my second. iran two years ago. we are lucky, he was removed from office. they were both forced into resignation.
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there's an open ticket. there's a leader in the office that is part of the leadership team who won the primary for the republican nomination. so the goal is to make sure that that leader does not succeed. >> well, good luck to you. county attorney, both civil and criminal? >> no. it's just called county attorney because that's a breakup by district. >> exclusively criminal matters. >> i did that for a couple years from baltimore city. i was a prosecutor for the state police for a while and our lovely 2010 house, cut the budget so much that we went from six prosecutors for the entire state to three. that was a big mistake and they're still suffering and trying to get back prosecutors. >> you can't do a lot for the quality of justice. >> no, you can't. >> it's hard when a trooper is
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going up against a 15 year >> how much less does justice defense attorney veteran. o'brien want? as much as he can get. >> exactly. hey, good luck to you. keep banging on doors. >> you know i will. >> are you losing a lot of weight? >> no. that's a problem with campaign season. they feed me too much. last time up about 40 pounds on last time. i got up to 215. even with knocking on -- >> we've got to have you around more. >> i run the dog in the morning but i still survive in the gym. >> are we going into this other room? >> we need to. [inaudible conversations] >> hi, i'm linda.
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>> good to meet you. i have an irish background. >> we all have our crosses to bear. hey, thanks, good to be back. >> how long have you been in? >> seventeen years. >> do you like it? >> yet. >> what committees? >> science and technology. >> that's fun. >> we have moved on from there, but 17 years. i'm running again. >> good for you. thank you for running. >> kids are curious.
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>> they should have the opportunity. >> and they want hands on. >> and females, you know? the committee was predominately men. it hadn't been that way. so i'm proud to represent. >> thank you for coming. >> i'm glad to. i'm going to say hi to some of your neighbors. it's a real pleasure. thank you for being here. >> my neighbor, he's an attorney also. >> they are neighbors of mine. hello, lisa. good to meet you.
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two attorneys in the family. >> my wife is a judge. i really don't win arguments. >> good to meet you. >> thanks a lot. >> good to meet you. how long have you been up? >> just two years. >> are you breaking her in? >> [inaudible conversations] >> two of them gave me a check that know what they're take my lawn site.
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i said if you have a check and you'ryour voting for me, you dot have to have a lawn sign. >> that's good. >> governor, i'm running for state rep for the first time. i'm a little nervous but it sounds like it's going to be great. >> just knock on the doors. >> i'm not looking for your autograph. i'm looking for an e-mail because based on your comments earlier i have a poll i'd like to send you about broadening base. i can do martin o' >> that one would get there. easy enough.
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>> and i will reference tonight. >> c-span. daniel will give you his card. he will give it to me. >> thanks a lot. good luck to you. >> make sure you send a handwritten note after. put your name. now you now everything i know about politics. how are you doing? >> i like your tie. >> thank you. this is my crab tie. hello again, amy. caroline, good to see you. are you holding the maryland flag high? >> every day, every day. >> you and i both share a jesuit education.
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what's your name? good to meet you. hello, again. don't get up. don't get up. be careful. he will put it in print. >> hello, governor. carol parish. >> carol parish. [inaudible] >> are you having fun? >> my friend martin knocks from maryland. >> be gentle with him. >> good seeing you both. >> good seeing you both.
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>> it's good to see you. i'll be glad to sign. >> god bless you. >> i'm not available either. >> do you live here in portsmouth? >> no, i don't. i came up from massachusetts with my sister. >> how are you? so you are married to the chair? maybe you all told me that when we were at -- >> hi, governor o'malley. so nice to meet you. >> i actually lived up in virginia until about a year and half ago. [inaudible conversations]
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oh, they are in the 21st century. >> we like the 21st century. we embrace the future. virginia has a democratic governor. so they are coming, they're coming along. good seeing you. you would be larry's niece? is this the drink table? >> thanks so much for coming. >> you're welcome. thank you. he was my obama inspiration.
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>> what are you doing now? [inaudible] >> that's great. if you see him tell him i said thanks for all his help and support. it's great to be in the granite state. hello. how are you? >> we are playing six degrees to kevin bacon here, to get to maryland. [inaudible conversations] >> how is your granddaughter doing? i'm sorry, reverend. [inaudible conversations] what's your denomination?
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[inaudible] >> baptist. >> do you know reverend carter? [inaudible] [applause] >> now i have the special honor of welcoming our special guest here tonight. i'm so delighted that my friend martin o'malley is with us. governor o'malley has worked over the last eight years to expand middle-class opportunity and put maryland on the path towards a brighter economic future for all of its citizens. he has fought to strengthen the state's public schools, worked with businesses to create jobs, invested in infrastructure improvements, stood up for marriage equality, and signed into law a measure to improve
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maryland's minimum wage. [applause] martin o'malley knows that people, he knows that everyone counts, and he knows how to put that core democratic principles into action. governor o'malley has built a fantastic record of progress that will keep maryland families strong for generations to come, and he's a fantastic example of what democratic governors can do and are doing across the country. [applause] >> so it's really wonderful to be here in portsmouth. the mayor spoke earlier. mayor, you have a great city, and many aspects of it remind me of my city of baltimore. i also, it's also good to the of
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the friends, james from campaigns past, and the gary hart days, and all the young people, boy, do you have an outstanding group of young men and women are working on your coordinated campaign. [applause] and i can sense here in your state that you, after that, shall we call it back in 2010 chairman buckley, the little bit of speed wobble that we had. i know maggie, governor, your people appreciate good leadership and they feel a lot better about the direction of which there had thanks to you and the good work you've done. i couldn't help, and want to share with you just a few words of encouragement because i know when you tune in to some of the cable shows, you get discouraged. it's easy to get discouraged watching gridlock in congress,
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but i've been traveling all around the country going to j.j. dinners, as many places as we can in helping the democratic party. because bill, however charismatic any leader is, they cannot succeed unless we all stick together, and we are strong. you cannot govern effectively and deliver results for people unless you are strong as a party. as i traveled around the country, i'm noticing three really positive things that are happening in our country, and you saw them tonight just in the course of your program. one, there is an emerging consensus about how great our economy actually works when it's working. and you saw that in the story of market basket, didn't you? people realized there's more to making your economy work with a human purpose and corporate bottom lines. it's about valuable things like the dignity of work, the dignity
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of every individual and the fact that we're stronger when we're together, that the economy is built from the middle up. the second thing that i've noticed and really, it's our young people like those that i had the blessing to meet from philips -- let's give a big applause over there. [applause] some of us, some of your parents were taught wittingly and unwittingly and falsely that the way to our security and prosperity was by becoming more separated and more distant from others. but you guys have it right, and you are calling our country back to the truth that, in fact, it's our connections to one another that make us strong. that we need each other. you see the next generation playing this out every day in terms of their choices, where they live, coming back to cities. the third emerging trend is this, and oftentimes is emanating out from cities and
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counties but in your case you see in your governors office. it is a new way of leadership. it's that new wave that's been embraced by many women who are solving problems in cities all across america, and it's not about ideology. it's about solving problems. it's not about bureaucracy. it's about doing the things that work. and it's not about a chain of command. it's about ever widening circles of collaboration, inviting more people to be a part of solving our problems together. that's not only the new hampshire way, that's the maryland way and that's the american way. we are the greatest problem-solving people ever brought forward on the face of our planet. so you of 38 to -- to go until election day. are you ready? all right, let's all join hands and contact the voters, shall
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we? 38 days. the good news is that means that we are 38 days away from reelecting governor maggie hassan. [applause] we are 38 days away from electing and reelecting congresswoman carol shea-porter. [applause] and 38 days away from another term for united states senator jeanne shaheen. [applause] it is true, and you've heard all across the country and you demonstrate it here in the great state of new hampshire. when women succeed, america succeeds, right, senator? we succeed when new hampshire resident, going to underline the word resident, when new hampshire resident and new hampshire senator jeanne shaheen shows a man from massachusetts what it means when they call it the granite state. [applause] and we succeed when our can-do
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congresswoman carol shea-porter trounces her do nothing about -- opponent. [applause] we succeed by electing governor maggie hassan to continue her leadership. [applause] i have really enjoyed watching your governor work. she brings people together to get things done. a bipartisan budget, expansion of medicaid. that's tripped up in many other states. securing new transportation funding so that new hampshire has a modern transportation infrastructure. and under governor hassan's leadership the people of new hampshire have driven down unemployment to its lowest level since 2008. [applause] but i want to ask you also something in all seriousness. look, i can understand what all
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of these out of state man are so attracted to the strong women of new hampshire. [laughter] but don't you think they should be running for office in their own home state? [applause] let me ask you something. democrats of new hampshire, do you think women should earn equal pay for equal work? do you think we're ready to move america forward again? [applause] well look, reverend, i think was dr. martin luther king said it's important to preach to the choir, otherwise they might stop singing. [laughter] so at the risk of preaching to the choir, tonight i wanted to share with you and talk with you about the story of us, about the story of us. baltimore and portsmouth, maryland and new hampshire, and america. back in 1999 when i was elected mayor of baltimore, my city had become the most violent and the
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most addicted and the most abandoned city in america. and there was a big difference between the baltimore that we carried in our hearts and the baltimore that we saw on our streets and in our headlines. our biggest enemy wasn't drug dealers or crack cocaine. it was the lack of belief, a culture of failure, countless excuses for why it was we couldn't do anything about anything, and why none of us if we were smart should even try. so we set out to make our city work again. we saw trash in our streets and so we picked it up. we saw open air drug markets and we begin relentlessly to close them down. we saw neighbors suffering from addiction so we actually expanded drug treatment and got more of our people in the
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recovery. after a year of steady, hard earned, life-saving progress, we then turned a bright light directly on the heart of despair that had gripped our city for far too long. we launched a campaign that we called in one important and powerful word, simply, believe. the first ad that we ran when we raised private dollars, encouraged the local foods to air the ad simulcast on the same night, the first ad was a full minute commercial. and as the viewer, you walk with a young ten year old african-american boy through his life in our city. it begins with a warm his hands in the fire with a homeless man dodging drug dealers in their
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suburban buyers stepping around hypodermic needles, avoiding prostitutes. and ultimately in the dark of night, wondering where his little sister has gone because she had left to go by candy at the corner store, and he finds her. but he finds her in the center of a crowd of grief stricken neighbors and first responders. another young victim of drug dealer crossfire. killed in a drive-by shooting. tightly braided hair, her lifeless eyes wide open lying in a pool of blood. the narrator's voice says that the people of baltimore are in a fight. it's a fight for their future. it's a fight that we have been losing, one life at a time. there are people who say it's over, give up, we've lost. but for the strong, for the brave, this fight is not over. what will it take to make us stand together and say enough? and then comes the stark white
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on black words. believe. believe in yourself. believe in us. baltimore, believe. now, for three very difficult and painful weeks, weeks when we were not receiving many kudos from our booster business community, we ran those ads. why did we run them? because we had to be honest about our present in order to change our future. we then ran ads calling on people to take action, mentor a and our a life. join in the police department. believe in yourself, leaving us. call 1-800-believe. get someone you love into drug treatment. there's more than. it's more widely available. call 1-800-believe. and do you know what? it did work and the people of baltimore rallied.
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and, of course, as you might suspect it wasn't about the signs or the bumper stickers but it was about something else. the belief that there is no such thing in our city as a spare american. and over the next 10 years, thanks to a lot of courageous first responders, many of whom gave their lives in the line of duty, baltimore achieved the biggest reduction of crime of any major city in america. [applause] >> and why do i share that story with you this evening? because belief is important. belief drives action, and today, like baltimore in 1999, we as americans are going through a time of disbelief. a time with more excuses than action, more ideology than cooperation, more fear and anger than progress. we seem to have lost, haven't we, that shared conviction that
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we once had that we can actually come together to solve problems and make things better for our children and theirs. there's a big difference today between the american that we carry in our hearts and the america that we see in our headlines. the america in our hearts is that land where those who work hard and play by the rules are able to get ahead. the america and our headlines is too often a place where wall street profits are higher than ever, but the rich are richer than ever, the paychecks of hard-working people are becoming smaller and smaller. the america in our hearts remains that nation that created by choice the greatest middle class and history of the world. this land of opportunity that has sought the world over, the america in our headlines is initially were too many kids are
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being shortchanged. and all of this reminds me of the story of the prize fighter who is getting beaten down in the rain by his opponent, and finally he turns to set him down in the corner of the he looks to him and he says, the problem is not what the guys doing to you. it's what you're not doing for yourself. [applause] in other words, whether we think we can our we think we can't, we are probably right. i don't know about you but i had enough cynicism and enough of the apathy. i've had enough of giving into self-pity and small solutions and low expectations of one another. so tonight let's remember who we are. america is the greatest job generating opportunity expanding nation ever created in the
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history of the free world, and we still are. [applause] for 235 years we have been the country that drove the world and lead the world over and over again, and we did in large part on making one another stronger here at home. and don't you think it's time that we did it again? [applause] the patriots, think about it, the patriots who made our country great. they didn't pray for the president to fail. they prayed for the president to succeed. [applause] and our founders don't belittle science. it actually, they revered learning. they aspire to and it didn't
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appeal to america's fears. they inspired american courage. and they would never ever abandon the war on poverty in order to declare a war on women, a war on workers, a war on immigrants, and a war on the sick or a war on hungry children. [applause] now, of course, you and i know and that it would be best for our country if our republican brothers and sisters, and they are our brothers and sisters, would return to the table of democracy to offer ideas to help us solve our problems. our eagle flies a lot better when both the left and the right wing are working. but as democrats and as americans, we have a responsibility right now and it's urgent and its today, and it's about jobs. it's about a stronger middle class and it's about giving our children a better future by the choices we make now.
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the truth is after hoover, america needed roosevelt. after eisenhower we needed kennedy. after reagan we needed clinton. and after eight measurable years of george w. bush, america needed barack obama. [applause] no president inherited a bigger deficit, more wars, bigger job losses, or as large a deficit as president obama. but thanks to his leadership, america is moving forward again. i think we're now at 54 months in a row of positive job creation. we still have more to do but 54 months in a row of positive job creation. [applause] that's 142000 jobs. urgent work remains to be done because they're still too many of our neighbors unemployed. those who peddle the politics of fear have no intention of
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letting up, folks, and we're out there battling every day. isn't that right, mr. chairman? if they battle for the country we carry in our hard. unlike the republican of eisenhower days, these tea party republicans funded by the wealthy economic loss friends like the koch brothers, they see america as a small place, don't they? a tiny place. failing business. limited capacity, limited potential, limited opportunity. it's sad. they actually see our country, our place as a place that only can afford any more to serve the interests of the privileged few. so to those who prescribe this future of less for our country, i think all of us need to ask them the very serious and honest question, how much less do you believe would be good for our country? how much less education will make our children smarter? how many fewer college graduates
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make our economy more competitive. how many hungry american children can we no longer afford to feed? think for a second about your parents and grandparents. picture their faces. they understood the essential truth of our american dream, that the stronger we make our country, the more she gives back to us and the more she gets back to her children and grandchildren. we are not going to solve our problems by doing less. we must do more and we have to do it together. in maryland that's what we have done. more not less to create new jobs and new economies and new industries, to build a modern economy, an economy with the human purpose. we've done more and invest more to improve our children's education, more to rebuild our infrastructure, more to make college opportunity more affordable for all, and like you, we believe a stronger middle class is actually the cause of economic growth.
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so we increased the earned income tax credit. we became the first state in the nation to pass a living wage law. [applause] and we increased the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. [applause] now why do we take these actions? because it was the right thing to do? well, yes, but it was also the smart thing to do in order to grow our economy. when workers earn more money, this is is have more customers, and our whole economy grows. prosperity doesn't trickle down from the top. it never has, it never will. a stock of corn does not grow from the tassle down. a thriving economy and a growing economy is built from the out in the middle up. the stronger middle class is not the consequence of economic growth, not some sort of luxury byproduct. it is the center and the cause
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of all economic growth. [applause] but, of course, fortunate democrats, the test is always results, right? does it work? maryland is not creating jobs at one of the fastest rates in our region over the last four years. we have not only achieved the highest median income in the nation but we are also rated one of the top states for upward economic mobility at a time when many other states are wrestling , and our country is wrestling with that issue. just recently the u.s. chamber of commerce, which is hardly a mouthpiece for the maryland democratic party, named us the number one state in america for innovation and entrepreneurship for the third year in a row. progress is also about creating a more just, a more inclusive, and more secure future for our children. so with the belief and the dignity of work we expanded and protected collective bargaining
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rights. [applause] and we don't attack and belittle teachers but we support them and value the work that they do. [applause] we were not a people that advocated turning away helpless refugee children seeking refuge from war and extreme poverty in central america. we are a good and a generous people. [applause] and with the belief in the dignity of every child potential, we passed the d.r.e.a.m. act in maryland, and to believe in the dignity of every human being we passed marriage equality in maryland. [applause] [inaudible conversations] >> good luck to you knocking on doors.
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>> it's madeleine, i'm sorry. >> no problem. >> and then it's mary. and then the youngest one is kerry, k-e-r-r-y. >> my pleasure. >> they told me i would need a lobster tie. good luck to you. thanks a lot. >> thank you. thanks a lot. >> i thought you're going to stand up and do a version of alice's restaurant.
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>> i didn't bring a guitar. >> i wondered what you think of fiscal policy to improve our budget deficit and debt in the long-term? >> i think we need to grow our economy. you will never retire the deficit unless you're making better investments that can make the economy grow, and actually the president, if you look at some of the trends of some of the reductions over the last few years, president obama's average spending increases have been very, very small compared to any other president in modern times. but what we're not doing are the things we used to do and take for granted. even in reagan's years. the amount of discretionary investment in infrastructure, research at nih, and other things. we need to restore that balance. if we can do that and get real growth in wages moving in the right direction, a lot of the bad math that appears so scary
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when you put on the horizon starts to come into balance. we wouldn't have been able, i guess another way to say it on a smaller scale in baltimore, we had to make a lot of cuts. we had to do a lot of difficult things but the most important thing was to stop shrinking and losing people. because by making the city safer, we finally started to grow the city. and in a sense, i mean, there -- there are other sort of the pent-up things -- weapon type things. immigration reform, a special in social security. >> how about that? >> i was sitting across the table from you during this election in baltimore. >> tell me your name. >> karl gable. >> karl gable, good to see you, man. i haven't seen you for like 20 years.
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>> twenty years, that's what it's been. >> so you are living of your? >> yeah, i moved up here about 20 years ago. >> i'll tell gene strickland i saw you. good to see you, karl gable. >> thank you. thanks a lot. >> thanks for being here. >> i want to introduce you to my mother, kitty. >> i want to see you in the white house. when will that happen? >> careful. don't wish that on of the people. >> come on, we like him. >> pictures are free. >> perfect, thank you. >> you are very welcome. it's a pleasure to meet you. thanks for raising a firefighter son.
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is he your only son? >> no, i have three sons. >> what does everybody to? >> two firemen and one executive, and my daughter is a physical therapist. >> great careers. turned out great. >> can we get another picture? >> absolutely. >> did you press the right button? okay, thank you. >> my brother lives in fort washington. >> prince george's county. >> no, no, no. i will sit down for you. what's your name? they called out your name, right? >> yes. i'm vice chair of the council. >> you have a nice tribe. >> they are really good. >> are these are people? >> they are. and that's the book that you got.
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>> oh, thank you. >> i just want to tell you when i graduated from college, -- [inaudible] how you were describing it i will never forget. just before they were discredited. it was one of the most unreal life experiences. it was the beginning of the war on poverty. the vista program. i got sent from there to west virginia. >> did you ever meet the harrick and while you're there? >> oh, my god i think i did. they were amazing. >> baltimore is a place for potential. decent, hard-working people.
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>> and it's wonderful to hear you speak about it the way you did. thank you for your good work. >> you are consistently decent person but the last time we saw you talk, you got finished and you went down to the lunchroom for a pizza. you're sitting there stuffing a pizza down, and i came over and i said can i get your picture? you put your pizza down and you got up and then you posed for the picture. i was down on one knee. i was down on one knee and you came over and helped me get up. [laughter] another sign of old age. >> i've got to take a picture. >> don't forget my book. >> thank you. >> absolutely. he's got like three chapters in there.
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>> there we go. >> thank you very much. >> you're very welcome. good seeing you again. hi. how are you? >> i'm terrific. >> are you heading out? >> yes. how are you? thanks very much for what you are doing to help us out. we sent a few young people up to the coordinated campaign. >> that's great. >> and jennifer who is here tonight is working for governor hassan.
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>> that's great. ray told me to send more people. >> we have a lot of people. we had about 200 people send in resumes. our leadership pac was able to deploy them to a number of states. >> that's good. >> full of hope, idealism and energy. >> good luck to you. >> thanks. [inaudible] >> maggie represented the part of the southern part, and margaret have the northern part, and under redistricting they -- >> well, good luck to you. thanks for letting him run. >> no problem. >> it's not easy to be a spouse. >> she has made the third highest number of calls. >> awesome. >> she's my ace in the hole. >> my wife did that for me until
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she became a judge and then she wasn't allowed. >> have a safe trip back. hope to see you again. >> thanks for all your good work and letting him do this. >> dr. anthony fauci on the presence homeland secure assistance these are monaco they will talk but u.s. people the response. it was originally set for 33 now closer to 4:30 p.m. live coverage on c-span networks. on that topic the hill reporting today the panel of the house energy and commerce committee will meet on october 16 to examine the federal response to ebola. it will be the fourth time lawmakers meet to discuss the virus. the two officials, centers for disease control and prevention director tom frieden and national institutes of allergy and infectious diseases director anthony fauci will testify to
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the panel plans to address decisions made by the cdc as well as an airline screen procedure by customs and border patrol. that from the hill today. coming up next, a discussion from today's "washington journal" on the role of the american conservative union in the midterm election. >> host: new chair of the american conservative union. what is the nation? >> guest: the ac was established after the 1964 presidential election to wear barry goldwater come a great conservative with on to lead rather spectacularly in the race. and conservatives said it was great to nominate a wonderful conservative to the presidency but it would be better to win. so their goal was to get together, the reason why union is in the name, the desire was to get together all different conservatives for different perspectives.
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you have your national security concerns, your economic conservatives, your social conservative, religious conservatives. all different perspectives to bring them together, try to have electoral success in public policy. >> host: what is your role in the 2014 campaign? >> guest: well, if you look at the presidential example of the last two cycles, the center-right coalition has a lot of work to do. and so our goal in 2014 is obviously to have as conservative a congress we can possibly have. this will come as a huge shock to you, does not mean keeping harry reid in the majority of the senate. ... we want people to know who the true conservatives are. does it include keeping pat roberts from your home state of kansas in the senate? guest: absolutely. he has an obama acu rating.
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has a gold standard of congressional rating spirit we have been reading members of were since the early 1970's. so american80% or congressionalnion rating could absolutely, we think he deserves reelection. it is my home state. i think as the days go by, not too many days left, that republicans and conservatives will be coming back to pat roberts, and i think he will win. host: does it include keeping john boehner john boehner as speaker? >> our goal is to elect as many conservatives in the conference and the question of who is speaker is made by the whole congress and they will make that decision. i think that one thing i would say is sometimes conservatives are too focused on republicans not being good enough and we should focus more on who the
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real enemy is and that includes those members who want to grow government and support president obama's agenda, which we think is radical. that is the fight we should be engaged in. >> host: what is the threshold to determine if boehner is a conservative or good enough? >> guest: we tend to not endorse in races unless they have an 80% rating on our congressional scorecard or higher. some members get 90%. john boehner, before being speaker and the speaker doesn't vote that often. before he was speaker he voted a lot and had a high conservative rating. he has been a great conservative
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in congress. i think he has the toughest job in washington. but politics and democracy are messy but i think he is up to the challenge. >> host: what are through issues the acu is concerned about? >> we think religious issues. society is changing rapidly and we are diverse but we think it is important to stay true to the ability of practing religion or no religion. we think national security. what does that mean? i worked for bush and cheney and there was a bush doctrine. vice president cheney was aggressive in terms of what the country needs to do in terms of the war on terror. but paul, ted cruz, marco rubio
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and the movement, the conservative movement, needs to have a conversation on what our national security policies should be. >> host: nearly a day goes by without mentioning the koch brothers. you used to work for them. in what capacity? >> guest: i ran their washington, d.c. office. >> host: is this a negative story here in the arizona republic? >> guest: almost of the stories on the brothers tends to be negative. i have the honor of knowing him and his children. i knew them before i worked for them. i saw a loving family, good decent people and a man who left
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work to watch his kid play a tennis tournament. i was always surprised and impressed with how ordinary they were in terms of a family unit. so it is kind of strange to see how this has turned into people thinking there is something wrong with someone who has great financial means caring enough about his or her country to make these investments. this is a free speech right. a wealthy individual on the left or right has a first amendment right to spend anything they want on the political causes they care about and the constitution is clear about that. i think it is as a shame people are making these attacks. >> host: who is your political hero? >> guest: i would say lincoln. someone who is less political
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but a hero is jacky robinson. he made a big empath -- impact -- on the culture. more on the ball field but the way he handled himself taught the nation what they need to do when it comes to race politics. >> host: what does the republican party stand for today? >> guest: i think that is one of the things where we have question. 11 principles were put out yesterday. they were good principles. i think that the republican party is successful when it unites the three major legs of the reagan coalition. that is policies on the culture and social conservative policies, free market and economic policies and our policies that relate to peace through strikes and what we do with your national security policies.
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when we can have all three legs of the stool be strong we can have political success and always have. what does that mean in terms specific policy? we need a vigorous debate. i think the 2016 presidential campaign is wide open and we will have that debate. it is going to be good for the republican party and the country. >> host: the chair spoke about immigration as well. wh i want to get your response. >> legal immigration theas stregthened the country. this issue is personal. my mom, who is greek -- this is what happens when a greek and german get married. i did name my kids jack and grace. so the tradition of the name is over. my mom is greek and grew up in
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sudan and immigrated to the united states after meeting my dad who was in the army in ethopia. my mom went to queens, new york and took an oath in the early '70s in newton, new jersey. i was too young but my mom will not let me forget the opportunities everyone has been given in this room. we need to make sure america is a place people aspire to work, live and dream. our country should be welcoming to those coming and doing it the right way. >> reporter: what do you think about that? >> i agree that immigration has made our country better.
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i think immigration is a fantastic aspect of our country. i think the best and brightest want to come to this country to live and that is a great thing. i don't think we should do anything to dampen people's desire to come here. the fact he is an immigrant, most of us don't go too many generations back. i married someone -- my father-in-law came from cuba. he was a political prisoner in cuba. if you ask me who my heroes are they are freedom fighters. he was a professional in cuba. came here and did everything he could. he made furniture. was an electrician and cleaned up things. now he is an accountant and has great success stories. we all have them in our lives. for the people, it needs to
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continue to support the idea immigration makes the country stronger. >> host: what do you think about the potential executive action? >> guest: this is where we get it wrong. when one branch acts unilateral and tells the american people this is what will happen i think we get great political controversy. you will see immigration is spiking if you look at the polls and that is because the immigration system is broken but also people believe that the president has taken steps and isn't working with congress. the allies say they are stopping everything in the house. but the people in the house were elected by people so the powers have to work together to come to an agreement. john boehner should have been the best speaker for president
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obama to work through and get solutions on these issues because he is not a guy with sharp elbows but the president decided that is not the course he is taking. and that is frustrating to many people on the right and left. i think it made it harded to get the agreement on the parts we need to get fixed. >> host: let's take calls. charlotte from fort collins, lea colorado. >> caller: hi, during the last segment, i said we have a growing demographic in this country that is definitely not republican. and that is one thing. so without redistricting or with the districts the way they are, if they were analoged republicans would never win anything because the
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demographics are changing against them. and the other thing i want to talk about is the republican party -- i like john boehner, i think he is great but when you have people like ted cruz and these far right that pander to the 20% of the party as john mccain said it takes 50% to win last time he looked. you need to get people like jeb bush and not the people pandering to the fox news crowd. >> host: thank you, sir. moderate was the word he used. >> guest: i don't know if charles saw i am with the conservative union. i do believe it takes 50% to win
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the election and i think the only way conservatives are going to be successful is if they can knit together every allie -- ally -- they can muster up. it is taking people like ted cruz and sarah palin. as a conservative movement, if we spend all of our time attacking others in the coalition and don't focus on those in the left wing coalition it has done great distruction over the years. those are massive problems and not brought on by the center right coalition. they are brought on by the center left coalition. we need to get serious, fix it,
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win elections and take back the senate and hold the elected officials accountable. >> host: matt schlapp, let's say jeb bush wins the nomination for 2016. are you happy, sad or neutral? >> guest: first he has to announce he is running. i worked for his brother so it is an open question. if he were to run, he would be formatable. i am for beating hilary clinton. i think three terms of progressive presidents in a row will result in a very changed supreme court, federal bureaucracy and new regulations. so i am for anybody who can beat her. who have i decided to endorse? i have not revealed to myself.
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>> reporter: willy from katie, texas. go ahead. >> caller: good morning. i want to know how does mr. mcconnell get an 80% rating from the acu? i think me personal that conservative who voices the word quote unquote pathway to citizenship or some of the other things he says -- he gets a zero in my book. and to jeb bush? no way in the world. it would have been great to have matt schlapp and mr. alex there to trade ideas. that would have been two hours of great back and forth from these two great folks. >> host: thanks for the suggestion, willy.
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>> guest: i assume you think i would have won that debate. mr. mcconnell has a rating greater than 80% and didn't support the bipartisan immigration bill in the senate. he might have slightly different positions than what you mentioned. if you are not for jeb bush then you ought to go support whoever you want to be president. this is why it is great the presidential contest is wide open. there is no front runner on the republican side. you have not seen that happen in my lifetime. i think it is great thing and hope everyone watching is involved in this contest. >> host: have you ever been accused of being a kinder, gentle acu?
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>> guest: we have probably been called every. there are other groups who have a mission to call people out. the acu has the opposite mission. yes, we want to stand up for our principles aggressively but we are trying to pull people back together and realize what the ultimate goal is. so getting into a fight between social conservatives and l libertari libertarianilib r libertarians -- isn't your goal. >> host: you own the event that takes place at the end of february. and we cover that much of it life. bill is in georgia. democratic line. >> caller: hi, i am really
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disappointed in the whole attitude that people are calling in and displaying. i find it strange you have a name with a union in it when most americans hate unions for some reason these days even though they established the country. the other problem i have is i remember back in '64 when i was a young teenager and they passed the civil rights act and i remember people saying send africans back to africa. you may think it is funny but i think if all africans left and mexicans left you would still be on what they call white trash and you would hate on them. >> host: what is your point, bill? >> caller: i think you are glossing things over. the large population coming
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along are mexican americans. i think african-americans are going to join with african-americans and young guys like the kids from colorado are going to join together and the conservatives are going to be outlet. we need to let the democrats run thing. if they are wrong, i will vote for the republicans the next four years. >> caller: there is an american conservative union and it is different election. i did have a few friends when i was elected to the chair ask me when i wanted to start to run a union. i had to remind them it isn't a labor union but a political union. as far as racism, i think the founder, william buckley, has a wonderful history in kicking out the intall rnlt nutrient --
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intolerant -- voices in the movement. with that said, i believe immigration made the country better. >> host: armine is from texas. >> caller: there is a string saying unemployment rate is at a six-year low and this is in spite of what the republicans could have done to help the president. i think it is also weird that you can sit there and say that you guys are trying to do something when the house of representatives, which is one by republicans, has the lowest rating of all branches of government. and when the president was first elected, the senate minority leader said we are going to do everything in our power to
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refuse any and everything the president comes up with. what do you mean democracy? this isn't a democracy what you are doing. you fought the president every step of the way and a lot of times he changed his policy to reflect the republican policies. >> host: got the point, armine, thank you. >> guest: my response is the fact so many people are fighting president obama is proof this is a democracy and we have a right to have our opinions, get active and the members of congress have a right to say no. if you expect them to do what the president says it is more like the shams of cuba. america is a great country because we can disagree with
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respect. >> host: matt schlapp is a graduate of notre dame and wichita state. how did you get to notre dame? >> guest: that is an interesting story. i never thought i would go there. i applied at the last minute because a friend wasn't turning it in. it was accepted. i met lifelong friends there, i got rededicated to my faith which is an important part of the experience and i realized i was a republican but it was listening to probably too many liberal professors that i realized i was a conservative and started a conservative magazine called "dialogue". we were trying to act like we
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were not just a conservative magazine but we were. it was a slick looking magazine. my college experience was great. >> host: tennis scholarship? >> guest: i was recruited to play on the team and did for a few weeks but i didn't get the intelligence to handle a school load, rock a job basically and the desire to guzzle beer and sleep in so i dropped from the tennis team. >> host: steve is in jacksonville, north carolina. republican line. >> caller: i love watching the
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show but i find it comical how conservatives and republicans don't step to the plate and get the things the democrats keep throwing at us. i keep hearing about the koch brothers. they build hospitals, give to the community, and employ hundreds. there was never a problem when unions were given half a billon in the election and no one had a problem with it until citizens united lowed everyone to get involve. and this guy in california, a billionaire who made his wealth in oil and gas, is now running around saying he wants to clean up the environment. it is comical. we need to come up with a slogan like the network brothers, abc and nbc and cbs. how much money have they given
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the democrats with their free advertisements during the election period? >> host: what is the political issue that concerns you? >> caller: what concerns me? we don't have the ability we used to. i have 11 grand kids who i know don't have a chance like my brothers and sisters did. they don't have a chance for a job outlook. the guy from colorado and the guy from georgia. 5.9%. he was growing up during the civil rights act, the republicans helped pass those bills as well. i think he was delivering the paper and not reading it when he was young in '64. we got the point. >> guest: that is a good recall of what happened on the show so
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far. let me go back to the koch brothers. let's face it the left is outspending the right. campaign finance reform bill that passed and was signed into law by the president i worked for hasn't worked out. corporate money, people's money, over and above the federal hard money limits float through non-profits or super pacs. keeping money out of politics isn't possible. money is speech and have -- people have a right to spend their money and speak how they want. i love the liberal people who make money in a business and turn around and want to advocate for policies that disallow
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others to make money. it is okay for him to make money in the coal business but now others want to it is wrong. >> host: and there is a chart of the money being spent by the conservative groups in the 2014 election. $50 million so far. senate majority pac $32 million. this is harry reid so not just conservative. chamber of commerce and tim stire's group with 12 million the cycle. what about the acu? do you spend money in this elections? >> guest: we are not on that list. we would like to be on the list. i believe acu has a pac and c-3 and c-4 and through those i think the folks will be seeing
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us get more politically active. as it is now we intervene in the races to make clear who has had right conservative voting record, we defend that record when it is under attack and we have members who used to say they like to vote liberal and press release conservative. they vote liberal in washington, d.c. but when they go home they try to act more conservative than they are and we are not allowing that to happen. >> host: donald in south bend, indiana. you are on live with matt schlapp. >> caller: i am just going to talk about the previous caller. i just laugh at the republican party. i think you said you used to
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work for george bush. he had it right. and i give him that. i am just flabbergasted how the republican party now are just pruning back on the hispanic community. the reason i am saying this and i am a democrat is because it shows how the republican party nowadays are not -- well actually i never thought they had been far thinking. they are reactive. they are capricious in their thinking and that is why i believe that the american people should not vote for republicans. >> host: donald, i think we know where you are going. the last guest said 71% of h hispanic voters voted for democrats. >> caller: this is a big problem
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for the party. donald is from south bend which is the home of the university i went to. but this is a big problem for the republican country. the demographics of the country is changing. the country is becoming more racially diverse and more diverse in all kinds of ways. and the republican party will succeed if it is the conservative party and that conservative agenda has to speak to people no matter who they are. how do people struggling across the country handle the obama economy where wages are stagnant and poverty rates are going up not down? where we see the explosion of food stamps and other government programs? this obama experiment isn't working. the diverse nature of the
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country has to grapple with which political party or what political ideas will get them and their family to a better place. i believe conservatives have the answer for those people in these situations and when we don't have the answers we will do a better job of putting ourselves together and thinking through the problem. i think america has great problems. we have a great promises and i think the best days are ahead but we have work together. the republican party will succeed if they endorse conservative solutions. >> host: clyde ago go ahead. >> caller: i would like to ask the question what do you mean by
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you being a conservative or anybody else being a conservative? what are you trying to conserve? i will have a guess based upon the evidence i have seen in my 75 years. i am from mississippi. what i have seen is realignment, flow and deliberate speed from the supreme court on brown versus education, i have seen the lynchings in my state, i have always seen realignment in the republican party, etc. now, that is evidence and i will not relay to you what you believe in, but i like to hear what you call being a conservative. >> host: thank you, sir.
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>> guest: that is a great question, really. 75 years of life, you have seen a lot more of politics than i have in my 46 years. i discovered i was a conservative during my college years. for me being a conservative is a philosophy in how you approach life and how you approach government. i explain that i think the conservative philosophy was find of crystallized when ronald reagan pulled the free market conservatives and people that believed we had to project peace and strength and brought them together. conservative to me means you believe in the uniqueness, god-given beauty of each human being and their great potential. that understanding of what a human being is and what their
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role is on this globe was well understood by the founders who they wrote the constitution. out in the mountains ins virginia, they were espouged. and i think the government serves the people the best when the adheres to the constitution. it puts it in three branches of government and diffuses problems. that constitution is supposed to be as true the day it was ratified as it is today. it is not a growing and breathing document. it is document of specific words that has a specific meaning. as we look at government today, i think the founders would look at the government and say it has bloated and again to places they
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never thought it would go. it has trampled the human being's ability to prosper in so many ways. in 21st century america, i look across the landscape and saying to be a conservative is to desire the federal government does only what it has to do and adheres to the constitution. when individuals are free to do what they think is right that is what makes the country great. >> host: ron, new port beef -- beach -- california. >> caller: what a great guy you are, matt. but it is sad what happened to the republican party. they never caught on to the fact we are in a global society. we had many great congressman with the old ones and now we
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have a nice guy named duncan hunter who is a wonderful conservative but we don't have guys that understand we have a global society. all of the money is shipped overseas, the greed is ridiculous and the banks are in a mess. and you are sitting there partying like it is 1999. you cannot do that anymore. we need a new direction for the republican party. hilary clinton is going to be in there for eight years. we can face that one. we have to go down the road here and come up with a new direction. >> host: thank you, ron. >> caller: i agree we need a new direction and need to rethink how we approach these problems. the american people believe the
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country is on the wrong track. i have a message for republicans. that is not all anti-obama. it isn't just because they don't like the president's radical agenda. it is because they think america could be facing, you know, dark days in its future and want to make sure its elected officials are focused on that. and the republican party and the conservative movement has to think this. we have to have a conversation on this. and that is why 2015 is going to be an important moment saying what is it we believe? are we answering the question about what we would do if we had power and how we would strengthen the country. those are the questions we have to ask.
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>> host: helen in maryland. democrat. >> caller: good morning. i am helen in myersville, maryland and i am a the daughter of a coal minor who was hired by the federal government out of high school and went to live in washington, d.c. who i was only 17. i am listening carefully to matt and i am hearing some very alarming words. i think you need to redefine the word conservtism. >> host: what has been alarming? >> caller: the word conservative, and union together. i am a democrat. i was brought up in the 1950's when my father took me to union
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meetings. i learned about why these people thought they needed to form a union. it was to help the working class people be able to survive. and this man matt is putting the word conservative together. my 95-year-old mother is the most conservative woman you can meet but when you put it together with the word union and other words it isn't working out. >> guest: i am the first chairman of the union to be born after it was founded. it was named after i was born. you are right, though. the concept of unitty isn't owned by the democrats or the left. -- unity -- it is as a word that
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conservatives can embrace and we do. i am confidant conservatives will come together in 2014 and i am feeling more confidant we will have great success in november and i do believe conservatives have a great place in taking back the senate and i think we will pull together in 2016. i think it will be an open presidential system on the republican side and i think that will be a great thing. we will come together to take on what look like the democratic nominee hilary clinton. i think it is fight worth having. >> reporter: mary in lake station, indiana. independent. go ahead. >> caller: there was something i wanted to say regarding what the speaker said earlier and he used the word money is speech. he was talking about regarding the political contributions for campaigns. but i think it has struck me as
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maybe he misspoke or if that is actually literally. if money is speech maybe that is part of the republicans problem. i feel like there is perception that the republicans want to make the government smaller and the democrats want to grow it. i am not saying that is correct. but maybe through the media and actions, for example, if you are saying food stamps in this country have gone up since obama came to off, well remember we had this incredible economic collapse. >> host: can you bring this to a conclusion. >> guest: i am sorry. essentially i want to hear his thoughts on that. >> guest: first on the money being speech are not my words. they are words from the supreme court. i am not saying it is republican
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or conservative money that is speech. since 2006, the left has spent more money than the right. i would rather the right spend more money. but isn't it interesting the donors on the right get all of the scrutiny and people assume it is coming from republican and conservative pockets and a lot is but more is on the left. that is what happens in the democracy. both sides fight it out. in terms of the economy, i think people are hurting. the poverty statistics are alarming. how is this obama agenda, the obama economy, working out for those who are poor? working out for those who are vulnerable and on the first ladder on the economic ladder? or the first step of the economic ladder. i am glad the unemployment rate is lower because there are less americans looking for a job and hurting in that regard. but state policiepolicies, bloa government, taxes you can barely pay, they are not working.
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america is the best hope for globe. if it isn't working here and makes us weaker that is bad in every regard. >> host: matt schlapp, thank you for being here. changes this year to see pack? >> a lot of changes. every conservative is welcome is one thing i will say. give us a look. i don't care what your political persuasion or perspective is. engage in the conversations. it is about having a conservative conversation. there is disagreements on immigration, national security, things like traditional marriage -- there is disagreements and we have libertarian voices and mainstream conservative voices. and we will have that conversation in front of the cameras. we think that is good for the movement and the country.
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>> host: and the straw pole? >> guest: absolutely. if you buy your ticket you can have a chance to vote for your perspective presidential candidate and once again i think it is wide open. >> host: please come back. thank you. >> u.s. health secretary and usaid administrator will join the director of the national institute of allergies and infection diseases to talk about the u.s.-ebola response and answer questions in the whitehouse briefing room. you can watch that on our companion network. and booktv focusing on american policy. starting at 8:00 with john yoo author of point of attack and bruce fine will kick things off.
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tonight at 8 on american history tv on cspan3. historians and authors talk about word war one and then on saturday they talk about catching the unibomber. and on sunday the 100th anniversary of the panama canal. and call us, or e-mail us and let us know what think. you can send a tweet as well. join the conversation. like us on facebook. follow us on twitter. last friday the family research council held their 9t annual voters summit. this includes pennsylvania senator and 2012 presidential
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candidate rick santorum, sayre sarah palin and also a discussion on marriage. >> thank you very much. this is a great group of people. as you saw from the introduction, the mission of the liberty institute is defend and restore religious freedom back to how the founding fathers meant it to be and i think most of us know those are under attack. the typical person under attack doesn't have the money to hire a legal team so we provide the best in the country when that happens. people ask me how i got involved. back in high school i knew i had gift in analytical speaking and said i should be a pastor or lawyer and people said isn't that a god or satan choice.
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i went to law school, did well, had wonderful job offers when i got out and i remember thinking what do you want to do? i thought i want to use my legal skills but help pastors and religious freedoms and founding principles. i like to go to siminary sometimes. two weeks later i got a call from two large firms and i said we started donating time to religious freedom and it is hurting our ability to make a living. would you be able to come on and help pastors, and you can go to seminary if you want. being in my 20's i said let me pray about it. like that wasn't an answer to
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pray. when i said yes they asked how much i needed to live on and paid to get it started. and now liberal institute is the largest organization that focus solely on religious freedoms in the united states. i know i probably don't have to tell you this but the attacks are greater than anything i have ever seen in the 25 years i have been doing this. you have seen it not too far from here. wall street hospital banned family members from bringing bible to their own family members who were wounded soldiers until exposed. we have a situation where a young girl was told at a major university to take her cross necklace off because quote it might offend someone at the school. you probably saw the 5-year-old girl who was told to stop praying over her meal in the lunch cafeteria. i think of 25 years ago when i started doing this and people told moo you are going to
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represent churches i would say this isn't the soviet union and we don't have to defend churches. now we have a new church every week we have to represent. they want to increase size, feed the homeless and do things churches do. everyone is aware of the hobby lobby case. the highest lawyer in the nation stood up and argued that once you make a decision to go into a for-profit decision you are making the decision to wave your religious freedom and quote you now play by the government's rules. that is the argument. we won that case 5-4. these are arguments that would not even be made in the past. it isn't just religious
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employers. it is religious employees. i don't have time to go through are of the cases but let me tell you about one we filled this week. a wonderful guy by the name eric walsh. he is a wonderful christian guy. the state of georgia said we want you to be our director of public health, offered him a job and he accepted. then he was asked to send in his sermons because gay rights activist were saying you don't know what this guys believes and where he goes to church. they ended up firing him not because of anything he did on the job but they found his sermon and fired him for what he had in his church on sunday.
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that is a massive violation. we are having to fight for thes. i don't care if you are a religious employee or employer we will find out selves in this country without religious freedom. so it is burpimportant to stand. we do a survey of the attacks on religious freedom. this is everything from an 8-year-old boy caught praying over his meal, lifted out of his seat and carried to the pin principal's office and told not to do it all the way to senior citizens who were told meals were going to be taken away and they were playing over them and violated separation of church and state. it is in the north, the south, young and old, people of wealth, people without resources. there is no way to avoid these attacks right now. i talk to people who say if i am
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not religious should i worry about this. absolutely. the founder fathers realized if you lose religious freedom you will lose all of your freedoms. do you think if the government is not going to allow you to talk about your faith or where you go after you die or how you should live your life now do you think that government will allow you to criticize how you run the government? the one thing totalitarism doesn't allow is an allegiance higher than the government. the first spark is always an attack on religious freedom. and that is why the founders immediate understood when this happens you are about to lose your country. religious freedom is the reason people got on boats and came t
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this country. we have to be willing to fight. i will give you one example of how quickly it moved. and that is take the military. our cases in the military and a lot of people heard about this case the mohave desert memorial. it as a seven foot cross with a plaque on the bottom that says for the dead of warriors. sat there for 70 years until the aclu said this is federal land and you have to tear it down. the federal court of appeals said tear it down. let me show you a picture of what the court order it be done while on appeal at the supreme court. that is -- if you can tell that is that veteran's memorial, the cross, with a bag around it and a change around the bottom and a
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pad lock. that is in the united states of america. some people say why are you making a big deal about that. you won the case, the cross is back up and the aclu lost. we won 5-4. you change one justice and that picture is the law which is why there is a lot of work to be done. you think well at least that is over. the attacks on veterans memorial. so we have six more. i want to show you a quick video on one case we have right now.
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>> the last order in that case
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was to tear down that veteran's memorial within 90 days. we have gotten a stay and will go all the way to the supreme court to make sure that never happens if necessary. these attacks in the military are not just coming on external symbol symbols. it is happening internally. one example of that is sergeant monk. he is a hero. 19.5 years in the air force. patched up over 600 people in iraq. had to clean the blood of his bodies off his boots. came back to the united states only to be hold by his lesbian commander he needed to agree with her on the gay marriage. and he said this is about the mission of the air force and we can have different beliefs she said i need you to affirm you
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agree with me on gay marriage. when hollywoe would not answer fired him. you know what the first response to the complaint was? they read him his rights and opened a criminal investigation against him to intimidate him. but it didn't work. sergeant monk made up his mind on what he was going to do. [applause] >> and he was recently awarded a medal for his distinguished service over and above normal service for the country and he is on his way to retire and all of the attacks against him have fallen and he has been protected. but we should not have to protect them. this is an area we didn't think we had a problem and now we are fighting for these things. some of you will say i am glad
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they had that depressing speaker up there. let me tell you the good news. the good news is with all of the attacks on religious freedom we have a method of dealing with this and it isn't just a there oh it is working. if you looked at the legal groups that are non-profits, rather it is left or right, they use the same method. raise as much money as you can, hire as many attorneys as you can, put them in washington, d.c. and ship them around the country to deal with as many cases as they can. that is not our model. ...


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