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senate. i've coverage begins at 720 eastern on c-span2. >> marsha blackburn is running against a democrat to replace republican bob corker who is retiring. the two candidates faced each other nashville for their first debate were asked about the supreme court nomination process for brett kavanaugh, immigration, tax cuts, foreign policy and working with president trump. at the time of the debate they rated the race a tossup. this is about one hour. >> live from the campus of cumberland university, this is a 2018 u.s. senate debate. presented by news channel five network, usa today network tennessee, nashville public television, the league of women voters and cumberland university.
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please welcome our moderators roy johnson and david classes. >> good evening. welcome to cumberland university in the first 2018 senate debate. we want to explain the rules that both candidates were given a chance to answer all questions. the first candidate get 60 seconds on the second candidate has 90 seconds to respond. the first candidate will then have 30 seconds for rebuttal. we will alternate who goes first. the audience should remain quiet and not a plot except right now when we welcome the candidates marsha blackburn and former governor bill broadus and. [applause] [applause]
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[applause] >> thank you. welcome. we have a lot to cover in a short amount of time. we will begin with our first question and it goes to congressman blackburn. what do you think is the single most important issue. >> also to the league of women voters, the tennessean and channel five, thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk to tennesseans about the issues that are pressing and so important to them. as i talked to people around the state the number one thing they talk about is making certain that we keep the jobs and the economy is growing as tax cuts are working in
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tennessee. we hear story after story from people about how very important it is. i know phil would've voted against the tax cuts, he called them crumbs but i gotta tell you, when you are out and about in our communities and you see the economic growth and development, this is what they're talking about. in scott county last week they said they were advertising for people to come in and work because of the jobs growth. this is their number one issue, good for all tennesseans. >> i think the number one issue has got to be the overarching issue of how dysfunctional washington has become. so many issues affect tennessee economically and every other way are stalled in many ways because of the lack of ability to engage with issues, it's become hyper partisan, it's become almost
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impossible to get things done and move forward. relative to that, this idea that somehow your party affiliation, whether you're democrat or republican ought to determine everything about how you think about things and how you approach things, one of the things that's crazy wrong with it. you've heard a lot in this campaign about me and these crazy ideas and how if somehow i'm elected and go to washington and suddenly i'm going to turn my back on whole lifetime of thinking for myself and being independent and become a
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he probably didn't want to do that. he will be with chuck schumer but back to tennessee people, they want to focus on them this campaign really is about them. the number one issue is a healthy jobs and economy and healthy communities and then security, making certain our borders secure so our communities are secure. we know he will vote with chuck schumer because this is already bought and paid for. his campaign is bought and paid for by chuck schumer. >> the next question related to tax cuts, millions of americans benefited.
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those could be contributed. [inaudible] how concerned are you about the national debt. >> the tax cuts, i think the way that was handled as a perfect example of dysfunction in washington. the idea of tax reform was great but what happened in congress was the hard part. the reform got put aside in easy part, the tax cuts, no one objects to a tax cut for the middle class but you have to do both sides to make it work. there are ways of addressing it. i've talked recently about holding spending, let the
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revenues grow into that, that would take about five and a half or six years to get it back to zero. it's something that is possible to do if the congress has willingness to make it happen. >> congressman. >> you talk about debt and deficit he called barack obama a transformational leader. it's important to realize he did transform our nation from 10 trillion to 21 trillion. all of that is way too much. in order to get it under control, three things we have to do initially. number one, balanced-budget a moment, balancing the budget without a tax increase. that is something i've supported something we need to do. number two we need to make certain we have spending reductions and grow the economy. we are 4.1% gdp growth. jobless claims are the lowest
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in nearly 50 years. in tennessee, our median income is growing faster than on the other state. we are one of the top five in the nation. that is good news. also when it comes to tax cuts and we look at tennessee, one of the reasons we are attracting jobs and people as we do not have the state income tax. i led that fight. people around the state joined with me. we defeated that state income tax. that is good for tennesseans and it will continue to pay. evidence. he said he would've voted against the tax cut, chuck schumer has bought and paid for his campaign, he would vote to take those tax cuts away. >> the second rebuttal. >> this issue of balancing the budget, i give the congressman credit for organizing protests
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around the capital when income tax cuts came up but i have a settled down over the course of eight years and make a whole bunch of difficult decisions to get us through all very difficult years. my time has governor we had very tough budgets and how to make tough calls and choices, the very first year i was there i had to cut expenses 9% across-the-board except k-12. what it takes to keep these things under control is not just talking about it and protesting against somebody proposing attacks, but willingness to do the hard work and make the hard choices that i have done in the business world and as mayor and governor to actually run the government in a way that you don't need these tax cuts be met thank you. >> we want to turn now to healthcare. recent poll suggests that more than half of all americans now
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support the affordable care act. the highest percentage since it took effect in 2010. what role should the government play in healthcare and how do you ensure all tennesseans have access to affordable healthcare. >> thank you. i think that's the right question to ask. how do you make certain all tennessee people have access to affordable healthcare. what we have seen happen in tennessee because of the affordable care act is that you have had 160,000 tennesseans that can afford to buy health insurance and they had to pay the penalty. here's the kicker. what is so bad with this is that a hundred thousand families had joint household income of $50000 or less. the affordable care act does not work. i know in phil's book, fresh medicine, he supports a single payer government run
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healthcare system. that is where he thanks we need to be moving. we know when chuck schumer and the democrats tried to push that he would be right there with them supporting government wrong single-payer healthcare that would take half of your taxes. when the affordable care act was first proposed, i was not for it. i criticized it and president obama got very mad at me over that. when it passed and became the law of the land we supported. i think this action going on to actively sabotage it by modifying ways to have it work is really unconscionable. there are 50000 tennesseans who depend on this affordable
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care act and an effort to try to undercut that and sabotage it, it makes no sense at all. it's cruel to the people were looking at it that way. the congressman brags about how she opposed the affordable care act and voted against it, but there's something wrong, what's wrong with congress, you're sitting up there for the last 16 years we've had a wonderful healthcare system paid for by the federal government which cost you little or nothing in your voting to take healthcare away from 250,000 tennesseans with no idea on how to replace it with something else for what are really purely, political reasons. it makes no sense. >> the last question we give
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you a 62nd rebuttal. we will give you 60 seconds on this one also. >> the affordable care act has driven up the cost of health insurance in tennessee 176%. we have tennesseans in 16 counties that cannot even buy something that is aca compliant. of course, the thought would be most beneficial to tennesseans is to get the affordable care act off the book to open up the health insurance marketplace, to make certain we have a cross state line purchase of health insurance so that individuals can buy a product that since their needs at a price that they can afford. that is what individuals want. when you look at access to healthcare, making certain our rule hospitals and community health centers have access to high-speed internet that they are going to be able to do telemedicine, digital and remote monitoring so that they
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have that daily access. >> the state of tennessee has the highest rate of hospital close increase. capita. what will you do to ensure rule tennesseans. >> when you work about healthcare, when you talk about healthcare in general, simple access is a tremendous problem. hospitals closing and the inability to locate doctors in these communities. there are several things you can do. the future for those hospitals is likely to be in some sort of association with an urban hospital. there are things you do in the reimbursement policies and hhs that make that more or less
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possible. a lot of the future for healthcare in these communities is forming these associations with the larger urban areas. they provide the services people need in these communities to live there and work there. >> i was talking with one of my county mayors, rural mayors the other day, and his comment was so appointed and so precise, he said i think during the obama years they forgot about us in rural america on a host of different issues, and indeed they did. our state has suffered. bill gave hillary clinton money for her campaign and
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they pushed it forward in our state. what we have seen is nine hospitals close, the tenth one is getting ready to close from our rural mayors they say what we need is access to 21st century healthcare concepts. our hospitals that they have telemedicine, that they have digital imaging and the ability to bring people into triage. number one on their list, freestanding emergency rooms and that is something that we are working on so it will be available. we have over 200 community health centers in our state. this is a really good program that help gets healthcare to
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these communities. >> i am intimately familiar. but actually had some pretty effective programs. i believe very much that the state has gone ahead to work on the expansion and how they could have done that to avoid some of the problems with tenncare. it's a real problem. >> thank you governor. >> the single biggest healthcare crisis facing tennessee as the opioid epidemic. >> the opioid epidemic is one that affects everybody.
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i have a friend who has a child who has an opioid issue. every time she doesn't recognize a phone number, her heart skips a beat. this is how this affects so many of our families. what we are doing about this, more resources to local law enforcement on the frontline. the number one issue they are dealing with is fennel and heroin. he opposes securing the southern border and chuck schumer who has bought and paid for his campaign will say do not vote to secure that southern border. that is where the drugs are coming from. >> thank you.
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>> it's real tragedy in our state. it's going to be an issue in this campaign because my opponent has been one of the significant enablers of this problem that we have had. when she went congress 16 years ago she started to get very friendly with big or mystical companies. they asked her and she passed the stealth bill that basically took much of the enforcement ability, the dea had to deal with these issues, the law enforcement ability away. you don't have to believe me that this was a problem. 60 minutes did a whole section on it specifically calling out the congressman for what she did in this regard. when you are called out they said if there's some unintended consequences we will fix it, a few years gone
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by and no fix is in place, i can tell you one of the first things i meant to do when i get there is file a bill to undo what the congressman did to a half or three years ago to get law enforcement to begin fighting this. they are the frontline on some of these illegal drugs and certainly on some of the many illegal ways in which these opioids are made available to people. it's just way too important an issue to have law enforcement be able to deal with it. >> what he just said is false. the bill was voted on and passed unanimously in both the house and the senate. it was a three year bipartisan process. indeed, every bill dealing with opioids that has passed in the house and senate has been a bipartisan piece of legislation. what we do know is that prescribing limits worked.
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so many times i hear from people, if i had only known. what would you support if this trade war continues to escalate. this is an important issue and i think the best thing to do is to commence the president to back off this strategy. it is, the tariffs we have are hurting tennessee badly. they are a job killing tax on tennessee businesses. walmart is about to put prices up on a whole range of products because of the tariffs, that will hurt people in tennessee as well.
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they need to be dealt with on a one-on-one basis not by taking an ax to them. it makes no sense to slap tariffs on canada or something. i talked to people in the automotive industry when they are worried sick about this. i trust this information from our company a lot more than what's coming out of washington. >> thank you governor. >> thank you. when i talk with our farmers and our producers and our manufacturers, they are all very concerned about this unlikely so. i am not a fan of tariffs and never have been. china has had a trade war on us for decades. if we are in a trade war, forgiveness seeks, let's make sure we witness.
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i hope we get these tariffs over and done with because they are not good for tennessee. when you talk with swabian farmers, cotton farmers, when you talk with those producing court they express anxiety. one of the things we've been able to do is to advocate for them and push so we moved to trade agreement. they want new markets. they are please there's an agreement with mexico, they want to get this agreement finished with canada and they want to know that we are going to be expanding their markets and they are not going to be shortchanged in the spread we also know that it is barack obama and the trade policies of the last through few years and he change the world of a
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lot of tennesseans because their jobs went to mexico. >> your rebuttal. >> these trade policies are really hurting tennessee. farmers are feeling it, the automotive industry which we have spent 30 or 35 years building up and we've all invested in over the years is scared to death of these things. we are in an enormously economically powerful nation. we need to open up markets to our companies, not close them off. >> speaking of president trump, and you name one of the policies you support and one that you oppose. >> thank you for that. i will give you the one i opposed. i'll give you two that i have not been in agreement on. one is the tariff and the others on spending.
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our debt and our deficit is too high for me and i have voted against the spending measures because of that. i agree with him, getting isis on the run in syria, fully funding our military, and i tell you, the men and women in uniform, having lived through president obama's administration with not enough money to get them the readiness and the skills on the deployment and equipment they needed, those men and women in uniform need to be back. there are things they support. the way he's handling north
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korea, i'm certainly willing to give him some elbowroom in my mind to try something different in doing that. i think his inclinations to really work to find ways to cut back regulations, i wouldn't agree all the time with the way the work but the underlying impulse to cut back is the way that works. i certainly size governor in dealing with washington's were getting more like the eu. we need to move away from that. i think that will restore vigor. we have spoken of tariffs and i think he's wrong there. i'm also really concerned about this working to drive wedges between us and some of our best and longest term friends, some of the western
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european countries, france and germany and canada and the like and at the same time cozying up to russia which is certainly not our friend. i wish you would put those around and cozy up to some of our long-term friends and allies and be tougher on that particular front which is an enemy of the united states. >> 30 seconds. >> i would just say this, hillary clinton, $34400 and she presided over the worst foreign policy that we have ever seen in this nation. another thing i agree with president trump on is draining the swamp. cleaning out washington, sending power and responsibility back to the people, cutting taxes so people have more money in their pocket. one of the things that's really nice the president listens to people that we are
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likely to hear from brett kavanaugh and christine ford. given what you know right now, would you vote to confirm justice kavanaugh to the high court. >> during the time i was governor i selected and appointed a lot of judges. what is going on with his nomination on beep part of both parties discussed me. there's no other word for it. they've taken an important and serious obligation and turned it into a circus we now have 90 or 91 senators before they heard all of the testimony. and someone says if we don't need any hearings or review, let's just go ahead and
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confirm him. i think you need to listen to everyone including doctor ford and will not is over, make a decision based on their competence, based on their ethics, their temperament limits what they intend to do. >> i think every woman who makes an accusation to be heard and we know that hearing is set for thursday. we now know the vote to move judge kavanaugh out of committee will take place on friday. i would move yes to move judge kavanaugh forward and to send that vote to the floor. i would vote to confirm him. he is a qualified jurist, he has served well on the federal cour court. we see a pr stunt by the democrats, it is character
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assassination and this is dirty politics at its worst. when bill was governor, there was an issue where sexual harassment claims doubled one year. your paper wrote about it, the ap wrote about it, what they chose to do was to shred some of the documents so the voice would never be heard. they died in that shredder on their voices were not heard. the reason was, this is what's happened when men and women are in the workplace. these issues arise and that is an inappropriate response. also said there is nothing here to be covered up. kavanaugh, i would vote for. >> that is a total mischaracterization of what
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happened in this. we encourage, i have a zero-tolerance policy and have always had on this. we encourage people to come forward and i'm glad the number of reported cases where people came forward increased in that process. the issue she's referring to is an issue trying to protect these women so that when they talk to someone about their experiences there is not the freedom to put it on the front page of the newspaper the next morning. we are trying to protect people and get them to come forward. the next question comes from lisbeth ramirez. she is a junior at cumberland university. she was born in mexico and has more than one of 30 rumors currently enrolled at the school. she would like to know what you think should happen the young people brought to this country illegally as children. should they be given a permanent residency or a path to citizenship. >> elizabeth, thank you for the question.
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thank you for sending it in. as you know, there has been an offer by the president and the democrats led by chuck schumer said they don't want and it would have given a path to legalization for dreamers. i know that when phil gets to d.c., if he were to go there, he would be voting with chuck schumer. there should be a path for legalization for dreamers. at the same time, we need to secure the southern border. we need to make sure we end the inflow of drugs and gangs and traffickers. we also need to do away with sanctuary city policy. we need to make certain we are ending the visa lottery and chain migration and protecting the sovereignty of this nation
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do not the united states is absolutely entitled to secure its borders. i support that fully. we were one of the first dates when i was governor to send troops down to the arizona border to help in that securing. we were, during the time i was there we reversed the policy that my predecessor put in place to put drivers license to everyone irrespective of their status. these dreamers, i think we have a moral obligation. they are virtually americans in the sense that they speak the language, this is the home may know, they have no more connection to mexico or guatemala than i do and to have these young people at this stage in life when they're trying to think of what i do for my career and
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what i do about family and so on, to leave them hanging out there in the way they are now without understanding their status, i think it's immoral and we need to get beyond it. i blame both parties. both parties need to get together. this issue can be solved in isolation without tying a lot of other things to it. the public broadly supports dealing with this issue in this hyper partisanship and dysfunction and get onto the business of solving this problem. >> there was partisan support in the house on this issue, but that senate is dysfunctional and that's the reason i am running. the house has twice passed it. the senate has not been able to pass it, but back on this issue of the driving certificates, they passed legislation that gave 51000
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illegal aliens driving certificates, made our state a magnet for driving certificates for these illegal aliens. >> thank you following up on that, the white house briefly announced that the u.s. would only accept 30,000 refugees next year, the lowest number since 1980. should the u.s. in the state of tennessee except refugees, and if so, under what conditions. that's an area that is a political decision. it's a decision we are entitled to make. i support the idea that whoever is president can set these standards. i happen to be of the thought
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that we should be more generous than that but i certainly respect the right of whoever is president to make those kinds of determinations. we have got to separate this immigration problem into the various pieces that it is and deal with them. just lumping them all together gets us nowhere and this idea of a comprehensive approach, i don't think it will go anywhere. >> thank you so much. the issue with our refugee, i will tell you, i think secretary pompeo and ambassador haley are doing a great job when it comes to addressing the issues that we are dealing with, whether it's the un or whether it's the department of state. here in tennessee, we have a close tie and those who have come from curtis dan have a
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presence in middle tennessee, i work closely with them and cochair, it's a bipartisan cochair for the curtis caucus and work on the issues that face this community. when you look at refugees, there is a group of individuals we need to put at the very top of the list. this is the men and women who worked with our u.s. military and with our state department, serving as interpreters, serving as guides in these regions. those are the ones we need to make certain get into the united states and are going to be having our support as they work through coming into our country. they have served us well, they have helped us well, we should be there to help and support
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them. >> thank you. in tennessee, they have for a long time been welcoming place for refugees from various parts of the world. it's gone back a long way. many of the services we provide were ones that were in part funded or associated with various kinds of federal programs. i just want to undermine my commitment to make sure those programs are made in place so that when we do have refugees who come to the state we have the appropriate tools to help them. >> thank you. >> in the aftermath of recent mass shootings, the debate over gun control has taken center stage. what are your views on gun control and what specific proposals do you support? >> when we talk about gun control in tennessee, tennesseans know we can protect the second amendment and continue to protect our
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people. they note taking away gun rights or putting in place gun control is not going to be something that makes our communities safer. they fully appreciate and realize that. now, we also know the democrats in tennessee are focused on taking away your second amendment rights. that is paramount for them and a vote for phil is a vote for the democrats, chuck schumer and they will give you judges like sonya sotomayor who said she thanks owning a gun is not a fundamental right.
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>> i am and have been a strong supporter of the second amendment. i believe it's the right of americans. i started hunting when i was 16. i've been a gun owner all of my life. i also believe one of the ways you preserve these rights is to present reasonable rules in place so there exercised in a reasonable way. i value our first amendment rights you can't yell fire in a crowded theater. there's some things we can do when it comes to gun. i believe background checks are important and they should include all gun shows, gun show loophole and an ics who does the background check needs to be properly funded
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and get the information into the database. and third i would like to see some judicial process by someone who is clearly not mentally equipped to handle, to own one of these weapons so they can be dealt with. that would've been a critical factor into of the past three school shootings. >> i support putting the mental health into the system, hardening our schools and i supported the school safety act and legislation that would make the red flag on mental health in the next system. i am also supported by the nra paradigm endorsed by the nra. i have an a rating from the nra. without the endorsement of the nra, they rated me and a and endorsed me, phil got a d rating from the nra.
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>> thank you. >> what did we say about the crumbling infrastructure in our country. it includes roads and transit systems, do you think reinvesting in the infrastructure is important and more important, how do we pay for those improvements. >> i do think it's very important and certainly during the time i was governor saw a number of issues that exist in terms of decaying infrastructur infrastructure, things like roads and bridges and rail and are really suffering from not having an adequate amount of it. the approach i think makes the most sense is to do what i did when i was mayor and trying to get money from various
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projects which is getting very specific about the project. not that i need money for education but i want to build a school here besides appear, this size. i really believe the congress could come together and put some specific proposals together, you could garner some broad support for putting these things in the budget and getting them paid for and start to make some big and roads into the info structure problems we have. >> thank you governor. >> i can tell you this, in this campaign i have driven over 50000 miles around our beautiful and wonderful state, and i will tell you there is some roadwork that we need to get done. when phil was governor, he drained the road fund. he used that to pay for other programs in the general fund could if you are sitting in traffic a lot of times, this is the reason. there were not a lot of roadsigns that were used and there were not a lot of projects that were started during that period of time.
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when you talk about the federal highway trust fund, one of the things people will tell you is look, the place to start is getting rid of the waste, fraud and abuse. and making certain what you will see his money that comes in for a purpose and is actually used for that purpose. get rid of the bike paths or walking trails, put that money into roads and bridges. when you talk with our farmers one of the things they will tell you is they are going to have dependable infrastructure for moving from the forest to the mills. thank you. when i came in as governor we
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had known norma's financial problem that i had to deal with an eye dealt with it by asking every department and state government except k-12 education to take a 9% across-the-board cut. it was extraordinary painful. we asked the road front to do that as well as it as always been sacrosanct in the past. they did so, i did what i had to do to solve that particular budget problem. i make no apologies for that. if the congress will start doing the same thing from time to time, we would have a better country. >> thank you. >> president trump often refers to the press as the enemy of the people. do you agree with that assessment and what role do you think a free press should play in society? >> i do not think the press is the enemy of the people.
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i think it's vitally important. one of the things that has captured a lot of importance lately is what has been happening on social media. looking how they are prioritizing and sensing, looking at how they are blocking the ability of individuals when they go into their search engine and do a search. prioritizing and pushing forwar forward. do not bring your bias to the workplace. an era when so many people are getting their information online, whether it's through podcast like you have all started doing, then we need to make certain it is something that is protected. >> of course the free press is not the enemy of the people.
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i think many of us in the political world. one thing i tried very hard to do is to be available. i am proud of that relationship with the press and when i'm elected eight plan to continue that land of openness and accessibility. i think we have not yet come to grips with what it means to have a facebook and twitter an instagram in our world. they are not regulated media companies as you know and they carefully guard their independence in that regard,
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but i think working together we can find some sensible ways to make sure they are not used on our democracy and society. first amendment is the most important one in the constitution. i support absolutely the right of the press to conduct business. >> congressman. >> one of the things we do know is that in barack obama's administration, phil gave barack obama, they gave him over $55000 for his campaign. his federal communications commission wanted to take control of the internet. the last thing they want is to have the federal government in control of their internet. we also know that facebook
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functions more like a government than it does in edge provider. >> you're both running to replace senator corker, someone who is considered a premier foreign policy expert. do support nato in continuing to promote democracy around the world. >> i think the united states post-world war ii has been the leading force or sensible world order, i want to see us continue to engage with the world. i'm disturbed about the way in which the president seems to be backing away from that long-term commitment which has worked so wellin the past. to do that we have to be willing to willing to treat our friends in the proper way
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and work out arrangements. i certainly want to remain in nato, it is in norma's force for good and we need to continue to fill that role in the world as long as we possibly can. i appreciate the role that senator corker has played for our state and also for our nation. when you talk about the united states on the world stage, nato is an important group. i was happy they engaged them and how they work together in a collaborative way to protect our allies and see this is something so important. during the obama year they didn't know who was our enemy
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they were not treated encouragingly or in the same way. i think the clock has timed out if i'm not mistaken. our national guard, the intel and cyber units that are now at the 118, these are critical missions for our nation. you also have to look at what is happened with the work that secretary pompeo and president trump has done. we have been able to get isis on the run in syria. you have to look at the participation of russia and iran with syria, with china, with north korea and i think they're all the new access to
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evil. you also realize president trump made it very clear he was not going to draw a redline. the russians ran right over that. >> i would just want to affirm , one of the reasons we been so effective and i reaffirm during the time as governor i was commander-in-chief in the national guard, we sent troops to iraq, to afghanistan and i want them to know i am completely committed to making sure they have the tools they need. final question, we will just have 30 candidates for each of you to respond name one policy you supported or failed to support that you now regret.
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>> i probably would have put more energy into across-the-board spending cuts that i propose every single year in congress because it's important to cut into that baseline and reduce what the federal government spends. we want to see that come down. it is immoral to be passed on to our children and grandchildren we did a lot of things with education. one of them was to start focusing on college readiness as the ultimate goal of high school. i thank i took that too far and should have focused more on other paths besides college readiness in terms of making people ready for careers in other deals.
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if i had it to do over again i would change that. >> to closing statements, congressman blackford connect the clock says 30 seconds. >> two minutes on the clock. >> ahead. there we go. i want to say thank you again for hosting us in having us all here this evening. i think the viewers have had the opportunity to see some differences, some significant differences. i am running to take your tennessee values to washington d.c. they are ending to and the dry spell for democrats in tennessee. he thanks d.c. listens too much to voters. i think d.c. needs to listen more to voters. that's what draining the swamp is about. when it comes to the debt and deficit, making those cuts,
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spending less is what we need to do. chuck schumer has bought and paid for this campaign and he is chuck schumer's number one recruit. he spends more when he comes and he will be there to do it. paired when it comes to dealing with healthcare and our rural hospitals, i want patient centered healthcare that is going to focus on you. he wants a government system. i want to secure the border, build the wall, he calls that political theater. there are some differences between us. you've heard a little bit about us and where i come from with my background, i grew up in a fun. i went to college on a 4h scholarship. we have two children, two grandchildren, we worked in williamson county to make it a great community. we served in the senate, led that fight against the state
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income tax and it was not protesters, it was tennessee people standing up for their right to be state income tax free and the majority agree with that. now i am running for the u.s. senate to take your values. i'm asking you to stand with me and asking for your votes. >> two minutes governor. >> i've come into this and i still have a high school civics view of my country. i think we have a brilliantly designed government and it can be in a norma's force to protect its people and its lands. i have to fit pains me so much what has happened over the past decade or two with everything becoming a partisan issue in the inability to move things forward and get things done. it's just become a government, people standing on opposite sides of the room and not
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making any progress. people certainly are going to have a choice and of what people want is more of that hard-nosed partisan politics, take no prisoners, drought line in the sand, i'm not your guy and there's another person on the stage who has been in washington for the past 16 years and shows it and is very steeped in that political philosophy and has gotten very good at it. if what you want is someone who brings some experience from the business world and experience from being mayor and governor and wanted to start making things happen of getting things done in pushing the partisanship down and finding some ways to actually solve problems, that's what we
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want to do and that's what our whole life has been. >> thank you governor. >> we want to thank you for being here and think our audience members in the university. have a good night everyone. so long. [applause] [applause] [applause] ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seat. thank you.
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>> you been watching the tennessee u.s. senate debate. a reminder president trump will speak at o'reilly in johnson city tennessee for marsha blackburn who is running for the senate seat in that state. live coverage starts at 720 eastern on c-span2. : the
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>> i wanted to shift gears to spectrum because i know we all love to talk about spectrum. 5g is the headline almost every day now. is the u.s. going to win the race to 5-k? >> we are rented. that's for sure. we are in the trump administration spending a lot of time looking at the data and what we can do to help the private sector cabernets to be to make sure america return to leadership. if you asked people around the world were the undisputed leader in 4g all t. we got to first, got to first, to put it nationwide in a way that was holistic and brought broadband to mobile subscribers across the country. at the investments made by this country are private sector is the same as 5g. but we have competition. china and korea are absolutely trying their best to be first to
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have nationwide ubiquitous 5g as well. and it's going to be a race. but we are confident that american industry and american private sector is doing the things they need to do to push us forward. >> i think the party that should control congress after the midterm selection as the democrats because it's obvious we need some checks and balances on what's going on in washington. there is just so much that is contrary to what i believe is best for the electorate in the united states. i think what the democrats controlling congress that will
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definitely bring some checks and balances to the process, which is much needed. >> i would like to see republican retain control of congress in both chambers after this election because as a supporter of donald trump, i think the republican party is going to do a better job of advancing his agenda whereas the democratic party is going to obstruct him. >> i want women to control congress. i'm tired of people who don't live my life telling me what i need to do. we need more women and all sorts of power participation. and congress does the president in our senate state federal. >> i think that it would be bad for the country if impeachment proceedings failed because they will initiate if the democrats controlled the house. i think would like to see a sweeping democratic victory where they pick up enough from
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the senate to get a guilty impeachment or to fall below the threshold of the house in the house of representatives and then there's no impeachment at all. they have had over the countries had with an unsuccessful impeachment proceedings going on for many months. >> vice president mike pence discuss the values voter summit in washington d.c. last month and during his speech responding to president obama's comments about economic growth under president trump and said, quote, this economy is improving because of your policies. it's booming because we've been rolling back the policies of your administration since day one. we will show you as much of the vice president's comments as


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