tv Sen. Ted Cruz R-TX at Conservative Political Action Conference CSPAN March 4, 2019 9:03am-9:21am EST
standard or law that will protect people's personal information. >> we had a meeting on privacy and one of the big issues out there. and you're absolutely right. we can't have states going out and doing their own thing. you can't have 50 states and district of columbia coming up with this, it won't work. we have to have a national standard out there that i think that everyone out there understands it. >> watch the communicators tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span2. c-span2. >> on friday, texas senator ted cruz was among the speakers the a the american conservative union's annual conservative political action conference. his remarks are about 20 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, our next topic, nationhood and the border crisis, a conversation with senator ted cruz and richard lowery of the national review.
[applaus [applause] >> good morning, everyone and welcome to our conversation with the newly elected senator from texas, ted cruz. [applaus [applause] >> i'm rich lowry, editor of national review and as some of you might know, had a little bit of a complicated relationship with donald trump, but we had a little bit of a breakthrough, i think, a while ago. i went back to my office and i found this brown envelope from the white house on my desk. i was very curious what this wasment i opened up the envelope and it's a ripped out copy of one of my columns that ran in the new york post. i consider the new york post the nation's newspaper and more importantly the president of
the united states considers the new york post the newspaper. and how donald trump was a political presence and no escaping him even from republicans who want to try to. i thought it had a lot of incisive trenchant commentary on this. and what he focused was on the headline the editor chose to put on the comment, there is only trump. he had taken out the sharpie, circled it, an arrow down to it, rich, so true. donald j. trump. so we're going to talk a little about nationalism and about the border crisis, and senator, one thing that really came out of the shutdown fight and contention over building more barrier at the border, that kind of smoked out a foundational issue where you had top democrats, nancy pelosi among them, saying walls themselves are immoral.
you had democrats saying, comparing our border barrier to the berlin wall. the barrier of a totalitarian society meant to keep its people inside rather than people coming illegally from outside, and this raised the question to think barriers are immoral, what are you going to do with the barrier you have and someone you know a lot about, robert francis o'rourke actually answered this question in an interview, yes, let's break out the bulldozers and break down the walls we have in el paso texas. what do you think about this? >> look, i think there's a technical description of what he is going on, which is that the democrats have gone bat crap crazy. [applause] >> that's a political science term of art, right? >> if you look at the medical dictionary it's under "b", it is in fact a psychosis.
look, they have -- they're getting more and more and more extreme on every issue. think back to the state of the union. the state of the union was a display of just how radical democrats have gotten, and they embraced, and they sat there embracing late term abortion. now, some of us are old enough to remember bill clinton standing there and at least claiming he wanted to see abortion, safe, legal and rare. he wasn't telling the truth, but he was at least emphasizing rare. that's no longer the position of the democratic party. they are now for late term abortion up until the moment of birth or if you're ralph northam after birth. i mean, that's crazy stuff. on immigration, you used to have democrats who would say, well, yes, we should secure the border and we should have amnesty. that was the old democratic position and a lot of republicans. now their position is, no, don't secure the border at all let everybody in and have
amnesty. i mean, it is disconnected. if you look at the fight over the border wall. it's important to understand, it wasn't about substance. so, in 2013, not too many years ago, chuck schumer and every single democrat in the senate voted in favor of 350 miles of new border wall. the shutdown we just had a month ago was over 234 miles of new border wall. same new border wall. now, look, i'm not smart enough to explain how your for 350 miles of new wall, but also to shut down the government for wall and it's emotional viceral hate. this is not based on logic. they don't have an argument. here is their reasoning, trump equals wall. we the democrat hate trump therefore no wall. that's it. [applaus
[applause] >> so let me ask you, because i think one of my great frustrations watching how this played out and i imagine same is true for a lot of people in the room today. republicans had unified control of government in washington d.c., if i'm not mistaken for two years. >> yes. >> and how is it that we only came to focus on achieving one of the president's signature promises when nancy pelosi was becoming speaker of the house? what happened in the prior two years that there wasn't funding for the barrier? [applause] >> it is a very good question. let me say both good and bad. let's start with the good. i do think with the republican president, republican majorities in both houses i think we won some big, big victories the last two years, we shouldn't lose sight of those. a historic tax cut, the biggest tax cut of a generation. [applause]
>> that included among other things repealing the obamacare individual mandate. [applause] we've repealed job-killing regulations and we're seeing the lowest unemployment in 50 years, we're seeing wages going up. [applause] we're seeing the lowest african-american unemployment that has ever been recorded. we're seeing the lowest hispanic unemployment ever recorded which is why the mainstream media won't cover those facts at all. i'm getting there, i'm getting there. it's just getting warmed up. as i said, there's good and bad. i'm going to talk about the good first. we've also seen strong constitutionalist judges confirmed on foreign policy, we're in the middle of the biggest military rebuild since ronned reagai ronned-- ronald reagan and we've seen the embassy moved to jerusalem and pulled out of the iranian
deal. those are big, big victories and as conservatives we should be glad we were able to deliver on. you might ask why didn't we finish immigration, deliver on the wall, more promises, i agree with you. we should have done much, much more. and i can tell you last summer starting in august, i did a long presentation to senate republicans that said, look, if you look at history, unified control of the federal government, both houses of congress, and the presidency, it's exceptionally rare for republicans, it has happened a total of eight years since world war ii. and i said, everyone recognizes there is a he a real chance we're going to lose at least one house of congress in november. if that's true, i think at the time there were 183 days to go. and i entitled the president
ca car carpe diem, seize the day. let's do something that the democrats can't filibuster on. and you can pass legislation and the democrats can't stop it, and what i urged my colleagues, and i urged the president, i urged the vice-president, i urged the administration, let's take up a budget reconciliation, let's build the wall, let's fund the wall, let's get it done and i want you just to imagine, if they had taken that advice, if we had had that fight and you had seen elizabeth warren screaming on the senate floor to stop it, bernie sanders pulling what little hair he has out of his head, in september or october, that culminated with republicans standing together funding and building the wall, i tell you right now, rich, i don't think we would have lost the house of representatives. [applaus
[applause] >> so let's dig a little deeper. i talked in the border fight you saw some foundational issues surfaced and i think one that really is deepest here is the question whether we should have borders and the question of the legitimacy of the nation. and the nation state. and of nationalism, and there's kind of a loose notion out there. the nationalists is something that the prussians came up with, jack-booted thugs. in the western world the nationalist nation is ancient israel, god says to abraham, i will make of thee a great nation and he does. there is a passage god sets out the border like a surveyor, go down here, and over here and what's amazing about the story there's going to be distinct
people with a distinct territory and in he ever-- never give up the idea of a nation no matter what beefalls them. and amazingly two millennium later. in 2002, ben-- bagan, they find some bones, bury them and we will never leave again. this is in a nutshell concern for your own nation and i'm curious senator how do you think of this issue, that donald trump brought to the floor, hugely controversial, criticized by the great and good all over the world, including the president of france saying there's something wrong with this attitude
towards the nation. >> you know, the very opening words of the movie "the godfather" are --. >> i know it was you-- that's later. the opening words are "i believe in america" let me tell you, look, i believe in america. and one of the things that drives the media and drives the far left crazy about president trump is that he's willing to actually stand up and defend america. [applause] there are many pathologies that afflict the left, but one of them, it is a fundamental embarrassment about america's greatness. you saw that with obama. you saw it when he started his presidency going on a worldwide
apology tour, where those on the left are embarrassed, they're embarrassed about our prosperity. they're embarrassed about our freedom. we saw it manifested just this week if any of you happened to see it in a really idiotic rant, you're wondering who, because there are a lot of people who could have made that, but this particular one was bill mauer. bill mauer had this rant he said red states want to be blue states. we're the cool people, and they want to be just like us. >> no! >> let me point out it was that arrogant condescending smug superiority that is why hillary clinton lost and why donald trump won in 2016. [applause] and if you desire to lead interacting with your fellow citizens saying you guys are a
bunch of dumb, ignorant people who need to listen to me is perhaps not the best message. i'll also say as a texan, i can say authoritativuthoritatively, has desired to be from any other state in the country or the history of the universe. [applause] >> in fact, people from the blue state, california are moving in vast numbers. by the way, the blue states with high taxes, high regulation, their people are fleeing because they don't have jobs. we saw, look, when new york chased amazon out because a bunch of new york socialists said, now, by the way, let's pause for a second. what on earth was amazon doing, a nationwide search where do you want to base your second headquarters? i know, new york city. you almost deserve the pestilence that happens to you if you go into that willingly,
going, okay, they're a bunch of crazy socialists, let's go there and what do you think they'll do. >> you've got to focus on the $3 billion windfall to new york from chasing out amazon. you can decommission a lot of cows with that kind of money, senator. >> magic money. >> by the way, i support cows. i hope to see peta supporting the republican party now that the democrats want to kill all the cows. [applause] but when it comes to defending america, who we are. look, we're a nation of immigrants. my dad came from cuba with nothing, but when you come to america as an immigrant you come because you want to believe in, you want to be part of, you want to be an american and i'll tell you, being the child of an immigrant makes you love and value and cherish the incredible freedom that is this
country. [applause] all right. so we have time just for one last question and obviously, we're all gearing up for 2020. it's going to be an absolute war, and you had, you know, a really tough race in 2018, unexpectedly in a lot of ways. how is what happened in texas in 2018 a preview for what we might see nationally in 2020? >> well, look i think it foreshadows what we're going to see across the country. in texas in my reelection campaign, we saw on the other side they raised over $80 million. they outraised us three to one. it became the most expensive senate race in hard money in the history of the united states. now, what does it mean to be outspent 3-1? it means, for example, our campaign had a total of 18 paid campaign staffers. beto o'rourke's campaign had
805. that's the differential we saw on the ground, and what the democrats managed to do in texas, they increased democratic turnout more than 100%. it went from, in 2014 the last off-cycle election, it was a 1.8 million. they raised it all the way to 4 million. now, fortunately, we turned out 4.2 million republicans, that was the whole margin of victory. what is the lesson for 2020? we're going to see the left turnout in massive numbers. they're going to flood cash. that differential is going to be the battle for the country, and so let me just close by saying the men and women of cp cpac, it's going to take every one of you, speaking out. volunteering, energizing, giving money, using your voice because we're going to see a crazed assault from the left, more unhinged than anything we've seen. now t