tv John Mc Cain Newt Gingrich and Nikki Haley Speak at Kemp Leadership Award... CSPAN December 22, 2016 5:07pm-5:50pm EST
he had one major foreign policy goal. the defeat of the soviet union. he stayed focused and of course in 1991, the soviet union disappeared. we have to -- we desperately need to really re-think our strategies in the world. and we under estimate how hard it is. just run the list. north korea, china, russia, pakistan, iran, and islamic supremacis supremacists. those six problems, any one of them is hard. and the new president is going to face all six simultaneously, and that's a very daunting challenge for us as a country. >> mr. speaker, if i may pick up on something you said a moment ago, soviet union dissolved 25 years ago this month, and it is inspiring to me we are sitting here in this hall, because this hall, in 1949, is where the 12
original members of nato met, invited here by president truman, and signed that accord, which saw us through the cold war. and when the soviet union dissolved and all the states then declared their independence, we americans were of the view that, well, this is a time of change in history. it was extraordinary for all of us. and we had looked down at russia as being perhaps no longer counted among the list of our adversaries. but in a sense, that didn't last that long, since we had putin come to power, since we saw the invasion of georgia and the annexation of crimea, invasions into ukraine and current activities in syria. i would add, from my own background, a real escalation in russian espionage, both
certainly here in the u.s. it has led to real questions about u.s. leadership and where we stand with respect to containing russian expansionism. and there is a good part of the world at least from what i read and the people that i talk to that are a little worried that the incoming u.s. president plans to cut deals with putin. to their detriment. now, i don't believe that. but perceptions are important. i am wondering what we should be doing to allay those kinds of concerns and to reaffirm our commitment to nato and to our alliances. >> well, i'm going to toss it to john to clean up after me. look, i don't know that i want to go out and reassure anybody. i don't know what president-elect trump will do. i don't think president-elect trump knows what he is going to do. and i don't mean that in a shallow way. this is a very, very smart man.
remember, after amassing somewhere between 4 and $10 billion, he defeated 16 people for the republican nomination, and john and i can both tell you it is not the easiest thing to do, the elite news media and hillary clinton simultaneously, so to assume it is a casual, shallow guy, that's totally wrong. but he hasn't been through the process of planning. the people he is starting to surround himself, i feel pretty good about it. i think nikki frankly will be a tremendous ambassador, and is a great choice. [ applause ] i think mattis is as prepared as anybody in modern times to be secretary of defense, and he will be an ex extraordinarily knowledgeable person in the world and particularly about the middle east. so but when you talk about putin, you know, once had
somebody say trump will use the apprentice model and call putin and say "you're fired." i said trump is going to call putin and said look, you're mensch, i am a mensch, this guy was nothing. no wonder you despised him. i would like to work something out. but remember, this is what he just said to the chinese by accepting one phone call. but remember, if you really want to play competitively, i have the bigger economy. the bigger military. the greater capability. so if you really want to tell general mattis, we have to crowd the russians for a while, i can do that. your aircraft carrier will leave the mediterranean because you can't possibly sustain it, and find your supply lines are in real trouble, because you can't possibly sustain that. now i don't want to do that because we should be able to work together. but i don't think he is going to ever --
[ applause ] >> ever time i've talked to trump and i've taked to him a lot in the last few years, he never operates from weakness. and i suspect he would like to find a way to have a healthier relationship with putin than obama has. frankly, i would like to have a better relationship with putin. obama attempted. you don't go to a kgb agent and say hi, i'm weak and stupid and take advantage of me. you begged him do it and he couldn't resist. >> your turn, john. >> what do you think about that, mr. chairman? [ applause ] >> tough act to follow. >> could i say if i could further, i forgot. two of my role models have been this individual and jack kemp. we had been, as you said, 40 years, out in the wilderness in the minority, and these two
individuals were probably the prime reasons why to the astonishment of one and all, we became the majority in the united states house of representatives. and jack kemp, you know, when you get a bunch of egos in a room as a republican conference, and usually people don't pay much attention. when jack kemp stood up to speak, we all listened, because we knew he had a vision for america that is thanks to this institute, and is alive and well today. that's why i'm honored to be here. [ applause ] >> there is an old line big norg lessons of history, and then you are doomed to repeat them. the lessons in history, when ronald reagan came to office with a clear statement of peace through strength, it wasn't an accident that that same day, he was inaugurated that the hostages came home from tehran.
the message needs to be set to putin that his adventurism and aggression and attempts to divide up the ukraine which he has done, attempts to overthrow the freely elected governments of the baltic states of attempt, frankly, media reports, attempt to assassinate the prime minister of montenegro, he is acting with wild abandon. russia is a gas station masquerading as a country. i want to amend that. a mafia run gas station masquerading as a country. the world's 15th gdp and he is playing his cards in the most incredibly clever fashion, where he is now in major influence in the middle east, which they haven't been since anwar sadat threw him out in 1973, and no --
ambitions? i don't expect you to follow all these things, but there was a poll in sweden, 73% of the swedish people believe they ought to consider joining nato, because vladimir putin has scared the hell out of them in the arctic. and everywhere i go, and all these leaders i talk to them, a group of baltic leaders today. guess what? they want to know if they can depend on the united states of america, or do they have to accommodate? these little countries were part of the soviet empire, and then subpart of the soviet union for 70 -- 50 years. so what we need, and i think, and i believe that the people around president-elect trump have that kind of inner strength. it is not just mattis, who is our hero. but if he takes petraeus, or mitt romney, or john bolden.
john bolden would shake up the state department in a way that is long overdue, my dear friends. [ applause ] >> so general kelly, there is nobody that knows more about our own hemisphere than general kelly. the way, a scourge, manufactured heroin that's an epidemic in the northwest, and midwest of the country. i'm sorry to tell you, the distribution point is phoenix, arizona. he is assembling a team. president-elect trump, during the campaign, said he was going to do waterboarding and worst. and then, just the other day, he said he asked general mattis and general mattis said i could do much better with a pack of cigarettes and a six-pack of beers. i hope he took general mattis' word for it, and i think he might, because it is obvious he
respects general mattis. the message has to be sent that the united states of america is not interested in conflict. ronald reagan was not interested in conflict. but the lessons of history show that you have to show a steadfast, strong position, which then your potential adversary doesn't want to run the risk. but if your adversary and your adversaries, my best example, and i'll stop with this, i honestly, it wakes me up. here is two american vessels, manned by american sailors, put on their knee, with their hands clasped behind their next, what does the secretary of state do? he waits until they return and thanks the iranians. my friends, that picture of the american sailors on their knees, that was everywhere, all over
the middle east. and don't think it doesn't have an impact. if these people think we're weak. they're going to take advantage of it. i believe that it is time that the united states return to the days of old, and our role model, still my role model and hero, ronald reagan, who won the cold war without firing a shot in the words of margaret thacher. plaus [ applause ] >> you mentioned jack kemp, my old boss, and i recall hearing him say so often, freedom must be won a new by every generation. and surely, the current generation is no exception to that rule. my question is are we postured to do that? we've come out of -- we understand the biggest lesson of pearl harbor to have been -- to be prepared for surprise.
you have to be prepared for surprise, built an intelligence community around that objective. where are we today in being prepared for surprises? the known/unknowns perhaps as don rumsfeld would call them, do we have a -- >> december 7, 1941 was a sentinel moment, because the majority of the people of the united states do did not want us involved in japan or germany. that event, galvanized american public opinion. still look at the old clip, when franklin delnor roosevelt said the hand that held the dagger stabbed -- that united america. we were not ready, my friends, all during the 30 s. they were meat on the table for the japanese zero. they were out sped, out
maneuvered and out piloted. and i'm very sorry to tell you that because of this crazy thing called see quequestration, we'r cutting into the defense capability, and that's readiness and training. whenever you cut defense budget, the first thing to go is the operations and training and maintenance, because that's e e easiest. i can tell you testimony before the armed services committee have said the following. because of sequestration, we're putting the men and women in uniform at greater risk. is it our job as members of the congress and leadership to put our american, the finest of america at greater risk? of course not. and by the way, i again, i applaud president-elect trump, because he told me personally over the phone and he said many times publicly, we're going to
rebuild the military. he is saying that, and said it on many occasions. i'm encouraged by it. but i can also tell you there are members of congress, republican and democratic, who are simply not aware, nor do they realize the urgency and the challenges that america faces in the 21st century. do you agree, newt in. >> totally, yeah. this is why we're going to have to have a great national debate. there is no signal you could send to either the chinese or the russians more powerful than rebuilding the american military. you don't want, as john knows from his own life, you don't want anything close to parity. you want overwhelming capabilities, so the other side knows they'll lose. you're least likely to have a war if the other side understands they can't win. you're most likely to have a war if the other side thinks there a
clever way. we have to profoundly reinvest in virtually every aspect of the american defense system, i think, in order to be back to a position where we are relatively safe in a very, very dangerous world. >> one last question, before we conclude. i wonder if you might have some advice that you would like to offer to governor haley, as she prepare for her new job in new york? >> i think she is going to enjoy very much the russian ambassador. he is a really neat guy. spending time with him. not to mention, the chinese. could i just mention one thing? real quick. newt and i painted a pretty tough picture. i would not bet against the united states of america, my friends. i would not. i just would like to mention, we are now energy independent.
there is some of us in this room that are old enough to remember waiting three or four or five hours in a gasoline, because the middle eastern nations had cut off the oil supply. that will never happen again. we're going to be an energy exporter, and if we do that, we can get gas to the living rooms in ukraine and eastern europe so they won't be dependant on vladimir putin. would you like to be china? some of us have been in china where you can't see one block because of the poll pollution. they've got a democratic challenges which will be gigantic. do you see this device here? i have to buy a new god damn one every time i figure it out. this wasn't invented in china or europe or anyplace else. this is a device changing the world. information, knowledge, and knowledge is power. and so i would not -- and finally, could i mention?
when grit a little depressed, trying to do the lord's work in the city of satan, i go and meet with men and women in uniform, their leaders, particularly their noncommissioned officers. they are the best. there is nobody that can match up to them, and i still think -- [ applause ] >> if we don't give them the equipment they need and the training, small item, american pilots are flying less hours per month than chinese and russian pilots today. we give them what they need, and nobody that will be able to match up with them. could i just say that i always appreciate newt's thinking and ideas. he is one of the people i've known for a long, long time, who thinks not in one year or five years or ten years, or many more. now a lot of times he is dead wrong, right, but i do, i do have the greatest appreciation
for hisintellect, and he'll go down in as a leader as how the republican party governs. [ applause ] >> last word. >> off of that semi-endorsement from my dear friend, who i admire so deeply. who has been the epitome from our generation of public service at every level. let me just say, nikki, i co-chaired with george mitchell, a reform commission on the u.n., which we concluded was essentially bureaucratic a incompetent, riddled with nepotism and stunningly hard to reform. so that's cheerful. i've seen you at work in columbia, so i know that you're great natural politician. understand about bringing people together and listening to them and getting things done. i would just say two things to
remember. one, cheerful persistence. you're going into a place that is not used to having an effective american ambassador. you are go into a place that the normal daily behaviors, sending trump to the new york times or msmbc, it is tough, but as we e reemerge as leading country of the world, there will be a lot of folks who want to come to talk to you. to the degree, a working model i got from the army, of listen, learn, help and lead, you allow your natural charm and natural interests in people to connect with every single delegation and ambassador, six or eight months from now, you are going to have a remarkable reach into the u.n. and be able to serve our country and the president with remarkable effectiveness. i was thrilled when the president-elect announced that he was nominating you. i can't imagine anyone who would do a better job. >> could i just mention one
thing? [ applause ] >> arguably the most impactful and efficient and most admired ambassador of our time, dean kirkpatrick. i would look at the way she conducted herself and the way she -- would you agree? >> of course. >> on that wonderful note and tribute to jean, thank you both for being here. and please join me in a round of applause. [ applause ] please take your seats. we're going to let the servers finish with the coffee and desert. we want to respect everyone's
time. i want to agree with something that speaker gingrich said when he was up here. it is an incredible opportunity to focus on equality of opportunity to have dr. ben carson as the incoming hud secretary. and i'm fortunate to be able to work on the transition team on hud issues, and it has been so interesting, as i've been back in the hud building, over the past couple of weeks, a place that my dad some hud employees reminded me, that when you walk into the building, it feels like
you're in, let's see, eight floors or ten floors, ten floors of basement. but despite that fact, the people in there care deeply about fighting poverty, and providing opportunity for all. what you witnessed up here with michelle van cleave, speaker gingrich and senator mccain was the type of kemp forum events we've been holding over the past five years. and our kemp forum events focus on three areas. one is equality of opportunity, foreign policy, and the third is economic policy. one of the things that many of you remember my father saying, though, is that people don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. and to introduce governor nikki haley, we're going to bring up someone who cares. at the kemp foundation, we've been real fortunate to have
political leaders reach out to us and want us to work with them, and help them and this man has -- this senator has called us at the kemp foundation and asked for us to help, and he is invested his time not only in his home state of south carolina, but also, across the river in annacosta. i've been doing a lot of work with ron moten, and ron, are you out there somewhere? i would like you and your young people to stand up, real quick. ron -- [ applause ] thank you. those young people are going through a program, y'all can take a seat. ron has been working with those young people in a program that is training them for jobs, and
getting them ready to achieve all they can be. bob woodson who is here, bob, would you stand up for a moment? [ applause ] bob, many of you know bob, bob and my dad were good friends. bob took dad around the country when he was hud secretary, and what we do at the foundation, a large part of it is encourage politicians to get in their communities, go to the places where people know the answers. and bob talks about josephs, that they are a bunch of josephs out there. if we'll get out of our ivory towers, if we'll stop just thinking about theory, but go back to the people who are doing the change in communities, that's where the solutions come from. so ron moten is a joseph in d.c., investing in people's
life. tim scott said hey, jimmy, i want to meet some young people in d.c., who are trying to overcome a lot of challenges, because i've overcome a lot of challenges. i want to hear from them. this was just in the last spring. so tim has welcomed them to the capitol, hosted i think 12 senators an congressmen who sat around listening to them. tim cares. and young people, they care what he knows. his constituents care what he knows. and i'm more than thrilled to be able to welcome to the stage one of our great, young leaders for the american idea to introduce governor haley, senator tim scott. [ applause ]
good evening. wow. it is a great day in washington, d.c. good evening! >> good evening. >> if you were from south carolina, you would realize at that when governor haley stands up and she says it is a great day in south carolina, everyone says "it is a great day in south carolina!" the fact that we're in d.c., no one thinks it is a that great of a day in d.c. i have the privilege of introducing my governor, one of the greatest leaders in america, to you. i thought about some things that would be funny to say, and if you know my humor, you would realize that it is best for me not to sing or tell jokes, so i'll do neither. i do think governor about the one joke that i thought would be funny, you would not find funny. i am a game cock fan.
any in here? i could tell by the siel lelenc there is only one, she doesn't want to be identified as one either. 6-6. our governor went to clemson. i think she is personally responsible for the success of the clemson tigers going onto the playoffs. whoo whoo! good deal. i see we're not in south carolina at all. any ways, let's see. jokes don't work outside of south carolina, son. got it. yep, yep. my pastor is telling me, i have the right to be wrong. this is wonderful, in front all you nice people. seriously, our governor started working at 13 years old, keeping the books in her family business. she learned very quickly the importance of hard work. one of the reasons why i know this, she is a person who deserves the award tonight, because she embodied leadership.
not only is she a clemson graduate, but when you think about the success we've seen in south carolina, think about this. 46 counties, and during her tenure, we've had over 82,000 jobs created in all 46 counties in south carolina. [ applause ] >> that's amazing. >> one of the reasons why it is always a great day in south carolina. but think about some of the jobs that have been created and expanded under her leadership. the bmws of the world, $1.2 billion expansion, the mit mitchlon, mercedes bends, 1,200 additional jobs, boeing, volvo, the first plant in the country,
south carolina. there is a reason why south carolina per capita is the number two growing state in the country. it is called good leadership. but many of us would focus on so many of the positive things we've seen happen under her leadership, and that is truly good leadership. but i think perhaps the most important form of leadership we see when times are hard, when everybody is running in the opposite direction, you see, south carolina has had man-made and natural disasters. i think about just less than two years ago, the flood, the 1,000 year flood, flooding in south carolina, not on the coast, but in columbia. in the middle of the state. our governor rose to the occasion, and led our state through a very traumatic situation. then just this year, hurricane
matthew comes through the middle of our state, again, parts of the state that was most impacted, were not the coastal parts of the state. she stood up, rolled her sleeves up and led, led the people who were disillusioned and didn't know where to turn. we watched her positive, powerful leadership keep our state moving in the right direction. but if those two are not enough, as governor, she led the charge to remove the confederate battle flag from the capitol of south carolina. [ applause ] i will tell you that when the decision was made to take on the
fight not that many people were clapping in south carolina. she had the vision to know that sometimes you do the right thing, even when it is not popular. and the trigger -- let's give letter time to clap back there by herself. god bless you, ma'am. you keep clapping for my governor. [ applause ] >> there is no doubt that the trigger for the removal of the confederate flag was an incident that no governor, no person should have to live through. we are all familiar with the murder, the murders of the emanuel mother ame church. governor haley, who showed tremendous leadership as our governor did something that i thought was far more important during those funerals, because i was there with her through
almost every funeral. and she was there. but she was not just there as a governor. she was there as a mother. she was there as someone who held hands with a state and people that were broken. if you ever want to know what leadership looks like, don't look at her record as a job creator. don't even pay too much attention to the response to natural disasters. look specifically at the crisis of mother emanuel and her response as a human being, as a mother, as a governor, but most importantly, as a bridge to a better future. south carolina remains south carolina strong, because of the
leadership of our governor. it is no question that when president-elect trump saw the resume and watched on national and international tv the leadership of governor haley, he chose her to be our next ambassador to the united nations. please help me welcome, our governor, my governor, nikki haley. [ applause ] >> thank you so much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. this is just a surreal night, on a lot of different levels. first of all, when i heard about this award, i thought, really? i mean, it is just one of those
that i couldn't even comprehend or imagine. and then to go and, you have to understand, as the wife of a combat veteran, to even hear john mccain talk about you is like overwhelming, because we can't ever thank you enough for your service. and i am forever in your debt. i don't know where newt is, or if he is still here. but i have to tell you, when he was running for president a few years back, that will go down as one of the best dinners that michael and i had was with newt and his wife, calista. he is a great dinner companion. he can talk and talk and talk. it is really cool things he talks about. want to thank him. that was really neat to hear him talk about that. and then i've got to tell you, as we were planning for this speech, i saw that i thanked
tim. i didn't know it was tim scott. i thought that it was just somebody named tim that was going to introduce me. so now i look back at that, and that made it that much more special. i will tell you, when you're governor, and elected to lead, you make a lot of decisions. and some decisions you go back and say i wonder if that was right, and i will tell you, one of the best decisions i ever made was appointing tim scott as u.s. senator. [ applause ] so thank you so much, tim, for that great introduction. i appreciate it. thank you to joanne kemp, and to jack and joe ann r an's incredible children. i am deeply, deeply honored that you would choose to give me this leadership award. it means more to me than i think could ever truly express. i regret at that i never met
jack kemp. i know i would have liked him. in anticipation of tonight, i was reading some of the things that i came across, and i came across this quote. there is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble. my mother, as tim said, made me start doing the books for our family business when i was just 13. so believe me, i know that those words have meaning. but beyond what secretary kemp said, and when i look at what he stood for in his life, and what he did, i am in awe. in pro football, in congress, in the executive branch, as a national leader of the conservative movement, his accomplishments go far beyond any words. but it is not just his accomplishments that stand out. what is programs the most significant about jack kemp is his compassion. the compassion he always showed
to those who have been left behind in our country. and the courage he showed in going against the grain of republican thinking, when our party was wrong. jack kemp was often referred to as a bleeding heart conservative. i love that. i love it, because it is important to be conservative. since our way of thinking is the right way for our country. [ applause ] but it is also important to have heart for people. who might not always share in our experiences or perspectives. some in our party still miss that. jack kemp never did. as we begin this new era of united republic government nancnanc -- governance, we can't afford to miss it now. we have an incredible opportunity in front of us, to remind america that we will
deliver freedom and opportunity to all citizens, regardless of race, gender or where they were born and raised. that is what drew me to the republican party. and what drew my parents to america. my parents left a wealthy life sti style in india with just $8 in their pocket to come to america to start over. why would they do that? because even in 1969, they understood that no amount of money, no lifestyle, can compare to the opportunities we have in america. only here can you be anything you want to be. if you are just willing to work order. only here do the circumstances of your birth not define your future. only here is anything truly possible. that is jack kemp's republican party. that is my republican party. and that, at its core, is the
american ideal. i'm not an academic. i'm not a fiphilosopher, i am a governor of a state. i have spent every single day since then working to prove to the people of south carolina that they made the right decision. to me, that means making sure every south carolinaian has the same opportunities i have. the opportunities that allowed an american indian girl, bamberg, south carolina, to grow up to one day be governor. when i took office six years ago, south carolina was struggling. jobs were scarce. economic anxiety was real. and the american dream fell out of reach for too many. i remember not quite knowing where to start. and then i came across the quote from one of my predecessors, governor carol campbell, who was
a contemporary of jack kemp's. if you can get a person a job, you can take care of a family. whi well, governors don't create job. we can make sure when a business wants to grow, it can. we got to work. we cut business taxes. we cut tort reforms, i replaced the chairman of the bureaucratic permitting board with the president of a construction company. and look at us now. we build planes with boeing. we build cars with bmw, mercedes-benz and now volvo. we have five international tire companies. the first american flat screen tvs, look no further than rural winnsboro, south carolina. for those who said psybuy bicyc
would never be made in the united states, they're now being made in south carolina. [ applause ] most of that didn't exist six years ago. so more than 82,000 new jobs and $21 billion in investment have been announced in south carolina during that time. we've moved more than 35,000 people off of welfare and put them to work. [ applause ] unemployment has been cut in half. more south carolinans are working today than ever in the history of our state. i've offten been asked how we'v done it, as if there is a secret formula. my answer is that like most things in government, it is not as complicated as some people think. it is about common sense.
a willingness to get creative and challenge norms. a belief that all things are possible. if you free people to pursue their own dreams. jack kemp understood that better than almost anyone. as vital as job creation is, lifting people up is more than just about finances. it is also about education. that is an area in which our state has lagged behind for many years. we're still behind. but not for very long. more than four years ago, i started a conversation about education in south carolina. i met with principals and teachers. superintendents, university deans, business leaders, clergy. i listened. i learned. we changed things. we now provide reading coaches in every elementary school in south carolina. we've ended social promotion. we are aggressively recruiting ur