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  Politics Public Policy Today  CSPAN  March 16, 2013 1:35am-1:50am EDT

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this is 15 minutes. ♪ >> thank you very much. he did very well on the apprentice, i have to tell you. very talented guy. our country is in very serious trouble. we owe $17 trillion and have more than a $1 trillion yearly deficit. that means we are losing numbers that nobody has ever heard of before. anywhere. any country. nobody has ever heard of numbers like this. likewise, the republican party is in serious trouble. the good news is, that the country has tremendous untapped potential.
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absolutely tremendous. the republican party, i can almost say, is going to be a little bit tougher. especially as you get more and more conservative. they get nasty, they don't like to hear what we have to say. it is not easy. we have to get the momentum back. we have to get it back weekly, quickly, before it is too late. before we waste that incredible potential that we still have. we have to get it back. the president is given unprecedented media protection. it is incredible, when you see what is going on, it is absolutely incredible. with the republicans, especially as you get more and more conservative in your thinking and your thought -- is really just the opposite. as republicans, if you think
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you're going to change very substantially for the worst, medicare, medicaid, and social security, in any substantial way, and at the same time, you think you're going to win elections, it just is not going to happen. the way we solve our problems, because polls have come out, even the tea party, which i love so dearly, 78% of the people said, leave my medicare, my medicaid, my social security alone. that tea party. what we have to do, and the way we solve our problems, is to build a great economy. we don't have a great economy right now. china has, other people have, other countries have. we do not have a great -- we do not make things any more. we were great manufacturers. we don't make things anymore
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more, we buy things from other countries area do not only china, all over the world. we buy. we have to rebuild our economy. we have to do it again. we have to make america strong again, and make america great again. [applause] thank you. when it comes to immigration, you know that the 11 million illegals, even if given the right to vote -- you will have to do what's right, but the fact is, 11 million people will be voting democratic. you can be up front, you can be the spearhead, you can do whatever you want to do, but every one of those 11 million people will be voting democratic. it is just the way it works. you have to be very careful. because you could say that to a
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certain extent, the odds aren't looking so great right now for republicans, that you are on a suicide mission. you are just not going to get those votes. i say to myself, why aren't we letting people in from europe? i have many friends, many many friends, from europe who want to come in. people i know. tremendous people. hard people. -- hard working people. they cannot come in. i know people whose sons went to harvard, top in their class. went to the wharton school of finance. great students. they happen to be a citizen of a foreign country. they learn, take all of our knowledge, and throw them out. we educate them, we make them really good, they go home, they
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can't stay here, so they work from their country and work very effectively against us. how stupid is that? top of your class at harvard and you get thrown out of the country. something has to happen. you have been reading about the white house tour. i suggested that -- actually newt gingrich suggested it for me, it was nice. he volunteered for me that i would pay for the entire year. i said, that's ok. somebody told me, it was very nice of newt. i love newt. anybody who's a member of my club, i love. maybe president obama should join one of my clubs.[laughter] that is a sad thing. i understand it will be reinstated, i would certainly be willing to do it.
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i will give you something, a small but emblematic. couple of years ago, i was at a major state dinner. it was in a tent in the white house lawn. a bad tent, probably the guy who owns it made a fortune. i said to myself, here is china, in a tent. i called the white house, at someone i know very well, very high position, i said, i will offer, free of charge, to build the most youthful ballroom there is in the country, anywhere. i will do it, it will cost anywhere from $50 million-$100 million. you get the greatest architects, to get perfectly sympathetic with the white house architecture. it will be fabulous. they said thank you very much. what an offer. we never heard back. that is the problem with the country. that is what happens. you don't hear from people.
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now, when you get right down to it, from the standpoint of conservatives and republicans, you have got to win elections. when you have people that are well-meaning, but governors saying it is the stupid party, and i heard that statement, i said, what a horrible statement to make. what a horrible statement. that is a statement that will come back and haunt you and the democrats start using it. you have to change that. you have to change that thinking. when i watch somebody who spends $400 million on campaigns, with perhaps the worst at the have -- worst ads i have ever seen. they did ads on obama that i thought was being paid for by the obama campaign. they were so incredible. you remember the famous
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superhero ad? people wanting superhero. it was done by the republicans. when you spend $400 million, and it is a failure, and you do not have one victory, you know there is something seriously wrong. i have made over $8 billion. when i was thinking of running, i actually filed by financial statement. a lot of people were actually surprised. more than that, i have employed tens of thousands of people. and yet, i am continually criticized by total lightweights all over the place. it is unbelievable. [applause] you see these guys, these guys on television, they can't buy a clean shirt, and they're saying donald trump, he is nothing. thousands of people. i am very proud of what i've done. if mitt made one mistake, and
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i like mitt romney a lot, but if you made one mistake him a it is -- it is that he did not talk enough about his success. honestly, people really want success. they want a leader who is successful. mitt has done a great job. i feel that the republicans, and mitt, and i told him this, did not speak enough about the things he did. the great things. they were on the defensive instead of taking that offensive. i recently bought a country club, it was improperly run for years and years. tiger woods just won the tournament there this weekend. i am going to fix it, i am going to make an incredible. i am going to make that place in credible. that is we have to do it this
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country. we have got to fix it. we have got to make it incredible. right now we are a laughingstock. you see what is going on with afghanistan and karzai, he has no respect for us. in all fairness, we are leaving. he probably said, wow, i will be stuck here alone. still, this guy, when i watch, i say, how can leadership allow that to happen? lose lives of great and wonderful people. we lose so much when we have nothing. when i heard that we were going into iraq, some very smart people told me, well, we are going for the oil. i said, ok. i get that. there is nothing else. we do not take the oil. you when i said, well, it spend $1.5 trillion, we should
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take -- they have the second largest oil reserves in the world after saudi arabia. 1.5 trillion, we should take it and pay ourselves back. [applause] what are we doing? what are we thinking? bush orit is obama or whoever, what were they thinking? for those soldiers that were killed, i said we should pay those families money. we should give them money. they lost their sons and their daughters and $1 million to a family is nothing compared to the kind of wealth we are talking about over there. right now you have someone running iraq in which we do not know who it is and i guarantee you they are building palaces and everything else and we have nothing. it is a sad thing. look at what looked with syria
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and south korea. i buy all my televisions from south korea. lg's, etc. we do not make them in our country anymore. i did criticize. why do you now buy it here? we do not make those kinds of televisions. north korea gets frisky. what do we get out of it? aircraftur beautiful carriers and destroyers and every time you turn on the engine, it is millions of dollars. what do we get out of it? we get nothing. we are run byat either very foolish or very stupid people. what is going on in this country is unbelievable. our country is a total mess.
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a total and complete mess. what we need is leadership. by fixing the economy, we are able to solve the problems that we really do need to solve and immediately as a nation -- medicare thomas medicaid, social security. medicaid, social security. part of the reason that the republicans and democrats are talking we need to cut, it is because our country is not doing it. new technology has shown that we have tremendous wealth right under our feet. right under our feet. north dakota is a great example. [applause] we are not allowed to go and get it. so we go to the opec. they are old friends of mine.
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they think we are the stupidest people on earth. they cannot believe what they are getting away with. the energycome capital of the world easily. havei say is this -- we to start building things. we have to start manufacturing and not just taking care of people. that is not manufacturing. that is money going out. we have to bring money in. this country needs to start building things again. we had to take back our jobs from china. we have to take back our jobs from other places. [applause] when apple talks about apple building all of this stuff and how we are also proud of it, they build 100% of their products in china. china should be more proud of apple that we are to be honest with you. we have to start manufacturing and building again. we have to make america great again.
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sold.ur problems will be thank you. it is a great honor. thank you. thank you. [applause]