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tonight the people of new hampshire chose to put new hampshire first. a few minutes ago, scott brown called to concede and wish me well. scott brown ran a vigorous race, and i wish him and gail and their family all the best. i am so proud to once again be able to represent the people of new hampshire in the united states senate. [cheers and applause]
thank you. i promise you i will work with anyone in the senate -- democrat, republican, independent -- to get things done, to help new hampshire's working families and our small businesses. with the new term you have given me, i will fight to make sure that students can refinance their student loans. >> thank you! >> i will fight for a smart
energy policy that focuses on efficiency and new energy technology. to end our reliance on oil and coal and fossil fuels. i will fight for a minimum wage -- [cheers and applause] that ensures that no one working 40 hours a week is stuck living in poverty. and i will fight for equal pay for equal work for women.
[cheers and applause] i will fight for smart, serious, national security policies that keep us safe. >> thank you. >> and i will always fight for a woman's right to make her own host -- and as i have said many times in months, ieeks and will never stop fighting to make sure that everyone in new hampshire has access to wally, affordable health care -- to quality, affordable health care.
molly and hugh. and all my seven grandchildren, but only three of them are here. have ellie, anna, and a.j. as i know everyone here knows because you have seen them all out on the campaign trail, this campaign truly was a family affair. when the going got tough, they kept my spirits up, and you know, they are sort of a competitive bunch. [laughter] so they competed for who did the best tweets, who had the best
and to all of you volunteers here and watching at home tonight, thank you for sacrificing your time, for all of the hours and days and weeks, and for many of you months that you worked sacrificing your time to help keep new hampshire moving forward. that you stood by me through thick and thin means more than you will ever know. i am so grateful. thank you.
and congratulations to our wonderful governor, maggie hassan. [cheers and applause] >> [crowd chanting "maggie"] you to all of the candidates up and down the ticket, to the winners and losers tonight, for everything you have done to make our democracy stronger. tomorrow we get back to work, back to our regular lives, but tonight, tonight let's celebrate. thank you. thank you all.
night defeating incumbent dennis richardson. thanked supporters from the hilton in downtown portland. republicans added more than they needed six seats to their ranks to take over the democratic senates, but the sixth seat was in north carolina where thom tillis defeated the incumbent, senator kay hagan. here is thom tillis speaking in charlotte. danceverybody gets to only in america l as all going down on an freeway newlyweds in the back of a limousine
i get to take a break off the campaign trail, now you to change a bit because i am thom tillis and i am the next united states senator -- [cheers and applause] but i want to make absolutely certain that every single one of becausel calls me thom you are a friend -- >> yes, we are! >> this victory is not my victory. this victory is our victory. our victory. you know, if you take a look and all of the negative ads against st any senate candidate in the country, $111 million -- we do not bend, we
won. [cheers and applause] i tell you what, though, i am sure you have been watching the ads, but there was something very important that also had to happen tonight, and we have swept this nation with a majority so somehow i think senator reid is going to have a different office assignments come january. i think at the end of the day, i think the reason i spent all that money is they looked in north carolina, they knew what we had here. we had hundreds and hundreds of volunteers absolutely committed, knocking on doors, doing what we had to do to win.
that is why i am standing here before you. now, i will tell you -- i received a call both from sean hall and from senator hagan. i want to thank senator hagan for her service. i also want to thank her for her gracious offer to make sure we do what america does best, and that is to affect a smooth transition of power over the next couple of months. you know, i tell you, taking that phone call -- it is very difficult. the challenges of campaigning are very difficult, and i really appreciate senator hagan's statement ship, manner in which we had toded in which do, not just occupying the seat but this is your seats, and this is a seat i will take to washington and make sure i never forget where i came from.
now, i had a somebody asked me, how on earth was i so calm with all of these attacks and things, they said you seem to get more annoyed when a panthers lose than all of these attacks, and i have been annoyed a lot, but it is mainly the path there's. -- the panthers. it is because i knew that we were right. north that we all in carolinians want elected officials to go to washington and get something done, fulfill their promises, and you all know that we are going to continue the tradition that we have done here in north carolina. up there andto go excites more out of our leaders and fulfill our promises, and we are going to make this country great again. >> [crowd chanting "usa!"]
>> i see a few people around the room, but when i think about transitions and elections, i see one gentleman in the center, reverend mark harris, who was in the primary with us. i am not really sure -- i also want to thank heather grant, she traveled all over the state, her and her husband, michael, helping us. we overcame a lot of adversity, and here we are with the americaity to just make great again, and the reason that i believe we can do it is because we will have leaders in washington now that believe that great when wee let americans make america great, not government.
when we stop accepting this idea that people want to be provided for by government -- the problem with that is the only way a government can provide you with something is to take away from someone else. there is only one thing government can give you that does not come at the expense of anyone else, and that is freedom. we need to free the american america greatake again. we need to free the american people up to make it an economic superpower, a military an energy, and superpower. these are things we are going to go to washington and do. i know my communications people are going -- thom tillis is completely off script because i am not reading the teleprompter. i will leave that up to president obama. do -- whatoing to
i'm going to do is listen to you , and i am going to go to washington and next year i am going to come back and i am going to go across the state to the towns and counties that i have been to, i'm going to thank all of those who voted for me and i am going to go those that did not vote with us and i will convince them that maybe they should give us a chance to make this nation great again and get back on track. ladies and gentlemen, i cannot thank you enough. there are a lot of people in his room but if i made eye contact with you i would probably get teary-eyed, so i am not looking this way. what i do have to do is i have to thank my wife susan. >> [crowd chanting "susan"] >> i have also got to thank my son and my daughter.
i mean, they are to people that i can always rely on to take a look at some of those negative attack ads and we just laugh at them. [laughter] we did. lindsay and ryan. [cheers and applause] i havehave to tell you got two brothers and two of my sisters here, i have one sister was not able to make it, and it was wonderful to have them volunteer this week and also have the most special mother who is here, my mom, margie tillis. that is typical mom, but if you're on facebook, go out and
do a friend request for margie tillis. [laughter] you will not be disappointed because my mom has been taken care of this family forever, and she has been taking care of her senateo, during this race. but ladies and gentlemen, i want to tell you all you are an extension of our family. there are a lot of people who have been a part of my campaigns as i ran for town commissioner. they are people who've worked hard and the difficulty of a primary and we can back together, and there are people today -- i went around the poles, and you could see they invested emotionally in it, wondering if we were going to pull it off. well, we pulled it off -- because of you. [cheers and applause] heart, ibottom of my want to tell you how much susan and i and my entire family
appreciate what you have done because i really do believe that through your effort, through your prayers, through your financial support, through the ground games, through doorknocking, that you all are literally a part of a historic moment in this nation's history, and i want to thank you. to speak muching longer. i'm going to get around and try to shake a few hands, but i do not know if i can do selfies with everybody today, but we will be back, and again, thank you all, god bless you, god bless this great nation. thank you. ♪ >> republican u.s. senate candidate sam sullivan appeared to grab an insurmountable lead over mark begich with 97% of alaska's precincts reporting with 427 of 441 precinct
, but thesullivan led race was the costliest campaign in a state's history with more than $50 million spent by the two major candidates. we will have more election the hourt the top of on "washington journal," where we will take your calls and tweets about the races at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. then the republican national committee will give their analysis of midterms including comments by rnc chair writes previous -- reince pribus. >> the 2015 c sent student cam video competition is underway, open to all middle and high school students to create a five minute to seven minutes dr. memory on the theme of the three
branches on you showing how the policies, law, or action by the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government has affected you or your community. the prizes total $100,000. for a list of rules and how to get started, go to studentcam.org. >> joni ernst defeated democratic congressman bruce braley to take the seat held by retiring five term senator tom harkin. the first teamow all senator in iowa history, spoke to reporters from her headquarters in west illinois. >> thank you. thank you, oh, my goodness, thank you, iowa! oh, my. much for being here on this special evening. just a few minutes ago, i got off the phone with bruce braley, and -- no.
i congratulated him on running a phenomenal campaign. he was a worthy opponent. , and he worthy opponent was willing to sacrifice to what he thought was right. we did not agree on much, but i anyone who do admire is willing to stand up and fight for what they believe in. [cheers and applause] iowa, we did it. we did it [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, it! thank you. tois a long way from red oak washington. from the biscuit line at hardee's to te united states
senatehe -- to the united states senate, but thanks to all of you. we are heading to washington. and we are going to make them's squeal. thank you. thank you. this morning, i was voting in bright oak, and as i looked that this isiced about as different as you can get from washington, d.c. in washington, politicians are more interested in talking than doing. they ignore problems hoping they ,ill go away, but you know what
isis is not just going to go .way the most $18 trillion of national debt is not just going to go away. struggles or notches going to go away, and our problems are not just going to go away on their own. becausean overcome them this is the greatest nation in the history of mankind, and there is nothing we can't achieve. we are going to do this, but to get there it starts with new leadership. and that is what iowa has voted for today. we talked a lot in this campaign
about iowa values -- honesty, service, and hard work. knowing the value of a dollar and not to waste it. these are the values that our parents and grandparents have taught us. these are the values that my -- that my mother taught notn raining mornings, with a lecture or a book, but with plastic bread bags. only hadgrowing up i one good pair of shoes, so on those rainy schooldays, my mom was slip plastic bread bags over my shoes to keep them clean and dry. you know what i am talking about. thank you. and you know what? it was not high fashion, but i
was never embarrassed, and it worked. and it worked. high-fashion, and i was not embarrassed because every day when it rained, and i got on the school bus, there rows ofs and rows and other kids just like me with plastic bread bags tied to their feet. these were the sons and daughters of hard-working iowans, and our parents did not have much, but what they did have they worked very hard for. simply,ght us to live not to waste, and to help our neighbors. and they taught us to thank god every day that we live in this special place that we call iowa.
you. thank you. thank you. time what me all the my favorite part of the campaign has been. -- nothingnk tonight -- nothing is going to beat tonight, but before tonight, my favorite part of the campaign iowa statehrough the fair, and believe me, i hugged my way through the iowa state fair. and if you got within five feet of me, it was probably because i was trying to hug you. itove the state fair because truly is a celebration of what is best about iowa. our agriculture, our
manufacturing come out technology, our community, and our family. that is who we are, and that is the iowa way. and our iowa way is working, and it is not luck or an accident. it is because we have the greatest people, and we have the and lieutenantor governor of any state in the nation. [cheers and applause] here in iowa, we understand that america's greatness does not come from its government, but it does come from our people. yes. and look at the result. look at the result.
in the last four years, we have lowered taxes, reduce job killing rules and regulations, and we have balanced our budget every single year. yes, thank you. created up to 150,000 new, good paying jobs while personal income is growing at the fourth fastest rate in the united states. that is the iowa way. now let's look at what they are doing in washington. higher taxes, more spending, more debt, and the slowest economic recovery since the great depression. but tonight we are taking the iowa way all the way to
washington. thank you. thank you. and let me tell you exactly what that means to me. iowans to knowt what is best for iweb more than bureaucrats in washington, d.c. owa more than bureaucrats in washington, d.c. it means keeping taxes low, cutting red tape so that businesses can grow and invest. it means preserving and protecting social security and medicare, not just for today's seniors but for future generations to come, and it inns keeping america strong the world because the world is a safer place when america is the strongest nation in it.
and it means fighting. it means fighting every day for the men and women who wear our nation's uniform and the veterans who have worn it in the past. they have sacrificed so much and risked everything to protect our freedoms. they deserve better than what they are getting from washington today. and i can tell you when i go to senate, i states an will make sure that they get what they earn as they deserve. there are so many people that i want to think tonight, and first
i need to start with my family. they have been there, they have sacrificed so much during this family --ycle, and, family, i love you all so very much. thank you for being here for me. i also want to thank all of my many, many, many wonderful supporters who are always willing to lend a helping hand and pray for me and my family, and i have so many of you here that have known me for my entire life, many of you. and again i want to thank you there, alwaysng being supportive, and helping me on this incredible journey from montgomery county all the way to washington, d.c. thank you so much.
and lastly, i do want to thank who votedns today for my opponent. i plan to work day and night to earn your trust and confidence in the years to come, so thank you. thank you. in closing, i do want to say something about this incredible country that all of us call home. as they say, only in america. here in the fields of iowa, our grandparents worked and dreamed of a better life for their children. many, like mine, had very little to call their own, but they were determined to give their
children a chance to succeed, and so they did. and because they did, they gave an ordinary iowan extraordinary opportunities, opportunities that they could only dream of. and in the senate, that is the kind of america that i'm going to fight for every single day here and everything will day. -- every single day. every single day. thank you. thank you very much. an america where no matter who your parents are, what neighborhood you grew up in, you have the chance to succeed. an america where it does not matter who you know, all that matters is how hard you work and what you can do, and working together, that is the america
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wednesday, republican candidates had won at least 10 of the 13 closely contested senate races. and a victory in the kentucky senate race, mitch mcconnell is set to be the junior leader of the senate appeared here is his victory speech from louisville. [cheers and applause] >> are you having a good time?
on a night like tonight, i feel grateful above all else, and for me that gratitude starts with the people of kentucky. they put their trust and confidence in me for a long time, and i want to thank them tonight. i work hard to bring your concerns to washington, and i will not let up. every election is a job interview. in this case a very long one. [laughter] vision with you, you shared your stories and your concerns with me, he at one complaint has stood out above all the rest, especially in recent weeks, so i would like to
make an announcement that i think will be very welcome news to many of you -- no more campaign commercials. the tv executives may not like it, but enough is enough, right? a little while ago i spoke with my opponent, secretary grimes ran a spirited campaign. she earned a lot of votes, and she earned my respect. to take onot of guts a race like this. because of the business we are in, it also meant she would take some heat. i admire her willingness to step into the arena and fight as hard as she did. we need more people who are willing to do that, not fewer. she deserves a lot of credit for it. this was certainly a hard-fought contest. [cheers and applause]
i have been so proud, so proud to have my wife beside me every step of the way. elaine told me early on she was not ready to have me sitting around the house working on my resume. [laughter] andshe has gone above beyond to prevent that. she has been the most valuable player on our team, and i am so blessed to have her in my life and by my side. and to my campaign manager josh holmes -- [cheers and applause]
my friends, he pitched a perfect game. thank you, josh. of course, there are so many others i could thank. they know who they are. , for you, everyone of you giving so much of yourselves to this race. nobody has been blessed with a better team than i have had over the years, and i want to thank them all. my thoughts also turned back tonight to two other people who are not here but to whom my own a great deal. my parents. i learned a lot from them both. from my dad, a combat veteran of world war ii, i learned an
abiding love of this country and all that it represents, not only to those of us who were fortunate enough to be born here , but to so many others around the world. i learned the value of perseverance and got an enduring lesson as she helped me overcome a frightening bout with polio as a child. in many ways, my folks were just like any other parents of their generation. they were optimists. they believed in america. without a trace of cynicism, they transmitted the central promise of this country on to me to promise that every generation will lead the next one -- leave the next one a little better off than the one before. this is a compact that every generation of americans have made with the one that followed it, and through civil wars and depressions and world wars and strife, we have always made good
on it. but as i have traveled through kentucky over the past year, i have since doubts. surenly folks are not so that that compact will survive if we continue down the road that we have been on. they are hungry for new leadership. they want a reason to be hopeful. above all, they want some reassurance that people that run the government are actually on their side. [cheers and applause] so tonight, i pledge you this, whether you are a coal miner in eastern kentucky who cannot find work or a mom who does not understand why the government just took her family's health insurance, i have heard your concerns. i have made them my own. you will be heard in washington. [cheers and applause]
and look, when you get right down to it, that is what this campaign was really all about. it was not about me or my opponent. government that people no longer trust to carry out its most basic duties, to keep them safe, to protect the border, to provide dignified and quality care for our veterans. a government that cannot be trusted to do the basic things because it is too busy focusing on things they should not be focused on it all. a government that is too busy imposing its view of the world on people who do not share that view. too many and washington have forgotten that their job is to serve, so tomorrow, the papers race."y "i won this [cheers and applause]
but the truth is, the truth is tonight we begin another one, one that is far more important than mine, and that is a race to turn this country around. [cheers and applause] to restore hope and confidence and optimism to this commonwealth and across this nation of ours. do not change after tonight. i do not expect the president to wake up tomorrow and do the world any differently than he did when he woke up this morning. he knows i won't, either. but look, we do have an obligation to work together on
issues where we can agree. duty to dohave a that. just because we have a two-party system does not mean we have to be in perpetual conflict. i think i have shown that to be true at critical times in the past. i hope the president gives me the chance to show it again. we can and much that should do for the good of all americans. kentuckians are tired of a government that only seems to work when it is working against them, and they are also tired of hearing that those of us who fight for them in washington are somehow the problem. dr. noelonored to have hunter with me tonight. you have all gotten an opportunity to get to know her. what next ordinary woman. dr. hunter was determined to get her daughter back against all odds, and she did it.
when all was said and done, she achieved something else that a lot of people said was even more seemkable -- she made me more warm and cuddly. [laughter] [cheers and applause] you know, over the past year, a lot of people from outside the state have tried to tell kentuckians what motivates me to do what i do. say, butm have their here is the truth -- to anyone who says nothing ever gets done in washington, here is my five-word answer -- "tell that to noelle hunter." this woman is the reason i run. she is the reason i do what i do in washington or do we can make a difference, and we do every single day.
we are proud of that in my office and as i have traveled across the state, i have become acutely reminded of something else the government can do. tocan do terrible damage families and communities. i have seen the hurt in people's eyes. it breaks your heart to see the pain that distant planners and federal agencies are causing to so many in our state, and if you me,an elected official like it hardens your resolve to do something about it. [cheers and applause] for too long, this in administration is try to tell the american people what to do -- what is good for them and then blame somebody else when their policies did not work out. tonight, kentucky rejected that approach.
[cheers and applause] tonight, kentuckians said -- we can do better as a nation. said -- we can have real change in washington. real change. intendt is just what i to deliver. so friends, tonight turns a corner, and the future i see is a bright one. that withhave seen the current crowd in washington is offering is making us weaker both at home and abroad. they have had enough. you know, there is an old saying
that it's often tribute it to winston churchill that i am reminded of. here is what he said about us, about americans. he said -- you know the americans, they always do the right thing. after they have tried everything else first. [laughter] friends, this extremity and big government has lasted long enough. infriends, this experiment big government has lasted long enough. it is time to go in a new direction! [cheers and applause] it is time to turn this country around!
>> c-span's live coverage of election 2014 continues with results and your calls. here's a look at where we stand at 7:00 a.m. eastern time this morning in the senate. the democrats have 53 seats. republicans, 45. overnight, that has switched. 43 for the democrats. 52 for republicans. there are still three undecided races. ,n the house of representatives 233-190 in favor of republicans.