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>> next, c-span partners with the new hampshire union leader for newspaper's voters first forum. all 17 candidates were invited to participate with 14 taking part. this is two hours. >> good evening from the dana center on the same in some -- on the campus of the saint anselm college. tonight's forum is cosponsored by the post and courier, the gazette, i heart radio and c-span. we want to thank the local sponsors, no labels, americans for prosperity, live free or die, and saint anselm college. labels, americans for prosperity, live free or
today." moderater: thank you. there is a belief that the voters in the states and america deserve to hear from all of the chantix at the same time and answering the questions. the time will be tight and we want to hear from everyone. we have asked the candidates to skip their intro so that we can get to it and the legend and the answers are you. >> rick perry was the governor of texas. moderator: thanks. candidate: howdy. moderator: we have responses from the voters and we focus
here tonight on what was most important to them and the number one issues. topping the issues, immigration and the economy. what would your policy need towards illegal immigrants? candidate: the issue is what is happening all over the land. the cost of immigration is on the states. until we get the border secure, it does not stop. like a serious wound you want to staunch the flow. some say that we will deal with the illegal immigration issue by reforming it and securing the border. of the american people do not trust washington dc to do with the issue -- washington d.c. to deal with the issue.
i looked at the president and said, mr. president if you do not secure the border, texas will. they put them in the river and we deployed at the national guard. because of the effort, we saw the increase in apprehension. it takes boots and security fencing. i'm talking from tijuana, el paso, and brownsville with technology to see the activity that is illegal or suspicious. i know how to secure the border. elect me president and i will promise you that the will to secure the border will reside in
the oval office. moderator: illegal immigration until we get a handle on it, should we reduce the number of green cards? what should the number be? candidate: we need to be smart about it and they cannot even keep up with it. we can find a package halfway around the world and we cannot keep up with the people who have overstayed visas. the agency's rogan and you need to fix the agency. -- the agency is broken and you need to fix the agency. you need to send it back. moderator: should we reduce the number of legal? candidate: i don't know. we need to find out where the
people are illegally. get that taken care of and we will maskke a smart decision about whether we do or do not have visas handed out. moderator: the economy has 2% gdp. how can you make the economy grow faster than 2%? candidate: i am more than a passable expert because the state of texas created more jobs than anybody in this room. one third of all of the jobs created in america occurred while i was the governor of texas with smart policies that let you keep more. we had public school policies that were accountable and said to the businesses that you find a skilled workforce in the
state. it is intertwined with the energy policy. canada, the united states, and mexico have more resources than russia and saudi arabia and we can drive income tax down and create a renaissance in manufacturing. moderator: thank you. >> rick santorum represented pennsylvania. moderator: should the federal government subsidize any economic sector? if so, which ones? candidate: i don't think we should be subsidizing. we should make them competitive. in pennsylvania, we talked about restoring the great center of america and getting americans back to work who have not been.
.2% wage growth. it has stagnated with the americans from 25-65 who do not have a college degree and do not have manufacturing jobs anymore. we are down to 11 million. the line is going down. if we do not allow the country to be competitive with the rest of the world, we will see decline. there is no hope for those who struggle the most. that is why the campaign is making manufacturing competitive and is putting a flat tax that will have a transition time for manufacturing. we will start at a 0% rate and we will go back. we will have repatriation cut to 5%. we will have expensing instead
of depreciation. moderator: what percentage? candidate: 20%. i have an income tax, corporate tax, all 20%. moderator: speaking to the economy, in new hampshire, someone maxes out on public assistance and that is $14 an hour. in massachusetts, $20 an hour. how to view incentivize people to go to work? candidate: i managed a bill on the floor of the senate that wanted to do things. we put time limits and a work requirement. we eliminated entitlement programs. i did that. i was the leader. we should have done it for snap and other means tested programs.
next door, a germanic reduction. -- dramatic reduction. there has to be a 1-2 punch. there has to be jobs for those who want to work to get them off of the welfare programs. it is manufacturing and putting time limits and work requirements on welfare. moderator: and you believe the president and the administration wants order security? candidate: i don't think they are serious about protecting working men and women. 35 million people have come to the country legally and illegally. that can be bad or good. we have never seen such decrepit wage growth. the people coming in legally and illegally are unskilled workers competing against our young men and women who want to succeed.
we are not giving those people a chance. i'm the only person in this race calling for a @5% reduction -- 25% reduction in unskilled labor. everyone else's dancing around it. moderator: how do we do that? candidate: e-verify. moderator: you ran before. are you glad to make the decision again? candidate: it was a tremendous opportunity. this time, it is better. last time, it was everybody saying they were more conservative than mitt romney. this time, it is the issues. >> john kasich was the governor of ohio. -- is the governor of ohio. moderator: what would you do with the sanctuary cities? we saw the murder of the woman
by the illegal immigrants. johncandidate: it needs to be secured. there needs to be a worker program. they need to do it in a legal way. with the 12 million we need to find who they are. if they are god-fearing, they will pay a penalty and have to wait. the ones where the 12 million who violate the law will have to be deported. at the same time, we need to make sure we protect who gets in and out of the country. when we put something into effect like that, no one should be confused. moderator: you are not a fan of nafta. candidate: if the american people do not get protected --
here is what i main. -- i mean. i have a friend in the business who says that it takes two years to find out if somebody is cheating. you cannot wait to years. -- two years. we need an expedited process. if it makes sense, we go forward. we need to call them on it and take action. you asked about the economy and if i could speak on that, i was the chairman of the budget economy and our economy -- budget committee and the economy took off. 's the budget. -- balanced the budget. we cut taxes and we are in the black. cutting taxes, balancing budgets
, it works to drive economic growth. moderator: tim asked about balancing the budget. he and his wife have to live within a budget in their household and he and his wife do not understand why washington cannot. the budget was balanced. it has not happened. how is washington going to live with the same responsibility that people live with? candidate: we need a allen's budget amendment in the constitution. -- balanced budget amendment in the constitution, which i have in pushing for. we need balanced budgets for values. we do not have the right to live high on the hog and put the
bills on our children. i spent years and we got it done. we can do it again. it is politically challenging. frankly, the effort to get there is not that complicated. i have written only 16 budgets in my lifetime. these things can be done. they don't necessarily have to be done by killing or chopping programs. as president, my priority is to get us on a roadmap to create a balanced federal budget to get us going in america. >> lindsey graham was elected to the house and has served as a senator. moderator: the good evening. how do we maintain free trade
that is fair trade? candidate: china is cheating and they manipulate currencies. we do not do a dam thing about it. -- damn thing about it. they cyber attack us. when i am president, we are pushing back on china. my policy is clenched fist, open hand -- you choose. moderator: if it is president lindsey graham and you catch a country doing that, what you going to do? candidate: you hit back. you make them pay a price. china cheats in and steels. to putin, if i'm president, you have a different person to deal with.
obama drew a redline against assad and china thought, "this is a weak guy. let's grab all that we can." i go to the negotiating table with a crowbar. there are more terrorist organizations with more capabilities to destroy the homeland is 9/11. -- since 9/11. moderator: you mentioned vladimir putin. candidate: we should arm the ukrainians. we signed an agreement about the nuclear weapons that guaranteed sovereignty. who would do that? we take every bit of natural gas and exported to undercut putin.
everyone talks about balancing the budget and spending money we are on the way to being greece. if you don't do this -- somebody in this country needs to do what ronald reagan and tip o'neill did. i can give up social security benefits because i will have a military retirement, congressional retirement, i would take less. i want to be president to restore the great nation. i want to put radical islam in a box. i want to do the big things,. -- the hard things. moderator: the war of tomorrow
-- candidate: we are worried about isis. moderator: it may be here today. if somebody takes out satellites and causes chaos here, as president, is that an act of war? candidate: to mean, it is an act of war. what is the response? cut the military budget and have the smallest army since 1940? andneuter the fbi and cia? we need to hit them. hillary clinton is the last person you want to send into the arena with the russians. i have been dealing with this for 20 years. i am fluent in clinton.
when bill says, i did not have sex with that woman, he did. when she says, i will talk about holding a pipeline, she won't. when she tells us we have all the e-mails, we have not scraped the surface. i understand this crowd. >> chris christie has served as the governor of new jersey since 2010. moderator: thank you. i want to get to questions that hit home in new hampshire. should the president ever saying she the payment for the release of american citizens held captive? candidate: no. we cannot negotiate with terrorists. i fight against terrorism. i was appointed before september 11 and we encourage those people
by doing that and cannot do it. moderator: republicans may not be great communicators like democrats. entitlement reform is a tough subject. medicare and disability are going insolvent or will be broke. americans may have to give up a program they like. that is a tough message. how do you tell the truth? candidate: you have to have a concrete plan and you cannot speak in generalities. the spending is between -- americans understand we are mortgaging away the future and killing the programs. we are living longer and better life. that is a blessing. we need to increase retirement age.
for those who are the most fortunate, we need to say to those, if you have done well in this country, we need you to not take a social security check. those are things that americans are willing to give. we underestimate the american people. there are challenges that promise a better future. it is not the american people who are failing the entitlement system. they are not telling them the truth. moderator: veterans in new hampshire, we have one of the highest populations here and we do not have a full-time hospital. should every state have a full-time hospital? candidate: they should be able to take the veteran card and go to any health care provider and get treatment from them and should not have to wait.
if they want to go to that hospital, good for them. we should keep the promise to the veterans and we are not because of the incompetence of this administration. let's get the v.a. to do what it needs to. we need to honor our veterans by giving them the health care they deserve. moderator: one of the biggest health care crises is facing new hampshire. one asked me if i would ask you about this. a daughter passed away with a haireroin overdose. why is there not more help for these addicts turn to prostitution? candidate: there should be and there is in new jersey.
they go to mandatory drug treatment because this is a disease and the war on drugs has been a well-intentioned failure. this is a moral failing. everyone has made a mistake. there, but for the grace of god, go i. if you are not a violent offender and dealing drugs, we need to get you treatment. the fact that this could happen to anyone and that this is guided by sensitive economic standards, it is not. anyone can have this happen to them. we need a president who says that this is a disease that we need to fix. >> ben carson attended yale and received his m.d. from michigan.
moderator: you have been one who has talked a lot about the affordable care act. or obamacare. the president says we can refer to it as obamacare. what do you replace it with? candidate: there is no question that it needs to be replaced before it is repealed. you do not want to pull a safety net out from people. the reason i don't like obamacare is not so much because it does not work and because it is not affordable. it is because if flies in the face of what we are as a nation. it is for and why the people. -- by the people. obamacare comes along and the
government says, we do not care what the whole think and we are shoving this down your throat. that is antithetical to the founding principles of the country. i would put the power back into the hands of the consumers with the savings accounts that are available from that ehe day you are born until you die. you give people flexibility. if you are $500 short, you can give et it from your mom or uncle. virtually nothing is coming out other than catastrophic health care. the homeowners policy -- that would work well for a majority of people. not for the indigent.
how do we take care of the indigent? medicaid. $400 billion to $500 billion. what could you buy with that? a concierge practice, most cost between $2000-$3000 a year. think about this, washington says that you cannot give health savings accounts because they would not the able to manage them. they think everybody is like them. that is not true. they said that about food stamps. they would learn this. you do not go to the emergency room. people go to the clinic for the same treatment.
they get the diabetes under control. you learn personal responsibility and we are doing things that teach that rather than dependency. moderator: and the senate, there was a vote on plant parenthood. -- planned parenthood. candidate: taxpayers should absolutely not fund planned parenthood and the recent videos show the level of depravity that we have something to. -- sunken to. we have another question. what is your game plan to reform the tax code? moderator: mine is raised on who i believe is the fairest individual in the universe, god. he says, i want a tithe.
there must be something inherently fair about proportionality. jack: governor, is america doing enough now to prevent another major terrorist attack on u.s. soil and what security steps are we failing to take? mr. bush: i think we have let our guard down. it is typical when you have an attack like 9/11. we responded, had a security apparatus, and over time other things have come to the forefront. senator graham is right.
this is a war against western civilization. these are barbarians. as isis stays in a caliphate literally the size of indiana in two countries, doing nothing allows them to send tweets out to recruit people in our own country. we have a security threat that israel and we should do what we need to be doing, and protecting the homeland is the first duty of the president of the united states. jack: president obama referred to isis as the jv team. i think they have graduated to the varsity. if ground troops in syria could cut down isis strongholds, would you take the order? mr. bush: i would take the
advice of the military very seriously. we need a strategy. this president has admitted we do not have a strategy when it comes to isis. the idea of boots on the ground -- i am not sure that is necessary, but special forces embedding our troops with the syrian free army training them at a much faster rate -- we have spent half $1 billion to have 60 people ready to go. if this is a serious effort, we to treat it seriously, so engaging in the world, creating alliances with traditional arab nations, supporting it with air power and military power creating a strategy, and sticking with it. there needs to be a political element as well. the united states is not trusted because no one has a sense that we are going to be around. it is hard to engage with the
turks, the jordanians, the saudis -- they will not make the commitment. jack: you said to me you started today in california -- a big country -- hard job running for president. you have been out of office and even your colleague senator rubio speaks highly of your time. what compelled you to run? mr. bush: i think we can grow this economy at 4% and the fact that paul krug disagrees with me warms my heart. it would involve fixing the tax code, how we regulate, embracing the energy revolution with a north american strategy that would allow for high wage jobs to be created in our own country, and moving from a broken economic -- integration system to an economic driver. that allows us to solve entitlement challenges and many other things. in return grow at that rate we
need a secure world. i think i have the leadership skills to do that. we cut taxes to $19 million reduced the government workforce by 13,000, 11%. we were one of two states to go to a aaa bond rating. i left with a $9 billion reserve. we created 1.3 million jobs during my time. more small businesses were created in florida during those eight years. jack: on legal immigration, does the illegal immigration crisis or problem, should that affect the number getting in legally? mr. bush: i would cut it down to spice -- spouse and minor children. >> carly fiorina the former ceo of hewlett-packard, was the first woman to lead a fortune 50 business. jack: what is -- this is a
personal but a professional question -- you have run for office or a top 50 ceo. one of the viewers wants to know what is the least popular action you have taken and what did you learn from it? ms. fiorina: thank you for hosting this, and thank you for reminding the political class we do not have a nation -- national primary. i think one of the most difficult primaries we have is a leader is to challenge the status quo. in the bureaucracy, especially in washington dc, it is powerful, because people that have benefited from the status quo want to preserve the status quo, so when you challenge the status quo and say this problem
has been festering for too long and we will fix it, or these folks have been in charge for too long, the truth is 80% of the american people now think we have a professional political class that is the status quo, and we have festering problems -- our budget gets bigger and bigger every year for 40 years and we have been talking about illegal immigration. how long have we been talking about the border being insecure -- 30 years. how long have we known it was insecure -- 30 years. we talk a lot at election time, but somehow we never solve these festering problems. it is because the status quo is in charge. leaders challenge the status quo. jack: least popular action you took as a leader? ms. fiorina: philly popular actions are when you have to say to people we cannot afford this anymore and lord knows we need to do that in washington, d c
jack: can you win with that message? ms. fiorina: people understand. the government has gotten bigger and bigger every year for almost 50 years. you have to invest in things that are priorities, securing the border, helping people eventually truly need help, and you need to quit spending money where you are wasting money, and we are wasting hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars every year and we know where it is because there are reports that come out every year, they land on congress desk and nothing happens. jack: former first lady lady hillary clinton -- you have been a strong and steady critic. she will be testifying in a few months on benghazi, the e-mail -- d believe those are political inconveniences for the former first lady, or are there bigger issues the american people need to know about and are there potential illegal worries you have on the e-mail server or anything else?
ms. fiorina: i think hillary clinton thinks they are political inconveniences, but they are far more than that. she lied about benghazi. they knew it was a purposeful terrorist attack on the anniversary of 9/11. she went to the american people and talked fiction about a videotape. she has lied about her servers and the kinds of information she had on our server and why she kept everything on a single device. these go to the core of her character. in order to beat hillary clinton or whoever the nominee turns out to be, we have to have a nominee that will throw every punch because it is a fight for the future of this nation, for the character of this nation, and unfortunately, we know sometimes the right questions to not have asked in a presidential debate. jack: should planned parenthood received federal taxpayer funding? ms. fiorina: absolutely not.
this is about the moral character of the nation -- not about whether you are pro-choice or pro-life. taking care of people that need our care is part of our moral fiber as well. >> governor bobby jindal was elected to the u.s. house of representatives in 2004 and has served as governor of louisiana since 2007. jack: governor jindal, if you are the next american president i think most people would agree you would be coming into a divided america on race relations, income relations -- a lot of talk about who has how much money, and who does not and talk about what you do about that. how can unify the country? gov. jindal: i'm tired of the president trying to divide us. we are all americans. we're not hyphenated americans african-americans, asian-americans, poor americans -- we are all americans. the left likes to see ourselves
as victims. it and if it's them as -- it benefits them as candidates. this president is trying to turn the american dream into the european nightmare -- make us more dependent on government. give bernie sanders credit. he is honest enough to call himself a socialist. hillary clinton and barack obama are no better, but they are not honest enough to call themselves socialists. jack: making washington work for us again -- i guess there is this feeling that everyone would agree washington is not working for america, in fact, maybe working against us. you have a good story to tell. a few other governors have a good story -- balancing the budget, cutting the deficit, growing jobs -- how do we believe you can go to washington, if elected and change the culture to balancing
budgets and making the american people feel good about the government again? gov. jindal: we have a lot of talkers. we need a doer. we cut the budget in louisiana by 26%. we have over 1000 fewer bureaucrats. eight credit upgrades. top 10 state for private sector job creation. in dce, even the republicans talk about slowing the growth of federal government. that is not enough. we need to shrink the size of the federal government. do you measure prosperity in the government sector or the real world? hillary clinton measures that in the government sector. we measure it in the real world. secondly, it is also important that we get rid of the permanent political class in d.c. -- we need term limits. we have politicians that go there, it becomes a career. not only doing a term limits, we need to stop them from paying --
from being lobbyists. we need to pay them a per diem. make them live under the same rules. they love the obamacare until their exemption was taken away. jack: new hampshire decided against arming recruiters in our national guard or troops domestically as when they are abroad, as you know, they can carry a side arm and protect themselves. should we be arming troops in new hampshire, your state in louisiana, at these basis and recruiting centers? gov. jindal: absolutely. i signed the executive order louisiana. our commander-in-chief, the president needs to do the same. we should not have these gun-free zones. the president said we're not going to beat isis with guns. we need to change their hearts and minds. i am glad the police officer in texas had a gun. if general patent and eisenhower said world war ii would be a
propaganda war, the french would be speaking german. jack: i would like to take the president at his word that the iranian deal -- it is the only way to stop iran from getting a bomb. do you agree? gov. jindal: absolutely disagree. he has declared war on trans fats and a cease-fire with the largest state sponsor of terrorism. a good deal would say no centrifuges, no enriched uranium, cutting off ties to hamas, hezbollah, terrorist groups. they have to free american prisoners. we will only gradually lift sanctions, not immediately. syria loves it. israel hates it. that is all you need to know. jack: thank you, governor. >> governor scott walker has served as the 45th governor of the state of wisconsin since 2011. jack: governor, is climate change related to human activity, and what steps if any
should americans be taken to address climate change and i would like you to comment to the president's proposal today to cut carbon emissions 25% -- is that realistic? gov. walker: first of all, it is not a clean power plan, it is a costly power plan. it would be a was saw to the nation's economy. i am an eagle scout. we were taught your campus site -- your campsite should be cleaner after you leave then when you found it. i want clean air, clean air, clean water, but i want an economy that my children and grandchildren can grow in. the proposal is a was saw to the nation's economy and we need a leader that will recognize the balance. jack: it was not long ago one congress looked at cutting the budget and they balked when sequestration came about. how could you lead and work of congress on both sides of the to
cut spending and be specific in some areas of the budget that could and need to become. gov. walker: i inherited a budget deficit and we fixed it. we still reduce taxes by $2 billion on individuals, cut rates, reduced one of the brackets, actually on job creators, farmers, manufacturers, and others out there. property taxes are lower in my state and they were watching years ago. i know how to balance the budget. it is a combination. it is through growth and reform. growth -- we laid out a multi-pronged plan to once and for all repeal obamacare applications and families back in charge of health care, raining and the sorts of things we talked about -- out of control regulations, and all of the above energy policy that allows us to use the abundance of what god has given us here, make sure everyone gets the
education and skills they need, and to reform and lower the tax rates. on specific reductions -- a big part of reform is taking major portions of the federal government -- medicaid transportation, natural resources, others, take them back from washington and send them to the states. governors are much better at being more effective and efficient and accountable that managing those programs. jack: you survived they recall you have a good story on balancing the budget -- you have a surplus -- how much? gov. walker: we started with $1 billion, use it to cut taxes and we have another budget that will have a cash balance again. the rainy day fund is 165 times bigger than we first took office. jack: in the process you have been known as someone that takes on the union --are you antiunion, anti-worker? gov. walker: i am pro-worker pro-taxpayer pay we gave workers the freedom to choose whether
they want to be in a labor union or not. many chose to keep the money they use to pay for union dues to pay for their kids college education. we are pro-taxpayer. all the power treated in the hands of the elite union bosses. we redistributed that to the taxpayers. in our schools we no longer have seniority or tenure. we can hire and fire based on merit. we can put the best and brightest in our classrooms. four years later, graduation rates are up, third-grade scores are up -- if it can work in a blue state like wisconsin -- if it was not too late for wisconsin, it is not too late for america. jack: biggest challenge you think you were successful on? gov. walker: taking on the budget in a way that focused on reform and not just austerity. if i would have just been about cuts, i probably would have been recalled but i focused on reform and growth and that made the
difference. >> governor george package served as the 53rd governor of the state of new york from 1995 to 2006. jack: this comes from the live free or die alliance in new hampshire -- what federal agencies do you think should be eliminated? mr. pataki: let me start by saying we should get rid of obamacare, common core, and reduce the size of the federal workforce by at least 15%. people are going to say how can you do that? i was governor in new york three times. i had an overwhelmingly democratic legislature and reduce the size of the workforce by over 50%. we reformed entitlements, cut growth in metal -- medicaid. we had over one million people fewer on welfare. one program i would repeal is
obamacare. i would work to get democrats to support our conservative policies. i did that in new york. jack: do you believe the affordable care act can politically be repealed? mr. pataki: not only can it be repealed, i think it has to be repealed. it will get worse and worse. not only is it hurting health care for americans, it is also one of the reasons the economy is not growing. i cannot tell you the number of employers i know that say we are going to keep the workforce below 50 so we are out from obamacare. there are millions of americans working 28 or 29 hours a week because obamacare would kick in if they worked 30. we have to put in place an alternative and i would sit down with enough democrats, as i did in new york, to have an alternative that allows us to repeal and repay it.
jack: one group in new hampshire wasson of who is treated most unfairly by the u.s. cast -- tax code? mr. pataki: the veterans -- and not just by the tax code. our freedom depends on those who put their lives on the line to defend it. you have a health care system that denies them service where as many as one-third waiting in line for treatment have died and an administration that lies about it is wrong to we have to reform the health care system for our veterans and do more for our mental health. on the tax code, the biggest killer there is for manufacturing. i grew up in a small town. i am the only one that worked in a factory when i was going through college. my factory -- my family all work in a fact repaired we have the highest tax on manufacturing in the world today, the worst
regulatory climate for manufacturers. i have to lower the tax burden. that would allow the great workforce to compete and create jobs. by the way despite the bad policy and manufacturing while i was governor we were able to get over $20 billion in building computer chip factories in upstate new york, great jobs. grow the economy, allow workers to have an opportunity to have solid careers and shrink the federal government. jack: what should the tax rate the? mr. pataki: four manufacturing, i would say 12%. energy costs are coming down. we have the best workforce and work ethic in the world and we have entrepreneurs risktakers. the federal government is the biggest single impediment. we can grow manufacturing jobs here.
jack: on planned parenthood should taxpayers fund it? mr. pataki: planned parenthood has a horrific disregard for basic human life. i think they should be defunded. by the way, jack -- jack: we will get you in the next round. thank you, governor. now, i believe joining us from washington are three senators who had to be at the capital this evening for an important vote. it was out of their control. they wanted to be here but we are happy to have them join us by satellite. i believe we are joined by our senators. we will start with senator rand paul. center, good evening. running for president in 1952, general dwight eisenhower famously said i shall go to korea. if you are elected president
named the first foreign nation you will travel to? -- name the first foreign nation you will travel to. sen. paul: first of all, thanks for letting us appear remotely. i have been leading the fight to defund obamacare and i was lucky enough to get a vote on that this evening. as far as the first country i will travel to, i think it is important to engage in the world. even though sometimes china is our adversaries, we do interact with these superpowers. i would say either china or russia. jack: how would you lessen college debt for millions of americans? sen. paul: i have a plan that would make it deductible. right now there are limitations -- i would say your interests and your principle ought to be deducted over your entire working career. since college is a working and spends, i would let you adopted
over your entire working career and i think this makes more sense than the president who says this will be free. he cannot offer free education. i think timing and making deductions is a good idea. jack: should american citizens found to be fighting with isis have their u.s. citizenship revoked? sen. paul: yes, and in fact, you really do not have any rights in the battlefield. you really do not have any rights and some have fought this those that are involved do not get to protest and are shot. we do get to process and -- and due process.
what we did to african-americans pre-civil rights days, japanese-americans -- we have to be very careful that we not collect everyone's phone records without suspicion. i am glad we ended the president's illegal phone program and i think this is a better protection of the fourth amendment and the right to privacy. i am the one candidate that has to up to the president to say no more, we will not let you collect our phone records indiscriminately. jack: senator what private information should the government collect to guarantee homeland security -- where do you draw the line? sen. paul: i think we should collect more information on terrorist, but less information on innocent individuals per we have a way to get information. you have to individualize suspicion, and most of the time you have been attacked, we have had the tip, but did not follow
through. the 19th hijacker, we had information and we failed to get a warrant. it was not that it was denied. the boston bomber -- we had information, failed to pursue it. the same with the fort hood massacre. i think we can catch terrorists if we get more information on terrorists, but there is no evidence -- three bipartisan commissions say the information we are capturing indiscriminately on all americans as an caught any terrorists, has not made us safer, it is damaged our bill of rights and our right to privacy. jack: senator paul, are you concerned that it might take some time to stop a bomb going off if you have to get that want? sen. paul: there are always imminent circumstances in which things can happen. if someone is screaming from a building, you do not stop to get a warrant. there is always been's -- there
are always circumstance. for the most part, you need to get a want, and the question we have is about collecting all-americans phone records all of the time -- is that a good idea or a breach of our fourth amendment right for privacy question mark most of america agrees with me that the president went too far. this is a president that investigated tea party groups, use the irs to go after conservative groups. i'm glad that i stood up on principle to say enough is enough -- we can catch terrorists, but in a collected -- targeted fashion. jack: thank you. senator ted cruz, arthur schwartz is in manchester tonight and he wonders what you're deal with iran would look like. sen. cruz: well, jack, thank you
very much. thank you for allowing us to be here, we had to vote to defund planned parenthood, and i hope we see republican leadership lead the fight to get it done. let me answer the question because it is a very important one. i believe this obama iranian nuclear deal is the single greatest national security affect facing america. if the deal goes through several things will happen -- first of all, roughly $100 billion -- over $100 billion will flow into iran. iran is the world's leading sponsor of terrorism. billions of it will go on to hamas, hezbollah -- it is very interesting. i pointed out a couple of weeks ago if this deal goes through the obama administration will become the world's leading global financier of radical islamic terrorists. in response, plastic president obama attacked me from --
president obama attacked me from africa and said that rhetoric was from over here. that is not rhetoric. it is the truth. if john kerry, hillary clinton and barack obama are responsible for spending billions of dollars to go to iran and that goes to terrorists, the administration is responsible. beyond that, this deal leaves four american hostages languishing in iran. we saw one president that abandoned hostages in iran. we should not see another. this accelerates iran acquiring nuclear weapons. what should we do -- i have introduced legislation that would reimpose sanctions strengthen them, and lay out a clear path, a sensible path for he ran to lift me -- sanctions. they would disassemble
centrifuges, hand over enriched uranium, shut down their program that exists for one purpose, and that is to carry a nuclear weapon to the united states of america, and they would cease being the world leading state sponsor of terrorism. over the next 60 days i will do everything i can to mobilize and energize the american people against this catastrophic deal because i think it is a profound threat to the safety and security of america. jack: senator tom of new hampshire is from -- in the audience. tell us about a time your judgment has been tested in crisis and what you want us to appreciate about your judgment. sen. cruz: serving in the united states senate is an interesting expense. i have spoken a lot about what i call the washington cartel. what is the washington cartel -- it is career politicians in both
parties that get in bed with lobbyists, special interests and they grow government. the american people are frustrated because we keep winning elections -- in 2010 we won the election in 2014, we won the senate, and we were have leaders that follow their commitment. i will tell you the sad reality -- my time in the senate -- what i've tried to do more than anything else is tell the truth and do what i have said i would do. stand against the washington cartel and stand for the 27 million texans i was elected to represent. when you do that they beat the living daylights out of you -- smack you in the press, come after you on every front. democrats attack you, the mainstream media attacks you republicans attack you, but the only way we will turn the country around -- stop the spending that is bankrupting our kids and grandkids, stop the abuses on our liberty, is with a
leader of the demonstrated history of standing up to the washington cartel. it is not easy, but we have seen it before -- ronald reagan, the reagan revolution -- with the american people at his back, he stood up to the washington cartel and turn the country around. that is what i will do if i am elected president. jack: thank you, senator cruz. senator marco rubio joining us live from c-span. good evening. shouldn't medical marijuana being narrowly written
many of the people dependent on heroin, when it became difficult to acquire prescription opiates they unfortunately became hooked on heroin and opium in the streets. i am not in support of legalizing something like medical marijuana. for medicinal purposes, if it underwent an fda process and was designed to be used as medicine, that is something i would be willing to explore. the process and it was designed to be used as medicine, that would be something that i would be four. senator rubio: what would your policy be for undocumented aliens?
senator rubio: this is an issue that everyone agrees that we have to fix. it cannot be fixed in one piece of legislation. they want to see more euros. this over 40% of the people in this country illegally entered legally. that's why we need an electronic revocation system that employers must comply with or they will be buying the that or they will be fined. that is the key that unless the
ability to make progress on anything else when it comes to immigration. once we have done that the second -- we do so on the basis of whether or not they had a relative you. we cannot afford to do it that way anymore. in the 21st situation, legal immigration must be based on merit, as opposed to living in america. once we had those things, there is a reasonable way to address the fact that 12 million people living in this country who are illegally here. they will have to pass a background check, pay a fine, start paying taxes. to learn english. in exchange for that what he will get is a work permit that allows them to work in the united states that is all they will for a time.
hospitality company does not own a single hotel room where uber is not even own a single card. china is taking over the south china sea. iran is on the verge of acquiring not just a nuclear weapon, but the ability to deliver it to the united states, and radical jihadists are spread across the world and some are located within the united states. they recognize the old and of doing things no longer works but no one has outlined somebody in the 21st century. we need leaders who have clear ideas about how to modernize our economic policy.
mr. heath: we need to move on to round two. at the end, we hope each candidate will have 30 seconds to say what they want to become orders from when he or support. we will stay with our guests with washington. senator paul, your father's campaign aided in new hampshire. libertarian, contrary, how do you define your political philosophy drives you. mr. paul: i am a constitutional
conservative. in given the government was enumerated in the constitution and the rest of the rights were left. war should be seen as a last resort. that is what reagan believed. he was seen as a great president. i will do whatever it takes. i also look judiciously in a personal way to whether we go to war. i know a young man who lost both arms in a lake, and we should not would you like it is a game. i will something to do on occasion but i think it should first resort, always be the last resort. mr. heath: louisville qqq 30 seconds now anything you say to voters in new hampshire, south carolina, i will, or the national audience. mr. paul: i am a different kind of republican.
i am leaving hillary clinton in five states won by obama. i'd been to detroit, chicago ferguson with a message that liberty, low taxes will give -- will bring jobs back. i did this message is resonating. i have been for from jesse. you have locked up way too many kids i am the only republican leading in pennsylvania. he had not been winning, and if she tried the same thing over and going to win. i wonder who will put forward a plan and message that is distinct. mr. heath: senator ted cruz, you
agree republicans might have been blamed for the affordable care act mr. heath: would you agree that republicans in congress might have been blamed for the affordable care act because they don't come up with a solution sooner for the americans that did not have health insurance. had they maybe obamacare maybe never would have been passed. i want to know your thoughts on that. are there any parts of the affordable care act you think are worth keeping? mr. cruz: well, there is no doubt we need common sense health care reform. and it is something you are seeing a lot of republicans talking a lot about ideas. i think health care reform ought to expand competition and empower patients and disempower government bureaucrats from getting between us and our doctors. the best way to do that are number one, allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines so you can have true national marketplace and low cost health insurance. number two, as dr. ben carson talked about very effectively, expanding health savings accounts so that you can save for more routine health needs.
number three, working to make health insurance affordable. delinking it from employment, so when you lose your job, the insurance stays with you. that empowers the patient. obamacare is a disaster. the state of new hampshire insurance companies have put in this year for premium increases of 51%. in iowa 30%. in south carolina 33%. millions of americans have lost their jobs and health care and been forced into part-time work. i have been proud to lead the fight to stop obamacare in the united states senate against the washington cartel. and there are a lot of politicians in washington that have given up. they don't believe obamacare can be repealed, including sadly a fair number of republicans. i don't believe that. i intend to make 2016 a referendum on repealing obamacare and if i'm elected
president we'll repeal every word of obamacare and pass common sense health insurance reform to make it personal, portable and affordable. mr. heath: senator, you now have 30 seconds. mr. cruz: 58 years ago my father fled cuba. when he was standing on the deck of the boat, looking back imprisonment and torture in cuba, he looked forward to the incredible freedom this nation provides. his story is all of our stories. the fundamental d.n.o. of what it means to be an american is we are the children of those that risked everything for freedom. that is in jeopardy. men and women, their lives are hard jeremy lin under -- under the disaster that is the american economy. i believe in america.
if we can believe again and come back to the free market principles and constitutional liberties that made america great, we can turn the country around. i believe 2016 is going to be an election like 1980. as ronald reagan said, we will win by painting in bold colors, not pale pastels. mr. heath: thank you. some felt the government is going too far trying to collect data and information on terrorist activity, even against individuals if they were innocent. do you think he made an effort to do that, to get away with the data mining made the country safer or less safe. do you also, second part of this, do you trust no one in the government will misuse phone and internet records? mr. rubio: let me say as a member of the united states
intelligence committee. on a daily basis i review the threats coming at our country. we are living in a period that is more dangerous than any we ever lived through before. all the attention paid to isis is not just isis, al-qaeda still exists and is an organization looking to remain relevant and the best way for them to remain relevant is to conduct a devastating attack the united states, there is a front growing in power in syria. some are plotting attacks against the united states and our allies and interests. they are engaging in trying to recruit and inspire radicals in our own country to kill americans and attack our interests here and abroad. these risks are serious. they are not a game. in my mind it is not a question of if we're attacked, it is a question of when. when we are the american people will want to know why didn't we know about it and why weren't we able to stop it. we need every tool at our
disposal. we have lost information we used to have. in the last four years, i have seen us lose access to information because of unauthorized disclosures that have made it easier for terrorists to evade us. do i believe that this information could be used for wrongful purposes? if they do they should be prosecuted and thrown in jail. if it ever does, we have laws for that. people should go to jail and be convicted and put away and punished for having done it. i can tell you the threats to america are real. we better take them seriously or we will answer for it. mr. heath: senator, you have 30 seconds. mr. rubio: thank you for this opportunity. you know, a decade go, two decadessing my mother was a maid and my father a bartender. i'm a candidate for the highest office in the land.
the journey i made is the essence of the american dream. that is what makes america different. it is what makes america special. the reason i'm running for president is because i want us to be that country. i want us to be the country where people can do for their parents or children what my parents did for me. that's why tonight i ask everyone watching for your vote. together, not only can we save and rebuild the american dream but leave for our children a new american century. mr. heath: thank you. our senators in washington, now back to the candidates here in new hampshire. >> ben carson written eight books and was on the board of directors for kellogg company and costco. mr. heath: welcome back. mr. carson: thank you. mr. heath: someone say the two biggest responsibilities of a president is deciding when to send troops to war and naming a supreme court justice. i would like to ask about the latter.
what kind of person would you pick as a supreme court justice. mr. carson: i would be extremely interested in their past judicial history. interestingly enough, you don't have to be a lawyer or a judge to be a supreme court justice. your history tells a great deal. you know, using litmus tests using questioning, probably will never get you to where you need to be. looking at what they have done before, making sure they truly understand the constitution, and what their role is in the judicialary would be very important. mr. heath: as you look ahead in this process and all the republicans running, how important is an event like this for you when you can come to a state like new hampshire and be part of this versus a national event where they are looking at national polls this early in the process and do you worry about that and also big money in politics.
what has to change for americans to feel that they, voters like tonight, actually are being heard and responded to versus other interests? mr. carson: i think these kinds of forums are obviously very important. particularly for individuals like me, 50% of america still doesn't even know who i many a. probably a little better after tonight. we will continue with that. and i am absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to let people understand that our country was designed, of and for and by the people. there was never any intention that the people who are our representatives should have tothe political class. they can come from any class. i appreciate the work that many of my colleagues have done as governors and senators and other representatives, but the fact of the matter is the experiences that made america to a great nation came from a whole broad spectrum of people and it is our talent and our ability as people
that will make this a great nation once again. mr. heath: in the first round you were touching on tax reform. a moment on that, or a second before before you go to your 30 seconds if you want to finish the thought. mr. carson: a lot of people talk about a guy that made ten billion dollars and paid a billion. he still has nine billion left. we have to take his money. that is called socialism. that doesn't work well. what makes america great is that we have the opposite attitude. we say let's encourage risk taking and capital investment so next year he can make $20 billion and put two billion in and grow the pot for everybody. mr. heath: 30 seconds. mr. carson: our nation is in a lot of trouble. we have tremendous divisness going on. there is a war on women, income war, age wars, religious wars. you name it, there is a war on
it. we have fiscal irresponsibility that threatens to undermine our foundation and destroy the future for our children. we have a failure to lead, which allows other forces to get in there to grow and to threaten our future. we need to recognize that these are american problems. they are not democrat or republican problems. mr. heath: thank you, dr. ben carson. >> during his tenure, scott walker eliminated wisconsin's $ 3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. mr. heath: do you support raising the eligibility for social security benefits if it is raised over time. mr. walker: i think for my age for my generation and those younger, we'll have to make reforms going forward. it is part of the process that when you look at things like medicare, social security, you need to protect those for people at that age.
for medicaid, it is something that needs to be sent back to the states without strings attached where it can be done more effectively. mr. heath: i asked a few of your colleagues, can you win this election against the democratic nominee and be truthful about entitlement reform when some critics say you are antisenior, antikid, antihuman, to save some of these programs that are going bankrupt? mr. walker: i won three elections in four years. the last two i won after a lot of people were upset on the democrat side of things. we did it by making big bold actions and got results. i would love to go against whether it is hillary clinton or joe biden, i'm a new fresh face haves a name from the past. i'm from outside of washington with a proven track record. i have gotten things done in a blue state. mr. heath: 30 seconds. mr. walker: thank you for hosting. it is great to be back in new hampshire. we are blessed to have a wonderful group of republicans running for president. sometimes people ask me what makes me different. i fought and i won.
i don't win three elections in four years. we won on the big issues. we balanced the budget, cut taxes, defunneledded planned parent hood long before these videos and we put the power in the hands of the people. if we can do it in wisconsin it is not too late there and certainly not too late for america. i ask for your vote. mr. heath: thank you. mr. walker: thank you. >> during rick perry's time as governor, texas created almost 1/3rd of private sector jobs in the united states. mr. heath: governor perry, in the past you mentioned cutting federal agencies. we talked a lot about the debt, the size of government not working for the rest of america. what specifically, what agencies would you either eliminate or cut? mr. perry: i heard this question before. mr. heath: i thought you might have. mr. perry: i think it is -- when you look at the federal government, obviously when we talk about the size of it and
the concept of being able to shrink the size of state government. if anybody gets on the stage whether any of these candidates here or anybody on the left that says there is any way to go forward in this country without cutting and without growing, those are the two things that we must do in this country. we have to cut spending. i know a little bit about cutting spending. we had a $10 billion shortfall in 2003. we went in and made the cuts. we told people we would do that. we realize that's how you have to live your life. the government has to learn to do it as well. the states that have been successful, governors have done that and made successful cuts. we cut the $10 billion out and cut the regulatory laws down. we had sweeping tort reform. we had health care explode across texas.
two years later, we came back into session, we only meet every other year for 140 days, we had an $8 bill budget surplus. that's what you can do in this country. i believe in this country. i believe if you put those principles in place, the greatest days of america are in front of us. mr. heath: governor perry, i heard several primaries that pick, people want to run for president with good intentions and say we need to reform the tax code. it is too complicated. with kev reform -- can we reform the code? mr. perry: we can. we start with the corporate tax code. there are two things to make growth occur in this country. as i said earlier, it is with american and north american energy policy. i'm talking about all energy policy in this country and all domestic energy sources. we need to be using those because you drive down the cost of electricity by this abundant
power we have. couple that with this corporate tax. you lower the corporate tax policy or corporate tax rate by 10%. every accountant will tell you that you will see a mid level wages increase between 5 and 10%. the other side of that is it is incentive to manufacturers. we can bring back manufacturing in this country like you have never seen before. blue collar workers ought to say "perry, i'm going to vote for you because you will raise my wages." that's what this is about. we are going to lay out a positive message for the people of the country, where they see the best days of america are in front of us and it happens by using domestic energy and creating a climate for manufacturing like we've never seen in this country before. mr. heath: will you have an individual tax reform plan? mr. perry: we'll lay it out. listen, you have to cut. you have to cut. whether it is cutting spending or tax rates, that is part of it. if you don't see the growth side of that with it, you're not
paying attention. mr. heath: you have 30 seconds. mr. perry: the greatest days of america are in front of us. i believe that with all my heart. i'm an optimist about the future of this country. i understand it. i have seen what we have done before. i think about 1979 and this country was on its back. we had a president that was hollowing out the military. we had an embassy that had been taken over in teheran. but ten years later, ten years later, we saw the berlin wall fall and soviet communism on its way out because we elected a president that believed in this country and said that when america is strong the world is safer. we made it through two world wars and a depression. we made it through jimmy carter, we'll make it through barack obama. trust me. mr. heath: thank you, governor. >> governor jindal's education reform efforts cut the number of failing louisiana schools in half while the high school
graduation rate reached and all-time high. mr. heath: governor, when people run for president, they say the first executive order i will sign, i'll ask the question, what are the first two orders you would push through or sign? mr. jindal: the first thing we can do is get rid of the unconstitutional executive orders, granting amnesty. we have to get with the joint commanders and announce to the world america is coming back. we'll stand with our allies like israel and deter our enemies. we will tell iran they cannot be a nuclear power. we will not allow russia to come in eastern europe. we have a lot to do domestically. we have to repeal obamacare energy independence, a lower tax code. we have to reign in the e.p.a. we have to repeal illegal amnesty and meet with the military, say we won't hollow out the military, america is
coming back. our alleys can trust us again. mr. heath: there are things in this day and this age called super pacs. some candidates have one. i think an individual contribution may be $25 or $2700 someone can give your campaign do you think these super pa.c.s where you can give $10 million are good, okay? should there be change on campaign finance? mr. jindal: i'm glad this is an election, not an auction. i'm glad the voters of new hampshire, iowa, and the other states pick the nominee. i'm for free speech. i'm not for limiting free speech. when it comes to campaign finance reform, the best thing is disclosure. let folks know who is giving the money. i don't think the candidate with the most money wins. i think hillary clinton may have two billion dollars. i think the american people are smart enough not to elect her as president of the united states. mr. heath: you have 30 seconds to say anything you would like. mr. jindal: look, we thank you for having us.
this is the most important election of our lifetime. this is about the future of america, getting off the path towards socialism. we have a great talker in the white house already. if talk is what we needed we would be on easy street. we need a doer, not a talker, we can't afford four more years of on-the-job training. i have the backbone. i have the experience, i have the bandwidth to get us through this. i'm asking you not to join just my campaign, i'm asking you to join a cause. let us believe in america again. let us give more opportunities to our children than we inherited from our parents. a lot of candidates are running that are great talkers, we've had seven years of a great talker. let's elect a doer. god bless y'all. >> during his tenure in the senate, senator graham cut entitlements. mr. heath: senator graham, john
mccain was on my show on friday, touting our foreign policy experience. i think he said of all the candidates running you have the deepest experience. mr. graham: when he is right, he is right. not always, but when he is right, he is right. mr. heath: let's put that to the testify. mr. graham: i won't mention the candidate that is not here. is there any scenario you think if your generals and advisors are saying maybe we should have gone earlier, if we go in places in syria, we can knock isis back. if you know about this, is that a smart thing to do? why aren't we doing it if it is? mr. graham: you have a weak president that is more worried about campaign promises than dealing with the threats to our country. he was told by all of his commanders, don't leave iraq without a 10,000 residual force behind. john mccain and i begged him not to.
everything we said has happened. it is hard, democracy is hard. look how hard it is for us. you expect these people to get everything right in 10 or 15 years? it won't happen. he was told by all of his advisors, you need to help the free syrian army while assad is on the rope, a no-fly zone. he said no thank you. he said isil is the j.v. teal. he drew a red line, and everybody thinks we are all talk. you need more troops in iraq. i have been to iraq and afghanistan 35 times. i ask you to make me commander in chief. you need somebody who knows what they are doing. i have been a reservist. it will not be easy. we're going to have to go from 3500 to 10,000 to get iraq in a good spot. if you don't deal with syria we'll be hit here. it's the perfect platform to attack us.
there is no ground component in syria. we spent $5$00 million to train 60 people. i would go to the turks, to egypt, to jordan, i would go to saudi arabia and say we're going to take your armies and integrate our forces in your armies and you will pay for this war, we paid for the last two. we'll pull the caliphate up and repair syria. if we don't they are coming here. there is no easy way forward folks. we won't balance the budget without democratic support or fix immigration unless you get a bipartisan plan. i'm from the reddest of red states. my biggest sin is that i worked for democrats that tried to find arable -- a rational solution. i would suggest to you the best way to predict what i will do in the future is what i have done
in the past. whatever it takes to defend the country. mr. heath: what should the federal minimum wage be? mr. graham: the federal minimum wage should not be increased. hillary clinton's list is a mile long of help the middle class. the middle class is somebody that can't go on vacation when the car breaks. the middle class has to make hard choices nobody else seems to make any more. i have been there. her definition, secretary clinton's definition of flat broke is different than mine. if after two terms in the white husband and your husband is president you think you are flat broke, boy, have you lost your way? at 22 i was flat broke when my parents died within 15 months. i can't wait to get in the ring with her or joe biden, who is a fine man. if you want to turn around american foreign policy, the last two people you ought to ask is his vice president or former secretary of state. mr. heath: 30 seconds, senator. mr. graham: the next president needs to be sure of who or --
i'm sorry. i can't talk. the next president needs to have their act together. three problems. too many terrorists, too much debt, too few jobs. you need a strategy to put radical islam in a box and nail it shot. we can't do it without more troops. the debt is driven by the 80 million baby boomers. we are going to wipe out social security and medicare if we don't do anything about it. i would do whatever it takes to save this program and this country. >> under ms. fiorina's leadership hewlett packard grew to become one of the biggest countries in the united states. mr. heath: how can we get past
what happened in 2008. ms. fiorina: the financial crisis was caused by fannie mae and freddie mac. these were sponsored by republicans and democrats alike. they have not been reformed. 25 agencies were supposed to be minding the store and did not. democrats passed dodd-frank. dodd-frank caused 10 wall street banks too big to fail, have become five, more bigger, powerful wall street banks and thousands of community banks have gone out of business. we need to repeal dodd-frank like we need to repeal obamacare and get about what we should have been doing years ago. reform freddie may and freddie mac. the government should not be in the mortgage business. the agencies that regulate the mortgage system should be competent. the regulators that are supposed to be minding the banking system
are watching pornography and earning the same pay. this is not rocket science. it just never seems to happen. mr. heath: senator graham had some sobering words about perhaps iraq syria, troop commitment. i think americans -- i can't even begin to characterize what it is like to watch the beheadings and torture and what isis is doing to captives. we know about lone wolf terrorism. chattanooga, tennessee, and so forth. fort dix. do the american people have the stomach to go to war, even if it is limited, to go to war in syria or iraq to fight this evil? ms. fiorina: president obama continuously provided to the american people the false choice. he says either you agree with what i'm doing or not doing or the option is to go to war. that is not true. there are many things we could and should be doing. first we must have the strongest military on the planet and everyone has to know it, which
means we have to invest in fighting men and women and reneed to reform the department of defense. i would make two phone calls to netanyahu, to rea sure him we stand with israel. the second is the leader of iran. he may not take my call. he would get the message. until you allow any-time, anywhere inspections we'll make it difficult for you to move money around the global financial system. why do i start with those things? knowing more world leaders on the stage today than anyone running with the possible exception of hillary clinton, i know our allies need a message from us we will stand with them and our adversaries need a message that we will confront you. in terms of isis, we have allies that know this is their fight. the king of jordan a good man the saudi, i know them, the
kurds, the emrates, they know isis is their fight. they asked us for bombs, intelligence, and weapons, i would have a camp david summit and ask them what they need from us. yes, they may need more special forces but we need to show leadership, resolve, or support or our allies will lose courage. mr. heath: you have 30 seconds. ms. fiorina: i started as a secretary in a nine person real estate firm. i went on to lead the largest technology country in the world. now i'm running for the president of the united states. my story is only possible in america. our nation is at a pivotal time. whatever your issue or cause or problem that you hope would be resolved, the political class haslett you down. margaret thatcher once said i'm not content to manage the decline of a great nation. neither am i. we need a president who understands the economy, the world, how it works, who is in
it. bureaucracy and how to hold them accountable and cut them down to size. technology. i have a proven track record of challenging the status quo and problem solving. with your support and vote i will lead the resurgence of a great nation. mr. heath: thank you. >> senator santorum was a member of the gang of seven that exposed the congressional banking and post office scandals. mr. heath: senator, what should the president's role be in terming abortion policy in america. mr. santorum: i believe that the supreme court of the united states has abused its authority. most recently in the gay marriage case. justice roberts said it best. there is no constitutional basis for this decision. roe versus wade, they said it was the same logic as dred scott. whose sign are you on? are you going to be on the side of lincoln? abraham lincoln said that decision cannot stand and
they went on and passed a bill to free the slaves. are we suggesting we will be held by a supreme court that abraham lincoln wasn't held by when an unjust decision was handed down? in my opinion, we cannot be. mr. heath: is it time, this is from one of our folks, a voter. is it time to put a woman on the $20 bill, and if so, who? mr. santorum: i think carlie is a good choice. i like her. mr. heath: i thought you would say mrs. santorum. mr. santorum: now you are going to get me in trouble. karen, i'm putting you. that's what i was thinking. mr. heath: let's shift gears. you agree it is time? mr. santorum: i think that's certainly appropriate. we have tremendous people, women of great accomplishment. i have no problem putting them on currency. mr. heath: why has it taken this long. do you support the marketplace fairness act from another voter marketplace fairness act, which requires internet businesses to collect sales tax. mr. santorum: i do not.
mr. heath: what is going to happen if this push continues? how do you get across the message that taxing the internet might stifle growth. mr. santorum: what we don't need is more government texas. taxes. we need to go to a flat rate a simple system where you don't have any of the bells and whistles, no incentives. you don't need them if you have a low flat rate. mr. heath: i hear from small business owners that feel at every level they are overburdened. some say they would not even start the business today. are we antibusiness in america and why? mr. santorum: everything that president obama has done with a pen and phone can be undone on day one with a pen. i would suspend every single executive order, regulation, rules interpretation that cost americans jobs. i would repeal them.
if there was no purpose for them, or i would review them and make them more business friendly and friendly to american workers. this is all about jobs. this is all about creating opportunities for the folks in america that feel that neither party cares about them. democrats, all they want to do is give them money. republicans, you know, all of our emphasis is all about small business. i think small business is great. we need to do things to encourage small business. but 90% of workers in america don't own or run their own business. they work for a living. we have to have an idea, a plan and a vision to put them back to work so they can rise, too. mr. heath: you have 30 seconds to address the voters. mr. santorum: as was mentioned i was a member of the gang of seven. i won my first race in a 60% democratic district against an incumbent. in a state of a million more democrats than republicans, i took out an incumbent? i did that because i was an effective
reformer that stood for the people in this country no one else is standing for. i'm the only person in the race that ran in a presidential year with a president on the ticket that lost the state, and i won. president bush lost by four and i won by five. no won has done that. it's hard in a presidential election. none of these gentlemen have won in an election year. if you want a winner, you have to have someone that will stand with the american people that has a record of reform and accomplishment to get things done and i have that record. mr. heath: thank you, senator. mr. santorum: thank you. >> as governor of ohio, governor kasich has made a surplus and cut taxes. mr. heath: what is a major issue with which you will say tonight you disagree with the republican party, your own party on? where is your party wrong? mr. kasich: i'm not here to criticize my party. what i will tell you is i think
that economic growth is not just an end unto itself. i think it is very important with economic growth comes responsibility and the ability to help people that live in the shadows, whether they are mentally ill or drug addicted. we have the mayor of manchester fighting a tsunami. all over the country are the working poor. what i have tried to emphasize is economic growth, the creation of jobs is our most important moral purpose. once that is accomplished we need to reach out to people that have traditionally lived in the shadows. in my state, ohio, we usually find out the results of an election three days later, i had the second largest victory in modern ohio history with 60% of women, 51% of union households, 26% of african americans. our whole purpose has to be to give everybody a sense that the american dream is alive. that we all can rise. whether we are drug addicted or ill or developmentally disabled,
whether we have never been given the attention we need as made in the image of the lord. so i would not disagree with any of my colleagues on that. i think we all have a heart for that. it is something our party needs to talk more about so people across the country understand that we get them. sometimes, jack, our problem is people don't necessarily think we get them. but you know, thank god my father carried mail on his back and his father was a coalminer my mother could barely speak english. you are in touch with folks, their anxieties and concerns want. people want to know you get them. mr. heath: governor, in a few days there will be a debate in cleveland. mr. kasich: lebron will be moderating it, i understand. mr. heath: you got in the race late. a lot of your colleagues here. some are pretty impressive
folks. why did you feel there was an opening for john kasich. you have run before. why did you get in this time with such a large field? mr. kasich: jack, look. i have received blessings, most of us here have been very, very blessed. when you get that way, you have to figure out what your purpose is in life to make the world a little better place. it took me a while to get in this because i didn't get in this just to do it. i got in it to win. if i didn't think i could win i wouldn't do it. the reason i'm doing it is frankly, i have been a servant in terms of government, you know, government responsibility, a lot of my adult life. i spent ten years in the private sector. i got a calling back to my state to help fix my state. guess what. we went from the loss of 350,000 job to the gain of it. our credit going up. people living in the shadows have hope. we cut taxes by five billion dollars. so you know, we diversified our economy, jack. the most importantening is give people a sense that we get them, everybody can be included and we
liftsh, nobody cut out. mr. heath: you have 30 seconds to address the voters. mr. kasich: i have been listening. balancing the budget. how are you going to do it. we did it. when i left washington, we had a five trillion surplus, the economy was booming. we cut taxes on risk taking and investments. so it is not about what i think we can do. it is about what i have already done. i served on the armed services committee and have great respect for senator graham. i was there when we changed the way the military operates to get the services to work together. so reform the pentagon. i have national security experience. we went from eight billion in the hole to two billion in the black. for people in ohio, hope has come back to the buckeye state. thank you, i love being here. we'll see you soon. mr. heath: thank you governor. >> as governor governor
christie achieved health benefit reforms. mr. heath: the question i asked someone earlier, governor, is a question about the presidents, now maybe he regrets it, calling isis a j.v. team and now they are a bigger threat. do you have a plan to take on that direct terrorist organization and defeat them or is it a movement that we have to be realistic, it will be here longer than we may want? mr. christie: i think the answer is yes to both. this will be a long battle whether you are talking about isis or al-qaeda or the other radical islamic forces across the world. the plan has to be very direct and clear. we need to get our allies in the middle east engaged in a major way. the jordanians and the saudis, they want to be engaged and believe this is an exostential threat to them. we need to make sure they are armed and trained.
we need to share human and electronic intelligence with them and we need to provide them air cover and cooperation to make their attempts to target these folks correct. mr. heath: you may get the energy award of campaigning in new hampshire. i heard a lot about your town hall events. i hear you stay late and answer the questions. that's the point. mr. christie: i'm like the bad relative you invite for thanksgiving. i come early and stay late. mr. heath: of all the candidates in new hampshire are staying long and often. but some people that observed this say that your best time to run may have come and gone. i would like to know what makes a lot of you tick to make such a big decision. mr. christie: are you saying i'm washed up? mr. heath: no. but if you are going to open the door, i will take it. you have gone through battles in new jersey. i'm sure it is a family decision for all the candidates. it is an incredible undertaking. why now? what was the decision in your house. mr. christie: no one should run for president until they can look in the mirror and say when
they are ready. when folks approached me i was honored but i wasn't ready. i had been governor about 16 months in new jersey. i was not ready. so i look this time, four years later in the mirror, and everything that happened to me in the last four years, good and bad, made me better, made me better prepared. the decision is about whether in your heart and mind you are ready to lead the greatest country in the world during some of the most difficult times we ever faced. if that answer is not unequivocally yes, you have no business going to the american people to ask for their vote. i'm ready. mr. heath: ready for 30 seconds? mr. christie: sure. i come from one of the bluest states in america. 42 years since new jersey elected a republican to the united states senate. longest streak of any state in the nation. in 2009, against an incumbent that outspent me $33 million to $11 million, we beat him and took on a budget deficit, balanced it, cut taxes, and now
after eight years of no private sector job growth in new jersey before i became governor. 192,000 new jobs. and most importantly the people in new jersey know when i say i'm going to do something, i'll do it. when i say i won't, i won't. we need that kind of clarity in the united states again and in the oval office. i thank for your vote. >> as governor of new york government pataki lived through the worst terrorist attack on american soil on september 11, 2001. mr. heath: governor, that introduction is where i was going to go. seems like a lot of years ago. in some respects, i imagine for you and others, it seems like yesterday. mr. pataki: it seems like yesterday. mr. heath: how did it change your life? mr. pataki: it changed it completely. on september 11 i was governor. it wasn't an abstract thing to see and hear about radical islam. i walked the streets, i could taste the dust and ash in the
air. i comforted families that lost loved ones. i vowed that i would do, if i ever had the opportunity everything i could to protect us from radical islam and another terrorist attack. we are not doing that today. isis poses a very clear threat to us. not just with a major attack, but what they are doing here, tweeting, recruiting, jihaddists, you know, we just had the tragic incident in chattanooga. the obama administration says we're going to not have our marines put on arms, they are going to take off their uniform. my view is very simple. we cannot bow down to islam anywhere. certainly not in the united states. we should have our marines not take off their uniforms, but put on their guns. we should be proud to be here. we have to be proactive against isis in the middle east. i went back and read the september 11th commission report. just a couple months ago. they had what we must do in the future to prevent another attack. they actually had a section that
said if, for example, iraq becomes a failed state, and radical islam rises there, we have to use all of the might of america to destroy it. well, today isis has training camps. we distributement centers, social media capability. hundreds of millions of dollars people with western passports, we can't be passive. we have to arm the kurds directly. they are took place on the front line. instead of telling egypt to get better on human rights, help their military fight isis and we should go in and destroy the recruiting centers before they have the chance to attack us here again. mr. heath: quickly, lightning question. is there a limit to second amendment protection in your mind? mr. pataki: i don't think we should change the second amendment. the problem is mental health.
we have to do a lot more to enforce mental health laws. mr. heath: governor, 30 seconds. mr. pataki: in my lifetime, i don't think i have ever seen americans more divided than today. a great republican president abraham lincoln said a house divided against itself cannot stand. we need to win this election. we need to do it not bipolar bipolarizing but by uniting the american people behind good, intelligent conservative limited government policies. i know i can do it because i did it three times in new york the most blue state in america, with more than three million democrats. we can win this election by bringing the american people together behind us. if i run, i promise you i will do that and take america's government back for the people. thank you. mr. heath: thank you governor. >> while jeb bush was governor of florida. 80,000 businesses were started
and 1.3 million jobs created. mr. heath: governor bush. common core curriculum is controversial in new hampshire. should state and local school boards reject national educational standards? mr. bush: they should. states should create standards they should be state driven and locally implemented. the federal government should have no role in the creation of standards, no role in the creation directly or indirectly. the federal government's role in education ought to be to provide support for states that won't reform. government jindal created some amazing reform in louisiana. his money cannot be used to enhance the reforms. the federal government should not have a say on standards, we need higher standards, school choice, ending social promotion, a plan to make sure more than a third of the kids are college or career ready. mr. heath: i differ than my sister greatly on politics. you have a brother that is well-known, and a dad, a father
that was president. do you feel when you talk with voters you have to differentiate yourself philosophically from the former presidents? mr. bush: people get this. by your point, around the kitchen table, your sister doesn't agree with you on things, and so i have a different view than my brother. my dad is probably the most perfect man alive. it is hard for me to be critical of him. i have a t-shirt that says, the jeb swag store that says my dad is the greatest man alive. if you don't like it, i will take you outside. mr. heath: a final word? mr. bush: first of all, i'm impressed with the caliber of the people that are running for president. every person that participated in this debate is better than any of the democrats running. so i'm honored to be a candidate and believe that we are on the verge of the greatest time to be alive. we have to fix a few things. if we do, this country will take off and i have the skills to make it happen. mr. heath: that is it. thank you very much, everyone.
>> that concludes this evening's program. thank you to our participants. good night. . mr. heath: i would like to have the candidates come up and say good night. i thank them and thank you all very much and the voters of new hampshire. [ applause ] >> you are watching c-span. created for you by america's cable companies. next, ""washington journal."
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