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you know how many times i have been knocked down in my lifetime, my family said, pick yourself up and move on. the key is, when you knock on the door and a, they get so , they get -- enough so aggravated that they will let you in. we need to remind young people of that. local control of education. we need to make sure that schools are performing. we need to know how they are doing and how they compare with the rest of the country. we need to give young people skills and we are -- and we also have to break the -- model. everyone learns differently. say i like math, if i can go work for this guy for three hours a week and understand what his system does, i will get energized.
used to go to court and listen to lawyers argue, surprise, now i am a politician. for those who do not want the academic approach, we should have vocational education, so we can meet the skills of where people are. a growing economy, better , it can do attitude, resilience, and a little bit of faith. that is what i would say would work. ?es >> how are you going to fix the affordable care act? >> it does not do what it was supposed to do. in my state, we have taken -- we have a program in ohio where we think the primary care doctor should be the shepherd. we should have a medical home
.un by primary care doctors columbus,program in we have a children's hospital to keep kids healthy. they are looking at asthma. if we can keep you healthy without putting you in the hospital, that is great. means thely a hospital gets less revenue, but it means the insurance covering gets more profit. guess what, they share the benefit of keeping that killed -- that kid healthy and out of the hospital. that is how it should run health care. issue not be based on quantity, but quality. you go to the hospital tonight, they will give you 10 tests when you only need to. and nobody cares, because a third party is paying for it. we need quality medicine. we need to move to a system that
todesigned to reward doctors keep us healthy, rather than treating us when we are sick. we will have a better health care system and we will have more control. yes? >> i wanted to ask you about the team you will build when you become president. for beingof person the vice president, how he gather folks around you to run all this? you live in -- gov. kasich: you live in new hampshire? will you be available? that is a very big part of being a leader. if you come in to look at problems that we have, it is not
unusual to find 20 people in a room with me. what i encourage is open dialogue. tell me what is on your mind. come in here and be creative. when you are president, you have to have good advisors and a good cabinet. they should be dedicated to common sense. and you have to have people in your inner circle that you trust that are not subjected to group thinking. you need to be out there. ie thing i would like to do can run a better program to deliver health care to the poor can it -- then i can -- then they can in washington.
as president, i would like to travel to all legislatures around the country on a regular basis and hear what is working. what is unique in massachusetts that you could learn here, or use here. best practices always work. then when it comes to defense, you have to have military leaders that tell you the truth and don't care for their own little rice bowl. i have a friend who was once the -- coo of the cia and his i ask him questions, answers are counterintuitive to what i think you will give me. you need to have direct answers that make sense, that are not reflecting just your own personal gain or interest. many need civilian leaders who are experts in defense.
at the end of the day, the president has to have the right instincts, the right experience, the right that -- gut . i was a congressman i am a governor. i am constantly being faced with .ecisions, i have a good staff at the end of it, at the end of the day, it is on me. at the and of the day, it is on me and then you judge how i do by the results. it is not theory. it is not theory, it is results. do you make mistakes, of course you. but you keep it moving in the right direction. and you respect the people that put you in office. when i get elected i am a ceo and i assemble a team to run the
companies best as i can. listen, they are telling me i have to go. here is what i would say. if you're interested, check us out. if you want to do something that this, not as magnificent, that is fine. maybe we can come to your house. i am doing town halls. i would really like you to help you. i will say this about new hampshire. this is a great system. people say, why do you like it so much there? i said, to congressional seats, lookan -- and people will at you and listen to you and they will look in your eyes and feel what you are all about. if they like you, they will reward you. if they do not, then they don't and you didn't connect and it wasn't the right time. when i was here 16 years ago, they said, we like you, but it is not your time. so this time maybe, maybe he can make it my time. thank you, god bless.
>> thank you. how is school. ? >> is great. i have an event tonight. etu can sign you know to g me how of my history homework. >> i got the autograph now. we have a long road. >> good point. >> hello governor. >> i know you, alan. i decided. -- i just saw you. >> hello, nice to see you. i am sam. >> there are about 100 people around the corner. i hope you are in shape. >> are we going to be wrestling
>> terry, what do you do? >> i am in advertising. >> most important, she is our neighbor. >> who do you like? >> pretty much all of them. >> covenant -- governor? >> this is janet. >> what happened to you? [indiscernible] >> rotator cuffs, how do you do that? >> i am having a problem with my arm. that -- how been in
long have you been in that? >> six weeks. >> how is it going? >> ok. >> hello, governor. good to see you. make your way in here. >> thank you. >> thank you. [laughter] >> you end it. -- you earned it. >> swing this way. let me get a picture. bob. yeah, [indiscernible] >> what were you doing? [inaudible] >> in d.c. >> you know, i walked into
kelly's office and i walked in and i said i have to tell you, i have a really big complaint and i want to see the senator now. and they were like, she is in washington. i said, that is a likely story. they are always in washington when there is a problem. i wrote the note and said, give this to the senator please. no, i didn't tell them. i just told them i was a new hampshire constituent. >> governor. >> megan, nice to meet you. >> they are newlyweds. >> newlyweds? >> nice to meet you. >> wow. nothing wrong with that. nice. >> i am a criminal prosecutor. with that smile? >> that is how she wins.
>> where did you go to school? [inaudible] >> and you do what? >> i am also a market -- i am also on an attorney. we get candidates like you to talk about fiscal issues. >> i hardly ever speak about them. >> i know. >> i got my picture taken. >> i am from ohio, as well. >> where you from in ohio? >> acord. >> how did you get here? >> i got married and carried away. >> do you go back? >> just when my folks were there. i was born and raised there. then we went to pittsburgh. >> where did you live in pittsburgh? >> murrysville. [inaudible] >> we have a daughter in
pittsburgh. >> does she like it? >> she does, she is a nurse practitioner. >> that she like it? >> she does. and her husband is a chief of surgery at allegheny general. and she is a nurse practitioner. >> allegheny general is one of the best trauma hospitals in the world and he is a chief of surgery. wow. >> if you have any problems -- [laughter] go to allegheny. to get one of my .amous shots and he rejected -- did you play?
was in pittsburgh. [inaudible] -- >> he was the postmaster. >> how coming ever got picked this man of the week. >> we were there before computers. my father would go and pick my mother up late at night and i was always really worried that one time my dad would pick my mom up and they would never make it home. and then guess what, they were killed in a car accident. many years later. biogen driver. by a junk driver -- drunk driver. but i became a better man because of that, as sad as it is. one of our young men in our
department got a call from his mother whose grandfather did not wake up last night. years old, he was crying. i said, it is ok good. >> that is the way to go. >> you are absolutely right. >> you know, for me it would be like taking an apple off the tree on the 18th hole, once i be my friend -- beat my friend in golf. believe me. >> hello, senator. so wea junior staffer didn't interact when we were on the -- together. so it is good to see you here. >> john? >> absolutely. so what makes you an activist, you raise cain with people? >> no, no.
>> do you know doug? >> he could give you advice on picking a good candidate. [laughter] >> have i met you before, you look like my cousin harry. married to a much younger woman too. >> this is my daughter. him? you all know >> why does he have this many ? when i get done they may not be your friends. you?w are hi. >> and you are? richard'sdson needs --
niece. -- -- hat is the >> lebanese. >> are you lebanese also? >> are there a lot of lebanese in new hampshire? >> in this area we do. >> he wishes he was lebanese. >> this is emily. >> how old are you emily? >> 19 years old. >> are you going to school? >> yes, i am at university. >> what are you going for? >> management. >> there is a company around
here you can manage. siblings?e any >> i have a younger brother, ben who is -- been -- is that emery. and i have another brother. >> i have twin daughters that are 15.5 years. they are doing great. they are doing just fantastic. they really are. -- you know, they are so much fun and they are growing up. >> they will be driving. i am inis why i am glad new hampshire, they are driving in ohio. they are doing very well. i am really pleased. i will tell you a funny story. so, my daughters after their second day of school, i get home. one of them says, i want to tell
you about my first day of school. let's go have some ice cream. i said, i will buy. says, ok, i will drive. and we drive to the store. and then she said, i will drive home here in it is really interesting. then i say, now girls, because my daughters are nice and tall and pretty. and the mother is beautiful too. and they said, we going to have this thing with boys. and they start giggling. and i say, if you have any questions about boys, you need it out to your mother. you know what my daughter said, she said that daddy, you have good instincts, so we want your opinion too. [laughter] that is what she said. >> those girls. >> i thought she was sincere.
>> who do we have here? charlotte. [inaudible] >> you have some friends, you know what they say? a girl without freckles is a night without stars. >> thank you. >> we love your mom and dad. >> they are great. >> how old are you? >> turning 16. >> and you have some friends here? >> i do. >> and you guys are all buddies? >> we have been friends for exceeding years. -- for many years. >> so you will have your license soon? >> yes. >> are you excited? >> i am very excited. >> how is your brother?
>> he is doing well. he could not make it tonight. >> he is in grad school? >> he is starting to. >> and he went to yale? >> yes. >> and i went to ohio state. [laughter] >> hello, governor. sister in law. >> you forced everybody in the family. hello, how are you. >> i am the older brother. went --unniest thing, i and i walked up the street and down some sidestreets and we were getting ready to drive over about people were standing outside this building and i thought, i will walk over. i will surprise them. and i forgot i was in new
hampshire and i said hello, i am john kasich, i am running for president of the united states. and they said, ok, nice to see you. absolutely no surprise. plane the other day going to california and i was talking to this couple, i did not know them. i was sitting on the aisle, thank goodness. and we were asking, what do you do? and they asked, what do you you do? landed, i looked over at the wife and said i am governor of ohio and i am running for president. >> and she said, now tell me the truth. hampshire,s in new they would not be surprised.
how old are you? >> 13. >> why are you here? did she make you come? >> that is not true. he had his teacher already when i got home. he asked if we were still going. >> what do you want to be when you grow up? >> ruler of the world. >> he is still thinking. who do you have back here? [inaudible] >> ok. and who do we have here? >> this is ginning. -- janine. >> we have met before. >> and this is my son, he wanted
to meet you. and his friend. thus friends since canada. >> how old are you guys? >> 14. >> and you haven't started school? >> next week. >> my kids started school maybe a month ago. and i said, how can you start school on this day? said,hey looked at me and daddy, you are the governor. [inaudible] >> you want to be in it? i don't think is with your arm. -- twist your arm. nothing like best friends. >> thank you. >> ok. rep corner.ur state >> hello, we are both from bedford. >> are you?
going?w is it >> good. how is the budget going? >> we are negotiating. but we have an override meeting two weeks from tomorrow. >> i don't know why you did this, it makes sense. >> governor nice to meet you. i am retired navy. >> what do you do? >> access, hunt, i worked out, and pay attention to politics. welcome to new hampshire. >> nice to meet you. >> i am nicole. hampshire --, said thank you for having us. we appreciate it. -- we understand
that you are a friend of one. you were in bc when we first started. >> is he coming to see you all? >> he is in boston. it was awesome. >> did you go to the show? >> yes. after working for about four hours, we saw the show and it was crazy. >> is that right? so, you like the music? bono haslly liked what done. >> the story is always the first guy to spend time with bono on capitol hill. he gets frustrated because we couldn't get enough meetings.
in the early days, people do not know much about u2 in congress because they don't know. cool asmight not be as you. >> i'm frustrated we cannot get more meetings. just look at you. you have a leather suit, the shoe and the goofiest sunglasses. a lot of these people don't want to be seen with you. he looks at me and says the guys in my band are not that cool with me either so the feeling is mutual. so anyway, thank you. >> of cap. ok. let's get rolling. >> ok. ok. i don't want to fall over the railing.
that would be bad. >> you are appealing to the same voters, but you are gaining in the polls and he is sliding in the bowls. what are you doing that is different from jeb? >> i like jeb. i'm just me. i'm just being john kasich. hopefully, being fun. you have to figure it out but i am enjoying myself. i feel passionately about a lot of these issues. i feel deeply about many of them. this is what we'll continue to do whether it is town halls or being here at this houseparty, it is pretty amazing. legal immigrants -- or collies are talking about building a wall. what do you think about that? >> i don't think we need a wall. >> what about the way canadians are questioning? >> i can only answer questions for me. my position is build a wall down
south and once it is done anybody who comes across will have to go back, nooks uses. no excuses. million that 12 are here, if they have not violated the law, they have to pay a penalty or do some service and then i can reach legal status. the program needs to be looked at. n terms of canada, where se whoever suggested needs to back off. the debate?n >> am i in? >> time for one more. >> planned parenthood over the abortion restrictions -- it will not go away.
>> the bottom line is, first of all, i am the debate? pro-life with the exceptions of ratpe and the health of the mother. i believe in -- what we have seen, these revelations, everybody is turned off so there are other ways to do effective family-planning. thank you all. >> your rolling the dice on -- >> thank you. announcer: the labor department released the august jobs number. it was added with 173,000 jobs last month. it is the lowest since 2008. john boehner released a statement that reads it is encouraging that more americans
found work last month that we must do more to achieve the sustained and robust economic growth and higher wages families need. pro-life with the exceptions ofthat has been the s focus from day one and we've made good progress. economylosi said our continues to make progress. however, more can and must be done to create good paying jobs. harry reid set for 66 consecutive months we have seen the economy improving and now it is time for congress to get to work on reaching a bipartisan budget that benefits the middle class. announcer 2: this labor day weekend, three days of politics, books and american history. here are a few of the features. 10 a.m. eastern, a town hall event in seattle discusses the pros and cons of big data and
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candidates vying for the republican presidential nomination. he spoke recently at the steamboat institute annual freedom conference in colorado. you talked about his background and outlined his ideas including increasing the size of government, immigration policy, gun control and combating terrorism. this is just under 50 minutes. ♪ [applause] dr. carson: thank you. thank you. we are delighted to be with you. thanks for all the hard work. jennifer and rick, all the steamboat institute supporters,
the leadership program of the rockies, everybody who has done such a fabulous job in putting this together. america is still a place of dreams. there are a lot of people who try to denigrate our country because there may have been things that has happened in the past that were not particularly flattering, but that is not because there's anything wrong with our country. it is because there was something wrong with people from time to time. people inhabit the country. any country in the world has people and has problems. of the united states of america is an absolutely wonderful place. the fact of the matter is you will notice there are a whole bunch of people trying to get in here but not a lot of people trying to get out, so that you try to tell you something about how great a place it actually it s. an exceptional nation. before our nation came on the
america is 100, 1000, 5000 yea, people did the same exact thing. within 200 years of america coming on the scene, men were walking on the moon. people try to say this is not an exceptional nation. this is the most exceptional nation the world has ever known. you look at the fact we declared our independence in 1776, less than 100 years later, we are the number one economic power on the earth. think about that. and, it is -- there is such a thing as the american way. have you noticed that? there are so many people -- does any other country have a way? there was the british way. there is no french way. there is no canadian way. there is only in american way.
have you noticed you can be un-american, but you cannot be on brazilian. [laughter] you cannot be un-nigerian. there is a very unique thing about being an american. one all of us are united in way or another. we are all on the same boat in this century. country. i remember when i was learning a lot of classical music and classical art and a lot of people in detroit criticized me and they said, you know, it is not culturally relevant to you. have you heard that turn? culturally relevant. what does that mean to a citizen of the united states of america? take a trip down to ellis island
and walk through the gallery there. fromat all the pictures people who came from every part of the globe. in many cases, carrying all of their belongings in their hands. look at their faces. look at their eyes. the determination. people who work not five days a week but six or seven days a week. but 10,t hours a day, 12, 16 hours a day. no such thing as a minimum wage. why did they do it? because they were working for their sons and their daughters, their grandsons and their granddaughters. hundreds of years before that, other immigrants came here involuntarily in the bottom of slave ships. that onehad a dream day there great-grandson's and great granddaughters might be
prosperity and success in this country. do you know of all the nations in the world this one, the united states of america, the only one big enough and great enough to allow all those people from all those backgrounds to realize their dreams. that is why i say every single one of us is culturally relevant to every single one of us and that is why we are called the united states of america. it is important for us to keep that in mind because there are so many out there right now who are trying to divide us, to create friction between all the factions of our society. racehorse,men,
income wars, age wars, religious wars, you name it. there is a war on it. you can get people fighting each otherdo you know of all the nats in the all the time. we have gone to a point where yes, we have a multiparty system, but it was never intended that the republicans and democrats would hate each other. peoplemore intended that would perhaps have different philosophies and be able to sit down and discuss the differences and the similarities and to strengthen each other because they both love america and they both wanted it to succeed. but, unfortunately, the of those who want to fundamentally change america had
seized a lot of control. the is important for we, people of america, to realize we are not each other's enemies. the enemies are those who are trying to divide us. if we can remember that, it will make a big difference as we go forward. things that i the hated most growing up was poverty. some people hate spiders, some people hate snakes and things like that. me, i hated poverty. any foras never money any anything. i remember we would get coupons to get to the state fair for free. i was so excited, but never
enough money to ride any rides. never enough money to buy any popcorn. i never tasted cotton candy until i was an adult and it was not that good. [laughter] dr. carson: everything looks good when you cannot havany for anything. it.member we would get but, it was a very, very difficult life my mothe. my mother worked so hard going from job to job because she did not want to be on welfare. interestingly enough, she recognized that most of the people she saw on welfare never came off of it. therefore, she never wanted to go on it to begin with. she never wanted to be a victim. for the most part, she was successful. aid,ccasionally accepted but was able to stay off of it because she was very thrifty. she would go to the goodwill and by a pair of trousers with a big hole. this was back before that was
fashionable. [laughter] dr. carson: she would buy some patches and put it on both it. knees. people would say where did you get those? she would take us out on a sunday morning and ask a former if we can pick four bushels of corn or tomatoes or beings. ans. three for you, one for us. they always liked that deal. she would can stuff. she would make everything stretch so far. i'm certainty of my mother was secretary of treasury, we would not be in the deficit situation. [laughter] [applause] dr. carson: i find it interesting that the left enjoys veryg carson grow thei
poor, him is that had some aid and now wants to withdraw aid from everybody which is a total lie, but this is how they exist. they exaggerate things and like to be able who perhaps do not think deeply for themselves and that is how they manipulate and control people. desire, as i am sure nobody here, has no desire to remove the safety net for people who really need it. i have a desire to create a mechanism for people to move up the economic ladder out of the state of dependency and become a part of the fabric of america. that is what we have to start thinking about. [applause] nothing wrong nets, that wheny government handouts become a way --life for able party
able-bodied people, we are not doing them favors. true compassion is not keeping people in a dependent situation. true compassion is finding a way to liberate them. programeaking at a where they would go out on the street and get people who were down and out. would help them. they would put them through a 13 week program free of charge. buy new clothing. teach them the fundamentals of personal responsibility and how to hold a job. they would help them get a job. they would talk to their employers. would help them. 70% of those people are off public aid in the year. one lady who i talked to was homeless and a drug addict and was three months away from getting her phd. you think about how much wasted talent there is out there.
we really cannot afford to be wasting any of our talent because we only have 330 million people. china has over one billion. india has over one billion. we have to compete with them. if we allow large segments of our population to go on educated and unprepared, it is us as ally weakening70% of thoe nation. this is something that we must clearly come to an understanding of. one of the reasons that candy and i started the carson scholars fund is because we noticed how many people were dropping out of school. in addition to the part of the program where we take kids from all backgrounds who achieve at the highest academic levels and also demonstrate they care about other people. we also have a part of the
program where we put reading rooms in. we especially target title i schools where a lot of the kids come from homes with no books or very few books. they go to a school with no library or poorly funded library. they are not likely to become readers. 70% to 80% of high school dropouts are functionally illiterate. these reading rooms we put us aa in our just amazing. and, they get -- points for the number of books they read. they can trade them in for prizes. in the beginning, they do it for prizes but it does not take long for it to show up in their academic performance. and changing the trajectory of their lives. that is what we are really trying to do. that is what real compassion is all about. somethingthat that is
that we canprizes. in the beginning, they do it for prizes but it does not take long for it to show up in their do in this country in a very meaningful and powerful way. the government sometimes they think they are compassionate, but they have not been successful. the war on poverty that was declared by lyndon johnson in the mid-60's -- how successful has it been? $19 have spent more than trillion on government programs to end poverty. what have we gotten? 10 times more people on food stamps, more welfare, more poverty, more incarceration and crime, broken families, out of -- everything that was supposed to be better is not only worse, it is much worse. and if we are smart, and i what we will dodo in this
is we will say that did not work. let's look at some of things that do work. the things that do work are programs where there are relationships that are established. right here in this state, the save our youth program. where individuals like people in this room mentor students from denver who perhaps were moving in the wrong direction. almost all of those kids end up graduating from high school and going on to college and making something of their lives. it is not because someone is throwing money at them. it is because of relationship that develop and opportunities to instill values and principles that lead to success. one of our big problems is we are in the process of getting what we willaway all of our vad
principles for the sake of political correctness and it is absolutely destroying our nation. [applause] we are also in the process of destroying the future people.young thomas jefferson said it is immoral to pass debt on to the next generation. yet, what are we doing? over $18 trillion national debt? that is absurd.l and, if you think about how much
money that is -- if you try to eradicate the debt at a rate of $10 million a day, 365 days the year, it would take you more than 5000 years. we are putting that on the backs of young people. that is the good news because it is actually worse than that. gap -- please read about that when you go home tonight. we owe.
federal budget, do not raise it one penny for three years in a row, we would have a balanced budget. that is all it takes. just a little bit of restraint. i i would suggest more than that. i think the government is way too big. we have to reduce the size of the government very significantly. [applause] dr. carson: i'm not one of those mad flashers. thousands of government employees retire each year. just do not replace them. we shift people around in critical positions, but do not replace them. do that for about four years and all of a sudden you have a reasonably sized government. there are some departments that could be divided. i think our veterans are horribly taking care of by the
veterans administration. [applause] dr. carson: and continuing to to there of our veterans department of defense makes a waymore sense because that they don't fall between the gaps. i have been talking to veterans and they say when you go from one to the other, a whole lot of them fall between the cracks and you cannot get anything done in an efficient way. it makes a huge difference and thee begin to run government like we run a reasonably sized government. business, i probably am a little more entombed to that the vast majority of the other candidates only because i spent 18 years and 16 years on the board of
a nationalan scholarship program with my wife. i have an enormous amount of business experience. what efficiency looks like. the united states government is not it. they are most inefficient than you have ever seen in your life. in business, we have these turnaround programs like lean six sigma that you apply to the overall structure. toyota did it. 3m -- a lot of different companies have used it to turnaround the efficiency of the program and in the process save usually at least 25%. if we apply that to programs in our government, the savings would be a lot more than 25%. it is important that the american people deserve an a
fishing government. n efficient government. most people would not mind paying the money if it was used in an efficient way, but it is crazy what we are doing now. this would be very easy to fix. we also need to recognize that it we can get rid of all the regulations, we can help create that environment that stimulates business and stimulates innovation that stimulates entrepreneurial risk-taking and capital investment. all these regulations are crazy. it was never intended the government should be involved in every aspect of our lives. what people do not realize is every single federal regulation costs us money in terms of goods and services. it costs us money. and, who gets hit the most with that?
the middle class and the lower classes, because everybody has to pay the same. and the progressives sit there and say the reason why we have these income gaps is because the rich people have too much money. no, no. the reason is because these regulations are driving prices that they have to pay out of their meager salaries and it does not give them the opportunity to be able to save and accumulate. we will have to start making sure people actually understand on in this country so that when people come along i -- i will not mention anyone particularly -- but they will say we will give free higher education for everybody. all that is doing as driving the fiscal gap and accelerating the financial collapse of the nation. country so that when people come along i these are things, i was people
understand, they can be easily fooled. if i were trying to destroy this country, and i were in a leadership position, what i would do is i would drive wedges between all the people. i would make them all hate each other and think they were each other's enemies. then, i would drive the debt to unsustainable levels. i would be trying to get everybody on the special welfare programs and food stamps, i would be giving out free telephones, inviting people in from other countries and putting them on benefits. i would be offering free education. i would just completely destabilize the financial structure and then i would weaken the military and create
depression and get all the good generals to retire because they don't want to be a part of it. navy soweaken the would be added smallest level since 1970 and the air force since 1940 and our marine corps would not be combat ready. i i would push for the sequestration so our lieutenant colonels and majors were getting letters every month. cutting out a heart of the personnel of our military and i would have the worst v.a. system anybody would imagine so nobody would want to join the military. that is what i would do if i were trying to destroy the country. [applause] any resemblance that is going on is purely
coincidental. it shows you that we are in trouble. this is america. this is the nation of the can-do attitude which we are replacing with the what can you do for me attitude? . we must begin to think ahead. the only reason that i have gotten into this race is because as a pediatric neurosurgeon, i spent my hope rational career looking out -- hold professional career looking out for the next generation. i see what is happening. is not good. t is not good. i look at our electrical grid and it is extraordinarily vulnerable. we need to work on that. we need to have two or three levels of alternative energy available to us.
we need to restart, in a big way, the space program. we have to spend money every time you want to send an astronaut to space to the russians. when we had a good space program going on, we had all kinds of innovation going on. look at all the things that came out of the . space program. your cell phone came out of the space program. when we stopped that, we heard ourselves. i don't care about men walking on mars, but i care about the many things we are missing out on. not to mention the fact that whoever controls space will control earth. we have enemies out there and they want to destroy us. if we are just sitting here looking at the football game and worrying about who is on
"dancing with the stars," we will wake up one day and have a very different world. we have to begin to think ahead. we have to use our energy resources. energy but weus have these archaic rules that keep us from using that energy in an appropriate way. think what we could do. we have the ability to liquefy gas. we can export it. we can make europe dependent on us and set of putin and that will put him back in his little box where he belongs. these are the kinds of things -- [applause] dr. carson: those are the kinds of things that we have to be thinking about. i know i need to wrap up, but -- inne other thing is order for us to succeed in the
future in this complex nation in peoplee live, we the must be involved. we must be willing to stand up for what we believe in. freedom is not free. it must be fought for. the secular progressives, they do not care whether you believe what they believe or not as long as you keep your mouth shut. sit down and shut up and let them drive. the problem is that they are driving us off a cliff and we must be wise and we must be brave. think about all those people who preceded us and think about what they were willing to give up so
that you and i could be free. everyone in here has a sphere of influence. your friends, your family, your colleagues. please begin to talk to them. just like our predecessors did in the prerevolutionary days. they talk about what nation do they want to pass on to their children and gante grandchildre. what are we willing to fight for? what are we willing to die for? that is the question that each of us faces and i can guarantee involvedif we will get and not wait for somebody else to do it, we will take this country back in record time and
we will move to a pinnacle much higher than anything we or anybody else has ever seen before and we will truly have indivisiblender god with liberty and justice for all. thank you so much. [applause] dr. carson: thank you. >> thank you, dr. carson for that great talk. we have a few minutes for questions. we have a lot of people who have questions. i want to begin by noting a pul lout last night shows you surging. you are currently ahead of
governor bush, senator cruz and marco rubio. [applause] >> this is an unusual field. a messy field. not sure what to make of it. between you and carly fiorina and donald trump, people who are not held public office -- what the you make of this? what do you say to people about your electability? dr. carson: i think it means the american people are waking up and they are starting to realize that political experience is not the answer. if you take all the political experience of everybody in congress right now, it comes out to 9000 years. where has it gotten us? is doeally is important you know how to solve problems? are you a problem solver and the you know how to work with other people? one of the things that has
become very apparent to me throughout my career and my life in the world of business and sitting on university boards and every place -- i found out we have some amazing people in this country. incredible people in all kinds of areas. i have learned an enormous amount about foreign affairs by talking to people in the military and the cia and government and academia. in the nextly debate, they'll ask me about foreign affairs. [laughter] is we have the point tremendous people. if you get somebody who knows how to work with tremendous people, you will be amazed of how rapidly we will ascend to the top again. >> thank you.
[applause] >> general question about government and the problems we face. if we cut too much, that scares people. but if we don't cut enough and reduce it, we will go broke because of the debt problem. you are a surgeon. how do you go about operating on the american government? [laughter] dr. carson: cut all the pork. no. when i would do is i would call in every departmental director and i would say you need to cut budget3% out of your over this next year. if you cannot do it, turning your resignation now because you will be fired. the fact of the matter is i guarantee you there are two's percent to 3% fat in a recent budget. at least that. the next year i would say you
did a good job, let's do it again. do that three or four years in a row and you have substantial reduction along with the hiring freeze that i mentioned earlier. along with applying things like lean six sigma and along with bringing in expertsdr. carson: . no. when i would do is i would call on efficiency. i think that would do it. >> the number one driver of our debt are entitlements which raises important questions. social security, things that people depend on. we have a lot of people, younger people watching this. what are you going to do about those things and their future? dr. carson: let me address one of them because we can talk about all of them all day long -- it's social security. it is basically a ponzi scheme.
it would be basically ok if we had not stolen from it and adjusted with time where we put in the average age of death was 63 and now it is 80. we have not adjusted appropriately. wet i would suggest is allow people to opt out of receiving social security payments in lieu of tax credits for the same amount. on efficiency. they would be about 20% of our population who could easily do that. that immediately takes pressure off the system. right now, it is scheduled to go into bankruptcy in 2033 and that is not that long from now. that extends the time period significantly. what we can do at that point is gradually start to raise the age for anybody who is under the age of 55. we will not mess with anybody who is 55 and older.
>> let me mention some specific issues. an issue in the campaign so far, somewhat unexpected -- immigration. we are a nation of immigrants but we have some problems. how do you understand the problem and what do we need to do? dr. carson: our immigration problems when i be fixed until we fix the border -- will not be fixed until we fix the border. [applause] be dr. carson: we were in arizona at the border last week and even though i recognize there are significant problems, i did not know it was as bad as this. i mean, those fences -- those are the same fences i used to scale as a kid. nothing to it at all. [laughter] dr. carson: there was one area where they had cut a wired area through the fence and to repair wireey put barbed across and there was.
-- they one it's a film us from the mexican side and they went through the area. they were not particularly athletic people. barrier.no the poor sheriffs and deputies in the[applause] area risk their lives doing things and have to deal with the same people because if we deport them which we do not, they come right back. there is no penalty for people. trafficking that is going crazy. you can buy more harrowing then than a pack of cigarettes. it is -- listen to the farmers and their stories of terror.
that has to be fixed first and we can do that. you have to turn off the stick -- many ofthink them do not want to stay under those circumstances. areaeverybody has to register o become a guest worker. assuming they don't have a a criminal record. they have to pay it back tax penalty. go in forto pay middle east they are above ground. taxes. i spoke to a person and said
they could not hire a single american. i think our farming industry would collapse. we have to be realistic about that. we cannot just say they. those people who registered will not be able to vote. they do not become citizens. if they want to become citizens, they get in the back of the line and go through the same process because we cannot neglect the people who have done it the way. also, large amount of people are people who of overstayed their visas. we do not even talk about those people. that would enact a program where whatever country they came from that is 10 visas that will not issued because of each one person who violates their visa. that puts a lot of social pressure on them to go back. [applause] that -- youw-up on
emphasize unity. are we having a good conversation and how would you improve the conversation with the american people about this question which is a divisive question? dr. carson: i don't think there is a good conversation about it. some of you might remember last week -- a lot of the left wing way. media -- you want to use drones to kill people on the border? i mentioned drones would be excellent for surveillance and could be used to get rid of some of the caves. you have to go and see what i am talking about, but i have these high peaks and caves hidden and that is how they communicate with each other so they can guide the people around the areas without getting caught. very easy to close those caves with one of those shots and they
are gone. [laughter] [applause] dr. carson: the fact of the point is we should get the military involved. we have a national guard. why is it called the national guard? so what can guard the nation. we can easily employ them there as well as they can be sitting around somewhere doing some else. >> a specific question -- gun control. where are you on that? dr. carson: i believe the second amendment is a shorter narrowly extraordinarily important. it cannot be compromised. [applause] dr. carson: it was daniel webster who said the people of america would never lived under tyranny.
when you like it all the places where tyranny has occurred, they got rid of the guns. we cannot let that happen. i don't have any problems with background checks and enforcing the laws that are on the books, but i would vigorously protest any attempt to remove our rights as citizens to bear arms. [applause] opportunitye you an relations,ut america's role in the world. we have played a great role throughout history but now we have these executive agreements where congress is not involved. we are talking to the u iranians. what would you do about it? dr. carson: we have to be very proactive.
our foreign policy is to react to what other people are doing and that is not work. we have to recognize what the dangers are. a lot of people say we made a big mistake when we went into iraq. we don't want to do that again because we lost a lot of people, money, but you have to be smart enough to realize that was a different situation. saddam was not an existential threat to us and the global jihadists are. they want to destroy us and our way of life and israel. we need to be saying why are they so successful? they are successful because they look like winners. they are establishing the caliphate they wanted. they are taking half of i syria, they have
a foothold and they look like winners. how do we stop that? we make them look like losers. how do we do that? we take land from them and we can do that. i spoke to several of our generals and they said if we mission and did not either hands behind their backs and tell them they have to fight a politically correct war, they can take that in no time and that is what we have to do. [applause] >> we are running out of time. so much point -- american greatness comes from our constitution and the declaration. how does a president go about restoring that? dr. carson: well, think first of all, the president himself has to understand the constitution. [laughter] [applause] and, i think all the
other branches also have to understand it. one of the things i would do, jointis callin a session of congress, invite the supreme court as well, and make it clear to them that we work for the people, the people do not work for us. that is absolutely essential. then, i think just a brief joint session of congress, invite the supreme court as well, and make it clear totutorial about the cn and what it means. for instance, just one example, the constitution states very clearly what the powers are. it says everything not mentioned here goes back to the states. we need to re-emphasize that because the federal government has no business in everybody's business. stateshe constitution
that civil issues are to be handled at the state level and the reason for that is because the people themselves get to decide the kind of thing that they want to govern the way they live. when you take civil issues and you kick them out to the federal level, to the supreme court level, then you have unelected people determining the lifestyle of the people of the nation. that is exactly what the founders were trying to escape from. we don't want to trade a monarchy for aligarh key. . it is one of the reasons we wrote a book that will come out in october called "a more perfect union." it is about the constitution and what it really means. most people know we have a constitution but most people do not know what is in it and
certainly our government does not seem to know. if we can get people to talk about this and understand -- the left will come out and say i am trying to make money. i knew he was just running to sell books. you know, i have an answer for them and i will tell you what it is. i will knock them off their stools. thank you all very much. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] an answer announcer: hear from local
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this is 25 minutes. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [applause] >> good evening everyone. our guest is wisconsin governor republican scott walker and tonight we will be getting to know him and where he stands on all the key issues in this race. i will ask the candidate some questions and after a break, we will bring our studio audience in for their questions. let's have a quick look at the candidate's bio. in 1960lker was born seven in colorado springs, colorado but spent his early years in plainfield, iowa. his family moved to wisconsin in 1977 where he was involved in a number of activities including boy scouts. he attended marquette university and worked for ibm during school before he dropped out to work
full-time. he was elected to the state assembly in 1983. he was inaugurated as governor of wisconsin in 2011 and into 2015.cond term in walker wants to transform the educational system, reform government, and invest in infrastructure. he is married and has two sons. good to see you. you are official now. how does it feel? gov. walker: it has been nice. it has been great to be here in new hampshire and across the country with my family. it is a lot of fun to get out and see people and know it is official and talk about our vision and hopes for america. >> a lot of issues in this race. you are very vocal in your criticism of the deal with iran. gov. walker: i still remember as putting brother and i rail of ribbons -- putting yellow ribbons around trees when iran held the 52 hostages.
this is not a country that has changed much. not only do they have the ability to have nuclear infrastructure, but i am even concerned in the short term. this is the chief state sponsor of terrorism in the world. a are a direct threat to israel. they are a threat in other ways with what they have done in connection with the rebels in places like yemen. this is not a place we should be doing business. as president, i would terminate that bad deal right away and i would work with congress to --nstate existing sentience sanctions and put in place more crippling once. >> this is a country that has a long way to go to earn the right to be trusted. gov. walker: i would deal with them but i would do a deal on our terms, not on their terms. that means get rid of the illicit info -- illicit nuclear infrastructure they have.
i don't think this plan has the kind of transparency we need, including being able to go in on the moment into their underground fortified facilities. as i mentioned, deal with the problems they have in that region. they are the chief sponsor of state related terrorism throughout the middle east. in many ways, we talk about radical islamic terrorism and they are as big of a threat not just to the region and israel but to the world as our groups like isis. here in new hampshire, a major issue is heroine. it is a crisis. as president, what kind of federal response or role do think the white house should have? gov. walker: it's tragic. it is a drug -- you don't take it, it takes you. i talked to the mayor of manchester about this. my own budget writing chair has a daughter who almost went through an overdose and has been
in and out of jail. putting worked together together a comprehensive package dealing with heroine and opiates. a lot of young people get into it because of addiction to prescription opiates. was a 72% increase in my own state in heroin overdoses. it is not just a drug problem in the big cities, it is all over the country. as president, i believe that is all the more reason why we need to take major portions of our resources and send them from the federal government back to our states and local communities. local and state officials are much better equipped to be more effective, efficient. >> does it also play into the equation when it comes to immigration reform, particularly on our borders? borderlker: securing the
is a problem. people think it's about immigration. that is a sidebar issue. you have criminals penetrating our borders with drugs. if we have a truly secure border between infrastructure, technology, and personnel, we can do it. earlier this year, i was in israel. i saw the fence they put up. ,ince they put that fence up they have seen terrorist related acts go down by 90 plus percent. can dos no reason why we something as effective on our land-based borders. if we had a at our water-based ports, we would be sending in the navy or the coast guard. >> if you don't know a lot about scott walker, you are not afraid to mix it up.
gridlock is a big problem in washington. how do you make the case, you know what, i can take a fight but i can also get along? gov. walker: i think the biggest frustration a lot of people have is people can't get things done. the difference between wisconsin we get things, done. i think that is what people are crazy about. you don't have to agree on every single issue. a lot of people in their own households don't agree on every single issue. the bottom line is that americans want someone who will fight and win. that things done for people like themselves and their families. that is our track record. we have shown we can fight and win and people's lives are better because of it. >> what makes you different from all the rest? gov. walker: there are a lot of great people. they are fighters and winners. i am both. of overood the pressure
100,000 protesters. we have had death threats and attacks. we had a recall election. we didn't back down. we did what we thought was best not for the next election, but what is best for the next generation. >> we will get to studio audience questions after the break. gov. walker: looking forward to it. >> now, conversation with the candidate continues. >> welcome back. tonight's guest, wisconsin governor scott walker. time to bring in questions from our audience. our first question is coming from joan. what do you see as the needs for the department of defense and homeland security in the next administration? gov. walker: i think one of the most sacred duties of this commander in chief is to protect the american people.
right now, i think we have had a real problem in that regard. in my lifetime, the best president for national security and foreign policy was a governor from california. the budget.build he stood up for our allies and stood up against our enemies. he stood up for american values. we had one of the most peaceful times in modern american history. to get to that, i would go back to rebuilding the defense budget to levels proposed by second -- former secretary of defense gave -- gates. >> thank you very much for the question. the next one is coming from judy. >> the u.s. still has almost 5000 nuclear weapons in its military stockpile and many are on hairtrigger alert. now, the obama administration and the pentagon plan to spend one trillion more dollars on nuclear weapons and delivery
vehicles. it is going to be very profitable for the private weapons labs and for the pentagon contractors. do you support this plan? overall, we i think have to have the capacity to defend ourselves. unlike when i came of age during the cold war when we thought it was the old ovi at union, today, it is not just lazy like russia and china, but a mixed bag increasingly even with this recent deal proposed with iran. i am very concerned about their capacity. i am worried about what that could mean for the future, not just for israel and others in the region, but potentially what it could mean for the united states. i want to make sure that all the children in this country are safe. >> do you support the plan? gov. walker: i believe we need to have a nuclear triad which includes all three legs. part of it goes beyond what u.s. about. i think we need a replacement for the ohio-based nuclear submarines that are part of what kept us safe for so many years.
think you for the question. when it comes to the debate of gun violence versus the second amendment. gov. walker: i believe that law-abiding citizens should have the right to protect themselves and their families and their property. i was the first governor to sign document. carry i think the focus should be cracking down on criminals. some of the sad stories we have heard about of late have been folks who had access to firearms for reasons that did not involve the legal process. i think that is where we need to crack down. >> does that include expanding background checks? we need to: i think improve them. the problem in south carolina was the failure of technology and the failure to enter critical information. we need the most up to speed technology to make sure when we do background checks state-by-state jurisdiction by
jurisdiction, that the information matches what that individual has done. scott walker.com has all the details on twitter, instagram, and facebook. my kids are soon to be 20 and 21 so they keep us up to date. asking, how are you different than the other 100 republican candidate? a lot of great people. one of the commitments he will get from me is i will not spend my time beating up on others. i think americans are tired of people saying who they are against. americans want to vote for someone. i will tell you what i am four. and some haveht one, i have done both. americans want someone who will fight and win for them. one who will get results.
>> let's go back to our audience. the next question is coming from patrick. are you willing to raise the age of retirement for social security? gov. walker: i look overall and think, to balance our budget going forward, and it will not happen at one time but over many years, i am not going to touch social security for current retirees. for my generation and those younger, i think we need to have some sort of reform. we are a new candidate. in the coming months, we will s.y out our plans for budget in terms of current retirees and people near retirement, i dumping we touch it. that is a sacred promise made to people in terms of preparing their life for retirement. -- i don't think we touch it. ofshould the qualifications age be considered? gov. walker: in a couple months,
we will come out with some specific plans. we will talk about tax reform, regulatory reform, what to do with health care going forward and entitlement reform will be a part of it. >> new hampshire voters are inpatient. gov. walker: we are committed. >> the next question is coming from chuck. >> isn't paying taxes what john kennedy was talking about when he said ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country? gov. walker: president kennedy brought about one of the initiatives and president johnson followed up after his untimely and tragic death. tax cuts that were very similar to what president reagan proposed which brought about some of the greatest sustained economic growth we have had in modern history. the local,s that at state, and federal level, the things we have to pay for. the federal level is protecting
our national security interests. at the state and local levels, it is education, support for fire and police. i think it is responsible for us to keep it at a minimum. under kennedy's proposal and under reagan's proposal many years later, we saw sustained economic growth. i would like to get back to that growth going forward. >> some candidates in this field have already proposed a flat tax. is there some merit to something along those lines? gov. walker: it's certainly an interesting appeal. if you look in 1986, president reagan put forward an initiative that had to tax rates, a lower tax rate that was very appropriate. to me, that would be a model. you saw one of the longest sustained periods of economic growth. part livedn in large off of this excess of the reagan tax cuts and economic package he put forward going forward for america.
i would like to get to that kind of growth. >> do you think the tax code needs to be simple five? -- simplified? gov. walker: i think we need to take more jobs back from overseas. in its to be as simple as possible. fromxt question is coming you. >> someone who earns minimum wage cannot live. what policies would you an act -- enact? gov. walker: i think the best policy is to get people the education they need to purser -- paid farreers that more than minimum wage. on greater focus should be education, training, qualifications, how do we help
people find careers? in my stay, that is what we have done. that -- state programs andar worker training and apprentice it -- apprenticeship programs, are in the great careers every thing from health care, information technology, to manufacturing. we have to lift up our young people coming out of high school and tell them it is great if you want to go on for a career that requires a four-year college degree or a postgraduate degree, but it is just as great if you want to pursue something that requires a two-year associate degree and we will help you get those resources. i would take more power and money for worker training and education and send it back to the states where the states are more connected to people at the individual and local level and can make appropriate decisions for new hampshire or new york or wisconsin or anywhere else much better than the federal government can.
>> the next question is coming from terry. >> if elected president, what would be or priority during the first 100 days in office? gov. walker: i wouldn't wait until just the first day, i would start working before. for me, that means reaching out to the members of congress as well as to our allies around the world and seeking to get our military budget back on track. on our first day, i would send a draft legislation to the congress to fully repeal obamacare. i want to get rid of the so-called affordable care act and replace it with something that will put patients and families back in charge of their health care. i would terminate the horrible deal with iran, certain -- seek to work with a cotton -- enact -- to enact
even more crippling sanctions. i think the president went beyond his bounds when it comes to illegal immigration. in wisconsin, we acted within the first month or month and a half. we put in place an economic and reform plan at the beginning. this moved core power out of washington back to the states in everything from medicaid to transportation to workforce development education. there are putting in place an economic plan that not only repeals obamacare, but raining and federal regulations, putting in place and all of the above taxes plan, and lowering on hard-working americans. ex that's a lot. where do you start? who does your first phone call go to? gov. walker: i would start calling the day after the election. as governor, that's what i did. to our allies.ut i think you reach out to everybody from netanyahu to let them know there will not be space between the united states and israel. i think there are grave concerns now.
one i went to israel, i met with none yacht to -- netanyahu. are other leaders in israel very concerned about the iran deal and about the disconnect between the united states and their country when it comes to this very issue. cameron, allrkel, sorts of leaders across the globe and let them know the american people have elected someone who plans to have america lead again. foret's go back to facebook the next question which is coming from joel. now the gay marriage is legal, if you became president, would you try to do anything to change that? gov. walker: i believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. i voted for that as a state lawmaker. we approved a constitutional amendment back in 2006 in wisconsin. came outsupreme court with that, i said for those who disagree, the only outcome is to
pursue a constitutional amendment to allow that decision to be made by the states. that will be a hard bar. something like that starts in congress and has to go through the states. i believe that the most appropriate thing the president to other officials can do is make sure people in this country are able to freely practice their religious beliefs which are the foundation of our constitution and why so many of our founders made a big deal about that being included in the constitution. i think that more than rehashing some of these other debates is the most import and priority on this issue. >> carol, take it away. >> i have heard about the well-regarded wisconsin shares program and the young star rating system that processes the quality of early childhood programs offered in your state. also read about wisconsin not accepting federal preschool grant money, and it seems a bit
mixed. i am wondering if you could take a couple of minutes to talk about your vision for early childhood education in america and how we can fund high-quality programs for all children. gov. walker: great question. place a ratingn that for make sure assistance we provide for childcare and other things, if we provided, we will make sure it is quality health care. our payments based on the quality of the care provided. that makes sure that people like literacy and learning how to read early on is a key element. we know that if kids are being prepared to read at or above grade level, particularly going through third grade, that is one of those critical times when you go from learning to read to reading to learn and that affects the rest of your education which affects the rest
of your life. graduate from high school, you are more likely to get a good job. the work weproud of have done in that regard. we need to do more of that across the country. often, the programs and the federal government come with strings attached. the strings put city states and local governments and very difficult situations. my belief is the more we can spend resources for early childhood development as well as a whole slew of other issues msn those dollars back to the states and local jurisdictions without overwhelming them with strings attached, they can make the adjustment for what is right in that community and make it a priority but do it in a way that fits. that debate in washington the last two years on medicaid.
many of us governors have said give us the flexibility to run things like medicaid on our own without giving us strings attached. we will do what's best for our own state. it varies tremendously. new york state is a lot different from new hampshire or vermont or maine. they are all very different. the same thing is true across the country. i think we need to make that a higher priority. it is not just medicaid, it is a whole variety of social services as well as things like education in general and even others. infrastructure, transportation, you name it. there is a lot of opportunity to send it back to the states which is what our founders intended when they talked about the 10th amendment to the constitution. if it is not spelled out in the constitution as a role of the federal government, it is for the states. oppose, cork. i am all for high standards. -- i oppose common core.
that graduation rates are up, third-grade reading skills are higher, a ct -- act scores are highest in my state in the country. i don't support common core. i don't support a nationwide school board. i think it should be made on a state-by-state basis. the more we can take power and money out of washington and send it back to the states and schools and people, the better off we will be. you looking for when it comes to choosing a running mate? gov. walker: i think the most important thing is in politics. i need someone who has the capacity to be president of the united states. sound,id as this might god for bid something happened if i was president incapacitated
me from serving of that term, i want someone who can be the president of the united eight. i think that is far more important than a geographical or political reasoning. i'm going to choose a man or a woman that i believe can be the president of the united states. >> fair enough. best of luck moving forward. wear your helmet when you are on that motorcycle. gov. walker: thank you. >> the conversation with the governor continues online and in our mobile app. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] politics,ays of books, and american history. on a full day of special programs on c-span, here are a few of the features for labor day monday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern. a town hall event in seattle discusses the pros and cons of big data and civil liberties. later that evening, a debate on
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