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that this country is run by the people, not the political elite. >> thanks for the call, alex. we will >> i've been a democrat all my life. the republicans have cheated the country, the democrats it to did this country. democrats have cheated the country. i am voting for donald trump. this country is collapsing. everywhere, democrats and republicans are ripping this country up, big-time. i hope donald trump fires them all. god bless you, goodbye. host: i want the viewers to
you cannot lose the senate race, send her back to the sea, she is phenomenal. tell you how honored i have been to be a part of this primary process. it is really great that in america, if you want to be commander in chief, the most important political figure in the world, you have got to start by writing to town halls. i think that is fantastic. important political figure begins by getting asked for example,ns, the next leader of the free world will have to tell us, upfront, do you go for the broncos are the patriots -- or the patriots? [laughter] sen. rubio: you know i am a dolphin fan. but, indeed, i root for the patriots on sunday. [applause] sen. rubio: but not for the
reasons that you would think. i have figured out that the more rings, brady is, likelier he is to retire. right?ng selfish, we all agree on this. turning point. for two centuries, america has been an exceptional country. we were founded on an incredibly powerful truth. the rights do not come from government, from god, from the creator. [applause] this is why we believe that all human life is worthy of the protection of the law. [applause] sen. rubio: this is why we
embrace the only system of economics were people have an equal opportunity to free enterprise. it has made us the most prosperous people in the world. this is why we embrace individual liberty, making us the freest people in the world. there has never been a nation like america. growing number of 50% of millennial's believe the american dream is dead. we are seeing young people struggling with student loans and the foreign policy that leaves us confused and scared. a growing number of americans say we do not recognize the country anymore. do not seem to be getting any better in our lives, our country, in the world. there are real doubts about what kind of country we are about to leave to our children. here is the hard truths, we are
on the road to decline, because in 2008, america elected a president who was not interested in fixing the problems of america. we elected a president who wanted to change america. to become more like the rest of the world. that is why he undermines the constitution, what his success with attacking second amendment and religious liberties, and issuing executive orders that violate the cost. -- constitution. this is why they have tried to take over our schools with common core, and why we have broken foreign policy. -- president of ,se america as arrogant apologizes for america, reduces the military, gouts it. he has betrayed allies like israel. [applause] sen. rubio: the result is the
anger and frustration that people feel now. people have a right to be angry, frustrated. it is not just the democrats, but both political parties. never, in our history, has washington been more out of touch than it is now. stop here and say that in washington, right now, there being buried in the snow. federal agencies were not able to work all day yesterday issuing new regulations. [applause] apparently, barack obama's executive order pen has frozen. [laughter] sen. rubio: this is the best thing that has happened to the republican a while -- republic in a while. the entire republican leadership, when i ran, told me i couldn't. we ran, we won.
i wanted the next senator from florida to be one who could stand up to this agenda and offer an alternative. that is why i chose to run for president now. the same people came out, the same leaders of the party, who who he "you cannot run-- said, "you cannot run." there have been $25 million of attack ads run against me. those are big checks, by people who thought i needed to wait in line, we might turn. this is not a time for patience. after seven years of obama, it is a time for urgency. [applause] if we get the selection wrong, there may be no turning around for america. but, here is the good news. the good news, and i know it is hard to believe, given all the problems we have, but here's the good news. if we get this election right, be greatern
than it has ever been. we can be more prosperous than we have ever been. [applause] lettingio: it begins by a president that didn't just read about the things we go through, but someone who it personally. hillary clinton cannot lecture me about student loans. i had a student loan, three years ago, that was over $100,000. only paid off because i wrote a book called, "american son." now available on paperback. [laughter] to --ubio: she can't live she cannot lecture me about living paycheck to paycheck. i lived paycheck to paycheck. she cannot lecture me about how hard it is for working families. my wife and i are raising four children right now. [applause] sen. rubio: and we know,
firsthand, how hard it is to valuesthey grow with the we want to teach them, not the values that the media and popular culture is trying to ram down our throats. [applause] sen. rubio: the next president needs to be somebody that things, whothese is equally frustrated with the direction of the country. that is why i want your vote. being frustrated about the direction of america alone is not enough. to next president, needs tell you, before their president, exactly what they're going to do about it. i will to you exactly what i'm going to do. i will take the oath of office, which means i will place the left hand on the bible and my right hand in the air in swear therotect and uphold constitution. unlike barack obama, i mean it. [applause] we will defend the
second amendment, not undermine. he will protect the religious weerties of all americans-- will protect the religious liberties of all americans. [applause] to thebio: i will go oval office and repeal every every singlehis-- one of his executive orders. every single one. [applause] sen. rubio: these crazy epa rules will be gone on my first day in office. [applause] sen. rubio: any work being done by federal agencies who oppose common core in the schools, it stocks. -- stops. [applause] sen. rubio: this ridiculous and dangerous deal with iran is canceled. my first day in office.
i will support a convention of the states so we can get term limits on congress and judges. [applause] and, a balanced putet amendment so we can the budget under control once and for all. [applause] we will embrace free enterprise, reduce taxes, scale back regulations, utilize the energy resources in america. we will make it the best place in the world to create better paying jobs and restore the economy. [applause] when i am president, we get rid of obamacare. [applause] sen. rubio: by the way, i'm the only one running for president that has ever done anything meaningful against obamacare. in 2009, they created a bailout yund where your tax mone
was used to bailout the insurance companies. we got rid of the bailout finance it -- bailout and saved taxpayers $2 billion. [applause] sen. rubio: people are saying it is terrible, it will lead to the collapse of obamacare. yes, i hope it will. [applause] i am president, we will repeal obamacare and put you in charge of your health care and health insurance. [applause] an issue that is talked a lot about his immigration. i tell you this with full confidence: there has never been a candidate that understands the issue more personally than i do. my father was an immigrant, my brother was an immigrant. my grandparents were immigrants. my wife's family are immigrants. i live in a community of immigrants. i understand every aspect of this issue, the good, the bad, the ugly. things-- you three
tell you three things. first, this is about keeping isis out of america. [applause] sen. rubio: it is outrageous the democratic candidates from the senate will tell us how she soted on the syrian refugee from a few days ago. if we do not know why you're coming for 100% certainty, you will not get into the united states of america when i am president. [applause] sen. rubio: the second, as the son of an immigrant, i can tell you that immigration law is not anti-immigrant. it is not. this is what sovereign nations do. we will hire 20,000 new border agents and finish the 700 miles of fencing and walls the experts tell us we need. we will have mandatory e-verify.
we will have a tracking system to make sure those with visas do not overstay. thatafter we have done will be do anything else could it will not be amnesty. i do not support amnesty. there are consequences for violating immigration laws. if your criminal alien, you can and should be immediately are a criminal alien, you can and should be immediately deported. [applause] sen. rubio: if you violate that, as a city, you will lose federal funding. [applause] sen. rubio: last, but not least, the most important thing the federal government does, it keeps us safe. the world is a dangerous place. there's a lunatic and north korea with nuclear weapons. the chinese have hacked our computers and built up their military. putin is creating aggression all
over the world. get $100 million, people.'s beheading people.is beheading with this growing danger, they are cutting the military. they're not spending enough on the military. this is the most of printing the federal government is supposed to do. we are about to have the smallest army we have had since the end of world war ii. we are have got to have the smallest and 80 we've had in 100 navy we've hadt in 100 years and the oldest airplanes in our history. there are people running as republicans who have voted to spend even less, budgets that brag about how they cut defense. when i am president of the
united states, we're not cutting defense spending. we're rebuilding the u.s. military. the world is a safer and better place when we are the strongest military in the world. [applause] when i am president, we will have a real war on terror. not a series of speeches and half measures. here's what it will be like. the best intelligence agency in the world is going to tell us who the terrorists are and where they are. the best military in the world is going to destroy these terrorists. thesecapture any of people a lot, they are not getting a lawyer or their miranda rights. they get a one-way ticket to guantanamo. [applause] sen. rubio: in guantanamo, we will find out everything they know. everything they know. we're going to keep america safe. [applause] sen. rubio: so, in closing, let me say that i know we face some expert mary challenges in america today. --extraordinary challenges in
america today. some people are pessimistic about the system, because we are the road to decline. we willay on the road, have to explain to our children why they are the first americans in history to inherit a diminished country from their parents. but this is about taking things in a different direction, one that will allow us to make this nation greater and more prosperous than it ever has been. that is why it is so important, and that is what we do here in new hampshire. we cannot afford to allow hillary clinton to win, or bernie sanders, for that matter. i think he is a great candidate for president of norway. [laughter] sen. rubio: i have nothing against norway. i don't want to be called anti-norwegian. i have nothing against norway. we have a great candidate for you, bernie sanders. [laughter] sen. rubio: billy clinton is disqualified. is-- hillary clinton
disqualified. she stored personal information on her blackberry. to north korea, china, and she lies to the victims of benghazi. [applause] the rubio: she cannot president of the united states-- be president of the united states. every day, her campaign hacked me, because they know if i'm the nominee, i will beat her. they don't want to run against me. to runot wait i cannot against her. we cannot just elect any republican. it has to be someone committed to undoing the obama an agenda. this is not a choice between parties.
this is a generational choice about what type of country we will be in the 21st century. we can either be greater than we have ever been or the first-generation to leave our children worse off than themselves. this is no different than what the generations before us had to do. for 200 years, each generation made the right choice. i am moved by this cost. america is not just the country i was born in. it changed the history of my family. my parents came there with nothing kid working as a bartender and a maid, with no money, no connections, no higher education, they were able to own retire with dignity, leave their children better off than themselves. this could only be possible here. this is the greatest nation in the history of mankind, and that was not an accident. we are the greatest nation because of what the people that
came before us did. for 200 years, each generation confronted their challenges and embrace opportunity. that is what your grandparents did, your great great parents did. great grandparents embrace theime to greatest generation, and when i am president, we will. [applause] sen. rubio: as bad as things seem, we on the verge of doing what needs to be done. when i am president, we will. when i am president, we are going to re-embraced all of the things that made america great, and we are going to apply them to the challenges of the new century. and i promise this, if we do that, we won't just save the american dream, we will expand it to reach more people and change more lives than ever before. r children will be the freest, most prosperous americans that
ever lived. century won't be just as good as the 20th century, we can make it a new americna can century. [applause] sen. rubio: i'm asking you for your vote. a bunch of other people are too. one in every six republicans are running for president. [laughter] sen. rubio: i saw the ballot. i'm asking for your vote. if you nominate me, we will beat hillary clinton. we will undo the damage barack obama has done to america and usher in the greatest era in our history. i will unite this country, not divide you against each other. i will cut taxes for the people to protest against me, too. i will work every day to get america -- to make america safe. udu will always be pro
the bernieupport sanders -- would you support taxie sanders' plan to co2? sen. rubio: no. they are out of control, everything they solve his attacks. text this, text that-- is a tax. tax this, tax that. we are one of the most tax crazy environments in the world. we will reduce taxes and embrace free enterprise. we will make poor people richer without having to make rich people poorer. [applause] >> things are coming out.-- t
hanks for coming out. which taxes should we cut to allow businesses to grow? sen. rubio: the personal rate can be as big as 39.5%. to dorst thing i am going is ensure that all businesses in america are taxed no more than 25%, no matter how you are organized. that will make us globally competitive. be able immediately to expense everything in your business. under my tax plan, you will be able to write off expenses right away. of thewe will bring some money back, the $2 trillion overseas, by moving to a territorial taxation system. we have $2 trillion of american corporate money overseas.
that's the size of the russian economy. we will bring that back. we will not have a back tax, a value-added tax like in europe and canada. we will not. not, as some others support, and internet -- have an internet sales tax. [applause] 10,000 jurisdictions across america are not going to be breathing down your neck to collect a sales tax. not be forced to collect sales tax in new jersey or any state in america. [applause] sen. rubio >> of new hampshire. --resident, how to
how would you address poverty, in africa? sen. rubio: it is important for us to be engaged in world issues. america has only done more than anybody else, both are taxpayer and individuals. where the most generous people on this planet. people are alive in africa today because we have funded hiv medications that cap people alive.-- that have kept people alive. ultimately, it is up to those countries to decide they want to embrace economic models that allow them to be prosperous. we can help within limits, but their destiny is in their hands. priority is to keep america stronger than it has ever been. [applause] >> senator rubio, i don't
understand why somebody people consider you establishment. this is the label you have been given. who can defeat hillary. [applause] >> can you explain why you are the wind whose -- the one who should win the nomination? sen. rubio: i read against the entire republican leadership in the senate. -- ran against the entire republican leadership in the senate. even now, i am not complaining, i am pointing it out, i'm not complaining about this, there has been $25 million spent attacking me. that did not come from $50 checks.
those were multimillion dollar checks. they told me i cannot run, have not been there long enough. every time we listen to people in washington who tell us who we should nominate, we lose. i will beat hillary clinton, because the issues she talks about, i have lived. she cannot lecture me about these things. she cannot lecture me about student loans. i had one. my parents never made a lot of money. why believe in free enterprise. it is the best way to help people climb up, stand on their feet. she cannot lecture anyone on national security. she is disqualified from being commander-in-chief. [applause] sen. rubio: and so, we will win the election if i am the nominee. i will beat hillary clinton. they know that. i know that. i cannot wait, god willing, to be the leader of this country.
we will turn this country away from the disaster of barack obama. [applause] i am a child. my parents are going to pass the station down to my generation. you touched on a lot of issues, and i want to know what you felt was the most pressing, and how you are going to fix it. sen. rubio: i didn't get your name? >> caitlin clark. i am 11. [applause] sen. rubio: i have four children. having a standup today makes me miss them. my oldest daughter is 15, my nexus 13, my boys are 10 years old and eight years old. it is hard to be away for my kids. i will never get these years back that i'm away. i will tell you why i am
running. i wanted to inherit a country as special as the one given to me. america changed the history of my family. when my father was nine, he went to work and never back-to-school. he worked for the next 70 years of his life. the first word my father learned was written phonetically, "i am looking for work." he would say that in broken english. they struggled for the first few years. he became a bartender in miami beach. my mom was a cashier, unmade, a stock clerk. they never became rich or famous. money.ver made a lot of they were able to own a home and retired with dignity. they lived to see all four
children better than themselves, is no other place in the world where this could of happened. anywhere else on the planet, and i would not be standing here today. most places so you can only be what your parents were. that is good news if your parents are wealthy and connected to my parents, thanks to god, happened to wind up in earth wheree on that is not true. i want you, when you are my age, to live in a country that still does that. i want you, and my children, and that generation, to inherit a country not just as good as the one that welcome to my parents, but one that is better. we are losing that. we are losing that. every country in the world has rich people. we celebrate financial success. but what makes us special are the firefighters, nurses,
teachers. [applause] sen. rubio: the veterans. [applause] sen. rubio: when you become a firefighter, you will not get rich being a firefighter. your goal is to own a home, raise your family, afford patriots season-tickets. [laughter] sen. rubio: to retire with dignity. that is the american dream. we are losing it because our president is taking us more like the rest of the world. what countries the people come here to get away from. there is no way in the world i can stand by, after everything america has done for me, and watch that happen. deserve a country as good as the one my parents left for me. i will fight every day to make sure that happens. without the money will wrap it up here to-- with that, senator, we will wrap it up.
sen. rubio: thank you. [applause] gov. bush: thank you very much. hey, dad. hey, w. how are you doing? [laughter] gov. bush: i appreciate all of your hard work on behalf of the conservative cause. and now, on my journey for the last nine months, i have loved campaigning. i love interacting with people that are concerned about the future of the country, not latched onto the big they areities, interested in how we might
reserve social security, create an environment where people's lives will get better. how we will make america safer, stronger, for your. i have learned a lot being a candidate. and i look forward to the next two weeks. we need a proven leader to be the president of the united states. one month and a half ago, i went to the citadel in south carolina. i was asked to give a speech about the role of america in the .orld there was an elite group of young men, the majority of whom would serve in the military, the marines, navy, the army. we did about 25 push-ups, which i barely got done. situps, calisthenics. then, they said, "let's go right. run."
they asked me questions. " will you have my back in the military?" "will you support the troops?" what is the role of america in the world?" "will we get back in the game?" backswer was yes, i will up the troops could i have 11 middle of honor recipient supported me. --supporting me. admirals and generals are supporting me, because they want a leader that restores the role of america in the world. i laid out what we needed to do. we need to rebuild the military. the army needs to get back to 490,000 troops rather than 420,000, a devestating number. this president talks about how you are not behind his leading
from behind angle, as if we are just another vote in the united nations, that you are a warmonger, and occupier. is false. the presidents behind me understood that. they advocated peace through strength. the way to create a peaceful, secure world is to rebuild the military, make sure we do not have to use it. force levelsture are high. half of the marines stationed in the united states are -- they don't reach the level of readiness. of navy is half the size operation desert storm. two weeks ago, the secretary of defense called for cutbacks. the air force is older than the pilots. the planes are older than the pilots the flight. them.t fly if you ask the federal government to do one thing, it
is to keep us safe. you cannot do that by talking your way to security. linesnnot talk about red without following up. it cannot talk about leading from behind, a notion that should be eliminated from the language of any president of the united states. the jvnnot call isis team and do nothing about it. you cannot allow russia to invade ukraine. you have to back yourself up with the strongest, mightiest military force known to man. clench to those cadets, that is exactly what i will do. thatedge to those cadets, is exactly what i will do. [applause] gov. bush: in august, i laid out on how to plan protect america against isis, before the attacks in san bernardino, in paris. it is easy to react to events,
everybody does that. all of a sudden, you see these strongmen emerge when there is a problem. all of a sudden, national security is a real issue, because they are scared. prior to that, isis was a threat. they are a threat when they form a caliphate the size of indiana, 30,000 battle tested radical controllingorists, territory, hundreds of millions of dollars of resources. i laid out a strategy to deal with this threat. we need to arm the kurds directly, because they are the strongest fighting force and allies in iraq. [applause] gov. bush: we need to reestablish the relationship with the sunni tribal leaders who were pushed away when we abandoned irawq. the void has been filled by shia militia and isis. we need to get back in the game
and know that the united states will be there to help them. we have to embed our troops. 3500re already there, troops. we need to give them the training they need. we need to get the law yers off the back of the fighters. his is not a law enforcement exercise. toneed safe sounds in syria deal with the refugee problem. the way solve this problem is to deal with the cost, the reason why there are 4 million people suffering in their homes. there are people starving to death, because of the brutality of the assad regime. you go into isis territories, you will be beheaded, raped, enslaved. force, to have a unified
well-trained, to take out isis, to bring about stability. this no-fly zone, we need one. aireed to make sure superiority allows us to do exactly what we need to do, to stop the barrel bombing, to stop the killing, to make sure that isis terrorists are looking up in the air, time to time, wondering when they might be hit. no more leaflets to truck drivers. [applause] no more leaflets being sent to truck drivers, saying, by the way, you might not know this, but you may not know that you are an enemy combatant. please change your views, don't be a truck driver. don't take illicit sales of diesel fuel and gasoline across to turkey or sell it to assad regime. they know who they are. they are participating in the war. isis has declared war on us. we need to declare war on them. as president, i will do just that. [applause] the third this is
anniversary of the hillary clinton testimony, where she said, "it does not make a difference," on benghazi. third anniversary. well, it made a big difference for hillary. [applause] when she testified under oath, she says that the reason why we have this threat of why we had benghazi, was because of terrorism, even though she told the family's something different. that she would go after the director of the video, that they, through the fog of war, continue to say is the reason why benghazi took place. she lied to families and told the truth to her daughter and the president of egypt. shameful. we do not need hillary clinton as commander in chief. we do not need her as president of the united states. i have spent most of my time in
new hampshire, so i get to see everybody's tv ads. there are a lot of them. [laughter] gov. bush: i don't know how you guys do it. at least we don't have car ads anymore. in the as, hillary clinton recounts her-- in the ads, hillary clinton recounts her experience as secretary of state. he calls a sauna reformer-- calls assad a "reformer." the russian reset has not worked well. all of this is a sign of a secretary of state and a foreign policy that is reactive, rather than believing that the united states leadership in the world truly matters. here is the deal. president ofcome the united states. first that we have moved from tel aviv to jerusalem.
we are back in the middle east. [applause] gov. bush: i will make sure our friends know we are behind their backs. we have their backs. our enemies will fear us, not to create war, but to create more stable peace. i don't think hillary clinton understands that. i do. i think it is important to have somebody with a steady hand to be president of the united states. to create a more stable world, what will we do at home? washington culture needs to change. [applause] i have first-hand expense as governor of a state that needed a little bit of change. a little disruption, a little turning upside down and shaking. that is what i did as governor of the state of florida. we need term limits. d.c.ed it in washington, we need the line-item veto for
the next president of the united states. i used it to the extent that they called me "veto corleone." not to be the big dog on the wase, not that i all-powerful, but look, government shouldn't grow faster than the ability to pay for it. we should be limiting government power. elected officials, when they finish their time, should go back home. a six year ban, so they don't go out the door and lobby their former colleagues. this is a system no one believes works anymore. cannot pass the budget. even when they agree, they find ways not to agree. about amendments to bills that never get past. this is so removed from everyday life. disposable income in this life is down $2300 since the day
barack obama was inaugurated as president. there are 6.5 million people living in poverty. changing the coulter is the first step to getting government back onto the side of people that want to rise up. i did that as governor of the state of florida. [applause] careersh: we took on the civil service system, the idea of lifetime employment, that you can just ride it out. for the federal government is 40% higher than the private sector. you get lifetime guaranty. that should not be how it works. we change the career civil service system, so while floridians graded 1.3 million jobs in my it years, leading the nation seven out of eight years,
the government declined by 11% in terms of the number of jobs. you can fire some of the for incompetence. government workers are good better but they got jobs, because they had to, they wanted to. people that did not care got fired. this lifted the morale of the department, the agencies that do important work. we need to do that in washington, d.c. you know where to start? the veterans administration. [applause] gov. bush: i have traveled across the country, talking to veterans organizations, to veterans, to people who have served. it is disgraceful what we do with veterans. they serve, they sacrifice, their family sacrifices. they have unique challenges, and we treat them as though they don't care, they are not important. they are important. it is the definition of who we are as a nation, how we treat veterans.
as the president of the united states, i will not take any excuses for the scandals, corruption, the ineptitude inside the department of veterans affairs. we will can people. it will get better. it has to get better. no more waiting lists for veterans. no more bonuses of $140 million for people in management. , and only three people are fired heads will roll -- fired. heads will roll. we need to do a better job. [applause] gov. bush: we will make sure veterans can go to a private provider. so un-american, to give consumers sources. [applause] gov. bush: a daughter of a veteran, an elderly man, had to 1.5 hours to go down to boston, to a veterans clinic, when her dad had an illness.
0 in the morning. there are hospitals that easily could've taken -- this was not a veteran-related disease. he was aging. why shouldn't he have a car that says, "i will go to my regional hospital, my local doctor?" that is the fair, right thing to do. [applause] gov. bush: if we change the culture of washington, we can get about the business of changing the economy of this country, to make sure we have sustained, economic growth. i have a detailed agenda on how to do that. for all of the wonks in the andd, go to jeb2016.com see the full agenda to create a growth strategy. in florida, the growth was 4.4% in eight years.
don't let anybody tell you that the new normal is 2% growth. "you just have to get used to it." that means more people are interdependent, intergenerational poverty. that means declining income for the middle class. that means that young people will be correct in their view, millennial's, who believe that the american dream is dead. 4% growth will lift people out of poverty. it will allow people to have a pay raise for the first time in a decade. it will make sure the country continues to be hopeful, optimistic. people will embrace the unperceived. -- unforseen. they will opt for economic opportunity over security. we need a radical departure from what we have today. 1, i will repeal of the obamacare roles that are a work in progress. i believe in article two of the constitution. we need a strong presidency.
but this president has trampled the constitution. he has free to doubt, fear, divide, that should not exist. that is what we need to do. [applause] growing the economy will lift our spirits. we to recognize we have to win. we can talk about the conservative cause, man, i have been doing this a long time. i am 600 years old and politics. -- 600 years old in political years. i campaigned as a 10-year-old that guy right there. i believed in the conservative cause my entire adult life. personalught for responsibility, individual freedom, the pursuit of a dream. that we will create more
opportunities, benefits, more than any government program ever. i believe that in my heart, and i know you do as well. [applause] gov. bush: but, for that to come true, for us to embrace that, to renew the country, we have to win. how are we going to do that? my belief is that we will do that by having someone, with a , will run into the fire rather than cutting and running. a lot of politicians are gifted now. a lot of them are running for president. a lot of them. [laughter] you bush: but i hope that want someone who has a heart for people. that hasu want some of a spine, who will stand on principles, fight on principles that we believe in. who has a proven record. ambition's service to others, rather than making sure they look good for the next political possibility.
we have a frontrunning candidates in our party who is not a conservative. .e isn't he i [applause] gov. bush: he is a gifted entertainer. ultram gave money to the clintons-- donald trump gave money to the clintons. he said hillary clinton would be a great negotiator with iran. his views have gone from extreme left to i don't know what. donald trump proposed, less than 14%cade ago, a tax of on the people that have the most assets in this country. he's proposed a single pair o- single payer ption.
that's bernie sanders t erritory. we need a real conservative to take on hillary clinton or bernie sanders. we need to do it in a way that draws people to the cause. i'm sick of politicians to parts,us into disparate who disparage people to make themselves look strong. it is not strong to insult women. [applause] gov. bush: it is not a sign of strength to insult hispanics. it is not a sign of strength to say that a pow is a loser because he got caught. john mccain is a hero. [applause] gov. bush: it is not a sign of strength, disparaging the disabled in this country. it is a sign of deep insecurity, and weakness.
[applause] gov. bush: so, you all have this incredible opportunity. maybe you considered a responsibility. maybe it is just a burden to you. you have the responsibility to reshape the race. you have the opportunity to do it if you like. do you have a president that cares for people stuck in poverty? who believes that the middle class needs a higher income? theou believe that commander in chief needs to have a steady hand, who will say the crazy stuff in the world to create insecurities for us and the troops we count on to keep us safe? you can make that choice, you have the chance to reshape the whole primary. the pundits have it all figured out. they've had it all figured out and marvel at all of this. conventional wisdom has converged. they are the "smart and put people. people.t" they aren't voting, you are.
i have confidence in new hampshire voters who take the time to ask the right questions, challenged the candidate. candidates,nge the make us walk on the high pole. i humbly ask your support and should i be the party nominee, i will unite around the party purpose, the conservative futilitye clinton, and restore america's-- defeat hillary clinton and restore america's greatness. thank you. [applause] questions?sh: ye>> i have a national security question. this is about electromagnetic pulse.
some of your opponents in the primary have forthrightly talked about this issue and have been pilloried. gov. bush: why? >> if you read the new york times or the washington post-- gov. bush: i don't. [laughter] >> people who talk about this type of attack forthrightly are being described as wearing "tinfoil hats." crazies, crackpots. this is a serious issue? gov. bush: it is. tomy first trip here, i went politics and high in concord. you've got great events at here. "politics and eggs." this lady asked a trick question to see if she could trip up the candidates. "are you concerned about emp
's?" , could not have known that what it was 10 days before. but, i had just read an article. if you read an article about what it is, damn right, it is important. the more we depend upon the grid for everything, think about today, half the coast is shut down. if the grid is shut down, it would paralyze us. we are dependent on the interconnectivity that exists now. withge of the grid recessed. it would be chaotic. if it wasn't aggressive act, taken by a hostile nation, it could have a dramatic impact. ultimately, by a rogue nation that believes in the apocalypse. it is a serious problem. it is one of many new challenges that we face as a nation.
one of the dangers, i think, in politics, is that we focus on the old battles. -- wethere are things have a traditional army and air force. that is still important. we need to maintain traditional for structures. we need to recognize from the national security interview that these things, cyber security, terrorism, the issue of the grid is important. space, and ourh capabilities which we are getting. someone from florida, i have a special place in my heart for space. the superiority gap is narrowed. the russians and the chinese are committed, and we have pulled back. to next president needs be vigilant. yes, sir?
right behind you? >> i am from massachusetts. gov. bush: you don't matter. [laughter] gov. bush: you matter a lot there, sir. march 1, i need your vote. >> many people feel that the greatest threat to national security is the debt, $19 trillion. how would you get that under control? gov. bush: it is a threat. economically, it is hard to restore the military strength of the country. the solution to the deficit, the deficit,to reduce the and the way you do that is to grow the economy, create progrowth strategies, as it relates to regulation. those three things will jumpstart investment in the country.
this country is totally consumer driven, not capital investing. wages have declined. we have 2% growth, and that is what is accessible today. workforce dissipation is lower. -- participation is lower. to encourageter growth and raise taxes. that creates a lid on economic growth. grow the economy. we need entitlement reform and social security reform. i have laid out a detailed plan to do that. if we don't do it, the growth of medicaid, medicare, obamacare, and the kid care program, will grow at 6, 7, 8% per year, far more than the revenue the government takes in. we have to reform these programs and i have laid out detailed plans to preserve and protect
social security. we ought to shift all of us out of the, and to get rid of obamacare and complacent -- replace it with a consumer driven, private sector oriented health care insurance system. that is the second part if third part is we need career civil service reform. reduce and we will reduce the government workforce by 10% just by attrition. three vacancies created. we can shrink the government, but we need to reform so we can break -- embrace technology. lifetime not be employment. finally, across the spectrum of government, as much as possible, education programs, the
delegated authority to epa and transportation programs. washington is not a place where this should take place. they should be providing this money in block grants across the state. maybe it is because i am the governor appeared if you have a chance to do it the right way from the beginning, you get a far better results if you did not have the infrastructure and the old elements. if we were not doing it this way, how are we doing it, it is a liberating approach on a policy and that is how you get the budget to balance. we have to do this. there is no way for us to grow as a country unless we deal with that our government is growing.
>> i am curious how you plan to identify terrorist threats. how do we balance our civil liberties concerns and protect the homeland? in my mind that is what we did with the patriot act. and the reauthorization of the patriot act was the right thing to do. i would have supported including the metadata program. [applause] you see the revelations of snowden. there is no evidence that the federal government is snooping on innocent people. none. people say it but there is no evidence. there is evidence that the metadata program has had the ability to keep us safe. that's the first priority of the government. they attack our freedoms, the people trying to attack us. they see our freedom as a vulnerability.
the way to protect freedom is a use these tools with all sorts of safeguards in place. making sure you have if there is any case where a person is violating civil liberties, you bring the hammer down on people that do it. we can protect civil liberties and keep us safe. the challenge now, the trust that has been broken up makes it harder. technology companies are not cooperating with the united states government. when he to restore the trust between the government and the large technology platforms where much of the conversations in our lives go through. the terrorists encrypted messages. we don't have a backdoor means by which to identify how that works. that can only happen with
enhanced cooperation. other countries no longer believe united states is a serious partner because of those revelations of snowden. we have to restore this trust. it can't be done by law. it has to be done with a level of cooperation that will keep us safe. thank you all very much and god bless you all. i wish i could answer more questions. come to my town hall meeting. thank you. [applause] >> a couple of republican presidential candidates did not speak at the new hampshire gop town hall. senator ted cruz and donald trump are both campaigning in iowa.
we will have a rally for senator cruz in waterloo, including glenn beck and congressman steve king live at 8:00 p.m. on these -- eastern here on c-span. back to live at 1:00 p.m. eastern also on c-span. >> the countdown is on. as we approach the iowa caucuses, we are really the only place where you could watch these events unfold as they happen. campaign rally, house already, meeting, notownhall one else will give you the unfiltered look at the candidates as they work the crowd and talk to voters and make their best sales pitch. we will be crisscrossing iowa for the next couple of days, candidates, of the
democrat and republican, and then keep an eye on what happened on caucus night -- caucus nice itself. we will be the only network that will take you to a republican and democratic caucus. how it all wonder happens, watch c-span. >> now more from new hampshire and speeches from the republican townhall. next, john kasich and former pennsylvania senator rick santorum. [applause] thank you. it is nice to be here. a lot of people are here. you would think we are getting close to a big way. are we? couple thingsa and then maybe we could do some questions. donerow night, i will have
75 townhall meetings. . watching, i ame catching you. it is great to be here. state, if you in this have been described as someone who does not do much pandering. i wanted to say to you this process of new hampshire is fantastic. the process of the town halls is just great. of how i do here, i believe that this first in the nation primary, where people really don't care if you are rich, famous, it doesn't matter. they want to look at you, poke you, maybe take a little smell once in a while, size you up, and try to figure out whether you have the right stuff to be president of the united states.
i tell you, think it is a great process. the country needs to understand that this recommendation that comes out of new hampshire is really one that you have all thought carefully about. just a couple of things before i take questions. you know, i'm very positive about the future of our country. i don't spend much time looking in the rearview mirror. i don't know whether you know are not -- i'm sure there is reason to celebrate, but barack obama is only going to be president for a few more months. [applause] that is sort of like old news though. it's like, i'm in this big bus, lady antebellum's big bus. when you are in that bus, i'm talking to the bus driver about
to be have serious problems? yet, we do. are they solvable? there is no doubt that they are solvable. i feel as though they are easier to solve when you are positive about the ability to get it done then when you are moping about where we are. [applause] gov. kasich: why my i feel that way? what is it that i have seen that causes me to be optimistic about the future? well, in 1982, i was the only republican in america to defeat an incumbent democrat, and iran, in 1982, at a very down time. i think we lost like 26 seats in the united states house of representatives, and reagan lost his working majority, but in 1982, i was elected running on the reagan agenda. reagan came in and the election of 1980. you remember his famous line, "it is morning in america." it was morning in america, and i was there and worked with ronald reagan to see this country reached new heights, new strings, new optimism. it did not happen overnight, but it happened. america's confidence, america's spirit, and our strength was restored because of ronald reagan. i was there to see it.
i was there to see it. i was there when ronald reagan was able to sit down with tip o'neill and be able to strengthen our social security program. everyone says they were great friends. they weren't great friends. they like to have a drink, nothing unusual about that, but they decided that they were americans before they were anything else. that program was in so much trouble. they did not fix it forever. we will have to fix it again. they worked together to get it done. you know, i went to the soviet union as a member of the defense committee. i believe it may have been early 1989. i met these russian generals. i can actually remember going down into a missile silo. i remember jogging in the red square and having a couple of agents -- i don't know who they were -- trying to keep up with me in the red square.
i remember when we were in berlin, getting off the bus, and having these soldiers in east or berlin scream at me -- you see, i also remember when the berlin wall came tumbling down. what an accomplishment to see people set free. it was not much after that that i saw us engaged in troubled central america. i saw things improve. it was not long after that that i saw a coalition of arabs and westerners get together to shove saddam hussein out of kuwait. i was there. i was in kuwait right after it happens.
i was there when the oil fields were on fire. what a successful effort it was for the world itself to achieve success. of course, i was there in 1997. i was the chief architect of the last time we balanced the budget when people said it could not be done. we paid down half $1 trillion of national debt. we were growing in this country with jobs and progress. i was there in 2010, after being elected, looking at a state that had lost 350,000 jobs. our credit was headed south. people were depressed.
we were running a 20% lower cut in the operating budget in ohio. they said it could not be fixed. i said, you just watch what happens in ohio. we are the sleeping giant. we go from a billion dollars in the hole to $2 billion in the black. our credit is rock solid. our pensions are secure. yesterday, i found out, since i have been governor of ohio, the private sector has created over 400,000 jobs. [applause] what do i think about our country? we have conservative principles, conservative solutions. government is a last resort. the idea i have been saying for 25 years that we should run this country from the bottom up, from where we live up, not from the top down. i do believe we can send welfare to the states and bundle of the education program and empower
states, locals, and school boards to fix our problems at the local level. i do believe we can have better infrastructure if we can move transportation programs out of washington and back here. i do believe we can have better health care when we shift medicaid to the states and let legislators figure out a more innovative way to deliver services to the poor. i do believe with tax cuts we
empower you and begin to drive america from the bottom up -- again to start to drive america from the bottom of. i know we have problems with the order. i know we have to give hope to our seniors on social security. i know we have to make greater efforts have commonsense legislation and a path to a balanced budget. i know we can do things that can fix the wage situation because in my state wages are growing faster than the national average. i know we can begin to contend with the problems of rising cost of health care and education. a lot of issues. you know what is fun? there is nothing more fun than putting a team together of people to fix those problems. we will fix those problems. we will find the answer to those problems. [applause] gov. kasich: i got an incredible opportunity to speak to the new hampshire house. they were on a bipartisan basis taking on the issue of drug addiction in this state. i had a moment to say to them what i believe public service is all about. republicans, democrats. that was secondary. that day i was in that chamber because before they were republicans and democrats, they
were citizens of new hampshire. they were going to pass this legislation overwhelmingly. i told them, sometimes when you get in your car, and drive home, you wonder what you got done being a public servant. today, you will know what public service is all about. when you are driving home, think the good lord that you are part of the body that work together -- worked together to save people of all ages who face the challenges of addiction. then, when you get home, you will see her spouse. your spouse is going to say, another trip to that building in concord, and you don't even get paid for going, what did you do today? i made a difference today. i saved a life today. i created a legacy for our family because we were part of the solution to drug addiction in new hampshire. you see, we win the majority, the white house.
we get to call the tunes, to push our ideas, but we will not demonize the other side. we need them. we will not get most of them. we certainly will not do all of them. we are going to fix these problems. if i'm president of the united states, i'm going to convince them the reason they make the threat to washington is not to engage in warfare, but engage in solutions. all of the things we see out there -- rebuilding the military, performing the pentagon, assuming our proper
place in the world -- you have to understand, this is all doable. the only thing that gets in the way is human ego, partisanship, and thinking about ourselves. you see, what reagan was able to do was get everybody to lift their game a little higher, to serve the united states of america. one thing i don't like about this campaigning business, you talk too much about yourself. people who know me would say, john, that is never your problem. as i have matured, my skills come from the lord. maybe he gave me one skill that
they said, you know how to speak don't you? i said, sometimes. they said, why did you go into politics? to change the world. to change the world. [applause] gov. kasich: that is not a campaign talk. i believe all of us are capable in one way or another of changing the world. part of the great mosaic. we are together. we bring healing. that is what we are here for, to make the world a little better place. it has been great to be in new hampshire. i ain't leaving for quite a long time. thank you all very much. let me take a few questions. [applause] gov. kasich: how much time did ie.? i don't even know. how much? ok, right here. i have learned, if someone's hand goes up to quit, you ignore them.
i will go with you. [laughter] >> governor, you are very inspirational. you speak from the heart. you have a great track record, a great resume. what do you think will happen? gov. kasich: i am running second now in new hampshire. [applause] gov. kasich: listen, i want you to know that for all of my lifetime, i have been fighting the establishment, getting people upset because i want to bring change. i have my buddy tim penn here, a former democrat, now an independent. he and i got together with a handful of republicans and democrats to cut one penny out of every dollar of federal spending. we lost by four votes. who worked against us? republicans and democrats.
and, hillary clinton, by the way was up there lobbying against it. they all said, how would you do against hillary? come on. you can see, she is a fragile candidate. you know who stopped us? a republican appropriator who told a guy next to him, if you vote for the penny project, i will kill of projects in your district. so, they won the battle, but in 1997, they lost the war. we beat down the establishment, we balanced the budget, and we provided a paid out over time of half $1 trillion of the national debt. [applause] gov. kasich: you see, what happens in washington is everybody has their own little thing. it is in every statehouse. why do you think that the mentally ill and the drug addicted get ignored? now, the drug addicted, we are paying attention to because they are in our neighborhood, and you are demanding action, but why do you think for so long the mentally disabled have been ignored? they do not have a lot of voice. -- loud voice. who has a loud of voice? special interests and money. i found hammers and screwdrivers and the pentagon that cost tens of thousands of dollars. a ripoff. how do you think defense
contractors felt about it? it does not matter. sometimes, you are like sisyphus. do you know who that is? you push iraq to the hill, and and getk up the hill, to the top, it comes down. i'm doing well in new hampshire. it was like teddy roosevelt. they made him governor of new york, then they sent him to be vice president, because they could not stand him, then when mckinley was killed, he was president of the united states. i worked as hard as i can, but it is in your hands. on my bus the other day, the bus we are writing in, a reporter comes on, and says, we go on people's buses, and it is all of
time, and people are fighting, but on this bus, it is like zen, and how can you have a campaign that is zenlike? there is a lot of life left to live. these votes for me. -- please vote for made. yes, sir. >> i'm a combat wounded veteran. i was shot. i took a direct hit -- [applause] as > i took a direct hit from> a you will > i took a direct hit from> a suicide bomber three years ago. i was in a coma for two weeks.
my wife was pregnant at the soonermy wife was pregnant at the time. i want to say, thank you to every other veteran that is here is is isevery other veteran that is here today. [applause] >> and, in the shadows, the police officers who have been cr apped on by the media. thank you guys. i [applause] access >> i don't want to sit thousand eight here and waste time. is i have a gazillion questions. the only question i have is will a lovely could i have a two thousand campaign minute private conversation with you. gov. kasich: we have back here a colonel, who was
beaten. he is here today. you could walk over to see him. [applause] gov. kasich: thank you. ok. yes, ma'am. >> good afternoon. as michael's will you i'm legitimately concerned patricia. is not a good time to ask this of the restless democratic primary electorate a good time to ask this question after that gentleman raised his comment. let me put my glasses on. inspiring rally inlet me put my glasses on. info mr. trump made a comment like about you about senator john mccain's war record.is the
most is will the "he is not a and e assessor war hero, he is a al capone reason this war hero article is because he was and is captured is . to . you i like people who weren't unless we can captured. as do you think a possible candidate for commander in chief do you just ascandidate for commander in chief of united states should make a is the comment like that about a veteran who fought for our country? as i ask this because in my problems of i ask this because in my broader message opinion and is is is will a man or woman
is is is who has fought for country, our great country, captured, or not, is a hero. [applause] as you see you as is >> do you agree with mr. trump? own callings list are same as competition i'm hoping you you do don't. gov. kasich: you can't be serious asking me that question. as is is [laughter] generally little you as you gov. kasich:s almost same as history look, we as just heard from this man, and my friend --
as you and i you don't only will the well, so many of these folks symptoms go -- you know what they do? as you will every year, the coronel tom marino coronel and i -- he could not come off and and i -- he could not come off the plane when he came home, i appointed him to the head of so as youappointed him to the head of veterans affairs in ohio. it is unbelievable what he has been through. to you he and i, sit every year with the families of people who have been lost serving in the military. you know, i tell them what think. -- one thing. i cannot share directly in their grief, but feel their grief -- because you about one died in the service of others, the lord promises they will where the biggest crowds in the world yet to come. i believe that. [applause]
gov. kasich: our veterans, our police officers, anyone who puts himself in the line of duty -- unbelievable, isn't it? i tried to call john mccain today, out of the blue -- i will get john mccain to talk at some point today. he may be digging himself out of the snow storm in washington, d.c., but we need to honor him. no more of this screwing around with the veterans of menstruation. -- veterans administration. last question. ok. >> as a student in a well respected public school system, i'm want to for supporting common core? gov. kasich: i tell you what i believe. here is what i want in ohio and every state. high standards. local control. at the school board level. let me say a couple of things here about k-12. when you and i were students, kids did not have to do as well in school, and then they could graduate, and get a job at a steel mill, a textile plant, a chemical plant -- there you go. you could get a job there and make a decent living, and your spouse could get a part-time job, and it could be ok. it is now up to the local schools, the local school board, to begin to make sure that number one, we are providing for vocational education, which we do, by the way, in ohio starting in the seventh grade. we need to begin to train our students in a much more flexible 21st century way for the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow. it is going to require a lot of change, a lot of flexibility. i will bundle up 104 federal programs and send it back to the states. you see, it is not even the states that can necessarily
drive what we need, it is the local school boards and communities. we all have to realize, we have to do our job in the local schools and communities because it is about our children. none of the nonsense at the local level can keep us from devising a curriculum and path to learning to success and skills -- nothing can stand in that way. you have to run the school board, and go in there with an agenda, and not stay too long. go in there and fix it, and get out. then, you can run for city council, fix that, and get out. one must think i will be doing tomorrow -- tomorrow, i'm rooting for the patriots. [applause]
as i have traveled the country as a senator and that is a candidate, i remind everybody we campaigned in 30 states four years ago and won 11 of them. came pretty close to winning the republican nomination against the establishment, against the odds. we fought and focused four years ago a lot of time and energy on the issue of what we can do to help working men and women rise again. there is a lack of hope, a lack of trust in their government and our ability to be able to provide for american workers the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. both political parties have ignored that reality. i remind everybody that 90% of workers in america, 90% of the people that work in america do not own their own business or run a company. we as republicans, while critical of the democrats and a big government approach and hurting business and hurting employment, we don't spend a lot of time topic -- talking about american workers or the 74% of americans aged 25-65 that do not have a college degree. and what we will do to provide opportunities for them to be able to live the american dream. i have dedicated a book called "blue-collar conservative." talking about the opportunity as the republican party, in my opinion, what it needs to be. it's no longer the party of work and opportunity. if we don't see that with a candidate that focuses on that,
then what is going to happen is what will happen last election. a lot of hard-working, decent americans will say a pox on both your houses and sit at home. and we will lose. we will lose what have every opportunity in chance to win. pennsylvania, ohio, michigan, indiana, wisconsin. just write department of america. those are places we need to start winning or we will not win elections for national office anymore. [applause] sen. santorum: we better have a message. i just saw the national
committee chairwoman. she will tell you in pennsylvania the reason we have 13 of 18 congressman, 31 of 50 senators, 119 of 203 house members is because renominate candidates to talk about how we will help american workers and we have a platform and a plan that puts them first. one of the reasons i'm running is because i believe if we can restore the manufacturing sector of our economy, make america the number one manufacturer in the world -- you say it's impossible. 10 years ago i said we would make it the number one energy producer in the world and you would've said that the possible. we are now the number one energy producer in the world. [applause] sen. santorum: and we can be the number one manufacturer if we put good policies together and good leadership to set our sights and make america the strongest, most productive country again in making things. that's my commitment to you. if we go out there and you give me the chance, we will have a message that is focused on the 90% of people who work for a living and get a paycheck from an employer, not the employer themselves. you can have a great idea for small business. you talking 10% of americans.
when you candidate they can talk to 100% of americans with values and plans on having from tax policy to regulatory policy, and yes immigration policy that is pro-american worker. if we do all those things, we will win this election and america will be better off. i happy to take your questions. [applause] sen. santorum: let's start over here. go ahead. that was a joke. [laughter] sen. santorum: come on. help me out a little bit. not that far right. [laughter] >> my name is jose and i am a u.s. army veteran. [applause]
>> there are patriots who immigrated to this country and served in our military that are being deported. as president what would you do to create a path to citizen for these veterans and their families who served and sacrificed so much for our nation? sen. santorum: look, there is a broad area of immigration. you are talking about a very small segment. there are special circumstances i would consider in that case. i was not familiar there are that many people you are talking about. i've never got the question before. i don't know how many people you
are talking about. but i will certainly look into that situation. i would say the broader question is what is our immigration policy with respect to what is -- should all of our policies be oriented towards? if i mentioned health care policy and i say we will talk about health care policy, if you think of immediately? you think of yourself. if i say tax policy, who do you think of? how will this affect me? when i say immigration policy, what most people pop in mind is a think about someone here illegally. but immigration policy is no different than any other policy. it should be what is in the best interest of the american people. that is what immigration policy should focus on. i respect your question but is consistent with what most of the questions are when it comes to this policy. what are we going to do about people who are here illegally? that's like saying were notified about tax policy and the first
question that comes up is what it we going to do about people who cheat on their taxes? that is not what tax policy should focus on. there are situations we have to deal with that in your case are legitimate issues. the broader issue was the one being lost. how is immigration policy affecting america and the people who are most affected by it? american wage earners. we have 35 million people coming to this country over the last 20 years. that can be a good thing or a bad thing. over the same 20-year. of time -- period of time, wages have flatlined. we believe as republicans in supply and demand. when it comes to immigration we seem to ignore that. we ignore the reality in almost all the workers and people coming into this country are in fact wage earners. they are putting pressure on
american workers and lowering the standard of living and the ability to provide for themselves and their families. one person in the race is taking a consistent position as to a policy that is pro-worker immigration policy. i go back to what i was talking about earlier. if we are going to be the party of the american worker, which we better be, we have to have policies that can relate and communicate with those workers. the best thing we can do is look at both legal and illegal immigration, two separate issues tied together. we say what we do to create a system that will help people who came to this country legally, born in this country, to be able to live the american dream? that is what immigration should
be focused on. it shouldn't be focused on people who a broken the law or people overseas who want to come to this country, unless it's in the best interest of our company -- country to have them here. if you look at our plan, yes we have to secure the border, but we also have to look at will be do the people you are here. i'm the only one in this race that is inconsistent over a long per -- that has been consistent over a long period of time. half the people here illegally came here overstayed their visa. they came here legally and they made a promise to go home and they did not. as president it is very simple. you have three months to get your act together and then you have to leave. if you leave within that three-month period of time, we will not prejudice you. you can go to the normal course is everybody else. but if you don't go home, then will be finding ever move you you will never be able to come back to america. people will leave. if you get on that ultimatum, people will leave. you will not have to worry about deporting people. people will leave and you will create an opportunity for a lot of the folks. they came over on student visas and work visas. they are taking good jobs away
from americans. in the tech field they are taking lots of good jobs. you have 50% of people born in this country who are trained with science, technology, engineering and math degrees not in their field of study in large part because of immigration. i could go on but it want to take a lot of other questions. if you're looking for someone who can go out and talk to american workers, not because we don't a certain group of people here, that is a matter. we have to have a rhetoric on this issue that focuses on putting american workers and the interests of our country first. i will be happy to take the next question. feel free to interact with applause at any point in time. [laughter] [applause]
sen. santorum: get used to that. >> as a very religious man, would you be willing to lead the party to not pursue overturning roe versus wade and gay marriage in order to preserve political capital. sen. santorum: i don't think you ever put principles and what you believe is in the best interest of america behind politics. that does not make sense to me. [applause] sen. santorum: why would you do something you believe -- i understand people disagree on this issue and i respect people on both sides. why would you ask me as a candidate to go out and advocate for something or not talk about something i believe is critically important for the health of our country? that is not serving the country. why would i want to do that? people would say because you can win. and i would answer what do you win? if you believe as i do that the nuclear family is essential for a healthy and strong society. it's not just what i believe.
[applause] sen. santorum: when i do town hall meetings i carry a copy of a book i read it's called "our kids." it was written by a harvard sociologist and he support the democratic idea of income inequality and the lack of mobility and the two americas. be ready to support that and it does support that. but the most fascinating conclusion he comes up with is that the principal problem that is stopping people from rising, creating a halloween of the middle of america, is the breakdown of the nuclear family. we also forget that because we see it. go into a neighborhood where the is no marriage and no dads. will you find a growing, prosperous, safe neighborhood? no, you won't. when you see children rising to levels?
know, you want. -- no, you won't. if you come from a neighborhood of single-parent families and good with single-parent, school the chance that your child will ever be in the top 20% of income earners in america is 3%. and it doesn't matter the color of your skin. the reality is it's not about race or ethnicity. is about families. -- it is about family. we have not had the courage in america -- [applause] sen. santorum: we have not had the courage in america take a lot until the truth. talk about what is going on in our poor neighborhoods today. the real war on women is what we've done to abandoned mothers
of this country. not to support them and try to nurture a society that encourages strong, healthy, two-parent families. i wrote a book back in 2005. it was in response to a book written by hillary clinton. she wrote a book called "it takes a village." i wrote one called "it takes a family." [applause] sen. santorum: on this issue, like every other issue you will here today, i am not a johnny-come-lately to any of these issues. one of the things i say in my standard introduction is i was introduced by chuck grassley, a conservative senator from iowa.
he introduced me. to get up and said i guess the best thing i can say about rick santorum is that i've known them for 20 years and he has not changed of it. anybody in this room frustrated elect people to go to concord or washington and they don't do what they say they're going to do? anybody here? [applause] sen. santorum: here is the point. a lot of great people are running for president. but a lot of them don't have a very long track record, or much of one at all. most of them have not been particularly consistent in the positions they have taken. here is my point. if you are frustrated and upset you have folks that told you one thing when they were campaigning and then went to the legislature of the governor's house or the presidentcy and it's a big house, why would you trust someone that has a record you can look to? that is actually consistent and put your trust in someone that is proven they can earn your trust?
that is what i'm asking you. i will take your next question. [applause] sen. santorum: yes, i will go over here. the far left. >> thank you for coming. i was a supporter of years back in 2012. we hear a lot from republicans about how they want to repeal obamacare. i don't think we hear a lot about how they will replace it. will your plan b to not only repealed but replace obamacare with a conservative health care system? sen. santorum: great question. four years ago -- the reason i got involved was i thought we needed a candidate that could go up and talk about the problems of obamacare and why we needed to repeal and replace. i thought that was barack obama's take vulnerability. i think it was one of the reasons we were not successful
four years ago. we will not be successful unless we nominate somebody who can go out there and show not only why we have to repeal obamacare, but actually has ideas to make people comfortable that republicans will not get rid of something and not provide a pathway for them to get a better quality health care. there's an opportunity here. we kato institute at a fourth -- the cato institute just a week or so ago by they talk about replacing obamacare. one of the cosponsors was the popugh charitable -- pough -- pew charitable trust. they were a huge supporter of obamacare. they asked why they were there supporting this private sector libertarian think tank. after five years of looking at obamacare, and we supported it more than any other group, it is a failure and cannot be fixed. that is what they said. [applause] sen. santorum: it is a failure that cannot be fixed. here's the great news. the house and senate just proved
we can repeal it when the senate bill to the president repealing and the funding obamacare completely. you put a president and there and give us the house and senate, we will be able to repeal obamacare. that is not enough. we have to have a plan has of what we will do to provide opportunity. anybody here of -- you are welcome. [applause] sen. santorum: along with my friend john kasich, we introduced a bill 23 years ago to create a concept of a health savings account. i actually put in the house and the senate and put it into law. it is the cornerstone of bringing patience back in. unless we get the government acted out of the health care.
put patience in charge along with doctors and hospitals or we will have a failed system. the government's role is very simple. it is to provide equal tax treatment for all americans in order to help them purchase insurance. just like we do when it comes to housing or pensions. we provide equality of treatment for all people no matter their income to help them purchase things we think are vitally important for them and their safety and stability in security and prosperity. we need to do the same thing with health care. if we do that, coupled with health savings accounts, provide transparency to major hospitals and doctors let you know not just what the quality of the price. we start making health care into a marketplace instead of a bureaucracy where it is nontransparent.
we can improve the quality of health care, lower costs and the other with a positive plan about how we make america strong and healthy again. yes? [applause] sen. santorum: start talking and i will repeat the question. >> [indiscernible] -- as well as saudi arabia have been the focal point of attacks by isis. the you believe the reason is because there is shake down money being paid and that these nations have inflamed a duplicitous game with us? who is funding these people? sen. santorum: i would say there are a couple of issues. certainly saudi arabia in my mind has been a problem in funding a lot of madrasas across the country the preach fundamentalist islam. lobby is an -- it's highly problematic. and they do. they have spread fundamentalism
throughout the world and it is a huge problem. we have done very little. i understand why they do it. they made a deal with your people. you leave us in charge and will spread your version of islam to the world. the problem is if they see plaintiff, a we in the garden and a big problem -- weed and the garden and a big problem. we have not done a good job of working with the saudi's. they are erecting the guillotine and they will all lose her heads with it. they may be delaying it because they are taking a long time to build it but they are wrecking and islamic world that is increasingly aligned with these radical or fundamental version of islam. whether they are directly funding, i don't think they are directly funding. the navy helping other
organizations but i think they are very concerned about isis. they are concerned isis is taking their place as the leaders of the sunni muslim world. that's why they are aligning a bunch of other countries and considering going into iraq. and our province -- anbar province borders saudi arabia. if we don't do something, and we are not for the next year, and taking isis out of anbar, the saudi's may do it which may the a much more complicated thing in resolving this situation and stabilizing iraq. i don't think they are funding isis. what we need to do is clear that this president is doing this. 12 years ago i gave a speech talking about how we had to do -- to find the enemy. we had not done a good job defining who the enemy is.
we are at war with fundamentals is long. when -- fundamentalist islam. if we continue to define the enemy is something they are not, number one, we will have policies that don't address what is necessary to defeat them. and we will not have the support of the american public to actually get the policies that will be necessary to defeat them. isis has established a caliphate. is the first one in 90 years. there was a sunni caliphate for over 400 years. --1200 years. is toder under islam convert the world and conquer the world for islam. that is their objective. to spread islam. that is why isis exists. to spread and convert and conquer the world for islam. how to they attract people? they had met the requirements
under islamic law of a caliphate. they control a state. it operates under sure i a lot -- sharia law. it is spreading jihad. that is what a caliphate is supposed to do. isis meets those requirements. if our policy towards isis is containment, we are helping isis. as long as isis maintains their territorial integrity and operates a functioning state, isis can continue to say we are legitimate and you must follow us. if we take their land, destroy their state, and they have no ability to attract anybody to follow them because they are not legitimate. it is as simple as that. but we have leaders in this country to refuse to tell you the truth. because we are afraid of being politically correct or saying something that might offend somebody. between now and january many americans and many all over the world are going to die because we have a president who will not tell the truth and put policies in place to defeat isis and stop their spread of jihadism around
the world. [applause] you elect me, and i guarantee you, we will stop isis, and i know it. there is only one presidential candidate who was put in isis candidateonly one featured in isis magazine and described as an enemy crusader. you want someone who isis knows and who knows isis and will defeat isis,ou