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historically conventions have majority winners, not plurality winners. because you want the strongest possible candidate. you have to get a majority of your base agreeing that that should be the candidate. o that's the reason you have the majority in the rules. in republican national convention rules, it's the majority of delegates to the entire convention. host: what what questions do you think these campaigns need to ask themselves in terms of what the rules state, what the delegates will be up to and how they prepare for all of this? guest: the first question to be asked is how do i win delegates in individual states? this is still about winning elections for now. the second question is, how do i go to enough states, either through their convention process or when the executive committees
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need the delegates to win delegates who are sympathetic to my cause. then you need to ask the question of what things will ook like on the floor. so you'll tally up what the votes are, whether someone has a majority, how farther from the majority, how many unbound delegates there are. certainly in the rules there will be a number of questions that will be asked. it is now, as the chairman said, the majority of delegates in eight states have to sign a petition. you need to be sure that you can get enough delegates to set your -- to get your name and nomination. it may be that at the rule committees you'll ask the question, do i want to change that number eight? it changed in 2012 for purely pragmatic reasons having to do with that convention. when the 2016 rules committee sets the number, is it advantageous to a candidate to
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have that number at one, at three, at five, at eight, at 18, at 28? and each campaign will need to make the calculation for that. so once they know how many states it is and whether they have enough signatures on those ballots, there are a number of other procedural rule, motions to table, motions to reconsider, motions for a roll call, all which require signatures from the majority of delegates in a particular number of states to achieve those, to make those motions brought before the convention. they'll think about that and may gave some thought to who their vice-presidential candidate is, again, a 1976 policy, perhaps, where you think that out a little bit before the convention to get some of the unbound delegates. you may give some thought to who the officers of the convention are and especially who the chair will be.
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ou'll have to ask how do i get hrough 2,400 screaming delegates to get a motion i think needs to be heard, heard by the chair. host: typically the republican convention has been a oronation. mitt romney taking control of theo happen in 201 the party would control the agenda and you'd have one, two, or threeandidates looking for the nomination but not really controlling the messaging. guest: if there's not a majority candidate, wh
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first pl dispes on the fir night? host we provide gavel-to-gave coverage. is i conceivable that the convention could start earlier in the day and go late into the evening? thing is possible, at this sta y don't know. pragmatically you want to have as much messaging as you can in the convention it s probably argues for starng things earlier on the first day, tr t get through as much of theon busas yiness can so you can get to the messaginpaf the nvention quicklys possible. host a. question that the ekend, will all of this transparent? guest: certainly ething at happens on the floor wl
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pretty transparent. if no candidate has a majority of delegates, there will be more private conversations with the unbound delegates. so it will be transparent in the things at there will be we see but there will be things that will not be visible until the vote is cast. followers ofngtime the r.n.c., what does this mean for you? guest: it's important to have a unified or unifying convention. if there's a nominee, someone who gets above the majority of votes, people need to rally around that person. if it's a contested convention so nobody is going into the convention with the majority of dele the moment you show gerald ford calling ronald reagan down to the stage as a
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signal -- signal of the unity of the party, that's crucial. it can be a positive for the party to have democracy flourishing in public. but you do have to unify things t the end. host: a veteran of the romney and other campaigns, thank you for explaining all of this. >> we'll have live coverage of primary and caucus results tonight in arizona, idaho, utah and american samoa, including some candidate speeches. that's here on c-span tonight starting at about 11:00 eastern. >> as a director of military and veteran affairs at the university of toledo here in ohiomark veterans have come into my office talking about who they want to vote for. regardless i they want to vote democratic or republican, it's
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your civic duty to get out and vote. in things are at stake in this election so i urge you to get out and vote for whoever best represents your opinions. >> i'm here supporting bernie sanders. i feel he's one of the most important candidates in the field righte st viable alternative to mainstream politicians and has the most progressive ideas that are most important for the country and i would encourage everyone to go out and support bernie if possible. >> the most important issue that university of to lee dee -- toledo college democrats feel is important in this election is college tuition and jobs. when college kids go to school they need to know how they're going to pay for it, and when they're leaving college what their future is going to look like? who is trying to bring jobs back into the u.s. and things like
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that. i feel those are the two biggest subjects. >> i was going to vote for bernie sanders however isened up -- i ened up voting for hillary because she seems more knowledgeable and has been in the political spotlight before and she's seen the inner workings of thehiouse a how everythings.>> the need for farm began to decline radically in the 1930's. it was not until the 1930's that they figured out how to make a rubber tire big enough to fit on a tractor. and starting in the 1930's and 1940's, you had an almost complete replacement of horses as the work animals on farms. i do believe in one of my books on horses i read that in the decade after world war ii we had something like a horse
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holocaust, that the horses were no longer needed. and we didn't get rid of them in a very pretty way. gordob, professor of commicks at north western university discusses hisook "the rise and fall of american growth," which looks at the american standard of living between 1870 and 1970 and questions its future. >> one thing that often interests people is the impact of superstorm sandy on the east coast. back in 2012. that wiped out the 20th century for many people. the elevators no longer worked in new york. the electricity stopped. you couldn't charge your cell phones. you couldn't pump gas into your car because the -- it required electricity to pump the gas. so theower of electricity in the internal combustion engine to make modern life possible is something people take for granted.
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>> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a." >> congressional lawmakers are responding to the terrorist attacks in brussels this morning. senator rob portman tweets -- >> somewhere this evening, flags at the u.s. capitol will be lowered to half-staff to honor those who died in the attack in bruzz else, belgium. let's look at the flag flying ver the capitol.
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flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on saturday. there were other remembrances by law makes today. in a committee, the chair, jeb hensarling call forward moment of violence. >> we'd like to keep in our prayers and thoughts the victims of the attacks in belgium as well as their loved ones and the first responders working to care for the injured and bring justice to those responsible for this terror. i ask that we pause for a moment of silence. >> i'd like to -- i'd like to say a few words about this morning's events in belgium. the united states condemns in the strongest possible terms today's act of terrorism in brussels. our thoughts and prayers go out to innocent civilians targeted in these horrific attacks.
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at treasury we work with foreign governments every day to identify terrorist financing networks and in the wake of attacks we work with them even more so. we work especially closely with our coubt parts around the world. right now treasury analysts are reviewing information to try to uncover leads on the brussels attacks and have offered our assistance to belgian authorities. our hearts go out to victims of today's events. perpetrators of these kinds of attacks remain steadfast. >> president obama condemn what had eh ecalled the outrageous attacks in a speech in havana, cuba. watch the re-- remarks now on or tonight at 8:00 eastern. here's more about today's trip and what happened in brussels from this morning's "washington journal." our first guest is representative marsha lack earn
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-- blackburn. good morning to you. the committeebout in a bit but i want to get your initial thoughts on the event that took place in brussels with the bombings. what do you make of it and what does it mean for the u.s. overall? my heart breaks for those who are victims and their families and for those who have family and friends in brussels and cannot get in touch with them and the anguish that goes with that. forwarddrives the point with the american public of why people say national security is the top issue in this presidential cycle. people are very concerned about what is happening area they watched as isis and al qaeda metastasized through the horn of africa after we came out of iraq in a very disjointed manner. they have watched isis come in
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and fill that void and they are concerned and now with the cells in the u.s. and you look at the arrests that took place at the end of last week and then you wonder what is there. you wonder what is going to be found in the aftermath with the bombs in the markings on the bombs and how integrated the network is and how strong they have grown and their utilization of technology in order to carry out these attacks. it is of tremendous concern. host: what is the best response for the u.s. right now? what do you think is the appropriate measure now? guest: i think the appropriate thing to do is to exercise some vigilance. when he to handle due diligence on exact way what they are able to find out from this. i think the president should
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come home and be the commander-in-chief. as we address this issue. what we have to do is make certain that our military men and women who are deployed are going to be safe. we have already lost a marine staff sergeant in the past few days from and isis attack. haveans that you have to to reveal your military plans and security. my hope is that the president is going to listen closely to those commanders in the field and those on the ground with firsthand knowledge of what is taking place in europe. the other thing that it drives forward is the issue on open borders. you look at what has happened in u.k. isnd it's why the facing the debate and the vote about whether or not to withdraw
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and to exercise their sovereignty. you look at this ability to move freely around the eu and you ask if that is wise. to have a visas waiver program? is it wise to have an open southern border? when you see the individual's coming across the southern border and you are on the ground work in, with the border patrol and some of those stations were individuals have been taken into custody and brought in. they are not necessarily all mexican. you have many other nationalities that are there. reasonse of the securing that southern border is such a principal issue. the other point that it drives is the discussion arrival of syrian refugees. and the work of the office of refugee resettlement and what
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they are doing in that entire quadrant of the issue. who is coming here through the syrian refugee program? we know that isis and the terrorist groups have said they want to infiltrate through the migrant and refugee programs. and carefullance watchful approaches where we need to be. host: our guest is joining us to talk about this and other issues and you can call to ask a question. aside from those issues you lead the selective panel on immigrant lives. guest: this was established by a house resolution, hr-461. it puts in place a house panel that will take a deep dive and a look at what it's going on with
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medical practices in the abortion industry and the business practices and the procurement industry. transpiredk at what and came forward in the videos with planned parenthood and people are concerned about this markety where you have a for fetal tissues and fetal body parts. to lookl was assembled at those medical practices, the business practices, the relationship between the two, to look at recognition of and abiding to the born to live child act with the late-term abortion ban. that is what we are doing. we are organized and have had our first hearing. host: one of the things that came out of that came out of the hearing was the topic of subpoenas. to askwhat we did was
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for some subpoenas from some organizations. we have done over 40 document requests. not all of the information we received was complete. we issued subpoenas to the university of new mexico and also to southwest women's options which is an abortion provider near the university. and stem express which is a procurement organization. we are awaiting further information. onheld a good first hearing the bioethics of fetal tissue research. what was interesting was the amount of agreement that came from the democrats and republicans witnesses. your viewers and listeners can go to our website which is selected panel on infant lives and pull up that hearing. they can listen for themselves. host: as part of the subpoena
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information, medical workers and medical students, there were concerns of their safety. guest: everyone is always concern for safety but there in mind, we have recommended that there be the appropriate reactions of in -- read actions redactions to keep certain information private but there is information that the select panel needs in order to complete its work. will complete our work and report back to congress by the end of the year. we will do that in a timely and effective and efficient manner. they talked about this topic as far as the information and there were concerns. [video clip] >> instead, the chair has embarked on a partisan and dangerous witchhunt. reactions are putting the privacy and safety of americans at risk.
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over the repeated abduction of the democratic members of the panel, the chair has sent dozens of document requests to academic institutions, medical school, and health care providers across the country. she has already issued three unilateral subpoenas demanding the names of individual researchers, graduate students, medical students, doctors, and clinic personnel and is threatening to issue more. there are no rules in place to protect these names from public disclosure. in fact, the chair step has made it clear that any name turned over to the panel may be released to the public. there is no reason to create such a database. the chairs abuse of her position to compile this information is frankly reminiscent of senator joe mccarthy's abuse of tactics. we live in a world where researchers the use fetal tissue are compared to nazi war criminals and extremist have tried to burn clinics to the ground. we live in a world where women
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have to face a gauntlet of harassment to get the health and where there are threatening websites that identify reproductive health families,ders, their and maps of the locations to the clinics and homes. on the day after thanksgiving, gun man drove 60 miles to a planned parenthood clinic in colorado springs and killed three people and injured nine others and terrorized doctors and patients. when arrested, he uttered the s" as " no more baby cart phrase that many of my republican colleagues have invoked. in connection with this panel investigation. linking individual names to an investigation that the republicans described as examining the harvesting of baby ethicarts and the our practice -- and they horrific
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practice puts people in danger. our words and actions matter. host: a lot of statement there but as far as the point she made, she said there were no rules in place to keep information you talked about, the workers going public, is that true? guest: there are rules in place. the select panel functions as a subcommittee of the energy and commerce committee. there are rules in place. what we need to do is get to the bottom of what is going on. personllegal when every that came before us agreed -- it is illegal to sell human body parts in the united states. they also agreed it is a legal for a profit to be made. they also all agreed it that it is illegal and unethical for someone to get pregnant and then have an abortion for the purpose of selling those
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that the consent form used for many of these women in these abortion service providers is misleading. be an illegal document. plenty of reason to look at this. i don't know if anybody that thinks it is appropriate for these fetuses to be sold or marketed, and there is tremendous concern that you have this industry that has somehow grown up and is showing tremendous amounts of profit every year. had, ande documents we people can see it when they go to the website, is the document that shows what they are paid per sample, what the technicians for these organizations are paid.
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it is terribly disturbing. i have friends that are pro-choice, pro-life, it does not matter. is just unseemly and barbaric and say, how can this be happening in our country in the 21st century? some calls.take first is from oregon, democratic line. dan, you are on with marsha blackburn, republican of tennessee. go ahead. an american citizen and a longtime soldier, i was in from 1971 to 1991, i am tired of the republicans calling us all cowards. that we don't know what we are doing and we are afraid to die for our own country. peddle all you guys do, fear and i am sick of it. thank you very much. first of all, thank you for your service. a 20 year military career is
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commendable and i thank you for that service. i will also have to say, i don't know who is calling you cowards saying you exercise fear because it is not me. i have tremendous respect for our men and women in uniform and tremendous respect for our veterans. i have the norm is better and contingent in my district -- the enormous veteran contingent in my district. spends a tremendous amount of time with the post district fort campbell and at fort campbell, we have the hundred in first, the one 60th and the fifth division that are there, so i thank you for your call and more importantly, for your service and your vigilance and for caring. host: on the republican line, california. caller: thank you for taking my call.
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i wanted to talk a little bit today ort transpired , in israel.esterday i was really and decided at the time on who i was going to vote after listening to everybody, trump to me came out the strongest and hillary to me came out a politician. she cannot weak, and it really turned me completely away from her. st: any response? guest: i think that the american i i said- as yo islier, national security the top issue. across the board, women, men, every group, and people realize israel is our primary ally in the middle east. they want to see that strong
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relationship. i can't fully understand and appreciate that. is saying, people are listening. i have families telling me they're watching the debates together, they are listening to these speeches, they are in communication with public servants on all sorts of a different level. god is a very good thing. to be listening for where the time is going to be, i did not have the opportunity to hear the speeches. i did go over to meet with some of my constituents who are here for that, and i thought it was impressive that just like the caller, they very thoughtfully listened, took notes, and paid attention to what the candidates were saying and they came before them yesterday. experienceuest has in the senate and represents the seventh district of tennessee. this is in tennessee, i don't
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know if it is in the seventh district or not, hello. ander: thank you for c-span i appreciate your program very much. i would like to talk about the health care problem. , theyy i understand it are paying 50% less than we are. they are living longer, they have got a better rate than we have, and i also have a daughter-in-law that has been trying to get an operation for the last three months and you will talk about the weighting program, but she has been waiting for three months to try to get insurance to approve a backup. one more thing, you will talk doctors in canada are not as good as the doctors here. i know a boy that was operated ,n as standard will university
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and they charged him $2800 to do in the operation on the right leg when it should have been on his left, so there are all kind of different stories to present on television as far as doctors in the hospital, so i would like to explain or you would explain to me one more time, by the united states doesn't have the same programs the rest of the world does? guest: good question. i think the rest of the world would like to have the quality of care that the united states has. whenave a lot of people you look at the specialties and the access of care. this is where they come. talk with our friends and neighbors that are there on the northern border of the u.s. and the southern canadian border, and they will tell you there is a good bit of travel.
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we have several areas of the country that even have the medical tourism, if you will, so people that are coming in and want cap access to our health care system. let me speak specifically to a couple of the points that he made. athink that when you look infant mortality and some of those issues that he discussed, the metrics that are used in some other countries and the metrics that are used here are different set. you are going to see a little bit of a difference there. the insurance approval issue and what he is talking about with his daughter, we hear a good bit about problems with the .nsurance that have cropped up after the obamacare policy came on board. of course, there were problems before. everyone agrees that this and agrees it cost too much. and then you have this accelerated cost, the increase
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in out-of-pocket cost that are and the additional cost for insurance premiums, and then with the narrow network, with fewer doctors that are available to that network, it takes that product, that health care product that is being sold on the exchanges. it does take longer to get the care that you want. careu have a centralized with more people into the pool, fewer insurance companies, in fewer positions that are offering the product, then your weight times increase. times increase. this is what happens in the federal government gets involved, and that is one of the reasons that we have repeatedly, and as obamacare was standing up, i would repeatedly ask then secretary of hhs, if they could
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look at that test case for hillary care, which was a disaster in the state of tennessee. it was a democratic governor who came in and took 300,000 people off those roles. he did it because the escalnteaw through theoof. in a five-year period of te, that cost for thatrogram had quadpled int, and then it -- big wasction activated on january 1 of 1995. tothe time you got 2005-2006, that program w 35.3% of the statbuet. we cannot afford that. when you look at the cost that these programs have to their states, you say, this is a great
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example of why you need to insert some free market concept and put more choice and options in there. the caller is right to be frustrated, and there are some things that can be done. marketplace, let people out, let them buy whatever they want at whatever price they can afford, and that is legislation that i have had for seven years. it is part of the republican plan for replacement of obamacare, affordability. it allows you to take the insurance products you have received to wherever you want to go. when you look at the cost, 25%-30% comes under the liability cost. can't exercise some liability reforms. some medical malpractice reforms in place and allows liability for thefor positions
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tort reforms that are necessary to bring down the cost of health care marketplace. host: we have wandered from chattanooga from tennessee -- we havew wanda from chattanooga. caller: i was wondering why a person would want to come to the united states if they only knew some of the laws that were here. like when a person is not given a chance to be on birth control to control their family size and say that the person's father is unable to get the job and if they were a felon, it causes their parents to go to jail for not being able to to be able to take care of their children, and when they get there, they'll be charged $50 a day for being in the jail, and that is $50 that the jail is
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charging, $35 that the system is charging to the parent who cannot pay the $35. as far as people wanting to vote for donald trump and any other republican, i advised them to stay where they are and help that they can get their own country together because this e ruin to ths. with tennes appreciate wanda calling. i will say i don't think our country is going to the ruins and i don't think our state is going to the ruins. i truly believe in america, and i think it is one of those -- you know, i have got to tell you, wanda, people who say our best days are behind us, i disagree with them. i think our best days are in front of us. anytime we hit an obstacle in this country, the american people rally, and i think that is what you are seeing with this
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primary election season. you have new voters that are coming out to vote in this primary that have never voted, and you have had millions of people that come out. quite frankly, i think it is exciting the people of the countrso much that they a showing up to votes, so i don't think we are going to ruins. i think that wanda does bring up arething that many people talking about, prison reform. and that is a very valid point. on the birth control issue, there are many people now that are saying, you can just go in and buy it over the counter and t have to get a prescription. that is another worthy discussion, so most of those point she brought forward are points that are worthy of discsion and i thank you for calling. host: representative marsha blackburn is our guest. reblican mind next, candy, good morning. -- kenny, good morning.
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thatr: the talking points you are using have been disproven in why do you continue to spethem like they are facts? this so-called big deal of baby parts being harvested has been a l theo be wrong, only people looking at charges of thei pele whomade the video. if you had a. -- if you had a proven way of arresting someone for the so-called body pts election, you would have barred the done it. everything that you are doing now are lies and i don't know why you continue to spew them, so maybe you can answer that one? thank you. guest: sure. i would be happy to answer kenny's question. you were talking about the indictment in texas of david videos, and that was for a fraudulent drivers license. as have talked to so many
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and peopl kenny, that do undercover investigations, they look at that and they say, that could one a very chilling effect those that do undercover investigation, programs like 2020 and 60 minutes investigative journalism, so there is a little bit of question. that is the only thing that there was an indictment on. ofn you look at the issue the fetal tissue and fetal body , this is something that is illegal in the united states. an on the books as illegal. it was confirmed with passage of 1984.r bill in the last time there was a look inthis, it was in two parts, 1988, the nih revitalization act
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and in 1993 with legislation that dealt with the nih. the hearings that we did was on on thee research -- was dole research. it was a congressional hearing that looked at this and as i said earlier, there was a tremendous amount of agreement between the democrat and republican witnesses of what should and should not be allowed. point a to a case where the law is not broken and that progress has been made? as we we will continue look at the procurement organization to look at that. othing at this point? just beginning to look. our first hearing was on bioethics and we will turn our attention to other component that we are required to look at. the medical practices, the to seement businesses, if thereas been profit and we will continue with that work.
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the caseler mentioned out of texas, but what about the videos themselves and the way they were edited? just that cosan the concern? -- does that cause concern? guest: i would encourage people to go online and look at the raw footage. you can see that these are comments that people wking themselves, the individuals that were being interviewed. naysayers in the videos are saying, do not believe what you're years are hearing and your eyes are saying. are hearing and your eyes are seeing. we are already beginning to see change take place. in the way some of the practices are carried out. host: north carolina, independent, jim, hi. caller: good morning. i would like to say that i have a gramountf respect for
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representative blackburn. i have been calling her for quite some time. i try to take an interest in our in western north carolina -- so i like to take an interest in the represeatives represt in the local area. anyway, let me get to the point. i worked in health care for 30 plus years, almost 35. uporked with unh, and i said one of the first transport teams for unh and one of the highest mortality first rate or county in north carolina where we transported the babies out to the regional medical center in charlotte at the time, this was back in the late 1980's, and anyway, if you have ever been involved in anything like that, you will notice that it is very -- well, it is
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profound, the effect that it has a anyone around. anyway, if people do look at the films, you will see that there was some very questionable things going on, and if you go -- and some of the other caller s -- if you go to other countries, we have a higher abortion rate than almost every country in europe. we let the pregnancies go on longer and do later abortions than almost any country, about five weeks, and iran 15 weeks, on the average, i think, was most of the european countries -- around 15 weeks, on average, i think, was most of the european countries. host: was there a specific question? caller: i am sorry. i'm rambling, i am passionate about this. host: caller: it's all right. caller:let me just put it this
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way. -- host: it is all right. caller: let me just put it this week, if the government gets involved in total health care, our government will be providing abortions. what are your thoughts on it that would come to pass in the next decade? what do you think our chances are if something like that happening? i know that all of this now storm started when the third play with in to hospitals and the billing and insurance, and i think the insurance industry has just been a disaster and obamacare is destroying our country. host: we will let our guest respond. guest: i appreciate that and i appreciate the work he has done with the neon ecology units. those of us that have had family members that were premature births and that have been in the units or worked with them, he was mentioning the lifeline
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system. we had angel one and angel to that many of us helped raise money for and purchased for vanderbilt and for them to have that. it is emotional and it is a very difficult time for those families, but absolutely fascinating what the specialist can do to save those premature babies, so thank you for your work. this is one of the questions that i hear from individuals all the time. because they don't think federal funds, taxpayer dollars, should be used to pay for abortions. with the rollout of obamacare, , and theassage there confusion at the last minute in order to get the votes from some of the democrats, the pro-life democrat to say no money would be used, they are very concerned about keeping that off.
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it will require members of congress who are pro-life to stand up and say, no, you cannot do this. maybe, the time has come where funds gooing to say, for women's health services, which they are supposed to do, moreo into providing services for women and children at these community health centers, and not go to services that also provide abortion. host: representative marsha guest and youur recently wrote an op-ed taking a look at the life of matthew ray. what was the point you were trying to make and the larger issue itself? itselfthe larger issue is to talk about the impact that women have in so many different roles however they choose to participate in the public sector or private sector. i think that ronald reagan said
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it very well at the funeral , there nancy reagan would not have been a ronald reagan, and the role of the spouse to be there as a teammate and to be an encourager. that is an important role for the first lady. nancy reagan vigorously embraced that role. cheered for america, just as she cheered for her husband, so i thought in light of women's history month, that it was very appropriate to recognize the contribution that she had made to our nation. she: one of the things advocated was the use of stem cells, especially with her husband's conditions of with alzheimer's. guest: there is a way for us to do adult stem cell research, and as a matter of fact, i thought "the washington post" article on the zika virus research talked
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about utilization of that research. it is not fetal tissue that they have used in that comment it is -- in that, it has been other cells that have been able to help them with the zika virus. host: and these are? guest: these are cells that come from the adult stem cells, and cells so utilize these that they can mimic certain conditions. host: in new mexico, democrat line, bill, hello. caller: hello. carson used embryo stem cells or his research, that included nancy reagan and it has been proven. thank you. this is one of the things
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that came out of our hearing that we did on bioethics, and i would encourage you to hold that pull that up. there is no need to do harvesting and pulling from fetal tissue from abortions, miscarriage is from cord blood, things of that nature, that there are plenty of cells in the ,ell line that are available and most of the research now, just as with the zika virus that i was talking about, is coming from the adult stem cell line. something that there should be plenty of work in. if you look at some of the exciting [indiscernible] coming from the adult stem lines and cord blood, and the amount of research that is being done there, you do not need to go about harvesting the body parts.
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there is plenty of other material that is available. host: georgia, republican line. here is john. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. i would like to ask is thentative blackburn congressional hearing going to get to the bottom of benghazi? .lso, the e-mails it just amazes me that david petraeus was fined and they wanted to reduce them in bank, -- in rank, and this lady running for the presidency -- this administration is so two-faced. based on while everything. i want answers about the e-mails because if they are going to generalwar hero like david petraeus as a traitor, and
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my book, a traitor, and you have hillary clinton for the lie,dency -- she did not she did not lie -- i feel the american public needs an answer. i am so sick of the democrats talking about social security while the republicans are up there working on social security. i have never heard one democrat say that that is more important. thank you. that: a couple of things are there. he brought up a point about general petraeus, and we had general petraeus in command at fort campbell during my district, two different times during his service, and he is highly regarded and respected and well remembered. we have chairman goudy, who is leading the benghazi committee. they are continuing their work.
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i think that you will see them move forward at some point soon with their findings. the e-mails, the investigation is continuing there. i know that the eye is doing their part -- i know the fbi is doing their part in looking at the investigation, and they have an extensive team that is sir, i think, and you can expect to hear something from the fbi. social security, we do here a tremendous amount of concern. this is the year that the ssdi fund runs out of the disability fund runs out of money. it goes over into the general fund. i hear this from seniors all the , yes, indeed, we need to stabilize those trust funds, and i have had legislation for several years that we continue to work on them move forward because it is the right thing to do that would force that money to be held that is coming out of
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your paycheck and into the fund. and then for congress to vote what it will be used for because right now, it is just a stack of ious in a filing cabinet sitting out in the federal building in west virginia, and those ious .re coming to i would encourage all of your theers, go to the trustee, report for the trustee is the medicare and social security, and read that warning that they put into their trustees report. they are saying tons of things to do something about this. the caller's rights. eight is running out of money, and the drawdown that is there, and the fact that the funds have been just moved over and that they are being stacked, we do need to wall it off. we need to pass my bill and put
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those funds where they need to be, in a trust fund and treated like a trust fund. host: delaware, independent line. frank, good morning. caller: i want to know what all the people running for president have not served in the military and how come we don't have a draft anymore because half the country does not even serve anymore? thank you. guest: i thought it was very interesting when you get the fact that there is not anybody on the stage for president that has military service, and i think, frank, this is the first time that has occurred. that is a good question. remembert how people the military services. after the first caller, i thanked him for that 20 year career he had from 1971 to 1991 in the military, when you have to fight for that freedom and defend that flag and defend our
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nation's sovereignty and you are on the front lines, and i see it every time i am out with the troops from fort campbell, when they are deployed in different places and you get to meet with them when they are in those forward operating bases, it changes my perspective, and meeting with those military families that have a loved one that is deployed, those are individuals that truly love to defend this nation, and they are ready to go out and fight. i am just grateful that god puts that in their heart to want to go pick up that bites, and i do hope that we see more of them continuing other forms of public service. i think for many people, it is troubling to them that the have not had to fight for that freedom that maybe they don't or maybe they take for granted that because they have freedom and can exercise that freedom of freedom ofthat
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assembly and that freedom of religion that we are always going to have that. are: republican candidates also concerned, what do you think of the ability to take care of instances? foreign and domestic -- instances foreign and domestic? thet: any of those three on stage will get that better than hillary clinton or bernie sanders, and whomever is on the stage, they will have my full support. this is an outsider year, and it has been an outside year from the get-go. i said months ago that i that the nominee would be tromp for up or cruz. i still believe you will see cruz.or we need to make sure that they win the general and that they are one of the most competent, and capable active presidents that
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we have had. i want to make certain that they stand firmly on the constitution family freedom, hope, opportunity for future generations. host: have you fully supported the candidate? not.: no, i have i have not supported any candidate. i have been a to support each and every one of them. i do think trump or cruz will be the nominee or the next president. host: what is the game client as far as other hearings? guest: we are continuing to work. we want to do different work at the procurement organizations profit -- cannot organizations. saleannot profit from the of human body parts, so we went to take a look at the business practices around these procurement organizations and intend to do so. host: and you will continue to subpoena to get information you need to? guest: we will continue to move forward with subpoenas that are
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necessary. we are determined to complete our work and to deliver a report and find out what is going on in you -- in the streets, if will, as it has become an to get to the bottom. hen to know when you are done? guest: we will have to report that is done at the end of this congress or calendar year. host: marsha blackburn is the head of the panel >> up next, president obama gives a speech today to the people of cuba. focusing on relations with the u.s. and lifting the trade embargo. the also offers support to belgium after the terrorist attacks in brussels. on c-span2 book tv, the discussion on george washington's political career and on c-span3, the congressional gold medal ceremony for the soldiers in the
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up, remarks from president obama and cuba. republicanr from lawmakers on the brussels attack and the president's trip. benjamin netanyahu addresses the aipac conference. later, the 2017 defense department budget. arizona voters vote today in that primary. utah holds caucuses for both parties, and idaho has caucuses for democrats. tonight, speeches by some of the candidates. hillary clinton campaigns in seattle, while bernie sanders is in san diego, california. we will have election results and speeches tonight here on c-span. during campaign 2016, c-span takes you on the road to the white house as we follow the candidates on c-span, c-span
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radio, and remarks today in havana, cuba, president obama spoke about the terror attacks in brussels. an article from the washington post is titled "how the brussels attacks could force it obama to betray his policy instincts." instead of military offensives, the president has opted for helping america's allies and improve intelligence collection and sharing, as united states did after the 9/11 attacks per the article goes on to say that privately president obama is worried that a large-scale terror attack in europe or american soil could force him to plunge american forces into another large and costly war in the middle east. that is something that he has about to avoid. that is from the washington post. we will show you the president speech from havana.
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this is 35 minutes. [applause] president obama: thank you. muchas gracias. thank you so much. thank you very much. president castro, the people of cuba, thank you so much for the warm welcome that i have received, that my family has received, and that our delegation has received. it is an extraordinary honor to be here today. before i begin, please indulge me. i want to comment on the terrorist attacks that have taken place in brussels. the thoughts and the prayers of the american people are with the people of belgium.
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we stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people. we will do whatever is necessary to support our friend and ally, belgium, in bringing to justice those who are responsible. and this is yet another reminder that the world must unite, we must be together, regardless of nationality, or race, or faith, in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. we can, and will, defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world. to the government and the people of cuba, i want to thank you for the kindness that you've shown to me and michelle, malia, sasha, my mother-in-law, marian.
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"cultivo una rosa blanca." [applause] in his mostama: famous poem, jose marti made this offering of friendship and peace to both his friend and his enemy. today, as the president of the united states of america, i offer the cuban people el saludo de paz. [applause] president obama: havana is only 90 miles from florida, but to get here we had to travel a great distance, over barriers of history and ideology, barriers of pain and separation.
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the blue waters beneath air force one once carried american battleships to this island, to liberate, but also to exert control over cuba. those waters also carried generations of cuban revolutionaries to the united states, where they built support for their cause. and that short distance has been crossed by hundreds of thousands of cuban exiles, on planes and makeshift rafts, who came to america in pursuit of freedom and opportunity, sometimes leaving behind everything they owned and every person that they loved. like so many people in both of our countries, my lifetime has spanned a time of isolation between us. the cuban revolution took place the same year that my father came to the united states from kenya.
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the bay of pigs took place the year that i was born. the next year, the entire world held its breath, watching our two countries, as humanity came as close as we ever have to the horror of nuclear war. as the decades rolled by, our governments settled into a seemingly endless confrontation, fighting battles through proxies. in a world that remade itself time and again, one constant was the conflict between the united states and cuba. i have come here to bury the last remnant of the cold war in the americas. [applause] president obama: i have come
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here to extend the hand of friendship to the cuban people. [applause] i want to bema: clear, the differences between our governments over these many years are real and they are important. i'm sure president castro would say the same thing. i know, because i've heard him address those differences at length. but before i discuss those issues, we also need to recognize how much we share, because in many ways, the united states and cuba are like two brothers who've been estranged for many years, even as we share the same blood. we both live in a new world, colonized by europeans. cuba, like the united states, was built in part by slaves brought here from africa. like the united states, the cuban people can trace their heritage to both slaves and
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slave-owners. we've welcomed both immigrants who came a great distance to start new lives in the americas. over the years, our cultures have blended together. dr. carlos finlay's work in cuba paved the way for generations of doctors, including walter reed, who drew on dr. finlay's work to help combat yellow fever. just as marti wrote some of his most famous words in new york, ernest hemingway made a home in cuba, and found inspiration in the waters of these shores. we share a national past-time, la pelota, and later today our players will compete on the same havana field that jackie robinson played on before he
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made his major-league debut. [applause] and it's saida: that our greatest boxer, muhammad ali, once paid tribute to a cuban that he could never fight, saying that he would only be able to reach a draw with the great cuban, teofilo stevenson. [applause] president obama: so even as our governments became adversaries, our people continued to share these common passions, particularly as so many cubans came to america. in miami or havana, you can find places to dance the cha-cha-cha or the salsa, and eat ropa vieja. people in both of our countries have sung along with celia cruz or gloria estefan, and now listen to reggaeton or pitbull. [laughter] president obama: millions of our
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people share a common religion, a faith that i paid tribute to at the shrine of our lady of charity in miami, a peace that cubans find in la cachita. for all of our differences, the cuban and american people share common values in their own lives. a sense of patriotism and a sense of pride, a lot of pride. a profound love of family. a passion for our children, a commitment to their education. and that's why i believe our grandchildren will look back on this period of isolation as an aberration, as just one chapter in a longer story of family and of friendship. but we cannot, and should not, ignore the very real differences that we have, about how we organize our governments, our economies, and our societies.
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cuba has a one-party system. the united states is a multi-party democracy. cuba has a socialist economic model. the united states is an open market. cuba has emphasized the role and rights of the state. the united states is founded upon the rights of the individual. despite these differences, on december 17, 2014, president castro and i announced that the united states and cuba would begin a process to normalize relations between our countries. [applause] president obama: since then, we have established diplomatic relations and opened embassies. we've begun initiatives to cooperate on health and agriculture, education and law enforcement. we've reached agreements to
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restore direct flights and mail service. we've expanded commercial ties, and increased the capacity of americans to travel and do business in cuba. and these changes have been welcomed, even though there are still opponents to these policies. still, many people on both sides of this debate have asked, why now? why now? there is one simple answer. what the united states was doing was not working. we have to have the courage to acknowledge that truth. a policy of isolation designed for the cold war made little sense in the 21st century. the embargo was only hurting the cuban people instead of helping them. and i've always believed in what martin luther king, jr. called "the fierce urgency of now." we should not fear change. we should embrace it. [applause]
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president obama: that leads me to a bigger and more important reason for these changes, creo en el pueblo cubano. [applause] president obama: i believe in the cuban people. this is not just a policy of normalizing relations with the cuban government. the united states of america is normalizing relations with the cuban people. [applause] president obama: and today, i want to share with you my vision of what our future can be. i want the cuban people, especially the young people, to understand why i believe that you should look to the future with hope, not the false promise which insists that things are better than they really are, or the blind optimism that says all
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your problems can go away tomorrow, hope that is rooted in the future that you can choose and that you can shape, and that you can build for your country. i'm hopeful because i believe that the cuban people are as innovative as any people in the world. in a global economy, powered by ideas and information, a country's greatest asset is its people. in the united states, we have a clear monument to what the cuban people can build. it is called miami. here in havana, we see that same talent in cuentapropistas, cooperatives and old cars that still run. el cubano inventa del aire. [applause] president obama: cuba has an
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extraordinary resource, a system of education which values every boy and every girl. [applause] president obama: and in recent years, the cuban government has begun to open up to the world, and to open up more space for that talent to thrive. in just a few years, we've seen how cuentapropistas can succeed while sustaining a distinctly cuban spirit. being self-employed is not about becoming more like america, it's about being yourself. look at sandra lidice aldama, who chose to start a small business. cubans, she said, can "innovate and adapt without losing our identity.
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our secret is in not copying or imitating but simply being ourselves." look at papito valladeres, a barber, whose success allowed him to improve conditions in his neighborhood. "i realize i'm not going to solve all of the world's problems," he said. "but if i can solve problems in the little piece of the world where i live, it can ripple across havana." that's where hope begins, with the ability to earn your own living, and to build something you can be proud of. that's why our policies focus on supporting cubans, instead of hurting them. that's why we got rid of limits on remittances, so ordinary cubans have more resources. that's why we're encouraging travel, which will build bridges between our people, and bring more revenue to those cuban small businesses.
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that's why we've opened up space for commerce and exchanges, so that americans and cubans can work together to find cures for diseases, and create jobs, and open the door to more opportunity for the cuban people. as president of the united states, i've called on our congress to lift the embargo. [applause] president obama: it is an outdated burden on the cuban people. it's a burden on the americans who want to work and do business or invest here in cuba. it's time to lift the embargo. but, even if we lifted the embargo tomorrow, cubans would not realize their potential without continued change here in cuba. [applause] president obama: it should be easier to open a business here in cuba. a worker should be able to get a job directly with companies who
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invest here in cuba. two currencies shouldn't separate the type of salaries that cubans can earn. the internet should be available across the island, so that cubans can connect to the wider world [applause] - and to one of the greatest engines of growth in human history. there's no limitation from the united states on the ability of cuba to take these steps. it's up to you. and i can tell you as a friend that sustainable prosperity in the 21st century depends upon education, health care, and environmental protection. but it also depends on the free and open exchange of ideas. if you can't access information online, if you cannot be exposed to different points of view, you will not reach your full potential. and over time, the youth will lose hope.
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i know these issues are sensitive, especially coming from an american president. before 1959, some americans saw cuba as something to exploit, ignored poverty, and enabled corruption. and since 1959, we've been shadow-boxers in this battle of geopolitics and personalities. i know the history, but i refuse to be trapped by it. [applause] president obama: i've made it clear that the united states has neither the capacity, nor the intention, to impose change on cuba. what changes come will depend upon the cuban people. we will not impose our political or economic system on you. we recognize that every country, every people, must chart its own course and shape its own model.
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but having removed the shadow of history from our relationship, i must speak honestly about the things that i believe, the things that we, as americans, believe. as marti said, "liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy." so let me tell you what i believe. i can't force you to agree, but you should know what i think. i believe that every person should be equal under the law. [applause] president obama: every child deserves the dignity that comes with education, and health care and food on the table and a roof over their heads. [applause] president obama: i believe citizens should be free to speak their mind without fear [applause] president obama: - to organize,
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and to criticize their government, and to protest peacefully, and that the rule of law should not include arbitrary detentions of people who exercise those rights. [applause] i believe that: every person should have the freedom to practice their faith peacefully and publicly. [applause] and, yes, iama: believe voters should be able to choose their governments in free and democratic elections. [applause] president obama: not everybody agrees with me on this. not everybody agrees with the american people on this. but i believe those human rights are universal. [applause] president obama: i believe they are the rights of the american people, the cuban people, and people around the world. now, there's no secret that our governments disagree on many of these issues. i've had frank conversations
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with president castro. for many years, he has pointed out the flaws in the american system, economic inequality, the death penalty, racial discrimination, wars abroad. that's just a sample. he has a much longer list. [laughter] but here's what the cuban people need to understand, i welcome this open debate and dialogue. it's good. it's healthy. i'm not afraid of it. we do have too much money in american politics. but, in america, it's still possible for somebody like me, a child who was raised by a single mom, a child of mixed race who did not have a lot of money, to pursue and achieve the highest office in the land. that's what's possible in america. [applause] president obama: we do have challenges with racial bias, in our communities, in our criminal
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justice system, in our society, the legacy of slavery and segregation. but the fact that we have open debates within america's own democracy is what allows us to get better. in 1959, the year that my father moved to america, it was illegal for him to marry my mother, who was white, in many american states. when i first started school, we were still struggling to desegregate schools across the american south. but people organized. they protested. they debated these issues. they challenged government officials. and because of those protests, and because of those debates, and because of popular mobilization, i'm able to stand here today as an african-american and as president of the united states. that was because of the freedoms that were afforded in the united states that we were able to bring about change. i'm not saying this is easy.
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there's still enormous problems in our society. but democracy is the way that we solve them. that's how we got health care for more of our people. that's how we made enormous gains in women's rights and gay rights. that's how we address the inequality that concentrates so much wealth at the top of our society. because workers can organize and ordinary people have a voice, american democracy has given our people the opportunity to pursue their dreams and enjoy a high standard of living. [applause] now, there are: still some tough fights. it isn't always pretty, the process of democracy. it's often frustrating. you can see that in the election going on back home. but just stop and consider this fact about the american campaign that's taking place right now.
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you had two cuban americans in the republican party, running against the legacy of a black man who is president, while arguing that they're the best person to beat the democratic nominee who will either be a woman or a democratic socialist. [laughter] who would have believed that back in 1959? that's a measure of our progress as a democracy. [applause] president obama: so here's my message to the cuban government and the cuban people, the ideals that are the starting point for every revolution, america's revolution, cuba's revolution, the liberation movements around the world, those ideals find their truest expression, i believe, in democracy. not because american democracy is perfect, but precisely because we're not.
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and we, like every country, need the space that democracy gives us to change. it gives individuals the capacity to be catalysts to think in new ways, and to reimagine how our society should be, and to make them better. there's already an evolution taking place inside of cuba, a generational change. many suggested that i come here and ask the people of cuba to tear something down, but i'm appealing to the young people of cuba who will lift something up, build something new. el futuro de cuba tiene que estar en las manos del pueblo cubano. [applause] president obama: and to president castro, who i appreciate being here today, i
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want you to know, i believe my visit here demonstrates you do not need to fear a threat from the united states. and given your commitment to cuba's sovereignty and self-determination, i am also confident that you need not fear the different voices of the cuban people and their capacity to speak, and assemble, and vote for their leaders. in fact, i'm hopeful for the future because i trust that the cuban people will make the right decisions. and as you do, i'm also confident that cuba can continue to play an important role in the hemisphere and around the globe, and my hope is, is that you can do so as a partner with the united states. we've played very different roles in the world. but no one should deny the service that thousands of cuban doctors have delivered for the poor and suffering. [applause]
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president obama: last year, american health care workers, and the u.s. military, worked side-by-side with cubans to save lives and stamp out ebola in west africa. i believe that we should continue that kind of cooperation in other countries. we've been on the different side of so many conflicts in the americas. but today, americans and cubans are sitting together at the negotiating table, and we are helping the colombian people resolve a civil war that's dragged on for decades. [applause] president obama: that kind of cooperation is good for everybody. it gives everyone in this hemisphere hope. we took different journeys to our support for the people of south africa in ending apartheid. but president castro and i could both be there in johannesburg to
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pay tribute to the legacy of the great nelson mandela. [applause] president obama: and in examining his life and his words, i'm sure we both realize we have more work to do to promote equality in our own countries, to reduce discrimination based on race in our own countries. and in cuba, we want our engagement to help lift up the cubans who are of african descent [applause] president obama: - who've proven there's nothing they cannot achieve when given the chance. we've been a part of different blocs of nations in the hemisphere, and we will continue to have profound differences about how to promote peace, security, opportunity, and human rights. but as we normalize our relations, i believe it can help foster a greater sense of unity
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in the americas, todos somos americanos. [applause] president obama: from the beginning of my time in office, i have urged the people of the americas to leave behind the ideological battles of the past. we are in a new era. i know that many of the issues that i've talked about lack the drama of the past. and i know that part of cuba's identity is its pride in being a small island nation that could stand up for its rights and shake the world. but i also know that cuba will always stand out because of the talent, hard work and pride of the cuban people. that's your strength. [applause] president obama: cuba doesn't have to be defined by being against the united states any more than the united states should be defined by being against cuba.
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and i'm hopeful for the future because of the reconciliation that's taking place among the cuban people. i know that for some cubans on the island, there may be a sense that those who left somehow supported the old order in cuba. i'm sure there's a narrative that lingers here which suggests that cuban exiles ignored the problems of pre-revolutionary cuba and rejected the struggle to build a new future. but i can tell you today that so many cuban compiles carry a -- exiles carry a memory of painful and metimes violent separation. they love cuba. a part of them still considers this their true home. that's why their passion is so strong.
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that's why their heartache is so great. and for the cuban american community that i've come to know and respect, this is not just about politics. this is about family. the memory of a home that was lost, the desire to rebuild a broken bond, the hope for a better future, the hope for a return and reconciliation. for all of the politics, people are people and cubans are cubans. and i've come here, i've traveled this distance, on a bridge that was built by cubans on both sides of the florida straits. i first got to know the talent and passion of the cuban people in america. i know how they have suffered more than the pain of exile, they also know what it's like to be an outsider and to struggle
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and work harder to make sure their children can reach higher in america. so the reconciliation of the cuban people, the children and grandchildren of revolution and the children and grandchildren of exile, that is fundamental to cuba's future. [applause] president obama: you see it in gloria gonzalez, who traveled here in 2013 for the first time after 61 years of separation. and was met by her sister. you recognize me, but i didn't recognize you, gloria said after she embraced her sibling. imagine that, after 61 years. you see it in melinda lopez, who came to her family's old home. as she was walking the streets,
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an elderly woman recognized her as her mother's daughter. and began to cry. she took her into her home and showed her a pile of photos that included melinda's baby picture, which her mother had sent 50 years ago. melinda later said, so many of us are now getting so much back. you see it in christian miguel soler, a young man who became the first of his family to travel here after 50 years. and meeting relatives for the first time, he said, i realized the family is family, no matter the distance between us. sometimes the most important changes start in small places. the tides of history can leave people in conflict and exile and poverty, it takes time for those circumstances to change, but the
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recognition of a common humanity, the reconciliation of people bound by blood and a belief in one another, that's where progress begins. understanding and listening and forgiveness. and if the cuban people face the future together, it will be more likely that the young people of today will be able to live with dignity and achieve their dreams right here in cuba. the history of the united states and cuba encompass revolution and conflict, struggle and sacrifice, retribution and now reconciliation. it is time now for us to leave the past behind. it is time for us to look forward to the future together. [speaking spanish] and it won't be easy and there will be setbacks. it will take time. but my time here in cuba renews
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my hope and my confidence in what the cuban people will do. we can make this journey as friends and as neighbors and as family, together. [speaking spanish] [applause] president obama: thank you. [applause] ♪
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>> house speaker paul ryan offered his condolences after
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the attacks in belgium. he discussed the agenda of the house, including the budget. this is 10 minutes. speaker ryan: all right. ok. they have the switchback. i do not. i just turned it on and we will see what happens. anything different there? ok, sorry there's this weird switch appear. first off, i want to express their condolences of the u.s. house representatives to the belgian people. i know we are all watching right just so this scene is horrific. one minute people are going about their day, the next minute, people are running for their lives. this is a terrorist attack in the heart of europe. our countries have always done, we must confront this threat
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together. we must defend democracy and defeat terror. our prayers are with brussels as is our solidarity. thank you. i want tohy: associate myself with the speaker's comments. we have learned these terrorist groups know no boundaries, no borders, and our way to stop them is to defeat them. the paris attacks, the speaker asked us to put a task force together. many of you know we talked about the chairman's task force on counterterrorism and homeland security. we have passed a number of bills, some of them becoming law, but i want to highlight to let them. one was passed last night. the bill, the counterterrorism screening and assistance act past 371-2. the legislation requires that the department of state produce
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an annual scorecard, assessing the border security efforts of countries around the world. towill give us a scorecard know those places that need greater security. another bill that will be coming the safe gates at which will require comprehensive security assessment of overseeing airport security and seeking to enhance security operation between dhs and foreign partners. billswould be continued to move forward, not only to make america more secure but the world as well. my heart breaks for the news coming out of brussels this morning. it is yet another unspeakable act against innocent civilians. world grows more complex and the enemies be face are becoming more radical than ever. the groups that seek to destroy
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us thrive on chaos. we are not talking about lone wolf's. these are fighters that are now embedded in europe. what they lack in standing army, they make up and ruthless and indiscriminate violence against innocent life, moms and dads, sons and daughters. they want to see a world that is fractured, frightened and divided. one thing is for certain, when confronted with a, a rational terrorist, those who cherish freedom stand together. here in america, these attacks are a reminder that to us of a constant -- to be constantly vigilant. our number one priority is the safety and security of this country. just howso reminded desperate the rest of the world is for true leadership. a true commitment to distorting the groups that seek to harm the innocent. thank you, mr. speaker.
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well, along with my colleagues, my heart goes out today of those affected by this senseless act of terror in brussels. we should all keep those individuals, their families, the community, the country in our thoughts and prayers. i am afraid these random acts of terrorism will not end anytime soon. i believe that the time has come for president obama to create a complete and thorough strategy to defeat isis, a plan that will give our military leaders and soldiers the tools that they need to destroy isis once and for all. we must confront radical islamic terrorism head-on, reversing the tide of terrorism swelling around the world. demonstrate that the united states, the greatest country in the world will not stand for these senseless acts of terrorism any longer. speaker ryan: questions?
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>> donald trump on the today use said he would waterboarding in the u.s. should close our borders. speaker ryan: i am not going to take the bait this morning. briefed on then ?russels attack chri speaker ryan: i have received updates. it is still unfolding and we do not have all of the information at hand right now, but we have reached out to the intelligence community and i have received updates this morning and i do not believe there is a threat here. yesterday, elizabeth warren said donald trump was a supporter of terrorism. [indiscernible] speaker ryan: i do not see it that way. [indiscernible]
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speaker ryan: it is going to be all presidential is a? it? [laughter] speaker ryan: i am not concerned about the house flipping. we have our own agenda to take to the country to show what we need to do to get this country back on the right track. we are doing exactly what people sent us here to do which is roll up our sleeves, get to work, take the principles we believe in, that we campaigned on, that created this beautiful country in the first place, apply them to the problems of the day and offer people real solutions that fix problems in their lives so that the people of this country have a real choice in 2016. that is what we control. that is what the house can produce. it is for the house is going to produce, and because of that we are confident about our future in the house. >> [indiscernible] nato, we are nato.
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we are a part of nato. i did not see the speech that mr. trump gave yesterday, so i assume walking in that direction, that is what he said that i did not see so i will not go further on that. you are moving forward on an appropriations bill. do you plan moving bills to the committee? speaker ryan: they are sticking with their redetermine schedule at the committee level. discussionher family today about how to proceed with respect to the budget. we give appropriators deadlines ,or the floor consideration accommodating our budget goals, which is mid april, the law. we are still proceeding on that plan, hopefully getting a budget, but we are having that final conversation. we did not want to slow the appropriators down for the spadework to have to do at the committee level. right now, we are still having that conversation with how to
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proceed with the budget. no, we know we need to do a budget. is that it? do you want to do another round? >> given where trump is in the presidential standings [indiscernible] do you really think i'm going to answer these questions? i mean, good grief. look, look, my job as a conservative is to speak out in what i believe in at this time to defend our principles, but as a speaker and therefore the chairman of the chairman to be dispassionate, calling balls and strikes. i am not going to weigh in on these things. pricey something that conservativism is being disfigured whether it is from anybody, not just one person, anybody, i will speak out in defense of conservativism, but as the chair of the convention, i will be dispassionate. rules are rules and i will stick
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with the rules. i'm not going to comment on this who is up who is down, i will not comment on that. do you have a nonpresidential question? you don't do you? [laughter] speaker ryan: great. yes, back there. i do not know the answer to that yet. we are still tried to have the family conversation with our members on how to proceed with the budget. we want to do a budget. the question is, to we have the votes to pass the budget and that is the conversation we are having with our appropriators. the appropriators are getting the work done, getting ready to bring those to the floor should we -- are we able to pass a budget. i do not know the answer to that. april 15 is the line for budget resolution. we have a shorter appropriation went up because of the
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convention. that is why we started this process earlier. the family conversations we're having right now, are the kind of conversations we usually have at the beginning of april, so we are having them in market instead of april. i do not know the answer to that. like i said, that is something our team will decide. andy. you to ourld defer appropriators who tell us that there is plenty of money in the pipeline right now. is not going to ebola, that was already in the pipeline, that can go immediately to the zika virus. that money can be reprogrammed. i went for -- i would refer you to the appropriations committee for more on that. not much. i think it is fairly ironic. we had the aipac conference yesterday. and we were talking about standing up for our allies, fighting for freedom, national security and the president takes a trip to cuba where he effectively gets nothing in
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return, and he legitimizes a tyrannical dictatorship. the irony was not lost on me. peter. i will not comment on that. i have not given any thought to the question. >> can you give us an update on the project [indiscernible] speaker ryan: everybody says that. no, we are on track area we wanted to have a vibrant listening time where we are listening to our members, listening to constituents, listing two people around the country. our members are going to go home and do town hall meetings talking to their constituents, so we are in the listening stage of our project. coming back from recess, we were go into the drafting stage of our project where we will start putting pen to paper so that late spring, we are in the rollout stage. we are exactly where we had planned on being, and we want to
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make sure we get it right, and we want to make sure we listen to our constituents, so a riod isk recess pe the time our numbers will have to listen to constituents and talk about this agenda project. we are on track with where we are and we are not changing the timeline. our working groups will be putting it together. yes, we are. we are obviously want to be doing it after we come back. the resource committee is doing a good job working on this issue. they are on track area they are off about a week because we have this easter recess. what is a question mark yes. -- what is that? yes. we are working in a bipartisan basis on this, and when they come back, we expect to work on it as the resource committee. [indiscernible] yes, i am taking a
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large group of members. you are trying hard today. >> that was good. house speaker paul ryan speaks wednesday on the state of american politics. you can see his remarks starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. c-span, israeli prime minister regiment netanyahu addresses the aipac conference in washington. after that, the hearing on the defense budget department. ♪ >> c-span's washington journal, watch every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up on wednesday morning, republican congressman of new jersey talks about the 21st century acts and progress being
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made to get the legislation passed by the senate. he will also discuss: cancer month, which takes place this month. eleanor holmes norton, of the district of columbia on infrastructure and issues involving the d.c. metro including a recent shutdown of the system. she will also discuss the flint, michigan water crisis and oversight. be sure to watch washington journal beginning live wednesday morning at 7:00 eastern. join the discussion. today, arizona voters are voting in that states residential primary. -- presidential primary. utah host caucuses in idaho has caucuses for democrats. later tonight, we will bring speeches by some of the candidates. we will have election results and speeches tonight here on
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c-span. in february, president obama announces plan to close the guantanamo bay detention facility in cuba. wednesday, the pentagon officials testify before the house foreign affairs committee on the president's plan. see their testimony live it 9:00 eastern on c-span two. there is a need for horses on the farm again to declined radically in the 1940's. it was not until the 1930's that they figured out how to make a rubber tire big enough to fit on the tractor. the 1930's, 1940's, you had an almost complete replacement of horses as the work animals on farms. i do believe one of my books on horses, i read that in the decade after world war ii we had
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something like a horse holocaust , that the horses were no longer needed, and we did not get read of them in a pretty way. " asunday night on "q&a professor discusses his book, the rise and fall of american growth, which looks at the growth of american standard of ving and questions its future. >> one thing that often interest people is the impact of superstorm standing -- sandy on the east coast back in 2012. that's wiped out the 20th century for many people. the elevators no longer work in new york. electricity stopped. you cannot charge or cell phones. you cannot pump gas into your car because it required electricity to pump the gas. electricity inf the internal combustion engine to make modern life possible is
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something that people take for granted. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a." netanyahu spoke to the public affairs pity best committee annual conference. he urged the rejection of the you and resolution on palestinian statehood. this is 20 minutes. prime minister netanyahu: good morning, america. good morning, aipac. a special good morning to the 4000 students cutting class today to be in aipac in washington. you from to all of jerusalem. i want to first send my condolences to the families of
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those murdered and today's terrorist attack in brussels. the chain of attacks from paris to san bernardino to assemble -- istanbul to the ivory coast and now to brussels, and to the daily attacks in israel. this is one continuous assault on all of us. in all of these cases, the terrorists have no resolvable grievances. it is not as if we could offer them brussels or istanbul or california or even the west bank. that will not satisfy their grievances. what they seek is our after destruction -- our utter destruction and their total emanation.
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their basic demand is that we should simply disappear. well, my friends, that is not going to happen. the only way to defeat these terrorists is to join together and fight them together. that is how we will defeat terrorism. and withtical unity moral clarity. i think we have that in abundance. i want to thank today, the leadership of aipac and each and every one of you. you for the-- thank tremendous support you have provided over so many years. i thank you for the clear and unequivocal stance you took last
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year during the nuclear iran deal debate, a debate critical for israel's security, and that debate, though intense, did not undermine the unbreakable alliance between israel and the united states. as part of that great alliance, america has generously divided israel with many of the tools we need to defend ourselves. we are now working on a new agreement to help israel security in the year to come. i hope we can conclude that agreement soon. i take this opportunity, once again, to thank president obama for his support, including for a list of missile defense -- ballistic missile defense.
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israel deeply appreciates it, and we also deeply appreciate , bipartisan support for israel in congress and the strong, overwhelming support for israel among the american people. year after year, the overwhelming majority of americans stand with israel. they know something profound that stands out for all to see today. they know that israel is an island of liberty and democracy,
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that israel must never be an issue that divides americans, but a great cause of liberty that unites americans. my friends, two weeks ago, i visited yodfat in northern israel. it was there, 2,000 years ago, that the romans began their military campaign against the jews. i'm holding in my hand right now an exact replica of an arrow found at yodfat -- one of thousands used by the romans in their war to crush jewish independence.


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