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not lax regulation. i call it regulatory certainty. we just want to know what it's going to be and we will adapt to it. so it doesn't always translate into lax regulationle. it's just the certainty so we can make the right invests, we know our products are appropriate, that we're marketing, and we know that things aren't going to change radically from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. o us it's really important and -- when we did our study five years ago and where we were going to loathe our headquarters. we found our employees in illinois flew 7 millionaire miles. being next to or adjacent to a reliable airport that has both international and national flights was crucial to us. and i think it's important for people to realize, particularly the governors that infrastructure is more than just
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roads and bridges. rail transportation, not just personal transportation, but freight and supplies is crucial. right now, it can take more than two days to get a freight train through the chicago area. it's a definite choke point and it requires federal intervention because we need supplies whether it's at factories, et cetera, to eliminate that choke point. not just roads and bridges. it goes to freight, it goes to airports and some of the high tech infrastructure. >> communications is infrastructure and the need for more -- both licensed and unlicensed spectrum which the f.c.c. is addressing now is crucial to all of our businesses. communications among our businesses with our direct customers who are suppliers and sometimes with the actual end customer. >> in five years, the clock is
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ticking. i think john chambers said something like this recently that in five years if you go into a community and there is no wifi, people will act it's flint and not to disspearge flint, wow, things don't work here. and the terror about flint was partially the dishonesty which was dealt with. but something about didn't work. and people trust and expect a high band width infrastructure in communications and wifi. and is tharkt? >> delivery of government services, they expect it to be like amazon. you expect your smart tv to work and you expect in industry all
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the communications infrastructure you need to be flawless, always available, on and flawless. >> let me ask you a question about regulations. a lot of people say that despite some of the rhetoric of the campaign that corporations are only interested in lax regulations or downward pressure in regulations. the japanese have a track record of honoring regulations as a form of respect and building a relationship within the communities. can you describe what that is? >> we have conducted a feasibility study on each region . good have a very, very support from all authorities including city and governments
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have responded. ut there are stringent factors [indiscernible] >> there are regulations, tend to be very tight. d the regulation tends to be lax or loose. at the same moment, we have to think about the infrastructures. that is bringing up the good benefit for feasibility. o taking in all the factors -- [indiscernible] >> the communication with the people, the dialogue is very, very important factors for us to decide which region is the most beneficial site. and from this point -- from this -- extended ourselves --
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[indiscernible] what is the outcome from the study. including 10 years of business. >> once you choose a place that you think is ideal, your approach is to honor regular layings, to be the best corporate citizen you can be in that community as a way of building long-term relationships. . m not naive in saying that >> it is changing from what initially expected to go. but sometimes we have to talk ith the authorities.
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fall silts or adapt the new regulations. very ese points are important. the two parties to each other or never accept what the other parties would say. it's impossible to keep the business. and from the -- so that's a -- i think it is very important, crucial to have a good relationship with the officials. with the >> i want to give the opportunities for questions. while you are getting ready to ask questions, let me ask a big idea of you, peter. the charts that were up a moment ago, exports, japanese exports coming to the united states and
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the attempted tax capital that's like wiggling across borders all over the united states. are we seeing -- and we are seeing this in politics and in the concerns in europe about movements of populations. are we seeing the whole idea of national governments as institutions here and that there's a tension between let's go in the direction of virtually no nation-state bottlenext versus wait a minute, we have gone too far and we have to pull back to 1910? >> good question and one being debated in the politics as you said. i think it basically comes down to education, knowledge, awareness of what globalization is already, what it's likely to become and when it's right or
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wrong, to infer that something about it that really isn't happening. example. the inflow of capital here you have heard about, the growth of jobs, higher wages, all coming from direct foreign investment, it's highly unlikely that most people who are concerned about globalization in preliminary actually no any of those facts but it is true that if a trade deal seems or is seen to somehow undercut you and your family, your personal stake in life, of course you are going to be upset. >> that's different from seeing a trade pact as a user paret of your government. runare not -- you are being
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by some world government conspiracy. >> you have been involved, no one is interfering and everybody having a tough time and that's what our trade negotiators do in the u.s. and other countries do. they are all reaching for a benefit for themselves but no one gets all the benefit. ost deals are in negotiations. they are compromises and the tough part for any nation state is staying on top of the changes that are occurring internally and externally so they have both the education and social services and outreach support and the basic government support that's needed for their societies to continue to thrive. as i said, my own company went through a bad patch. problems to see the
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and we lost almost three years and had rporate growth to confront every decision we made about what to keep and what to grow and focus on. the same is true with countries. and i think it will be a challenge going forward for all the nations of the world who are interacting with each other, the ones that aren't shutting down o pay attention.
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>> and more than 390% of the parts and materials in the american-made are from local suppliers. and our north american vehicles are local. [indiscernible] >> over 70% of the vehicles are produced here in north america. and honda, almost 398% vehicles are produced here in the united states. know the facts how the vehicles are sold and
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imported or exported. nd also i would like to talk about that and this contributes to u.s. exports. last year, we exported about 150,000 vehicles, which is equivalent to more than 10% of our u.s. build from the united states to more than 40 countries. for example, latin america, europe and including korea. and so the free trade agreements benefits not only japan but for the united states, for our business here in the united states. and actually, we are working together. -- u.s. ands to the
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korea free trade agreement, that benefits for our business here n the united states. >> and the trade barrier does moderate. the age we look back to 2000 -- [indiscernible] >> set up facilities because of the security of the supply. nd before that, the u.s. implemented some rule, classified materials made by the u.s. nd [indiscernible] >> no way to say they applied. t does matter for the business
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of the united states. d since then, the electronic or ought minnesota i have -- automotive industries and locate all the facilities in the united states to secure the supply to our customers. making the product with the technologies that are being transferred from japan but since now the companies start designing of the fitted technologies along with the local demand. and this is the history. and trade -- do not accept too much -- [indiscernible] >> we have experienced in the past, maybe it's the same.
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free trade this is my opinion. >> questions and this is to get a pitch that could fly in one of their states. uestions right here? >> good afternoon, i'm from the chinese embassy and impressed by the successful japanese investments in the united states . right now, it is true that japan is number one investor in the u.s., but china is doing the catching up. last year china has surpassed canada as the number one trading partner of the united states and the u.s. is number two chinese trading partner, only after e.u. 1,600 we have about
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enterprises doing business and investment in the united states. year it's d this expected to double. and now we are negotiating within the united states on this the bilateral investment treaty. it will be a big relief of potential in terms of chinese investment. so i have a question for my japanese friends, what do you think of the prospect of chinese investment in the united states?
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>> i think that's a fair assessment that t.p.p. is inclined to try and contain china's growth. do you believe that? >> i don't think so. >> do you think it's equal across the board in asia? we welcome the friendly competition and friendly competition in terms of economic and trade cooperations. >> what do you think about chinese investments in the united states? is it a competitive threat, do you think? >> i don't think so. >> it's a playing field. we should be fair.
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it's the same rule and same material, different technologies and i think it's very fair competition. >> how do you see the emergence of china investing in north america? >> it's positive. if you look at the memberships, smithfield foods is a member. again, we are coming from the same perspective and providing a level playing field. so it's a great blessing to have to have countries wanting to get into our markets. hopefully it won't be that difficult as we move forward. but providing the things we talked about in terms of a playing field, regulatory certainty, et cetera, will attract that investment and if we want a resilient economy, one that can adapt to the global
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economy, we need foreign direct investment and home grown businesses and large u.s. companies and small u.s. companies but we need investment to come from multiple sources if we can ride out the global recession. we are promoting for the -- [indiscernible]
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>> i think all the companies are emerging for the better benefits of the human being. >> will apple be a chinese company in 20 years? >> maybe. >> you wonder if the labels will apply. >> these are global companies competing in a global marketplace and companies change their headquarters. we have a foreign city in our name and we started in switzerland but more of our employees are outside of switzerland. we are a global company.
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so maybe the labels will fall away and talk about global companies competing in a global marketplace. >> i serve as president and c.e.o. of the chamber commerce serving between the 22 countries of the arab world. it has been very enlightening. . ce you get a critical mass
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i would like to point out that u.s. exports to the middle east and north africa have been doubling every four years. there are very few places in the world to which u.s. exports are doubling every four years. so despite a lot of the bad news, there is a lot of good news as well. and on the other side of the coin, if you look at the f.b.i. coming into the united states from the middle east, we are looking at unprecedented levels of investment in the united states and that's a reflection of the growing and excellent relationship between that part of the world and the united states and also a recognition that the u.s. economy is an engine of growth and good place to put money to the point that was made by our japanese colleagues and the rule of law is very strong.
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finally our moderator started out by saying cooperation rather than isolation is a very important ant ti dote to fight terrorism. i agree 1 100%. economic development and the jobs that economic development creates are also extremely important because if people have jobs, they become invested in the economy and less likely to get up to no good. former secretary of state colin powell once said that hope begins with the paycheck. and i think for purposes of our discussion here today, it's mportant to keep that in mind.
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>> if you look at the types of investments they are being made by sovereign wealth funds which don't do things quickly and by direct commercial business including right here in the great state of iowa. it's a reflection of challenges in the region and drop in oil prices and it's a reflection of the united states and who do you want your partner to be for the long-term. > other questions.
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is korea doing something right in its aggressive approach to business development in the united states and particularly marketing? i think that samsung is an example of a company that while t's invested well and marketed itself as a global brand. what do you think is the meek meaning of that? >> when it comes to the automobile industry, they are just starting to produce ehicles in the united states and i believe there they are going together with the community and long-term commitment. >> you see them following the exact same path? >> i believe and i hope so because that is a global company
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and that is a global business. >> how long have you been coming to the united states? >> one year. >> two years. >> three years. >> five years. >> this time, two years. on a total of five years. >> you governors have had educational experience in the united states and many years you have been coming back and forth to the united states, yes? and how many years have you been going to japan? >> 30. >> my duties don't take me to japan as much as i would like, but i am in europe between six and 10 times a year. >> for almost 30 years, you have d a chance to see japan that very few americans get to. is there anything you still
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won't eat? >> honestly speaking, it has nothing to do with broccoli. something, to say sea cucumbers. >> is there anything you won't eat in the united states? >> no. >> barbecue, no problem? >> my favorite. >> breakfast cereal. >> no problem. >> that's cooperation. >> that's trade cooperation right there. other questions? what time do you have? we'll wrap it up here then. >> i want to make a comment rather than a question. one area that we should be thinking about widening
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investments in trade is small d medium companies including startups. large or huge global companies, but i think there are many chances among small and medium companies in japan and in the u.s. and of course other parts of the world including china. there are other challenges with regard to those small and medium companies actually increasing foreign investments.
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local governments can do and now innovations coming from those small and medium startups. so this is i think something we should be pursuing going forward. >> if a state proposed one of these economic field trips where they hop on a plane and come over and the governor is there and maybe the staff and there is usually representatives from the biggest companies in the state, you would be very enthusiastic about the same kind of trip with middle-sized companies. specifically devoted to middle -sized companies and financing.
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that is something you would be interested. that's great. that sounds terrific. you want to give us a comment. >> my case i would like to present one point. main target and main concern of apanese companies, for example air conditioner and manufacturer in the world indiscernible]
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indiscernible] >> please remember about that. the united states has the greatest education system and great people here. ut we have to bring up resources. >> i think the quality of this conversation here and the engagement that you all have shown is an example of just how much can be demonstrated in a
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very short time with people getting together to share best practices, our enthusiasm about business development, the kinds of fun we can have together from different cultures as well as using the various talents that we have as americans and japanese to really create a much more powerful entity. it's competition, sure but competition where everyone wins. we should continue this conversation somehow. let's talk afterwards. i love these kinds of conversations. they make great radio shows, but that's my. i want to thank the governors here. thank you so much for coming. [applause] >> it's a gesture of respect and we are thrilled by that and i
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know all the governors would agree. and the box of sea cucumbers is in the mail. thank you so much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] live n.g.a. continues tomorrow, nancy pelosi will be speaking to the national governors
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association meeting 2:00 p.m. on saturday. we will have live coverage here on c-span. president obama has ordered flags at u.s. government buildings including embassies and consulates abroad to be flown at half staff for the next four days after the truck attack in nice, france. the president condemned the attack this afternoon at a reception for foreign diplomats at the white house. [applause] president obama: good afternoon, everyone. i had the opportunity to greet each of you in person and we welcome you. each year the diplomatic corps comes so we can say thank you for the partnership of our nations and our peoples and reaffirm our commitment to promoting security, peace and
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human dignity around the world. obviously, we come here with heavier hearts than normal. overnight in nice, we witnessed another tragic and appalling attack on the freedom and the peace that we cherish. today, our hearts are with the people of france and with all the innocent men, women and so many children who were hurt or killed in this sickening attack. this includes americans that we know of, a family from texas, a father and young son, just 11 years old, who were there on vacation. their families, like so many others, are devastated. they're grieving. they need all the love and support of our american families
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s they grapple with an unimaginable loss and try to get through what are going to be very difficult days. and so on behalf of all of us, i think, i want to welcome our friend, ambassador aurora france and i had a chance to meet with him right before i came out so he knew it's not just the united states of america, but the entire world, that stands in solidarity with the people of france during this difficult time. i spoke to president hollande earlier today in addition to conveying deep condolences, i reminded him that france is america's oldest ally and one of our strongest. we owe our freedom to each other. americans and french have stood together for two centuries. and i told the president we will
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stand united now in our grief and are praying for the many who are injured, many of whom are still fighting for their lives and we pledge to stand with our french friends as we defend our nations against this scurge of terrorism and violence. and this is a threat to all of us. we don't know all the details, but what we know is the capacity of even a single individual to do extraordinary harm to our people, to our way of life. a lot of nations represented here today have been impacted this year and in previous years. in recent weeks, we have seen heinous attacks inspired by isil here in the united states, turkey and iraq, bangladesh and saudi arabia. terrorists are killing all
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people of all back grounds and all faiths including muslims. i know i speak for all of us when i say these individuals and these networks are an afront to all of our humanity. many of the nations that are represented here today are part of our global coalition against isil. and i want to take this opportunity to say once more, we will not be deterred. we will not relent. we are going to keep working together to prevent attacks and defend our homeland and keep iraq and syria and we are going to destroy this organization. in contrast to these terrorists who know how to kill and destroy, we are going to win this fight by building, by never giving up on diplomacy to end the syrian civil war, by working with partners around the world
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including muslim communities to push back against hateful ideologies that twist and distort islam, a religion that teaches peace, compassion. we will offer a better vision of economic and economic progress so people, especially young people have more hope and opportunity and are less susceptible to extremism and violence in the first place and we will continue to promote democracy so citizens have a say in their future. and we will win this fight by staying true to our values, values of pluralism and rule of law and diversity. and freedoms like the freedom of religion, freedom of speech and assembly, the very freedoms that the people of nice were celebrating last night on bastille day.
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in the wake of last night's attacks, we have heard more suggestions that more muslims in america are targeted, tested for their beliefs, some deported or jailed. and the very suggestion is repugnant and an afront for everything we stand for as americans. we cannot sacrifice our way of lives. we cannot be divided by religion because that's what the terrorists want. we should never do their work for them. and here in the united states, our freedoms including freedom of religion help keep us strong and safe and we have to be vigilant to defend our security and our freedoms. and all of us, whatever nations we represent here, i think have to step back and reflect on what we are doing to eliminate this
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ind of chronic violence. it's been a difficult several weeks here in the united states, exists is ide that not between races and ethnicities and religions, it is between people who recognize the common humanity of all people and are willing to build institutions that promote that common humanity, and those who do not. those who would suggest that somebody is less than them because of their tribe or ethnicity or faith or their color. nd those impulses exist in all our countries. -- when we dolses not speak out against them and build strong institutions to
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protect people from those impulses, they can take over. they can be unleashed. so that all of us have responsibilities, not just a few. i want to say even as we are relentless against terrorists, it's also worthy for us to recognize that our nations have worked together for security and peace and human dignity around the world. i want to thank so many of your countries for the partnerships we have forged and the progress we have achieved together over the past eight years in rescuing the global economy and securing materials, a deal to prevent iran getting a nuclear weapon and preventing the spread of ebola. in materials, paris, fighting c
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change. a new sustainable development set of goals to end extreme poverty and promote health and education and equality for all people including women. and through the efforts of many of you, we have continued to try to move beyond old conflicts supporting the transition to democracy in burma, forging a new partnership in vietnam, deepening our new chapter of engagement with the cuban people, helping to support the efforts in columbia -- colombia to end the decades' long conflict. that's what's possible when our people and nations work together in the spirit of mutual respect. and what a contrast with the depth. what a powerful reminder of the progress and opportunity and hope that we can advance when as
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nations and as peoples and individuals, we refuse to be defined by our differences alone. you remember we are all part of one human race. even on difficult days like this, that's what gives me hope. and that's what should give us all hope, because on this planet of over 7 billion people, the hatred and violence of the few is no match for the love and decency and hard work of people of goodwill and compassion so long as we stand up for those values. and so long as we answer those who would undermine those values. i'm very proud of the work that we've done over the last 7 1/2 years in partnership with your countries and so long as i have the privilege of being the president of the united states, i will continue to stand along side you to promote those values
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all across the world. thank you very much, everybody. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by ational captioning institute] >> this headline from the "washington post" that the military is attempting a coupe against the turkish government. those reports coming late this afternoon. ational security council spokesperson team has apprised
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him of the unfolding situation in turkey and the president will continue to receive regular updates. we'll have more from the white house later today. the daily briefing that was held prior to the news out of turkey, that's coming up at 6:30 eastern time. "the hill" writing that josh earnest praised donald trump's pick mike pence to expand medicaid in his state under obamacare. mr. pence has been governor since 2013 and served in the u.s. house from 2001 until 2013. during his 123 years in congress, "roll call" reports that he sponsored -- >> donald trump will talk about why ell selected governor pence at a news conference tomorrow 11 a.m. ming up at
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eastern time. leading up to the republican national convention that will be getting under way on monday. live coverage starting at 1:00 p.m. the view here inside the arena in cleveland today where the republicans will be gathering next week. we will be live with every minute of the republican convention. live later in the month with every minute of the democratic national convention as well. we talked with cleveland.com reporter andrew toe buy asto get the city of cleveland ready for next week's convention. >> people in city leadership have been working on this for 10 years. it has been a real process. the real thing that the city needs to provide is have the
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capacity to handle it. cleveland have hosted conventions in the past. they were unsuccessful in 2008 and lacked the number of hotel rooms. ou need 16,000 hotel rooms and nerby venues that people to go to before and after the session. a big factor is fundraising and being able to -- local communities are expected to pay for these things. they fell short in 2008 and the big stumbling block were the number of hotel rooms. what they have done is a big one, they built a convention center hotel. the county government used a sales tax hike to pay for it. and this is going to be the first major event. that was the big one. in july of 2014 before rines priebus went on tv. and the public works projects.
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one of the things you will see there is a public square downtown like a public park that has been made boo a park more than it used to be and road re paving. and they want to make it look nice. convention economy that springs up and follows the conventions. there have been consultants for the better part of 18 months who are trying to get restaurants on board. i think for a lot of them, unless they have somebody who is helping them they are flying blind because the road closures were announced and didn't know what kind of security restrictions were going to be in place. but i think that a lot of the places downtown are ready. i think they are expected to be busy and will be hard to know what to expect. a big part is trying to recruit
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the number of police officers. they have been see cretive about that. there have been obvious signs they are having and a lot of the attention that this is attracting and intrigue. but they are having trouble meeting some of those early numbers they are trying to reach. and it has quieted down. it would be one of those things where at the end of the day, people may not notice it was an issue. they have been trage officers to be ready. and they received a federal grant, $50 million on equipment and vehicles and personal protective equipment and medical supplies. there was a lawsuit filed on soft groups that are going to be here. but we expect there is going to be a number of groups that are
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going to be following a parade route and past downtown and other than that, it's hard to know because there are estimates of how many protestors are going to show up. there are signs there are a lot of interest. the presumptive nominee is pretty controversial. so i expect there will be a robust presence. people set up in a cowell of the parks downtown. cleveland has said there is no barriers of people. they want to approach the perimeter itself. we could see people throughout. we'll find out. we had the victory parade. and brought a million people downtown and things were backed up. it may not be so bad.
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one of the things that will be nice, we do have a rail system here. parade it cavs' should be up and running. and people ought to avoid downtown because there is a city wide street parking ban. so honestly, i expect a lot of people to avoid downtown. because of cleveland's reputation, they don't think they are going to see much, but it does offer a walkable urban lifestyle in a small area. there is a good food scene here. good restaurants and bars. i think people will be impressed. cleveland is a pretty fun place. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> we will be live, watch on
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c-span and watch listen on the -span app. cornell west endorsed jill stein after previously backing. we spoke with her today about what her party stands for. this is 35 minutes. >> why are you running for president
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and the climate isal meltdown, we have a problem. the american people have had it with this rigid economy and tired about being thrown under the business and a rigid system that has delivered this disastrous economy. it's time for transformational change that won't come from two political parties funded by the me usual suspects, predatory banks, war profit ears, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance companies, et cetera.
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the usual suspects were making out like bandits while people are struggling to get by. we can fix this with a variety of solutions. i'm the only candidate in this race with the only national political party that is not poisonned by corporate money, by lobbyists, super pacs and i have the awe neek ability to provide the real solutions that people are going for, that is an emergency jobs program that will fix the emergency of the climate crisis, health care as a human right, cancelling student debt like we did for the bankers. we bailed out the crooks on wall street and time no bail out the young people. we need higher education as essentially for free as a human right, which actually pays for
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itself. for every dollar we invest, we get $7 and need a foreign policy based on international law and human rights. guest: we have a political party that supports that platform and what we have seen what happens in the course of the last year is proof of preliminary as to why we need an independent political party for a truly progressive agenda. the democratic party had the system steeply tilted to hillary clinton. we have seen it in leaked emails
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and the superdell gates on supertuesday that give advantage to the insider candidate. we saw what looked like stripper of the voting rolls. but they minimized senator sanders. what we have seen is you can't have a revolutionary campaign inside of a counterrevolutionary party. that's why we are here and here to keep that movement going. host: we are talking to the green party presidential candidate who is joining us from massachusetts. we want to hear from our colleagues.
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host: you have been critical of other candidates in this and you are critical of senator sanders for his decision to endorse hillary clinton last week. you tweeted if you don't want to vote for a war monger or racist billionaire, there are more options and you tweeted previously, hillary takes money. remind us again of saudi arabia's human rights record. are you still upset that senator sanders endorsed hillary clinton given your criticism? guest: absolutely not. it is what was expected. he is a man of his word and he has been working with the democratic party and caucusing with them ever since he has been in washington, d.c.,. you know, i offered to sit down with senator sanders and explore how we might collaborate,
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willing to put everything on the table. but, you know, i was not holding my breath that that was going to happen. we have been attempting to have a conversation with senator sanders. host: you invited him to take over your spot on the green party ticket. guest: let me clarify that. the nomination is up to the delegates. and i'm currently the presumptive nominee but it's not like you can give away your thought. my offer was to sit down and collaborate with him and if he had truly learned from this this disturbing experience over the past year with the democratic party is very undered handed technique in the books to sabotage his campaign and if he knew why we need independent
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politics not controlled by insiders and by big money, if he had learned from that and became a proponent of the green party as the alternative to this predatory politics, as a people politics, then i think it would have been very exciting to have brought him to the convention and appeal to the delegates to consider him as the lead -- as the but that was all in contention of whole bunch of hypotheticals, so it was never really a concrete possibility. i'm not critical of senator sanders. i'm critical of the political system as it exists, which is drawing us over the cliff right now and with which we have no future, so i think it is very important to be honest about what is happening and to speak to that as a human being. host: we have a lot of callers waiting. first, kevin from charlotte, north carolina on the independent line.
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you are on with jill stein. stein. hi, miss i have seen you recently and you have been very intriguing to see as a different choice, so i look forward to your answers. inh all the bad choices republican and democratic parties, you have a real strong chance of winning if you assert yourself enough, like calling local tv channels, so on, etc., but my questions are -- what is your take on the black lives matter movements? do you see the difference and why they say all the -- why they do not say all lives matter? and because the question of womenth is always placing running for political office, how will you [indiscernible] guest: wonderful questions. thank you for tuning in and asking those important questions. matter,n black lives
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yes, i support black lives matter. we have a crisis of racial justice that we see all over the news thanks to the efforts of black lives matter, who have made this a matter of public attention because i believe this is not a new crisis. this is really a continuation of a crisis that began with the origins of this country, using essentially slave labor, and integrating the criminal institution of slavery into our economy and culture from the beginning. a catastrophic human rights dilation from the get-go. while we had the emancipation rolledation, slavery was over and then interventions and and jim crow, segregation redlining of communities and
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incredible economic discrimination in our schools, thehousing and ultimately war on drugs, which was a racist war on drugs, which still is with mass incarceration and police violence. what changed is to got bigger on our cell phones and the curtain came up on this ongoing crisis of racial justice. i think it is very important to fix this great i do not think we can address the devastating economic inequality in this country without addressing economic racism and i don't think we can address the epidemic of violence that we have in this country without also coming to terms with this living legacy of the institution of slavery. i think we need a truth and reconciliation commission said that we can address the many dimensions of ongoing white extreme racial
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discrimination. as far as that term black lives matter, yes, we need to note specifically black lives matter, period, full stop, because we have a culture and centuries of experience that basically say white lives matter and black was enough. -- on that important second point after what happened in france yesterday, what is your platform in terms of fighting terrorism? we have yet to understand fully what went on yesterday. it has many of the trademarks of a terrorist event, but whether this was an extremely deranged and violent individual who had his own agenda, whether he was suffered in a buying with -- self identified with isis, we
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don't yet know exactly the facts of the matter, but there is no doubt that this is related to ,he ongoing crisis of violence of politically charged violence, dimensions that is related to these wars and the so-called war on terror. i think this illustrates that we need a bigger solution, and this happened in the midst of the state of emergency, so it is an oficator as to how the state emergency and surveillance and security measures by themselves are not the solution. we really have to address the driving forces here. we know that isis itself is an that goh of these wars back many cycles, ultimately back to 9/11 and the beginning of this war on terrorism, but it
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is acknowledged that the wars are not working and what each cycle, it becomes worse. it is very important that we need the weapons embargo to the middle east, the u.s., basically applying a flamethrower by arming all sides and combatants. we and our allies have been sponsors of terrorist organizations for you can go back to the jihad in in afghanistan, which is where the whole so-called jihadi terror movement was started as a u.s.-saudi strategy for dealing with the soviet union. , so bad blood in here repeating the cycle with bullets does not fix it. we need to create weapons embargo and we need to stop funding that our allies in particular are provided. we cannot simultaneously fight terrorism while our allies are funding terrorism, arming terrorism and training terrorism.
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bottom andget to the address the underlying injustices and inequities. host: next, we have gus calling from our democratic line. caller: it is a pleasure to see you live to see and hear you on television. it is been one of the first times to see what you look like. my first problem is with the media having to be brought to give any candidate the chance to express their opinions. it is absolutely unfortunate. there's nothing in the constitution that says we're a two-party system and all other parties need to be excluded. it's just a pleasure to see you. i am so very taken by the idea that you cannot possibly --
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you're going to waste your vote by voting for someone other than the two clowns that we have running for the two parties. host: do you have a specific question for dr. stein? caller: i do. my question is, do you see any way that any of this can be rectified so that parties like the green party and the congressional party and other parties might be able to get a little bit more media attention so that they can possibly express what their platform is? thank you. i'll hang up. guest: thank you, gus. really critical, pivotal issue. i couldn't agree with you more. fortunately there is a simple solution. the public actually owns the airwaves. we own the public airwaves. sthrs every reason for the president to in-- there is every reason for the president to insist that the f.c.c. revise their rules, because the president appoints the head of the f.c.c., the president can
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change hat the f.c.c. the rules so that the american public actually has access to the airwaves that we own. that means for issues of great public importance like a presidential election and other elections for that matter, that candidates who are qualified to be on the ballot have a right to be heard by the public. and that air time should be provided for free without discrimination, without buys ass to any ballot qualified candidate at the time of an election. this is simple. this is a no-brainer. and it should be done. and this is the kind of lutions that i will bring to our very difficult situation. it's not rocket science how to fix it. it's about asserting our right to real democratcy. host: next we have larry. larry is calling in on our green party line from charleston, south carolina. good morning, larry. caller: good morning.
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dr. jill stein, it is a pleasure to see another party candidate. it is unfortunate that we did not get to see you during the debate. i think being a veteran, that's very appalling we don't have a better system in place so that the voters could actually see what is available to us. like the previous gentleman said, only two persons who are not clearly candidates. they are just jokers in a sense. in regards to the situations going on in america, how would you prioritize the situation such as the black lives matter as opposed to whether or not a person can use a -- a male can use a female's bathroom? and how would you work out the persons who are the product of
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isis, disenfranchising people from their cities and downs, how would you work that situation? would you bring more persons to the u.s.? how would we resolve these people fleeing these crises? guest: a lot of important questions there. i'll try to address them briefly. personally i don't think these issues compete with each other. where there are issues of fundamental justice, they can all be addressed. let me just say the blanket statement, right now over half of our budget, half of our discretionary budget of the united states of america, is spent on these wars, which are butonly making us bankrupt, they are also putting soldiers, u.s. service men and women, and people like you who have been veterans, in harm's way without due justice and without good purpose. we have been squandering -- it's
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estimated $6 trillion since the trade towers in 2001, $6 trillion on these wars for oil which are not making us safer. they are making us less safe. that comes to $75,000 per american family that we have spent over the past 16 years. when you include the ongoing health care expenditures that we need to provide for our service men and women. and there have been tens of thousands who have been injured or killed in these wars that are only making us more dangerous. as a blanket statement instead of bankrupting ourselves morally, spiritually, and financially, on these wars for oil, we need to put those dollars into true security here at home. we need to use international law and human rights and diplomacy as the basis for our international foreignpolicy. and if we do that, we have all the money. we don't have to choose between, say, black lives matter and housing, or health care.
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and on the issue of bathrooms. people are their gender identity. we know that for all kinds of scientific and human studies that for various reasons people develop different sorts of gender identity. they should have the right to use the bathroom based op their gender identity. there's been no demonstrated sk to anybody else by having transpeople use the bathroom of the gender that they currently identify with. and for immigration, maybe we can come back to that on another question but i'll just say the most important thing we can do to address this immigration crisis is to stop the things that are creating it in the first place. like these very unjust wars. like economically dominating other countries as through nafta, for example, that put a million farmers out of business south of our border by ending
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these predatory economic and military policies we can stabilize people and allow people to flourish in the countries of their home and their origin. host: we're talking with jill stein, the green party candidate for president. she's also been a green party candidate for several other offices in massachusetts, including secretary of state, and state representative. and also a physician. next, we have ed. calling in from arizona on our democratic line, good morning. caller: good morning. dr. stein, i have a few comments or questions that are quick. first one being is it true, i have read articles about you that you're not on every state poll. you're not going to appear on a ballot. is that correct? guest: yeah. we're in the process of getting
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on the ballot because the system tries to keep out political opposition. so six months ago we were on the ballot for about 60% of voters in about 20 or 21 states that. number is now up into the 30's, i believe, and growing. we expect to be on the ballot in just about every single state. so voters all over the country will actually have the option to vote for my campaign. and already we're on enough ballots it be the choice for the vast majority of voters so that if an election were actually held today, we do even today have the mathematical possibility of winning a majority of voters even today to be able to win the election. so we have every right to be included. it's not my right as a candidate, it's your right as a voter. you have a right not only to vote, but you have a right to know who you can vote for and
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who your choices actually are. host: speaking of candidates who are outside of the democratic and republican parties, it's sometimes difficult for those candidates not only to be scene but even when they are seen, to launch really viable campaigns from this piece from npr, it notes that even during a time, 1992, the last time we saw any sort of successful nondemocratic or republican candidate, ross time, pew at research shows that voters were disappointed in their candidate choices, as they appear to be this year, yet perhaps even more so than voters are today, that helped open the door to the most successful third party candidate by popular vote in more than 100 years, ross perot. yet he won less than 20% of the popular vote and none of the electoral vote. why is it so tough? uest: we have a system that is
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routinely and systematically and pervasively suppresses opposition voices. i think we're at a very different moment in history right now. we have an entire generation of young people who have been locked out of the economy who are struggling to pay their student loan debt and who don't have the jobs that they need, who don't have a place to live. the birth rate is plummeting. this is signs of a society in crisis with a generation in crisis. let me just say that that generation alone has the ability to come out and dominate this election and transform it. if you include all the people not only debt, it's that generation, it's all generations. as people learn i am the one candidate who will do for young people what the powers that be already did for wall street, they bailed out the crooks on wall street who crashed the economy, it's about time we extend that to the young people
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who are trapped, who are held hostage by this economy and by that predatory student loan debt. as people hear about that, they begin to mobilize. that's how we have been coming up in the polls because the mainstream media has been locking us out in the same way they try to lock out political opposition and getting on the ballot. they lock out coverage. so the system is very biased against us, but we have enormous potential power in this race. if that word gets out, 423 million people, the -- 42 million people, the number locked in debt who have nowhere to go except my campaign if they want a future, that number is actually a winning portion of the vote in the three way race. it is a winning plurality. it's important for me to know we're not just talking about so-called splitting the vote. we're talking about flipping the vote so that those who are underdogs, who are really locked out of the future, can become among the top dogs. from underdog to top dog. we need an economy working for
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much. my campaign in this election provides the ability to do that. host: next we have don. calling in from pittsburgh, kansas. on our independent line. good morning. caller: it's an honor to speak with you, dr. stein. guest: thank you. caller: i think you're a very brave person. the core of my question is, do you really think that reform of capitalism, and we're dominated by finance capitalism now, is possible? i fear that the forces of reaction and power there will resist us in every way. just becoming president doesn't mean you take over the state. john kennedy tried to do t he was the last person who tried to bring sort of a renewal of the new deal, and he was dealt with pretty severely, thank you. guest: i agree with you. this is not an easy fight. it's not -- it's not just me as a candidate or bernie sanders to the extent he was trying to do
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this. it's not just our fight. this is the fight of the american people. and we finally have a majority, clear-cut majority, who are struggling in this current rigged economic system that puts corporate capitalism ahead of people. that puts profit ahead of people , ahead of the planet, and our survival as a planet, and ahead of peace and our ability to survive this nuclear arms race that has been revived not only by barack obama but bill clinton o took us out of the nuclear disarmament talks. we're living in very dangerous times. from my point of view the biggest danger of all would be to allow this madness to continue because there is no doubt where we're going. it's very important that we stand up and resist and not only resist, that we transform. we do have another way forward. i have no doubt that we have the numbers of people that it takes
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to turn this around. and if we had a president who was actually an organizer in chief and not just a commander in chief, but who could help mobilize and support the american people in our struggle for a new economy and new society based on principles of cooperation and human rights rather than on principles of predatory exploitation and cutthroat capitalism, we can make a profound transition right now that's not just in our interest in an academic way. i think our lives really depend on transforming the system. this is something we have the power to do. and we're going to make that happen. host: yesterday cornell west, the activist, endorsed you. he formally -- formerly supported bernie sanders, but he wrote in the guardian newspaper in an op-ed. he says i am with her. the only progressive woman in the race because we have to get beyond this locked off
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situation. west who is a member of the democratic national committee's platform drafting committee. you can speak about that endorsement and what would you like to see him do as part as a member of this committee? guest: as a member of the platform? host: platform drafting committee. guest: i know he's fighting as hard as he k and ultimately he abstained -- as he can. and ultimately he abstained from the vote at least some of the platform positions because he felt like it wasn't working. and that the platform committee was not willing to take really example,positions, for standing up against the transpacific partnership, which is kind of a joke because hillary clinton herself felt enough pressure in this campaign that she flip-flopped, as she often does, and adopted the position, against the
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transpacific partnership. here you have her advocate in the committee who i'm told and it's reported her advocates were saying, stay the course. don't support the progressive position here. support this rigged corporate trade bill again. it's a microcosm of what's wrong with the democratic party. i'm so honored to be joined by leading lights, visionaries in the public discourse out there like cornell west, for him to be standing with our campaign as the campaign of justice and the way that we're going to create this transformation that needs to happen on so many counts. host: up next we have clarisse calling in on our green party line from peach tree city, georgia. you're on with dr. jill stein. caller: high, dr. stein. i did call in on the democratic line. my -- this is what i want to say.
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i am in agreement with almost everything you say. i would also say that hillary and bernie probably agree with a lot of what you have to say. i'm dismayed by your timing. i just think that the time to launch a campaign such as yours, virtually an unknown to most of the american people, is not during an election year. especially this election year. i remember the raffle nader, -- ralph nader debacle in florida and how we lost -- won't even say we lost to president bush, but president bush ended up being the president of the united states. host: we just have a few seconds left. caller: i don't have very many bad opinions necessarily of
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president bush, but the neoconsequence he surrounded himself with killed a lot of our youth. i have friends whose children did not come home from that war, that hellhole over in the middle east. i just think the timing is off. as far as dr. cornell west, dr. west has been against president obama since he got into office. so of course he's going to jump on your bandwagon. host: clarisse -- caller: i think you are wonderful. i really do. i just think after this election you need to continue to strife on and launch this campaign. host: let jill stein respond to that. guest: thank you, clarisse. i very much appreciate your thoughts and i have to say i used to be in that camp myself. i have a lot of sympathy for people who are, shall we say, intimidated by this campaign of fear. that tells you we have to vote your fears.
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you have to vote against what you're afraid of rather than what you believe. i think it's important to look at the track record of this strategy which has certainly een in full force since bush -nader-gore in 2000. what that strategy brought us is voting your fears has delivered everything we were afraid of. all the reasons that you're told that you had to vote for the lesser evil because you didn't want the expanding wars, you didn't want the meltdown of the climate, offshoring of our jobs, you didn't want massive wall street bailouts, you didn't want the expansion of mass incarceration in the prisons states, all of that is what we have gotten by silencing ourselves. and allowing political parties that are funded by the predatory banks and the war profiteers, by allowing them to speak for us with a lesser evil candidate. that's sort of what you're saying when you say don't vote for who you believe in but the
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least of the two alternatives. unfortunately that has delivered all those bad stuff. when you vote for a lesser evil candidate, i think the reason people like cornell west opposed president obama was because the first thing he did was appoint larry summers, the architect of wall street deregulation, and the meltdown, that has basically created chaos in our economy. that was barack obama's first act was to appoint larry summers. then it was all downhill from there. it's a case in point of the lesser evil doesn't deliver for people. you know what happens then? people don't come out to vote in that party. so we had congress flip from being blue to being red. and state houses flip and governors flip. and we kind of went from blue to red all over the place because the lesser evil is not a
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solution. it just paves the way to the greater evil. i say reject that propaganda. we need to reject the lesser evil and fight for the greater good. we have the numbers to actually do it. we need the strength of our convictions to stand up and make it happen. host: we thank you for joining us, dr. stein, green party candidate fo >> before next week's republican national convention this weekend, c-span's cities tour, along with our charter communications cable partners, will explore the history and literary life of cleveland, ohio. on booktv, we talk with author aboutrabowski, and how -- how transportation shaped the city's idebitity. we'll visit the cleveland public library and explore its langston hughes collection relating to the playwright, social activist
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while he lived in cleveland. >> it was essential that he developed his love of writing, he was introduced to the work of carl sandburg and walt whitman through his teach every, ms. weimer. he also composed a poem while ere that's kind of famous, when susan in a jones wears red. >> and we'll visit the history center an take a look at the power and politics exhibit, highlighting items in the collections relating to ohio presidential history and cleveland's past political conventions. then we'll tour the crawford auto aviation museum work cue rator of transportation derek moore and hear why cleveland was nicknamed motor city before detroit. >> the kilo case of cleveland, we're on lake erie, which is one of the great lakes, great shipping routes. we also had the railroad in the area. there were a will the of railroad shipping routes that
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could be taken. we also had the steel industry here, which is very important in the automobile industry to have the steel union. and there was also a lot of lumber in this area. it all kind of came together. >> this weekend, watch c-span's cities tour to cleveland. saturday on booktv and sunday afternoon at 2:00 on american history tv on c-span3. the c-span cities tour, working with our cable affiliates, visiting cities across the country. >> we'll be live with every noiven republican convention starting monday. some of the speakers over the four days, former presidential candidate ben carson and new jersey governor chris christie. also newt gingrich will be speaking, house speaker paul ryan. now we get a look at technology being used at the convention, including a new app and napchat. >> to me, the way we're
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consuming media is changing. we have to adapt to that. it's exciting how we're integrating digital in all aspects of the convention. we know we need this priority or we're not going to get our message out to voters. we're making that our that there's content operations to tell stories around the convention that are outside the speeches and balloons. we're trying to capture content, take people behind the scenes, have a, you know, operation officers that support this, we'll be doing 360 live, which we're excited about and facebook, twitter and google, into a lot of what we're doing here. r.n.c. 2016 app is actually going to help bring information about the proceedings directly in the palm of your hand, in terms of like being able to find the schedule, the speaker buy yows, be able to live stream there as well, incruding the
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360. we'll also have experience for folks coming to cleveland. information about transportation there. there'll be information about things around cleveland and also turn-by-turn direction itself. it's more access. it's always about access. it's more than just being in front of your tv screen to watch it. that's what it really does, makes everything connected. i think that's important. it's going to help include our engagement with the people we want to reach. when we launched snapchat a couple of week ago, we're going to be using that platform, it's a new platform, but we think it's important, to be able to reach voters there and actually give a unique convention insight to the platform. we're excited that we were able to get that off the ground. facebook will have some space here. they're going to be helping us
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with getting back stage content from our speakers on instagram. we're excited about that twitter as well will be helping with that kind of content collection as well. but they will also have space on media row and elsewhere around the convention hall. we also have fwoogle that's going to be here to show their live stream and digital video provider. you'll be able to see it streamed gavel-to-gavel on our stream. it's great to see that they have a physical presence not just an online presence. our elephant, our mascot here. type ted a flat stanley content around here. we've been sharing it with some of the state parties and delegations and they've been sharing on -- online as well. we encourage everybody to take liberty and take pictures of her and keep on the lookout for her. we'll be doing a lot more.
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we are, you know, really working rd, we've been actually -- going to have several professional volunteers to help us support our operation. we're appreciative of that. because it takes a lot of work. i imagine i'm going to be running around everywhere. but i was saying we have our content teams going out trying to capture content from the delegates, from our -- from the events going on around the convention. we'll also be having teams supporting our live streaming, making sure the videos are caught, speeches are ar dived after they're completed. it's really about just making sure everything is amplified and at the moment they're living comes past the conclusion of the evening. we're making it accessible online. trying to create opportunities for people to engage that extends beyond the speeches. it's exciting, i think we're
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going in a good direction to make sure no matter what digital channel you're on, you'll be able to engage with the digital methods. >> we'll be live with every minute of the republican and democratic conventions. watch on c-span, listen on c-span radio app and get video on demand at c-span.org. donald trump will talk about why he selected indiana governor mike pence as his running mate at a press conference tomorrow morning. live on c-span at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. >> c-span's voices from the road. recently, our cities tour unit stopped in cleveland, ohio, to ask voters what issues the next president needs to address. >> i would like the next president to address jobs. i want to make sure we have a secure future for the next eight years so that we're not in the state that obama was in when he first got into office.
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jobs, unemployment, first and foremost, especially for the middle class. and other than that, just all the status quo, keeping our country safe, you know, black lives matter, all lives matter, just all the things that we already have issues with. >> what i think the next president needs to focus on most is national defense. we're living in a time when there are a lot of threats to america. for the first 51% of americans are worried about a terrorist attack here in the united states. we have threats from korea and china, we need to make sure that that's a priority at home and abroad, to make it safe for americans to travel anywhere they need to and make sure should a conflict arise, we have a military that's capable and able to win any battle, any war, because that's the number one job of the president. >> i think the next president needs to address the lack of information that the general public gets from the nomination
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-- from the nominees due to, you know, looking out there, they keep saying the same thing over and over and the general public is not informed on what's actually going on and what the candidates want to accomplish. >> i would say probably environmental issues, cry climate change, renewable ergy, addressing that swells keeping up relations -- as well as keeping up relations with international afares with other countries. get everybody on the same page, try to make a difference. >> voices from the road on -span. >> "the hill" writes that donald trump's vice-presidential pick received praise from an unwelcome place today, the white house. here's the briefing with press secretary josh earnest.
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[captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] mr. earnest: good afternoon, everybody. i do not have announcements to make at the top. we can go directly to your questions. >> a couple of questions about ice. he said what happens there appears to be a terrorist attack. is that still the theory? mr. earnest: that is still the working theory. president allende issued a statement last night saying that french investigators who i believe are investigating this incident, they've concluded it's
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a terrorist attack. president obama had an opportunity earlier today to telephone president allende and relay his condolences to the people of france on behalf of the american people. france is, after all, our oldest ally. it should be no surprise that president obama didn't just offer condolences he offered significant security cooperation and any assistance that they need to conduct their investigation and to take steps to try to prevent something like this from happening again. the president's counterterrorism advisor had an opportunity to telephone her counterpart and secretary of defense carter has been in touch with his counterpart. secretary jay johnson has been in touch with the french ambassador to the united states today. i can tell you that a range of u.s. officials and law enforcement and the intelligence community and at a variety of
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homeland security agencies have been in touch with their french counterparts to discuss the situation and pledge cooperation. this is something the u.s. government will be monitoring closely in the days ahead and we will be offering our strongest support to the people of france in this very difficult time. what kind of message, what does that say? mr. earnest: there's still much more that needs to be learned thabt particular situation. more about this individual that french authorities have identified as the perpetrator, there's more that needs to be learned about his background, about tissue about other people he may have associated with, anything that would provide some insight into how the attack was
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planned, how it was carried out, and whether or not he received any instructions or direction about doing this. so this is -- we're in the early stages of the investigation but as french authorities begin to collect the information that could help answer those questions, they'll be able to rely on the strong support and the capabilities of the united states government. >> the message or guidance from the president and the u.s. government after other terrorist attacks has been that people shouldn't give in to terrorists, they should go about their business an not make changes in their lives. there seems to be an attack every week or 10 days or so. can that still continue to be the guidance or message coming from the government when this is happening on such a regular basis? mr. earn spest well, let me
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answer that question two different ways. i think the first thing is that the kind of advisories listed by the federal government are consistent with what they're offering to federal employees, particularly u.s. citizens working at diplomatic facilities around the globe. and we believe it is good practice to ensure that the information that's being shared with federal employees to ensure their safety and security, it's important that we share that information with u.s. citizens as well so they can take appropriate precautions. those advisories regularly encourage people to be vigilant, to be aware of their surroundings, and we certainly would encourage people to follow that advice. what's also true is that the united states government in an effort to protect the american people and to protect the interest of our allies around the world, ex-pends significant
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in countering extremists, fighting terrorism, and protecting the american people. one element of that strategy is deepening our coordination with our allies, including our allies in france. so the president is determined to continue to do that work and in the days ahead we'll see more of it. >> lastly on a different subject do you have anything at all to say about donald trump announcing mike pence as his running mate? tpp arnest: when the supported expanding medicaid -- no, i don't have any comment on it. >> is there any information thus far that shows that islamic state is responsible for the attack? mr. earnest: french investigators are still looking very closely at what sort of
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connection this is individual may have to extremist organizations. there have been no claims of responsibility that we have seen thus far. but we'll obviously look to that as potential clue. about what may have contributed to this particular terrorist attack. but at this point, it's too early to draw any firm conclusions about who may -- whether or not this individual had ties to a broader terrorist network or was part of a broader terrorist conspiracy. >> is the president going to be speaking this afternoon, can you tell us a little about what he wants to do? mr. earnest: the president had previously planned a primarily social gathering with a diplomat from -- with diplomats from around the world who are based here in washington, d.c. this is something that the president and first lady have
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hosted here at the white house in the past and it's an appropriate time for the president to speak to those diplomats about the resolve of the united states to, working together with the rest of the international community, to fight terrorism and fight extremism. it's not something the united states will be able to do alone. we benefit and our national security is greatly enhanced by our ability to cooperate and coordinate with our allies and partners around the world. that's what we've seen in the countersigh sill -- isil campaign. but our efforts to cooperate with the international community have benefited the united states in a variety of ways. that includes our efforts to reach an international agreement to prevent iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. that includes our efforts to confront what our officials at the department of defense
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described as a significant national security problem, which is climate change. and the united states did reach an agreement last december with 193 nations to take a coordinated approach to fighting carbon pollution and addressing climate change. these are all good examples of the way the national security of the united states and day-to-day lives of the american people are enhanced by the strength of our alliances and partnerships round the world. >> the attack earlier this year, the president talked about the need for better information sharing and intelligence sharing. whether the intelligence sharing has improved and what more nodes to be done? mr. earnest: there certainly is more that needs to be done but
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why don't we talk first about what progress we have made just since november. the united states and france have made important progress in enhancing our security relationship. shortly after the terrorist ttacks in paris in november, the secretary of defense and the office of director of national intelligence did succeed in working with the french to reach new, or enhanced, information sharing relationship. he sharing of that information does enhance our national security and certainly enhans the ability of our military and intelligence community to take steps to protect the american people. earlier this year, the president 's top counterterrorism advisor, lisa monaco, traveled to france and completed an arrangement with her french counterpart to further enhance security and
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intelligence sharing with the french. this information could be used for a variety of purposes, including mitigating the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, disrupting potential terror plots and even preventing future terror attacks. this is also part of the regular dialogue that secretary johnson has with his french counterpart, homeland security is obviously something that's been at the forefront of the ageneral ta for french policymakers, given the attacks that occurred on french soil over the last 18 months. there is certain expertise that the united states has and secretary johnson has worked to try to share that information and to share those best practices in a way that could enhance border security in france. we also have sought to enhance law enforcement cooperation so that our investigative efforts on a law enforcement level can
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be more effectively integrated and coordinated. that's a testament to the work secretary johnson has done. that's something that would enhance the national security of both the united states and rance. so i guess -- those are just a few examples of the important progress we have made because this is something that we did identify at the end of last year after the terrorist attacks, there was more that the united states and france should be able to do to more effectively integrate and coordinate on security issues. so we've made some progress. there are additional steps that we believe our european allies can and should take. the best example i think that i can point to is we do believe that information sharing among european countries needs to be enhanced. and there's some difficult work that needs to be done among european allies to ensure they're effectively sharing
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information. if those european countries can knock down some of the barriers that prevent that efficient sharing of information, that's only going to improve the information that the united states has access to. o we -- this is the subject of ongoing conversation with our french allies and you know, the kinds of things i was highlighting here earlier, in terms of the work of secretary of defense, the president's top counterterrorism advisor and secretary of homeland security that deepened our relationship with france, these are the kinds of things that are covered closely by the public but it should be an indication to the american people that the safety and security of the american people is the president's top priority and he has given specific direction to his team that this must be our top priority and it's why you see these national security agencies
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deeply engaged in these issues, even when it may not be work that generates headlines, it is work that makes a country safer. >> the president -- president allende said his people have to accept, have to live with terrorism. at the same time, presidential hopefuls hillary clinton and donald trump said that we are at war. how does the president feel americans should think about where we are in terms of at war with terrorism and living and accepting that there will be acts of terror? mr. earnest: the president said on a number of occasions that terrorists and al qaeda declared war on 9/11 and we've been at war with them ever since. and we've made important progress in that war. core al qaeda that used to live and operate with impunity have
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been decimated. there are al qaeda affiliates in other parts of the world that are a source of ongoing concern, there are also organizations like isil that trace their roots back to al qaeda. obviously that's one extremist organization that does pose a threat and has attracted intense attention of the united states and the international coalition that we lead. the president has been pretty unequivocal about all of that. we have also been quite unequivocal about the fact that we're still waiting on congress to pass an authorization to use military force against isil. i know there are some critic os they have administration who like to talk tough and suggest that somehow we need to declare war on isil. i would encourage those individuals to consult the copy of the united states constitution that many of them carry around in their suit
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pocket. they often wield that as evidence of their patriotism. i would encourage them to consider that document carefully and actually remind themselves that it's congress who has the authority to declare war. and it's now been almost a year and a half since president obama sent up legislative language for an authorization to use military force that we believe congress should pass. and passing that authorization to use military force would send a clear signal to the american people, to our allies, and yes, to our enemies, that the united states is united behind the president's strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy isil. the truth of the matter is, our men and women in the intelligence community and our men and women in the military, are doing their part. to take the fight to isil. and it's time for members of ongress to do their job.
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>> he asked should they -- they should be asked if they subscribe to sharia law and if they do, be kicked out of the country. does the president have any response to that? mr. earnest: sounds like he should consult his copy of the constitution as well. our nation was founded on the principle that this is a country a nded -- that this is country where people can worship as they please without interference from the government. that's a principle enshrined in our constitution and one the president believes is worth protecting. -- proposals like that, rhetoric like that, is un-american, by its very definition. this is also the worst possible me for leaders or aspiring leaders to suggest that somehow
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americans should start turning on one another. that's exactly what the terrorists want us to do. i think the american people would expect their leaders to stand up and seek to unify this country in these trying times. that certainly is going to make us safer and it's certainly a way that we live up to the values that make this the greatest country in the world. >> we talked about this earlier in the week the 28 pages in the can you without actually having seen the 28 pages yet ourselves, can you just summarize, does the administration think these 28 pages shed any important new light on the saudi role on the
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attack on 9/11? mr. earnest: we do not, mark. the office of the director of national intelligence has completed the process for declassifying as much of that material as possible. there's material -- this material was actually included in a congressional document. that's the reason that the d.n.i. conducted this review. the classified as much of it as they could. and then handed it off to congress. now it will be up to congress to decide how and when to release this information. but what you'll find once you do have an opportunity to look at what has been redacted, and the vast majority of the document has been made available for public review, declassified. what you'll find when you take a look at the document is that it will confirm what we have been saying for quite some time, which is that this material was
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investigative material that was reviewed and followed up on by the independent 9/11 commission that was formed outside -- outside of the u.s. government to take a look at the attacks on 9/11. the conclusion of the 9/11 commission is -- or was, as they wrote, they found, quote, no evidence that the saudi government as an institution or senior saudi officials individually funded al qaeda. the other thing that i would int you to is in 2014, the f.b.i. conducted some work as part of the 9/11 review commission, and they concluded that there was no new evidence that, quote, would change the 9/11 commission's findings regarding responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. so the decision was made by the d.n.i. to declassify this
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sterile is consistent with the commitment to transparency you've seen this administration impose on other areas of our national security policy that had previously been secret. just a couple of weeks ago, we released theup dated accounting, i guess, we released the counting for the first time, civilians who were harmed in counterterrorism threats -- strikes. the administration also worked diligently with the united states senate to declassify significant portions of the -- the report they wrote on the c.i.a. interrogation program. there was some controversy in the national security committee but the administration concluded it's important to be as transparent as possible about that report. so these pages, while they don't shed any new light or change any
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of the conclusions about responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, they are consistent with the commitment to transparency the administration has tried to apply to even sensitive national security issues. >> they don't really change anything. why did it take so long to go through the declassification process? i realize it was declassified -- it was classified in the prior administration but still even on president obama's watch, why did it take so long? and is it, as some think, deference to the saudi royal family? mr. earnest: i know there were a variety of considerations that were factors into the decision to declassify the -- these 28 pages. would acknowledge that it did take quite some time for the decisions to be made to declassify this material. i'm not in a position to discuss
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what may have factored into those decisions. the president is satisfied that the material has now been declassified and will be available for review by the public. >> let me say this question in the simplest form. what is the difference to saudi instability? mr. earnest: i can talk about the length of term it took to complete the review. >> given the attack, is homeland security suggesting any attachments to u.s. security, attack?e nature of the do we feel like we are protected ? enough at this point ? mr. earnest: this is something our homeland security professionals are always considering. they are constantly

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