tv Connecticut Senate Debate CSPAN October 27, 2016 4:52am-5:54am EDT
off of it, exploiting it, and using it for their campaign coffers. it is important to not have people who are labeled "a terrorist" being able to get a gun. i agree with all that. let's go after these criminals on the streets and address where guns are falling into the hands of the wrong people. mr. blumenthal: the reason why congress has been complicit in failed to act is simple, as the gun lobby and nra have congress in its grip. they give grades as they did to my opponent, honest grades or endorsements. we need to break that great and we can do it as is shown by connecticut where a strong, bipartisan majority voted to put -- in favor of commonsense proposals, putting connecticut at the forefront of this effort to stop gun violence. connecticut's law is only as
protective as the weakest states law. guns travel across state borders, that is why we need a national protective law. i know it will not be easy. i am going to work with that bipartisan the jordan -- majority just like we had in connecticut, involving a ban on illegal trafficking and straw purchases of gas and a mental health program and school safety. >> senator clinton's e-mail problem has been in the news and could be a problem, even if she is elected. should other public officials failed to do this in the future and if not, what should conga's do to prevent the same thing from happening and what should be the punishment for somebody who does this? carter: that is a big question in this campaign. i don't think every public official should worry of not whether they are on a private or public server.
we have certain public officials who have access to classified information and that is the issue at hand with secretary clinton. i was in the air force and i had classified information. i was trained and i understood it. the question is, should somebody with the access to that information be using a private server? probably not. the fact is, this has been controversial and it goes to a question of trust and honesty in washington and it is a thing we should be focusing on. we should have hearings on the supreme court because transparency is more important than ever and that is why i asked my opponent to have this opportunity to answer these questions. people do not trust the politicians in washington, because they go to washington and say one thing and do something else.
it is a matter of trust with the american people. as far as classification, if it less classified information goes, if it is ever proven that she had classified information, and handled it inappropriately she should suffer the same , punishment that any of the rest of us would. blumenthal: private servers should never be used for classified material. fact, we get classified briefings and we see classified material, but only in a special buildinghe capital that is designated for the viewing of that material and we are barred from taking electronic devices into that. news kinds of precautions are all the more important in light
of the potential of cyber -- for hacking into our system and several warfare and cyber attack are an increasing threat to our national security, and the united states should have before eluding stronger policies to deter those cyber attacks which are danger even to the classified systems that we have. the department affect -- defense is fending off attacks from russia and from china and from hackers around the world who seek access to those systems. the deterrence of those kinds of attacks has to be strengthened. we need a policy on cyber. -- what constitutes an attack on the u.s. when cyber is involved. we need to respond equivalently and kind and the terror and prevent those kinds of cyber attacks which -- because they are a threat to all of our servers. and including even our electoral system.
i have advocated that our electoral system should be considered, along with utilities and our financial system. and other kinds of critical infrastructure. >> mr. carter, one minute. mr. carter: thank you. i would say yes, we need to go after providing resources to combat cyber terrorism, cyber war, with respect to hillary clinton, it is important that we handle classified information -- and they should investigate and find out more information about the e-mails. if she was someone who did something wrong, we would challenge her on that. i don'tcaution to, think the electoral system is in jeopardy because of what is happening. we have a lot of venerable people and good people running these elections, doing these operations for the elections individually, not hooked into a big mainframe.
i am not concerned about cyber warfare. in those cases yet. we will pay attention to the news and see what happens next. >> many states require parental notification for girls to get an abortion. why shouldn't parents be told, if their child is getting an abortion? you have said you want abortion to be safe and rare. 12,000 abortions were performed in connecticut, an average of 31 a day. what are you doing to reduce that number or is that number ok with you? mr. blumenthal, abortion should be safe, rare, and legal. the law of the land is that these decisions are to be made
by women individually, in consultation with their clergy, and their family, and others who be involved, but it should their decision, not the government interfering. these health care choices are vital, as a matter of constitutional law and public -- but as a matter of public policy. i have been a staunch advocate of a woman's right to reproductive choice. since my days as a law clerk on the united states supreme court when i worked for harry blackmun who authored roe v wade before it was his law clerk. and as attorney general, i have helped to protect the clinics, helped to write a statute that embodies the standards of roe v wade. i think a woman who faces this decisionon making this on her own, deciding whether she wants to consult your parents doing so if she wishes to do
so, but without the government telling her what to do. women's rights are under siege in washington and i have led the -- there is a constant attack against them there and i have helped to lead the effort to the senate just as i did when i was attorney general. that they are under siege in state legislatures around the country which is why i wrote the women's health protection act. which would bar those kinds of measures that pretend to protect women's cliniccare by setting [indiscernible] and admitting privileges but present obstacles to her restitution all rights which why will -- which i will staunchly advocate and defend. mr. carter: i do recognize a woman's right to choose, it is
guaranteed by our constitution under the 14th amendment and i do nothing we should be going after that, no question about it. but to your point about what she read do or whether or not we should decrease abortions, i would say yes. obviously we want to make sure fewer people go through that. i think the way to do that is through education. we talk about the importance of a woman's right to choose and to talk to her family and clergy and people who are important to her. it is important that they have all the information available so we need to make sure as legislators and in state legislatures and the federal government as your senators that i am sure does making sure people have all the information available about adaptive services and all the options available and it is done on a equal playing field. my opponent is on the money when he says that he does not want things being treated as unequal. too often, that happens in washington. we need to make sure we are handling it is a very fair way
and the government is not stepping in and telling people what to do. blumenthal: this issue goes to the core of what i tried to do in washington, which is stand up for people when special interests try to get their way and women are entitled to make these choices on their own about contraception, having a child. every time planned parenthood is under threat, and it has been five or six times, i stand with planned parenthood. and advocated for them because planned parenthood provides education, contraceptive services, enabling women to avoid pregnancy, if that is their choice. in fact, only a tiny part of what planned parenthood does is abortion.
a lot of it is education so in fact abortion will be safe, legal, and rare. >> i think some are frustrated by gridlock in washington. those bills that are raised, many do get debated, many did not get voted on. what would you do if elected to be more productive and make congress more productive? mr. carter: everybody is frustrated with washington and 14 approval rating is 11% or percent and it is a huge issue. one of the problems is when we talk about these different bills, we just mentioned planned parenthood, that is a good example. recently, we spoke about in the news here a few months ago, we were having the zika virus crisis and we were talking about gridlock iname from
congress. the way i looked at it, they were putting money out there for zika and the democrats took a hold of it as a group and they said, we are not giving money to planned parenthood specifically because they do not accept medicaid funding in puerto rico. instead of finding a way to give us -- give money to health channels which is the way the bills were designed, they locked it and made it a planned parenthood issue. i support planned parenthood and the politicized it even more. it is that kind of politics that gets us in trouble. we will say we support something , my opponent talks about the equal pay for women and they have put the paycheck fairness act in front of congress since 1997. it was filled with poison pills for the other side that no one would ever pass, it was called a message bill, something people could run on when they come home. even right here in connecticut, we were able to do a bill like that and i crossed party lines
because i am the third most independent there. i crossed party lines and i supported a bill that would prohibit employers from talking aboutout wages and puts in the statute for women to sue if they think they have been infringed on. that is the kind of thinking i have, i am going to abandon the party politics whenever i can. i work with both sides and i think it is how we will get rid of gridlock in washington. >> senator blumenthal, you have two minutes. blumenthal: this job gives me the opportunity to fight for the people of connecticut in the face of gridlock and partisan paralysis. too often, the special interest and my job has always been to stand up to the special interests and fight for the people of connecticut, for consumers who are ripped off, for women who want equal pay,
for equal work, and for our quality who deserve health care. and for all the people in connecticut who simply want a fair shake. those special interest with campaign funds that now are ,ften anonymously donated corporations with virtually unlimited access to the political process, all too often are responsible for the gridlock that exists there. forll make no apologies opposing a bill that would have defined it planned parenthood as a price for meeting the zika crisis. wasact, the zika bill passed initially with a strong bipartisan majority and the united senate -- in the senate without those restrictive poison pills. we can reach across the aisle and do better. i have reached across the aisle on measures like the gain act
which cuts the regulatory burdens for pharmaceutical drug companies when they develop new -resistantantibiotic strains of viruses. that gain act which i did with senator corker, republican of tennessee, went through the senate and has already been used by a connecticut company to create drugs and new jobs. it is important that we talk about special interests. by the way, the bill they were talking about did not defund plan parenthood, that is not true. it did not give extra funding, they were funding through public health channels and planned parenthood did not qualify for medicaid. it did not defund planned parenthood. let's be truthful about that. we have been talking about special interests. let's talk about special interests. my opponent has a million and
half from special groups in his campaign fund. does that affect every vote? maybe not. my opponent is the one who stood in front of the ba accountable -- accountability act and single-handedly blocked a bill. baensibly because the employee unions did not want him to do it. to me, i am about putting veterans first and i am all about especially at a time when one out of three phone calls to the suicide hotline rolls over. how do you account for that, senator, when you block to that act and here our veterans are having the toughest time ever. lowenthal, term limits comes up. senator leahy has been in office for 41 years. there are members of the house that have been there for decades. do you support term limits? mr. blumenthal: we have term limits now, they are called elections. what i have found is that some of the best republican members
in the house or the senate have served a long time, same is true of the democratic senators. the biggest area where we need reform is campaign finance. the existence of the deluge of dark money where there's no accountability, reporting, anonymously donated through super pacs, not levelt the presidential but in the united states senate and congressional races, is the greatest threat we have to the and so,y of the system, i really have not supported term limits because i think the democratic process should work office peoplef who have exhausted the patience electorate and also who are failing to do their job as well as they should be and as as their opponents have. record oncorrect the something my opponent has just
said. the marco rubio accountability bill because it wouldconstitutional, never have passed muster and would have helped no one in accountability. an alternative called veterans first, a bipartisan bill which i crafted v.a.the chairman of the committee, senator johnny isaacson of georgia. i, as the ranking member, put together this bill on caregivers,ty, on on healthcare, an omnibus bill will eliminate bonuses for poor performers, remove wrongdoers and protect whistleblowers. it passed unanimously from the united states senate v.a. committee and i hope to see it become law. law.. carter, you have one mr. carter: speaking of term limits, i think we've gotten to a point where we've seen a race just like this when you have a powerful incumbent with a lot of funding, a lot of time behind him. difficult for people
with good ideas to come up and challenge. this is the first opportunity i've had to have a debate and watch my opponent actually answer questions. my gosh, even trump gave three debates. i'll tell you what, i'm ok with that. what i'm not ok with is the fact our democraticn process do term limits. if the united states congress senate want to get together and do a constitutional amendment to change term limits, be supportive of that. i think distrust about peopleton is clear, don't trust washington so i think it's important to consider term limits because maybe it's we don't have the same people going to washington year after year after year. this, if youay worked so hard to help the veterans and blocked the v.a. last year,ity act why do we have so many problems with our veterans. punchline that every politician wants to talk about helping veterans but nothing done. >> you have another minute so if you'd like to add a minute, please do. that's fine.
i think i made my answer very clear. thet of times in legislature we talk about veterans all the time. all of us want to help veterans. the way, i do not for a blumenthalk senator doesn't want to help veterans. i get that. but when we don't make it a priority and say we do, that's problem i have. senator, you made a career out of fighting for the little guy and it feels like you are fighting the little guy. none of these things ever get fixed after 30 years in service. i think it is time that you give somebody else a shot. susan: senator blumenthal, now you have a minute for rebuttal. sen. blumenthal: thank you susan. let me first of all thank my iponent for his service, as do every veteran. as a veteran, i respect that service. and i have worked in the senate and before i went to the senate so that this country could keep faith with its veterans.
two of my sons have served and i and thes serving now other was in the marine corps in safely.tan and is back and i have a special affinity for this problem. that is why, in the wake of this arizona debacle, i helped lead choice bill which created more choices for the v.a.to go outside health system. i wrote a measure with john mccain, veteran suicide prevention act because 20 veterans in this country still own lives every day. and i will continue to advocate and work for the veterans first better.make healthcare >> in five states, the choice to legalize marijuana will be on the ballot next month. including neighboring massachusetts, four states have legalized it but in the eyes of the federal government, it's illegal. do you think the federal government should legalize marijuana? use ofsupport the
recreational marijuana? mr. carter: this is interesting. in the legislature, i have had this question posed to me a number of times. specific about medical marijuana. that the line of i realize -- marijuana has shown promise for people. and it can help with the bill attending conditions -- with debilitating conditions. seizures and such. the use of recreational marijuana is a struggle. here's why. number one, i don't think we ite the ability to regulate in such a way that we make sure that we understand the ramifications on people machinery, who are police officers and how do we handle that to know to the degree they may be under the influence or not. that's a problem. welso understand that, if support recreational use, for anyone under 25 years old out there, using it regularly, it's proven to cause a problem in development. that is a real problem for a policymaker. i also understand the other side. there is a libertarian streak in
me that says, why are we regulating a plant like this? why are we putting all the money or puttinging -- people in jail for it? this is another issue we have to separately. from the federal government should lookwhat we at, how do we handle law enforcement activities with not letto marijuana but drug dealers off the hook. position yet to legalize it. i am open-minded to listening to hearings and i think this is something we have to face. we have real problems with marijuana. mr. blumenthal? sen. blumenthal: dennis, we are in the midst of the greatest opioid abuse and heroin epidemic this nation. and we need to act much more and robustly to save lives.
i held round tables around state than 10 ofcut, more them. and they were heartbreaking and gut wrenching. inries of young people recovery who started on opioids when they broke a bone or had wisdom teeth removed and were vicodined percocet or or oxycontin. i sued the maker of oxycontin when i was attorney general for inadequate labeling. prevailed in that lawsuit. as a result of those roundtables, i came up with a report with specific recommendations, including on opioid prescriptions, better training management to prescribers and caregivers. a crackdown, use of law enforcement to crack down on the drug trade. but law enforcement officials told me that we will not arrest our way out of this crisis. so we need more treatment and
investment. investment in treatment facilities. what i also heard in those that legalization of marijuana will in no way solve this crisis. it may only aggravate it. and that gives me pause. as much as i may support medicinal use of marijuana, i for now its legalization because i think this nation needs to do more than we've done already to save those lives. the comprehensive addiction and recovery act passed the united states congress by an overwhelming bipartisan majority. needs adequate funding. dennis: mr. carter, you have one minute. mr. carter: with respect to legalizing marijuana, it doesn't sound like we are far off. this. say with respect to opioid addiction issues and heroin, it is a plague in our state and in our country. that.w
and it is important that we need to do more than strongly worded letters and roundtables. i've talked to people in our district about this. we need to make sure that we put things in place that address this issue. in my years in the legislature, one of the things i have been behind all the way is how we manage our prescription drug monitoring program in the state to make sure we're going after people who are doctor shopping taking that medicine and selling it on the street. there are ways to do it and work with companies and the work.ment to make this i take objection to the fact talks aboutnent suing somebody. i believe that we need to work every stakeholder there is to come up with things to solve the problem working together and create adversarial relationships with business. unless they are truly a bad actor. dennis: our next question to senator blumenthal. has pulled out of obamacare citing the cost. some say it needs to be replaced and others say it needs to be
repealed. if leak, what specific action should be taken regarding obama's signature legislation? sen. blumenthal: a key question. you, dennis. i've advocated there be improvements in the affordable it bect but not that repealed. back to turn the clock a time when millions of people were denied coverage under their theyhcare policies because had supposed pre-existing were charged women more simply because they were ofen -- victims discrimination by those insurance companies. couldn't when children be on their policies. now they can be until they're 26 old. those reforms and others have enabled millions of people to gain effective coverage. i'm not going to throw those people out of health insurance. now, there needs to be improvements.
the cost of medical care needs to be reduced and one of the are pharmaceutical drugs. that is why i have advocated cost of the pharmaceutical drugs through medicare.n with right now, medicare is barred prices,otiating drug raising their costs. medicarecan negotiate, cannot. of profiteering we've seen recently in the state country,ticut and the the increase in the cost of 600%.s, astronomic price drive. i have asked for an investigation and the federal government is doing it criminal and civil. but in the meantime, i'm going to continue pressure on mylan to reduce the cost of epipens. there needs to be more competitors in the market and that has to be another
improvement. but lowering costs for small businesses is a major goal. lowering the cost for small businesses, and providing support in greater subsidies so people can afford it. dennis: thank you, mr. blumenthal. mr. carter? mr. carter: there is a lot of debate about obamacare being replaced, repealed, or what to do with it. the problem is we know it is and it doesn't work so let's move forward. we need to change it into something that works. we want to keep things that are important goals with respect to conditions. we understand that. we want to make sure that health care is affordable to everybody. we know that. let's make sure the system works. everybody gets in the fight, to repeal it. why not take some of the fixes that were proposed, that blumenthal voted against, which cost money to our hospitals. with respect to increasing funding available to community and thingscenters like that. we know how it has been for
hospitals especially under our own governor, we know how difficult it is. we need to make sure this program works and create something that looks more like fee-for-service, with decisions being made between a patient and a provider. isre that's where care rationed and where decisions are made and we get behind that decision and we make sure that exchange orre whatever we have in place is something that's available to affordable.d we have watched small businesses and families and deductibles go through the roof as well as their premiums and it doesn't have to be that way. now.ed to act i do not know why there is so much gridlock in washington. both sides say that we need to fix it and we have not. with respect to mylan. frominteresting to me that 2009 till now, that senator blumenthal supported obamacare cost of the the drug, with the epipen, mandated every school around the country, again, raising the price. all of a sudden where were you all the time while the
up?e was going we should be working with them all along. to make sure they get generics sure theyket and make have opportunities to lower the cost. we don't do this through something heavy-handed. "i'm going to sue you and crush your business" to make press. >> you have a minute to rebut. sen. blumenthal: i supported these improvements in the affordable care act from the time i came to congress. votes have been about repealing -- completely eliminating -- the affordable act. more than 60 times in the house time aftertatives, time in the senate, the votes repeal it because that's what the republican majority wanted over these last two years, not to help improve defects.x its this has to be the goal. i will continue to champion efforts to keep down the cost of pharmaceutical drugs.
they need to be made available and that is why i was a leader in providing them in our schools. are lifesaving. when a young child has an allergic reaction, they can lives and i will continue to advocate for them. question. carter, this has to do with jobs. there is a concern that many companies find it affordable to either relocate their headquarters or labor overseas cheaper.t is do you support punishing companies that do that? possible?t mr. carter: first part of the question is, yes, jobs are moving overseas and we have to find a way to keep them here. it is not entirely because of labor costs. we know if we kept the corporate tax within limits here or corporate taxes and got
rid of loopholes to make it fair we had aountries and tax structure and regulatory environment that was predictable and you could count on, a lot of companies would come here voluntarily. we would be our own tax haven. don't always have to use the heavyhanded approach and say we're going to punish. senator blumenthal talked about the "bring home jobs" bill. in that bill, it had a piece that would not allow people to advantage of a tax deduction for moving their company overseas. that's not the way it works for companies. they see a better tax rate. it's not like they pick up all stuff and take it. what they do is they build facilities and do construction. that's what we have to keep people from doing. tax rate belowe 15% and make it reasonable, that's going to help us. we talk a lot about corporate taxes but we have to understand that corporate taxes themselves in probably less than 10% of the entire federal revenue.
why are we so focused on this, when it could be something that helps bring people back. that's how we get those jobs. to reduceve regulation here at home. we need to remove barriers. until we find a way to do that which, by the way, even as a state legislator i've done that. we have tried for many years to get something where you can go to a restaurant and you can take home a 64-ounce jug of draft beer. otherwise, you couldn't get draft beer. like thatething removed from legislation where people could do it. and it added $2 million to the state in taxes and it allowed new revenue to the state. it also means people have a new product they couldn't get anywhere else. where we talk about removing legislation. blumenthal, you have two minutes. sen. blumenthal: addressing that question directly, susan, our tax code is riddled with loopholes, special breaks, giveaways to big corporations, special interests, and sweetheart deals.
one of them concerns moving headquarters overseas to tax havens in the netherlands. or ireland. mylan, the maker of epipens, ironically, was one of the that moved overseas in that way. thishey avoid taxes to country. moving jobs overseas is a loophole that of needs to be closed because companies can deduct the keep theird then profits overseas. i propose they bring them back a lower tax rate, but that they be required to invest in an infrastructure bank that a public-private partnership investing in our roads and bridges and rail. there are ways to close those loopholes and create jobs and drive our economy forward. those two loopholes are only a fraction of the ones that
should be closed. the deductions for the big oil companies, the write-offs for companies that give multi-million dollar bonuses to executives, the kinds of deprives that basically taxpayers of what we deserve and economic progress because a lot of corporations are paying much higher taxes. we should reward investment, broaden the tax incentives for investment in capital machinery such as i have advocated. we have those measures going forward, as well as in renewables such as wind and solar. it to fuelextend cells made in connecticut. >> you have a one minute rebuttal. mr. carter:i'm having a 2010 flash back. i still think the senator know how to create a job. ladies and gentlemen, there are
a lot of complicated tax issues talk about but the bottom line is, it's all talk. what i see at a federal level is a lot of gridlock and a lot of people talking about loopholes but who are not really acting on them because they're too busy doing other things. manytaken on my opponent times about the fact that he's always fighting for somebody, taking on an important issue, fins, saline solution, whatever the issue of the day may be but meanwhile we are jobs hemorrhaging from this state because of the fact that all these things we're talking about never get done in washington and i think the american people, that's part of the trust issue that we have in d.c. it is easy to stand here and talk about all the things he supported. throughnterested to go every one of them and see if they were in a bill that mattered. the "bring home jobs" act we talked about was a total farce. that's where we're talking about one of these major loopholes and look are many others to at. susan: that concludes some of questions. we wanted to end the debate with
questions. senator blumenthal, who is the best u.s. senator in connecticut history? sen. blumenthal: the best u.s. senator in connecticut history? think that probably abe ribakoff. follow up withto the rapid fire you avoided earlier in the broadcast. one, do you think the number of abortions in connecticut, 12,0 throne a day, is that considered rare? sen. blumenthal: you are asking me this question? dennis: yes. sen. blumenthal: i think that number of abortions isn't the measure of the effectiveness law.r constitutional it is the individual exercising the right of choice that is important. that constitutional right. i'm going to fight for that right. and by the way, i will fight to bring jobs home. that was a real act that
real measures. mr. carter: no, that is not rare. congressmanpport larson's plan to build a tunnel under the river linking hartford to east hartford? mr. carter: i would have to see all the details. it's a big deal. sen. blumenthal: it is infrastructure that should be seriously considered. it will create jobs and it will improve our transportation system. whether it is cost effective should be determined. senator blumenthal, role model. who do you look up to? sen. blumenthal: i look up to role models in this country and abroad. someone whom i greatly admire. mr. carter: james earl jones. all people. here's a guy who overcame a beor stuttering problem to one of the greatest voices we'll always remember. i look at someone like that with fortitude. dennis: mr. carter, several high
schools in connecticut use indians or indian names as a mascot. do you think it's offensive and they change it? mr. carter: it is not offensive. they should not change it. sen. blumenthal: they should change it. some people offends to have native american images identities as mascots. i advocate the redskins change their name, as well. susan: mr. carter, several buildings in connecticut are owners likeave calhoun college at yale. should that be renamed? mr. carter: we should not be renaming buildings based on our past. we should look forward and the important issues prevalent in our society with respect to race. renaming buildings is not going to accomplish that. susan: senator blumenthal? sen. blumenthal: the decisions have to be made by the individual institutions. i don't think a broad rule can everyone. to in certain instances like calhoun college i think they would be wise to rename it. dennis: hillary clinton said
donald trump is a racist. is he? sen. blumenthal: he is many things that in my view disqualify him from the presidency. he has mocked people with disabilities. indicated certainly his prejudice. he's a misogynist. demeand women and racism labelnly is a plausible to be attached to him. dennis: mr. carter? mr. carter: you know, i don't necessarily think somebody is a racist. i know it's about character. taken on my opponent with respect to his character and talking about vietnam service do not necessarily think that makes him a racist. >> what do you do in your free time? mr. carter: for me? susan: sure. mr. carter: obviously, i love kids whenime with my they're around. i have a great dog at home, rescue. i like to walk with her. i like to read. i would like to fly more but since i left the air force i haven't had the time or money.
blumenthal?or sen. blumenthal: i love spending cynthia, whowife, is here today, as well as our four children. they are the pride and joy of our lives. dennis: donald trump has called hillary clinton a liar. she, mr. carter? mr. carter: she is dishonest. dennis: mr. blumenthal? sen. blumenthal: no. she is not a liar. i think hillary clinton is going to be a president that stands up ordinary people. dennis: thank you. permit?o you have a gun mr. carter: i do. sen. blumenthal: no. dennis: how would you grade dan malloy's performance as governor? blampt i don't give grades to public officials. he is working hard and has a tough job. mr. carter: i think malloy has failed the state. dennis: do you want the governor a third term?
sen. blumenthal: that's the governor's decision and the decision of the people of connecticut. i hope the people of connecticut will choose me for a second term. mr. carter: i think you should run again because i think it will be a strong year for republicans because he is not done what's right by our state a unitedully there's states senator to watch that race. >> do you support early voting? sen. blumenthal: i do. mr. carter: i do. dennis: that is our time for this sunday morning. you both for being with us, our candidates, richard blumenthal and dan carter. >> a reminder that to election day is tuesday, november 8, just two weeks away from this tuesday and we want to know, who do you think won this debate? we'd like you to head to our to take part in our online poll. dennis: we welcome your comments. for joining us. have a great rest of the weekend. >> thank you for joining us. ♪
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at the grand opening and rib on cutting of his new hotel in washington, d.c. just blocks from the white house. ivanka; hello everyone. this has been an unforgettable year for my family for many reasons. our business at trump hotel continues to thrive. in the last 12 months we have completed the recent development in miami florida, the resort in scotland and ireland. next month we're opening a stunning hotel and residents rble tower in vancouver, canada. we also launched our newest brand which will enable us to
expand our footprint beyond locations such as this one. we have celebrated many milestone fwuss one that gaffes us here today, the grand opening of the redeveloped building is incredibly special to each member of my family, personally and professionally. a republican ovation is more complex than a ground-up project. this is perhaps the most challenging and gratifying of them all. en this project was built in 1989, it was to signal that pennsylvania avenue was america's main street. you didn't have to be a visionary to see the potential despite the fact that in recent years time has taken its toll on this national treasure. in 2011 the old post office was considered the most sought after redevelopment inundate
the country and my father and i fought hard against largest hotel companies in the world to win the deal. over the case of eight movept ours team worked nonstop to study the building and restore it to its full potential and then some. after an exhaustive process, we were awarded the deal by the united states government. we were selected by panel of judges based on criteria that included our vision of the property, the strength aver division of the development team, our track record and our plan to bring vibe resistancey to pennsylvania avenue. one of the reasons i love real estate, a passion inherited from my father is because turnover end of years of hard work there exists a tangible valtation of your efforts and the efforts of so many people. my father trained my siblings and me to see things not for
what they are but for what they can be. this is a great example of that. it has been a gift he has had his entire life. over the last 18 months my father has been focusing on campaigning for president, but everyone on his team put in the extra effort so as not to let him down. across the board hundreds of men and women involved in the design and construction and now operation of this product made it a point of personal pride to be extra precise in their work to ensure that it was completed to its extremely high standards. my brothers and i included. a good sign, a sign of a good leader is how hard his or her team works when the boss is not there. my father's team has worked very, very hard on this building and we're standing here today, it is evidence of that tremendous effort. including the historic clock tower which still houses our nation's bells of congress.
the olse old post office is the second tallest building in washington, d.c. after the monument. behind the back lit facad certain the city's luxury ballroom and our guest also discover the most spacious suites in the district with 16-24 foot ceilings. we have preserved original architectural elements like the extraordinary work on the doors, wood work and moldings. we surveyed each of the almost 1,200 windows and restored them all to mint condition. a few weeks ago, i met a contractor here on site who was wearing a trump shirts. he was very proud to tell me that he had helped my father build trump world tower in new york city more than 15 years ago. as a daughter, this political season has been one of the most interesting journeys of my
life. but each day, i have heard critics attempt to discredit my father's business, but honestly, i'll telldown of the most telling signs of his success over decades is the thousands of people who have worked with him, worked for him fought with him and who continue to stand by his side in their quest to achieve great things. when this properties was put out to bid, congressman john mica held a press conference in the vacant building. it was without heat and in the freezing cold, he admonished the crowd about government excess and noted that the old post office was losing the united states government between $6 million and $8 million a year. in a committee hearing, the congressman said that up-the-trump international hotel in washington, d.c. is now creating hundreds of jobs and is a stellar example of
turning underutilized federal property around with the help of the private sector. when we commence construction and at the groundbreaking ceremony, i pledge my family's commitment to the project. and to ensuring its successful execution. i told you that we would not disappoint you and that we would never let you down. today is a celebration not just of meeting but exceeding those goals. this achievement wouldn't be possible without our extraordinary team at the trump organization. thank you also to the design and preservation architect and interior designer for their tremendous contribution to the process. i would also like to thank the many elected officials and staff members turnover federal and d.c. governments i have had the opportunity to work with so
closely including the general services administration, national park service, commission of fine arts, national capital planning commission, d.c. mayor's office, fire department, the police department and the historic preservation office. additionally, i would also like to extend a special thank you to congresswoman norden. he has been the fiercest advocate for this building's redevelopment and a great partner over the last five years. she is someone that i have great respect for and that i have enjoyed getting to know. finally, thank you to my father, who took a few hours away from his grueling schedule on the campaign trail to be here today. a few years ago when we promised the city of d.c. that trump would be coming to pennsylvania avenue in 2016, we had no idea what we were foreshad owing. this is an important moment for
our family and our company and it would not be possible without the hard work and support of this visionary man. without further ado, let me introduce my father, donald j. trump. thank you. [applause] mr. trump: thank you, everybody. thank you. i appreciate it. thank you very much. we are very proud of our company. we have built one of the great real estate companies of the world, but it seems very insignificant compared to what we're doing now and as soon as we're finished cutting the ribbon, i'm off to north carolina, new hampshire and back down to florida. right here we're doing very well. with the notable exception of
1,600 pennsylvania avenue, this is the most coveted piece of real estate in washington, d.c., the best location. i'm honored to be here today to support my family and especially my daughter ivanka for her dedication to this proggets. she worked so hard. i'm also honored to have a chance to thank the incredible team of people who brought our vision for washington's historic old post office to life including hundreds of construction workers, electricians, maintenance workers and so many others who helped make this project a reality. they are really the important ones. a project like this demonstrates what is possible when a team works together for a totally common purpose. it also shows how to work with our government and to get things done. y theme today is five words.
under budget and ahead of schedule. that's what we did. under budget and ahead of schedule. [applause] so important. we don't hear those words too often in government, but you will. our agreement with the government required completion of the project by 2018. we were dramatically ahead of schedule on this project and under budget. we turned a property that had been neglected for decades and which was losing huge kelley suminskis of money for the federal government into a major revenue producer and job producer. right now, just about everything our government touches is broken or they break it. it is always overbudget, behind
schedule and simply nothing works. look at the veterans administration where new hospitals come in, hundreds of millions of dollars over budget and yet our brave veterans still don't get anywhere near the kind of care they need or deserve. look at our decaying infrastructure. look at our aging military equipment. our military is so depleted despite having the greatest people on earth. i mean they are the greatest people in our military but it is so depleted the tax code is broken. the education system is broken. we spend the most for any of any country on education and get bad results. and so many parts of our ountry are in a state of disre pair.
premiums going up massively in places like the great state of arizona going up over 100% in costs, unaffordable, unusable and doesn't work even if you can afford it. the american people know what this election is about and they see it every time think get their healthcare bills in the mailbox or ride down a highway that is broken or go to an airport that looks like it is from a third world country. remember, hillary said herself, it was called hillary care before it was called obama care. she made that statement not too long ago. now she is trying to withdraw that statement. she wants to withdraw that statement so badly, newt. by the way, congratulations newt on last night. that was an amazing interview. [applause] we don't play games, newt,
right? we don't play games. i love my life and business and have loved getting to share my dream dreams with my family. it is an incredible family and melania, i want to thank you very much. my job is to looked a undeveloped spaces and imagine what they could be. these are spaces that have no hope, have no future, but you need imagination and you need the ability to get them done. and to unlock their potential and to unlock the potential of the people working on those spaces and on those projects, and we have so many things we can do for our country. but others have only dead ends. i dreamed of the amazing possibilities that we have. that's why government has turned to me in the past to fix projects that had gone nowhere, that were considered total
disasters. whether it is turning a landfill after many, many years of futile work in bronx new york into a world class golf course that is now open and doing unbelievable business or revite facadeturnover grand state terminal or the rink in central park after eight years of futility and spending massive amounts of money and getting it done in four months for a very small amount of money. so many different things. today is a metaphor for what we can accomplish for this country. this building is a historical landmark, a true american original. it had all of the ingredient s of greatness, but it had been neglected and left to deteriorate for many, many decades. it sat there so beautiful and so empty and was falling into a very, very bad state of
condition. it had the foundation for success, all of the elements were here. our job was to restore its former glory, on honor its heritage, but also to imagine a brand new and exciting vision for the future. to create a new place for people and families to come together and a magnificent place at that. i have been very lucky and i have led a great life. now i want to give back to the country which i love so much and has been so good to me. i want to go into the inner cities and the poor rural communities and failing schools and i want to work on a revitalizeation. i'm tiredor excuses from our politics and tired of being told what cannot be done. i'm told of people asking