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medicine, something the president is interested in. the cancer moon shot the vice president is interested in. i have a particular interest in regenerative medicine. for example, taking stem cells from one part of your body and putting it into another. there was a fellow from tennessee that we met who was legally blind, managed to get into a clinical trial. they took stem cells from one part of his body -- he is now emailing and driving. the fda was resistant to this. there are fda reforms in their to give these new treatments and opportunity to move faster rather than get bogged down. it is a very significant piece of legislation. i think in many ways, the proudest accomplishment of the 114th congress. mr. goodman: are you still
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pleased with the way you have opened up senate order and the way you are conducting business there after two years of majority leader? sen. mcconnell: we had in the first year of the 114, 200 rollcall votes, previous years were 15. we passed massive, five-year highway bill that had not happened in 20 years. we did a complete rewrite of no child left behind. a whole variety of things that not going to make the front page of "the new york times," but important. there was bipartisan agreement
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and we got a presidential signature. did we have differences? yes, but i try to focus on the things that we could agree on that were worth doing. by any objective standard, we had a very accomplished 114th congress. mr. goodman: what third of conversations have you had with your friend chuck schumer who takes over for harry reid? sen. mcconnell: we will see, democrats are in a feisty mood these days. mr. goodman: will they use the filibuster on a daily basis? sen. mcconnell: they will make it difficult. i objected to changing the rules of the senate with a simple majority. it lowered the threshold for confirmations, to 51. all of these cabinet appointments they are complaining about are going to get confirmed as a direct result of what they did three years ago. i told them at the time that when the shoe was on the other foot it might not be the same thing. mr. goodman: do you plan an epilogue in a second or third printing of "the long game,"
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something that will talk about the statehouse in this republican victory? sen. mcconnell: that is another big thing that happened in 2016, my memoirs came out. maybe there will be another version at some point. mr. goodman: what are you most thankful for this holiday season? sen. mcconnell: this great country of ours is extremely resilient. we just went through a very nasty campaign. i know a lot of people are upset and bent out of shape about things that happened this year. i just want to remind everybody this is an extraordinarily resilient country we live in. we have had tough times were people were upset in the past. but we have had nothing like the great depression. we have had nothing like the change they came across the country when andrew jackson got elected, it was totally different than anything anyone had seen.
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we all have faith in this great country of ours. its resilience, ability to change and move in different directions. regardless of who people supported, i feel good about the country. mr. goodman: you remain hopeful and confident. my question is, are you hopeful? it seems you are for what lies ahead. sen. mcconnell: i am. i was not happy the last eight years, but we will move in a different direction and hopefully the american people will like that. mr. goodman: thank you, making it 14, "one-to-one," hope to see you down the road. for "one-to-one," i am bill goodman. ♪
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>> next on c-span, a look and the life and political career of vice president elect mike pence. then a profile of chuck schumer of new york. we will also hear from sean spicer of the rnc who president-elect donald trump named as his white house press later, a conversation with mitch mcconnell. every weekend, book tv brings you 48 hours of nonfiction books and authors. here is what is coming up this weekend. eastern,at 5:45 p.m. matthew christopher tells the stories behind his series of photos of a banded schools, factories, and beachfront communities across the u.s. in his book "abandoned america: dismantling the dream." at 8:00 p.m., "my father and
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atticus finch." annuale at the 28th southern festival of books in nashville. at 10:00 p.m., afterwards, john hopkins professor ellen silverdale looks at new farming methods and technologies and their impact on consumers and workers in her latest book -- how industrial meat production endangers workers and animals. she is interviewed by the former u.s. secretary of agriculture. people in america have not been on a farm. maybe they go to the county fair but they do not know what it is to be a farmer which it is not a romance. there is a romantic view of agriculture which i find exasperating because it makes it impossible to think about agriculture clearly. megyn kelly 11:00, talks about her life and career as a journalist in her book
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"settle for more." she spoke with caddy can. at 5:15 p.m., james rosen and christopher buckley, the son of the late william buckley discuss their book "a torch kept let." it examines essays on famous figures. the event was moderated by the executive editor of the national review. and at 6:15 p.m., benjamin looks at the relationship between the u.s. and saudi arabia in her book "kingdom of the unjust." notable for the complete weekend schedule. >> coming up, a look at the political career of vice president elect mike pence. indianapolis star reporter tony cook joins us for a discussion on the issues that shape the vice president elect. we will also bring you an afteriew with mike pence
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winning his first house race and conclude with an indiana governor mike pence speaking at the conservative action political conference. >> here on c-span, we are going to take a look at the career of vice president elect mike pence. he is leading transition efforts and is likely to play a major part in the donald trump administration. he was first elected to congress in 2000. after unsuccessful attempts before and after working as a conservative talkshow host. we will show you a brief interview we did with congressman elect mike pence in 2000. >> mike pence is the representative elect of indiana's second district. >> i have learned it is as we expected a massive undertaking. we are trying to build on a solid foundation of people with
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experience who can focus first on meeting and addressing the ongoing needs of the people of the second congressional district. >> tell us about your home district. >> it is heartland america. marketentral indiana and by a couple of industrial centers but for the most part it is a lot of farmland and small communities. a delightful place to represent in washington as a conservative. >> what issues from home are you bringing here? >> i want to focus on tax relief. i believe that once we have kept our promises to senior citizens, it is imperative that we seize this time of extraordinary budget surplus to bring about tax relief for working families and small businesses and family farms. i'm hearing from the people in my district a real concern about military readiness and national security. and i am very much hoping to be a part of the discussion
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regarding rebuilding the military. >> what about your background? >> i am trained as an attorney. i have spent last seven years working in syndicated call in radio. c-span without the cameras. i enjoyed it very much being a daily syndicated talkshow host exclusively in indiana and i did a little bit of television work. hopefully, that has prepared me well and prepared me to be a listener. learned fromyou your listeners about what their concerns are? >> i have learned that people are genuinely concerned with that which most closely touches their lives. the security of their families, the strength of their jobs in local economy. the education of their children. when i was a talkshow host i found that when we were talking about issues that came close to home, we would strike a responsive chord.
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i focus on those kinds of issues. >> you have three children? mr. pence: yes, all under the age of eight. hardest working campaigners in indiana. >> with such small children will you be moving the family here, how do you decide what to do? mr. pence: it is a difficult decision to make. in the short term we might homeschool. my wife is a 15 year public school teacher, she will take on those duties and permit us to live in both places. when congress is in session i want my wife and children here with me. but when we are out for any length of time we want to be at home in indiana. >> we talk about the bipartisanship coming in. how will you reach across the political aisle? mr. pence: i always used to say on my radio program, i am a conservative, but i am not in a bad mood about it. i believe stability is essential to the survival of the republic.
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we have to develop in this congress and the national government and national debate a new civility that brings a sense of humility, humor, and the ability to argue issues vigorously but walk out the door and understand that we are all americans, we are all working hard to make america a better place. >> joining us to talk about the vice president-elect's tony cook of the indianapolis star. how much of that mike pence that we saw in interview 16 years ago is still with us today? how much has he changed in 16 years? tony: in terms of conservative principles, you cannot get much further to the right of mike pence. those are principles that he has stood on and built his brand with over the years.
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so you really have not seen too much in the way of him varying from those conservative positions that he has espoused since his early days in congress. host: you said to build his brand on conservative issues. issues like abortion, gay marriage, perhaps religious freedom -- how to those issues expand? tony: here in indiana as governor he advocated for measures that tipped the scale in favor of religious freedom over gay rights. he also proposed, i am sorry, signed an abortion law that was one of the most restrictive in the country. he has certainly stood by those principles here as governor in indiana. those have been the more controversial aspects of his time here in indiana. host: during his time in
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congress he spoke annually at the march for life event every january. he spoke in january, 2003 in the 30th annual march for life. we will show you now. [applause] vp-elect pence: thank you so much, it is a beautiful day in america to see so many shining faces. i am congressman mike pence, i am from indiana, and i am pro-life. [applause] vp-elect pence: i rise of my colleagues have done. we heard from missouri to say yes to life. i rise to say it is time for the president of the united states of america to send in the principled pro-life judges and
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we will move them into the courts and the end roe v wade forever. [applause] vp-elect pence: it is time to end partial-birth abortions in this country. it has no place. [applause] vp-elect pence: it is time for all of the reforms. adoption reform, and the president's initiative for faceplate initiative that will speed resources to crisis pregnancy centers and ministries across the country that are there for women. with real answers meeting their real needs. i am mostly here today as a father and american to say thank you to you from my heart. because of all of you in the millions of americans you represent, abortion is in steep decline in america today. [applause] mr. pence: abortion is less available, less legal, and most importantly, less morally acceptable than any time since 1973. you alone of exposed the empty promises of le


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