tv Vice President Addresses National Conservative Student Conference CSPAN August 6, 2017 11:28am-11:59am EDT
vote, would you vote yes or no? >> that's a hypothetical. i don't see that bob mueller is going to be fired but i was pretty vocal, saying i would have preferred the congressional committees finish their work, issued a report before it even began thinking about a special counsel. the history of special counsel, special prosecutors, sometimes we go off the rails, we have witchhunts, and we have enormous challenges facing this nation. we really don't need that kind of restriction. >> vice president pence laid out administration's agenda friday while speaking to conservative students at a conference in washington. the vice president insisted the administration was not giving up on efforts to repeal and replace the health care law despite the senate's failure last month to pass a partial repeal bill. other topics included rebuilding the military, immigration, and tax policy. this is 40 minutes.
thank you for that warm welcome and thank you to my friends for that overly generous introduction. frank knows me well enough to know the introduction i prefer is a little bit shorter. i'm a christian, a conservative, and a republican, in that order. [applause] it's a great honor to be here tonight, to address the rising generation of conservative leaders, men and women of the young america's foundation here at the 39th national conservative student conference. give yourselves a round of applause. he will be making a difference in america for a long time -- you will be making a difference in america for a long time. welcome back to washington, d.c. before i get started i bring greetings this evening from a friend of mine. a man who has been fighting every day for common sense conservative values from the
very heart of the white house in the oval office. i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. now, thanks to the support of so many young conservatives like all of you here today across this country, last november, president trump won a historic victory. more counties than any president since ronald reagan. 30 of 56 states. the truth is, with your support, president donald trump turned the blue wall red. i came here tonight to pay a debt of gratitude to all of you who helped elect the president who is fighting every day.
fighting every day for the values and ideals that unite us and fighting every day to keep the promises he made to the american people. for my part, it's a privilege to be back at the young america's foundation. i worked hand-in-hand with yaf going back more than 15 years. not from when that picture was taken, but when i first arrived in congress in 2001. in 2005, my family had the great privilege to visit the reagan ranch where yaf has wonderfully preserved the wisdom and legacy of my second favorite president of the united states, president ronald reagan. [applause] but i have to tell you as i ran in the ron and frank backstage, thinking of all the years we stood together and all the encouragement they have been to me as a conservative, i just can't tell you, how genuinely humbling it is for me to think that i'm standing before you
today, because of your encouragement and support and folks like you all over this country, because of the confidence and generosity of our new president, that i stand before you today as the 48 vice president of the united states of america. so on behalf of my family, thank you for the opportunity to serve. [applause] it's remarkable to think about the young america's foundation history and contributions, not just in my small life but to the conservative movement itself into this entire country. since its founding in 1960, yaf has been a bold work of american greatness. you fight for the truth so the declaration of independence, and the constitution. you fight for those timeless principles of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise and traditional moral values straight let there be no doubt,
because of the work of all of you across this country, conservative values are winning on campuses and winning the hearts and minds of america one student at a time. [applause] more than 300 chapters that are active on over 2000 campuses all across the united states, reaching a stunning 400,000 students every year. on so many noteworthy projects and programs but i want to thank you particularly for your heroic work, promoting and standing for freedom of expression in the free exchange of ideas on the campuses across this country. as i said in an address i gave at the university of notre dame a few months ago, we live in a time when free speech and civility are winning on campuses
across america. but yaf is committed to change that and you're making a great difference. you've been speaking out against speech codes, safe spaces. you fight to defend conservative speakers and students who want nothing more but to exercise their first amendment right to the freedom of speech. so tonight i just want to say thank you. thank you to the young men and women of young america's foundation for your strong stance for our freedoms. and thank you for all you do, day in and day out, to bring the conservative message to the public square. and i can promise you as you labor, and i see it every day, the young america's foundation finally has a friend back in the oval office, in teh white -- the white house. [applause]
president donald trump has been fighting every day for the conservative vision, the conservative values you and i hold dear. president trump has given a voice i believe to the aspirations and frustrations of the american people, like no leader since ronald reagan. our president has gone right to work putting men and women into a cabin, into this minister -- and this ministration has been advancing that agenda with consistency and courage. i think president donald trump has assembled the strongest conservative cabinet in my lifetime, bar none. i mean, think about it. ambassador about nikki haley to the united nations? how about dr. ben carson at housing and urban development?
i know you're going to hear from dr. carson tonight, and he's just an incredible member of this cabinet, right along with others like secretary of defense jim attic -- jim mad dog mattis. you go around that cabinet table, people like betsy devos and others -- it speaks volumes about this president's commitment to surrounding himself with extraordinary men and women as a part of this administration's team. i couldn't be more proud to be a small part of it. as i stand before you today, i stand before you today, i am deeply humbled to be able to report to you that not just in assembling this team, but since day one of this administration, this president has been putting conservative principles into practice, to strengthen america
at home and abroad so your generation can live in a country that is prosperous, safe, and free, and is built on the highest ideals of the american experience. a quick look at what our president has done to get the american economy moving again already. president trump i'm pleased to report has actually signed more laws cutting through federal red tape than any president in american history. this president has been unleashing american energy after years of frustration by a liberal administration, like when he authorized the construction of the keystone and , and begun toes roll back the clean power plan. the truth is, under president donald trump, the war on coal is over.
and this president has been putting america first, like when he announced the united states of america officially today notified the united nations that we are withdrawing from the paris climate accord. [applause] in a word, president trump has been keeping his promise to keep america -- make america prosperous again. just this morning the news came in. did you hear about it? over one million new jobs have been created across this country by businesses, large and small, since president donald trump took office. more americans working than ever before, and unemployment hasn't been this low in 16 years, and as the president tweeted this morning, we have only just begun.
but as important as our prosperity is, this president knows that security is the foundation of our prosperity. day, i with him every can assure you, president trump has no prior -- higher priority than the safety and security of the american people. our president traveled across the wider world, reaffirming our historic alliances. trump, i'm pleased to report, once again we have a president who stands without apology on the world stage as leader of the free world. and i have to tell you, more personal to me as the proud father of the -- of a united states marine, i couldn't be
more grateful to serve as vice president to a president who care so deeply about the men and women of the armed forces of the united states, their families, and our veterans. know, the united states of america simply has the finest armed forces in the history of the world. the men and women who wear the uniform in this country are the best in your generation and i'm inspired whenever i'm among them. today, at dover air force base, two heroes of this generation came home. sergeant jonathan hunter, christopher harris. these two heroes fell defending our freedom in afghanistan this week. we honor their service and their sacrifice. their names will be enshrined in the hearts of a grateful nation, and their families and their loved ones will remain in our prayers, for no greater love has a man than this, that he should
lay down his life for his friends. these two men were heroes. we honor them tonight by standing with all those who at this very hour stand a far distant posts -- stand at far distant posts on the ramparts of freedom. god bles ts them all. [applause] and we honor them through our attributes that we also honor them fruit -- through our actions. i will make you a promise. president donald trump is going to be the best friend the armed forces of the united states will have ever had in the white house. it.k about
our president already signed the largest increase in military spending in nearly 10 years and called on congress to pass one of the biggest investments in our defense spending since the days of the world war. under president donald trump, i will make you a promise. we are going to rebuild our military. we are going to restore the arsenal of democracy, and we are once again going to give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, mar ines, and coast guard the resources and training they need to accomplish their mission and come home safe. and with the leadership of this commander-in-chief, i'm proud to report our armed forces are taking the fight to our enemy on our terms on their soil. and with president donald trump and our brave warriors in the field in iraq and syria, we will not rest, we will not relent until we hunt down and destroy
so it can noource longer threaten our homeland or threaten our allies around the world. and when it comes to security at home, our president has been busy as well, securing our borders, enforcing our laws, removing dangerous criminal illegal aliens from our streets, gang members, drug dealers, and violent criminal gangs like ms-13. undereased to report president donald trump's leadership and the efforts of our homeland security, illegal immigrant crossings on our southern border are down more than 60% since the first day of 2017. so president trump is keeping his promise to make america safe again, and i couldn't be more
grateful to serve with him. but frankly, let me say from my heart how meaningful it is for me to serve with a president who for theithout apology sanctity of human life. [applause] in one of his very first acts in office, president trump reinstated the mexico city policy to keep taxpayer funding out of organizations that perform and promote abortions abroad and our president has expanded that policy to cover nearly $9 billion in foreign aid. and president trump and power states to withhold federal funding from abortion providers like planned parenthood and i'm humbled to say with the president's direction, i was able to cast the tie-breaking vote in the senate to allow states to defund planned
parenthood. [applause] so this president has been standing for the god-given liberties enshrined in our constitution, and he's been making sure that his appointments to the course of this land will adhere to the constitution as it is written, to strictly construe the constitution, the men and women who are put forward to fill our federal benches will be pulled -- people who uphold our highest traditions, like the newest member of the supreme court of the united states, justice neil gorsuch. so it's about jobs and prosperity, it's about security at home and abroad. it's about fundamental liberties. and it's about strengthening america each and every day. president trump has done all that and more and it's been a
little more than 6 months. say,e president likes to this white house, that's what we call a good start. truth is, we have a lot more work to do. my fellow conservatives, let me assure you. job one for this administration going forward is we are going to fight every day to keep the promise we made and we are going to repeal and replace obamacare. [applause] week it was clear the senate wasn't quite ready to keep that promise to the american people when they fell one vote short of moving forward on a bill to repeal and replace this disastrous policy. the truth is every day obamacare survives is another day the american people struggle. what obamacare past, we heard a lot of promises, you remember? we heard, if you like your doctor, you can keep them. not true.
if you like your health insurance, you can keep it. not true. we heard the cost of health insurance was going to go down. that one sure wasn't true. in fact, we were promised families would save up to $2500 in health insurance premiums if this thing became law seven years ago. the average obamacare plan today costs nearly $3000 more than a planted in 2013. while premiums are soaring, choices are plummeting. next year at least 40% of american counties, including nine-hole states, will only have one choice of a health insurance provider. many counties will have no health insurance providers whatsoever in 2018 all across this country. it's not just about the statistics. it's about real people. it's about small business owners, family farmers all across this country that are struggling to make ends meet.
i've heard these stories as i traveled across this country and so has the president. talk aboutbusinesses the heartache of struggling to keep their whole workforce in place, people who have worked for them for years and years but with skyrocketing costs of health insurance, they have to choose between keeping the business going and keeping people on the payroll that they've known for years and years. i've talked to working families, literally a woman in wisconsin told me she had to take a pass on paying her health insurance premium for 3 months just so she would have enough money to buy christmas presents for her grandkids. we all know the truth, and american knows the truth. obamacare has failed. and obamacare must go. [applause] now, the president and i were disappointed when the senate came up short, finishing what the house of representatives had started. said everyone of
those democrats in the senate and a handful of republicans in his words, let the american people down. and that's the truth of it. but my fellow conservatives, let me be clear. this ain't over. this ain't over by a long shot. is president trump absolutely committed to keep our promise to the american people. we were not elected to save obamacare, we were elected to repeal and replace it and you can know with confidence that president donald trump and i are going to fight every day until we end the obamacare nightmare once and for all. and when that day comes, and rest assured, it will come, we will begin to reassure health-insurance based on those timeless principles of personal responsibility, free market
competition, and state-based reform. as the conservative way, to meet the needs of this country in the 21st century when it comes to health care, and that is the american way, to improve 21st century health care for this generation, and the next. while we're working with this congress to act on health care, i will make you another promise. president donald trump and i will roll up our sleeves, sit down with lawmakers, and pass the largest tax cuts since the days of ronald reagan. we are going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses, and family farms. and president trump is going to cut business taxes in america so american corporations can compete with companies around
the world to create good paying jobs right here in the good old usa. it's about health care, tax cuts, and under this president's leadership and with the support of this congress, we will keep going forward. we will make those historic investments in national defense to make america stronger and safer than ever before. we will keep raining in those unelected bureaucrats so they can't cripple our economy from the comfort of those taxpayer-funded metal desk spirit we will allow education reforms to give families more choices and make it possible for every child to go to the school of their choice and have access to world-class education. every child deserves. there's a lot of work to do. but i know i'm looking at a lot of young people who are anxious to get to it. to this rising generation of conservative leaders, i'll tell you, you picked a great time to show up. [applause]
this is the moment. now's the time. finish what we started. the president and i are counting on all of you, counting on this rising generation. we need your voices, your values, your energy and your vision as never before. as this rising generation of the future ofrs, this country depends on what we do in the days ahead. no one has more stake in it than you. it was president reagan who freedom is never more than one generation away from expansion. this rings just as true today as it did 1/2 century ago when he said it. i came here tonight to really encourage you to keep standing o ut, keep speaking out. let your voices be heard with your peers and colleagues. go out there and keep
thecating, without apology, commonsense conservative message that this country long street here. from this day forward, the president and i are going to have to count on every ounce of your energy, your enthusiasm, your courage, your conviction, and your passion. and i know we will have it. but there's one more thing i might ask of you if you are so inclined. notice a very -- now is a challenging time in the life of our nation. widening and unknowable threats around the world. too much division here at home. an economy that's beginning to get on its feet after years of struggling under the weight of big government. i would say as you leave here from this great conference energized, hearing all these speakers you've heard this week, but you go back to your homes and your schools renewed in your
determination to make a difference for conservative values, i encourage you if heade inclined to bow the and bend the knee, it would be a good time to do that tool. -- too. the truth is, it's a good time to pray for america, because america matters. far beyond our shores. i mean, and when i tell you to pray for america, i'm not so much talking about an agenda, or a party. really just pray for this country. itaham lincoln i thought had pretty he was asked in his time if he thought god was on his side and he said, you know, i'd rather concern myself with whether we are on god's side than whether god is on our side. so just pray for this country. pray for all who serve her in every capacity. because i truly do believe those ancient words of millenia ago
are as true today as have ever been, words americans have clung to a much more challenging times than these. if his people who are called by his name will humble their names -- themselve and pray, he will hear and heal this alnd, this one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [applause] usa"]anting: "usa! usa!
word,res. pence: in a young men and women of america's young foundation, have faith in the principles you hold in your hearts that brought you to this place today. have faith in each other and your fellow conservatives, the ability to make a difference as conservatives have ever since this movement was born. have faith in this president who i promise you, and the whole time is -- team is fighting for you every day, and above all else, have a balanced faith in the american people. and in him who placed this miracle fo democracy -- of democracy on this wilderness shores, that he will still do as he's always done. and so i say to this rising generation, with your support, with the leadership that we have in president donald trump, and
in our majorities in the house and senate and all across this land and with all of your shining faces, i'm confident together we will make america safe again. together, we will make america prosperous again, and together, to borrow a phrase, we will make america great again. thank you very much. god bless young america's foundation and god bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪