President Attends Tax Reform Talk in Cleveland CSPAN May 5, 2018 1:29pm-2:23pm EDT
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♪ ss the usa [applause] much trump: thank you very . therea great honor to be -- be here. stateve to win the great of ohio, and did we went the great state of ohio? [applause] say this, how are we doing now compared to the election? so far the answer has always been better or much better everyplace. we are doing much better. we just had a meeting with some folks and we have great, great people in this state.
this is a special lace. this is a business roundtable today. we will talk with a secretary, nacci.m re we need is vote. he will be fantastic. i have known him for a long time. [applause] timee known jim for a long , and he agrees with what we are doing. when you look at the steel plants and steel mills opening again. i just left the president of united states steel, he said it is incredible what is happening. we did a thing called tariffs on steel and aluminum. my group just got back from china. will have to rework trade with china because it has been a one-way street and we cannot have it happen. we will do that, and we have a lot of respect for their president and for china, but we cannot go on that way.
that will all work out. we are doing well on north korea. we will see what happens. we have a meeting set up and the location and the time and place. thinke the date and so i that will be something very special. if you remember, we were into that. others from the administration were saying that will be the toughest problem, and certainly it is a problem and there are many about but we will get them solved. we had to revoke 4% yesterday. you could say the first time in 20 years or the first time in this century. [applause] and we really were doing great from that standpoint. we want to get our workers that and we want to make our product here. make everything
again. this is america first. this is now america first. what we have been doing for a long. of time. -- long period of time. [applause] have "make america great again." want the choice is america first. other countries put themselves pursed -- first. we want to be first. will make our country great. people from other countries will do what they have to do. we will bring it to a level playing field. when you look at trade deficit, with every country virtually -- i don't even have to go around and ask how we are doing, for the most part, almost every time , we are doing badly. we have deficits with everybody.
don't let anyone tell you trade deficits are ok. they are not ok. we have acid trade deficits with china. deficitsassive trade with mexico. who would think? $100 billion trade deficit. who would think that? that does not include lots of other problems. i thought they would be much tougher and better to us on the caravan. it didn't work out but that is ok. it will end up working out. our borders and laws are a mess ad our immigration laws are disgrace. mexico has some of the toughest in the world. you can't just go in to mexico. but they allow them to come up, and they know our laws are so weak and once they get up there, it is the most ridiculous thing i have seen. and release. catch you catch them and do release them. role, catchemocrat
it and leave it. just to show how ridiculous, we have thousands of judges. you think other countries have judges who give them that? they never show up for a trial. they havese them and a trial that is supposed to take place in a year. a year, not the following day. but that is ok. there is only one problem, no one shows up. welcome to the united states. these are the laws we are suffering with. how about the wall where everyone scales the wall? [applause] we are fixing and building walls now, but we need much more money.
you cannot allow people to fall into our country the way they are doing. take a look at the mess on television right now. it is a total catastrophe. these are passed by democrat so we have open borders they want open borders. we have to have borders as if you don't have borders you don't have a country. [applause] step by we have made a lot of progress and we will make progress on that. it was very interesting, in san diego it wanted a wall and we have the money. where $1.6 billion for fixing and building. in san diego, we have a lot of problems. we have a governor who is not cooperative. he wants to have between sanctuary cities and open borders and everything else, it is not easy for border patrol people. it is not easy for ice people about the mayor of oakland where
she notifies them ice are coming so they split up? she notifies them that ice will be coming and everybody splits up, so all of the work and everything to do what they had to do turned out to be a big bust. it is very sad. that is called of structure of justice. that is called total obstruction of justice. we are getting it straightened out. it will be straightened out soon. we passed the biggest -- if you take a look at the i call it the tax cut plan. someone call it the reform plan. i said, how come because of reagan nothing has passed with tax cuts? being an non-politician, how is it possible to not pass tax cuts? they said it hasn't happened since ronald reagan anyone near what we are doing. essentially, tax cuts at a small level. i said you are going to reduce
taxes for people and you cannot get both? they say no sir,. -- no sir. i said, here is what we will do. we will call this plan the tax cut plan. .ax cuts we're going to cut taxes. we are going to reform, but we are going to cut taxes. [applause] it.uldn't believe i looked and studied four or five attempts and they failed miserably. they called me up and i wanted to know what was the official name you would like on the bill? i would like it to be called -- this is true and they didn't want to do it because they said it was hokey, but i wanted to be
the tax cut, cut, cut plan. [laughter] i would have put it in. is a little -- so i said we will call it the tax cut and jobs plan. it is the first time and the biggest in our history. [applause] the stock market since the election has been up 35%. bank of that. almost 35% -- think of that. almost 35%, and companies are doing better than that. they are ready to do numbers you have never seen you for. we do need people coming into our country. this, we want people to come in to our country
on the basis of merit, not pick out -- [applause] we are working on merit systems. we need people to help. in wisconsin, we have company come in who is a friend of mine. i said to tim cook, who is investing $350 billion in apple and they are bringing it in from foreign land and overseas. because ringing it in of a new tax plan because it gave them the incentive to bring money. a are investing it in the united states. tim cook is bringing to $30 billion back from overseas, money you have never seen an apple is spending $350 billion. [applause] it is great. we have a lot of things happening. in ohio, the auto companies are
starting to come back and expand. it was so nice. i was greeted at the airport by great people. some of them work will miners. one -- coal miners. dressed in a black shirt and i said give it to me i want to wear it when i golf. they are proud. they greeted me off of the airport. they were a lot of people waiting. they said we are coal miners, and since the day you got elected, we have been filling up the trains. i said, what do you do? he said, i load up the trains. i didn't need any more explanation. he said we load of trains and from the date you were elected, we have been loading up trains. he said i have not had a day off sent you got election -- elected . that has been happening and is going to happen even more so. [applause]
altogether and when everything is really set and really going well, it is going much better than people understand. our military has $700 billion. i did not like having to do the last budget because they were democrats that put in things that i hated, but i had to get money for the military. we were depleted and we were not getting the equipment. we needed help. billion and then $716 billion. that equipment is all made here in the united states. we make the greatest missile systems and planes and military equipment and a lot of other equipment. we make the greatest military equipment in the world. you got to see that recently when you saw what we did and syria where they said, oh, we shot down 40 missiles. i don't think so. i said how many were shot down,
none. it is called stealth missiles. [applause] we shot in 109, and we had 109 hit the target. france and the u.k. were great. a helped us and were with us all the way and we appreciate that. we make the greatest equipment in the world. we had to fix our military. we also wanted something for a tremendous impact in ohio is the opioid disaster, drugs in general, but the opioid disaster we get $6 billion for prevention and work and rehab. we need help. we are very tough. one of the reason why we want the strong borders is a lot of this stuff comes from different comes from mexico and the southern border and we are stopping it and making it much tougher. we cannot do that unless congress gives us the toils we
need. we have to get rid of catch and release. we need strong, strong tools. can you imagine a lottery system? we take people based on eight lottery paired do think people are putting their finest in the lottery? i don't think so -- based on a lottery. do you think people are putting their finest in the lottery? these police are so deep-seated in the democrats like sherrod brown. you're not a big lottery man, are you? a merit system, where they come in based on merit. we are going to get a lot of things done. we have great people running. we are going to do well in the midterms. the poll numbers are good.
i am popular.say can you believe it? [applause] we have been doing very well. we had a pull 51 of 52 which came out very nicely. then i turn on one of the network's and i see, donald popular. is not very and i say, what are you talking about? you saw a pull come out that said i was above obama. [applause] you turn on the fake news and they go, donald trump, who is not very popular -- and i am saying to myself, how do they get along with it? we areoing good and doing well. it amazes me when you can be at 51 or 52, and it was very accurate for the election, and you are in that category and you
get nothing but bad publicity. i get nothing but bad publicity. i say how is it possible -- it is fake publicity, and i have to tell you, there are great for factional's in that world. -- professionals in that world. i don't want to make it like it is everybody. we are getting better and choice very soon. choice veryveterans soon. you will have a choice of jobs. people have one job and they were petrified to leave that job because they did not think they were working and you have to love what you're going to do.
you're going to have a lot of choice and there will be job openings. people that were not hiring for years and years and all of a sudden we have jobs. weref the folks my people impressed with is on my left is
charlene. i would like to ask some of the people appear to just talk a little bit about what the tax cuts have meant, because the tax cuts have helped so many people in such a big way. charlene, could i start by asking you to say a few words? charlene: sure. pres. trump: thank you. isrlene: president trump, it a pleasure to be here and a privilege. i moved to the ohio valley in 2002. the reason i am here is because i wrote a letter to you, and i did not really think it was going to be read, but it was. they are listening. the subject of my letter was to let you know that this tax cut and jobs plan was affecting us positively. we also wanted to let you know we were here supporting you. my husband, kevin, worked in the steel mill.
it closed down and 2012 due to the company going bankrupt. of people whoot lost their jobs at that time. our whole area was saturated with unemployed. he spent the next 1.5 years retraining and at the same time searching for a job. fortunately i was employed for the first year of it. blind andame legally could no longer work and couldn't drive, and we had no public transportation in our area. , essentially what happened was that we fell on such hard to surrender had the car we possessed and we almost lost our home and struggled everyday to make ends meet. we lived off my credit cards and both of our unemployment, which still was not enough to cover.
finally, he found a job in january 2014. he is still with them. but because of the tax cut and jobs plan, they are taking out a lot less taxes than what they had been prior to before. two to actually seen $300 -- 200 to $300 less taxes than what they did before. [applause] and those are real numbers. i actually went back and look at his income and the taxes before and after, and i was amazed. it really is working. i do want to thank you, mr. president, for making our lives a lot more enjoyable. pres. trump: thank you very much. [applause]
that is so nice. charlene: this is my husband, kevin. pres. trump: kevin, which like thank something? kevin: you, mr. president to give me the opportunity to tell you our story. i have been a lifelong resident of hubbard, northeast of youngstown. in 2000, i started working for a steelld be known as company. it stayed until its closing in june 2012. , thetold us all to go home mill had gone into bankruptcy. 50 days later, the mill was sold for scrap. all of us that work there love that place. .e were deeply impacted there were 700 of us who lost our jobs. i was out of work for a year and a half. there was a period of time when
we went with no paycheck, nothing coming into the house. in january 2014, i found employment with the current company i am with. it is a great company with great people. it is expanding and growing. i had to drive an hour and a half to one of their facilities. , did that for three years until i was able to relocate to a facility closer to home. a burden for me. the company i am employed with has been seeing huge amounts of demand for their product. wethe tax cut we are having, have been able to buy new machinery, open buildings that were previously closed, and hire more people. would ever bek i able to say this in my life, but i think i can now -- at this
rate, i think i will be able to be gainfully employed until my retirement. pres. trump: good, good. [applause] i have been hearing that from steel companies and in particular from u.s. steel, where i was with the president as i said. they are talking about opening plants and so many things have changed, and that is because of our stance and the tariffs and it gives us where other companies want to negotiate because of it. you are saying things happening. again, we are going to take care of our people. we have taken care of a lot of the world and they never appreciated it a lot of them. we fight wars for them and fight all sorts of things, and they
take advantage of us on trade on top of everything else. we are going to keep a lot of friends, but they are going to respect us again. they have started to respect us again, and that makes me feel good. thank you. [applause] charlene: thank you, mr. president, for having us today. -- >> mr. president, thank you, for having us today. we are a family owned and operated business, second generation. we have 148 employees, several are here today. we do a sales by manually of $34 million. it is because the dedication and hard work of our employees that we earned then one independent retailer a few years ago. [applause] like to recognize my husband, dale.
he is our president. a was his father who started company in 1952 with a pickup truck and a hot water heater. i believe this is truly the american dream success story. i have to say that immediately upon your collection, which dale and i were more relieved than you can imagine, we chose to move forward with an addition to our showroom. he had contemplated that for seven to eight years and did not feel it was the right time. we felt with your strong leadership that it was time to invest in our company. we are going to our print -- open our new bargain area. thank you very much for that. pres. trump: that is great. [applause] mored then we were happy when the tax cut bill passed.
we wanted to award our employees. we decided to wait a few months, and we awarded all of our full-time employees in $1000 -- a $1000 employee. [applause] i must say, mr. president, they were so excited and it was totally unexpected. we had several employees get so emotional that they cried. one of our delivery drivers came into my office and said, i have to tell you, i thank you again for my $1000 bonus. i was going to use it to do repairs of the summer, i chose to do something different. paymentut a $1000 down on a vacation i am taking my family on this summer. pres. trump: thank you, that is beautiful. [applause]
>> i do want to thank you for everything you are doing for this country. i want to encourage you to stay the course. any kind of discouragement, i want you to realize there are millions of americans across this country like my husband and i pray for you, your family, and your safety. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. >> thank you for making furniture grade again and thank you for making america great again. , and thank you for making america great again. pres. trump: thank you. >> i would like you to hear from one of our employees. >> i have been with them for 22 years as a furniture sales
associate and designer. i am a proud daughter of a coal miner. husband, mark, and i live in pennsylvania. we have two amazing children. our daughter is 23 and is a your's aide, and one of biggest fans is our 17-year-old son, dylan, who graduates this year. asked if i wanted to come, she knew how much dylan respected you, and so she invited him also. he is excited to be here. our health insurance comes through my husband's employer. before obamacare, we had no premiums and no deductibles. once obamacare came into effect, my husband's employer which is a small company, was unable to cover the premiums any longer. we now have a very high premiums
and also higher data bowls -- deductibles. we had to medical situations involving my son and later on my husband that required several days in the hospital, and my husband actually has more surgeries coming. with the bonus that you made possible, we were able to pay down some of our medical bills. you,t really want to thank mr. president, for making that possible for our family. pres. trump: thank you. thank you. thank you very much. [applause] you mentioned obamacare. it is been a disaster. we actually had it eaten except for one vote. you remember that beautiful night. for one vote or you remember that beautiful night. it changed by one vote. in the tax cut plan, we got rid of the individual mandate, which
was unpopular. now we are going to be doing other things like association health insurance. we have our great secretary of labor who is in charge of that. over the next few weeks, we are going to have a very big announcement on health care. we have a few of them because thisazar is going to make and by the time we do the plants, they are -- plans, they are fantastic and cost the government relatively little. maybe i could ask alex acosta to make a few words. alex: the story you shared with from a story we heard summoning americans. there are 11 million americans that work for small businesses that can no longer afford health care. that is a big, big problem. so one of the things that folks
don't know is that obamacare puts a greater burden on small businesses than on corporations. is isesident's vision there a way small businesses can band together so they can get the same access to health care as the big corporations? we are working on a proposal to do just that. the president is very focused on this. that is something the department of labor is hoping to announce in the very near future. that will be transformative. 11 million americans and their families that could have that access under association health care plans. [applause] sec. acosta: let me just add one final word. the president touched on the tax cut and jobs act. i want to say the president has
made promises to the american people. he has promised to cut taxes and the taxes have been cut. he has promised we will find jobs and create jobs. and the trump economy has created, since his election, 3.2 million new jobs. [applause] pres. trump: sec. acosta: and since the tax 800,000 new jobs. that is transforming lives. promises made in promises kept. thank you. pres. trump: thank you very much. [applause] i think maybe i will ask jim. jim has been terrific.
he has represented ohio for a long time. he's a very successful businessman and he is now running for the senate against sherrod brown, who does not think the way we think and when it comes to borders, 20 comes to so much -- it is also the vote because they will vote as a block. on democrats are very weak borders, on health care. the health care they had is a disaster in its coming to an end. very weak. you look at the borders, they don't want the wall but we will get the wall. close ofe have to the country for a while, we have no choice. we will get tremendous security in our country. jim has been there all the way. he is highly respected in washington. just a respected person. really knows what it is to go out and make a dollar.
go out and spend a dollar. understands business. understands what we are doing in the country and understands what it makes to make it america -- to make america great again. maybe you can say a few words. >> thank you, mr. president. [applause] welcome back to ohio. it is great to have you here. the first time i met you you were candidates from. i have been with you every day since. i appreciate what you're doing. i was a small businessman. i created over 1500 jobs and employed over 3000 people. i'm still a cpa and i understand with this tax law does. i was so happy when the president said we are going to cut taxes for americans. i hear that all the time. i hear that from small business owners and employees. we are hearing these stories and i know we would hear some more.
it is working. it is working here in ohio. everywhere from keycorp to smokers who gave ever -- smuckers who gave everyone a $1000 bonus. steris up the road, $1000 bonus. all these things. [applause] it is just not that big companies, either. the little companies are doing just the same thing. bonuses ton gave their employees. small business. we have a first federal community bank in dover getting a bonus to full-time employees. you know with the greatest story is my travel the state of ohio? when i walk into a restaurant and somebody says thank you. thank you because i got a couple extra hundred dollars in my check last month. now i can put more away for
college, or i can put more away in pay off my car loan. these are the stories that are working. this is why i'm so proud to be standing here were sitting here with the president and knowing we together were able to put a tax plan together with his vision and get it passed. thank you for being here. [applause] i have to say -- you might -- pres. trump: jim is really doing great. he has been a fantastic congressman. i really suspect you are going to be an even more fantastic senator. we need your vote and need your help so go out and help jim to get it done. [applause] >> thank you. pres. trump: tony, will you say a few words? >> mr. president, i want to thank you for inviting us today. really, truly honored to be here.
i hope you don't mind i stutter a little bit. i'm a little bit nervous. i want to recognize a couple of people. ohio congressman david joyce. his aid, nick. ya -- ted yates, the mayor. [applause] >> these are legitimate who made it possible for me to be here today. thank you. tony, and i own ohio industrial sales. we are a small company in twinsburg, ohio, about 25 miles from here. just south of cleveland. i started this company in my basement in 1978. in july of this year we will celebrate 40 years being in business. years, iking for 38.5 decided to retire. i turned the business over to my
sun and named him resident, was in the front row in the blue shirt. who isd him president, in the front row in the blue shirt. i still have veto rights. todd still runs the business. i tried to stay out of his way and he is doing a great job. [applause] i know your people are interested in having small business represented here today. i guess you can say we are about as small as you are going to get. our company employs 13 people. 14 if you include me. we have annual sales of approximately $3 million. when i received the news about the tax-cut, i contacted our accountants to find out how it impacted our company. i was thrilled to find out we receive over a 20% tax reduction
in the final bottom line. [applause] >> that information, along with the savings our employees got a paycheck, i decided to get everyone in the company a $500 bonus. i know it is not the $1000 that a lot of the other people are getting, but you can let nancy pelosi kno people appreciate the crumbs they receive. [applause] >> the additional money we are receiving from the tax benefits are going to be used to buy some new equipment and a higher additional employees. we may even get up to 15 or 16. pres. trump: that is good. [applause] >> i will bet --
pres. trump: i will bet he is easy to work with. [laughter] >> we are a distributor for several manufacturers that manufacture high temperature ceramic fiber products. these are products that are used in applications that range from 1000 degrees up to 3000 degrees fahrenheit. our services for them include steel fabrication, distribution and also contracting. we service the steel industry, aluminum, heat treating, forging foundries, chemicals, etc. we also have several military contracts. if i was to make one final point, i know there have been many people in the media and some of your opposition who have claimed your tax-cut is only benefiting the large companies and their executives.
i'm here to say that is not true. -- excuse me.nd we are small and getting the benefit as much as the big companies. pres. trump: thank you. [applause] pres. trump: you have to member these large companies you keep hearing about, it plays into a certain narrative. most of these companies are on by millions of shareholders. they are the beneficiaries. those of the people out there. whether it is a large company with one million or 2 million shareholders, those of the people getting the dividend or the benefit of a stock increase. you look at the stock prices and they are at all-time highs. when you hear the word "a large companies," most are owned by millions of people so everybody is benefiting. you have to put it down and
remember that. tony, thank you very much. [applause] just one final point, and i hope this is not some of the commercial. i am sincere when i tell you, president trump, we thank you for what you are doing for our business and small businesses. i think i speak for small businesses all over this country that we thank you for doing what you're doing to help us make america great again. pres. trump: thank you. [applause] pres. trump: thank you, tony. appreciate it. please. >> i would like to thank tony and president trump for being here today. it is an honor and a privilege, sir. i have a positive story to share about the tax cuts. it centers around my sun, grayson, who was one year old. the proudest, happiest day of my life.
companyhe tax cuts our was able to give out a very generous $500 bonus to myself and other employees. i used that bonus to start a college savings account for my son that i would not have been able to do with the time. also, due to the extra take-home we, about $125 a month, have been able to move them into one of the better day cares in our area and it is fabulous. i see him growing every single day. reading his favorite book, it is heartwarming. spin, thethe negative rhetoric from the media, you don't hear positive stories like that. those don't grab headlines. i just want to say i am a damn proud american to be here today, share that story and thank you for the hard work you do and
continue to do on a day-to-day basis. it is great. keep up the great work. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much. that is beautiful. that is beautifully stated so thank you very much. please. >> good afternoon, mr. president. my name is chris and i'm from new franklin, ohio. i was born and raised in texas. when i was 19 i listed in the marine corps. after four years of active duty -- [applause] >> after four years of active duty service, i moved to ohio with my wife. we decided to settle down and start a family. i have been here for eight years now. we have two beautiful daughters, hayden and savanna. with the rest of my family still in texas we really get to visit
them every other year or so. we are of these tax cuts now saving over $1400 a year, which gives me the opportunity to take my family here in ohio down to texas to visit my family down there. family is very important to me and my wife. it just means a lot to us we are now able to do that on a more frequent basis. thank you. pres. trump: thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you. i am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to come here and tell you in person thank you for what you are doing for our family. we are husband said, saving over $1400 a year because of this tax cut. not only does that give us the opportunity to go visit family in taxes that we don't get this -- texas we don't get to see
often, we made a deal with each other when we decided we were going to settle down in ohio and not texas or any the other states we were tied to. we would hold off on buying a house and so we had our debt paid off. we wanted to get the student loans and car loans, all the little debt that catches up with you in adulthood that we wanted to pay off before we bought a house. not only is that giving us the opportunity to stay closer to our out-of-state family, it puts us closer to the goal of buying our house and settling down permanently in ohio. thank you so much for what you're doing. [applause] pres. trump: these are stories you were hearing all across america. there is nothing negative to say. they are incredible people. , theyre workers, savers are proud to pay tax.
they love to pay it. they know what is happening, but now we are spending the money wisely. you have to spend it wisely. our country is doing great. i think maybe doing as good or better than it has ever done before. it is only going to get better. we have tremendous things planned. we are going to start being smart about our relationship with other countries and others. you will see tremendous progress over the next hopefully seven years. it is not even going to take seven years. it is going to happen really very quickly. we all love this country. we love it a lot. those were incredible stories. i think it is just amazing to hear. we can take almost everybody in the room, probably everybody in the room and hear a similar story. i am honored to have been able to do the tax cut plan because it has led to a lot of jobs.
it has led to better jobs. it has led to increased salary, but also not only the increase in the salary but you have a lot left over which is money most people, even if people appear certainly, but probably most of the people in the audience did not expect to see or have. it has made a big difference in a lot of lives. we meet a lot of people and it has made a tremendous difference. i am so honored to have been able to help. we will do a lot more over the coming years. thank you all for being here. thank you. [applause] pres. trump: thank you. that is very nice. i really appreciate it. you are special, special people. enjoy your lives. we will make your lives a lot better. every single year they will get better and better. it's an honor to be with the people of ohio. thank you very much. [applause] ♪
>> if you missed any of this discussion in ohio, it will be available online at c-span.org. we will also have it for you to see again later in our programming schedule. with primaries next week in ohio and three other states, this weekend we take a look at the political strategies for democrats as we headed to the 2018 midterm elections. our guest on newsmakers is guy cecil, who chairs priorities usa. he talks about digital campaigning and the issues that are resonating with voters. >> certainly important for us the whole donald trump accountable. if all we're doing is talking about donald trump, that is not a motivating influence for many millennial voters, in particular african-americans. in many ways donald trump is the living, breathing embodiment of
why they think the system is working against them. constantly only talking about trump actually has a negative impact on their interest in the election. it highlights the point that yes, donald trump is not going to let the election be anything other than a referendum on donald trump. when you turn on cnn, or news networks the entire conversation is about storming and mueller and the investigation. those things are important, but it will not decide the election. convincing democrats that we need a whole truck accountable, but we need to get back to talking about bread and butter issues and issues that affect these communities like criminal justice. >> did you just ask democrats not to talk about impeachment? relativelyo be agnostic about the impeachment debate and the sense of whether it is hurting or helping the party. the reality is partisans on both sides are already in the corners.
independents who are not think attention every nuance of what is happening in d.c. are not paying attention to television ads or arguments about impeachment going into the summer when the kids are out of school. my focus is less on that and more on issues around stormy daniels and michael:. cohen. we should let investigators proceed. in the course of their business as part of oversight, we certainly want our elected representatives to focus on holding the trump administration and all the various pieces of it accountable. that is different than choosing it as the basis for what you are running for office. the more we focus on where people are and what they care about and unless we focus on washington, the better off we will be. not just in those states but in a lot of house races around the country. >> you can watch the rest of the interview with guy cecil tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. c-span to with
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