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hill. then, deputy attorney general rob rosenstein on the mother investigation into the 2016 election. and tonight, we go live to see back for remarks by president trump -- live to cpac for remarks by president trump. >> the 160th congress is the most educated group ever with 72% of lawmakers earning a graduate degree. c-span spoke with several of the new faces. daniel meuser is new to washington but not to politics. he served as the state secretary of revenue. it also helps to build a medical equipment company with his family. euerressman m commemorated you grow up? rep. meuser: i grew up in new york. my father was a police officer. my mom stayed home with us. when we went off to school, she went off to work. i had a brother and sister. i wouldn't change a minute of
it. we were blessed with a great childhood. >> what kind of values did your errant instilling you? rep. meuser: we had somewhat of a rigid household, but at the same time they kept us busy, chores, sports and homework in that order, is what we focused on and did. but values of hard work. honesty, believing in america and knowing that if you get educated and you work hard, and reach for some goals, you could do well, and my brother and i and my sister, we took those values to hurt. it is really well -- values to heart. it is really what led to us together. business we grew a small business into what became a very large business and what is now today
the largest manufacturer and designer in the roads of the best power mobility devices for people with disabilities in the world. host: is there an experience of your childhood, something that your mother or father would say to you as kids that you carry around with you still today? rep. meuser: quite a few things, probably. my mom was always good with quotes to give us enthusiasm. one thing i will say that my dad would say, he would say, never say i can't. i have had my children understand that. don't say i can't. say, i can try harder. i can figure out a way. . show me how. but never say "i can't dot" host: how do you think that in fact to do into his your adulthood? out meuser: figuring i how to get things done. you study, you work and you put yourself into a position so that you do have an opportunity to
achieve those goals. my whole life was very much based upon that as many people in america. i am a good american business story and admitted here to congress. but unfortunately, there are a lot of good -- but fortunately, there are a lot of good such stories. we did start with a small opportunity. we had more failures and mistakes them but i can count, but you get past them. you don't try to kid yourself. you check your ego at the door. you underpromise and over deliver. all the business sayings that are a daily reality. i carried those things into being revenue secretary for the commonwealth of pennsylvania and i am absolutely going to carry those here. you really have to be real about things, ss what the problem is weather problem is,
don't full ourselves, we know that we have to deal with republicans and democrats come and figure out how to move forward. host: you started your business with your siblings? rep. meuser: my father and brother were the cofounders in 1987. i joined them in a 1988. a small furniture assembly, we made one a product and we just got it at it over time. right,g customers figuring out great operational inefficiencies and we started winning customers throughout the country and around the world. host: how did you end up in pennsylvania? rep. meuser: i started my life in long island, but the business opportunity happened to be in pennsylvania. a company by the name of pride lumber and furniture at the time. we went and renamed it pride health care, and now it is known as ride mobility products. that is what -- pride mobility products. i went to cornell.
, and a couple of years after that i decided to see what my father and brother were doing with this new business that they put together, and it worked out well. host: how did you become a conservative. have you always thought of yourself as a conservative? rep. meuser: public service is something that has been on my mind since i was very young. lot in school, a lot of history, government, philosophy, what works in government. that should the age the first person i voted for was ronald reagan in 1984. i really appreciated what was going on there. i did not appreciate what was going on in the jimmy carter days. i thought it was very ineffective and i didn't think there was any leadership. ronald reagan came in with confidence and policies and he let the america do its thing. government and
focused on the private sector and reducing taxes, talking about and reducing regulations, and trying to put more money into the pockets of families and workers, and of people. that is what drives the economy. look at today. there were a number of stimulus packages been six years ago under the obama administration and the economy did not pick up. theformer congress and president did the tax-cut and we truly have a booming economy that is very favorable to very many people throughout the ninth congressional district. just a note about the ninth congressional district, one of the reasons i think they saw inmate's someone who could carry their voice to washington -- they saw in me someone who could carry their voice to washington is because i understood their frustrations. people say that in our district, we have the best people.
we in the people in the ninth congressional built america, we put that love america but are very frustrated with the government. they feel as if they continue to work harder and give and we aren't getting anything back in return. they feel forgotten. i get that. inclusion, aign of very wise gentleman from the district would always tell me, follow the politics of inclusion, which i did. we brought people in. that is what i am doing now that i am an office. i don't really like making a move without our people being aware of what we are doing on their behalf while we are doing it, and what the potential outcomes are. but our campaign was very much about understanding what they wanted. they went -- conservatism is my on accentuating the positive at have made our country great and mitigating if
not eliminating those wish to drag us down. marketplaces, and limited government, certainly a lawful society, obviously, but policies that allow the creative environment for job creation and for opportunity. that is our main job. we don't create jobs here in government. in fact, we probably get in the way of job creation, which we have to stop. we need to be enablers of employers, of families, not the sabres, if you will. we need to encourage, not discourage on every policy issues that we vote on. forget behind. host: on the other side of the aisle is ben mcadams, the only democrat in utah's congressional delegation representing the fourth district. you grew up in a family of eight. what was the household like?
we were six kids. a pretty rambunctious household. we hadned to get along, a lot of sibling arguments over time and we grew to be pretty close. i loved it. it was a small home and we were always on top of each other, learning to share one bathroom and three bedrooms. off each other's rough edges and we got to be a pretty close family. host: where were you raised, and how were you raised? >> a suburb north of salt lake city. schoolteacher. she taught us and love of reading, and really instilled in us a desire to gain a further education and understand the world around us. my parents got divorced when i was a teenager, they had a fairly dysfunctional marriage. that was kind of rough. the divorce was probably a good thing for both of my parents, but that was a dynamic we were living with. -- livingvative part
with in a conservative part of the suburbs of utah. host: where did you go after high school and what did you major in after college -- what did you major in, and then after college? rep. mcadams: after college as to whether working in a construction job doing remodeling. soon after that, i served a mission for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints in brazil, sao paulo, for two years. working and serving in the greater sao paulo area. i came back and went to the university of utah where i got a bachelor's degree in political science and minored in sociologist. then i went to law school, columbia law school. i got married, i shouldn't about myhat fact come wife and i both attended columbia law school and graduated from law school in 2003. i stayed in practice with a big law firm in new york doing
securities compliance and regulations. moved back home to utah and did the same. taught at the university of utah for a period of years before i veered off into a public service career. host: how has being a member of the mormon church infected you? rep. mcadams: my faith has impacted me in several ways. especially working as a missionary in brazil, as property, but i also saw the opportunities created by people who had access to a good quality education and a good paying job, house a good lift themselves and left their families out of poverty. brazil developed a middle-class, and many people achieved that middle-class status wit which was so important. i came back committed to doing more to help people lift coming from ato lower income and working-class family often times relying from a single income, my mother was a schoolteacher, it taught me the
value of education. i was able to get ahead in life because of things like pell grant's and student loans, hard work and working multiple jobs to put myself through college. through the few doors that were opened to me i was about to lift myself up and really developed a commitment to helping other people have access to those opportunities and to make sure that doors were open. so that if people chose to work through them, they could really achieve the american dream. a lot of that commitment comes from my faith. . a commitment to work hard and a commitment that everybody should have access to opportunities to lift themselves up and to provide a better life for themselves and their families. host: what were you doing before you served in the house? rep. mcadams: i was mayor of salt lake county, county executive. in that capacity. , the county oversaw a lot of human services, economic development services, transportation, investments in the salt lake area.
one of the issues i worked really hard on was homelessness and housing. . helping people who were in crisis to gain access to some stability. in some cases it was job training, other cases it is treatment. helping them clean up their criminal record and get their feet back under them and establish a good life for themselves. we worked a lot in that area and we really found a lot of weight-driven initiatives and efforts that work for people who are struggling and trying to lift themselves up. certainly, the need for treatment, behavioral health treatment, or access to housing. seeing so many people in that capacity turn their lives around. we look forward to taking that passion and desire to serve and the how we can apply it at the federal level to really help people help themselves. host: who or what influenced you to get into politics? rep. mcadams: i am tempted to say that it was probably my mother.
though she lamented that me she didn't office -- admire politicians and thought that was that she was worried for me and what that might mean to run for office. she was also someone who inspired me to do good, with a commitment to public service, giving back to my community. i have to say a lot of that stems from my mother, who worked hard her entire life and raised six incredible kids who all went on to get a college degree and many of us are giving back in different ways. i am the only one in public service, but all my siblings are giving back to our community and different ways. greta: you won the seat that was belonged -- he won the former seat of republican mia love. ?hat did you mum say rep. mcadams: she passed away about two years into my race. i know that if she was here
today she would fill that apprehension about that she would still have that apprehension about having a child in politics. host: joining us from the west is representative rosruss the 1st district of idaho. hostyou ended up first congressman -- as the congressman of the first district of idaho. how did that happen? rep. fulcher: iran in 2014 and came really close. prior to that i had the good fortune of being in the senate for a spirit of time. as the field filled out it was pretty clear that there was a lot of overlap in the state in terms of various candidates and also at the same time, my predecessor in the united if congress stepped down and opened up this door. it seemed like a very good fit and it just worked out.
host: you mentioned a crowded idaho.al field in in the first district primary, you won 18 of the 19 counties in the first district. do you know which county it was that you lost? rep. fulcher: i think it was a county right next to canada, boundary county. i think i didn't get far enough. host: what is a better job? rep. fulcher: for me right now i believe that things worked out exactly the way they were supposed to. i am not sure there is one that is better than the other. the congressional seat has turned out to be a good fit in my professional life, in addition to being in the legislature. i had a long time of traveling internationally and i think that might give you perspective, not just traveling, but doing a lot of business internationally. maybe the prospective outcomes of a congressional seat? rep. fulcher: what sort of business where you in? rep. fulcher: the housing and technology business.
i was with a technology company technology, a large semi conductor company. it wasn't very large when i started there. that and another company afforded me a lot of time to travel around around and do business with different areas around the state. host: you also have a big family in idaho? rep. fulcher: more than 100 years on both sides of the family. it is a good place, and i want to try to do the best i can to keep it that way. host: home was originally a dairy farm? rep. fulcher: dairy farm kid from idaho. there used to be a lot of those. now that area is raising houses more than farms. the bestslated transition into the technology sector when i was a very young person and that is where most of my adult life has been spent. host: why the shift of politics? rep. fulcher: that is a great question.
i have asked myself a few times 20 wondered if it was the right move. i don't necessarily recommend but thereot always, was an interest there. being an international business person, you certainly have the impact of regulation and law everywhere you go. so this is where the rules get set, so much of that. there was an interest and early on in my very first state senate term, i was appointed. so i finished a term as state senator best finished the term of a state senator who had resigned, and that started the interest further. greta: do you have a political mentor? rep. fulcher: probably the closest would be a former u.s. senator from idaho, james mccord. not with usy, he is anymore but back in the 1980's i was privileged to do internships with him while being a micron
employee. there was a lot of interaction with the company and what was going on here with the public commerce rulings of the time, so i found him to be a very levelheaded, kind and honorable man. host: what is your aleppo style? i am not a real bomb thrower. i tried to build relationships of degreet some kind of confidence and preparation so that when i do get involved in something, it is coming from a position of knowledge or x.'s -- or experience, one that is collaborative to the best extent possible. i have strong principles that cannot be forfeited. ouruld say the principles nation was founded on. i just finished speaking about the century of life a few moments ago. free-market-type of principles is another one. the rule of law in property,
those things that were important to our founders are important to me. host: what committees are you serving on? rep. fulcher: i just found out today what they are. natural resources, which is my number one pick because of the huge implications to our state, and also education and labor. both very pertinent. i am excited about it. host: what do you want to get done on those committees? rep. fulcher: we have two thirds of the land mass in the state of idaho that is federal land. so you can make the argument state, we are more of a tenant than the my landlord. anytime we have that much federal land you will have continuous issues with your mining industry, anything that is federally-regulated. transportation or has to go through all that federal ground. , if i number one thing could somehow have a role in
this, it would be to allow for some more wisdom in the planning process, in the management process. most of the time the local stakeholders in our state don't have enough say in how it is managed. within our state borders and we would really like to put some wise local management into the process. host: two years from now when the congress comes to anand, how will you consider whether you have been successful in this congress? rep. fulcher: probably based off the constituent service. i am a freshman into the minority party and i am not naive, i will not be sending a huge stake in that role, however, we do have three different officers across a very large landmass and view to veterans issues and some of those federal land issues, federal regulations issues, there is a lot of traffic that
goes through those offices and a lot of people who need help navigating a very complex federal system. so the best thing i can do in as next two years is how many -- is help is on people as possible never get those channels. greta: how many terms do you hope to serve? rep. fulcher: oh, my. i really don't know the answer to that. if i feel productive, if i feel like i am able to make some headway whether it be of the state level or here at the federal level, that i would like to stick around for a while, to terms, maybe three terms. i really don't know the answer. likewise, if it is not a good not performing well for the people i represent, i'm happy to step back. host: do you see yourself running for governor someday? rep. fulcher: that is a question i just don't know the answer to.
i would say right now, not really. this is where my focus is to me. waynever say never, but the the doors open and close and the forward, i amcame quite excited to be where i am in the united states congress. focus here and see if we can't make a positive influence. host: another businessman joining the wrecks of the house is the owner of the nation's largest wine retailer, total wine, david trone? rep. trone: you find out that bad things happen to good people. i left college and went to work dad.form for my unfortunately, he didn't work out. we had some financial problems due to some personal issues he bankrupt. went the bank took our home and my parents divorced and had to start over again.
host: how did you start over? rep. trone: i realized they needed more education. i had always been a good student. i applied to lots of graduate schools and ended up going to the university of pennsylvania wharton school of business. i got an mba there. i took out student loans, and i met my wife. she also has an mba from wharton and she also has student loans. it was great. and we began a new business, which is brokering eggs. i did that for about a year and a half. host: tell me about brokering eggs. p. trone: it is when you have a bunch of chicken and you buy eggs from them and you sell them to somebody else. so i would do that up and down the eastern seaboard. unfortunately, the chickens i was involved with caught the avian flu and died. so i had a second setback. . thank goodness i.
am kind of entrepreneurial, i started a small beer and soft drink retailer in harrisburg, pennsylvania. i opened it up my second semester at the wharton school of business. on a total shoestring. totally bootstrapped up. we painted the signs, we built the coolers out of two by fours, we built the stands out of two by fours and we began the regional business. it has blossomed. fast forward a couple of decades later, a lot of hard work later to a company called total wine and more. total wine and more now is the largest retailer of the united states, privately owned, for wine, beer and spirits. we operate in 23 states, with over 7000 team members and we do over $3 billion in sales. it is quite unlike the current occupant of the white house who also went to wharton school of business. he started with a big steak from
his dad. zero.rted with later on, my dad came and actually work for me for the last 35 years of his life and helped out. how many members of your family are in your business? the rep. trone: right now it is my younger brother and that is it. he and i own the business 101st -- he and i own the business 100%. host: how many siblings do have? rep. trone: i have three brothers and sisters. host: what did you decide to get into politics? rep. trone: i wanted to leave the world in a better spot. think of bobby kennedy in a 1968. we do a lot of that with our foundation, whether it is criminal justice, the american civil liberties union, substance abuse, opioids, mental education . a lot of areas were involved in, but we wanted to make a big difference. the only way you can make a big difference is a federal government, so this is an opportunity to help people who
don't have a pac, who don't have a lobbyist. i lost my nephew at age 24 to fentanyl. i want to help folks in the criminal justice system. the first step back is only the first step. doing what we can to give folks a fair shake. host: tell me how you got to the six district. you run for the eighth district at one point. racetrone: we been a good and came in second in the sixth district, and john delaney decided to run for the u.s. presidency. it would be a great president. he opened up that seat, so i stepped up and took a shot and i turned out to be successful. host: on that 2016 race, you spent how much money? rep. trone: i hate to think about it. . all and knows it was too much and i hope we spend less from here on out. host: was it about $13 million?
rep. trone: it could have been. i don't want to keep thinking about it. . my point is that if people like your issues and what you stand for, you have to get your word out. the problem is newcomers have such a tough time against sitting state senators and sitting state delegates. it really takes an effort especially in the media market like d.c. where a cost per point is about $700. host: you have given money to democrats and republicans over the years before running for congress. why? rep. trone: i am bipartisan. in my business, we operate in states like texas, if we want to get things accomplished that our company focuses on, we focus on things in a positive for the consumer such as expanding hours of operation. things that everybody can agree on. we are working to forge a bipartisan approach to
government. as a business guy who belongs to the chamber of commerce, we think we can cross that bridge. host: what did you think about campaign finance reform, is it needed in this country? rep. trone: we need a lot of reform. r.1 is a great step in the right direction. looking for transparency, that is what is really important. the american people deserve that and it will happen. i am excited, this is what i asked for. i got the education and labor committee's. successn is the root of , of fixing so many of america's problems. that other committee is foreign affairs. host: what are your priorities for the committee? rep. trone: i think it is important that america realizes its leadership. my job in the last 10 years in my company's leadership, selling the vision, how we align everybody to that vision and rebuild small steps to get together as a team.
in foreign policy we have to step up and they are part in the world just like i have been lucky in life and my family is. we have an obligation to give back and this is an opportunity in public service like we do in philanthropy. we have to go to yemen, we have to figure out ways to help those folks through our foreign policy. host: what is your vision for the 116th congress? where would you like to be two years from now? rep. trone: my mission personally is to try to drive for more cooperation than we see . it is unbelievable and we open up your in congress, everybody is at a total deadlock. total animosity. what i like to see is republicans and democrats quit focusing on the party and focusing on americans. focusing on how we can help people who really need the help. we can do that. host: you are part of a big freshman class. is there somebody on the other side of the aisle that you think you can do that with? rep. trone: there are a lot of there.ver
we just spent six days in israel, three democrats and three republicans, and reconnected. i will tell you, all three republicans and all three of us democrats will all be working together on important things like a opiate catastrophe. someday 2000 people died. . this is a catastrophe -- 72,000 people died. this is a catastrophe of massive proportions and everybody is affected by it. so we want excellent support across the aisle. host: after a career in business, how long do you plan to be in this career? rep. trone: until we run out of gas. frankly, there is a lot i want to get accomplished and i think i understand being an executive. i understand bringing people together and looking at what the end product is. i am here to get stuff done at the end of the day. congress, new leaders. follow it all on c-span. this weekend, president trump will speak at the annual
political action conference live this morning at 11:30 a.m. eastern. at 8:00, vermont senator bernie sanders formally announcing his candidacy for president in brooklyn, new york. sunday morning, new jersey senator and presidential candidate cory booker will speak in selma, alabama on the anniversary of the clash between civil rights demonstrators and police in 1965 known as bloody sunday. was on c-span, c-span.org, or listen on the free c-span radio app. >> deputy attorney general rob rosenstein said new attorney general william barr would make "the right decision" when asked about the mother investigations report. the comments came during a conversation at the center for strategic and international studies on the importance of the will of law. this is just one hour. . >>