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FTG FOR DAN HARRIS CS VO ON A CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE TEA PARTY, THE NATION'S OLDEST CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP) HAS JUST ADOPTED A RESOLUTION AT ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION CONDEMNING "RACIST BEHAVIOR" BY TEA PARTY MEMBERS, AND TEA PARTY IS FIGHTING BACK / INTV W/ DAVID WEBB, CO-FOUNDER OF TEA PARTY 365 NEW YORK CITY AND SIRIUS XM TALK SHOW HOST / HARRIS ISO How did you get involved in the Tea Party? 15:37:33 I .. last April I was asked to help put together the rally. I took a look at what their about, what they were planning to do and I put together the big rally down at city hall park. In your view does the Tea Party have an issue with racism? 15:37:50 I think that in any movement, any size movement on either side of the political aisle you are going to get a fringe element or an occasional element. But across the Tea Party not in just my experience. my organization, but in others I've not seen any outward signs of a racist element. You've never seen anything personally that made you feel uncomfortable? 15:38:12 No. I never have. I what I . uh to be fair -- There are times when people will bring something that's over the top in a sign. If any Tea Party leader sees that you come out, you denounce it, you ask them to put it away. It doesn't belong there. That's not what we're there for. 15:38:29 This is an issue about fiscal responsibility not about racism. Racism detracts from the issue. What do you think of what the NAACP is doing? 15:38:44 I think the NAACP in its march towards irrelevancy as an organization needs an enemy to maintain its power base. That's why they are doing this. 15:38:56 There is absolutely no true empirical evidence that supports what they are saying about the movement and what it appears they are going to say about the leadership. And I am one of the leaders and I interact with many of the other leaders. 15:39:14 We may not all agree on everything, but the one thing we agree on is that racism doesn't belong here. It's not accepted here and we denounce it if it is ever brought up. We have offered rewards, we have contacted the CBC, we have said show us the evidence. Let's prove it did or didn't happen. 15:39:31 They have refused to respond. It's a false argument. So you think this is all about politics? 15:39:38 I think this is about politics and energizing the base. You have an organization that has evolved into a leftist organization for the most part. When you look at their positions on school choice in the black community, their national policy . When you look at their support of unions on the far left with their ideas. When you look at the fact that the culture has changed in America . and shouting racism and playing the race card doesn't have what it used to. 15:40:05 But it does for a very small group. And they need to get that base together as the march to November continues it doesn't look good for the left. So let me push you a little bit. We've all seen the signs. There have been signs that compare Barak Obama to a monkey. There have been signs that have had the "N" word on them. When you see those signs how do you feel? 15:40:30 They're offensive. They don't belong there, but I'm going to use the same tact on the other side. 15:40:37 Condoleezza Rice having sex with a monkey giving birth to a monkey baby. George Bush is a Nazi. Whichever side that comes from it doesn't belong here. 15:40:47 And the people that bring that sign again, detract from what we're here to do. 15;40:51 Left . right dynamic there will always be fringe elements. Anyone who says otherwise is dishonest. 15:40:59 What the movement is about is something completely different. It represents a large broad and in according to some polls a majority of Americans and their views. And this is not based on just conservative vs. democrat. This is based on principles, on fiscal responsibility and limited government. So when you see obviously offensive signs . your conclusion is there are a few idiots out there but it doesn't represent the whole movement? 15:41:25 Absolutely. When you get a million people on the mall in Washington, DC you're going to find somebody who goes way beyond. But if the NAACP wants to condemn racism then I suggest they start with the New Black Panther Party. 15:41:39 That's video evidence. I'm going to kill cracker babies. I'm going to kill crackers. I hate crackers. Denigrating in the video I think most of America's seen a black man with a white woman. The same dynamic by the way that produced the President of the United States. 15:41:57 Why hasn't the President who had a beer summit after a Cambridge professor was arrested he said without knowing all the facts, the cops acted stupidly and had a bear summit November 2009 .where are we now with the summit again and the outcry by both the president, Mrs. Obama, and the NAACP against King Sami Shabaaz? Let me ask you about something else. While you dispute the merits of the NAACP's plan . setting that aside for a moment, what about the political reality. Do you think it will work . that they'll be able to sully the image of the Tea Party? 15:42:42 I think it will work for their base. But fundamental truths aside or rather based on the fundamental truths that Americans are looking at -- pocketbook issues, the NAACP will not win that argument. 15:42:57 They denigrated the Tea Parties in the beginning. The President said I don't even pay attention. Nancy Pelosi spoke fervently and emotionally about what she has seen. All this bad, racist element, these non-existent Americans - the few of them and yet millions have come out and spoken and you can't fail to see the truth after awhile. 15:43:21 This is a big nation and people are accepting the truth. --------------------------------------------------------------
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FTG FOR DAN HARRIS CS VO ON A CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE TEA PARTY, THE NATION'S OLDEST CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP) HAS JUST ADOPTED A RESOLUTION AT ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION CONDEMNING "RACIST BEHAVIOR" BY TEA PARTY MEMBERS, AND TEA PARTY IS FIGHTING BACK / INTV W/ DAVID WEBB, CO-FOUNDER OF TEA PARTY 365 NEW YORK CITY AND SIRIUS XM TALK SHOW HOST / WEBB ISO How did you get involved in the Tea Party? 15:37:33 I .. last April I was asked to help put together the rally. I took a look at what their about, what they were planning to do and I put together the big rally down at city hall park. In your view does the Tea Party have an issue with racism? 15:37:50 I think that in any movement, any size movement on either side of the political aisle you are going to get a fringe element or an occasional element. But across the Tea Party not in just my experience. my organization, but in others I've not seen any outward signs of a racist element. You've never seen anything personally that made you feel uncomfortable? 15:38:12 No. I never have. I what I . uh to be fair -- There are times when people will bring something that's over the top in a sign. If any Tea Party leader sees that you come out, you denounce it, you ask them to put it away. It doesn't belong there. That's not what we're there for. 15:38:29 This is an issue about fiscal responsibility not about racism. Racism detracts from the issue. What do you think of what the NAACP is doing? 15:38:44 I think the NAACP in its march towards irrelevancy as an organization needs an enemy to maintain its power base. That's why they are doing this. 15:38:56 There is absolutely no true empirical evidence that supports what they are saying about the movement and what it appears they are going to say about the leadership. And I am one of the leaders and I interact with many of the other leaders. 15:39:14 We may not all agree on everything, but the one thing we agree on is that racism doesn't belong here. It's not accepted here and we denounce it if it is ever brought up. We have offered rewards, we have contacted the CBC, we have said show us the evidence. Let's prove it did or didn't happen. 15:39:31 They have refused to respond. It's a false argument. So you think this is all about politics? 15:39:38 I think this is about politics and energizing the base. You have an organization that has evolved into a leftist organization for the most part. When you look at their positions on school choice in the black community, their national policy . When you look at their support of unions on the far left with their ideas. When you look at the fact that the culture has changed in America . and shouting racism and playing the race card doesn't have what it used to. 15:40:05 But it does for a very small group. And they need to get that base together as the march to November continues it doesn't look good for the left. So let me push you a little bit. We've all seen the signs. There have been signs that compare Barak Obama to a monkey. There have been signs that have had the "N" word on them. When you see those signs how do you feel? 15:40:30 They're offensive. They don't belong there, but I'm going to use the same tact on the other side. 15:40:37 Condoleezza Rice having sex with a monkey giving birth to a monkey baby. George Bush is a Nazi. Whichever side that comes from it doesn't belong here. 15:40:47 And the people that bring that sign again, detract from what we're here to do. 15;40:51 Left . right dynamic there will always be fringe elements. Anyone who says otherwise is dishonest. 15:40:59 What the movement is about is something completely different. It represents a large broad and in according to some polls a majority of Americans and their views. And this is not based on just conservative vs. democrat. This is based on principles, on fiscal responsibility and limited government. So when you see obviously offensive signs . your conclusion is there are a few idiots out there but it doesn't represent the whole movement? 15:41:25 Absolutely. When you get a million people on the mall in Washington, DC you're going to find somebody who goes way beyond. But if the NAACP wants to condemn racism then I suggest they start with the New Black Panther Party. 15:41:39 That's video evidence. I'm going to kill cracker babies. I'm going to kill crackers. I hate crackers. Denigrating in the video I think most of America's seen a black man with a white woman. The same dynamic by the way that produced the President of the United States. 15:41:57 Why hasn't the President who had a beer summit after a Cambridge professor was arrested he said without knowing all the facts, the cops acted stupidly and had a bear summit November 2009 .where are we now with the summit again and the outcry by both the president, Mrs. Obama, and the NAACP against King Sami Shabaaz? Let me ask you about something else. While you dispute the merits of the NAACP's plan . setting that aside for a moment, what about the political reality. Do you think it will work . that they'll be able to sully the image of the Tea Party? 15:42:42 I think it will work for their base. But fundamental truths aside or rather based on the fundamental truths that Americans are looking at -- pocketbook issues, the NAACP will not win that argument. 15:42:57 They denigrated the Tea Parties in the beginning. The President said I don't even pay attention. Nancy Pelosi spoke fervently and emotionally about what she has seen. All this bad, racist element, these non-existent Americans - the few of them and yet millions have come out and spoken and you can't fail to see the truth after awhile. 15:43:21 This is a big nation and people are accepting the truth. --------------------------------------------------------------
BACHMANN NEWSER ON TEA PARTY CAUCUS
Press Conference with Representative Michelle Bachmann on Tea Party Caucus Also Attending: Ana Puig Homemaker - Pennsylvania Katrina Pierson - Dallas, TX Involved with Dallas Tea Party Cathy Trauernicht - Potomac, MD. Small Business Owner Diana Reimer - Philadelphia, PA Homemaker Danielle Hollars - Woodbridge, VA Veteran, Mother Tito Munoz - Dale City, VA Construction Company owner Keli Carender - Seattle, WA Tea Party Organizer, Actress William Oldfield - Annapolis, MD Businessman, Entrepreneur SLUG: 1000 BACHMANN PRESSER RS25 79 AR: 16x9 Disc:949 Press Conference with Rep. Michelle Bachmann on Tea Party Caucus SLUG: 1000 BACHMANN PRESSER RS25 79 AR: 16x9 Disc:949 10:09:56 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, everyone, for coming today. We're very thrilled that you're here and we thank you for your interest in the Tea Party Caucus. My name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, I'm from Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District and we're grateful and gratified that you have this level of interest. But there's probably been in this last year and a half no more interest than any group other than the Tea Party because they represent mainstream American people who have decided to get up off the couch because they want to take their country back. They've come essentially under a banner of three things and it's this, 10:10:32 they believe that we are taxed enough already, that the federal government should not spend more money than it takes in and that Congress should act within the constitutional limitations as given to us by the founding fathers. That is the banner that we believe in. (Applause.) And to that end, we have seen people show up for town hall meetings and come here for demonstrations. And so the other thing that we have heard along that line is that Congress is not listening to those people. 10:11:06 So we decided to form a Tea Party Caucus for one very important purpose, to listen to the concerns of the Tea Party. Now, what we are not, we are not the mouthpiece of the Tea Party and controlling it from Washington, D.C. I am not the head of the Tea Party nor are any of these members of Congress the head of the Tea Party movement. 10:11:27 The people are the head of the Tea Party movement in all of their forms. (Applause.) We are also not here to vouch for the Tea Party or to vouch for any Tea Party organizations or to vouch for any individual people or actions or billboards or signs or anything of the Tea Party. We are here to listen and to be receptacle (sic). We had a wonderful opening meeting this morning. We had 24 members of the United States Congress in attendance at our Tea Party Caucus and we had these wonderful people that I'd like have you hear from behind me. We have several members of Congress who have asked also to speak, 10:12:08 but first what I'd like to ask is one of the people who spoke to us today and please come, identify yourself, where you're from, the beautiful baby you're holding and what you told everyone today in the Tea Party Caucus. 10:12:23 MS. HOLLERS: Good morning, my name is Danielle Hollers (sp), I'm from Woodbridge, Virginia and I'm here for my children. I'm a stay at home mother of five. I'm an Army veteran and I was very dismayed to hear that people deem the Tea Party a bunch of terrorists. As a veteran of our Army, I'm not a terrorist; I'm a patriot and I have a right to protest against any legislation that goes against the will of the people. And I am here because I want to tell America, we are not terrorists, we are not racists, we are Americans who care about our country and the future for our children and our grandchildren. And that's all I have to say. Thank you. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. Thank you. 10:13:08 MS. PUIG: My name is Ana Puig (sp.) I'm originally from Brazil. I came to this country back in 1986 looking for the pursuit of happiness, life, liberty and opportunity. I have lived the American dream together with my family and what I see going on here in this country, I make no apologies anymore, I'm going to tell the truth. What I see going on is exactly what has taken place throughout Latin America under dictators such as Lula in Brazil, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. We are going down the same path and it's called 21st century Marxism. It's no longer a bloody war; it's an ideological war and we have to turn the tide around now in 2010 by electing conservative candidates such as Mrs. Bachmann here with us, so we can bring conservatism back to this country and turn the tide around for our children and grandchildren. Thank you. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Please state who you are and where you're from. 10:14:00 MR. MUNOZ: My name is Tito Munoz, I live in Woodbridge, Virginia. This morning I have to go to my job site, five in the morning, get my construction site ready, tell the instructions to the employees so I could come here and talk to the congressmen that opened the doors and opened the ears for us, the people. Unfortunate for many of -- (inaudible) -- that we have done, they have not done so. They have called us racists. They have called us many names and they have insulted the Americans who are against big government or against socialist policies. As an immigrant who came here to America, I came here for liberty and I didn't come here for dependency. I came here for opportunity. I didn't come here to receive from the government or to be told by the government what I should do or what I should not do. I was a fighter in Colombia when I was a teenager and I fought against corruption and against government. I know what the price you pay sometimes. I was arrested in Colombia a couple of times and I know that it doesn't matter, I'm going to fight here in America because this is my country, this is my new country and I love this country. I love it deeply and I'm very happy that congressmen are listening to us, hopefully, more members of Congress will listen to the American people. We do not want a socialist democracy. We want a constitutional republic back to the basics of how it was founded for. Thank you very much. (Applause.) 10:15:46 MS. MUNOZ: Hi, I'm Debbie Bornstein Munoz and I'm here because I care about the Tea Party movement, not the Tea Party as a party, but the Tea Party movement. What most of us are concerned about is there has been a lack of transparency in the current administration. We feel frustrated. I, myself, I'm very concerned with the way our country seems to be regarding our traditional allies. I'm very concerned about Colombia in South America. We need them as an ally and I'd like Congress to pass the free trade agreement with Colombia. I'm very concerned immensely about Israel and I want you all to know and I want Congress to know that we need to care about the traditional allies and that's what's good for America and it's also what's good for the world. (Applause.) 10:16:41 MS. PEARSON: I'm Katrina Pearson with the Dallas Tea Party and founder of the Garland Tea Party. I'm a member and advocate for this movement simply because I grew up having to struggle, raise a child by myself, watch my grandparents work their fingers to the bone with nothing to show for it. And as I got educated, I realized that there are ways and mechanisms that can be put in place to help hardworking Americans achieve their dream. Unfortunately, we have many systems that are broken that need to be fixed and I fully support conservatives moving forward in this cause. Now, for racism, racism is not a Tea Party principle nor is it in any bylaws. Racism is not the fight of the Tea Party. If black leaders want to come together in this country and put it on the table, then we can discuss that. As of today, please understand that racism is not an issue of the Tea Party nor will it ever be. Thank you. (Applause.) 10:17:41 MS. KARENDER: Hi, my name is Kelly Karender (sp). I'm from Seattle, Washington and I'm here because I am done with the mentality of this current congressional leadership, which, to me, appears to be extremely arrogant, as some sort of aristocracy rather than the republic that we should be and that we are. I'm tired of these double standards that we're not supposed to fly to places, but the presidential dog gets his own jet to go somewhere. I'm tired that we're being lectured on things and how to live our lives, but that somehow this elitist class above us, they get to do whatever they want to do and I think it's time that we all become equal again as we should be, as is the American dream. And lastly, I'm done with people defining who I am, who know nothing about me and smearing my integrity and my character. People don't know how I was raised. They have no idea where my heart lies and to have them anonymously smear me like that is horrific especially when it comes from the mouth of your own representative on the floor of the United States Congress and that is totally unacceptable in the USA. Thank you. (Applause.) 10:19:04 MS. REIMER: I'm Diana Reimer (sp), Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots and national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. I'm here today because I think this is just something great. It's about time that we're going to have our voices heard and this is our country. My husband and I are busy teaching people about what is happening to our country and bringing it back to our founding fathers' principles and I thank everyone, all the Caucus members and all the media here today. Thank you. (Applause.) 10:19:38 MS. TRAUNICH: My name is Cathy Traunich (sp) from Potomac, Maryland and I think perhaps the most overused word today is unsustainable. Members of Congress use the word, the president uses the word to talk about the unsustainable level of federal spending and the mounting federal debt. The Tea Party movement understands the meaning of unsustainable; it truly must be stopped and reversed and that's one of the principles that we're fighting for, to restore fiscal integrity to our government. Thank you. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana. REP. BURTON: I think, first of all, I want to thank Michele and the others that formed this caucus. I think you've heard today from people across the country, from various ethnic groups about how they feel about this government and the Tea Party movement. That should dispel an awful lot of the rumors about racism and other things because we have people from all ethnic backgrounds who are here today to talk about how they feel about America and constitutional government and lower taxes and less spending. So I hope all of you in the media today will carry that message back, that the Tea Party movement is all across this country, there's all races involved, all ethnic groups and they speak for America and they're speaking for them and their families and that's the message they should be giving to the people of this country through the media. Thank you. REP. BACHMANN: Louie Gohmert of Texas. (Applause.) 10:21:02 REP. GOHMERT: Thank you. This is an important movement to try to get both parties back on track, back to the things that made America great. And let me say something about this charge of things being tossed out here. When we walk through here when the health-care bill was being debated, I got up on the sidewalk over here that was just full of people, supposedly Tea Party folks that came on such short notice and I went and shook hands with everybody up and down that sidewalk as I moved toward the Cannon Building. And about every 10 to 15 feet, I encountered someone who said, I am not for you, I am for this health-care bill. So whatever they did, there were plants all the way through the crowd that nobody has talked about and, in fact, I got cussed by one when I got to the end of this street. I didn't come running to the media and whining and crying because, you know, we move on. We got elected to do a job. We have people yell names at us and I'm particularly surprised to find out under the definitions today, all of those who voted against Alan Keyes in 1996 who I voted for must have been racists, but anyway, thank you. This is a great day. Thank you, Michele, for pushing this. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. 10:22:27 MR. ALTFIELD: Hello, everyone, I'm Bill Altfield (sp) from Annapolis, Maryland, originally from Ohio where commercials first, government second and I came out here a few years ago and had to change a whole paradigm and start working in the government environment and everything I found was -- didn't make sense, was inefficient. There was no performance measurement and people never had an incentive or disincentive when they did something right or wrong and it made no sense to me because I had never seen it before; I'd spent 40 years of my life in the commercial side of the world and I came right here to the emerald city and was basically shocked. And so what's happened now, I'm trying to start my own business in Annapolis and I cannot believe how difficult its been because there are so many regulations in everything I'm trying to accomplish I can't get anything done without hiring more people that I can't afford right now. So I'm just here saying that we need to support the private sector so the private sector can pay the taxes to support the government when the government provides constituent services and then we asked the government to provide those constituent services in a very, very efficient performance-based way. I think it's so simple that I think all these other problems we're all talking about will solve themselves if we actually start that way and focus on that. Thanks very much. REP. BACHMANN: Dr. Paul Broun of Georgia. 10:23:40 REP. BROUN: I'm Paul Broun of Georgia. The Tea Party movement is expressing the most powerful political force in America and it's written in the Constitution of the United States, "We, the people," we, the people expressing their concern about their loss of freedom, the fiscal irresponsibility of this administration and the leadership here in this House. They want to go back to constitutionally limited government and if we'd go to what this document says, what our founding fathers meant for the Congress and the government to be doing, then we would have a whole lot different government. We would have fiscal responsibility. We would have people that were free and not encumbered by government. So we've got to get our government back and that's what this is all about. We're listening. They're speaking. That's what this Tea Party Caucus is all about. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. Dr. Phil Gingrey of Georgia. 10:24:33 REP. GINGREY: Well, obviously, this press conference is all about the Tea Party patriot organization and the Tea Party Caucus that Michele Bachmann and other members, I'm proud to be founding member of that caucus. We had a meeting this morning. As Michele said at the outset, we're not the mouthpiece of the Tea Party patriots; we heard from about 20 of their organizational members, both at the national level and state levels and city levels and you heard from some of them just a little while ago. These people are true patriots. It's the greatest grassroots organization that I have ever seen and I call myself a Goldwater Republican, so I go back a pretty long ways. This is great. I cherish them. I say let's lean into the fight and let's take this country back in November. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Judge John Carter of Texas. 10:25:25 REP. CARTER: I'm John Carter from Texas and I want to tell you, I've never seen a greater gathering of patriots than the people that gathered with us this morning and the truth is these people are patriots who have decided to get up off the couch and lay down the channel changer and get involved in their government that they know they are in charge of. The people run this government and this is the voice of the people and we're here to listen. I'm just proud to be part of this. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Also, of Texas, John Culberson of Houston. REP. CULBERSON: Thank you. Thank you, Michele. It gives me great hope to see the spontaneous creation of the tea parties across the nation. Our country was founded on a constitution of limited federal government and checks and balances that we as constitutional conservatives share the commitment of the Tea Party members to return to the original design the founders gave us of a careful division of power between state and federal government. We're committed to the restoration of state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment and individual liberty. We're committed to restoring the checks and balances between the separate branches of government, but above all, we're committed to listening to the people across the country who have risen up with one voice, really, from coast to coast that the government is not governing with our consent. 10:26:45 Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have awakened a sleeping giant from coast to coast that is building a tsunami that will sweep out these extremists that are governing the Congress in November and I am absolutely confident that America's best hope is in the Tea Party movement that has arisen spontaneously in a way that gives all of us great encouragement and inspiration. I'm very proud to be a member of the Tea Party Caucus, and work my heart out in the upcoming session to just say no to new spending and new taxes; and to get the government out of our lives, 10:27:22 out of our pockets; and leave us alone! Thank you, Michele, for doing this. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. You're welcome. We have other people here that I think that would like to speak, but in the interest of time, we may have to cut off questions, so -- or, I mean, cut off more speakers. So if there are any questions that you might have. Yes. Q Yes, Congresswoman Bachmann, by bringing this kind of a surprise here in the recent day, are you worried about putting your Republican colleagues in kind of a spot, in a with-us-or-against-us kind of a position? 10:27:49 REP. BACHMANN: Kevin, no, I'm not, because essentially what -- again, what we've heard from the people across the country is that Congress is not listening. As far as leadership goes, we have three members of the Republican leadership at least who've joined. The very first letter that I wrote was to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I asked the speaker if she would join us in the Tea Party Caucus. And the last conversation I had here at Capitol Hill was with a Democratic colleague who has indicated he would like to join the Tea Party Caucus. So we are hoping to be bipartisan because this is all about constitutional conservatives returning under the banner of our Constitution. We're hoping to be bipartisan. 10:28:24 As for Republicans, as I said, we have three members of the Republican leadership that have joined. Another member who is in the leadership told me he's very supportive of what we're doing, and this is complementary, complementary to our UCUT program where we're asking the American taxpayers to vote on what they would like to see us cut in the budget, almost complementary to America Speaking Out, the website we launched where we want to dialogue with the American people. But this is unique because this is a caucus that is saying we are opening up our doors as members of Congress. We're letting real people with real stories and real lives coming in to speak to us about their very real concerns. It's not very often that you get an open door where you have 24 members of Congress listening to real people about what they're saying. 10:29:11 Again, we are not the Tea Party movement, as members -- (applause) -- we are listening, we are receptacles, and we are ears to listen to what the people have to say. So great question. Yes. Q Can you talk about the issue of the day, which is regulatory reform the president signed this morning? Are you hearing from Tea Party members any objections to that? Or is that high on the agenda? 10:29:32 REP. BACHMANN: Well, this is a perfect illustration where I can say I am not here to speak on behalf of the Tea Party movement. Whatever comments I would make about the regulatory reform bill -- I voted against; I think it's a very bad bill -- those comments are not to be associated with the Tea Party. They need to speak for themselves. But I think what the American people were told about that bill is that they were going to see Wall Street put in handcuffs and put in jail basically to be punished for what happened. We all agreed that the bad actors who got us into this situation needed to be punished. The only problem is a lot of the bad actors were missing from this bill. Freddie and Fannie were missing from this bill. The Community Reinvestment Act was missing from this bill. The first thing that we'll see for consumers is we will see -- we'll see ATM fees, in all likelihood, raised. We'll see the end, probably, of free checking for people. And then we'll probably also see credit very difficult to obtain for consumers. 10:30:32 That sounds like it's Main Street getting punished to me. That doesn't sound like it's Wall Street. So that's part of my concern. But, again, the perfect illustration I'm speaking words for Michele Bachmann, not for the Tea Party. Any other questions? Yes. Q As members of the -- Q Exactly what do you hope the caucus achieves? I mean, how -- and -- and -- and can you give us a -- sort of a scope of what you'll be doing, how often you'll meet et cetera? REP. BACHMANN: Well, we're meeting now for the first time. 10:30:56 We're very gratified because we filed the paperwork on Friday to start the caucus. It was approved on Monday. We thank the speaker and Chairman Brady for that. And now we -- as you see, we've just already had our first meeting with 24 members in attendance. We feel this was very successful. And so what -- going forward what we want to do is have a bigger earphone, if you will, to listen to the people. And we may possibly meet next week as well. And then, as you know, then we go back for a district work period. But our goal is to continue an ongoing dialogue in real time. And I would also ask the speaker here and now, 10:31:32 "Would you allow us to use Skype here in the United States Congress?" It's very difficult to ask people here -- (applause) -- to come and see us this morning. You heard from Tito. Tito's told us he had to go to his work site this morning at five o'clock this morning, prepare his construction work site, leave the work site, and drive all the way here to meet with members of Congress. I would say that was a challenge this morning, and he -- but we've seen people do that all across the country. What we want to be able to do is make it as convenient as possible, and we in the Tea Party Caucus would love to listen to people from Alaska, Hawaii, all of the states what do you want us to hear. And if we could use Skype, then people could wake up maybe in their district at five in the morning. We could be here. They -- and we could dialogue with each other. That's what we hope to do going forward. (Applause.) Q Do you see legislation coming out of this? REP. BACHMANN: We will see. But, again, we're here to be a receptacle. So we'll see from there. Q Ms. Bachmann -- REP. BACHMANN: Yes. Q -- do you count Mark Williams -- Q -- (inaudible) -- Tea Party movement broadly is factionalized, and has differences of opinion within itself about what appropriate communications rhetoric -- (off mike). We hear from the Tea Party coordinators here right and left, Mark and Jenny (ph) Bath (ph), about how they feel about the dissent and some of the criticism of their organization. It's part of it and the broader but numerous voices in the movement. 10:32:57 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you for asking the question that way because the message is getting through that we members of Congress are not the mouthpiece; those involved in the movement are the mouthpiece. So thank you. Q The question really was could you talk to some of the dissent in the movement, about the message, how it's communicated, and the absence of the presence of a singular one for the movement overall? MS. MARTIN: I'm Jenny Beth Martin, cofounder and national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. And this is my fellow national coordinator and cofounder, Mark Meckler, TeaPartyPatriots.org. There is some dissent within some of the groups. What I think we can -- we all agree on are three core values that Tea Party Patriots laid out last June and July: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally- limited government and free markets. As far as this particular caucus goes that Congressman Bachmann has started, it came up on our weekly webinar last week with our local -- or this week with our local coordinators on Monday night. And they were enthusiastic about it because they hope that finally people in Congress are listening; you're going to promote our core values. And they were also cautious. They wanted to make sure that the people in Congress don't become the mouthpiece for the movement. And we've heard Congressman Bachmann and the rest of the congressmen here today say that that is not going to happen. MR. : And Carl, I think to deal more directly with your question, one of the issues that came up this week arising out of the NAACP's resolution against the Tea Party movement was the spokesperson for Tea Party Express, Mark Williams, stepped up, wrote what he considered a satirical essay from Ben Jealous, the head of the NAACP, to President Lincoln. We found that essay to be racist, offensive, vile. Williams has a long history of making offensive, racist statements, referring to Muslims as animals, the president as an "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug" and the "racist-in-chief." We believe there is no room for that sort of vile racism in political discourse or any other polite discourse in society today. We distanced ourselves from that organization long ago. That organization is made up of a bus and few people who travel around the country. They've stood up since and stood behind Mark Williams. Our members have asked us to step away in the strongest of terms. You'll never see us on stage with them. You'll never see us support that kind of rhetoric. In every large movement, 145 million people in the U.S, there is always a fringe. And so that doesn't represent the movement at large. Q Ms. Bachmann? REP. BACHMANN: Any other questions? Yes. Q Are you going to support Tea Party candidates being involved in congressional debates in various districts? (Inaudible) -- locked out of debates, is the Tea Party's Caucus going to support that? REP. BACHMANN: That will be up to the Tea Party organizations, and that will be up to the various -- Q I'm talking specifically about your caucus, not necessarily -- REP. BACHMANN: No. We -- our whole purpose is to be a listening ear to the Tea Party and nothing more. The Tea Party is a set of ideas. At this point, it's not a political organization. If they become a political organization, that's up to them, because the -- we have the Republican Party. We have the Democrat Party. They are political organizations. We are a listening ear, and we're not weighing into that. So thanks for asking the question. MR. : Last question. Q The Blue Dog Caucus has been quite successful on the Democratic side, holding up legislation it finds to be too fiscally irresponsible -- REP. GOHMERT: And caving at the last minute -- (inaudible) -- (Laughter.) MR. : (Inaudible) -- to the people! MR. : Thank you, Louie. Q (Inaudible) -- do you see your caucus playing a similar role -- (inaudible) -- think -- you know -- (inaudible) -- Republican side should the majority go back to the GOP? REP. BACHMANN: Well, as I said, we stand for three things. And it's the fact that the federal government should not spend more money than what it takes in. Number two, our people are taxed enough already. And, number three, Congress needs to get to acting within the limitations placed on it by the Constitution. And we may -- you may hear us weighing in on those issues going forward. So thank you very much, everyone. Thank you for coming today. REP. GOHMERT: Let me -- let me -- let me just add one thing. The importance of listening to this movement is this. Despite so many in the media trying to marginalize the Tea Party, what you have in the Tea Party are taxpayers. And we've seen the numbers. We may be at 53 percent of the country, we're told, who will be paying income tax. We've -- also have seen the numbers that 28 percent of Americans identify themselves with the Tea Party. Do the math. Over half of the people who are paying the taxes in this country are part of the Tea Party. That's a group you need to listen to, and that's why we're here. Thank you all. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, everyone. Thank you for coming.
Michelle Bachmann Press Conference
Press Conference with Representative Michelle Bachmann on Tea Party Caucus Also Attending: Ana Puig Homemaker - Pennsylvania Katrina Pierson - Dallas, TX Involved with Dallas Tea Party Cathy Trauernicht - Potomac, MD. Small Business Owner Diana Reimer - Philadelphia, PA Homemaker Danielle Hollars - Woodbridge, VA Veteran, Mother Tito Munoz - Dale City, VA Construction Company owner Keli Carender - Seattle, WA Tea Party Organizer, Actress William Oldfield - Annapolis, MD Businessman, Entrepreneur SLUG: 1000 BACHMANN PRESSER RS25 79 AR: 16x9 Disc:949 Press Conference with Rep. Michelle Bachmann on Tea Party Caucus SLUG: 1000 BACHMANN PRESSER RS25 79 AR: 16x9 Disc:949 10:09:56 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, everyone, for coming today. We're very thrilled that you're here and we thank you for your interest in the Tea Party Caucus. My name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, I'm from Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District and we're grateful and gratified that you have this level of interest. But there's probably been in this last year and a half no more interest than any group other than the Tea Party because they represent mainstream American people who have decided to get up off the couch because they want to take their country back. They've come essentially under a banner of three things and it's this, 10:10:32 they believe that we are taxed enough already, that the federal government should not spend more money than it takes in and that Congress should act within the constitutional limitations as given to us by the founding fathers. That is the banner that we believe in. (Applause.) And to that end, we have seen people show up for town hall meetings and come here for demonstrations. And so the other thing that we have heard along that line is that Congress is not listening to those people. 10:11:06 So we decided to form a Tea Party Caucus for one very important purpose, to listen to the concerns of the Tea Party. Now, what we are not, we are not the mouthpiece of the Tea Party and controlling it from Washington, D.C. I am not the head of the Tea Party nor are any of these members of Congress the head of the Tea Party movement. 10:11:27 The people are the head of the Tea Party movement in all of their forms. (Applause.) We are also not here to vouch for the Tea Party or to vouch for any Tea Party organizations or to vouch for any individual people or actions or billboards or signs or anything of the Tea Party. We are here to listen and to be receptacle (sic). We had a wonderful opening meeting this morning. We had 24 members of the United States Congress in attendance at our Tea Party Caucus and we had these wonderful people that I'd like have you hear from behind me. We have several members of Congress who have asked also to speak, 10:12:08 but first what I'd like to ask is one of the people who spoke to us today and please come, identify yourself, where you're from, the beautiful baby you're holding and what you told everyone today in the Tea Party Caucus. 10:12:23 MS. HOLLERS: Good morning, my name is Danielle Hollers (sp), I'm from Woodbridge, Virginia and I'm here for my children. I'm a stay at home mother of five. I'm an Army veteran and I was very dismayed to hear that people deem the Tea Party a bunch of terrorists. As a veteran of our Army, I'm not a terrorist; I'm a patriot and I have a right to protest against any legislation that goes against the will of the people. And I am here because I want to tell America, we are not terrorists, we are not racists, we are Americans who care about our country and the future for our children and our grandchildren. And that's all I have to say. Thank you. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. Thank you. 10:13:08 MS. PUIG: My name is Ana Puig (sp.) I'm originally from Brazil. I came to this country back in 1986 looking for the pursuit of happiness, life, liberty and opportunity. I have lived the American dream together with my family and what I see going on here in this country, I make no apologies anymore, I'm going to tell the truth. What I see going on is exactly what has taken place throughout Latin America under dictators such as Lula in Brazil, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. We are going down the same path and it's called 21st century Marxism. It's no longer a bloody war; it's an ideological war and we have to turn the tide around now in 2010 by electing conservative candidates such as Mrs. Bachmann here with us, so we can bring conservatism back to this country and turn the tide around for our children and grandchildren. Thank you. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Please state who you are and where you're from. 10:14:00 MR. MUNOZ: My name is Tito Munoz, I live in Woodbridge, Virginia. This morning I have to go to my job site, five in the morning, get my construction site ready, tell the instructions to the employees so I could come here and talk to the congressmen that opened the doors and opened the ears for us, the people. Unfortunate for many of -- (inaudible) -- that we have done, they have not done so. They have called us racists. They have called us many names and they have insulted the Americans who are against big government or against socialist policies. As an immigrant who came here to America, I came here for liberty and I didn't come here for dependency. I came here for opportunity. I didn't come here to receive from the government or to be told by the government what I should do or what I should not do. I was a fighter in Colombia when I was a teenager and I fought against corruption and against government. I know what the price you pay sometimes. I was arrested in Colombia a couple of times and I know that it doesn't matter, I'm going to fight here in America because this is my country, this is my new country and I love this country. I love it deeply and I'm very happy that congressmen are listening to us, hopefully, more members of Congress will listen to the American people. We do not want a socialist democracy. We want a constitutional republic back to the basics of how it was founded for. Thank you very much. (Applause.) 10:15:46 MS. MUNOZ: Hi, I'm Debbie Bornstein Munoz and I'm here because I care about the Tea Party movement, not the Tea Party as a party, but the Tea Party movement. What most of us are concerned about is there has been a lack of transparency in the current administration. We feel frustrated. I, myself, I'm very concerned with the way our country seems to be regarding our traditional allies. I'm very concerned about Colombia in South America. We need them as an ally and I'd like Congress to pass the free trade agreement with Colombia. I'm very concerned immensely about Israel and I want you all to know and I want Congress to know that we need to care about the traditional allies and that's what's good for America and it's also what's good for the world. (Applause.) 10:16:41 MS. PEARSON: I'm Katrina Pearson with the Dallas Tea Party and founder of the Garland Tea Party. I'm a member and advocate for this movement simply because I grew up having to struggle, raise a child by myself, watch my grandparents work their fingers to the bone with nothing to show for it. And as I got educated, I realized that there are ways and mechanisms that can be put in place to help hardworking Americans achieve their dream. Unfortunately, we have many systems that are broken that need to be fixed and I fully support conservatives moving forward in this cause. Now, for racism, racism is not a Tea Party principle nor is it in any bylaws. Racism is not the fight of the Tea Party. If black leaders want to come together in this country and put it on the table, then we can discuss that. As of today, please understand that racism is not an issue of the Tea Party nor will it ever be. Thank you. (Applause.) 10:17:41 MS. KARENDER: Hi, my name is Kelly Karender (sp). I'm from Seattle, Washington and I'm here because I am done with the mentality of this current congressional leadership, which, to me, appears to be extremely arrogant, as some sort of aristocracy rather than the republic that we should be and that we are. I'm tired of these double standards that we're not supposed to fly to places, but the presidential dog gets his own jet to go somewhere. I'm tired that we're being lectured on things and how to live our lives, but that somehow this elitist class above us, they get to do whatever they want to do and I think it's time that we all become equal again as we should be, as is the American dream. And lastly, I'm done with people defining who I am, who know nothing about me and smearing my integrity and my character. People don't know how I was raised. They have no idea where my heart lies and to have them anonymously smear me like that is horrific especially when it comes from the mouth of your own representative on the floor of the United States Congress and that is totally unacceptable in the USA. Thank you. (Applause.) 10:19:04 MS. REIMER: I'm Diana Reimer (sp), Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots and national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. I'm here today because I think this is just something great. It's about time that we're going to have our voices heard and this is our country. My husband and I are busy teaching people about what is happening to our country and bringing it back to our founding fathers' principles and I thank everyone, all the Caucus members and all the media here today. Thank you. (Applause.) 10:19:38 MS. TRAUNICH: My name is Cathy Traunich (sp) from Potomac, Maryland and I think perhaps the most overused word today is unsustainable. Members of Congress use the word, the president uses the word to talk about the unsustainable level of federal spending and the mounting federal debt. The Tea Party movement understands the meaning of unsustainable; it truly must be stopped and reversed and that's one of the principles that we're fighting for, to restore fiscal integrity to our government. Thank you. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana. REP. BURTON: I think, first of all, I want to thank Michele and the others that formed this caucus. I think you've heard today from people across the country, from various ethnic groups about how they feel about this government and the Tea Party movement. That should dispel an awful lot of the rumors about racism and other things because we have people from all ethnic backgrounds who are here today to talk about how they feel about America and constitutional government and lower taxes and less spending. So I hope all of you in the media today will carry that message back, that the Tea Party movement is all across this country, there's all races involved, all ethnic groups and they speak for America and they're speaking for them and their families and that's the message they should be giving to the people of this country through the media. Thank you. REP. BACHMANN: Louie Gohmert of Texas. (Applause.) 10:21:02 REP. GOHMERT: Thank you. This is an important movement to try to get both parties back on track, back to the things that made America great. And let me say something about this charge of things being tossed out here. When we walk through here when the health-care bill was being debated, I got up on the sidewalk over here that was just full of people, supposedly Tea Party folks that came on such short notice and I went and shook hands with everybody up and down that sidewalk as I moved toward the Cannon Building. And about every 10 to 15 feet, I encountered someone who said, I am not for you, I am for this health-care bill. So whatever they did, there were plants all the way through the crowd that nobody has talked about and, in fact, I got cussed by one when I got to the end of this street. I didn't come running to the media and whining and crying because, you know, we move on. We got elected to do a job. We have people yell names at us and I'm particularly surprised to find out under the definitions today, all of those who voted against Alan Keyes in 1996 who I voted for must have been racists, but anyway, thank you. This is a great day. Thank you, Michele, for pushing this. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. 10:22:27 MR. ALTFIELD: Hello, everyone, I'm Bill Altfield (sp) from Annapolis, Maryland, originally from Ohio where commercials first, government second and I came out here a few years ago and had to change a whole paradigm and start working in the government environment and everything I found was -- didn't make sense, was inefficient. There was no performance measurement and people never had an incentive or disincentive when they did something right or wrong and it made no sense to me because I had never seen it before; I'd spent 40 years of my life in the commercial side of the world and I came right here to the emerald city and was basically shocked. And so what's happened now, I'm trying to start my own business in Annapolis and I cannot believe how difficult its been because there are so many regulations in everything I'm trying to accomplish I can't get anything done without hiring more people that I can't afford right now. So I'm just here saying that we need to support the private sector so the private sector can pay the taxes to support the government when the government provides constituent services and then we asked the government to provide those constituent services in a very, very efficient performance-based way. I think it's so simple that I think all these other problems we're all talking about will solve themselves if we actually start that way and focus on that. Thanks very much. REP. BACHMANN: Dr. Paul Broun of Georgia. 10:23:40 REP. BROUN: I'm Paul Broun of Georgia. The Tea Party movement is expressing the most powerful political force in America and it's written in the Constitution of the United States, "We, the people," we, the people expressing their concern about their loss of freedom, the fiscal irresponsibility of this administration and the leadership here in this House. They want to go back to constitutionally limited government and if we'd go to what this document says, what our founding fathers meant for the Congress and the government to be doing, then we would have a whole lot different government. We would have fiscal responsibility. We would have people that were free and not encumbered by government. So we've got to get our government back and that's what this is all about. We're listening. They're speaking. That's what this Tea Party Caucus is all about. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. Dr. Phil Gingrey of Georgia. 10:24:33 REP. GINGREY: Well, obviously, this press conference is all about the Tea Party patriot organization and the Tea Party Caucus that Michele Bachmann and other members, I'm proud to be founding member of that caucus. We had a meeting this morning. As Michele said at the outset, we're not the mouthpiece of the Tea Party patriots; we heard from about 20 of their organizational members, both at the national level and state levels and city levels and you heard from some of them just a little while ago. These people are true patriots. It's the greatest grassroots organization that I have ever seen and I call myself a Goldwater Republican, so I go back a pretty long ways. This is great. I cherish them. I say let's lean into the fight and let's take this country back in November. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Judge John Carter of Texas. 10:25:25 REP. CARTER: I'm John Carter from Texas and I want to tell you, I've never seen a greater gathering of patriots than the people that gathered with us this morning and the truth is these people are patriots who have decided to get up off the couch and lay down the channel changer and get involved in their government that they know they are in charge of. The people run this government and this is the voice of the people and we're here to listen. I'm just proud to be part of this. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Also, of Texas, John Culberson of Houston. REP. CULBERSON: Thank you. Thank you, Michele. It gives me great hope to see the spontaneous creation of the tea parties across the nation. Our country was founded on a constitution of limited federal government and checks and balances that we as constitutional conservatives share the commitment of the Tea Party members to return to the original design the founders gave us of a careful division of power between state and federal government. We're committed to the restoration of state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment and individual liberty. We're committed to restoring the checks and balances between the separate branches of government, but above all, we're committed to listening to the people across the country who have risen up with one voice, really, from coast to coast that the government is not governing with our consent. 10:26:45 Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have awakened a sleeping giant from coast to coast that is building a tsunami that will sweep out these extremists that are governing the Congress in November and I am absolutely confident that America's best hope is in the Tea Party movement that has arisen spontaneously in a way that gives all of us great encouragement and inspiration. I'm very proud to be a member of the Tea Party Caucus, and work my heart out in the upcoming session to just say no to new spending and new taxes; and to get the government out of our lives, 10:27:22 out of our pockets; and leave us alone! Thank you, Michele, for doing this. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. You're welcome. We have other people here that I think that would like to speak, but in the interest of time, we may have to cut off questions, so -- or, I mean, cut off more speakers. So if there are any questions that you might have. Yes. Q Yes, Congresswoman Bachmann, by bringing this kind of a surprise here in the recent day, are you worried about putting your Republican colleagues in kind of a spot, in a with-us-or-against-us kind of a position? 10:27:49 REP. BACHMANN: Kevin, no, I'm not, because essentially what -- again, what we've heard from the people across the country is that Congress is not listening. As far as leadership goes, we have three members of the Republican leadership at least who've joined. The very first letter that I wrote was to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I asked the speaker if she would join us in the Tea Party Caucus. And the last conversation I had here at Capitol Hill was with a Democratic colleague who has indicated he would like to join the Tea Party Caucus. So we are hoping to be bipartisan because this is all about constitutional conservatives returning under the banner of our Constitution. We're hoping to be bipartisan. 10:28:24 As for Republicans, as I said, we have three members of the Republican leadership that have joined. Another member who is in the leadership told me he's very supportive of what we're doing, and this is complementary, complementary to our UCUT program where we're asking the American taxpayers to vote on what they would like to see us cut in the budget, almost complementary to America Speaking Out, the website we launched where we want to dialogue with the American people. But this is unique because this is a caucus that is saying we are opening up our doors as members of Congress. We're letting real people with real stories and real lives coming in to speak to us about their very real concerns. It's not very often that you get an open door where you have 24 members of Congress listening to real people about what they're saying. 10:29:11 Again, we are not the Tea Party movement, as members -- (applause) -- we are listening, we are receptacles, and we are ears to listen to what the people have to say. So great question. Yes. Q Can you talk about the issue of the day, which is regulatory reform the president signed this morning? Are you hearing from Tea Party members any objections to that? Or is that high on the agenda? 10:29:32 REP. BACHMANN: Well, this is a perfect illustration where I can say I am not here to speak on behalf of the Tea Party movement. Whatever comments I would make about the regulatory reform bill -- I voted against; I think it's a very bad bill -- those comments are not to be associated with the Tea Party. They need to speak for themselves. But I think what the American people were told about that bill is that they were going to see Wall Street put in handcuffs and put in jail basically to be punished for what happened. We all agreed that the bad actors who got us into this situation needed to be punished. The only problem is a lot of the bad actors were missing from this bill. Freddie and Fannie were missing from this bill. The Community Reinvestment Act was missing from this bill. The first thing that we'll see for consumers is we will see -- we'll see ATM fees, in all likelihood, raised. We'll see the end, probably, of free checking for people. And then we'll probably also see credit very difficult to obtain for consumers. 10:30:32 That sounds like it's Main Street getting punished to me. That doesn't sound like it's Wall Street. So that's part of my concern. But, again, the perfect illustration I'm speaking words for Michele Bachmann, not for the Tea Party. Any other questions? Yes. Q As members of the -- Q Exactly what do you hope the caucus achieves? I mean, how -- and -- and -- and can you give us a -- sort of a scope of what you'll be doing, how often you'll meet et cetera? REP. BACHMANN: Well, we're meeting now for the first time. 10:30:56 We're very gratified because we filed the paperwork on Friday to start the caucus. It was approved on Monday. We thank the speaker and Chairman Brady for that. And now we -- as you see, we've just already had our first meeting with 24 members in attendance. We feel this was very successful. And so what -- going forward what we want to do is have a bigger earphone, if you will, to listen to the people. And we may possibly meet next week as well. And then, as you know, then we go back for a district work period. But our goal is to continue an ongoing dialogue in real time. And I would also ask the speaker here and now, 10:31:32 "Would you allow us to use Skype here in the United States Congress?" It's very difficult to ask people here -- (applause) -- to come and see us this morning. You heard from Tito. Tito's told us he had to go to his work site this morning at five o'clock this morning, prepare his construction work site, leave the work site, and drive all the way here to meet with members of Congress. I would say that was a challenge this morning, and he -- but we've seen people do that all across the country. What we want to be able to do is make it as convenient as possible, and we in the Tea Party Caucus would love to listen to people from Alaska, Hawaii, all of the states what do you want us to hear. And if we could use Skype, then people could wake up maybe in their district at five in the morning. We could be here. They -- and we could dialogue with each other. That's what we hope to do going forward. (Applause.) Q Do you see legislation coming out of this? REP. BACHMANN: We will see. But, again, we're here to be a receptacle. So we'll see from there. Q Ms. Bachmann -- REP. BACHMANN: Yes. Q -- do you count Mark Williams -- Q -- (inaudible) -- Tea Party movement broadly is factionalized, and has differences of opinion within itself about what appropriate communications rhetoric -- (off mike). We hear from the Tea Party coordinators here right and left, Mark and Jenny (ph) Bath (ph), about how they feel about the dissent and some of the criticism of their organization. It's part of it and the broader but numerous voices in the movement. 10:32:57 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you for asking the question that way because the message is getting through that we members of Congress are not the mouthpiece; those involved in the movement are the mouthpiece. So thank you. Q The question really was could you talk to some of the dissent in the movement, about the message, how it's communicated, and the absence of the presence of a singular one for the movement overall? MS. MARTIN: I'm Jenny Beth Martin, cofounder and national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. And this is my fellow national coordinator and cofounder, Mark Meckler, TeaPartyPatriots.org. There is some dissent within some of the groups. What I think we can -- we all agree on are three core values that Tea Party Patriots laid out last June and July: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally- limited government and free markets. As far as this particular caucus goes that Congressman Bachmann has started, it came up on our weekly webinar last week with our local -- or this week with our local coordinators on Monday night. And they were enthusiastic about it because they hope that finally people in Congress are listening; you're going to promote our core values. And they were also cautious. They wanted to make sure that the people in Congress don't become the mouthpiece for the movement. And we've heard Congressman Bachmann and the rest of the congressmen here today say that that is not going to happen. MR. : And Carl, I think to deal more directly with your question, one of the issues that came up this week arising out of the NAACP's resolution against the Tea Party movement was the spokesperson for Tea Party Express, Mark Williams, stepped up, wrote what he considered a satirical essay from Ben Jealous, the head of the NAACP, to President Lincoln. We found that essay to be racist, offensive, vile. Williams has a long history of making offensive, racist statements, referring to Muslims as animals, the president as an "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug" and the "racist-in-chief." We believe there is no room for that sort of vile racism in political discourse or any other polite discourse in society today. We distanced ourselves from that organization long ago. That organization is made up of a bus and few people who travel around the country. They've stood up since and stood behind Mark Williams. Our members have asked us to step away in the strongest of terms. You'll never see us on stage with them. You'll never see us support that kind of rhetoric. In every large movement, 145 million people in the U.S, there is always a fringe. And so that doesn't represent the movement at large. Q Ms. Bachmann? REP. BACHMANN: Any other questions? Yes. Q Are you going to support Tea Party candidates being involved in congressional debates in various districts? (Inaudible) -- locked out of debates, is the Tea Party's Caucus going to support that? REP. BACHMANN: That will be up to the Tea Party organizations, and that will be up to the various -- Q I'm talking specifically about your caucus, not necessarily -- REP. BACHMANN: No. We -- our whole purpose is to be a listening ear to the Tea Party and nothing more. The Tea Party is a set of ideas. At this point, it's not a political organization. If they become a political organization, that's up to them, because the -- we have the Republican Party. We have the Democrat Party. They are political organizations. We are a listening ear, and we're not weighing into that. So thanks for asking the question. MR. : Last question. Q The Blue Dog Caucus has been quite successful on the Democratic side, holding up legislation it finds to be too fiscally irresponsible -- REP. GOHMERT: And caving at the last minute -- (inaudible) -- (Laughter.) MR. : (Inaudible) -- to the people! MR. : Thank you, Louie. Q (Inaudible) -- do you see your caucus playing a similar role -- (inaudible) -- think -- you know -- (inaudible) -- Republican side should the majority go back to the GOP? REP. BACHMANN: Well, as I said, we stand for three things. And it's the fact that the federal government should not spend more money than what it takes in. Number two, our people are taxed enough already. And, number three, Congress needs to get to acting within the limitations placed on it by the Constitution. And we may -- you may hear us weighing in on those issues going forward. So thank you very much, everyone. Thank you for coming today. REP. GOHMERT: Let me -- let me -- let me just add one thing. The importance of listening to this movement is this. Despite so many in the media trying to marginalize the Tea Party, what you have in the Tea Party are taxpayers. And we've seen the numbers. We may be at 53 percent of the country, we're told, who will be paying income tax. We've -- also have seen the numbers that 28 percent of Americans identify themselves with the Tea Party. Do the math. Over half of the people who are paying the taxes in this country are part of the Tea Party. That's a group you need to listen to, and that's why we're here. Thank you all. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, everyone. Thank you for coming.
NAACP'S TEA PARTY RESOLUTION / DAVID WEBB INTERVIEW / WEEB ISO
FTG OF DAN HARRIS INTV W/ DAVID WEBB, CO-FOUNDER OF TEA PARTY365 NEW YORK CITY AND SIRIUS XM TALK SHOW HOST / WEBB ISO How did you get involved in the Tea Party? 15:37:33 I .. last April I was asked to help put together the rally. I took a look at what their about, what they were planning to do and I put together the big rally down at city hall park. In your view does the Tea Party have an issue with racism? 15:37:50 I think that in any movement, any size movement on either side of the political aisle you are going to get a fringe element or an occasional element. But across the Tea Party not in just my experience. my organization, but in others I've not seen any outward signs of a racist element. You've never seen anything personally that made you feel uncomfortable? 15:38:12 No. I never have. I what I . uh to be fair -- There are times when people will bring something that's over the top in a sign. If any Tea Party leader sees that you come out, you denounce it, you ask them to put it away. It doesn't belong there. That's not what we're there for. 15:38:29 This is an issue about fiscal responsibility not about racism. Racism detracts from the issue. What do you think of what the NAACP is doing? 15:38:44 I think the NAACP in its march towards irrelevancy as an organization needs an enemy to maintain its power base. That's why they are doing this. 15:38:56 There is absolutely no true empirical evidence that supports what they are saying about the movement and what it appears they are going to say about the leadership. And I am one of the leaders and I interact with many of the other leaders. 15:39:14 We may not all agree on everything, but the one thing we agree on is that racism doesn't belong here. It's not accepted here and we denounce it if it is ever brought up. We have offered rewards, we have contacted the CBC, we have said show us the evidence. Let's prove it did or didn't happen. 15:39:31 They have refused to respond. It's a false argument. So you think this is all about politics? 15:39:38 I think this is about politics and energizing the base. You have an organization that has evolved into a leftist organization for the most part. When you look at their positions on school choice in the black community, their national policy . When you look at their support of unions on the far left with their ideas. When you look at the fact that the culture has changed in America . and shouting racism and playing the race card doesn't have what it used to. 15:40:05 But it does for a very small group. And they need to get that base together as the march to November continues it doesn't look good for the left. So let me push you a little bit. We've all seen the signs. There have been signs that compare Barak Obama to a monkey. There have been signs that have had the "N" word on them. When you see those signs how do you feel? 15:40:30 They're offensive. They don't belong there, but I'm going to use the same tact on the other side. 15:40:37 Condoleezza Rice having sex with a monkey giving birth to a monkey baby. George Bush is a Nazi. Whichever side that comes from it doesn't belong here. 15:40:47 And the people that bring that sign again, detract from what we're here to do. 15;40:51 Left . right dynamic there will always be fringe elements. Anyone who says otherwise is dishonest. 15:40:59 What the movement is about is something completely different. It represents a large broad and in according to some polls a majority of Americans and their views. And this is not based on just conservative vs. democrat. This is based on principles, on fiscal responsibility and limited government. So when you see obviously offensive signs . your conclusion is there are a few idiots out there but it doesn't represent the whole movement? 15:41:25 Absolutely. When you get a million people on the mall in Washington, DC you're going to find somebody who goes way beyond. But if the NAACP wants to condemn racism then I suggest they start with the New Black Panther Party. 15:41:39 That's video evidence. I'm going to kill cracker babies. I'm going to kill crackers. I hate crackers. Denigrating in the video I think most of America's seen a black man with a white woman. The same dynamic by the way that produced the President of the United States. 15:41:57 Why hasn't the President who had a beer summit after a Cambridge professor was arrested he said without knowing all the facts, the cops acted stupidly and had a bear summit November 2009 .where are we now with the summit again and the outcry by both the president, Mrs. Obama, and the NAACP against King Sami Shabaaz? Let me ask you about something else. While you dispute the merits of the NAACP's plan . setting that aside for a moment, what about the political reality. Do you think it will work . that they'll be able to sully the image of the Tea Party? 15:42:42 I think it will work for their base. But fundamental truths aside or rather based on the fundamental truths that Americans are looking at -- pocketbook issues, the NAACP will not win that argument. 15:42:57 They denigrated the Tea Parties in the beginning. The President said I don't even pay attention. Nancy Pelosi spoke fervently and emotionally about what she has seen. All this bad, racist element, these non-existent Americans - the few of them and yet millions have come out and spoken and you can't fail to see the truth after awhile. 15:43:21 This is a big nation and people are accepting the truth.
TEA PARTY PROTEST AT FREEDOM PLAZA - DISC 1 OF 2
Tea Party protest: "People's Tax Revolt" at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. Slug: RS20 1045 TEA PARTY 84 AR: 16x9 Disc: 387 NYRS: Wash 6 11:04:09 MS of people listening on street 11:04:48 WS of crowd 11:06:09 WS of crowd during national anthem 11:07:08 CU of tea party flags 11:08:21 CU of man hold "Fair Tax" sign 11:08:36 pan across crowd 11:13:32 WS of capitol building 11:14:50 MS of crowd with signs 11:17:51 MS of crowd with signs 11:18:27 zoom on capitol building 11:18:44 MS of sign "truely energized American" 11:19:03 MS of man with sign "real hope." Dmac in: 34:00 -44:00 11:20:32 Grover Norquist 11:20:52 as you watch demo across America, those three are real community organizers. They've organized American against what they're trying to do. 11:21:26 what obama and reid and Pelosi are trying to do it use the power of Washington dc to change America to something else 11:22:37 they are going to do this 800 billion times, and we will have a big deflate, that is why they're stimulus spending didn't create jobs 11:23:16 they're not paying attention. We're all united because we're active today.b/c we all want one simple thing from our government, we would like to be left alone. 11:27:20 man in obama mask 11:28:25 MS of signs "abolish the fed" 11:29:26 MS of speaker 11:29:32 when one more than 50 percent are in the wagon instead of pulling the wagon, the wagon's going to stop 11:33:43 Neal Boortz 11:34:04 how'd you like the news stories last week, 47 percent of the people in this country don't pay any federal income taxes. 11:34:48 and you just think it's bad now, wait until the drop the (?) tax on you 11:35:34 you know when we heard that the last time? When they passed the 16th amendment 11:36:37 now you're also hearing stories lately that our economy is in a recovery.and I've already talked to some of you in the crowd 11:37:25 the media has down a really pathetic job of explaining to you the when the dems talk about raining taxes on people who make 200,000 a year. 11:38:14 then they want to raise taxes on dividends.and then god knows what sort of penalties they want to put on me and my business if I don't provide healthcare 11:39:28 are you going to tell me to get off the stage? Good 11:39:38 about 250 years ago the man for whom this city was named lead a revolutionary war.and there were people waiting to shoot them 11:40:16 there is no excuse for you not to show up on November the 2. We know what kind of change *this country needs. We need to change that brings people to Washington of people who appreciate words like liberty and freedom.American is great because of people like you 11:41:06 we have a chance to change things on November the 2 11:42:26 Amy Kremer, tea party express leader 11:42:47 I just finished up this morning at 3 am a us tour going across the country 11:44:27 you guys made that happen. 11:46:33 I read somewhere yesterday that it's time to put down our protest sign but it's time to pick up campaign signs 11:47:07 we need to educate to empower 11:47:52 you need to get involved in these campaigns that are going on.with your time and with your money. It costs money to run these campaigns.they need us. You can't sit back now 11:48:22 in nov you're going to be voting for the lesser of two evils *11:48:38 harry reid is number one on our list. Just last week we targets bart Stupak 11:49:03 we are having a great impact. If we weren't having an impact, those people on the media risers would not be here 11:51:01 Mark Williams 11:51:30 we celebrate America, we celebrate our liberty 11:52:07 Rivoli Revue music group 11:53:17 don't let them call you a racist, I don't care if my president is purple, it's the policies that I don't agree with 11:55:06 this is a bailout song. 11:55:11 sings song 11:58:31 Victoria Jackson, from SNL 12:00:21 they use profanity, did you hear the VP use the F word.I don't think George Washington would use the F word.the constitution says you can impeach a president for bridery.and I know a little something about communism because I grew up in Miami 12:02:11 obama is offering free stuff to people so they'll vote for him. And in my two year education in politics, I learned 50 percent of Americans are paying taxes, and 50 percent 12:03:16 this is America, we don't turn in our friends for what they're thinking 12:03:29 sings song 12:07:04 there's a communist living in the white house.what are we going to do about it? 12:09:35 WS of stage 12:10:17 CU of man yelling in crowd
DC TAX DAY TEA PARTY P2
Tea Party protest: "People's Tax Revolt" at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. WASHINGTON (AP) - Tea party activists streamed into the capital they love to hate on Thursday, carrying signs that read "Don't Tread on Me" and "Follow the Constitution" as they marked tax day - April 15. On a sun-splashed morning and serenaded by patriotic songs, the protesters gathered as Washington's Freedom Plaza for an 11 a.m. rally. Several wore T-shirts with the date "April 15" and some carried American flags. The Tea Party Express cross-country tour was wrapping up in Washington. Local events are also planned in Oklahoma, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states. Tea party protesters opened their tour nearly three weeks ago with a Nevada rally that drew at least 9,000 and heard from one of the few politicians embraced by the conservative, anti-tax movement, Sarah Palin. Palin also starred at a tea party gathering of 5,000 on Wednesday in Boston but is not scheduled at the finale. Radio host Neal Boortz is among the listed speakers. 11:04:09 MS of people listening on street 11:04:48 WS of crowd 11:06:09 WS of crowd during national anthem 11:07:08 CU of tea party flags 11:08:21 CU of man hold "Fair Tax" sign 11:08:36 pan across crowd 11:13:32 WS of capitol building 11:14:50 MS of crowd with signs 11:17:51 MS of crowd with signs 11:18:27 zoom on capitol building 11:18:44 MS of sign "truely energized American" 11:19:03 MS of man with sign "real hope." 11:20:32 Grover Norquist 11:20:52 as you watch demo across America, those three are real community organizers. They've organized American against what they're trying to do. 11:21:26 what obama and reid and Pelosi are trying to do it use the power of Washington dc to change America to something else 11:22:37 they are going to do this 800 billion times, and we will have a big deflate, that is why they're stimulus spending didn't create jobs 11:23:16 they're not paying attention. We're all united because we're active today.b/c we all want one simple thing from our government, we would like to be left alone. 11:27:20 man in obama mask 11:28:25 MS of signs "abolish the fed" 11:29:26 MS of speaker 11:29:32 when one more than 50 percent are in the wagon instead of pulling the wagon, the wagon's going to stop 11:33:43 Neal Boortz 11:34:04 how'd you like the news stories last week, 47 percent of the people in this country don't pay any federal income taxes. 11:34:48 and you just think it's bad now, wait until the drop the (?) tax on you 11:35:34 you know when we heard that the last time? When they passed the 16th amendment 11:36:37 now you're also hearing stories lately that our economy is in a recovery.and I've already talked to some of you in the crowd 11:37:25 the media has down a really pathetic job of explaining to you the when the dems talk about raining taxes on people who make 200,000 a year. 11:38:14 then they want to raise taxes on dividends.and then god knows what sort of penalties they want to put on me and my business if I don't provide healthcare 11:39:28 are you going to tell me to get off the stage? Good 11:39:38 about 250 years ago the man for whom this city was named lead a revolutionary war.and there were people waiting to shoot them 11:40:16 there is no excuse for you not to show up on November the 2. We know what kind of change *this country needs. We need to change that brings people to Washington of people who appreciate words like liberty and freedom.American is great because of people like you 11:41:06 we have a chance to change things on November the 2 11:42:26 Amy Kremer, tea party express leader 11:42:47 I just finished up this morning at 3 am a us tour going across the country 11:44:27 you guys made that happen. 11:46:33 I read somewhere yesterday that it's time to put down our protest sign but it's time to pick up campaign signs 11:47:07 we need to educate to empower 11:47:52 you need to get involved in these campaigns that are going on.with your time and with your money. It costs money to run these campaigns.they need us. You can't sit back now 11:48:22 in nov you're going to be voting for the lesser of two evils *11:48:38 harry reid is number one on our list. Just last week we targets bart Stupak 11:49:03 we are having a great impact. If we weren't having an impact, those people on the media risers would not be here 11:51:01 Mark Williams 11:51:30 we celebrate America, we celebrate our liberty 11:52:07 Rivoli Revue music group 11:53:17 don't let them call you a racist, I don't care if my president is purple, it's the policies that I don't agree with 11:55:06 this is a bailout song. 11:55:11 sings song 11:58:31 Victoria Jackson, from SNL 12:00:21 they use profanity, did you hear the VP use the F word.I don't think George Washington would use the F word.the constitution says you can impeach a president for bridery.and I know a little something about communism because I grew up in Miami 12:02:11 obama is offering free stuff to people so they'll vote for him. And in my two year education in politics, I learned 50 percent of Americans are paying taxes, and 50 percent 12:03:16 this is America, we don't turn in our friends for what they're thinking 12:03:29 sings song 12:07:04 there's a communist living in the white house.what are we going to do about it? 12:09:35 WS of stage 12:10:17 CU of man yelling in crowd 12:24:14 and then we understood what was going on, it was a government take over. 12:25:06 I will tell you that president obama voted to the left of Bernie sanders when he was in the senate.I'm not going to add to that dialogue anymore. But I can tell you, we can get out liberty back *NEW DISC* Disc: 437 12:27:04 rep. jack kingston (savannah ga) (?) 12:28:36 what usually happens the day after the rally leaves.there's trash.that's never the case with the tea party movement 12:30:25 for those of you who do it yourself, god bless you.we need tax simplification 12:32:26 that's why you're here today, because you've had enough. We need to reduce spending 12:33:48 Michelle Bachmann 12:34:13 isn't it interesting how freedom is so attractive.that's because you get it and you're smart enough to get off your couch and do something about it 12:34:33 this November let's take back our country. How many of you think we're going to do it 12:34:58 barack obama is a one term president 12:35:08 we aren't just taking anybody to Washington this November, we're taking constitutional conservatives 12:35:34 it is so unbelievable to all of us as we watched what happened over the last 8 months. Our private economy has been private. But what have we seen over the past 18 months. 12:37:06 and then there was taking over the student loan industry, and healthcare 12:37:38 and for some reason, beyond me, these people who are running Washington dc.doesn't seem to bother them, it's not enough for president obama 12:40:27 I just found out this morning that I'm the target of an extremist group. 12:41:15 this far and no more 12:41:19 it's all about November 12:41:25 God bless you and god bless the united states of America 12:42:32 rep. john linder 12:42:57 and you've heard the president say as recently as a few weeks ago that the new stimulus bill was 50 percent tax cuts 12:44:57 MS of sign "it's not about his race" sign 12:46:53 does anyone here remember Ronald Reagan 12:48:01 ordinary people do extraordinary things, and if you can continue this charge. 12:50:02 Dick Armey 12:52:36 now I live by an ocean.and I can't steal your money 12:53:29 I was on a tv show one night 12:54:05 I have been warning us for years.they're going to give us the sales tax, for the bat tax
POLITICAL PUNCH: INTERVIEW W/ MICHELE BACHMANN
POLITICAL PUNCH WITH JAKE TAPPER INTERVIEW WITH REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN. NEAR THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT. Jake Tapper interviews Rep. Michele Bachmann outside the White House SLUG: 1445 Political Punch RS57 Note: Time codes match third feed attempt. 14;54;35;08 JT: I'm here, right near the Washington Monument, joined by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Republican. And thanks so much for joining us. 14;54;41;21 MB: Jake, thank you. 14;54;42;29 JT: Now you were just talking recently about running for Republican Conference Chair and then you decided not to. What happened? Why not? There are a lot of people in the Tea Party movement who were very excited, who wanted you to run for that office. 14;54;56;02 MB: Well and I was too. I thought I had a lot to offer. I'd been an effective speaker on the national and local level on a lot of issues that people really cared about. So I threw my name in the ring, when Mike Pence pulled his name out and then it became clear pretty quickly that I wasn't the leadership pick and my competition was, so I made a lot of calls, but it just wasn't going to happen. But also, my competition was Jeb Hensarling and I have great respect for him. And I called him and said 'Jeb, this will probably be the most positive race and the easiest race you'll ever be in," because as far as I was concerned whoever one won, the conference would win. So it's all good. It's just fine. So I am grateful with the unity that we have right now in the conference. 14;55;36;15 JT: Do you think that the leadership's lack of embracing of you is indicative at all that they don't get the importance of embracing the Tea Party movement as much as they need to? 14;55;51;23 MB: Well it's a good question and people have asked me that. And what I do is I presume the best of leadership and I take them at their word and everything that they said at the leadership election was very positive. They seem very committed to the full-scale repeal of Obamacare, of not increasing spending -- in fact, cutting it back -- and making sure people's taxes don't go up. That's the heart and soul of the Tea Party movement and as long as we stay on that issue plane, I think everybody's going to be fine. 14;56;19;10 JT: When you talk about repealing the Obama health care plan, do you mean everything, all of it? 14;56;27;01 MB: All of it. A hundred percent of it. 14;56;28;16 JT: So the part... 14;56;28;28 MB: Out by the root and branch. But what we recognize is that we can only be responsible for what we can get through the House. And I think we can get a full-scale repeal through the House, but right now under Harry Reid's leadership in the Senate -- not going to happen. And under President Obama -- it's not going to happen. So I think this is really a two-step process. We had our election results on this first Tuesday in November . So step one was reclaiming the House, but I think what we're going to do, is we're going to get Constitutional conservatives as a majority in the Senate and we probably will have to replace the President in 2012 with someone will go along with full-scale repeal of Obamacare. And we need to, because just last weekend, it was revealed that the White House has issued 111 waivers to Obamacare, so what that says is if you're politically well-connected, if you can afford to buy well-heeled lobbyists here in Washington that are connected to our White House, then you can get a waiver or be an exemption from Obamacare. So if you're a big labor union, a university, or a big business then you can get exempted. Well that's a denial of equal protection under the law and you can't do that under our Constitution so if you're the little guy, who's a carpet layer in Stillwater, Minnesota and you hire your brother and another guy in your business and you have $250,000 in gross sales -- you're going to see not only your taxes go up, but you have to deal with the burden and costs of Obamacare, but if you're some big labor union and you can afford a lobbyist, you get an exemption. That's an admission of failure of Obamacare because we were all promised that Obamacare would lower our costs in health care -- but just the opposite has happened. It's an explosion of increase of costs, so I think more we peel this onion back - so to speak - the more we're going to see people stay behind the repeal of Obamacare or the government takeover of health care. 14;58;20;22 JT: What about the things that are indisputably popular part of the health care bill? The consumer protections, saying that you can't deny coverage to a sick child, the rescissions - if you get sick, an insurance company can't end insurance for you. Those will be repealed too? 14;58;40;15 MB: That's right They would be repealed and what we would have to do is start over. Because people know how unwieldy this bill was. Speaker Pelosi famously said, 'We have to pass the bill to know what's in it' -- well now, little by little, we know what's in it and it isn't popular. So dealing with the issues you just spoke about -- one at a time, we need to bring those issues up to the floor, debate them, talk about whether it would be good for people or not good for people. And one at a time we need to pass those or not pass them, depending on what the Congress wants to do. 14;59;12;08 JT: I don't want to spend too much time on health care, because there's a lot of issues I want to ask you about, but in terms of the point-by-point, taking them on one at a time, one of the arguments that advocates for health care reform, whether or not this bill or not, say is you have to do it all at once because the only way to afford the consumer protections -- because obviously those are going to - to have more sick people on insurance is going to raise everybody's premiums -- the only way to afford that is to bring everybody on, to decrease the number of underinsured or uninsured, so that there's more money in the system. That's just one example, but they say you have to do it in a comprehensive way, not one by one -- what would your response be to that? 14;59;52;11 MB: Sure, Tom Daschle, for instance Former Sen. Daschle was one who made that argument, and again, what this last weekend, what the 11 waivers shows is that their statement is not true. It doesn't bring down the cost, it actually increases the costs for everyone so that's why it's such a failure to have done what Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barack Obama did, when they put all of that system together, they guaranteed that the cost would be completely unaffordable for the common man. 15;00;22;26 JT: Because of the waivers? 15;00;24;01 MB: Because of all of the provisions that they put in. This egregiously burdensome individual mandate, where every American is forced to buy not the health care we want, but the health care that Washington, DC wants us to have. Big bureaucracy. We didn't buy new doctors, we bought an very expensive, unwieldy big bureaucracy. So now you take an American citizen, they have to fight a huge new expensive bureaucracy and you put your doctor over there. And then this bureaucracy is created to say no. And now people have to fight through that. So here's the bottom line - we have to pay more, but get less. Sounds like a deal, huh? I think that's why so many people oppose government takeover of health care. 15;01;09;00 JT: Let's talk about the Tea Party for a second. You've been talking about a Tea Party caucus. How many members will the Tea Party caucus have? And how do you make sure that the members are real Tea Partiers and not just posers? For instance, to give a Democrat example, I've been told that there were probably only legitimately 24 Blue Dogs, legitimate moderate to conservative Democrats. But there were -- I think the number was 50 or 60 that claimed membership in the Blue Dog caucus. How do you prevent something like that from happening and how many members do you think you'll have? 15;01;45;20 MB: We established a Tea Party caucus this last year -- really to give legitimacy to a very legitimate movement because they were called every pejorative term you can imagine, from racist to bigot, etc. And yet, they were middle class people -- doctors, lawyers -- who just had something to say about DC. So we established a Tea Party caucus here to listen to the voice of the people. Because people said Congress wasn't listen, so we said 'no we will.' That's all we were, a listening post. Not the mouthpiece, we were the earpiece for the Tea Party. So we had 52 members, 53 members from the last 110th Congress. I don't know how many members we'll have no, we haven't opened the door yet on the new 112th to see who is going to come in and join. But we don't have a litmus test. Members have to self-select when they come in if they want to be in the Tea Party caucus or not. And, again, all they're saying is they're willing to be an ear piece, to listen to people. What we hope to do is use Skype - it's free - so we can listen to people in Idaho or Alaska or Minnesota or anywhere in the country tell us what they think about issues that are coming up before Congress. What a concept. So we would kind of have national town hall meetings and get the true pulse of the people. That's all the Tea Party caucus is. We're not speaking for any Tea Party organization. They have to speak for themselves. We're just listening. Also something I'm establishing separately is a Constitutional Conservative caucus and what we're going to do is meet on the first night that we come into DC for one hour for the purpose of studying our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights and I'm going to be extending invitations to our Supreme Court justices -- Chief Justice Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas -- legal experts, who are platinum level experts to come in every week to teach members of Congress about the Commerce Clause, about the separation of church and state, so we can focus our mind on the Constitution before we cast our first vote. That's something that hasn't happened before and I think it would revolutionize the Congress here in Washington. 15;03;52;19 JT: And the last question is there are two different interpretations of what this election meant -- President Obama and the Democrats say that this means that they want us to work together, Democrats and Republicans. A lot of conservatives, a lot of Republicans say they want a lot of the Obama agenda stopped. Obviously you believe that much of the Obama agenda should be stopped. How much bipartisan work can be done? Are there things that the President is talking about that you think you could support? 15;04;19;20 MB: See I think both are correct. Because I think people do want us to work together here and I would agree with that. The election's over. Now's the time to get busy. Because there are very practical problems that we have to deal with right away because the economy is not in a good place. unemployment is very high. In Minnesota, the thing that really upsets me is how people can't sell their house right now. And that causes people to not be able to get on with their life, so we do need to work together, but I think where we have commonality is with candidate Obama. Candidate Obama said he abhorred deficits and he abhorred spending more money than what we were taking in. We agree with candidate Obama. Candidate Obama wanted to cut the cost of health care. We agree with candidate Obama. So I think if we go back to a lot of statements that President t - or Senator , then Senator Obama made on the campaign trail, there is tremendous common trail. Let's sit down and talk about his campaign promises and we can actually pass some things that I think will stimulate private sector job creation. ---------------------------------------------------------------
POLITICAL PUNCH: INTERVIEW W/ MICHELE BACHMANN
POLITICAL PUNCH WITH JAKE TAPPER INTERVIEW WITH REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN. NEAR THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT. Jake Tapper interviews Rep. Michele Bachmann outside the White House SLUG: 1445 Political Punch RS57 Note: Time codes match third feed attempt. 14;54;35;08 JT: I'm here, right near the Washington Monument, joined by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Republican. And thanks so much for joining us. 14;54;41;21 MB: Jake, thank you. 14;54;42;29 JT: Now you were just talking recently about running for Republican Conference Chair and then you decided not to. What happened? Why not? There are a lot of people in the Tea Party movement who were very excited, who wanted you to run for that office. 14;54;56;02 MB: Well and I was too. I thought I had a lot to offer. I'd been an effective speaker on the national and local level on a lot of issues that people really cared about. So I threw my name in the ring, when Mike Pence pulled his name out and then it became clear pretty quickly that I wasn't the leadership pick and my competition was, so I made a lot of calls, but it just wasn't going to happen. But also, my competition was Jeb Hensarling and I have great respect for him. And I called him and said 'Jeb, this will probably be the most positive race and the easiest race you'll ever be in," because as far as I was concerned whoever one won, the conference would win. So it's all good. It's just fine. So I am grateful with the unity that we have right now in the conference. 14;55;36;15 JT: Do you think that the leadership's lack of embracing of you is indicative at all that they don't get the importance of embracing the Tea Party movement as much as they need to? 14;55;51;23 MB: Well it's a good question and people have asked me that. And what I do is I presume the best of leadership and I take them at their word and everything that they said at the leadership election was very positive. They seem very committed to the full-scale repeal of Obamacare, of not increasing spending -- in fact, cutting it back -- and making sure people's taxes don't go up. That's the heart and soul of the Tea Party movement and as long as we stay on that issue plane, I think everybody's going to be fine. 14;56;19;10 JT: When you talk about repealing the Obama health care plan, do you mean everything, all of it? 14;56;27;01 MB: All of it. A hundred percent of it. 14;56;28;16 JT: So the part... 14;56;28;28 MB: Out by the root and branch. But what we recognize is that we can only be responsible for what we can get through the House. And I think we can get a full-scale repeal through the House, but right now under Harry Reid's leadership in the Senate -- not going to happen. And under President Obama -- it's not going to happen. So I think this is really a two-step process. We had our election results on this first Tuesday in November . So step one was reclaiming the House, but I think what we're going to do, is we're going to get Constitutional conservatives as a majority in the Senate and we probably will have to replace the President in 2012 with someone will go along with full-scale repeal of Obamacare. And we need to, because just last weekend, it was revealed that the White House has issued 111 waivers to Obamacare, so what that says is if you're politically well-connected, if you can afford to buy well-heeled lobbyists here in Washington that are connected to our White House, then you can get a waiver or be an exemption from Obamacare. So if you're a big labor union, a university, or a big business then you can get exempted. Well that's a denial of equal protection under the law and you can't do that under our Constitution so if you're the little guy, who's a carpet layer in Stillwater, Minnesota and you hire your brother and another guy in your business and you have $250,000 in gross sales -- you're going to see not only your taxes go up, but you have to deal with the burden and costs of Obamacare, but if you're some big labor union and you can afford a lobbyist, you get an exemption. That's an admission of failure of Obamacare because we were all promised that Obamacare would lower our costs in health care -- but just the opposite has happened. It's an explosion of increase of costs, so I think more we peel this onion back - so to speak - the more we're going to see people stay behind the repeal of Obamacare or the government takeover of health care. 14;58;20;22 JT: What about the things that are indisputably popular part of the health care bill? The consumer protections, saying that you can't deny coverage to a sick child, the rescissions - if you get sick, an insurance company can't end insurance for you. Those will be repealed too? 14;58;40;15 MB: That's right They would be repealed and what we would have to do is start over. Because people know how unwieldy this bill was. Speaker Pelosi famously said, 'We have to pass the bill to know what's in it' -- well now, little by little, we know what's in it and it isn't popular. So dealing with the issues you just spoke about -- one at a time, we need to bring those issues up to the floor, debate them, talk about whether it would be good for people or not good for people. And one at a time we need to pass those or not pass them, depending on what the Congress wants to do. 14;59;12;08 JT: I don't want to spend too much time on health care, because there's a lot of issues I want to ask you about, but in terms of the point-by-point, taking them on one at a time, one of the arguments that advocates for health care reform, whether or not this bill or not, say is you have to do it all at once because the only way to afford the consumer protections -- because obviously those are going to - to have more sick people on insurance is going to raise everybody's premiums -- the only way to afford that is to bring everybody on, to decrease the number of underinsured or uninsured, so that there's more money in the system. That's just one example, but they say you have to do it in a comprehensive way, not one by one -- what would your response be to that? 14;59;52;11 MB: Sure, Tom Daschle, for instance Former Sen. Daschle was one who made that argument, and again, what this last weekend, what the 11 waivers shows is that their statement is not true. It doesn't bring down the cost, it actually increases the costs for everyone so that's why it's such a failure to have done what Speaker Pelosi and Harry Reid and Barack Obama did, when they put all of that system together, they guaranteed that the cost would be completely unaffordable for the common man. 15;00;22;26 JT: Because of the waivers? 15;00;24;01 MB: Because of all of the provisions that they put in. This egregiously burdensome individual mandate, where every American is forced to buy not the health care we want, but the health care that Washington, DC wants us to have. Big bureaucracy. We didn't buy new doctors, we bought an very expensive, unwieldy big bureaucracy. So now you take an American citizen, they have to fight a huge new expensive bureaucracy and you put your doctor over there. And then this bureaucracy is created to say no. And now people have to fight through that. So here's the bottom line - we have to pay more, but get less. Sounds like a deal, huh? I think that's why so many people oppose government takeover of health care. 15;01;09;00 JT: Let's talk about the Tea Party for a second. You've been talking about a Tea Party caucus. How many members will the Tea Party caucus have? And how do you make sure that the members are real Tea Partiers and not just posers? For instance, to give a Democrat example, I've been told that there were probably only legitimately 24 Blue Dogs, legitimate moderate to conservative Democrats. But there were -- I think the number was 50 or 60 that claimed membership in the Blue Dog caucus. How do you prevent something like that from happening and how many members do you think you'll have? 15;01;45;20 MB: We established a Tea Party caucus this last year -- really to give legitimacy to a very legitimate movement because they were called every pejorative term you can imagine, from racist to bigot, etc. And yet, they were middle class people -- doctors, lawyers -- who just had something to say about DC. So we established a Tea Party caucus here to listen to the voice of the people. Because people said Congress wasn't listen, so we said 'no we will.' That's all we were, a listening post. Not the mouthpiece, we were the earpiece for the Tea Party. So we had 52 members, 53 members from the last 110th Congress. I don't know how many members we'll have no, we haven't opened the door yet on the new 112th to see who is going to come in and join. But we don't have a litmus test. Members have to self-select when they come in if they want to be in the Tea Party caucus or not. And, again, all they're saying is they're willing to be an ear piece, to listen to people. What we hope to do is use Skype - it's free - so we can listen to people in Idaho or Alaska or Minnesota or anywhere in the country tell us what they think about issues that are coming up before Congress. What a concept. So we would kind of have national town hall meetings and get the true pulse of the people. That's all the Tea Party caucus is. We're not speaking for any Tea Party organization. They have to speak for themselves. We're just listening. Also something I'm establishing separately is a Constitutional Conservative caucus and what we're going to do is meet on the first night that we come into DC for one hour for the purpose of studying our Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights and I'm going to be extending invitations to our Supreme Court justices -- Chief Justice Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas -- legal experts, who are platinum level experts to come in every week to teach members of Congress about the Commerce Clause, about the separation of church and state, so we can focus our mind on the Constitution before we cast our first vote. That's something that hasn't happened before and I think it would revolutionize the Congress here in Washington. 15;03;52;19 JT: And the last question is there are two different interpretations of what this election meant -- President Obama and the Democrats say that this means that they want us to work together, Democrats and Republicans. A lot of conservatives, a lot of Republicans say they want a lot of the Obama agenda stopped. Obviously you believe that much of the Obama agenda should be stopped. How much bipartisan work can be done? Are there things that the President is talking about that you think you could support? 15;04;19;20 MB: See I think both are correct. Because I think people do want us to work together here and I would agree with that. The election's over. Now's the time to get busy. Because there are very practical problems that we have to deal with right away because the economy is not in a good place. unemployment is very high. In Minnesota, the thing that really upsets me is how people can't sell their house right now. And that causes people to not be able to get on with their life, so we do need to work together, but I think where we have commonality is with candidate Obama. Candidate Obama said he abhorred deficits and he abhorred spending more money than what we were taking in. We agree with candidate Obama. Candidate Obama wanted to cut the cost of health care. We agree with candidate Obama. So I think if we go back to a lot of statements that President t - or Senator , then Senator Obama made on the campaign trail, there is tremendous common trail. Let's sit down and talk about his campaign promises and we can actually pass some things that I think will stimulate private sector job creation.
BACHMANN AND GOP PRESSER ON IRS TARGETING TEA PARTY
EXT BROLL MICHELLE BACHMANN AND GOP MEMBERS PRESSER ON IRS TARGETING TEA PARTY SCANDAL Thursday, May 16, 2013 TRANSCRIPT: Press Conference on the IRS Targeting Tea Party Groups with Rep. Michele Bachmann, Sens. Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and others DC SLUG: 0930 BACHMANN AVAIL RS5 79 AR: 16X9 DISC# 914 NYRS: 5114 09:28:32 REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN): Thank you, everyone, for being here, by the way. Thank you, everyone, for being here. My name is Michele Bachmann. I'm a member of Congress from Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. I'm also the chairman of the Tea Party Caucus in the House of Representatives and a former federal tax litigation attorney for the IRS as well as the author of the bill to repeal "Obamacare." This is a momentous day. One week ago today we held hearings in the House of Representatives on Benghazi. Questions were asked one week ago today: Were decisions made about rescuing Americans in Benghazi based upon political considerations? One week ago tomorrow we found out devastating information again, that the IRS apparently used, for political purposes, information about people's beliefs, whether it is -- whether they were religious beliefs or political beliefs, potentially to deny people their tax status if they tended to have beliefs that were against this administration. And then we learned subsequently that applications were approved if they had beliefs in line with this administration. Subsequent to the original story, we had an admission from the IRS that they in fact made these decisions. 09:29:42 This is extremely troubling because the axiom is the power to tax is the power to destroy. And now with the implementation of "Obamacare" at hand and knowing that it is the IRS, the Internal Revenue Service, that will be the enforcing mechanism for this new entitlement program of "Obamacare," it's very important to ask, and now it is reasonable to ask, could there potentially be political implications regarding health care, access to health care, denial of health care -- will that happen based upon a person's political beliefs or their religiously held beliefs? These questions would have been considered out of bounds a week ago. Today these questions are considered more than reasonable and more than fair for the American people. 09:30:33 What you will hear today are shocking stories of common people from across United States who wanted to be able to exercise their First Amendment free speech rights as American citizens, but they were denied those rights. Why? Because their tax status was denied in order to be able to speak out as an organization. We've collected an impressive group of individuals that have very important things to say to you today. We have members of the United States Senate, members of the House of Representatives. And -- but most importantly, we will hear from those people who were victimized by this administration and this administration's policies. And first I would like to ask to come to the microphone Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the United States Senate. Thank you, Mr. Leader. (Applause.) 09:31:22 SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): Well, thank you very much, Michele. As -- Eric Wilson from Kentucky is here, and I first heard about this issue from him in the summer of 2012 and in fact made a speech about the threat of the federal government using the apparatus of the federal government to quiet the voices of critics. At the time, The Washington Post and others said it was just a red herring, and now we know it really happened. These horror stories of the government attempting to quiet the voices of critics is apparently rather rampant. And it's interesting to note that the IRS apparently even gave to a left-wing group, ProPublica, information on one of the conservative groups before their tax status had even been established. 09:32:16 This is runaway government at its worst. Who knows who they'll target next. There is going to be a complete and thorough investigation of this in Congress, not only who above may have known about it but what the rank and file believed was their mission. This -- the truth will come out. It always does. It can come out sooner or later, but I guarantee you, we'll find out everything that happened. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be here. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Leader. (Applause.) Next, we have Senator Rand Paul, also from Kentucky. Senator Paul. 09:32:59 SENATOR RAND PAUL (R-KY): There is something profoundly un- American about targeting your political opponents. Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat or an independent in this country, to take the abuse of a $3.8 trillion government, the power of that government, and to use it it stifle opposition is profoundly un-American. I'm a physician. I'm quite worried about the privacy of medical records. I'm quite worried that your medical records now will be evaluated by the IRS that seems to have the ability and seems to have the penchant to use political persuasion and political -- to search out political opponents. So I'm very concerned about this. Someone needs to be held responsible. Someone needs to be imprisoned. Someone needs to be prosecuted. The resignation is a step in the right direction, but we need to find out who wrote this policy, who approved this policy, and they need to be held accountable. 09:33:59 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Senator. And that goes all the way to the White House. We need to know what the White House knew and when they knew it. And Senator Paul is also the chair of the Tea Party Caucus in the United States Senate; I neglected to mention that. We have with us also Senator Mike Lee from Utah. 09:34:13 SENATOR MIKE LEE (R-UT): These three events that have gotten so much attention over the last few days -- IRS, AP, Benghazi -- tend to confirm a lot of our worst fears about our government. They tend to tell us what we don't want to believe but that sometimes might be true, that your government's targeting you, that your government's spying on you and that your government is lying to you. We need to remember that this isn't just an act of a Democratic administration attacking Republicans. It's much, much more than that. This is an act of a political ruling class in Washington, regardless of political affiliation, targeting the American people. You see, we have to remember that when the federal government gets too big, it becomes unmanageable. In this respect, I agree wholeheartedly with what David Axelrod said yesterday. I don't think I've ever uttered those words before. (Laughter.) He said that the federal government's simply too vast for the president of the United States to control, to manage, to supervise appropriately. And he's right. 09:35:31 No one can manage something this big. And therein lies the problem. Our federal government, while created for purposes that James Madison described as few and defined, has become a government without limit, without end. No one can manage a $4 trillion annual government. No one, certainly, can manage a $5 trillion government. We don't want it to become that. We need to roll it back. We need to return it to a simpler, more manageable government because that's the only way that we're ever going to prevent things like this from happening. When it gets too big, it gets too expensive. And when that happens, nobody's going to be able to manage the whole thing effectively. And when that happens, people are going to be targeted. They'll be targeted unfairly. We need to simplify our laws and we need to downsize our federal government. Thank you. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Senator Lee. A man who has been fearless in asking the tough questions in the last few months, of Texas, Senator Ted Cruz. (Applause.) 09:36:18 SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TX): Thank you very much. I'd like to begin by thanking Michele for organizing this, thanking our friends from the House for your leadership on this very important issue, and thanking the men and women from across the country who have come up here to join us today, including a number of Texans, my friends Katrina Pierson, Toby Walker, who have devoted thousands of hours to their lives to trying to turn this country around. You know, Thomas Jefferson told us, when government fears the citizens, there is liberty, but when citizens fear the government, there is tyranny. The last couple of weeks, we've had a series of disturbing revelations, all of which share common elements, between Benghazi, the IRS and the HHS Secretary pressuring private companies to support political efforts to support "Obama care." The unifying themes in those patterns are, number one, an arrogance and view of government -- the machinery of government as a tool for partisan ends, a tool to be put in place in partisan politics to punish your political enemies, and number two, a really dismaying willingness to mislead and to deceive the American people. 09:27:32 And I think the American people have every right to expect better. The men and women who are here today are here because they are working to try to hold their elected officials accountable -- to hold us accountable. And that is exactly their prerogative, protected in the Constitution, protected in the Bill of Rights, to hold every one of us accountable. And the idea that the federal government and the IRS in particular would be targeting citizens, and in particular, looking, if they had the temerity to actually speak out, exercise their Constitutional rights to speak the truth, they would be subjected to special harassment, special scrutiny, special targeting. Seems to me there are great many questions that need to be asked, including who knew about this, who didn't act to stop it, whose favor was being curried doing this. One of the most disturbing stories I've read on the IRS was that confidential taxpayer records were handed over to the co-chairman of President Obama's presidential campaign in the middle of the campaign. If the federal government is being made to behave as if it is an arm of a political partisan campaign apparatus, we are losing the constraints that the Constitution is meant to put on our government, and I'm so thankful to the citizens who are here today to hold all of us accountable. 09:38:55 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Ted. Thank you. (Applause.) We also have with us a significant number of members of the United States Congress: Congressman Joe Barton of Texas; Congressman Diane Black of the state of Tennessee; we have Congressman Jim Bridenstine; we have Congressman Paul Broun, from Georgia; Congressman John Fleming, from Louisiana; Congressman Bill Flores, from Texas; Congressman Louie Gohmert, also from Texas; Congressman Tim Huelskamp, from Kansas; Congressman Randy Hultgren; we have Congressman David Joyce; Congressman Steve King of Iowa; Congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia; Congressman Doug Lamborn, from Colorado; Congressman James Lankford, from Oklahoma; Congressman Mick Mulvaney, from South Carolina; Congressman Ted Poe, from Texas; Congressman Matt Salmon, as well as Congressman Tim Walberg, from Michigan, and Congressman Jeff Duncan, from South Carolina, among others. Now we'd like to present to you real people who have been adversely affected by the actions and decisions by the IRS and who knows who else who made these decisions to attack the liberties of the American people. First we'll hear from Dianne Belsom, who's from Laurens County Tea Party. Dianne. 09:40:12 DIANNE BELSOM: Hi. I'm Dianne Belsom, representing Laurens County Tea Party. And our group filed for 501(c)(4) status with the IRS in June of 2010. And we heard nothing for over two years, and then right before the election, we received a communication from the IRS requesting lengthy amounts of information. And at that point I contacted the ACLJ, who's been representing other tea party groups, because we all knew this was a pattern. We were being targeted. And they represented us. And we complied to the best as we could with the questions the first time. We sent that in in January. They wanted more information. We sent even more things in. That ended, like, March 5th. And we still have not received any word from the IRS. So almost three years later, our -- we are still in the dark as to whether we're getting approved for 501(c)(4) status. And you know, we live in a free republic. At least, I thought we did. This more smacks of a totalitarian system. And when you think about "Obamacare" being implemented and 16,000 more people added to the IRS, are they going to be next determining who can get health care based on your political views? So I have a very simple solution to this. Let's abolish the IRS and institute something like a fair tax, which'll make things much simpler and remove this problem. And let's repeal "Obamacare." Thank you. (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Dianne. Also a tea party leader from across the United States who's been adversely affected, from the Ohio Liberty Coalition, Mr. Tom Zawistowski. Thank you, Tom. 09:41:50 TOM ZAWISTOWSKI: Thank you, Michele. We are here today, you know, not to represent ourselves or even to represent the millions of tea party people from around this nation. We're here today to represent all the American people, who want what we all want, and that's our constitutional rights, who want the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly that we are entitled to under our Constitution. And this IRS targeting is evidence that we were being denied that opportunity. And while we are grateful for our representatives for taking this on and trying to find the truth about this, we're not here to speculate about how far this goes. The wheels of justice are turning, and they will find that out. But what we're here to do is put, you know, real faces to the stories. We're here to, you know, give you Marion Bower (s) from Fremont (sp), who was asked what books they read and wanted a book report by the IRS. We're here to have you meet George Brennaman (sp) from the Cincinnati area, who's a Cincinnati tea party leader, whose wife and he were personally audited because, the IRS said, they were members of the tea party. 09:42:47 This is an out-of-control government. And as one of the senators said, you know, the whole problem is too much government; you know, government that's too large. But the real heroes, you know, real heroes are the moms and pops and aunts and uncles and the people around this country who are members of the tea party movement who stood up and who didn't need to be told, you know, what was right or wrong. You know, the people -- we wrote this letter February 16th and said we will not comply, because we know what's right and wrong. And that's what the story is. And I ask people in American public to go to your local tea party website and take another look at the tea party because we're standing up for the rights of everyone. And I thank the ACLJ for representing us, because I don't think we would have got here if it wasn't for them. I thank the Tea Party Patriots and Freedom Works for helping to make it possible to bring these people here. And we look forward to meeting you. Thank you very much. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Tom. And the ACLJ is the American Center for Law and Justice. We have with us next Jenny Beth Martin, who is the head of the Tea Party Patriots. 09:43:49 JENNY BETH MARTIN (Tea Party Patriots): The IRS veneer of impartiality is shattered, and the IRS must be audited. Tea Party Patriots insist on an independent, transparent, outside and thorough investigation because the IRS cannot be trusted to self-police. And the Justice Department is suffering from extreme lack of credibility at this moment. Tea Party groups have been waiting for years for the IRS to treat us fairly and equally. Instead, they have singled us out and discriminated and persecuted us. Government agents have used the IRS as a weapon to silence speech, harass innocent Americans and perhaps sway elections. 09:44:40 It took over a year to get answers from the Inspector General's investigation, which was sparked when Landmark Legal Foundation asked for questions -- asked questions in March of 2012. The answers in this week's report only serve to raise even more questions. For instance, who in the IRS, began targeting groups? Why were we targeted, but groups with "progress" in their name were not? We still do not have answers to the most basic questions. All Tea Party groups -- all Tea Party Patriot groups have seen from the IRS for the last year and a half, are corrosive and deceitful cover- ups and contradictions. In the past week, those lies are coming out for the media and the American public to see as well. 09:45:31 The damage the IRS has caused may be immeasurable. There are concrete monetary damages, there are individuals like Justin Binik- Thomas, who the IRS targeted by name. There are groups of volunteers who gave up -- gave up collectively petitioning their government, and others who never even attempted to apply for tax-exempt status because they saw what other citizens were enduring. There are groups like Tea Party Patriots who, to this day, the IRS is still stringing along. How do we measure the impact of a public who is rapidly losing faith in the IRS, in its ability to impartially apply the law in a fair and equal manner to all citizens? It is easy to dismiss theoretical faceless groups. The pain and suffering that a government inflicted upon our fellow citizens is real and profound. These are Americans who simply care enough about our country to become actively engaged in a representative democracy. 09:46:34 Tea Party Patriots brought as many of these groups to D.C. as time would allow. Today we stand with patriots like Joe Dugan and Gerri McDaniel from Myrtle Beach Tea Party. They believe they lost a hundred members as a result of the overbearing nature of the of the IRS's inquisition, and they still have not received word from the IRS. Julia Hodges from the Mississippi Tea Party withdrew their group's application after months of delay tactics designed to intimidate Americans. The IRS questioned Marion Bower and her group, American Patriots Against Government Excess, asking for a list of every book their group had read and a book report on each book. A government this intrusive is clearly excessive. 09:47:22 We also join all those across the country who have felt abused and threatened by the IRS. Tea Party Patriots has not backed down, and we will keep fighting. If you want to start a tea party group, sign up with Tea Party Patriots and we will help you. We will not allow the IRS or any branch of the government or any government agency to take away our First Amendment rights or any of our constitutional rights. The IRS's thuggish, discriminatory, abusive schemes and tactics perfectly illustrate why we must have a government that is constitutionally limited, meaning we must have a government small enough to manage and execute its duties competently and with integrity and, most importantly, a government we, the people, can trust. That's how a constitutionally limited government operates, and that's what Tea Party Patriots have fought for over the last four years. 09:48:27 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Jenny Beth. (Applause.) The tea party -- the tea party movement has been falsely aligned (sic) from its inception because it was feared. It was feared because it was an organic, spontaneous uprising against big government, against the bailouts, against the trillion-dollar stimulus and also against "Obamacare" and Dodd-Frank. This was a spontaneous movement and one that the administration obviously wanted to silence, but it's also to -- important to know what the tea party is. They stand for three very simple American concepts. And they are these. Number one, we believe that the American people are taxed enough already. We believe that government should not spend more money that it takes in. And number three, we believe that the American government should follow the Constitution of the United States. That's what the tea party believes. Next we'll be hearing from Amy Kremer from the Tea Party Express. Is Amy Kremer here? MR. : (Off mic.) REP. BACHMANN: Pardon me? MS. : (Off mic.) REP. BACHMANN: Jordan Sekulow from the American Center of Law and Justice. They've been referenced several times already by individuals. Mr. Sekulow 09:49:28 JORDAN SEKULOW: Thank you, Congresswoman. And at first I want to say thank you to Congresswoman Bachmann, the members of the Senate and the House that are here today standing with people like Tom (sp), one of our clients, who got approved by the IRS in January of 2013, a little bit after the election, right, when he applied in 2010, and Dianne, who is still waiting. We are now -- and we have announced over -- about 16 of our clients out of the 27 we have represented since March of 2012 are here with us today. We have 17 clients ready to sue the IRS and bring legal action, which, regardless, if they are approved by Friday -- we've set a noon deadline for approval for our 10 remaining clients. Even if that deadline is met for them, we've got clients were approved, like Tom (sp) and others, that were not able -- they suffered damages. They lost membership and donations. They missed the election cycle. They missed key moments. They were not able to bring speakers in. So the IRS -- this is far from over, even if they do approve the remaining groups. Notice in that inspector general's report that zero groups have been denied, zero groups were denied that fell into this category, but 28 withdrew. We've also got some of our clients who withdrew because they just were sick and tired of fighting with the IRS, and basically, their organization was destroyed through this process who are now ready to start fighting again. So this is far from over. And for any of the organizations out there, if they are interested in taking legal action here, whether they were approved late or they have not been approved, go to aclj.org, give us a call, contact us, send us an email. We represent you. We don't charge for our services. 09:51:11 And I have to think, finally, all of the tea party leaders, people like Diane (sp) and Tom (sp) and the groups we represent -- because without them, without our 27 clients and the other groups that spoke out, do you think we would have figured out that this was happening a year ago? If they didn't fight back, they would have withdrawn. Most people would have gotten these questions from the IRS and said, thank you very much, I'm not -- I'm not even dealing with this membership list, what books are you reading, are you thinking about maybe running for public office one day. This is not only unconstitutional. It's illegal. The Department of Justice and our government will have -- and our members of Congress can find out if it's criminal. But we're going to handle the civil side of that as well. We have clients who are damaged, whether they got approved two or -- two and -- 2 1/2 years later or they're still waiting today -- one that applied at the end of 2009 that has not yet been approved. Thank you very much to our clients who are brave to take on the IRS. And again, thank you, Congresswoman. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Jordan. We appreciate your presence. (Applause.) We also have, from the TheTeaParty.net, another national Tea Party organization, Mr. Todd Cefaratti. 09:52:16 TODD CEFARATTI: Good morning, everyone. My name's Todd Cefaratti; I'm the founder of TheTeaParty.net. We're one of the largest national Tea Party organizations in the country, with about 3 million members. First of all, I'd like to thank the press for being here, welcoming you back from your four-and-a-half year vacation in covering events like this. The IRS event -- the scandal is a pattern, actually. It's not an isolated event. This is why we started Tea Party organizations over three years ago. We've seen these patterns of government tyranny happening, and this is just the house of cards beginning to fall apart. You've seen it, as you know, in the press, also, with the seizing of the phone records. This is not a left or a right issue. It's an American issue, OK? TheTeaParty.net was actually one of those organizations targeted. We were targeted. And we applied for a 501(c)(4) over three years ago, and to date, have not received the status. We've had three rounds of questions -- the first round was acceptable -- a normal vetting process, but the questions got longer and more intrusive into our over 3 million members. They wanted things like our donor lists, our private emails for the last three years, our Facebook communications -- Twitter communications. We have over 2 million people on Facebook; this is private information. It has to make a chill go down your spine. Why would the government want this personal information on American citizens? And we're not about to give that information to them. It's not required for a 501(c)(4), and we're not going to provide it. And again, getting back to the government seizing the press records, I would just like to be the first one to welcome the press as part of the Tea Party movement. So welcome. (Laughter.) (Applause.) REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Todd, for your remarks. We have next, from FreedomWorks, Mr. Adam Brandon. 09:54:24 ADAM BRANDON (FreedomWorks): Good morning, everyone. On my way over here this morning, two different reporters asked me what are the implications for 2014. And one thing I don't want -- I don't want anything to misunderstand this. This is not a short-term political issue. This is a civil rights issue. This is a long-term issue that is going to have an impact far beyond just the next midterm election. I'm often asked where is the tea party movement, what's going on with the tea party movement. But one thing you'll see that we've been trying to do is not just be a protest movement on the street. As a group, we've been trying to organize, get together in our community. And that's why having the legal status that we've been asking for from the IRS is so important. And the fact that the government's going in there messing around with it, it's more like a Third World junta than a constitutional republic. So we're very concerned, as you can see by the crowd that's standing here today, but this is not a short-term, you know, couple weeks from now this issue is going to be gone away. Expect to be hearing a lot more about this as time goes on. I mean, I'm personally curious, is this coming from the White House, is this coming from some agency, or is this just individual -- you know, people in the bureaucracy, just bureaucracy on spring break gone wild? And it's probably going to take a couple years for us to figure this out. And everyone that's standing behind me, we're going to be there. Thanks very much for -- 09:55:48 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. As someone who formerly worked for the IRS, I can tell you this is the largest ramp-up and expansion both of employees but also on an area of jurisdiction on one of the largest new entitlement programs that the American people have seen in decades. That's why it is crucial that we ask these questions now, when the most sensitive personal intimate information, our health care information, will be all centralled (ph) -- centralized in a national federal database. Who will have access to that database, for what purpose? Will our most personal sensitive information be used to deny health care or to delay access to health care? Or could it be possible that our sensitive information could be used to blackmail Americans or even potentially to embarrass Americans, who -- again, this question would have been considered unreasonable and out of bounds a week ago. Today this question is highly relevant. We also have Niger Innis from the TeaParty.net with us today. 09:56:49 NIGER INNIS: I want to thank the congresswoman for putting together an extraordinary press conference today. I'm Niger Innis with the TeaParty.net, chief strategist. And you know, a lot of folk have made comparisons to this crisis and Watergate. But there's a fundamental difference. And that fundamental difference is -- it's all of you. See, 40 years ago the press actually had an adversarial relationship with the chief executive, Dick Nixon. Today it is quite different. Some might say that it's casual, cordial, you know, folk coming in from the Obama administration into the media, people coming in from the media to the Obama administration. Some might say that it's incestuous. But what is perhaps most disgusting is the degree to which that many of you in the establishment media have taken your marching orders from the DNC and from other liberal operatives and -- reference to the tea party. After the tea party revolution of 2010, many of you consumed and then projected some of the most vile, unfair things about the tea party, that it's racist, which I find particularly ironic -- (laughter) -- that it's sexist, that it's violent -- disgraceful. He had no grounds for perpetuating this mythology about the tea party. So I want all of you to ask the question to yourselves: What did you do to help create this environment where the IRS, an agent of government, can operate with such impunity? We don't ask -- (applause) -- we don't ask for special treatment. We only ask for decency and fairness. Thank you. Thank you, Congressman. (Applause.) 09:58:29 REP. BACHMANN: Thank you, Niger. That was excellent. I appreciate it. We have a number of other leader from tea party organizations from across the United States -- from California, from Mississippi, from Tennessee, from Oklahoma. We have them all across the United States that are here and present. Again, we have many members of Congress that are standing behind. They could tell you the stories that they have heard. Diane Black has had tea party organizations in Tennessee that have been adversely affected. We have also from Georgia -- Paul Broun is here from the state of Georgia -- tea party organizations that have been adversely affected from the state of Texas. We have Representative Louie Gohmert, Bill Flores. We have a number of members of Congress, all of whom are available to speak with the press afterwards. We have so many people here with so many stories. We could be here for a long time. But what we'd like to do is open up and take a few questions. But again, we want to make it very clear: Our members of Congress are here and available to answer your questions, as well as the leadership from tea party organizations from across the United States. I encourage you to speak directly and personally with our members of Congress and with the tea party organizations. They have a lot of shocking details and stories to share with you. And with that, I'd like to open up your -- 09:59:35 REPRESENTATIVE LOUIE GOHMERT (R-TX): Michele, I got a question. Do you think the problem's fixed since the president let somebody go that came on board about six months ago? 09:59:45 REP. BACHMANN: Well, my colleague Representative Louie Gohmert has just joined your ranks now. He's a part of the media. He's asking some of the questions. (Laughter.) Louie, you're asking a great question. He asked if -- yesterday the president engaged in Damage Control 101. He wanted to stop the story because the president's had a no-good, very bad week this last week. And so what we saw again is one more canard coming out of the White House where they said that they were asking for the resignation -- and it looked like this was going to be a big shakedown -- by taking down the head, Mr. Steven Miller, of the IRS, when we find out subsequently that Mr. Miller was scheduled to resign anyway and leave the IRS as of the early part of June. Again, the American people have not been told the truth. And what we need to know is what does the White House know and when did they know it. So with that, we'll open up to your questions. Q: (Off mic) -- legislation being planned to address -- (off mic)? 10:00:42 REP. BACHMANN: Right now -- and the question is regarding legislation -- right now in the immediate we will have hearings, and various committee chairs have already indicated that -- Darrell Issa in the House of Representative, as well as Dave Camp, the chair of Ways and Means. But there is legislation that is being promoted. Mike Turner of Ohio has already indicated that he wants to put forward legislation with criminal penalties for individuals within the IRS who misused tax data. I can tell you, as a former tax litigation attorney, we -- because of the very sensitive nature and the understanding from the common-sense point of view that it is wrong for the IRS to misuse personal tax data, we had very, very strict requirements that we could not act without the area of our jurisdiction. We had very thick manuals for standard operating procedures. We had to check every box. Our work product -- it didn't matter if you were an attorney, if you were in appeals, if you were in collection or if you were writing the statutory notices of deficiency, it didn't matter; your work product was checked by your supervisor, and you could not act beyond your jurisdiction. So -- Q: Michele, do you -- (off mic) -- believe that the administration knew about the targeting? 10:01:55 REP. BACHMANN: The question was asked if we have any reason to believe that the administration knew about this targeting. This is the question that the American people want to know. This is what all of the tea party leaders behind me want to know, as well as members of Congress: What was it that the White House knew? Were they involved? Did they know? Were they involved in the directives? That's why there will be a request for emails from the president of the United States. And what the president needs to say is that he and his administration will be fully cooperative with the United States Congress so that we can restore the American people's trust and the credibility of the IRS. Q: Congresswoman, earlier this week we've heard the word "impeachment" tossed around up here on Capitol Hill. Is that something that should be considered? Do some of you feel like that -- that some of that should be considered in this case? 10:02:41 REP. BACHMANN: I'll let anyone come to the microphone who'd like to answer that, but I will tell you, as I have been home in my district in the 6th district of Minnesota, there isn't a weekend that hasn't gone by that someone says to me, Michele, what in the world are you all waiting for in Congress? Why aren't you impeaching the president? He's been making unconstitutional actions since he came into office. So I will tell you what I'm hearing from people back home, but I'll -- is there anyone here that would like to address that? Has anyone heard something? Jenny Beth? 10:03:12 MS. MARTIN: Right now, what we're saying is, we want to -- we want to know -- that's why we need an investigation. It's why we need to know who started this and why and when and if -- is it only contained to the IRS, or does it go further? REP. BACHMANN: We also don't want to jump to conclusions. We want to go where the facts lead us, and we aren't interested in creating our own facts, contrary to some of our federal agencies. So is there anyone else -- Q: Congresswoman, when you talk about why Tea Party groups want government recognition, especially as nonprofits, considering that, by all appearances, they're pretty political -- REP. BACHMANN: Let's have some Tea Party organizations answer that question. MS. : We have an attorney here. (Cross talk.) OK, let's have -- Jordan -- Alan? We're going to hear from Alan, an attorney who is going to answer that question. Thank you, Alan; go ahead. ALAN DYE: Thank you. I'm Alan Dye. What's the question again? Why -- Q: His question was, why do Tea Party groups want political -- any kind of recognition from the government, particularly tax exempt status, when they seem to be largely political? 10:04:05 MR. DYE: I think you're making an assumption that's not correct. Q: OK -- (inaudible) -- MR. DYE: The organizations -- the organizations vary and most of them are not entirely political. Most of them are interested in legislation and public policy, which is not politics and which is permitted for (c)4 organizations. REP. BACHMANN: Go ahead, Tom. Thank you, that's a great answer. 10:04:26 MR. ZAWISTOWSKI: This is -- this is really an important point for all the media and all the American public to understand. We did not seek 501(c)4 status. We are businessmen, we're farmers, we're teachers, we're machinists, and we just were trying to do the prudent thing to run our Tea Parties. And when we start taking bus trips to Washington, D.C., you have to have money and you have to handle that money. You have to have insurance. You have to take care of your business. So, we did the prudent thing. We thought we were going to be corporations. But in a pre-Citizens United world, we learned that you couldn't be a corporation because your corporation didn't have the ability to do these type of things. It was considered political taking a bus trip. We did not seek 501(c)4 status. What happened was when we started to say, what do we do, the IRS told us we must seek it. And they told us we must seek tax exemption. We did not want that. We're happy to pay our taxes. The Tea Party people -- we pay our taxes, OK. And just quickly, I'm -- REP. BACHMANN: Jordan Sekulow from American Center of Law and Justice. 10:05:20 MR. DYE: I would add this. All of our clients here, they voluntarily subjected themselves -- voluntarily subjected themselves to government oversight. They're not rogue. These were individuals who said, we are -- we want to do the right thing -- as Tom was just talking about -- we are subjecting ourselves to voluntarily -- not just government oversight one time but for the rest of our existence; our records, our 990s that we're have to file, our forms that we'll have to file. So, these were individuals not trying to flout the law and skirt the law but the opposite: to do the right thing, to say "here I am, government, here's what we're doing, here's the money we're spending, and here's what we're -- here's how we're using it." And so that is the key. They were submitting themselves to the IRS. It was the IRS who unconstitutionally and illegally targeted them. This is -- this is harassment at a level that is certainly a civil suit-worthy and possibly criminal. And I want everybody in the media to understand that, OK? It's -- it is at least the civil suit. They're going to be filed next week, even for groups that got approved, like Tom's (sp), who got approved after the election. But the criminal investigation is real and serious. And that is why I think you've seen -- that's not just tea party members and groups speaking out. It's the whole country that's outraged. REP. BACHMANN: We have Mr. Joe Dugan of South Carolina, who would also like to address that answer. 10:06:39 JOE DUGAN: I'm chairman of the board of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party in South Carolina. And our motto is to educate, inspire and empower the American people and tell them about what is happening to their country so that they can make the judgment, when it comes to Election Day, whether they -- which direction they want the future of our country to go into and how -- what opportunities their grandchildren and future generations can have. We are trying to put forth the principles of the United States Constitution, on which this country was founded and became the most successful country and envy of the world in the history of mankind. And our political activities are severely limited under the guidelines of a 501(c)(4), and we adhere to those guidelines. And yet we still received an egregious eight-page letter from the IRS asking for every minutiae of detail, turning over our donors' names, sponsors' names. Our funding has dried up because of this. Our membership has been hurt because the IRS has asked for the names of every member and every volunteer, and it's just absolutely outrageous. REP. BACHMANN: We have Amy Kremer, who's also a national tea party leader from the Tea Party Express, and she also wanted to be able to weigh in on this important issue this morning. Amy Kremer. 10:08:10 AMY KREMER: Thank you, Congresswoman Bachmann. And thanks to all the members and all the activists that are here today. This is an extremely important issue that obviously, I think we're just scratching the surface. We've been focused on it for quite some time. Last February I reached out to the speaker's office and to the Senate because it was obviously a targeted efforts to these grass- roots groups that were popping up across the country. And so I'm glad that it's finally coming to light, and I think that we all need to band together and not let this be brushed under the rug because this is a violation of our First Amendment rights, and that's a fundamental part of being an American. And this government, they work for us. We hire them. And this is an absolute abuse of power, and it's concerning that when the IRS is abusing their power and they're going to be the ones to implement "Obamacare," they've already got a class action lawsuit against them for medical records out in California, accessing private medical records -- I mean, what's going to happen to our medical records when they are implementing "Obamacare"? This is not acceptable, and we need to stand strong on this. And I thank you for holding this today and including me. REP. BACHMANN: Thank you. And that's why -- MR. : (Off mic.) Q: Have any tea party groups been denied status, and do you have a number on that? 10:09:23 REP. GOHMERT: There are a bunch who have been -- have not been granted. REP. BACHMANN: This is Louie Gohmert of Texas. REP. GOHMERT: -- has not been granted. Some have withdrawn. Some are still waiting. I found out about a new one in Florida just awhile ago. They're not here. They thought they were suffering in silence. But I want to go back to this question here about, you know, why were you seeking legal status. If you heard what has happened, you have a government that is forcing people to get a legal status in order to just come up here and have their voices heard. And then once they force you into this funnel of having to have legal status, then they use that to intimidate and abuse to prevent opposite views from being heard. This is a government gone -- run amok. And if the AP story has taught anything, it should be to the media that when there is a tyrannical despot, the media will be one of the early victims. You will be used as helpful savants for a while, and then, when you are no longer needed, you'll be pressured and put out of business as well. This is a very, very dangerous time. And it's an interesting question: Why would you want legal status, because this is the way a tyrannical government comes into being and perpetuates itself. 10:10:44 REP. BACHMANN: And again, I just want to remind that later today, we'll be voting in the House of Representatives to repeal "Obamacare." (Applause.) We have even more impetus than ever to repeal "Obamacare." I vote -- many people have said this issue was dead. Many people have said that "Obamacare" is here to stay. We are here as the people's representatives, as real people from across the United States, to say this issue is now revived. It is back on the table. We fully believe that the American people will demand -- because what they've seen with the abuse of power from this administration, the IRS, a full-scale repeal of "Obamacare," not just in the House of Representative but also in the United States Congress, we believe that the heat will become so hot that even the president of the United States will be forced to repudiate his signature legislation. We thank you for being here today. We make available to you all of the members of the United States Congress who have so much to say on this issue. We have over 20 real tea party organizations who have been hurt and abused. They're up here, and we encourage you to take advantage of the people to speak to them directly on this story. And we thank you for coming today. News Conference on Conservative Groups and the IRS Republican House members and Senators as well as representatives of Tea Party groups from around the country hold a news conference on the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
US Obama Healthcare 2 - WRAP Obama at healthcare forum, demo against plans, sots
NAME: US OBA HEALTH2 20090912I TAPE: EF09/0866 IN_TIME: 10:11:19:02 DURATION: 00:03:17:18 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/ABC DATELINE: Washington DC/Minneapolis, 12 Sept 2009 RESTRICTIONS: See Shotlist SHOTLIST ABC - No Access NAmerica/Internet Washington DC - 12 September 2009 1. Roof camera shot looking down on protesters along Pennsylvania Avenue ++MUTE++ AP Television Washington DC - 12 September 2009 2. Wide of anti-Obama protesters in front of US Capitol building 3. Mid of protester holding sign with pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and US President Barack Obama and reading (English) "He had a dream. We got a nightmare." 4. Woman holding sign reading (English), "Bury Obamacare with Kennedy." Protesters chant (English) "Fox News rocks," 5. Sign reading (English) "Are you colour blind or blinded by colour? Tell me who is the racist? It's not me!" ABC - No Access N.America/Internet Washington DC - 12 September 2009 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Congressman Mike Pence, Republican, Indiana: "How we as conservatives respond to these challenges could determine whether America retains her place in the world as a beacon of freedom, or whether we slip into the abyss that has swallowed much of Europe in an avalanche of socialism." AP Television Washington DC - 12 September 2009 7. Various of protesters marching down street 8. Protesters sitting on lawn chairs in middle of street 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Clayton Newell, protester from Newton, Iowa: " We're here because we love our country and we want to see our Constitution defended and our Bill of Rights protected and our borders controlled and stop this outrageous overspending by our federal government." 10. Pan down from writing of First Amendment to back of man wearing colonial-era costume 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, No name given, protester dressed in colonial-era costume: "Look, I'm 50. I've been in business for myself half my adult life, okay. I pay for the health care of my employees. I don't need any putting into my health care. I got it covered." 12. Protestor chanting, " Hey, hey, ho, ho, Obama/Pelosi (referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) got to go" ABC - No Access NAmerica/Internet Minneapolis, Minnesota - 12 September 2009 13. Supporters of US President Barack Obama, lined up outside the arena where he spoke on health care 14. SOUNDBITE (English)Linda Slattengren, President, Minnesota Nurse's Association: "Clearly the nurses are here because we see the need on a shift by shift basis for health care reform. We see the negative outcomes that occur when people don't have health insurance or are underinsured, can't afford their insurance." 15. Obama walks onto stage and waves to crowd 16. Cutaway of crowd applauding 17. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President: "I will not accept the status quo. Not this time. Not now. Minnesota, we are closer to reform than we've ever been before, but this is the hard part." 18. Cutaway of Obama at podium ABC - No Access N America/Internet Minneapolis, Minnesota - 12 September 2009 19. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, US President: "We've heard scare tactics instead of honest debate. Too many have used this opportunity to score short term political points instead of working together to solve long term challenges. I don't know if you agree with me, but I think the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now's the time for action. Now's the time to deliver on health care for every American." ABC - No Access NAmerica/Internet Minneapolis, Minnesota - 12 September 2009 20. Crowd applauding +++VIDEO AS INCOMING+++ STORYLINE Tens of thousands of protesters angry over government spending marched in Washington on Saturday, showing their opposition for the president's health care plan with slogans and signs. The line of protesters blocked the streets near the Capitol building, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Hundreds of people waved US flags and held protest signs. One read " Bury Obamacare with Kennedy," referring to the late Senator Ted Kennedy who recently died after championing universal health care throughout his long Senate career. Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of "judgment day" -- Election Day 2010. Other signs - reflecting the growing intensity of the health care debate - depicted President Barack Obama with the signature moustache of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. Many made reference to Obama as a socialist or communist. FreedomWorks Foundation, a conservative organisation led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, organised several groups from across the country for what they billed as a "March on Washington." Organisers say they built on momentum from the April "tea party" demonstrations held nationwide to protest against tax policies, along with growing resentment over the economic stimulus packages and bank bailouts. Many protesters said they paid their own way to the event, an ethic they believe should be applied by the government. They say unchecked spending on things like a government-run health insurance option could increase inflation and lead to economic ruin. Lawmakers also supported the rally, Republican Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said Americans want health care reform, but they don't want a government takeover. Other sponsors of the rally included the Heartland Institute, Americans for Tax Reform and the Ayn Rand Centre for Individuals Rights. While anti-Obama protesters took to the streets of Washington, Obama supporters lined up for hours to hear him speak about his reform plan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Linda Slattengren, President, Minnesota Nurse's Association said they were behind Obama's health care reform. "We see the negative outcomes that occur when people don't have health insurance or are underinsured, can't afford their insurance," she said. Obama is attempting to boost momentum of his chief domestic priority to overhaul the 2.5 (t) trillion US dollar medical care system. "I will not accept the status quo. Not this time. Not now," the president told an estimated 15-thousand people during the rally. Days after urging Democrats and Republicans in Congress to come together, an invigorated Obama said his plan incorporated ideas from those on both sides and he promised to continue to seek common ground. The pitch came in friendly territory. Democratic-leaning Minnesota is one of the nation's healthiest states, with relatively few uninsured residents, cost-effective medical care and top health care providers such as the Mayo Clinic. His speech at the Target Centre was part of a weekend campaign by the White House to give the president as much exposure as possible after his prime-time address on Wednesday to Congress. At the rally, on network television and in his weekend radio and Internet address, Obama again sought to take the reins of the debate, a task that has proved elusive over the past three months. The challenge is to both energise his supporters and make people with insurance care about his proposal.
VOTE 2010 / PALIN AT TEA PARTY EXPRESS EVENT
NNS: Sarah Palin campaign in Reno, Nevada 14:19:15 WS of Palin entering stage 14:19:19 MS. PALIN: Thank you so much! I'm so glad to get to get to be here! Thank you! Whoo, Nevada! (Cheers, applause.) Thank you very much. I'm so glad that Eddie Burke is here with me from Alaska. 14:19:32 Yes, he is my entourage, my one-person entourage, Eddie. He's -- Papa Grizzly from Alaska, right on. AUDIENCE MEMBER: Mama Grizzly! MS. PALIN: Mama Grizzly, yes! Oh, it is so good to get to be here. Tea party Americans, you're winning. You're winning! (Cheers.) And the left, they just don't know what the heck to do with you, or to do about you. And this is beautiful. You're turning this country's political landscape upside down and inside out, and it's all good. It's a beautiful thing, this grassroots movement. Of the people, for the people, it's we the people. Again, the left just doesn't know what to do with you. So keep up the good work. November 2nd is coming. (Cheers, applause.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you, Sarah! 14:20:17 MS. PALIN: Folks, it's just like in 1773, when the liberty- loving freedom fighters dumped that tea in the harbor. Remember what they did, too. They said no, we're taxed enough already (sic), and they looked at an arrogant, out-of-touch, out-of-reach, far away, centralized government and they said, "Ah, no, no thanks. Enough is enough; we'll take it from here." That's what our message is today, and that's what we're going to bring into November 2nd. They back then fought for their liberty. They fought for freer markets and for opportunity so that they could work. It was all about working for freedom, for family and faith. And modern-day tea party patriots saying the same thing now, 200-and-some years later. Though, folks, you've been ridiculed, you've been mocked, you've been slandered by the left. 14:21:10 Still, though, you didn't let big-government- loving professional politicians and the complicit left-wing lamestream (sic) media tell you to sit down and shut the -- tell you to sit down and shut up. Instead, no, you didn't retreat, you reloaded, you came out even stronger, and you've turned this country around! (Cheers.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: You did it, Sarah! MS. PALIN: You didn't retreat, you reloaded. You peacefully took to the streets, didn't you? And you rallied in the rallies, and you showed up at the town halls, and you went to the polls. And now you get to take the ballots by storm, all with a smile on your face, and that's why they just don't know what to do with you, because you've got so much optimism and you've got so much common sense. 14:21:57 That sense, which is an endangered species in D.C. today. Shoot, everything you need to know about growing an economy and about fiscally and physically securing our nation and letting freedom ring you can learn right here at a tea party rally. Let me give you some examples. Beltway politicos, I sure hope that you're listening, I sure hope that you're listening, politicos. One of the best messages I've seen at a rally, a sign held up proud and strong and mighty by a mama grizzly. It said, "My kid is not your ATM." (Cheers.) And then there was the "Let us keep our hard-earned money, and you can keep the change." I like the one, "My neighbor bought a big house, and all I got was his lousy payments." (Laughs.) My own sign, "Don't rob Piper's piggy bank for your pork," and then Piper's sign, "I'm 9 years old and my debt is already over $40,000." How about "'Obamacare' makes us ill"? I like the sign, "Russia called, they want their socialism back." (Laughter.) 14:23:17 And speaking of Russia, I can see November from my house. Yes. (Cheers.) I like the sign, "Obama's porkulus (sic) wears lipstick." Yeah. Porkulus. Stimulus. Yeah, right. Shovel-ready project, my astroturf, yeah, right. (Cheers.) We know what they were shoveling and it wasn't asphalt. No. How about the sign, "It's the spending, stupid." And then the sign right next to it, "You can't fix stupid, but you can vote him out." (Cheers, applause.) And then finally, kind of wrapping it up, what the left-wing media and politicians have tried to do to you all, the sign that said, "It doesn't matter what this sign says, you're going to call it racist anyway." (Laughter.) Big-government liberals who control the House and the Senate and the White House, here's our message today. You said, "Yes we can" and you did. You shook the foundation of our economy by shoving over and taking over and bailing out and cramming through Socialist-type policies, shoving aside the little guy. You shook our economy, but you cannot shake the foundation of America herself, because THIS is America! (Cheers.) You strong, patriotic, hard-working Americans. The little guy, right? The job- creators, those of you who grow our food and run our small businesses. You keep the lights on. You teach our children and you fight our wars. We, the little guy, the over-taxed, the over-regulated, over- burdened, had-it-up-to-here mama grizzlies, and liberty-loving Americans, we have had enough and we're taking it back. We're putting government back on our side for we the people. It's a pretty simple message. (Cheers, applause.) So our government now -- well, we're not going to work for our government, our government shall work for us. 14:25:25 So our message is, we don't work for you anymore, Mr. Reid. Enjoy your retirement. (Cheers, applause.) We don't work for you anymore, Nancy Pelosi. You're fired. And Mr. Obama and your czars, you're next, because now we can see 2012 from our house. (Cheers, applause.) You are winning, Joe Six-Pack! But lookit, we can't celebrate quite yet. Okay? November 2nd's just around the corner, where we get to make the positive change. But we who desire and will elect those constitutional conservatives with that common sense, we've got so much work to do between now and November 2nd. It's got to be the 16-, 18-, 20-hour days where we're exhausting ourselves doing all we can to get out the vote. We need to elect those servants who have servants' hearts and have ears to hear what the people have been telling them. We've got to get out there and get the vote out for the candidates who know that the Constitution restrains the federal government so our private sector can grow and thrive and prosper; we can expand, we can start hiring more people. That's the only way that government can allow our economy to get roaring again, is for government to get out of the way and let the private sector do it. 14:26:52 Liberals need to know they cannot legislate prosperity from Washington. We can't spend our way out of this problem. And Americans, we have known, as job creators, as the worker bees, we know that no -- we grow our economy one paycheck, one night shift, one American dream at a time. It's not government that can do it for us, it's we the people in the private sector. So, we the people, we have got a lot of work to do. We've got to walk those precincts and knock on doors. We've got to make the phone calls and stuff the envelopes, get out the vote, knowing that on November 3rd, then, we can wake up knowing that we as individual citizens, we've done all that we can to take our country back and put it on the right track. AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes we can! MS. PALIN: Yes we can, putting it on the right track, friends. No more mortgaging our kids' future. No more incurring enormous debt that makes us beholden to and reliant upon foreign countries, that makes us less secure, less free. 14:27:54 No more locking up our own God- given, natural resources, domestic supplies of energy, while we beg energy supplies from foreign countries. (Cheers, applause.) No more. No more engaging in enemy-centered foreign policy, apologizing for our military might. No more kowtowing to enemies and poking our allies in the eye. No, on foreign policy we seek peace -- we seek peace through strength. And we remind evil dictators of America's unparalleled strength, with the resolve -- again, the simple resolve -- that, no, we win, they lose. We send that message through foreign policy. (Cheers, applause.) Now look, we do have a lot of work to do before November 2nd, when we can send people to Washington who will let America's entrepreneurial spirit soar again. Who are these candidates whom we need to put it all on the line for us? We've got a lot of good ones right here in Nevada willing to put it on the line for us. They promise to listen, and to lower taxes, and repeal and replace that unaffordable, unbelievable mother-of-all unfunded mandates called "Obamacare." (Scattered cheers.) And they will stop the stimulus and stop the bailouts. I'm talking candidates like Sharron Angle -- (cheers, applause) -- to take back America! I thank you for being so bold in your support of Sharron, too. You know, bless her heart. 14:29:35 The stuff that they have thrown at her and just tried to clobber her with, and yet she's still standing. (Cheers, applause.) And when we retire Reid and when we send Sharron to Washington, D.C., we know that she will listen. We know that she will apply those commonsense, time-tested solutions that Harry Reid refused to do. And Sharron will help us get our country back on track. (Cheers, applause.) We need people like Sharron Angle and Joe Miller and Carly Fiorina and Christine O'Donnell -- (cheers, applause) -- and Dino Rossi and Mark Rubio and Rand Paul and Kelly Ayotte. 14:30:21 We need to -- we need to return Jim DeMint and return Chuck Grassley, and in the House we need to return Michele Bachmann. (Cheers, applause.) We need to send Sean Duffy and Allen West and Paul Gosar and John Koster and Star Parker and Martha Roby and -- (inaudible) -- all these constitutional conservatives; and all of our vets for Congress, our combat vets for Congress. There's a strong list of them. And then we need to be able to fill our governors' offices with the -- with the likes of Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez and Butch Otter and John Kasich and Sean Parnell and Jan Brewer, Mary Fallin, Terry Brandstad, Chris Dudley -- all those who will listen to the people and know that growing government is not the answer. See, we cannot keep going down the same road that we were on in our states, certainly not in our federal government. What do we have to show for the liberals' control that they've had for the last 21 months? What we have to show with these failed policies: 10 percent employment -- shoot, here in Nevada, 14.4 percent unemployment, the highest in the nation. If Harry Reid's calling the shots, making the policies that so adversely affect you, why in the world wouldn't you fire him? You know, you do that with your employees who aren't doing the job. (Cheers, applause.) What we have is 17-percent-plus underemployment, 42 million Americans now on food stamps, 15 million Americans looking for work, $14 trillion in debt. And here again, with these failed policies, it makes absolutely no sense to return those folks back to Congress and think that we're going to get any kind of different result. Because all they're doing is promising more of the same failed policies, like cap-and-tax -- some call it cap-and-trade; it's cap-and-tax -- and not lifting a finger to stop the tax increases that are going to slam us to the mat come January 1. Highest tax increase in U.S. history and they all skipped town before they could take a vote to stop those increases that are coming. (Boos.) Yup. 14:32:26 It's unsustainable, folks. We are on a path towards insolvency. No. We need to make, then, our personal sacrifices. Hey, politicians who are in office today, you -- some of you need to man up and spend some political capital to support the tea party candidates instead of doing this -- waiting to see how everything's going to go. You know that the tea party candidates are constitutionalists. They've got the common sense. 14:33:13 So, some of these politicians, the big wigs within the machine, they're driving me crazy, because they're too chicken to come out and support the tea party candidates. And yet it's the people who are saying no, that yet the ideas of the tea party movement are the American ideals that will put us back to work. So, to those politicians within the machine playing a little too safe, going along to get along, I joined Sharron Angle in calling them too to just man up -- (cheers, applause) -- and start making the political capital choices, if you will, to get the right people as their colleagues. We to -- we need to spend our time and our human and fiscal resources to support those who are running for the right reasons, folks. It's that important. This election is that important. This is the future of America. It's hinging on November 2nd, what we will say to the politicians who have done this to us. November 2nd is so crucial - 14:33:56 returning our country to our constitutional foundation of protecting freedom, protecting free markets, united under our flag. Remember, our government is in our hands. You will make the difference; it's up to you. So keep the momentum up. You saw the challenge over the past two years, and you rose to the challenge. And now Old Glory has never flown higher or prouder than where you have put her, tea party patriots. (Cheers, applause.) So from the cold northern tundra of Alaska where we sip our iced tea, oh, to the sweet Southern tea all across America, that renewal, that reawakening that you're seeing; it is sweeping the land and it is thanks to you, tea party Americans, the patriots who finally said, "Enough is enough, and we're taking it back." (Cheers, applause.) 14:34:56 We knew there to be an alternative, didn't we, to an ever- expanding, overreaching, socialist style of Obamanomics that the liberals in Congress want to ram down our throats. We knew there to be an alternative. The alternative? You tell those big-spending, perpetuating-the-problem politicians like Pelosi and Reid and their bear -- their band of merry followers, you know, all going along to get along - 14:35:30 you tell them all, folks, that they're fired -- (cheers, applause) -- because November 2nd is the time for choosing, and at that time for choosing, we will choose those who promise to cut the corporate tax rate and simplify the tax code and eliminate waste and tackle our debts and our deficit. They will man up on facing the challenges we have with insolvent entitlement programs, and they will renew our free markets and revive our optimistic pioneering spirit. Now, liberals, who have tried to tell us now -- especially these last two years -- how to live, what to drive, what to eat, where our kids can go to school, what kind of light bulbs we get to turn on, what our preachers can preach from the pulpit, what businesses shall or shall not be shuttered, what our private salaries shall be, what unconfirmed czars will control the regulatory regimes -- good Lord! Heaven forbid that we just roll over as Americans and let that happen to us. No. We have a choice. We have an alternative. Heaven forbid we don't do something about that overreach of the federal government before we find ourselves, folks, on our knees begging big, centralized government their permission that they can grant us to work, before we beg them for permission to develop our God-given resources and permission to earn and to save and to invest according to our own priorities before we arrive at the mercy seat of professional politicians' priorities in the shadow of a fundamentally transformed America. Before we get there, heaven forbid we just roll over. 14:37:24 No. That is why we do all that we can between now and November 2nd -- (cheers) -- in order to turn this country back around. (Cheers, applause.) You know why? This is ultimately about freedom. Just like in 1773, today our message is about freedom. Freedom depends on restraining the accumulation of power in the centralized entity. We restrain big government's job-killing, welfare-state-growing agenda by electing a new Congress. Hire those who will follow the blueprint for security and prosperity, who will protect our charters of liberty. It was our Constitution, it's our Declaration of Independence that gave us the game plan. All we have to do is follow those charters of liberty. 14:38:11 God gave us our rights, and we know, those being inalienable rights, we give to our government the power to protect those rights against the accumulation of power in a single entity per our Constitution. Our freedom, our future depends on this understanding. (Cheers.) 14:38:37 Listen, caution, though -- let me caution you -- a little bit of a come-to-Jesus meeting time right now -- caution that in this battle before November 2nd, don't be thinking that we've got victory for America in the bag yet, okay? We can't let up. We can't get cocky about this. No dancing with the neighbors yet, okay? Okay? We can't party like it's 1773 -- not yet. Because, folks, those whom you have forced to go on the defense -- man, they are wee-weed up. And they're coming after you hard. They're coming after our candidates hard, with cheap shots, with fouls. And they're ramping it up against our candidates. And you can't count anymore on an objective referee to blow the whistle on those fouls and cheap shots. 14:39:26 That objective referee coulda, shoulda been our free press, a non-biased -- (calls, cheers) -- entity of reporting. It could have been. But no. The mainstream news media can't be counted on, once the bedrock cornerstone of our democracy. No -- you know why? Because you've called them out, you've held them accountable and you've revealed their true colors and their bias. And more power to you, American people. (Cheers, whistles.) Nope. Our mainstream news media, you've called them out, you've shown their true colors. Their old way of doing business -- put a fork in it. It's done. (Cheers.) Their ratings reflect it, and they've just been refudiated, if you will. No, but it -- amidst the media distortions of you all, tea party Americans, and of these wonderful, beautiful efforts to help restore American exceptionalism, amidst the slander and the lies told about you, I don't want you to get discouraged, thinking that the cards are stacked against you. We won't gripe. We won't pussyfoot around the challenge of a complicit left-wing media that's been part of the challenge, no. We'll call them out. But let's level the playing field ourselves. We do this by working even harder, by being even more aggressive and bold in articulating and conveying truth and solutions peacefully. We'll all man up and we'll be able to do that, okay, that's how we level the playing field. 14:41:13 You've never waited for that fair call yet. Don't hold your breath waiting for it now. Go around them. Go right to the people, with the reminders of those time-tested truths that must be applied again to reawaken, to restore American exceptionalism. (Cheers.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yeah! MS. PALIN: We do this -- we do it by getting out the vote for those who know that the government that governs least governs best -- (cheers, whistles) -- and those who know that the Constitution provides a perfect path towards a more perfect union. And we do this by electing those who know that only limited government can expand prosperity and opportunity for all equally, and those who know that the innocent, sacred lives of our littlest ones, our esteemed elders, those with special needs, they deserve respect and protection, because they are God's gifts, yes! (Cheers.) 14:42:22 And we elect those who know that life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, it all hinges on freedom. Freedom is a God-given right. It's not free, though, but it certainly is worth fighting for. (Cheers, whistles.) And we elect those who understand that America's finest, our men and women in uniform, they are a force for good throughout this world -- (cheers) -- and that is nothing to apologize for -- (cheers, calls) -- those who know that, yes, we are that shining city on a hill that Reagan used to speak of, those who know that America, there is no alternative, so that they will lay down their lives, willing to make whatever sacrifice needs to be made in order to restore and awaken and revive our America. Yes, tea party Americans, independents, registered Republicans, Reagan Democrats, those not a part of any party, any political machine, bless your heart -- it's the smart way to go in a lot of cases -- let me tell you, it's the independents, it's all of America coming together as tea party Americans. It's thanks to you that we do have the choice that we get to make on November 2nd to put the country back on the right track. 14:43:29 It's because of your tenacity, it's because of your perseverance in the face of a lot of challenge, a lot of unfair shots that were thrown at you, tea party Americans. You stood tall. You're standing taller and prouder and stronger today than ever. November 2nd is right around the corner! Keep the faith! God bless you! (Cheers.) 14:43:52 Let me tell you one last thing! (Whistles, applause.) It's worthy work, and it is worth it. So keep smiling, tea party Americans. (Cheers.) May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it. (Cheers.) God bless you. God bless America. (Cheers, applause.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Chanting.) Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! 14:44:21 WS of Palin exiting stage 14:46:28 WS of musical act (parody of 'My Girl')
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AP-APTN-2330: US Rally 2 Saturday, 28 August 2010 STORY:US Rally 2- REPLAY Conservative rally controversy on anniv of King speech LENGTH: 03:17 FIRST RUN: 2030 RESTRICTIONS: Pt No Access NAmerica/Internet TYPE: English/Natsound SOURCE: AP TELEVISION/POOL/HANDOUT/ABC STORY NUMBER: 655793 DATELINE: Washington - 28 August 2010 LENGTH: 03:17 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLY HANDOUT FROM RESTORING HONOR EVENT - AP CLIENTS ONLY ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA/INTERNET SHOTLIST: (FIRST RUN 1930 ASIA PACIFIC PRIME NEWS - 28 AUGUST 2010) AP Television - AP Clients Only 1. Wide of crowd gathered at Lincoln Memorial to see event hosted by conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck (FIRST RUN 1930 ASIA PACIFIC PRIME NEWS - 28 AUGUST 2010) Pool - AP Clients Only 2. Glenn Beck enters event and greets crowd (FIRST RUN 1930 ASIA PACIFIC PRIME NEWS - 28 AUGUST 2010) Handout from Restoring Honor Event - AP Clients Only 3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Glenn Beck, conservative broadcaster: "This country has spent far too long worried about scars and thinking about the scars and concentrating on the scars. Today, we are going to concentrate on the good things in America, the things that we have accomplished, and the things that we can do tomorrow." (FIRST RUN 1930 ASIA PACIFIC PRIME NEWS - 28 AUGUST 2010) AP Television - AP Clients Only 4. Men dressed in colonial-era clothes cheering (FIRST RUN 1930 ASIA PACIFIC PRIME NEWS - 28 AUGUST 2010) Handout from Restoring Honor Event - AP Clients Only 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sarah Palin, former Republican vice presidential nominee: "It is so humbling to get to be here with you today, patriots. You who are motivated and engaged and concerned, knowing to never retreat." (FIRST RUN 1930 ASIA PACIFIC PRIME NEWS - 28 AUGUST 2010) ABC - No Access North America/Internet 6. Wide of choir singing on stage 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Reverend Al Sharpton, civil rights activist: "Somebody said, 'Why are you all marching? Why are you all rallying?' They call us trouble makers, but now the folks that used to criticise us for marching are trying to have a march themselves." (FIRST RUN 2030 LATAM PRIME NEWS - 28 AUGUST 2010) AP Television - AP Clients Only 8. Wide of crowd, as seen from steps of the Lincoln Memorial 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, no name available, Glenn Beck supporter: "We are about praising God. America, bless God, and when we honour God, and we pray and praise to God, we are blessing God, and God will be pleased. Look at the sunshine that he's shining down upon us." 10. Pan up from T-shirt reading: "Obama Bin Lyen" to man smiling 11. Pan up from T-shirt reading: "Bitter typical white person clinging to God and my guns" to man in sunglasses 12. Men holding signs, pan to man holding sign above his head, UPSOUND (English): "The tea party isn't racist. Our people need to know this, and they'd be standing out here with us." 13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, Marco Cheglie, celebratethedream.org: "We're here to defend Martin Luther King's mission for social justice. He fought and died for social justice, and we're here to remind people of that legacy." 14. Man carrying banner yells to crowd, UPSOUND (English): "Are you booing Martin Luther King?", pan to woman in crowd yelling back UPSOUND (English): "God and honour for our country, God and honour. God and honour for our country." 15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, no name available, Glenn Beck supporter: "This is for people that follows Glenn Beck. Why are they coming here and doing this? Why? We're not bothering them." 16. Pan up to banner showing Martin Luther King and Glenn Beck 17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, no name available: "You have a right to your free speech, but you don't belong here." 18. Wide of rally 19. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, Carol Dee, Al Sharpton supporter: "We are enhancing the dream because it's about representation, not about association or assimilation. It's about being a representative with the facts, the truth, equality for everyone, not just one people, but all the people." 20. Band playing music in march, push in to woman holding sign that reads, "President Obama is our dream" 21. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, Amanda Mourant, Al Sharpton supporter: "Obviously, the fact that there are people who are co-opting the whole MLK (Martin Luther King) story, taking it for their own ends, politically, really bothered me, so it gets me more in line to go to the Al Sharpton event." 22. Mid of King banner, zoom out to crowd marching, UPSOUND (English) Crowd: "What do you want? Justice. And when do you want it? Now." STORYLINE: From the steps of Washington's Lincoln Memorial, conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck told the tens of thousands of predominantly white conservative activists he drew from around the nation on Saturday that the US has too long "wandered in darkness." Civil rights leaders who accused the group of hijacking King's legacy held their own rally and march. While both rallies remained non-violent, there were strong, loud opinions voiced from both sides about the purpose and timing of the events. At an event billed as non political but reflecting the mood of a sizable number in the country, the rally's marquee speaker, Sarah Palin, praised "patriots" in the audience for "knowing never to retreat." Beck and Palin spoke from the very spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 47 years ago. Some civil rights leaders who have denounced Beck's choice of venue staged a rival rally to honour King. Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee who may make a White House run in 2012, said activists must honour King's legacy by paying tribute to the men and women who protect the United States in uniform. Beck, pacing back and forth on the marble steps, said he was humbled by the size of the crowd, which stretched along the Washington Mall's long reflecting pool nearly all the way to the Washington Monument. Beck, a Fox News host said that it was now time to "concentrate on the good things in America, the things we have accomplished and the things we can do tomorrow." Neither Beck nor Palin made overtly political comments. Palin, greeted by chants of "USA, USA, USA" from many in the crowd, said she wasn't speaking as a politician, and honoured military members in her speech. She likened the rally participants to the civil rights activists who came to the National Mall to hear King's historic speech. She said the same spirit that helped civil rights activists overcome oppression, discrimination and violence would help this group as well. The crowd - organisers had a permit for 300-thousand - was vast, with people standing shoulder to shoulder across large expanses of the Mall. The National Park Service stopped doing crowd counts in 1997 after the agency was accused of underestimating numbers for the 1995 Million Man March. Civil rights leaders protested the event and scheduled a three-mile plus march from a high school to the site of a planned King memorial near the Tidal Basin and not far from Beck's gathering. Beck has said he did not intend to choose the King anniversary for his rally but had since decided it was "divine providence." Beck, in a taped presentation mixed in with his live remarks, invoked King's message and said "the fight for freedom was not easy." The Reverend Al Sharpton, leading the civil rights march and rally, mocked the Beck production. "The folks who used to criticise us for marching are trying to have a march themselves," he said. "We come because the dream has not been achieved. We've made a lot of progress. But we still have a long way to go." He said he wasn't seeking a confrontation with those at the Beck rally. The counter rally, organised by Sharpton, saw several thousand marching with him, crossing paths with some of the crowds leaving Beck's rally. People wearing "Restoring Honour" and tea party T-shirts looked on as Sharpton's group chanted "reclaim the dream" and "MLK, MLK (Martin Luther King)." Both sides were restrained, although there was some mutual taunting. The tea party is a loose knit coalition of conservative and libertarian activists who oppose taxes and what they perceive as government intrusion in their lives. Sharpton poked fun at the Beck-organised rally, saying some participants were the same ones who used to call civil rights leaders troublemakers. "The folks who used to criticise us for marching are trying to have a march themselves," he said. He urged his group to be peaceful and not confrontational. "If people start heckling, smile at them," Sharpton said. Sharpton and other critics have noted that, while Beck has long sprouted anti-government themes, King's famous march included an appeal to the federal government to do more to protect Americans' civil rights. It was not clear how many tea party activists were in the crowd, but the sheer size of the turnout helped demonstrate the size and potential national influence of the movement. Tea party activism and widespread voter discontent with government already have effected primary elections and could be an important factor in November's congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative races. 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AP-APTN-2330: ++US IMMIGRATION Monday, 25 June 2012 STORY:++US IMMIGRATION- US COURT OVERTURNS MUCH OF ARIZONA'S CONTROVERSIAL IMMIGRATION LAWS LENGTH: 03:25 FIRST RUN: 2330 RESTRICTIONS: AP CLIENTS ONLY TYPE: ENGLISH/NATSOUND SOURCE: AP TELEVISION STORY NUMBER: 747423 DATELINE: VARIOUS - 25 JUNE 2012/FILE LENGTH: 03:25 SHOTLIST Washington, DC - June 25, 2012 1. Wide of U.S. Supreme Court FILE: Washington, DC - October 8, 2010 2. Various of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Phoenix, Arizona - June 25, 2012 3. Mid of protesters holding banner reading (English) "Obama: instead of suing and investigating, stop deporting!" 4. Close of two kids holding signs 5. Mid of two women wearing T-shirts reading (Spanish) "Adios Arpaio" (referring to sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County Joe Arpaio) 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Fernando Lopez, a Mexican citizen seeking U.S. citizenship: "We have to keep organising and educate ourselves. We cannot trust the police. We cannot trust any law enforcement agencies. We have to protect ourselves." 7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Salgado, Phoenix police officer and opponent of the immigration law: "So it's a big victory. It's a big victory for myself, for the citizens of Phoenix, especially the Hispanic people that this racist law was stopped." Washington, DC - June 25, 2012 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Raul Grijalva, Democratic representative for Arizona's 7th district, which is on Mexico's border: "It's a split decision and very disappointed in the section that was found constitutional, to be. I think it opens the door for increased violation of civil rights and discrimination." 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Lee, Republican Senator for Utah: "We do have an illegal immigration problem, the states are saddled with a lot of challenges as a result of the federal government's failure to enforce the border and to enforce our set of immigration laws that we have on the books federally, so the states have tried to pick up that slack." 10. Wide of news conference held in front of the Supreme Court 11. SOUNDBITE (English) Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director, National Law Centre: "We believe this is a decision that does set back civil rights. We vow to continue fighting SB1070, particularly the racial profiling provision." 12. Cutaway of photographers 13. Pan left of U.S President Barack Obama walking towards helicopter 14. SOUNDBITE (English) Darrell West, Vice President of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution: "I think this ruling will be a big help to President Obama because obviously he needs a big turnout from the Latino community which is concentrated in several of the crucial swing states. Latinos are going to be very upset that law enforcement agents are able to stop them and demand to see their papers, so this will help mobilise the Obama base and help turn out those Latino voters that he really needs in November." 15. Various of statement from Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency. Pelham, Alabama - June 25, 2012 16. Mid of immigrant workers waiting for day work 17. SOUNDBITE (English) Victor Palafox, community organiser: "These laws depend on fear to be able to maintain their effectiveness and here in Alabama, as well as in other parts of the country, one of the things we've been directly able to challenge and directly overcome is the fear that these laws instil in our community." 18. Various of immigrant workers waiting for work STORYLINE A divided Supreme Court threw out major parts of Arizona's tough crackdown on illegal immigrants on Monday, in a ruling sure to reverberate through the November elections. While finding much of the Arizona law unconstitutional, the justices unanimously approved the law's most-discussed provision - requiring police to check the immigration status of those they stop for other reasons - but limited the consequences. The decision upholds the "show me your papers" provision for the moment, but limits state action by prohibiting police officers from arresting people on minor immigration charges. The requirement could still be subject to additional legal challenges. The justices struck down other provisions that created state crimes allowing local police to arrest people for federal immigration violations. The Supreme Court struck down three major provisions: requiring all immigrants to obtain or carry immigration registration papers, making it a state criminal offence for an illegal immigrant to seek work or hold a job and allowing police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants without warrants. The vote was 6-2 against making it a state crime not to carry immigration papers and 5-3 against the other two provisions. Although pro-immigration groups have vowed to fight the provision that was upheld on Monday, many opponents of Arizona's immigration law were still hailing the decision as a victory. "It's a big victory for myself, for the citizens of Phoenix, especially the Hispanic people that this racist law was stopped," said David Salgado, a Phoenix police officer. On the steps of the Supreme Court, Democrats and Republicans gave mixed reactions to the split decision. Arizona Democrat Representative Raul Grijalva said he was concerned that the decision "opens the door for increased violations of civil rights and discrimination," while Senator Mike Lee, a member of the Tea Party caucus, supported the rights of states like Arizona to try and tackle the problem themselves. "We do have an illegal immigration problem, the states are saddled with a lot of challenges as a result of the federal government's failure to enforce the border and to enforce our set of immigration laws that we have on the books federally, so the states have tried to pick up that slack," Lee said. The Arizona decision landed in the middle of a presidential campaign in which President Barack Obama has been heavily courting Latino voters and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been struggling to win Latino support. The decision will have an important impact on November's presidential elections according to Darrell West, vice president of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organisation based in Washington, D.C. "I think this ruling will be a big help to President Obama because obviously he needs a big turnout from the Latino community which is concentrated in several of the crucial swing states," said West. "This will help mobilise the Obama base and help turn out those Latino voters that he really needs in November," he concluded. During a drawn-out primary campaign, Romney and the other GOP candidates mostly embraced a hard line on the estimated 11 (m) million illegal immigrants. But Romney has lately taken a softer tone on immigration as a result of Obama having issued an executive ruling that ends deportation of young people brought illegally into the country as children. The Obama administration sued to block the Arizona law soon after its enactment two years ago. The president said that he was pleased that the court struck down key parts of Arizona's law, but was concerned about what the high court left intact. Alabama community organiser, Victor Palafox was born in Mexico and will be one of the beneficiaries of Obama's changed immigration rules for young people. Palafox says community groups will continue to fight laws like those pending in Alabama and Arizona. "One of the things we've been directly able to challenge and directly overcome is the fear that these laws instil in our community," he said. The Arizona case focused on whether states can adopt their own measures to deal with illegal immigrants in the face of federal inaction on comprehensive reform, or whether the federal government has almost exclusive authority in that area. A second opinion with potentially important implications for the presidential campaign is expected when the court meets on Thursday to issue its final rulings this term. The court's verdict on Obama's landmark health care overhaul probably will come that day. 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THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART Jon Stewart responds to the story about CNN anchor Rick Sanchez who was fired be cause he stated Stewart is bigoted toward "everybody else that's not like him," that "everyone who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart" and that he "can't see someone not getting a job these days because they're Jewish." Stewart opened by announcing that he only heard Sanchez's now infamous interview on the radio program "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick" after taping Thursday's edition of "The Daily Show" and lamented that he had to wait until Monday to respond. First, he did so with sarcasm. "I think Jon Stewart's a bigot," Sanchez was heard saying in a taped replay of "Stand Up!" "Oh my God!" Stewart squealed. "Rick Sanchez knows my name!" Stewart especially took Sanchez to task for the personal barbs -- that Stewart "grew up in a suburban middle-class New Jersey home with everything that you could ever imagine." Smirking at the camera, Stewart said Sanchez "really nailed what it was like growing up in central Jersey in the early '70s, the fortunate son of a single mother in the education field." After considering that it might be mean to target someone who'd just lost his job -- Sanchez was let go from CNN on Friday -- Stewart decided to go ahead and poke fun at an "extremely pokable show" anyway. Clips from Sanchez's "Rick's List," the two-hour-long program that was a staple of CNN's afternoon lineup, were spliced with scenes from NBC's "The Office," making Sanchez out to be as clueless and condescending as Dunder Mifflin's Michael Scott played by Steve Carell "Carell is leaving 'The Office,' NBC is looking to replace him," Stewart declared, with no small amount of glee. "Sanchez is available!" The segment also inlcuded comments Stewart made referencing Sanchez Saturday night during the taping of the comedy charity event "Night of Too Many Stars." THE COLBERT REPORT WITH STEPHEN COLBERT 23:31:32 >> Stephen: TONIGHT, HOW CAN MUSLIMS FIND ACCEPTANCE IN 23:31:34 AMERICA? STEP ONE, "DANCING WITH THE 23:31:36 IMAM." THEN THE TEA PARTY REACHES OUT 23:31:38 TO KIDS, I ASSUME FOR HELP WITH SPELLING, AND MY GUEST HAS A NEW 23:31:42 BOOK ABOUT THE FOUR GROUPS THAT MAKE UP BLACK AMERICA. 23:31:47 FOUR? I'M STUMPED AFTER EARTH, WIND 23:31:48 AND FIRE. THE POSTAL SERVICE IS GOING TO 23:31:52 BE CHARGING MORE FOR FLOPPY BULK MAIL, BAD NEWS FOR ANYBODY WHO 23:31:56 SIGNED UP FOR MY JELLYFISH MONTH. 23:31:58 CLUB. THIS IS "THE COLBERT REPORT." 23:32:04 Captioning sponsored by COMEDY CENTRAL 23:32:36 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] [AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN"] 23:32:56 >> Stephen: NATION, YOU DID NOT HAVE TO DO, THAT BUT I'D BE 23:32:59 HEARTBROKEN IF YOU DIDN'T. NATION, THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS 23:33:02 SO NEGATIVE. EVEN IF A POSITIVE STORY BIT 23:33:05 THEM IN THE AS, THE HEAD LINE WOULD BE, "ASS BITE NEAR FATAL, 23:33:12 POSITIVE STORY LITTLE COMFORT." I'VE GOT SOME MAJOR NEWS THE 23:33:15 MAIN STRIEM MEDIA WON'T TELL YOU ABOUT. 23:33:17 AS OF YESTERDAY GERMANY HAS FINISHED PAYING ITS REPARATIONS 23:33:21 FOR WORLD WAR I. THAT'S RIGHT. 23:33:24 THE WAR TO END ALL WARS HAS FINALLY ENDED. 23:33:29 WE WORLD WAR WON IT! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 23:33:45 AS YOU N SEE, 92 YEARS AGO BALLOONS WERE MADE OF INFLATED 23:33:50 CAT BLADDERS. THE POINT IS, THE YANKS ARE 23:33:55 COMING HOME. WE HAVE TO DO OUR BEST TO HELP 23:33:58 THEM ADJUST BECAUSE A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THE DOUGH BOY. 23:34:04 NOW MOVIES CAN TALK, WOMEN CAN VOTE AND DR. ENDICOTT'S PATENTED 23:34:09 REVITALIZING SNAKE OIL IS NOW CALLED VITAMIN WATER. 23:34:12 [LAUGHTER] FOLLOWING THE 1919 TREATY OF 23:34:19 VERSAILLES, GERMANY MAILED REPARATION CHECKS TO FRANCE AND 23:34:21 BELGIUM FOR EVERY YEAR EXCEPT IN THE 1940s WHERE HITLER 23:34:26 INSISTED ON HAND DELIVERY, BUT THE REPARATIONS HAVE NOW BEEN 23:34:30 PAID IN FULL. SO, FOLKS, IT IS TIME TO LAY OFF 23:34:34 THE KAISER. YES, HE WAS A POWER-HUNGRY 23:34:41 LEADER SO EGO MANIACAL THAT HE HAD SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO KEEP 23:34:47 BIRDS FROM LANDING ON HIM. BUT IT IS TIME TO FORGIVE AND TO 23:34:50 FORGET. WE CAN NOW GO BACK TO CALLING 23:34:54 THEM KAISER ROLLSEN STEAD OF LIBERTY LOAFS. 23:34:59 FOLKS... YEAH. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 23:35:02 AND WE WON'T COME BACK UNTIL IT'S OVER, OVER THERE 23:35:08 WE ARE LESS THAN ONE MONTH AWAY FROM MY MARCH TO KEEP FEAR 23:35:11 ALIVE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 23:35:15 IT IS MY PLEASURE TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU'RE AFRAID OF MUSLIMS. 23:35:23 AND YOU'RE NOT ALONE, FOLKS. YESTERDAY ON "THIS WEEK WITHOUT 23:35:28 GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS," CHRISTIAN AHMAN PORE ASKED THE 23:35:33 QUESTION: HOLY WAR, SHOULD AMERICANS FEAR ISLAM? 23:35:37 FRANKLIN GRAHAM SAID, YOU BETCHA. 23:35:41 >> WHAT THE MUSLIMS WANT TO DO IN AMERICA, THEY WANT TO BUILD 23:35:44 AS MANY MOSQUES AND CULTURAL CENTERS AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN SO 23:35:48 THEY CAN CONVERT AMERICANS. >> Stephen: EXACTLY. 23:35:53 MUSLIMS KNOW AMERICANS CAN'T RESIST CULTURAL CENTERS. 23:35:57 WE'LL CONVERT TO ANY RELIGION THAT PROVIDES AQUA ROW BIG, AND 23:36:01 GRAHAM ISN'T THE ONLY ONE OUT THERE SAYING MUSLIMS ARE A 23:36:04 THREAT. SO ARE MUSLIMS. 23:36:05 >> WE DO BELIEVE THAT MUSLIMS, ONE DAY THE FLAG OF ISLAM WILL 23:36:14 FLY OVER THE WHITE HOUSE. >> Stephen: TOO LATE. 23:36:17 [LAUGHTER] OF COURSE... 23:36:23 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] OF COURSE, OTHER MUSLIMS TRIED 23:36:27 TO CONFUSE US BY DENYING THAT "THEY" ARE OUT TO GET US. 23:36:31 >> THERE ARE 1.5 BILL WHEREON MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD. 23:36:38 IT IS THE MOST DIVERSE, MOST ELECT RELIGION IN THE HISTORY OF 23:36:46 THE WORLD. THIS CONCEPT OF USING THE WORD 23:36:49 "THEY" TO DESCRIBE 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE IS THE DEFINITION OF 23:36:55 BIGOTRY. >> Stephen: WRONG, MO ROCCA, 23:36:59 THE DEFINITION OF BIGOTRY IS PICKING ON RICK SANCHEZ, BUT I 23:37:04 WILL ADMIT THAT OUT OF 1.5 BILL WHEREON MUSLIM, A FEW DOZEN 23:37:08 MIGHT BE DECENT PEOPLE. BUT HOW DO WE KEEP THE DECENT 23:37:11 ONES FROM SCARING US? WELL, THE SOLUTION BRINGS US TO 23:37:15 TONIGHT'S "WORD. " 23:37:16 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] FOLKS, THERE'S ONE GROUP OF 23:37:21 PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO SEEM ALWAYS TO HAVE THE ANSWER TO OUR 23:37:24 PROBLEMS. THAT IS THE IMAGANIEERS AT 23:37:33 DISNEY. EARLIER THIS YEAR DISNEYLAND HIRED AN INTERN OVER 23:37:36 THE PHONE. BUT THEN SHE SHOWED UP TO WORK. 23:37:38 JIM. >> MS. ABDULLAH THOUGHT SHE 23:37:44 LANDED HER DREAM JOB. WHEN SHE TURNED UP FOR WORK, SHE 23:37:50 WAS TOLD SHE DIDN'T FIT IN IF W THE OFFICIAL DISNEY LOOK. 23:37:54 >> DISNEY HAS AN OFFICIAL DRESS CODE, WHICH MAKES YOU WONDER HOW 23:37:59 WINNIE THE POOH SLIPPED THROUGH WITHOUT PANTS. 23:38:02 BECAUSE SHE WOULDN'T REMOVE THE HIJAB, DISNEY HAD NO CHOICE BUT 23:38:09 TO ASSIGN HER TO A SECLUDED STOCK ROOM, THE SAME ONE WHERE 23:38:15 THEY STASHED THE RACIST CROWS FROM DUMBO. 23:38:18 WHEN YOU WORK FOR DISNEY, YOU'RE NOT JUST AN EMPLOYEE, YOU'RE A 23:38:21 CAST MEMBER. YOU DON'T WEAR A UNIFORM, YOU 23:38:23 WEAR A COSTUME. AND NOOR ABDULLAH WAS HIRED TO 23:38:27 PLAY THE PART OF "GIRL IN TICKET BOOTH." 23:38:30 NOW, WE ALL KNOW THAT CHARACTER HAS AN ELABORATE BACK STORY. 23:38:36 SHE'S NOT A MUSLIM. AND THAT'S IT. 23:38:40 [LAUGHTER] NOW, NOOR DIDN'T WANT THE ROLE 23:38:44 OF DOOR MANY WINDOW OF STOCK ROOM, SO DISNEY OFFERED HER A 23:38:48 COSTUME CHANGE. >> THE COMPANY OFFERED NOOR A 23:38:51 COMPROMISE. INSTEAD OF HER OWN HEAD 23:38:55 COVERING, SHE COULD WEAR A DISNEY APPROVED BLUE SCARF WITH 23:38:57 A KIND OF FLOPPY BERET. >> Stephen: HERE IS THE 23:39:02 OFFICIAL COSTUME ARTIST RENDERING. 23:39:04 LIKE EVERYTHING AT DISNEY, IT'S MAGICAL. 23:39:07 NOT ONLY DOES SHE COVER UP HER HIJAB, NOW SHE'S WHITE. 23:39:11 THIS WAS NOT DISNEY'S FIRST FORAY INTO CUSTOM MUSLIM 23:39:15 HEADGEAR. EARLIER THIS YEAR... 23:39:18 [LAUGHTER] EARLIER THIS YEAR, A MUSLIM 23:39:21 WAITRESS AT DISNEY, WHO WANTED TO WEAR A HIJAB, WAS ALLOWED TO 23:39:26 DO SO IF SHE ALSO WORE THIS STYLING FA DORA BECAUSE MUSLIMS 23:39:31 MAY BE SCARY, BUT A CHILD'S FACE REALLY LIGHTS UP THE FIRST TIME 23:39:37 HE MEETS A PIMP. FOLKS, I THINK DISNEY IS ON TO 23:39:41 SOMETHING HERE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 23:39:47 THEY'RE ON THE SOMETHING. THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, WE'VE 23:39:50 ALWAYS BEEN FRIGHTENED BY ETHNIC GROUPS UNTIL WE COME UP WITH 23:39:59 COSTUMES. I MEAN, THE IRISH WERE DRUNKEN 23:40:02 APES UNTIL WE CAME UP WITH THE NOTRE DAME GUY, THE LUCKY CHARMS 23:40:05 GUY AND THE KENNEDYS. SO IT'S GOT TO BE CARTOON 23:40:10 PEOPLE. IT WAS THE SAME WITH NATIVE 23:40:12 AMERICAN, ITALIAN, EVEN HISPANICS. 23:40:15 >> AREBA, AREBA. >> Stephen: NO, IT'S JUST TOO 23:40:22 TERRIFYING. AND MUSLIM, YOU CAN HELP, 23:40:25 AMERICANS MAY FEAR AN ISLAMIC CENTER, BUT WHO WOULD LOVE A 23:40:28 MICKEY MOSQUE? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 23:40:34 THEN, THEN YOU'LL BE EMBRACED HERE IN AMERICA BECAUSE THE ONLY 23:40:37 WAY FOR SOME AMERICANS TO FEEL COMFORTABLE AROUND MUSLIMS IS TO 23:40:41 IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE THEY DON'T EXIST. 23:40:43 AND THAT'S "THE WORDMENT" WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. 23:44:07 >> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY. 23:44:10 FOLKS, THANK YOU, FOLKS. IN THESE TRYING TIMES, IT'S 23:44:14 IMPORTANT TO STAY POSITIVE. OR NEGATIVE. 23:44:17 THIS IS "TIP OF THE HAT, WAG OF THE FINGER." 23:44:22 FIRST A TIP OF MY HAT TO REALLY BIG COLORING BOOKS INCORPORATED 23:44:27 FOR PUBLISHING THE TEA PARTY COLORING BOOK FOR KIDS. 23:44:32 IT'S FULL OF PICTURES, PUZZLES AND GAMES DESIGNED TO TEACH KIDS 23:44:35 TEA PARTY VALUES, AND AT 32 PAGE, IT'S MORE COMPREHENSIVE 23:44:41 THAN THE OTHER CONSERVATIVE KIDS' ACTIVE BOOK, THE G.O.P.'S 23:44:44 PLEDGE TO AMERICA. [APPLAUSE] 23:44:47 IN THIS TEA PARTY COLORING BOOK, KIDS WILL BE ABLE TO COLOR IN 23:44:51 PICTURES OF THE AMERICAN FLAG WITH KID FRIENDLY MESSAGES LIKE 23:44:55 THE TEA PARTY CALLS UPON OUR REPRESENTATIVES TO LIMIT THE 23:44:57 GOVERNMENT'S ROLE IN EVERYDAY LIFE AND TO SUPPORT PEOPLE AND 23:45:01 BUSINESSES BUT NOT DEMAND FROM CONTROL OR OVERTAX THE PEOPLE OR 23:45:06 BUSINESSES. FUN! 23:45:12 [APPLAUSE] NOTHING BRINGS DISWROI A CHILD 23:45:15 LIKE A FIVE-CLAUSE SENTENCE. YOU KNOW, I'D LOVE TO SEE MORE 23:45:19 TEA PARTY KIDS' BOOKS, LIKE CHRISTINE O'DONNELL'S RAINY DAY 23:45:26 BOOK OF MASTURBATION ALTERNATIVES. 23:45:29 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] OR THIS ONE FOR NEW YORK 23:45:36 GUBERNATORIAL TEA PARTY CANDIDATE "DOWN ON THE FARM WITH 23:45:39 CARL PALADINO." FEATURING THIS FUN DRAWING OF A 23:45:43 WOMAN AND A HORSE WHERE THE WOMAN -- 23:45:52 AND THAT, KIDS, IS HOW CENTARS 23:46:00 ARE MADE. FINALLY, LAST WEEK BEFORE THE 23:46:02 SENATE RECESSED FOR MID-TERM, THEY INTRODUCED SOME LAND PARK 23:46:06 LEGISLATION. >> IF WE'RE HEADING HOME FOR 23:46:10 RECESS, PASS A BILL THAT PREVENTS COMMERCIALS FROM BEING 23:46:18 PLAYED LOUDER THAN OTHER PROGRAMING. 23:46:23 >> Stephen: IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. 23:46:25 SO I'M GIVING A WAG OF MY FINGER TO THE SENATE FOR GETTING 23:46:28 EVERYTHING DONE. YOU GUYS WERE BATTING A PERFECT 23:46:31 ZERO. YOU GET AN EVEN BIGGER WAG FOR 23:46:34 PASSING A BILL THAT SAYS COMMERCIALS CANNOT BE LOUDER 23:46:37 THAN THE SHOWS THEY'RE ON. COME ON, CORPORATIONS ARE 23:46:40 PEOPLE, TOO. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO FREE 23:46:41 SPEECH. I MAY NOT AGREE WITH WHAT THESE 23:46:44 COMMERCIALS SAY, BUT I WILL FIGHT TO THE DEATH TO DEFEND 23:46:47 THEIR RIGHT TO STARTLE THE ELDERLY WITH EAR-SPLITTING GOOD 23:46:51 NEWS ABOUT THEIR EARE EX-S. -- ERECTIONS. 23:46:56 BESIDES, COMMERCIALS HAVE TO BE LOUDER THAN TELEVISION SHOWS. 23:47:00 OTHERWISE I WON'T BE ABLE TO HEAR ABOUT FINANCING A NEW MAZDA 23:47:04 WHILE I'M OPERATING A BAND SAW. WELL, COMMERCIALS CAN NO LONGER 23:47:09 BE LOUDER THAN TV SHOWS. IT IS SIMPLY MY RESPONSIBILITY 23:47:11 TO RAISE THE VOLUME OF MY TV SHOW. 23:47:13 I'M GOING TO DO SO IN MY NEW SEGMENT, "STEPHEN COLBERT 23:47:18 DEBATES A JET ENGINE." HERE TO DEBATE THIS WITH ME, 23:47:22 PLEASE WELCOME THE TAIL END OF AN F-14 FIGHTER JET. 23:47:25 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. 23:47:28 [JET ROARS] SO, F-14 FIGHTER JET, HOW DO YOU 23:47:35 STAND ON THIS LEGISLATION? [JET CONTINUES ROARING] 23:47:41 YEAH, I UNDERSTAND. BUT WHAT ABOUT FREE SPEECH? 23:47:47 WELL, THAT'S JUST ANTI-CAPITALIST. 23:47:51 JIMMY, CUT HIS MIC. CUT IT. 23:47:54 OH, HE'S NOT MICED? WOW, HE'S COMING THROUGH CLEAR 23:47:59 AS A BELL. WELL, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. 23:48:02 FOLKS, WHEN WE COME BACK, I'LL TALK TAX CUTS WITH A WOODCHIPPER 23:51:36 > >> Stephen: THANK YOU, 23:51:37 EVERYBODY. WELCOME BACK. 23:51:38 MY GUEST TONIGHT SAYS THAT BLACK AMERICA IS MORE DIVERSE THAN YOU 23:51:42 THINK. WELL, THE JOKE'S ON HIM. 23:51:44 I DON'T THINK ABOUT IT AT ALL. PLEASE WELCOME EUGENE ROBINSON. 23:51:54 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AWESOME. 23:51:58 HEY, MR. ROBINSON, NICE TO FINALLY MEET YOU AFTER ALL THESE 23:52:02 YEARS OF WATCHING YOU BE THE CALM ONE ACROSS FROM KEITH 23:52:04 OBERMAN. >> YEAH, IT'S A CROSS I HAVE TO 23:52:07 BEAR. >> Stephen: YOU ALWAYS DO THAT 23:52:12 BY SATELLITE BECAUSE IT'S DANGEROUS TO BE IN A ROOM WITH 23:52:14 HIM ALONE. >> IT'S NOT THAT DANGEROUS. 23:52:16 I SURVIVED IT ACTUALLY. >> Stephen: YOU'VE GOT A NEW 23:52:19 BOOK CALLED "DISINTEGRATION: THE SPLINTERING OF BLACK 23:52:26 AMERICAMENT" YOU WON A PULITZER PRIZE. 23:52:28 GOOD FOR YOU ON THAT PULITZER PRIZE, MAN. 23:52:30 >> WELL, THANK YOU. >> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ANY 23:52:33 EMMYS? DO YOU HAVE ANY EMMYS? 23:52:34 >> I ACTUALLY HAVE NO EMMYS. >> Stephen: I HAVE FIVE. 23:52:38 JUST WANTED TO GET IT OUT THERE. >> ANY PULITZERS? 23:52:44 >> Stephen: NO. I GOT TWO PEABODYS. 23:52:46 YOU GOT ANY PEABODYS? >> NO. 23:52:48 >> Stephen: DON'T GO TOE TO TOE WITH ME. 23:52:51 PULITZER IS NICE, DON'T GET ME WRONG. 23:52:53 WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE SPLINTERING OF BLACK AMERICA? 23:52:56 YOU MEAN THERE'S MORE THAN ONE BLACK AMERICA? 23:52:58 >> 50 YEARS AGO BLACK AMERICA WAS A MORE UNIFIED, MORE 23:53:01 COHERENT THING. YOU COULD HAVE SAID THAT BLACK 23:53:03 AMERICA WAS POORER, LESS EDUCATED THAN WHITE AMERICA OR 23:53:07 THAN THE LARGER SOCIETY. >> Stephen: I WOULDN'T SAY 23:53:10 THAT. THAT WOULD BE RACIST. 23:53:14 ARE YOU BLACK, BY THE WAY? >> YOU NOW, I AM. 23:53:17 >> Stephen: YOU ARE BLACK? OKAY. 23:53:18 I DON'T SEE RACE, BUT I DO SEE CLASS. 23:53:21 >> WELL. >> Stephen: YOU CAN BLINDFOLD 23:53:25 ME, I CAN TELL YOU WHO IN A ROOM OWNS A YACHT. 23:53:28 YOU CAN SMELL THE TEAK. AND YOU ARE ONE OF THE 23:53:32 CATEGORIES OF BLACK PEOPLE, WHICH ARE YOU? 23:53:34 >> OH,'D SAY I'M MAINSTREAM. I SEE FOUR CATEGORIES, 23:53:39 MAINSTREAM, MIDDLE CLASS, PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE IT TO THE MIDDLE 23:53:42 CLASS, A LARGE ABANDONED MINORITY. 23:53:45 >> Stephen: WHO ABANDONED THEM? 23:53:47 >> EVERYBODY. WE DID. 23:53:48 WE ALL DID REALLY. THOSE WHO HAVEN'T MADE IT TO THE 23:53:52 MIDDLE CLASS, THAT GAP IS GROWING. 23:53:55 TWO NEW EMERGING GROUPS, A BIG GROUP OF IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE 23:53:59 COME IN FROM AFRICA AND THE CARIBBEAN WHO ARE DOING VERY 23:54:02 WELL. THEY'RE MORE AND MORE BIRACIAL 23:54:05 AMERICANS. OUR PRESIDENT IS ACTUALLY A 23:54:08 DOUBLE EMERGENT. >> Stephen: HE'S A DOUBLE 23:54:11 EIMER JENTS? >> YES. 23:54:12 >> Stephen: DO PEOPLE KNOW THAT? 23:54:14 >> NO, AND DON'T TELL. >> Stephen: OKAY. 23:54:17 THAT SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS BORN TWICE. 23:54:21 [LAUGHTER] >> AND THEN THE LAST GROUP IS A 23:54:23 GROUP I CALL THE TRANSCEND DENT GROUP OF AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO 23:54:27 HAVE THIS AMAZING HUGE POWER WEALTH AND INFLUENCE. 23:54:33 >> Stephen: WAIT. TRANSCENDENT AFRICAN AMERICANS 23:54:36 THAT HAVE POWER. THAT SOUNDS LIKE MAGIC NEGRO. 23:54:39 BECAUSE TRANSCENDENT IS LIKE MAGICAL. 23:54:40 >> NO, NO, BUT THAT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT DISCUSSION. 23:54:43 I'M TALKING LIKE OPRAH AN PEOPLE WHO HAVE THAT SORT OF... 23:54:46 >> Stephen: SHE'S HER OWN CATEGORY, ISN'T SHE? 23:54:49 >> ALMOST. >> Stephen: SHE'S ALMOST TRAN 23:54:53 SENDED HUMANITY. SHE CAN HEAL PEOPLE WITH HER 23:54:55 HAIRSTYLE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 23:55:03 SO WHAT'S THE LARGEST GROUP? I KNOW YOU'RE TRANSCENDENTS. 23:55:08 I KNOW RICHARD PARSON, OPRAH, OBAMAS. 23:55:11 THOSE ARE MOST OF THE BLACK PEOPLE I MEET. 23:55:13 ARE THOSE THE LARGEST GROUP OF BLACK PEOPLE? 23:55:15 >> NO, NO, THAT WOULD BE THE SMALLEST GROUP. 23:55:18 THE LARGEST GROUP WOULD BE MAIN STREET, A LARGE MIDDLE-CLASS 23:55:22 GROUP, NOT QTE AS WEALTHY AS WHITE AMERICA BUT CLEARLY ON 23:55:25 THAT PATH. THINK OF THEM AS CANADA. 23:55:28 DEMOGRAPHICALLY THEY'RE BASICALLY LIKE CANADA. 23:55:30 >> Stephen: I PREFER NOT TO, THANK YOU. 23:55:33 NOW, OF THESE FOUR DIFFERENT GROUPS, ARE THEY NICE TO EACH 23:55:39 OTHER BECAUSE BLACK PEOPLE HAVE OFTEN SAID THAT WHITE PEOPLE 23:55:44 WEREN'T NICE TO THEM. AND I DON'T... I TAKE THEIR WORD 23:55:47 FOR IT. OKAY. 23:55:48 >> YEAH, YEAH. >> Stephen: ARE THESE 23:55:51 DIFFERENT GROUPS OF BLACK PEOPLE NICE TO EACH OTHER? 23:55:53 >> GENERALLY SPEAKING, YES, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE POINTS OF 23:55:55 FRICTION, AND THERE ARE POINTS OF SEPARATION. 23:55:58 I WOULD ARGUE THAT THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE MAINSTREAM AND THE 23:56:02 ABANDONED, FOR EXAMPLE, IS GROWING RATHER THAN SHRINKING AS 23:56:08 THE PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE MIDDLE CLASS ARE LEFT IN 23:56:12 DYSFUNCTIONAL NEIGHBORHOODS WITH SCHOOLS THAT DON'T WORK, WITH 23:56:15 CRIME. THEY'RE SHOVED TO THE PERIPHERY 23:56:16 AND FORGOTTEN ABOUT. >> Stephen: SO EVEN THE BLACK 23:56:20 MIDDLE CLASS IS SHOVING THE GENERATIONALLY POOR AWAY. 23:56:24 >> WE'RE NOT PAWING ENOUGH ATTENTION. 23:56:27 >> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT THE CARIBBEANS AND THE AFRICAN 23:56:29 IMMIGRANTS THAT COME MANY? DO THEY WANT TO BE KNOWN AS 23:56:34 AFRICAN AMERICANS? >> THEY'RE OF TWO MINDS ABOUT 23:56:36 THAT. INTERESTINGLY, THE MOST 23:56:40 EDUCATED, THE BEST-EDUCATED GROUP OF IMMIGRANTS COMING INTO 23:56:43 THIS COUNTRY RIGHT NOW ARE AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS THAT ARE 23:56:49 BETTER EDUCATED THAN THE ASIANS AND THE AMERICANS. 23:56:54 >> Stephen: REALLY? THOSE ASIANS ARE DANGEROUSLY 23:56:57 SMART. I DON'T WANT TO GENERALIZE, BUT 23:57:00 LET ME PAINT THEM WITH A SINGLE BRUSH. 23:57:03 BY THE WAY, ARE YOU GENERALIZING? 23:57:05 ARE YOU JUST PAINTING FOUR GROUPS WITH FOUR BRUSHES HERE? 23:57:07 >> YEAH, KIND OF. >> Stephen: SO YOU'RE A BIGOT. 23:57:10 YOU'RE A BIGOT IS WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. 23:57:11 >> WELL, YOU KNOW, ME AND JON. WE'RE BIGOTS. 23:57:14 >> Stephen: EXACTLY. WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO IS DEFINE 23:57:17 A NEW PARADIGM. I THINK WE TALK ABOUT BLACK 23:57:20 AMERICA IN TERMS OF WE'RE APPROPRIATE FOR 50 YEARS AGO. 23:57:23 I THINK THEY'RE NOT APPROPRIATE NOW. 23:57:25 AND I'VE BEEN TRYING TO SKETCH OUT IN BROAD TERMS... 23:57:28 >> Stephen: WHAT'S THE FUTURE? HOW IS IT... IF THERE ARE FOUR 23:57:32 GROUPS NOW, DO YOU SEE FURTHER DISINTEGRATION AS WE GO DOWN THE 23:57:37 LINE? >> NO. 23:57:38 >> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS? 23:57:40 DO THEY HAVE A SHOT AT ANY ONE OF THESE FOUR GROUPS? 23:57:42 >> THEY OUGHT TO, BUT YOU KNOW THE POLITICIANS, THEY'RE NOT 23:57:45 TAKING THAT SHOT. THEY GOT A SHOT. 23:57:46 >> Stephen: WHAT WOULD THEY HAVE TO DO TO REACH OUT TO ONE 23:57:49 OF THESE FOUR GROUPS? >> MORE THAN MICHAEL STEELE. 23:57:52 THEY HAVE TO GO BEYOND MICHAEL STEELE. 23:57:54 I'M SORRY. THEY'VE GOT TO... 23:57:57 >> Stephen: LET'S WAIT UNTIL MICHAEL STEELE IS OVER BEFORE WE 23:57:59 GO BEYOND MICHAEL STEELE. LET'S GET DOWN TO THE 23:58:04 NITTY-GRITTY HERE. IS THERE ANY ONE, AND PEOPLE 23:58:07 TELL ME I'M WHITE AND I BELIEVE THEM BECAUSE I DON'T APPEAR IN 23:58:11 YOUR BOOK, BUT IS THERE ANY ONE OF THESE GROUPS THAT I SHOULD 23:58:18 FEEL THREATENED BY? BECAUSE AS PART OF THE WHITE 23:58:24 CHRISTIAN MALE POWER STRUCTURE, I FEEL THREATENED ALL THE TIME 23:58:28 THESE DAYS. >> I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST MAYBE 23:58:30 ALL OF THEM. >> Stephen: REALLY? 23:58:33 THAT'S WONDERFUL. I'M HAVING A MARCH TO KEEP FEAR 23:58:35 ALIVE, AND IT'S SO REFRESHING TO HEAR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN TELL ME 23:58:39 I SHOULD BE FRIGHTENED OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. 23:58:40 THANK YOU SO MUCH. THAT, IF NOTHING ELSE, THE BOOK 23:58:48 IS
CAMPAIGN 2012 / CAIN TEA PARTY EVENT WHBQ
CAMPAIGN 2012 / CAIN TEA PARTY EVENT WHBQ CAIN SPEAKING AND CAMPAIGNING AT TEA PARTY EVENT Cain campaigned before a welcoming crowd in Tennessee campaign today, close to his birthplace of Memphis Susan Archer quicklinked video of his campaign stop, gladhanding, signing autographs and a Soundbite about his wife's role in the campaign 00:02 political media experts were predicting that that was the end of the herman cain campaign. thats what they were predicting. but you see, here's what i have learned in the past several weeks and in the past couple of months. it didn't just start with that florida straw poll. it didn't just start with that national federation of america women straw poll or all of the other straw polls. here's what i've learned that finally finally some of the pundits are finally getting it. 00:52 the voice of the people is more powerful than the voice of the media! (applause) 01:05 there's my relatives over there, i told y'all i got relatives here. 01:12 the voice of the ppl are going to decide who's going to be the next nominee. and the voice of the ppl are going to decide who's going to be the president of the united states of america. (applause) 01:32 cause the american people are sick and tired of business as usual in washington dc. the american ppl have decided enough is enough, the american people have decided that they do not like the road that this administration has this nation on. the american ppl have decided that they are tired of political answers, political responses and politicians. they want a problem solver in the white house for 2012. 02:11 so all of a sudden, herman cain starts moving up in the polls. even though somebody said we should have put a fork in my campaign two months ago. but you see, i have always had confidence in the american ppl. i've always had confidence in the voters. the people that make a difference. you see one of the reasons i get asked this all the time by the media. why do you think there's a sudden surge of your campaign? 02:45 you're single digits, all of a sudden you're in the top tier, as they call it. the answer's real simple. it's real simple. message is more powerful than money, and the american ppl like the message. 03:12 the other thing that i do that's a little different than the other contenders for the republican nomination is that i don't know how to speak political speak. 03:25 i have grown up telling it like it is all my life. and i'm gonna continue to tell it like it is. because you see, with what's been going on, we have become a nation of crises. and the american ppl are sick of this nation being a nation of crises. ronald reagan used to describe this nation as that shining city on a hill. but within the last three yrs we've slid down to the side of the hill. and the american ppl are tired of being on the side of the hill. the american ppl are tired of a president that is apologizing for america's greatness. we are the greatest nation in the world and i will not apologize (applause) 04:20 the good news is we can change things. we've got an economic crisis. we've got an entitlement spending crisis. we've got an energy crisis. we've got an illegal immigration crisis. we've got a foggy foreign policy crisis. we've got a morel crisis. and the biggest crisis we have is a severe deficiency of leadership crisis in the white house. 04:59 and my approach to each one of these is what every successful business person does. they first make sure you're working on the right problem. then you set the right priorities. then you surround yourself with the right people that will allow you to put together the right plans to fix stuff and get things done. then you execute those plans. our biggest domestic problem is this struggling economy which is on life support. 05:28 this economy's on life support. when i came out with my plan to address this economy. let me tell you something else before i go through that. about being in the top tier of the candidates. could y'all see that big bullseye on my back? 05:51 the economy is our biggest challenge. this is why we put together a bold solution. during the debates last tuesday, one of the other contenders said, but his plan can't pass. you see politicians put together stuff that they think can pass. businessmen put together plans that solve the problem. 06:27 the american people, i ask you, do you want a plan that can pass or one that solves the problem? that's what this is about. let's solve the problem. this is why i have proposed my 999 (chants) economic growth and jobs plan. it starts with, unlike all of the other guys, and lady - throwing out the current tax code. 07:04 throw it out. 07:08 then it imposes a 9% business flat tax. a 9% personal income flat tax. a 9% national sales tax. it get's it down to a 9% rate. it is simple, it is transparent, it is efficient, it is fair. not fair according to washington's definition of fair but fair according to the definition in webster's dictionary. that's the fair definition that we're going to use. and it's also revenue neutral. it has gotten a lot of attention lately as you know in the news. 07:52 because they don't know how to respond to a real solution to a problem. i like the way george will expressed it. when i won the florida straw poll and all of the push back i'm getting forms some of the people that are staunchly liberal. when i presented 999 and the american ppl start saying we like it, their brains exploded. they don't know how to attack it. i get asked by reporters all the time, well how did you come up with this. well you see they think i just woke up one morning and thunk it up and said... 08:43 but you see the fact of the matter is, remember that part about surround yourself with good ppl? that's what i did. i've surrounded myself with good ppl and we said we need a bold solution and that's how we came up with 999. 08:58 one of the big criticisms with 999, which is why they're trying to shoot it down, now let me point this out. this is very critical. all of the other republican candidates - good bless 'em. I love 'em all. all of their proposal start with the current tax code. it's been a mess for decades. but you see, they are afraid to throw it out because they want to put together something that will pass. i want to solve the problem. so one of the first big criticisms about this is, wait a minute, by imposing a national sales tax of 9%, they're not looking at the fact that it's 9%. you are giving congress another way to tax us. no i'm not. let me ask you a question. are you famililar with the 100,000 ways that in the current tax code that they have, that they use to tax us? it's called sneak ataxes. they do it all the time. 10:09 and we're gonna worry about one item or sales tax on retail sales?let me tell you why i'm not worried about congress going crazy - them turning 999 into 12-12-12 or 15-15- 15? the reason is real simple and this is why they keep trying to shoot it down. we've made it simple and transparent for a reason. once you elect me president and we pass 999. i plan to pass it in the first 90 days of my administration. 10:54 here's why i'm not worried about (inaudible) 11:01 because we've made it transparent for a reason. if they start talking about raising the 999 rate, you're going to know about it. the american ppl are going to make some noise about it. you are the best deterrent we have for keeping 999 at 999 and not letting the bureaucrats go crazy. 11:31 it'll put 6 million jobs back into this workforce. it's gonna grow this economy about 5% minimal. and then when businesses see that we are serious about this, businesses are going to stop planning to survive and they're going to plan to grow. 11:48 and here's another feature of the 999 plan that a lot of ppl haven't figure out yet, they haven't connected the dots because they're to busy trying to figure out how to kill it. well they're not going to kill it.because of that first 9, businesses are able to deduct purchases that they buy to produce the products. here's the part that they didn't read. those purchases can be deducted only if they're purchased in the united stated of america. it's called leveling the playing field. 12:30 what a novel idea. it makes u.s. products much more competitive than other products. and you know all this talk about what do we do about china? well let me tell what the cain plan is for dealing with china. outgrow china. outgrow them. 12:52 you see the media's not telling you that 999 is leveling the playing field. we're gonna outgrow china. businesses are wanna gonna stay here. and business are wanna gonna come back home because we have lowered the tax rates to the lowest possible rate that we can do. i can go on about 999 all day but i won't, but i think you get the idea. 13:11 let me apply this to one other one - foreign policy. you work on the right problem. you have the right priorities. you surround yourself with the right people. they often ask me - well who are your economic advisors? and they hate it when i say - i'm not going to tell you. well don't you think the american ppl want to know who's advising you on these new radical ideas. I'm not going to tell you. they're my advisors, not yours. they just want to know who my smart ppl are so they can attack them. thats why they want to know. and then when i come up with my foreign policy philosophy, they say well who are you consulting with on foreign policy? im not going to tell you. they want to know everything so they can have more ways of trying to attack you. here's how we address foggy foreign policy. you start with a philosophy and my philosophy is an extension of the reagan doctrine. 14:17 president ronald reagan's philosophy was - peace thru strength. (applause) 14:29 the cain doctrine is peace through strength and clarity. we must clarify who our friends are, clarify who our enemies are, stop giving money to our enemies. (applause) 14:52 and then tell the rest of the world who are friends are who we're going to stand beside like israel. we will stand by Israel. (applause) 15:10 one of the reasons that there was this attempted assassination where iran's fingerprints were all over this. now i've had to tell reporters, until i sit down and look at all the information and all of the intelligence, i can't make a decision about what we ought to do. i do not make decisions on behalf of the united states of america based upon news reports. it looks like iran was behind this and based upon the reports we've seen, that's probably the case. but it would be premature for me to say this is what i would do until i as commander in chief look at all of the facts, all of the information, listen to all of the experts and then make an informed decision. 15:57 because in the cain administration, i can tell you one thing that you're not going to see - you're not going to see me shoot from the lip. 16:12 if we make it clear to the rest of the world who our friends are, and if this administration had made it clear where we stood with countries like israel, i don't think they would have felt froggish and tried something like this. 16:26 because if you look throughout history, weakness invites attack. and right now this nation is viewed as weak because we have a president that's viewed as weak because he believes that we can maintain our status in the world by singing kumbaya and kumbaya is not a strategy. 17:02 our enemies understand one thing. the strength of the united states of america. they understand the strength of this nation economically and the understand the strength of our military. they desire to have men and women in uniform as good as we have. this president has decided to weaken our military with cost cutting after cost cutting after cost cutting. let me tell you what the new priority is gonna be. we're going to invest in our military capability so we can put some distance between us and those who have a right ??? to be as strong as the united states of america. 17:51 this president and this administration, talking about how they're gonna cut costs. there are some costs we need to cut. So they've got this super committee. the super committee can't come up with the costs that the president is looking for, first they gotta come up with it, right now they haven't done it yet. they're running out of time. if they come up with these cuts that are to go into place, they got to take it to Congress for an up and down vote. So you got two points here for it to fail. If it doesn't come up with an up and down vote, then they can't agree on what ought to be cut, and I can tell you right now, 535 committee members aren't going to agree on what to cut because they want to protect their pet projects. then they have this formula that kicks in and part of this formula will automatically cut our defense department. that's like putting a bullseye on the backs of our men and women in uniform and i will never put a bullseye on the backs of our men and women in uniform. that's not leadership. that's not leadership. 19:05 it's all of those crises. i'm gonna approach them the way i've made decisions throughout my career just like you make responsible decisions. and it's not rocket science folks even though i used to work on rocket science. but it's not rocket science. it's called common sense. and that's what the american people are hungry for - common sense and common sense solutions. 19:35 i happen to believe that despite all of our challenges, we can fix them. because if you look at the history of the united states of america all the way back to the founding fathers, the thing that we have always done as a nation is that we have arisen to the occasion. many times those occasions were not pretty but the american people, the spirit of america, has always risen to the occasion. this nation has made it through the civil war, it almost divided this nation, but it didn't. cause with the spirit of america, the will of the ppl, and because of the leadership of the abraham lincoln, this nation was able to stay together and grow and prosper again. 20:28 this nation made it through world war i, we made it through the great depression. this nation made it through the civil rights movement of the 50s and the 60s because of the great leadership of dr. martin luther king jr. this nation has always risen to the occasion. and we are facing some of the most challenging times in our history again right now and i happen to believe the american ppl are going to rise to the occasion. and i often have ppl ask me because i happen to be an american black conservative. aren't you angry with the history of america? what a stupid question. 21:14 america, let me share something with you, you already know. the united states of america is great because of its ability to change things. that's what makes us great. 21:36 i had a caller to my radio show. a young man who called in one night. i don't do radio anymore folks because when you run for president you have to be unemployed. i think that's a silly rule. but i'm unemployed. but that's okay, i'm not in it for the money right now. [someone screams, where's your teleprompter?] you know the teleprompter fell off the bus on the way over here. we moved too fast, we need to get rid of some dead weight. so we threw the teleprompter off the bus. 22:21 when i had a caller call into the radio show one night, and he was dead serious, he identified himself as a young black man who was frustrated. He said Mr. Cain i'm frustrated. I said what are you frustrated about. he said i'm frustrated because i don't like the direction of this country. i said oh, do you vote? he said, yes. do you vote in all of the elections? yes. what are you frustrated about? i wanna do something but i don't know what to do. i said do you have a copy of the declaration of independence? he said, yes. i said go get it. this is on the radio. he went and got it, came back a few minutes later, and i said okay, turn back to the part where it says - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. you know that part right after 'we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator, not government, not congress, by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 23:29 he said yes sir, i found it. i said okay, i'm gonna remind you of three things. first, it said, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. he said yes, i see that. the fact that it said certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, there probably were some others that they were thinking about. he said yeah. i said it was probable the unalienable right to protect yourself, to protect your family, to protect your property. we call it the second amendment. that's what we call it. it is an inalienable right. 24:16 and you know what. i kinda like my guns and my bible. i don't know about you. i like my guns and my bible. and then i said. here's the other thing you can do when you get to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. he said, what's that mr. cain? keep reading. don't stop right there. because if you keep reading in that great document, it says - when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals it is the right of the ppl to alter or abolish it. we've got some altering and abolishing to do. 24:59 thats what this is about. 25:07 we gonna abolish too much regulation. we gonna abolish this crazy tax code and put in 999 and we're going to alter the occupant of the white house in november 2012. and so i happen to believe that even though that shining city on a hill has now slid down to the side of the hill, that we have an opportunity folks, to move that shining city on a hill back to the top of the hill where it belongs. as your president, that's what we will be able to do. and ronald reagan, one of our greatest presidents, he reminded us about this thing called freedom. 26:06 this thing called liberty and just how precious it is. when he used to remind the citizens of this great nation, freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. it must be fought for and protected or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our grandchildren what the united states of america used to be like. i'm not going to have that conversation with my grandkids and i don't believe you wanna have that conversation with your grandkids. 27:01 here's my challenge to you. stay informed. know what's going, know what the deception is. stay informed because stupid america are ruining america and we've got to out vote them in 2012. 27:28 i was doing an interview and the reporter said, don't you think it's kinda harsh to be calling some people stupid? no, they're stupid. they don't know what's going on. 27:38 number two, stay involved. you being here today has ticked off every liberal in Bart- in Tennessee. 27:51 they gonna look at this on the news tonight and they're gonna go, hmmm? what are they out there? another one of those racist tea party movements. lemme see... i see an awful lot of black racists out here today if this is a racist movement. and i've been called racist, i've been called oreo, i've been called sellout. i've been called shameless. i got a whole list of names that i've been called. let me tell you what the latest one is in case you haven't noticed. 28:31 the latest one was by mr. harry belafonte. and despite what you think of him as an entertainer, he called me a "bad apple". he did. yes he did. yes he did. he called me a bad apple. and a reporter wanted to know, well mr. cain, what did he mean by that? i said well you'll have to ask him. i said i think what he's saying is because i am an american black conservative who thinks for myself and i have left that democrat plantation, i guess that makes me a bad apple. (inaudible) 29:28 i believe a lot of ppl in america can think for themselves. black or white or whatever color. america is speaking for itself. so stay involved. 29:39 and when you leave this rally figure out what you can do next in order to help some ppl running at the local level. we've got to maintain control of the house. we've got to get control of the united states senate. and as emeril lagasse says, we all have to kick it up a notch, in order to be able to get this country back. 30:00 i kicked it up to running for president. you don't have to do that but you can kick it up a notch. and the third thing in addition to stay informed and stay involved - stay inspired. they want you to believe that we can't do this. they want you to believe that because president obama is going to raise a billion dollars to get reelected that we can't do this. the cain campaign has not raised the greatest amount of money in this primary. my two other top competitors have raised at least 10x as much money as i have. but it ain't about money. the american ppl are more interested in the message. believe that we can do this. and it is events like this that inspire me. it's those three grandkids that i see on sunday afternoon when they come over for sunday dinner after church that inspires me. 31:10 it is you taking time out of your day to come out and hear my message that inspires me, because i happen to believe the pundits are wrong. the pundits are wrong. because of where we have moved to and because of what we've been able to achieve with less money but a lot of hard work, i believe the momentum is going to continue. and here's one of the biggest reasons that inspires me that i firmly believe, if you look at the fourth verse of our national anthem there is a phrase in there that is often overlooked. you see on all our currency 'in god we trust' but in that fourth verse of the national anthem that often gets overlooked, it says in god is our trust. and thats the secret weapons we have to get this nation back on track. 32:24 and so my fellow patriots, we're gonna put this shining city on a hill back on top of the hill even thought president obama is gonna raise a billion dollars to get reelected, the american people have a different idea for president in 2012. the american ppl are gonna raise some cain in 2012. (applause) god bless you!
US Race Row
AP-APTN-2330: US Race Row Wednesday, 21 July 2010 STORY:US Race Row- REPLAY WH apologises to black govt employee ousted for remarks on race LENGTH: 03:39 FIRST RUN: 2130 RESTRICTIONS: AP Clients Only TYPE: English/Natsound SOURCE: AP TELEVISION/ABC/HANDOUT STORY NUMBER: 651967 DATELINE: Various - See Script LENGTH: 03:39 AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA/INTERNET NAACP HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST ++VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING++ NAACP HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Atlanta, Georgia - 27 March 2010 1. Pull out of Shirley Sherrod, former US Department of Agriculture employee, being applauded during NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) event ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET Washington, DC - 21 July 2010 2. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack walking to podium to start news conference 3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tom Vilsack, US Agriculture Secretary: "She was extraordinarily gracious. I wanted to make sure that she understood that I regretted the circumstances and that I accepted full responsibility for that." ++VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING++ NAACP HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Atlanta, Georgia - 27 March 2010 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Shirley Sherrod, former US Department of Agriculture employee: "I was struggling with the fact that so many black people have lost their farm land and here I was faced with having to help a white person save their land. So, I didn't give him the full force of what I could do." AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington, DC - 20 July 2010 5. Push into Andrew Breitbart's "BigGovernment" website 6. Image of a "race card" from website ++VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING++ NAACP HANDOUT - AP CLIENTS ONLY Atlanta, Georgia - March 27, 2010 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Shirley Sherrod, former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee: (++audio of soundbite starts over previous shot++) "Well, working with him (the white farmer) made me see that it is really about those who have versus those who don't. You know and they could be black, they could be white, they could be Hispanic." ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA / INTERNET Washington, DC - 21 July 2010 8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tom Vilsack, US Agriculture Secretary: "For the last 18 months we have really focussed on trying to address the long standing history of civil rights claims against the Department (of Agriculture). They are outstanding claims brought by black farmers, Hispanic farmers, women farmers, native American farmers. And these are not just a few incidences or a few isolated claims, these are tens of thousands of claims that have been brought against the Department. I made it as a goal, when I took this office, that we would try to reverse that history, we would try to close that chapter. That we would be a Department that would not tolerate in any way shape or form, discrimination." AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington, DC - 21 July 2010 9. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs walks to podium 10. Cutaway of Gibbs speaking to reporters 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Robert Gibbs, White House spokesman: "I think without a doubt Ms. Sherrod is owed an apology and I would do so, certainly on behalf of this administration." AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Iron City, Georgia - 20 July 2010 ++AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING++ 12. Push into Spooner family farm 13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Eloise Spooner, farmer helped by Shirley Sherrod 24 years ago: "She was kind and considerate and she was just a good person. We liked her." 14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Roger Spooner, farmer helped by Shirley Sherrod 24 years ago: "She needs to get her job back, if she wants it. That is what I say about it. She done good at what she does." 15. Various images of Spooner's farm AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Silver Spring, Maryland - 21 July 2010 16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ronald Walters, Political analyst: "It turns out that I think it's part of a sort of a vast right wing conspiracy like we had in the (US President Bill) Clinton administration, but in this administration it looks as though conservatives are trying to use race to weaken and bring down the President of the United States." 17. Cutaway of Walters 18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ronald Walters, Political analyst: "Given what we have seen and as an analyst, if we can look at the fact that these cases are somehow connected because they all sort of point to, eventually, the White House. I think one can expect that there will be more and therefore there is a vested interest in the White House learning and the media learning and the American people learning how to deal with these things in a public context." AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington, DC - 21 July 2010 19. Various of demonstrators in front of the Department of Agriculture calling for Sherrod to be given her job back STORYLINE Strained race relations in the United States were at the centre of a political firestorm again this week as a black Department of Agriculture employee, whose ouster sparked anger, said on Wednesday she had been offered a new government job. The former state director of rural development in Georgia, Shirley Sherrod, said she is considering the offer of a different job from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack told reporters at a news conference in Washington that he has apologised to Sherrod - who claimed she resigned under White House pressure on Monday - and offered her a unique new position at the agency. Sherrod said she resigned after the airing of a video of racial remarks she made at a NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) gathering. But Vilsack said repeatedly on Wednesday that the decision had been his alone. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the administration did not know all the facts when it acted. Gibbs apologised to Sherrod "for the entire administration" and called her ouster an injustice and a mistake. Sherrod was asked by department officials to resign on Monday after conservative bloggers posted an edited video of her saying she did not initially give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago, when she was working for a farmers' aid group. Sherrod says the video distorted her full speech. Vilsack insisted that it had been his decision to seek her resignation and said he takes full responsibility. He said that Sherrod accepted his apology and that "she was extraordinarily gracious." Vilsack thought he had dealt with the problem appropriately when he issued a statement on Monday evening saying that Sherrod had resigned after an edited video of her making racially tinged remarks appeared on a conservative website. She made the remarks about race to an NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) banquet in Georgia earlier this year. The two-minute, 38-second clip posted Monday by BigGovernment.com was presented as evidence that the NAACP was hypocritical in its recent resolution condemning what it calls racist elements of the tea party movement. The video showed Sherrod saying she didn't initially give a white farmer as much help as she could have 24 years ago, when she was working for a farmers' aid group. "I was struggling with the fact that so many black people had lost their farmland, and here I was faced with helping a white person save their land," Sherrod said. The website's owner, Andrew Breitbart, said the video shows the civil rights group condoning the same kind of racism it says it wants to erase. BigGovernment.com is the same outfit that gained fame last year after airing video of workers at the community group ACORN counselling actors posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend. But the matter quickly ballooned into a full-blown race controversy as the entire video was released and Sherrod made it clear her remarks were about reconciliation, not stoking racism. Eventually, she said, farmer Roger Spooner's situation opened her eyes to the fact that whites were struggling just like blacks, and helping farmers wasn't so much about race as about the poor versus those who have. The incident is the latest in a series of race-related issues to garner national attention since Obama became the nation's first black chief executive. A year ago, Obama convened a "beer summit" at the White House between a black Harvard scholar and the white police sergeant who arrested him after a confrontation at the black man's home. The president also faced criticism over nominating to the Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, who had once remarked on the virtues of having a "wise Latina" on the bench. People who knew Sherrod were quick to defend her, including the wife of the white farmer - who she discussed in the speech. "She was kind and considerate and she was just a good person. We liked her," said Eloise Spooner of Iron City, Georgia. Her husband, Roger, insisted "she needs to get her job back, if she wants it." Former University of Maryland political science professor Ronald Walters said he sees a pattern in the racially charged issues facing the Obama administration. "I think it's part of a sort of a vast right wing conspiracy like we had in the Clinton administration, but in this administration it looks as though conservatives are trying to use race to weaken and bring down the President of the United States." Walters believes that this latest racially charged issue can teach numerous lessons. "I think one can expect that there will be more and therefore there is a vested interest in the White House learning and the media learning and the American people learning how to deal with these things in a public context," he added. 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Sarah Palin address at the Susan B. Anthony Lists Breakfast
Sarah Palin delivers keynote address at the Susan B. Anthony Lists Celebration of Life Breakfast (PRO LIFE GROUP ) 00:04:05 AND NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING OUR 00:04:09 GUEST SPEAKER, GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN. 00:04:10 -- APPLAUSE -- THANK YOU SO MUCH. 00:04:26 THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, SISTERS. 00:04:32 THANK YOU. IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE AND I 00:04:36 APPRECIATE THAT WARM WELCOME. THANK YOU. 00:04:41 THANK YOU. OH, THANK YOU. 00:04:47 GOD BLESS YOU. OH, I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THAT 00:04:49 WARM WELCOME. THANK YOU ALL. 00:04:52 IT IS GREAT TO BE HERE. GOOD MORNING, SISTERS AND I SEE 00:04:55 SOME BROTHERS OUT THERE TOO. GLAD YOU MADE IT. 00:04:58 FIRST I'D LIKE TO THANK JANE AND MARJORIE FOR THEIR WONDERFUL 00:05:02 WORK AND FOR THEIR BOLDNESS, THEIR COURAGE, THEY'RE NOT 00:05:05 BACKING DOWN WHEN THEY TAKE HEAT. 00:05:07 SOMETIMES I KNOW IF MY NAME IS ASSOCIATED WITH SOMETHING, YOU 00:05:09 TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA HEAT. I APPRECIATE SO MUCH THAT YOU 00:05:13 TAKE IT ANYWAY AND THANK YOU, EMILY, BUCHANAN, FOR ALL OF YOUR 00:05:16 HARD WORK WITH THIS ORGANIZATION AND MARIE, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL 00:05:20 SONG, THAT WAS GORGEOUS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR 00:05:22 TALENT SHARING THAT. AND THEN THE FOUNDERS AND THE 00:05:25 MEMBERS OF TEAM SARAH WHO ARE HERE, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH 00:05:28 I APPRECIATE YOU AND I WOULD ASK THAT YOU WOULD STAND UP SO THAT 00:05:31 I CAN PUT SOME FACES OUT THERE TO NAMES AND I THANK YOU SO 00:05:37 MUCH. -- APPLAUSE -- 00:05:40 THANK YOU. WOO, TALK ABOUT COURAGE AND 00:05:44 BOLDNESS, YOU ALL. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT WORK YOU 00:05:47 DID IN '08 DURING THE CAMPAIGN AND SINCE THEN EVEN CONTINUING 00:05:53 TO SUPPORT AND ADVOCATE FOR GOOD COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS AND 00:05:58 HELPING ME GET THE MESSAGE OUT THERE. 00:05:59 I APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH. YOU KNOW WHAT I WOULD ALWAYS 00:06:02 LIKE TO DO WHEN I'M IN ANY KIND OF GROUP IS ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE 00:06:07 WHO ALLOW US TO BE HERE FREE AND SECURE, THE MEMBERS OF OUR 00:06:13 UNITED STATES MILITARY. I KNOW WE HAVE A LOT OF SPOUSES 00:06:15 OF MILITARY MEMBERS AND MOMS OF MILITARY MEMBERS AND DAUGHTERS 00:06:19 TOO. THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE SERVING 00:06:22 TODAY IN UNIFORM OR PERHAPS HAVE SERVED IN THE PAST, OUR VETERAN, 00:06:27 YOU ARE WHO WE WANT TO THANK AND SALUTE AND I WOULD ASK THAT 00:06:31 MEMBERS OF OUR MILITARY PAST OR PRESENT WOULD STAND UP. 00:06:35 WE WILL THANK YOU, SALUTE YOU AND SAY GOD BLESS YOU. 00:06:38 -- APPLAUSE -- THANK YOU. 00:06:40 THANK YOU. AMERICA'S FINEST. 00:06:47 OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO ARE A FORCE FOR GOOD THROUGHOUT 00:06:51 THE WORLD AND THERE IS NOTHING TO APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. 00:06:53 GOD BLESS YOU, VETERANS. THANK YOU. 00:06:56 AND WE DO HAVE THESE GOOD CANDIDATES. 00:06:58 I THOUGH THIS THEY HAVE BEEN LISTED TODAY, ROBIN SMITH AND 00:07:01 PAM BONDI AND JANE NORTON AND KEL I AOT. 00:07:11 SO HAPPY YOU'RE HERE AND PUTTING IT ON THE LINE. 00:07:14 I THANK YOU FOR THE COURAGE YOU'RE SHOWING IN RUNNING FOR 00:07:17 OFFICE. THIS AFTERNOON, I'LL BE WITH 00:07:19 NIKKI HALEY IN SOUTH CAROLINA DOING AN ENDORSEMENT THERE AND, 00:07:23 OF COURSE, CARLY FIORINA, IT WAS, YOU KNOW, THE CREDIBILITY 00:07:27 THERE THAT SBA ALLOWS A CANDIDATE TO HAVE KNOWING THAT, 00:07:32 OH, OKAY, I'M SAFE, THEY'RE ENDORSING CARLY FIORINA. 00:07:37 YOU ALL HAVE ENDORSED HER. YOU ALL GET IT. 00:07:40 YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THEY'RE IN DEEP BLUE CALIFORNIA. 00:07:42 ANYONE WHO IS RUNNING FOR OFFICE BOLD ENOUGH TO DECLARE THEIR 00:07:46 PRO-LIFE STANCE, THEY'RE PRO-NRA AND PRO-BUSINESS AND ANTI-BIG 00:07:53 GOVERNMENT PRINCIPLES THAT THEY STAND ON HERE SHE PROUDLY 00:08:00 PROCLAIMING THAT YET SOME WANTING TOO ACCUSE HER OF BEING 00:08:03 A RHINO. NO, NO, NO, THEY'RE IN THE DEEP 00:08:06 BLUE CALIFORNIA. IF SHE'S UNABASHEDLY PRO-LIFE 00:08:08 AND ALL THOSE OTHER COMMONSENSE CONSERVATIVE THINGS SHE STANDS 00:08:11 FOR, SHE'S THE REAL DEAL AND I APPRECIATE YOU TOO BEING BOLD 00:08:15 ENOUGH AND STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE A STAND IN THAT RACE AND TAKE A 00:08:22 STAND IN SO MANY RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 00:08:26 I'M ESPECIALLY GLAD TO BE CELEBRATING LIFE. 00:08:33 IT'S AN HONOR TO SPEAK IN A BUILDING NAMED AFTER ONE OF MY 00:08:36 HEROES AND ONE OF YOUR, RONALD REAGAN. 00:08:39 THIS IS AN HONOR. PRESIDENT REAGAN WAS ALWAYS SO 00:08:45 SUPPORTIVE OF WOMEN LEADERSHIP. IN FACT, HE OFTEN LIKED TO TELL 00:08:48 A STORY ABOUT HIS GOOD FRIEND AND ANOTHER HERO, MARGARET 00:08:55 THATCHER. HE FIRST MET HER BEFORE SHE 00:08:57 BECAME PRIME MINISTER AND IT WAS A TRIP HE TOOK TO ENGLAND WHILE 00:09:01 GOVERNOR OF CALE. REAGAN LOVED TO TELL A STORY 00:09:03 ABOUT THAT TRIP. APPARENTLY HE WAS THE GUEST AT A 00:09:05 RECEPTION HOSTED BY MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH CONSERVATIVE PARTY. 00:09:10 AND REAGAN'S OWN WORDS, HE SAID, LORD, SOMEBODY OR OTHER COME 00:09:15 OVER TO HIM AND ASKED, WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OUR 00:09:18 MRS. THATCHER AND REAGAN SAID, I THINK SHE'D MAKE A MAGNIFICENT 00:09:23 PRIME MINISTER AND THE BRITISH LORD SAID, OH, MY DEAR FELLOW, A 00:09:28 WOMAN PRIME MINISTER? AND REAGAN REPLIED, WELL, YOU 00:09:31 HAD A QUEEN NAMED VICTORIA WHO DID PRETTY WELL. 00:09:35 AND, OF COURSE, REAGAN WAS RIGHT ABOUT WHAT A MAGNIFICENT PRIME 00:09:40 MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER WAS AND I ADMIRE THE FACT THAT 00:09:44 MRS. THATCHER NEVER SET OUT TO BE A WOMAN PRIME MINISTER, JUST 00:09:48 A PRIME MINISTER AND ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER TO HAVE SERVED 00:09:52 PERHAPS BECAUSE SHE WAS A WOMAN OF ACTION. 00:09:55 THATCHER LIKED TO SAY IN POLITICS, YOU WANT SOMETHING 00:09:58 SAID, ASK A MAN. YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, ASK A 00:10:00 WOMAN. THAT WAS HER QUOTE. 00:10:05 SO, FOLKS, IN 2010 WE'LL REMEMBER THIS YEAR BECAUSE WE'RE 00:10:10 GOING TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT TOGETHER THIS YEAR. 00:10:12 THIS YEAR WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A YEAR WHEN COMMONSENSE 00:10:15 CONSERVATIVE WOMEN GET THINGS DONE FOR OUR COUNTRY. 00:10:17 -- APPLAUSE -- ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WOMEN 00:10:25 ARE STANDING UP AND SPEAKING OUT FOR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS AND 00:10:29 MANY OF THEM ARE GRASSROOTS ACTIVISTS LEADING LIKE THE TEA 00:10:35 PARTY MOVEMENT WHICH I'M EXCITED ABOUT BECAUSE IT'S A BEAUTIFUL 00:10:38 MOVEMENT. IT'S A MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE. 00:10:40 THESE WOMEN ARE GETTING INVOLVED BECAUSE THEY WANT A BETTER 00:10:44 FUTURE FOR THEIR KIDS. PORE ALL OF OUR KIDS AND THESE 00:10:47 POLICIES COMING OUT OF D.C. RIGHT NOW, THIS FUNDAMENTAL 00:10:52 TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA THAT WE WERE WARNED ABOUT IN THE 00:10:54 CAMPAIGN, WELL, A LOT OF WOMEN WHO ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT 00:10:57 THEIR KIDS' FUTURE SAYING WE DON'T LIKE THIS FUNDAMENTAL 00:11:02 T TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICA. 00:11:03 THIS ROAD WE'RE ON TOWARDS NATIONAL INSOLVENCY. 00:11:07 WE BEING BEHOLDEN TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN SO MANY RESPECTS 00:11:11 NOW. WE BEING UNDER THE THUMB OF BIG 00:11:14 GOVERNMENT WITH MORE OF A DISRESPECT FOR LIFE, FOR THE 00:11:18 SAPT HIT OF LIFE. WE DON'T LIKE THAT 00:11:21 TRANSFORMATION AND TO ME IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S KIND OF A MOM 00:11:24 AWAKENING IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF WHERE WOMEN ARE RISING UP 00:11:28 AND SAYING, NO, WE'VE HAD ENOUGH ALREADY, WE'RE GOING TO TURN 00:11:32 THIS THING AROUND. WE'RE GOING TO GET OUR COUNTRY 00:11:34 BACK ON THE RIGHT TRACK NO MATTER WHAT TAKES. 00:11:37 WE'RE PUTTING ALL OUR EFFORTS INTO THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS TO 00:11:39 TURN THINGS AROUND AND PUT GOVERNMENT BACK ON OUR SIDE, TO 00:11:43 RESPECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. NOT ALLOWING GOVERNMENT TO MAKE 00:11:47 US WORK FOR IT, BUT FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO AGAIN WORK FOR US. 00:11:52 THE POLICIES COMING OUT OF D.C. -- 00:11:54 -- APPLAUSE -- -- ARE ALLOWING US TO FEEL 00:12:00 EMPOWERED REALLY. ALLOWING US TO RISE UP TOGETHER 00:12:03 BECAUSE MOMS KIND OF JUST KNOW WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG. 00:12:06 IT'S THAT MOTHER'S INTUITION THING I THINK. 00:12:08 WE CAN TELL WHEN THINGS ARE OFF BASE, OFF COURSE OR NOT RIGHT 00:12:12 AND WE'RE NOT AFRAID TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK AND 00:12:15 GET THE JOB DONE, SET THINGS STRAIGHT. 00:12:18 POMS CAN BE COUNTED ON TO FIGHT FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. 00:12:21 NOW, AGAIN, PART OF THAT FIGHT HAS TO DO WITH THE GRASSROOTS 00:12:25 MOVEMENT THAT IS FULL OF TEA PARTY AMERICANS, THOSE WHO ARE 00:12:28 SAYING, NO, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. AND WHAT HAS AMAZED ME ABOUT THE 00:12:32 TEA PARTY MOVEMENT IS HOW THE MEDIA HAS REACTED TO THE PEOPLE 00:12:37 WHO ARE INVOLVED IN -- JUST WANT THEIR VOICE HEARD AND SAYING, 00:12:41 NO, GOVERNMENT, YOU'RE OVERREACHING. 00:12:43 YOU NEED TO ABIDE BY OUR CONSTITUTION AND YOU HAVE 00:12:47 LIMITED POWERS, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND WE'RE GOING TO 00:12:48 KIND OF EXPLAIN TO YOU AND REMIND YOU WHAT THE CONSTITUTION 00:12:51 IS ALL ABOUT. THAT'S WHAT THE TEA PARTY 00:12:53 MOVEMENT IS ALL ABOUT. SO THEY'RE THE MEDIA AND THEY 00:12:57 CRACK ME UP BECAUSE THEY EMBED THEMSELVES IN THE TEA PARTY 00:13:01 RALLIES AND THEY TRY TO FIGURE OUT JUST WHO ARE THESE CREATURES 00:13:05 WHO ARE A PART OF THIS, THESE MOMS, THESE GRANDMAS, THESE 00:13:09 TEENS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS, THESE DOCTORS AND LAWYERS AND 00:13:15 SUCH. BOTH GENDERS. 00:13:16 PEOPLE OF ALL RACES BEING A PART OF THIS MOVEMENT AND, YET, THE 00:13:21 MEDIA HAS TRIED BUT I THINK THEY'VE FAILED BECAUSE AMERICANS 00:13:23 ARE SMART ENOUGH TO START HOLDING THE MEDIA ACCOUNTABLE, 00:13:28 BUT PEOPLE THERE IN THE MEDIA TRYING TO PORTRAY TEA PARTY 00:13:31 AMERICANS AS RACISTS AND VIOLENT AND ALL THOSE THINGS THAT THEY 00:13:35 ARE NOT, THAT WE ARE NOT. JUST AVERAGE EVERY DAY 00:13:40 HARD-WORKING PATRIOTIC LIBERTY-LOVING AMERICANS WHO 00:13:43 AGAIN HAVE SAID, THAT'S ENOUGH, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 00:13:47 THAT'S ENOUGH OF YOUR OVERREACH AND WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING 00:13:49 ABOUT IT. NOW, IT'S BEEN CLEVER TOO BEING 00:13:51 A PART OF THESE TEA PARTY RALLIES, SEEING SOME OF THE 00:13:55 SIGNS IN THE AURD JENS AND SOME OF YOUR SIGNS TODAY TOO. 00:13:58 YOU CAN LEARN A WHOLE LOT ABOUT WHAT THE SENTIMENT IS OUT THERE 00:14:02 IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC JUST BY READING THE SIGNS AND IN SOME OF 00:14:06 THESE MOVEMENTS. I THINK ONE OF MY FAVORITE WAS A 00:14:09 MOM CARRY AGENT SIGN SAYING "MY KID IS NOT YOUR ATM." 00:14:15 I DO LIKE THAT BILLBOARD TOO, THOUGH. 00:14:19 THAT BILLBOARD THAT THE COLLEGE KIDS HAVE UP THAT WAS JUST 00:14:22 RECENTLY UNVEILED, IT SAYS "MR. PRESIDENT, I NEED A FRICKIN 00:14:29 JOB, PERIOD. THAT WAS A GOOD ONE IN BUFFALO. 00:14:32 OH, OF COURSE, I ALWAYS LIKE SEEING THOUGH TOO THE SIGN OF 00:14:35 THE BILLBOARD GEORGE BUSH SAYING, MISS ME YET? 00:14:38 I LOVE THAT ONE. WE DO BECAUSE WHEN WASHINGTON 00:14:46 GOES ON A SPENDING SPREE AND STARTS BORROWING MONEY TO TAKE 00:14:50 OVER AND BAIL OUT INSURANCE COMPANIES AND FINANCIAL 00:14:54 INSTITUTIONS AND THE BANKS, THE AUTOMAKERS AND KEEPS SPENDING 00:14:58 ENDLESSLY AND RUNNING UP DANGEROUSLY UNSUSTAINABLE DEBT 00:15:03 AND DEFICITS AND EXPECTED OUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS WILL PAY THE 00:15:06 BILLS FOR US FOR OUR OVERSPENDING TODAY, I THINK 00:15:10 THAT'S IMMORAL. IT'S UNETHICAL, IT'S NOT RIGHT 00:15:13 AND I THINK THAT ALL OF US AGREE ON THAT AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, I 00:15:18 THINK A WHOLE LOT OF MOMS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT GOVERNMENT 00:15:21 HANDING OUR KIDS THE BILL, THIS GENERATIONAL THEFT TOO WE'RE 00:15:24 STEALING OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE FUTURE OF AMERICA, WE RISE UP 00:15:27 AND MOMS SAY, COME ON NOW, THAT'S ENOUGH. 00:15:29 THAT IS ENOUGH. AND WE'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING 00:15:31 ABOUT THIS. AND WASHINGTON, LET ME TELL YOU, 00:15:34 YOU NO DOUBT DON'T WANT TO MESS WITH MOMS WHO ARE RISING UP, 00:15:39 THEY'RE IN ALASKA I ALWAYS THINK OF THE MAMA GRIZZLY BEARS THAT 00:15:44 RIDE UP ON THEIR HIND LEGS WHEN SOMEBODY IS A COMING TO ATTACK 00:15:48 THEIR CUB, TO DO SOMETHING ADVERSE TO THEIR CUB, NO, THE 00:15:54 MOMMA GRIZZLIES REAR UP. IF YOU THOUGHT PIT BULLS WERE 00:15:56 TOUGH, YOU DON'T WANT TO MESS WITH THE MAMA GRIZZLIES. 00:16:00 I THINK ALREADY A WHOLE LOT OF THOSE IN THIS ROOM. 00:16:03 -- APPLAUSE -- THAT'S WHY WE'RE SEEING WITH 00:16:04 ALL THESE WOMEN BANDING TOGETHER RISING UP SAYING, NO, THIS ISN'T 00:16:07 RIGHT FORROUS KIDS AND FOR OUR GRANDKIDS. 00:16:11 AND WOMEN LEADING THE GRASROOTS PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT, MANY OF THE 00:16:16 TEA PARTY LEADERS, MOST OF THEM ARE WOMEN. 00:16:19 SO SOME COMMONSENSE CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE 00:16:21 WOMEN TAKING TO THE STREETS RIGHT NOW, ORGANIZING ON THAT 00:16:25 GRASSROOTS LEVEL. THIS IS SO GOOD FOR OUR 00:16:29 REPUBLIC. IT'S SO GOOD FORA REPUBLIC 00:16:31 WITHIN A DEMOCRACY TO HAVE THIS -- HAVE THIS RISING UP, 00:16:35 THIS AWAKENING, IT'S VERY, VERY HEALTHY FOR OUR REPUBLIC. 00:16:39 OTHERS ARE PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE, AS I SAY, RUNNING FOR 00:16:43 OFFICE, BEING SO BOLD AND THOSE WHO ARE ENDORSED AND NURTURED BY 00:16:48 THE SUSAN B. ANTHONY LIST, WE SO APPRECIATE YOU. 00:16:50 WHEN I SEE HOW MANY GREAT WOMEN CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING, KIND OF 00:16:54 REMINDS ME OF THAT CAMPAIGN BUTTON THAT WE HAD IN 2008. 00:16:57 IT SHOWED A PINK GOP ELEPHANT ON IT AND IT SAID "IT'S A GIRL." 00:17:04 MAYBE THAT WAS A SINGLE GIRL REFERENCE THEN BUT THIS YEAR 00:17:07 LOOK OUT, WASHINGTON, BECAUSE THERE'S A WHOLE STAMPEDE OF PINK 00:17:11 ELEPHANTS CROSSING THE LINE AND THE ETA STAMPEDING THROUGH, THE 00:17:17 ETA IS NOVEMBER 2nd, 2010. -- APPLAUSE -- 00:17:26 A LOT OF WOMEN COMING TOGETHER TO TAKE THAT COUNTRY BACK. 00:17:30 ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE SUSAN B. ANTHONY LIST ARE LEADING THE 00:17:33 CHARGE TOO THANKFULLY. YOU PLAY SUCH A CRUCIAL AND 00:17:37 UNIQUE ROLE IN THE PRO-FAMILY, PRO-WOMAN, PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT 00:17:40 BECAUSE YOU SUPPORT PRO-LIFE WOMEN CANDIDATES. 00:17:42 AND THAT IS A GROUP THAT MUST CONTINUE TO GROW IN NUMBERS. 00:17:46 YOU SPONSOR CANDIDATES WHO WILL NOT VOTE PRESENT ON THOSE ISSUES 00:17:51 OF LIFE, AND YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE CULTURE OF LIFE, YOU KNOW 00:17:54 THAT IT'S NOT ABOVE ANYBODY'S PAY GRADE. 00:17:58 WE PROUDLY STAND UP AND WE SPEAK OUT FOR THOSE MOST IN NEED OF 00:18:02 OUR PROTECTION. THOSE MOST VULNERABLE. 00:18:05 AND WE'RE NOT SHY ABOUT DOING SO. 00:18:07 AND BEING A PRO-LIFE POLITICIAN IS MORE THAN JUST A CONVENIENT 00:18:12 TITLE COME ELECTION TIME. IT MEANS MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS, 00:18:16 EVEN IF THAT MEANS BUCKING YOUR PARTY ONCE IN A WHILE ON THESE 00:18:20 ISSUES OF LIFE. EVEN IF IT MEANS STANDING UP 00:18:23 AGAINST THAT MACHINE THAT'S RUNNING A PARTY. 00:18:25 THE SUSAN B. ANTHONY LIST WAS FRONT AND CENTER DURING THE 00:18:31 OBAMA CARE DEBATE AND WE WERE ALSO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR 00:18:35 LEADERSHIP IN TYPING THE PRIVATE FUNNING IN THE BILL DURING THE 00:18:38 OBAMA CARE DEBATE. WE WERE SADDENED TO SEE SO MANY 00:18:42 SO-CALLED PRO-LIFE DEMOCRATS CAVE ON THE ISSUE THOUGH BUT 00:18:44 WE'RE NOT DISCOURAGED. FAR FROM BEING DISCOURAGED WE 00:18:47 NEED TO BE ENERGIZED. WE NEED TO BE REALLY FIRED UP 00:18:51 AND NOT BE DEMORALIZED BUT GET ORGANIZED. 00:18:55 ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES. AND WE'VE SEEN SOME OF THE MAN 00:18:59 NECESSARYTATIONS OF THAT ALREADY IN THE RECENT ELECTIONS AND IN 00:19:02 SOME OF THE RECENT POLLS WE'VE SEEN THE CONSEQUENCES OF THOSE 00:19:07 WHO SAID THAT THEY WERE SOMETHING, GET INTO OFFICE, CAST 00:19:11 THEIR VOTES AND PROVE THAT THEY'RE SOMETHING ELSE. 00:19:14 WE WON'T FORGET THOSE WHO PROMISED TO HOLD FIRM AGAINST 00:19:17 GOVERNMENT FUNDING OF ABORTION. BUT CAVED AT THE LAST MINUTE IN 00:19:21 EXCHANGE FOR A NONBINDING EXECUTIVE ORDER PROMISED BY THE 00:19:25 MOST PRO-ABORTION PRESIDENT TO EVER OCCUPY THE WHITE HOUSE. 00:19:29 WE WILL NOT FORGET. WE WON'T FORGET AND COME 00:19:32 NOVEMBER OUR NEW PRO-LIFE, PRO-WOMAN MAJORITY WILL ACTUALLY 00:19:37 BE PRO-LIFE WHEN IT COUNTS WHEN THOSE VOTES ARE NEEDED. 00:19:40 -- APPLAUSE -- BUT YOUR WORK IS MORE THAN JUST 00:19:52 KEYS, SBA. YOU ACT AS A REPRESENT SENSATION 00:19:56 OF ALL FEMINISTS. ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE SUSAN B. 00:19:59 ANTHONY LIST ARE RETURNING THE WOMAN'S MOVEMENT BACK TO ITS 00:20:03 ORIGINAL ROOTS, BACK TO WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT IN THE BEGINNING. 00:20:07 YOU REMIND US THAT THE EARLIEST LEADERS OF THE WOMAN'S RIGHTS 00:20:11 MOVEMENTS, THEY WERE PRO-LIFE. WOMEN LIKE YOUR NAMESAKE AND 00:20:16 LIKE ELIZABETH KATIE STANTON, SARAH NORTON AND ALICE PAUL, WHO 00:20:21 OF COURSE WAS THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT 00:20:24 BACK IN 1923 WHO SAID ABORTION IS THE ULTIMATE EXPLOITATION OF 00:20:27 WOMEN. TODAY, POLLING SHOWS THAT MORE 00:20:31 YOUNG WOMEN AGEE WITH THESE FEMINIST FOREMOTHERS THAN EVER 00:20:34 BEFORE AND BELIEVE IN THAT CULTURE OF LIFE. 00:20:38 EMPOWERING WOMEN BY OFFERING THEM A REAL CHOICE. 00:20:41 IN FACT, A GALLUP POLL SHOWED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 14 YEARS 00:20:46 THERE ARE MORE AMERICANS PROUDLY PROCLAIMING THEMSELVES AS 00:20:50 PRO-LIFE UNDERSTANDING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE THAN EVER 00:20:53 BEFORE. THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS AND 00:20:55 THAT'S A HUGE VICTORY -- -- APPLAUSE -- 00:21:08 TODAY THEY'RE TELLING THEM THEY'RE STRONG ENOUGH AND 00:21:10 CAPABLE ENOUGH TO HANDLE AN UNINTENDED PREGNANCY AND STILL 00:21:15 BE ABLE IN LESS THAN IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES NO DOUBT BUT STILL 00:21:18 BE ABLE TO HANDLE THAT GIVE THEIR CHILD LIFE, IN ADDITION TO 00:21:22 PURSUING CAREER AND PURSUING EDUCATION, PURSUING AVOCATIONS. 00:21:27 THOUGH SOCIETY WANTS TO TELL THESE YOUNG WOMEN OTHERWISE. 00:21:30 EVEN THESE FEMINIST GROUPS WANT TO TRY TO TELL WOMEN, SEND THIS 00:21:34 MESSAGE THAT, NO, YOU'RE NOT CAPABLE OF DOING BOTH. 00:21:37 YOU CAN'T GIVE YOUR CHILD LIFE AND STILL PURSUE CAREER OR 00:21:41 EDUCATION. YOU'RE NOT STRONG MUFF. 00:21:42 YOU'RE NOT CAPABLE SO THAT'S VERY, VERY HYPOCRITICAL OF SOME 00:21:46 OF THOSE PRO-LIFE GROUPS -- I MEAN PRO-WOMEN RIGHTS GROUPS OUT 00:21:50 THERE WHO WOULD CLAIM SUCH A THING AND THAT'S AS OPPOSED 00:21:54 AGAIN TO SUSAN B. ANTHONY LIST, ANOTHER PRO-LIFE WOMEN'S GROUP 00:21:59 SAYING NO, NO, WOMEN, YOU ARE STRONG MUFF AND IF MOTHERHOOD 00:22:03 ISN'T AN OPTION, RAISING THAT CHILD AFTER YOU ALLOW IT LIFE, 00:22:08 WELL, THEN ADOPTION IS A BEAUTIFUL CHOICE AND WE NEED TO 00:22:12 PURSUE MORE OPPORTUNITY IN THAT ARENA. 00:22:13 -- APPLAUSE -- SO EVEN IN LESS THAN IDEAL 00:22:22 CIRCUMSTANCES, THESE PRO-LIFE GROUPS ARE EMPOWERING WOMEN, 00:22:26 LETTING THEM UNDERSTAND THAT, YEAH, THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME 00:22:29 HELP AND SOME SUPPORT AND RESOURCES OUT THERE FOR YOU IN 00:22:32 ORDER TO GIVE YOUR CHILD LIFE. AND I UNDERSTAND THOSE 00:22:37 CHALLENGES IN LESS THAN IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES. 00:22:39 I'VE BEEN THERE. YOU KNOW, I HAD NEVER ORDERED 00:22:41 UP, PLANNED ON BEING THE POM OF A SON WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, YOU 00:22:46 KNOW, I THOUGHT, OOH, YOU KNOW, GOD WILL NEVER GIVE ME SOMETHING 00:22:50 THAT I CAN'T HANDLE AND WHEN I FOUND OUT AT ABOUT 12 WEEKS 00:22:54 ALONG THROUGH AN ULTRASOUND THAT MY BABY WOULD BE BORN WITH DOWN 00:22:58 SYNDROME, I THOUGHT IMMEDIATELY, OKAY, GOD, REMEMBER, YOU 00:23:02 PROMISED THIS, YOU WILL NEVER GIVE US ANYTHING THAT WE CAN'T 00:23:05 HANDLE. I DON'T THINK I CAN HANDLE THIS. 00:23:07 THIS WASN'T PART OF MY LIFE'S PLAN. 00:23:09 I HAD NO IDEA HOW I WAS GOING TO HANDLE THE SITUATION IN RAISING 00:23:15 A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD AS A VERY BUSY GOVERNOR, BUSY WITH FOUR 00:23:20 OTHER KIDS, HUSBAND AWAY QUITE OFTEN, COMMERCIAL FISHINGING AND 00:23:24 UP ON THE NORTH SLOPE IN THE OIL FIELDS WORKING THERE AND JUST, 00:23:27 YOU KNOW, THE CIRCUMSTANCES NOT -- AND NOT KNOWING IF MY 00:23:30 HEART WAS READY, NOT KNOWING IF I WAS PATIENT AND NIR TURING 00:23:34 ENOUGH. MY SISTER HAS A CHILD WITH 00:23:36 AUTISM AND WE'VE ALWAYS SAID, SEE, GOD KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING, 00:23:40 THE AUTISTIC CHILD WOULD BE FOR HEATHER MY SISTER HEATHER 00:23:44 BECAUSE SHE IS THE MORE NURTURING ONE. 00:23:46 SHE'D BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS BUT WHEN TRIG WAS BORN THEN, I 00:23:51 UNDERSTOOD THEN THAT, NO, GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING AND WHAT 00:23:56 SEEMED LIKE -- WHAT WOULD BE SUCH A CHALLENGE HAS TURNED INTO 00:23:59 OUR GREATEST BLESSING. AND I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE 00:24:03 WHISPERS IN MY EAR DURING -- AFTER THAT ULTRA SOUND AND THE 00:24:08 WEEKS OF THE PREGNANCY, THE MONTHS OF THE PREGNANCY WAS, GOD 00:24:11 KIND OF WHISPERING IN MY EAR SAYING, ARE YOU GOING TO TRUST 00:24:14 ME? AND, ARE YOU GOING TO WALK THE 00:24:16 WALK OR ARE YOU JUST GOING TO TALK THE TALK? 00:24:20 AND HE SO PREPARED MY HEART THOUGH I DIDN'T KNOW PREPARATION 00:24:25 WAS EVEN BEING DONE IN OUR FAMILY AND IN MY HEART BUT THE 00:24:29 MINUTE THAT TRIG WAS BORN AND THEY LAY HIM IN MY ARMS AND HE 00:24:33 JUST KIND OF MELTED RIGHT ON INTO MY CHEST AND LOOKS UP AT ME 00:24:36 AND IT WAS JUST LIKE HE IS SAYING, SEE, GOD KNOWS WHAT HE'S 00:24:40 DOING AND THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOD AND, MOM, HE GAVE ME TO YOU 00:24:44 AND HE GAVE YOU TO ME AND THIS IS GOING TO BE -- THIS IS GOING 00:24:47 TO BE A WONDERFUL JOURNEY AND TRULY GOD IS SO OVERWHELMING US 00:24:52 WITH JOY AND THE RECOGNITION OF HIS PERFECTION, TRIG'S 00:24:55 PERFECTION HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT BLESSING AND I SO WANT TO HELP 00:24:59 OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE IN THAT SITUATION THINKING THESE ARE 00:25:02 LESS THAN IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT 00:25:05 THIS? MAYBE I CAN CHANGE THOSE 00:25:07 CIRCUMSTANCES? MAYBE THIS CAN ALL JUST GO AWAY 00:25:09 AND WE'LL PRETEND IT NEVER HAPPENED. 00:25:11 I WANT TO ENCOURAGE THESE WOMEN, OH, MY GOODNESS, GIVE THIS LIFE 00:25:14 A CHANCE. YOU WILL BE BLOWN AWAY, 00:25:16 OVERWHELMED. YOUR LIFE WILL SO CHANGE FOR THE 00:25:19 BETTER IN ALLOWING THE LIFE OF SOMEONE EVEN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, 00:25:25 ESPECIALLY SOMEONE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. 00:25:26 TODD AND I KNOW KNOW IN OUR FAMILY TRIG WILL TEACH US MORE 00:25:29 THAN WE'LL EVER BE ABLE TO TEACH HIM. 00:25:32 HE ALLOWS SUCH AWESOME PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT REALLY 00:25:36 MATTERS AND I THINK TOO IN THIS POLITICAL ARENA IS, OH, ALL THE 00:25:39 STUFF ON THE PERIPHERY THAT JUST WASTES TIME, DOESN'T MATTER. 00:25:44 AT THE END OF THE DAY THE THINGS THAT ARE MAYBE SAID IN THE 00:25:48 POLITICAL AND POLITICAL POT T SHOTS, THEY DON'T AMOUNT TO A 00:25:54 HILL OF BEANS WHEN TRIG IS THERE SHOWING US THIS GOLDEN HEART 00:25:57 THAT I BELIEVE GOD WOULD WANT ALL OF US TO EMBRACE AND TO 00:26:01 EMULATE WITH A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, I TELL YOU TRULY 00:26:04 TRIG HAS BEEN THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME AND 00:26:08 TO THE PALIN FAMILY. YES. 00:26:10 -- APPLAUSE -- BLESS YOU. 00:26:27 THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 00:26:40 LET ME SHARE QUICKLY THAT TRIG DOES THAT THE REST OF US CAN 00:26:43 LEARN FROM. HE, OF COURSE, HAVING CHALLENGES 00:26:47 AND LOVED CHALLENGES HIS ENTIRE LIFE, PROBABLY GREATER 00:26:52 CHALLENGES THAN THE REST OF US. TRIG, YOU CAN ALREADY SEE THIS 00:26:55 SORT OF PERSPECTIVE IN THIS CHILD THAT I THINK THE REST OF 00:26:58 US ARE SUPPOSED TO UNDERSTAND AND EMULATE TOO. 00:27:02 TRIG IN THE MORNING HE'LL WAKE UP, HE'S 2 YEARS OLD NOW. 00:27:06 HE PULLS HIMSELF UP TO THE TOP OF THE CRIB THERE, HE LOOKS 00:27:10 AROUND AND RUBS HIS SLEEPY LITTLE EYES AND EVEN THOUGH THE 00:27:12 DAY IS GOING TO BE CHALLENGING, HE STARTS APPLAUDING, FIRST 00:27:16 THING IN THE MORNING. LEEING AROUND CLAPPING LIKE, 00:27:20 WOO-HOO. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW? 00:27:22 I'M LIKE, MAN, SHOULDN'T WE ALL -- SHOULDN'T WE ALL? 00:27:26 THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LEARNING FROM OUR BOY. 00:27:33 BUT MY DAUGHTER BRISTOL TOO. SHE DIDN'T EXPECT TO BECOME 00:27:36 PREGNANT AT 17 AND THOSE WERE LESS THAN IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES. 00:27:41 THERE BRISTOL HAVING TO ENDURE SOME PUBLIC HUMILIATION. 00:27:45 IT WAS AN EMBARRASSING TIME FOR HER AND BLESS HER HEART. 00:27:50 THEY ARE OUT ON THE NATIONAL STAGE AND SHE AND THE REST OF 00:27:52 THE FAMILY SAYING THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. 00:27:55 NO, YOU DON'T -- YOU DON'T THINK THAT IT WILL HAPPEN IN YOUR OWN 00:27:59 FAMILY AND BRISTOL THOUGH BEING SO STRONG AND INDEPENDENT AND 00:28:04 KNOWING WHAT CHOOSING LIFE WAS THE RIGHT ROAD, THE RIGHT 00:28:09 CHOICE, SHE KNEW IT WOULDN'T BE EASY AND IT HASN'T BEEN EASY, 00:28:12 AND SOCIETY, CULTURE SURE HASN'T MADE IT EASY ON HER, AND HER 00:28:17 MESSAGE NOW BEING, HEY, OTHER TEENAGE GIRLS, DON'T DO WHAT I 00:28:21 DID. THIS IS NOT EASY. 00:28:23 YOU KNOW, IT WAS A PREMATURE ENDING OF HER ADOLESCENCE AND IT 00:28:28 WAS -- YOU KNOW, THE BEGINNING OF A WHOLE NEW LIFE, ABSOLUTELY 00:28:31 LIVING NOW FOR SOMEONE ELSE. SHE IS LIVING FOR HER SON. 00:28:36 BUT, WOW, OUR CULTURE AND THE MEDIA HAS MADE IT ROUGH ON HER 00:28:40 AND THEY'RE KIND OF SENDING A MESSAGE I THINK TO OTHER GIRLS 00:28:44 THAT, HEY, IT PROBABLY WOULD BE EASIER IF YOU JUST ABORT YOUR 00:28:48 CHILD AND NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT BRISTOL IS GOING THROUGH 00:28:51 BUT BRISTOL TOO IS SAYING, NO, THESE ARE LESS THAN IDEA 00:28:54 CIRCUMSTANCES, HER MESSAGE NOW IS DON'T DO WHAT I DID. 00:28:58 ABSTINENCE IS THE ONLY 100% FOOLPROOF WAY, OF COURSE, OF 00:29:01 PREVENTING PREGNANCY. SHE THOUGH IS GETTING CLOBBERED 00:29:05 FOR THAT MESSAGE AND SHE'S KIND OF NEW TO ALL OF THIS TOO 00:29:08 OBVIOUSLY AND SHE'S LIKE, WHY WOULD I GET CLOBBERED OUT THERE 00:29:13 IN OUR SOCIETY FOR USING MYSELF AS A LESSON IS WHAT SHE'S SAYING 00:29:19 AND JUST, YOU KNOW, WARNING OTHER TEENAGERS I THINK THE 00:29:23 PHRASE SHE USES IS PAUSE BEFORE YOU PLAY, WHICH IS THAT'S GOOD 00:29:28 FOR THEM TOO. BUT BRISTOL KNOWING TOO THAT IT 00:29:32 WAS THE RIGHT CHOICE AND SHE NOW SEEN AND THE REST OF US SEEING 00:29:38 THAT THERE AGAIN WHAT SEEMED LIKE LIFE'S GREATEST CHALLENGE 00:29:42 AND AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION TO GET THROUGH RIGHT OUT OF THE 00:29:44 CHUTE WHEN YOU HEAR THE NEWS, NO, HER BABY HAVING TURNED INTO 00:29:49 SUCH AN AWESOME BLESSING AND WE HERE AT THE -- A YEAR AND A HALF 00:29:56 LATER LOOKING AT THIS CHILD SAYING WHAT WOULD OUR LIFE BE 00:29:59 LIKE IF HE WERE NOT HERE IN OUR LIFE? 00:30:01 AGAIN, NOT AN EASY ROAD FOR BRISTOL, NOT AN EASY ROAD, BUT 00:30:05 THE RIGHT ROAD AND AIM VERY PROUD OF HER DECISION. 00:30:08 IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT I AM AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN 00:30:13 UNAPOLOGETICALLY PRO-LIFE SO WHEN I TALK ABOUT TRIG AND I 00:30:16 TALK TO OTHER GROUPS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF WENT THROUGH MY MIND AND 00:30:19 THE FEELINGS THAT I HAD WHEN THE DOCTOR WAS TELLING ME ABOUT WHAT 00:30:24 COULD BE THE RESULTS OF THE TESTS WITH THE DOWN SYNDROME 00:30:29 TESTS AND ALL THAT, I HAVE TO BE REALLY CAREFUL IN HOW I EXPLAIN 00:30:33 MY FEELINGS, BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE SAY, OH, YOU KNOW, SHE 00:30:37 CONSIDERED ABORTION OR SHE, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN THAT VALIDATE HER 00:30:41 PRO-LIFE POSITION AND I SAY, NO, WHAT BRISTOL AND I BOTH HAVE 00:30:45 BEEN THROUGH HAS NOT CHANGED THAT BELIEF, BUT IT HAS CHANGED 00:30:49 MY PERSPECTIVE ON THE WHOLE SITUATION. 00:30:51 OUR EXPERIENCES GAVE ME TREMENDOUS EMPATHY FOR THE WOMAN 00:30:55 WHO DOES FIND HERSELF IN LESS THAN IDEAL CIRCUMSTANCES. 00:30:58 I NOW UNDERSTAND WHY A WOMAN WOULD BE TEMPTED PERHAPS TO 00:31:02 THINK THAT, WELL, IT MIGHT JUST BE AN EASIER WAY OUT TO TRY TO 00:31:06 CHANGE THE CIRCUMSTANCES, TO TAKE THE SITUATION IN MY OWN 00:31:09 HANDS AND CHANGE THIS. I UNDERSTAND WHAT GOES THROUGH 00:31:14 OTHER MIND EVEN FOR A BRIEF MOMENT A SPLIT SECOND BECAUSE 00:31:18 WHAT I'VE BEEN LEW BUT WHAT MY FAMILY EXPERIENCED THROUGH THE 00:31:22 LAST FEW YEARS REAFFIRMED AND STRENGTHENED MY UNWEAVERING 00:31:26 SUPPORT FOR LIFE AT EVERY STAGE AND CHOOSING LIFE MAY NOT BE THE 00:31:30 EASIEST PATH BUT IT'S ALWAYS THE RIGHT PATH. 00:31:32 -- APPLAUSE -- AND I'VE HAD THAT CONFIRMATION. 00:31:39 THE TIMING OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT GOD SEES 00:31:43 A WAY WHERE HE CANNOT AND DOESN'T MAKE MISTAKES SO BRISTOL 00:31:47 AND I BOTH PUTTING THAT FAITH IN THAT BELIEF AND LEARNING WHAT 00:31:52 ARE LIFE'S GREATEST CHALLENGES TURN OUT TO BE LIFE'S GREATEST 00:31:56 BLESSINGS AND THOUGH IT TOOK ME TIME TO GET MY ARMS AROUND BEING 00:31:59 THE MOM OF A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD, AS I SAY, THE MOMENT THAT 00:32:02 TRIG WAS BORN, IT WAS TRULY THE HAPPIEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE AND 00:32:07 THINGS CAME TOGETHER FOR ME THEN. 00:32:09 IT WAS LIFE-CHANGING AND TRULY TEACHING US MORE THAN WE'LL EVER 00:32:12 BE ABLE TO TEACH HIM SO I THINK THE SBA LIST FOR ALLOWING WOMEN 00:32:19 TO RECEIVE THAT MESSAGE ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE, ABOUT 00:32:24 GIVING LIFE A CHANCE AND BEING A PRO-LIFE, PRO-WOMAN ORGANIZATION 00:32:30 THAT HAS THIS GROWING VOICE BECAUSE MORE AND MORE AMERICANS 00:32:33 ARE LOOKING TO THE SBA. THEY'RE LOOKING TO SEE WHO IT IS 00:32:36 YOU ENDORSE. THEY'RE LOOKING TO SEE WHAT THE 00:32:38 MESSAGE IS COMING FROM THE SBA BECAUSE THERE'S A CRAVING, 00:32:42 THERE'S A YEARNING OUT THERE IN OUR SOCIETY OUT THERE IN A 00:32:45 CULTURE FOR TRUTH. AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE THOSE 00:32:49 WITH THAT STIFF SPINE AND WON'T SHY AWAY FROM TALKING ABOUT THE 00:32:54 ISSUES THAT SOME WANT TO KIND OF CONSIDER OFF BASE OR TOO 00:32:57 CONTROVERSIAL OR TOO POLITICALLY CORRECT AND DON'T WANT TO ENGAGE 00:33:00 IN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE. 00:33:02 SBA IS BOLD ENOUGH, COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN TO 00:33:08 HAVE THE STIFF SPINE AND AWK ABOUT THOSE OTHER ISSUES AND I 00:33:12 THINK THE LIST TOO FOR BEING A HOME TO A MU CONSERVATIVE 00:33:15 FEMINIST MOVEMENT IS HOW I LOOK AT THIS. 00:33:16 IT'S AN EMERGING CONSERVATIVE FEMINIST IDENTITY. 00:33:21 FAR TOO LONG WHEN PEOPLE HEARD THE WORD FEMINIST THEY THOUGHT 00:33:25 OF THE FACULTY LOUNGE AT SOME EAST COAST WOMEN'S COLLEGE, 00:33:27 RIGHT? AND NO OFFENSE TO THEM, THEY 00:33:30 HAVE THEIR OPINIONS AND THEIR VOICE AND GOD BLESS THEM. 00:33:33 THEY'RE JUST GREAT, BUT THAT'S NOT THE ONLY VOICE OF WOMEN IN 00:33:37 AMERICA. I'D LIKE TO REMIND PEOPLE OF 00:33:40 ANOTHER FEMINIST TRADITION. KIND OF A WESTERN FEMINISM. 00:33:46 IT'S INFLUENCED BY THE PIONEERING SPIRIT OF OUR PR 00:33:49 FORMOTHERS WHO WENT IN WAGON TRAINS ACROSS THE WILDERNESS AND 00:33:53 THEY SETTLED IN HOMESTEADS AND THESE WERE TOUGH, INDEPENDENT, 00:33:58 PIONEERING MOTHERS WHOSE WORK WAS AS VALUABLE AS ANY MAN'S ON 00:34:02 THE FRONTIER AND IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT OUR WESTERN STATES 00:34:05 THAT GAVE WOMEN THE VOTE, THE RIGHT TO VOTE WAY BEFORE THEIR 00:34:10 EAST COAST SISTERS IN A MORE GENERAL TILL CITY PERHAPS GOT IT 00:34:16 RIGHT. THESE WOMEN HAD DIRT UNDER THEIR 00:34:17 FINGERNAILS AND COULD SHOOT A GUN AND PUSH A PLOW AND RAISE A 00:34:21 FAMILY ALL AT THE SAME TIME. THESE WOMEN ARE FRONTIER 00:34:25 FOREMOTHERS, THEY LOVED THIS COUNTRY AND THEY MADE SACRIFICES 00:34:29 TO CARVE OUT A LIVING AND A FAMILY LIFE OUT OF THE 00:34:33 WILDERNESS. THEY WENT WHERE NO WOMAN HAD 00:34:34 GONE BEFORE. I KIND OF FEEL A CONNECTION TO 00:34:38 THAT TOUGH GUN-TOTING PIONEER FEMINISM OF WOMEN LIKE ANNIE 00:34:43 OAKLEY AND THEM. -- APPLAUSE -- 00:34:46 MAYBE IT'S THAT I'M BRINGING IN ALASKA, MAYBE TOO IT'S BECAUSE 00:34:48 LATER ON TODAY I DO A SPEECH FOR THE NRA AND AGAIN IN THE GROUP, 00:34:52 YEAH. I'M PROUD TO CALL MYSELF A 00:34:58 WESTERN CONSERVATIVE IN THE TRADITION OF RONALD REAGAN. 00:35:01 RONALD REAGAN -- -- APPLAUSE -- 00:35:05 -- UNDERSTANDING THOSE WESTERN VALUES TOO. 00:35:08 THOSE SMALL TOWN VALUES AND AS AN ALASKAN WOMAN I'M PROUD TO 00:35:12 CONSIDERED MYSELF A FRONTIER FP NIS LIKE THE EARLY WOMEN OF THE 00:35:16 WEST. NOW, MAYBE MY JUMPING ON A 00:35:21 NATIONAL STAGE WAS A BIT OF A SHOCK TO SOME PEOPLE. 00:35:23 SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT HAVE CONSIDERED WHAT AN INDEPENDENT 00:35:26 PIONEERING SPIRIT -- HOW I WAS BROUGHT UP WITH, WHAT THAT COULD 00:35:30 LOOK LIKE. MAYBE THERE WAS A LOT OF SHOCK 00:35:32 OUT THERE JUMPING ON THAT NATIONAL STAGE, BUT I KNOW THAT 00:35:36 SOME LEFT WING FEMINISTS, THEY SURE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF 00:35:39 AN ALASKAN CHICK OUT THERE TALKING ABOUT THE SECOND 00:35:43 AMENDMENT AND TALKING ABOUT RAISING FAMILY AND KIDS, THE 00:35:46 MORE THE MERRIER AND, YOU KNOW, WELL, SOME OF THEM EVEN REFUSED 00:35:51 TO ADMIT I WAS EVEN A WOMAN, GEEZ. 00:35:55 THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT 00:35:58 OF THIS ORGANIZATION. OH, MY GOODNESS. 00:36:00 THE HARD WORK, THE GRACIOUSNESS. EVEN THE DIPLOMACY, HOW YOU'RE 00:36:06 ABLE TO ENGAGE IN THE ISSUES, IN THE DEBATE WITH HEALTHY DEBATE, 00:36:12 SO DIPLOMATICALLY, SO PROFESSIONALLY WITH SO MUCH 00:36:16 WISDOM AND INTELLIGENCE AND, AGAIN, WITH GRACE. 00:36:19 I'M GRATEFUL TO HAVE A PLACE LIKE THIS FULL OF SISTERS WHO 00:36:22 ARE NOT PUT OFF BY A GUN-TOTING PRO-LIFE MOM OF A FUN, FULL 00:36:27 FAMILY, NEVER DULL AND I SO APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT THAT YOU 00:36:32 ALL HAVE SHOWN. SO OUR WORK TOGETHER, TOGETHER 00:36:35 WITH SUSAN B. ANTHONY IS TO GROW AND EXPAND THIS ORGANIZATION SO 00:36:40 THAT IT TOO WILL BE A FOUNDATION IN OUR WORK TO BUILD A CULTURE 00:36:44 OF LIFE BECAUSE AMERICA'S GOING TO BE AN EVEN MORE EXCEPTIONAL 00:36:49 PLACE AS THAT CULTURE OF LIFE IS EMBRACED AND AS WE MAKE 00:36:55 MANIFESTS THE EFFORTS IN OUR INTENTIONS AND OUR COMMITMENT TO 00:36:59 KIND OF OPEN THE EYES OF OTHERS TO LET THEM SEE THAT IMPORTANCE 00:37:04 OF PROTECTING LIFE, REALLY IT ALL COMES DOWN TO LIFE AND HOW 00:37:10 WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A STAND ON PROTECTING INNOCENT LIFE AND 00:37:15 DECIDING, YOU KNOW, THAT NOBODY IS BENEATH THE PROTECTION OF OUR 00:37:21 LAWS. A BETTER AMERICA IN THIS MOST 00:37:25 EXCEPTIONAL COUNTRY STILL WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO IT 00:37:27 BETTER. WE'RE GOING TO BE EVEN MORE 00:37:29 EXCEPTIONAL WITH THAT CULTURE OF LIFE BEING USHERED IN. 00:37:33 IT TOO MUST BE A FOUNDATION FOR A NEW REVIVAL OF THAT ORIGINAL 00:37:38 FEMINISM OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY. TOGETHER WE'RE SHOWING YOUNG 00:37:41 WOMEN THAT BEING PRO-LIFE IS IN KEEPING WITH THE BEST TRADITIONS 00:37:43 OF THE WOMAN'S MOVEMENT AND THIS YEAR THE SUSAN B. ANTHONY LIST 00:37:47 AND ITS GREAT WOMEN CANDIDATES ARE GOING TO PROVE MARGARET 00:37:51 THATCHER RIGHT. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, ASK 00:37:54 A WOMAN. WE'RE GETTING THE JOB DONE, 00:37:56 SISTERS, ONE LIFE, ONE ACTIVIST, ONE ELECTION, ONE VOTE, ONE 00:38:00 AMERICAN DREAM AT A TIME SO THANK YOU, KEEP UP THE GOOD 00:38:03 WORK. GOD BLESS YOU. 00:38:04 GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 00:38:06 THANK YOU, GUYS. THANK YOU, GUYS. 00:38:12 THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE / DAY 2 PART 1
Annual Conservative Political Action Conference gathering that runs through Saturday. DAY TWO 10:34:32 MITT ROMNEY 10:00:00 CUT $140 BILLION. THE MESSAGE IS GETTING TOO. 10:00:02 I DON'T THINK IT WOULD'VE HAPPENED BUT FOR THIS FRESHMAN 10:00:05 CLASS. I DON'T THINK IT WOULD'VE 10:00:07 HAPPENED BUT FOR GROUPS LIKE YOU. 10:00:09 AND IT JUST GLAD THAT IT HAS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH COME AND 10:00:12 TALK TO YOU IN A LITTLE BIT. [APPLAUSE] 10:00:14 THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CONGRESSMAN. 10:00:18 IF I COULD ASK ANDREW TO PLEASE GIVE SOME REMARKS. 10:00:23 GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY. MY NAME IS ANDREW. 10:00:26 I'M THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR THE NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION. 10:00:29 IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S DEPRESSING 10:00:31 TO BE LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT WHEN IT 10:00:33 COMES TO SPENDING. LET ME JUST TOUCH ON A COUPLE 10:00:36 OTHER THINGS THAT CONGRESSMAN MULVANEY DID AND SET THE STAGE A 10:00:40 LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THESE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE IF YOU MENTION 10:00:44 ARE $14 TRILLION WORTH OF DEBT. THAT'S ABOUT $45,000 PER PERSON. 10:00:49 I HAD A TWO-YEAR OLD DAUGHTER THAT IS SITTING AT HOME RIGHT 10:00:50 NOW THAT THOSE $45,000 FOR SHE HAS EVER WALKED TO SCHOOL FOR 10:00:56 THE FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE OR DONE ANY OTHER THINGS THAT MOST 10:00:58 OF US IN THIS ROOM HAVE. IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS ALONE WE 10:01:04 ARE GOING TO RACK UP $1.5 TRILLION IN ADDITIONAL 10:01:08 SPENDING THAT WE DO NOT HAVE THE TAX REVENUE TO PAY FOR. 10:01:12 JUST A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT. $1.5 BILLION, WHICH WILL HAVE AN 10:01:18 DEFICIT OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS IS EQUAL TO THE ENTIRE FEDERAL 10:01:21 BUDGET IN 1995. THE REPUBLICAN REVOLUTION IN 10:01:26 1994 WHEN THEY CAME IN 1995, THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET WAS 10:01:31 $1.5 TRILLION THAT'S JUST OUR DEFICIT THIS YEAR. 10:01:35 I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO SEE THE WINDOWS THE ANSWER TO THIS ONE. 10:01:39 HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT TOOK US TO RACK UP THE FIRST 10:01:42 $1.5 TRILLION WORTH OF DEBT TO THIS COUNTRY? 10:01:44 DO YOU THINK WE DID THIS IN 1885 OR 1985? 10:01:48 TAKE A GUESS. YOU GUYS GOT IT. 10:01:51 1985. RONALD REAGAN GETS REELECTED IN 10:01:56 1984. THEY GO. 10:01:57 MET SOMEONE WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT THAT. 10:02:00 HE STARTS HIS SECOND TERM IN THE BEGINNING OF 1985 AND THAT IS 10:02:04 WHEN WE FIRST SURPASSED $1.5 TRILLION WORTH OF TOTAL 10:02:06 DEBT. 193 YEARS IT TOOK US TO GET TO 10:02:08 THAT POINT AND WE WILL DO IT IN 12 MONTHS. 10:02:12 INTEREST PAYMENTS ON THE NATIONAL DEBT I GOING TO REACH 10:02:15 $1 TRILLION I 2020 AT THIS RATE. A TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR JUST 10:02:20 IN INTEREST PAYMENTS ALONE. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE CR AND 10:02:25 I'M SURE WE'LL TALK MORE ABOUT THIS CUTTING $100 BILLION FROM. 10:02:29 THAT'S A HECK OF A GOOD START, BUT YOU COULD CUT ALL OF THE 10:02:33 MONEY IN THAT BILL AND YOU STILL ONLY TACKLE A LITTLE MORE THAN 10:02:36 TWO-THIRDS OF OUR DEFICIT PROBLEM. 10:02:38 I GUESS I DON'T NEED TO CONVINCE YOU GUYS DESTINY AS A PROUD AND 10:02:42 IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO DEAL WITH. 10:02:43 SO HOW DO WE DEAL WITH IT? WE START WITH THE LOW-HANGING 10:02:48 FRUIT. WE START TO PICK SOME OF THAT 10:02:50 ALREADY. WE'VE GOTTEN RID OF EARMARKS FOR 10:02:51 NOW. STAY TUNED AND A COUPLE OF YEARS 10:02:53 AS 15 OR $20 BILLION WITH A SPECIAL INTEREST PROJECTS ON 10:02:56 INDOOR RAIN FOREST AND HOT AIR BALLOONS AND OTHER HELD A SEAT 10:03:01 ANCHORING THINGS THAT IS NOT GOING TO BE SPENT. 10:03:04 WE DID A STUDY WITH A LIBERAL GROUP, THE WAS PUBLIC RESEARCH 10:03:07 GROUP, AND WE GOT TOGETHER, BETWEEN THE TWO OF US WERE 10:03:11 IDENTIFIED AT LEAST $600 BILLION WORTH OF CUTS THAT WOULD MAKE 10:03:14 OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS JUST IN WASTE AND INEFFICIENCY A 10:03:17 LOAN. THOSE THE THINGS WE COULD AGREE 10:03:20 UPON WITH THE LIBERAL GROUP. THEN THERE'S THE BIG STUFF. 10:03:31 WE TALK A LOT ABOUT DISCRETION SPENDING. 10:03:34 WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT EARMARKS AND THOSE ARE STUNNING 10:03:37 IMPORTANT, AND EACH ONE OF US SHOULD BE ENGAGED IN FIGHTING 10:03:41 THOSE BATTLES. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WITH A 10:03:42 BIG MONEY IS SPENT IN DEFENSE AND ENTITLEMENT, ON THE DEFENSE 10:03:46 SIDE WE CAN EVEN START TACKLING THINGS WITHOUT HAVING ANY 10:03:50 MATERIAL IMPACT ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. 10:03:52 ONE EXAMPLE IS THAT SOME DEFENSE AGENCIES ARE ORDERING AS MANY AS 10:03:55 50% TOO MANY SPARE PARTS FOR THE EQUIPMENT THAT THEY HAVE. 10:03:58 THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. WE CAN'T AFFORD THAT WHEN TIMES 10:04:02 ARE GOOD. WE SURE AS HECK CAN'T AFFORD 10:04:04 THAT NOW. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT CAN SAVE 10:04:07 UPWARDS OF $130 BILLION BY THE MIDDLE PART OF THIS DECADE JUST 10:04:10 FIGURING OUT HOW DO NOT ORDER TO MUCH STUFF. 10:04:12 WE ALSO HAVE THINGS THAT ARE MORE CONTROVERSIAL BUT THINGS 10:04:16 THAT ARE BIG MONEY. WEAPONS SYSTEMS AND PROCUREMENT 10:04:18 PROCESS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THERE ARE EFFICIENCY CHANGES 10:04:21 THAT COULD BE ME BUT THERE ARE ALSO THINGS LIKE THE SECOND 10:04:23 ENGINE FOR THE F-35 WHERE WE ARE TRYING TO SPEND $2 BILLION ON AN 10:04:30 UNNECESSARY SECOND ENGINE THAT THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ROBERT 10:04:32 GATES SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT, AND GET CONGRESS TO TRY TO GET TO 10:04:36 THE AND USING OUR MONEY TO PAY FOR IT. 10:04:39 NOW, ENTITLEMENTS, THIS IS A BIG KAHUNA. 10:04:42 SOCIAL SECURITY, THEY'RE SORT OF AS I CALL IT A NERVOUS TICK OF 10:04:47 THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT. AND BECOME A TALK ABOUT 10:04:49 ENTITLEMENTS WE START TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND HOW WE 10:04:52 CAN ESTABLISH PRIVATE ACCOUNTS AND MAKE THE SYSTEM SOLVENT. 10:04:56 THAT'S RIGHT BUT SOCIAL SECURITY IS A MUCH SMALLER PROBLEM THAN 10:04:59 MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. SOCIAL SECURITY TAKES ONE TYPE 10:05:01 OF UPWARDS. SO IT'S BASICALLY AN ACTUARIAL 10:05:04 PROBLEM. WE EVEN NEED MORE MONEY OR PAY 10:05:05 PEOPLE LESS. I THINK THAT ALL OF US HAVE COME 10:05:08 UP WITH A PRETTY GOOD REFORM PLAN TO GIVE PEOPLE SOME 10:05:11 INDIVIDUAL INVESTMENT THERE TO HAVE AN ACTUAL INTEREST IN IT 10:05:14 INSTEAD OF JUST HANDING IT OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT. 10:05:16 BUT THE REAL BIG ONE IS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID WHICH FACE 10:05:22 EXPONENTIAL COST INCREASES BECAUSE OF THE COST OF MEDICAL 10:05:23 CARE. AND BECAUSE NOBODY, NOT A SINGLE 10:05:27 THING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL TURN THAT WHEN IT COMES TO 10:05:28 MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. THAT'S WHY THE RHINE ROADMAP IS 10:05:33 SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT'S ONE OF THE FEW PLANTS THAT SKETCHES OUT 10:05:38 HOW WE CAN SOLVE OUR ENTIRE CRISIS IN A WAY THAT STILL KEEPS 10:05:42 THE CONTACT WE HAVE NO THAT DOESN'T RIP THE RUG OUT FROM 10:05:45 UNDER THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE TRYING TO FIGURE HOW TO 10:05:49 PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. THE RYAN ROADMAP DOES THIS PLAN, 10:05:56 BUT THE OLD PROBLEM IN MEDICAL COST IS THERE'S NO MARKET FORCES 10:05:59 IN MEDICAL CARE FOR THE MOST PART TODAY BECAUSE THE PEOPLE 10:06:04 DON'T PAY THEIR OWN CARE. THEY PAY A CO-PAY. 10:06:08 IT A COLLEAGUE OF MINE WHO WANTED TO HAVE A MINOR PROCEDURE 10:06:12 DONE. AND CALLED ASK BECAUSE SHE HAD 10:06:15 AN HSA AND HAVE TO CARE WHAT IT COST, BUT THIS WOULD COST OR. 10:06:19 THEY DID KNOW. THEY SAID WILL HAVE TO GO BACK. 10:06:22 THEY CALLED HER BACK THREE HOURS LATER AND SAID WE DON'T KNOW THE 10:06:26 EDGE. WE JUST BUILT INSURANCE 10:06:27 COMPANIES. WE HAVE NO CLUE. 10:06:29 THAT CAN'T CONTINUE. THE REASON IT CAN'T CONTINUE IS 10:06:36 BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO THE DEBT CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE 10:06:38 DON'T STOP. IT'S NOT GOING TO DEVELOP OVER 10:06:39 THE SPAN OF SIX MONTHS. IT'S GOING TO DEVELOP OVER THE 10:06:40 SPAN OF SIX HOURS. IN ASIAN MARKETS ON A SUNDAY 10:06:41 MORNING WHEN ALL OF YOU ARE GOING TO CHURCH AND HANGING OUT 10:06:44 WITH YOUR FAMILY, WHEN PEOPLE START TO SAY, I'M NOT SO SURE 10:06:46 ABOUT THAT AMERICAN DEBT ANYMORE. 10:06:49 THAT IS WHEN THE CARDS ARE GOING TO COME CRASHING DOWN AT ALL 10:06:52 THESE DECISIONS BECOME INFINITELY MORE DIFFICULT THAN 10:06:53 THEY ARE TODAY. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO START 10:06:56 TACKLING THE STUFF RIGHT HERE AND NOW. 10:06:58 THANK YOU, GUYS. [APPLAUSE] 10:07:02 THANK YOU, THANK YOU. AND RYAN COME IF YOU WOULD JOIN 10:07:05 US TO THE PODIUM, PLEASE. AGAIN, THIS IS RYAN HECKER FROM 10:07:11 THE CONTRACT OF AMERICA. I JUST A TEA PARTY ACTIVIST. 10:07:14 ONE OF MILLIONS. AND -- 10:07:19 [APPLAUSE] IT'S A REAL, REAL HONOR TO 10:07:21 SPEAK BEFORE YOU TODAY. FROM 1998-2008, AND ESPECIALLY 10:07:30 SINCE 2000, EVERY REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN TRIES TO CITE RONALD 10:07:33 REAGAN AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. IF THEY MANAGE TO SNAP A PICTURE 10:07:38 WITH HIM AT SOME POINT DURING THIS PREGNANCY, PASSIONATE 10:07:42 PRESIDENCY, IS PLASTERED ON MAGAZINES. 10:07:46 MOST HAVE FAILED TO ACT LIKE THEM. 10:07:52 [APPLAUSE] THEY SUCCESSFULLY PARADE ON 10:07:58 OUR ADORATION OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST PRESIDENTS, AND THEN 10:08:01 BEHIND CLOSED DOORS INCREASE SPENDING TO ASTRONOMICAL LEVELS 10:08:06 AND ENGAGE IN A CULTURE OF BIG SPENDING CORRUPTION. 10:08:09 THEY REGULARLY CITE A CONSTITUTION AND REAGAN IN THEIR 10:08:13 RHETORIC, IN ACTION WERE JUST AS IN FAVOR OF BIG GOVERNMENT 10:08:17 EXPANSION AND REGULATION, AND THE FIRST TO FREE CAPITAL 10:08:23 MARKETS AND AS DEMOCRATS WHICH THEY PROVED WITH T.A.R.P., 10:08:26 THROUGH EARMARKS, THE AUTOMOBILE BAILOUTS. 10:08:31 THAT'S ONE REASON THAT WE LOST THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IN 2006 10:08:36 AND 2008, AND THE PRESIDENCY IN 2008. 10:08:40 THE POLITICIANS SUPPOSEDLY REPRESENTING OUR VIEWPOINTS WERE 10:08:43 NOT COME AND THEY STOPPED LISTENING TO US, THE BASE, THEIR 10:08:47 BASE. ANOTHER REASON, WE LET THEM. 10:08:54 WE HONESTLY ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS THEY ARE BECAUSE WE WERE 10:08:57 SILENT AND WE CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR THEM EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE 10:09:01 TO SPEAK IN RHETORIC AND IN THEIR ACTIONS WERE DOING 10:09:06 NOTHING. THAT IS WHY -- 10:09:09 [APPLAUSE] THAT'S WHY THE TEA PARTY 10:09:14 MOVEMENT ROSE, AND THAT'S WHAT I INITIATE A CONTRACT FOR AMERICA 10:09:18 PROJECT BECAUSE WE NEED TO REASSERT OUR VOICE. 10:09:20 AND WHEN AMERICA BACK. AND SO WHAT WE DID, FOR EVERYONE 10:09:26 WHO DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF AMERICA, WE HAD A 10:09:31 WEBSITE WHERE ANYONE COULD SUBMIT IDEAS ABOUT THE COUNTRY 10:09:33 ABOUT HOW TO FIX OUR COUNTRY. THE IDEA IS WE HAVE GIVEN THE 10:09:38 REINS TO WASHINGTON TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS FOR SO MANY 10:09:41 YEARS. AND YET THEY FAIL TO LISTEN TO 10:09:43 US, BUT WE HAVE IDEAS. SITE OPENED UP THIS WEBSITE THAT 10:09:47 ANYONE CAN SUBMIT AN IDEA. WE HAD ABOUT 1000 IDEAS 10:09:49 SUBMITTED IN ABOUT THREE MONTHS AND ABOUT 100,000 PEOPLE THAT 10:09:54 MAYBE, THOSE IDEAS. WE DID A SERIES OF FORUMS TO 10:09:57 NARROW THOSE IDEAS DOWN TO 21 AND THEN AT SEATAC LAST YEAR 10:10:02 WITH SENATOR DeMINT WHO IS ONE OF THOSE EXCEPTIONS AND A REAL 10:10:05 LEADER IN WASHINGTON -- [APPLAUSE] 10:10:08 LAUNCHED A FINAL VOTE, THE FINAL ONLINE VOTE. 10:10:12 FROM FEBRUARY TO APRIL 453000 VOTES WERE CAST AND WE ENDED UP 10:10:16 WITH A 10-POINT PLAN WHICH WE BELIEVE OFFERED A BOLD REFORM. 10:10:22 ON THE MIDDLE TAX REFORM, A BALANCED BUDGET AND IT REQUIRED 10:10:26 TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR ANY TAX HIKE. 10:10:28 A NUMBER OF OTHER IN TERMS OF SPENDING CAP LIMITS. 10:10:33 SO THEN WE SPENT ALL SUMMER MAKING PHONE CALLS, TRIED IT 10:10:37 CONGRESSMAN AND CANDIDATES TO SIGN. 10:10:40 REPRESENTED MULVANEY WAS ONE OF THE CANDIDATES. 10:10:44 HE GOT SOUND OF CANDIDATES TO SIGN. 10:10:45 I WANT TO THANK YOU PERSONALLY FOR DOING SO. 10:10:50 AND I THINK WE OFFERED A BOLD MESSAGE THAT REALLY RESONATE. 10:10:55 NOW WE HAVE 71 ELECTED CANDIDATES IN CONGRESS. 10:11:01 ELECTED CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS WHICH SIGNED A CONTRACT FROM 10:11:03 AMERICA. ON THE VERY FIRST DAY OF THE 10:11:04 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES A TOP IDEA IN THE CONTRACT TO REQUIRE 10:11:06 EVERY BILL TO CITE THE PART OF THE CONSTITUTION FROM WHICH IT 10:11:09 ORIGINATES TO GIVE THEM AUTHORITY -- 10:11:13 [APPLAUSE] WAS ADOPTED BY SPEAKER 10:11:16 BOEHNER. WE'RE NOT DONE YET. 10:11:19 I MEAN, WE NEED TO CURB LONG-TERM SPENDING. 10:11:24 RIGHT NOW OUR MOVEMENT IS STRONG. 10:11:25 IT'S GOING TO REMAIN STRONG, BUT WHAT IS KEY IS WE HAVE TO CURB 10:11:30 THEM LONG TERM. WE HAVE TO PUT ROADBLOCKS IN 10:11:33 THEIR WAY SO THAT EVEN 100 YEARS FROM NOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO 10:11:36 BE ABLE TO BLOW UP THE BUDGET. AND THAT MEANS A BALANCED BUDGET 10:11:41 AMENDMENT, TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR ANY TAX HIKE. 10:11:43 THAT SECOND PART IS CHEAP. THAT MEANS SPENDING CAP LIMITS. 10:11:48 SO WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE TO BE DILIGENT. 10:11:51 WHAT MY BIGGEST FEAR IS THAT OUR ENTIRE MOVEMENT, YOU KNOW, OBAMA 10:11:56 WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. HE MOVED THIS COUNTRY FIVE STEPS 10:12:02 TO THE LEFT. MY BIGGEST FEAR IS WE ONLY MOVE 10:12:06 THE COUNTRY ONE OR TWO STEPS TO THE RIGHT BACK. 10:12:09 WE NEED TO MOVE THE COUNTRY SIX STEPS BACK TO THE RIGHT. 10:12:16 [APPLAUSE] AND WHAT WE'VE LEARNED, AND I 10:12:21 THINK WE HAVE ALL LEARNED THROUGH THIS, IS THAT THE POWER 10:12:25 IS NOT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.. IT'S WITH US. 10:12:28 THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT SHOWED THAT YOU DON'T NEED, YOU KNOW, 10:12:31 MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FUNDRAISING TO WIN A 10:12:37 RACE TO WHAT YOU NEED IS GRASS ROOT SUPPORT AND WHICH NEED TO 10:12:41 GET GRASSROOTS SUPPORT IS TO BE AUTHENTIC AND GENUINE AND OFFER 10:12:43 REAL SOLUTIONS TO HOW TO FIX OUR COUNTRY. 10:12:46 [APPLAUSE] SO, SO TO CONCLUDE, WHAT WE 10:12:51 SAID TO THE POLITICIANS IS, THERE MAY NOT BE A NEXT RONALD 10:12:57 REAGAN ,-COMAMONG YOU, BUT WE SURE AS HECK AREN'T GOING TO 10:13:00 MAKE IT ACT LIKE THEM. -- ACT LIKE HIM. 10:13:06 SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [APPLAUSE] 10:13:11 SO WE HAVE 15 MINUTES LEFT IN THIS PANEL, AND LET ME PLEASE 10:13:15 DIRECT EVERYBODY TO THE MICROPHONES. 10:13:18 PLEASE, WE WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE. 10:13:20 WHILE YOU'RE PREPARING TO QUESTION LET ME THROW MY FIRST 10:13:22 QUESTION TO ANDREW. ANDREW, THE NATIONAL TAXPAYERS 10:13:25 UNION WAS INSTANT AND HELPING TAXPAYERS AGAINST EARMARKS AND 10:13:29 OTHER GROUPS FIGHT EARMARKS. TELL US WHAT LESSONS CAN BE 10:13:35 LEARNED FROM HOUSE COLLECTIVELY WE ARE ABLE TO CONVINCE THE 10:13:38 HOUSE AND SENATE TO GET RID OF EARMARKS FOR TWO YEARS? 10:13:41 I THINK IT CAN BE SUMMED UP BY THE OLD POLITICAL AXIOM, WHEN 10:13:44 POLITICIANS FEEL THE HEAT THEY SEE THE LIGHT. 10:13:47 AND WHAT HAPPENED IS ALL OF YOU OUT THERE WHO HAVE HAD IT UP TO 10:13:51 HERE WITH EARMARKS, SAID ENOUGH, ENOUGH ALREADY. 10:13:54 WE ARE NOT GOING TO CONTINUE TO FUND THESE OBNOXIOUS PROGRAMS 10:13:57 THAT DO NOTHING TO ADVANCE OUR NATIONAL GOAL. 10:14:06 AND THAT'S BEEN THE REAL DIFFERENCE THAT WE'VE HAD THIS 10:14:10 CONCERTED EFFORT BY NOT JUST A LOT OF CONSERVATIVE GROUPS BUT A 10:14:12 LOT OF MODERATE GROUPS. WE SET THE TIME HAS COME TO PUT 10:14:16 AN END TO THIS WAY SO PROCESS. HOW MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS 10:14:19 HAVE TO GO TO JAIL? HOW MANY SCANDALS HAVE TO OCCUR? 10:14:23 HOW MANY TIMES WE HAVE TO BE OUTRAGEOUS WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING 10:14:27 IN WASHINGTON BEFORE WE SAID ENOUGH ALREADY? 10:14:29 THIS IS A POX ON OUR COUNTRY. THE ACT OF US GOT TOGETHER. 10:14:34 POLITICIANS GOT TOGETHER EVERYBODY CAME TO THE SAME 10:14:36 CONCLUSION. AND MY HOPE IS WE CAN CONTINUE 10:14:39 THAT AFTER THIS TO YOUR LITTLE TIMEOUT THAT WE HAVE. 10:14:42 CONGRESSMAN MULVANEY, WHAT'S YOUR OPINION? 10:14:45 THERE'S ANOTHER ASPECT TO IT WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY IS IN 10:14:49 LARGE PART BECAUSE OF THE GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION, FOLKS 10:14:52 WHO NEVER WOULD'VE GOTTEN INTO POLITICS GOT INTO POLITICS 10:14:55 ISSUED A THIRD OF THE FRESHMAN CLASS HAVE ABSOLUTE NO POLITICAL 10:15:00 EXPENSE WHATSOEVER AND I THINK THAT'S -- 10:15:02 [APPLAUSE] I THINK THAT SPEAKS GREAT 10:15:06 LENGTHS TO THE OUTREACH EFFORT. BATTLE IN CONVINCING THE PEOPLE 10:15:10 WHO ARE THERE AS YOU ARE RIGHT BUT ALSO GETTING FOLKS TO COME 10:15:14 UP IN THE GRASSROOTS WHO BELIEVE THERE'S ANY WAY TO GET INVOLVED 10:15:17 IN POLITICS. GREAT, THINK YOU. 10:15:19 FIRST HERE. I WANT TO START BY SAYING I 10:15:22 AM NOT IN FAVOR OF INCREASING THE DEBT BY DECORATIVE 10:15:29 STREETLIGHTS, WHAT I'M ALSO A NURSE AND I'M AWARE OF THE 10:15:33 CHANGE THE DEMOGRAPHICS IN THE COUNTRY AND THE RISE IN 10:15:36 INFORMATION MOVEMENT AND THE CHANGES IN OF LIFE LAW. 10:15:41 AND MONTANA, WASHINGTON STATE AND OREGON, THE EFFORTS 10:15:45 ELSEWHERE. AND I'VE BEEN WATCHING CLOSELY 10:15:48 THE HEALTH CARE PLAN AND I NOTICED -- TO THE OBAMACARE AND 10:15:56 MAYBE SOMETIMES LEGISLATIVE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, THERE'S 10:16:00 A CROSS ANALYSIS TO THE COST OF HEALTH CARE. 10:16:05 AS SOMEONE WHO CARES VERY MUCH ABOUT, THAT THIS COULD BE A RISK 10:16:09 TO THE ELDERLY AND ALSO THE FRAIL MEMBERS OF OUR SOCIETY. 10:16:15 AND MY QUESTION IS, CAN WE DEPEND ON THE CONSERVATIVE AND 10:16:19 REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO STAND UP FOR THE VALUE OF ALL 10:16:24 OF THE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY, EVEN THE FRAIL AND ELDERLY? 10:16:30 CONGRESSMAN MULVANEY? THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES, 10:16:33 BUT LET'S PUT IN PERSPECTIVE. CERTAINLY THE REPUBLICAN MEMBERS 10:16:36 ESPECIALLY ARE GOING TO DEFEND LIFE ALL THE WAY THROUGH, 10:16:43 INCEPTION TO A NATURAL DEATH. [APPLAUSE] 10:16:46 LET ME SPEAK CANDIDLY TO YOU. LET ME DO A POLITICIANS DON'T 10:16:50 ONLY DO. EVERYTHING WILL HAVE TO BE CUT. 10:16:53 EVERYTHING. [APPLAUSE] 10:16:55 LET ME TELL YOU WHY. YOU HEARD ME TO SAY THAT BY 2025 10:17:01 OUR INTEREST PAYMENTS COULD BE A TRILLION DOLLARS. 10:17:02 THEY COULD BE A TRILLION DOLLARS TOMORROW. 10:17:05 IF INTEREST RATES GO TO 7% WHICH IS HAPPENED ABOUT 12 TIMES IN MY 10:17:10 LIFETIME, OUR INTEREST PAYMENTS BEGINNING TOMORROW WILL BE 10:17:12 $1 TRILLION A YEAR. ANOTHER ASPECT TO THIS, I DON'T 10:17:15 THINK WE CAN BE PERCEIVED AS PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS. 10:17:19 YES WE'RE GOING TO PRIORITIZE ABOUT WHAT GETS CUT AND WHAT 10:17:23 GETS CUT MORE AND WHAT GETS CUT LESS. 10:17:24 NOT EASY FOR ME TO SAY. EVERYONE IS GOING TO HAVE TO 10:17:30 HELP. CUTS WILL HAVE TO COME FROM 10:17:32 EVERY PLACE IF WE'RE GOING TO BALANCE THIS. 10:17:34 IT TOOK US A LOT OF TIME AND A LOT OF POLITICAL CAPITAL, TO GET 10:17:39 US TO $100 BILLION WORTH OF CUTS YESTERDAY. 10:17:42 THAT'S ONLY ONE 15th OF OUR DEFICIT THIS YEAR. 10:17:44 IT'S MUCH WORSE IS THAT I THINK PEOPLE REALIZE THAT AS THE CUTS 10:17:49 WILL HAVE TO COVER AND PLACE. JUST A QUESTION IT WILL BE A 10:17:53 PRIORITY FOR THE CONSERVATIVE NUMBERS OF CONGRESS TO CONTINUE 10:17:56 TO PROTECT LIFE, IF WE START HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT 10:17:57 LET'S CUT EVERYTHING EXCEPT THOSE, OR EVERYTHING EXCEPT 10:18:00 THAT, THE POLITICAL WILL BE DONE TO DO WHAT ACTUALLY NEEDS 10:18:05 TO BE DONE TO PUT THIS COUNTRY BACK ON SOUND FINANCIAL FOOTING. 10:18:09 NEXT QUESTION. I AM FROM ARIZONA. 10:18:15 I WAS TRYING TO HELP ERIC GOLDWATER A HALF-CENTURY AGO. 10:18:22 NOBODY SMALL ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE TEA PARTY IN 10:18:27 ARIZONA. YOU TALK ABOUT PUTTING A CAP ON 10:18:30 SPENDING. THAT HAS BEEN TRIED AND IT 10:18:31 FAILED. THE CAB MERELY ALLOWS PRESSURE 10:18:34 TO BUILD UNTIL THE PRESSURE SUCCEED EMPLOY THE LID OFF. 10:18:37 CONGRESS FROM THE HIGHWAY FUND AND TOOK ALL THE MONEY OUT OF 10:18:42 THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUND IN ORDER TO MAKE THE BUDGET LOOKED 10:18:47 BALANCE. ACCOUNTS CAN PLAY, LAWYERS CAN 10:18:49 PLAY. STOPPED WITHHOLDING WITH A 10:18:52 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT SHOULD PROHIBIT EMPLOYERS FROM BEING 10:18:59 REQUIRED TO OR ORDERING OR RECEIVING TAX MONEY OUT OF THE 10:19:03 EARNINGS OF PEOPLE WHO EARN IT. THE FACT THAT PEOPLE DON'T SEE 10:19:10 THE MONEY ALLOWS THEM TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON THE PROBLEM. 10:19:15 I ONCE HAD A SECRETARY WHO SAID I DON'T LIKE TO PAY STATE TAX 10:19:19 BECAUSE I HAVE TO PAY MORE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT FEDERAL 10:19:23 TAXES OKAY BECAUSE I GET MONEY BACK. 10:19:26 I COULD NOT GET HER TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENING. 10:19:28 IT WASN'T BECAUSE SHE WAS STUPID. 10:19:30 SHE WASN'T. SHE WAS SIMPLY IGNORANT. 10:19:33 AND THE ONLY WAY WE WILL FIX IT IS FOR GOVERNMENT TO TURN FOR A 10:19:37 MOMENT, HONEST ENOUGH, TO SAY WE WILL TAKE THE TAXES WHEN WE 10:19:43 EARNED THEM. BUT NOT BEFORE YOU SEE THE 10:19:46 MONEY. SUFFIX THAT. 10:19:49 THANK YOU SO MUCH. CAN I TOUCH ON THAT VERY 10:19:51 BRIEFLY? I LIKE THE IDEA OF ELIMINATING 10:19:55 WITHHOLDING. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE 10:19:57 SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION A COUPLE YEARS 10:20:00 AGO, THERE WAS A BILL INTRODUCED TO MOVE ELECTION -- EXCUSE ME, 10:20:04 TO MOVE TAX FILING DAY RIGHT BEFORE ELECTION DAY. 10:20:08 [APPLAUSE] SO HE WOULD HAVE THAT IMAGE 10:20:11 IN YOUR HEAD OF WRITING THAT HUGE CHECK UP TO WASHINGTON WHEN 10:20:15 YOU WALKED INTO THAT BALLOT BOX. THEY BASICALLY PUT TAX FILING 10:20:20 DAY AS FAR AWAY AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE FROM ELECTION DAY. 10:20:23 AND I THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME WE PUT IT A LITTLE CLOSER SO PEOPLE 10:20:26 HAVE A CLOSER IN THEIR MINDS. THANK YOU. 10:20:32 JIM KENNEY, UNITED STATES NAVY, RETIRED. 10:20:35 [APPLAUSE] IN THE MONTH OF MARCH WE HAVE 10:20:44 TO LEVERAGE POINTS THAT ARE GOING TO HIT IN CONGRESS AND THE 10:20:47 HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS HER ONLY BACKSTOP. 10:20:50 THE SENATE NOR THE PRESIDENT WAS SHUT DOWN THIS GOVERNMENT TO 10:20:52 CONTROL SPENDING. WILL THE HOUSE STAND FIRM ON 10:20:59 THESE CUTS, EVEN IF IT MEANS SHUTTING DOWN THE FEDERAL 10:21:02 GOVERNMENT BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAVE A BUDGET? 10:21:05 THE TO LEVERAGE POINTS, THE TO LEVERAGE POINTS HE SPEAKS OF, 10:21:11 THERE'S ACTUALLY THREE, SCR, THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WILL 10:21:16 FUND THE BUDGET THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR. 10:21:18 ANNEX WILL BE THE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE BUDGET, AND AFTER THAT 10:21:22 MOST LIKELY WILL BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING. 10:21:25 AND THE ANSWER IS ARE WE WILLING TO STAND FIRM? 10:21:26 THE ANSWER IS ABSOLUTELY YES. WE HAVE TO HAVE STRUCTURAL 10:21:30 CHANGE IN THE WAY THIS GOVERNMENT DOES BUSINESS. 10:21:33 THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA WHO SPOKE A SECOND AGO, HIT THE NAIL 10:21:37 RIGHT ON IT. MANY SPENDING LIMIT YEARS AGO 10:21:40 AND WAS IT NOR. WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE STRUCTURE 10:21:43 WAY TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF WASHINGTON, D.C.. 10:21:46 I THINK ABOUT IS BUDGET AND THEM IS A TERM IS WHAT TO DO THAT. 10:21:48 I THINK TERM LIMITS WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT AS WELL. 10:21:53 YES, WE RAN A MAJOR CONCESSION I THINK IT OF CHAIRMAN BERNANKE 10:21:58 THIS WEEK IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE. 10:22:00 THERE'S BEEN DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT RAISING THE 10:22:03 DEBT CEILING WILL IMPERIL THE FULL FAITH AND CREDIT OF THE 10:22:05 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. PAT TOOMEY, SENATOR TOOMEY 10:22:09 INTRODUCED A BILL THAT WOULD FORCE THE TREASURY TO PRIORITIZE 10:22:12 ITS EXPENDITURES SO THAT THE DEBT WOULD STAY FIRST. 10:22:14 BY THE WAY THE TREASURY WORKS AS THEY PAY THE BILLS AS THE BILLS 10:22:20 COMING. THEY HAD WAS IF THE BILL COMES 10:22:23 IN FOR THE INTEREST AND I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY I CAN'T PAY IT 10:22:25 AND WE DEVOTED SO WHAT A GROUP OF US HAS DONE IN BOTH THE HOUSE 10:22:30 THAT IT IS THAT IS INTRODUCE A BILL THAT SIBLEY SAYS THAT 10:22:33 FEDERAL, HAVE TO PAY THE INTEREST FIRST BUT IT IS BY THE 10:22:34 WAY A PROVISION THAT BOTH OF THEIR STATE CONSTITUTIONS HAVE. 10:22:38 THIS DROVE TREASURY NOTES BECAUSE IT TOOK THEIR LEVERAGE 10:22:43 AWAY. THEY CONVINCE BERNANKE TO COME 10:22:45 OUT AGAINST IT BUT WE GOT DR. BERNANKE ON TUESDAY TO ADMIT 10:22:48 THAT IT COULD BE DONE AND THAT IF WE COULD DO IT IN SUCH A 10:22:52 FASHION THAT WOULD NOT IMPAIR THE FUNCTIONING OF THE TREASURY 10:22:55 HE WOULD ACTUALLY SUPPORT IT TO BE USED AS A WAY TO GET FISCAL 10:22:57 RESTRAINT IN THIS COUNTRY. [APPLAUSE] 10:23:00 IT WAS VERY ENCOURAGING. THE ANSWER IS YES, IT'S WHAT WE 10:23:04 CAME HERE TO DO. I ALSO WANT TO SAY ONE OTHER 10:23:08 THING, WHICH IS WHAT CONGRESSMAN MULVANEY TOUCHED ON, AND SOME OF 10:23:13 THE ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE SAID TO YOU ALL. 10:23:15 AND TO THE PEOPLE WATCHING ON TV, WHAT'S SO IMPORTANT AND HOW 10:23:19 WE FOUGHT IN MARKS, WHAT'S SO IMPORTANT TO HEAR FROM YOU HERE 10:23:23 IN WASHINGTON. SO I INVITE EVERYBODY IF YOU'RE 10:23:25 SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE AND YOU HAVE A COMPUTER, DON'T YOU 10:23:28 ENDINGSPENDING.COM, OUR WEBSITE, SIGN UP, ENDINGSPENDING.COM. 10:23:32 ANDREW, WHAT'S YOUR WEBSITE? OUR WEBSITE IS DESPERATELY 10:23:35 POOR INFORMATION THERE. AND RYAN? 10:23:42 CONTRACT WITH AMERICA.COM. THAT'S SO IMPORTANT YOU SIGN 10:23:44 UP AND MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD. NEXT QUESTION. 10:23:48 MIKE HORNER, AIR FORCE, RETIRED. 10:23:51 [APPLAUSE] I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE WORD 10:23:56 BALANCE I GUESS. BALANCED TO ME MEANS YOU MATCH 10:24:00 INCOME COMING IN WITH SPENDING GOING OUT. 10:24:04 I APPLAUD 100 BILLION, THAT'S NOT BALANCE. 10:24:08 WHY CAN'T WE NOT DO AN ACROSS THE BOARD REDUCTION? 10:24:14 THE SIMPLE ANSWER, AND AGAIN, SO HE WAS NEW TO WASHINGTON, I 10:24:20 WAS AS FRUSTRATED BY IT AS YOUR BUT THE SIMPLE ANSWER IS THE 10:24:23 CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH TODAY AS A MATTER 10:24:27 OF FACT, OR ASK I THINK IT WILL BE NEXT WEEK, ONLY DEALS WITH 10:24:30 DISCRETIONARY SPENDING. MORE THAN HALF OF THE BUDGET IS 10:24:35 ON AUTOPILOT. MORE THAN HALF OF THE BUDGET HAS 10:24:38 BEEN ON MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY AND ALL THE 10:24:41 OTHER BENEFITS AND WE CAN'T CHANGE THAT IN THE CONTINUING 10:24:44 RESOLUTION. WE ONLY PLAYED AROUND WITH A 10:24:46 COUPLE HUNDRED AND DOLLARS ON A $3.7 TRILLION BUDGET. 10:24:50 SO THE CHANCES TO BROWSE THE BUDGET THIS YEAR WORDS YOU. 10:24:54 THEORY YOU COULD DO IT NEXT YEAR AND WE WILL HAVE THOSE VERY 10:24:57 DIFFICULT DISCUSSIONS ONCE THE BUDGET, ONCE THE BUDGET PROCESS 10:25:02 STARTS. WE DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE AT ALL 10:25:04 TO THE BUDGET ISSUE. IN FACT, ANYTHING THAT SHE WAS A 10:25:08 BONUS FOR US. THE ONLY REASON WE'RE HAVING 10:25:10 THIS DISCUSSION, THE ONLY REASON WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY 10:25:13 THIS HUNDRED BILLION IS BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS FAILED TO PASS THE 10:25:17 BUDGET. SO AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED ANY 10:25:19 OF THIS STUFF THIS YEAR IS A BONUS. 10:25:22 I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING VERY CONTROVERSIAL AND OFFER A 10:25:26 COUPLE BUT TO BARACK OBAMA BY SAYING HE HAS GUTS. 10:25:28 I HOPE THAT REPUBLICANS HAVE AS MUCH GUTS AS HE DOES TO REALLY 10:25:36 ATTACK THE SACRED COWS OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE. 10:25:40 THEY ARE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM FOR US, BUT WE HAVE TO DO 10:25:47 THINGS THAT MAY BE UNPOPULAR IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE AS A 10:25:52 SOCIETY MOVE FORWARD, AND OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ARE 10:25:57 NOT LEVELED WITH DEBT AND DON'T GET SOCIAL SECURITY BECAUSE IT'S 10:25:59 RUN OUT. [APPLAUSE] 10:26:05 OVER THERE. THANK YOU. 10:26:07 I'M WITH THE MADISON MANY MEN COALITION. 10:26:11 I APPLAUD THE SUPPORT FROM THE PANEL OF THE BALANCED BUDGET 10:26:16 AMENDMENT. BUT HOW WOULD YOU REACT TO THE 10:26:19 CONCEPT THAT CONGRESS IS VERY, VERY UNLIKELY TO VOTE BY 10:26:22 TWO-THIRDS IN BOTH HOUSES TO LIMIT ITS ABILITY TO BORROW 10:26:27 MONEY? AND WHAT WE REALLY NEED IN ORDER 10:26:31 TO GET A BALANCED BUDGET IS THE STATE INITIATED EFFORT TO 10:26:33 PROPOSE THE AMENDMENT, AND THAT STATES HAVE SO FAR BEEN 10:26:36 UNWILLING TO DO THAT BECAUSE OF A FEAR WHETHER JUSTIFIED OR NOT 10:26:42 OF A RUNAWAY CONVENTION. AND, THEREFORE, I'D BE 10:26:45 INTERESTED IN YOUR REACTION TO THE IDEA THAT THE KEY TO GETTING 10:26:49 CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM TO LIMIT BORROWING IS AN INITIAL 10:26:54 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO IN THE RISK OF A RUNAWAY CONVENTION 10:26:57 COME AND THAT'S WHAT THE MADISON A MINUTE WHICH IS BASED ON AN 10:27:00 ORIGINAL IDEA OF ED MEESE'S IS DESIGNED TO DO. 10:27:03 I'D BE INTERESTED IN YOUR REACTION TO THAT. 10:27:04 ANDREW? WELL, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING 10:27:07 WITH YOU AND OTHERS ON THAT CONCEPT TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT THE 10:27:12 BEST WAY TO GET A REAL STRONG BALANCED BUDGET REQUIREMENT INTO 10:27:15 THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. I THINK THAT THERE ARE 10:27:19 LEGITIMATE DISAGREES THE PILOT WAS THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE 10:27:21 IS. I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF 10:27:22 FOLKS, AND I TALK TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STAFFERS ON CAPITOL HILL AND 10:27:25 OTHERS WHO SAY THEY THINK THE DEBT LIMIT INCREASE BOTH THAT 10:27:30 WILL HAPPEN, ONE MIGHT ONE OF THE, THAT PROVIDES A SUFFICIENT 10:27:34 AMOUNT OF LEVERAGE TO BE ABLE TO ENACT SOMETHING LIKE THAT 10:27:36 WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THE ROUTE YOU ARE SUGGESTING. 10:27:39 BUT THE WAY THAT I LOOK AT IT IS WE HAVE TO COMBAT THIS AND EVERY 10:27:44 ANGLE. I TALK ABOUT MY TWO YEAR OLD 10:27:46 DAUGHTER. SHE KNOWS HOW TO COUNT BUT I 10:27:47 DON'T THINK SHE KNOWS HOW TO COUNT TO 14 TRILLION. 10:27:51 THE TEENS GET VERY CONFUSING. THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME TWO OR. 10:27:56 IT IS 13, 13, 13. WE NEED TO START TACKLING THIS 10:27:59 DO. I THINK WE NEED WHETHER IT'S THE 10:28:03 MADISON AMENDMENT OR SOMETHING CONGRESS, WE NEED TO ALL OF IT, 10:28:06 ALL ACROSS THE BOARD TO TRY TO FORGET HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS 10:28:08 HAPPEN. BEFORE WE LEAVE IT WOULD LOVE 10:28:12 FOR CONGRESSMAN MULVANEY TO TALK A BIT OF THAT SPENDING REDUCTION 10:28:15 ACT, AND IT'S SOMETHING I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON AND I 10:28:17 THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO HEAR. 10:28:20 IT IS AND I'VE GOT ABOUT 45 SECONDS. 10:28:23 THIS IS THE EVER BY THE REPUBLICAN STUDY COMMITTEE TO 10:28:26 CUT $2.6 TRILLION OF THE BUDGET OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. 10:28:28 THIS IS IN ADDITION TO ALL THE OTHER EFFORTS WE HAVE AND PEOPLE 10:28:32 ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU WANT TO CUT? SO FEW PEOPLE HAVE AN ANSWER WE 10:28:36 DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND ANSWER IT. 10:28:38 THIS IS ONE OF THOSE LISTS THAT YOU GET AND YOU THINK TO 10:28:41 YOURSELF, I CAN'T BELIEVE WE WERE FUNDING THE STUFF IN THE 10:28:45 FIRST PLACE. I WILL GIVE YOU THE TOP 10 LIST. 10:28:47 THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING, GONE. 10:28:49 [APPLAUSE] WE CUT OUR OWN BUDGET IN 10:28:56 SEVERAL PLACES INCLUDING PRINTING AND TRAVEL. 10:28:58 WE'VE GOT OUR OWN FEDERAL VEHICLES. 10:29:00 WE CUT THE USAID, NO FUNNY OF A FEDERAL OFFICE SPACE, WE 10:29:08 PROHIBITED -- [APPLAUSE] 10:29:10 PROHIBIT TAXPAYER-FUNDED UNION ACTIVITIES BY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES 10:29:13 BY 1.2 BILLION. [APPLAUSE] 10:29:22 THE TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES A UNITED NATIONS AND THE 10:29:24 GOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE IS GONE IN OUR BILL. 10:29:27 [APPLAUSE] AND MY FAVORITE, MY FAVORITE 10:29:30 COMMENT AND CERTAINLY IT MEAN ELEPHANTS, CERTAINLY THAT IT IS 10:29:35 WHOLE PROCESS REALIZING THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL THING. 10:29:38 IT'S A PHYSICAL THING. THE SAME THINGS OUR FAMILIES 10:29:41 HAVE BEEN DOING A. YOU SIT THERE WITH YOUR HUSBAND 10:29:45 OR YOUR WIFE AND SAY YOU HAVE TO CUT THIS, IT'S IMPORTANT TO 10:29:48 SOMEBODY. NO OFFENSE TO ANYBODY BY SAYING 10:29:49 THIS BUT WE'RE GOING TO CUT THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS FOR ALASKA 10:29:51 NATIVE, NATIVE HAWAIIANS AND THE HISTORICAL TRADING PARTNERS IN 10:29:54 MASSACHUSETTS. SO THANKS VERY MUCH. 10:29:57 [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. 10:29:59 THANK YOU, PANELISTS. [APPLAUSE] 10:30:07 A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THIS GREAT PANEL. 10:30:09 NO MORE AIR MARKS. -- EARMARKS. 10:30:14 .. PAT. 10:31:01 [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] 10:31:21 [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] 10:31:52 ALL RIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. 10:31:55 WE ARE REACHING THE EXCITING PART OF OUR PROGRAM. 10:32:05 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE GIVE A BIG WELCOME TO AND 10:32:10 ROMNEY. [CHEERING] 10:32:18 [CHEERING] ADD MAC. 10:32:29 [APPLAUDING] [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] 10:32:40 [CHEERING] THANK YOU. 10:32:43 IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE. YOU KNOW, AT DAVID HAS BEEN A 10:32:48 SPECIAL FRIEND TO US ALL THESE YEARS. 10:32:51 AS WE SAY THANK YOU TO HIM, WE LOOK FOR TO THE MANY THINGS THAT 10:32:54 WE CAN DO FOR OUR FRIEND. CASTRO'S NEMESIS, AND OUR 10:33:03 FRIEND. NEXT MONTH MITCHEN THAT WILL 10:33:06 HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 42 YEARS. [APPLAUDING] 10:33:14 KNOWN FOR A LOT OF THINGS HE HAS DONE AS A BUSINESSMAN, AND ALL 10:33:19 OF ITS LEADER, AND A GOVERNOR, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS HE 10:33:23 HAS DONE HAVE BEEN AS A HUSBAND AND A FATHER. 10:33:30 [APPLAUDING] WHEN THE CHILDREN WERE YOUNG HE 10:33:35 WOULD CALL HOME FROM A BUSINESS TRIP ON THE ROAD AND WOULD OFTEN 10:33:40 HEAR A VERY TIRED AND EXASPERATED YANG MOTHER, 10:33:43 OVERWHELMED BY A RAMBUNCTIOUS FIVE BOYS. 10:33:46 HIS CONSOLING WORDS WERE ALWAYS THE SAME, YOUR JOB IS MORE 10:33:52 IMPORTANT THAN MINE. MY WORK IS TEMPORARY. 10:33:57 YOU'RE BUILDING A FAMILY THAT IS FOREVER. 10:34:03 [APPLAUDING] LATER IN LIFE WE FACE ANOTHER 10:34:11 CHALLENGE WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED. AS WE STOOD TOGETHER FEARING 10:34:18 WHAT DIAGNOSIS WE WOULD HEAR FROM THE DOCTOR HE SIMPLY SAID 10:34:22 THIS, WE CAN HANDLE ANYTHING AS LONG AS IT'S NOT TERMINAL. 10:34:27 I WILL LET YOU KNOW MATTER WHAT. I NO -- 10:34:33 [APPLAUDING] THANK YOU. 10:34:39 I KNOW THAT AS A PERSON, VERY GOOD PERSON. 10:34:43 I HAVE ALSO SEEN HIM AS A LEADER , AND I FOR ONE WOULD LIKE 10:34:48 TO SEE HIM LEAVE THE COUNTRY AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 10:34:54 [APPLAUDING] [APPLAUDING] 10:35:15 HEY, THERE. HOW'RE YOU DOING? 10:35:21 [APPLAUDING] THANK YOU. 10:35:24 THANK YOU. PLEASE. 10:35:27 THANK YOU. THANK YOU. 10:35:32 [APPLAUDING] CPAC IS ALWAYS FABULOUS. 10:35:35 THANK YOU. WHAT A WELCOME. 10:35:37 GREAT FRIENDS. GREAT TO BE WITH YOU TODAY. 10:35:39 BY THE WAY, I HAVE BEEN IN THAT WOMAN'S SHALL EVER SINCE OUR 10:35:43 FIRST DAY IN HIGH SCHOOL. OVER THE YEARS TOGETHER SHE HAS 10:35:46 WAYS SOME PRETTY IMPRESSIVE BATTLES, BUT AMONG HER MANY 10:35:50 ACCOMPLISHMENTS THERE IS NONE 10:35:51 THAT IS MORE IMPORTANT AND REPORTING TO US AND, FRANKLY, 10:35:54 THE COUNTRY THAN HER A COMPLIMENT AS A VERY THEM 10:35:58 SUCCESSFUL MOTHER OF FIVE SONS AND 10:36:00 GRANDFATHER OF 16. THANK YOU. 10:36:01 THANK YOU. THE OTHER NIGHT FROM OPPOSITE 10:36:10 COASTS OF THE COUNTRY AND I WERE WATCHING THE PRESIDENT'S 10:36:14 ADDRESS. SHE FIGURED OUT PRETTY QUICKLY 10:36:15 WHAT WAS GOING ON. SHE SENT ME AN E-MAIL SAYING 10:36:18 THAT WHAT HE WAS SAYING SOUNDED JUST LIKE HE WAS READING MY 10:36:21 FEEDBACK SPEECH FROM LAST YEAR. NOW, WHAT WE WERE HEARING WAS 10:36:26 NOT JUST A NEW AND IMPROVED BARACK OBAMA, IT WAS AN ENTIRELY 10:36:31 DIFFERENT BARACK OBAMA. JEFFREY GIMEL WAS AN. 10:36:36 THE PRESIDENT WENT FROM A CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE AND TO CAN YOU 10:36:40 BELIEVE THIS CHANGE? [APPLAUDING] 10:36:52 IT SOUNDED LIKE HE WAS GOING TAP TAKE UP THE FIRST LADY'S ORGANIC 10:36:56 GARDEN AND PUT IN A BOB'S BIG BOY. 10:36:59 BUT AS THE SPEECH WENT ON. IT BECAME MORE AND MORE CLEAR 10:37:03 THAT THIS WAS THE APPEARANCE OF 10:37:07 CHANGE. HIS ANSWER FOR AMERICANS OUT OF 10:37:08 WORK WAS MORE GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND A $50 BILLION 10:37:13 HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT. HE REPLACED HIS CHICAGO 10:37:16 POLITICIAN CHIEF OF STAFF WITH A FRESH FACE FOR CHICAGO NAMED 10:37:21 DAILEY. MAKE NO MISTAKE HERE, FOLKS. 10:37:23 WHAT WE ARE WATCHING IS NOT A BRAVE NEW WORLD. 10:37:26 IT IS GROUNDHOG DAY. [APPLAUDING] 10:37:34 [LAUGHTER] TWO YEARS AGO THIS PRESIDENT 10:37:42 FACED AN ECONOMIC CRISIS, AN INCREASINGLY UNCERTAIN WORLD, 10:37:48 AND UNCERTAIN WORLD HAS BEEN MADE MORE DANGEROUS BY THE LACK 10:37:51 OF CLEAR DIRECTION FROM A WEAK PRESIDENT. 10:37:57 [APPLAUDING] THE PRESIDENT WHO HAD TAUNTED 10:38:03 HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AS GIVING HIM SPECIAL INSIGHT INTO 10:38:06 FOREIGN AFFAIRS WAS CAUGHT UNPREPARED WHEN IRANIAN CITIZENS 10:38:11 ROSE UP. HIS PROPOSED POLICY ON THE DAYS 10:38:15 MET WITH RON IN NORTH KOREA WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. 10:38:18 HOW DID THAT WORK? PERRON IS HARMING HEZBOLLAH ANDS 10:38:24 RUSHING TOWARD NUCLEAR ARMAMENT. NORTH KOREA FIRED NINE -- 10:38:29 MISSILES, TESTED NUTS, SHELL THE SHIP, AND CITE A 10:38:33 ISLAND. THERE IS A THREE STEP PROGRAM 10:38:35 WHICH CONSISTED OF OUR ABANDONING OUR MISSILE DEFENSE 10:38:39 AND SIGNING A 1-SIDED NUCLEAR TREATY. 10:38:44 THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY CANNOT ENDURE MUCH MORE OF HIS THEY DID 10:38:49 WE GIVE DIPLOMACY. [APPLAUDING] 10:39:04 THE WORLD AND OUR VALIANT TROOPS WATCHED IN CONFUSION AS THE 10:39:10 PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED HE INTENDED TO WIN THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN AS 10:39:13 LONG AS IT DID NOT GO BEYOND AUGUST OF 2012. 10:39:18 AND WHILE THE ATTITUDE MAY NOT HAVE AN AIR FORCE OR 10:39:24 SOPHISTICATED TERMS, THEY DO HAVE CALENDARS. 10:39:32 [APPLAUDING] IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT AT 10:39:33 SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE THIS PRESIDENT WILL FINALLY BE 10:39:37 ABLE TO CONSTRUCT OF FOREIGN POLICY, ANY FOREIGN POLICY. 10:39:41 THAT WILL BE A CHANGE. NOW, HERE AT HOME THE PRESIDENT 10:39:48 RESPONSE TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS WAS THE MOST EXPENSIVE FAILED 10:39:51 SOCIAL EXPERIENCE IN MODERN HISTORY. 10:39:55 HE GUARANTEED THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WOULD STAY BELOW 8%. 10:39:59 AS HE WATCHED MILLION AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LOSE THEIR 10:40:02 JOBS, THEIR HOMES, HOPING, HIS RESPONSE WAS THIS, IT COULD BE 10:40:09 WORSE. IT COULD BE WORSE? 10:40:11 THIS IS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD'S ANSWER TO THE GREATEST 10:40:14 JOB CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION? 10:40:17 WHAT'S NEXT? WITH THE NEED TO TAKE. 10:40:23 [APPLAUDING] BASES ME. 10:40:31 BUT THE ORGANIC. [LAUGHTER] 10:40:39 IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES 10:40:42 IS THE TOUGHEST JOB IN THE WORLD. 10:40:44 FAIR ENOUGH, UNDOUBTEDLY TRUE. HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO TAKE 10:40:48 OFFICE IN THE MIDDLE OF A RAGING ECONOMIC CRISIS AND UNDERSTAND 10:40:51 THAT THE ECONOMY SHOULD BE YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. 10:40:55 THE PRESIDENT WHO TOOK OFFICE ON JANUARY 20th OF 2009 SHOULD 10:40:58 HAVE HAD ONE CENTRAL MISSION, BUT EVERY AMERICAN BACK TO WORK, 10:41:03 FIGHT FOR EVERY JOB IT IS EVERY JOB IS A PAYCHECK, AND PAYCHECKS 10:41:07 FUEL AMERICAN DREAMS. WITHOUT A PAYCHECK YOU CAN'T 10:41:10 TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY, BY SCHOOL BOOKS FOR YOUR KIDS, KEEP 10:41:13 A CAR ON THE ROAD OR HELP AN 10:41:16 AGING PARENT MAKE ENDS MEET. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS STOOD AND 10:41:20 WATCHED OVER THE GREATEST JOB LOSS IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY, 10:41:24 AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS ONE INCONVENIENT TREE THAT WILL 10:41:28 HAUNT THIS PRESIDENT THROUGHOUT HISTORY. 10:41:33 [APPLAUDING] TODAY THERE ARE MORE MEN AND 10:41:43 WOMEN OUT OF WORK IN AMERICA THAN THERE ARE PEOPLE WORKING IN 10:41:48 CANADA. IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY CANADA 10:41:51 CREATED MORE NEW JOBS THAN WE DID. 10:41:54 NOW, WHEN ONE OF REAGAN RAN FOR PRESIDENT REMEMBER HE HUNG THE 10:41:58 MISERY INDEX AROUND JIMMY CARTER'S ACT. 10:42:00 TODAY'S MISERY IS REAL UNEMPLOYMENT, HOME FORECLOSURES, 10:42:06 BANKRUPTCY. THIS IS THE OBAMA MISERY INDEX, 10:42:09 AND IT IS AT A RECORD HIGH, AND IT IS GOING TO TAKE A LOT MORE 10:42:13 THAN NEW RHETORIC TO PUT AMERICANS BACK TO WORK. 10:42:15 IT IS CALLING TO TAKE A NEW PRESIDENT. 10:42:19 [APPLAUDING] [APPLAUDING] 10:42:46 LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR. IF I WERE TO DECIDE TO RUN FOR 10:42:50 PRESIDENT -- AT TEESEVEN. [APPLAUDING] 10:42:57 IT SURE WOULD NOT TAKE ME TWO YEARS TO BREAK UP TO THE JOB 10:43:01 CRISIS THREATENING AMERICA, AND I WOULD NOT BE ASKING TO MET THE 10:43:04 GATE NEAR HOW THE ECONOMY WORKS OR LARRY SUMMERS OUT TO START A 10:43:07 BUSINESS. I KNOW. 10:43:14 [APPLAUDING] 15 MILLION, 15 MILLION AMERICANS 10:43:24 OUT OF WORK. MILLIONS AND MILLIONS MORE CAN'T 10:43:27 FIND A GOOD PAYING JOB. YOU HAVE SEEN THE HEARTBREAKING 10:43:32 PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF THE JOB FAIRS AROUND THE COUNTRY WHERE 10:43:37 THOUSANDS SHOW UP AND STAND IN LINE ALL DAY TO HAVE A CHANCE TO 10:43:40 COMPETE FOR A FEW JOB OPENINGS THAT PROBABLY AREN'T AS GOOD AS 10:43:43 THE JOB THEY HELD TWO YEARS AGO. THESE JOB FAIRS AND UNEMPLOYMENT 10:43:47 LINES ARE PRESENT OBAMA'S HOOVERVILLE, AND THEY HAVE TO 10:43:52 END. [APPLAUDING] 10:43:58 MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT THIS, THIS IS A MORAL TRAGEDY, A MORAL 10:44:03 TRAGEDY OF EPIC PROPORTIONS. UNEMPLOYMENT IS NOT JUST A 10:44:08 STATISTIC. 15 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK IS 10:44:10 NOT JUST A NUMBER. UNEMPLOYMENT MEANS KIDS CAN'T GO 10:44:14 TO COLLEGE. IT MEANS THAT MARRIAGES BREAK UP 10:44:17 UNDER FINANCIAL STRAIN. YOUNG PEOPLE CAN'T FIND WORK AND 10:44:21 START LIVES. MEN AND WOMEN IN THEIR 50's IN 10:44:24 THE PRIME OF THEIR LIVES THE A 11 BE ABLE TO FIND A JOB AGAIN. 10:44:29 LIBERALS SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT THEY AND THEIR POLICIES HAVE 10:44:32 FAILED THESE GOOD AND DECENT AMERICANS. 10:44:36 [APPLAUDING] AND SO THE PRESIDENT HAS TRIED 10:44:47 TO SHOW THAT HE FINALLY GETS IT AND HE REALLY ISN'T LIBERAL 10:44:51 AFTER ALL. HIS IDEA OF CONSERVATIVE 10:44:54 ECONOMIC POLICY IS TO INVITE SOME CORPORATE CEOS TO THE WHITE 10:44:57 HOUSE FOR AN EVENING OF TABLE TALK. 10:45:00 I'M SORRY, MR. PRESIDENT. THAT IS NOT A POLICY. 10:45:03 IT'S A DINNER PARTY. [APPLAUDING] 10:45:08 WE HAVE SEEN THE FAILURE OF LIBERAL ANSWERS BEFORE, LIBERAL 10:45:14 WELFARE POLICIES CONDEMNED GENERATIONS TO DEPENDENCY AND 10:45:20 POVERTY. LIBERAL EDUCATION POLICIES FAIL 10:45:21 OUR CHILDREN TODAY BECAUSE THEY PUT PENSIONS AND PRIVILEGE AHEAD 10:45:26 FOR THE UNION BOSSES AT OF READING SCORES FOR OUR KIDS. 10:45:31 [APPLAUDING] LIBERAL SOCIAL POLICIES, THOSE 10:45:37 HAVE FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNBORN. 10:45:40 [APPLAUDING] AND NOW -- 10:45:42 [APPLAUDING] AND THE HOLLOW PROMISES OF 10:45:48 LIBERAL ECONOMIC POLICIES HAVE FAILED TO PROVIDE MILLIONS OF 10:45:51 AMERICANS WITH WORK. UNDER THE PRESSURE OF A CRISIS 10:45:55 PEOPLE TURN TO WHAT THEY REALLY BELIEVE. 10:45:58 WITH OUR ECONOMY IN CRISIS THE PRESIDENT AND HIS FELLOW 10:46:02 LIBERALS TURN TO EUROPE FOR THEIR ANSWERS LIKE THE EUROPEANS 10:46:07 THEY GREW GOVERNMENT, RACKED UP RECORD DEFICITS, TO COVER HEALTH 10:46:12 CARE, POST CAPTAIN TRADE, STOP THE PRODUCTION OF OIL AND GAS 10:46:16 AND COAL. THEY FOUGHT TO IMPOSE UNIONS ON 10:46:20 ALL AMERICA'S WORKERS AND CREATED OVER 100 NEW AGENCIES OR 10:46:24 COMMISSIONS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF NEW 10:46:29 REGULATIONS. THEIRS IS A EUROPEAN-STYLE 10:46:30 SOLUTION TO AN AMERICAN PROBLEM. IT DOES NOT WORK THERE, AND IT 10:46:34 WILL NEVER WORK HERE. [APPLAUDING] 10:46:48 THE RIGHT ANSWER, THE RIGHT ANSWER ISN'T TO BELIEVE IN THE 10:46:52 EUROPEAN SOLUTIONS. THE RIGHT ANSWER IS TO BELIEVE 10:46:54 IN AMERICA, FREE ENTERPRISE, CAPITALISM, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, 10:47:00 FEDERALISM, THE CONSTITUTION AS IT WAS WRITTEN AND INTENDED BY 10:47:03 THE FOUNDERS. THAT IS THE RIGHT ANSWER. 10:47:10 [APPLAUDING] MY FATHER NEVER GRADUATED FROM 10:47:17 COLLEGE. HE APPRENTICED AS A LAB AND 10:47:21 PLASTER CARPENTER AND WAS DARN GOOD AT IT. 10:47:23 HE USED TO BRAG THAT HE COULD PUT A HAND FULL OF NAILS IN HIS 10:47:27 MOUTH AND SPIT THEM OUT POINTED NAIL AND FIRST. 10:47:31 ON HIS HONEYMOON PETE AND MOM DROVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 10:47:36 TASSELED ALUMINUM PAINT ALONG THE WAY TO PAY FOR HOTELS AND 10:47:39 GAS. THAT ALWAYS BELIEVED IN AMERICA. 10:47:42 IN THAT AMERICA AND PLASTER MAN COULD WORK HIS WAY UP TO RUNNING 10:47:47 A CAR COMPANY CALLED AMERICAN MOTORS AND END UP AS GOVERNOR OF 10:47:51 A STATE WHERE HE ONCE SOLD ALUMINUM PAINT. 10:47:55 [APPLAUDING] FOR MY DAD AMERICA WAS THE LAND 10:48:06 OF OPPORTUNITY, FREE ENTERPRISE, SMALL-BUSINESS AND THE 10:48:10 ENTREPRENEUR IS WERE ENCOURAGED AND RESPECTED. 10:48:13 THE SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE PROPELLED AMERICA'S ECONOMY AND 10:48:16 OUR STANDARD OF LIVING PASSED EVERY OTHER NATION ON EARTH. 10:48:20 I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS JUST ANOTHER PLACE ON THE MAP 10:48:24 BUT THE FIGHT. I BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS AN 10:48:26 EXCEPTIONAL NATION OF FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY. 10:48:30 WE ARE AN EXCEPTIONAL LAND. [INAUDIBLE CONVERSATIONS] 10:48:53 THE AMERICA THAT YOU AND I BELIEVE IN HAS A GOODNESS AND 10:48:56 THE GREATNESS THAT CREATES A UNIQUE AMERICAN GENIUS. 10:49:00 THAT GENIUS HAS BUS THE WORLD, LED THE WORLD, EVEN SAVE THE 10:49:03 WORLD FROM THE UNIMAGINABLE DARKNESS THAT COULD HAVE 10:49:07 OCCURRED. WE DID NOT ORIGINATE THE CONCEPT 10:49:09 OF LIBERTY, BUT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS REDEFINED IT AND SHARE 10:49:13 IT WITH THE WORLD FROM THE SANDS OF OMAHA BEACH TO THE DARK 10:49:18 VALLEYS OF THE HINDU KUSH. WE HAVE FOUGHT WITH AN UNMATCHED 10:49:22 COURAGE AND DETERMINATION, NOT TO CONQUER TERRITORY, BUT TO 10:49:27 GIVE OTHERS THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE LIBERTY THAT IS 10:49:29 HUMANITY'S DESTINY. GIVEN ALL THAT AMERICA HAS DONE 10:49:34 TO LIFT OTHERS FROM POVERTY, GIVEN THE MILLIONS OF AFFLICTED 10:49:37 WE HAVE HELPED TO HEAL AND COMFORT AND GIVEN THE HUNDREDS 10:49:40 OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICA'S SONS AND DAUGHTERS LIVES THAT HAVE 10:49:45 BEEN SACRIFICED AND ARE TODAY SACRIFICED AT THE FOOT OF 10:49:49 FREEDOM, I WILL NOT AND I WILL NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR AMERICA. 10:49:54 [APPLAUDING] [APPLAUDING] 10:50:22 I DON'T APOLOGIZE FOR AMERICA BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN AMERICA. 10:50:26 WE BELIEVE IN FREEDOM AND OPPORTUNITY. 10:50:29 WE BELIEVE IN FREE ENTERPRISE AND CAPITALISM. 10:50:31 WE BELIEVE IN THE AMERICAN DREAM, AND WE BELIEVE IN THE 10:50:34 PRINCIPLES THAT MADE AMERICA THE WORLD'S LEADER YESTERDAY WILL 10:50:38 MAKE AMERICA THE WORLD'S LEADER FOREVER. 10:50:40 WE LOVE THIS LAND. WE BELIEVE IN AMERICA. 10:50:42 THIS IS WHO WE ARE. [APPLAUDING] 10:50:48 THESE LAST TWO YEARS HAVE NOT BEEN THE BEST OF TIMES. 10:50:53 WHILE WE LOST A COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAVE NOT LOST OUR WAY. 10:51:02 THIS IS A FUNDAMENTALLY WHAT CONSERVATISM IS ALL ABOUT. 10:51:08 WE SANG FOR GOD TO BLESS AMERICA. 10:51:10 HE ALREADY HAS. HE DOES NOW, AND THANKS TO THE 10:51:14 GOODNESS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE PRINCIPLES THAT GUIDE US 10:51:17 HE WILL DO SO FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. 10:51:21 BELIEVE IN AMERICA. OUR FREEDOM DEPENDS ON IT. 10:51:25 THANK YOU. IT TO BE WITH YOU. 11:03:44 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN GIMEL 11:03:45 PLEASE WELCOME DONNIE DIVINE. 11:04:11 ALL RIGHT. THAT WAS A PRETTY EXCITING 11:04:13 THING. THE THOUGHT WE HAD THE GOVERNOR 11:04:15 OF ALASKA HERE FOR A MINUTE, FORMER GOVERNOR. 11:04:19 THAT MUST HAVE BEEN A PRETTY TOUGH THING FOR POUR GOVERNOR 11:04:24 ROMNEY TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT. 11:04:28 HE SHOWED VERY COOLNESS DURING THAT. 11:04:32 CONGRATULATIONS. IT MORNING. 11:04:34 I AM DONALD DEVINE. I AM THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE 11:04:40 AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION AND HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG TIME, AS 11:04:43 YOU CAN TELL BY THE COLOR OF MY HAIR. 11:04:48 MANY OF THE FOLKS TO COME TO THESE MEETINGS OFTEN CALL ME THE 11:04:54 DOG DIED BECAUSE I ONCE TALKED WHEN RONALD REAGAN PICKED ME TO 11:05:02 BE THE HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE HE SAID, DON, I HAVE THREE 11:05:08 THINGS I WANT YOU TO DO. I WANT YOU TO CUT BACK THE 11:05:15 GENEROUS BENEFITS OF THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. 11:05:21 I WANT YOU TO THE CUTBACK BY 100,000 THE NON-DEFENSE 11:05:30 EMPLOYEES IN THE GOVERNMENT, AND I WANT YOU TO MAKE THEM WORK 11:05:33 HARDER. I SAID, BANKS A LOT. 11:05:36 I'M GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF FRIENDS IN THIS JOB. 11:05:41 HIGH RUBBER WHEN HARRY TRUMAN SAID THAT IF YOU NEED 11:05:43 A FRIEND IN WASHINGTON BY A DOG. 11:05:46 I BOUGHT TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE. 11:05:51 IT WAS A GREAT PLEASURE WORKING FOR THAT GREAT MAN. 11:05:57 REALLY THE GREATEST MAN WHO WAS HEAD OF AMERICA IN THE 20th 11:06:04 CENTURY, I THINK, IN THE WORLD PROBABLY. 11:06:08 [APPLAUDING] IN KNOW, HE IS STILL THE ONLY 11:06:15 PRESIDENT IN MODERN TIMES WHO ABSOLUTELY 11:06:20 PRODUCED, CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU READ IN THE PAPERS, 11:06:23 ABSOLUTELY REDUCED NON-DEFENSE DISCRETIONARY SPENDING BY A MORE 11:06:32 THAN 9 PERCENT OVER HIS TERM. NOBODY ELSE IS IN THE-AREA AT 11:06:38 ALL. HE EVEN, INCLUDING ENTITLEMENTS, 11:06:43 TOOK DOMESTIC SPENDING DOWN FROM 17210154% OF GROSS NATIONAL 11:06:52 PRODUCT. THAT IS AN ENORMOUS CHANGE. 11:06:56 HE DID CUT THE 100,000 EMPLOYEES WE DID REDUCE BENEFITS. 11:07:05 WE GET AMERICA BACK ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY AFTER YEARS OF 11:07:10 STAGNATION. HE TURNED THE WORLD AROUND. 11:07:15 OF COURSE HE WON THE COLD WAR, TOO. 11:07:20 I'M GOING TO INTRODUCE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO I THINK IS IN 11:07:25 THAT CATEGORY. WHEN I WAS DIRECTOR OF THE 11:07:30 OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT I HAD TO GO DOWN TO A PR, WHICH I 11:07:35 KNEW NOTHING ABOUT. THERE WAS A PERSONAL PROBLEM AT 11:07:39 THE NAVAL BASE AT ROOSEVELT ROADS. 11:07:43 WHILE I WAS DOWN THERE THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN PUT TOGETHER 11:07:48 A GROUP OF YOUNG INTELLECTUALS TO LET ME AND THE REAGAN 11:07:55 ADMINISTRATION KNOW THERE WERE TOP-LEVEL INTELLECTUALS, 11:08:02 CONSERVATIVES IN PUERTO RICO. I MUST TELL YOU, WHEN I GOT IN 11:08:06 THAT ROOM I WAS TALKING WITH PEOPLE. 11:08:10 I'M A PROFESSOR. I KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT THIS 11:08:13 STUFF. I WAS KNOCKED OFF MY CHAIR ABOUT 11:08:17 HOW KNOWLEDGEABLE AND PHILOSOPHICAL THESE PEOPLE WERE 11:08:23 ABOUT CONSERVATIVES. GOVERNOR LUIS FOR TO KNOW WAS 11:08:30 ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS. HE IS NOT SOMEBODY RECENT IMAGES 11:08:36 STARTED BELIEVING IN THIS. THIS GOES BACK ALMOST 20 YEARS. 11:08:42 HE HAS NOT DONE A BAD JOB HIMSELF. 11:08:45 IN FACT, HE DID REAGAN ONE BETTER. 11:08:48 HE CUT SPENDING BY 20% IN JUST TWO YEARS. 11:08:55 HE HAS PROPOSED THE BIGGEST TAX CUT IN PUERTO RICO HISTORY, 11:09:00 TAKING THE RATE REDUCTIONS DOWN 50 PERCENT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND 11:09:08 30% FOR CORPORATIONS, UNLIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA HE REALIZES THAT 11:09:15 IF BUSINESSES DON'T WORK NOTHING WORKS. 11:09:20 LET ME INTRODUCE SOMEBODY WHO IS NOT ONLY ONE OF US AS A 11:09:26 PHILOSOPHICAL AND INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE, BUT ALSO SOMEONE 11:09:29 THAT KNOWS HOW TO PUT THAT INTO PRACTICE. 11:09:35 GOVERNOR LUIS FORTUNO OF PUERTO RICO. 11:09:39 [APPLAUDING] [APPLAUDING] 11:09:48 GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. 11:09:51 THANK YOU, DON, FOR THAT KIND INTRODUCTION. 11:09:55 IT IS GREAT TO BE WITH YOU ALL TODAY AND TO HAVE THE 11:09:58 OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE EXCITING NEW PATH THAT THE 11:10:03 AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE CHOSEN FOR THIS COUNTRY. 11:10:06 OUR COUNTRY VOTED TO CHANGE THE WAY WASHINGTON IS WORKING, AND 11:10:11 IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE THAT CHANGE. 11:10:15 TWO YEARS AGO IN PUERTO RICO WIE SIMILARLY VOTED TO CHANGE THE 11:10:19 WAY OUR GOVERNMENT WAS WORKING BECAUSE IT WAS ALSO SPENDING 11:10:24 BEYOND WHAT PEOPLE COULD AFFORD. SOME OF THAT IS THOSE OF US WHO 11:10:30 CHERISH FREEDOM AND LIBERTY CAN ACTUALLY WENT THESE BAGS WERE 11:10:35 WHILE UPHOLDING OUR PRINCIPLES. WELL, IN PUERTO RICO WE HAVE 11:10:39 DONE IT. AS A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN -- 11:10:47 [APPLAUDING] AS A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN I 11:10:49 HAVE BEEN ELECTED ISLAND-WIDE TWICE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. 11:10:59 IN 2008I WAS ELECTED BY THE BIGGEST 11:11:01 MARGIN OF ELECTORAL VICTORY IN 44 YEARS. 11:11:07 [APPLAUDING] WE ALSO HAVE BIG DREAMS THAT 11:11:08 INCLUDED TWO-THIRDS OF THE SEATS IN BOTH HOUSES OF THE STATE 11:11:13 LEGISLATURE, AND WE PREVAILED WHEN THE VOTES WERE COUNTED. 11:11:19 WHY? BECAUSE WHEN WE GROW THE ECONOMY 11:11:21 AT THE EXPENSE OF THE REAL ECONOMY, WHICH IS THE PEOPLE'S 11:11:26 ECONOMY, AMERICANS WILL CHOOSE FREEDOM, OPPORTUNITY, AND 11:11:31 GROWTH. [APPLAUDING] 11:11:34 WE MUST ACT NOW FOR STEADY ACTION TO TAKE ON THE BIG 11:11:39 CHALLENGES WE FACE. WE MUST SHOW THAT OUR BRIGHTEST 11:11:45 DAYS ARE AHEAD AND WE CAN REIGNITE AMERICA'S ENGINE FOR 11:11:51 GROWTH. WE NEED TO PUT OUR FACE IN THE 11:11:53 HOPES AND DREAMS AND THE PLANS OF THE CITIZENS OF THESE GREAT 11:11:56 COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY CAN 11:11:58 OUTTHINK, OUTRAN HIM OUT WORK, AND OUT PRODUCE ANYBODY IN THE 11:12:02 WORLD AS LONG AS THEY ARE REWARDED FAIRLY FOR WHAT THEY 11:12:07 DO. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE 11:12:09 DOING IN PUERTO RICO AS WE SPEAK. 11:12:12 THE TOUGH DECISIONS WE MAKE EARLY ON IN MY ADMINISTRATION, 11:12:16 WE ARE ADDRESSING AN INHERENT FISCAL CRISIS THAT WAS THE WORST 11:12:19 IN THE NATION. WHEN I TOOK OFFICE TWO YEARS AGO 11:12:23 WE HAD BEEN EXPERIENCING THE DEEPEST RECESSION SINCE THE 11:12:27 1930'S. A RECESSION THAT BEGAN TO FALL 11:12:30 YEARS BEFORE IT COMMENCED IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. 11:12:33 I INHERITED A $3 BILLION BUDGET DEFICIT, PERSONALLY SPEAKING THE 11:12:40 LARGE STATE BUDGET DEFICIT IN THE COUNTRY REPRESENTING A 44% 11:12:44 OF REVENUE. PUERTO RICO CREDIT RATING WAS ON 11:12:47 THE VERGE OF JUNK STATUS AND I ACTUALLY HAD TO FLY UP TO MEET 11:12:51 WITH THE RATING AGENCY WHERE I WAS SWORN IN TO AVOID A 11:12:54 DOWNGRADE OF OUR BONDS. AFTER I WAS SWORN IN WE DIDN'T 11:12:59 EVEN HAVE MONEY TO MEET OUR FIRST PAYROLL. 11:13:02 WE HAD TO TAKE OUT A LOAN TO PAY FOR IT. 11:13:05 WE CAN DO IT. WE IMMEDIATELY ENACTED A FISCAL 11:13:09 EMERGENCY LEGISLATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF OUR LEGISLATURE 11:13:13 REQUIRING SERIOUS SPENDING CUTS, ENCOURAGED BY A CLEAR MANDATE 11:13:17 FROM TAXPAYERS IN JUST TWO YEARS. 11:13:19 WE HAVE CUT EXPENSES BY 20%. HERE IS WHAT WE DID. 11:13:30 I FIRST TOOK A 10% PAY CUT MYSELF. 11:13:35 AGENCIES TOOK A 5% CAT. WE FROZE SALARIES FOR TWO FISCAL 11:13:40 YEARS. WE CUT GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS BY 11:13:43 15 PERCENT. WE CUT GOVERNMENT OPERATING 11:13:45 EXPENSES BY 10%, INCLUDING OFFICIAL VEHICLES, CELL PHONES, 11:13:49 AND CREDIT CARDS. WEEK REDUCED BY 30 PERCENT. 11:13:53 WE SHRANK BY 17,000 THROUGH A COMBINATION OF VOLUNTARY AND 11:13:59 MANDATORY MEASURES. ANOTHER VOLUNTARY EARLY 11:14:03 RETIREMENT AND ADJUST ENABLED US AN INITIAL 4,000 LAST MONTH. 11:14:08 WE REDUCED THE NUMBER OF AGENCIES THROUGH CONSOLIDATION 11:14:11 AND CLOSED OUT OF POWER DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLAN AND MOVED 11:14:14 TO A PERFORMANCE PLAN FOR FUTURE EMPLOYEES. 11:14:21 WE DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM THE COMPETITION. 11:14:26 IN JUST TWO YEARS OUR PROGRESS IS CLEAR AND COMPELLING ON BOTH 11:14:30 OF FISCAL AND ECONOMIC SIDE. WE HAVE EXPENSES AND BROKE DOWN 11:14:35 THE BUDGET DEFICITS FROM 44% TO LESS THAN 11% INCLUDING GETTING 11:14:40 70% OF TOTAL PAYROLL. WE ARE ON COURSE TO BALANCE OUR 11:14:44 BUDGET BEFORE THE END OF MY FIRST TERM. 11:14:48 [APPLAUDING] WE HAVE REDUCED OUR DEFICIT 11:14:55 PROPORTIONALLY MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE RANKING OF 11:14:59 ALL STATES BY BUDGET DEFICITS AFTER PERCENTAGE OF REVENUES. 11:15:04 WE STARTED DEAD LAST. TODAY WE ARE RANKED 20th IN 11:15:07 THE COUNTRY AND CLOSING IN. THE RATING AGENCIES HAVE 11:15:14 NOTICED. THEY INCREASE OUR BOND RATING TO 11:15:16 ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN 35 YEARS. THEY GRANTED US A POSITIVE 11:15:23 OUTLOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1983. 11:15:28 THAT IS NOT ENOUGH. NOW THAT WE HAVE TURNED OUR FULL 11:15:35 FORECAST TO RESTORING GROWTH AND CREATING THE BEST BUSINESS 11:15:37 CLIMATE IN THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE TURNED TO A MODEL WHERE 11:15:41 ON TO PANERA TO SHIP AND INNOVATION ARE THE DRIVERS OF 11:15:44 ECONOMIC GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY. AT BACK THE DEBATE HAS ALREADY 11:15:52 BEGUN AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL ON 11:15:53 FUNDAMENTAL TAX REFORM AS ADDRESSING A TAX REGIME THAT 11:15:57 PUTS AMERICAN BUSINESSES AT A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE AROUND 11:16:00 THE GLOBE. PR AS A U.S. TERRITORY HAS A 11:16:04 CODE THAT IS A MIRROR IMAGE OF INTERNAL REVENUE CODE. 11:16:09 THE SAME CHALLENGE AND HIGH TAXES ESPECIALLY ON THE 11:16:13 CORPORATE SIDE THAT HAVE HINDERED OUR COMPETITIVENESS. 11:16:16 I AM CONVINCED AS THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT WAS THAT THE DOLLAR 11:16:23 AND THE TAXPAYERS AND WILL BE USED MORE EFFECTIVELY THAN IF 11:16:25 THAT SAME DOLLAR REMAINS IN THE GOVERNMENT AND. 11:16:35 WE JUST APPROVED THE LARGEST ACROSS THE BOARD TAX CUTS THAT 11:16:41 THE INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE LEVEL AND OUR HISTORY. 11:16:47 STARTING JANUARY OF THIS YEAR WE CUT THE TOP CORPORATE RATE FROM 11:16:52 A 41% TO 30%. IN THREE YEARS THAT TOP 11:17:00 CORPORATE TAX RATE WILL DROP TO 25%. 11:17:08 [APPLAUDING] FOR INDIVIDUALS' TAX RATES WILL 11:17:10 DROP AN AVERAGE OF 25% THIS YEAR , INCREASING TO NEARLY 11:17:16 50 PERCENT DEDUCTION OVER SIX YEARS. 11:17:23 HOWEVER, TO ENSURE THAT WE SUSTAIN FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY 11:17:29 INDIVIDUAL TAX DEDUCTIONS WILL BE CONTINGENT ON THE GOVERNMENT 11:17:37 MEETING TARGETED GOALS TO GUARANTEE WE CONTINUE TO BALANCE 11:17:40 OUR BUDGET EVERY SINGLE YEAR. [APPLAUDING] 11:17:46 THUS WE ARE MAKING THE TAXPAYERS THE WATCHDOG FOR FISCAL 11:17:50 DISCIPLINE AND INSURING GOVERNMENT KEEPS THAT 11:17:54 DISCIPLINE. IN ADDITION TO THE TAX REFORM 11:17:57 PLAN WE HAVE INSTITUTED A SIGNIFICANT PLANS IN OUR REFORM 11:18:01 AGENDA TO PROMOTE GROWTH AND CREATE JOBS. 11:18:04 WE ENACTED ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED AND AGGRESSIVE 11:18:08 PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP LAWS IN THE COUNTRY TO ENCOURAGE 11:18:12 GREATER PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND BRING UP EFFICIENCIES TO 11:18:16 SCHOOLS, ROADS, AIRPORTS, ENERGY, WATER FACILITIES, AND 11:18:22 OTHER PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE. WE LAUNCHED A NEW HOUSING 11:18:25 INITIATIVE THAT CUT PROPERTY AND CAPITAL GAINS TAXES. 11:18:30 IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THE PROGRAM HOUSING SALES HAVE 11:18:33 INCREASED OVER 20 PERCENT. WE HAVE SOME OF THE HIGHEST 11:18:40 ENERGY COSTS IN THE NATION FROM 70 PERCENT OF OUR POWER 11:18:48 GENERATION. WE HAVE BEGUN A COMPREHENSIVE 11:18:50 ENERGY PROGRAM TO DRAMATICALLY REDUCE OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN 11:18:54 OIL IN FAVOR OF NATURAL GAS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY. 11:19:01 WE ARE ALSO MERGING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ACROSS APPLICATIONS AS 11:19:06 STREAMLINING OPERATIONS TO BE QUICK, AGILE, AND EFFICIENT SO 11:19:09 THAT GOVERNMENT RED TAPE DOES NOT GET IN THE WAY OF 11:19:13 ENTREPRENEURIAL SHIP AND JOB CREATION. 11:19:18 A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE PROCESS , WE HAVE ACTUALLY 11:19:26 GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ISSUING 28 DIFFERENT PERMITS. 11:19:29 WE HAVE ONE PERMIT TO DO BUSINESS IN PR. 11:19:34 [APPLAUDING] WITH THIS REFORM WE ARE 11:19:38 CONVINCED THAT JOB CREATION WILL BE REALIZED IN THE CONSUMER WILL 11:19:44 BE STARTERS, AND THE COUNTY WILL BE MORE COMPETITIVE AND PROCESS. 11:19:47 I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH THAT I HAD THE SUPPORT FROM OUR STATE 11:19:52 LEGISLATURE. WE WERE ABLE TO WORK AS PARTNERS 11:19:53 TO ADDRESS OUR CHALLENGES COMPREHENSIVELY I THINK THAT 11:20:00 WITH PICKUPS IN NOVEMBER IN CONGRESS THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE 11:20:03 AND STATE LEGISLATURES AROUND THE NATION, BOLD IS POSSIBLE. 11:20:09 AS YOU KNOW, THE MANDATE FOR VOTERS IS THAT BOLD ACTION IN 11:20:13 WASHINGTON IS A MUST. [APPLAUDING] 11:20:20 SO MY ADVICE IS, DON'T WAIT AND DON'T BLINK. 11:20:25 MAKE YOUR TOUGH DECISIONS EARLY AS STICK TO THEM WITH COURAGE. 11:20:35 OUR NATION, THE PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING LEADERS. 11:20:40 AT THE BEGINNING OF MY TERM I WENT TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO 11:20:44 TELL THE PUBLIC EXACTLY WHAT WE FACED AND WHAT WE NEEDED TO DO 11:20:47 FIX IT. SOME MAY NOT LIKE EVERY 11:20:52 DECISION, BUT THEY WILL RESPECT YOU FOR DOING WHAT IS RIGHT AND 11:20:55 WHAT YOU SAID YOU DO. [APPLAUDING] 11:21:02 THE LONG PRACTICE, THE LONG PRACTICE OF ALLOWING DEBT AND 11:21:06 DEFICIT TO GROW UNCHECKED HAS MADE OUR COUNTRY LESS 11:21:10 COMPETITIVE. IT IS TIME FOR GOVERNMENT TO PUT 11:21:13 ITS FINANCES ON THE PATH OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. 11:21:17 I AM CONFIDENT THAT THROUGH CLEAR AND STEADY LEADERS WE WILL 11:21:21 BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES JUST LIKE MANY OF US 11:21:25 ARE DOING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. THAT BRINGS ME BACK TO THE 11:21:30 IMPORTANCE AT TESTED ON AT THE START, REACHING OUT TO 11:21:35 HISPANICS. OUR TIME AND OPPORTUNITY TO 11:21:39 ELEVATE, GROWTH FAMILIES AND MAKE INROADS IN OUR HISPANIC 11:21:48 COMMUNITY AROUND THE COUNTRY. THE LATE PRESIDENT REAGAN 11:21:50 ACTUALLY SAID THAT HISPANICS ARE REPUBLICANS. 11:21:54 THEY JUST DON'T KNOW IT YET. AND HE WAS SO RIGHT. 11:22:04 ACTUALLY, I STARTED IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY STUFFING 11:22:09 ENVELOPES IN HIS FIRST CAMPAIGN. [APPLAUDING] 11:22:14 HE BROUGHT MANY OF US INTO THIS PARTY. 11:22:18 THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE ARE SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE, FISCALLY 11:22:23 CONSERVATIVE, AND HAVE A NATURAL DISTRUST OF GOVERNMENT. 11:22:25 WE WANT LOWER TAXES. EDUCATION IS KEY, AND WE WANT TO 11:22:32 FLOURISH. THOSE ARE OUR CONSERVATIVE AND 11:22:35 REPUBLICAN VALUES. [APPLAUDING] 11:22:39 IT IS CLEAR THAT REPUBLICANS MUST REACH OUT TO HISPANICS TO 11:22:44 BUILD TRUST. I STRONGLY AGREE AND LEAVE YOU 11:22:47 WITH THIS BELIEF. WE DON'T HAVE TO OUT RUN AWAY 11:22:50 FROM OUR VALUES AND PRINCIPLES TO ATTRACT SUPPORT. 11:22:54 WE HAVE SO PROUDLY THEN. [APPLAUDING] 11:23:01 LET'S SHOW AMERICA WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPLISH IF WE PROTECT 11:23:06 INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM, PROMOTE GROWTH AND STRENGTHEN VALUES. 11:23:11 THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU. [APPLAUDING] 11:23:25 [APPLAUDING] WHAT A CROWD, WHAT A DAY, 11:23:34 WHAT A WEEKEND. I AM ONE OF THOSE RADICAL 11:23:37 DANGEROUS TALK-SHOW HOST THAT SEEM TO BE INSPIRING SERIAL 11:23:42 KILLERS AND ARIZONA. WHAT IS THAT ABOUT? 11:23:45 I DON'T KNOW. I'M TRYING TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL 11:23:47 THE NAMES WE'VE BEEN CALLED THE LAST TWO YEARS IN THIS 11:23:52 ADMINISTRATION. RACIST, ANTICHRIST. 11:23:55 THAT WAS THE LATEST ONE I WAS CALLED ON THE AIR. 11:23:58 I WAS THE ANTICHRIST. DR. LAWRIE, WE ALL KNOW WHO YOU 11:24:02 ARE. TO ADD MY? 11:24:04 WE ALL KNOW YOU ARE THE ANTICHRIST. 11:24:07 THIS IS BECAUSE YOU ARE SHREDDING THE HEALTH CARE BILL. 11:24:09 THAT IS DR. ANTICHRISTS. COMING, THEY KEY FOR SHARING. 11:24:17 ONCE AGAIN THE LEFT DOES NOT MUCH CARE ABOUT THE FACT. 11:24:21 WE HAVE HAD QUITE A JOURNEY. WE WERE DOMESTIC TERRORISTS IF 11:24:29 WE WERE PROS SECOND AMENDMENT, PRO-LIFE, RETURNING VETS FROM 11:24:33 WORK WHO GOT SICK. HELLO. 11:24:36 PRO STATE AND FEDERAL SOVEREIGNTY, UNCOMFORTABLE AND 11:24:39 COMMUNIST REGIMES. THAT WAS MAKING US DOMESTIC 11:24:44 TERRORISTS. THE SAME POINT IN TIME THAT WAS 11:24:45 REMOVED FROM OUR FIGHT. OH, NO BID NOW WE ARE FIGHTING 11:24:50 OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS. WHAT IN THE SAM HILL IS THAT? 11:24:54 DOES ANYONE HAVE A CLUE? YOU ARE A LOT SMARTER THAN I AM 11:24:58 IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT AN OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATION 11:25:02 IS. WE ARE THE TERRORISTS. 11:25:04 OKAY. I GET IT NOW. 11:25:05 ALL RIGHT THEN. WE HAVE A LOT OF TRUTH TELLERS 11:25:08 THE NEXT FEW HOURS. I WANT YOU TO GET READY TO PUT 11:25:11 YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR AN AMAZING LADY, A PARTNER IN THE 11:25:16 WASHINGTON D.C. OFFICE. MEMBER OF THE FIRM'S PUBLIC 11:25:19 AFFAIRS PRACTICE GROUPS. SHE IS ALSO ON THE BOARD OF THE 11:25:23 CONSERVATIVE UNION, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, SERVED AS THE 11:25:27 CHAIRMAN OF THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION FOUNDATION. 11:25:30 SHE IS GOING TO INTRODUCE OUR FIRST SPEAKER. 11:25:33 QUITE A LADY. PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER. 11:25:37 [APPLAUDING] GOOD MORNING. 11:25:46 IT IS MY GREAT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE OUR NEXT 11:25:51 SPEAKER, THE CONGRESSMAN FROM THE SIXTH DISTRICT OF GEORGIA. 11:25:59 [APPLAUDING] DR. PRICE IS AN ORTHOPEDIC 11:26:01 SURGEON WHO SERVED FOUR TERMS IN THE STATE SENATE OF GEORGIA 11:26:04 BEFORE BEING ELECTED TO CONGRESS IN 2004. 11:26:08 IN THE LAST CONGRESS CONGRESSMAN PRICE SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE 11:26:13 HOUSE CONSERVATIVES AND REPUBLICANS STUDY COMMITTEE. 11:26:16 I MUST SAY THAT I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL THAT IT 11:26:21 WAS THE HOUSE CONSERVATIVES STANDING UP 100% VOTING NO ON 11:26:29 THE STIMULUS BILL, VOTING NO 100% ON THE FIRST OF BAMA 11:26:35 BUDGET. HE DID NOT EVEN BOTHER TO SUBMIT 11:26:38 ANOTHER. HE SUBMITTED. 11:26:40 THEY NEVER PASSED IT. TOM PRICE WAS RIGHT THERE 11:26:42 LEADING THE CHARGE. HE NOW SERVE AND HAS BEEN 11:26:46 ELECTED BY HIS COLLEAGUES TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN 11:26:49 POLICY COMMITTEE WHICH DEVELOPED CONSERVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO 11:26:53 AMERICA'S PROBLEMS. TOM PRICE WAS DOING HEALTH CARE 11:27:01 BEFORE ANYONE HAD EVER HEARD OF OBAMA CARE. 11:27:05 HIS SIGNATURE PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HE HAD 11:27:08 INTRODUCED OVER AND OVER AND OVER IS THE EMPOWERING PATIENCE 11:27:13 FIRST ACT WHICH IS AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE OUR HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS, 11:27:17 NOT THROUGH GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS, BUT THROUGH PRIVATE 11:27:20 SOLUTIONS, FREE-MARKET SOLUTIONS. 11:27:23 TOM PRICE IS ONE OF THE LEADERS, YOU MAY REMEMBER, IN 2009. 11:27:29 THEY STAYED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR AND TALK ABOUT ENERGY WITH 11:27:34 GASOLINE OVER $4 A GALLON. TOM PRICE IS A LEADER. 11:27:39 HE IS A TRUE CONSERVATIVE. HE IS A MAN OF CONVICTION, MAN 11:27:44 OF FAITH, AND I'M PROUD TO CALL HIM MY FRIEND. 11:27:47 DR. TOM PRICE. [APPLAUDING] 11:27:55 [APPLAUDING] THANK YOU. 11:28:02 HOW ARE ALL THOSE CONSERVATIVE PATRIOTS OUT THERE? 11:28:06 [APPLAUDING] THANK YOU SO MUCH, CLETA 11:28:09 MITCHELL. I WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY 11:28:10 ONE OF YOU FOR COMING OUT. A YEAR AGO I HAD THE PRIVILEGE 11:28:13 OF ADDRESSING THIS GREAT CONFERENCE. 11:28:16 AT THAT TIME, AS SOME OF YOU WHO WERE HERE WILL REMEMBER, YOU 11:28:19 COULD FEEL SOMETHING WAS IN THE WIND. 11:28:21 YOU COULD FEEL THE AWAKENING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO THE 11:28:24 ONSLAUGHT ON FREEDOM AND LIBERTY THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAD PUT 11:28:27 INTO PLACE. ONE YEAR AGO I SAID TO THIS VERY 11:28:31 GROUP, WE ARE ON THE PRINCIPLES OF AN HISTORIC POLITICAL 11:28:36 REVOLUTION. I WAS WHOLLY CONFIDENT THAT NEXT 11:28:38 YEAR WE WOULD BE AT CPAC CELEBRATING A CONSERVATIVE 11:28:42 REPUBLICAN MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND THE REMOVAL OF NANCY PELOSI 11:28:46 FROM POWER, AND YOU DID IT. [APPLAUDING] 11:28:54 YOU KNOW, IN HISTORY THE STORY GOES THAT AT THE CLOSE OF THE 11:29:01 CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WAS LEAVING 11:29:05 CONSTITUTION HALL, A CONVENTION HALL HAVING SIGNED THE 11:29:08 CONSTITUTION AND WAS APPROACHED BY A WOMAN WHO SAID, WELL, 11:29:11 DR. FRANKLIN, WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN US, A MONARCHY OR 11:29:15 DEMOCRACY? AS YOU WELL KNOW HE SAID, WE 11:29:18 HAVE GIVEN YOU A REPUBLIC. THEN THOSE FIVE DENNIS WORDS, IF 11:29:23 YOU CAN KEEP IT. IN THAT SAME VEIN COMING IN THAT 11:29:28 SAME VEIN NANCY WEBSTER SAID HOLD ON, 11:29:31 MY FRIENDS, HOLD ON MY FRIENDS TO THE CONSTITUTION 11:29:34 AND THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS 11:29:37 FOR MIRACLES DO NOT CLUSTER. WHAT HAS HAPPENED ONCE IN 6,000 11:29:42 YEARS MAY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. HOLD ON TO THE CONSTITUTION. 11:29:47 FOR IF THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SHOULD FAIL, THEIR WILL BE 11:29:50 ANARCHY IN THE WORLD. NOW, WHY DID THIS TO THEM AND 11:29:54 GIVE US THOSE WARNINGS? I BELIEVE IT IS BECAUSE THEY 11:29:58 UNDERSTOOD HOW PRECIOUS LIBERTY IS AND HOW FLEETING LIBERTY HAS 11:30:02 BEEN IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY AND WHAT REMARKABLE WORK IT 11:30:06 WOULD TAKE TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. 11:30:11 THIS PAST ELECTION SHOWED A REMARKABLE AMOUNT OF THAT 11:30:14 ETERNAL VIGILANCE THAT IS REQUIRED TO PRESERVE OUR 11:30:18 LIBERTY. THE NUMBERS ARE ABSOLUTELY 11:30:20 ASTOUNDING, AS YOU WELL KNOW. YOU PROBABLY TALK ABOUT THEM. 11:30:24 EIGHTY-SEVEN NEW REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF 11:30:27 REPRESENTATIVES. [APPLAUDING] 11:30:30 SIXTY-THREE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS TURNING DEMOCRAT DISTRICTS TO 11:30:34 REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS, AND 37 OF THOSE 87 NEVER HAVING SERVED OR 11:30:39 RUN FOR OFFICE BEFORE IN THEIR LIFETIME. 11:30:42 [APPLAUDING] .. 11:31:26 THE DEFICIT AND THE DEAD, SLUGGISH ECONOMIC RECOVERY, THE 11:31:30 DISASTROUS OBAMA GEAR, THAT BAILOUTS TO POLITICIZE OUR 11:31:33 ECONOMY, THESE ARE ALL SYMPTOMS OF THAT ARROGANCE IN WASHINGTON 11:31:36 THAT PUTS GOVERNMENT FIRST. CLEARLY THE POLICIES OF THE 11:31:41 TRAJECTORY OF GOVERNMENT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN A 11:31:46 MISTAKE. BUT NOT BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATS 11:31:47 NEED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND DIDN'T SUCCEED. 11:31:52 KNOW, THESE FAILED POLICIES WERE NO ACCIDENT. 11:31:55 THESE FAILED POLICIES WERE THEIR GOAL. 11:31:57 BUT I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THEIR GOAL DOESN'T HAVE TO BE 11:32:01 OUR VISION. [APPLAUSE] 11:32:07 WHY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE OUR VISION? 11:32:09 BECAUSE CONSERVATISM IS ALIVE AND WELL. 11:32:12 BECAUSE FUNDAMENTAL AMERICAN PRINCIPLES OUR CONSERVATIVE 11:32:15 PRINCIPLES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AWAKENED AND 11:32:18 THEY ARE MORE INVOLVED THAN EVER. 11:32:20 SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? IN SHORTCOMING OR GOVERNMENT AND 11:32:24 THE LEADERS WHO ESPOUSE THE VIRTUES OF CONSERVATISM NEED TO 11:32:28 WALK THE WALK. WE OWE IT TO YOU. 11:32:30 WE OWE IT TO THOSE WHO WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT, AND 11:32:33 WE OWE IT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS TO GET THIS MOMENT IN TIME 11:32:38 RIGHT. WE OWE IT TO THOSE INSPIRATIONAL 11:32:42 LEADERS WHO HAVE STEERED OUR MOVEMENT WITH HONOR AND PASTIMES 11:32:46 OF GREAT CHALLENGE. THIS PAST SUNDAY AS ALL OF YOU 11:32:49 KNOW WAS THE BONDAGE ANNIVERSARY OF REAGAN'S BIRTH. 11:32:52 I HAD THE PRIVILEGE, THE INCREDIBLE PRIVILEGE OF BEING AT 11:32:55 THE REAGAN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM JUST A FEW SHORT WEEKS AGO. 11:32:59 WANT A GIANT OF A MAN HE WAS. HE WAS A MAN WHO TAUGHT US WHAT 11:33:03 POSITIVE LEADERS CAN DO WHEN THEY SAID ABOUT SETTING OUT A 11:33:09 PATRIOTIC PEOPLE INTO ACTION. HERE WAS A LEADER WHO WALKED THE 11:33:14 WALK. WHILE COMMUTING GRACEFULLY THE 11:33:16 VIRTUES OF PRINCIPLED SOLUTIONS. REAGAN PROVED IT IS NOT ENOUGH 11:33:22 JUST TO IDENTIFY THE FAILINGS OF BIG GOVERNMENT OR THE MORAL 11:33:25 IMPERATIVE THAT WE HAVE TO FIGHT TO PRESERVE LIBERTY, AND TO PASS 11:33:29 ON TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN AND NATION 11:33:32 STRONGER AND MORE SECURE THAN THE ONE WE FOUND. 11:33:34 HE KNEW THAT WE HAD TO WIN THE MOMENT I PUTTING THOSE BELIEFS 11:33:37 TO THE TEST, AND TO SHOW SKEPTICS WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE A 11:33:43 GOVERNMENT THAT GETS OUT OF THE WAY AND PROTECTS OUR INALIENABLE 11:33:47 RIGHTS, FOR THE LIFE AND LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS 11:33:50 WITHIN CONSTITUTIONAL BOUNDARIES. 11:33:53 [APPLAUSE] AND FOR MOST OF OUR COUNTRY 11:33:58 RIGHT NOW THAT TEST BEGINS WITH THE JOB, WITH THE ECONOMY AND 11:34:01 JOB CREATION. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TELL THE 11:34:05 AMERICAN PEOPLE COUNTLESS TIMES, I'VE LOST COUNT, THAT HIS 11:34:09 ADMINISTRATION AND ITS ALLIES ON CAPITOL HILL INTEND TO FOCUS ON 11:34:12 JOB CREATION. NOW, FOLKS FOCUSING ON JOB 11:34:17 CREATION WHO HAVE NEVER CREATED A JOB. 11:34:19 NO WONDER WE'RE IN SUCH A MESS. AND THE RETREADING AND 11:34:28 REBRANDING AND HIS ADMINISTRATION THAT IS DEBARRED 11:34:30 ON DEBATE IS REALLY REMARKABLE. USING WORDS LIKE INVEST INSTEAD 11:34:33 OF SPENDING, STIMULUS INSTEAD OF TAXING. 11:34:38 AND IT WON'T CHANGE THE SAME GOVERNMENT FIRST PHILOSOPHY THAT 11:34:42 HAS COMPOUNDED OUR CHALLENGES AND THREATENED OUR NATION. 11:34:44 SO IT WILL FALL TO YOU AS INDIVIDUAL VOICES OF 11:34:50 CONSERVATISM, AND IT WILL FALL TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 11:34:53 WERE ANY REPUBLICAN MAJORITY HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE FORWARD 11:34:57 POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC SOLUTION, EVEN IF WE ARE MET 11:34:59 WITH A STIFF ARM BY HARRY REID AND THE SENATE DEMOCRATS OR THE 11:35:04 PRESIDENT. EVEN IN THE FACE BY THE 11:35:06 OPPOSITION WE WILL MOVE AN AGENDA THAT DEMONSTRATES TO THE 11:35:09 AMERICAN PEOPLE YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER A GOVERNMENT THAT 11:35:13 IGNORES YOUR VOICES, BANKRUPT YOUR FUTURE AND REDISTRIBUTE 11:35:16 WEALTH. [APPLAUSE] 11:35:22 YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ABIDE A GOVERNMENT THAT TELLS YOU TO SIT 11:35:24 IDLY BY BECAUSE IT HAS FIGURED OUT HOW TO DICTATE YOUR 11:35:29 EDUCATION AND YOUR HEALTH CARE AND YOUR ENERGY NEEDS. 11:35:33 AND YOU KNOW THEIR MATH DOESN'T ADD UP. 11:35:36 THE DEFICITS THAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS ARE 11:35:39 TRULY JEOPARDIZING THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION. 11:35:41 SO WHAT WE NEED IS A LITTLE HONESTY, A LOT OF HARD WORK AND 11:35:44 A RESURGENCE OF THAT WONDERFUL AMERICAN CAN-DO SPIRIT. 11:35:50 OUR JOB CREATORS ACROSS THIS LAND DON'T NEED WASHINGTON TO 11:35:55 TELL THEM WHERE TO INVEST A HOW TO CREATE JOBS. 11:35:58 WHAT AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS NEED IS 11:36:01 GREATER CERTAINTY AND STABILITY THAT ONLY COME WHEN WASHINGTON 11:36:06 STOPS TRYING TO PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS AND ORCHESTRATING OUR 11:36:09 ECONOMY. [APPLAUSE] 11:36:15 THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION CHOOSES TO REGULATE AND MADE IT 11:36:18 BECAUSE THEY DON'T TRUST YOU WITH YOUR OWN MONEY. 11:36:20 HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT? THEY THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE 11:36:23 NEED WASHINGTON TO TELL THEM TO INVEST HERE OR TO SUPPORT THIS 11:36:28 CAUSE, OR MOST RECENTLY TO KEEP THIS OR TO BUY THIS LIGHTBULB. 11:36:35 MEANWHILE, THEY HAVE NO TRACK RECORD WHATSOEVER THAT THEIR 11:36:38 POLICIES ACTUALLY WORK. THEY HAVE LITTLE FAITH, IF ANY 11:36:46 COME IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE IN OUR FOUNDING FATHERS VISION 11:36:47 OF FREE PEOPLE ACTING IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW TO BUILD 11:36:50 A BRIGHTER FUTURE. THEY WANT YOU TO HAVE FAITH THAT 11:36:54 WASHINGTON WILL DO THAT FOR YOU. BUT WE KNOW THAT IT'S NOT 11:36:59 WASHINGTON THAT GIVES US OUR FREEDOM. 11:37:01 WE KNOW THAT OUR FREEDOM COMES FROM GOD ALMIGHTY. 11:37:05 [APPLAUSE] AND THAT FOR AN ORDERLY 11:37:12 SOCIETY THAT PRESERVES OUR RIGHTS, WE CEDE A PORTION, JUST 11:37:17 A PORTION OF THAT FREEDOM AND OUR LIBERTY BACK TO OUR 11:37:19 GOVERNMENT. BUT ONLY A PORTION. 11:37:21 AND I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN TOO 11:37:25 MUCH. [APPLAUSE] 11:37:29 DON'T GET ME WRONG. IT IS NOT AN EASY TASK TO 11:37:33 BALANCE FREEDOM AND SECURITY. IT'S A BATTLE WE HAD SINCE THE 11:37:36 BEGINNING OF THE FOUNDING OF OUR NATION BUT THROWING MONEY AT THE 11:37:39 PROBLEM AND BUILDING A LARGER AND GREATER BUREAUCRACY, THOUGH 11:37:42 A FAVORITE PASTIME OF AMERICAN POLITICS IS A LAZY BRAND OF 11:37:46 LEADERSHIP, AND ITS CONSEQUENCES ARE DESTRUCTIVE TO A HEALTHY 11:37:50 SOCIETY. NEVER BEFORE IN OUR HISTORY HAVE 11:37:53 A WITNESS GOVERNMENT TO PUT IN -- AND COACH UNDER LIBERTIES IN 11:37:57 THE WAY IT'S DONE IN RECENT YEARS, REGULATIONS AND TAXES 11:38:01 THAT LIMITED THE FREEDOM OF AMERICANS IN THE POWER OF 11:38:04 AMERICAN FREE ENTERPRISE. MANY PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR 11:38:08 HOMES AND THEIR JOBS AND THEIR SECURITY AND MOST TRAGICALLY, 11:38:13 SOME HAVE EVEN LOST THEIR FAITH IN OUR COUNTRY AND IN THE 11:38:15 AMERICAN DREAM. SINCE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION 11:38:19 AND DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS HAVE FALLEN SHORT ON THEIR PROMISES 11:38:22 AND ONLY HAVE THEMSELVES TO BLAME, THEY CRY OUT FOR A 11:38:26 STRONGER ECONOMY AND OVERLY BUILD ROADBLOCKS TO THAT 11:38:29 SUCCESS. UNFORTUNATELY, THEIR FAILURES 11:38:33 ARE SHARED I OUR NATION AT LARGE. 11:38:36 WE HOWEVER ARE ALREADY WORKING TO REIN IN THE SIZE AND SCOPE 11:38:40 AND POWER AND THE COST OF WASHINGTON. 11:38:43 REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAVE ONLY JUST 11:38:46 BEGUN TO TAKE ACTION TO PUT OUR NATION'S FISCAL HOUSE IN ORDER 11:38:48 AND GET THE DEMOCRATS DECRY OUR EFFORTS AND IN REASONABLE AND 11:38:54 EXTREME. I'LL TELL YOU WAS UNREASONABLE, 11:38:57 IT'S THE TRAGIC DEATHS THAT THEIR BIG GOVERNMENT HAS AMASSED 11:39:00 IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS. GOVERNMENT CAN CERTAINLY DO WITH 11:39:02 LESS. [APPLAUSE] 11:39:08 REPUBLICANS HAVE PLEDGED TO LEAD BY LISTENING AND ACTING ON 11:39:11 BEHALF OF AND WITH THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNMENT. 11:39:14 THERE'S SOMETHING NOVEL. AND THAT REQUIRES YOUR ACTIVE 11:39:20 PARTICIPATION. WE DIDN'T GET IT WITHOUT YOUR 11:39:22 HELP AND WE WILL NOT BE A SUCCESS WITHOUT YOUR HELP. 11:39:26 SO IT'S TIME FOR SOME TOUGH DECISIONS. 11:39:28 THE CIRCUMSTANCES DEMAND THAT WE BE BOLD. 11:39:31 IF CONSERVATIVES ARE TIMID WE WILL LOSE THIS BATTLE. 11:39:35 BECAUSE YOU CAN REST ASSURED THAT THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN A MORE 11:39:37 ACTIVE AND AN INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT WILL FIERCELY FIGHT 11:39:40 TO INCREASE AND PROTECT THEIR POWER. 11:39:43 SO WE HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF US BUT WHAT OUR OPPONENTS FAIL 11:39:47 TO GRASP IS THAT OUR PEOPLE AND OUR SPIRIT AND OUR PERSEVERANCE, 11:39:53 IT IS ABOUT TO PROVIDE OUR SHARED PROSPERITY AND/OR 11:39:56 STABILITY, NOT OUR GOVERNMENT. RONALD REAGAN SAID WE BELIEVE 11:40:01 FAITH AND FREEDOM MUST BE OUR GUIDING STARS, FOR THEY SHOW US 11:40:05 THE TRUTH, THEY MAKE US BRAVE, THEY GIVE US HOPE AND THEY LEAVE 11:40:09 US WISER THAN WE WERE. THOSE WHO POSSESS THAT FAITH AND 11:40:14 FREEDOM, YOU ARE A PART OF THE BEDROCK UPON WHICH THIS NATION 11:40:18 HAS BEEN MADE GREAT. AND PART OF THE FOUNDATION UPON 11:40:22 WHICH OUR NATION WILL PROUDLY STAND AND REMAIN GREAT. 11:40:25 SO WE ARE BLESSED TO LIVE IN THIS REPUBLIC IF WE CAN KEEP IT. 11:40:29 AND WITH YOUR FAITH, WITH YOUR SUPPORT AND WITH YOUR GREAT 11:40:32 WORK, I KNOW THAT WE WILL HONOR OUR FOUNDERS LEGACY AND THOSE 11:40:36 THAT DEFENDED IT EVER SINCE. 90 SO MUCH. 11:40:39 GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS AMERICA. 11:40:41 AND KEEP FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AND. 11:40:46 [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] 11:40:48 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE 11:40:56 WELCOME MICHELLE TO THE STAGE. GOOD MORNING. 11:41:10 I MICHELLE EASTON, PRESIDENT OF THE CLARE BOOTH LUCE POLICY 11:41:13 INSTITUTE. AT THE INSTITUTE WE CELEBRATE 11:41:18 AND PROMOTE STRONG CONSERVATIVE WOMEN LEADERS SO IT'S MY GREAT 11:41:21 PLEASURE TODAY TO INTRODUCE REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN 11:41:26 WHO IS A TRUE CHAMPION OF CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES IN THE 11:41:29 UNITED STATES CONGRESS. CONGRESSMAN BLACKBURN WAS 11:41:34 ELECTED IN 2002 TO REPRESENT TENNESSEE'S SEVENTH 11:41:39 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, THE FIRST WOMAN IN THE STATE TO WIN 11:41:41 A CONGRESSIONAL SEAT IN HER OWN RIGHT. 11:41:43 SHE QUICKLY BECAME A LEADER IN CONGRESS AND A STRONG VOICE FOR 11:41:47 SMALLER, MORE EFFICIENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS 11:41:50 CITIZENS. SHE SERVES ON THE POWERFUL 11:41:53 ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE WHICH HAS JURISDICTION OVER 11:41:56 HEALTH CARE, ENERGY REGULATION, AND TELECOMMUNICATION ISSUES. 11:42:01 CONGRESSMAN BLACKBURN IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF AN EXCELLENT BOOK 11:42:05 ENTITLED LIFE EQUITY, REALIZE YOUR TRUE VALUE AND PURSUE YOUR 11:42:09 PASSIONS ANY STAGE OF LIFE. AND SHE PUT A STEADY GUIDE TO 11:42:14 THIS BOOK UP ON THE INTERNET. IT SAYS YOUR LIFE EQUITY.COM. 11:42:17 I RECOMMEND IT TO ALL OF YOU. SHE'S A POPULAR SPEAKER WHEN SHE 11:42:22 SPEAKS AT THE CLARE BOOTH LUCE POLICY INSTITUTE AND SHE 11:42:24 INSPIRES THE WOMEN AND MEN IN OUR WITH THE HER INTELLECT, HARD 11:42:27 WORK AND COMMITMENT. MARSH AND HER HUSBAND, CHUCK, 11:42:34 LIVE IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TENNESSEE. 11:42:36 THEY HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDSONS. 11:42:39 SHE'S A NATIVE OF LAUREL, MISSISSIPPI, AND A GRADUATE OF 11:42:43 MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING ME 11:42:47 AND EXCEPTIONALLY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF TENNESSEE, 11:42:48 REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN. [APPLAUSE] 11:43:01 ALL RIGHT. I TELL YOU WHAT, WE DO LOVE THIS 11:43:05 CONSERVATIVE CROWD. I LOVE IT. 11:43:08 CPAC IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE EVENTS OF THE YEAR. 11:43:09 YOU ALL COME HERE WITH A LOT OF THOUGHTS. 11:43:13 YOU TURN THEM INTO ACTIONS. YOU TAKE PRINCIPLES. 11:43:16 YOU APPLY THEM TO POLICY. TO ENERGIZE US. 11:43:20 YOU STAND UP AND SAY LET'S TAKE A STANCE ON SOME OF THESE ISSUES 11:43:26 AND TURN THE CLOCK BACK TO SOME OF OUR CONSERVATIVE VALUES. 11:43:31 AND I'VE GOT A SPECIFIC ISSUE THAT WE NEED TO HAVE YOU TAKE A 11:43:37 STAND ON TODAY. THIS IS ONE THAT YOU CAN HELP US 11:43:40 WITH. WE MUST ACT NOW. 11:43:46 NOW, TO COMPLETELY TURN BACK THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS 11:43:48 COMMISSION REGULATION OF THE INTERNET. 11:43:52 [APPLAUSE] IF WE DO NOT, WE WILL HAVE 11:43:58 FAILED TO CHECK THE SINGLE LARGEST UNILATERAL IMPOSITION OF 11:44:04 EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY IN A GENERATION. 11:44:07 IF THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT IS TO SUCCEED IN A HYPER CONNECTED 11:44:13 CENTURY, AND CONSERVATIVES CANNOT FAIL TO DEFEND TRUE 11:44:16 INTERNET FREEDOM. [APPLAUSE] 11:44:20 HERE'S HOW I SEE THIS. WHEN A PRESIDENT OR HIS 11:44:25 ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES EVEN MINOR EXPANSIONS OF GOVERNMENT 11:44:31 AUTHORITY INTO THE ONLY SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY SHOWING 11:44:35 CONSISTENT AND SUSTAINED GROWTH, AND CONSERVATIVES MUST BE HEARD. 11:44:41 WHEN THE PRESIDENT THREATENS INNOVATION IT EXPANDING 11:44:48 REGULATION, CONSERVATIVES MUST STAND UP AND OBJECT. 11:44:50 WHEN BUREAUCRATS BELIEVE THAT THEY KNOW BETTER THAN ACTIVIST 11:44:56 AND SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS THEN CONSERVATIVES 11:44:59 HAVE TO SAY, ABSOLUTELY NOT. WE KNOW WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE 11:45:05 U.S. ECONOMY. [APPLAUSE] 11:45:10 NOW, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS BASKETBALL 11:45:14 PLAYING BUDDIES, THE FCC CHAIRMAN, DECIDED TO ENACT THE 11:45:20 FIRST EVER, FIRST EVER REGULATION OF THE INTERNET. 11:45:26 IT WAS A DONE NOT BY CONGRESS, THEY TRIED IT FOR YEARS, BUT 11:45:31 THEY DID THIS DURING CHRISTMAS WEEK AFTER CONGRESS HAD ALREADY 11:45:37 ADJOURNED. NOW, ALL CONSERVATIVES MUST 11:45:41 STAND AND SAY, WE ARE NOT GOING TO STAND FOR THIS. 11:45:47 THE ADMINISTRATION'S NET NEUTRALITY PLAN, WHICH IS 11:45:50 BASICALLY THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE FOR THE INTERNET, WILL TILT THE 11:45:54 INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT THEY NO LONGER HAVE SOLE CONTROL 11:45:58 OVER THE NETWORKS IN WHICH THEY ANNUALLY INVEST. 11:46:04 ANNUALLY INVEST 60 BILLION PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATING 11:46:10 DOLLARS. INVOKING POWERS PREVIOUSLY 11:46:16 RESERVED FOR THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, THE FCC WILL CHANGE 11:46:18 THE TERMS OF BROADBAND LEASES. AND BEAR IN MIND, YOUR INTERNET 11:46:24 SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE ALREADY GONE TO THE GOVERNMENT AND LEAST 11:46:27 THE SPECTRUM. THEY'RE GOING TO CHANGE THIS 11:46:30 AFTER THE FACT. AND EXERCISE POWERS THAT THEY 11:46:35 HAVE CREATED FOR THEMSELVES IN DEFIANCE OF CONGRESS. 11:46:38 BECAUSE OF THIS, IT ISN'T AN OVERREACH TO SAY THEN THAT NET 11:46:46 NEUTRALITY AMOUNTS TO THE NATIONALIZATION OF THE INTERNET. 11:46:48 IF THERE WAS EVER A CAUSE TO RALLY THE CONSERVATIVES 11:46:54 MOVEMENT, IT SHOULD BE NATIONALIZATION OF OUR MOST 11:46:56 INNOVATIVE ECONOMIC SECTOR AND A FREE SPEECH TOOL THAT YOU AND I 11:47:02 USE EVERY SINGLE DAY TO GET OUR CONSERVATIVE MESSAGE OUT. 11:47:06 [APPLAUSE] IF CONCERTED ACTION IS EVER 11:47:12 URGENTLY NEEDED AND SHOULD BE WHEN A BUREAUCRACY STAFFED AND 11:47:16 ADVISED BY THOSE WHO WOULD REGULATE POLITICAL SPEECH IN 11:47:19 ASSERTING CONTROL OVER THE MOST AGGRESSIVE PLATFORM FOR FREE 11:47:22 SPEECH EVER, NET NEUTRALITY IS NOT NEEDED. 11:47:26 THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT WANT IT. 11:47:30 IT CANNOT WORK, AND I NEED YOUR HELP TO BE SURE WE CAN DEFEAT 11:47:35 IT. MANY OF YOU COUNTY CPAC NOT ONLY 11:47:40 TO BE INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED, BUT TO REALLY LEARN ABOUT THE 11:47:44 ISSUES. AND I WANT TO PUT A COUPLE OF 11:47:46 ITEMS ON YOUR READING LIST. HERE YOU GO. 11:47:49 THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT AN EXCELLENT DEEP DIVE INTO THIS 11:47:54 ISSUE, GO TO REASON.COM AND READ THE REMARKABLE INTERNET TOP 11:48:00 ARTICLE IT PETER SALOMON. GO TO "WALL STREET JOURNAL" AND 11:48:04 READ JOHN'S COLUMN FROM DECEMBER 21 ABOUT HOW THE NET 11:48:08 ROOTS HAVE CREATED THIS ISSUE FROM THIN AIR. 11:48:11 SO SUMMARIZE, NET NEUTRALITY IS A HYSTERICAL REACTION TO A 11:48:15 HYPOTHETICAL PROBLEM. IT SEEKS TO RESTRAIN INTERNET 11:48:20 SERVICE PROVIDERS FROM ACTIONS THEY HAVE NEVER TAKEN, NOR HAVE 11:48:25 ANY MARKET INTEREST IN PURSUING. IN THE NAME OF PRESERVING 11:48:29 FAIRNESS OVER AN OPEN SYSTEM, THE FCC ESTABLISHES A REGULATORY 11:48:35 AND THAT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO TURN BACK. 11:48:40 BASICALLY IF YOU LIKE THE INTERNET, NET NEUTRALITY 11:48:46 PROMISES TO RUIN IT. THE ARGUMENTS THAT WE MUST 11:48:50 DEFEND TO DEFEND THE INTERNET FROM EVIL CORPORATE GREED IS 11:48:54 FICTION. OR ISN'T A NEED FOR IT AND I 11:48:56 WANT TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO APPRECIATE. 11:49:00 LAST YEAR THE ACLU AND ARGUING FOR NET NEUTRALITY LAID OUT 10 11:49:08 INSTANCES OF ISP, INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER MIS- BEHAVIORS 11:49:12 THAT ARGUE FOR URGENT NEED FOR INTERVENTION BY THE FEDERAL 11:49:16 GOVERNMENT. SO WE LOOK INTO THESE. 11:49:20 HERE'S WHAT WE FOUND. THREE OF THOSE INSTANCES WERE 11:49:23 RESOLVED THROUGH CUSTOMER INTERACTION IN A MATTER OF DAYS. 11:49:28 ONE WAS AN ACTION TAKEN BY AT&T TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM ILLEGAL 11:49:34 ACTIVITY. OTHERS WERE SOFTWARE GLITCHES OR 11:49:38 CONTENT DECISIONS NOT MADE IT THE ISP. 11:49:42 TWO OF THE CASES HAPPEN, GET THIS, IN CANADA. 11:49:45 OF THE 10, NINE, NINE REMAINED UNADDRESSED TODAY AND NONE WERE 11:49:52 RESOLVED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 11:49:57 [APPLAUSE] THERE HAS BEEN NO MARKET 11:49:59 FAILURE SINCE CONGRESS DECIDED IN 1996 TO ADOPT A HANDS OFF 11:50:05 APPROACH TO THE INTERNET. WE HAVE HAD STAGGERING SUCCESS. 11:50:12 ONLINE STATUS QUO IS AN ECONOMY HAS GIVEN YOU FACEBOOK AND 11:50:18 YOUTUBE. THE STATUS QUO HAS ADVANCED 11:50:20 BUSINESS MODELS FROM eBAY TO iTUNES. 11:50:21 THE CURRENT MODEL HAS FACILITATED FREEDOM MOVEMENTS 11:50:27 FROM TEA PARTY RALLIES IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, TO THE 11:50:31 REMARKABLE EVENTS AT THE REAR SQUARE. 11:50:35 THIS IS THE STATUS QUO THAT CONSERVATIVES REALLY WANT TO 11:50:39 DEFEND. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER HEARD 11:50:41 SOMEBODY SAY WELL, IF THE INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER WOULD 11:50:46 GET OFF MY BACK, AND I COULD GO HIRE MORE PEOPLE. 11:50:49 AND HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW ANYBODY WHO WOULD SAY THAT THIS COMPANY 11:50:55 THAT IS FLOODING THEM INTO THE WORLD WIDE WEB IS RESTRAIN THEIR 11:51:02 FREEDOM. I THINK YOU AGREE WITH ME ON 11:51:05 THIS. THE TRUTH IS THAT BROADBAND HAS 11:51:09 BECOME A MODERN SYNONYM FOR IN FRANCHISE BUT. 11:51:16 WHEN COMPANIES SEEK TO LOCATE TO THE ROLE COMMUNITIES IN MY 11:51:19 STATE, THE FIRST QUESTION THEY ASK IS ABOUT BROADBAND AND 11:51:22 INTERNET ACCESS. SO THAT THEY CAN REMOTELY 11:51:27 MONITOR THEIR MACHINERY AND OPERATE THOSE PLANS WITH SCHOOLS 11:51:33 WHO WANT TO ENHANCE THEIR CURRICULUM. 11:51:35 THEY GO TO VIRTUAL BOOKS AND TO THE INTERNET RATHER THAN WAITING 11:51:39 FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ISSUE NEXT YEAR'S APPROPRIATION. 11:51:45 WHEN THE UNEMPLOYED WANT TO AGGRESSIVELY SEARCH FOR A NEW 11:51:49 JOB, THEY GO TO ONLINE EMPLOYMENT OFFICES AND ONLINE 11:51:55 UNIVERSITIES. WASHINGTON CREATES A 11:51:57 DISINCENTIVE TO EXPAND THOSE NETWORKS BY REMOVING THE ISPs 11:52:02 ABILITY TO MANAGE THOSE NETWORKS. 11:52:05 CONSEQUENTLY, THE PROFOUND ENFRANCHISEMENT OFFERS BROADBAND 11:52:09 WOULD BE ENABLED BY FREE PEOPLE IN A FREE MARKET. 11:52:13 BUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO IS HAVE YOU DEPENDENT ON THE GOVERNMENT 11:52:18 AND ON WASHINGTON FOR THAT ACCESS, AND THIS IS SOMETHING 11:52:25 THAT CONSERVATIVES SHOULD BE ENRAGED ABOUT. 11:52:30 NOW, WHO IS CREATING NET NEUTRALITY AND WHY? 11:52:32 A CURSORY SURVEY OF NET NEUTRALITY FROM CONFIRMED 11:52:38 SOCIALISTS LIKE ROBERT CHESNEY TO NETWORK ACTIVISTS LIKE FREE 11:52:45 PRESS AND MOVE ON TO YOU ALL NEED TO KNOW. 11:52:49 ANOTHER EXAMPLE YESTERDAY THE DIRECTOR OF FREE PRESS, ERIC 11:52:52 STERNER, ARGUED IT WAS UP TO WASHINGTON TO FOSTER APPROPRIATE 11:52:57 COMPETITION AND ENSURE THAT DISENFRANCHISED HAD THE RIGHT 11:53:03 PRICE. WE'VE ALL HEARD THIS ARGUMENT 11:53:05 BEFORE. SO I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO HAVE 11:53:06 A LITTLE BIT OF FUN. SO I WENT TO THE COLUMN AND I 11:53:13 REPLACED THE WORD WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND DIGITAL WITH 11:53:19 THE WORD HEALTH CARE. AND I WOUND UP WITH A STATEMENT 11:53:26 THAT IS REMINISCENT OF OTHER THE FIGHT AGAINST COMMENT EXPANSION, 11:53:31 AND WE CONSERVATIVES ARE LEADING THE WAY TO REPEAL THAT ONE. 11:53:37 [APPLAUSE] YOU KNOW, IT IS REALLY QUITE 11:53:42 AMAZING TO LIVE WITH PRESUMPTION AT COST AND BE LOWERED, ACCESS 11:53:47 EXPANDED ENFRANCHISEMENT AGREED ONLY, ONLY TO WASHINGTON AND 11:53:53 BEYOND. IT'S THE MOTIVATED BEHIND BOTH 11:53:56 POLICIES. BOTH ARE WRONG. 11:53:57 AND GUESS WHAT? WE CAN'T AFFORD IT. 11:54:02 THE SUCCESS OF THE INTERNET IS A DIRECT CHALLENGE TO THE LIBERAL 11:54:05 PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT. A SUCCESSFUL AND OPEN INTERNET 11:54:10 AMPLIFIES INDIVIDUAL VOICES THAT HAVE SPURRED DEMOCRATIC 11:54:14 REVOLUTIONS AROUND THE GLOBE. IT ALLOWS THE ENTREPRENEUR TO 11:54:19 PROSPER WITHOUT THE BURDEN AND REGULATION ASSOCIATED WITH 11:54:24 TRADITIONAL BRICK-AND-MORTAR ESTABLISHMENT. 11:54:26 IT PROVES THAT FREE PEOPLE CREATED FREE MARKET. 11:54:31 IT DOES ALL OF THESE THINGS WITHOUT ASSISTANCE OUR 11:54:36 PERMISSION FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.. 11:54:39 IN THIS, THE INTERNET IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE TO BIG 11:54:42 GOVERNMENT LIBERALS. THAT IT PERSISTS EQUALLY WITHOUT 11:54:46 MARKET GAZA OR REGULATION ON FATAH TO THE LEFT, AS SUCH THEY 11:54:51 ARE ANXIOUS TO APPLY ONE OF THEIR CENTRAL MAXIM, AND RADIO 11:54:56 IS HAD IT RIGHT ON WITH LIBERALS, IT PRODUCES TAXES, IF 11:55:03 IT MOVES, REGULATED. AND THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE TRYING 11:55:05 TO DO. I BELIEVE THAT THE FCC'S RECENT 11:55:12 NET NEUTRALITY REGULATION COME IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO STAND, 11:55:17 THEY WILL SURELY PROVE THEMSELVES TO BE A COLOSSAL 11:55:20 FAILURE OF HISTORIC AND DEVASTATING PROPORTIONS. 11:55:23 BUT SADLY, WE ALL KNOW THAT MORE REGULATION IS BROUGHT ABOUT BY 11:55:31 FAILED REGULATION. THEY TRY AND TRY AGAIN. 11:55:36 FOR SOMETIME I'VE ARGUED THAT CONSERVATIVES NEED TO WAKE UP 11:55:38 AND UNDERSTAND THAT OUR CORE VALUES ARE BEING CHALLENGED IN 11:55:43 THE PACE OF TECHNOLOGY POLICY, AND WE'VE GOT TO RISE THE 11:55:48 OCCASION BECAUSE ALL TOO OFTEN WE'VE BEEN ABSENT FROM THIS 11:55:51 DEBATE. AND IN OUR ABSENCE, THE LEFT HAS 11:55:55 INSIDIOUSLY LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR A MASSIVE EXPANSION OF 11:56:01 FEDERAL AUTHORITY. THE LEFT TALKS ABOUT WE NEED 11:56:04 BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON ISSUES THAT THEY SAY ARE SMALL ISSUES, 11:56:09 LIKE BANDWIDTH WHICH IS NOT SMALL AT ALL. 11:56:11 AND YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT REGULATING THE NEXT GADGET THAT 11:56:15 IS GOING TO COME TO THE MARKETPLACE. 11:56:18 THEY BRAG ABOUT BUILDING THAT, BUT THEIR GOAL IS THIS. 11:56:25 THEIR GOAL IS TO EXPAND THEIR REACH FAR BEYOND ANYTHING THAT 11:56:31 CONSERVATIVES WOULD EVER ACCEPT. MANY OF YOU HAVE A JOIN ME IN 11:56:36 THIS CALL, AND GOD BLESS OUR CONSERVATIVE ONLINE BLOGGERS WHO 11:56:39 ARE LEADING THE FIGHT ON THIS, THE FIGHT AGAINST NET NEUTRALITY 11:56:45 EVERY SINGLE DAY. [APPLAUSE] 11:56:48 YOU WONDER AS DO I IF THE REMARKABLE CONSERVATIVES 11:56:52 EXPANSION THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE LAST FEW YEARS COULD HAVE 11:56:58 BEEN POSSIBLE IF BLOGS AND APPS AND STRAINS HAD TO BE APPROVED 11:57:06 TO BUY THE FEDERAL OFFICE OF INTERNET INNOVATION. 11:57:10 SO NOW THE LEFT CLAIMS THAT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A BIPARTISAN 11:57:14 ISSUE AND TURN IT INTO A PARTISAN ISSUE. 11:57:17 THEY SAY HOW DARE YOU. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? 11:57:20 NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. 11:57:23 WE ARE STANDING SOLID ON CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES, AND WE 11:57:29 HAVE A PLAN. THAT ME TELL YOU WHAT IT IS. 11:57:32 THIS IS HOW WE ARE GOING TO STOP NET NEUTRALITY FIRST. 11:57:37 CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON, CHAIRMAN OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE 11:57:41 COMMITTEE, AND CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF OUR 11:57:44 INTELLIGENCE CAN INDICATION SUBCOMMITTEE ARE BRINGING 11:57:47 FORWARD THE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT AND WE WILL PASS A 11:57:51 RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE FTC'S ACTIONS. 11:57:54 SECONDLY, CONGRESSMAN A JOHN CULBERSON FROM TEXAS IS LEADING 11:58:01 THE FIGHT TO MAKE CERTAIN WE BLOCK THE FTC'S ABILITY TO SPEND 11:58:06 ONE THING PENNY ON EMPLOYMENT IN NET NEUTRALITY RULES AND 11:58:12 REGULATIONS. AND FINALLY, MY BILL, H.R. AND 11:58:19 96, WILL ANSWER THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL. 11:58:22 IT WILL EXPLICITLY SAY, IT WILL EXPLICITLY SAY THAT THE FEDERAL 11:58:28 COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION HAS NO AUTHORITY TO ENTER THAT NET 11:58:34 NEUTRALITY RULES AND TAKE OVER THE INTERNET. 11:58:37 [APPLAUSE] TO PASS THESE THINGS, TO PASS 11:58:42 THIS LEGISLATION WE ARE GOING TO NEED YOUR HELP. 11:58:46 WE NEED YOU TO HELP EDUCATE YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR FAMILIES AND 11:58:51 YOUR COLLEAGUES. WE NEED YOU TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT 11:58:54 WE TAKE THIS FIGHT FOR FREE MARKETS AND FREE SPEECH TO 11:58:59 EVERYONE WE KNOW. THE NEXT GREAT FIVE AGAINST 11:59:05 GOVERNMENT EXPANSION IS HERE. IT IS OVER THE INTERNET. 11:59:08 I AM ASKING YOU TO STAND WITH ME, DEFEAT THE FCC OVERREACH. 12:00:00 THINK WITH ALL THE BUSINESS HE IS INSPIRED BY NOW HE SHOULD BY 12:00:02 THE WAL-MART FOOD COURT. PUT SOME HOT DOGS. 12:00:04 WHY DOESN'T HE DO THAT? THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT AS 12:00:11 WATCHING AND REPORTING THINGS THAT HE COULD BE THEY'RE JUST 12:00:13 FLIPPING HOT DOGS AND REPORT IT. IF HE SAW ANYTHING STRANGE. 12:00:19 WE HAVE AN AWARD TO GIVE OUT NOW AT PRESENT THE BLOGGER OF THE 12:00:22 YEAR AWARD IS HAD MORE SECRET AHEAD OF HOW THEY ARE.COM. 12:00:30 AND 2010 CPA BLOGGER OF THE YEAR IN SO. 12:00:32 HE WILL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THE RECIPIENT. 12:00:48 >> GOOD AFTERNOON. IS A PLEASURE TO BE BACK UP 12:00:51 YOUR. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE SEATBACKS 12:00:52 BLOGGER OF THE YEAR OVER THE PAST YEAR. 12:00:54 BUT LIKE ANY -- I KIND OF THOUGHT THAT WOULDN'T GO OVER. 12:01:02 IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE. IT'S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU ALL. 12:01:07 CPAC IS ONCE AGAIN EVERY YEAR A WONDERFUL EVENT. 12:01:09 GET A CHANCE THAT A LOT OF OUR FRIENDS. 12:01:12 GET TO THE DEBATE A LOT OF ISSUES. 12:01:14 THIS CPAC HAS BEEN NO DIFFERENT. HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE ENJOYING IT 12:01:17 AS MUCH AS I AM. I REALLY AM GOING TO ENJOY 12:01:19 INTRODUCING THIS YEARS SEATBACKS BLOGGER OF THE YEAR. 12:01:24 TO GET AN IDEA OF HOW I SHOULD DO THAT, I DECIDE TO ASK SOMEONE 12:01:27 WHO IS AN EXPERT ON JAVIER MUNCHERS OF THE SHARK TANK. 12:01:30 I ASKED JAVIER OF THE SHARK TANK. 12:01:34 AND HE SAYS YOU CAN INTRODUCE ME AS PRETTIER THAN MARCO RUBIO. 12:01:42 SO THOSE ARE CERTAINLY GREATER COMPETENCE BUT ANYBODY WHO 12:01:44 HASN'T FOLLOWED THE SHARK TANK, WHO HAS BEEN READING THE 12:01:48 SHARK TANK KNOWS THAT ASSERTING THAT HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. 12:01:52 HE IS THAN THE ORIGINAL JOURNALISM ON THE GROUND. 12:01:55 NOTCHES IN THE RUBY RACE IN FLORIDA BUT IN THE RICK SCOTT, 12:01:58 GUBERNATORIAL RACE TO THE ISLAND WAS CONGRESSIONAL RACE. 12:02:00 HE GOT OUT THERE. ALAN WESSEL BE SPEAKING HERE AT 12:02:05 THE END OF CPAC, AND ONE OF THE PEOPLE, I THINK IT'S GREAT TO 12:02:10 COME LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT SPEECH. 12:02:11 ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED GET HIM HERE WAS JAVIER OF THE SHARK 12:02:17 TANK. THE SHARK TANK WAS DOING ON THE 12:02:18 GROUND REPORTING, WAS DOING IN YOUR FACE VIDEO INTERVIEWS. 12:02:23 HE WAS THROWING ELBOWS WITH DOZENS OF THEM AND GAVE US GREAT 12:02:29 REPORTING AND MADE A SHARK TANK TO GO TO BLOG IN FLORIDA WHICH 12:02:32 WAS REALLY FOR A LOT OF THE EPIC CENTER OF THE KEY 12:02:37 PARTNERSHIP IT STARTED IN FLORIDA. 12:02:39 IT STARTED WITH MARCO RUBIO. IT STARTED WITH ALLEN WEST. 12:02:43 AND JAVIER WAS THERE AT THE VERY BEGINNING OF ALL THAT AND WROTE 12:02:45 IT ALL IT ALL THE WAY THROUGH. WE OWE HIM A GREAT DEAL OF 12:02:48 GRATITUDE FOR HIS HARD WORK. HE WAS WITH THE TIP OF THE 12:02:52 SENIOR IN THE BLOGOSPHERE IN COVERING FLORIDA POLITICS. 12:02:58 HE'S ALSO THE TIP OF THIS FEAR OF BECOMING A THRIVING AND 12:03:02 GROWING HISPANIC CONSERVATIVE COMMUNITY. 12:03:05 AND I AM JUST LIKE TO INTRODUCE IS THE RIGHT NOW MY FRIEND, 12:03:08 HALF-YEAR OF THE SHARK TANK SEATBACKS BLOGGER OF THE YEAR 12:03:13 FOR 2011. [APPLAUSE] 12:03:27 >> THANK YOU. IT WAS KIND OF WORD IS RETURNING 12:03:31 TURN INTO A BIG ROAST. FIRST AND FOREMOST I'M TRULY 12:03:36 HONORED AND HUMBLED TO RECEIVE THIS WARD. 12:03:40 IF I COULD THANK ONE PERSON IN PARTICULAR TO MAKE THIS ALL 12:03:43 HAPPENED, AND WINDOWS KNOWS ANYONE LOVES HIM, EVERYONE AT 12:03:47 SOME POINT OR ANOTHER HAS TAKEN FOR GRANTED AND THAT'S THE BIG 12:03:50 GUY UPSTAIRS, GOD. ALSO NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY 12:03:54 FRIEND, THANKS FOR THE KIND WORDS THAT A LOT OF MY FELLOW 12:03:58 BLOGGERS UP IN THAT ROOM UP THERE, THEY HELP DISSEMINATE THE 12:04:07 VIDEOS THAT I SPOKE ABOUT AND THE MESSAGE AND YOU SAW THE 12:04:10 MAYOR IN THE. ONE PERSON I DID NEED TO 12:04:15 ACKNOWLEDGE WAS PRETTY MUCH THE INSPIRATION FOR ME GETTING INTO 12:04:17 THIS MEDIA AND PURSUING THIS AS A POLITICAL GROUP HAS BEEN AND 12:04:20 WAS FAVORITE POLITICAL LITTLE FUZZBALL AND A DOCTOR OF 12:04:26 DEMOCRACY HIMSELF, RUSH LIMBAUGH. 12:04:27 THANKS, RUSH. I PROMISE EVER AND I CPAC I 12:04:31 WOULD BE SURE BECAUSE SHORTNESS OF WORDS AND I'M VERY SHY AND 12:04:35 TIMID. NOT. 12:04:37 BUT IN CLOSING, HAD A GREAT 2010 ELECTION CYCLE. 12:04:44 WE HAD A LOT FOR MARCO, ALAN. GREAT CANDIDATES. 12:04:47 WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEM AND WE SHOWED THAT THE 12:04:52 NEXT BIG FIGHT WILL BE 2012 AND COMPLETELY DEFEATING PRESIDENT 12:04:57 BARACK OBAMA AND HIS LIBERAL AGENDA. 12:05:01 NOW, THAT BEING SAID THERE'S A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT ARE NOT 12:05:05 BEING DISCUSSED ADDITIONALLY DISTURBING BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT 12:05:07 BEING ADDRESSED. THAT FIRST AND FOREMOST IS THE 12:05:13 IMMIGRATION AND ITS INEXTRICABLE TIES TO CRIPPLE ACTIVITY AND 12:05:17 FUNDAMENTAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISM. AND THEY ARE TIED. 12:05:23 NOW, I PROMISE I WILL BE SHORT. LOOK, AS AMERICANS WHERE ENTITY 12:05:28 GENERATIONS THAT CAME BEFORE US AND YOU KNOW THIS UN-AMERICAN 12:05:32 UNAPOLOGETIC APPEASEMENT BY THIS PRESIDENT TO THESE 12:05:35 FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAMIC GROUPS THINKING THAT THEY WILL CODDLE 12:05:38 US AND THEY'RE GOING TO ACCEPT US FOR WHAT HE IS SAYING IS A 12:05:43 BIG JOKE. NOW, I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A 12:05:45 MESSAGE TO ALL THESE SELF PROCLAIMED POLITICALLY CORRECT 12:05:49 AND PRACTICING PEACEFULLY PRACTICING MUSLIMS, AND, YOU 12:05:58 KNOW, COLLECT MY THOUGHTS YEAR. A LOT OF THEM, SOME HERE IN THIS 12:06:05 VERY SAME ROOM AND MAYBE BACKSTAGE, THERE ARE 12:06:09 SYMPATHIZERS. THEY PRETTY MUCH, THEY TURN A 12:06:13 BLIND EYE TO WHAT THE ISSUE IS THAT IF THEY CONTINUE TO TURN A 12:06:16 BLIND EYE TO THE PROBLEM THAT IS FUNDAMENTALISM, WHETHER THEY 12:06:22 TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE COUSIN, BROTHER, FATHER, WHO PERHAPS MAY 12:06:27 BE ONE OF THESE TEARS. THEY ARE JUST AS CULPABLE AND 12:06:30 COMPLICIT AS THE PERSON WHO STRAPS ON THE SUICIDE BOMBS. 12:06:33 [APPLAUSE] >> MY MESSAGE TO THEM IS THIS. 12:06:39 IS THAT YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR IT. 12:06:44 AND IN CLOSING I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN. 12:06:47 I'M HUMBLED, AND THANK YOU SEE BACK. 12:06:50 THANK YOU RUSHPIT THINK AT ONE OF IN THAT ROOM. 12:06:51 THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] 12:07:05 ALL RIGHT AGAIN. WE HAVE A WINNER. 12:07:06 SOMETHING ELSE. THE WINNER OF TODAY'S iPAD 12:07:11 DRAWING FROM TOWNHALL MAGAZINE IS JOE HOLDS FROM CHESTERTOWN, 12:07:16 MARYLAND. JOE, ARE YOU OUT THERE? 12:07:19 RIGHT ON, RIGHT ON. YOU CAN CLAIM YOUR iPAD AT THE 12:07:24 TOWNHALL MAGAZINE BOOTH. THE NEXT DRAWING IS AT 3 P.M. ON 12:07:27 FRIDAY. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. 12:07:31 TODAY AT THREE. RIDE ON. 12:07:33 WHAT, DO YOU THINK YOU'LL WIN ANOTHER ONE? 12:07:37 [INAUDIBLE] >> OH, OKAY. 12:07:38 WERE YOU THE ONE THAT CALLED THE ANTICHRIST ON THE AIR? 12:07:42 DON'T EVEN TALK TO ME. NEXT WE HAVE AN AMAZING PANEL. 12:07:47 YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS. YOU WILL WANT TO GET YOUR HANDS 12:07:50 READY TO BE PUT TOGETHER. TO INTRODUCE OUR PANEL IS EMILY 12:07:54 STARR BACK. YOU CAN READ ALL ABOUT HER IN 12:07:57 YOUR MANUAL. SHE'S A RESEARCH FELLOW AND 12:07:59 DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER ON ONTO BRNO INNOVATION -- INNOVATION 12:08:02 AND GOVERNMENT COST CALCULATOR THAT MY GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO 12:08:09 HAVE.ORG. SHE KNOWS HER STUFF. 12:08:15 SHE'S KNOWN, SHE'S PUBLISHED EVERYWHERE. 12:08:17 I COULDN'T POSSIBLY TO YOU ALL THE JOURNALS SHE PUBLISHES IN. 12:08:22 HER RESEARCH SKILLS INCLUDE MICROECONOMICS, URBAN ECONOMICS, 12:08:24 LABOR ECONOMICS. AND O BE HERE TODAY 12:09:02 AMONG AN AMAZING PANEL OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE COMMITTED IN 12:09:05 SCALING BACK THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. 12:09:10 WHAT IT HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT IN PARTICULAR IS A PROJECT THAT 12:09:13 IS NEW TO US AT THE INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE. 12:09:18 I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO GO TO THE WEBSITE AND CHECK IT OUT. 12:09:22 WHAT WE HAVE PRODUCED 40 THERE IS CALLED A GOVERNMENT COST 12:09:25 CALCULATOR. AND WHAT IT DOES IS IT ENABLES 12:09:28 USERS TO COME IN AND FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW MUCH FEDERAL 12:09:31 SPENDING PROGRAMS ARE COSTING THEM PERSONALLY. 12:09:33 SO NOT ONLY CAN THEY FIND OUT THE TRUE COSTS OF FEDERAL 12:09:36 SPENDING PROGRAMS, BREAK THEM DOWN BY ISSUES AND VARIOUS 12:09:40 DIFFERENT BUDGETS, BUT THEY ALSO FIND THAT WHAT THE VALUE OF 12:09:43 THOSE DOLLARS WOULD BE WORTH IF THEY COULD SAVE THEM AND USE 12:09:46 THEM AS THEY CHOOSE. TODAY 14 TRILLION-DOLLAR FEDERAL 12:09:53 DEFICIT WE NOW CONFRONT STATUE OF THE LARGEST AND 12:09:57 INTERGENERATIONAL WEALTH TRANSFERS THE WORLD HAS EVER 12:10:00 SEEN. THIS YEAR'S ANNUAL BUDGET 12:10:02 DEFICIT IS $1.5 TRILLION. AND NOW MORE THAN EVER THE 12:10:08 ISSUES OF HOW TO CUT BACK SPENDING AND WHERE TO CUT BACK 12:10:10 SPENDING ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. 12:10:13 IT'S CLEAR THAT IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS 12:10:17 MEANINGFULLY, LARGE AND DEEP SPENDING CUTS ARE GOING TO BE 12:10:21 REQUIRED IN THOSE AREAS THE COST TO THE MAJORITY OF THE FEDERAL 12:10:24 SPENDING. THESE AREAS INCLUDE MEDICARE, 12:10:26 MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE. 12:10:29 THIS PANEL IS DESIGNED TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES TO DECLARE 12:10:33 THAT TAXATION IS NOT THE ANSWER. AS IT INTRODUCED THE PANELISTS 12:10:42 JOINING ME TODAY, I CHALLENGED THEM TO DISCUSS THESE ISSUES AND 12:10:46 TARGET THESE AREAS IN PARTICULAR. 12:10:48 MOREOVER, I AM BY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO COME AND USE OUR 12:10:51 GOVERNMENT COST IT LATER ON MYGOVCOST.ORG TO FIND OUT HOW 12:10:56 FEDERAL SPENDING ISSUES ARE AFFECTING YOU DIRECTLY. 12:11:02 PLEASE WELCOME MY FELLOW PANELISTS. 12:11:08 [APPLAUSE] >> JOINING US TODAY IS JOHN 12:11:23 O'HARA. JOHN IS AUTHOR OF A NEW AMERICAN 12:11:27 TEA PARTY. HE IS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE 12:11:29 ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE. HE'S A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR TO 12:11:34 BIG GOVERNMENT AND THE DAILY CALLER. 12:11:37 AND, FINALLY, JOHN HAS APPEARED IN ALL KINDS OF RELEVANT SHOWS 12:11:40 LIKE "THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART" AND PERHAPS MORE 12:11:42 IMPORTANT MSNBC'S HARDBALL WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS. 12:11:50 [INAUDIBLE] [APPLAUSE] 12:11:54 >> MY SECOND SPEAKER TODAY IS AMY TRIMMER. 12:12:00 [APPLAUSE] >> AMY IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL 12:12:04 FOUNDERS OF THE ATLANTIC TEA PARTY. 12:12:05 SHE IS CHAIRMAN OF THE TEA PARTY EXPRESS AND SHE IS AN ACTIVE AND 12:12:10 FOUNDER OF THE TWITTER MOVEMENT WITHIN THE DELIVERY AND TEA 12:12:16 PARTY MOVEMENT MORE GENERAL. SHE'S AN ACTIVIST, A MOM AND A 12:12:20 REGULAR INFORMED CITIZEN. [APPLAUSE] 12:12:27 >> FINALLY, AFTER SPEAKER IS GROVER NORQUIST. 12:12:33 GROVER PERHAPS -- [APPLAUSE] 12:12:36 >> HE IS PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN TAX REFORM. 12:12:38 IS ON THE BOARD OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION. 12:12:40 THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION, AND AUTHOR OF TWO BOOKS 12:12:44 INCLUDING ROCK THE HOUSE AND LEAVE US ALONE. 12:12:47 WELCOME. [APPLAUSE] 12:12:53 >> ALL RIGHT. JOHN WILL SPEAK FIRST. 12:13:00 >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EMILY. ARE THERE ANY TEA PARTIERS HERE 12:13:04 TODAY? [APPLAUSE] 12:13:08 >> HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN TO MADE AN ORGANIZING 12:13:11 MEETING OR A RALLY? [APPLAUSE] 12:13:14 >> THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING. YOU GUYS SHOW AND A REALLY PART 12:13:20 OF A REALLY TOTALLY TRANSFORMATIVE POLITICAL 12:13:23 LANDSCAPE TODAY. IT'S MAKING A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT 12:13:26 IT MOST RECENTLY OF COURSE IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS. 12:13:30 [APPLAUSE] >> WOW THIS IS VERY OBVIOUS TO 12:13:32 MANY OF US HERE IN THE ROOM IT'S WORTH NOTING BECAUSE IT'S NO 12:13:34 SMALL FEAT, PARTICULARLY WITH THE CYNICISM AND CRITICISM OF 12:13:39 THE TEA PARTY HAS ENDURED SINCE DAY ONE. 12:13:44 THERE'S NO DOUBT WE MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN THE LOCAL 12:13:48 LANDSCAPE WITH OUR THREE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS I THINK ARE WORTH 12:13:50 HIGHLIGHTING TODAY AND TO THINK ABOUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. 12:13:54 ONE, THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT HAS BROUGHT MORE PEOPLE INTO THE 12:13:57 POLITICAL PROCESS. REALLY BY HIGHLIGHTING THE 12:13:59 DANGERS OF RUNAWAY BIG GOVERNMENT, BENT ON CREATING TWO 12:14:03 CLASSES OF PEOPLE. ON THE ONE HAND, THE WAGON 12:14:06 RIDERS, THOSE PUBLIC EMPLOYEE UNIONS, THE POLITICAL CLASS, THE 12:14:11 CORPORATE WELFARE IS. AND ON THE OTHER HAND THE WAGON 12:14:15 PORCH, THE REST OF US. HARD-WORKING TAXPAYERS THAT ARE 12:14:22 MADE TO PULL THE BLACK AND. AND THIS MOVEMENT HAS SHAKEN 12:14:26 PEOPLE OUT OF COMPLACENCY AND EXPANDED THE CENTER-RIGHT 12:14:30 MOVEMENT AND THAT'S A REAL VICTORY. 12:14:32 MORE AND MORE OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS SELF IDENTIFY AS TEA 12:14:35 PARTIERS AND CONSERVATIVES AND DESPITE WHAT CERTAIN THE WOULD 12:14:40 HAVE YOU BELIEVE, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE JOINING OUR RANKS AND 12:14:44 BELIEVE IN LIMITING GOVERNMENT AND EXPANDING INDIVIDUAL 12:14:48 LIBERTY. AND PART OF THAT IS ALTHOUGH WE 12:14:50 DON'T ALWAYS MAKE THAT CASE WELL, OUR IDEAS ARE NOT ONLY 12:14:53 PHILOSOPHICALLY SOUND, AND IN SYNC WITH THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLE 12:14:57 OF OUR NATION, THEY ARE ALSO THE BEST WAY TO HELP THE POOR AND 12:15:02 DISADVANTAGED. WE NEED TO MAKE THAT CASE BETTER 12:15:05 AND MORE OFTEN AND CONTINUE TO BRING PEOPLE INTO OUR RING. 12:15:09 ALTERNATIVE AWARD, FOR THAT MATTER ANY GOVERNMENT PROGRAM 12:15:11 THAT ANY LIBERAL HOUSE IS MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE PURSUIT 12:15:14 OF PROFIT AND THE FREE MARKET SYSTEM WHERE AN INVESTOR TAKES A 12:15:18 CHANCE ON ABOUT HER NEWER WHO TAKES A CHANCE HIRING WORKERS TO 12:15:23 PROVIDE A SERVICE OR PRODUCT. FREE MARKET CAPITAL, NOT COMMAND 12:15:29 AND CONTROL GOVERNMENT HAS PULLED MORE PEOPLE OUT OF 12:15:31 POVERTY THAN ANY SYSTEM EVER HAS OR EVER WILL. 12:15:35 [APPLAUSE] >> WE NEED TO DOUBT THAT IN 12:15:41 CHANGING THE BENEFITS OF THE FREE MARKET AND MAKE THE CASE TO 12:15:44 MANY OF THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT COME TO SEE BACK, THOSE OUTSIDE OF 12:15:48 ABATE AND CONTINUE TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR OUR IDEAS HERE THE 12:15:52 SECOND MAJOR COUNTRIES I THINK THE MOON HAS MADE IS TO CLEARLY 12:15:56 TO PASS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. 12:15:58 ARE WE GOING TO BE A COUNTRY THAT DEPENDS ON THE GOVERNMENT 12:16:02 FOR EVERYTHING, SLOWLY SUFFOCATING, OR ARE WE GOING TO 12:16:09 BE A NATION OF INDEPENDENT LIBERTY ORIENTED INDIVIDUALS WHO 12:16:11 BELIEVE IN FREE MARKETS AND FREE MINDS UNINHIBITED TO PURSUE OUR 12:16:15 OWN VERSIONS OF THE AMERICAN DREAMS. 12:16:18 I THINK I KNOW WHERE MOST FOLKS IN THIS ROOM STAND, AND THE GOOD 12:16:22 NEWS IS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE STANDING WITH US AND WE NEED TO 12:16:25 CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT. THIRD, THIRD I THINK THE TEA 12:16:34 PARTY MOVEMENT QUITE POSSIBLY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION 12:16:38 HAS BEEN TO SERVE AS THE MUCH NEEDED MECHANISM OF 12:16:42 ACCOUNTABILITY OUTSIDE THE REPUBLICAN FIRM. 12:16:49 THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT HOLDS NOT JUST LIBERAL DEMOCRATS 12:16:52 ACCOUNTABLE BUT REPUBLICANS, WAYWARD REPUBLICANS AS WELL. 12:16:56 THIS IS GOOD FOR LIBERTY. THIS IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY. 12:17:00 AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT ROLE THE TEA PARTY PLACE. 12:17:04 I LIVE IN ILLINOIS ASATE. 12:17:24 THE TRENDLINE IS GOOD EVEN AN ELEMENT WHICH IS THE GOOD NEWS. 12:17:27 PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY FOR POLITICIANS WHO SEEK THE TRUTH. 12:17:30 CLEAR A THOUGHTFUL SOLUTION. CHRIS CHRISTIE IS A GREAT 12:17:34 EXAMPLE. [APPLAUSE] 12:17:41 >> MUCH LIKE THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE, ILLINOIS IS FUNDAMENTALLY 12:17:46 CENTER-RIGHT. BEFORE THE LAND OF TAXES WE WERE 12:17:49 THE LAND OF LINCOLN. BEFORE WE WERE HOME TO PRESIDENT 12:17:52 OBAMA WE WERE HOME TO RONALD REAGAN. 12:17:54 WHOSE LEGACY WE CELEBRATE TONIGHT. 12:17:58 WE RECENTLY LOST A TOP GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION BUT IT 12:18:01 WAS VERY CLOSE AND WE SAID A HANDFUL OF TEA PARTY FRESHMAN TO 12:18:05 CONGRESS HERE IN D.C. AND A REPUBLICAN TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S 12:18:09 FORMER SENATE SEAT. [APPLAUSE] 12:18:13 >> THIS WAS ALL DONE WITH SUBSTANTIAL GAME CHANGING TEA 12:18:18 PARTY PARTICIPATION IN ILLINOIS. IS ANYONE HERE FROM ILLINOIS? 12:18:25 FQ IN THE BACK. THEY ARE PROBABLY GETTING LUNCH. 12:18:28 ALL RIGHT. I'M HERE TO SUGGEST THE GOAL FOR 12:18:32 US IN OF A, JUST TO SEND A STRONG SIGNAL TO THE 12:18:38 MISSION-CRITICAL ISRAELI, THE PRESIDENT'S HOME STATE TO VOTE 12:18:40 FOR A NEW TO OCCUPY HIS CURRENT SEAT IN 2012. 12:18:49 IT'S AN AUDACIOUS GOAL BUT WITH THE RIGHT GRASSROOTS STRATEGY 12:18:52 DURING THE RIGHT MESSAGE I THINK IT'S AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL AND ONE 12:18:54 I THINK EVERY ONE IN THIS ROOM SHOULD SET FOR THEIR STATE AND 12:19:00 THEIR ACCOUNT AND THEIR PRECINCT INTO LITTLE MATTER HOW HIGH 12:19:04 HURDLE THEY THINK MAYBE. REJECT THOSE WHO TAKE IS 12:19:08 HOPELESS, AND THEY WILL BECAUSE IF THERE'S ANYTHING THIS PAST 12:19:10 ELECTION CYCLE HAS TAUGHT US IS AMERICANS ARE REJECTING THAT THE 12:19:12 GOVERNMENT STATUS QUO. THEREWITH IS MORE THAN EVER, AND 12:19:14 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT ABROAD IS 12:19:22 HAVE COME A LONG WHICH IS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS AND THERE'S 12:19:24 SO MUCH MORE WORK TO DO. WE MUST CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT 12:19:29 AND HOLD ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. 12:19:31 STAND BY THEM WHEN THEY DO GOOD, FIRE THEM WHEN THEY DO BAD, AND 12:19:34 CONTINUE TO BUILD OUR BEST CANDIDATE WE NEED CYNICAL SIDE, 12:19:39 REDOUBLE OUR EFFORTS EVER GOING TO GET OUR NATION BACK ON TRACK 12:19:42 AND I LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT WITH ALL OF YOU IN THE MONTHS 12:19:46 AND YEARS TO COME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 12:19:51 [APPLAUSE] >> HELLO, EVERYONE. 12:19:56 IT'S GREAT TO BE HERE TODAY. I AM REALLY HONORED AND 12:20:00 PRIVILEGED TO BE HERE BECAUSE I AM NO ONE SPECIAL BUT I'M JUST A 12:20:04 MOM THAT TWO YEARS AGO WAS CONCERNED ABOUT OUR COUNTRY AND 12:20:07 CAME TOGETHER WITH SOME OTHER CONSERVATIVES AND WE START THIS 12:20:11 LITTLE THING CALLED THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT. 12:20:15 AND WHAT HAPPENED IN NOVEMBER IS SIMPLY AMAZING BECAUSE IT ALL 12:20:20 HAPPENED WITH NO PLAN. ABSOLUTELY NO PLANS WHATSOEVER. 12:20:26 AND NOW HERE WE ARE LOOKING AT 2012, ANOTHER ELECTION CYCLE AND 12:20:32 WE HAVE TIME TO COME UP WITH A PLAN AND TO WORK EVEN HARDER AND 12:20:36 TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL. YOU KNOW, THIS TEA PARTY 12:20:44 MOVEMENT IS A DIRECT RESULT OF PEOPLE BEING FED UP AND ANGRY 12:20:50 AND JUST DISENFRANCHISED WITH BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. 12:20:54 BOTH REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMOCRATS. 12:20:58 SO PEOPLE HAVE STARTED TO BECOME ENGAGED. 12:21:03 THIS MOVEMENT IS ABOUT ISSUES. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'RE 12:21:07 REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. WE WANT PRINCIPLED CONSERVATIVES 12:21:11 IN WASHINGTON. [APPLAUSE] 12:21:17 >> AND THAT'S OUR OBJECTIVE. WE NOT AN ARM OF THE REPUBLICAN 12:21:21 PARTY. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THERE ARE 12:21:23 MANY REPUBLICANS THAT DON'T LIKE US, AREN'T THERE? 12:21:27 OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO SEND CONSERVATIVES TO WASHINGTON, NOT 12:21:31 REPUBLICANS. THIS MOVEMENT, YOU KNOW, IT 12:21:32 STARTED THE DAY AFTER RICK SANTELLI HAD HIS RANT, AND IT'S 12:21:39 ALL ABOUT JUST LIKE THE TITLE OF THIS PANEL, IT'S SPENDING 12:21:44 STUPID. WE DON'T HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM. 12:21:47 WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. [APPLAUSE] 12:21:54 >> AND WENT AMERICAN FAMILIES ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE HAVING 12:21:57 TO SIT DOWN AT THEIR KITCHEN TABLES AND BALANCE THEIR BUDGET 12:22:00 AND CUT BACK TO MAKE ENDS MEET, WHY IS IT THAT OUR FEDERAL 12:22:04 GOVERNMENT, OUR CONGRESS IS UP HERE, AND OUR PRESIDENT IS UP 12:22:08 YOUR WITH OUR CREDIT CARD JUST CHARGING, CHARGING, CHARGING. 12:22:11 IT NEEDS TO STOP AND IT NEEDS TO STOP NOW. 12:22:14 IF YOU AND I, WE'RE THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO STOP IT. 12:22:21 LOOK, THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT IF YOU TRULY WANT TO EFFECT 12:22:26 CHANGE, YOU NEED TO CHANGE THE PLAYERS . 12:22:30 YOU CANNOT LEAVE THESE PEOPLE HERE AND EXPECT THEM TO DO 12:22:35 SOMETHING DIFFERENT. BECAUSE THEY HAVE PROVEN OVER 12:22:37 AND OVER AGAIN THEY JUST DON'T GET IT . 12:22:42 SO, YOU KNOW, WE CAN HAVE RALLIES TO THE END OF TIME. 12:22:46 RALLIES, GATHERINGS, WHATEVER. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IF YOU 12:22:50 TRULY WANT TO EFFECT CHANGE YOU HAVE TO GET ENGAGED IN THE 12:22:54 POLITICAL PROCESS. AND THAT'S WHAT TEA PARTY 12:22:56 EXPRESS DID OVER THIS PAST ELECTION CYCLE HERE AND WE'RE 12:22:59 VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WE HAVE DONE, ENGAGING. 12:23:03 PIC EBONY STATE YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN 12:23:05 THE PRIMARIES. THAT'S NOT TO PUBLICLY CORRECT 12:23:07 THING TO DO. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT. 12:23:10 I MEAN, WE'RE NOT ABOUT BEING POLLUTED THE CORRECT. 12:23:12 THIS IS ABOUT PRINCIPLES AND VALUES AND SAVING THIS COUNTRY. 12:23:20 [APPLAUSE] >> WE HAVE TO REIN IN THIS OUT 12:23:21 OF CONTROL SPENDING. IF NOT US, THEN YOU? 12:23:26 IT'S UP TO US. WE ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE. 12:23:30 WE'VE BEEN CALLED THE FRENCH ELEMENT AND IS A NET. 12:23:35 BUT THE ONE THING, OUR ARMOR THAT ALLOWS US TO DO WHAT WE'RE 12:23:39 DOING IS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. AND I DON'T THINK THERE'S 12:23:42 ANYTHING RADICAL ABOUT THE U.S. CONSTITUTION HERE. 12:23:46 [APPLAUSE] >> SO, WE HAVE AS I SAID, WE HAD 12:23:53 A HUGE SUCCESS IN NOVEMBER. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING WHAT 12:23:56 WE'RE ABLE TO DO. WE ALL KNOW THAT WE TALK BACK 12:23:59 THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, FIRED NANCY 12:24:04 PELOSI, WE DIDN'T DO IT IN THE SENATE. 12:24:07 WE TRIED, TRUST ME WE TRIED REALLY HARD TO FIRE EVERY GREED 12:24:11 BUT WE HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE. WE CAN TAKE THAT GAVEL OUT OF 12:24:14 HARRY REID'S HAND AND TAKE BACK THE U.S. SENATE. 12:24:16 AND WE WILL DO THAT IN 2012. AND WE NEED TO DO THAT BECAUSE 12:24:21 THE ONE THING IS, WE DIDN'T GET HERE OVERNIGHT. 12:24:25 WE CAN CHANGE THIS OVERNIGHT. WE CAN'T CHANGE IT IN ONE 12:24:27 ELECTION CYCLE. IT WILL TAKE US SEVERAL ELECTION 12:24:31 CYCLES TO CHANGE THIS, TO TURN THINGS BACK AROUND. 12:24:34 AND WE CAN DO IT IF WE ALL WORK HARD TOGETHER. 12:24:37 THIS MOVEMENT COME HERE, THEY SAID THEY'RE GOING TO GO WAY. 12:24:41 THEY WILL FIZZLE OUT. GUESS WHAT? 12:24:43 WE'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. WE SAW WHAT WE CAN DO EVER GOING 12:24:47 TO DO IT AGAIN BIGGER AND BETTER. 12:24:50 [APPLAUSE] >> WE JUST ANNOUNCED A DEBATE 12:24:55 WITH CNN, TEA PARTY EXPRESS PARTNER WITH CNN TO BE THE FIRST 12:25:02 EVER PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. AND THE AMAZING THING, THE 12:25:05 AMAZING THING ABOUT THAT IS THAT ONE YEAR AGO WHO COULD HAVE 12:25:10 HAPPENED THAT THEY WOULD BE A TEA PARTY PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE? 12:25:14 THEY DIDN'T THINK THIS MOVEMENT WITH LAST. 12:25:15 WE ARE HERE TO STAY CALM AND WE'RE GOING TO HOLD THESE PEOPLE 12:25:20 ACCOUNTABLE AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THEM TOE THE LINE AND LANE 12:2 LINES OF THAT TOWN HALL WAS OUT 12:25:47 OF WEST WAS ASKED A QUESTION ABOUT THE DEBT CEILING AND HIS 12:25:49 ANSWER WAS JUST SAY NO. JUST SAY NO. 12:25:57 AND SO WE NEED TO ALL CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO REIN IN THIS 12:26:01 OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING. WE'VE ALL BEEN BLESSED TO BE 12:26:05 RAISED IN BE, UNICODE HAVE AMERICA AS OUR HOME AND TO BE 12:26:09 PART OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. AND I WANT MY CHILD AND MY 12:26:13 GRANDCHILDREN TO HAVE THE SAME THINGS THAT I'VE HAD GROWING UP. 12:26:15 AND I'M SURE YOU'LL DO. THAT'S WHY THERE ARE SO MANY 12:26:19 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS MOVEMENT AND RELATE TO THIS BECAUSE IT'S 12:26:23 ABOUT THE AMERICAN DREAM. WE WANT AMERICANS TO REMAIN THAT 12:26:26 SHINING CITY ON THE HILL. [APPLAUSE] 12:26:30 >> THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO. SO WE NEED TO MARCH FORWARD. 12:26:34 WE NEED TO HOLD THESE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE, AND AT THE SAME 12:26:38 TIME CONTINUE TO WORK TIRELESSLY WITH ONE ANOTHER TO BRING MORE 12:26:43 CHANGE IN 2012 AND TAKE BACK THIS COUNTRY. 12:26:46 NOT ONLY DO WE NEED TO TAKE BACK THE U.S. SENATE, BUT WE NEED TO 12:26:51 TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE. [APPLAUSE] 12:26:53 >> WE NEED A CONSERVATIVE IN THERE. 12:26:57 THAT'S GOING TO STAND ON PRINCIPLES AND PROTECT THE 12:27:00 AMERICAN DREAM, PROTECT THAT SHINING CITY ON THE HILL. 12:27:04 I'M NOT READY TO SPEAK CHINESE YET. 12:27:06 I DON'T WANT TO SPEAK CHINESE. THIS IS AMERICA AND I'M PROUD TO 12:27:10 BE AN AMERICAN AND I KNOW ALL OF YOU ARE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. 12:27:13 AND I PROMISE THAT I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TIRELESSLY WITH 12:27:17 ALL OF YOU STANDING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER TO MAKE CHANGE IN 2012, 12:27:23 AND TO LET THE ASTONISHMENT NO, WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. 12:27:26 GOD BLESS YOU ALL. [APPLAUSE] 12:27:37 >> I'M DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TO TALK ABOUT TEA PARTY AND 12:27:42 SPENDING AS A CRITICAL ISSUE. IT WAS TWO YEARS AGO THIS 12:27:46 COUNTRY WAS HEADING TO HAITI TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WAS HEADING 12:27:51 TO COLLAPSE. THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT WAS 12:27:53 DISPIRITED ARE GOING TO BECOME GREECE. 12:27:55 THE GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO RUN THE BANKS. 12:27:58 THEY WERE GOING TO RUN THE OUR COMPANIES. 12:28:01 THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE OVER HEALTH CARE. 12:28:02 AND THERE WAS NOTHING IN THERE WAY TO STOP THAT. 12:28:05 AND WHEN YOU LOOK AHEAD FROM TWO YEARS AGO BECAUSE I WAS IN THE 12:28:10 MEETINGS, WE'RE GOING TO LOSE ANOTHER THREE SENATE SEATS. 12:28:13 WE'RE GOING TO LOSE MORE HOUSE SEAT. 12:28:15 WE'RE GOING TO LOSE MORE GOVERNORSHIPS. 12:28:18 THERE WAS NOTHING STOPPING TURN THIS COUNTRY INTO SOMETHING 12:28:20 BETWEEN FRANCE, GREECE AND EAST GERMANY. 12:28:24 WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE TEA PARTY. IN THE INTRODUCTION OF SPENDING 12:28:30 AS AN ISSUE IN AMERICAN POLITICS. 12:28:33 WE ALL KNOW THAT WHAT HAPPENED SO FAR, THE RADICAL CHANGE, THE 12:28:37 THREE SENATE SEATS WE GAINED OVER THAT, WE SEEM TO PICK UP 12:28:44 THE HOUSE AND RUN THE GOVERNORSHIPS AND OVER 700 STATE 12:28:46 LEGISLATIVE RACES. THIS ESSENTIAL BECAUSE BEFORE 12:28:51 THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT, THERE WAS A HOLE IN THE HEART OF THE 12:28:56 CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT. THERE WAS SOMETHING MISSING. 12:28:59 THINKING ABOUT THE MODERN REAGAN REPUBLICAN PARTY, THE 12:29:03 CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT ABOUT PEOPLE WERE SITTING ROUND A 12:29:04 TABLE, WHOSE THERE? THEY ARE THERE BECAUSE ON THE 12:29:08 MOVIE ISSUE EVERYBODY IS THERE BECAUSE ON THEIR VOTE MOVING 12:29:10 ISSUE THEY WISH TO BE LEFT ALONE. 12:29:12 THREE DIFFERENT PEOPLE, THREE DIFFERENT REASONS. 12:29:15 TAXPAYERS, LAID MY INCOME LOW. BUSINESSMEN AND WOMEN, 12:29:18 CLEVELAND-BASED IS ALONE. PROFESSIONAL, HOMESCHOOLER, 12:29:21 LEAVE MY KIDS ALONE. I'M ON THE BOARD OF THE NRA. 12:29:25 SECOND AMENDMENT VOTERS, LEAVE MY SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS 12:29:29 ALONE. LEAVE MY GUN RIGHTS ALONE. 12:29:32 WE DON'T GO AROUND INSISTING, KNOCKING ON PEOPLES DOORS SAYING 12:29:34 YOU SHOULD BE A HUNDRED. YOU SHOULD WANT TO BE LEFT 12:29:38 ALONE. ALL OF THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES, 12:29:41 PEOPLE FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN YOUR LIFE IS PRACTICING 12:29:44 THEIR FAITH AND TRANSMITTING IT TO THEIR KIDS. 12:29:47 CONSERVATIVE CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX JEWS OF MUSLIMS AND 12:29:53 MORMONS, THEY ALL AGREED THEY WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE SO THAT 12:29:56 THEY CAN GO TO HEAVEN IF THE GUY ACROSS THE TABLE MAYBE 12:30:00 MISUNDERSTAND SCRIPTURES IS GOING TO HAITI ON HIS OWN. 12:30:01 .. >> I AM GOING TO LEAVE YOUR GUNS 12:30:41 ALONE, MONEY, AND I'M GOING TO SPEND A LITTLE TOO MUCH. 12:30:44 THERE WAS NOBODY AT THE TABLE WHO THREW ANYTHING HEAVY OR 12:30:49 WATCH OUT OF THE ROOM. THERE WAS NOT A VOTE-MOVING PART 12:30:53 OF THE MODERN CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT THAT SAID SPENDS TOO 12:30:56 MUCH IS MY VOTE-MOVING ISSUE BECAUSE I KNOW IF 12:30:58 YOU SPEND TOO MUCH IT WILL AFFECT ME. 12:31:01 YOU CANNOT LEAVE ME ALONE IF YOU'RE SPENDING TOO MUCH OF 12:31:04 OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY. [APPLAUDING] 12:31:12 THAT TEA PARTY MOVEMENT COMPLETES THE REAGAN COALITION. 12:31:17 IT BRINGS TO THE TABLE THAT WHICH WAS NOT THERE, AND WE PAID 12:31:22 DEARLY FOR THAT MISSING PIECE OF SUCCESS. 12:31:27 IT IS ALSO CENTRAL TO HAVE THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT AND PEOPLE 12:31:31 FOCUSED ON SPENDING IN ORDER TO COMPETE WITH THE OTHER TEAM. 12:31:38 THE OTHER TEAM IS TAKING. WE HAVE TO LEAVE US ALONE 12:31:41 COALITION. WE DON'T WANT OTHER PEOPLE'S 12:31:43 MONEY OR TIME. WE JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE TO 12:31:49 RUN OUR LIVES AND TO HAVE LIBERTY. 12:31:52 THE OTHER TEAM, HOWEVER, IS THE TAKING COALITION. 12:31:55 IF YOU THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AS TAKING THINGS FROM 12:31:58 SOME PEOPLE AND GIVING THEM TO OTHER PEOPLE. 12:32:01 USUALLY THEY WANT MONEY. YOURS, AND IT GOES TO THEM. 12:32:05 SITTING AROUND THEIR TABLE, TRIAL LAWYERS, LABOR UNIONS, BIG 12:32:11 CITY POLITICAL MACHINES, THE TWO WINGS OF THE DEPENDENCY 12:32:14 MOVEMENT, PEOPLE WHO ARE LOCKED INTO WELFARE DEPENDENCY, AND 12:32:17 PEOPLE WHO MAKE $90,000 OR YEAR MAKING SURE NOBODY GET JOBS AND 12:32:22 PUMP -- BECOMES REPUBLICAN. YOU ALSO HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE WHO 12:32:29 GET GOVERNMENT GRANTS. WHAT DID THEY GET THE MONEY FOR? 12:32:33 TO COME BY THE REST OF US. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO 12:32:37 INVENTED CARS TOO SMALL TO PUT AN ENTIRE FAMILY INTO, TOILETS 12:32:41 TOO SMALL TO FLUSH COMPLETE, THE LIGHT BULBS THAT DON'T REALLY 12:32:44 LIGHT VERY WELL. THEY HAVE SET UP VARIOUS BANKS 12:32:49 SUCH THAT ON THE SABBATH YOU HAVE TO SEPARATE THE GREEN GLASS 12:32:52 FROM THE WHITE CLASS FROM THE BRAND LAST. 12:32:57 THE NATIONAL HAVE THESE INCREDIBLY LONG THOU SHALT LIST 12:33:02 AND THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO AND THINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO 12:33:06 DO. SLIGHTLY LONGER AND MORE TEDIOUS 12:33:08 THAN LEVITICUS. SO AROUND THE LIFT TABLE IS A 12:33:13 BUNCH OF PEOPLE THAT LIVE OFF OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY, YOURS. 12:33:20 WHEN WE FOCUS CORRECTLY ON SPENDING WE NOT ONLY COMPLETE 12:33:23 OUR COALITION AND MAKE IT INTERNALLY CONSISTENT, BUT WE 12:33:27 GET TO THE OTHER TEAM STABLE. YOU KNOW THE FIRST THING OBAMA 12:33:31 DID AS SOON AS HE SHOWED UP THE STATE $800 BILLION THROW IT IN 12:33:36 THE CENTER OF THE TABLE AND THEN 350 FROM DARK. 12:33:40 A TRILLION PLUS DOLLARS. FRIENDS ON THE LEFT CAN GET 12:33:46 ALONG. KIND OF LIKE AND THAT SCENE 12:33:48 AFTER THE BANK ROBBERY IN THE MOVIES. 12:33:51 ONE FOR YOU, ONE FOR YOU, ONE FOR YOU. 12:33:55 THERE ARE ALL SMILES AND HAPPY. BUT AS SOON AS THE PILE OF CASH 12:34:00 IN THE CENTER OF THE TAKING COALITION TABLE BEG7 THEY'RE GOING TO EAT OR WHO THEY'RE GOING TO THROW 12:34:32 OVERBOARD. THE LEFT IS NOT MADE UP OF 12:34:34 FRIENDS AND ALLIES. THE LEFT IS MADE UP OF 12:34:39 COMPLETING -- COMPETING PARASITES. 12:34:43 [APPLAUDING] IF WE SAY NO TO TAX INCREASES, 12:34:53 STOP THROWING MONEY IN THE CENTER OF THEIR TABLE THEY WILL 12:34:56 JUST AS CHEERFULLY NOW ON THE GUY SITTING NEXT TO THEM AS ON 12:34:59 THE
WHITE HOUSE DAILY PRESS BRIEFING - STIX
STIX - Press Secretary Robert Gibbs delivers the White House daily briefing. SLUGGED: 1115 WH BRIEF STIX RS37 85 AR: 16X9 DISC# 215 **FED TO NY ON 5114** MR. GIBBS: Wow. Let me just -- (chuckles). (Directly into microphone.) Attention TV people. Please come to the front of the store. (Laughter.) All right. We'll -- we can start without them. Q Hey -- Q (Off mike.) 11:49:08 MR. GIBBS: Oh! Uh-oh. These TV people better hurry up before they -- some -- yes. Q Start in the back. Start with the back. MR. GIBBS: Let me do a -- here we go. Ladies and gentlemen, your TV people. Q Still putting on (our/their ?) makeup. MR. GIBBS: Yes. Q Excuse me. MR. GIBBS: Oh, and a radio person. Hold on. Q You didn't do a two-minute warning. Q Yes -- Q Yeah he did. MR. GIBBS: I think I did 20 minutes ago, which -- (laughter) -- meant you had, like, an 18-minute buffer on said 20-minute warning. (Laughter.) I'll wait for everyone to come. Q Another radio person. MR. GIBBS: Let me do -- before we start, let me just do a couple of -- hold on, I'll wait for Bill to get here. 11:50:12 Just one quick scheduling announcement for tomorrow. Thursday the president will host two events focusing on the administration's work to increase America's competitiveness and ensure long-term economic growth. In the morning the President's Export Council will meet to discuss the administration's ongoing commitment to export promotion. In the afternoon the president will make an announcement on the expansion of his "educate to innovate" initiative to improve science, technology, engineering and math education in order to better prepare students to lead in the 21st-century economy. Thursday's events highlight the Obama administration's commitment to doubling exports in the next five years while laying the groundwork and preparing our workforce to lead the world in this global economy. And with that -- Q Robert, will there be sprays or anything, or -- ? MR. GIBBS: I think they're both -- well, the second event I know there's remarks, and I think the first event I presume there will be a spray. Yes, ma'am. Q A couple of questions on tax cuts, which the president is really laying out as a wedge issue for the election. But there seems to be a lot of divisiveness among Democrats on the Hill. Is the president going to ask Democrats to bring a vote to the floor on plans to cut taxes only for the middle class ahead of the November election? MR. GIBBS: Well, look, I -- I'm not going to get into what Congress may or may not decide to do, in terms of how they want to bring certain things to the floor or what-have-you. I will reiterate what the president has said: that we should, as you heard him say on a number of occasions last week, make middle-class tax cuts permanent, and not hold the middle class hostage in that to borrowing $700 billion for tax cuts for the wealthy. 11:51:55 That's -- if you listen to part of what Congressman Boehner said over the weekend, there appeared, at least earlier in the week, to be a willingness to go along with that. We would certainly hope that there would be a willingness to go along with that. It appears as if that has largely been walked back to the original position of holding the middle class hostage. And the price of that, the ransom price for that, is $700 billion that we can't afford. Q But now that the president has put that issue out there at the forefront, doesn't he have to take some type of ownership in this? And has he reached out to some of the conservative Democrats -- MR. GIBBS: Yes. Q -- who have questions about whether this is an issue they want to take on? MR. GIBBS: Well, look, again, I think the president has been clear about where his position is. Look, we are a -- we are a big party, and I don't doubt that there will be differing viewpoints, just as -- well, the Republican Party appears to have some differing viewpoints as well on a whole host of issues. But, look, I think the president has laid out where he is. Whether or not this gets solved in the next couple of weeks, during this session, whether it gets kicked over to the lame duck, I don't -- I don't know the answer to that. 11:53:09 But I will say this. I think there is enough overlap in -- and as the president said, enough -- if there's a willingness to provide the very type of certainty that we hear many Republicans would like to provide, we can move forward on the middle-class tax cuts. And I think that's what the president believes we should do. Q And then second, on the consumer protection agency, there have been -- there's been talk about the possibility of appointing Elizabeth Warren as the interim head of the agency, but there are senators on the Hill, including Senator Dodd, who have said that in doing so, you would delegitimize that post. Does that do anything to change the administration's thinking on whether that's the viable option? MR. GIBBS: No. Look, I'd -- I think the president spoke clearly and has over the past several weeks about how he views Elizabeth Warren. Obviously this was -- the concept of a consumer office is something that she created. I think obviously she is among the people that the president is looking at to implement the provisions of the legislation that Congress passed. 11:54:12 I don't have any personnel announcements. The president doesn't have any personnel announcements today, though they could come -- they could come later this week. Q And the interim head is still an option that's on the table? MR. GIBBS: Look, I'm not going to get ahead of any announcements that the president may or may not make until he does. Yes, ma'am. Q On Warren, with these reports that she might be made an interim head or she might be made a counselor to the Treasury secretary, are you worried that that would be seen as some kind of a half-measure, especially given that she's been endorsed by groups like the National Organization of (sic; for) Women? 11:55:12 MR. GIBBS: I'm not going to play hypothetical until there's a personnel announcement. I think that -- as I said a minute ago, as the president has said over the course of many weeks, I think she is -- based on the work that she has done over the course of her career, the fact that she -- again, this is an idea that was borne largely by her -- I think it's -- the president's right to consider her for a role in implementing what the Congress has passed. Q Can I just ask a couple of currency questions? MR. GIBBS: Of what questions? Q Currency. MR. GIBBS: Oh, I -- let me save you the time and point you over to Treasury so I do not -- Q (Inaudible.) (Laughter.) MR. GIBBS: No, I -- if it -- if you want to borrow five bucks, I could probably do that -- (scattered laughter) -- but I will leave the yen and everything else to my good friends at the Department of Treasury. Yes, sir. (Cross talk.) Q Christine O'Donnell, who won the Delaware senatorial primary last night for the Republicans, in 2008 said that then-Senator Obama was so liberal that he's anti-American. Does the White House have any comment on that? 11:56:09 MR. GIBBS: I just saw a couple of clips on that right before I came down. I -- if I'm not mistaken, that was probably an election -- she was at that time running for the same position she runs for now, right? Q I'm not sure if she was a candidate or a pundit. MR. GIBBS: Well, I think she -- well, maybe both. I -- if I'm not mistaken, she ran in 2008 against then-Senator Joe Biden and I think lost fairly handily, close to 2-to-1. I think -- look, I think last night showed that there is a very vociferous debate going on inside the Republican Party for the hearts and minds of Republican voters. I think if you look at what people like Karl Rove or people like the state GOP chairman have said, the Republicans in Delaware nominated somebody that they don't believe can win -- I think in the words of the state party chair, couldn't be elected dogcatcher. 11:57:14 I think comments like that is probably what led to her losing 2- to-1 in Delaware in 2008, and I think -- I think obviously is why you have people in the Republican Party structure in Delaware saying that she will be hard to elect because her views are outside the mainstream of what people in Delaware think now. Q Are you -- is the White House concerned at all that a lot of the voter anger that Republican incumbents have generally been feeling will now be directed at Democratic incumbents now that, other than Hawaii, the primaries are over and now it's general election time, and a lot of this enthusiasm and a lot of this energy and a lot of this anger can be focused on the Democratic incumbents? MR. GIBBS: Well, let me -- let me take this two ways. One, I think -- I think you have to look at the practical implications of the anger that you just spoke about. I think there is no doubt, and I don't think anybody would disagree, that that intraparty Republican anger has changed the complexion of a number of races at a state and a district level. And that has real-world, practical implications for the outcome of what happens in November. Again, last night I think -- I think is a pretty good example, both in a congressional race and in a Senate race in Delaware, that makes winning those races, for the Republicans, a fundamentally harder task. I will say this, Jake, and I've said this - Q You're talking about the House race in Delaware -- (off mike)? MR. GIBBS: Delaware, yes. 11:58:50 And I've said this on a number of occasions, in all honesty, for about two years. There is -- there is -- there was two years ago -- not just because of the collapse of something like Lehman two years ago today -- there was a frustration in the electorate about where we were economically. There -- that frustration, I think, in many ways, is still in the electorate. I -- it was -- I said -- spoke about this after Massachusetts. I think that same type of frustration was there, and I have no doubt that it continues today. We'll see what that produces in November. I remain confident, as I've said, that on election night we'll retain control of both the House and the Senate. But I don't think anybody would tell you that there's not a frustration, particularly based on what has happened economically and where we are in that recovery. And the president shares in some of that frustration. 12:00:07 Q And Robert, if I could turn the currency question in a different way, The Washington Post reported, I think last week, that 41 White House aides owed the IRS over $800,000 in back taxes. Is that correct? Have you been able to check that out? And are they being paid? MR. GIBBS: I don't know the answer to that, but I can check. Q Okay. And would we be able to get a list -- MR. GIBBS: I don't know if that's a currency question, but -- (laughs) -- let me -- Q Well, there's a lot of currency there. MR. GIBBS: Yeah. Let me -- let me -- I don't know the answer, but I'll check on that. Q Okay. And just a second thing on General Odierno. What kind of advice do you think the president is getting from him? What was the purpose of bringing -- (inaudible) -- and with the war in Iraq still continuing -- even though it's not officially combat, we still have 50,000 U.S. troops there, and you've got the war in Afghanistan, obviously. A few weeks back, there was a lot of speculation about Secretary Gates' future. What's your sense right now, what's the president's sense, of how long he's staying? There's some ambiguity as to whether he's staying till the end of the year or he's -- a lot of people are wondering because of continuity and (full force ?). MR. GIBBS: I will -- I -- let me take the second part. I do not know -- I have not heard any update on that. I would point you over to Geoff and Doug at the Pentagon for an answer on Secretary Gates. I will say this: I think somebody -- I think Secretary Gates has provided an enormous amount of leadership at a time, as you said, in which we were -- which we're involved in a war in Afghanistan and still involved in assisting in Iraq. I think if you look at the steps that he and the president have talked about taking as it relates to restructuring the Pentagon, those are tremendously important not just from a budgetary perspective but for a readiness -- from the perspective of readiness. The debates we had about the F-22 and the second engine for the F-35 obviously are very important. 12:02:02 In terms of the first one, I don't have a readout of their meeting. I know that Vice President Biden has spent time both in Iraq and in the United States recently with General Odierno, and the general gave an update on government formation. Obviously, that's the biggest, most pressing outstanding question about where we are in Iraq. I know that the president and the vice president wanted to bring the general into the Oval Office and thank him for his service and his commitment to what he's done for our men and women in uniform and for our effort in Iraq. I will try to get a more -- a full -- if there was -- the advice stuff on that. Q Sure. MR. GIBBS: Yes, sir. Q Is the president meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas next week, either separately or on the fringes of the U.N. meetings? MR. GIBBS: I will -- I don't have an updated -- there's been some talk about at the end of the U.N. meeting, though there was also -- and I've heard conflicting about whether each of those participants is going to be there for the whole time. So I don't have any scheduling update, but let me check on whether that's something that could happen at the end of next week. Q Does the president's schedule stay the same for the U.N.? 12:03:12 MR. GIBBS: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. As far as -- I think we go up sometime Wednesday -- late Wednesday afternoon and we're there through Friday, kind of early evening. So I think -- and we will have over the next couple days, as the schedule sort of firms up, a list of -- and I think some of this will start coming out today -- a list of some of the bilateral meetings or multilateral meetings that the president will be involved in. Q But does -- if he does meet with him, does that suggest that the peace talks are actually making progress, as Secretary Clinton suggests? MR. GIBBS: Well, look, I think -- and look, Senator Mitchell, our Middle East envoy, briefed yesterday from Sharm el-Sheikh. The president continues to believe and I think the team continues to believe that we are in the midst of very serious direct talks, that both parties seem willing to engage in very frank discussions, and that we are slowly but surely making progress. Obviously this is -- this is going to take some time, but we continue to believe that each of the parties at this point continues to demonstrate a serious willingness to discuss the issues at hand. Q Yeah, but a presidential meeting might suggest that they're at a point where it would sort of take a push. MR. GIBBS: Well, look, I will say this, Bill. I think -- I don't think we'd be at this point were it not for continued U.S. engagement and involvement in this process. Let me -- let me double- check the schedule and get a scheduling answer for you on that. Regardless of where we are in that process, this president and the team will continue to become -- continue to remain very engaged in an effort to bring about peace. 12:05:08 When we're not involved in that engagement; when we're -- when we're not, as you said, using that -- using our ability to push, we have tended not to have the results that would lead you to think we're moving towards a comprehensive Middle East peace. Yes, sir. Q Robert, the CNBC television network is hosting a town hall next Monday with President Obama, and an invitation's been extended to the Princeton Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. Was the White House aware that they were being invited to attend the event and their questions prescreened? MR. GIBBS: I honestly, Mike, don't know the answer to any of that. but I can have somebody check in on that. Q You have recently embarked -- or the White House and you personally have embarked on an effort to sort of villify John Boehner. MR. GIBBS: I -- not villify. I think that John Boehner is the -- (a/the ?) leader of an effort to take the House from Democratic control. The effort that the president has been involved in, the effort that I and others have been involved in is simply to illuminate the beliefs of John Boehner. Q Many of them negative, in your opinion. 12:06:11 MR. GIBBS: I am -- well, I don't think that comes as a large surprise to most people watching -- (inaudible). Q My question is that the Republicans in turn tried to do the same thing to Nancy Pelosi in 2006 and in 2008, were largely unsuccessful, evidently. What makes you think that this effort will bear any more fruit than the GOP was able to? MR. GIBBS: Well, I will say, Mike, I think that, having been involved in many of them from a campaign perspective, that elections are about choices. And I think it is important for people to understand what those choices are. And what -- what -- and I think in John Boehner you have somebody who has been in Washington for a long time and I think is instructive to illuminate that choice. 12:07:15 Let's look at -- look, The New York Times did a fairly large story on his special interest lobbyist connections, where he told the stories of handing out checks from the tobacco industry on the floor of the House of Representatives. I think the debate that we are in the midst of on taxes is illuminating about a choice, and that is, do you hold the middle class hostage to providing them permanent tax relief in order to borrow $700 billion that we can't afford to give them to -- tax cuts to people that don't need them? I think that is a -- I think that is part of what -- the president's going to talk about that, part of what Democratic candidates all over the country are going to talk about. Q Given all the upheaval surrounding the election in two months, do you think it's appropriate to have a vote on something as momentous as the tax cut extension in a lame-duck session? MR. GIBBS: Well, look, I -- again, if it doesn't get solved in the next few weeks, it's -- that's where you're going to have to solve it before the tax cut expires. Q I mean, Congress could certainly stay in through the course of October. I mean, they plan to split the first week in October. MR. GIBBS: That's a -- that's a question I would direct towards -- Q Should they stay to take care of this before the election? 12:08:28 MR. GIBBS: What should happen is there ought to be a willingness from -- again, what John Boehner said on Saturday and broadcast on Sunday was -- appeared to be an agreement to move forward on the middle-class tax cuts. That was the position the president talked about extensively the week before. Now, I understand that those comments seemed to get the leader in a bit of hot water, and he moved back to what appeared to be his original position, and that was the ransom for the middle class is $700 billion for tax cuts for the wealthy. John. Q Is the president registered to vote in Washington? And did he vote yesterday, if he was? MR. GIBBS: I presume the president is registered in Illinois and I know participated earlier in the year in that and will vote from there in November. Q Robert? Q Okay. Now -- (laughter) -- the president's going to be going to Connecticut on Thursday -- MR. GIBBS: I don't think there's an election -- (off mike). Go ahead. Q The president's going to Connecticut on Thursday to raise money for the attorney general. Could you tell us anything more about his plans for fundraising, for politics, and what he aims -- how he aims to kind of try to reassemble the Obama vote of 2008? MR. GIBBS: Well, Jonathan, I think if you go back over the course of the past many weeks and -- you know, the president has been involved, as leaders of the party are, in helping to raise money for the campaign committees, to raise money for candidates. 12:10:07 I think just recently we -- the president donated money -- leftover money out of the presidential accounts to the DNC, the DSCC and the D- triple-C. And, look, I think the president will continue those efforts throughout the election. I don't have with me or have not looked at a full schedule that takes us through election day. Q But does that schedule exist? MR. GIBBS: Somebody has it, I'm sure, yes. Q And one more. David Plouffe told us a couple days ago that he is ready and willing to rejoin the political team in a more formal sense if asked. Is he going to be asked? MR. GIBBS: Well, I -- I'm not the person that would make that decision. I assume that would be a taller guy. Look, I think we are -- you know, we all -- we all understand David's contributions from 2008. 12:11:11 We all still talk fairly regularly to David, and I think he's one of the smartest guys in the country involved in politics. And if the president -- I have no doubt that if the president asked him to take some sort of formal role, that he'd be -- he'd be willing to serve. Q Robert, back on the tax-cuts debate, do you see any prospect at all for a compromise on this, especially on the extension of the upper-bracket tax cut -- perhaps a limited time, or something like that? MR. GIBBS: I -- you know, that's -- the president's position on this is quite clear. Because let's understand that the Republican position isn't really to -- isn't really an extension for a limited period of time, okay? They tried that sort of last week, and then, you know, even in the enumeration by Leader Boehner of a two-year extension, I think the next sentence or half a breath away was making this permanent. So let's -- I don't -- I think there are -- I don't see that there's a willingness on Capitol Hill by the Republican Party to seek only a limited extension of the upper-income tax brackets. I think what the president has made abundantly clear is we can't -- we simply cannot afford to extend the tax cuts for those that make beyond $250,000 a year. I do think it's important to understand -- let's just take for one second what that means. Everybody will enjoy a tax cut. Everybody enjoys a tax cut. If you make less than $250,000 a year, it's on all of your income. If you make more than $250,000 a year, it is on your income up to $250,000 a year. The president believes it's that latter part that borrowing $700 billion for is -- is simply not affordable. Yes, ma'am. Q Can you talk a bit more about the president's tip to Connecticut tomorrow and why he decided to go there? MR. GIBBS: I don't have anything immediately on that. Obviously, again, as I said to Jonathan, a continuing effort to -- I mean, obviously, he's got events here, as I talked about at the beginning of this, but obviously he has a continuing event to -- around these elections. Q How many requests is he getting to stump for candidates and lawmakers? MR. GIBBS: Oh, again, we've -- we've -- I don't have -- as I said to Jonathan, I don't have the full schedule, but I -- it's not the first or the last time that you'll see the president out prior to the November elections. Q And what does the president expect to get out his meetings at the U.N. General Assembly next week? And is Iran going to be the major topic? MR. GIBBS: Well, I think Iran will certainly be a big topic, obviously. There are a series of -- again, we'll announce these over the next day or so -- a series of bilateral meetings, some of which will and some of which probably won't touch on the topic of Iran. I think -- I don't doubt that that is going to be some part of what is discussed, and I think it is likely that the president -- when the president travels to New York next week, it will be as a president who has, I think, moved one important step closer to passing a ratified START treaty through the Senate to reduce -- to reduce nuclear weapons here and in -- and in Russia. Yes, sir. Q Could you give us guidance on the Cabinet meeting and the president's statement today? MR. GIBBS: Yeah. The president will meet with his Cabinet. The predominant item on the agenda is -- will be the economy. And then afterwards, instead of -- instead of doing the statement sort of sitting down in the darker room, we're going to go outside. The president will talk about the economy, specifically efforts in -- under way in the Senate to move the small-business package of tax cuts through, as well as the larger tax-cut debate. Q Robert, on the president's upcoming book. You urge the press corps not to write about the first family, particularly the president's daughters, to keep them out of the public spotlight. But they're central to this book project. And I'm wondering if you see a contradiction in that. 12:15:42 MR. GIBBS: Well, look, we've -- I think our encouragement is to keep their private lives private. I think if you read the book, it is a -- it's a -- I think the president would tell you -- an inspirational book about the country they live in and about their ability and the ability for children throughout this country to dream, as the president talked about yesterday, to dream big and accomplish whatever they want to. I think -- and I think the president and the first lady would be the first to -- the first to underscore that you all have done a great job in keeping the lives of two individuals, quite frankly that really weren't as involved in making a decision about running for office and moving to Washington -- allow them to live as normal a life -- a set of lives as they can. And I will say, having known each of those two children for seven or so years, it is remarkable -- I think it's a great testament to the stability of what the first lady has provided each of them in creating an environment of normalcy even amidst the White House. Q Do you know if he'll be involved in marketing the book at all? MR. GIBBS: No, I do -- I do not believe there -- I don't -- I -- they will not be involved in that, and I don't anticipate that the president will be heavily involved in that at all. Jackie. Q Robert, you mentioned earlier that the tax cuts -- or 700 billion (dollars) for the upper-income levels being something we can't afford, and the president's said that many times. But if we can't afford the $700 billion over 10 years, how can we afford the more than 3 trillion (dollars); which is much more than that, if you add in the interest on the debt? Why is that affordable? 12:17:48 MR. GIBBS: Well, look, Jackie, I think we all -- there is -- our viewpoint is that we are -- we are in the midst of great economic turmoil. For the middle class, that isn't -- that didn't start two years ago today, when the stock market dropped because of the collapse of a big bank. It started years and years ago, when their wages declined, when their jobs were moved overseas. And we're in a period in which, for a long time, the middle class has gotten the short end of the deal. We believe that this is not the time to change that equation on the middle class. I will say it was illuminating reading some of the stories today about the new-found excitedness of the deficit commission, even from those who -- even from those who opposed it. And I think the president has -- the president couldn't get the Congress to authorize that, but set up, himself, a commission that will look at our medium- and long-term fiscal picture, in order to make the decisions that have to be made, and we know will be made, to put ourselves back on a path toward fiscal responsibility. Q The argument for keeping the middle -- so-called middle- class tax cuts is because of the economic weakness right now. Why not make them temporary on the assumption that the economy will be much better, say, in two years or in three to five? 12:19:37 MR. GIBBS: Well, look. I -- certainly it's our great expectation that it will. I think that for middle-class families they've been -- as I said earlier, been -- they've been getting the short end of this deal for quite some time. And I think providing them with a much-needed break is important. Mark (sp). Q Yeah, can I go to Iran and specifically the release of the hikers? MR. GIBBS: Mm-hmm. Q The bail that was posted -- I know the United States government in various forms has denied paying it. But to the extent that we were involved with discussions that led up to the release of Sarah Shourd, doesn't the payment of that bail come close to being paid -- a payment of ransom for someone we believe is innocent? MR. GIBBS: Well, look, the U.S. government does not post bail for detained citizens and did not do so in this case. I'd point you to the Department of State for any additional detail that they may provide. Obviously there are a number of countries that have been helpful in our efforts in communicating with and concerning the release of -- the release yesterday. We're happy that Sarah is back with her family. My message to the Iranian government, though, would be the same the president had yesterday, and that is, there are stoo -- still two remaining hikers that have committed no crime in custody and detained in Iran. 12:21:01 And there's absolutely no reason that those two shouldn't be immediately released by the Iranian government. Q Can I follow on that, Robert? Q Just to be clear, the United States government had no role in the payment of the bail? MR. GIBBS: They did -- does not post bail -- Q (Not even ?) involved in discussions? MR. GIBBS: Does not post bail for detained citizens and did not do so in this case. Q But did not -- was not involved in discussions -- MR. GIBBS: Again, as I said, I'd point you to State if there are additional details that they want to provide. Q Thank you, Robert. Two questions. One, a lot of people are using and misusing religion. In the name of religion, a lot of things are going on. Do you think time has come now for the president to use the opportunity at the United Nations for another message for -- in the name of religion so that -- with the confusion and all the misunderstanding going on around the world? MR. GIBBS: Well, look, I think that the president has -- will have weeks before the U.N., particularly last week, where we saw what was potentially transpiring in Florida and what we know did transpire throughout the world in relation to the threat of -- the threat of that activity. So I think the president, in all honesty, has been -- has taken the occasion on more than one occasion recently to speak directly to that. Q Second, as far as immigration is concerned, it's not only question of illegal immigrants, but also it's testing small businesses because they cannot hire, fire, or they are hurting. But Senator Harry Reid has a new idea to make illegals legal. Is the president aware of that, that they should go to school or go to military? Or what -- MR. GIBBS: Well, I think, Goyal, what you're referring to is the DREAM Act, which affects the children of parents that are in the United States. The president was a supporter of the DREAM Act as a senator. The administration is supportive of that legislation. The previous administration was supportive of that legislation. And certainly it's our hope that working with Congress, we can see progress on that. And none of that will -- none of that will replace what has to happen from a comprehensive level and a comprehensive perspective to deal with the issues around immigration reform. Christie (sp) - Q Can I follow on that? MR. GIBBS: Sure. Q The DREAM Act may be included, as you know, as part of the Defense authorization bill, as well as "don't ask" -- MR. GIBBS: I think that's what Senator Reid has said. Right. Q -- right -- as well as "don't ask, don't tell" repeal. Will the president -- does he still plan on potentially vetoing that Defense authorization bill if it includes money for the alternative engine? MR. GIBBS: I know of no position change on our veto threat around that. Q So even if it includes "don't ask, don't tell" repeal AND the -- MR. GIBBS: That's -- let me see if I can get further guidance, but I think the -- an earlier statement said that. And as I mentioned earlier, the president is -- the president is enormously -- has spent an enormous amount of time, as Secretary Gates has, on the tasks at hand in reshaping the way the Pentagon spends money, contracting, a whole host of issues that go directly to the resources that come from our government and go through and to the Pentagon. So -- Q But there's no change on -- MR. GIBBS: I know of no change on that. Christie (sp). Q Robert, is the president concerned about the diminishing number of moderate Republicans in the Senate? And does he think he can work with some of these tea party senators, if they win? MR. GIBBS: Well, I think what remains to be seen is whether or not these are candidates that are going to win. I mean, again, I think the -- I think their nomination, in and of itself, has changed, as I said earlier, the complexion of many of these races. That's a process -- I think that it's important to understand that did not happen -- that did not start this summer. 12:25:00 That did not start a month ago. Go back to, I think, some of the races that you saw in -- you know, go to the special elections that you saw in New York last year. This happened in those places, as well. We saw it continue in New York last night in the gubernatorial race. Look, the president, regardless of who is -- who that makeup is, will seek to work with anybody in Congress, in the Senate or the House, that is serious about moving the country forward and addressing the problems that we have, whether it's our medium- and long-term fiscal situation, whether it's the economic recovery, whether it's education, whether it's immigration. It is -- I will say that working with -- working with somebody on Capitol Hill is a -- it's a two-way street. You know, this president came here wanting and hoping to do that. 12:26:03 I think you've heard Senator McConnell and others say they had a conscious strategy from the very beginning not to do that. They didn't propose alternatives; they just said no. It's what's led to the Senate now proposing and considering legislation to cut taxes on small business that most Republicans are going to vote against. And if two years ago you would have said, "I envision a -- I envision ending capital gains on investments in small business; do you think Mitch McConnell would support that?" you'd say yes before I finished my hypothetical question. Yet, you know, they've worked themselves into a corner of saying, no, we don't want to do that; we don't want to do this, we don't want to do that; no, no, no. That's what you get. Q Does the president find offensive any of the themes of the tea party movement? For example, some people suggest there are racist undercurrents. MR. GIBBS: I don't know that -- I think, as the president said, that -- obviously I think in the tea party there is a strain of frustration with where this country is and where we are economically. The president understands that. I don't -- I think there are some pretty outlandish things that people have said in the past week that aren't reserved for just tea party candidates. Q Also, just one quick thing. The president has added something in the Rose Garden to his schedule today at 4:30. MR. GIBBS: Yeah. Q Can you give a general (topic for ?) that? MR. GIBBS: Again, it's going to be on small-business legislation and tax cuts. There's no personnel announcement. Q May I follow up on that, please? MR. GIBBS: Which part? Q The second part of your -- MR. GIBBS: I'm kidding. Go ahead. Q -- I'm sorry, the second part of your answer right now. You moved this to the Rose Garden. And you did say you're going to take up the 2001/2003 tax cuts, and you certainly seem emboldened after the Boehner statement. Would you rule out -- wouldn't this be a perfect storm for the president to call on Congress to move forward to put a middle-class tax cut on the board? MR. GIBBS: Again, the president did that last week. The -- again, I -- Q (Off mike) -- Boehner's statement, but he did appear to (jump on it ?) -- MR. GIBBS: I -- because I think -- what I -- I think what -- again, this was "Saturday and Sunday John Boehner." I don't know about "Sunday evening/Monday/Tuesday John Boehner." But there was -- there appeared to be a willingness to accept the president's position that those in the middle class shouldn't be held hostage to tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. Q Right. Wouldn't you want to get that out before they leave? 12:28:45 MR. GIBBS: I -- you know, if there's a willingness by Republicans to do that, sure. If -- but again, that was "Saturday/early Sunday John Boehner." Then there was sort of "Sunday evening/Monday/Tuesday John Boehner" that seemed very quickly to go back to last week's John Boehner. So this may be a better question for the willingness of Leader Boehner to not hold the middle class hostage. Q Can we follow on Iran? MR. GIBBS: Let me go to -- (inaudible). Q Ellen Tauscher said in the runup to the vote -- the vote on the new START treaty there's been aggressive effort, like, by the president to talk to Senate Republicans. You know, who has the president called? And has he been in close contact with the Russian president? MR. GIBBS: I don't know the last time he talked with Medvedev. Let me find a call list of those that -- I know that the president, the vice president and the security team have all been involved in discussions over the past many weeks since the treaty went up, and so let me try to find a list to -- Q But is this members that they're targeting? MR. GIBBS: Well, look, I think there are members -- senators that have, through their statements, discussed a willingness to be supportive of a reduction in strategic nuclear weapons. 12:30:06 I saw, I think, a clip yesterday from Senator Corker mentioning specifically that he thought that efforts over the past sort of four to six weeks had strengthened the treaty. Obviously, the president has a very good relationship with both Chairman John Kerry and the ranking member, Senator Lugar. Good relationships with both, and I know has -- as well as the vice president -- been in contact. Let me get a more specific list. April. Q Robert, speaking of phone calls, has the president made any calls to the winners or losers in the primary elections? MR. GIBBS: He, I think, made some calls last night. I don't know the extent of it. I can try to see which he -- Q It's challenging. MR. GIBBS: Yeah, I -- I will try to get a longer list of -- Q To what extent was the friendship between President Obama and Adrian Fenty? Is it a political friendship, or was this a genuine friendship that encompassed politics? MR. GIBBS: I'd have to ask the president more specifically. I think the president believes -- I believe there was both a personal and a political -- a relationship, obviously, that each of those shared. And I know that at some point he'll get an opportunity, if he hasn't already, to call Mayor Fenty and wish him well. Q And also, on New York, on Charlie Rangel, he's won the primary and is going into November, but is Charlie Rangel's win an albatross around the Democrats' neck for November? Some have -- some have said that, to include members of the GOP. 12:31:48 MR. GIBBS: I don't have any updates on or anything new to say on that race. I think the president's talked about that in the past. Margaret. Q I realize that in the case of Delaware last night's win may actually have made it harder for the Republicans, but -- MR. GIBBS: That's what the Republicans seem to think. Q -- does it -- does it send -- there's been a turnout warning. And I'm also wondering if you -- if the White House was trying to figure out how to advise, maybe, Democrats in California or in Connecticut. Are -- is -- are there some ominous signals or lessons for Democrats to take away from last night's election results? MR. GIBBS: How so? Q Well, if nothing else, there's certainly a very motivated portion of what's become Republican voters. MR. GIBBS: Well, look, I think you've certainly seen in surveys for many months that base Republican voters are very energized. I think if you look at a place like Delaware, I -- you had two very different visions. These were not -- you know, look, I look back at our race in 2008. Save, probably, a couple of very -- save a couple of issues, you had pretty broad agreement between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on a number of things. 12:33:04 I don't think you could say the same -- certainly from the comments that I've seen today, I don't think that Mike Castle and Christine O'Donnell seem to share the same viewpoint on a number of topics. I think, you know, the question for them is going to be, where do those -- where do the voters that end up on the other side of the outcome of these exceedingly divisive races that change the complexion of the map, where do those voters that weren't on the winning side go? I think -- you know, I think if -- I think that's certainly going to remain to be seen because I think, by all accounts, again, there's a significant ideological difference between those two camps. Q When it comes to kind of the "throw the bums out" message, do you think that that's being more driven by the economy, or do you think that President Obama himself -- (chuckles) -- deserves some responsibility for it? After all, I mean, that was his rallying cry, you know, a couple of years ago. MR. GIBBS: Well, I think there has been an anti-establishment frustration in the electorate for a lot longer than we've been in Washington. You know, there was a -- again, two years ago today, Lehman collapsed. There was a pretty -- both then and in the days after, a pretty strong -- pretty strong view on that. Quite frankly, there was before. Look, I think last night was -- last night demonstrated as clear -- in as clear as I think any way that you'll take away a lot of things from this election, but I think the notion -- I mean, look, we didn't play -- we didn't play a role in last night's -- (chuckles) -- Delaware election. That was, as I said, a very pointed intraparty squabble. And I think there are clearly -- as a result of what happened in 2008, there is a process that a party goes through after you lose an election like that. It is playing out. It is narrowing their map. And I think it is providing the candidates that we have with -- and I think the American people have some stark choices. You have candidates that -- you have candidates that have questioned the decision to set up something like Social Security, to end Medicare, to -- I mean, those are -- to do away with a Department of Education. I think those are -- those are going to be interesting choices for some of those -- particularly for moderate voters. And obviously -- you know, there's obviously a whole section of the electorate that isn't going to -- that isn't or doesn't participate in an active primary or caucus process that will be part of a November election. Q Can I follow on Iran, please, before - MR. GIBBS: David? I'll come -- David. Q Thanks, Robert. On Afghanistan. Last week The Washington Post reported that the White House or the administration had asked John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee not to release a report it had completed on corruption Afghanistan. Is that true? MR. GIBBS: I don't know the answer, but I can check. Q On Iran? Q Okay. Do you believe, though, that the American public deserves sort of full transparency on what's happening politically in Afghanistan? MR. GIBBS: In what way? Q Well, in terms of reports like this. MR. GIBBS: David, like I said, I -- let me check on the report. I don't -- Q So but you can and you'll get an answer on that? MR. GIBBS: Yeah. I can check on it. I don't -- Q Robert, two questions? Q Robert -- MR. GIBBS: (Inaudible name.) Q Thank you. Les, I'm sorry. Q Oh. All right. Q On Iran, is there any mechanism to prevent Ahmadinejad from speaking at the U.N. unless he brings the two hostages out? And are there any negotiations to try to arrange a deal for them to come here with those two hostages? MR. GIBBS: I'd point you to the Department of State on that. I don't know. None that I know of. Q Robert? Q Is that preventing him from speaking at the United Nations -- (off mike)? MR. GIBBS: I have not heard any -- Q Robert? Q (Could you ask, please ?)? MR. GIBBS: I -- again, I'd point you to the Department of State. Q Robert, two questions. In Virginia, Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed in eight days as an accessory to murders committed by two male accomplices, both of whom were sentenced to life by the same judge who sentenced her to death. And my question: Will the president extend clemency, rather than allowing this monumental injustice? MR. GIBBS: I'm not familiar with the -- Q It was -- it was all over The Washington Post. You do read that paper? MR. GIBBS: I -- I'm a subscriber. Can I -- can I finish my answer before you protest and gesticulate? Q Exactly. Excuse me. Please forgive me. 12:38:15 MR. GIBBS: I know that's a high bar for me to ask but -- what the heck, right? (Laughter.) I'm not legally familiar with the details of the case. I assume that she is not sentenced under federal law, but is sentenced under Virginia law. Q Yeah, a Virginia judge. MR. GIBBS: Right, through state law. And I think that is a clemency process that goes through the governor's office -- Q I know, but the governor is not liable to -- he is a -- not liable to do it. Will the president -- MR. GIBBS: Well, I -- Q -- extend mercy to this woman? MR. GIBBS: Again, I think this is a process that the Virginia legal process will have to -- (off mike). Q Could you give us just a rough estimate, of more than -- the more than 200 Democrats running for reelection to Congress, how many have invited the president to speak in their districts this and next month, before November 2nd? MR. GIBBS: I don't know the answer to that. Q You don't know the answer? Q Thank you -- Q Anything you desperately want to give us? MR. GIBBS: Go ahead. I'm sorry. Go ahead. Yeah. Q Thanks. The German Marshall Fund of the United States today released a poll saying that 78 percent of Europeans approve of Barack Obama's foreign policies. Any comments on that? And do you think the president would ever have a chance to get those numbers here in the States? (Scattered laughter.) MR. GIBBS: Hm. Good question. (Scattered laughter.) Look, I think that what the president has set out to do from the very beginning was to improve our relations with the rest of the world after, I think, what could easily be -- could easily be said was a rocky period in our bilateral and multilateral relationships around the world. And I think the priorities that he's focused on are the priorities that -- certainly that the American people have but also that citizens of the world have. That is, to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of those that would do those in Europe and those in America harm, to be actively engaged and involved in a Middle East peace process that will result in the -- a long-term lasting peace and a two-state solution. 12:42:08 I -- and to -- probably most importantly -- deal with the -- with al Qaeda and its extremist allies in places like Southeast Asia and throughout the world, in order to make this country and the world a safer place to be. I will say that -- you know, I mean, I'm reminded as we -- I'm reminded as we go through this process of ratifying a START treaty -- again, the committee vote will be tomorrow -- that on so many of these efforts in the past, you have seen these reductions in strategic nuclear weapon treaties pass with vote totals that were in the 90s, because we're reminded that the progress that we need to make on reducing that threat has been -- has been one that was supported by presidents like Barack Obama and presidents like Ronald Reagan. That by -- foreign policy has traditionally enjoyed a very bipartisan -- a bipartisan tenor and a bipartisan support. And I -- our -- certainly our hope that -- is, as the Senate goes about -- as the Senate goes about processing the treaty in the committee and then ultimately on the floor, that that type of bipartisanship will be engendered in meeting the goals of making our planet a safer place to be for everyone. Thanks, guys. Q Robert, do you have the numbers of the people who he called? (Is that what you got ?) from Bill? MR. GIBBS: No, that -- Bill gave me another -- (off mike). If I had your answer, April, I'd (be sure ?) -- (off mike). Q Thank you. (Laughs.) #### END