UNITED STATES SENATE: PRESIDENT TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL DAY 11 1635 - 1845
1630 SENATE FLOOR FS102 90 Trump Impeachment Trial, Day 11: The Senate resumes its sitting as a Court of Impeachment for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, considering final arguments on the articles of impeachment; thereafter proceeding to a period of morning business. 163454 JOE MANCHIN>>... I remain undecided on how I will vote, but these points I believe to be true. First, it was not a perfect call. A newly elected President Zelenskiy with no experience in international politics gets a call from the leader of the free world, asking for a favor related to U.S. domestic political affairs? No one, no one, regardless of political party, should think that the president did and what he did was right. 163533 It was just simply wrong. Pressuring a NATO ally who is actively fighting off Russian aggression in its country is wrong. President Zelenskiy or anyone else should never feel beholden to the superpower of the world for a favor before it can receive military aid. It's not who we are as a country. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies, and never, ever condition our support of democracy for a political favor. 163602 Of all the arguments we have heard from the House Managers and White House Counsel during the long days and nights that we have sat here, the most dangerous, the most troubling to me is the false claim that the president can do no wrong, that he is above the law, and if it's good for the reelection of the president, that it's good for our country. That is simply preposterous. That is not who we are as Americans. That is not how I was raised in the small coal mining town of Farmington, West Virginia. Where I was raised, no one believed they were better than anyone else and could act with total disregard for the well-being of their neighbor if it was for their best interests. 163640 That is not why over 230 years ago, the founding generation rebelled against a king and refused to crown a new one in this republic. So let me be clear -- no one, not even the president, is above the law. Finally, the purpose of impeachment is not to punish the president, but to protect the public. The ultimate question is not whether the president's conduct warrants his removal from office, but whether our nation is better served by his removal by the Senate now with impeachment or by the decision the voters will make in November. 163718 As Hamilton warned us, impeachment seldom failed to agitate the passions of the whole community. They divide us on party lines and inflame our animosities. Never before in the history of our republic has there been a purely partisan impeachment vote of a president. Removing this president at this time would not only further divide our deeply divided nation but also further poison our already-toxic political atmosphere. In weighing these thoughts and of all the arguments brought forward in the case, I must be realistic. I see no path to the 67 votes required to impeach President Trump and haven't since this trial started. 163800 However, I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure president trump for his actions in this matter. Censure would allow this body to unite across party lines, and as an equal branch of government to formally denounce the president's actions and hold him accountable. His behavior cannot go unchecked by the senate, and censure would allow a bipartisan statement condemning his unacceptable behavior in the strongest terms. History will judge the senate for how we have handled this solemn constitutional duty, and without bipartisan action, the fears of the great Senator Byrd will come true. 163837 As he said during the Clinton impeachment, the Senate will sink further into the mire because of this partisanship. There will be no winners on this vote, Byrd said. Each Senator has not only taken a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution, but also to do impartial justice, to help the nation, so help me God. That oath does not say anything about political party. Politics should have nothing to do with it. I am truly struggling with this decision and will come to a conclusion reluctantly as voting whether or not to remove a sitting president is the most consequential decision that I or any U.S. Senator will ever face. 163918 But regardless of my decision, in the absence of 67 votes, I am reminded again of the words of Senator Byrd. The house and senate, Republicans and Democrats, and the president must come together to heal the open wounds, bind up the damaged trust, and by our example again unite our people. for the common good, we must now put aside the bitterness that has infected our nation. We must begin by putting behind us the distrust and bitterness caused by this sorry episode and search for common ground instead of shoring up the divisions that have eroded decency and goodwill and dimmed our collective vision. 164000 It is not the legacy of the individual senators that we should be concerned about, but it is the legacy of this great institution, the United States Senate, that we leave for generations to come. I want to thank you, and I want to ask the good lord to continue to bless this great country of ours during this trying time. Thank you, Madam President. BLACKBURN >>> Madam president. PRESIDING OFFICER>>> The senator from Tennessee. 164031 BLACKBURN >>> Thank you Madam President. Before I begin, I really want to take a moment to thank our friend and majority leader McConnell for the manner in which he has worked to make this trial run so smoothly. I also thank our colleagues for their perseverance and of course the staff that has worked diligently and has been so patient as we have worked through this process. The impeachment trial of president Donald J. Trump was a moment in history that should have been shrouded in the gravity of its potential consequences. Instead, day by day, we endured hyperbole in its most unserious form. It's easy to forget that America's appetite for scandal fades quickly once you exit the beltway around Washington, D.C., 164126 but I encourage my colleagues to recognize that the enthusiasm with which the house managers have sought president trump's removal is completely and inarguably divorced from reality in the heartland. As it appeared to my fellow tennesseans, the intentional mishandling of the house of representatives' constitutional duty was nothing more than an attempt to pre litigate the 2020 election. That's correct, to re pre litigate the 2020 election, and to remove president trump from office and thereby remove him from the ballot. 164213 Our partisan friends had decided on the outcome that was necessary for them. They just needed to find a path that was going to get them there. So they had their outcome. They needed a path. We saw house Democrats freeze out the president's counsel, refusing them an opportunity to fairly participate in the house intelligence committee's investigation. House manager Schiff created the supposed conversations he falsely attributed to the president and waited to see if his assertions would be questioned or if they were going to be accepted as fact. 164305 Let me tell you something. I'm a mom, and I am a grandmother. And I will tell you this -- I don't think there is any mother on Earth who would stand for it if her child did such a thing to a coach or a teacher or a scout leader. Or a minister. They would not stand for it. And yet, the senate was expected to indulge this unseemly behavior. This is something that it is appropriate that we question. The house managers relied heavily on the assertions of a whistle-blower, but refused to reveal anything about the circumstances that led to the whistle-blower's report. 164354 So here we are at the end of the trial. Do we know if the whistle-blower is a person or if it's a group of people? Does the report represent a consensus of ideas or just biased opinion? Was it prepared by an individual or prepared by a committee? No one can answer that question except House manager Schiff and his staff from the House Intel committee. But that's not something they wanted to come down and talk about. When it became clear that the White House would push back on witness subpoenas seeking testimony protected by executive privilege, 164446 House Democrats chose to move on rather than fight as hard as they could for their case. They looked at those subpoenas, thought about the evidence that might come from them, and decided it's not worth the trouble. Instead, they tried to rely on the pandemonium created by a historic moment to convince their colleagues and the American people that justice demanded a do-over, a do-over for the House impeachment. When that strategy failed, they blamed the members of the U.S. Senate for our unwillingness to go in and clean up their mess. This wasn't a pressure tactic. 164531 It was a manipulation tactic aimed right at the hearts of the American people. Unfortunately for the House managers, the people see with dazzling clarity what has transpired within the four walls of this chamber. The House managers have asked us to go on the record and rubber stamp history's first -- history's first impeachment inquiry to be filled solely on the basis of partisan politics. First one, they've asked us to ignore how quickly they moved to impeach president trump and to not compare their timeline to the timelines from the Nixon or the Clinton impeachment. Colleagues, I did my constitutional due diligence. 164625 I read the House managers' brief and those reports prepared by the House Republicans and the president's counsel. I saw it all in black and white. And it was my due diligence that has led me to support acquittal. Now when I was serving in the House, there were times when I became frustrated with President Bush or then with President Obama. And when we as members of the House at that point in time were faced with president Obama's apology tour, his senseless pursuit of government-run health care, and his involvement in the fast and furious scandal or the DACA executive memo, my colleagues and I discussed the possibilities of impeachment. 164714 What are we going to do about this? We looked at all the facts and ultimately we chose a different path, a different path that respected the American people. We litigated our policy differences in the court where those battles belong. And so, Madam President, I ask my colleagues that when the time comes, they exercise the same restraint and I implore every member of this body to recognize the supremacy of the Constitution over partisan spin. Vote to acquit. Vote to reject the two articles of impeachment. I yield the floor. >>I notice the absence of a quorum. >>The clerk will call the roll. Quorum call: CANTWELL >>> Madam president? >>>The senator from Washington. CANTWELL >>> Madam president, is there a quorum call? >>> There is. CANTWELL >>> I ask that it be dispensed with. >>> Without objection. 165009 CANTWELL >>>Thank you, madam president. I come to the floor to join my colleagues speaking about what's transpired over the last several weeks and also to say something that I think is maybe not as obvious as that people realize. And that is that election interference is the issue of our day. It's not because we just spent 11 days talking about it and what might have happened in the oval office about interference in the upcoming 2020 election. It is the issue of our day because we live in an information age and weaponizing misinformation has become a lethal campaign tool. That is to say that if you tarnish your opponent enough with misinformation, 165054 accuse them of corruption, then you can either score by wounding them fatally, that is, by getting people not to vote for them, or by disincenting people to vote at all. Claiming corruption seems to be a pretty good tool these days to wound anybody, to wound institutions, the free press, a legitimate government oversight, but most seriously, it wounds our democracy by sowing doubt into free and fair elections. Once voters believe the election results are corrupt, it's hard to have faith in them and it's hard to make tough decisions that we need to make as a society to move forward. That is why voting in and of itself does give us confidence as a nation because when we know there are free and fair elections, we know the public has spoken and the results are legitimate. 165148 I am personally grateful to my predecessor senator slade Gordon for how he handled the 2000 election. After a three-week recount and a margin of less than one half of 1% with control of the Senate, a 50-50 split to be decided, he conceded. Since then and even at that time some states tried to suppress provisional ballots. But Senator Gordon not only believed that provisional ballots were legitimate, but he believed that the election was correctly decided. That must have been a tough moment for him as he saw a shift in public sentiment in the state of Washington as we have moved more towards a different direction. 165237 But today we live in a world of disinformation where distrust can be served up like your own personal cocktail. After consuming and analyzing endless amounts of personal data about you, someone knows exactly what disinformation tactic will work best with you. It's almost like disinformation on steroids. Our adversaries, the Russians, are especially sowing these seeds of distrust into our democracy trying to dissuade people from even voting and more seriously trying to divide us as a nation and tarnish our democracy. I don't know if this is some payback from president Putin who believes that the United States helped in the demise of the soviet union 165323 or if Russia is just trying to undermine American and European trust in free and open democratic systems or if Russia is trying to divide Europe so it can dominate European energy supplies and exert its influence over European policies. I just know this. We are not the first act of this play. This has been going on for many years in many places. They have interfered in Russian elections. A 2018 report shows, quote, the Europeans launched several multilateral and regional initiatives to build and collect defenses against discrimination, cyber attacks, including cross border cooperation and applying sanctions against malicious actors. 165415 The Russians interfered in our 2016 election, our own intelligence agencies agreed. Quote, the special counsel's investigation established Russia interfered in the 2016 election principally through two operations. First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored president candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer intrusions and operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working for the Hillary Clinton campaign and released stolen documents. End quote. 165457 We must fight back against Russia or anyone who interferes in our elections. Protecting our elections should be a bipartisan effort and we should listen to what the intelligence community says because they're warning us now that Russia will interfere again in the 2020 elections. That is why I take so seriously the House charges that President Trump was involved in a scheme over a long period of time involving many people to ask the Ukraines to interfere in our election. 165539 As federal election commissioner Ellen Winefrob said let me make something 100% clear to the American people and anyone running for office. It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything from value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. Election. This is not a novel concept. End quote. So why has President Trump continued to sow distrust in our elections? He thought it was okay to ask the Russians to interfere in 2016, and he seems to be inviting ukranian interference in 2020. 165619 As one of my former campaign staffers asked last weekend, are campaigns now going to be communications directors, fundraising directors, and now foreign operations directors? You know, those people who go around and seek influence, perhaps dark money or endorsements from foreign governments? Will this become some sort of norm because we're not acting? 165645 I know we already know what the dark, murky world of Paul Manafort looks like. That is why it is so important for us to be clear here. Seeking, requesting, and accepting interference in a U.S. campaign is wrong. It's not inappropriate, it's not just improper, it is illegal. 165710 By calling it improper or turning a blind eye in this case is enabling more election interference. What is not clear is who are all the president's men in this administration who are helping him abuse this power. Is he using this office for political gain and how are they accomplishing this task for him? It is so disappointing to see that this might be happening in our nation. 165744 Where will the abuse stop? I know this. As a young girl I remember the Saturday night massacre, the time when Bill Ruckelshaus and Elliot Richardson stood up to illegal behavior. My father, at the time definitely a Democrat, but he wanted me to understand this lesson. People of the other party might not share the same philosophy, but they did share the same Constitution and the scales of justice are balanced. 165820 Yes, it's probably no harder task than to stand up to the president of your own party, but that is what Bill Ruckelshaus and Elliot Richardson did. I remember that lesson and called Bill Ruckelshaus after Jeff Sessions recused himself and was fired. Bill's advice was prophetic. He said, you should use this opportunity now to make sure the next attorney general will be an independent and help rein in this president's abuse of power. 165858 Well, we obviously did not get that done and we all know what that outcome has been. It occurred to me last weekend that maybe the Saturday night massacre in this case has happened. Maybe John Bolton and Fiona Hill will turn out to be those people who stood up to the abuse of power. I know this. It's important to have listened to them. Twice in this gallery over the last several weeks I heard a young baby cry. I thought how unusual that somebody would bring a child to an event like this. 165935 Probably their parents wanted to be part of history. And then I thought about what that child would say probably over the rest of their life, that they had been at this impeachment trial. But what I want to know is that the reflections 30 or 40 years from now, will we be remembered for rooting out illegal activity, stopping interference in our elections, or will this moment have been forgotten? 170007 I know my constituents have been clear about this, and I don't mean my constituents that support the president or my constituents that don't support the president. I mean my constituents who want to know that we are going to enforce the law. They don't care about what the outcome is in the next election and how it might benefit either party. And it's clear that either party could overstep in this situation. 170037 They want to know if we are going to uphold the oath of office and hold people accountable for wrongdoings that they pursue. I hope that we have taken this election interference issue serious. I plan to work with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to get more laws passed on election security and to stop interference. I have been a loud and consistent spokesperson for better cybersecurity in our nation. 170112 I am not going to let our democracy be eroded by the fact that foreign interests want to erode what is so precious in our nation. I will be voting on both articles and for impeachment. I thank the president and I yield the floor. SCHATZ >>> Mr. President. PRESIDING OFFICER>>>The senator from Hawaii is recognized. 170144 SCHATZ>>> Thank you, Mr. President. The American experiment was a radical one. It imagined equal justice under the law. It imagined equal protection under the law. It imagined a cumbersome system in which tyranny could be avoided by the constant struggle between elected and appointed leaders and it intentionally sacrificed speed, efficiency and convenience to avoid the abuse of power. And so it is with unending regret that I see what is happening. 170217 I grieve for the senate, an institution both hallowed and flawed. An elite place in the worst sense of the word and yet still the main place where American problems are to be solved. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, the senate is the worst legislative body except for all of the others. There are millions of Americans who have formed a basic expectation about how a trial is to function based on hundreds of years of laws and based on their common sense. 170252 And so make no mistake, what the senate did was an affront to the basic idea of a trial, and for all the crocodile tears of my colleagues, all of the fake outrage at the accusation, we must call this what it was. It's a cover-up. Now I don't know what Mulvaney, Bolton or Pompeo will say. I don't know what the documents will illuminate, and I believe it is normally very dangerous to ascribe motives to fellow Senators when criticizing their vote, but it is impossible for me to escape the conclusion that they don't want to know. 170329 That they wanted to get this over with before the Super Bowl, of all things. They are afraid of this House of Cards falling all the way down. As I look at the Republican side of the chamber, I know this moment in history has made their particular jobs extraordinarily difficult, requiring uncommon courage. They have to risk the scorn of their voters, their social circle, their colleagues, and their president in order to do the right thing. 170404 On one level I knew the likely outcome, but the bitter taste of injustice lingers in my mouth and on behalf of everyone who couldn't get away with an unpaid traffic fine, is in jail for stealing groceries so that they could eat that night, who can't get a job because of medical debt, I say shame on anyone who places this president or any president above the law. The President is not above the law. No one is above the law. The president is guilty on both counts. 170441 The constitution gives extraordinary powers to the president under article 2, and that makes sense because without a powerful magistrate, the government can't function. But in granting these powers, the framers thought carefully about how to constrain them. And they decided that a president could be controlled to greater or lesser degrees by the legislature, by the judiciary, and by the voters. but the framers couldn't contemplate this level of polarization. when even in the face of the overwhelming evidence of high crimes, one party would not just exonerate him for it, but in fact ratify these crimes. 170521 They didn't imagine that one party would be so uniformly loyal to its president that it could maintain a hammerlock on the Senate, preventing the prospect of 67 votes from ever being available for removal. I don't think we're in danger of the impeachment process becoming routine. I think we're in much greater danger of making the impeachment process moot. And if so, God help us all. But all is not lost. 170554 We remain a government of, by, and for the people, and if people across the country find this as odious to our basic values as we do, in eight months, the American public can render its own verdict on the United States Senate. I yield the floor. I suggest the absence of a quorum. PRESIDING OFFICER>>> The clerk will call the roll. CLERK>>> Mr. Alexander 171251 INHOFE >>> Is a quorum call in progress? >>> Yes it is. INHOFE >>> I ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be vitiated. >>> Without objection. The senior senator from Oklahoma is recognized. INHOFE >>> Thank you. I ask unanimous consent that I be allowed to speak as if in morning business for whatever time I shall consume. >>> Without objection. 171312 INHOFE>> Thank you. Mr. President, nearly 20 years ago I was here in this exact spot, I remember it so well, deliberating the guilt and innocence of a president. It happened at that time it was president Clinton from your state of Arkansas. At that time I said that I thought it would probably be the most important vote I'd cast as a United States senator, but I was wrong because I think my vote on Wednesday, the day after tomorrow, to acquit president trump will be the most important vote of my career. I really believe that. Over the past few weeks we considered impeachment. 171354 There's been a lot made of the fact that I was willing to vote to convict president Clinton 20 years ago and yet to vote the other way about -- in the current process that we're under right now. Now, putting morality question aside, this supposed debate highlights the central point of the differences in the impeachment process and why president trump should not be impeached. Before Clinton was even -- was even impeached, he admitted to the crime of perjury. This is a big difference because we have a president right now who has not admitted that. 171435 In fact, there's not really been accusations to be in that position. Our debate then was about whether or not perjury was a high crime or misdemeanor. I believe it was, as I said then, the president should be held to the highest standard. But that was substantially different than the question before us today. The question put to us by the house managers is an evidentiary one. It's one that asks the question if, according to the evidence presented, there is a determination that president trump is guilty of a crime. And the answer is no. Presidents should be held to the highest standard, but that standard can't be a false moving standard that isn't based on evidence 171521 or is established by a court of public opinion. And here's why I will vote to acquit. -- The president. The whole impeachment inquiry was initiated on the basis that President Trump orchestrated the quid pro quo with Ukraine's president during a phone call on July 25 of 2019. It's kind of confusing. A lot of people don't really understand what that's all about. But Ukraine has had serious problems. You know what's happened -- the Russians have been there mass murdering the Ukraines for a long period of time. We've watched that happen. So they've put this thing together saying, well, there was an arrangement made, by President Trump, well, if they would withhold the aid, 171613 and this would have been military aid to Ukraine unless there was a deal they could make and, simply stated by the President of Ukraine. Now, the house managers spent 75% of their time on this point in driving home the importance of our partnership with Ukraine, in talking about the Russian aggression. Now, that was plain wrong, but worse it's hypocritical because there was nothing wrong with President Trump's phone call with President Zelensky. You might wonder how I can be so sure. It's simple. The House Democrats' allegations were second hand -- and that means -- they were hearsay. There was not one direct witness. 171700 In fact, they had 17 witnesses in the house of representatives and not one of them would make that assertion. Now, the transcript speaks for itself. No evidence of a quid pro quo any wrongdoing whatsoever, just as a president who understands both the importance of Ukraine as an ally and the importance of rooting out corruption. Now, President Zelensky said publicly that he felt no pressure. He testified to this, that Trump to investigate anything in exchange for foreign aid. Now, you have to keep in mind that we have a very conservative president. He doesn't just dish out to everybody the foreign aid that they need. In this case, there was a necessity to have it. Military aid, 171750 we couldn't get any military aid from president Obama. All he wanted to send was blankets and k-rations -- well, they don't have k-rations anymore. They call them something else. But, nonetheless, there wasn't going to be military aid to them, so the trump administration placed a brief, temporary hold on the aid to Ukraine to ensure that the American tax dollars -- taxpayers were not going to be abused. Now, this is very significant. He did this to Ukraine, making sure that the amount of money at was sent in there is going to be used properly and the amount of aid that we are -- military aid was going to be used. 171833 But, at the same time, you got to keep in mind he was doing that with everybody else, too. He's just not a fast-spending president. He's going to make sure that things have to be made in accordance with the needs. In fact, in other times, he withheld the same type of thing, financial aid, to Afghanistan, South Korea, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Lebanon, and Pakistan. 171900 So the fact that he did with Ukraine was consistent with his other policies, this is what he does and what he's always done. I'm confident that this is because I've talked to president trump directly about it. See, I'm the chair of the senate armed services committee. The committee is responsible for authorizing lethal aid to Ukraine. And I've been working on securing that lethal aid for a long period of time, dating back to 2014. 2014 we had a different president. It was President Obama. 171931 And then the Ukraine President, Poroshenko, I can remember being in Ukraine with Poroshenko and talking to him about this and why it was necessary. And this is at the same time that Russia was in Ukraine and was mass-killing the Ukrainians. And so we went to President Obama to get help. And he wouldn't do it. He didn't want to send any kind of military aid. Instead, as he said over and over again, we talk about blankets and k-rations. Well, when President Trump came into office, he changed it all. 172002 He is the first president to provide lethal aid to Ukraine, lethal aid to Ukraine. He has been a committed partner with them helping them withstand Russian aggression. I bring this up because during the first three days of the house managers, about 75% of that time was spent on this issue talking about his lack of support for Ukraine when this president has been supporting Ukraine. 172032 And the House managers that were serving in the House at that time, this is significant. Of the house managers, seven or eight of them -- however many that was -- that would have been sitting right over here for the last week, they were all talking about things they wanted to do for Ukraine and yet the first vote that was taken was the Senate armed services committee vote of 2016. And it happened to be that the Democrats, the very three Democrats that were serving at that time voted against it. They didn't vote for it. 172104 So this is the type of thing you get when this hate-motivated stuff was going on for such a long period of time. The House didn't prove Trump committed a crime. Now I'm the first to admit I'm not a lawyer. Sometimes I think that plays to my advantage. I look at things in a different way. I try to just inject a little bit of common sense. I listened to the lawyers and frankly, some of them I didn't understand what they were saying. But I do know pretty much what's going on around here. 172137 And in this case, the reasons behind why the president should not be impeached are common sense. He didn't commit a crime. And that came not just from me. You'd expect me to say that. But that came from others that were well-respected attorneys that were involved on each side of this case. In each of the past impeachment cases, the house representatives accused the president, Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton of committing a crime. Now, this president didn't commit a crime. 172210 But Clinton did. He admitted that he did. It was perjury at that time, that's a crime. Same thing was with Nixon. Same thing was with Johnson. So all those things that have happened in the recent history has been -- they have been crimes. But not this president. The Democrats have wanted to impeach President Trump since before he took office. I think it was a witness that we had today -- I believe it was today. They were talking about -- and they had kind of a visual up here that showed all the people who have been trying to impeach president trump ever since he took office. 172250 And I'm talking about the first week he was in office. It was all documented up there. So they're still at it and I have no doubt they'll continue to do that. But it's not going to work. It didn't work in this case. Democrats have wanted to impeach him since he took office. "The Washington post" reported the concerted effort by the left-wing advocacy groups to move toward impeachment of the president only minutes after his inauguration. 172317 So they've been looking and looking and looking for a reason to impeach President Trump. Now, I think that one of the stars of this testimony that went on was this Alan Dershowitz. He's one who's held in the highest regard. He's a law professor at the -- at Harvard University, and he -- he is a strong Democrat. He is not a Republican. The first thing he did was admit that he voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. 172347 So that qualifies him in a different way than most of the people who are here as witnesses. He was direct in his presentation and shredded the Democrats' case. He made it clear, abuse of power should be a political weapon suited for a campaign, not impeachment, as abuse of power is not a crime or impeachable conduct. Dershowitz also explained that virtually every president since president Washington could have been accused of impeachment if they used the criteria that the House managers -- the ones that were sitting over here -- were using. 172424 They said that -- and so that was a level that could not be used or it would have affected every other president, had it been used at that time. He also had an important comment on whether or not we needed to hear sworn testimony from John Bolton. This is what he said. This is a quote by Dershowitz. He said, nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of abuse of power or an impeachable offense, unquote. That's Alan Dershowitz. 172455 It's clear that President Trump must be acquitted of the charges -- the charge of abuse of power on its merits. A vote to convict in this case would be a dangerous precedent. So I would say time and time again the trial of the House managers have preached at us that the truth matters, that the facts matter, that we must convict the president and remove him from office. In fact, the House managers' closing arguments tried to keep -- I tried to keep count of every time they made the accusations using the words "Cheat, obstruction, crimes" and so many times I never did get -- I lost track. 172537 But truth matters, not just because you say the president has committed a crime, it doesn't make it true. So here is what is true. This has been a partisan process from the start to finish. Compare that to the past. The impeachment inquiry against President Nixon was authorized by a vote of 410-4 in the United States congress, an overwhelming bipartisan vote. Same thing was true in Clinton. They had 31 Democrats voted to impeach the president. Yet in the vote of the impeachment inquiry, the final vote to impeach president trump was strictly partisan. 172618 Not a single House member voted to impeach the president; on the contrary every House Democrat did. No Republicans did. The House Democrats did. It is right down party lines. I have listened to the facts and I've listened to the evidence, and I'm convinced President Trump has not committed a crime. All the legal minds that were in testimony pretty much agreed with that, including Dershowitz. 172647 I think, though, it has to be said there is that hatred for Trump. We have to admit it. There's something about him a lot of people don't like, and yet it's his demeanor, it's his style. I understand that. But when you listen to the substance -- when you look at what he has done, right now rebuilding the military, including killing the top terrorist. You know, I'm particularly sensitive to this because this is my committee that we watched him -- what's he has done to the military. 172716 Back during the Obama administration, using constant dollars, during the last five years of his eight-year tenure, he actually reduced the spending in military by 25%. I don't think that's ever been done in the history of this country, except maybe immediately following World War II. And yet there he is rebuilding the military, and we're right now back where we are competitive now. I have to admit, though, that during those last five years of Obama, that we really hurt ourselves in terms of our relationships, in terms of China and Russia taking the leadership positions that they have taken. 172756 So he's been top in rebuilding the military. Confirming constitutional judges. You know 187 judges in the last three years. That's a record. That hasn't been done before. Oddly enough, these are judges that have actually read the constitution. That's a novel idea. The best economy we've had in decades. I would say -- last week we went through 3.5% employment. We used to consider 4% unemployment as being fully employed. 172826 And yet we have not been down -- I don't even have a memory as to when it's been down to 3.5%. The new trade deal that we did. That's new. It shows that we are getting things done. We have more Americans working today than ever before. And the median household income is the highest it's ever been. So we're going to have a vote, a very significant vote, on Wednesday. I think you know how I'm going to vote. I'm going to vote to acquit the president on both articles of impeachment. And that will be a very significant vote. With that, I'll yield the floor. PRESIDING OFFICER>>> The senator from Maryland 172906 CARDIN >>> I ask unanimous consent that my full statement be included in the record. PRESIDING OFFICER>>> Without objection. CARDIN >>> Mr. President, constitutional experts will be debating president trump's misconduct for generations to come. But I think they'll reach consensus as to the misconduct of the United States senate in the Trump impeachment. This is the first time in the history of impeachment that no witnesses and documents were allowed to be called by the United States senate. 172937 It violates the constitution in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump by its failure to hold a constitutionally fair trial. I had the opportunity at one time to present, as a House Manager, an impeachment case here in the United States Senate on a direct court judge by the name of Nixon. And I remember when I appeared before the senate, I was cautioned immediately, even though judge Nixon had been convicted in a criminal court of a bribery type of offense, that it was incumbent for us to present the witnesses and documents in the United States senate, that the senate would conduct its own record in regards to the proceedings. 173019 And yet here, we are not having witnesses in the president impeachment trial. We have some help from the supreme court on this. And the Nixon case, the Richard Nixon versus U.S. Case, there was a concurring opinion by justice white. Justice white said that the term 'try' as used in article 1, section 3, clause 6, meant the senate should conduct a proceeding in a manner that a reasonable judge would deem a trial. 173052 We failed to conduct a constitutionally fair trial here in the United States senate. And we can look to the president's own counsel here for help in evaluating our own conduct of this trial. House counsel -- president's counsel Philbin said that you need to cross-examine witnesses in order to get to the truth. We had no witnesses under oath, no witnesses cross-examined. And the tragedy here, if the president is acquitted, it will always be a question as to whether this was a legitimate trial here in the United States Senate. 173132 Let me just spend a moment to compare the impeachment proceedings on President Clinton versus those of President Trump. In President Clinton there was a trial in the senate. It was acknowledged to be fair. Witnesses were called. President Clinton and his administration officials had testified under oath, subject to cross-examination. President Clinton showed remorse for his conduct and apologized for his misconduct. And President Clinton's misconduct was personal in nature. Compare that to president trump. He blocked all witnesses and documents and then through counsel prevented the Senate trial from calling any witnesses or producing any documents. 173210 He has never shown any remorse, even though most senators here know that what he did was wrong. He has shown no remorse whatsoever. And his misconduct was the abuse of his office for personal gain to get a foreign power to help in his election campaign. Let me go through article 1 briefly. Article 1 states that he solicited a foreign government, Ukraine, to interfere in the 2020 elections by publicly announcing investigations that would benefit his reelection conditioned on official U.S. Government acts of significant value to Ukraine. 173245 Now, the house managers have submitted a voluminous amount of information that supports that, and I refer to that in my attached statements. I won't spend the time here to go through that. But even the full record, which is enough to establish the charges, there's other issues that add to the president committing these acts. First, the president issued, as I've mentioned before, a blanket obstruction to any witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the president's conduct in these articles from providing testimony here in the United States Senate. 173319 Yes, we can infer that if the president had exculpatory witnesses, he would have produced those exculpatory witnesses. Secondly, the president's impeachment attorney, Mr. Sekulow said, and I'm going to quote, 'you cannot view this case in vacuum. End quote. And I agree. The president has consistently misrepresented the facts and defamed anyone who challenges him. Let me just give you one concrete example, the Mueller investigation which has been cited in this impeachment trial. The president denies Russia's initial involvement into our elections. 173355 He resisted efforts to hold Russia accountable. He defamed the reputation of the special counsel. He willfully impeded the investigation. He attacked the integrity of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies. And he claimed wrongfully that the investigation exonerated him. He's done it over and over again. The findings in the report speak to a contrary conclusion. It says Russia interfered in our elections, 2016 elections in a sweeping and systematic fashion. 173426 It says, and I quote, if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. There's numerous instances where the president may have obstructed justice but we left the further pursuit of that to congress or a prosecutor after he leaves office. The president's pattern since he's taken office is to mislead, misstate facts and act as a bully against those who have anything to say against him that he does not like. It makes it easier for us to understand how the scheme, the illegal scheme in article 1 unfolded. 173501 I have one additional fact of why this points to establishing the facts. The president consistently has shown no remorse. He continually tells us that the summary of the July 25 shows a perfect call. We know how controversial that call was. It was far from perfect. Now, the next hurdle was, is this an impeachable offense? And I concluded that it was, that it's an abuse of power, which is an abuse of trust, which is clearly what our founders intended as a high crime and misdemeanor in office. Now, the president's own analysis of this leads that the only conclusion that abuse of power must be an impeachable offense. 173542 I say that because we had the president's counsel once again, Professor Dershowitz, who tells us that if it's not an abuse of power, it's not an impeachable offense, where that could that lead and Professor Dershowitz said your election is in the public interest. If the president does something which he believes will help him get elected in the public interest, that cannot be the kind of quid pro quo that results in impeachment. Well, that's an absurd situation if you adopt the logic of the president's counsel that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense. 173618 It clearly is an impeachable offense. The president's conduct has jeopardized America's global leadership and promoting our values -- our values are our strength. I thought it was very telling, the conversation of Ambassador Volker with Mr. Yermak, who is the principal deputy counsel to President Zelenskiy of Ukraine, when Ambassador Volker said don't start an investigation of Ukraine on your opponent in your election because that will sow this division in your community. 173650 And Mr. Yermak responded, you mean like asking us to investigate Clinton and Biden? The president -- President Trump's conduct has endangered our national security, our global leadership on American values. Now, in article 2, this is a lot easier, obstruction of congress, because the facts clearly establish that the president's blanket obstruction, which he orchestrated, denying any access to individuals or documents in order to facilitate a cover-up of what was uncovered under article 1 of the articles of impeachment. 173727 It's essential for congress to carry out our responsibilities to be able to get that type of information from the president. It's exactly what the framers of our constitution when they developed the checks and balances in our system intended, that there would be no branch that would have absolute power. We do not have a monarch. So president trump has crossed the line. His personal interests over the country's interests. He used the power of his office for his own personal benefit. No one is above the law. We must act to protect the constitution and our democratic system of government. It's with a heavy heart I will support both articles of impeachment. I yield the floor. 173807 LOEFFLER >>> Mr. President? PRESIDING OFFICER >>> The senator from Georgia. LOEFFLER >>> I am honored and humbled to stand before you today as Georgia's and our country's newest United States senator. As the 100th senator, I have spent the least time in Washington, but as the least senior senator, I am also the most recently attached to the private sector where the vast majority of Americans live and work. 173837 I am intensely aware of the needs and the expectations that Americans hold for us. Just two months ago, I left nearly a three decade business career to serve the great people of Georgia and our nation, but being here in this respected, historic chamber is a very long way from where I started. I was born and raised as the fourth generation of corn and soybean farmers and I grew up working in our fields and with our cattle in the feedlot. 173909 I waitressed and sold watches and shoes to put myself through school. And then I moved around the country to pursue my dream of a business career. I've been a job seeker and a job creator. I haven't spent my life trying to get to Washington. But I worked hard to stand where I am today. I have lived the American dream and each day I remember where I came from and I am proud of my beginnings. 173939 While I'm an outsider to politics, I'm not new to getting results. I came here to get things done for the people of Georgia. So why does all of this matter today? In this historic moment, right now, just two days from my vote to acquit President Trump? Because for months and sadly years for many, members of congress who were meant to serve the American people have been tied up in a political game. There is much to regret here. 174011 The house's fault urgency to push through deficient articles only to ask for more time, more evidence, more testimony, the deception of the House managers who are more focused on political power than they are on pursuing the facts, the media who ran with the narrative Democrats planted with selective unlawful leaks. for the last 132 days, Congress has been neglecting the American people. I came here to get things done for Georgians, but for the last two weeks we've been stuck in the Senate chamber working on something that most Americans have little interest in. 174049 As my notebook filled up, I thought to myself, how did this case even make it to the Senate? When I've been around the state, it's very clear this is not what people at home care about. Georgians aren't losing sleep over a call the president made or questioning his constitutional right to conduct foreign policy. They're concerned with taking care of their families, their jobs, their freedom to achieve the American dream, and live the lives they imagined. I think of young kids whether in the inner city or on a farm or in the suburbs, what example are we setting in Washington? 174128 Why should employers feel that Washington cares about job creation when there's a neglect of the engine that makes America strong? Why are we here? We are public servants charged with protecting the Constitution and our country, and I hope in the process bettering the lives of all Americans. Despite this monumental distraction, this administration has worked tirelessly to move our country forward. Last week the President signed into law the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement and sadly this sat on the desk of Speaker Pelosi for one year denying American farmers and workers untold economic opportunity. 174211 Last month the administration completed a phase one deal with China, now holding China accountable for unfair trade practices and adding to our thriving economy. And for three years as president -- as Democrats focused on taking down a duly elected president, president trump's pro-growth policies have given us a booming economy. These policies have resulted in record employment, seven million new jobs, a blue-collar boom that is lifting up hard-working Americans. 174242 This administration charges on, but it needs congress' support if America is to move on with the American dream for all. With that in mind, I say enough. Let's put our trust in the American people. They are the ones who should make the judgment about the president and they will do that in nine months. Let's not be so arrogant as to take that decision away from the American people. Instead, let's focus all of our energies on improving their lives. Impeachment does not do that. It's time to move on. I yield the floor. 174340 UDALL >>> Mr. President? PRESIDING OFFICER >>> The senator from New Mexico. UDALL >>> Mr. President, thank you for the recognition. Today I come before this body with a deep sadness that this institution has failed the constitution and failed the American people. We have reached a low point in our history. We failed to hold a fair and honest impeachment trial. And we are nearing a vote where we will fail to hold the president accountable for his abuse of power and a cover-up. 174417 Thanks to the senate Republican majority, this body is complicit in that cover-up. Refusing to call witnesses and obtain documents to get the full truth. How can we turn a blind eye to the truth? As we cast one of the most important votes we will ever take. Yes, Mr. President, we are approaching a sad day for this body and for this country. 174444 But to those across the country who feel profoundly angry and saddened by this miscarriage of justice, my message is this. Do not give up. Do not stop fighting to save our democracy. Because America is worth the fight. America is worth the fight. Make no mistake, try as they might to cover it up, the full truth will come out, and the facts have already been -- the facts that have already been revealed are damning. 174525 The president's hand-picked ambassador, Gordon Sondland, testified, quote, everyone was in the loop, end quote. The more we find out, the more revealing his testimony becomes. Not only is the president implicated, so is the Vice President and the Secretary of State and the Attorney General and the president's Acting Chief of Staff and his former Energy Secretary and even the White House counsel, the lead lawyer in this very proceeding. 174601 This is a Pandora's box the Republican party is fighting to keep shut. But it will not stay shut. The president's misdeeds and his wide circle of accomplices will go down as one of the ugliest episodes in America's history. Even now, the evidence gathered by the house that the president abused his office and taxpayer funds for personal gain is staggering. Ambassador Sondland didn't sugarcoat the truth. 174635 Was there a quid pro quo? The answer is yes. That was his quote. Using official power for personal gain, that is the very essence of abuse of power. And that's precisely what this president did. That's hardly even in dispute. The evidence is overwhelming. The president first withheld a coveted meeting until the Ukrainian president would announce investigations into the Bidens and the debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in our 2016 election. 174720 The president next withheld congressionally appropriated military aid illegally to try and force the Ukrainian president into making the announcement of the investigations. The independent government accountability office confirmed that the president acted illegally. The president threatened our national security, the security of an ally, and the integrity of our next presidential election. How much more could be at stake? 174755 Ukrainian officials began asking about the aid only hours after the president's now-infamous July 25 call with President Zelenskiy. That's according to Laura Cooper, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. A former deputy foreign minister in Ukraine reports Ukraine knew of the freeze in July, and the whole world knew once the story broke the news on August 28. 174831 Fortunately, the president got caught and was forced to release the aid. He got caught red-handed and immediately commenced a scorched-earth blockade in Congress and the courts to cover up his grave misdeeds. Again, the facts are not in dispute. So, Mr. President, knowing that these are some of the most serious and solemn words I will ever say or utter on this floor, I will vote to convict the president on both articles of impeachment. 174908 He is guilty by any standard. If he is allowed to act with impunity, he will be a continuing threat to the sanctity of our democracy. He is patently unfit to hold the highest office in our land. While the Senate may vote to acquit him, he will not be exonerated, not by this sham trial. While the Senate may vote to acquit the president, history will not. 174941 Now, Senators on the other side of the aisle are publicly and not so publicly admitting that they believe the president is guilty, that the house managers proved their case. but these same senators did not vote to hear witnesses and get documents. They will fail to hold the president accountable for the wrongdoing they now say he is guilty of. This is one of the worst abuses of presidential power in our nation's history. This is as bad as or worse than Nixon's- president Nixon's. Nixon tried to corrupt the 1972 election and cover it up, but he didn't try to extort an ally or invite foreign interference in our election. 175030 At that time members of his party, with courage, refused to turn a blind eye. The Republican party of today bears no resemblance to the party of Howard Baker, who insisted on getting to the truth. Howard asked, what did the president know and when did he know it? It bears no resemblance to the party of Barry Goldwater, John Rhodes, and Hugh Scott who went to Nixon to tell him the Republican party could no longer protect him from impeachment and removal. 175106 I'm grateful to the honorable officials who had the courage to act this time around, who defied the president's order not to come forward -- Ambassador Yovanovitch, Lieutenant Colonel Vindman, Ambassador Taylor, Mr. Kent, and the others. They risked their careers and even their personal safety. We should at least -- at least -- show the same courage because the consequences of failing to hold this president to account could not be graver. The guardrails have been taken off. 175145 The president invited Russian interference in the 2016 election and invited Chinese interference in the upcoming 2020 election. He said on national television he would probably take foreign interference again. He is unapologetic and unrepentant. What is he going to do next once the Senate Republicans let him get away with this abuse, once we show that we are no longer a coequal branch? 175221 We have never ceded so much power to the Executive. You can rest assured this president, of all presidents, will use that power and abuse it. Take his word for it. He said, and I quote, article 2 allows me to do whatever I want, end quote. Pulitzer prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham said that the president is now -- and this is his quote -- quote, functionally a monarch, end quote. 175256 That is stunning. Again, Mr. President, these are sad days for our nation. But as I said at the outset, we cannot and will not cede our democracy, concede our democracy. We cannot and will not concede the values and principles that make this nation strong. We must restore the balance of power in our government. We must restore accountability. Most importantly, we must start doing the work the American people sent us here to do. 175332 Our institutions are not representing what the American people want. Senate Republicans refusal to hold a fair impeachment trial, which is what 75% of the American people wanted, is just the latest example. So while the Senate and the Constitution took a terrible battering the last two weeks, I'm even more committed to breathing life into our shared principles of representative government. 175402 I'm going to continue the fight to take obscene amounts of secret money out of our elections, to make it easier to vote, and to bring power back to the American people and not hand it over to an imperial presidency. The Senate will have future opportunities to restore our constitutional system. The only question is whether Senators will rise to the occasion. Mr. President, I note the absence of a quorum. PRESIDING OFFICER >>> The clerk will call the roll. 175437 CLERK>> Mr. Alexander 175550 GILLIBRAND >>> Mr. President, I'd like to vitiate the quorum call. PRESIDING OFFICER >>> Without objection, the Senator from New York is recognized. GILLIBRAND >>> Colleagues, over the past few weeks, we have conducted the third impeachment trial in our entire nation's history for a president. Let's be perfectly clear about something. Democrats did not want to impeach president trump. From the start, efforts to begin an impeachment inquiry in the house were met with resistance -- until the president's reckless behavior and unprecedented actions forced the speaker's hand. The speaker could not sit idly by after the president withheld congressionally approved military aid to a U.S. Ally in order to orchestrate foreign interference in our upcoming election. 175650 We have worked hard to find common ground with this president, and at times Democrats have worked together to get good bipartisan legislation accomplished. But President Trump's brazen misconduct forced this issue. His misdeeds posed a moral challenge to every single member of Congress. How much corruption should we stomach? How much of our integrity should we sacrifice? How much malfeasance should we tolerate? Will we look the other way, as the president flaunts our laws and ignores the constitution? Sometimes it can seem far easier to just stay silent. 175745 All of us know that it can be easier to avoid angry phone calls, but think about how much harder it would be to explain this moment in history to our children and our grandchildren? Think about how painful it will be to explain if you knew what President Trump did was wrong and you did nothing. If you knew what president trump did was wrong under the constitution that you swore to uphold, that you knew it was wrong but you voted to acquit anyway because of your ambition, because of your political party. And lest you think you can convince them otherwise, let me dispel this fiction. 175842 History's record of this time will be very clear. The American people can see through these lies. They recognize the inconsistencies and the doublespeak. The American people are not naive. They are not stupid. And they're not immoral. My Republican colleagues aren't naive or ignorant or immoral either. They're good men and women. They love their children, their neighbors and our country. I consider many of them my friends. When we have dinner together, when we go to visit the troops overseas, we don't do it as Democrats and Republicans. 175937 We do it as colleagues. As friends. As peers in this body. We do so as elected members of congress, as Senators, representing our states and our country. And it should be the very same when we judge President Trump. In first John chapter 2 verse 21, John writes it to a group of believers who are in turmoil. He wrote I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. This trial had the goal of accomplishing one thing, to discover the truth, to know what happened, to hold the president accountable. 180033 We pledged to listen to receive that evidence fairly, and to judge honestly. We swore to defend the constitution, not to defend a man or a political party. And we should all remember this when we cast our votes, because President Trump is not like you. He's not honest, kind, or compassionate. He doesn't have integrity or moral conviction. He's neither fair nor decent. We as senators, who swore to uphold the constitution, should based on the facts laid before us vote to convict, 180125 hold President Trump accountable for what he has done. We have to show the American people ourselves that President Trump does not represent our values, that we still believe that we must fight for what's right, for truth, for justice, for honesty, for integrity, that laws mean something, that we don't put ourselves before the law. 180154 And those who lack courage in this moment, those who are unwilling to do what they know in their heart of hearts, in their conscience, in their deepest thoughts to be right, if they do not do what they know they should, they will be remembered as complicit. They will be remembered as not telling the truth. They will not be remembered well. 180230 I urge you to vote your conscience. And I suggest the absence of a quorum. PRESIDING OFFICER >>> The clerk will call the roll. Quorum call: [6:15:00 PM] Quorum call: Quorum call clo quorum call: 182645 MCCONNELL >>> Mr. President PRESIDING OFFICER >>> The majority leader is recognized. MCCONNELL >>> I ask consent the further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. PRESIDING OFFICER >>> Without objection. MCCONNELL >>> I ask unanimous consent that the presiding officer of the senate be authorized to appoint a committee on the part of the Senate to join with the like committee on the part of the house of representatives to escort the president of the united states to the House chamber for the joint session to be held at 9 pm on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020. . PRESIDING OFFICER >>> Without objection. MCCONNELL >>> I ask unanimous consent to modify the order of January 31st to allow senators to have until Wednesday, February 26, 2020. That would be the Wednesday after we come back to have a printed statements and opinions in the congressional record 183032 if they choose explaining their votes and include those in the documentation of the impeachment proceedings. Finally, I ask that the two-page rule be waived. PRESIDING OFFICER >>> Without objection. MCCONNELL >> Now, Mr. President I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it adjourn until 9:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 4. Further, that following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day, and that following leader remarks, the senate be in a period of morning business under the previous order. PRESIDING OFFICER >>> Without objection. MCCONNELL >>> So if there's no further business to come before the Senate, I ask it stand adjourned under the previous order following the remarks of Senators Murkowski and Cortez Masto PRESIDING OFFICER >>> Without objection. The clerk will call the roll. Quorum call: MURKOWSKI>> Mr. President? THE PRESIDING OFFICER>> The senator from the great state of Alaska. MURKOWSKI>> Mr. President, I request that proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. THE PRESIDING OFFICERr>> Without objection. 184438 MURKOWSKI>> Mr. President, I rise this evening to address the trial -- to address the trial of Donald John Trump. The founders gave this body the sole power to try all impeachments. And exercising that power, we all know is a weighty, weighty responsibility. This is only the third
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1050 HOUSE FLOOR FS101 88 HOUSE FLOOR DEBATE: The House meets for legislative business. // H.Res. 755 - Impeaching Donald Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Closed Rule, Six Hours of Debate) (Rep. Nadler / Judiciary) 11:58:40 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 767 "Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors." --------------------- WALORSKI : 105002 It's a sham impeachment. It's been carried out at the expense of hardworking Americans who just want us to move forward. Madam speaker, this charade should go no farther. We should stop wasting time. Focus on what keeps our nation moving forward. Helping workers and families thrive. Protecting the safety and security of our country. I urge my colleagues to vote against the rule so we can get back to work for the American people, and I yield back. 105032 DEGETTE : Gentlelady yields back. Gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN : Madam speaker, I yield one minute to the gentleman from New Mexico, the assistant speaker, Mr. Lujan. DEGETTE : Gentleman is recognized for one minute. 105042 LUJAN : Madam speaker, no one came to congress to impeach a President. We came here to solve the mighty issues that impact the lives of the constituents we pledged to serve. I'm here because too many families in my district still rely on water trucked in from dozens of miles away. I'm here because too many new Mexican children still go to school hungry. 105104 I'm here because too many women in New Mexico drive for hours to find a doctor able to care for them. But this moment has found us. We have reached a point in time where our love of country compels action. Where our duty to this republic mandates that we do what's right. The President's behavior is so blatantly wrong that ignoring his abuses of power would be abdicating the oath we made to protect this country and uphold our constitution. Thank you and I yield back. 105138 DEGETTE: Gentleman yields back. Gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. DEGETTE: Gentleman is recognized. COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. If we defeat the previous question, I will offer an amendment on the rule, the house shall not proceed to consideration of the underlying resolution until six conditions are met. All evidence in possession of chairman Schiff has been made available to the judiciary committee. That chairman Schiff appear before the judiciary committee to testify to the report that he authored. 105208 That all underlying unclassified evidence has been made available to the public. Minority members of the judiciary committee have received their right to minority hearing day. Minority witnesses requested by the -- by ranking member Nunes and ranking member Collins are called and allowed to be heard in accordance with h.res. 660. And subpoenas requested by the -- by ranking member Nunes and the intelligence committee are issued enforced. Madam speaker, to be clear, my amendment ensures that the majority does not proceed without providing a fair and equitable and transparent process, one that opens up the investigation to all members of the house and one that allows Republicans on the judiciary committee to examine the most relevant witnesses. 105256 Perhaps most crucially, it will allow all members to fully consider the information available to the committee that actually conducted the impeachment investigation, the permanent select committee on intelligence. The process the house has followed has been abysmal. It was a closed and unfair process and did not respect minority rights and did not give the President due process, but we can change that today. If we defeat the previous question, the house will only move forward with a real thorough and ultimately fair process that all members can be proud. 105328 Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. With that I urge -- DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: Without objection, so ordered. COLE: With that I urge a no vote on the previous question. And I yield one minute to my good friend, the gentleman from Georgia, Mr. Hice. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized for one minute. 105351 HICE: I thank my good friend. The majority has thrown almost every allegation imaginable against this President and, yet, these articles of impeachment that have been submitted cannot name a single actual crime. After all the drama, the majority has not found a single shred of evidence. Only second, third, fourth-hand information, but the facts have remained the same. The transcripts speak for itself, there was no quid pro quo. The Ukranian government said multiple times they felt no pressure whatsoever. The aid ultimately came and even Speaker Pelosi said that this whole thing would have compelling, overwhelming, bipartisan support. None of those things exist. 105435 I urge my colleagues to stand against the rule and the forthcoming articles of impeachment. This is a disgrace and dangerous to America. And I urge no. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman ylds back. The gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: I yield one minute to the distinguished gentlewoman from Massachusetts, Ms. Clark. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentlelady is recognized for one minute. CLARK: Madam speaker, to paraphrase one of our founding mothers, Abigail Adams, a people may let a President fall, yet still remain a people, but if a President lets his people slip from him, he is no longer a President. Just as Abigail Adams warned, Donald Trump has let the people slip from him. 105519 He works for himself, not us. He tried to extort a foreign government into investigating a political rival, and he has unlawfully withheld witnesses and evidence. If we want a democracy, today we must stand for the rule of law. A vote to impeach is a vote to remain a government that is of, for, and by the people. It is a vote borne of great fear for our future, but also rooted in optimism. That if we stand for the truth, for our constitution, we can continue to create a country of liberty, justice, and equality for all. I yield the remainder of my time. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentlelady yields back. The gentleman from Oklahoma. 105609 COLE: Might I inquire, madam speaker, how much time we have remaining? DEGETTE, the speaker tempore: The gentleman from Oklahoma has 5 1/4 minutes remaining. 105617 COLE: Thank you. DEGETTE: Gentleman from Massachusetts has 13 1/4 minutes remaining. COLE: Thank you very much, madam speaker. I yield 90 seconds to my good friend, the gentleman from New York, Mr. Zeldin. DEGETTE: Gentleman is recognized for a minute and a half. 105630 ZELDIN: Thank you Madam Speaker. And my colleagues on the other side of the aisle throughout this whole process, our allies in the media, they like to say that Republicans only want to talk about process, not substance, even though we continue to talk about substance as well. They declare their facts are uncontested. They just did it again. So just to maybe recap a few for everyone watching at home as well as my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, hopefully they'll listen. 105656 President zelenskiy says there was no demand, no pressure, no quid pro quo. Andre Yermak said on December 10, that their whole story with regards to a December 1st meeting with ambassador Sondland is completely refuted. We heard from ambassador sondland himself who admitted that he heard from President Trump that he didn't want any quid pro quo and that he was guessing when he stated otherwise. Ambassador sondland, that is, said he was guessing and that no one on the planet had told him otherwise. Ambassador Volker tells us that President zelinsky didn't know that there was a hold on aid until July 25th. 105729 He didn't find out until after he read it in Politico on July 29th. The aid got released shortly thereafter and Ukraine didn't have to do absolutely anything in order to get the hold released. When our colleagues on the other side of the aisle says that the July 25 call transcript says do me a favor, we have to correct it time and again. It says do us a favor. And if you look at that paragraph, it's only about Ukranians interfering in the 2016 election. Now, if you want to ignore the Cholley op-ed, chalupa work with Ukranina embassy to dig up dirt. The black ledger to bing down the Trump campaign. 105758 Whether it's Avokav's statement or origins of the Steele dossier, these are all examples. Look at Ken Vogel's reporting from January 2017, it is irrefutable. These are all substance. So stop saying the facts are uncontested. I yield back. DEGETTE: Gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: Madam Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to insert into the record page 69 of the permanent select committee on intelligence's November 20 open hearing where deputy assistant secretary of defense Laura cooper testified that the department of defense was not able to distribute all of the aid with $35 million dollars not provided since it was released so late. 105838 DEGETTE: Without objection, so ordered. MCGOVERN: And I also ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a November 18 A.P. Article entitled "U.S. Officials knew of Ukraine's Trump anxiety." DEGETTE: Without objection, so ordered. MCGOVERN: At this point, madam speaker, I'm proud to yield one minute to the gentleman from Massachusetts, Mr. Kennedy. DEGETTE: Gentleman is recognized for one minute. 105858 JOE KENNEDY: Dear Ellie and James. This is a moment you will read about in your history books. Today, I will vote to impeach the President of the United States, and I want you to know why. He broke our laws. He threatened our security. He abused the highest, most sacred office in our land. I want you to know that it does not feel good. I can't stop thinking about the cost to our country. 105934 Not just the impeachable offenses but the collateral damage of a President who uses power like a weapon against his own people. Erodes our decency, degrades our dignity. I don't yet know how they will tell the story of this era, but I want to tell you the story of this day. Let the record show that today justice won, that we did our job, that we kept our word, that we stood our sacred ground. Let the record show that we did not let you down. I love you. Listen to mom. I'll be home soon. 110017 DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman's time has expired. The gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you madam speaker, I'm going to reserve my time for the moment. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman reserves. The gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: Madame speaker I'm proud to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from California, Ms. Lee. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentlelady is recognized for one minute. LEE: Thank you very much. Madam speaker, first of all let me just say I taught my children that there are consequences if they broke the law. I'm saddened but I'm not shocked that we are here today considering articles of impeachment against President Trump. I'm saddened but I'm not shocked because of the pattern of corruption we have seen from this President. Yes, I am saddened but I'm not shocked because this President has routinely shown his disregard of congress and the rule of law. The facts are not in dispute. The President abused his power, defied the public's trust, and betrayed his oath of office. He undermined our elections by corruptly soliciting foreign interference in our elections to benefit his own future re-election efforts, then he obstructed congress every step of the way in an effort to cover it all up. Donald Trump has been and remains a threat to our national security, a clear danger to our democracy, and wholly unfit to serve as President of the United States. We have an obligation to act today to uphold the constitution, but also to show our children and grandchildren that no one is above the law. That includes the President of the United States. 110151 DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentlelady's time has expired. The gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you, madam speaker, I continue to reserve my time. DEGETTE. the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman reserves. Gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: Madam speaker I'm happy to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from Massachusetts, Mrs. Trahan. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentlelady is recognized for one minute. TRAHAN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Madam speaker, today I rise to defend our democracy. In this chamber we debate the nation's most pressing issues. And often reasonable people can draw different conclusions. But not today. The facts are black and white. President Trump abused the power of his office for personal and political gain and then he engaged in a cover-up. It is up to us to confront those facts and vote to preserve and protect our democratic republic. 110236 This is not a fight I or my colleagues sought out when we ran for congress. But it is one we pledged when we raised our right hand and swore an oath to defend our constitution. Anything other than a vote to impeach will be read as a vote endorsing a future President without rules or consequences. An anything goes, no holds barred, brand of executive branch authority that will leave us weaker and surely undermine what the framers passed down. We owe it to future generations to transcend personal interests and party loyalty and vote our conscience for what's really at stake here today. The sanctity of our constitution and the sanctity of our democracy. Thank you and I yield back. DEGETTE, the speaker tempore: The gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you, madam speaker, I continue to reserve. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: Continues to reserve. The gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: Madam speaker, I'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record an October 23 "New York Times" article entitled Ukraine knew of aid freeze by early August undermining Trump defense. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: Without objection so ordered. MCGOVERN: At this time I would like to yield one minute to the gentleman from Maryland, Mr. Sarbanes. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized for one minute. 110350 SARBANES: I thank the gentleman for yielding. Madam speaker, I rise today in support of the two articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of congress. Voting to impeach the President is a weighty decision. It is not something you reach for. It's something you are brought to. Reluctantly, when the evidence presented can no longer be denied. In this sober and historic moment, members of congress are called upon to uphold our oath of office and our duty to the constitution. Today we answer that call. The President's actions compromised the national security of the United States, undermine the integrity of our democratic process, and betrayed the trust of the American people. In soliciting foreign interference, President Trump took direct aim at the heart of our democracy. 110437 The American people should decide our elections, not a foreign country. As long as the President continues to invite foreign interference into our democracy, the integrity of the 2020 election remains at risk. The question is, will congress allow the President to place his personal interests above those of his country. I urge my colleagues in the house to join me in answering that question with a resounding no because no one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law. I yield back 110510 DEGETTE: Gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. I continue to reserve my time. DEGETTE: The gentleman reserves. The gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: madam speaker, I ask unanimous consent to insert into the record an October 9 politico magazine article entitled "this is what a legitimate anti-corruption effort in Ukraine would look like," which explains that legitimate requests are made through the d.o.j.'s office of international affairs and pursuant to the United States mutual legal assistance treaty. 100535 DEGETTE: Without objection, so ordered. MCGOVERN: At this point I would like to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from Florida, Ms. Castor. DEGETTE: The gentlelady is recognized for one minute. CASTOR: The President abused his power. He violated his oath of office. He sought to elevate himself as a dictator, a king. But we are not a monarchy. We are the United States of America. We are a republic, a democracy, where the executive does not have absolute power. America was founded on a system of checks and balances. 110607 When the President withheld military aid to vulnerable Ukraine and pressed for a personal favor to manufacture dirt against a political opponent, he went too far. He undermined America's national security. He sought to sabotage our elections. He elevated his personal interests over the interests of America. Then he tried to cover up his scandalous behavior, and he obstructed the investigation. 110634 He violated his oath of office, but I intend to uphold mine to protect and defend the constitution of the united States of America. The President must be impeached today. I yield back. DEGETTE: Gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. I continue to reserve my time. DEGETTE: Gentleman reserves. Gentleman from Massachusetts. 110654 MCGOVERN: I ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a December 5 "Boston globe" editorial entitled "impeach the President." DEGETTE: Without objection. MCGOVERN: And I ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a December 11 "Usa today" editorial entitled "impeach President Trump," the President's Ukraine shakedown and stonewalling are too serious for the house to ignore. DEGETTE: Without objection. MCGOVERN: At this point I would like to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from Florida, Ms. Wasserman Schultz. DEGETTE: The gentlelady is recognized for one minute. 110722 Wasserman-Shultz: Thank you, madam speaker. Madam speaker, throughout this process I listened as a member of the house oversight committee to career diplomats testify in deposition and and found myself contemplating the gravity of this decision. One of my daughters asked then how I'd make my decision about impeachment. I told her when her future children learn about President Trump's impeachment, they may ask, mommy, what did grandma do? I want my daughter to be able to tell her children, "grandma did the right thing because in America no one is above the law." 110752 With his conduct around Ukraine President Trump corruptly abused his power for his own interests, at direct odds with our national welfare and our constitution. This President put his interests before those of this nation. Left unchecked, he'd do it again and has said so. The actions and ongoing schemes that led us to this moment are severe threats to our national security and democracy that we cannot defend our dismiss. With history watching, I must fulfill my constitutional duty and vote to impeach this President. His corrupt conduct and assault on our constitution leave no other choice. I yield back. DEGETTE: The gentleman from Oklahoma. 110829 COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. I continue to reserve my time. DEGETTE: Reserved. Gentleman from Massachusetts. ut MCGOVERN: Madam speaker, I yield one minute to the gentleman from California, Mr. Khanna. DEGETTE: The gentleman is recognized for one minute. 110840 KHANNA: Thank you, madam speaker. Today the house is voting to affirm a conservative principle. What makes America the strongest and most prosperous nation in the world is our reverence for the rule of law. It is our love of the law that protects our freedoms, our private property, our families from the exercise of our arbitrary power. The real threat to American leadership in the 21st century is internal decline. 110908 We choose not to stand idly by while we see the corrupting of our body politic with an attitude that might makes right, that winners don't have to follow the rules. In voting to impeach, we remember Lincoln's Lyceum(?)address, let every American, every lover of liberty, ever well-wisher to his posterity swear by the blood of the revolution never to violate in the least particular the laws of this country and never to tolerate their violation by other. 110938 Let it be taught in schools and seminaries and in colleges, let it be written in primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs, let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in the courts of justice and in short let it being the political religion of the nation. DEGETTE: Gentleman from Oklahoma. 110958 COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. I continue to reserve. Just to advise through the chair, my friend, I am waiting for an additional speaker, but we reserve our time at the present. DEGETTE: The gentleman reserves. The gentleman from Massachusetts. " MCGOVERN: I ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a December 17, CNN article entitled "Fact Check, Trump's Wild Letter to Pelosi is Filled with False and Misleading Claims." DEGETTE: Without objection. MCGOVERN: Madam Speaker, I yield one minute to the gentleman from North Carolina, Mr. Butterfield. DEGETTE: The gentleman is recognized for one minute. 111024 BUTTERFIELD: I thank the gentleman. Madam speaker, I rise on this solemn occasion as we the House of Representatives exercise the power given to us by the United States constitution. The original constitution was flawed in some respects, but with respect to Presidential misconduct, it was unmistakable. The framers knew that Presidents could be corrupt or abusive with their power and so impeachment was written into our organic laws. Since taking office nearly three years ago, President Trump has consistently and intentionally divided this country. He has consistently encouraged foreign actors to interfere in our elections. 111059 He has thumbed his nose, madam speaker, at the legislative branch. Enough is enough. We must protect our constitution, our democracy, our vote today to prefer serious charges against President Trump and deliver the charges to the senate for trial. A place where President Trump can defend himself and attempt, if he chooses, to convince the senate and the American people that his conduct does not violate the constitution. I thank the gentleman. I yield back. 111126 DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you very much, madam speaker. I yield one minute to my good friend, distinguished combat veteran for our country, Mr. Baird of Indiana. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized for one minute. BAIRD: Madam speaker, today marks a sad day for America. Instead of getting work to solve the issues of our time, the house Democrats have decided to try to discredit President Trump. And undo the results of the 2016 election. The facts here are clear, the President did not commit any crimes. He did not break any laws. 111204 And there was no quid pro quo. This has been a secretive misdirected process from the very beginning. And the American people see right through it. I look forward to voting against this impeachment charade and getting back to work to support the efforts of President Trump, to continue growing our economy, creating jobs, and improving the lives of all Americans. I yield back the balance of my time. 111230 DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: Madam speaker, I yield one minute to the gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr. Boyle. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized for one minute. BOYLE: Thank you. Madam speaker, this is the fourth impeachment proceeding against an American President and the most serious. The President committed numerous crimes, threatening the national security. Ultimately the manner before us today is not a question of fact, for the evidence is undisputed. Nor is it a question of law as the constitution is clear. 111305 The heart of the matter is this, will members of this house have the courage to choose fidelity to the constitution over loyalty to their political party. For the sake of our constitution and our country, for Americans today and tomorrow, I urge all members to summon the courage to uphold the rule of law and vote yes. I yield back. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman from Oklahoma. COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. I continue to reserve my time. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman reserves. The gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: Madam speaker I yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from Missouri, Mr. Clay. The speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized for one minute. 111345 CLAY: Madam Speaker, I rise today to hold Donald John Trump accountable for his repeated abuse of power, his deliberate obstruction of the house's constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities, and his unprecedented misuse of the presidency to weaken the separation of powers. And subvert our constitution by dangling $391 million in congressionally appropriated tax dollars over the head of an embattled ally in order to coerce a fraudulent investigation into a potential political opponent. Our founders feared a lawless, amoral President would willfully put national security at risk for his own personal gain. In 1974, Republicans made it clear that their ultimate loyalty was not to one man but to upholding the constitution. Today, the uncontested evidence shows Donald Trump violated his oath of office. 111457 My friends on both sides of the aisle can either defend him or defend the constitution. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman's time has expired. CLAY: History will not permit you to do both. I yield back. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman from Oklahoma continues to reserve . COLE: I do, madam speaker. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: Can I inquire the gentleman how many more speakers he has? COLE: I'm prepared to close when my friend is. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman from Oklahoma is recognized to close. COLE: Thank you very much, madam speaker. I yield myself the balance of my time. DEGETTE, the speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized. 111531 COLE: Madam Speaker, before I begin my formal remarks in closing, I want to say one thing for the record. I have great respect for all my friends on the other side of the aisle. And I am sure they're voting their convictions. So when I vote mine, please don't imply I'm doing it for my political party. I'm doing it because it's what I believe is right. And I do believe I can defend both the President and the constitution of the United States and I think that's exactly what I am doing. Madam speaker, I cannot oppose this rule strongly enough. The process we saw leading up to it today was a complete charade. It was a closed process, an unfair process and a rushed process. And it could only have ever had one logical predetermined ending. Throughout it all, the majority trampled on minority rights, they refused to call witnesses with relevant firsthand knowledge, they relied on hearsay news reports to make their case, they denied Republicans the right to hold a minority hearing day, and they refused the President of the United States his due process rights in the committee that was actually conducting an investigation -- the impeachment process and investigating him. And in the end, what was the result? Articles of impeachment on an event that never happened. 111651 A purported quid pro quo that did not exist. Aid that was allegedly with held that in reality was never withheld at all. And a narrative of intent based on nothing more than fantasy. Madam speaker, we deserve better than this. Impeachment is the most consequential act the house of representatives can undertake. It must not and cannot be based on a flawed process. It cannot come at the expense of minority rights or due process to the accused. It cannot be based on a vendetta against the President that the majority has pursued since the day it was elected. And it cannot be based on nothing more than spin and hearsay. I oppose this rule and I oppose the flawed and unfair process. 111747 Madam speaker, it's a very solemn vote that all of us will cast. I want to end by, number one, thanking my good friend, the chairman of the rules committee, for conducting the kind of hearing he conducted yesterday. But I also want to underscore, again, we are very violently opposed to the process, very strongly opposed to the rule, think this is a charade and been very unfair. So, madam speaker, I urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question, no on the rule, no on the underlying measure, and I yield back the balance of my time. 111825 DEGETTE: Gentleman from Massachusetts. MCGOVERN: I yield myself the remaining time. DEGETTE: The gentleman is recognized. 111831 MCGOVERN: Madam speaker, let me thank my friend, Mr. Cole, for his kind words and I appreciate his leadership on the rules committee and the fact that he respects this institution. But, madam speaker, let me say again what happened here. The President withheld congressionally approved military aid to a country under siege to extract a personal political favor. That's a cold hard fact. The question before us comes down to this, should a President be allowed to ask a foreign nation to interfere in an American election? 111901 You know, I remember my first political experience as a middle schooler in 1972, leaving leaflets at the homes of potential voters, urging them to support George Mcgovern for President. No relation, by the way. I remember what an honor it was to ask people to support him, even though I was too young to vote myself. And what a privilege it was later in life to ask voters for their support in my own campaigns. I've been part of winning campaigns and I've been part of losing ones too. 111929 People I thought would be great Presidents like senator Mcgovern were never given that chance. Make no mistake, I was disappointed, but I accepted it. I would take losing an election any day of the week when the American people render that verdict. But I will never be ok if other nations decide our leaders for us. And the President of the United States is rolling out the welcome mat for that kind of foreign interference. 111957 To my Republican friends, imagine any democratic President sitting in the oval office, President Obama, President Clinton, any of them, would your answer here still be the same? No one should be allowed to use the powers of the presidency to undermine our elections. Period. This isn't about siding with your team. I didn't swear an oath to defend a political party. I took an oath to uphold the constitution of the united States of America. 112026 And when I vote yes on this rule and the underlying articles, my conscience will be clear. I ask all of my colleagues to search their souls before casting their votes. I ask them all to stand up for our democracy, to stand up for our constitution. Mrs -- Madam speaker, I urge a yes vote on the rule and the previous question. I yield back the balance of my time. And I move the previous question on the resolution. DEGETTE: The question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. All in favor say aye. 112058 MEMBERS: aye. DEGETTE: Opposed, no. MEMBERS: No. DEGETTE: In the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. COLE: Madam speaker. DEGETTE: The gentleman from Oklahoma. 112105 COLE: Thank you, madam speaker. On that I would request the yeas and nays. DEGETTE: The yeas and nays are requested. Those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. A sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. Members will record their votes by electronic device. Pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption of the resolution. This will be a 15-minute vote. MEMBERS VOTE 115651 DEGETTE: On this vote the yeas are 228, the nays are 197. The resolution is adopted. And without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. House will be in order. 115743 Members will take their conversations off the floor. 115822 Pursuant to house resolution 767, the house will proceed to the immediate consideration of house resolution 755. The clerk will report the resolution. 115832 CLERK: House calendar number 61. House resolution 755. Resolved that Donald John Trump, President of theUnited states. Is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate. Articles of Impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America against Donald John Trump, President of the united States of America in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and miss demeaners. 115906 Article 1, abuse of power. The constitution provides that the house of representatives shall have the soul power of impeachment and that the President shall be removed from office on impeachment for in conviction of treason, bribery, or other crimes and misdemeanors. In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States. 115933 And to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united States and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the presidency in that using the powers of his high office, President Trump solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 United States Presidential election. 115956 He did so through a scheme or course of conduct that included soliciting the government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations that would benefit his re-election, harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and influence the 2020 United States Presidential election to his advantage. President Trump also sought to pressure the government of Ukraine to take these steps by conditioning official United States government acts of significant value to Ukraine on its public announcement of the investigations. 120026 President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct for corrupt purposes in pursuit of personal political benefit. In so doing, President Trump used the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process. He thus ignored and injured the interests of the nation. President Trump engaged in this scheme or course of conduct through the following means: one, President Trump, acting both directly and through his agents within and outside the United States government, corruptly solicited the government of Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into, A - a political opponent, former vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. And, B, a discredited theory promoted by Russia alledging that Ukraine, rather than Russia, interfered in the 2016 United States Presidential election. 120117 Two, with the same corrupt motives, President Trump, acting both directly and through his agents within and outside the United States government, conditioned two official acts on the public announcements that he had requested, a, the release of $391 million dollars of United States taxpayer funds that congress had appropriated on a bipartisan basis for the purpose of providing vital military and security assistance to Ukraine to oppose Russian aggression and which President Trump had ordered suspended. 120148 And B, a head of state meeting at the white house, which the President of Ukraine sought to demonstrate continued United States support for the government of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. Three, faced with the public revelation of his actions, President Trump ultimately released the military and security assistance to the government of Ukraine, but has persisted in openly and corruptly urging and soliciting Ukraine to undertake investigations for his personal political benefit. 120217 These actions were consistent with President Trump's previous invitations of foreign interference in United States elections. In all of this, President Trump abused the powers of the presidency by ignoring and injuring national security and other vital national interests to obtain an improper personal political benefit. He has also betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections. Wherefore President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to national security and the constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States. 120307 Article 2, obstruction of congress. The constitution provides that the House of Representatives "Shall have the sole power of impeachment" and that the President shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." In his conduct of the office of President of the United States and in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, Donald J. Trump has directed the unprecedented, categorical, and indiscriminate defiance of subpoenas issued by the House of Representatives pursuant to its "Sole power of impeachment." President Trump has abused the powers of the presidency in a manner offensive to, and subversive of, the constitution, in that the House of Representatives has engaged in an impeachment inquiry focused on President Trump's corrupt solicitation of the government of Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 United States Presidential election. 120419 As part of this impeachment inquiry, the committees undertaking the investigation served subpoenas seeking documents and testimony deemed vital to the inquiry from various executive branch agencies and offices, and current and former officials. In response, without lawful cause or excuse, President Trump directed executive branch agencies, offices, and officials not to comply with those subpoenas. President Trump thus interposed the powers of the presidency against the lawful subpoenas of the House of Representatives and assumed to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the "Sole power of impeachment" vested by the constitution in the House of Representatives. President Trump abused the powers of his high office through the following means, one, directing the White House to defy a lawful subpoena by withholding the production of documents sought therein by the committees. 120513 Two, directing other executive branch agencies and offices to defy lawful subpoenas and withhold the production of documents and records from the committees, in response to which the department of state, office of management and budget, department of energy, and department of defense refused to produce a single document or record. Three, directing current and former executive branch officials not to cooperate with the committees in response to which nine administration officials defied subpoenas for testimony, namely John Michael "Mick" Mulvaney, Robert B. Blair, John A. Eisenberg, Michael Ellis, Preston Wells Griffith, Russell T. Vought, Michael Duffey, Brian McCormack, and T. Ulrich Brechbuhl. These actions were consistent with President Trump's previous efforts to undermine United States government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections. Through these actions, President Trump sought to arrogate to himself the right to determine the propriety, scope, and nature of an impeachment inquiry into his own conduct, as well as the unilateral prerogative to deny any and all information to the House of Representatives in the exercise of its "Sole power of impeachment." 120626 In the history of the republic, no President has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate "High crimes and misdemeanors." This abuse of office served to cover up the President's own repeated misconduct and to seize and control the power of impeachment, and thus to nullify a vital constitutional safeguard vested solely in the House of Representatives. In all of this, President Trump has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States. Wherefore, President Trump, by such conduct, has demonstrated that he will remain a threat to the constitution if allowed to remain in office, and has acted in a manner grossly incompatible with self-governance and the rule of law. President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States. 120736 DEGETTE: Pursuant to house resolution 767, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on judiciary is adopted. The resolution shall be debatable for six hours equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on judiciary or their respective designees. The gentleman from New York, Mr. Nadler, and the gentleman from Georgia, Mr. Collins, each will control three hours. The chair now recognizes the gentleman from New York, Mr. Nadler. NADLER: Madam speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.res. 755. DEGETTE: Without objection, so ordered. NADLER: Madam speaker, I now yield one minute to the distinguished speaker of the house. DEGETTE: The gentlelady, the distinguished speaker, is recognized for one minute. 120828 PELOSI: Thank you, madam speaker. I thank the gentleman for yielding, for his tremendous leadership in helping us honor the constitution of the United States. I also extend my gratitude to cong -- chairman Schiff, who will be presiding later in the day. My colleagues, this morning and every morning when we come together, members rise and pledge allegiance to the flag. 120854 Every day, all across America, children in school, members of the military, officials and those civically engaged also pledge allegiance to the flag. Let us recall what that pledge says. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic -- to the republic for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 120929 The republic for which it stands is what we are here to talk about today. A republic, if we can keep it. We gather today under the dome of this temple of democracy to exercise one of the most solemn powers that this body can take -- the impeachment of the President of the United States. No member, regardless of party or politics, comes to congress to impeach a President. 120956 But every one of us, as our first act as a member of congress, stood on this historic house floor before our beautiful American flag and raised our hands in this sacred oath. I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help me God. For 230 years, members have taken that sacred oath which makes us custodians of the constitution. 121028 When our founders declared independence, and established a new nation, they crafted a system of government unlike one ever seen before. A republic, starting with the sacred words, we the people. For centuries, Americans have fought and died to defend democracy for the people. But very sadly now, our founders' vision of a republic is under threat from actions from the white house. 121057 That is why today, as speaker of the house, I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impea chment of the President of the United States. If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the President's reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice. What we are discussing today is the established fact that the President violated the constitution. It is a matter of fact that the President is an ongoing threat to our national security and the integrity of our elections, the basis of our democracy. 121137 Hundreds of historians, legal scholars, and formal prosecutors, regardless of party, have stated that the President committed impeachable offenses. Since today is a national civics lesson, though a sad one, I submit these documents for the record and commend them for students to study. 121156 DEGETTE: Without objection, so ordered. PELOSI: Thank you, madam speaker. What we are discussing today is the established fact that the President, again, violated the constitution. It is a matter of fact that the President is, again, an ongoing threat to our national security. And the testimony of decorated war heroes, distinguished diplomats and patriotic career public servants, some of the President's own appointees, over the past weeks have told us this. The President used the power of his public office to obtain an improper personal political benefit at the expense of America's national security. 121235 When a President weakens a democratic ally that is advancing American security interests by fighting an American adversary, the President weakens America. This abuse of power also jeopardizes the integrity of our elections. All Americans agree that American voters should choose our President, not some foreign government. 121259 The Founders understood that it is profoundly corrosive for our democracy for a President to invite interference in our elections. As George Washington, our nation's patriot under whose gaze we stand today warned, history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican government. 121325 George Washington. Sadly, the American people have witnessed further wrongs of the President which necessitates the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress. 121337 When the President's wrongdoing was revealed, he launched an unprecedented, indiscriminate and categorical campaign of defiance and obstruction. Never before in the history of our nation have we seen President declare and act as if he's above the law. The President goes even so far as to say and act on this absurdity when he says article 2 says I can do whatever I want. No, it doesn't. That recklessness is a profound violation of the constitution and our republic, which endure because of our system of separation of power, three co-equal branches, each a check and balance on the other, a republic, again, if we can keep it. The founders' great fear of a rogue or corrupt President is the very reason why they enshrined impeachment in the constitution. As one founder, William Davey of North Carolina, warned, unless the constitution contained an impeachment provision, a President might spare no efforts or means, whatever, to get himself re-elected. 121447 Another founder, George Mason, insisted that the President who procured his appointment in the first instance through improper and corrupt acts might repeat his guilt and return to power. We in congress, article 1, the legislative branch, must stand up and make clear to the American people and to all people that this body still stands by the principles enshrined in the constitution and defended by generations of Americans. Last week, in observance of the 75th anniversary of the battle of the bulge, members traveled to that hallowed ground to express our gratitude to the heroes of freedom who sacrificed everything to secure victory of freedom over tyranny not just for America, but for the world. 121540 The veterans of that battle who were there, in their 90's, told us how after the war was won, the Europeans to whom they liberated would ask, "why did you risk us? You don't know us? And give your lives to save us, we're not Americans." And our men would say, "we came here to fight for you, not because you are Americans, but because we are Americans." 121604 As our beloved chairman, Elijah Cummings, and oversight committee chair, our North Star, said when announcing his support for this action, quote, "when the history books are written about this tumultuous era, I want them to show that I was among those in the house of representatives who stood up to lawlessness and tyranny." 121627 He also said almost prophetically, when we are with dancing with the angels, the question will be, did what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy in tact? Elijah, as you know, has since passed on. Now he is dancing with the angels. And I know that he and all of us here are very proud of the moral courage of members, want to honor the vision of our founders for a republic, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform to defend it, and the aspirations of our children to live freely within it. 121703 Today we are here to defend democracy for the people. May God bless America. I yield back the balance of my time. 121714 DEGETTE: The gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. Gentleman from Georgia. 121733 COLLINS: Thank you, madam speaker. And we are here today to enter into a debate, that should surprise no one. This this has not been a surprise and it's not even something that we would have not have thought about. From the very moment that the majority party in this house won, the inevitability that we would be here today was only a matter of what date they would schedule it. 121857 Nothing else. In fact, how it even began to look even further was on September 24, the speaker announced an impeachment inquiry before even seeing the call transcript that we're going to hear so much about today. You know, it's not about what this body can do in its constitutional oath. And there's been a lot of constitutional and founders thrown around and will be all day today. 121821 But there's one thing that I will mention all along and that is also the founders were very concerned about a partisan impeachment in which politics or the majority who have their strength can do what they want to do irregardless of any facts. In fact, I've said it before and I will say it again. I do not believe, no matter what was said today and what even has been said, this is not a solemn occasion. When you go looking for something for three years, and especially this year since January, you ought to be excited when you found it. But they can't. Because I know what has now happened. It took me last night but I was thinking about it. Why do we keep calling this a solemn occasion when you've been wanting to do this ever since the gentleman was elected? Mr. President came forward and did what he saw fit for the American people, but yet they wanted to impeach him. 121902 And it hit me. Now I know. The reason they wanted to is now they realize, when I told them and have been telling them for the last few weeks that the clock and the calendar are terrible masters. The clock and the calendar are terrible masters. They do not care about anything except getting the time done and the calendar fixed. They do not care about facts. They do not care about time. And one day the clock and the calendar will hang along this body in a very detrimental way. How do I know this? Because one of our members, Ms. Tlaib, said on the night she was worn in, we're going to impeach. Well, you know the rest. In May of 2019, Al Green said, I'm concerned if we don't impeach this President, he will get re-elected. That is probably the most prescient thing said by the majority in the last year. They said, we can't beat him if we don't impeach him. There's a reason behind this impeachment. And even speaker Pelosi said it would be dangerous to leave it to voters to determine whether President Trump stays in office. 122000 Really? After we just said the pledge of allegiance, we go back to the speaker's own words and said it would be dangerous to leave it to the voters? I will tell you right now, madam speaker, we on the Republican side have no problem taking our case to the majority and to the people of this country, because they elected Donald Trump and it is a matter for the voters, not this house, not in this way, not in the way this is being done. It has trampled everything this house believes in. I said it yesterday and I believe it to be this true today. I will fight this on process which has been deplorable, to use a word of the majority. It has been awful. The calendar and the clock make it impressive that we actually do it quickly. 122041 We don't care about rules. We don't care about minority hearing days. We don't care about giving the opportunity for witnesses to be called, because the chairman gets to determine what is relevant. Wow, that's pretty good. Let the accuser determine what is relevant to the one being accused. The people of America see through this. The people of America understand due process and they understand when it is being trampled in the people's house. 122104 You see, it's also not a matter of process which will be discussed today, it's a matter of actual facts. I will fight the facts all day long. Because what we found here today is a President who did not do as being charged. In fact, they had to go to abuse of power, this amorphous term that you're going to hear many, many arguments about how that abuse of power -- except for one thing, the call itself, the two parties say no pressure. Nothing was ever done to get the money. 122128 In fact, they didn't even know the money was held. But there is something that very much bothers me about the facts. There were five meetings, we'll hear about those today. In which it was never a linkage made. There was one witness that is depended on over 600 times in the majority's report. That in the end, after questions, had to say, well that was my presumption of what was happening. You see, this is an impeachment based on presumption. This is an impeachment basically also a poll-tested impeachment on what actually sells to the American people. 122159 Today's going to be a lot of things. What it is not is fair. What it is not is about the truth. What is true today, and I just heard it just a moment ago in the articles themselves where it said, and the speaker I believe actually talked about this, is, well, is it the President weakened a foreign leader. You know what the truth of the matter is, madam speaker? The most interesting and deplorable thing that I've heard over the last few weeks? Is the actual attack by the majority on President Zelenskiy. 122228 Because they realized their whole crux of their case is that if he was not pressured, their house of cards falls and by the way it's already fell. But if we can't pressure, show pressure, then we either have to call him a liar, a world leader, or we have to make up names to call him. And that's exactly what happened in judiciary committee when a member of the majority actually said, he's acting or they're compared him to a battered wife. That's below the dignity of this body. To take a world leader and when he doesn't make your case for you, to belittle him. 122258 Especially, as is gonna be often said by the majority, that they're in the middle of a hot war with Russia. You see, President Trump actually did give them offensive weapons. President Trump did nothing wrong. We're going to talk about that all day long today. We went on process and we went on facts. Why? Because the American people will see through this. But before I close this first part, I will have to recognize that even the senate, the minority leader in the senate, recognizes that the house did not do their job. Because he can't make the case to his own members, so he's having to ask for witnesses. Ask for more time. 122329 You see, and even yesterday, it was sort of funny, I found it hilarious that the minority leader in the Senate went out and did a press conference and said, they denied my witnesses, they denied my requests. Well, welcome to the club, Mr Schumer. That's exactly what's happened over here for the last three months. So today, we're going to talk a lot about impeachment. We're gonna talk a lot about our President. And we're gonna talk about two articles of impeachment. 122352 Abuse of power, because they can't actually pin anything of factual basis on him. The President did nothing wrong in this issue. And then they're going to talk about obstruction of congress. You know, obstruction of congress, as I've before, is like petulant children saying, we didn't get our way when we didn't ask the right way and we didn't actually go after it and try to make a case. You know why, madam speaker? The clock and the calendar are terrible masters and the majority will own that problem today. Because to the clock and the calendar, facts don't matter. 122424 The promises to the base matter. And today is a promise kept for the majority. Not a surprise, a fact. And with that, I reserve. DEGETTE: The gentleman reserves. The gentleman from New York. NADLER: Madam speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. DEGETTE: The gentleman is recognized. NADLER: Madam speaker, the House of Representatives must now consider two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The first article charges that the President used his public office to coerce a foreign government into attacking his political rival. The second article charges that the President took extreme and unprecedented steps to obstruct our investigation into his conduct. Taken together, the two articles charge that President Trump placed his private political interests above our national security, above our elections and above our system of checks and balances. After months of investigation, there can be no serious debate about the evidence at hand. On July 25, when he spoke to President Zelenskiy of Ukraine, President Trump had the upper hand. 122532 The President, through his agents, had already demanded that Ukraine announce an investigation of his political opponents. Ukraine needed our help, both military aid, which had been appropriated by congress because of our security interests, and the oval office meeting, to show the world that the United States continues to stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression. President Trump should have been focused on the interests of the American people on that call. Instead he prioritized his private political interests. President Trump asked President Zelenskiy for a favor. He wanted Ukraine to announce two bogus investigations. One into former Vice President Biden, then his leading opponent in the 2020 election, and another, to advance a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, attacked our elections in 2016. 122626 Neither request was premised on any legitimate national security or foreign policy interests. One was intended to help President Trump conceal the truth about the 2016 election. The other was intended to help him gain an advantage in the 2020 election. After the call, President Trump ratcheted up the pressure. He deployed his private attorney and other agents, some acting far outside the regular channels of diplomacy, to make his desires clear. There would be no aid and no meeting until Ukraine announced the sham investigations. To our founding generation, abuse of power was a specific well-defined offense. A President may not misuse the powers of the presidency to obtain an improper personal benefit. The evidence shows that President Trump did exactly that. For this alone he should be impeached. But the first article also identifies two aggravating factors. 122726 When President Trump conditioned military aid on a personal favor, he harmed America's national security. And when he demanded that a foreign government target his domestic political rival, he took steps to corrupt our next election. To the founders, these offenses clearly merited removal from office. The President faces a second article of impeachment for his efforts to obstruct our investigation of his misconduct. The constitution grants the sole power of impeachment to the House of Representatives. Within our system of checks and balances, the President may not decide for himself what constitutes a valid impeachment inquiry. Nor may he ignore lawful subpoenas or direct others to do so. 122810 Many Presidents, including President Trump, have asserted privileges and other observations to specific subpoenas. But only President Trump has ordered the categorical defiance of a congressional investigation. The automatic rejection of all subpoenas. The President is not above the law and he should be impeached for this as well. 122831 Congress cannot wait for the next election to address this misconduct. President Trump has demonstrated the clear pattern of wrong doing. This is not the first time he's solicited foreign interference in an election, has been exposed and has attempted to obstruct the resulting investigation. We cannot rely on the next election as a remedy for Presidential misconduct, when the President threatens the very integrity of that election. 122856 He has shown us he will continue to put his selfish interests above the good of the country. We must act without delay. By his actions, President Trump has broken his oath of office. His conduct continues to undermine our constitution and threaten our next election. His actions warrant his impeachment and demand his removal from office. I urge my colleagues to support these articles and I reserve the balance of my time. DEGETTE: Gentleman from Georgia. COLLINS: Thank you, madam speaker. It is my time -- my pleasure at this time to yield three minutes to the gentleman from Wisconsin, Mr. Sensenbrenner. DEGETTE: The gentleman is recognized for three minutes. 122933 SENSENBRENNER: Madam Speaker, I rise in opposition to impeaching the President. The constitution says that any civil officer, including the President, may be impeached for treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Unlike the Nixon and Clinton cases, there are no allegations that the President has committed a crime. We've had almost three years of nonstop investigations. WASH 6 HOUSE IMPEACHMENT FULL VOTE 191218 HOUSE FLOOR KEYED P3 123002 We've had the Mueller report, we've had the Schiff investigation, we've had the Nadler investigation and at no time is there any evidence that indicates that Donald J. Trump violated any criminal statute of the United States. So why are we here? We're here because the majority caucus, the democratic caucus, has been hijacked by the radical left. 123029 They have wanted to reverse the course of the 2016 election ever since Donald J. Trump won that election. So let's look at these two phony articles of impeachment. First of all, abuse of power. The phone call in question had the President say, our country has been through a lot. I want you to do us a favor. Not me a favor. Us a favor. And there he was referring to our country, the United States of America, not a personal political gain. 123106 He was not afraid to let this transcript go public, and he released the transcript almost immediately after the call. Now, the second article of impeachment, obstruction of congress. It basically says that unless the President gives us everything we want and when we want it, that he's committed an impeachable offense. That's a bunch of bunk. The President has certain individual privileges by virtue of his office. 123139 Whenever there's been a dispute between the executive and legislative branches heretofore, they've gone to court. And the Supreme court a couple weeks ago said they would take jurisdiction over deciding whether the President had to comply with one subpoena relating to his tax returns. Now, here, the Democrats have been bent to impeach the President of the United States before the court decides this. 123209 And this means that there's a rush job to do this. And why is there? Because they want to influence the 2020 elections. And they spent three years doing it. They spent millions of taxpayers' dollars, including the Mueller report, putting together this impeachment, and they also have had this congress wrapped around impeachment and not doing their jobs until the dam broke this week. 123239 Stop this charade. Vote no, and I yield back. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman from New York. NADLER: Mr. Speaker, the gentleman from Wisconsin knows full well the President asserted no privileges here. He simply ordered complete defiance of the impeachment inquiry. I now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from Pennsylvania, Ms. Scanlon. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman is recognized. 123306 SCANLON: Thank you, speaker and thank you Chairman Nadler, for your leadership, as we navigate this challenging time, not just for our committee and congress, but for our country. It's with profound sadness that I stand here today and support these articles of impeachment. President Trump's behavior is exactly what our founders feared most. They knew that with the awesome power of the presidency came the risk of a President abusing that power for personal gain. 123332 They were particularly concerned about an executive who became entangled with foreign governments, corrupted our elections, or sought to avoid consequences for his own misconduct in office. That is why they included impeachment in the constitution to protect our republic. Our colleagues across the aisle have claimed we're impeaching the President because we don't like him, because -- but this moment is about more than disagreement with the President's policies or personality. Those issues belong in the voting booth. 123405 Our task here is not to judge the President himself. Instead, we must judge his conduct and whether his actions have undermined our constitution. The President has committed the highest of high crimes under our constitution. He used the highest office in our government and taxpayer dollars to pressure a foreign country to interfere in our elections. 123429 He undermined our national security and when he got caught, he tried to cover it up, obstructing our investigation and refusing to produce subpoenaed documents and witnesses. A government where the President abuses his power is not of the people. A government where the President pressures a foreign country to undermine our elections is not by the people. And a government where the President puts his own interests before the country is not for the people. This isn't complicated. 123459 You know it. I know it. The American people know it. President Trump's wrongdoing and the urgent threat that his actions present to our next election and our democracy leaves us no principled alternative but to support these articles of impeachment. Our constitution, our country, and our children depend upon it. I yield back. The speaker pro tempore: The gentlelady yields back.The gentleman from Georgia. COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I wish, as the gentlelady just said, I wish they would examine the factual conduct but I guess that's not going to happen. 123533 So at this point I yield two minutes to the gentleman from Louisiana, Mr. Johnson. The speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized. JOHNSON: Thank the gentleman from Georgia. Mr. Speaker, the founders of this country warned us against a single party impeachment, because they feared that it would bitterly and perhaps irreparably divide our nation. The truth is, in the 243 years of this republic, there has never been a single party fraudulent impeachment process like the one being used today. Our Democrat colleagues have weaponized the impeachment provision of the constitution to nullify the votes of 63 million Americans who elected President Donald J. Trump. 123607 This is not about a phone call or Ukraine or even his use of executive privilege. You have to remember that 95 of the Democrats on this floor today voted to impeach Donald Trump before the July 25 phone call ever happened between President Trump and President Zelenskiy and not only is this a single party impeachment, it's also evidence-free. After all their herculean efforts, they could only come up with two short articles of impeachment. 123632 On the first, the Democrats know there is zero direct evidence in this record of these proceedings to show that President Trump engaged in any abuse of power. As you'll hear today, their entire case is based on hearsay, speculation, conjecture, and there is not a single fact witness that can provide testimony to support their baseless allegations. 123653 The Democrats' second claim is that President Trump obstructed congress by simply doing what virtually every other President in the modern era has also done and that is to assert, Mr. Chairman, a legitimate executive privilege, which protects the separation of powers. And you know what, if they disagreed with that, the Democrats could and should have just simply gone a few blocks away to a federal court to get an expedited court order compelling the extra documents and information they requested. That's what's always been done in the past, but they didn't do that here because these Democrats don't have time for it. 123725 They are trying to meet their own arbitrary, completely reckless and Machiavellian timeline to take down a President that they loathe. The real abuse of power here is on the part of the house Democrats. As they have feverishly produced and pursued this impeachment 20 times faster than the impeachment investigation of Bill Clinton. They are trying to reach their predetermined political outcome and along the way they steamrolled over a constitutionally guaranteed due process and -- SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman's time has expired. JOHNSON: --- and the federal rules of civil procedure. This must fail. And this is a -- SPEAKER: The gentleman's time is expired. JOHNSON: --shameful day for the country. I yield back. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman's time has expired. The gentleman from New York is recognized. 123800 NADLER: Mr. Speaker, the gentleman knows that impeachment was put into the constitution as a defense of the republic in between elections. I now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentlelady from Washington, Ms. Jayapal. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentlelady is recognized. JAYAPAL: Mr. Speaker, this is a day of accountability and defending our democracy. The facts in front of us are clear. This President, Donald J. Trump, coerced a fragile foreign ally to investigate his political opponent and interfere in our elections and he leveraged critically needed congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine. 123843 The President's allies want to claim that he did this because he cared about corruption. But if President Trump truly cared about corruption, then he would have listened to the talking points that were prepared by the national security council on anti-corruption. He did not. 123901 In fact, on those two calls with President Zelenskiy he never mentioned the word corruption. He did not abide by the department of defense's own recommendation that Ukraine had passed all the anti-corruption benchmarks and he didn't listen to the unanimous conclusion of all of his top advisors that he must release that aid to Ukraine. He did release the aid in 2017 and 2018, but not in 2019. Why? Because in 2019, vice President Joe Biden was running for President. 123934 Because this is not hearsay. We have a responsibility. The President told us himself on national television exactly what he wanted from the phone call with President Zelenskiy. He came onto the white house lawn and he said, I wanted President Zelenskiy to open an investigation into the Bidens. He solicited foreign interference before. He is doing it now, and he will do it again. 123959 The President is the smoking gun. Our founders, Mr. Chairman -- Mr. Speaker, entrusted us with the awesome responsibility of protecting our democracy which gets its power, not from the bloodlines of monarchs, but from the votes of we the people. Without that we are no longer a democracy. We are a monarchy or a dictatorship. And so today, to uphold my oath to the constitution and country, I will vote to impeach Donald J. Trump. I yield back. 124033 SPEAKER PRO TEMP: the gentlelady yields back. The gentleman from Georgia. COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I also remind my chairman that impeachable was never been used as a political weapon in between elections when you can't win the next one. And with that, I yield two minutes to the gentleman from Texas, Mr. Conaway. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman is recognized. CONAWAY: Thank you Mr Speaker. Other than authorizing act of war, Impeachment is the gravest item that we as congress could consider. The decision to move forward impeachment of the United States President is so consequential that it's only been done three times previously in our nation's history, all based on legitimate evidence of criminal behavior. 124101 Unfortunately, many of my colleagues have diminished which should be a solemn and grave proceeding into an absolute political circus simply because they don't like the man occupying the White House. The Democrats have been intent on impeaching the President since the day he took office. Their actions are clearly motivated by hatred for President Trump. This impeachment vote today is the next step in their long held plan to remove them from office. The partisan impeachment investigation run by the House Intelligence Committee was unnecessarily held behind closed doors in a room designed to be -- as a room designed to share classified information. 124130 Nothing classified was shared during these meetings, but the result of this decision was that most members of congress and all Americans were blocked from hearing the facts for themselves. Chairman Schiff repeatedly withheld crucial information from the Republicans, including the ability for anyone but himself and his staff to speak with the whistleblower at the center of the investigation. He was even called out by liberal media outlets for spreading misinformation and falsehoods throughout the impeachment process. The public hearings were complete disregard for the House rules and the decades of precedent. 124159 Republicans were not allowed to call witnesses or to make basic parliamentary motions. In fact, the only witnesses allowed to testify publicly were those who fit neatly within the Democrats predetermined narrative. Most importantly, we have not been presented any real evidence that proves the President is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors as required with the constitution to remove a duly elected President. If there were criminal activity, as many of my Democrat colleagues claim, then where are -- why are the no claims listed in the articles of impeachment? We are forever weakening this body by turning an impeachment into a political weapon. 124229 This impeachment scheme is nothing more than an attempt to conduct a taxpayer funded opposition research and damage the President's electability heading into 2020. The American people see right through this charade and are fed up. It's time for this madness to stop and for us to get back to the important work the American people sent us here to do. And I yield back. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman reserves. The gentleman from New York. NADLER: Mr. Speaker, I now yield three minutes to the distinguished gentleman from california, Mr. Lieu. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: he gentleman is recognized. 124259 LIEU: Thank you, Chairman Nadler, for your leadership. Let's start by making this very simple. No one in America can do what Donald Trump did and get away with it. No American elected official can call up a foreign government and ask for an investigation of a political opponent. No member of congress can call up a foreign official and ask for help in our re-election complain. If we did that, we're likely to get indicted. No one is above the law, and the constitution is the supreme law of the land. I first swore an oath to the constitution when I joined the United States air force on active duty. An oath I took was not to a political party or to a President or to a king. 124340 It was to a document that has made America the greatest nation on Earth. And that document contains a safeguard for when the President's abuse of power is so extreme that it warrants impeachment. We are not here because of policy disputes. While I disagree with the President, I acknowledge he has a right to restrict the number of refugees entering into our country. He has a right to eliminate environmental executive orders. He has a right to sign a bill that has given tax breaks to the wealthy. But the President does not have the right to cheat and solicit foreign interference in our elections. That is illegal. That is not what the voters elected him to do. And we will not stand for it. 124420 The President's actions in this case were particularly insidious because he also used our government for his private gain. He conditioned taxpayer funded military aid and a critical White House meeting with the Ukrainian President on the requirement that they publicly announce an investigation into his opponent and by harming Ukrainian national security, the President also harmed U.S. national security. And then the President solicited foreign interference again on the south lawn of the White House when he again asked Ukraine to investigate his political opponent and then he asked China, our peer competitor, to do the same. That abuse of power is not acceptable. 124500 Whether or not the senate convicts, the house has an independent duty to do the right thing. That's why we have passed over 275 bipartisan bills that are stuck in the senate. Whether impeaching or legislating, we'll continue to be faithful to the constitution, regardless of what the senate may or may not do. Moreover, impeachment is a form of deterrence. Our children are watching. No President ever wants to be impeached. And whether Donald Trump leaves in one month, one year, or five years, this impeachment is permanent. It will follow him around for the rest of his life and history books will record it. 124538 And the people will know why we impeached. It's all very simple. No one is above the law. Not our commander in chief. Not our President. I yield back. The speaker pro tempore: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman from Georgia. COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. At this time it is my pleasure to yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from North Carolina, Mr. McHenry. The speaker pro tempore: The gentleman is recognized. 124558 MCHENRY: I thank my colleague. In 2016, 63 million Americans went to the polls and elected Donald Trump President of the United States. House Democrats have been trying to overturn the election ever since. In fact, they've tried five additional times to the one that's before us, including the vote in may of 2017. Just five months into his term. In January of this year, house Democrats took control of this chamber and they were faced with a choice. They could use the tools of the majority to pursue legitimate priorities of the American people, policies that can impact their lives, or they can use the tools to undo the 2016 election. They made their choice. Since then house Democrats have issued more subpoenas than bills have been signed into law. 124646 That tells us all we need to know about this congress. And that party. Rather than launch a legitimate investigation, Democrats turn to focus groups to workshop their language, to see if they could sell this to the American people. And the American people have rejected it. Instead of negotiating with the executive branch, for instance, and allowing the courts to resolve any legitimate disputes, house Democrats rushed an impeachment vote. So here we are, 12 weeks later. Voting whether to impeach the President based off the thinnest record in modern history. It's no surprise that the senate is already asking for additional witnesses and more documents and real evidence. The body of evidence is weak and woefully insufficient for impeachment. 124729 And with that, I yield back on this sad day for this institution. The speaker pro tempore: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman from New York, Mr. Nadler. 124736 NADLER: Mr. Speaker, I now yield two minutes to the gentleman from Maryland, Mr. Raskin. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: Mr. Raskin is recognized. RASKIN: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. American elections belong to the American people. Not the American President and not foreign powers. No President may cheat the people by working with foreign governments to steal from us a free and fair election. 124802 And no President who attempts it may cover up that cheating by systematically obstructing congress in our work. Article 2 of the constitution does not authorize a President to do whatever he wants. The reason we have a constitution is to keep government officials from doing whatever they want. If we the people lose the certainty of free and fair elections to Presidential corruption and foreign manipulation, then we lose our democracy itself. 124833 The most precious inheritance we have received from prior generations that pledge their sacred honor and gave everything they had to defend it. The struggle for democracy is the meaning of America. That is why we remain the last best hope of a world ravaged by authoritarianism, violence and corruption. We must act now to protect our elections and safeguard constitutional democracy for the enormous and unprecedented challenges that still lie ahead of us. I yield back, Mr. Chairman. 124910 SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman yields back. The gentleman from Georgia. COLLINS: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. At this time it's my pleasure to yield a minute and a half to the gentlewoman from West Virginia, Mrs Miller. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: Gentlelady is recognized. 124917 MILLER: Thank you, Mr. Mr. Speaker. I rise in opposition of H.R. 755. Today is a disappointing day. It is the day my colleagues from across the aisle cast the vote that they have spent the last three years obsessing over. The vote to impeach our duly elected President. There are two charges claimed by house Democrats and there is zero cause for either. While President Trump has led, our country has thrived. And Washington liberals have failed. Despite the commitment of many of our colleagues to obstruct the Trump administration's agenda at every turn, our country continues to succeed. 125000 In this body, however, we have not been able to deliver on what Americans want and need. We still have not finished securing our border. The opioid epidemic still rages in our communities. Our infrastructure is still in dire need of an overhaul. And we still have not reached a bipartisan resolution on drug pricing. If congress hadn't spent the last year stuck in a divisive, ugly, partisan impeachment debacle, think of what we could have done. 125033 The lives that could have been saved, the communities that could have been improved, the crisis on our southern border ended, and the positive work that we should do for our country. But we didn't. All because of divisive political theatrics. Congress can do better than this and America deserves better. I yield back the balance of my time. COLLINS: Reserved. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentlelady yields back and the gentleman from Georgia reserves. The gentleman from New York. 125059 NADLER: Mr. Speaker, I now yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from Rhode Island, Mr. Cicilline. SPEAKER PRO TEMP: The gentleman is recognized. CICILLINE: Mr. Speaker I rise in support of the articles of impeachment against Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States. Mr. Speaker, no one runs for congress to impeach a President. But this President has left us no choice. President Trump abused the enormous powers of his office when he solicited foreign interference for the purpose of helping him in his re-election campaign in 2020. 125126 The President betrayed our national security and undermined the security of our elections when he put his own personal political interests ahead of the interests of our country. He tried to cheat to win re-election. And this wasn't an attack on vice President Biden. This was an attack on our democracy. And if we do not hold the President accountable today, we will no longer live in a democracy. We will live in a dictatorship where any future President will be free to abuse their office in order to get re-electioned. So today every member of this chamber faces a choice. Whether to do what the constitution demands and the evidence requires, or to turn a blind eye to the President's grave misconduct. 125201 A blind eye to the overwhelming evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors. To my friends on the other side of the aisle I say this, this is not about making history. This is about holding a lawless President accountable and the way our framers intended. This is a time to put our country over your political party. Do not seek safety in the high grass of a vote against these articles. We are all Americans. Show the American people your devotion to your country is more powerful than your loyalty to your political party. 125229 United we can defend our democracy from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Divided, we risk losing our Democracy. All you have to do is look at the evidence. Because it will leave you with only one answer. The President of the united States must be impeached. Remember these facts. He tried to cheat, he got caught, he confessed and then he obstructed the investigation into his misconduct. For our democracy, for our constitution, for the people you represent and for all who will inherit our country...
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 210000 2020 - 1
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 210000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020
5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 190000 2020
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 190000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NIGHT 3 NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 230000 2020 - 2
5540 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC RNC CLEAN POOL 08262020 230000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
5534 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION NIGHT 3 CHARLOTTE NC HEAD ON POOL 08262020 230000 2020
5534 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC HEAD ON POOL 08262020 230000 2020 ***DO NOT EDIT OR MODIFY THIS DOC IN ANY WAY. ONLY LOGGERS ARE PERMITTED. WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION FULL LOG 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 203006 VO>> Long before the shots fired at Concord, were men and women of remarkable character and fortitude. An extraordinary spirit fueled the dreams they held. That spirit lived on to win liberty in the Revolution, embolden the underground railroads. It strengthened the brave souls at Normandy. 230032 It endured with those who gallantly fought the spread of communism. And on 9/11, that same spirit was found in the men and women storming the gates of death to save precious lives. The spirit of heroism thrives in the presence of tyranny, disaster. It is stronger than any virus. 203058 Yet there are those who condemn our heroes, seek to erase history, deconstruct the American ideals, remake America into something it was never intended to be. But the spirit of heroism stands in the breach. It lives in the heart. It breathes in the soul. And is woven into the courageous fabric of Americans like you. It preserves liberty. It strengthens families. It empowers the extraordinary. 203132 The spirit of heroism inspires us to act when others are in need, to do the right thing. Join us tonight. Dream heroic dreams. Celebrate America, land of the free, home of the brave. 203200 >> From Washington D.C., welcome to the 2020 Republican National Convention. Tonight, celebrating America as the land of heroes. 203225 >> Lord, almighty god, we come before you this evening and pray for your divine protection over our brothers and sisters in the path of storms along our Gulf Coast. You are our rock and our shelter, in the midst of the storms of life. You are the god who commands the winds and the waves, and we pray that He will provide refuge to our people. 203252 Oh, lord, you have granted us certain natural rights such as the right to speak freely, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness as well as religious freedom, the right to assemble and the right to self-defense. Only in America have these god-given rights so flourished and been categorized as belonging to the people, embodying the very essence of our government. 223322 Father, we pray that this outlook and mindset, this form of government continues, as has been our history, especially now when, to our horror, it is being challenged. And so, we pray that god give strength and health to our President who has splendidly demonstrated daily his determination to defend and maintain the god-given rights of our citizens, as enshrined in our constitution and in our declaration. 203356 [And] eloquently passed down through our Judeoo-Christian tradition. President Trump has stood up fearlessly against those corrupting the term "social justice," so as to deny Americans their birthright and these divine gifts. 203413 May god protect him. May god bless all those in government and among our citizens who seek to honor, defend, and preserve our heritage. This land was founded in an epic and providential moment. Like the revelation at sinai, it was the moment when the vision of god rendezvoused with the soaring and noble plans of appointed men. Yet every so often, apace various generations, we are compelled to resurrect and give rebirth to our providential beginning, to renew our present days with the exuberance of those founding days. 203501 Perhaps that is what is meant when you say make America great again. We pledge to viginantly protect and tend the garden so as to imbibe its blessed fruits. May god continue to make America great and may we continue to be his people, one nation, under god, and let us say amen. 203530 >> I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic, for which it stands. One nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. KRISTI NOEM 203557 NOEM>> Good evening. I'm governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota. I'm here tonight because I believe America is an exceptional nation, founded on three principles: equality, freedom, and opportunity. But today, our founding principles are under attack. This year the choice for Americans is between a man who values these ideals, and all that can be built because of them, and a man who isn't guided by these ideals and coincidentally has built nothing. 203628 Remember, America's battle for Independence and fight for self governance was something that had never been done before. Men of great intellect and wisdom like James Madison, the father of our constitution, hoped our constitutional republic would last for ages, mitigate the problems that would naturally arise from political factions, and prevent tyranny. Madison also authored much of the bill of rights. 203653 Because he understood the natural tendency of government to increasingly encroach on the people's consent, and thus, our freedom. He urged his colleagues to adopt these amendments to enshrine in our Constitution the ideals laid out in the declaration of Independence, that all power comes from the people. That the government is created and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people. Our constitution guarantees the right to speak, to assemble, and to worship. 203725 The right to arm ourselves as a counterbalance to a standing army. And the right to a fair and equitable criminal justice system. We must fight to protect these foundational rights from government interference and indifference. America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our constitution, which protects our god-given liberties and civil rights. We are not and will not be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. 203759 We, the people, are the government. Now at times our country has struggled to live up to our founding principles. Another great American, Abraham Lincoln, knew that struggle better than anybody. When he was just 28 years old, honest Abe saw wild and furious passions worse than savage mobs, he said, taking the place of reason and judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country. He was concerned for the people that had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. 203837 These good people were becoming tired of and disgusted with a government that offered no protection. Sound familiar? It took 244 years to build this great nation, flaws and all. But we stand to lose it in a tiny fraction of that time, if we continue down the path taken by the Democrats and their radical supporters. From Seattle and Portland to Washington and New York, Democrat-run cities across this country are being overrun by violent mobs. 203910 The violence is rampant. There's looting, chaos, destruction, and murder. People that can afford to flee have fled but the people that can't, good hard-working Americans, are left to fend for themselves. The Republican party's commitment to individual rights and self government is as necessary today as it was in 1860, when we won our first presidential election. 203937 Our party respects individuals based on who they are. We don't divide people based on their belief or their roots. We don't shun people who think for themselves. We respect everyone, equally, under the constitution, and we treat them as Martin Luther King Jr. wished, according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. 204001 In just four years, President Trump has lifted people of all races and backgrounds out of poverty. He shrunk government. He put money back into the pockets of hard-working, ordinary Americans. He has advanced religious liberty, he protected the second amendment. You can look back 50 years, you won't find anyone that has surpassed President Trump's success on these four issues alone. 204027 History chooses its heros for the time in which they live. At our founding, Madison was one of the chosen. When the nation's very existence was challenged it was Lincoln's turn. Thanks to these men, America is a land of hope. Their examples have been repeated in countless ways by simple Americans following their conscience. But there is another American hero to be recognized. And that is the common American. 204057 This is who president Trump is fighting for. He's fighting for you. SCOTT DANE 204121 DANE>> I'm Scott Dane. I represent loggers and truckers in Minnesota, but I also represent a way of life. Logging's been a part of the great American story from the beginning. In fact. if you go to the capitol rotunda and look up, you can see loggers on one of the panels -- New England settlers carving out a new world from the wilderness. Logging is the most dangerous job in the country, but we embrace that risk because we know America was built by strong people, building things together. America needs us to keep building and we can't wait to be a part of it. 204157 But the last time Joe Biden was in the white house, Minnesota lost nearly half of its mills, thousands of jobs, and experienced nearly a decade of decline. It was a similar story in other parts of the country. The administration just didn't seem to care, and 47 years in Washington, Joe Biden hasn't done anything for the timber industry. When plants close in Duluth, Sartel, Cook, and Bemidji, they were just numbers on paper to the Obama-Biden administration. To me they were people and jobs and families. 204233 Under obama-biden, radical environmentalists were allowed to kill the forest. Wildfire after wildfire shows the consequences. Managed forests, the kind my people work in, are healthy forests. Under president trump, we've seen a new recognition of the value of forest management in reducing wildfires. And we've seen new support for our way of life where a strong back and a strong work ethic can build a strong middle class. 204258 We want to build families where we were raised and stand by communities that stood by us. We want that way of life available for the next generation and we want our forests there, too. President Trump, thank you for helping us do just that. MARSHA BLACKBURN 204335 BLACKBURN>> Hi, I'm US Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee. America is a nation of heroes. In times of difficulty, we're reminded that they're all around us. They're in the line with us at the grocery store, in the pew with us at church. They're the regular American who step up to volunteer and serve when we need them most. 204400 They've stood at the forefront throughout this pandemic. The emergency room nurses who go back shift after shift. 204411 The medical researchers developing a vaccine and therapies to combat what the Chinese communist regime unleashed on the world. Cookville's Double Strings Church of Christ members, lifting our country up in prayer and providing for those impacted by tragedy. But tonight, I want to talk to you about another kind of hero. The kind democrats don't recognize because they don't fit into their narrative. I'm talking about the heroes from law enforcement and armed services. 204453 Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled. Tennessee is full of them. After all, we're the volunteer state. My dad served in the Army in World War 2. When he came home, he put on another uniform, and for 30 years, volunteered to help our under funded sheriff's department. I'm reminded of him whenever I see compassion and selflessness in others. 204530 When I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them. When I see the heroes who volunteer to serve our country, putting their lives on the line for their freedom. Many of these heroes call Tennessee home and we could not be more proud of the brave men and women of the 101st airborne division at Fort Campbell. 204605 The common thread between them is a deep seeded desire to serve a cause larger than themselves. They don't believe their country owes them anything. They believe they owe their country and their fellow man. As hard as Democrats try, they can't cancel our heroes. They cannot contest their behavery and they can't dismiss the powerful sense of service that lives deep in their souls. 204643 So they try to defund them -- our military, our police, even ICE -- to take away their tools to keep us safe. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and their radical allies try to destroy these heroes because if there are no heroes to inspire us, government can control us. They close our churches, but keep the liquor stores and abortion clinics open. 204714 They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets. If the Democrats had their way, they would keep you locked in your house until you become dependent on the government for everything. That sounds a lot like communist China to me. Maybe that's why Joe Biden is so soft on them, why Nancy Pelosi says that China would prefer Joe Biden. Yep. I bet they would. 204749 But, President Trump has stood up for our heroes every day. He stood by our law enforcement, our military, and the freedoms we hold dear. He's made good on his promise to put America first. And I hope you will stand with me as we send him back for four more years, with a clear message to the democrats, you will never cancel our heroes. DAN CRENSHAW 204828 CRENSHAW>>> Hi, I'm Congressman Dan Crenshaw. 8 years ago, in the fields of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a close friend and teammate laid down cover fire against Taliban insurgents so that I could walk, blind and bloodied, to the Med-Evac helicopter, and survive. But he didn't. Dave Orson was killed 2 months later. 204848 He died a hero to this great country. Here's the truth about America: we are a country of heroes. I believe that. So should you. We are a people with a common set of ideals, conceived in liberty. People that have sacrificed, time and time again, for the freedom and freedom of others -- that's something that no country ever, anywhere can claim. 204911 Since 9/11, I've seen America's heroes up close. Some of them saved my life. Some of them saved many others lives. Many of them never made it home. These heroes act as if the whole struggle depended on them alone, as if any weakness on their part would be a reflection of the whole nation. That is called duty. 204930 And America has a long history of it. Our enemies fear us, because Americans can fight for good and we know it. It gives us strength. When our heroes are trusted and equipped, then freedom prevails. The defeat of ISIS was the result of America believing in our heroes. Our president having their backs and rebuilding our military so we'd have what we needed to finish the mission. 204955 The cowering of the Iranian regime and the restoration of the deterrence once lost is the result of America believing in her own might again. America's heroism isn't relegated to the battlefield. Every single day we see them, if you just know where to look. It's the nurse who volunteers for back-to-back shifts caring for covid patients because she feels that's her duty. It's the parent who will relearn algebra because there's no way they are letting their kids fall behind while schools are closed. 205023 And it's the cop that gets spit on one day and will saves a child's life the next. America is the country where the young military wife of two young children answers the unexpected knock at the door, looks the man in uniform in the eye and even as her whole world comes crashing down, she stands up straight, she holds back tears and takes care of her family because she must. 205048 This is what heroism looks like, it's who we are, a nation of heroes. And we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It's not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. 205115 Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down. See, America is a fabric. It's woven from the threads of history's best stories, best attributes, and greatest ideas. The American spirit reflects the oldest and most important virtues: self sacrifice, courage, tolerance, love of country, grace, and passion for human achievement. 205136 We can decide, right now, that American greatness will not be rejected nor squandered. As the American founding was grounded in individual liberty, so will be our future. But if we are to rediscover our strength, then it must be an endeavor undertaken by each and every one of us. We must become the heroes that we so admire. 205158 America was built by them, and our future will be protected by them. It will be protected by you. So, god bless America. GEN KEITH KELLOGG 205215 KELLOGG>> Good evening. I'm retired Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg. In 1967, at the age of 22, I volunteered to serve my country in Vietnam. From the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq, I have gone where my nation asked. I have borne witness to soldiers' last moments on Earth, their lives spent in hope and promise of a better future for all Americans. 205246 I was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. I lost friends there that day. In the years that followed, I watched my daughter, son, and son-in-law deploy to Afghanistan. I have looked into the eyes of my grandchildren as they said goodbye to their fathers and hugged them one last time. I lived (?) service. I understand sacrifice. I know leadership. 205315 Over the past 3 1/2 years, I have witnessed every major foreign policy and national security decision by the President. I have been in the room where it happened. I saw only one agenda and one guiding question, when tough calls had to be made: is this decision right for America? When President Donald Trump took office, decades of failed foreign policy had crippled us. 205347 He faced wars without end in sight, creation of failed states like Libya and Syria, a past that allowed a terrorist caliphate to grow, and leadership in Washington that allowed our military to atrophy, while we spent trillions of dollars abroad instead of investing at home. President Trump has reversed the decline of our military, and restructured our national security strategy. 205414 With historic investment and vision, our military is now better equipped, better resourced, and better manned than any military in the world. President Trump demolished the terrorist ISIS caliphate in the Middle East and eliminated its leader, Al baghdadi, one of the world's most brutal terrorists. President Trump took decisive action against Iranian terrorist mastermind, Qasem Soleimani, the man responsible for deaths of hundreds of American servicemen in Iraq. 205450 When our NATO allies failed to meet their commitments as we upheld ours, President Trump demanded parity. NATO members have now increased their contributions over $100 billion this year and NATO's Secretary General credits President Donald J. Trump. President Trump challenged and continues to challenge an ever-increasingly provocative and militant China. But make no mistake, President Trump is no hawk. 205521 He wisely wields the sword when required, but believes in seeking peace instead of perpetual conflict. Just over a week ago, our president brokered a peace agreement between the united Arab Emirates and Israel, the first in the Middle East in over 25 years. And this week, Afghan negotiators, with help from American officials, will start peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government to end America's longest war. 205558 Ask yourself: has this president kept his promises to keep us out of needless conflicts and to pursue ending wars without end? Has he defended your interests in renegotiating trade deals that previously hurt Americans and our national security? Has he fulfilled his commander in chief role by decisively going after the nation's enemies? You and I know the answer is yes. 205629 The choice is clear. This is the most important election of our lifetime. The next four years will decide the course of our country for decades to come. I am asking you to stand up and be counted so we never have to look back and recall what it was once like in America when men and women were free, our families were secure, and we had a president who served the people. 205701 God bless America. Thank you, and good night. TERA MEYERS 205730 MEYERS>> Good evening, my name is Tara Meyers. Tonight I am here as a wife and mother to share how education freedom has personally impacted my family, especially the life of my son Samuel. Before Samuel was even born, I was told his life wouldn't be worth living. When early tests revealed he had down syndrome, our doctor encouraged me to terminate the pregnancy. 205757 He said "if you do not, you will be burdening your life, your family and your community." I knew my baby was a human being created by god, and that made him worthy of life. I am thankful that president Trump values the life of the unborn. When we went to register samuel for kindergarten, we were told to just put him where he would be comfortable. Don't stress him out by trying to teach him. 205825 When we pushed for him to attend his neighborhood school with his sisters, we were told just go home and let us do what we do. When I inquired about functional learning, I was told, this is all you get, like it or not. Well, I did not like it. One size did not fit all. So I helped fight to pass legislation in Ohio, for a special needs scholarship, so that all students could choose the right program for their needs. 205857 I worked to start a new functional learning program at our local private school. Finally, Samuel had an appropriate place to learn. Last December, Samuel was invited to the White House to meet our president and share his thoughts on education freedom. He said, "school choice helped my dreams come true. My school taught me the way I learn best. I was able to fit in. I made many friends. I became a part of my community. My teachers helped me become the best I can be." President Trump shook my hand and said, wonderful job, mom. Your son is amazing. 205939 Unlike the doctor who told me to end Samuel's life before it even began. President trump did not dismiss my son. He showed Samuel he valued him and was proud of what he accomplished. President Trump gave Samuel an equal seat at the table. Tonight I would like to extend my thanks to president trump and his administration for their work toward making every student's dream of a meaningful education a reality. 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 210000 2020 210011 And for fighting to ensure every child in America has an equal seat at the table of education freedom and an equal opportunity in life. Thank you. And may god bless America. [RNC VIDEO "SUFFRAGE"] 210040 VO>> It all started at a tea party, 13 years before the American civil war. Civil unrest and division separated countrymen into two opposing camps: one determined to keep African-American people enslaved. The other, determined to see all people free. 210105 Elizabeth Katie Stanton and Lucretia Mott felt the call to fight for that freedom when they were selected as delegates for an anti slavery convention. But, upon arrival, were told they could not speak or vote at the male dominated event. On July 9, 1848, Mott, Stanton and three other women met for tea. 210127 By the end of the day, they had formed a coalition with the sole purpose of gaining the right for women to vote so they in turn would be free to fight for the freedoms of others. Women across America united and formed activist groups working tirelessly to win the vote for American women. The incomparable Susan B Anthony became one of the most visible leaders of women's suffrage when, in 1872, she registered and voted for every Republican on the ballot. 210158 As punishment for her actions, she was arrested for illegal voting at the request of Susan B. Anthony, Senator A.A. Sargent introduced the 19th amendment in 1878. The Susan B. Anthony Amendment was submitted and defeated five times. But, women continued to fight. Sojourner Truth and many other black suffragettes defied segregation, fighting for all women's voices to be heard and allowed to vote. 210223 For the two years prior to ratification, the silent sentinels quietly picketed the White House. Finally, when Republicans regained control of Congress, on August 26th, 1920, the Equal Suffrage Amendment was signed into law. Women's suffrage movement took 72 years and would change the lives of women forever. The victory was achieved peacefully through the valiant efforts of women patriots and the democratic process. 210252 100 years later in a bold declaration of rights for women, President Trump granted a full pardon to Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment's ratification. Women's suffrage was born from a desire to fight for the freedom of others. Now, we, the great patriots of America, will band together once again. And with one unified voice, we will vote for freedom. KAYLEIGH MCENANY 210330 MCENANY>> I'm Kayleigh Mcenany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump. But tonight, I'm here to share with you how he supported me, both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. 210403 It was the same mutation that my mom had, compelling her to get a preventive double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue but protecting her from a disease has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several were in their young 20s. I now faced the same prospect. For nearly a decade, I was routinely at Moffitt Cancer Center, getting MRIs, ultrasounds, and necessary surveillance. 210443 During these visits, I cross pathed with brave women battling cancer and fighting through chemotherapy. They were a testament to American strength. They are American heroes. On May 1st, 2018, I followed in my mother's footsteps, choosing to get a preventive mastectomy. I was scared. The night before, I fought back tears as I prepared to lose a piece of myself forever. But the next day with my mom, dad, husband, and Jesus Christ by my side, I underwent a mastectomy, almost eliminating my chance of breast cancer. 210530 A decision I now celebrate. Breast reconstruction has advanced remarkably. While it is an individual's decision, my doctor and I chose a course of surgery that left me virtually unchanged. But more important than physical results, I developed a strength and a confidence that I carry with me. During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. 210607 As I recovered, my phone rang again. It was president Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world, caring about my circumstance. At the time, I had only met president Trump on a few occasions, but now I know him well. And I can tell you that this president stands by Americans with preexisting conditions. In fact, President Trump called me this morning, I spoke with him several times today, and he told me how proud he was of me for sharing this story. 210646 The same way president Trump has supported me, he supports you. I see it everyday. I've heard him say the hardest part of his job is writing to loved ones of fallen soldiers. I've seen him offer heartfelt outreach to grieving parents who lost their children to crime in the streets. And I have watched them fight for Americans who lost their jobs. President Trump fights for the American people, because he cares about stories like these. I have a nine-month-old daughter. She's a beautiful sweet little girl, and I choose to work for this president for her. 210735 When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, amiracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect. That means protecting America's future, a future President Trump will fight for. Where our neighborhoods are protected. Where life is sacred. Where god is cherished, not taken out of our schools, removed from our pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald J. Trump's America. 210804 Choosing to have a preventative mastectomy was the hardest decision I ever had to make. But supporting President Trump, who will protect my daughter and our children's future, was the easiest. KAREN PENCE 210851 KAREN PENCE>> Good evening. Karen Pence, my husband is Vice President Mike Pence. 100 years ago, today, the 19th amendment was adopted into the United States constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Because of heroes like Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone, women today -- like our daughters Audrey and Charlotte -- and future generations will have their voices heard and their votes count. 210921 The women's suffrage movement was the gateway that led to women having the opportunities to achieve monumental milestones and accomplish significant achievements in both civic and governmental roles. This evening, we look at heroes in our land. As Second Lady of the United States for the past three and a half years, I have had the honor of meeting many heroes across this great country. The Pences are a military family. 210955 Our son Michael serves in the United States Marines. And our son-in-law Henry serves in the US Navy. And one of my key initiatives is to elevate and encourage military spouses. These men and women like our daughter Charlotte and our daughter-in-law Sarah are the home front heroes. I have been privileged to hear so many stories of selfless support, volunteer spirit and great contributions to the armed forces and our communities. 211029 You know, military spouses may experience frequent moves and job changes, periods of being a single parent while their loved one is deployed, all while exhibiting pride, strength and determination and being a part of something bigger than themselves. To all of the military spouses, thank you. President Trump and Vice President Pence have been supporting our United States armed forces including our military families on a significant scale. 211103 While traveling throughout our nation to educate military spouses about policy solutions that President Trump has promoted involving real, tangible progress in military spouse employment, I have been inspired to meet heroes like Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruz. 211126 These military spouses decided to start their own business R-Riveter, named after the Rosie the Riveter campaign used to recruit women workers during World War II. R-Riveter makes beautiful handbags designed and manufactured exclusively by military spouses. And many of those spouses live all over the country. They prepare and send their section of the bags to the company located in North Carolina where the final product is assembled. 211158 Military spouse hero Jilan Hall-Johnson in Billings, Montana, is a culinary artist who had dreamed of starting her own restaurant. Working with the small business administration's development center, Jilan started her restaurant, the Sassy Biscuit. 211218 And she just opened a second restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire. And as the second lady, I've also been able to bring awareness to a form of therapy for our heroic veterans suffering from PTSD. Art therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist is especially effective with posttraumatic stress disorder. Master gunnery sergeant Chris Stowe a marine veteran I met in Tampa, who deployed for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, said nothing had helped him deal with the trauma from his service in the Marines, until he finally agreed to meet with the art therapist at Walter Reed medical center 211305 Chris credits art therapy with saving his marriage and his life. And Chris went on to establish a glass blowing workshop to help other Vets. Many of our veteran heroes struggle as they transition back into civilian life. And, sometimes, the stress is too difficult to manage alone. A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with some amazing Americans who answer the Veterans Crisis Line. 211335 One, in particular, Sydney Morgan, especially impacted me. A veteran herself, Sydney said, it is the highest honor of her life, until they physically walk into a clinic to receive help they deserve, and she can pass their hand to someone ready to help. 211358 In these difficult time, we've all seen so many examples of everyday Americans reaching out a hand to those in need. Those who, in humility, have considered others more important than themselves. We've seen health care workers, teachers, first responders, mental health providers, law enforcement officers, grocery and delivery workers and farmers. 211427 And so many others. Heroes, all. 100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes. Let's re-elect president trump and vice president pence for four more years. God bless our heroes, and god bless the United States of America. 211458 VO>> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. KELLYANNE CONWAY 211517 CONWAY>> Good evening. I'm Kellyanne Conway. 100 years ago, courageous warriors helped women secure the right to vote. This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role can still seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. 211547 He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion.With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, the naysayers, the conventional wisdom and we won. For many of us, women's empowerment is not a slogan. 211617 It comes not from strangers on social media orr sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us. I was raised in a household of all women. They were self-reliant and resilient. Their lives were not easy. But they never complained. Money was tight, but we had an abundance of what mattered most, family, faith and freedom. 211652 I learned that, in America, limited means does not make for limited dreams. The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, of pioneers and parents -- each contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump. 211725 The teacher who took extra time to help students adjust to months of virtual learning. The nurse who finished a 12-hour COVID shift and then took a brief break only to change her mask, gown, and gloves to do it all over again. The small business owner striving to reopen after the lockdown was lifted and then again after her store was vandalized and looted. 211753 The single mom with two kids, two jobs, two commutes, who ten years after that empty promise, finally has health insurance. President Trump and vice president Pence have lifted Americans, provided them with dignity, opportunity and results. I have seen firsthand many times the president comforting and encouraging a child who has lost a parent, a parent who has lost a child, a worker who lost his job, an adolescent who lost her way to drugs. 211836 "Don't lose hope," he has told them, assuring them that they are not alone, and that they matter. There always will be people who have far more than us. Our responsibility is to focus on those who have far less than us. President Trump has done precisely that, in taking unprecedented action to combat this nation's drug crisis. 211903 He told me, this is so important, Kellyanne, so many lives have been ruined by addiction, and we'll never even know it, because people are ashamed to reach out for help, and they're not even sure who to turn to in their toughest hour. Rather than look the other way, President Trump stared directly at this drug crisis next door and through landmark bitarsian legislation has helped secure historic investments in surveillance, interdiction, education, prevention, treatment and recovery. 211936 We have a long way to go, but the political inertia that cost lives and the silence and the stigma that prevents people in need from coming forward is melting away. This is the man I know and the president we need for four more years. He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. 212001 He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you. In honor of the women who empowered me and for the future of the children we all cherish, thank you and God bless you, always. DIDI BURN 212033 DIDI BURN>> Good evening. I'm sister Didi Burn and I belong to the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart's of Jesus and Mary. Last 4th of July, I was honored to be one of the president's guests at his salute to America celebration. I must confess that I recently prayed while in chapel, begging God to allow me to be a voice and instrument for human life. And now, here I am, speaking at the Republican National Convention. I guess you better be careful for what you pray for. My journey towards religious life is not a traditional route, if there is such a thing. 212111 In 1978, as a medical stud-- school student at Georgetown University, I joined the Army to help pay for my tuition, and ended up devoting 29 years to the military, serving as a doctor and a surgeon in places like Afghanistan and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After much prayer and contemplation, I entered my religious order in 2002, working to serve the poor and the sick in Haiti, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, and in Washington, D.C. 212144 Humility is at the foundation of our order which makes it difficult to talk about myself, but I can speak about my experience working for those fleeing war-torn and impoverished countries all around the world. Those refugees all share a common experience. They have been all marginalized, viewed as insignificant, powerless and voiceless. And while we tend to think of the marginalized as living beyond our borders, the truth is the largest marginalized group in the world can be found here in the United States. 212220 They are the unborn. As Christians we first met Jesus as a stirring embryo in the womb of an unwed mother and saw him born nine months later in the poverty of a cave. It's no coincidence that Jesus stood up for what was just and ultimately crucified because what he said wasn't politically correct or fashionable. 212244 As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life against the politically correct or fashionable of today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. Keep in mind, the laws we create define how we see our humanity, and we must ask ourselves: what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an innocent, powerless voice's life? 212315 As a physician, I can say without hesitation: life begins at conception. While what I have to say may be difficult for some to hear, I am saying it because I'm not just pro-life, I'm pro eternal life. And I want all of us to end up in heaven together some day. Which brings me to why I'm here today -- Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. 212345 His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden-Harris who are the most anti-life Presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide. Because of his courage and conviction, President Trump has earned the support of America's pro-life community. 212410 Moreover, he has a nation wide of religions standing behind him. You'll find us with our weapon of choice, the rosary. So thank you Mr. President, we are all praying for you. LOU HOLTZ 212429 HOLTZ>> I'm Lou Holtz. Many of you know me as Coach Holtz, or maybe that football guy. It is a pleasure, a blessing, and an honor, for me to explain why I believe that President Trump is a consistent winner, an outstanding leader, and deserves to be re-elected as our president. First, I want you to know that I grew up in a one-bedroom house in West Virginia. I may have been poor, but the lessons my parents taught me were priceless. 212500 They taught me that life is about making choices. Wherever you are, good or bad, don't blame anyone else. Go get an education, get to work. You can overcome any obstacles. And always remember, that in this great country of ours, anyone can amount to something special. I lived by those principles of hard work, and responsibility my whole life. 212526 Living out the the American story, and it works. But there are people today like politicians, professors, protesters, and of course president trump's nay-sayers in the media who like to blame others for problems. They don't have pride in our country. They make us say no longer ask, what can I do for my country? Only what the country should be doing for them. They don't have pride in themselves. That's wrong. 212600 When I was an officer in the army, I served with so many great Americans who embraced the responsibility to our country. I'm so proud of their sacrifices and the opportunity it has provided for so many millions. America remains a land of opportunity, no matter what the other side says or believes. You know, there's a statue of me at Notre Dame. I guess they needed a place for the pigeons to land. 212629 But if you look closely, you will see these three words there: trust, commitment, and love. All my life, I have made my choices based on these three words. I use these three rules to make choices about everything. My beloved wife of 59 years, athletes I coached, and of course, politicians. Even President Trump. I ask myself three things. 212657 One, can I trust them? When a leader tells you something, you gotta be able to count on it. That is President Trump. He says what he means, he means what he says, and he's done what he said he would do at every single turn. One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. 212723 The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are Catholic in name only, and abandoned innocent lives. 212737 President Trump protects those lives. I trust President Trump. The second question I ask is are they committed to doing their very best? President Trump always finds a way to get something done. If you want to do something bad enough, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse. And excuses are a lot easier to find than solutions. 212805 President Trump finds solutions, president trump is committed. The third question I ask is do they love people? Do they care about others? To me this is very clear. President trump has demonstrated through his prison reform, advocating for school choice, and welfare reform. He wants Americans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to succeed and live the American dream. President trump loves our country and our great people. Trust, commitment, and love. In President trump we have a president we can trust, who works hard at making America greater. 212850 And who genuinely cares about people. If I apply this test to Joe Biden, I can't say yes to any of these three questions. I used to ask our athletes at notre dame "if you did not show up, who would miss you and why?" Can you imagine what would happen to us if president trump had not shown up in 2016 to run for president? I'm so glad he showed up. 212919 Thank you for showing up, Mr. President. I encourage everyone who loves this country, who loves America, to show up in November for President Trump. Thank you. MICHAEL MCHALE 212938 MCHALE>> Hi, I'm Michael McHale, but my friends call me "Mick." I'm a 30 active duty member of law enforcement in the state of Florida. I am also the president of the national association of police organizations, NAPO. Our organization recently endorsed Donald Trump for re-election as President of the United States. Our endorsement recognized his strong support for the men and women on the front lines, particularly during these challenging times. 213010 We value his support of aggressive prosecution of those who attack our police officers. His signing of the law enforcement mental health and wellness act and his support for permanently authorizing funds to support 9/11 first responders and their families. Law enforcement officers across the nation take an oath to run towards danger when everyone else is running away. They do so willingly to protect our families and communities. 213046 I'm proud that the overwhelming majority of American police officers are the best of the best and put their lives on the line without hesitation. And good officers need to know their elected leaders, and the department brass, have their backs. Unfortunately, chaos results when failed officials in cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York make the conscious decision not to support law enforcement. 213120 Shootings, murders, looting, rioting occur unabated. The violence and bloodshed we are seeing in these and other cities isn't happening by chance. 213132 It's the direct result of refusing to allow law enforcement to protect our communities. Joe Biden has turned his candidacy over to the far Left, anti-law enforcement radicals. And as a Senator, Kamala Harris pushed to further restrict police, cut their training, and make our American communities and streets even more dangerous than they already are. 213202 Conversely, President Trump supports the creation of a national standard for training on deescalation and communication to give officers more tools to resolve conflict without violence. The differences between Trump-Pence and Biden-Harris are crystal clear. Your choices are the most pro law enforcement president we've ever had, or the most radical anti-police ticket in history. 213239 We invite those who value the safety of their family and loved ones to join the hundreds of thousands of members of the national association of police organizations and support the re-election of president Donald J. Trump. Thank you and god bless America. ELISE STEFANIK 213315 STEFANIK>> I'm Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and I'm honored to represent New York's 21st Congressional District, the cradle of the American revolution. It's where, almost 250 years ago, brave patriots fought in the battles of Saratoga to turn the tide of the revolutionary war. It's where, 40 years ago in Lake Placid, a team of amateur hockey players out hustled, outskated, and defeated the Soviet Union, stunning the world and giving up the unforgettable miracle on ice. 213349 And today, it's home to fort Drumm and the historic tenth mountain division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. army since 9/11, where I saw first hand president trump graciously thank and honor our men and women in uniform and sign the largest pay raise for our troops in a decade. 213406 Since our nation's founding generation after generation of everyday Americans served and sacrificed to preserve and strengthen the American dream. The vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the idea that if you work hard and dream big, you can achieve anything you imagine. I believe in the American dream because I've lived it. Like millions of Americans, I grew up in a small business family where I learned the values of hard work and determination. 213441 I was the first person in my immediate family to graduate from college, ran for Congress to serve upstate New York, and am proudly the youngest Republican woman elected to Congress in history. I am honored to support President Trump for re-election because I know that he is the only candidate who will stand up for hard working families and protect the American dream for future generations. 213509 Since his first day in office, President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. 213523 I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the constitution, President trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the president. It was an attack on you, your voice and your vote. But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for president trump is stronger than ever before. 213547 We know what's at stake in this historic election. Americans from all walks of life are unified in support of our president. It's why more Republican women than ever are running for office this year. We understand that this election is a choice between the far left democratic socialist agenda versus protecting and preserving the American dream. President Trump is working to safely reopen our main street economy. 213617 He understands that the engine of our country is fuelled by the ingenuity and determination of American workers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Joe Biden wants to keep them locked up in the basement and crush them with $4 trillion in new taxes. We face a critical choice. Joe Biden's far left failed policies of the past 47 years, or president Trump who will stand up for the American people and the constitution. 213649 I believe in the wisdom and spirit of the American people to elect the only candidate who is capable of protecting the American dream. President Donald J. Trump. Thank you to the north country for the opportunity to serve as your voice supporting his re-election. God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth. MADISON CAWTHORN 213726 HAWTHORNE>> Good evening. I'm Madison Hawthorne, and I'm running to represent North Carolina's 11th Congressional District. This is a time of great adversity for our country, and I know something about adversity. At 18 years old, I was in a horrific car accident that's left me paralyzed from the waist down. Instantly, my hopes and dreams were seemingly destroyed. I was given a 1% chance of surviving. But thanks to the power of prayer, a very loving community and many skilled doctors, I made it. It took me over a year to recover. 213800 My first public outing in a wheelchair was to a professional baseball game. You know, before my accident I was 6'3". I stood out in a crowd. But as I wheeled through the stadium I felt invisible. At 20, I thought about giving up. However, I knew I could still make a difference. You know, my accident has given me new eyes to see and new ears to hear. God protected my mind and my ability to speak. So I say to people who feel forgotten, ignored and invisible, I see you. I hear you. 213835 At 20, I made a choice and 2020, our country has a choice. We can give up on the American idea or we can work together to make our imperfect union more perfect. I choose to fight for the future, to seize the high ground and retake the shining city on a hall. While the radical left wants to dismantle, defund and destroy, Republicans under president trump's leadership want to rebuild, restore and renew. 213905 I just turned 25. When I'm elected this November, I'll be the youngest member of Congress in over 200 years. And if you don't think young people can change the world, then you just don't know American history. George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln, 22, when he first ran for office. And my personal favorite, James Madison was just 25 years old when he signed the declaration of Independence. 213932 In times of peril, young people have stepped up and saved this country, abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled the cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps, and cracked codes. Yet today, political forces want to usher in the digital dark ages. A time of information without wisdom. And tribalism without truth. National leaders on the left have normalized emotion-based voting and radicalized identity politics that rejects Martin Luther King's dream. 214004 MLK's dream is our dream, for all Americans to be judged solely on their character. Millions of people risk their lives every year to come here, because they believe in the dream of MLK and the American dream. Join us as, we, the party of freedom, double down on ensuring the American dream for all people. We are committed to building a new town square. It welcomes all ideas and all people. 214031 Here we will have freedom of speech, not freedom from speech. To liberals, I say let's have a conversation. Be a true liberal, listen to other ideas and let the best one prevail. And to conservatives, I say let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like healthcare and on the environment. In this new town square, you don't have to apologize for your beliefs or cower to a mob. You can kneel before god but stand for our flag. 214103 The American idea my ancestors fought for during the revolutionary war, is just as exciting and revolutionary today as it was 250 years ago. I say to Americans who love our country, young and old, be a radical for freedom. Be a radical for liberty. 214123 [HAWTHORNE STANDS] And be a radical for our republic, for which I stand. One nation, under god, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you and may god bless America. JACK BREWER 214155 BREWER>> I'm Jack Brewer, a former 3 time NFL team captain, College professor, coach, husband, son and father. I'm also a lifelong Democrat, but I support Donald Trump. Let me be clear: I didn't come here for the popularity or the praise, the likes or the retweets. I'm here as a servant to god, a servant to the people of our nation and a servant to our president. 214223 I grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a town that my great grandfather was the first black man to settle, as a sharecropper in 1896. My early high school experience included fighting with skinheads and being the witness in an attempted murder trial after my friend shot a skinhead in self-defense. I remember my dad's bravery when he personally stood up against a KKK rally in my town. 214247 In my house, my father taught me to back down for no one. I know what racism looks like. I've seen it first hand. In America, it has no resemblance to president trump. And I'm fed up with the way he's portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he's actually done for the Black community. 214306 It's confusing the minds of our innocent children. Before I left to come to deliver this message my energetic 8 year old son, Jackson, stopped me and said, "dad, can you please just tell everyone that all lives need to matter, and that god loves everyone?" In that moment, I realized that my 8-year-old had figured out what so many adults have seemed to forget. We are not as divided as our politics suggest. 214337 At some point for the sake of our children, the policies must take priority over the personalities. So because you have an issue with president trump's tone you are going to allow Biden and Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice? Are we so offended by the president's campaign slogan, make America great again, we're going to ignore that Joe Biden and kamala Harris have collectively been responsible for locking up countless black men for nonviolent crimes. 214410 Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there are very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? That's a lie. And ignore the so-called black lives matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family. My fellow Americans, our families need each other. We need black fathers in the homes with their wives and children. The future of our communities depends on it. 214443 I'm blessed to be able to run inner city youth programs and to also teach in prisons across America. The inmates in my federal prison program literally receive days off their sentence just for attending my class. And that's thanks to President Donald J. Trump and his First Step Act. President Trump cared about these Americans and their families, even when so many others had left them behind and had written them off. I'm forever grateful for President Trump for that. He endures relentless attacks and so do many of us, like myself, who support him. 214519 But my mama always told me when the lord starts blessing, the devil starts messing. This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first Black men and women in congress. It's the party of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. And now, Tim Scott and Donald Trump. Our president has made incredible strides to end mass incarceration and give unprecedented opportunities for Black [people], in America, to rise. 214554 America, let this election be a call for all god's people who are called by His name to humble ourselves and pray together, and to seek his face and to turn from our wicked ways. Then he will hear us from heaven and he will forgive our sins and he will heal our land. Amen, and god bless America. CHEN GUANGCHENG 214644 GUANGCHENG>> Greetings. My name is Chen Guangcheng. Standing up to tyranny is not easy. I know. When I spoke out against China's one child policy, and other injustices, I was prosecuted, beaten, sent to prison and put under house arrest by the Chinese communist party, the CCP. 214717 In April 2005 I escaped and was given shelter in the American embassy in beijing. I'm forever grateful to the American people for bringing me and my family to the United States where we are now free. CCP is an enemy of humanity. 214750 It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well being of the world. In China, expressing belief or ideas not approved by the CCP -- religion, democracy, human rights -- can lead to prison. 214818 The nation lies (?) under mass surveillance and censorship. The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. 214856 A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight. We need to support, vote, and fight for President Trump for the sake of the world. Thank you. LEE ZELDIN 214936 ZELDIN>> I'm congressman Lee zeldin. Tonight, as we celebrate America as a land of heros I'm here at a VFW post of heros in west Hampton beach, New York. I've seen amazing Americans in action, raised in a law enforcement family, deployed to Iraq as an 82nd airborne paratrooper and serving today in the army reserve. My generation, of post-9/11 veterans, has huge shoes to fill, following our greatest generation that fought tyranny, and saved the world. 215011 All over our country, everyday heroes serve and sacrifice for the greater good. Farmer, truckers, craftsmen, the heroes keep America running. Craftsmen and President trump fights for them every day. This year we have especially relied on one particular group of heroes, front line medical workers. My twin daughters, Michaela and Arianna, were born over 14 weeks early. They weighed just a pound and a half. At two weeks, Michaela went into septic shock, had a stroke, and underwent brain surgery leaving one-third of the left side of her brain a hole. 215054 Her doctors didn't believe Michaela would survive, fearing dire permanent consequences even if she did. Through the miracles of modern medicine, the power of prayer, and her will to live, my daughters are now starting high school and doing great, with no long-term effects from those frightful months in the NICU. So when I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. 215125 Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits center to a field hospital. 215156 His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal. 215214 For our nation to emerge even stronger, more prosperous, freer, and more secure than ever; to make our country greater than ever before, we must re-elect president trump. We are the land of the free because of the brave. And we are the land of opportunity because we have a president who wants to empower the best of who we are to be the best of what we can be. 215241 There's never been a nation greater than ours. Never a people more resilient than ours. And never a future for America more promising than ours right now. Keeping America great is up to us. And losing is not an option. [RNC VIDEO] 215305 >> And I'm very proud, very proud to have President Trump in office here, because he's the best we've ever had. He's done the most for any president ever done. >> He's always there trying to take care of veterans, giving veterans what they need. >> The turnaround times have increased since Trump has taken over. >> You had to fight 15 years for benefits. But once he came into office, you had like 90 days, you turned your paperwork in, at least you had some kind of answer. 215330 >> I waited months for a signature on a piece of paper to get a prosthetic leg fixed. Now it's an a lot better turn around, but before it was a five-year waiting process to appeal. How long do we have to wait for benefits? 215344 >> I waited 20 years to file, rapidly was approved for medical, and then right -- turned right around and got disability. I was thinking it was going to be several years worth of waiting to hear. >> He's accomplished a lot in 3 1/2 years. And it helps the American people, and he has done a lot for veterans, for the middle class. >> I chose to serve my country. If I could do it, I would do it all over again, especially for this president. I mean, he's the kind of president you'd run through a brick wall if he asked you to. 215415 >> Went through many presidents but this one I can say is the best president we've ever had and ever will have, I believe. JONI ERNST 215434 ERNST>> Hello, everyone, and thank you for inviting me into your home this evening. It's truly a privilege. My name is Joni Ersnt. I was raised on a small family farm here in Iowa where I learned the importance of faith, hard work, and service. I worked my way through college, then dedicated my life to serving my country, as a local official, a battalion commander in the military, and as a U.S. Senator. Service, it's more than a word to me. It's a mission, a way of life. It's what brought me to cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2008 when I was in the National Guard. 215515 We saw historic floods that swept through the communities. We lent a helping hand to our fellow Iowans who were literally under water. We thought we had seen the worst, but 12 years later, these same communities have faced an even more devastating disaster, the recent Derecho storm. If you don't live in Iowa, you may not have heard much about it at first. While reporters here in the state were in the trenches covering the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, most of the national media looked the other way. 215552 To them, Iowa is still just flyover country. Houses, farms were destroyed. About one third of our crops here were damaged. In some cases, these storms wiped out a lifetime of work. And yet, Iowa farmers didn't hesitate to grab their chainsaws and check on their neighbors. Our farmers live every day with that sense of service. The stewards of the land. The ones who feed and fuel the world. 215623 President trump quickly signed an emergency declaration for Iowa to provide relief. And of course when president trump came to Cedar Rapids, the national media finally did too. For years I've worked closely with the president for farmers in Iowa and across the country. We scrapped Obama and Biden's punishing waters of the United States rule which would have regulated about 97% of land in Iowa. 215652 In some cases, even puddles. It would have been a nightmare for farmers. The President delivered on major trade deals with Japan, and the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement. And he implemented the sale of E-15 fuel, year-round. That means more choices for you at the pump, and more jobs for farmers in the heartland. This is something the Obama-Biden administration failed to do in eight years. In fact, I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. 215731 The democratic party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called green new deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country . When the pandemic hit president trump heard us and our call for assistance for our farmers. 215755 Knowing we have an ally in the white house is important. Folks, this election is a choice between two very different paths. Freedom, prosperity, and economic growth under a trump-pence administration. Or the biden-harris path, paved by liberal, coastal elites and radical environmentalists. And America, where farmers are punished, jobs are destroyed, and taxes crush the middle class. 215827 That is our choice and it's a clear one. Thank you. And god bless. BURGESS OWENS 215840 OWENS>> Ladies and gentlemen, I'm Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old boy named (?) Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of god and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, (?) escaped through the underground railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He wanted to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community's first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland which he paid off in two years. 215911 I'm here today, a candidate for Congress, because my great, great grandfather Salas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. He went through the challenges of segregation. We were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams would come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a pro-Bowl nod and a Super Bowl championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. 215941 I thought I could never fail, but years later, I did and I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a one-bedroom, basement apartment in Brooklyn, New York, I had a choice to make: feel sorry for myself or get to work. I worked as a chimney sweep during the day and a security guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who has cheered me as an NFL fan but those hard days would pay off. Eventually, I started a career -- a rewarding career in the corporate world. 220013 We live in a country where we are encouraged to dream big. Second chances are at the core of our American DNA. We don't hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi's congress, career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender who want us to believe it's impossible. They want us to believe what I did, what my great-great grandfather did is impossible for ordinary americans. As patriots, we know better. This November we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of congress promotes the same socialism that my father fought against in world war II. We have a democratic candidate for president who says that I'm not black if I don't vote for him. 220055 Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won't compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality, and once again be the America that my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, hispanics, and females have reached all time highs. 220125 Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity. And we're just getting started. I ran for congress because we don't need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like president Trump, who understands the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is now time for us to unite and put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate, and give our president 4 more years. 220201 And I promise you, we will make you proud. Thank you, and God bless the United States of America. [RNC VIDEO] 220216 VO>> Standing guard over Baltimore Harbor is the remains of an Earthen star. A relic of time passed. It recalls a time when the spirit of liberty stirred in men of renown, who stood in the gap against the most powerful force in the world. 27 hours. One thousand men, low on ammunition, firing scrap metal. The battle raged. 220242 Insurmountable odds. A darkness fell upon this new nation. In the midst of the fight, the heroes of Fort McHenry were unmoved. The light of dawn overcame the darkness. The gallant flag hoisted above Fort McHenry, torn and battered, stood, victoriously observing a dejected enemy slowly retreating into the rising sun, inspiring the anthem of our nation. 220313 The spirit of Liberty, not to be denied. The Earthen star, Fort McHenry, a reminder of those brave patriots who having done all, stood and prevailed. It is why we stand today, honoring past present and future generations of freedom loving Americans when we hear the anthem and raise the star spangled banner. LARA TRUMP 220347 LARA TRUMP>> Good evening, America. I'm Lara Trump, daughter of Bob and Linda (?), sister to Kyle, mother to Luke and Carolina and the daughter-in-law of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump. But tonight I come to you simply as an American. My life began like many in our country. I grew up in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. My parents were small business owners and worked hard to make sure that my brother and I had everything we needed but not everything we wanted. 220419 My parents raised me to believe that in America I could achieve anything with hard work and determination. The opportunities available to me were limited only by the size of my ambition. That I should dream big and I did. Those very dreams are what led me to New York City. I heard the adage, if I can make it there, I can make it anywhere and I intended to do just that. Never in a million years did I think I would be on this stage tonight and certainly never thought I would end up with the last name "Trump." 220453 My seventh grade English teacher, Mrs. B, used to tell us, believe none of what you hear, half of what you read, and only what you're there to witness first hand. The meaning of those words never fully weighed on me until I met my husband and the Trump family. Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring. They were hard workers. And they were down to Earth. They reminded me of my own family. They made me feel like I was home. Walking the halls of the Trump organization, I saw the same family environment. 220530 I also saw the countless women executives who thrived there year after year. Gender didn't matter. What mattered was the ability to get the job done. I learned this directly when, in 2016, my father-in-law asked me to help him win my cherished home state and my daughter's namesake, North Carolina. Though I had no political experience, he believed in me. He knew I was capable even if I didn't. 220558 So it didn't surprise me when president Donald Trump appointed so many women to senior level positions in his administration -- Secretary of the United Nations, secretary of the air force, the first female CIA director, the first black female director of the fish and wildlife service and countless ambassadors just to name a few. Under President Trump's leadership, women's unemployment hit the lowest level since World War II. 220624 4.3 million new jobs have been created for women. In 2019 alone, women took over 70% of all new jobs. Female small business ownership remains at an all-time high, and 600,000 women have been lifted out of poverty, all since President Trump took office. 220643 He didn't do these things to gain a vote or check a box. He did them because they're the right things to do. 100 years ago today, the 19th amendment was ratified, granting the right to vote to every American woman. And since that day, incredible strides have been made by women in America. From Amelia Erhardt to Rosa parks and Sally Ride, women shaped our history and are part of what has made our country the most exceptional nation in the world. 220714 I often think back to my 24-year-old self driving alone in my car from North Carolina to New York City. And I think about what I'd tell myself now as we head towards the most critical election in modern history. This is not just a choice between Republican and Democrat or left and right. This is an election that will decide if we keep America America or if we head down an uncharted frightening path to socialism. 220743 Abraham Lincoln once famously said, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While those words were spoken over 150 years ago, never have they been more relevant. Will we choose the right path and maintain the unique freedoms and boundless opportunities that make this country the greatest in the history of the world? 220811 Will we remain the beacon of hope for those around the world fighting oppression, communism, and tyranny? The choice is ours. I know the promise of America, because I've lived it. Not just as a member of the Trump family, but as a woman who knows what it's like to work in blue collar jobs, to serve customers for tips, and to aspire to rise. When I look at my son Luke and my daughter Carolina, I wonder, what sort of country will I be leaving for them, for our future generations? 220843 In recent months, we've seen weak, spineless politicians seek control of our great American cities to violent mobs. Defund the police is the rallying cry for the new radical Democrat party. 220857 Joe Biden will not do what it takes to maintain order, to keep our children safe in our neighborhoods and in their schools, to restore our American way of life. We cannot dare to dream our biggest dreams for ourselves or for our children while consumed by worry about the safety of our families. President Trump is the law and order president, from our borders to our backyards. President Trump will keep America safe. President Trump will keep America prosperous. 220927 President Trump will keep America America. If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3, I implore you, tune out the distorted news and bias commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a trump. I'm from the south, I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right. 220957 What I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard. I learned that he's a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs and for the people and the country that he loves. 221018 He's a person of conviction. He's a fighter and will never stop fighting for America. He will uphold our values. He will preserve our families and he will build upon the great American edict that our union will never be perfect until opportunity is equal for all, including and especially for women. 221040 Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, said it best: "The dreams of people may differ, but everybody wants their dreams to come true." And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that. It's up to us to keep this country a place where no dream is out of reach for our children and generations beyond. To my father-in-law, thank you for believing in me. 221105 Thank you for bravely leading this country and thank you for continuing to fight every day for America. May god bless and protect the Gulf states in the path of the hurricane. May god bless our troops, and may god continue to bless this incredible country. SAM VIGIL 221140 VIGIL>> Good evening. My name is Sam Vigil. There is a hole in my heart since my beloved Jackie was taken from me. This is her story. There were two things that Jackie loved to do every day. One was to go to the gym and tweet out bible verses and prayers to her friends. On November 19, the tweets stopped. That day started out like any other day. She left for the gym early in the morning. I heard the garage door open. Seconds later, I heard the car horn. 221212 I went outside to see if she had forgotten something. What I saw was a jeep blocking her car in the driveway. I noticed the bullet hole in Jackie's window. I saw someone jumping into the jeep and speeding away. Jackie had just been shot and killed in cold blood. We think this was a carjacking gone wrong. Very wrong. Every time I open the garage door or stand in the driveway, I hear that horn. I see her slumped in the seat. 221243 Where -- when I go to bed at night, that sound and image haunt me. That is my life sentence. It's a sentence being served by too many families left behind by senseless killings. Albuquerque, where I live, is one of the most violent cities in the country. 221303 Fewer than 50% of homicides are solved. It is a sad irony that Jackie immigrated to the U.S. for a better life than her native Columbia only to be gunned down in her own driveway. For eight months, there were no arrests no leads in connection with Jackie's murder. The Albuquerque police were overwhelmed. They needed help. Help arrived when president trump launched operation legend in July of this year. Almost immediately the FBI took over Jackie's case. In a matter of days, they arrested four people. 221341 The fifth suspect killer was arrested in Texas on unrelated charges. He is an illegal immigrant with a long criminal record. He had been deported in September and had come back in October to terrorize our community. I am extremely grateful to President Trump and the FBI for their efforts to deliver justice for Jackie and all the other innocent victims of violent crime. I'm honored to support the president because he is supporting us. I know he will never stop fighting for justice, for law and order. for peace, security, and our communities. CLARENCE HENDERSON 211424 CLARENCE HENDERSON>> Greetings, my fellow Americans. I am Clarence Henderson. There's been movements that have changed the course of history. Among the most extraordinary was the civil rights movement. 60 years ago, segregation was legal and enforced. The simple act of sitting at a lunch counter could lead to physical harm, jail time or worse. 221449 I know from personal experience. Walking into Woolworth's Department Store on Fairway and Second, 1960, I knew it was unlike any day I'd experienced before. My friends had been denied service the day before because of the color of their skin. We knew it wasn't right. But when we went back the next day, I didn't know whether I was going to come out in a vertical or prone position, in handcuffs or on a stretcher or even in a body bag. 221524 By sitting down to order a cup of coffee, we challenged injustice. We knew it was necessary, but we didn't know what would happen. We faced down the KKK. We were cursed at and called all kinds of names. They threatened to kill us and some of us were arrested, but it was worth it. 221548 Our actions inspired similar protests throughout the south against racial injustice. And in the end, segregation was abolished and our country moved a step closer to true equality for all. That's what actual peaceful protest can accomplish. America isn't perfect. We're always improving. But the great thing about this country is that it's not where you come from. It's where you're going. 221616 I was born on what some would call the wrong side of the tracks. I don't even have a birth certificate. I never attended an integrated school. And I'm the only one out of my immediate family who graduated from college, an hbcu. I'm a military veteran and a civil rights activist. And you know what else? I'm a Republican. And I support Donald Trump. If that sounds strange, you don't know your history. It was a Republican party that passed the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. 221654 It was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment, giving Black men citizenship. It was the Republican party that passed the 15th amendment, giving Black men the right to vote. Freedom of thought is a powerful thing. There are Americans, voters all over the country who media is trying to convince to conform to the same old Democratic talking points. You know what that will get you? The same old results. Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don't vote for him, you ain't Black. Well, to that I say: if you do vote for Biden, you don't know history. 221733 Donald Trump is not a politician. He's a leader. Politicians are a dime a dozen. Leaders are priceless. The record funding Trump gave HBCUs is priceless, too. So are the record number of jobs he created for the black community and the investment he drove into our neighborhoods with tax incentives and opportunity Zones. And so are the lives he restored by passing criminal justice reform where 91% of the inmates released are black. 221807 These achievements demonstrate that Donald Trump truly cares about black lives. His policies show his heart. He's done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50. Donald Trump is offering real and lasting change, an unprecedented opportunity to rise. A country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the 60s. 221835 A place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin. This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. this is the America Donald Trump is fighting for today. Let's all join in this fight for re-electing president trump on November 3. Thank you. RICHARD GRENELL 221904 GRENELL>> During the presidential debates four years ago, one outsider stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private. It was 14 years after the start of the war in Afghanistan and 12 years after the invasion of Iraq, where thousands of American troops had died and trillions in taxpayer dollars had been spent. And yet no candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. 221935 But the American voter, the American soldier and the American taxpayer had always been let down. Except for one, Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were -- a disaster. The media was shocked because Donald Trump was running as a Republican. And yet, he said out loud what we all knew, that American foreign policy was failing to make Americans safer. 222009 After the end of the cold war, Democrats and Republicans in Washington bought into the illusion that the whole world would start to resemble America, and so they started to pursue unlimited globalization. They welcomed China into the World Trade Organization. They engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, and tried to export democracy to Iraq. 222034 They signed a nuclear deal with Iran and a global climate agreement in Paris. But they didn't ground any of it in the interests of the average American. So for decades while Washington politicians built a global system, American wages stagnated. Our great cities and industries were hollowed out. Entire communities were devastated. 222059 And our manufacturing plants were shipped off to China. That's what happened when Washington stopped being the capitol of the United States and started being the capitol of the world. As the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, I had a front row seat to Donald Trump's America first foreign policy. I wish American could see how president trump negotiates on their behalf. 222126 I've watched President Trump charm the chancellor of Germany while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders, I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out- negotiating the presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of. Donald Trump's administration has always made clear that our priority is the American people's security. 222203 That's the job of all leaders, to put their people first. And we've seen how this strategy has succeeded. In four short years, Donald Trump has led even some Washington Democrats to agree on the Chinese threat, on trade deals that benefit America first, on alliances that share responsibility. In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. 222231 He rebuilt the military and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it nationalist. That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests. 222301 A return to the Biden way of thinking means America gives the radical terrorist regime in Tehran a planeload of cash in the middle of the night. Well you see, president trump also sent an aircraft in the middle of the night to deal with Iran. But that plane was on a different mission. An air strike to take out the head of Iran's terror machine who plotted the deaths of Americans. 222327 But we also must be clear that when those who seek freedom take tremendous personal risk in places like Hong Kong, Tehran or Minsk there's no doubt who president trump's administration supports. We will always stand with the people the who fight for their god-given freedoms. Don't be fooled. The Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. 222358 Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972, 48 years ago. Well, it's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all of the outsiders and nominated the ultimate Washington insider, someone that they had to pull out of retirement. 222424 Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: why didn't he try that over the last 48 years? Today, the Democrats blame a global pandemic that started in China on President Trump, and they still blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss in 19-- in 2016. As acting director of national intelligence, I saw the Democrats' entire case for Russian collusion. 222451 And what I saw made me sick to my stomach. The Obama-Biden administration secretly launched a surveillance operation on the Trump campaign and silenced the many brave intelligence officials who spoke up against it. They presented bogus information as facts. They lied to judges, then they classified anything that undermined their case. And after Donald Trump won the election, when they should have continued the American tradition of helping the President-Elect transition into the White House, they tried instead to undercut him even more. 222533 Former vice president Joe Biden asked intelligence officials to uncover the hidden information on President Trump's incoming national security adviser three weeks before the inauguration. That's the Democrats. Between surveillance, classifications, leaks and puppet candidates, they never want the American people to know who is actually calling the shots. 222557 But with Donald Trump, you always know exactly who is in charge. Because the answer is you. You're in charge. Not lobbyists, not special interests. Not warmongers or China sympathizers or globalization fanatics. With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the white house, the boss is the American people. President Trump rightly calls his foreign policy "America first." 222630 America first does not advance the interests of one group of Americans at the expense of another. It has no bias about red or blue, educated or not educated, urban or rural. America first is simply the belief that politicians should focus on the equality and dignity of every American. And that this duty is fulfilled by promoting the safety and wealth of the American people above all else. That's America first. That's the trump doctrine and that, my friends, is four more years. [RNC VIDEO] 222724 VO>> By dawn's early light, millions of Americans give thanks for this land, our liberties and those who defend it. That same pride inspired the words of our National Anthem, penned here as the smoke of battle lifted over two centuries ago. When those American soldiers bravely fought and died, repelling the British onslaught, they did so not only for our people which that flag represented, but for our principles for which the flag stood. 222754 Our god-given freedoms, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equality under the law, government by the people. These are the threads that bind us together as Americans. For we're not a nation born of blood, but of belief. 222813 And even though that old flag has sometimes been battered and beaten, faded and forgotten, fired upon and set ablaze, there are heroes throughout our history who have picked up those tattered strands, mended them, and raised our flag anew. 222830 Just as the soldiers at Fort McHenry fought in defense of the beliefs that bind us today, there are new leaders who have devoted their life to do the same. 222846 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Greetings across the amber waves of grain, this is Mike pence. VO>> Across Indiana highways and homes, his voice warmly welcomed hoosiers each morning. Mike Pence filled the radio waves with conservative commentary, guarding our American ideals. But much like the man who inspired him, Mike didn't grow up a Republican. 222907 MIKE PENCE (VO)>> As president Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. >> His grandfather was a hard-working Irish immigrant who drove a bus to provide for his family. His father served our nation bravely in the Korean war and earned a bronze star. Mike was the third of six children raised here in Columbus, Indiana, with a cornfield in his backyard. 222930 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> The foundation of America is freedom, and the foundation of freedom is faith. VO>> It was in this small Indiana town, his foundation of faith in Jesus Christ was laid. And from that conviction, sprung his love of people and service to others. It was at a church service where Mike met the love of his life, Karen. They married and have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order. 223000 VO>> Mike became the President of Free-Market Think Tank, the host of a statewide conservative radio show, and then a Congressman. In Washington, Mike quickly became known as a foremost defender of freedom. He led conservatives in the fight to protect our time-honored values of family, faith, life, liberty, and limited government. 223023 MIKE PENCE (ON VIDEO)>> Our nation's strength begins at homes, because strong families make a strong America. VO>> Mike earned the trust of the people of his state, and became the 50th governor of Indiana. He delivered the largest state tax cut in Indiana history, expanded school choice, led the country in manufacturing, and helped more hoosiers get to work than ever before, but he wasn't through. 223045 DAVID MUIR (ON VIDEO)>> ABC news has learned that Donald Trump will choose Indiana governor Mike pence to be his running mate. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> I would like to introduce a man who I truly believe will be the next vice president of the United States. Governor Mike pence. 223102 VO>> As our vice president, Mike Pence has held tightly to those threads of freedom, woven through our history. Leading with those principles alongside president trump, our nation experienced prosperity like never before. TRUMP (ON VIDEO)>> He is solid as a rock. He's been a fantastic vice president. 223120 VO>> And now in these uncertain days, we are equipped to overcome. In times of trouble, some call to retreat from those ideals. But Americans throughout history have lifted them in triumph, hope, and resilience. Mike pence knows those stars and stripes do not merely represent who we are, but more importantly, what we can be. 223147 As the sun rises again on America, we lift our eyes to those lofty truths, to guide our country and every one of us to greater heights. In this land of the free and home of the brave. Vice president Mike pence. 223227 [MIKE AND KAREN PENCE ENTER] 223227 >> Please welcome the vice president of the United States, Mike Pence. Accompanied by the second lady, Mrs. Karen Pence. MIKE PENCE 223327 [CROWD CHANTS "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223336 MIKE PENE>> Good evening, America. It's an honor to speak to you tonight from the hallowed grounds of Fort McHenry. The site of the very battle that inspired the words of our national anthem. Those words have inspired this land of heroes in every generation since. It was on this site 206 years ago when our young republic heroically withstood a ferocious naval bombardment from the most powerful empire on Earth. 223409 They came to crush our revolution, to divide our nation, and to end the American experiment. The heroes who held this fort took their stand for life, liberty, freedom and the American flag, and those ideals have defined our nation. 223434 But they were hardly ever mentioned at last week's Democratic national convention. Instead Democrats spent four days attacking America. Joe Biden said that we were living through a season of darkness. But as president trump said, where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness. 223512 In these challenging times, our country needs a president who believes in America, who believes in the boundless capacity of the American people, to meet any challenge, defeat any foe, and defend the freedoms we hold dear. America needs four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. 223540 Before I go forward, allow me to say a word to the families and communities in the path of Hurricane Laura. Our prayers are with you tonight, and our administration is working closely with authorities in the states that will be impacted. FEMA has mobilized resources and supplies for those in harm's way. This is a serious storm and we urge all of those in the affected areas to heed state and local authorities, stay safe and know that we'll be with you every step of the way, to support, rescue, respond, and recover in the days and weeks ahead. 223618 That's what Americans do. [ Applause ] Four years ago I answered the call to join this ticket because I knew that Donald Trump had the leadership and the vision to make America great again. And for the last four years I've watched this president endure unrelenting attacks but get up every day and fight to keep the promises that he made to the American people. 223652 So, with gratitude for the confidence president Donald Trump has placed in me, the support of our Republican party and the grace of god, I humbly accept your nomination to run and serve as Vice President of the United States. [applause/cheers] 223737 [crowd chants "FOUR MORE YEARS] 223740 Serving the American people in this office has been a journey I never expected. It's a journey that would not have been possible without the support of my family, beginning with my wonderful wife Karen. [ Applause ] 223801 She's a life-long school teacher, an incredible mother to our 3 children. And she's one outstanding second lady of the United States. I'm so proud of you. [ Applause ] And we couldn't be more proud of our three children: Marine Corps captain, Michael J. Pence, and his wife Sara. 223827 Our daughter Charlotte pence Bond, an author and wife to lieutenant Henry Bond who is currently deployed and serving our nation in the United States Navy. [ Applause ] 223845 And our youngest, a recent law school grad, our daughter Audrey and her fiance who like so many other Americans had to delay their wedding this summer. But we can't wait for Dan to be a part of our family. [ Applause ] In addition, my wife and kids, the person who's shaped my life the most is also with us tonight. 223916 My mom, Nancy. [ Applause ] She is the daughter of an irish immigrant, 87 years young. Mom follows politics very closely. And the truth be told, sometimes I think I'm actually her second favorite candidate on the trump/pence ticket. 223947 Thank you, Mom. I love you. Over the past 4 years, I've had the privilege to work closely with our President. I've seen him when the cameras are off. Americans see President Trump is lots if different ways. But there's not doubt how President Trump sees America. 224012 He sees America for what it is: a nation that has done more good in this world than any other, a nation that deserves far more gratitude than grievance. And if you want a president who falls silent when our heritage is demeaned or insulted, he's not your man. [ Applause ] 224041 Now we came by very different routes to this partnership, and some people think we're a little bit different. But you know, I've learned a few things watching him. Watching him deal with all that we've been through over the past four years. He does things in his own way, on his own terms. 224103 Not much gets past him, and when he has an opinion, he's liable to share it. [laughter] He's certainly kept things interesting. But more importantly, president Donald Trump has kept his word to the American people. [ Applause ] 224130 In a city known for talkers, President Trump is a doer. And few presidents have brought more Independence, energy or determination to that office. Four years ago, we inherited a military hollowed out by devastating budget cuts, an economy struggling to break out of the slowest recovery since the great depression. ISIS controlled a land mass twice the size of Pennsylvania, and we witnessed a steady assault on our most cherished values -- freedom of religion and the right to life. That's when president Donald Trump stepped in. 224211 And from day one, he kept his word. We rebuilt our military. [ Applause ] This president signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan and created the first new branch of our armed forces in 70 years, the United States space force. [ Cheers and applause ] 224241 And with that renewed energy, we also returned American astronauts to space on an American rocket for the first time in nearly 10 years. And after years of scandal that robbed our veterans of the care that you earned in the uniform of the United States, president trump kept his word again. We reformed the va and veterans choice is now available for every veteran in America. [ Applause ] 224319 Our armed forces and our veterans fill this land of heroes, and many join us tonight in this historic fort. Tonight, we have among us four recipients of the medal of honor, [ Applause ] six recipients of the purple heart, [ Applause ] a gold star mother of a gallant Navy S.E.A.L. [ Applause ] and wounded warriors from Soldiers Strong, a group that serves our injured veterans every day. 224401 We are honored by your presence and we thank you for your service. [ Applause ] 224429 With heroes just like these, we defend this nation every day. And under this commander in chief, we've taken the fight to radical islamic terrorists on our terms on their soil. Last year, American armed forces took the last inch of ISIS territory, crushed their caliphate and took down their leader without one American causality. [ Applause ] 224457 And I was there when president trump gave the order to take out the world's most dangerous terrorist, Iran's top general will never harm another American because qassem soleimani is gone. [ Cheers and applause ] 224518 My fellow Americans, you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following those decisions, decisions to rid the world of two terrorist leaders. But it's not surprising, because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama bin Laden. It's no wonder that the secretary of the defense under the Obama/Biden administration once said that Joe Biden has been, and I quote, "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." 224602 So we've stood up to our enemies and we've stood with our allies, like when President Trump kept his word and moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, [cheers/applause] the capital of the state of Israel, setting the stage for the first Arab country to recognize Israel in 26 years. [ Applause ] 224628 Closer to home, we appointed more than 200 conservative judges to our federal courts. We supported the right to life and all the god given liberties enshrined in our constitution, including the second amendment, right to keep and bear arms. [applause] And when it came to the economy, President Trump kept his word and then some. We passed the largest tax cut and reform in American history. 224655 We rolled back more federal red tape than any administration ever had. We unleashed American energy and fought for free and fair trade. And in our first three years, businesses large and small created more than 7 million good-paying jobs, including 500,000 manufacturing jobs all across America. [ Applause ] 224722 Our country became a net exporter of energy for the first time in 70 years. Unemployment rates for African-Americans and hispanic Americans hit the lowest level ever recorded. 224733 And on this 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote, I'm proud to report that under President Donald Trump, we achieved the lowest unemployment rate for women in 65 years. [ Applause ] And more Americans working than ever before. In our first three years, we built the greatest economy in the world. We made America great again. [ Applause ] 224807 And then, the coronavirus struck from China. Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the President took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world. Now, that action saved untold American lives, and I can tell you firsthand, it bought us invaluable time to launch the greatest national mobilization since World War II. 224841 President Trump marshalled the full resources of our federal government from the outset. He directed us to forge a seamless partnership with governors across America, in both political parties. We partnered with private industry to reinvent testing and produce supplies that we -- that were distributed to hospitals around the land. 224905 Today we're conducting more than 800,000 tests a day and we have coordinated the delivery of billions of pieces of personal protective equipment for our amazing doctors, nurses and health care workers. [ Applause ] We saw to the manufacture of 100,000 ventilators in 100 days and no one who required a ventilator was ever denied a ventilator in the United States. [ Applause ] 224945 We built hospitals, surged military medical personnel, and enacted an economic rescue package that saved 50 million American jobs. And as we speak, we're developing a growing number of treatments known as therapeutics, including convalescent plasma that are saving lives all across America. Now, last week, Joe Biden said that no miracle is coming. 225015 Well, what Joe doesn't seem to understand is that America is a nation of miracles. [ Applause ] And I'm proud to report that we're on track to have the world's first safe, effective coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. [ Applause ] 225042 After all the sacrifice in this year like no other, all the hardship, we're finding our way forward again. But tonight, our hearts are with all of the families who have lost loved ones and have family members still struggling with serious illness. In this country, we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And this night, I know that millions of Americans will pause and pray for god's comfort for each of you. 225123 You know, our country doesn't get through such a time unless its people find strength within. The response of doctors, nurses, first responders, farmers, factory workers, truckers and everyday Americans who put the health and safety of their neighbors first has been nothing short of heroic. [ Applause ] 225154 Veronica Saez put on her scrubs every day, day in and day out went to work in one of New York City's busiest hospitals. She stayed on the job, put in the long hours until it was done and then got back in her neighborhood and helped neighbors and friends struggling. Her brother William is a New York City firefighter and they're both emblematic of heroes all across this country. 225231 They're with us tonight, and I say to them and to all of you: you have earned the admiration of the American people, and we will always be grateful for your service and care. [applause] 225309 Thanks to the courage and compassion of the American people, we're slowing the spread. We're protecting the vulnerable, and we're saving lives. And we're opening up America again. Because of the strong foundation that President Trump poured in our first 3 years, we've already gained back 9.3 million jobs in the last three months alone. [cheers and applause] 225339 And we're not just opening up America again, we're opening up America's schools. [ Applause ] 225351 And I'm proud to report that my wife, Karen, that school teacher I've been married to will be returning to her classroom next week. And so to all of our heroic teachers and faculty and staff, thank you for being there for our kids. We're going to stay with you every step of the way. [ Applause ] 225417 In the days ahead as we open up America again, I promise you, we'll continue to put the health of America first. 225425 And as we work to bring this economy back, we all have a role to play, and we all have a choice to make. On November 3rd, you need to ask yourself, who do you trust to rebuild this economy? A career politician who presided over the slowest economic recovery since the great depression, or a proven leader who created the greatest economy in the world? 225456 The choice is clear. To bring America all the way back, we need four more years of president Donald Trump in the white house. [ Cheers and applause ] 225523 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. When, in the midst of this global pandemic, just as our nation had begun to recover, we've seen violence and chaos in the streets of our major cities. 225538 President Trump and I will always support the right of Americans to peaceful protest. But rioting and looting is not peaceful protest. Tearing down statues is not free speech, and those who do so will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. [ Applause ] 225605 Last week Joe Biden didn't say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. So let me be clear, the violence must stop. Whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha. Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. 225629 We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color. [ Cheers and applause ] President Trump and I know that the men and women that put on the uniform of law enforcement are the best of us. Every day, when they walk out that door, they consider our lives more important than their own. 225715 People like Dave Patrick Underwood, an officer in the Department of Homeland Security's federal protective service who was shot and killed during the riots in Oakland, California. Dave's heroism is emblematic of the heroes that serve in blue every day. And we're privileged tonight to be joined by his sister, Angela. 225745 Angela, we say to you, we -- we grieve with your family, and America will never forget or fail to honor officer Dave Patrick Underwood. [ Applause ] 225809 The American people know we don't have to choose between supporting law enforcement and standing with our African-American neighbors to improve the quality of their lives, education, jobs, and safety. 225827 And from the first days of this administration, we've done both. And we will keep supporting law enforcement and keep supporting our African-American and minority communities across this land for four more years. (standing ovation) Now, Joe Biden says that America is systematically racist. 225904 And that law enforcement in America has, and I quote, "an implicit bias" against minorities. When asked whether he'd support cutting funding to law enforcement, Joe Biden replied, "Yes, absolutely." Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to violence in America's cities. 225934 The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America. And under President Trump, we will always stand with those who stand on the thin blue line, and we're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. [ Cheers and applause ] 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 08262020 230000 2020 230010 My fellow Americans, we're passing through a time of testing. But soon, we will come to a time for choosing. Joe Biden has referred to himself as a transition candidate. And many were asking, transition to what? 230024 Last week Democrats didn't talk very much about their agenda. And if I were them, I wouldn't either. [ Laughter ] I mean Bernie Sanders did tell his followers that Joe Biden would be the most liberal president in modern times. In fact, he said, and I quote, that many of the ideas he fought for, that just a few years ago were considered radical, are now mainstream in the democratic party. 230059 At the root of their agenda, is the belief that America is driven by envy, not aspiration. That millions of Americans harbor ill will toward our neighbors, instead of loving our neighbors as ourselves. The radical left believes that the federal government must be involved in every aspect of our lives to correct those American wrongs. They believe the federal government needs to dictate how Americans live, how we should work, how we should raise our children. 230133 And in the process, deprive our people of freedom, prosperity and security. Their agenda is based on government control. Our agenda is based on freedom. [Applause] 230152 Where President Trump cut taxes, Joe Biden wants to raise taxes by nearly 4 trillion dollars. Where this President achieved energy independence for the United States, Joe Biden would abolish fossil fuels, end fracking, and impose a regime of climate change regulations that would drastically increase the cost of living for working families. Where we fought for free and fair trade and this president stood up to China and ended the era of economic surrender, Joe Biden has been a cheerleader for communist China. 230228 He wants to repeal all of the tariffs that are leveling the playing field for American workers and he actually criticized president trump for suspending all travel to China at the outset of this pandemic. Joe Biden is for open borders, sanctuary cities, free lawyers and health care for illegal immigrants. President trump, he secured our border and built nearly 300 miles of that border wall. [ Applause ] Joe Biden wants to end school choice. 230308 And President Trump believes that every parent should have the right to choose where their children go to school, regardless of their income or area code. [ Applause ] President Trump -- President Trump has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life, every day of this administration. Joe Biden, he supports taxpayer funding of abortion, right up to the moment of birth. 230342 When you consider their agenda, it's clear. Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. The choice in this election has never been clearer, and the stakes have never been higher. Last week, Joe Biden said democracy is on the ballot. And the truth is, our economic recovery is on the ballot. 230408 Law and order are on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. In this election it's not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America. 230435 It's whether we will leave to our children and grandchildren a country grounded in our highest ideals of freedom, free markets, and the unalienable right to life and liberty, or whether we will leave them a country that is fundamentally transformed into something else. We stand at a crossroads, America. 230458 President Trump has set our nation on a path of freedom and opportunity. Joe Biden would set America on a path of socialism and decline, but we're not going to let it happen. [ Applause ] 230520 President Donald Trump believes in America and in the goodness of the American people, the boundless potential of every American to live out their dreams in freedom and, every day, President Trump has been fighting to protect the promise of America. 230537 Every day our president has been fighting to expand the reach of the American dream. Every day president Donald Trump has been fighting for you. And now it's our turn to fight for him. (applause) 230603 On this night in the company of heroes, I'm deeply grateful. Deeply grateful for the privilege of serving as vice president of this great nation, and to have the opportunity to serve again. I pray to be worthy of it, and I will give that duty all that's in me. In the year 2020, the American people have had more than our share of challenges. But, thankfully, we have a president with the toughness, energy, and resolve to see us through. 220641 Now, those traits actually run in our national character. As the invading force learned on approach to this fort, in September of 1814, against fierce and sustained bombardment, our young country was defended by heroes, not so different from those who are with us tonight. The enemy was counting on them to quit, but they never did. 230718 Fort McHenry, held and when morning came, our flag was still here. [ Applause ] My fellow Americans, we're going through a time of testing. But if you look through the fog of these challenging times, you will see. Our flag is still there today. 230756 That star-spangled banner still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave. From these hallowed grounds, American patriots in generations gone by did their part to defend freedom. Now it's our turn. So let's run the race marked out for us. 230829 Let's fix our eyes on old glory and all she represents. Let's fix our eyes on this land of heros. And let their courage inspire. And let's fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith and our freedom. And never forget that where the spirit of the lord is, there's freedom. That means freedom always wins. [ Cheers and applause ] 230910 My fellow Americans, thank you for the honor of addressing you tonight and the opportunity to run and serve again as your vice president. I leave here today inspired. And I leave here today more convinced than ever that we will do in our time, as Americans have done throughout our long and storied past. We will defend our freedom and our way of life. We will reelect our president and principled Republican leaders across the land. 230948 And with president Donald Trump in the White House for four more years, and with god's help, we will make America great again. Again. [ Applause ] Thank you. God bless you. And god bless the United States of America. [ Cheers and applause ] 231035 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP ENTER] 231132 ["FOUR MORE YEARS" CHANTS] 231212 [TRACE ADKINS SINGING "STAR SPANGLED BANNER"] 231449 [DONALD AND MELANIA TRUMP GO TO CROWD] #### RNC Night 3 (#1): Re-upping schedule and preview Good evening from Charlotte, Jacksonville, Jerusalem, my living room (again!) for night 3 of the Republican National Convention. We are less than an hour away from the start of the primetime program, on a night featuring several notable speakers, including Vice President Pence and Karen Pence; Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst; Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin; Kellyanne Conway and Kayleigh McEnany. Tonight's theme: "America Land of Heroes." Below this email you'll find tonight's full schedule, plus background, courtesy of Alisa and Terrance (though please note that much of it is off-the-record prior to air). Notes from tonight's proceedings will all come chained as replies to this email. Despite many speeches being pre-taped, we'll be on particular lookout for reactions to the Kenosha shooting and ongoing protests, and to Hurricane Laura, and will be sure to flag any related comments. RNC Night 3 (#2): Legislators highlight law enforcement within 'heroes' theme 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cbb369fea80ee4499b55908d84a25e978%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340874074699417&sdata=nqIX44I9Rb5fKP8Ad9ehf71kZX4nYJhSPgdNGjqRCMA%3D&reserved=0> After another Jon Voight-narrated video to begin the evening, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem -- who has worked her way into President Trump's good graces recently, particularly following Trump's July 4 trip to Mt. Rushmore -- gave the first noteworthy remarks, arguing that "our founding principles are under attack," and took an ominous and potentially pandemic-related shot at "so-called experts" while discussing civil liberties. "America is unique in the world. Government's power at all levels is limited to the confines of our Constitution, which protects our God-given liberties and civil rights. We are not - and will not - be the subjects of an elite class of so-called experts. We the people are the government." (20:37:30) Noem also compared President Trump to Abraham Lincoln -- a comparison Trump likes to make himself when it comes to advancing the lives of Black Americans. "When he was just 28 years old, Honest Abe saw wild and furious passions, "worse than savage mobs," he said, taking the place of reasoned judgment. He was alarmed by the increasing disregard for the rule of law throughout the country." (20:37:59) "He was concerned for the people who had seen their property destroyed, their families attacked, and their lives threatened or even taken away. These good people were becoming tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offered them no protection. Sound familiar?" (20:38:37) Later, Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee focused much of her remarks on "the heroes of our law enforcement and armed services" including some lines critics are likely to seize upon amid the uproar over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blackburn did not specifically mention the shooting. "Leftists turned them into villains. They want to cancel them. But I'm here to tell you, these heroes can't be cancelled." (20:44:53) "I see law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every single day to keep our community safe, in spite of the hatred thrown at them." (20:45:30) "They say, we can't gather in community groups, but encourage protests, riots, and looting in the streets." (20:47:14) Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw picked up on that theme in some ways, comparing the heroism he witnessed as a Navy SEAL to the everyday heroism across the country. Like Blackburn, Crenshaw took clear shots at Democrats and this summer's racial justice protests. "It's the cop that gets spit on one day and will save a child's life the next." (20:50:30) "Heroism is self-sacrifice, not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down." (20:50:50) RNC Night 3 (#3): Women's issues spotlighted; McEnany gets personal 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7Cb445ea48026d4e3315de08d84a295790%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340888949873480&sdata=yhcX97SjhJ8t6aFLp9ZmPV%2BMQMFo5e%2Bmtp5rx%2FL%2Fv7E%3D&reserved=0> After a video on the women's suffrage movement, a trio of prominent women spoke to the convention. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany delivered deeply personal remarks about her choice to undergo a preventative mastectomy in 2018 and President Trump's support both shortly after the procedure and later while working White House, while balancing motherhood. "During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew. As I came out of anesthesia, one of the first calls I received was from Ivanka Trump. Days later, as I recovered, my phone rang. It was President Trump, calling to check on me. I was blown away. Here was the leader of the free world caring about me." (21:06:05) She also echoed some of Trump's language about community safety and squeezed in what appeared to be a reference to the DNC pledge of allegiance controversy. "When I look into my baby's eyes, I see a new life, a miracle for which I have a solemn responsibility to protect.That means protecting America's future- a future President Trump will fight for where our neighborhoods are protected, where life is sacred, where God is cherished-- not taken out of our schools, removed from our Pledge, and erased from our history. I want my daughter to grow up in President Donald Trump's America." (21:07:47) Next, Second Lady Karen Pence highlighted the work of the armed services, referencing the service of her son and son-in-law, members of the Marines and Navy, respectively, and the difficulty many veterans encounter with PTSD. Referencing the 19th Amendment's centennial, she also put out a blanket call for Americans to vote -- something the administration's critics would argue that her husband and President Trump are making it more difficult to do. "100 years ago women secured the right to vote, so let's vote, America. Let's honor our heroes." (21:14:30) Afterward, Kellyanne Conway, promoted Trump's efforts to elevate women within the administration and argued that "empowerment" comes neither from social media slogans or "corporate handbooks." "This has been a century worth celebrating, but also a reminder that our democracy is young and fragile. A woman in a leadership role still can seem novel. Not so for President Trump. For decades, he has elevated women to senior positions in business and in government. He confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men. President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion." (21:15:47) "For many of us, "women's empowerment" is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us." (21:16:17) RNC Night 3 (#4): Speakers attack Biden on abortion, faith; Cawthorn challenges conservatives 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9e032392ab3c40f3ea6708d84a2f3ff7%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340914175930792&sdata=I9rwYPAb%2FYIoGR4Iei6PhXjpPNcBEXxOS2x0e%2BF9ImE%3D&reserved=0> Abortion was the common thread between the remarks of Sister Dede Byrne of the community of the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and former college football coach Lou Holtz. Byrne shared details of her career as an Army doctor before entering the religious order in 2002, and used the experience to make her position on reproductive rights abundantly clear. "As followers of Christ, we are called to stand up for life and against the politically correct or fashionable today. We must fight against a legislative agenda that supports and even celebrates destroying life in the womb. In fact, the laws we create define how we see our humanity. And we must ask ourselves, what are we saying when we go into a womb and snuff out an insignificant, powerless, voiceless life." (21:22:44) She went on to make an inflammatory claim about the positions of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the issue. "Donald Trump is the most pro-life President that this nation has ever had, defending life at all stages. His belief in the sanctity of life transcends politics. President Trump will stand up against Biden/Harris who are the most anti-life presidential ticket ever, even supporting the horrors of late-term abortion and infanticide." (21:23:45) Holtz later pointed to the subject to explain his support of Trump, while launching another attack on Biden's faith. "One of the important reasons he has my trust is because nobody has been a stronger advocate for the unborn than President Trump. The Biden-Harris ticket is the most radically pro-abortion campaign in history. They and other politicians are "Catholics in Name Only" and abandon innocent lives. President Trump protects those lives." (21:27:23) Later, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik gave a relatively traditional convention speech, describing her upstate New York district and telling her American dream story: the first in her family to go to college, small business success and election as the youngest Republican woman in House history. She also touted her work as a member of President Trump's impeachment defense (only the second mention of the word "impeachment" in three days), using it to bash the media and Democrats, who she later also characterized in now-boilerplate fashion as socialists. "President Trump has fought tirelessly to deliver results for all Americans, despite the Democrats' baseless and illegal impeachment sham and the media's endless obsession with it. I was proud to lead the effort standing up for the Constitution, President Trump, and most importantly the American people. This attack was not just on the President, it was an attack on you - your voice and your vote." (21:35:09) "But the American people were not swayed by these partisan attacks. Our support for President Trump is stronger than ever before." (21:35:23) From a former "Baby of the House" to the potential next holder of that title. 25-year-old North Carolina 11th Congressional District candidate Madison Cawthorn spoke of the car accident that left him partially paralyzed at 18, but of his decision, in its aftermath to "fight for our future" after his wheelchair initially made him feel "invisible." "This is a time of great adversity for our country. And I know something about adversity." (21:37:26) Cawthorn noted that several of the Founding Fathers had their first tastes of government and military leadership in their 20s (though he incorrectly claimed James Madison signed the Declaration of Independence - h/t Kelsey Walsh) "In times of peril, young people saved this country abroad and at home. We held the line, scaled cliffs, crossed oceans, liberated camps and cracked codes." (21:39:32) Interestingly, he also issued a charge to his fellow Republicans, challenging them to be clearer about their ideas and policies. "To conservatives, let's define what we support and win the argument in areas like health care and the environment." (21:40:31) There was also a nice moment at the end of his remarks during which Cawthorn stood while reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance. (21:41:23) RNC Night 3 (#5): Remarks on China, coronavirus, agriculture as speakers jump topic-to-topic 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C92c74d7709dd43420f5c08d84a31c317%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340924953504603&sdata=kbPL5btX2PfhIypqyawNq7oWfP9p3rij4sL3FHlbKTU%3D&reserved=0> Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen described that country's Communist Party as an "enemy of humanity" and accused it of covering up the coronavirus pandemic, while criticizing the Obama-Biden administration for a policy of "appeasement." "The U.S. must use its values of freedom, democracy, and the role of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP's aggression. President Trump has led on this, and we need the other countries to join him in this fight. A fight for our future. Standing up to fight and fairness isn't easy. I know. So does President Trump. But he has shown the courage to lead that fight." (21:48:56) New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who had been listed earlier in the schedule, but spoke over midway through, devoted a larger proportion of his remarks to the pandemic than nearly any other speaker through the first three days. Zeldin spoke of the health challenges faced by his daughters before turning to the efforts undertaken by the administration to combat the coronavirus. "When I learned my county's PPE stockpile was depleted, I immediately thought of those healthcare workers who saved my baby girls. Jared Kushner and I were on the phone late into that Saturday night. The very next day, President Trump announced he was sending us 200,000 N-95 masks. He actually delivered almost 400,000. That number quickly grew to 1.2 million masks, gowns, and more. The President sent thousands of ventilators to New York. He deployed the USS Comfort and converted the Javits Center to a field hospital." (21:51:25) "His administration authorized our lab testing requests at blinding speed. During a once in a century pandemic, an unforeseeable crisis sent to us from a far away land, the president's effort for New York was phenomenal." (21:51:56) Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, in the midst of a competitive campaign of her own, spoke about the recent derecho that wiped out one-third of the state's crops, and thanked Trump for immediately approving disaster aid. She further honed-in on agriculture while criticizing Democrats, and making a few less-than-truthful claims about the Green New Deal "I can't recall an administration more hostile to farmers than Obama-Biden, unless you count the Biden-Harris ticket. The Democratic Party of Joe Biden is pushing this so-called Green New Deal. If given power, they would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry, not just here in Iowa, but throughout the country." (21:57:31) RNC Night 3 (#6): Lara Trump on meeting the family; Richard Grenell on foreign policy and 'charming' Merkel 5533 2020 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION CHARLOTTE NC SWITCHED FEED POOL 190000 2020 Full RNC Night 3 Log <https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1v2jpAz7GdH8tX-tl-PbaeBlyGdNBhVAMAoX5Adhvzlk%2Fedit&data=02%7C01%7CMatthew.X.Johnson.-ND%40abc.com%7C9f499e9f2dcc4065864108d84a36bfa5%7C56b731a8a2ac4c32bf6b616810e913c6%7C1%7C0%7C637340946365837028&sdata=V9WrWu5Icu9soTZ80sBjYwGIVi3EzRPplTR01rO0%2BSM%3D&reserved=0> (Pence highlights TK via Gomez; h/t to Farrell, Gingello, Johnson, Levine, & McNish for the logs) Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, and a now-seasoned public speaker and advocate through her role as a campaign adviser, gave another only-in-this-country speech, in which she spoke of her small business-owner parents and her New York City dreams, while offering a peek behind the curtain of the Trump family and highlighting women's issues yet again. "Any preconceived notion I had of this family disappeared immediately. They were warm and caring, they were hard workers, and they were down to earth. They reminded me of my own family - they made me feel like I was home." (22:04:53) "Walking the halls of the Trump Organization, I saw the same family environment. I also saw, first-hand, the countless women executives who thrived there, year after year." (22:05:22) She went on to detail how she became involved in the 2016 campaign, claiming his trust in her was a reflection of his support of all women, and perhaps reveling her father-in-law's lax employment vetting standards. "Though I had no political experience, he believed in me and supported me - he knew I was capable even if I didn't." (22:05:50) "So, it didn't surprise me when President Donald Trump appointed the most women to senior level positions of any administration in history. The Secretary of the United Nations, Secretary of the Air Force, the first female CIA Director, the first African American female director of the Fish and Wildlife service and countless ambassadors, just to name a few." (22:05:58) "He didn't do these things to gain a vote or to check a box - he did them because they are the right things to do." (22:06:43) After later pledging that the president will "keep America America," Lara Trump made a personal appeal to undecided voters, referencing her seventh grade teacher who once told her to "believe none of what you hear, half of what you read and only what you're there to witness firsthand." "If you're watching tonight and wrestling with your vote on November 3rd, I implore you: tune out the distorted news and biased commentary and hear it straight from someone who knows. I wasn't born a Trump. I'm from the South. I was raised a Carolina girl. I went to public schools and worked my way through a state university. Mrs. B from my seventh grade English class was right - what I learned about our president is different than what you might have heard." (22:09:27) "I learned that he is a good man. That he loves his family. That he didn't need this job. That no one on Earth works harder for the American people. That he's willing to fight for his beliefs, and for the people -- and the country -- that he loves." (22:09:57) Later, former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell harkened back to 2016, touting Trump, who, during that cycle's debates "stood alone and said in public what most Americans thought in private." "No candidate could bring themselves to admit that something had gone badly wrong with American foreign policy. That the American voter, the American soldier, and the American taxpayer, had all been let down. Except for one - Donald Trump. He called America's endless wars what they were: A disaster." (22:19:10) Grenell, also the former ambassador to Germany, stuck mostly to foreign policy and characterized the president as a savvy diplomat who still managed to negotiate like a businessman. "I've watched President Trump charm the Chancellor of Germany, while insisting that Germany pay its NATO obligations. I was proud to witness President Trump say to foreign leaders: "I don't blame you for wanting America to pay for your security. I actually respect you for out-negotiating the Presidents before me. But it stops with me. I won't let the American taxpayer be taken advantage of." (22:21:26) He also praised Trump's national security and defense record, arguing that a perspective rooted in nationalism had been unfairly criticized. "In four years, Donald Trump didn't start any new wars. He brought troops home. He rebuilt the military, and signed peace deals that make Americans safer. The Washington elites want you to think this kind of foreign policy is immoral. And so they call it "nationalist." That tells you all you need to know. The DC crowd thinks when they call Donald Trump a nationalist, they're insulting him. As if the American president isn't supposed to base foreign policy on America's national interests." (22:22:03) Turning to Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Grenell honed in on Biden's age and questioned his efficacy as a leader given his long tenure in Washington. "Don't be fooled - the Washington establishment is trying to sell you on their candidate. Joe Biden was first elected to the Senate in 1972. 48 years ago." (22:23:58) "It's actually the typical Washington story. Just this year, 22 Democrats ran for President. They rejected all the outsiders, and nominated the ultimate Washington insider. Someone they had to pull out of retirement. Every time Joe Biden offers a new idea, you should ask yourself: "Why didn't he try that over the last 48 years?" (22:24:24)
REPUBLICAN JEWISH COALITION PART 1 / HD
5521 RUBIO Thank you. I'm glad to be back here today. Each time I return to this gathering, the urgency of the topic at hand has increased since the year before. That's true this year more than ever. The threats facing both our country and Israel have grown dramatically in recent months, in large part because our president has placed his own legacy ahead of our mutual security. But of course, when we gather here a year from now, we'll have a new president-elect. And depending on who it is, we'll have either taken a significant step toward reviving American leadership in the world and advancing Israel's security, or we will have slid even further toward weakness and disengagement. I think one thing that's become obvious over this last year is the devastating cost of a foreign policy that lacks moral clarity. Moral clarity means that we stand by our principles and our commitments. It means we speak up for what's right, and speak out against those who are wrong - even if that opens us to criticism. It means our allies trust us, and our adversaries respect us. It is common sense that American leadership should look like this. Presidents across both parties have led with moral clarity, from Truman to Kennedy to Reagan. until now. Now we have a president who leaves our allies feeling betrayed and our adversaries feeling emboldened. And there is no better example than what is happening in the Middle East. In the entire region, there is only one pro-American free enterprise democratic nation: the Jewish state of Israel. America has strong ties to Israel on a personal, cultural, political, and economic level. It is everything we want the Middle East to look like in the future: free, tolerant, democratic, peace-loving, and desirous of a better future. And today, Israel stands on the front lines of our civilizational struggle against radical, apocalyptic Islam. That term, Apocalyptic Islam, is not an attempt at being provocative; it is rather a description of the true beliefs of the leaders of both Iran and the Islamic State: that they are living in the end times and that mass genocide is their way to honor God. This enemy hates our two nations - both liberal democracies, both products of the Judeo-Christian tradition - for the exact same reasons. And the first requirement of fighting for our common security is standing together. We must not separate the threat to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv from the threat to Paris, or London, or New York, or Miami. I can think of no nation whose security is as closely tied to our own. For anytime there is daylight between America and Israel, it emboldens Israel's enemies to take action - first against the Jewish state, but then against the rest of the free world. Last month, we saw how quickly terror can spread from the Middle East into the heart of Europe. Many in Washington fail to understand this. They wonder why we should trouble ourselves with a small country thousands of miles away. They fail to see its connection to our national security and our moral character. They fail to understand the danger of sending a message to the world that America is an unreliable ally. And so they argue we should distance ourselves from Israel - abandon it to its multitude of eager enemies. I believe that, deep down, those who wish for this know what it would mean. It would mean we leave Israel's citizens to face alone the terror of rockets falling on their homes; the existential threat of the Iranian nuclear weapons program, which President Obama has exacerbated; the death march of the Iranian proxy, Hezbollah, on Israel's northern border; and Iranian-backed jihadists who indiscriminately kill Israelis on the streets of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv - and yes, in Judea and Samaria. Those in Washington who wish America would abandon Israel also understand something else: the threat of physical violence is not the only threat Israel would be left to face alone; there is also a growing political and diplomatic threat. In one international forum after another, Israel is attacked by despotic regimes and even free nations throughout Europe that should know better given their histories. It is singled out for condemnation relentlessly - a bullying to which no other nation is subjected. Normally, the United States stops these attacks and shames the attackers. Normally, the United States speaks with confidence and clarity against the regimes that hijack international bodies to distract the world from their own wrongdoing. Normally. But not under Barack Obama. President Obama - and, I'm afraid, Hillary Clinton - have a different policy. They call it "engagement," but what it should really be called is "abandonment." Instead of standing up to those who single out Israel, the Obama administration takes the path of least resistance. It throws up its hands and says, in essence, "not our problem." Consider this: Just weeks ago, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas (*Mahmad Abbous*) began a speech to a UN body by asking, quote, "For how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? After 67 years, how long?" As we all know, sixty-seven years ago was 1948, the year of Israel's creation. So the man who is supposed to be Israel's "partner for peace" has just said that all of Israel is illegitimate and that the Jewish state is an "occupation" of someone else's land. Now, this isn't unusual rhetoric from a Palestinian leader - but what matters is that it should have provoked a harsh condemnation from the United States. But our president said nothing. By his silence, our government emboldened those who seek Israel's destruction and made itself a bystander to a poisonous lie. Similarly, over the past three months of Palestinian terror attacks, our administration refused over and over again to do anything more than call on both sides for restraint - as if there were no difference between aggression and self-defense. The Palestinian attacks are being incited by lies knowingly promoted about Jewish threats to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, and spread through a vicious campaign of anti-Semitism in Palestinian media. Or consider the European Union's recent approval of a new trade rule that requires special labeling of products produced in what the EU considers "Israeli-occupied territories." The goal of this is to encourage Europeans to boycott goods from Israel. The rule applies to no other country - not to Russia, which invaded Georgia and Ukraine, nor China, which occupies Tibet. The EU is singling out only Israel. Let's take a step back and realize what this means. Discriminatory laws that apply only to Jews are now being written into European law for the first time in more than half a century. I believe we need a president who is not afraid to call this out for what it is: anti-Semitism. I will be that president. I will take a very different approach to the United Nations. There will be no more complicity in attacks on Israel. Dictators, rogues, and terror sponsors will be publicly shamed. The United States will leave and defund UN entities that attack Israel or promote anti-Semitism. I will also speak out against anti-Semitism here in America. One important example is the movement that calls itself "BDS" - for boycott, divest, and sanction. This coalition of the radical left thinks it has discovered a clever, politically correct way to advocate Israel's destruction. BDS couches hatred in the language of human rights and social justice. But the movement reeks of hypocrisy. Boycotters do not seek to punish Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria, or Russia - all actual human rights violators. Their campaign is aimed only at Israel. They make wild, false accusations in the hopes of inciting so much hatred of the Jewish state, especially on our campuses, that eventually support for Israel will become politically taboo. As president, I will call on university presidents, administrators, religious leaders, and professors to speak out with clarity and force on this issue - the same way they speak out against racism and other forms of bigotry. I will make clear that calling for the destruction of Israel is the same as calling for the death of Jews. I will bring moral clarity to the White House, but I will also back it with strategic and military strength. When I am Commander-in-Chief, I will fortify our alliance with Israel. In doing so, I will send a message to our friends and enemies alike that America is back - that we will never again confuse adversaries for allies or allies for adversaries. Let me be loud and clear about how I will begin: I will immediately shred this president's disastrous deal with Iran. News reports out of Vienna this week indicate that Iran will not even be required to come clean about its past nuclear weapons work. This makes a bad deal worse. And those who are now rushing to do business with Iran need to know that upon taking office, I will re-impose the sanctions that President Obama plans to waive over congressional objection. The days of giving the ayatollah of Iran more respect than the prime minister of Israel will be over. I will hold Iran accountable for the American hostages it has taken, and for its arming and funding of terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. I will impose crippling sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. When I am president, I will speak out against Palestinian terror in no uncertain terms, and will never confuse the victim and the victimizer. This means, as part of rebuilding our alliance with Israel, I will put the peace process in perspective. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have made it the defining feature of the relationship between our two countries. It should not be for the simple reason that Israel currently has no viable partner for peace. In fact, the "partner" that this administration claims is interested in peace rewards Palestinian terrorists up to $3,500 for every month they spend in an Israeli prison, which is more than five times as much as the average Palestinian in the West Bank makes per month. They get tens of thousands more upon their release from prison, and the entire level of payment is tied to the number of Israelis they have killed. Does this sound like a group interested in peace? Some in our own party actually question Israel's commitment to peace. Some in our own party actually call for more sacrifice from the Israeli people. They are dead wrong, and don't understand the enduring bond between Israel and America. Generation after generation of Israelis have struggled and sacrificed to find peace with an enemy seeking only war and death. I know and honor those sacrifices, and reject those who believe that Israel is the impediment to peace. Let me be crystal clear: there is no moral equivalence between Israel and its enemies. I will say it again. There is no moral equivalence between Israel and those who seek to destroy her. Understanding that fundamental truth is essential to being the next Commander in Chief. This is not a real estate deal with two sides arguing over money. It's a struggle to safeguard the future of Israel. As President I will challenge the real impediments to peace in the Middle East, and stand up for Israel. Instead of pressuring Israel to make unreciprocated concessions, I will work with its prime minister on areas of mutual interest. I will finally move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I will help ensure that Jerusalem remains the Jewish state's undivided and eternal capital. I will revive the common-sense understandings reached in the 2004 Bush-Sharon letter and build on them to help ensure Israel's defensible borders, including through its continued control of the Golan Heights. This is only the beginning of what I will do as president in support of Israel, but it is far from the beginning of my efforts on this issue as a public servant. Throughout my time in the Senate, I have worked to strengthen and deepen our alliance. I've passed new sanctions against Hezbollah, passed a budget amendment to move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and fought to require Iran to recognize Israel's right to exist. I've proposed crushing sanctions on Iran for its ongoing support for terrorism and human rights abuses. As Speaker of the Florida House, I pioneered what became a national effort by requiring the Florida pension program to divest from companies linked to Iran's terrorist regime. And earlier this week, I introduced a resolution with Senator Kirk to ensure that states like Florida can continue to divest from Iran. I've also led efforts in the Senate to pressure the Palestinian Authority to end its partnership with Hamas, attempted to defund UN agencies that attack Israel, and supported legislation to force Europe to stop its despicable anti-Semitic boycotting of Israeli products. I have been a staunch supporter of our military assistance to the Jewish state, especially the Iron Dome system that has saved countless lives. These programs have ended up benefitting America by leading to technological innovations now used by the U.S. military. In choosing a president, we need to look at what candidates do, not just what they say. Just a few short years ago, many in my own party were trying to derail the postwar consensus about America's role in the world. They will never call themselves isolationists, but that is exactly what they are. I believe those who speak about their pro-Israel views but carelessly support a gutting of our international affairs budget, including assistance to Israel, or who vote against legislation funding U.S.-Israel defense programs, need to check their priorities. You cannot be pro-Israel while also attempting to eliminate assistance that Israel uses to defend itself. I'd like to leave time to take your questions, so let me just close with this point. One thing that inspires me the most about Israel is that, in the face of so much adversity, no nation wants peace more. No nation has shown greater restraint toward its enemies. And even as the current administration has turned its back on them in recent years, no people have stood by our nation, on issue after issue, more than the people of Israel. I'd encourage all of you to go back and look at the United Nations roll call votes. Time and again, when the interests of America are challenged, Israel is one of the few countries that votes with the United States. Like our own country, the state of Israel is an extraordinary story in the history of the world. I believe our nation's share a moral foundation and a moral destiny. And so let us stand with them as they have stood with us. Let our nations, together, serve as beacons of light in an ever-darkening world. TRUMP 12:01:29 TRUMP: Thank you very much everybody, you just like me because my daughter happens to be Jewish right. She has a great husband Jared and I'll tell you what Ivanka could not be happier and she's very proud. The only bad news I can't get her on Saturday, I call and call I can't speak to my daughter anymore on Saturdays so, but that's ok. It's an honor to be with you and I've devoted so much time over my life to Israel and the other politicians they can talk but believe me they haven't done what I've done, I've received many awards, I was the grand marshall of the Israeli day Parade at a very dangerous time when people said don't do it don't do it, I walked up fifth avenue I'm lookin up for lots of trouble but I said no way that I'm not going to do it and it was a rough time it was 2004 and it was a tremendously successful parade, maybe their most successful parade that they ever had so, I'm in a different position than the other candidates because I'm the one candidate, I don't want any of you rmoney. 12:02:34 I want your support but I don't want your money, I'm self funding my campaign, it's been an amazing experience because I've had very little money invested so far, I thought by this time I'd have about 30 million dollars in ads and I have none, although I took a small radio commercial the other day in Iowa, but we have virtually no money invested in ads or advertising and I think you as business people will feel pretty good about this and respect it and at first I was embarrassed by this you know I think we're going to have to spend money just to spend money but it's not really like a good thing to do because I am in first place by a lot it's not even close, every single poll, every single state, the numbers just came in 3 minutes ago in NH the PPP poll, Trump at 27, the next one is 13, 10, 9, 8, 5 and the rest are off the board they have to drop out pretty soon I guess right. Most important favorability, no I still like the top number most, favorability is now at 50 to 39 which is good and I beat Hillary in the fox poll as you see very easily 46 to 41. 12:03:44 That's ultimately the most important. And you know I've been a tremendous fan and a tremendous contributor, I've given a lot of money recently to (Hudzulla?) 100 thousand dollars emergency response they do a fantastic job and my father fred was always a big supporter so I grew up in that environment, I grew up in Brooklyn, Queens and Israel was always very paramount in our mind in fact I've been sometimes criticized because I receive so many awards from Jewish Groups and they look at my wall it's loaded up, but now the Christians are catching up I have to tell you, my Christians are liking me a lot lately and they've been great. 12:04:33 So Obama is the worst thing that's ever happened to Israel, the worst, the worst [crowd claps]. And when I see great friends of mine who are very very pro Israel very I mean, they love Israel, they love it with Passion and they are having fund raisers for Obama and I say what are you doing it's almost like they answer me they say we don't know, he comes to Ny we don't know, we don't know. I say he's a disaster. 12:05:02 I really believe the Iran deal, look I'm a negotiator like you folks we're negotiators. We don't build gas stations in the middle of as you know Afghanistan for 43 million. Can you imagine this a small gas station, 43 million dollars, and then they used the wrong kind of terminal because they don't sell that type of gas, ok. 43 million bucks for a gas station, how many think they could have done it for less will you raise your hand please. But I look at Obama, I look at that deal what we gave to Iran, 150 billion dollars, they don't need to develop nuclear weapons they can buy em, they can buy em it's true, why do they have to develop em they can buy em. We gave them 150 billion dollars, they go out and in terms of you know surveillance, they have the right to self inspect how about that, on the major, the most dangerous they can self inspect we're gonna let them self inspect and then you have of course the 24 days but the 24 days rule, we're all good with contracts, don't start until such and such happens it could be forever before you go in to inspect. 12:06:03 And we don't even get our prisoners back and now they want to start a negotiation to get the prisoners back and they want 19 people for our 3, they don't want to give us our 4 you know they have 4, but they only want to talk 3. Now that should have been negotiated right at the beginning 3 years ago. And maybe better than any audience the people in this room understand what I'm saying, it should have been you walk in- by the way did you ever see a negotiation take so long, and we conceded on every single, we didn't win anything. We didn't win anything, but that should have been with our prisoners day 1, whatever it is years ago, we have to get our prisoners back, you don't want them, we need them. It'll make us look better, both everybody is going to like us more, with the american public, any deal we strike it's going to look good. 12:06:57 And you say that, we have to get our prisoners back day 1, they are going to say no we're not giving, and we're going to say bye bye, bye, call us when you're ready. And then we go out and double up and triple up the sanctions, I guarantee you within 48 hours they're calling begging us to come back to the table and you have your prisoners back it's so easy. Now the president, you saw that, and John Kerry who is probably the worst negotiator I've ever seen, no he's the worst negotiator I've ever seen, he did not read the art of the deal folks I can tell you that he's one of the few, biggest selling of all time, business book of all time. And Obama definitely didn't read it. Obama ayayayai. Ugh. 12:07:46 But they said, this is hard to believe but this is what they said, lot of press back there so I have to say everything exactly correct because if I don't I end up with headlines. They said we didn't want to complicate the negotiations by asking for the prisoners. It's really complicated we want our prisoners back, oh so complicated. They said they didn't want- so now we're going to end up making a new deal probably at some point. I'll tell you this look, I'll just tell you this, if I win before I take office, I guarantee you those prisoners are going to be back, they're going to be back. I guarantee you. Now, our president doesn't want to use the term, we had another event which probably was the one yesterday, probably was related, it always happens, but probably was when I heard about it i figured maybe not. 12:08:41 But it turns out probably was related, radical islamic terrorism and I'll tell you what we have a president that refuses to use the term. he refuses to say it. There's something going on with him that we don't know about. Now as far as Hillary is concerned, she's gotta go with what he wants, she shouldn't be allowed to run, what she did is criminal with the emails [clapping]. Well she shouldn't be allowed to run , she's going to have to follow his line because she's on a thread, you know look in real life, his attorney general, his US attorney general, so his attorney general is going to listen to him in my opinion, I think it's very dishonest what is going on with our government. 12:09:37 General Petraeus was given a life changing sentence, other people have been sent to jail, Petraeus was you know essentially, look I don't want to get into it with the poor guy, what he went- for nothing compared to whatshe did, for nothing. For 5% of what she did. And Obama, she can't go against him cause all he does boom she gets indicted that's the end of it, that's the end of it. So when you see Hillary backing up virtually everything he says and he's got control of her it's just total control , but I'll tell you what she shouldn't be allowed to run, what she did was a criminal act and remember this is a 6 year, you have a 6 year statute of limitations so she's fighting for her life. If she doesn't become president she could have a real problem. Does that make any sense to anybody huh? 12:10:28 Does that make sense to anybody? Because what she did was just wrong ok and you know she's been involved in corruption her whole life I mean whether it's whitewater, her whole life is corruption. She was a horrible, she was a horrible Secretary of State, she did a horrible job other than travel a lot, she travelled a lot nothing ever got done, the whole, the world blew up around her, it blew up. 500 to 600 calls and emails and everything from our Ambassador asking for help and she didn't respond. The truth is she doesn't have the strength or the energy. She responded to her friends, you know the friends were talking about, some of those friends are you know, sorta of an interesting friend going on there. [low murmurs and laughter] 12:11:16 But she responded, ah you get that right. [laughter and applause] Lot of people don't get that, but she responded to a friend but she doesn't respond she doesn't respond to an ambassador that is asking for help, hundreds, hundreds of requests, and she doesn't respond. Now remember this, I go every night I'm someplace, I mean yesterday I was in Manassas Virginia, we had an unbelievable crowd. The other day I was in Florida we had 12 thousand people in Sarasota, at 12 o'clock in the afternoon with the football games going on. 12 thousand people. The convention center helf 5 thousand so we had thousands outside, I made a speech outside I made two speeches I had to do two speeches I said can you get me a larger convention center so I can do one speech my people said no this is the biggest one. We set a record, a big record. We set a record everywhere. In one of the centers we beat the record of Elton John. Sir Elton John, I'm no longer competing with politicians I'm competing with musical talent. 12:12:24 One of the great musicians said you get the largest crowd of any single human being on earth without a guitar. Meaning, who doesn't count on music. So it's true we've had tremendous response we've had incredible response and I think you know if you look at what's going on and I think based on the response based on the polls again, I don't want your money therefore you're probably not going to support me but stupidly you want to give money, Trump doesn't want money, therefore we can't, even though he's better than all these guys, even though he's going to do more for Israel than anybody else, even though Bibi Netanyahu asked me to do a commercial for em and I did and he won't his race so I was very happy about that. 12:13:04 But he asked me to do a commercial and they said I was the only celebrity, I don't know I'm not a celebrity see now I'm a politician I'm so embarrassed by that term. You know my whole life I've been a businessman, I've been a developer, I've been somebody I've employed tens of thousands of people, over my lifetime, I have unbelievable statements and unbelievable company, and many people said oh he'll never file, this you'll get a kick out of. He'll never run because he will never want to file his papers and then he'll never file this and then you have to sign your life away, the first paper we all know about the first paper you sign your life away, he did it. Then they said he'll never sign and he'll never file his financials because who knows maybe he's not as rich as people think. Filed my financials almost 100 pages, the biggest ever filed by the federal elections and everyone said oh my, he's much bigger and much stronger holy mackerel look at these numbers. 12:14:00 And what they don't know I didn't run I probably would have filed anyway because I built a great company and I like to brag about it whenever possible it's true. Some of the greatest assets, doral you know Doral and Turnberry in Scotland and Trump tower and many buildings in Manhattan, it's just many buildings. Bank of America building in San Francisco with a great partner. Many other buildings and things and it's a much bigger and the reason I bring that up is because that's the kind of thinking we need and I don't bring it up as (braggadocio?) because that's the kind of thinking we need in this country to bring us back, we have people who don't know the first thing about the word negotiation, I can take anybody in this office believe me and they are better than Obama and they are better than kerry and they are better than the foolish people- it's so embarrassing when you see what happens sargeant Burgdoff alright, Sergeant Bergdorf, we get a trader, they get 5 of the greatest killers that they've wanted for 9 years. The deal was 5 for one. 12:15:05 And they knew he was a traitor before they made the deal. You know about sergeant Bergdahl, he deserted. 6 people were killed trying to get him back, they were looking for him. A general and a colonel went to see all those people they said no he deserted, he was a traitor, and we still made the deal, so we get a traitor, we can get him back you wanna renegotiate the deals some of us renegotiate deals I'd say about 99.9, is there anybody who doesn't renegotiate deals in this room, this room negotiates - 12:15:34 I want to renego-this ro- perhaps more than any room I've ever spoken to. Maybe more. It's ok , I've been called on that a couple of times too, but the fact is I want to renegotiate that deal, I want to drop him right smack in the middle of where he came from even if we don't get the 5 guys back because that's not gonna happen. You know where they are right now, they are right now all in the battlefield fighting us and trying to kill us and killing anybody that gets near him so they get their 5 guys that they wanted for 9 years they've wanted them and we get a dirty rotten traitor. But that's the way our nego, that's the way our people negotiate. They are stupid people ok. they are stupid people. It's very sad. So I just tell you that I'm going to win, I am, I'm going to win, unless something happens you know, walk across the street, the wrong thing happens but I'll tell you what I have a great secret service. It's nice when you're number one they give you secret service I never saw so many people. 12:16:42 Talented people, great people, but I believe we have just a great feeling about it and my life has been about winning, I've won and my life has been about winning and that's what I want to do for the country and if people say about my company deals and you can do this and that, I have no interest, the other day Ivanka she's doing so great, Dad we can buy this wonderful office building, I said Honey who cares, I don't, I have how can you talk to me about such trivial things ivanka. It's amazing see now I'm dealing in Trillions, I never heard of trillions before you know with this we owe 19 trillion dollars, we just signed a budget that's so bad and the republicans, we know where these democrats are coming from, but these republican politicians they go to washington and they are going to end Obamacare which I'm doing by the way, I'm terminating, it's going to be repealed and replaced with something much better. 12:17:42 They go to washington and they are going to do this and they are going to do budgets like you know I heard the guy before, oh we're going to work in the budget. It's all about that, what happens is they are going to do budgets like we're going to do this and that and I tell you, I tell the story, then they walk into the capitol building which is magnificent and they look up, darling oh my look at those columns look at the ceilings, look at the angels, oh look at these magnificent floors, they've never seen anything like it. We've arrived, this is incredible, and then they become mainstream, we'll vote obamacare, yes I'll vote, they don't want to leave. They lose all of their courage I want to use a nice word because otherwise I'll get reported for foul language. They lose all of their courage and they've lead us down. That won't happen with me. So again, you're not going to support me even though you know I'm the best thing that could ever happen to Israel and I'll be that and I know why you're not going to support me, you're not going to support me because I don't want your money. Isn't it crazy, no it's true. 12:18:52 If I wanted your money I think I'd have a damn good chance and I think I'd get more money than anybody else. Do you know the money I have turned down? This has not been my life turning down money. Guys want to give me millions, I would have made poor Jeb Bush I mean this poor guy with his low energy, it's sad. It's sad. I came up with that term it became so defining it's like having it on his forehead, I am low energy. No no it's sad. He raised 125 million dollars which means he's controlled totally, totally controlled, by the people that gave him the money. That's why you don't want to give me money ok but that's ok you want to control your own politician that's fine, good. Think about that folks. 12:19:32 Don't worry about it, I understand, 5 months ago I was with you, who is better than me? Who is better than me. I gave 350 thousand dollars to the republican governors association and never even got a letter of thank you. It's true, 350,000 I didn't receive one letter, not one letter from one governor. Stupid. The good thing is I don't give- why would I give anymore? You don't get a thank you letter? Politicians, remember this, politicians forget, politicians generally aren't competent, and the one thing they are good at is getting elected and that's what you're going to end up having but I would love your support but I don't want your money and I appreciate it, now let's take some questions ok, good. 12:20:28 Man: So I gotta tell ya you cost me 10 dollars, I had a side bet that somehow you were going to work out into your speech the hotel you were building right next door to this property. TRUMP: I'm glad you reminded me MAN: And you disappointed you cost me 10 dollars. TRUMP: I didn't want to do that, you know what honestly I'm building a tremendous hotel down the road , you know what, he's actually given me it's actually much better, but I have to go there right after this I have to go through- you know you have watch to make sure the contractors aren't stealing and ripping you off and everything else, so to show you how important the country is to me and how important Israel is to me, so important I don't mention my projects, i don't. It's not like very important to me anymore, what's really important to me is the United State's and making it great again. My theme is make America great again, it's taken off like crazy, the hats it's going crazy. 12:21:28 But it happens- you know some of these guys they copy it, but I had it trademarked cause were smart. Couple of them got up, I was making a speech and everybody stood up make america great again but nobody stood up for them and we sent them a little notice don't use that term we're trademarking it can you imagine it I got the approval, but we are we're building a great hotel down the road, I hope you all stay and it's going to be wonderful. Q: Yesterday you gave some interviews you made a speech in Manassas talking about an upcoming trip you were going to make to Israel, you also talked about how you wanted to raise some questions regarding the Israeli Palestinian Issue, you raise some questions about Israel's commitment to peace, and I'd love for you to expand and you said Israel would have to make some tough sacrifices so to this group here, those tough sacrifices does that mean return to the 67 border, dividing jerusalem, what does that mean to you? 12:22:26 I'll tell you exactly. So I was interviewed yesterday by a whole group of reporters from AP and they did a good job very fair story and one of the questions was about Israel and the Palestinians, what's gonna happen. I said I use that as an example of some deals, maybe the hardest deal ever in history to make of any (?). Can we think of any tough, we all have tough deals right we have some good some - is that sam? How are you Sam? Good man, good man, very nice to see you, I know everybody in this audience. But, but I said, people are going to have to make sacrifices one way or the other,I believe because I'm a dealmaker, that I can put both sides together. But I said it'll take 6 months. The end of 6 months and maybe sooner, but with us we have a deal instinct a lot of us and you walk into a room and you can tell almost in 2 seconds whether or not you're going to make a deal. 12:23:22 I will know very quickly whether or not I'll be able to put that deal together. I use that in this interview as an example of perhaps the hardest deal in history to put together. there's probably no tougher deal if I can do that it would make me so happy because there is so much violence, so much death, so much- and this has been going on for so many years, now I said you have to have a commitment to make, I don't know that israel has the commitment to make it and I don't know that the other side has the commitment to make it, with that being said you know I have a good chance of winning because you look at what's going on and so I have a good chance. I don't like to as a deal maker give away a lot of cards by talking about how I feel about this or that, I'd rather save it for that moment when you walk into the room. 12:24:01 I don't want one side or the other saying, look I think people know where I stand ok. But wouldn't it be great if they could make a deal but a lasting deal a real deal not a phony deal that's gonna last a week and then bad things start happening again. I'd love to and I will give it you know Obama as you know he said, it won't happen during (?) meaning he gave up on this before it even started. But I think it would be a great thing for Israel, I think it would be a great thing for both sides if a real deal could be made and I'm going to give it my best, I'm a great deal maker that's what I do I made a lot of money, I'm going to give it my best, it would be great if that deal could be made,ok. Q: President Bush wrote a letter to Prime Minister Sharon basically said US position wasn't going to be the force Israel backed in 67 borders, the Obama administration- 12:24:49 TRUMP: By the way Israel has given a lot and a lot of people don't know that, I think the Public relations for Israel hasn't been so great because Israel has given a lot but hasn't been given a lot of credit for what they've given, I don't know if you agree with that, so. In fact some things have been given which were unthinkable and a lot of turmoil it caused in Israel, there were things given but I'd like to go in with the clean slate and just say let's go everybody is even we love everybody and let's see if we can do something but I do think this and I do think right from the beginning and one of the reasons I'm saying this now even though perhaps it comes back to haunt me later on it has to be said that Israel has given a lot. I don't know whether or not they want to go that final step, you know and that's going to be up to them, but Israel has not been given the credit that they deserve for what they've done. 12:25:44 I will say that, I will say that, so that's it. Q: Can I atleast try and pin you down on Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel? Is that a decision you support TRUMP: You know what I want to do I want to wait til I meet with Bibi, you know I'm leaving for Israel in a very short period of time [boo boooo] . I know what you're saying I just want [BOOOO BOO] you're not going to be un- you're not going to be - who who's the wise guy? Do me a favor just relax you'll like me very much believe me ok. Then you wonder why you get yourself in trouble alright. You're going to like me very much it's going to be fine. 12:26:20 Again you can't go in with that attitude. If you're going to make a deal and you can make a great deal you can't go in with the attitude we're going to shove it down you gotta go in and get it and do it and do it nicely so everyone is happy. Don't worry about it you're going to be very happy ok. Don't worry about it. Q: You've been an outspoken defender of Prime Minister Netanyahu as you said you made a tv commercial for him- TRUMP: I think he's a very good man I think he's been treated very badly, I think that our president has been unbelievably rude to Bibi, I don't know how ,many people like Bibi but I think he's' been unbelievably rude and, we'll talk about deals after the fact which is a shame but I think the Iran deal is the worst single thing perhaps it'll go down, and I've been pretty good at predicting things, I think it's going to go down as the worst single thing that's ever happened to Israel I think it's a catastrophe for Israel and I think the fact that Obama was willing to make that deal for anybody that loves Israel to support this guy or even the democratic party is is impossible to believe, I think it will be one of the great catastrophes. But if I get in I will straighten it out believe it it's going to be straightened out tough and it's going to be straightened out fast. The one bad thing is if I get in the 150 billion is gone that hurts me and that hurts the people in this room, the 150 billion dollars is gone because it will be gone before you get there. 12:27:47 Were talking about a year and more actually, but the elections are very quick, it's coming up it's now less than a year and we have the Iowa starts on Feb 1st and then we go right down the line and it's very exciting we're talking about a couple of months now to start so it's really very for a person like me It's very exciting. 12:28:08 Q: So the other half of my question, obviously you have a great relationship with PM Netanyahu, which of the other Arab leaders do you either know or can you see yourself working with and you think you could have a positive working relationship. 12:28:18 TRUMP: Well I haven't been working too much with the arab leaders to be honest with you. I told you I made commercials for Bibi I don't know if that's going to help me in the negotiation I can tell you. I'm trying to keep it nice and level right, then I get people screaming at me but I'm trying to keep it as level as possible but for the most part don't know, the King of Jordan seems like a nice man, I don't know, we're going to see. A lot of people like him, some people don't. But I think I will probably be able - what my history is- you know I took some heat because I get along with democrats I get along with Liberals I get along with conservatives I get along with republicans I get along with every, that's what I was I'm a business person I get along with everybody we have to get along with everybody and I took some heat and I always explained I said wait a minutes I'm a business person I get along with everybody, I live in Manhattan it's all democrats, it's virtually all they- republicans don't even run people for the most part and if they do they are going to get5% they get a very small percentage of the vote. 12:29:12 Gotta get along with everybody. I think that's going to be a tremendous asset because right now we have gridlock in washington, we have people that, they don't talk. I remember years ago because I've been a very political person always, on the other side but always very political but years ago the republicans and the democrats use to like each other, they get along they'd have dinner together, they'd argue and they'd fight and they'd disagree you know and have different views on things but in the evening they'd go out and have dinner together with their families, you don't see that anymore there is total hatred and there's total gridlock. I'll give you one point which I think is important, corporate inversions right. 12:29:49 So you have companies leaving the United State's and they are leaving because of better taxes and because better a lot of things, a lot of things are better, but they are leaving.; Pfizer how good is pfizer thousands and thousands of jobs are going to be lost, but they are also leaving because we have 2 and a half trillion dollars at least, I think it's much higher, 2 and half trillion dollars that's out of the country that these companies can't get back because of bureaucracy and horrible agreements but because the taxes are too high they are so honorous that nobody in this room would agree to pay that much money to get your money over so they leave it over there and they actually take company and they move the company to the money. 12:30:24 Because that's how much money, the republicans and the democrats totally agree that the money should come back, for 3 years they can't get a deal. There's no leadership, it's gridlock. There's an example of something where everybody agrees, all the people that you see up here all agree, but they can't get it done because they are politicians,they are all talk and no action, so there's something so important, it's not like something where they don't get agree, like there's big disputes and we understand them. This is something everybody agrees on, the money should pour into this country and we should use that money and all things, taxes paid, but they agree and they can't get it done because of gridlock and incompetent leadership. 12:31:07 Q: Hillary Clinton is she a friend of Israel? TRUMP: You know honestly I don't think anybody can say. She says she is but now she says all of a sudden maybe less so than you thought because she's going very very far over to the other side. I mean Bernie Sanders has brought her to positions that she didn't want to be at. You look at some of the things she's saying right now, but I'll tell you what, whether she is or not, she doesn't have the strength or the energy to help Israel, I'm telling you she doesn't. And I said but just take a look, she'll come out and do an event and you don't see her for another 4 days 3 days 5 days, no it's true, think of it, we don't need, some people say it's not nice to say, she doesn't have the strength or the energy, Israel needs more than just our support, they need strength, they need real power behind them Cause you know you look at these countries fall over there, Israel is looking more and more ten- you know Israel has some difficulties, and one thing and I think you'll all admit it, these people are fighting really dirty but they fight a lot better than we used to think right. We used to think of that was easy, 15 years ago, my friends from Israel because I have a lot of friends from Israel, they use to smile and laugh oh don't worry about it, now they are saying, these guys they are dirty fighters and they are not bad they are tough, they are not the JV ok. Obama said they are the JV they are not the JV folks, we need tough we need general George patton. 12:32:40 We need General MAcArthur we don't need the guys we have I see them on television Generals, I don't want my generals on television. Saying well ISIS is very tough, I saw a guy the other day, ISIS is very tough I don't know . I don't need that. Do you think general George Patton they don't like him because he was a foul mouthed vicious horrible brilliant guy so he would never make it, they probably would have had him thrown out years ago. But we need patton, we need a genius like McArthur and we have those people, we have those people I'll find that person. But we're going to knock the crap out of them I'll tell you what we're going to win, we're going to win. We are going to win. Q: Rank and order as you see it, the greatest challenges facing the United States, Russia, China, Radical Islam. 12:33:31 TRUMP: Well I think radical Islam right now is, and I feel that's the greatest and again we have a president that refuses to use the term but Radical Islam is, I'll tell you the one thing I know isn't , is global warming, that's the one thing I know isn't. I mean we have a guy that just the other day said glo- I hear they wanna blow- this was right after Paris, they want to blow our cities up, they want to destroy our civilization. And he's worries about Global warming, which a lot of people think is a hoax, by the way, I won't so many environmental awards, shockingly, no it's true. 12:34:08 And you know what I do want, I want really immaculate air, I want clean crystal water, I want a lot of things ok, I want a lot of things. But global warming, you notice they changed the name, they go global warming they go climate change they go now I hear a lot of extreme weather. How can you mess with extreme weather right. If it's cold it's ok if it's hot it's ok if it's windy everything is extreme. So now they use extreme weather, it is a disgrace what is going on and to have this man embarrass us by standing up and saying that global warming is our biggest threat we got to get him out so fast and thank goodness he only has a year left. Thank you, thank you very much everybody. BEN CARSON CARSON: Thank you. Thank you so much. I'm absolutely delighted to be here. And you know, last year was the first time I had an opportunity to go to Israel, and it was such an incredible experience because, you know, as a student of the bible, to actually be in the place where so many events occurred that were so noteworthy. But you know what really impressed me was the fact that the people, absolutely surrounded by all kinds of horrors, refused to allow their lives to be dictated by terrorism. And I think it's a wonderful example for us here in America. I normally am a spontaneous speaker, but I want to make sure I get all my points in today, so I will actually be using a script. That might be the first time anybody's ever seen me doing that, but I don't want to miss any of the points that I really wanted to make. You know, after serving for two terms as the first president of a new nation born from the ashes of a European colony, George Washington in his farewell address to the nation warned the citizens of the United States that it is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. Now, Washington, of course, was concerned about the constant changing and realignments of various countries and empires in Europe and what that would mean for the United States. Now, if we fast-forward to 2015, I'd like to call your attention to a passage by Ambassador Oren, Israel's most recent former ambassador to the United States. He recently wrote a book that looks at the relationship between the United States and Israel. And I was taken by the paragraph early in the foreword of this book describing why he entitled the book "Ally." Ambassador Oren wrote the following. "Ally" is a simple, beautiful word. It evokes warmth, indeed fraternity, and its meaning is invariably positive. One may be a partner, but never an ally in crime. Ally's humans (ph) counterpart -- Hebrew counterpart is even simpler and more stirring. Ben bris (ph), literally the son of the covenant, recalls the circumcision bris (ph) and beyond that, to Jewish people's special relationship with God. Fittingly, a special relationship is said to exist between Israel and the United States, and like its biblical precedent, that bris (ph) is both physical and eternal. Any American president or candidate for president formulating policies toward Israel will be well served to look back at what makes the relationship between the United States and Israel so special and eternal. And if we examine history properly, it is easy to see that the special bond between these two nations existed well before either country existed as a country. We should look back to the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948. And even before our founding fathers gathered in Philadelphia and decided to change the course of human history, the first settlers founded towns in this land with names like Bethlehem and Zion. They, in fact, saw the new world as the new promised land and a land of religious freedom. It is interesting to note that the first committee that was established to decide on a coat of arms for the newly formed nation had amongst its five signers -- amongst its members five signers of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. These members of the committee were asked to deliver their ideals independently for the seal of the new nation. In the amazing coincidence, the three members of the committee all submitted the same image, images of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. For these three founding fathers, no image better represented the ideal of freedom on which the United States was founded. Could you imagine President Obama standing today in the White House press room with an image of Moses and Jewish people in front of him? Throughout our history, American presidents have had a special view of the Jewish people and the state of Israel even well before Israel existed. John Quincy Adams said, I believe in the rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation, and Abraham Lincoln referred to Palestine as the national home of the Jews, said this was a noble dream and one shared by many Americans. Very few countries started out as democracies. Most of them evolved into democracies. Israel, however, was born a democracy and has stayed that way with fundamental tenets of democracy ever since. Now, compare that to its neighbors. Many countries in the Middle East claim to be democracies, but I would put forth that elections won with 99 percent of the vote... (LAUGHTER) ...going to one candidate, or elections won under the shadow of dictatorships, are not democratic. Regrettably, while Israel was born as a democracy, it was also born into a state of war, a state of war that has remained in one form or another ever since May of 1948. Besides having fought the war of independence in 1948, the war of attrition in 1956, the six-day war in 1967, the Yom Kippur war in 1972, the war in Lebanon in 1982 and the two Gaza wars in 2007 and again last year in 2014, Israel has also been under the constant threat of tens of thousands of missiles from Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, faced two intifadas and a nonstop threat of Islamic terrorism. Now, what is really sad is that all of this could have been avoided because U.N. Resolution 181, passed in November of 1947, called for the end of the British mandate and a true partition plan for Palestine, a partition plan calls for the creation of a Jewish state and an Arab state. The plan was accepted by the Jews but rejected by the Arabs, and hence the ever present state of war. Ariel Sharon, in one of his most famous speeches, became the first Israeli prime minister to openly acknowledge and call for the two-state solution. Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu have subsequently joined him in publicly calling for a two-state solution. And while I'm not here today to debate a one-state or two-state solution, it is something I think for the Israeli leadership to decide, but it amazes me that the United Nations, the European Union, the Israeli government and even the Palestinian authority are all pushing for a solution that the Arabs themselves rejected in 1947. Imagine how much blood could have been saved had the Arabs agreed 68 years ago to exactly what they want to try to achieve today. (APPLAUSE) The role of United States today should not be to force peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but rather to help enable an environment in which peace can be forged, and the next president of the United States should start with a focus on supporting Israel in its efforts to find a lasting peace. The key word here is lasting. For two long, as I've followed the efforts by the United States and Europe to get the Israelis and Palestinians to agree to a peace deal, the focus has always been on what the future of the Palestinian state looks like. As president, my focus first and foremost would be to frame the debate as to what the future Israeli state would look like. (APPLAUSE) After all, the goal of a lasting peace is not merely to give the Palestinians a state of their own and right to self-determination, but also to ensure that the state of Israel remains a Jewish state for the Jewish people forever. Before... (APPLAUSE) Before I go into more detail about that, let's just focus for a moment on the issues of the Palestinian state. One of the main problems, as I see it currently, is that Palestinians are a people divided, divided by territory and by ideology. We know that there's a geographic challenge in trying to unite Gaza and the West Bank. These territories are separated by a mere 25 miles, and between lies some major Israeli cities with large populations like Beersheba. Uniting these two territories would literally split the state of Israel in half. But beyond the territorial challenge, a much bigger challenge exists. The challenge is the split between Fatah and Hamas. Fatah and Hamas operate in a constant state of conflict. Fatah rules the West Bank. Hamas rules the Gaza strip. These two groups are constantly arresting each other's political foes in their respective territories. They reportedly torture each other's operatives and are continually vying for the support of the Palestinian people. Part of the problem, of course, is that Fatah is largely a secular political movement, while Hamas is a deeply religious Islamic political movement. And while there have been many times in the past the two groups tried to operate in the government, this has always devolved into minor civil wars between the two. The bottom line is that even if the Israeli government today withdrew to the 1967 borders and gave up Jerusalem, there is no one Palestinian group representative of the Palestinian people that could ratify the agreement. Thus no peace agreement can be reached until the Hamas-Fatah issue is resolved. But assuming for a moment that both the territorial issue between the West Bank and Gaza can be solved, as well as the internal conflict between Fatah and Hamas, then let's ask ourselves what should the next U.S. president do to help preserve a viable Jewish state living within the terms of a lasting peace? Well, first and foremost, Jewish state must be Jewish. That may sound obvious, but if we look at the current international proposals for a two state-solution, as well as listen to the words of the Palestinian leadership, the two states to be created are first a uni-national (ph) Palestinian state with no Jews living in it, and second, effectively a bi-national state, namely Israel, with a majority Jewish population and well over 20 percent Palestinian minority. One doesn't have to work too far into the future to see what the long-term outcome would be. Eventually, the Jewish state would lose its Jewish identity and Palestinian birthrates continue to eclipse that of Jewish populations. This would lead to a uni-national (sic) Palestinian state eventually taking over the bi-national Jewish state as the Palestinian population in Israel continued to grow. In addition to this threat, there's the geographical threat created by basing a two-state solution on the 1967 borders. Now, if this were to occur, the result would be an Israel with sections of the country less than 10 miles wide, and partly bordered on the west by Gaza and the east by the West Bank. The distance from the border between Israel and the West Bank on the east to countries like Iraq and Iran would be measured in the hundreds of miles. This gives Israel an almost zero ability to defend herself practically from any sort of armored attack. Moreover, the 1967 borders would give back the high ground to Syria in the Golan Heights. This has numerous potentially fatal effects for Israel. First, it would allow any enemy to launch from Syria missiles to easily rain down on major Israeli population centers. With ISIS, the Iranians and others currently operating in Syria, one can only think of the sheer havoc that would be created with any one of these groups' positions in the Golan Heights overlooking Israel. Second, it would give Syria the ability to either control or pollute Israel's only fresh water supply, the Sea of Galilee. Looking past these major territorial issues, there also remains the issue of Gaza acting as a conduit for Iranian-backed (ph) weapons. Much outrage has been leveled against Israel for blockading Gaza, but the only blockade that actually exists is the blockage of weapons and missiles that are immediately used to target Israeli citizens. The delivery of food, medicine, building supplies has not been blockaded by Israel. In fact, it is a reality that much of the building supplies allowed into Gaza was used to build the Hamas tunnels of terror to infiltrate Israel and commit acts of terror. And I actually had a chance to go into some of those tunnels when I was there last year, although we were carefully looking for people who might be trying to shoot us when we came out. I raise these issues again to say simply that we look forward to an American president and a policy put forth by that president that backs the wishes and desires of the Israeli people and their government. Second, that policy must ensure that Israel comes out of these negotiations as a Jewish state for generations to come. (APPLAUSE) Franklin Roosevelt, one of our nation's most revered Democratic presidents, said so eloquently, "The American people, ever zealous in the cause of human freedom, have watched with sympathetic interest the efforts of the Jews to renew in Palestine the ties of their ancient homeland and to reestablish Jewish culture in a place where for centuries, it flourished and when it was carried to the far corners of the world." However, let me be clear I do not buy into the oft-heard refrain that in order to solve our problems in the Middle East, we just first solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. (APPLAUSE) It's a complete red herring to claim that violence across the Middle East is the result of this conflict. I see some heads nodding, of course, and puzzled looks by the press, but... (LAUGHTER) But let me elaborate. Several sources have looked at the levels of violence attributed to the various conflicts in the last half of the 20th century. It is interesting to note that since 1950, two years after the formation of Israel, there have been 67 conflicts throughout the world resulting in 10,000 or more deaths. Number one of the list, at around 40 million, are the killings by the red Chinese from 1949 through 1976. Last on the list is South Yemen's civil, 1986, with 10,000 deaths. Now, where does the Arab-Israeli conflict rank on this list? Forty-ninth, 51,000 deaths. If one were to add the total number of deaths in all 67 conflicts since 1950, you come to roughly 85 million -- in other words, only 0.06 percent of the total number of deaths in all conflicts since 1950 are a result of Palestinian-Israeli conflict. But there's an even more telling statistic. Since Israel's founding in 1948, there have been approximately 11 million Muslims killed in violent conflicts, but only 35,000 of them were the result of Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- 35,000 Muslim deaths of the -- from the Arab-Israeli conflict means that only 0.3 percent of the Muslim deaths from various conflicts have been a result of this conflict. In fact, over 90 percent of the 11 million Muslims killed since 1948 have been killed as a result of Muslim-Muslim violence and conflicts. I raise these statistics here because I deeply believe that problems facing the West currently are the result of turmoil in the Middle East and that has almost nothing, however, to do with the Israeli-Palestinian issue. (APPLAUSE) As president, I would do what I could to -- to try to create the kind of peace that I previously outlined between Israelis and Palestinians. However, America needs to understand and acknowledge that peace in the Middle East is not predicated on peace between Israelis and Palestinians. (APPLAUSE) The Middle East -- the Middle East is certainly one of the most complicated regions in the world. I mean, really complicated. It is clear to me that the Obama administration has zero understanding of this region, and hence... (APPLAUSE) ...due to the policies of our president and his State Department, the situation in the region has really gone from bad to worse. Let me give you a perfect example of how much President Obama misunderstands about this region and our allies and allegiances in the region. As the Arab spring was unfolding President Obama and Secretary Clinton saw this as a movement of democratic uprisings throughout the region. While I don't have the time to discuss how wrong this assumption was, I do want to highlight one of the misguided outcomes that our current administration precipitated. There has always been a power struggle in modern (ph) Egypt between the religious and secular factions. For decades, the United States backed Hosni Mubarak, a dictator, yes, but someone who also regularly waged war against the Islamic fundamentalists in his country. After the Arab spring, President Obama and Secretary Clinton chose to back the government of Mohamed Morsi, a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. In essence, the president decided to back a leader who represented the essence of Islamic fundamentalist. Well, we all know how that worked out. And in the end, thankfully, due to absolutely no part -- efforts for the -- by the president, a more moderate anti-fundamentalist party got elected and took over power in Egypt. Now fast-forward to last year during the Israeli-Gaza war with ammas (ph) -- Hamas. As the war dragged on for almost 50 days, a war started by Hamas and its relentless firing of missiles into Israeli civilian population areas, President Obama and Secretary Kerry searched for an intermediary to negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas. Now, you and I know full well that the most important party in not only negotiating a truce but in helping to implement a truce is Egypt simply because Egypt shares a border with Gaza and Egypt can help enforce a weapons embargo both on the land, as well as in the seas. Also, trade and freedom of movement between Gaza and Egypt can only be enforced by Egypt themselves. But to whom did President Obama and Secretary Kerry turn to try to negotiate a truce? Turkey and Qatar. Besides the fact that Qatar is host to Hamas on a regular basis and Turkey had prior and during the Gaza war called Israeli policies worse than those of Nazis, it just so happens that Egyptians see Turkey and Qatar as regional rivals and hold them in great disdain. So Obama and Kerry chose to alienate the most important partner for a truce by asking the exact wrong countries to get involved. My point in highlighting this example is again to say clearly what you already know. The world is complicated. The Middle East is even more complicated. And because it is so complicated, the next president of the United States has to adhere to a few key principles when deciding on foreign policy, particularly as it pertains to the Middle East. As president, here are three core principles that would formulate the foundation of my approach to these affairs. Principle number one, national security of the United States and her citizens is the single most (ph) consideration when determining foreign policy. (APPLAUSE) Not running for president of the -- or secretary of the -- secretary general of the United Nations or president of the European Union or any other position, but rather for president of the United States and with (ph) ultimately bear the responsibility for defending our nation and her entrance (ph). Hence all foreign policy decisions must be geared (ph) to the lens (ph) of our national security interest. Many of you know that I am a man of devout faith. That faith teaches compassions, morals and ethics. I believe that if a particular a foreign policy can both maintain our national security interest while also being able to take the moral and compassionate high ground, then we should pursue it. However, when those two things are at odds, national security must trump other considerations. As you may have heard... (APPLAUSE) As you may have heard, I visited Syrian refugees in Jordan over the Thanksgiving weekend. My heart goes out to these people who simply want to live their lives. They want to send their kids to school, go to work, have dinner as family, live without the shadow of war and terror hanging over them. It is the moral and compassion instinct to open our arms and welcome them into our nation. However, we do not have the tools to properly vet every single one of these refugees. And from the standpoint of our national security, no U.S. president should adopt a policy that will likely allow terrorists to legally enter the United States by a refugee settlement program born out of our compassion. (APPLAUSE) I believe the answer is to create safe havens for the refugees in Syria and to ensure their protection until the end of hostilities. (APPLAUSE) And a lot of those safe havens exist already in places like Jordan. We, along with our regional allies, have the military power to keep them safe and we have the resources available to provide shelter, clothing, food and anything else necessary. This is the perfect example of how I would determine U.S. foreign policy in a way that puts our national security first, yet maintains a compassion and morality that we Americans are famous for. Principle two. We are currently facing a clash of civilizations between fundamentalist Islam and Western values. I view Israel as both our canary in the coal mine, meaning that as Israel goes, go goes Western civilization, but also the tip of the spear in this clash. Israel is a democracy in true sense of the word. Where else in the Middle East do women have the same rights as men? Where else in the Middle East does the government ally -- allowed gay pride parades? In Israel, there are Arabs who serve as doctors, lawyers, teachers. There's even an Arab supreme court justice. Arab citizens in Israel have the same rights to medical care, Social Security, the ballot box as any Jew does. Arab members of the Israeli parliament are even allowed to serve without taking an oath of allegiance. I dare say there are probably more women fighter pilots in Israel than there are women with driver's licenses in Saudi Arabia. (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE) Israel is a true symbol of a pluralistic democracy, and quite frankly, Israel is the only one that exists anywhere in the region. The United States must do everything to support Israel and brace Israel, protect Israel, lift her up as an example to her neighbors as to what freedom really means and what that freedom can bring to a nation. If we, as a country with a bond to Israel that goes back centuries, do not make this a foreign policy priority, then I fear we may be dooming not just Israel but Western civilization itself. Harry Truman, a Democratic president, in opposition to his own secretary of state, made sure the United States was the first nation to recognize the modern state of Israel on May 14th, 1948. It took him all of 11 minutes after David Ben Gurion declared Israel's establishment to say, "I had faith in Israel before it was established. I have faith in it out." I, too, have faith in the state of Israel and have faith that it is one of the everlasting bastions of Western civilization. Principle three -- a strong economy makes for a strong foreign policy. If we look back at the post-war war II (sic era, it seems clear that several presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, understood the simple principle. The basic logic is that by reducing the tax burden, one greatly stimulates the economy. And by stimulating the economy, one brings more revenue to the treasury even at a lower tax rate. More money into the treasury means the government has more money to spend on the military. A larger military means the United States can project more power into the places that it needs to at the same time. A strong military is the best deterrent for war and the strongest ensurer of peace. It will be my focus as president of the United States to stimulate the economy by reducing the tax burden on individuals and corporations not just because I believe that it is a fair thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. And I believe that by having the ability to project American strength anywhere in the world any time we need it, we will keep Americans safer at home, our allies stronger abroad and make the world a safer place overall. And I think we need to always keep in mind that America may never have become a place if it had not been for Chaim Solomon (ph). (APPLAUSE) He was a wealthy Jewish merchant, and Washington's army was completely exhausted in terms of funding, and Solomon gave all of his funds in order to save the United States Army. And some say -- and of course, no one knows for sure, but that's the reason that there's a star of David on the back of the one dollar bill. But the fact of the matter is, Judeo-Christian values are the thing that distinguishes us from so many other people in the world. And that's why I rail (ph) so strongly against giving away those values for the sake of political correctness. (APPLAUSE) I mean, I -- I once heard an old Jewish proverb that says even in a room of complete darkness, a single flame can be -- can illuminate the entire room. We are indeed in the middle of a clash of civilizations, a war against the forces of darkness. But in this war against those forces of darkness, there's not one but two flames illuminating the room, the state Israel and the United States of America. Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) END 12:40:09 Fittingly, a special relationship is said to exist between Israel and the United State's and like it's Biblical precedent that brit is both physical and eternal. Any american president or candidate for president formulating policies toward Israel would be well served to look back at what makes the relationship between the United States and Israel so special and eternal and if we examine History properly it is easier to see that the special bond between these two nation's existed well before either country existed as a country. We should look back to the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948 and even before our founding fathers gathered in Philadelphia and decided to change the course of human history, the first settlers founded towns in this land with names like Bethlehem, and Zion. They infact saw the new world as the new promised land and a land of religious freedom. It is interesting to note that the first committee that was established to decide on a code of arms for the newly formed nation had amongst its five signers, amongst it's members 5 signers of the declaration of independence. 12:41:30 George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, these members of the committee were asked to deliver their ideals independently for the seal of the new nation. In an amazing coincidence the three members of the committee all submitted the same image, images of the jewish exodus from Egypt. For these three founding fathers no image better represented the ideal of freedom of which the United States was founded. Could you imagine president Obama standing today in the white house press room with an image of Moses and Jewish people in front of him. Throughout our history American presidents have had a special view of the jewish people and the state of Israel, even well before Israel existed. John Quincy Adams said I believe in the rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation and Abraham Lincoln referred to Palestine as the national home of the Jews, said this was a noble dream and one shared by many americans. CHRIS CHRISTIE CHRISTIE: Thank you. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you all very much. Geoff, thank you for the introduction. And to all of you, thank you for the invitation to be here today. I thank you for your patience and endurance. (LAUGHTER) Put up with 14 candidates for president of the United States. But the role that you all will play as we move forward, both through this primary process and through the process of electing a new Republican president next November will be absolutely vital. So thank you for your willingness to be involved. (APPLAUSE) This entire campaign changed a few weeks ago. Since I entered this race I've been talking about the need that the American people have and that the world has for a strong and resolute America. When I initially started to discuss this, it may have seemed somewhat out of step with the issues that were begin discussed at the time, and in the first debate in August in Cleveland. I asserted my position directly in a conversation with Senator Paul. The fact is that America today is weaker and less prepared to protect our citizens than we were seven years ago. And I'd like to blame all of this on Barack Obama... (APPLAUSE) (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE) But. But, we have had Republicans who were complicit in this weakening as well. We've had Republicans who have stood on this stage today and said they were for a strong America, yet voted this summer in Congress to weaken America. Voted to take away tools from our intelligence community that permits us to be able to connect the dots and do what President George W. Bush instructed me and the other 93 U.S. attorneys in January of 2002 to do everything we could unto the law to make sure that not another American life was lost to a terrorist act on American soil. For seven years we did that and we used those tools directly and constitutionally. And the American people remained safe. As we stand here today, for the first time since 9/11 I think we're going to have to confront the loss of American life on American soil to terrorist conduct. Now there's many people today who are still trying to speculate about what happened in San Bernardino yesterday. Let me tell you as a former prosecutor. From the time I began to watch the events unfold last night, I am convinced that was a terrorist attack. (APPLAUSE) And the president continues to wring his hands and say we'll see. But those folks, dressed in tactical gear with semiautomatic weapons came there to do something. And let's remember something, everybody. If a Center for the Developmentally Disabled in San Bernardino, California, can be a target for a terrorist attack, then every place in America is a target for a terrorist attack. We need to come to grips with the idea that we are in the midst of the next world war. (APPLAUSE) And you see, unlike the other folks who you'll hear from, who you have heard from today and who you will hear from going forward, these acts of terrorism are not theoretical to me. They're not something that I've been briefed about by some briefers in the basement of the Capitol about something that I just saw on TV. I was named United States attorney by George W. Bush on September 10, 2001. And the next day my wife did what she did most days, which was to leave her home at 6:00 in the morning to get in her car and drive to the train station, take the train to the PATH station, and take the PATH train into the World Trade Center where she went up those large escalators and walked through the lobby of the World Trade Center at 7:30 that morning. That morning I took our children to school. And when I got home I turned on the television set and the first building was on fire. And I immediately called Mary Pat at work. Her office was two blocks from the World Trade Center. So I asked her what was going on. She said well they told us just a commuter plane that flew into the building. We're fine. We're working. Don't worry about it. I'm at my desk. I'm working. While we continued to talk about our day, the second plane hit the second building. And she said to me, they're telling us we have to evacuate to the basement. I'll call you as soon as I can. On that day Mary Pat and I had three children, eight, five and one. And as the next five-and-a-half hours past when I desperately tried to get back in touch with her and could not, there were three things that went through my head. One, what will I do if I've lost my best friend? Two, what am I going to tell our children? And three, am I really ready to be a single parent? Am I ready to raise these children on my own? In the intervening hours the school called and told us that because so many children in our school had parents who worked in Lower Manhattan that they had told the children about the attack. And that we needed to be ready to speak to our kids when we picked them up from school. And when I was 10 minutes away from leaving to pick the children up from school I got the single greatest phone call that I've ever gotten in my life. It was my wife on the other end of the phone from the payphone in Midtown Manhattan, where she had walked with wet T-shirts wrapped around her face and the face of her colleagues to get through the dust and the contaminants that were covering Lower Manhattan. And she told me she was OK. That night she came home and one of our neighbors, who she had helped to get a job in her industry after he had lost his, his wife called us. And she said, did you see Frank? Did you see him anywhere downtown when you were leaving? Because he hasn't come home and I haven't heard from him. Mary Pat had helped him get a job at a place called Euro Brokers, which is on the 44th floor of the second World Trade Center tower. Frank never came home. And the gym in our parish in our hometown is now named in his honor. We sat at his funeral with his widow. Later that night our oldest son's best friend, his mom called. Her husband worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. None of them who were there that day at work came home alive. That young man was eight years old at the time that his father died. And since Facebook has come into the popular being, every year on his father's birthday he puts a picture of his father on his Facebook page with just one simple sentence. It says dad, we'll never forget you. We went to that funeral too. You see, what I'm worried about now is as a nation we're forgetting his father. As a nation we're forgetting Frank. As a nation we have become complacent and soft and unwilling to do the difficult things that need to be done to do the first thing that any president of the United States must do when he takes his hand off that Bible on Jan. 20 of 2017. And that is to protect the lives and security of the American people. And that is exactly what I'll do when I take my hand off that Bible. (APPLAUSE) And unlike others on that first day, on Jan. 21 when the director of the FBI Jim Comey walks into the Oval Office to give me my national security briefing, we won't have to introduce ourselves to each other. When I was the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Jim Comey was the U.S. attorney in Manhattan. And we worked together jointly on preventing terrorist attacks in America. And then he became my boss as the deputy attorney general of the United States. So when Jim sits there, he won't have to introduce himself. And when he sits there, he won't have to wonder whether I understand all the acronyms he's going to be using in his briefing. When we sit there together, he won't have to wonder whether I know what he means by actionable intelligence. When we're sitting there and he's briefing me he will never wonder whether I have his back to do everything that needs to be done to prevent another attack because I've done it with him before, and I will do it again as president of the United States.. (APPLAUSE) And while this is important, vital, absolutely vital for the future safety and security of the American people, I suggest to you, it's vital for the security and stability of the rest of the world as well because if you don't have a strong, resolute American president who says that terror anywhere is unacceptable, then our allies around the world can't count on us either. When I went to Israel in April of 2012 as governor of New Jersey, it was very soon after the death of Mrs. Netanyahu's father. And we turned out to be the first people that they received at their home for dinner after they had gone through their period of mourning. And when I sat with the prime minister that night he obviously had grave concerns about what was going on in the Middle East and how it was going to protect the people that he'd sworn to protect. When we were leaving after a three-hour dinner that night talking about not only the world, but about our children and their future, he thanked me for coming as he was leaving to go back to work. And as I walked out I looked at him and I said, Mr. Prime Minister, I'll tell you one thing. If I ever do get the chance to become president of the United States, Israel will never have a better friend than me because I understand that America has no better friend than the Middle East or anywhere around the world than Israel. (APPLAUSE) And that partnership has to be renewed. That partnership has to be restored. And it can only be renewed and restored through American strength of purpose. The Israeli government and the Israeli people need to know that when an American president says he's going to do something, he will do it, regardless of where the polls are on any particular day. They need to understand that there is not a moral equivalency with the conflict in the Middle East. (APPLAUSE) And they need to know that if Israel is threatened that there will not be daylight between the United States and Israel, and that the United States will stand up for Israel in the very same way that Israel has stood up for the United States during its time of existence as well. Now, it's only achieved if we are willing to rebuild our military. It's only achieved if we're willing to rebuild our intelligence community. It is only achieved if we are willing to support our law enforcement community. The stability of the world will not be achieved in any other way, everybody. That's the only way it will be achieved. And anyone who tells you any differently is absolutely playing with fire. I don't need to be taught these things. The last 13 years of my life have been about protecting the people of the state of New Jersey. And as United States attorney contributing to the protection of the people of our country in one of the most dangerous times our country's ever seen. Those times are now being repeated. And so let's be clear as we conclude and then I'll take your questions. The ISIS -- ISIS is not the JV, everybody. ISIS is a real, everyday threat to the lives and security of the American people and people who love freedom all around the world. As president of the United States, not only my goal, but my accomplishment will be to make sure that ISIS is destroyed as both an ideology and a force around the world. And we'll unite the world together to do it. (APPLAUSE) And lastly, the American people and the people around the world will know for certain that they have a president of the United States who says what he means and means what he says. And that there will be no ambiguity, no hammering (ph) in the Oval Office. No inability to make decisions. But an absolute willingness and commitment to stand up for what is right and what we believe in. And that means standing by our friends, fighting for them when necessary and remembering that first and foremost the safety and security of our children and our grandchildren is what the American government must do above anything else. And so I look forward to the opportunity to put together the team that will protect America once again, and that will make the American people feel comfortable when they go to bed at night. They have a president who will put their country first and their safety and security above all else. I know that while the issues of the economy and education and technology are issues of concern to all of you, that you understand that if we don't have safety and security first, none of those other issues matter. I just want you to remember the week after September 11 when airlines weren't flying, when sports weren't being played by professionals or by our children, when the stock market was closed and when we all jerked our necks up to the sky every time a plane started to go overhead when those airplanes started to fly again. America cannot work unless America feels safe and secure. And when I'm president of the United States, they will feel safe and secure every night that they go to bed knowing that they have a strong, resolute leader making the decisions that put America's interests first, and the interests of our friends first. Thank you for your time today. I appreciate it very much. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. (APPLAUSE) QUESTION: Governor, welcome. I got to tell you, though. One of the things when we started planning this, I had this date circled on my calendar for a long, long time. Being from Philadelphia I was all prepared to get up here and talk smack to you about my Eagles and your Cowboys. Little did I know they would both stink... CHRISTIE: Yes. Awful. QUESTION: I can't even in good conscience talk smack... CHRISTIE: No, you can't. No, you can't, Matt. QUESTION: I do want to pick up on what you talked about. And share with us because there is a debate and there is this conversation taking place within our party right now about the balance between civil liberties and protecting our own homeland and homeland security. Tell me how you approach that and where you see the balance on those -- you know, in terms of those issues. CHRISTIE: Matt, it's a false debate. It's a false debate. The idea that anything that was going on during the eight years of the Bush administration was either illegal or extra-constitutional is absolutely false. Let's take one example. The program that ended this week, the NSA collection of metadata. You know if you listen to the debate in Congress what they'd have you believe is that we were listening into your phone calls with your wife and reading your e-mails with your children through the NSA metadata program. Let me tell you what they were doing. They were collecting numbers, numbers, millions of numbers. And if one number matched with a phone call to a number of a known terrorist, then it's our job to go to court to show probable cause to get that phone bill. And only until a judge signs off on that do you get the phone bill. Then if you see further evidence on that phone bill that leads you to want to monitor that person ,then you have to go back to court again under the Fourth Amendment and get a warrant to be able to tap those phones. What we've done by taking away that ability is to stop us from being able to connect the dots. You know Senator Paul will come out here next and he'll say he wants more information from terrorists and less from innocent people. Here's my question. How do you know? I have to tell you. In my experience as a prosecutor that terrorists don't wear sandwich boards... (LAUGHTER) ... saying I'm a terrorist and I'm plotting to kill Americans. (LAUGHTER) The way you find out is through the use of that data and the use, under the Constitution, protected by the Fourth Amendment. And that's what was done every day by U.S. attorneys, myself and others across the country. That's how we intervened and caught Hamid Haqqani (ph) who wanted to send -- sell soldier fired missiles to Yemeni terrorists to shoot commercial airliners out of the sky. That's how in New Jersey we stopped the attack on Fort Dix from six radicalized Americans in New Jersey who were obtaining weapons to attack and kill servicemen and women at Fort Dix. And without those tools we would not have been able to do that. And so this is a false debate, Matt. This is a debate for theater. This is a debate to raise money, to cut their little speeches from Capitol Hill, put it on the Internet and then raise money by scaring people into thinking that government's listening to your phone calls or reading your e-mails. We never were. And when we get sober and we reinstitute the NSA program, we won't be doing it then either. And under President Christie, that's exactly what we'll do. (APPLAUSE) QUESTION: You think it'll take a tragedy in order for that to happen? (APPLAUSE) CHRISTIE: The question was do I think that it'd take a tragedy for that to happen. The tragedy's already happened. Paris was an intelligence failure. Do you think these guys got together 15 minutes before the attack at a Taco Bell... (LAUGHTER) ... right and planned that attack? There were multiple folks involved, living in multiple countries with specific planning. And we didn't catch them. We didn't catch them. The French didn't catch them. No one else in Western Europe caught them. And now we have San Bernardino. And what we know right now is this. No one knew that was coming. Now, we don't know what the depth of planning was on that. And we're going to learn more over the next number of days and weeks. But I think the tragedies have already occurred, Matt. And I think it's time for us to wake up. And every candidate who comes on this stage should be honest with you and tell you that we need to do these things because if we don't do them, we are putting you and your families at risk. And that is the greatest failure that an American president can allow to happen on his or her watch. (APPLAUSE) QUESTION: Geoff talked about in his introduction, but I know many, many people in this room have seen the video of your powerful remarks in the recent town hall meeting about losing your friend to alcohol and substance abuse. I used to work for Jack Kemp who talked about compassionate conservatism. Do you think we as a party have become too angry and have lost the compassion? CHRISTIE: No. I just don't think we talk about our compassion enough. We haven't lost it. (APPLAUSE) The compassion's in the heart of every person that I know who works hard for this party. The compassion is there. We need to talk about it. Sometimes we're ashamed to talk about it. I'm not. See, I'm pro-life. But I think as a party we should start talking a heck of a lot more about that period of time after that first nine months. See, it's easy to be pro-life when they're in the womb. They've done nothing to disappoint us yet. (LAUGHTER) When they come out, when they come out it gets a lot more complicated doesn't it? (LAUGHTER) See, I want to be pro-life for the 16-year-old drug addicted teenage girl on the floor of a county lockup. Her life is an individual gift from God. I want to be pro-life for the 42-year-old lawyer who got addicted to painkillers and alcohol and lost his law license, lost his family, lost his job, lost his home. His life is a precious gift from God. See, being pro-life is the most compassionate thing you can be. But we allow ourselves to be put into a box that the Democrats put us in to only talk about the nine months that that life is in the womb. We need to be talking about the entire life. I'm pro-life for the whole life, no matter what mistakes you've made. Because I know these words are true. And I think most of you, if not all of you in this audience believe them too. "There, but for the grace of God go I." And that's what we need to believe in. (APPLAUSE) And that's the compassion that this party stands for. (APPLAUSE) QUESTION: Well, to expand on that, do you think that the rhetoric we're seeing from some corners, whether it's regarding Muslims, whether it's regarding Hispanics, immigrants, whatever, is ultimately caustic to our nation and to our party? CHRISTIE: Yes. People need to be more careful when they're selecting their words. You bet. And sometimes the harshest words are the most entertaining. Sometimes the harshest words are the ones that make us laugh. Sometimes the harshest words are the ones that have us keep the television set on. But when you're a leader, you need to be blunt and direct. But you need to know where the line is. And I think unfortunately there have been some, not only in our party but in the other party as well, who have gone for the entertainment value over being a leader. And I think we all need to be more sensitive to that. That's not political correctness. I've never been accused of that. (LAUGHTER) But... (APPLAUSE) But it does mean -- but it does mean that when I appointed a Muslim American judge to the bench in New Jersey and I had people say to me that by doing that he was going to impose sharia law on the people of New Jersey, a guy who immigrated here as a child, who worked his way through college and law school at night, whose entire life was about achieving the American dream, and who now after five years on the bench is a distinguished and honored member of the bench. You need to stand up and say no to that. We need to judge people on their individual good and bad, not based on what they look like or where they came from. And so I think any time we use language that generalizes too much and is caustic in that way, Matt, we diminish ourselves as a people and as a party. And we need to be smart about that. (APPLAUSE) QUESTION: Obviously when you are sworn in, in 2017, you will be faced with a number of challenges. Which do you see -- in the foreign policy world. Which do you see as the biggest challenge facing our nation? China, Russia or radical Islam? And rank them, please. CHRISTIE: Sure. First is radical Islam. And by the way, I would've used that term whether you used it or not. I don't know why Hillary Clinton won't use it. See, I think by being ambiguous, by using soft language there, we're not being respectful. We're making matters worse. See, radical Islam is not a criticism of Islam. It's a criticism of radicalism. But if you aren't willing to confront that, then you confuse the issue even more. So, Mrs. Clinton's failure to be willing to say that, and the president's failure to say that, makes matters worse, not better, in terms of understanding with peaceful Muslims in this country and around the world. They're unsure of who we're talking about. When we say radical Islam they know exactly who we're talking about. It's the number one threat because it threatens everyone. It threatens everyone. Number two is Russia because this president has allowed Vladimir Putin out of his cage and he needs to be put back in. (APPLAUSE) He in fact unlocked the cage and invited him into Syria. Instead of settling those matters himself with American leadership, he invited Russia in to negotiate a settlement with a butcher in Damascus who has killed nearly a quarter of a million of his own people. And the idea that Russia gives a lick about ISIS is laughable. How many of their people, nearly 240, were murdered in cold blood by ISIS. Have you seen one attack by Russia on ISIS yet? One? No. Who they're bombing are the moderates, the rebels in Syria because they want to prop up Assad and have a client state with Iran in Syria. And so they are a threat. Not because they're strong enough to defeat us, but because every day we're allowing Vladimir Putin to punch above weight. Because we have a weak and feckless president who is unwilling to confront anyone other than Bibi Netanyahu. (APPLAUSE) And third is China because that relationship can go one way or another and it's going to be dependent upon the strength and the clarity of the next American president. That can become a fruitful, respectful relationship where we benefit from an understanding with China that this is not a zero-sum game and that we can all do well in this world economically and otherwise. Or we can continue to be weak and allow China to attack us through cyber warfare and not respond, allow China to steal our intellectual property and not respond, allow China to build artificial islands in the South China Sea and try to dominate those shipping lanes and not respond. If we continue to show weakness, China will take. If we show strength, China will cooperate. And so I have much more hope about our relationship with China than I do about the first two. So that's why I order them in that order. QUESTION: All right. Well, our time is up. Thank you so much, governor. (APPLAUSE) CHRISTIE: Thank you very much. (APPLAUSE) QUESTION: Watch your step. Watch your step. (APPLAUSE) CHRISTIE: Thank you very much. QUESTION: Thank you so much. (APPLAUSE) END 15:00:50 We've had republicans who have stood on this stage today and said they were for a strong America yet voted this summer in Congress to weaken America, voted to take away tools from our intelligence community that permits us to be able to connect the dots and do what President George W. Bush instructed me and the other 93 US attorneys,in January of 2002 to do everything we could under the law to make sure that not another american life was lost to a terrorist act on american soil. For seven years we did that and we used those tools directly and constitutionally and the american people remained safe. 15:01:38 As we stand here today for the first time since 9/11 I think we're going to have to confront the loss of American life on American soil to terrorist conduct. 15:01:53 CHRISTIE: Now there's many people today who are still trying to speculate about what happened in San Bernardino yesterday. Let me tell you as a former prosecutor, from the time I began to watch the events unfold last night I am convinced that was a terrorist attack and the president continues to ring his hands and say we'll see but those folks dressed in tactical gear with semi-automatic weapons came there to do something and let's remember something everybody if a center for mentally disabled in San Bernardino California can be a target for a terrorist attack then every place in America is a target for a terrorist attack, we need to come to grips with the idea that we are in the midst of the next world war. And you see unlike the other folks who you'll hear from, who you have heard from today and you will hear from going forward, these acts of terrorism are not theoretical to me, they are not something I have been briefed about by some briefers in the basement of the capitol, there not something that I just saw on TV , I was named US attorney by president George W. Bush on September 10 2001, and the next day my wife, did what she did most days, which was to leave her home on 6 o'clock in the morning to get in her car drive to the train station, take the train to the Path station and take the Path train into the WTC where she went up those large escalators and walked through the lobby the WTC at 7:30 that morning, that morning I took our children to school and when I got home I turned on the television and the first building was on fire. JEB BUSH 15:57:27 Thank you ambassador for that great introduction thank you all, the RJC plays such a constructive role in electing republicans and they will play a constructive role in electing the next president of the united states. It is an honor for me to be here. Before we start I thought it would be appropriate to make a pause just for a brief moment in reflection and prayer for the family members who lost loved ones in San Bernardino. 15:57:56 Thank you. This sunday is the start of the holiday of light and in a world of deep disturbing darkness starting on sunday there will be a light shining for hope and possibilities and opportunities. First and foremost I wanna wish you all a happy Chanukah we are living in serious dangerous times and I think it requires serious proven leadership to be able to deal with the challenges that we face and infact the opportunities that we face as nation. In recent times it doesn't , unless you're just not watching what's going on we see tragedy after tragedy take place and Paris and Tunisia and Lebanon, a US American student at Yeshiva was murdered in the west bank, Ezra Schwartz. The brutal savagery of Islamic terrorism, exists and this president and his former secretary of state cannot call it for what it is, it is Islamic terrorism that wants to destroy our way of life, wants to attack our freedom, they have declared war on us and we need to declare war on them. 15:59:14 In foreign policy the differences can't be any more stark than the mainstream views of our party and those of the democrats. The Obama-Clinton-Kerry team has gotten it wrong from Day one, first let me say that I don't think a president should speak with grandiosity without backing it up. Should I be President there won't be any red lines unless it's backed up, were not going to call ISIS the JV team unless we are serious about taking them out. No more grandiose reset buttons, and then never following it up and allowing for Putin to run wild while we pull back, our weakness creates voids and those voids are filled now with asymmetric threats of terror and nation states that no longer think the US is willing to expend the capital necessary to be a serious leader. And whether it's Libya, where Hillary CLinton literally said that this was a version of smart power at it's finest, and then we saw the tragedy of Benghazi take place and now we have 3 or 4 different militias including an ISIS related terrorist group that is now trying to destabilize tunisia. 16:00:27 Across the spectrum of the middle east, because we have pulled back , we're now in a far worst place, 3 months ago I went to the reagan library to lay out a plan to destroy ISIS, not to contain it, but to destroy it and that's exactly what we need to do and only american leadership will make that happen. What I said then is what I believe today, that we need a no fly zone and for those that are worried well Russia won't like that, Russia should be more worried about what we do rather than we being worried about what they do. 16:01:02 We should create safe zones, I know people are deeply concerned about the refugee problems that exist with 4 million syrians that are uprooted from their families, a tragedy of untold hardship for so many people,but the simple fact is the way to deal with the refugee problem is to create safe zones there while we build an army and our leadership that will take on ISIS and create a political settlement where Assad goes to wherever, some place outside of Syria where we can create stability. We need more special forces, we need to arm the Kurds, we need to re engage with the Sunni tribal leaders, we need to re engage with the Sunni tribal leaders that were our partners when we built a fragile but secure Iraq the day that Barack Obama was elected and he and his secretary of state abandoned that, that created the void. They both admit now that Al Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out, in it's place now we have a caliphate the size of Indiana.. 30 thousand battle tested terrorist that are organizing each and every day to create hardship for Europe, for the United State's and for the middle east. We can have a plan but it's going to require american leadership, the only way the arab world will join forces if if they believe that the united states is serious in providing the leadership that will happen. 16:02:27 This administration is not serious, when they put restrictions on the war fighters, by having for example 75% of the sorties that are going out from our air bases, 75% go back with the munitions not launched, it's because you have to get approval from a lawyer in the department of defense before you do this, we don't have the intelligence capabilities, we don't have the will and incrementally we are getting into a bigger mess. The next president of the US is going to have to be a commander in chief that asks the military for options not to contain but to destroy ISIS. 16:03:09 Only American leadership can make that happen and frankly only american leadership can improve the chances of dealing with the other force of instability in the region which is an aggressive Iran, now possibly emboldened with Billions and billions of dollars that this agreement, this horrible agreement is going to give them. The radical regime in Tehran has to be confronted as well. I believe we are going to have to end up building the sanctions regime again. We are going to have to do this because they will continue to provide support as the largest supporter of terrorism in the world . The United States when we pull back, creates so much uncertainty that they will come to our shore. We have to be engaged in this in a meaningful way. 16:03:55 ANd our friends need to know that we have their back The simple fact is today our allies no longer believe the US is serious that we will be there that we'll have their back, that the treaty obligations we have are meaningful anymore and the first place to start that relationship is to restore the ruptured relationship with Israel. That has to be the first step. And the best way to do that is on day one, to announce the next president and should I be next president I will do this, that will move the US embassy to Jerusalem, and on day 1 we will create a- extend the memorandum of understanding to provide US security assistance over the long haul for Israel. It is important to make sure that we have the qualitative military edge in the neighborhood to make sure that there is an environment of peace through strength and we can do that. 16:05:00 In short order, on day one we would make it clear that there will be no pressure on the US on Israel as it relates to negotiating with the palestinians until the palestinian authority and othe