SENATORLINDSEYGRAHAM (R-SC): Good morning. (Applause.) Good morning. How are you doing?
SEN. GRAHAM: If we keep (padding ?) the military, we’re going to need that guy. (Laughter.) Don’t go away.
I’m from South Carolina. Anybody been there? (Cheers, applause.) Yeah. Come back, spend money. (Laughter.)
So a little bit about me. My dad owned a liquor store — (laughs) — a restaurant, and a pool room. This is why I would be a good president. (Laughter.) I ran the pool room as a kid, and I know liars when I see ‘em. That’s why I know the ayatollah is lying. (Laughter.) Yeah, he is lying.
LOUISIANAGOVERNORBOBBYJINDAL (R): Thank you all very, very much. Thanks for that very warm reception. Thanks for that generous introduction.
You know, the strangest thing just happened backstage. I know Donald Trump was here earlier, and I guess he brought a copy of the Bible he was given as a child. But he left it backstage. (Laughter.) Now, one of the — knowing how close I am to Donald Trump, one of the organizers gave it to me and asked me to get it back to him, and so I was taking a look at it. You know, this is very different from my Bible. I’m not sure what translation — I don’t know what translation you use. This is a very different — my Bible, it doesn’t say “The Art of the Deal” on the front cover. (Laughter.) It doesn’t have a picture of Donald Trump on the front cover. (Laughter.) So we’ll have to make sure to get that back to Donald. (Laughter.)
You know, I want to talk — and I know you all have heard the news today that Speaker Boehner decided to step down. (Cheers, applause.) A reporter asked me what I thought about that. I said, well, that’s good — that’s one down, that’s 434 more to go before we’re done. (Applause.)
DR. BENCARSON: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) I love enthusiastic crowds, you know? It makes up for my low energy. (Laughter.) You know, I got to tell you something about America. You know, I’ve visited at least 57 different countries. (Laughter.) And I am always so pleased when I get back here because America has been so good to me. You know, I was born in pretty dire circumstances, grew up very poor, had a bad temper. I was a terrible student — and the things that probably would have precluded success in most other places. But here in America, the opportunities were there.
Even if you didn’t have a silver spoon in your mouth you could go to the library and it didn’t cost you anything to go there, unless you turned your book in late. So — (laughs) — you know, those are the kind of opportunities that I want to preserve for other people. And I really get irritated when people complain about America and they say that we are a terrible place and we are the source of all evil in the world. If we were so bad, why is everybody trying to get in here and nobody’s trying to escape? You know, that’s craziness. (Cheers, applause.)
MIKEHUCKABEE: Thank you very, very much. It is a delight to be here at the Values Voter Summit, although I realized that my appearance is not the big news of the day. Boy, talking about getting upstaged. So, John Boehner has a private meeting yesterday with Pope Francis. And all the reports are that somehow the result of that meeting, he decides he’s quitting. (Cheers, applause.) Now, here’s what occurs to me. I wonder if we could get scheduled — (laughter) — a meeting with Pope Francis and the president, just the two of them, for a little while. (Cheers, applause.)
Some other news this day, one of the political magazines reports that the absolutely hideous, unacceptable, and untenable deal with Iran — that should have been a treaty; should never have been an executive agreement — but this horrible agreement, crafted by John Kerry, Energy Secretary Moniz and the Special Envoy Wendy Sherman — they were so excited about what they were doing that they sat around in Vienna talking about if a Hollywood movie was made about this process who would play each of them. And it was decided that — and I’m not making this up. This is not a joke. Ted Danson was going to play John Kerry. (Laughter.) Javier Bardem was going to play Secretary Moniz. And Meryl Streep would be playing the part of Wendy Sherman. I felt they have it terribly miscast. Given the agreement, they should have Larry, Curly and Moe. (Laughter, cheers, applause.)
RICKSANTORUM: Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much, Gill. Thank you so much for being here. You know, I’ve been here to every single Value Voter Summit. (Cheers, applause.) And, you know, one of the things — I was in Iowa the other day, in Osceola, Iowa. Of course, all of you have been there, right? And I was introduced by Chuck Grassley. And Chuck got up and sort of hemmed and hawed a little bit about what to say. And he said, well, let me just say this: The one thing I can say about Rick Santorum is I’ve known him for 20 years and he hasn’t changed a bit. (Laughter.) You know, I think that’s about as high a compliment as you can get in this town of Washington, D.C., right? (Cheers, applause.)
DONALDTRUMP: Thank you very much. I see these beautiful teleprompters. Believe me, I’m not using them. (Laughter.) You know I said if you run for president you should not be allowed to use teleprompters. Get these things out of here. (Laughter.)
I was watching Hillary making a speech and it was outside. And they were dead, dark, big. They weren’t even like this. These are clears. I can almost see right through them, but — which really is disturbing. Is that disturbing to the audience, wouldn’t you think? But hers, because it was outside, were black, and they were twice the size. I said what kind of a speech is that? That’s not a speech.
SENATORMARCORUBIO (R-FL): Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you.
Well, thank you for having me. There’s four bottles of water here. Isn’t that a bit much? (Laughter.)
(Chuckles.) Thank you.
I’m really honored to be with you. Thank you very much. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be with you here today and exciting times for us in terms of the future of our country. We face extraordinary challenges but also some real opportunities, and that’s what I wanted to talk about today. In fact, I wanted to announce a couple of policy initiatives today I haven’t discussed before, so I actually put it in writing, and the good news is I finally was able to retrieve them from my email system. (Laughter.) The bad — (chuckles) — so that’s the good news.
Anyway, thank you so much. I’m really honored to be here with you today, with all of you who are motivated to participate in the public square because of our values. And this is important, because we’ve always had this debate about, well, what role should faith play in your life, and what role should faith play in politics? That’s a silly debate. For starters, our country was founded on a spiritual principle, on the idea that every human being has rights that are given to you by God, not — not by your government, not by the king. It was a revolutionary idea. (Cheers, applause.)
SENATORTEDCRUZ (R-TX): Wow! (Cheers, applause.) God bless the Value Voters Summit. (Cheers, applause.)
So I’ve got to ask, what are these things? (Laughter.) Is Barack Obama coming? (Laughter.)
Let me say thank you to my friend, Jim Bridenstine. What an incredible, powerful, fighting conservative. (Applause.)
You know, there’s an ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. These are interesting times.
Yesterday Pope Francis was in Washington. Wonderful to welcome him here. I have to say, the press conference was a little awkward, because every time the reporters addressed a question to your holiness, Barack Obama answered. (Laughter.)
Well, and then today the president of China, President Xi, is in town. Media all across the world are reporting on this historic meeting of the world’s most powerful communist and the president of China. (Laughter, cheers, applause.)
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