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October 11, 2019
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Values Voter Summit 2018 started today. Here are transcripts from select speakers:
Family Research Council
11th Annual Values Voter Summit
Remarks by Donald J. Trump
Donald J. Trump,
2016 Republican Nominee for President
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Time: 3:40 p.m. EDT
Date: Friday, September 9, 2016
Superior Transcriptions LLC
DONALD J. TRUMP: Thank you. Thank you very much. Oh, Jon. Jon is such a great actor and such a great person. He is such a great person. And he’s really been with me a long time in a lot of different ways. He’s been incredible. So I just want to thank Jon. And I hope he makes another movie very quickly, because I love his movies. (Laughter.)
In particular, I wanted to thank our host, Tony Perkins, for his years of leadership. (Applause.) And we know all about that. And we all express our support for Tony as he deals with the aftermath of the terrible floods in Louisiana, where two weeks ago I spent some time, and I saw some incredible, incredible people.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you!
MR. TRUMP: Thank you. (Applause.) Amazing, amazing group.
One of the greatest privileges of my journey has been the time I’ve spent with the evangelical community. And the support they gave me in those primaries was absolutely incredible, I have to tell you. (Applause.) All across the nation. A lot of people said: I wonder if Donald will get the evangelicals. I got the evangelicals. (Cheers, applause.) I’m going to make it up to you too, you watch. There are no more decent, devoted, or selfless people than our Christians brothers and sisters here in the United States. (Applause.)
True. So true. I’ve witnessed that incredible generosity all across this land, gotten to know so many people. I saw it during my trip to Louisiana, where Christian volunteers raced to help their fellow citizens in need. Franklin Graham is an example. He brought the most incredible people and equipment to Louisiana. (Cheers, applause.) And he didn’t want anything for it. He’s a great man. It’s that spirit of giving that we will need to rebuild Louisiana and to rebuild this country, which is in serious, serious trouble. (Cheers, applause.)
Yet, our media culture often mocks and demeans people of faith. And you understand that. All the time I hear from concerned parents how much harder it is for a Christian family to raise their children in today’s media environment.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Right!
MR. TRUMP: It is right, isn’t it? (Laughter.) Yeah, it is right. (Applause.) Not even close. Your values of love, charity and faith built this nation. (Cheers, applause.) So how can it be that our media treats people of faith so poorly? One of the reasons is that our politicians have really abandoned you, to a large extent. And Hillary Clinton, you can forget about her. (Laughter, jeers.)
So let me say this right up front: A Trump administration, our Christian heritage will be cherished, protected, defended, like you’ve never seen before. (Cheers, applause.) Believe me. I believe it. And you believe it. And you know it. You know it. And that includes religious liberty — remember, remember. (Cheers, applause.) I recently had a chance to visit a church in Detroit, Great Faith Ministries International. Stand up if you’re member. That’s good. That was a great — that was an amazing experience. (Applause.) And the bishop, what a great guy.
In my remarks, I spoke about how African American church — and this is all across the country — for centuries have been the conscience of our nation. Their unbreakable faith and sprit overcame some of the most difficult periods in our history, leading us all to a better future. Very true. Amazing. This was such an amazing experience. (Applause.) This is the power of faith. It’s the power to heal. It’s the power to unite. It’s the power to make all of us live better lives — all of us. (Cheers, applause.)
Our nation today is divided. Nobody likes to say it, but we’re living in a very, very divided nation. It will be our faith in God and his teachings, in each other, that will lead us back to unity. (Cheers, applause.)
Each of us here today has a role to play in bringing our country together, united in common purpose and in common values. So let’s talk today about some of the things — and these are great things — that we can do together to create the American future for everybody, not just a certain group of people, but for everybody.
The first thing we have to do is give our churches their voice back. It’s been taken away. (Cheers, applause.) The Johnson amendment has blocked our pastors and ministers and others from speaking their minds from their own pulpits. If they want to talk about Christianity, if they want to preach, if they want to talk about politics, they’re unable to do so. If they want to do it, they take a tremendous risk that they lose their tax-exempt status.
All religious leaders should be able to freely express their thoughts and feelings — (cheers, applause) — on religious matters. And I will repeal the Johnson amendment — (cheers, applause) — if I am elected your president, I promise. (Cheers, applause.) So important.
Thank you. That’s so important.
And I must tell you from the heart, this started, a building of mine in Manhattan. I had 50 pastors in a big conference room. And we actually had 50 pastors, two rabbis, a couple of priests. We were all talking. And we were there for two hours. And at the end, it was a love-fest. We all agreed. It was like a love-fest.
And I said to them — we were high up in a building on 5th Avenue — and I said to them I’d love your support. And I know when I can get support. I’m quite sophisticated. (Laughter.) And I know they wanted to give me their total support, 100 percent, just like I had in the primaries. And I said I really would like your support. And they didn’t really know what I was talking about. And I said, what’s going on here? They said, well, sir, we can’t do that because we would be violating the laws. And I said, what’s the punishment? Well, we could lose our tax-exempt status, which, of course, is a, you know, massive penalty.
I said, tell me about this. And we sat down. They talked about it. When did it happen? 1954 or so. Lyndon Johnson was having problems — powerful guy. I actually, as just own way — you have to gain respect for what he was able to do. Can you imagine that this man single-handedly — he was having problems with churches. And there was a church in Houston that was giving him a hard time, maybe for very good reason. And he put in an amendment that basically stopped our great pastors and ministers and others from talking, under the penalty of losing their tax-exempt status.
So we were looking down onto the sidewalk and there were people walking on the sidewalk. And I said, so, folks, what you’re telling me is those people walking way, way down there on the sidewalk have really more power than you do, because they’re allowed to express their feelings and thoughts openly and without penalty. And one of the pastors, who I knew very well — and these are powerful people; these are strong people with magnificent voices and just — and magnificent hearts, much more importantly — they looked at me and they said, that’s actually right. They have more power than we do. We’re not allowed to express.
And that’s what I said. We have to start thinking about this. And I thought about it. And then we had a large group of pastors again. I said I have thought about it. If I become president, we are going to knock out the Johnson amendment. We are going to do that. And it’s not going to be hard. It’s not going to be hard. (Cheers, applause.)
When you — when you think, from the standpoint of political, you have more than men — let’s say men are 50 percent, women are 50 percent. You’re much more than 50 percent, added together. And I actually believe that’s one of the reasons why you haven’t seen Christianity and other religions within the United States going like a rocket ship — like our polls have been going in the last four weeks, a rocket ship, right? (Cheers, applause.) I really believe that, because you’re great people. The people that you rely on on Sunday and all during the week, they’ve been stopped from talking and speaking by a law. And we’re going to get rid of that law and it’s going to get rid of — we’re going to get rid of it so fast.
And I’m so proud to say — honestly, I don’t want to take credit, but you had 50 people in that first meeting and many more in the second. I am so proud — I was just telling this to Tony — to say that was my idea. I figure it’s the only way I’m getting to heaven, so this is going to be very — (laughter) — the only way. (Applause.) So we’re going to get rid of it, and we’re going to let your great people speak, and you’re going to see something happen that’s going to be very, very good, OK? So important.
I hope — which means you have to get out and vote on November 8th. You cannot — you didn’t vote four years ago. You didn’t vote.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I did.
MR. TRUMP: You did? Well, you did. A few of you did. (Laughter.) Believe me, I know. I look at the stats. You didn’t vote. But this time you really have — and this is your last chance. This is it. I mean, we’ll never have this opportunity again. So I hope you can get every one of your friends and just get up — your family and your friends, and get out and vote, OK? November 8th. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) And if you do, we’re going to win by a lot. That’s not going to even be a close election. And if you don’t, could be a very unhappy November 8th.
We’re also going to repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare — (cheers, applause) — which gives the government control over the lives of everyday citizens. And the numbers are horrendous. Your premiums are going up by 50, 60, 70 percent. The deductible is so high you never get to use it unless you are going to lead a very long and very complex bad period — very, very long. It is a disaster. It’s a disaster, and everybody knows it. And it’s going to die of its own weight anyway, but we’re going to get rid of it and we’re going to replace it with some great, great alternatives — much better health care at a much lower price. (Cheers, applause.)
Hillary Clinton wants to have completely government-run health care, which would be a disaster for the liberties and freedoms of all America. That’s what she wants. That’s what she’s aiming at. That’s what Obama wanted. He didn’t quite get there, but he got this, and you see how bad this has been.
One of the biggest issues in this race is going to be the issue of school choice. (Cheers, applause.) And I can’t possibly emphasize this enough. Millions of poor and disadvantaged students are trapped in failing schools. This education crisis afflicts all communities, but none more so than the African-American community — none. The Democratic Party has run the inner cities of America for 50, 60, 70 years, some cases over a hundred years — over a hundred years. Their policies and their politics, and in particular the politics of people like Hillary Clinton, have produced only poverty, joblessness, and rising crime.
When she was running for the Senate in New York State, she said she was going to produce jobs, jobs, jobs in Upstate New York. It’s a disaster. She’s going to produce jobs, big thing — jobs, we’re going to bring back jobs. Been a catastrophe. We’ve lost tens of thousands of jobs. She never did a thing. It was all talk, no action, just like what she’s doing right now is all talk, no action. She’ll talk and talk, and nothing will happen. Only bad will happen. But you just have to ask the people in Upstate New York. She won because of them, and she produced absolutely nothing. Jobs left. It’s today one of the worst, one of the most depressing places in this country. So just remember that when you hear her talking about jobs. I know jobs. She doesn’t know jobs. That I can tell you. (Cheers, applause.)
I have outlined a new civil rights agenda for our time — the right to a safe community, a great education and a secure job. (Applause.)
And I say to African-American parents, I say to Hispanic American parents — and I say it with great respect — our inner cities are a disaster — crime, no jobs, education is the worst, in many cases almost worldwide bad and in many cases actually worldwide bad. I say, with great respect, what do you have to lose? It can’t get any worse. It can’t get any worse. You choose Donald Trump, I’m going to fix the problem. You’re going to have safety. (Applause.) You’re going to have good education. We’re going to get jobs, because we’re going to bring our jobs back. Mexico’s taking our jobs. So many other places, they’re taking our jobs. What China’s doing to us is horrible. We’re going to have jobs. What do you have to lose? I’m going to fix this. I’m going to fix it. (Cheers, applause.)
School choice is at the center of this civil rights agenda, and my goal is to provide every single inner-city child in America that is trapped in a failing government school the freedom to attend the school of their choice. Competition — the schools the schools will get better and better and better. (Cheers, applause.)
And that means a private school, a religious school, a charter school or a magnet school. School choice also means that parents can home-school their children. (Cheers, applause.) Hundred percent.
Hillary Clinton opposes school choice because she is controlled totally, totally, like a puppet, by special interests. Her policies will force millions of African-American and Hispanic children to remain stuck in failed government schools, leading to higher unemployment and more poverty. The poverty levels in this country nobody will believe, nobody will believe.
My plan will break the government monopoly and make schools compete to provide the best services for our children — (applause) — including every African-American and Hispanic child in this country, every single one of them. (Cheers, applause.)
This proposal begins with a $20 billion block grant from the federal government for states to pursue school choice programs. (Applause.) However — that’s good, right? (Applause.) However, because 90 percent of education spending is at the state level, I will campaign to get the states to reallocate another $110 billion of their education budgets to school choice programs. (Applause.)
If we do this, that would mean $12,000 in school choice funds for every disadvantaged student in America. What a difference this is going to make. The money will follow the student to the public, private or religious school that is best for them and their family. In so many ways, you’re going to have choice.
My administration will partner with the leadership of any inner-city — anybody — anybody in the inner cities of America willing to run a pilot program — and there will be a lot of them — to provide school choice to every child in that community. In Baltimore, for instance, that would mean more than $15,000 in funds available per student.
As your president, I will be the biggest cheerleader for school choice you’ve ever seen. (Cheers, applause.) This means a lot to me, because I know it can turn things around. Again, the education can’t get worse. Commo Core — we’re going to end it. (Cheers, applause.) We’re bringing education local.
I will fight for every child in this country who deserve better futures. The African-American community has heard my message that I am going to make the inner city safe again, and I’m going to bring back jobs, and I’m going to bring back the great education. Don’t be surprised — remember this, November 8th — don’t be surprised, because we have been given a lot of support over the last three or four weeks, if on November 8th I get more African-American and Hispanic votes than anyone thought possible about a month ago. You see what’s going on? (Cheers, applause.)
They’re starting — people are starting to hear about this. And they’re saying, wow. Wow. They’re liking it. And again, can’t get any worse. It’s going to get a lot better. But only if I do it. They can’t do it. The Democrats, they have — what they’ve done is incredible. And Hillary Clinton will be absolutely more of the same — rigid. It’ll never change. Remember, a hundred years, 70 years, 50 — it’s not going to change. Not going to happen.
Now, let’s talk about another issue that will define the future of this country for generations to come, the United States Supreme Court. (Cheers, applause.) Earlier this year, we lost the great justice, Antonin Scalia. The next president will not only have to fill this seat, but as many as four others. It could even be — I mean, we could end up with a total of five judges by one president. It would be record-setting. Probably be three. Could be four. Could even be five. And you pick the wrong people, you have a country that is no longer your country. It will be a disaster.
One of the most important issues, frankly — other than maybe defense, because we’re going to build up our military, it’s so depleted. (Cheers, applause.) We’re going to take care of our vets. We’re going to protect your Second Amendment, so many things. But one of the most important — some people think it’s actually the most important — is the filling of the seats, United States Supreme Court. You see what’s happening right now? Essentially it’s four and four. And you see what — how bad it is. We’re going to pick great judges. I’ve already put a list of 11 Federalist Society, highly recommended, got uniform great reviews on these 11 people. And we are going to put truly great people. Maybe we use Judge Scalia of the ultimate example of what we’re looking for, OK? (Cheers, applause.)
This will determine whether or not we remain a constitutional republic, frankly. That’s what’s going to happen. I have pledged to appoint judges who uphold the Constitution, to protect your religious liberty, and apply the law as written. (Cheers, applause.) We reject judges who rewrite the Constitution to impose their own person views on 300 million-plus Americans. We’re not going to have that. I’ve made public a list of judges, as I said, that will guide my selection process. Hillary Clinton has refused to provide such a list. And we brought it up.
Let’s see a list. You ever saw the list you would walk out of here not feeling very well. (Laughter.) Because she knows the extremist judges she would pick would be rejected by the overwhelming majority of the American public. They’d be rejected. Clinton’s judicial picks would allow her to completely take over American health care, the American economy, and Americans religious liberty — not to mention your Second Amendment, which is on very thin ice right now, as you know, because of the fact that we’re at four-and-four. If they even pick one judge who’s wrong you can probably — as you know it — you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye. And we don’t want to see that.
Another issue in this race of great importance to everyone in this room is the issue of course of national security. Just today it was announced that North Korea performed its fifth nuclear test — its fourth since Hillary Clinton became secretary of state. It’s just one more massive failure from a failed secretary of state. (Cheers, applause.) Failed at everything. Her policies have also put Iran onto a path of nuclear weapons, and I have to say made them overnight an absolute power. They were dying three years ago. The sanctions were choking them. They would have fallen. But Obama didn’t support people that would have taken over, and I think in this case probably would have taken over the right way; had no support.
But you look at what’s happened to Iran in such a short period of time. But remember the ransom payments. Remember, it was $400 million two weeks ago. But then they made a mistake. This is cash. Remember, they said they paid cash because they couldn’t open a bank account. There was no way of sending it into a checking account. (Laughter.) All lies, just like Obamacare was a big lie, remember? You can use your plan. You can use your doctors — 27 times, right? Twenty-seven times. You can use your doctors, use your plan; turned out to be a lie. It’s all a lie. It’s all a big lie. It’s a rigged system and it’s a lie.
And I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. The 400 million (dollars), for those that haven’t been reading the papers over the last two days, turned out to be 1.7 billion (dollars) in cash — cash. And I actually said — they said, oh, that money’s going to be used for terror. I said, no, they don’t need it for terror. They’ve got 150 billion (dollars). That’s in addition to the $150 billion that we’re giving back. I said they don’t need it. This is going into their Swiss accounts and going into their accounts. They’re not going to use it for terror. They have plenty of money for terror.
Think of it — $1.7 billion (dollars) in cash — massive, big vats of cash. You saw them — cartons. I never saw anything like it. I’ve seen a lot of cash. (Laughter.) Hey, never saw anything like this — $1.7 billion (dollars). Can you imagine these guys? Planes get — they stop. Remember, they wouldn’t give back the hostages. They waited there for hours and hours. And Obama kept saying, no, no, this has nothing to do — even the hostages said they kept us waiting for a certain plane to come in, not to take them back, because they were waiting for something. It was this — just another lie.
But can you imagine these people sitting there and they see $1.7 billion (dollars) in cash? Ai, yai, yai. They think we’re stupid. (Laughter.) They think we’re stupid. They won’t be thinking it for long. (Cheers, applause.) Very sad. (Cheers, applause.)
At the same time, ISIS is hunting down and exterminating what it calls the nation of the cross. ISIS is carrying out a genocide against Christians in the Middle East. We cannot let this evil continue — can ‘t let it. (Cheers, applause.) ISIS must be destroyed — have to; have no choice.
To defeat ISIS, we must use military warfare, but also cyber warfare, financial warfare and ideological warfare. It’s a whole different ballgame today than it was 50 years ago and 200 years ago — different world.
We must also establish a bipartisan goal in the United States and an international goal with our allies of defeating radical Islamic terrorism — (cheers, applause) — words that our president won’t use and words that Hillary Clinton won’t use. Just like we won the Cold War by identifying our enemy and building a consensus to guide a long-term strategy, so too must we do the same with Islamic terrorism.
By the way, President Obama has allowed Syrian refugees to pour into our country at unbelievable rates. And Hillary Clinton wants to allow 550 percent more. But it’s almost impossible to get a Christian in from Syria. They take others, but they don’t take Christians — very, very, very rare.
So I said that we need to make safe zones in the region. We want to take care of people. But we absolutely cannot allow this potential tremendous threat to continue, and we have to stop this. This is going to be potentially a catastrophe for our country. It’s from within. This could be the all-time great Trojan horse. This could be it.
You ever notice on the — you look at the migration trail and you see people with cellphones. Cellphones. And some of the cellphones have the ISIS flag printed on them. And some of them have things far worse than that — scenes far worse than that.
So it was the failed policies, you have to remember, of Hillary Clinton and Obama that unleashed ISIS in the first place. If they did the right thing, you wouldn’t be talking about ISIS right now. (Applause.) Now she wants to get rid of — oh, we’re going to get rid of them. You know, she tells them already there will be no boots on the ground. Now, even if you don’t want boots on the ground, you don’t want to say it. Don’t say it! Now they’re saying, oh, I hope she wins. Oh, boy, would they dream of having her as president. Can you — (laughter) — they dream about it every night, having Hillary Clinton. But even if you believe — and I can understand that. No boots on the ground, I can understand. You don’t say it! Let them think they’re going to go through hell. Don’t say it! (Cheers, applause.)
Can you imagine the great General Douglas MacArthur, can you imagine the great General George Patton, or one of our great generals that we have today — General Flynn, who’s here someplace — (cheers, applause) — I love General Flynn — but can you imagine these people saying — I mean, they’re basically giving out the strategy: there will be no boots on the ground. If you don’t want that, I fully understand. Don’t say it! Don’t say it! Could you imagine MacArthur saying we’re going to fight the enemy, and we’re going to move our troops in in about a month, we’re going to hit from behind? (Laughter.) We’re going to hit them from the front, then — and everything they say turns out to be true? You know, I hate to say this because we have a lot of Evangelicals in this room, but maybe we shouldn’t be so honest when it comes to military strategy. Does that make sense? (Laughter, applause.) Hope I didn’t lose your vote for saying that. (Applause.)
Just look at what her policies have left us with in Iraq, Syria and Libya. The problem is Hillary Clinton is trigger-happy. She really is. She’s trigger-happy, and yet she says no boots, which is sort of — probably will be boots, you know. Probably will turn out to be another disaster. He tenure has brought us only war and destruction and death. She’s just too quick to intervene, invade, or to push for regime change with people we don’t even know who they are. And they take over, and they’re far worse. This creates the power vacuums that are filled by terrorist and groups like ISIS.
My administration, on the other hand, will work with any country that is willing to partner with us to defeat ISIS and halt radical Islamic terrorism. And by the way, that includes Russia. If they want to join us on knocking out ISIS, that is just fine as far as I’m concerned. (Cheers, applause.) It’s a very imperfect world, and you can’t always choose your friends. That’s life.
But you can never fail to recognize your enemies. We have some real enemies. Unfortunately for our country, our enemies probably hacked into Hillary Clinton’s emails. These are the same emails she destroyed after receiving a federal subpoena. What’s that? Using software in order to bleach the emails so you can never, ever see them. She even mysteriously lost 13 different phones before the FBI got them, and many were destroyed with a hammer. (Laughter.) Did anybody ever hit a hammer — you know, maybe two or three people, but they were just released from prison, those two people. (Laughter.) Can you believe this? Destroyed them with a hammer — the old-fashioned way, I guess. (Laughter.)
The other night in the Commander in Chief Forum — did anybody see that? (Cheers, applause.) How did I do? (Cheers.) Good. Well, we have a big debate coming up. Who knows what’s going to happen there? But I will say, every poll has me winning big league at the Commander in Chief. (Cheers, applause.) We had — the polls came out after that event and we won big league. Now we have a debate coming up. I don’t imagine any of you going to be watching the debate, right? (Laughter, cheers.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Don’t take her bait. Don’t take her bait.
MR. TRUMP: I won’t; I promise. Hillary Clinton answered questions on her emails horribly. That’s why she lost. That’s why she did so poorly. She was terrible. She was — honestly, I shouldn’t be saying this — she was terrible. (Laughter.) She keeps talking about the emails. Every time she talks about them, she talks about them differently. (Laughter.) It seems each week, true, she has, like, a different answer. But there can be no answer when she deletes 33,000 emails, bleaches them so they can never be recovered — an unheard-of practice — hammers them into total silence. You know what happening. You know what’s happening.
I always say, getting away with that will be the single greatest accomplishment of her career. (Laughter, cheers.) It’s true. It’s true. (Cheers, applause.) So her answers were bad. They were bad. And a lot of people said they were so totally dishonest. And you know, she was blaming Matt Lauer. I thought Matt Lauer did a very good job. I mean, his questions to me were very tough. (Applause.) But the gentleman who stood up and said: Honestly, you should be in prison for what you did — (jeers) — to me, that was the tough one. (Laughter.) That was the tough — hey, that was a tough question. (Laughter.) It was sort of a question in the form of a statement, right? (Laughter.)
Hillary Clinton is unfit to be our president, for many reasons. (Cheers, applause.) True. True. (Cheers, applause.) She’s unfit for many reasons, the biggest of which is her judgement. It’s just so bad. (Laughter.) It’s time to restore honestly and integrity to our government. (Applause.) Have to do it.
And one more issue, finally issue I want to discuss today is the economy, and helping those in need. There is no more charitable group in this country than Christians. (Applause.) And all of us through — and all of us here today are determined to lift suffering Americans out of poverty. Going to do it, with a lot of other people going to help. As you president, I will pursue a complete reform of our economy to bring back millions of new jobs into our country — millions of new jobs. (Cheers, applause.) We’ve lost our jobs like we’re a bunch of babies. They’ve gone to other countries. They’ve gone to Mexico. They’ve gone to many other countries. China’s taking massive advantage of us. It’s all so easy, believe me. It’s all so easy.
That includes, we will be doing massive tax cuts for working families and for businesses. (Cheers, applause.) It includes, very importantly, the elimination of all needless job-killing regulations. (Cheers, applause.) It includes lifting the restrictions on American energy, which is under siege. (Cheers, applause.) I will also renegotiate NAFTA. And if they don’t want to renegotiate it so it becomes a two-way highway, not just a one-way highway out of the United States for our companies and our jobs, we will terminate NAFTA, believe me. (Cheers, applause.) We’ll stand up to China, and we’re going to fight for every last job. It’s going to be America first, and it’s going to be the American worker first. (Cheers, applause.)
Crucially, I will also fight for the American family and American family values. The family must be at the center of any anti-poverty agenda. Has to be. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you.
Our country just lost one of the great champions for the American family, Phyllis Schlafly. Great woman, really great woman. (Applause.) We send our thoughts and prayers to her loved ones. I will be going to her funeral tomorrow in St. Louis. (Cheers, applause.)
Phyllis fought very hard to the very end for a free and prosperous America. She understood that, to be truly united as a country, we can’t simply turn to government or to politicians. The bedrock of our unity is the realization that we are all brothers and sisters created by the same God. Phyllis understood that. (Cheers, applause.) Phyllis understood that.
And by the way, Phyllis endorsed me a long time ago, when it wasn’t necessarily — (cheers) — something that was so easy to do. And she was incredible. She was so brave. She endorsed me, and that was not the thing to do at the time. People said, Trump? She said, he’s going to win, you don’t understand. He knows how to win. He’s going to win. (Applause.) They said, Phyllis, not going to be Trump. And we went boom, boom, boom. But I will tell you, Phyllis endorsed me at a time when it wasn’t necessarily the thing to do, even the popular thing to do, and I will never forget that. That had a huge impact. She was a great, great, powerful woman with a tremendous heart. And I look forward to being with her family tomorrow, because you really — that’s a celebration. She was 92 years old. (Cheers, applause.)
We are all equal, and we all come from the same Creator. If we remember that simple fact, then our future is truly limitless. There is nothing we as Americans can’t do.
There’s a biblical verse that I have often read, and I want to repeat it again because I think it is so important to what we’re trying to achieve right now for our country. It’s from 1 John, Chapter 4: “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us, and His love is made complete in us.”
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Amen.
MR. TRUMP: So true. (Cheers, applause.) So true. (Applause.)
Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people under one God, saluting one flag. (Cheers, applause.) It’s time to stop quibbling over the smallest words and time to start dreaming about the great adventures that lie ahead for our country.
This is my promise to all of you: starting in 2017, we will be one American nation. It’s time to break our ties with the bitter failures of the past and to embrace a new American future. Have to do it. Together, we will make America believe again, we will make America united again, and we will make America great again. Thank you very much, and God bless you. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. (Cheers, applause.)
Below are the remarks that Tom Rose delivered during the Values Voter Summit Breakout Session, “Irreconcilable Differences: Can Anything Bridge the Interests of the United States, Israel and Iran?”
74 years ago this morning German military police occupying Kiev, then the 3rd largest city in the Soviet Union, posted an order issued by the unit commander of Einsatzgruppen Task Force C — It read “Jews of Kiev; You are to appear at the Melnitkova Street entrance to the Jewish cemetery with your possessions, money, valuables and warm clothing by 7:00 AM. Jews failing to appear will be shot.”
Most of the Jews still left in Kiev — more than 100,000 managed to flee — those who were either too old, too sick, or too young to escape the advancing German army — appeared as ordered on a delightfully warm, cloud free late September morning. They were marched 14 miles to a large ravine northwest of town known as “Babi Yar”. There, they were forced to undress, leaving their clothes and possessions in marked piles until completely naked.
At gun point, Nazi guards forced them to run to bottom of the ravine — there, three 12-man SS mobile killing squads were waiting.
It was there — Husbands with wives, brothers with sisters, mothers with daughters and fathers with sons — were forced to lie face down on top of the bodies shot before them, then they too were shot with a single bullet to back of the neck. Ukrainian auxiliaries combed through the pits with heavy shovels looking for survivors to bludgeon. To save bullets, infants and small children were thrown into the giant pit and buried alive together with the others.
Late the following afternoon, the Einstatzgruppen Task Force Commander Freideric Jeckeln reported to headquarters that his two-day “action” resulted in 33,771 Jews having been “successfully evacuated”.
75 years ago, the Jews of Europe faced annihilation — powerless, voiceless and friendless. They knew what was coming — they saw what was coming. Because they had no power, no voice and no friends to speak of, they had no way to alter what was coming.
Today, the Jewish state faces a threat of annihilation no less genocidal than the Jews of Europe faced — ponder this —
Hitler never openly proclaimed his goal of exterminating the Jewish people. Today’s enemy does.
Hitler never openly conducted mass terror attacks against Americans or American interests. Today’s enemy does and has for 35 years.
There were no Death to America rallies in Germany before the war. Today’s enemy holds them weekly.
75 years ago, Hitler was dismissed as the Jews problem, today, Iran is dismissed as Israel’s problem.
75 years ago, Nazi Germany sought to become the sole dominate power, first in Europe and then elsewhere. Today’s enemy seeks identical positions of dominance in the Middle East and Muslim world.
75 years ago, America and Britain defeated Hitler before he could get nuclear weapons — two months ago, those very same two nations, together with others, signed a deal insuring that today’s enemy gets those very weapons.
But that is where the similarities between 1940 and 2015 end:
Unlike 75 years ago, today, the Jewish people are not powerless. Unlike 75 years ago, today’s Jewish people are not voiceless and — as evidenced by this magnificent gathering; today’s Jewish people are not friendless. What does Israel mean to us? Israel means never again will the Jewish people be unable to defend ourselves; never again will be unable to speak for ourselves. Israel means our Jewish voices will be heard, no matter what others might think; no matter what others might say.
Israel means that we Jews are again a people of faith, not fate. That we are choosers, not victims; that together with the Almighty, we will be pursue our own destiny. Israel means never again will the Jewish people be swept or tempest tossed by the winds or whims of circumstance
No — Today’s threat will be met; today’s threat will be faced and today’s threat will be defeated. It will be defeated by a Jewish state confident enough, courageous enough and powerful enough to defend itself by itself.
Israel can not accept a nuclear Iran for the simple reason that if gets nuclear weapons, Iran will use nuclear weapons.
I’m afraid the only option remaining is a military one — and it comes with great peril, and great risk. Those who support the so called “deal” which guarantees the world’s most dangerous weapons to the world’s most dangerous regime have 3 main arguments — all defeatist and passive in substance — you’ve heard them all before — but here they are.
- The Genie’s out of the bottle; “Iran has mastered the fuel cycle”, they say. “There’s no going back”. Perhaps. But knowing how to fly a plane doesn’t mean much if you don’t have a plane. It has taken Iran decades to build its nuclear infrastructure — it does not have the resources nor capacity to rapidly reassemble that capability.
- A military strike will only set Iran back a few years — this point is probably true — but misses the point. In a battle for survival, time is everything. If it appears that Iran is subsequently able to reconstitute its industrial scale nuclear capacity in one, three or five years, they will just have to be hit again in one, three, or five years.
- It’s not possible to denuclearize without war — again, the apologists are probably right — but again, they miss the point. While war of some kind is now almost a certainty, it isn’t because peacefully de-nuclearizing a radical regime is impossible — it is not impossible. It has been done — in the Middle East; not just once — but at least five times since 1981.
- Iraq 1981 Israel took out the Osirak reactor near Baghdad
- Iraq 1991 US forces destroyed Saddam’s rebuilt nuclear program following the first Gulf War.
- Libya 2003 Muamar Gaddafi voluntarily relinquished his surprisingly advanced nuclear program in exchange for recognition and cooperation with the US
- Believe it or not, Iran itself — in 2003 suspended its own weaponization and weapons design programs — albeit not its enrichment activities — after it noticed 150,000 of America’s finest stationed right next door in Iraq.
- Syria 2007 Israel struck and destroyed a secret nuclear reactor built and operated by North Korea against the strong warnings of the United States and President Bush
Many friends of Israel ask, ‘can Israel go it alone?’ Good question. The answer is yes, of course Israel can go it alone, and if forced to, it will go it alone. Israel has two choices, one of which is no choice at all. Israel can either act to prevent a nuclear Iran or be destroyed by a nuclear Iran.
Israel’s only real dilemmas are timing and tactics.
- If Israel can’t destroy Iran’s program outright, it can disable above ground conversion facilities at Isfahan, Natanz and the heavy water reactor at Arak.
While we don’t know with certainty what Iran’s response will be, we do know with certainty there will be a response. A heavy one. Many people will die. Many of us, and many more of them. But Israel will be ready — and so my friends — must we be.
Mark Twain said “all things are mortal but the Jew”. “The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed; made a vast noise, but they too are gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high, but it burned out. The Jew somehow survived them all. All other forces pass, but the Jew remains.”
Today, Israel has a powerful army, a powerful voice and we have you. Good, powerful friends. Never before have the Jewish people had so many good friends. We are used to having enemies. It’s the friends that throw us for a loop. We’ve never had them before. Ever.
I know of no greater friend, no more loyal, reliable, tireless defender and protector of liberty at home and the State of Israel than your very own Gary Bauer. Will you please join with me in thanking this Lion of Judah who has earned the eternal gratitude and a permanent place in the memory of God’s eternal people.
In the spirit of the timeless words spoken to Joshua over 3,000 years ago, “let us be strong and of good courage. Let us fight bravely and May the Lord do what is good in his sight.”
Together we can defeat this peril, secure our future and protect liberty for generations to come.
Below are the remarks that Mona Charen delivered during the Values Voter Summit Breakout Session, “Irreconcilable Differences: Can Anything Bridge the Interests of the United States, Israel and Iran?”
No one in this audience needs to be convinced that we are in a profoundly troubling moment in American history. This is particularly true with respect to foreign policy. This administration’s goal has been to diminish and subdue not the terrorists or tyrants of the world, but the United States of America. It reminds me of Robert Frost’s reflection that “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.”
As someone who wrote a book called “Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First,” I cannot claim to be completely surprised.
The Democratic Party has been weak-minded on defense for decades, but with the Iran capitulation, they’ve achieved a new threshold of cowardice and treachery.
Only a handful of Democrats have resisted the President’s pressure to sign a miserable agreement with Iran, the overwhelming majority have chosen to go over the cliff with a President who never met an enemy he didn’t wish to conciliate or an ally he didn’t seek to betray.
Democrats have long tended toward appeasement of aggressors. Throughout the Cold War, they scared themselves (and everyone else) silly conjuring specters of nuclear holocaust. Then-Senator John Kerry was one of many prominent Democrats who endorsed the “nuclear freeze.” It wasn’t America’s enemies that we should fear, the Democrats argued, but the weapons themselves.
Democrats rejected the insight of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and others that the surest way to prevent war was “peace through strength.” Reagan was regularly accused of courting Armageddon because he described the Soviets accurately (something liberals were too intimidated to do) and because he declined unilaterally to disarm. The dumbfounding reality is that the Democrats have never acknowledged that Reagan’s approach succeeded. Instead, with Iran as our chief enemy now, they hope to replay the Cold War so that this time, we fully surrender.
At least the Soviets made it easy for them, playing up the “peace” angle at every opportunity and investing heavily in organizations with names like the “World Peace Council” and the “International Institute for Peace.” Soviet leaders and propagandists of the 1970s and 1980s spoke silkily of their desire for “peaceful coexistence” with the West even as, behind the scenes, they were engaged in every form of subversion, terror, espionage, and violence.
Iran, by contrast, doesn’t bother to disguise its hatred for our country. There is no disingenuous talk of coexistence. “Death to America” is their motto, and the Supreme Leader (not some mythical “hardliners” in the background) has repeated it with grinning audacity even as his negotiators sat across from John Kerry in Vienna. “Yes, yes, Death to America” he said to cheering crowds as recently as six months ago.
No regime on Earth has been as diligent in executing attacks on Americans since 1979 as Iran. By itself or through proxies, the Islamic Republic took Americans hostage, bombed our embassy and the Marine barracks in Beirut, bombed our embassy in Kuwait, and destroyed the Khobar Towers complex in Saudi Arabia housing U.S. servicemen. Hezbollah’s tentacles extend far beyond the Middle East, with a flourishing branch in the tri-border area (Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil) of South America. During the Iraq War, Iran’s IEDs accounted for up to a quarter of the 4400 casualties we suffered there. Even members of the Obama administration acknowledge that Iran has an ongoing cooperative arrangement with Al Qaeda — though the administration declines to publish the extended evidence discovered at bin Laden’s bunker.
The world’s leading terror state is expanding its hegemony and contributing, through its brutal support of Syria’s Assad, to the horrific refugee crisis now swamping Europe. Even the grotesque Sunni extremist group ISIS owes part of its success to Iran, which has so frightened the Sunnis that some have been willing to support such monsters of their own sect. And the Islamic Republic has threatened, unabashedly and consistently, to annihilate the state of Israel.
This is the regime the Obama Democrats will now enrich, grant international legitimacy to as a nuclear threshold state, and invite to monitor its own nuclear sites. This is beyond naiveté — it is sheer lunacy. The Democratic Party has forfeited any claim to national leadership.
A question has hung in the air since Barack Obama first moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and began his “fundamental transformation” of this country: Did he intend harm or was he merely so blinded by ideology that he could not see the damage his policies were creating? The Iran deal provides an answer.
At his press conference, our duplicitous leader chose to call black white, and claim that the deal does the opposite of what it does – allow Iran to get nuclear weapons, albeit after a decent interval. We are deep into Orwellian territory now. “War is peace. Ignorance is strength.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is crowing that Iran achieved all of its objectives and the U.S. none.
The bombproof facility in the mountain at Fordow — which, until recently, the US had demanded be shuttered and locked — will now have an “international presence” so that attempts to thwart its progress even by sabotage will be effectively blocked. This is permission masquerading as prevention. It’s of a piece with the administration’s pressure on Israel to refrain from military action. When Israel submitted to this pressure, it was rewarded with Obama aides calling Netanyahu a “chicken….” and crowing that his chance to prevent a nuclear Iran by military means had passed.
Permission masquerading as prevention sums up the whole deal. In the beginning of these negotiations, the U.S. had demanded anywhere/anytime inspections, and insisted that sanctions would be lifted only after evidence of Iranian compliance. Now, the inspections regime is a joke: Iran gets 24 days’ notice and sits on the committee that decides if inspections are necessary. The most important sanctions are lifted immediately, handing the world’s chief sponsor of terror a $100 billion windfall. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who was captured on videotape in April saying anytime/anywhere inspections would be required, now denies that the U.S. ever made that a condition.
While the administration claimed it couldn’t negotiate for the release of four Americans held unlawfully in Iranian prisons because that was outside the scope of nuclear negotiations, they did agree to lift the embargo on conventional arms and intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were also outside the compass of nuclear concerns. Why the difference, they were asked. How did the administration spokesman explain it: Because “Iran demanded it.” Well, ok then.
President Obama’s press conference was a spectacle of bad faith. A virtuoso of lip service (see, for example, his supposed sympathy for Israel’s security concerns) and endless conjurer of straw men, he took few questions but silkily implied that he had answered all objections.
Perhaps the most absurd was his attempt to assert that this deal would leave a future president with all of the same options on the table, including the military option that he had. “There is no scenario in which a U.S. president is not in a stronger position 12, 13, 15 years from now, if in fact Iran decided at that point they still wanted to get a nuclear weapon.”
What? That is ludicrous. In the first place, the reason Iran was at the negotiating table at all was because the sanctions regime had so damaged the Iranian economy. Together with other nations, the U.S. was, in effect, forcing the Islamist regime to choose between its desire to become a nuclear weapons state and feed its people. Once the money begins to flow into Tehran after sanctions are removed, that leverage is gone and cannot be recaptured. The so-called snap back sanctions couldn’t do it either, by the way, because all contracts undertaken between now and the mythical date when sanctions would snap back are grandfathered in.
Before Obama came on the scene, Iran was universally acknowledged – including by the United Nations – to be a dangerous rogue state that could never be permitted to have any sort of nuclear program. It’s Obama’s great achievement that with this agreement, Iran is welcomed into the international community as a normal nation. It will be knitted into a system of international business deals that will create strong constituencies in places like Germany, France, the UK, and even here, for interpreting any suspected violations of the agreement in a benign way.
As for the military option, Obama’s deal will make that infinitely harder too.
In 12 to 15 years, Iran will be an immensely wealthier, better-armed, and more powerful country than it is today. It will be, to quote Mr. Obama, “a very successful regional power” and then some. It will have acquired advanced anti-aircraft weapons and ballistic missiles, and doubtless a much-improved air force.
The dishonest core of the president’s pretense is this: that the choice was between war and diplomacy. Every school child knows that diplomacy without the credible threat of force is a nullity. As Frederick the Great said:
“Diplomacy without arms is like music without instruments.”
Besides, Obama knows how to frighten and intimidate when he wants to. See his conduct toward Republicans or Binyamin Netanyahu or the Supreme Court.
There was always a very different path available. He could have increased the sanctions instead of pleading with Congress not to impose them. He could have attacked Syria when it crossed his “red line” rather than folding and thereby conveying his fecklessness to Tehran. He could have refrained from calling everyone in the U.S. who favored a hardline against Iran a “warmonger” — again conveying that Iran had nothing to fear from him. He could have supported the protesters in the streets in 2009 rather than signaling his support for the regime. He could have left the negotiating table many times, but especially after the IAEA reported earlier this year that Iran was in violation of earlier nuclear treaties and had increased its stockpiles of enriched uranium by 20 percent. And yes, if all of the above failed, he could have deployed strategic bombing to destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
But from his first inaugural address onward, Obama both secretly and openly wooed the Iranian regime. In the process, he repeatedly lied to the Congress, our allies, and the American people, settling, to my satisfaction at least, that he is inflicting this potential catastrophe wittingly.
I’d like to end with three quotes.
I was elected to end wars, not start them. – Barack Obama
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. – George Orwell
The final quote I want to share with you is from the late, great Jeane Kirkpatrick, a former Democrat who became a Republican because she loved the United States and opposed all forms of tyranny. It was she who, in 1984, labeled the Democratic Party the “blame America first” party — a pithy shorthand. Jeane Kirkpatrick’s spirit is one I hope we can capture in the next presidential election. When Ronald Reagan appointed her to be US ambassador to the United Nations, she said “We’ve removed the kick me’ sign from our backs.”
We need a president in 2017 who will do the same and then some.
Family Research Council
10th Annual Values Voter Summit
Remarks by Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC),
Republican Candidate for President
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Time: 9:52 p.m. EDT
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Superior Transcriptions LLC
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): Good morning. (Applause.) Good morning. How are you doing?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Good.
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.
A little bit about growing up there. We lived in one room in the back. Neither one of my parents graduated high school. My dad came out of World War II, married my mom, and opened up these businesses. It was my mom, my dad, myself and my sister, who was nine years younger.
The thing about owning your own business — anybody own your own business? You can’t get sick. You got to open up every day. You know, if you don’t open up and go to work, you don’t get paid.
So six days a week — we had Sunday off and we’d go to my grandmother’s house — my mom and dad would get up early and stay late. And it was hard, but it was a good life because I was well-loved. It was one room, literally, that we lived in. We didn’t have running water. We didn’t have a shower. Anybody ever take a bath in a copper tub? Yeah, it works. It works. And boy did I learn it’s not the size of the house, it’s what goes on inside the house. You know, I had something that a lot of people would love to have: unconditional love.
So I learned a lot in that environment. We had one phone, and when people would call the bar and restaurant wanting to know if their loved one was there, I would answer it as a kid. And I remember one time a lady called, said, hey, is Fred there? I said, let me go check. I ran up to the front. Fred said, tell her I’m not here. I went back and I said, Fred said he wasn’t here. (Laughs, laughter.) In about 20 minutes he got drug out by his ear. So I learned a little diplomacy.
But life was pretty good. And we went to Disney World in 1975, the first trip we ever took as a family of consequence. And getting on a plane and going to Florida was like going to the moon for us. It was an incredible experience for us. I never will forget it.
Then we came back and my mom started getting sick — and this is in 1975 — and by June of ‘76 she had passed. Hodgkin’s disease was late diagnosed, and the medical bills pretty much wiped us out because we were underinsured. So everything is fine one day, and months later it’s not so good.
Fifteen months after that, my dad dies, had a stroke in bed. I was at the University of South Carolina, the first in my family to ever go to college, and I got — the aunt came, picked me up and brought me home. My sister found him. And all I can say is that my life turned upside down. If it wasn’t for my family, my friends and my faith, I wouldn’t be standing here today. I’m 22, she was 13.
We moved in with an aunt and uncle who worked in the textile plants that are all now closed. They never made over $25,000 in their life, but they helped me raise my sister. I went back to the University of South Carolina. My sister graduated from College of Charleston. She’s got two kids, one seven and one 22. And her hands are full. (Laughter.) And I’m so proud of her.
But if it weren’t for college loans, she would not have gone to school. And if it wasn’t for a Social Security survivor benefit check coming to my parents — to my sister from my parents’ contribution, we wouldn’t have made it. So, to my Democratic friends, I don’t need a lecture about health care. I know that most people are one car wreck away from needing somebody’s help. Let’s have a health care system that’s sustainable and affordable — more choice, more competition.
To my Democratic friends, I don’t need a lecture about Social Security. I promise you I know why it exists. Does anybody out here own Social Security? (Laughs.) Anybody want to be on Social Security?
So here I am. I’m 60. I’m not married. I don’t have any kids. Thirty-three years in the Air Force, 140 days on the ground as a member of the Reserves in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thirty-five trips to Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade.
What have I learned? I’ve learned that we’re at war with a radical Islamic movement that can’t be compromised with.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yeah, that’s right.
SEN. GRAHAM: They have to be defeated. (Applause.) And I will talk to you about that in a moment.
Did anybody see the vote we have this week on the 20-week pain-capable bill? We got 54 votes, and that almost made no news. It was the first pro-life vote we’ve had in the Senate, really, since 2003.
How many of you worked on the partial-birth abortion ban? All of us. Took 12 years. Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council has done more to highlight this issue than any group. So how about a round of applause for Tony? (Applause.)
What this bill does is very important. We’re one of seven countries that allow abortion on demand at 20 weeks, the fifth month in the pregnancy. Does that make us a better people?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No!
SEN. GRAHAM: I’m trying to get us out of that club. Fifty-four votes, short of what we need but we will eventually get there because we’re not going to quit, are we?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No!
SEN. GRAHAM: And the theory of the case is pretty interesting. At 20 weeks, we’ve had children who have been born who are alive today. Roe v. Wade says the government has a compelling state interest to regulate abortions at the point of medical viability. In 1973 — do you think medicine has advanced since 1973? (Laughter, laughs.) This is a really important debate for the pro-life movement because the theory of the case is not that we’re protecting the unborn because they’re medically viable; we’re protecting the unborn because they feel excruciating pain at 20 weeks.
Medical science tells us that their pain sensors are more developed at that point in time than ours, and they have less defenses to guard against pain. And now medical science tells us that you can’t operate on an unborn child in the fifth month without providing anesthesia. So if you’re a doctor trying to save the baby’s life, because they feel pain you have to give that baby anesthesia. Isn’t it pretty logical to say you shouldn’t abort the baby if they can feel pain? That’s the theory of the case.
Sixty percent of the American people are with us. My goal is to get it up into the 70s and one day have this become law, because I don’t want to live in a country that would allow a baby to have their head crushed, knowing that they can’t be operated on without anesthesia. There’s no anesthesia in the abortion. Think long and hard about who you are and what you want your country to be.
I see that bill becoming law one day. It made it through the House and it made it through the Senate. Do you see Barack Obama signing that bill into law?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
SEN. GRAHAM: Do you see Hillary Clinton signing it into law? (Laughter.)
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
SEN. GRAHAM: Bernie Sanders?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
SEN. GRAHAM: Joe Biden?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
SEN. GRAHAM: Do you see anybody on the Republican side signing it into law?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yeah!
SEN. GRAHAM: How many of you see Planned Parenthood one day being defunded? (Cheers, applause.) Do you see that day occurring when Barack Obama’s president?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes!
SEN. GRAHAM: You do? OK.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes. Against his wishes, yes.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Strong in the Senate.
SEN. GRAHAM: This is good. This is — keep talking. (Laughter.) Or have a good discussion among the family.
I see a day when Planned Parenthood is defunded, and it goes like this: the House defunds Planned Parenthood, the Senate defunds Planned Parenthood, and the president of the United States signs a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. Does that make sense? (Applause.)
Do you think Hillary Clinton would sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
SEN. GRAHAM: If she didn’t, then what would you have to do? Override her veto, right? And you would need how many votes? Sixty-seven.
How about this? How about a day where the White House (is) in the hands of somebody that shares your values? How about that being 2017? (Applause.)
I see us winning in 2017. I see us winning in 2016. You know why I see us winning? Because they’ve been so lousy.
If you want change in foreign policy, do you think it makes sense to pick Barack Obama’s secretary of State? (Laughter, laughs.) Do you think it makes sense to pick his vice president?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
SEN. GRAHAM: Do you think picking Bernie Sanders for any reason makes sense? (Laughs, laughter, applause.) You know what I like about Bernie? His hair. No — (laughter) — what I like about Bernie, he’s true to who he is, right? He’s a socialist. He’s a pacifist. He would cut the military. He would increase taxes and grow the government. But he’s not hiding that from anyone. So, Bernie, thanks for being honest, but it’s just too bad you’re wrong about everything. (Laughter, applause.)
The most important job of the president of the United States is to do what?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Defend the country.
SEN. GRAHAM: Defend the country. How do you get to be commander in chief in America? Elected. You get to pick the commander in chief for the military. Choose wisely. The law professor is not working out too good, is he?
How many of you would fight for your country? (Applause.) How many of you would die for your country? (Applause.) How many of you believe that radical Islam is an enemy of mankind? (Applause.) How many of you believe they would kill everybody in this room if they could? (Applause.) How many of you believe that the Christian community in the Mideast is being slaughtered — (applause) — and our president’s not doing a damn thing about it? (Applause.) Would you go to the Mideast to help your fellow Christians?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yes.
SEN. GRAHAM: Would you go back to the Mideast to make sure that women are not gang-raped? (Applause.) Would you stand by Israel without compromise? (Cheers, applause.) Would you send more American soldiers to Iraq if that’s what it took? (Applause.) Would you allow an American force to go in on the ground in Syria with other people to destroy ISIL in Syria, if that’s what it took? (Applause.) Would you spend more — more money on the military, if that’s what it took? (Applause.)
Would you tell the ayatollah that if he tries to break out and get a bomb, he’ll have a war that he can’t win? (Applause.) Would you want your next president to set this deal aside with Iran and get you a better deal? (Applause, cheers.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: No deal. No deal!
SEN. GRAHAM: No deal?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: No deal with the devil, yeah.
SEN. GRAHAM: How about this? No deal is better than this deal.
How many of you believe that the ayatollah’s a religious fanatic — (applause) — compelled by Islam to destroy the state of Israel?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yes.
SEN. GRAHAM: How many of you believe he’s been trying to build a nuclear weapon, not a power plant? (Applause.) And if you believe he’s been trying to build a power plant, you can’t drive home. (Laughter.)
How many of you believe that we’re at the crossroads in history —
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yes.
SEN. GRAHAM: — that we’re about to give a radical Islamic regime the capability to kill millions of people?
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Then why did you vote for it?
SEN. GRAHAM: All I can say is that I agree with you, and somebody better come up with a plan to fix it all. So you want to hear my plan?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yeah.
SEN. GRAHAM: Rebuild the military. (Applause.) Stop these insane defense cuts. We’re going to have the smallest Army since 1940, the smallest Navy since 1915 if we don’t reverse course. If I get to be commander in chief, the first phone call I’m going to make is to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and ask, what do you need that you don’t have? (Applause.)
If I get to be your president, we’re going to have a 500,000-person Army because we need it. We’re going to have a 350-ship Navy because we have to. We’re going to have a more modern Air Force to create an advantage over our enemies. I am not looking for a fair fight. (Laughter, cheers, applause.)
Do you believe Hillary Clinton would do any of those things?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: No!
SEN. GRAHAM: Do you agree this is an election we can’t afford to lose?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yeah. (Applause.)
SEN. GRAHAM: How did Barack Obama beat us twice? He got more votes than we did.
How do you beat Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden?
AUDIENCE MEMBES: More votes.
SEN. GRAHAM: You get more votes than they do.
How many of you believe that Hillary Clinton’s got more bags to carry than any politician could possibly carry? (Laughter, applause.) How many people believe that our nominee needs to take her on?
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Yeah. (Applause.)
SEN. GRAHAM: The first thing I would ask Hillary Clinton is, your definition of “flat broke” and mine are a bit different. (Laughter.) If after eight years in the White House where your husband was president you think you were “flat broke,” you’ve sort of lost your way. I know flat broke. Do any of you know flat broke?
Where were you on the night of Benghazi? What did you do to help these people? How did you let it become the death trap that it was? And, oh, by the way, why did you tell the family members when the bodies came back we’re going to get the man who made that video? The closest you’ve ever come to being commander in chief was on that night. You failed. (Applause.)
If they win, my bill never becomes law. If they win, Planned Parenthood continues to go forward. If they win, Obamacare becomes concrete. If one of us wins, everything can change. (Applause.)
Let me tell you why I’m running. I’ve never been more worried about an attack on our nation than I am right now. There are more terrorist organizations with safe havens, money, equipment and men to attack us than any time since 9/11. If I get to be president, we’re going after these bastards. We’re going back over there and we’re going to kill as many of them as we can find. (Applause, cheers.)
And we’re going to help young women over there to have a say about their children. We’re going to educate young people. We’re going to give them something to live for, not die for. And we’re going to help armies and police forces so they can defend themselves. We’re going to stay involved, and we’re not going to cut and run. We’re going to see this thing through.
The reason I want to run is I want to talk with the ayatollah. (Laughter.) And he will listen. If you want a nuclear power program for peaceful purposes, you can have it. But you’re not going to have the ability to make a bomb because I think you’re a religious Nazi and you would destroy Israel and come after us. If a man threatens to cut your throat, don’t buy him a knife. (Laughter, applause.)
I would tell the ayatollah you’re not going to get any sanctions relief while I’m president. You’re not going to be able to buy any more weapons until you change your behavior.
What I hate the most about this deal, it enslaves the Iranian people who tried to rise up a few years ago. Our president has been a weak opponent of evil and a poor champion of freedom. (Applause.)
I have a determination to destroy radical Islam, just as Ronald Reagan had a determination to destroy the Evil Empire. I have learned a lot from my 35 visits to the Mideast, my 33 years in the Air Force. I’ve learned one thing: without a strong America, there will always be a dangerous world.
I think I can beat her because I have a background a little bit different. If we can’t beat hear, it’s all talk. God bless you. (Applause, cheers.)
Family Research Council
10th Annual Values Voter Summit
Remarks by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R),
Republican Candidate for President
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Time: 4:08 p.m. EDT
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Superior Transcriptions LLC
LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL (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.)
Folks it is time to fire everybody in D.C. And the reason I’m saying that is, right now, we’ve got a choice between honest socialists on one side and lying conservatives on the other. I mean, the reality is the Left is honest. They’ll tell us what they’re going to do. They’re going to try to expand socialism. It’s the Republicans that lie to us. They say they’re conservative during the campaigns. They don’t govern like it at all.
Here’s my message — here’s what I say in response to Speaker Boehner stepping down. Mitch McConnell, it is now your turn. (Cheers, applause.) If Senator McConnell’s not willing to fight for our conservative principles, he needs to follow John Boehner’s example. The surrender caucus needs to surrender their gavels, turn it in. (Applause.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yeah!
GOV. JINDAL: You know, I’ll be — I’m going to say something that may surprise you. I’m actually angrier with the Republicans than the Democrats. (Cheers, applause.) You’ve got a bunch of Republicans that don’t even do the things they say they were going to do.
Remember what I said. You got honest socialists. You got guys that are — like Bernie Sanders, they’re fighting for socialism. Why won’t our side fight half as hard for freedom and for America? (Applause.)
On issue after issue, all they know how to do is give up. They told us give us the majority, we’ll get rid of Obamacare and amnesty. We gave — we did our work. We voted. We donated money, time. We won the majorities. We still have Obamacare. We still have amnesty.
By the way, I’m the only candidate with a plan to get rid of all of Obamacare — not Obamacare lite, not trying to be cheaper Democrats. Let’s restore freedom to America’s health care system, not socialism. (Cheers, applause.)
We could secure the border in six months if they were serious about it. Let’s be honest, the Democrats don’t want to secure the border. The Republicans, we’re not the party of big government, but we’re becoming the party of big business. Big business interests want open borders. They want amnesty. They want Common Core. It is time to fire these clowns and get them out of the way and secure the border once and for all. (Cheers, applause.)
But they’re no better this year. So now Mitch McConnell, before the fight even starts, says we can’t defund Planned Parenthood. (Boos.) Folks, let me tell you something. If the Republican Party cannot defund Planned Parenthood, if we can’t make protecting innocent human life a winning issue nationally, what good is the Republican Party? It is time to fold up our tents and start a new movement. (Cheers, applause.)
I’ll tell you what we did in Louisiana. We’re not just talking about defunding Planned Parenthood. When that first video came out, we launched an investigation with the FBI. We asked them, the state of Texas. Then the other videos came out. We canceled their Medicaid contract, so they’re getting no taxpayer dollars in the state of Louisiana. (Cheers, applause.)
They didn’t like that. They decided to come protest at my house in Baton Rouge. Now, they’ve got a constitutional right to do that, but we’re Southerners. We like to provide hospitality. (Laughter.) We put big projection screens and cameras out there, and I showed those Planned Parenthood videos over and over and over. (Cheers, applause.)
Just so you know, it acts like insect repellent. You want to keep pests off your front yard? (Laughter.) Well, they didn’t like that.
Now they went to court. The Obama administration has joined them in court. He doesn’t have time to watch the videos; he’s got time to send his lawyers to Baton Rouge. I’ve got a message to President Obama, the Department of Justice: You might as well save your breath. You’re not going to intimidate us. We are going to defend innocent human life in the state of Louisiana. (Cheers, applause.)
Now we’ve got this awful Iran deal. Let’s be honest, the Iranians conned President Obama, President Obama conned the Senate Republicans. He can’t out-negotiate anybody, except for the Congress. (Laughter.) I mean, they passed this awful Corker bill. Instead of a two-thirds vote to approve the bill — the deal, now it takes a two-thirds vote to reject the Iran deal. Every Senate Republican voted for this bad bill, including — except for one, except for Senator Cotton, and thank him for not doing it — including the Senate Republicans running for president.
Now, look, Rubio, Cruz, Graham, Paul, they all voted for this bad bill. Now is the time for the Senate Republicans to stand up. If we’re not willing to use the nuclear option to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power, what good are these Senate Republicans? If we’re not willing to break the Senate rules — (cheers, applause).
Folks, it is time to force term limits down their throats. It’s time to fire these career politicians. It’s time to get some citizen legislators who live under the same rules they pass for the rest of us. It’s time to clean shop in Washington, D.C.(Cheers, applause.)
Now, I want to talk to you directly about this presidential campaign. Now, look, I’ll be honest with you. I don’t have a famous last name. My daddy wasn’t president. I don’t have a reality TV show. This is what I’ve got. I’ve got the backbone. I’ve got the bandwidth. I’ve got the experience to get us through this.
Why is that important? There are 16-odd — or I don’t mean they’re all odd, but there are 16 or so folks running for — well, some of them are odd — (laughter) — running for president on the Republican side, and they all talk a great game. It’s easy to give great speeches with a lot of red-meat applause lines. Here is the problem: We’ve got a great talker in the White House today. Talk’s not enough. We don’t need a great talker, we need a doer. If giving a great speech was enough, we’d be on easy street.
But here’s the reality, every Republican will come up here and tell you they’re going to cut government spending, they’re going to shrink the size of government. Sounds great. But here is the difference: only one candidate has actually done it. We got seven governors, former governors running. Only one has actually cut government spending, and you’re actually looking at him. No other governor’s cut government spending. (Applause.)
We’ve got four senators running for president. They’ve never cut anything in D.C. Now, look, they give great speeches. They fill a bus or they pat themselves on the back. I’m glad they’ve got big bladders. (Laughter.) That doesn’t qualify them to be president. We’ve already got a first-term senator in the White House. We can’t afford four more years of on-the-job training.
This is why it’s so important. The next president’s going to be across the table from an ayatollah or a Putin. We better hope he doesn’t need a teleprompter to get through that meeting. (Applause.)
We’ve cut our government spending in Louisiana 26 percent, 30,000 fewer state bureaucrats than the day I took office, top 10 state for job growth, eight credit upgrades. That’s what we need in D.C. We don’t need to slow the growth of government. Let’s be honest, you either grow government spending or the American economy. It’s either/or. If we don’t shrink the government economy, it is going to swallow us whole.
And I want to say something that may be politically incorrect — well, let me just say this. If you’re looking for somebody to manage the slow decline of this once-great country, go vote for somebody else. If you want to vote for somebody who will say and do the things you’re not supposed to be able to do and say, we’re asking you to join our cause. Because I want to say something that’s politically incorrect, but it’s true: the idea of America is slipping away right in front of us.
Now, what do I mean by that? My parents came here over 40 — almost 45 years ago in search of freedom and opportunity. They were coming for the American Dream, but that same idea of America is slipping away. Too many Americans take it for granted. We can never take it for granted.
What do I mean that it’s slipping away? Eighteen trillion dollars of debt. Planned Parenthood selling baby parts across our country. We’ve got a president who’s declared war on trans fats and a truce with Iran. (Laughter, applause.) We’ve got a president who won’t even say the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” We got a Supreme Court that thinks they’re smarter than God in redefining marriage. We’ve got a Left that’s trying to take God out of the public square. We’ve got the Left trying to change the American Dream into the European nightmare. We celebrate the fact we’ve got more Americans on food stamps than ever before, lower percentage — record-low participation in the workforce. We got an EPA trying to regulate the water in our backyard. We’ve got government creating new entitlement programs; we can’t afford the government we’ve got today.
Folks, the idea of America is slipping away from us. And I’m here to tell you, we don’t have a moment to waste. It’s not about tomorrow or next week or next month — right now and today we’ve got to fight to save the idea of America. Shame on those fools in D.C. that are giving away the idea of America. Shame on us if we let it happen.
I’ll tell you this, as long as I’ve got breath in my body, as long as I’ve got blood in me, I’m going to give everything I’ve got to save the idea of America. The idea of America has created more wealth than any other civilization in the history of the world. It has done more to fight for the defenseless and freedom than any other civilization in the history of the world. (Applause.) We have got a once-in-a-lifetime, once-in-a-generation opportunity to apply our conservative principles to save the idea of America.
Now, that’s why a couple of weeks ago I came to this town, and you may have seen I gave a speech and I criticized Donald Trump. Some of you may have liked it, some of you may not have liked it. But it doesn’t matter, because I’ve got to tell the truth. I mean, what good are we if we don’t tell the truth?
And here’s the truth, I love the idea of Donald Trump, I do. I love an outsider. I love somebody who’s politically incorrect. I love somebody who says the D.C. establishment is full of nonsense. I think that’s great. I thought Donald Trump was entertaining. I thought it was great when he gave our Lindsey Graham’s phone number on national TV, I did. (Laughter, applause.) I thought it was funny when he showed people falling asleep in Jeb Bush’s rallies. (Laughter.) I thought it was pretty good when he gave helicopter rides at the Iowa State Fair. I thought it was fantastic.
But here’s the problem. The idea of Donald Trump is great. The reality of Donald Trump is very different. The reality is he is not a conservative or a liberal or a Democrat or a Republican or an independent. He’s a narcissist. (Laughter, applause.) I mean, he gets criticized — I know that folks are trying to say that he was for socialized medicine or for higher taxes, and that misses the point. He doesn’t care about policy. And we as conservatives have a choice to make. Are we going to turn to our proven principles, our conservative principles? Or are we going to turn to a man who believes in nothing but himself?
I think it’s great that he took Reagan’s statement about making America great again, but he is not interested in that. He’s interested in making Donald Trump great. You know, he said that his favorite book was the Bible, couldn’t name one verse that had an impact on him. Folks, he hasn’t read the Bible. You know he hasn’t read the Bible because his name’s not in the Bible. (Laughter, cheers, applause.) But folks, this isn’t about — this isn’t about Donald Trump. This is about turning to our conservative principles. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save the idea of America. It is time to put him on the elevator, send him downstairs and tell him he’s fired. Tell him the show’s been entertaining, we’ve loved it, but it is time for us to fight for the idea of America.
And before I close, I want to say this. I’m not embarrassed, I’m not ashamed to tell you that I’m a Christian. (Cheers, applause.) I wasn’t born — I wasn’t raised Christian. It took seven long years for me at the age of 16 to give my life to Christ. I accepted Jesus as my personal lord and savior at Chapel on the Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Applause.) Now, why do I tell you that? We need somebody who’s willing to fight for us. Look, Christians are under physical assault all over the world. Our Christian values are under assault right here at home.
Make no mistake about it. The left wants to take God out of the public square. They want to redefine marriage. Right now, if you give away our nation’s classified secrets, you mishandled classified information, you can run for president. You don’t believe in gay marriage, they lock you up in jail. That’s what’s happening in America today. And we’re not just talking about our Christian values in Louisiana. We’ve been rated the most pro-life state six years in a row. (Cheers, applause.) We have fought to get rid of common core.
And we understand this, and I’ll say this slowly so even the left understands this — (laughter) — the United States of America did not create religious liberty. Religious liberty created the United States of America, and it’s why we’re here today. (Cheers, applause.) Folks, I’m not just here to ask you join a silly campaign. I’m here to ask you to join a cause. It is time for us to believe in America again. When I was young, my dad taught me that Americans could do anything. I believed him then, and I believe him now.
I think you believe that in your heart as well, but I think you’ve been frustrated these last seven years. I think you’ve been frustrated. You want to believe in the idea of America, you want to know that our best days are ahead of us, you want to know that we continue to live in an exceptional country built on unique Judeo-Christian values and traditions. You want to know that we continue to live in the greatest country in the history of the world. And I know we do. And I know we can get the idea of America back.
But I also know this: Four more years on this pathway we will not recognize this country. We don’t have a moment to waste. We don’t have an ounce of energy to waste. I’m asking you to believe again. I’m asking you to join our cause. I know I’m willing to give everything I’ve got to save the idea of America. With your help and with God’s grace — we can’t do this alone — but with your help and with God’s grace it is not too late for us to rescue the idea of America. Join our cause. It is time to believe again. Let’s take our country back. God bless y’all and thank y’all very much for fighting for the idea of America. (Cheers, applause.)
Family Research Council
10th Annual Values Voter Summit
Remarks by Dr. Ben Carson
Ben Carson, M.D.,
Republican Candidate for President
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Time: 3:14 p.m. EDT
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Superior Transcriptions LLC
DR. BEN CARSON: 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.)
And there is such a thing as the American way. And you know, we should be proud of it. Have no noticed that there’s no Canadian way. (Laughter.) There’s no French way. There’s no Egyptian way. There’s no other way, except America. Let’s be proud of who we are. You know, we don’t have to — (cheers, applause) — and it’s really one of the reasons that I, for one, am not interested in giving away all of our values and principles so that we can be politically correct. You know, that is a bunch of craziness. (Cheers, applause.)
And you know, some people, when you say things like that, they say you’re bigoted and you’re racist because you don’t want other people to import their way of life, and we should be willing to accept the way that other people do things. Anybody is welcome to come to America as far as I’m concerned, as long as they meet all of our criteria. But they don’t get to change who we are. You know, that is a very important concept. (Cheers, applause.)
And I deeply believe in compassion, in being, you know, kind to other people. And I think, you know, we’re in a very good position in America to be kind to other people. I think about what’s going on in a nation like Cameroon right now, where some major American companies have gone over there and are helping to develop millions of acres of incredibly fertile land and getting record crops. Making a lot of money, I will admit, but also developing the infrastructure of that nation and providing jobs and teaching them the ag business so that they can do that on their own to a much better extent.
And that’s the kind of thing that is a win-win situation. It’s making friends for us. And we’re not borrowing money from China so we can give them billions of dollars in aid. That’s the kind of thing that makes sense. That’s the kind of thing we also should be doing in South and Central America, so that they won’t feel that they need to come here.
And the other thing that we need to be thinking about — (applause) — other thing we need to be thinking about in that regard is sealing our borders because, you know, the fact of the matter is, having gone down there recently and looked at how porous those borders are, anybody could get through there. The fences that they had there would barely slow me down when I was a kid. And there’s no border guards there. The border guards are all 70 miles inland. Why are they called border guards if they’re not on the border? (Cheers.)
And then, you know, when they capture people, ICE tells them to release them. And a lot of those people are not from Honduras and Mexico. They’re form Iraq and Somalia and Russia. And many of them are hardened criminals. And it seems like our federal government is actually fighting against the sheriffs and the people who are down there. And then listening to some of the families, I sat with some of the families and they told me the horror stories about what they had to endure and how frightening it was, and they are some incredibly brave Americans to do that. But we need an administration that will back our people up and not the people who are trying to invade here from someplace else. (Applause, cheers.)
And I’ve already done some interviews today, which you’ll be seeing on television over the next couple days. I just am so tickled with the media. (Laughter.) I mean, these guys, they’re like they just don’t get it, you know?
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Right!
DR. CARSON: And, you know, the interesting thing is the media is the only business in America protected by the United States Constitution. And there was a reason that they were protected. It was because they were supposed to be on the side of the people. They weren’t supposed to pick and choose which side they were on, because that distorts the entire system. And we should hope and pray that one day they come to understand that if the nation goes off the cliff, they’re going off with it. (Applause, cheers.) And maybe they will wake up and begin to understand what’s going on.
I went back and forth with one commentator: But you said that somebody who was of the Islamic faith and a Muslim could not be president of the United States. Well, you know, I said, will you go back and read the whole transcript? I said, before that I said anybody from any faith, from any belief system who comes to America, becomes an American citizen, embraces our American values and principles and is willing to subjugate their beliefs to our Constitution is somebody I have no problem with. But he then comes back and says, yeah, but what about a Muslim, in the context of maybe somebody who didn’t fit in that category. Anybody who doesn’t fit in that category, I don’t care who they are — they can be a Christian — if they don’t fit in that category, I’m not going to advocate that they be president of the United States. It’s as simple as that. (Applause, cheers.)
And by the way — by the way, not advocating that they be president of the United States in no way precludes them from running. The last I checked, we all had the right to decide who we wanted to advocate for. We don’t have to, in any way, say that you must say this or you must say that. You know, political correctness is ruining our country and we need to stand up for what we actually believe. (Applause, cheers.) It’s ridiculous.
And, you know, the big problem — the big problem with the media is they’re always, you know, going off into these tangents because they don’t want to talk about the real issues. You know, we have some serious problems in this country. You know, our fiscal irresponsibility is ruining the future for those who come behind us. And as a pediatric neurosurgeon who spent my entire career working on the welfare of children, I cannot quietly sit by and watch us ruining their future.
You know, we have a national debt of greater than $18 trillion. What a ridiculous amount of money. I mean, a million is a lot. A billion is a thousand million. And a trillion is thousand billion. And we’re talking over 18 trillion (dollars). To pay that back at a rate of $10 million a day, 365 days a year, it would take you over 5,000 years. And that’s what we’re putting on the backs of our young people. But that’s the good news, because it’s actually — (laughter) — it’s actually much worse than that, because the fiscal gap — now, this is something that no politician will talk about —
AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s right.
DR. CARSON: — but I’m not a politician so I’m going to talk about it — (applause, cheers) — because, you know, it’s — you know, what it is — and please look this up when you get home or read about it — it’s the amount of unfunded liabilities that we have as a nation — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, all the departmental programs. You know, there’s 645 different government agencies and subagencies. I mean, it is absolutely absurd. And all that leads to a tremendous amount of money.
So you look at that amount versus the amount of revenue expected to be brought in through taxes and other revenue sources. Those two numbers should be almost identical if, in fact, you are responsible. However, when you’re not, there’s a gap. And you bring that up to today’s dollars and you’re talking a fiscal gap which is over $200 trillion. It is a staggering amount of money.
You know, I mentioned the fiscal gap on my announcement speech in Detroit and the next day the liberal media came out: See, we told you he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. “Fiscal gap.” He doesn’t know anything about economics. Who even knows what that is? He’s just trying to frighten people. And then the next day Forbes came out with an article that says: Seventeen Nobel Laureates in economics and 1,200 professors of economics agree with Carson. (Laughter, applause, cheers.)
Well, you know, that kind of took some of the wind out of their sails. But the fact of the matter is, you know, you look at that amount of money; the only reason that we can sustain that level of debt is because we can print money, which we are doing in a very irresponsible way. You know, we stopped coupling the dollar to the gold standard back in 1971. It’s our good name, faith and credit since that time — which is not all that good, to be honest with you — and it is a house of cards that is ready to collapse. And what are we doing? Continuing to increase that level of debt.
And, in fact, I would say if your representatives — and I don’t care whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, if they continue to vote to increase our debt and to raise our debt ceiling and raise the amount of money that we’re going to spend at the expense of those coming behind us, you need to find out who they are and you need to throw them out of office. That is absolutely imperative. (Applause, cheers.)
Now, I never like to raise a problem without offering a solution, because there actually is a solution to our incredible fiscal problems. We are in possession of the most powerful and dynamic economic engine the world has ever known. It’s just that it cannot function because we have enshrined it with so many regulations. Nothing can work effectively anymore. And that dampens the enthusiasm for people to take risk and to invest capital. And what people don’t know is that every single federal regulation costs us money in terms of goods and services, costs everybody money because it increases the price of everything.
And who gets hit most by that? The middle class and poor people. That’s one of the things that’s driving the income gap. Bernie Sanders would have you believe that it’s because rich people exist, but let me tell you something: You take every dime from the top 1 percent and you will still have a gigantic problem. That is a myth and it is a political sham, and we need to reject that and teach people what the real issues are that are going on in our country. (Applause.)
And then when you look at our national debt of $18-plus trillion dollars, you know, it forces the Fed to keep suppressing the interest rates, because what happens if they allow the interest rates to rise to normal levels? With that level of debt, the debt service on that would be approaching 800 (billion dollars), $900 billion. You know, that’s ridiculous. We can’t do that.
So what we have to do is — and think about what the result of that is, by the way. For years, traditionally, how did people — average people make money in our society? Joe the Butcher, every Friday, put 5 percent of his paycheck in a savings account and he watched it grow over the next three decades so when he retired he had a nice nest egg. He’s not incentivized to do that anymore. That’s problematic.
And, you know, putting money in the bank — bonds, things like that — which allowed the average person to develop some degree of financial security, those things haven’t existed for almost a decade now. And the only place to make money is in the stock market, but in order to do that you have to have a risk tolerance. Who has risk tolerance? Rich people. So, again, a driver of the gap. And we have to stop allowing the left to deceive people into thinking that it is the wealthy people among us who are causing their problems. That’s not who’s causing their problems. It’s the socialists among us who are causing the problem. (Applause, cheers.) And we can — we can solve that problem quite effectively.
You know, the other thing that they don’t want us to focus on is the weakness of our military. You know, it is at, you know, record lows. And, you know, our Navy, our Air Force — and, you know, the commandant of the Marine Corps, in recent congressional testimony, talked about, you know, our non-deployed units and how a state of unreadiness existed, largely because they’re not getting the kind of support — it’s not because of the men and the women. The men and the women in our military service are tremendous people.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes!
DR. CARSON: I sound like Donald Trump — tremendous people, okay — (applause) — but, you know, the — but look at what we’re doing also by weakening our military and not taking care of our veterans. The recruitment of our veterans is down at 14 percent. This is hurting us. The morale is down. And we’ve got 22 to 23 veterans committing suicide every single day. I mean, and that’s the tip of the iceberg, and it shows that we’re not committing our support to them.
And what we need to be doing, as far as I’m concerned, is the day that they enroll they need to be also enrolled in a support system that will take care of them all the way through their military career. (Applause.) And a year — a year before they’re discharged we should have people working on their integration back into society so there is no gap. (Applause.) And they should have a health savings account which is subsidized by the government which allows them to go to any hospital or any clinic. And we should be happy to take care of them — (applause, cheers) — because if they are willing to lay their lives down and their limbs to take care of us, the least we can do is make sure that we take care of them when they come back. (Applause, cheers.)
When we’re talking — when we’re talking about our values — because this is a Values Voter Summit. What are our values? One nation, unity. Let’s stop letting the purveyors of division divide us up. You know, they — and you know what? They don’t even care if you agree with them as long as you shut your mouths and sit down. (Laughter.) I think it’s time for us to stop shutting our mouths and sitting down. (Applause, cheers.)
Also, one nation under God. We have to stop allowing the progressives to drive God out of our land. (Applause, cheers.) You know, we must be willing — we must be willing to stand up for it, because as they drive Him out, look at the direction that we’re going in. It’s a downward spiral. We need to stop it now.
And, you know, it was Thomas Jefferson who said the American people, they would become less vigilant, they would stop paying attention. And as a result, the government would grow and grow and infiltrate every aspect of our lives and it will begin to control and dominate the people. But he said just before we turned into something else the people would wake up and they would once again take control. I say now is the time to wake up and take control. Thank you. (Applause, cheers.)
Family Research Council
10th Annual Values Voter Summit
Remarks by Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R),
Republican Candidate for President
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Time: 2:52 p.m. EDT
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Superior Transcriptions LLC
MIKE HUCKABEE: 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.)
But one of the things that has happened this week because of the Pope’s visit, we have had unleashed on us weapons of mass distraction, because this is a week in which people were only talking about a portion of what the Pope said, rather than talking about the fact that Hillary Clinton conveniently used this week, and all of the news going on, to quietly say that she would not support the Keystone pipeline, which is one more gut-punch to workers in this country and one more gut-punch to consumers in this country. We ought to be working on not just exploring the energy that we have under our feet — hundreds of years of it — but we ought to become the number-one exporter of energy and put Putin, the Iranians and the Saudis out of the energy business. (Cheers, applause.) We ought to be supplying Europe, Africa and Asia with Energy. (Applause.)
Because in doing that, we not only upset the balance of world power and make it where they don’t have the money to move into Crimea, Ukraine and build nuclear devices and fund madrassas to teach terrorists how to fly into buildings, but we start making it possible for Americans to have those energy jobs and not some Saudi prince getting filthy rich off of it. And another thing that happens, we make it so that a lot of Americans get the best pay raise they’ve ever had become some single mom out there who straps a couple of kids into car seats and drops them off at daycare and then has to go to work and go back and pick them up — if we could permanently get the cost of her gasoline from $3 a gallon down to $1 a gallon, we’ve just given her the biggest pay raise she’s ever had. (Cheers, applause.)
And the 84-year old widow living in South Arkansas on a hot August day when 105 degrees won’t have to swelter in the heat, she can turn on her air conditioning and get it down to 72 and enjoy a nice comfortable day in her home because her electric bill will finally be affordable. This is the kind of agenda that America needs to have, but Hillary Clinton has decided to side with people who are into cronyism and into a radical agenda that would bankrupt a lot of poor people in this country.
Now, I know something about the Clintons, because I’ve been fighting them all of my political life, over the past 25 years. (Cheers, applause.) Every election I’ve ever been involved in, they have been involved in. (Laughter.) From the time when I first was elected lieutenant governor, I ran against their hand-picked candidate, who had been former chief legal counsel in Bill Clinton’s governor’s office. All of his money was raised right out of the basement of the White House by White House staffers and longtime Clintonistas.
They were so excited when I won, because that never was supposed to happen. Republicans didn’t win. I was only the fourth elected in 150 years, first in 25 years. When I got to the capital, I was the only elected Republican in the building. And they hated me so much, and this is no joke, I’d get on an elevator and people would get off. They’d refuse to ride an elevator with me. (Laughter.) And that little video that you saw about the door being nailed shut, that’s not an apocryphal story. I went and got sworn in, I went down to open the door, and the door is nailed shut from the inside. John Fund from The Wall Street Journal was flown down from New York to see was it really true, because it sounds a little preposterous, doesn’t it? It sounds figurative.
Well, it was literal. The door was literally nailed shut. And it stayed that way for the first 59 days. That happened because Hillary’s former law partner, Webb Hubbell, called over to the capital and said, let’s make this guy feel welcome. I’m telling you, you’re going to hear a lot of people tell you they’re ready to take on this election. But there is only one person that’s going to be on that debate stage for the Republicans who have consistently challenged the Clintons, defeated the Clinton machine, and lived to tell about it. And that may be the most important of all. (Cheers, applause.)
When I got into office, corruption was rampant. I had the most lopsided legislature in the entire country. I know you may think it was Massachusetts or Oregon or Washington state, perhaps you thought it was New Jersey, New York or maybe Vermont of Maine or California. But it was not. It was Arkansas. More Democrats, fewer Republicans than any other state in the country — 90 percent elected Democrats to 10 percent Republicans, and about half those were kind of suspect, to be honest with you. (Laughter.) But I knew that the political machine of that state had chewed people up and spit them out. And we went to work to stop the corruption.
I opened up a toll-free 800-number and said call if you want to report some fraud, waste or abuse. And I thought we’d get a dozen calls. We had over a thousand. We hired a former FBI agent to sift through what people were giving us, and over the next couple of years over 15 different elected officials were indicted, convicted and many carted off to jail. (Applause.) You can’t fight corruption if you don’t take it out of the body. It is a cancer to our constitutional form of government.
And, folks, I want to tell you something. I want to come to Washington not to be part of it. I want to come here and do here what I did in Arkansas, and that’s go to work at burning down that which is corrupt but building back that which represents our constitutional form of government. And we give it back to the people where our Founders intended it to be. Nothing less than that is a worthy goal for the next president. (Applause, cheers.)
I’m going to tell you something. I’m out on the campaign trail every day and I understand people are angry. In fact, I tell people it’s not just anger out there. That’s not the mood. It is a seething rage.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Yes, it is! (Applause.)
MR. HUCKABEE: This guy worries me. (Laughter, applause.) I’m only kidding. I love you, brother, because I agree with you. I agree with you. (Applause.)
I’m going to tell you something: If you think you’re angry, I’m going to tell you who else is angry. I’m angry! (Applause.) I went to 37 states last year campaigning for Republicans because I thought if we got the majority in the Senate, add to our numbers in the House, we’d have people that would stand up and do something. I thought we’d have people who would come and defend the Constitution and exercise the role of the legislative branch as a check and a balance against the over-reach of the executive. And I’m angry because I wasted a lot of my time last year traveling all over this country to get people elected, and after a few months I realized they’re not doing anything differently in the majority than they did in the minority. And it’s time that we get this country back on track. (Applause, cheers.)
But, ladies and gentlemen, the easiest thing in the world is to take a can of gasoline and a book of matches and burn the whole thing down. (Laughter.) It requires no skill whatsoever — none. A kid who’s 11 years old can do that. But it requires some skill to burn down that which is rotten and to build back that which makes for the kind of government you want to give to the coming generations after us.
I’ve got five grandkids now, five of them. I would love to show you some photos if you had the time. (Laughter.) I only have 3,216 on my iPhone, but — (laughter). People ask me every day — they ask my wife the same thing: Why are you guys doing this? And the answer is always the same because, as my dad used to tell me, son, if you tell the truth you don’t have to remember what you said; you just tell it the same way the next time. (Applause, cheers.)
So here’s the truth: I’ve been blessed to live in this country. I’m grateful to God that I was born by His grace in the United States of America. And this country has been awfully good to me and I’ve been able to do things that my parents and grandparents never could conceive. The fact is I grew up, like probably some of you, dirt-poor. And my dad never finished high school. His dad didn’t. And his dad before him didn’t. I’m the first in my male ever to do — first male in my family ever to do that, much less going to college. I’ve lived the American dream. I didn’t just read about it.
But I also know this: that unless we make some significant, serious changes in the way we govern this nation, then I’ll be walking my grandkids through the charred remains of a once-great republic called the United States of America and say, here you go, kids, $20 trillion of debt, a country that no longer follows its own Constitution —
AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s right.
MR. HUCKABEE: — a government in which people are so committed to their own nest-feathering, but the fact is the bottom 90 percent of America’s workers have had stagnant wages for 40 consecutive years.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s right.
MR. HUCKABEE: Most American workers in this country have been punched in the gut by the economic policies that have happened, whether it’s Democrat or Republican, because it’s all about making sure that those in the Washington-to-Wall Street axis of power get their cut, whether you get one or not. (Applause, cheers.) I say it’s time to quit taking a punch in the gut and give this government a kick in the butt. That’s what we need to do in America now. (Applause, cheers.)
I hear people say we’ve got to have a fighter. I agree. But, folks, you’ve never seen what a fight is until you’ve had to fight the Clinton machine every single day of your political life, not only to get to office but, once there, to have to fight it every day because you inherit 100 percent of people in your 323 boards, agencies and commissions that have all been there as loyalists to the Clintons. When, every election, both Bill and Hillary Clinton fly in on Air Force One, get off and campaign for your opponent, that will bless you. (Laughter.)
I understand what a fight is, but I understand that a fight means that you fight to win, not just fight to fight. I’ve never had a Washington, D.C. address ever in my life, never lived here. I’ve never had a paycheck from this town. People say, we want an outsider. Well, you can have one — (laugher) — because I’ve never lived here, I’ve never worked here, I’ve never had a paycheck here, but I do understand that simply making a speech is not leadership.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s right.
MR. HUCKABEE: Simply proposing a piece of legislation is not leadership. I could say, I’m going to introduce a bill, I’m going to propose a constitutional amendment. Well, let me tell you something: Unless you bring it to the point where it gets signed and implemented, it’s nothing but talk. Leadership means you get the job done. We must begin to get the job done. I’ve heard enough speeches in America. I want some real leadership to change America. (Applause, cheers.)
Now, I know one of the biggest battles going on in this city right now, and it’s a worthy battle and an important one: Defund Planned Parenthood. (Applause, cheers.) But when I hear people act as if, if we could just defund Planned Parenthood, man, we could break our arms patting ourselves on the back for being such heroes of the life movement.
I’m going to just remind you of something. For 42 years we have lived under the notion that it is a human right and privilege to take the lives of an unborn child. Here’s what I’d like to propose: that we do something far bolder than simply cut out the funding for one agency that provides abortions, because as important as that is, it doesn’t end the nightmare, the scourge.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: No.
MR. HUCKABEE: It does not end this horrible, uncivilized, savage behavior. It just moves it over to let someone else do it. And it’s why I’ve said that, as president of the United States, I will raise this question: Is the unborn child a person or is it just a blob of tissue? And I believe with all my heart the answer to that question we all know. It is a person. None of your daughters and daughters-in-law — (applause, cheers). None of your daughters and daughters-in-law called you up and said: Congratulations. Guess what? I’m going to have a blob of tissue. (Laughter.) They called and said: I’m going to have a baby.
Now, I saw the 4D pictures of my grandkids, something that didn’t even exist when my wife and I had our three. We’ve been married 41 years. Those things weren’t possible. And so here’s the fact: I’m tired of hearing us say, oh, maybe one day we can get a constitutional amendment; maybe we can get the courts to overthrow Roe Wade. I’ve got a better idea. Since it is a human being, we already have the constitutional protection. (Applause.) It’s called the Fifth Amendment, that says that there will be due process before you deprive a person of life or liberty. As president, we will invoke the Fifth and 14th Amendment. We will protect human life. (Applause, cheers.)
And let it be known — and I know that I’m held in contempt and ridiculed for it, but I’ve read the Constitution, something I think a lot of Ivy League lawyers never did, and here’s — this much I know: The courts cannot make a law. And I want you to know, and I serve notice today, that as president of the United States I will keep the oath and will not surrender the entire executive branch over to the judicial or the legislative, because I believe there are three branches of government equal — (applause, cheers) — and therefore the checks and balances to each other. And Kim Davis and people like her will never, ever go to jail one minute if I’m president of the United States. (Applause, cheers.)
Ladies and gentlemen, if you want someone who just wants to burn it all down, I’m sure there are plenty of people who can get their can of gasoline and a book of matches and they’ll be able to do it. You want somebody who just will introduce some bills and make some speeches? Well, we’ve had a president for eight years, made a bunch of great speeches. (Laughter.)
But if you want someone who, from day one, understands what the job of being the chief executive is and is prepared to do it and has had experience in fighting the corruption, in fact the very corruption that we’re most likely to face in this election, then I offer to you an option. And I hope with all my heart you give me the opportunity to serve this country, to serve you, because one day I want to walk with my grandkids not through the charred remains of a once great country. I want to walk into the best this country has ever been and say, it took a lot of hard work but we are leaving it in better shape than we found it. (Applause.)
God bless you. Thank you. Thank you very much. God bless. (Applause, cheers.)
Family Research Council
10th Annual Values Voter Summit
Remarks by Former Senator Rick Santorum
Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA),
Republican Candidate for President
Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Time: 11:12 a.m. EDT
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Superior Transcriptions LLC
RICK SANTORUM: 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.)
We just had someone step down today who, in my opinion, changed a bit and it’s probably time for him to have stepped down to start a new chapter here in Washington, D.C.(Cheers, applause.) I come here every year and I talk to you to thank you, to thank you for standing up and bringing to this city the issues that are at the core of the problems in this country. America is never going to be a great country if we’re a country that kills our children in the womb, ever. (Applause.) We are never going to be blessed by God if we’re a country that kills our children in the womb. We are never going to be a great country if we allow for the destruction of the American family that’s what’s happened over the past 50 years. And thank you for coming here and for standing for truth, standing for what you know is right and best for this country.
You know, we have a lot of candidates for president who will come up here on stage. And they’ll rile you up and talk to you about all the things that they’re going to do. But here’s the best way to determine whether you can trust the person who’s coming before you. Look at their record. Look at what they’ve accomplished. Look at what they’ve fought for. Look at what they have paid a price for. I came to Washington, D.C., and I’ll have to be honest with you, I wasn’t a pro — I was pro-life — but I wasn’t’ a pro-life warrior. It was only in a situation that’s similar to what’s happening here with Planned Parenthood, when we were made aware of this issue called partial-birth abortion, this horrific procedure.
I know about this procedure. I was on CNN the other day and we were talking about — I was talking with Chris Cuomo, not always a fun, necessarily, thing to do. And we were talking about the Planned Parenthood videos, and I said: Not only should we defund Planned Parenthood, we should be prosecuting Planned Parenthood. (Cheers, applause.) And he got very upset with me. Said, what do you mean? He said, what laws have they broken? I said, well, the procedures that we saw described in these videos I know very well, because they were partial-birth abortions. And he says, well, OK, but, you know, how do you know that that’s against the law? I said, because I wrote the law. I know that it’s against the law. (Cheers, applause.)
We have been fighting these battles, I have been standing in the forefront for year after year after year fighting the battles on life. And we see right now that we have people in Congress, we have people even in the leadership of our party who, when given the opportunity to raise up an issue and focus America’s attention on the horror of abortion, they retreat and refuse to fight. They think they can’t win the battle, so they give up before it’s even fought. Ladies and gentleman, there are a lot of people going to come up here and ask you for your support, and they’re going to tell you that they’re with you. Here’s what I would say, have you been disappointed enough by people who promise you things and don’t deliver? Have you seen folks that you thought were with you, and then you realize when it got tough they weren’t willing to get into the trenches and fight?
And here’s what I would say. You know one person in this race who is always willing to fight for live, always willing to fight for the family. Every major piece of pro-life legislation that’s passed in the last 20 years I was the author of and I led the fight on the floor of the Senate. And I didn’t come from a safe state — (applause) — I didn’t come from a safe state where you can easily vote that way, much less lead that way. Well, a lot of people come up here and tell you they’re for marriage, but you know what? Ten of the 14 Republican candidates have said this: Oh, well, it’s the law of the land. It’s time to move on. Really? We have a United States Supreme Court that, according to several of the justice on that court in the dissent, acted unconstitutionally. (Cheers.) Oh, it’s time to move on when the court acts unconstitutionally?
We have a United States Supreme Court who has directly assaulted the First Amendment of our Constitution. And 10 of the 14 candidates say, oh, it’s time to move on. We have a United States Supreme Court that says marriage has nothing to do with children — (laughter) — that marriage is about adults. And 10 out of the 14 Republican candidates say it’s time to move on. If you’re not willing to fight for the Constitution, for the First Amendment, and for the American family, why are you running for president as a Republican? (Cheers, applause.)
Tell you a little story. Four years ago I was in one of these meetings with all these big donors in New York. And they had gone through all the Republican candidates, I was the last one that they had. And I sat down with them and they were interviewing me like they had all the other Republican candidates. And they asked me a question on abortion. I answered it. They asked a second question on abortion. I answered it. Then they asked a third question on abortion. I said, wait a minute. I said, you’ve had all the other Republican candidates up here. I said, why are you asking me — I mean — excuse me — have you asked any of the other candidates about abortion? Silence. And one of them said, no. I said, well, wait a minute. They all have the same positions I do. They all say they’re pro-life. I said, but you asked not any of them one question, you’ve asked me three? I said, why are you asking me questions and not them? And the answer was, because we know you mean it. (Cheers, applause.)
You want a fighter you can trust, then go with a fighter you trusted, who was there. On marriage — I hear a lot of people talk about marriage now. I said, four of the Republicans have said they’re going to fight for marriage. But when I was in the United States Senate, I stepped out on the issue of marriage way before anybody else, even before they started to approve gay marriages in the courts. I criticized the Supreme Court. I said we needed to pass a federal marriage amendment. Republicans and Democrats alike said — called me all sorts of names. You’re just trying to pick on these people. We don’t need to deal with this. There’s no issue here. There’s no problem here. I said, we’ll have gay marriage within 10 years. I said this 11 years ago and I was wrong. I missed by a year. (Laughter.)
But we drafted an amendment to the Constitution and I forced a vote on the floor of the United States Senate. And let me tell you, in the rooms outside of the view of the public, I was getting beaten up. Why are you forcing us to vote on this thing? We’re going to look like haters and bigots. So all these folks who come here, some of them today who stood here and talked about how they’re for you, behind closed doors were kicking my — well, you know. (Laughter.) We forced that vote. And guess what? It’s the only vote that’s ever been taken. When I left, so did the effort to make marriage between one man and one woman in the Congress. You want someone who’s going to fight for you? Look at their track record. Look what they fought for. Look what they lost over. And look how successful they are. (Applause.)
You want someone you can trust, like you could trust Ronald Reagan in 1980 that when he came into office he was going to stand up against the evil of communism and defeat them? Then look at their record. The greatest threat to a country today overseas is a threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Ten years ago — you know, I have a lot of people come up here and say, we need to name the enemy. We need to go after who the enemy is. I encourage you to go back and look at a speech I gave 10 year ago at the National Press Club, in which I said: We need to identify the enemy and call them who they are. And I didn’t just give speeches. Iran — we put nuclear sanctions on Iran 12 years ago. I authored that bill that put the nuclear sanctions on Iran. (Cheers, applause.)
And for 12 years, I’ve been talking here in this country, on the floor of the Senate, across this country afterwards, talking about the threat of not just radical Islam but, in the case of Iran, what I apocalyptic Islam — Islam that is about bringing about the end of the world, because that’s what they believe. How many times does America have to pay the lesson of not listening to what desperates say they want to do and not believing them? We have a regime in Iran that says they want to bring about the end of the world to bring about their return of their savior, called the Mahdi. And we just gave them the opportunity to have a nuclear weapon. That, ladies and gentlemen, is suicidal. And that, ladies and gentlemen, will not happen if you elect me president of the United States. (Cheers, applause.)
Day one — day one — I know all these people say, oh, you can’t tear this up and you can’t do this. Let me tell you what you can do. When the president of the United States doesn’t have the guts to bring a deal to the Congress for ratification it’s his deal, not our deal, and it won’t be our deal when I become president of the United States. (Applause.)
I will tell the Iranians simply this — and they know I mean it. I wrote an op-ed last year about this negotiation, and the Iranian government responded to it. They know who I am. Last year — excuse me — in April of this year, I was in ISIS Magazine. (Laughter.) It was the centerfold. (Laughter.) It was a nice picture, nicer than I usually get in most of the mainstream media around you; tells you how far gone they are. And next to it was a quote underneath the headline in the words of our enemies was my picture and my quote defining — describing who they were. I know who they are and they know who I am. No other presidential candidate has been in ISIS Magazine. (Laughter, cheers, applause.)
We can’t risk any misperception. When the next president raises his hand, our enemies have to know who they’re dealing with and our friends have to know who they’re dealing with. I will stand with Israel. I will stand with our allies. And I will defeat radical Islam. (Cheers, applause.)
Ladies and gentlemen, if we’re going to win this election we have to take actually some of the words of what Pope Francis was talking about yesterday. He was talking about the poor, the workers, the people who are being left behind in society. All of the things he talks about is all focused on the idea that there’s an unequal distribution. There’s environmentalism that is — environmental waste that’s hurting the poor.
And here in America we see the middle of America hollowing out. I announced from a factory floor in western Pennsylvania. The reason I did was because I know who the Republican Party is. I know who the conservative movement is in this country. They’re not Wall Street. They’re not people who live in the big homes in the Hamptons. They don’t vote for us anymore. Who votes for us are people who love this country, who want an opportunity to rise, who believe in faith and family and opportunity, and are looking for a party. They’re looking for a movement who cares and talks about them.
And ladies and gentlemen, let’s just be honest. We haven’t done a very good job of that. And as a result, if you look at the last election, millions of Americans who didn’t want to vote for Barack Obama just stayed home in Pennsylvania and Ohio and Michigan and all the states where, if we want to win this presidency, we’ve got to. We’ve got to attract those votes.
That’s why I announced from a factory floor and said that I would pledge to make America the number one manufacturer in the world again. You want to solve global warming? Get all those jobs from China that pollute unlimitedly. Bring them back to America, where we have cleaner energy and clean things, and we will create jobs and reduce global climate. (Cheers, applause.)
And another way that we need to put this framework of being strong for American workers is on immigration. When you think of the word immigration, most people, when you hear the word immigration, you think, oh, well, I think of that illegal person, and what are we going to do about them? Why? Because many Republicans and all Democrats have decided that’s how we should frame this debate. The debate should be framed about what we’re going to do about illegal immigrants in this country instead of what every other policy debate in America is framed around. You finish this sentence. Every policy we pass in America should be in the best interest of —
MR. SANTORUM: There you go. But not immigration. Immigration is about the people who broke the law, not the people who are obeying the law. Why do we let them do this, ladies and gentlemen? Why do we even have our candidates up here let them do this? A majority of the people in this race, ladies and gentlemen, are not good on the issue of immigration. Oh, they’ll talk about how tough they’re going to be; secure the border. Look, let’s just — let’s just do a given. Everybody’s for securing the border. But that’s not it. That’s a start. But as long as you continue to have the magnets here, the border is only part of your problem. And the magnet is, number one, the belief that there’s going to be amnesty.
Now, you have a lot of people get up here and talk about how tough they are. But they actually support amnesty. The speaker who was just here before me running for president, he’ll tell you how tough he is. But when he was in the Senate — he’s in the Senate — he offered an amendment to allow people to stay in this country indefinitely. Now, for me that’s amnesty. (Scattered applause.)
We have to have a policy that says that we are going to make sure that everyone who broke the law in this country is, in an orderly fashion, returned to their country of origin and have to come in like everybody else in this country — legally. (Applause.)
And for those who say it can’t be done, half of the illegal immigrants in this country are here on visa overstays. We know who they are. We know where they are. All we have to do is what we aren’t doing right now, which is tell them to go home and return to their country of origin. (Applause.)
But it’s not just illegal immigration. The place which is really harming the American worker — 90 percent, 70 to 90 percent of the workers who come to this country, both legally and illegally, are wage earners. That’s why you see the angst in America about this issue of immigration. That’s why it’s caught on so much. Why? Because people realize that when you bring in 35 million people over the last 20 years, more than any other 20-year period in American history, and the vast majority of them are wage earners, fairly low-skilled, that it’s going to have an impact on American wage earners.
And that’s why they’re frustrated. And they don’t see either political party talking about them. And it’s not just illegal. It’s both legal and illegal. We’re bringing in more legal immigrants in this country than ever in the history of our country, over a million a year.
There’s only one candidate in this race who suggested that we eliminate a couple of worker — a couple of immigration categories and reduce the number of immigrations by 25 percent. Focus on making sure that we create a better opportunity for working men and women to get good-paying wages. Why? Because in the last 20-year period of time wages have gone up less than a nickel an hour per year.
American workers know. American workers know that the policies of this country, the immigration policies, are hurting. And no one has talked about it yet. Almost every single person in this race is for more legal immigration. Some want to double it, including the senators who spoke here this morning. Some want to take some categories and increase them by 500 percent, like some of the senators who spoke here this morning.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are big differences. You have to make a decision here, and it’s a tough one. Who are you going to support? Who are you going to trust? Who has the right vision to be able to capture the voters that we need in order to win?
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SEN. SANTORUM: And if you like the policies that I just laid out, then that’s who you might want to vote for. But if you want policies that are going to go after working men and women in this country who want someone to stand for them against Wall Street, against the big employers who want cheaper labor in this country, then you’ve got one choice. And it’s not a bad choice. It’s a choice you can trust on the issues you care about at a time when we need strong leadership to put this country back on the right track.
Thank you all very much, and God bless you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you.