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Donald Trump’s Remarks at VVS 2015

by FRCA Media Office

September 25, 2015

Family Research Council

10th Annual Values Voter Summit

Remarks by Donald Trump


Donald Trump,

Republican Candidate for President

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Time: 12:01 p.m. EDT

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

Transcript By

Superior Transcriptions LLC


(Cheers, applause.)

DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much. I see these beautiful teleprompters. Believe me, I’m not using them. (Laughter.) You know I said if you run for president you should not be allowed to use teleprompters. Get these things out of here. (Laughter.)

I was watching Hillary making a speech and it was outside. And they were dead, dark, big. They weren’t even like this. These are clears. I can almost see right through them, but — which really is disturbing. Is that disturbing to the audience, wouldn’t you think? But hers, because it was outside, were black, and they were twice the size. I said what kind of a speech is that? That’s not a speech.

Most importantly, I brought my Bible. (Cheers, applause.) Okay? And, you know, it’s First Presbyterian Church, Jamaica. And this was written by my mother with my name, with — it was a long time ago — with my name, with my address, with everything. In case I lost it, somebody would return it.

You know, in the old days, if you lost something, they returned it; today a little bit less so. But I saw this and I said I have to bring it and just show it, because it brings back so many memories.

It’s really an honor to be here. And, you know, David is a fantastic guy. He’s done an amazing job. And we had some big news today with Boehner. (Cheers, applause.) And, you know, I’ve been saying for a long time — and I was just telling, actually, David, who said, by the way, I’m not a politician and I’m not politically correct. And I think that’s a great thing. (Cheers, applause.)

I just am so tired. I’m so tired of the political — I love this guy over here. Thank you. I’m so tired of the time and the effort of all of this. We don’t have time. We have a country that’s in such danger and such trouble. To be politically correct, every word is measured. And I can do it. I went to great schools. I went to an Ivy League school. So easy to do it. But who wants to do it? We have to get to business. I mean, we have to just get back to business.

But we’re going to have a very interesting period of time. And maybe it starts today, because Speaker Boehner — you know, some people like him on a personal basis. Do people like him on a personal basis? Anybody? (Laughter.) You know, we want to see — we want to see the job being done properly. We want to see — we want people that are going to get it done.

And I don’t understand. They get elected. They’re full of vim and vigor. They’re going to change things. They’re going to get rid of “Obamacare.” They’re going to do all of these things. They come down to these magnificent vaulted ceilings that you see all over Washington. And what happens? They become different people.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s right.

MR. TRUMP: They become different people. They come out and they don’t do it. And I will say, you know, for the groups that want to take what they say is a harsh tone, I wrote “The Art of the Deal.” And I will tell you, “The Art of the Deal,” if they would have read it, some of — and I’m talking about the Republicans. We know where the Democrats are coming from. But we are so disappointed in the Republican establishment, because if they stuck together — in all fairness, you have a certain group of 10 percent, 12 percent of Republicans that are out there fighting, fighting. But when the other side, which is Obama and the Democrats, when they hear that they’re not going to win and they have no support, there’s no way — from “The Art of the Deal,” there’s no way that they can possibly win, that the Republicans can win.

So they’re out there. They’re left hanging so many different times. If they actually were unified, if they were brought together and unified — and you said four very important things that you’re going to take very, very strong, harsh measures — you’re going to win, because nobody’s going to — in 50 years from now, in 100 years from now, in two years from now, and even next month, nobody’s going to be talking about the speaker. Nobody’s going to be talking about any of the — they’re going to be saying let’s say something very important. The government shut down. They’re blaming the president, folks. They’re blaming the president.

And, you know, it’s sort of interesting. When you hear the Democrats, they’re very, very good — very, very good. They go, oh, we want the government to shut down. We want it to shut down. That would be so great if it shut down. It would be so wonderful if it shut down. And the Republicans say, oh, they want it to shut down. Oh, that would be bad. We’re playing right into their hands.

These people are babies. Do you remember when they said they want to impeach — do you remember — no, they’re babies. They’re babies. (Applause.) Do you remember when they said they wanted to impeach — a small group wanted to impeach Obama? Right? Remember? And then the Democrats said, no, no, we want him to be impeached. We want him to be impeached. Please impeach him. It would be so good for him. It will make him look so good. And he’ll get all of his points out. It’ll be wonderful. Do you really think they want him to be impeached? So the Republicans come back. I was just telling the folks backstage, the Republicans come back. Oh, we don’t want to do that because he wants to be. Who wants to be impeached? (Laughter.) Oh, it’s so sad.

I mean, you know, like, you have this clown, Marco Rubio. I’ve been so nice to him. (Chorus of boos.) I’ve been so nice. I’ve been so nice. And then — no, but he’s in favor of immigration, and he has been. He has been. It was the gang of eight. And you remember the gang of eight. It was terrible. (Scattered applause.) And then he went down in the polls. And you have to stay. You know what? If you believe in something, you have to be true to yourself. You have to be. You have to be.

But it was the gang of eight and it was really, really — you talk about weak on immigration; nobody weaker. And all of a sudden he goes down in the polls and all of a sudden he starts changing his tone. But you never really change your tone. You remember that.

And also, when you’re elected senator, you have to go and vote. It’s so important. You can’t say I can’t vote. And he’s got the worst record. And he hit me. And I said why is he doing that? And sometimes the Republicans do it more than anybody because they want to sort of catch on. They want to get into the publicity cycle. And all you’re doing is hurting yourselves. I mean, it’s a bad thing. All you’re doing is hurting yourselves.

Now, we have so many people that can be and should be attacked. We have a president that is extremely bad for everything that the folks in this room stand for — I mean, extremely bad. (Cheers, applause.)

You know, freedom of religion — so important. We just don’t see it. You know, you take a look at a thing like the Iran deal. We talk freedom of religion, look at the Iran — how long is this whole thing going to last when we have incompetent people — grossly incompetent people negotiating these vital deals like that deal where 24 days and all — I don’t have to go over all of the many problems with the deal. Even Israel — Israel is in such trouble with this deal.

And you know in that deal probably it says — and nobody even understands what says, which is a problem — (laughter) — but probably if Israel ever attacked Iran, we’re supposed to come to their defense. Do we know that? Nobody’s able to tell us what is going on with respect to that. If Israel has to — because at some point something might happen. The deal is horrible. The deal is horrible, from any standpoint. And we have to do something. And I can say it’s going to have to be renegotiated.

You know, I’ve made a living of buying bad — I love bad deals, because you buy them cheap, do you understand that? (Laughter.) You buy them cheap. (Applause.) I love horrible contracts. I love buying — I bought them from friends of mine. I buy a horrible, horrible contract. The poor guy is dying with it. He’s getting killed. I buy it cheap. I then go and fight like hell and make it a great contract. Sometimes you chapter it, some — you do lots of different things, whatever you have to do. And you make it a great contract.

That contract, that agreement has to be changed. We have no choice, because if it isn’t you’re going to have nuclear proliferation — it’s already happening. You’re going to have potentially the destruction of Israel. It has to be changed. One of the things in that contract that I cannot believe, we’re giving them $150 billion dollars. Right? (Laughter, applause.) No, we’re giving them $150 billion dollars of which they’re going to use, and already are using — they’re ordering missiles from Russia. They’re doing things that probably and definitely we can’t allow them to do. But they’re doing it.

We cannot allow the incompetence that we’ve had going on in this country. We just can’t — we have to use our greatest negotiations. We have to use our smartest people. We use political hacks — they’re all political hacks. They’re negotiating deals that they should — they have no right doing it. Take a look at another thing — one thing — and, look, nuclear’s so important, but you have four prisoners. One of them’s over there because he’s a Christian. He’s over in jail because he’s a Christian.

Now, at the beginning of the negotiation — by the way, it used to be three at the beginning, now it’s four. But you say very simply before you start, fellas — and by the way I have to say, to the women, it’s all fellas over there. They haven’t figured out that women are smarter than men. They haven’t figured this out yet. (Laughter, applause.) A little detail. They’ll figure. It’ll take another 150 years, but they’ll figure it. (Laughter.) You say, fellas, you got to give us back our prisoners. You got to do it. You got to do it. No, you got to do it. (Cheers, applause.) You got to give us back our prisoners.

Now, they went to Kerry who is — you know, broke his leg playing — this guy’s in a bicycle race, can you believe it? (Laughter.) He’s in a bicycle race. He’s got the hat. He’s got the emblem. I said, what’s he doing? He as actually in a race. It wasn’t just like let’s get a little exercise. Breaks his leg. This is our negotiator, all right? So he walks in — (laughter) — he walks in with crutches. And they say, what the hell is with this guy? Is he crazy? (Laughter.) We have to very simply — as an example, that example. You walk in at the beginning, not the end — not the end. You say, fellas, before we start, you have four prisoners. You don’t want them. We do. It would send a great signal to the American people. It’ll make the deal much easier. You’ll make another deal. It’ll make it much easier.

You got to give us back. If they say no, you take a walk because you know you’re not going to get anything. You take a walk. (Cheers, applause.) You take a walk. And I guarantee you — I guarantee you, as sure as you’re sitting there, that within a short period of time they call back, you have your prisoners — you have them. But here’s the worst, it isn’t even — and you need the right messenger. If I’m the messenger, you get those prisoners back. I tell you what — I tell you what — (cheers) — I’ll make this statement. If I get elected president, before I ever get to office, I guarantee you they will be back — I guarantee 100 percent. (Cheers, applause.) A hundred — that’s a hundred percent.

But you need the right messenger. And in the case of the prisoners, they never even asked. Can you believe it? They said, both Obama and Kerry said we didn’t want to complicate the negotiations. (Jeers.) No, no, I mean, this was really a statement. We don’t want to complicate. So it’s time. I’m a business man. I made a tremendous amount of money — a tremendous amount. It’s ridiculous. I mean, I don’t even believe it myself. You want to know the truth? I don’t even believe it. (Applause.) I’m self-funding — I don’t want to have the lobbyists and the special interests put money into my campaign. (Cheers, applause.)

I’m turning down — by the way, I’m turning down millions of dollars. I’ve turned down millions and millions of dollars. I actually feel foolish because it’s so anti-me. It’ so, like, it’s not me. (Laughter, applause.) But I turn down millions and millions. And yet — you know, I was in Iowa two weeks ago. And I had a great audience. We had a — we’ve had just such great people and great crowds. And I said to the people, do you mind if I take millions of dollars? I promise you I won’t do anything for the people giving me the money? Do you mind? And they all stood up and they said no, no, no. It was really important. I didn’t know it was going to be that important.

Anyway, I think self-funding’s great. I’m the only one that’s self-funding. Everyone else — believe me, whether it’s Bush, who by the way, along with Rubio — but whether it’s Bush or anybody in favor of common core. I mean, I think of it. Now, you talk from a Christian standpoint. You want local school representation. (Cheers, applause.) You want local. (Cheers, applause.) Common Core is a disaster.

But you people that really are tough and smart. You look at another thing, trade. That’s what I’m — oh, I’m going to do so good. I always say I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. That I tell you. That I tell you. (Cheers, applause.) You know, people say — and actually, CNN did a poll and I come out so high on that, on the economy. And by the way, like much, much higher, not even close. I come out the highest by far on that. And leadership, I come out high on leadership. And I come out high on really other categories.

Then I say, if I’m so high in all these categories, why do we even have to have an election, right? (Laughter.) Why? Why? (Laughter.)

But a woman stood up — because I didn’t sue — you know, the one thing I was a little weak on, people were not sure I was a nice person. And I am. I am. (Laughter.) I am. I am, I’m a giving person. (Applause.) I believe in God. I believe in the Bible. I’m a Christian. I’m — you know, I have a lot of reasons. I love — I love people. But the woman stood up. She said, Mr. Trump, I’m a big fan of yours and I’m going to vote for you, but I don’t know if you’re nice enough to get elected. I said, I really think I’m a nice person, but let me tell you something: I really think this is going to be an election based on competence.


MR. TRUMP: We need now competence. And we have to have something. We — we need help.

We owe China $1.5 trillion. Think of it. They suck our money out, they take our jobs, they do everything, and we owe them money. How does that work? Not so good. (Laughter.) No, we owe them. Supposed to be the other way around, right?

Japan. We owe them the exact same amount, $1.5 trillion. They sell us cars, biggest boats you’ve ever seen coming into the harbors. You’ve never seen boats — I’ve never seen ships like this. They’re loaded, loaded with cars. So they send millions of cars over here. We sell them beef — beef. They don’t want it. Half the time they send it back. They want to send it back. The farmers over there don’t want it. So we take it back. That’s not good beef by the time you get it back. I said the other day — (laughter) — no, no, I say it’s aged; now they call it Kobe beef and we sell it for more money, you know, it’s one of the — (laughter).

But — but you look at the imbalance, the U.S. trade — I mean, look at — look at the U.S. trade. China, almost $400 billion a year we lose. Japan, $75 billion a year.

Mexico — they all say the fence. First of all, we are going to build a wall, and it’s going to be a real wall, OK? (Cheers, applause.) If people like it or don’t, we’re going to build a wall. (Applause.) And it’s going to have a big, beautiful door, and people are coming to come into the country, but they’re going to come in legally. They’re going to come into the country legally. (Cheers, applause.) And when people graduate number one in their class from Harvard and Yale, we don’t send them out. And they want to stay in the country.

You know, there was a case the other day I read about where somebody — a great student at a great school — couldn’t stay. From India, couldn’t stay in the country, no matter what. And they forced him out. And he founded a company a few years ago in India — 5,000 employees, one of the most successful companies, an unbelievable job. We could have had him here, and we force them out. Silicon Valley needs people. We all need people. But we force these incredible people that have been in our system for years — we force them out. They graduate, boom, get out.

So we’ve got to be smart. We’ve got to be tough.

We can’t allow our veterans to be treated the way they’re treated. They’re treated horribly. (Cheers, applause.) They’re treated horribly.

And our military? If I win, we’re going to make our military so big, so strong, so powerful nobody will ever mess with us, folks. We are really in serious trouble. You have — (cheers, applause) — you have Putin the other day, not so long ago, saying, you know, they better be careful, we have nuclear missiles. I’ve never heard — you know, coming from Russia. But you have North Korea, you have so many other places.

I brought up recently, you know, during the debate — anybody watch the debate, by any chance?

AUDIENCE: Yeah! (Applause.)

MR. TRUMP: How did I do? How did I do? (Cheers, applause.) Right? I won every single poll, and yet these media people, oh, Donald Trump didn’t — I won every poll. I won Drudge. I love Drudge. I love Drudge. (Laughter, applause.) But I won Drudge. I won Time magazine. I won every single poll — Slate, places I never even heard of. I won every poll. (Laughter.)

Then I turn on the television and even — I think the Fox poll had me at second, and they — they wouldn’t say it. They wouldn’t tell. They wouldn’t say I was in second. Other polls, they said I did great.

Then I’m listening to some of the pundits. I won’t use their name, because actually some of them are getting better, you know, as I get higher and higher. We’re doing great. In fact, with Evangelicals in Iowa — just came out — I’m number one at 29 (percent), substantially ahead of anyone else. I’m happy about that. (Cheers, applause.) You know why? That’s the reason. (Laughter.) That’s the reason. (Laughter, applause.)

But — but we have to be careful, as Christians. The progressives are pushing — the progressives are pushing to an extent that, if we’re not careful, we’re going to have some big problems, and even bigger than we have right now.

Look, we need people that can support us. We need people that are strong and smart and can back us. The word “Christmas” — I love Christmas. I love Christmas. You go to stores now, you don’t see the word “Christmas.” It says “Happy Holidays” all over. I say, where’s Christmas? I tell my wife: don’t go to those stores. I want to see Christmas. No, I want to see Christmas. (Cheers, applause.) And you know, other people can have their holidays, no. But Christmas is Christmas. I want to see “Merry Christmas.”

Remember the expression “Merry Christmas”? You don’t see it anymore. You’re going to see it if I get elected, I can tell you right now. I can tell you right now. (Cheers, applause.)

So I just want to thank you for the — it’s been an amazing group of people. You’ve been amazing. And to have such a fantastic room. But I just want to thank everybody. You know, I got into this and everyone said, there’s no way he’ll ever do it, he’s got this wonderful company, he’s got — I do. I have a wonderful life.

But I see what’s happening. I see what’s happening with the country. I see so many things going wrong, so many things that are caused really by incompetence, that can be straightened out. We can straighten it out fairly quickly. I will tell you if we don’t stop it now, however, it’s going to be — at some point it’s going to be too late. You’re not going to be able to turn it. You’re not going to be able to turn it.

But I got in and they said, you know, he’ll never do it. So I did it. They all said, oh, he did it. Then they’ll say, he’ll never file, like, form A, which is basically a single page where you’re signing your life away. I signed it. I signed form A. They said, oh, I don’t believe it. Then they said he’ll never put in his financials because maybe he’s not as big financially as everybody thinks. I put in my — almost a hundred pages, like the biggest ever filed by far, by far — (laughter) — and I had it ahead of — but you know, they said, oh, he’ll ask for all the extensions. And you had some of the politicians asking for extensions and they were one page. (Laughter.) I put it in ahead of schedule, and it turned out the company was much bigger than anybody thought, much stronger. It was — it’s an amazing company, right? So they said, this guy might be running.

Then I go with the polls, and the polls go up just like the Evangelicals in Iowa. The polls — I start, bing, bing, bing, bing. And every single two or three weeks, when the polls come out, they said, well, now he’s reached his cap. I started at 6 (percent). It went to 9 (percent). It went to 12 (percent). It was like a rocket ship, right? You’ve seen it. I mean, I’m not telling you anything. (Laughter.) And — and it went to 20 (percent) and it went to 22 (percent). Then it went — and then the other day, in a Fox poll, it went up 2 (percent). And I’m killing everybody. And they say, other people are surging, Trump is staying still. But I’m up! I went up. I didn’t stay still. I went up 2 points, right, a big two points. (Laughter.) And I had another one where I’m 33 (percent) — 33 (percent) — and the next one I think was like 12 (percent) or 15 (percent), and they don’t want to report it. They don’t put the poll out. I said, why aren’t you putting the poll out? Well, we don’t like that poll. This is a great poll. (Laughter.) It’s a great poll. (Laughter.) And they wouldn’t put it out.

So, you know, I get angry at these things, because you know what I like? I like fairness. Somebody said, do you have thin skin? I don’t. If I’m wrong about something, I don’t mind, the media can do whatever they want. But I have thin skin when I’m right about something when I know they’re doing a number on all of us, because when I ran — and the reason I ran is because I want to make this country great again. And we’re going to do it. (Cheers, applause.) We’re going to do it. (Cheers, applause.) And we’re going to do it a lot faster and a lot better than anybody thinks is possible. (Applause.)

And I just want to thank everybody. You’re special people and I love you all. (Applause.) And this is the key. Thank you all. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you very much, everybody. (Cheers, applause.)


Sen. Marco Rubio’s Remarks at VVS 2015

by FRCA Media Office

September 25, 2015

Family Research Council

10th Annual Values Voter Summit

Remarks by Senator Marco Rubio


Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL),

Republican Candidate for President

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Time: 9:47 a.m. EDT

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

Transcript By

Superior Transcriptions LLC


(Cheers, applause.)

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO (R-FL): Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you.

Well, thank you for having me. There’s four bottles of water here. Isn’t that a bit much? (Laughter.)

(Chuckles.) Thank you.

I’m really honored to be with you. Thank you very much. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be with you here today and exciting times for us in terms of the future of our country. We face extraordinary challenges but also some real opportunities, and that’s what I wanted to talk about today. In fact, I wanted to announce a couple of policy initiatives today I haven’t discussed before, so I actually put it in writing, and the good news is I finally was able to retrieve them from my email system. (Laughter.) The bad — (chuckles) — so that’s the good news.

Anyway, thank you so much. I’m really honored to be here with you today, with all of you who are motivated to participate in the public square because of our values. And this is important, because we’ve always had this debate about, well, what role should faith play in your life, and what role should faith play in politics? That’s a silly debate. For starters, our country was founded on a spiritual principle, on the idea that every human being has rights that are given to you by God, not — not by your government, not by the king. It was a revolutionary idea. (Cheers, applause.)

And second, as a Christian, I am taught from the earliest days of my life that I’m supposed to model Jesus Christ, God made man, and that means I’m supposed to care for the less fortunate. That’s supposed to mean that I’m supposed to try to be humble, that there’s strength in weakness, that the meek shall inherit the earth —


SEN. RUBIO: — that my job is to care in love for my fellow man because there’s been a person who God didn’t love. And so people better hope that my faith influences the way we govern — (cheers, laughter) — because these are important values. And unfortunately, they’re eroding in our country.

And I’m honored to be able to run for president. It’s an extraordinary opportunity and one that I’m grateful for the blessing to be able to do.

It’s been over five months now since we started this campaign, and you know, at virtually every event that we do, I’ll meet someone or I’ll see something that reminds me of my parents, even here today, for my — my father worked a banquet bartender in rooms just like this, and he did that job well into his 70s.

Many of you probably know this by now, but both my parents were born on the island of Cuba to poor families. And they were born into a society like most, if not almost every place outside of America, where their future largely depended on what their parents did.

My mother was one of seven sisters who was born to a father who, because he was disabled by polio as a child, he struggled his whole life to find and keep jobs that allowed him to provide for his children. My father actually had it even tougher. His mother died when he was only nine. And the day after her funeral, at nine years of age, he had to go work in the streets of Havana with his father. He had to leave school. He would never go back to school, and he would work for the next 70 years of his life.

After my parents were married in Cuba, they wanted something better for themselves and their own children. And so in 1956 they came to America, to the one place on earth where people like them could have a chance. And their early years in America were not easy either. But you know that in time they found good jobs. My father worked, as I said, as a bartender. And my mother had all kinds of jobs. She was a cashier. She was a maid. She was a stock clerk at K-Mart.

They earned enough money to buy a home and raise a family and retire with security. And even though their jobs often required them to leave home before dawn and come back after bedtime, they were able to be there in the most important moments of their children’s lives, to provide for our needs and to teach us the values that we needed to be successful.

When I tell that story, I’m often reminded by people that I don’t come from privilege. And the truth is if by privilege they mean wealth and power, that’s true. I didn’t inherit any money from my parents. But I nonetheless believe that I actually do come from extraordinary privilege, because I’m the citizen — I’m a citizen of the single greatest nation in all of human history — (cheers, applause) — a nation founded on the fundamental belief that every person has a God-given right to go as far as their talent and their work will take them; a nation founded — a nation who says to us that even the son of a bartender and a maid could have the same dreams and the same opportunities as someone who is born into wealth and into power.

But I was also privileged because I was raised with something that’s become increasingly rare. I was raised in a stable home by a mother and a father, a man and a woman who were married — (cheers, applause) — who loved each other, who loved their children, who were an active presence in our life, and who raised me and us to believe that if we lived with the right values and with the faith in an almighty God, there was nothing that we could not accomplish.

Today that American dream that my family achieved is slipping out of reach for far too many. Our economy has fundamentally transformed since my parents’ time. In fact, it’s very different than the one I grew up in. Rapid advances in technology have replaced old jobs with new ones, and globalization has forced us into competition with dozens of other nations for jobs and innovation.

And yet while our economy is transforming, our government policies are not. We have unfortunately a political class in this country that refuses to toss out its old and outdated ways of thinking when it comes to our economy, the way of thinking that says we need guardians in government to protect us from ourselves, that to help someone climb up the economic ladder, we have to pull someone else down, and that government, not the family, is the most important institution in society.

Our outdated leaders fail to recognize the changes that it will take to seize the promise of this new economy. And as a result, that promise is passing us by. Today businesses are dying faster than they are forming. The cost of everyday life is soaring while wages remain the same. And too many parents feel as if the longer and harder they work, the further they and their children are falling behind.

I want to be clear about something. Even with our many challenges, America is still the best-equipped nation on the planet to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of this new century. Ask yourself this: Is there any country on earth you would rather be? Is there any country you would trade places with? Or here’s another way to think about it: When was the last time that you read about a boatload of American refugees arriving on the shores of another country? (Laughter.)

So America is still special. But recent years have proven that our exceptionalism is not self-sustaining, that we didn’t become special by accident and we aren’t going to stay that way without effort. We’re not going to stay that way by looking to the same leaders and the same ideas that have led us to this point.

I believe what the American people are looking for at this moment in our history is clear. They are looking for leaders who understand the changes that have occurred in our economy, who understand the unique challenges that are facing our families in this century, who will come here to this society and fight the status quo that is holding us back, and in its place offer clear alternatives for the future.

Now, the political class sees this sentiment and they try to make sense of it all. But they can’t, because never before, certainly in my lifetime, has the political class of our country, or the mainstream media that covers them, for that matter, been more out of touch with the American people than they are right now. (Cheers, applause.)

Look at the deal with Iran. Look at the deal with Iran, which is basically just a series of concessions to an enemy of the United States. The American people realize how bad the deal is. They oppose it by an overwhelming two-to-one margin. And yet Washington still can’t and won’t stop it. And the issues like this are numerous. They’re so big. They’re so consequential. These issues are so generational that people cannot help but ask, how can it be, how can it be that we sent a Republican majority to Congress and yet they’re still not able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction? (Cheers, applause.)

And we’ll see how things progress. Just a few minutes ago Speaker Boehner announced that he will be resigning. (Cheers, applause.) And with all due respect to people that serve in government — it is important at this moment with respect to him and the service that he’s provided to our country — it’s not about him or anybody else. And I’m not here today to bash anyone. But the time has come to turn the page. The time has come to turn the page and allow a new generation of leadership in this country. (Cheers, applause.)

And that extends to the White House and the presidency as well. (Cheers, applause.) And that’s why — that’s why, after just four and a half years in the Senate, I decided that I would run for president, because I realized that none of the problems I got elected to solve are going to be solved if we keep promoting the same people to higher and higher ranks within our government.

Here’s the simple truth. Here’s the simple truth. To set a new precedent in Washington, we need a new president in Washington. (Cheers, applause.) We need — we need a president who understands that this economic transformation we’ve undergone is a perfect chance to embrace and reinvigorate the free-enterprise economy, not to abandon it; a president who will fight Washington’s special interests in both parties, not be coopted by them; who will take clear and even unpopular positions to confront the greatest threats to our nation.

And most of all, what we need is a president who, on their first day in office, will put the left hand on the Bible and their right hand in the air and promise to uphold the entire Constitution, including the right of religious liberty — (cheers, applause) — to uphold the entire Constitution, including the right to religious liberty, including the right to bear arms, and including the right to the God-given and inalienable right to life. (Cheers, applause.)

Sadly, it’s been almost eight years since we had a president like that. But if I have the opportunity to serve in the highest office in the land, I promise you that I will live by that creed and I will live by that pledge, because when I’m president I will empower our people rather than our government. And I will do that by recognizing that you cannot have a strong people without strong families. (Cheers, applause.)

The truth is — the truth is that what happens in our house, in your house, what happens in my house, is, more often than not, just as important for the future of our country, if not more so, than what happens in the White House. But too often, too often, especially in recent years, Washington has tried to compete with the family rather than support it. In fact, it’s tried to redefine family. It’s persecuted and now even prosecuted those who do not agree with the new direction that those seek to take us. It has punished marriage, the foundation of family life, by taxing married couples more than singles. It has made it harder for parents to keep what they earn and it has challenged the values and supplanted the faith organizations that have provided the centuries of empowerment to our people.

I have a plan to reform our government in a way that empowers families to thrive in the modern economy. And a major component of this will be reforms to family leave policy that I’d like to introduce for the first time here today. Now, I said a moment ago that one of the reasons why I’m so privileged is that I was born to two parents who were married and who were able to be constant — a constant presence in our lives. This was an extraordinary and enormous advantage for me growing up.

And that’s why now, as a parent, I struggle with the demands of public life — the public life that I’ve chosen. It pains me every time that I have to miss a volleyball game or a football game or a field trip, even though I know that I’m doing this for them. And this struggle is not unique to me. It’s a problem that almost every parent in America faces today. And the reason this hurts is because we know the greatest gift parents can give their children is the time spend together, the values that only parents can teach, the love only parents can provide, the encouragement only parents can offer.

And it cannot come via text or cellphone calls sometimes, at least not complete. It has to come through time spent together. And that’s why one of the greatest threats to family today is that there are too many Americans who have to choose between being there for their children in times of great need or meeting the basic financial needs of their family. And like so many fundamental problems, this one can be traced back in part to the outdated policies from Washington, D.C.

Our current law mandates that employees offer 12 weeks of unpaid leave to workers with certain family or medical issues, like a newborn child in need of care, an elderly parent with declining health or a personal health crisis. But this has proven insufficient because taking unpaid leave is simply not a viable financial option for many American. Now, most of our current leaders, including Hillary Clinton, stick to this outdated way of thinking. They say that the only way to solve this problem is the way they think we can solve every problem — raise taxes, grow government, and place crippling requirements on private companies.

I don’t need to tell anyone here why that wouldn’t work. It’s the same reason Obamacare hasn’t worked. Our policies should help workers, not cost them their jobs. And I believe we can fix this problem by creatively applying our free enterprise principles in a way that encourages businesses to choose to offer more family paid leave. To do this, we should provide a limited 25 percent, non-refundable tax credit to any business that offers between four and 12 weeks of paid leave. For instance, if you’re offered $1,600 in paid leave for four weeks while you take care of your newborn child, which would be the equivalent of about $10 an hour, your employer could claim a tax credit of $400.

This won’t solve every scheduling conflict between work and family life. No policy can do that. But it will help ensure that our people don’t have to sit behind a desk while the most profound moments of their lives pass them by. And it will — and it will help our businesses expand and create new jobs by allowing them to keep more of their money rather than send it to be wasted here in Washington.

Conservatives, by the way, are already fighting hard on this issue. Senator Deb Fischer has been a leader on family leave reform. And I’m glad to join her in her efforts as one way to address the problem. Now, currently — unfortunately, our current president prefers not to sign legislation that’s common sense. So these efforts will likely be something that we will need to take up if, God willing, I’m president. Doing so will be a step toward reclaiming the American dream in this century, but it will only be one step.

Of course, people cannot be concerned about family leave if they don’t have a good paying job to take leave from. So we need our next president to recognize an important fact that no one in Washington today seems to understand. Politicians don’t create jobs. The American people create jobs. (Applause.) We need a president and we need leaders at every level of government who stop placing our people’s faith in our government and start placing our government’s faith in our people. So one way we’ll know we’ve — that I’ve done the right things as president, is that by the end of my term we won’t be talking that much about Washington. We’ll be too busy discussing the extraordinary achievements of everyday Americans.

By the year 2020, this is what I hope we will be able to say: That we made our business tax code globally competitive, that we repealed and replaced Obamacare, that we — (cheers, applause) — that we placed a cap on regulations and that we made our country the best place in the world to create jobs, and that as a result our people are creating thousands of businesses, millions of new high-paying jobs, and their innovations are once again driving the progress of the world.

In the year 2020, we want to be able to say that we reformed our higher education system, we made it more affordable and more accessible to every American. And as a result, our people are earning degrees that empower them to move from jobs that pay $10 an hour to jobs that pay $70,000 a year, that millions are beginning to emerge from the shadow of student loan debt, and that high schoolers are graduating with certifications to immediately enter good-paying careers.

In the year 2020, I want to be able to say that we’ve secured our borders first, that we’ve reformed our legal immigration system — (cheers, applause) — so that people come to this country based on what they can contributed to our economy, on the basis of whether they want to become an American, not simply live in American, not whether they have a family member living here. And that we’ve done what we needed to do to save social security and Medicare without having to make any changes for people currently on it. And that as a result of these changes, our people are growing our economy at a historic rate, our deficits are finally beginning to dwindle, and the national debt is being brought under control so that it no longer is threatening to take away everything that makes our country so special.

In the year 2020, I want to be able to say that we have defended religious liberty. (Cheers, applause.) That we have supported — that we have worked to our heart to support the right of our people not just to hold traditional views, but to exercise them, to express them. (Cheers, applause.) That we’ve reformed the tax code to encourage marriage rather than punishing it. (Cheers, applause.) And that we made it easier for parents to afford the cost of raising their children, and that as a result our families have found financial security, that they’re raising strong children with strong values, and that they’re instilling in their kids all the hope in the future of America that our parents instilled in us.

That’s what I want to be able to talk about in 2020, the accomplishments of our people, not of Washington. But there’s one more important point that needs to be made, one that transcends policy and politics altogether. No candidate for president can claim to stand on the side of our people if they do not believe that every person has a right to exist. (Cheers, applause.) And that’s why the issue of right to live is more than political or policy related.

It is not a political issue. It is a human rights issue. It is a definitional issue about what kind of country we want to be. In a world where life is increasingly not valued, where people are summarily discarded, America must stand for the belief that all life is worthy of protection because all life comes from God. (Cheers, applause.) And so by the year 2020, I hope we will be able to say that abortions after 20 weeks are illegal, that no taxpayer money is used to fund abortions here or abroad, and that Planned Parenthood doesn’t receive a penny from the federal government. (Cheers, applause.)

So let me just close — my time is up — and so let me just close by saying this: For many of us, for me, for most of you who that were born and raised in this country, it’s sometimes easy — sometimes easy to forget how special America is, because this is all we’ve ever known. But I had one more blessing. I was raised by people who knew how special America was because they knew what it was like to lose a country, because they knew what life was like outside this country, because they understood how different America was from the rest of the world.

My parents, my grandfather, they taught me by word and by deed that what makes America great is not that we have more rich people than anybody else — every country has rich people. What makes America great is that the dreams that are impossible everywhere else are possible here. And why is that? Well, it’s because of the choices that the people before us made.

Almost every other country in the world chose to have a government run their economy. In those countries, people who can influence the government, they’re the ones who keep winning, and everybody else stays the same. The employee never becomes the employer. The small business can never compete with a big business. And no matter how hard your parents work or how many sacrifices they made, if you weren’t born into the right family in those countries, there is only so far you can go.

But the Americans before us chose something very different. They chose individual liberty. They chose limited government that exists to protect our rights, not to decide them or to grant them. And yet, there are still people in American politics, sadly in both parties, who cling to the belief that America is better off adopting the economic policies of the countries that people come here to get away from. (Laughter.)

Now, look, they — this is a free society. People have a right to believe whatever they want. But I don’t have that option. You see, I’m just a generation removed from a very different life. My parents came here with virtually nothing — no knowledge of English at the time, no money, no friends. The only thing they had was the strong determination to provide their children all the opportunities they themselves never had. And in America they were never rich or wealthy or influential, but their hard work opened doors for their children that had closed for them. Everything that I’ve accomplished — everything I will ever accomplish — I owe to God, to my parents’ sacrifices, and to the United States of America. (Cheers, applause.)

For me — for me, my parents’ story is the essence of the American Dream. It’s a story that’s rare in the world, but so common here. Because the truth is, it’s all our stories. Here in this nation, we are all but a generation or two removed from someone who made our future the purpose of their lives. And so now it is our turn.

This election is a generational choice about what kind of country, what kind of America we are going to leave for our children, and what kind of country we will be in the 21st century. The final verdict on our generation is going to be written by Americans who have not yet been born. Let us make sure that they write that we made the right choice — that in the early years of this century, faced with troubling and uncertain times, there were those who believed that the great American story had run its course, but we did not agree. Fear did not lead us to abandon our liberty. We fought for and held onto those things that made us exceptional. And because we did, there was still one place on Earth where the individual was more important than the state. There was still one place on Earth where where you come from does not determine how far you get to go. Because we made the right choice, because we did, we didn’t just restore the American Dream, we expanded it and extended it to reach more families and more people than ever before. And because we did, for at least one generation more the American miracle lived on.

So thank you for the chance to speak to you today. God bless all of you. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you very much. (Cheers, applause.)


Sen. Ted Cruz’s Remarks at VVS 2015

by FRCA Media Office

September 25, 2015

Family Research Council

10th Annual Values Voter Summit

Remarks by Senator Ted Cruz


Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX),

Republican Candidate for President

Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Time: 10:37 a.m. EDT

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015

Transcript By

Superior Transcriptions LLC


(Cheers, applause.)

SENATOR TED CRUZ (R-TX): Wow! (Cheers, applause.) God bless the Value Voters Summit. (Cheers, applause.)

So I’ve got to ask, what are these things? (Laughter.) Is Barack Obama coming? (Laughter.)

Let me say thank you to my friend, Jim Bridenstine. What an incredible, powerful, fighting conservative. (Applause.)

You know, there’s an ancient Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. These are interesting times.

Yesterday Pope Francis was in Washington. Wonderful to welcome him here. I have to say, the press conference was a little awkward, because every time the reporters addressed a question to your holiness, Barack Obama answered. (Laughter.)

Well, and then today the president of China, President Xi, is in town. Media all across the world are reporting on this historic meeting of the world’s most powerful communist and the president of China. (Laughter, cheers, applause.)

How many of you all have watched the Republican debates? (Cheers, applause.) How fantastic is it that we have such an array of young, charismatic, talented, principled leaders stepping forward to lead this party and to lead this country? (Cheers, applause.)

And what a contrast — (laughter) — with the Democrats. (Laughter.) You know, I’m pretty sure the first Democratic debate is going to consist of Hillary Clinton and the Chipotle clerk. (Laughter, applause.) And you know, it is amazing to watch the Democrats as they keep moving their debates. First it was going to be August, then it was September, then it was October. They may just move it to 2017. (Laughter, applause.) You know, in a few months we may see the first presidential debate held at Leavenworth. (Laughter, cheers, applause.) You know, if they can put — project a rainbow on the White House, maybe they can put bars on the windows. (Cheers, applause.) And I’ll tell you, they did actually plan — you know, this is not widely known — but they had planned to have an earlier Democratic debate. The problem was the debate invitation was emailed to Hillary. (Laughter, applause.)

I am so honored to be back with so many friends today. (Cheers, applause.) I want to say, my friend Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council, does incredible work in this country. (Cheers, applause.) You want to talk about a strong, principled, conservative who scares the living daylights out of Washington. But I have to tell you, Tony doesn’t scare Washington nearly as much as the men and women gathered in this ballroom do. (Applause.) You want to know how much each of you terrify Washington? Yesterday, John Boehner was speaker of the House. (Cheers, applause.) Y’all come to town, and somehow that changes. (Cheers, applause.) My own request is can you come more often? (Cheers, applause.) Tony, we need to schedule these weekly — once a week. (Cheers, applause.)

Listen, every one of us — we know that our country’s in crisis. We know that this is not a typical time in politics. We’re bankrupting our kids and grandkids. Our Constitutional rights are under assault each and every day from Washington. And America has receded from leadership in the world, it is making the world a much more dangerous place. But I want to come to you this morning with a word of hope and encouragement and exhortation. All across this country, this American people are waking up. And I’ll tell you today, help is on the way. (Cheers, applause.) So I want to ask everyone here to look forward — look forward to January 2017. If I am elected president, let me tell you what I intend to do on the first day in office.

The first thing I intend to do is rescind every single illegal and unconstitutional executive action. (Cheers, applause.) The president tell us he’s got a phone and he’s got a pen. Well, you live by the pen you die by the pen. (Cheers, applause.) And my pen has got an eraser. (Laughter, applause.) But sadly, the corruption’s not been limited to the White House. It has extended across every agency of the federal government.

And the second thing I intend to do on my first day in office is instruct the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and these horrible videos. (Cheers, applause.) And to prosecute any and all criminal conduct by that organization. (Cheers, applause.) The administration of justice should be blind to party of ideology. The only fidelity of the Department of Justice should be to the laws and the Constitution of the United States of America. (Cheers, applause.)

The third thing I intend to do on the first day in office is instruct the Department of Justice and the IRS and every other federal agency, that the persecution of religious liberty ends today. (Cheers, applause.) That means that every service man and woman can worship the lord God almighty with all of his heart, mind and soul, and his commanding officer has nothing to say about it. (Cheers, applause.) That means the Little Sisters of the Poor, who Pope Francis visited this week, will find that the case against them has been dismissed. (Cheers, applause.)

You know, Kim Davis is here. (Cheers, applause.) Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Kim in a Kentucky jailhouse. Now, six months, a year ago, if I had come and said that a Christian woman was going to be thrown in jail, locked up in jail, for living her faith, the media would have dismissed me as a nutcase. That’s where we are today. And I’ll tell you, Kim and I, we embraced. And I told her, I said, Kim, thank you. (Cheers, applause.) I said, Kim, you are inspiring millions across this country by standing for your faith.

You know, the Book of Acts tells us that when Paul and Silas were in jail, that God brought an earthquake and broke open the jail cell. And what I told Kim, is I said you are being lifted up in prayer by millions of believers across America and across the world. (Applause.) You may have thought you were alone in that jail cell. You didn’t understand how crowded it was. (Applause.) And I’ll tell you Kim’s very simple response. She smiled, she pointed out, and she said: To God be the glory. (Cheers, applause.)

The fourth thing I intend to do on the first day in office is rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal. (Cheers, applause.) The single greatest national security threat facing America is the threat of a nuclear Iran. I got to tell you, I can’t wait to stand on a debate stage next to Hillary Clinton — (cheers, applause) — and to make very clear to the American people, if you vote for Hillary, you are voting for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. (Applause.) And if you vote for me, under no circumstance will a nation led by a theocratic ayatollah who chants death to America, under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. (Cheers, applause.) And if the ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to his 72 virgins. (Cheers, applause.)

The fifth thing I intend to do the first day in office is begin the process of moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of Israel. (Cheers, applause.)

That’s day one. (Laughter.) There are 365 days in a year, four years in a presidential term, and four years in a second term. (Cheers, applause.) By the end of eight years, this ballroom is going to be a whole lot bigger. (Cheers, applause.) And by the end of eight years, there are going to be a whole lot of reporters and newspaper editors and journalists who’ve checked themselves into therapy. (Laughter, cheers, applause.)

In the days that follow, I will go to Congress and we will repeal every word of Obamacare. (Cheers, applause.) In the days that follow, I will instruct the federal Department of Education, which should be abolished — (cheers, applause) — I will instruct the federal Department of Education that Common Core ends today. (Cheers, applause.)

In the days that follow, we will rebuild our military. We will honor the commitments made to our soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines. (Cheers, applause.) And we will protect our servicemen and women’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms and defend themselves. (Cheers, applause.) That means the next time a jihadist walks into a recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he’s going to encounter the business end of firearms wielded by a dozen Marines. (Cheers, applause.)

In the days that follow, we will finally, finally, finally secure the borders and end sanctuary cities. (Cheers, applause.) We will stop the indefensible practice of releasing violent criminal illegal aliens and we will pass Kate’s Law. (Cheers, applause.)

In the days that follow, we will take on the EPA — (cheers, applause) — and the CFPB and the alphabet soup of government agencies that strangle small businesses. And we will unleash booming economic growth. (Cheers, applause.)

In the days that follow, I will go to Congress and we will pass fundamental tax reform. We will pass a simple flat tax — (cheers, applause) — where every American can fill out his or her taxes on a postcard. (Cheers, applause.) And when we do that, we should abolish the IRS. (Cheers, applause.)

Now, some of you all may be thinking all of that makes sense to me. It’s basic common sense. Live within your means. Don’t bankrupt our kids and grandkids. Follow the Constitution. But can we do it? Can it be done?

You know, scripture tells us there’s nothing new under the sun. I think where we are today is very, very much like the late 1970s — same failed economic policies, same misery, stagnation and malaise, the same feckless and naïve foreign policy; in fact, the exact same countries — Russia and Iran — openly laughing at and mocking the president of the United States.

Now, why is it that that analogy gives me so much hope and optimism? Because we know how that story ended. (Applause.) All across this country, millions of men and women rose up and became the Reagan revolution. (Cheers, applause.) And it didn’t come from Washington. Washington despised Ronald Reagan. By the way, if you see a candidate who Washington embraces, run and hide. (Applause.)

It turned this country around. And I’m here to tell you the same thing is happening again. (Applause.) All over this country, millions of men and women are waking up. Do you know, since this campaign has started, out of 17 Republican candidates, do you know which campaign raised the most hard money? We did. (Cheers, applause.) To date, over 300,000 contributions. (Applause.) People all over the country coming to TedCruz.org. Ted Cruz.org. TedCruz.org. (Laughter, applause.) The people are waking up.

And let me tell you what Washington wants. Washington wants us divided. Washington wants conservatives splintered. They want a chunk of evangelicals over here, a chunk of conservatives over here, a chunk of libertarians over here, a chunk of tea party folks over here. That’s how, if we are splintered, that a moderate establishment candidate runs up the middle with 23 percent of the vote, steals the nomination, and then loses to Hillary Clinton in the general election. (Scattered applause.) You know what? We’ve seen that movie before. I’m not interested in going to see Rocky 19. (Laughter.)

We have a simple task before us. If conservatives unite, we win. (Cheers, applause.) So I’m here to ask each and every one of you, stand. Stand in your faith. Stand with your principles. Come together. How do we turn this country around? Just like in 1980. We rise up as we, the people. And we say we will defend this last, best hope for mankind, this shining city on a hill that is the United States of America. (Cheers, applause.)

Thank you and God bless you. (Cheers, applause.)


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