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sundays it would sell the bread to local apple orchard it was called pieties bakery and sold thousands of love's eidenshink that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion thousand dollars. she said if you will not pay i will pay it so she used the money. that story resonated with my mom's background to stand up to her father there heard dad is a wonderful man he climbed mount everest to talk about intimidating father of lot talk about one who has climbed mount everest. one of the things and allowed me to fall in love with her is she has a steel
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backbone. . . especially caroline is not impressed at all. she is just like yeah whatever
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dad. she said to me caroline has said that daddy not everyone wants to be on tv. and as you know when i was doing the obamacare filibuster one of the things people remember from that is that i read green eggs and ham. that's the copy that i read. the reason for that is people don't know is know why i read green eggs and ham. it was the girls bedtime. it was a pm and normally when i'm at home i read them bedtime stories so that night our team called home and told the girls turn on c-span and so they flipped it on and so i was reading them green eggs and ham is a bedtime story right before they went to bed and they are in their pajamas. they have a picture on the wall of the two girls and their pajamas utterly amazed watching their daddy read the granades
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and ham on television. when i came home caroline was five at the time and jesus senate. she had her arms crossed and she looked at me and she said okay dad, that was kind of cool. it's not easy to impress a kindergartner. >> we are short on time and you are conservative and he talked about ronald reagan being one of your heroes. reagan was able to get things done immigration and tax reforms at what point does ted cruz stick to your principles but also compromised with democrats in order to get something done? >> guest: my attitude on compromise is the same as reagan's. reagan used to say what to do if someone offers you a half a loaf? >> answers you take it in any come back for more and so from
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the day i was elected i didn't interview where i was asked this same question what is your view on compromise and i said i'm happy to compromise with anyone. i would compromise with martians if they were willing to shrink the size of the power of government and if they are willing to reduce the debt increase economic growth if they are willing to expand individual liberty and the problem far too many people in washington are too many republicans compromise going backwards in a way that makes it worse. that makes the problem deeper. here's how you cut a deal in washington. you say we will spend for your project your project, your project rate another trillion dollars and you are done and the people that lose are the taxpayers.
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and indeed look at some of the legislation we have passed the nation of i ran named its ambassador to the united nations it was a slap in the face. everyone in washington was saying was terrible and there was nothing we could do about appearing to doucet legislation and barred other known terrorists from being admitted to this country. it passed the senate 100-0. past the house 100 -- 435-0 in president obama signed into law so that's an example on foreign-policy and particular repeatedly have been able to work with democrats that i
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introduced when hamas was raining rockets on israel and i joined with new york democrat kirsten gillibrand and offering a resolution condemning hamas' use of human shields is a war crime. that resolution passed both houses of congress unanimously. i also joined with new jersey democrats bob menendez in introducing legislation providing the state department would give a 5 million-dollar reward for information leading to the capture of the terrorist he kidnapped and murdered naftali. not tally was abdul israeli-american citizen. that too passed the senate 100-0 so there have been a number of instances particularly on foreign-policy where i have sought out and worked with democrats and for that matter one issue this week that the senate is considering. for two and a half years now i
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have worked very closely with new york democrat kirsten gillibrand. senator gillibrand chanti disagreement number of issues that she has been heroic and fighting to combat sexual assault and rape in the military and she is introduce reforms to change the decision of whether to prosecute a sexual assault case from a commanding officer to an impartial professional military prosecutor outside the chain of command. i worked very closely with kirsten. i think she is right. i think we have an obligation to protect the men and women of our military to ensure that they are safe and in not we got a majority of the senate. two years in a row voting for it it. hasn't passed it. president obama's fighting to stop it. there are a lot of senators both republicans and democrats are fighting to stop it but his right reform and i think it's a reform that we are going to see
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enacted because it does protects our soldiers and sailors and airmen and marines but also furthers disappointed if you have a military unit for servicemen and women are afraid of sexual assault and not confident that the military justice system will protect them that undermines the effectiveness of our military. think we have an obligation to protect the soldiers. >> host: as you well know you have not been without criticism even within your own party. you have since apologized but when john mccain referred to as a wacko bird what was your reaction? >> guest: i like john mccain and i respect john mccain. when he called me a wacko bird my approach has been consistent. if others who choose to throw rocks i will not reciprocate. and indeed consistently what we have endeavored to do is take the high road and in my time in the senate i have not spoken to the best of my knowledge of any
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other senator republican or democrat and so actually when john mccain called me a wacko bird the next day i went to the senate floor and rows to give a speech in praise of john mccain and it happened to be the 40th anniversary of his release from the flournoy hilton hilton. i spoke about what an incredible privilege to serve with a patriot and hero like john mccain who served his nation and was imprisoned who was tortured. obviously in my family being imprisoned and tortured is something my family has endured too. not at the level that senator mccain did is something that is nonetheless powerful and most extraordinary john mccain was offered early release from prison in vietnam. he turned it down because he believed he would be dishonoring to take it. i have never been imprisoned and i have never been tortured. all of us hope if we face the
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circumstances we would make the same decision he did that not one of us knows for sure until you are in a prison cell. i simply said what a privilege to serve with an american hero like john mccain. every word that was heartfelt. but it was also very conscious that i'm not going to respond with an attack. i will note behind you on that bookshelf is a baseball cap that when i came back to test grassroots supporters printed at baseball caps with daffy duck on them and said wacko bird and the grassroots to this day people make t-shirts saying they are proud wacko bird and indeed my response publicly i set up standing for liberty and standing for the constitution makes you a wacko bird thing count me in proud wacko bird. >> host: whitest took crews wants to be president?
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>> guest: because our country is in a crisis. i don't think this is an ordinary election. i think mistakes have never been higher -- i think the stakes have never been higher. we are bankrupt and our kids and grandkids are under assault from washington. america has receded from leadership in the world. we have abandon abandoned our friends and allies in the enemy's radical islamic terrorism is on the rise. i think this next election is -- you know there are times that elections are major turning points. 1980 was a major turning point. i believe 2016 is going to be an election like 1980 and i agree with ronald reagan is that the way we live and is we paint in both colors not pale pastels. if we continue on this road we are on another war or eight more years i think it will do irreparable damage to the greatest country in history the world. we are fighting to get back to the free-market principles and
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the constitutional liberties that made america the greatest country in the history of the world. i'm running for president because i want my daughters caroline and katherine to inherit the same exceptional nation, the same blessings of liberty that you and i were tortured to have. we can't do that if we continue bankrupting this country and continue undermining the constitution and the bill of rights. if we continue receding from the world. this election is about a choice. it's about a choice. how do we bring back? how do we reignite the promise of america? had we get back to that on the mental ideal that our kids will live a better life than we did and their kids will live a better life than they did. >> host: i included a couple of points from -- ted cruz facts. you are video game junkie.
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favorite games? >> guest: bayberry. i grew up, i still remember the christmas when i was six or seven years old. my parents gave that to me for christmas and make had that nintendo and i play computer games and collected computer games and now i mostly play on my iphone. i don't have a video game console because i would use it too much and as a time management tool and not going down that road but on my iphone what am i playing now? i play candy crush. i played plants verses zombies to actually and playing in a game of star wars that i just downloaded which is kind of interesting. so that's a new one. it drives my wife crazy. she cannot stand it when i play video games with my girls love it and we play plants verses zombies. caroline has it on her ipad.
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we played plants verses zombies together and when we take the girls out one of the favorite things to do when they are with dad we either go to the aquarium and play carnival games there which i love but we also take them to chuck e. cheese. i tried to get heidi to chuck e. cheese. she said you have more fun at chuck e. cheese than they do. i don't get brownie points for it but i enjoy playing with the girls. >> host: and knobb. >> guest: when i was high school i was very and acting in high school i thought i was going to drop out of school and go to california and try to become an actor. my parents were not fans of this plan and i'm glad i didn't. i didn't have the talent to make it. that was not my calling that one of the veins of my existence was in high school you tend to do musical theater and i cannot
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carry a tune to save my life. now i guess i came upon it honestly. neither of my parents can sing. my mother when she was in grade school the choir teacher asked my mom please don't sing. you are throwing the other children off so i inherited my mother's lack of musical talent but in seventh grade i was cast as growth in the sound of music and so sang on stage you are 16 going on 17. my guess is in the entire song i probably didn't hit a single note and it was only tolerant parents of junior high kids who endured this kids warbling and butchering the song and then subsequently i did the sound of music in high school and played max the next time. max actually only has one line. one little girl in a pale pink
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coat singing that blindfolded and spending on stage but the rest of the lines thankfully were not spoken. i will say my campaign team was horrified a couple of years ago. i was speaking at the first baptist church in dallas on the 4th of july. i was talking about the history of the declaration of independence and the constitution and protecting religious liberty and the speaking sunday morning at church. i observed undergraduate second baptist high school. there are things you discover going to second baptist high school some good and some not. one of the things i discovered this amazing grace and the theme from gilligan's island. they are musically interchangeable and i guess i sort of felt inspired so from a pulpit i illustrated amazing
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grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. i once was lost but now i'm found. once was blind but now i see. the political team was in panic saying oh my goodness he is singing. the political career is over but somehow i survived it. >> host: i don't think i can top that. you went from -- to country music. how did that evolve? >> guest: i were up in high school listening to classic rock rock. i saw pink floyd and concert at the astrodome which was a great concert by the way. it was really an amazing concert concert. i saw the police and concert emerson lake and powell but my music tastes changed on september 11.
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and it was a strange thing. i mentioned it in another interview people and media went all a twitter and thought it was a strange political thing. when september 11 happened heidi and i were living in d.c. just south of the pentagon and indeed we lost a good friend of ours. he was in the plane that crashed into the pentagon. heidi was in the white house on september 11 and she evacuated initially when the first plane hit the world. max hunter initially the secret service told everyone stay where you are. she was working at the u.s. trade representatives office which is part of the white house complex and amend the second plane hit the secret service began running through the hallways saying get out now. don't walk run so heidi sprinted out and they wouldn't
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let her get her car. so she walked home. she took off her high heals and walked home in her bare feet across memorial bridge and i remember the next night we put together a prayer service with their friends and it was an interfaith prayer service. we have christian and jewish friends and we came together and sang hymns and we prayed together. one of the consequences just in the aftermath of 9/11 i'd like to country music responded. allen jackson's song where were you when the world stopped turning on that september day? that song moves me powerfully. toby keith is the way he responded to 9/11. that was powerful and it was an emotional reaction.
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these are my people. these are people who share my values and intellectually i find it odd that your music tastes would change because of 9/11. i still enjoy classic rock and i still think the coup was fabulously talented rated i saw pete townshend sing i hope i die before i get old. when i listen to the radio now i listen to country music. in the morning when i'm shaving and taking a shower the radio a song and i listen to country music and it was that emotional reaction the way country music responded, resonated with me. >> host: senator ted cruz thank you for your time. >> guest: thank you, i have enjoyed it.
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republican presidential candidate ben carson spoke about the church shootings in south carolina. monday governor nikki haley called for their mobile of the confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds. dr. carson is the only african-american to have entered the 2016 presidential race so far. his remarks at the faith and freedom coalition conference last week or 20 minutes. [applause] [applause] >> thank you very much. thank you. i'm delighted to be here with you today and you know i was thinking yesterday about the
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terrible tragedy in charleston south carolina and one of the people who was killed somebody was talking to just a few weeks ago, the state senator who along with one of the other members was a cousin of my business manager and close friend armstrong williams in. these things hit so close to home and if we don't pay close attention to the hatred and the division that's going on in our nation this is just a harbinger for what we can expect. i would just like to take a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives. thank you. you know faith and freedom are topics that i like to talk about about. there is no time clock up here
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so you will see me checking my watch from time to time. i realized when i was out in iowa one of the left-wing media said carson kept checking his watch. this became -- that's because they gave me a stupid time and i don't want to go over it. they are ours find something negative to say but that's okay i find them kind of amusing. at any rate what i think about the things that enhance my faith i was a youngster who was troubled. i have a horrible temper and a remember when i was 14 another youngster angered me and i had a large camping knife. i tried to stab him in the abdomen and fortune fortune landed his clothing he had a large metal belt buckle. he fled in terror. i was more terrorized and he was recognizing that i was to kill somebody over nothing.
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i locked myself in the bathroom and i started contemplating my life. you know i had turned things around academically. i was a horrible student but through the efforts of my mother making me read i conquered that and became a very good student but i realized it was never going to realize my dream of becoming a doctor with a temper like that. my choices were going to be jail jail, reform school or the grave and none of those appeal to me. i fell on my knees and i said lord unless you help me i'm not going to make it. there was a viable there and i picked it up and there were all these verses from the bible about fools. i read them and they sounded like they were talking about me. but there were all these verses also about anger proverbs 1919 no point getting an angry man out of trouble because he's just going to get right back into it. incorporated urging verses like
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16:30 to my tears the man who controls his temper then who can conquer a city. verse after verse chapter after chapter seem like they were all written about me and i came to an understanding during that time that to lash out at somebody and to punch somebody in the face was not a sign of strength. it was a sign of weak is. that meant you were easily controlled, easily manipulated. i also came to understand that being angry had a lot to do with selfishness because it's always about me, my anti. somebody took my thing. and if you learn how to step out of the center of the equation and let it be about somebody else and look at things from other people's point of view you are not likely to get angry. that was the last day i had an angry out yours. it has never happened again since that day. [applause] but you know some people say you
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just know how to cover it up. no, i will tell you the secret. when god fixes a problem he doesn't just do is paint job. he fixes it from inside so it is fixed. [applause] that gave me a lot of faith. i adopted god not only is my heavenly father but my earthly father to go to any problems and to help you in situations. i remember as i was entering my senior year in college i had been resisting relationships with girls and women because i didn't want to get in the way of my studies. i said it's probably time to start here. so i said lord let the next relationship either write one because i won't resisted. he gave me the most wonderful wife and a couple of weeks we will celebrate our 40th anniversary.
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[applause] he's available if we just ask them for stuff in terms of our faith and when i was finishing my residency at johns hopkins johns hopkins is the birthplace for neurosurgery and we were opening a new neuroscience center so all the bigwigs around the world were there. one of the bigwigs took a liking to me. he said you should come to australia and br senior register our attitude to hospital in australia. i said australia you have got to be kidding me. i didn't say that out loud but that's what i was thinking. you drill a house -- a whole from washington to australia you never come out and i heard they had a whites only policy. so i wasn't all that interested but every time i turned around there was somebody saying how are you doing in every time we
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turned tv on there was a special on about australia. said to my wife i think the lord wants us to go to australia. she started doing some research and discovered they did have a whites only policy but it was officially abolished in 1968. we sold our earthly belongings and off we went to australia. our friends were saying you will be back in three weeks but little do they know we didn't have any more money. we couldn't come back. [laughter] the biggest problem we have was keeping up with all the dinner petitions. they love americans and they like to hear your accent. what i would dictate an operative note the ladies would comment and say we can't understand your accent. i say excuse me i'm an american, you have the accent. the second biggest problem every
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time i started writing a chart are invariably someone would come up to me and say can i feel your haircut/go i would say you can feel it is going to cost you 10 bucks. i couldn't remember their names because they all looked alike you know. [laughter] [applause] but i realized there were only four surgical consultant all of which were in australia. once they discovered a new how to operate this is senior register that will left me in charge of the major teaching hospital so i was doing three or four major craniotomy's every day. if i'd stayed on at hopkins i would have gotten whatever anybody else did want to do. i got these fabulous cases for a year and when i came back to hopkins and joined the faculty surely after that position opened up in pediatric
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neurosurgery and normally they would get someone with a lot of gray hair and a big name but they said carson is very young but enough to do everything so there i was at 33 chief of pediatric surgery at johns hopkins. the lord had prepared me for that and i began to understand how he always prepares you for what he wants to do. and i must say i thought i was pretty hot stuff. this little kid came in from georgia and he had been diagnosed with a malignant brainstem tuner -- tumor. they ended up at hopkins and i look that and then i said wow this is awful looking. the kid is barely moving barely breathing foaming at the mouth and eyes just conjugate looking in different directions. i said to the parents there is nothing i can do about this. they said that doctor the lord
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is going to heal our son. i said i will tell you what let's get an mri. mr is one at the time and i said maybe there's something a c.a.t. scan is not showing. i shudder to all all the radiologist and they said the same thing. i told them and they said that doctor the lord is going to heal our son. i said i will tell you what you have come all the way up here i will do a biopsy. one and 1000 times the scans are wrong and maybe this is that time. they said thank you doctor. i opened it set up and i went to the brainstem and there was an ugly grayish red mouse. i biopsy that the frozen section came back high-grade glioma a malignant tumor. i did both it and took out as much as i dared. i close them up and talk to the parents and set all the things you would normally say only god knows why people live so long
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and maybe he served his purpose are ready. they said thank you doctor but the lord is going to heal our son and you know i just shook my head in amazement at their faith as i walked away fully expecting that he would deteriorate and die but instead i became conjugate looking in the same direction and started handling secretions. what's going on? maybe we should do another scan and we did and there was still a bit ugly to mark that you could see a ribbon of tissue way off in the corner. i said is it possible that maybe this tumor is outside of the brainstem and it's to the point where you can't see it? i went back in and the nature of the tumor was different. i peeled it away under the microscope layer by layer and when i got to the last layer there was a glistening white brainstem intact, smashed but intact.
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and to make a long story short batboy eventually walked out of the hospital and today he is a minister. [applause] but interestingly interestingly enough one of the oncologist came up to me and he said i have always been an atheist but now i am a believer. but it was really for me because i thought it was doing everything. i thought it was really hot stuff and i realized after that but it wasn't me it was god. i just said lord he be the neurosurgeon and i will be the hands. that is where the title gifted hands came from. god is in charge and makes all the difference in the world in terms of what happens. [applause] and i look at something like the vendor twins.
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the first set of conjoined twins. i've been involved in several but that was the first set. they were joined at the back of the head and such twins had never been separated and survived. two months before i knew anything about the vendor twins i just have this obsession with conjoined twins and i started reading all the literature and trying to figure out why the results were so dismal. i concluded that it was a sanguine nation of bleeding and i started thinking about it and talking to people. i talked to a friend of mine who is the chief of cardiothoracic children and i said how do you keep the heart from bleeding out? hypothermic arrest were you cool the blood operate for up to an hour warm the blood up pump it back in and i was thinking wow that might work if we did at the critical time. two months later they were being present all over the world.
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in case anybody had an idea of how they could both be saved. when i explained things everybody started getting excited we started putting together a team at hopkins and that was the great thing about eating at hopkins. you have incredibly smart people in a lot of different areas and you are able to put together the right kind of team. that's such an important factor because they were things that i didn't know but there were experts that did no and if you get those people working together toward the same goal it's amazing what can be accomplished. in fact as you know it turned out well and they both survived and that was the first and only time that has ever happened with those kinds of twins. [applause] but god always prepares you for what he wants you to do. that really is the key. those of us who are people of faith have to trust in him, have to believe that he will give you
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what you need and understand what you are doing. know your stuff so well. you know what you are talking about and i remember a few years back i was engaged in a debate in hollywood with a leading atheist. this guy thinks anybody who believes in god is a total. as we got to the end of the conversation and he is denigrating anybody who is a believer in creation, i said you know what you when. i said because i believe i came from god and you believe he came from a monkey and you have convinced me. [laughter] [applause]
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but i mean what can i say? the fact of the matter is it is important for us to really have a good foundation in terms of what we believe and we have to be willing to stand up strongly for it. if you think about in the pre-revolutionary days in this country. those settlers were not happy with king george iii and his dictatorial style. tyranny was alive and well and they began to get together in their town halls their barns their living rooms. they even invited the loyalists. they said what kind of a nation do you want to have? what are you willing to stand up or? what are you willing to fight for? what are you willing to die for? and they encouraged each other and that is how a ragtag bunch of militiamen were able to be the most powerful and
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professional army on the planet. that is what we are going to have to do today. we are going to have to be willing to stand up for what we believe in. the majority of americans actually have common sense. they actually think logically. they actually believe in the values in vegetables that made us into a great nation but they have been beaten into submission and they are afraid to speak out out. that is the reason that i stand so vehemently against political correctness. people fought and died so that we could have the freedom of speech and expression. we shouldn't give it away. it's the reason i am so
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vehemently opposed to the so-called affordable care act because not because it doesn't work not because it's all about income redistribution and control but the reason i dislike it so much is because i love america and what america stands for. america is a place that is of, for and by the people with the government there to facilitate life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. what this demonstrates is just the opposite. the government comes along and says i don't care what you do people think we are doing it our way. we are jamming it down your throat and if you don't like it too bad. that is not america and we must stand up or what america really is. [applause] and it's going to really come down to this.
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are we willing to be called a name to get an irs audit, to have somebody messed with your job or your children. most of us have had a tendency to just put our head down and hope that nobody notices but i've got to tell you freedom is not free. you have to fight for freedom every single day and it is not something that we are going to be able to pass on to our children if we neglect to do that. think about the people who came before us. nathan hale started as a teenager, and became a spy when he was caught by the british and ready to be executed he said my only regret is that i have but one life to give for my country.
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think about that. think about all the soldiers who gave their lives in many cases knowing that they would never see their loved ones or their homeland again. and they did it for you and for me and now it's going to be up to us to decide what are we going to do with that freedom? i know president obama said that we are not a judeo-christian nation but he doesn't get to decide. we get to decide what kind of nation we are. thank you so much. [applause] up next on c-span2 connecticut senator chris murphy talks about
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u.s. foreign-policy challenges. after that we will hear from gop presidential candidates for perry and governor scott walker. the head of the opposite or snow management will be back on capitol hill tomorrow to take questions about her recent data security breach. live coverage from the senate appropriations subcommittee starts at 10:30 eastern on c-span3.
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nextgen advocate senator chris murphy talks about some of the foreign-policy challenges facing the u.s.. the first-term senator served as the lead democrat on the foreign relations counterterrorism subcommittee. senator murphy gave remarks and answer questions at the wilson center. >> welcome to the woodrow wilson center. we are pleased to have senator murphy with us today. and the negative vice president
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he center and greetings on behalf of jane harman of jane harman are present in seau. wilson center as you know it is a trusted platform in space for nonpartisan dialogue on global issues as well as lisa does a great deal of research on regional issues global issues and population environment women's leadership and many other areas. we are delighted to have senator murphy with us today. in the past couple of weeks alone we have had many colleagues on the hill. it's a rather unusual number from both parties including senator john cornyn who was here last week. senator bob quirk and was here and senator rice was here a week ago as well and congressman henry cuellar was here last week. let me introduce the two speakers. they want to juice the senator's
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second. aaron david miller is our moderator today and we will ask a few questions as well. he's the vice president for initiatives at the wilson center and distinguished scholar. he served in the state department's advisor for republican and democratic secretaries of state. most recently the senior pfizer for arab-israeli negotiations. mr. state department distinguished meritorious honor awards and the author of a number of books and most recently and i forgot to bring my copy of this thought i'd like to show a fabulous book and recommend you go out and get it if you haven't already the end of greatness wife america can't have and doesn't want another -- president. senator chris murphy or main speaker today is that judy and i sit senator from connecticut elected in 2012. murphy serves on several plays including appropriations health pensions and importantly our discussion today the committee on foreign relations.
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murphy serve connecticut's 15th district for three terms in the u.s. house of representatives and also served in local politics as well. it gives me great honor to welcome to the podium senator murphy. [applause] >> thank you very much andrew andrew for that kind introduction and thank you to the wilson center for hosting me here today. i'm really looking forward to a conversation with aaron david miller in absentia. let me thank my great friend jane harman for all the fantastic work she is doing here. in connecticut we are very proud that our large lamb publicize connection to the history and legacy of president wilson. very few people know this but he actually started his academic career teaching at wesleyan university and credits his
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positive experience with his teaching job there as an inspiration in the profession. he spent as did his first wife many of their summers in old lyme connecticut. she was part of a well-known artist colony there and some of the most important decisions about his political future sitting at florence griswold's kitchen table. we love the connections that we have two the wilson legacy and to the center and its wonderful for me to be here with you today. i remember this particular day that i'm going to talk about. it was the spring of 2011. i was in a small village called parma con in herat province afghanistan. it was my third and really my most memorable trip to afghanistan. president obama's afghanistan --
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was on the land isaf command semacode delegation to this tiny village to see general petraeus counterinsurgency strategy in action. we went out to -- for we met with a group of 100 army commandos led by a young man from a town that was smaller than arm again. they were wildly impressive and there was no doubt that they had wrought a modicum of peace and stability to a parcel of herat province that had been under the thumb of the taliban just months ago. after briefing in their ramshackle headquarters they led us on a heavily guarded walk through the town along with village elders. it was a stunningly youthful walk, walk deep dirt -- rocky dirt road turned by acres of the most beautiful flowers i had ever seen. irrigation canals maintained u.s. dollars protected soldiers
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lined the roads were a half-dozen workers were busy harvesting whatever crop these flowers provided and i finally asked one of our hosts one of the elders look at prop was. poppy of course he said plainly and i asked him what do you do with it once you harvest it? he said we sell it. we sell it to the taliban who comes and buys it for a pretty good price. that is what he said within earshot of u.s. soldiers who no doubt knew all about this arrangement and arrangement for which they were sent to provide cover and protection. i can't say that i was stunned because by this time i have heard all during my trips to afghanistan and iraq that this was as clear cut an indictment of our presence as you could imagine. 100 troops in far western afghanistan were buying temporary space and we could credibly claim we purge the
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taliban from control of that town but the taliban were lying in wait. we surrounded the village and worse they were marching into town to collect the revenue. we had been -- do nothing to change underlying long-term system ability to extremist influence and control. they still had no way to feed their families have been producing poppy which was being sold to the very guys that we were being sent there to protect. local governments in places like harakah was either corrupt or nonexistent. all signs pointed to the disturbing but to me increasingly unsurprising reality that our military success was practically meaningless they are if we did have a viable strategy to change the economic and political reality on the ground. in iraq this contradiction played out with even more
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devastating results during and in the aftermath of the late bush administration. waves of u.s. troops an even bigger waves of u.s. cash provided a security point over parts of iraq. while political and economic progress in the opposite direction. he was handed out bags of cash to sunni tribal leaders short-sighted and practical strategy for the long-term while prime minister al-maliki waged a quiet word against the sunnis marginalizing them politically and economically to the point that when our troops left a were happy to align themselves with anyone who is willing to fight a central government. today i'm confident the vast majority of our high level diplomats for winter stand this failing of our u.s. military intervention over the past -- army chief of staff cory or beer now said this when he was asked about deploying troops back to the middle east. he said quote i worry is i put
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150,000 soldiers on the ground to defeat isis, yes but then what? it would go right back to where we are. a year later it would be right back to where we are today. before we considered anything like that we need to look at the problem and secretary bob gates remarked by leaving the defense department and the future present the contemplated sending troops back to the middle east should have their head examined. yet there are these signs that we are on the verge in many ways repeating the very mistakes we should have learned. the interparty fight between john mccain in the interventionalist rand paul and the isolationist is over with a convincing neoconservative victory. republican senators right now are calling for choose to march back into iraq and maybe into syria too and recently the
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senators are making in an interesting claim one that we would have thought possible a year or so ago. interestingly they have a few polls to back them up. there are numbers on both sides but americans are scared to death by isis and i want washington do something about a something dramatic something that answers isis with the shock and awe response that only america can muster. americans support puts combat troops into -- up against isis. when it comes to possible responses to ask only one question. there is no other option. there's no other alternative send troops or effectively do nothing and given how scare
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people or the perceived threat that isis poses they choose to do the only something they are presented with but the bowling and simple organic voter touch and feel tells us that america still very wary about war which is the unexpectedly ferocious backlash against the presence planted bomb syrian 2013 in the matter what the neoconservatives and republicans candidates say the lessons of places like parmesan in mosul haven't gone away. that's why i believe now more than ever americans want an alternative vision for how america can protect itself from threats like al qaeda and isis and the taliban that are more than simple military intervention. americans will respond to a forward-looking progressive strategy that meets these new threats with new tools rather than simply relying on interventions that were designed for time and armies marched against each other and ran peace treaties and in a complex and to be political for just a moment
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in a place that i know is not supposed to be political this is a moment for democrats to seize the opportunity to leave. i would argue congressional democrats have been absent from his serious interesting future course on american policy yet we weigh in on the issues that demand our temporal attention but it's only president obama and the republicans attempting to offer it broad vision for the rules of how we engage in a world full of very new and scary threats. maybe our vision silence has been understandable since we have been able to lean on a president who we probably agree with. we read the president made 2014 west point speech in and that there's little to argue but we only have this cover for the next 18 months. i support secretary clinton i support her foreign-policy ideas but in a 50/50 country we can simply hold their tongues and hope she wins. we have to show leadership and show it now so the american
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people have a choice when evaluating how to respond to these enemies that we face. this is the context in which senator heidrick senator schatz and i decided to produce a set of commonsense principles we think should guide american foreign-policy and congress's agenda as we reorient our policies. that may take a few minutes. first we argue that america is not a kinetic toolset is dangerously and a resource. we seem to have forgotten the lessons of post-world war ii which we were spending 3% of gdp on foreign aid and an attempt to rebuild stability in war-torn areas. we learned lessons after world war i and we invested gigantic terms of money and rebuilding our friends and enemies in an effort to use economic development clinical inclusiveness to stomp out potential instability that could undo the post-war balance of power. today foreign aid is 4% of what
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it was in 1950 as a share of our economy. 96% real-time reduction so we believe a new marshall plan for the middle east or portions of russia where your weekend get the kinds of alleys that produce that were produced by nonmilitary investments of the scott keith and 60s. you can't justify any longer spending 15 times more money on military and military aid and than we do on usaid diplomacy and peacekeeping. second we believe in working multilaterally to increase their effectiveness and reduce the moral and practical burdens of unilateral action working through international bodies like the u.n. and nato and just as important multilateral support can be a check on american hubris. if no other allies willing to join us then why shouldn't it cause us to question the wisdom
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of that intervention in the first place? >> guest: rances is where america is under immediate threat and we can't wait for partners to sign up but as a rule with limited exceptions or actions are more effective in coalitions. third we believe in a far more thoughtful approach to military intervention. significant military actions have to have clear exit strategy supplanted page board has got to be authorized by congress as the framers of our constitution intended. the measure calls in troop levels i would argue that none of these can be met. for they believe the military action is only worthwhile when there is a political strategy to clean up the mess. this is odierno's caution and towers to previous military is the most powerful in the world but even it has limits. if there isn't a political answer on the ground to remove the impetus for terrorist organizations and military gains are only going to be temporary
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and rarely worth the price in lives and treasure. if we believe covert actions like mass surveillance and large-scale lethal operations have to be constrained in the dramatic expansion of our operations after 9/11 these greater oversight and restraint. usa freedom act is a step in the right direction but more has to be done like taking large-scale military operations like drones away from the cia for good. sixth we believe strength at home in strength abroad. americans won't support more foreign aid spending if we are rebuilding our own roads and schools in addressing our own economic limitations. that makes sense in part because america leads best by example. countries follow our lead because they look up to america's track record in standard of living. as it slips of desirability. 720 to watch the gulf between what we say on human rights in what we do about it. how can we tell other countries to get serious about how they treat people if we are mealymouthed on torture and if we hold people in on time of day
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with no hope of trial. like with economic strength or ability to affect international change on human rights is dependent on our ability to -- and finally we believe climate change has to be the center of every international relationship we have. future generations are going to judge us by whether we elevated the discussion in every form possible given the catastrophe that will be a rock if we don't act. .. budget we see the other elements are just as important. they believe in participating in international organizations
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that demonstrates weakness and we think it is the key to strength that terrorism exists in a military vacuum that the policy should respond accordingly and there is a choice with national security. and the difference is played out in realtime. the progressive foreign policy starts with the honest assessment of goals. it sounds goo >> isis. it should it should be to eliminate the ability to attack the united states and if there will be wiped from the face of the middle east is a question for our partners in the region and if the goal is to end that then ground troops make no sense but it would argue for the humanitarian assistance
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and would argue for a partnership as long as it is broad and it would never rule out to go after high-value targets and calls for us for those bags of cash from the anbar province but a bigger smarter assistance budget to move mountains. on the night of our delegations we were briefed by the admiral of special operations and we were shown a pyramid of pictures and pictures of the most wanted of course, number one was osama bin laden what we did not know after a briefing he was putting the finishing touches on the raid and the night after rebuffed the blackhawk helicopters set off to take him down.
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despite what we saw the raid was a reminder of the infinite capacity of our armed forces men and women in uniform when you watch the network it is easy to understand why our influence is viewed through the prism of u.s. military their good at what they do. but today we cannot view every problem as a nail because we have the most effective hammer that tactic is impossible to fight the epidemic cannot be stopped by the year for 70 epidemic is hard to combat today we're reading reports of attacks of the parliament building on call for after decades of american intervention. that fierce fighting had taken back the four villages in afghanistan in the
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district right next door. the new threats we face to not look like the old ones and that is why we need new rules for an engagement and new allies. thank you for having me and i look forward to the discussion. [applause] >> [applause] >> senator again and me welcome you to the wilson center i did not know about the connection but he is our only peachy president. let me thank you for that thought-provoking discussion. there is a lot to unpack with the audience questions but i will make several points not necessarily directed at your presentation but there are some relationships. it is more if i would ask to identify the basic
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dysfunctions of foreign policy. first the challenge with the conservative foreign policy but to find a policy that obviously is designed to protect the national interest but also in an -- a policy that should work the dividing line for republicans and democrats should not be between love tori or republican or democrat but policies that are smart or those under dom -- that our dominant so to be on the smart sites we have to focus with the substance and effectiveness come on reality with the way that it actually is before we get around to conceptualize how we wanted
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to be rather than the ideology. to understand what american leadership is critical, from my own personal experience the doctrine principles can be extremely effective with the measure of honesty a general approach so congress understands our policy and the american people understand. but with doctrines and principles the problem is they are limited to how they apply to a blueprint to navigate what has become a hypocritical rule. think about it. we participate in military action in libya but not syria the aerospace and egypt read on saudi arabia we claim to stand for democracy with human-rights
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in the wake of their spring the yet our most stable partners are authoritarian as in the gulf and in egypt and even now we are negotiating the punitive nuclear deal with iran. at the same time cannot take a tougher view of the iranian repression at home to advance their interests in the region. fife for fun -- how to reconcile these anomalies? that of foreign policy could be more suited to the complicated world and finally if you ask me the greatest challenge for foreign policy, finding a better balance between the
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risk readiness of previous administrations or one in particular in of risk aversion of the current administration, to say we have abandoned the middle ground we insist to look at all in or not. the question is, is there a more effective balance between risk readiness or risk aversion borrowing on your principles that may serve our interests. we have an extraordinary advantage over the rest of the world. with non predatory neighbors to the north and south and fish to the east and west that is called are liquid assets. these oshas literally create the framework with which we see the world.
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our privileged security position explains our naivete and we believe we have abandoned the notion of a small power and it expands our pragmatism we believe every problem can be fixed and it explains our arrogance. because we can absorb the stakes and the costly errors. we need to take account of that tour understand our view of the world does not necessarily the one that is held by those who security positions are not as gratuitous as ours. with that in mind let me ask you a question. i will start with something you did not refer to witches congress's role the founders
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created an open invitation where the powers are shared and separated. if i ask you if he thought congress is role in foreign policy was effective incredible, how would you respond? >> i hope in some way this entire effort is a call to action to conference with the belief we have been out to lunch and what i agree is our constitutional obligation to set some degree with the president for policy moving for now the constitution gives the specific powers to decide how much money is spent on activities, it is not lost on me we have the state department authorization bill we have not passed one in over a decade so we're the only branch to declare
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war and we have chosen not to do that with the current conflict. so i think the senators have done incredible job to put the foreign relations committee back as an element of the debate to take hard votes on intervention on syria a process to evaluate is important but it is insufficient i would argue that the of the pieces are left undone. >> i love your comments the let me take the opportunity to give a little flavor as to how the guy who gave that speech might respond. i completely understand the caution of doctrine on
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principles and we have tried not to presuppose outcomes in foreign countries as an element of principles and nowhere in here doesn't say it should always pursued democracy or only pursue our immediate security interest by supporting people we could disagree with. but before you intervene militarily you have to have a political plan for what happens in the aftermath. it is a wonderful challenge to talk about what type of risk we are debating. we think about that with military risk that is our paradigm but there are other kinds of weird not even talking about because there
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isn't even the conversation space. in europe it is risky but important to make a major u.s. investment for our allies to put u.s. dollars to planning resources on the table to change the way that gas moves in and around the region but we cannot have that conversation there is nowhere in the budget that is allowable but we can about the military risk because there is a common acceptance if the president decides to do that we will find it but it meant if he takes the non kinetic risk anybody would back him up by one of the conversation to increase risk of major refrain the discussion and that it can happen in military and nonmilitary terms. >> with respect to risk you do transition with the
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authorization to use force. the two longest words in american history fought by a country of 300 million with the volunteer military it gives pop-up president tremendous discretion to use military power and force without controls or without constraints in response to a perception that america is under threat. that would imply a greater role on the part of congress in the effort to create a sound basis as to when and under what circumstances. and to create a consensus that is meaningful but it does come if you want to change the nature of the discussion there is a piece
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of this that does imply a much greater level of congressional involvement in response to safeguarding it is a risk averse administration. ken you imagine a risk ready under these circumstances? you implied that with your comments with congress's role but years don't know and neither do i. but based on what you are sensing but are you in a position to support the administration is case for a comprehensive agreement on a nuclear issue with iran? >> absolutely. i a agree we don't know the details say and there is evidence there was not as much agreement as we may have suspected for maybe just evidence a political
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conversation has to play out a certain way to accept the reality before we get a signature but this speaks to the principle that we are talking about, finding alternatives to military action while not perfect is better than a solid is military intervention without a planning process after words. that is what is amazingly absent from this conversation my colleague goes to the floor to say taking out the nuclear capability is day to day endeavor without talking about the following defect it is not within a vacuum but a comparative analysis. but i do think it is the exceptional framework. we're married like it to be longer than 10 years? absolutely.
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but i do buy the argument if you are able to give wind to the moderate there is a better chance than if he rejected that you could work with that coalition on the other festering issues as well. with congressional intervention the way they conduct these operations matters as to how willing congress is to react. in theory if you would not act without congressional authorization so the debate was forced when it came to the fight with isis he proceeded in a different way. what would have happened if he said i need to act and i will not do it and tell congress gives me the power? i would argue we would have come together to figure out a path forward the division is significant but not
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irreconcilable but we are forced because there is no practical consequence for inaction it is incumbent upon the president to follow the constitutional balance as well and then argue he should have come to us for authorization before proceeding. >> you reference to the marshall plan. how would urge you responded to the argument that the area of the world to that extraordinary assistance program what preceded or cave after was simply a parallel universe to what we see today? the occupied japan there were no americans killed. not one during the entire period on the japanese mainland but the marshall plan for our region of the
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world that is broken angry and dysfunctional. how do you reconcile? doesn't that become to some degree as difficult a prospect as the open-ended military intervention? without the political infrastructure that creates the stability, how do you do that? >> good question and it is a fair critique it is the emphasize analogy it is more just to wake them up how little we are spending today compared to how much read ted it is more than 20 percent of there dollar goes to foreign aid but 1% is it is important to remind our country how much we used to spend. but that is my referenced the the search with the bags
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of cash i cannot lay out the precise manner in which you develop long-term economic stability that tamps down on terrorist organizations but part of the reason is we answered the economic concerns. i would argue that political stability follows economic stability it is hard to hold up the politically stable government with only 50% of young people out of work i am not suggesting america be the only one but nobody else will spend billions if we don't. if you even attempt to put into place for economic answers like lebanon or yemen then political stability has a shot. i would argue how can you
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say we're not trying that? that is why i talk about the marshall plan because comparatively we spend a fraction of what we spent on and in - - a different endeavor. >> to questions i will emphasize questions. please identify yourself. we have microphones. you are next. promise. >> i used to teach at the foreign service institute and you talked about a what your view on the title a program that fund international exchange language your education abroad if they have been cut our juicy bringing them back? >> last fall i took a trip
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to the balkans for carter other former i think we should talk more what is happening there rates take for granted the level of stability but there are very few conflicts that did not emanate from that region of the world is there is some some during military instability but i was in serbia that has a lot of interest and with energy through the region in an enormous show of force the great ambassador was begging for $20,000 that was cut from his budget and the incongruity of putin marching millions of dollars
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of assets ted the ambassador wanted a handful to suggest our priorities but this is how incredibly important to see those exchange programs programs, a friendly to the united states and the allies and as i would could argue how we allocate a of a new marshall plan. >> please wait for the microphone. >> can you elaborate on the non connecticut's approach
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with isis 1400 your disagreement between the she at and sunni? and weighed knows the sunni are the backbone of isis how do you handle that situation >> go back to a couple things, the notion behalf to be honest about our objectives. item thank we could have a realistic objective that i could dispute or a realistic objective on our own that would use the terminology to defeat isil but you degrade them to a point they're not up against the united states which is different from what you foreshadow for usaid to mediate a tough fight for
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but i would go back further no one can guarantee that this cascading proxy war would not have occurred not withstanding the iraq war you could make an argument it did not create the mess gore to a exacerbate or expedite. so of the case that i laid out today would never allow us to go into iraq in the first place we did not understand the political ramifications many were tightly knit inside iraq but many have spelled out to other places och hall around the region. son is total unsatisfactory looking for work but a caution not to do something again and what it brings to
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regions like that. >> my question is twofold. the senate foreign relations committee met to discuss that aumf and to you believe that has legs? and what you doing to ensure the 2001 abm ms sunset is part of the discussion. >> there are two issues i don't hate anyone can argue that 2003 should hang around. the authorization to fight al qaeda and authorize his current activities that we could sunset to force does
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have a discussion i would like that baked into any other that we pass but leave law that limits fighting isis to those terms. but i am so appreciative of the work senator mccain has done and also senator flake. i have worries those limitations are not limitations that all or that we should put a box around the combat troops and i am worried the link which does not do that. i would be more comfortable with troop limitations are geographic limitations or language on forces if they
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let it come back to debate. it is the important starting point but to me it allows too much leeway for the next administration to take strategic steps that i deeply disagree with. there is an important debate of congress should be involved at all at the strategy or fed is only to name a enemy then get out of the way i argue there is a long history of foreign affairs that suggest we have the power to include discussion of strategy in conversations. >> faq for being here.
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you just use the term to put boxes around the middle east but what is our national interest and wire race so focused on the middle east would happen the east asia or latin america? the different parts of europe? what are very coz priorities and how do you plan to deal with them? we're totally obsessed with the middle east. is it or isn't it? >> interest is multifold to start with protecting the united states from attack and that project is not exclusive to the middle east that terrorist groups set up shop in a variety of places and we don't have the
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resources to meet that challenge that the state department that we cannot do planning that were thoughtful and and weld resource to to easily predict the move of that organization we just don't have the resources to do that so part of that challenge is to plus of those resources to think outside of the box. so to prevent slaughter and genocide so i expect that as part and parcel as america's interest in the world and i argue if proposing the intervention that it will make the carnage better rather than worse.
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in tears drop bombs would make the situation worse worse, not better. there is your set of interest but we are hyper focused on the middle east east, there are good reasons for that and to awaken people's interest. >> senator was voodoo speak about the importance of trade with american foreign policy specifically fast-track authority? >> no doubt the economic
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statecraft many of us would argue of uh terms of what you engaged on but this is off topic but i totally understand the rationale of creasing fell wheels of the process makes the trade deal easier to pass but widely elevate that track? to increase american energy independence but with the immigration reform with the primary strengths in and around the world but no the talks about the fast track reform and for nothing else
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that there would be 80 pp that i could support a i believe if it is american foreign power of the right terms. >> is ours you can go. >> i hope i am not the only one interested in the china question but with the dialogue to begin what do you expect is that most president issue? does congress play a role? we have been gone on a policy there has not been a lot of relevant discussion for what to do with china
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moving forward. of lot of us believe there are places to get tougher with the increased sanctions of cyberattacks to suggest we already fight a trade war with china. but again i look internally with how we deal with china. is hard to say that it should be resolved through diplomatic means it is hard to make that credibly her curve we expect china with that climate change negotiations have to redo that to have it happening so
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there are tangible things to weigh in on that relationship but i think it is the way it is a big part of the principals to live in in order to lookout so to strengthen the hand when we sit across the table from china there is no way to defend what they're doing touse deal our secrets but they claim read to read to we don't but when we tapped into cell phones of foreign leaders without credible explanation there robs us of moral authority to change the way they do things.
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>> you made several statements to the states neighboring russia with the new foreign policy of the united states? >> back to the arabia there not a breakthrough ideas i think we threat and the future legitimacy as ways slowly close the door or the open-door policy those that are willing to do joint i think georgia has importuned problems that have to be worked out but montenegro is ready. and when we refuse to in
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large to diminish the organization to begin with. and a the response to crisis but i am stunned how the conversation begins and ends with the military. with that oxygen the we a expend i come around as long as we do that and coordination but the reality is right now the most important debate is how it structures its debt $15 billion of relief. with american companies led
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nowhere and congress is their realistic conversation about putting pressure on the company's with real economic assistance. apparently for free but to save the loans that i compare to argue with your neighbor how to pay back before you deliver in to be much more generous the obsession with the military power of the united states almost ignoring all of a lovers' and resources at our disposal.
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with the comparative vintages there are other conversations if we want to keep ourselves safe to take the right kind of risk in the world. >> we have come to the end of the hour with the degree of interest but hoping it spark some interest. thank you for coming. [applause]
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>> death last as toward tradition in interstate of history and heritage in ancestry. the hate filled order progress occurred far brothers says esther said charleston have a twisted view of the flag here space as you reflect the people of our stake respect in perth year it. south carolinian as if "this is it" that does a perspective to the boss a river boreal the rate to honor ancestors but that is not hate nor is the racism at the same time for many others it is a deeply offensive symbol of approve the offense -- oppressive pass.
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was still being home. we do not need to declare a winner or a loser read except freedom of expression those who will fly the flag on your private property and nobody will stand in your way but the state houses different events of this past week called on us on a different way. 50 years ago after much contentious debate to improve the flag from atop the capitol dome. today we are here in a moment of unity without ill will to say it is time to move the flag from the capitol grounds. [cheers and applause]
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[cheers and applause] >> - - 50 years after the end of the civil war the time has come. there will be some that say it is a sad moment and i respect that but know that for a good or bad weather on the statehouse grounds or in a museum it is always a part of this a real but this is a moment with an enjoyable part of our past does not represent the future of our great state. hoping that the actions would start a race where we have an opportunity not only was he wrong but just the
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opposite is happening where hope is by removing a symbol of that divides us we can move forward to honor the nine souls who are in heaven
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it does he miss it hate crime is side of their place of worship. anna deranged individual didn't just take the lives of black americans, there were nine children of god. there is something more basic to our humanity than the color of our skin, ethnic heritage, nationality we're all data and our image. we cannot let hatred and eyelids with the ties that bind us together. we need to proclaim every day one nation under god
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indivisible with liberty and justice for all. [applause] they the piece that surpasses all understanding build parts and minds to the people of charleston and justice to be served so senselessly killed. as shared with you my journey started 1950. dash very different time whole lot was a place they you had it in one direction then you were in abilene texas and soon you were
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approaching. [laughter] i grew up on a cotton farm. and for years we had an outset -- an outhouse. we never felt for we were rich in spirit sacrifice was expected when families share. i took those lessons with a with my love of freedom and duty to country then i went off two-room texas a&m but not intel i flew the c-130 aircraft around the globe to saudi arabia turkey, i've
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learned just how special it is to call yourself an american. that america has experienced great change. but what it means to be an american has never changed. [applause] the only nation in the world founded on the power of the india that all of us are created equal the we are in doubt by our creator with unalienable rights. of long "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". the rights come from god, not government. [applause] in the people are not the
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subject of government budget of must always be to the people. it is a social compact from one generation to the next with the possibilities that has been protected at a great sacrifice it is never been more clear to reread check my father to the american cemetery above omaha beach. on the peaceful setting. including brothers and 33 are buried side-by-side a father and son.
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two sons of a president. they all traded their future for our is in a final act. and it is no accident that the headstones face west toward the nation they defended to the nation and day of love for would never return home. and it struck me standing in the midst of those heroes they look upon us in silent judgment and we need to ask ourselves are we worthy of their sacrifice? we are at the end of an era of failed leadership. those that slice and dice
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for political purposes. and our economy is barely growing as a matter of fact it got smaller. it is inevitable it is the direct result of bad economic policy. [applause] the president's tax and regulatory policy have slammed the door shut of opportunity for the average american to climb the economic ladder. with stagnant wages weakness at home leads to weakness abroad and though world descended into chaos. it is of his own making as
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they construct the alternative universe where isis is contained. but the nature of the enemy can be in acknowledged we're the of the largest state sponsor of terrorism can be trusted to live up to a nuclear agreement. that is the world he lives in and no decision has done more harm than the withdrawal of american troops from iraq as villain to secure the peace. [applause] we are a resilient country.
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the abed through two world wars in the great depression and even jimmy carter we will make it through obama. [applause] with that fundamental nature is we get back up and dust ourselves off and eight years ago americans were promised hope and change. one other seven americans live in poverty one out of ted workers are underemployed or unemployed have given up any hope. the is a marriage's live on the outskirts of opportunity they are the casualties of the big government
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experiment that creates big jobs and little hope. it's time to build an america where everyone is inserted where there are no forgotten americans. everybody has thus staking and i mean real hope. is time to change the culture in washington to benefit only insiders then bring the nation the major a story. one of the great stories says he chose the despised tax collector he saved an adulterous woman from being
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stoned then there is the woman as well. there read usually walk around but jesus did not do that. meeting zero woman who was an outcast even a month thus merited woman. she went to draw water from the well because she has been shunned social wouldn't have to talk to anybody in to her astonished -- astonishment she encountered jesus and instead of ignoring her he asks her for a drink of water per curve jesus knew her history and that she had five previous
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husbands and she was an outcast in her only and. but with one simple request that she provide him with a drink of water, he showed the fragile woman she was of value to him and she had something to offer. my friend, every human being is of infinite value. every american has something to offer. but we could offer leadership that offers hope san dreams living on the a outskirts of opportunity that people left behind
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while opportunities during - - the for those forgotten to read -- americans those wages and don't keep up with the cost of living but i come here today to say your voice is heard for you face rising health care costs, i think but the mounting student loan debt. i hear you and will do something about it. the families mired in poverty you were not forgotten. but for small business for the struggling to get by i
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hear you. you're not forgotten. i am running to be your president. all love you from the unborn cruz potential is god-given. with infinite grace those lives matter and will do everything we can to protect them. they say the right things but no candidate has done more to protect us. i have passed a parental consent law and vice signed a sonogram lost so mothers facing the agonizing choice is that a key part within them. [applause] i signed a lot to outlaw abortion at 20 weeks.
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[applause] after eight years of the president whose rhetoric always exceeds in his record we have one that speaks louder than his word. [applause] it will be a show me, don't tell the election. [laughter] and on the issue of life no one has shown more orange wavering conviction to protect unborn children. not every child is born into ideal circumstances. there is no such thing as an unwanted child. [applause] so let us so we stand for "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" and
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let us build an america whose promise is greater in the days ahead. thank you and god bless. [cheers and applause] . .


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