tv Senator Lindsey Graham Town Hall CSPAN March 10, 2017 10:35pm-12:03am EST
henry give me liberty or give me death with even more significant was his remark when he looked around the room and said to implement, we're no longer you're from massachusetts from pennsylvania or virginia we're all americans. >> the reagan demonstration was attentive to human-rights violations focusing considerable attention from the 1981 decision to impose martial law with the growing influence of solidarity.
>> so we will be done for the baseball game with starts that 1:00. fed d.c. in the latest tweet apparently this morning president trump tweed did out that he believes president obama ordered wiretapping of his campaign from trump tower. [laughter] and i don't know what happened but i can only tell you that the president of the estates is claiming the former president of the united states ordered wiretapping on his campaign
last year per or don't know of that is true but if this this, illegally, it would be the biggest political scandal since watergate laugh laugh just be quiet for a second of the former president could obtain that warrant lawfully to monitor trump's campaign then that would be the biggest scandal since watergate. here is the deal as we get ready to talk to each other other, i very worried our president is suggesting the former president and would be very worried if the obama administration could obtain
investigation? everybody needs to be investigated some ago not only push for the investigation but punish russia ever tried to interfere in our election. so to punish the of putin regime this is bipartisan sanctions for hitting hard in our election. to as leslie finish. how about this? i'm elite with all my heart and soul they did interfere in our elections. the was not a 400-pound man sitting in a bed somewhere but he was tapped been to
the dnc through third-party gave that information away to ricky leaks in the was leaked out during the course of the campaign. that means they need to be punished for republicans should we is upset about this as the democrats because the attack on one party is the attack on all of us. [applause] i am not suggesting a change the outcome but they need to be punished but with the trump campaign and holding a hearing of the crime and terrorism subcommittee to explain what russia does to democracy with their
i want to build a pipeline to get away from canada so that you learn that i am a conservative and damn proud of it. and the rest of the death of and for clinton. >> this next question is from westminster. >> said down. >> go-ahead. this question is from westminster. please stand-up we need affordable health care will lead you to make sure middle-class people can
afford health care quite. >> who asked? how many if you are on medicare? all of you? how many if you like equips whoa. let's keep it. how many of you are below 65? you raise your hand twice. how many if you have insurance for your company corrects how many like it? how many of problems getting insurance specs period the deal from the government, medicare or
medicaid or through your employer or as an individual. i would like to see medicare saved because it's going broke so does it get so expensive weirdo onto one health care company has anybody here lost their coverage from their employer? because if we don't fix it because it is easier to paid the fine that it is to cover you.
sole how many of you would like to keep company health care? comedy anyone single payer? [applause] then don't vote for me. i think it is a lousy idea laugh laugh here is what we are going to do. employ ears are eventually going to drop coverage every betty goes into a state exchange we are down it to one company we're going - - you are going to get kicked out and about 30 seconds if you don't shut up. halle many as you want to kick him out?
get him out of here. get to him about of here. here we go. how many want competition? how many are upset with the veterans administration in? i don't want the whole country to be in the system to wait forever that the government will give you when they decide what they wanted. but we can have private sector health care all over the country. >> what are you doing about what enforcement targeting african-americans? [applause] >> if you been targeted by
has been stopped 10 times by capitol hill police. i have then there 20 years and i have never been stopped. but that is your point. it has to be tough on a good day. we need to be sensitive to the fact that communities and be sensitive to the idea to find some orderly process to enforce the law but i have never been stopped, if you'll just listen to the end -- because i ma short white guy and the cops do not seem to be stopping me but they stop him.
i have dealt with cops there is nothing worse than a bad cop. because they have a badge and done nothing better than a good cop. [applause] so the bottom line so to take a harder look it this. live saree i thought you meant the fbi. >> we will try to do more community policing to spend the little bit of money. >> this question is from a south carolinian listening to use the gadabout me trump's attack of the press
by your flirting record does not show that. >> i have introduced legislation i am the chief author to punish the russians and the chief co-sponsor from the state of maryland. then he is to be voting on this year and they're trying to break the backbone. he is a thug and those who object they don't come to the tel mahal. i have never had a friend of mine have that. but their equivalent of
congress is a complete joke. he has destroyed the media and has broken the back of the judiciary. i was in the baltics to weeks ago and georgette and the ukraine they're trying to break the back of nato and the european union to withdraw from nato and the e.u.. and that congress will pass my bill from interviewing it
-- interfering in the elections. ninety doing it all over the world. >> this question. >> [chanting] >> please support deposition that said drug is safe and effective approved by fda off label has a 50 percent of side effects. >> that is a really good question but i don't know if i understand the answer. those drugs that are not approved by the fda of like it to be more efficient who
asks that question? >> can i do something you don't hear much of? >> the next question how does the bill to defund the un help -- of the people of south carolina? >> i do believe the marrakech of the from the front and not from behind the like to be a part of the u.n. but the problem is getting yet of hand. here is my belief about the of state of israel. live to jealously guard their relationship 20
resolutions passed condemning the state of israel against the of world that large. and i will not take any more of your taxpayer dollars or anything that is anti-semitic. >> the next question is from emily. i am concerned about the threats to american democracy. what can you do to ensure the diplomatic process quick >> have you been following the last 10 years? we have then to more 15 years. i have been to iraq and afghanistan 40 times. on september 10th, 2001 we
did not have one soldier in afghanistan. day remember? probably not. and then they showed a little too much. because these net jobs because we would watch and do nothing to think it will not come over here. with that safe-haven he was the honored guest than the rest is history. so the people who attack us have a religious motivation. it is not the house of palestine but here is a live believe.
they're not tired of fighting you. keep the war over there so doesn't come back here. you will never land -- then the love for by killing terrorist. now you are talking to the republicans in their room. you better invest in the lives of others. >> many iraqi policemen and 40 times in the last decade period i will load to take
to win the war. we have to invest and the terrorists are offering a hopeful life. and also in a rout been shed will do more damage if redwood educate of bill. here is what you need to get from me. the cutting his state department by 30 percent. and. if you want and need this war to go on forever if committee thinking will be safe been you will never be safe. here is what you have to do in my opinion have some of the soldiers over there to protect the rest of us here but it is not about the
>> how many of you believe that benghazi was a bunch of? >> i didn't know there were that many liberals, which is great. i'm glad you are here. you need to speak up more in south carolina. >> what we do to protect affordable health care and other support programs for people with disabilities? >> if you are disabled then you need to come to my office and you will get disability
insurance through medicaid. i don't know when you went away or open five days a week. for the disabled you are eligible for medicaid if the judge says you are disabled. once you are 65 you are eligible for medicare no matter if you are bill gates or -- can we talk about medicare? does anybody want to talk about medicare? the disabled have no -- insurance or medicaid and the medicaid disability insurance program is about to run out of money. can i tell you about what is a big financial problem in this room? in 1950 how many people paid taxes for every health care recipient, do you know john? 15 so today there are three
workers for every retiree. if you are retired, raise your hand. there are three people now paying into the system. how can this be? i am not married and i don't have any kids. the average age of retirement is 65. >> it's 70 now. >> is 65 for medicare and 62 you get early retirement. 1935 the average person lived to be 65. today we are living into her 80s. people are living a lot longer now than they did in 1935. although liberals and conservatives in this room, here's what i have to tell you. if you don't get a bipartisan plan to save medicare and social security they are going to fail and we are going to become greece. like ronald reagan, ronald
reagan and tip o'neill address it in 1983 from 65 to 67 so for those who believe you can save medicare and social security by taxing the wealthy at me tell you this unfunded liabilities 73 trillion dollars. if you took all the money of the 1% of the country including bare bare -- that's $30 trillion. now, one last thing. to my republican friends, to my republican friends, to my republican friends if you think you can grow the economy and close at 73 chilean dollar gap it's impossible. have you heard of simpson-bowles? we need to adjust the retirement and give them decades to retire a little bit younger.
i make $175,000. i'm not saying i worth it but that's what we get paid. here is what, i should pay more in medicare that i'm paying today. i don't think i should get any subsidies for the government to pay my medicare premiums. [applause] and i would say that to anybody who makes $175,000. when it comes to social security, i'm 61 and at 65, 66 i guess it is now i would gladly give up whatever gives for me to give up to make sure people who need it more than i do, get it. i was born in central. anybody been to central? when i was 21 i was living in central going to carolina the first in my family to go to college.
my mom was 52. she was diagnosed with hodgkin's disease. she died a year later and we were financially wiped out because we had -- 15 months later my dad who is 69 years old died. if it weren't for an aunt and uncle in this the mecca sc don't know what we would do. we moved in, me and my sister and i finished college. we got a social security survivor benefits from social security that made a real difference for us. at 61 and soon to be 62 i can get by without what's been promised me and social security. when i was 22 i need every penny i have seen social security on both ends. you want to save america young people have to work a little longer and people of my income have to pay more and give up some. >> this question is from carried
works from central. you can consider access to quality health care a right or a privilege and what we do to protect the gains in health care better in the affordable health care act? >> i think every american should have access to quality health care. here's what i'm against. every time you get sick you are run to the emergency room and i have to pay the bill. i think medicaid is the most broken thing in the world. here's what i want to do with medicaid. i want to get everybody on medicaid into a private health care home and managed care environment and i don't want you to run to the emergency room. i want you to go to your doctor and i'll gladly help pay the bill but when it comes to healthy -- health care the only way we are going to provide quality health care is to have more choices, not less. think you should be able to buy health care anywhere in in the
country, not just south carolina and let me tell you when it comes to medicaid and fee-for-service is about to bankrupt the state of south carolina. what i would do all over the countries take every medicaid patient put them in a managed care environment and say deliver better health care. that's what i would do. the last thing i'm going to do is take every patient country and let the federal government give them health care and managed health care. if you want to destroy health care go to the socialized medicine model. over my dead body. >> the question is from emily. given betsy devos stance on public education and education funding how can we ensure that all students are able to receive a grade education? >> a great question. how many of you believe that elections matter? no, you don't.
for the last eight years, for the last eight years and we have had policies that i don't agree with but obama had the right -- how many people went to public education? me too. how many of you believe that public education will be better if you just throw more money at it? how many of you believe that public education is never going to get better intelligence shaken not? that's what i believe. i believe in charter schools. i believe in choice. i believe in school choice for people who have failing schools. every one of you booing went to
a good school. you have no idea what it's like to go to a school that's --. >> this question is from mark. what is your position on foreign aid assistance specifically for poverty reduction and international development plans? >> we need a microphone. hurry up, hurry up, time is running. for five years, okay. >> hello senator graham. i created the on line petition today that had over 5000 south
carolina residents to get you here today. [applause] >> i'm here. >> i would like to thank you for coming. before i ask you my question i am a public school educator but first and foremost i would like for everybody here as a south carolina resident to please stand. >> good, all voters. >> i just wanted to prove to the people and to the media that people in south carolina are here representing and we are showing up and we are not from another state. [applause] and we are not paid protesters. [applause]
one of the reasons i'm here today is to ask you about education but over the past several weeks the people of south carolina have flooded your office with phonecalls e-mails tweets and even in person office visits about the nomination of betsy devos. lou: a candidate so unqualified for her position that the vice president of the united states had to cast the historic deciding vote. [applause] the people of south carolina wanted you to to stand on your own and say no. [applause] only one more votes would have made it. so my question to you senator graham, why would you vote for someone who wants to dismantle the public school system by providing vouchers to those who
want to attend private schools while dismantling the entire public school system in the process the same system in which you were yourself are educated? [applause] >> i got the question. >> south carolina has lungs supported local education so please explain to us how providing vouchers for private schools with public funds will help students who need it the most? [applause] >> great question. all right, here's what you need to realize. i did go to public schools but the vast majority of people in my state don't believe your approach to education where all you need is more. here's what i think you need.
i think you need money. if money could fix education washington d.c. would either place you send your kid. the highest spending per student really in the whole country is in washington d.c.. the most in demand program in washington is nbc is a charter school admission where parents stand in line for days to try to get one of those lottery numbers now i went to daniel high school, won the best schools in this day. here's what it's all about. what about the schools that are prominently african-american counties in our state where the education system is not what you would want, not what those parents want and not what i would want. so here's the challenge. here's the challenge. the public education system is
the great equalizer in america. it is one way that a guy born in the back of the liquor store in central can grow up to the united states senator because he got an education to the public system that's free. what happens, what happens when that public school system for decades fails to produce the quality people need? here's what i think. i think we need a combination, we need a combination of alternatives when schools fail. no child left a hind was an effort and when you have a public school that is not producing the quality you want for your child, we need money, let's do money and when we need competition let's do competition and the goal for me is to change
public education where it needs to go which is to enrich every young person's life. i'll tell you in our state we have got a ways to go. i have to tell you about betsy devos. she didn't give me a penny. i think i'm the only republican she did not give a dime to. the bottom line is let's see how she does. i thought she was qualified and i don't buy into --. >> this question is from mark foley. foreign aid for poverty reduction and international development procams like pepfar and health programs. >> all right, we are going to keep control of this. in a minute, okay. >> she has been in public education for 15 years or more. the schools are rated 42.
>> you don't think she's qualified. here is the way it works. here's the way it works. where are we at? >> he's has done charter schools. >> i taught she was qualified. all right, thank you. let's get back to foreign aid. how many of you think that sonia sotomayor was qualified to be on the supreme court? wait a minute how many think sonia sotomayor was qualified to be on the supreme court? how many of you think that elena kagan was qualified to be on the supreme court? how many of you, there we go.
how many of you believe, how many of you believe that sonia sotomayor was qualified to be on the supreme court? [applause] how many of you believe that elena kagan was qualified to be on the supreme court? how many of you believe that judge -- is qualified to be on the supreme court. let me tell you, i was the only republican on the judiciary committee to vote for sonia sotomayor and elena kagan. i got the out of me. can you hear me? do you know why i got the beat out of me? there are people in my party upset that we lost and they didn't want obama to pick anybody they didn't agree with. here is what i said. here is what i said.
the system can't work that way because there are consequences to losing an election. this president obama, president obama earned the right to pick qualified people. i voted for every one of his cabinet nominations. hush, please. why did i vote for his cabinet nominees? -they were qualified even though i wouldn't have picked all of them. now, now, now, wait a minute. now you lost an election and you are acting like it doesn't matter. foreign aid. foreign aid, foreign aid. i thought she was qualified. course which is beyond qualified qualified -- how many of you
want to eliminate foreign aid, rager hand. how many of you want to eliminate foreign aid? foreign aid, foreign aid is 1% of the federal budget. if you eliminate foreign aid rand paul in case you were listening you don't balance the budget. have you heard of pepfar? the question was about foreign aid. we are talking about foreign aid. i've answered that devos question. if you don't like it, you don't like it. the question, this is important. if you don't get this foreign assistance is national security in another form. you are going to get a bunch of us killed. here's the deal, pepfar was a program started by george w. bush where we put $40 billion
over 10 years and to fighting aids in africa. i've been to africa five or six times in the last decade and millions of young african children are alive today because of the money you spend to eradicate aids. it's not eradicated but almost. here is foreign aid, all those children are going to like you. all of those children are going to have -- that we did the right thing. now when it comes to helping israel we give them $3.4 billion a year or that helps this country fight terrorism. it's money well spent. my view is that foreign assistance, helping people over there is a form of national security and i have tried to say it everywhere now to say it. if you take a promise at the table, if we become fortress america and we leave over there hoping they won't follow us here
not only are they going to follow us here, they are going kill a lot of us here. one of the way save faith is to to -- i believe in it as much as i believe in the military budget. [applause] cement the question from jim from greenville i want you to change the hope -- health care to the same that you have. [applause] >> how many people want the health care i have? good comic you need to join the air force and served three years and you can get it. now, let's talk about congress's health care. remember when we passed the obamacare act on christmas eve that was jammed down our throats
as republicans? i decided to opt out of government-sponsored health care just listen to me, listen to me. listen for this very question i decided to opt out of the system that congress allowed in virginia. i came back home like the rest of you a short white guy from south carolina. i went into south carolina obamacare system. my deductible went from $750 to $6250 and might premium quadrupled. i feel is healthy today as i was then so the bottom line is obamacare for middle class people who are working is driving up your costs come increasing your deductible. they are taking money from you to buy it for free for somebody
else and that ain't health care, that's redistribution of income. i want to improve your health care not punish people who work. >> this question is from susan from clemson. every day and environmental regulation is eliminated or whole department not wanted. but can you do and what can we do? [applause] >> the first thing we have got to do is pass the budget. he can't run the government without a budget, right? so the president's budget is going to increase military spending. i'm all for that but here's the problem. let me tell you why i'm all for that. how many of you depend of the military to keep you safe? how many of you are happy with the fact that 70% of the green court can't fly because of training problems?
how many of you think it's okay to have the smallest army since 1940 because of the insane budget cuts? how many of you think it's okay to have the smallest navy since 1915 when the whole world is falling apart? so i'm going to support increased defense spending because we needed. the people depending on as needed but when it comes to the environment the worst possible thing you could do, the worst possible thing you could do is increase defense spending and type all the money out of the other parts of the government. how many of you believe that climate change is real? [applause] i do two. here's what i want to do. [applause]
i want to get us to a lower carbon economy without destroying the environment and i think we can. that may give you an example of how far we have come. i am all for going through the environment of regulations. some of them are just ridiculous but i promised everybody in this room i think both climate change is real and i look for a bipartisan agreement. some at the question from sarah from clemson. hi senator grimm i made student from iowa and the -- is going to my hometown. as much as the.
[inaudible] >> are you talking about keystone pipeline? is that what you are talking about? okay. i am for building the pipeline. i am going to vote to build the pipeline. do you know why i want to build the pipeline? because if you don't have a pipeline you have to use oil trucks and the likelihood of base bill from 8-track is better than from a pipeline that let me tell you this, some of you believe they could do without oil and gas. i'm not in that category so here's what i'm going to do. i'm going to vote to expand the ability to find oil and gas in our country so we don't have to buy it, so we don't have to buy
it from people that hate our guts. i would rather buy oil from canada who is our cousin than buy it from a bunch of people overseas who would kill us all if they could. here's what i want to do. i want to find a way to extract natural gas and oil from american territories to make us energy independent as quickly as possible and i'm also going to invest in alternative energy to get us away from our dependence on fossil fuel as quick as possible. if you don't see the need for both you are living in a bubble. if you don't see the need to increase our military you are living in a fantasyland and if you think they are going to leave us alone over there by just turning our backs over there than you are setting up another 9/11. >> this question is from mary from greer. the g.o.p. proposed health care replacement plan involves
vouchers or does not make it more difficult for the lower and middle class to afford adequate health care coverage? [applause] >> can i give you little secret? i don't even know what the g.o.p. plan is. let me tell you did you all see rand paul on tv? rand and i don't worry on much but he's right on this. they did it without any of us somewhere hidden away. you know what, let me tell my republican leaders who may be listening don't give lindsey graham take it or leave it options because i will leave it. i want you to know what we are doing. i don't want to replace obamacare what the process was just exact like we have had and i want you to understand why it should be better and i want to take responsibility if it's not.
i want to have a say with what we do with your health care pit i believe obamacare is designed to get the privateer out of the system and i don't like that. i think it's a lousy idea but it's up to us as republicans to replace obamacare were something that's good for working people and it's all about working people and it's about people who are disabled. it's about people down on their luck so here's the deal, folks. i promise you that there will be transparency, that you will have a chance to understand what we are doing. i'm going to understand what i'm going to do before a vote in here's the truth of the matter. most of you in here are liberal compared to most south carolinians. and that's not a bad thing. that's not a bad thing. listen, listen that's not a bad thing.
you know what i'd like about me? if i went to appease -- tea party meeting i get the same thing. as a matter of fact i may not have made it this long at a tea party meeting. so here's the deal. here's the deal. we are going to take a few more questions but here's the deal about the country. i'm trying to be as honest with you as i know how. health care up we got a better idea you need to know about before you vote on any need to be able to come and tell me i don't like this. as far as i know there is no voucher component to it so we owe you that in here's what i owe you. every time i vote for somebody you don't like i believe i'm doing what's best for this president who deserves the ability to have his cabinet. whether you like it or not, i can tell you this, i can tell you this, i can tell you this, i
can tell you this. i believe president obama deserved to have the cabinet that representative burton his team. here's the one thing i'm trying to do. here's the one thing i'm trying to do. i'm trying to make sure, trying to make sure that the system works after i'm dead. do you know what's going to happen? if we get into our camps where we don't recognize there are other people who disagree with us and win the election is over the people who wanted if they can have a chance to implement their deal on why they rammed in the country is going to fail. >> the question is from jewel boswell from taylor. where do you stand on russian interference which tends to be widespread in the current regime? where do you stand on russian interference which tends to be widespread in the current
regime? >> we have got a process and we are going to use that process. the process was we are going to random weight pics questions and i'm going to answer them and everyone that wrote the question is going to get an answer from me. the question again was about russian interference. how many of you believe if we give net past we will regret that? [applause] me to and here's my message to president trump. here's my message to president trump. mr. president, mr. president i am not suggesting that you did not win the election. i am suggesting mr. president that russia interfered in our election and i'm asking you as the commander in chief and president of the united states to push back against russia. it was democrats of dana could
be republicans tomorrow. mr. president you are the leader of the free world. you are the protector of democracy. democracy is under siege with putin's russia and let it be said, let it be said that the pushback against putin started with the senior senator from south carolina. [applause] >> this question is from ryan masters from anderson. even after making several promises to release his tax returns trump refuses to release them. despite being audited nixon released his. do you think he should release them? >> i think there's any contacts between the trump campaign and russia we will cross that bridge at that time. there is no law requiring him to do it but i think the next presidential election he should release his tax returns.
>> the question is from robin from greensville. when you stop aiding abetting the people about your stride comments about the president? >> that's a good one. now who is that? standup. [applause] we have a lot of press here today. let me tell you my view of the press. a pain but necessary. a free press is the first thing you want to get rid of if you are in autocratic type person. and russia you would have been gone a long time ago. but you've got nothing to worry about because i'm not listening to you. so here's the deal, here's the deal. i'm going to at a deuce next
week a press freedom she'll walk. i'm going to do it with all the people with chuck schumer. the person who originally introduced him was mike pence. what it does, it protects reporters from having to reveal to the government their sources. [applause] so, i am absolutely in the camp of a free press. it's essential to democracy. [applause] to our friends in the press, he were going. you are acting like the party opposition. you are acting a lot of people of peers who are so upset about trump u. have no idea what it takes to run at the mock or see.
so upset. you are so bitter that you can only see one side of the story. to my friends in the press if i were you i would report the news and let us make up our own minds every 30 seconds doesn't have to be a breathless take on tron. this question is from victoria from quinton. you believe president trump should release his tax returns? >> yes, he should. [applause] i think he should. now here's the question. am i going to subpoena tax returns? no, not without a reason. am i going to introduce legislation that will work wire anybody running for president in 2020 to release her tax returns? yes. the question is from ben marshall. what is being done so that future generations of americans can successfully run this country? >> oh boy what it rate question.
what a great question. you know what, isn't that the ultimate question really? here is what i think needs to be done. i think democrats and republicans need to realize our common thread and our common values. here's what i think we need to realize that medicare and social security by 2042 are going to consume all the revenue for future generations. that's absolutely the gods truth 80 million baby boomers like me are going to retire in the next 20 years. we are down to two workers for every retiree and it's going to break the back of medicare and social security and then you got medicaid. you are not going to tax your way to fix this problem. you are not going to grow the economy. i am dying for ronald reagan tip o'neill moment. i'm dying for people to get together and i'm wasted x. pro
comes so here's what i want to do. to those of you who believe private chain -- climate change is real i would like to reach a lower carbon economy increasing the ability to create jobs, not less of them. you want to pass down to the next-generation clean air and clean water and let me tell you, let me tell you it turns to the next generation who i will never meet. here's what i want to have happen on my watch when it's all said and done. i want people to say that senator graham saw the threat from radical islam for what it was, existential but can be defeated and will be defeated that hand are sticky camp and the poor are military force. he had the foresight even that wasn't popular to invest in lives of others over there even though we are broke here to make sure that one day they can take this radical ideology and stomp in the ground that they young
grow could have a better childhood over there so we are not to be attacked over here. here's what i hope they will say. hope they will say that politics rose to the occasion. we are so divided and we are so better. where are so upset with the process. we are so down on each other but let me tell you this as to future education opportunities in south carolina they are not going to get better with money alone but it sure would help. as to those who are fighting this war, as to those who are fighting this war i'm going to do everything i can to make life easier for your family. i can promise you i will never go to iraq and afghanistan i probably will but we can all take care of our veterans come to those that have been disabled. we will pay your ills because you deserve it read to every veteran in america, to every veteran in america you don't have to choose between the va is
something else that you can choose between the va or any doctor or hospital you wanted we will pay for them. [applause] to future generations i hope you look back on the town hall meeting like this and say that out of this came something good. spinning this question is from allen from seneca. what do you plan on doing to protect the environment in the wake of the rollbacks of regulations? [applause] >> i think we need it and environmental policy to address number one the clean water act. who created the epa? remember when boston harbor was on fire? the one thing i can tell you to stop carolina the late joe
cassidy that put thousands of acres off for development. if you're not an environmentalist you are not really good south carolinians. we have got a really good deal here and what i want to do is make sure that conservation is elevated come that conservation easements we have more not less that people are incentivized to take your private property and put it in a public trust. number two i want to make sure we don't rollback clean air and clean water protection. [applause] harmful pollutants like mercury and other things are going into the air. the bottom line is, the bottom line is we want to ensure that we don't overregulate so much that you can't create jobs necessarily. to our farmers we want to make sure we don't regulate pesticides to put you in this is that we also don't want pesticides to hurt the ecosystem
so here's my view. the epa under obama went way too far. now is the time to correct but to the republicans here what is our environmental policy lacks what is the environment the policy of the republican party? so here is what i would urge my republican friends. don't give an inch on caring about the environment. speak for clean air and clean water and understand it climate change man has contributed to it in overtime to purchase will hurt us all. come up with policies are better for business. al gore made climate change a religion. >> the question is from mary. invite of questions from russian connections shouldn't trump's taxes be released?
>> all right, our rights come here is what i think i think most of the people in this room voted for hillary clinton or somebody other than trump. as a matter of fact and they are very upset. they are very upset. and they lost. and they can't get over the fact that they lost. that's why you have a lot of questions. but every american should be asking about russia. every american should be concerned about russia. i have told you about 10 times that i'm very concerned about what they did in our election. i don't leave its afford it pound guys sitting on a bed and i want them to pay a price. about his tax returns come i told you i think he should release it. i'm not going to subpoena him as
i have a reason. that's why so many questions? because people came here thinking that if you yell at me enough i will stop being a conservative republican and i won't. some people came here believing that i will never help trump because i say bad things about him. i will but i'm so going to push back when i think he's wrong. this will be the last question. >> this question is from jeffrey adalbert from clemson. i would point to a need a bipartisan special committee for russia? >> that's a really good question. [applause] >> can i give you a little information that may be news. there are two lanes here. what should congress do about russia, right?
and what should be at dia and other criminal vesta gators organizations do about allegations of illegal contact between the trump campaign and russia? here is what we should do. we should make sure the app the eye if they are investigating trump russian ties and i don't have any evidence of it they are able to do it without hesitation or fear. congress should be looking into all things russian. right now we have the intelligence committee looking at the role of the cia in terms of all things russia. i'm starting an investigation march the team with the hearing was senator whitehouse who is my ranking member. we are going to be having oversight of the fbi's role in terms of the role they played regarding russia in the 2016 election. if i believe this thing is getting so compensated that we need to put all the committees together and we may be getting
close to that were you happy until committee, the judiciary committee and maybe business connections and we will need a joint select committee to look at holistic way. [applause] we will see. we will see how the current process works. as to the criminal part of it, i talked to the director of the app the eye yesterday and here's what i told him. the reason jeff sessions needed to recuse himself and i've been saying this for weeks, i just don't see how anybody involved in a campaign could make, could he seen as giving fair dice to an investigator who would dispose of it. i love jeff sessions as a person i don't care if you like them or not. i like him and if you don't like him fine. he's my friend so here's the deal. here's the deal.
the deputy attorney general is coming up for confirmation tuesday so the question for him is can he impartially oversee an investigation? you don't even know who he is. so here's the deal. he is recommended by the two democratic senators from the state of maryland and the attorney general of the state of maryland because he's -- barbara mikulski the first woman senator the only serving woman senator. here's what i'm going to do, if i think he's capable and i felt comfortable with him i will but if i don't think he's capable of doing it i will call for independent counsel. let me tell you why. we have got to get this right. i will tell you what, i don't count on most of you wanting to get this right. do you know why?
do you know why? you don't want to get it right, you just want to get a trump. so, okay, that may have been a horrible thing for me to say to you but i believe the emotions right now are so high, so high that if i went to a tea party event they would want me to appoint anybody. i am getting bombarded because i wanted jeff sessions recused. yes sir. good question. an investigation has been going on for almost a year.
[inaudible] [inaudible] >> okay, that's a really good question. [inaudible] >> can i repeat what he said? this is really good. he is worried that if we don't watch it some of the evidence is going to go away, right? [inaudible] >> i've got you. he's wearing that we need a system to protect the evidence.
[inaudible] >> okay, i've got you. okay, i've got you. let me tell you the problem. the reason you can't release a lot of things that you want like the flynn transcripts we have asked for them to be sent to the judiciary committee by the app vi. i want to see them myself to most of the stuff we are finding out i can't tell you how we found out because people get killed. a lot of this is -- i'm having my first hearing in the public. i will be the only member investigating russia that i know of that will have a public hearing. i'm trying to find a way to inform you about what's been going on over the last year to convince you that i care about
it and we are going to stay on it until we get to the bottom of it without compromising confidential classified information. this is where the idea of the joint select committee comes from. you you've got the cia who delves into the world of -- you have the app vi who has a counterterrorism role and the traditional law enforcement role. they have marched here. one of the things i want to build convince you of this that i care about what happened in 2016 in our election and i hope i can convince you of that because i think the russians did it. i think the russians are going to keep doing it until they pay a price. okay now about how we can explain what happened. the tweet today by president trump was earth shattering to me. just think about, just think about what he claims. he claims, he claims, he claims
that the former president it legally wiretap his campaign. we need to get to the bottom of that, don't you are or he? this is actually a good conversation. [inaudible] >> no. here's all i'm going to say. we have the ability to monitor foreign agents around the world including here at home. you can't monitor americans citizens without a warrant. all i am going to say is that
when i can find a way to release transcripts if they exist without compromising source methods i will do so because i'm tired of asking you to speculate about what somebody did prate nobody should be accused of a crime in the paper and everybody find them guilty but at the same time we need to know is your government working? in terms of the flynn transcripts i think it would be appropriate to release as much of that as we could so you can understand what flynn -- the ambassador. esta the trump campaign ties before the election i don't have any personal evidence that anything happened that was inappropriate but if there are, if there's an investigation going on and we will know here. soon it should go wherever it takes. this is about america. i promise you we are going to
allow them to go wherever they need to go. [applause] so, i've got to go. one more. one more. okay, okay. >> can you hear me? is this on? let me say something. first of all i want to congratulate senator graham for coming here. look at the other people. the verb rubio. this guy came, okay? now here's the question. here's the question. it's strictly hypothetical. what would happen if hillary clinton were the president backs this is hypothetical. this is hypothetical. what would happen if hillary clinton were the president and she did one of the things that
trump does our 100 things that trump did, wouldn't you want to impeach her? [applause] >> thank you for coming. here is what i've learned. we need to get you more information about republican alternative to obamacare. i think we are deficient derek, right? we need to tell you much about the investigation as we can so you don't have to read about it in the paper and speculate on the news. we need to be as open about it as we can. it needs to go wherever it goes. there's nobody to punish. when it comes to russia we need to hit them and hit them hard so they don't do it again. here is my idea about how to protect the nation.
need to strengthen the military and if you don't have sought power we are all going to regret it. i've tried to tell you bipartisanship is being lost and i don't know how you fix medicare which is republicans working by themselves. so here's the last thought. i don't know what 27 thing is going to wind up being like but i am worried. do you know why i'm worried? i am worried that democracy all over the world is under siege. i am worried that in france there is a movement because globalization is scaring people might get it. life is changing so quickly that you have a leading candidate in france is talking about withdrawing from the eu and worth dying tomato. i don't mind extreme vetting but remember the young lady from clemson? here is what i'm saying.
setting from failed states make sense but throwing everybody in one pot because of their religion is dangerous. [applause] the only way we will win this war is to partner with people and i'm going to leave you with some good news. after 40 trips to iraq and afghanistan most fathers and mothers over there are not buying what isil and these jobs are selling. believe it or not, they are no different from us that they want for their kids the same thing you want for your sin we need to help them. so the bottom line here is i will be back. i will keep you informed and i'm not here to try to convince you to agree with me. i'm trying to convince you that
i'm doing the best that lindsey graham knows how when the country goes sideways and you know what? you know what? >> we are not upset because the public and ran. [applause] >> all right, okay. this is a good way to end it. all right, all right. hey maam, thank you. is that a good summary of it all you know what i have in common with some of you? i didn't vote for trout either. [applause]
all right, i voted for evan mullen. i wouldn't know him if he walked onto the stage. i was pretty hard on trump and he was pretty hard on me. let me tell you maam, you may not like the fact that the one that he beat me like a drum. he'd beat 16 very talented republicans. he beat the former first lady and secretary of state and you may not like the outcome of this election but i'm going to help the man who won this election, help him govern a nation that is under siege internationally as problems that gear at home. i'm going to honor the results of this election. i feel duty bound to help them where i can, say no when i mustin when it comes to russia in those wherever it goes. thank you very much.