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the final stop on the tour. accessey should i'm democracy is functional and providing a common understanding of what is going on. it provides a window into washington dc. >> we really believe it is important to offer these to our customers because we believe in the network's mission. we probably support their effort to inform and educate the nation on policy, politics, history and current events. >> be sure to join us july 21 and 22nd and we will feature our visit to alaska., or, listen on the seas and radio -- on the c-span radio app. he was one of the speakers at the colorado christian
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university summit in denver. we hear from a representative from israel towards him. i want to teach you a hebrew word this morning. it means hope. say it with me. it is a great hebrew word to know. three weeks ago, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of israel. [applause] it is a great milestone for the nation of israel, for the state of israel. israel has been a beacon of hope in the middle east and throughout the world. it is phenomenal what has taken place in israel in the last 70 years, despite all the forces against it. israel's past is being uncovered
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and revealed as we are learning more and more about israel's past through excavations. israel's future is being laid out before it. world,is a leader in high-tech industry, biomedical technology, in water and agricultural technology. it is probably a rare day when each one of you in this room does it use some bit of israeli technology at least every day or at least every week. you are using something developed in israel. it is phenomenal what is happening there. israel is a place of hope in so many ways. it is a real pleasure to be with you here. friends,am among many many supporters of israel. it is good to be among so many friends.
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you can probably tell from i accept that i am not israeli. fact, i am not even a jew. i'm an american and i'm a christian. in fact, i served as a pastor for 25 years in various churches in the united states, and have had a love for israel since i came to christ at the age of 15. it was my privilege as a pastor to take my churches on church to israel and to expose israel to them for the very first time for most of them. it was a life-changing experience for every single on thoseo went adventures with us. i've never met anyone who has been into israel and hasn't been changed in some way by the experience. and privilege for the past two and a half years to represent the state of israel
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throughout the united states, making the case to the christian community and the broader faith-based community and also to the travel industry for the importance of traveling to israel, i consider israel the most important destination on earth to visit. why? israel is not just a travel destination. is at the very center of a divine drama taking place in the air. that is why, for all of our lifetimes and long before then, israel has been a lace both of conflict and a place of wonder. there's probably not one of you here in the room this mind that has not heard are probably knows very much the details of stories that have come out of israel's history, out of its ancient his -- ancient literature, out of his history book. those stories haven't been told around the world for generations. they have changed lives.
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they have inspired nations. they have brought hope to millions of people throughout history. that story continues today. that's why it is a life-changing experience to visit israel today. if you yourself step into israel's story, to become part of the story of the ages when you're there. you feel the weight of history when you are there walking in the land, going to the agent places -- ancient places, opening the text of the scripture. it will change your life. i am from a convinced that every christian, every jew, every of theirgardless creator confession, religious or not religious, need to visit, israel you should, by all means get there if at all possible.
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let me give you for quick reasons why you need to visit israel. first, to expand and broaden your understanding. volatileothing more than ignorance. surely much of the conflict in the world and much of the conflict in the middle east is due to a failure to understand genuine history, to understand great movements, to understand the redemptive plan of god, to understand roles and purposes. walking the length and breadth of israel, having the land itself imprinted upon your mind, seeing it for yourself will do more for you in understanding israel's role in the world and its importance in the world an important come even present day importance and future importance to the redemptive plan of god. that is life-changing.
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freedom.o defend the theme of this conference is fortifying freedom. it happens not just within the borders of this country, but it extends throughout the world. we have an amazing friend in the middle east. israel is the one true democracy in the middle east. as americans who lived in the democratic republic, we already have an automatic friendship. we already have an automatic affinity to israel, and even know we have never been there, you still love it. you still want to know about it. you still know it is important to support israel. when you stand in israel, you freedom fordefend israel and israel's right to exist. we often say in our office that the best way to stand with israel is to stand in israel. i think that is something that
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is absolutely true. you can read books, you can study maps, you can do all you try tom this end to understand israel, but you don't really grasp it until you are standing in the land, walking it, picking up its dust and its rocks, understanding ages and ages of history that went on there. it is fascinating to realize nearly every ancient empire in history marched through the land of israel. it is strategically located at a very strategic place on the earth. the crossroads of the world in every ancient empire marched through there and left its mark. and so to go there and to see what happened in to see all the history and understand the history is fascinating. you need to see it, you need to aand in it, you need to make statement of your love and support for israel by being in
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israel, spend time there, and spend your money there. the third reason is to promote peace. to get too better way know israelis than to visit them. and you should know that israelis are not a monolithic group of people. .srael is multiethnic it is multinational. there are jews from all over the world. there are arabs, christian, and muslim. better ones, palestinians, multiple languages are spoken in israel. russian is actually the most spoken luggage in israel, even though probably 95 percent of israelis speak english, so it makes it easy for you to go and connect with them on a personal level, to share your story, to hear their stories. interacting with
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diverse people, getting to know theirunderstanding stories and understanding the cooperation that is actually going on in israel among all these groups is the best way to promote peace. in actually, go with hands of compassion. go with interest in the people that are there. and love for the people of the land. stop listening to the unending cycles of news cycles that go on that get you all worked up, and go see for yourself. see how safe, see how free, see how wonderful it really is. go and be part of the solution. one of my favorite descriptions of jerusalem in the writings of
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-- hebrew text is which means the city of the great king. statement,inating and it has a sense of looking forward to a time when the great king is seated on the throne and these rains. elsewhere in the hebrew text in the prophets, the thinking is referred to as prince of peace. he is the one who brings peace. peaceful place to visit, right now, today, there are 350,000 visitors from all over the world in israel, and and are experiencing traveling throughout the land very peacefully and enjoying and learning. so don't be afraid to go, but be . part of bringing peace
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visit israel, it is a peaceful place, and peace is its ultimate destiny. i think maybe most importantly, the reason to go to israel is to deepen your faith. i can think of no better activity to engage in terms of deepening faith, deepening and expanding your understanding of the scriptures and inciting a passion for the god of israel and his redemptive plan than visiting, seeing, and studying israel. some have called israel the fifth gospel. because it itself preaches. other say that visiting israel, even for a week, is like taking an intensive seminary course. when you open the text of the bible and study the passage of the very site where it took place, it is as if you become a part of the story.
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you interact with the bible in a very personal and intimate way that can be experience in no other place on earth. her spiritual life will be forever changed. delight in ars to special way with his people in the land. and so i want to invite you to come to israel. i want to invite you to experience it. would love to continue the conversation with you. we have an exhibit booth across the hall and i would love to engage you in conversation, answer questions that you have about israel, and to understand how easy it is to get there. we also have tomorrow a seminar we would love for you to come to as well. we will look into some of these issues that we discussed or deeply. so we invite you to come to israel, we invite you to come and experience as much as 4000
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years of history that have had a significant impact on distant israel and that middle east, but throughout the world, and i know in the very gaps and core of your life. much, and shalom . and acclaimedome author and millennial expert. >> hello, everybody. i love millennials. are there any millennials in the room today? can i just hear a shout out? come on, are there any millennials in the room today? where are you guys? maybe are not a millennial, but you like millennials. i hear some cheers, that's good.
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i'm excited about that. usually what we hear in the news, what do we hear? entitled, narcissistic, self-absorbed. they think they know and can be anything, right? these are usually the phrases we hear constantly about millennials being thrown around on huffington post the new york times. usually negative portraits of who millennials are. but actually all those words i listed out, entitled, narcissistic, self absorbed, they think they know and can be anything, those words came from a 1970's essay called the me decade, describing some young, twentysomethings that were boomers. tom wolf, the author, was describing this generation that was going to ruin everything. does that sound familiar? really, i think it is a rite of passage, at some point time you hit a certain age and it's a
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rite of passage to talk about kids these days and how they are ruining everything, right? but really that doesn't help the conversation and it doesn't help us connect. x,iously millennials, gen the greatest generation, baby boomers, we all need each other. we all need each other. that is really my passion as an author and a speaker. i've written three different books, mostly for twentysomethings. one hundred one secrets for your 20's, and 101 questions you need to ask in your 20's. i've been connecting with millennials all over the world and i've heard from thousands and millions of them. my goal is to somewhat get away inm even the millennial word and of itself. if you look at research, about 60% of millennials don't want to ed a millennial, or they
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don't relate to what a millennial means. so i think it does a disservice in some respects to get tied into this idea of this is to him a little -- who a millennial is, or genetics, or boomers. x. or gen a group of leaders and say, you know what, instead of thinking about the next generation as millennials, think of them as twentysomethings, or young adults. think back to when you were 22 or 23. did you have it all figured out? did you know what you were going to do with your life? did you know who you going to marry or where you were going to work? call the 20's you're defining decade of your life. and it truly is. it is a really hard decade.
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into your 20's thinking it's going to be exciting and glamorous, when it is really not. it is really difficult. that's why twentysomethings and those in their mid-30's really need this cross mentor ship. cross collaboration, conversations with each other. we need each other. we need to learn from each other. me, my generation, we have a lot to learn. we have a lot to learn. and there is so much change taking place right now, i think we all have something to learn about what it means to be successful now. how do we help the next generation rise up as leaders? we need leaders from all walks of life and from all ages talking together, working together. typicalnd of that millennial, i was the guy who at
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23, i was looking to make a difference. and if not make a difference, at least make a good amount of money when i graduated from college. and if i wasn't making a lot of money, at least doing the job that i enjoy, and if it wasn't a job i enjoy, at least a job that sounded really cool that i could brag about a two media, even if it wasn't that glamorous. at least i can make it sound really amazing. that was kind of my vision for life after college, but then i quickly relentless -- realize that you don't change the world and make a million dollars by the time you're 25, at least for most of us. it was a little bit of a lie. so i had an amazing lesson to learn, and i tell this story for and theennials twentysomethings but for everybody. it was an important story for me. i was in this coffee shop in colorado. it was during christmas time in denver, colorado. i was writing, working on one of my books, and our struggling
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with an idea of how to find a job i want to make a difference. i was asking all these big questions that i think my generation is asking. asking these questions, i start to notice there is a gentleman who is probably in his 30's and he is making drinks and talking to a lot of people. i start to notice that as people get their drinks, and this is a crowded christmas coffee shop. it is packed. when people get their drinks, they are not leaving. they are getting their drinks and staying in the line and they are all waiting there. i'm like, what is going on? why are all these people with their drinks but they are not leaving? here, everybody. it was starting to make me nervous. i was feeling claustrophobic. then i started to realize why all these people were waiting there with their drinks.
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they were all waiting to talk to the barista that was making their drinks. as he wasned to him talking to customers, he was asking, how is your son doing, or how was your soccer game? theirers were telling him life's problems. he was like the neighborhood psychologist under the guise of a starbucks or restart, right? i was -- under the guise of a starbucks barista. now i just watching this guy, i'm focused on him. calling himople are across the store, saying you have to come meet my friend. can you introduce me to that cute guy? he is like the mayor of starbucks. i'm starting to get nervous. do i go introduce myself, get an autograph, what do i do? as an author, i start thinking about, what is his back story?
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who is this guy? what is his story? i start thinking to myself, maybe this guy was in real estate and he lost everything when the economy dipped. maybe he lost so much he had to move back in with his parents in his 30's, which of course is everybody's dream, so he is back with his parents. he had to get a job at starbucks because that was the only job he did get. i could see him starting to live a little bit. he has one leg, and he is working at starbucks and doing this amazing job. i start to make this sort of hallmark character. have fearedlity, i bitibbed the truth a little . i tell the whole story in my book. the gentleman i was describing, the mayor of starbucks, i actually know his back story
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very well, because he is my brother. he is my flesh and blood, my one and only brother. and i had never seen him working at starbucks before. i had known him when he was selling real estate. i knew when he was driving a nice car. i did not know him yet, working at starbucks. and it was such a convicting thinker,me, as the big big visionary, i want to go change the world, to watch my brother doing such an amazing job with also one leg. he literally was born without a leg. so to be on your feet at 4:00 a.m. all day making ranks, i think for most people that would be a pretty miserable experience. so i said chad, how do you do it? how do you make such an impact everyday? to make a veryd
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intentional decision right when i started this job that even if i didn't feel like this was the perfect job, the right job for me, i was going to bring my right self-driving i was going to bring the best of who i could be to this job, and i was going to make an impact serving people drinks. and i saw that firsthand. so for all of us out there, but especially the younger generation, i think it is awesome that we have big dreams, big goals. that quickly realized success in your 20's and 30's is more about setting the table than in joining the feast. -- in joining these. it's about dreaming big, sure, but being really faithful and resilience in the small. it's about planting the oc in the ground and watering them. i tell millennials all the time,
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pursuing a dream, make any difference, is like planting and avocado seed. it's going to take about 10 years before you see any fruit. , and iers out here believe all of us here are our leaders, you have the opportunity and privilege to teach this generation these life truths about humility and perseverance and what it actually takes to make a difference. millennials want to know the formula for finding their passion and purpose. , andasked me that question i write this in my book, i say it's a pretty easy formula to find your passion. do something and completely fail at it. miserably andil publicly, embarrass yourself. nothing goes as planned. but then the next day, you want to do it again. you want to keep plugging away at it. it's something important to you. it's something you cannot not
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do. and i think we need more people like that using our unique gifts and abilities, what i described as your signature sauce, that flavor that only you bring with these different ingredients. it's like you are this master chef in the kitchen and you are putting these ingredients together, and a lot of those experiments go up in flames, but you keep trying anything bringing your story and your values, and you are bringing that flavor to the world. and we need more of that, especially in today's age. we need more people who are giving the world is flavor they are desperate for, that is their signature sauce, their gift to the world. so as leaders, and i want to leave with this last story. this is really for the leaders in the room. it was a story that i did not see coming.
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a story i wish did not happen, in a sense. i was in a condo in san diego where i was living at the time. i was there with my wife and two children. they were in bed asleep. we were watching netflix, as a good millennial does. onheard a commotion going outside, some loud noises. we lived in a quiet community, so this was strange to hear so much ruckus. i go on my second-story balcony and look up to the third story balcony which is probably 40 or 50 feet in the air, maybe more. and i see my neighbor, who i , and hea cursory level is standing on the edge of his balcony, up on a ledge, which is about the width of a balance beam, and he is threatening to jump.- threatening to
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the police blocked off the whole area, but for some reason, they let me stay on the balcony. i didn't know what to do. what do you do at a time like that? do i go back inside and just pretend that nothing is happening? do i go back to that netflix show, when somebody might jump to their death? that didn't seem right. do i say something to him, tried to talk him down? what if i say the wrong thing? i didn't know what to do. but i had this feeling that i should just be there, i should just stay there on that balcony, and if you wanted to talk to someone else to was not a police officer, i was going to be there and give him that opportunity. but i was scared. i was freaked out. i was so nervous. , didn't want him to talk to me because i didn't know what i was going to say. for fouryed there
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hours, and i just stood there, and i watched a range of emotions as the police officer tried to talk him down. it was a very intense experience. but finally he looked down at me and started talking to me, and it was my moment. is he is on the edge and he tense, and he is raging. i seen him go through all these emotions khamenei starts talking to me. i still don't have any preconceived thing in my mind, but the only words i can get out our, i care about you. care about you, and i don't want to see you do this. i care about you. and to see those words meet him and to watch his body just goscalate, to watch the calm over his body. i'm not going to say that i was the reason why he did not jump, the police officers did an amazing, heroic job working with this gentleman.
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but it was a stark reminder for me and a metaphor for leadership, and for all of us. sometimes you are on that balcony, you are talking to people who are on the edge, so to speak, and you might not know what to say. but who in your life right now needs to hear those words, i care about you? maybe you have had problems in the past. maybe it is a millennial employee that you struggle with. maybe it's your spouse, your daughter, or your son. who needs to hear in your life, i care about you? no matter what generation, how old or how young we are, those words will never get old. thank you so much. [applause] jeb hunt, theome chairman of the western conservative summit. >> we are about to get started with our gubernatorial candidates. all fouring to feature
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of the republican gubernatorial candidates. we did invite the democrat candidates to come, but they decided not to join as. one will be leading a protest outside of the western conservative summit. i even said you can come and speak to our attendees here, but protest rather lead a outside. going to feature all four of the republican gubernatorial candidate over the next two days. we will start with walter stables and. tomorrow will be victor mitchell and greg lopez. you will get a chance to hear from all of them. what is important for you to know is we have a straw poll in the exhibit hall and i want you to vote for your candidate. this is really important. your vote can change the direction of this race. this is the largest grassroots conservative gathering in the state. this will send a strong message with the conservative candidate is. so i want you to vote.
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the waiver going to engage with the candidates is going to be equal for all candidates. we will have a one minute introduction, a 10 minute speech, and then they will be interviewed by a future governor here in colorado, right here. is the ceo and founder of wow.bowwow -- camp bow i told everyone public and i know that the only person to defeat hillary clinton in a statewide race in colorado was hiding in all -- was heidi then all -- heidi. she's going to ask them questions, and none of the candidates have seen the questions ahead of time. she is going to help us out here today. thank you so much. me, i'm you for having
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very excited to do this, and i look forward to it. quick stick around. we will begin with walter stapleton. ofplease welcome the wife walter stapleton. [applause] jenna stapleton. thank you for allowing me to introduce my husband, walker stapleton. most of the time you will hear an introduction about all the things the person has done in his or her professional or elected live, but i would like to introduce you to the man i know enough, walker stapleton, the husband and father. after all, it's really the character of that man that were truly take what kind of governor he will be. i married walker because i wanted to marry someone with a bigger face than i had. than i
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i want it to mayor someone who would lead our family in faith and faithfully, and walker has done that. he's the one who make sure we go to church on sunday and he prays with our kids every night at bedtime. .s truly a man of amazing faith who else would buy a puppy for his three little kids before embarking on a gubernatorial campaign? we made a promise to each other that we would focus on family and the state of colorado and that sunday's would be sacred, just a family. walker has kept his promise, even when it was tough because of travel or the demands of being treasurer and running for office. he takes time to work with our son on baseball and even plans our daughters birthday parties, replete with real-life princesses. he even makes breakfast every week in mourning for the kids so i can get a couple of extra minutes of sleep, or hours, if i'm lucky.
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if you want someone who values families, and pick someone who values their own. he often says he's running for governor because of our three kids and every colorado kid, and he means that. our kids adore him, and so do i come and i think you will, too. please welcome my husband, walker stapleton. ♪ walker: good morning. today is a beautiful day to be a conservative in colorado. today's a great day to be a christian in colorado. but the worst kept secret in this room that all of us know is that every single day is a great day to be a christian. if you're are not from colorado, welcome to our rare state. i'm walker stapleton, the treasurer of colorado and i'm joined by my son craig, who is 10 years old.
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thanks to my wife who literally makes it possible for me to get out of bed each and every morning. faith is really important to my family, because it gives us a centeredness, they in life. my oldest is craig, at 10, our middle daughter is six and olivia is four. all of my kids have a relationship to god through prayer each and every day. me.that's important to there is no greater gift i kid be given as i travel around this -- i could be given as i travel around the state, to campaign for the future of this date, for my kids and all the kids in colorado than to have someone come in to me and say, you know what, i am praying for you. it is the most meaningful thing that can ever happen on a campaign trail. it is the greatest gift that i can be given. i'm running for governor because
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the colorado that i want my kids to inherit is hopefully going to be one that is filled with abundant economic opportunity and abundant freedom. when we talk about freedoms, we talk about religious freedom, and how great that our supreme court recognized that nobody in this life deserves to be discriminated against, including people of faith. i'm privileged and honored to now be the longest serving statewide republican, and i try to be a commonsense conservative while in office. job of treasurer has given me the blessings of being on the front line of every important economic policy battle we have fought in this state. a couple of years ago, i led the effort statewide to defeat amendment 66, which was the lockers -- largest proposed tax increase in colorado history. the money was not going to end
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up in the classrooms for our kids where it belonged. just about two years ago i was the leader of the effort, cochairman of the effort with governor ritter to defeat a really bad public policy idea for a state run single-payer health care system that would have bankrupt in our state through the associated payroll taxes and capital gains taxes on business. thank you very much. and we beat that 4-1. illinois was the cochair of that effort statewide with the former democratic governor of colorado, every single candidate on the other side who is running for governor support the single-payer health-care system as the future of health care in colorado, and i could not disagree more. i have also been the longest and the largest voice for reform our public pension system, because it continues to drain dollars away from our classrooms in cities all across colorado and is the biggest debt that we face in state government. unless we fix it, we are not
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going to have the future for education that all of our kids deserve in the state of colorado. election, like never before, colorado is facing a crisis of leadership. prices of values. because we are going to have a stark choice in this election. i firmly believe that jared polis is going to be the nominee on the democratic side. jared polis, as far as i can tell, is literally running for governor to end the future of our energy industry in colorado, with renewable standards that economists tell us will cost at least $45 billion. it will take 230,000 jobs from colorado and $32 billion annually out of our economy. i'm for all forms of energy, solar, wind, natural gas, and traditional oil, but i'm not for subsidizing alternate forms of energy that will cause
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hard-working coloradans to see their energies -- energy bills go through the roof and businesses to leave our state. jared polis adamantly believes that the government takeover of your health care is the best and only option. i say that will restrict health care even more for young people starting their careers. it will make access to quality care more difficult. it will make the affordability of that care or difficult. .t will make choice nonexistent we cannot have that as the future of health care in the state of colorado. we just can't. furthermore, as many of you probably know, last week congressman polis introduced legislation to repeal president trump's tax plan. president trump's tax plan, which i endorsed in december, will give tax relief to 75% of the people in colorado. it will give tax relief to a family making $60,000 and reduce
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their federal tax bill from $1700 to $100. it will repeal the individual mandate for health care that passed that last year 120,000 coloradans plus had paid tax because they could not afford health insurance, and they got nothing in return. them have a, 80% of household income of $50,000 or less, the people that can least afford it, passed by the federal government and no health care return, and all of that is gone because the president's tax policy. if jared polis has his way, he will send you raise a taxes through the roof and turn us into california without the water. and we cannot allow that to happen. i'm here to fight for the future of this state, and i need your help. ballots went out on tuesday. please tell your friends and neighbors. i have an abiding faith and love for my family and my three kids.
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my other two dollars are swimming. , no will never go away matter what office i have in life. it is the greatest joy and latest privilege to be a husband and father to my three kids and it is the proudest title i will ever have. thank you so much for your faith, for your defense of freedom, and god bless each and every one of you. thank you very much. [applause] >> all right. thank you for agreeing to meet with me, and let me ask you questions of you. would like thing i to know and maybe the rest of the audience would like to know, if you are elected governor, in four years, when you look back, what are you most proud of, and how did you get it done?
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colorado has so many challenges we are going to face in the future, had a we make we have nostainable, idea how to pay for it on an ongoing basis at a budget. it is going to be incumbent on the next governor to figure out how to improve access and affordability to health care and do it in a fiscally responsible way that does not bankrupt our eight. i think the governor's are going to play an outsized role in that and i cannot wait for that challenge. as someone who ran a public company in the real world in the private sector, i am up that challenge. i think it is a challenge that someone who has business experience and is uniquely qualified to take on, and i think it's going to be really future -- really important in the future of the state. infrastructure needs, we need to figure out how to deal with our pension system. -- eight years
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later the budget is $29 billion. out of control medicaid expansion and the entitlement system. we need to get both of those in line to have the economic future that our kids and grandkids and future grant -- future generations deserve. >> speaking of the budget, think we spend about a fourth of our budget on k happened 12 education. our colorado high school 49th inon rate ranks the nation. how do we fix that? 23 which was put in place has had a corrosive impact education, and my opinion. it has put our education funding on autopilot. anecdotally,nd washington, d.c. being the most extreme example, the best funded from a funding standpoint, does
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it mean it is from achievement standpoint. one report said every student in colorado is getting approximately $13,000 in funding. studentsge class is 25 , so the average teacher in a public school class makes about $52,000. where does the rest of the money go? question allthe around colorado. it is not meant to be a hypothetical question, but people have not been able to give me an answer. find the number of students in colorado has grown by 7% or 8%, the number of teachers by 10% or 11%, and administrative costs have grown by 23%. that is priorities that are out of flat. when you're siphoning all within a% of every dollar we pay
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teacher, those dollars are not going to the teacher or into the classroom where they belong. we have to structurally fix this to get the education system that all of us want and deserve for our teachers and most importantly our kids in colorado schools. [applause] a very friendly crowd, but for a strong conservative candidate, if you win the nomination and the primary, how do you convince our liberal friends for the purple part of colorado that conservative principles are the right way to go and that we need a shift? >> this election is going to be about economic opportunity. at we bring affordable housing to young professionals who are starting their career in colorado? how can we be competitive as a state going forward in the future? how do we make our health care system, had a we approve the access and affordability for
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young people? , want to talk to pragmatic independence and anyone who will listen about the economic opportunities i want to bring to the future colorado. competition public education works and no family should have to be condemned to a failing school that the state mandates because of their economic circumstances. we need to take the model that denver has perfected of charter work.s because they we need to spread at all throughout colorado, and i cannot wait that opportunity as well. thank you so much. >> thank you for talking with me. [applause] welcome dan >> good morning, everybody.
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whature you are thinking, is this oil and gas by going to tell us this morning? i want to start with some great news. the united states is now the number one producer of both oil and natural gas in the world. [applause] number one in the entire world, more than russia, more than saudi arabia, and again, this was unthinkable just a few short years ago. and it changes everything. it changes our politics. the changes the world stage. it changes our lives for the better, and it fortifies freedom. i know that is the theme of this conference. it fortifies freedom and epitomizes the power of free market economics at work. the innovation that's being unleashed, the opportunity for u.s. companies to not only compete and win globally, but also the opportunity for the u.s. to support our allies.
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1970's,as a kid in the i know a lot of you remember this, we had succumbed to the energy crisis. our country had been defeated. 0.c1, usa we were told to turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater. the energy crisis was absolutely real, but we were never going to conserve our way out of it and have a growing, prosperous economy. find new energy. the oil and gas energy did what alexander graham bell did, what thomas edison george washington carver did, and what steve jobs did. we innovated. we tested, we tried, and then we tried something entirely new. eventually, we succeeded. 1, foreign oil 0.
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now awash in natural resources. so much that we're at the point where we cannot build export facilities fast enough. energy benefits consumers, businesses, and all americans. it is keeping prices low. it cost less today to heat or cool your home than just a few short years ago. we may see the price at the pump go up during this busy driving season, but it's cheaper to fill up your tank than a few short years ago. in 2008, barack obama said we cannot drill our way to lower gas prices. but the oil and gas industry said yes, we can. , it'selping consumers helping the environment. we are producing on after beth
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more efficiently and cleaner than ever before. if you care about the environment, you should support oil and natural gas. let me repeat that because it's probably not something you normally here. if you care about the environment, you should support the development of oil and natural gas. production has quadrupled. technologyause of and innovation, because of american ingenuity. open and free markets are driving innovation and cleaning the environment. the united states is driving world oil markets. something unthinkable just a few short years ago. ofare no longer at the mercy opec. in may 2015, the u.s. gave itself a gift that we had already given iran. a gift to export crude oil, so our partners no longer have to
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rely on russia for natural gas, to saudi arabia or opec for oil. they can rely on the united states. the world is safer when the u.s. is a dominant player in oil and natural gas. it ought to be a time of great celebration. yet there are those who want to take us backward. there are those who want to raise the gains made by the incredible shale revolution. remember how they used to say we don't make things in this country anymore? that is just not true. the shale revolution has paved the way for manufacturing renaissance. it is self create jobs that we said goodbye to decades ago are coming back because of the shale revolution. nowou are an entrepreneur, is a time to start your business in colorado and the united states. if you own a business, now is the time to bring those jobs at home. the innovation coming out of the oil and gas industry is cutting
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edge. we had rigs that can literally walk. tois to take several days disassemble and reassemble a rigged and drill a hole just a few feet over. now that rig can literally move on its own. if the level of innovation technology coming out of north dakota or colorado, if that was coming out of silicon valley, we would be the talk of the tech world. instead, we're told companies like amazon are high tech. companies where a guy takes a book and puts it in a box and walks it over and puts it on a truck, and the truck tries it to my house. we are told that is high tech. yet we are able to drill a mile , two or three miles horizontally, and hit a target within a couple of inches. that, my friends, is high tech. in this innovation is not happening across the world. this is uniquely american.
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while citizens across the globe have freedom in the right joan businesses, it has been our birthright to explore what is called permission must innovation. tohave allowed innovations take place without the heavy end of governments and slow us down or block us. 2007-2015, there were six jobs created from the oil fields of north dakota and texas for everyone job created in the other 48 states. despite all that, there are those who want to take us backward. want to deny the reality that oil and natural gas makes our lives that are in the 21st century. the oil and gas helps create products that we rely on everything they such as clothing, bicycles, smartphones, medical devices. they want to deny that oil and gas makes our lives better in the 21st century. if we just had the political will, we could flip the switch
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tomorrow to and all renewable world. it's just not true. we have candidates running for governor who are selling motors a fictitious renewable plan. fictitiousvoters a renewable plan. just to supply the energy increase, the power demand increase we saw last year, that small increase in renewables and went power would take -- you would have to cover the entire country of germany in windmills just to supply that increase. i'm here to ask that we think rationally about our energy and that we are grateful for the energy abundance we have in this country. instead, we have activist in colorado who are trying to put a .etback under our ballots this poorly conceived measure could cost 100,000 jobs in colorado, good paying jobs that we should value in this state.
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it could eliminate a billion dollars in taxes that are industry pace to find libraries and parks and rec centers. there are candidates running in local and state races that want to put us out of business, who want to take us backwards, and we have to stand up to those people who are trying to put us out of business. we need your help and support. that support can be as simple as saying no. standing up for free market principles and the right for companies to exist, the right to innovate, the right to invest, to push the envelope and work for a better tomorrow than we are today. when you encounter those activists, whether they are running for office or out seeking signatures, who want to put us out of business, ask them a few simple questions. ask if they support the tens of thousands of oil and natural gas families in the state who rely
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on this industry for their livelihoods. wants oilate said he and gas workers to go to the front of the line for his clean new green energy jobs. to him i say, we do not want the government to give us new jobs. we simply want to work in the jobs we have today, producing the energy that we all need every single day. so ask those candidates if they go up fore costs colorado families who struggle to pay their bills and have to choose between food and medicine and utility bills. ask if they want to end an industry that is environmentally sound, if they want to send a message that colorado is closed that ideologies matter more than common sense solutions. ask if they believe in american energy independence and security. we are standing up to these extremist and we ask that you
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stand with us. make sure you know where you candidates stand on these basic issues. we need to make sure our voices are heard, that our votes have the final say on and that freedom to exist is not disregarded. that the value of democracy and free market principles still matter in this country, this state, and archimedes. we stand with you and ask that you stand with us in this important election cycle. and you all very much. dinsmore,welcome adam last year's under 30 speech contest winner. >> in this day and age it is rare and refreshing to find someone with a strong set of rentable's to stand by those unwaveringly, even when it's hard. our next speaker is one who doesn't fit neatly into any category. matt walsh is a father, husband,
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a christian, an american, and author, blogger, podcaster, at a man who stands with what he believes even when it unpopular, controversial, and hard. please join me in welcoming matt walsh. ♪ matt: how are you guys doing? they asked me to close the morning for them, and i'm happy to do that, but i'm a little bit offended, slightly triggered, that they had so many powerful speakers come up before me. it's not really fair to me because now i have this high bar i have to get over. so lower your expectations, ok? the theme of this year's conference is fortifying freedom. it is a wonderful theme, because
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freedom is a wonderful thing, don't you all agree, freedom is great? line forpplause freedom. i'm told that we live in the land of the free. i think that is true. if you don't count the 60 million. am told this is to freeze country in the world, the freest in the history of the world, and i think that's true also, if you don't count the 60 million. freedom is, i'm told, the great value that we all hold dear. it's the thing that keeps us together. we, you's true, if by mean everyone except the 60 million. the 60 million who have been slaughtered in abortion clinics. 60 million human children have
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been mass or in the span of 45 years in this country. year. 1.3 million a an average of 3000 a day for 45 years. that as that to 60 million. his is the number i want you to take with you as you leave here today. be seared into your conscience, 60 million. when someone talks about our freedoms in this country, remember the 60 million. remember that america is free, except for the fact that it is not. , we have notion only removed freedom on the victims of abortion, but we have removed it from all unborn people, and does from all people. and is what makes abortion insidious form of a human rights atrocity. it is the literal dehumanization
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of every person who is undergoing a certain stage of development. because we all have undergone that stage of development, it means it dehumanizes all of us. this is the dehumanization of humanity itself. indeed, if people at a certain stage are not people, or don't need to be treated as people, then it cannot be said that humanity itself is in principle anything special or valuable. there is no basis upon which our freedoms can rest. man must be free because man has inherent worth and dignity. but the institutionalization of believeinges on the that human dignity is not inherent and it can be lost or taken away, depending on
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whatever circumstance or factor. we say that human dignity is andired by degree, according to how useful that human life is to those around it. but inherent value cannot be acquired by degrees. that is why it is inherent. inherent means existing in ,omething as a permanent essential, and characteristic attribute. if an unborn baby does not have inherent value, then our value is not permanent or essential or characteristic. and us, if he does not have found you, then neither do you. -- if he does not have value. this is a simple formula, think about yourself in your current form. now rewind the tape back to yesterday. you are still you, still worth
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as much then as you are now. to a year ago, 10 years ago, now your first birthday, now to when you were six months old. keep following your time line all the way back and then stop the tape right there at the moment that you were born. that is you, right? you were worth as much then as you are now, correct? now rewind to take just one more second. tape just one more second. what happened in that second that you went from a human being a clrights and dignity to ump of worthless tissue? there's an unbroken chain of you
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you, and if you did not have value then in that moment, then you do not have it now. you grew and developed and matured, but nothing was added. there were no extra ingredients that had to be added to you. when you developed, it was you developing. you had inherent value all the while, or you never had it, and you don't have it now. by removingin, value and freedom from the child we take it from all people. the second thing that makes abortion a special horror is the particular set of humans that we have chosen for extinction, children. tell everything you need to know about a society by how it treats its children.
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what do you learn about hours? -- about ours? the most beautiful of all people are the precise ones we have targeted. you would think if we decided to wage this war on human life, it would make sense to start somewhere else along the chain, start by wiping out the adults first, people like you and i, because adults can be cruel, selfish, old, ugly, maine. many have wasted their potential. their beauty and purity has wasted away. it would be wrong to start aborting adults, i'm not advocating for that, but at least we have an ugliness to us that you could use as some sort of flimsy justification. but children? they have harmed no one. they are filled with joy and potential and love, and if we cannot see the value and worth of a child, then who can we see
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it in? i remain forever and always by the doll and empty sorts of people who would look at an unborn child and see only a clump of cells. a clump of cells? cells. are all clumps of and if you go to walmart sometime you are going to see ierple that are far clump than your average unborn infant. but can you really not see the miracle in this life? but telling me you can't see that -- are you telling me you can't see that? and with abortion we not only reject our children, but we reject ourselves. we have to remember the whole miracle of conception, that
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moment when a new life comes into being, the whole america love it is that there is an just one life being created, but three. you have this child, this precious vulnerable life locked out of eternity by god and sent here to start his journey in the womb of his mother. then you have the woman, who goes from just being a woman to being a mother, she herself is created in this moment, she becomes something, she transforms, she is born alongside her child. and the same is true for the man. he goes from being just a man to a father, he is born. whilee reality is that, three lives are created at conception, only one is killed through abortion. a child is gone from the earth but the mother and father,
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despite what they are told by the liars at the abortion clinics, they will not go back to being just a woman and a man living their lives. reverse the clock. something has happened to them that can never, ever be changed. she is still a mother and he is still a father but now they are the parents of a dead child. aey call abortion reproductive rights issue. it is not. by the time the abortion happens, reproduction has already occurred. nobody is suggesting a woman ought to be forced to reproduce. that would be monstrous. what we are arguing is that nobody has a right to kill a human who has already been produced. [applause] abortion is not a reproductive health decision, it is much more a parenting decision.
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am i going to care for my child or kill him? that is the decision being made, and it is an indictment on us, conservatives, that the left has been so successful in framing the murder of children as a matter of choice or health care or women's rights. it is our failure that so many people in our country would say of a child, with his own being and his own life and his own dna and his own genetic code, well, he is not really a person. the fact that the left has been able to have so much success on this issue and take up so many lives and control the narrative, all the while because conservatives have not been consistently and widely and unapologetically focal and forceful and militant about this issue.
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we claim we believe a beast are -- weand being killed claim we believe babies are dying and being killed, well why aren't we acting like it? it's treated as some sort of debatable importance, certainly crucial as gun rights or taxes or immigration or the posture of nfl players. in gun rights and i hate taxes and i believe in protecting our borders and i believe all that but i think those issues mean nothing, have no importance, have no relevance, have no significance of life itself is not sacred. if lifegnificance itself is not sacred. [applause] the freedom to live, the freedom is thet, to be, foundational freedom in any
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human civilization. life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. if we don't have the first part of that, if we don't have life, then we cannot have any other freedom. after all, why does freedom matter? what is it grounded in? thedy worries much about freedom of cockroaches and armadillos and mushrooms. vegans might eat, but i'm talking about rational people. us recognize the freedom of beasts and bugs and plants isn't that important, and not really possible actually, because they are already slaves to instinct and cannot enjoy freedom. our grandfathers did not storm the beaches of normandy to liberate horses and eggs. our founders didn't risk charges of treason in order to establish and fortify the rights and liberties of donkeys. you find menstory,
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and women fighting, dying, bleeding, suffering, for the freedom of their fellow human beings and themselves. why, what was the point of that? why did they do it? why does our freedom matter? because human life is sacred. sacred thane is not our ancestors died in vain. if human life is not sacred, fellour fall and soldiers for nothing. thomas jefferson and george washington were idiots, full's, if human lifeers, is not sacred, and they wasted their time and they built our country on the foundation of a lie. but we know that is not true. we know god made man in his image and endowed us with rational souls and gave up a certain dignity that puts us closer in rank to angels than it does to dogs buried that is why we must be free.
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not so we can simply do what we want, but so we can do what we ought to. so we can reach our god-given potential, so we can be the people got designed and ordained for us to be, so we can truly be ourselves. that is the purpose of freedom, but we cannot have that freedom, use it, if we do not first have the freedom to be and to live. all other freedoms hinge on this, all other rights hinge on the right to life. why is this then, issue not the primary focus of every so-called conservative? is it conservative politicians and pundits may go their entire politicians -- entire careers and never even mentioned the slaughter of the unborn. why is it the word abortion was not mentioned at the 2016 republican national convention? the republican party giving
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hundreds of millions of dollars to the abortion industry? w a is it we droa distinction between conservatives, as if it is possible for a person to be conservative and reject the worth of human life. it is not. if you reject the dignity and worth of human life, you are not on my side. i am against you read we are not in the same team. -- i am against you. we are not on the same team. bighave we expanded our tent to include people who lack the wit and courage to defend innocent babies? [applause] there isn't do that, no place for you in this movement, if you cannot at least do that much. action release a report last week revealing a criminal conspiracy by planned parenthood to cover-up sex abuse, yet the story was ignored
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by conservative media in favor of discussing samantha bee's naughty word on tbs? why are we accessing over bread and circuses while there is a war for life itself? why aren't all of us fighting that war, why aren't we crying out together in one lot voice with anger and ashen and love and say, you will not touch those babies? you will not harm them. enough. [applause] told conservatives of the silent majority. i hope to god that that is not true, because if we are the silent majority and we sat back and let 60 million babies die on our watch, that god have mercy on us. but if we are a part of the maybe it isity,
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time we stopped being so dammed silent. [applause] it is time to speak up. it is time to fight. it is time to defend these who cannot defend themselves and need us. it is time to do what we are called on to do and fight for life. it is time to remember the 60 million and fight for true freedom, freedom for all, freedom for our children. thank you. >> washington journal asks questions on the u.s. citizenship test. >> c-span's washington journal,
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