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potentially or volatile places on earth to get our energy. we are susceptible to supply shocks and even if we got enough, we are susceptible to price shocks. when libya situation started and the price of oil went up $40 per barrel. that was almost a $1 billion additional fuel bills for the navy. and the only place that we have to go get that money is operations or training. so our ships -- our planes fly less. >> more with the 75th navy secretary ray mabus, tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a". >> on saturday, russia and china vetoed a resolution backing an arab league plan calling for a syrian president asasad to step down. we got an update on today's "washington journal". envoy to tr
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in the program. we're joined from cairo. thank you for being with us. what are you seeing from your vantage point? >> obviously, among the syrian opposition and members of the arab league who pushed for this opposition, this is a setback. they are saying that this means there is no political resolution to this crisis. that will mean that the syrian opposition could tehran increasingly toward armed struggle and any strength they could show in terms of convincing me international community to get behind them. host: the "in new york times"
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has a picture of the embassy in cairo and there was the illustrations and other embassies including here in washington, d.c. what are you seeing in egypt? >> the embassy was stormed. the syrian opposition has a tent set up here. i think that this will not be on the streets here that you will see the fallout. gulf arab states that want to see assad on, now the u.n. is deadlocked on this. how are they going to push for this transition and syria now? you may see an increase in support for the syrian opposition in syria whether through arms, back in. the gloves are off and the
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conflict is likely to heat up. host: we are looking at some of the scenes courtesy of afp press. russia and china voted against a resolution. explain why china decided to join russia? >> i think that they both it sort of share of version 2 seeing the international community, and change regimes or push for regime change in general. i think that there are significant business ties between china and syria. they have had close relations with assad historically than other members of the security council. you are seeing taiwan and russia get behind their ally. >> this will emboldened syria's
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president. in a interview that he did last month with barbara walters indicating that no government would kill its own people. >> they don't have a whole lot of credibility. there are a whole lot of killings going on there by his government. i don't think that his words carry much credibility for many years in the international community. host: what will happen next in your opinion? >> the conflict will continue to escalate. the opposition has been gaining steam and they will turn increasingly to armed struggle now that they believe that the
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political process has dead-end did. president assad will come down harder and harder as we have seen in homes over the weekend with the shelling of an opposition neighborhood. host: we are talking with a reporter in cairo. in terms of the support president assad has been getting, russia is a serious allied. some are calling this a failure of u.s. and western diplomacy. this was a watered-down version and then failed to get the support of those members of the u.n. security council. >> the watered-down resolution, the attempt to find a common language, a common ground, i think really did paper over a
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more fundamental split in the security council. russia would like him tuesday, the u.s. and the other members want him to go. part of us but cannot be resolved. host: if you want to get into syria, what is it like for you to get into the country and then to file a story and see what happens? >> that the government has been giving ltd. fees is to journalists, 10 days mostly. other journalists have been going in illegally with the opposition fighters and smugglers from lebanon, from turkey. that is of this a dangerous
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covering at it out of damascus. it is limited. host: thank you so much for joining us from cairo and g g gg >> dennis ross discusses the changing middle east. he is interviewed live tomorrow and noon eastern on c-span-2. >> by 2020, at least half of all energy the navy uses of slowed and a short ball come from non fossil fuel sources. >> from sail to coal and oil and nuclear power, navy secretary ray mabus on the reasons for a new energy standard for the fleet. >> we are too dependent on all
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two places on earth to get our energy. we are susceptible to supply shocks. and even if we have enough, we are susceptible to price shocks. when libya started in the price of oil went up $40 per barrel, that was almost a $1 billion additional fuel bills for the navy. the only place we have to go get that money is operations or training. so our ships steam less, our planes fly less. we train less. >> more than navy secretary "q&a". on c-span's >> the president addressed attendees of this year's national prayer breakfast. in remarks, he says the teachings of jesus motivate his actions and policies such as health care reform and leveling the playing field for everyone. this annual event is hosted by the fellowship foundation. it is about 20 minutes.
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>> thank you. thank you so much. please, please, everybody have a seat. well, good morning, everybody. it is good to be with so many friends united in prayer. and i begin by giving all praise and honor to god for bringing us together here today. i want to thank our co-chairs mark and jeff, to my dear friend, the guy who always has my back, vice president biden. all the members of congress - joe deserves a hand - all the members of congress and my cabinet who are here today, all
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the distinguished guests who've traveled a long way to be part of this i'm not going to be as funny as eric -- but i'm grateful that he shared his message with us. michelle and i feel truly blessed to be here. this is my third year coming to this prayer breakfast as president. as jeff mentioned, before that, i came as senator. i have to say, it's easier coming as president. quitet have to get here as early. an it's always been opportunity that i've cherished. and it's a chance to step back for a moment, for us to come together as brothers and sisters and seek god's face together. at a time when it's easy to lose ourselves in the rush and clamor of our own lives, or get caught up in the noise and
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rancor that too often passes as politics today, these moments of prayer slow us down. they humble us. they remind us that no matter how much responsibility we have, how fancy our titles, how much power we think we hold, we are imperfect vessels. we can all benefit from turning to our creator, listening to him. avoiding phony religiosity, listening to him. this is especially important right now, when we're facing some big challenges as a nation. our economy is making progress as we recover from the worst crisis in three generations, but far too many families are still struggling to find work or
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make the mortgage, pay for college, or, in some cases, even buy food our men and women in uniform have made us safer and more secure, and we were eternally grateful to them, but war and suffering and hardship still remain in too many corners of the globe. and a lot of those men and women who we celebrate on veterans day and memorial day come back and find that, when it comes to finding a job or getting the kind of care that they need, we're not always there the way we need to be. it's absolutely true that meeting these challenges requires sound decision-making, requires smart policies. we know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone can't dictate our response to every challenge we face. but in my moments of prayer, i'm reminded that faith and
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values play an enormous role in motivating us to solve some of our most urgent problems, in keeping us going when we suffer setbacks, and opening our minds and our hearts to the needs of others. we can't leave our values at the door. if we leave our values at the door, we abandon much of the moral glue that has held our nation together for centuries, and allowed us to become somewhat more perfect a union. frederick douglass, abraham lincoln, jane addams, martin luther king, jr., dorothy day, abraham heschel -- the majority of great reformers in american history did their work not just
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because it was sound policy, or they had done good analysis, or understood how to exercise good politics, but because their faith and their values dictated it, and called for bold action -- sometimes in the face of indifference, sometimes in the face of resistance. this is no different today for millions of americans, and it's certainly not for me. i wake up each morning and i say a brief prayer, and i spend a little time in scripture and devotion. and from time to time, friends of mine, some of who are here today, friends like joel hunter or t.d. jakes, will come by the oval office or they'll call on the phone or they'll send me a email, and we'll pray together, and they'll pray for me and my family, and for our country.
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but i don't stop there. i'd be remiss if i stopped there, if my values were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends. so instead, i must try -- imperfectly, but i must try -- to make sure those values motivate me as one leader of this great nation. and so when i talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on main street, when i talk about making sure insurance companies aren't discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren't taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, i do so because i genuinely
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believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody. but i also do it because i know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and i believe in god's command to "love thy neighbor as thyself." i know the version of that golden rule is found in every major religion and every set of beliefs - from hinduism to islam to judaism to the writings of plato. and when i talk about shared responsibility, it's because i genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it's hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle- class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone.
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and i think to myself, if i'm willing to give something up as somebody who's been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that i enjoy, i actually think that's going to make economic sense. but for me as a christian, it also coincides with jesus's teaching that "for unto whom much is given, much shall be required." it mirrors the islamic belief that those who've been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others. when i talk about giving every american a fair shot at opportunity, it's because i believe that when a young person can afford a college education, or someone who's been unemployed suddenly has a chance to retrain for a job and regain that sense of dignity and pride, and contributing to the community as well as supporting
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their families -- that helps us all prosper. it means maybe that research lab on the cusp of a lifesaving discovery, or the company looking for skilled workers is going to do a little bit better, and we'll all do better as a consequence. it makes economic sense. but part of that belief comes from my faith in the idea that i am my brother's keeper and i am my sister's keeper, that as a country, we rise and fall together. i'm not an island. i'm not alone in my success. i succeed because others succeed with me. and when i decide to stand up for foreign aid, or prevent atrocities in places like uganda, or take on issues like human trafficking, it's not just about strengthening alliances, or promoting democratic values, or projecting american leadership around the world, although it does all those things and it will make us safer and more secure.
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it's also about the biblical call to care for the least of these - for the poor, for those at the margins of our society. to answer the responsibility we're given in proverbs to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute." and for others, it may reflect the jewish belief that the highest form of charity is to do our part to help others stand on their own. treating others as you want to be treated. requiring much from those who have been given so much. living by the principle that we are our brother's keeper. caring for the poor and those in need. these values are old. they can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers.
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and they are values that have always made this country great -- when we live up to them, when we don't just give lip service to them, when we don't just talk about them one day a year. havehey're the ones that defined my own faith journey. and today, with as many challenges as we face, these are the values i believe we're going to have to return to in the hopes that god will buttress our efforts. now, we can earnestly seek to see these values lived out in our politics and our policies, and we can earnestly disagree on the best way to achieve these values. in the words of c.s. lewis, "christianity has not, and does not profess to have a detailed political program. it is meant for all men at all times, and the particular
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program which suited one place or time would not suit another"" our goal should not be to declare our policies as biblical. it is god who is infallible, not us. michelle reminds me of this often. so instead, it is our hope that people of goodwill can pursue their values and common ground and the common good as best they know how, with respect for each other. and i have to say that sometimes we talk about respect, but we don't act with respect towards each other during the course of these debates. but each and every day, for many in this room, the biblical
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injunctions are not just words, they are also deeds. every single day, in different ways, so many of you are living out your faith in service to others. just last month, it was inspiring to see thousands of young christians filling the georgia dome at the passion conference, to worship the god who sets the captives free and work to end modern slavery. since we've expanded and strengthened the white house faith-based initiative, we've partnered with catholic charities to help americans who are struggling with poverty, worked with organizations like world vision and american jewish world service and islamic relief to bring hope to those suffering around the world. colleges across the country have answered our interfaith campus challenge, and students are joined together across religious lines in service to others. from promoting responsible fatherhood to strengthening adoption, from helping people
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find jobs to serving our veterans, we're linking arms with faith-based groups all across the country. i think we all understand that these values cannot truly find voice in our politics and our policies unless they find a place in our hearts. the bible teaches us to "be doers of the word and not merely hearers." we're required to have a living, breathing, active faith in our own lives. and each of us is called on to give something of ourselves for the betterment of others -- and to live the truth of our faith not just with words, but with deeds. so even as we join the great debates of our age -- how we best put people back to work, how we ensure opportunity for every child, the role of government in protecting this extraordinary planet that god has made for us, how we lessen the occasions of war -- even as
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we debate these great issues, we must be reminded of the difference that we can make each day in our small interactions, in our personal lives. as a loving husband, or a supportive parent, or a good neighbor, or a helpful colleague -- in each of these roles, we help bring his kingdom to earth. and as important as government policy may be in shaping our world, we are reminded that it's the cumulative acts of kindness and courage and charity and love, it's the respect we show each other and the generosity that we share with each other that in our everyday lives will somehow sustain us during these challenging times. john tells us that, "if anyone
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has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of god be in him? dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." mark read a letter from billy graham, and it took me back to one of the great honors of my life, which was visiting reverend graham at his mountaintop retreat in north carolina, when i was on vacation with my family at a hotel not far away. and i can still remember winding up the path up a mountain to his home. ninety-one years old at the time, facing various health challenges, he welcomed me as he would welcome a family member or a close friend.
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this man who had prayed great prayers that inspired a nation, this man who seemed larger than life, greeted me and was as kind and as gentle as could be. and we had a wonderful conversation. before i left, reverend graham started praying for me, as he had prayed for so many presidents before me. and when he finished praying, i felt the urge to pray for him. toidn't really know what say. what do you pray for when it comes to the man who has prayed for so many? but like that verse in romans, the holy spirit interceded when i didn't know quite what to say. and so i prayed -- briefly, but i prayed from the heart. i don't have the intellectual
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capacity or the lung capacity of some of my great preacher friends here that have prayed for a long time. but i prayed. and we ended with an embrace and a warm goodbye. and i thought about that moment all the way down the mountain, and i've thought about it in the many days since. because i thought about my own spiritual journey - growing up in a household that wasn't particularly religious, going through my own period of doubt and confusion, finding christ when i wasn't even looking for him so many years ago, possessing so many shortcomings that have been overcome by the simple grace of god. and the fact that i would ever be on top of a mountain, saying a prayer for billy graham - a man whose faith had changed the world and that had sustained him through
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triumphs and tragedies, and movements and milestones - that simple fact humbled me to my core. i have fallen on my knees with great regularity since that moment -- asking god for guidance not just in my personal life and my christian walk, but in the life of this nation and in the values that hold us together and keep us strong. i know that he will guide us. he always has, and he always will. and i pray his richest blessings on each of you in the days ahead. thank you very much. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012]
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>> tomorrow, house majority leader eric cantor and kevin mccarthy take part in a discussion on how to grow the economy. you will hear remarks from executives of the venture capital firms such as steve case. that is live at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span-2. >> by 202, at least half of all energy that of the navy uses will come from non fossil fuel sources. >> from sail to coal and oil and clear power, the navy secretary on the reasons for and new energy standard. >> we are too dependent on eit her potentially or volatile
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places on earth to get our energy. we are susceptible to supply shocks. and even if we have enough, we are susceptible to price shocks. when the libya situation started, that was a $1 billion additional fuel bills for the u.s. navy. the only place that we have to go get that but we train our sailors and our marines less. >> more tonight at an o'clock p.m. eastern on c-span's "q&a." >> this past week, house and senate lawmakers continue to look at continuing the pay cut for workers, and they will continue their work on tuesday with a fourth public meeting. the cuts expire by the end of the month, and all sides agree on extending it. >> i do not hear a fundamental
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disagreements in that this enhances their lives and their ability for them to get a job down the road. i do not hear a disagreement with that. i hear an excuse as to the fundamental philosophy of trying to reform people with an education so that when they go into the work force, they have an additional tool. >> to link a social insurance program designed and 470 pleshette -- 70 plus years functioning to provide financial support when you lose your job to a requirement that you have to be in training i think, first of all, will not work for some of the broad considerations, but second, i do not think it contradicts the notion that you are suggesting, and i agree with, that the more education you have today, the better off you will be in this economy. >> watch the rest of the meeting online at the c-span video library, which is archived.
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>> from the trump international hotel in las vegas, this is just over five minutes. [applause] >> thank you very much. it is a great honor for me. as everybody in this country knows, our country is in serious, serious trouble. whether it be opec, or the opec nations, or china, or anybody we do business with throughout the world, they take advantage of us, they laugh at us, they
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can't believe their good fortunes. i knew these people, and they can't believe what they are getting away with. though we really have an opportunity to do something great for the country. just a little while ago, i didn't even mention this, but the cbo chief in washington announced that unemployment is going up to 9.2 percent by sometime in january. so it's going to go up, and the growth rate is going to be at about 1 percent. so this just came out, not so good news. it's my honor, real honor, and romney. [cheers and applause] i have gotten -- [cheers and applause]
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and by the way, this is a great couple. you look at this couple-but mitt is tough he's smart, he's sharp, he's not going to allow bad things to happen to this country that we all love. you can do it. [applause] life and this is one of them. being in donald trump's magnificent hotel and having his endorsement is a delight. i'm so honored and pleased to have his endorsement and of course i am looking for the endorsement of the people of nevada.
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[applause] donald trump has shown an extraordinary ability to show how our economy works, to create jobs for the american people. he's done it here in nevada, he's done it across the country, he understands that our economy is facing threats from abroad, he's one of the few people who stood up and said, you know what, china has been cheating. they've taken jobs from americans, they haven't played fair. we have to have a president who will stand up to cheaters. we believe in free trade and free enterprise but we don't believe in allowing people to cheat day in and day out. i'm going to work very, very hard to make sure the people in this country that that just being projected by the cbo. their analysis of what's going to happen in the future of america is driven by the policies from a president who's failing. thatfrequently telling us he did not cause the recession, and that's true, but he made it worse. and he made the recovery long and tepid. the people here in nevada are suffering.
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so many people have their homes but under water, it's extraordinary. and nevada leads the nation in a very negative way, which is if you look at foreclosures of the last 90 days, nevada is number one in the nation. this is a very tough time for the people of nevada. and i want to do everything in my power to get this economy going again. so people can be in homes they can afford, so people can come here for tourism, so the american people can have rising incomes again, so we can make sure america stands strong around the world. we have a president who may be a nice guy, but he is way over his head. he does not understand what it takes to get america working again. and i do. sector, not quite as successful as this guy, but successful nonetheless, sufficiently successful to understand what it takes to get america to be the most attractive place in the world for innovators, entrepreneurs, and business and job creators. i want america to be the place
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where people want to come and grow. and i will use all my energy to get america working again, to help the people of this country to have rising incomes and good homes that are worth something again. so i want to say thank you to donald trump for his endorsement. it means a great deal for me to have the endorsement of mr. trump and people across this country that care about the future of america. i think it's time for us to recognize we can't keep goingwe have to dramatically change course. the government interacts with our government is too big, it's too intrusive, it's placed too great burdens on people of this country. i will dramatically change the way this country is working. i'll also stand up for our friends abroad and make sure america remains the shining city and your endorsement today, and i look forward to seeing you on the trail. thank you, donald. [captioning performed by
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national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> a couple of people i should mention, the lieutenant governor has been chairman of my efforts in this state and i appreciate governor and first lady, please stand up. i look forward to seeing you all out on the trail. i need every vote i can get. thank you. [applause]
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♪ >> our "road to a white house" continues, with mitt romney in las vegas after the caucuses. it is his third win. in his remarks, there were the policies of president obama compared to those he would enact. he was introduced by his wife.
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from the red rock a casino resort and spa, this is about 25 minutes. >> it looks like we are missing a few of our kids. thank you, nv. [cheers and applause] once again, i am here to make sure that you listen to me this time and obey when i tell you do not clap until i am finished. [laughter] nobody listens to me last time. by the way, the most people i have to thank our all of the volunteers , so the thank you to all of the volunteers. [cheers and applause] . >> our nevada cochair and the congressman. i also want to thank a congressman. our nevada finance share. -- chair, and the many officials
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throughout the state you have been so crucial. we are so appreciative. and of course, the nevada state adviser, the nevada state finance director, and, you know, i want to give a special shot out to another. your first lady of nv from a few years ago, and we served together, and we still miss her sweet husband. and shout out to my friend, too. thinking. [cheers and applause] -- thank you. as i have been observing things back, f. i-10 to do, i have noticed that mitt romney has started to wind.
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this will be very important. now that we have all of the excited and energized and volunteering, we are going to need you again next time. we are looking for somebody to turn this around and create jobs. we are excited to introduce the next president of the united states, mitt romney. [cheers and applause]
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[crowd chanting, "mitt, mitt!"] [cheers and applause] thank you. thank you, guys. you know, this is not the first time you have given me your vote of confidence. and this time, i have to take it to the white house. [cheers and applause] four years ago, candidate obama came to nevada promising to help.
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but after he was elected, his folks skipped coming here for conventions and meetings. today, nev. unemployment is over the highest in the nation. neighborhoods blighted by abandoned homes and where people done with your kind of help. [cheers and applause] three years ago, a newly elected president obama pulled america that, if congress approved his plan to borrow nearly one would drop below 8%. it has not been below 8% since.
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today, he has been trying to take a vow for 8.3% unemployment. not so fast, mr. president. this is the 28th straight week of unemployment at that level. if you take into account the people who have stopped looking, the real unemployment rate is over 15%. mr. president, america has also had enough of your kind of help. [cheers and applause] [chanting] >> mitt! mitt! >> let me ask you a question appeared did obamacare encourage businesses to hire more people? >> no! encourage employers to expand here?
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>> no! and the keystone pipeline speed and job creation? >> no! dollars that he sent to his green energy buddies give anybody. job? -- give anybody here a job? >> no! mr. president, we recommend you the american people and the private sector and not to you, mr. president. [cheers and applause] [chanting] >> romney! romney! romney! [cheers and applause] >> this president's misguided policies made these tough times last longer. earlier in the week, he spoke with a woman from texas during
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an on-line event. she told them that her husband has been out of work for three years president obama said he found that interesting. [laughter] interesting, really? i have a better word. tragic. [cheers] america needs a president who can fix the economy because he understands the economy and i do[cheers and applause] this president began his presidency by apologizing for america. [cheers and applause] we will not settle for a president who tells us it could be worse. what defines us as americans is their conviction that things must be better. that conviction guides this campaign. it has rallied millions of
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americans to our cause, including tens of thousands of the veterans who gave me their support here today and i thank them -- tens of thousands of nevadans who gave me their them. troubled times. it is better than 15% realit is better than $15 trillion in debt. it is better than the misguided policies and broken promises of the last three years and the failed leadership of one man. our campaign is about more than just replacing the president, however appeared this is really a campaign about saving the soul of america. president obama says he wants to fundamentally transform america. we want to restore to america the founding principles that made this country great. [cheers and applause]
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our vision for the future could not be more different than his bid president obama will grow government and a set -- and amassed more trillion dollar deficits. i will not grow government. maturity economy. i will reduce it. american budget. president obama's brand of his friends companies. my free enterprise is to return creativity of the american
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people. [cheers and applause] like his colleagues who think they know better, president obama demonizes and denigratesi will make america the most entrepreneurs, for innovators, and for job creators. [cheers and applause] and get america working againg. -- again. and by the way, like other people running for president, i know just had to do that. [cheers and applause] if i'm elected president, my priority will be about saving your job and not my own. as you know, one of the most important and personal matters in our lives is health care. president obama would turn the decision making over tohe forced the obamacare. i will repeal obamacare. [cheers and applause]
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the president orders loses organizations to violate their conscience. i will defend religious liberty and overturn any regulation that our right to worship as we [chanting] >> president obama is shrinking our military and hollowing out powerful that no one in the challenging it. [cheers and applause] president obama seems to believe of the world is a thing of the past.
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century. [cheers and applause] [chanting] >> romney! romney! romney! >> our mission is to increase the freedom and opportunity of the american people and our blueprint is the constitution of the united states. [cheers and applause] we will build an america where hope is a new job with a paycheck and not a faded work on a bumper sticker. and i will not attempt to bribe voters with promises of new ever-increasing checks from government. if this election is a bidding war, if you want to make this election about restoring america's greatness, i hope you'll join with us. [cheers and applause] if you believe the disappointment of the last two years are a detour and not our
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destiny, and i am asking for your vote. i am asking each of you to remember how special it is to be an american. i want to remember why it was that you or your ancestors sacrifice to come to america and overcome the challenges of life in a new country, why they came here. it was not for a free ticket. it was for freedom. [cheers and applause] it was not for the pursuit of government benefits. it was for the pursuit of happiness. [cheers and applause] we still believe in thatwe still believe in america as the land of opportunity. we believe in the america that challenges us to be bigger and better than ourselves.
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this election, we must fight for the america we love. we believe in america. thank you so much and god bless you [. cheers and applause] you're the best! thank you! [cheers and applause] ♪
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>> we thought that instead of the standard rally we would start by saying there is one story that came out today that i few months. i am a candidate for president of the united states. we will go to tampa. we have over 160,000 donors, 97% of whom have given less than $250. we have an obligation to stand up for them. we will leave on monday to go to denver and then to minneapolis and then four cities in ohio. we will continue to campaign all the way to tampa. several things have clarified themselves. i care very deeply about helping the poorest americans.
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i believe that the declaration of independence's commitment to pursue happiness extends to the when of the challenges to conservatism is to turn the give people an opportunity to earn a living, have a decent future. i am not comfortable with allowing people to languish in the safety net. i think that is a fundamental us. indexing the minimum wage is a bad idea which will increase unemployment. every evidence we have shows it nevada has 32% teenage unemployment. the country that has 43% black
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should not suggest a capricious increase of a minimum-wage which kills jobs. and stops access for young people. there are some big differences in evolving in this campaign. i also believe the vast majority of republicans are going to want an alternative to a massachusetts moderate who has given his career in pro- abortion, pro-tax increase and who ranked third from the bottom in creating jobs as governor. our commitment is to seek to find a series of victories which, by the end of texas, will leave us at parity with governor romney. to see if we cannot actually win the nomination. tonight he will do well. this is one of his best states. it is a heavily mormon state.
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i think we have early returns. we do not know how it is going to end up. last time ron paul was in second place. he has a substantial advantage in a caucus state. i will do better than john mccain did three years ago. we will get some delegates. we are happy to be competing here. we are going to move on to compete in maine, minnesota, colorado. a early voting has began in ohio and arizona. we will compete later in arizona and michigan and to want to super tuesday and beyond that. i wanted to say that so you could relax. every primary day the romney headquarters in boston says the rumor they believe i willi am not going to withdraw. i am happy where we are.
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i think the contrast between governor romney and me is going to get wider and wider. i look forward to opportunities to debate him and draw the contrast and to compete for votes. and i would be glad to take your questions. >> what kind of conversations have taken place? >> we got together for a practical reason. i was surprised by the degree to which the establishment has closed ranks and made clear that they are desperate over the prospect of a gingrich presidency. i was surprised by george soros that he was happy with obama or
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romney because it did not make much difference in policy. it was just a change in personality. york times article on the romney campaign's decision that they had to destroy newt gingrich. us. wall street money will be things that are not true. howard to define the campaign get to choose to they want soros-approved candidates or a conservative? we spent the last four days of laying out a campaign for the next few months. through the clutter and be able to draw designs -- decisively for the american people. reagan had this challenge with
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john conley. goldwater with rockefeller. campaigns in which the establishment had massive financial advantages. primaries. i am comfortable that when you come down to it, a pro- abortion, the establishment is not going to do very well. i am happy to have that debate with governor romney. i will debate him one on one anywhere he is willing to stand in florida. >> everybody will get a chance. the super bowl is not until 3:29.
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>> there are reports [inaudible] would support governor romney. i have said the choice of obama and romney is no choice. sheldon's primary driving force is the survival of the united states and israel in the face of a nuclear weapon. virtually anybody is a better candidate. that does not bother me at all. yes, ma'am? february and aiming at superhow much of your focus is going to be on super tuesday states? you are obviously spending a lot of time in ohio this week.
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month will mean? a super tuesday strategy? >> one of the things some of you, as you keep score, do not national system in terms of information flow. if i am hannity or one of the -- if i am on "hannity" or one of the networks or even in the new york country. suspect will be again by texas. battery is a national campaign. -- that really is a national campaign. next week we are in colorado, minnesota, ohio and then washington. i think the following monday we start in california. we are going to be all over the place. we intend to compete in every single state in the country. competitive in every single state. yes, sir?
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behind obama. with their fellow catholics. >> meaning the archbishop, the hierarchy, every bishop, every priest, those are her fellow catholics? you might ask the archbishop how he thinks the term fellow catholic applies to him. yes, sir? let me go back for a second. the obama administration has declared war on religious freedom in this country. people need to understand that. this is a decision so totally outrageous and an elite -- radical secular ideology that the hierarchy will oppose it. it has nothing to do with the details. it has to do with whether the
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government can tell a religious institution you must give up your religious beliefs. that is what obamacare has come to mean. the right of a politician and a washingotn no longer worship the way you for doing so. i think the average american arrogance and the bigotry of the obama administration. >> have you considered voters are not buying what you're selling? you have been on the ballot in five states. you have won one but lost four. you also talk about the debates but you have had 18 of them and you have been considered to done well. it is not showing up in the polls. outcome in a state where i was outspent five to one. you understand that the idea of guy spend five times as much money and many of his ads were
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false, that maybe that is not an accurate measure. when it was a positive campaign, i was ahead by 12 points. i was a had about one week ago. in a few more weeks i will be ahead ago. >> is that ignoring the reality of the campaign? he has gone negative and is working. is working. what i am asserting is that i do not believe the american people will approve of a campaign which suppresses turnout. it is amazing, if you look at florida, every county had an increase to turn out. every county carried by romney had a decrease to turn out. that should sober every republican.
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it's depressing turnout, how isif he can only outspent five to one, how will that apply against obama? who is going to outspend him? i suggest there are underlying factors and i am happy to continue campaigning and i am amazed that the media is desperate for subscribing and excuse to ask me to quit. jeff? >> can you be successful with mitt romney in your head the way he is right now? >> first of all, i am not sure if mitt romney is in my head. that is an interesting analysis on your part. with a psychiatric degree, that will give you a chance to get new clients. there is a clear contrast. the clear contrast is important. over time we are going to drive home that contrast in a way which will be to his disadvantage.
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conservative, prepared to change washington. take his one comment this week about not caring about the poor. we know it was a mistake just like his comment about liking to fire people. etc. a conservative who cares about the poor, a conservative who cares about every american, a conservative who says why don't we rethink the safety net so it becomes a trampoline. which is notme. it is jack kemp. a range of people who have been working on these ideas. ronnie's comments are a sign he does not understand conservative philosophy. that is important for republicans and conservatives to think about. nominating one more moderate
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like 1996, like 2008, i do not think that is a good future for the republican party. because it is vital to bet oba -- to besat -- geat -- to beat obama, i do not think -- i do not think it is a good future for the country. >> [inaudible] >> go back and look at the second debate. i have never had a person stand next to me and be as dishonest as he was. look at what he said. false. i did not have any mechanisms to turn to somebody who is being dishonest as a candidate for president. if you cannot tell the truth, a
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s a candidtate -- depict a candidate for president, which is a charge that has been made by mccain, fred thompson, huckabee. how can the country expect you to leave as president? i make no bones about this. in the second floor debate i had nothing to say because i had never seen a person who i thought of a serious candidate be that fundamentally dishonest. it was blatant and deliberate. i do not want to tell you now. you have to give us a few trade secrets. yes, ma'am? >> [inaudible] >> this is a state he won last time. we will do better than mccain last time. and john mccain went on to a
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reasonably good success. >> and news reports suggest you had a greater involvement with freddie mac. >> i have not seen the reports. i will be happy to look at them. yes, sir? >> you said you are ashamed of the negativity. negativity? give up any negativity? >> you cannot disarm in a world where somebody is aggressive. as you know, you might as well withdraw from campaigning. that is a fact. >> you do not think you could win with a positive -- >> i tried that. i stayed relentlessly positive in iowa and i lost 22 points. when we were in a totally positive campaign, i was beating mitt romney by a good margin. i think it is terrible that the
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negative ads, some of them false. i wish it was not happening. we would be better if it was not happening. but it is a fact. unfortunately, if you are not willing to stand up and fight you have to get out of the race. that is a sad comment. yes, ma'am?>> some have suggested you decided you want to go more positive but that does not matchwhat to you want to see about the tone? of positive speeches. i am happy to talk about turning this safety net into a trampoline and ideas we have for creating a better future in terms of tax cuts and less regulation. they gave this speech last night at a church which was positive about american exceptionalism.
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it is harder to get your profession to cover positive speech years. -- speeches. i can give hours and hours a positive speeches. show up anywhere. -- that does not mean they will show up anywhere. >> is it a positive about america but-about romney? >> there is a positive future if we elect conservatives. i am happy to talk about why that is true and it is hard for somebody who invented romneycare to be part of the future. yes, ma'am? >> are you hoping for other endorsements? >> i cannot understand those articles because nobody i knew thought he was going to endorse me. so we all thought it was kind of weird.
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those of you who wrote those articles that should go back to your sources. it is a free country. there are few people better than manipulating the press and donald trump. he produced it -- proved it once again. you have to remind the sheer chutzpah. >> the explanation is that you are the brain, the machine behind your campaign. to you think that if you -- are you looking at adding consultants? >> it would not have been different. no. how is a consultant going to say to you in advance, and until i saw the new york times article about the discussion last sunday, it had not occurred to me you would have the level of with callousness and the level of regional level of reckless --
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have a level of reckless -- ruthlessness and dishonesty we saw last week. i have been around a long time. i have been through a fair number of fights. the language in that article is startling and a break with the american tradition. >> you are your own campaign manager? >> we have a lot of smart people but when it comes to what the candidate does and what the candidate says, i bear full responsibility. i do not get talking points or coaching in the sense governor romney did. here you have a guy who does a good. the only debates romney has done well he was coached by this guy and then they fire him. it is kind of weird. you have the last question. last question. >> can you discuss financing? >> it does not fit our internal numbers. i do understand where that report came from.
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some clever person went back and changed their interpretation. >> [inaudible] >> that is the one state we messed up again. i have been honest about that. we hired the wrong person. it did not work. them. listen, i hope you have a great super bowl. take a few hours off and try to enjoy life. thank you very much. [applause] >> -- >> is my son in law who, for christmas, give my daughter one share of packer stock. we had a serious conference call and we concluded that we should be for the team that beat the packers.
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it is painful, but i am for the giants. period. there you go. >> thank you. >> tomorrow, house majority leader eric cantor and mccarthy take part in the discussion on how to grow the economy and create jobs. we will also hear from the aol co-founder steve case, live at 9:30 eastern on c-span2. >> this past week, house and senate lawmakers continued negotiations to extend the payroll tax cut for workers. they will continue their work on tuesday with a fourth public meeting. the cut expire by the end of the month, and all sides agree it should be expanded.
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the talks focus on how to pay for it. >> i do not cents a fundamental disagreement. if they get something that enhances their lives and their ability to get a job down the road, i do not hear a disagreement with that. i hear an excuse as to why not to do it, but rather the fundamental philosophy of trying to rearm people with education, so when they go into the work force, they have an additional tool. >> providing financial support that you have to be in this training, it will not work for some of the practical considerations, but second, i do not think it contradicts the notion. the more education that you have today, the better off you will be in this economy. >> watch the rest of this meeting or the two


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