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mr. king: i move the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. the house is adjourned until
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>> the chair recognizes the president, senator peterson. >> is there a quorum of the house present? the chair recognizes representative shirring. >> a quorum of the house is present. >> a quorum being present, this joint session will now come to order. >> we invite our geverts to
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please rise as we open with prayer. of ill be led by chaplain the west terville chaplain of he police. >> may we bow in prayer. the strength of our state of ohio. they experienced tonight how family and friends and persons we have never even met in this city stepped up to show love, to
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show direction and guidance to show us the caring of their hearts. lord, may we have without tragedy the ability to allow that power to grow stronger in our state of ohio. stand with us tonight as we remember what has happened. thank you for our governor. even as a resident of west terville, he has served his state well. we can remember each and every day that is ahead. where there is darkness, let there be light. where there's fear, let us walk in faith. where there is frustration, let there be peace, harmony and unity as we celebrate that and thank you for those who cared for west terville strong as we care for ohio strong. god bless ohio.
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and god bless the united states of america. in jesus name, i pray, amen. >> thank you, pastor. i would ask everyone to remain standing by the presentation of colors followed by the pledge of llegiance.
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i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and stice for all.
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>> thank you. lease be seated. ladies and gentlemen, it is now my distinct honor and pleasure to present the governor of the great state of ohio, john kasich. [applause]
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governor i want to thank the general assembly and migrate friends and lieutenant governor, the state of ohio, and my cabinet, who is all about west terville today and i want to thank the university and thank you for allowing me to be here and the president who hosted us
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tonight and how about a little bit of appreciation for my family. . wife karen and my daughters [applause] governor kashich: i wanted to come to west terville for several reasons and thank you for the kindness and support you have shown me over so many decades and to show respect for exemplifying where people come together and sell operate the best in us. i have been here for such a long time that i can remember where we had more gravel roads than we had paved roads. and it was a wonderful town. i would occasionally with my
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wife, we would walk into westerville and have a great time and many of the shops. the pharmacy that i still go, it is the uptown pharmacy and right across the street is a flower shop. and every time i get there, it is filled with flowers and i walk in the door and i say, do you sell any flowers here? and they laugh and roll their eyes and i buy them. want to uy them when i give a rose or daisy to somebody to somebody saying you are special and i love you. i have stay connected here for such a long time. and things were going really great, that as we heard the
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minister say a few minutes ago, that something wasn't imagined and that was the killing of two great two police officers. great men. this town, came together to honor them in a way -- well, to tell you the truth, i talked to a guy a germany and he said we have been following it even over here. it did spread worldwide and the reaction was remarkable, i suppose, unless you understand west terville. it has gotten better, but still a small town at heart. if you go around in the city, people will not take the blue ribbons down. people will not take the ribbons
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down. the merchants are flying the flag with the blue stripe and it has been an amazing outpouring and we are never going to be the same. but at the same time rg that we in west terville that we mourn together, we also celebrate together. but when i think about the blue ribbons and if you drive through the city at night, dotting the andscape, blue lights on porch houses, blue who lights, in a constant recognition for not just the officers that died, but the fact that we realize these first responders are our american heroes, aren't they? od bless those families. [applause] governor kashich: i don't know about you, but this is one of the craziest times in our
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country. i have friends tell me they will not not watch five minutes of the news. and we see all these things, these tragedies, crazy things happening all over our country. and so, therefore, i think it is a great time to reflect because in uncertain times we reflect. and i want us to go back to a moment to those days when many of us were in college. you remember being in the dorm? you remember late at night, you would look at your friends and you would say, what's life all about? why are we here? what is our purpose? what is my responsibility as a human being? you know, we do it back when we were in college but do it today in times of alarm and at times
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when we are with special people late at night and we get into a discussion comb this. from the beginning of time, man has asked that question. why? what about us? what are we supposed to do? and i want to think about the philosophers who have spent time hinking about this question. plateau. go back to the 11th grade and working our way through school, they talked about the everlasting time of the human soul. it was an uplifting thought for crouseau. how about he was the underpinning of the french revolution.
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niche explored the dark side of human nature and some argued that he was an inspiration for the rise of the nazis and albert cam everyone u. what is the definition? i don't think we could reach a point where we could agree. but he was a great one. and then there was john locke who believed in natural law, the goodness of man. and some said he had a profound influence during the writing of the constitution and the declaration of independence. so those philosophers have always stood out for me and i ave studied st. augustine. let me tell you what i like him.
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e had to turn himself to god but not yet. and i don't want to follow you. and it was a battle of his wills where he became one of the greatest saints in the history of the world. man omas a qinases was a who said, faith and reason, they are inaccept prabble. not just blind faith and reason but faith and reason can help human beings chart a course for a better tomorrow. and then we get to martin luter. martin luther was a controversial guy. he pounded his theet cyst on the chuffer door. and he said that the church of rome had become corrupt and asal
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result of that, they put a bounty on his head and had to flee for his life. but he is one of the great of all time. and one of my heroes. forss. wilbo my wife and daughters were in ondon and visited west ministers andey. and we need to bring manners brac to great britain and a new respect we learn to one another. he lost his life because of this. he wore himself completely out. my daughters, when they were in westminster andey, they took a picture of the portrait and
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statute that i have on my phone this very day. so, you know, when we think of the meaning of life, there are two ways, the way i think about t and those are the humanists, those are the ones who chartered the course on human reason and they wake up every day with a goal. their goal is to improve the world. their goal is to make the world a better place. humanists ecular follow that code and do great. and many of my friends are secular humanists and i respect them for it. but for me and maybe for some of us, we need to go deeper and we need to have a more permanent compass and i want to suggest this to you. think about the culture of today. think of how fast it moves.
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think about the addiction to the smartphone. think about the fads. think about the current of life that change so fast and with us like a flag on a very windy day. you see, those current can throw us off. i can tell you, they absolutely can throw me off and have. because of that, i have conclooded that human reason is imperfect. it just doesn't work. it can only take us so far when the winds of change can move us off course and find ourselves lost. r many years now, 30, 40 years, i have been studying, thinking and observing and trying to figure out my purpose. here is the very interesting
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thing. christians, jews and muslims all share a similar view of creation. let me say that one more time. our friends of the islamic state, our friends who invest in judaism and christian, share a similar vision. life is unique. life is a reflection of our createor. when we think about all that we see and we are seeing the peepers emerge in the pongeds or the you will beautiful wildlife and all the things that bring us great joy, it's life. but we, human beings, created by the lord, we're unique. and we are made in our concrete
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tur's image. that's what they say and i buy it. and as a result of the fact that we are all made in the image of our creator, everyone deserves respect regardless of race, creed, appearance, our station in life. we all deserve respect because we are all created and made in the image of that creator, of our creator. and when we are made in god's image, there is a natural pool to reflect the traits of our creator's character, because we know him. we know what his character is. we know what his values are. and folks, these are not just this hot button issues that we yell and scream about.
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they have driven the young away from these kinds of considerations. let me tell you what i think these issues are and i'm sure you have some, because i don't know them all. but let's start them with all. wee is not that gooy emotion see on a movie screen. love is being able to do something for somebody else hoping they might do it for us, but we are willing to pay the price to help somebody achieve a better life and goodness even if we don't receive anything in return. you know, it has been said that you should love your neighbor the way you want your neighbor to love you. how about just loving your neighbor, because it's just the right thing to do. compassion.
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when we slow down and we move so fast, i move so fast all the time, but when we slow down and we see somebody who is disabled, when we see somebody, some children, they don't have very nice clothes on, their shoes are not very nice, some of them go to the bus stop in the winter and their cots are so thin, we can see them. when we slow them and stop, we try to put ourselves in their shoes and say, what are their lives like and how can i be sensitive to who they are as a human being? yes, compassion is so critical. humility. it's been written that humility is the key that unlocks the universe. boy, is that a tough one, huh?
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because life is not just about you. in fact, what humility does and this is a really hard thing, it means when you look at somebody who is a in a lower station than you, you ascribe to them greatness, greatness that surpasses your own. he issue of forgiveness. huh? i'll never forget in that church in south carolina when the woman was in that church, she went the next day and saw the person who you. and said, i forgive it took me a long time to forgive the man who killed my parents in a drunk driving accident. forgiveness is so hard. seas so hard because we feel a grieve and we are searching for
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payback or justice. but forgiveness is something we need to do because we expect to get sometimes in our existence and then there is personal responsibility. when you have a gift, you can't bury it. when you have a gift, you have to use it, because you will be held personally responsible for what you did with what you were given and then there is an issue of justice. it is connected to forgiveness. we are in search of forgiveness and sometimes we find it. but sometimes we will find perfect justice on the other side of the grave or strive for all of is. we are connected to the thoughts of our creator, but ultimately, it's up to him. and i mentioned respect to
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others because we are made in that image and personal responsibility. you know what it gets down to do, we need to live life a little better, rive a life bigger than ourselves. and it is about human connecttiveness and connected to one another. when the fliffers in west terville were killed, someone o lived up by lake erie knew it. and a little boy who dice on the beach, we all lose a piece of ourselves. our values are written on our hearts. they are instinctive. i have concluded that they are written on our hearts. let's think about that for a second, particularly in times of frile. remember the flooding in houston, texas? remember that gang of people
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that took those little boats and floated them down the flood-driven streets plucking people out of their streets and homes and saving their lives. they had no idea who those people were. and they came from louisiana and they said we are here toe serve and to help. that was so cool. in florida with the florida and hurricanes and people will help people in the middle of a tragedy. ow about in puerto rico. there is a great chef. he left husband business behind and went to puerto rico and served millions of meals. we had people from ohio that went from. saw the guys from a.e.p., he said, somebody has to go down
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there and do something. or in the las vegas, when a man stood in a hotel room high above on ground and opened fire people who had gone to a concert with their spouses and their iends to just escape the hum-drum or the tension and problems of life. and while those shots were firing, could you do this? i don't know what i could do. but people jumped in front of people they didn't know and took the bullets themselves. it was just amazing what they were willing to do for somebody -- human instinct, the values are written on our hearts. and i don't need to tell you about parkland, do i? those students are incredible
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down there. and how about those teachers? some of whom died because they put themselves in front of the gunman while those kids are etched in our minds forever. they will be great leaders tomorrow. nd even in our state, in chardon, six died. the gunman opened fire. and teachers put their lives at risk to chase that gunman out of the school and the whole town mourned. and i think the whole town reflects and the town has recovered, but it will never ever forget what happened there that day. you know, we have the opportunity to let these values i spoke of come alive in all of us. it can guide our work and ours
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lives. or go go to quit my job vote for this bill, whatever it is, if you go to those values, it allows you to see clearly as a human being what your responsibility is. and when you act on the bases of values you will never have a regret. we will never have a regret if we look back and do that, but it can come with a high cost when we act on the basis of these values because those values are at war with the world. i was watching a little thing yesterday on television with my wife and bobby kennedy flashed onto the screen and announced in martin olis, tonight, luther king was assassinated.
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i think he probably knew what was coming. but he wouldn't deviate. he wouldn't change. yes, he stuck to his values and paid the price. a man who returned to germany because he said i could not be a german pastor being in new york where he had gone. he said i have to go back to germany where he was arrested in the plot to kill hitler. and they escorted him from that prison to hang him on -- by the order of the top nazi command. and as he went, he preached love to the guards. lost an id, truly we incredible human being.
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one of my favorites sat in the soviet ghoul ag, said we will release you because he was protesting and he said let my people go. and they locked him until solitary confinement and said, all you have to do is sign a piece of paper saying you had done something wrong because galileo and sharanski thought, if they use it against me, i will not let them use me against someone else. and he was finally released because of the efforts of ronald reagan. how about the wells fargo employee? how about that guy that worked for wells fargo and said i'm not
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going to open phony accounts. i'm not doing it, because i'm it and it's not and they fired him. they ruined his life. did they really? we are thinking about him tonight. i'm going to track him down and call him and tell him about this. the lady at hud, they are making ssive cuts and ordering this fancy furniture and the lady has been re-assigned. we love these people. some of them could be us. they have the courage to live what they believe in the face of adversity and made an indelible impression and what they have done will never ever be forgotten. so what about our policies and
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our values here in ohio? i want to talk to you about those virtues and values in ohio. much what we have done in the state, i think is a reflection of the virtues and values i have talked about. and let's start with health care. how did somebody go to work if they are not healthy. how does somebody go to work if they are not sick. my wife told me yesterday that they had to check her i.d. and insurance card when she went to get some care. she said who wouldn't want to have this care. somebody's sister came in and pretended to be her. you know why she did that? she has no health insurance. now people can get healthy and
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get healthy in a creative way thanks to the efforts of my friend greg moody. health care has been an essential part of what we have done. and because we have focused on health care, we have developed the resources to deal with two other vexing problems. w about a shout out to kevin love. you'll hear about this. in the middle of his basketball career, he started to have a meltdown. the issue of mental health and i said to you many years ago, you can't if you have mental illness be sleeping under a bridge. we have to treat you better. and through the efforts of tracy and the whole team, we have been doing much better with the issue of mental health. and with the help of the legislature, we will be able to rebuild central ohio's mental
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health hospital to provide health care. and you will be seeing this oon, ok. governor kashich: there is a team over here. this last year will see a 30% drop in the number of doses that are written for frippingses in oipiates. 30% drop.
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[applause] governor kashich: we are now experiencing a six-year low. and the number of prescribed opiate deaths and we have now begun to see heroin level off. more recovery beds still a long way to go. but i think we are making progress, ladies and gentlemen, because we want people who have these addictions to get their lives back because they have a lot to do. but we are starting to make progress. and you are going to spend a lot more years working on this. and i wish you all the best. ike county, cliff rosen berger has a good heart. e brought a dozen, 12, 13, 1-year-old girls to see me a couple of months ago. they are experiencing the problem were addiction but it's not their addiction. it's whoever is in charge of
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them. the mothers, their fathers, their caregivers, in and out of jail addicted. and these young women were shellshocked and they were hangry and sad and towards the end of the meeting, i was so grateful that i would care enough about them. at the end of the meeting, one young woman who had nt said anything sitting next to somebody on the staff, because she knew the meeting was coming to an end started to cry. it was a sad, quiet cry, baugh she knew she was going to go back to that nightmare. well, working with cliff and ultimately with lary here in the short period of time and the staff, we're coming to the rescue of those kids and not just those kids, but a number of
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others that live in pike county, by providing the kind of safe space that the ymca, counseling, a place to go to be able to live a decent life and try to overcome these problems and have someone to talk to and trauma training that these are not bad kids and listen to what they are going through, and we have the churches and the community is involved and the state is involved and the people in that county are beginning to say, we can do this. i believe if we can carry this out and something sustaining in pike county and across our country, we begin to deal with the problem of rural poverty that has nagged this country since bobby kennedy did his tour 50 years ago.
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developmental disabilities for mainstreaming kids now. i remember announcing will get kids out of the work shop and mom and dad were sitting out there and tears were flowing down their face because they thought their kids had a chance. they are special. they have a special gift in a special way. we are giving them a chance. we are giving them a chance. [applause] criminal justice reform and prison reform. i heard the other day and thank you, legislature, the local judges are not sending everybody tour prison. i want to thank the judges because we bring rational thinking into this and keep them in the local community where they can be rehabbed and get
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their life back. we have now the lowest entry into our prison system in 27 years. it's starting to work. gary came in to see me, he looked great. are you getting botox? he said no. i'm excited because i'm changing the world. think about that. human trafficking, thanks, for what you have done. this highway patrol, they have seen people driving a big truck and in the big truck curled up is a 12, 13 or 14-year-old girl who they are trying to ship off to the slave trade business. and a lot of you have been involved, tearesa, thank you.
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changing the laws. job creation. why do we fight? and democrats, republicans, doesn't matter, we have to have an environment where businesses can work and grow? it's for one reason. when people have a job, they have dignity and when they have confidence, they have hope, and when they have hope, it helps the whole muent, it helps everybody. that's why we focused on it. the environment. hey, this is really cool. i'm going to announce a new state park. i think we bought it now. i hope we have finally bought it. we will have a new state park and you will be able to expand it as the largest state park in ohio. i hope you come out when we dedicate. it will be called the jesse owen
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state park who stood up to hitler and came home with a gold medal. [applause] governor kashich: there is more here. education reform and work force. thank you to members who serve on the work force board. things are moving so fast, we can't legality people lose their jobs and nowhere to go. we have to give them the skills they need. and there is so much more to do. education, work force, adick discs. immortality, poffer. we can't get it all right. i believe because we have been faithful to practicing these values that i have talked about earlier, i believe the state of ohio is stronger today than it has been in a generation and we proud and we are more hopeful and united and set a course for others to follow.
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ohio is back and ohio is strong again, ladies and gentlemen. [applause] people say, what are you proud of? i said we are up in employment but i'm proud that we haven't rest anybody behind. we just can't. we tried to treat everybody special. now, you know, we all fail. i would like to say i'm a slob trying to get through. but i think there is a way back. the problem we run into is speed d hace and ego and all these things. they obscure these values, they distract us and everybody in america wants to talk about the failure of the political system.
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how about the business world? how about wells fargo? they ut equifax where made it all up? just dead wrong. in sports, where if you had a brain injury before the league and the union made an agreement, your people are out. mike webster lived in the car as a center for the pittsburgh steelers. can't we take care of those people whose brains were injured so they are not left alone and the ncaa scandal that we read about pfment hollywood harassment. it screams at us every day. and the media which i so much admire and need when they turn to hits and clicks for money, they lower the bar and religion,
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the vision, politics in the pulpit, where preaching the god coming out of the sky to judge u and condemn you is driving away. need to bring them back, because they yearn yes or no to believe in something. the worst in thing in life is not to lose an election. the worst thing in life is to serve yourself and others that i have to remind myself of others all the time. when we slow down and we listen, we can be better, can't we? we can go back to what mom and dad taught us. and my hope is in the better part of each of us as we slow down. we don't have to go and win gold medals. we do little things that could
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matter. so the new c.e.o. of the cleveland clinic, one of the jewels of our state. this man was in europe and moved to boston and went to harvard. he what a doctor, he had prestige and the cleveland clinic started to recruit him. and people in boston said, what are you crazy, going where? to the cleveland clinic? and this went on for years. one day he came for a visit. he told me this himself. hallway,lking down the a simple guide. and the escort sees a woman who is confused, and lost. the escort says, the big time doctor from harvard, i have to help that woman. he found a place where she was
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to be and the doctor said it was at that moment that i knew i was leaving harvard and moving to cleveland because that is the kindness that is so compelling. and he is now the new c.e.o. of the cleveland clinic because of one escort's moment of kindness. i was at a restaurant the other day and a young kid was preaching -- [laughter] governor kashich: he said he was a bartender and a man was going to have a third beer and mentioned, i'm probably just going to kill myself. and the young man called his manager and said a man is going to kill himself and the manager called the police and the police took care of the guy and the police officer came back to this young 23-year-old and said, young man, i can't prove it, but
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because you did something and you saw something, you saved that man's life. how about last year when we gave the courage award to the bus driver. he was driving the bus and a bus full of people and saw people going to jump off the bridge and talked the guy. west terville, what are we supposed to do? mentor somebody. we mentored 85,000 kids. encourage them. and tell them they can be something special. talk about it. even those young people you don't know. just put their arm around them. fix your school. how about on our streetf that great guy, we are going to give a donation and give food to the
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food pantry. i thought the porch was going to break. and put so many food on the porch for those people who are hungry. this visit the sad and the lonely and people forget. a little thing can really matter. and i believe that the future of our country rests on us, not the governor, not the president, not the big shots, it's on us and if there is anything we have seen in west terville that when we are together, we unleash a power that can changering. you see the hope is in us, it's in us. what i'm excited is the illenials and i talk about the exrngeners and one commentator
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said i'm a millenial, and i said that's fake news. they are more inspired by meaning than they are by money. and they seek community more than personal gain. they have a global view, but a local mission. kids.a, parkland, those d these millenials and these want to work. i was interviewed by one the other day and said why can't you just do this? and she said why can't you do this? and no matter what i said, she said, why can't you do this? i admire that. why can't we do the impossible because i believe we can. to talk about the millenials, i
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have some courage awards. its last three that i will give out as the governor of the state and will encourage you to encourage this. we have a woman by the name of nina shubert. 18, 19 years old. getting up there. 19 years old. she struggled with mental illness and eating disorders throughout her lifetime. at kent state she founded the nighting gale project. you know what it does? it promotes understanding of these issues and helps others with their mental others to realize their worth and their importance. she is an inspiring of leadership at a young age on a difficult issue. you know, what, we love you that you are stepping up and he
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stepping up. come up and get a courage award, please. [applause] governor kashich: congratulations. thank you. thank you very much. governor kashich: now we have -- this guy -- i don't know what to say. he is 10. he is 10. were you giving me the high-five before? he is from ashland.
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nd he was homeless for much of his life. his grandma -- ok, 10 years old, he likes an x-box. we all do, right? 300 bucks for that x-box. you know what he told his grandmother. take the $300 and buy blank kets for people who are in the homeless shelter who need to be warm and gave up his x-box. 10 years old. is that amazing. a great compassion. you're the man, micah. you're the man! [applause]
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governor kashich: he has an x-box that was donated to him nd now he's got a game, right? [applause] governor kashich: give me five. ow are you doing, kiddo? [applause] governor kashich: and then . nally chris hold she is a hospice nurse. talk about a gift. he is a hospice nurse from
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miamisburg and was in vegas. shots rang out she didn't run. she started administering cpr on the people wounded. she helped to load people into the ambulances and she said it was a sea of blood. i couldn't go anywhere because this is what i was called to do, and this is my job. you are 1000 times better than i am, and we so appreciate what you did come up for you and so many of the other people who had bravery. the most difficult time any human being could experience.
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[applause] >> it is an honor, sir. >> thank you. [applause] >> folks, i am going to close on a personal note. story that really no one has
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heard before. i graduated from ohio state and went looking for a job downtown. nobody was hiring, me. they may have been hiring, but they were not hiring me. [laughter] >> and i looked across the street from where the huntington building is, and there was the statehouse. i thought, i have nothing to lose. i never dreamt i could get a job, but i went over there, and some of you to have been around a long time remember a man. him?ber a had a big smile, and he had twinkle in his eyes just like my dad, and he said, kid, i will writeou here and you will about my aunt gertrude or anyone
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else with comes in the door, but i will hire you. i went back next week and he said, young man, there is an opening in the ohio senate for the republicans. program.intern they just started it. staff,ve one in turn, no but you cope up and interview for it. and i did. miraculously i got the job. i went to my first day of work and ran into my great friend ballplayer. i love -- bob blair. i love bob. he is like a brother to me. bob is one of them. we had a great time. this, butid not know every once in a while i would sneak out my cubbyhole and go up
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on that second floor where the governor's office was. never wanted to be governor, but i wanted to figure it out. --ooked into that glass you know, i was looking in that glass, right? then every once in a while i would work up the nerve, because you know i am a shy person, and i would walk in their and there was a lady who worked in their. re. i would see her and she would say, what you want? and then i would leave. another world, and i wanted to understand it. one night i went down to the and my nameooked was on it.
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what a journey. friends, the me,le who have surrounded my team. all i have ever tried to do is lift myself as far as i could go to meet the honor of that office. to lift myself, to reach a little higher, so i could be worthy of it. in this job i have just done everything i can do. i have done my best. tape.e to run to the make no mistake about it. we are not quit until we turn off the lights because we had so many things to do, and you know
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we will run through the tape, but the race is not over for us. see the finish line it is so far in the future, and to my friends, of course my beloved family and the team, we have a world to change. .od bless westerville god bless beautiful ohio. the wonderful, beautiful, bountiful united states of america. thank you all very much. [applause] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018]
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announcer: here is a story from the hill about orrin hatch, who sent a letter to president trump urging him to reconsider trade tariffs on steel imports. senator hatch said the tariffs could undermine the recently passed tax cuts. the president was asked about trade tariffs and north korea in a meeting with the prime minister of sweden in washington. that is next on c-span. the government released report detailing the high amount of counterfeit goods being sold. haventelligence officials said today russia is targeting the 2018 elections. dan coats testified at a global hearing. that is at 10:00 eastern.
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