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For those folks who say ‘I’m going to defer to someone else in running for president,’ I think that says everything about you as a potential candidate, because if you think you’re good enough to be president but you’re unwilling to run if someone else is running, in this instance Donald Trump, well then, I think you shouldn’t bother to run at all whether he runs or not.
This is the Biden administration playing politics with the Justice Department, the attorney general has been an enormous disappointment in that regard. I said he’d bring professionalism back to the DOJ, but so far, all he’s done is to pursue through the courts the political agenda of the Biden administration.
I first met him when I was a college student — my wife and I went to the University of Delaware and met him — I’ve known him for a long time, but I think his presidency has been an abject failure, and a failure because of the decisions he’s made, and he has not governed the way he promised he would in the campaign.
I'm not going to sit here in 2021 and pre-judge all this. I voted for Donald Trump in'16 and in' 20. On election night in' 20, I said that what Donald Trump was doing was absolutely horrible and wrong and continued to be. You can draw whatever conclusions from that you want. But in the end, in 2021, the idea of making predictions for 2024 is folly, there's no reason to create tumult in a party that already has a lot of tumult in it.
We can no longer talk about the past and the past elections -- no matter where you stand on that issue, no matter where you stand, it is over, every minute that we spend talking about 2020 -- while we're wasting time doing that, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are laying ruin to this country. We better focus on that and take our eyes off the rearview mirror and start looking through the windshield again.
Republicans now need to say, thank you, Mr. President Joe Biden, for your service. Thank you for the good things you did while you're in office that we agree with, and we now need to move on to make sure that we're stating Republican principles that matter to the people in this country... and the fundamental challenge for Republicans is to move on, move on.
I had no choice because I just didnt want to stay in the White House. I was given that alternative -- stay in the White House, lock yourself in, dont ever leave, dont even go to the Oval Office, just stay upstairs and enjoy it, dont see people, dont talk to people, and just be done with it --and I cant do that. I had to be out front, and this is America, this is the United States.This is the greatest country in the world, this is the most powerful country in the world, I cant be locked up in a room upstairs and totally safe and just say, hey, whatever happens happens, I cant do that.
But in the end, the American people are going to decide : Has the President of the United States stood up to this crisis and done right by them and protected their lives and their property, or hasn't he ? it's almost as if now the selection as his position is going to be a referendum of President Trump rather than a binary choice between the Vice President( Joe Biden) and the President.
I like Marco Rubio. He's a nice guy. He may have a great future. His future is just not now, our country is too messed up to put somebody in there who is a first-term United States senator after coming off seven years of a first-term United States senator, who's never managed anything. Neither has Sen. Rubio.
All of the sudden, we see polls that see Sen. Cruz and Sen. Rubio up. Two guys who have spent the least amount of time in New Hampshire, by far. And because they came in second or third in Iowa, you are going to let them come in second or third in New Hampshire? if you reward these folks who don't show up here, there is no reason for New Hampshire to be first.
Let's get the boy in the bubble out of the bubble and let's see him play for the next week in New Hampshire. I'm ready to play. I hope he is because I'll be ready to see him on stage on Saturday night, it's time for him to man up and step up and stop letting all of his handlers write his speeches and handle him, because that's what they do, that's what you have to do for somebody has never done anything in their life.
This is all going to come down to who's working the hardest at the end and who's going to make a connection, everybody from Trump on down should not feel the least bit comfortable about where they are or distraught about where they are. We've got two debates between now and then. There's a lot to do, so I feel good.
A president's rhetoric is not going to make it so that somebody is going to lose their apartment because they go off support to go and take a minimum wage job, that person's not going to make that decision no matter how much the president tells them there's value in working, we need to be practical about it.
He had a free ride during some of the greatest economic times this country has ever seen, so the fact that he's taking bows for doing well under those circumstance, he can take his bows, it's his record but he wouldn't know the first thing to do if he was in New Jersey for a week and dealt with a Democratic legislature, hostile interest groups, huge unions.
I had a lot to come back from. I mean, you know, the fact is that I didn't have the greatest year in the year before, and so you, so you needed to reintroduce yourself to people. And that's a process. But I always had confidence that if I spent the time up here and more people got to see me, the more they got to know me, they'd remember why they liked me. And I think that's what we see happening.
New is great. Right? Whenever we see something new, we think it's great. It's exciting, it's shiny, it's untarnished, it looks fabulous and gives us a little bit of thrill, new is great ... until you need experience. Then you'll wish that coin was a little more tarnished. You'll wish it was beat up a little bit and gone through some things.
When she got off that ferry, she was walking down the street and she was wrapped in a blanket and soaking wet -- anybody who had been in lower Manhattan, they were hosed off by firehoses. They were covered with dust, that's' the first sight of my wife after having left her that morning. I just grabbed her, hugged her, got her in the car and got her home.
I'd sit down with our allies and figure out how we can help, because America is a compassionate country, we saw the image of that 4-year-old little boy drowned in Syria, and we can't have those kinds of things. I can't come up with an exact number. You'd have to sit with our allies and work together.
What I'd say to the 330 million people of America is grab onto your wallet because Hillary Clinton's next move is to have universal health care, single-payer system with the government taking over the whole health care system, that's what she and her socialist friend Bernie Sanders are going to advocate for ... and I'm going to stop it.
By every measure that we define success in this country this guy had it, great looking guy, well educated, great career, plenty of money, beautiful loving wife, beautiful children, great house, he had everything. He's a drug addict and he couldn't get help and he's dead, there but for the grace of God go I. It can happen to anyone so we need to start treating people in this country, not jailing them.
(Obama) does not support law enforcement. Simply doesn't. And he's going to come today to New Jersey in a place where, under my tenure, we have reduced crime 20 percent and reduced the prison population 10 percent, it's a disgrace that he's coming to New Jersey today to take credit for this stuff when he's been someone who's undercut it.
The unique approach Ford brings will help build on my administration's approach to responsible management of the state's finances and prudent oversight of taxpayer funds, i look forward to his insights on fiscal and tax policy solutions that will continue growing our economy and bringing much-needed relief to the burden shouldered by New Jersey taxpayers.
The real story is this -- I believe in my heart -- that Hillary Clinton doesn't want us to know what she's doing. She believes we don't have a right to know. When I'm president of the United States, you have a right to know what your president is doing, and we have the obligation to be held accountable for what we're doing.
When you actually have to be responsible for doing this …. we did it for seven years in my office, respecting civil liberties and protecting the homeland and I will make no apologies ever for protecting the lives and the safety of the American people, we have to give more tools to our folks to be able to do that, not fewer and then trust those people and oversee them to do it the right way.
I heard a candidate complain the other day that, you know, 'my positions' -- meaning that candidate's positions -- 'on comments I made about entitlement reform are being misconstrued by the press.' Well, it's much harder to be misconstrued by the press if you're specific, if you continue to speak in generalities, then you're going to have other people interpret what you mean.
We've got to penalize employers who hire people who are here illegally, because the fact is that that shouldn't happen and it's exploiting American workers. But in addition to that, it's exploiting many of those people who are here illegally because they're being paid less money. So we need to make bigger fines to make sure that those employers who violate the law are being held accountable.
We have taken for granted, everybody, nearly 14 years of not attack in this country on a major scale. And we should not take that for granted, the thing that's demoralizing to me is that there are I think so many sectors in our country who haven't forgotten 9/11. Everyone will remember 9/11, but have forgotten what 9/11 felt like.
I think a governor is going to be the nominee — a governor or a former governor -- because I believe our party and country needs someone who's actually run something, and while I have great respect for a number of those folks, I don't believe that we've done well with the experiment of a one-term U.S. senator being president of the United States.
I'd like to see what Jeb Bush is going to have to say about these things, you know. He's certainly got a father and a brother who've got a record, and I don't know what Jeb Bush is going to say about foreign policy, the one speech he's given so far I thought was rather general and didn't give you a great insight into what he'd do. Let's see what he's got to say for himself.
You're going to see article after article purporting that Republicans can't afford a long nomination battle. That we need to unite behind whichever candidate who has the most money or the most endorsements or the best press coverage. But remember, George H.W. Bush fought Ronald Reagan for the nomination until May of 1980, we are 20 months from electing our next president. So, calm down. Don't be afraid.
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