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Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won Joe Biden opportunity to lead and unify our country, the President-elect reiterated that while The President-elect ran as a Democrat, The President-elect will govern for all Americans. I offered The President-elect the same thing I offered Presidents President Donald Trump and Obama : my prayers for The President-elect success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.
The challenges that face our country will demand the best of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris -- and the best of us all, we must come together for the sake of our families and neighbors, and for our nation and its future. There is no problem that will not yield to the gathered will of a free people. Laura and I pray for our leaders and their families. We ask for God's continued blessings on our country. And we urge all Americans to join us in wishing our next President Donald Trump and Vice President well as they prepare to take up their important duties.
We were rambunctious a lot, pretty independent-minded kids, and, you know, she had her hands. Dad, of course, was available, but he was a busy guy. And he was on the road a lot in his businesses and obviously on the road a lot when he was campaigning. And so Mother was there to maintain order and discipline. She was the sergeant.
For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies, the only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Donald Trump is to have an open convention.
The point is, is he a popular Republican? You bet he is, and he will make the point ... that he knows what it takes to be president of the United States, to be commander-in-chief, to keep the country safe and that he believes that I have those skills based on my record and based on how he knows me, and that will be validator in South Carolina where values matter and where national defense matters a lot. So I'm looking forward to the event we should have a great crowd and it'll help my campaign a lot.
The lesson learned is that you pick someone who's proven, long standing, record, a history you can point to. When he wasn't considered or when she wasn't considered for a nomination for the Supreme Court. When he or she was doing their work and the consistency is what mattered. That's the Scalia approach. He was very consistent on his interpretation and his rulings. And that's what we need.
This is a place where I think President Obama missed a real golden opportunity, because he has a stable family, loving children -- great, balanced children from what I can tell -- a strong relationship with his wife, and he could have shown that as a model for others to emulate. And I don't think he's done it as much.
This started, remember, when he himself struggled about what his accomplishments have been, the accomplishments that his campaign offered up -- supporting a bill that became law where he didn't vote for it, taking credit for the elimination of a risk order inside of Obamacare that he didn't sponsor and the passage of one law with (Sen.) Jeanne Shaheen as a sponsor that I'm sure is a good bill. That's it, that's all you can point to.
I've got a story to tell and he doesn't and that's the difference. He kind of validated the weakness of his campaign. Now, having said that, what I feel uncomfortable about is that he's a great guy and he's my friend and I admire him, i think I'm more ready to be President. Part of this is comparing and contrasting. I don't feel good when a friend is getting beaten up. I don't feel good about it at all.
It's a sign of weakness when you make fun of the disabled, what kind of man would do that? You do not want that man as president of the United States, I can promise you that. ... it's a sign of real weakness when you call John McCain or Leo Thorsness or anybody else that is a POW, who served this country in a way that should be admired, American heroes. Calling them losers? Donald Trump, you're the loser!
Two gifted freshman senators that can deliver a great speech, very talented, don't get me wrong -- one of them is a close friend that I admire, but what in their background would suggest that they could make a tough decision, that they run to the fire to put it out, that they've figured out a way to solve problems?
He's attacking me, so does that count, or is this just only a one-way street? Is this the child of privilege that has a free pass, whenever everybody else has to fight for it? This isn't bean bag, you know. This is politics. Every campaign, every candidate will be contrasted and compared. Their records needs to be shown.
In Iowa, one of my last events was with (Iowa Sen.) Chuck Grassley. The guy has not missed a vote for 22 and a half years, he probably has a list of accomplishments and service to the state of Iowa and to this country that's pretty real. Marco doesn't have it. He's gifted. Ted Cruz doesn't have it. He's gifted, i'm not saying they're not talented people. But they don't have a record of accomplishment and some people will think about that when they make the decision of who's going to be their vote on Tuesday.
And the two other candidates that are likely to emerge in Iowa are two people that are backbenchers that have never done anything of consequence in their life, they're gifted beyond belief. They can give a great speech. But I think it's time for us to recognize that maybe what we need is someone who can lead.
Instead of saying, 'the dog ate my homework, it's someone else's fault,' once it became clear, he's taking the lead now, it does point out that we have a 20th century regulatory system on a 21st century world. Someone needs to change how we go about Washington's role in this so there's more accountability and more transparency.
I'm sure my brother is going to be campaigning by my side, all that stuff is going to happen, but I got to win this, people, there are people who think it's a little odd for a third Bush to be president of the United States. The expectations on me are higher because of that, fine, you know who has higher expectations than the conventional wisdom? Me.
Donald Trump doesn't know what he's talking about. And you know who'd be hurt the most? Iowa agriculture, what does a country do when it gets thrown a 45% tariff? It retaliates. And who would it retaliate with? Agriculture, and the equipment and the technology that this great state has developed and has been sold to China. All of that is foolhardy.
I don't apologize for it because he is a jerk, he disparages POWs like John McCain, saying he's not a hero because he got caught. He's a jerk when he disparages women the way he does, and he is a jerk when he disparages people with disabilities. How are we going to win the presidency if we're tearing our country apart?
You know what, I've never understood this. For a guy who doesn't even know me, (he) just repeats it over and over again, it becomes the truth, it's the weirdest thing in the world. I just ran three miles on your beautiful beach before I came here and I had a full week. I work my tail off like I've done my entire adult life. I'm not bragging, that's just who I am. I love work. I think I do it with some energy.
I don't think about it, i just speak what I'm thinking, it's not organized probably as effective as it could be. I know people care about my family -- they love my brother, they love my dad and they love my mom. I don't go out of my way to talk about it, but it's part of who I am so -- it's does get a good response.
When anybody, anybody, disparages people with disabilities, it sets me off, that's why I called him a jerk, because he disparaged a person who he knew had a disability and made fun of him. What kind of person would you want to have in the presidency that does that? Do you want a president that disparages women, Muslims of all kinds, people with disabilities, Hispanics?
First in the nation means you get to take this more seriously than people in other states, what I've seen is that you do take it seriously -- that you're not going to vote for the bombastic because it's bombastic and interesting, that you're going to vote for someone who walks on the hot coals, who takes your questions, who you get to listen to and who listens to you and builds a support based on interacting with real people and real concerns and real issues.
(Addiction) is one of the soft underbellies of our country and we need to get on with it. And we need to make it a much higher priority than we have, we need to recognize that restoring people's chances to be able to live a life of purpose and meaning doesn't just deal with the illness of drug addiction.
There's been lots of cases where he goes out and calls for an investigation and turns out nothing, there's nothing there, no civil rights violations or any of the civil violations that he had jurisdiction over, so, I think there should be more caution by using the federal government's power and more focus on trying to rebuild trust from the bottom up.
Like funny in a good way ? i'd say the guy with the quickest wit is, uh,( former Arkansas Gov. Mike) Huckabee. He's actually hilarious. Chris Christie is pretty funny as well -- in a different kind of style. You can imagine a governor from Arkansas is slightly different than the current governor of New Jersey, but they're both... pretty funny.
I'd say the guy with the quickest wit is, uh,( former Arkansas Gov. Mike) Huckabee. He's actually hilarious. Chris Christie is pretty funny as well -- in a different kind of style. You can imagine a governor from Arkansas is slightly different than the current governor of New Jersey, but they're both... pretty funny.
That's one of those questions that I think you have to answer in a thoughtful way if you're running for president of the United States, but it's not just that. I mean, he said that ISIS is not a threat. Two months ago he gets his news from the shows. I know that warms your heart that he wakes up in the morning and gets his foreign policy and military advice from people that go on your show.
Trump under fire Trump also came under attack from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who dismissed the reality TV star's policies as hewn from Saturday morning cartoons. This is not a serious proposal, in fact, it will push the Muslim world, the Arab world away from us at a time when we need to reengage with them to be able to create a strategy to destroy ISIS.
I realized if I tried to achieve what I thought my Dad was ... I would (get) about 50% of the way there. I could either accept that as a traumatic experience and go get therapy and live a miserable life, or I could accept being half the man my dad was or is and still live a life of purpose and meaning.
In Iowa it's a question of organization, in New Hampshire, it's retail politics. In South Carolina, a great organization matters. I'm making great progress in those states. And we have the best campaign in Nevada, so, look, in October, in November, even in December of the last two election cycles, the people that were winning in December weren't the ones that ended up winning. It's just the nature of the beast, and there's no reason to rewrite history. People make up their minds late.
Look Donald Trump says these things to prey on people's fears, their anger, their frustration with Washington. He's quite effective at it, but he doesn't know what he's talking about and he's not a serious leader, we're living in difficult times, we need serious leadership to be able to solve the problems that we have domestically and lead America around the world so that we can create peace and security for ourselves.
Every other candidate, maybe with the exception of (Ohio Gov.) John Kasich, is in the witness protection program because they sense the anger and they're worried about it, so they pull back rather than persuade. I'm not going to do that. I have to be elected on my own terms. The only way you get elected is to be authentic and genuine. And I think immigration done right is a huge driver for our success ultimately as a nation. It's what makes us different in so many ways.
Former Sen. Bob Dole said. Former Sen. Bob Dole served in both the House and the Senate, before becoming the Republican Party’s nominee for the White House in 1996 – an election Former Sen. Bob Dole lost to Bill Clinton. Oh my gosh, Former Sen. Bob Dole is Former Sen. Bob Dole. I ’m so honored to have Former Sen. Bob Dole support and honored to have the support of literally hundreds of veterans, the policies of the Obama administration have left the Veterans Administration in an utter mess and one of my first priorities as president will be to fix this broken system and give our veterans the care they deserve. I ’m thankful for Senator Dole’s valued advice.
Hillary Clinton has said that Barack Obama's policies get an A. Really? One in 10 people right now aren't working or have given up altogether, that's not an A. One in seven people are living in poverty. That's not an A. One in five children are on food stamps. That is not an A. It may be the best that Hillary Clinton can do, but it's not the best America can do.
At the end of the day, places like New Hampshire make up their mind based on who they want to see as the party's nominee to president of the United States. Not to prey on their fears. Not to fulfill their angst, and when we get to that decision point, I feel pretty good about my chances, to be honest with you.
Every day they exist in the form of a caliphate is another day they gain energy, so I think the President needs to acknowledge this is a threat to our national security interests, i believe we need to take out ISIS and create a more stable Iraq and a more stable Syria. American leadership is required for that to happen.
Every day that they exist in the form of a caliphate is another day they gain energy, so I think the President needs to acknowledge this is a threat to our national security interests, he needs to create a strategy, he needs to explain to the American people what that strategy, what that objective is, and I believe we need to take out ISIS and create a more stable Iraq and a more stable Syria. American leadership is required for that to happen.
I'm informed by my faith in many things, and this is one of them. So I have to admit that I'm conflicted about this, but here's the deal, this happens in rare cases where the death penalty's given out and you meet family members that have lost a loved one and it's still in their heart. It's etched in their soul. And this is the way that they get closure? I get more comfortable with it, to be honest with you.
It would have made sense back then, now we're way beyond that, what we need to do is reform Social Security to preserve it and protect it for those that already have it and reform it in the logical ways where there's broad bipartisan consensus, which is to, over an extended period of time, raise the retirement age and raise the income cap limit. You can solve Social Security that way.
Seniors will still get a simple brochure in the mail from the government every fall, they will be able to review and choose from their local options from Humana, Anthem, United or another private plan, or traditional Medicare. Seniors will have access to new options, like plans that specialize in treating congestive heart failure or diabetes or Alzheimer's.
I introduced Vladimir Putin to Barney. You remember Barney ? Scottish terrier. I was crazy about the little guy, anyway, so Vladimir Putin kinda dissed Vladimir Putin. Kinda looked at Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Putin body language was,' You call that thing a dog ?' Kinda hurt my feelings, but of course I was President of the United States and couldn't let anybody know United States.
Vladimir Putin kneels and Vladimir Putin says bigger and stronger and faster than Barney, and anyway, it was an instructive moment. Imagine that ? A president saying my dog is bigger than your dog. And really what it says is Vladimir's got a chip on Vladimir Putin shoulder because Vladimir Putin believes the demise of the Soviet was bad for the world.
If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then ... I don't want any part of it. I don't want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation, i've got a lot of really cool things I could do other than sit around, being miserable, listening to people demonize me and me feeling compelled to demonize them. That is a joke. Elect Trump if you want that.
We need a steady hand, his view of history is just wrong. The simple fact is that when we were attacked, my brother created an environment where for 2,600 days, we were safe. No one attacked us again. And he changed the laws. He did everything necessary. He united the country and he kept us safe. And just a tip of the hat to that and moving on to the threats today is what we should be focusing on. Donald Trump is not a serious candidate as it relates to foreign policy.
Across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things that -- as though he's still on 'The Apprentice,' talking about Syria - saying ISIS should take out (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad), then Russia should take out ISIS, as though it was some kind of board game and not a serious approach.
He's not taking the responsibility, the possibility of being president of the United States really seriously. For him, it looks as though he's an actor playing a role of the candidate for president. Not boning up on the issues, not having a broad sense of the responsibilities of what it is to be a president, across the spectrum of foreign policy, Mr. Trump talks about things as though he's still on 'The Apprentice.'.
My brother responded to a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. He united the country, he organized our country and he kept us safe. And there's no denying that. The great majority of Americans believe that, and I don't know why he keeps bringing this up. It doesn't show that he's a serious person as it relates to being commander in chief and being the architect of a foreign policy.
I don't know at all about Donald Trump's views of leadership because he talks about himself the whole time, i have no clue. That's the point. He hasn't shared his views. When he talks about foreign policy, he talks about how Putin ought to go take care of ISIS and the week before it's ISIS ought to take care of Assad. He would send refugees back to Syria back to their slaughter.
I'll never forget that, when I went as governor of the state of Florida on the tarmac for a tribute to the astronauts that died in, I think it was 2005, was it? No ... the ... um ... yeah, no the other one, 2002, in the 2000s, it was horrible. It's a recognition that this is a dangerous endeavor, but it's worth us, for all sorts of reasons, to be engaged.
Senator Morse has spent years fighting for Granite State families, working to lower taxes and reduce regulations that make it harder for us to grow the economy and give people the opportunities they deserve, he is one of the hardest working elected officials in New Hampshire and I'm proud to add him to our growing team in the state.
If someone asks me a question in Spanish, just for the record, don't take offense that I answered in Spanish. It's not an offense to you. It's a respect for others, this idea that somehow people that speak another language aren't, you know, like assimilated into our lives -- here's the dirty little secret: they speak both.
So, here's the deal. My wife is a Mexican-American. She's an American by choice, she loves this country as much as anybody in this room, and she wants a secure border. But she wants to embrace the traditional American values that make us special and make us unique. We're at a crossroads right now. Are we going to take the Reagan approach, the hopeful optimistic approach, the approach that says that, you come to our country legally, you pursue your dreams with a vengeance, you create opportunities for all of us? Or the Donald Trump approach?
One thing I won't do is just say as a candidate: 'I'm just going to tear up the agreement on the first day.' That sounds great, but maybe you ought to check in with your allies first, maybe you ought to appoint a secretary of state, maybe a secretary of defense. You might want to have your team in place before you take an act like that.
Look, I think we could all use a lot of mercy in this world. And the pope is a loving person, and having absolution -- [allowing] the priest to give absolution is extraordinary, but I'm not surprised at all, i hope that we also focus on mercy for the unborn, the hundreds of thousands of babies that will die. I think we need to have a society that protects life from the beginning to end, and we should be a repentant society for sure. And mercy should be at the heart of everything we do.
99% of people that come across the border ... are coming to provide for their families. The ones that are criminals, we ought to be kick them out. There's no disagreement about that, to ascribe bad motives people who are trying to provide for their families, I'm not going to change my views on that.
Oh yeah. 600 years ago, i'm telling you what they say on the border. Not in Pensacola, because we don't have a border problem here. I'm talking about the people that are on the ground, what they say. It's not feasible and it would tear apart their community, would hurt their economic activity, and it's not needed because there are better ways to deal with this.
There's going to be all sorts of disasters that take place -- natural disasters, attacks on the homeland -- it's a certainty in an uncertain world that this president and the next president is going to have to confront all sorts of challenges where his leadership or her leadership is going to matter.
I support the 14th Amendment. Nothing about what I've said should be viewed as derogatory towards immigrants at all, i was focusing on a specific targeted kind of case where people are organizing to bring pregnant women into the country, where they're having children so their children can become citizens.
And then you have Hillary Clinton, who was the secretary of state dealing with confidential information, with classified information, thinking it was OK to use a private server? Thinking that her server would be safer than the State Department's firewalls? we need a president that recognizes there are threats in the 21st century that are dramatically different than of 30 years ago.
I am who I am. People over the long process are going to want to know: Can the person that we nominate fight with energy? can (they) sit behind the big desk and make decisions in a way that gives them a sense that they can have security? I'm not going to change who I am. It's a little late in the game for me to do that.
There's no reason to personalize everything, demonize people. but I think her approach -- the top-down, progressive approach where it's all decided from up above and just basically get in line and do what we're told -- is not the one that has created the greatness of the most extraordinary country on the face of the earth.
You know, I don't know, but you might as well frontload it if you can, this is a long haul. Are we just supposed to say,' Ok, let's just kind of warm up and work your way into it ? Am I missing something here ? I'm not running to come in third. I'm not running to, you know, have it on my resume that I ran for Michael Lomax.
I believe that the policy should be that we always want freedom in Cuba, we want democracy to change the relationship, but based on facts. In this case, there aren't even promises that he's received to do this. And dictators are not going to leave quietly at night, they don't leave. We must be vigilant and this president does not recognize that.
I believe that the policy should be that we always want freedom in Cuba, we want democracy to change the relationship, but based on facts, in this case, there aren't even promises that he's received to do this. And dictators are not going to leave quietly at night. They don't leave. We must be vigilant and this president does not recognize that.
The first thing I saw was a TV ad of a guy that looked just like Paul Ryan ... that was pushing an elderly person off the cliff in a wheelchair. That's their response, i think a lot of people recognize that we need to make sure we fulfill the commitment to people that have already received the benefits, that are receiving the benefits. But that we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something, because they're not going to have anything.
Donald Trump is wrong on this, donald Trump's doing this. Donald Trump's not Donald Trump. Don't think Donald Trump thinks every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist. Donald Trump's doing this to inflame and incite and to draw attention, which seems to be Donald Trump organizing principle of Donald Trump campaign.
I don't think it's going to happen. I think we ought to focus just as I said on trying to forge consensus so we can move forward, the courts have decided traditional marriage still is a hugely important element of a just, loving society and we should respect people that have long-term loving relationships and allow people to act on their conscience.
There's no question that the President and Hillary Clinton have created a maddening situation where hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives tragically, but we've created such instability by the lack of involvement after we promised to do so, that we have to stick with it. I don't think it's going to take a generation, but we can't expect this to happen in a week, either.
In my family, you know, I was brought up not to toot my own horn, i'm not a bragger. It's hard for me to do this. But I can promise you that if I'm elected president I will work hard to change the direction of this country and I do believe I have the leadership skills to make it so. So I'm humbly here to ask for your vote.
Look, the climate is changing, i believe there are technological solutions for just about everything. And I'm sure there's one for this as well. So I respect the Pope, I think he's an incredible leader, but I think it's better to solve this problem in the political realm... I'm a Catholic and I try to follow the teachings of the Church.
I think this transition to a candidacy will allow me to be more direct about my advocacy of the leadership skills necessary for the next president to fix a few things, and as a candidate, contrary to someone who has been listening and learning along the way, I'll offer up alternatives to the path we're on as well, so I'll be more specific on policy.
We don't have a strategy right now, we have a series of tactics, reacting to whatever's going on on the ground. That doesn't mean we have to have combat troops in harm's way. But I think ... in concert with other countries, and certainly in an effort to try to restrict Iranian influence in Iraq, that we can play a constructive role.
I hope that the Patriot Act is renewed and I hope that the metadata, which is not a violation of civil liberties, is part of that effort to keep us safe because I know what will happen if there's an attack on our country or a terrorist attack from inside our country, a lot of people are going to say, 'Where were you? Where were you?'.
We have ground troops in Iraq. I would take the best advice that you could get from the military. Make the decisions based on conditions on the ground, not for some political purpose, whether we need more than 3,000 -- which is what we have now -- I would base that on what the military advisers say.
Supreme Court's at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life,( a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine, so, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide - I don’t know what they are going to do - we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.
I know I'm going to have to get beyond being George H.W. Bush's son and Barbara's son -- for which I'm really proud. And I'm going to get beyond being George W.'s brother for which I am extraordinarily proud as well, there's a lot of interest in finding the ways that we are different and all this. Well, the simple fact is that we're all on our own life's journey -- my brothers and sister are different than me.
I would say the best part of the Obama administration has been his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced, even though he never defends it, even though he never admits it, there has been a continuation of a very important service, which is the first obligation of our national government is to keep us safe.
I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using, you know, the big metadata programs, the NSA being enhanced, even though he never defends it, even though he never openly admits it, there has been a continuation of a very important service, which is the first obligation I think of our national government is to keep us safe.
If you apply conservative principles and you stick with it, and you have the leadership skills to bring people toward the cause, you can move the needle on these things, i reject the notion that we can't solve problems, that the gridlock is too enormous to forge consensus. It requires some creativity to get to a win for everybody.
If Americans are working harder than ever earning less than they once did, our government and our leaders should step up, offer a plan, fix what's wrong -- or they should step aside, the recovery has been everywhere but in the family paychecks. The American Dream has become a mirage for far too many.
The recovery has been everywhere but in American paychecks. The American Dream has become a mirage for far too many. So the central question we face here in Detroit and across America is this : Can we restore The American Dream -- that moral promise -- that each generation can do better ? we believe that every American and in every community has a right to pursue happiness. They have a right to rise.
I've never felt like the sins of the parents should be ascribed to the children, you know, if your children always have to pay the price for adults decisions they make — how fair is that? For people who have no country to go back to — which are many of the DREAMers — it's ridiculous to think that there shouldn't be some accelerated path to citizenship.
It just seems to me that maybe if you open up our doors in a fair way and unleashed the spirit of peoples' hard work, Detroit could become in really short order, one of the great American cities again, now it would look different, it wouldn't be Polish...But it would be just as powerful, just as exciting, just as dynamic. And that's what immigration does and to be fearful of this, it just seems bizarre to me.