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For me, the question would not just be whether the President's actions were wrong, but ultimately whether what he did was removable, the two are not the same. Just because actions meet a standard of impeachment does not mean it is in the best interest of the country to remove a President from office.
I don't believe the specific victims of the intrusion have been notified, the concern was that in a number of counties across the country, there are a couple of people with the attitude of :' We've got this ; we don't need your help. We don't think we need to do what you are telling us we need to do.'.
We encouraged the President today to follow through with what he's already declared, which is that Maduro is illegitimate. The next logical step is to recognize the president of National Assembly as the rightful president, the administration is by no means trying to make these efforts bipartisan, even if we are the lead on the issue.
There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they're going to take the money they're saving and reinvest it in American workers, in fact, they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses ; there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker.
There’s this false narrative out there that says just because you want to deal with mental illness means you don’t want to deal with the gun part. I’m willing to deal with the gun part. I don’t think people like this guy or people like him should be able to have any gun, not an AR-15, any gun. We need to create a system that keeps them from getting it.
If any president tries to impede an investigation -- any president, no matter who it is -- by interfering with the FBI, yes that would be problematic. Not just problematic, it would be obviously, you know, a potential obstruction of justice that people have to make a decision on -- any president, that said, we don't know if that's what happened here.
I'll let them speak for their policy, but tonight's actions show that the days of being able to act with impunity are over when it comes to Bashar al-Assad, there is now an American President prepared to do what it takes to ensure that he does not have the capability, or that his capability to conduct these sort of heinous war crimes is diminished and that he's held accountable.
In this case now, we have very limited options and look, it's concerning that the secretary of state, 72 hours ago or a week ago, last Friday, said that the future's up to the people in Syria on what happens with Assad. In essence almost nodding to the idea that Assad was gonna get to stay in some capacity.
In this case now, we have very limited options and look, it's concerning that the secretary of state, 72 hours ago or a week ago, last Friday, said that the future's up to the people in Syria on what happens with Assad. In essence, almost nodding to the idea that Assad was going to get to stay in some capacity.
By any objective measure, President Obama’s unilateral policy changes have failed, and they are not in the best interest of the American people or the people of Cuba, rolling back President Obama's one-sided concessions to the Castro regime, a key campaign promise shared with President-elect Trump, will be a top priority for me next year.
When it visits your home state, when it impacts a community you know well, it really gives you pause to think a little bit about your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country, my family and I will be praying about all this and we'll see what I need to do next with my life in regards to how I can best serve.
January of next year, I will either be president of the United States or I will be a private citizen. If I never hold elected office again, I'm comfortable with that, i can't tell you what's going to happen two to four years from now but I have no plans, no thoughts, no contemplation, no meetings, nothing, about any future political run of any sort.
Despite all this noise that's out there, he needs 60% of the delegates from this point forward in order to be the nominee. Ted Cruz by the way needs 75% of the remaining delegates to be the nominee. That's the real math, i at the end of the day do not believe that Donald Trump will be our nominee and I'm going to do everything possible to keep that from happening and to give the party a choice in me, someone that people aren't going to have to be asked that question about.
What we need to do for young people in America is give them the chance to fulfill their potential ... That won't happen if we have huge debt and an economy that isn't growing. So we're going to put in policies that help us reduce our debt, grow the economy, and, by the way, deal with student loan debt.
I will always have tremendous affection and respect for him despite the fact that -- because of a weird quirk of fate -- we ended up running for the same office at the same time, i did not run for president to stop Jeb Bush. I ran for president because I believe that America's greatest days lie ahead if we do what needs to be done right now in 2016.
I think we are at a stage now where at least two of the candidates have openly admitted that the only way they're going to be able to win the nomination is to have a floor fight in Tampa in August, there's no way that anyone can convince me that having a floor fight at the convention in Tampa in August is a recipe for victory in November. On the contrary, I think it's a recipe for disaster.
He's learning how to spell, but he's flying around on 'Hair Force One' and tweeting. So here's the one tweet he put out. He put out a picture of having makeup put on me at the debate. Which is amazing to me that the guy with the worst spray tan in America is attacking me for putting on makeup. Donald Trump likes to sue people. He should sue whoever did that to his face with that.
We have an incredible decision to make, not just about the direction of America but the identity of our party and the conservative movement. The time for games is over, i know you had a lot of choices to make, but now it's time to narrow it down and I'm asking you to get behind me ... so we can bring an end to this silliness, this looniness.
It's bad for our economy, it's a health care law that is basically forcing companies to lay people off, cut people's hours, move people to part-time. It's not just a bad health care law, it's a job-killing law, and I will repeal it as president and we will replace it with something substantially better for all Americans.
Look, this is a pattern. This is a game he plays. He says something that's edgy and outrageous and then the media flocks and covers that and then no one else can get any coverage on anything else, and that worked when there were 15 people running for president. It's not going to work anymore. I'm going to spend zero time on his interpretation of the Constitution with regards to eligibility.
As far as building walls on the border, the wall is not just about immigrants, it's also about, potentially, terrorists crossing that border, not to mention the drugs that are coming across that border and the human trafficking that's occurring because people know they can get people across the border.
The bottom line is, there's been this disturbing pattern the last couple of weeks of Ted Cruz saying things that are not true. Just in the last week, he's lied about my record on marriage. He's lied about my record on Planned Parenthood. Of course he lied about Ben Carson in Iowa. Last night Donald Trump says he's issuing robocalls, doing the same thing to him. And then he also isn't telling the truth about immigration.
Well, unfortunately it created a distraction that didn't allow us at the end of the campaign there to close with our message because everybody wanted to talk about the fact that I said the same thing a couple times, and it was a mistake in the sense that, I mean what I was trying to avoid, Wolf, was kind of an inner party fight, I don't like Republican-on-Republican violence in these debates.
Not just that debate, but every debate before it, I've shown consistently the ability to answer important and difficult questions I think in a very compelling way, we raised more money after this debate than any debate we've ever had and we're excited about it. And there's a reason they attacked me more than anyone else.
But this whole notion Ted has that he's the only conservative, I think as people learn more about his record, they'll realize what he really is is very calculating, he's always looking to take whatever position it takes to win votes or raise money, and we're not going to beat Hillary Clinton with someone that will say or do anything to get elected.
These kinds of theatrics by Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are an entertaining sideshow, but they have nothing to do with defeating Hillary Clinton, i'm going to stay focused on uniting the Republican party so we can defeat Hillary Clinton and turn the page on eight years of liberal failure. We don't have time for these kinds of distractions.
It's not my job to tell you who to vote for, but I am going to tell you who I am going to vote for. And I'm gonna tell you why. I'm going to vote for Marco Rubio, our founding fathers did not give us a commander in chief to fill out March madness basketball brackets or to sample golf courses on the eastern seaboard.
She's in a tough spot, obviously, because she was the secretary of state for four out of seven disastrous foreign policy years, and the truth is that the threat of ISIS began to emerge in Syria while she was still the secretary of state and of course fully blossomed right after she left, they're all responsible for that's happened here.
I think it gets easier to address that issue if we deal with some of the other issues first and that's why I've favored the sequential, individual bills, i think if people have real confidence that the law is being enforced, that we're not going to have this problem again, that there's real border security, I think you buy yourself more space and more flexibility in finally dealing with those that are here illegally.
Immigration is not an issue that I read about ... it's an issue I've lived around my whole life. My family are immigrants. My wife's family are immigrants. All of my neighbors are immigrants, here's what we learned in 2013: The American people don't trust the federal government to enforce our immigration laws, and we will not be able to do anything on immigration until we first prove to the American people that illegal immigration is under control.
He talks tough on some of these issues. For example, he was going to carpet bomb ISIS. But the only budget he's ever voted for in his time in the Senate is a budget that cut defense spending by more than Barack Obama proposes we cut it, he voted against the Defense Authorization Act every year that it came up. And I assume that if he voted against it, he would veto it as president.
That's the bill that funds our troops. Even the Iron Dome for Israel. So I guess my point is each time he's had to choose between strong national defense and some of the isolationist tendencies in American politics, he seems to side with the isolationist, and this is an important issue to have a debate over. It's not personal.
If Russia believes that they can respond and retaliate against Turkey because NATO's not going to do anything about it, what they are basically doing is they are making the argument that NATO is no longer viable, that it is a feckless alliance, so it's important for us to be clear that we will respond and defend Turkey if they come under assault from the Russians.
He's a supporter of legalizing people that are in this country illegally. If he's changed that position -- and certainly he has a right to change his position on that issue -- but he should be clear about that, on other issues regarding immigration, he's not that much further than I am. He wanted to double the number of green cards. He wanted a 500% increase in the number of H1B visas. So everybody running for president on the Republican side in one way or shape supports some form or fashion the legalization of people that are in this country illegally.
It will have to end. It can't be the permanent policy of the United States, i've said that consistently. I don't think we should be signing new people up to it. If you haven't applied by now, it's been three years, almost four, and I don't think, when it comes time to extend it, we should extend it.
I was secured under my personal credit and it was in conjunction with the Republican Party, and every month, I would go through the bills and if there was something on there, I'd pay it to American Express, and if it was the party's, the party paid for it, and the media convoluted all of this and it creates these stories.
Only America can convene Sunni forces from what I believe needs to be a combined Sunni force of Egyptians, Saudis, Jordanians, Sunnis in Iraq, Sunnis in Syria to confront a radical Sunni movement and defeat them militarily. They will need our help in convening it, but it doesn't involve a full-scale U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Donald Trump don't want kids at a young age exposed to lyrics that somehow glamorize a lifestyle that's art, it's not reality, so one of the issues with the'90s hip hop music is that it had lyrics that were offensive. What it actually was were people who were living in those circumstances expressing what their life was like. In the West Coast case, for example, in South Central L.A. And so it gave insight into the lives that they were living.
I personally know, first of all, that there are Americans that are Muslims and that are also very patriotic and they love the United States of America and they don't want to see any Sharia law and they don't want to see anything like that happen in this country, i don't believe anyone should be disqualified from the presidency because of their denomination or because of their faith. I believe in that strongly.
I want to tell you a story about someone that didn't speak English that well. It was my grandfather, my grandfather instilled in me the belief that I was blessed to live in the one society in all of human history where even I, the son of a bartender and a maid, could aspire to have anything, and be anything that I was willing to work hard to achieve. But he taught me that in Spanish, because it was the language he was most comfortable in.
President Obama has hoped that being more open to China would make them a more responsible nation. It has not worked. We can no longer succumb to the illusion that more dialogue with China's current rulers will narrow the gap in values and interests that separates us, our nominee must have a plan to correct U.S.-China relations.
I would like to focus my remarks today on these two dangerous developments with Iran and Cuba, as I believe they represent the convergence of nearly every flawed strategic, moral, and economic notion that has driven President Obama's foreign policy, and as such are emblematic of so many of the crises he has worsened around the world.
Our next President needs to be someone who brings Americans together -- not someone who continues to divide, our broken immigration system is something that needs to be solved, and comments like this move us further from -- not closer to -- a solution. We need leaders who offer serious solutions to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system.
It is important for the United States to continue being a beacon of freedom for the Cuban people, i intend to work with my colleagues to block the administration’s efforts to pursue diplomatic relations with Cuba and name an ambassador to Havana until substantive progress is made on these important issues.
It remains unclear what, if anything, has been achieved … in terms of securing the return of U.S. fugitives being harbored in Cuba, settling outstanding legal claims to U.S. citizens for properties confiscated by the regime, and in obtaining the unequivocal right of our diplomats to travel freely throughout Cuba and meet with any dissidents, and most importantly, securing greater political freedoms for the Cuban people. I intend to oppose theconfirmationof an Ambassador to Cuba until these issues are addressed.
Apparently your family recently purchased a luxury speedboat. Now, I've seen a photo of this boat, i'm from Minnesota, you guys are from New Hampshire, looked a little bit like a fishing boat to me. The veterans really want to know, why didn't you buy a yacht large enough to land a Black Hawk on it?
I appreciate and respect (Haley's) statement that 'This is South Carolina's statehouse, it is South Carolina's historic moment, and this will be South Carolina's decision,' i have no doubt that given how the people of South Carolina have dealt with this tragedy so far, they will continue to inspire the nation with their courage, compassion and unity.
In politics, people throw around the word 'friend' so much it often has little real meaning. This is not one of those times, when I call Jeb Bush my friend, I mean he is someone I like, care for and respect. He and I have worked closely together for many years, on issues big and small. He is a passionate advocate for what he believes, and I welcome him to the race.
The criticism of that is that there are a bunch of countries in the Middle East that don't recognize Israel's right to exist, which is true, but none of them are trying to build a nuclear weapon. And none of them have billions of dollars of sanctions, and if we lift those sanctions, we are handing over billions of dollars to the Iranian regime.
I think that Jeb Bush continues to be a model for people in terms of how you approach public policy. ... But we've reached a moment now, not just in my career but in the history of our country, where I believe that it needs a Republican Party that is new and vibrant, that understands the future, has an agenda for that future, and I feel uniquely qualified to offer that.
The most important obligation of the federal government is our national security, and I think that is something that is very difficult to acquire experience or in-depth knowledge (of) when you are governor. You just don't deal with those issues, you can obviously be briefed by experts, you can take some trips abroad, but I think this election has the potential to really be geared towards national security issues. I feel very comfortable in my knowledge and my experience on those issues.
Nobody is saying that it should be legal to deny someone service at a restaurant or at a hotel because of their sexual orientation. I think that's a consensus view in America, the flip side is, should a photographer be punished for refusing to do a wedding that their faith teaches them is not one that is valid in the eyes of God?
For years, the District of Columbia has infringed on its residents’ Second Amendment rights and rendered them vulnerable to criminals who could care less what the gun laws are, this legislation will finally allow D.C.’s law-abiding residents and visitors access to firearms for sporting or lawful defense of themselves and their homes, businesses and families.
I'm all for reforming our higher education system, in the 21st century, to have the skills you need for a middle-class job, you need higher education of some form or fashion. It may not be a four-year degree. The problem is he just wants to pour that additional money into the broken, existing system.
It was n’t State Department officials, State Department was n’t [ Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs ] Roberta Jacobson or John Kerry, it was National Security Council officials, you sent unqualified people to negotiate with hardened, brutal spies and representatives of tyrants... It was negotiated at a secretive level involving agencies under the complete control of the White House, as a political move …. And that mismatch is apparent in this sort of deal that was made.