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that's it for us tonight. stay tuned for our fox business special coverage of the president's state of the union led by neil cavuto coming right up. good night from new york. (?) neil: you're looking live at the capitol dome where the restoration work continues on the outside. and about one hour from now, the president of the united states hopes to do the same on the inside. barack obama setting the stage for political refurbishing on his own that will determine what kind of country he leaves to his successor two years from now. six years to the day after making history, president obama ready to tell this republican-led congress don't you think i'm already history. welcome, everybody. i'm neil cavuto. not exactly let's get ready to rumble. but for the president tonight. no time to be humble. he plans to embrace a
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recovery he says are clear and policies he says are working. so far from cowering to republicans in charge tonight, indications the president is set to remind him who is still in charge. quoting here from his -- the verdict is clear. middle class economics works. expanding opportunity works. and these policies will continue to work as long as politics doesn't get in the way. here's where it gets juicy, my friends, and tonight could get feisty. the president calling for higher taxes on the rich, quoting again from his comments tonight. only a few of us doing well or will we commit ourselves to a economy that creates chances for everyone who makes the effort? it sounds like a hard left turn to you, it certainly does to texas senator ted cruz. he's here and he's not happy. neither is congresswoman kristi noem who says any tax hike is dead on arrival with her.
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and dead on arrival with scott mcnealy. he says, now is not the time to be hiking anyone's taxes. and former media tycoon, conrad, now is not the time for the us to send mixed messages on something more important. nothing to do with taxes. everything to do with terror. who says all democrats are happy with all the president's plans? not pennsylvania senator bob casey who has a very big beef on one big issue. all here tonight. all in real time. market time. here and around the time. you'll see each response. as the president speaks, after he speaks, tick by tick. market by market. one single source. us. now, only here, only tonight. so much at stake. who better to kick things off than the former carly p, why this
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speech isn't just a speech for republicans. it's about standing up for something even bigger. carly, good to see you again. when you say republicans standing for something bigger, we have to, used speaking of republicans, we have to have a clear message. now, they're the body listening to the president tonight. he has the podium. what do they do? >> look, first i think it's important to acknowledge that actually this isn't a hard left turn for this president. what he has believed all along. you know that i live for over a decade in the state of california, where every single one of the policies that barack obama loves has been in place. and what do we have in the state of california? the worst poverty rates in the country. the highest income inequality in the country. a devastation of the middle class. neil: well, i think the governor of that state would disagree with you. it's a great turn
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around. >> well, he can't. the stats are clear. highest income inequality in the nation. highest poverty rates. a middle class that's been devastated. those are all facts as of january 2015. neil: why was he reelected by a big margin? >> that's a whole different question. because there are a lot of people who cannot connect real economics to real people's lives. and i think that's what we have to stand up for as republicans. look, i'm a conservative because i know that our policies work better to lift people up. the single biggest thing, for example, that we could do in washington that would help small business owners grow and thrive is to simplify the tax code. everything that barack obama is proposing will complicate the tax code. the middle class cannot come back unless main street grows. neil: when the president will talk about hiking taxes on the .1 of the percent.
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that will give tax cuts to the middle class. you're a savvy businesswoman. you can quibb he will witquibble with themath and hows to that. the republicans can't challenge that or they look like they're not for the middle class. what do they do in response? >> everyone agrees that middle class wages are stagnant. middle class families aren't getting a break. the answer to that is, yes, let's lower rates. let's close loopholes. because the people who suffer the most from a complicated tax code, are the little guy and the little business. it's also fair to say that barack obama has made crony capitalism worse. he's tilted the playing field towards the wealthy and towards the large. so guess who has done great in this recovery? people who own stock in the stock market. generally speaking, that's not the middle class. so i think one of the things we have to do is puncture the myth that this president is putting out there.
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elizabeth warren talks about crony capitalism. she's right. it exists. guess what and guess why? because of democratic policies. the policies that obama has. neil: a lot of people react to the fact that you are considering a run for president. and if so, you would be the only woman in the bunch. and you could -- you could come out the gate with a lot of financial support. you enjoy that. i'm wondering how much more serious are you considering that, and how much closer you are to doing that? >> well, neil, i was only with you a couple days ago. i continue to seriously consider it, but it's only been a couple of days. neil: i think you can finance your campaigns on just those hp cartridges. they're not cheap. a couple could do it. great to see you. carly. keep an eye on her. what does a president have to do to win over
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mike brown from the fine state of south carolina. knowing you were coming here, i was thinking about this president and humbled by a republican congress and another democratic president back in 1995 facing a republican revolution to his own. i want to go back to bill clinton and how he addressed that congress back then. this is bill clinton. >> if we agree on nothing else tonight, we must agree that the american people certainly voted for change in 1992 and in 1994. [applauding] >> i must say that in both years, we didn't hear america singing. we heard america shouting. and now all of us, republicans and democrats alike, must say, we hear you. we will work together to earn the jobs you have given us. neil: he worked with that
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congress. it doesn't look like this president promising seven vetoes already is willing to work with you. what do you think? >> i think you're right. i think the message that he sends so far is the wrong message. i think people in congress want to find ways to make things for better for the american people. the average taxpayer is getting hit over the head right now. we can do better. we don't have a problem that will be solved by adding new taxes to the already heavy burden that americans have today. moms and dads don't need to figure out more taxes along with tuition and everything else. obama has added $3,500 to the average cost of health care on an annual basis. no reason to look at more taxes. we already have them. neil: the president counters that's not what he's doing. the overwhelming majority of the tax benefits, tax credits to the middle class.
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you say what? >> i say he's not telling the whole story. when you talk about where the money is coming from, he's talking about folks that have farms and ranches in south carolina. folks that run businesses and employ other people. if you want to open up this economy, don't do it by raising taxes on folks that hire other people. don't do it by saying the government needs more money. the government will spend it. but you will not take it by reducing the overall national debt. you will waste the dollars that are coming through. my message is, let's get off that track right now. remember, the president said this himself, he said elections have consequences. let's find out what those consequences are. you have republicans that would be more than willing to cooperate when it comes to finding common ground that will help the average american out there. but that doesn't mean you raise taxes on them. what it says is, you get back down to allowing the federal government
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to get out of the way of people when they want to make a profit. right now we have a regulatory scheme in place that stands between the american people and economic freedom long-term. neil: you're a very polite gentleman. do you boo him when he says that? >> you offer appropriate respect to the office of the president of the united states, but you make it very, very clear that you're not interested in what has already failed in this administration. and you don't want more of the same. we don't want more tax increases right now. we want to see the federal government get out of the way. people want a government which is efficient. they want a government which is delivering the services that are necessary, but they don't want a government which is in our daily lives all the time, telling us time and time again that they know better than us how to handle our electric utilities. just in terms of the new carbon taxes in place, it will cost the average american consumer about $1,400 more per year.
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those are already being promulgated today. the republicans were voted into the senate this last time around because we said we would effect change. we would look at doing things -- neil: now is your chance. we'll watch closely. thank you very much. here's something to think about for you folks back home. two years from tonight, we'll have a new president of the united states. think about that. what this president hopes to do in the next two years with or without republicans up until that last day -- 2016 begins tonight. ♪
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neil: you probably know the drill by now. the president of the united states speaks first. the sixth one for barack obama, the state of the union. two more to go after this. then there's the republican response. normally the republican response it's always wanting. how do you compete with the president? republicans think they've found a potential rock star in joni ernst. you remember her? newly elected iowa senator who made a big deal about castration and pigs. why should i go on when rich edson can take the slack. rich, she was by design the choice. right? >> she was and i thought it impossible to bring that that tidbit up. i'm glad you did it as opposed to t me. they say this choice is because she had a resounding victory, knocked off a incumbent by nine points.
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beating someone in bruce bailey, the democratic congressman in that state. it's a story they want to tell electoratally. they see her as a rising star in the republican party. they want to use her to sell the republican positions on this. we have a look at what she will say on this. she will try to highlight areas where democrats and republicans could work together. we've heard this before. it comes to free trade and tax reform, and possibly when it comes to infrastructure. the republican party particularly wants to be seen as one, at least going into the 2016 election, as one that is willing to comprise with democrats. sticking to their principles. it's a fine line to walk. they'll have senator joni ernst do so. it's the gender factor. republicans have a tough time getting women to vote for them. this time, you have two responses from republicans in a row by women serving in the us congress.
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it's a good fit for republicans. especially this year, she'll be the first freshman senator in her first year to give any response to the president. it's a tough sell. the president talking to 1500 people on national tv for an hour. then someone in a room for ten or 15 minutes really just talking to the cameras. it's a tough challenge. and it's one they think senator joni ernst, something she can rise to. neil: marco rubio said drink plenty of water. >> that's right. and raise $100,000 on that. worked out for him. neil: did indeed. it is interesting. in that room as the president speaks, everyone in that room is running for president, that i can say. all these people go back and forth, every single one of them is running for president. close to it. at least a couple of dozen very likely prominent republican names who are at least interested in the job. half of them will make a
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commitment to run for that job. larry, that is one crowded field. what do you think? >> well, it is indeed. and some of them are going to be there. a couple of senators at least that are running. neil: right approximate. >> you said they all want to run. that's an exaggeration, neil. you do that a lot. on the whole, almost every one of them has awakened and seen a president in the mirror. neil: you have to think about it when you get there. right? >> yeah. hey, i can do that. neil: go ahead. >> well, you're essentially right. people look at the president. they watch him in various forms. and they say, well, you know, i have political talents too. i can do that. but there's something called an election. it's very difficult to get nominated. there's only one at a time. and we're on the sixth
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address of this president. neil: do you ever wonder, larry, how -- why they want -- i know for the president of the united states, you beat traffic. your office is your home. and your home is your office. you get a very fancy plane and nice helicopter. you get camp david. you get a lot of nice stuff. but it seems like the job has gotten so overwhelming, and such a divisive job, that they all age in office remarkably so. what is the draw in the end, do you think? i mean, i know it's a simplistic question. but what is the draw, even with all the heat controversy this president has agitated? >> i always say that if you don't run for president, it's the same as getting a team of psychiatrists to judge you sane. if you're not running, you're sane. but for those who run, obviously it's the opportunity to make
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history. to do some big things. to always be remembered. the honor and the glory of it. and let's not forget, if you make it through, and sadly a number of our presidents have not made it through for various reasons, but if you make it through, you have a golden life. you're making a million dollars a speech in some cases. you're set. your family is set. and probably some of your relatives will end up running for president. neil: there is that too. there is history to that. thank you, larry. the swipe of exaggeration notwithstanding. i always enjoy having you. the good professor from the fine state of virginia. there's some consternation on the other side, the president's side, democratic bob casey. senator, your issue with the president, you don't think he's doing a good job and all. on issues that matter to you, keystone, he could be doing more. the president has indicated, i think, sir,
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veto still likely. the push to get keystone open is unlikely to happen under his watch. >> i'm sorry. why -- neil: why do you urge otherwise to get keystone open? >> i think it makes sense in terms of job and energy. so there's a basic disagreement there. tonight is a night we're trying to stress between democrats and as well as between democrats and republicans to work together. as you can imagine, i'll try to work to find common ground. neil: you're a good sport about these things. i don't find a lot of common ground. they say they're miles apart. the president sort of poisoned the well with these executive orders and these promised vetoes and his fault. i know it can be his fault, their fault. blah, blah. are you worried that the president is off to a rocky start here at least when it comes to dealing with this
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republican congress? >> no, neil. i think he's off to a good start. there are some basic disagreements. on a night like tonight, i would hope that folks on both sides and especially republicans tonight, wouldn't engage in what i would call categorical condemnation of ideas. in other words, express disagreement, but don't write off the proposal. i do think, neil, that there's some potential, good potential for common ground on tax reform. common ground on infrastructure investment. i think both parties understand we need that. the main thing if you had to put a headline on it. both parties should be focused on the middle class and wages. that's where the conversation should start. neil: republicans told me there could have been common ground on tax reform. but the president ruined it by pushing taxes on the rich tonight. you say what? >> i understand that. even despite some of that response, i think there's still a way we
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can come together. we have come together in the recent past when it came to making adjustments at the very end of 2012, literally at the edge of the new year, going into 2013, where both parties comprised to get a fairly strong agreement that involved changes in the tax code. the middle class has waited too long for either party to focus on their needs. that's something that can bring us together. neil: senator. thank you very much. bob casey. the fine state of pennsylvania. taking a look at the white house. the president can afford to cut it to the end. if this were me with my wife, this is where you thank god you're the most powerful man on earth. hop in a limo. two minutes, you're there. not every one of us has that luxury. the president of the united states does and the next two years he does. that can be one of the
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reasons all the controversy notwithstanding, it's a job worth having. ♪
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♪ neil: all right. you're looking at the south side of the white house. the president and the first lady will be leaving the white house. and that is the thing that i just can't get enough of folks. you can be as late as you want. if it were me, i would say to my wife, the address is at 8 o'clock. with the president, they clear the streets. clear pennsylvania avenue. constitution avenue, wherever they gather to get to the capitol. just a couple of minutes. just a couple of minutes away from the president's making his exit with a speech about a half-hour from now. with all the pomp and
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ceremony, probably 45 minutes. peter is joining us, who will be there and what they plan to make of it. >> there will be more than 20 people who are sitting in the first lady's box during the state of the union address. and these are not people they pull out of the line from the capitol visitor's center. they're selected to promote the president's policy, agenda, initiative, goal. and their stories are often woven into his remarks. the first one we want to talk about is alan gross. he's the usa id subcontractor who was imprisoned in cuba. released december 17th. when the president announced he wanted to normalize things with cuba. nicole is the second one. florida mother and sea level rise researcher.
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specializes in cities and regions populated, which have large hispanic populations. she's obviously there not to represent the keystone pipeline. climate change is the issue she's there for. and anna is another one. she's a dreamer. who is under the president's 2012 program allowed to stay in this country with deferred deportation with work permit and student permit. 600,000 of them. as you know, in november, the president announced he was expanding that program and the white house says now her parents could be eligible for it as well. neil, back to you. neil: peter, thank you very much. peter barnes. in capitol hill. that's where they do the confab with the reporters and everything. mad crush of humanity as they make their way into the house. where the senate and the
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house, and at least four chief justices and joint chiefjointchiefs of staff make their way. senior deputy with kristi noem from the fine state of south dakota. and congresswoman, i'm looking at at least some of the early released remarks from the white house. not a one touches on the keystone pipeline. he could reaffirm that he would likely veto republican attempts to get keystone open. what do you think of that, and how damaging could that be? >> well, i think it certainly needs to be a priority of the president. and this president has been a great speech giver. he's just not a problem solver. and, frankly, the united states, americans need results. keystone would do that. deliver a lot of our energy sources cheaper and safer. and make sure we have the resources we need into the future. keystone would go through my state. and the people of south
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dakota support it. they recognize the benefits. neil: the argument against it, oil prices have collapsed so much. there's no reason to really do it. you say what? >> there's another resource up there we're not tapping into. the economic benefits will benefit every small town it goes through. for communities strapped with their budgets, property taxes. jobs to be created. that's what we're supposed to do is grow our economy in a healthy manner. not government controlled society. people want more independence. they want security. they want the opportunity to be successful. that's really what republicans and i want to give them. neil: real quickly, these tax hikes considered dead on arrival with you? >> i think we want to work together. the president i was hoping would come forward with solutions that he knows we could sit around a table and discuss.
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it looks to me this is a lot of political theater. he's chosen things that will be divisive. he divides by class and income level. we need a unifier. we need a healthy economy. we need to do it through our tax reform and trade policies. neil: thank you very much. we will watch closely. scott mcnealy, the legend of silicon valley on why the president isn't doing anything legendary here if he pushes the policies he plans to discuss tonight. after this.
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neil: all right. in the capitol, we're told senators have arrived as has the vice president of the united states and joe biden. we're still waiting for the president to leave as well the white house. speaker john boehner also there. and the president now on his way. leaving from the white house. i think this is incredible. you can leave this late
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for a big event. not worry about traffic. not worry about any of the pedestrian concerns. in the meantime, the fair share argument. what is a fair share? the president will argue again tonight that the rich have to pay their fair share. that has come up a number of times, as you know. if it wasn't 3 30.9%. was it the -- the 45% neck of the woods. now others urging it goes up higher. we thought we would ask scott mcnealy on whether the whole attack is what's fair. scott, you say it's not. why not? >> well, i think there's two parts to it. one, who pays? and 1% is -- the top 1% is paying as much as the bottom 90%. i don't think anybody would argue that it should be a totally nonprogressive tax rate. but the other part of what's fair, is what are
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you spending it on? obviously there's the role of government, which is things that are shared. parks, roads, law enforcement, the state department. those are things that are proper roles of government. then there's the safety net. we all agree the government should be there for the safety percent. for what, the bottom 1 percent or 3 percent? then there's the third piece. which is two-thirds of the budget right now which is redistribution. taking money from one group and giving it to others in an inefficient way to buy votes. that should get everybody outraged. taxing people. taking hard-earned money and valuable investable, saveable or spendable or give awayable money from people who have earned it to give to other people to buy votes, i think this is just absolutely the tyranny that has become two-thirds of the federal budget. neil: do you worry that the answer you get from the white
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house and joe biden and the like, hey, if we're so damaging to scott and all of his business friends and we're reeking such havoc, the markets have a funny way of showing it. you say what? >> and let's not use me. but let's use me. i started a company that hired over 30 years, 235,000 direct employees. who knows how many indirectly through our suppliers and resellers and our party next year. goods and services. training we did. (?) taking that money from people who funded sun microsystems, and giving it to the government and assuming that they will create jobs more effectively than people who have money who are investing wisely in the right and new technologies. i trust larry ellison to
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make smarter investments than i trust the administration. neil: your final take on -- the president's message tonight is to be on offense. to keep saying, elections might have consequences, but i guess not this one because i am not bowing to you, republicans, on these key issues. if anything, i have vetoes lined up like planes at laguardia. >> it's not lame duck. he's operating like who cares i can't get reelected anyhow. i'm set for life. so it's a different strategy. and i think the voters sense that, and that's why you have the largest republican majority in the house and you have the senate. i think they're worried that you have somebody who is operating in his own ideology and interests as opposed to
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what the voters are after. neil: well-put. good seeing you. cofounder of sun microsystems. the president now 20 minutes away from having to be in the capitol. speaking in the capitol. just leaving the white house. that is the great thing about being president. we'll have more.
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neil: well, they're making their way in. the senators are all lining up. even though this is in the well of the house, they sit in the closest seats. then the house leadership. then the house rank-and-file. they're not assigned seats, but that's the order of protocol. last year's state of the union, i believe he was a test of ted cruz, he'll be joining us later in this broadcast. where are you tonight, foster? no one invited you this year. what happened? >> i'm sitting here in palm springs. experienced one of the
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great golf courses. mike's melvins course. i'm golfed out and ready to go to work. neil: good for you. last time you were with cruz, i asked you at the time whether you were switching allegiances if rick santorum didn't run and you were a big financial backer of his that maybe you were switching horses. can you update us on our allegiances this year? >> i'll tell you, rick santorum is an amazing guy that has come up with the notion that other people haven't. who is talking about the 70% of americans who haven't graduated from college? he talks about that in his book blue-collar conservatives. when you look at the polling in the last election, if you look at before 12 o'clock and after 12 o'clock, romney and santorum kind of were up five, down five. but look at the polling after 5 o'clock, you cannot believe that rick
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got 25%, much more. so it's the working people that rick appeals too. that's kind of where i come from. neil: is that a conservative republican group? i mean, would you consider yourself a religious conservative? certainly that's what santorum has considered. it's a group that has the likes of mike huckabee. where do you stand? >> i think that's the media's attempt to pigeonhole santorum. jesus didn't like the religious types. he came down pretty hard on them. what drives rick is a biblical worldview. i remember listening to him out in minneapolis. and the pastor said what's your favorite bible verse. and he said pray for those who persecute you. rick has a nice heart and cares about our country and is motivated to serve. and that's what people like about him, he's so darn straightforward and
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honest. sometimes to his detriment. he was at age 38, orchestrated the welfare reform act. neil: sounds like you're still loyally in his corner. if he folds or doesn't lookroming,nyo you uld thi of ving to? wel i tnk tre an ieresng poli watoldbout tt th brithidotheir owccoun soo spk. sohe btish aed evybodwho is yr farite it w allver. ckpery. was-ll or. but ess whoheir mberwo selctio was,lmosform? thas scott walker. neil: that i. ishat right? interesting. >> we would be blessed by anyone. jeb bush. bobby jindal. i can list ten of them that are truly americans. we would be ahead of where we need to be and we would be confronting
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isis. it was so distressing when isis started chopping off 12-year-old heads. obama said our job is to protect our personnel and he said specifical iturbing not only did he not show up at the paris event, but that he's supportive of the muslim brotherhood. i've had people meet with the new president. but what did synergies neil, the other day he shows up at new year's eve, with the -- at the christian service. (?) and encouraged the christians. and then he also told the imams that, you know, you have to have a religious revolution. we can't go killing all the rest of the people. neil: we have to send a moderating message. foster, thank you very much. be well. >> thank you. neil: all right. the president is at the
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. neil: all right, the bidens have arrived, jill biden came in. the vice president is up there with the speaker, the two people who sit behind the president of the united states, the vice president as well as president of the senate, and, of course, john boehner as the speaker of the house. the bidens had a scare over the past weekend when some guy fired shots at the delaware home outside bloomington, delaware, they have not gotten
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to the bottom of that. mary fallin joins us right now. governor, we're going through the release remarks that we've gone the thus far from the president, so far no indication at this time he's going to be relinquishing his view on keystone or republicans will get their way, and it will be open. what do you think of that? >> i'm sorry to hear that. you know, neil, i'm open to listening to what he has to say. i'm going to watch very carefully. if we look at the issues he's put forth the last couple of face and where he's gone in the past, i'm not hopeful we're going to see much of a change in the policies that will move our nation forward as it relates to keystone and the energy sector. the energy sector has done straight across oklahoma and the rest of the nation, the president put restrictions on lands and offshore drilling and keystone pipeline, there's a lack of movement on that. it's disappointing at a time
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when the energy sector can create good paying jobs, grow the economy and raise the per capita income, he wants to raise the middle up, we're all about raising the middle class up. in oklahoma we've been able to raise the per capita income. neil: do you think what he's talking about governor, comes on the heels of the lower gas prices, if they were not the case, he would have a little less crowing to do tonight? >> the improvement he's going to talk about the speech from what i understand is really coming from frankly conservative republican governors across the nation, we have 31 republican governors who have been doing the opposite of some of the things he's going to talk about tonight. he's going to talk about raising taxes on business, growing government, and not talking about reducing spending, reducing a bloated government. he's talking about expanding different types of programs. republican governors have done the opposite. cut taxes, fair regulations for
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businesses that created better business climates to invest and to grow, they created energy jobs and those are the types of things that help small business improve education. those are the things that republican governors are doing. and the republican governors are helping our national economy to turn around and our state economies to do better. we're not going to see the solutions from washington. we'll see them from the state. neil: governor, thank you very much. mrs. obama made her way to join jill biden. she'll have a couple dozen folks in that area. many of whom are going to be mentioned in the president's address tonight. which isn't too far away. a little more after this. you're a mouthbreather. well, put on a breathe right strip and instantly open your nose up to 38% more than cold medicines alone so you can breathe and sleep shut your mouth and sleep right. breathe right. how can in china,sumption
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. neil: all right, well everyone's in their place, almost everyone, except the president of the united states. moments away from hearing them. a fellow that knows him well, don feeble, also a real estate
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entrepreneur. what i like about don, he's a fairly pragmatic guy. both sides like him and oftentimes both sides hate him. endearing to us. good to have you. i'm wondering on the policies, the real estate community have been a little anxious about what the president is offering here especially with higher taxes on the well to do, that that does trickle to other folks whether the president is talking about middle class tax relief or not and worry about that. do you? >> yeah, you know, but the reality is they have a better chance of starting as a quarterback for the super bowl, one of the super bowl teams in two weeks in arizona than getting a tax increase passed at this congress. neil: why does he do it? don, i agree with you, it's a herculean leap to put it mildly. he's pushing it. >> there's an agenda and the president wants to advance the agenda which is what he started with when he came to office.
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neil: don, we had last november, and that election didn't have a consequence. >> i'm with you. the reality is this idea about tax fairness. look, the top 1% pay about 40% of the taxes in the top 40% in the country pay 106% of the taxes and the bottom 40% pay a negative 9% of the taxes. we're well beyond fairness. the reality is if entrepreneurs are creating jobs, and if the government takes more of our money then we will have less money to invest in job generating activities to expand our economy. neil: barack obama didn't win out, are you worried the message for the next two years and the party's left is that he won't care? >> look, i'm really a bit frustrate as many people are that we are wasting an opportunity right now to talk about moving the country forward together. in a more nonpartisan, bipartisan approach. you know, last night, my
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daughter chloe and i and my wife katrina watched the martin luther king, jr. i have a dream speech. what was interesting, it's a back drop. the back drop was the lincoln memorial, a republican president, and dr. king was talking about many republican ideals. and so what we have to understand here, and what the democratic party needs to understand is that we democrats don't have a monopoly on fairness. we don't have a monopoly on equal access to opportunity, and we need to all work together to solve our country's serious problems. raising taxes will push us back into a challenging environment. a friend of mine who is a big supporter of the president's, i was with him in florida yesterday, and he was complaining about working for 44% of what he brings in between new york state, new york city and the federal taxes, he's paying somewhere of about 57%. at a certain point, it becomes a disin incentive.
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they don't have perspective of what it takes to generate jobs. people ought to look a little closer at the republican party this next go-around. you've got the top two front-runner, governor bush happened to be a business person, a developer. neil: are you saying you would support a republican? next time? >> i would strongly consider it. i would strongly consider jeb bush. he was the governor of my state for eight years, he is a business person. neil: you would support him over hillary clinton if she were the democratic nominee? >> i would give it strong consideration. hillary clinton is a transformational candidate. but jeb bush deserves a look, a close look by democrats, especially minorities and women. these policies of being paternalistic towards minorities and women doesn't work. the highest poverty rate in 50 years. 13 million more people on food stamps since 2008.
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if my employees, if i had employees that performed for me as poorly as the democratic party performed for african-americans and women, i'd fire them, and i think that african-americans and women ought to look very seriously at a candidacy of a jeb bush. neil: don, you remain that brittle wrapped in a conundrum. good seeing you, i appreciate it very, very much. >> good seeing you. neil: andy joins us, the cke restaurant ceo, mitt romney making noise again, i was looking in the crowd as don was speaking before there, and i saw elizabeth warren galvanizing the left here, and that the president might be trying to make a bow to the left tonight, the new republican congress notwithstanding. what do you think of that, andy? >> well, actually, i think the country does not want a third term of barack obama, and if he leans more to the left, they're going want to a third term less. and i think whether it's elizabeth warren or hillary
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clinton, either of them would represent a third term of barack obama, and by the way. i thought don was great. he sounded like a republican. neil: well, a moderate republican in that sense. do you get a sense the republicans have to be careful how they respond to the problems? they're going to offer legislation, and told between a man and woman, we've got plans of our own, the president will veto them. do you think they'll get a fair shake in the media, the president vetoed all the ideas and they are still the do-nothing congress. how do you think they answer that? >> the american people are going to see a president other conciliatory and gracious or they're going to see a president who's been defiant and petulant. and recently he's been defiant and petulant. if he continues that -- neil: why do you think he's that way? as a business guy why do you think he's that way. if you are driving agenda ceo, that's one thing, he has other people he has to drive it with.
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it's not your way or the highway, a lot ofceo' enoy whato yo this eeth wha som s as maess? . i think the problem is he came into the job never having really negotiated anything. and in the six years he's been in this office because of the control by both houses of congress for the first two years and harry reid stopping everything in the senate, he's never even in the six years gotten that skill to negotiate. you have to give, you have to take. other side has to feel he got something, he doesn't seem to grasp that. something, again, the american people tonight are going to see a president that is either going to turn a new leaf and say we need to start getting things done. we need to govern or see a president who says i don't care what you, do we need to stop everything, whether it's keystone, or lowering the corporate tax rate so it's not the highest in the world or doing infrastructure or
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symplification of the tax code. you and i talked over the holidays how gridlock may not be that bad of a thing for american businesses, it beat the two years of this administration. neil: could be the rule of thumb. thank you, andy. moments away, it was a great shot before looking up at that hallway that the president will descend from the house hallway. when he comes down, when he's introduced by paul irving, the house sergeant-at-arms. this is the president of the united states. and some of these people, i'm not kidding you, i used to see this when i covered ronald reagan and other presidents. they get there like 12 hours in advance. like times square on new year's eve and all these people are hanging out. and you can't send your staff there to hold your seat for you. the new rules are you want to get there early, it's your hiney in that seat. and some of them have been there all day. a lot of others who are there
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to get the money shot of shaking hands with the president. they don't care if it's a republican or democrat. it is a scene seen around the world. now the speaker. >> the president of the united states. [ applause ] >> this process takes a while, if you haven't gone to the bathroom or you missed out on dinner, now is the chance to get supper. actually, i'd make breakfast if i were you. it is going to take a while for him to make it down the 75 foot walk to the podium. and look at all these people. there is a process to this, the democratic caucus among the republican delegation to greet him on the democratic side as he makes his way down the entrance and shakes the congressmen and women's hands some, have been there early this morning. they dare not leave that post for fear that that seat will go to someone else or the precious aisle shot will go someone else. back with don peebles and andy
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as well. this president is enjoying, don, a little bit of poll numbers, approval rating picking up 8-10 points in the last month. might have been a variety of reasons for that. the improving economy or gas prices. what do you think he's doing and could that be contributing to the president's kind of in your face approach, he plans to take to republicans tonight? >> well, i think gas prices, that's a big part of it, americans have more money to put back into the economy. businesses are growing a bit. my sector, the real estate business is doing much better. you're seeing a growth in construction jobs. but there's a lot of uncertainty here in the economy. credit's tight, many banks are not making loans because they don't know what the rules are going to be next, so there's challenges here, you know, many of those challenges. you know you mentioned the president walking down the aisle. i remember my last two years of high school as a page and
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walking president carter come, and he had a defiant walk to him, in 1977, and a little more humility in '78. neil: you're right. >> yeah. i think that we are feeling better, but talking about raising taxes right now is really a very dangerous thing to do because right here at a moment where businesses and entrepreneurs are beginning to take more risks, that the idea that you don't know what the tax moves are going to be is a very dangerous thing. so i'd be surprised if he gets much traction. neil: andy, if you're still there with us, my friend. two years from now, we're going to have a different president of the united states. this president is trying to show in the last two years, three quarters through presidency, he wants to be a consequential figure. many by the nature of who he
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was, the health care law, whether you like it or not, he's assured that. what do you think of the next two years? >> i think if he's going to be -- he will be a consequential president. there are a lot of reasons for that. whether or not he's a successful president is a different question. don is absolutely right. the raising capital gains taxes up to 20% isn't going to increase capital gains revenue, you get more revenue when there are capital transactions and you raise the rate, people don't have to engage in the transactions, they'll hold back. president clinton lowered the capital gains tax rate and had a huge influx of revenue for the country and balanced the budget with newt gingrich. the kinds of things he's doing are not the things that are going to lead anything successful and they're not going to get through the congress and he knows that. neil: he is arguing that the capital gains rate. he's arguing that the capital gains rate will be at or lower than ronald reagan. my argument is ronald reagan brought the top rate down way
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below that level. >> well, and again, clinton is the know who got all the capital gains revenue and took the rate down from from reagan had it. it depends on good economic policy. >> i apologize to jump you on, the president is going to jump on all of us. he's not ready to speak, there's going to be another introduction, the speaker is going to introduce him, and then you can go out to the bathroom and get another dinner, as i'm prone to do. >> i have the distinct honor of presenting to you, the president of the united states. [ applause ] >> all right, go! if you have microwave popcorn, have you more than enough time. i'm just telling you. and it is a body that is now controlled by republicans in the house and the senate, but they are still whoever occupies the white house in george bush's worst days and jimmy carter's worst days, a
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different environment. president obama: mr. vice president, members of congress, my fellow americans. we are 15 years into this new century. 15 years that dawned with terror touching our shores that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars that saw a vision of recession spread across our nation and our world. it has been, and still is, a hard time for many. but tonight, we turn the page. tonight, after a breakthrough year for america, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. [ applause ]
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president obama: our unemployment rate is lower than before the financial crisis. more of our kids are graduating than ever before. more of our people are insured than ever before. [ applause ] president obama: and we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years. [ applause ] president obama: tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in afghanistan
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is over. [ applause ] president obama: six years ago nearly 180,000 american troops served in iraq and afghanistan. today, fewer than 15,000 remain, and we salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 generation who have served to keep us safe. we are humbled and grateful for your service. [ applause ] president obama: america, for
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all that we have endured, for all the grit and hard work required to come back. for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this, the shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the union is strong. [ applause ] president obama: at this moment, with the growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy production, we have risen from recession free at a right of our own future freer than any other nation on earth. it's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come. what when we accept an economy when few of us do spectacularly
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well? or commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort? [ applause ] president obama: will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing, or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet? will we allow ourselves to be sordid into factions and turn against one another, or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled america forward? in two weeks, i will send this congress a budget, filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan, and in the months ahead, i'll crisscross the country making a case for those
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ideas. so tonight, i want to focus less on a checklist of proposals and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us. it begins with our economy. seven years ago, rebekah and ben erler of minneapolis were newlyweds. [ applause ] . [ laughter ] president obama: she waited tables, he worked construction, the first child, jack, was on the way. they were young and in love in america. and it doesn't get much better than that. if only we had known, rebekah wrote to me last spring, what was about to happen in the housing and construction market, as the crisis worsened,
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ben's business dried up, he took what jobs he could find, even if it kept him on the road for long stretches at a time. rebekah took out student loans and enrolled in community college and retrained for a new career. they sacrificed for each other. and slowly it paid off. they bought their first home, they had a second son, henry, she got a better job and a raise, ben's back in construction, and home for dinner every night. it is amazing, rebekah wrote, what you can bounce back from when you have to. we are a strong tight knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. we are a strong tight knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. america, rebekah and ben's
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story is our story. they represent the millions who worked hard and scrimped and sacrificed and retooled. you are the reason that i ran for this office. you are the people i was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis, when i stood on the steps of this capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation, it has been your resilience, your effort that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger. we believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing and draw new jobs to our shores, and over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs. [ applause ]
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president obama: we believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and protect our planet, and today america is number one in oil and gas, america is number one in wind power. every three weeks we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. and thanks to lower gas prices and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump. [ applause ] president obama: we believed we could prepare our kids for a more competitive world, and today our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high. more americans finished college than ever before. [ applause ]
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president obama: we believe that sensible regulations could prevent another crisis. shield families from ruin, and encourage fair competition. today we have new tools to stop taxpayer-funded bailouts and new consumer watchdog to protect us from predatory lending and abusive credit practices. and ten million uninsured americans finally gained the security of health coverage. [ applause ] president obama: and every step, we were told our goals were misguided, or too ambitious, that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. instead, we've seen the fastest economic growth in over a
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decade. our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years. [ applause ] president obama: this is good news, people. [ laughter ] president obama: so the verdict is clear, middle-class economics works, expanding opportunity works, and these policies will continue to work as long as politics don't get in the way. we can't slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns. we can't put the security of
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families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unraveling the new rules on wall street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we got to fix a broken system. and if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, i will veto it. they'll have earned my veto. [ applause ] president obama: today, thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives. wages are finally starting to rise again. we know that more small business owners plan to raise their employees' pay than at any time since 2007. but here's the thing, those of us here tonight, we need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn't screw things up. the government doesn't halt the
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progress we're making. we need to do more than just do no harm. tonight, together, let's do more to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every american. [ applause ] president obama: because families like rebekah's still need our help. she and ben are working as hard as ever. but they've had to forego vacations and a new car to pay off student loans, and save for retirement. friday night pizza, that's a big splurge. basic child care for jack and henry costs more than their mortgage, and almost as much as a year at the university of
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minnesota. like millions of hard working americans, rebekah isn't asking for a handout, but she is asking that we look for more ways to help families get ahead. and, in fact, at every moment of economic change throughout our history, this country has taken bold action to adapt to new circumstances, and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot. we set up worker protections, social security, medicare, medicaid, to protect ourselves from the harshest adversity. we gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure, and the internet. tools they needed to go as far as their efforts and their dreams will take them. that's what middle-class economics is. the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot. everyone does their fair share. everyone plays by the same set
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of rules. [ applause ] president obama: we just don't want everyone to share in america's success, we want everyone to contribute to our success. [ applause ] president obama: so what does middle-class economics require in our time? first, middle-class economics means helping working families feel more secure in a world of constant change. that means helping folks afford child care, college, health care. a home. retirement. and my budget will address each these issues, lowering the taxes of working families and putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year. [ applause ] president obama: here's one example -- during world war ii when men
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like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the workforce, were the national security priority. so this country provided universal child care. in today's economy, when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality child care more than ever. [ applause ] president obama: it's not a nice to have, it's a must have. so it's time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or as a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us. [ applause ]
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president obama: and that's why my plan will make quality child care more available and more affordable for every middle class and low income family with young children in america, by creating more slots and a new tax cut of up to $3,000 per child per year. [ applause ] president obama: here's another example -- today we're the only advanced country on earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. 43 million workers have no paid sick leave. 43 million. think about that. and that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. so i'll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own, and since
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paid sick leave won where it was on the ballot last november, let's put it to a vote right here in washington. send me a bill that gives every worker in america the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave. it's the right thing to do. [ applause ] president obama: the right thing to do. of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. that's why this congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. [ applause ] president obama: this is 2015. it's time. we still need to make sure employees get the overtime
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they've earned. [ applause ] president obama: and everyone in this congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, i say this -- if you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it! if not, vote to give millions of the hardest working people in america a raise. [ cheers and applause ] president obama: these ideas won't make everybody rich, won't relieve every hardship, that's not the job of government. to give working families a fair shot, we still need more employers to see beyond next quarter's earnings and recognize that investing in the workforce is in their company's long-term interests. we still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken
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unions and give american workers a voice. [ applause ] president obama: but, you know -- things like child care and sick leave and equal pay, things like lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage, these ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families. that's a fact. and that's what all of us -- republicans and democrats alike -- were sent here to do. second, to make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road. we have to do more to help americans upgrade their skills. [ applause ] president obama: while america thrives in the 20th century because we made high school
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free. sent a generation of gi's to college. trained the best workforce in the world. we were ahead of the curve. but other countries caught on, and in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to up our game. we need to do more. by the end of this decade two, and three job openings will require some higher education. two and three. and yet we still live in a country where too many bright, striving americans are priced out of the education they need. it's not fair to them, and it's sure not smart for our future. that's why i'm sending this congress a bold, new plan to lower the cost of community college to zero. [ applause ]
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president obama: keep in mind, 40% of our college students choose community college. somewhere young and starting out, somewhere older and looking for a better job. somewhere veterans and single parents trying to transition back into the job market. whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy without a load of debt. understand, you've got to earn it, you've got to keep your grades up and graduate on time. tennessee, a state with republican leadership, and chicago, the city with democratic leadership, are showing that free community college is possible. i want to spread that idea all across america, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in america as high school is today. [ applause ]
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president obama: let's stay ahead of the curve. [ applause ] president obama: and i want to work with this congress to make sure those already burdened with student loans can reduce their payment so that doesn't derail anyone's dreams. [ applause ] president obama: thanks to vice president biden's great work to update our job training system, we're connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding, and nursing and robotics. i'm asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like cvs and ups and offer more educational benefits and offer apprenticeships. to offer high-paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education. and as the new generation of veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the american dream they help defend. already, we've made strides
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towards ensuring that every veteran has access to the highest quality care. we're slashing the backlog that had too many veterans waiting years to get the benefits they need, and making it easier for vets to translate training and experience in the civilian jobs. and joining forces, the national campaign launched by michelle and jill biden, thank you, michelle, thank you, jill. [ applause ] president obama: has helped nearly 700,000 military veterans and spouses get a new job. [ applause ] president obama: every ceo in america, let me repeat, if you want somebody who's going to get the job done and done right, hire a veteran. [ applause ]
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president obama: finally, as we better train our workers, we need the new economy to keep churning out high-wage jobs for our workers to fill. since 2010, america has put more people back to work than europe, japan and all advanced economies combined. [ applause ] president obama: our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs. some of our bedrock sectors like auto industry are booming. but there are also millions of americans working jobs that didn't even exist 10 or 20 years ago. jobs at companies like google and ebay and tesla. no one knows for certain which industries will generate the jobs of the future, but we do know we want them here in
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america. we know that. [ applause ] president obama: that's why the third part of middle-class economics is all about building the most competitive economy anywhere. the place where businesses want to locate and hire. 21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure. modern ports and stronger bridges. faster trains and the fastest internet. democrats and republicans used to agree on this. so let's set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. let's pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that can create more than 30 times as many jobs per year and make us stronger for decades to come! let's do it! get it done! [ applause ]
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president obama: let's get it done. 21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more american products overseas. today our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages. but as we speak, china wants to write the rules for the world's fastest growing region. that would put our workers and our businesses at a disadvantage. why would we let that happen? we should write those rules. we should level the playing field. that's why i'm asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect american workers with strong new trade deals from asia to europe that aren't just free but are also fair. that's the right thing to do. [ applause ]
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president obama: look, i'm the first one to admit, i'm the first one to admit the past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype. that's why we've gone after countries that break the rules at our expense, but 95% of the world's customers live outside our borders. we can't close ourselves off from those opportunities. more than half of manufacturing executives have said they're actively looking to bring jobs back from china, so let's give them one more reason to get it done. 21st century businesses will rely on american science and technology, research and development. i want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine, one that delivers the right treatment at the right time. [ applause ]
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president obama: in some patients with cystic fibrosis this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. tonight i'm launching a new precision medicine initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to bring all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier. we can do this. [ applause ] president obama: i intend to protect a free and open internet, expanded reach to every classroom and every community, and help build the fastest networks so that the next generation of digital innovators and platform keep shaping our world. i want americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new
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jobs, converts sunlight into liquid fuel, prosthetics can let a man to play catch with his kids again. last month we launched a new spacecraft as part of a re-energized space program that will send american astronauts to mars, and in two months to prepare us for those missions, scott kelly will begin a yearlong stay in space, so good luck, captain! make sure to instagram it! [ applause ] president obama: proud of you. [ applause ]
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president obama: now the truth is, when it comes to issues like infrastructure and basic research, i know there's bipartisan support in this chamber. members of both parties have told me so. where we too often run under the rocks is how to pay for these investments. as americans we don't mind paying our fair share of taxes as long as everybody else does too, but for far too long, lobbyists have rigged the tax code with loopholes that let some corporations pay nothing while others pay full freight. they've riddled it with giveaways that the super rich don't need while denying the break to middle-class families who do. this year we have an opportunity to change that, let's close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad and reward those that invest here in america. [ applause ]
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president obama: let's use those savings to rebuild our infrastructure and to make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home. let's simplify the system and let a small business owner file based on her actual bank statement instead of the number of accounts she can afford. [ applause ] president obama: and let's close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top 1% to avoid paying taxes on accumulated wealth. we can use that money to help more families to pay for child care and send their kids to college. we need a tax code that truly helps working americans trying to get a leg up in the new economy, and we can achieve that together. [ applause ] president obama: we can achieve it together. helping hard
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working families make ends meet, giving them the tools they need for good-paying jobs in this new economy. maintaining the conditions of growth and competitiveness. this is where america needs to go. i believe it's where the american people want to go. it will make our economy stronger a year from now, 15 years from now, and deep into the century ahead. of course if there's one thing this century has taught us, we cannot separate our work here at home from challenges beyond our shores. my first duty as commander in chief is to defend the united states of america. in doing so, the question is not -- in doing so the question is not whether america leads in the world but how. when we make rash decisions reacting to the headlines instead of using our heads,
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when the first response to a challenge is to send in our military, then we risk getting drawn into unnecessary conflicts and neglect the broader strategy we need for a safer more prosperous world. that's what our enemies want us to do. i believe in a smarter kind of american leadership. we lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy. when we leverage our power with coalition building. when we don't let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents. that's exactly what we're doing right now and around the globe, it is making a difference. first, we stand united with people around the world who have been targeted by terrorists, from a school in pakistan to the streets of paris. [ applause ] president obama: we will continue to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their
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network and deserve the right to act unilaterally as we have done relentlessly since i took office to take out terrorists that pose a direct threat to our allies. [ applause ] president obama: at the same time, we've learned some costly lessons over the last 13 years, instead of americans patrolling the valleys of afghanistan, we trained their security forces who have now taken the lead, and we've honored our troops sacrificed by supporting the first democratic transition. instead of sending large ground forces overseas, we're partnering with nations from south asia to north africa. to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten america. in iraq, in syria, american leadership including our military power, is stopping isil's advance. instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the middle east, we are leading a
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broad coalition, including arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. [ applause ] president obama: we're also supporting a moderate opition? syria that can helpis in this effort, and assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremists. this effort will take time, it will require focus, but we will succeed. and tonight i call on this congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against isil. we need -- [ applause ] president obama: that authority. second, we're demonstrating a power of americans' strength and diplomacy. we're upholding the principle that bigger nations can't bully the small by opposing russian
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aggression and supporting ukraine's democracy and reassuring our nato ally. [ applause ] president obama: last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, as we were reinforcing our presence with the front line states, mr. putin's aggression, it was suggested, was a masterful display of strategy and strength. that's what i heard from some folks. well, today, it is america that stands strong and united with our allies, while russia is isolated with its he and in tatters. that's how america leads. not with bluster, but with persistence stating resolve. [ applause ]
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president obama: and on cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. [ applause ] president obama: when what you're doing doesn't work for 50 years, it's time to try something new. [ applause ] president obama: and our shift in cuba policy has the potential to end the legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere, and removes a phony excuse for restrictions in cuba. stands up for democratic values and extends the hand of friendship to the cuban people. in this year, congress should begin the work of ending the embargo. [ applause ] president obama: as his holy nz
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pope francis said, diplomacy is the work of small steps. these small steps added up to new hope for the future of cuba. and after years in prison, we are overjoyed that alan gross is back where he belongs. welcome back, alan, we're glad you're here. [ applause ] president obama: our diplomacy is at work with respect to iran, where for the first time in a decade, we've halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear armed iran, secures america and our allies,
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including israel, while avoiding yet another middle east conflict. there are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and i keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear iran. but new sanctions passed by this congress at this moment in time will all but guarantee the diplomacy fails. alienating america from its allies, making it harder to maintain sanctions, ensuring that iran starts up its nuclear program again. it doesn't make sense. that's why i will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this process. [ applause ] president obama: the american people expect us only to go to war as a last resort, and i intend to stay true that wisdom. third, we're looking beyond the
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issues that have consumed us in the past to shape the coming century, no foreign nation, no hacker should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets or invade the privacy of american families, especially our kids. [ applause ] president obama: but we're making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyberthreats as we have done to combat terrorism. and tonight i urge this congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyberattacks. combat identity theft, and protect our children's information, that should be a bipartisan effort. [ applause ] president obama: if we don't
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act, we leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. if we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe. in west africa, our troops, our scientists, our doctors, our nurses, our health care workers, are rolling back ebola, saving countless lives and stopping the spread of the disease. i could not be prouder of them, and thank this congress for their bipartisan support of their efforts. the job is not done. and the world needs to use this lesson it build a more effective global effort to prevent the spread of future pandemics. invest in smart development, and eradicate extreme poverty. in asia-pacific, we are modernizing alliances while making sure other nations play by the rules in how they trade, how they resolve maritime
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disputes, how they participate in meeting common international challenges like nonproliferation and disaster relief. and no challenge, no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change. [ applause ] president obama: 2014 was the planet's warmest year on record. and one year doesn't make a trend, but this does, 14 of the 15 warmest year on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century. i've heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they're not scientists, that we don't have enough information had. well, i'm not a scientist
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either, but you know what? i know a lot of really good scientists at nasa and at noaa and at our major universities, and the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate. and if we don't act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heatwaves. dangerous droughts and floods and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe. the pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. we should act like it. and that's why -- [ applause ] president obama: that's why, over the past six years, we've done more than ever to combat climate change from the way we produce energy to the way we use it. that's why we've set aside more public lands and waters than
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any administration in history. and that's why i will not let this congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. i am determined to make sure that american leadership drives international action. [ applause ] president obama: in beijing, we made a historic announcement. the united states will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution and china committed for the first time to limiting their emissions, and because the world's two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up. and offering hope that this year the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we've got. and there's one last pillar of our leadership, and that's the example of our values. as americans, we respect human
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dignity even when we're threatened, which is why i have prohibited torture and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained. [ applause ]
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president obama: as americans we have confound to justice, it makes no sense to spend $3 million per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit. since i've been president, we've worked responsibly to cut the population of gitmo in half. now it is time to finish the job, and i will not relent in my determination to shut it down. it is not who we are. it's time to close gitmo. [ applause ] president obama: as americans we cherish our civil liberties and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from other countries, and industry in our fight against terrorist networks. while some have moved on from
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the debates over our surveillance programs, i have not. as promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard with the recommendations of privacy advocates to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse, and next month, we'll issue a report how we're keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy. looking to the future instead of the past, making sure we match our power with diplomacy and use force wisely, building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities, leading always with the example of our values. that's what makes us exceptional. that's what makes us strong. that's why we have to keep striving to hold ourselves to the highest of standards, our own. you know, just over a
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decade ago, i gave a speech in boston where i said there wasn't a liberal america or a conservative america, a black america or a white america, but a united states of america. i said this because i had seen it in my own life, in a nation that gave someone like me a chance, because i grew up in hawaii, the melting pot of races and customs, illinois, the state of small towns, rich farmland, one of the world's great cities. a microcosm of the country where democrats and republicans and independents, good people, of every ethnicity and every faith, share certain bedrock values. over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency
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hasn't delivered on this vision. how ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever. it's held up as proof, not just of my own flaws, of which there are many, but also as proof that division itself is misguided. naive. too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock, for us to ever do anything about it. i know how tempting such cynicism may be, but i still think the cynics are wrong. i still believe that we are one people. i still believe that together we can do great things, even when the odds are long. [ applause ]
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president obama: i've watched americans beat back adversity from the gulf coast to the great plains from midwest assembly lines to the mid-atlantic seaboard. i've seen something like gay marriage going for a wedge issue to drive us apart a civil rights not legal in states that americans call home. [ applause ]
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president obama: so i know the good and optimistic and big hearted generosity of the american people, who every day live the idea that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper. and i know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example. so the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us, can better reflect america's hopes. i've served in congress with many of you. i know many of you well. there are a lot of good people here on both sides of the aisle, and many of you have told me that this isn't what you signed up for, arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fund-raising, always looking over your shoulder how
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debates will react to every decision. imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. imagine if we did something different. understand, a better politics isn't when democrats abandon agenda or republicans simply embrace mine. a better politics is one where we appeal to each other's basic decency instead of each other's fears. a better politics is where we don't demonize each other where we talk values and principles and facts rather than gotcha moments or trivial gaffes or make controversies that have nothing to do with people's daily lives. [ applause ] president obama: a politics -- a better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in
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dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter and spend more time lifting young people up with a sense of purpose and possibility, asking them to join in the great mission of building america. if we're going to have arguments, let's have arguments, but let's make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country. we still may not agree on a woman's right to choose, but surely we can agree it's a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows and every woman should have access to the health care that she needs. [ applause ] president obama: yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving
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young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hard-working mom is snatched from her child, and that it's possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. i've talked to republicans and democrats about that. that's something that we can share. we may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred. that it's being denied to too many. and that on this 50th anniversary of the great march from selma to montgomery and the passage of the voting rights act, we can come together, democrats and republicans, to make voting better for every single american. [ applause ] president obama: we may have different takes on the events of ferguson and new york. but surely we can understand a father who fears his son can't
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walk home without being harassed, and surely we can understand the wife who won't rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift. and surely we can agree it's a good thing that for the first time in 40 years the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together and use that as a starting point for democrats and republicans, community leaders and law enforcement to reform america's criminal justice system to protect and serve all of us. [ applause ] president obama: that's a better politics. that's how we start rebuilding trust. that's how we move this country forward. that's what the american people want.
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and that's what they deserve. i have no more campaigns to run. [ applause ] . [ laughter ] president obama: i know because i won both of them. [ applause ] president obama: my only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one i've had since the day i swore an oath on the steps of this capitol. to do what i believe is best for america. if you share the broad vision i outlined tonight, i ask you to join me in the work at hand. if you disagree with parts of it, i hope you'll at least work
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with me when you do agree, and i commit to every republican here tonight i will not only seek out your ideas, i will seek to work with you to make this country stronger. [ applause ] president obama: because i want this chamber, i want this city to reflect the truth that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides, to unite in common effort, to help our neighbors whether down the street or on the other side of the world. i want our actions to tell every child in every neighborhood your life matters, and we are committed to improving life chances, as committed we are to working on
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behalf of our own kids. i want future generations to know we are a people who see our differences as a great gift. that we're a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen. man and woman. young and old. black and white, latino, asian, grant. gays, straight, americans with physical disabilities, every life matters, i want them to grow up in a world that we still know to be true. that we are more than a collection of red and blue states, that we are the united states of america. [ applause ] president obama: i want them to grow up in a country where a young mom can sit down and write a letter to her president
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with a story that sums up these past six years. it's amazing what you can bounce back from when you have to. we are a strong tight knit family who's made it through some very, very hard times. my fellow americans, we too are a strong tight knit family, we too have made it through some hard times. 15 years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and begun again, the work of remaking america. we have laid a new foundation. a brighter future is ours to write. let's begin this new chapter together. and let's start the work right now. thank you. god bless you. god bless this country we love. thank you.
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every other point for most part when it came to specifics or ideas that republicans are rejecting. spend much of this speech going point to point on what was a victory lap. nene swagger you heard from him, republicans have been going point to point, e-mailing their ideas and statements. they say led to rise of isis we're seeing, when you look at these particular issues, you have to drill down to finer points, there is not that much they can getting it on in congress, perhaps trade, maybe
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tax reform. a lot of this specifics on that too looking at what president wants to do with a tax increase, a nonstarter for republicans who now control both houses of congress. >> when it came to drilling, president making it clear, this is not overture that republicans wanted for example on keystone, peter barnes in white house put this in broader context of infrastructure. something that both parties could agree on. but it was a clever way he frameed it, from the president in his address. >> so let's set our sighs higher than a single oil pipeline. a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create jobs, and make stronger for decades to come, let's do it. get it done. that is not going over well
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with republicans. but what he is more or less saying, don't be so obsessed about keystone, right? >> also, and note he did not use word veto, there, where, he did use word veto with regard to other republican initiatives for example rolling back obamacare. >> that is interesting, you think it is possible he held it out, as something, which he could change his mind? >> and he said that in statements here, you know, one recent press briefings we asked him, are you saying that you would veto the keystone pipeline bill if congress sends it to you, he said i'm not going to go there yet, he is leaving the door open to perhaps negotiating some kind of a deal on that, otherwise, why didn't sesay, you know, veto. he used that word several times
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tonight. neil: you are very right, thank you very much. former massachusets senator, scott brown joining me on the phone. what do you make of that? this overture, i guess, to republicans -- look, maybe this is to peter barnes' point part of a broader bridge, no pun intended, to address the infrastructure, and satisfy you on keystone. am i taking too far a leap? >> you would think after 6 years he would come together with the republicans, i think he has an opportunity. but there is say lack of trust for last 6 years he has done nothing of the sort, he has not unifieded party or reached out to republicans or found common ground. and now all of a sudden, he is doing acompany -- kumbaya speech at end, saying we'll try to find
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common ground, i heard it before, i was there for three years, i heard it over and over and over. what stuck out to me were two things, he was talking about the new economy and remaking america. well the new economy could equal the obama economy, and remaking america is a redistribution of wealth, there is a lot of key buzzwords if you know his rhetoric, you understand what he is trying to say. neil: he is good at rhetoric, he does have power of that pulpit. joni ernst newly elected, sworn in iowa republican senator, minutes away from giving the republican response to this. always pressure on that person in that role. republican or democrat, but one thing that struck me as odd, a tad hypocritical on president's part, was this notion that the other side, is trying to appeal to its base.
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other side is playing to fundraisers and all that. i'm thinking, wow, he was just in this the other day blocking traffic, raising money, it works both ways mr. president. he wanted to assume the higher 57. diperch did that successed succ? >> i don't think so, he is the number one divideer with the last 6 years here, is going out right after the speech, he is going out and talk and push his vision. well, there are other branches of government, we have senate, we have congress. there is a check and balance. and by the way, don't forget, if he does not like what they are doing, he will use his pen and his phone. that is the problem. when he does not get his way, he uses the executive orders. neil: riddle me this, when he is signing what looks like
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autographs, do they already get signed stuff from the president, do they really need a lot of autograph. >> there is a lot of pomp and circumstance before and after the dinners with spouses, and up in gallery, to get something like this from his you know perceived one of his last speeches to congress, you know, there say m memento. i do not begrudge anyone for that. neil: i just assume once you are in that body you get that stuff all of the time. >> not from that particular event. neineil: how would you grade te speech? >> he is an excellent speaker, you can't take away from that but he moves forward and trying to find common ground, then america would be better off. but if he does not, we'll have two more years of divisiveness. i think he is setting bar high.
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and drawing a line in the sand, he will start blaming republicans when they start sending hip the bills to get the economy moving, bills to that don't go far enough, with his vision. his agenda. his new economy, his remaking of america. neil: thank you very much. while i have you with us, mitt romney did respond. true to form, president in state of union speech is more interested in politics than leading ship, more intent on winning elections than winning congress. he ignores fact that country elected a congress that favors smaller government. that is mitt romney's way of saying the speech is a bust. >> well, i don't disagree, listen, you have to hold on to your wallets, he is proposeing billions of new taxes at a time
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when people in america are hurting. there are federal taxes and state taxes and municipal taxes, every time you turn around there is somebody else in your pocket taking your hard earned money, you have to take total amount of taxation comes out of your pocket, any time there is a break like lowers of gas prices, putting money in their pocket, what do they want to do? they want to raise the gas tax, they have a lot of work to do before they come take more of our hard earned money. money. >> thank you very much that drop in gas tax, many are saying represents about half of the grossly cost of the gdp. mort zuckerman is joining us now. i have been requesting a number of republicans and democrats, what is their fair of the rich
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to make. when you 3 in cost for president's healthcare low. it really brings top rate closer to 45%. without throwing in other taxes, now with these other taxes, it is possible you add a few percentage points, not a one can give me a clear number, what is the richest fair share. is that a moving target? >> always a moving target, the real questions you have on one side, are expenditures. and how you meet those, you don't top go to large deficits it depends on program that underly budget numbers. okay? and fact that you always go where the money is, if you are in government, and you want to make sure you don't go where the boats are that is nature of the flamthegame played. i am willing to do it on an alphabetical basis.
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neil: [ laughter ] thank you, mr. zuckerman. i am curious about whether that falls on deaf ears, joan john wiljoni ernstwill be saying youp beating the same drum. but republicans have to be careful, they don't want to look like they are -- how does this play out? >> the republicans have to choose, it seems to me, where their strongest arguments are made, let's take one of them, if you adjusted the wages of people, okay? and in terms of what they are getting, we have a low wage economy. a lot of people -- the real unemployment rate is not whatever it is 7.1%. it is 11.1%. that is a huge number. not -- that is a kind of thing you look at it, you say, hey, we have a much weaker economy. a lot of people are hurting there is something wrong with the way we have led fiscal and
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economic policies of this country. neil cavuto: what do you think of his strategys? they have been settles -- they are not off to the races. now we seem to embrace saying this is real, this has traction, see where we have come in 6 years since i have taken office. and don't let those guys scare you. >> well, i think there is a record here you could look, to okay? have you an average rate of growth in economy in first 6 years of 2.1%. that is a very, very low rate in history of american economic growth. since the end of would war 2. something is wrong -- end of world war ii, something is wrong somewhere, you hold people in charge of government responsible, go to future, look at jpmorgan chase. which probably has more access
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to what is going on with the economy, they estimate that economy will grow even less at 1.% rate going forward, somewhere people are saying hey, whoever is creating the major economic policys have to bear the responsibility, that goes with the existing administration. you can make the claims, but there are basic facts that you have to look at to see whether or not what they are asserting makes sense. so far it does not make sense. neil: moments from senator joni ernst with republican response. i do want to bri ineo of famous dave, talking about need for meyer minimal wage, and guys like you and mort can afford to cough up more? >> i hear this speech, i get so excited, i did not know we were doing so well, then i run into people on main street running
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small businesses they are not doing as well as it seems that nation is doing. this minimum wage is inflationary. for president to talk about you can't support a family on $15,000 a year, he is right, but minimum wage jobs are not to be careers, they are entry level jobs. neil. he is also talking about gar afternoonty sick leave, and days off, and -- guarantees s sick l. >> this is nonsense, he is buying votes with that kind of rhetoric, the fact is that people that need to take time off get time off. you know, it is a struggle every day. small businesses cannot afford all this, between a state regulation, county regulations, and all of that health inspections and this tax and that tax, now this thing, margins are shrinking so fast. that i don't know how small businesses are going to survive, they are struggling desperately
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right now. it is getting worse, this is nonsense. neil: a great idea? >> have you a situation in very nature of what president's annual speech to the nation circumstance he hais,he has a h. >> i am joni ernst, as a moother, soldier and a newly elected senator from great state of iowa, i am proud to speak with you tonight. a few moments ago, we heard the president layout his vision for the year to come. even if we may not always agree, it is important to hear different points of view in this great country. we appreciate the president's sharing his. tonight, though, rather than respond to a speech, i would like to talk about your priorities. i would like to have a conversation about the new republican congress you just
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elected. and hav how we plan to make washington focus on your concerns again. we heard the message you sent in november. loud and clear. and now we're getting to work to change the direction washington has been taking our country. the new republican congress also understands how difficult these past 6 years have been. for many of us, the sting of the economy, and the frustration with washington's disfunction warn things we have to read about we felt them every day, we felt them in red oak, the little town in southwestern, iowa where i grew up and still proud to call home today, as a young girl, i plowed fields of our family farm, i worked construct with my dad, to save for college, i worked morning
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biscuit line at hardee's. we were raiseed to live simply, not to waste, a lesson my mother taught me every rainy morning. growing up, i had only one good pair of shoes, so on rainy school days, my mom would slip blast irplastic bred bread bagso keep them drive, but i was not embarrassed, the school bus was killed with rows of iowans with plastic bags over their feet. these days though, many family feel like they are working harder and harder. with less and less to show for it. not just in red oak, but across the country. we see our neighbors agonized over stag confidennant wages ant
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jobs, and cancelled healthcare plans, we see too many moms and dads put their own dreams on hold, while growing more fearful about the kind of future they will be able to leave to their children. americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions too often, washington responded, with the same stale mind set that led to failed policies like obamacare. it is a mind set that gave us political talking points. not serious solutions. that is why the new republican majority, you elected started by reforming congress. we're working hard to pass the kind of serious john creation sere job creation idea s you de deserve. you may have heard about keystone jobs bill, president obama has been delaying this
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bipartisan infrastructure project for years even though many members of his pave the, and unions and a strong majority of americans support it. the state department has said keystone construct could support thousands of jobs and pump billions into the economy, do it with minimum environmental impact, we have worked with democrats to pass this bill through the house, we're doing the same now in the senate. president obama, will soon have a decision to make. will he sign the bill? or block, good american jobs? there is a wel a lot we can achf we work together. let's tear down trade barriers in places like europe and the pacific. let's sell more of what we make and grow in america over there
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to boost manufacturing wages and jobs right here at home. let's simplify america's outdated, and loophole ridden tax code, republicans think that tax filing some be easier for you, not just the well connected. let's iron out loopholes to lower rates. and create jobs, not pay for more government spending. the president has already expressed some support for these kinds of ideas. we're calling on him now to cooperate to pass them. you will see a lot of serious work in this new congress. some of it will occur where i stan tonight. in the arm services committee room. this is where i'll join committee colleagues, republicans, and democrats, to discuss ways to support our exceptional military and its mission. this is where we'll debate strategys to confront terrorism.
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and threats posed by al qaeda, isil and those radicalized by them. we know threats like these, condition just be wished away. we have been reminded of terrorism's reach, at home, and abroad. most recently, in france and nigeria. but also in places like canada, and australia. our hearts go out to all of the innocent victims of terrorism. and their loved ones. we can only imagine the depth of their grief. for two decades, i have proudly warn our nation's uniform, today as a lieutenant co colonel in ia army national guard, while deployed overseas with some of america's finest men and women, i have seen how dangerous these threats can be, the forces of violence and be on preg did not care about the -- oppression did
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not care about the innocent. we need a comprehensive plan to defeat home. we must also honor america's veterans issue the men and women, have sacrificeed, so much in defense of our freedom and our way of life. they deserve nothing less than the benefits they were promised. and a quality of care we can be proud of. these are important issues, the new congress plans to address. we'll also keep fights to repeal and replace, a health care law, that has hurt so many hard working families. we'll work to correct executive overreach. we'll propose ideas, that aim to cut wasteful spending and balance the budget. with meaningful reforms. not higher taxes. likes president has proposed. we'll advance solutions to prevent the kind of cyberattacks
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that we've seen. we'll work to confront iran's nuclear ambitions. and we'll defend life, because protecting our most vulnerible, is an important measure of any society. congress is back to work on your behalf, ready to make washington focus on your concerns again. we know american faces big challenges, but history has shown there is nothing our nation and our people cannot accomplish. just look at my parents and grandparents. they had very little to call their own. except the sweat on their brow, and dirt on their hands, but they worked. they sacrificeed, and they dreamed big dreams for their children and grandchildren, because they did, an ordinary iowan like me had some truly
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extraordinary opportunities. because they showed me, that you don't need to come from wealth or privilege to make a difference. you just need the freedom to dream big, and a whole lot of hard work. the new republicans congress you elected can working to make washington understand that too. and with a little cooperation, from the president, we can get washington working again. thank you for allowing ni speak with you tonight. imay god bless this great county of ours, the brave americans serving in uniform on our behalf, and you the hard working men and women who make the united states of america the greatest nation the world has ever known. >> joni ernst and republican response, one of the better responses that we've seen, a
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hard tough comparison. after all of the attention that president gets of. to come after him is always difficult challenge, but joni ernst, comported herself well, about a third of her remarks destreeted to keystone pipeline, saying that you probably heard about the keystone job bill and president delaying his bipartisan infrastructure project for years, even though many members of his party, unions and strong majority americans support it, we hope he will sign will bill or will he block good american jobs. a issue not only this side of the border but also north in canada, a lot of -- all talks about. conrad, what do you make of that? whether this isa gal afternoon galvanizeing people up there to the degree it is here, almost like american
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politicians have given up on it here, president is not budgeing. so, what do you think. >> as you know, neil, thank you for having me on again. the decline in oil prices compromiseed the economics of heavy oil that would be shiped on that pipeline. but canadians are in a state of uncertainty waiting to see what u.s. does. if is stops in u.s. the plan to build pipeline to west, and ship oil to far east. we would rather deal with the united states and ship it down to the gulf, from there. but, we have been waiting for a while now, i don't think that everyone is in a frenzy. oil price creates uncertainty, but everyone is a little puzzleed. you know we know it is you know you have your system it works the way it works but we're
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puzzleed it is taking so long to sort it, it out, everyone feels that, if there is a change of the party in white house it will go through quickly, but it is none of our, to succes businesss happening or not. >> how is this president portrayed in canada. >> i don't know if i am, representative -- i think, canada is a strong alliance background, and whole history to work closely with the americans and british and french. >> you do have a conservative leader, and a more liberal one here. >> yes, i don't see they see too much of each other but i do believe their relations are civilizeed. i think we feel in stkwrepb rally, aliggeneral thatallianceo
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louded to slip a bit. it felt he is not overly preoccupyed with that, i think that canadians like europeans and americans are concerned when you have inconsistency such as be of red line, and syria and gases citizens, and sending units of 6 fleet to fire missiles, and decides not to do that and handing over decision of congress. s congress is not commander in chief, he is -- >> president says that changed, i'm not -- my knee-jerk response is not going to send military. that does not sit well with john mccain, who said that the resurgence of al qaeda, and shiite wel elements and yemen indicates the folly of that
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thinking, but that is the view that the world shares that the usu.s. will not lead these ain't terror campaigns to the degree it did in the past. >> but, neil, no one in right mind in united states, or canada or europe, is trigger happy and wants president of u.s. to start firing weapons. but sent unit of 6 fleet, said he would punish the syrians with cruise missiles. and then handed role of commander in chief to the 435 or -- >> you are right, and host of others -- that sene dangerous signal? >> i am afraid it did. it created a sense of entry' liability, that is un-american. practically every president have you had, has been pretty
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reliable in that kind of thing. that is worrisome. i don't want to be too critical, on other hand, you know when he then sent secretary of stateer dierkerry to damage to reashoura actual military response would be, i quote, unbelievablely small, i think that senator mccain was right to say, well how good of a deterrent is that? and you know, you can't suck and blow at the same time, you are punishing these people? or not? >> conrad black, thank you, sir. >> mine, thank you. >> lord conrad black, great author. we're moments from a very specialize stossel, john? >> we have live studio audience, they watched, so you don't have
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to. did you like the president's speech? we'll give you libertarian take. >> all right. >> i'll speech that president should have given. >> i am am amaze z they are all still awake. >> they are excited. >> absolutely. >> i thought the speech was impressive. >> he is an impressive speaker, now what came out specifically is the great argument, thank you, john at top of hour. >> ted cruz coming up, a man many say will make a good run for president. he has ignited passion on the right, he is coming up next. recently, a 1954 mercedes-benz grand prix race car made history when it sold for a record price of just under $30 million.
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>> all right, the speech is done, a man who has two years left of his presidency, sending a signal to republicans high is not going to budge. there are a lot of people looking to replace him, a lot of people being pushed to replace him, among them this fellow. texas senator ted cruz, what did you think? >> i thought it was disappointing. we had an overwhelming election, where people spoke loud and clear, american people said, this is not working, we' a different path, back to jobs and growth, and opportunity, and get away from failed obama economic agenda. tonight we heard not one word of
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acknowledgment of that, president did not say, i hear you, and we'll come together to change, instead, the president doubled down, he promised more and more government spending, more taxes more debt, more and more of the policys that have produced lowest labor force participation since 1978. and i think that rail of the remarkable to see a president respond to the american voters in, and say, he refuses to listen to them, and sadly refuses to work with republican, people in congress to address the real problems. >> he did seem to holdout possibility of a deal, maybe on pippipeline, maybe i am over reading into that. a broader infrastructure type agreement. that might include keystone, would you be open to that? >> well, look, i hope you are reading it right. i am not sure i heard that, he issued a formal veto threat
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against the keystone pipeline. it will pass the senate this week or next. and pass with a bipartisan sooner majority -- super majority, if he does not veto it, that would be a good step, that skpafpl els example of bips we should be doing to bring back growth, and jobs. i hope you are right. but at least what he said so far, has not indicateed that. >> he is still continues with the executive orders. normalizing relations with cuba. and i am wondering if he is saying, that the two elections he won have consequences not the one that republicans won a couple of months back, what do you make of that? >> you are right, had the election in november gone differently, it democrats been reelected there is no doubt
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president would have been crowing that people have spoken and his policies vindicateed, bubut it does not turn out his way, and he does not listen. there were two things missing from his remarks, first of a reverend to his illegal, and uuh-uhunconstitutional amnesty,d strikingly absence from this speech were words, radical islamic terrorism. as we see growing threats across the world, you cannot defeat radical islamic terrorism with a president who is unwilling to utter those words. words. >> do you think whoever republicans chose to run for president it has to be a
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department type much -- different type of person, traditional argument, is that mainstreamers, jeb bushes, maybe chris christies or mitt romney, what do you say to notion you are outside that acceptable norm? >> i think that people all across this country are frustrated with washington. with career politicians in both parties. and they are looking for leaders who are willing to stand up and lead. to address the grave challenges of the day, my top priority are bringing back jobs and economic growth and opportunity. defending our constitutional rights and restoreing america's leadership in the world, they are not narrow priorities, they are widespread, common sense, basic priorities of americans in all 50 states, they are
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prioritys of republicans, democrats could and libertarians, outside of washington. right now washington is broken with career politicians, obama administration, rich and powerful those who walk halls of power in obama administration, have gotten fat and happy, and working men and women, are getting less. i think what people are looking for in 2016 is leadership that am stand and fight for hard working men and women, not give in to culture of corruption in washington, they are looking for leaders with courage of our conviction to fix these problems we're facing. >> do you worry that attention of donors who they are drawn to, they are drawn to the bushes, and christie, and then this second patha path passionate tet
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bother you, money guys for whatever reason seem to be drawn to these guys as sure bets or sureer bets? >> well, look, this is a debate we have every 4 years, and about what direct for party to go in you know, i will note every time we follow advice of washington consultants we run to middle, we lose. it happens over and over. whether gerald ford or bob dole or john mccain or mitt romney, it is not a winning strategy, i note some of your friends in mainstream media will praise like crazy which ever option they view as democrat like when primary is over, then they would say after the primaries go for the real thing, i agree with president reagan, the way we win, we don't paint in pale
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pastels, we paint with bold colors, there is a better way, to get back to free market princpehlss -- princsprinciples. >> do you feel that it is like, wow, we have to scram bell here? >> not remotely, the level of support and encouragement that i've seen has been incredible, at gross roots level. -- grassroots level, young people, and liberty activists coming together. and level of support on financial side of major financial leaders, in texas and the country, coming and offering their support it has been encouraging, i think that reason is people are looking for clear,
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principaled leadership. they recognize this path we're on is not working. >> you made a comment about republicans, i am paraphraseing, would not hurt if they had a sense of humor, john mccain agreed with you. i wondered whether you worried too much about that if you are up against a hillary clinton, jimmy fallin she is not, are you worried too much about humor? >> that particular comment was in a rally in south carolina, someone asked, how do we appeal to young people, i said, you appeal to young people with a positive inspiring vision. but, also the way we complicate matter -- communicate matters, lighten up, have a sense of humor, cut a joke, that of the point, we from to have fun with i told the story, you may remember, i went to california, and a street artist, for some
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reason put up posters of me shirtless with a ripped muscle body covering in tattoos, a giant eagle, winston churchill on my bicep, and a cigarette dangleing out of my mouth. we had nothing to do with it but we had fun with it, we posted on facebook, they have started appearing all over hollywood, there is a clear, glaring error. i don't smoke cigarettes. >> you know, you are right. some of our best presidents you think about it. lincoln to kennedy and reagan they had that common you know good sense of humor. >> absolutely. >> all right, we could do worse than laugh a little bit, an thak you senator. >> thank you, neil, god bless you.
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isis, and other things, perhaps but, probably not. neil: rich edson thank you very much futures market nonplus. john stossel. [applause] john: we just watched state of the union, you don't have to. what did we learn, what do you think? [booing] i thought it was in many ways his best speech ever, we her hear more from audience later but first our liberty loving panel, dan mitchell. katherine ward, and austin peterson.


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