Thank you. Thanks. Thank you. (Inaudible) thank you. Thank you all. I appreciate it. Thanks. First off being here, I should start by saying this, freedom endowed by our creator, defined by our Constitution, but defended each and everyday by the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of the United States. To all of you who are veterans, would you stand for a minute so we can appropriately wave out here, thank you. Thank you. Appreciate it. I particularly appreciate being here at an American Legion post. I love all of our veterans organizations, but the American Legion has been particularly good to me over the years. I, I got my first interest in public service going into my senior year in high school. 30 years ago, I went to Boys State at Ripon College, Badger Boys State, and then the Legion was good enough to pick me from Wisconsin to be one of two young men to go to Boys Nation at our national’s capital. On the day I announced my candidacy last month, I mentioned two people at the beginning, two veterans, Mr. Claire Congdon, who was a World War I and a World War II veteran who lived about three houses up from me. And his American Legion post, in my small town I grew up in, sent me to Boys State. And then Bob Turner, who just finished off about 35 year is the director of programming at the American Legion Boys Nation Program. He was my adult counselor. He’s a Vietnam veteran from Georgia. First Vietnam veteran who had the honor of being the American Legion Commander in 1990 and ’91 nationwide. Those two men and the others who put on those programs had an incredible impact on me. So, to all of you here, but particularly the folks from this post to other posts like it across this country, on behalf of me and my family, both my boys went to Boys State. In fact, my son, Matt, actually was governor of Boys State. Can you believe it? I wasn’t even governor of Boys State, so that’s pretty good. But I think about the impact that the Legion and the auxiliary had with Boys State and Girls State, I’ve gone every year since then to speak at both Boys State and Girls State. So, it’s a good example with our veterans about how we’ve got men and women who have served our country and then come back and serve their communities over and over and over again. We very much appreciate that. Tonight, we’re gonna talk a little bit about freedom, but we gotta start with where it all happens, and it’s with our men and women in uniform. And less, less we not forget, we’ve got still people serving right now, many of whom are in harm’s way. So, as you say your prayers tonight, don’t forget about that either. I, I’m honored to be joined tonight, my wife, Tonette, the First Lady of Wisconsin, is here as well. It was almost like a date tonight. On the way over, we had a couple stops and we had a few minutes to spare, so we stopped at another Legion post on the way over and had a Miller Lite with a couple of guys there. Miller Lite, we might smell a little like smoke 'cause it was a lively place there. I need to be (inaudible) she’s telling me. Okay, and, and that’s right, she’s looking out for me so. But we had a good time so, it’s kind of like date night but not really, right? Although, we, we, we’ve been out on the campaign trail even on our anniversary which is February 6th, which just happens to be Ronald Reagan’s birthday. I always say I remember, when Tonette’s in the room, I remember Ronald Reagan’s birthday because it’s our wedding anniversary. If she wasn’t in the room, I’d tell you I remember our wedding anniversary 'cause it’s Ronald Reagan’s birthday, but I’ll stick with remembering it 'cause it’s our anniversary. But it’s really an honor to be here tonight. I’m gonna spend a couple minutes talking and then, we’ll take about 45 minutes or so worth of questions and that, and have some fun. I give my apologies to you back here. I’ll try and turn around a little bit. Although, I ride a 2003 Anniversary Edition Road King so I like a guy backing me up with a Harley shirt. And I got an A plus rating from the NRA, so I appreciate somebody backing me up with that too. In fact, I’m gonna come back I think in a few weeks and ride a Road King around the state here. I figure hit all 10 counties, a couple days. We’ll have some fun going around New Hampshire. The weather should be just about right, not too hot, not too cold, just about right. It might be colder the further up we go, but we’re looking forward to it. Tonight, I just wanna start with, with maybe just a little bit of a summary and then, like I say, hear your questions, hear your comments, hear your responses. A lot of folks know a little bit about me. You (inaudible) introduction, I’ve, I’ve been elected not once, not twice, but three times. But maybe you don’t know where it all started, you see on November 2nd of 2010, I won an election, along with, in my state, everything was blue. Everything was Democrat and then went all Republican on that night. Governor, Lieutenant Governor, both houses of the legislature, both US Senators, five out of eight seats in Congress, all of them were Democrats. On November 2nd of 2010, which just happened to be my birthday, my gift was to the state I said, not to me. But we elected a Republican Governor, Leuitenant Governor, two new members of the House. So, we now have the majority of the seats, a new United States Senator and new majorities in the State Assembly and the State Senate. A week later, I met with all the Republican lawmakers. And our state capital was open, so the press was there, and I said I told them then that the voters had sent a very clear message in making that kind of a shift. It was a fundamental shift, right? From all from one party to the other. And I said what the message was, was they didn’t want us nibbling around the edges. They sent us a clear mandate to go out and do what we said we were gonna do in the campaign. I said it was put up or shut up time, right? Of course, that was the headline all the press ran with, “Walker says put up or shut up.” But it was true, because I, I said voters would have every right to throw us out, if we didn't do the things we said we were gonna do. And the good news in our case is we did. But, but a lot of people don’t know this, and sometimes I have to remember that not everybody knows this story I’ve gone through. It wasn’t just taking on the unions, and the big government union bosses, and the liberal special interests, which poured millions and millions of dollars in my state to try and take me out. Not once, but two times in a row after I was elected, before that. The reason I said it was put up or shut up time, and the reason I had to keep pushing over and over again before we did our big reforms, was because the establishment in my own party really wasn’t that eager to reform things either. You see, they kinda liked the title, they liked the position, they liked the bigger offices in the Legislature, but they didn't wanna rattle things up too much. They didn't wanna shake the boat, and we didn't give ‘em an option. We said, “That’s what you gotta do.” And so, we took on the establishment in our own party. And, you know what, confidence begets confidence, because once we did that, and we took on the first big reform, and they came after us, and they did the protest, and they did the death threats, and they went after my family, and they went after us in the recall. But along the way, we found, once we did the first big thing, suddenly, you get a little confidence and it starts to grow. And we didn't just take on take the power out of the hands of the big government union bosses and put it into the hands of the hardworking taxpayers, we fixed a three point six billion dollar budget deficit. We cut taxes the first couple years by $2 billion. A new report just came out and said over the next couple years, when it’s six years into my term as Governor in the state of Wisconsin, do you know what the total amount of our tax relief is? It adds up to $4.7 billion over six years. We, we fixed our finances too. We, we, the rainy day fund’s 165 times bigger when we took office. The pension is one of only two in the country fully funded. Our bonding levels are down to a 20 year low. We’ve done the right things, our schools are better because of reform. The second best ACT scores in the country. Reading scores are up, graduation rates are up. Unemployment was once over eight percent, it’s now down to four point six percent. We’ve done the things you would want. And we did other things too, people forget about this. A lot of people talk about defunding Planned Parenthood these days. I defunded Planned Parenthood more than four years ago, long before those videos came out, 'cause I knew it was the right thing to do. I was kidding about being backed up by the NRA, but I, I backed up our law-abiding citizens in our state. I signed Castle Doctrine and concealed carry right away so that law-abiding citizens could protect themselves, their families, and their loved ones. As was mentioned in the introduction, we became the 25th state in the nation to have the right to work, the freedom to work, whether you’re in the labor union or not going forward. We restored the Wisconsin GI Bill to make sure we took care of our veterans when they, not just those who just recently come back, for others out there. We did all sorts of reforms. And in our state, a blue state like Wisconsin, believe it or not, we now make it easy to vote but hard to cheat. We require a photo ID to vote in the state of Wisconsin. And so, I tell you all those things, 'cause I’m gonna talk to you in a minute with your questions, wherever you wanna go in terms of my plans for the future. And I got plenty of solutions for how we move this country forward. But I tell you that for just a moment or two, because I think it’s important because there are 17 Republicans running, really some great candidates. Many of them I know, either because they are people I’ve served with or got to know, or even a few of ‘em have been supporters of mine in the past that come from the private sector. And so, I appreciate the field that we have. And you’re not gonna hear me violate Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment. I’m not gonna trash the other candidates out there. I, I will say two quick things. One about the field and one about the person we hope to face next November or may face the way things are going, and that’s Hillary Clinton. I mean, 'cause think about it, tonight, even today, another judge said that what she did violated the government, the government procedures out there, which I’ll touch on in a moment. But let me talk for a moment about the field, and then for a moment about Hillary Clinton, and then open up for questions. You look at this field again, a great field, probably the best field of Republicans we’ve had since 1980. I mean, a really quality field. So you say, well, obviously you’re, many of you are probably here tonight and some of you are supporters, we appreciate that. Other’s might say I’m here to figure out whether or not this guy’s worthy of my vote come the first of the nation primary. And, and for those of you up in the air, particularly, I’d say here’s my appeal. There are, in this election, in this field of Republicans, there’s really kinda two groups. There are winners and there are fighters. There are fighters, who are really good at going after the problems in Washington. God bless ‘em for being there. Many of them served in Washington and others are from the outside looking in. And they’re good at, at identifying the fight and fighting the fight, but they haven't won those fights yet. And then there are others, who are really good at winning elections. Some have won multiple times and some of ‘em won in really big states that are really important, but they haven't been in a lot of the big fights over the last couple of years. There’s only one candidate out of the 17 that’s running for, for President of the United States, whose actually done both. Who has fought and won, not just three elections in four years in a blue state, but who has fought and won, and actually got results without compromising my common sense conservative principals. If that’s what you want on the next President, someone who is not just gonna fight, but someone who can fight and win, fight and win for people like you, fight and win for people like your families, fight and win for the American people and actually get results without compromising. Then I ask for your vote, because that’s the candidate I am, that’s the Governor I’ve been in the past, and that’s the kind of President, with your help, I’ll be going forward. And so that’s why I’m asking for your help and your assistance here tonight. And I’d love to be your nominee, because I’d love to have had battle with Hillary Clinton. I mean, some of you may have saw the video the other day, I was at the Iowa State Fair, and they thought they’d intimated me by bringing and busing in some protestors from somewhere else. Even a guy that almost jumped up on the stage in front of me, and I said, “Hey, I’m not intimidated by you, sir.” I took on a 100,000 protestors. I didn't back down from them. I didn't back down from the big government union bosses. I didn't back down from the liberal special interest from Washington. Heck, I didn't back down from the leadership of my own party and the establish of my own party, I’m not gonna back down from any protestors. I’m certainly not gonna back down from anybody in Washington, who stands in the way of doing the right thing for you. And, I’d love, love to take that message to Hillary Clinton in the debates going forward. ‘Cause you see, Hillary Clinton isn't about the middle class, she’s about the ruling class. And it starts with her and her family, they think there’s a different set of rules for them than there is for everybody else. This email server alone suggests one of two things, and they both begin with the same letter. She’s either illegal or incompetent. Probably both. Probably both. I mean, as this judge suggested again today, at a minimum, she violated the rules of the federal government. But I think the more you look at it, she told us not long ago there was no sensitive information, there was no classified information, there was no top secret information. We now know there was sensitive and classified, and yes, top secret information. Either she’s violated the law, violated the law by knowingly allowing top secret information to go over an unsecured server. Think about that, it is sad to know this, but it’s probably true, the Chinese and Russian governments probably know more about Hillary Clinton’s email server than do the members of the United States Congress. And, well, and the sorry part about it is every day she used that server, every day she used that server, she compromised America’s national security, she compromised her position, she compromised her post, she compromised our family’s safety in this country, she compromised every single one of you and your families and others across America. Either she violated the law, or she was Secretary of State and didn't know what top secret information was, that makes her incompetent or illegal, and either disqualifies her from being President of the United States. And, and so my response is, if she’s gonna be their nominee, bring it on. I’m not intimidated by anybody and I’m certainly not intimidated by Hillary Clinton, because I will stand up and, I believe, the American people, not just Republicans, not just Conservatives, I think people in this country want a President they can trust. We cannot trust Hillary Clinton and I’d love to make that case at anytime, anywhere in America, with your help, that’s exactly what we’re gonna do. And so with that, my wife’s probably looking at me going, “Shut up, Scott, you get too worked up here.” And I’m gonna take some questions 'cause if I get worked up on her, I could spend the whole night on that. Sure, please.
Unidentified Female: Oh, thank you. I have something for you when, I have something for you, when we’re done here. After the 9/11 tax, there was a joint commission that was created in the House and the Senate. They spent a year investigating what happened. They wrote a 900 page report that they produced in December of 2002. One chapter of it was classified, speaking of classified information...
Unidentified Female: It’s 28 pages long and it was about who funded the attack. Now, George Bush said himself that money is the life blood of terrorist organizations. Without the money, this couldn’t have happened. Those men were fed, clothed, housed, paid for their flight school for a year, half. Half of the Senators that were sitting, at the time, wrote an open letter, calling for the declassification of it, and it’s right here. And it said that Saudi Arabia paid the money for those men to attack us. Now, I know that you’re, you know, you’re a fighter for the vets. A lot of men and women have died in the war on terror. We’re now ready to send more of our young men and women into yet another battlefield next to Saudi Arabia, and no one has investigated, if they are the ones that were responsible. The 9/11 victims have a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia. They, Saudi Arabia has asked to have it dismissed. They need this information urgently. This is not old news. Would you join with us in advocating for those victims of that horrible day and all of the people that have died since then and call for the immediate declassification of that chapter? And I give you the letter, those Senators said there was nothing in it that would upset our national security. Nothing was dangerous to release and that was 12 long years ago.
Yes, I think we need to have as much information as we have to make sure we don’t make those same sorts of mistakes again. I remember, as a part of the report that I read as well that isn't the classified portion, one of the things you might remember looking at it was they talk about flashing lights. For years, we had flashing lights that sent us warnings. And so, we need to have as much information, not just about what happened prior to 9/11, but what’s happening even today. I look around the world and you look at, at the challenges we have. In fact, I was supposed to be here in New Hampshire, I forget what that date was, but about a month ago. I was gonna spend the day actually riding on a Harley for part of the day having some fun, and I had to cancel it. And the reason I cancelled, I think you can certainly all understand why, one of the four Marines that was killed in Chattanooga was from Grantsburg, Wisconsin. The four Marines were shot and killed that day, three others were shot, one Navel petty officer also died shortly thereafter that. And so, I went to be with his family, and be where I needed to be as governor of this state of Wisconsin, and just as a fellow citizen. The reason why I say that though is not just with this but, but in the days and months and years since, there have been many, many, many examples of those flashing red lights that we’ve ignored along the way that, that portions of our govern haven't taken action on. And I just think fundamentally, in America, we not only need to have transparency, we need to have as much information as possible for our intelligence community, for our military personnel, for our local law enforcement, and for all those others who are trying to make sure that we live in a safe and a stable world going forward. And we’ve gotta have the ability to do that, and as Americans, we need to share in that, because a lot of time has gone by since 9/11, but the threats today are just as real. And, in fact, I think since Barack Obama’s been President and Hillary Clinton’s been named the Secretary of State, arguably today, we’re less safe now than we were even before the President and Hillary Clinton took office. That’s not something that’s worthy of running on.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible).
Will I rearm our armed forces, yes. And again, this is one of the great things about being Governor, I gave you answers to questions that aren’t in theory. As Governor of the state is Wisconsin, I signed an executive order that allowed all of our military personnel, the National Guard, the de-armed in the State of Wisconsin or the four recruiting centers, as well, as other places where they were open and accessible to the public. To me, I think that’s, I understand why the end of the Cold War, there may have been decisions that thought maybe back then things would change, but we’re in a different world. I mean, per your question as well, we’re in a different world. Our enemy is no longer something like communism, which can be contained, our enemy is radical Islamic terrorism. It is a threat, not just in places like Iraq or Syria, or elsewhere throughout the Middle East. It is a threat around the world, and increasingly, it’s potentially a threat here in the United States. Our men and women in uniform are targets, whether they’re in active duty, they’re reservist, or they’re members of the National Guard, and they need to be armed here on American soil. I’ll go right down the line. You can go next. I’ll go three here and then I’ll zoom around, so I’m not ignoring you over here, but go right down the line.
Unidentified Male: Will you require, well what, would you require that the members of Congress follow all of the laws that they pass? And if you do, how would you intend to institute that policy, and do you believe in term limits?
Yes, yes, and yes. So, that’s pretty good. I’ll go in reverse order there, so I remember right. But term limits, yeah. I, I, I believe if it’s good enough for the President, it should be good for members of the House and the Senate for that matter, members of the federal bench. To me, and I’d even say the President’s eight years, why not 12, so it even outs between the house and the senate. But, I’ve always lived by, I’ve been in an elected office for awhile. I practice, I self-practice term limits. It was either move to something else or move out. In fact, many years ago, when I was elected to the Milwaukee County Executive, the first and only Republican to hold that position, I was about ready to move onto the private sector and I saw a big scandal in the county at the time. And even though, everybody with any sanity and politics said there’s no way you can win this. You’re, it’s, it’s crazy to go into Milwaukee County, which is filled with about two to one, almost three to one margin on Democrats or Republicans. I saw a problem and I stood up and did something about it. I’ve tried to do this, as Governor, I’m certainly looking to do that as President. But I think, in any position you’re there more than 10 to 12 years, you become complacent, people start looking over their shoulder, and worry more about the next election than they do about the next generation. What I tried to do with the challenge I gave to lawmakers in my state, and I was benefitted by the fact that of my two chambers in the lower house, 27 new Republicans were elected the year I was elected. And so, they were right there with me. A lot of ‘em were citizen lawmakers, they were ready to put in a couple years, and then, go back to their jobs. That’s what our founders intended. That’s the kind of premise they had, go and serve for awhile, do your job, and then go back to doing something else. So, term limits to me makes sense. In terms of living by the same rules, which kinda ties into the term limits. Yeah, I think, I think Congress should never pass a law that they can't live with themselves. I, 100 percent believe that. How do you make that happen? It varies in the laws themselves. Some of ‘em they have to do, I wouldn’t sign new laws that didn't apply to them going forward. In terms of other examples, I give you one specific example of something I can do through executive action, and I’m not big on executive action, but you can undo things this President has done. So, the, the list of things that I won’t undo of this President is probably shorter than the list of things I’ll undo with him. But, you know, there’s a series of things. Everything from terminating the bad deal with Iran on day one to getting rid of a bunch of the bad EPA regulations and other things. But this one specifically involves Congress, this week I announced my plan, we call it the day one patient freedom plan to repeal Obamacare entirely, and put patients and families back in charge. I, I’m one of, I think one or two other candidates are the only ones who actually have actual plans so I’m laying out real solutions. But specific to your point, in our plan to make Congress repeal Obamacare immediately, 'cause remember part of the reason why I’m upset with the House and the Senate leadership amongst Republicans, they told us, if you got the House, if you get the Senate, we’ll repeal Obamacare. Well, they’ve had the majority of both Houses since January and where’s the bill to repeal Obamacare? They haven't sent it to the President. I know he’s gonna veto it, but heck, show the American people that you got the courage to do it and make him veto it and then, we’ll take that to the American people in this Presidential election and say here’s the contrast. But so we get it done immediate, because the press when I came out with this said, “Well, how you gonna make this happen?” I said simple, we’re gonna send the bill up on day one and then on day one as well, it’s why we call it the day one patient freedom plan, I’m gonna sign an executive order that undoes the special deal that President Barack Obama gave to the members of Congress that, that doesn’t allow, that doesn’t require them to live under the same measures of Obamacare. So, that executive order will force Congress on day one to live under the same rules for Obamacare like all the rest of society. We believe once they do that there will be a pretty big incentive for them to go pass this. So, I’ll take this one and then, if you got some on this side, I’ll come on over here, too. Go ahead.
Steven Steiner: Governor, how are you doing? My name is Steven Steiner(sp?) from Conway. We’ve met before on the boat, but...
Good to see you.
Steven Steiner: But, I lost my son to a drug overdose 14 years ago, so when I see our government not enforcing drug laws across the country, it bothers me. So, when I hear politicians talk about defunding for the immigration problem, I wanna know, I know you’re gonna enforce drug laws, the federal drug laws. I wanna know how can we get the states including New Hampshire, as far as I’m concerned, back in line, so we can have better kids and we don’t have these problems our families are being torn apart. Would you defund money going to these states because we gotta do something, we’re just losing too many of our kids to the heroin, and everything else.
Oh, thanks, I’m gonna sit that down. Well, first off, my sympathies to you. I’ve got two boys, I can only imagine that kind of a circumstance that you’ve gone through, and so my heart goes out to you for that. Boy, you touched on a number of things there. One, we, we just need to stand up in general and start enforcing the law in this country. One of the problems, the current administrations, they pick and choose the laws they wanna enforce. To me, I think a lot of these laws are better suited at the state level than the federal level. But as long as we got laws in the books, I’m not gonna select, I’m not gonna force this one, but I am gonna enforce that one. When it comes to drugs over all, I believe that, that even drugs like marijuana, I realize there may be somebody in this crowd who disagrees with me, but I, for so many years, have worked with law enforcement including sheriffs in both political parties, who have said to me, “Scott,” they said, “Governor, don’t legalize marijuana in Wisconsin, because it’s a gateway drug to all these other drugs.” And so, I’m gonna stand with law enforcement, and make that case. And, and, and while there’s a whole lot of drugs I’m concerned about, one of the ones that is increasingly a concern to me, it’s something we’ve done over the last two years in my state, is one I hear a lot about here. I remember talking to the one of the first people to bring it up was the mayor of Manchester brought this up to me, but others have since, is, is, is, of course, heroin. And it’s a drug that increasingly is taking our young people in, in rural areas, it’s not, a lot of times you think of drugs, you think of big urban areas, and there are some that are more prevalent there. But it’s increasingly in rural areas, and it’s one of those drugs where I often say, people don’t take heroin, it takes them. And it’s increasingly difficult, what we need is not just to uphold the law, to go after people who are supplying the drugs. But then also, provide for our, our judiciary and our legal system options to help people, not just so they go to prison, to find alternatives to incarceration for those who are drug addicts to get the kind of help and assistance they need. ‘Cause until we break that habit, ‘til we break that cycle, we’re just bringing people in and out of the out of the troubles. And so, there’s a whole bunch of things in our state we did and what we call the Hope Initiative. Sadly, one of our state law makers the chair of our budget committee, his daughter, nearly overdosed twice on heroin. She’s been in and out of jail. It’s been a real personal tragedy for him and his family. And so, we worked with, with John Nygren to go out and do what we call the Hope Agenda, which was a series of things that weren't about greater incarceration. They were about providing alternatives, trying to help collect more prescription drugs. I mean this sounds, may sound odd to some, but one of the big challenges for a lot of our young people is they get hooked first on prescription drugs that aren’t theirs. And they don’t think it’s a problem because it’s not illegal, but they start getting it. And then with the opiate addiction, the next thing they know it drags them into heroin. A lot of people, unfortunately, even though it’s legal, the Oxycontin to their credit has changed the way they distribute this. For awhile, Oxycontin was something that people got addicted to and then had to look onto the next thing. So, we tried to look as many different ways to go after collecting prescription drugs, providing incentives for local committees to do that. Help pharmacies make sure they track who was getting certain types of drugs, so that they weren't opening the door particularly the young people following into these addictions, yeah.
Steven Steiner: The one thing I wanna say, in 14 years, since the death of my son, you’re the first person I’ve talked to in years who knows what he’s talking about. (Inaudible).
Dave Moorhead: Dave Moorhead from Plymouth. First of all a statement about Hillary Clinton you missed, she’s responsible for the death of four great men, and nobody points that out.
Dave Moorhead: I’m a totally disabled vet. There are several others in the room here that are disabled and stuff. And there is a problem with the VA and things like that. I’m sure you’ve been up on this and know what’s going on. Can we get your thoughts on it?
Yeah, absolutely. Well, first off again, as I’ve mentioned on the way in, thank you for your service. That’s something, the other day, I was at an event where it’s Veteran’s Day, said Veteran’s Day should be everyday. But we particularly appreciate those days where we call that out. Yeah, I’m proud of what we did in our state, not only to restore our state GI Bill which is more generous than the federal one. We, what we did to (inaudible) we actually opened a new veterans home, we increased some of the care for our veterans. What’s happened with the VAs an absolute, despicable disaster. And it’s just, it, it is sadly, typical the federal government, because nobody’s really been held accountable for the problems. And the problems, and I often say this, we, we owe it to our men and women in uniform, those just coming home and those who have been home for some time, not only access the quality but to timely healthcare. Because one of the biggest problems, particularly, for a lot of the men and women who’ve returned of late, is, and it’s not just in traditional healthcare, many times it’s behavioral healthcare. They’re not getting it in time. It’s not just the quality. It’s the delay. It’s the wait. And so, my view we need to put renewed accountability, renewed, not just resources, but accountability for actions being done within our hospitals or clinics within the veterans administrations system for sure. But we also, while that’s happening, and, and you know it here because New Hampshire is one of the few states that already has broader access for the choice card program, because of the fact of proximity to a VA.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)...
Well, exact, I’m going there, that’s where I’m going. You, you have access to it, but it is a complete abysmal failure. And to me, not only for those, within geographic regions like New Hampshire, I think there should be a choice for any veteran in America, no matter what state they live in, no matter how close they are to a VA hospital or clinic, to say we’re gonna make sure that you either get the quality and timely healthcare you need and deserve at a VA hospital or clinic that’s close to you. And if you don’t, whether you live close or not, we’re gonna make sure that if you don’t, you have a card that you can take to any reasonable respectable healthcare provider anywhere in the nation and get the quality and time, timely healthcare that we should demand of a free and just nation like America.
Unidentified Male: Governor, (inaudible) specifically to change how will you specifically change Obamacare?
Yeah, the plan I talked about the other day, the question was what would I specifically change on Obamacare, and I said, well, a couple things. One, I would, my proposal is two parts. First step is, I propose repealing Obamacare entirely, 100 percent gone. It’s all gone, all the taxes, all the spending. The federal mandate, everything is gone. Then, the replace is multiple pieces to it. With the changes we’re proposing, the reforms we put in, as well as the outright 100 percent repeal. First off, I believe that that alone and the reforms we’re including in this package will see premiums for everybody. Not just for those without employer based healthcare, we’ll go down. So for if you get your health insurance from your employer, you’ll be able to continue to do that. That won’t be affected, other than the fact that for you and your employer, the premiums will probably go down. Secondly, for those who do not have access to employer based health insurance. It could be somebody working part-time and maybe going to school. It could be somebody else, who maybe left to start their own business. Whatever the circumstances, we provide a refundable tax credit that varies by age, and the reason for that people in the media ask me why by age. Well, because before Obamacare, we knew that the older people are by a certain age brackets, the more your health insurance typically costs. And so, it goes up for the higher the cost is it goes up by age category. So, we provide refundable tax credit that’s available to anyone in America who doesn’t have employer based health insurance to go out on their own. They’re not mandated unlike Obamacare where it was a federal mandate. We say you can, you have the freedom, it’s why we call it the day one patient freedom plan. You can go out and take that that refundable tax credit and buy the health insurance plan you want. We put in a series of other reforms that say no longer you’re prohibited from buying it over state lines. If you wanna get together with a bunch of other, if you’re a small business owners or farmers or others and you wanna get together as consumers and go out and purchase it as a group, you can pull together and do that. You’re not restricted, the only specific thing we put in there that does, that’s similar to what was stated in the previous laws, we do say that by a law no person can be dropped from coverage or see their coverage go up because of a pre-existing condition, or because they get sick. That’s something I heard from Republicans and Democrats alike, they said that’s really critically important. So, we put that in our plan. And then, we provide a number of other reforms that help drive down the cost. We put incentives for states to put in place meaningful lawsuit reform, so that states will put in place reforms to allow healthcare professionals to make sure they do procedures and tests based on medical needs, and not because they’re trying to avoid frivolous lawsuits, which drive up healthcare costs. And then, the other big thing we do, and it’s part of an overriding principal, not just an Obamacare, but overall, I think the more we take out of the federal government and send it back to the states the better. So, in Medicaid, I send that all back to the state government. What’s that?
Unidentified Male: What if you unemployed?
If you’re unemployed, well that would be part of it, you’d get, you’d get a tax credit, as well. So, again, that’s...
Unidentified Male: Well you don’t have an income to have a tax.
What you get is a (inaudible) so you get it, you get it regardless of whether you have a tax liability or not. You would get it, so you could apply it for that and there’d be a series of other conditions. And of course, our goal, and you also, as long as you have, so you’d get several months, if you went from unemployed or went from employment to unemployment, you’d have a period a grace period there as well, to be able to get an alternative plan. All those things tied together, but the idea here being, yeah, we wanna help people get access to affordable and accessible healthcare. We want more quality and more choice, but we want it based on the freedom of the individual. No mandate, no federal requirement, it’s all up to that person to control. Not just to control your healthcare but control your money. One other thing I forgot to mention, we also, for everybody, put up to a $1,000 as well, if you wanna set up a what’s called a health saves account. It’s kind of like a flex account. You can do that. We lift the restrictions as to how much you can put into that, and we allow you to carry those plans over to your children or to other family members, with the idea being it’s your money, you should be able to control it. That to me got, you may have saw it yesterday, I think the Wall Street Journal did an editorial about it. Plenty of others, National Review, others have said, this is one of the best common sense conservative patient-centered alternatives to the government dominated Obamacare. And that to me that’s not just for that but over the next couple of weeks, when I’m back here and elsewhere, we’re gonna continue to talk about big, bold solutions 'cause it’s not enough to just have phrases, you gotta have solutions. You gotta tell people what you’re gonna do and how you’re gonna do it. And that’s what we’re gonna do. That’s, that’s how we got done the reforms we did. We didn't just have ideas, we said here’s what we’re gonna do, here’s our solutions, here’s what we’re gonna follow up on. Sure. Thanks.
Unidentified Male: Governor, thank you for being here and thank you for taking my question. My question to you is as President, what are you gonna do to stop union dominated national labor relation board and rollback some of its decisions, like the ambush election rule that just passed.
Yeah, we’re gonna, I, I’ll give you a preview 'cause I don’t wanna step on our announcement. We’re gonna talk within the next month just as we did with Obamacare, about reforms we’re gonna put in place when it comes to labor issues, particularly, not just for the labor relations board, but also with public big government unions. Because even Franklin Delano Roosevelt, not exactly the conservator icon, FDR, and I got PolitiFact on this once because people thought there’s no way this is true. But FDR indeed said that there’s no need for collective bargain in the public sector, because he pointed out, unions were set up. Unions were set up, and once upon a time, and then there’s still good decent unions that that work in the private sector, that’s wonderful. But unions were set up many, many years ago, in many ways to protect employees from their employer, from bad working condition, from long hours, all things now that the government itself, more or less intervenes on. And so, but Roosevelt’s point back then was, well, why do you need a union to protect yourself from the government 'cause the government, we are the government. The government’s the people. And so, who is it protecting you from but yourself? And part of the reason why I did what I did in my state by taking on the power from the big government unions, which was obstructing both state and local governments, was because I saw this vicious cycle where the taxpayers’ money was going to be spent on, on legitimate wages and benefits, but on top of that, on labor dues, on union dues. It then went to unions that use that money for political purposes, interviewed candidates, who they then based their support on largely based on how many more employees, how much bigger the benefits would be, and never in that circle was there anybody advocating for the hardworking taxpayer. And so, that that’s to me one of the things where I got the biggest pushback, surprisingly, from a lot of Republicans on, because there are a lot of Republicans that didn't wanna take that on because, you know, they didn't mind some of these other battles. But they were worried that, you know, in some of their jurisdictions they were, they were getting along just fine with the local union leader, because they didn't have a contested race, and they didn't really wanna shake things up. And, I said, we came in and inherited a three point six billion dollar budget deficit, and we said I’m not gonna raise taxes because that would devastate the economy. I’m not gonna lay off 10 to 15,000 public employees, because I believe in smaller government, but you get there through manage reform. You don’t get there through random pink slips. And I said I’m not gonna cut a couple billion dollars out of Medicaid, because that would hurt needy families, children, and seniors. And so, the good news of what we did is our reforms much like some of the reforms we’re gonna talk about the federal level in the future, are things that didn't just change temporarily. They transformed things long-term. We didn't just balance our budgets, we helped our local governs, our school boards, our cities, our counties, our municipalities, not just balance their budgets, but run their government. I’ll give you one good example, in my state, schools, because of those reforms no longer have seniority or tenure. Now, they can hire and fire based on merit. They can pay based on performance. They can put the best and the brightest in the classroom. And schools are better because of it. Sure, way back there, sir.
Unidentified Male Voice: Yes, Governor, I would like to ask the question, what about the veterans who are trying to get a VA disability. I know some veterans that have been fighting for six, seven years. What will you do about that? I, myself, I have two caregivers. One of ‘em is a Vietnam vet, who helps me out, gets me dressed, he does my bladder and bowel care. There’s so much bureaucracy I’ve gone through just to get him paid. Last month, I counted 16 people that I had to go through. I asked the department head what’s this bureaucracy, he said well, it’s our checks and balances. What’s your opinion on that?
First of all again, as I said over here, thank you for your service. I appreciate that very much. A couple of things, one, it’s part of the reason why we need to take the powers and responsibilities that do not belong in the federal government and send them back to the state and the local governments, where they’re more effective and more efficient, and definitely more accountable. So, the areas where the federal government does have a legitimate role, we can demand that it does better. Right now, the problem with the federal government, I think, it’s too big to fail, and instead, we need a federal government that’s small enough to succeed. And what I mean by that is, so you take the big chunks of different programs out there, send them to the states, let them work on it in a way that’s more effective to, to, to, the people in the states and ultimately, to the American people. And then, whether it’s in defense, whether it’s in Social Security, whether it’s in Medicare, or in this case, when it comes to veterans benefits and the VA system, similar to the question asked before, then we can actually hone in on making sure that things run. Because I believe in, I believe the federal government’s too big, too expansive, too much apart of our lives, I wanna rein it in. But unlike some in Washington, who don’t like a big government, which is me as well, I don’t hate everything in government. I think there’s some places we should demand actually work. And in terms of VA, veterans benefits, the VA system, and others, I think that’s a prime example. I think if we shift duties where they’re most appropriate. Then, in the areas where the federal government plays a role, we should have a major impact, the second part of it is goes into your question before, and that is because of both, in part the civil service system and in part because of the public employee unions. In many cases, many of these areas are set up where we have little or no accountability. And so, when you look at the horrible stories we’ve heard, for example, about the VA system, where we just had tragic situations happen. Who’s being held accountable for that? We found that to be one of the big changes we made in Wisconsin was we can now hold people accountable, and so, the people are doing well. High performers can get rewarded. Those that aren’t either get disciplined or sometimes are asked to move on. We need to have that kind of accountability in the federal government just like we do everywhere else in society.
Unidentified Male: Governor, we have time for two more questions.
Unidentified Male: What I see going on with the VA is it works in three systems, deny, delay, and the veteran dies. And it’s absolutely disgusting. I, I help guide veterans through it. I already have my 100 percent. But, I, because I’ve fought the system for so long, I try and guide other veterans and help them along in where to go. And, I mean it absolutely drives me nuts. My primary care at the VA, she wants me to quit smoking. After dealing with the VA, I’ve gotta light up a cigarette while I’m arguing with ‘em. I mean, hey.
So, so if I can fix the bureaucracy problems, can I get you to stop smoking, is that pretty good? Is that a deal? A deal, I’ll take your deal right? My wife works for the Lung Association, she really loved it, that’d be my added incentive to fix this system for you so. Sure, right here. All right.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible).
You got two more, ma’am, I’ll go with you first and then, right here. Sure.
Unidentified Female: If you were to become president, do you have any, any kind of plans of correcting the fraud in the SSI?
Oh, yeah, I mean I think you look over all, one of the best things we did in our state government is we created a new inspector general’s office to go after fraud. We did, overall, that was part of several hundred million dollars that we did early on in my Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission. We brought in, not just government folks, I brought in outside folks from the private sector, and tried to really wean into that. When it comes to Medicaid, and, and, and the Social Security Disability and other areas, we wanna make sure we clamp down on those areas, because for people who legitimately need it, we wanna make sure there’s resources there. And it’s something where again, I go back to the problems, this may sound simple, but one of the things I loved about Ronald Reagan was he had big principals and then he told people to go out and implement them. He didn’t get into the minutia on every single issue. So, my big issue is, it’s well, I just fundamentally believe, I sound like a broken record. Although I know my sons who are in their 20s would say, “Dad, nobody knows what a broken record is anymore.” Hopefully, you can appreciate that. I sound like a scratched CD or repeating iPod or something like that. But I’ll say this over and over again, I just fundamentally believe one of the most important things the next President can do, if they really want to reform government, not just govern, but reform government, is take so much of that power out of Washington and send it back to the state and local level. Something, I think you all can appreciate particularly here in New Hampshire. When you think about the size of the legislature and town hall meetings and things of that nature, that’s about accountability, right? And so, but then for the areas where we do have a legitimate role to care for a fellow citizen. Then, if we don’t have so much of that there, then we can get our arms around that, and that’s something that absolutely would be a priority. And again, for, for reasons I tell folks not 'cause we just want a cut things, because we wanna make sure there are resources there for the people who legitimately need it. Sir.
Unidentified Male: Thank you, Senator Walker.
Unidentified Male: Yes.
You can call me, Scott, just don’t call me Senator.
Unidentified Male: That’s right.
I actually work for a living.
Unidentified Male: The last time the federal government worked for the American public was back in Reagan’s days, really, as far as I’m concerned. As far as Republicans and Democrats, working across the aisle to try to solve real problems. There isn't anybody in this room that doesn’t understand we have immigration problems, we have a federal deficit problem. Today, I read that the federal government has housing where people that are millionaires are now in public assisted housing, and HUD can't get ‘em out because of the way the laws are read. Nobody’s working for the American public.
Unidentified Male: How are you gonna get Congress, which is still Republicans and Democrats to work across the aisle? Because you’re gonna need all the help you can get to do that, but we need to start working with some common sense across the aisle to solve problems in this country for the American public. Because everybody in this country is frustrated today.
I agree. You’re right, I agree. I realize after I joked about that (inaudible) I’m getting a 100 calls on my cell phone after I’m done. Well, maybe not all 100 will call me but at least a few I know. So, my, my regards, there a number of good, hardworking, United States Senators, so my apologies. But it actually makes my point, because what makes governors and senators different, you know, senators vote on things and governors actually have to get them done. And so, one of the reasons why before the President that we elected, who was a United States Senator, the last time we elected a member of Congress was 1960. Why? ‘Cause I think Americans regardless of party, want to know can you get it done. And one of the best treading grounds for wondering whether you can get it done or not is being governor. I don't care if you’re a Democrat or Republican. You can't hide behind anything else. You either get it done or you don’t. And in our case, I remember at my inauguration, I said what’s the difference between Wisconsin and Washington, when we actually get the job done. And, and it’s why I’ve won, I believe, three elections in four years in a blue state. We didn't just carry Republicans almost universally across the board, we, we won 11 almost a 12 point margin of, of victory with independents. Why? Because in the end, most people who are independents are actually moderates initially in the middle. They’re just people who are dissatisfied with the choices they have. They’re people who have been burned too many times before because politicians of both parties have made promises and then failed to deliver on them. So, they’re waiting. They’re waiting to declare who they’re gonna vote for until they get some confidence they’re gonna do something about it. The reason we carried independents and even a lot of people said they didn't agree with me on everything. They didn't agree with everything I did or every way I did it, they said but, you know what, he gets it done. And I think that’s the biggest thing, at least I hear from folks across America, is they want people who are gonna actually get things done. They’re gonna hone in and, and phone, hone in I should say on getting it done. Not for themselves, not for the ruling class, but, but for and not even just for themselves. You know, and I don't know if you guys told me that’s the last question or I got one more. But, but if it’s the end, I don't know who said that, but I’ll do one more over here and then wrap it up. But, but I’ll just tell you to me and that point the the biggest thing I hear, and why I think there’s a number of candidates have been going up in the polls, who haven't been elected to any position, is because people are trying to send a message that they’re frustrated with Washington. They’re frustrated politicians. They’re tired of people making promises, not delivering on them. And, and, sometimes, people say to me that’s anger, yeah, there’s anger. I’m angry about it, too. But it’s not just anger, you see, if it was just anger, people check out. They’d become cynical. They’d become nonvoters. They would give up. They threw up their hands. What I hear from Americans or people, as you just pointed out, who aren’t just saying for me or for you, you’re saying I got kids, I got grandkids. I’m not giving up on America. I love America. I love this country. I think the reason why you’re all here tonight, why people take things so seriously here in New Hampshire, but I see it across the country, is well it gives me hope and optimism that people weren't just fed up, they’re willing to do something about it. They’re willing to stand up and say, you know what, for my children and my grandchildren’s sake and all the others like them, I’m gonna do something. I’m gonna make this country better, I’m gonna take the opportunity to lay it out there and say I’m gonna find men and women who are willing to stand with me and do the right thing. And that’s the kind of President I wanna be, every, single day. Someone who will fight and win, who will actually get things done on the issues that matter. And regardless of party, I’ll take on, I’ll take on the big government special interest in Washington, and I’ll take on the other party, I’ll take on the leadership in my own party. I will do what’s required to make this country good again. So, you get the last one here.
Unidentified Male: How will you change the current status of America’s power (inaudible) especially with the EPA’s new regulations?
Great question. In fact, the new, the new rule they had just recently came out, they call it the clean power plant, I call it the costly power plant. Because, sadly, it will add tremendous cost, and even the EPA has admitted itself that it will have a marginal at best impact on the overall environment across the globe. So, for something that has a fraction of an impact globally, we’re gonna cost potentially 10s of thousands of jobs particularly in manufacturing. My state it’s about 20,000 manufacturing jobs, similar amounts all across this country. It’ll also see rates go up from most rate payers close to 19 20 percent out there. That’s a huge problem. It’s just a prime example of where, you know, I, I’m thinking about this, and I’ve got a son at Marquette, so I love this sweatshirt. I’ve got another son at the University of Wisconsin, but I’m thinking about my kids who were in scouts. I’m an eagle scout. I believe your campsite should be cleaner. I was talking to scouts, campsites should be cleaner when you leave than when you found it. So, I believe in, I believe in clean air, clean land, clean water. That’s what I want from my children some day. They’re in college now. Hopefully, someday, after they graduate, get a job, get married, and have children. When I have grandchildren, hopefully in that order. Someday, when I have grandchildren for them, I want them to have the same clean air, clean land, clean water, because when I look around and I see New Hampshire, it makes me think of going up to Rhinelander, Wisconsin, or Eagle River, all sorts of beautiful places that looked just like the beautiful scenery you have here. And that’s what I want for my grandchildren, my kids to grow up and raise them in someday. But I also wanna make sure my children have a job. And so, the way this President has gone, and the way that we see with Obama and Hillary Clinton and others. It’s like they, they think you can choose between one or the other, but not both. I don’t buy into that. I think we’ve gotta have both out there. So to me, my point is, yeah, we can have things that preserve our environment that protect our natural resources, but it’s part of the reason why I believe in all of the above energy policy. It gives us as many quality options as possible. For example, I, I’d approved the Keystone pipeline, the very first day I was in office so we’d have more options out there. And then, actually to add to that on the grid, I also think it’s part of our natural security, because we need to make sure we work with our utilities, our public service entities, and others out there to make sure that our grid is protected. Because, you know, we think about the airlines and all those other things, and those important with TSA, but before 9/11, we weren't thinking about big airplanes either. And so, we needed to make sure that all the things that are vital to our way of life, telecommunications, utilities, transportation outlets, all those things are protected, and we need a President, who’s actually on top of that, and an administration who’s gonna take that on. That’s incredibly important. That’s incredibly insightful for somebody your age to have a good question like that so, it’s a great way to end it up. Thanks for coming out. We’ll take around an say hi and do some pictures. Thank you.
Unidentified Male: Thank you very much, Governor, for coming up and visiting us up here. We really appreciate it. And I think you’re gonna stick around and answer a few questions. And, I actually have one I would like to (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible).
Well I think there’s a whole bunch of (inaudible) and even by, for example, (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible).
There’s no reason why you (inaudible) so many jobs (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible). We were on strike for three days.
Unidentified Male: I lost three days pay, yeah. That’s when I quit the union. (Inaudible) on and on and on. (Inaudible) get rid of the union (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) if you want me to do something, I’m gonna do it, because I want that money, and I wanna earn it.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) never felt guilty taking my paycheck ever. Thank you, Mr. President (inaudible).
Unidentified Female: Nice to meet you.
Unidentified Male: Thank you so much.
Thank you. (Inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) long day.
I don’t mind. Thank you.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible).
Unidentified Male: Write something cheerful on it like death to public union.
Unidentified Male: I agree with you a 100 percent.
Unidentified Male: Okay. (Inaudible).
Unidentified Male: I wanna tell you something that I’ve had on my mind for awhile. I said this to Ronald Reagan in 1980, I worked on his campaign (inaudible). And I says to him, “Governor, I hope a year from now we can address you as Mr. President.” And he says, “And I hope so, too.”
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) very best and anything I can do to help you, I like your ideas, and everything.
Unidentified Male: And we need somebody with common sense, and you sure have it, you come (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: God bless.
Thank you. Pass the word on for us. We appreciate it.
Unidentified Male: You better believe it. (Inaudible).
Thank you, that’s a great inspiration (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: Mine, too.
Unidentified Male: Thank you, sir.
Thank you. Good to see you.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) every child deserves access to a (inaudible) education regardless of where they’re born.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) I think we need to extend our values globally. And like, (inaudible). Now, if elected (inaudible)?
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
Well, we’re, we’re gonna talk about things (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible). And what are you gonna do (inaudible)?
(Inaudible) and then it allows you to hone in and (inaudible) real reforms and we’re gonna be laying those out in the next month or two.
Unidentified Male: Okay.
And, I think those are the (inaudible) balance the budget over time and then, (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: Thank you, sir.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
Sure, yeah. (Inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible). I want my money to buy my product. (Inaudible).
(Inaudible) right, we’re looking at something that (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
(Inaudible) and I think things like that are pretty useful, because when people are (inaudible) specific funds, we wanna ‘em to be used for those purposes. Part of the reason why people have been reluctant to make changes (inaudible), siphoned off in other areas, and so we just changed that in our state.
Unidentified Male: Well, what is your general opinion about the general funds, not just about roads, but in the general?
Well, I try to, we, we in my state, a good example, I restored the transportation fund, restored the fund that was for educations, and families. I restored a couple of other funds (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: Okay.
And, I think we need to, if people are paying in for a purpose (inaudible) unless there’s some sort of emergency (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: All right, thank you.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) the IRS.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
(Inaudible) a month and a half from now about that time, we’re gonna lay out the tax (inaudible) Reagan’s tax (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: I appreciate that, thank you very much. I read the book. It’s excellent.
Unidentified Male: It’s a pleasure to meet you. Governor Christie and Governor Bush have both committed to making sure the US pledges its full one-third share of the global fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. I was wondering, if you would like to join them (inaudible)?
We’ll look at that in the future. We just started out (inaudible) in the future.
Unidentified Male: All right, hopefully, I can follow up with you. Thank you very much.
Unidentified Male: Take care.
Unidentified Male: One question I’d like to ask you...
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) Guantanamo Bay are you for keeping it open?
I think right now, (inaudible) earlier this year, we had (inaudible) security said that last year was the, the most lethal year for (inaudible) in the 45 years that we’ve actually kept information on that. And so, to me, I think we need to have as many reasonable options to (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: So, we keep it open?
We need to do so in a way that’s legal and Constitutional, but we need to have as many options (inaudible) that rising level of terrorist attacks. Again, I, I think we need to (inaudible) make sure that we have things that are legal and Constitutional and certainly, anything that would be done in our administration.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
Well, I’m not a lawyer, I’d assume...
Unidentified Male: Well, they (inaudible).
And, again, I, I would consult with attorneys on that for any measures that we’d use.
Unidentified Male: It’s like they said Obama’s killing them with (inaudible) they’re not getting any intelligence (inaudible).
No. No, that’s, that’s the bottom line, you need to make sure that you have the capacity, we should have as many legal Constitutionally (inaudible). The last thing you wanna do is, is have somebody (inaudible) America safe. We don’t wanna have another 9/11. Thank you.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) contact information for you for my sister’s the chair for the Republican party (inaudible) Colorado.
Unidentified Male: And, I understand you spent some time with my brother-in-law, which is Ronald Reagan’s (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: And he wants you at (inaudible).
That’s good. Well, I was born in Colorado Springs.
Unidentified Male: Oh okay.
Unidentified Male: Well, I will get the information and (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: Good talk.
Unidentified Male: Okay.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
Unidentified Male: Can you just give me one second and let everybody else (inaudible)...
Unidentified Male: That’s just fine, I’m in no rush. (Inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) Fox News is running to the car for (inaudible).
Oh, she ran, I’ll give her a second then. (Inaudible) I have no water.
Unidentified Male: I’ll grab you one.
Yeah. We’ll give her a second to come back. It’s nice and cool in here. It is. Because sometimes I had one the other day it was just brutally hot. This is all right. I’ll take this. A little bit maybe, I don't know. We run every morning. Just put the old Fit Bit on (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible)?
No, I actually eat that stuff I just I try to be as reasonable as I can (inaudible) mornings and nights, but, you know, in the middle of the day, when you’re doing something. Actually, it gives you a chance if you run enough in the morning, you can eat almost anything you want for lunch. Oh, thanks.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible).
Okay. Let me take a sip (inaudible). Great to be back again. Another another stop in New Hampshire, a lot of fun. Certainly, for us, Town Hall meetings are great because we get to get a finger on the pulse of what people are asking here in New Hampshire, different parts. As you can see, (inaudible) about the economy, about Obamacare, about national security issues. And as I mentioned at the onset, you know, today, again, we heard we had another judge, a judge point out that the. that Hillary Clinton clearly, according to this judge’s comments, seems to have violated the regulations, the standards of the federal government when it comes to her email server. As I point out, this is one of the frustrating things with it (inaudible) pretty clear that every time she was using that, that unprotected server, she was putting our national security at risk. She’s putting our children and our families at risk. And to me, it’s either illegal or it’s incompetent, and increasingly appear to be something of both.
Unidentified Female: Governor, the topic of anchor babies has come up pretty frequently over the past few days. Do you find that term offensive and do you think that it promotes the debate or hinders it?
I’ll leave other candidates to talk about that. When I talk about immigration, I talk about the fact that we need to have a first and foremost, a policy that truly secures the border in this country. That we go forward in enforcing the laws of this country. There shouldn’t be sanctuary cities, and we need to make sure that there. I don’t believe in goes amnesty, but we should have a legal immigration system that goes, primarily, to American working families and their wages, in a way that ultimately, improve the American economy. But as far as those comments, I’ll leave those to other candidates.
Unidentified Male: Governor, you seemed kind of committal and not so committal, at the very beginning of this event, with the woman who asked about declassifying (inaudible) 9/11, you said we need more information, but you never quite came out and agreed with it. Had you read the pages, do you know what’s in them, and would you declassify them?
Well, I haven't read the declassify part or they wouldn’t be (inaudible). The part that’s classified, I’d have to know information, more information to help to make sure that there weren't issues that would put national security at risk. But to me, assuming that isn't the case, I think, having more information is good. That’s the reason why I didn't specifically commit to that, because I’d have to have some reason to believe that the information itself wasn’t classified or broke for a purpose (inaudible).
Unidentified Male: Unrelated question, you said tonight, yeah, you said many times on the trail that you were proud to have defunded Planned Parenthood...
Unidentified Male: Years ago in your state. Does that also apply to Title 10 money, which comes through Wisconsin, but for which Planned Parenthood has applied and gotten money since you defunded them in other words?
Yeah, we have a legislation up in the state right now.
Unidentified Male: Right.
And, and that would ultimately, prohibit that from happening in the state of Wisconsin.
Unidentified Male: So, it’s not quite true that at this moment, Planned Parenthood is defunded in Wisconsin, is it?
It is from state funds it. Absolutely. is a 100 percent true. The difference is we’ve it was pointed out that there was federal money that came through, and there’s another way, potentially, for us to block it. Well, we’re looking for a way. Yeah, absolutely.
Unidentified Male: And you think it’s legal, or Constitutionally legal, not Constitutionally, do you think it’s legal because there’s been a debate about whether...
Um hum. That’s why, for us, we’re gonna go forward in the way that we think will sustain a legal challenge. That’s why initially (inaudible) with state money which is defunding it from the state standpoint. I think the best answer is for the federal government to step up. The members of the House and the Senate to send the bill to the President, who does that. Certainly, that’s something I would support as President of the United States. And by the way, we didn't just defund it, we sent that money to other places where it was used for women’s health just not the controversial ways of Planned Parenthood though.
Unidentified Male: This is a long campaign, this is a long campaign, there’s gonna be high and lows. Does it feel to you like this is sort of a low moment in the campaign? As far as that goes, is it all discouraging you?
No, it’s just pretty steady. I mean, in October of 2007, the last time there was an open race, so even closer to the election that we are right now, Gallop polls showed that Hillary Clinton was way ahead of John Edwards and, a guy, by the name of Barack Obama.
Unidentified Male: Um hum.
And on the Republican side it showed that Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson were way ahead of John McCain and Mitt Romney, so for us, it’s why we’re committed over and over and over again to do Town Hall meetings, house parties, and other events like this in New Hampshire, and then, similar events elsewhere around the country. Because we believe, as you saw from the (inaudible) here today, with people here about our story when they hear we didn't just take on the unions and the liberal special interest groups from Washington. But we are willing to take on even the establishment in our party to do what’s right for this state, I think that we enforce the argument, we’ll do what it takes regardless of party, to do what’s right for America.
Unidentified Male: Thank you.
All right, thanks, guys.
Unidentified Male: Governor, Governor, Jeb Bush said today that as he considers who he might pick for a running mate, that he would seriously look at putting a woman on the ticket, if Hillary’s the nominee, have you given any thought to that?
I think decisions based on who you put on the ticket for Vice President should be made, should not be made for political purposes, they should be made first and foremost, as to who is competent to be the President of the United States, because really the number one responsibility of the Vice President is a little morbid, if you think about it, if you plan on being the President, but it’s if I were President and something were to happen that I was dead or incapacitated, I’d want somebody who was confident to be the President of the United States. That’s the number one responsibility any credible person should think about when they pick their running mate. And secondly, along with that, that’s a funky flash, too.
Unidentified Male: We’re at a disco, now.
Yeah, glad I don't have vertigo. And secondly, along with it, I think the second most important criteria is is once you find out someone who is competent to be President of the United States, we should pick someone who shares your values, who shares your principals. And to me, I’m not gonna pick people for a political purpose, regardless of what the criteria is. I’m gonna pick a person, if I’m fortunate to be the nominee of my party, I’m gonna pick someone who is prepared to be President of the United States. And he shares his same principals and beliefs that I do.
Unidentified Male: Thank you.
Unidentified Female: Thank you.
Unidentified Female: (Inaudible) followed up with you but I didn't actually hear your answer because there was so many, so...
Yeah, he asked if I...
Unidentified Female: You have come the closest to anybody that we had asked to answering it.
He asked me, he said have I read it, and I said...
Unidentified Female: Well, I know you haven't read it.
(Inaudible) exact same thing.
Unidentified Female: But, but half of the Senate that read it, said at the time, that there was nothing in it that would hurt our national security. I don't know how familiar you are with this, but Bob Graham, he was in the Senate, at the time, helped write this report. He was the Florida Governor for a long time.
Unidentified Female: He, for 12 years, had been fighting about this, and he says that there’s nothing that will hurt our, our national security to release.
Unidentified Female: So, do you think it should be released for these victims to be able to go to the court and protect themselves, and to keep this lawsuit alive, and so that we won’t send people off to die in foreign lands with inaccurate information?
(Inaudible) before, I certainly, think having more information over all for the American people, not just from this (inaudible), what I’d have to do is (inaudible) and I’d wanna consult with someone who actually had (inaudible) to get an understanding...
Unidentified Female: Will you call on those members in the House and the Senate right now to go and read those pages? It’s a half an hour of their lives and almost no one in either chamber has bothered to read it?
Sure, I think that seems appropriate. And like I said, I do wanna talk to somebody that actually read that and...
Unidentified Female: It was a, it was a...
Get an understanding...
Unidentified Female: There was a press conference in June of this year or a Senate bill has been introduced and declassified by partisan, it was introduced by Rand Paul, they’ve read it. Many people in the House are on, are on this resolution that they have, they’ve read it, so I encourage you to look at our stuff and talk to those that have read it. Because if you’re in a position to do that I’d like you to add that to your day one things to do list.
Unidentified Female: All right. Thank you.
Unidentified Male: One, two, three.
Thank you. Good to see you.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible).
Unidentified Female: (Inaudible) but next time, (inaudible)...
Stop by our (inaudible) and come get a deer kiss. (Inaudible) pictures.
That’s fun. That’s great.
Unidentified Female: Thank you.
It’s great to be here. (Inaudible).
Unidentified Female: Well, your guys, (inaudible).
Yes, nice. It’s great. (Inaudible) and all the people so (inaudible). Thank you.
Unidentified Male: Governor, good to see you, see you soon. You get that Harley warmed up for a ride.
Unidentified Male: Oh, I think so, yeah. (Inaudible).
Unidentified Male: Thank you for coming.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) for us, for our kids.
Unidentified Female: Hi (inaudible).
Unidentified Female: Hi. (Inaudible).
Good to see you, too.
Unidentified Female: (Inaudible).
Thank you very much.
Unidentified Male: Thank you for letting him run.
Unidentified Male: Thank you. (Inaudible) souvenir.
Unidentified Male: Thank you.
Unidentified Male: (Inaudible) all the very best.
Unidentified Male: And I’m gonna...
My mutual Reagan fan, right?
Unidentified Male: Right on. (Inaudible).
Thank you. You, too.
Unidentified Male: Thank you.
Q = Unidentified Female, Unidentified Male, Steven Steiner, Dave Moorhead
A = Scott Walker
U = Unidentified Speaker
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