Republican Undercard Debate #1: Television Coverage
In July 2015 the GDELT Project and the Internet Archive parterned together to help better understand which soundbites and speakers are dominating the political discourse on television. In particular, we wanted to translate the social media concepts of "memes" and "going viral" to the television world. Using the Internet Archive's Television News Archive, which monitors major American and international television stations in realtime, along with an archive of more than 735,000 television shows since 2009, we scan all monitored television programming for audio fingerprints of each soundbite of selected major political speeches and identify all excerpts of those soundbites across television news shows in the following days. The tool we use, audfprint, developed by the Laboratory for the Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio at Columbia University, scans the audio track of each show, so it is not dependent on closed captioning, which is extremely noisy and entirely absent from many foreign language broadcasts. The tool is extremely sensitive, able to detect brief excerpts even when they are overdubbed by a commentator and/or other sound effects. We unveiled our first application of this new system in July 2015, visualizing how President Obama's January 20, 2015 State of the Union speech was excerpted on television networks around the nation and world.
Today we are excited to unveil our latest application: the Republican Presidential Undercard Debate, held at 5PM EST on August 6, 2015 in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The entire transcript of the debate was hand-segmented into soundbites and all television news programming monitored by the Internet Archive from August 6th to August 14th were scanned for any excerpt of those soundbites, which are displayed below. Browse the entire transcript below and click on any passage to see how many times and where it was excerpted, and click on the video icon to the left of each passage or the list of shows mentioning the excerpt in the bottom right to view a brief video clip of the soundbite. These numbers only reflect those television shows monitored by the Internet Archive, representing only a small set of television stations in the United States. Thus, these numbers are far from exhaustive in terms of measuring the total reach of the debate, but offers a powerful glimpse into which pieces of the speech resonated and where.
What you are seeing here is a first glimpse of a whole new way of exploring television, using enormously powerful computer algorithms as a new lens through which to explore the Internet Archive's massive archive of television news to create for the first time a way of tracking what's "going viral" on television. Quite literally this project took an hour-long political speech, broke it into soundbites, and scanned two weeks of national television news programming for any excerpt of any of those soundbites. Imagine the future possibilities for tracking how soundbites move between social and mainstream media, and the future ability to apply these techniques to explore soundbites in online video!
Visualizing the Debate
The final results of this analysis are available through the interface below. By default the entire debate transcript is shown, but you can use the search box below to narrow to only soundbites containing a particular keyword or that were aired on a particular station or show. The timeline below shows how many times each soundbite was broadcast. As you scroll through the transcript, the top-most paragraph will automatically highlight in yellow and the corresponding time period will highlight in the timeline below,l while the sidebar to the right of the transcript will display key statistics about that passage, along with a list of links to view previews of every identified mention of that soundbite on a news show. The timeline allows you to zoom into any section to see it more clearly - click anywhere in the middle of the graph on the white background (not the bottom of the graph) and drag with your mouse to highlight a section of the timeline - a "reset zoom" button will appear at the top right of the timeline display to zoom back out to the original view. While zoomed in you can hold down the shift key on your keyboard and click and drag to pan the timeline forward/backwards.
By default the entire debate transcript is displayed below. You can use the options below to filter to only a subset of the debate, such as only those lines appearing on a particular television station or show, or only those lines containing a certain keyword/phrase or spoken by a particular person. Only lines matching all of your criteria below are included.
VIEW BY-STATION BREAKDOWN
(Displays a grid of piecharts, one per television network, that shows the percentage of matching soundbites on that network from each candidate.)
(MACCALLUM) And Im Martha MacCallum. It all starts here. We are ready, the candidates are ready. Were live at the Quicken Loans Arena, where we have partnered with Facebook to bring you, the voter, into todays debate.
(MACCALLUM) Now, this debate will last one hour. Were going to have four commercial breaks. Each candidate will have one minute to answer each question and 30 seconds for rebuttal. If you run out of time, youre going to hear this. OK?
(HEMMER) One year from now, a Republican nominee will be standing on this stage in this very same arena. That person is in Cleveland today. So lets get started. First topic, electability. First question to Governor Perry from Texas. Welcome, Governor.
(PERRY) After those four years of looking back and being prepared, the preparation to be the most powerful individual in the world requires an extraordinary amount of work: not just having been the governor of the 12th largest economy in the world, which I might add, we added 1.5 million jobs during that period of time over that 2007 through 2014 period, a period when America was going through the most deep recession it had been through since the Great Depression.
(PERRY) I think Americans want someone to have a track record of showing them how to get this country back on record, someone who will stand up and every day project that best days of America are in front of us.
(PERRY) And I will assure you, as the governor of the state of Texas, and as those last four years have shown me, the preparation to be ready to stand on this stage and talk about those monetary policies, those domestic policies, and those foreign policies, Americans are going to see that I am ready to be that individual.
(MACCALLUM) Now we go to Carly Fiorina. Carly, you were CEO of Hewlett-Packard. You ran for Senate and lost in California in 2010. This week, you said Margaret Thatcher was not content to manage a great nation in decline, and neither am I. Given your current standings in the polls, is the Iron Lady comparison a stretch?
(FIORINA) Well, I would begin by reminding people that at this point in previous presidential elections, Jimmy Carter couldnt win, Ronald Reagan couldnt win, Bill Clinton couldnt win, and neither couldve Barack Obama.
(FIORINA) I started as a secretary and became ultimately the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world, almost $90 billion in over 150 countries. I know personally how extraordinary and unique this nation is.
(FIORINA) I think to be commander in chief in the 21st century requires someone who understands how the economy works, someone who understands how the world works and whos in it; I know more world leaders on the stage today than anyone running, with the possible exception of Hillary Clinton; understands bureaucracies, how to cut them down to size and hold them accountable; and understands technology, which is a tool, but its also a weapon thats being used against us.
(FIORINA) Most importantly, I think I understand leadership, which sometimes requires a tough call in a tough time. But mostly, the highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status-quo and unlock the potential of others. We need a leader who will lead the resurgence of this great nation and unlock its potential once again.
(HEMMER) Senator Santorum, you won the Iowa caucus four years ago and 10 other states. But you failed to beat Mitt Romney for the nomination. And no one here tonight is going to question your conviction or your love for country. But has your moment passed, Senator?
(SANTORUM) We stuck to the fact that Americans are tired of Washington corporate interests and Democrats who are interested in just politics and power and theyre looking for someone whos going to fight for them; looking for someone whos going to grow manufacturing sector of our economy,
(SANTORUM) Iran sanctions -- the Iran sanctions that brought them to the table, those are sanctions that we put in place when I was in the United States Senate, and a whole host of other things that put me in a position of saying,
(MACCALLUM) Governor Jindal, youre one of two sitting governors on the stage tonight. But your approval numbers at home are in the mid 30s at this point. In a recent poll that showed you in a head-to- head against Hillary Clinton in Louisiana, she beat you by several points. So if the people of Louisiana are not satisfied, what makes you think that the people of this nation would be?
(JINDAL) I ran for office to make the generational changes in Louisiana. Weve cut 26 percent of our budget. We have 30,000 fewer state bureaucrats than the day I took office. I dont think anybody has cut that much government anywhere, at any time.
(HEMMER) Senator Lindsey Graham, you worked with Democrats and President Obama when it came to climate change, something you know is extremely unpopular with conservative Republicans. How can they trust you based on that record?
(GRAHAM) A healthy environment, a strong economy and energy independent America -- that would be the purpose of my presidency, is to break the strangle hold that people enjoy on fossil fuels who hate our guts.
(MACCALLUM) Governor Pataki, four years ago this month, you called it quits in a race for the presidency in 2012, but now youre back. Mitt Romney declined to run this time, because he believed that the party needed new blood. Does he have a point?
(PATAKI) I think he means somebody who hasnt been a career politician, and whos been out of office for awhile. I think the last eight years in the private sector have allowed me to see government from the outside, and I think that is a positive thing.
(PATAKI) We need to solve problems, we need to rebuild our military so we can stand up to radical Islam, we need to get our economy growing much faster by throwing out the corrupt tax code and lowering the rates.
(HEMMER) From one side of the stage, the other -- the other, Governor Jim Gilmore. You were the last person on stage to declare your candidacy. You ran for the White House once and lost. You ran for the Senate one time and lost. You havent held public office in 13 years. Similar question, is it time for new blood?
(GILMORE) Because Obama and Clinton policies, the United States is moving further and further into a decline. I want to reverse that decline. Thats why Ive entered this race, and I think I have the experience to do it.
(GILMORE) I was the chairman of the National Commission on Homeland Security and Terrorism for the United States for five years. I was a person who has dealt extensively with these homeland security issues. I was a governor during the 9/11 attack.
(GILMORE) I understand both of these issues, how to build the economy and doing that as a governor whod built jobs, had cut taxes and also a governor who understands foreign-policy issues, and thats why I entered this race.
(MACCALLUM) Lets take a look at this graphic that shows the huge amount of political chatter that he is driving on Facebook right now, some of it good, probably, some of it bad. But he is dominating this conversation.
(PERRY) One thing I like to remind people is, back in 2007, Rudy Giuliani was leading the polls for almost a year. Ill suggest a part of that was his celebrity. Fred Thompson was the other one, a man who had spent a lot of time on that screen.
(PERRY) I deployed the National Guard after I stood on the ramp in Dallas, Texas and looked the president of the United States in the eye and said, Mr. President, if you wont secure the border, Texas will, and thats exactly what we did.
(MACCALLUM) Alright, I want to ask that same question, because its true, really, of all of you on this stage that, like it or not, Donald Trump is -- theres a huge disparity between the poll numbers that you have and the poll numbers that he has, given also the fact that Rudy Giuliani said he thought that there may be some Reagan qualities to Donald Trump.
(HEMMER) This Saturday, August 8th, two days from now marks one year since the strikes began against ISIS in Iraq and followed in Syria one month later. This week, a leading general in the U.S. Marine Corps says, One year later, that fight is at a stalemate.
(JINDAL) How can we beat an enemy if our commander-in-chief doesnt have the moral honesty and clarity to say that Islam has a problem, and that problem is radical Islam, to say theyve got to condemn not generic acts of violence, but the individual murderers who are committing these acts of violence.
(GRAHAM) One thing I want to be clear about tonight. If youre running for president of the United States and you dont understand that we need more American ground forces in Iraq and that America has to be part of a regional ground force that will go into Syria and destroy ISIL in Syria, then youre not ready to be commander in chief. And youre not serious about destroying ISIL.
(MACCALLUM) All right. Lets get to our first commercial break. There is plenty more to discuss tonight. Coming up, immigration, more on ISIS and homeland security as well as we continue live tonight from Cleveland, Ohio
(MACCALLUM) So heres the question. How far are you willing to go to root out this problem here at home? Would you put mosques, for example, potentially, under surveillance? And keep in mind that conservatives are increasingly concerned in this country with religious liberty.
(PATAKI) Martha, religious liberty doesnt include encouraging a fellow American to engage in violent jihad and kill an American here. That is not protected free speech. That is not protected religious belief.
(PATAKI) That is like shouting fire in a crowded theater, and that is illegal, and I would do everything in our power not just to go after those who are here who we know who are here, before they can radicalize other Americans to carry out attacks, and its not just the ones theyve arrested.
(PATAKI) You know, I have two sons. Both served. One as a marine officer in Iraq, one as an army officer in Afghanistan. I do not see -- want to see one parent or loved one worrying about getting a call in the middle of the night.
(MACCALLUM) All right. This question to Carly Fiorina. The FBI director Comey says that terrorists can thrive here at home because they go dark and they recruit behind the cyber walls that are built by American companies like Google and Apple.
(MACCALLUM) Comey says this is a big problem. Rand Paul says that the government forcing these companies to bring down those walls would be a big privacy issue and a dangerous way to go on this. Youve been a tech leader in this country. Which side are you on?
(FIORINA) Let me say first that it is disturbing that every time one of these home-grown terrorist attacks occurs, and as your question points out, they are occurring with far too great frequency, it turns out we had warning signals.
(FIORINA) It turns out we knew something was wrong. It turns out some dot wasnt connected, and so the first thing we have to do is make sure that everyone and every responsible agency is attuned to all of these possibilities and symptoms.
(HEMMER) We often talk about this issue on the abstract level in Washington, D.C., but you know how its being talked about in states like Iowa and New Hampshire among illegals in our country today -- 11 million plus.
(SANTORUM) My father was born in Italy, and shortly after he was born my grandfather immigrated to this country. And under the laws of this country, he wasnt allowed to be with his father for seven years. Spent the first seven years of his life in Fascist Italy, under Benito Mussolini. Not a very pleasant place to be.
(SANTORUM) I asked my dad after -- obviously, when I found out about this. And I said, Didnt you resent America for not letting you be with your father in those formative and very threatening years? You know what he said to me? America was worth the wait.
(SANTORUM) But the reason America is a great country, the reason is because our compassion is in our laws. And when we live by those laws and we treat everybody equally under the law, thats when people feel good about being Americans.
(SANTORUM) It says that after 35 million people have come here over the last 20 years, almost all of whom are unskilled workers, flattening wages, creating horrible opportunity -- a lack of opportunities for unskilled workers, were going to do something about reducing the level of immigration by 25 percent.
(PERRY) For 30 years this country has been baited with that. All the way back to when Ronald Reagan signed a piece of legislation that basically allowed for amnesty for over 4 million people, and the border is still not secure.
(PERRY) Until we have a president of the United States that gets up every day and goes to the Oval Office with the intent purpose of securing that border, and theres not anybody on either one of these stages that has the experience of dealing with this as I have for over 14 years with that 1200-mile border.
(PERRY) We have to put the personnel on that border in the right places; you have to put the strategic fencing in place; and you have to have aviation assets that fly all the way from Tijuana to El Paso to Brownsville, Texas -- 1,933 miles looking down 24/7, with the technology to be able to identify what individuals are doing, and ID when they are in obviously illegal activities or suspicious activities, and quick response teams that come at that particular point in time.
(HEMMER) And so right now, were 30 minutes in. Going to jump back into the topics and continue our discussion of national issues on the domestic level. The issue that is really number one on the minds of many voters, thats the economy and jobs.
(MACCALLUM) Do you believe that we need to change the culture in this country in terms of whether or not we should be encouraging people to get off of it and take the job when its available? Some are able and not doing that.
(SANTORUM) If we want to create jobs for the folks that youre talking about, who are having trouble getting off government benefits, primarily because of their low skill level, there is no better way -- its worked for 100 years in America -- putting people back to work in manufacturing is it.
(SANTORUM) Youre looking at the -- at the man who introduced and fought on the floor as a freshman senator and passed the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 over two President Clinton vetoes. Got 70 votes in the United States Senate. Bipartisan issue.
(SANTORUM) What we need to do is take the rest of the federal entitlements, not just welfare, but food stamps and Medicaid and housing programs and do the same thing we did with welfare. Work requirements and time limits. That will change everything.
(MACCALLUM) All right. New question, same topic, goes to Governor Gilmore. You know, based on your record and what were discussing here, which is potentially cutting back some entitlement, cutting back benefits, its tricky business as we all know because people will argue that thats their means to escape poverty.
(GILMORE) Were going to have a three-bracket tax code, 10, 15 and 25 percent. Were going to combine all commercial activity in business into one place in the tax code and charge it 15 percent, which is going to suddenly make us competitive with the rest of the world. And were going to eliminate the death tax.
(GILMORE) And that problem is too big regulations like the EPA, too much new taxes on business that we have seen and Obamacare. These are drags on the economy, its a deliberate drag. I propose to reverse that and get this economy moving again.
(HEMMER) You know, the saying, right? No Republican wins the White House unless you win here in the Buckeye state. Well, here in the Buckeye state, the Governor John Kasich took the federal money for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare.
(JINDAL) Well, this goes to the question you were just asking. Look, under President Obama and Secretary Clinton, theyre working hard to change the American dream into the European nightmare. They do celebrate more dependence on the government.
(JINDAL) If we were to expand Medicaid, for every uninsured person we would cover in Louisiana, wed kick more than one person out of private insurance or remove their opportunity to get private insurance.
(JINDAL) Were going to have too many people in the cart rather than pulling the cart. This isnt free money. I know some people like to say, well, this is free money. We pay federal taxes. We are borrowing money from China today.
(JINDAL) Yesterday, the president stunningly admitted this. He said, we dont have leverage with China to get a better deal on Iran because we need them to lend us money to continue operating our government.
(JINDAL) There is a better way to provide health care. The Oregon study showed this. Simply expanding Medicaid does not improve health care outcomes. In Louisiana, instead were helping people getting better paying jobs so they can provide for their own health care.
(PATAKI) I think he is right. I dont think you expand entitlements when so many people are dependent on government and when the money the federal government is offering is going to be taken away from you after just a couple of years.
(PATAKI) And people said you cant win, you cant change the culture. But I knew that good people who wanted to be a part of the American dream have become trapped in dependency because the federal government and the state government had made it in their economic interest not to take a job because the benefits that they didnt work were better.
(MACCALLUM) Lets just take a look, as an opener, at this one question that comes from Logan Christopher Boyer of St. Louis, Missouri. He says, How will you disarm Iran and keep the Middle East from becoming nuclearized?
(MACCALLUM) Critics of the Iran deal say that it puts America on the same side as the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, of Hamas, of Hezbollah, of the backers of those groups of people who chant Death to America, in the street, that this deal puts on that side of the equation.
(PERRY) We need to have some coalitions in that part of the world to go after ISIS, but we also need to send a clear message. And hopefully -- you know, Senator Graham, I -- I know where hes going to be on this, but we use Congress, and we use Congress to cut this funding.
(PERRY) And the idea that this negotiation -- I will tell you one thing. I would a whole lot rather had Carly Fiorina over there doing our negotiation than John Kerry. Maybe we wouldve gotten a deal where we didnt give everything away.
(MACCALLUM) The issue is that the allies that we are with sometimes have groups within them that funnel money to terrorists as well. This is a complicated situation. Are you OK with us being on their side?
(FIORINA) The second will be to the supreme leader of Iran. He might not take my phone call, but he would get the message, and the message is this: Until you open every nuclear and every military facility to full, open, anytime/anywhere, for real, inspections, we are going to make it as difficult as possible for you to move money around the global financial system.
(FIORINA) This is a bad deal. Obama broke every rule of negotiation. Yes, our allies are not perfect. But Iran is at the heart of most of the evil that is going on in the Middle East through their proxies.
(FIORINA) Let me tell you what I would do immediately, day two in the Oval Office. I would hold a Camp David summit with our Arab allies, not to talk them into this lousy deal with Iran, but to say to them, what is it that you need to defeat ISIL?
(SANTORUM) It is not any more than Dred Scott was settled law to Abraham Lincoln, who, in his first inaugural address, said it wont stand. And they went ahead and passed laws in direct contravention to a rogue Supreme Court.
(SANTORUM) The -- one of the times the Supreme Court spoke that I thought they were acting outside of their authority was in a partial-birth abortion case. You know, these Planned Parenthood tapes, what theyre showing are partial-birth abortions.
(SANTORUM) Abortions being done where the babys being delivered first, to preserve those organs, and then they crush the skull. Well, the Supreme Court found a bill that I was the author of unconstitutional.
(SANTORUM) What did I do? I didnt stop. I didnt say oh, well we lost. Its the law of the land. We worked together. The House and Senate, under my leadership, and we passed a bill, and we said, Supreme Court, youre wrong.
(SANTORUM) Were a co-equal branch of the government. We have every right to be able to stand up and say what is constitutional. We passed a bill, bipartisan support, and the Supreme Court, they -- they sided with us.
(GILMORE) Well, as you know, Im a former elected prosecutor, a former elected attorney general, trained at the University of Virginia in constitutional law, and I dont believe in litmus tests except this.
(GILMORE) I believe we should be appointing Supreme Court justices who will follow the law and not try to make the law. Now, the challenge were seeing today is that the Supreme Court is being converted into some type of political body.
(GILMORE) They have to have some legal basis and precedence for being able to follow the law instead of making the law up, and my goal is -- in appointing Supreme Court justices, would be to point -- to appoint justices who would follow the law. Bill, I want to say one more thing about...
(GILMORE) I have proposed there be a Middle East NATO so that we can combine our allies there to stand up to Iranian expansion, and at the same time join together to begin to stop and this ISIL thing before it becomes an actual state.
(PATAKI) My heart has not changed, because Ive always been appalled by abortion. Im a Catholic, I believe life begins at conception. But as Bill said earlier, Roe v. Wade, its has been the law for 42 years, and I dont think we should continue to try to change it.
(PATAKI) You know, Hillary Clintons always saying how Republicans dont follow science? Well, theyre the ones not listening to the scientists today, because doctors say that at 20 weeks that is a viable life inside the womb. And at that point, its a life that we have the right to protect, and I think we should protect.
(PATAKI) So, I would pass legislation outlawing abortion after 20 weeks. It is Hillary, it is Biden, it is the others who insist on allowing abortion well into viable [?] wrong, and that should be stopped.
(MACCALLUM) Carly Fiorina, also on the stage, said that she would go so far as to shut down the government over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood. Would you do that? Would you be willing to shut down the government when it comes to defunding this group?
(JINDAL) Well, a couple of things. Planned Parenthood had better hope that Hillary Clinton wins this election, because I guarantee under President Jindal, January 2017, the Department of Justice and the IRS and everybody else that we can send from the federal government will be going in to Planned Parenthood
(JINDAL) In my own state, for example, we launched an investigation, asked the FBI to cooperate. We just, earlier this week, kicked them out of Medicaid in Louisiana as well, canceled their provider contract. They dont provide any abortions in Louisiana.
(JINDAL) But in terms of shutting down the government, I dont think President Obama should choose to shut down the government simply to send taxpayer dollars to this group that has been caught, I believe, breaking the law, but also offending our values and our ethics.
(JINDAL) They said they would get rid of the unconstitutional amnesty. They didnt do that. They said they would repeal Obamacare if we gave them the majority. They didnt do that either. They said theyd shrink and balance the budget. They havent done that.
(MACCALLUM) All right. Lindsey Graham, this conversation will no doubt go to the war on women, and that cutting funding to this group could be a very broad brush against all of you or anybody who will hold this nomination as being against womens health, against these organizations that people will say provide positive things for many women.
(GRAHAM) You want to see a war on women? Come with me to Iraq and Afghanistan, folks. Ive been there 35 times. I will show you what they do to women. These mythical Arab armies that my friends talk about that are going to protect us dont exist.
(HEMMER) On the second day of his presidency, January 22nd 2009, President Obama signed one of his first executive orders. That was close Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Still open today. What would be your first executive order? Governor Gilmore, start.
(GILMORE) If I were the president of the United States, I would go and look at every executive order that exists right now and determine which ones want to be voided, because the president shouldnt be legislating: not through that vehicle or any other. We should be relying upon the leadership of the Congress to pass the laws.
(JINDAL) Id also go after these sanctuary cities, do everything we can to make sure that we are not -- that we are actually prosecuting and cutting off funding for cities that are harboring illegal aliens,
(JINDAL) and then finally making sure the IRS is not going after conservative or religious groups. I would sign an executive order protecting religious liberty, our first amendment rights, so Christian business owners and individuals dont face discrimination for having a traditional view of marriage.
(SANTORUM) Just ditto to that. Were going to suspend -- Ive -- Ive said this for four years. Were going to suspend and repeal every executive order, every regulation that cost American jobs and is -- is -- is impacting our freedom.
(SANTORUM) And second, the First Amendment Defense Act, which is protecting religious liberty, if its not passed by then, which I suspect it wont, because the president will veto it, I will institute an executive order to make sure that people of faith are not being -- not being harassed and persecuted by the federal government for standing up for the religious beliefs.
(PATAKI) Bill, I defeated Mario Cuomo. In the first day in office, my first executive order, I revoked every one of the executive orders that he had -- he had enacted over the prior 12 years. I would do that to Barack Obamas executive orders.
(PATAKI) But Id sign a second one, as I did in New York, as well, having a hard hiring freeze on adding new employees except for the military or defense-related positions. Id sign that executive order.
(MACCALLUM) Moving on to the next question, President Obama promised hope and change for the country, yet 60 percent of Americans are not satisfied with the shape that the country is in right now. Many think that America has lost its can do spirit and that its not the nation that it once was.
(MACCALLUM) Ronald Reagan was confronted with a similar atmosphere, and he said that it could be morning in America again. JFK said it was a new frontier. FDR said that we had nothing to fear but fear itself. On this level, Carly Fiorina, can you inspire this nation?
(FIORINA) This is a great nation. It is a unique nation in all of human history and on the face of the planet, because here, our founders believed that everyone has a right to fulfill their potential and that that right --they called it life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness -- comes from God and cannot be taken away by government.
(FIORINA) We have arrived at a point in our nations history where the potential of this nation and too many Americans is being crushed by the weight, the power, the cost, the complexity, the ineptitude, the corruption of the federal government, and only someone who will challenge the status quo of Washington, D.C. can lead the resurgence of this great nation. I will do that.
(SANTORUM) I stood up to the old-boy network in Washington, D.C. because I believed that Washington was not the solution, that Washington was the problem, just like Ronald Reagan said. I was a child of Ronald Reagan.
(SANTORUM) We need to elect someone who will stand with the American people, who understands its greatness, who understands what an open economy and freedom is all about, but at the same time, has a record of being able to get things done in Washington like weve never seen before.
(SANTORUM) Reforms, everything from moral and cultural issues to economic issues. Those of you health savings accounts. Health savings accounts are something that we introduced. Its a private-sector solution that believes in freedom, not Obamacare that believes in government control.
(GRAHAM) Were going to lose Social Security and Medicare if Republicans and Democrats do not come together and find a solution like Ronald Reagan and Tip ONeill. I will be the Ronald Reagan if I can find a Tip ONeill.
(GRAHAM) When I was 21, my mom died. When I was 22, my dad died. We owned a liquor store, restaurant, bar and we lived in the back. Every penny we needed from -- every penny we got from Social Security, because my sister was a minor, we needed.
(GRAHAM) Today, Im 60, Im not married, I dont have any kids. I would give up some Social Security to save a system that Americans are going to depend on now and in the future. Half of American seniors would be in poverty without a Social Security check.
(GRAHAM) If you make your president, Im going to put the country ahead of the party. Im going to do what it takes to defend this nation. This nation has been great to me, and thats the only way I know to pay you back.
(PERRY) Were talking about a state that moved graduation rates forward from 27th in the nation to second-highest. As a matter of fact, if youre Hispanic or African-American in Texas, you have the number one high school graduation rates in America.
(PERRY) Americans are looking for somebody thats going to give them, and there is a place in this country over the last eight years in particular that talked about hope every day, and they didnt just talk about it, they delivered it. And that was the state of Texas.
(PERRY) We can put America back on track on a growth level and a growth rate that weve never seen in the history of this country. Manufacturing will flow back into this country. It just needs a corporate executive type at the top thats done it before.
(SANTORUM) Ill tell you how optimistic I am about America. Karen and I have seven children. You dont have seven children and bring them into this world if youre not optimistic about the future of this country.
(SANTORUM) I am, but people are upset, and theyre upset for a reason about the future of this country. Donald Trump actually seized on it when he talked about immigration. And I think the reason he did is because immigration is sort of an example of whats broken and whats wrong in Washington, D.C.
(SANTORUM) You see, you have one side, the Democrats, and with immigration, all they care about is votes. They dont care about American workers, they just care about bringing as many people in so they can get as many votes as they can.
(SANTORUM) Im looking out for the American worker. Im the only one on this stage who has a plan thats actually reduced -- actually going to reduce immigration. Actually going to do something to help the American worker.
(SANTORUM) And you combine that with a plan to make manufacturing -- this country number one in manufacturing, youve got someone whos going to help revitalize and give hope to America, the place -- the place is that is the most hopeless today. Thats why I ask for your support for president.
(JINDAL) You know, weve got a lot of great talkers running for president. Weve already got a great talker in the White House. We cannot afford four more years of on the job training. We need a doer, not a talker. We also need a nominee, a candidate who will endorse our own principles.
(JINDAL) Jeb Bush says weve got to be willing to lose the primary in order to win the general. Let me translate that for you. Thats the establishment telling us to hide our conservative principles to get the left and the media to like us. That never works. If we do that again, we will lose again, we will deserve to lose again.
(JINDAL) Im tired of the hyphenated Americans and the division. Ive got the backbone, Ive got the band width, Ive got the experience to get us through this. Im asking folks not just to join my campaign, but join a cause. It is time to believe in America again.
(FIORINA) I am not a member of the political class. I am a conservative; I can win this job, I can do this job, I need your help, I need your support. I will, with your help and support, lead the resurgence of this great nation. Thank you.
(GRAHAM) That the Ayatollah is a radical jihadist who really means it when he chants, Death to America, death to Israel. And this deal is giving him a pathway to a bomb, a missile to deliver it, and money to pay for it all.
(GRAHAM) At the end of the day, ladies and gentlemen, our best days are ahead of us only if we work together, and I intend to put this country on a path of success by working together and doing the hard things that should have been done a very long time ago.
(PATAKI) My background is different. I look at Washington, and I hear the talk, and I see the promises and it seems nothing ever changes. Washington gets bigger, taxes get higher, and the American people feel more distance from our government.
(PATAKI) I have the opportunity not just to run, but to win in the deep blue state of New York three times. And not only did I win, but I then worked with a Democratic legislature to put in place the most sweeping conservative reforms of any state in America, taking us from the most dangerous state in America to the fourth safest; reducing our welfare rolls by over 1 million, and replacing over 700,000 private sector jobs.
(PATAKI) And also, Ive been tested in a way no one else has. I was governor on September 11th, and Im proud of my leadership in bringing New York through that time. And when I left, we were stronger, we were safer, and we were more united than at any time in my lifetime.
(PATAKI) We need to bring people together in Washington. The talk has got to stop, the action has got to begin. People can promise you something, I delivered in the blue state of New York. I will deliver for the American people if I have the privilege of leading this country.
(GILMORE) Well, I was a conservative governor of Virginia, I governed that way, and thats my track record. But the key thing that were seeing now is serious challenges to this country that must change, the direction of this nation must change.
(GILMORE) And thats why Ive offered a specific program to the people of America tonight to address the fundamental problem of getting our country growing again, getting our economy growing, wages up, opportunities for people.
(GILMORE) And second, the international crisis we are facing is most dreadful and most dangerous. I have the experience as a prosecutor, attorney general, governor, United States Army intelligence veteran, governor during the 9/11 attack, chairman of the Terrorism Commission for this country.
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