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with us. we have groups like women for women being here they do like to take our candidate at our office, thank you so much for doing what you're doing, we believe you are where you need to be so we are committed to this and we know it's a big effort, with got to row in the same direction so that's why we are here tonight so i'll introduce our former governor of puerto rico. >> thank you. [applause] >> truly honored to be in the company of great leaders and i want to thank them all for being here. for over a decade, with an active in recruiting and assisting getting elected. today we are announcing the network which will be a mentoring program for all candidates who may be thinking about running for me need or
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maybe wants to talk to someone who's done it before and our theaters, all of them started at the state level and they are now at the federal level and known by everyone, i know holly walk around given how well they are known by everyone. >> very busily. [laughter] [laughter] >> there you go. [laughter] >> that's why they get elected so easily, they are personal. to my left here, i have senator marsha blackburn. [applause] senator marco rubio from florida. [applause]
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we have congresswoman ashley hansen from iowa. [applause] and last but not least from california, congresswoman. [applause] >> i want to start if i may, oftentimes we see it's especially difficult for women who decide to run. once they are elected, normally it's much better than men but anyway, it's very difficult, how did you think about that and how difficult was it? >> it's going to be difficult, he just go ahead and make up your mind and it's going to be difficult but a big part is getting your mind right in thinking that commitment. by the way, right now everyone of you thinking about running as
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a republican, i want you to do this. down gop. to write i want you to remember it's not grand old party. i am from nashvillele and theres nothing grand and old that's cool except randall aubrey. [laughter] so i want you to talk about our party as the great opportunity party because that's what we are all about and that's the thing, to keep the focus, the fact that this is not about you, it's about your children and grandchildren, it's about a better america for all citizens. opportunity for all, everyone being able to protect our freedoms so a big part of it is
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the mind game that you play with yourself but if you're committed, determined, if you say i want somebody to help me figure this out if i could really be a candidate, that's what this network is all about and why people are here so get your mind right, get your issues set right and then find somebody who will walk you through this process o because it's tough. not everybody has been on tv like ashley has. [laughter] not e everybody has to aid a grp of friends that would be helping them with fundraising. a lot of times you have to pull office together for yourself if you're committed, he will do it. >> oftentimes a minority group, it may be difficult to raise
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funds to get the exposure, how do you do it? >> theto question. [laughter] >> i will say that it can be more challenging depending on your background to raise money, the co in community. when i was running for the statehouse, i was raising 25 -- $100,000, more money than i could ever imagine raising, it seemed high to climb. sales from start by sharing your story? i think if you have a story to tell, people will lean in a little bit. in poverty, hopeless for much of my young life, started talking to me about that, people understand it b because we've al
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had challenges in our lives in one way i could build a team was around the misery at one time that became another allowed me to be a messenger for those of us with a shared burden at sometime in their life. the good newss from america within three generations in your family and my family, we've all had the same burden on our shoulders, it leads to more money as well because the truth is when your friends leaning, they are willing to review what they were before they heard the whole story and felt the sense of urgency that comes with who you are. when people feel that, they want to invest something.hi in want to give you money, people want to invest in something bigger thani themselves. we should lead by example. when we do that, we anticipate others are going to want to lean in with you and share that story with others, that's how we were able to build a diverse team.
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>> thank you. >> i think a couple of things about that, the first is it's easier to raise money if you have a big network of people your family knows you went to an elite school and your friends have gone up, maybe you have made a bunch of money, no doubt about it but i think crystallized, it used to be politics that momentum that money leads to momentum. i think it's become the reverse, i think it's now the momentum that leaves the money and set of money leading to momentum so when iran statehouse is one thing because knocking on doors you need to raise some money but when iran for the first time from of my opponent was just sitting governor who at the time was 30% approval rating and nobody thought i could win. five people thought i could. [laughter]
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everybody else didn't. were able to nationalize it in the way we were able to get people too the way he was raising, you got to stop early. without the advantage of money being built and, announced in june, it does take time but your story will inspire people to e t involved and i think it's easier than itve is probably ever been given the fact that and communicate directly and get things going that way. >> if i may, i'm going to ask, will you safe at first race and how do you make that decision? to that person or set of persons, where they eat in your decision-making that race? >> when iran, i give up my job and a lot of legislatures when they ran for statehouse, thank
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kept their dayst job and served part time because i was on the air as a journalist, i had to make that tough decision to give up my career so late to this job so my husband and i had soul-searching and he's in sales and so he decided i've got to sell insurance, i guess, great job but ile think i also learned some quick blessings being in sales and the answer is if you don't ask, the answer is always no. that applies absolutely to politics and applies to asking for help from people. you have to be willing to ask for help with mentors in those relationships, it is incredibly important. my first campaign in iowa sitting across the table from me in my kitchen given me heart spell about why i should front and step up and do it, she gave me her cell phone number and i might have used it during the campaign process because there is no manual how to set up and
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run for office, no guidebook doother than raise money and knk on doors and you've got to do that but nobody understands what it's like to run for office more than someone else who's done it and there iss a wealth of knowledge from meetingeo and on people who have been there and done it themselves so i called linda a lot and still called linda a lot and it's important to have those relationships and friendships because not only do theyps become better legislature but help you get through it and all the challenges that present themselves. >> thank you very much for that question. i first worked for chairman of the foreign affairs committee at royce and over two decades working alongside and representing the district, i've had the fortune of getting to know great people in the community and with continued to be my mentor but during 20 plus years of my opportunity working with him, i have the opportunity to get to know former secretary,
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ambassador he haley and of course along the way, many impressive asian americans for african-americans to be in the position, it's given me great inspiration and watching them and how they have gone to the places where normally the woman didn't consider doing the things they did, i said someday i can do this. sure enough, i stuck to it and built on this network i had an established while working as a long-time congressional staffer but these are the opportunities that gave me the courage when in 2012 an orange county, very
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conservative county when we lost a state assembly seat to a democrat, we lost the two thirds majority and i told myself and my boss, usually the way it happens is sometimes opportunity comes when you least expect it. just as we do at every election cycle, sitting down having coffee and they would talk to me and say we've got to find a candidate for that seat and i said sure, let mee think about t and go to work on this and he said look no further, i think we have a candidate. that was the beginning of me running for office by left 2013 to run for state assembly so that was my very first run for elected position but i don't know what got over me. either you are really crazy and hard worker or you just do it.
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senator marsha, when you think you want to do something, don't think twice, just do it. everything will follow. your question how you raise money, the money will follow when people see how hard you work and never take no for an answer when you call people to help me out. you're not asking p money to put in your pocket, you are asking money to be used so we can select the right people, the right position to make a difference in our community and it starts right there starting at the local level, county glover, state and now look, the first elected american republican woman living in california and american republicans, serving in the u.s.
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congress. think about that. [applause] >> thank you, i would like to pose a question to everyone here. why is having the right messenger to send the right message, a female candidate that looked up to you all or minority candidate, why is that important? anyone? >> authenticity comes with the right messenger. people, especially voters, they respect people who are themselves and their district and meet their needs. ultimately, you talk about the message and how important that is. we obviously have to do a good job getting the message out to people respect authenticity and
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i think it comes with the right messenger. i think it's as simple as that. >> the republican party has a great message. we are all for small government by giving the individual opportunity and the freedom to exercise their mind and as senator marsha, i called gop rent opportunity, i am with you on this. this is how an immigrant like me from south korea when i was a young girl, not even a teen, 12 yearsrs old coming over here, wo would have thought decades later i would be doing this? in the district i represent, one of the most diverse districts, having message, the party ever longed to but if you don't have the right messenger to get the message to the people, average jane doe summary you got to look like the district, talk like the district so they can relate to
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you. iran in a district just like in 2020, joe biden one by ten percentage pointsst over presidt trump but i still one. my district is two plus five and i attribute that to persistence, stenger, being grounded, telling the diverse community i am one of you. i look like you and i talk like you. i talk about women's issues and a lot of people say women's issues are democratic issues. no, it's not. coming from a woman's perspective, i can talk toro the woman and relate to them. i talk about immigration reform, i am an immigrant. a computer process so i talk about legal and fair and compassionate we need and anything that undermines legal immigration like we are seeing now, this is a message from somebody likely talking about
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immigration reform, it was the people, it relates and gives them the credibility so i think having a quick message is important but the messenger is just as important. >> i think what ashley said is important, the authenticity of your message so i always say having been in the insurance business 20 plus years from always have something tood say, say it well but also know your audience, knowing your audience does not mean your audience looks like -- that's important sometimes especially talking about issues we have conservative party to address will certainly be helpful after talking about immigration but truth be told for most americans in most districts, what they are looking for really is character, not the color of your skin. they want to hear your story because itfl should reflect your story so we are looking for the right messenger looking for someone who they finished
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talking, your head is. i found that in my district running for congress in charleston, any american history, you probably know charleston first place in the civil war, and political history you probably know is a powerful person, just making sure we are not asleep. [laughter] running against his son as an african-american charleston, south carolina, what occurred is that the people in charleston and throughout the first congressional district wanted someone they have confidence in, not someone who necessarily looked like them 75 or 78% white district against a very good
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person to this day, i was able to be successful because i presented a message that resonated, sometimes we have candidates think it's really about us and we talk about our amazing reputation or resume. truth be told, most people are most interested in their family and their kids and if we remember that, we are a lot better off understanding the importance of these messenger, e message of the audience that message will resonate.l >> that's right. i think it's important to keep that in mind and people don't like i, i, i. they like you to talk with them, not to them but talk with them about what they aree facing evey
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single day and sometimes we as republicans are really good on the technical but where we dropped the ball is on that emotional tie and let me give you a quick example, i talked last week to a young mom who wants to have another baby and does not want the vaccine she is the sole source provider for her family and her company she works for is a government contractor. it would be easy to go out there and say i'm against the mandate, the mandate isn't bad, joe biden is overreaching but it's much more powerful to talk about having a federal vaccine mandate
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would take away the ability of thousands of young women in this country to provide for their family, to put food on the table because that's their story and candidates and those of us in the political process, it is so important to realize, people really want to know kind of what your philosophy of life in government is, kind of what makes you tick with and how it relates to them and what they are facing every single of idenh
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has become aan big issue in american politics potential to the debates we have is what some would call identity politics and i remember the summer watching the olympics, some of the events, some of them i watched. [laughter] >> anybody in high heels should be an olympic.ee [laughter] >> i challenge you. [laughter] >> i watched the olympics and it occurred to me this not taking on any country but you have to find one based on an example, there were no smiths on any of the national spanish team.
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but there were on team usa and if you look at team usa depending on the event and you didn't know, but individual could be from anywhere onon the planet, the only reason you knew they were from here, they had a team usa global. what's unique about the american identity, and never has been or should have been, it's not ethnicity, is not pronunciation of your last name. what's unique and special about the american identity is we are literally people from every corner of this planet who somehow can share common identity of america and we take that for granted. look at this room right now reflected. our politics should reflect that. if it is, it's not truly represented. [applause]l let me tell you why do matters at the if you look people who go to check out parts, cuban-american senator from miami that says something, that's only part of who i am. yes, i grew up have been raised in the community of exile and
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refugee, does not impact how i represent the state of florida? absolutely, it does, that's why i hate dictators. i'm not sure why and up with argentina. [laughter] it's my i am so resistant to the ideas about how governments are involved in every aspect of our life because i'm just raised around government who saw divided against each otheric in engaged every aspect of ourev le and punish anyone who dare speak out against them so i'm a little sensitive about that because iew grew up around people but that's not the end of my identity. i'm also a father and husband and homeowner and the scent of a bartender and a maid who worked long hours and barely made more -- today that when be able to afford70 paraguay's but they owd a home and retired with dignity. the american dream and that's part of who i am as well so what's unique about our system of government is you know the people who govern china, they are chosen and young from
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certain families and come up with party system and they are promoted.. much of human history, people were either of the children, usually the son of the king or whoever killed the king got to be the king but not here. they are basically supposed to be choosing our representative in this republic from real people in the real world and know what life is like in the real world so if a party in the country has politics that do not reflect that, then it's not truly representative not just because of the color of their skin or ethnicity but because of your life experience. your life experience needs to and should be from one of the biggest things that influence you on the decisions you make on behalf of people and for the republicanfo party, it's truly a majority movement in this country to reflect that and we need people to run from diverse backgrounds, diverse life experience that isn't just about color of the skin and your ethnicity, it's about everything you've gone through in
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everything you've grown up around. >> thank you. can we talk about policy? >> no. [laughter] >> so we talked about the messengers, we are talking about the message and let's bring this discussion to 2021 and there are a number of issues i would say being discussed that could change our way of life forever. if they go through some of that can you talk about the policies i reflect republican values that should resonate well female voters, minority voters? should actually be promoted by candidates in every single state of the country. >> sure, if you want me to start? >> whoever.
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>> if you spend 20 years with children in our country as evil, systemic and racist, a country you should be embarrassed about history, what you think you will have 20 years from now? is not a perfect country, our history is notth perfect, but number two, what you think you will produce if you do not? we should care about that. i don't care if you spend 3.5 truly cut the number of years and spent onehree from them, if you codify socialism by injecting the federal government in every aspect of our lives, there's no way you can roost that out. once in place, it's difficult to remove. i think those are two pretty big issues right there and i think they are incredibly consequential over the next year in terms of what we are talking about here and an enormous backlash against her. >> if you'reit looking for a school district or county counsel or state legislature in addition to senate and house, one of the issues that should permeate everywhere you are is education equality. the closest in america is a good
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education. it was hard for my mom to figure out where to send me to school because there's something transient about poverty, you're moving a lot so one of the things we should championf on every single level of government is quality education in the poorest, most marginalized in this nation. second, remember to protect the goose that lays the golden eggs. our free enterprise system is in the world, redefined poverty worldwide. if we are going to be the country that leaves for another century, it's going to because protect the goose that lays the golden egg andn it's not the government it's free enterprise system or poor kids like me can grow up to be anything i want to be in part is having your
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paychecks as well as your schedule to reinvest the most important asset you have, your time into other people in your money should follow in thatct se direction so the two pillars we should always fight for as conservatives, education equality and free enterprise system is a marvel of the world. >> i hope everyone noticed he didn't say capitalism. he used free enterprise and i think that's an important thing to do and communication. one thing to bear in mind, it builds on what they have said, if you want to talk about a group we need to bring back to us, you are talking about women female voters and this year, as we l look out across country and look at the local, state and federal level, for security moms
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are back in force and they are going to be showing up. issues of school choice, they are furious about mandates and lockdowns, they think the money follow the child because it's taxpayer money, it's not government money, the money should follow the child. they are really angry about crt and now the department of justice said if you show up at us. reporter: meaning to ask questions, you will be labeled domestic terrorists. we got a lot of mama bears, pop bears, grandmama bears ready to fight on this one. it sounds like you know some of those mama bears. the other thing that plays into this on other issues, they are
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looking at economic security and inflation and what's happening with the price of the pump, the grocery store, chicken fingers are up. 30%, that's something that will hit the pocketbook. they are angry about how afghanistan was carried out in the fact that terrorism now is expected to be on the rise. the southern border, it makes them crazy because you're talking about people coming into the country, we don't know who they are, they do not wish us well, they are bringing drugs into our communities, they are trafficking women and girls and sex trafficking, there are worke crews, gangs, as at the texas seven border last week, they apprehended people from 88 different gangs this year in nine months. think about that.
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so a lot of the issues are the way youou wrap it, talking to women and security moms who love their family more than life itself and are willing to go fight to protect it. >> i would just add, i think clearly we are all on the same page on this issue but when i was trying to figure out what issues we wanted to talk about in our office, i put them into three categories. we talk about fighting for taxpayers, fighting for rural america which often gets overlooked and writing for safety and security and all off those issues when you look at what's happening in our country right now, it's a very rare contrast be quick between our philosophical view and direction of the democrats want to take our country and that's not only here at the federal level, that's all way down to the local level so for us, it's about how we frame up these issues. in the news business, i like to save context from a perfective,
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easy to remember. it's how we frame up the issues and make them relevant to the people voting on thesem issues deciding on these issues. >> was the context? >> storytelling is what it comes down to, what is this policy going to do to your life, how will it make it harder for you to live your life and that narrative is simple, this country is less safe under this administration, everything costs more and the policies making life harder for rural america are on full display source about telling ghost stories and hitting got home and everywhere i go in the district, icy nods here, people are nodding at home, they may notot come out ta school board meeting, they may not come to my town hall but they are nodding and i think that's important to talk about. i voted in my school board election already, i hope you all vote and i think that's really important because all of these issues are on the ballot at the
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local level as well as federal level. >> if i may, your motherhood and the fact that you have young children, he were talking earlier, does not bring your positioning and messaging in any particular way with those moms out there? >> you talk about chicken fingers being more expensive, i have a ten and an 8-year-old boy what they eat their selves out at home. talk about gas prices, i'm a moa with minivans, article grocery shopping, i understand, i am in arms grocery shopping which may be nerdy but when you are feeding a family and you have a budget of the federal government can learn from how moms do their grocery shopping because i can tell you we understand when everything costs more all the way from the detergent, to the gas pump so for us to about framing up that conversation because it does affect families like mine and like yours. i think people again, they are
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nodding because they get it because it's affecting their bottom line, to. >> i've got more but there are more people after me. >> is it different in california? >> gas prices, hi, $3.60 from $3.70, that is the standard for everything is a dollar more so the cost of milk has gone up, gas prices have gone up, grocery yes., i am a mother of four, granted, they are a little bit older, i am also a grandma's i think about buying diapers. it's been a a while since i've bought diapers but i was shocked by how expensive everything is these days. these are the everyday issues we
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talk to the people about so let me talk about policies, it's not something we are creating out of nowhere some imaginary policy would think sounds good and will look good. we are talking about policies that will affect livelihoods of my house, your house, our families and our friends and relatives who live here. policies we work on have a long lasting impact so we need to talk about those upper-level people understand. a lot of the issues already talked about from education to jobs, to creation, i'm not going to go into all of those except tell you that when people, like immigrants for example came to america, we came here for the opportunities, the economic opportunities that will not be available from the countries where we came from. the educational opportunities when my parents brought me over here almost 50 yearsgr ago growg
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up as the youngest, they knew they couldn't send me to college. i not only got college degree but look where i am right now. this is the kind of opportunity america provides up next we need to be able to tell that story but the issue i am concerned about is higher education level. this is something i saw in california at the state legislature, affirmative action harvard, yale, they use this very interesting admission standards, they penalize hard-working students, asian americans, different communities, they have to work extra hard to get to the colleges not based on merit but because of background. that's not how it should be so we need to be able to have quality education available for all because you are working
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hard. what incentive is there for parents to encourage students to work hard because you don't get that certain criteria? that something we need to work on and actually mentioned, it's important these stories and retell it from people's perspective that we understand and senator marshall, i agree with you, more women power over here, what people talk about, we're the ones raising kids, where they want to understand how much a gallon of milk costs, we need to talk at that level and talking about -- >> we will leave this event to take you live now to the u.s. senate. part of our 40 year commitment of live coverage on congress. today senate lawmakers will consider

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