tv Gov. Larry Hogan Delivers Remarks on State of Republican Party CSPAN May 6, 2022 9:10am-9:48am EDT
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trump. he shared his thoughts on how the party should move forward to gain more support among voters. from the reagan presidential library in simi valley, california. this is 35 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome governor larry hogan. [applause] >> thank you. thank you very much. good evening, everyone. i'm roger, the director of the reagan institute. we're the home of the reagan foundation in washington d.c. just across lafayette park and
i hope you all have a chance to come to visit today. in honor of our men and women who defend our freedom around the world, please stand and join me in the pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. you may be seated. now, before we get started there are a couple people in the audience i'd like to recognize. first, governor hogan's wife, the first lady of america, welcome. [applause] and the executive director of the ronald reagan foundation institute my boss, john highbush. [applause]
>> now, tonight it's my honor to welcome you to the reagan library for the latest installment of the reagan series, a time for choosing, this is the 10th event in our series, 10th is the best, governor, i want you to know that. now, since last may we've heard from speaker paul ryan, vice-president mike pence, secretary mike pompeo, governor chris christie, ambassador nikki haley, renowned reagan speech writer peggy newnan, senator tom cotton, governor kristi noem and senator tim scott. all have offered their perspective for the path forward for our country and for the party of reagan. now, the g.o.p. decides what paths to pursue and grapples with some truly existential questions we feel this is a venue to address those issues. those questions are what, what
should it stand for? what the philosophies should we agree on. is there room for reagan operatetism in the g.o.p. it's a time for choosing. the title comes from the 1964 speech that launched ronald reagan's career and catapulted him to political stardom, the governorship and ultimately the presidency. it's a speech so important around here we just call it "the speech." but it's not the title of the speech that's on my mind tonight, it's the title after book. a dickens boom, specifically "a tale of two cities" now if i measured correctly the distance between washington d.c. and the governor's house in annapolis is less than 35 miles.
but the two cities feel like they are worlds apart today. in annapolis the sitting governor consistently enjoys an approval rating in the 70's. a republican governor in a blue state with an approval rating higher than 70%, amazingly, that's not a work of fiction. in washington though, the sitting president's approval rating is in the low 40's on a good day. the best of times, the worst of times. now, there are all sorts of reasons for those differences, but i think that one reason might just be that governor larry hogan has taken an optimistic, practical, common sense, even reaganesque approach to governing and it's not surprising. this is a guy who was already with reagan in 1976, he was the 1980 chair of youth for reagan
and a delegate at the republican convconvention, 40 ys later he wrote reagan for president, and those results earned him an easy reelection, which is no small feat. he was the first republican reelected governor of maryland since 1954 where he was born. by the way, if you happen to catch recent video of him drinking with orioles fans during opening day it's not hard to see why he's so popular. and people are wondering will he try to repeat success in another city, maybe one 35 miles from annapolis? i doubt that he'll answer that tonight. but we expect an answer to the
questions that we pose to each and every one of our speakers, where does the party go from here? what can bring the party together? what path should it take in this time for choosing. join me in welcoming the 62nd governor of maryland, larry hogan. [applause] >> wow, thank you all so much. thank you very very much. thank you so much. it's great to see all of you. roger, thank you for that very kind introduction. i think i should probably take roger with me everywhere i go, that was wonderful, but i want to thank you very much and i want to thank the ronald reagan foundation and institute for giving me this opportunity and i want to thank all of you for being here tonight. it truly is a great privilege to be here at this incredible
library dedicated to the president whom i most admire. the two leaders who inspired me to become a republican were ronald reagan and my dad. my father served on the house judiciary committee during watergate and he was the first republican to come out for the impeachment of president nixon. he put doing the right thing for his country ahead of self-interest and the demands of his party. and now that decision cost him politically, but it earned him something more valuable, a quiet conscience and an honored place in history. i learned a lot about integrity and public service from my dad. he taught me that being a republican meant always putting america first and he also, albeit accidentally, introduced
me to my other political hero ronald reagan. i went to the-- as roger touched on i went to the g.o.p. convention with my dad and governor reagan was challenging jerry ford, and i admired president ford, but i was captivated by the appeal of ronald reagan who expressed common sense, conservative values and a positive, hopeful vision for america that appealed to not just the republican voters, but also to independents, and voters in the other party who would become known as reagan democrats. so family considerations notwithstanding, i was for the gipper 100%. you know, some kids rebelled getting into a little bit of
trouble or partying at woodstock and i rebelled by campaigning for ronald reagan. and from that moment on i became a life long committed common sense conservative from the reagan wing of the republican party and i still am. ronald reagan won two landslide elections and created a movement that endured for a generation because he understood the simple truth, that successful politics is about addition and multiplication, not subtraction and division. it's one thing to win an election, but quite another to build a broad and durable governing coalition. for reagan, a big tent party wasn't just an electoral imperative, it was a moral one.
he knew that if our party wanted to govern, we couldn't ignore any part of america. in the 1970's after the debacle of watergate ap the tragedy of vietnam, a failed leadership of jimmy carter, the republican party and america were in dire straits. americans were unsure of the future and losing faith in our country. but ronald reagan showed us a better path forward. and he changed the course of history for america and the world. he proved that change is possible, even when the odds seemed stacked against you. in 2014, maryland looked a lot like washington did, back in 1980. and what it looks like today. an arrogant and out of touch
democratic monopoly. they were calling maryland, the california of the east and they did not mean that as a compliment. no offense. maryland had raised taxes 43 teams in a row, lost businesses ap 800,000 jobs ap and a gallup poll came out. 48% of marylanders want today leave the state. i was a small business man who never held office, but i was fed up enough to try to do something about it and i can tell you not a soul believed that it was remotely possible for a republican to win in the bluest state in america, but i ran an underfunded, underdog grass roots campaign that focused on the issues that most people cared about. and we were able to build a big tent coalition of republicans
and independents, and reagan democrats. and i compromised to get the government off our backs and out of our pockets so we could grow our small businesses and put people back to work and turn our economy around and we pulled up the biggest surprise upset in america and then we did something that seems to rarely ever happen in politics, we actually did exactly what we said we would do. wield' change the entire mission of state government to be unabashedly pro jobs and pro business. we rewrote thousands of jobs and coalitions. i was the only governor in america who got an overwhelmingly democratic legislature to cut, taxes and we did it eight years in a row 4.7 billion dollars. we turned a 5.1 billion deficit in the largest surplus in history. we took our state's overall economic performance from 49th
out of 50 states to number six,s biggest economic turnaround in america. when the politicians pandered to the far left, dangerous lunacy of defund the police, i was the first elected leader in the country to speak out loudly against it. you know, saying you want to improve public safety by defunding the police is like saying you want to improve education by defunding our schools. it's absurd and ridiculous. the reality is, our police are underfunded and under attack. the reverse, rising tide of violent crime. we need to stop demonizing and stop sabotaging the dedicated men and women who risk their lives every single day to keep the rest of us safe. which is why i enacted a refund the police initiative, that invested more than half a billion dollars more into state
and local police. and now others all across america are following our lead. in 2015, i had only been governor for 89 days, when the worst violence in 47 years erupted in our largest city of baltimore. now, the mayor said that she wanted to give the rioters room to destroy, and i immediately declared a state of emergency and sent in a thousand additional police officers and 4,000 members of the national guard into the city. we followed the reagan doctrine of peace through strength. we allowed for peaceful protest, but we immediately stopped the violence and then i walked the streets of baltimore. meeting with faith leaders and community leaders, and the naacp and people of baltimore thanked me for restoring peace and law and order to their community. they knew that we had their
backs and that i would never put politics before public safety. in the summer of 2020 when cities all across america were facing unrest, baltimore was peaceful and city residents worked with us to keep baltimore safe. now, we didn't get any of this done by resorting to the phony partisan posturing that is so typical in this age of performative politics. in my first inaugural in 2015, i pledged that the politics that have divided our nation need not divide our state and they haven't. we have thought out and achieved bipartisan common sense solutions that work for all the people of our state and it turns out that's exactly what most voters want.
you know, while most americans think that the nation is way off track, as roger mentioned, the overwhelming majority of marylanders believe that our state is headed in the right direction. and more than 70% of every single demographic group, regardless of age, race, gender or party affiliation approve of the job we're doing. in 2018 while republicans were getting wiped out across the country, in our deep blue state, in a big blue year, i became only the second republican governor to be reelected in the entire 242-year history of our state. in a state that donald trump lost by 33 points, we outran him by 45 points. we completely debunked the false narrative that the way
you vote is predetermined by the color of your skin, where you live, where you were born, and who you love or where you worship. we did just as well with republicans and conservatives as donald trump did, but we also won suburban women, asians, hispanics, young voters, in a historic level. black vote. we succeeded by growing the tent and by convincing voters that we had the right ideas, and the competence to get things done. in november of 2020, just days after the presidential election, and before this terrific series was created, i had the honor of speaking at the reagan foundation and institute in washington. and i said then that the republican party and america were once again at a time for
choosing. and that if we wanted to find a better path forward, we should look back to the example set by ronald reagan. i believe that even more today. and i've never been more concerned about the direction of our country. america is at a critical turning point, one in which the very state of our democracy could be at stake. in washington, the democratic party is dragging us in a far left direction that america does not want and cannot afford. joe biden said he would govern from the center and unite the country. but instead, he caters to the far left extremes of his party and flails from crisis to cries crisis showing weakness to the world. just like 1980, america is
beeset by out of control inflation and energy crisis hurting struggling families ap small businesses and devastating our communities. instead of offering americans relief, the biden tries to gentleman many through a reckless grab bag of progressive wish list items, massive spending and tax hikes and handouts to special interests. instead of developing our nation's abundant energy supply and increasing domestic production, the biden administration goes hat in hand begging a dictator in venezuela for oil. around the world america's enemies are emboldened and on the march. russia invades a peaceful neighbor and threatens the united states and our n.a.t.o.
allies for supporting ukraine. and china steals our intellectual property and makes common cause with our enemies around the world. iran and north korea threaten the peace, the stability around the world as emerging nuclear powers as reckless aggressors and enemies of freedom. after the disastrous withdrawal from afghanistan, our allies question whether they should still trust us and our enemies question whether they should still fear us. the majority of americans today believe that our country is way off track and headed in the wrong direction. but americans don't just blame the democratic party. they're fed up with the divisive politics and the extremes of both parties. most americans are thoroughly convinced that we're hopelessly
divided. that our political system is fundamentally broken and that washington is completely dysfunctional. the voices of the exhausted majority are ignored in deference to the demands of the loudest and angriest few, who seem hell bent on tearing america apart. when so many americans feel that neither party is delivering for them, the result is unrestrained, toxic politics, rabid tribalism and hatred of the other. neither side really seems to want to make progress. they'd rather make demands and win arguments on twitter. look, i'm willing to stand up and fight for the things that really matter, but not for status quo politics as usual and not to perpetuate polarization and paralysis.
america needs work horses, not show ponies, it's time for less talk and more action. i don't come from the perform tiff arts school of politics, i come from the get to work and get things done school of politics and i'll work with anyone who wants to do the people's business. ronald reagan said that there's no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit. and proved with tip o'neill that a willingness to cooperate and compromise doesn't have to come at the cost of our principles. look, i've always been a guy who tells is like it is. so let me just give it to you straight tonight. a party that lost the popular vote in seven out of the last eight presidential elections and that couldn't even beat joe biden is desperately in need of
a course correction. the truth is, the last election was not rigged, it wasn't stolen. we simply didn't offer the majority of voters what they were looking for. january 6th was not enthusiastic tourists misbehaving, it was an outrageous attack on our democracy incited by the losing candidate's inflammatory false rhetoric. the last four years were the worst four years for the g.o.p. since the 1930's, even worse than after watergate, when ronald reagan had to rebuild the party from the ashes. we lost the white house, the senate, the house. we lost governor seats, we loss state legislative bodies. you know, trump said we'd be winning so much we'd be tired of winning. i'm tired of our party losing. you know, as reagan understood, successful politics rea is
about addition and multiplication and not subtraction and division. we've been doing too much subtracting and dividing. ronald reagan was not afraid to stand up and criticize the failures of our party. reagan said don't be afraid to see what we see. reagan knew that a major course correction was essential if we were to get back to winning elections and governing again. look, we all already know what must be done to return the republican party to its successful governing majority. we need to take on the powerful and entrenched democratic monopoly and win. we need to stand against the extremes and for the majority of americans. we need a hopeful, positive vision for america. and a message that appeals to a broader group of voters. we need to convince voters that
we have the best ideas and solutions. over the past eight years just down the road from our nation's capital, we have already shown a better path forward and if we can do that in maryland, then there's no place in america where those very same principles will not succeed. the reason ronald reagan's landslide victories are a distant memory is not because his principles lost their widespread appeal, it's because our party has turned its back on them. reagan had a hopeful confidence in america. he trusted in the decency ap the common sense of americans. today there are people in both parties who no longer share reagan's confidence and his unshakeable faith in the american people and they doubt whether we can or should still
lead the free world. reagan was the great communicator who believed in the power of persuasion. today's politicians simply find scapegoats to blame for their own failures. reagan stood up to our enemieses, he didn't abandon our allies and appease the enemies. today all of the vitriol from the far left and the far right obscures the larger truth, that the extremes of both parties have more in common than they would care to admit. they both believe that politicians know better than the people, at least when their side is in charge. both undermine our democratic processes, when they don't serve their own interests. both care more about controlling a party than they do about governing or actually
to face us, both parties demonize, cancel and question the patriotism of the other side, instead of engaging in open, honest and civil debate. both blame their fellow americans first and make excuses for our enemies. both dismiss american exceptionalism and reject reagan's shining city on a hill. they have lost faith not just in americans, but in the very idea of america. they're wrong about reagan. and they're wrong about america. despite our imperfections and you will of the serious problems that we face, america remains the greatest nation on earth. people from all across the world still yearn to come here, to become americans.
the rest of the world still looks to us for leadership and inspiration. and just ask yourself even on our darkest days, where on earth would you rather live than the united states of america? americans are not tired of freedom and democracy. they're tired of failed leadership. they haven't given up on the values that make our nation great, they're just fed up in politicians who put their interests before america. look, those of us blessed by your trust should give you a government that doesn't act as if it's something apart from you. but one that is of the people, by the time, and for the people.
a government that appreciates that no one of us has all the answers or all the power. a government that tolerates contrary views among a diverse citizenry without making them into enemies or doubting their patriotism. a government that can discuss and debate with as much civility as passion and with a view to persuade, not to intimidate, to encourage, not demonize or defeat. a government that can take on the big problems and make things better for all of our citizens. a government that all of america can be proud of. in 2022 and 2024, the republicans have a historic opportunity to put america back on the right course. while there are those who are more interested in attacking
their fellow republicans than growing and rebuilding the republican party, my focus has been and will continue to be on growing that bigger tent. and on building a lasting governing coalition to change america for the better. just like ronald reagan did. the divide in our party today really is a -- isn't ideological, it's a difference between those who know how to win and those who pretend they won. you know, enough of the angry rhetoric and the grievance politics. enough of the narcissism of small differences. we can't build a successful party by tearing it apart or burning it down and we can't restore america if we keep shrinking the tent and losing
elections to the left. you know, americans will likely make big gains this year, simply because of the complete failures of the democrats in washington, but we can't let that fool us into complacency. the problems have that caused our party to repeatedly lose have not been addressed. it's easy to make excuses for the failures on our side by pointing out that the other side is often worse. but better than the democrats isn't good enough. that isn't a winning strategy or a long-term road map to success. americans are completely disgusted with the toxic politics and they're sick and tired of all the lies and excuses. excuses, lies, and toxic politics will not win elections or restore america.
only real leadership will do that. we won't win back the white house by nominating donald trump or a cheap impersonation of him. the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. and we don't need just another typical professional politician who bends with every political wind and stands for nothing. we do it by nominating a candidate who speaks to the majority of americans who are completely fed up and ready for a change. ladies and gentlemen, i can tell you this, i am not about to give up on our party or on america. none of us can. because this is not just about the differences between the right and the left. this is about the difference
between right and wrong and this isn't just the typical fight between democrats and republicans. it's more important than that. this is is a fight for america's future. and that is a fight worth fighting for. the best days of america are still ahead of us. together we can change our party and our nation for the better so that america can once again be that shining city on a hill. there is a better path forward. if only we have the courage to seize it. thank you, god bless you, and may god bless the united states of america.
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