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hereank you for being every day. thank you for being at my side with our family fighting for louisiana. i just called congressman cassidy and congratulated him after a long and tough campaign. i told him that representing the people of this state is the greatest honor anyone could have. [applause] the people of our state have spoken. while we were working in hoping and praying for a different outcome i am so proud our campaign was open and accessible to the voters. that mattert issues to the people of louisiana. , there is nofrom
quit. we were excited to work for it. [applause] would have started ais race if it wasn't for secure faith in god and my family, my extraordinary husband. [applause] he has encouraged me and add me on every step of the way. [applause] and my beautiful daughter mary , and our wonderful son and daughter, and the most precious angel. [applause]
you should never put a precious child [inaudible] to my mother and father who taught me so much. [applause] two of the most extraordinary leaders this country has known. to all of my brothers and sisters. all eight siblings, and our husbands and wives. nieces, nephews, france. god bless you. [applause] are literally hundreds of staffers. no staffer has been at my side longer and more of the toughest moments and joyal full moments
-- joyful moments than norman. -- nora jane. [applause] get up here. [applause] you all know the story. we met when we were 17 years old. she hasn't stopped bossing me around cents. to my current chief of staff, a wonderful young leader, don and.am and -- don kramer when our campaign needed a new direction we reached over and started with one of the best staffers, ryan bernie.
ryan. [applause] i want to thank all the staffers. to the louisiana democratic party that never left our side. what an amazing young woman. to congressman richmond who has been with us since we won in the primary. the entire leadership. we had election officials on the stage tonight. there are too many to mention. they are in the deep and extraordinary debt of young democratic leaders in the state. ready to carry on.
briefly, on a sad note. people working0 today. we have been working every day for 18 months. a young woman that had just started working with us, her older sister works for the mayor of shreveport. she was fatally struck by an automobile while canvassing today. we want to acknowledge her and her family tonight. we have been saddened. our hearts are broken. our family is in mourning with them tonight. say it has been nothing but a joy to serve this state for over 34 years. [applause]
when my amazing father ran for mayor, he put a coalition of progressive's, men and women together from all walks of life, from different racial backgrounds. he fought for openness and opportunity, and freedom for all. security and justice, and fairness. we have built that same coalition. it is obvious in this room tonight. [applause] known what we were fighting for. to stay more committed to justice and opportunity. regardless of where you are born, what the code you were born into by the color of your send -- or the color of your skin. extraordinaryme victories.
in robusta stream of revenue that will come into the state long after we are gone. $250 million a year. to not only protect our great industries but also our unique culture that is so worth preserving and so worth fighting for. that was a tough fight. some thought it was impossible. many people tried. you madeters, all of that happen. we have three major military bases in louisiana. one of the greatest training centers for our men and women in uniform anywhere in the world. here.chase, right we have made them stronger. we have built them better. they are working because of our commitment.
the work that many of us have done for orphans in america, all over the world, strengthening foster care and saying that every child deserves a forever family and a place to call home. together we have fought a great fight. yet, for health care. a strong workforce, to lift our state and move it forward. forward, wenation have to have a healthy workforce. people to have a way for to be able to have access to doctors, nurses, people who can keep them healthy. they can have security when they sleep at night knowing their children can have access. if they are stricken with cancer they can't be thrown off the insurance enrollment anymore.
this is something to be proud of. we are in a hotel tonight named after one of the great leaders of our country. the roosevelt. i hope you saw that recent story of their life and their contribution. one of my favorite quotes from teddy roosevelt is the quote about the critics. it is not the critics who count. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat, and blood. who areas and comes up short. because there is no effort without shortcoming. himself in the world he caused. he knows high achievement and fails, fails greatly.
who know neither defeat or victory. for 34 years we have fought for tonight, ig things can tell you it has been a joy. it has been the joy in the journey. the satisfaction and reward is in the fight. if you want to spend your life and a worthy cause, to something that takes longer than your life to achieve. you know it is worth fighting for. when i look at my young children , one i look at my grandson, when i look at the staffers seeing you work in the fields and all the streets, in the small towns, talking with voters, and listening to the voters, their aspirations.
[applause] it has been a great privilege to be able to represent them, to fight for them in washington. tonight we have so much to be proud of. a record of courage and integrity. delivering for the state when it mattered the most. some of our darkest hours after katrina, rita, gustav. and the bp oil spill. [applause] the joy he has been in the fight. it has been a blessing and a fight worth having. louisiana will always be worth fighting for. may god bless us, bless our nation. we thank god for the democracy we have in the right of people to vote. we honor and accept the decision tonight. i cannot tell you wall how proud we are to have made a big difference every day for many decades, and we will continue to
♪ >> we have just seen the concession speech of mary landrieu, the republican challenger bill cassidy has defeated the three term senate democrat mary landrieu. we will be bringing you his victory speech when it occurs life here on c-span. here on c-span. thursday, former senate majority leader trent lott and tom dashiell talk about the
affordable care act, the eric garner decision, and the need for bipartisanship in congress. this is one hour. >>ok. thanks for coming everyone, dave cook with the christian science monitor. i guess this morning are all affiliated with the bipartisan policy center. they are center co-founder trent tom dashle, and center president, jason grumet. then senate majority leader dashle was the guest speaker at bud sperling's final breakfast as host.
the senator had visited nine times before that, he's a graduate of south dakota state university, served as an intelligence officer in the air force was a senate staffer and one election to the u.s. house in 1978. and the senate in '86. he became democratic leader in '94. serving both as minority and majority leader. he left the senate in 2005, and is now founder and ceo of the dashle group, a public policy advisory and baker-donaldson. did i get that out? >> perfect. >> all good. >> senator lot managed to avoid appearing at one of our intimate gatherings during his long and successful career. not for a lot of crying on our part i might say, but we're glad to rectify that today. senator lot is a graduate of the university of mississippi, and of the university of mississippi law school.
after practicing law, moved to washington to become a congressional aid, and was elected to the u.s. house in 1972. in time to serve on the house judiciary committee during impeachment proceedings. he was elected house minority whip in 1981, and in 1988 was elected to the senate where he went on to serve four terms. he was elected senate republican whip in 1995 and majority leader in 2006, he left the senate at the end of 2007 to open up a lobbying firm. i think it's preferred strategic consulting firm -- >> yes. >> with the former senator. >> tells the truth. >> the firm was purchased by pat boggs and he is now senior council. jason earned his bachelor's degree from brown university and along the way became the 1988 national collegiate debate champion. he has a law degree from harvard, he directed the national commission on energy policy. he co-founded the bipartisan policy center. along with senate leaders baker, dashle, dole, and mitch, he's president and author of the new
book city of rivals. slight extra fee i would have held up the book. now the morning's mechanics. >> thanks go to ceo marty dur bin at the table with his colleges helping this guy survives on the payroll. we're on the record here. please no blogging and short no filing of any kind while the breakfast is under way to give us time to actually listen to what our guest says. there's no embargo when the session ends. we hope you resist that relentless selfie urge, we will e-mail several pictures of the session to all the reporters here as soon as the breakfast ends. as regular attendees now know, if you'd like to ask a question, do the traditional thing and
send me a subtle signal. i'll happily call with all the time we have. we're going to start by offering guests the opportunities for comments and questions around the table. thank you all for doing it, we very appreciate it. >> well it's nice to be here, always good to see our friends from anga. we want to have an interaction. all i'll suggest is that the system is bone crushingly gridlocked, and it will stay that way if we just continue to play by the same rules. i think our view at the bipartisan policy center is that the rules are going to evolve. the frustration of those who are constructive partisans who want to get things done are going to start to require a different approach for legislation. congressman boehner now has 244-member majority. than changes his latitude some. i think if you look back to last
year during the shutdown when speaker boehner showed real leadership and said we're not defaulting on this debt and i'm moving forward. that strengthened his hand. he did not fall through the ice as many people had predicted. and the last thing i will say with opening is that my experience, the people who are absolutely the most frustrated with washington are members of congress. this is not what they signed up for. the vast majority came here to actually get things done. and i think that constructive frustration, just like the constructive frustration of the general public is going to start to have an influence which we can talk about a little more, and i tried to, in my book, has not been held up -- talk about -- >> what was it titled? >> talk about what are some prague gnattic, but not naive way to move towards a productive partisanship. >> um, first of all i'm sure this is all off the record.
thank you to anga for hosting this, and the christian monitor for making its possible for us to be here with you today. i assume tom and i will have an opportunity to speak for 30 minutes with extensions it if we need more time to filibuster. but you know, i'm delighted to be here with my good friend tom dashle, we do a lot of joint appearances now, that's natural because we did a length of time things jointly when we were the respected majority, minority, majority, minority leaders back and forth a couple of times. when you go back and look at what we went through together, not only the impeachment trial, but 9/11, and the anthrax attack that affected tom's office and how we dealt with the 50/50 congress. we went through tough things and also proud of what we got done. i'm still an incurable optimist believe it or not.
i still feel like good things will happen, but it's going to take strong leadership. we're going to have to see some change of direction from the president, we're going to have to see the speaker really move aggressively in trying to keep his conference moving in the right direction, you know, aye always said that when you're in leadership in the house of the senate, you can follow your conference, or you can lead your conference. and if you just follow them, you've got trouble. and i'm hoping that the speaker will step up in that regard and of course mitch mcconnell achieved a goal he's worked on literally i think since high school. now he's going to be the majority leader. there are a lot of things that need to be done with anga here. obviously what's happening in the energy field is having a dramatically positive effect on what's going on in the economy, but it presents opportunities and challenges that i hope the congress will step up to next year.
but, you know, we don't to want eat up all the time making opening statement. we'll go to your questions. >> well, i just to want thank dave and christian science monitor for gives us a chance to come back. and it's a good opportunity to see some of you. we haven't had the opportunities that we used to have as leaders to mingle and talk with you as frequently as we, we used to. so i look forward to the opportunity this morning. let me also thank jason if you haven't read the book, you ought to do so, it's a fantastic book and i would highly recommend it. trent and i have worked together in a lot of different it rations over the years, and its been an enormous pleasure for me to work with him over the last several years and a lot of different contexts, especially here at the bbc. over time we've become closer friends. so i've treasured that friendship and appreciate the chance to be with him this
morning. it's not secret that our country itself is very divided. the research center and others said this may be the most divided we've been philosophically and i'd logically in over 100 years. the congress really reflects oftentimes the divisions within our own country. and i think we're experiencing that today. largely, it's a debate about the role of government in modern society. it's a debate between those who consider themselves rugged individualists on one side and those who believe that there is a lot to be said for collective action on the other. finding compromise between those two points of view as we consider the role of government in modern society is always a challenge, but its become even more so. its also been a tactical question for a lot of members who get elected to congress these days. the tactical question is when do you stand your ground and when do you look for common ground? there are a lot of people who believe they were sent to washington not to find common ground, but to continue to insist on standing their ground
and making a stand on principle alone. that, the challenge in reconciling those two points of view, first on the role of government and secondly on the tactical way with which one governors has really presented the set of circumstances we're facing today. as jason and trent both have said, there are ways of which to address it. there are easier ways, there are somewhat more difficult ways, and then there are ways that are almost impossible, but if you've read walter's new book, he quotes larry page as saying, noord to be successful in everything, you have to have a healthy disregard for the impossible, and i think that's really what we've got to understand. we've got to have a healthy disregard for those who just say there's nothing we can do about this because it's just impossible. it isn't impossible, we can't address it as a country. we've done so in the past and i hope we can continue to demonstrate our capacity to do so going forward. >> thank you. all three of you and for your remarkable time sensitivity which we don't always find with our guests.
thank you very much for that. i'm going to ask one or two and go to charles, jim carol, david jackson, and others. that'll get us started. let me ask you a non-congressional question or perhaps a non-congressional question as we all know, new york grand jury yesterday declined to indict a white police officers in an unarmed black person, eric garner. does the death of unarmed black americans at the hands of police call for bipartisan action, and if so, what? >> well, maybe i can start by saying, i think without knowing the specific circumstances in that case, i understand there's going to be an investigation. so we'll better understand just what, what actually occurred and why. i do think that we have avoided a serious discussion about race in america now for some time. and it's critical that we continue to understand the need for that dialogue, the need for
us to become much more aware of the inequities and the challenges that we face as a nation. whether it's the voting rights act or voter suppression or any one of a number of other challenges we face in the country. we have a lot of work to do, and these cases are certainly a reminder of that. >> i'm going, the way we're going to do this mechanically, i'll let each of you respond to whatever you respond to. either want to respond as well. >> to add maybe a broader reflection, really does affect i think a lot of the folks in this room, we now get to see almost everything. whether it is interactions between individuals and police, they get violent, whether it's horrible grotesque actions of isil, and that is changing the way people understand these
problems. i have no actual statistical notion that there is more violence between white police officers and african americans today than there has ever been. >> we will leave this program to go to the victory speech of congressman bill cassidy. he has defeated mary landrieu in louisiana. you are watching live coverage on c-span. >> ramming obamacare down our throats against our will when there was a better way. what the president is doing with his unconstitutional executive amnesty. they know we can secure our border and preserve our country. as i traveled all around the happenedgreat thing
midway through the year. frustration and that deep concern even, anger, turned to resolve, turned to commitment. then turned to action. that action produced positive results tonight. [applause] that is the way democracy is supposed to work. that is the way it did work tonight. all of you, by turning that for a station and action, all of you made history by electing bill cassidy as our new u.s. senator. [applause] congratulations and thank yo