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live video coverage of the biggest events from livestream of the house and senate floors to supreme court oral argument in our life interactive program "washington journal," where we hear your voices every day. it the app for free. >> >> former governor and u.n. ambassador nikki haley talks about the future of the republican at an event hosted by the ronald reagan presidential foundation, an institute in simi valley, california. nikki haley served as -- at the u.n. under the trump administration for nearly two years before stepping down at the end of 2018. she was elected twice as south carolina's governor. was electeh carolina's governor.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome ambassador nikki haley. [applause] ms. haley: good evening everyone
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-- >> my name is john and i am the executive director of the ronald reagan foundation. thank you for coming. in honor of our men and women in uniform who protect and defend our freedoms around the world, would you stand and join me for the pledge of allegiance? [applause] >> 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. please be seated. [applause] >> before we get started, i would like to recognize a few special guests we have in the audience this evening.
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former congressman and terrific wife -- and his terrific wife, [applause] >> our second special guest with us tonight is a member of our board of trustees. for those of you who have had a chance to work with him, you know he is no stranger to civic duty. jerry persky has been called to public service by five united states presidents. he served as the -- under president nixon, and member of president reagan's council of productivity and member of president george h w bush's expert counsel, and as a member of george w. bush's commission to strengthen social security. closer to home, he served on the reagan foundation's board of
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trustees for 26 years. and he is personally responsible for some remarkable achievements during that time. as the chairman of our investment committee, he is overseeing our endowment fund, one that has nearly quadrupled in size in the last 10 years. when he is not busy securing the reagan foundation's future, his other day job involves serving as the chairman of aurora capital partners, an investment firm based here in los angeles. he has kindly agreed to act as our host this evening and has the honor of introducing our future speaker. mr. jerry parscale -- >> [applause] >> thank you very much. good evening. i want to thank
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john for those kind words and on behalf of my fellow trustees, thank all of you for being here. it's an honor to welcome you to the latest installment of the reagan foundation speaker series, a time for choosing. as most of us regulates no, it is a phrase made famous by president reagan's pivotal 1964 speech. as has been said at the start of each of these events, that speech referred to often as the speech set in motion a chain of events that would launch a political career, defined the conservative movement and reshape a party. today, the party once led by ronald reagan is facing its own time for choosing. what are its core philosophies? what should the party's and for?
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what domestic policy and foreign policy positions are absolutely essential? in may, june, july and september, guests at the reagan library heard from speaker paul ryan, vice president mike pence, secretary mike pompeo, and governor chris christie. they offer their own views and perspectives in answer to these questions critically important to the republican party's future. tonight's speaker will provide her vision. nikki haley is no stranger to facing her own times are choosing. whether to challenge an incumbent in her own party to launch a political career. how to lead it through tragedy and bring down a flag in order to lift up estate.
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how to confront emmett -- enemies of freedom on the world stage with trademarked grit and grace. and when to step down from a diplomatic post where the ambassador led so capably. and when to take issue, as a matter of principle, with anyone. with that experience, it is only natural so many republicans are looking to ambassador nikki haley firm -- for direction. it is a rare political figure who can win widespread praise in her experience with both domestic policy and foreign relations. we are honored to have her here with us. this speaker series would be incomplete without her. of course, while we listen to her speech, it may give us some
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insight into her next steps, [laughter] [applause] gerry: it is really about the direction of the party, as has been said before this is not a forum for slogans or personal attacks. this is a place for serious and thoughtful discussion. it is also not a time or place to try to remake the past. president reagan believed in the future, and upholding his legacy means always looking to tomorrow, not moaning for yesterday. as he said in the speech, you and i are told increasing weight have to choose between left or right. i would suggest, he said, there is no such thing as left or right.
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there is only an up or it down. so what will the republican party look like tomorrow? next year, or next decade, in order to go up? please welcome ambassador nikki haley. [applause] ms. haley: thank you. thank you, gerry, for your very kind words and thank you all for being here. it is a great privilege to be back at the reagan library. this is truly an incredible place and a most fitting tribute for our 40th president. ronald reagan's life and leadership provides so many
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important lessons for our country. i wish every american could visit this library and learn from it, especially right now in this extremely challenging time. it has become fashionable in some circles, even in some conservative ones, to dismiss the relevance of ronald reagan. they say we must move beyond reaganism, the chimes have changed it is only right to change with them. it is true that every era has its unique challenges, no period in history provides an exact map for today, but dismissing the lessons of reagan makes no more sense than dismissing the lessons of lincoln or washington. we must not reject the profound wisdom of our past, because it would be a sure way to destroy our future. and it turns out there is a
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similarity between reagan's time and hours. history is not exactly repeating, -- think about it. growing inflation. runaway federal spending and debt. rampant crime in our cities. leftists running our universities. radical islamists holding us hostage and and people communist empire spreading through the world. in my talking about 1980 or today? -- am i talking about 1980 or today? the answer is both. many of the challenges of our time look a lot like the ones reagan faced. our 40th president saw things clearly. he saw that america faced an existential threat. he knew that victory in the cold war and success at home depended
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on rebuilding our national strength and restoring confidence in the american cause. he did just that and we know what happened. he rallied the american people to be communism and preserve freedom. he brought america to new heights of prosperity and opportunity. more than anything, ronald reagan renewed our will to compete and win. and that made all the difference. america is once again in a life or death struggle. in 1981, it was the soviet union. in 2021, we face a series of enemies who want to destroy us. iran, russia, communist china. they all want to harm america. they all want to drive freedom from the earth.
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and they all increasingly have the capacity and the will to attempt to do it. i saw this threat plainly at the united nations. the u.n. is a place where dip amounts from all over the world gather and exchange pleasantries. [laughter] ms. haley: socializing is encouraged and confrontation is discouraged. on the surface, everyone plays nice. but just underneath the surface it is very different story. a very ugly story. at the united nations and in the world at large, the unfree countries outnumber the free countries. they do truly evil things and get away with it. when it is time to vote and condemn them, a majority of the world usually takes their side. it sickens me to think about
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what those countries do. and how many times the united nations refused to hold them accountable. in syria, a brutal murder with chemical weapons against women and children. in north korea, a tyrant expands his nuclear arsenal while starting his very own people. in iran, theocratic lunatics are building their own nuclear arsenal and growing terrorists -- pink rolling terrorists. in venezuela, a socialist tater crushes freedom and tortures protesters. and in china, the communist party is guilty of genocide. genocide that is happening right now at this very hour. yet as we saw when he spoke to the united nations, joe biden can't even call out china by name.
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make no mistake, our enemies are not just people with a different view about how best to govern. they are barbaric. they want to roll back history to a very dark time. they have spent many years of their strength. and now, they are done waiting period -- period. -- waiting. the following afghanistan has everyone thinking america has ended and they have arrived. the taliban's victory in afghanistan is a disgrace. it leaves america weaker in the world and less safe at home. it is the fall of saigon and the iran hostage crisis rolled into one. our country has not been this embarrassed in my lifetime. the american people have every right to be angry. because it didn't have to be this way. it should not have been this way. we went to afghanistan to stop
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the terrorists who killed nearly 3000 americans on 9/11. my husband deployed to afghanistan to fulfill that mission. president wyden -- i did -- president biden -- what he had his brothers and sisters but for. -- fight for. let's look at the overseas structure. we have around 200,000 american troops deployed today. less than 2% were in afghanistan at the beginning of the year. we had fewer troops than we have in a dozen other countries. was it enough to make afghanistan a flourishing western-style country? of course not. no number of troops could have done that and nationbuilding should never have been our mission, but we didn't have enough troops to stop the
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taliban from taking over and renewing a safe haven terrorists and that was vital for american security. then joe biden pulled everything out with no conditions. our worst fears were realized within days. everyone saw it coming except the president, who promised it would never happen. where i come from, that is a fireball offense. -- fire rebel -- fireable offense. the taliban is back in power. their flag flies. this time will be no different. al qaeda is still in afghanistan with the taliban's blessing. you can bet they are hatching plans to attack us. that is who they are. that is what they do. thinking otherwise is naive and dangerous. america is in greater danger
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today than we were just three months ago. joe biden thinks retreat is a sign of strength. just realized that his actions have told the world that america is too weak to stand up for itself. the consequences of this failure are echoing across the world. there are not one but two radical islamic regimes in the world. afghanistan and iran. they are different in some ways. but they are united in their hatred for america. and because of the ministrations policies, they are gaining strength and determination. you can bet they will push their advantages because joe biden has proven he will fold. russia is happy too. vladimir putin is thinking about how he can swallow more of ukraine and perhaps other neighbors and he is pocketing
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the president's foolish concessions on nord stream 2. the media limitless lay and falsely called donald trump a russian student. in eight months in office, joe biden has done more to produce -- improve russia's standing than trump ever did. it is disgraceful. and then there is the worst threat of all. communist china. beijing now sees the biggest opening it has ever had. taiwan is directly in its crosshairs. but it is not just taiwan. japan, south korea, india, australia, they are all starting to wonder if they stand alone. they too are wondering if the american era is over. it matters when our enemies think america won't protect our friends and allies. it matters more if they think we want checked ourselves in our
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way of life. that is exactly what china, russia and islamic terrorists leave right now. we are in a clash of civilization, and bad guys think the good guys lack the will to win. that perception is very dangerous for america and for the free world. our enemies have always hoped this day would come. they know from history that when america retreats, freedom for. but i also saw at the united nations that when america steps up, our enemies stepped back. the barbarians of the world fear nothing more than a confident in strong united states with the courage of our convictions. the most important mission of our time is to stop our national self-loathing and regain our courage and renew our convictions.
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[applause] ms. haley: protecting our freedom starts at home. in particular, it starts with an uncomfortable reality. i recently came upon an observation by the eminent historian bernard lewis. he said, quote, the people -- people islamic empire were not, -- conquered by less civilized peoples, they were -- what made the conquest possible is that things were going badly wrong within the society so it was no longer able to offer effective resistance. is he talking about rome or america? have things gotten so badly wrong in our society that we are unable to resist the forces of
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evil? for many americans, the answer would be yes. a large portion of our people are plagued by self-doubt or even by hatred of america. it is a pandemic much more damaging than any virus. everyday people think living in the land of the free is a curse, not a blessing. you hear it on the news, he read it on social media and in school curricula. you see it enraged and rides on our streets. nowadays, we are told our founding principles are tools of oppression. we are told the world's freest and most prosperous country is no better than any other. in fact, we are told it is worse. if that is the case, why did so many haitians gather under the bridge in texas last month? [applause] ms. haley: they did not come
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here because america is evil. they came here because america is free. my parents always reminded me, sister and two brothers that even on our worst day, we are blessed to live in america. [applause] ms. haley: this plague of self-doubt is not new. it existed in reagan's time. jimmy carter spoke of a national malaise. but it is much worse now. the america voters are even more powerful than ever. they have captured the school classroom, the corporate boardroom, the media greenroom and the back rooms of government. they own the commanding heights of culture and politics and they are using their position to turn americans against each other. and against our own country.
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this problem runs deeper than being "woke," it is bigger than critical race. . the greater danger is that anger toward america is now the bedrock a leaf of the american left. it is my -- as my predecessor said, in reagan's time, the left was happy to quote blame america first. today's democrats don't even believe in america. we have reached a place where the president and the vice president of the united states routinely accuse america of systemic racism. virtually every elected mayor -- democratic politician agrees with them. this is an atomic -- astonishing turn of events. 17 years ago, barack obama gave the speech that launched him on his way to the white house. it was at the 2004 democratic
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national convention. this is one of the most noted passages from his speech. then senator obama said quote, we are one american family. there is not a black america and await america, a latino america and an asian america, there is the united states of america. we are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes. can you imagine any prominent democrat making that statement today? i can't. democrats have given up on america as a colorblind society. they see america's flaws as more profound minute strengths. they denied the massive progress we have made and may punish anyone who disagrees. they are quick to praise those who attack america and eager to attack those who praise america.
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democrats have abandoned barack obama's unifying message on race and national identity. republicans cannot make this a mistake. that message was our message first. we must once again to get to the american people. we are fighting for our society where people are judged by actions, not color. where determination is ended, not embraced. where censorship is rejected and free speech is protected. we want a country that cherishes its principles and takes pride -- and we know the only way to bring out the best in america is to believe in america. we must not be ashamed of the american story. we should tell it everywhere we go. we know that some of it is hard to hear. the founders were not saints. they lived in a time in which slavery was legal and women's rights were an afterthought.
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we don't need to make excuses for those obvious injustices. but we can't act like that is all the country is. the left is so focused on what was wrong, they missed the profound things america got right. the american founding remains of's biggest leap forward for human freedom. for the first time, a nation proclaimed that all people are created equal. it is an unalienable right in the government is legitimate only when it comes from the consent of the governed. what happened in 1776 turn history on its head and billions of people are beller -- better or i-- for it. so no, america is not perfect but the principals at the heart of it or and story does not stop there.
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-- if you are reading a woke history book, he would never know it. but if you are reading a real history book, you will meet the heroes who pursued the promise of equality and justice for all. that promise sparked a fire in the hearts of frederick douglas, abraham lincoln and the abolitionists who brought slavery to an end. it moved the minds of elizabeth cady stanton, susan b. anthony, the suffragettes and all who made women's rights a reality. that promise filled the air when martin luther king jr. told us of his dream. it was made more real with the end of segregation and the victory of civil rights. that promise of america has been a constant. i am the proud daughter of indian immigrants. we were the only indian family in a small, rural, southern town. population 2500.
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my dad wore a turban. he still does to this day. my mom wore a sari. nobody knew who we were, what we were, or why we were there. i was a brown girl in a black-and-white world. every day my family faced stairs, whispers, suspicion, and exclusion. but then, something very american happened. the community looked beyond skin color. they got away with hard-working people who shared their values, and those stairs started his smiles. those whispers started to words of friendship. we went from being left out to being welcomed in. not every day was great, nearly every day was better than the one before it. i have not just seen the
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american story, i have lived the american story, and take it from me, the first female and first minority governor of south carolina, america is not a racist country. [applause] this is a story it republicans should tell and it is a story republicans should finish. the moral mandate to make america freer, fairer and better. . there are a lot of wrongs to write. there is an education system that failed to many students. a welfare system that traps to many in poverty. health care system that is too costly and bureaucratic. there is a crime wave that claims to many lives,
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disproportionately black and brown lives. there is a crisis at the border that underlines us undermines our safety and our national identity. there is too much trust in central planners in the fantasy of socialism, and too little trust in the genius of the people and capitalism. we must restore america's moral courage. [applause] ms. haley: we need the confidence that our cause is just and our principles are true. if we lose that, we lose everything. we won't have the will to win, the fight between tierney -- freedom and tyranny. america will destroy itself from the inside and our enemies won't have to lift a finger. now is the time to remind our fellow citizens that america deserves our hard work and our love. students need to hear that
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message, businesses need to hear it and we should take that message to communities where republicans don't go nearly enough. we cannot ignore minorities and women. [applause] ms. haley: the left is feeding them a false narrative about our country and more often than not, it is only here. it is up to us to provide the truth about america. until we lead -- the quicker we lead a new wave of patriotism, the sooner we will stop the belief that our country is racist. the sooner we rekindle faith in our first principles, the faster we will make even more progress toward justice for all. most of all, by restoring belief in the goodness of our nations and our national cause, we will prepare the country to beat the challenges of the 21st century.
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only a confident and proud america can win the clash of civilization. i have faith we will come through this crisis. after all, it was only 16 years from the fall of saigon to the fall of the soviet union. when president reagan predicted the soviet collapse, it appeared unimaginable. nine years later, it happened. freedom and democracy will also lead chinese communism and the criminal regime in iran on the ash heap of history. [applause] ms. haley: and when i look to the american future, i see what others don't see. and i marvel at it. i see a country proud of its principles and its place in the world. a free people at peace with each
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other and protecting our values. a culture shining as a beacon for all to see. today that vision seems impossible, but it is not just my vision. it is what abraham lincoln meant when he called for a new birth of freedom during another terrible time in our nation. it is what ronald reagan had in mind when he called us the last best hope of earth, the last best hope of man on earth in -- in another time of great division in our country. like them, we are called to bring out the best of our country and summoned the best -- and like them, i know we will succeed, no matter how hard it may seem. there are those who see america's glory days is behind us, but i don't believe that. how could i after all you have seen? as a brown girl growing up in a small southern town, i saw the promise of america unfold before me. as governor of south carolina, i
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saw our state move beyond hate and violence and unite to take down a flag that did not belong in our state capital. [applause] ms. haley: as ambassador, i so that america is still the standard. when we lead, the world follows. when we speak, the world listens. what we are, the world wants. i was reminded of america's special role every day at the united nations. but one day stands out among the rest. that was the day i stood on the simon boulevard bridge in -- bridge in colombia and venezuela, watching thousands of venezuelans fleeing from socialist irony -- tyranny.
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i can still see their faces. they were hard and sad. most had walked miles in the blazing sun to get the only meal they might eat. they were coming from a place where they killed zoo animals for food. entire families passed me carrying what few possessions they had. for some, it was a stuffed animal. for others, a plastic bag with a couple of pieces of clothing inside. when i left the bridge, i went to a shelter run by the counts click -- catholic church where the venezuelans were gathering. i met a few of them and i hugged them. after a few minutes, more families started to gather around. i did not understand why they flocked to someone they had never met. and then it hit me. they did not care who i was. they cared where i was from. in me, they saw america and in
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america they saw hope. the time has come to revive that hope. we must keep it alive for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and yes, our world. ronald reagan said freedom is never more than one generation away from extension. america is now putting that to the test. i have faith we can pass that test like we always have. our challenges are steep, but they are not too steep to overcome. so long as we believe in america and fight for america. we had no higher have no higher calling as a people. together with you, i pledge to answer the call and inspire our country once again. thank you, god bless you, and may god bless america. [applause]
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