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oh, boy. >> next batter, next pitch, hit him, too. next week i'll interview caitlyn jenner. gavin newsome recalled. can a republican win? >> laura: and this is a special "the ingraham angle" town hall. since the pandemic began, states led by republican governors have far outpaced those led by the democratic counter parts. i'm talking from the lowest unemployment rates to the highest gdp growth. red state governors have cared for their constituents and preserves our god-given freedoms
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and when they had to restore them. now, while others were eager to take them away. we're joining you tonight live in the free state of florida in orlando. [cheers & applause] where as you can see, most of the audience is maskless, which i love to see. that is because the governor of this state, ron desantis is one of the first state leaders to fight back against the so-called experts and never imposed the mask mandate. governor desantis, thank you for hosting us tonight. so delighted that all of you are here tonight. we'll have a great time. to my left is texas governor greg abbott. his state has the second highest gdp growth in the last quarter. that's because he put his constituents and their economic well-being first. along with us is iowa governor, kim reynolds because her state was one of the first to open up schools for in-person learning.
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also here, nebraska governor, pete ricketts. his state has 2.9% unemployment rate. our final red state trail blazer, mississippi governor, tate reeves. his state could soon ease restrictions on all indoor activities as well. these are your red state trail blazers. let's give them a round of applause, all five. [cheers & applause] all right. so tonight this is going to be kind of wild. we're going to talk to them about how they led their state, the way they led them, the strategies that they decided to use, communication, policy-wise all to preserve economic freedom and advance the freedom that we've become accustomed to having and others were eager to take away. it's not just limited to covid.
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we'll discuss how they planned it, combat the left's injection of race in every argument, the current anti-police agenda, the efforts to indoctrinate our children and how democrats are looking to strip powers from the states completely. nothing is off limits tonight. governor desantis, thanks for playing host to us tonight. you watched joe biden last night deliver his first address to a joint session of congress. he repeated twice this proposition that we are a systemically racist country. your reaction. >> well, it's a bunch of horse manure. give me a break. this country has had more opportunity for more people than any country in the history of the world. doesn't matter where you trace your ancestry from. we've had people that have been able to succeed -- here's the problems with critical race theory that they're pedalling. they're saying all of our institutions are bankrupt and illegitimate. how do you have a society if
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everything in your society is ill legitimate? it's a harmedful ideology. i'd say a race-based version of a marxist ideology. we banned it in our schools here in florida. we won't put any taxpayer dollars to critical race theory and treat people as individuals, not as groups. >> laura: one of the worst aspects of the lockdowns is the closure of our schools. now kids are getting back to the classrooms. again a huge discrepancy between the red and the blue states. all five of your states have nearly all or a super majority of children receiving in-person schooling. compare that to a state like california where just 44.1% of the students are actually in school at all. governor abbott, given the numbers, is it any surprise why californians are fleeing to your state and we hope maybe not voting the way they voted in
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california. >> well, first, they are playing right and left. one thing that happened during the pandemic, businesses had to make two decisions. one is how they were going to respond to the pandemic. the second is how they were going to operate their business. one thing that we found is they were choosing texas to locate their business. whether it was tesla moving its gigga factory or oracle or hewlett-packard. one thing the ceos told me, they could not operate in california. i heard that from so many others. they came to the state of texas because they knew it was great for their employees, great for the workers, great for the staff. but great for their vision of what they wanted to achieve as a business. elon musk knows that he has limitless opportunity to achieve his vision in the state of
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texas. we see so many others topping that mentality. that's why texas, we added more population the last decade than any other state in the united states. >> laura: and california lost a seat in the last a portionment. >> and we gained two. >> laura: and florida gained one. governor reynolds, your state has 100% rating for kids in school. all of your kids are in school. you were one of the first to push the importance of in-person learning. your seeing kids fall behind in california, new york, new jersey, virginia, maryland. states where people you didn't think of as a big liberal state but the kids are still not in school. how did you decide this and bucked the unions to do it? >> it's unconscionable when you're think about what they're doing to the children. some of them will never what gain the opportunity to succeed. education is the great equalizer. from the beginning, 97 of the school district in person five
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days a week. we had a few holdouts that were kowtowing to the scoreboards and unions. i talked to parents, i talked to students, i talked to administrators. i did town hall meetings. the stories were heart breaking that i was hearing. and i had one mother tell me i'm failing in everything. i'm not a good mom a good wife, good teacher and bad employee and neverment to be a teacher. i said enough is enough. i talked to the legislature about the condition of the state. not only are we going to give parents 100% for online learning but 100% option to have their child in the classroom five days a week and every school district in the state of iowa is going to adhere to that. we have kids in the classroom, learning, playing sports, doing it safely and responsibly. it's going to make a difference. >> laura: now, biden's hhs secretary is continuing the trend of offering very conflicting guidance on masks. watch. >> we want people to continue to
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wear masks. we want you to be safe. we don't want to have to regress from coming back to normal. i'm fully vaccinated. i still wear a mask. i ask my family to continue to wear a mask. >> laura: governor reeves, you famously lifted the mask mandate on your citizens weeks ago. so he's fully vaccinated, the hhs secretary. but he encourages his family members, they're vaccinated and he will continue to wear a mask. what freedoms are we getting back for the vaccination, if you can't go maskless? >> that's one of the big problems with what this administration is doing. they don't have a clear communication message about anything much less masks, immigration. you name it. they don't know what they're doing. that's why i think you really have to rely on governors and the states like the ones around here to set the policy. we have often ignored the cdc because their policies are inconsistent. we do what we think is best in nebraska. we never had a statewide mask
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mandate. we never did a stay-at-home order. when we were going through the spring last year, we asked nebraskans to do the right thing and guess what? they did. because that's what we do in nebraska. we take care of each other. we were able to manage it based on hospitalizations. we didn't listen to the cdc. they really were giving so much conflicting information. >> laura: governor reeves, you're so young. >> i go by tate. >> laura: it's all right. we have not had meetings between the covid task force and this white house and the governors. a number of you governors are like what's going on? the trump administration had regular briefings multiple times a week led by vice president pence. is this a concern for you and is the communication present at all? >> it's a concern for me. the reason it's a concern for me is because president trump was on nine different calls throughout the pandemic. vice president pence led 40 different calls personally. that's one of the things that made a huge difference.
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because we were able to talk directly to those in the decision-making process. the fact of the matter is, we in red states trust americans. the biden administration wants to insult americans and assume that they can't make their own decisions. they can't do what is best for themselves and their families and that's the wrong approach. look at the economic statistics and look at quality of life statistics, it bears itself out. >> laura: governor desantis, lauren patterson from florida has a question. lauren? >> hi, governor desantis. how are you this even something. >> good. >> good. so human beings have a right to free movement and not have their daily activities infringed upon. how will state representatives handle if private companies try to enforce vaccine passports? >> great question. i'm proud to be the first, i think, elected official in the country, certainly statewide or governor to say we're not having vaccine passports in the state
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of florida. [cheers & applause] not just saying government can't make you, private businesses can't make you. here's the thing. you have a right to participate in society without them asking you to divulge this type of health information to to a movie, ball game? we're a playing it across the board. the state legislature -- i did an executive order. our legislature has passed what i asked for and i'll be signing that in to law very soon. [cheers & applause] >> laura: now governor reynolds, i saw you nodding in agreement. they say we'll call it a vaccine certificate because the passport language is so scary to people. is it better if it's a certificate? it's all for health, it's all good, right? >> no, we're doing the same thing in iowa i'm proud to say. i said to the legislature, i'll issue an executive order or give the legislature an opportunity to pass legislation to ban vaccine passports. it just passed through the house and heading to the senate and
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should have it on my desk next week. it's marginalized in society. it's not who we are as americans. >> laura: governor abbott, the cruise industry -- governor desantis is all over this -- wanting to open the cruise industry. the cdc will recommend that cruises reopen if vaccines are required for passengers going on cruises. what will you do just like governor desantis to say no, we're not going along with this and these corporations that are demanding it. what can you do to fight that? you have to go to court. >> we've been working with the cruise line industry. here's a reality that everybody needs to understand. these vaccines have not been formally approved by the fda. they've been approved for emergency use operation. that means that no one can be required to take the vaccine. that's why these businesses can't be enforcing people to
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show up with some vaccine certificate or something like that. >> laura: governor reeves, kara chambers from ocoee has a question about the mandates for masks. kara? >> hi, governor. i'd like to ask about how the mask mandates could be conditioning the american people for other policies down the line. >> laura: governor reeves? >> that's certainly a concern that all of us have. look at what we did in our state. we haven't had a statewide mask mandate in place since the beginning of the summer of last year. part of the reason that we looked at it at that time is the fact that we didn't really know what we didn't know at that time. as data became more and more apparent -- every decision i've made is databased. based upon the numbers. as governor ricketts said, it's about hospitalizations. at our peak, we're down 90%.
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our hospital handled the 1,044 that we had. there's no doubt in the far left of the democratic party that believe government should control all decisions made by all americans and that's something that we have to push back against. your concern about masks being that first step certainly is valid and one that we should pay very close attention to. >> laura: governor ricketts, another concern for mothers. i'm a mother of three children. the youngest children will be required to get vaccinated in schools. we're talking about kindergarten up. dr. fauci i believe yesterday say our kids have to get vaccinated against covid. your position on this vis a vis private schools and public schools in your state. >> yeah, i came out early on similar to governor abbott. emergency use authorizations but
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nobody should be mandated -- >> laura: to attend school. >> even atenned school. to his point, this is emergency use authorization. one of the things we also know about young kids, they're the ones least at risk. right? we know frankly we looked at our data in nebraska. you're twice as likely to have a fatal car accident as you are to have a fatal outcome from covid if you're a young child. so it would be completely unnecessary. a huge violation of the parental rights to have a school telling them that they had to do this especially with an emergency -- >> laura: what about flying? what about airlines? florida is a hub for airlines, huge airline travel. i was in the orlando airport, packed. what if airlines begin require vaccine certificates or passports, governor? >> they can't do it in the state of florida. that will be statutory soon. [cheers & applause] look, we worked very hard to get it. we did seniors first on the vaccinations. we never required it but we offered it. we've done millions of people.
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you have the opportunity to take it. it's there for you. take it if you want to take it. protect yourself. but you know, we're not going to condition this. this is not like hey, you're part of a club, you're not. there's some people that have valid reasons for not doing it. some people have decided not to. to say they can't participate in society based off of that decision, particularly given younger people are at very little risk for this. so we can't go down that road. you give them an inch, they will take a mile. >> laura: now one issue -- [applause] >> laura: -- where biden doesn't think is a big issue is at the border. okay? here he was last night. >> i kept my commitments in a comprehensive immigration bill to the united states congress. if you believe in a pathway to citizenship, pass it. over 11 million undocumented folks secure protection for dreamers. >> governor abbott, illegal
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immigration exploding it. we know it. we see it. the media is not covering it. what is your message to the biden administration about the number of covid positives migrants that are being released into our communities? >> so the covid released migrants is one challenge. i have to tell you this. the biden first 100 days has been very successful for the cartels, for the drug smugglers, for the human traffickers that are profiteering off of all the migrants that come across illegally. because so many migrants are coming across the border illegally, what it means is that the border patrol officers are fully occupying processing all of these migrants and that leaves open miles of border that the cartels can come across. that's why i launched what is called operation lone star. operation lone star. we have deployed 1,000 department of public safety troops as well as national guard to our border to secure our
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border from the people coming across. [applause] so here's what we want to do. the deal i want to cut is, texas will security their border and the biden administration will pay for it. [cheers & applause] >> laura: governor reynolds, you have said definitively you will not take migrant children that the federal government has requested to be placed in iowa communities. >> right. >> laura: you're getting push-back from the usual groups on that. republicaning are heartless, they don't care about the kids, they don't care about the needs of the greater country. your response. >> i push back and say this administration is heartless. they created this crisis at the border. they're putting the children at risk by the policies that they eliminated that we know were working. i'm the governor of iowa. my number 1 responsibility is to protect the health and safety iowans. it would be irresponsible for me not to be at the forefront of
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every decision i make. >> laura: we're going to get back to the voter integrity issue. the pushback from the federal government to take states rights away. what is happening to our police, the racial question in this country. more when we come back. [cheers & applause]
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>> with the plans outlined tonight, we have a real chance to root out systemic racism that plagues american lives in other ways. chance to deliver real equity.
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>> laura: it plagues american lives? what an incredibly dim view of a country he was elected to lead. before that, barack obama two times elected. even president biden is putting out an ad to appease the hard left, it's having a profoundly negative effect on our country, our psyche. he's ceding the strife with police. it's important for our leaders to call out this lunacy which is what senator tim scott did in his rebuttal last night. >> hear my clarely, america is not a racist country. this fight of discrimination with different types of discrimination. it's wrong to use our past to honestly shut down debate in the present. >> laura: don't share biden's grim view of america. now, i know governor desantis
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touched on this very briefly at the beginning. i want all of your reaction to the hideous response to tim scott's rebuttal to biden yesterday. governor abbott, let's start with you. the #uncletim was trending through twitter all day long because the biggest threat to a left is an individual who disagrees with the left but happens to be a minority. your reaction? >> they use race to divide. attack each other. it's wrong. [applause] in texas, we use everybody to unite. let me give you a quick example. show you the opportunity that exists in texas. texas ranks number 1 in the nation for black-owned businesses. job creation for black women-owned businesses. for hispanic-owned businesses job creation and hispanic entrepreneurs. doesn't matter your color or background, texas is a land of opportunity for everybody and we want to unite everybody, not
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divide people. >> laura: governor ricketts, kamala harris this morning said when she was pressed on this issue -- i guess we'll play it so you can react. >> i don't think america is a racist country but we do have to seek trust about the history of racism in our country and its existence today. i applaud governor scott for having the ability and the courage frankly to speak the truth about it. one of the greatest threats to our national security is domestic terrorism manifested by white supremacists. these are issues that we must confront. >> laura: is that what your facing in the state of nebraska, and outbreak of white supremacy, governor ricketts? sounds like that when you hear vice president kamala harris? >> that is not the single greatest thing to our safety and security in nebraska. in fact, if you look over the course of last year with the riots, what -- i think you see this across the country. the real threat to security is
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the dangerous defund the plus movement, which is in some states, not in ours, underlying law enforcement and preventing them from doing their job. when i talked to my county prosecutors, my law enforcement, you know who that harms the worst? our folks in the minority communities. they know that the police are there to help them. now, we have got to change this narrative with regard to law enforcement. it's never been harder to be a law enforcement official than right now. we need to support our police, not attack our police. [applause] >> laura: now governor desantis, you signed into law what is called the anti-riot legislation, pro law enforcement bill. the aclu is saying -- [applause] -- that the bill would silence and criminalize floridians that want to exercise their first amendment rights to peacefully protest, governor. you're going after peaceful protesters and the aclu is very angry at you. >> it's interesting that they
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would say that. what we do is a couple things. local government tries to defund law enforcement, the stay of florida won't let that happen. we stand by law enforcement. we make local governments protect folks. if you have a riot, protect people. if you don't, people can sue the local government for their damage to themselves or their property. finally, if you riot, if you loot, violent in one of these assemblies, we're putting you in jail, period. [cheers & applause] >> laura: now, florida isn't the only state with anti-riot legislation. mississippi there was a similar bill signed into law. an anti riot bill was introduced in nebraska but not passed yet. texas still has a bill under consideration and so does iowa. governor, would you sign that bell? >> absolutely. in the middle of the civil unrest last year, i brought legislators from both parties to my office in the senate and the house.
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we sat down and three days we hammered out the more perfect union that passed the house and senate. i signed it in one day. it was supported by law enforcement and civil rights organizations. you can come together and you can do the right thing. it just enhances training, it limits choke holds and it's a punishment of bad actors. we're doing black to blue that does a lot of the things that governor desantis just talked about. we do not fund cities that defund the police. if you're going to peacefully protest, absolutely. you have the right to do that. if you riot, block highways and roads, you're going to pay a price for that. we're increasing the penalties for that. we won't stand for it, a great bill that is working through the legislature. we've done both. >> laura: governor -- we have governor reeves on this. i want to play something that the vice president keeps --
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president biden said about law enforcement again, this is from last night. >> we've all seen the knee of justice open the neck of black americans. we have to come together to rebuild trust in law enforcement and the people that they serve. to root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system and enact police reform in george floyd's name. >> laura: governor reeves, activists say it's criminal to say there is not systemic racism in the country. that video of george floyd, other law enforcement involved shootingses of african american men, the video plays and unrest often erupts. your reaction to what he claimed about the systemic racism? >> there's not systemic racism? america. we live in the greatest country in the history of man kind. i'll just tell you in mississippi, i was very proud of the fact that last year we had peaceful protesters but we didn't have one event in which there was a riot. the reason for that is because
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in our state, we backed the blue. we support the police. just last friday was in mississippi dedicating a new police station that has a large training facility. we're not trying to defund the plus like the far left. we're investing in our police because we know that we're indebted to them for keeping our community safe. >> laura: governor abbott, how do we recruit young men and women to go into law enforcement if they know during a peaceful protest someone will come up to them with an inch away from their face, spit at them, which i think is an assault, but spit at them, call them every name in the book, come a millimeter from their face or club them in the back of the head and they can become heros in this society today. how do you recruit people? >> your question is the right question. if you look across america right now, police officers are retiring and quitting and cities will be less safe. these are men and women, police officers that do something that few of us do.
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they put their life on the line to protect you. they need to be supported, not criticized or condemned. we must support law enforcement to make sure that we can hire law enforcement. >> laura: governor ricketts, john filer from brandon, florida has a question about where this mindset begins. john? >> why is k-12 education especially in the early to middle grades permitting or enabling socially questionable curriculums that border on experimenting with our kids and infringe on a parent's and family's desire to protect and teach their children the best they can? >> governor ricketts? >> yeah, we have this issue in nebraska with regard to what our state board of education is promulgaing with health and sex education standards.starting in
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kindergarten, teaching things that are age inappropriate, not science, politically sensitive. some things parents should teach. talking about in grade school gender fluidity when kids have not reached puberty yet. it is something that we had to -- the state board of education doesn't record to me. they're elected. had to call them out and get parents engaged. had a hearing on it. 60 people showed up to say hey, this is terrible. 16 people showed up in favor of it. we generated a lot of outcome by saying hey, this is wrong, you have to contact your state board and change it. it takes parents getting involved and saying enough is enough. we won't teach this to our kids and not going to sexualize our kids. >> laura: governors, hold on. we have more to get to. there's something very nefarious happening in washington. the democrats are attempting to use the federal government to strip states of their ability to stop, again, on this issue, biological men from competing
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against women in sports. even trying to do away with voter i.d. up next, the governors will tell us how they're standing up to this power grab on two important issues. stay there. [applause]
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>> is will hope congress gets to my desk the lgbt act to help transgender americans. for all of you watching at home, especially the young people, i want you to know your president has your back. >> laura: what about the female athletes? this act will mean the end of women's sports as we know it. allowing biological men to compete against women is unfair. a rasmussen survey found that 54% oppose transgender participation in sports teams. only 32% support it.
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so it's time to find out how the governors with me tonight are fighting back. i'm joined by the red state trail blazers. governor reeves, mississippi is the first start to protect female athletes. we didn't you think it was so important? >> this is an issue i'm passionate about. why? because i have a 16-year-old daughter action 14-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old daughter that play basketball, soccer, every sport they can play. the reality is, biological males shouldn't be allowed to compete with them for scholarships and opportunities. so i was so blessed that the mississippi legislature sent me a bill to ban that in our state. i was honored to sign it. >> laura: governor desantis, a bill of a similar nature is about to cross your desk. are you going to sign it? >> yeah, we're going to protect
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our girls. i have a 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old daughter. they're very athletic. we want opportunities for our girls. they deserve an even playing field. that's what we're doing, mississippi did and florida did and other states will do. i look forward to sign that into law. >> laura: the ncaa put out a statement on transgender athletes. include and fairness can co-exist for all athletes including transgenders. we're committed to ensuring that ncaa championships are open for all who earn the right to compete in them. governor reynolds, how is it fair to have biological males compete against women athletes? >> it's not fair. >> laura: so what if the ncaa isn't so generic and say we're not going to have competition in your state? >> i'm going to do what is right for my state and girls. aim mom of three daughters and a grandmother of three granddaughters. they have a right to compete. we're working on legislation,
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too. i should have that to my desk by hopefully the end of this legislative session and we'll be signing that bill. >> laura: governor, corporations are lining up on the side of transgender athletes should compete in the sport of their choice with the gender of their choice. what are you going to say to these corporations that are pulling out of texas? >> laura: they're tardy to the party. will they have more sports events anymore if they pull out of texas? >> laura: uh-oh. >> for five years we've had a rule in place prohibiting boys from playing girls in girls sports. but the texas legislature is working on a bill to codify that which i will sign. >> laura: governor ricketts, on this issue of athletics, the ivy league last year -- the entire
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year had no sports. of course, other important conferences, the sec and others had full participation in sports. what do you anticipate for this fall and will you have 100% attendance in stadiums in nebraska? >> well, this was a big issue for the big 10. they did not allow crowds to be in the stadium. we could have done that in nebraska. could have done that last year. my anticipation will be that we'll have full stadiums for nebraska football this fall and working with our university. i think -- >> laura: is the conference going to with with you? >> we can do it -- >> laura: the sec. nick saban said it will be 100% stadiums. texas and florida will be 100%? >> yes. and usc last saturday in jacksonville, the first full capacity indoor sporting event since covid hit. we hosted that. >> hold a second. >> laura: we'll be okay. >> when governors get together,
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we start bragging. >> laura: here we go. >> texas hosted the first 100% capacity major league baseball game with the texas rangers outdoors. >> laura: okay. anyone want to -- this is a one upmanship here. >> i'd like to jump in. ten days ago, yankee stadium, they had 10,400 people at a baseball game. >> laura: that's not a baseball game. >> mississippi state around ole miss, we had 13,300 at a college baseball game. >> these events are awesome. we worked hard to make sure youth sports happened. we did that last summer. if you look, we had kids moving from other states to florida because they weren't allowed to play in california, michigan. they're coming to high school here to be able to play football or something. so the amount of opportunities that was taken away from these kids and these lockdown states has devastating consequences.
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>> we did the same thing summer baseball, summer softball. 95% of the teams that started completed. we did it safely and responsibly and went to fall sports. we had people moving to iowa to play, too. >> the biden administration is so out of touch. remember when president biden got on the air and said we want everybody to be playing sports again. like we were doing that last summer. we want everybody to gather fourth of july. we did that last summer, too. completely out of touch with what is going on in our states. he does not know what's going on. that's why we were talking about -- he should talk to governors more often. he would find out what is going on in the middle part of the country outside of d.c. >> i think he thinks covid just started. they sent $95 million to get our kids back in the classroom by doing surveillance testing. i said we've been in the classroom since august. here's your 95 million back. >> laura: i have to get to this.
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we can talk sports the rest of the hour. the big ten has to get back, pac 10. it's really important. kids sports, you guys are leaders on that. the democrats are pushing a bill called hr-1 that would amount to a federal takeover of your state election laws including voter i.d. requirements. recent fox news poll found that 77% of the country supports voter i.d. laws. hr-1 threatens to eliminate it. governor desantis, florida voted to add security to your elections. do you plan on signing that and your response to hr-1? >> for sure. in florida, we have voter i.d. we've had it. it works. the right thing to do. we didn't do unsolicited mail ballots. we counting 11 million votes by midnight on election night. it was free, fair and
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transparent. the reforms we have coming will make it even better. we're banning ballot harvesting and making sure the zuckerberg groups can't come in to spent private money. we think we led the nation. we're trying to stay ahead of the curve to make sure the elections are run well. >> laura: what are they going to do if h.r.-1 passes? >> we will sue. it's unconstitutional. clearly doesn't apply to state elections or presidential. so you could be in a situation where the federal government is trying to run congress elections and we're running our presidential and governor elections. >> laura: so following the foot steps of georgia and other states like it, texas considering's own voter integrity laws. fc-7 made it through the state senate. here's what sheila jackson lee said about it. watch. >> is it about race? yes. is the sb-7 bill about race?
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yes, in texas it's about race. that's tragic. why they focus immediately on voting rights? it was because they lost the 2020 election rather than putting their issues forth and running. it's about race. >> laura: governor, your response. >> republicans won the 2020 election. second in sb-7 we're increasing the hours for early voting. we maintain the same number of early voting days, days that new york and president biden's home state of delaware do not have. are they calling delaware racist and new york racist or voter suppression? no. we have voting capabilities in texas that far exceed what those states have. >> laura: it's not about race? >> not about race. all about the vote. we had a record voter turnout and republicans won the state. >> laura: governors, state with me. true freedom is more than just economic prosperity. it's also the ability to live
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your life and speak your mind without getting cancelled. so how are they protecting your freedoms to speak out? we'll find out next. [cheers & applause]
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[cheers & applause] >> laura: the oxford dictionary defines freedom is freedom to love without authority from the government. the red state governors understand the meaning of liberty. they understand why it's necessary to have freedom to go to school, to practice your faith, to worship, to run a business, to choose how you want to act and live. so why do those that espouse those traditional beliefs find themselves just a subject of
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ridicule and cancellation attempts? how do you prevent those same americans from being purged from the workplace, universities, and even the military? governor desantis, you pushed back on this issue through legislation, a bill you support would punish big tech companies for deplatforming conservatives and other traditional americans. you see this coming. the effort to purge the military of extremists, which means traditionalists. how do americans out there fight back? >> we're fighting back in florida. the bill has passed. i'm going to sign a bill that will hold big tech accountable. allow you to sue big tech if they censor you or deplatform you and have protections for political candidate speech. here's the thing. we cannot list the discourse in our country be control by leftist oligarchs in silicon valley. that's what happened. silicon valley and corporate media and the party in power is
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like state-run media. conservatives are on the odd side out. we have to fight back. this is the strongest piece of state legislation that anyone has attempted and it will make a difference. we look forward to signing that soon. >> laura: governor reynolds, a lot of people you chat with are like i don't want to talk, but my friend's teacher, my daughter's coach, i can't speak out. people are afraid. >> yeah. >> laura: i've never seen anything like's seen now in this country. the people across the country, don't be afraid. it's your truth. >> speak up. they're trying to shut us down by intimidation, we need to stand up for what is right and stand up for our rights. we're driving free speech on campuses. we talked about diversity training in iowa. we have to encourage people to step up and fight back. we have to fight back. >> laura: governor ricketts,
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when you see people get deplatformed for no reason on social media, i go back to the time that the republicans had the house and the senate and did nothing. they did nothing to reign in big tech. they thought that they could get some campaign contributions. didn't work out well. >> no, it didn't. companies like facebook editing the "wall street journal" like that is -- that's -- "wall street journal." that's been around forever, like? like regular mainstream news source? it's a real one, right? facebook thinks they should edit the "wall street journal"? what we have to do is recapture the house and the senate and the presidency and there has to be regulation on these companies at a federal level. what they're doing is making decisions that have impacted all of us. they need to be treated more like utilities that they're acting like. >> laura: governor abbott, you agree? >> completely. i think these high tech companies, social media companies need to lose their exemption -- >> laura: why do they have that?
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>> it matters, right? >> we're working on a bill in texas, sb-12 that will allow individual deplatformed to sue the high tech companies, structured in a way that will avoid the preemption that they think they have. so texans he be able to sue to get back on the platforms. >> laura: another issue -- a question first and then the other issue. charles hart from orlando has a question. charles? >> first off, governor, i'd like to thank you for free. [cheers & applause] the question i'd like to is this. as many people are beginning to believe that america is no longer exceptional or great. what can we do to reinvigorate the belief that america is too great for small dreams? >> i think it's a great question. i was very disapointed after the 2020 election. i told people when your back is against the wall, americans
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respond. we're responding here in the state of florida. not only are people coming from all over the country to live here, visit here, i get correspondence in people in europe saying we're looking at florida from the free world. they're suffering under the yolk of lockdowns. we have the ability to lead here. people in florida have responded and people throughout the country and even very humbly to see this throughout the world. so i think we're doing it right. greg and kim and all of these governors are doing it right. we will have a resurgence of freedom in this country in 2022. it's going to be a great year for us. >> laura: governor reeves, when you look at the copies of all of your states -- you're not all the same level. where freedom does ring through, all of the difficulty we've lived in, and then you hear a negative view of america whether it's on race or any other question that we heard the president talk about last night. kids today, what do they need to
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learn first and foremost in our public schools about this country? >> it seems like many people in the democrat party and it's not just the far left, many people in the democrat party are putting down america day in and day out. it's almost as if they want to act as if there's not this thing called the american dream. they are absolutely wrong. america is a great place because anybody regardless of their background has the opportunity to succeed in this country. opportunity is there for any and everyone. i hope that certainly the kids in mississippi understand that and the kids across the country as well. >> laura: governor abbott on this question of our children being taught a systemic racist country, the founding documents are enviewed with racist, the 1619 project all being force fed to our kids at the youngest ages through high school. quickly? >> let's be clear. america is the most exceptional nation in the history of the
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entire world. [applause] we're working on curriculum programs in our sessions right now to teach kids about the founding documents. the constitution. the bill of rights, the federalist papers. so students -- >> laura: wow. >> to learn about what made america the greatest nation in the world. >> laura: governors stay there. final thoughts from florida when we return. the red state trail blazers. stay there. [cheers & applause] p to speed... is scotts turf builder rapid grass. it grows two times faster than seed alone for full, green grass. everything else just seems... slow. it's lawn season. let's get to the yard.
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♪ ♪ >> laura: tonight i hope we've proved to the american people once and for all that the real people in this -- the real power in this country resides in the state houses and the governor's mansion's across the country. the governors with me tonight are using that power the right way. they are not constraining their citizens. they are empowering them. i want to thank all of you for being here tonight, participation was fantastic. another round of applause.
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we are going to do another one of these next time in texas. governor rick to sanders, abbott, reynolds, read. i want to thank the great state of florida for hosting us, our wonderful audience. good night from florida. see you tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m. eastern. >> a transitional figure, i don't think so. transformational is what joe biden is heading out to do and by the way, if you look at how the metrics of his progress is that he always overshoot the runway instead of underperforms. >> greg: the thing is when you overshoot the runway, everyone on the plane dies. [applause] talk about weird.
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