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tv   Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear Delivers Democratic Response to...  CSPAN  March 1, 2017 12:42am-12:53am EST

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>> good job. >> this is from your friend. thank you, mr. president. pres. trump: thank you. >> coming up shortly, we will
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show you president trump's address to congress in its entirety. first we will take you to lexington, kentucky where former governor steve beshear delivered the democratic response from a local diner. governor beshear: from governor of kentucky 2007-20 15, now i am a private citizen. i am here in lexington, kentucky, some 400 miles from washington at a diner with democrats and republicans where we just watched the president's address. i am a proud democrat, but first and foremost, i am a proud republican and democrat, and mostly american. i am worried about the future of this nation. i grew up in kentucky and a small town called dawson springs.
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my dad and granddad were baptists preachers. my family owned a funeral home. my wife, jane and i have been married for almost 50 years. i became governor at the start of the global recession. after eight years, we left things a lot better than we found them. being fiscally responsible, i even cut my own pay. we balanced our budget and turned deficit in the surpluses without raising taxes. we cut our unemployment rate in half. gains in high school graduation rates and we found health coverage for over half a million kentuckians. we did that through trust and mutual respect. buildened, and i partnerships with business leaders and with republicans in our legislator. we put people first and politics second. hisamerica i love allowed small-town preacher's kid to be elected governor. it taught me to embrace people
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who are different from me, not vilify them. the america i love has always been about looking forward, not backwards. about working together to find solutions, regardless of party. instead of allowing our differences to divide us and hold us back. are committed to creating the opportunity for every american to succeed by growing our economy with good paying jobs. educating and training our people to fill those jobs. giving our business is the freedom to innovate. keeping our country safe and providing health care that families can afford and rely on. mr. president, as a candidate you promised to be a champion for families struggling to make ends meet. i hope you live up to that promise. but one of your very first executive orders makes it harder for those families to even
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afford a mortgage. you started rolling back rules that provide oversight of the financial industry, and safeguard us against another economic meltdown. you picked a cabinet of billionaires and wall street insiders who want to eviscerate the protections that most americans count on, and that help level the playing field. champion,t being our that is being wall street's champion. and more troubling, you your republican allies in congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of americans who most need it. does the affordable care act needs some repairs? sure it does. so far, every republican idea to replace the affordable care act would reduce the number of americans covered, despite your promises to the contrary. folks here in
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kentucky expect you to keep your word, because this is not a game. it is life and death for people. these ideas promise access to care, but deny the importance of making care affordable and effective. they would charge families more for fewer benefits, and put the insurance companies back in control. behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just do not deserve health care. that it is somehow their fault that their employer does not offer insurance, or that they cannot afford to buy expensive health plans. but just who are these 22 million americans? including 500,000 people right here in kentucky, who now have health care that did not have it before. they are not aliens from. -- some distant planet.
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and our our friends neighbors to reset sat in the bleachers with them on friday night. we worship in the pews with them on sunday morning. restaurantrmers, workers, part-time teachers, workers aids, construction workers and entrepreneurs working at high-tech startups. before the affordable care act, woke up every morning and went to work hoping and praying they would not get sick. because they knew there were one bad diagnosis away from bankruptcy. in 2010, this country made a americant that every deserves health care they could afford and rely on. we democrats are going to do everything in our power to keep president trump and the republican congress from remaking -- reneging on that commitment. we are going to need your help
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by speaking out. another commitment now being tested is to our national security. i am a military veteran myself. i know that protecting america is the president's highest duty. ignoringdent trump is serious threats to our national security from russia, who is not alienating ourle allies who fought with the side-by-side and are our friends in a dangerous world. his approach makes us less safe and should worry every freedom loving american. instead, president trump is all but declared war of refugees and immigrants. the president can and should enforce our immigration laws. but we can protect america without abandoning our principles and our moral obligations to help those fleeing war and terror. without tearing families apart
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and without needlessly jeopardizing our military men and women fighting overseas. you know, another republican president, ronald reagan, once in america our origins matter less than our destination." that is what democracy is all about. tosident trump also needs understand that people may disagree with him from time to time. that does not make them his enemies. attacks thesident loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press, individual americans simply because he does not like what they say, he is eroding our democracy. that is reckless. real leaders do not spread division and derision.
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in. leaders strength they unify, they partner and offer real solutions instead of ultimatums and blank. i may be old-fashioned, but i still believe that dignity, andassion, honesty accountability are basic american values. as a democrat, i believe that if you work hard, you deserve the opportunity to realize the american dream, regardless of whether you are a coal miner in kentucky, a teacher in rhode island, in autoworker in detroit or a software engineer in san antonio. our political system is broken. it is broken because too many of our leaders think it is all about them. they need to remember that they work for us. and helping us is their work. made real progress while i was governor because we were motivated by one thing,
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helping families. democrats are trying to bring that same focus back to washington dc. people,s are a diverse and we may disagree on a lot of things but we have always come together when we remember that we are one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. thank you. >> that was former kentucky governor steve beshear from the lexington diner, 500 miles outside of d.c. new data out tonight from twitter was the most tweeted joint session of congress or state of the union ever with over 3 million tweets. the previous record was 2.6 million. twitter says the most talked about moment was the president's call to repeal the affordable followed by the moment

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