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office." we have done this before. there are these moments where you have democracy and the corporations, special interests, big powers overwhelm it and take what they can. that is what the public is saying. -- is seeing. it is time for us to do what we saw culminate in the teddy roosevelt presidency. it will take a big movement for it to happen. >> thank you so much to our speaker. [applause] nick: thank you. great questions. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] i am going to give everyone
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the reminder, when you have a question for the speaker, please come up to the microphone. say your name and university and your concise question. it is my great pleasure to have michael steele with us. he is a former chairman of the republican national committee, and former lieutenant republican from maryland. he made history as the first african-american in 2003 elected to statewide office in maryland. rnc, he wasof the charged with revitalizing the republican party. a self-described lincoln republican, the rnc broke fundraising records over $198 million. 63 house seats.
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his commitment to party building and grassroots organizations at levelate and local produced results. as the lieutenant governor of maryland, his priorities included improving the quality of the public education system, expanding economic development in the states, and fostering cooperation between the government and faith-based organizations. ability as a communicator and commentator has been role asd in his current an analyst for msnbc. he has been on many television shows. heard on hisn be radio program on sirius xm. have themtunate to here today and i am going to hand it over to him.
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michael: good morning. happy new year. audience: good morning. happy new year. michael: donald trump is still president. happy new year. welcome to washington. this is it. have a good day. [laughter] michael: there are so many places to begin the conversation. you andrather hear from ,hat you are thinking, feeling expecting, afraid of, happy about, rather than jumping on about stuff you already know. droning on about stuff you already know. but i want to frame the conversation a little bit.
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all of the inconsistencies that exist right now within my own party, it is struggling within this internal reality of governing. leadership -- you are all leaders. you don't know what. -- you don't know it. the efforts of this program is to light that flame within you. so that you see it. others may see it and even appreciate it. office, orrun for you should think about doing this, other people say. leadership is more than that. requires the kind of
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sacrifice that our leaders today are afraid to make. as someone who has been an elected official, a party official, a grassroots guy, that is very disappointing. part of the opportunity i see right now is to reignite that , so that we of us understand fundamentally what our responsibility is. it is not to be cheap. is to lead in our own way. how we do that matters. how we do that does lead to results. before you even get to all of that, you have to understand words, andly three
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by those words are the flame, the energy, the fuel. "we the people." what we have started to do in this country, and it is something i have watched over many years. we will elevate this young lady in our community and say, she is going to run. we get behind her and rally her and she comes up with great campaign slogans and makes beautiful commercials. she does all of these wonderful things that make no sense. everybody gets all in the groove of the campaign. she hasn't given a thought to what she is going to do the day
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after she is sworn into office. people sit back on our go back to our lattes and whatever we are doing, and turn it over to her and say, do your thing, see you in two or four years. the responsibility of leadership is there for both candidate, now elected official, and for us, the citizen. we are the checks. we are a government of checks and balances. the judiciary,s judiciary checks everybody. right? what makes us think we aren't a check on the very people beat elect -- we elect, and the people we elect also check on us
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to make sure our expectations, desires, and laws, don't overwhelm our capacity to get things done? me asart is important for i have watched the past two years, and this new leadership styles emerge, this reality-television, in the moment style. i was all about disruption when i was rnc chairman. anything that disrupts the status quo is good when done right. meaning, it is not destructive. there is a big difference between being disruptive as a leader, and being destructive. where you are tearing down, not building up, creating the kind
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of synergy that is going to be important for a foundation to stand on, to do future things. one of the things i remember as was having a conversation about health care, the health care bill at the time , now known as obamacare. one of the things that we were trying to figure out, how do you make the case to the american people about what this means and how it impacts a? -- it impacts us? --re was the typical soul stuff, whereltancy they want you to go out there but we these things, can't go out and scare people out of health care. we have to make a principled argument. in thats this battle
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situation, we felt you had no control over the outcome, -- where you felt you had no control over the outcome, where you lose your grip and others say, don't do this thing, don't do the thing that is going to create a landscape where this is a conversation. rather, throw the firebombs. it is about raising the money. keep the grassroots engaged and active. if i have to scare people, make them angry and upset, tickle their funnybone to get them engaged -- what does that say about us? what does that say about you? i tell people all the time as they are complaining about the administration, he is a reflection of you. he reflects you.
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all right? don't get me, oh, he lost the popular vote. that is how we elect a president. that does not change your circumstance. all right? i wish i could blame somebody ,lse for my lack of economics cannot blame anybody else. that is how it is. understanding and appreciating the situation as it is helps you understand and define your leadership and how you step into the moment. man -- i haveoung still a young man -- no i am not. i spent a number of years in a monastery studying for the priesthood. so i was a very powerful, ofiting, formative period my life, right out of college. lot because when
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i stepped into that environment, i was immediately thrust into a world in which three things became very, very important, an important focus for me. poverty, chastity, and obedience. those were three things i promised in this new life. and what i discovered in that is how from then to now those three things worked and how those three things actually shape my leadership and define my leadership because they are not what you think they are. they really are not. let's start with a fun one, chastity. all right? everyone thinks chastity is about sex. it is not really. the biggest sex organ is what, not between your legs, it is right here.
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it is where it is. some folks would say, i don't know about that. trust me, it really is right here. is how you show your love. for someone. it is how you define the relationship with someone. certainly in a religious setting, the obligation, the commitment that you make when you lead a chaste life is not to be unencumbered by a one-on-one relationship with someone, certainly a physical relationship with someone, but it is how you define love for others. how you are chaste for everyone. loving each person equally, showing respect, showing a connection for them. i can then help them and be more accepting of that person,
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whether they love me back, that is not what it is about. all right? obedience. aboutnce is again, not bad boy, good boy. obedience is about how you listen. how you listen to someone, particularly who you don't want to listen to that person. up to hereve had it and the day is like, really, i just don't -- think about a priest in the confessional, how obedient you have to be in that moment hour after hour listening. and loving. being chased in that moment for in thatson -- chaste moment for that person and try to understand and appreciate
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their concern, their problems. there and there is poverty -- then there is poverty, and poverty is not about the absence of having a nice car, having money in the bank. it is not about that. poverty was about being poor in spirit, dying to self. lower than thef people you served, being a servant leader. and so as i moved from that period of my life into more public life, i brought those values with me, and they had been part of the architecture of my leadership ever since, as lieutenant governor, as rnc chairman. how i find ways to listen to
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people, to be obedient, how i find the ways to love them when i want to smack them upside the head, to be chaste in that moment, if you will, and how to be poor. dive to oneself to elevate someone else even though i am the chairman, i am the lieutenant governor. i am not the most important person in the room. the most important person is that individual seeking help, that individual who requires acceptance, that individual who has a problem, that individual who wants to say, hey, how are you doing? i like what you are doing. i think a lot of our leaders have lost that aspect, those aspects of what it means to be a servant leader. dropirst thing i want to with you is that. i look out in this room, and i see the future of our country.
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not 30 years from now, folks. head.at crap out of your i am talking about what you will today, you leave here when you go back to your universities and the institutions you are affiliated .ith, your communities how would you assert those three values, if you will? in the relationship you have with the people you encounter? if you go on and decide to do something like run for office, or you start managing your own company or whatever happens in your life, how do you elevate those principles and show them as a sign of contradiction in the world in which you live? show your capacity to listen, and in that listening, understand and love someone as you find them, not as you want them to be. and then be willing to do what is necessary to help them
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improve the state of their life, the condition they are in, but just listen. even in that simple moment it solves many problems. i gave a speech to a group of young men and women. 20's to 30's, they were in this program where they were getting their ged. they had a tough walk, and they were trying to get themselves back together, so one of the first steps was to get a high school diploma, get the ged done, then transition to other things. i gave this talk, and at the end of it, this young woman was sitting there, and she was very upset. started crying. i was thinking to myself, lord, what did i say? got this woman crying, the government is going to call me. i went and asked what was wrong.
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thathared with me the fact she has a little boy, she has a job, she is doing this program. the problem is what she does -- when she does this program, she comes for this class and seminars, she is away from work. when she is away from work, her boss refuses to pay her her salary. so her paycheck is coming up short, and because her paycheck is coming up short, she is behind on her rent. because she is behind on her rent, her landlord just sent her a notice of eviction. she is trying to figure out how she is going to get herself together, how she is going to care for her child, and how she is going to try to continue to improve the quality of her life through this program when she is on the street. because of the end of the week, she has to leave her apartment.
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poverty, chastity, and obedient moment if ever there was one. i got on the phone to our secretary of housing and said to him, please tell me in this big thing called government, we have a program for this. that there is a way in which we can put resources to work that can help. , what theyshort found a program for her in which it supplemented her income because her employer was not paying her her full wages. she graduated the program, she stayed in her apartment, she got a job. she and her kid were going to be ok. that comes from listening, loving, and doing.
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and as leaders, that is all you are asked to do. you have to figure out how to do it, and you are going to make mistakes in doing it. so i know i could have come up here and sort of waxed poetic, andwe will get into q and a get into all the crazy that is this town, but i just felt that it is important that as we come into this new year, and as you are finding ways to embark on your own individual journeys, whatever your aspirations are, know that you are part of this , and called we, the people that we have a responsibility that goes with that. voting.t just it is not just, you know, reading the newspaper and being up on the news. it is how you cynically engage
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as well. it is how you become part of many solutions, solving as many problems as you can. and you may never hold elective office, all right? you may never run a business. you know, you may never do anything that has you out front in the public eye, but always know that you are still a leader , that there are people who watch you and learn from your example, that there are people who will listen to you and learn from what you say. and that is an awesome, awesome thing, and is an awesome responsibility, and is one that i think a lot of us as citizens have forgotten. we have grown lazy. we have grown bored with ourselves. that is why donald trump is so in attaining, to be honest.
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very -- he shaped his viewing audience into a voting audience. we are in a radiology -- we are in a reality tv presidency where those qualities are not important anymore. we don't have to listen because it is fake news, all right? we don't have to do because it is partisan. this is my tribe, that is your .rive, we don't -- tribe we don't mix. i don't have to care because i don't like you. you don't like me. i don't think that is what our founding fathers and mothers -- as you know, the women were, ok, george, get up. you got to go to philly, get up.
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so that is not what they wanted. and it is not what i expect of your generation or any generation. that thing to me is the way to start our conversation. i believe that seed with you, and i will be happy now to kind of throw it open, and we can go wherever you want to go in the q and a, because trust me, there is a lot to cover. i want you to think about that as you go from here. yes? >> my name is alexander polaski, and i go to suffolk university in boston. mr. steele: six feet of snow your way. >> i know. i think i can speak for all of us by saying we thank you and appreciate you for your time today. mr. steele: sure. >> i wanted to talk about the gop tax bill.
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you recently came out and said you were kind of shocked by the fact that the plan is kind of setting us and our generation up for quite a bit of debt, additional debt, and i was wondering, could you expand upon that? could you add any other critiques of the gop plan, and additionally kind of also how the gop leaders handled this situation in terms of listening to their constituents, but then also kind of putting party over common good? mr. steele: sure, let's start with that. that is the first fundamental law -- flaw in the process. it was not public, it is not something that engaged the american people, as we saw eight years ago with obamacare, same thing. whenngton does not work
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the republican tribe and the democratic tribe decide to play in their own camps. we have too many examples of that. and we also have examples of the opposite, when you stop and look at the 1986 tax bill with ronald reagan and tip o'neill at the respective helms. that was an 18 month process that ended with a bipartisan support and votes. and everybody, everybody got a little wind, everybody got a little pain. -- win, everybody got a little pain. i was doing some work in finance area, and they wiped out, completely wiped out what i did. ok, fine, something else to do. everybody had a little pain, everybody had a little gain.
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the problem i have with this bill is there are a couple things i found to be disconcerting during the first enforcement -- for most was how disingenuous we were about the impact and the cost. i had a hand in electing 63 members who came to congress on the idea that they would not grow the size of government, they would not spend one dollar we could not afford, and they would not increase the national debt. the debt had grown to close to $10 trillion under george bush, which was a real problem for fiscal conservatives, and led to some of the big shellacking we saw in 2006 and 2008 where the republican base said, enough. right? bennett doubled under barack obama. tothe time we got 22010, --
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2010, these individuals said, enough, reflecting what they had heard from their constituents back at home, that they were concerned about the debt being placed on future generations. the $1.5 trillion that they just created, that is not my problem. it ain't, it is not my problem. it is your problem. it is your kids' problem. a child born today owes the federal government over $55,000. if you don't think that is a problem, cool. we will go on our merry way and see where things and the, but , butf a sudden -- end up all of a sudden because you have a republican in the white house and republicans in charge of the senate and house, to throw away fundamental principle that we had been beating up everybody over for the last 10 plus years, to meet was holy disingenuous.
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i had a problem with this created that much debt without how are you going to pay for this? how do you make sure that bill is covered? the second part of it was, i had a real problem with the weight of the bill. cuts for tax -- look, i am a corporate guy, i love it, wonderful, but your tax cut, not permanent. it is not. and in fact you will have a battle by the time you get to 2024, 2025 over not whether they make those tax cuts permanent. a future congress and president will have to have that conversation. why? so it was problematic, and i think those two pieces for me were of such a negative that i
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found it very hard to go out and say yeah, this is a great bill. there are features i like but a lot of stuff i don't like. state and local tax is going away. let's call it what it was. just be honest and say this is to screw blues great -- blue state democrats. that is all it was. if we can't be honest about this stuff right in front of us, you know, i don't understand why everyone is, it was not that at all. this was good public policy. ok, fine. tell that to people in california or new york, florida, and elsewhere. of the bill were really problematic. >> thank you so much. >> my name is rick vales. i am from miami-dade college in southwest florida. what future to social conservatives have in the republican party, not just in
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the recent times but in the aftermath of roy moore losing alabama? the future is going to be wherever they want it to be. socialder myself a conservative. i will not beat you up about it. we should be mindful of a certain principle an idea, and i'm willing to have that debate and fight over those issues. that is what you do. that is what any republic, any strong political , butonment would welcome what i saw in this last election with respect to particularly evangelical voters was disheartening beyond words. upm sorry, i am a straight kind of guy. you don't preach to me for 30 years telling me how to live my life, who to love, where to
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live, what kind of person i should be and then in this election cycle and certainly in the case of roy moore say that is my guy? oh, hell no. that is not how this works. and to me, all credibility, particularly in the case of roy moore, all credibility was lost, and that is going to be something that will take some time in my view to rebuild because please, i -- do not come up to my face preaching -- do not. that to me was just such an insult to back someone with the kind of credible evidence of his that il behavior and say have to stand with this guy, or we have to support him because senate?damn vote in the
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are you kidding me? that is what our principles have become, whether or not we get a vote in the senate? so we throw all of that out? that makes no sense to me, and it will come back to bite republicans hard this year. i think women in this country looked at that and went, ok. thank you, we know, got you, got you. we got you covered november. we will show you. if you don't believe me, just look at virginia. 13 out of 16 seats were won were won by women. what has happened in the course of the last year, folks looked at the women's march on washington the weekend after the inauguration and thought, it is a one off, people upset, cannot accept the election. what i did was i just stayed in
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touch with folks. i stayed and listened to what they were saying and watched. what i saw was organization, instruction, identification, women to run. i applaud that. i want to see more women running stuff. because the men really have shown they can't seem to get it right at this point. hello, am i off here or not? is -- it is ahat balance in the system i would particularly like to see more rich -- more republican women run. the narrative our party changes when white men stop being the ones defining who we are, to be honest. i think that that is, that balance when i look at republican leadership and see a woman sitting there, knowing the other women conserve, that is a
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problem. when i look around the country and see how we are out promoting people of color, women, etc. for various office -- i mean, when i was in office we focused liberally on that. hispanic elected governors, we have got members elected to the house, state legislatures, judgeships. elected black judges in texas, texas. when your mind is there and you are focused on it, it can happen. all this stuff about social conservative and and how it plays out does not matter because they tour that card up for me. >> i do so much. mr. steele: yes, sir. >> i am andy camara from jersey city, new jersey. my question is, the republican party, they have been going for a massive.
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people whether it be john mccain voting down the repeal of obamacare or the sexual allegations and people saying they will not work with trump -- where do you see the republican party going, and you think the republican party has lost its position in the united states because all that has been going on? mr. steele: it has not lost its position. it has not helped itself. when i look at some real problems going into campaigns this year, i think the other thing to rest it that understand about dynamics with the base, the party and the elected leadership, i get this a lot. why haven't republican leaders, mccain and others -- not mccain but mcconnell and others, sort of really put their foot down with the president? they go back to their districts
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and see the president at 60% plus. i do the math. the guy is popular in your backyard, not going to slam him. that is unfortunate but that is the way politics works. a drop, until you see ,ff for the president in state and you saw that in alabama. why alabama worked, little notice in alabama race, was a change in the numbers. this makes my point. president obama -- president trump, for a significant portion of the year, was 63% plus approval in the state of alabama. on the day of the election, 48%. so what that said to me was, that drop off, all right, the 15 point drop off, was a sign of
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something. we are talking alabama. so we are not talking, you know, something that is weighted more towards democrats are weighted more towards independents. no, this is a conservative state, and conservatives dominate in the state. and so that told me there was a problem, leakage, seepage. where was that seepage? among republican women. so i think when the party is kind of looking at that, and you are seeing trendlines, that is where you will see a change in behavior. it should not be that way, because if you are a principled individual, going back to how we started our conversation, it should not matter what the poll numbers say, whether the president is popular in your district or state or not. what should matter is how you assert your leadership and how do you inject your voice into z,t conversation about x, y,
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and that will be a real struggle for republicans going forward. for one i they are looking for -- eye they are watching the --bers, the other i -- eye you will see that play out in crazy ways towards november. am just with the harvard extension. special counsel -- what do you -- mr. steele: special counsel. >> yes, sir. what do you think about the attempt to get trump fired, and if we get a report, what do you think, and the report implicates him in criminal activity, what do you think the current gop congress, republican congress, will respond with? mr. steele: it is a little bit complicated. in the sense that we don't miller knowshat
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where he is really going. i have said from the beginning that this was never about collusion. i don't even know what collusion is. i don't know what it looks like, how you do it, and that is the problem. not illegal. are, and thatgs was the moment that robert mueller's office said, we want to take a look at financial -- the thing about a good criminal enterprise is not the crime. it is how they pay for it. it is the money. it is always the money. that is the trail he seems to be on now. bannonay certainly, mr. gave us a lot more fodder for that particular argument. i think in terms of what mohler does, if robert mueller comes
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out and says, i would not be robert mueller does not indict the president or find any criminal wrongdoing, i would not be surprised at all. but if he but if he does, what it will do for the congress is put it back on its heels because then they have to make a very harsh political calculation. do they do like former u.s. senator baker and go down to the white house and say, mr. onsident, or do they jump the trump fake news narrative? sort of play it off as fake news and it is not really real. harder to do given that mueller, despite what you may see and hear and read in the newspapers, is very well-respected and regarded in this town. trust me. and a lot of the bs by
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republicans, they should be ashamed of themselves because these are the same people the were singing his praises and lauding this man for his character, his qualities, his capabilities a few years ago. the fakent to dismiss news, any republican who slams robert mueller, just know they're lying. all right, because, trust me, that is not how they really feel about him. that is not how they have ever felt about him. and donald trump certainly does not change that for them. but the politics, again, getting back to the poison that is coming from our politics, will take that very, very hard to navigate once the decision is made, whenever it comes out. look, you have already have some folks pleading guilty. come on, you have four people -- i give up, yeah, we did it,
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sorry, guilty. some say, well, there's nothing here, no legal -- i do not understand why we are having this, it is crazy. it is not believable. so something will come. what it is we do not know yet. i applaud mr. mueller and his team for keeping this so close to the vest, as they have. i think when it is all said and done, republicans are going to find themselves in a very tight spot, regardless of whether or not the president is formally brought into this in a legal way . because of the reputation and work of his team, it does matter. there is the fbi agent who was -- he about the president gets to do that, sorry, nothing wrong there. no prejudice there because all they are doing our following
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facts, and they have got to take that before a judge who will then see if there is any bias in that. he is looking at the evidence, too, and you will have to justify that to get the indictment and get the investigation to go down the road that, in fact, that it has, which tells me that that was not part of any of that. mueller did the right thing by getting him out of there, because he knew the politics and knew how it would play politically. yes, ma'am? >> my name is rebecca reeves, a senior in king state college in new hampshire. group of student democrats at how do you think the republican party can engage millennials, especially young women? what will impact millennials the most? mr. steele: very good question. well, let's start with engaging
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millennials. the one thing i love about millennials generally, is just the intuitive nature that you have about things. the instincts you have about problem solving. describing it is millennials look at a problem and ask one question is -- is there an app for that? [laughter] not, they create one. they create went to feed the poor and hungry. they create went to deal with issues within the community. and i think that that is something that is a very ourrful tool, resource, for community at large and going into the future, to have that kind of, sort of, intuitive look notroblem solving, which is
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the environment which i came out of. if there was a problem, you never even got to asking about busyp because you are too creating other problems to solve that problem. [laughter] so it is a very different approach. that being said, i think what i find opportunistic is the fact many instances, millennials tend to be a little political. in other words, the parties do not mean as much to your generation as they did to the generation before or the generation before that or certainly my generation. and that will redefine how we engage politically, when the r as ihe d matters less, think it should, but i have always believed that, even as a partisan. we place onhasis
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the party and the more we place on philosophical ideals and policy, that is how i think we can win the day, make the case and win the day. for example, looking at things, that entrepreneurial spirit that defines your generation, we are all about that, all about creating that space in which entrepreneurs flourish and thrive. it is not just about tax policy, but it is also about how that is integrated with health care, how it is integrated with wages, and i think we can lead on these things, the environment. i remind my party a lot about the fact that we walk away from our history on some very basic things that i know are very important to millennials. civil rights, for example. we were in the forefront of that for many, many generations.
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we walked away from that. environmental policy -- again, on the forefront of that for many generations, walking away from it. we forget. the republican present -- a republican president created the epa. we treat the epa today like it is a cancer on the political system. we do the same with voting rights. we were champions of voting rights, and we cannot even get the damn voting rights bill out of the tour and voted on for renewable. the last time it was done was under a republican president, george bush, and it was done, yeah, moving on, protecting the rights of citizens and their ability to vote. so those things metal to that weals in a way have not seen and to a degree we have not seen in other generations. i think being able to speak to that in an honest and authentic way will be important. unfortunately, i do not think we can do that right now, to be honest. i think there is a possibility
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of losing that vote early enough right now, sort of grow it. because as you get older and more established in your political thinking and ways, i want to be part of that. i want the party to be part of that and be competitive with the democrats. too not want to cede that democrats, that argument or that ground. i do not have to be less conservative a be a rhino or any of that other crazy bs. i just need to be true, authentic, an honest, and layout that this is how we seek america growing and being prosperous. so strongly that we are comfortable enough to give it to you and be there to help you do that. that is not the messaging i hear right now.
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it is to say, hey, goes up with an republican guy, but then they look and say, well, wasn't he the same guy who supported the pedophile, and it becomes a very hard argument. ok, this will be real quick. we can do this. i do not have an app for it, but we can do it. >> good morning. i wanted to know if you see a strategy to operationalize leadership against populism, and to we use that to return that kind of conservatism? mr. steele: i have not given up on that train. that is a good way to look at it. look, i do not have a problem with populism. i have a concern about nationalism. i have a concern about the distortion of certain values and principles that i think are foundational. and that is why i think
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certainly there's are the ones anchor that in a real sense. i like the idea of competing against this emergent philosophy, if you will. canonization of american politics, which we now see as even at odds with the very person they promoted and supported. so that tells you something about where that wants to go. i think we need to be prepared for that fight. so i am asking all of you to stand your ground. you either want to fight for an america that still believes in with a lady in new york harbor stands for. you want to fight for an america that still believes that as citizens, we are all equal and have an equal say and access to opportunity. that my neighbor is not my enemy, that the press is not there lying to me every time they write, say, or show me something. if you want to fight for that,
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then ok, let's get engaged. if you do not, then rollover because you are about to get it to get it appeared trust me, it will not be fun. from hofstra university in new york. i have a question on civic engagement. chancethink there is a people will want to get a big what we the people," when many individuals believe that their voice does not have a say? mr. steele: i think they do. i think they can't. i have that hope because i am looking at a roomful of people that i have hope in, to be honest. it is literally that, "we the people," and if one of us false down, we have to eager them -- we have to help them figure out to get up and keep walking. those are the crossroads we are at. that is really where we are here do you either have some freak and compassion about someone or something, and then you act on that compassion or you are just going to be a stone. you're just going to move on and
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let it go, and i hope you do not do that. i really do. because this wonderful wacky experiment we call america still has meaning, still has value. it's past and history is ugly and tortured, painful, this, that, but it is also one of the most fundamentally important things that we have to offer the rest of the world. and they want us to offer it. i mean, i talked to diplomats and leaders from around the globe. these folks still look to us, and they still look to future generations of americans to help the world, and the world wants to be a part of helping us, too. so i think there is a lot there just a fight for, and i hope all of you will find a way, in the words of thurgood marshall, we you know, bend down and pull ourselves up by our own
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bootstraps. right? we all do that. but every once in a while, we need some want to help us. and that is where you come in. thank you all very much. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] -- [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] mr. steele: thank you. have a very good year. not destructive. all right, thanks. [applause] an associated press tweet with the news that attorney general jeff sessions is rescinding a policy that allowed legalized marijuana to flourish and states across the country without federal intervention. senator cory gardner is from colorado, were marijuana use was legalized in 2014. on

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