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-- thanks it's not thanks Brett.
The budget process here in the middle of it here in Virginia.
You're going to get a budget through.
Took four -- the senate Democrats opposed this repeatedly they were upset about committee assignments about.
So your marks the Northern Virginia and some of the things we finally got it finally got accomplished I'm making amendments now what.
It's the most important document you -- where you put your money is where you're.
Place your values and where you place your priorities and so.
We made a lot of changes this year we're government spending reform and a number of all the things -- like investments and infrastructure and pension reform and a lot of all the things assault palms are -- structural budget without you tax increases and got that accomplished but it took took a little easier.
Your state government budget efforts and what happens on capitol absolutely Washington is -- real.
We have to balance the budget on time.
And it has to be the income and expenses have to be balanced every year.
In Washington it's been three plus years now with no budget primarily because the Democrats and the USS and it.
They borrow two access and going to -- patrolling thrown half.
Your that's -- -- foreign way of thinking for governors Republican.
Or Democrats so wide I think it's it would get a balanced budget amendment or get people who can lead a whole -- manage the federal money.
Like we managed the taxpayers so pocketbook in Virginia or like they -- their own picture.
-- -- -- What do you think the biggest issue for this coming election will be.
It's the economy and jobs I don't think is any question about it not only from -- public opinion polls but what I hear anecdotally.
Are traveling around we've made progress in Virginia were down from seven point -- five point six -- in the southeast slowed some for years so.
We're making some progress was forgot to 1000 people looking to find a job can't get access to the American dream -- hire people would have dropped out because it.
Lost lost the hope and some measure because of the -- Crushing debt and no vision for jobs and energy -- Washington so there's no question.
But this is the biggest issue that the next president's hands -- out -- with eight point 2% unemployment.
For the last 39 months the entire Obama presents it's unacceptable.
And and there's no plan for us to get out of them that's why I think we need a change in leadership and change and growth.
When you hear President Obama talk about the things he talks about the Buffett rule about people paying their fair share what what are you here.
What I hear is the -- message of hope and change from 2000 and it is now the message.
Recession in division.
This dividing Americans have long.
Lines of class sex or in compact -- -- -- -- -- do things that they -- we have 300 America's role in this.
Together and we shouldn't be -- -- and it's also a message that if you're successful.
In America and you've achieved the American dream that somehow you have -- bigger burden and you hope people or somehow you've gotten there by taking something from somebody else that's completely -- for the whole American experience we're.
Nation -- believe your work hard you dream big -- golden rural you do.
Positive things -- -- god -- -- should succeed.
We're going to be celebrating that more I think in this country until its policies that out of Washington or.
We're just the opposite have been the only jobs program we've had basically it's a trillion dollars in stimulus.
Spending that's been built and the -- really didn't work.
That well yes of helpless in the short worms or some things -- That's not a jobs plan it's not an energy.
You endorsed Mitt Romney pretty early -- campaigning with him here in Virginia.
What are your thoughts of him as a nominee and where his strengths and perhaps weaknesses line.
-- real issues that matter this year again jobs in the economy.
And its debt and deficit but those -- the things that so we're potentially do you rail.
America the greatest country on -- got to get people back to work Mitt -- has -- that private sector and the public sector was governor of Massachusetts and -- -- a Bain Capital and moments -- war -- stimulate entrepreneurship and free enterprise governor thousand.
New jobs in managing debt and deficit cut three billion dollars and in that.
It deficits getting out of the of Massachusetts the budget balanced that.
As governors must do.
And yet this president's got us over five trillion dollars of new debt from ten to fifteen and with his budget because it's 45.
Trillion by the -- point one -- that's unbelievable I think Americans are waking up to the fact that that -- Create permanent debtor nation in America that's embarrassing and unsustainable for kids and our grandkids up.
In the things that America needs -- -- has got the skill set as governor and as a business leader of the private sector.
To get those things on and on top about that he is the good decent guy but some time with them is a person literally -- a deep personal faith he's got a wonderful family.
And he understands the greatness of America the American dream and wants everybody to have access to that that's what we need right now what do you think his vulnerabilities there.
I think because he's Tennessee Ito so long and I think we need somebody who runs the business like this the other wants to get results turned down the rhetoric.
-- focus on getting results and getting things done on jobs and spending which -- that you need really top notch manager.
I think some people loads level to his views as governor of Massachusetts might be a little different than what is that -- well.
When you're governor of Massachusetts -- -- reacting to people here's that you might have a different view than you do governor.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Of the free world I think he's got the right sort of -- rooted in a low vote of democratic capitalism and American democracy and it will.
That will make him on the right person to lead Americans.
You don't think those.
Will hurt him in this election.
-- people talk about it that was clearly vetted during the last year of the the primary.
-- process I think one you have the right to be smarter today than you were yesterday.
And second -- -- governor of a blue state.
You do things maybe differently than you do if you're the leader of the entire.
A nation it's been clear about that when he says things some things that he believes -- good for the country how important do you think Virginia is going to be the general election I think most people right at the top five.
Here we went to a Republican 44 years of -- president and -- great campaign in 2000 neighbor is the boat load of money uplifting message of hope and change brought a lot of new voters.
Into the into the process and won by six points for you know but I want the next year by a team we've got on a roll since.
I -- Virginia is is still.
-- at its core a rite of sinners but certainly if fiscal conservatives -- in the fiscal issues that doctors should Brett.
I -- be independent voters who control the selection.
Statewide and nationwide reverting to their national tendencies and voting rights under this -- round but it's purple.
It's not -- and that -- last.
Ten governors we've had five Republicans five Democrats the longer term -- that was clearly towards a more conservative.
Candidates and I say that because we -- have a Republican governor in the history of Virginia -- sixties didn't have a Republican legislature to the late nineties so it's only been the last couple decades.
Where Republicans conservatives that parolee had a lot to say about about -- -- Virginians.
I think that we will return.
To the normal tendency.
If the federal level -- -- When you hear people say that you're on the short list for possible VP.
What he -- 10% of the -- in order asking for it we're sitting here in the capital designed by Thomas Jefferson in the second governor of Virginia that's a pretty good -- to have.
I'll blog and what I do and we're making a lot of change from head of the Republican governors association of interest in electric Republican governor.
And there's no list of matters other than Mitt Romney -- the other talk to me about -- I want to help him everywhere I can become the next president wants it more Republican governor.
That's Michael you were asked about it recently you said you're not interviewing for the job.
But people looking from the outside know that this is swing state.
You've got decent approval ratings balance the budget without raising taxes you've done a lot of things bring people together you get a democratic senate Republican House.
A unanimous budget.
And the president can't get a budget through Democrats in control of congress.
It does sound like you're not not interviewing for the job.
And I'm trying to victories for level one term governor the only state in the countries -- got to work -- as far as my fellow.
Governors -- -- -- has -- this so rare privilege that I've been given to have the job of Henry Jefferson.
To do great things look it's -- it's a battle in an international economy right now for job.
And -- for talent and monitor everything I can't tell the Virginia store number one state in America for.
Four row for business record by four magazine -- doing everything I can't get more business to -- -- -- them about that unemployment right so I'll let others decide whether that's.
Suitable for some -- office.
Yeah when you ran.
That you ran you're you're socially conservative.
But you ran a campaign that was really focus on Virginia's economy yes and you were credited by a lot of people is focusing in on that.
He saw that as the successful way to win this for Republicans across the country.
Let's look yes people what they care about jobs the economy taxes spending energy.
The things that they sit around there with her kids and grandkids and talk about the kitchen table that that's what Virginians -- interest for the birdies and that they don't care about those social issues -- sure because values do matter character does count.
What you believe about life family -- marriage really does that define you as a people.
But I'm saying that in the 2009 election what was overwhelmingly on people's mind coming out of the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008.
Not -- I get my daughter and son back to work kind of like keep the cost of tuition -- How do we build better roads and schools that overwhelmingly -- on people's -- listen I'm pro life -- -- -- -- -- fiscal and social conservative I believe deeply in those.
Traditional values of America but what comes to government.
People want you to fix problems and get results you know all the things they care about right.
For people who are critical of -- possible choices view they would say.
The social issues.
The things you've done.
Wouldn't be great for Mitt Romney and politics they point to this measure yourself and this fetal ultrasound and -- bill in March.
Requiring women -- seeking abortions in Virginia undergo an ultrasound 24 hours before abortion procedure.
-- created a lot of press.
You ought to read but it gridlock for sure do you regret that what was the thought process behind it and do you think it -- you pull -- Almost -- pro life.
Believe that the more we can embrace that cultural life in America the better country rigged and -- leader for twenty years on the pro life issue.
And I'm glad that -- vote -- that we've made a lot of progress from defending innocent human life.
-- reasonable people disagree we've -- arguments for forty years since Roe vs.
Wade on that.
But most of -- what we did -- sister Virginia George when he -- that it's.
That requires some offer an ultrasound procedure to a -- part of -- informed consent.
Our prospects nine state search at a mandatory.
Ultrasound so we're worth worth we're a lot of other states or.
But over -- -- that was bad -- that was one bill out of 855 and side.
Most of what we did is focusing on the things that we're the top of that list that I mentioned jobs -- suspending pension reform transportation energy veterans.
-- overwhelmingly that was the story.
Of the session but but I'm gonna continue to stand up for innocent human life.
But you saw what happened on the campaign trail when we had two weeks of contraception.
-- do you think that -- Romney campaign could handle.
A week of trans vaginal ultrasound.
You know what I think America can handle is.
A war by the Democrats on the taxpayer.
I don't think they can handle.
The Democrats continue to change the subject.
Away from the economy.
And debt and deficit because the record so bad -- that's what this is -- -- about.
-- -- when you have an eight point 2% unemployment and no president's ever got reelected every percent.
And when you've got fifteen trillion in debt heading towards 45 with a failed leadership in -- inability to cut spending of this administration of course you can change the subject and -- this.
-- this this buzz about.
Women's rights that's not what's happening it's really a false representation of things happening at state and federal level.
And it's -- absolute perversion from the heart and soul with the selections about getting the greatest country on earth back to work.
And back to solvency that's what this election's about.
And if you have a bad record on that fires pres Obama -- welcome some girls talk about it because he can't run on his record this election's about Mitt Romney's.
Forty years of successful private sector public sector vs this president's record for -- and half years it has not worked out well for our country.
Not to harp on this but.
One of the things if you read the Washington Post during your election.
You would see a lot of stories about any piece that you wrote the back and they reported five years ago 35 years ago -- -- point.
-- five years ago you write this piece for the Republican policy committee.
Got a lot of coverage during the election.
First of all we surprised that covers a lot of coverage.
I'm surprised that that it was relevant to go back and find a college term paper and think that that was going to be.
Relevant in an election when I've been an office for forty years and had.
-- -- 3040000.
Votes -- defined.
What I did but I never -- any secret of the fact I am pro life pro family.
And that we do you do things.
Promote and protect traditional values.
In in our country but when.
Did issues face of the country have to do with.
Defending our freedoms and protecting our.
Americans against terrorists and getting people back to work and -- a vision for energy.
I don't -- are people going to be concerned about point five year old.
A college faces again all -- trying to do this for help Mitt Romney when it's going to be his vision and his plans and his ideas for America period.
So you don't still believe the federal support for child care programs quote.
Subsidized to dynamic trend of working women and feminists that is ultimately detrimental to the family by drenching the status flow are non parental -- -- Have children but you know it's dangerous to take one quote out of a ninety -- these systems say that's what -- -- what I was trying to say that whole paper I don't think many people disagree with that.
Is that the more we -- that welfare state the great society out of wood Johnson.
And have more people depending on government and less self individual responsibility and self reliance.
That that created a -- a tough dynamic for America and that's why in 95 here Virginia we reform welfare.
-- 96 with a signature President Clinton.
We reformed welfare that's what that whole -- social -- about a sort of take a sentence -- through the I'd write differently today.
Take that and out of consciousness not fair reflection that's what the Washington Post that but I've got I've got 42 years now governing people know exactly what we stand for.
A pro life I'm -- but I'm also pro results getting things accomplished for the citizens on jobs.
You know balancing a budget without present tax that's what we've done what do you think the biggest foreign policy issues facing -- -- -- -- -- -- -- question.
Well that -- the that's the global war on terror.
I think we realize we realize a profoundly in Virginia brought from 9/11 when you pentagon was attacked like your version.
And -- what we saw on new York and Shanksville Pennsylvania and that there is.
There is an ideology out there.
Hates the traditional western values and people actually blow themselves up and run planes into buildings.
To be able to undermine the American way of life and that threat has not.
Completely abated but because of votes some tough decision making a president's.
And some incredible work by the men and women in uniform particularly a lot of them.
Hear from Virginia -- mile miles thought it was -- Iraq for a couple of for for your back and back and little with friends for a decade.
If that is going to be the dynamic I think that's gonna color -- shape foreign policy for.
For quite some time a nuclear Iran very problematic a nuclear North Korea also problem that we've got to be able to continue to.
Focus on what can America do to make sure we're -- for them.
In the army stationed in Germany when winners.
Do you think that the military is concerned about.
How this administration is dealing with these issues do you sense the -- talked to a lot of military folks.
About a concern about the future of the US -- -- military leaders as you know don't speak out publicly on their political views about the commander in chief and I think that's that's right.
-- also -- think from.
Suggestions that I've seen in Poland about two thirds the military support of John McCain over Barack Obama because that was his view of the world was.
What's better for -- -- military when I look at the cutbacks -- the United States that navy.
That is headquartered here and in Virginia -- in Atlantic fleet.
I would say that this is still an incredibly dangerous world we have to -- failed military capability and strategy.
To me the unconventional warfare that we're seeing in Iraq and Afghanistan and that might be the big the big -- threats going forward and I do think -- -- vast difference between.
The long term views of Obama and -- when it comes -- thoughts that the president.
That's gutsy decisions in taken out to Osama bin Laden should be given credit for that -- -- -- that men and women in uniform that the dangerous work but it was a right decision for him.
For him to -- what I don't think we can.
Do what the sequestration proposal calls for 600 billion dollar in reduction in military spending even Leon Panetta said this would be very tough.
For the defense is the united says Americans so after the new congress -- like I think pretty -- rethinking -- -- reporter priorities and money so there's.
A lot of things -- obviously you don't see and Rumsfeld used to call me unknown now.
If you're looking to a crystal ball.
What are we not focusing.
I think the clear threat.
And the Taliban.
-- The places in the world or they're known to -- Is the clear and present danger to America they've never backed off their.
Other threats against the west -- -- -- are clear and having nuclear.
-- -- which would to stabilize the -- that entire.
Region but when you look at what's happened this in this last year.
With social media causing the air spring to occur and our whole raft of new leaders.
In the mideast we still don't know what Egypt was gonna look like in six months earlier.
Whether officers and still have the same leadership that they've got now in six months or -- year I think we have to just -- incredibly.
A vigilant but I don't think there's any question right now that.
That our biggest biggest threat is -- -- four years.
Destabilize that region taken some of the modern Arab states and and in cratered hot -- of extremists and so that that's the biggest challenge in the near term.
I think China right now while they are up to number two in GDP.
Has begun through.
Engage -- and some flotation capitalism and they've seen it work.
9% growth for twenty years I don't think that's sustainable and they're gonna have some challenges 510 years -- housing bubbles and some things like that we face here.
Recently but I I think well they are clearly.
The new superpower.
That I think the most immediate threats come from come from the -- in Merida Redskins -- I didn't.
It's a good -- it's -- I think it's free tickets and a great life and that's a real real family.
Very blessed five children all live in Virginia twenty to 31 in the world -- Iraq or -- now working for defense contractor -- Twin boys at the University of Virginia that a couple of daughters and it will have my third daughter to her master's degree next we're so.
I'm very blessed my kids have done very well -- work or Bertram.
Even for somebody who covers Virginia politics -- something that somebody might not know about you.
Well bush referred pretty -- you know it's pretty -- that's a good selling it.
You know fifteen hour days out Laporte and I love getting stuff done and that's lowered my Watson you know Fox News -- were her favorite movie that's pretty much -- That no oil well a couple -- Susan mcginnis workable records when I was in the army.
I organized group of people to carry a stretcher with -- 120 pound body for 93 miles.
Well through the roads of Germany and so we're there for about four years before we got beat by Canadian army today.
And scored a touchdown against the things TC Williams please remember that -- so only for people scored against them during the course of the regular season I was one it was forty years ago this year.
Still sports guy.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And you're a religious person.
Book pro life Catholic.
Or brazen in the Catholic.
Church -- -- -- them.
-- connections over the years with evangelicals and so in the marbles work that.
The people of faith have done both Catholics.
And my friends of the Jewish community Israel now -- just got back at the end of lecture about where there.
That with president miles from the top leaders and I just city the probable war that has been done.
I'll -- people in -- In everything from disaster mitigation.
Affirming and great values in the culture.
Two having people -- understand heart of service men in the today that's what this -- about public service.
And a lot of those -- that I have worked for by.
My faith and stay in the wall of Jesus and his public ministry says that your goal like there was some people just plays -- -- -- him.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I just didn't think it was sort of my calling at this point line again I loved being governor version and -- in outlook for me if somebody called on me a servant.
A -- -- capacitance and I considered him that but.
When you've got -- -- Thomas Jefferson just getting better we're getting big things done.
Democrats Republicans are working together jobs or up we've got a good energy strategy a billion dollars in surplus.
Stuff to -- that and I forgot -- -- -- to get some it's probably things that I I didn't.
Just wasn't in my heart my -- -- to run for president the fumbles the powers and particularly Romney.
Who offered themselves public service -- -- just think this general election will be.
Well I think it has to be for the Democrats in -- way because if you can't run on an economy and and controlling spending and he can't run on jobs and deficit reduction.
You've got to change something.
And that's what president -- trying to do what does this class warfare and this politics of recession and the vision he's got to be able to attack.
Mitt Romney or to separate people.
Because it is the record on the things people ultimately say they care about they're gonna -- about is not good right so.
I don't think it's going to be perfectly plausible -- most come from the side it runs got a great policy division and -- to tell.
But he is going to be very clear.
That eight point 2% unemployment rate that maybe the best Barack Obama could do.
But it certainly in the death of Americans can do that this.
Legacy of the president promising one thing and doing another promising all of the above energy and then -- traditional -- A promising that we're going to be better where jobs and still be an eight point you.
One saying that he would get this done for years -- -- a one term proposition.
We're here to collect.
So it sounds -- you agree with governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana who said.
The economy needs to lead the way and social issues need to be on the back -- -- I think that.
I think -- -- well it's not one or the other I'm just saying that what controls.
Overwhelmingly in this election cycle.
In what people need for the restoration of the -- country ever.
It's a vision for economic freedom and security and not to me they're not they're not simulator literally disassociated from more traditional values we believe.
That people have the right to use your god given talents.
To pursue the American dream that means less government less interference.
With that American dream and that's exactly what's happening with us democratic administration we -- less of that.
And more free markets and limited government what does that nominal compliance I don't.
I don't see that -- one or the other I'm saying.
It's it's book you gotta be resolutely pro family pro life I think to be able to embrace the strict cultural life her country.
For the same time your focus has got to this all the problems getting results on the things that matter it's jobs and economy -- deficit and debt that's what it's about.
There -- very much thanks.
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