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An Honest Trumpversation - The Political Podcast for the Rest of Us

Carl Wilson

An Honest Trumpversation - The Political Podcast for the Rest of Us
35 min2016 SEP 13
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National Security and the important role our President plays as Commander in Chief is very much at the forefront of the political conversation. In this episode, we’ll look at last Wednesday’s Commander in Chief Forum where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump discussed their plans for keeping Americans safe, combating terrorism, and why they think they’re the best person for the job.

Commander In Chief Forum Transcript

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Commander In Chief Forum Transcript

LAUER: Good evening, everyone, from the Carrier Intrepid here in New York City. In just a couple of short months, Americans are going to vote in a critical election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are vying not only to become president of the United States, but one of them will become the leader of the most potent military force the world has ever seen.

I’m standing in a place where I can actually see the site of the World Trade Center. Fifteen years ago this week, the worst terror attack on American soil changed the world and launched this nation into years of war. Tonight’s forum is a great opportunity for these nominees to talk about national security and the complex global issues that face our nation. And they’ll get to tell you why they are ready for the role of commander-in-chief.


KENNEDY: It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States.

JOHNSON: I have today ordered to Vietnam the Air Mobile Division.

REAGAN: Air and naval forces of the United States launched a series of strikes against the headquarters and military assets that support Moammar Gadhafi.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH: No president can easily commit our sons and daughters to war.

BILL CLINTON: We can and will succeed because our mission is clear and our troops are strong.

GEORGE W. BUSH: I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

OBAMA: I can report to the American people the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaida.


ANNOUNCER: The Commander-in-Chief Forum, live from the Carrier Intrepid in New York. Here now is Matt Lauer.

LAUER: Good evening, everyone. The decisions a commander-in- chief makes can have a profound and lasting impact on all Americans, but none more so than the brave men and women who serve, fight, and die for our country. What makes tonight’s forum unique, some of the questions will be asked by U.S. military veterans who are in our audience. The presidential nominees will appear back-to-back tonight. After a coin toss yesterday won by Mr. Trump, he chose to go second. So that means we begin tonight with the Democratic nominee for president. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Hillary Clinton.


CLINTON: Matt, how are you? Good to see you. Thank you. Hi. How are you?

LAUER: Good to have you.


Nice to see you. Good evening.

CLINTON: Thank you very much. I’m happy you’re doing this.

LAUER: Let me — thank you very much, I’m happy to be here. Let me ask you something ahead of time that I’ll ask Mr. Trump in a half an hour. To the best of your ability tonight, can we talk about your qualities and your qualifications to be commander-in-chief and not use this as an opportunity to attack Mr. Trump, all right? And I’ll ask him the exact same thing.