Wife: Elee; 3 Children: Sarah, Elizabeth, Madaline
Rankin County, MS
BS, Economics, Millsaps College
Governor, State of Mississippi, 2020-present
President, Mississippi State Senate, 2012-present
Former Chairman, Republican Lieutenant Governor's Association
Lieutenant Governor, State of Mississippi, 2012-2020
Candidate, Governor of Mississippi, 2019
Treasurer, State of Mississippi, 2004-2012
Assistant Vice President, AmSouth
Investment Officer, Trustmark Investment Strategy Committee, 2000
Chair, Board of Directors, Mississippi Health Care Trust Fund, present
Member, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Mississippi, present
Member, Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, present
Board Member, Investment Policy, Millsaps College General Louis Wilson Fund, present
Member, Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees, present
Member, Advisory Committee, Else School of Management
Member, Association for Investment Management and Research
Member, Boys & Girls Club of Mississippi
Member, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute
Member, Exchange Club Parent/Child Center
Participant, Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows
President, Mississippi Republican Elected Officials Association
Member, Mississippi Society for Disabilities
Member, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
Chair, Public Awareness, Mississippi Society of Financial Analysts
Member, Stewpot Ministries
Member, United Way of Mississippi
Member, University Medical Center Children's Cancer Clinic
Member, College Savings Plans Network Executive Board, 2009
President, National Association of State Treasurers (NAST), 2006-2007
Reeves was named a 2013 Charter Champion by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Reeves received the 2012 State Legislative Achievement Award from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform for passage of the Attorney General "Sunshine Act," which requires an open and transparent process for awarding legal contracts. He was named Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Municipal League in 2012.
We’ve made great progress on education in Mississippi. We’ve won results on workforce training, teacher pay raises, record school funding, and scholarships for future teachers—just to name a few things. The most important item: we focused on outcomes, not inputs. We’re no longer just measuring success by how many dollars we put into the system, but by how many kids get a quality education. And it has made all the difference. In national assessments, our kids are outpacing the nation when it comes to gains in math and reading. They are ready to compete with anyone for jobs and further education.
Of course, there’s more to do. We need to fix the broken bureaucracy that is holding kids back. We need to do more to make sure that when Mississippi kids graduate from high school they’re ready and able to find a Mississippi job or get a Mississippi college education. When I went to public school in my small Mississippi town, I learned real skills that got me ready for life. That’s missing in too many places these days. We also need to look after our most vulnerable students. I support the program that gives children with disabilities access to the education they need to thrive. I’ll protect them. It’s the right thing to do.
As governor, we’ll keep working on our schools so that our students are equipped to start lives, careers, and families here in our state.
When I first ran for office, I promised to be a watchdog for the taxpayers. I promised to slash wasteful spending and look after every single dollar that you pay in taxes. We’ve done just that. We’ve cut taxes for every single taxpayer in the state. Teachers and truckers, farmers and families. Everybody who paid taxes before our tax cuts now pays less. We even cut taxes on Christmas Trees. (Merry Christmas!)
Guess what happened. Revenue went up! More business came to Mississippi. More people have jobs, and more money in their pockets to spend in Mississippi businesses. We’ve been able to cut state debt and invest a billion dollars in roads and bridges because we are bringing in more money. That’s what I’ll continue to do as governor: invest in priorities while keeping the lid on wasteful spending and stopping the tax hikes that lobbyists and liberals push.
If, God forbid, President Trump is replaced by one of the radical liberals running in 2020, the people of Mississippi will not take kindly to their proposed efforts to confiscate our guns. They are already talking about declaring a national emergency to round them up. These are our rights as Americans, and we will protect them. I believe in your right to protect your family. I believe in your right to defend your home. I will not compromise or back down on this critical issue. We passed a law that says: if the federal government declares a state of emergency they cannot and will not seize our Mississippi guns. As Governor, I will uphold that promise no matter what.
I am 100% pro-life, and I believe it is our responsibility to defend the innocent unborn. Today, there are liberals across the country advocating for abortion up-to and even after the moment of birth. It is the greatest evil of our time, and it’s not good enough to say that it is not your job to protect those babies. We need to be proactive. That is why we passed the “heartbeat bill” which says that when a baby has a heartbeat, it cannot be killed. As governor, I’ll continue to stand up for the unborn and protect them.
We’ve passed the Blue Lives Matter act—harsher penalties for cop killers. We’ve pushed for pay raises for troopers and criminal justice reform to make it less likely that a person leaving prison will commit another crime. We’ve outlawed sanctuary cities, and I will stand with President Trump to ring the alarm about the emergency on our border. Drug cartels and illegal immigration threaten our whole country, and we need leaders who will stand strong on this issue. The safety of Americans must come first.
We can do more to help Mississippians get the quality health care that they deserve, and that starts with protecting the financial integrity of our Medicaid system and ensuring that it is fiscally sound. We’ve pushed innovative solutions like “health care zones” to improve coverage across the state. I am also the only candidate in this race who opposes expanding Obamacare and recognizes the disastrous effects it would have on our system long-term. Across the country, liberals are taking a “spend now, solve later” approach to health care: between the socialism that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are pushing to the Obamacare expansion being pushed here in Mississippi. I don’t believe in sound-bite solutions like “Medicaid-for-All”, “Single Payer Health Care”, or “Obamacare expansion”—I believe in real, free-market innovations that will make a difference in the long-run.
BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT Amna Nawaz: Mississippi was one of the last states in the country to record a known coronavirus case, and one of the most recent to adopt stay-at-home or shelter-in-place policies statewide. With me now to discuss his state's response is Governor Tate Reeves. Governor, welcome back to the "NewsHour." And thank you for making the time. You had your first confirmed case back on March 11. You didn't issue the statewide shelter-in-place order until April 1. In that time, there were over 1,000 additional cases, over 20 deaths. Why did you wait so long before taking the step? Governor Tate Reeves: Well, what I would tell you is that different states are at different points in their cycle. We know that. Obviously, where we find ourselves on the East Coast, compared to where we find ourselves in the South, is very different in terms of when the first cases were identified. I will tell you that we believe that shelter-in-place orders are a last resort. They are orders that obviously are critically important at the critical time in the cycle. But we don't believe that shelter-in-place orders make sense for weeks and weeks on end and ultimately months and months on end, because, when we have a public health crisis that is before us that we are trying to do everything in our power to deal with to make sure that our hospitals are not in a surge position, in which we run out of either ventilators or hospital beds or ICU beds, we also know that we have a looming economic crisis for almost 100,000 Mississippians over the last three weeks that have filed unemployment claims, many of whom have never utilized the system before. We have got to be aware of that as well. And so we're trying to look at both of those interests and make sure that we protect all Mississippians in this very, very unique time. Amna Nawaz: You mentioned wanting to keep the hospitals at capacity or below capacity. How many ventilators does Mississippi have, and how many have you gotten from the National Stockpile? Governor Tate Reeves: Well, we haven't received any ventilators from the National Stockpile to -- but what we have done is, we have gone out, and we have we have been very active on the open market. President Trump and Vice President Pence were very clear about this from the beginning. Everything from ventilators to PPE, to other supplies that we need, it was incredibly important that states and hospital systems and everyone in the system continue to utilize their existing supply chains, and not simply depend on the federal government for everything. We have worked with our partners on -- in the federal level. We have worked with our traditional supply chains. And while no one is getting as much as they want, we have been able to meet the demands for our health care workers, for our emergency first responders with respect to PPE and other items. We have set a system in place where, much like our trauma system in our state, which is widely considered one of the best in the nation, and, by the way, one of the first in the nation to be put into place, we have worked with our hospitals, we have worked with our doctors, we have worked with everyone in our state to ensure that, not only do we have the capacity to meet the potential demand, but we have also put alternate care sites available in South Mississippi, in Central Mississippi, in North Mississippi. So, if there is, in fact, an overflow needed, which we do not currently anticipate, but, if there is, we are ready and able to deal with it. Amna Nawaz: But, Governor -- I apologize for the interruption. I know your time is limited. What do you -- I'm looking for a number here. What is -- what do you have, when you say you have enough to meet the demand? How many ventilators do you have? Governor Tate Reeves: Well, we have approximately 400 ventilators that are available. Now, the latest models, particularly from IHME, actually are suggesting that we will need approximately 100 ventilators. But you have to understand that those 400 ventilators that are being reported do not include 500 additional ventilators that we have put into action in the last couple of weeks. We had portable ventilators that we used the ingenuity of Mississippi State University. Our research universities have been fantastic in working with us. We have taken those 500 ventilators that used to be battery-operated, and now they're both battery-operated, and they will plug into a wall. We actually had a doctor at the University Medical Center go and buy $50 worth of supplies at a couple of stores here in Mississippi and create his own ventilator. And so we feel confident that we're going to have adequate number of supplies to make sure that we don't overwhelm our health care system. And, honestly, that has been our goal from the get-go, and I think the goal of virtually every other state. Stopping the spread of the virus wasn't something that was a realistic goal. Ensuring that our hospital system is in such a position where anyone who could get better with quality care got that quality care was the number one goal. Amna Nawaz: Well, Governor, let me ask you about some of the most vulnerable in your state. You have been seeing similar trends in Mississippi we have seen around the country, which is to say, African-Americans in Mississippi have been disproportionately hit. They make up under 40 percent of the state population, over 70 percent of all COVID deaths so far. I'm curious about another step you took, which was recently signing a proclamation naming April Confederate Heritage Month. I know you have said your predecessors have done the same thing. At this particular time, when this community is going through this, why did you feel it was appropriate to sign that proclamation? Governor Tate Reeves: Well, Mississippi has a state statute that names that a holiday in the state of Mississippi. It's the last Monday in April. And every governor that's come before me has signed exactly the same proclamation. With respect to the number of cases that we have in Mississippi, we have 2,260 cases today. We have 76 deaths that have been reported. And you're right. Over 70 percent of those cases of fatalities did come in African-Americans. And, by the way, Mississippi was one of the first 10 states in the nation to actually report deaths and cases based upon demographic data, based upon race and other areas. And I'm proud of the Mississippi State Department of Health of being proactive and being willing to step out and issue that data, when many states have not done so. The reality is that this particular virus is particularly cruel to those who have many underlying and chronic conditions, which happens to be the case for many of my residents, when you look at the fact that we are in the top five in terms of hypertension, in terms of obesity. We are in the top five of many states in other areas. We're number six across the nation in the number of smokers per capita in Mississippi. And so it's -- not only do we have an older population, because this virus is very cruel to those that are 65 and older. It's also very cruel to those who have an underlying health condition. And, unfortunately, in our state, that is a larger percentage of the population than in other states. And that's just -- that's the reality of the -- where we find ourselves. Amna Nawaz: That is Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves joining us tonight. Thank you for your time, Governor. We wish you luck and safety in your state. Governor Tate Reeves: Thank you so much. You all stay safe and be careful. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT
2:53 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everybody. We've had a very big day in the stock market today, as you know. That will be 133 days where we set a new record. And that's fantastic. Our jobs numbers have come in fantastically well -- really well. And we're with some of our great governors and other leaders of areas of our country that are doing incredible things. We're talking about a lot of deregulation. We're talking about various tax cuts and various tax incentives so they continue onward with what they're doing. But this is a meeting that was set up and was set up a while ago. And I think they're very happy about the fact that we have cut regulations like nobody in the history of our country. We have -- in less than three years, we've cut more regulations than any President for their full term, or terms -- or, in one case, it's beyond two terms. We know who that is, Asa, right? (Laughter.) In one case, you had a little longer than the eight. And we've cut more than any President ever, and we're going to cut a lot more. And we have a -- we wanted to do one for two, and we're going to be probably one for ten or twelve by the time we finish. I think we're at about one for eight right now. So we've done some things that are pretty -- pretty amazing. We have a lot of military areas represented at the table. And those areas are doing very well; they're thriving too. As an example: Alaska. But they're really thriving. And our whole country is thriving. It's thriving like never before. The jobs numbers are incredible -- best in 51 years. And I think soon we're going to be able to say "historic." If we go a little bit lower, we'll say, "In the history of our country, the best job numbers." With African Americans, with Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans we actually have the best in the history of our country. Best job numbers, best unemployment numbers, and the best employment numbers too. There is a slight difference. More people are working today in the United States than at any time ever in our history. We were almost up to 160 million people; we've never been close. So that's something really good. I think what we'll do is we're going to go around the room quickly and say a few words about the area represented or the state represented. And I'll start off with our great Vice President, Mike Pence, and then we'll go around perhaps. Governor, we'll start with you, okay? THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Mr. President. And great to welcome not only members of our Cabinet, but really some of the most accomplished governors in the country to the table -- people that have been leading in what you have defined as the Governors' Initiative on Regulatory Innovation. At the outset of this administration, you committed to revive the American economy. As you said, Mr. President, we cut taxes across the board for working families and businesses large and small. We've fought for free and fairer trade with deals that were just announced and headed to the floor: the USMCA next week, phase one on China, the Korea deal. We've worked to expand access to American energy. But it's been the regulatory initiative that you made a priority in this administration early on that's also been driving 7 million jobs created by businesses large and small. And that record unemployment rate that you challenged us to work with governors around the country to make sure that states were also replicating the deregulatory effort that you initiated here at the federal level. And we have gathered here some of the -- some of the real champions of regulatory relief, of people that have been doing it. And the governor-elect from Mississippi has -- in his role at lieutenant governor, has been a champion of regulatory reform. And so today, really, is about how we keep the momentum in the economy by encouraging even a greater partnership on freeing up the American people to create jobs and create wealth and opportunity. And I know they're all grateful for your leadership, Mr. President, but I know how grateful you are for the governors gathered around here and all those that they represent who have been taking the principles you put into practice here, at our nation's capital, and putting them into practice at the local and state level to create jobs and opportunities for Americans. THE PRESIDENT: Good. Thank you, Mike, very much. Brad? GOVERNOR LITTLE: Mr. President, following your leadership, my first executive order was the "two for one" -- that for every new rule, we give up two. I did pretty well. THE PRESIDENT: You did well. GOVERNOR LITTLE: I exceeded that by 4,000 percent. (Laughter.) We got rid of 82 rules for every new rule we're implementing this year. THE PRESIDENT: That's fantastic. That's great. GOVERNOR LITTLE: But it -- the whole effort of what it does, of reducing the friction costs, particularly startup and small businesses, and, you know, people that have a tougher time -- THE PRESIDENT: Right. GOVERNOR LITTLE: -- washing away that regulatory friction at both the federal level and the state level is a lot of that job creation. It's just -- and it's a gift that keeps on giving. If you keep being diligent on it -- THE PRESIDENT: That's right. GOVERNOR LITTLE: -- is that -- that atmosphere for people to be successful -- the great American story of entrepreneurial-ship -- only happens if you reduce regulatory friction. And whether it's in licensing, which we're working on -- about doing away with licensing requirements and making it to where military spouses don't have to go over a hurdle when they transfer from one state to another, or whether it's just rules to start. And then, when you get done, you got to make sure that it doesn't build back up. THE PRESIDENT: Right. GOVERNOR LITTLE: So we look forward to continuing to work with your administration on this. THE PRESIDENT: Good. Great job. Thank you very much, Brad. Pete? GOVERNOR RICKETTS: Well, Mr. President, thank you again for leading on the regulatory reform. It's really a key thing, especially things -- when you get rid of job-killing things like the Waters of the U.S. THE PRESIDENT: Right. GOVERNOR RICKETTS: What you've been doing on occupational licensing reform -- that's a big thing we've been working on in Nebraska as well. And just, it impacts so many people's lives when you do that. So, for example, we have a woman who wanted to open up her own hair-braiding business in her home. But because of the rules and regulations in Nebraska, she would have had to have 2,100 hours of licensing -- you know, classrooms to be able to get that license. THE PRESIDENT: That's a long time. GOVERNOR RICKETTS: And now maybe I don't get the whole hair-braiding thing -- (laughter) -- but nobody's health or safety is put at risk by bad hair-braiding. And so one of the things we did is we took -- you know, got rid of that requirement so she wouldn't have to have that license so she could open up her own business -- THE PRESIDENT: Right. GOVERNOR RICKETTS: -- and be able to help add jobs to the economy. And that's one of the things that your administration supported. So thank you very much for that. We really appreciate it. And we're continuing -- I signed an executive order freezing all regulatory rulemaking until the regulations have been reviewed. We were able, for example, to cut the amount of regulation by 59 percent -- our Department of Environment and Energy. We're working with your Federal Highway Administration, so we're taking over the NEPA reviews. And that's going to allow us to be able to get those environmental reviews done faster, still with your oversight. But we're one of eight states that's done that. I'd love to say we're the smallest state, but Alaska actually has that distinction as being the smallest state doing that. But that's an example of how we're doing it. And then, just process improvement, trying to make sure that we're doing a good job of getting these things turned around quickly. We've saved about 300 hours of our teammates' time, but what it's allowed to do is be able to turn around permits in a third of the time it was taking before. So all this is really helping to, again, get rid of that friction that Brad was talking about so that people and average Americans can get about their lives and go about creating the prosperity that we've experienced under your administration. THE PRESIDENT: Any word on the pipeline permits? GOVERNOR RICKETTS: So, we're -- actually, TC Energy right now is going through getting the easements for all the landholders that they hadn't come to agreements with yet. And, of course, we're still waiting on the lawsuit in Montana. But I expect that that's -- there's going to be more action on that next year. THE PRESIDENT: All right. Good. Thank you very much, Pete. Please. Thank you. CHAIRMAN SAGE: I'd like to thank you. It is an honor to be here today, Mr. President and Mr. Vice President. I don't know if anybody is -- or everybody is all familiar with where I'm from. I'm from the Southern Ute Indiana reservation in the southwest part of Colorado. We take a lot of pride in our culture and our heritage. What we have, we'd like to set an example for Indian Country. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. CHAIRMAN SAGE: Thank you. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: Mr. President, thank you very much for what you're doing. And I want you to know that what you're doing not only makes a difference in New Mexico -- which we appreciate -- I know, from earlier conversations, it makes a difference all over the nation. THE PRESIDENT: Right. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: New Mexico lives and breathes oil and gas. We're your third-largest oil producer, sixth-largest natural gas producer. In the last two years, we had $2 billion of surplus revenue to that state because of this industry. It's been amazing. God willing, we'll have $174 billion of capital invested in this industry over the next couple of years. We have a lot of opportunities. THE PRESIDENT: So what's going to happen when they want to shut you down? STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: Well, we're banking on you, Mr. President. (Laughter.) THE PRESIDENT: You better bank on me. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: We're banking on you. THE PRESIDENT: You're my friend, Jim. You have no choice. (Laughter.) STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: It's a great honor to know that we have back-stock for what we're trying to do. And I can tell you that -- THE PRESIDENT: It's true. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: -- there's a whole bunch of folks out there that understand the risk associated with the oil and gas business. What they have trouble with is the risk associated with the politics. THE PRESIDENT: That's right. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: And what you're doing is removing that risk, allowing us to deploy capital and make a lot of money for the nation, for our country, for our state, and our city. We're growing like -- I mean, unbelievably. I mean, the Permian and the Delaware are just prolific. And recently, I had dinner with a lady that's over the Lower 48, for a major company. She told me that only about 10 percent of those reserves currently are being tapped with technology. THE PRESIDENT: Right. That's what I hear. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: So you can just imagine what's in front of us with a little entrepreneurship. So -- THE PRESIDENT: And we're doing well out there, I understand. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: Yeah, it's pretty nice right now. We appreciate it. Thank you very much. THE PRESIDENT: That's good. Thank you very much, Jim. Please. Asa? GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON: Well, Mr. President, first of all, congratulations on both USMCA -- THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON: -- but also the first phase of the China trade. That is, as you know, very important to my farmers in Arkansas, but also our -- we're a global export in a lot of different areas. And so, that trade is very important to us. Congratulations to you. That's -- keep at it. And then to -- secondly, thanks for your leadership on regulatory reform. The fact that you and the Vice President have taken a leadership role -- and it makes it easier whenever it comes to getting general assembly, legislative support -- the public becomes more aware of this. And so we've made it a priority. It does impact the economy when we can reduce the burden of regulations and delays. Just in the air permitting -- which is required, of course, for a manufacturing facility -- we have reduced the wait time for an air permit by 600 days. Now, that's just startling to think that there would be that kind of a backlog. But that's the kind of process improvement that helps industry either get a yes or a no more quickly. And then we've taken on, of course, the licensure reform to help those that are coming into the state. And your leadership on that has been very important. So -- THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Asa. GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON: -- thank you. THE PRESIDENT: You're doing a great job. Great job. Gene? SECRETARY SCALIA: Well, Mr. President, as you know, just a little more than a week ago, we had this just extraordinary jobs report yet again. THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. SECRETARY SCALIA: The market-watchers, the experts were saying we'd add about 180,000 jobs, which is a good number, and we just blew that out of the water with 266,000 additional jobs, and then adding 41 [thousand] for September and October. THE PRESIDENT: Right. SECRETARY SCALIA: Just another great month. But, as the Vice President said, we have to maintain that momentum. We can't rest content with what's going on right now. We need to continue to look for ways to improve the economy. The USMCA is something that you and the Vice President and others have been championing as part of that solution for a long time. But de-reg is such a good issue for you and the Vice President and others to be bringing out to the states. The jobs market that we're experiencing, it didn't just come about; there are reasons for it. And deregulation, as you've led it, is one of the prime reasons the states now can be examples of leadership as well. And as Governor Hutchinson mentioned, occupational licensing -- these requirements that you have a specialized license that varies from state to state -- we're very concerned about military spouses. The soldier moves from state to state, and the spouse comes along. Military spouses move from state to state seven times as much as average Americans. So this is a real burden on them. It's a burden on their families, who are already sacrificing so much. And so we've been working with the states and others, and with the Second Lady as well, in trying to address that problem. THE PRESIDENT: Very good. Thank you very much, Gene. And I have to say, Governor-elect Tate Reeves, he -- we spent a couple of days with you and -- governor-elect of a wonderful state, Mississippi. And he won, and he won easily. It was a tough race, it was a tight race, and people were watching it closely. And when he won easily, they don't cover it. Why don't they -- why is that? (Laughter.) They didn't mention a thing. But that's okay; they know in your state. But you're going to do a fantastic job, and we appreciate you being here, Tate. Congratulations. That was a great race. You really ran a great one. It was pretty even, and he won by seven -- and won by a lot. And we appreciate you being here. Go ahead, please. GOVERNOR-ELECT REEVES: Well, thank you, Mr. President. And as a good mutual friend of ours says, these guys behind us don't ever cover airplanes that land safely. (Laughter.) THE PRESIDENT: I guess. I guess, yeah. Can I use it? GOVERNOR-ELECT REEVES: The reality is that -- and Secretary Scalia said this, which I think is very important -- these job numbers, these -- lowest unemployment rate in Mississippi's history, in America's history -- THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. GOVERNOR-ELECT REEVES: The highest employment rate -- we actually have 88,000 more people working in Mississippi today than was working eight years ago. And what's important to note is: These things don't just happen. It's not just happenstance. It's the fact that good policies work. They work for Mississippi's economy and they work for America's economy. And so I just want to thank you very much for your leadership on regulatory reform, your leadership on cutting taxes, your leadership on lowering regulations, your leadership on the trade deals. It's making a difference in my state, and it's making a difference across the country. And thank you and to the Vice President for everything that you're doing. I look forward to working with you for the next four years. THE PRESIDENT: Good job. Good job, Tate. GOVERNOR-ELECT REEVES: Thank you. THE PRESIDENT: Appreciate it. Russ? You want to say something? ACTING DIRECTOR VOUGHT: Yeah, I just wanted to build on the momentum of where we are. So, in the first three years, the President has been able to lower regulatory costs by $50 billion over three years. We're going to double that in the year 2020. What that looks like is about $220 billion of savings to the economy per year, so substantial growth from deregulatory initiatives. That's about $3,100 per family that's going to benefit when we're all said and done -- when the President and the Vice President are all said and done -- of real money in households' pockets. That looks like about three mortgage payments. That's about the size of a family's entire gas bill for the year. So this is real money, real benefit, and it's only just begun. THE PRESIDENT: Great. Thank you very much. Eric? GOVERNOR HOLCOMB: Well, let me pile on the praise and tell you why it's so easy to do so, in terms of a few Indiana indicators. When the Vice President handed me the keys in Indiana, we were heading in the right direction -- humming along. But since that period of time, we just closed -- we just -- our budget committee just threw out our revenue numbers for the first five months of the year. We're $200 million-plus above where it was projected to be. We got about 13.9 percent in our cash reserves. THE PRESIDENT: That's great. Wow. GOVERNOR HOLCOMB: About $2.29 billion in cash reserves. We've got more people working, just like in Mississippi, than ever before in our state's history. We've tripled the foreign direct investment in the last three years. And so we are moving in the right direction. And it's because of -- as good as it was three years ago, it is great right now because of this partnership and because the tax and the regulatory environments work. THE PRESIDENT: Big difference. GOVERNOR HOLCOMB: Yeah. THE PRESIDENT: Big difference. GOVERNOR HOLCOMB: Huge. It is the difference. THE PRESIDENT: Great job you're doing. Thank you very much. David? SECRETARY BERNHARDT: Well, sir, we manage a lot of land. Some of that land is Indian land that we manage with the tribes. And so, today, Chairman Sage and I began a process with the rulemaking that will allow them to better define how they want to have their land managed, and then we'll approve a single permit that then they can manage the land going forward. So it's really exciting. Interior has been a leader in the deregulation effort. We've issued the second-most deregulatory number of regulations, and we've really punched above our weight, and our permitting times are down. And revenue for oil and gas is nearly double THE PRESIDENT: That's great. SECRETARY BERNHARDT: -- from where it was when the President took over. THE PRESIDENT: That's great. Thank you very much, David. Please, Governor, go ahead. GOVERNOR DUNLEAVY: Mr. President, it's a pleasure to be here. I want to thank you for all of things that you're doing. Because I don't think what people realize is that numbers don't lie; the numbers don't lie when you're talking about unemployment, investment, et cetera. And what you're doing for the country is, obviously, helping Alaska tremendously. Kind of far away, tucked up there in the north -- but we now have record unemployment in Alaska. Our GDP is up now two quarters in a row. Personal income is up higher than it's been in 10 years. More personal wealth is being created in Alaska. I also want to do a shout-out from the troops. I don't know if folks know this, but whenever the President flies over to Asia, he lands in Alaska and refuels. But unlike some others in the past, he gets out of the plane, and he goes and he meets the troops. And they talk about it all of the time. All of the time. THE PRESIDENT: It's true. Every time. Every time. GOVERNOR DUNLEAVY: And I get an opportunity to talk with the President. And it's not just a "BS" session, but it's about: What can we do to help Alaska? What's happening in your state? What do we need to work with? And I would say, Mr. President -- and I'm being honest -- I can't think of a President that's helped Alaska more than you have, with trying to deregulate a number of the projects that we've been working on, helping us gain a leg up again to be one of the top energy-producing states in the country. And I just want to thank you. And, in terms of regulation, in terms of helping the military spouses, we're doing our part. We're looking at 239 different regulations to either modify or roll back in over 100 professions. We have a large indigenous population in the state of Alaska. About 15 percent of our people are Alaska natives. And your work on -- working on missing indigenous women, your work on public safety, your work on opioids -- again, the numbers don't lie. You're doing a tremendous job. And I want to thank you on behalf of the people of Alaska, because what you're doing is helping us tremendously as well. THE PRESIDENT: And now logging -- we did a big thing on logging. GOVERNOR DUNLEAVY: Absolutely. (Inaudible.) THE PRESIDENT: And we did a very big thing on ANWR, which is potentially the biggest in the world. We'll see what it is ultimately, but it's potentially the biggest site in the world. So it'll be very interesting to see how that turns out. Great job. Thank you very much. Anybody else? Would anybody like to say? Would you like to say something? Go ahead. THE VICE PRESIDENT: Senator Obhof. STATE SENATOR OBHOF: Thank you, Mr. President. THE PRESIDENT: Thanks, Senator. STATE SENATOR OBHOF: First of all, I think we've heard some people say congratulations on the USMCA. I'd like to congratulate you, too. But, more importantly, I'd like to thank you for keeping your promises to the people of this country -- that when you said you would renegotiate NAFTA, you did so. And we appreciate the follow-through. Ohio is doing great right now. Our employment numbers are good. We're running a surplus as well. But we're also following your lead on regulatory reforms. So, in the state budget that Governor DeWine signed this past summer, we adopted the "one in, two out" rule. We actually passed legislation in the last week related to military spouses so that they can get reciprocity and get working quicker. And we have new legislation that was just introduced -- similar to what has happened in Arizona -- that would, for many areas of occupational licensure, grant reciprocity from other states. THE PRESIDENT: And you have a lot of car company expansions, and you're doing really good. STATE SENATOR OBHOF: We've had some very good news in Lordstown in the last few weeks. THE PRESIDENT: I know that. I know it very -- I've been pushing it very hard. That's good. Kristi? GOVERNOR NOEM: Yes, Mr. President. First of all, thank you for making your senior staff available to us today. We sat down for an hour and a half, and it was just really nice to have a give-and-take -- THE PRESIDENT: Right. GOVERNOR NOEM: -- and really hear from them some of the details of things that we can dig further into, things that you're doing that maybe we won't have time to discuss right here. But also from -- on behalf of South Dakota, thank you for the trade agreements. You know, we have had the largest natural disaster in our state's history this year. We have more unplanted acres than any other state in the nation, and we've been devastated. So I've been tightening our belt. But these trade agreements, on a tough year where farmers are struggling, to have that good news come right before Christmas -- THE PRESIDENT: Right. GOVERNOR NOEM: -- really did help them quite a bit. And you never quit, which -- I love that you did it until you got it done and you won. And, by turn, we get to win because we're going to get to keep our family farms and we're going to get to keep South Dakota wonderful. And so I appreciate that. THE PRESIDENT: It's a great place. And you also are going to have a very exciting Fourth of July. GOVERNOR NOEM: We are. We're going to have fireworks. THE PRESIDENT: Right. GOVERNOR NOEM: And I'm hoping you will -- THE PRESIDENT: For many years -- for many years, the fireworks -- GOVERNOR NOEM: -- you will come -- at Mount Rushmore. THE PRESIDENT: Well, we're going to think about it. Mount Rushmore. They ended the fireworks. How many years ago? A long time. GOVERNOR NOEM: Gosh, it was at least 10 years ago. So -- THE PRESIDENT: Nobody knows why, but you just couldn't have it. And now you're going to have fireworks. And the Governor called, and she said, "You got to do me a favor." Right? GOVERNOR NOEM: And you did. THE PRESIDENT: And we worked it out. And we got it done. And you're going to have fireworks. And I appreciate what you said on the trade deals. They're incredible deals. GOVERNOR NOEM: They are. THE PRESIDENT: And they're big. And they're big. And every once in a while, you'll hear a critic. There's never been deals like this made. But you have some globalists -- you know, they want us to lose money. Sometimes you have a globalist get on -- I watch it: "Who cares about the United States? Let's lose money." I'm the opposite. When I have deficits -- I don't like deficits. You have some people that don't mind deficits. The deficits -- I don't like factories closing and plants closing in this country, going to another country, taking our jobs. So, I've never really been one to want to put up with it even. I've been watching it for -- it's probably one of the reasons I'm President. I've watched that for so many years, where your factories and your plants all over -- whether it's Indiana or any other state. Even you, Asa. Right? I mean, once and a while, they'll close one over there. But it was -- the fact is, I would watch as they close plants, everybody gets fired. They move to Mexico or some other place, including China. And, in China, they don't move; they just buy the product. And some people are happy. But, no, not me. We keep our jobs. They're moving back. The agreement is very tough. The USMCA is very, very tough. It's very hard to move. Economically, it makes it really prohibitive to get out. And it was very important to me. But no, I'm not a globalist. I love this country, and we're going to take care of our country. The deal with China is a massive deal, from a manufacturing standpoint. But the farmers -- I mean, the farmers, I guess, maybe will be the -- GOVERNOR NOEM: They will. THE PRESIDENT: -- biggest beneficiary of all. You see that already. GOVERNOR NOEM: Yes. THE PRESIDENT: And China has already started to buy. I told them -- four, five weeks ago it looked like we were going to get to a deal. I said, "Start buying now. You're going to start buying now." And they did. And they were doing a lot of business with the farmers and China. And so the deal will be finalized over the next couple of weeks. It's actually -- translation is the biggest thing. The deal was finished, but the translation is very important. (Laughter.) I said, "Make sure you have the right translators." Because you can lose a lot with bad translation. GOVERNOR NOEM: That's true. THE PRESIDENT: So we're working on getting that done, but it's going to be a really a big -- GOVERNOR NOEM: Thank you. THE PRESIDENT: -- it's going to be a -- and I think you already see it. I think most of you see that now with China, right? They've already come in and they're buying -- they're buying very big. So, anyway. We have a tremendously successful country. I think, economically, it's the most successful it's ever been. Our military is totally rebuilt. Our vets are being taken care of. We have Choice and we have Accountability. You know, people don't talk about Accountability. We had a situation in Arizona where you couldn't fire people. They did horrible things and you couldn't fire them. Now you can fire them. And it took -- 55 years, they've been trying to get that approved and they couldn't. And we got it approved. That means that -- people are bad, they don't treat our vets well, they don't treat them with respect -- they get fired. That's the way it is. And more than 8,000 people have been let go that were -- were not good for us, were not good for the vets. And they've been trying to do this for decades and they couldn't get it. So we got Accountability done. And we have Choice done. Choice is a big deal. From your standpoint, it's a big -- most of you -- all of you have big vet areas -- everyone in this room. But now you can -- you can tell somebody, if he's got to wait two weeks to see a doctor -- or four weeks or nine weeks, in some cases; it's the craziest thing -- you go right outside, you see a doctor -- a local doctor. You pick the doctor. We pay the bill. And they get -- they're better. We've had cases where they had to wait so long. They were just -- not very sick. Pretty routine stuff. They end up terminally ill because they couldn't get to see a doctor. So we finally got Choice done. And they've been trying that one for 44 years. For 44 years, they've been trying to get Choice done. And we got it done. So, the vets are very happy with us. Big on Second Amendment. This is a big Second Amendment group. I think, for the most part, I can say that. I don't think anybody is going to raise their hand and fight me on that one, Jim. STATE REPRESENTATIVE TOWNSEND: (Laughs.) No. THE PRESIDENT: But this is a big Second Amendment room -- these governors, every one of them. And we're very strong on our Second Amendment. So, our country is doing fantastically well. Thank you all very much. Thank you very much. Q Mr. President, are you concerned about North Korea at all right now -- the developments in North Korea? THE PRESIDENT: We're watching it. We'll see. I'd be disappointed if something would be in the works. And if it is, we'll take care of it. But we'll see. We're watching it very closely. We're watching North Korea -- we're watching many places, actually, very closely. But North Korea, we are watching very closely. Q Mr. President, how much has Giuliani shared with you about his recent trip to Ukraine? THE PRESIDENT: Oh, not too much, but he's a very great crime fighter. He was probably the greatest crime fighter over the last 50 years. Very smart. He was the best mayor in the history of the city of New York. He's a great person who loves our country. And he does this out of love, believe me. He does it out of love. He sees what goes on. He sees what's happening. He sees all of the hoax that happens when they talk about impeachment hoax or the Russian collusion delusion. And he sees it and he's a -- he's a great gentleman. And he was, again, the greatest mayor in the history of New York, and probably the greatest crime fighter in the last 50 years. He knows what he's doing. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. END 3:22 P.M. EST
As Washington braces for next week’s kickoff of public hearings on impeachment, Tuesday’s off-year elections in Kentucky and Virginia offered preliminary answers to two tantalizing questions hanging over the current political environment. First, will Democratic candidates pay a political price for trying to remove President Trump from office? An early answer from Virginia: No. Second, is there Trumpism -- or only Trump? In other words, can Donald Trump’s ideology exist without Donald Trump himself? Another early answer, this one from Kentucky: No. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tried making the race into a referendum on impeachment. It didn’t work, and he fell behind Democratic candidate Andy Beshear. The challenger won 709,577 votes while the incumbent earned 704,388. According to unofficial results from the Kentucky Board of Elections, Beshear now leads Bevin by 5,189 votes. Even late into election night, the Associated Press said the race was too close to call. Beshear declared victory anyway while a belligerently on-brand Bevin refused to concede. And while avenues exist for the governor to contest the results, it seems likely that the Republican just lost reelection in a state that President Trump carried by a whopping 30 percentage points. The vote offers insight, a year in advance, into what might happen during the next general election. “It’s a big [frigging] deal,” one senior Democratic National Committee official told RealClearPolitics late Tuesday night. “Trump spent big there and lost.” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez agreed the next morning but with more polite language, telling reporters that Kentucky is a sign of things to come. “We believe that our diversity is our greatest strength,” he said of the campaign that carried Beshear to an apparent victory. “And Mr. President, when you continue to divide America, that is not only un-American, that is going to prove to be terrible politics for you, because that's not who we are.” Even Trump admitted a loss in Kentucky would look bad, and he knew Bevin was making a gamble by tying his fate to the controversy over impeachment. “If you win, they are going to make it like, ‘ho-hum,’” Trump warned at a rally the night before the election. “And if you lose, they are going to say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world.” A loss would be a disaster, he warned Bevin: “You can't let that happen to me!” But the one-term governor lost anyway, and there was more bad news for Republicans in Virginia. There, Democrats picked up two state Senate seats and six House seats. If that electorate had any qualms with removing Trump from office early, it didn’t stop them from handing both chambers of the legislature over to the impeaching party. The state Trump lost by five points in 2016 is now entirely blue. (Gov. Ralph Northam is also a Democrat.) Other developments disheartening for the GOP followed in Pennsylvania where Democrats won local races in districts that will be coveted come 2020. The night wasn’t entirely bleak for the Grand Old Party. Republican Tate Reeves (pictured) won his race in Mississippi to keep the governor’s mansion red. And in Kentucky, Republicans were elected attorney general, treasurer, auditor, secretary of state and agricultural commissioner. Each contest was easy for the GOP, except for Bevin’s at the top of the ballot. A second Bevin term was always questionable in a state where voters have only elected three Republican governors since the Second World War. He also earned the ignoble designation, according to a Morning Consult analysis, of being the least popular governor in the country. This was probably because he feuded with teacher unions and reorganized public pensions and beefed with the media. It was also because, some are now arguing, Bevin did his best to be a bluegrass version of the New Yorker president. But before votes were counted, it only made sense to Bevin to do his best Trump impression. He did that by trying to put impeachment on the ballot. “Governor Bevin is not the one making impeachment an issue. Impeachment already is a big issue in Kentucky because congressional liberals are trying to invalidate the 2016 election, which saw President Trump win Kentucky by 30 points,” Michael Antonopoulos, a senior adviser to the campaign, told RCP a month before the election. “The real question is whether Andy Beshear agrees with 95% of House Democrats that President Trump should be removed from office.” That argument boiled down to an us vs. them calculation. Was Beshear with 118 (out of 120) Kentucky counties that voted for Trump? Or with House Democrats who voted to begin an impeachment inquiry? The electorate, who voted overwhelmingly for other Republicans, didn’t buy the premise. Their temperature will be taken again in less than a year when the president’s name – barring removal from office -- is actually printed on the ballot. Even the boldest pundits don’t yet dare whisper that he would lose Kentucky. Trump the politician, it seems safe to say, will be secure in deep red states. But the candidates who wrap themselves in Trumpism and accept his endorsement haven’t always met with populist success. Trump endorsed 96 candidates during the last midterms. He averaged 58% success with 56 of those Republicans winning and 40 losing. His clout is still up in the air in 2019. He endorsed Ralph Abraham for governor in Louisiana, who lost in the “jungle” primary on Oct. 12, and Bevin in Kentucky, who appears to have lost. Tate Reeves won his race for governor in Mississippi, but Eddie Rispone could win or lose in his effort to unseat Democrat John Bel Edwards as Louisiana governor when the runoff is held Nov. 16. Trump has called special elections perfectly this year, going three for three. That record, plus the sheer weight of a presidential endorsement, will make his nod valuable. And it isn’t as if Trump support makes a candidate a political pariah. White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway made sure to hammer this point home. Surrounded by reporters on the driveway of the president’s residence, Conway said that, yes, Bevin lost but noted he was out-funded by Democrats. If anything, she insisted, Trump helped make that race more competitive. He also helped make some history: The president endorsed Daniel Cameron for state attorney general. “First independently statewide-elected African American in Kentucky's history,” Conway told reporters before sarcastically chiding that “I'm sure you'll all be writing about the history that was made yesterday in Kentucky." But Cameron is soft-spoken where Bevin was bombastic. That, and Cameron won a race that was never billed by Republicans as a national referendum on the man in the Oval Office.Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/
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