PoliticsNation | March 06, 2013
>>> we know our economy is stronger when our wives, our mothers, our daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace and free from the fear of domestic violence .
>> tomorrow, the president will mark another milestone for women 's rights. he will sign the renewal of the violence against women 's act. into law. it's been a long time coming. republicans blocked the law for almost a year. posing its expanded pre eed protections for groups in native america and the l.g.b.t. kmupty. most republicans were still saying no. 138 republicans in the house and 22 republicans in the senate. they tried, but they failed to stop the violence against women act. the president's first act in office was to expand women 's rights with the act. and, tomorrow, he'll make history, once again.
>>> joining me now is white house senior advisor , valerie valerie jarrett. nice to have you here.
>> i'm honored to be here.
>> we're very honored to have you here and around this occasion.
>> an amazing occasion tomorrow will be.
>> it really took longer than it needed to become law. and to go to the president's desk. tell me why anyone could be opposed to a violence against women 's act.
>> it's hard to imagine when you think that every day, three women die as a result of domestic violence . five women in the course -- one in five women will be assaulted or raped in the course of their life. and that number 1 in 4 for college-age women . with that kind of statistic, how on earth could we not move forward. we'd made a lot of progress since it was authored by vice president biden. it's been reauthorized and strengthened twice before. and this time, we said it should apply to all people. we had resis tense, but ult maltly, it passed and we should be surrounded by stakeholders around the country and it should be a testament to what happens when youp don't give up and you keep pushing.
>> and the act has worked. the 19 years has been into effect. we can see tangible results.
>> huge effects. if you think back to 19 years ago, the police department were trained to recognize it. so oftentimes, acts of domestic violence were ignored and men were put right back on the street if they were taken in to begin with. women didn't have hotlines. there were no services available in terms of social services or shelters available. legal services were not available. so the resources we have in terms of human capital and financial capital have made a dramatic difference. but we still have hard work to do.
>> now, i notice that you were able to have a strategy that appears now by getting individual senators and congressman in the republican on the republican side to vote with you. is that a new strategy? that the white house is just not even arguing with the leadership and repealing directly?
>> the president's attitude is he'll do whatever it takes. so we're going to talk to the leadership as he met with the leaders last friday about the sequester. you mentioned this evening, he's having dinner with some of the members. we'll talk to whoever wants to come to the table and work with us in good faith. we've had huge challenges in this country, reverend sharpton. as you know. but there's nothing that we can't do with the american people behind us. i think what you saw with the violence against women act is women and men all across the country saying come on now. this is something that we have to do -- not just the president to do it as the president. or he did it as a father of two girls, as a husband, as a son recognizing the importance of protecting all of our women around the country.
>> and men.
>> absolutely. do you think,as you mentioned when i talked about the show, would this possibly lead to compromise and breakthroughs and other areas?
>> certainly we hope so. we've already seen glimmers of light. there seems to be anl awesome momentum but so much of his agener agenda to invest in education and early fall of the state. infrastructure. that ambitious agenda that's a growth agenda that will position our companies to be globally competitive in order to tackle that fully, we need to get our fiscal house in order. so we're going to find that common ground and the president, as you know, he's not about to give up now.
>> now, when you say fiscal house, that's going to be a balanced approach. as i was just talking with congresswoman shakowski, the president has said he's dealing with some spending in some of the things that some in his own party and some on my side of the etiological said that the president is talking about.
>> so far, we've cut $3 for every 12kw4r50ur7bs dollar of revenue. he's not willing to balance our bujts on the backs of senior citizens or children with dis disableties or the poor. so we have to make sure that -- we can't everything everyone else to sacrifice without asking those with the top income to sacrifice. it will lead to investment and growth. i've spent the last few days in new york meeting with the business people . and they're more than willing to pay their fair share of support. they took that message to the hill at the end of last year. many of them were met with deaf ears, but we're just going to keep at it. that's going to be what positions our country for growth. yesterday, the stock market hit an all-time high. we are on the right track. we just need to still do big things . and i am confident that if we're all working together and with the american people behind us, we can still do big things in this country.
>> if we can make the stock market hit an all-time high and unemployment an all-time low, that's the balance we need.
>> white house senior advisor and i'm sure a very proud american tomorrow when he picks up that pen and signs the continuation of the violence against women eegs akts. valerie jarrett, thank you for your time tonight.
>> still ahead. no regrets? no joke. dick cheney is trying to rewrite history . but he won't get away with it.
>>> and the truth behind bill o o'riley's freak out.
>> don't sit there and call me a liar.
>> i am.
>> we can have a disagreement without calling me a liar. that's not necessary.
>> no, you're lying. you are lying.