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Ken Blackwell: Trump wants to unchain the economy

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," November 10, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: All right, the president, the president-elect sitting down face to face, going over some things.

Already, we’re told that the Trump forces aren’t wasting any time here, already trying to outline not only who will be in the Trump Cabinet and filling out the thousands of other positions that are pretty important as well, but getting a transition in order and the kind of things that would have to come up in that transition, including the issues that they’re going to spearhead.

Here is one of the guys spearheading it, the former Ohio official Ken Blackwell tapped to lead the president-elect’s domestic transition team.

Ken Blackwell joins us right now, former mayor of Cincinnati.

Very good to have you, sir.

KENNETH BLACKWELL, R-FORMER MAYOR OF CINCINNATI, OHIO: Good to be with you, Neil.

CAVUTO: Where do you place priorities, let alone the people, but on the issues and how you roll them out in first 100 or 200 days?

BLACKWELL: Neil, let me just give you this disclaimer. I have signed a nondisclosure statement. And while I’m with the Trump team, I can’t go into any detail as to what that -- what the transition is doing.

But I will tell you to go to the Gettysburg Address. At that address, he has laid out what he wants to do for the first 100 days. The job of the transition team is to put together an administration in terms of a policy agenda and personnel that will allow him to act on that.

We know that one of the first things that he wants to do is to unchain, you know, the economy. And for at least the first time in eight years, we have a president that loves the American worker, but he also respects and loves capital. And he knows that the only way that we’re going to get our economy to expand again is by, in fact, deregulating a lot of the industries that now are hampered from economic growth and job creation because of being over-regulated.

We know that he is going to put forth through an aggressive tax policy something that will lower the burden on not only families, but entice capital reinvested in our country.

CAVUTO: But right away, Ken? I know you can’t give many details here and compromise that, but I have talked to a lot of Republicans today earlier on Fox Business who were saying that, yes, he’s going to hit the ground running on cutting regulations, cutting taxes.

And it’s sort of like a blitzkrieg pattern we’re going to see in the first 100 days. Is it your sense that he wants to get off to a sprint and take full advantage of the run at the table that he enjoys with a Republican House and Senate and get as much done up front immediately?

BLACKWELL: Absolutely.

That’s the smart thing to do, and that’s the Trump -- that’s the Trump way.  He is a major disrupter of the status quo. And, you know, Ronald Reagan used to say that status quo is Latin for the mess that we’re in.

And there’s no gradual approach to dealing with the economic mess that we’re in. He, in fact, has to put together, as he has promised, some bold policies. But he also -- personnel is policy. He has to have the people to carry out those policy initiatives. And he has to do it within the context of working with Senator McConnell, with Speaker Ryan.

Neil, we have no more excuses. We are the dominant political party in America. We own, you know, more political real estate than any other party. We have more governorships, more chambers of state legislatures, both chambers of Congress, the executive branch. And that’s why...

CAVUTO: So, no question you’re going to go full-throttle with this.

There had been a great deal of talk that Donald Trump during the campaign had had it with President Obama’s executive orders, a record number of them, certainly when it came to the magnitude of the things he did with those orders, like on regulations, as you said at the outset.

Do you know if part of the president-elect’s strategy will be to undo those executive orders with his own executive orders, that he is going to be signing a lot in the first days of his administration to undo what Barack Obama did?

BLACKWELL: Absolutely.

And I think it’s found in that Gettysburg Address when he talks about, for every new regulation, he’s knocking down two.

CAVUTO: That’s interesting. All right.

BLACKWELL: So, again, his blueprint for change is there.

The other thing that’s heartening is that he has fully embraced the Republican platform, which is pro-worker, pro-capital, pro-growth, and pro-jobs.

The other thing we know is that he’s going to make good on his promise to have a Scalia replacement for the Supreme Court.

CAVUTO: Day one? Is he going to put out a name day one?

(CROSSTALK)

BLACKWELL: I’m not going to get into -- Neil, the core of his team from New York and New Jersey, and I don’t want my knuckles rapped...

(LAUGHTER)

CAVUTO: Touche.

BLACKWELL: ... by getting out in front of them.

CAVUTO: All right. Well, I won’t compromise that.

All right, Ken Blackwell, very good seeing you again. I appreciate it.

BLACKWELL: Always good to see you, sir.

CAVUTO: He has a good sense of humor. All right.

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