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tv   Road to the White House 2020 Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Iowa  CSPAN  January 8, 2019 11:07am-12:04pm EST

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it is about an hour. [cheers and applause] >> so the bad news is i have caught a cold. the good news is nevertheless i persist. [applause] >> i want to start by saying these are dangerous times for our country and the direction we go will in part be set in iowa. i am grateful to all of you who take this seriously. who are in this fight all the way it will help us make a better country. so thanks for being here. [applause] >> okay. i thought i would talk a little bit about myself and why i am
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in this fight and then we will take some questions and afterwords we will take some pictures. none of that. i grew up in oklahoma. we have a few okies here. i grew up in a family, my daddy sold stuff. he sold carpeting. he sold paint. he sold housewares. i have three older brothers. they went off and joined the military. they carry their veterans hearts today proudly. [applause] >> i was what used to be known as the late in wife baby. my mom always called me a surprise. i was about 30 before i knew what that meant but it worked
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out. for a long time my mom and dad and me, when i was in middle school that he had a heart attack and my mom and i thought he was going to die. he didn't. he was in the hospital for a while and then came home but he couldn't work and so we lost our family's station wagon. at night my mom would took me to bed and i heard talk and learned words like mortgage and foreclosure. heavy words for a kid. i walked into my bedroom and lay down on the bed. some of you know the dress, the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals and graduation and my mother had it laid out and she was pacing
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back and forth in her stocking feet and crying and she was saying we will not lose this house, we will not lose this house, we will not lose this house. she was 50 years old. she had never worked outside the home. she was terrified. finally, she pulled the dress on, she put on her high heels, blue her nose, she walked to the stairs and got a minimum-wage job. that minimum-wage job saved our house and saved our family. if you want to fly in, there it is. that is the story written on my heart. for a long time i thought that was a story just about my mother.
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a story about how she dug deep and when she had to she dug deeper. and it is a story of millions of families across the country. people who do what needs to be done to take care of those they love. and then years after that i came to understand, it is a story about government. because when i was a kid, a minimum-wage job would support a family of three. it would cover a mortgage, it would cover utilities, it would still get basic food on the table.
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today, a minimum-wage job in america, full time, will not keep a mama and baby out of poverty. that is wrong and it is why i am in this fight. [applause] >> so it was a bumpy path for me. i wanted to be a schoolteacher. we got any schoolteachers here? i wanted to be a schoolteacher. that meant college. there was no money for that. it is a scholarship, dropped out of school, got married. my chance was a commuter college, $50 a semester. yeah. and america that invests in young people. i had babies, i went to a state
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law school and ended up a professor. that was pretty amazing. but the one thing i can tell you about all my grown-up professional life is it is centered around one fundamental question, what is happening to working families? why is it getting harder and harder for young people to be able to build some security? why is the path getting rockier? particularly rockier for people of color? why is that happening in this country? [applause] >> let me just lay it out a little bit. it is washington.
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think about it with the story i started out with. when i was a little girl the folks in washington thought about the minimum-wage in terms of what does it take a family of 3 to survive? that is what they thought the minimum-wage should be set, but it should be an opportunity, a gateway, a chance to get in. today the folks in washington who are in charge inc. the way to set a minimum-wage is to maximize the profits of a multinational corporation. they work for the rich and the powerful, not for the rest of us and it is not just there. it is throughout the system. washington works great for giant drug companies, not for people who are trying to fill a prescription. [applause]
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>> washington works for giant oil companies that want to drill everywhere, but not the people who are worried that this planet is going to burn up if we don't make changes. [cheers and applause] >> washington works great for giant financial institutions, but not for people whose social security numbers get stolen. this is one step after another. washington works for the rich and the powerful and leaves everyone else behind. this is corruption, plane and simple and we need to call it out. [cheers and applause] >> it is corruption and it is eating away at our democracy
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and at the very fiber of our lives. i will do a couple quick once. today in america wages have basically not budgeted for the median family for an entire generation but the cost of housing has gone up, the cost of getting an education has gone up, the cost of childcare has gone up, the cost of healthcare has gone up, families are in the squeeze because washington is working for the rich. let me do another one. homeownership, number one way in america for middle-class families to build wealth, generation after generation is how it works, today in america african-american home ownership rates are the same as they were
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when housing discrimination was legal. think about that. and student loans. like i said. i got a 4 year diploma at a cost that i could pay for at a part-time waitressing job. today, young people in this country are getting crushed by a $1 trillion in student loan debt. we have got to turn this around. [applause] >> understand the impact of this corruption. whatever issue brought you here tonight, i guarantee it
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intersects through a washington that is working for the rich and the powerful. gun safety goes through washington. we can't do basic things that most of us agree on. why? because we've got the nra calling the shots in washington, not our democracy. [applause] >> climate, and x essential threat to all of us but the oil companies, the coal companies keep calling the shots in washington. we have to fight back. we can talk about a lot of these pieces but i want to put together an idea. we want change, not just one statute here, one law over here, that will not get the job done.
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we need big structural change. [applause] >> we've got to go big on this. let me give you some examples and we will get to some questions. we got to change the rules in washington. it is about money and politics, the influence of money. i have the biggest anticorruption proposal since watergate. yes. [applause] >> how about we block the revolving door between wall street and washington.
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or how about if we say everyone runs for federal office puts their taxes online? [applause] >> change the rules in washington. citizens united, money and politics, change the building washington. that is one. two, we've got to change the rules of this economy. and here i want to start again with structural change. we have a problem where the big corporations, the billionaires are calling the shots. we need to strengthen our unions, our workers and get some balance back. [applause]
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>> we need to attack head on, the rising cost crippling middle-class families. healthcare is a basic human right. [applause] >> a chance to get an education without getting crushed by student loan debt. [applause] >> childcare. how about we join the rest of the developed economies and help pay for childcare. and strengthen social security and protect our pensions. that is how we do this. we've got to change the rules in washington, change the rules
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in the economy and change the rules in our politics and that means we need to protect democracy. i want to see a constitutional amendment so every american citizen has a right to vote and that vote will be counted. [cheers and applause] >> and to say one more time, we've got to get money out of politics, overturn citizens united, step up and put it in the hands of the people where it belongs. i never thought i would run for
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public office, not in 1 million years. it was not on my to do list, not on my bucket list, not on my anything list but here is the deal. my daddy ended up as a janitor. and if i got a chance, a college professor. and united states senate because america invested an opportunity for me. i'm determined we will be a country that invests in opportunity for every one of our children. so this is about how we make change. for me, that is what i'm doing
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in iowa, trying to build grassroots. because i don't believe that democracy should be for sale to billionaires and giant corporations. i don't take corporate pack money. i don't take pack money of any time. i don't take money from federal lobbyists. this is about rebuilding what we do together. this is about rebuilding our democracy. person by person by person, across iowa and across this country. so i am going to do this grassroots. i hope everybody will sign up and be part of this.
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go to war volunteering to be part of this. get a sticker, offered to make a few phone calls, pitch in 5 bucks. make an investment to democracy because this is our chance. this is our chance. we, together, can dream big and fight hard and that is how we will make a change. [cheers and applause] >> questions? we are going to do questions.
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>> templeton. hi, everybody. you were given some tickets when you came in, some raffle tickets, we are going to draw some of these, there are two microphones, one at the front on both sides and we will draw some numbers, if you make room for people to have some tickets. >> why don't we get some tickets. >> we have some numbers, 9397. 9271. >> we have a winner? >> after this. >> 9396. come on up.
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>> you got enough? bring some people down. >> 92-93. >> 92-93. and one more. okay. ready? okay. >> my name is jeffrey, welcome to des moines. >> i love being in des moines. >> i am a bankruptcy practitioner chapter 11, thank you for sponsoring the bankruptcy reform act of 2018. >> it is a nerd thing. >> absolutely a nerd thing. >> it really matters to families, government and small business. i'm just going to nerd out with you. it's a good bill. >> much appreciated. you hit one of my top issues which is the corrupting influence of money in politics.
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personally my second issue is defense of separation of church and state. it has been under tremendous attack. give us your thoughts on that. >> we talk about separation of church and state, the importance of each person being able, free exercise, to be able to worship as you art. it worries me now in america is whether that is turning into a weapon. when i see a case like hobby lobby in which a corporation, free exercise has to be protected. that means the corporation does not have to provide a full range of health services for women. this has become, in a case like hobby lobby, a tool to advance
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an ideological agenda. i think hobby lobby is wrong. we have to fight back on this. i was up with a sunday school teacher. i like and saves no one was injured. it was a very low are. i believe this is what makes our country great, that people are free to choose their religion or to choose no religion at all. but they don't get to use that to keep others from their rights. a good question. have we got one? over here? where are we? here? okay. >> thank you for coming to
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iowa. i wanted to ask how do you debate someone who isn't interested in civility? or facts. [applause] >> did you have someone specific in mind? >> let me preface that with a question for you but also for us. >> here's how i see this. we have a chance now over the next year and three quarters to get out and talk about something we haven't talked about nearly enough and that is what we are fighting for. when we get a chance to do that, we can actually come
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together. i grew up in oklahoma, all three and my brothers live in oklahoma and one of my brothers is a democrat. we are working on it. here is the deal. i love all 3 of my brothers and what i believe is whatever else is going on, the noise and the nonsense, the craziness, we've got to stay focused on what matters to us and what matters is that everybody gets a fighting chance to build something. what matters to us is people get a chance to get an education without getting crushed by student loan debt. what matters to us is that people get access to healthcare.
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it is real and it is there in rural hospitals and communities all across the country. i think when we talk i have to tell you i have been talking about corruption for a little while now. i got this bill together. i am so into this. here's the deal.
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other kids. and watch every day. those chances are denied, 2 young people. they are denied immigrants and people in the lb gt q community, denied to native americans, over and over and over, rocky path gets rockier and rockier.
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we need to fight for an america where it is just a level playing field. i don't think people are asking for a handout. they just want a chance. they play by the rules, they can do this. that is where we started and i have to say we got to call corruption out. we got to call it for what it is. >> 92-61, 92-96. 93-53. make your way on up there. come on up. works really well in massachusetts. >> it does. it is going to work in des moines. everyone gets a chance to ask a question.
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let's see if we can make this work. [laughter] go ahead. >> my name is amber sellers and i'm from kansas, late to kansas and travel 3 hours to be here. [applause] >> that is commitment. i am impressed, thank you. >> i appreciate the opportunity to be here and i want to say you are probably one of the most natural candidates i have met and that speaks volumes. i hope this is not the last time we see you and we see you in a more presidential position.
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[cheers and applause] >> i think the same thing, thank you. >> i am a recent public and mistreating graduate and i focus on housing and i want to know as someone who is on the grassroots, who experiences housing any quality, rent burden, does not work a job that allows an opportunity, the recent bill -- >> i will talk about it. >> please talk about it because many people here don't know about it but someone is on the grounds. what can i do to pursue that message in my community about housing affordability for everyone? [applause] >> how many people in here worry about the rising cost of housing. here is the deal in america.
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let's really want out for a minute. new construction in america is due to the high end, the flood of housing opportunities but it is the class working-class, working for or poor poor. what is basically happening is there hasn't been much new housing coming in. the government has backed down from what it was doing and the consequence is housing is deteriorating and that the same time the price is going up because of demand. what can we do about it? we can build 3.2 million new housing units across the country, urban, rural, we can do this. what would be the consequence of doing this, we produce 1 million jobs, local jobs, good jobs, that is a good part. second we would bring down the
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price of grants instead of their continuing to go up by 10%. that is there estimate. you bring 3.2 million you -- new housing units online, that affect pricing units alone because it affects markets. but that is not all we need to do. housing, i was talking about earlier, the number one way families, working families, middle-class families do well is by a home and that is how it worked generation after generation for white families but not for african-american and latino families. here is the deal. not just because of gravity. not just because that is how it
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worked out, it was official government policy to redline african-american neighborhoods and prevent them from participating in housing wealth until the mid-1960s. think about that. that was the policy of our government and many of those redline neighborhoods have never recovered. that is how we end up with african-american homeownership rates. that is where they were when housing discrimination -- what does the housing bill proposed to do? 3.2 million new units but it also says we need to take a first step towards rectifying the wrongs of the past and help people in red lined areas to drive home.
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i will tell you one more part about this. it also requires that we put the money in to fully fund our obligations for housing on our native reservations, something we have not done. let's talk democracy for just a moment. there's a lot to this plan. a lot of help. a lot of people. how do you pay for something like that? the answer is if we just go back to the estate taxes and tax the families that were taxed during the george w. bush administration, we can raise
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enough money to pay for 3.2 million new housing units and not cause american taxpayers a single dime. [applause] >> but here is the part about money talks. i put this bill together, i talk about this, senior housing, housing for people with disability. this, in housing and rural areas. and 3.2 million new housing units plus all the spillover effects. who would help pay for this? the 10,000 richest families in america. do you know what people in washington say to me? you can never do that.
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because 10,000 rich families have so much more power in washington then millions of american families struggling to pay. what i say to them, wait until 2020. [applause] >> let's do a couple more. >> you talk about -- >> tell me your name. >> my name is andrea. you talk about tackling corruption on a national level but i want to talk about tackling corruption on a party level. given some undemocratic behavior between the dnc and hillary's campaign, what sort
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of impact do you hope to have on the party for more fair and transparent primary talks? [cheers and applause] change i will say two things you. the first is i'm not relitigating 2016. but i think right now in a 2020 presidential primary, as democrats, we have a chance to strengthen democracy. i think all of the democratic candidates whoever they turn out to be, should link arms and say our primary is not for sale to billionaires. [applause] >> none of us want super pacs to help us and none of us believe billionaires ought to
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be able to self finance. it out to be about building a movement, person by person by person. this is how we will build democracy. this is how we restore confidence in the democratic party. we are the party of the people, we got to walk the walk. >> one more question. >> make it a good one. then there will be pictures. >> iowa, elizabeth warren, iowa was the first state that allowed women to enter the legal arts, become attorneys, so the state of the union, welcome. that aside, question for you. i'm very worried about the course of our corporations. many are off shoring to
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ireland, offshore locations. i want to know what we can do in 2020 to incentivize them to stay here and balance their responsibility to our communities because we built their wealth and i think it is an opportunity in 2020, what we can do. >> this is great. great question about corporations and i will do a short version of this. what it starts with his the core of what this is a point about corruption. why do you think the tax bill gave away $1 trillion to giant corporations, multinational corporations and billionaires? the estimate that i saw was these multinationals that god, think about that, hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks. 40% of their shareholders are in the united states. we just gave away money.
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why do we give away money? washington is corrupt. money talks. part of it, this is what i was talking about, systemic change, structural change. we have got to start with an anticorruption bill. we've got to push back. and that gives us a chance among the tax code. this will be a shocking principle. are you ready? everybody should pay their fair share. [applause] >> there is one more i want to throw in. and that is behavior is determined by corporations themselves. up until the early 1980s, you can look at corporate minutes,
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groups that represented corporations, you know what they say? here in america, corporations have a responsibility to their shareholders, to their employees, to their customers, to their communities. that was how it was. it used to be the case that as corporations got richer everybody participated. that workers got richer too. everybody got a bigger slice of pie. that changed in the late 80s, and for corporations it was only one thing, shareholder wealth, we are here to maximize it even if it means we are making big money and we lay off our american workers to go somewhere else. we dump all kinds of poisons in the river because it is our profitability.
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that is the way corporations have shifted over time. pr firms put little green logos on things but understand the rules that govern corporations are not just up to corporations. they are up to you and me. i have a proposal for something called accountable capitalism that says, yes, that a giant corporations have to get a charter that requires them to respond not just to their shareholders but their employees, customers and communities and employees are to be able to elect 40% of the board. [cheers and applause] >> one more, one quick housekeeping because i'm going
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to lose even further control of this, senator. after this he will say hello to these folks here and the senator will stay and see as many people as she can. and we will work this way. first trip and last question. >> thank you for being here. all of the sudden the country no longer talks about the national debt. i'm very impressed, stunned that donald trump turns his giant tax breaks and given it to corporations, tried to destroy the unions and many workers cannot keep up. my question for you is when you get to be president of the united states. [cheers and the fog] >> will you work toward a
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national budget? >> you bet. weight, wait, i didn't hear the last few words. we need to make our dollars, our budgets work for our people. i agree. our national debt right now is a drag on young people and their future. it is obscene what america has done. america went to war 17 years ago and put it on credit cards for our children to pay. that is fundamentally wrong, that america gave away 1,000,000,000,0001/$2 in tax breaks, fundamentally wrong. we have to do this, it will be down in the trenches. we have to rewrite our tax laws. we have to come back in this economy and we got to make investments again, investments in infrastructure, investment
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in education, investments in housing. >> would you roll back the tax cuts donald trump gave? >> for the billionaires and big corporations, you bet. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, good question. first, thank you all for being here. i do appreciate this. let me say something. this is about dreaming big and fighting, not making structural change. not a piece around the edge. a lot of people say that is too hard. you just can't do that. it is just too hard. let me just say to all of you, people told me after the financial crash, there will never be a consumer agency,
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that crash was caused one lousy mortgage at a time, one giant bank that cheated, one family, another family, another family, targeted communities of color, targeted young people, targeted seniors and crushed them but people said to me, the banks have all the money and they will prevail. they spend more than $1 million a day, more than a year, lobbying against financial reforms but here's the deal. we have nothing on our side. they have money, we got organized in the consumer financial protection bureau is the law today. [applause] >> mc mulvaney tries to
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sideline it and it is going to stay in there. back in 2011-2012, i got a bunch of phone calls from people who said to me i love you, elizabeth, but massachusetts electing a woman to the senate. we fight back, the senior senator of the commonwealth. and just one more. wells fargo. you heard wells fargo, i can tell. wells fargo, decides to inspire a bunch of people who make $15 an hour. we saw what happened after the crash.
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stayed in their jobs, people said to me you can't get any accountability, personal accountability from executives of a big company like wells fargo. all i can say, you push back and the ceo of wells fargo is gone. the point of that is it is hard but a lot of things are hard. if they weren't hard somebody else would have done it. we are americans and we have a history of coming together to fight the hard fight. they didn't say this was too hard. the suffragettes didn't say it
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was too hard. america's labor movement, they didn't say this was too hard. america's civil rights movement. [applause] >> these folks were told it is too hard, give up before you start. but they organized, they persisted, and they changed america. [cheers and applause] >> i am here tonight. i believe in what we can do. it is our moment. our moment to dream big, to
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take back this country for democracy. [cheers and applause] ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ >> everybody, i want you to take a picture on the right side of the room.
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i will be right over here. [inaudible conversations] >> please form an orderly line on the right side of the room. .. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations]
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[inaudible conversations] >> you are a rock star. and this is my best friend. >> nice to meet you. she has the camera. she has the camera. great, thank you. >> be seeing you tomorrow, senator warren, in ankeny. >> you are a rock star.
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[inaudible conversations] >> fellow native american. >> right here. one, two, three. great. god bless you. >> thank you so much.
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>> ready? one, two, three. [inaudible conversations] >> we will go live now to a discussion on u.s. policy for asia and the trump administration's approach to north korea with former louisiana congressman charles boustany, a former ambassador south korea and a former deputy assistant secretary of state for asia. this is hosted by the korea economic institute of america. >> i'm vice president of kei and i will start with our shameless plug. kei is a think tank, public outreach organizn


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