tv Road to the White House 2020 Rep. Eric Swalwell Presidential Campaign... CSPAN April 18, 2019 7:12pm-8:01pm EDT
left behind. published by public affairs, c-span's will be on shelves april 23 you can preorder your copy at the hardcover or book today c-span.org/the president. wherever books are sold. >> eric swalwell officially announced his candidacy for president. at a rally in dublin, california. before condiment campaign and why he's running for president. like his speech went on stage by his wife and two children this is 45 minutes. ♪
district attorney, the first one elected in alameda county. thank you, nancy. [cheering] thank you for performing and warming up the crowd. thank you and for the national anthem. [cheering] and this is for that reading. alameda county, firefighters and chairs officers, thank you so much. [cheering] today i have come home to dubl dublin, i've come home to dublin to tell you a story about america. it's my story. but it is your story, too. it's a story that belongs to all of us. it's about going big. being bold and doing good. [cheering] looking out, icy many from the
faces today. i seek my brothers, josh, jacob and their kids. my wife, brittany and our daughter. i do see a few very surprised former teachers of mine. [laughter] they did not expect to see me here today. [cheering] i am reminded of some of the lessons i've learned growing up your. places just like your. like algona, iowa. newport, oregon. pittsburgh, california. pittsburgh california is where i had my first child. a paper route. age of nine. you can learn a lot about america, writing bicycle through towns like that at 6:00 a.m. on my route, i thought houses
and i saw small once. i thought houses with two new cars and i saw houses with none. i thought houses being built in houses and signs out front, caring a word i didn't quite yet understand. foreclosure. i thought -- i saw people coming come from midnight shows just as i was starting my workday. often the homes that i pedaled by that couldn't afford to seek the newspaper at all. on their faces, saw a lot of pride. i saw a lot of despair, too. these folks are not quitting. they would never quit they didn't know how to quit. but they were beginning to wonder what had happened to the promise of the american dream. traveling our country for the last three months, going to town
halls and coffee shops, school assemblies and college campuses and fish fries, i have been seeing the exact same thing. which is why i have come back here. to dublin backed by my neighbors love always been in my corner to declare my candidacy for president of the u.s. of america. and i need you. [cheering] i need you. i need you! i need you! [cheering] we need each other. only in a country of this can a moment be like this possible. i was born in iowa, my dad was a cop, my mom's old wedding cakes and handmade stuff. we had a very large are probably
unlikely facility likely. [laughter] they worked hard and they dreamed big. in search of better jobs and schools, they moved us all over. they moved me and my three younger brothers around a lot. before i was 12, we lived in three states, eight different cities. i hated moving that much. sometimes i would even take the newspapers from my route and circle all of the available homes in the real estate section and i would leave it like there on the breakfast table for my parents tuesday. they never got the hint. by the time i hit ninth grade, i had already gone to nine different schools. but i came to realize they were not punishing me by moving us around so much. although anyone here today who knew me as a kid, there's really good reasons at a time to punish
me. [laughter] they were just chasing the better schools and better futures for my brothers and i a lot on the way about hard work. after leaving the journalism business, that paper. [laughter] i was a babysitter. i was an assistant to a wedding dj. a construction worker, soccer referee and baseball empire. then i turned 16. [laughter] after that, i was a window manager and i folded sweaters and cleaned stalls at the mall. [cheering] i was just as bad for enclosed there as i was at home. that job did not last too long. [laughter] doing all of these jobs, meeting all those people, i saw a ton of struggle. i saw firsthand how powerful but get elusive the american dream
could do. our pursuit of it landed us here in dublin. to be fair, where we live is not and some of you may remember enabling cities had a nickname for us, they called us tablets. we lived right smack in the middle, the middle class. those were during the good times. i found people were just like my parents, made of determination. dublin are presented for me, the end of genetic search, we put our roots down right here in dublin. dublin became my home. my parents dreams and results of all that moving and sacrificing were realized when i earned a scholarship to a college, making
the first person in my family to go on to college. [cheering] i know so many of you fight for that, too. i was a privilege and responsibility. i carried that with me every single day. during college, i entered on capitol hill. in the morning, i worked my way through serving house and members of congress at the local gym. breeders at night at a mexican restaurant. every morning as example, members of congress at night, memorizing them to get better tips from the breeders. then i was at a crossroads. stay there or come back home to dublin. one of my high school teachers told me i didn't have a choice.
[cheering] thank you. he told me our hometown was turning around but the right leaders, good things were ahead. he wanted me to be a part of it. so i came back home. and we all went to work. i set my days inside the courtroom's as a deputy district attorney. in my free time, giving back to the city that paid so much for me and my parents. i served on the arts commission, planning commission, founded the dublin high school in association and elected into the council. there on the city council, i worked with people of all backgrounds, all across the political spectrum to achieve common goals. despite is going on in washington, here in dublin, we always balance our budget. [cheering] we should expect that, too. we always invested in our future.
when i graduated 1999, only about a third of the graduates went on to college. together, as the community, we voted a new school. this is not the dublin high school i graduated from. [laughter] today, 20 years later, i left this place, 98% of the graduates will go on to college. [cheering] 98%. [cheering] working together in dublin, we have new employers, new investments and new hope the community we love. we even brought in a whole foods. [laughter] that means now my hometown has a market i verily a short afford to work shop at. i tell you here today, it's those types of investments in
that believe and coming together back in turn dublin from going scrub went to the dublin we know today. we can do that anywhere. [cheering] now i know the mounds i faced is steep. you may have heard there are a few other democrats in for the job. most of them have name recognition more so than i do. i should probably discourage me. you make discourage you, it doesn't. i've got you, we've got each other and we can do this. [cheering] this is a different kind of campaign, i'll be a different kind of candidate. i come from a generation that is
innovative. we begin with a great idea, filled in our garage and re- light up the world. [cheering] that's the plan, i am not wealthy and i don't pick my friends by how much money they can put my pockets. [cheering] we will accept no corporate tax money and not driven by the polls. [cheering] i will address with your support, the issues that matter to this country. honestly. and politically. like the former prosecutor that i am. starting with guns. [cheering] representing you as a prosecutor in a courtroom, i learned a lot about law and order. intimacy and the futility of trying to keep criminals from recidivism without reminding them job training and addiction
treatment. i also saw firsthand the ungodly and permanent damage wreaked by weapons in the hands of irresponsible. on one case i prosecuted, i'm a woman whose son who had been killed by an ak-47. his name was jackson. a gunman fired 40 times. just once in the back of his, i still hear his mom asking me in the witness room, isn't that where you want to be hit? if you had to get shot? not with an assault weapon. the autopsy doctor said the sheer energy from one round was enough to kill him. gun violence was the first day of congress for me.
i 80 others were just emerging from orientation when the news of the sandy hook ask her find us. just like you, i was horrified by the suffering and loss and the beautiful babies who were taken and have their futures stolen from them and the community. but i also thought i am so glad to be here at the capital, to be a part of the first congress to actually do something about these problems. [cheering] how to tell you this, congress did nothing. just as we did nothing after charleston. nothing after san bernardino. vegas, polls, nothing.
moments of silence when all our country needed work moment of action. so when parking happened and they joined the far too long list of american towns, cities devastated by a madman with unrestricted weaponry, i see the same ritual unfold. shock, anger, accusations and nothing happening in washington. thoughts and prayers used as an hour i four in action. but the students there and their families decided not to allow that. you decided not to allow that. they took a stand to leave and they knew they would be a task force. they knew they would be exposing themselves to ridicule and hate, purely political charges and a
different kind of prosper. they did the right thing anyway. you supported them. [cheering] a nation behind them, they picked themselves up, they organized, you organized, they marched, you marched. their town squares in our town squares, we made our voices heard. campaigns that removed 17 endorsing comments from office. [cheering] we did that. it reminded us that life itself, bottom line of a gun and manufacture with politicians they support and control. year ago, a died at parkland.
in a uniquely american way, the courage and strength of childr children, hope was reborn at parkland. hope has been reborn here in america, too. [cheering] that's why i started my campaign in parkland. i pledged for that community when i pledged to you. i will be the first campaign to make any gun violence top priority in my campaign. [cheering] i think the leaders who are here to help us do that. [cheering] my wife, brady and i have two
children. two years old, bridget, she's about five months. i wife has a job that she loves she excels at it. it would be easy for us to wait for a better time to do this. it be easy to wait for a better time to take on this fight. but brittany want me to run. to win, to make a difference because like me, she wants to make sure they can go to school, come back home again and again in safety and peace. [cheering] in 2017, republicans took control of the house, senate and presidency. sorry to remind you. [laughter] the very first piece of legislation they passed, the act
that would tell the world these are the values we have above all others a bill that made it easier for the mentally ill to purchase guns. yes, that happened. they called it house joint resolution 40. but i know what you know. you are here for the same reason i am here. we are in this together, every child has a right to learn without fear. every parent -- [cheering] that's right, every parent has a right to have their full babies when they come home from school. all of us, we have a right to stand at a concert, at the theater, but synagogue, at a church mosque, a right to live and love each other, those rights are greater than any other life in the constitution.
[cheering] that's the greatest rights. [cheering] the greatest threat to the second amendment, for us to keep doing nothing. that's the greatest threat to the second amendment. no amendment protects rights, not the right to free speech but you can't shout fire in a crowded theater like the product you are selling. although there is a right to bear arms, you can own a tank or bazooka war machine gun. everyone agrees on that. left, right and center. a few other as well. i believe no one in america should be allowed to purchase a gun without first undergoing a
violent history check. [cheering] so do 92% of americans. 73% of all members do, too. female victims of violence other five times more likely to die of guns and no one refuses that. to get guns out of dangers hands of domestic abusers and when i am president, no american ever again will be able to own the kind of assault weapons that only belong on battlefields. [cheering] on the only candidate proposing we banned and bike back every
single assault weapon in america. [cheering] that's what i mean when i say be bold and that's what i mean when i say do good. that is not a popular idea with everyone. it's going to cost them money. but it will cost a lot less than loss for a grieving community. matter who attacked me with signs me for proposing this, i'm going to back down. [cheering] i've got you and you got my back. [cheering] asked for my kids and your kids, do. thank you. your concerns for them and their future extend to other issues.
giant challenges facing our nation. now the right to ask me today how to solve it. on a paper route, from the courthouse in oakland out on the tour with congressman gallego with our future colleagues, i have seen the promise of america is not reaching all americans. hard work has to add up to doing better to being part of a country that rewards the simple dignity of hard work, with things we can count and major. like homeownership, wages that allow you to save something, healthcare that can meet your needs, enough freedom to take that long overdue vacation and something to set aside for your golden years of retirement. it also means the things you
can't quantify so easily. it should add up to those. things we are not seeing across america, no matter where i go or how hard i look. stability, peace, security, comfort, joy and pride that comes from knowing that you provided all of that. that promise is broken are too many of us today. the you hear the president will tell you the economy is roaring and you should be grateful for that. the stock market is at an all-time high and the gdc is growing. that may be the only time it's told to truths and row. [laughter] is what i have learned from yo you -- if only 50% of us are invested in the stock market, that's not the economy. the gdp, that's not the economy.
the economy is you, are you doing better? saving more, dreaming figure. you don't need a congressional report to tell you economic insecurities have become a chronic condition in our country. you just feel it. many of you know all too well you're just one playoff away from financial catastrophe. is that a promise? even tax pay? 83% of the benefit of the 1% of the richest americans. [crowd booing] i got to ask, how many of you woke up this morning and said to yourself, gosh, i wish we could just find a way in this country to help the wealthiest 1% of america. they are having such a hard
time. we are living in an economy designed to help only those in the executive committee. not those on the factory force and we don't want or need a top floor economy. i want the kind of prosperity that reaches all americans, who work hard on every floor. [cheering] here's what i have learned. 80% of you are living paycheck to paycheck. 80% of us living paycheck to paycheck, that is untenable. let's start there. taxes, i will end the corporate immunity for those companies sending jobs overseas. [cheering] i want every business in america to know i will offer you this deal. i will give you a lower tax rate
than the republicans. if you share your profits with your employees. [cheering] that means every employee, not just the ones on the top floor, new businesses and in its advantages like up to let them pay taxes for the first few years and pay them back later. raise the minimum wage don't know american have to work two or three jobs. [cheering] it's time we once and for all, address your family's health care and the high cost. [cheering] for too many americans, healthcare plans is a go fund the account. recently, in western iowa, i was
at a gas station and i saw a hollowed out candy jar with a flyer from a picture of someone in the community who had just gotten sick. that person's health care plan and the wealthiest nation, most generous nation on earth is a charity of a stranger at a checkout stand? that can't happen here. with your help, those days are coming to an end. [cheering] i will put forward in a signed into law a coverage for all plants. an option that forces down prices for everyone. so the americans have health care anted. if you are sick, you will be seen. if you're seen, you won't go broke. [cheering]
let's not stop there, it's not make this debate only about coverage. in the spirit of going big, being pulled into doing good, let's not as an opportunity to do what we do best in america. refine the definable. solve the unsolvable and together, we will cure the incurable. we stopped doing that in america. i want to tell you a story. a friend of mine, i've known him for 15 years. he's 38 years old. two beautiful little girls, a former prosecutor. last year he called me and told me he had been diagnosed with als. brian could have anything from me, i'm hints friend in congress. instead, on his own, he started
a foundation to help reimagine his fight against als. bryant represents an entire generation in a society that can no longer wait for washington to solve the big problems facing our country. sadly in his case, he's facing a terminal illness that will likely kill him. within five years. this generation is shouldering the burden of solving these problems now. not 20 years from now. that used to be something we could the two and counter our president and congress to do. i will be a president that challenges us to do big things again and be a partner to people like brian. [cheering] i will challenge us to invest and find cures in our lifetime. in addition to economics,
therapy and data sharing, drive down the cost of care, extend quality of life and for the new generation of scientists to wo work. [cheering] go big, peopled, do good. [cheering] there are a lot of teachers here today. [cheering] there are a lot of parents, too. [cheering] we care about our schools. my district, some of the richest schools in the country. but also some of the poorest. as president, we will build modern schools in every community. renovate those that are
crumbling. [cheering] no longer in america should a child destiny depend on his or her zip code. it's time we start valuing the teachers to prepare our kids. [cheering] we love our teachers. [cheering] for too many americans, especially young americans but also today, many and middle-ag middle-aged, they found themselves in financial quicksand of student loan debt. i am one of them. many of these people, your neighbors you only wanted to drink are now unable to launch owned businesses, start families are buying their first home. the memories of college should last a lifetime.
interest payments should not. [cheering] here's what we are going to do. the federal government should not be making money off college student. [cheering] we must have zero interest federal student loans. [cheering] more money and more pockets to realize more dreams and debt-free college for public university students who do work studies and commit to community volunteer after adulation. [cheering] system for education and health fails, everything else fails. go big, peopled, do good. [cheering] let's not stop there.
[cheering] let's not stop there. let's write laws to protect unions instead of tearing them apart. [cheering] union and the dublin, they helped build this high school, they build america. [cheering] i'm proud to announce my campaign headquarters is in dublin union hall. the ibew. [cheering] my campaign staff as organized it. we are all in. [cheering] unions once represented 40% of all americans. today, it's just 7%. it's the middle class dream of america, it's become more and more elusive.
these things are connected. climate chaos is the existential threat facing our planet and our very lives. [cheering] here's the good news. fixing it will let us see the massive economic opportunity. clean renewables and wind, solar and like we do at lawrence laboratory. [cheering] those are the keys to the new economy. for the first time in history, businesses cannot make more profit from the solution, they can make from deepening the problem. [cheering] set high labor standards and make sure climate change and chaos no longer starts an argument, just starts a lot of people's workdays.
[cheering] just have to go big, just have to be bold. we just have to do good. we can win real and meaningful runs on all this right now. we can address immigration reform, not with showmanship but with leadership, with technolo technology, not a wall. [cheering] is for our dreamers and humanitarian policies that address the real "humanitarian crisis" to protect those clinging violence and despair. [cheering] traveling our country, i have seen firsthand how frustrated people are with washington. in the politics.
all we're asking is for a washington that works in a bipartisan way and gets think that's. we want innovation, instead, you see a washington smack down, put down and shutdown. [cheering] it's a government that careens crisis to crisis, nothing gets done the fix this, to empower your voices, to restore a more collaborative washington, we must scrub it of its dirty mass and study money. [cheering] outside dirty money, the citizens united really. [cheering] our safety is careening now, too. threatened by enemies like the dictators of russia. by politicians within, have the arrogance to lead america without understanding america.
the very ideas that make our country great. equal justice for all. independence of our institutio institutions, freedom of the press and proposition that all of us, even presidents, especially presidents are not above the law. [cheering] being president also means being commander-in-chief. that means knowing who our enemies are. and protecting us from them. it also means respecting and never abusing the men and women who toil every day on our behalf, standing guard in the most dangerous places in the
world, to the men and women in our military, our intelligence community and every veteran who has served and made us safer, thank you. [cheering] as your commander-in-chief, i will always honor your service and give you the resources you need to defend our country. on the intelligence committee, i helped defend our democracies these last few years. got what i need to prove it. i've been in hundreds of classified briefings, i've traveled to iraq, afghanistan, the line between south and north korea, i know who our friends are in the world and i know the cost of not having friends. mainly it forces all of us to spend our hard earned money on
military and less money on things we really need schools and healthcare. [cheering] being president means leaving the board of our intelligence agencies over the word of latimer food. [cheering] [cheering] it means saving up to a prince that authorized the murder of a u.s. president. [cheering] it means calling out a north korean dictator who killed an american student and not being proud. [cheering] it also means standing up to this country's farm grown, homegrown enemies. [cheering]
that means announcing white nationalism. [cheering] denouncing white nationalists even when they phrase you, honoring the rights of a free press, even when they criticize you worth the sanctity of department of justice, even when they investigate you. [cheering] hugging a flag, that's easy. embracing the values that like represent is what truly makes someone really of being president. [cheering] had week fix all of this? not by fighting one another. more by constantly demonizing
those who disagree with us. we'll fix it the hard way. by coming together. like we are here right now. on the son of two republicans, i married a southern indiana who grew up in this country i worked with republicans whole life. reaching across the dinner table and reaching across the aisle. [laughter] i go on fox news just so my family can see me on tv. [laughter] we must unite our differences in the country. i pledge to lead our country with the team of rivals. a blended candidate of republicans and democrats.
[cheering] not because it will be easy and we may have to set up a third-party to find more republicans to put the country over parties. [cheering] they are out there, i'll work with them and i will challenge them to make our democracy work for all of you. not just the well-connected. a republican named abraham lincoln, born in kentucky, raised in indiana, one said the darkness of a quiet are inadequate when the storm is present. as our taste is new, we must think of new and act new. the fiery trials are which we passed, will line up down and honor or dishonor to the latest generation. america, this is our fiery trial. [cheering] asked you for the honor of
leading us to it as some of you integrated, so profoundly from the privates of america, they always this country this city, everything, i'm ask you to help me create country that fulfills that promise for all americans. the matter who you are, what you look like, where you worship or where you are from, including every little girl who rode her bike this morning, freezing her little face-off to deliver the paper that pays, the biggest house on the block and believe this is a country where her hard work and at up to living in the house when they, that's the promise of america. [cheering] now let's bring it up to all americans. [cheering] thank you dublin, thank you, america. thank you for always being our